UPDATE from the Herald:
Howie Carr BANNED From WTKK—For Now
by Laurel J. Sweet
A state Appeals Court judge today forbid Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr to take over the morning drive show at WTKK (96.9) while his battle to free himself from his contract with WRKO drags out in court.
In other words, theres no telling when Carr will return to the airwaves.
Judge Andrew Grainger also told Carr, one of the citys most popular talk jocks and a best-selling author, he could forget about pleading his case to the full Appeals Court.
This is not one of those extraordinary cases that warrant appellate consideration prior to full judgment, Grainger sniffed in his nine-page decision.
In these circumstances, there is no good reason for opening the door to mulitiple appeals when the issues may all be argued together as the conclusion of the case.
FM station TKK has reportedly offered Carr $7 million to jump ship at AM RKO (680), where he has insisted he no longer wants to work. The station continues to advertise Carr as its talent, even though he has been off the air for weeks.
sorry for the multiple posts—I kept getting error
This now from SaveWRKO.com by Brian Maloney:
Another Legal Setback
Emulating their favorite baseball team, Bay State judges are in the middle of their own sweep. In this contest, it’s Howie Carr 0, Angry Revenge-Seeking Massachusetts Justices 3.
One more of these and Team Carr will be knocked on its feet for good.
Today’s ruling means Carr has no chance of joining WTKK anytime soon. And in a further blow, he won’t be getting full appeals court consideration, either.
In a blue state as a non-conforming talk show host, these are the breaks. To these judges, a chance to ruin Howie Carr’s career is like a second World Series victory in less than 24 hours.
Don’t expect the situation to improve for Howie anytime soon. In the meantime, WTKK still doesn’t seem to have a viable Plan B in place (and I mean the entire low-rated schedule, not just morning drive). Why not?
WTKK: Digging In With Current Lineup?
Now finally close to unveiling its redesigned website, WTKK appears to be digging in for the long haul with its current lineup and Howie Carr is nowhere in sight.
Unfortunately, it’s the court system that has forced this upon the station, but status quo even in the short term seems only likely to exacerbate the station’s already-painful ratings decline.
The current lineup has already been thoroughly rejected by the marketplace, so why maintain it? This is one stubborn media market.