Growing up in Colorado, not too many people I know have made it on TV and it was a dream come true when I landed a job at 9NEWS in 2008. I was launching Denver’s newest entertainment hub—you may remember a little website called Metromix.com—which meant I had to work closely with Kirk to cover all things entertainment in Denver and Colorado. I was only 23 years old at the time and I sometimes couldn’t believe that I actually already accomplished my dream job.
Working with Kirk Montgomery was an endless up and down rollercoaster. Mainly because he is so incredibly passionate about his job. Each news segment had to be perfection—he owed that to his fans and viewers. And since I was fairly new in the biz, I looked to him to help lead the way and teach me as much as possible. Not before long, he had faith in me to write some of his segments for the Metromix spot in his EBlock—I would create graphics, write his scripts and even would go on-air with him from time to time. It was amazing.
After three and a half years of working at 9NEWS and leading Metromix.com to be the No. 1 entertainment site in Denver, I left the station and became the PR Manager at Elitch Gardens. I didn’t stop working with Kirk once I left—in fact, I looked to him to help cover some of Elitch’s big events and he was always responsive and so willing to help me out.
Today, May 9, 2014 is a sad day for Denver. A sad day for Kirk. A sad day for me. And a sad day for his viewers and fans across Colorado. Kirk Montgomery is saying farewell to his 9NEWS-KUSA viewers in the 4 p.m. newscast and will be heading to WILX in Lansing, Michigan to anchor. I will be watching the E-Block with tear-filled eyes. I know that we’ll still keep in touch via social media, e-mail and a quick phone call—but to not know that I can reach out and work with him again on the PR side of things for Colorado Media Network breaks my heart. It figures, right when I launch my very own full-service Marketing and PR firm, one of my favorite friends and media member is leaving.
This morning I reached out to Kirk to see if he could give me a list of his favorite things about Colorado before he signs off on 9NEWS. Within minutes he sent me his list. That just proved to me that he looks to me as a friend and colleague still, which means the world.
Without further ado, here’s what Kirk sent to me of all his most cherished things about living in Colorado:
10. Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9. Sam’s No. 3
8. 16th Street Mall
7. Pearl Street in Boulder
6. Aurora Fox Theatre
5. The Paramount
4. Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
3. Creede Reparatory Theatre
2. Denver Center for Performing Arts
1. The People. I love the people in Colorado so much.
With that, I want to say: Thank you, Kirk. Thank you for helping me when I was so young at 9NEWS. Thank you for the many laughs we shared in the newsroom. Thanks for the amazing memories as we covered the DNC together, many fashions shows, events and all sorts of great entertainment stories along the way. Thank you for keeping in touch with me after I left the station. And thank you for being so sincere and always telling me what was on your mind and in your heart. I will miss you greatly, my friend. Best of luck to you in Michigan!
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