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  • Q&A: Christopher Meloni and Rachael Harris talk ‘Surviving Jack’

    Wed, March 26, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    On Monday I was able to sit in on a conference call with actors Christopher Meloni and Rachael Harris of the new Fox comedy “Surviving Jack.” The show, set in the 1990s, premieres this Thursday following “American Idol.” Below is a transcript of the conversation.

    Q: Chris, I was wondering; this is your foray into a sitcom.  Were you nervous at all, or were you have any trepidation when you first began taking on this role?
    Christopher: No.  No, trepidation.  I love comedy and I have confidence that—well, I know it’s funny.  Maybe it doesn’t translate that it is in fact funny, but yes, no trepidation.

    Q: Social media has become a big part of our society.  Will either of you be live tweeting the premiere episode, and are you looking forward to the fan feedback you’ll be receiving instantly after the episode airs?
    Rachael: I’m going to try to live tweet it with Claudia Lee.  So, I know that I’m going to do that.  I think the gals are going to handle that part of the thing.  But yes, I love the instant feedback from fans.  It’s really fun.

    Q: I really enjoyed the pilot.  So, can you just kind of talk about how you became involved in the show?
    Christopher: For me, it’s just kind of the usual – lot of scripts sent my way.  I responded to this one because I thought it was the best written.  I knew Bill Lawrence both personally and professionally.  So, I trusted his taste and his ability to give this project the best shot of seeing the light of day.  And then after that, I met Connor and Claudia and then Rachael came onboard.  So, it all just fit in rather well for me.

    Rachael: Yes and for me, I came into the project later and what attracted me to it was I had worked with Justin and Patrick before on another show.  I had met them and they were lovely and collaborative.  But really, when I knew Chris was attached, I thought that was a very big draw for me just because I had loved his work in so many other things.

    Q: What is both of your favorite part just overall working on the show so far?
    Christopher: I would have to say how they’ve written the characters and their relationship to one another, the parent’s relationship, Rachael and me, and the parent’s vis-à-vis the kids.  I just think they’re well written relationships.

    Rachael: Yes and I can say yes to that and then also, my favorite thing is just rehearsing and trying to find like the best things that we can.  Like I find the rehearsal process for the show has been really fun and really collaborative.

    Christopher: Good answer.  Damn, I wish I thought of that.

    Rachael: I know.  I know.  I know.  But really, the fun part is making it work.  You’re not in control of the outcome or what other people think, but I know we’ve had a really good time making it.  So, that’s been the best part so far.

    Q: Chris can you talk a little bit about the American Gladiator scene in episode two and having the fun with regard to the physical comedy?
    Christopher: That was a lot of fun to do.  It was pretty precarious to be tethering on top of furniture while hurling broomsticks around with pillows attached to the ends.  Those three guys, my son and his two buddies on the show, are always grab-assing around anyway.  So, it gave me a nice, fun opportunity to get in there and basically “play with the boys.”  So, that was a lot of fun.

    Q: Any fashion or pop culture stuff from the 90s that makes either of you cringe?
    Rachael: Thank you.  For me, it would be acid wash jeans, but it wasn’t just acid wash.  It was the fact that they were like regular jeans and they had a flap that came up like as a cinch.  Like a belt that went all the way up to the bottom of your rib cage.  They were like stylish mom jeans and we all wore them and thought that they were amazing.

    Q: How did working with younger actors, so like actors who were born later in the ‘90s, like how did you kind of help them understand more like about the ‘90s because obviously you guys lived through that era and these younger actors were born kind of later.  And so, they might not know like a lot about the fashion or the video games and stuff like that.  So, how did you help them like understand stuff like that or give them details about that?
    Christopher: Well, very slowly because, first of all, we’d break them to the news that there was a time in history where cell phones and computers were not there and they really couldn’t wrap their heads around that.  So, we pulled out a PowerPoint presentation for them.  …Rachael?

    Rachael: No, that just made me laugh.  Yes, we did do that, but then also, they didn’t recognize a lot of the music from the ‘90s.  Like the makeup and hair people, we’d be singing songs from the ‘90s and we’d be like, “Oh, that’s so amazing” and we would just get blank stares from Claudia Lee.  Connor’s pretty hip.  Connor, I feel like, kind knew the music, but the other boys, Kevin Hernandez and Tyler Foden, their eyes would glaze over, like, “Yes, look at these old folks talking about the ‘90s,” which was hard.

    Q: Chris, just a specific question for you.  We see your parenting style in “Surviving Jack” as kind of more like I guess you’d say blunt, like you just kind of say it how it is.  Does that relate at all to your parenting style in real life?
    Christopher: One hundred percent accurate and the same.  I mean I don’t change.  I leave the house and arrive with the same skills and my little bag of tricks and I go home, same skill set.

    Rachael: He’s not really like that.

    Q: I wanted to ask how does your characters’ marriage differ from other marriages we’ve seen on TV sitcoms before.
    Rachael: Well, first of all, I think what’s different is kind of no eye rolling and I never put my hands on my hips, like, “Oh, Jack, what are you doing?” because obviously, he’s taking up parenting as I go back to law school.  But, I think the thing that’s great about our relationship is they really love each other.  They don’t feel put upon by each other.  I’m not the ball and chain and he’s definitely not this man that I don’t respect.

    I think what’s different is we have a deep respect for each other.  We both really like each other and we both have each other’s backs when it comes to parenting.  We may differ as far as how we would go about things, but at the end of the day we’re both really glad to be parenting together.  We really like each other.  How’s that?

    Christopher: I like that.  Yes, I think that one of the marching orders was how deeply—and it comes from the pilot episode.  “Jack,” my character, deeply, deeply loves this, not needs Rachael’s character, “Joanne” in his life.  He voices that without compromise or anything.  He loves his wife deeply and unashamed to admit to it.

    Q: One of the things I noticed is that you have great chemistry with each other and that the relationship really does feel like you’re married from the pilot.  Was that something that you just naturally clicked?  Did you work together to kind of develop it?  I don’t know how much of a back story you do for a sitcom, but I’m just curious.
    Christopher: Yes, you know what it was is we met each other, hated each other, and really said—I was like, “She’s so overbearing” and she’s like, “Oh, he’s Mr. know it all” and then we bumped into each other and she dropped her schoolbooks.  I picked them up and the whole time we really like secretly liked each other.  It just happened that way.  Right, Rachael?

    Rachael: Yes.  Exactly.  No, I think we genuinely have—I know that I really, really like Chris and I love the way that he—I admire him.  Like I like his work, but I also like the way he talks about his family and I love the way that he talks about his kids and for me, that was really appealing.  So, I think that when you genuinely like someone, you—I think … chemistry with them.

    Q: I find it funny that you’re still kind of playing off this tough guy persona here.  “Jack” is funny, but he’s also kind of scary.  Was that part of the appeal, and were you actively looking for a comedy after “Law & Order?”
    Christopher: I was leaning towards a comedy and the threatening “Jack” thing, I didn’t intentionally make it thus.  I guess all I did—it’s just how the script struck me and I think possibly my physicalness kind of lends itself to that in combination with how Connor plays his part.  He seems like he’s a kid who seems perpetually uneasy in his own skin.  When you compare that to a guy like “Jack” who seems to me perpetually absolutely calm and comfortable in his skin, it really then makes my character a little more threatening or whatever.

    Q: I know this is based on Justin’s book, “I Suck at Girls.”  So, I’m wondering at what point did the adaptation shift to focus more on the dad character?  Did either of you meet Justin’s dad and get some blunt advice from him?
    Christopher: I haven’t met him yet.  I look forward to it.  I think he’s the kind of guy who’s like the kind of guy who’s like, “Yes, I’ll meet him when it’s a success.”  If it’s not, he doesn’t want to be—

    Rachael: Exactly.

    Christopher: But, I always thought that it’s seen through Justin’s, Connor/Justin’s eyes, the son’s eyes and Justin’s book really kind of is all about his dad, how his dad influenced his life with his aphorisms and his piffy statements.  If anything, I think the show has caught up everybody in the swirl, meaning Rachael and my relationship, how important that is, the strength of that.  That’s how I feel.

    Q: I wanted to go back to one of the previous questions about the era that the show is set in.  I really love that the show takes place in the ‘90s.  Is there a particular aspect from then that you wish was still around, or maybe it’s the whole no cell phones and Internet.
    Christopher: I wish they’d bring Grunge back.

    Rachael: Yes.  I wish that we could have it both ways.  I wish that we could have like six hours, six to eight hours of Internet and cell phones and then for six or eight hours we have no access.  So, we have to actually just like use a landline and call people and wait for calls and things like that.  How about that?

    Christopher: Yes.  Don’t you wish we could have self-discipline now and not—yes.

    Rachael: Yes.  I mean I guess I could do that, right, Chris?  I could just say, you know what?

    Christopher: I guess so.  It’s difficult.  It’s hard, Rachael.

    Rachael: Yes.  It’s really hard.

    Q: Did you guys ever play pranks or anything on set, anything like that that maybe was funny?
    Christopher: No, because—well, I don’t think so only because we have Connor and his two school buddies and they’re always doing boy prank stuff.  Like if you look where they have their finger, then you have to drop and do 20 pushups or they get to give you a wet willy or just this weird—or they mag tag each other.

    Q: How do you guys most feel that you’re similar and different from your characters?
    Christopher: I’m taller than “Jack” in real life, but past that, our parenting styles are exactly similar.

    Rachael: I don’t have kids in real life and “Joanne” has two.  I’m really just not old enough to have children that age in real life, and I’m kidding.

    Christopher: “Joanne” wouldn’t do that.

    Rachael: And then, I think that “Joanne” likes to rock a lot of shoulder pads on the show and I don’t.

    Christopher: Oh, Rachael.  Really?

    Rachael: All right.  I do.  I do wear them.

    Christopher: Make peace with it.  It’s time.

    Rachael: I know.

    Christopher: It’s okay.

  • Video Game Haiku Review – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    Tue, March 25, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Title: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
    Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One
    Price: $29.99
    Publisher: Konami
    Developer: 
    
Kojima Productions
    ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
    The Grade: A-

    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Haiku Review

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    Summary: This game was released last Tuesday so if you’ve read any reviews of “Ground Zeroes” you know one of the knocks on it is its length. It is very short, no doubt about it. There are videos online of people finishing the game in 10 minutes and getting the game’s highest rating. My first playthough took about 4 hours but I was taking my sweet time, which is the way I like to enjoy my “Metal Gear” games. I treat this series like a fine wine, I sip it, I don’t gulp it. If you take your time (relatively speaking) there’s a lot to see. “Ground Zeroes” has quite a bit of replay value. After your first playthrough you can unlock Hard mode and a few side missions. There are also some collectibles, the challenge of completing the mission with a highest rank and a few surprising Easter Eggs. I’ve spent about 8 hours with the game so far and I still have a number of things left to do. While “Ground Zeroes” is brief, it acts as a nice lead in for next year’s “Phantom Pain” and is a lot of fun. If you’re a “Metal Gear” fan, you’ll found this game well worth $30.

    Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.

  • Video Game Review: ‘Titanfall’

    Mon, March 24, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Title: Titanfall
    Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
    Price: $59.99
    Publisher: EA
    Developer: Respawn Entertainment
    ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
    The Grade: C+

    What is it? A new first person shooter from the creators of the “Call of Duty” franchise. Respawn Entertainment is the studio formed by Jason West and Vince Zampella, former co-founders of developer Infinity Ward and the co-creators of the multi-billion dollar “Call of Duty” machine. After a tumultuous split from “Call of Duty” publisher Activision, West and Zampella formed Respawn and “Titanfall” is their first title. In “Titanfall” gamers battle in a futuristic sci-fi setting on a war torn planet in six-on-six multiplayer matches. Players fight on foot as fast moving Pilots or inside mechanized machines called Titans.

    The good:
    Fast paced combat. Speed is the name of the game in “Titanfall.” Whether I was running up a wall as a Pilot or dashing from side to side to avoid fire as a Titan, I was moving quickly. And if my Pilot gets killed or my Titan gets destroyed, I’m immediately back into the fray guns blazing. “Titanfall” wants you to be in the middle of the action because it’s such an engrossing, fun place to be. Most current first person shooters feel sluggish and slow by comparison.

    A next-gen experience. One of the nagging issues for Xbox One and PS4 owners is that there isn’t really a game that defines either console. But as I was playing “Titanfall” I couldn’t help but feel that I was finally getting a chance to play a true next-generation title. Yes, this game is also available for the Xbox 360 but unlike other games available on Xbox One, the graphics and gameplay ooze next-gen. There is no mistaking this as a port of something that had already been released and was designed to be played on another system.

    An evolved multiplayer (mostly). Sometimes when playing a multiplayer game, you’ll come across a gamer that is so skilled it feels like you’re on the “Make Love, Not Warcraft” episode of “South Park.” You’re just going to get destroyed. “Titanfall” does a better job than most of balancing out a wide range of skill levels and gameplay styles so that everyone can have fun. Whether you’ve put 100 hours into the game or are just starting out, “Titanfall” can still make you feel like you’re succeeding with its multiplayer system.

    The bad:
    A cumbersome multiplayer (sometimes).
    Playing “Titanfall” will leave you with moments so awesome your mouth with often hang agape. It can also leave you throw-your-controller-at-the-wall angry. Every now and then you’ll find yourself battling against a team of much more experienced players. These matches tend to be lopsided exercises in frustration. Thankfully Respawn is already working on correcting this issue.

    Online or bust. This is a multiplayer only game so if Xbox Live is down, so is “Titanfall.” While there is no better online gaming service than Xbox Live, it does go down on occasion and when it does, you’re left with a game you can’t play.

    A weak campaign offering. The story of “Titanfall” is told through a number of short voiceovers while your game loads. That’s the extent of the plot you’ll be given. What’s the point of all this combat? There really isn’t one. With no investment to the outcome of online battles, gamers will likely find the action unfulfilling.

    The verdict: I enjoyed playing “Titanfall” but if Microsoft thinks they can Jedi Mind Trick players into thinking this is the killer app gamers are waiting for they’re sadly mistaken. An update and some DLC can certainly fix some issues but “Titanfall” feels more like an appetizer than the main course Xbox One owners deserve.

    Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.

     

     

     

     

  • Matt Meister talks about leaving KRDO

    Thu, March 20, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    On Tuesday KRDO-TV announced that Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister was leaving the station to take a job with Falcon School District 49 to be their Director of Communications. After the announcement I traded emails with Matt to ask about his departure from the station.

    Gazette: Any particular reason for the switch? How did this move/transition originally come about?
    Matt Meister: Yes, my most important roles in life of husband and father. My kids are getting to the age where sports and activities aren’t always on Saturday morning. When I’m in the rocking chair at the end of my life, I’ll answer to my heavenly Father, my wife and my children in regards to what type of life I’ve lived and if I gave it everything I had. When my kids are struggling with homework, I need to be there. When my son hits a home run or strikes out to end a baseball game, I need to be there. When my daughter needs help with the melody of a new song she is learning on piano, I need to be there. When my wife puts her head on the pillow at the end of a long day, I need to be there.

    Gazette: I know you visit a lot of schools and have school age children. Did that impact your decision?
    Meister: Absolutely. I love the energy that the students and teachers share in the classroom. It is such a vibrant and exciting environment. I’ve been witness to shrinking budgets region wide, which is why we created the StormTracker 13 in the Colorado Classroom weather book and program to give back. Joining the effort to educate our children and provide support for those on the front lines is a very logical career step for me.

    Gazette: Are your kids in D49?
    Meister: We’ve been in our home since 2004, prior to having children. While I don’t live in D-49, I’ve been in many of our classrooms in my role at KRDO and I am excited to be part of a school district with a clear understanding of past and current successes and the challenges we face. We are committed to being the best district by working to earn and maintain the trust of our community by serving the needs of every student in our diverse portfolio of schools.

    Gazette: What will you miss most about broadcasting?
    Meister: I’ll miss two things the most – two different groups of people. I’ve been blessed to work with and compete against highly intelligent, creative and hard working people that pushed me to be the best I could each and every day. I’ll miss the camaraderie and laughter. Secondly, I’ll miss the viewers. I have been so fortunate to have a great relationship with our viewers. I’ve been real with them and they’ve been real with me. I am grateful for their support. When I think about how many people in southern Colorado have invited me into their homes over the years, it is very humbling. I am proud to be part of such a strong and resilient community. I am amazed and inspired by the caring and generosity we have for each other when times are tough and people are indeed. We are Colorado strong!

    Gazette: What are you most looking forward to?
    Meister: I am most excited to get to know the rest of the Communications Team that I’ll be working with as we support the students, teachers, administrators and Board of Education of D-49. As I go through life I continue to learn its’ the relationships that matter. The people we love and have in our lives make the tough days bearable, the great days worth celebrating and the journey worth making.

    Gazette: I believe Fox21′s Joe Cole had a similar (if not the same) position with D49 before you did. Did you talk to him about the job?
    Meister: I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to Joe yet, he is quite the busy man! We are good friends though and calling him is on my to do list. There are a couple others that have made the transition from news to the educational environment and I plan on reaching out to them as well.

    Gazette: Did the departure of Eric Singer and Joe Dominguez have anything to do with you leaving? Is there a change of climate at KRDO that viewers aren’t aware of?
    Meister: Not at all. I love KRDO and it is as strong as it has ever been. The opportunity to continue to serve my community with a more traditional schedule that will allow me to spend more time with my family was something I could not pass up.

     

  • Review in Two: The CW’s “The 100”

    Tue, March 18, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Cast: Newcomer Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco (“Person of Interest,” “Damages”), Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Kelly Hu (“X2,” “Arrow”) and Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost,” “Scandal”)

    Air-date, time: The pilot episode airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on The CW

    The premise: Ninety-seven years ago a nuclear war decimated the Earth, destroying all civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. The 12 space stations came together to form, the Ark. In the next century three generations were born in space, the survivors now number 4,000 and resources are running out. Some of the young people on the Ark have been labeled criminals under strict rules that punish for minor infractions. These juveniles who tested authority are now being sent to Earth, testing it to see if it’s inhabitable. Among the 100 young exiles is Clarke (Taylor), the smart teenage daughter of the Ark’s chief medical officer Abby (Turco). Abby tries to guide the Ark’s leader (Washington) and his shadowy second in command (Cusick) in space when her daughter is sent to Earth.

    Highs: “The 100” goes back and forth between two diverse settings. There is the Ark, the aging space station where the “adults” on the show have to deal with dwindling resources and aging technology. Then there are the exiles, a group of young, carefree early twenty-somethings deserted in a rain forest.

    At first glance these two environments would seem to have nothing in common and, at times, “The 100,” almost feels like it could be split into two separate shows. But the two settings have commonalities that make for riveting TV. People in both locations face constant danger and have to fight to survive. The Ark is only months away from failing and there are machinations galore between political rivals doing what they think is necessary to survive. Down on Earth, the exiles break into factions of their own and have to deal with the threat of an unseen enemy that keeps them from supplies they need to live. A lack of communication between the two groups only ads to the tension.

    Throw in complex characters with intricate backstories and the audience is given a darker and more dangerous show than what The CW typically airs. When it’s at its best, which is a vast majority of the time, “The 100” is a clever mix of “Lord of the Flies,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Lost” that viewers will find immersive.

    Lows: There were times during the four episodes I watched when popular music played in the background to set a lighter mood. Most of the time it felt out of place and didn’t fit the tone of the show but this was only a minor distraction.

    Grade: (A+): The pilot for “The 100” was so engrossing that I gobbled up the remaining three episodes I had access to and still wanted more. With “Arrow” and now “The 100” The CW has Wednesday night TV on lockdown.

  • Matt Meister leaving KRDO for school position

    Mon, March 17, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    In a press release sent to The Gazette this afternoon, ABC affiliate KRDO-TV announced that Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister is leaving NewsChannel 13 to pursue a new career with Falcon School District 49 as the district’s Director of Communications. Meister will continue to perform weather duties on KRDO’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts through May.

    “All of us at KRDO NewsChannel 13 are proud of Matt’s career growth since he began working here,” said KRDO General Manager Tim Larson. “We wish him well in this career change that affords Matt a more traditional schedule and allows him to spend more time with his family.”

    Meister has won multiple awards for his weather coverage and has been popular with viewers. He won a Colorado Broadcasters Association award as Best Meteorologist in 2011 and has earned several of The Gazette’s “Best Of” awards.

    “I am honored to have been part of the wonderful team that is KRDO NewsChannel 13 for the last 12 1/2 years,” said Meister. “I wish this station and my colleagues continued success and I know they will perform to the highest level as they did during the recent fires and floods. I will cherish the friendships that I made and the time I spent here.”

    Meister marks the third departure for KRDO this month. Earlier in March the station cut ties with anchor/reporter Eric Singer and multimedia journalist Joe Dominguez left for a position in Greensboro.

  • Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Moving to AM1300 The Animal

    Mon, March 17, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Cumulus Media announced late last week that Sports/Talk radio station “AM1300 The Animal” (KCSF-AM) has added the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and other NCAA championships to the station’s play-by-play lineup. Tournament games had previously aired on KRDO (105.5FM/1240AM) but Cumulus recently acquired the rights to the Westwood One NCAA broadcasts.

    The Animal will air continuous coverage of the men’s basketball tournament starting with the First Four on March 18th and 19th going through the Elite 8. The Final Four and the national championship game will both air on AM740 KVOR.

    “AM1300 The Animal is already Southern Colorado’s leader for live sports play-by-play,” said the station’s executive producer Matt Pauley in a press release sent to The Gazette. “To add the Westwood One package with the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament and all the other NCAA championships continues to show that AM1300 The Animal is the destination all sports fans in Southern Colorado should tune their radio dial to.”

    In addition to the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, The Animal will also air the DII championship game, the women’s Final Four, select NIT games, the men’s college hockey Frozen Four and the College World Series. The Animal is already the local radio home for Sky Sox baseball, Air Force hockey, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche and the NFL.

  • KOAA-TV Announces New Weather Team Member

    Thu, March 13, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Thursday afternoon NBC affiliate KOAA-TV announced that meteorologist Valerie Abati is joining the First Alert Weather team beginning Monday, March 17th. She’ll take over weather duties during News 5 at noon on weekdays and will team with Mike Daniels at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Abati joins KOAA from Monterey, California where she was the weather forecaster at KSBW and was program director at the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Cincinnati where she worked at WXIX and WLWT. When her husband’s military position had her family headed to Fort Carson, she was thrilled with the prospect of making the move to Colorado.

    “Not only am I excited to take advantage of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer,” said Abati in a press release sent to The Gazette, “but I’m looking forward to being in an active weather region that will constantly keep me on my toes forecasting.”

    In addition to being a meteorologist, Abati is also an experienced reporter, anchor, and producer.

  • Video Game Haiku Review – South Park: The Stick of Truth

    Wed, March 12, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Title: South Park: The Stick of Truth
    Format: Xbox 360, PS3
    Price: $59.99
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    Developer: 
    
Obsidian
    ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
    The Grade: B+

    South Park: The Stick of Truth Haiku Review

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    Summary: It’s incredibly hard to make a funny video game, especially one based on a funny TV show. “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and even “South Park” have all tried before. But with this title, gamers can finally bathe in the luxuriousness that is “South Park’s” brand of crude humor as “Stick of Truth” is without a doubt the funniest video game I have ever played. “SoT” stays true to the series, with characters that act and react like their onscreen counterparts. In fact, the in-game experience feels like you’re manipulating your very own “South Park” character through a very long movie. There are plenty of places to explore and a number of side missions to do. Best of all, “SoT” is filled with obscure “South Park” references and characters that are sure to tickle hard core fans of the show. While I didn’t care for the game’s turn based fighting system (I found it too simplistic, repetitive and unfulfilling), if you’re a “South Park” aficionado and love video games, you’ll get your money’s worth from this title.

    Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.

  • Local TV stations score big at CBAs

    Tue, March 11, 2014 by Terry Terrones with no comments

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    Last weekend the Colorado Broadcasters Association held their annual Awards of Excellence banquet in Denver and local TV stations came home with several awards.

    NBC affiliate KOAA-TV was the big winner, bringing home awards in 10 different categories including Best Specialty Reporter (Bill Folsom), Best Investigative Reporting and Best Sportscaster (Jordan Mason). The station also was honored as the 2013 Television Station of the Year.

    “Being honored by national media professionals, especially in the areas of investigative journalism and as Station of the Year, gives us continued pride in the work we do every day to live up to our viewer’s high standards,” said KOAA president and general manager Evan Pappas in a press release sent to The Gazette. “Delivering value to them is always at the forefront of everything we do.

    CBS affiliate KKTV also scored well. The station earned honors in seven categories including Best Documentary, Best Weathercaster (Brian Bledsoe) and Best News Anchor or Team (Dianne Derby and Don Ward). FOX affiliate KXRM received a Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast Award of Excellence for “Fox21 Morning News.”

    For a list of all the winners in each category, click on this link.