A story on Howie ran on the Ch 4 (Boston) 11 pm news. I didn’t see it but the WBZ-TV site has not only the following story but a 21 minute “raw feed” of the interview!
Howie Carr Discusses WRKO Feud, Life As Radio Host
(WBZ) BOSTON Controversial talk radio host Howie Carr is off the air after a court ruling left him between stations.
His WRKO contract was supposed to run out Wednesday, and he was planning to start at rival WTKK Thursday morning. It’s a move worth millions, but a judge said Carr never should have made the deal when he was still under contract and that WRKO was within its rights to match Carr’s new offer to try to keep him at the station.
Carr pulled no punches in a Monday (interview) about what has become one ugly fight over his future.
In the past 20 years, he has built a fraternity of listeners who distrust politicians and applaud his criticism of the men and women he calls “hacks.”
But Carr’s current contract at WRKO is over, and while they want him to stay, he made it clear he wants out.
“I don’t feel any real loyalty. One thing I learned from Chuck Scarborough — in this business, you have to “bleep” them before they “bleep” you,” Carr said.
In that spirit, WRKO and their best known host sued each other. Even with the No. 2 show in its time slot, Carr made a deal to move to mornings and jump ship.
“They think if they want me to work there I have to keep working there,” he said. “I think they’re wrong.”
Carr said it’s not about the money.
“It’s an opportunity, I think, to reach more people and prolong my career,” he said.
In Carr’s world, members of both political parties are equal opportunity targets.
When asked if he had ever gone after someone and, in retrospect, regretted it or felt he’d been too hard on them, he said, “No, I usually feel that I’ve gone too easy.”
Carr’s wife, Kathy and their three daughters have waited a long time to have him home in the afternoon.
“Having him around to help with the dishes, laundry,” Kathy said. “I have a whole list.”
“To be a successful talk show host, you have to listen,” Carr said. “You can’t be too arrogant. And you can’t think you’re better than anybody else either because you’re not.”
Carr said he is confident he will join WTKK very soon.
A spokesman for WRKO’s parent company said, “We look forward to Howie continuing his show on WRKO.
It’s probably a safe bet he’s going to appeal Wednesday’s ruling.
from the Herald. btw at the end of today’s show Todd
Feinburg said “Howie will be back tomorrow”. Believe him?
Howie: taking time off
Posted by Jessica Heslam at 5:32 pm Boston Herald
Boston radio host Howie Carr is taking some time off as court battle soldiers on.
Heres a statement from Carr spokewoman Nancy Sterling.
While we would like to have achieved a complete victory in court, we are gratified that the decision leaves open the opportunity for Howie to work at the place of his choosing. Not only did the Court find unlawful a portion of Entercoms employment agreement, but the Court adopted our argument that Howie cannot be forced to work for a particular radio station.
Howie looks forward to taking some well-deserved time off from one of his three careers and to joining WTKK in the very near future.