DENVER (CBS4) – News/talk radio station 710 KNUS has canceled the Chuck & Julie show over controversial comments made by host Chuck Bonniwell. On his show Tuesday afternoon, Bonniwell mentioned the impeachment process of President Donald Trump and said, “You wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt.”
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KNUS issued a statement on Twitter, calling the comment inappropriate and confirming that the program was canceled.
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. A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.
— 710 KNUS Denver (@710KNUS) December 19, 2019
During the show Tuesday, Bonniwell’s co-host Julie Hayden responded to the comment and said, “No, don’t even say that! Don’t call us! Chuck didn’t say that.”
Chuck Bonniwell issued an apology Wednesday night on Twitter:
Regarding the @710KNUS situation. Chuck Bonniwell has this comment. “I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke. I’m sorry it was not received that way.”
— Chuck and Julie (@ChuckandJulie1) December 19, 2019
Unbelievable that a raido host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential inpement. The Chuck and Julie show on knus 710
— John Castillo (@69bronco) December 18, 2019
“Where do we go from here, as I navigate through the loss of our son Kendrick and I meet with so many people I find that only a few do the right thing to make real change for the good to help our youth and others selfserving interest,” John Castillo wrote on Twitter.
“He was my life,” Kendrick’s mother, Maria Castillo, said a court hearing for one of the two shooting suspects, Alec McKinney, 16. Her testimony brought the suspect to tears.
“Kendrick was the best son that I could have ever asked for, an amazing person,” Maria Castillo said in court. “He was a perfect son… a good student… a good friend.”
McKinney and Devon Erickson, 18, are charged with the death of Castillo, and injuring eight other classmates during the attack on May 7.
Baily said Castillo was the first to react when the shooter entered the classroom.
“Kendrick went out as a hero… he was a foot away from the shooter and instead of running away he ran toward it,” Bialy said. “Kendrick is like a bowling ball… the gunman was against the wall… he didn’t know what hit him.”
“He was a fantastic and wholesome person… top tier,” Bialy added. Bialy was not hurt in the shooting.
Jones was shot twice in the leg while trying to disarm one of the shooters.
John Castillo said he feels it’s important for him to call attention to the problem of school shootings, and to continue to fight for justice in his son’s death. He and his wife drove their son’s beloved Jeep to every hearing for the suspects.
John Castillo is scheduled to speak on KNUS Thursday afternoon, on the Steffan Tubbs Show.
“I see Kendrick’s face every day at my desk; covered NINE school shootings. They’re not funny,” Tubbs wrote on Twitter.
Colorado was the epicenter of one of the most prominent and devastating school shootings in America — 12 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School in Jefferson County on April 20, 1999.
There were also shootings at Platte Canyon High School In Bailey on Sept. 27, 2006, at Arapahoe High School in Centennial on Dec. 13, 2013, and at Deer Creek High School in Jefferson County on Feb. 23, 2010
As for Bonniwell, he also publishes the Cherry Creek/Glendale Chronicle. The cancellation of his show on KNUS comes one month after former KNUS host Craig Silverman claimed he was fired from the conservative station for criticizing President Trump.
“Does it have to do with Donald Trump? I think so,” Silverman said. “I wanted to talk about the impeachment inquiry and a lot of these facts are very damning against Donald Trump.”
Brian Taylor, the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Salem Media Group told CBS4 the issue was about Silverman speaking on other media channels.
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“We asked Craig to not appear there because we consider him an important part of our team and we prefer that he not work for a competitor,” Taylor explained. “He decided it was important to work across town, and so on his program on Saturday, he announced that. And that’s what prompted our decision to take him off air.”