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Woody Paige leaving Denver Post

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MileHigh, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Or as some of us out here like to refer to him … Plaige. His final column after 35 years will appear in Sunday’s editions. He had been in negotiations after the latest round of buyouts and layoffs added more decimation at 101 W. Colfax. Certainly his hefty contract did not sit well with the hedge fund ownership group.

    Sports was particularly hit hard in the latest layoffs/buyouts, with longtime writer Irv Moss finally riding off into the sunset. The longtime preps reporter was basically told if you don’t take the buyout you’ll get a pink slip. A sports digital producer got laid off. Now Paige. Oh, and the lead Broncos reporter just bolted for a Mike Klis-esque gig as the Broncos reporter a local TV station (not mine). They reshuffled some deck chairs internally because there was certainly not going to be any hiring from the outside.

    Paige will continue to write a column Sunday, but for the Colorado Springs Gazette.

    It’s seriously grim times there with the hedge fund owner Alden Global Capital slashing and burning away. Certainly not the vision Uncle Lean Dean had after he engineered the closing of the Rocky more than seven years ago.

    Onward and downward.

    Update: Woody Paige Is Officially Leaving the Denver Post
  2. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    He left for a stint during his early ESPN days, no?
  3. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Did he? I thought he was doing both. I'll be vilified for this but enjoyed First Take with Paige and Skippy. Good contrast and not as much screaming.
  4. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    A local owner with deeper pockets needs to go in and get that paper out of the hands of the hedge fund. Easier said than done, I know.

    Oh, and I still prefer the Rocky over the DP. I MISS the Rocky. :(
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I believe he was still doing a Sunday-only column but you might be right. The Post is pushing that he's been there the past 35 years. Wouldn't be the first time they've exaggerated something.
  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I actually think he left twice. Once for ESPN and once briefly in the 80's. When he was hired from by the Post from the Rocky Mountain News in 1981 he was going to transition to a general column. That did not work out and I think he briefly went to Florida and then came back to write a sports column and to serve a stint as sports editor.

    But the 35 years refers only to the time he spent with the Post. He was with the Rocky Mountain News from about 1973-1981. So Paige was a columnist in Denver for almost all of the last 43 years.

    So my question is who is the longest tenured active columnist not named Sid Hartman? Is it Paige, who will write for Colorado Springs?
  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Forgot that guy even existed. Good for him.
  8. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    His 2002 takeout of the salt lake city winter Olympics was a classic. Even insulted the lds crowd. Had to write an apology column 2 days later.
    Woody Goes Limp
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Great headline:

    Woody Goes Limp
  10. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Seems like a good move if MileHigh and other members of the local media think he is a plagiarist.
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Found it. Yes, for 2 1/2 years, from 2004 until returning on Dec. 1, 2006.
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