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Kris Olinger

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    May 29, 2014

    Real Talk 760 replaces progressive-talk station with...well, what the hell is it?

    Earlier this month, in reporting about the firing of Gloria Neal and the impending death of the progressive AM-760 format at Clear Channel-owned KKZN-AM, we speculated about possible new approaches, noting along the way that business-centric radio "hasn't been markedly successful in this market for ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Gloria Neal's firing marks impending death of progressive AM-760

    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 >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Michael Brown, Clear Channel respond to David Sirota's KHOW ouster

    Update: As we reported yesterday, David Sirota was suddenly disappeared from the KHOW afternoon-drive show he'd shared since June with Michael Brown; see our original coverage below. Since that post first appeared, we've received responses from Greg Foster, vice president of programming for the Den ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Mario Solis-Marich: AM 760 host pimps Arizona candidate he's working for on Colorado airwaves

    Mario Solis-Marich.​Last Friday, AM 760 afternoon-drive host Mario Solis-Marich spent part of his broadcast talking up Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Randy Parraz, who'll be facing John McCain in November. Indeed, he even encouraged Colorado listeners to contribute to Parraz's campaign, f ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Reggie McDaniel, R.I.P.: "Everything reaches a culmination. Even Lazarus died"

    Reggie McDaniel.​Radio personality Reggie McDaniel, who died Friday at age sixty, divided audiences simply by being himself. Some listeners loved his "Everyday People's Entertainment Guide" because of the way it rejected critical pretension, while others saw him as a throwback to an earlier ge ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Kris Olinger, boss at KOA, KHOW and AM 760, leaving Clear Channel Denver

    Photo by Mark MangerKris Olinger in 2007.​Update, 11:56a.m.: Clear Channel Denver president Lee Larsen weights in on Kris Olinger's departure below our original item, originally published at 8:20 a.m., with a new e-mail communique included after our 10:16 a.m. addition. Kris Olinger, the long ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Dino Costa: Sorry, haters, but he's kicking ass in New York -- and leaving Denver behind

    Photo by Anthony CameraDino Costa loves you, Denver. Why didn't enough of you love him back?​Dino Costa may have been the most divisive sports-media personality in Denver over the past several years. As we documented in a 2006 profile, he loves to stir things up, be it with his argument-genera ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    AM-760 lives on despite Air America's death

    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 >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Jay Marvin on his wife's possible breast cancer and the decision to pass the torch to David Sirota at AM 760

    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 >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Mario Solis-Marich to stop "boof"-ing the CU Buffs

    Mario Solis-Marich.​A blog yesterday documented complaints from listeners about Mario Solis-Marich, a Los Angeles-based host for AM 760 who regularly refers to the CU Buffs as the "Boofs" -- a term whose first definition in the Urban Dictionary is: "Short for buttfuck." These gripes were share ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    AM-760's Mario Solis-Marich "boofs" the CU Buffs

    Mario Solis-Marich.​Although Mario Solis-Marich talks about Denver matters during his afternoon talk show on AM-760, he's seldom within the city limits when he does so. He lives in Los Angeles, where he helms a weekend program on KTLK-AM -- and the distance may come in handy, since he's curren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    "Gunny" Bob Newman leaves KOA for mysterious new assignment

    Bob Newman.​As a former Marine gunnery sergeant, KOA radio host Bob Newman comes by his combativeness naturally. When politically liberal Colorado Media Matters, staffed by some of his most persistent critics, collapsed in March, Gunny Bob gleefully kicked the organization when it was down (an ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Jay Marvin talks about his health crisis

    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 >>

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    May 7, 2009
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    April 30, 2009

    Clear Channel Denver's Kris Olinger on layoffs, news-outsourcing plan

    The radio news in Fort Smith, Arkansas will originate from Denver. In a small item about this week's layoffs at Clear Channel Denver, the Denver Post's Joanne Ostrow mentioned that KOA/850 AM "will now provide news for four other markets: Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Ft. Collins, Minneapolis and Ft. Sm ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, April 30 edition

    May flowers on the way. Today in Backbeat Online: • Danielle Ate the Sandwich (and became an internet phenomenon). • My Bloody Valentine at the Fillmore. • Dialed in: This week's local music radio playlists. • Mile Hi-Fidelity playlist -- 04.29.09. • Sound Bites: Quiet Company, Death Cab ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    KOA's Colorado Morning News letting its bias show in Tea Party coverage

    Today's tax-day Tea Party protests are predictably hypocritical: I don't seem to remember any conservative talk-show hosts leading State Capitol rallies when the George Bush administration pushed through the free-spending Troubled Asset Relief Program just a few short months ago. Still, the presence ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    KOA plays Republican responses to Obama's radio talks after previously giving Dems the Heisman

    When Republican George W. Bush was president, KOA, at 850 AM, ran his regular, Saturday morning radio address, but skipped the Democratic response. Now that Democrat Barack Obama is chief executive, however, the opposing Republican message is airing on Saturdays after The Big O's talk. Double stand ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Former Denver radio personality George Weber found dead in New York

    George Weber, a Denver-area radio personality during the '80s and '90s, was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment yesterday, the victim of an apparent homicide. Most recently, Weber worked for WABC in New York City. He was laid off last year, but he was reportedly freelancing for ABC News Radio at t ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Bill Menezes on the closure of Colorado Media Matters

    In "On Watch," a September 2006 Message column, former Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post journalist Bill Menezes explained his mission as head of Colorado Media Matters, the first state-based spin-off from Media Matters, a Washington, D.C. organization. He described CMM as "a progressive research ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Gail Schoettler has the final word on vagina-gate

    The stir over KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles's use of the names "Vagina DeGette" and "Vagina DeJet" in reference to Congresswoman Diana DeGette has pretty much run its course -- which is precisely what Clear Channel Denver exec Kris Olinger hoped when she ordered Boyles to drop the topic. But toda ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Bad news: Peter Boyles' radio show now vagina-free

    Peter Boyles. The craziness couldn't go on indefinitely. In an attempt to quiet the controversy caused by KHOW radio host Peter Boyles' off-the-cuff decision to call Congresswoman Diana DeGette "Vagina DeGette" and "Vagina DeJet" (documented in blogs such as "Is It Peter Boyles, Peter Boils or Boil ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Reggie McDaniels mystery solved

    Reggie McDaniel's moved on to a pay-for-play gig. In an August 7 blog, I wrote about Reggie McDaniel, a ten-year veteran of KOA-AM/850 who mysteriously vanished from the outlet's airwaves despite his continuing presence on its website -- and at this writing, his web page is still there. In the ear ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    May 9, 2008

    Traveling With the Denver Media

    The process of researching virtually every article produces far more material than can possibly fit into the finished piece -- and a lot of the leftovers are every bit as interesting as the stuff that makes the final cut. That was certainly the case for the May 8 Message column, which dealt with cut ... More >>

  • News

    May 8, 2008

    Olympics Travel a Hurdle for Local News Media

    When it comes to travel, news organizations are asking themselves: Should we stay or should we go?

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    May 1, 2008

    Rush to Riot

    How seriously should we take Rush Limbaugh's fantasies of a disturbance in Denver?

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    March 6, 2008

    Shakeup in Denver Radio

    Denver radio's getting a shakeup, with more alterations on the horizon. But do any of the switches qualify as improvements?

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    May 31, 2007

    Post-Imus Radio

    Talk show fallout.

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    April 26, 2007

    Sound Check

    Has the Don Imus controversy permanently altered the radio universe? Clear Channel yakkers huddled to talk about it.

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    March 22, 2007

    Progress?

    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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    December 1, 2005

    Home Boy

    Steffan Tubbs defies logic by returning to his roots.

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    August 4, 2005

    The Message

    The Rookie

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    March 17, 2005

    The Message

    Free for All

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    February 17, 2005

    The Message

    Road Show

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    November 25, 2004

    The Message

    Gunny for Governor?

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    September 2, 2004

    The Message

    Left's Turn

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    August 21, 1997
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