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Peter Boyles (born October 17, 1943) is a radio talk show personality. He had a long-running morning drive-time talk show in Denver, Colorado on 630 KHOW, until May 2013. He now hosts a morning talk show on AM 710 KNUS.
Boyles received national attention in 1997 by his investigation and nearly constant talk about the death of JonBenét Ramsey. In August 2006 he received intense criticism for his belief that John Mark Karr was not involved in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Boyles was vindicated when "the most expensive DNA test in Colorado history" exonerated Karr.
In February 2009, Boyles sparked controversy in Colorado for repeatedly referring to Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver as "Vagina DeGette" / "Vagina DeJet" while on air.
In May 2013 Boyles was suspended from the show after a heated exchange with the show's longtime producer Greg Hollenback. Witnesses reported that Boyles yanked Hollenback's lanyard, which left red marks on Hollenback's neck.
A Colorado Observer editorial expressed that "Boyles is an important figure in our local media and, short of some new and terrible development that no one is reporting, Boyles should keep his job." On 3 June 2013, it was reported that Boyles had been fired.
Salem Communications hired Boyles as its new morning host on News/Talk 710 KNUS as of Monday, July 1 for a 6AM-9AM time slot. When Boyles did not appear, there was speculation that his old employer KHOW had blocked his debut due to a non-compete contract clause. On July 3, 2013 at 6:00am, Boyles' show aired for the first time on 710 KNUS. Beginning January 6, 2014, Boyles' show was extended by one hour, starting at 5:00am and running until 9:00am.
KNUS had previously had weak audience ratings for its morning shows, especially compared to KHOW. But in his first month at KNUS, Boyles beat his former employer KHOW in audience ratings for the morning slot.
Boyles' past shows are available as podcasts on the KNUS Podcast Platform
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