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Tom Roten Leaves iHeart Media

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After an impressive run spanning over two decades, the Tom Roten Morning Show ended this morning with no warning.  Since its inception on June 4, 2001, Tom Roten has been the steadfast voice guiding listeners through the complexities of the news of the day, fostering engaging conversations on contentious issues and providing a conservative voice in a liberal-dominated news space.

The show had become a cherished source of conservative perspectives for the tri-state region, featuring prominent political leaders, best-selling authors, and notable newsmakers, including U.S. Presidential candidates, members of Congress, and even professional athletes. Regular guests like U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie, Evan Jenkins, and Bill Johnson contributed to the show’s intellectual depth, while Tom’s dedication to covering concerning conservative issues, underscored his commitment to community engagement. 


The overarching goal of The Tom Roten Morning Show was always to stimulate thoughtful discussions and encourage listeners to explore ideas beyond the conventional wisdom they had grown up with. Hailing from Glenville, West Virginia, Tom Roten’s journey to Huntington, where he arrived in 1986 to attend Marshall University, was a testament to his dedication to the region. His multifaceted interests, from coaching youth sports to enjoying outdoor pursuits like fishing and hunting, reflected the genuine, down-to-earth spirit that endeared him to his audience. As the sun sets on this longstanding morning tradition, Tom Roten leaves behind a legacy of informed discourse and community connection that will be remembered fondly by his listeners for years to come.

It is unclear what the next steps may be for Roten.  iHeart Media the owner of WVHU has been issuing layoffs for some time.  In April of this year, Tracey Baumgard who served as Market President for 27 years departed the company.  Also from sister station WTCR, Judy Eaton exited after 33 years with the station.

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13 Comments

  1. Chris

    September 27, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    WE WANT TOM BACK!!!! OTHERWISE YOU LISE ALOT OF VIEWERS. BRING BACK TOM ROTEN

  2. angela summers

    September 27, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    This is so heartbreaking! Tom is a wonderful talk show host. He has captivated early morning news for years. He is our eyes and ears for all current issues. He stands alone as the most informative conservative radio voice in WV. Ending Tom’s radio program is a huge disservice to WV and a major loss for all of us.
    WE WANT HIM BACK!
    RESCIND THIS POOR DECISION AND PUT TOM ROTEN BACK ON THE RADIO TOMORROW MORNING!

  3. Wayne

    September 27, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    No Heart Radio

  4. S. Marshall Wilson

    September 28, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    With Tom’s summary dismissal, iHeart Media has wantonly (perhaps intentionally) deprived West Virginians of the only centered and balanced voice for balanced consideration of complex and important issues.

    It is a blunder worthy of shame and reproach.

  5. Jon Combs

    September 29, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Done with iHeartRadio…lost a great one…iHeartRadio you blow!!!

  6. Bobbi

    September 29, 2023 at 8:48 am

    I must say that I was surprised not to hear Tom yesterday or this morning, I thought perhaps there was an emergency in his family, I’m sorry to read that that wasn’t the case. I’ve lived in multiple states and can say that hands down Tom is one of the best out there. He will certainly be missed by everyone. Good luck to him in the future.

  7. Joe Burgess

    September 29, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Tom is a Christian conservative that put light on many subjects and. many issues from well qualified guests that brought truth where lies have been told. My decree is he will be grabbed up by someone that knows his worth. One more thing to say….. P-I-T-I- F-U-L

  8. David

    October 3, 2023 at 7:56 am

    IHeart can’t handle the truth i am so done with this stupid station

  9. judith lomely

    October 3, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    It’s a shame to lose Tom, wasn’t crazy about his hunting stories but he was right on with covid, how we were lied to, agreed with most of his Christian conservative views. The WV GOP leaders, some,& IHeart powers that be couldn’t handle the truth from him, station got too liberal under IHeart, was better with when it was a Clear Channel station.IHeart will lose more listeners but liberals never care as long as they’re in control of our thoughts, 1 sided ones.

  10. Jim Allen

    October 5, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    What a loss go the tri state area. Tom covered all the bases, a voice in West Virginia and a positive alternative to the Herald Disgrace and all of the garbage that comes with that liberal – infested garbage dump. Thank you, Tom, you deserve better than this.

    • Gregg Davidson

      October 17, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      What a shame a local person with a brain taken off radio I have listened to him since he started used to listen to this channel most of the day first we lost Rush now this nothing to listen to in the morning now

  11. rick mcknight

    October 27, 2023 at 7:10 am

    This is the end of listening to iHeart programming corporate decisions like iHeart put local programming out of business

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