Lynn Cullen gets WAMO talk radio gig


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Talk host Lynn Cullen is returning to the airwaves.

Starting Monday, she'll host a two-hour talk show on WAMO-AM (860). It will air Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ms. Cullen, one of the few liberal/progressive voices in local talk radio, was last heard in August on the former WPTT-AM (1360), which switched to a financial/business talk format and new call letters (WMNY). Before WPTT, Ms. Cullen had been on former talk station WTAE-AM 1250 (now WEAE).

Ms. Cullen will be the afternoon drive-time lead-in to nationally syndicated talk host Bev Smith's nightly show, which starts at 7 p.m.

Ms. Cullen said she's thrilled to be back. Being off the radio "through such historic times has been a long, silent ordeal for me," she said. Her last day on the air was the day Sen. John McCain announced that Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska would be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election. "I missed all of that and the election. If I ever wanted to be on the air, it was exactly the six months I was pulled."

Ms. Cullen's fan base has been very vocal during her absence. Some have been actively lobbying other stations to get her back on the air.

Ms. Cullen said she's glad to be bringing a liberal point of view back to a conservative-heavy talk market. She's looking forward to reconnecting with her former listeners, and with new ones. "It's a great opportunity for my regular audience, and for WAMO's audience, who have not been able to [hear] local talk."


Adrian McCoy can be reached at amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.


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