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For the airport in Phoenix, Arizona, assigned ICAO code KPHX, see Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Kphx 2009 logo.jpg
Broadcast area Phoenix, Arizona
Branding 1480 KPHX
Slogan "The Valley's Progressive Talk"
Frequency 1480 kHz
First air date late 1950s (as KHAT)
Format Progressive/Sports Talk
Power 5,000 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 13790
Callsign meaning K PHoeniX
Owner Continental Broadcasting Corp. of Arizona, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live

KPHX (1480 AM) is a radio station that broadcasts in Phoenix, Arizona. During the day, it runs a directional 5,000 watts and 500 watts directional at night. The station currently broadcasts Progressive Talk as well as select sports talk shows from CBS Sports Radio.


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.

Progressive talk format[edit]

After KXXT (1010 kHz AM), the Phoenix affiliate of Air America Radio since the fall of 2004, was sold to a station group known as Communicom in January 2006, and as a result changed to a Christian radio format by March 2006, the progressive format disappeared from the Phoenix radio airwaves. In late March 2006, the owners of KPHX entered into a local marketing agreement with Sheldon Drobny's Nova M Radio thus bringing the Air America progressive/liberal talk format to KPHX.

1480 KPHX Nova M logo used from 2007 - January 1, 2009

The Lounge Sound[edit]

1480 KPHX The Lounge Sound logo used from January 1, 2009 - July 6, 2009

On January 1, 2009, KPHX switched to an Adult standards format as "The Lounge Sound". Brad Chambers, the man behind KPHX's new format, succeeded in getting the format back on the air after being "exiled" from the Fabulous 690 in Los Angeles for more than 2 years. Chambers, who had the morning show, "Martini In The Morning," continued The Lounge Sound format on the internet from his studios in Studio City, California

Return to Progressive Talk[edit]

On July 6, 2009, KPHX discontinued the Lounge Sound and switched back to the progressive talk format. Mike Newcomb is hosting an afternoon drive program; the nationally broadcast programs of Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, Mike Malloy and Ed Schultz have also returned to the KPHX lineup.[1]

KPHX also began carrying the Alan Colmes show, and also the independently syndicated news program Democracy Now! (heard mainly on Pacifica Radio stations among others) on a tape delay basis.

Addition of CBS Sports Radio[edit]

In the fall of 2014, KPHX added selected weekday/weeknight programming from the recently established CBS Sports Radio network. The Jim Rome Show, The Doug Gottlieb Show and the Damon Amendolara overnight show are on the schedule. The full CBS Sports Radio lineup can be heard on an HD2 subchannel of CBS Radio-owned KZON 101.5.

Some locally produced sports talk programming has been on the station on weekends since 2012.


  1. ^ "[1]". Phoenix - Feathered Bastard - Randi Rhodes Returns to Phoenix Airwaves as 1480 AM Reverts Back to Progressive Radio

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Coordinates: 33°24′02″N 112°06′28″W / 33.40056°N 112.10778°W / 33.40056; -112.10778