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Sources: Howie Carr jumps to rival WTKK
Boston Herald ^ | 7/09/07 | Jessica Heslam

Posted on 07/09/2007 12:00:22 PM PDT by SteveBosell

In a bombshell development, WRKO-AM radio host Howie Carr is jumping ship to rival station WTKK-FM, where he’ll take over the prized morning-drive slot, sources tell the Herald. Carr, whose contract with WRKO-AM (680) expires in September, will host WTKK’s morning drive show solo and replaces shamed syndicated talk jock Don Imus, who lost his national show after the “nappy-headed hos” scandal. Carr inked a multi-year deal with WTKK (96.9), sources said. Carr could not be reached for comment and is vacationing in Florida. His move to WTKK pits him against disgraced, ex-House Speaker Tom Finneran, Carr’s longtime nemesis. Finneran’s morning-drive show on WRKO has bombed since he got behind the mic earlier this year. WRKO was banking on the former speaker to boost their dismal morning ratings. Carr informed WRKO of his decision to leave today, sources said. A Boston Herald columnist, Carr is WRKO’s marquee talent and is their highest-rated radio host by far. He has been with the AM station for 20 years and has had his afternoon-drive show since 1994. After Imus was canned in April, former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle replaced him on WTKK but left the station altogether last month after failing to strike a deal with WTKK. With his jump to FM, Carr escapes WRKO AM’s weaker signal and AM radio’s dwindling, younger audience.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: howiecarr; talkradio

1 posted on 07/09/2007 12:00:24 PM PDT by SteveBosell
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To: SteveBosell

Fantastic news.

My only fear is that Howie’s slowing down a bit. I hope he doesn’t turn soft.


2 posted on 07/09/2007 12:04:01 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing

OMG! This is HUGE!!! Good for Howie! It’s all over for rko now.............


3 posted on 07/09/2007 12:09:18 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: SteveBosell
This move is ironic on a number of levels. Two people that Howie Carr seemed to loathe were Tommy Finneran and Don Imus. Now he’ll be competing with one and replacing the other. Good for Howie. RKO has been treating him like dirt lately, especially with the Finneran fiasco. I look forward to having something decent to listen to in the mornings again!
4 posted on 07/09/2007 12:10:07 PM PDT by danno3150
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To: SteveMcKing; SteveBosell
Great move for Howie. He's been a solid firebrand for so long that I don't see him slowing down in his new venue. He'll have a greater national impact, with his signal having a larger reach.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "Crime and Punishment at the AP"

5 posted on 07/09/2007 12:12:18 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please visit www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: rockabyebaby
It’s all over for rko now.............

Ah, so the rumors of Imus returning to the air by mid-August are true...(savewrko.com)

6 posted on 07/09/2007 12:15:01 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: danno3150
Two people that Howie Carr seemed to loathe were Tommy Finneran and Don Imus. Now he’ll be competing with one and replacing the other.

Not to mention Mike Barnicle who quit that time slot just last week.

7 posted on 07/09/2007 12:15:09 PM PDT by AU72
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To: SteveBosell

I hope WTKK can syndicate his show because that station drops when you get past Sturbridge - but they are on the Net ;)


8 posted on 07/09/2007 12:16:00 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee)
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To: SteveBosell

Who cares...It is the Peoples Socialist Republic of Massachusetts, let us move on here....


9 posted on 07/09/2007 12:18:19 PM PDT by taildragger
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To: libertarian27

In the winter, WRKO would be out when you get past Framingham. I wish Howie was on XM.


10 posted on 07/09/2007 12:20:33 PM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: SteveBosell

Somehow I think that this will be good. WRKO has really fallen apart and Howie’s better off where he’ll be appreciated. He’ll also suck whatever life there is out of Tommy’s show.


11 posted on 07/09/2007 12:21:39 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: Holicheese

Howie will bury Finneran. Looks like a good move for Howie, I’ll miss him in the afternoons.


12 posted on 07/09/2007 12:22:46 PM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: Holicheese

Howie will bury Finneran. Looks like a good move for Howie, I’ll miss him in the afternoons.


13 posted on 07/09/2007 12:23:01 PM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: rockabyebaby

The colnel doesn’t seem himself today, seems distracted, not giving his all..........


14 posted on 07/09/2007 12:23:03 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: SteveBosell

I wonder how well Howie and Jay Severin will get along?


15 posted on 07/09/2007 12:24:43 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: rockabyebaby

The colnel doesn’t seem himself today, seems distracted, not giving his all.........
***********************
My thoughts exactly, you can hear it, definitely distracted.


16 posted on 07/09/2007 12:25:28 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
About a month after Finneran came on he had Governor Patrick on and Tommy made a joke about arranging a "Ride" for Howie Carr. He said "Three will leave and two will come back if you know what I mean". Even the Governor was embarassed.

Howie's going to enjoy putting "two in the hat" to Finneran's Forum.

17 posted on 07/09/2007 12:26:10 PM PDT by AU72
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To: SteveBosell

If true, I hope his new station allows him to do the show exactly the way he wants, politically incorrect sound effects and all. I’ve gotten used to listening him after work, when I was tired and needed a few laughs to pick me up—it’ll be a little strange listening to him in the morning.


18 posted on 07/09/2007 12:27:57 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: SteveBosell

Interesting development. Howie Carr detested Imus because Imus made a filthy, utterly debauched comment on air about Carr’s wife, (something to do with Carr’s wife, anal sex and a black man, if I recall correctly). The Carr family eventually sued and recieved an out of court settlement from Imus. Howie Carr revealed this story on his show shortly after the Imus debacle came out.


19 posted on 07/09/2007 12:28:13 PM PDT by gemma0000 (They obscure the truth by calling it an issue of "immigration"-but it's an issue of LAW ENFORCEMENT.)
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To: taildragger

Take note, it may be the RoMass, but we do have FReepers and Republicans there, and must keep them in mind.


20 posted on 07/09/2007 12:28:28 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: AU72

Howie will bury the felon once and for all! It’s gonna be GREAT!


21 posted on 07/09/2007 12:28:47 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: theDentist
I wonder how well Howie and Jay Severin will get along?

They probably will never see each other. Severin does his show from his house on LI. The real fun will be the crossovers with Jim Braude!

22 posted on 07/09/2007 12:29:54 PM PDT by danno3150
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To: SteveBosell

Holy mackeral. Wow.


23 posted on 07/09/2007 12:30:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SteveBosell

Damn, I love him in the Afternoon, I’m not usually listening to the radio in the morning.


24 posted on 07/09/2007 12:31:59 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (May the West and Republicans Always Win...)
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To: LiveFree99

I will miss Max on Monday PM, and the usually lighthearted end of the week Friday afternoons.


25 posted on 07/09/2007 12:37:47 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: gemma0000
The Carr family eventually sued and recieved an out of court settlement from Imus.

Carr's lawyer was Alan Dershowicz.

26 posted on 07/09/2007 12:40:55 PM PDT by AU72
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To: MassachusettsGOP
Same here. I dont listen to AM radio at all. I work late so I’m up later than most folks. I really am going to miss Howies afternoon show.
I think WRKO is in serious trouble now.
27 posted on 07/09/2007 12:41:24 PM PDT by warsaw44 (!)
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To: SteveBosell

So Michael Graham is gonna jump ship and take over Howie’s spot?


28 posted on 07/09/2007 12:49:51 PM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (1/27 Wolfhounds...cut in half during the Clinton years.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Oh yeah, Max. He can probably move to Howie’s show if he wants.


29 posted on 07/09/2007 1:17:01 PM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: SteveBosell

I wonder if Howie’s show will also eventually be shown live on MSNBC? Howie would help their ratings as well as be seen by a much wider, national audience. It’s a missed opportunity for MSNBC if they don’t do this, but Howie Carr has never been impressed by the existence of MSNBC to begin with. Howie makes fun of MSNBC a lot, and whenever he discusses the ratings of any of its shows, Howie’s “sound person” cues some chirping crickets. LOL


30 posted on 07/09/2007 1:38:18 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: LiveFree99
I'm sure, but that's not the point. My location and listening habits mean I'm probably not going to listen as much.

And, I put the show on at 4PM, and it's still Laura Ingraham (WVMT).

31 posted on 07/09/2007 1:39:46 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SteveBosell

If this means Howie will be leaving the 3pm timeslot I hope my local station will put on Mark Levin even though it would have to be a delayed show from the day before


32 posted on 07/09/2007 1:41:45 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.youtube.com/CafeNetAmerica)
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To: danno3150

Jay finally moved to the Bay State. I believe he has settled on the North Shore. Marblehead, maybe.


33 posted on 07/09/2007 1:54:02 PM PDT by surrey
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To: Calvin Locke

I”m listening to Max now. I won’t miss him that much but your right I will miss the afternoons and especially Friday afternoons. I wonder if I can somehow record his morning shows on the pc and listen at night?


34 posted on 07/09/2007 3:00:47 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: SteveBosell

Good for Howie!


35 posted on 07/09/2007 3:19:58 PM PDT by Disturbin (America! America! God shed His grace on thee)
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To: mowowie

There’s a product called “Replay Radio” that I use. It’s perfect for stuff like this. It will record any radio shows automatically for you so you can listen later. Sorry, not trying to plug anything — just passing along a tip.

http://www.applian.com/replay-av/index.php


36 posted on 07/09/2007 3:22:33 PM PDT by Disturbin (America! America! God shed His grace on thee)
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To: Disturbin

Thanks man, I’ll try it out.


37 posted on 07/09/2007 5:09:19 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: mowowie

Also take a look at http://www.highcriteria.com for Total Recorder.

I’ve been using it for years to record automatically off a number of inputs.

I’ve used it to record off the internet, but manually.


38 posted on 07/09/2007 7:04:19 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: raccoonradio

Did you know about this? I listen to Howie (frequently, but not every day) in my area on WHYN 560 AM (Springfield, MA). I kind of like him in that 3-7pm time slot... hope they still run his show during that time.


39 posted on 07/09/2007 7:37:21 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Calvin Locke

Thanks, I’m heading to the site now.
I was just reading on savewrko.com that Recent reports now have WRKO denying Howie Carr’s departure....Getting interesting.

http://www.savewrko.com/archives/2007/07/regan_claims_ho.php


40 posted on 07/09/2007 10:30:38 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: SteveBosell
will host WTKK’s morning drive show solo and replaces shamed syndicated talk jock Don Imus

Way cool! I'll be able to listen to him out in Worcester. But I wish he was on in the afternoons. Do they do podcasts? I'm surprised that Finneran's bombing. I like him. It looks like they're grooming Todd Feinberg to take over from him. Howie's morning show will be the last nail in the coffin.

41 posted on 07/10/2007 6:01:02 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: danno3150

Severin actually now lives one town away from me, in
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA


42 posted on 07/10/2007 7:11:21 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: nutmeg

I found out about it not long after most people did—I
was flying back from Pitt. and had made a brief look at
FR, etc., while at a rent-a-computer in Pitt. Air...
when I got back to Manchester NH (flew Southwest) I
stopped by Olive Garden for a late lunch (had Walkman
with me and was going back and forth between the Col.
on WRKO and Hannity on WGIR) and then when I got home
I saw all this about Howie. Ay carumba!


43 posted on 07/10/2007 7:13:14 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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