Rob Ford has been stripped of most of his authority as the Toronto Mayor, but that doesn’t mean he can’t go to DC for a sports radio job. Ford will now appear every week on “The Sports Junkies” show on 106.7 FM The Fan.
The mayor will discuss a variety of sports and offer his weekly NFL predictions. The gig comes after the Toronto City Council removed most of his powers following his admittance to smoking crack cocaine. For the station, it’s a huge public relations buzz.
Ford took some serious ribbing Sunday when he attended the Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons game at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The mayor, who was once a high school football coach, isn’t the first politician to take his turn behind the microphone. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been a guest host twice on WFAN, the New York-area sports talk radio station.
The station is taking a cautious approach to Ford’s first appearance, saying he is “tentatively scheduled” to phone into the show. He is set to be a regular on the show as a weekly contributor, but the station is, again, taking baby steps on that front too. “For now, a weekly segment has not been approved. However, if all goes well Thursday, an agreement on a recurring segment could be reached,” according to the station.
The definition of “if all goes well” is obviously open to interpretation.