Tuesday, I noticed someone post on Facebook that Tom Marr, host on WCBM, was being critical of HB 1513 until Delegate Pat McDonough, who has his own show on the station, called in to “explain” it to him.
I later saw reports of Marr and McDonough trashing people who were calling in and belittling them. One caller complained later on Facebook that she had been cut off by Marr when he didn’t like what she had to say. This appears to be the one caller Pat McDonough referred to on air by saying “she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.” At one point, McDonough said the following about Campaign for Liberty supporters, “The biggest enemy of the Republican party and the Tea Party is this group of radicals.”
It was previously reported that HB 5013 is dead in the Rules Committee. However, the Campaign for Liberty supporters are not assuming that to be the case. The state GOP leadership along with county party leadership had been working to get the bill killed. State GOP Chair Diana Waterman reiterated that fact Wednesday evening in the party’s new media conference call.
I received one audio clip from that segment of the show. The quality is bad in places (with silent spots) so please bear with it.
Some of you may remember that Tom Marr used to appear on the Conference Call Show on WFBR. Marr was originally in their newsroom before joining that half-hour political talk show. A long-time Baltimore resident has always told me about that show before. Specifically, my friend recalled that something happened with Corbin that resulted in his sudden death (Baltimore radio old-timers please provide me clarifying details if you have them.) According to my friend’s account, Tom Marr quickly became the conservative on the panel after previously being liberal. Conference Call began airing in 1962 and lasted 26 years.
More recently, I’ve been hearing from candidates for various office that trying to make contact with Marr’s show to get on is extremely difficult and some have even said they get told that Marr doesn’t have candidates on his show generally. This appears to be true, except for the case of one candidate for statewide office who employs a family member of Tom Marr. There have been rumblings by some campaigns and candidates about filing equal time complaints with the FCC, but I’m not sure that would go anywhere.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.