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Nova M Meltdown? Randi Rhodes Disappears, and a Note for Friends of Desert Politics

PCP. Peyote. Embalming fluid. Nicaraguan horse dung. See, I'm trying to figure out what the hell's in the water cooler over at Nova M, as owners Anita Drobny and hubby Sheldon point the nose of the plane toward the ground and up the speed. Believe me, I say this as a pal of the station, but Nova M seems to be peeling away any reason I have to listen to the damn thing.

The meltdown's been going on since before Nova M's move down the dial from 1480 AM to 1190 AM, with many of the staff either walking or being let go, including local talent Jeff Farias, who currently does his own live, online streaming video show at thejefffariasshow.com. All Nova M's got left locally during the week is the execrable Mike Newcomb, who could give a bucket of Sherwin Williams a run for its money, excitement-wise. 

Now Randi Rhodes has taken leave of the place. Randi Rhodes!? Christ, she's one of the very few real draws that the station has. Genuinely funny and sharp, with a fan base that could rival that of the Oakland Raiders in loyalty, it seems they've let her go or pissed her off to the point she's washed her hands of the losers. Check this message on the Nova M site from airwave dragon-lady Anita Drobny:

To all of Randi's listeners;

You are all correct - I have not had the option to disclose what has been happening between Randi and Nova M...

You see, it's in her contract that she has total control, but, after Wednesday night, I want you all to know that Nova M has done everything we can to get her back on the air.

All this is her choice; if she wants to tell you all what the issue is, then I hope she does, but I can't according to her contract rules.

But I can tell you this I have wanted her back on the air. She's an amazing talent and needs to be heard.

Thank you all for all of your support.

Randi now has to make her decisions as to what she must do with her career...

Anita Drobny

Is that the most unprofessional, condescending note you've ever read, or what? I've got some news for Mrs. Drobny. If your primary selling point nationally is left-wing gasbag Mike Molloy, who could give Brother Theodore lessons in lunacy (if Theo was still with us, God rest his nutty soul), you might as well sell the station and buy a Jack in the Box franchise.

Today I learn that the tres left-wing show Desert Politics, hosted by PHX Democratic stalwart Todd Landfried has been replaced, hopefully briefly, by a vitamin pay-per-hour infomercial?

I called Landfried up, and he confirmed the rumor that he won't be on today at 1 p.m., as normal. But he says he hopes to be back on next week in a different time slot. Landfried's show is very popular with Valley liberals, so let's hope Nova M doesn't eff him over. Landfried didn't seem to be at odds with the station or anything, but this latest move by Nova M is very disturbing considering recent history.

I'm beginning to buy that whole argument by the Republinuts that left-wing talk radio is doomed to failure. If Nova M becomes the repository of hour long commercials about the health benefits of enemas and phony investment shows, along with various assorted hacks during the week, what's the point? Holy Swiss cheese, Batman, can't my fellow pinkos get their friggin' act together?

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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