Ex-Governor David Paterson Debuts on AM Radio

By Chris Glorioso
|  Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011  |  Updated 10:59 AM EDT
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Former New York Gov. David Paterson hit the airwaves with a new radio show.His first guest: Eliot Spitzer. Chris Glorioso reports on the conversation between the two ex-governors.

Chris Glorioso

Former New York Gov. David Paterson hit the airwaves with a new radio show.His first guest: Eliot Spitzer. Chris Glorioso reports on the conversation between the two ex-governors.

Less than a year ago, David Paterson was trying to cajole a stubborn state legislature into dealing with New York’s budgetary crisis. Now the former governor is settling into a new seat -- the one right behind a microphone.

“This is David Paterson, welcoming you to the David Paterson Show,” said the ex-politician, opening his inaugural radio program on WOR AM (710).

After a few jokes about the sad state of the New York Mets, his favorite baseball team, Paterson launched into a segment about the nation’s sluggish economic recovery. He welcomed his old boss Eliot Spitzer as his first interview guest.

“I finally got a job you didn’t have to give me!” Paterson quipped.

“Well there are a lot of things that I could say, but I won’t because we’re on live radio,” Spitzer said.

Paterson says his program will be an alternative to the loud and sometimes polarizing chatter from far-left and far-right radio talk show hosts. 

“Yelling and screaming at people, bashing the same people over and over again," Paterson said. "I think there was a time when the American public saw that as a luxury and they could watch it almost the same way you watch sitcoms.” 

The ex-governor, a Democrat, also promised his program would be a welcome place for diverse political viewpoints. 

“I have got a lot of friends that I worked with in government who have deep conservative points of view.  I’d even like to hear from the Tea Party -- I’d welcome them on the show,” he said.

The David Paterson Show will air daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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