Open Sores

Bill O'Neill
Mon Oct 16 13:04:38 EDT 2006

Today's Lowell Sun is reporting that "Radio 
personality" Christopher Lydon's $12,500 monthly contract for his four 
(4) one hour shows per week, Open Source, which is produced entirely at 
WGBH, is being dropped by UMass Lowell at the end of the year. 

The SUN story notes that the $150,000 per year that Bay State taxpayers 
sent to Lydon did not include payroll and state benefits provided to 
four of his staff including his producer, Mary McGrath.  Although the 
Lydon hour aired daily on WUML (91.5 Lowell) it originated and was 
distributed via WGBH radio in Boston to around 30 other stations. 

Throughout the contract, Lydon had no involvement with WUML at UMass 
Lowell.  File under: Nice work if you can get it.

Bill O'Neill

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