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Quinn and Rose was a syndicated conservative talk radio program hosted by Jim Quinn and Rose Somma Tennent. It was formerly broadcast during morning drive time from 6 A.M. to 9 A.M. and syndicated through Clear Channel Communications from flagship station WPGB.
The series was abruptly canceled after the November 15, 2013 broadcast, with Clear Channel citing an inability to reach a contract extension and the show's affiliates claiming the duo was fired. Clear Channel replaced the show with WWVA's The Bloomdaddy Experience on most of the show's affiliates.
The program was designed to appeal to political conservatives. Quinn exposes liberals, the IRS, big government, radical environmentalists, the bias of the mainstream media, and outspoken Hollywood actors. He promotes issues such as the right to bear arms, the FairTax, Christian values, alternative media, and the military. Issues Quinn discusses from a conservative point of view include U.S. domestic politics, world affairs, science, economics, and social issues. Rose predominantly takes stances on issues concerning her spiritual faith with regards to politics, religion, family
values, social problems, and education. They were fired as part of the FCC push called "localism".
“It is with a heavy heart that WYSL advises [that] Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent were abruptly fired by their flagship station, WPGB Pittsburgh, over the weekend of November 16/17,” began a statement posted prominently on the Rochester station’s website. WYSL received email notice of this termination literally 10 minutes before their scheduled Monday morning broadcast. The result was a chaotic relay broadcast of a morning show from Clear Channel’s AM station in Wheeling, W.Va. We’re sorry for the confused mishmash that resulted on our air. Although this situation is beyond our control, WYSL apologizes for the sudden cessation of this very popular morning show. …”
Clear Channel in Pittsburgh did not respond to a request for comment on the WYSL statement.
Another Clear Channel talent, David Bloomquist, will host mornings on WPGB from 6-10 a.m., effective immediately. A former sports and morning news anchor on West Virginia television, Mr. Bloomquist, known as “Bloomdaddy,” broadcasts from WWVA 1170 AM in Wheeling, W.Va. The program also is available on Parkersburg’s WLTP, 910 AM.
By mid-morning, all mention of Mr. Quinn and Ms. Tennent had been removed from the WPGB website. But their names were all over social media as fans took to Twitter and Facebook to protest.
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