Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kenneth the governor

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wanted: Terrible teens, tough parents

The producers of ABC's "Supernanny" are in town this week casting for a new show dubbed "The World's Strictest Parents." They're looking for teens needing a firm hand and parents who can kick butt and take names.

And they thought our humble city might provide both. How flattering.

Specifically, they're looking for parents with family values, strong religious beliefs, conservatives (as opposed to the previous two categories?), eco-friendly beliefs, farmers and families with interesting stories.

On the teen side, they want teens with unique interests, urbanites, technically savvy teens, slobs, surfers, liberals, affluent teens and just generally defiant teens.

If you want to nominate a family or a teen, you can call 1-888-418-3367, e-mail or go to

Is there any interest in Twittering TV Talk?

I haven't jumped to Twitter because I figure I'd have to post the same content twice, but if there are a few readers already on Twitter who prefer to get local TV updates in that format, it might be worthwhile. Most of these posts are already pretty short, except when I go off on a rant...

KRDO's analog signal down

Well, the timing is kinda funny. They’re probably cursing every dime they spend fixing the old transmitter, too:

Newschannel 13’s Analog Signal Down
Updated: Feb 16, 2009 07:36 AM

NEWSCHANNEL 13 has lost analog signal. We are trying to restore it as soon as possible. Our digital signal is still working. Stay with and KRDO NEWSRADIO 105.5 FM 1240 AM for the latest news.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Yep, KKTV too

A commenter mentioned that KKTV registered with the FCC to go digital on Feb. 17, instead of waiting 'til June 12.

KK GM Tim Merritt said the stationed signed up for that a few weeks ago to keep its options open, but plans to keep its analog signal on the air through June 12 like the other stations.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Springs will go digital June 12

If you're not following the minutae of the DTV transition delay, this may seem like an "uh duh" statement, but in many places, possibly including Denver, one or more TV stations plans to shut down their analog transmitters on Feb. 17 as originally scheduled.

Even making calls to the local stations this morning, there were different theories and rumors about who might or might not make the switch.

In any case, as of 2:06 p.m. Monday, all the locals are planning on keeping their analog signals running through June 12.

Which is too bad, in a way. Having one or more of the local stations shut down their analog transmitter would probably be a very, very effective way to get the OTA DTV foot-draggers off their couches and into the store to buy a converter box.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

They did it: Four more months of analog bliss

The House passed the DTV delay bill today. No additional money for converter boxes, interestingly. But hey, at least the nation’s foot-draggers will have four months to save their pennies for the box.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

DTV delay moves without delay

It should move out of committee today.

Elsewhere, NBC did pretty well with the Super Bowl. I never saw any good numbers on big-screen TV sales, though. I’m guessing they were disappointing (everything related to the economy is disappointing these days, isn’t it?). Plus: Comcast pays viewers to watch porn! Sort of (end of column).

And, on a personal fave note, “Reaper” is getting thrown to the wolves. Again.