Senator Fred Thompson Joins ABC News Radio as Special Program Host and Senior Analyst

Nationally-Recognized Politician/Actor to Make Radio Debut in Spring 2006

Feb 25, 2006, 00:00 ET from ABC News Radio

    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ABC News Radio, America's largest
 commercial radio news organization, today named former Senator Fred Thompson
 to the position of Special Program Host and Senior Analyst beginning in the
 Spring of 2006. Thompson, a Republican from Tennessee, well-known for his
 acting roles on television's Law & Order, will be based from ABC News Radio's
 Washington, D.C. bureau.
     Thompson will host ABC News Radio specials and programs. He will provide
 commentary and analysis of politics, policy, national security, and current
 affairs. He will also fill-in for Paul Harvey when the legendary radio host is
 on vacation.
     "Senator Thompson's contribution to ABC News Radio will offer our
 affiliates additional depth from a recognized and trusted public figure," said
 David Westin, President of ABC News.
     A practicing attorney, Thompson has been a figure on the national
 political stage since the 1970s when he served as minority counsel to the
 Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities ("Watergate
 Committee") from 1973-1974. He was later elected as a Republican to the United
 States Senate from Tennessee in the November 8, 1994, special election to fill
 the unexpired portion of the term ending January 3, 1997, left vacant by the
 resignation of Albert Gore, Jr. Thompson served in the Senate until 2003.
     "We are thrilled to welcome Senator Thompson to the ABC Radio family and
 look forward to developing a variety of exciting projects that will benefit
 from his depth of talent," said John McConnell, Senior Vice President of
 Programming, ABC Radio Networks.
     "Throughout my life, radio has always held a certain fascination for me,
 and I am very eager to lend my efforts to ABC News Radio," Thompson said. "I
 look forward to working with the experienced team at ABC News."
     Senator Thompson was Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs
 Committee. He also served on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate
 Judiciary Committee. During his public career, Thompson has been a frequent
 guest on virtually every national radio and television news broadcast.
     "Senator Thompson will host his first program this Memorial Day, focusing
 on America's brave servicemen and women," said Steve Jones, Vice President and
 General Manager of ABC News Radio.
     Thompson began his motion picture career in 1985 and has appeared in
 numerous television episodes and motion pictures, including The Hunt for Red
 October (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and In the Line of Fire (1993). Thompson is
 noted for his portrayals of authoritative characters. Thompson holds a B.A.
 from Memphis State University and a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University
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