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Live blogging Blago's radio show on Chicago's WLS

By Jimmy Orr / March 25, 2009

Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich is hosting WLS radio this morning in Chicago.


Ex-governor Rod Blagojevich is hosting the "Don Wade & Roma Morning Show," on WLS in Chicago. We're attempting to live blog it.

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The former governor is a natural radio host. Completely comfortable in front of the microphone. Promoting the weather and traffic like a pro.


Playing Elvis's "A Little Less Conversation" to kick off his show. Blago says, "Good morning, this is former governor Rod Blagojevich. How are you? This is a time for more conversation and a little less action."

"It seemed like it was just yesterday that I was the governor of the 5th largest state in America," he began. "And now I'm here filling in the seat of Don Wade -- you can say I've achieved higher office."


8:12am -- Blago announces his guests on the morning's program. They include the reporter who appeared flummoxed last night when President Obama called on her -- ABC's Anne Compton.

DL Hughley, the comedian is also on the show. Remember he's got that CNN program which is getting canceled later this month. He got a lot of newsplay when he had GOP chief Michael Steele on the show. Remember? Steele said Limbaugh was incendiary and ugly and that he was not the de facto leader of the GOP and BOOM.

Jay Mariotti, the sports columnist and frequent guest on ESPN's Around the Horn will be joining Blago as well. This should be a great exchange.

Blago's hair

8:12am -- Blago wants to take some calls from listeners. But before he does, however, he has a conversation with the newsman and the meteorologist.

Blago: Let's take a call or two.
Newsman: Are those headphones going to mess up your hair?
Blago: I brought my brush.
Meteorologist: You brought the football?
Blago: I'm not governor anymore, it is a smaller brush.

8:15am -- Blago blasts Governor Pat Quinn for proposing to raise state income taxes.

"There's no need to raise the state income tax," he said. "A tax increase on the people is the worst thing you can do in my judgment."

"I kept the promise not to raise taxes for six years. It took him less than six weeks to break that promise."

"If you don't want to pay, you've got the power to change it," he tells listeners.

8:25am -- Blago compares President Obama to President Reagan while talking to ABC's Anne Compton. We'll have more of this conversation to come.

8:26am -- Blago implores his fellow Democrats in Congress to support Obama.

8:27am -- Blago thanks Anne Compton for appearing on his show. She responds by thanking him and calling him "sir."

Another caller

8:28am -- Blago takes a call from Jerry. Jerry tells the governor there is a house of ill repute in his town.

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