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Ed Kosowski Leaving KDVR

KDVR-LogoEd Kosowski is leaving Denver FOX and CW affiliate KDVR-KWGN.

“It’s been a great three year run,” Kosowski told TVSpy. Saying he still had some professional goals he’d like to achieve, he said he’s leaving when his contract is up next week.

Kosowski said he’s most proud of changing the culture during his three years at KDVR, adding “I’m really proud of the talented and diverse team, on-air and behind scenes.”

Before coming to KDVR in July of 2011, Kosowski worked at CNBC for six years. He started his career at WLS in Chicago and has worked as news director at KGO in San Francisco and WHDH in Boston. He has also worked at WRC in Washington, D.C., WTVJ in Miami.

After the jump, you can read the note KDVR  president and GM Peter Maroney sent to staffers to announce Kosowski’s departure. Read more

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KMGH’s Mike Landess Will Anchor Final Newscast August 28

mike landessMike Landess, anchor at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, will anchor his final newscast at 10 p.m. August 28. Landess announced his decision to step down in May, and Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow says next Thursday will be the day:

The station plans nightly tributes to his career next week, honoring in particular his steady presence on-air during the Colorado floods, wildfires and Aurora theater shooting.

Landess has yet to reveal what he’ll do next–or where. But he told Westword local TV has been a special experience, but after fifty years, he’s ready to leave:

“I’ve loved this job,” he emphasizes. “But I’m excited to move on to whatever the next phase is.”

Denver Sports Anchor Apologizes for Alzheimer’s ‘Joke’

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KUSA sports anchor Drew Soicher has apologized after opening his sportscast with a questionable reference to Alzheimer’s disease. “So much talk about Alzheimer’s at Broncos training camp that you wonder if that’s the name of a new player on the roster,” Soicher said, before turning to the news that team owner Pat Bowlen had stepped aside to receive Alzheimer’s treatment.

The “new player” line was quickly tackled as an insensitive joke, as Denver Post television critic Joanne Ostrow writes:

Soicher, the 9News sports anchor, got the jokey TV rhythm right (sounds like a vaudeville gag) — but the content uncomfortably wrong. His opener blew up as a tasteless one-liner on social media.

Soicher insists he never intended to joke “about anybody’s illness,” and posted the line–in context–on the KUSA website, along with his comments: Read more

So, ‘Dog’ Did the Weather This Morning on ‘Good Day Colorado’

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Here’s the thing about reality TV show bounty hunters. They don’t necessarily know anything about doing a weather forecast on television. Case in point, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who was a guest on KDVR‘s “Good Morning Colorado”.

Dog seems to start strong, suggesting that more humidity will mean “less bad air” for the Denver area, but he’s quickly corrected by Fox 31′s Jennifer Broome. “Mm, not exactly.”

What happens next is yours to enjoy:

Two Scripps Stations Premiere New Style of News Show

the now kmghE.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.

The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.

“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”

Denver’s version of The Now will be anchored by Lionel Bienvenu while the KSHB show will feature digital reporter Deb Tuff. Read more

Amelia Earhart Completes ‘Round the World Flight

EarhartHomeAmelia Earhart, the former traffic reporter for KUSA in Denver, is back in Colorado after finishing an around the world flight.

Earhart, along with co-pilot Shane Jordan, flew a path similar to that of her namesake. They landed in Oakland, California Friday evening completing an 18-day, 14-country, 24,000-mile journey that makes her the youngest woman to travel around the world in a single-engine airplane. She returned to Colorado today landing at the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport.

Upon landing in Oakland, Earhart, no relation to the famous aviator who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937, Tweeted: “In the best way we knew how, we brought Amelia’s spirit home safely to Oakland.”

KUSA’s story, after the jump…

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Amanda Kost Leaving KMGH for Scripps Bureau in Washington

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KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced investigative reporter Amanda Kost will leave the Scripps-owned Denver ABC affiliate to join the Scripps National Bureau in Washington as an investigative reporter.

“The DC investigative team is building and Amanda is the perfect part to help gain momentum and impact,” Harris told staff in an email today. “Our Nation’s Capital has no idea what it’s in store for…but we do.”

Kost is a Peabody Award winner who joined KMGH four years ago.

Read Harris’ full memo after the jump. Read more

Guillermo Martínez Villarreal Joins Telemundo Denver

telemundo denver_304x200Guillermo Martínez Villarreal is joining KDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, as the anchor of the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Martínez Villarreal most recently worked at the Telemundo affiliate in San Diego-Tijuana, where he was a producer and news coordinator. He was the first producer and anchor for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast.

“Guillermo is a seasoned journalist who has a gift for storytelling and experience in many newsrooms. We are glad to have him on the team,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement.

Meteorologist Laura Velasquez Joining KDVR

LAURA VELASQUEZMeteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving WOOD in Grand Rapids to join KDVR in Denver, mlive.com reports:

“I’ve loved my time at WOOD TV,” she said. “They believed in my talent and passion right from the start and gave me the platform and encouragement to grow as a meteorologist, broadcaster and professional.”

Velasquez is looking forward to joining KDVR-TV, the FOX TV affiliate in Denver, the 17th largest TV market with more than 1.5 million viewers. “I wanted to stay in a ‘weather’ market – somewhere where the weather is challenging,” she said. “I’ll get to forecast everything from blizzards to tornadoes and everything in between.”

“Forecasting is going to be different at first, but I’m ready and looking forward to it,” Velasquez said.

Amelia Earhart Begins Around-the-World Flight

earhart_kusa_croppedFormer Denver traffic reporter Amelia Earhart is now on an around-the-world flight recreating the path taken by her famous namesake. Earhart took off from Oakland yesterday for the 28,000-mile trip.

Earhart, who left KUSA in January to prepare for the voyage, was featured on “NBC Nightly News” last night (watch after the jump). She talked about the letdown when she learned she was not related to the famous aviator.

“If you believe anything for 30 years and you’re told it’s not true. It’s tough to take.”

As of this writing, Earhart is somewhere over Birmingham, AL. You can track her flight on AmeliaEarhartProject.com.

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