Quinn, Tennent to do fundraiser

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Three weeks after the cancellation of their conservative talk show, Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent will make their first public appearance at a holiday fundraiser Friday morning.

The stars of "The War Room With Quinn & Rose" were originally scheduled to do a live broadcast during the event at the Geno Levi Salon near Donaldson's Crossroads in McMurray.

Although it was announced Nov. 18 that they were no longer part of the Clear Channel lineup on WPGB 104.7-FM, Ms. Tennent confirmed in an email that "Yes, we are doing the event. That is my pet charity at this time of year."

The event runs from 6 to 9 a.m.

"Toy Treasures" encourages fans to bring new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children and teens. The program, part of the Compassion Connection ministry at Bethel Park's South Hills Assembly of God church, also will accept monetary donations.

"We are really excited to do this," said Cindy Levi, co-owner of the salon at 4000 Washington Road. "We will be giving away some goodies and coffee, and I know that Jim and Rose will be signing autographs."

The salon also will be running gift card specials and taking $10 off haircuts for those who bring a donation.

Mrs. Levi said she wasn't sure how many people would show up at 6 a.m. but was hopeful daybreak would bring out a crowd.

"The War Room With Quinn & Rose" was replaced with regionally syndicated David Bloomquist, out of Wheeling, W.Va.'s WWVA-AM. "Bloomdaddy" airs locally from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

T-shirts in the global economy

That shirt on your back traveled a long way to get there. With the goal of helping people understand the global economy, NPR and "This American Life" created Planet Money (www.planetmoney.com/shirt), which this week unveiled a fascinating, multimedia look at the creation and marketing of a simple shirt, from cotton fields in the U.S. to Indonesia, Bangladesh, Colombia and back to the States again.

"Behind this shirt is an entire world" begins Planet Money co-creator and narrator Alex Blumberg in the website's opening segment. By the time the series is played out online and over the air on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" this week, it promises there is "nothing ordinary about a simple T-shirt."

Planet Money created a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to raise $50,000, enough to make, market and sell 2,500 shirts. It wound up with $600,000 for 10 times the number of shirts, which began shipping to benefactors this week. Those who bought the shirts are encouraged to post photos of themselves in their new duds to Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #seedtoshirt.

"Morning Edition" airs locally from 5 to 10 a.m. weekdays on WESA 90.5-FM. "All Things Considered" airs 4 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and starting at 5 p.m. Saturdays, also on WESA.


Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or Twitter @MariaSciullolPG.

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