She broke for news and sports, got bullish with the stock report, even did her own weather. But after three hours of drive-time radio, Maggie Thurber says she's keeping her day job.
Ms. Thurber, a Republican Lucas County commissioner not seeking re-election this year, guest-hosted WSPD-AM's afternoon talk show yesterday. Except for a couple of script stumbles -- such as how, precisely, to introduce the traffic guy -- she breezed through segments on blogging, a proposed Toledo "point of sale" ordinance, flooding response, and nonprofit dental care.
In a light moment, she complimented WSPD staff on her intro music. The tunes included snippets of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," which Ms. Thurber noted was named one of the top 50 rock songs for conservatives, and rapper Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day" (sample lyric: "Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp / And it read, 'Ice Cube's a Pimp.'"), which did not make the list.
Though she said she was "having a great time doing this," Ms. Thurber told listeners she'd finish her commission term before deciding what career -- broadcast or otherwise -- to pursue next. She said it was tough to juggle papers, producers, and on-air procedure.