UMass Lowell Pulls Funding For Lydon, "Open Source"
October 17, 2006 at 6:15 AM (PT)
Veteran journalist and radio host CHRISTOPHER LYDON's contract with the UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL is not being renewed upon its DECEMBER expiration, reports the LOWELL SUN. The college has been paying LYDON and his staff for the production of "OPEN SOURCE," a daily show produced at Noncommercial WGBH-F/BOSTON and distributed by PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL, but the college, which aired the show on its WUML/LOWELL, is pulling its support for financial reasons.
On the show's blog, LYDON called the pulling of the show's funding an "OCTOBER surprise" and thanked UMASS LOWELL for its support while "reaching out- a little more urgently than we were last week- for new sponsors, large and small, and new ways of paying for what has always been, and will always be, a lean mean staff of professionals. We have wildly grand ambitions in the global transformation of media, which is to say: of human conversation. We need your help and encouragement as we have from the start, or maybe just a little more so."