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Herenton makes local radio debut on WLOK

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For 30 years, for Memphis City Schools superintendent and former mayor Doctor Willie Herenton had a love-hate relationship with the media.  Now, Herenton is part of the media.

Herenton's first radio commentary hit WLOK's airwaves Wednesday. The topic he discussed was the tenth anniversary of Memphis' first NBA team.

"I was one of the lightning rods and provided the strong leadership to get the Grizzlies to come to Memphis," Herenton said.

According to WLOK owner Art Gilliam, the former mayor will talk about current affairs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. on 1340AM.

"It's actually a two-minute feature each day and periodically, we will be doing a half-hour feature," Gilliam said.

For Gilliam, the partnership is about synergy.

"He's the first elected black mayor, we're the first black-owned radio station, and it's Black History month," he said.

Wednesday, Herenton offered a taste of what's to come this week.  Thursday, he'll put Senator Ron Ramsey on the hot seat for trying to stop the transfer of Memphis City Schools to Shelby County.

"For Senator Ramsey to have the audacity to encroach or interfere with Memphians' rights to decide their own destiny is appalling," Herenton said.

Friday, he'll tackle Bass Pro's new seismic and funding concerns five years after agreeing to lease the Pyramid Arena.

Herenton said other cities opt for implosion.

"Why can't we look at it here as a possibility in Memphis?" he asked.

Amid his radio gig, Doctor Herenton is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, where he promises much will be revealed.

"For instance, you don't know why I really retired - the timing of that," he said.

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