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KNUS Radio Host Peter Boyles Announces Retirement

Boyles noted that health problems and the state of radio today played into his decision to retire.

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A news talk radio host, known as the “Dean of Denver,” is calling it a career. Salem Media Group news/talk KNUS’ Peter Boyles announced that he would retire after decades in the market.

This week, Boyles called in from vacation to let listeners know he was hanging up his headphones. The radio host has been at KNUS since 2013 but noted that health problems and the state of radio today played into his decision to retire.

“Everything has a beginning and a middle and an end,” Boyles said, according to Westword. “And I see an end coming.”

“The business has changed, and it’s okay,” Boyles told George Brauchler, who was filling in for him on the morning show. Boyle added that he suffered a mini-stroke while on air. 

“All of a sudden, I started speaking in tongues for about five minutes,” he recalled. These factors caused Boyles to decide “maybe it’s time to do some other things and give some other guys a chance.”

Boyles has been in the Denver market from the early 1970s, serving as a traffic reporter, disc jockey, and talk show host. Furthermore, he has been on various airwaves on stations that have since changed formats or disappeared, including KAAT, KLAK, KWBZ, and KYBG.

Furthermore, he has hosted shows on KOA and KHOW, where he anchored mornings for almost 20 years.

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Erick Erickson Calls Out ‘One Downside’ of Twitter Blue

Erickson noted another bug in Twitter Blue that’s a pain to deal with: It was easy for him to see “if someone following or citing me was a reporter.”

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Twitter has been rolling out new features under Tesla CEO Elon Musk, one of them being the ability to sign up for Twitter Blue and receive a checkmark after paying $8 a month.

However, there’s been many issues with this feature, resulting in the social media platform pausing users from subscribing after many abused it by signing up and parodying companies.

WSB radio host Erick Erickson also noted another bug in Twitter Blue that’s a pain to deal with: It was easy for him to see “if someone following or citing me was a reporter.”

“The one downside of the blue check for everyone paying is that it used to be easy to generally determine if someone following or citing me was a reporter, etc.” Erickson tweeted on Monday. “Now it’s just somebody who paid the money.”

Erickson works in the news media, so having verified information to use on his show is crucial and perhaps others in the industry feel the same. Now they’ll have to double or even triple-check the facts to ensure they’re not being duped.

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WCCO Raises Over $330K After Recent Radiothon

WCCO raised over $330,000 for Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities after their 20th annual Hunger Mission Radiothon

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The holiday season is here, and it’s a time that many use to give back to their respective communities, such as Audacy’s Minneapolis news-talk station WCCO.

In a recent radiothon, WCCO raised over $330,000 for Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities after their 20th annual Hunger Mission Radiothon took place Tuesday, November 15, with a live broadcast from the Mall of America from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“This is yet another great example of how live and local radio can truly help change lives,” Jeff Gonsales, the senior vice president and market manager of Audacy Minneapolis, said in a statement (h/t Radio Ink).

“We’re so proud of our team in helping share these inspiring stories, as well as our amazing fans for their incredible generosity in giving.”

It was the first radiothon held at the Mall of America since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly three years ago. During the extensive hours of programming, WCCO spoke with UGMTC residents, alums and volunteers who shared impact stories with listeners.

“We are grateful for the 20-year collaboration with 830 WCCO,” Pam Axberg, the CEO of UGMTC, said in a statement.

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Clay Travis: Donald Trump Returning to Twitter May Benefit Democrats

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton said Monday they’re excited about the prospect of former President Donald Trump tweeting again.

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Unlike so many pundits who have expressed outrage that Twitter’s Elon Musk has reinstated former President Donald Trump’s account, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton said Monday they’re excited about the prospect of Trump tweeting again. 

Musk reactivated Trump’s account over the weekend after more than 15 million users polled voted for his reinstatement. Trump’s account was banned following the Jan 6th riots. 

“There are huge implications to this (reinstatement) and a lot of variables at play,” Sexton said. “The one thing is that we know that Trump has TRUTH social. The problem is there’s going to end up being one dominant platform and then some other platforms that are more niche.” 

Despite the reinstatement, Trump has not confirmed whether he will return to Twitter. 

“What Elon Musk is doing right now, is showing true bravery,” said Travis. “First of all, he put up a poll to allow people to vote on whether Trump should be allowed back on the platform. I’m not sure if Trump being back on Twitter if he decides to reclaim his account is going to be beneficial to him at all. In fact, I think it may benefit Democrats.”

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