In recent weeks, we've been reporting about the unusual number of familiar Denver TV news faces leaving the local airwaves or taking on diminished roles amid continuing economic challenges, with most of the action happening at 9News: Entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery is already gone, sportscast ... More >>
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Put up or shut up. After a group of Democratic leaders staged a press conference last week to demand that Mitt Romney release more of his tax returns, ABC News asked the group if they would make public their 1040s, too. Several refused to do so -- but not Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, whose tax posture ... More >>
Bill O'Reilly.Unsurprisingly, last night's edition of Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor, was mostly about the Casey Anthony verdict. But at the end of the program, in his trademark Pinheads & Patriots segment, Bill'O offered the latter designation to the folks at Lane Guest ... More >>
Ron Zappolo likes what he likes.He might hang out at cocaine- and sex-fueled parties on South Park, but in real life, you're more likely to report that local Fox News anchor Ron Zappolo is savoring saltimbocca and sipping red wine at his favorite Denver restaurant, Venice Ristorante and Wine ... More >>
"Either way, I'm a winner."Yesterday, we told you about bickering between Republican senatorial hopefuls Ken Buck and Jane Norton over Sarah Palin's Denver appearance on Saturday. Buck said it would be rude of Palin to endorse Norton, which the grapevine says she plans to do, the same day as ... More >>
News of the writing finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards is slowly leaking out of New York City, with the official list coming at noon today. But we already know that Jared Jacang Maher is a contender in the newspaper feature writing category for his February 2009 cover story on SAM ... More >>
Zach Lahn on MSNBC.Since asking the most confrontational question at President Barack Obama's healthcare town hall in Grand Junction on Saturday, ultra-conservative CU student Zach Lahn has extended his face time by going on a tour of cable-news talking-head broadcasts. Predictably, Fox News ... More >>
I caught the Ward Churchill verdict from a thousand miles away, on the nightly news shows. And after all the local hand-wringing about how young these jurors were, it sounds like they got some things right. In its response to any complaints about Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado has always ... More >>
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The death of Channel 2's 5:30 p.m. newscast, which will occur following Friday's edition, shouldn't shock anyone. In "Channels 2 and 31 Mix It Up in Denver," an October Message column about the new partnership between these longtime rivals, Dennis Leonard, the vice president and general manager of C ... More >>
Choo choo. MSNBC's headquarters for the Democratic National Convention can be found behind Union Station, which may explain why it looks disturbingly like part of Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. During the first Denver taping of The Daily Show during convention week, host Jon Stewart r ... More >>
That's Pat Buchanan on the lower level of MSNBC's Election Express. I arrived at MSNBC's Democratic National Convention headquarters about midway through the roll call of votes that finally resulted in the formal nomination of Barack Obama as the Dems' presidential standard-bearer. Speakers amplif ... More >>
Following an August 2005 concert at Denver's Botanic Gardens, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn was shot in the head in an attempted carjacking. Almost three years later, on Friday, July 11, he returns to the venue to perform on a bill that also features Aimee Mann -- a gig that will stir m ... More >>
Here's the biggest shock since the sun came up this morning. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly thinks there are culture-war points to be scored by yapping at his rabid viewership about our own Black National Anthem kerfuffle -- and he hopes to do so with an assist from District 6 councilman Charlie Brown, who ... More >>
Former Westword photographer Brett Amole, son of late Rocky Mountain News scribe Gene Amole, got some nice media exposure when CNN ran a KUSA local TV news story about Boulder’s June 14 naked bike ride. The daytime jaunt, part of World Naked Bike Ride — , or World Naked Bike Day, which is held ... More >>
The process of researching virtually every article produces far more material than can possibly fit into the finished piece -- and a lot of the leftovers are every bit as interesting as the stuff that makes the final cut. That was certainly the case for the May 8 Message column, which dealt with cut ... More >>
Few stories illustrate the different gauges broadcast media and newspapers use to determine newsworthiness than the one involving a May 4 Allegiant Air flight from Las Vegas to Fort Collins. During the landing at the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport, the plane overshot the runway by approxima ... More >>
The women on Telemundo are so hot. From the spicy soap opera stars to the TV news anchors, the channel is flooded with momacitas. But beware my fellow male Spanish channel gawkers, for there is a man dressed up as a woman who has slipped in with the real Latinas.
You used to be able to count on TV serving all your lowest-common-denominator needs. Up for some good transgender slap-fighting? Jerry Springer has you covered. Hankering for some good cornpone jokes and T&A? Hee-Haw was on for more than twenty years. Want to see someone forced to eat something ... More >>
The idea of a tease in TV news is to offer just enough of a report to convince viewers they should stick around through a commercial break and watch the full piece. But such snippets aren't supposed to be misleading -- and the one sports anchor Rod Mackey employed during 9News' 10 p.m. newscast on J ... More >>
Bill O'Reilly once worked for Channel 7 in Denver -- and even though he's been gone a long, long time, he still keeps a close eye on media in these parts (or, more likely, he has his minions do it for him). As a result, several local scribes have been pilloried on The O'Reilly Factor, his nationally ... More >>
While I was driving across America and Canada last month, I couldn't escape the influence of home. I detailed how Colorado stories lead the newscasts in every city I visited in my November 23 "Worst-Case Scenario." While watching the evening news in Canada , for example, I learned that mayors of T ... More >>
The cancellation of a book and companion TV event that was to feature O.J. Simpson talking about how he would have killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a friend of hers, Ron Goldman, had he actually done the deed (wink, wink), has been a bigger bummer for the folks at the Fox network than t ... More >>
May is "sweeps" month, when ratings help determine advertising rates for TV stations -- and according to a knowledgeable insider, Channel 7's newscast numbers, particularly at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., aren't pretty. Granted, disaster can be averted if the rate of viewership increases over the next two we ... More >>
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