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Date Posted: 18:06:53 03/14/17 Tue
Author: JM
Subject: Quinn and Banana

That teaming was a shotgun marriage that wound up working out.

In the summer of 1983, the local radio market was turned upside down by Jack Bogut's decision to leave KDKA after 15 years to take a combined deal from WTAE radio and TV. Hearst bumped WTAE morning team O'Brien and Garry to FM, which they considered a demotion. They argued that their contract had been breached by the change from AM to FM, and they signed a deal to move to B94. The courts ruled in favor of Hearst, saying they were Hearst employees and the company was free to assign them to the FM station.

So instead of getting O'Brien and Garry, B94 hired Jim Quinn away from WTAE, where he had been doing the midday shift. They teamed him with "Banana" Don Jefferson, who had been doing the morning show solo. Even though they had never met and there was a significant age difference, the show worked and they had a successful run in morning drive.

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