Denver PR Blog

Penny Parker Still Reliving the Glory Days
September 16, 2008, 9:10 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Penny Parker, Westword

Michael Roberts at Westword beat us to the punch on Penny Parker’s inability to move on from the DNC three weeks later.

Despite the Rumors, the Rocky is Still Around
September 6, 2008, 2:56 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Rocky Mountain News

Well, it’s a week after the DNC and the Rocky Mountain News is still publishing. So much for the rumors.

CPJ Questions Brown Palace Flack’s Version of Events
August 29, 2008, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Committee to Protect Journalists is mixing it up with Brown Palace public relations manager Shannon Dexheimer over the arrest of an ABC News producer during the DNC.

And So It Ends …
August 29, 2008, 7:50 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

50 Percent of DNC Reporters Think There Are Too Many Reporters
August 29, 2008, 7:47 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Columbia Journalism Review analyzes the 15,000 reporters in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and comes to some very believable conclusions. (Hat tip: Brad Bawmann)

‘Hi Destiny, My Name’s Billy Jeff’
August 28, 2008, 7:28 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Bill Clinton’s three-night stand at Shotgun Willie’s is apparently over. 

5280 Web Editor Sucker Punches Purse Thief
August 28, 2008, 7:21 am
Filed under: 5280, Democratic National Convention

Don’t screw with 5280, lest you suffer the consequences. Brava, Vanessa.

Hillary in Pepsi Center ‘Elevator Mishap’
August 28, 2008, 7:17 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Welcome to conventionland, where this becomes news at ABC. Of course, an elevator mishap is better than a wardrobe malfunction.

Great Moments in Journalism, DNC Edition
August 26, 2008, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

It’s all fun and games when the cable news show hosts turn on their guests, but tensions at MSNBC are so high that Joe Scarborough is turning on his colleagues. It gets fun at the 2:15 mark.

So How’s the DNC Going So Far II
August 26, 2008, 9:59 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

It’s starting to look more like a convention finally — body-armored police riding on the sideboards of SUVs and pepper-spraying protesters, and protesters finally showing enough nerve to get arrested. Things were so pathetic on Monday that we saw a guy in a convertible Miata making fun of the so-called protesters who were trying to block traffic. If you can’t scare a guy in a Miata, well, there’s probably little hope for your protesting skills. Here’s what others are reporting:

Now It’s Starting to Look Like a Convention
August 26, 2008, 9:36 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

DPD Gets Praise for Handling of Protesters
August 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

U.S. News & World Report is giving the Denver Police Department high marks for how officers are handling DNC protests.

So How’s the DNC Going So Far?
August 25, 2008, 1:01 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

We are downtown today, and we’d be pretty happy if the DNC was here every day. Sure, the helicopter noise gets a little old, but traffic is light, people are smiling and the protesters don’t smell bad yet. All in all, a better-than-average day. Here’s a run down of what others are reporting:

Ward Churchill … Griff Jenkins. Where’s a Runaway Truck When You Need It?
August 24, 2008, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Fox News

We put the odds at 3-1 that Fox News commentator Griff Jenkins gets out of Denver without being beaten up at least once. 

DNC Veteran Offers PR Advice for Denver
August 24, 2008, 3:43 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The first arrests have been made, so the Democratic National Convention has unofficially started. How will the circus that surrounds the DNC affect Denver’s image? Jason Chupick of PRNewser has an interesting interview with Henry Miller, the head of New York’s 1992 DNC convention, that addresses how Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul can use the rapidly shortening news cycle to cultivate and reinforce positive perceptions of their cities.

It’s Starting
August 23, 2008, 9:00 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Web Site Auctioning DNC Restaurant Reservations Shut Down
August 20, 2008, 6:10 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Penny Parker

Penny Parker has the scoop on the Web site that made restaurant reservations all over town during the DNC and then tried to auction them on eBay. The only two problems were the reservation times sucked (most were after 9:45 p.m.) and the restaurants were apoplectic when they realized what was going on and immediately cancelled the reservations listed on the site. The site has since gone dark, but you can see a cached version here.

Sustainable Wood Hotel Key Cards Make U.S. Debut in Denver
August 19, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

A wood hotel key card that replaces the traditional plastic version will make its U.S. debut in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. Sustainable Cards LLC has donated 70,000 of the sustainably harvested birch cards that will carry the logo of the Denver 2008 Host Committee. Denver’s Stefanie Jones PR is handling communications for Sustainable Cards.

Denver Police Dept. Releases Helpful ‘How to Protest’ Flyer
August 19, 2008, 8:48 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Denver Police Department has issued a flyer with suggested guidelines for Democratic National Convention protesters, and Paula Woodward can stand down. It is clear that none of the DPD money budgeted for new weapons has been illegally diverted to a graphic designer. 

Hat Tip: 5280′s Elevated Voices.

Qwest Reaches Agreement with Union, Avoids Strike
August 18, 2008, 7:06 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Qwest

Qwest has avoided a potential public relations disaster at the Democratic National Convention (and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis) by reaching a contract agreement this morning with its largest union, the CWA.

9News DNC Plans Include Broadcast, Web Cast Coverage
August 14, 2008, 7:51 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, KUSA

KUSA/9News will carry nearly 60 hours of broadcast and online news coverage of the Democratic National Convention. The coverage will appear on both Channel 9 and KTVD/Channel 20, as well as include a six-hour daily live Web cast from the Pepsi Center anchored by Gregg Moss and Shawn Patrick.

Olbermann Slams Rocky Mountain News
August 13, 2008, 10:12 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Rocky Mountain News

Westword has the details on Keith Olbermann naming the Rocky Mountain News the “Worst Person in the World” last night.

Seattle Times: Denver is ‘Rocky Mountain Hip’
August 11, 2008, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Seattle Times offers a nice antidote to this weekend’s New York Times DNC preview titled “36 Hours in Denver.” The Times‘ advice: 

“Ditch the cowboy boots. Pack the party clothes. More new West than old, Denver has morphed from sleepy former Gold Rush town in the foothills of the Rockies to urban outpost with an artsy, outdoors vibe.”

New York Times Offers its Take on Denver
August 8, 2008, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The New York Times’ Sunday Travel section features “36 Hours in Denver.” And it isn’t exactly pretty. Among the highlights: the Mile High Flea Market, The Fort (“a 1960s rendition of the Alamo”), the new Ritz-Carlton (“sort of looks like the Embassy Suites it replaced, and it’s across from a Greyhound station”) and, of course, Molly Brown’s house.

Bill: ‘Honest, Hillary, I’m Taking Them for the Oxygen’
August 8, 2008, 10:11 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Now this is the kind of insider information we were expecting from Metzger’s ‘DNC After Dark’ blog.

Westin Tabor Center Reportedly Snags Obamas for the DNC
July 31, 2008, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Penny Parker

Westin Tabor Center public relations director Susan Stiff is refusing to confirm or deny reports that the hotel will host Sen. Barack Obama for the DNC. Other rumors have the Clintons staying at The Brown Palace and former President Carter staying at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

Hick: “If we’d known back then what we know now, we’d never have done it”
July 29, 2008, 8:51 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Los Angeles Times offers a national perspective on Denver’s efforts to host a world-class Democratic National Convention.

Denver Post to Partner with Politico to Cover the DNC
July 23, 2008, 7:53 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Denver Post

The Denver Post will partner with the political Web site Politico to cover the Democratic National Convention. The terms of the agreement allow the Post to “publish at least several pages each day of Politico content in print during the convention weeks. Politico, meanwhile, will be able to sell ad space in the newspapers.” The St. Paul Pioneer Press, which like the Post is owned by MediaNews, has a similar agreement with Politico for the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities.

‘Denver’s Road Home’ Responds
July 21, 2008, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

In the spirit of equal time, Denver’s Road Home has responded to our recent post on allegations that Denver is attempting to hide its homeless during the DNC:

We would like to clarify some information related to your recent post about Denver’s homeless and the Democratic National Convention. A statement from the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless that clarifies the situation here in Denver is available at

But our concern for and commitment to the homeless is not limited to the time that the DNC is in Denver. Denver’s Road Home is a comprehensive, long-term plan designed to put people into housing while addressing the underlying causes of homelessness.  It has been in place for almost three years – long before Denver was chosen to host the DNC – and will be in place for many years to come.

Denver’s Road Home was here before DNC and will be here long after the convention is gone.  

We are, and have always been, committed to ensuring everyone has a safe place to be.  During the DNC, DRH will expand outreach services to get the homeless connected with services/shelter. DRH is also working with providers to expand facility hours, both day and evening, and to provide special programs for homeless youth.  DRH is also working closely with the Denver Police to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people on the streets.

Denver’s Road Home is working to ensure that people are safe and treated well during the DNC.

If you would like further information, please let us know. 


Denver’s Road Home

Metzger’s ‘DNC After Dark’ Blog Gets Attention
July 21, 2008, 7:21 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Metzger

The Boulder Daily Camera looks at local businesses trying to “cash in” on the DNC, and mentions Metzger’s DNC After Dark blog (which inexplicably still doesn’t have a section on Denver hookers).

DNC Homeless Scavenger Hunt
July 16, 2008, 12:49 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Linhart

To fight Denver’s plan to hide its homeless in movie theaters and museums during the DNC, we are starting a collection to purchase and hide bottles of Boone’s Farm throughout Downtown Denver and the Pepsi Center during the convention. To contribute, send a check or money order to:

DNC Homeless Scavenger Hunt
c/o Sharon Linhart
1514 Curtis Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202

Rocky To Go Web-Only Following DNC? Unlikely.

Rocky Mountain News parent company E.W. Scripps Co. officially separated into two companies: a “struggling” one holding its newspaper properties and a “more successful” one for its cable TV and online holdings. The rumor going around town all spring and summer has been that the Rocky will drop the printing presses and transition to a Web-only product following the DNC in August, but we bet that instead it will do what the Denver Post is doing –– slowly eliminating pages until the print product essentially serves only as an advertising vehicle to get people to the Web site.

Vote Ralph Nader/David Duke 2008
June 25, 2008, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Politics, Rocky Mountain News

Today was a good politics day for the Rocky Mountain News, as third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader chooses an interview with the paper to unleash his accusations that Barack Obama is “talking white” on the campaign trail. 

Metzger Unveils DNC-themed Blog
June 18, 2008, 7:13 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Metzger

Metzger Associates has launched DNC After Dark, a blog intended to help “visitors maneuver and take full advantage of Denver – whether it’s dinner reservations, recommendations for the coolest music venues or event planning for intimate groups – during the DNC weekend (Aug. 25-28).” The blog coincides with the launch of Metzger’s new strategic events planning practice.

Craigslist: “Arena 4 Rent. Aug. 25-28. Previous Renter’s Deposit Check Bounced. Call Stan @ 303-KRO-ENKE”
June 13, 2008, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The DNC abruptly cancelled a media tour of the Pepsi Center scheduled for next week, citing undisclosed “outstanding issues.” The cancellation is fueling suspicions that the DNC’s inability to meet its fundraising goals is complicating logistics.

We Didn’t Factor This Into Our ‘Wendy Aiello Mentions’ Contest

If you have a few spare antidepressants sitting around (and if you are in PR you probably do), you may want to offer them to Penny Parker, Bill Husted and Wendy Aiello. The number of official DNC soirees has been cut 96 percent.

Who Says Beer and Driving Don’t Go Together?
May 22, 2008, 7:24 am
Filed under: Coors, Democratic National Convention, Denver Business Journal

Molson Coors will provide the ethanol that will fuel a fleet of GM flex-fuel vehicles at the Democratic National Convention. While most ethanol is created from corn, Molson Coors’ ethanol is produced from “waste beer,” also known as Coors Light. 

PR Week: Local Firms Help Prepare Host Cities
March 3, 2008, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Linhart, PRWeek, Schenkein

PR Week looks at the roles the host cities will play for the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and gives a shout out to Linhart and Schenkein for their roles in Denver’s preparations. 

Golly Gee, We’ll Show Them Some Real Denver Spirit

The Denver Business Journal covers the activities that the “seasoned” Sharon Linhart and her downtown Denver task force have planned for the 1952 2008 Democratic National Convention in late August. Among them:

  • An “original orchestral score is being composed and will be performed by an orchestra from Denver.”
  • An event called Artocracy, “in which people will stand in a central spot downtown and read portions of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights or Declaration of Independence.”
  • A four-minute commemorative film “to show faces and places downtown.”


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