Our long, national nightmare is over.
Its official: Howie Carr back to WRKO
by Jessica Heslam/Boston Herald
Four months after he anounced plans to jump ship, Howie Carr is returning to his afternoon drive show on WRKO-AM tomorrow, the station plans to anounce later today.
We are thrilled that Howie is back on WRKO, said Entercom New England Vice President and Market Manager Julie Kahn in a press release. Howie is a one-of-a-kind talent, and Im sure all of Howies listeners are looking forward to hearing him on our air again.
Carrs new contract with WRKO runs through 2012. He returns to his 3 to 7 p.m. slot.
Im very happy to be reunited with my loyal listeners on WRKO, said Carr in the release. I said Id be back on the air before Imus and now I am!
WTKK said in a statement that they are disappointed and strongly disagree with the judge whose decisions blocked Carr from jumping ship.
We are disappointed that Howie Carr will not be able to join WTKK at this time, but we fully support him in his decision to return to work at WRKO, the station said in a statement released moments ago.
While we strongly disagree with Judge Van Gestels decisions, which forced Howie to choose between working for WRKO or being unemployed for five years, we have always said that we would abide by the ruling of the court. To pursue what would likely have been a very long appeal with an uncertain outcome would have been counter-productive for Howie and his loyal listeners. Howie also has his family to think about; anyone in his position would make the same decision. It is time to move forward. We wish him all the best.
WTKK had offered Carr a five-year deal to host their morning-drive show. The bonus-based contract would have allowed Carr to earn up to $7 million, an offer WRKO later matched.
Imus plans to return to the air next month with a syndicated show.
Well 2012 is when the world is supposed to end, so we should never have to go through this again.