Zona Politics on the radio (not TV)



    Sundays, 5 to 5:30 p.m. on KXCI Community Radio, 91.3 on the FM dial.

    “Zona Politics is a half-hour public-affairs show where guests from across the political spectrum tackle the issues behind the week’s headlines.

    You can expect a lively, sometime contentious but always respectful conversation among political insiders, journalists and elected officials that strives to not only help viewers catch up on the big stories of the week, but also understand the political currents that drive those stories.

    Host Jim Nintzel has covered politics for the Tucson Weekly and Arizona Public Media for two decades.

    The Arizona Newspaper Association named him a 2014 Journalist of the Year and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia honored his long-running Tucson Weekly column, The Skinny, as the best alt-weekly political column in the country. He also serves as a Southern Arizona correspondent for Phoenix PBS affiliate KAET-8 and teaches government reporting at the UA School of Journalism.”

    Carolyn’s note:  Zona Politics was on the TV for almost 2 years, and has now found a new home on the radio at KXCI. Jim Nintzel started off this new format by interviewing on Sunday Oct. 16:

    “Zona Politics is back with a new radio show this afternoon on KXCI Community Radio, 91.3 FM. Tune in at 5 p.m. to hear one-on-one interviews with DemocratTom O’Halleran, the former state lawmaker who is running against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in Arizona’s First Congressional District, and Democrat Brian Bickel, who hopes to unseat Republican Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Today’s show – Jim discusses the upcoming general election 2016, with Republican lobbyist Jonathan Paton (former State legislator) and Democrat stategist Rodd MeLeod, both of Phoenix. They discussed the U.S.Senate race (Senator John McCain vs. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick), the Corporation Commission (five candidates for 3 seats), and CD 1 House race (Tom O’Halleran vs. Sheriff Paul Babeu).


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