Conservative talk hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent are no longer part of Clear Channel’s WPGB 104.7 FM morning programming. The duo finished its run in Pittsburgh at the end of last week.
Although Ms. Tennent said she wasn’t contractually allowed to comment to the media, a statement was posted late Monday afternoon on the “Quinn and Rose Show” website, www.warroom.com, The hosts wrote: “The Quinn and Rose show has been on the air for 18 years with great success. Ten of those years were at 104.7. We love doing our show.
“We want our listeners to know how much we have enjoyed bringing you the news every morning. … Your loyalty and support over the years has meant so much to us and we think you know that. …
“As we have new information, we will keep you posted. … Rest assured, we will be back on the air!”
In a statement, a Clear Channel spokeswoman said “WPGB tried to reach new terms with Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent, but as that was unsuccessful, they will be moving on, and we support and thank them for the contributions they have made to Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s WPGB over the years.”
According to WYSL 1040 AM in Rochester, N.Y., the team was fired. Mr. Quinn and Ms. Tennent’s show had been syndicated regionally and carried in seven markets outside of Pittsburgh. They had been with WPGB since the station flipped to all talk in early 2004.
It also was carried on Sirius/XM until earlier this fall.
“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.
“I may be only one listener, but you have lost me,” read a post by Todd Machiela on the WPGB Facebook page.
“I’m hardly going to support your advertisers & auction site if you are no longer supporting Quinn & Rose,” wrote Jennifer Batholomai Baldwin on Facebook.
Maria Sciullo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1478. Twitter: @MariaSciulloPG. First Published November 18, 2013 10:31 AM