Michael Brown and David Sirota team up to fill KHOW Caplis & Silverman slot

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Not Brown's co-host.
Last week marked the end of the long-running Caplis & Silverman show on KHOW. Shortly thereafter, we started hearing rumors about a new pairing -- one that would team a conservative KOA personality with a progressive from AM 760.

Turns out the buzz was true. Meet your new KHOW afternoon-drive team: Michael Brown and David Sirota.

This shift, which goes into effect on July 16, required plenty of other shuffling. At KOA, Andy Lindahl, who's served as a fill-in and background guy for various programs over the years, will host a show in Brown's old weekday evening KOA slot, while veteran local personality Gloria Neal has been given the AM 760 morning-show microphone. Get the details in a Clear Channel press release below, immediately after one from Sirota, who's currently on vacation (at least that's what he told me when I e-mailed him about the scuttlebutt a day or so ago). He sent a statement that arrived about a microsecond after the company's announcement.

That leaves Brown, the former FEMA boss under George W. Bush (the man who dubbed him "Brownie"), to speak for the new combo pack. According to him, the new team has "been ready to go for at least a week or two" -- implying that plans were in place before the announcement about attorneys Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman was made.

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David Sirota.
As for the genesis of the concept, Brown traces it to the handful of times he and Sirota subbed for KOA's Mike Rosen. "We were both kind of shocked occasionally when we'd be debating an argument and realize we were both saying exactly the same thing," he notes, laughing.

Not that this is likely to happen too frequently. In the beginning, Caplis and Silverman were advertised as philosophical opposites, but over their eight years on the air, they both wound up on the conservative side of the fence more often than not. In contrast, no one would mistake Brown and Sirota for mirror images of each other.

"There are plenty of people from my ideological spectrum who don't like David," Brown acknowledges, "and a lot of people who listen to David who really despise me. But I think what they'll find is that David and I, despite our political differences, actually like each other. So I hope what they hear is an example of two guys who actually do come from different perspectives, but who may agree on a few things, and who aren't known for carrying water for anybody."

The current punditry landscape tends to encourage media consumers to seek out people with whom they already agree. The Brown-Sirota tandem flies in the face of that concept, and Brown feels that's a good thing.

"On our respective shows, David and I have always encouraged our listeners to listen to different opinions. I often tell my listeners, 'Don't just listen to Fox News, don't just read the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal.' You have to remember that everyone presents things from a different perspective, and you should listen to all of them.

"Not to get too grandiose, but I think this is a cutting-edge idea. There's a segment of society that feels both sides have gotten too shrill. But I think that if David and I disagree, we'll do it in a way that will actually compel people to listen to the differences. And I love the time -- the drive home. I think people who tune in when they're getting off work will find it informative and entertaining to listen to two guys really trying to figure out what's going on in the world. And they might even learn something from us, I hope."

Here's the Sirota statement, followed by the Clear Channel release:

FYI: Attached is the press release from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment officially announcing the launching of The Rundown with Sirota & Brown. The show will air weekdays from 3 to 7pm and will start on July 16th on Colorado's top-rated talk station AM7630 KHOW.

As the name implies, I'll be co-hosting the show with President George W. Bush's former FEMA director Michael Brown. Because we both come to the show after hosting successful Colorado talk shows on our own, we've built in solo time on the show for each of us. Schedule-wise, I will be solo-hosting two hours per week on the show (Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm) and Michael will have solo host three hours per week on the show (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm to 7pm).

After 3 plus years hosting the award-winning morning show on AM760, I will definitely miss my current job. Creating a show rooted in journalism has been a truly amazing experience. I've certainly gained some enemies among politicians and the powers that be, but that's OK with me. Speaking truth to power isn't about winning friends - it's about telling the truth no matter how inconvenient that truth is. And seeing my AM760 morning show do so well in the talk radio ratings has been incredibly gratifying - it means there's a huge audience that's sick of the "Democrat versus Republican" bloviating and that craves real hard-hitting journalism.

That journalistic mission is what I am focused on bringing into The Rundown -- and I'm thrilled at the opportunity, especially with it starting in the middle of a presidential campaign in one of the most important swing states in America.

Make no mistake about it -- while politics will certainly be one topic on our show, The Rundown will be focused on continuing our work to build a much different kind of talk radio -- one that isn't rooted in the tired old "left versus right" model, but that covers a much broader spectrum of topics including culture, entertainment, sports and everything in between.

That's what both Michael and I have spent the last few years doing on our separate shows, and what The Rundown will be all about. And no doubt, we're going to produce a show that tells the truth, pulls no punches -- and has a whole lot of fun in the process.

850 KOA, 630 KHOW AND AM 760 ANNOUNCE NEW TALK SHOWS

Denver, Colo. -- June 29, 2012 -- Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Denver today
announced new live and local shows for 850 KOA, 630 KHOW and AM 760 (KKZN).
PrimeTime Sports with Andy Lindahl will broadcast on 850 KOA, The Rundown with Sirota & Brown will broadcast on 630 KHOW and The Gloria Neal Show will broadcast on AM 760.

850 KOA will feature PrimeTime Sports with Andy Lindahl, beginning Monday, July 9. Lindahl has been with 850 KOA since 1999, serving as a sports anchor and reporter. He co-hosts Broncos GameDay, Broncos PrimeTime and serves as a sideline reporter for 850 KOA's Denver Broncos and University of Colorado Football broadcasts. PrimeTime Sports with Andy Lindahl will air weeknights from 7-10:00 p.m. and will be heard immediately following most weeknight Colorado Rockies games.

Beginning Monday, July 16, 630 KHOW will feature The Rundown with Sirota & Brown weekdays from 3-7:00 p.m. Co-hosts, David Sirota and Michael Brown, will discuss a unique mix of topics, including culture, politics and entertainment. Sirota is a best-selling author, nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist and most recently served as morning show host on AM 760. He has previously hosted nationally-syndicated radio programs and is a frequent guest on MSNBC and Current TV. Brown most recently served as evening host on 850 KOA and was the former Undersecretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.

The Gloria Neal Show will broadcast on AM 760, Colorado's Progressive Talk, beginning Monday, July 16, from 7-10:00 a.m. Neal is a seasoned media personality and reporter for CBS4 (KCNC-TV) in Denver. She also previously served as a news anchor for 850 KOA. The Gloria Neal Show will focus on news-driven topics, guests, listener discussions and local and national news stories.

Fans can listen to 850 KOA, 630 KHOW and AM 760, on the stations' websites,
www.850koa.com, www.khow.com and www.am760.net, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel's best-in-class customizable digital listening service, that delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,000 of the nation's most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created Custom Stations inspired by favorite artists and songs.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Denver:
Clear Channel Denver owns and operates KOA-AM; KHOW-AM; KKZN-AM; KBCO-FM; KBPIFM; KPTT-FM; KRFX-FM; KTCL-FM and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

More from our Media archive: "Update: Dan Caplis on end of KHOW's Caplis & Silverman show."

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16 comments
Shane
Shane

 Brownie is ok as a host, didn't listen too much when he was KOA.  My only experience with Sirota was when he launched a personal attack on Mike Rosen when he lost a debate to him.  I don't think this show will last long, Brownie's just not that exciting and Sirota has a point of view that appeals to maybe 5% of the population.  KOA is just becoming a 24 hour sports show, I'll listen to Rome if I want that.  Just go to the syndicated shows if this is the best we can do.

TeaPartyTom
TeaPartyTom

Sirota is smarter than every poster on here put together, with the possible exception of Frank Lucas. I don't care if he's rude 'cause he's right.

Frank Lucas Harlem New York
Frank Lucas Harlem New York

I remember Jay Marvin getting hit with a pizza on a remote downtown, it was hilarious....like Peter Boyles face down at Jon Keyworth's dive in '78. I was in New Orleans Louisiana 4 days before Katrina hit getting some legal stuff signed for a chorus hook sample for a Madonna demo ("you want it weee got it" tag beat-chorus) with some of the UTP crew and Juvenile, nobody really cared much especially Skip, Juv' did bolt north, I hit Nashville.Brownie & Bush watched dead bodies floating past the Super Dome with no National Guard in sight.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong response, Rain, as usual. Thanks for weighing in.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kelly. Much appreciated.

Acneth
Acneth

 "Every show of his is full of new secrets about Barry and is documented.  Go Birthers!" /Facepalm. There's no cure for wilfull ignorance.

Kelly Moseley Eisen
Kelly Moseley Eisen

So disappointed.  I miss Caplis and Silverman regardless of what cars they drive, etc.  They were entertaining.  And now these guys will be on for 4 hours?  I've heard them both.  Gotta more familiar with my Sirius.

rain
rain

I still miss Jay Marvin and wish he could get a show again.

Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas

King Boyles. He saw the Players & Suger black book. He wouldn't go after the names cause 3 whoppers were in it he knew. One I believe is a KOA talker and the other, well, he's working at ESPN for free for a long time due to his appetite and paying off the broad and another I've seen in Vegas getting zapped. Barry Fey needs to have his own show, he blew off how he went broke in his book but it would be fun.

rain
rain

Peter Boyles follows the Karl Rove method of truth: Tell a pile of lies often enough, eventually one will be believed. The allegations are documented (Jerome Corsi writes books, World Net Daily has bloggers), sure, but the proof of the allegations? No. As for Sirota being "trashing Obama" recently, I don't think it's just recently. He often goes after Democrats when they do stupid shit. You obviously *weren't* listening to Sirota in 2008, as he was going after Obama for being so heavily corporate. He's been opposed to the health insurance mandate from day one. I'll give you that Sirota *prefers* Obama to people like McCain and Romney, but he's far from a fanboy.

Liammontflor
Liammontflor

Sirota is smitten with the conceit that he is "objective." He would trash his own mother in order to bolster that image of himself in his own mind. Sirota will be voting for Obama. If Colorado is truly a swing state, expect Sirota to trumpet Obama's cause. If the state is not up for grabs, he will allow himself the luxury of "trashing" Obama, since it won't matter...

Jan Herron
Jan Herron

It's just recently that Sirota has a new agenda in trashing Obama.  Go back to the 2008 election and listen to his commentary.  As for Boyles, I believe he's on to something. Every show of his is full of new secrets about Barry and is documented.  Go Birthers!

Liamm
Liamm

He's a legend in his own (and, seemingly, your) mind...

Shane
Shane

 Agreed Kelly.  I listened for about an hour today and started surfing the radio for something else.  Just wish there wasn't a total sports show on KOA at the same time.  I am a political junkie and will miss the local politics that Caplis and Silverman reported on.

Average Voter
Average Voter

By no stretch of the imagination would anyone who knew me call me a liberal, but I did like Jay Marvin.  Occasionally, he'd get on a pointless rant, i.e. claiming students wearing uniforms at school stifled their individuality, but he usually had a way of making one really think.  He had really insightful points regarding mental health and I liked the appreciation and respect he showed to law enforcement personnel.  With the exception of calling people, who disagreed with him, "brain stems," Jay really was a terrific talk show host. 

Eric
Eric

What is your definition of "documented"? Sources, please.

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