Rockies on News First Now
KOAA/Channels 5&30 announced today that its cable outlet, News First Now (Comcast Channel 9) would carry 23 Rockies games this season (KOAA itself will carry one game, Sept. 6 at Houston).
This seems like a pretty smart move for KOAA. They started NFN as "Weather First Now" back in 2004, just using the rotating blocks of weather and traffic information, then added the 4 and 9 newscasts last year with Laura Rojas and Mike Madson.
Having the Rockies as a hook should bring more people to the other stuff on the channel and, I would think, would particularly help the newscasts.
Still, I'm a little bemused: The Rockies just went to the frickin' World Series, shouldn't this season's games be a pretty hot ticket? I'm not saying anyone would pre-empt primetime for a Mets game in the middle of August, but I'd think KOAA would want more of the package up on the mothership instead of basic cable.
KTVD, which is sort of a broadcast version of NFN for KUSA, picks up a bunch of games in Denver.