Daily Archives: February 5, 2010

CenPhoTV for the week of 02/05/2010

This week on cenpho tv, first friday, shipwrecks, city meetings, some naughty, pre-valentine’s day improv, and dave with all this week’s best live music.

Street BMXing in downtown Phoenix

Havin a good ol’ time in downtown Phoenix with John Seitz, Aaron Milhorn, John John, Jake Cohoe, Josh Bigar, Piggy, Jamey Welsh, Cody Clark, John Paul, Wolfman, and James Brooks. While riding we came across the Cult Crew in the middle of filming for their Phoenix/L.A. edit. You can see Mr. Roche in the background of a few clips along with Chase Dehart, Chase Hawk, Trey Jones, Robbie Moralis, and even Sean Sexton. What a great way to end a great session.

Clouds roll in after downtown Phoenix rainstorm

Downtown Phoenix the day after a large rainstorm. Video shot by Carl Stevens with a Canon 20D.

Channel 12 could move to Republic’s downtown Phoenix building

[Source: Arizona Republic] — Gannett Co., Inc. parent company of The Arizona Republic and Channel 12, may move the television station into the Republic’s downtown Phoenix mid-rise.   Under the plan, the ground floor of the Republic’s offices at 200 E. Van Buren would be reconfigured so that visitors walking in downtown Phoenix would be able to see KPNX’s studios.

The plans are just preliminary, said John Zidich publisher of The Arizona Republic.  Gannett is working on a feasibility study to determine if the move makes financial and logistical sense, he said.  “We think there are great synergies for both of our platforms,” Zidich said.  “We also think that it could be a really exciting, new draw to downtown as we position the studios so that the outside world can see inside.”

Another reason the media company is probably considering the move: both the TV and newspaper staffs are smaller.  At its peak, KPNX had 190 employees, now there are 160, according to the general manager.  Layoffs and downsizing have also shrunk the newspaper’s staff.

Zidich didn’t specify how much The Arizona Republic’s staffing has changed at its Van Buren building, saying the possible move isn’t motivated by efficiency.  “The reason to do this is strategic,” Zidich said.  “Having available space makes it easier but is not a reason.”

The news involves two key pieces of downtown Phoenix real estate. KPNX occupies two buildings at 1101 N. Central Ave., a key intersection along the Central Avenue corridor.   “It’s attractive in the sense that it is on the northern border or downtown, directly on the light rail,” said John Misner, president and general manager of Channel 12.  “It’s next to the (Hance) park, it’s not too far away from ASU’s downtown campus. You have good access to the I-10.”  [Note: To read the full article, visit Channel 12 could move to Republic’s downtown Phoenix building.]

Building a (bicycle) critical mass in Phoenix

About 100 Phoenix cyclists rode around the downtown area in late January to raise motor-vehicle drivers’ awareness on sharing the road.  As part of a worldwide event that happens the last Friday of every month known as Critical Mass, the bicyclists met at Steele Indian School Park at North Third Street and East Indian School Road illuminating the streets of Phoenix with their safety lights until reaching the Civic Space Park where they lifted their bikes in unison.