Ex-Governor David Paterson Debuts on AM Radio - NBC New York

Ex-Governor David Paterson Debuts on AM Radio



    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. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011)

    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.