The Search Is On.... (JESSE KURTZ)

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

I have spent nearly every moment of free time watching, evaluating and selecting who will become the next Weekend Sports Anchor at KKTV. Just when I think the search is complete, a new crop of great candidates surfaces. This is gonna be tough!

I have a new found respect for those who hire.  It is tough work!

I am currently leading KKTV's efforts to find a new Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.  Josh Earl is leaving KKTV in mid-February to pursue other interests on the east coast.  He will be tough to replace.  Josh and I have worked together for two years building what I believe is the best local sports coverage in Southern Colorado.  He leaves behind big shoes to fill which is why we opened up a nationwide search for his replacement.

Over the last two weeks I have received well over 100 tapes from candidates from every corner of America.  From Oregon to Florida, Hawaii to Vermont, and everywhere in between this job has created a ton of interest.  Which, is truly exciting but overwhelming too.  I spent 9.5 hours over the weekend watching demo reels from all applicants until my eyes were ready to pop out of my head.  There is a huge talent pool from which to pick and I want to hire the best person available.  Southern Colorado deserves that!  We owe it to you, the viewer, to bring aboard somebody who has a ton of passion for our local sports scene.  Not somebody who will turn KKTV Sports into a "mini-ESPN."

As I walked into my office this morning, I had a pretty good idea who the top candidates would be.  I had seen all the resume' tapes and was ready to present my finalists to management.... and guess what greeted me the moment I turned on the light?  26 NEW RESUME' TAPES SEALED IN ENVELOPES sitting on my desk waiting to be viewed.  Guess what I'm doing tonight?

Truth be told... It has been a very fun experience getting to hand pick a new colleague.  I feel a bit like Simon Cowell (except my criticism isn't on display in front of millions).  However, I promise you this... He/She will continue to bring you the best of what the Southern Colorado sports scene has to offer each night on KKTV 11 News.

Look for an exciting announcement soon! -- Jesse Kurtz, KKTV Sports Director

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  • by martin Szeliga Location: Canon City on Mar 22, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    I want to vote for Wes McKenzie but can't seem to find the proper location. Marty Szeliga
  • by Rick Location: Orem, Utah on Mar 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM
    Jesse, you got a great one in Sam Farnsworth as your new weekend anchor! He looks great on air-- comfortable, handsome, good delivery--, and loves and knows sports well. He will do a great job reporting Colorado Springs/Pueblo sports.
  • by Jesse Kurtz Location: KKTV on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    John.... Mr. Owens retired in early December. However, he will fill-in every once in a while for us. So you'll still see him from time to time on-air.
  • by john Location: pueblo on Feb 8, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    hey,what happened to john owens?
  • by jim Location: el paso county on Jan 26, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    jesse pick a afro-american there to replace john owens there. 13 has scott harrison there .why NOT a local person there jesse cmon now alright ?? even george lewis would be a better canindate there jesse..
  • by Rick Location: Pueblo East High School on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    We will be signing Michael Fabrizio to a Baseball Scholarship on Friday, Jan. 29th 11:00 a.m. here at East. He will be signing with New Mexico Jr. College.
  • by Lon Location: Lima Ohio on Jan 26, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Jesse, Imagine my surprise when I saw one of my interns was now a sports director and making hires. Congrats on the title of sports director. Condolences on trying to find the right person to fill out your staff....hiring is not a science, but has huge ramifications if you get it wrong. Good Luck Lon Tegels
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