Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NOLA Radio: John McConnell OUT At WQNO-AM

John McConnell
Former WWL 870 AM / 105.3 FM talk-show host John “Spud” McConnell is without a microphone once again after Catholic radio station WQNO 690 AM abruptly canceled a show he launched with his wife, Maureen, after less than a week on the air, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

“Spud & Mo: The Family Business” was pulled from the afternoon lineup on Monday. David Dawson, president and general manager of Catholic Community Radio, delivered the news, McConnell said.

The show was supposed to feature the McConnells chatting with on-air guests and callers.

The lineup of the Catholic radio station is stacked with shows like “Christ Is the Answer,” “Call to Communion” and “The Holy Rosary with Sister Dulce Maria.”

McConnell said he and his family are practicing Catholics and that he was approached by the radio station to do the show after Entercom affiliate WWWL 1350 AM laid him off in January. But he said his two-hour block, which last week featured a doctor who specializes in ALS, apparently wasn’t religious enough for the station’s management.

“I don’t know. … I don’t think they knew what they wanted,” he said. “We should have been evangelizing the whole time, but they asked us to be ourselves. I’m doing what I did for the last 10 years, what made me a top radio host.

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