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Aristea Brady Joins KDVR From WCCO

brady_wcco_304Aristea Brady is joining KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, as co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. She comes from WCCO, the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, where she has been a reporter and anchor for three years.

“She is a familiar face to many of you and to the Denver audience, having worked as a reporter and weekend morning anchor at KUSA several years ago before leaving for Minnesota,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to station staff last week. “Aristea is a Colorado native who was born and raised in Englewood. She has a large extended family in Craig on the Western Slope, where they operate a ranch and where she spent summers herding cattle and sheep before pursuing her career in journalism.”

Brady will anchor the 10 p.m. newscast alongside Boris Sanchez. She will also report during the week.

Kosowski’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Sportscaster Susie Wargin Leaving KUSA

susie wargin_304x200Susie Wargin is leaving KUSA, the Denver Post reports. Wargin will sign off from the Denver NBC affiliate in August.

“I’ve had my real estate license since June,” Wargin told the Denver Post. “My mom’s been in the business for 38 years (with RE/MAX). It’s a good family decision for me now. Mom wants to hand down the business–(in the unspecified distant future)– and I’d be an idiot to refuse.”

Wargin has been the KUSA morning sports anchor since 2004. She will continue to freelance on occasion for the station, she says.

KUSA News Director Patti Dennis on Her New Role at Gannett

PattiDennisKUSA news director Patti Dennis, who recently expanded her role with Gannett, talks to the Denver Post about the transition period at the Denver NBC affiliate:

During the transition — perhaps until the end of the year — she will spend three days a week as news director, two days recruiting. Dennis — and everyone in the building — is certain that, whenever the next big news event breaks, she’ll be in the mix. “I don’t know that I could stay away.”

Control is her “Linus blanket,” she allowed. Will she come unglued when she’s not in charge during a future big story?

“We’ll all find that out together,” Assistant News Director Tim Ryan said. No successor has been named, leading to much speculation. She’ll be a tough act to follow, having bridged analog and digital eras so winningly. “Succeeding Patti will be like succeeding John Elway,” said one contender.

Lawmakers Look for Ways to Let Viewers in Southwest Colorado Watch Colorado Stations

FCC_304Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel met Wednesday in Durango, CO, to figure out how to let residents in the southwest part of the state watch Denver TV.

The Durango Herald reports right now, some residents of La Plata and Montezuma Counties in Colorado can only watch Albuquerque stations.

La Plata County residents long have complained they get what one attendee at Wednesday’s forum described as “if it bleeds, it leads” journalism from Albuquerque-based TV news stations.

Among the roadblocks to Denver TV are resistance from New Mexico broadcasters, who don’t want to lose viewers in Southwest Colorado who support advertising revenue, and The Nielsen Co., the private New York-based company that determines TV market areas. Read more

Sports Anchor Turned News Anchor then Retired Anchor Hired to do Sports at KUSA

Fox31 anchor Ron Zappolo is retiring.Ron Zappolo, the former sports anchor who retired last year as a news anchor is coming back to Denver airwaves.

The Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow reports Zappolo will be the “weekend sports conversationalist” for Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

He’ll be paired with Sam Adams, Denver comedian and sportswriter (for the Rocky Mountain News), to talk sports as a segment within the newscast. The first taping is Friday, to air this weekend.

“We’ll see what develops,” Zappolo said late Tuesday. “Anything’s on the table.”

KUSA President and General Manager Mark Cornetta calls the move an “experiment,” as a way to inject talk about sports, sometimes in a debate style, in the weekend newscast. “As with anything, if it is good, there is the possibility it could expand,” Cornetta said. Read more

KDVR Reporter’s Story Reopens Police Investigation into Local Woman’s Death


Investigative work by KDVR reporter Justin Joseph has lead police to reopen an investigation into the shooting death of an Evans, CO, woman.

Ashley Fallis death was initially ruled a suicide after Fallis’ husband Tom, who was a Weld County law enforcement officer, told police Fallis shot herself.

After what the station called an exhaustive 12-month investigation, Joseph found “serious missteps” in the department’s investigation. When given the new evidence, Chief Rick Brandt “directed that the case be reopened.”

Brandt said the Fort Collins Police Department will take the lead in reexamining Ashley Fallis’ death.

“It is my desire that an unbiased, professional third-party review of this case be conducted,” he said. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

They like a longer story in Denver, where today we take a look at what the local stations are talking about.

With a lot of stories in the 2:00 range, most of the stations stacked their shows pretty much the same way: leading with the school evacuation and going long on the missing hikers.

Paola Varela Rossi Joins Telemundo Denver

paola varela rossiPaola Varela Rossi is joining Telemundo Denver as a sports anchor-reporter. Beginning March 31, she will anchor the sports segment for both of the station’s daily newscasts.

It is a return to Telemundo for Varela Rossi, who previously worked at Telemundo Network in Miami. Most recently, she was an anchor and reporter at Caracol TV network in Colombia.

“Paola is a team player and will be a great asset to our station in Denver,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “We are glad to welcome her back to the Telemundo family.”

Too Soon? KDVR Reporter Pokes Fun at Yesterday’s Penis Pic on Twitter

Is it too soon for KDVR reporter Dan Daru to poke fun at his station’s mistaken airing of a penis yesterday?

We asked KDVR and Daru about it. We’ll update when we hear back.

Denver Station Apologizes for Showing Penis During Morning Show


KDVR anchor Kirk Yuhnke promised viewers he’d find Twitter for photos of today’s helicopter crash in Seattle during this morning’s 8:00 a.m. newscast.

While Yuhnke talked over full screen images of a twitter feed, the Denver FOX affiliate viewers saw pictures scroll from crash shots, to Edward Scissorhands, then a loaf of something possibly edible and finally a man’s penis in full display peeking out from some unzipped pants.

KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy “While reporting breaking news about the crash of the KOMO-TV helicopter in Seattle, Fox 31 Denver accidentally broadcast an offensive photo while scrolling live through a Twitter feed of pictures from the crash scene. The photo was mistakenly broadcast by our control room. It did not come from the tablet many viewers saw being used by one of our anchors. We apologize for the inadvertent broadcast of the image and we are taking immediate steps to prevent such an accident from happening again. ”

Deadspin has the video. Click here to see. The YouTube version has been (pardon our pun) pulled by KDVR’s parent company.

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