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Former Miss Colorado Named AM Anchor at KOAA

cockrell koaaColorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA has named Shellene Cockrell morning anchor.

The Gazette reports, Cockrell, who was Miss Colorado in 1994, will join Adam Atchison, Stephen Bowers and Joanna Wise on the morning anchor desk after Labor Day.

“Shellene’s diverse background includes news anchoring and reporting, college basketball play-by-play (both men’s and women’s), and leadership and media coaching,” KOAA news director Kelly Duffy told The Gazette. “She’s a multifaceted journalist with three Emmys under her belt.”

According to her LinkedIn page, Cockrell has been freelancing as a host and anchor since 2005. She has also worked at KWGN and news radio station KOA in Denver.

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KRDO Set to Expand Broadcast Facilities

krdo setKRDO has started the process of expanding its broadcast facilities, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports:

KRDO/Channel 13, the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, has submitted a proposal to the city’s Land Use Review Division to add about 3,060 square feet to its building at 399 S. 8th St. on the city’s west side – roughly a 40 percent expansion.

The document states an addition would be made to KRDO’s television studios, although general manager Tim Larson declined to elaborate on the station’s plans. KRDO will be the fourth local station to renovate or relocate in recent years as technology and consumer news preferences evolve.

Zach Pagano Joins KRDO From KCWY

zach pagano_304Zach Pagano is joining KRDO, the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs. Pagano joins the station from KCWY, the NBC affiliate in Casper, Wy., where he was the morning and noon anchor. He announced news of the move on Facebook:

I can’t thank all of you enough for your ongoing support. Wyoming is a great state, and I’m lucky to have been a part of its top-rated morning and noon newscasts for the past two years. Thank you all for your loyal viewership, and I hope you’ll keep in touch in the future.

I’m happy to be back in my home state and to be working for the same station where I had my first journalism internship.

Watch Pagano sign off from KCWY after the jump. Read more

Marty Venticinque Says Goodbye to KRDO

marty venticinqueKRDO meteorologist Marty Venticinque is leaving the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate after 15 years. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports he is leaving the station to teach math and science at a middle school in the area.

“We wish him the very best as he begins a new chapter,” KRDO news director Jene Nelson told the Gazette.

Before KRDO, Venticinque worked at KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver. Watch the station’s tribute to the meteorologist here.

Colorado Anchors Fire Back at Bloomberg: ‘We Have Plenty of Paved Roads Here’

Colorado Springs, for the record, has paved roads. You wouldn’t think that would be worthy of mention–especially on a newscast in Colorado’s second-largest market. But CBS affiliate KKTV anchors Dianne Derby and Don Ward took time out to clarify that yes, Colorado Springs, a city with a metropolitan population of nearly 700,000–and home to the Air Force Academy–is hardly an unsettled wilderness. “We have plenty of paved roads,” said Ward.

The comments came in response to an interview former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to Rolling Stone, where he discussed gun legislation:

In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced.

No roads, you say? That led Derby to educate Hizzoner. “Well, the mayor may not realize the recalls happened in Colorado Springs and in Pueblo. The Springs is the second-largest city in the state, while Pueblo is the seventh.”

(h/t FreeBeacon.com)

Someone Made a Supercut of KXRM Meteorologist’s Seinfeld References

KXRM‘s Justin Chambers appears to be quite the Seinfeld fan.

So much so, the morning anchor and meteorologist for the Colorado Springs FOX affiliate sprinkles references from the iconic 90s sitcom into his weather reports.

Someone took the time to cut them together into one medium sized Seinfeldian mishmash of one liners and inside jokes. Enjoy.

Jennifer Horbelt Joins WPSD From KOAA

jennifer horbeltJennifer Horbelt is leaving KOAA in Colorado Springs to return to her former station, WPSD in Paducah, Ky.

Horbelt joined KOAA in 2011 as the morning anchor and was promoted to evening anchor in 2012. During her time at the NBC affiliate, she met and married her husband, another KOAA employee. In a statement, Horbelt said she will make the move to be closer to her family.

“We are very happy that Jennifer is able to take this next step in her career and that it’s also a move that includes pulling her family closer together,” KOAA news Kelly Duffy said.

Jene Nelson Named KRDO News Director

nelson_krdo_croppedJene Nelson has been named news director for Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity that allows me to lead the team at the very station where I did my internship so long ago,” Nelson told TVSpy. “The move also allows me spend time with my elderly mother, which of course, is very important.”

She told TVSpy she wrote her first script as an intern for KRDO.

Nelson started at KRDO as managing editor in 2013. She was promoted to assistant news director in September. Before coming to KRDO, she said she worked as a freelancer with a stint at KDVR in Denver before moving back to southern Colorado. She spent 14 years with KUSA in Denver and started her career at KOAA in Colorado Springs.

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KXRM Lets Viewers See What the Anchors See During AM News

Colorado Springs FOX affiliate KXRM put a camera behind the anchor desk during the morning news, giving viewers a unique anchor’s eye view.

“When Kimberly [Price] leaves at about 7:55, I always try to do something with her chair” said meteorologist Justin Chambers. “So this time I put cam 4 over here and I want to show you, this is Kimberly’s perspective.”

Viewers finally got to see that behind every studio camera is just a whole lot of messy nothing, branded station banners stuck on a wall and one lone person forced to sit at a desk in the dark.

Meteorologist Matt Meister Leaving KRDO

matt meisterChief meteorologist Matt Meister is signing off from KRDO to become the director of communications for Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs.

“All of us at KRDO NewsChannel 13 are proud of Matt’s career growth since he began working here,” KRDO general manager Tim Larson said in a statement. “We wish him well in this career change that affords Matt a more traditional schedule and allows him to spend more time with his family.”

Meister has worked at the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate for 12 years. He will officially sign off in May.

“I wish this station and my colleagues continued success and I know they will perform to the highest level as they did during the recent fires and floods,” Meister said in a statement. “I will cherish the friendships that I made and the time I spent here.”

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