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Former WABC radio host Lynn Samuels has died 1942-2011

Posted on 12/25/2011 9:22:47 AM PST by Politics4US

Mark Simone has reported on his twitter that liberal radio host Lynn Samuels has died.


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1 posted on 12/25/2011 9:22:50 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: Politics4US

Of loneliness?


2 posted on 12/25/2011 9:29:44 AM PST by albie
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To: Politics4US

Never heard of him.


3 posted on 12/25/2011 9:30:42 AM PST by StormEye
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To: Politics4US

Sad. I used to enjoy her verbal sparring battles with Bob Grant and Steve Malzberg in the golden days of WABC 770 NYC.


4 posted on 12/25/2011 9:30:48 AM PST by montag813 (http://www.StandWithArizona.com)
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To: montag813

I never liked her, but it’s still news.


5 posted on 12/25/2011 9:32:14 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: Politics4US

6 posted on 12/25/2011 9:32:23 AM PST by VU4G10
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To: Politics4US

I loved the way she vilified Clinton. She had no use for him.


7 posted on 12/25/2011 9:35:15 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I thought she was Clinton supporter?


8 posted on 12/25/2011 9:36:41 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I thought she was a Clinton supporter?


9 posted on 12/25/2011 9:36:58 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: Politics4US

http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/12/25/lynn-samuels-1942-2011/

I remember her as a lead in before Rush on WABC & also with Barry Farber.


10 posted on 12/25/2011 9:38:57 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: Politics4US

I wonder if she got her 79 virgins?


11 posted on 12/25/2011 9:39:31 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: Politics4US
I am sorry to hear this. I can't say that I ever agreed with her on anything political.

I did enjoy listing to her show and her sparring with the other hosts.

I met her once in Penn station quite by accident. We spoke for a few minutes before she had to head to WABC for a show. She was very pleasant and thanked me for listening even if I didn't agree with her.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

12 posted on 12/25/2011 9:40:23 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Politics4US

I didn’t follow her closely but during the impeachment days I could catch WABC at nights. She was unstinting in her criticism of Clinton and Hillary for her cattle futures nonsense. I suppose she may have seen him as less worse than a Republican. A lot of Dem commentators got their shorts in a wad during the impeachment follies.

I don’t suppose she had any coherent political philosophy. Just whatever was current on the Upper West Side.


13 posted on 12/25/2011 9:43:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Politics4US

She was a birther!

http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2009/07/libtalker-lynn-samuels-not-backing-down.html


14 posted on 12/25/2011 9:44:23 AM PST by presently no screen name (If it's not in God's Word, don't pass it off as truth! That's satan's job.)
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To: montag813
I used to enjoy her verbal sparring battles with Bob Grant

I recall Bob Grant saying that he was friendly with her father.

15 posted on 12/25/2011 9:44:56 AM PST by Salvey
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To: VU4G10
There's a whole thread about her on the NYC Radio Messageboard. She may have done fill ins on WRKO Boston for a time. I believe she came from the left but it seems many people fondly remember her even if they disagreed politically.
16 posted on 12/25/2011 9:45:59 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Salvey

I recall Bob Grant saying that he was friendly with her father.

Yes, Lynn first met Bob when Bob visited their home for something, before she was a radio host.


17 posted on 12/25/2011 9:47:57 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: raccoonradio

Despite being hated by many of the callers, and even some of the hosts at WABC, Samuels’ street-wise attitude and quick wit enabled her to manage through it all. She was fired for a brief time when, while being paired up with conservative veteran talker Barry Farber, she lost her cool and called for the assassination of then-president George H.W. Bush...
Samuels was then fired a third time from WABC on August 22, 2002. Although the station claimed “budget cuts” were the reason for her canning, many believed the real motive was to silence her progressive voice during the build-up to the the War in Iraq. At the time, she was on only once a week, on Saturday mornings.

The Sirius Satellite Radio network quickly hired Samuels in 2003, and she had been broadcasting from there ever since. Despite being on the Sirius Left channel, Samuels took no favorites and bashed Democrats when she saw fit, including dropping a c-bomb on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/12/25/lynn-samuels-1942-2011/


18 posted on 12/25/2011 9:52:04 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: montag813

Same here.


19 posted on 12/25/2011 9:52:36 AM PST by meatloaf (I've had it with recycling politicians in any way shape or form. Toingss 'em out!)
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To: raccoonradio

more: Samuels was very critical of US President Barack Obama, and even questioned his “natural born” status. Many of the progressive listeners to Sirius Left complained that she was not far-left enough for the channel. She was moved to Sirius Stars in May 2011.


20 posted on 12/25/2011 9:53:14 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I remember Rush Limbaugh saying that she was a very nice person when he started at WABC. She went out of her way to make him feel welcome at the station. As a person, never heard anyone saying anything but nice things.


21 posted on 12/25/2011 9:55:43 AM PST by gusty
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To: montag813

I enjoyed her, too! She was a yenta but she could be funny and entertaining.


22 posted on 12/25/2011 9:57:25 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Politics4US

I liked her. Litened to her for years.


23 posted on 12/25/2011 10:01:47 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: gusty

Lynn about Rush & Sean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ZMW9bt36Y


24 posted on 12/25/2011 10:06:00 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: Politics4US

Oh no...

I liked her alot.

We spoke on the phone a few times; talked about music / The Beatles.

We both knew that talking politics was out of the question.

A very, very nice lady.


25 posted on 12/25/2011 10:11:57 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: montag813

I was a liberal until I started listen to her and Bob Grant. I thought she sounded crazy compared to him and it was an awakening.

RIP Lynn.


26 posted on 12/25/2011 10:17:27 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

It’s sad that we New York freepers only seem to get together when something like this happens. RIP, Lynn.

Merry Christmas, Glock. (Or Happy Chanukah!)


27 posted on 12/25/2011 10:20:18 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: miss marmelstein

I met kuby in the subway once. Was really funny and cool to talk to.


28 posted on 12/25/2011 10:22:47 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Politics4US

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/wabc-host-lynn-samuels-dies-christmas-eve-69-article-1.996718


29 posted on 12/25/2011 10:29:03 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: GlockThe Vote

My old friend, the late, great Sidney Zion, took me to a debate between him and a bunch of anti-semites. Kuby was the moderator. We all had a drink in a bar prior. Kuby was very nice and we talked about his beloved dog, Lily. Poor Ron lost control of the debate early as I recall!!!


30 posted on 12/25/2011 10:33:25 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Politics4US

Matt Drudge has posted it on his homepage.


31 posted on 12/25/2011 10:34:06 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: StormEye

I’ve never heard of either of them. Anyway, R.I.P.


32 posted on 12/25/2011 10:41:22 AM PST by tob2 (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: montag813

RIP. she was one lib I never disliked. Grew up on Bob Grant. All time heavyweight great that never got shot at the title.


33 posted on 12/25/2011 10:44:56 AM PST by MattinNJ
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To: Politics4US

Matt Drudge tweets:
this one is way too hard: no more lynn samuels. bold,brilliant. and she would be surprised i would say it: a sweetheart http://nydn.us/slQTYo


34 posted on 12/25/2011 10:45:35 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: MattinNJ

RIP Lynn. I really enjoyed listening to her even though she was a lib and she could be very funny.


35 posted on 12/25/2011 11:01:27 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: VU4G10; ml/nj; AliVeritas; Cicero; Clemenza; rmlew; Lauren BaRecall; Liz; romanesq; ...
I suppose that (ironically) that's Coulter on the left and Samuels on the right. Never knew what Samuels looked like, though you could readily recognize her by her loudmouth left radio voice.

That screen must be from 2008 or 2007. I can tell because the Dow Industrial Average hasn't been close to 14,000 since then.

36 posted on 12/25/2011 11:03:20 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Politics4US

Some guy called her WABC show with an anti-gun rant, obviously expecting her to agree. She began her reply with something like, “I’m gonna have to disappoint you...”


37 posted on 12/25/2011 11:08:08 AM PST by decimon
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To: Politics4US

Oh no, I loved her! She is the first person I emailed on 9-11. She was very personable and always returned my email!


38 posted on 12/25/2011 11:13:21 AM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY (The Silent Majority is roaring!!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

She was Jewish you moron!!


39 posted on 12/25/2011 11:22:44 AM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY (The Silent Majority is roaring!!)
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To: PROTESTBYPROXY

She was a terrorist, you moron.


40 posted on 12/25/2011 11:29:36 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: Politics4US

RIP.


41 posted on 12/25/2011 12:25:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: justiceseeker93

Years ago, when she was a left wing host on WABC, Lynn Samuels used to do a change-of-pace Christmas Eve show in which, among other things, she invited listeners to sing Christmas carols.

This year on Christmas Eve, Samuels died. She was 69.

No cause of death was immediately announced. Her body was discovered after she failed to report for her 10 a.m. Saturday show at Sirius XM radio and the company asked police to go to her Woodside, Queens, home.

On the radio, Samuels was exactly what much of the country thinks New York sounds like. She had a city accent she never tried to hide or soften, even when her bosses suggested it would prevent her from ever getting a radio job outside the city.

“This is who I am,” she said.

“She was unique beyond words,” said John Mainelli, her WABC program director and longtime friend. “I'm so glad I knew her.”

Samuels was a self-described progressive who often threw curveballs. She was a long-standing critic of President Obama, saying she didn’t believe he ever really had progressive credentials.

Her periodic unpredictability didn’t serve her well in today’s party-line talk radio, but helped give her a long run in the earlier, looser talk era.

Her criticism of conservatives often extended to her fellow radio hosts, but she would add that she liked a number of them personally. She became close friends with conservative host and writer Matt Drudge, serving for a time as his call screener.

Mainelli said he exchanged messages with her on Friday, at which time she said she would be doing both her Saturday and Sunday shows live this weekend.

“I am stunned,” Jay Diamond, her one-time WABC colleague, wrote on the New York Radio Message Board. “She sometimes got mad at me, but I loved her, and we were friends to the end. The world of radio, and the world in general, will miss this great talent, and great human being.”

Aside from politics, Samuels would devote long segments to cultural matters like books, music, a movie she saw or the merits and demerits of wearing foundation garments.

Her Christmas Eve show, which she said was not her favorite program, began as an attempt simply to do something fun and different on a night when most people weren’t discussing budget legislation.

Her own politics ran back to the activist movements of the 1960s, about which she often talked. Her radio career began around 1979 with a late-night show at WBAI (99.5 FM).

She moved to WABC in the late 1980s and remained there on different shifts for about 15 years. She was fired three times and rehired twice.

After WABC she struggled at times to stay in the city, taking a job in a laundromat while keeping her hand in radio at Sirius XM.

A very private person off the air, Samuels left no immediate survivors.

But the local radio world was saddened.

To the end, said Mainelli, she was “the same as she had always been - lively, full of curiosity, and happy, all existential things considered.”


42 posted on 12/25/2011 12:33:03 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: raccoonradio

Yes, I remember that argument she got into with Barry Farber, calling him a “patronizing pontificator”. She also made a nasty remark about the wrong Rosenburg being knifed, the stabbing of Yankel rosenburg during the Crown Hts. riot. These incidents effectively ended her tenure on WABC.


43 posted on 12/25/2011 12:37:18 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Politics4US; justiceseeker93
Sad news. There was something endearing about Lynn. Unlike others on the left she left you know when she had been had. I remember one call to her I made where I was speaking about the murder of Vince Foster. She replied with her predictable, "But he was Bill's best friend," in that unmistakable high pitched righteous whine of hers. So I said, "Where did you ever get that idea? They were 19 months apart in age. Clinton moved away from Hope to Hot Springs when he was six years old. They didn't go to high school together. They didn't go to college together. They didn't go to law school together; and they didn't go to Moscow together." Lynn was crushed and she admitted it with something like, "Well, maybe they talke on the phone a few times." The next time I called she greeted me with, "If it's not Carl from Oyster Bay, it must be Mike from North Caldwell.

WABC made a mistake cancelling her. Their bad judgment continues now to where Rush and Levin are the only ones I ever listen to.

RIP, Lynn.

ML/NJ

44 posted on 12/25/2011 1:01:54 PM PST by ml/nj
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Lynn about Rush & Sean

I thought Lynn was gone before Hannity showed up.

ML/NJ

45 posted on 12/25/2011 1:07:40 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Politics4US

I too, am sorry to hear of her passing. I hope it was not in pain.

One time, returning from a FReep in DC, she made a comment on the radio FOR Pres.Bush -——— defending him for whatever the incident/accusation was. (I forget the circumstances) But I was surprised that she would defend him in the way that she did. When I got home, I e-mailed her and thanked her for her stand, and that I was surprised that it came from her — but was happy she did so, and she needed to be thanked for it. She returned my email and simply said that fair was fair. She felt he was getting attacked wrongfully and he needed to be defended.

I never forgot that and it really made me listen to her in a different manner.

I hope her soul is at peace.


46 posted on 12/25/2011 1:29:57 PM PST by Exit148
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To: Impala64ssa; All
I remember that argument she got into with Barry Farber, calling him a "patronizing pontificator."

Farber is a really nice guy (and brilliant in languages and some eras of history), one of the last of the true Southern gentlemen. Never knew that he and Samuels shared the same program - on WABC?

She also made a nasty remark about the wrong Rosenberg being knifed, the stabbing of Yankel Rosenberg during the Crown Hts. riot.

What other Rosenberg was she thinking of? - surely not Julius or Ethel.

47 posted on 12/25/2011 1:51:50 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What are you talking about?


48 posted on 12/25/2011 2:31:33 PM PST by Borges
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To: albie
I didn't agree with her on just about anything.

...but she was a hoot to listen to.

49 posted on 12/25/2011 2:34:27 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Borges
She called for the assassination of Bush I.

I call that terrorism.

50 posted on 12/25/2011 2:36:59 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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