Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Audition for Real

Former New York State Governor David A. Paterson was a guest host on the New York sports talk radio station WFAN last night.  Station officials told the Associated Press his three-hours in front of the mic were "effectively a tryout for a more regular job."  Paterson previously co-hosted a show with Mike Francesa, which some people speculated was an audition.  The former elected official had also phoned in to various shows as "Dave from Harlem."  He publically revealed that persona on a show hosted by Tony Paige.

The 10:00 pm show generated almost no press beyond a story on newyork.cbslocal.com, a website for stations with the same corporate parent as WFAN.  Two of the comments posted there were positive.  However, Dominick Mezzapesa wrote, "Very monotone, could not get into the 20/20 smoothly, the whole show was choppy. As a co-host he did great, as the only host he is not ready for prime time[.]"  Mezzapesa elaborated on these points on 66wfan.net, a blog not affiliated with the radio station.  Podcasts are available of Paterson's interviews with former Knick and current analyst Len Elmore, and Mets pitcher Chris Young, if anyone wants to listen and form their own opinion.

This is starting to feel like a morbid fascination but having written four previous posts about Paterson, what the heck is one more?  "Paterson will also be lecturing at NYU this semester and will teach his own classes there starting next school year," according to NY1.

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