Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread July & August 2014
Posted on 07/09/2014 4:26:52 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Let's link the months of July & August for Howie in this thread. It should be interesting to see what happens in the next couple months as Howie's WRKO contract ends around Sept or so; he's planning to syndicate with a company called Global Media and maybe WRKO will opt to carry him but who knows (would think his affiliate stations currently would stay with him and maybe expand). And an item in today's Inside Track in the Herald hints that some higher priced talent at Fox 25--like Doug "VB" Goudie and Maria Stephanos--may be worried at the upcoming takeover of the station by Cox. Would the likes of VB wind up back on radio?
Anyway we'll start it with today's Herald column.
Lame legacy is all Deval Patrick has
Delusional Dems ignore record
Howie Carr, Boston Herald 7/9/14
Did you know that Gov. Deval Patrick is working on his legacy? Or that he is the spiritual leader of the state Democratic Party?
The guy is a complete bust-out, a total failure, and yet the rumpswabs have already got him on the road to political sainthood. Were in the beatification process now, and if you dont believe me, just ask Juliette Kayyem, the failed candidate for governor. The day after she was eliminated from the race at the Democratic state convention last month, she sent out an email to her supporters:
I personally will do anything I can to support our candidates and the legacy of Deval Patrick.
Legacy? How about his 2006 campaign promise to cut everyones property taxes? Not only did he not do it, but the taxes have gone up 20-30 percent since 2007.
Legacies? How about Justina Pelletier? Or ex-Lt. Gov. Crash Murrays secret public cellphone records. The 25-percent increase in the sales tax. The sales tax on the excise tax on alcohol such a legacy the voters repealed it.
Heres another Deval legacy $1.8 billion a year squandered on welfare for illegal aliens.
Local aid to cities and towns cut $300 million. In fiscal year 2009 alone, Deval signed a budget cutting $500 million out of local aid, while increasing the hack-infested Probation Departments budget by $4 million.
Ten thousand new state employees, and Im sure many were hired with the same care and fairness that the hack state reps used when shoving the snouts of their payroll patriots into the trough.
Then yesterday, the Tsarnaev familys own personal fanzine, the Globe, trumped Juliette Kayyem and called Deval the Democratic Partys spiritual leader.
Yep, thats right. Hes the archbishop of Sect. 8, the cardinal of EBT.
This came up in the context of Marsha Coakley trying to tiptoe away from Devals ... legacy.
Marsha, looking ahead past the primary to November, told the Lowell Sun, I dont think under a Gov. Coakley you would have an Annie Dookhan.
Brave talk from Marsha, but shes not exactly a management dynamo herself. Remember the headlines: Coakley campaign funds in disarray.
But finance is not her forte, losing cases is. Speaking of headlines, who can forget her recent triumphs:
Supreme Court rules unanimously against Coakley.
That was on abortion buffer zones, and is not to be confused with the recent judicial ruling on casinos: SJC rules unanimously against Coakley.
The legacies just keep on coming.
Let’s hope that Howie has a clear out from his contract this time. He really miscalculated the last time by signing with a competitor and enabling WRKO to match the terms.
VB is better on television than on the radio, IMO.
Yes, well we’ll see what happens. I just posted this on a couple radio boards:
Some past TV reporters, etc. have wound up going to local radio. John Dennis, Kim Carrigan, Dan Rea (tho I think hed done radio before his TV stint), etc. Now the pending swap of TV stations from Cox to Fox which puts Fox 25 in the camp of Cox, pending FCC approval, has some at 25 nervous; Inside Track in Herald names high-priced talent (it says) like Maria Stephanos and Doug VB Goudie. If they were to be cut would they wind up (back) on radio?
Doug of course was the longtime producer/co-producer of Howie Carr, nicknamed Virgin Boy (or Victor Bravo as he put it) who made a move to TV around 03 or so. He didnt really come back to appear on Howies show in the meantime though at least once I heard him on the old WTKK filling in for Severin I think. Not too many fill ins, though.
VB had his own RKO show briefly, The Pit, which took over Dr Lauras slot late night but he gave it up when he moved to TV. I have a cass. somewhere of his last show also featuring Paul Butchie Brennan (later worked for Leslie
The Radio Chick Gold in NY) and Nancy Sandy Shack and Cosmo Macero (who also teamed up with him on TV as the heavy hitters
Also Howie may control his own destiny THIS time. He has signed with Global Media who could then offer the show to RKO, and we’d hope the deal would give him an “out clause”. Radio columnist Tom Taylor writes:
“Boston-based talk host Howie Carr signs with Tony Garcias new Global Media Services. Garcia calls him ‘an icon and legend in New England, and I look forward to partnering with him to bring his unique views on politics, pop culture and society to the entire nation.’ Carrs heard in Boston from 3-7pm on Entercoms talk WRKO (680), which is the station that fought so hard to keep him from jumping to Greater Media. Before moving to Denver to work with RegionalHelpWanted.com, Garcia led the Charlotte-based syndication of Bob & Sheri.”
It was pointed out to me that Cox, probably new owners of 25, was responsible for this—and wound up getting boycotted by the Asian community in the Bay Area (hoax pilot names of Asiana crash)
I don’t care if Howie continues to be carried on WRKO, but I’d like to see him free to move elsewhere. I doubt that his show will work as well if he tries to do it from Florida. Part of his appeal is knowing the inner workings of Mass politics/politicians, and it will be much more difficult to keep that going from Florida. Perhaps he can keep the topics broad and on a national level.
Very true—he may have been fantasizing about doing his show from a “Southern Command” as Rush does. But hey, maybe he could do it from the Cape and move there...?
In Boston the only other poss. option for Howie if WRKO doesn’t take him back (getting the show via syndicator) is really WUFC 1510 at this point (currently runs Beck, Hannity, Dennis Miller etc). No
“FM talker” unless you count the moonbat stuff on public radio. WBZ has no room for him and prob. wouldn’t put him on even if they did (I can’t picture the immigrant horn/”Milford man” on WBZ), but who knows. I’d think RKO would sign up
for his show unless they decide to abandon talk.
Here are five of the most pathetic words in the English language:
Im a full-time state rep.
That was state Rep. Mike Moran the other day at the Probation trial. He didnt seem embarrassed either. Its a full-time job I guess, getting Probation jobs for the likes of Kenny Weiand, who is now awaiting trial on charges of motor-vehicle homicide while driving to endanger and drunk.
Two years after Weiand was hired as a favor to the full-time rep without so much as an interview, he was involved in a 2010 accident in Mansfield that killed a state trooper.
It was another day of embarrassing revelations in the federal trial of three former Probation bigwigs, including former Commissioner John OBrien. The prosecution will rest its troubled case this morning.
The feds have been trying to prove that the Legislature had an arrangement with OBrien et al. In return for jobs for the Kenny Weiands of the world, the Legislature appropriated more money for Probation.
In other words, quid pro quo. The problem is, the feds indicted the quid, but not the quo. None of the legislative leaders are in the dock, only their hack minions.
The first witness yesterday was state Rep. David Linsky of Natick. He got a Probation job for his unemployed campaign manager. Linsky talked about what a great guy Mistah Speakah is, mentioning the day his son Tyler had to pitch a baseball game in DeLeos hometown of Winthrop.
I remember Bob DeLeo showing up that day to watch him.
Some would say, what a great guy. Others might say, DeLeo must not be very busy if he can go to a kids ball game. But then he too is a full-time state rep.
Another attendee: Lenny Mirosolo, DeLeos coatholder, who was in charge of passing out the free jobs to Kenny Weiand and the rest. His son Brian is Mistah Speakahs godson, and at age 29, Brian became the youngest chief probation officer in state history.
Next witness: Kathleen Petrolati, the wife of Rep. Tom Petrolati. She wouldnt talk until she got a grant of immunity. A UMass dropout, she was hired at Probation after a nationwide search in 2000. One of her co-workers was Mindi Burke, daughter of another of the indicted Probation officials, Billy.
Then came a former staffer for now-imprisoned ex-Speaker Sal DiMasi. He talked about how a p.o. named Bernie Dow got himself a promotion in Worcester. Among the hacks Dow beat out for the job was one Antonietta DeAngelis a familiar name to the jury. On Wednesday, her father, a retired Probation hack named Nick DeAngelis, testified for the prosecution, but only after he too got a grant of immunity. Judge Bob Mulligan helped Nick get his big promotion, and then personally called Daddy D when he got his son, Nick Jr., a job as a court officer.
By the way, Antonietta DeAngelis got taken care of too shes now the chief probation officer at Greenfield District Court for about $80,000 a year.
The motto of the Legislature Quid did it, leave Quo alone.
Highly recommend film Whitey: The USA vs James J Bulger, prod in assoc with CNN and based I think on the book by Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen. Reporters Dick Lehr & David Boeri also seen, along with interviews with relatives of the 19 murder victims of the now-convicted gangster. It doesn’t really cover his capture in Santa Barbara but goes over the relationship of gangsters, informants, the FBI and the Justice Department. No doubt will wind up on video & airings on CNN. Very well done. (And Bulger himself is heard via phone calls with lawyer J.W. Carney) NOTE: No mention of Howie in the film other than a vague reference to Martorano and the “book he co-wrote, film rights”. Billy Bulger seen once, mentioned once. Kevin Weeks is in it; Barnicle is not.
Sun column ping
Fri column ping
If Howie doesn’t happen to Entercom when his contract expires, who else might?
Howie has signed with a company called Global Media (the guy who does it helped syndicate a show in other parts of the country called Bob and Sheri). I think his contract with Entercom ends in Sept. One thing I heard is that Howie and Sandy were both seen going into the offices of Money Matters, which owns a couple small stations and does the WRKO financial talk bit in late mornings (I think); they also were the ones who syndicated Michael Graham to about 6 stations (Graham moved to Atlanta).
So the idea is with Global Media, Howie gets to control his show. WRKO can choose to run it; if not maybe WUFC 1510 could. Details soon I hope. Howie is taking a trip to Cleveland this weekend and it could involve radio but it also might be about his books or movie rights. He has done Cle. business trips before.
I would hope Howie’s current affiliates would sign on.
I know Howie had a good relationship with Cary Pahigian
up in Maine (Talkers.com: “ Prior to his tenure at Sagas Portland properties, Pahigian was station manager at heritage Boston outlet WBZ-AM; operations manager and program director of Philadelphia sports station WIP-AM; vice president of operations at Sconnix Broadcasting; and vice president and general manager of Boch Broadcasting on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.”)-—Pahigian may have been consultant for Howie when he tried to jump to WTKK in 2007, not sure.
All Access June 24:
>>TONY GARCIA’s GLOBAL MEDIA SERVICES is taking over syndication duties for HOWIE CARR’s afternoon talk show, based at ENTERCOM News-Talk WRKO-AN/BOSTON and aired on 15 stations across NEW ENGLAND. CARR, a Radio Hall of Famer and BOSTON HERALD columnist, said, Ive been looking forward to this day for a long time. Its exciting to be branching out on my own and expanding the network. I have a great relationship with my affiliates and advertisers and I think theyll tell you Ive been a real asset to their businesses.
>>GARCIA, who founded GLOBAL this year after stints at WLNK/CHARLOTTE, where he launched BOB AND SHERI into syndication, and REGIONAL HELP WANTED, said, HOWIE CARR is an icon and legend in NEW ENGLAND and I look forward to partnering with him to bring his unique views on politics, pop culture and society to the entire nation. The possibilities are endless.
Money Matters Radio (note the station they mention in Southbridge just got sold I think)
I think they have WBNW 1120 Concord MA and
WPLM 1390 in Plymouth. Graham’s show had also aired on
WCRN Worcester, WCCM Salem NH, WESO Southbridge etc.
So again it looks like Howie is involved with Global Media and by late Sept or Nov., he could be starting his show with them and not WRKO, though RKO could carry him. He may wind up doing the show from a studio somewhere else...or “rent” WRKO.
oh, forgot to mention that Cary Pahigian, see above, left Saga Portland and is now working with Hearst in Baltimore. Again I would hope Howie’s various affiliates keep going with him.
In 2007 Howie tried to jump to WTKK. His RKO contract ended in Sept of that year and the idea was to start mornings on WTKK on 10/1/07. Due to judges rulings, it didn’t happen. By the time Howie got back on, it was late Nov of 2007 (after Todd
Feinburg did a bunch of fill ins). With the election coming up, there’s more interest in poli. talk radio and a lot of money could be spent by candidates on stations like WRKO.
So I don’t know if Howie’s change-to-Global-Media happens in Sept. or November...and if WRKO keeps talk after the election. They well may.
btw not totally sure if Money Matters and Barry Armstong/Fin. Exchange are one and the same; I did read online that WHJJ 920 in Prov is going to be running Armstrong starting “next Mon.” (was posted on the 21st), either 10-noon or 6-8 pm