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Canadian to Host ‘The Connection’

July 26, 2001

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.″

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