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As Radio Host, Blagojevich Addresses Ouster

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As Radio Host, Blagojevich Addresses Ouster

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As Radio Host, Blagojevich Addresses Ouster

As Radio Host, Blagojevich Addresses Ouster

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich filled in as host Wednesday for an AM radio talk show. He used the opportunity on the Don Wade & Roma Morning Show to say he was "hijacked" from office. Blagojevich also criticized the new governor's plans for an income tax increase.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Now, a blast from a not so distant past.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. ROD BLAGOJEVICH (Former Governor, Illinois): Hi, this is Rod Blagojevich. I'm filling in for Don Wade & Roma.

SIEGEL: Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may have been impeached and removed from office in January, but he was back in Chicago this morning on the air waves. Blagojevich was filling in for vacationing hosts on talk radio station WLS. He took a few calls, he joked with guests, but in his two hours on the air, Blagojevich said little about the federal corruption charges against him. NPR's David Schaper reports.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. BLAGOJEVICH: Hi, this is former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

DAVID SCHAPER: His delivery wasn't always smooth, especially when he almost forgot to put the word former before governor when introducing himself, but Rod Blagojevich seemed to grow more comfortable behind the microphone as his radio stint went on. He talked Cubs baseball with a sportswriter and chatted with comedian D. L. Hughley and Blagojevich used the opportunity to blast his political foes in Illinois.

Mr. BLAGOJEVICH: Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan and John Cullerton are the Democratic leaders, I believe they entered into what I call a corrupt bargain where they had a sham impeachment process. I was hijacked from office, without a chance to prove I did nothing wrong, not allowed to call witnesses…

SCHAPER: The Ex-Governor took only a handful of calls that appeared to be of cherry-picked supporters which made him seeing wistful for his old job.

Mr. BLAGOJEVICH: I really wish I was still the governor because I miss the ability to be able to get up and fight for people like you Patty(ph).

PADDY: So, do we sir, and we would like to add

SCHAPER: Blagojevich plugged the book he's writing and he welcomed Joey Bland and Mike Bradecich from the Second City comedy troupe who star in the new hit musical called "Rod Blagojevich Superstar." Blagojevich asked Bland who plays him, how the show is doing.

Mr. JOEY BLAND (Comedian): Oh, the play is going fantastic. We are - you sell a lot of tickets. So, we thank you for that. I feel like Lawrence Olivier meeting Hamlet.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. BLAND: So this is big for me. So...

Mr. MIKE BRADECICH (Comedian) We're all the way through to looking glass.

Mr. BLAND: I wonder how surreal this is for you.

SCHAPER: Blagojevich said he might want to see the show prompting Bradecich, who plays US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in the satire, to ask Blagojevich to participate.

Mr. BRADECICH: We want you to learn, learn some of the parts - not necessarily to play the role of the governor. I would be more interested in knowing who you would want to play.

Mr. BLAGOJEVICH: I think I would like to play the US Attorney and I'd be real nice to the governor.

Mr. BRADECICH: Yeah?

(Soundbite of laughter)

SCHAPER: Speaking of the US Attorney, he could announce a grand jury indictment of Blagojevich within the next week or two.

David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.

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