Ping for Howie in exile, the Howie Carr show without Howie Carr. As you may know by now WRKO has suspended Howie for badmouthing the station.
The article below is by Mark Schnyder of Boston Radio Watch
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
WRKO suspends Carr
WRKO 680 AM’s talk show host Howie Carr has been suspended for a week effective today. The Boston Globe which broke the story tonight reports that Carr is being benched for speaking badly on air about WRKO and its owner Entercom.
Carr has been an unhappy employee since his attempts to leave WRKO for a rival station WTKK 96.9 back in the summer of 2007. WRKO matched WTKK’s offer, a reported $7 million over five years, citing a clause in his contract that gave that right Following setbacks in his legal fight to jump to WTKK, Carr was forced by courts to return WRKO.
When he returned to his highly rated afternoon drive program in November 2007, Carr told listeners the contract dispute had been worked out to the “mutual satisfaction” of the parties involved.
However, for the past two and half years, Carr has been often heard taking on-air shots at WRKO and its parent owner Entercom. The Globe report cites sources that say Carr’s been growing increasingly unhappy with the most recent developments involving WRKO’s programming decisions. The station lost Rush Limbaugh’s show to new conservative talker WXKS AM 1200/Rush Radio in early March.
I don't think that WRKO had any real chance to keep Limbaugh. As I understand it, the whole "Rush Radio" concept is national, and creating local stations built around Rush is something where WRKO had no choice in the matter.