Conservative talkers Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent (“The War Room with Quinn and Rose”) have ended their run at CCME’s Talker WPGB-FM Pittsburgh the end of last week. In a statement, a CCME spokesperson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “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.”
David Bloomquist, from CCME’s 50-kW WWVA-AM Wheeling, WV is now hosting mornings on WPGB from 6-10 a.m. A former sports and morning news anchor on West Virginia television, Bloomquist, known as “Bloomdaddy,” will stay on from WWVA, as well as WLTP-AM Parkersburg, WV.
However, affiliate, Robert Savage’s WYSL-A/FM Rochester NY wasn’t too happy about the Quinn & Rose move, and says it wasn’t given enough notice. From its website: (http://www.wysl1040.com/):
“It is with a heavy heart that WYSL advises Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent were abruptly fired by their flagship station, WPGB Pittsburgh, over the weekend of November 16/17. WYSL received e-mail notice of this termination literally ten 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, West Virginia. 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. Beginning with Tuesday, November 19, we will feature former US Education Secretary Bill Bennett’s program, “Morning In America,” from the Salem Radio Network, weekdays from 6 to 9am. Please join us in extending best wishes to our friends Jim and Rose and thanking them for a wonderful seven years of morning radio. Also please know that WYSL looks forward to hearing a return of Quinn and Rose to national radio as soon as legal and other circumstances permit. Thanks for the overwhelming response and for listening to WYSL – your reliably conservative radio voice.”
No word yet on where Quinn and Rose may be heading, but WYSL might be a good place to start.