So that story of the Smiths fan who held a station here hostage in the '80s? It's true...well, sort of
Details, Details: The origin of this particular urban Smith and how it's been perpetuated over the years:
"Once, in 1987, a young man in Denver held the local radio station at gunpoint, demanding that they play only Smiths songs. For four hours they complied and the Colorado airwaves were filled with the then-unfamiliar sound of Morrissey, until the police persuaded the gunman to back down. When Morrissey heard what had happened he felt, of course, extreme pleasure. 'But how did you know about it?' he demands. 'I've never come across anybody who knew about it.' The fact that the siege has never been properly reported anywhere outrages Morrissey. 'If it was any other artist, it would have been world news. But because it was poor old tatty Smiths it was of no consequence whatsoever.'"
"In 1987 a distressed young man in Denver, Colorado held his local radio station hostage insisting, at gun point, they play nothing but Smiths records. This they did -- for four hours -- inflicting Morrissey on the good Christian people of Colorado, who up until that point had been for the most part blissfully unaware of his existence. Eventually, the police besieging the building persuaded the unhappy young man to give himself up.
This was both an unhinged, impotent romantic gesture and a dangerous, revolutionary act. If any music ever had a chance of changing the world, or at least giving it some seriously bad dreams, it was the music of The Smiths. The fervent zeal of this mad lad who forced the Denver radio station to saturate the airwaves of his hometown with records by this obscure, depraved British band was, in its own casualty-free way more 'murderous' and ambitious than the rage of the two young shallow nihilists who went on a shooting spree many years later in their High School in Littleton, also in Colorado."
Keep reading for more on the story, including Gil Asakawa's piece in Westword, along with quotes from people who actually worked at the station at the time.