I hope SOMETHING positive happens for us listeners, and that he’s still syndicated, or at least on internet radio. I’m glad to have a place where my sentiments are shared. I’m a loyal listener for over 6 years, and I feel like there’s a hole in my afternoons. At least we have his columns...
While he was out burning his vacation time (unbeknownst to me) I was just happy to hear his intermittent shows, and for the past two weeks I’d been hoping he’d show up on some random day. If I hadn’t Googled, I’d never have known. I have a feeling the average listener doesn’t know what’s going on, especially in areas like mine where Howie isn’t a huge media force. With Sandy and Todd speaking as if Howie will be walking back through the door any minute, it’s a very good farce.
I’m in Central Maine, near Augusta, between the Howie hot spots on WVOM FM in Bangor and WGAN AM in Portland. WVOM’s “network” had a few FM stations with Howie’s show a couple of years ago, but Clear Channel took him off the one I could hear clearly in my area. I was thrilled when WRKO finally got a permanent, reliable internet broadcast a couple of years ago. If I’m in my car, I’ll just hear garbled transmissions, but I listen online all I can. I really enjoyed the internet replay show on WRKO during the 12-3 slot, since I usually don’t catch most of the 5-7 slot. I hope that a similar format happens wherever he ends up, so I can hear his shows. (I also hope he can keep his fun segments - Wizard of Uhhs, Max Robbins, Death Pool, Chump Line, Police Blotter Fax Friday, et al, etc., ad infinitum.)
I wonder if there’s anything people can do to get the word out, besides all of the great websites that are out there. I wonder if calls to WRKO would be effective, or a letter writing campaign. (I wonder how many calls about this Sandy gets and can’t air.) Just give the guy his freedom!
I agree with you. Hope he comes back (even if he comes
back to WRKO though I know he doesn’t want that, and
that station is turning into a joke). We do still have
his columns but he should be on air.
Entercom wasn’t all that keen on bringing him back or
at least they lowballed him on the offer, then suddenly
it’s Howie’s Our Most Important Talk Host (which he is)
once Greater Media gave him a better offer. Entercom
knows they may not be able to get him back but this
way he stays off the air—so even though WRKO can’t
have him, Greater can’t have him either. Surely WRKO
loses pm drive listeners with Feinburg, but they would
really get killed in the mornings if he went to WTKK.
He couldn’t directly address the issue on his show
due to Entercom restricting him...he did say “read
the papers” (about the situation). The Herald had
more than a few articles—Globe, too (could have
checked those out online)
If he does get to WTKK-—or even stays at WRKO—you
would still get the show online and they could even
podcast highlights (Chumpline, some interviews) as
WRKO had. I suspect WTKK could even rebroadcast
one hour at midnight as they have been doing with
In my own situation to hear Howie in the morning I’d
have to record it on the comp. and listen back on mp3
due to my sleeping hours (night job) but that’s OK.
Entercom doesn’t want to give him his freedom though
because he’d jump to another, competing station.
They will only let him go, I’d think, if Greater
Media paid them a big money settlement of some sort.
Or if after months and months of this charade (a
Howie Carr Show without Howie) they finally give in.