Doug McIntyre

Douglas John "Doug" McIntyre (born November 11, 1957) was the host of McIntyre In The Morning on KABC 790 Los Angeles. He retired after 22 years in broadcasting on December 14, 2018. McIntyre is a long-time columnist for the Southern California News Group which includes the Los Angeles Daily News.[1]

Doug McIntyre
A photo of Doug McIntyre in 2016
McIntyre in 2016
Douglas John McIntyre

(1957-11-11) November 11, 1957 (age 62)
OccupationRadio Show Host, Radio and Television Producer, Writer, Columnist
Spouse(s)Penny Peyser (2002–present)

Known for his active involvement in local politics and his passion for jazz and the Great American Songbook, McIntyre's background includes work as television writer-producer with credits including Married... with Children, WKRP in Cincinnati, Full House, Mike Hammer, and the critically acclaimed PBS series, Liberty's Kids, which earned McIntyre a Humanitas Prize nomination. With his wife, actress Penny Peyser, McIntyre wrote, produced, and directed the feature-length documentary film, Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon, released in 2008. Doug is executive producer of Penny Peyser's 2016 feature documentary, Stillpoint.

McIntyre is a frequent master of ceremonies, having performed on stage with icons Robert Redford, Betty White, Ron Howard, John Cleese, and Steve Martin as part of the California Distinguished Speakers Series. He also hosted Tony Bennett in conversation at the Landmark Theater in West Los Angeles and was master of ceremonies for the 50th and 51st Cinema Audio Society Awards at the Biltmore Hotel, as well as a three-time host of the annual Los Angeles Political Roast.



After four years hosting KABC's overnight show Red Eye Radio, McIntyre inherited the morning drive position when veteran host Ken Minyard retired in October 2004. On September 24, 2009, McIntyre announced that he was leaving effective the end of the day's broadcast.[2]

Beginning May 8, 2011, he hosted Doug McIntyre's Red Eye Radio which was broadcast on flagship station 770 WABC in New York, as well as 100 other stations across the country. On December 9, 2011, it was announced that he would be returning to KABC, Los Angeles, to host a new morning drive show, Mcintyre In The Morning, effective January 3, 2012.[3] McIntyre was teamed with former KFI afternoon news anchor Terri-Rae Elmer. Elmer exited the program in December 2016. McIntyre was joined by Leeann Tweeden in February 2017. In November of that year, McIntyre and Tweeden broke the Senator Al Franken story that resulted, ultimately, in Franken's resignation from the United States Senate. In December 2018, McIntyre announced that he would be leaving KABC. His final program was December 14.[4]

On July 22, 2019, The New Yorker published Jane Mayer's investigative article, "The Case of Al Franken - A close look at the accusations against the former senator".[5] The Tweeden section was based on study of online images, videos and articles, but added extensive interviews with people on 2006 tour and others with Franken, such as two actresses who had performed the same skits in earlier years. Mayer dissected Tweeden's claims. Tweeden refused to talk to her, but McIntyre and KABC news director Nathan Baker did:

McIntyre and Baker confirmed to me that nobody fact-checked Tweeden’s account. They evidently didn’t ask for the names of the people on the U.S.O. tour whom Tweeden said she had confided in at the time; in fact, they made no effort to reach anyone who’d been on the trip. They didn’t check the date of the photograph, or look at online videos showing other actresses performing the same role on earlier tours. They didn’t realize that although Tweeden claimed she never let Franken get near her face after the first rehearsal, there were numerous images of her performing the kiss scene with Franken afterward. Nor did they review the script or the photographs showing Tweeden laughing onstage as Franken struck the same “breast exam” pose.

Terry Gross interviewed Mayer July 25, 2019 on NPR's Fresh Air.[6] The interview played relevant audio excerpts, including 2004 interview with Franken describing kissing skit with Karri Turner. Mayer reiterated "Both of them said they did no fact-checking."[citation needed] McIntyre spent two hours talking with Jane Mayer and an additional hour with New Yorker fact checkers. After the article was published he sent a long private letter to Ms. Mayer objecting the many factual errors in her piece, including the description of "secret after hours meetings behind closed doors" which took place in the program director's office at 10 A.M., during regular business hours. Ms. Mayer never responded.


McIntyre is a frequent television guest. He has appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. McIntyre appeared on The History Channel, as well as Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes.[citation needed] He hosted his own segment on CNBC’s The Dennis Miller Show. McIntyre also wrote at least two episodes of The New WKRP in Cincinnati.[citation needed]


Doug writes a weekly column for the Los Angeles Daily News, which appears every Sunday. He has also written for The Los Angeles Times, as well as The Daily Beast, American History Illustrated, and LA Jazz Scene. An amateur historian, McIntyre is an expert on the Wright brothers.


McIntyre and his wife, retired actress Penny Peyser, wrote, produced, and directed Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008), a feature-length documentary film of Jack Sheldon. It won Jury Prizes at the Newport Beach Film Festival and at the Kansas City Film Makers Jubilee, and won Audience Prizes at Newport Beach and the Indianapolis International Film Festival. It also won an audience prize at the prestigious Nashville International Film Festival.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Doug McIntyre grew up in Great Neck, New York and is a graduate of Stonehill College. He is the stepfather of two sons, by wife Peyser, one of whom was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Doug McIntyre won the Best Columnist award in 2011 from the California Association of Newspaper Publishers for his work in the Los Angeles Daily News. He was also awarded Outstanding Alumnus by his alma mater, Stonehill College, in 2010.[7] For the PBS series Liberty’s Kids, Doug earned a Humanitas Prize nomination for excellence in television writing. McIntyre has also been ranked one of the Top 40 radio hosts in the nation by the radio industry journal, Talkers Magazine. Year after year, McIntyre has been selected by his peers as one of the “most popular” and “most admired hosts” in the annual poll.


  1. ^ Daily News as well as the Orange County Register, Long Beach Press Telegram, San Bernardino Sun, Pasadena Star News, Whitter Daily News, Riverside Press-Enterprize, Redlands Daily Facts, and the San Gabriel Valley News. He also writes feature columns for "The Daily Beast"
  2. ^ Mcintyre in the Morning radio broadcast, 8 am, September 24, 2009
  3. ^ "Doug McIntyre Returns To KABC Mornings". All Access Music Group. December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
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  5. ^ "The Case of Al Franken - A close look at the accusations against the former senator". The New Yorker. July 22, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Journalist Jane Mayer On The 'Many Mysteries' In The Accusations Against Al Franken". NPR. July 25, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Radio Talk Show Star Doug McIntyre '79 Named Outstanding Alumnus". Stonehill College. March 29, 2010. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010.

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