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Bev Andrews, Tom Baer, Steve Conklin/BPC President, Dennis Constantine, Dick Lewis’ daughter, Deanna Cornell and wife, Carol Lewis. Not pictured Ward Lucas. The About Pages
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Hall of Fame Ceremonies

BPC President/Steve Conklin; Chuck Morris The About PagesOn October 19, the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado held their 21st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the Applewood Vista. Eight broadcasters that have made significant contributions to the industry were inducted.

DPC photo: Jerry Bell, Janet Reeves, David Milstead, John Temple, Anne Trujillo, Greg Moore The About PagesARCH ANDREWS came to KICN in Denver in 1959.  He served as head of production, operations manager, program director and news director at various stations until 1965 when he went to work for the state of Colorado Public Affairs Director for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. For two decades he was best known for his “Wildlife Reports” on Channel 9 and the “Colorado Outdoor Reports” aired on 60 radio stations across the state. Andrews passed away in 2016 at the age of 88.

Photographer TOM BAER came to Denver’s KWGN, Channel 2 in 1966. Several years later he moved to Channel 7 in Denver, then headed up the photography department at Channel 9 where he earned the News Photographs Association “1977 TV News Photography Station of the Year” He created the Channel 9 Western Slope Bureau based out of Glenwood Springs. He also worked as chief photographer for GE productions at Channel 4 before retiring. He was a photographer for then, all four Denver TV stations and currently is the official videographer for the Steamboat Springs Ski Area.

DENNIS CONSTANTINE arrived in Denver in 1974 as evening DJ and music director for KTLK. In 1977 he learned the owners of KADE were buying an FM station and needed a program director and format. He pitched the owners on his vision of what would be a local station unlike anything on the air. KBCO was born on June 2. 1977 and he served as program director, operations manager and Vice President of Programming leading KBCO from a low powered FM to a ratings leader. He left KBCO after 17 years of success and started a consulting business and currently lives in Northern Arizona

DON KINNEY moved to New York City in 1964. He worked at CBS News and over five years advanced to writer and producer including “Dimensions on Health” hosted by Charles Kuralt. He was part of the CBS Space Division and served as a researcher for CBS Evening News and Walter Cronkite. In 1969 he moved to Denver joining KLZ-AM/FM/TV then moved to KOA-AM/FM/TV. After leaving KOA he started producing a 30-minute weekly program for KRMA called “The State of Colorado.” which ran for 26-years before ending in 2002.

DICK LEWIS was Denver TV’s original pitchman. He came to Denver in 1954 and served as the host of late night television movies on Channel 7. He ad libbed most of the live TV commercials and the crew and audience never knew what to expect and often he didn’t know either, He was prominent in Denver TV into the 1960s as a host of programs on Channels 7 and 9. He was one of the most sought after pitchmen in Denver and noted for his sign off, “Tellum Dick Lewis Sent Ya.” He continued to work in sales at Channel 9 until his retirement. Lewis passed away in 2014 at the age of 87.

WARD LUCAS spent “32 great years” at 9News before deciding to retire in 2009. He came to Channel 9 Denver in 1970 as an investigative reporter. He covered DB Cooper and Ted Bundy cases, interviewed presidents and street people. He also anchored newscasts. He won over 70 journalism and civic awards including 11 Emmys and was inducted into the Heartland Emmy Silver Circle in 2008. He was active in the community and authored several books.

In 1924 THOMAS MCCLELLAND was in the Navy Radio School and became a radioman first class. Discharged in 1928 he joined KLZ in Denver in 1935 as Chief Engineer. He joined the Navel Reserve in 1939 and took leave from KLZ in 1941 to volunteer for active service with the Navy and was shipped to Pearl Harbor on September 1, 1941.  He was killed December 7, 1941 aboard the USS West Virginia during the bombing of Pear Harbor. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously for rescuing the men working with him.  In 1943 the US McClelland was commissioned, the first warship named after someone from the broadcast industry.

MORGAN BRANCH WHITE arrived at KIMN in Denver in 1957 on a pogo stick and became known as POGO POGE. He spent seven years at KIMN and hosted the Coca Cola Hi-Fi-Show, a ratings success. His many antics and costumes were legendary from siting in a store window in a snake pit, to sitting on a flagpole. He left KIMN for Hawaii where he created the “Checkers and Pogo” children’s show. He passed away at age 86 in 2010.

On October 12, the Denver Press Club inducted six new members into their Hall of Fame. Inductees included: JERRY BELL, managing editor of KOA Radio and a cluster of iHeartMedia stations for 32 years. GREG MOORE, former Denver Post editor for 14 years where he saw the newspaper win four consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. JANET REEVES, who in 27 years at the Rocky Mountain News where she rose to senior editor of visuals. JOHN TEMPLE who spent 17 years at the Rocky Mountain News rising from metro editor to editor, president, publisher and vice president of news for E.W. Scripps newspapers. ANNE TRUJILLO, Denver7 anchor who spent 34 years at KMGH-TV and covered stories such as Columbine, Aurora theater shooting and the 2008 Democratic Convention. The historic inductee was LOWELL THOMAS a pioneering broadcast journalist and war correspondent raised in the mining town of Victor, Colorado and who began his career here. He later became a war correspondent in Europe and the Middle East and was one of the first journalists to cover T.E. LAWRENCE, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.


One Club Denver named KEN WILMOT the Legacy Award winner. From art directing shows for soldiers during WWII to developing the look of the early TV channels to overseeing the Denver ADC during the highly creative 1960s, Ken Wilmot has done it all. And now, that list includes taking home an extremely well deserved Legacy Award from The One Club for Creativity Denver. Watch the video on their facebook page.kenwilmot The About Pages

On December 3, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame inducts KBCO Radio and promoter CHUCK MORRIS into their Hall of Fame.

May you all have survived the barrage of election commercials. See you next quarter.

BPC and DPC photos courtesy of Jerome Ryden. Morris photo courtesy of Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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