When Channel 9 raided its own morning show to fill holes at night, Channel 4 decided to rise and shine to the occasion. The chemistry between early-a.m. personalities Scott Sander, Brooke Wagner, Ed Greene, Wayne Herman and Mark McIntosh, supplemented by the ace traffic team of Luan Akin and Lynn Carey, rivals that achieved by Channel 9 before the old gang split. The departure of Sander this March could change that, but in the meantime, one thing's clear: The contest for Denver TV supremacy in the mornings is no longer a one-horse race.
When Channel 9 raided its own morning show to fill holes at night, Channel 4 decided to rise and shine to the occasion. The chemistry between early-a.m. personalities Scott Sander, Brooke Wagner, Ed Greene, Wayne Herman and Mark McIntosh, supplemented by the ace traffic team of Luan Akin and Lynn Carey, rivals that achieved by Channel 9 before the old gang split. The departure of Sander this March could change that, but in the meantime, one thing's clear: The contest for Denver TV supremacy in the mornings is no longer a one-horse race.


Drew Soicher's move from Channel 9's early shift to its late one hasn't been controversy-free. Some viewers unfamiliar with his sardonic approach find him too shticky for their taste, and he's often tardy covering a lot of high-profile events, including most Broncos games, because he doesn't work weekends. So pardon us for once again giving our regards to Drew, who's solidified his position as the most entertaining and unpredictable sportscaster on the Denver airwaves. He's got balls.
Drew Soicher's move from Channel 9's early shift to its late one hasn't been controversy-free. Some viewers unfamiliar with his sardonic approach find him too shticky for their taste, and he's often tardy covering a lot of high-profile events, including most Broncos games, because he doesn't work weekends. So pardon us for once again giving our regards to Drew, who's solidified his position as the most entertaining and unpredictable sportscaster on the Denver airwaves. He's got balls.


From the beginning, Channel 31's 9 p.m. newscast had a weak link: former Broncos placekicker David Treadwell, who did a fine job gabbing about sports on the radio, but looked wooden and awkward in the glare of TV lights. The arrival of Eric Goodman, who most recently worked at a Fox Sports Net outlet in Chicago, has given the show a significant boost. He's a fast-talking, quick-witted sports nut from the old school; he's even got a facial mole, like a lot of broadcasters did in the years before TV news became so homogenized. He gives recitations of scores and stats the sort of boot Treadwell managed on the field, but not on the air. Hiring Goodman was a good move.
From the beginning, Channel 31's 9 p.m. newscast had a weak link: former Broncos placekicker David Treadwell, who did a fine job gabbing about sports on the radio, but looked wooden and awkward in the glare of TV lights. The arrival of Eric Goodman, who most recently worked at a Fox Sports Net outlet in Chicago, has given the show a significant boost. He's a fast-talking, quick-witted sports nut from the old school; he's even got a facial mole, like a lot of broadcasters did in the years before TV news became so homogenized. He gives recitations of scores and stats the sort of boot Treadwell managed on the field, but not on the air. Hiring Goodman was a good move.
Mike Nelson, the new weatherman on Channel 7, is as comfortable for Denver viewers as an old shoe. When Channel 9 balked at his salary demands, Channel 7 tossed lotsa cash at Nelson, and since making the move, he's done a lot more than sit back and count his money. He's forecasting up a storm at his new home, and although it's too early to predict fair ratings for perennial loser 7News, Nelson's off to a strong start.
Mike Nelson, the new weatherman on Channel 7, is as comfortable for Denver viewers as an old shoe. When Channel 9 balked at his salary demands, Channel 7 tossed lotsa cash at Nelson, and since making the move, he's done a lot more than sit back and count his money. He's forecasting up a storm at his new home, and although it's too early to predict fair ratings for perennial loser 7News, Nelson's off to a strong start.


When alleged rapes are before the criminal-justice system, the question of whether to identify the alleged victims is tricky. But the matter is quite different when it comes to civil court, since money, not jail time, is at the crux of such cases. Nevertheless, even after the criminal charges against Kobe Bryant were dropped and the incident moved into the civil arena, most news organizations declined to name Katelyn Faber, the woman who claimed Bryant had sexually assaulted her. The Rocky Mountain News was an exception to this rule, and its use of both her moniker and photograph proved to be entirely fair, reasonable and straightforward.
When alleged rapes are before the criminal-justice system, the question of whether to identify the alleged victims is tricky. But the matter is quite different when it comes to civil court, since money, not jail time, is at the crux of such cases. Nevertheless, even after the criminal charges against Kobe Bryant were dropped and the incident moved into the civil arena, most news organizations declined to name Katelyn Faber, the woman who claimed Bryant had sexually assaulted her. The Rocky Mountain News was an exception to this rule, and its use of both her moniker and photograph proved to be entirely fair, reasonable and straightforward.


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