Graphic by me...again, it's not totally official but it looks that way...
Howie Carr ping
“Entercom fights to keep Howie Carr from defecting to WTKK, Boston. Carr’s attorney Bret Cohen is going to be earning his keep, as Entercom stands ready to claim it has the right to match any other offer and (at the very least) a 90-day non-compete that should keep Howie from starting at FM talker WTKK on October 1.”
If you missed it:
“Carrs contract with Entercom contained both a non-compete and right of first refusal or right to match provision. The non-compete clause prevents Carr from going to work at any other radio or TV station within WRKOs city-grade coverage area for 90 days, according to Carrs lawyers.
The right to match provision purports to give WRKO the right to meet a competing salary offer within 180 days from any radio or TV station within WRKOs coverage area. If Entercom matched an offer, Carr would have to stay at WRKO with the same undisclosed compensation as offered by WTKK.
“But Cohen said both provisions are illegal and unenforceable under Massachusetts law. Cohen said theres a state statute that ‘prohibits the enforceability of non-compete agreements and other post-employment restriction against individuals in the broadcast industry.’
“’If it comes to it, we are prepared to litigate this issue,’ Cohen said.”
(me: don’t be too surprised if legal wrangling might keep
Howie OFF the air—get ready for possible fill-ins or
“Classic Carr”—while all this gets settled, a la
Severin and WTKK...Hang on to your hats. It’s going to
be a bumpy ride.)
Tom Finneran is a convicted FELON, a SLUG tried and found guilty of lying under oath so what does WRKO do to this reprobate who deserves to be in JAIL (If it had been uoy or me they would have nailed us to the wall for this)? They have the unmitigated gall to HIRE HIM and to give him the plum morning commute slot! When this happened, multitudes of WRKO listeners contacted the station and flat out told them that they, along with me would drop our support for WRKO AND ITS SPONSORS and would no longer listen to them in the morning and that is just what we have done. I wrote numerous scathing letters to the management of WRKO pleading with them not to hire the liberal sleaze bag, hack "FELLON" Finnerean, Howie also voiced his objections but the management staunchly refused to listen to their audience and went ahead and did it anyway. The ratings for Finnerans show bore out the fact that the audience made good on our threats because they are in the toilet where they belong.
Along with the disgrace of hiring a convicted felon to comment on the political and MORAL issues of the day, WRKO has been eating into Howies airtime for months now by broadcasting Red Sox games and pre-game hype in his time slot... BOREING. So all I can say is WRKO has gotten what it so richly deserves; lay down with "dogs" and you get fleas. I hope Howie cleans Finneran's and WRKO's clock.
If anyone from WRKO is reading this: I hope you ENJOY your time with Tommy Taxes, AFTER Howie leaves, I am permanently switching stations for good. I, along with countless other FORMER WRKO listeners will listen to Howie Carr on his new station and will NO LONGER listen to Rush (the ONLY other conservative host you have left because you FIRED everyone else) on WRKO... You lost the bulk of your listening audience when you "jumped the shark" by hiring the convicted sleaze bag "Felon Finneran.
All I can say is:" See ya, wouldn't want to be ya.