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Goldman Gets Boot Off AM Radio


Hear that? Silence. Nice, isn't it?

Paul Goldman is taking an extended commercial break at AM talk-radio station WLEE 990, where he's occupied the weekday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot since around Christmas time.

In February, Goldman announced on air that he'd be a candidate for Richmond mayor. Both before and after the announcement, Goldman has become a ready and willing critic of Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, Richmond City Council and School Board.

Goldman did not return calls by press time, but two employees at WLEE confirm his departure. Neither could say whether it would be permanent, and both cite election-law restrictions requiring equal airtime for political candidates. The possibility of a six-way race for Richmond mayor would potentially turn WLEE's "all news" format into "all empty campaign promises."

Goldman, whose last day on the air was March 28, filed his statement of organization as an official candidate last week, according to the Richmond registrar's office.

It was Goldman who helped Wilder create Richmond's elected mayor position as well as win the office for the former governor. For a time, Goldman served as Mayor Wilder's chief policy adviser.

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