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A lesser consideration was the response of longtime KTCL fans, who reacted to the prospect of a White and Bonaduce invasion with considerable dismay. "A number of old-line music fans who didn't want to hear a talk show in the morning really beat me up," O'Connor says. "I got hammered." Hence, the KTCL morning show will continue to be helmed by Sabrina Saunders, and the station as a whole is expected to remain much the same, as well. The only new feature on the agenda is Rewind Lunch, a one-hour feature slated to run at noon, Monday through Friday; it launched on May 21. The star of the program, which originates in Los Angeles but will have a small amount of material tailored specifically for Denver (it's called a "similar-cast"), is Martha Quinn, another ex-MTV VJ, who's described in a hilariously overwritten Clear Channel press release as "one of the most knowledgeable musicologists in the country." (Move over, Alan Lomax.) Quinn is also a lot closer to her '80s size than is Blackwood, but O'Connor insists that she won't be advertised as "the slimmer alternative to Nina Blackwood. We're out of the Nina-is-fat business."

In the meantime, get ready for a flood of White hype. Clear Channel's passing out plenty of CDs teasing her return with the line, "The bitch is back," and Lawson says a major campaign will be rolled out next month. Until then, he's doing his best to keep KISS's young fans without panicking their guardians. "We don't want to drive away teen audiences during the day and at night -- and if 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys have huge records, we'll still play them," he notes. "We just won't be targeting them anymore."

If that's true, someone should tell the people at Clear Channel talker KHOW. The station is currently featuring cross-promotional spots urging grownups to click on KISS to find out "what your kids are listening to."

Like White describing the male anatomy, perhaps?

Moore for the money: For as long as most of us can remember, the popular-music coverage in the Denver Post has been woefully lame -- staid, out of touch and virtually oblivious to the work of all but the most successful local performers. But of late, the paper's reporting has improved dramatically, and John Moore is the reason.

Moore isn't new to the Post. After attending school at Regis University and the University of Colorado, he got a job there as a sports department agate clerk in 1986 and was soon writing the occasional story in addition to his other tasks. He stayed for two years, after which he skipped around to jobs in New York City, Dallas and Raleigh, North Carolina. But he returned to the Post in 1993, when the paper was gearing up to cover the Colorado Rockies. Moore was eventually promoted to deputy sports editor in charge of the night operation, an exciting position, albeit one with lousy hours. Then, last summer, he received a call from the Washington Post, which was looking for a nighttime sports editor and was willing to pay handsomely for one. As Moore tells it, he didn't want to leave Denver, but he also needed a change. Fortunately, the Post's editor, Glenn Guzzo, had a suggestion. "He told me, 'We're looking to beef up our entertainment section. Would you be interested?'" Moore says. "And I jumped at it."

Although Moore insists that he has "no credentials" as far as entertainment writing goes, he does have enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, and these attributes continue to inform his contributions to the Post. He's penned noteworthy pieces about CU-Boulder radio station KVCU, aka Radio 1190, not to mention a compendium of the best area groups, which provided much overdue mainstream exposure for combos such as Dressy Bessy, DeVotchKa and Acrobat Down. He's also spilled ink on behalf of underground touring bands such as Of Montreal, measurably upping the Post's coolness quotient as a result.

Rather than taking the credit for these accomplishments, Moore deflects it to his editors. "I've never seen a bias against doing stuff younger readers might be interested in," he says. "It's just that there was a void that everyone here was very open in letting me address. To me, I'm just doing what newspapers are best at doing, which is telling people what's going on where they live." Laughing, Moore adds, "If somehow or another we get accused of being a hip newspaper, that wouldn't be the worst thing that ever happened."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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