WBUR announced today that Christopher Lydon, former host of the station’s program The Connection from 1994-2001, will return to WBUR in January 2014. WBUR will launch a new weekly, hour-long program titled Open Source with Christopher Lydon. It will air Thursdays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Boston, live on 90.9 FM and streaming at wbur.org, with an encore broadcast over the weekend.
“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 will be teamed with his long-time Connection senior producer Mary McGrath to create the new program for WBUR. Most recently, they were collaborators on Radio Open Source, a weekly podcast about the arts, ideas and politics at www.radioopensource.org
“We’re bringing Open Source back to our first radio home, WBUR in Boston,” said Lydon. “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.”
The new program’s goal is to explore Boston on its several cutting edges—from brain sciences and poetry to strategic studies and music—all of them outward looking and inextricably linked to the wider world. Open Source will be drawing on online communities before and after the broadcast to help shape and deepen the public conversation.
Open Source with Christopher Lydon will join the exceptional collection of radio and online content produced by WBUR, including On Point with Tom Ashbrook; the newly expanded, two-hour Here & Now, reaching 367 NPR stations across the country; Only A Game, public radio’s only sports program; Radio Boston, WBUR’s daily exploration of politics, issues, arts and culture in the region; and digital-first content, including wbur.org, Cognoscenti, The ARTery and the CommonHealth blog.
“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.”
In addition, the Radio Open Source website will be central to the new WBUR project. Expanding its platform from its current state, the site will produce and offer more podcasts, which will be shared through WBUR’s website at wbur.org.
Before hosting The Connection on WBUR, Lydon covered national politics from Washington for The New York Times and hosted the Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV in Boston. McGrath began her journey in broadcast and online journalism as a science producer at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
For more details, see the post from Chris on the Radio Open Source website.