Howie Carr list ping. Yikes!
Not sure who’s filling in for Howie (he did hint at Col Hunt for a couple days, maybe Avi too?) but here are alternatives:
Jay Severin/Michele McPhee 96.9 Boston Talks
Sean Hannity 1200 Rush Radio
BY BRIAN MALONEY
WRKO Yanks Carr Off The Air
by Brian Maloney, April 16th, 2010 at 10:58pm
With their station near death, WRKO managers have decided to pin the blame on Howie Carr, absolutely the only thing keeping whats left of 680 AM afloat (other than perhaps Michael Savage, speaking from a ratings perspective).
Theyve apparently decided to yank him from the airwaves for a week, simply because thin-skinned, bitter, failed executives hope to shift blame away from their collapsing operation. From The Globies late this evening:
Conservative talk radio host Howie Carr of WRKO 680 AM has been suspended for a week, effective Friday, for publicly and repeatedly using his program to bad-mouth the station, a company executive said.
Julie Kahn, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Boston, which owns the station, said Carrs behavior toward his employer has become increasingly caustic and intolerable.
His behavior and his anger at the company is unacceptable because he denigrates the company, the medium, the station, the signal, and hes a highly, highly, highly paid employee, she said.
She declined to comment publicly on the exact trigger for the suspension, or its terms.
But a source with knowledge of the situation said the contretemps with Carr, which dates back to a bitter contract dispute in 2007, has escalated markedly in recent weeks and included verbal attacks on station managers.
Attacks on station managers? SO WHAT! What about ratings and revenue?
Or the other affiliates that carry Howies show throughout New England?
This is beyond pathetic, first, from the standpoint that The Empress, Coffee Boy and other corporate suits could still have their jobs after destroying Entercoms (NYSE:ETM) Boston cluster, but also to think that the one person they choose to punish is their remaining lifeline to solvency.
Howie needs to find a new home and fast. WRKO is finished.
For their part, WXTK-FM, WGAN and the other Howie affiliates had better start thinking about a Plan B, another show to fill the slot, as I dont believe Carrs will be airing there much longer.
Note: Brian says maybe Howie’s affiliates would turn to something else but Howie could well be stuck at RKO till late 2012 by contract
Ever since Col. Hunt revealed he voted for Obama (!!!) and has been endlessly bashing Sarah Palin, I can't bear to listen to him. I'm not a "Palin-bot", but enough already, Col. Hunt!
What a load of bullsh*t.
WEEI and WRKO and the rest of the Entercom Boston stations suck. This listener is switching to 96.9 and 98.5 fulltime. I’ll catch up on Howie via his columns.