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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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VIDEO: KXRM Morning Anchors Impersonate Each Other for ‘Opposite Day’

For those not so enlightened, January 25 is officially “Opposite Day” where everything one says should be the opposite of what one means.

It then stands to reason, Colorado Springs FOX affiliate KXRM must normally put on a conservative and tightly run morning news show since their “Opposite Day” celebration featured a lot of yelling, wild hand gestures and poorly framed weather forecasts.

Morning reporter Craig Coffey did his best Justin Chambers impersonation by appearing at various elevations in front of the weather board yelling, “The rails are off!”  Co-Anchor and meteorologist Chambers did his best impersonation of Coffey by using a lot of hand gestures and hoots of laughter. Co-anchor Kimberly Price played it the straightest by gamely giving the weather a try. Though, TVSpy must say, traffic reporter Dan Cochell‘s appearance seemed flat in a cardboard cut-out sort of way

VIDEO: Colorado Springs Anchor Acts Out When Graphics Go Down

KXRM, the Colorado Springs FOX affiliate, ran into a snafu during the debut of its new graphics. While anchors Kimberly Price and Justin Chambers were reading a story about approval ratings for the U.S. Congress, the system went down prompting Chambers to choose pantomime to illustrate the story while Price read.

“They got in my ear at the last second and said ‘the computer is down’ so I just winged it,” said Chambers. “It was one of those spur of the moment type things. It happens weekly on our show!”

The station’s bad luck may have been good luck for those watching. Chambers skirted the boundary between bad taste and downright funny with his impersonations of Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Lindsay Lohan. Check out the video above.

KOAA Expanding in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA is planning to double the size of its broadcast facilities by the end of 2013, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette:

KOAA recently bought a nearly 25,000-square-foot building at 5520 Tech Center Drive on the Springs’ northwest side. KOAA will occupy the entire two-story building, which it will gut and remodel into offices and state-of-the-art broadcast facilities, said Joany D’Agostino, the station’s marketing director. The purchase and remodeling will cost about $5 million.

By November or December, she said, the station will move to that building from 11,000 square feet it leases in a portion of a building at 530 Communication Circle on the city’s west side.

 

Barrett Tryon Joins WDAF in Kansas City

Barrett Tryon has joined WDAF, the Fox affiliate in Kansas City.

Tryon moves to Kansas City from Colorado Springs. He was a reporter at ABC affiliate KRDO from March 2010 to July 2011. After leaving KRDO, he joined the Colorado Springs-Gazette, where he was placed on administrative leave in June after he refused to remove a post about the newspaper’s sale from his personal Facebook page. He was eventually reinstated at the newspaper but declined to return.

At WDAF, Tryon will be an interactive content producer and technology reporter.

Skunk Knocks Colorado Springs FOX Station Off Air

A skunk in Colorado Springs knocked, or sprayed, the local FOX affiliate, KXRM, off the air for a day.

The station posted a statement to its website describing the incident which happened around 8 pm. Sunday,

FOX21 News engineers said a skunk got into the transmitter room at the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The skunk burned itself on the equipment in the room and reacted by spraying the transmitter, causing the breaker to trip.

The station’s signal was restored shortly after 8 p.m Monday.  The station said the skunk survived the ordeal.

KKTV Gets a New Home in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs CBS-affiliate KKTV is plotting a move early next year, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The station purchased an 8,000-square foot building in downtown Colorado Springs, and plans to outfit the new space with all new equipment, rather than shuttling the old equipment to the new newsroom.

“Technologically, we’re really going to go state of the art with it,” VP-GM Nick Matesi told the Gazette. “We’re trying to build the TV station for tomorrow, and not just a TV station but a media outlet — so much is about digital now and incorporating that into the workflow.” Read more

Marissa Torres Joins KOAA as Morning Anchor

Marissa Torres is joining Colorado Springs NBC-affiliate KOAA, where she will co-anchor the morning newscast.

She replaces Jennifer Horbelt, who is moving into the evening anchor role at KOAA. Torres’ first day on the air alongside Adam Atchison and meteorologist Craig Eliot will be July 30.

Torres joins the station from KOB in Albuquerque, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor. “I am honored to be coming to KOAA and to Southern Colorado,” she said in a statement. “And yes, I really am a morning person!”

As Wildfire Rages, Colorado Springs Station Delivers Days of Nonstop Breaking News

As a massive wildfire extended its reach in Colorado Springs over the weekend, KKTV, the market’s CBS-affiliate, began providing nonstop coverage of the natural disaster.  And the station hasn’t stopped.

So far, as of this posting, KKTV, which is owned by Gray Television, has provided nearly 100 hours of continuous breaking news coverage and, with the fire doubling in size Tuesday night, there doesn’t appear to be a break in sight.

“When we first broke in just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, we had no plan as to how long we’d stay on,” KKTV news director Liz Haltiwanger told TVSpy today via email.  “We just knew our viewers needed clear information, live images, and weather forecasts right away.” Read more

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