Mile High Life

Rush’s show edges Rosen

Column by Penny Parker
Penny Parker

Radio talk show conservative Mike Rosen, who turned 69 Dec. 5, is taking his show to a slightly different time slot beginning Jan. 2.

“KOA (850 AM) is about the only station in the country that delays Rush (Limbaugh) two hours,” Rosen told me on his birthday. “The parent company of Clear Channel decided to (air) Rush live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. `The Colorado Morning News’ show with Stefan (Tubbs) and April (Zesbaugh) will move to 5-10 a.m. and become five hours instead of four.”

Changing the `Rush Limbaugh Show’ to live time left Rosen with the 1-3 p.m. time slot after working a 9 a.m.-to-noon spot.

“I understand, and it’s fine with me,” Rosen told me. “I’m on the air one less hour, which makes me on the air five hours less a week. But with show prep (answering emails, contacting advertisers, etc.), I still work 70 hours a week. So many people listen to my show online, so for them nothing will change.”

Rosen said his contract with Clear Channel lasts another one and a half years, then he’ll see what happens. “I take it one contract at a time,” he said.

Manning minds manners
Perhaps the sure way to secure an autograph from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is to invite him to your wedding. Sounds more tidy than playing the post-game waiting game or bidding beaucoup bucks on a signed jersey during a charity auction.

In the case of Anna and James, a couple with a wedding last fall, all they had to do was send No. 18 a formal invitation, according to a post on Reddit. A photo of the signed invite went viral after a Redditor “Lackadaisical Romp” posted the pic of the wedding invitation sent by his sister.

Not only did Manning show his Southern gentlemanly manners by responding in a timely manner, but he checked off the “regretfully decline” box and added the inscription, “Anna and James, Best Wishes.”

A poster quipped, “Perhaps our favorite comment about the photo comes courtesy of Redditor `MasterSplinter21’ who writes, `Eli (Manning) replied too, but his response was intercepted.’ Even with two Super Bowl rings and the Giants’ current winning streak, poor Eli still gets treated like the little brother.”

Christkindl returns
Denver’s 13th annual Christkindl Market at Skyline Park on the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe (across from the D&F Tower and ice skating rink) brings a German flair to Christmas shopping and entertainment through Dec. 21.

This year’s market — Colorado’s largest and most authentic Christkindl venue — will be bigger and better than ever with the addition of more music, more beer and Gluehwein (mulled red wine), entertainment and more holiday spirit.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Eatery’s chili gets nod
Food & Wine magazine, sponsors of the annual top-shelf foodie event the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, has confirmed what we’ve known all along. According to, among the best green chili is the one served at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl, 7305 E. 35th Ave.

Here’s what the Food & Wine folks had to say: “What started as a food truck flaunting the slogan `Go green or go home’ has grown into a dedicated green chili restaurant. RMCB’s pork and vegetarian green chilies are available in mellow, medium or hot — spiked with hot Hatch green chiles, jalapeños and secret seasonings. Thanks to implementing a long list of eco-initiatives, the restaurant is also now certified green.
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Westminster welcomes brewery
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 5 — replete with Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally and City Council members — was proof enough of what a big deal it was for the grand opening of Westminster Brewing Company.

WBC becomes the first independent craft brewery in Denver’s suburbs as the new brewery offers a lineup of traditional styles and English-style cask ales.
Westminster Brewing Company is located at 7655 W. 108th Ave., Unit 600. Brian Bissell, a longtime home brewer, is the head brewer at WBC after a professional stint at CB and Potts.

Pie sales break record
Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to ailing women, men and children in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs, is pleased to announce a record-breaking year for the Pie in the Sky pie sale.
The group sold 2,956 pies, generating net revenue of more than $75,000 and allowing the organization to provide more than 15,000 meals to Coloradans fighting cancer, kidney failure, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

All the pies were fresh-baked and generously donated by Bluepoint Bakery. Sponsors included Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta, ANB Banks in the Southern Colorado region, Andarko Petroleum Corp., 5280 Magazine, OutFront Colorado, Colorado Label Co., team Packaging and Vollmer’s Bakery.

For more information on Project Angel Heart, go to or call 303-830-0202.

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

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