Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bye Bye, Leon

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Local talk jock Leon Gray is no longer affiliated with Progressive Talk 680/Air America. His photograph has been removed from the Web site, and his blog has been deleted. When asked about the circumstances surrounding Gray’s sudden departure WWTQ programmer Jerry Dean responded, “No comment.” When asked if the station planned to hire a new local personality Dean responded, “No comment.” All Dean would offer was that Leon’s show would be replaced by the last hour of the Randi Rhodes show, and the first hour of the Majority Report.

Gray has been a charming, charismatic figure since he joined the WWTQ team in 2005, but has drawn fire from Mid-South liberals for his conservative fundamentalist views on social issues, especially gay civil rights.

Several of Memphis’ progressive bloggers, who have treated Gray with equal parts tolerance, respect, and bile, are scrambling to organize and make a case that WWTQ should consider filling Gray’s slot with a rotating slate of bloggers.

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