KHOW (630 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format to the Denver-Boulder, US area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and features programing from Dial Global, Premiere Radio Networks and ABC Radio.
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. Boyles' former slot was filled starting on August 19 when Mandy Connell moved from fellow iHeartMedia (then Clear Channel) station WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky, to launch The Mandy Connell Show.
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. Since May 2015, KHOW has produced an evening show for WHAS, airing in the 6–8 pm Eastern time slot and hosted by Connell.
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
- 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. 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
- 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.
Like other stations owned by iHeartMedia, KHOW uses the iHeartRadio platform to stream its webcast.