Wednesday, December 20, 2006

KRDO earns surprise of the day

KRDO/Channel 13 gave viewers an early Christmas surprise Wednesday morning, as longtime local news anchor Eric Singer unexpectedly showed up to anchor the station’s “Good Morning Colorado.”

Although he was just filling in for KRDO’s Zach Thaxton, expect to see more of Singer on KRDO in the days ahead.“I’m very excited to be a part of this,” Singer said. “It feels wonderful to be at a station where I’m very much appreciated. It was nice to find a home again.”

Singer was an anchor with KKTV/Channel 11 for 17 years, until the station dropped its anchor team of Singer, Melissa Brown and meteorologist Mike Madson in November, 2005. KKTV later replaced them with anchors Don Ward and Shannon Brinias and meteorologist Brian Bledsoe.

Singer has worked in real estate since leaving KKTV and staged an unsuccessful bid for the state Senate. He hasn’t given up his real estate business, but KRDO news director Dave Rose hinted that he’ll be a regular presence on KRDO.

“Down the road, as we add additional newscasts, we suspect that he may be involved in one or more of those,” Rose said. “We’re just happy to have someone with his experience and roots in the market working for us.”

Since KRDO was sold to the News-Press & Gazette company in June, the station has added a 6 p.m. newscast and switched its 5:30 p.m news to 5 p.m. The obvious spot to add another newscast is midday, where KKTV and KOAA/Channels 5&30 have newscasts but KRDO doesn’t.

Singer’s former co-worker Madson said he was thrilled to hear he was back on the air.“As a co-worker of his, I found him to be totally dedicated to getting the story right,” Madson said. “Eric is a pro.”

Madson now does the weather on Friday nights for KOAA in addition to teaching at Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Brown recently remarried and now lives in Fort Collins.“We’re all happy,” Madson said. “I’m sure Eric would tell you the same thing. We’re all doing what we want to be doing.”

If seeing Singer behind the anchor desk Wednesday morning was a surprise, be sure to tune in this morning . Rose says he’ll have Singer on the city’s snowy streets reporting on road conditions.

“He actually volunteered” for the chilly duty, Rose said. “I said, ‘It speaks highly of your commitment. It doesn’t speak well of your judgement.’”


At 5:20 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder ! I saw him on the morning . Pretty good hit for dave rose.Now all dave rose can do now is to get mr.lyle rocketfeller from business talk radio. they both can anchor the 12am news together .what a TEAM! Cool.

At 6:58 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard rumor that they may also add a 4pm newscast or 4:30 at some point. I could see Singer noon or that later afternoon cast or both.

At 9:03 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes. it would be right .he did a good job with kelli there.i guess now he not working with kktv anymore. just noticed that kxrm-21 has another live truck ??hmm thats nice though. i wished that krdo tv-13 has a s.n.g truck soon.and ill miss that lady reporter going to grand junction kjct as a news director karla shots, good luck karla and steph wurtz..i know her didnt she worked at ??wibw-tv 13 gray comm in topeka ,ka??

At 11:07 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KRDO won't get into an already-saturated midday, afternoon, or 9 p.m. lineup just yet. Look for them to branch into so-far-unchartered territory, with Eric Singer taking the lead.

At 9:07 AM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Eric. The year long non-compete clause in his contract must be up. It'll soon be crystal clear that KKTV messed up. Not just by getting rid of their entire news team. But because they did not bring in anyone with any better talent.
And what's with all the co-ed college girls over there? Are they starting a sorority or what?

KRDO's new owners aren't messing around. Another year or 2 and it'll be KOAA and KRDO at the top two spots.

At 10:18 AM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just love eric "grin"..i missed it for a long time, but i still think that the new owners of krdo tv should be looking into getting a sat truck then they will get into the pix with kk and koaa v but i wonder wheres mellissa should not to far off and im not too hot with don ward .(he had a cold/?)

At 10:07 AM, April 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm curious about the tv "atmosphere" in colorado springs... specifically KRDO.

what stations are good to work at and which ones are leading in the ratings. also, if you would be so kind, can i get a brief history of the recent happenings at the stations? thanks very much. greatly appreciated.


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