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Radio host to return to public radio airwaves with new show

By Used with permission from the Boston Globe Online.

BOSTON --Radio host Christopher Lydon will return to Boston's public radio airwaves with a new program co-produced by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and WGBH.

"We are extremely fortunate that Christopher Lydon has agreed to bring his professional expertise and unique vision to the University," said Louis DiNatale, UMass-Lowell's executive director of public affairs.

The one-hour program "Open Source" will be Lydon's first position as a full-time host since he departed in early 2001 from WGBH's cross-town rival WBUR, where he had hosted the call-in show "The Connection" for more than six years.

Lydon left WBUR along with his senior producer, Mary McGrath, after the station rejected their proposal to give the station 40 percent ownership of the show, while he retained 60 percent under the name of a private company.

The new show will start this spring, although no date has yet been set. The show will be initially broadcast from WGBH in Boston until the university finishes updating the UMass-Lowell's radio studio at WUML in 2006.

"Open Source" will be broadcast Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. on WGBH in Boston and the university's WUML (91.5 FM) and nationally syndicated by Public Radio International.

Lydon will also work with UMass-Lowell to design a new communications major, contribute to WUML programming, and help with a student-produced local radio program, according to the college. The student program will start in the next academic year.