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To: raccoonradio

Yippee, he’s back...
I was driving out of the tunnel on 93 and heard Todd give the news. Almost drove off the bridge ;)


31 posted on 11/16/2007 3:29:54 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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Howie Carr’s back in gear today at WRKO, Boston.

The conversation on the Radio-Info.com Boston board is intense, and no doubt it will keep up after he returns at 3pm today – returns home to his “ex”, after trying to escape to a new relationship with Greater Media’s WTKK. The WRKO.com site featured a big “I’m baaaack” splash page yesterday afternoon, and manager Julie Kahn praises Howie as “a one-of-a-kind talent” who now has a contract with WRKO all the way through 2012.

Howie came so close…

If only he’d waited to talk to Greater Media until his contract with Entercom’s WRKO was over. Or - If only he’d just waited to reveal his new deal with Greater Media until that contract was up. And if only Entercom’s Julie Kahn (in Boston) and David Field (back in Philly) hadn’t been so dead-set determined to keep him. There are probably a couple more “if onlies” that I haven’t thought of, but that opens up a lot of the ground. Howie’s side probably thought they were covered, legally, when they felt Entercom had missed a six-months-out window to negotiate back in the Spring. I think that’s when they began to get serious with Greater Media about taking over the former Don Imus slot on WTKK (96.9). The Boston Herald’s reported that five-year deal could’ve been worth as much as $7 million over five years, if Howie hit all his ratings goals. But Howie’s absolutely essential to WRKO (billing-wise), and Entercom held on to him like a “Survivor” contestant during an immunity challenge. Entercom was also buoyed by the two rulings of Judge Allan Van Gestel, and the refusal of an appeals court judge to jump in. And frankly, Howie’s taken a lot of shots at The Powers That Be in Boston, and some of them saw a chance to get in a lick or two.
Greater Media “strongly disagrees” with Judge Van Gestel – but graciously bows out.

CEO Peter Smyth really wanted to win this one, and the affair won’t be forgotten on either the Greater Media or Entercom side. Folks in Boston have long, long memories. But GMI says it understands Howie’s personal decision: “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.” I’ll bet you that Greater Media’s Peter Smyth and market manager Phil Redo are also thinking: “If only…” And attorneys and agents around the country will be parsing the meaning of this case for a long time, since the “right-to-match” clause is pretty common in contracts. I’m guessing that everybody drops the lawsuits (begun by Howie, to seek a clear path to his exit), and it’s back to work.


32 posted on 11/16/2007 7:04:17 AM PST by raccoonradio (Boston Red Sox: 2007 World Champions)
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