Update: Dan Caplis on end of KHOW's Caplis & Silverman show

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Updates below: It's the end of an era. Today will be the final show for Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman on KHOW after an eight-year run in the three p.m. to six p.m. afternoon drive slot. We reached attorney Caplis as he was walking into a deposition this morning, and he put the best face on the impending goodbye.

When the program launched, its concept was portrayed as a good-natured clash of ideological opposites, with fellow lawyer Silverman representing liberalism and Caplis standing as a staunch conservative. But over time, as the pair's views edged ever closer, the dynamic became less about arguing with each other and more about taking on national topics (Caplis, to put it mildly, is no fan of Barack Obama) and hot local controversies (such as the Ward Churchill investigation and firing at CU-Boulder, Caplis's alma mater), as well as subjects that went beyond politics -- like Caplis's admiration for former Bronco Tim Tebow. And while Caplis, in particular, elicited strong feelings among listeners, there's no arguing that the pair helped set a good portion of the agenda for the Mile High City.

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Craig Silverman and Dan Caplis.
Why pull the plug?

"I think we've done all we can do with the show," Caplis says.

That certainly seems to be the case from a listenership perspective. The ratings for the station as a whole have dipped of late: Radio Online lists KHOW as the seventeenth most popular in the market in its latest accounting. And while those figures are based on listeners age twelve and over -- a general category that doesn't take into account the specific demographic the outlet is targeting -- they can hardly be considered positive news in light of the tough time terrestrial radio is having when it comes to holding onto its audience in a digital age.

When asked who made the call about shutting down, Caplis describes it as a "joint realization" by him, Silverman and supervisors at KHOW, which is part of the Clear Channel cluster of stations. "In terms of the actual timing, that's management's call. We just work there," he acknowledges. But the decision was more of "a process. Actually, I'm the one who raised it with management about six months ago. What I'm about, what Craig's about, what the station's about is always trying to get better, always do more, always rise higher. And we all felt we'd sort of done all we could with this."

As for today's swan song, Caplis sees it as "a kind of celebration. There will be a lot of thank-yous. We'll kind of revel in the good stuff, including the Churchill cause we pursued, and just so many things over the years, large and small. We'll remember some of the great interviews and have a kind of funny reflection on eight pretty wild years."

Caplis doesn't know who'll be manning the microphones beginning on Monday; we've got a call in to Clear Channel boss Pat Connor, and when and if he responds, we'll update this post. In the meantime, though, Caplis stresses that he's not retiring from broadcasting.

"I'm going to stay on the air," he says. "It's just a matter of in what capacity." He could pop up again on Clear Channel: "I've been with them for 21 years," he points out. But he's not averse to looking elsewhere, too. "I have good options locally and nationally on other outlets, and I'm going to be making some decisions on those shortly. But one way or another, I'm going to stay on the air."

Update, 12:25 p.m. June 22: Greg Foster, AM operations manager for Clear Channel Denver, returned our call to Pat Connor, head of the local station cluster, about the removal of the Caplis & Silverman show from the KHOW lineup after today.

"Quite simply, it was a business decision," he says, adding that "I think Dan characterized it very well as a joint realization to make the change."

This switch also brought with it one layoff: The program's producer, Brad Lopez, who also writes occasional music articles for Westword.

At this point, Foster isn't ready to reveal the successor or successors to the Caplis/Silverman tandem, but promises that such an announcement will be coming soon. (In the meantime, guest hosts will fill in.) However, he stresses that the new afternoon-drive program won't be syndicated. "It will be a live and local show," he says.

When asked if mediocre ratings were behind the switch, Foster declines to elaborate beyond his "business decision" comment. Regarding the possibility of Caplis and/or Silverman filling other roles at KHOW or Clear Channel affiliates, he says, "As with anything, we always look at all the options available to us."

Update, 1:38 p.m. June 22: Craig Silverman just sent us a statement about the end of the Caplis & Silverman show that he's also shared on his Facebook page. Here it is:

Today is our last show. What a great run Caplis and Silverman had. Our show was challenging and enjoyable for me, and I hope for you as well. Colorado never before heard a radio show quite like ours, and may never again. For a job, I am blessed to retain my first love and best talent, as a Colorado trial lawyer. Silverman and Olivas, P.C. is thriving and now, I can personally handle more of the cases that are brought to our firm. You can still hear and see me. One way is to hire me as your lawyer. Courtrooms are open and free and you invited to come watch me in action. I have several important and high profile cases right now. One way or the other, I have been part of the Denver media since 1985. I still love to analyze current events, consider various arguments, and then express myself. That will continue. Many people made our show possible and my thanks go out to those managers and behind the scenes people who helped. I am especially grateful to Dan Caplis, a friend, a compelling broadcaster, and a smart man with amazing talents. Caplis and Silverman won lots of awards, including best talk show numerous times from Westword, 5280, and the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Here are some of my personal highlights during the near decade that Dan and I were together on the radio: 1. Ward Churchill investigation and court case.

2. The JonBenet Ramsey case -- the John Mark Karr flurry of events.

3. Covering the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria, CA.

4. Hosting while driving from Santa Rosa to Santa Maria and as I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge.

5. Successfully cross examining President Jimmy Carter about Hamas and Iran.

6. Broadcasting our show for a week from the Jerusalem Post building in Israel.

7. Kobe Bryant investigation and court case.

8. Broadcasting live during the grand opening of the new CU Law School.

9. Hosting an evening with Alan Dershowitz at the Paramount.

10. Winning the Battle of the Talk Show Hosts at the Comedy Club (2011)

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nate505
nate505

On another note, Obama got reelected, Amendment 64 was passed, and Tim Tebow still is an awful NFL QB that can't even win the Jets starting job.  Suck it Caplis.

mike
mike

Wouldn't you like to hit Dan in the mouth?

 

Bill Scheffler
Bill Scheffler

I was out of town for quite a while so I just read this article today after doing a search to find out "what happened to Dan and Craig". I will miss their show and listening to them both. I think what may have been part of their downfall and what was described as Craig moving to a more conservative position was a good thing and I admire his open minded approach to every situation and topic. While I consider myself a conservative I often disagreed with Dan and found his stubborn close mindedness off putting and may have been more of the reason they are no longer available to us. The best of lucky to them both, I already miss being able to listen to them on my ride home.

Ssleeth
Ssleeth

yea Tom Tancredo !!!  yea Peter Boyles  You jeremy are a dummy.

Ssleeth
Ssleeth

They were interesting to listen to if the topics on bbc were boring. 

Motoboyxxxjipiii
Motoboyxxxjipiii

Thank Allah those awful people are gone, today is a victory for those that LOVE PEACE and a glorious Victory for the 99%, what a wonderful day!

Eric
Eric

Limbaugh's not on at that time, It's Dave Logan.

TeaPartyTom
TeaPartyTom

Well said about the Jimmy Carter "interview." And let's not forget Sirota coming off the bench at the Battle. Caplis sounded like a fool that night. BTW, I got booted from that event for shouting "administrative costs!" when Rosen said insurance companies' profits were so small, there would be no savings in trying to eliminate the need for them.

TeaPartyTom
TeaPartyTom

Well said, amen. More proof that Dan Hapless is a fool: He actually supported Sarah Palin and WANTED her to be vice-president, solely because she was anti-choice and thought biblical myth was true, just like him. Classic Hapless line: "Hey, friend, I have friends who are black. (or gay, etc.)"

CAROL MER
CAROL MER

I JUST RETURNED FROM VACATION TO FIND DAN AND CRAIG GONE.  SAD FOR ME.  I ENJOYED LISTENING TO THEM.

Frank Lucas Harlem New York
Frank Lucas Harlem New York

I wonder if Dan will be on the radio soon talking about the economy and gas prices when his net worth is 5 million. File under Martino, the next to go, that's if you can locate him in his 7,000 square foot estate. Silverman sounds like the poor guy we teased in 3rd grade holdin our nose at Massapequa High School. Hey Dan, I heard the sound of a falling elevator on 17th street. "To the Bat Pole!!!!". Cap's 2012 150K Benz roars out of the gated community almost hitting Elway on Belleview.

Tina Loving
Tina Loving

Denver is young and liberal and ultra conservatives aren't welcomed anymore.

Sittingstraight
Sittingstraight

Father caplis has been laid to rest! Overly righteous filled the airways long enough! Silverman is going thru menopause ! He is confused and flip floppy!.. You guys got to annoying for me to listen anymore! Guess what! Now IM LIVIN THE DREAM!!!

Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas

Martino is the next to go, you can't hide 25 million from banks on purpose and have a show.

rain
rain

Friday 6/29, 3:45 pm update -- Sirota just sent out a newsletter saying that he and Michael Brown are taking over the KHOW afternoon slot. Gloria Neal will be doing mornings on AM760.

Gilbert_suzanne
Gilbert_suzanne

I think it too bad that this program ends just as the election approaches and new decisions come from the Supreme Court. I I have learned a lot from this program and will miss it sorely.

Cathy Perkins
Cathy Perkins

something wrong in our country to drop Caplis/Silverman show and the American people WANT Rush!??? Sign of the times.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Perhaps because Progressives don't need to listen to someone else telling them how to think as much as ignorant Teabaggers and Repugtards do. HTH.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

See also -- "Obama Derangement Syndrome", which is pandemic among Teabaggers and Repuglikkkans.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

"Obama Regret Syndrome" -- interesting phrase. Thanks for the post, William.

William Foster
William Foster

For me, it is not a coincidence that the show was ended just as Silverman was really starting to express his "Obama Regret Syndrome.". I listened to the show every day, and more and more, Silverman began to badmouth "The Messiah". Once Craig gave in, and no longer supported King Obama, what was the show worth??

Mozkeeper
Mozkeeper

Thank goodness I won't have to hear the hate bile outta Caplis for the remainder of this election year.  His hatred of Obama and all things Democrat shows that Dan was a slave to his party, his religion, his sexual identity.  Just as another poster mentioned; death to Sandusky; leave those poor misunderstood, lied about priests alone.  I was so happy to see Tebow go, because it would have to slow down Dan's lustful adoration.  And if I had to hear another "My roommates were gay!  No one loves homosexuals as much as I do . . ." crap . . .

Neg
Neg

Sad to see you both go.  Enjoyed you a lot.  Wondered what happened when I tuned in this week.  You did a great job.

Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas

Caplis' Tebowing for months was as sad as Craig's nails to chalkboard voice. I think Martino is the next to go, you can't hide 25 million and be a consumer advocate living in a 4.5 million dollar crib near Belleview & University.

Mr E-80
Mr E-80

Some of us are independent and the fanboy remarks from both sides turn us off from being associated with either party. How about some substance instead of name calling and buzzwords. It's essentially propaganda and its sickening. What happened to debate and compromise? Life isn't black and white.

jpiggot
jpiggot

I agree. "Dans Dogma" got tiring and made me switch station. 

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