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Howie Carr live thread week of Oct 14, 2007
http://www.howiecarr.com ^ | 10/14/07 | raccoonradio

Posted on 10/14/2007 11:01:18 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Howie Carr live thread for the week of Oct 14. Including his Sun 10/14 Herald column.

The show is still up in the air; meeting is supposedly being held tomorrow. Greater Media wants Howie to do mornings for them but Entercom still feels he is their property, etc. Todd Feinburg has been filling in in the meantime. If I hear anything I'll pass it along.


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1 posted on 10/14/2007 11:01:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; Carolinamom; Cheapskate; ..

Howie Carr column ping. The best talk radio show NOT on
the radio (due to legal crap)

Hill brings The Fear — and loathing
by Howie Carr 10/14/07 Boston Herald

Once again, it’s looking like 1992, and I have The Fear.

I try to concentrate on other topics - how ’bout them Red Sox, Patriots, etc? - but always the same dark cloud returns to blot out the sun.

Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States.

They’re getting picked off, one by one, everyone who stands in her way. This week it was John Edwards, a phony’s phony we’d all agree, but he was hanging in there in the Iowa polls. So suddenly one of the Clinton house organs, the National Enquirer, is running with a story about Edwards’ alleged affair with a horse-faced 44-year-old bottle blonde.

The New York papers are full of stories about an impending indictment of Rudy’s buddy, former Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik. And the Enquirer, with Edwards’ scalp fresh on its belt, has been hinting for months about a new Giuliani galpal.

The Internet moonbats are trying to take out Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. This time their shots went wide of the mark, but next time, who knows?

Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize and now we get a week of nostalgia pieces from the lamestream media, starting with the wires saying that after he lost the 2000 presidential race, Gore fled to Europe and “puzzlingly” grew a beard.

Memo to The Associated Press: If you have a falling-out with the Clintons like Gore did in 2000, it behooves you to assume a disguise. Nothing puzzling about it.

Hillary announces she has a million ideas, but “the country can’t afford them all.”

I don’t know about the country, but I know I sure can’t afford any of them.

I look at the map of next year’s Senate races and I see ... devastation. The only Republican who isn’t retiring is Larry Craig. And the few GOP senators who aren’t throwing in the towel all seem to come from the blue states. Who knew - Sununu? Susan Collins, call your office.

Hunter S. Thompson called it The Fear, and it came over him whenever he thought about Richard Nixon. I get it thinking about what’s coming down the road. In the Fifth Congressional District on Tuesday, I see the polls showing Jim Ogonowski close and he must be or Niki Tsongas wouldn’t be running all these negative spots, and Chester Atkins wouldn’t be so nasty. I hope Ogonowski’s got a shot but ... I’ve got The Fear.

I close my eyes and it’s 1993 again and my paycheck has suddenly shrunk. Bill Clinton’s “middle-class tax cut” has become the largest tax increase in American history - at least until 2009, that is.

I see new justices of the Supreme Court and they all look like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And the GOP can’t even filibuster because they have fewer than 40 seats left.

It’s early, the Republicans keep saying. Bill Clinton never got more than 49 percent of the vote, and Hillary’s even less popular than the man who never had sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.

But this country is dumbing down. That was - and is - the genius of Bill Clinton. He was the first national politician to understand that an ever-larger percentage of Americans now have the attention span of a fruit fly. Those are the people whose pain Bill Clinton feels. They’re the 47 percent who pay 3 percent of the taxes, they took out the subprime loans without reading the fine print. They work for “nonprofits.”
Their numbers grow every year. From 43 percent of the electorate in 1992 to 49 percent in 1996 to 50-plus percent (adding Gore and Nader’s votes) in 2000. Only three words prevented a Democratic landslide in 2004: John Forbes Kerry.

I close my eyes and I see Vernon Jordan and Terry McAuliffe and Bernard Schwartz and Sandy “Burglar” ... I see pardons by the dozen ... I see The Dream Act, not to mention driver’s licenses for illegals. Think the transgender-civil rights movement.I’ve got The Fear.


2 posted on 10/14/2007 11:04:06 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

WHEN will this nonsense end? I can’t listen to the felon, he’s a snore fest........I used to like to hear feinberg from 10-12 - I do listen if Avi Nelson is on, can’t take Bob Hedlund another snore fest.....I don’t do Rush, I looked forward to Howie as my afternoon sanity,,,feinberg is ok, he’s in a difficult position so I cut him some slack, I hope tomorrow brings a conclusion to this insanity. Entercom just continues to show how stubborn and unprofessional (Scotto - Wikpedia) they are.....julie and jason need to be fired asap.


3 posted on 10/14/2007 11:06:02 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: rockabyebaby

I hope it ends soon. It’s been a month with no Howie. The
legal crap has to be ironed out, even if Greater Media (WTKK)
has to pay some kind of settlement. Or a judge over-rules
the decision that said that Entercom had a legal right-
to-match.

Can Howie prove that Greater Media would give him things
he can’t get with Entercom, like a morning slot, on FM,
no Sox pre-emptions, no Felons on the air staff, etc.?

Avi Nelson isn’t bad...one of the old-timers.
Watch WRKO’s ratings, esp. when the Sox season ends.

(New ratings are out this week but they’re “12 plus”
(not the 25-54s that are more important) and they
won’t tell us show-by-show. It’s possible the 25-54s
are out too but we aren’t allowed to see them. Anyway,
Finneran’s ratings are prob. a bust, the 3-7 pm slot
with Finebore in for Howie is prob. too...and when the
Sox season ends (hopefully after the World Series) WRKO
will be stuck with a sad selection of local talk hosts...
and a signal that fades away for many at (an earlier)
sunset...

ratings will be shown off mid-week at
http://www.radioandrecords.com

click Ratings then Boston
but again it won’t tell you by time slot, just the
average, and just “12 plus”


4 posted on 10/14/2007 11:11:02 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Why is Howie Carr absent? Where is he?


5 posted on 10/14/2007 11:38:06 AM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: raccoonradio
Ok, as far as I can tell, Howie no longer wants to work for WRKO, I don't believe he will come back no matter what they offer him. Their hiring of Tom Finneran, a convicted FELLON to pontificate on politics and MORAL issues of the day during the morning commuting slot in spite of a HUGE outcry to the station from the listening audience was the last straw for Howie and for multitudes of us FORMER WRKO listeners. WRKO has gone over to the DARK SIDE and Howie along with many of us no longer wants anything to do with it.

I may be wrong but I believe that Howie will bite the bullet, wait out the 180 days, forgedabout the $450,000 or so of money that he will forfeit for not working for the Dark Side and will eventually come back on a new FM station broadcasting in the same time slot AGAINST the FELLON Finneran and he will clean WRKO's and Finneran's clock (I hope he takes Sandy with him when the time comes.

Frankly, in spite of the short term financial loss, I hope Howie has the stones and moral fortitude to take this stand. Because it is the right course of action and shows that in the end, it IS about principle and taking a stand for what is right and not just about the money. If he does go back to WRKO it kind of sends the message that for Howie, it is about nothing more than the money.

Now I know that some may say, "well it is easy for you to say "turn down $450,000" because it does not cost you anything. But in my own small way that is not the case. The FELLON Finneran has been offering FREE tickets to the Red Sox play off games IF I and others will just "Tune it to FELLON Finneran's broadcast". I wrote the station back and told them that they can shove their Red Sox tickets where the sun don't shine because I refuse to listen to a Felons commentary of the moral and political issues of the day. Would I love to see the Red Sox Play? Absolutely, but not at the cost of my integrity. So yes, it has cost me and may others something as well.

Howie, on the odd chance that you read this, hang in there, stand firm and hold to your principles because when all is said and done, a good name is more to be desired than money. Your listening audience is loyal and we will follow you to your new station. And look on the bright side, now you have the time to write your second book ABOUT THE CROOKED KENNEDY'S!

6 posted on 10/14/2007 11:42:19 AM PDT by Jmouse007
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To: Jmouse007
Now I know that some may say, "well it is easy for you to say "turn down $450,000" because it does not cost you anything. But in my own small way that is not the case. The FELLON Finneran has been offering FREE tickets to the Red Sox play off games IF I and others will just "Tune it to FELLON Finneran's broadcast". I wrote the station back and told them that they can shove their Red Sox tickets where the sun don't shine because I refuse to listen to a Felons commentary of the moral and political issues of the day. Would I love to see the Red Sox Play? Absolutely, but not at the cost of my integrity. So yes, it has cost me and may others something as well.

Ditto that!

Howie, on the odd chance that you read this, hang in there, stand firm and hold to your principles because when all is said and done, a good name is more to be desired than money. Your listening audience is loyal and we will follow you to your new station. And look on the bright side, now you have the time to write your second book ABOUT THE CROOKED KENNEDY'S!

MEGA ditto that!

7 posted on 10/14/2007 12:05:14 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: rockabyebaby

Is Avi Nelson still on the radio?

I used to listen to him 30 years ago!


8 posted on 10/14/2007 12:20:42 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: rockabyebaby
hiya rock! have you given a listen to Steve Malzberg

who is doing afternoon drive 3 oclock hour on internet &4-6 pm eastern over at WOR.

We usually have a live thread up too.

9 posted on 10/14/2007 1:38:26 PM PDT by Cheapskate ( Celebrate Sept.8 as Pajamatag , the day the pajamahadeem busted Dan Rather!!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Yes Avi was doing some fill ins for Howie awhile back and recently he's been on WRKO 10-noon in place of Todd who is filling in for Howie... I can check out WOR even in its broadcast signal--here on the North Shore it comes in (faintly) even during the day (and these days with the sun getting weaker and causing less interfence, daytime reception of a station like that is a bit easier...) Or after dark.

Ah WOR, home of the legendary Jean Shepherd


10 posted on 10/14/2007 2:43:51 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Jmouse007

Amen...yes, maybe he’ll be back in a few months but I’d
hope it would be earlier.

Howie prob. does read this. I know—he’s stolen lines from
me (but I don’t mind! One of ‘em: “Fung Wah is Chinese
for “The Bus Is On Fire!”) :)
Sandy does as well. I think Sandy will bolt for WTKK
to help Howie out once the coast is clear (for now she’s
still on w/ Feinburg filling in)

Howie may actually be kinda taking a “pay cut” to go
to WTKK but with the incentive bonuses he could ultimately
make more (and he’s be on a clearer signal, etc.; no
static at all, no night time fade!) WRKO actually wanted to CUT his pay but once they found out WTKK made an offer
they “matched it”. Yeah...
Right...

Much more is at http://www.savewrko.com

Some of this stuff made the papers (though in some cases
it was buried in the business section, or wound up on
“Inside Track”) but some people don’t know why Howie
has been off. No, he hasn’t been sick...it’s just legal
crap.

We need Howie now more than ever.


11 posted on 10/14/2007 2:50:04 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Thanks!


12 posted on 10/14/2007 3:03:26 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: raccoonradio

“I close my eyes and it’s 1993 again and my paycheck has suddenly shrunk.”

Heh...


13 posted on 10/14/2007 6:47:56 PM PDT by ForegoneAlternative (The cost of anything is...)
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To: Cheapskate
Hey Cheapskate! Nice to hear from you!

Thanks for the info on WOR and Steve Maltzberg!

14 posted on 10/15/2007 5:33:11 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; Carolinamom; Cheapskate; ..

The Monday re-ping

Unbelievable. No Howie on the air at WRKO but you can have him on your computer by going to
http://www.wrko.com and clicking on Virtual Howie. It plays sound clips of Howie talking. Click on each one to hear it
when you get there.

Take it away mumbles
Is this fair?
Whitey Bulger
Ted Kennedy (the Howie “sock puppet” has a puppet of his own, Ted K with two jugs of booze)
I Didn’t Come Here To Be Made Sport Of

It’s reminiscent of the “soundboards” at the MarkLevinFan site (where Levin says things like
“Get off the phone you big dope” or “Yhello!” in tandem with Ted K’s “Hello? Hello”)

For a station that may lose Howie soon (but who knows with all this legal crap) it’s puzzling. How
long have they been working on this? Again go to WRKO site and it’s right up top.


15 posted on 10/15/2007 7:38:21 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Here’s an example of the Virtual Howie in action, with me
going through various sound cuts.

http://howiecarr.freehostia.com/VirtualHowie.mp3


16 posted on 10/15/2007 7:45:38 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

from http://www.savewrko.com

BY BRIAN MALONEY

FREE HOWIE: ROUND TWO
Today, the battle against forced employment will once again be fought in a local courtroom, as Howie Carr attempts to convince a judge he should be allowed to take his marbles to another playground.

It’s FREE HOWIE: ROUND TWO. Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For WTKK.

As there are three competing interests, here’s a scorecard:

-— WRKO / Entercom: using a variety of tactics, the company has played hardball to keep highly-rated, yet unhappy employees in line. It recently humiliated its top morning sports talk team by cutting a deal with a rival outfit they were expected to join.

Since one of the hosts had previously played a key role in busting the union inside Entercom’s Boston facility, the old adage that “no good deed goes unpunished” seemed especially apt here.

In Howie’s case, it has been willing to incur many billable hours to force him to remain at WRKO against his will. Entercom has long used heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to make up for its lack of programming savvy.

-— WTKK / Greater Media: though it acts like it doesn’t have a dog in this fight, it’s really at the very center of the battle. But that won’t be apparent in the courtroom.

Playing it cool, however, has been smart because it keeps the focus on Carr v Entercom. More importantly, it doesn’t want to appear to be interfering with a rival’s operation.

In another way, Greater has also positioned itself well: recent rumors that Don Imus might return to WTKK were quickly quashed. Instead, the company says it will wait for Howie’s legal battle to end.

But WTKK desperately needs Howie Carr to join its lineup as soon as possible. Despite the advantages of its key FM band position (to where all talk radio stations will soon be migrating), it has never come even close to its potential. In fact, as major lineup issues beyond morning drive went unaddressed, ratings have recently plunged.

-— Howie Carr: while the media focus is on his fight to move to a new station, the Boston radio buzz has Carr ready to dump talk radio altogether if the move doesn’t work out. For years, Howie’s already had one foot in Florida anyway.

He’s made a lot of money, can easily continue his Herald column from anywhere and might very well have another book or two up his sleeve. Sources say he’s enjoying his holiday and may well be rethinking his future plans. Time away from the daily grind can do that to a person sometimes.

What’s next? Stay Tuned.


17 posted on 10/15/2007 7:50:16 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

an example of the Mark Levin soundboard (first one,
manipulated by me)

http://howiecarr.freehostia.com/marklevin.mp3

board:
http://marklevinfan.com/MarkLevinBoard.htm


18 posted on 10/15/2007 8:04:45 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

That cartoon brought a smile and a flood of memories back for me. I grew up listening to Shep’s Army stories and cultural musings on WOR’s clear-channel signal on a transistor radio under my pillow at night. When I was 12, I got a clock radio for Christmas and was able to hear him louder and clearer than before and the very next night, I think, he recited Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee”. To this day, I owe a good portion of my wild imagination and sardonic sense of humor to Jean Shepherd. I’ve got a fair collection of airchecks from his shows, which I listen to rarely, but appreciatively. And I can still recite extended passages of Mr. Service’s work when so challenged.


19 posted on 10/15/2007 8:25:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedoms.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Yes Shep was great. I have DVDs of A Christmas Story (and
also My Summer Story, the sequel, which was narrated
by him as well). I also have tapes of 4 of his comedy albums
and a friend of mine has videos of some of his TV shows
(”Shepherd’s Pie”, “Jean Shepherd’s America”).

Jean is not to be confused with country singer Jean Shepard...
His name is spelled the French way but is pronounced like
“Gene”. This dilemma—having what seemed like a girl’s
name—prompted his friend Shel Silverstein to write what
later became a hit for Johnny Cash: A Boy Named Sue!

Some of the army stories (Signal Corps) show up on
the albums and in his books (I have 3 of em: A Fistful
of Fig Newtons, Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden
Memories, and A Christmas Story—which features stories
from “Wanda Hickey” and “In God We Trust, All Others
Pay Cash”. His tales of “dish night at the movies”
and “rainy summers at camp”—hello, Allen Sherman—
were hilarious.

Great book: Excelsior You Fathead by Eugene B. Bergmann
Great site: http://www.flicklives.com

I think he did do an album with him reading Robert
Service’s works.

The airchecks are available, to those who are
curious, at sites related to flicklives.

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid...”


20 posted on 10/15/2007 8:36:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Thanks for the web link - I’ll have to check that out. I have every book Shep ever wrote and a number of CD’s from both studio and live performances in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. The man’s observations about humor nature were trenchant and timeless, and he remains the single greatest storyteller I have ever heard.


21 posted on 10/15/2007 8:49:17 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedoms.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

you’re welcome!

From today’s Herald, by Jessica Heslam

Howie: Let Me Be Heard—On WTKK

Off the air for nearly a month, Boston talkmeister Howie Carr is set to ask a judge today to reconsider an earlier decision, and clear the way for him to become the new morning drive host at WTKK (96.9 FM).

Carr, a Boston Herald columnist, has been embroiled in a legal battle with WRKO (680 AM) since he announced in July that he struck a deal - worth up to $7 million - with the rival station.

WRKO executives matched WTKK’s offer, and say that because they did so, the popular radio host is obliged to work for them until 2012.

While WRKO continues to tout Carr as their host, Carr is eager to start working at the Greater Media Boston-run WTKK and sources say he recently took part in a group photo session with other WTKK hosts for the station’s new lineup.

Last month, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel said the non-compete clause in Carr’s WRKO contract was illegal but the provision in the contract that gives the station the right to match a competitor’s salary is valid.

The judge didn’t rule on whether Carr is obligated to stay at WRKO for another five years, however.

Carr, who has been off the air since his WRKO contract expired Sept. 19, has filed an emergency motion for reconsideration, saying the right-to-match provision is illegal. WRKO is asking for a preliminary injunction, asking the court to ban WTKK from talking with Carr and from making any public statements about him until 2012.

In court papers, attorneys for Greater Media Boston said the requested injunction “would impose an improper prior restraint” on its constitutionally-protected right to freedom of speech.

A hearing on the motions is scheduled for today. Carr declined comment yesterday.


22 posted on 10/15/2007 9:54:26 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
I truly hope Howie wins this round or that Entercom relents. I think I'm going through withdrawal...

(Hello? Hello? ;-)

23 posted on 10/15/2007 10:03:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: raccoonradio

LOl, it was nice to hear his voice again!


24 posted on 10/15/2007 10:05:00 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: rockabyebaby

yeah! I had suggested this awhile back actually, doing a soundboard similar to the Mark Levin fan site (but I didn’t
know how to do it—well, maybe I could have figured it out but it would take awhile to do all the links and HTML)

And it is nice to hear the voice again...and indeed we
are going through withdrawal. Hopefully Howie will get his way and we can all thank Julie Kahn of Entercom for helping to
promote _WTKK’s_ newest talk hosts, Howie Carr!


25 posted on 10/15/2007 10:12:17 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: andy58-in-nh
On SW, WBCQ 7.415Mhz, runs an hour of Shepherd on Sundays.

Recorded off the air, as broadcast. Including commercials, dropouts, static, etc.

26 posted on 10/15/2007 10:29:31 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: andy58-in-nh; raccoonradio

I read ‘In God we Trust- All others pay cash’ the summer before my senior year in high school.

I picked up on his writing voice and was the only one in my Honors English class to sweep straight A’s.

Christmas Story is definitely on my top 5 favorite movie list.


27 posted on 10/15/2007 11:04:21 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee)
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To: Calvin Locke

Thanks for that info - I’ve got shortwave and will definitely check that out!


28 posted on 10/15/2007 11:14:28 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Cool, Jean Shepherd on from 2 - 3pm on Sundays.
http://www.zappahead.net/wbcq/main.php?fn=sked&freq=7415


29 posted on 10/15/2007 11:18:36 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee)
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To: Calvin Locke
Found it:

The Jean Shepherd Show
WBCQ 7.415Mhz
Sunday 02:00PM - 03:00PM ET
1800 - 1900 UTC

30 posted on 10/15/2007 11:20:01 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

yup and there’s a station in NY that streamcasts IIRC
and they run Shep shows. Mass Backwards.

THERE ARE PODCASTS! You don’t have to be awake at 5:15
am to hear it!

http://flicklives.com/Mass_Back/mass_back.asp

A friend of mine got a bunch of Shep shows (free or
low cost) on mp3.


31 posted on 10/15/2007 11:31:13 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: libertarian27

Yup! btw one of Howie’s callers once compared him to Shep.
The stories about Howie’s home life and past, maybe.


32 posted on 10/15/2007 11:32:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Awesome!!!!! Thank you - Excelsior!!!


33 posted on 10/15/2007 11:43:37 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

no prob

By the way “select” WRKO listeners are being sent to a survey about WRKO.com (WRKO insiders). That mean everyone
is probably getting the invite to the survey. Here are some of my answers.

“What would wrko.com have to become your
home page?”

No Tom Finneran.

“What unique content would you like to
see on Tom Finneran’s page?”

The announcement that he’s leaving.

“What unique content would you like to see on Howie Carr’s page?”

That would be on WTKK’s site, wouldn’t it?

“What do you most dislike about WRKO.com?”

Dishonesty about Howie Carr, WTKK’s
newest talk host.


34 posted on 10/15/2007 11:57:43 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

TAKE THE SURVEY! FReep it!

http://wrko.com/pages/1079296.php


35 posted on 10/15/2007 11:59:02 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Sandy’s not there today - she must be at Howie’s hearing.

Here’s hoping it all goes well!


36 posted on 10/15/2007 12:12:04 PM PDT by dbw2007
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To: raccoonradio

bump for later.

I’ve always enjoyed listening to Howie’s show in the afternoons. I won’t be able to listen to the morning show, since it has to be syndicated to be heard up here in Maine.


37 posted on 10/15/2007 3:14:22 PM PDT by brooklin
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To: raccoonradio
Virtual Howie is kinda cool. It's asynchronous, so, if you're fast enough, you can click bunches of buttons at the same time, and get, heh, a Collage, man...
38 posted on 10/15/2007 8:38:11 PM PDT by ForegoneAlternative (The cost of anything is...)
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To: raccoonradio

Your favorite website: www.howiecarr969.com, even when there’s nothin’ there...


39 posted on 10/15/2007 8:51:12 PM PDT by ForegoneAlternative (The cost of anything is...)
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To: ForegoneAlternative

yeah I did that with the Levin soundboard too—I kept
piling Ted K’s “Hello? Hello”s on top of each other.


40 posted on 10/16/2007 12:12:36 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: dbw2007

details are in today’s Herald. I’ll ping the list (”Ruling
could come today”)


41 posted on 10/16/2007 12:13:11 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; Carolinamom; Cheapskate; ..

from today’s Herald; ping for the Howie Carr list

Carr ruling possible today
Lawsuit over ’RKO pact has radio host in limbo

by Jessica Heslam/ Boston Herald
Tue 10/16/07
A Suffolk Superior Court judge could issue his decision as early as today on whether he’ll reconsider his earlier ruling that has kept Howie Carr from getting behind the microphone at WTKK (96.9 FM).

Carr has asked Judge Allan van Gestel to reconsider his earlier ruling that the right to match provision in Carr’s contract with WRKO (680 AM) is valid and enforceable. In 2002, Carr signed a five-year agreement with WRKO that contained the provision, which gives the station the right to match a competitor’s offer.

In July, Greater Media’s WTKK offered Carr a deal worth up to $7 million to host its morning drive show, which WRKO matched.

In court yesterday, Carr’s attorney, Bret Cohen of Minz Levin, pointed to a case involving the legendary Brockton boxing champ Rocky Marciano and his former manager and trainer, Gene Caggiano.

The two entered into a contract that said if Marciano became a professional boxer within five years, he would hire Caggiano. When Marciano didn’t hire him, Caggiano sued. A judge ruled that their agreement was enforceable, but it was reversed by the state’s highest court.

Cohen said Carr’s contract with WRKO ended last month and that the law says “you cannot have a contract to agree to a contract in the future.” Cohen said the Entercom-owned WRKO is trying to hold Carr, also a Herald columnist, to a contract “where the most critical elements were unknown at that time, and that is length and amount of money.”

But WRKO attorney Shep Davidson said Carr is under contract to WRKO until 2012 and he referenced a case involving the Boston Celtics and former player Brian Shaw, who wanted to leave the team to join one in Italy. A federal judge said Shaw had to honor his contract with the Celtics.

While Carr’s attorneys say the right to match provision is illegal under state law, Davidson argued that the statute doesn’t apply to this case because there was never “a gap in the employment relationship.” Quoting the contract, Davidson said the right of first refusal “allows Entercom to continue (the) artist’s services.”

Davidson also asked the judge to ban WTKK from publicly talking about the possibility of Carr joining their lineup.


42 posted on 10/16/2007 12:15:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

WRKO host Howie Carr heads into Suffolk Superior Court yesterday.
43 posted on 10/16/2007 12:15:58 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

The Globe’s take on it:

Decision on Carr’s future may come today
Judge to rule on whether WRKO pact still in force

By Diedtra Henderson, Globe Staff | October 16, 2007

Radio talk show host Howie Carr, whose tortuous contract negotiations have kept him in limbo between two stations, may learn as early as this morning whether he can return to the airwaves on a new station.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel yesterday afternoon heard arguments from lawyers representing Carr, his current employer, WRKO-AM, and his suitor station, WTKK-FM, which reportedly has offered the popular talk show host and Boston Herald columnist a more lucrative contract worth $7 million over five years. Media accounts suggest that Carr earned $790,000 in 2006. A Carr spokeswoman yesterday declined to comment on those figures.

Carr has been off the air since Sept. 19, although WRKO continues to promote his 3 to 7 p.m. weekday radio program, The Howie Carr Show.

At issue is a contract Carr signed with WRKO that was due to expire in late September. According to Carr’s lawyers, Entercom Boston, which owns WRKO, could have extended that contract if it had exercised a renewal option by the deadline. Instead, Carr received a more lucrative offer from WTKK, owned by Greater Boston Media. WTTK had hoped to begin airing his talk show in the morning this fall.

Entercom says that by matching the competitor’s offer it has kept Carr under contract through 2012. In an interim memo last month, the judge sided with Entercom on that issue.

During yesterday’s hearing, Carr’s lawyers sought to reverse the interim ruling.

“He does not wish to return to Entercom, and the court’s previous order restricts his ability to pursue a career path of his choosing,” Bret A. Cohen, Carr’s lawyer, wrote in asking the judge to reconsider the ruling.

During the hearing, Cohen argued that Carr’s contract should be read at face value: It expired on Sept. 19.

Van Gestel, in statements from the bench, said the contract with WRKO remains valid.

“It continues,” van Gestel said. “That’s where you and I disagree,” he told Cohen, of Mintz Levin.

Cohen, in one of many legal cases drawing from professional sports, pointed to a case involving boxing great Rocky Marciano. The boxer’s trainer attempted to enter into a written contract that would have kept him the trainer well into the future, should Marciano turn pro.

“The law is clear,” Cohen said, arguing that neither the boxing great nor Carr could be forced to agree to a contract in the future - especially one that failed to spell out the contract’s length or compensation.

“There is a dollar amount and a period of time,” countered the judge.

Van Gestel then reached for a sporting case of his own, citing a contract involving a race horse that locked up future earnings for contests not yet run. That contract was found to be enforceable.

Nancy Sterling, Carr’s spokeswoman, declined to comment.

The judge, in this morning’s hearing, is also expected to decide whether to grant an injunction that would limit WTKK from discussing Carr’s potential move to the radio station.

Shepard Davidson, a lawyer for Entercom, said WTKK has used such language on its website as “they hope, they wish, they want, they expect” in describing Carr’s interest in moving to the station. The statements seek to “torpedo” Entercom’s relationship with advertisers, Davidson argued, in seeking an injunction to silence “plainly misleading” promises that Carr is headed to WTKK “soon.”

Josh Davis, a lawyer representing WTKK, said the judge should reject the injunction request because it seeks to enjoin “words, as opposed to actions.”


44 posted on 10/16/2007 1:13:13 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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He lost the ruling:

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/messenger/


45 posted on 10/16/2007 7:10:07 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Andy'smom; raccoonradio

So does this mean he’ll not be coming back to radio, or will time change things with respect to his contract? This is too bad. Guess the radio won’t be getting better any time soon.


46 posted on 10/16/2007 7:35:54 AM PDT by dbw2007
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The decision means that Howie is tied to WRKO for the next 5 years, if they still want him as they have claimed. He can’t be forced to work for them, he just can’t have a show anywhere else. I guess there could be another appeal, but....


47 posted on 10/16/2007 7:58:40 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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Well, they’ll be paying him a lot - maybe he’ll come back to WRKO anyway. Maybe they’ll even relent and give him the morning show, if that is what he really wants. And maybe the devil will have to buy a pair of ice skates tomorrow...


48 posted on 10/16/2007 8:18:50 AM PDT by dbw2007
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(The Tue. ping)

Yes—the options looks like:
—return to WRKO
—sit out radio
—go to WTKK and risk a lawsuit from Entercom
—appeal to a higher court (where?)

Globe story:
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Judge rules against Carr in WRKO case

Radio talk show host Howie Carr, whose tortuous contract negotiations have kept him in limbo between two stations, remains under contract with his current employer, WRKO-AM, a judge ruled today.

But the ruling, issued this morning by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel, sharply ratchets up Carr’s salary to match the offer given by a competing radio station.

At issue is a contract that Carr signed with WRKO that was due to expire in late September. The station is owned by Entercom Boston.

Prior to its expiration, Carr fielded a lucrative contract from a suitor station, WTKK-FM, which reportedly has offered the popular talk show host and Boston Herald columnist $7 million over five years.

“Entercom, by exercising its right of first refusal, continued Carr’s services beyond the Sept. 19, 2007 original expiration date of the Agreement, upon the compensation arrangement and the term of employment offered by the other station,” van Gestel wrote in the seven-page ruling.
The judge sharply rejected Carr’s July 10 statement to the media that the Entercom contract transforms him into a “virtual indentured servant.”

“Carr is not, as he argues in his brief, ‘in essence [subject to] a lifetime employment agreement’ with Entercom,” the Judge wrote. “And wherever he legally finds himself, it is of his own conscious doing. He has not, as he publicly claims, been placed into some form of high-paid indentured servitude by this Court.”
(By Diedtra Henderson, Globe staff)

Herald story:
October 16th, 2007
Judge blocks Carr from jumping to WTKK
Posted by Jessica Heslam at 9:57 am

Howie Carr has hit another road block in his quest to join rival station WTKK, with a judge today denying the radio host’s request to reverse an earlier decision that the right to match provision in his WRKO contract is valid and enforceable.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel also denied WRKO’s request for a preliminary injunction, which would have banned WTKK executives from talking to Carr, and making any public statements about him, for the next five years.

Attorneys for both sides argued their cases at a court hearing yesterday before van Gestel, who issued his decision earlier today.

In 2002, Carr signed a five-year contract with the Entercom Communications-owned WRKO.

The contract included a right to match clause, which gives WRKO the right to match a competitor’s salary during the term of his contract and within 180 days after it ends.

Greater Media’s WTKK (96.9 FM) offered Carr their morning drive show in July, a deal worth up to $7 million. WRKO quickly matched the offer, and by doing so, says Carr is under contract to them until 2012.

Carr’s lawyers argued that the provision is illegal under state law.

Carr has been off the air since his WRKO contract expired last month.

I’ll have more here throughout today.


49 posted on 10/16/2007 8:30:44 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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to all—what does it all mean? We won’t know yet—no
word yet from Howie and his lawyers and I wonder if
they’re trying to appeal to a higher court.

Note:
>>The contract included a right to match clause, which gives WRKO the right to match a competitor’s salary during the term of his contract and within 180 days after it ends.

And the judge said, hey, the offer was made while Howie
was under contract to WRKO, case closed. But Howie does
not want to work there!

He may just prefer to sit it out but he’s giving up a lot
of money if so. Do we have to still sit through the
Not Howie Carr show on WRKO and his various affiliates
while all this goes on?


50 posted on 10/16/2007 8:39:59 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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