In 2023, as CBS4’s new nighttime anchor, Michael Spencer will be a real eye-catcher.
Not so long ago, a Denver television newscaster was one of the most famous stars in town. And while a little thing called the Internet has radically changed the City’s media landscape, people in these positions still remain the faces of powerful broadcasters and are rarely seen away from their gigs. is not. Anne Trujillo took over her dispenser for Denver 7’s Primetime News in 1999, 15 years after she was on staff. Jeremy Hubbard was born in 2011 when he stepped into the weekday spotlight on Fox31. Kim Christiansen said he was hired by 9News in 1985 and took over Adele’s Arakawa chair at The Big Desk in 2017. And Jim Veneman said that in 2003 he began regularly co-hosting CBS4 Denver’s most prominent news show.
Currently, Michael Spencer, who has led sports coverage for CBS4 Denver since 2016, will join the exclusive club. After Venemann retires in his March, he plans to team up with Karen Lee, who joined in his 2008. The goal of his new gig is to figure out how to get his work in front of as many news consumers as possible. all lined up at the same time.
“There are no more scheduled viewings on air,” he admits. “Today, we reach our audience on Twitter and Facebook, which is a big driver of driving people to our website. We also offer a 24-hour streaming service. So people can get the news when it suits them. Let’s turn on channel 4″—for most people, it’s no longer on channel 4.
Spencer tries to treat people who actually catch the broadcast live the old-fashioned way, the same way that the audience is ticking off the material on their phone. “I don’t see them as two different audiences. I think people receive news in different ways,” he says. We also know that to reach you, you need a social media presence. This was not required by previous generations of newscasters.
“There are definitely pros and cons,” he says of this aspect of the job. “Sometimes you get these Twitter warriors who want to fight with everything you wear. Shows to do at Centennial’s View House [Xfinity Monday Night Live]. that’s how they know they can see [Denver Broncos linebacker] Josie Jewell had two interceptions on Sunday. ”
Of course, Spencer won’t be delivering newscasts from the local watering hole, but he wants to be involved in the community as often as possible rather than being tied down to the studio.
“We can’t do things the way we did 20 years ago, or even 5 years ago,” he says. “We have to be innovative. I feel like we’re in a really good place as things are changing.”
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“Band Leader Jammi Duffy”
“Courtney Garrett, Downtown Defender”
“Daniel and Luis Ramirez, most hosts”
“Russian King Sandoval Welcoming Committee”
“Michael Gadlin, Arts Ambassador”
“Top Chef Penelope Wong”
“Cole Chandler, Speaker of the House”
“Robert Kenny, Power Broker”
“King of the Amusement Park, Scott Gilmore”