Susie Wargin, sportscaster, latest 9News veteran to announce departure from station

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A photo of Susie Wargin from her Facebook page.
Last week, we noted the impending departure of entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery from 9News. Now, another veteran station staffer is headed out the door: sportscaster Susie Wargin, who's been a staple on the station's top-rated morning show for a decade.

Wargin's leaving the outlet, and the broadcasting profession, on her own terms. But her departure still raises questions about the economics of local-TV news in the 21st century.

Changes among the 9News sports staff have been in the works for a while. On April 2, a tipster brought to my attention a JournalismJobs.com listing for a full-time sports anchor opening at the station; messages left for news director Patti Dennis were not returned.

In the meantime, Wargin continues to work high-profile assignments for the signal, as illustrated by the following twitpic on her Twitter page:

Twitter is also the first place she confirmed that she's leaving 9News, in a response from over the weekend that's on view below.

Wargin's mention of real estate -- echoed on her Twitter page, which lists her as "TV Sports Anchor, Realtor" -- isn't coincidental. She tells the Denver Post that when her current contract expires in August, she'll devote herself primarily to real estate in a business started by her mom, who's worked as a realtor for nearly four decades.

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Wargin circa 2008.
Occasional freelance jobs for 9News are also mentioned, and while such gigs frequently fail to materialize, I hope Wargin doesn't disappear entirely from local airwaves -- and not just because of the impressive coiffure that earned her Westword's Best Hair on a Media Personality, Female award in 2005. Her presence adds variety to the boys club of TV sports, and she boasts a confident onscreen presence supplemented by a sense of humor that holds steady even when the camera is switched off.

Case in point: In 2008, we published a blog post in which my daughter Lora, then fifteen, blistered Wargin for wasting much of her sportscasts on human-interest stories when everyone else just wanted to see Nuggets highlights. But rather than getting pissed off at the criticism, Wargin responded with a lighthearted note in which she invited Lora to visit the station and learn more about the way a broadcast works -- an offer Lora was too slack-jawed to accept.

Maybe Wargin really does want to leave TV and focus entirely on real estate. But like Montgomery, who chose to move to a smaller station in Lansing, Michigan, after not being offered a full-time contract, she's presumably getting more expensive to keep around.

With revenues at traditional media outlets like 9News getting tighter and tighter, managers are having to make tough decisions about costs and personnel. And that will likely mean fewer familiar faces on your television.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Media archive circa February 2009: "Channel 9's Susie Wargin responds to her biggest critic."

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shutupoprah
shutupoprah

glad she's leaving--her voice was so obnoxious.  and Kirk Montgomery--good riddance to you you freakazoind irritating gas bag

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

Let another station hire both Montgomery and Wargin, then 9News can see what they let slip away

peteboner
peteboner

Who Cares!

We stopped watching 9 news years ago. They're far to liberal, all they report is the Democratic Party line anyway.


If they really want to save some dough, they should DUMP Pattie Dennis!!!

peteboner
peteboner

Who Cares!

We don't watch far too political 9 news anymore.

If they really wanted to cut some dough, it's time for PATTIE DENNIS to MOVE ON!

Jonathan Sublette
Jonathan Sublette

She's the best.. Sry, but that's not much to say when you have those other idiots "Rod Mackey"Otherwise I watch ch2 Daybreak because of Chris Parente.. Ch9, fire all your sports guys & start over. Keep her if you want. Ron Zappolo would be a good move.. Hot weather girls! & non-egotistical sports guys, if possible.

Mike Arbon
Mike Arbon

Gannet and 9News is always trying to "be" the news. Good luck to Susie and Kirk. Your both better off without Gannet.

Nikki Dorritie
Nikki Dorritie

its called get rid of the old and get someone new .... im not one bit hurt she is leaving i didnt care for her anyways kirk is leaving to go work at the Westside suzzie wargens is out dated there are a few more that need to go from that channel

Michael Clarkson
Michael Clarkson

I worked with her Mom when I first started in real estate (a peer, not on her team). Her Mom is a beast in the business! ( Beast is a good thing. She is nice as they come and is a statewide top producer.) So, it's likely a better move for Ms. Wargin.

Scott Montross
Scott Montross

She is too good for 9news. Class act compared to the other less desirable women who have graced the station....Good for her!

Todd Miller
Todd Miller

the local news has become worthless so don't matter, haven't watched it in years and don't plan to in the future.

George Flores
George Flores

Best of luck it's time for a change for your fans hello channel four and channel seven good bye 9

Alan Hartley
Alan Hartley

There seems to be a movement to attract the younger viewer. By employing their piers. It is the cycle of life.

Larry Rios
Larry Rios

Nope... But I applaud her though for taking a stance

Mike Sisk
Mike Sisk

I have not picked up a print copy of Westword in a month and a half. The only time I read is if it's on FB and the story catches my eye. I still go to bed with the 9 pm 9 news cast. Yes media is changing. Not just 9news.

Tracy Sitterud-Abernathey
Tracy Sitterud-Abernathey

You've got to do what's best for you. A lot of changes at 9news. Seeing amazing people go is difficult but thanks to technology these days it's as if they never left. Best of luck on the new adventures!!!!

Frank Shiffer
Frank Shiffer

Should be Dork Soicher and his toys on the way out. Good luck Susie.

Alicia Fuentes
Alicia Fuentes

What's up with channel 9?????? Holy crap!! Kirk is leaving now this!!!

fitzbim
fitzbim

Can't blame her for wanting out of obama ass kissing industry, and to go work for herself and be free.

Dodie Kenyon Ricca
Dodie Kenyon Ricca

Quite a few people seem to be leaving lately. Amelia Earhart and Will Ripley left recently too. Susie is awesome and I don't like sports. lol

bvpoot
bvpoot

Kirk Montgomery?  Never heard of her...

Andrew Petersen
Andrew Petersen

That lady sucks as a sportscaster. She come on, we switch to fox. No big loss.

Richard Daugherty
Richard Daugherty

No Susie, say it ain't so. I hope you get more family time, and hope to still see you out on the roads(s)

slipslap
slipslap

What a bummer. I remember Susie from 106.7 when I won prizes on several occasions during "Susie's Stumper."

One time I won Wendy's gift cards & the very next day I won again. On-air the second time I gave my middle name. When she came back on the line she asked if I won the day before as she had recognized my voice. I told her yeah & that I gave a different name because I wasn't sure if I could win again so soon. She said it was OK. What an awesome woman with her feet planted firmly in the ground!

Unlike that tee-hee-hee, like, like, you know Amelia. Don't let her fool you folks. I'm still waiting for a Discovery Flight I won during her initial Fly With Amelia Foundation event at WotR last May. Got an e-mail asking which airports were close to me & nothing else from my response to her.

Granted this WAS during the time she was called out on her outrageous decade-long claim of ancestry to the true Amelia Earhart. But a simple "I'm sorry, I can't fulfill my offer" would've been just fine. Pathetic that a 30-something acts like that. Ho-hum

All the best, Susie!

Phyllis Strauss
Phyllis Strauss

Drew is so bad. I can't even stand his voice. When he comes on we change the channel.

akDan
akDan

Susie was OK, but do glad to see that Fag Kirk Montgomery slither back to Meeechigan = what a miserable place !!!

shutupoprah
shutupoprah

a bad one though--ugh--her voice is grating

shutupoprah
shutupoprah

@peteboner totally agree--and all their news casters (I use this term lightly) are california idiots

shutupoprah
shutupoprah

Sabine looks like a street walker--well,  she comes from California and has had a number of husbands-

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