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Fans of former conservative radio hosts Quinn, Tennent support toy drive

| Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 12:03 a.m.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Conservative radio talk show hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent speak with fans during an appearence Friday December 6, 2013 at Geno Levi Salon to encourage donations to a charity.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Conservative radio talk show hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent speak with fans during an appearence Friday December 6, 2013 at Geno Levi Salon to encourage donations to a charity.

Fans of former WPGB 104.7-FM hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent showed their support on Friday at a promotional event in Peters to gather toys for Compassion Connection, a ministry operated out of South Hills Assembly of God.

“We've done a live radio broadcast every year since we started this six years ago,” said the Rev. Kay Stepp, whose husband, Jack, is lead pastor.

The event encouraging people to bring new, unwrapped gifts for children was the first public appearance since Clear Channel Communications canceled the conservative talk show “The War Room with Quinn and Rose” three weeks ago, replacing it with David Bloomquist's “Bloomdaddy,” which originates in Wheeling, W.Va., from 6 to 10 a.m.

The holiday fundraiser drew a steady stream of fans, whose donated toys — and others donated through Dec. 18 — will be part of a “Toy Treasures Shopping Day” on Dec. 21 for parents who register to buy toys at reduced cost.

One fan from North Olmsted, Ohio, donated a bicycle to a toy drive there. He used to listen to Quinn and Rose on satellite radio.

“When Sirius XM dropped them, I dropped Sirius XM,” said Mark Wirtz, who then heard their show on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio.

Mark Rickard of Pleasant Hills has restarted a Facebook page dedicated to Quinn and Rose, who have not said what happened with their contract with Clear Channel.

A Clear Channel spokeswoman declined to comment.

“After morning prayer and breakfast, I would listen to about 25 minutes” of the show, said the Rev. Jean-Luc Zadroga, chaplain to St. Vincent College students.

The toy drive was held at Geno Levi Salon near Donaldson's Crossroads. Salon operators Geno and Cindy Levi said Tennent is a client and neighbor.

For some fans, Tennent signed copies of “Wilson Won't Be Bullied,” a children's book she co-authored with Susan Castriota, and “Thanking Our Soldiers,” a collection of stories from listeners about kindnesses to members of the military.

Tennent has been a substitute host for Sean Hannity, whose national show airs daily at 3 p.m. on WPGB. She will fly to New York on Dec. 30 for that show.

Patrick Cloonan is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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