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Peter Boyles on his firing and return Monday on 710 KNUS

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Editor's note: Peter Boyles didn't make his debut on 710 KNUS July 1. For more details, read, "Peter Boyles Not on the Air at KNUS, Offers No Comment About Why." Continue for our previous coverage.

Earlier this month, KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles was fired after an incident involving his longtime producer. Since then, Boyles has remained uncharacteristically silent about exactly what happened. But he's talking now, and in detail, about his ouster, as well as his return to the Denver airwaves.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 1, he'll be back behind the microphone, this time at 710 KNUS.

"The day I was let go, I was contacted by Salem," says Boyles in reference to Salem Media of Colorado, KNUS' owner. "That was my first meeting, and it was a question of making a change in their lineup and what I could do."

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Steve Kelley.
At the time Boyles was let go, veteran host Steve Kelley manned the early shift at KNUS with his Kelley and Company program. But rather than giving Kelley the heave-ho, KNUS management subsequently decided to move Kelley and Company to afternoons in order to make room for Boyles.

"We've been talking, in some cases daily, for about ten working days -- two weeks," Boyles continues. "We came to an agreement on Monday and have spent this week ironing out the details. And I feel great about it. I'm just pumped up -- really excited."

Part of his enthusiasm has to do with the opportunity to go up against his old employer, Clear Channel Denver, which owns KHOW.

"There's a line I use -- 'the fish that swallowed the whale,'" Boyles notes. "It comes from Zen Buddhism. And we have the opportunity to be the fish."

In broadcasting, it's exceedingly rare for anyone to speak ill publicly about one's former company. But Boyles gleefully breaks that maxim.

"Just listening to KHOW and Clear Channel in general, they seem to be in total disarray," he allows. "I don't know if you're listening to the people who've been filling in during the mornings at KHOW, but they're pretty rough.

"It was hard going in there," he says about his last months at Clear Channel. "I describe it as like going to the Kremlin. You never knew if you were going to be purged. That's how Clear Channel works. It's pretty brutal."

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Peter Boyles and Tom Tancredo in the KHOW studio on what proved to be the host's last show for the station.
The same term could be applied to his version of the events that led to his departure from KHOW, which he recently shared in a self-written column for the Glendale/Cherry Creek Chronicle. In conversation, he confirms the broad outlines of the account we reported earlier this month.

At around 8 a.m. on May 23, when a 9News crew was in the studio to witness Tom Tancredo declaring his candidacy for governor in 2014, Boyles says he and producer Greg Hollenback, nicknamed the Sheik of Cherry Creek, got into an argument that led to Boyles yanking him by a lanyard around his neck. Hollenback wound up with red marks on his neck. Afterward, the dust-up was reported to KHOW supervisors, who suspended Boyles that day before firing him just over a week later.

The timing of his axing doesn't strike Boyles as coincidental.

Continue for more of our interview with Peter Boyles about his departure from KHOW and his upcoming debut on KNUS.



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Carol Rosenberg Giambri
Carol Rosenberg Giambri

Heard Peter Boyles on his new program show: KNUS. Just as great as before! 6-9AM weekdays, 710AM on the dial.

gremlin66600
gremlin66600

I would like to know why David Sirota left KHOW. I'm center-right, but David was a good match for Michael Brown. He was clear about where he was coming from, and responded to comments on FB.  I mostly didn't agree with him, but I respected him.

amercan
amercan

What a bummer Peter not being on this morning!  It's most difficult for him, no doubt, but it's also difficult for us that were psyched for his comeback.  Hopefully some announcement will come out to let us know then he might - if Clear Channel is the cause, would be good to know so we can inundate them with phone calls ofr that would just not be right.

frankdumas
frankdumas

So what happened?  I don't hear ya Pete!

Archer80022
Archer80022

This made my day!  Welcome back Pete!

Archer80022
Archer80022

Uhhhh....why isn't he on????????????

harry.nuttzak
harry.nuttzak

Hurray! What an agonizing few weeks it has been for listeners inside the coverage pattern for 630KHOW. 710 is the new 630 - So long Clear Channel, and good luck moving Peters salary 'savings' to the bottom line.  All I can say is - Peter, get a good nights sleep Sunday, and lace em up tight on Monday morning. See you on the radio!

ncaronn
ncaronn

WELCOME Peter Boyles,,,, FINALLY!  I so agree with the phrase "The fish that swallowed the whale"  As the joker said in The Dark Knight... "and hereeee weee GO"!  YES!!  Cloudy Channel is going to learn the hard way but when your too big for your britches that's the only way to learn!!!!

JewWithAView
JewWithAView

Man what a long month June has been without Mr. Boyles keeping me company on my way to work.  June has been like a black hole on the airwaves with all good live talk radio sucked out of the Denver airspace.  It was truly a month of fog and nothingness.  As it is I am surrounded by democrats and Peter is my only incite to a better alternate reality for me.  I hope Mr. Boyles plans to update me on my lack of conservative information.  I am tired of boring KHOW attempts to replace Mr. Boyles, a week of CPR pimping for money, and then the failure for News Talk Denver 850 to come close to providing any education beyond the daily weather report.  Please Mr. Boyles reserve a cozy seat in your new 710 MHz universe. I will be listening at 6 AM Monday.  Good luck at KNUS.  You are not allowed to retire again.... EVER!  Thank you

altonrules
altonrules

Thank goodness Peter is back. KHOW was foolish to fire him. Peter provides a voice to independent thinkers. I listened to my ipod while he was gone. Now I'll listen to KNUS. Hey Peter...you weren't the only person who got sick when you were fired. Glad you are back buddy.

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

Somehow, I already knew it had followed Tancredo's being on...just a notion. Shouldn't have become "physical", despite an argument and/or stressful atmosphere around the station. However the circumstances; what's done is done, and I do sometimes listen to KNUS, in the eve. hours. Been listening to Peter, locally, since long before the "Ramsey" story and immigration issues {for those who think his topics have only been limited to that}. His knowledge & insights about what's happening, locally, is limitless. With some issues, his heart is in it more than w/ others. Also I don't always agree w/ his opinions. I question those who "always" agree w/ the opinions of any radio talk show host. He's rarely a bore...but my mornings have been that, since he's been off the air. Looking forward to the return on a new station.

tucker
tucker

Hey MICHAEL ROBERTS- as the "moderator" of this discussion, is it OK with you that Juan Leg (pit-boy) throws the N-Bomb around? .. if it is OK with you, then what is your role in this conversation?

tucker
tucker

This last month has been hell ... can't wait for Monday .. for those of you that hate him so much, instead of spending all this time and energy posting rants, why not switch the dial and simply ignore him?   Why the fascination with every move he makes?  I hope KHOW gets absolutely -smoked.-   Welcome back Peter.   Give 'em hell and never back down.  You're a hero to a lot of us who stay quiet most of the time  ..

now get ready for some insulting blather from the Donkey's Ass ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So what is his new $$$ salary?


Shawn Rosvold
Shawn Rosvold

The airwaves are full of the noxious gases exuded from these right-wing bloviators. Who cares?

John Martinez
John Martinez

Why start now? I mean really- why would I want to listen to some egotistical blow hard?

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

NO why do I care about the rantings of a has been news reporter? His opinions are pretty bias and not relevant to the outcome of my day. Maybe he and Tancredo can waste some money running for office and talking about how the world hates them on a talk radio show so people can laugh at them. A comedy team Stupid is as Stupid does. It's like doublemint gum LOL.

Gingersnapcookie
Gingersnapcookie

I'm so glad he's coming back!  This suits me better anyway since I prefer the 710 morning lineup.  

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

This is great to hear! It will be very nice to have him back on the air again. Now if we can just find a spot in Denver radio for Big Steve Sidenfeld as well (another legend in Denver radio) and find a way to bring Reggie Rives back onto the radio too, all will be well in the city again!

Timmy
Timmy

Peter's secret up to now has been to constantly tweak certain groups by implying many nasty things but almost NEVER coming right out and saying things. This makes people call in to defend the insults given to their cause or group, which makes "good" talk radio, if that is your sort of thing. Since one of the groups that he loves to tweak is Christians and Christianity, it will be rather interesting to see how that goes over at Salem. Will the people at Salem appreciate being called idiots for actually believing the Bible, or worse yet, believing in young earth? Maybe Peter will need to tweak his own presentation a bit, so that he can continue to please the God-haters, but at the same time, not make it so obvious that the Salem people catch on.  

Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters
Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters

A lanyard! I doubt the CRIMIGRANT community will even know what a lanyard is! IT SEEMS only FARE, that Westword reports in Spanish too! To make sure that, U.S. remains second class citizens to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

He does a talk show on the low end of the AM radio dial and is listened to by less than 1% of the state's population at any given time.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@tucker  

Hey, we are more alike than you think . I'm missing my left leg & you are missing your BALLS !!!

Timmy
Timmy

@tucker Should the whole site be closed down, like Paula Dean's businesses? Blacks should be ashamed of allowing that to happen to her. They should be telling those businesses to cut it out, that blacks don't expect every person in such a situation to be ruined for life. Blacks are too bitter, they want their pound of flesh. And Trayvon can call Zimmerman, a "white Hispanic" the n word, but no one is condemning Trayvon for that. Maybe blacks who use the n word on anyone OTHER THAN another black should be condemned and all of their property taken away.  

Timmy
Timmy

@Shawn Rosvold He isn't right wing. But in any case, have you listened to some of the absurdities on 760AM? Much of that is truly ridiculous, but liberals eat it up. It is actually somewhat scary to know that anyone believes some of the stuff they say. And one thing that always shows their weak arguments and weak intellectual ability is how they constantly harp on, bash and berate conservatives and Republicans. They can't get through five minutes without that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Liv Michaelson ... too intellectual ... for AM Radiotards 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Liv Michaelson  

Huh ?????

May I suggest 'Sesame Street' .......?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Michael Beckerman Thanks for posting, Michael. We're going to use your take as part of an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Timmy We're going to include your post as part of an upcoming Comment of the Day, Timmy. Thanks for weighing in.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Timmy 

HipTip: Religion is Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Denver's 8th Avenue Crime Fighters = hates being the ignorant white trash that he is

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Dan Brown  

If 'freedom bashing' is considered a sport ???...???

iluv2skico2
iluv2skico2

@Timmy@tucker Everyone, how many times do you think that late former Klan recruiter and Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd used the 'n'-word in his lifetime?  You know, the same Robert Byrd that penned this reprehensible statement in 1945: 

“Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

Who do you think gets a pass for past racists remarks? An old white woman who writes cookbooks and admits to using the 'n' word a long time ago or or the man who did the things documented above - also a long time ago?  Hint: Byrd led the southern Democrat's filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Democrats made him their majority leader twice, their minority leader once, and President pro Tempore of the US Senate four times placing him third in line in succession to the presidency?   Still can't guess?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Timmy @tucker  

Timmy, don't even waste your time .

Tucker's a typical christian hypocrite !.....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay   I hate when Reggie gets serious . I miss that big smile that ALWAYS  reminds me of the better times in Bronco-Nation ! 

Note :

This is prior to Peyton's arrival .....


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Was NOT a shot against Reggie !

Love the guy ! 

True Bronco !!!

Timmy
Timmy

@michael.roberts @Timmy Mr. Boyles is an interesting character, if things do go well with Salem maybe they would offer him some sort of national spot. They have stations all over the country. But then he wouldn't be able to focus so closely on local and state issues. Unless they split up the show, putting the first two hours out for general topics and then letting him focus on Colorado in the final hour which is local only. Michael Hart did something like that on another station here for a while discussing Alabama issues after the national feed ended each show.  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay@Timmy ......

 ' HipTip: Religion is Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles '

Period .........!

Timmy
Timmy

@DonkeyHotay @Timmy Pete is old enough, he will find out the truth, unfortunately for him, before too long. And he won't be able to hang up on God when it is His turn to speak. 

How long is his new contract anyway? He can't have too many years left even with his extreme dieting and exercise regimen.  

Timmy
Timmy

@Juan_Leg @Timmy @tucker Christians are not typically hypocritical. It is just that unlike liberals they call for people to be better, to have standards, to try to live up to the example of Jesus, etc. When they fall short, people who hate God love to jump on them and scream hypocrite. But liberals can never be called a hypocrite because they don't call for anyone to live up to any standard, except Christians.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@tucker

Why don't you cry about me being a 'Top Commenter' ?

Especially after I chose the word which closest describes the police, ( NIGGER !!! ), rather than 'N-Bomb', in case it might offend some pedophilic christians as is the story w/  balless Tucker !.....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@tucker <--------

Needs to be asking Santa for a nut-sack this x-mas !.....

tucker
tucker

@Juan_Leg 

Hey MICHAEL ROBERTS- as the "moderator" of this discussion, is it OK with you that this jerk throws the N-Bomb around?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @Timmy  

Fucking hypocritical christians !!!

They're ALMOST as bad as cops !!!

A christian cop  = 

ULTIMATE NIGGER !!!

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