Radio host dismissed

October 25, 1990|By Eric Siegel

The volunteer host of a weekly talk show on Morgan State University's WEAA-FM has been dismissed for failing to notify station management when he was inviting political candidates on the air.

Lynwood M. Taylor, who has hosted the Wednesday edition of the public radio station's nightly "Two Way Talk" show for the past three years, was also accused in a letter from the station's general manager of making "unprofessional" comments on the air.

Mr. Taylor -- a reading clerk for the Baltimore City Council, who has agreed to manage the upcoming city comptroller campaign of City Councilman Joseph T. "Jody" Landers, D-3rd -- said yesterday he believed he was being dismissed for criticizing Council Vice President Jacqueline F. McLean, D-2nd, who is also a candidate for comptroller.

Mr. Taylor, who said last Wednesday that he disagreed with Ms. McLean's opposition to giving health benefits to families of employees called for military service in the Persian Gulf, charged he was being made a "scapegoat for political expediency."

But WEAA general manager Preston Blakely said yesterday he was not aware that Mr. Taylor planned a role in Mr. Landers' campaign and Mr. Taylor's dismissal had nothing to do with his criticism of Ms. McLean. Mr. Blakely said the comments he referred to in his dismissal letter concerned Mr. Taylor's on-air statements that WEAA management was not allowing William and Lois Shepard, the Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, to appear on the program.

Mr. Taylor, 39, said he was planning to leave as host of the show when Mr. Landers' campaign begins in December to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, but that he wanted to be reinstated so he could resign with "dignity."

Mr. Blakely said such a reinstatement was "possible," but added that Mr. Taylor would not be allowed the autonomy over the show he had in the past.

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