King Turns the Tables, Will Guest-Host for Gambling

In the run-up to his controversial hearings on Muslim radicalization earlier this year, Long Island Congressman Peter King had a lot of choice words for the media.

On Monday, King gets to turn the tables.

“I just want to congratulate you on your long career in radio,” he told John Gambling this morning. “Today is probably the last day you’re going to host the show.”

On Monday morning, King will guest-host Gambling’s four-hour show on WOR, with a slate of guests that includes Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; former MI6 agent-turned-novelist Matthew Dunn; sports reporter Bruce Beck; and maybe Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

It’s the first time he’s hosted a show solo, after some co-hosting gigs last year — including one with former governor David Paterson — but King certainly has confidence that he can handle it.

“I’m Lou Gehrig and you’re Wally Pipp,” King told Gambling this morning. “And once I’m in there I’m going to be hard to push out.”

I asked King if — like Paterson — he might consider radio after politics.

“You always have to be ready in this business for another career,” King joked.