Skip to comments.Another sign Howie Carr is leaving WRKO: he's replaced on Worcester affiliate
Posted on 09/13/2007 6:48:35 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Entercom and Greater Media have been mum about Howie Carr leaving (his contract is expected to expire on Sept 19) to go to WTKK. But there is a clue that is could well be happening. Howie's Worcester affiliate, WCRN, now has this on their webpage:
"Starting Monday, Join Peter Blute for 4 hours of Live and Local Talk in the morning! The Peter Blute Show from 6-10AM, and Hank Stolz moves to the afternoons 2-6PM. THE SWITCH IS ON!"
So Howie has been replaced, on a station that has been quite loyal to him. It looks like the move to FM in the AM could well be on. No word yet on whether Howie's move to WTKK is indeed happening, or what other Howie affiliates would replace him with...
If/when he does move... he should leave Col. Hunt behind.
Pinging the Howie Carr list...he’ll be off as of next Monday on WCRN at least. Will Howie’s last show on “AM in the pm”
happen next week, to be soon followed by the first one on “FM in the am”?
yes I hope he does ditch Col. Hunt—great soldier,
great military expert, etc., but I can’t take that
raspy voice. Maybe good as a guest but please, not as a host.
If he does move to WTKK they could poss. put someone
like Michael Graham in his place and have someone else
fill Michael’s slot.
I was listening to WTKK 96.9 in Boston this morning, and morning drive host Michael Graham was making not-too-thinly veiled statements that made it pretty clear that Howie will be taking over Graham’s drive time slot this month. Graham also basically said that his own show will be moving to the 9-12 slot.
Jay Severin has been touting similar changes, although he has not been quite so specific as Graham was this morning.
It’s pretty clear that Howie’s move to WTKK is a done deal and will happen this month.
Yes, I haven’t heard Graham’s or Severin’s shows but I have heard such hints have taken place and as you say,
not-too-thinly veiled. Howie yesterday was talking about
the Deval statement on 9/11 and referred vaguely to another talk host who’s been mentioning it: “someone I will soon
be talking to on a daily basis”
The original plan was Howie on WTKK on Oct 1...would it
Excellent. McPhee stinks.
Peter used to be on WRKO in the mornings; the former
Worcester-area Congressman who was in the scandal along
with the GOP’s Sandy Tennant (think the Nautilus boat
and a scantily clad woman who wound up on the front
page of the Herald...a “three hour tour” paid for by
the MDC—trying to remember all of it).
He was partnered with John Osterlind (”Ozone”) orig.
from WAAF at first, then with Scotto (Scott Allen Miller).
Blute was either fired or resigned (prob. the former)
and we had the S.A.M. morning show...then Finneran
I remember Peter “training” to be on the air—he filled
in for Howie once. It sounded a bit rough at first but
he got better. “Bluto”, as I call him, has been doing
mornings on WCRN for a little while.
WCRN is trying to get a niche as a talk-and-sports station
in Central New England. They also have Laura Ingraham,
Jerry Doyle, Michael Savage (IIRC) and the Red Sox. Also
local talker Hank Stolz, who is apparently getting
>>a big void in the afternoon drivetime slot.
if possible, tape it on your computer and dub it to mp3.
Play that through your car speakers. I will give some
info on how to tape shows online (there’s software
you can get which has a timer, if need be)
I remember Blute. I guess that’s why I’m surprised they rehired him. He can’t measure up to Howie.
Here is WTKK's signal reach. It actually could be better or worse depending on terrain or various other conditions (sometimes during warm weather, for example, people in Boston area suddenly pick up FM stations from the Cape, R.I., N.H., and Maine a bit better). And unlike WRKO those to the west don't get screwed after sunset when THEY have to change their "pattern". Of course HC will be on mornings anyway
It’s going to be a long afternoon with Howie gone from WRKO. I like to end my work day with light hearted stuff. Plus I have six computers running here and FM is impossible. I suppose I could listen on-line but our office doesn’t open until 9.
I can’t get a good signal from WRKO, and I hated Mike Barnicle, so if Howie moves to WTKK, which I get pretty well, it’s a good thing.
I definitely bummed about this move; not because I’d have to choose between D&C and Howie in the morning but because in New Hampshire there’s not much of a decision - WTKK’s signal pretty much dies north of Manchester. Perhaps if they upped their power from 22.5 to 50kW it would help. I’m hoping they simulcast through another Greater Media station that we can pick up here, but I haven’t heard anything along those lines.
I don’t think Greater Media has stations up that way
but they can find other stations...currently Howie’s
affiliates all have local morning shows. Conceivably
if they really want Howie they could pick him up live
(if the syndication continues, or should I say if
G.M. starts to syndicate him) and put their morning team
on in the afternoon. Or run him at 3 pm tape delayed.
This is still all up in the air.
Greater Media site says they have stations in Boston,
Detroit, New Jersey, and Philly. (GM site still
says WTKK has Barnicle and Imus, btw...)
>>Plus I have six computers running here and FM is impossible
in my own workplace, a huge post office, AM reception is a bit tough and as for FM, depends on where the station is. I can
hear Howie fine because WRKO’s towers in Burlington are a couple towns away. We used to work in Woburn and I could see
the WRKO towers from our parking lot! WEEI a bit tougher
due to interference, etc., from machinery.
We get some FM
stations clearly, including WMKK “Mike” 93.7 (tower in
Peabody) and WCRB 99.5 (tower in Andover). WCRB is now
half-owned by Entercom and rumor has them EVENTUALLY
ditching classical and perhaps moving WEEI there.
(Don’t panic, it hasn’t happened yet, classical fans,
but the possibility does exist.)
WTKK does come in at work, though it’s shaky sometimes.
Of course he’d be on mornings anyway, when I’m NOT at
work. But I sleep till 9 or 10 am so I’d have to tape
show and hear it back later on mp3.
No kidding. He's best in 30 second snippets. After that, he doesn't have much to say.
UH oh. Finneran in trouble? (then again, he’s a Dem
so he’ll just get a slap on the wrist). From the Herald:
Smackdown: Finneran takes hit on Brits comment
By Jessica Heslam | Thursday, September 13, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Local Coverage
Women activists say former House speaker-turned-WRKO talk radio host Tom Finneran took his Britney Spears bashing way too far yesterday when he said he would have given the fading pop star a black eye and dope slap.
Finneran and co-host Wendy Murphy, an attorney and victims rights advocate, were discussing Spears disastrous Sunday night performance at the MTV Music Video Awards.
During his morning show, Finneran said Spears was late to Las Vegas, and didnt go right to rehearsals. Come on, a lot of divas show up late for rehearsal, Murphy said.
Then she comes down an hour later, Finneran said. So its 4hours late. Diva? You know what shed be if I was there waiting for 4hours? Shed be a diva with a black eye. Id give her a dope slap.
I mean, Finneran said, I wouldnt do it as a guy to a gal.
Mary Lauby, executive director of the statewide anti-violence Jane Doe Inc., called Finnerans commentshorrible and said he should apologize.
Whoever ends up in front of that microphone seems to become a neanderthal, Lauby said. Silly me, but I expect the former speaker to operate at a different level than that. Its really a huge disappointment.
WRKO spokesman George Regan said Finneran is a gentleman who wouldnt mean any disrespect toward women.
People are overreacting. This is talk radio, Regan said.
Last night, Murphy said Finnerans comments were inappropriate and that she told him so when they went off-the-air. You dont joke about hitting people. But the truth is, I know he doesnt mean it, Murphy said. Finneran didnt return a call last night.
In 2003, Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan was suspended for a month without pay for saying on TV that the wife of New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd needed someone to smack her.
WRKO fired host John DePetro after he called gubernatorial candidate Grace Ross a fat lesbian.
I know you're just kidding. But Graham was saying that said something like: "Let's just say, for example, that a new host joininz our station this month and takes over this time slot. It could be anybody, but let's say his name is . . . I dunno . . . Automobile."
Just by intuition, you'll notice that internal "radio" products for computer equipment are almost all FM. My PDA had an option for an FM "SD" card. If I put my Palm (100mhz?) next to an AM radio, it induces static, but witch to FM, and it has no effect.
Any way, the usual culprit in RF problems is a cheap PSU. The mfg skimped on a couple of capacitors. Some even have the silk screening for them, but have wires instead of components.
I'm looking forward to Howie crushing this Clymer in the ratings.
Then again he’s made a threat before and nothing happened:
remember when he had the gov. on and told Howie, “three
will go out in the car, only two will come back”? Howie
wrote to the judge in the Finneran case to report
what threat the Felon had made.
Nothing happened so far.
FF will be getting his butt kicked in the ratings and one day he’ll make one of his trademark stupid threats. That’ll be the excuse for RKO to dump him.
When he opened his show, he got nasty, saying the Herald was maybe the worst newspaper in America and that hed talked about his Britney remarks later in the show.
Now, keep in mind that Finneran was reading from yesterdays Herald yesterday when he was describing the pop stars MTV Video Music Awards fiasco.
Jane Doe Inc. in Massachusetts says Finneran should apologize. He doesnt.
This whole story in the Herald is positively ridiculous, Finneran fumed. It was as clear as a bell what I was referencing to. (Finneran didnt return my call last night).
Murphy, who is quoted in todays story, called into his show today, saying that she has said on TV that the women who think convicted pregnant-wife killer Scott Peterson is innocent should be slapped.
Of course he doesnt mean it, Murphy said of Finneran. Murphy went on to say it was a figure of speech and Finneran always gushes about his kids and granddaughter.
Finneran said the stations switchboard would have lit up if hed made innappropriate remarks.
Hey Finneran, a station's switchboard only lights up when a show has listeners.
Hired more as a favor to the local Democrat Party political establishment than for his on- air skills, which are atrocious, "Tommy Taxes" (as he is known locally for his dedication to the Dukakis- inspired ideology of Taxachusetts) has so far struggled to generate ratings.
As a result, could this be a mere stunt? Possibly, but more likely it's little more than a corrupt, washed-up political hack shooting off his mouth.
Does WTKK have any streaming ability???
sure does...podcasts too
“Leave Brittney alone...?” what a sound clip.
pretty easy to use. Has record, pause, and play buttons
>>The sound recorder program is designed to work directly with your sound card, so can record almost all audio from your sound card at near-perfect quality. You can record sound from a microphone, line-in, and just about any other programs (such as winamp, realplay, windows media player and others). The Audio Record Wizard interface is easy to use, and well-suited to both novice and expert PC users alike.
Note - In the trial version, you are limited to 3 minutes of recording time. If you are satisfied with the recording quality, and would like to use it without recording time limitation, please buy the product.
(There may be some software around for FREE that
will enable you to tape Howie, too)
Then transfer to your mp3 player.
here’s an example of just under a minute of Howie
recorded with AudioRecordWizard 3...I actually used
“line in” (get an adapter: 1/8” plug on one end goes
into comp., other end has “RCA plugs” going into my stereo)
gives you an idea of how good it can sound
in my case, I’d be going to bed around 4:30...and would
set up timer to record it. Or could stay up and listen to Howie and then sleep in morning (work nights), but more likely would go to bed around 4 or 4:30 and tape Howie for listening later.
When/if Howie goes to WTKK, be assured the ping list will
continue. I’ll just ping everyone before I hit the sack.
Actually,Blute’s original partner was the late,great Andy Mose who died much too soon. That was the greatest AM show ever!!!
Whatever happened to Ozone. He was truly an aquired taste but I really grew to like him.Why was he fired?
That’s right—sorry I didn’t remember Andy! Not sure
where John “Ozone” Osterlind is these days.
Why was he fired? Found online:
“The Boston radio station WRKO-AM today announced that it has fired one of its talk show hosts, John Osterlind also known as “Ozone,” following comments calling for the “eradication” of the Palestinian people. On August 19, ADC President Mary Rose Oakar wrote to WRKO Program Director Mike Elder urging that Mr. Osterlind be dismissed when the suspension was completed. On August 12 around 6 a.m., a caller to the morning drive program on WRKO-AM cho-hosted by Mr. Osterlind suggested the “eradication of the whole Arab race.” Mr. Osterlind expressed interest in the eradication of the Palestinian people, and opened up the phone lines to discuss this program of “eradication.” His co-host, Mr. Peter Blute, made significant efforts to urge Mr. Osterlind to retract his comments or drop the subject of “eradication” of the Palestinian people altogether. Mr. Osterlind was suspended without pay for two weeks, pending further review of his relationship with the station. Today he was dismissed.”
I think ADC is an Arab anti-defamation organization.
I wish WTKK would post entire show podcasts (not just clips).
They are probably worried about the pink hand at Media Matters sifting through the clips looking for words which could offend them.
just got word Howie may start on WTKK on Sept 20, the
day after he leaves WRKO—but WRKO has a lawsuit to
I remember Moes, but from 105.7, I think.
A quick search revealed: http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a2edc401c29.htm
which really brought back memories.