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Gannett Promotes Patti Dennis, Names Replacement from Knoxville Station

moreno kusaChristy Moreno has been named news director of Gannett’s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Moreno was news director at Gannett’s Knoxville, Tenn. station WBIR. She replaces Patti Dennis, who was promoted to VP, news and talent development for Gannett.

“Christy’s strong leadership skills, record of success and innovative ideas are just what we need to continue serving as Colorado’s news leader,” Mark Cornetta, KUSA GM and Gannett SVP, said in a statement.

Moreno came to WBIR in 2012 from KENS, Gannett’s San Antonio station, where she was assistant news director. She has also worked at KRIV and KPRC in Houston and KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dave Lougee, President, Gannett Broadcasting, thanked Dennis for her work at KUSA, saying, “Patti’s contributions to 9NEWS are too numerous to count and her eye for talent is unmatched. Now we will be able to deploy her talents across a larger stage.”

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KUSA Puts Anchor Choice up to Viewer Vote

KUSA candidatesDenver NBC affiliate KUSA asked viewers to vote whether they wanted reporter Kevin Torres or current anchor Kyle Clark as the next evening anchor.

According to the station, the election was trending on twitter in Denver. Clark beat Torres 364-270 and gets to keep his job. TVSpy didn’t take the time to investigate how the votes were tallied. Though, we did ask KUSA what would have happened had Clark lost. We’ll update when we hear back.

The race came complete with attack ads. After the race, the two candidates released statements. Here’s Clark’s.

“Kevin Torres on the anchor desk would be nothing but a rubber-stamp for Drew Soicher‘s radical agenda. That’s why I have the endorsement of Adele Arakawa and the support of Kathy Sabine who said, ‘Sure. Just stop bothering me. I’m working on a forecast.’ For years, Coloradans have trusted me to make funny faces at the camera following ridiculous stories and patently untrue comments from politicians. We just can’t trust Kevin Torres to do the same.”

You can watch both candidates attack ads after the jump. Read more

KUSA’s Kyle Clark Gets Feisty as Debate Moderator

Last night, political reporter Brandon Rittiman and anchor Kyle Clark of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA moderated a heated debate between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). But the candidates weren’t the only two people confronting one another.

Clark got into his own argument with Gardner about the federal Life at Conception Act, which Clark says Gardner denies being a personhood bill to end abortion. Check out a clip of the testy exchange above.

Some of Clark’s fans were pleased with his performance as moderator.

Others, not so much.

You can watch the full debate here.

Changes in Denver AM Market

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Two morning news shows in Denver are going through transitions at the moment.

ABC affiliate KMGH recently debuted a new set, which Joanne Ostrow over at The Denver Post, didn’t much like:

The big, empty 7News set, a display of video technology on multiple screens, looks big and empty. When I walked around it in person, I hoped it would play better on camera. It doesn’t, and the anchors appear awkward moving from one spot to another. Does standing without an anchor chair add anything? It’s a distraction.

Meanwhile, NBC affiliate KUSA‘s team has been changing in recent months after the departure of longtime fan favorite Kyle Dyer. Ostrow explains what the rest of the team looks like today:

Work-horse Gary Shapiro attempts to hold things together with trooper Cheryl Preheim, while former cheerleader and dancer Corey Rose and well-traveled TV vet Marty Coniglio take turns…When you build a newsroom around big personalities rather than, say, content, it hurts when a popular anchor leaves.

The ratings for September 2014, however, show that KUSA remains at #1, despite the shuffling of anchors. The station’s ratings have decreased compared to previous years, particularly among younger viewers, while KMGH has made significant gains.

For viewers age 25-54, from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., KUSA scored a 1.4 rating and 15.7 share. KMGH came in second with a 0.8 rating and 9 share. FOX affiliate KDVR came in third with a 0.5 rating, 6 share.

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

KUSA Senior Producer Leaving After 34 Years

jack maherKUSA senior producer Jack Maher is signing off after 34 years producing the Denver NBC affiliate’s morning newscast. On the station’s website, Maher looks at the evolution of the show from his first broadcast — a “disaster” half-hour newscast — to today:

Today, we’re churning out four-and-a-half hours of morning content with a highly talented, highly energized crew of on air and behind-the-scenes pros. Some days, I can’t believe how that little show I started 34 years has evolved and grown. That growth has included me, as I’ve acquired new skills as a multimedia journalist. I’m enormously proud and grateful too.

Why leave? I’ve taken this morning show as far as I could. It’s time for a new generation to take over, as I head off to a new gig as a multimedia guy with Jefferson County Schools. No more midnight alarms. Won’t miss that. But I will miss all my great colleagues at 9NEWS, and more importantly, you. Thanks for riding along.

Watch KUSA’s tribute to Maher after the jump. Read more

New Role For Kyle Dyer at Denver’s KUSA

KyleDyerKyle Dyer is leaving the morning newscast at KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver. In her new role, which begins in July, Dyer will continue toanchor the 11 a.m. and noon newscasts and provide taped pieces for the morning newscast, the Denver Post reports:

“We offered her (a contract) to stay on fulltime,” News Director Patti Dennis said. “She wanted to renew her contract but in a different role, citing family obligations. She’ll no longer have to come in at 3 a.m.”

Her daughters are now 11 and 9, Dyer said, with increasing homework and after-school activities. “It’s hard to be present. It’s something I’ve thought about the last couple of years.” Additionally, she’s been keeping “these weird hours” since December 1993, even before she landed at KUSA.

The adjustment “will be just as weird for viewers” as it will be for her, Dyer said. But she reminds those who have had morning coffee with her for nearly two decades, “I’ll be there on tape.”

Watch video of Dyer’s announcement after the jump. Read more

Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

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.

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