KUSA (TV)

KUSA, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by Tegna Inc., as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate KTVD (channel 20, which rebroadcasts KUSA's signal on UHF digital channel 19.5 using virtual channel 9.4). The two stations share studios on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Speer neighborhood (southeast of the studios of ABC affiliate KMGH-TV (channel 7) and the studios shared by Fox affiliate KDVR (channel 31) and CW affiliate KWGN-TV (channel 2)); KUSA's transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden.

On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity in standard definition on channel 9, and in high definition on digital channel 653.[1] It is also carried on CenturyLink Prism channels 9 and 1009.[2] KUSA is also carried by Carnival Cruise Lines through the in-room entertainment system available on ships touring the Caribbean and South Pacific.

KUSA
KUSA logo
Denver, Colorado
United States
BrandingChannel 9 (general)
9 News (newscasts)
SloganEverywhere
Colorado's News Leader
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKTVD-DT 9.4 (19.5 UHF) Denver
(for others, see article)
Affiliations
OwnerTegna Inc.
(Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
First air dateOctober 12, 1952
Call letters' meaningUnited States of America
USA Today (owned by Gannett, KUSA's former owner)
Sister station(s)KTVD
Former callsignsKBTV (1952–1984)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 9 (VHF, 1952–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 16 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power45 kW
Height352.4 m (1,156 ft)
Facility ID23074
Transmitter coordinates39°43′50.6″N 105°13′55.6″W / 39.730722°N 105.232111°WCoordinates: 39°43′50.6″N 105°13′55.6″W / 39.730722°N 105.232111°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.9news.com

History

Early years

The station first signed on the air on October 12, 1952 as KBTV; it was the second television station to sign on in the Denver market—after KFEL-TV (channel 2, now KWGN-TV), which signed on just over three months earlier on July 18. Founded by Mullins Broadcasting, the station initially served as a primary affiliate of CBS, but also carried programs from ABC and NBC through secondary affiliations with both networks. It originally operated from studio facilities located in a converted former car dealership at 1089 Bannock Street in Denver's Civic Center neighborhood. Channel 9 gained an affiliation with the DuMont Television Network in 1953, but lost CBS programming to KLZ-TV (channel 7, now KMGH-TV) when that station signed on in November 1953; this was followed by the loss of the NBC affiliation to KOA-TV (channel 4, now KCNC-TV) when it signed on in December of that year (both KLZ-TV and KOA-TV inherited the affiliations as a result of their sister radio stations' respective longtime affiliations with the CBS Radio Network and the NBC Red Network). This left KBTV as a primary DuMont and secondary ABC affiliate. It would become a full-time ABC affiliate when DuMont ceased operations in 1956. Its radio news partner was KBTR (now KNUS); both stations were owned by Mullins Broadcasting, and the radio partnership lasted until the mid-1980s.

KUSA "9" logo
KUSA's current numerical logo, used since 1984.

In 1972, Mullins Broadcasting sold KBTV and sister station KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas to the Combined Communications Corporation, owned jointly by Phoenix advertising mogul Karl Eller and Chicago advertiser John J. Louis, Sr., which already owned its flagship advertising business and stations KTAR-AM and KTAR-TV (the latter station is now KPNX-TV).[3] Combined's station properties would eventually be merged into the Gannett Company seven years later in May 1978, in what was the largest media merger in United States history at the time.[4][5]

In order to align itself with Gannett's new newspaper entity USA Today, the station changed its call letters to KUSA-TV on March 19, 1984 (Minneapolis–Saint Paul sister station WTCN underwent a similar rebranding in 1985, when it changed its call letters to WUSA; however, after Gannett purchased Washington, D.C. station WDVM-TV in 1986, it moved the WUSA call letters to its newly acquired station; the Minneapolis station that originally held the WUSA calls was renamed KARE-TV). Like many Gannett stations, KUSA dropped the "-TV" suffix ten days after the official digital television transition date of June 12, 2009, although KUSA had made the transition to digital-exclusive broadcasts nearly two months earlier. In April 1992, the station moved its operations into a new state-of-the-art facility at 500 Speer Boulevard (the original studio location was subsequently occupied by PBS member station KRMA-TV (channel 6)). The KBTV call letters are now at Beaumont, Texas' Fox-affiliated TV station.

Switch to NBC

On July 14, 1994, as a result of an affiliation agreement between the E. W. Scripps Company and ABC that was spurred by Fox's affiliation deal with New World Communications, CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting (Group W) agreed to a long-term affiliation deal that saw longtime ABC affiliate WJZ-TV in Baltimore and longtime NBC affiliates KYW-TV in Philadelphia and WBZ-TV in Boston become CBS affiliates. Westinghouse's other two stations, KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh and KPIX-TV in San Francisco, were already longtime CBS affiliates.[6] That November, NBC traded KCNC-TV, which was the network's owned-and-operated station at the time, to CBS in return for CBS' former O&O in Philadelphia, WCAU, as a result of a complex ownership deal between the network, Westinghouse and NBC.[7] CBS had originally planned to sell WCAU to NBC as part of its plan to move its affiliation to KYW-TV, but discovered that an outright sale would incur heavy capital gains taxes and proceeds from the deal. To make the transaction a legal trade, the network swapped ownership of KCNC-TV and KUTV in Salt Lake City (which NBC had acquired earlier that year), along with the VHF channel 4 frequency and transmitter in Miami (then home to WTVJ), to CBS in exchange for WCAU and the channel 6 frequency in Miami (then home to WCIX, which subsequently became WFOR-TV).[7]

McGraw-Hill, then-owner of outgoing CBS affiliate KMGH, entered into an affiliation agreement with ABC at the same time. More or less by default, KUSA affiliated with NBC. Gannett then signed a multi-station affiliation agreement with NBC that included KUSA. This resulted in all three of Denver's "Big Three" stations swapping affiliations at 12:07 a.m. on September 10, 1995, which resulted in KUSA switching to NBC, KMGH switching to ABC, and KCNC switching to CBS; Westinghouse had purchased CBS in a group deal one month before, making KCNC a CBS owned-and-operated station when the deal was finalized on November 24 of that year.[8]

In July 1996, Rapid City NBC affiliate KEVN-TV opted to join Fox, leaving the Black Hills region of South Dakota without a full-power NBC affiliate. As a result, most cable providers in that region began piping in KUSA. Channel 9 served as the market's default NBC affiliate until 1998, when KNBN-LP signed on as the network's new affiliate for the Black Hills region; that station was not carried on cable until it was upgraded to full-power as KNBN on May 14, 2000.

In August 2007, KUSA began the "9NEWS High School Hotshots Program", which awarded one of twelve student athletes from Colorado's high schools nominated for their academic excellence, selected by the school's administration and staff that recorded their high school football games; the program has since extended to cover winter sports at the schools.

Around the first week of October 2012, Gannett entered a dispute against Dish Network regarding compensation fees and Dish's AutoHop commercial-skip feature on its Hopper digital video recorders. Gannett ordered that Dish discontinue AutoHop on the account that it is affecting advertising revenues for KUSA and KTVD, thus taking a big chunk out of the pockets of potential advertisers in the Rocky Mountains. Gannett threatened to pull all of its stations (including KUSA and KTVD) should the skirmish continue beyond October 7 and Dish and Gannett fail to reach an agreement.[9][10] The two parties eventually reached an agreement after extending the deadline for a few hours.[11]

On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KUSA and KTVD were retained by the latter company, named Tegna.[12]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
9.1 1080i 16:9 KUSA-HD Main KUSA programming / NBC
9.2 480i Cozi Cozi TV
9.3 Justice Justice Network
9.5 4:3 Quest Quest

In April 2005, KUSA began carrying NBC Weather Plus on its second digital subchannel (branded as "9NEWS Weather Plus"). On December 31, 2008, following NBC Weather Plus' shutdown, KUSA affiliated the subchannel with The Local AccuWeather Channel; on May 27, 2013, as part of a multi-station deal between Gannett and the network, KUSA 9.2 switched its affiliation to WeatherNation TV. Digital subchannel 9.2 is carried on cable through Comcast digital channel 249 and CenturyLink Prism channel 10.

In late January 2015, KUSA began to broadcast a duplicate 1080i signal of their primary digital subchannel (9.1) on the KTVD (RF 19) transmitter as digital subchannel 9.4, "KUSA-HD". This allows viewers with issues receiving KUSA's VHF signal or with a UHF-only antenna to view KUSA in some form over-the-air.

On August 27, 2017 at noon MDT, KUSA temporarily switched digital subchannel 9.2 from WeatherNation TV to a live feed of a WFAA/KHOU simulcast covering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey after it flooded the Houston, Texas metro area. This simulcast ended on August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. MDT when the subchannel returned to WeatherNation TV.

On December 29, 2018, KUSA dropped WeatherNation TV and switched its 9.2 sub channel to the NBCUniversal-owned Cozi TV multicast network.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KUSA shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 9, on April 16, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 16 to VHF channel 9 for post-transition operations.[14][15][16]

Programming

Syndicated programming seen on KUSA includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and repeats of The Doctors in the overnight hours. The station clears the entire NBC schedule, although it airs the fourth hour of Today one hour later than most NBC affiliates at 11:00 a.m., and airs Days of Our Lives at 2:00 p.m. (the secondary slot to NBC's primary recommended 1:00 p.m. timeslot), with syndicated programs airing in the preceding hour (Days aired on KUSA at 3:00 p.m. upon joining NBC in 1995 and continued to air in that slot until the fall of 2003, when it acquired Ellen and moved Days to 1:00 p.m., where it remained until the 2007 cancellation of Passions).[17] It also airs NBC's Heart of a Champion on Wednesday afternoons instead of the show's recommended early Saturday afternoon time slot (most NBC stations air it at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays).

The station struggled in the ratings for several years, in part because ABC's overall ratings were not on par with the other major networks until the 1970s. The station lost the DuMont affiliation when the network shut down on August 6, 1956, which left the station as an exclusive ABC affiliate. In 1969, the station gained some national attention for refusing to air the ABC sketch comedy series Turn-On as the network's affiliates east of the Rocky Mountains voiced displeasure about the program's risqué content during the airing of the pilot episode, with some pulling the program off the air during its broadcast, leading to its cancellation by the network after just one episode.

On the day KUSA joined NBC, it took over KCNC's role as the default home station for the Denver Broncos (who are part of the AFC, which NBC held the broadcast rights to then, channel 4 had aired most Broncos games from 1965 until the 1995 season-opening game a week before the switch), but would only hold this role for only three seasons; however, channel 9 did air the Broncos' first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXXII in 1998 (it also happened to be the last Broncos game aired on the station for eight years); after this, KCNC, thanks to CBS' acquisition of the AFC broadcast rights, resumed its role as the home station of the team. Since 2006, Broncos games are aired on channel 9 when they are shown on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

KUSA produces a daily lifestyle program called Colorado & Company, that features paid segments by local companies and made its debut in September 2004; it airs at 10:00 a.m. following the third hour of Today. Colorado & Company was rebroadcast on KPXC-TV (channel 59) from its debut, until the conclusion of NBC's affiliate partnership and partial ownership of Pax TV in June 2005. KUSA ran the Gannett ID and sounder (often colloquially nicknamed the "Death Star") at the end of the station's weeknight 6:00 p.m. newscasts from 1994 to 2011; in June 2011, KUSA began to show Gannett's new corporate ID tag at the end of all of the station's newscasts, except for the weekday morning programs; as of December 2015, they show Tegna's ID after all of their newscasts.

News operation

KUSA presently broadcasts a total of 35 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays); this does not account for newscasts aired on KTVD. The station also provides daily weather forecasts for the formerly co-owned Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper. Until November 2016, KUSA provided local weather updates for six radio stations owned by Entercom: KQMT (99.5 FM), KALC (105.9 FM), K276FK (103.1 FM), KQKS (107.5 FM), KKSE (950 AM) and KEZW (1430 AM); this partnership began on January 1, 2008, after the station's agreement to provide forecasts for KOA (850 AM) radio ended. Weather segments during the station's newscasts are typically presented in the "9 Back Yard", a courtyard outside the Speer Boulevard studios that features a chroma key wall and robotic camera (local weather inserts for The Today Show and updates for 9NEWS Now are done from a chroma key wall inside the weather center).

In addition to its main studios in downtown Denver, KUSA operates a "Northern Newsroom" that based out of the Coloradoan offices in Fort Collins; the bureau employs a rotating staff of reporters and photojournalists out of Denver. The station also operates a "Mountain Newsroom" based in Silverthorne. The station's weather radar is presented on-air as "HD-Doppler 9", a DWSR-10001C radar model supplied by Enterprise Electronics Corporation that is located near Elizabeth and operates at a radiated power of 1 million watts. KUSA brands its websites and sister television properties under the "9NEWS Networks" banner (described by KUSA as its three websites: 9News.com, m.9News.com and HighSchoolSports.net; KTVD (channel 20) and its website; the 9NEWS Now digital subchannel; Metromix; Telemundo owned-and-operated station KDEN-TV (channel 25, whose Spanish-language newscasts are produced by KUSA through a news share agreement) and the "9NEWS Weather Call" weather alert service).

For the better part of the last four decades, KUSA's newscasts (currently titled as 9NEWS) have dominated Denver's local news ratings. In February 1976, Ed Sardella and John Rayburn anchored the weeknight editions of the 10:00 p.m. newscast, helping that program overtake longtime leader KMGH-TV for first place in the ratings; Rayburn was succeeded by Mike Landess in 1977. Landess and Sardella would remain as channel 9's top anchor team until Landess left for KUSA's Atlanta sister station WXIA-TV in late 1993. Adele Arakawa, who had been an anchor at WBBM-TV in Chicago, was hired to succeed Landess. Sardella retired from the anchor desk in 2000, and was succeeded by Jim Benemann, but returned briefly in 2003 to replace Benemann when he left for KCNC-TV.[18] Landess, after anchoring at WTTG in Washington, D.C., returned to Denver at rival KMGH-TV in 2002.

The "KUSA News Package" (created by Third Street Music) was commissioned by KUSA as the theme music for its newscasts in 1995. Scenes for the NBC made-for-TV movie Asteroid were shot at the KUSA studios, the producers filmed the fictional news reports seen in the movie out of the station's 1996–2004 news set. On October 15, 2008, KUSA debuted a standardized graphics package for the Gannett stations created by the Gannett Graphics Group, along with a standardized music package composed by Rampage Music New York. The closing cut of the previous theme was last used on February 6, 2009, and the remastered talent bumper cut was used until January 10, 2013 (Minneapolis sister station KARE continued to use its own custom theme composed in 1996 by Third Street Music called the "KARE 11 News Theme" until January 25, 2013, when it discontinued it for a new standardized news package by Gari Media Group called "This Is Home"). KUSA formerly rebroadcast its weeknight 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts on KPXC-TV as part of an agreement between NBC and Pax TV to provide news rebroadcasts from the network's stations on Pax's owned-and-operated stations nationally, which ended in June 2005 upon that network's rebrand to I: Independent Television.

In April 2004, KUSA became the first television station in the Denver market, the first Gannett-owned station and the second U.S. television station to begin producing its local newscasts in high definition. On September 5, 2006, KUSA began to produce a daily half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. on sister station KTVD, coinciding with that station's affiliation switch from UPN to MyNetworkTV; this expanded on December 5, 2006 to include a two-hour extension of KUSA's weekday morning newscast from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and later to weekend morning newscasts at 6:00 a.m. on KTVD. During the November 2007 sweeps period, KCNC's newscasts surged over KUSA in the 5:00 p.m. timeslot for the first time in over a decade, that station also overtook KUSA in overall sign-on to sign-off numbers (this is partially due to KCNC's shift towards investigative reports and human interest stories, though the strength of CBS' primetime lineup and viewership declines for NBC primetime also played a factor). Overall, KUSA remains the highest-rated local news outlet in the market despite a very close ratings battle between it, KCNC-TV and KMGH-TV.

On March 6, 2009, KUSA began streaming its noon newscast on the station's website, with a live chat room feature included next to the streaming player (the station now streams all newscasts seen on KUSA and KTVD). In June 2010, KUSA expanded its weekday morning newscast to 2½ hours with the addition of a half-hour at 4:30 a.m.; the KUSA-produced 9:00 p.m. newscast on KTVD also expanded to one hour that month. On February 20, 2012, KUSA updated its HD-ready set constructed in 2004 to feature a new backdrop for its daytime newscasts that is a variant of its evening backdrop photograph in a daytime setting. On June 3 of that year, KUSA's newscasts were relocated to a temporary set in "Studio B" for two weeks while their primary news set received updated duratrans.[19]

In January 2016, KUSA announced that they would be constructing a brand new studio to "better cover and explain the news." The new studio and set, which was completed in March, replaced the previous one, which debuted in 2004. Newscasts were relocated to the news room temporarily before moving to another temporary set.[20]

Notable former on-air staff

Reception

In 1986, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP) presented anchor and investigative reporter Ward Lucas with the Responsibility in Journalism award, "In recognition of contributions to fair and balanced reporting of paranormal claims".[29]

Translators

KUSA operates a large network of translators to relay its signal to portions of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming within and adjacent to the Denver market (all translators on this list are in Colorado unless otherwise listed).

See also

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External links

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The 1981 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team represented Texas Tech University in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Jerry Moore, the Red Raiders compiled a 1–9–1 record (4–5 against SWC opponents), were outscored by a combined total of 298 to 198, and finished in ninth and last place in the conference. The team played its home games at Clifford B. and Audrey Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

1982 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

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1983 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

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Adele Arakawa

Adele Arakawa (born August 31, 1957) is a retired American evening news anchor for NBC affiliate station KUSA-TV of Denver, Colorado. As of June 2007, she provides the female voice of the airport train system at Denver International Airport. She retired on June 30, 2017.

Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia Rose Earhart (born 1983 in Downey, California, United States) is an American private pilot and reporter for NBC affiliate KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado, where she resides. In 2013 Earhart started the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which grants flight scholarships to girls aged 16–18.Earhart was told by family members in her youth that she was a descendant of Amelia Mary Earhart. When she was in college, she hired a genealogist to research her connection to Amelia Earhart. That genealogist told her that she and Amelia shared a "distant common ancestry traced back to the 1700s", however, a second genealogical search in 2013 found there was no traceable connection.Earhart took her first flying lesson on June 2, 2004, and obtained her private pilot certificate in a Cessna 172. In 2012, she recreated her namesake's transcontinental flight from Oakland, California to Miami, Florida in a Cirrus SR22, as a completion of her instrument training hours.In July 2013 she was awarded the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award by the Atchison, Kansas Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to the woman who carries on Amelia Earhart's spirit.In partnership with Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Earhart completed a circumnavigation of the globe in a single-engine airplane with her copilot, Shane Jordan. Her route was to fly across the US, then south into the Caribbean, northeast Brazil, the South Atlantic Ocean, then the African continent, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Islands, and the Pacific Ocean before returning to California. Earhart and Jordan started the global circumnavigation flight on June 26, 2014, departing Oakland, California at 8:19 am Pacific Standard Time in a single engine Pilatus PC-12 NG. They made 17 stops during the 24,300 nautical-mile trip over 108 flying hours, landing back in Oakland without incident on July 11, 2014.Although widely reported (and claiming) to have become the youngest woman to fly around the world, she is in fact the second youngest behind Richarda Morrow-Tait, who was also the first woman to pilot a plane around the globe.On July 9, 2014 as she and her mentor pilot were flying over Howland Island she announced, via Twitter, the names of the first recipients of the Fly With Amelia Foundation flight training scholarships.

Barrel Man (Denver Broncos)

Barrel Man, real name Tim McKernan (September 5, 1940 – December 5, 2009), was a superfan of the Denver Broncos. In all types of weather for 30 years, he attended every home game at both Mile High Stadium and INVESCO Field at Mile High wearing nothing but an orange barrel that covered his torso and a cowboy hat and boots. His costume was reminiscent of rodeo clowns (or barrelmen) who serve as a distraction to animals in the rodeo arena in order to protect riders who have been thrown and of the stereotype of the miner who lost his stake and had nothing left to wear but a barrel. He was the first Broncos fan inducted into the VISA Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.McKernan began attending Broncos games in 1967, eventually missing only four of them. He first wore a barrel in 1977 after making a $10 bet with his brother over whether wearing one would get him on television. He won, wearing one painted to resemble an Orange Crush can. The soft drink brand was also the nickname for the defensive unit of the orange-jerseyed Broncos who won the American Football Conference Championship that season. McKernan also showed up at games for the Denver Gold of the short-lived United States Football League in the mid-1980s, wearing a gold-painted barrel. McKernan retired his act after the 2007 season at the age of 67, but announced that he would continue attending games in normal dress.McKernan had serious health issues in 2003, after an abdominal aneurysm ruptured. After that time he was restricted by doctors to wearing his barrel for one half of play, and then only when the temperature was above freezing. These health issues were a major reason behind McKernan's deciding to give up the barrel in 2007.

Retired after 40 years as a mechanic for United Airlines, McKernan and his wife were based in Gunnison, Colorado, but spent their offseasons traveling in their recreational vehicle. Due to the space constraints of living in an RV, McKernan sold his Super Bowl XXXII barrel for $30,000. The barrel, autographed by 49 Broncos from their first Super Bowl winning team, was sold to Nicholas Martinez of Las Animas Colorado. McKernan gave 10% of his profits to Jubilee House, battered women's shelter in Gunnison.McKernan died on December 5, 2009, of respiratory failure caused by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at age 69. The last Broncos game before his death was a rout of the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. In November 2012, the History Colorado Center honored the Barrel Man as part of an exhibit called Denver A to Z: Adrenaline to Zombies and (almost) Everything in Between. A statue of McKernan epitomizes D for Devoted.

Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System

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Ed Sardella

Ed Sardella is a retired news reporter who currently resides in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California 1962. During his four years of undergraduate studies he spent some time at San Diego State University working in the Broadcasting Department. He received his BA in Speech Arts from Occidental College. After graduating Sardella served as a Communications Officer in the US Marine Corps for four years.

How the West was Lost (miniseries)

How the West was Lost is a 1993 television documentary miniseries about the westward expansion across the North American continent during the latter half of the 19th Century from the point of view of the Native American peoples. It was directed by Chris Wheeler and Sonny Hutchison and narrated by Peter Thomas. It was produced by KUSA-TV for the Discovery Channel. The series won the Cable ACE award for "Educational Special or Series" in 1994.

Jasmere.com

Jasmere.com is a deal-of-the-day website with a format similar to Groupon.com.Jasmere sells merchandise from upscale though lesser-known vendors. It offers discounts of 50-70% off the regular retail prices. E-mail alerts are sent daily stating that day's deal which lasts for 24 hours until the next deal starts.Jasmere was founded in 2009 in Silver Spring, Maryland and has been featured in numerous local TV news segments.

Jon Scott

Jonathan Arthur "Jon" Scott (born November 7, 1958) is an American television news anchor who hosts Fox Report Weekend on Fox News. Also, Scott is the lead anchor for any breaking news each weekend. Jon Scott longtime co-anchored Happening Now on Fox News until the network expanded America's Newsroom from 2 hours to 3, ending the show in June 2018 after 11 years of being on air. Scott was also the host of Fox News Watch, a program that in September 2013 was replaced by the similar format Media Buzz, which is hosted by Howard Kurtz.

KNUS

KNUS (710 AM) is a News/Talk radio station licensed in the city of Denver, Colorado. The station serves the Denver/Boulder Metropolitan area. 710 KNUS is owned and operated by Salem Media of Colorado, Inc. and features programming from Salem Media Group, CBS Radio News and Westwood One. Studios are located in Aurora and the transmitter is located in Brighton.

The 710 KNUS weekday lineup includes local hosts Peter Boyles, Steffan Tubbs, Chuck Bonniwell, and Julie Hayden, with Randy Corporon, Craig Silverman, Mike Boyle, Jimmy Sengenberger, and Matt Dunn handling weekend shifts. 710 KNUS is similar to many of Salem's other talk stations, airing hosts Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Mark Levin, and Sebastian Gorka. 710 KNUS is a CBS Radio News affiliate and a member of the Associated Press and winner of the Colorado Broadcasters Association's 2018 Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast award.

KPXC-TV

KPXC-TV, virtual channel 59 (UHF digital channel 18), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. KPXC's offices are located on South Jamaica Court in Aurora, and its transmitter is located in rural southwestern Weld County, east of Frederick. On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity in standard definition on channel 17, and in high definition on digital channel 659. It is also carried on CenturyLink Prism channels 68 and 1068.

Kusa

Kusa or KUSA may refer to:

Kusa, Russia, a town in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia

Kusa, Latvia, a village in Madona District, Latvia

Kusa, Afghanistan

KUSA (TV), a television station (channel 9) licensed to Denver, Colorado, United States

Kennel Union of South Africa

Kusa, an alternative spelling of Kusha (disambiguation)

Kusa, a type of squash (fruit) from Palestine closely related to the zucchini

Mike Conneen

Mike Carter-Conneen is an American television journalist. He works as an on-air reporter for WJLA-TV, the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate, appearing on ABC 7 and its sister station NewsChannel 8.Carter-Conneen was born in Naperville, Illinois. He attended Highlands Ranch High School and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news. He also studied in Spain at the University of Seville.

Carter-Conneen started his career in Denver (KUSA-TV). He has also worked in Flagstaff/Phoenix (KNAZ-TV/KPNX-TV) and Colorado Springs (KXRM-TV).

In 2015 he won a National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Award for his work as a Multi Media Journalist.

Roger L. Ogden

Roger Ogden is a broadcasting consultant and former president and CEO of Gannett Broadcasting.Before becoming head of Gannett Broadcasting, Ogden was senior vice president of Gannett Broadcasting and president and general manager of KUSA-TV in Denver, where he began his Gannett career in 1967. He has worked at WLKY-TV in Louisville, KY, when it was owned by Gannett, and at a non-Gannett station in Denver. Ogden spent two years with NBC as president and managing director of NBC Europe. He was also President And GM For former NBC O&O KCNC-TV Ogden began his broadcast career on Denver radio at the age of 14.

Named 2007 Broadcaster of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable magazine. .

Steve Spangler

Steve Spangler (born December 8, 1966) is an American television personality, author and science teacher. Spangler founded Steve Spangler Science and its wholesale division, Be Amazing Toys. He serves as CEO of Steve Spangler Science and the creative director of Be Amazing Toys. Both companies develop science education teaching tools and toys. Spangler posted the first Diet Coke and Mentos video on YouTube in September 2005 and his 2002 televised demonstration of the eruption went viral launching a chain of several other Diet Coke and Mentos experiment viral videos. He earned two Heartland Emmy Awards and a total of five Emmy nominations. Spangler holds a Guinness World Record for the largest physics lesson and is an inductee of the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame.

Tom Costello (journalist)

Thomas Eugene "Tom" Costello (born 1963) is an American journalist and correspondent for NBC News, based in Washington, D.C. His reports appear across NBC News platforms, including online, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and CNBC. His portfolio of coverage includes aviation and transportation, NASA, consumer and regulatory issues, business and economics.

Costello joined NBC News in 2004 as a New York-based correspondent and in 2005 moved to Washington, DC at the request of then-Bureau Chief Tim Russert. Prior to joining NBC News, Costello was the senior correspondent at CNBC Business News in New York.

Since 2005, Costello has been NBC News's lead aviation correspondent. Among the major aviation stories he’s covered: the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco; Air France 447 over the Atlantic; Colgan Air flight 3407 in Buffalo; Comair 5191 in Lexington; the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 jet; and the Miracle on the Hudson landing in 2009 for which NBC News was honored with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award and a National Emmy Award for Breaking News Coverage.

In 2008, Costello led NBC's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the Financial Bailout Talks in Congress.

His major recent assignments include the Philadelphia train derailment that killed 8; the protests in Baltimore over allegations of police conduct; the deliberate crash of a GermanWings plane in France; the loss of Malaysia Airlines flights 370 and 17; the crash landing of Asiana 214 in San Francisco; the investigation into Air France 447; the massive Yosemite National Park forest fire; and earthquakes and tornadoes.

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