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