Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has announced a change to its evening anchor line up. After more than 35 years on-air in the Denver market, anchor Ron Zappolo (pictured left) will sign off this Friday, April 5.
“I’ve had a really fortunate run,” Zappolo told the Denver Post. “I’ve been able to see the world, provoke a little thought, have fun and get paid for it. How many people can say they got to do exactly what they wanted to do?” Read more
Libby Weaver, co-anchor of the longest tenured anchor team in Denver, signed off KDVR for the last time.
Weaver told the Denver Post she is not retiring, just seeking a change. Ed Kosowski, news director for the Denver Fox affiliate told the Post, “It was her decision. She made it clear that while she loved her job, this was a personal choice. She wanted to be a full-time mom.”
During last night’s 9 p.m.news, the station ran several tributes to Weaver from co-workers wishing her well. Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser gave her a plastic snow dome of Denver saying, “This is an heirloom. Its made of the finest plastic you can find on the globe. So be very gentle with it,” to which Weaver replied. “I will treasure it.”
After the jump, you can watch a video montage of Weaver’s greatest moments that aired at the end of the newscast. Read more
Libby Weaver, anchor for KDVR, FOX affiliate for Denver, is leaving the station.
“We can confirm that (she) will be leaving KDVR sometime around the end of this year or early in January,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told the Denver Post. “Beyond that we cannot and will not discuss anything else at this time about Libby’s departure except to say that we will certainly miss her presence both on the air in our newscasts and in the newsroom.”
Weaver co-anchored the 9 p.m. news with c0-anchor Ron Zappolo who previously announced he was leaving the anchor desk when his contract ends in March.
After a summer covering wildfires and a massacre at a movie theater, some good news to report from Denver. One of the stars of the Olympic games, four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin returned home from London Monday.
“Great job today by photojournalists Angel Rosado and Byron Stewart, along with our assignment desk, in getting exclusive video and sound with Missy Franklin at two different locations,” wrote KDVR/KWGN News Director Ed Kosowski to his staff. “Today, we stole the biggest story of the Olympics away from Denver’s ‘Olympic’ station and scooped not only KUSA but all of our competitors.”
Other U.S. Olympians are also getting back to normal — sort of. Many medalists are appearing on the “Today” show this week, Gabby Douglas was on “The Tonight Show” last night and The CW announced that Ryan Lochte will guest star in an episode of “90210″ airing Monday, Oct. 29.
Two news managers at Denver’s KDVR-KWGN have landed assistant news director jobs in other markets.
Ryan Minnaugh, who most recently served as executive producer of KDVR-KWGN’s evening newscasts, is joining WXIN in Indianapolis. And Marc Sternfield, KDVR-KWGN’s executive producer for digital media, has been named assistant ND at KSTU in Salt Lake City.
Both moves represent promotions within the Local TV-Tribune family. Read more
After being part of KWGN‘s morning team for over a decade, Angie Austin has departed the the Denver CW-affiliate.
Austin told the Denver Post this week that KWGN decided not to renew her contract, which came as a surprise to her.
“When my contract expired in a few months ago, my news director (Ed Kosowski) told me he was offering me a morning anchor position, so I knew I was being renewed,” Austin told the Post via email. “When he met with me last week and told me it was my last day at the station.. to say I was surprised would be an understatement.” Read more
Denver CW-affiliate KWGN has undergone a major image overhaul. The Tribune-owned station debuted a revamped set and graphics package this week, putting 2009′s ill-advised “Deuce” identity firmly in the past.
KWGN’s new “Colorado’s Own” tagline underscores a shift in focus for the station, from generic entertainment programming to local news. This shift is being overseen by veteran newsman Ed Kosowski, who was hired as VP of News of KDVR-KWGN back in June.
Upon his hiring, Kosowski told the Denver Post that he’s “very hard news oriented.”
As part of KWGN’s image overhaul, the station’s morning show introduced a new theme song, which was picked following a contest among local songwriters. [h/t NewscastStudio]
Media watchdog group FreePress is using the Denver market as an example in a campaign launched this week to highlight “covert consolidation” — a practice they say skirts federal ownership laws by sharing content and original reporting between stations — in the local news market.
FreePress claims “photocopy journalism” is happening in more than 80 markets across the country, greatly reducing the number of independent news sources, to the detriment of viewers. The watchdog group highlights in particular the Denver duopoly KDVR-KWGN, which share studio space, equipment, and staffers. KDVR, which is owned by Local TV, is the area Fox affiliate. KWGN, which is owned by Tribune Company, is the area CW affiliate.
The Denver stations entered a “shared station” agreement earlier this year, The Colorado Independentwrites, that allows them to also share scripts and original reporting. FreePress points out that on the two stations, viewers will often see different anchors reading the exact same scripts and tossing to the exact same soundbites.
Watch the FreePress video campaign, which includes examples of stations sharing content, below: