Christopher Lydon Returns To WBUR With ‘Open Source’
Christopher Lydon is returning to WBUR-FM. Lydon, the voice of “The Connection” from 1994 to 2001, will be hosting the weekly “Open Source with Christopher Lydon” from 9 to 10 p.m. Thursdays with a repeat over the weekend beginning in January. The program will air on WBUR-FM and stream live on wbur.org.
“We’re thrilled to bring Chris back to WBUR. He’s a unique voice and captivating host who manages to be both highly accessible and highly intellectual,” said Charlie Kravetz, WBUR general manager. “Chris also has a keen understanding of the digital space and is an innovator in his own right, pioneering the creation of the nation’s first real podcasting effort through his Open Source website. We know Chris is going to be a great addition to our on-air and online platforms.”
Lydon, also a former anchor of Channel 2’s “Ten O’Clock News,” added, “We’re bringing ‘Open Source’ back to our first radio home, WBUR in Boston. Drawing on our roots in Boston and our interest in the wider world, we’ll be re-launching radio and online conversation as challenging, as engaging, as various, as irresistible as we can make it.”
Mary McGrath, his producer on “The Connection” and on “Radio Open Source,” a weekly podcast, will be rejoining him at WBUR. They were let go during a dispute with Jane Christo, the general manager in 2001.
The Radio Open Source website will also be an ingredient of the WBUR project. The site will offer more podcasts, which will be shared at wbur.org.
“In a mobile, digitized world, New England remains vital as an American capital of ideas, teaching, learning and research,” said Lydon. “Our goal, drawing on the almighty human voice and the many extensions of modern media, is to make radio talk as bracing and smart as this Global City we’re living in.”