RIP Dan Peterson

JohnstonWells Senior Associate Dan Peterson died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run bicycle accident this weekend. He was 30. JohnstonWells released a statement saying that, “Dan will be remembered for his dedication to his clients and his love of the outdoors, especially the Colorado mountains.”

The still-unidentified person responsible for Dan’s death was a white woman with blonde, shoulder-length hair who was driving a green or dark-colored Subaru hatchback with a bike rack. The car likely has front-end damage. If you have any information, please contact Denver police.

Update: Members of Denver’s biking community have placed a “ghost bike” memorial for Dan at Lincoln Street and Sixth Avenue:

GroundFloor, Weise Dominate CHC Awards

GroundFloor Media and Weise Communications were the big agency winners at the 2008 Colorado Healthcare Communicators Gold Leaf Awards. GroundFloor picked up the Grand Gold Leaf and a Gold Leaf for its work with The Children’s Hospital, and a Gold Leaf and Best Non-Profit for its work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Weise picked up five awards: Two Gold Leafs for its work with CCRM and Centennial Medical Plaza (CMP), the Best Hospital Award for its work with CMP, a Silver Leaf for its campaign for Bonfils and a Bronze Leaf for its work with Swedish. Welch Creative Group also won a Gold Leaf and a Silver Leaf for its campaigns for The Children’s Hospital, and Linhart PR won a Bronze Leaf for its campaign for New West Physicians.

You can see the complete list of winners here.

New Denver Ad Club Hosts ‘The (Agency) Dating Game’

The New Denver Ad Club is sponsoring its version of “The Dating Game,” where local client and agency representatives will talk about “what makes a match made in heaven and how to avoid bad breakups.” Panelists include employees from MillerCoors, Village Inn, Rainbow Rewards, Cactus, TDA and The Media Team, and Bob Taber of Thomas Taber & Drazen will moderate. Details are:

Thursday, October 9, 6-8 p.m.
Denver Newspaper Agency Auditorium
101 West Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
$25 for NDAC members; $40 for others
(join or renew a membership before or at the event to get in free)

Regional Colleges Are Pretty Average in Latest U.S. News Ratings

U.S. News & World Report is out with its latest college rankings, just in time to make the poor freshmen moving into dorms rethink whether they should have gone somewhere else. The Colorado/Wyoming results:

77.       University of Colorado at Boulder
80.       Colorado School of Mines
89.       University of Denver
125.     Colorado State University
Tier 3   University of Colorado at Denver
Tier 3   University of Wyoming at Laramie 
Tier 4   University of Northern Colorado 

And, even though it isn’t Colorado-related, Elaine Ellis would want you to know that Notre Dame is ranked 18th.

UPDATE: And Colorado College ranked 30th in the magazine’s rankings of Liberal Arts schools (thanks, Bree.)

DNC Roundtables Add Gravitas with Addition of Ben Affleck

We were reminded of the old Sesame Street song/game “One of these things is not like the others” when we read about the “Rocky Mountain Roundtable,” a series of 10 discussions of public issues coinciding with the DNC. Our favorite: a roundtable that will feature “Tom Brokaw, Ben Affleck and Madeline Albright (discussing) international relations.” Presumably it will go something like this:

Brokaw: “Sen. McCain questions why Sen. Obama would be willing to meet with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who he says has pledged to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust, sponsors terrorists, arms America’s enemies in Iraq and pursues nuclear weapons.”

Albright: “There’s nothing controversial about meeting with leaders of rogue states, and history supports this. President Kennedy met with Nikita Khrushchev at a time when the two nations were on the brink of nuclear war, and President Nixon met with China’s Mao Zedong knowing that Mao had murdered millions of people.”

Affleck: “RED SOX RULE!!!”

You’d Think PRSA Would be Better at PR

Catfight alert: Denver’s own Andrew Cohen vs. PRSA. And it is hard to figure out who to root for. Cohen loses points for saying on the CBS Morning Show, “Show me a PR person who is ‘accurate’ and ‘truthful,’ and I’ll show you a PR person who is unemployed” and for making us wait an extra 10 minutes to watch the segment about the Filipino guy Journey hired to replace Steve Perry after the band saw him on YouTube.

But PRSA started it all by linking Scott McClellan to public relations in the first place. McClellan was an administration spokesman, and nobody outside the industry even thought of him as a PR guy until PRSA injected itself into the debate. 

As for the fallout, we think everybody should lighten up. Cohen’s a lawyer, for God’s sake. After all the lawyer jokes he’s endured, of course he’s going to take a shot when he gets the chance. And given that politicians, used car salesmen, journalists and pedophiles are about the only groups that people trust less than lawyers, we think everyone can cut him a little slack.

Top 30 Newspaper Sites for March

Nielsen Online/E&P Rankings for Newspaper Web Sites

Site — Unique Audience (000) — % Change (YoY) — 18,869 –30% — 10,709 — (-2%) — 8,929 — 13%
Wall Street Journal Online — 6,850 — 99%
LA Times — 5,729 — 22%

New York Post — 4,677 — 31% — 4,184 — (-1%)
Chicago Tribune — 3,825 — 31% Francisco Chronicle — 3,793 — (-10%)
Daily News Online Edition — 3,314 — 54%

Newsday — 3,240 — 44%
Village Voice Media — 2,814 — 139% – The Dallas Morning News — 2,727 — 96%
The Houston Chronicle — 2,690 — (-26%)
International Herald Tribune — 2,587 — 33%

Atlanta Journal-Constitution — 2,384 — 28%
Chicago Sun-Times — 2,206 — 8%
The Politico — 2,095 — 58% — 2,016 — (-4%)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer — 1,967 — (-8%) — 1,908 — 6%
Star Tribune — 1,763 — 18% — 1,662 — 36%
Orlando Sentinel — 1,642 — (-31%) — 1,554 — (-12%)

Sun-Sentinel — 1,524 — (-9%)
Detroit Free Press — 1,484 — 38% — 1,460 — 89% — 1,451 — (-17%)
The San Diego Union-Tribune — 1,432 — (-19%)

Carmelo Plays Musical Chairs with Marketing Reps

Denver Nugget star Carmelo Anthony is having a little trouble getting the love — and endorsements — that his NBA classmates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade get. While Wade has won an NBA championship and LeBron has taken his team to an NBA Finals series, Carmelo only seems to be able to top them in area of off-court incidents. There has been the recent DUI arrest, the Manhattan bar fight, the DIA marijuana incident, the anti-drug snitch video, the second marijuana incident, and the debacle against the New York Knicks when he threw a weak punch and then ran away like a scared kindergartner).

Like a lot of athletes and celebrities, though, Carmelo is looking to assign blame elsewhere. Taking the fall this time is his marketing firm BDA Sports, whom ‘Melo has fired and replaced (at least temporarily) with Theresa Tran of Tease Marketing. 

‘Multitasking’ Comes to 9News

Layoffs and buy-outs have been rampant at Denver’s media outlets over the past year, so we all knew consequences would be coming. We blogged about the Rocky Mountain News jamming its local section with articles from other newspapers because it has fewer reporters, and now Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details of KUSA/Channel 9’s efforts to do more with fewer people.

Says KUSA GM Mark Cornetta, “In the old world, one person shot a story, another edited  it, a third told the story. In the new world, one person would be reporter/photojournalist/editor and producer for TV and the Web.” So what is next for KUSA/Channel 9? Maybe this: