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Baker-Cuomo Commentaries To End

March 26, 1986

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker will end their Mutual Radio weekday commentaries on April 11, a Mutual spokesman said Wednesday.

″Neither man could devote enough time to keep the broadcast,″ said Mutual spokesman Chris Durney.

Republican Baker and Democrat Cuomo began the commentaries last summer, alternating weekdays with their 90-second spots.

Durney said that at the peak of their popularity, the commentaries were carried by about 80 stations. He said they are currently carried by about 60 stations.

Cuomo aides have said the governor will also be ending several regularly scheduled New York radio shows soon as he prepares for his expected re- election campaign. They said Cuomo is concerned about equal time demands from Republicans.

Durney said Mutual had received letters from both Cuomo and Baker stating that they could no longer do the programs.

In announcing the commentaries last year, Mutual had billed Baker and Cuomo as potential rivals in the 1988 presidential race.

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