Howie Carr is an indentured servant to WRKO for the length of his contract = 5 years (I believe about a year or year and ha half of that has passed already). Howie was all set to flee from WRKO after WRKO became FELON radio; hiring convicted felons like Felon Fineran the former speaker of the House who was convicted of lying under oath to serve as a TALK SHOW HOST! Pontificating and moralizing on the political and moral issues of the day! It is like Al Capone being hired to speak on honest business practices and paying your taxes. Fieran is a sleaze bag of the first order. Anyway, that was the last straw for Howie (hates Fineran because he knows EXACTLY who and what kind of "man" he is. Howie had a very lucrative offer from another radio station (FM with much better reception), he was already to leave WRKO in the dust BUT there was this little clause in his contract that said that WRKO could choose to match the offer and that they had the right to do this and if they did Howie HAD TO STAY. WRKO matched it, Howie went to court to try and get out of it, the court said "no dice" so Howie was literally forced to stay at WRKO for 5 years until his current contract is up! He positively hates being there, WRKO for their part has made life miserable for him; gutted his staff, etc... So he is STUCK as a slave (albeit with a decent salary) at WRKO.
For WRKO to cancel RUSH is a stupid thing to do, RUSH and Howie are the only reason multitudes of people here in New England even listen to WRKO any more. NO one can take Howies place, once he is gone. As for Ovie Nelson, he is a quasi liberal and very wishy washy, moral relativism. Last week Colonel Hunt was on Howies show while he was on vacation. Colonel Hunt was an unmitigated disaster = he has turned into a liberal Obamessiah apologist and makes all kinds of excuses for him; he actually voted for Obama and it shows! Too bad, he used to be one of the good guys, now he has joined the likes of O'Reily :op
So, once RUSH and Howie Carr are no longer on WRKO, their stations ratings will go right into the toilet. I have some sage advice for anyone owning stock in WRKO = "SELL, SELL, SELL!"
I know the history too, but I wonder if there is a release clause in the contract the station will need to utilize.If Howie's ratings sink below a certain advertising threshold because the anchor program is gone (lazy listeners forgetting to change the channel back to RKO), will RKO even be able to afford his salary?
WRKO did not cancel Rush’s show. They lost it to another station
Howie is w WRKO till fall of 2012. Be interesting to see ratings with no Rush lead in. Howie did win his time slot once last fall, even beating out the sports guys down the hall