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Frequency 1480 AM (kHz)
City Phoenix, AZ
Owner Continental Broadcasting;
operated by Nova M Radio
Power 5,000 watts (day); 500 watts (night)
Airdate late 1950s
Format launch March, 2006
Format dropped
Sister stations
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KPHX (1480AM) is a radio station in Phoenix, Arizona. Its current format is liberal/progressive talk, with a majority of its broadcast lineup coming from Air America Radio. Continental Broadcasting holds the license, while Nova M Radio operates the station under a local marketing agreement. Nova M is owned by Air America founders Sheldon and Anita Drobny.


The station at 1480 AM signed on the air in the late 1950s as a daytime-only country station called KHAT. This format stayed in place until the early 1970s when it went all-news as KPHX, which only lasted about a year. Around 1974, KPHX became a Spanish language station, and remained one for approximately 30 years. By 1982, KPHX had started operating at night.

Starting in 2004, KPHX aired a syndicated all-comedy format which remained for nearly two years. KPHX flipped to an adult standards format in 2006, with the Music of Your Life network. In late March 2006, Continental entered into an agreement with Nova M Radio, bringing the Air America Radio progressive talk programming formerly carried by KXXT (1010 AM) with them. On October 18 of the same year, following the Chapter 11 filing of Air America, Nova M announced that it would form its own radio network featuring personalities including Mike Newcomb, Mike Malloy and John Zogby.

Newcomb left the station in the spring of 2007. KPHX serves as the flagship of Nova M's new network.

1480 KPHX is now running "Martini in the Morning" a music format that plays the lounge sound, Rat Pack Music. (updated 10 June 2009)

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