President & Editorial Director
Re: Governor Andrew Cuomo
A Whitney Global Media Commentary
August 10, 2021
by William O’Shaughnessy
It was a great speech, however sad. It was really stunning.
Perhaps one of the greatest speeches ever by a Cuomo – Father or Son.
I was reminded of a Shakespeare line “Nothing so became his life as the leaving of it.“
Andrew’s final, most elegant and eloquent Cri de Coeur will echo down through the ages.
He did the right thing. And he was profound and he was beautiful.
As a longtime family friend, I’m not pleased New York State will no longer be able to rely on his dynamism and unique knowledge of government and governance.
I know it won’t fit the popular narrative, but I thought it was one of the greatest speeches ever!
William O’Shaughnessy, a former president of the New York State Broadcasters Association, was chairman of Public Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington. He has been a point man and advocate for the broadcasters of America on First Amendment and Free Speech issues and is presently chairman of the Guardian Fund of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, the national charitable organization. He is also a longtime director and member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation. He has operated WVOX and WVIP, two of the last independent stations in the New York area, for over 60 years as president and editorial director.
He is the author of “AirWAVES” (1999) … “It All Comes Back to Me Now” (2001) … “More Riffs, Rants and Raves” (2004) … and “VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files,” released in January, 2011. He has also written “Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man,” a tribute to his late friend Governor Mario M. Cuomo. His newest book RADIOactive for Fordham University Press, another anthology with interviews, commentaries, speeches and tributes was published in 2019. He is presently working on Townies, a paean to those without wealth, influence or high estate in suburban Westchester County, the heart of the Eastern Establishment.