Thursday, September 1, 2011

He'll Talk, But Not Sports

In a press release titled, "David Paterson Elected New PM-Drive Host," New York talk-radio station WOR announced today that David A. Paterson, former governor of New York, will host a weekday program, 4:00-6:00 pm.  It is an odd headline, since Paterson was never elected governor, only assuming the position after Elliot "Client-9" Spitzer resigned.

“During his frequent stints as a fill-in host on WOR, Governor David Paterson proved to be a favorite with our listeners throughout the tri-state area,” said Jerry Crowley, vice president and general manager of WOR, known as "News Talk Radio 710."

This development at least temporarily lays to rest [my] conjecture that the former governor would become a host at New York sports talk radio station WFAN.

Paterson auditioned at WFAN in March. Prior to that, he co-hosted a show there with Mike Francesa and phoned in to various shows as "Dave from Harlem," resulting in a lengthy interview by Tony Paige.

The press release states, "Governor Paterson left behind a legacy in Albany of sound fiscal management and a strong focus on job creation while protecting the state’s most vulnerable during one of the most difficult economic periods in our nation’s history."

Not surprisingly, no mention was made of how Paterson and associates acted after one of his top aides was involved in an allegedly physical domestic dispute, which an investigation called non-criminal errors of judgement. Also unmentioned was the $62,125 civil penalty the former governor paid for receiving five complimentary tickets to Game One of the 2009 World Series.

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