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.