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KHOW logo.jpg
City of license Denver, Colorado
Broadcast area Denver-Boulder, Northern Colorado and Colorado Springs.
Branding 630 KHOW
Slogan Denver's Talk Station
Frequency 630 kHz
Format News Talk Information
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 48962
Transmitter coordinates 39°54′36.0″N 104°54′50.0″W / 39.910000°N 104.913889°W / 39.910000; -104.913889 (KHOW)
Affiliations ABC Radio
Premiere Radio Networks
Dial Global
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Webcast iHeartRadio Station #377

KHOW (630 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format to the Denver-Boulder, USA area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and features programing from Dial Global, Premiere Radio Networks and ABC Radio.[1]

The station runs a talk format as a companion to sister station KOA. Locally produced programming includes "Front Range Focus", and included the Peter Boyles Show before he left the station in June 2013 following a violent run-in with his producer.[2] Boyles' former slot was filled starting on August 19 when Mandy Connell moved from fellow Clear Channel station WHAS in Louisville to launch The Mandy Connell Show.[3]

Nationally-syndicated programming includes the Glenn Beck Program and The Sean Hannity Show. "The Troubleshooter Show," hosted by Tom Martino, is a nationally-syndicated program broadcast from KHOW's studios.

Cultural reference[edit]

The longtime morning team of "Hal & Charley" can be heard in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining when one of the characters is attempting to reach the Overlook Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The station is identified as "63 KHOW" during the sequence. A jingle from the "Class Action" package from JAM Creative Productions is also heard in scene.


  • 1925 — With Denver already served by three radio stations -- 9ZAF/KLZ, KFEL (not to be confused with present-day KFEL of Pueblo), and KOA—William Duncan Pyle opened a fourth station, KFXK. KFXK's letters were soon changed to KVOD (Voice of Denver). Decades later, they changed again to KHOW
  • 1976 — Hal Moore and Charley Martin become a morning team on KHOW.
  • 1978 — Alan Berg joined KHOW and became "the most popular (and most disliked) radio personality in Denver."
  • August 1979 — Uncomfortable with his outrageous style (e.g., insulting or hanging up on callers), KHOW management fired Berg.[4]
  • 1984 — Don Martin, KHOW Sky Spy Traffic Reporter, was awarded the Broadcast Achievement Award from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.
  • January 3, 1996 — The Rocky Mountain News reported that Charley Martin's contract was not renewed.[5]
  • 1997 — Reggie Rivers joined KHOW.
  • c. 2010 — Clear Channel's attempt to install an HD transmitter was thwarted by an incompatibility with the station's four-tower antenna array[citation needed]. If this had been accomplished, listeners elsewhere in Colorado would have been unable to hear distant AM stations on 620 or 640 AM.

History of ownership[edit]

  • July 1958 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the sale of KVOD (as the station was known at the time) to Western Broadcasting Enterprises Inc., for $300,000 plus employment deal, by Colorado Radio Corp.[6]
  • 1964 — KHOW was purchased by Trigg-Vaughn of Dallas.
  • Feb. 3, 1967 — The FCC announced approval of the sale of the Trigg-Vaughn group of radio and TV stations to Doubleday and Company for $14,125,018. Doubleday Broadcasting Company Inc. was formed; Nelson Doubleday, Jr. served as chairman of this new subsidiary, and Cecil L. Trigg, who had been head of Trigg-Vaughn, continued as president and CEO.[7]
  • 1981 — Metromedia Inc. bought KHOW from the Doubleday Broadcasting Company for $15 million.
  • 1986 — Metromedia's radio stations, including KHOW, were spun off into a separate company named Metropolitan Broadcasting.
  • April 1988 — Robert F.X. Sillerman agreed to acquire KHOW's owner, the Metropolitan Broadcasting Holding Company, for $302 million in cash and debt.
  • June 1988 — Carl C. Brazell Jr. agreed to pay $20 million for two of Legacy Broadcasting's stations—KHOW-AM and KSYY-FM—with the intent to make them part of a new entity named Command Communications Inc. Sillerman was a "major investor" in Legacy, and Carl E. Hirsch was the "controlling shareholder."[8][9]
  • November 9, 1989 — Command Communications Inc. said it had agreed to sell KJOI-FM, KSYY-FM and KHOW-AM to Viacom Broadcasting Inc. for $101.5 million. Viacom saw "high growth potential" in these properties.[10]
  • November 9, 1992 — Variety reports that Noble Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire KHOW-AM/FM from Viacom Radio of Viacom International Inc.[11]
  • 1996 — Jacor Communications purchased Noble Broadcast Group, owner of 10 stations including KHOW, for $152 million.[12]
  • 1999 — Clear Channel Communications purchased Jacor for $4.4 billion.

Like other stations owned by Clear Channel, KHOW uses the iHeartRadio platform to stream its webcast.

Former hosts[edit]

Claudia Lamb; Jay Marvin; Alan Berg; Hal Moore and Charley Martin; Don Wade; Bill Ashford; Harry Smith; Reggie Rivers; Scott Redmond; Peter Boyles


  1. ^ "KHOW Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (June 3, 2013). "Peter Boyles out at KHOW: Longtime Denver radio talk-show host gone from Clear Channel". The Denver Post. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (July 24, 2013). "KHOW’s successor to Peter Boyles is Mandy Connell". Ostrow Off the Record (The Denver Post). Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Johansen, Nick. "Mini Biography - Alan Berg"., Inc. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Saunders, Dusty (January 3, 1996). "BREAKUP OF HAL AND CHARLEY PART OF COST-CUTTING AT KHOW?". The Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "CHANGING HANDS". BROADCASTING. 21 July 1958. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Trigg-Vaughn sale is approved". BROADCASTING. 6 Feb 1967. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Adelson, Andrea. "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Westwood One to Acquire 50% Stake in WNEW-AM". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Delugach, Al (June 29, 1988). "KJOI-FM's $75-Million Price an Industry Record : Station's Sale Key Part of $155-Million Ownership Shuffle That Also Affects KTWV, Westwood One". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Viacom Buys 3 Stations". The New York Times. November 10, 1989. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Financial Briefs". Variety. November 9, 1992. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Mulvey, Tom. "Denver Radio: 80 Years of Change". The Broadcast Professionals Of Colorado. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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