Barefoot's big scoop: WINA host snags POTUS interview
As host of the WINA drive-time radio talk show Charlottesville Right Now, Coy Barefoot's talked to his share of high power guests from Virginia governors to corporate captains, but it'll be hard to top this afternoon's "guest": United States President Barack Obama.
"I put in the request for an interview months ago," says Barefoot, who notes that a continued campaign by his Charlottesville Radio Group colleagues to win the interview succeeded when he was contacted by the Obama re-election committee a couple of weeks ago.
On Friday afternoon, Barefoot, who first interviewed Obama prior to his 2008 victory and attended his August 29 rally at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion, took a call from the Oval Office, and he says the brief interview– "they gave me five minutes, but I took more,"– focused on "clarification" rather than specific topics like the use of drones on American soil or the New York Times "kill list."
Barefoot says he put to the president questions about statements he's made and statements made by Romney about him.
"In the midst of a campaign, that's my job," Barefoot notes, "to help people who vote understand their options."
One thing he didn't have to ask the president: how he feels about this city.
"The moment he was on the phone, he said how much he and Michelle love Charlottesville," says Barefoot, who describes Obama as "very cordial, laid back, and substantive."
The recorded interview is scheduled to air on AM1070 at 5:10pm Monday, September 24 and will be rebroadcast Tuesday morning.