At this writing, AM-760, Clear Channel Denver's progressive station, continues to exist -- but that's only because no one's bothered to pull its plug yet. The outlet, which has struggled to make an impact on the radio market for the better part of a decade, is on the way out, and morning-show staple ... More >>
Jay in 2009.Update below: In 2009, AM 760 host Jay Marvin suffered a health crisis involving a potentially lethal infection and epic back surgery that laid him up for the better part of a year. As a result, David Sirota took over Marvin's slot that December, with Jay formally retiring from ra ... More >>
Jay Marvin.Yesterday, Jay Marvin, a mainstay on local talk radio until he was felled by a horrific health crisis beginning in early 2009, marked his 58th birthday yesterday with a decision: to retire from radio. It's a choice he doesn't much like -- and one that he feels was made for him by ... More >>
David Sirota is now the face -- and the voice -- of AM-760.Air America, the liberal radio network, has seemed gravebound plenty of times over the past few years -- and now even the folks there admit the project is dead. But AM-760, a Clear Channel Denver outlet originally seen as Colorado's ... More >>
David Sirota is a fill-in no more.Jay Marvin has been unable to helm the AM 760 morning show since early March due to a life-threatening health crisis we've documented in this space. The recovery process continues -- but syndicated columnist David Sirota, who's been Marvin's primary fill-in, ... More >>
Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin at home in June, before his epic surgery.Earlier today, Jay Marvin appeared on the AM 760 program he used to host with David Sirota, who's been named his permanent replacement. And those who missed hearing it may not get another chance to catch him on the ou ... More >>
Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin at home in June, before his epic surgery.If anyone deserves some good news, it's AM 760 host Jay Marvin, who's been to hell and back since earlier this year, when he began experiencing the first in a series of health problems that resulted in an arduous surg ... More >>
Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin at home in June. We've been keeping you abreast of developments regarding an epic surgical procedure undergone by AM 760 host Jay Marvin; the operation, which took place in New Jersey several weeks ago, addressed serious medical issues that have kept him fro ... More >>
The incision surgeons made into Jay Marvin's back.The last update from Mary Marvin about the condition of her husband, AM 760 host Jay Marvin, who recently underwent an epic surgical procedure to address serious medical issues that have kept him off the air since March, consisted entirely of ... More >>
Jay Marvin in the flesh.This morning, Mary Marvin sent out an update about her husband, AM 760 morning host Jay Marvin, who underwent an epic surgical procedure two weeks ago to address serious health issues that have kept him off the air since March. Instead of e-mailing a description of how ... More >>
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Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin at home in June.AM 760 host Jay Marvin came through life-threatening surgery on Monday in New Jersey -- a ten-hour operation during which physicians removed two vertebrae from his back destroyed by an aggressive infection that's kept him off the air since Ma ... More >>
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Photo by Michael RobertsMary and Jay Marvin at home in June.Yesterday morning, we shared a note from Mary Marvin, wife of AM 760 host Jay Marvin, who's been off the air since March due to a series of serious medical issues. In it, she described the details of surgery he was to undergo that da ... More >>
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Photo by Michael RobertsA photo of Jay Marvin at home, taken in early June.In a June interview at his home, AM 760 radio host Jay Marvin talked in detail about a serious illness that's kept him off the airwaves since early March. At that time, Mary Marvin, Jay's wife, said doctors had ordered ... More >>
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Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin in a photo taken earlier in June. AM 760 morning-personality Jay Marvin has spent months battling a series of serious medical challenges that have kept him off the air -- until yesterday, when he spoke by phone to John Turk, his longtime producer, who's been manni ... More >>
John Turk. With AM 760 morning host Jay Marvin still battling a serious health crisis and his main fill-in, David Sirota, in China for several weeks and uncertain if he'll be taking to the station's airwaves again upon his return, some listeners have worried that Clear Channel Denver, the outlet's ... More >>
Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin in his Denver home. AM 760 morning talk-show host Jay Marvin has spent the last several months fighting for his life. He's been in and out of the hospital for a variety of serious health concerns since early March, and aside from occasional updates provided by his ... More >>
David Sirota. In today's blog about AM 760 morning-show host Jay Marvin's continuing health crisis, I note that syndicated columnist David Sirota, who's been filling in for Marvin on most days, will be gone for several weeks on a trip to China. When he returns, however, he's not certain if he'll st ... More >>
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The serious health issues AM 760 morning-show host Jay Marvin has been battling since late February aren't getting any simpler for doctors to tackle according to Mary Marvin, Jay's wife, who updated David Sirota, his most-frequent fill-in, during an appearance on the station yesterday. As first rep ... More >>
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David Sirota. As every political pundit acknowledges, assessing a new president after his first 100 days in office is artificial and unfair -- but if Barack Obama is embracing the notion (he's holding a primetime news conference tonight), what the hell? Hence, a plan for KOA conservative Mike Rosen ... More >>
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Jay Marvin, the morning host for AM 760, Clear Channel Denver's progressive talk outlet, has been out of commission of late, after undergoing gall bladder surgery. He's on the mend and expected to be back at the microphone next Monday. In the meantime, however, his most frequent fill-in, syndicated ... More >>
Jay Marvin was once the fieriest of radio talk-show hosts, as is made clear in our 1998 feature article, "Double Trouble." By the time of a 2007 Message column, "Progress?," which profiled him in the context of his current station, AM 760, he'd mellowed considerably. But the combative Marvin resurfa ... More >>
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Jay Marvin (to the left, as usual). Another occupant of radio row at the Pepsi Center during DNC week is Jay Marvin, morning host at AM 760, whose slogan -- "Boulder's Progressive Talk" -- marks it as the Clear Channel outlet least likely to say nasty things about Democrats in general. Westword ha ... More >>
Launched in 2004, AM 760, the local Clear Channel branch's foray into progressive talk, has never earned especially robust ratings. But the company has stuck with the format far longer than many radio observers expected, and the station will be around for quite a while more if morning host Jay Marvi ... More >>
With troubles at Air America and sluggish ratings, AM 760 struggles to convince liberals that they have a place on talk radio.
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