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Barnicle: No new radio slot: Will also leave his show at WTKK (The Plagiarist is out!)
Boston Herald ^ | 6/14/07 | Jesse Noyes

Posted on 06/14/2007 3:26:04 AM PDT by raccoonradio

In a surprising turn of events, Mike Barnicle withdrew from the running for the morning-drive slot on talk radio station WTKK-FM (96.9) yesterday.

Citing a full plate of other projects, Barnicle said he’s dropping out of the race to fill the spot left vacant by disgraced host Don Imus. Barnicle is also forfeiting his regular slot on WTKK.

“At the end of the day, it requires so much time, so much energy, I couldn’t do justice to it,” Barnicle said.

Previous commitments to NBC would make it too difficult to host the morning slot from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

But sources inside the station said management wanted to partner Barnicle with a new group of regular guest hosts - an idea Barnicle didn’t warm to.

Barnicle said he’ll stay on in the time slot until a replacement is named. But his planned departure set off new speculation as to who would take his place since, sources said, it was considered a done deal.

WTKK has been looking to fill the morning slot ever since syndicated radio personality Imus was booted by CBS Radio for making on-air racist remarks.

Sources said Herald columnist Margery Eagan and NECN personality Jim Braude, who host the “Eagan and Braude” show in the afternoon, could be moved to mornings. The pair’s program was expanded from one to three hours earlier this year.

Another source said management might look at host Michael Graham to take the lead in the mornings. Both Graham and Barnicle’s regular shows were shaved by an hour last January.

Officials at Braintree-based Greater Media Inc., which owns WTKK, didn’t return requests for comment.

In a statement, Peter Smyth, president and chief executive of Greater Media, said Barnicle and the station couldn’t devote the time needed for the show. Despite his plans to give up a regular show on WTKK, Barnicle will continue to play a role at the station, Smyth said. “Mike was one of the original members of the WTKK staff and will continue to be a part of our team.”

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KEYWORDS: howiecarr; mikebarnicle; talkradio; wtkk
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To: RPaniagua

Yeah they tried to get Howie Carr but the courts shot it down (I do the Howie ping so we’ve followed this) and now instead
of Howie getting Imus’ slot, Imus gets his old slot back
and Howie remains on WRKO (aft 3-7 pm). Graham had been
holding the slot for Howie but once the parties involved
found out that a “right to match” clause in Howie’s
contract WAS valid, he couldn’t jump to ‘TKK so basically
we get the status quo.

Of course Howie benefitted from Imus, in a way; Imus
libelled Howie’s wife (a private figure) and Alan
Dershowitz worked out an out-of-court settlement in
which Imus basically helped to pay for Howie’s
condo in Florida.

21 posted on 11/23/2007 8:52:36 AM PST by raccoonradio (Howie Carr is Back! Weekdays 3-7 pm on WRKO & The Howie Network)
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