Two Chicago radio stations this week offered embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich jobs on the radio. Or did they?
WGN-AM, Tribune’s News/Talk station issued a press release Friday (Jan. 23) offering Blagojevich and his wife Patti, the daily 1 to 4 p.m. weekday slot recently vacated by John Williams, who now hosts mornings.
The WGN public offer follows the one made earlier this week by WLS-AM, Citadel Broadcasting’s News/Talk station. That offer was for a weekly show on Sundays, Noon to 2 p.m., but only Blagojevich he resigns the governorship.
With no strings attached, the WGN offer was described as a “healthy six-figure,” full-time job, with benefits.
Whether either offer is real or not is a tough call, given the tongue-in-cheek tone of the release and the legendary radio antics of Tribune COO Randy Michaels.
“On numerous occasions we’ve been impressed by the mastery of public policy, newshound-like familiarity with the events of the day and remarkable facility with banter displayed by Governor Rod Blagojevich,” WGN said in a statement. “Some may feel this is a cynical gesture in pursuit of publicity, but nothing could be further from the truth. The currency of radio’s realm is ratings, and the Governor is ratings gold. Mrs. Blagojevich is currently unemployed. In all probability the Governor will soon be unemployed as well, and frankly, he could use a good medical plan to defray the expenses of psychiatric care.”