|Broadcast area||Denver metropolitan area.|
|Branding||Talk Radio 630 KHOW|
|Slogan||Denver's Talk Station|
|Affiliations||Premiere Radio Networks
Westwood One Network
NBC News Radio
Westwood One News
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KBCO, KBPI, KDSP, KPTT, KOA, KRFX, KTCL|
|Webcast||iHeartRadio Station #377|
KHOW (630 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Denver, Colorado, and serving the Denver metropolitan area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and carries a talk radio format. Studios and offices are on South Monaco Street in Denver and the transmitter is off East 120th Avenue in Thornton, Colorado. KHOW operates with 5000 watts and a directional antenna. Its signal can be easily heard from Greeley to Colorado Springs.
Like other stations owned by iHeartMedia, KHOW uses the iHeartRadio platform to stream its audio.
The station carries mostly nationally syndicated talk programs while its sister station in Denver, 850 KOA, airs mostly local talk shows. KHOW local programming includes a weekday wake up news and interview program with Ross Kaminsky, and an afternoon show hosted by former FEMA official Michael D. Brown, that is also heard on co-owned KCSJ in Pueblo. Weekday syndicated shows include "The Troubleshooter Show" with consumer advocate Tom Martino, based at KHOW, as well as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Joe Pags and Red Eye Radio. Weekends feature shows on money, real estate, home repair, food, law, a public affairs show called "Front Range Focus" and a syndicated tech show with Leo Laporte. Some weekend shows are paid brokered programming. Most hours begin with world and national news from NBC News Radio and select hours begin with world and national news from Westwood One News.
- 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
- 1974 — Ray Durkee began Sunday at the Memories on KHOW. In 1976 he syndicated the show nationally.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
History of ownership
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- November 9, 1992 — Variety reports that Noble Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire KHOW-AM/FM from Viacom Radio of Viacom International Inc.
- 1996 — Jacor Communications purchased Noble Broadcast Group, owner of 10 stations including KHOW, for $152 million.
- 1999 — Clear Channel Communications, now known as iHeartMedia, purchased Jacor for $4.4 billion.
Peter Boyles left the station in June 2013 following a scuffle with his producer. Boyles' former slot was filled starting on August 19 when Mandy Connell moved from fellow iHeartMedia (then Clear Channel) station WHAS in Louisville. Connell is now at co-owned 850 KOA.
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- 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.