Lee Larsen

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Clear Channel lets Uncle Nasty go from KBPI

    Man, you about need a syllabus to keep track of all the changes in Denver radio lately, from Comedy 103.1 to Pot 107 -- er, make that Jack 107, rather. And this while this has always pretty much been the case, the latest represents a huge blow to the local music scene. If you haven't heard yet, long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Rick Barber out after thirty years at KOA, Jon Caldara's show also ending

    Update below: Not so many decades ago, stations across the country employed overnight talk-show hosts, who kept lonely listeners company as they lingered in the dead zone between yesterday and today. Now, they're almost all gone -- victims of sinking revenues and budget cutting. So it's no surprise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    G-Man Rich Goins on being laid off at Clear Channel Denver's The Fox

    Arguably the biggest name among the more than twenty people laid off by Clear Channel Denver yesterday was Rich Goins, aka The G-Man, a sports-oriented gabber who's been a member of the Rick Lewis-Michael Floorwax morning team on The Fox since 1990. Yet, in conversation, Goins displays zero bitterne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Source: 23 more layoffs at Clear Channel Denver

    A reliable source reveals that 23 part-time or fulltime employees at Clear Channel Denver were laid off today as part of the San Antonio-based firm's second series of cuts this year. (The number is confirmed by KOA Morning News host Steffan Tubbs on his Twitter feed.) Many of those impacted worked i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Clear Channel doesn't want you to know about local layoffs

    Yesterday's blog "The Bloodletting Starts at Clear Channel Denver" documented layoffs of ten people working for one or more of the Texas concern's eight area outlets, and noted that more cuts were expected. Unfortunately, management isn't interested in supplying specifics. Clear Channel Denver chief ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Clear Channel's Lee Larsen talks about possible layoffs at Denver stations

    Layoff rumors of the sort Fox 31 general manager Dennis Leonard addressed in this December 16 blog are common throughout the media industry these days. But the loudest such rumblings around here may be emanating from assorted Clear Channel outlets -- particularly those on the FM side of the dial: KT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The blog shortcut, December 17 edition

    Blow, fat man, blow! Today in Backbeat Online: • Beyond Playlist presents Xmas-rated, part one: Noel Notables. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout on reading a top-ten list and checking it twice. • Swallow Hill is calling the next generation of Denver bands. • Chairlift continues its ascent... u ... More >>

  • News

    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?

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Is the Budget Ax About to Fall at Denver's Clear Channel Stations?

    Times may be ultra-unpleasant for newspaper operators these days, but specialists in other areas of the media universe aren't enjoying a smooth ride, either -- and Clear Channel represents exhibit A. Toward the end of the last millennium and the beginning of this one, the Texas-based firm seemed to ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2007

    Sound Check

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

  • News

    November 6, 2003

    Homer Runs

    Calculating the pluses and minuses of rah-rah sports coverage.

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    A Dam in the Stream

    If Clear Channel can't afford Internet radio, who can?

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Good Sex, Bad Sex

    An adult advertiser complains that explicit radio stations won't run his not-very-explicit commercials.

  • Music

    August 8, 2002


    Still battling Goliath, Nobody in Particular Presents claims a clear victory in court.

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    PAC-ing a Punch

    Clear Channel's formation of a political action committee shows it's ready for battle.

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Not-So-Funny Business

    Are gays fair game for jokes on Denver radio?

  • News

    September 20, 2001

    As the Smoke Clears

    How does the media get back to normal when no one can say what normal is?

  • News

    June 28, 2001


    The talking heads are spinning at Channel 7 and Fox Sports Net.

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    Radio Rumble

    Clear Channel takes on all comers, including the largest ratings service in the country.

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Let's Make a Deal

    Radio, TV and alternative media try to use the JOA to their advantage.

  • News

    May 10, 2001


    If you loaned money to this former Fox News staffer -- and many did -- you may be out of luck.

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Lighting a Fire

    Jon Caldara has been unmatched at using the media during this election season. He couldn't be prouder.

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    The Message

    At 3 a.m., KOA's Rick Barber is the only game in town.

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Live From Denver -- Almost

    Radio personalities that really go the distance.

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Hammer Time

    Up, up and away with Denver's most entertaining traffic reporter.