Former Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple will relocate to Hawaii after accepting the position as editor of Peer News, “a Honolulu-based local news service that will produce original, in-depth reporting and analysis of local issues in Hawaii.” Expect a “John Temple gets lei’d” joke in Penny Parker’s Denver Post column tomorrow.
If you run into Penny Parker or Bill Husted today, you should buy them a drink (and then give them the receipt so they can expense it). Denver’s ESPN Zone, which has provided the backdrop for some of their lamest “sightings” ever – is closing. In honor of ESPN Zone, here is a brief retrospective of Penny and Bill’s work:
- “Adam Foote at ESPN Zone for lunch Wednesday.“
- “Broncos CB Dre Bly lunching at ESPN Zone.“
- “San Francisco Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand and starting pitcher Matt Cain both ate lunch at the bar at ESPN Zone Denver this afternoon.“
And although this one isn’t technically an ESPN Zone sighting, it remains my favorite:
Who says Denver media doesn’t cover the local public relations scene? Denver Post gossip columnist business columnist Penny Parker offers an in-depth review of the bathrooms at SE2/Eric Sondermann’s new office. I smell Pulitzer!
Bill Husted catches up with elusive Denver Post editor Greg Moore as part of his recurring “Bar & Grilled” column. Normally I wouldn’t be that impressed with a columnist scoring an interview with his own editor, but when was the last time you saw Greg Moore in public? Husted should enjoy this one for now, because I fully expect Penny Parker to up the ante with an exclusive with publisher Dean Singleton any time now.
“Boston Celtics players boarding their bus Monday at The Ritz-Carlton Denver on their way to face (and beat) the Nuggets.”
… who should be preparing right now to make the same kind of move.
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.”
I (and many others) have advocated for several years that print reporters should be laying the groundwork to go independent if necessary. Om Malik and Tom Foremski have proven that there is a marketplace for niche expertise, and, to her credit, Penny Parker seems to be preparing for just that kind of move. She has started promoting her “On The Town” blog heavily this week, and you can expect her to continue it as an independent effort should the Rocky shut down next month.
Bill and Penny are taking thinly veiled journalistic swings at one another over whether Earls restaurant will move into the Cherry Creek North space formerly occupied by Ocean.
We were going to stop taking shots at Wendy Aiello because she invited us to sit at her table at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show (and because Walt kept eyeing us with a “I’m-not-afraid-to-stick-this-fork-in-your-throat” look), but then the entertainment was so godawful* we decided she was fair game anyway.
So imagine our glee when Wendy appeared in this morning’s Bill Husted column. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much to make fun of. Successful restaurant launch. Placido Domingo. Big write-up in the News. No “PR Princess” comments. But after being a little optimistic with our over/under on Wendy Aiello mentions for both Bill and Penny Parker, we’re taking any mentions we can find. And we’re still gunning for you, Wendy (but please don’t mention that to Walt).
*We enjoyed Andrew Hudson’s band with that skinny lead singer guy
Here at the Denver PR Blog, we are committed to covering Ernie Bjorkman the way Penny Parker covers Wendy Aiello Trista and Ryan (seriously, Penny, we wish them the best but their 15 minutes of fame was up four-and-a-half years ago. Let it go). So in that spirit, we offer you the following “Ernie Update” sponsored by Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List, Denver’s leading purveyor of marketing-related jobs:
Ernie is headed to his mountain home in South Fork to become a veterinary technician.
Those of us who have been in Denver for a while have watched with amazement as Andrew Hudson built what started as a small email distribution list into the full-blown marketing jobs machine we now know as Andrew Hudson’s Job List. During that run, we have seen Andrew move from the Wellington Webb administration to Frontier Airlines to ARCADIS. But Andrew has now resigned his position at ARCADIS to devote himself full-time to his jobs site. Penny Parker at the Rocky has the details. We’re big fans of Andrew and his site, obviously, and we wish him the best of luck.
Michael Roberts at Westword beat us to the punch on Penny Parker’s inability to move on from the DNC three weeks later.
Penny Parker has the scoop on the DNCEats.com Web site that made restaurant reservations all over town during the DNC and then tried to auction them on eBay. The only two problems were the reservation times sucked (most were after 9:45 p.m.) and the restaurants were apoplectic when they realized what was going on and immediately cancelled the reservations listed on the site. The site has since gone dark, but you can see a cached version here.
Westin Tabor Center public relations director Susan Stiff is refusing to confirm or deny reports that the hotel will host Sen. Barack Obama for the DNC. Other rumors have the Clintons staying at The Brown Palace and former President Carter staying at the Hyatt Regency Denver.
“PR princess” Wendy Aiello is back in Penny Parker’s column this morning, and our world makes sense again. But Wendy can’t be happy that Penny outed her as a woman “of a certain age.”
If you have wondered what former KCNC/Channel 4 sports anchor Les Shapiro has been up to lately, Penny Parker at the Rocky has the details.
If you have a few spare antidepressants sitting around (and if you are in PR you probably do), you may want to offer them to Penny Parker, Bill Husted and Wendy Aiello. The number of official DNC soirees has been cut 96 percent.
Sigh. Penny Parker’s sighting today: Broncos cornerback Dre Bly at ESPN Zone. Once again, any Denver athlete seen at Denver’s ESPN Zone is lame.
Our sympathies to Andrew Hudson and the entire Hudson family. Andrew’s mother, Julie, passed away yesterday. Penny Parker at the Rocky has the details.
The Denver Post’s Bill Husted pulls ahead of the Rocky’s Penny Parker in the “Most 2008 Wendy Aiello Mentions” horse race this morning. Sure, he tried to sneak it by us by referring to her as Wendy DeHaven, but we all know who she is. To date, that puts Husted on pace for a staggering 67 “Wendy” mentions in 2008; Parker, who was the heavy favorite to win the award, is only on pace for 33.
Rocky Mountain News columnist Penny Parker‘s love affair with “PR princess” Wendy Aiello continues. Denver PR Blog has set the over/under on Penny’s “Wendy” mentions at 25 for the year.