Kovach talk-show expands
nationally (51 stations) to become
RBN's weekday-morning opener

(News Release 08-02)

Tom Kovach
Tom's talk-radio program is The US Phone Force.

Tom Kovach lives near Nashville, is a former USAF Blue Beret, and has written for several online publications. In 2006, he published his first book. Tom is an inventor, a horse wrangler, a certified paralegal, and a network talk-show host. He has also run for Congress. To learn more, visit: www.TomKovach.us.

Thursday, 13 Mar 2008

RBN News Release

NASHVILLE, TN

For the past two months, author and activist Tom Kovach [rhymes with "watch"] has hosted a talk-radio show on Sunday mornings. That show has now been selected to become the weekday morning opener on the Republic Broadcasting Network. The new schedule starts next Monday, the 17th, at 7am Central Time. During recent weeks, RBN has tripled its number of affiliate stations, and the network continues to grow. "The US Phone Force" will now be heard on 51 stations nationwide.

The program is called "The US Phone Force", because the host served as a Blue Beret in the US Air Force. Tom Kovach has written investigative columns for the past five years. His work has been published by prestigious online organizations, including WorldNetDaily, Renew America, and Military.com. WorldNetDaily is the third-largest Internet news site in the world. Military.com is a premier online provider of information to the American military community.

Republic Broadcasting Network is headquartered in central Texas, and has affiliate stations nationwide. In addition to dozens of conventional broadcast stations, RBN also uses fixed-receiver (dish) satellite radio, microbroadcasting, live Internet streaming, and online archives. The network is negotiating expansion into mobile-receiver satellite radio, and also plans to return to simulcasting on high-power shortwave. Once those negotitions are complete, RBN programs will reach everywhere on Earth. One target market is long-haul truckers, who increasingly listen to talk radio via satellite to help them stay alert.

The US Phone Force uses the "been there, done that" background of the host, along with military sound effects, to provide a unique atmosphere for listeners. During his career, Kovach led two counter-terrorist teams (one Stateside, one overseas), served on a presidential protection detail, and managed a high-security program. Kovach was severely injured in a high-speed parachute malfunction, but managed to return to active duty. His 16-year USAF career was suddenly "downsized" in the wake of Operation Desert Storm, after Kovach blew the whistle on an environmental dumping incident that involved the base commander. A crew from the base had pumped thousands of gallons of chemically contamiated wastewater off-base. That water flowed into a reservoir, which was part of the drinking supply for the city of Newburgh, New York. A year later, a TV-news helicopter from New York City filmed a foot-thick layer of brown foam that still remained on that reservoir.

In the wake of his military career, Kovach has served as a deputy sheriff, was in security for a defense contractor, and later became a certified paralegal. After the job market for paralegals imploded in the wake of the "9-11" attacks, Kovach worked for awhile as a wrangler on two horse ranches. He worked for two years as a Sign Language interpreter, and also speaks Korean and portions of other languages. He credits his storytelling abilities to his late grandmother, who immigrated in 1907 from a village on the border between Slovakia and Ukraine.

"Oddly enough," says the host, "I was not blessed with a 'real radio-announcer voice'. But, once we get into the content, people don't seem to care. Content is what matters." Kovach called his first talk-radio program at the age of six, and has enjoyed listening and calling ever since. By the age of eight, he decided that he wanted to be a soldier when he grew up, then write, and then host a talk show. Along the way, he has also run for Congress, published a book, and became director of operations for the National Veterans Coalition (an outreach of the Constitution Party). Tom Kovach lives out his American dream, and can now share it with a nationwide audience.

In the world of radio, Kovach worked part-time in 1993 as a news stringer for a regional Christian network in Upstate New York. Later that year, he hosted a talk show on the campus station of the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 1976, he briefly hosted a music program (as a volunteer, in addition to his regular duties) on an Armed Forces Radio station at a remote Air Force base. In 2007, he launched The US Phone Force as a Webcast, and was later picked up by his current network. Kovach also wrote the first theme song for the G. Gordon Liddy talk show. The spoof song is called "The Ballad of the Liddy Brigade", to the melody of "The Ballad of the Green Berets". Over the years, Tom became a recognized call-in voice on the programs of John Leslie, Tony Russell, Gordon Liddy, Rush Limbaugh, and Phil Valentine. Having previously earned the title of "professional-grade talk-show caller", he has now earned his own network program.

Some days, the program will feature highly-qualified guests to discuss specific topics. Other days will be designated as "free-fire zones", where any topic is fair game. "My two favorite topics are politics and religion," Kovach explains, "so be prepared. Don't bring a knife to a gunfight." The live streaming can be accessed via the hosts Web site at: www.TomKovach.US.

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