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Valentine to host radio show for NBC

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 7, 2013 12:35 AM

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Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch is reporting this morning that former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has found a new job.

It's on the radio. An announcement is expected later today that Valentine has joined the NBC Sports Radio lineup. He will start a daily show in April.

"I think in my years here on earth, I have let people know I have an opinion about pretty much everything," Valentine told Deitsch. "I think I will remain true to that."

Valentine has held a number of media jobs in his career, the last with ESPN before his difficult one season with the Sox.

"I don't know that you have to be negatively biased to inform people of what is going on, or to keep them listening," Valentine said. "I think you have to be true. If I have a fault, it's that I tell the truth. You can't dictate to the customer what they want and I think a good host feels his audience and understands what they want and need and tries to provide it."

Valentine often made news over the radio airwaves in Boston last year. A contentious interview with WEEI led to Valentine threatening to punch Glenn Ordway in the mouth. Valentine later said he was joking.

Valentine has generally stayed out of the spotlight since being fired by the Red Sox, with the exception of an interview he did with NBC Sports in October.

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