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Mark Bullion Joins KXRM From WEEK-WHOI

mark bullionAfter two years in Peoria, WEEK-WHOI weekend anchor Mark Bullion is joining KXRM in Colorado Springs.

“I have worked in the Peoria market at WEEK/WHOI for almost two years and it has been a great learning experience for me,” Bullion told TVSpy in an email. “I look forward to a new chapter in my life in Colorado Springs at Fox 21 News and will always value what I have learned not only in the Peoria market, but also my first job at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio as well as my internship in both the news and weather departments at WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit.”

Bullion joins KXRM as weekend weather anchor and weekday reporter. He starts on October 28.

Lauren Ferrara to Anchor for KXRM

KXRM has announced Lauren Ferrara will join the Colorado Springs FOX affiliate as evening anchor.

Starting October 9, Ferrara will anchor the 6:30 p.m. news and co-anchor at 9:00 p.m. with vice president and news director Joe Cole. The video above is a short introduction to Ferrara the station posted to its website.

“Everything about this move to FOX21 just feels right,” Ferrara said in a statement. “Both outside and inside the station, people are so welcoming.”

Ferrara comes to KXRM from WKRN in Nashville, TN. She started her career at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, and has also worked at KVVU in Las Vegas, NV.

John Harding Leaving KKTV for Real Estate Business

harding_kktvJohn Harding, co-anchor of the KKTV morning news, is leaving the Colorado Springs CBS affiliate to concentrate on his real estate business.

This is the second time Harding has left the station. He worked at the station from 1997 until 1999 before leaving to work as an anchor/reporter at KTHV in Little Rock, AR, and then WTSP in Tampa, FL. He returned as a morning anchor in 2007 and currently co-anchors with Stacia Naquin.

KKTV general manager Nick Matesi told The Gazette the station won’t rush to hire  a replacement, “We’re going to take our time to make sure we get the right person to fit in with Stacia, meteorologist Branden Borremans, traffic reporter James Brown and the rest of the crew.”

Colorado Stations Raise Money for Flood Victims

KUSA_donatinColorado radio and television outlets came together to raise over $1.1 million for victims of the recent Colorado floods.

On Wednesday, Rocky Mountain PBS station KRMA provided its studios for a Red Cross donation call center and live shots for local stations who also ran tickers on the bottom of their screens during the fundraiser to drive viewers to donate.

“It never ceases to amaze me the generous spirit of the Colorado people and its times like these that our western heritage really comes through – and we metaphorically circle the wagons,” Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross of Colorado said in a statement.

Justin Sasso, president and CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association added, “Before the flood waters had fully receded broadcasters teamed together again and used the power of live, local radio and television to drive a fundraiser, yielding an unprecedented donation total, well beyond our expectations. You can bet that broadcasters will be there as these communities rebuild and get back to business as usual.  The level at which broadcasters connect with their audience is unparalleled.”

WATCH: Colorado Springs Morning Anchors Give Twerking a Try

It’s the dance sensation that has been sweeping the nation for years. Twerking! Everyone’s doing it, even morning news anchors from KXRM, the FOX affiliate for Colorado Springs, CO.

You have to give meteorologist Justin Chambers and anchor Kimberly Price credit (or props as the kids used to say) for even attempting such a risky move on a morning show. But the two gave what appeared to be an attempt at following a twerking tutorial keyed on the green screen behind them. The most we can say is no one got hurt and we now know which anchor we’re asking to the prom next year.

Lisa Lyden Returns to KOAA Anchor Desk

Lisa Lyden is returning to the anchor desk at Colorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA.

Lyden signed off from KOAA in 2012 after 29 years as the station’s primary anchor. At the time, she said she felt it was the right time to “hang up the microphone and spend more time with family.”

Lyden will rejoin the station as anchor of the 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She will join Rob Quirk and Jennifer Horbelt, who replaced her at the anchor desk last year. In a press release announcing the news, KOAA said the trio will be “the most experienced and successful team in Southern Colorado television.”

After Gaining Access to KXRM Email Server, Hacker Demands Money

A hacker has gained access to the server that stores emails at Colorado Springs Fox affiliate KXRM. The hacker is demanding money in exchange for returning control of the servers to the station:

Sometime overnight Sunday the server that stores our emails was hacked, and the person(s) responsible is literally holding our information for ransom, asking for $5,000 to unlock the data he scrambled.

Our engineers did some research and found this hacker hit a number of servers around the globe, but the FBI has not been able to find him because he is using ghost addresses.

KXRM is asking viewers to “bear with us if you are trying to contact us by email.”

Colorado Springs Morning Anchors Demolish General Manager’s Office

File this video into the “sometimes it’s just fun to watch people break things” column.

KXRM, The FOX affiliate for Colorado Springs is getting a new newsroom. In the spirit of helping out, the morning news crew of Kimberly Price, Craig Coffey and Justin Chambers thought it would be fun to demolish the office of general manager Steve Dant without him in it, of course. Keep in mind, these are the same anchors who brought us, “Morning Anchors Impersonate Each Other for Opposite Day

Needless to say, no one was injured in the recording of this video except maybe the pride of Chambers who didn’t look to have a whole lot of velocity on that fastball. Read more

Vandals Hit KXRM’s Downtown Studio

Dan Cochell, traffic reporter for KXRM, found he couldn’t get into the downtown studio of the Colorado Springs FOX affiliate Monday morning because the locks had been filled with glue.

Cochell missed his first report of the morning and had to drive to the regular studios 15 minutes away to deliver his traffic report.

KXRM news director Joe Cole told TVSpy, no stories were affected by the vandalism, “So far we haven’t been able to determine if we were a target or just part of a random crime. Several businesses were hit throughout downtown and the only common link we share is location.” Read more

KRDO in Public Dispute with Colorado Springs Police Department

The Colorado Springs Police Department used its facebook page to disagree with the way local ABC affiliate KRDO portrayed the department’s SWAT team in a recent story.

Last Thursday, KRDO reporter James Jarman reported Catherine Wilson, a Colorado Springs grandmother, was served by the CSPD SWAT team with a felony warrant originating from Orange County, FL. The warrant turned out to be a mistake.

Jarman’s story focused on who might be to blame for the 56-year-old woman being taken into custody on a mistaken warrant. In the video, Jarman uses file footage of SWAT team members dressed in full tactical gear. See the video after the jump.

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