Ex-Governor David Paterson Debuts on AM Radio

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} 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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