Conservative radio hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent, formerly of WPGB 104.7 FM, have said they turned down an offer to be hosts on the newly reconfigured WJAS-AM (1320), but the station’s ownership would not confirm their statement.
“Note: we have declined the offer from WJAS. Terms offered precluded our ability to live stream to our audience which was essential,” the duo posted Thursday on their Twitter account (@warroom). On Friday, they wrote and then deleted a similar tweet.
Frank Iorio, owner of Radio Partners LLC, which purchased the station earlier this month, said Friday that the company had been negotiating with the pair for months and that their statement about the live-stream was not true.
“I can’t comment on what people are saying on Twitter,” Mr. Iorio said.
Mr. Quinn and Ms. Tennent did not respond to requests for comment.
In a controversial move following the ownership change, WJAS changed its programming from oldies to conservative talk radio. The station’s new format resulted in the departure of longtime DJs Jack Bogut and Bill Cardille. Its current lineup includes shows with Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and David “Bloomdaddy” Bloomquist.
Mr. Quinn and Ms. Tennent left Clear Channel’s WPGB in November. At the time, the station said it had tried to reach new terms with the hosts but was unsuccessful. A Rochester, N.Y., station that broadcasted the show claimed the pair was fired. The Quinn and Rose show was syndicated regionally and carried in seven markets outside of Pittsburgh.
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