Radio talk-show lineups changing in January -- will Tom Martino be a part of them?

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Troubleshooter in trouble?
Do touch that dial! Because when you switch on your radio after the new year's festivities, you'll find some changes at Denver's local talk stations. Peter Boyles, who moved to KNUS 710 AM after Clear Channel fired him last summer, is beating the competition at his new gig, which will expand by an hour on January 6, giving him his old, familiar time slot of 5 to 9 a.m. And what's happening to the colleagues he left behind at Clear Channel? The lineups are changing there, too -- some because of corporate dictates, some because of unexpected developments.

At powerhouse KOA at 850 AM, the changes are dictated by some of the big national talkers now required to air live. So The Colorado Morning News is adding an hour, with Steffan Tubbs and April Zesbaugh stretching from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on January 6; they'll be followed by Rush Limbaugh, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. That pushes Mike Rosen back to the afternoons, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The live requirement also extends to The Sean Hannity Show, which will run live from 1 to 4 p.m. on sister station KHOW 630 AM, followed by Mike Brown from 4 to 7 p.m., and then Glenn Beck. But that's just the start of the changes at KHOW. Mandy Connell, the Louisville import who replaced Boyles, will get another hour in the morning, too, from 5 to 10 a.m. She's supposed to be followed by Tom Martino from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. But will she be?

Rumors have been flying that Martino has been canned by the station, which let Boyles go after an incident when he grabbed his producer by his lanyard. And how does that compare to Martino's current charges of assault and domestic violence, with a hearing scheduled in Denver court on January 16? Boyles didn't bloody anyone's nose, but his altercation was on the set -- and in the middle of contract negotiations. Martino is accused of assaulting his wife -- outside the office; he's blamed alcohol for stirring up the situation.

Asked about the rumors, the station said that they're just rumors, and that Martino is on holiday vacation. The last show information on the KHOW site is for December 23, two days after his arrest, when Martino's holiday fill-in was supposed to talk about "lease questions and DUIs."

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yydtb
yydtb

I am guessing that the Martino's have a lot to work out with the lawyers, their advertisers, and KHOW.

We wish Holly the best and for her well being. It might be interesting to get some stats on domestic violence of women. Has Holly been a victim in the past? Does Tom have any history of violence? The risk of this happening again? What are the numbers?

yydtb
yydtb

He hasn't been tried in a court yet, right?

Don't you think KHOW will wait and see what happens in court?

Do you suspect lawyers got involved to get him back on the air?

Are these the facts we know?

There was an argument

Holly tried to escape but was held in the vehicle at the stoplight

Holly was punched in the face with a closed fist by Tom

Holly was seen in the ER

Police became involved later in the morning

Who contacted the police?

Holly or Tom?

A lawyer?

A neighbor?

Family member?

Friend, or a caller on Holly's phone?

Other?

What might have happened if the police would have responded to the incident at the stoplight?

Tom might have been searched & arrested on the spot

Holly would have been transported to the hospital

One or both tested for alcohol/other substances

The vehicle searched

Any weapons, alcohol or other illegal substances would have been confiscated

The vehicle impounded

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

they are taking calls to see if they are going to keep this jerk on the air,,, people need to call 303-173-8482 and 303-713-8000 and tell them we don't want a  WIFE BEATER AND ADMITTED DRUNK DRIVER ON THE AIR

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

Martino is on and claims "he cannot talk about it"  how convenient right?! He is a Loser and needs to be fired.  And shame on all the sponsors who don't mind being associated with a wife beater and drunk driver


NYradio
NYradio

Tom is back on the air today.


I think that is pretty strong evidence that there is more to the story than a man being a violent wife-beater. KHOW has proved (with Boyles) that they will sack a person for doing less.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

Come on people who ever thinks Martino is innocent is an idiot, you really think a 60 yr old fart hit his wife for the very first time that night?  AND he was drunk driving this is all by Toms own admission.  He got caught and Holly did the right thing for exposing this loser for what he really is,,, a wife beater, a drunk driver!

yydtb
yydtb

How do we know for a fact that Holly was even drunk at the time of the punch? Am I wrong but didn't the police only become involved around 11:00 AM?

Do we know if a B/A or Drug screen test was conducted on either party?

Could other substances have been involved at the time of the punch? I really don't think we can assume anything at this point. ER/Medical records can tell some of the story. Statements are just statements and not always the total truth.

Again, how much can be throw at this to save their company & advertisers? Who knows about the marriage? We may never know the truth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Once a Violent Wife Beater, always a Violent Wife Beater.


Hey Tom Martini, did your daddy beat your mommy like that?



yydtb
yydtb

I wish Dan Caplis & KNUS the very best with his new two hour show. I wish KHOW the best too.

Time will tell what the court, the public, the advertisers, and KHOW will do with the Martino's.  $$$$ can fix almost anything, but we will see.

NYradio
NYradio

Ok, 1 hour left until the KNUS announcement...

yydtb
yydtb

All very true NYradio, but "Punched her in the face with a closed fist". Hmmm, not thinking a scuffle or a boxing match here. Did the police report call it a scuffle or a boxing match?

Don't you think there is much more to this story along with some family & personal matters that they want surpressed?

Yes, the drinking and driving home. You think they already had the lawyers involved when they called the police? All considered, they must be throwing a ton of $$$$ at this to make it go away.

Again, who would want to sponsor a program and risk their already tight advertisement dollars with a host that punched his wife? These days it's just not worth the financial risk and/or the loss of customers.

You think they might avoid the risk and look at the Dave Logan list now?  Do you think the adverstisers would prefer to advertise with the morning show or with Mike Brown if they stick with KHOW?

I suspect Mr. Boyles is just changing his show hours as Westword has previously said. Who knows.

All good comments though. Let's watch and see.

yydtb
yydtb

Thanks for the comments NYradio-

Well, I'm thinking hitting a co-worker would have less results than punching your wife in the face. More legal issues here. Didn't we hear that Peter's co-worker did get a settlement? 

You might be right about KNUS, but I'm willing to wait and see what the court date brings. I'm guessing the Martino's are throwing money at their lawyers to make this go away and save the company. Just my guess though.

Doesn't it all boil down to advertiser dollars at the end of the day for KHOW or KNUS? Who wants to sponsor a guy who punches his wife?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hardtimes1127    


          *** Boycott the Tom Martino Wife-Beater Network! ***


Let those parasitic advertisers know that NO ONE supports a Violent Cowardly Wife-Beating Drunkard.



hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio Clear Channel is a coward and will keep a wife beater, a drunk driver on the air?  Obviously Martino is a prostitute and will work for peanuts, OR Clear Channel is just plain stupid and see nothing wrong with wife beaters

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio  


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


... so hard that she had to go to the HOSPITAL Emergency Room for treatment.

NYradio
NYradio

@yydtb And also, you are right that there are a LOT of questions out there, and a LOT of facts that are not (and might never) be known for sure. That is a point I've been trying to make to the deaf ears of DonkeyHotay and co. below. Maybe they'll listen to you though? :)

NYradio
NYradio

@yydtb The best answer we are likely to get anytime soon is if Martino is back on his show at KHOW. I'm guessing he'll be off until his court date, and then maybe a decision will be made either way.

NYradio
NYradio

Pete's leading on that it's a new show in the 9am slot...

NYradio
NYradio

@yydtb Very true. Domestic violence is really a terrible thing. However, it's also possible that it was a scuffle, and the "punch" was unintentional, and not like a boxing match. Either way it's still wrong, just that one way is a little less wrong than the other.


There is also Martino's admission that they both drank too much, and he drove home. But, with no sobriety tests at the time, that only becomes something stupid he said, and not something that is proveable that he could be charged with.


Or, maybe the KNUS announcement has nothing to do with this, which is probably equally as likely. Maybe Dan & Craig are coming back? :P

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@DonkeyHotay@hardtimes1127 by calling the other number you get a live person to answer and you can hear the disgust in their voice when you ask to talk to someone to complain about having this jerk on the air

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hardtimes1127 @NYradio 


 *** Boycott the Tom Martino Wife-Beater Network! ***


Let those advertisers know their bribe $$ is backfiring and costing them business.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio @yydtb  


FACT -- When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


... so hard that she had to go to the HOSPITAL Emergency Room for treatment.


Keep apologizing for Domestic Violence you lowlife piece of crap.




NYradio
NYradio

Ok, it's Dan Caplis... that makes much more sense!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio "However, it's also possible that it was a scuffle, and the "punch" was unintentional, and not like a boxing match "


Apologize for Domestic Violence much?


An "unintentional" punch to the face that sent his wife to the HOSPITAL?


Fuck you scumbag, and fuck what you stand for.






DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hardtimes1127 ... did that, she did sound fed up. LOL!


You transposed the NXX #, it is 713, not 173

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  True... my common sense comes from the fact that he has been a public figure for 30+ years, went through a rather public divorce, and went through a very public bankruptcy. I'm not so sure the guy's got a lot of secrets left, especailly not something as terrible as domestic violence. There might be facts that I'm not aware of, though.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 BUT the difference is I am using common sense, you are right we don't know for fact but when you look at this guy and how he is when he gets caught doing something he is so apologetic but if he never gets caught he acts holier then thou.. remember "he admitted to hitting her and drunk driving" you really think at 60 this is his first time?  Like ESPN says  Come On Man


NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127   And I'm not as sure. It is IMPOSSIBLE to know that for sure. We are both just guessing here you know...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio


Fact -- When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


... so hard that she had to go to the HOSPITAL Emergency Room for treatment.

NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay  Fact -- I have never apologized for Tom's actions or said that I condone them.


I am saying that what he did is wrong, and there are different levels of "wrong," based on what the facts of the situation are.


Want to throw him in jail for 10 years, because some other REAL wife beating lunatic husband in history may have received a 10 year jail sentence?

NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay  Sorry Donk, but you're wrong on this one. I am not what you say I am.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio "But you have no right to say those things about me"


Bullshit, you lowlife repugnant apologist for Violent Domestic Abuse.



NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay   Fine by me, I've got no fear and nothing to hide. I've said from the beginning that Tom was wrong, it's just a matter of how wrong, and what kind of wrong. Could be a little, could be a lot.


I've also believed from the beginning that you have been wrong, and you have misunderstood me from the beginning, and took the low road of insults, vulgarity, name calling, and nearly libelous statements. I never said you had to agree with me, I'm fine if you don't.


But you have no right to say those things about me, and frankly it's cowardly and immature to do that in an online forum. It takes absolutely no courage to type those things, and I don't believe you would say half of those things to a stranger face to face.

NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay  Yes, by writing opinions on a comment board on Westword, I am enabling all sorts of things, AND I'm running PR interference for Martino. Is it working? Oh please, I have to earn my $xx,xxx that I'm getting paid for this. You got me. (Do I need to tell you this is sarcasm?)


What a joke, you're being ridiculous.


So here's my rebuttal to your statement -- noses are fragile, it doesn't take much to cause a bloody nose. Even the most innocent bloody nose (like playing football) requires hospital attention if it doesn't stop bleeding. Please note that alcohol thins the blood, so when you're drunk, you don't clot as quickly or easily. Total speculation there, but not impossible.


Please also realize that I'm not entirely serious here, but only pointing out that there are still holes in the story and in the statements, that are being filled by conjectures, and not facts.


IT IS NOT RIGHT THAT HE HIT IN HER IN THE FACE, NO MATTER HOW IT HAPPENED. (Can we agree on that much?)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio ... you really are a wretched repugnant vile enabler of Domestic Violence, and a really pathetic PR flack for that lowlife wife-beating scumbag.


... Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose ...


So hard she needed Emergency Medical treatment at the Hospital.


As stated earlier -- Fuck You, and Fuck what you stand for.



NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay  Police reports are written to document the facts when an incident happens. They are devoid of words that convey blame, intent, or anything beyond "what happened," because that is not the intent of the report. That all comes through interviews/interrogations, investigations, hearings, and stuff that involves lawyers and judges.


And yes, Tom hit Holly. (And again, I think that's wrong and I'm not apologizing or defending it or saying she deserved it or...). But was is a wind-up boxing punch? Was is a "grab for the phone and hit her by mistake"? I don't know that, and neither do you. There are a lot of punches that could be documented as hitting in the face with a closed fist. I see NO evidence of intent in the facts we have now. 


That's not to say it wasn't intentional. Maybe it was? But maybe it wasn't. You don't know that either.


I wish you would quit being such a donkey about this, but I can keep this up as long as you like. Frankly, I don't even know what your problem is, except you have your mind made up about what happened and won't hear it any other way.



NYradio
NYradio

@FreeTheWeed I don't understand at all what your problem is with me. I have said nothing apart from asking that all of the facts are considered before hanging Martino up to dry. That's it.


I have never said this is okay, I have never said that she deserved this, and I have never suggested that anyone does this to anyone.


As hard as it can be for some people to accept, a police report is neither a conviction nor a confession. Tom will have his day in court, and the truth will be heard. Anything beyond that is between Tom and Holly.


Go ahead and vomit, and enjoy your day.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio "Let me make this clear -- domestic violence is always wrong, I know that".


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


@NYradio  "If Tom got mad and smacked Holly up real good, then he should be punished accordingly"


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


@NYradio  "I'm not an apologist or defending the abusive actions."


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


@NYradio  "One more time, to be clear, since you don't get it -- I think domestic violence is bad, and I'm not defending anyone unreasonably."


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


@NYradio  "If no punch, was keeping her in the car a form of abuse?"


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


@NYradio"If Tom did just plain punch her in the face, trust me, I would be outraged and very mad about it. I do not accept domestic violence."


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose


FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

NYradio you really are a repugnant and disgusting apologist and enabler for violence against women.

You make me vomit.

NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay

And I think you are drawing unfounded conclusions and making claims for things I never said.


When something like this occcurs, yes, the woman gets the benefit of the doubt in the heat of the moment, and they should But when the event is over and any threat of danger is eliminated (including an arrest, jail, restraining order), the judge and lawyers start with the facts, and have to find out "what actually happened"?


I want a world without domestic violence just like you, and I want the abusers to get punished for their crimes. But the responsibility of the judicial system is to find out what happened, and make sure the penalty fits the crime. If Tom got mad and smacked Holly up real good, then he should be punished accordingly. If they got in a scuffle and he was arrested by protocol, that's different. It is STILL BAD, but it IS DIFFERENT. Is that so hard to understand?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio "Ever drive a drunk person home, and they want to get out? It is your job to keep that person safe and in the car."


So domestic violence -- punching a wife in the face necessitating an emergency room hospital visit -- is ok if the wife is drunk and wanting to exit the stopped vehicle?


You really are a PATHETIC and DISGUSTING apologist for Tom Martino's VIOLENT CRIMINAL ASSAULT on his own wife.



FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

NYradio you are a despicable enabler and repugnant apologist for Violence against Women.

How much does Tom the wife-beater Martini pay you to be his flack?

NYradio
NYradio

@FreeTheWeed   Holly was the victim here and it's a bad situation all around.


From the information we know right now, Tom's behavior doesn't fit the mold for the cases I've seen -- long-term abuse (verbal and physical), covering it up ("she fell down the stairs"), and intimidation for the victim to not get help.


Domestic violence comes in a LOT of different forms, including isolated incidents and things that jsut get out of hand. Alcohol never helps. I think that's what might have happened here.


I'm not an apologist or defending the abusive actions. I just think there are a lot of false conclusions that get reached very quickly. And most of all, I think Tom and Holly are the ones who really need to handle Tom and Holly's business, not us.

NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay I'm no apologist, just trying to read the facts for what they are. Can I be more clear? Domestic violence is always bad.


That police report says a lot. It also leaves a lot of gaps. Ever drive a drunk person home, and they want to get out? It is your job to keep that person safe and in the car. And is that kidnapping? It sounds like that even happened before the punch. If no punch, was keeping her in the car a form of abuse? It actually sounds like he took her to the hospital after the punch happened. As a matter of process, that's when the police get called and have to investigate and make an arrest if there was contact. If she was too drunk to make sense, he gets arrested, that's how it goes.


One more time, to be clear, since you don't get it -- I think domestic violence is bad, and I'm not defending anyone unreasonably. Tom deserves his day in court, and deserves what is coming to him either way. Ok? 

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

NYradio " You don't know me, or what I stand for. Did you know that I used to volunteer for a battered women's shelter? "

And you rush to defend and minimize a violent abuser?

People like you are the reason why domestic violence flourishes.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio "If Tom did just plain punch her in the face, trust me, I would be outraged and very mad about it. I do not accept domestic violence. I have a hard time believing that's what happened"


Try reading the POLICE Report -- he not only smashed her in the face with his closed FIST, he grabbed and restrained her from exiting the vehicle when she attempted to leave and escape the violence.-- that's KIDNAPPING.


While the vehicle was stopped at a red light, Holly Martino, who was sitting in the passenger seat, opened her door and attempted to get out of the vehicle. Martino put his arm around his wife to keep her in the vehicle, according to the report.


When the light turned green, Martino drove away, and the two continued arguing. Martino then hit his wife in the face with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose, according to the report.


http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24783509/tom-martino-troubleshooter-allegedly-punched-wife-face


Now go fuck yourself, you apologist piece of crap.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@NYradio  "do you always subject people to this level of verbal abuse?"


It's possible that this was just a verbal "scuffle" and that the abuse was "unintentional" and "inadvertent".


I sure hope you didn't need emergency room hospitalization over it.


hth.

NYradio
NYradio

@DonkeyHotay @NYradio Ok tough guy, chill out -- speaking of abuse, do you always subject people to this level of verbal abuse?


Let me make this clear -- domestic violence is always wrong, I know that. You don't know me, or what I stand for. Did you know that I used to volunteer for a battered women's shelter? I didn't think so, nor should that have mattered.


I was only drawing reference to an article that mentioned exactly what I wrote -- an account that the altercation was a scuffle at a stoplight, over something with a cell phone. The hit in the face was claimed to be inadvertent. That is one account of the situation, and it could be true. There are other possibilities that could be true as well. The only people who know for sure what happened were an alcohol-impaired Tom and Holly, and there are a lot of details missing that we may never know (and might not need to know).


If Tom did just plain punch her in the face, trust me, I would be outraged and very mad about it. I do not accept domestic violence. I have a hard time believing that's what happened, and from what I have read, it may not be what happened.


That's all I'm trying to say. Please notice that even though your message was upsetting to me, I did not call you names, drop the F bomb, or insult you or what you stand for.

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