Peter Boyles makes KNUS debut, says he can't legally talk about delay
Update: Yesterday at this time, we reported that Peter Boyles, who was fired at KHOW following an incident with his longtime producer, would tentatively debut Wednesday on a new station, 710 KNUS, after the program failed to launch on its planned date, Monday, July 1; see our previous coverage below.
No need for the word "tentatively" now. Teased by a musical intro featuring Eminem's "My Name Is," Boyles appeared on KNUS at 6 a.m. sharp -- but without revealing the reasons behind the delay.
There were plenty of online indications that Boyles would be behind the microphone this a.m. KNUS' website, which had removed references to the host on Monday, shared the following image....
By the way, Steve Kelley, whose Kelley & Company program is moving from the mornings to the afternoons due to Boyles's arrival, is said to be under the weather -- the reason why he won't be heard at 1 p.m. today.
In addition, KNUS' Facebook page posted a graphic....
...that fans immediately (and correctly) interpreted as a teaser for Boyles.
Still, those who tuned moments ago hoping that Boyles would reveal why he didn't start broadcasting for KNUS on Monday were disappointed. While chatting with a flurry of congratulatory callers, he said, "There are some legal things that have occurred that I'm really not able to talk about."
Minutes later, he added, "I have a lot of constraints, things I can't talk about, but it's been an interesting couple of days."
No doubt listeners will interpret these remarks as indicating that Clear Channel, his former employer, had threatened action against him if he took to the airwaves, even though any non-compete clause in his contract had presumably expired. The contract lapsed shortly before he was fired for yanking a lanyard around the neck of producer Greg Hollenback -- an action that left red marks.
Rather than dishing behind-the-scenes dirt, Boyles chose to stir the political pot, announcing that his first guest would be Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo -- who happened to be his last visitor on KHOW. In response to a caller who noted ruefully that Tancredo's critics think he's crazy, Boyles said, "If he's crazy, so what. We need crazy people."
Tom Tancredo guested on what turned out to be Peter Boyles's last show on KHOW.
That's the kind of comment calculated to get people talking.
Continue for our previous coverage.