April 11 2006 12:00 AM
Tony Richards/City Pulse

The new show doesn't have a name yet, but for now it could be called “Tim Lite.”

“I'll have about 15 minutes an hour to talk,” Barron said about his four-hour weekday show, compared to “as much as I wanted” on “The Tim and Deb Show.”

Barron, known for his neo-conservative, libertarian views laced with anti-liberal outrage, could take 15 minutes just to get warmed up on his old show.

His sense of humor and generous support of local causes, though, drew him an audience that crossed political lines.

{mosimage}“The Tim and Deb Show” ended in August 2005 when Citadel Broadcasting fired him. Despite still-strong ratings after a 15-year run, advertising revenues were sluggish. Barron, who commanded a hefty salary , was let go.

Co-host Deb Hart is still on the air in the same time slot on WMMQ in a show starring Rich Michaels. Barron's new show will be sans co-host, “but I'll have a producer and news reader to talk to.”

The old show featured golden oldies — indeed, WMMQ was a national pioneer of the format. The new show will offer an “eclectic blend of '70, '80s, '90s and today — where else can you hear Stevie Nicks (playing) into Devo?” Barron said.

“There's pressure, of course, to make it like the old show, but it can't be the old show because I'm not the old Tim Barron.”

The new Tim Barron sounds like a populist, albeit an upper-middle-class one.

“I'm humbler and more realistic about the plight of the average person going through what I think is an economic problem facing anyone working for a corporation,” he said.

“An uncorporate Republican?” he said when asked if that description fit him. “I can wear that.”

Citing the experiences of friends who lost their jobs recently in banking, the airline industry and the mortgage field, he said, “It seems like the almighty dollar and the almighty stockbroker have a disproportionate influence on industries that did very well when simply left alone.”

While he was off the air, Barron, 46, busied himself running his ad agency. Fans occasionally heard him doing voiceovers for radio and TV ads.

He heard from many fans wanting to know what had happened to him — as often happens in radio, he just disappeared — and pledging never to listen to WMMQ again.

“I received more than 7,000 e-mails,” Barron says, “and I answered each and every one.”

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