Bristol Palin offered Phoenix-based, on-air radio position

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Bristol Palin won’t be matriculating at Arizona State University, but she could be co-hosting a Phoenix, Ariz.-based radio show.

Clear Channel’s Mix 96.9 (KMXP-FM) has offered Palin an on-air radio position alongside the morning show host Mathew Blades, citing her “natural talent” as the reason they want her to join the station.

“It is an official offer to a very well-known personality, who may be looking for a new career in what will most likely be her new home state,” says Ron Price, the station director.

Blades said in an interview that he suspects he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Palin on every issue, but that her differing views could be an “interesting” addition to the show.

“I think that Bristol’s outlook on life is probably different from mine, and that contrast could be interesting to listen to,” Blades said.

The job offer comes in the aftermath of Palin’s recent Maricopa, Ariz. house purchase, which led many to falsely speculate that she was considering enrollment in broadcasting courses at Arizona State University. Chris Callahan, the dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, quickly debunked these rumors.

“Since Christmas Day, hundreds of news reports have been circulating that Bristol Palin is coming to Arizona State University, and specifically the Cronkite School. These reports are 100 percent incorrect,” Callahan wrote in an e-mail. “Ms. Palin has neither enrolled nor applied to ASU, and to the best of our knowledge, has made no contact with the university or the school.”

Palin’s media experience includes participating in last season’s “Dancing With the Stars” and making it to the final round. She has yet to comment on whether or not she’s interested in the radio gig.