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Howie is an indentured servant to WRKO for 5 years! The rub was this: in order to keep Howie (and they did want to keep him because apart from RUSH, Howie Carr is WRKO's biggest draw and money maker), his contract stipulated that WRKO HAD TO MEET THE COMPETITION’s bid... They did not want to do this but they had to in order to prevent Howie from bailing and it was COSTLY. WRKO does not like this aspect AND they know as soon as the 5 years are over, Howie is going to leave WRKO in the dust so they are making life difficult for him. Their attitude seems to be = "Ok Howie, we have to pay you and meet your demands (Example= he now takes every 3-day holiday off, with pay!), but we are going to make your time with us difficult and as miserable as possible”.

Howie wants out of WRKO because they hire CONVICTED FELLONS like “Felon Finneran” to be talk show hosts and to pontificate on issues from politics to MORALS! Imagine asking a known, convicted felon who was convicted of lying under oath to host a show for you IN SPITE OF OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION FROM THE LISTENING AUDIENCE! Thousands upon thousands of listeners contacted WRKO and it’s management voicing their opposition to having “Felon Finneran” host ANYTHING; the guy belongs in jail, but we are talking about Boston Massachusetts here.

When this happened, I believe this was the last straw for Howie and he wanted to leave WRKO but if he did WRKO would/will lose a massive amount of their listening audience so they prevented him from doing so. Like I said, Howie is their slave for 5 years but the day his 5 – years is over he is G O N E and WRKO will sink like a stone in the 3 – 7pm time slot.

37 posted on 02/09/2010 10:38:22 AM PST by Jmouse007 (God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: Jmouse007

Yes...as far as hiring convicted felons goes, WPRO has Buddy Cianci but I believe he’s still a beloved figure down there

For those unfamiliar, on this thread:
Howie let slip in July of 07 that he was moving to WTKK when his RKO contract ended. RKO went to court and he was stopped.
His “last” WRKO show was 9/19/07 and he was due to start on WTKK on Oct 1; the TKK website was re-designed and supposedly a Howie page (he was due to do AM drive) was part of it. Greater Media, WTKK’s owner, had “Carr candy bars” as giveaways (Howie has given these to people...and has worn a WTKK hat at public appearances!)

Howie did a TV interview with Ch 4 just as the change was about to happen but the judge ruled against him. He finally returned to WRKO around Nov of 07

Jason Wolfe of WEEI/WRKO/Entercom put money into the cash cow that is WEEI. They got the spiffy studios and Howie was left with the crappy ones. With CBS’ Sports Hub 98.5 as competition, WEEI does not want to be left behind. They even took back ALL of the Red Sox games, even though
WRKO promos still say “The Boston Red Sox are on WRKO”

Come 2012 (or earlier if Entercom goes bankrupt?) Howie could be at Boston Talks 96.9 or Clear Channel’s WXKS 1200
(I don’t know if CBS’ WBZ would want him)


39 posted on 02/09/2010 11:08:53 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Jmouse007

Thank you for explaining in more detail. It still seems like RKO is cutting off their nose to spite their face, but worse management decisions have been made. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Howie confronted the lawyer who wrote such a contract. I hope RKO either decides to give him more support or else lets him go ahead of time. This is not the way a talented person should be forced to work.


42 posted on 02/09/2010 12:09:31 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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