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Comedian T.J. Miller, originally of Denver and now living in Hollywood, was recently 24/7 Comedy's "Comic of the Week." (AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file)

(Photo illustration by Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post; photos, Jupiter Images)

Lewis Black is a regular on Comedy 103.1's "24/7 Comedy" format. (Denver Post file)

A 20-year radio veteran, Kage admits that he hasn't attended many comedy shows. But he's been immersing himself in the culture to understand it better.

"It's just a different vibe than anything I'm used to, " said Kage, who has also been program director for hip-hop station KS 107.5 FM since 2008. "I believe there's a really thriving comedy culture in this city, and there's a real appetite to hear some of the local talent on the air."

Kage has already brokered a Comedy 103.1 partnership with the Comedy Works clubs and begun localizing his station's satellite feed with contests, call-in lines and in-studio interviews with comedians. He wants to add local comedy bloggers and podcasters to the station's website in the coming months.

It's all about creating a Denver-specific identity for the station. Among the 37 other radio stations that carry Comedy 103.1's "24/7 Comedy" format in North America, none have customized their broadcasts for the local market as much as 103.1.

"This is a syndicated product, but a lot of folks don't realize that, " said Barnes Goutermout, the sales manager for Comedy 103.1 and Cruisin' Oldies 950 AM — both of which are owned by Lincoln Financial Media of Colorado. "It's really just in its infancy right now."

The 24/7 Comedy brand, which is carried online by Clear Channel Broadcasting's iHeart Radio, was created in 2008 by George Gimarc and Bill Bungeroth after they sensed an opportunity for a new radio format that would parallel stand-up's resurgent popularity.

"It's a hybrid, " Gimarc said by phone from Dallas, where 24/7 Comedy's programming originates. "We are doing comedy, which is a talk format and has never really successfully been done before, and wrapping it into a delivery that you would find at a high-powered hit music station."

Gimarc said the reason Denver has quickly become one of 24/7 Comedy's most important markets is because the staff at 103.1 love and understand it. Kage noted that the dozens of other DJs at Lincoln Financial Media's office — which also houses country's 98.5 KYGO FM, 104.3 FM The Fan and others — frequently volunteer to help with 103.1's interviews and promos.

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Are any radio stations independant?

I used to live in denver, and I know there aren't any independents left in colorado. I think the case is the same in the bay area, and across the country. If you're ever in the denver area, listen to KBCO. It sounds a little too much like KFOG in San Fransisco. Both are owned by clear channel. Corporations own everything. All of the music stations on sirius are owned and operated by sirius. It's not local, its owned by a corporation and the announcers sound a little too clinical. I'll trade locality, personality and $13/mo for a station that plays alot of songs that I enjoy with few repeats and no commercials

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