Former Gov. David Paterson’s drive-time radio program is no more.
Paterson, who served as governor from 2008 through 2010, has been laid off at WOR-AM, an apparent victim of new ownership. Media conglomerate Clear Channel purchased the station earlier this year and began making a round of layoffs this week.
His weekday show aired from 4 to 6 p.m. on the New York City airwaves. His spokesman, Sean Darcy, confirmed the move with this statement:
“Governor Paterson’s run hosting his afternoon drive program on WOR has come to an end. As someone who had to do significant housecleaning when he took over as chief executive, these moves by the new management come as no surprise. As governor, he was oftentimes in position to dish it out, so he is certainly someone who can take it. In anticipation of this eventuality, Governor Paterson has been exploring a number of different options both in and out of the media and will be working towards finalizing some of those options after the
New Year. He has greatly enjoyed being part of the rich, proud history of WOR radio and would like to thank the Buckley family, Jerry Crowley and the entire WOR team for the opportunity.”
Paterson first started hosting the show in September 2011. Current Gov. Andrew Cuomo had become a semi-frequent guest prior to its cancelation.