Editors Note: Lynn Samuels was one ‘of a kind’. She has the ability to make a conservative flaming angry but never held the Liberal party line. She was a free thinker who had enough criticism to go around no matter what position your found yourself on the political spectrum.
She was heard late at night on 770 WABC New York all through the east coast. She ended up on Sirrus XM Radio Progressive XM Stars where she was able to set her tongue free.
A little known fact about Samuels was her call screener for a time was was Matt Drudge.
The radio waves will be a bit quieter, but even this writer will miss her distinctive New York voice, as we often tuned in to hear what Lynn was saying provocative.
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.