Monday, July 17, 2006

Updates all over the place

Super busy today. Here's the scoop:

KRDO (1240 AM) and KSKX (105.5 FM) will switch to a news format Aug. 14, with local morning and afternoon news shows and an hour of local news at noon. They were part of the Pikes Peak Broadcasting sale to the News-Press & Gazette that went through last month. The new owners are beefing up KRDO/Channel 13's news department (adding a 6 p.m. newscast, also on Aug. 14) and liked the idea of expanding the brand into radio. They're going to try to get the KRDO-FM call letters back from Citadel, which took over 95.1 FM, "The Peak" and turned it into "Cat Country." Get the whole story in business tomorrow.

Mario Valdes, who was KRCC (91.5 FM)'s station manager for 26 years, is out after Colorado College didn't renew his contract. Look for the rest of the story in Metro tomorrow.

And Rich Hawk, who has been the music director for KILO (94.3 FM) and the Eagle, KYZX (103.9 FM) for decades, is retiring. I'll get to that one tomorrow. I may get that into Life later in the week.

Whew. Local broadcasting has been making my head spin lately.


At 5:31 PM, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice scoops Andy! Kudos to ya...
You ARE the MAN!!!

At 7:18 AM, July 18, 2006, Blogger Don McCullen said...

FM News/Talk radio is comming to Colorado Springs at long last. Don't know if NPG will do great with it ratings wise but I weclome it. Clear Channel has been trying out the mainline News/Talk format on FM in several markets now.

I am sure they will get the KRDO-FM calls, cause I know that Bobby Irwin wants to have new calls that relate to the the KAT Country brand.

So far I can say that NPG is taking KRDO in the right direction.

I am just waiting for graphics that equal or better KKTV and KOAA, a real time doppler computer program, and maybe a new set.

With Mario Valdez gone from KRCC, I hope they bring in someone that will grow the station rather than play Hippie DJ (Freeform). I would love to see KRCC picking up daily shows like Diane Rhem and/or "Talk of the Nation." Keep the Evening Jazz and the Sunday Night Reggae shows but they should build on the audience that listen's to Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Public Radio News/Talk is the future of public radio.

At 8:25 PM, July 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So with the format change on 1240 does this effectively kill the C.C. Tiger broadcasts this upcoming season??

At 10:53 PM, July 18, 2006, Blogger Don McCullen said...

"So with the format change on 1240 does this effectively kill the C.C. Tiger broadcasts this upcoming season??"

Not nesscary, News Press Gazette may honor and better yet remain commited to the CCD Tigers and CS Sky Sox.

Sports programing has completment News/Talk stations for years. Look at KOA in Denver

At 2:16 PM, July 19, 2006, Blogger AndyW said...

KRDO and CC were already in discussions about CC hockey before the format change. I don't know why it's taken so long to hammer out a deal, but if KRDO doesn't pick them up, another station definitely will.

At 4:49 PM, July 19, 2006, Blogger Don McCullen said...

...but if KRDO doesn't pick them up, another station definitely will.

I don't think NPG will let that slip through the cracks. it would be great to have CC Hockey on FM.

I may not listen but it will only boost the new KRDO-FM-AM


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