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Pittsburgh Host Quits Show After Gun Debate


Tim Benz tells the Pittsburgh Tribube-Review that he's left the morning show on Clear Channel's alternative rock 105.9 The X. Benz was arguing with listeners about gun control. “There was a flare-up about gun control on the show, which included a good deal of flashback against the station. I wasn't able to walk away from the fight. I decided to step away from the Morning Show.”

A Pittsburgh gun shop gave away ammunition and a military-style rifle on its Facebook page and that's where the debate began with Benz being in favor of stricter gun-control laws. Benz tells the paper, he did not resign and plans to honor his contract however the station sees fit -- on the air in a different capacity or off the air. "It's a personal battle that I may have waged on the airwaves too often for the format. It's a topic I feel passionately about,” he said. “And that passion has gotten in the way of doing the show in the manner in which it should be done.”

(2/12/2013 10:28:31 AM)
Ray, your posting is rife with grammatical trainwrecks, so what's a typo among friends?

Typically, you're attacking the messenger, not the message. Hence, my observation that this isn't the proper place to debate gun control.

Try hard to focus without going off into ancillary issues like my spelling.

- The Sundance Kid
(2/11/2013 8:36:21 AM)
Without diminishing the importance and necessity of Americans having this gun debate, I think I can say that the underlying issue here is one in which corporate radio determines that engaging in any contentious debate could be bad for business.

As such, the debate is not encouraged to be joined by on-air personalities. Not at the local level, to be sure.

- Ronald T. Robinson
(2/11/2013 8:16:29 AM)
The preamble of the constition begins with the words "We the people"...meaning the people not the elected elite. Remember there are ways to ammend the document that resulted in freedom for slaves and the right to vote for women among other good things...that were not listed in the constitituon that so many gun nuts are clinging to...

- Jim Donutz
(2/11/2013 8:11:56 AM)
Dear Sundance, the word is "your", not you're...but I wouldn't expect you to know that, as evidenced by your advanced stupidity.

- Ray Dio
(2/11/2013 7:59:46 AM)
Typically, you missed the point. This isn't the proper place to debate gun legislation. Rather, this is a story about a radio personality's response to the gun control debate.

Furthermore, you're entire premise is skewed - this is a Constitutional issue not subject to popular polling. If it were, we probably be living in a theocracy since 1954 whey they subverted the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God".

- The Sundance Kid

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