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Joe Walsh Getting His Own Radio Show?

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Joe Walsh Getting His Own Radio Show?

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Just as Ward Room predicted, former Rep. Joe Walsh will have a post-congressional career as a radio host. On Monday, the loudmouthed politician substituted for John Howell on WIND-AM’s Big John & Amy morning show. That, reports Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder, may have been an audition for a permanent gig on the right-wing radio station.

We haven't heard the last of tea party firebrand Joe Walsh. The one-term former GOP congressman, who was defeated for reelection last November by Democrat Tammy Duckworth, may be headed for a new career as a radio talk show host. Walsh is close to signing with WIND-AM (560), the Salem Communications conservative news/talk station, to host a Monday-through-Friday nighttime talk show. If it's a hit, insiders said, national distribution could follow. Walsh said last month he's been encouraged to run for Dick Durbin's U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
 
From a career standpoint, Walsh used his two years in Congress brilliantly. He knew from the get-go he was a one-term fluke, so he set out to build his image as a Tea Party hero/martyr by making as many outrageous pronouncements as possible, defending them to liberal CNN anchors. He was not only the best-known freshman in Congress, he was one of the best-known congressman, period, and he already has the national following necessary for a syndicated radio show.

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