Peter Boyles reportedly out at KHOW after incident with producer

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Peter Boyles.
Update below: As we've noted, KHOW morning-drive staple Peter Boyles has been off the air since an incident involving longtime producer Greg Hollenback on May 23. Yesterday marked the beginning of the second full week without a Boyles appearance on the station, and sans an explanation about his future.

Now, we've got one. Boyles has reportedly been fired, and his absence is confirmed by a stripping of his image from the station's website. But we still lack details about what happened from Boyles himself.

Westword placed multiple calls to Boyles yesterday, as well as another one this morning. Thus far, we haven't received a response. When we do, we'll update.

In the meantime, however, 9News announced last night that Boyles is no longer with KHOW. Included is a quote from KHOW program director Dan Mandis, who confirmed that Clear Channel and Boyles have parted company.

We left a message for Mandis, too, and moments ago (update), he shared the brief official Clear Channel statement. It reads: "Peter Boyles is no longer with the company. The KHOW morning show will continue to provide quality news talk programming and serve our loyal listeners."

On the topic of a successor for Boyles, Mandis says, "We have fill-in hosts right now, and it will be fill-in-host du jour while the search begins." He adds, "This is important, and we're going to take our time. We have a lot of talented hosts here in this city and elsewhere. We'll keep looking until we find the right person."

It's appropriate that 9News would break this news, since station personnel were on hand when the happening that sealed Boyles's fate took place.

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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.
About 8 a.m. on the 23rd, as we've reported, a TV crew was in the studio to witness former Congressman Tom Tancredo announce that he's running for governor when Boyles and producer Greg Hollenback got into a high-volume disagreement.

Afterward, Hollenback had red marks on his neck. Sources tell us they were caused by Boyles yanking the producer toward him by a lanyard. In response to this action, Hollenback is said to have thrown his hat at Boyles.

The program continued after that, but the dust-up was subsequently reported to KHOW management, with overseers from Clear Channel, the station's corporate owner, getting involved that same day. Since then, fill-in hosts -- most often the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara, whose evening KOA show was axed in a cost-cutting move circa January 2012 -- have been heard during Boyles's time slot. But the station didn't address the Boyles situation on the air.

This morning's program isn't devoted to Boyles, either. Moments ago, Caldara, who's behind the microphone again, was talking about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's blistering dissent in a DNA ruling, not the subject that's no doubt on many listener's minds.

KHOW's Facebook page has also avoided l'affaire Boyles. But plenty of listeners haven't.

Continue for more about Peter Boyles's reported ouster from KHOW.


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martinez265
martinez265

What I liked about Peter,,,He said it like " he thought it was "   even though some people didn't like it.

AACunningham
AACunningham

Heidi Harris?!?! Soeotoro wants to capitulate to the Taliban, refuses to come clean on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS and the NSA and Heidi Harris is talking about reusable grocery bags, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Cher and other nonsense. That reflects how much Mandis et al thinks of KHOWs audience. Dan, that sound you hear are thousands of radios being switched to other stations.

Randy144
Randy144

Peter Boyles has been the host of the best radio show in Denver for years.

I will miss him.

I will miss his courage to take on the difficult subjects.

Find a  new home Peter. We will follow you and listen there.

ronald.r1944
ronald.r1944

i had listened to PETER since the early seventies after hearing him in Englewood at a station there and followed him ever since, I may not have agreed with him on some issues, i defended his right to speak them because he was smart enough to change his views at times after becoming educated in them and learning people do change with life experiences, I will miss him but would not miss 9 news if it ever went dark. Peter spoke eloquently on subjects he knew and i do think he was facing the inevitable that not all careers last forever and i could hear it in his voice the last two years. My radio is off now not wanting to partake any longer in call in shows and morning indigestion on other net works. Thanks PETE..RON from AIRORA

unclejumbo
unclejumbo

The real problem Clear Channel and KHOW will face is finding a replacement for Peter. Whether you loved him or hated him, his show was miles ahead of any other local talk show in my opinion , and I'm confident that was reflected in the his ratings and revenue. Not only that, but his show was often more interesting than most of the nationally syndicated talk shows. How hard will it be to replace him? Compare his intellect and passion to other local hosts. There is no comparison. And do the CC exec's think they're going to be able to use someone from there current stable? Are you kidding?  I'd hate to be the person who was responsible for Peter's firing, I would suggest the he/she update there resume.

motoboyxxx
motoboyxxx

I just hope that he won't be on unemployment, or at least have the conviction to denounce his due social security, would be a true pity if we, the popular voting government majority had to take care of him. Pathetic.....

DougHubka
DougHubka

It is always interesting how a media show , especially Talk Radio, will take the demise of a celebrity and " get the truth" and beat the subject to death. . Then when something happened to one of their own there is not a word.  The truth may never come out, but I am betting this was not an isolated incidence but more of an escalating problem. I recall a few years ago when Boyles got mad a Vince Carroll of the News of all people. Vince was on Peter's side, but simply didn't agree with him in on a small issue.

AACunningham
AACunningham

It's ironic that after justifiably busting Channel 9's chops for so many years: Paula "I'm a shill for the Ramsey's" Woodward - "How's Burke?", firing Debra Sherman for getting too close to the truth about Hancock and Denver Players/Denver Sugar, Matt Flener lying about "Dreams From My Real Father", Kyle Clark ambushing Mike Coffman, Andrew Resnik committing a felony at the Fillmore and Patti Dennis being an overall buffoon, that one of their crews was present for the incident.

Wherever you land in the future Peter, don't ever invite Channel 9 to the studio.

How about a followup on what will become of Hollenback? Hopefully he'll be shown the door as well for no other reason than being a schmuck.

Now Patty Calhoun won't have anyone to talk to at 5:30 in the morning.

vintago
vintago

This is not good news but rather just news. I have listened to Pete since about 1971. In the last few years I have noticed a change as well as increased anger in his demeanor. I do believe that it was time for Pete to go. At least from KHOW. Maybe and most likely he will resurface on a different channel and hopefully refreshed he will again have valuable commentary for the people of Colorado. Pete will survive and I for one wish him well and thank him for all the years he kept us informed.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Outside of pro sports, can you name any work environments where it's acceptable to attack a fellow employee and NOT get fired ? That's common f'n sense . The station could be slapped w/ a suit very easily . I'm willing to bet he was 'let go' as a resolution outside of the courts . I'm sure nice bonuses were given to both parties involved . A 'parting' gift for one ......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Boyles or Griffin ....

Which Peter would win a farting contest  ?????

rjschneid47
rjschneid47

If you yank my lanier, I'll toss my hat at you???

This is what show-downs in the West have come to? Are there sissies running Clear Channel?

It was about money.

Boyles was a bonehead often, but he was a DENVER BONEHEAD -- the only real Denver personality on the air. I guess Rosen might be considered a Denver personality, but not the sort of character that Boyles is. 

Nutty as his show had become (with the birthers, the conspiracies, and Tiger Tom Tancredo -- Colorado's least effective public trough sucker ever), the guy read, could carry on a decent conversation at times, was a history buff, and provided flavor that you do not find elsewhere in radio.

Radio, and its descent into hellish irrelevancy is another matter altogether, but Boyles added something to the Denver airwaves that all the other transplants and wannabes now on the air lack.

If he stays in radio, he will certainly show up elsewhere.

Ann Kossack
Ann Kossack

Typically, no one else knows the full background of an employee/employer disciplinary history... It probably was the final straw.... Boyles lost me as a listener with his rabid pursuit of the Ramsey's in the Jon Benet murder. Reports say he descended into the 'birther' nonsense... I bet Faux 'news' would love to hire him.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If you work for the devil, Clear Channel, doesn't it make one a demon ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He comes across as the voice of the people mostly because he NEVER WOULD LET ANYONE TALK other than himself .

broper
broper

I don't remember a time when I wasn't listening to Peter.  I would groan when he would get on the subject of wrestling, but his passion made it tolerable.  He was so well read and informed and the best radio interviewer - ever. I mentioned him to friends in DC and they became Internet fans.  I can't imagine Clear Channel's reasoning, but they lost a supreme radio talent and teacher. I learned a lot from Peter and his guests, and even when I didn't agree with him, I was being challenged to think. He was simply the best radio talent in the nation.

What a profound loss. 

Robert Goose Guzmán
Robert Goose Guzmán

KHOW and clear channel can bite it. The morning show will now suck. There is a reason that Peter has been on the air for as long as he has. Good luck to him. He'll be fine.

nocol2002
nocol2002

Funny how many people think this is politically motivated, or that there's some conspiracy behind it.  C'mon, this is Clear Channel.  They've been cutting high priced personalities all over the country for years now.  Peter just gave them an opportunity to justify cutting his big salary. If CC wanted him gone, they could've included him in the last "national firing day" like all the others.  Pete always said follow the money--no doubt CC figures that they can replace him for a fraction of the cost, which would offset any revenue they might lose.  To think that they have any concern about political views,  the quality of the programming or anything beyond the bottom line is laughable.  And ironically, Boyles made a comment to Tancredo in passing on that last show, saying that maybe Pete could become his press secretary.  Wouldn't THAT be something to see....

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Since Peter was always big on conspiracy theories: It is quite possible that this type of outburst has happened many times in the past, but this time Channel 9 happened to be there to witness it. Just a theory. :)

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

Does Westword? I swear, this is like the 3rd or 5th time you've asked this. Maybe you should have him write for you. Ha!

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

I've been in the area for 20 years and I don't think I've ever heard him, or of him, until he tried to attack some one.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Another one bites the dust another one bites the dust and another one gone and another gone another one bites the dust HEY!

Adrian Laine
Adrian Laine

No, I do not. Not only will I miss Pete, but I will miss all the callers, and the Monkeybutt nation. :)

whosear2
whosear2

When I was 9 I was angry at my best friend for horning in on a girl I was dating. We had it out at work physically,  with slugs and tussling about. We are friends to  this day, and he never went after any of my girl friends.  Guys multitask in communication.  I have chosen to live in Costa Rica, amongst the Ticos, who haven't lost their minds like Americans.

whosear2
whosear2

`I just listened to the podcast, at 8:06 they went to break, at 8:09 they came back on.  Pete made an apology to Greg Hollanbeck on the air.  The show went on.

Highdm
Highdm

Not only a loss for Denver radio but for the Republican attempt to win the State house.  Peter was a huge endorser of Tom Tancredo and with Pete gone how will Tancredo fare? Pete - thanks for forty years of radio KWBZ to KHOW and good luck to you and Tom.

iggy
iggy

What everyone seems to forget is that he committed an act of violence in the workplace, which will get you fired from just about any job.  Therefore he deserves to lose his job, whether you like him or not.

rjschneid47
rjschneid47

@Juan_Leg "Outside of pro sports, can you name any work environments where it's acceptable to attack a fellow employee and NOT get fired?"

Yes -- the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Ar Force. U.S. Marines, U. S. Coast Guard, and nearly all major defense contractors which require employees not to sue them if they are raped by fellow workers. Add to that the Catholic Church and quite a few corporations and businesses that cover up internal felonious employee-on-employee attacks. 

mauman
mauman

@rjschneid47

History buff?

A few months ago Pee Boy said that Dred Scott was a runaway slave. Dred Scott was a slave, but never a runaway slave. In fact, Dred and his wife Harriet travelled down the Mississippi River, apparently unaccompanied, from Fort Snelling in the Wisconsin Territory to Fort Jesup, Louisiana, after being summoned by their master, Army Surgeon Dr. John Emerson.

On another show Pee Boy talked about the history of oil in the Middle East (Pee Boy pronounced it Middow East). He mistakenly associated Aramco with Iran and had the timelines all screwed up.

Blunders like these never deterred this talk show buffoon from always trying to prove that he is the smartest guy in the room. And, of course, he's a really cool guy.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@broper "I can't imagine Clear Channel's reasoning"

He physically assaulted his producer, and by that I mean he grabbed him around the throat and choked him, what would you propose they do with him?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Patrick Solano  Michael would NEVER allow it to happen . WW is a Micheal Roberts publication . He writes over %80 of it's content .

DougHubka
DougHubka

@JulesV @dough3 Interesting to read Peter's version. From reading this I would have thought he would have spent more time on his radio show talking about the evils of Bain Capital rather than  where Obama was born.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@rjschneid47 You are absolutely correct ! I spit on our Government but will give the shirt off my back to a soldier !

rjschneid47
rjschneid47

@mauman @rjschneid47 blunders like these never deterred any radio or cable tv gasbag from shooting off his or mouth. they are all buffoons, left and right. any one hour segment of any radio or table tv talk show contains at least one major fact error. that's why i don't bother listening anymore. it is a waste of time. the point i made was that denver radio was basically losing its last on-air local character. all there is now are the likes of caldara, brownie, schulz, hartmann (have to go with syndicated gasbags since there are no lefty locals) -- all of whom are 100 per cent predictable and rather boring. boyles, who is far from cool, went down a narrow road that seemed to appeal to a loyal, and somewhat large group of listeners who think hearing what they want to believe is the truth. by the way, confusion over the status of dred scott is a common problem, largely because his suit challenged the fugitive slave act of the 18th century. that law dealt solely with runaway slaves.

AACunningham
AACunningham

@ryan.cordova @broper 

Were you present at KHOW that morning and actually witness what happened?

rjschneid47
rjschneid47

@ryan.cordova @broper reprimand him, suspend him, fine him. i'm not your macho man, but, for god's sake, this world has become such a namby-pamby place it is pathetic. hollenbeck is as big an ahole as boyles.

broper
broper

@ryan.cordova @broper  Ryan, no where did I say that Peter didn't deserve it. No where did I claim to know what happened.  My note in a nutshell said that I would miss him. You completely missed my point.

I don't know what happened, and I can't imagine what happened,  but you seem to know everything that happened, so please, as an eye-witness, tell us the details. 

If you were not there, go back and finish high school, and stop jumping to conclusions.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dough3 ... he panders to the LCD, which is the demographic of AM yak-yak radio.


kbcolo
kbcolo

@ryan.cordova   Wow this story keeps "growing" ... first, Boyles pulled his producer's lanyard.   Then, he tried to choke him.   Now, he tried to choke him to death?  Next I suppose the story will be the attempted burning at the stake witnessed by thousands.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@broper @ryan.cordova There were a lot of people who watched Boyles try to strangle Hollenbeck, not sure what you're trying to prove, but I simply asked what you would do with an employee who tried to kill his supervisor?

By the defensive reaction you gave, it's pretty obvious how emotionally invested you are in someone you've never even met, but trust me, he's a dickbag, and this isn't the first time he's been in trouble for assaulting people.

Good luck with your blind support for terrible people regardless of who they've tried to murder.

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