What's the old adage, when one door closes another opens? That might well be true for Rod Blagojevich.
Just as the campaign office of the disgraced former governor-- the one that federal investigators bugged-- is about to go back on the market, Blagojevich is getting a crack at hosting his own radio show.
Chicago Public Radio reports that John Figlioli, who owns the building at 4147 N. Ravenswood where the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund was housed, got his first look inside the building since it was vacated last week.
Among the office detritus are copies of a letter to Blagojevich supporters from then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel:
This is from friends of Blagojevich, or actually it's written by Rahm Emanuel, oooh, interesting. He's writing to tell you the untold story of the Blagojevich administration under governor Blagojevich Is there a date on this thing? There's not.
The letter goes on to state, "under Governor Blagojevich, Illinois has done more than any state in the nation to make health care more accessible," and the letter ends saying, "I am proud that Rod Blagojevich is our Governor. Sincerely," and then it's signed with the name of "Rahm Emanuel."
Emanuel's office did not respond to Chicago Public Radio's requests to verify his signature on the letter.
Meanwhile, WLS-AM (890 AM), where Blagojevich guest-hosted in March, is giving the deposed governor his own two-hour talk show for the next two Sundays.
The WLS release:
The Big 89, WLS-AM is Where Chicago Comes to Talk and for the next two Sundays, that is what Former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich will be doing. Blagojevich will host a two hour talk show on WLS (890 AM) from 12noon to 2pm.
"The personalities on The Big 89 are compelling, knowledgeable, opinionated and often times, controversial." said WLS-AM Program Director, Bob Shomper. "Former Governor Blagojevich has all of these traits and more. This will be 'must-listen' radio."
Blagojevich filled-in for The Big 89's Don Wade & Roma morning show earlier this year.
Since his controversial ousting from office, Blagojevich has become a national celebrity who has appeared on TV news channels and programs such as NBC's 'Today' show, ABC's 'The View' and cable news outlets. He was invited and planned to compete on NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here' reality show this summer. But when he could not go, his wife Patti, the former first lady of Illinois, went in his place. She came in fourth place and was a fan favorite.
For the outspoken former governor, radio is a natural fit.
"The former governor misses talking with people and getting into the mix on issues that affect Illinois," says Glenn Selig, Blagojevich's spokesman. "He wants to empower people by helping them understand what really goes on in Washington, Springfield, Cook County and the city of Chicago. He's going to be provocative, entertaining and, at times, controversial."
For a preview, listen to his guest-hosting appearance.
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