Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced and unrepentant former governor of Illinois, has just been signed to host a weekly podcast for Cumulus Media news/talk WLS 890-AM.
Starting Wednesday, “The Lightning Rod” will be available each week online at wlsam.com and on iTunes.
They’re billing it as a showcase for Blagojevich to analyze politics, government, trending stories and global issues, featuring “conversations with politicians, political experts, policymakers, celebrities and influencers about what’s worked, what hasn’t and who can make it better.”
Rumors of media employment have been swirling since the ex-governor was released from prison in February after serving eight years for corruption. His sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump, prompting the onetime Democrat to describe himself as a “Trumpocrat.”
“After a long exile, I made it home,” Blagojevich said in a statement. “It’s a brand new day. I’m finally free and fired up to speak my mind, provide insights from the inside, and share what I’ve learned from the school of hard knocks.”
At WLS he’ll join a growing roster of local podcasts, including ones hosted by morning personality Erich Mancow Muller, afternoon personality John Howell, and the duo of Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder.
“Blagojevich is a polarizing political figure who served his time and now he’s serving up the truth, only on WLS-AM,” said Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Chicago. “It will be messy, it will be raw and it will be Rod as you have never heard him before.”
It’s a return to WLS for Blagojevich, who previously hosted a two-hour weekend show on the station from 2009 to 2010.
Terms of his new deal, negotiated by agent Steve Mandell, were not disclosed.
“Rod is going to be laying it all out there and hold nothing back,” Mandell said. “It’s going to be exciting to hear.”