WLS ra­dio shuts off Blago’s mike

Weekly show off the air dur­ing trial

Chicago Sun-Times - - News -

A Chicago ra­dio sta­tion is pulling the plug on for­mer Gov. Rod Blago­je­vich — at least for now.

Of­fi­cials with WLS-AM (890) say they’re putting Blago­je­vich’s weekly Sun­day af­ter­noon ra­dio show on hia­tus un­til af­ter the his fed­eral cor­rup­tion trial.

WLS says it’s mak­ing the move out of re­spect for the le­gal process, and it will re-eval­u­ate the show’s sta­tus af­ter the trial.

The ra­dio sta­tion an­nounced the hia­tus Wed­nes­day dur­ing Blago­je­vich’s ap­pear­ance on the “Don Wade and Roma Morn­ing Show.” Blago­je­vich says he’ll miss do­ing the show and the lis­ten­ers who call in each week.

Putting a pos­i­tive spin on the news, Blago­je­vich’s pub­li­cist sent out a news re­lease head­lined “Rod Blago­je­vich Named ‘Con­trib­u­tor’ on WLS-AM Ra­dio; Gover­nor's Weekly Talk Show Put on Hia­tus.”

“I thank WLS for hir­ing me and con­tin­u­ing to give me a voice even with this cloud over my head,” the for­mer gover­nor said in the re­lease. “That takes guts. I am look­ing for­ward to clear­ing my name and for the truth to come out.”

Blago­je­vich pleaded not guilty to schem­ing to sell or trade Pres­i­dent Obama’s for­mer Se­nate seat and other charges. Blago­je­vich said he plans on re­turn­ing to the air­waves.

“I thank all those who lis­tened and es­pe­cially the reg­u­lar callers,” he said in the re­lease. “I look for­ward to com­ing back to the show when the trial is over and I am vindi­cated, per­haps in an even bet­ter time slot.” AP

JOHN H. WHITE~SUN-TIMES

Then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel (left) lis­tens to then-Gov. Rod Blago­je­vich in 2004.

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