Any inside word on how the execs at Entercom that got themselves (and all of us) into this are faring?
I get the feeling that it could be a Mary Tyler Moore situation—you know, the last episode where everyone in the newsroom got fired—except for the one inept person,
Ted Baxter. He got to stay on. Similarly many of us
suspect that the two best known bigwigs, Jason Wolfe and
Julie Kahn, probably won’t have to suffer any firings or
demotions, but who knows. It certainly will make the
“industry” news when it happens. If the ratings suffer...
they’ll be gone. They’re already not as much as they
should be (Red Sox have helped, though) and the hiring of
the Felon and the apparent leaving of Howie will not help.
I do remember someone—may have been Mark Schnyder from
Boston Radio Watch, a long running blog—sending me
an email saying “I wonder if Entercom will low-ball
Howie” (this was about a yr ago). That’s just what happened—they offered him
$50k less per year. Howie felt he deserved more AND
everything from the hiring of the Felon to being
pre-empted by the Red Sox made him upset even more.
The morning shift on WTKK gives him more visibility
so to speak...a signal that won’t fade after dark...
morning drive time radio (though he will have lots
of competition)...a younger audience. And he seems
to like his future co-workers. Heck, one of them
is a Herald colleague, Margery Eagan. Michelle McPhee
too although I wonder if she’s just temporary.
Maybe Howie also just wanted a change of place.
Get out from Entercom and start working for