Denver PR Blog

KMGH’s Impromptu ‘Take Your Daughter to Work’ Day
April 10, 2013, 8:45 am
Filed under: KMGH

A shout-out to KMGH/Channel 7’s Jayson Luber, who like many of us has found himself unexpectedly having to balance his home and work lives.

Great Moments in Journalism
November 13, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: KMGH, TV News

From Denver’s own Channel 7:


News Director Jeff Harris explained:

“It was a regrettable and embarrassing error. We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored. We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to prevent any recurrence of its broadcast. We are following up internally as well, to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.”

Hat Tip: Michael Roberts at Westword


KMGH’s Ferrugia Wins Distinguished Service Award
July 13, 2012, 8:26 am
Filed under: Awards, KMGH

Congratulations to KMGH/Channel 7 investigative reporter John Ferrugia for being named a winner of the  “Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.” The award is given by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, from which Ferrugia graduated in 1975.

KMGH Investigative Reporter Kovaleski Headed to California
November 11, 2011, 8:56 am
Filed under: Jobs, KMGH

KMGH/Channel 7 investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski is leaving Denver to join KNTV/NBC in San Jose, Calif. Kovaleski’s crowning achievement in Denver, you may recall, was baiting Pinnacol Assurance CEO Ken “Paulie Walnuts” Ross into threatening to break his finger after Kovaleski surprised Ross during a junket to a Pebble Beach golf course.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXV
March 18, 2011, 10:19 am
Filed under: journalism, KMGH

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Gawker has assembled its best “Drunken Moments in Local TV News.” And, as a bonus, here is vintage video of Denver’s own Cynthia Hessin throwing a couple of elbows as a drunk reveler gets a little too close.

Cynthia Hessin vs. a Fat, Drunk Guy
March 17, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: KMGH

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day tip: if you are going to drunkenly grope a KMGH/Channel 7 reporter, don’t do it during a live shot. Your mom might be watching.

KMGH/Channel 7 Wins Prestigious duPont-Columbia Award
January 14, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: Awards, KMGH, TV News

Congratulations to reporter Tony Kovaleski, producer Arthur Kane and the rest of the team at KMGH/Channel 7 for winning the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award for its half-hour report on the December 2008 Continental airlines crash at DIA. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details.

KMGH’s Trujillo Celebrates 25 Years
September 15, 2009, 7:41 am
Filed under: KMGH, TV News

Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post gives KMGH/Channel 7 anchor Anne Trujillo the kiss of death by writing a congratulatory 25th anniversary article. In this devolving media environment, 25 is about the average age of anchors, not the length of time they’ve been at your station.

KMGH’s Awards Haven’t Translated to Audience Share
July 26, 2009, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, KMGH

Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post throws a little love at the highly regarded yet lowly rated KMGH/Channel 7 news team:

“Despite having a newsroom staff 20 percent smaller than that of Channel 4 and Channel 9, and having notably less marketing muscle, Channel 7 has emerged as the station to beat in terms of content and quality.”

Denver News Channels Unveil ‘Pool Coverage’ System
July 21, 2009, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Fox31, journalism, KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, KWGN/News2, Univision, Webb PR

It’s no secret that the news resources of local television affiliates are stretched thin. Layoffs have hit every station, and the Fox31/WB2 “marketing agreement” looks to be the future of local news. But it was still surprising to see the details that Pete Webb of Webb PR shared of a new “pool coverage” system that Fox31, 9News, KMGH7, CBS4 and Univision are implementing.

Starting today, the five stations will pool coverage of up to three events per day. The pool is on a rotating basis with each station responsible one day a week. The assignment desks will join a conference call each morning at 8:30 a.m. to determine which events will be covered by a pool representative, and the resulting raw video will be sent to all stations at 3 p.m. According to Webb, the arrangement “is intended for newsworthy events that all the stations would customarily cover on their own, such as gubernatorial news conferences, the Mayor’s State of the City, product launches, events.”

Says Webb, “My fervent hope is that we’ll see more enterprise reporting, now that crews are being freed up, but I’m not holding out much hope. More likely, viewers will see more of the same, with identical footage on each broadcast. That doesn’t reward creativity, enterprise, or just good old fashioned newsgathering, and it doesn’t reward the viewer.”

KMGH Declines to Renew Steve Saunders’ Contract
May 22, 2009, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KMGH, KWGN/News2, Layoffs

KMGH/Channel 7 won’t renew longtime Denver news reporter and anchor Steve Saunders’ contract, and his last day will be Aug. 15. Saunders, the son of former Rocky Mountain News media critic Dusty Saunders and the widower of Emmy-award-winning Denver television news producer Pam Saunders, spent the past decade at KMGH, and was at KWGN/Channel 2 for eight years prior to that. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details.

KMGH/Channel 7 Wins Prestigious Peabody Award
April 2, 2009, 1:27 pm
Filed under: Awards, KMGH

Congratulations to KMGH-Channel 7, reporter John Ferrugia, producers Art Kane and Tom Burke, and photojournalist Jason Foster for winning a prestigious Peabody Award for their investigation into the deaths of children in the care of the state of Colorado. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details.

Bertha Lynn’s Job Safe, GM Says
February 18, 2009, 7:47 pm
Filed under: KMGH, Penny Parker

KMGH/Channel 7 General Manager Byron “I’m not related to Fred” Grandy says the Colorado Association of Black Journalists was a little quick to pull the trigger on its letter to members accusing the station of trying to dump veteran anchor Bertha Lynn. Grandy told the Rocky’s Penny Parker, “A phone call to me would have settled it quickly. (Bertha’s) under contract at KMGH. I’ve never talked about (specific terms of) a contract, and I’m not going to talk about specifics ever.”

CABJ Campaigns to Save Bertha Lynn’s Job
February 13, 2009, 8:02 pm
Filed under: KMGH, Layoffs

KMGH/Channel 7 anchor Bertha Lynn may be the next high-profile Denver television anchor to get the boot. Colorado Association of Black Journalists President (and 850 KOA executive producer) Amani Ali sent an urgent – and passionate – letter to members yesterday asking members to contact KMGH management because the station “is making a concerted effort to terminate the employment of Bertha Lynn” who “has excelled in spite of being taken off of the prime time anchor desk, moved around, and disrespected while being subjected to intolerable working conditions.” You can read the full letter here.

Catfight Alert: CBS4/DBJ vs. KMGH/ColoradoBiz
February 11, 2009, 5:57 pm
Filed under: ColoradoBiz, Denver Business Journal, KCNC, KMGH

Did CBS4 and the Denver Business Journal steal the idea for their series “Beating the Recession” from ColoradoBiz and KMGH/Channel 7?  ColoradoBiz editor Mike Cote thinks that might be the case, and he’s not too happy.

AirTracker 8?
January 5, 2009, 12:55 pm
Filed under: KMGH, KUSA

9News and 7News have reached an agreement to share a news helicopter and on-board cameraman, a move that will help the stations control costs.

Dusty Saunders 2.0
November 28, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

“Retired” Rocky Mountain News media reporter Dusty Saunders is getting more column inches than … well, name a reporter who still works there. First, Dusty names names (and salaries) on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News. Then, Dusty is the first to report that 9News is offering buyouts to employees older than 55 years who have 10 years or more with the station.

And if that weren’t enough, Dusty today digs into the most recent four-week rating period that were measured by “Local People Meters,” the A.C. Nielsen’s new electronic measurement technology. The results:

10 p.m. Monday-Sunday Newscasts

1. 9News/NBC - 16.8 (+0.2 from 2007)

2CBS4 - 11.5 (-2.5 from 2007)

3. KMGH/ABC – 9.9 (-1.0 from 2007)

Changes at KMGH/Channel 7
September 29, 2008, 2:54 pm
Filed under: KMGH, Westword

Michael Roberts at Westword has the details on the shake-up at KMGH/Channel 7.

Be Glad You Weren’t On TV in 1977
July 22, 2008, 7:10 am
Filed under: KMGH

Those of you who have been in Denver long enough to remember Bob Palmer and Larry Green will enjoy this KMGH/Channel 7 clip from 1977. “Disco Larry” makes his appearance at the 3:15 mark. (Hat tip to Westword.)

2008 Regional Emmy Award Winners
July 20, 2008, 8:19 am
Filed under: Awards, Fox31, KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, KWGN/News2

KUSA/Channel 9 was the big winner at the 2008 Regional Emmy Award ceremony this weekend. Among the individual awards:

  • KUSA/Channel 9’s Nelson Garcia, winner of the journalistic enterprise trophy
  • KUSA/Channel 9, winner of the overall station excellence and interactivity award
  • KUSA/Channel 9’s Adam Schrager, winner of the award for general assignment reporting
  • KMGH/Channel 7’s Anne Trujillo, winner for best news anchor
  • KMGH/Channel 7’s Mike Landess, winner for his report on prostate cancer 
  • KMGH/Channel 7’s Tony Kovaleski, winner for his investigative report on the Denver Jail
  • KCNC/Channel 4’s Brian Maas, winner for his investigative report on airplane de-icing
  • KCNC/Channel 4’s Vic Lombardi, named as best sports anchor
  • KDVR/Channel 31’s Sari Padorr, winner for her serious news features

And congratulations to the four inductees of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle for 25 years of service: KWGN/Channel 2 anchor Ernie Bjorkman, KCNC/Channel 4 reporter Suzanne McCarroll, KUSA/Channel 9 anchor Ward Lucas and KRMA/Channel 6 PBS president and GM James Morgese.

KMGH/Channel 7 Names New Station Manager
July 10, 2008, 3:02 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KMGH

KMGH/Channel 7 promoted news director Byron Grandy to station manager, replacing Darrell Brown who was named president of the station’s parent company, McGraw-Hill Broadcasting.

Channel 7’s Saunders Weds
July 7, 2008, 1:49 pm
Filed under: KMGH

We wrote about KMGH/Channel 7’s Steve Saunders’ engagement a few months ago, and he tied the knot this weekend.

Quote of the Day
June 13, 2008, 8:27 am
Filed under: KMGH

“There’s no difference. They’re all, for the most part, the same.”

– KMGH/Channel 7 anchor and reporter Jim Hooley, in a moment of candor, responding to a question about how broadcast channels 4, 7, 9 and 31 cover news. Hooley’s remark was made at a BusinessWire media breakfast this week.

For Some Reason, This Story isn’t on the KMGH Web Site
May 30, 2008, 7:25 am
Filed under: KMGH

KMGH’s Airtracker 7 is probably on the Department of Homeland Security’s “watch” list after its attempts to get a little too close to President Bush as he delivered the Air Force Academy’s commencement address.

KMGH/Channel 7’s Steve Saunders Engaged
March 5, 2008, 8:51 pm
Filed under: Bill Husted, Denver Post, KMGH, Rocky Mountain News

Those of us who’ve been around Denver for a while remember with sadness the death of Emmy award-winning television producer Pam Saunders. Saunders was the wife of KMGH/Channel 7 anchor Steve Saunders (and daughter-in-law of former Rocky Mountain News television columnist Dusty Saunders). Bill Husted at the Denver Post reports that Steve has become engaged and will marry this summer.

Staff Cuts Continue at KMGH/Channel 7
January 6, 2008, 10:25 am
Filed under: Denver, KMGH, Layoffs, Public Relations

KMGH/Channel 7 sportscaster Steve Gottsegen was let go after nearly a decade, part of a larger round of staff cuts at the ABC affiliate.  


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