The War Room with Quinn and Rose
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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, later suggestions indicating that Clear Channel budget cuts were at fault, and the show's affiliates claiming the duo was fired. (The contract dispute appears to pertain directly to Quinn, as Rose remains a fill-in host for Clear Channel as of January 2014.)  Flagship station WPGB changed formats nine months after Quinn's firing; there has been speculation that WJAS, which picked up most of WPGB's lineup, would revive the program. A major hangup in negotiations was that Quinn insists on retaining all rights to the Internet stream. Quinn would eventually return to radio, but without Rose, in March 2015. Rose, in turn, would pick up her own show on WPGP (AM 1250), in late May of the same year. Both Quinn's and Rose's programs are carried by WYSL.
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.
The show has a unique format in that it is, for the most part, divided into thematic "Heads-Ups" (e.g. Liberal Heads-Up, "Euro-weenie" Heads-Up, ACLU Heads-Up), each with its own theme song:
- Education/University Heads-up: Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
- ACLU Heads-Up: Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
- Gay Heads-Up: YMCA by The Village People
- Immigration Heads-Up: Illegal Alien by Genesis
- Liberal Heads-Up: Love Me, I'm a Liberal by Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon
- Media Heads-Up: Dirty Laundry by Don Henley
- Clinton Legacy Heads-Up: Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) by Travis Tritt
- Racial Heads-Up: Black or White by Michael Jackson
- Union Heads-Up: Bang on The Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren
- Gun Heads-Up: Lock and Load by Bob Seger
- School Heads-Up: School Days by Chuck Berry
- Ted Kennedy Heads-Up: Drive My Car by The Beatles
- Victim Heads-Up: Get Over It by Eagles
- Insane Item of the Day, "Moonbat" Heads-Up: They're Coming to Take Me Away by Napoleon XIV
- Harry Reid Heads-Up: Pinky and the Brain theme
- John Kerry Heads-Up: Flipper Theme
- Bush Heads-Up: Bush Was Right by The Right Brothers
- Iran Heads-Up: Bomb Iran by Vince Vance & The Valiants
- Iraq Heads-Up: I'm Free by The Who
- Hate Mail: Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe
- France Heads-Up: Surrender to Love by Kindred the Family Soul
- San Francisco Heads-Up: San Francisco by Scott McKenzie
- Democrat Heads-Up: Surrender to Love by Kindred the Family Soul/It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To by Lesley Gore
- America Heads-Up: Living in America by James Brown
- Animal Rights Heads-Up: Wabbit Slayer by Ozzy Fudd
- Government Heads-Up: For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield
- Euro-Weenie Heads-Up: Springtime for Hitler from The Producers soundtrack
- Greeny-Weenie Heads-Up: Bein' Green by Kermit the Frog
- New World Order Heads-Up: Bidding America Goodbye (The Auction) by Tanya Tucker
- Peacenik/Cindy Sheehan Heads-Up: I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing by The New Seekers
- Sexual Harassment Heads-Up: He Touched Me by Barbra Streisand
- Venezuela Heads-Up: Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter
- Death Penalty Heads-Up: Shock The Monkey by Peter Gabriel
- Barack Obama Heads-Up: Bad Company by Bad Company, Who Are You by The Who or I Wanna Talk About Me by Toby Keith
- Welfare Heads-up: Free Ride by Edgar Winter
- Sarah Palin Heads-up: I'm a Woman by Peggy Lee
- Scott Brown Heads-up: Pickup Man by Joe Diffie
- Michigan Heads-up: Foolish Pride by Travis Tritt *Ozone Al Heads-Up: Lost In The Ozone by Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Heads-up: "Come on Down to My Boat" by Every Mother's Son
The usual bumper music is Monster by Steppenwolf, Eminence Front by The Who, Stranglehold by Ted Nugent, Cradle Will Rock by Van Halen, La Grange by ZZ Top, Soul Shaker, Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big and Rich, and Panama by Van Halen, American Radio by Carolina Rain and (on Fridays at the top of the hour) Working for the Weekend by Loverboy.
Starting in Pittsburgh, the show was syndicated mainly through the eastern United States. At its peak the show had eighteen affiliates, many of which paired the show with Clear Channel's existing conservative talk network (which does not have a morning drive program of its own). Most affiliates replaced the show with local programming, while other FM affiliates went to music formats. The show originated from WPGB.
The show was carried on XM Satellite Radio via "America's Talk" with the last show being carried on October 17, 2013, when Clear Channel pulled its programming off the XM platform.
|Calls||Freq.||Branding||Format||Market/Market Rank||Timeslot||Group Owner|
|WPGB||104.7 MHz||FM NewsTalk 104.7||News/Talk||Pittsburgh, PA / 24||Live 6A-10A||Clear Channel Communications|
|WYSL||1040 kHz||News Power 1040 WYSL||News/Talk||Avon-Rochester, New York / 54||Live 6A-9A||Radio Livingston|
|WHLO||640 kHz||Akron's News Talk 640 WHLO||News/Talk||Akron, OH / 73||Tape 9A-12P||Clear Channel Communications|
|WICO-FM||92.5 MHz||Delmarva's Talk Stations||News/Talk||Salisbury-Ocean City, MD / 141||Live 6A-9A||Delmarva Broadcasting Company|
|WVTT||96.7 MHz||NewsRadio 96.7 WVTT||News/Talk||Portville-Olean, NY / 200+||Live 6A-9A||Colonial Radio Group|
|WFRB||560 kHz||Talk||Cumberland, MD / NM||Live 6A-9A||WTBO-WKGO Corporation, L.L.C.|
|WNCO||1450 kHz||WNCO 1340 AM||News/Talk||Ashland/Mansfield, OH / NM||Live 6A-9A||Clear Channel Communications|
- Sciullo, Maria (2013-11-18). "Conservative hosts Jim Quinn, Rose Tennent out at Pittsburgh's WPGB - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- Fybush, Scott (August 7, 2014). NERW update: Clear Channel goes big in Pittsburgh. NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- Quinn and Tennent say they rejected offer to host WJAS. Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
- "Market Ranks". Arbitron.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.