from today’s Herald
Welcome back, Carr
Popular talk-show returns to RKO
By Jessica Heslam | Friday, November 16, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Boston radio host Howie Carr plans to return to his familiar seat behind the WRKO microphone today while rival WTKK will announce that shock jock Don Imus will be back on its airwaves next month - in the morning-drive slot that was set to go to Carr.
Carrs move back to his old afternoon-drive show on WRKO (680) comes four months after he dropped a bombshell and launched a legal battle to jump ship to WTKK (96.9).
Well get along fine, said Carr, who said he prefers to be on afternoons on WRKO but wouldnt elaborate. I worked there for two months after I announced I wasnt going to be there. It is what it is. Ill be fine.
I missed being on the radio, added Carr, who is also a Herald columnist.
WRKO said Carrs contract runs until 2012. Carr wouldnt discuss the details of his contract. When asked if WTKK was out of the picture forever, Carr said, Who knows what the future holds?
Carr has been off the air since September, the start of the crucial fall ratings period, and WRKO lost key listeners without its money-making star.
According to the first phase of the fall ratings released yesterday and obtained by the Herald, WRKOs afternoon-drive show with fill-in Todd Feinburg had a 2.7 share and was in 14th place among 25-to 54-year-olds. Last year at this time, Carr had a 3.9 share and ranked eighth.
Sources say WTKK plans to announce today that Imus new syndicated show will be added to its lineup next month. Less than a year after the nappy-headed hos scandal, Imus landed a radio show on New Yorks WABC-AM, which begins Dec. 3.
Carr had struck a deal in July worth up to $7 million with WTKK, but the courts blocked him from crossing town.
A statement from WTKK said the station is disappointed Carr wont be joining its lineup at this time.
Meanwhile, WRKO parent Entercom Vice President Julie Kahn said she was thrilled to have Carr back.
It’s Howie time—finally! Tune in to WRKO AM 680 or
his other affiliates.