Lynch'ed again 

Plus: Lawsuits, Franken and free trips.

Longtime jawboner Pat Lynch can once again be heard on Little Rock radio airwaves. Since July 5, Lynch’s “Pat Classic” show has filled the 9 a.m.-11 a.m. berth for terrestrial radio station KDXE-AM, 1380, which also plays host to left-wing Air America programming. KDXE is one of six stations across Arkansas that carry portions of Lynch’s online WAI-Radio.com show.

Lynch has hosted the online show since 2005. The network of over-the-airwaves stations that feature his online show includes KSMD-FM, 99.1, in Searcy; KAPZ-AM, 710, in Bald Knob, and KNBY-AM, 1280, in Newport.

While Lynch cheerfully promises listeners “nothing new or adventuresome,” he said the show will be familiar to longtime fans, with a focus on local news and newsmakers. Recent guests have included attorney general candidates Paul Suskie and Dustin McDaniel, columnist Gene Lyons and Rep. Marion Berry.

“We will be doing the stuff I did back in the 1980s — the more serious conversations,” Lynch said. “I would say the show will be about half interview, and we’ll have a good number of full-scale, hour-long interviews. A lot of political and news-oriented items.”

For more information and for archives of Lynch’s past shows, go to: www.wai-radio.com; or visit Lynch’s homepage at www.lyncho.com.

n Speaking of Pat Lynch, his one-time boss, Little Rock Internet radio mogul Stephen Freeman, who started online talk station WAI-Radio.com, and whose KMVK reportedly was once the most-streamed country music station on the Internet, has sued his former business partner, Gordon Heiges, over what Freeman claims is a breach of contract.

At issue are more than $175,000 in Metropolitan Bank loans and assorted “vendor obligations” that the lawsuit claims Heiges and his TCR Radio agreed to assume when he purchased Freeman’s KMVK, Arkansas Priority Radio Network and WAI Radio in November 2005. Filed July 5 in Pulaski County Circuit Court, the lawsuit claims that Heiges has stopped paying on the loans, which still count Freeman as a debtor.

Freeman is seeking attorney’s fees, an independent audit of TCR Radio’s books as they relate to payments on the outstanding loans, and “an amount as may be determined to be due.”

Those looking to rub elbows with uber-liberal Al Franken when he comes to town this week to broadcast his Air America radio show still have a chance. Tickets are still available for “The Planned Party with Al Franken,” to be held at the Clinton Presidential Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. The $150 ticket price goes to benefit Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. A jazz band will be on hand, as will the always-outspoken former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who will introduce Franken. For more information or tickets, call 801-0001.

If the dog days have you dreaming of a vacation somewhere in the (not so blazing) sun, CBS’ “The Early Show” might be able to hook you up with a free trip when its “Great American Vacation” national tour makes a stop in Little Rock next week.

From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Friday, July 28, Dave Price with “The Early Show” will be broadcasting live from the River Market pavilions on President Clinton Avenue (producers are asking that people show up between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.).

Little Rock will be the last stop on an eight-week, 16-city Winnebago tour of the United States.

At each stop, a vacation for four has been given away by CBS. Viewers were asked to write to “The Early Show” to nominate friends and family, explaining why the person they’re writing about deserves a free vacation.

Nominations will be accepted throughout the tour, so if you’re just learning about this, there’s time to nominate that special someone via CBS’ Great American Vacation website, which can be found at www.cbsnews.com.

My shoes are melting.




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