Alec Baldwin's getting into radio with a podcast
October 13th, 2011
02:55 PM ET

Alec Baldwin's getting into radio with a podcast

It's not called “Schweddy Balls,” but Alec Baldwin is making a play for radio. According to the New York Times, the “30 Rock” star will host an interview show with New York public radio.

Station WNYC announced Thursday that Alec’s show "Here's the Thing" will be available via podcast starting October 24. His first interview will be with Michael Douglas.

On future shows, Baldwin will speak with Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, Kris Jenner, Chris Rock, Kathleen Turner, author Erica Jong and veteran talk-show host Dick Cavett. describes the show as "award-winning" Baldwin giving "the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers."

According to the New York Times, Baldwin will create 20 "Here's the Thing" podcasts through the summer, and his editions could wind up becoming hour-long programs on WNYC with additions from contributors.

Aside from his “SNL” sketch portrayals, Baldwin does have actual radio experience. The star is a self-professed "public radio junkie" who’s filled in on New York's WNYC in the past.

Alec’s “30 Rock" contract ends with the upcoming sixth season, but the actor tells the New York Times that his tenure there is looking more certain.

"I've kind of sworn I wouldn't do that," he says of staying on for another season. "But now for a variety of personal reasons - I just don't want to travel, I want to stay in New York now for a while longer - I'm thinking of doing that."

He's also still keeping a potential career in politics in mind,  but it doesn't sound like that'll happen anytime soon: "What I'm doing now has to end," he tells the NYT, "and it's not ending yet. I'm still finding things I like to do."

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Name*dillon

    In regaurds to alex getting kicked off of plane i give him crwdit. I don.t fly much and i buckel my seatbelt. I.m on my phone the whole time and never have problems I think the stewardess power trip yet he handled it the right right way congratz to alex and boo to the stewardess

    December 8, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Alec Baldwin can barely fit in a bus, let alone a radio 🙂

    October 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. namethename

    Can't wait not to listen to this !

    October 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TLJ

    I am sure it will be fine programming

    October 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    He's got a perfect face for it...

    October 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DoubleTap

    great now people will listen to his rambling voice? what is he taking over for Al Frankenstein on Air America? Oh wait- that went belly up LOLOLOL Dbag

    October 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USA

    Why is he even still here?? Didn't he promise to move a while back?? Oh it would be a glorious day if Baldwin, Penn, Sarandon, Sheen, Moore, and the rest of the communist elite would pack up and leave and stop teasing us.

    October 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dudley0415

    Heard his original radio show tape. It was absolutely horrendous. I suppose he's been practicing for the past 3 years and is trying it again.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SUE

    I am psyched!!! I Love Alec and can't wait to hear his first interview. He is a very smart guy. Most of you probably think Howard Stern is hilarious. Not.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. It was funny...

    ...when he called Lemon a pig on 30the Rock and said he'd kill his son if he turned gay.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dinak

    Obviously it will be a comedy skit. The man is a walking hypocrite – capitalism is bad – yet he hasn't minded earning millions in this evil country. He shouldn't have a penny over $250,000 – the libs say that is more than enough for anyone and everyone to live on – they want 90% or more in taxes, because irrespective of the tax rate, it's never enough for them.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kareem Cheez

    Just what we need, another blowhard liberal crybaby. Don't worry, he'll be dropped due to dismal ratings within 3 months, unless George Soros props him up.

    Hey, maybe he'll make good on his promise THIS TIME to move out of the country if a republican president is elected.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • PulTab

      Good thing he doesn't have to worry about that with the stooges the repukes are putting up!

      October 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dave

    Alec Baldwin is a lying, leftist, bigmout jerk. Wasn't he going to leave the country if Bush got elected? He's still here! Totally full of crap. He likes the capitalist money, and then transforms into Michael Moore...... No morals!

    October 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    Man...what a bad picture.

    Was he in costume when this was taken? He looks like he was getting ready to do the Tony Bennett bit when they snapped that shot

    October 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Observer

    Baldwin is a liberal stooge.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita Bleaujob

      As you are a simpleton stooge. He's rich, you're not. Who's the bigger stooge, spooge-boy?

      October 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. cosmotologist to the stars

    I think I did his hair once. It was thinning and had almost no body. Also had split ends. He needs to use a conditioning shampoo.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. John C

    Yeah! I can't wait not to listen to him on radio!

    October 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. rb


    October 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jim970

    I don't understand. I thought Baldwin promised to leave the country when Bush was elected president. Did we mess up and let him back in? Or was it a hollow promise?

    October 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. waitingforCanada

    Oh why can't we have a war with Canada as in South Park, so they can drop a bomb on the Baldwin compound.

    October 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Average Joe

    Is he doing a Bill Maher impression in the pic?

    October 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. glyder

    another alan colmbs

    October 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Carlo

    Funny no mention is made of Baldwin's current radio work as host of New York Philharmonic broadcasts on public radio, which he does minus any schtick. He's also very good on the Turner Movie Classics network's Saturday night show, The Essentials with Robert Osborne. Poltics aside, Baldwin's a pretty smart guy with a lot of different interests. I see no reason he wouldn't do fine hosting a radio interview show.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marine5484

    Is he going to promote his shwetty balls lol.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. iHopper

    Please keep doing 30 Rock. Funniest thing on TV.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mikepapa1

    I'm still waiting for the idiot to move to France like he promised.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. David Eugenio

    ...which will be cancelled a few months later. Please be serious democrats!

    October 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. serpxx01

    Great. Another bloated idiot. One from the right and now one from the left.

    October 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • V. P.

      LOL, so true.

      October 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vesstair

      The difference is, this one will likely be BILLED as a comedy program, instead of just being one if you actually have a working brain.

      October 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |

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