Hey KOA, I Hear Scott Cortelyou’s Salary Demands are Quite Low

One of the great truths in Corporate America is that any memo from management that begins, “I know you are keenly aware that the economy is a major issue facing our country” is going to suck. And the good folks at Clear Channel Communications (CCC) — KOA, KHOW, KBPI, KRFX, KTCL, KBCO, KKZN and KFMD — are learning that lesson firsthand. CCC Market Manager Lee Larsen is softening the ground with employees now, so if you were planning to pitch any of your friendly local radio news anchors/producers, you’d better hurry. And then point them to The Jump.

‘Preparing to Launch’

Having finally dumped its interminable “14 Days to Launch” banner, the VisiTech Web site has retreated and now is in week 2 of “Preparing to Launch.” And this is a tech agency?

And before you get smug, Pete Webb, we’ve noticed that you’ve been without a real Web site for a couple of months. Remember the good old days when companies created a new Web site and then pulled down the old one to replace it? 

Upcoming Events

  • Flint Whitlock and flack emeritus Terry Barnhart will discuss their new book, “Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book: How Barnstormer and Aviation Pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen Made the Skies Safer for Everyone” at noon this Thursday at the Denver Press Club. 
  • Ex-LeGrand Hart employees are planning a “reunion” at 6 p.m. this Thursday at The Corner Office Bar.
  • The True Spin Conference, which bills itself as bringing together “flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics runs this Thursday and Friday at the Curtis Hotel downtown.
  • The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement are sponsoring the Colorado Business Hall of Fame black-tie dinner at 6 p.m. on February 7 at the Marriott City Center.
  • PRSA and Qwest are sponsoring an event titled “Tackling Tough Hits: Notoriously Anti-PR Journalists Share Breakthrough Pitching Tips” at 11 a.m. on February 14. No word yet on who the journalists are, but the other details are here.

Stephen Baldwin to the Rescue … (Has Anyone Ever Said That Before?)

Crocs’ SolesUnited program, which recycles and distributes old Crocs in impoverished countries, will be featured on this week’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice (Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC). The celebrities will create an awareness campaign for the company’s charity program. Because when your stock price has fallen 63 percent over the past three months, who better than Stephen Baldwin, Gene Simmons and Marilu Henner to develop the marketing strategy to turn things around.  

Okay … If We All Agree Not to Renew, It Might Be Free by Summer

If you have been dragging your feet on renewing your online subscription to the Wall Street Journal because Rupert Murdoch had been hinting that it might soon become free, prepare to be disappointed. Not only will it not be free, but the online subscription cost is expected to increase starting in March. Read the details at the WSJ (and note the irony that this article was free to the general public).  

‘They died doing what they loved to do — they were drinking, they were (driving) fast and they were together’

The Boulder Daily Camera is taking heat for its article covering the spectacularly horrible car crash that killed three men who were in their early twenties. Westword has the details on reader reaction that accuses the paper of glorifying the men’s behavior, including this quote:

“The thing that really makes me feel much better about this is they died doing what they loved to do —  they were drinking, they were going fast and they were together,” (one of the dead men’s sister) said. “It gives me comfort, it does, to know those three things.”   

 UPDATE: The Boulder Daily Camera editor responded to the readers’ reactions.


Whole Foods Dumps Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

Whole Foods announced it will only offer customers 100-percent recyclable paper grocery bags, in a move designed to bolster the company’s green credentials. The Boulder Daily Camera reports, “As part of the effort to cut out single-use plastic bags — which are petroleum based and can take more than 1,000 years to break down in a landfill — Whole Foods stores will sell canvas bags and a new reusable plastic sack for 99 cents.”

BusinessWire: Lost in MySpace?

BusinessWire is sponsoring a free Webinar (Friday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m.) on how to apply Web 2.0 tactics to press releases. According to BusinessWire, “You’ll learn how to ‘Digg’ your releases (and if you even should), how to save them on del.icio.us, and get them into an RSS feed — all in the quest of maximizing Google juice.” Get more information and register here

The “Broomfield Chamber Serving Broomfield and the Greater Broomfield Area” Was Their Second Choice

“The Chamber Serving the Broomfield Area” has officially changed its name to “the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce” to, in the words of its president Jennifer Kerr, “make it more identifiable as a Broomfield organization.” Local print shops specializing in business cards and letterhead reportedly applauded the brilliant decision.

Recent PR Moves

  • Crocs named Shelley Forslund public relations manager. Forslund formerly was with LeGrand Hart.
  • SHiFT named Michelle Crisci Shauf (say that three times fast) account supervisor. Shauf joins SHiFT from Anna’s Angels Foundation for Down Syndrome Research. Her resume also includes IBM, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ernst & Young.
  • The Cherry Creek Arts Festival named R. Tony Smith business and communications director. Smith formerly was finance and operations director for the festival.
  • Celestial Seasonings named Michael A. Bloom vice president of marketing. Bloom joins Celestial from Nestle.

Editors of ‘The Onion’ Coming to Boulder, Denver

Get drunk with the editors of The Onion on your to-do list? Good news! They will be in Denver and Boulder in late January for an audience discussion and book-signing for their latest work, Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth, Seventy-Third Edition. And the Denver event includes a 21+ after party where they are sure to answer the questions you so desperately want to ask (What’s The Onion?, Why don’t you ever use any of the press releases I send you?, Do you mind picking up the tab tonight?, etc.)
Boulder Event 
Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.
Old Main building on the University of Colorado Campus
Contact: Jon Bennett at (303) 492-6165 
Denver Event
Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.
Neighborhood Flix Cinema & Cafe (co-hosted by The Tattered Cover Bookstore) 
2510 East Colfax Ave. in Denver
Contact: (303) 777-3549
After Party (21+) at Rockbar, 3015 East Colfax Ave. in Denver 

Turner PR Continues to Grow

Turner PR has announced three new hires and a promotion:

  • Amanda Conti joins as an account executive; she previously worked at New York boutique firms Marina Maher Communications and Bratskeir & Company.
  • BrieAnn Fast and Jordan Blakesley have been hired as account coordinators. Both join Turner from LeGrand Hart.
  • Jill Neumann has been promoted to writer/research analyst.

Upcoming Events

“The Fine Art of Small Talk” — Register here to attend the PRSA Colorado event offering a refresher course on “carrying on a simple conversation.” As a side note, are there really people who need this class? And if someone is so inept that they can’t carry on a “simple conversation,” is one class going to help? January 16 at the Curtis Hotel, $45.
“DBJ Book of Lists Awards Luncheon” — Register here to attend the Denver Business Journal’s annual luncheon celebrating its Book of Lists. “Generation Why?” expert Eric Chester keynotes. January 24 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, $70.
“True Spin Conference” —  Register here to attend the conference that brings together “flacks from progressive advocacy groups around the country to exchange ideas and learn new and creative PR tactics.” January 31-February 1 at the Curtis Hotel, $350.

Report Says Colorado Falling Behind in the Region

A new economic development report released yesterday by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. indicates that Colorado is falling behind other states in our region due to a lack of investment in higher education, transportation and health care. The risk, according to the report, is that lucrative, high-paying jobs may land in Utah and New Mexico rather than Colorado, limiting future growth in our state. Coverage today of the report is in the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post.

Who will be the King of Denver PR?

We are a little more than three weeks away from the release of the Denver Business Journal’s 2007-2008 Book of Lists. As we get ready to see which agencies grew and which contracted, here’s a recap of 2006-2007 DBJ Book of Lists rankings:

  1. GBSM, $2.62 million (2005 gross income)
  2. Schenkein, $2.61 million
  3. JohnstonWells, $2.40 million 
  4. Linhart, $2.18 million
  5. Pure Brand, $2.14 million
  6. GroundFloor , $2.10 million
  7. LeGrand Hart, $2.09 million
  8. PRACO, $2.07 million
  9. MGA, $2.06 million
  10. CTA, $1.50 million
  11. Peter Webb, $1.33 million
  12. Wall+Aiello, $1.14 million
  13. Alyn-Weiss, $1.10 million
  14. Turner, $1.10 million
  15. CLS, $1.08 million
  16. Metzger, $1.05 million
  17. VisiTech, $1.05 million
  18. InterMountain, $1.01 million
  19. Corporate Advocates, $0.88 million
  20. Catapult, $0.80 million 
Note: While these figures appeared in the 2006-2007 DBJ Book of Lists, the data used was from a year earlier.