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‘Talk 1300’ seeks host to fill in for Lynch

Albany radio station WGDJ (1300-AM) is searching for a new afternoon host.

Albany radio station WGDJ (1300-AM) is searching for a new afternoon host.

Dan Lynch, afternoon drive host at “Talk 1300” since the station started in 2007, is taking a leave of absence. His last show was Friday.

“He just wants to get on with some other things,” said Paul Vandenburgh, WGDJ’s president and general manager. “He did more than I asked him to, and I really appreciate it. We’ll get him back in the fall when he goes back to Florida.”

Talk 1300’s Kelly Stevens is filling Lynch’s time slot this week. Vandenburgh expects to announce a full-time replacement within the next few days. It will be a locally based program.

“I’m not only going to put a local guy on, I’m going to expand the show from three to four hours,” Vandenburgh said, adding the new production will air from 2 until 6 p.m.

Vandenburgh is making other changes to the Talk 1300 lineup.

Syndicated talkers Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Lou Dobbs will be leaving WGDJ’s air. Starting Monday, Dennis Prager will move from his overnight slot to Schlessinger’s early afternoon berth. Roger Hedgecock will take over Dobbs’ current weeknight time, 7 until 10 p.m.

Prager, who had been heard on tape delay during his late night slot, will now be heard live. Hedgecock will also be carried live; Dobbs’ show is currently aired on tape for Talk 1300.

“I think the products I’m replacing my former programs with are better products,” Vandenburgh said. “I want to step up the quality of the shows, I want to be live as much as possible and we are. And I want to expand my local as much as I can, too.”

The early Saturday morning “Swap Shop” is ending its run on WGDJ, in favor of a local, to-be-determined talk host.

Vandenburgh also is bringing “Doug McIntyre’s Red Eye Radio” to overnights.

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