I received more info about the WSNJ radio black out from somebody that saw most of it. Yes, saw. According to my source, the Richard Hock show, or whatever the name of it is, was broadcast on WSNJ as well as QBC2 in Millville.
On Thursday evening, Nelson Thompson and Joe Pepitone were guests. Richard Hoch was not allowed to moderate the interviews, by request of the Democrat candidates. I guess they didn’t want to be surprised by any hardball questions.
They got them anyway. A caller challenged Thompson on his stand that a person that fulfilled the terms of his sentence and probation, and fulfilled the terms of counseling should forever after be held guilty. Nelson said yes – in so many words. Of Course I doubt Nelson thinks that a person with a prior DUI should be ineligible to hold office. This only applies to Republicans. And of course Nelson has never demanded that Todd Edwards, convicted of drug offences and who almost never showed up to his paid county post at the CCUA should resign. A definite double standard.
The caller then asked if Nelson and Joe paid for the nasty gutter campaign, and if not, who did? The moderator quickly broke for commercial break, promising to get back to that question after the words from their sponsor. Of course that was a ruse, and that question was never answered.
After the break, the moderator only threw softball questions to the candidates.
Now we come to the meltdown on Friday. Hoch, during his program, aired his displeasure at being blacklisted from the interview of the candidates. In mid-sentence, the radio went dead, the TV went blank. Nothing but a blue screen. My source says he thought the cable went out, but we now know that was not the case.
He rec’d a phone call, and says that after about 5 or 6 minutes of dead air, he saw that Quinn was on the air. He doesn’t know whether it was live or a tape.
Shortly after, Hoch was back on air, and apologized to the advertisers, I guess for insinuating that the Democrats were not playing fairly. After that, the station just played music. We will see if he still has a job come Monday.
If anyone knows Mr. Hoch, maybe he could comment and give his side of the story. I am sure our readers would like to know.