WLS radio shuts off Blago’s mike
Weekly show off the air during trial
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
Then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel (left) listens to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2004.