Skip to comments.Vanity: Howie Carr or Jay Severin - who's funnier in Boston
Posted on 03/05/2005 4:46:31 AM PST by r5boston
On Boston radio, who's the funnier host, Howie Carr or Jay Severin? Howie mentions FR all the time, on his radion show, Herald colum, and links to FR on his page. Jay Severin on the other hand seems to be at his best when taking on Hillary and Ted.
My mom likes Howie but I'm partial to Jay. Jay usually makes sense and he is quick and funny and is extremely well spoken.
I've only listened to Jay a couple of times and that was maybe 2 years ago. My car radio is locked to WRKO and Howie is the standard listening on my 1 hr homeward commute.
I listened to Howie for years, then switched to Jay.
But Jay lost me last year during the election cycle with his constant negativity about Bush's election prospects. Also, I really got tired of listening to him bash Bush on Iraq.
So now I just switch back and forth between them.
Jay later apologized and said he had made a mistake in regard to his stance that he could not vote for Bush. Sometimes Jay is wrong, but the best and brightest in the listening audience will call the show and go on the air with him to pull him through it.
"Jay lost me last year during the election cycle with his constant negativity about Bush's election prospects" - same here, at that time I just stopped listening to Jay, now I switch to him when Howie goes in to commercials. And what makes Jay the brilliant mind military strategy he is today? It must be all those years he spent in the army/navy, ... oh never mind.
I don't take Jay as seriously as Laura, for example, but I like the way Jay puts words together and I like his voice too. Jay's show is the #1 talk show in New England for ratings.
His # 1 ratings around New England, must be attributed to some extent to his constant criticism of Bush.
What is 'Boston'?
Is it something special?
I've gotta go with Howie.
Who's funnier? Howie!
Who's more entertaining? Howie!
Who's more informative? That's a toss up.
Let's face it Jay is all politics, he was against W the first time around & being a friend of Kerry he was AWOL this time around.
Howie is more than just national politics, he has a much wider depth of knowledge overall therefore he is more entertaining imo, but he has way too many commercial breaks.
You got to love the Chump Line & Police Blotter Fridays.
Jay has a pehnomenal command of the language and is very quick witted. Onpure speaking style he is right up there with the best in the industry and his show is compelling. Howie is funny at times but there is too much filler material in his show like TV Guide ratings and esoteric local issues. I would vote for Jay even though I do not agree with him on hsi stance on the Iraq war but he does make re-evaluate your own position and be better prepared top defend it. Jay is ready for a national audience and could be a force to reckon with.
When ever I am close to my home state, I have to listen to Howie!
I wish I could tune him in here in Buffalo.
It's a quaint, little communist suburb of The Great State of New Hampshire.
The problem is that all the Massholes are moving up to NH and bringing their commie ways with them.
I know what you mean, but I'm a recovering Masshole, too. But unlike most Massholes, along with myself, I brought four other Republicans with me.
Jay is not Rush, not only is Rush a great political observer, he's funny. Jay is NOT funny and he tends to be boring imo.
I don't think his RINO politics would get him far beyond New England either. Like somebody else mentioned he fakes his support of the military and as a veteran I see through it. Jay being forty something & acting like a borderline pedophile with the younger female audience is sick too, it's no wonder he sits on the board at Milton Academy.
I think Jay is genuine about the military and make no mistake, Jay is fifty-something!
I had been listening to Jay since the first day he was on, but he recently lost me because of his incessant rants about Iraq. I don't mind him disagreeing with policy, but calling it "Iraqnam" is absolutely disrespectful to our troops. I don't care how you frame it, that's unnecessary. He talks about how much he supports the troops, but doing to that level is beyond the pale.
I think he's a phony.
During both the 2000 & 2004 elections he didn't support Bush, playing the RINO card. Unlike Rush he can't or won't come right out and say what he actually believes, he's a Kerry nuance metrosexual.
So now 50+, he's still a bachelor with two cute poodles. OK that near pedophile thing could be just an act then.
You are so right.
Jay has NEVER been aboard imo.
Right out of the box he's been throwing in crap like "let's nuke 'em". That kind of verbal bomb throwing paints conservatives into a Vietnam like corner which as you say is where he is heading.
All one has to do is compare what Jay has said in the past & what Bush has accomplished.
Jay like most LIBERALS would have you believe the war is over & that we have lost when in fact Iraq is just one battle in a much larger war both of which we are winning.
He's probably married with kids. He keeps his private life very hush hush. It's a little odd to know so little about a public person.
I have never heard this Carr fellow, but I can tell you Jay is NOT funny. He is also not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. He is boring, pompous, arrogant and stuck up. He is also a supporter of legalizing drugs which is something that all intelligent people know would destroy this country. So In other words, he sucks.
I believe that Jay helped Romney get elected. Jay did not help Bush get elected though.
If you want funny then listen to Glenn Beck. Now he is funny.
I have been lukewarm on Bush at times (e.g., steel tariffs) but all the Democrats are SO MUCH WORSE. (Pardon my shouting.)
Howie can get awfully lame, like when he's completely out of gas and runs a "Who[m] would you like to see nakid in TV segment?" but nowadays that only sends me over to 1150 AM (Hugh Hewitt).
Jay is well spoken, rarely rants and makes a nice first impression. But he's awfully anodyne and it doesn't take long for him to put to sleep.
The coments that Jay makes, especially regarding "Korean girls" are very immature, not what a grown-up would say, not even a teenager would talk like that. It's like he makes this effort to point out that he is "hetronormative"
I think Jay is probably married or gay. While that sounds like a complete contradiction, listen to him putting stay at home moms on a pedestal. Then listen to him trying to portray himself as a single lady's man. Then stop and think that he never, ever speaks of his private life in any way shape or manner, except when referring to his dogs.
He's got a Napoleon complex to boot. He's about 5 feet tall in his heeled boots.
What a schmuck. Stupid too. He's the A-hole who reportedly couldn't figure out the connection between WMDs and the WoT.
I was a Masshole for about 5 years. When I lived there started out listening to Jay, but he lost me with his constant tone of defeatism and negativity. Then I switched over to Howie and found it a much more entertaining and upbeat way to spend the commute home. Howie has a great comic personna and doesn't take himself too seriously.
I can honestly say that out of a very, very small handful of things I miss about Massachusetts, listening to Howie Carr is near the top of the list.
Howie by a mile...
Howie, HOWIE, H-O-W-I-EEEEEEE!
"Heh heh heh"
"Who[m] would you like to see nakid in TV segment?"
Exactly why I like Howie!
Between that and the Chump Line, Police Blotter Fridays, the TV Guide preview, the Chris Wallace preview (which really are quite funny, they should have a show together), the occasional outing of the Combat Zone Johns, Where's Whitey all mixed in with politics both local & national makes Howie the BEST!
Howie doesn't PRETEND to be Rush, he's Howie!
Jay on the other hand thinks he is equal to Rush, he's not. Not only that his "Best & Brightest" smacks of LIBERAL ELITISM!
I would have to agree that Severin is mostly boring, more than a little arrogant and too much into sex and drugs. Aside from having a good command of the language, he's not often funny, either.
It's not just "best and brightest", it's also one of the marketing lines that the radio station has been using, where their listeners are better than AM radio listeners. This would work fine for a top 40 station. But they are talk radio, and sure their competition is on AM, but where do they think their listeners are coming from. Insulting a good part of their listeners never made any sense to me.
Howie, by far.
I love to listen to Howie, 'cause he's real. Severin is so full of himself - all about the bods he saw at the gym, and the gals at the hotel bar.
And having lived in Boston during the Irish gang wars of the 1960's, I'm fascinated by Howie's online archive of mug shots and crime scene photos!
(Howie reads FR, so: Hi Howie!)
My problem with "Who[m] would you like to see nakid on TV" is just that it's so lame. The first time, kinda cute, not he does it every time he's outta gas.
That is one of the least intelligent statements I have ever read on FR, for a number of reasons.
Howie would have a bestseller if he put his thoughts about the Boston mob(s) down in book form. I too enjoy his knowledge of Boston crime history.
Perhaps, but how often is one of those segments aired, every three to six months? I haven't heard one in about two years but I don't listen every single day either.
Plus Howie allows the audience to participate in 60% of the show unlike Jay's 5%.
LOL, so true. I cringe when a caller self identitifies as one of the " best and brightest".
One problem with Severin is that he is invariably wrong on his big predictions. Accroding to him the last two Presidents should have been McCain and Kerry.
Another is that he claims to be a libertarian but he is pro choice. I have nothing against libertarians but I find pro choice libertarians right up there with anti gun conservatives.
Jay Nuke'em has a lot of problems but he is good on the SCOTUS and their penchant for ignoring the Constituion. So, in that way he does a service. But he could do that service absent the faux bs and be that much better.
All in all I prefer Howie Carr on the drive home.
Jay did say that the Red Sox would win the World Series all along, even when the Yankees were ahead those 3 games, Severin insisted it would turn around. Maybe the Red Sox were listening?
You've all inspired me listen to Howie. My mother is never wrong, afterall. Even knowning that about my mother, there are lots of times I don't listen to her :)
"I wish I could tune him in here in Buffalo"
You can listen to Howie on the web thru a link at WRKO.com. the problem is there are only so many listening slots available and it's hard to get on. the trick is to get on a few hours before his show (i usually get a connection around lunch time) and just mute the computer till 3pm.
I will have to try that, Thanks..
BTW, when I googled Howie Carr around 1998 (the verb form in that era may have been "altavistaed") about 90% of the material about him on the web had to do with his feud with morons who ride bicycles in downtown Boston. The morons were furious with him, then even as now.
"BTW, when I googled Howie Carr around 1998 (the verb form in that era may have been "altavistaed") about 90% of the material about him on the web had to do with his feud with morons who ride bicycles in downtown Boston. The morons were furious with him, then even as now."
As I'm sure Howie would say, "Great minds think alike", I can't stand those bike morons either.
Hey Howie any Bickford coupons for all the nice PR?
I prefer Howie, by a big margin, over Flattop Jay. Howie's funny while Jay seems more than a bit arrogant.
Police blotter fax
Max Robins and the Monkey Business Channel
Is Ted in the house? (heh-heh-heh-heh (clap))
Wizard of Uhs ("Uh-uh-uh? that's 3 Uhs Uhhhhh-that's
one uh. Decisions of the judge are final. I am the
I used to love when Howie will fill in for Jerry ("Good
afternoon New England, this is Howie Carr of the Boston
Herald and I'm filling in for the Dean today") and it was great Howie eventually got his own show.