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Patrick Cannon returns to Charlotte radio with Saturday morning talk show

The former Charlotte mayor, who served time in federal prison on public corruption charges, will host a talk show on Radio One’s Old School 105.3 FM, starting April 15.

Former Mayor Patrick Cannon returns to Charlotte this week to face a charge that he voted illegally in October 2014, months after he pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge. (Photo: The Charlotte Observer)

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will re-enter the public spotlight this month when he begins hosting an hour-long radio show on Old School 105.3 FM, the station’s parent company announced Wednesday.

Cannon, who served two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to public corruption, will use the program to discuss “a variety of high community impact and thought provoking programming with topics ranging from the streets to the church and business,” the station’s owner, Radio One, said in a release.

The show, set to debut April 15, will mark Cannon’s second tour with the Maryland-based radio network, which also distributes the popular “Tom Joyner Morning Show” each weekday morning. Before Cannon was elected mayor, he hosted a similar Charlotte talk show called “Aiming With Cannon.”

Mary K, program director for Radio One Charlotte, said she was “delighted” with Cannon’s return.

“In getting to know Mr. Cannon, I have found that he has a passion for this community,” she said in a statement. “His show will be entertaining, but more importantly informative, providing the African American community with the voice and insights on their most pressing issues. “

The show — At the Table with Cannon — will broadcast each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cannon, a Charlotte native, became the first mayor in the city’s history to be sent to prison. He was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for agreeing to perform favors in his official capacity.

Originally sentenced to serve 44 months in a low-security federal prison, he was released in September 2016 after serving about half that time.

Cannon offered no comment in the statement released by Radio One.

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