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Meet Mandy Connell, Peter Boyles's successor at KHOW

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Last month, KHOW yakker Peter Boyles was fired following an incident involving his producer; after a false start, he subsequently took over the morning-drive slot at KNUS.

Now, KHOW is moving on with Mandy Connell, who's currently a radio host in Louisville. A short time ago, she was officially introduced as Boyles's successor on the station. Continue for what she said and more about her blend of upbeat chatter and (you guessed it) conservative politics.

Connell's hiring doesn't come as a surprise. Within days after Boyles was sacked, a radio insider told us she was the likely choice. The delay in the announcement is likely due to her commitments in Louisville, where she will continue to appear for a few more weeks.

Why was Connell chosen? For one thing, she's been seen as a rising star at Clear Channel, KHOW's owner, and her tone and style is very different from Boyles's. This suggests KHOW is devoted to creating a new morning audience around Connell, rather than fighting to hang on to Boyles fans who have likely followed him to KNUS.

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Connell's Facebook profile photo.
During this morning's introduction of Connell, who spoke on the phone from Louisville, Ross Kaminsky, a KOA host who's been doing KHOW fill-ins for much of the time since Boyles's ouster, she stressed her excitement about coming to Denver and noted that it was the fulfillment of a long-term goal.

"My husband actually retired out of Fort Carson in 1996," she noted, "and when I met him seven years ago, one of the first things he said to me was, 'I'm here in Florida now, but eventually, I'm going to move back to Colorado.' And we decided to honeymoon in Colorado, and we vacation in Colorado.... I'm so glad to make my husband's dream come true."

One of the area's biggest attributes from her perspective? "I love the low humidity, because my hair looks awesome."

More seriously, Connell said, "People in Denver seem to be there because they want to be there. It's not like that everywhere."

As for her history, she described herself as "a latecomer to the radio game." She was working as a flight attendant for Delta when a radio professional on one flight "thought I was funny and told me I should go to broadcasting school." She did, and after getting trained, "I went to work at an Orlando station where they do 'hot talk'...a lot of jokes about genitalia and passing gas. We had Howard Stern in the morning and it went downhill from there."

From there, she continued, "I did sports radio for a couple of years, which was a lot of fun, and then went back to doing news. Then I managed to get my own show in Fort Myers, Florida. I was there for five years, and then I was lucky enough to get hired in Louisville," at WHAS. "I'm not a newbie; I've been doing this for about sixteen years. But it feels like it came out of nowhere. And it's what I love to do."

At the outset of the conversation, Kaminsky said he was going to avoid talking about issues, albeit in the context of a shot at "Colorado's governor and the Democrat legislature," who he accused of trying to make life in the state worse than it should be. But a few moments of topicality slipped in.

Continue for more about new KHOW morning host Mandy Connell.


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earl.bell
earl.bell

I live in Louisville KY and am glad she is leaving. Ask jer about her comment about the president of the united states. She called President Obama a "half breed."

mjt2
mjt2

I'm glad they picked someone that vacations and took their honeymoon in Colorado. She will be able to provide very good insight into local Colorado topics <sarcasm>.

trackick
trackick

Would it have been too much trouble to be specific about which Louisville?


TT77
TT77

Ross Kaminsky has done a really excellent job filling in. He should have more time on air than just his Sunday slot. He is smart, he actually listens to callers, and he responds to what they say. He always seems to know about various news stories callers bring up.

Pete had his pros and cons but it has been refreshing having a few different voices in the morning. Pete would often leave one feeling more frustrated than satisfied especially if he spun some aspect of history differently than you knew the truth to be. Because he read so much he was always able to shut down opposition, but all that did was prevent him from hearing good arguments against some of what he believed.

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

The studio will smell much better I'm quite sure !........

I hope ....!

There is NOTHING funny about 'Famunda Cheese' !

Ask ANY gynecologist !!!!

Sara Conrad
Sara Conrad

Clear Channel sucks. Talk about a monopoly.. they own everything.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Oh Mandy . You kissed me and got rid of Peter .

AND I NEEEEEEEEED YOOOOOOOOOOU !!!!!!!

bizofjim
bizofjim

@trackick  Are so dumb that you can't figure that out if it was not specified


TT77
TT77

@trackick Louisville, Montana. Just outside Helena.

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

@Sara Conrad  

Sarah, you could also be a successful 'sucker' should you decide to apply yourself !... I'm here for you !!!!!!

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Sara Conrad                      Do they own you Sara?

trackick
trackick

@bizofjim @trackick  

It's Journalism 101. To just say Louisville is sloppy work that reflects on the writer and the editor - if there is one.

g2gsmith2003
g2gsmith2003

@bizofjim @g2gsmith2003 @earl.bell It is what it is, and he is what he is. 

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