More Messages: A Day Without Immigration Talk

On May 8, KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles called for "a day without newspapers" because of his displeasure at coverage of the immigration controversy in the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post. A day after this declaration, and mere hours after he got into a self-described screaming match with Rocky editor/publisher/president John Temple (and an apparently more sedate chat with Post publisher and de facto owner Dean Singleton), Boyles backed off. But he continues to pound on immigration matters like Bam Bam Rubble on crank, and the result is redundant radio no matter where listeners stand on the issue.

Boyles has a lot of positive attributes as a radio personality. He's smart, he does his homework, he has eclectic interests and his views can be unpredictable, making him difficult to pigeonhole ideologically. But too often, he latches onto subjects and refuses to let go for what seems like ages. Who can forget those endless conversations about JonBenet Ramsey's hymen back in the day? A visitor from New York City heard one such broadcast, and told me how repulsed he was by it -- and he was a Howard Stern fan!

At this point, if I hear words such as "immigration" and "border security" when I surf to Boyles' show, I click off. After all, I know exactly how Boyles feels about these topics, since he's spent much of the past year explicating his feelings. But I'd like to have a better idea when it would be safe to tune in again. Clearly, the time has come for a day without immigration talk. Or maybe a week -- or a month.

A guy can dream, can't he? -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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