Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Quinn Cities

What a pleasant surprise to hear that my favorite not-so-local-anymore radio talk show, Quinn & Rose, is now broadcasting on the station formerly known as The Patriot II in Minnesota's Twin Cities. For those of you in that area who read this blog, let me give you some background.

Jim Quinn is a "radio legend" in Pittsburgh, having worked on air in this market at one station or another since the late 1960s, excepting a couple of brief stints in other markets. He was primarily a disc jockey until 1993, when he took a job as a morning host at a classic rock station and gradually converted his show's format from music to all-talk. After a couple of years, Rose Somma Tennent, a local Christian TV station personality, joined Quinn as co-host (and sometimes conscience) and has been with him ever since.

People who knew Quinn as a liberal hippie 25 years earlier were shocked to hear him spouting conservative political opinions on his new show.

About 3 1/2 years ago, Quinn and Rose moved from the classic rock station to Pittsburgh's then-new all-talk Clear Channel FM affiliate. The new gig promised expansion into new markets via syndication. After establishing a presence at stations in the PA-WV-OH tri-state area, Quinn and Rose were ready for bigger things. A new audience discovered the show on XM satellite radio, and the time was ripe for the show to debut on stations all across America.

And that, my dear Minnesotan friends, is who Jim Quinn is and how he made it to the Twins. Feel free to give him a listen. I will tell you up front that he is not to everyone's tastes. He doesn't give ground to RINOs, and he doesn't go out of his way to be nice to the left. He supports blogs, and his show sounded like the broadcast equivalent of a blog long before weblogs existed. Several years ago he quoted Atomizer from Fraters Libertas during some dustup that the inebriate was having with a lefty blogger over abortion.

Best of all, he's guaranteed to piss off any Minnesota DFLer who listens for more than ten seconds. What more could you ask for?

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