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Shepherdstown man invited to sit in on Liddy's radio show

Lynn "Ed" Hull was a regular caller to the conservative radio talk show

July 25, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
  • Lynn "Ed" Hull
Lynn "Ed" Hull

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Friday will be a sad day for Lynn “Ed” Hull.

That’s when G. Gordon Liddy, Hull’s favorite conservative radio talk show host, signs off the air for the last time.

Hull, 64, a military retiree and regular caller to “The G. Gordon Liddy Show,” realized a dream when he was invited to meet Liddy in person on Monday’s show.

Hull said he and Liddy talked during the first 20 minutes of the show, mostly about how bullets are manufactured.

“He seemed to know a lot about it,” Hull said. “Then I sat in the studio for the rest of the show.”

Other guests Monday were U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Hollywood producer Harmon Kaslow and Radio America News Director Greg Corombos.

The show airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hull said he manufactures 25,000 to 30,000 bullets a year of various calibers for black powder guns. He once used up about 17,000 pounds of scrap lead in five years, he said. He converted a barn in the backyard of his Shepherdstown home into a workshop.

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Black powder weapons are popular among hunters, target shooters, re-enactors and other hobbyists. Hull said he makes bullets for Dixie Gunworks Inc., of Union City, Tenn., a major retailer of black powder weapons. He also sells to Fort Chambers Black Powder Gun Shop in Chambersburg, Pa., he said.

He pulls in Liddy’s show through an old 10-foot metal television satellite dish in his yard. Every day, the dish sends Liddy into Hull’s workshop.

“I guess I’ll have to listen to (talk show host) Laura Ingraham from now on,” he said.

Hull, a lifelong registered Democrat who “splits my ticket,” began listening to Liddy’s radio show in 1993.

He called in for the first time two years later, he said.

“I’m a regular caller. I call in about once a month or whenever there’s a subject I know about, like firearms, the Vietnam War, aircraft mechanics and amateur radio,” he said. “I call when I have something to contribute.”

Hull, a ham radio enthusiast, served as an aircraft mechanic with the Marines in Vietnam in 1968. He said he suffers from diabetes and was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Hull and Liddy share a politically conservative philosophy.

“We’re both to the right of center,” he said.

Hull said he’s sympathetic to the tea party.

“The Democratic Party is changing. It’s going to the left,” he said.

As for his views on same-sex marriage, Hull said he has no problem with gays or lesbians, “but I think it’s wrong for a person to choose that lifestyle then ask society to support it.”

Asked about the recent mass killings in Colorado, Hull said it had nothing to do with guns or gun laws.

“You can’t stop an act of will. He couldn’t be stopped once he decided to commit mass murder,” Hull said.

Known as the “G-Man” among admirers, Liddy, 82, gained fame for his role organizing the Nixon White House “plumbers” who broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel on June 17, 1972.

He was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and refusing to testify before the U.S. Senate. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. He served just 52 months after President Carter commuted his sentence to 10 years.

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