Air America co-founders to start Nova M Radio


Following Air America Radio's announcement that it had filed for bankruptcy protection after two years comes the surprising news that the liberal network's co-founders, Anita and Sheldon Drobny are starting up a new left-leaning radio network, Nova M Radio, the company announced Tuesday. The Drobnys and partner Mike Newcomb, who is the CEO and chairman of the new network, intend to "lease and/or purchase, own and operate radio stations across America."

"We will continue to build upon the foundation laid by our predecessors and will work tirelessly to fulfill our fiduciary responsibilities to our investors," said Newcomb. "Equally important, we will with the millions of faithful progressive listeners uphold our vision to promote freedom, social justice, economic justice and peace worldwide."

Based in Phoenix, the new network will debut Oct. 30 on KPHX-AM in Phoenix, a former Air America station that went dark in March under new ownership. The network has also entered into a lease management agreement with KDXE-AM in Little Rock, Ark.

"We're back and here it is: The Nova M Radio network," said Mike Malloy, a former Air America host who will host "The Mike Malloy Show" from 9 p.m.-midnight ET. "Another crack in the wall of right-wing drivel that saturates the airwaves. Join me nightly, truth-seekers and goodbye Air America -- hello Nova M!"

Also airing on the network will be Newcomb (a former gubernatorial candidate and physician) from 9 a.m.-noon ET and Peter Collins, a San Francisco talk personality, who will air 6-9 p.m. ET. Also joining Nova M is pollster John Zogby, president and CEO of Zogby International, who will also host a show on the network called "The Pulse of the Nation."

Joe Trippi, best known as the brains behind Howard Dean's 2004 Web site which raised more than $40 million, will serve as media and communication consultant to the network.