Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says hosting a national radio talk show for nearly two years was like "being a junior NSA agent."
Talk radio is “a very important force in American culture and certainly in politics,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate told Politico
. The medium also has “a certain sort of vicarious thrill that people have of listening in on other people’s conversations," he said.
"The Mike Huckabee Show" ended its run on Cumulus Media Dec. 12. The three-hour weekday program began in April 2012. He continues to host his Fox News program on Saturdays.
Huckabee's radio guests have ranged from country legend Willie Nelson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate.
Huckabee, 58, told Politico that he realized that Cumulus might not seek to expand his program further once it re-signed conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh
to a three-year contract in August.
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"We were at a point in the contract where I had an out," Huckabee said. "And there are other things I’d like to do and the time that was involved was consuming me, literally consuming me."
The former governor added, though, “I really did love doing it, that’s the hard part.”
Huckabee will not be leaving radio entirely, as he will soon begin providing brief commentaries three times a day to 600 stations nationally through "The Huckabee Report," Politico reports.
Next year, he will begin "The Huckabee Post," a website in partnership with Christian Media Corp. International.
Regarding a 2016 White House run, "I want them to be in the dark as much as possible," Huckabee told Politico. "Keep 'em guessing, right?"
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