The weekly call-in radio show that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani embraced may soon be a thing of the past, as Mayor Bill de Blasio does not seem as interested in following them to the airwaves, though he has not yet made an official decision about his plans. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
For years, Fridays meant that the mayor was in front of a radio microphone, answering questions from New Yorkers and talking about the news of the week.
However, Mayor Bill de Blasio may be putting an end to the weekly radio show tradition. So far, the mayor has not committed to do a regular show, and an aide says the mayor may just decide to appear on a variety of radio programs instead.
A recent interview on the hip-hop station Hot 97 is a sign that he wants to do things differently. It is hard to imagine Mayor Michael Bloomberg having an exchange about legalizing marijuana with John Gambling, the host of his show on WOR, like the one de Blasio had on Hot 97.
Q: Will I ever be able to go to the bodega and get me some herb? Will that ever happen?
de Blasio: I don't think that's happening any time soon. We can move on the other front. I'm sorry to let you down.
The programs have been helpful for mayors looking to put a a positive spin on things.
"Something like 89 percent of the promises we made have either have been fulfilled or are well underway," Bloomberg said on December 20, 2013.
However, they have also gotten the politicians into plenty of trouble. During the summer, a remark from Bloomberg caused an uproar during the fight over the future of stop-and-frisk.
"I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little," Bloomberg said on June 28.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani often let loose on the radio, ripping into callers he disagreed with. In an infamous exchange with an animal rights activist who advocated for ferrets, the former mayor was especially harsh.
"There's something deranged about you. The excessive concern that you have for ferrets is something you should examine with a therapist. Not with me," Giuliani said. "I'm not insulting you. I'm being honest with you. Maybe nobody in your life is being honest with you."
Several media outlets, including NY1, have asked City Hall about producing a weekly program with Mayor de Blasio.