Who Made the Dumber Decision?

Option A: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for telling a group of elementary school kids that women should be seen but not heard:

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down. But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? … But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle.”

Option B: The principal of Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, Fla., who invited Winston to speak to the kids knowing that his background includes a shoplifting conviction, a suspension for screaming vulgarities, being detained by police for squirrel hunting on the Florida State University campus and being accused of rape in a winding investigation that resulted in FSU paying a $950,000 settlement to the alleged victim.

#BoycottCulture Forces Companies to Walk Fine Line

Jennifer Kaplan at Bloomberg reports on the PR contortions companies are performing in our highly politically charged political environment:

“Consumers are holding brands accountable as though they were political candidates, and they’re voting again and again,” said Micho Spring, head of global corporate practice at Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm that handles crisis management. A Weber Shandwick study, set to be released Wednesday, found that 57 percent of top executives believe that boycotts can affect a company’s bottom line. The survey polled more than 1,000 executives and 2,100 consumers around the globe last year, just as Donald Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination on his way to the White House.

More Sports Changes at 9News; Soicher Lands in Phoenix

Michael Roberts at Westword reports that rumors are swirling that 9News will continue to dramatically reduce its sports staff following the departure of Drew Soicher:

“… an industry source shared a rumor with Westword that 9News expected to pare its sports staff down to former Denver Post reporter Mike Klis and a couple of MMJs — which in this context means multi-media journalists who serve as their own camera operators — and allow the contract of Rod Mackey, another veteran sports anchor, to expire.”

9News President & GM Steve Carter is denying those reports. Interestingly, Carter also says that Soicher has landed at 9News sister station 12News (NBC) in Phoenix.

CBCA Names Crampton Day as Executive Director

ccd-headshotThe Colorado Business Committee for the Arts has named Christin Crampton Day as its new Executive Director:

“Crampton Day brings a strong background in communications, fundraising, management, and strategic planning having been co-owner at Schenkein and, most recently, Senior Director of Public Relations at Barnhart. She was also Executive Director of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Crampton Day is a life-long advocate for the arts, serving on the Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees for 13 years, among numerous other volunteer leadership roles. A graduate of CBCA’s inaugural Leadership Arts class, Crampton Day was honored with CBCA’s Cultural Leadership Award in May, 2016.”

Crampton Day formerly was senior director of Public Relations at Barnhart, and before that was co-owner at Schenkein.


Fake News Charge Results in Fake Lawsuit Threat

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has threatened to sue Colorado State Sen. Ray Scott after he tweeted that one of its recent articles was “fake news.”

Jay Seaton, the (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel) publisher, in an editorial over the weekend, said the tweet from the Senator is “a false character assassination that can’t go unchallenged.” … As of Tuesday, it is unclear if the newspaper will actually go through with the suit.

Paging Visit Denver …

The odds of poaching the lucrative Outdoor Retailer show from Utah seem to have gotten pretty good, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Several outdoor gear companies followed Patagonia’s lead and announced Thursday and Friday that they would no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer shows in Salt Lake City to protest public-lands positions promoted by Utah’s elected officials, led by Gov. Gary Herbert. …

Organizers announced last week that they were seeking proposals from other cities for the twice-yearly shows, a move largely in reaction to the persistent opposition to the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument from Utah leaders. …

Vermont-based Ibex Outdoor Clothing says it will attend with a reduced team and budget, channeling funds instead to the Conservation Alliance Public Lands Defense Fund and leaving its booth early to protest. 

“Outdoor Retailer cannot stay in Utah,” stated Ted Manning, Ibex’s CEO. “And until it moves out of the state, we as a company are taking decisive action to stand up for our public lands and conservation.”



Trump Watching Hickenlooper as Possible 2020 Foe

President Trump has his eyes on potential 2020 Democratic campaign opponents, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is on that short list. The New York Post reports:

The White House is already tracking which Democrats could challenge President Trump in 2020 and Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand aren’t on the list, sources told The Post.

Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, asked consultants to scour the backgrounds of four outspoken Democrats — Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, two sources close to the administration said. …

Hickenlooper, who founded a brewery before becoming governor of the Western swing state, is seen as a less-combative rising star, the sources said.

But the White House’s “biggest fear” is that Cuban, a billionaire businessman, would run because he can appeal to Republicans and independents, the sources said.


Digital Agencies Relish, Anabliss Merge

Two Denver agencies – digital strategy agency Relish Studio and tech­ and healthcare branding and digital agency Anablisshave merged. The combined business will retain the name Relish Studio and will provide digital strategy, branding, design, development, mobile integration and traffic generation services to clients in Denver and nationally.

“This merger represents a positive move for both firms,” said Stuart Swineford, Co-­Founder and CMO of Relish Studio. “In this era of digital marketing, it is important to be nimble and responsive to the changing needs of our clients. Combining our resources creates more offerings which will help better serve our expanded market.”


Western State Colorado University Faces Brewing PR Issue

Western State Colorado University (yes, that is a real school – I Googled it) is dealing with a brewing public relations crisis. As Kirk Mitchell at The Denver Post reports:

Western State Colorado University president Greg Salsbury has been accused in a federal lawsuit of making discriminatory remarks about black employees when he was executive vice president of a large insurance company with offices in Denver.

According to a federal civil discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, Salsbury allegedly stated that an Atlanta satellite office of Jackson National Life Insurance Company was moved to Denver in 2007 because the worker pool in Atlanta was too black.

Boom Announces Three New PSAs

Boom Broadcast announced it has completed three new public service announcements:

  • Stand Up to Cancer’s powerful PSA featuring Morgan Freeman delivering an inspiring and poetic monologue about what it means to Be the Breakthrough.”
  • Joyful Heart Foundation’s “Boys Will Be Boys PSA that aims to raise a generation of boys to respect women and girls, featuring Dave Navarro, Ice-T and Nick Lachey, among other male celebrities.
  • And, the re-release of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) PSA celebrating the joy of cancer patients “Coming Home,” through the support of LLS’s pioneering research that is saving lives “today”, featuring Academy Award-Winning Actress Linda Hunt.

With less than two months in distribution, these three PSAs have already generated over 25,000 airings on over 600 networks/stations with over $10 million in donated ad revenue.