True Believer

Liberal talk radio host Mike Newcomb finds fertile ground in Arizona

The format for the show is simple and caller-driven. Newcomb spends a few hours the night before surfing the Internet for pertinent news stories, which he dutifully prints out and highlights, and uses as notes for his opening monologue.

"The show is thriving," says Battaglia. "It's not only surviving, it's expanding." Newcomb says he's looking into syndication, and the show will grow to two hours on September 15, moving from its 8 to 9 a.m. time slot to evening drive time from 5 to 7 p.m.

To help ease the burden of a two-hour show, Newcomb will hold a meeting Thursday, September 11, to recruit listeners interested in volunteering, whether it be researching, booking guests, or selling advertising. (The meeting is at La Madeleine, 31st Street and Camelback.) As one listener put it: "This isn't just a show, it's a movement."

Doctor mike: Talk radio's Mike Newcomb
Emily Piraino
Doctor mike: Talk radio's Mike Newcomb

Newcomb is pleased with listener response and has talked of eventually adding a third hour. "The bottom line is this is a successful liberal talk show in the land of Barry Goldwater," Newcomb says. "If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere."

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