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Posted on 11/11/2007 6:48:17 PM PST by raccoonradio
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Howie’s Sunday Herald column
Rudy looks to get his Mitts on Mass. votes
By Howie Carr | Sunday, November 11, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Two questions about the proposed move of the Massachusetts presidential primary from March 4 to Super Tuesday on Feb. 5.
No. 1: Can Gov. Deval Patrick remobilize the moonbats to carry the state for his candidate, Barack Obama? (Probably, unless he lets Felix Arroyo handle the organizational work.)
No. 2: Could Mitt Romney pull an Al Gore and lose his home state? (Probably not, but this primary could be the latest, and the way things are going around here, maybe even the last Mass. GOP shootout in the lifeboat.)
Of course, the candidates themselves arent going to be spending much time in these parts after the New Hampshire primary. Theyll be crisscrossing the big states that also vote on Feb. 5 - California, New York, New Jersey, among 23 in all.
Mitts got the support of most of the local Republican machines, if thats not an oxymoron nowadays - three sheriffs, three district attorneys, new star Jim Ogonowski (he lost of course, but not by much, and it doesnt take much to shine in the Mass. Republican firmament these days). Mitt also has all but one of the state reps and two of the five GOP senators (thats right, there are only five left, and Rudy has the other three).
More importantly, perhaps, Mayor Giuliani is supported by a pair of faded bright lights, former treasurer Joe Malone and ex-Gov. Paul Cellucci. Besides their Italian-American heritage, Rudy and Cellucci have at least one other thing in common: poor choices in campaign drivers. You know about Bernie Kerik, the now-indicted ex-New York City police commissioner. But Cellucci has also been embarrassed by his erstwhile wheelman - do you recall one Anthony Dichio? He was a state trooper and, after George Bush became president, Cellucci wangled a nice appointment for Dichio as U.S. marshal, at least until it turned out Dichio was working about as often as Santa Claus.
For the record, one other prominent Bay State Republican does not support Mitt. That would be former Gov. Jane Swift, who is backing Sen. John McCain. But then, Jane has always did have a thing for older men.
Mitt Romney is currently up by double digits in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote, and hes also ahead in Michigan. South Carolina is a tossup. Rudy leads only in Nevada, a caucus state.
So by the time Super Tuesday rolls around, the Romney scenario calls for winless McCain to be assuming room temperature. As for Fred Thompson, well, as Curtis Mayfield once said, Freddies dead. Hes got to win South Carolina, but - like McCain - he has no money. So the theory is that in Massachusetts, as everywhere else on Super Tuesday, the Republican race will be reduced to a two-man fight: Romney vs. Rudy.
But even if the presidential primaries are anticlimactic here, the taxpayers have at least 200,000 reasons for holding the election on Super Tuesday. Thats how much money the state can save by simultaneously running five special elections for vacancies in the legislature, not that anyone will ever miss any of the nonentities who are departing the General Court.
Two hacks got cabinet jobs from Deval Patrick, one inheriting the sergeant-at-arms job from the late Money Fitz, not to mention the top hat and the large stick that goes with it. A fourth vacancy was created by the election of Rep. Bob Correia as mayor of Fall River. The voters apparently were looking for a fresh face - a fresh 68-year-old face. Correias nickname now changes from Deputy Dawg to Top Dawg.
The fifth vacancy will be created Tuesday by whichever state rep wins the primary to succeed Sen. Bob Havern of Arlington. My moneys on Jim Marzilli, a moonbats moonbat. Hes running against Charley Murphy, who faces what may now be an insurmountable problem in Massachusetts. Hes an ex-Marine. I just dont see a heavy Leatherneck vote mobilizing out in Lexington.
Marine vs. moonbat. Its a no-brainer in this state. Which is probably why Barack has a fighting chance, too - at least here in the Hub of the Moonbat Universe.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1043930
Also in today’s Herald
Hub talk radio in turmoil
Stations scramble to get key personalities in place
By Jessica Heslam | Sunday, November 11, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com
A drop in morning show listeners over the summer, and a dearth of major broadcast talent, has Hub talk radio stations scrambling to put key pieces in place midway through the crucial fall ratings period.
This is one of the most unstable periods in the modern history of Boston talk radio, said Michael Harrison, editor and publisher of the radio trade publication Talkers magazine. Bostons a very dramatic market.
Nearly every Hub talk radio host lost key listeners over the summer. Experts say the summer ratings period is the least important of the four annual books because listeners habits change in warmer months. People go on vacations and alter their schedules.
Still, the turmoil is severe and has forcefully gripped two key players: WTKK (96.9 FM) and WRKO (680 AM).
An array of fill-in hosts and newcomers like WRKOs Tom Finneran have failed to catch fire, and while stations can paper over those failures in the summer book, which ended Sept. 19, the void has continued well into the current crucial fall period.
Industry insiders say those lost listeners may be tuning into public radio, news radio, sports radio, music stations, satellite radio or their Ipods, a dispersal that could be challenging to reverse.
The fall ratings, which cover the Sept. 20 to Nov. 12 period, are due out in January. They will provide better insight into whether the turmoil is turning off listeners for good. The fall numbers are the ones that have the most impact on the life and death of radio, Harrison said. Judging radio by the summer book is like judging football by the pre-season.
WTKK-FM was hoping to have Howie Carr - the marquee talent of its AM rival, WRKO - behind their morning-drive mic by now. But the courts have blocked the move. The FM station even offered Carr a $50,000 bonus if he started before Oct. 1.
Carr is reportedly heading back to WRKO and has been off the air since September, and every single week of the fall book. During the summer, Carr took five weeks vacation out of the twelve week book - and his show lost key listeners.
He took off a good chunk of the summer. His share among 25 to 54-year-olds fell 39 percent from the spring, meaning 10,400 listeners in that age group were tuning in during an average 15 minutes. Last summer, his afternoon-drive show had 15,500 of those listeners.
WTKK has lost listeners in the morning without Don Imus. The shock jocks new radio show debuts in December but insiders say it wont go into syndication until January and its future in Boston remains unclear.
Officials from WTKK and WRKO did not respond to requests for comment.
Anytime you lose a morning show it sets listeners adrift and in search of new buttons on the radio. With Howie, other stations will benefit, said Tom Taylor, news editor of the industry Web site radio-info.com. Theyll find other things to listen too.
Even if Imus show returns to the Hub, it doesnt guarantee good ratings, although he did decently here in the past. If our idea of exciting programming is Imus Act III, were going to suffer, said Holland Cooke, a news and talk-radio specialist at McVay Media. The guy was a mature act when he fell from grace before, and now hes tainted.
Boston radio is no stranger to shakeups. Harrison said the departure of WRKO hosts Jerry Williams and Gene Burns in the 1990s also marked an era of change as did the 2004 death of WBZ (1030) host David Brudnoy. And Howard Sterns exit from terrestrial radio was a major blow to every station that carried him, including Bostons WBCN [website] (104.1 FM).
Harrison said the heavy hitters currently on the talk dial are sports hosts on WEEI (850 AM) and WTKKs Jay Severin.
Harrison said Carrs listeners will come back. Carrs got a good year to two years before people forget, Harrison said.The others are all quite fine, He said. But those are your stars.
“Howie! Come home. All is forgiven!!” - Whitey
Boston talk radio has been pathetic for some time. Severin is now unbearable and WTKK is mostly the same tired commercials over and over again. I switched to internet stations a couple of years ago.
Would be interesting to see if there was a bump in satellite radio after Howie went on ‘vacation’
I’m very close to giving up terrestrial radio now.
Only saving grace in New England is WTIC-AM in the morning.
Howie’s situation was talked about on Ch 2’s Beat the Press
(Emily Rooney, Joe Sciacca, Dan Kennedy, et al). Is Howie
a “beaten man” or does this just prove how valuable he
is? Is it possible that Entercom felt NO amount of money
would justify them making a deal with Greater Media to
let him jump to 96.9? Is he morning guy at ‘RKO or
back to afternoons? Just how much money has Greater
Media lost in all this (though it got them some free
publicity)? And is Imus heading back to 96.9?
see video at
Thanks for the link raccoonradio, looks like Howie is coming back.
yup, and the only question is when
by the way here it is the observed Veteran’s Day but
that isn’t the holiday 2 Boston radio stations are
observing. That’s right, WROR 105.7 and WODS 103.3
are now officially all-Christmas! (See thread I posted
in General/Chat). A bit early, folks?
I avoid the absolutely awful crap served up in the Boston market, such as Egan and Braude, for example, by going to http://streamingradioguide.com/streaming-radio.php?format=1 a
School plotter just one more victim
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Ten months for plotting a Columbine-style massacre at Marshfield High?
The judge really threw the book at Toby Kerns - a comic book.
But hey, Kerns, the potential mass murderer - hes been turning his life around, as at least two newspaper stories have put it. Hes the victim here, Toby is, and never you mind about those convictions for conspiracy to commit murder and threatening to use deadly weapons.
Didnt you read in the Globe yesterday, Toby has become an avid Christian? Stop me if youve heard this one before.
Of course, back in 2004, the avid Christian and several other local losers were planning another Columbine, at Marshfield High.
Their club was called NBK - Natural Born Killers. Kerns had a hit list of students and teachers Theyd tested out a bomb in the woods, they were going to padlock the doors and start shooting.
That 10 months Kerns gets in stir really only works out to five, because hes already been in custody for five. Not too shabby, especially considering that the judge said he didnt find his testimony credible.
But then, Toby Kerns is the prohibitive front-runner to be named Victim of the Year in Massachusetts. Kerns is a regular Alibi Ike. If they gave the Heisman Trophy for not taking responsibility for ones actions, hed already be on his way to New York.
Here are some of his excuses, rationales and alibis that have appeared in the papers, some as recently as yesterday. Keep a box of Kleenex handy as you read over how this youth was railroaded:
He was framed by the other lads in the NBK - over a girlfriend.
The other boys in NBK ratted him out before he could rat them out - not fair!
He suffered psychological abuse when he was younger, causing post-traumatic stress, and had to go to a hospital.
He was scared of prison.
He loves animals, even volunteered at an animal shelter.
His brother has Down syndrome.
His mother is estranged.
He missed the senior prom.
That swastika at Tobys house? His co-conspirator put that up, not him.
He was a kid who had been picked on. (His lawyer came up with that.)
Hes lost 40 pounds in the slammer. (Remind me, if Im ever up for sentencing, to do what Toby did yesterday - wear a shirt with a collar two sizes too big for me. Do you suppose that drove home the weight-loss mention in the newspaper story to the judge?)
Back to all the reasons the judge was given over the past few months in the media not to give Toby a good long sentence:
Hows he going to keep up with his car payments?
Hes a role model for his fellow teen jailbirds at the Plymouth County House of Correction.
All of his friends are in college.
Tobys family has great financial stress, their home is in foreclosure and his dads fashion business went downhill after all the bad publicity.
I could go on, but you get the picture, and ask yourself the question, would this punk really have gone to his grandfathers funeral if he werent in the slammer?
OK, sure, Toby has had a few problems along the way. There were the two B&Es - at a package store and a summer house. Then there was the vandalism at an elementary school.
And of course, there was that Satan tattoo - but its gone now too.
Hes got a cross, and if you dont buy the born-again Christian rap, well, he told the Globe hes been reading the Koran too, and if that doesnt float your boat either, how about the Torah?
Isnt it wonderful, living in the banana republic of Massachusetts? Another day, another early Christmas present for another con.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1044549