Conservative radio show canceled after host wishes for 'nice school shooting' as impeachment distraction

Via:  john-russell  •  2 months ago  •  17 comments

Conservative radio show canceled after host wishes for 'nice school shooting' as impeachment distraction

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


© CBS4Denver

A Denver radio station has canceled a conservative talk show after one of its hosts on Wednesday wished for a "nice school shooting" to interrupt the media coverage surrounding the impeachment proceedings of  President Trump

Chuck Bonniwell, a conservative radio host,  made the remarks  during 710 KNUS's "Chuck & Julie" afternoon program. After noting the "never-ending impeachment" of Trump, Bonniwell joked that "you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt."

Julie Hayden, his wife and co-host, immediately interjected, telling Bonniewell, "Don’t even say that." 

"No, don’t even say that. Don’t call us. Chuck didn’t say that" she added, prompting Bonniewell to try and walk back the statement by saying he wouldn't want anyone to "be hurt."

Just hours later, 710 KNUS Denver released a statement saying that the radio show had been canceled following Bonniewell's "inappropriate" remarks. 

"Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the Chuck & Julie show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell," the station said in a statement. "A programming decision was made to end the program immediately."

Bonniwell argued on the "Chuck & Julie" Twitter account that his comment was intended to be a joke and that it was misinterpreted.

“I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke,” Bonniwell said in the since-deleted tweet, The  Denver Post reported.  “I’m sorry it was not received that way.”

Bonniwell's remarks prompted swift criticism from those affected by mass shootings in the state.  

A number of notable mass shootings have occurred in Colorado in the last 20 years, including the 1999 Columbine high school shooting, which left 13 dead. A 2012 shooting at an Aurora movie theater led to 12 deaths. In May, multiple shooters killed a student and wounded several others at a high school in the Denver area. 

"Unbelievable that a radio host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential impeachment," said John Castillo, the father of Kendrick Castillo, who died in the May shooting.


Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed int the Aurora theater shooting, called for Bonniwell's firing, saying his remarks represented "total ignorance."  

This was not the first controversy involving the radio station in recent months. The station made headlines in mid-November after the conservative talk-show host Craig Silverman  said that he was fired  for criticizing Trump during his program.


jrDiscussion - desc
smarty_function_ntUser_is_admin: user_id parameter required
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 months ago

Liberal and left wing socialist ,pussy hat wearing, brie eating, Abuela loving ,Biden sniffing ,testosterone challenged ,weak kneed ,sissified feminazis and America haters got this patriotic and freedom of speech loving , married in the sight of God, flyover country couple fired from their jobs. Only socialist snowflakes like AOC and Bernie Sanders would object to a measly joke about shooting schoolchildren. 

1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 months ago

Pussy heat hell yea.

Citizen Kane-473667
1.1.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  MUVA @1.1    2 months ago

Always a good thing! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

charger 383
1.1.2  charger 383  replied to  MUVA @1.1    2 months ago

you don't want one that's cold 

1.2  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 months ago

You changed your post I take back my hell yea.

1.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @1.2    2 months ago

We both made our points. I agree with your observation by the way. 

The word heat was a typo, and I always correct my typos if I see them in time. 

1.2.2  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    2 months ago

I was just kidding I wouldn’t go there with my poor diction and spelling.

Greg Jones
1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 months ago

Good riddance to Bonniwell, the guy is a total idiot prone to saying stupid shyt. I feel sorry of Julie, as she has been a respected news in Denverfor years

Craig Silverman did indeed go on an anti-Trump rant on his Saturday morning show for several weeks, but what got him fired mid-show was his promoting another radio show and saying he was going to work there, after being warned not to do so. And he was not a conservative

2  loki12    2 months ago

That was a pretty fucking stupid thing to say. 

Just Jim NC TttH
3  Just Jim NC TttH    2 months ago

He knows that the, or one of the, mottos of the Dem party is "never let a good crisis go to waste" and was pointing out that there are a lot of other, good things going on in the background and there needs to be another story to displace the impeachment bullshit. Unfortunately, he picked the wrong kind of crisis. Pretty stupid move. 

3.1  loki12  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3    2 months ago

It's obvious the excitement over the democrats running for President isn't going to do it.    Does anybody even remember there is a goat rodeo tonight in California?

Just Jim NC TttH
3.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  loki12 @3.1    2 months ago

Some people may even watch.........for comedic value at least since there is no Thursday Night Football.

It Is ME
4  It Is ME    2 months ago

"After noting the "never-ending impeachment" of Trump, Bonniwell joked that "you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt."

Stupid Ass ! jrSmiley_88_smiley_image.gif

Greg Jones
4.1  Greg Jones  replied to  It Is ME @4    2 months ago

I've listened to this station for years, as most of the hosts are moderates. But they don't fool are with idiots like Bonniwell and Silverman and get rid of them immediately.

It Is ME
4.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Greg Jones @4.1    2 months ago

The "Statement" made no sense, and was not "Comedic" !

4.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Greg Jones @4.1    2 months ago
as most of the hosts are moderates

they're all teabag broadcasters now, on a thumper owned radio station. not the first time either of those 2 drunks have been fired from a media outlet.

5  Karri    2 months ago

As someone who actually knows people who were in mass shootings (my kids went to Columbine), that comment will never be funny -- or even appropriate.  EVER!


Who is online

30 visitors