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Radio Row: Say goodbye to the Press Box

Colin D. | January 22, 2015

The success of the Press Box show earned Peter Burns national attention and that attention ultimately led to his being discovered by ESPN and eventually hired to anchor the new SEC network. Burns relocated to North Carolina and left the show in the capable hands of Krisztal and Lomena who have worked hard to keep it vital

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All good things must come to an end. This cliche holds especially true in the ever-shifting sands of the local sports radio scene.

The latest victim of this constant change is the popular Press Box morning show on Mile High Sports Radio. The brain child of Peter Burns, the Press Box was broadcast from a special studio at the Denver Post building and included a mix of personalities including Burns, co-hosts Mark Kiszla, Oren Lomena and Brandon Krisztal and a revolving group of guests including Lindsay Jones and Benjamin Hochman.  The show did well for several years and really surged when the other local sports stations shifted to airing nationally syndicated programming nine to noon. Press Box was often the only Denver based show covering breaking local topics.

For a spell the Press Box was even an evening TV show. The crew would do the radio program and then immediately video tape a 30-minute TV segment for air that night.  Later, the Press Box was “simulcast” or streamed live in video format via the Post’s web site.

The success of the Press Box show earned Peter Burns national attention and that attention ultimately led to his being discovered by ESPN and eventually hired to anchor the new SEC network. Burns relocated to North Carolina and left the show in the capable hands of Krisztal and Lomena who have worked hard to keep it vital. But alas it was Burns that sold the show – in more ways than one – and, sadly, tomorrow the Press Box will air for the final time.

Mile High Sports is set to once again scramble its lineup to accomadate the AM slots. Danny Williams and Marcello Romano will be returning to Mornings with Morning Mayhem. Eric Goodman and Mike Pritchard will be moving to afternoon drive and the other MHS shows will scoot around a bit as well.

It’s a tribute to the Press Box and to Peter Burns that the Denver Post has embraced the model they created and created “Sports Show” with Les Shapiro and Woody Paige hich streams on their web site in the afternoons precisely the way the Press Box did in the mornings. As for Krizstal and Lomena fans will just have to wait and see where they land. Perhaps we will have them on the South Stands Denver Fancast soon to discuss it.

 

 

Written by Colin D.

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