BOSTON (AP) _ A veteran Canadian journalist has been named host of the popular public radio talk show, ``The Connection,″ on WBUR-FM, nearly five months after former host Christopher Lydon left during a dispute with the station.
Dick Gordon, 45, who has worked for the Canadian Broadcast Company for 24 years, won the job during a two-week audition on ``The Connection″ in late June and early July.
``I’m tremendously excited,″ Gordon said. ``It’s perhaps one of the best radio programs,″ on the air.
Station general manager Jane Christo said WBUR picked Gordon because he has the ability to do a ``wild and quirky show,″ but also handle breaking news.
Lydon and producer Mary McGrath left ``The Connection″ in March after a lengthy dispute over the station’s refusal to accept their demands for a financial stake in the show.
Lydon and McGrath released a joint statement Tuesday.
``Congratulations to Dick and Jane,″ it read. ``It’s their day.″