Update below: We've just received word from a knowledgeable source that Rick Barber, a longtime KOA overnight talk-show host whose program could be heard across much of the U.S. and into Canada prior to his 2012 dismissal, has passed away. No cause of death has been released at this point, but as we ... More >>
In January 2012, Rick Barber, who began hosting KOA's overnight shift thirty years earlier, found himself out of a job, replaced by syndicated programming amid budget cuts and sinking revenue. Most people would react angrily to such an ouster, but Barber responded with gratitude and class, just as ... More >>
Update below: Reliable sources tell us there have been five layoffs this week at Lincoln Financial Group stations in the Denver market. Most prominent among them: Cruisin' Oldies' Hal Moore, a local radio icon, member of the Broadcast Professionals of Colorado Hall of Fame as well as the current ho ... More >>
Rick Barber.Our post about longtime KOA host Rick Barber signing off as the station's overnight host after thirty years has become a repository of remarks from longtime Barber appreciators. And due to the incredible reach of KOA's 50,000 watts of power, not all of them are from the Denver are ... More >>
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 >>
David Sirota.Last October, a public debate involving KOA's Mike Rosen and AM 760's David Sirota went national after Rosen called for hijackers to crash a plane into the so-called Ground Zero mosque; he insisted that he was being satirical. But Sirota says Rosen didn't let loose with any simil ... More >>
Ken Hamblin, during his days as the "Black Avenger." This month marks the 25th anniversary of KOA radio personality Alan Berg's murder. But despite this substantial passage of time, Ken Hamblin, Berg's friend and colleague, still gets emotional when he thinks about the evening when he broke the new ... More >>
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Rick Barber, KOA-AM/850
At 3 a.m., KOA's Rick Barber is the only game in town.