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Published May 23, 2011, 05:06 PM

Fargo Talk Show Host Hennen Canned Before End of Show

Longtime talk-radio host Scott Hennen is no longer broadcasting on 1100 AM, and his show was taken off the air Monday afternoon during his on-air announcement of his departure and future plans.

By: Dave Roepke, Forum Communications

FARGO – Longtime talk-radio host Scott Hennen is no longer broadcasting on 1100 AM, and his show was taken off the air Monday afternoon during his on-air announcement of his departure and future plans.

Hennen’s latest exit from Fargo airwaves was abrupt, as the local station carrying his syndicated talk show – The Flag, a station he once founded – cut away from his program toward the end of the first of two segments he had planned to air on the show.

A pre-recorded “greatest hits” collection of Hennen shows preempted the radio host’s own announcement.

Before he was pulled off The Flag, Hennen had said on air his last show on the station would be on Friday, and following that, he was going to enlist the help of former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer to decide how to deliver programming such as commentary and interviews with public figures.

Breck Von Bank, the general sales manager for The Flag, said the station pulled Hennen’s show mid-broadcast because “all the terms of his departure had not been agreed upon.”

Von Bank said Hennen’s removal from 1100 AM is permanent. A replacement in the 2 to 5 p.m. time slot hadn’t yet been determined. In the interim, pre-recorded Hennen shows will air in the slot, she said.

After his announcement, which he’d invited local media to attend, Hennen said he was aware he had been preempted and was looking into it. He said he would have comment later in the day on Monday.

In addition to announcing plans to continue his work in another fashion, Hennen also said he had a book coming out July 5 about the tea-party movement called “Grass Roots: A Commonsense Action Agenda for America.”

Roepke is a reporter at the Forum in Fargo

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