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Rod Blagojevich again given radio platform -- to host WLS morning show

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If you were wondering how former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has kept quiet this long, wonder no more.
The soon-to-be retried Blagojevich is again allowed a platform to speak on WLS 890-AM. He'll host the show tomorrow from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
A move by the radio station that gave Blagojevich a regular show following his 2008 arrest met with some controversy. The station stripped Blagojevich of the show as his 2010 trial was underway.
On Wednesday morning, he'll just work as a fill-in for the regular "Don and Roma" show.
"The time is right, given the events in the city, the state, and the region," Michael Damsky, president and general manager of WLS-AM said in a release. "Rod Blagojevich is an undeniably Chicago character who gets people talking."
Aside from a recent stint on "The Daily Show," and an occasional speaking engagement, Blagojevich has been mum leading up to an April 20 retrial on 20 counts. That is, compared to his media deluge before his first trial.

Here's the WLS promo:
"Good *bleep*ing morning Chicago: Blago to fill-in on WLS
Cue the delay button. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will take a seat behind the WLS-AM microphone, this time as a host, subbing for vacationing Don Wade and Roma....Read More

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He's going to jail. For a very, very long time. He'll be away from his children and loved ones for years and years. His ambition has lost him his life-long friendships and will soon cost him his family. I pity him, and wish him well. His daughters did nothing to deserve the loss of their father for the best parts of their lives, and they deserve our compassion.

and people wonder what is wrong with radio today

Count me among WLS's former listeners.

RATHER LISTEN TO HIM THEN RODANT CONN,AND HIS LOVER DICK ROEPER

BOO on WLS

If he talks as much as he promised to talk at his last trial, it will be dead air. Which I think I would actually prefer. This show will be a good chance to talk about mental illness and how it destroys lives including those not afflicted, in this case, his family and the taxpayers of Illinois.

If he talks as much as he promised to talk at his last trial, it will be dead air. Which I think I would actually prefer. This show will be a good chance to talk about mental illness and how it destroys lives including those not afflicted, in this case, his family and the taxpayers of Illinois.

RADIO BLAGO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy5V6co3KSA

Do you think they'll let me play all the tapes in prison?
Do you think they'll try to trim my jet-black hair?
I'm gonna tell my tale, and the world will finally listen
When the warden puts my talk show on the air

Well, they took me from the people
On a cold December day
In handcuffs and my running shoes
I was quickly hauled away

And then like Gandhi and Mandela
I was thrown into a cell
Just a champion of the working man
From the humble House of Mell

Do you think they'll let me play all the tapes in prison?
Do you think they'll try to trim my jet-black hair?
I'm gonna tell my tale, and the world will finally listen
When the warden puts my talk show on the air

Then I made the rounds on TV
Just to let the people know
That the man they'd twice elected
Was as pure as driven snow

And I even got to talkin'
With the women from The View
About that "golden" conversation
That started this whole to-do

(Instrumental Break)

So now I'm off to prison
But the truth will set me free
And I'll preach it every evening
On WROD

You see, the warden wants to hear me
On the prison radio
As the late-night voice from Cellblock Three
In state-run stereo

Do you think they'll let me play all the tapes in prison?
Do you think they'll try to trim my jet-black hair?
I'm gonna tell my tale, and the world will finally listen
When the warden puts my talk show on the air

This is the worst decision WLS has made since they fired Dick Biondi. I'm switching to WGN.

LOVE LOVE WLS! Smart move, Michael Damsky!

I've totally lost what little respect I had for WLS. Boycott this low-life station and their new low-life morning host.

Well the man needs a job. But -- you wonder what Rod has on the station manager to cause them to hire him as a fill in. I remember Jim Lasky, another politician, had a radio show on WGN, and kept wondering, what kind of info does he have on the station manager to make them hire him. And he wasn't good either.

So you figure Rod and the station manager are good friends; or Rod has a superior management team.

Right now, I feel sorry for the guy.

WLS has accomplished what no other radio broadcaster in the City has been able to accomplish to date. They have succeeded in reaching a new depth of low in broadcast radio.

This totally down-grades the credibility of a serious Talk/News Radio format.
Too Sad.

you're right, they brought back eddie and jobo

I'll be amazed if he's able to get up this early. I really hope some news crew is at WLS to catch him arriving and see whether he's characteristically coiffed for his radio appearance. Unless, of course, they provide him with the apparatus to broadcast from home somehow.
Like so many reality TV characters (Real Housewives, Kardashians, etc.), I despise this guy, but I can't stop paying attention to him.

Thank god I have satillite radio! I wouldn't waste my time on this clown. I think WLS have lost their minds and moral code!

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