Denver PR Blog

Heinous Blue Mustang Haiku Challenge
January 29, 2009, 12:52 pm
Filed under: DIA

Hate that stupid blue horse that greets visitors at DIA? Join the club. Literally.

MediaNews Group Institutes ‘Furlough Program’ in California
January 29, 2009, 12:45 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, MediaNews Group

Could a furlough program that MediaNews Group has instituted in California wind up sidelining some Denver Post reporters eventually? MediaNews is “requiring all nonunion employees who work at the company’s California newspapers to take one week of unpaid leave this quarter to help cut costs,” and a company spokesman says it is also considering requiring furloughs at its media properties outside California.

Rocky Candlelight March is Tonight
January 29, 2009, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News candlelight march to show support for the newspaper is tonight at 6 p.m. The march will begin at the Denver Press Club on Glenarm Place and end at the Denver Newspaper Building on West Colfax Ave. Details are here.

Interesting PR Fact of the Week
January 29, 2009, 12:24 pm
Filed under: Aiello, Bill Husted

Wendy Aiello is the sister-in-law of E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, who will be joining Bruce Springsteen at his Pepsi Center concert on April 10.

We’re No. 1
January 29, 2009, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Denver

Job well done, Denverites. Your ad-hoc public relations campaign has worked, and more people in the U.S. want to live in Denver than any other major city. Now cut it out. Traffic is bad enough, and the last thing we need are more non-natives* living here.

(*Non-natives are defined as people who moved to Denver after me.)

You Make the Call at New Denver Ad Club ‘Super Ad Sunday’
January 29, 2009, 11:13 am
Filed under: Advertising, New Denver Ad Club

The New Denver Ad Club wants you to serve as an advertising referee this Super Bowl Sunday. Your ticket gets you free food and one free drink, and children under 12 get all the free tap beer they can drink. Wait, that can’t be right. Better check the NDAC site for the details

If the Rocky Survives, Will the Post Fold?
January 28, 2009, 10:20 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News

And now it gets interesting. 

David Milstead at the Rocky Mountain News reports today that his paper’s parent company Scripps has accused The Denver Post and its publisher MediaNews Group of improperly borrowing “$13 million from their jointly owned operating agency to cover The Post’s newsroom payroll.” Rumors of MediaNews Group’s financial shaky footing have been around for months, and Scripps alleges MediaNews was forced to resort to the improper “loan” after the JOA’s banks tightened credit.

So now we know why Scripps has been silent since it announced its mid-January deadline for finding a buyer for the Rocky or shutting it down. And we also know why MediaNews Goup’s Dean Singleton has been so desperate in his efforts to ensure that the Rocky disappears. If the Rocky were to find a buyer, it might not be long before the Denver Post went under.

Update: Michael Roberts at Westword also blogged about Milstead’s article. Definitely worth reading.