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Thomas Finneran to leave WRKO post this week
Boston Herald ^ | 5/29/12 | Matt Stout

Posted on 05/29/2012 6:37:04 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Former Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran said he’s leaving his post as a radio yakker on WRKO-AM, announcing on air this morning that Thursday’s show will be his last.

Finneran said on the “Tom & Todd” morning show that he will be pursing other “plans and opportunities out there in the real world” and will sign off after Thursday’s show. He joined the station in February 2007.

“We’re having a very amicable parting,” he said.

Finneran lost his own law license and was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in 2007.

The charges stemmed from misleading testimony in a 2003 federal suit filed by minority voter groups upset over a House plan to redraw legislative districts along racial lines. Finneran denied knowledge of the plan but actually played a “key role” in crafting the new districts, prosecutors said.


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: felon; felonfinneran; howiecarr; skeevy; tomfinneran; toomuchtylenol; wrko

1 posted on 05/29/2012 6:37:15 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...
(trying to get the audience clapping gif to work)

Longtime host leaving WRKO--but not the one you think. (HE, Howie, could be gone in a couple months maybe...perhaps to 96.9 or 1200)

2 posted on 05/29/2012 6:40:21 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha7oD5nULqE


3 posted on 05/29/2012 6:59:57 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

Sal will be on air.......Friday? Monday? :-)


5 posted on 05/29/2012 7:01:43 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Thanks!

From North East Radio Watch by Scott Fybush (fybush.com)

>>One of Boston’s more improbable morning men is departing radio. Tom Finneran, who left his position as Massachusetts House speaker in disgrace and then joined WRKO (680 Boston) as morning co-host in 2007, announced this morning that he’ll be leaving the station – and apparently the radio business – after Thursday’s show. Finneran told listeners he has other opportunities in “the real world.” For now, that leaves Todd Feinburg as the solo host of the “Tom and Todd” show, but that’s sure to change in a Boston talk market that’s already abuzz with speculation about a possible new FM entry from Clear Channel. Much more next week…


6 posted on 05/29/2012 7:05:11 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: rockabyebaby

ha, hook up the ISDN line to his prison. Of course to be honest Sal has some health issues now too (Globe 5/19:
“Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi has been diagnosed with cancer in his tongue and lymph nodes, his family confirmed Friday”)


7 posted on 05/29/2012 7:10:45 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Finneran knocked down an income tax cut that the people wanted. That costs you $150/yr if you make 50k.


8 posted on 05/29/2012 7:13:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Tom should be in jail, and I’m sure that Howie is “deeply saddened” about this news.


9 posted on 05/29/2012 7:15:46 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: raccoonradio

BRING BACK REESE! Reeseonthe radio/blogtalk


10 posted on 05/29/2012 7:16:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Indeed FelonMan should be in prison but in the halls of justice the only justice is out in the halls.


11 posted on 05/29/2012 7:17:33 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Howie’s first words today will be “My heart is like an alligator”. Followed by the playing of Happy Days are Here Again.


12 posted on 05/29/2012 7:19:51 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

This, just, fell into Howie’s lap, and he couldn’t be more pleased.


13 posted on 05/29/2012 7:28:13 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: raccoonradio
(trying to get the audience clapping gif to work)

May I be of assistance. :)


14 posted on 05/29/2012 7:29:05 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 8 yr old son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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To: raccoonradio

The critical missing information:

“...Thomas M. Finneran (born January 27, 1950), is a radio talk host and former Massachusetts Democratic politician who served as Speaker of the Massachusetts...”


15 posted on 05/29/2012 7:31:17 AM PDT by Postman
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To: raccoonradio

Liz Warren just announced that he’ll be her new campaign manager.


16 posted on 05/29/2012 7:33:54 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: massgopguy

Yes...btw regarding Happy Days Are Here Again I once tuned in to WFAN 660 in NYC, traditionally the Mets station there and
right after the Yankees blew a World Series —maybe 01
against the Diamondbacks, or 03 against the Marlins—someone called in and sang Happy Days are here again, they’re crying in their beer again. It is wait until next year again... etc


17 posted on 05/29/2012 7:42:28 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

radio-info.com and try not to laugh when you read the part about working hard

>>It’s official: Tom Finneran and Entercom talk WRKO-AM Boston have agreed to part ways. The former Massachusetts Speaker of the House will leave the station following his morning drive show Thursday, May 31. He has been with WRKO since February 2007. Finneran said in a release, “Over the past several days, [VP of Programming] Jason Wolfe and I have been talking about various plans and opportunities which lie ahead for me and for the station. Those opportunities (are) not compatible with the hours I keep and the effort I make to prepare for and execute a well-informed show every morning.” Wolfe added, “Tom has worked very hard for WRKO these last five years and he did an excellent job.” Finneran’s co-host for the past few years, Todd Feinburg, now takes over as sole host of morning drive, beginning June 1.


18 posted on 05/29/2012 7:51:34 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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“Tom has worked very hard for WRKO these last five years and he did an excellent job.”

And on what planet was this taking place?

19 posted on 05/29/2012 8:42:21 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Liz Warren just announced that he’ll be her new campaign manager.

Ah, nice to see that "minorities" bear no grudge against him. /sarc

20 posted on 05/29/2012 8:50:40 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Jeff Katz was talking about Marisa “Wasserman-Schultz” DeFranco this morning. Should make things interesting. She’s so bat$h|t crazy she could actually affect the Presidential election by turning out normal people to vote against her and the president, by association. Liz is just as bat$h|t crazy but she’s sooo much better at hiding it.


21 posted on 05/29/2012 9:25:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: rockabyebaby
Don't know...in the meantime, longtime Boston talk host Lovell Dyett has passed on http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/05/29/wbz-radio-legend-lovell-dyett-passes-away-at-77/ >>Lovell Dyett, a longtime talk show host on WBZ NewsRadio 1030, has passed away after a long illness. He was 77. Dyett was noted throughout his life for being an erudite speaker, devoted community activist, and renowned television and radio broadcaster. Throughout the late 1960′s, Dyett worked on the campaign to elect Edward Brooke (R-MA) as the first African American U.S. Senator, and was an organizer and director of the campaign that elected Tom Atkins Boston’s first black City Councilor. Dyett enjoyed stints at WGBH-TV, WBZ-TV, and the former WNAC-TV, and began his WBZ NewsRadio 1030 career on Sunday, December 3, 1971 as host of “The Lovell Dyett Program.” It was billed as a “telephone-talk show that dealt with all issues affecting the black community,” but it turned out to be much more. For nearly 40 years, Dyett covered topics and issues that affected people of all walks of life, discussing topics that were often times contentious, like busing and the desegregation of Boston’s schools, and sometimes uncomfortable, such as interviews with former members of the Ku Klux Klan....Dyett will be greatly missed by not only those who knew him personally, but also by those whose lives he touched over the airwaves of WBZ, where he ended each show by quoting Duke Ellington: “I love you – I love you madly.”
22 posted on 05/29/2012 10:59:02 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
There will be some big changes in the local talk radio scene (Boston market) come the fall, when Howie's contract with WRKO expires. Maybe Finneran sees the handwriting on the wall. Wouldn't be surprised to see a change of format at WRKO and Howie over at 96.9, leaving 96.9 and Talk 1200 to fight it out.

Speaking of Talk 1200 - that signal is terrible! Even downtown Boston, the signal drifts in and out.

23 posted on 05/29/2012 11:12:51 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: raccoonradio

I always liked Lovell.


24 posted on 05/29/2012 11:22:23 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Howie Carr ping: No Howie...off all week I think now that I think of it? No “my heart feels like an alligator” till next Mon.?
Avi is on


25 posted on 05/29/2012 12:08:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
No “my heart feels like an alligator” till next Mon.?

Perhaps Howie might mention it in one of his columns this week....

26 posted on 05/29/2012 12:20:48 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

Yeah, Avi didn’t do the happy dance for Howie. Next week will be too late.

Remember when Barnacle got canned off the Globe? “A boil on the rear of Boston journalism has been lanced.”, Howie gloated. I knew Barbacle was a fabulist and I assumed his editors knew it, but didn’t care. Until he mixed fabrication with verifiable plagarism, for the second or third time and became too much of an embarassment to avoid. It wasn’t just Howie, Boston Magazine, no right wing wingnuts, did a little fact checking on a couple of his more easily debunked pieces and found that not only were they patently false, buy the most cursory fact checking would have proved them to be complete fabrications. “Too good to check.”


27 posted on 05/29/2012 12:26:53 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Maybe, Howie’s other website (not WRKO) mentions something.


28 posted on 05/29/2012 12:33:00 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

I didn’t see anything on the howiecarr.us website about the felon, lots of things about granny warren, ebt cards, but nothing about the felon.........


29 posted on 05/29/2012 2:19:12 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio; All

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeI5ke0BENw


30 posted on 05/29/2012 3:30:25 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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To: raccoonradio
Finneran said on the “Tom & Todd” morning show that he will be pursing other “plans and opportunities out there in the real world” and will sign off after Thursday’s show. He joined the station in February 2007.

“We’re having a very amicable parting,” he said.

Finneran lost his own law license and was sentenced to 18 months unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in 2007.

The Burger King french fry production line beckons.

31 posted on 05/29/2012 4:26:28 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: raccoonradio

I’m thinking Kim Carrigan did a very good job last week on WRKO, just saying.


32 posted on 05/29/2012 5:51:00 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: rockabyebaby; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

He’s on vacation this week.

btw someone on a radio-interest mailing list mentioned to me (and all) that Howie prob. wouldn’t get morning drive at
WTKK or WXKS...he wants to keep his network of stations around New England. Trouble is, these stations all have
local morning drive shows and they wouldn’t want to lose them. He could conceivably do a network of Clear Channel
owned stations (should he go to CC) including 580 in Worc.,
920 in RI, and 610 in NH, but they also have local morning shows. am drive and pm drive are important.

Anyway if Howie goes to morning (even if he winds up as the morning guy at...RKO!), realize that he may not necessarily get his “network” but who knows.


33 posted on 05/30/2012 9:43:21 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Oh no—Howie may be stuck at RKO for TWO MORE YEARS.
Not official but in today’s Herald:

>>WRKO-AM (680) didn’t announce any other on-air changes yesterday, but the station is in desperate need of a ratings boon. During the April ratings period, WRKO was in a three-way tie for 24th place among the key 25- to 54-year-old listeners, according to the latest Arbitron ratings.

The five-year contract for the station’s star — afternoon-drive host and Herald columnist Howie Carr — expires in the fall, and the station has the right to renew him for another two years.

“I’m hoping I can escape from AM radio,” Carr said yesterday.

http://www.bostonherald.com/business/media/view.bg?articleid=1061135163&srvc=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bostonherald%2Fbusiness+%28Business+-+BostonHerald.com%29


34 posted on 05/30/2012 10:24:15 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Did anyone catch this? From the WGAN facebook

Big show Wednesday morning on the WGAN Morning News! Howie Carr joins us at 7:08 to discuss his future at WRKO in Boston, pimp his books and talks Presidential politics. Fox News Military Analyst and the President of Howie Nation, Col. David Hunt joins us at 7:38 to discuss Syria and what role, if any the US has and he’ll talk fried clams on Pine Point too..


35 posted on 05/30/2012 10:27:09 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Anyway if Howie goes to morning (even if he winds up as the morning guy at...RKO!), realize that he may not necessarily get his “network” but who knows.

I hope (for my sake) that Howie stays in his present spot during the PM drive-time slot (3-6pm). (Just a reminder: I listen to Howie via WHYN 560 AM - Springfield, MA).

We have an excellent local conservative talk show host - Jim Vicevich, WTIC 1080 AM, 9am - noon - but he discusses national issues. Glenn Beck runs on other local AM stations 9-12 as well.

We have few choices of good conservative talk radio shows in the Hartford/Springfield area in the afternoon - just Howie on WHYN and Gov. John Rowland's pretty good conservative talk radio show on WTIC 1080 AM (3-6pm). Rowland mostly discusses Connecticut issues and politics.

The only way I can now hear Sean Hannity live is via XM/Sirius in my car or online in the house. WTIC 1080 AM repeats Hannity's show 10pm - 1am, which is a ridiculous slot - it's too late, and part of the show is often pre-empted by Red Sox coverage.

As you may know, we used to have another decent conservative talk show in the 3-6pm slot on WDRC 1360 AM (Hartford, CT) - Dan Lovallo - but he was dumped several months ago in favor of crap programming.

To be honest, I really don't like listening to radio talk shows that exclusively discuss Connecticut politics - it's too damn depressing...

36 posted on 05/30/2012 10:55:34 AM PDT by nutmeg (So... Clinton was our first black president, and Obama is our first gay president?)
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Howie wants OFF AM!
(hope it plays for you...Firefox wouldn’t work, does play for me right now on Google Chrome)

http://www.wgan.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5869165


37 posted on 05/30/2012 11:18:54 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: nutmeg

Listen to link

He does NOT want mornings.

He never talks to J. Wolfe (WRKO prog dir). “I don’t know why (Ent.) hired Finneran. The station is run by jocksniffers.’Finneran’s like the Bill Belichick of the State House?...he’s the head of the tax-TAKING team”

http://www.wgan.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5869165

OK about your local radio etc.


38 posted on 05/30/2012 11:25:57 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Dyett worked to get consevative radio talk show host David Brudnoy fired at WBZ. It worked for a while, but Brudnoy got his job back. Dyett & Brudnoy borh worked at WBZ together at the time. Dyett woked with elements of the radical left in Boston to run Brudnoy off the air. Dyett was a typical race-hustler. He was NO conservative.


39 posted on 05/30/2012 11:37:35 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: raccoonradio

Howie did an interview on WGAN this morning and said he’s not interested in morning drive and not interested in AM radio, he wants to keep afternoon drive hours on an FM station.........


40 posted on 05/30/2012 12:17:11 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio
.he’s the head of the tax-TAKING team”

Taxtakers vs taxPAYERS.......

41 posted on 05/30/2012 12:19:30 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio
"The station is run by jocksniffers"

ROTFL... A true "Howie-ism"!

Thanks for the WGAN sound clip - it played fine on Firefox 12.0 for me.

I'm happy to hear from Howie himself that he isn't interested in doing a morning show...

42 posted on 05/30/2012 12:21:20 PM PDT by nutmeg (So... Clinton was our first black president, and Obama is our first gay president?)
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To: raccoonradio
There are fools and there are larger fools and then there was Lovell Dyett, I voted for Avi Nelson in the Primary against Ed Brooke.
43 posted on 05/31/2012 5:51:52 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Little Bill

I worked for Avi getting signatures door to door. I always regretted that Avi never got a chance to debate Lovell.


44 posted on 02/07/2014 8:26:10 PM PST by MSF BU (n)
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To: LongWayHome

I agree generally regarding Dyett, but I didn’t know he actively lobbied to take Brudnoy off WBZ.


45 posted on 02/07/2014 8:30:45 PM PST by MSF BU (n)
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To: raccoonradio

Sleeze,pure sleeze.

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46 posted on 02/07/2014 8:31:10 PM PST by Mears
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