TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

KKTV Builds Facebook Loyalty With Content

The Gray-owned, Colorado Springs CBS affiliate is this year’s Social Media Excellence Award winner for small-medium markets. Its robust audience has grown around the station’s commitment to a steady stream of locally important content there.

Gray Names New GMs And TV VPs

Each of these four individuals succeeds a regional VP-GM who, until now, have been running a local station as well as overseeing additional Gray television stations. The former RVPs will now oversee Gray television stations on a full-time basis in the new position of television vice presidents.

DMA 89: COLORADO SPRINGS

KKTV Moving 6:30 P.M. Newscast To 4 P.M.

JOBS

Job Opportunites At Tribune And Gray

Tribune Media’s KDVR-KWGN Denver (Fox/CW) is seeking an executive producer for its weekday evening news. Gray Television’s KKTV Colorado Springs (CBS) needs an operations manager and a news promotions producer. To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here.

 

Gray Launches Five Affils On CBS All Access

The broadcaster today launched live linear streams of KKTV Colorado Springs, Colo.; KBTX Waco-Bryan-College Station, Texas; WCAV Charlottesville, Va.; WTVY Dothan, Ala.; and KXII Sherman, Texas, to the OTT service. More launches are coming soon, Gray says.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

KKTV’s New Digs: Small In Size, Big In Tech

The Gray Television CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs is finishing up a news building that’s only 9,000 square feet, but includes augmented reality graphics, a state-of-the-art power system and a new Gray-built system called GrayTooth that allows everyone from reporters to producers, to sales people and engineers to sit down at any workstation, swipe a key fob and pull up their customized desktop.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

No EAS Alert For Colo.’s Most Destructive Fire

Broadcasters and government officials say that the fact that TV stations did not air an alert during the recent Colorado wildfires exposes some flaws with the Emergency Alert System — a system that has recently come under scrutiny after a hacking incident and subpar national test results earlier this year.

DMA 90

KKTV Colorado Springs Getting New Home

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KKTV Colorado Springs (DMA 90), will move from its current location to a state-of-the-art, downtown Colorado Springs facility early next year. The station has purchased a building on East Colorado, and planning is underway for the transition. “We are incredibly excited about the move,” said Nick Matesi, VP-GM of KKTV. “The […]

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Above And Beyond Is Order Of Day In Colo.

TV stations covering the wildfires were all over the airwaves and Internet as the blazes caused mass evacuations, destroyed acres of forest and wiped out 600 homes. For many of the people who covered this story, mustering the ability “to keep going” had an emotional component as well. That is particularly true for the Colorado Springs news crews, some of which lived in the Waldo Canyon fire’s path. Now the Colorado Broadcasters Association has produced PSAs in support of the Red Cross and local firefighters.

KKTV Uses Hashtag In Fire Coverage

DIGITAL DMAS (90)

News Race Goes Social In Colorado Springs

In Colorado Springs, where mainstream media headline the digital scene, social media is the talk of the town. While the market’s TV stations experiment with new social networks Pinterest and Google Plus, market leader The Gazette has stirred up controversy with its social media policy.

DMAS 90 (COLORADO SPRINGS) & 20 (SACRAMENTO, CA)

KKTV Anchor Shannon Brinias Going To KOVR

DMA 92

Former KKTV News Director Returns As GM

Gray Television’s Colorado Springs station has seen a lot of changes in on-air personnel lately. Now it’s undergoing a management makeover as well. Nick Matesi, VP-GM of Gray’s KOLO Reno, Nev., is returning to KKTV to lead the CBS affiliate.