In what might be the strangest pairing in radio history, former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner will co-host a New York show with Guardian Angels founder and former Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa. .
The ex-pol – who has been sidelined by a number of sexting scandals and sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for transferring obscene material to a minor – will co-host a new opinion program titled “Left vs. Right” on John Catsimatidis ’77 WABC Radio starting this weekend.
But Weiner says the new high-profile gig isn’t part of a larger comeback plan as the media maven.
“I’m not going back into public life, I’m doing a radio show with a friend of mine,” he exclusively told Page Six. He added, “It’s not a conscious decision,” before joking us, “I have a face for radio, but I don’t know if I have a place in radio as a career. Sometimes it is what it is. »
We’re told the new show — which will focus on topics affecting New York City — will give equal time to conservative and liberal perspectives, and won’t shy away from Weiner’s past either.
“There’s a lot of water under the bridge,” Weiner tells us. “There were a lot of opportunities for me to process a lot of stuff. A lot of time has passed. I don’t think I would go on the radio if I didn’t think Curtis or the listeners would ask the tough questions. .
Weiner also seems to see the move as a way to connect with people.
“One thing I learned from this experience: everyone has difficult things,” he says. “It’s a source of commonality for a lot of people in New York. One of the things that Curtis and I were clear on, there would be no topics we avoided for lack of embarrassment.
But Weiner cautions, “People shouldn’t expect two hours every Saturday of me doing mea culpas. I have a lot of things I regret and a lot of things I’m proud of.
Weiner — who was most recently CEO of Brooklyn-based recycled glass countertop company IceStone before stepping down in August when it became a worker-owned co-op — says he hasn’t hid since his exit jail in 2019.
He further tells us he’s proud of his ex-wife Huma Abedin’s book “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,” which explored his time as Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man – and his marriage to Weiner.
“I walk the streets every day and often it’s nice, sometimes it’s not,” he tells us. “I haven’t lived a life trying to be hermetically sealed. My wife recently released a book and I’m very proud of her.
When asked if he was concerned about the potential rejection from the audience, Weiner said he didn’t pay attention to social media.
“I’m not on Twitter and not on Instagram,” he says. “I’m not really involved in that world anymore…I’m constantly concerned about mental health issues and staying on the beam and being a good dad to my son and things like that. You develop thick skin when you’ve been in politics and served time in prison.
His new co-host, Sliwa, tells us: “People deserve a second chance. He’s trying to get his life back… We don’t just want to exile these people. We want to give them redemption, but they have to find their way back. I think by being on the radio, he can become a role model for other people who have had major problems in their lives.
Another source of commonality: Weiner and Sliwa are New York natives who ran for mayor.
“As far as knowing New York and how things work and how bad things are, between the two of us you’ll get information and we’ll balance each other out,” Sliwa says. “You get yin and yang. There are very few places where you have more than two points of view. Auditors can make their own decisions based on all the information we share with them. »
Weiner says he’s still “optimistic” about the city. “I grew up here, I saw the big crime of the 90s,” he says. “I think there’s a dark, catastrophic hysteria that’s set in now and I think the city’s best days are ahead of it. We have problems, there’s no doubt about it. Our government is in good hands, the people are strong and the economy is diversified.
The show begins this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. on 77 WABC Radio.