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Traficant has management deal

Published: Wed, January 6, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.


Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

The former congressman wants a syndicated talk-radio show, his communications director says.



YOUNGSTOWN — Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. has signed a management deal and landed a paid job as a Saturday afternoon talk-show host on one of Cleveland’s largest radio stations.

The radio show, to air 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays, is “only the beginning,” said George Saadi, a Liberty native who operates Ace’s Choice Entertainment in Los Angeles. Saadi is co-managing Traficant with Bill Aucoin, who owns the New York City-based Aucoin Globe.

Traficant’s first show on WTAM, 1100 AM, is Saturday. Traficant signed a three-month contract with WTAM with a clause that lets him out of the deal if he decides to run for Congress, said Dennis Malloy, his director of communications. Feb. 18 is the filing deadline to run in the May 4 primary.

The WTAM program is “the first step in the puzzle for a syndicated radio show,” Malloy said.

Saadi, who has family in the Mahoning Valley and visits often, said: “[Traficant] has a lot of personality and charisma and is a lighting rod. He’s a colorful storyteller.”

Hosting a radio show is a natural fit for Traficant, Saadi said. Traficant has hosted radio shows on WTAM and WKBN, 570 AM, in the Valley, before and after his prison sentence.

Malloy said Saadi and Aucoin have met with radio and television producers, and book-publishing companies to discuss other opportunities for Traficant.

“There are other opportunities, but I’m results-oriented,” Saadi said. “Until we had a show on the radio I didn’t want to say anything. I won’t say anything till it happens. If someone writes a book it could lead to something else. I’m trying to take it a step at a time.

Traficant’s paid public-speaking events are increasing, Malloy and Saadi said.

Traficant is to travel to Washington, D.C., to speak at a Feb. 13 American Free Press rally.

If Traficant’s request to travel is denied, the event would be switched to Cleveland. Traficant was convicted in 2002 of 10 felony counts including racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. He was released Sept. 2 from federal prison. As part of his three years of supervised release, Traficant must receive permission from his federal parole commission officer to leave the northern part of Ohio.

“He’s in communication with his probation officer, and he’s following all the rules and regulations,” Malloy said of Traficant. “He’s requested to go to D.C. It looks promising. If he’s making money and making a living, then they are agreeable to let him leave.”

Federal parole commission officials couldn’t be reached Monday or Tuesday to comment.

Before opening his management company, Saadi worked for nine years with Capitol Records, saying he focussed on sales, marketing and video production, and was vice president of retail for Clear Channel Entertainment Multimedia.

Aucoin is best known for being the manager of KISS when the rock band started. He was a band manager for a number of musicians and currently manages five bands.

One issue that could change everything is if Traficant decides to run for Congress.

Despite making a recent statement that he’s running, he hasn’t made a final decision on seeking office, Malloy said.

“He thinks of himself as a candidate for something,” Malloy said of Traficant. “But if there’s a business deal on the table for national syndicated radio, television, book or a speaking tour that would weigh heavily on his decision to run.”

Traficant, who served more than 17 years in Congress, had said Dec. 17 that he was looking at three congressional districts if he was to run.

The 16th District is out, and if Traficant runs, he’s more focused on the 6th District, represented by U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville, than the 17th District, represented by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, Malloy said Tuesday. Both incumbents are Democrats.

One problem is for Traficant, if he runs in the 6th, is he can campaign only in Mahoning and Columbiana counties unless he receives the permission of his parole officer. The 6th District has 12 counties.



1howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

At least I know I can tune him out or turn him off whenever I want. (not that I would listen to him in the first place).

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2theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

You go Mr. Traficant get all you can just like the rest of the valley out for themselves.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Since Jim is still newsworthy and draws attention he is marketable . Does he still have a political life ? I have my doubts . Times have changed and nostalgia may not be enough to bring votes .

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

In the realm of national and international politics we need new blood . The likes of Barney and Harry may be good in the eyes of those on their home turf but on the national and international scene they are not viable . New ideas and new strategy is needed .

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5RobertH(50 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I always liked Jim, liked him when he didn't serve the foreclosures, liked him when he beat the I.R.S., liked him and his bad hair and bad suits on the floor of Congress, even liked him while on trial for what got him sent up and all thr rumors and such ...

I saw on another source that Jim has hooked up with the Tea Baggers. Jim has finally associated himself with a group I just can't stomach.

Sorry, Jim. You've lost my support.

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6blade4131(2 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Please visit http://runjimborun.com and show support for Jim Traficant.

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7msell716(9 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I am so sick of seeing this sicko's mug everywhere! So many people in the valley need jobs. Yet this creep gets a job on radio. What is wrong with society?

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8yashure(18 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Unbelievable that this dinosaur still gets coverage. Is the vindicator that hard up for sales? Take your disco suit, bad haircut, babbling sarcasm and crawl back into your cave. The valley's been held down long enough!!!!!

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9wolfpak(2 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

You people are why this valley is like it is.Name me a congressman that stood up to anyone on capitol hill.Ryan shows up only when something good happens I dont see him that much on the hill debating.Trafficant may have some skeletons in his closet but I know he stood up for this valley.

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