Michael Brown, Clear Channel respond to David Sirota's KHOW ouster

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David Sirota.
Update: As we reported yesterday, David Sirota was suddenly disappeared from the KHOW afternoon-drive show he'd shared since June with Michael Brown; see our original coverage below.

Since that post first appeared, we've received responses from Greg Foster, vice president of programming for the Denver branch of Clear Channel, KHOW's owner, as well as Brown -- not that they provide much more insight into the change.

Here's a statement from Foster, sent via e-mail:

"We wish David Sirota the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his service. We look forward to continuing our commitment to live, local talk programming on TalkRadio 630 KHOW. Michael Brown will continue to be heard weekday afternoons from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on TalkRadio 630 KHOW."
Brown was copied on Foster's message and wrote in a subsequent note, "I would add that I'm looking forward to continuing live, local talk on KHOW. The show will continue to be a blend of politics, culture, current events."

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Michael Brown.
Brown has yet to elaborate on his station blog: The item published yesterday involves his take on crime statistics shared on Glenn Beck's website.

In the absence of new information, the sort of speculation we predicted is beginning to bubble up. For instance, the Huffington Post is floating the possibility that Sirota was handed his head for ideological reasons. Here's an excerpt from the site's item:

In November of 2012, Clear Channel shut down KPOJ in Portland, a popular progressive talk radio station that also reportedly had solid ratings after broadcasting for more than eight years. Overnight the format turned into a Sports station.

In early 2012, Clear Channel went back and forth on the future of California Bay Area progressive talk radio station Green 960. It was first reported that the media behemoth was going to take Green 960 off of the regular airwaves and move it onto a different HD2 format. But after that plan was scuttled, Clear Channel kept Green 960 but renamed it KNEW 960 and added conservative firebrand Glenn Beck.

Clear Channel was purchased in 2008 by Bain Capital, the company founded by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

In the meantime, inside sources suggest that Sirota and Brown had been on the outs due to comments the former made about the latter's time as FEMA director and the Hurricane Katrina deaths that took place on his watch. The implication: This odd couple partnership proved too odd to work over the long term.

Continue for our previous coverage.


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drsherw
drsherw

When did Sirota get fired at the Denver Post?  Curtis Hubbard claims he fired Sirota over a year ago.  I was unaware, as Sirota showed up on the Denver Post's Op-Ed pages, randomly.  A Google search turns up nothing.

By the way, contratulations to Clear Channel's wisdom of getting rid of Sirota, prior to his outrageous comments, today: "Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber is a white (right wing) American.  Such hate of America is typical Sirota!

kbartlettco
kbartlettco

I want Craig Silverman back on the radio!  Brownie?  Oh, please.....

Khodabear
Khodabear

I wish they'd bring back Craig Silverman. Dan Caplis is no loss. His sanctimony became nauseating. His dismissive little "Hmm"....his making that show All Tebow All the Time... good riddance.

But Craig was good. I found Craig very informative and entertaining. Michael Brown I can take or leave - but mostly leave.

Sookeeper
Sookeeper

If Clear Channel is so hard core right wing, why did they let Caplis go?  He was every raidcal right-winged conservative's dream date.

pukeobama
pukeobama

libtards are difficult to listen to.


overly emotional, no common sense, and uneducated generally.

rain
rain

Many seem to assume that Sirota was fired, but it wouldnt' surprise me
if he left on his own. If he did, I don't blame him. Must have been a
huge pain to put up with the threats of violence, racist emails,
right-wing callers, and talking to Michael Brown every damn day.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It is RARE I tune to any Clear Channel stations . I categorize their nonsense along w/ that of the Post . I'm aware I may be missing out now & then on some actual, factual, news stories, but the remaining %98 of the garbage they regularly spew,  only misleads and confuses the truth . FUCK THEIR OPINIONS !

1hunterado
1hunterado

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Frankly, I won't miss Serota. I stopped listening when he came onboard. I like Brown, however I liked him better at night on KOA 850AM. I've now discovered I can pick up 600AM out of Fort Collins and 650AM out of Cheyenne in the daytime so I have more options than I knew about.

I really like local radio, but I can't find any local issues anymore, it is growing harder and harder to find local talk!! I get plenty of National talk, it's the local talk I'm seeking. Thank God for Peter Boyles, if we didn't have Peter we'd have nothing!

Regarding Brown: I'll listen to Brown sometimes if it's local, if he shifts to national, I'll shift to the national guys Hanity or Beck in the afternoon on 600AM & 650AM because I can!

dnnsub
dnnsub

Is there anyone who works for Clearchannel that doesn't suck up to the neo-cons?

oregongirl303
oregongirl303

i can't stand that man. any good journalist with a shread of respect would never resort to dropping mofo on live tv; even if they're angry or out of spite. the airwaves were done a great service with sirota's departure from khow. as far as i am concerned; bring back caplis and silverman..!

Jim55
Jim55

Being "progressive" should mean that you do not suck up to any party and you hold true to your principles. Sirota did this and did it effectively. If you listened to him, he did not carry water for any political party. Some find this smug or self satisfied, I find it really refreshing.

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

I think it was more business than politics. I'm very liberal, but I could barely stand to listen to Sirota. The only thing he and Brown disagreed on is WHY they should whine about Obama for 4 hrs straight. The average Denverite is basically progressive, independent & pragmatic - the Sirota/Brown show didn't offer anything for a person like that.

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

I'm pretty far left, but I found Sirota unlistenable every since he started the show with Brown. His self satisfied, smug, contrarian whining didn't do much to balance out Brown's neo-con autopilot blathering. Most of the time they were in total agreement: Obama sucks. The views of the average Denverite (progressive leaning independentish Democrat) were completely left out of the Sirota/Brown show.

Philo99
Philo99

How did he last that long? Sirota was a complete nancy boy and Brown is a complete idiot. 


Combined the two couldn't start a gas stove, yet a meaningful political discussion. Sirota acted a limp wristed patsy who couldn't make a coherent argument. It's talk radio you need to take a stand and make it clear and concise.


I love the idea of 2 sided political discussion on AM radio but these two clowns were not the right people for the job.

Jim55
Jim55

This is simply amazing as Sirota was the only nonpartisan on the Denver airways. Although he is labelled as a progressive, he always went after both sides (just go back and listen to his criticisms of Obama, Bennett and Hickenlooper). On the other hand, Brownie was (and is) a total Republican hack. He never once went after Romney or the Republican machine the way Sirota would go Obama and the Democrats.

Also, you really can not ignore  Sirota's numbers. if you have ever looked at them you will find that Sirota massively increased AM 760's audience. When he (and Brownie) got their own show, 630's  numbers also
skyrocketed. 

To me, the only explanation is that Clear Channel's  right wing ideological fealty means more to them than actually making money. I mean they would rather keep a unstable national joke and f**k up on the air while firing one of their only proven money makers.

More of this story will come out and I bet that Clear Channel and Brownie will look even worse than they already do.

Side note:  Brownie comes off as a bit unstable.He would blow up at Sirota over the most trivial things. Sirota sometimes lost his cool... but he would often apologize. Brownie never ever would. The first time I heard
him tell Sirota to "SHUT UP, SHUT UP SHUT UP!!!" I started to wonder what his home life is like. Made me think of a few abusive fathers I know.

Philip S. Beck
Philip S. Beck

Sounds to me like they're shutting down any stations that are not right wing and getting rid of anyone who doesn't hold their political ideologies. Clear channel of course is the employer of Rush Limbaugh after all. I've known for years that the company is owned by conservatives. Sounds like they're now trying to stop anyone from working for them who does not share their conservative viewpoints. I don't listen to talk radio because there really aren't any shows that have any other viewpoint but those of right wing nuts. There might be some with another viewpoint but I never hear of them anymore. I remember there was a guy i liked to listen to on KOA and he was taken off the air a long time ago. KOA is another Clear Channel owned radio station. Sounds like their name means clearing out anyone who doesn't agree with their political agenda. I can't remember the guy's name who they got rid of I do remember that he at one time worked for ABC and did stories for 20/20.

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

Clear Channel cleaned house a lot of voices were let got

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Never heard of either one of 'em.

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

Michael Brown is a conceited nutjob whose only value is in showing how truly myopic and idiotic his whole side happens to be...

Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

Fabian, you obviously never once listened to Sirota on even a semi-regular basis nor read any of his columns. Otherwise, you'd realize that he's amongst the least "Obama friendly" of the progressive pundits out there. Then again, we shouldn't expect any amount of honesty from someone indoctrinated via a steady diet of bullshit reich-wing propaganda (Wing Nut Daily, Pajamas Media, various Randian quackery, etc.).

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

David Sirota is one of the only objective voices in the national dialog. He is concise, clear in his motives and smart. The real reason he is out, is that clear channel is a fascist mouth piece and that is what David brings light too. For instance he is one of the only figures that is critical of Obama murdering and detaining American citizens. We have not seen the last of him.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He'll go crawling back where he belongs . Will he be met w/ open arms & 1/2 open wallets is the question .

He could use recent tragedies as a catapult to a different city . There's at least two dozen I wish were following him out the door ! Clear Channel is omnipotent & will soon rule the world ! 

Aaron Betcher
Aaron Betcher

i am shocked he lasted this long. michael brown is a nut job all he ever does is play the slippery slope argument, compare apples to oranges and hyperbolize everything all the time...and that is not hyperbole.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

What did you expect, such an un-professional person isn't going to make it in a job that requires professionalism.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

That's what happens to someone who doesn't act professionally.

Jim55
Jim55

@oregongirl303 Sirota did not say it on live TV. It was at a Clear Channel event where people had to pay to get in. Also, if you heard it you would realize that Rosen completely kept on avoiding Sirota's question about the constitutionality of drone strikes (Rosen supports and Sirota opposes).

SandiT
SandiT

@Jack Thursby: you are a perfect example of probably why sirota is no longer on!  He was a whining pansy and a HUGE name caller - just like you are my ignorant friend.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Jack Thursby Interesting post, Jack. Thanks.

SandiT
SandiT

Objective?!?  wow - yeah, maybe if you follow his beliefs and his name calling style of debate tactics once he's getting his *ss kicked with an argument.  unbelievable!

BTW, Einstein, he's worked for CC for many years, so your insinuation that he was let go b/c CC is "a fascist mouth piece" does not hold water, or he would have been let go years ago...

Peter_Fotopoulos
Peter_Fotopoulos

@Juan_Leg  Yeah, sure Juan. I'm waiting for the day when CC has hundreds of stations in Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

And who would the two dozen be?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Chris Estus Thanks for sharing a different point of view, Chris. Much appreciated.

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