Mike Newcomb, a long time fixture in Phoenix talk radio and most recently a principal in Nova M Radio, the company that brought liberal talk radio back to the Valley of the Sun, is off the network and his role with Nova M appears to be over.
In a press release issued today by Nova M CEO Anita Drobny two programming changes were announced at KPHX, Nova M’s flagship station in Phoenix. Stephanie Miller takes over Dr. Mike’s slot, broadcasting from 7 am to 10 am mst and Jeff Farias will host a daily show from 4 pm to 6 pm mst.
Also added to the Nova M schedule is John Loftus, who signed on with liberal talk network several months. Loftus' show will run from 6 pm to 7 pm mst. Loftus, a former Justice Department prosecutor, once held some of the highest security clearances in the world, with special access to NATO Cosmic, CIA codeword, and Top Secret Nuclear files. Loftus' show will start on February 26, and Farias' show will debut on March 5.
Peter B. Collins, who currently occupies the 8 pm to 11 pm mst slot will be moved to a late position -- probably after the Mike Malloy Show, which is carried from 11 pm to 2 am mst.
Dr. Mike has hosted a talk show in the Phoenix market for several years. His show was originally carried on KFNX, however he moved over to Air America Radio affiliate KXXT in April, 2005.
When that station was sold to a Christian broadcater in January, 2006 Newcomb and liberal talk was temporarly out of the Phoenix market. However, by way of a on-line fund raising campaign, lib talk, Dr. Mike and AAR reappeared latter in the year on KPHX. Soon after, Dr. Mike teamed up with Drobny's to form Nova M.
Newcomb, who is a medical doctor specializing in caring for the elderly and impoverished, also ran for Governor of Arizona as a Democrat in 2002.
Farias, who is the director of programming and production at KPHX and was the producer of Dr. Mike’s daily show, has hosted a weekend show called "Truth to Power." It was not clear from the Nova M press release whether he will continue doing that show.
Farias’ show, which will be offered for syndication by Nova M will compete during the early early evening time slot against AAR’s Rachel Maddow Show. Drobny pointed out that Farias will be "one of the few progressive liberal talk show hosts in this time slot nationally to be focused on the listener call-in format." Maddow, who does a news commentary show, usually does not take calls.
The press release did not say mention why Newcomb was dropped by Nova M or whether he will continue to have a roll in the new liberal talk network.
Nova M is attempting to build a national progressive talk radio network It is a partnership between Sheldon and Anita Drobny, the founders of Air America Radio Network, Joe Trippi, ex-campaign manager to Howard Dean, and John Zogby, the president and ceo of Zogby International.
Nova M has had some success syndicating the Mike Malloy Show. The show, which is offered in Malloy’s usual late night time slot -- 10 pm to 1 am et, is currently carried on ten stations. Dr. Mike’s show had limited success in the syndication market.
The Nova M press release also confirmed that Malloy will soon be carried on XM Satellite Radio. His show is already offered on Sirius.