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Now, for the rest of the Traficant radio story

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published January 5, 2010

Before you get all squishy over ex-convict James A. Traficant Jr. getting a radio gig on a Cleveland station, here's some information from someone in the know: Traficant, the corrupt former congressman from the Mahoning Valley who continues to bamboozle too many residents, is not an employee of Clear Channel, which own WTAM radio; he has neither part-time status, nor any other status with the company.

The arrangement Traficant has made to be on the radio on Satuday afternoons can best be described in two words: barter deal. What does that mean? Simply that the man who wears his seven-plus years as an inmate in a federal penitentiary as a badge of honor must sell air time in order to host the program. In other words, he has to find a way to pay for his show. And, Traficant's mindless gabfest will be pre-empted by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

So, don't buy all that prattle from his minions about this being a launching pad to national greatness. Sooner rather than later the novelty (as least for those who aren't living in the Valley) will wear off. 


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1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Bert wrote, "So, don't buy all that prattle from his minions about this being a launching pad to national greatness....and 'Sooner rather than later the novelty (as least for those who aren't living in the Valley) will wear off. "

None of his minions tried to sell me any prattle. The news media did. Apparently the novelty will never wear off, especially with the media living in the valley.

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2KeepItReal(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Bertram, get real. If this is the type of show that Traficant has, then it means that Jim's managers know exactly what they're doing. Why didn't you tell your readers that Jim got exactly the same kind of deal that the radio "nobody" named Rush Limbaugh has?

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3Heard_it_all_before(62 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Maybe Jim could get a gig with Rush pushing Vicodin. Two pompous idiots who are clear out in space...

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4Time2Take(13 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Boy, that was so original Bert. Just sit back and listen to someone who is still willing to speak his mind and not worried about getting re-elected like the little baby Ryan. Then you all will understand where this third world country is going to, and hope, better yet pray, that he can help us get out of this mess. So Bert and Ernie can still dribble in the free U.S.A.

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5Time2Take(13 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

By the way Bert, you should be only have space to write when there are no obituaries. Go Cavs

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

"The arrangement Traficant has made to be on the radio on Satuday " "TYPO ALERT" -SATURDAY-

In these tough economic times the ever so resourceful Traficant has found cash and an audience . He is helping the economy one man at a time .

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7Cicero(36 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Know this as background: The same guy who oversees Clear Channel operations in Y-Town also oversees the Cleveland operation. Putting Jimbo on in Cleveland on Saturday afternoon is like the Broadway show that opens in new Haven. If the reaction ( i.e, listenership and time sales) is good there and tehen, look for a move to this market.

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8UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Jimbo is no longer the Jimbo of old. He's a fool who no longer means anything to the valley. His Indian Casino proposal and support of the goofy TEA Party for the valley showed his true color and it ain't Blue or Red. It's GREEN for money in his pocket and nothiong more.

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9steelerman09(111 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The guy in Nebraska is given tons of money to swing his vote and Jimbo gets jailtime. Guess they liked the old guy from Nebraska better!

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