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Dan Caplis on his return to the airwaves, 710 KNUS and his war on Amendment 64

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Dan Caplis.
As we've reported, attorney and conservative talk-show host Dan Caplis, whose KHOW show with fellow lawyer Craig Silverman ended in June 2012, returned to the airwaves this week at KNUS, an outlet that also provided a refuge for ex-KHOW mainstay Peter Boyles. And on his debut program, he immediately made a splash by announcing his plan to spearhead an attempt to repeal Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana. Caplis talks about this mission and more in a wide-ranging conversation below.

"It's just great to be back in the fray," Caplis says. And while he's been busy with his law practice (last October, we wrote about his representation of Las Vegas footballer Nathan Starks's successful bid to play for Cherry Creek High) and occasional fill-in gigs for Clear Channel Denver, KHOW's corporate overseer, he frankly admits that he's felt something missing since his program with Silverman was bounced.

"I'd done a show for twenty years before our last one ended, and I missed it a lot," he notes. "It's a privilege and a thrill to have a microphone, and a chance to impact the issues that really matter. So I'm absolutely ecstatic to be back on the air, and it works out very well with my law practice. My understanding with KNUS is the same as I had with Clear Channel: My family and my law practice come first. If I need to miss a show for family or the practice, I'll be allowed to."

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Caplis with former partner Craig Silverman, left, during their KHOW days.
After leaving KHOW, Caplis says he was approached by a handful of radio operators about future broadcasting opportunities, but nothing felt right until KNUS came calling. The station, owned by Salem Communications, which specializes in Christian programming, has gotten more aggressive about competing with Clear Channel Denver in the secular arena over recent years, hiring longtime KOA morning host Steve Kelley in 2011 and providing a landing spot for Boyles after he was fired last year following a physical altercation with his longtime producer, Greg Hollenback. Since starting at KNUS, Boyles's ratings have regularly topped those of his replacement at KHOW, Mandy Connell.

"KNUS has been doing great things with Pete," Caplis says, "and Pete and I talk -- and he understood that I was ready and willing to get back into it. This opportunity came together quickly and was kind of a no-brainer at that point. There are great people there, with Peter and Steve Kelley both doing live and local, so it was a perfect fit."

That was true from a theological standpoint, too. Caplis is a very active Catholic who regularly quotes Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila: He references Aquila when saying, "If you want to change the world for the better, go into politics or the media." In his view, "my Catholic-Christian worldview meshes well with Salem's Christian ideology."

At the same time, he emphasizes that he'll be talking about a broad range of issues on the program, with Amendment 64 being first on the agenda.

"I want this show to be the home base for the Repeal 64 effort," he maintains. "There are a lot of good people out there who have done what they can individually and through their organizations in an attempt to stop and reverse this debacle, but I hope having a radio show that can be available to get the facts out there, to allow for the full discussion for the opposition point of view and serve as a rallying point for the forces of repeal can be a very valuable tool. I want the show to be a critical part of a smart, well-funded, winning repeal effort. And it's all about winning."

Given the launch of recreational pot sales on January 1, not to mention estimates of $5 million in sales over the first five days, isn't it too late to make such an effort? Not in Caplis's view.

Continue for more of our interview with Dan Caplis.



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nate505
nate505

Caplis is a total hack and a joke.  I guess he'll never remind anyone of his claim that A64 would get killed because of how ' awful' the medical dispensaries are.  Now he's whining about how Hick didn't step up, like anyone gives a damn about his opinion on anything.

Lew Schiller
Lew Schiller

Well - thing is - he brings this on himself. Just today He said that the people of Colorado were stupid for voting in A64...they didn't know what they were doing.

Lew Schiller
Lew Schiller

Indeed! He made the KHOW show "All Tebow All The Time". Every perceived slight against Tebow was Anti-Christian...Manning was washed up...Fox was an idiot.

throwingmechanics
throwingmechanics

To echo the sentiments of several previous posters, I believe this guy is squarely on the wrong side of several (if not all) important issues.  I gave up listening long ago.  I would listen, however, to hear DC explain why zero NFL teams have enlisted the services of Tim Tebow.

Ken Lord
Ken Lord

Gotta love "conservatives" fighting for bigger government to jail more people for what they do in their private lives.

Dave Lenio
Dave Lenio

squirrels is about the only thing mr. caplis is qualified to discuss...

jwright13
jwright13

This really sad and tragic.  There are so many other things that will rise to the fore in politics and economics, yet Dan Caplis thinks it's time to turn the clock back and once again delegalize MJ and MMJ.  His effort will go nowhere and just waste more space and vital airtime, that could be better used to stop the really bad things coming down the pike in the financial and political-economic zone.


Wake up, Dan and smell the coffee Bro!

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Oy vey. Next thing you know Peter what's-his-name will be back. Ugh.

Gina Marie
Gina Marie

This guyyyy. Hah why not put your energy into something that's important...like say your balding!?

Jim Earl
Jim Earl

I respect the man but he is a nanny monger and needs to be seen as such IMO

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

ok, look at these responses Westword. Nobody gives a shit about this guy, or his show. Now, quit being schills for right-wing hacks, and move on. Simply forget about this asshole, and never mention him again. Obviously your fans, and people who actually read Westword don't go this way.

Barbara Satre
Barbara Satre

Go the hell away Dan Caplis. Prohibition does not work.

Chip Reeves
Chip Reeves

Just what we need. Another creepy right winger on the air.

Melissa McKelvey
Melissa McKelvey

I'm so shocked...another middle-aged, affluent, white, male American Conservative. His perspective will be so unique [rolling eyes].

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

I don't smoke and this makes me angry. This guy is a closed minded hatemonger.

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

Maybe while he's at it he could get rid of women's suffrage? Or bring back slavery? Maybe abolish devil science in schools, like evolution?

Johnny Zimmerman
Johnny Zimmerman

I love conservatives, when the vote doesn't go the way they want it's REPEAL..REPEAL....REPEAL. It's that old saying if you can't beat em throw the ball into the woods. He's on the right wing radio station KNUS which coincidentally rhymes with ANUS !

Lindy Monroe
Lindy Monroe

Dumbass!! And maybe the station will have second thoughts after.

Steven Wachtel
Steven Wachtel

I stopped listening to khow because of this bigoted holy roller. He is terrible.

DougHubka
DougHubka

Dan Caplis has figured things out, just as Peter Boyles has. Take a controversial subject that has no possible way of getting changed, then beat it to death on the radio,

Boyles want to round up all the illegals and ship them off, Caplis wants to reverse Amend. 64. Both positions will keep people stirred up and talking for hours and nothing will change. Don Quixote should have thought of this.


Val Weitz
Val Weitz

The scary thing is that he has a lot of connections and buddies in power in this state. Ironically, he is also one of the heads of the independence institute, which is apparently now trying to take away freedom.

Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor

I would call him a tool ........... but a tool is useful.

Barb Peters
Barb Peters

thats what i was thinking...dochbaggery

John Twigg
John Twigg

I'd say that he's targeting Amendment 64 in an attempt to promote some manufactured controversy and build ratings for his radio show. Just a suspicion on my part though.

Laura Bruns
Laura Bruns

You never actually say why he wants to reverse it. .. as your headline suggests

Kent Lindstrom
Kent Lindstrom

Joe Rogan should do an interview with this clown.

Jam Es
Jam Es

You would think people who claimed to be "fiscally conservative" would be pretty pleased with bottomless money bucket 64 created...

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

This tool bag thinks he's going to repeal some laws being on a Christian radio station? Didn't anyone tell him that it's 2014 and everyone winks twice when seriously talking about religion and "god"???

Jam Es
Jam Es

Conservatives mad because conservatives fight losing battles against the progression of logic. fuck off Keep reminding us why we should keep you dickheads out of positions of political authority....

Joshua Fenner
Joshua Fenner

He seems to lack any tangible reasons to why Amendment 64 should be "reversed" in the article. How can you even begin to sway people to different thinking with this technique.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

He should have a secret life doing meth and male hookers, oh wait, that's his buddy's deal down in springs.....haggart!

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Who is this and who cares what he thinks?

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Meh. 20-plus years ago when he had his show, "Real Law", it was good. Then he got married and turned into a bible-thumping tort hack. How Silverman ever put up with his thinly veiled sanctimonious hypocrisy, is beyond me.

EightySix
EightySix

They should market him as "KNUS & the Anus"!

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Caplis is the kind of guy who will defend Father McFondle while throwing his own Pope under the bus for furthering Christian values.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Like his butt buddy Ted Haggard, he may already have.

ScipioLives
ScipioLives

So, how are those 2 super duper bowl wins Manning gave you feeling now? 

JudiSunshine
JudiSunshine

I'm seriously so tired of people claiming to be conservative who aren't. He clearly is not.

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