Putting its competitive principles where its microphone is, KLZ "The Source" is conducting live "auditions" to replace its morning show host, Randy Corporon, who resigned last month after management pulled the plug on further interviews with former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who was at the center of an attempt to oust Steve House, the leader of Colorado's Republican Party.
KLZ owner Don Crawford, Jr., insisted on grilling Tancredo about his beef with House prior to airing Tancredo's familiar voice on his radio station, prompting Corporon and KLZ's other "liberty lineup" talk-radio hosts, Ken Clark and Kris Cook, to quit.
Crawford told the media he was worried about whether Tancredo was telling the truth about the attempt to oust House. He also temporarily banned Steve House, according to Corporon.
Crawford hasn't said whether he also banned interviews Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who joined Tancredo and Pueblo's GOP chair Becky Mizel in leading the coup charge. There wold have been no reason for Crawford not to have banned Coffman and Mizel as well.
In any case, now Crawford appears to be personally spearheading an unusual process to replace Corporon. He's selected seven conservatives (no relation to the seven dwarfs) to audition live, on air through Wed. from 6 to 8 p.m., on KLZ 560-AM.
Some take-no-prisoners conservatives have already tried out, including: "Americhicks" Kim Monson and Molly Vogt, Steve Laffey, a GOP gubernatorial candidate, who's a familiar voice on conservative talk radio, Dan Meurer, who's been a guest host, and Jim Pfaff, a former KLZ radio host.
Here's what Crawford had to say about the auditions:
Let the auditions begin!! I am thrilled to announce we have some very talented, bright, and insightful people, auditioning for the New KLZ morning show.
Your valued opinion on whom you think is most worthy and will surely eternalize your and our critical principles on our airwaves, such as our unbreakable support of the Constitution, returning political power to the states, and a very limited Federal government, to name some more, is imperative to our decision-making.
Email me at 4Crawford@gmail.com, or post your preferences on our Facebook page if you wish. Every single one will be read, respected, and factored. ...we hope to and should have your new host ready and able to carry the morning torch for those endangered conservative values we so very much cherish and MUST protect. We thank you in advance for your essential help in this cause. I'm Don Crawford Jr., Station Manager of KLZ.
I'm not sure this job will "eternalize" conservative principles on the airwaves or anywhere.
But I admire what Crawford's doing here, subjecting the would-be hosts to everything the audience can toss at them, whether it be blackmail, extortion, or their views on shutting down the government or booting out nice Hispanic families from America.
I emailed Crawford with a few questions, like whether he was telling prospective hosts that he has the right to screen guests on their show, as he did during the Tancredo-Coffman-Mizel-House controversy.
But Crawford hasn't gotten back to me.
Maybe he sensed my unhappiness with his booting Clark, Cook, and Corporon in the first place, as they were merely standing up for their principles listeners by not accepting censorship from their own station. They might have quite prematurely, but you gotta admire their stand.
I also asked Crawford whether he'd consider adding a show with a progressive bent. All the fighting and salacious whispering on conservative talk radio is getting to be overwhelming, even for a junkie like me.
It's time for those conservatives to take a break from each other and air a well-mannered, thoughtful, kind, progressive show.