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RTDNA Announces Edward R. Murrow Award Winners for 2013

RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The big winners were Boston ABC affiliate WCVB with 7 awards, Denver NBC affiliate KUSA with nine awards, Seattle NBC affiliate KING with eight awards and Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE with ten awards in the large market category for their regions.

The most dominant small market stations in their respective regions were Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL with six awards and New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE with nine awards.

You can view the complete list of winners by clicking here.

Danielle Grant to Join KUSA in Denver

Danielle Grant will join Denver NBC affiliate KUSA as the morning meteorologist.

“I’ve had an absolute fantastic time here,” Grant said while signing off from KREM in Spokane, WA, Sunday. “And I hope I brought you guys a lot of joy, a lot of laughter, and a big smile.”

Grant worked at KREM for three years. She was the weekend weather anchor and reporter. Before coming to KREM, she worked KIFI in Idaho Falls, ID.

KUSA Apologizes For ‘Coarse Language’ on Twitter

Denver NBC affiliate KUSA tweeted an apology for using “coarse language” Tuesday evening:

KUSA has deleted the original tweet, but a tipster tells us (and this retweet confirms) it read “What’s all the bitching about?”, apparently a reference to the fact that the storm was living up to its hype — and therefore validating KUSA’s extensive weather coverage Tuesday.

KUSA has yet to return TVSpy’s request for comment.

KARE, WBNS, KUSA Win Cronkite Awards

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced the 2013 winners of the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

KARE, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, won for local broadcast station. The judges cited its coverage of the marriage equality debate, calling KARE’s reporting “fair, balanced and deeply personal.” WBNS in Columbus received a special commendation for citizen engagement. Denver’s KUSA was the winner of the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, a category that was just introduced to the awards this year.

Two reporters were honored for individual achievement at a local broadcast station. Marshall Zelinger, a content producer and presenter at KMGH in Denver, won for his “clarity of presentation” and “modern production techniques.” Tom McKee, a reporter at WCPO in Cincinnatti, received the special commendation for citizen engagement for his his extensive fieldwork. Read more

Denver Reporter Gets Colonoscopy On-Air to Raise Awareness About Colon Cancer


KUSA entertainment reporter and anchor Kirk Montgomery recently took a cue from Katie Couric.

Montgomery submitted himself to a colonoscopy and brought the Denver NBC affiliate’s cameras along to document the procedure.

Montgomery told TVSpy, “I’m just grateful that I might have been able to save someones life, let alone my own by being so public about a very private and uncomfortable topic for so many people.”

The story took viewers through the procedure and, using footage from the endoscope, showed doctors snaring and removing a polyp. “For those of you watching in high definition I apologize,” Montgomery said. The polyp was later discovered to be cancerous. Read more

Gannett Stations Debut New Graphics Package

Gannett is in the process of rolling out new graphics at stations across the country. The new package debuted this week at KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver (video above).

“Our intention was to clean up the screen and only put things at the bottom of the screen that were of the highest importance to the viewers,” KUSA president and general manager Mark Cornetta said in a statement.

The graphics package looks very similar to the new graphics at Gannett-owned USA Today, which was redesigned last year.

NewscastStudio describes Gannett’s new look as “graphics and music that stand out in a crowded market.” Read more

Denver Stations Get High Marks for De-Bunking Political Ads

With a heated election and a lot of undecided voters, local TV stations stand to see big profits from campaigns looking to tip the scales in their favor by airing political ads.  According to an opinion piece in the Denver Post by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-founder of FactCheck.org, the TV stations in Denver are doing a particularly good job helping voters see through the increasing spin.

Denver broadcasters deserve praise not only for reality testing political claims, but for also doing it well.  Our research shows that when stations reduce the size of the ad on the screen, clearly identify it as political content and stamp the corrections onto the boxed ad, voters remember the reporters’ analysis better than they do when the critiqued ad is played full screen.

You can watch what two Denver stations are doing to fact check political ads after the jump.

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Denver’s KUSA Celebrates 60 Years

This Friday, KUSA in Denver will celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The station, which began as both a CBS and an ABC affiliate with the call letters KBTV, kicked off the celebration Sunday night taking viewers back to 1950′s Denver and giving them a small taste of what watching TV was like back then.  You can watch the video of the story after the jump.

According to the story, The Rocky Mountain News encouraged viewers at the time to hold TV viewing parties but to protect themselves with greenery, “they also warned you that there were little rays coming out of the television screen that could zap you.  And the best thing to do about that was to put some plants on the TV or near  it to soak up these potentially deadly TV rays.”

The station has a web page devoted to the event.  Click here to view.  The Denver Post also has an article about the station’s celebration and history.  Click here to see.  Watch the videos inside.

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Denver’s KUSA Leads All NBC Affiliates During Olympics

KUSA, the Gannett Communications station in Denver, is the top-rated NBC-affiliate in the country for Olympic coverage among younger viewers in primetime, Gannett says.

KUSA pulled in the most viewers among the A25-54 demographic in primetime. KARE in Minneapolis and WXIA in Atlanta, also Gannett stations, place second and third, respectively.

“Working with NBC, our stations are doing terrific work bringing home the stories of our athletes throughout the communities we serve,” Gannett president Dave Lougee said in a statement. Read more

Denver Local Stations Pool Interviews with Family Members, Victims of Colorado Theater Shooting

Poynter’s Al Tompkins talks to KUSA multimedia journalist Kevin Torres, as well as other reporters in Denver, about local stations in the market pooling interviews with victims and family members in the aftermath of last week’s Colorado theater shooting:

“The rules that we operate under are that a station can’t even look over what they shot until they feed it out to everybody,” Torres told me by email. “You can’t post it online, you can’t write about it until everybody in the pool has it.”

While journalists, of course, would like to do their own interviewing, Torres said the pool system is easier on the families. Read more

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