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 its 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.
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)
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.