I can take Hannity but I’d much prefer Howie. And with no
Howie in the afternoon I guess I’d listen to Sean since
I’m not into Jay.
WTKK has launched its new nickname, “96.9 WTKK, Boston’s
Talk Evolution”. They were hoping it would have kicked
off with Howie today but for now there’s a new website
on the way, the name “96.9 FM Talk” has been amended to
the Talk Evolution bit in talk breaks, and a promo
is running set to the tune of the Beatles’ “Revolution”:
“Don’t you know it’s gonna be/Great talk” etc.
btw Entercom and WRKO will still call 3-7 pm (or 3-6:30)
the Howie Carr show but he may never be heard again on
that station. As far as I’m concerned it’s the NOT Howie
Carr show. As I said above Howie pings will continue with his columns but the radio show is on hold. The Howie Carr
SHOW ping will run when he starts on WTKK (or if for some
reason he returns to WRKO)
From Boston Radio Watch by Mark Schnyder
Take five : Carr benches himself
Howie Carrs much anticipated move from WRKO AM 680 to WTKK 96.9FM didnt happen this morning but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Carr and his fandom.
While the Suffolk Superior Court judge clearly backed the station in the contract dispute with Carr by deciding that the new five-year deal with WRKO is now in full effect, the only bright spot for the veteran talker was the courts acknowledgement that he can not forced to work for WRKO. And that’s precisely what he intends to do. Carr is now sitting out, cooling off his jets and playing a waiting game as he and his attorneys try to force WRKO to make the next move.
Theres also a good chance that Carr will appeal yesterdays ruling, but its also pretty clear that him and WRKO are thru. Carr even went on the local TV news this week to drive his message home to WRKO and Entercom.
Carrs representative issued a statement from the talk master who has decided to take a break from all the controversy that surrounds his very public dispute. Carr will continue writing his column in the Boston Herald while he remains off the air. His rep Nancy Sterling issued the following statement to the media late yesterday afternoon :
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.
Meanwhile, WTKK 96.9FM published its statement on courts ruling(BRW 9/19) on its website under a new retooled station logo which bills the FM talker as Bostons Talk Evolution. As he has done for the entire summer, Michael Graham will continue to fill in the morning slot(6am-10am) and Boston Heralds reporter and WTKKs weekend host Michelle McPhee will sub for Graham(10am-Noon) until Carr is able to start on 96.9FM. In addition, WTKK will likely be revamping its night-time schedule pretty soon. Conservative talk show host Bill OReilly is giving up his radio show Radio Factor, heard on some 400 radio stations, and will concentrate on his 8 p.m. TV show on the Fox News Channel, according to Radio Equalizer. On WTKK-FM, Bill OReilly is currently heard 7 to 9pm weeknights.
While WRKO management ponders on how to handle unhappy Carr, it is now faced with even a bigger programming challenge. While the morning drive show with Tom Finneran remains a very slow and painful work-in-progress, the Talk Station has just lost a huge audience and revenue draw in Carr. While the station may try to fill the afternoon drive with not-ready-for-prime-time hosts, the issue of replacing Carr will become even more pressing once the Red Sox season ends(and the way it looks today, the Sox wont make it past the first week of October) and the advertisers will likely bail to more attractive programming options on the dial.