Sometime in the coming weeks, a new voice for the natural gas industry will be filling the region’s airwaves, and it’s bound to be rousing some interesting dialogue.
Kevin Lynn, award-winning TV reporter and radio host, will be hosting a show on 94.3 ‘The Talker’ for Gold Bold Media Group.
Since 2010, Lynn has been working communications for Linde Corp., a contracting company that is heavily involved with the Marcellus Shale industry.
The connections he’s made as a press advocate for the company have situated Lynn in a unique place to offer perspective on the industry.
“I had a long career in radio and TV, before I tragically got old and had a face for radio,” Lynn said. “The people I’m working with are not afraid of the facts, and it seemed like a good idea to have a show that’s unapologetic.”
In the past, Lynn himself had been skeptical of the benefits of fracking and other processes the natural gas industry offered.
As a progressive talk show host, he didn’t consider himself in a position to be swayed from his well-intentioned and heartfelt opinions on natural gas processes.
But, when he spent a couple of days driving around Susquehanna County with some representatives from different gas companies, he was amazed at the extent companies went to in order to get the job done right.
Lynn was also taken by the sheer magnitude of an industry he’d come to know little about.
“I realized that, whatever my concerns may be, I was standing at the edge of the runway flagging down planes - they’d already taken off,” Lynn said. “I realized it was an industry that was much more developed than I had thought.”
Lynn hopes his show will get some questions answered for people through contacts he’s made with Linde.
“I’m not hiding anything from anybody,” Lynn said. “If somebody asks me a question and I refuse to answer, all that does it foster more questions.”
Lynn’s show will focus on conversations and interviews with callers and people involved in the gas industry, running every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., with the possibility of being extended until noon if there’s enough interest.
Most of all, Lynn wants to inspire meaningful conversation about a polarizing topic.
“We’re going to be having a discussion out there with folks. This is a place where I’m certainly not going to shy away,” Lynn said.
Through the process, Lynn’s hoping to come out with some newly-converted natural gas supporters, but he’s also just eager to have the opportunity to show his own support.
In his line of work, he’s crossed paths with many individuals from the press industry that he’s seeing more frequently at meetings and events he attends with Linde.
Only now, he’s on the other side of the equation.
“I feel I can say that I’ve been known as a sincere guy – I don’t do stuff just to have a conversation. I think you have to have a set of core values that come into play,” Lynn said. “I think when people see me they think, ‘You know, you’re not different from the guy we used to know.’”
The only difference is that Lynn’s experiences with the natural gas industry have left him supporting what he calls excellent work in a region full of opportunity.
And, with the perceived permanency of the industry, education could go a lot further than ignorance.
“The industry’s done an excellent job and it’s only going to get better. They’re here for a reason - a good reason - and I think that’s really what I’m going to be selling,” Lynn said.