Matt Funiciello

Matt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate in the 21st Congressional District race, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, during an editorial board meeting at The Post-Star in Glens Falls. (Megan Farmer - mfarmer@poststar.com)

GLENS FALLS -- Green Party congressional candidate Matt Funiciello is becoming a radio talk show host.

Funiciello announced on Facebook Tuesday he will launch “UnCommon Sense” in mid-April on WWSC-AM Talk 1450 in Queensbury.

The weekly call-in show will air from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, after comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller and before personal finance expert Dave Ramsey in the lineup.

“We’re looking to do primarily an interview and call-in show. But we’re also looking to try to make sure that the production value is a little above what would be expected for a public affairs program that was done locally for free,” Funiciello said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

The show will air on the local station and be streamed live on talk1450wwsc.com.

Funiciello said talk radio is a great way for him to reach conservative-minded voters.

“We’re trying to get the faux conservative and faux liberal mentalities together and come up with something that is other,” he said.

Funiciello, a longtime political activist who owns a local bread company, received 19,238 votes, about 11 percent of the vote, in the 21st Congressional District race in 2014.

He reiterated Wednesday he will run again in 2016 against Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, who won the 2014 race.

Some of his campaign supporters will help with production and writing, but the show will be about political issues, not his specific candidacy, Funiciello said.

Clay Ashworth, owner of Regional Radio Group, said he is attempting to introduce more local programing on the station.

Ashworth said he had been thinking about approaching Funiciello for some time about doing a show, even before he ran for Congress in 2014.

Ashworth said the program will be oriented around political issues, not Funiciello’s congressional campaign.

He said he will evaluate closer to the 2016 election how the Federal Communications Commission equal time rule affects the airing of the show.

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