CBS4’s Ed Greene Bites Back as Station Eases Him Out

Longtime CBS4 weathercaster Ed Greene is being phased out, according to The Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow, and he isn’t happy about. Asked about being slowly transitioned out in favor of Lauren Whitney, Greene told Ostrow:

“I guess management is ‘going in a new direction?’ I did not ask for ‘more time to spend with the grandkids’ (don’t have any, yet), or to spend more time at our home in Santa Fe (wife still busier than ever with her business … and we still have a student up at CU).”

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CBS4 and Boys & Girls Clubs Sponsor Care 4 Colorado Toy Drive

Jay Clark and Wendy Aiello are championing this year’s Care 4 Colorado toy drive, and they are asking members of Denver’s PR community to help ensure that every child in Colorado receives a gift during this holiday season:

Helping is simple: When you are out shopping for family or friends, just pickup a new toy that is $20 or less. Games, dolls, stuffed animals, building toys (Legos, blocks), sports balls, remote control cars, art supplies, action figures, etc. Drop the toys off at your local King Soopers in the Boys & Girls Clubs bins.

Additional locations where toys can be dropped off are:

  • CBS4 lobby located at 1044 Lincoln St. – Denver, 80203
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Program Support Center located at 2017 W. 9th Ave – Denver,     80204
  • In-store collection day December 13 – CBS4 and Boys & Girls Clubs will be on site at the King Soopers located at Colorado & Yale from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. to collect toys

Please consider applying your PR prowess for the benefit of Denver kids and forward this message to your contacts. A new toy for a child who would otherwise not receive one is more than just something to play with; it is hope that better days are ahead because their community cares about them.

If you would like more info about the work Boys & Girls Club does with Denver kids, here is the link.  We all know the power of PR.  Pass it on!

Thank you for your consideration and cheers for a fantastic holiday season!

Welcome to the Dark Side, Mike Hooker

I’m not sure which one of us has a more appropriate last name for being in the public relations business, but, regardless, congratulations to CBS4 reporter Mike Hooker. He has been named executive director of Public Affairs and Communications at Colorado State University. Hooker, who beat out about 100 other applicants, has spent the past 17 years at CBS4 as its Northern Colorado bureau reporter.

Chohan to Leave CBS4

CBS4 general assignment reporter Raj Chohan is leaving the station to become a lawyer, according to Colorado Pols. Chohan will earn his J.D. degree from the University of Denver in May, and will join an as-yet unnamed national law firm’s Denver office. He also will continue to host Colorado Inside Out, KBDI/Channel 12’s weekly public affairs show.

CBS4’s Leigh Discusses Pregnancy, Engagement

The rumors have been circulating for a little while that CBS4 lead anchor Karen Leigh is pregnant, so I’ve been curious if there would be any backlash to the fact that she is not married. Most people wouldn’t care, of course, but TV news viewership tends to skew a little old and cranky.

But so far, there hasn’t been much noise. And credit Leigh for getting ahead of the story with this blog post. She smartly humanized her situation in a way that should take the air out of those who might criticize her.

Denver News Channels Unveil ‘Pool Coverage’ System

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.”

One Peabody, 40 Emmys, Zero Jobs

The number of Denver television anchors and reporters who have departed over the past year has been brutal, but the behind-the-camera exodus has been just as bad. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post reports today that CBS4 producer Vicki Hildner’s contract was not renewed. Hildner’s resume includes a Peabody Award and 40 Emmys in her two decades at CBS4.

CBS4, Denver Magazine Team Up

Denver Magazine announced that it has formalized a relationship with CBS4 to jointly cover local entertainment stories and charitable events. As part of the agreement, CBS4 critic at large Greg Moody will contribute a regular column to the magazine, and CBS4 will carry a segment the last Friday of each month “that gives viewers a sneak peek of one of the stories in the new issue of Denver Magazine.”

CBS4’s Rivers Caught Up in Illegal Gambling Ring

Former Denver Broncos running back and current CBS4 sports anchor Reggie Rivers is the biggest name being associated with an illegal gambling ring that may have ties to a New York Mafia family. CBS4 says it is “aware that Reggie Rivers is on the witness list” and that its management has “been informed that (Rivers) is fully cooperating with the CBI.” Tom McGhee and Deborah Sherman at the Denver Post have the details.

UPDATE: Rivers tells 9News he was unaware that gambling is illegal in Denver, and the CBI is treating him as a potential witness rather than a target of its investigation.

Dusty Saunders 2.0

“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)

2008 Regional Emmy Award Winners

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.