Fred Thompson lands daily radio show

Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:49am EST

Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Actor and former presidential candidate Fred Thompson is getting his own radio show.

Westwood One said Monday that "The Fred Thompson Show" will debut March 2, replacing "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly," which ends its six-year run February 27. O'Reilly announced his decision to step down from the show this month, saying the workload for his radio and TV duties had become too much.

In his show, Thompson will share his conservative views on politics, topical issues and pop culture stories as well as conduct guest interviews and take listener calls. The two-hour show, broadcast from the Westwood One studios in Washington, will air live from noon-2 p.m. weekdays.

Thompson, also a former U.S. senator, most recently co-starred in NBC's "Law & Order" and HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" before taking time off from acting to seek the Republican nomination for president last year.

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