The Washington Times - March 24, 2009, 01:46PM

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich starts his new job as a radio talk show host on Wednesday, the AP is reporting.

Blagojevich, who was impeached and ousted by the state legislature, will work the morning-drive shift at WLS-AM in Chicago.

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The ex-governor still faces corruption charges for allegedly trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

Welcome back, Rod.  The news cycle hasn’t been the same without you.

In his new gig, Blagojevich will be expected to take calls from listerners, talk to guests and tell stories — some of which might actually be true.

America is known as the land of the second act, but c’mon!  Blagojevich still faces federal charges and could go to prison.  He’s starting this gig during intermission.

Back in January, WLS offered Blagojevich his own weekend show if he would resign as governor, but Rod turned them down.  Bet he wishes he’d taken that deal now.  The morning drive starts so early.

Blagojevich knows there’s a reality game show in his near future.  He dreams that it’s “American Idol” and hopes that it’s at least “Survivor.”  But he knows it’ll likely be “Deal or No Deal” — without the “Deal.”