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Severin, now syndicated, calls Howie top talk dog
The Boston Herald ^ | 03/17/2006 | Jessica Heslam

Posted on 03/17/2006 6:16:50 AM PST by Panerai

Controversial radio host Jay Severin says Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney would make a “great president” and admits that former rival Howie Carr is the most influential voice on Boston radio.

“To be honest, I’d have to say Howie, now that I’m in a different time slot. There’s no question that Howie’s the big dog in local Boston radio,” Severin told the Herald during a trip to the Hub. “He’s a Boston legend.”

As for Romney, Severin said he’s one of the “smartest guys” in the country and speaks the language of “regular people.” “He’s the guy I want to see be president,” Severin said.

After four months off - much of that time spent mountain and ice climbing - Severin is back on the radio, two months into a nationally syndicated gig.

His show is heard in 44 states and big parts of Canada and Mexico. Locally, he’s on WTKK-FM (96.9) in Boston.

Severin was in the final year of his contract with WTKK last year when he struck a national syndication deal with Infinity, now CBS. Once Greater Media Inc. learned he’d be nationally syndicated, they took Severin off the air.

His syndicated show began in January and he’s now on evenings, not afternoons. “It’s splendid,” Severin said of being back on the air. “I missed it greatly.”

The so-called bad boy of radio says his biggest, most significant influences are Rush Limbaugh and Don Imus, who happens to be doing his morning show live today in Boston.

As for Severin’s on-air bachelor persona, don’t let that fool you, Severin actually yuks it up in a barn-turned-state-of-the-art studio near his Sag Harbor, N.Y., home where he lives with his wife and child. “I’m a country mouse,” said the New York City native.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boston; howiecarr; jayseverin; mittromney; radio; wrko; wtkk
Fake Conservative Jay Severin supports RINO Romney, not big news.
1 posted on 03/17/2006 6:16:52 AM PST by Panerai
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To: Panerai

He's a Libertarian, and that will change once he really gets a look at ROmney's positions.


2 posted on 03/17/2006 6:22:01 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Panerai

He's not a New York City native. He's a small-town boy from Poughkeepsie, New York.

I was at Vassar College with him in the Seventies. Back then he was known as Jimmy Severino. We all think it's funny that he changed his name.


3 posted on 03/17/2006 6:25:40 AM PST by somerville
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To: Panerai
“To be honest, I’d have to say Howie, now that I’m in a different time slot. There’s no question that Howie’s the big dog in local Boston radio,” Severin told the Herald during a trip to the Hub. “He’s a Boston legend.”

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Thinking all along that he was the Boston legend, the Dread Boston Salty is deeply saddened.
4 posted on 03/17/2006 6:29:00 AM PST by Xenalyte (You're not the boss of Tiger Bot Hesh!)
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To: Panerai
Hate Severin, it's one thing that he opposes Iraq, but his reasoning is so simplistic it is frightening.

We're like a cop who had a search warrant for WMD but we broke into the wrong house, so now we have to leave immediately, we have no reason to be there. He says this again and again.

That is how Jay Severin deals witha nation of 50 million sitting in the most strategic spot on Earth, with enormous oil resources, people who are our allies, etc. Screw him.

5 posted on 03/17/2006 6:31:51 AM PST by Williams
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To: theDentist

He used to broadcast in Boston, and had Romney on his radio show several times, he's really familiar with Romney's positions. I gave up listening to Severin once he started bashing Bush every other day.


6 posted on 03/17/2006 6:32:59 AM PST by Panerai
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To: raccoonradio

ping


7 posted on 03/17/2006 6:34:42 AM PST by Panerai
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To: Williams

Agreed. And when he says "we can't march into a nation and force democracy on it" and someone brings up Germany and Japan," he just says "I'm not talking about Germany and Japan." Wow - what logic!


8 posted on 03/17/2006 6:49:44 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Panerai

How many more, Mr. Speaker!...

I like Howie, but I do think some of his rhetoric about illegal immigrants is a bit extreme. Yes, they've broken the law, but they are not subhumans.


9 posted on 03/17/2006 6:53:48 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: Panerai

Howie likes Mitt too and has had him on several times. So Mitt's doing something right.


10 posted on 03/17/2006 6:55:29 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Panerai

I stopped listening as well. Severen was wrong on so many issues it became a joke. First McCain would win, then Bush would get his clock cleaned in the debates, then Kerry would win. He's not a conservative by any stretch - a libertarian and an obnoxious one at that. One of those hosts if you disagree with him he shouts you down and then cuts the line. A real great debater. The unfortunate thing in Boston is e has Laura Ingraham's time slot, a real disappointment because I liked her show.


11 posted on 03/17/2006 6:57:31 AM PST by teddyballgame (red man in blue state)
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To: Panerai

I've never heard Severin, but he sounds like all the other phony conservatives who think Saddam Hussein's rape rooms were not reason enough for deposing him. What will they say when the Iraqi documents and tapes being translated as I write reveal that Saddam managed his WMDs well with the help of Syria and who knows who else. PS: I'd rather have democracy forced on me than tyranny ANY DAY!


12 posted on 03/17/2006 7:00:11 AM PST by dimmer-rats stealvotes (Catching onto the FOX Fonies)
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To: Reaganesque
"So Mitt's doing something right" - Romney has flip-floped more times than John Kerry's snowboard.
13 posted on 03/17/2006 7:00:21 AM PST by Panerai
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To: Panerai

I was listening to both Severin and Romney on Imus today and both made a good deal of sense. Romney has the right answers to the questions. Very impressive, and I disagree about Severin's logic. He tore Hillary apart referring to her as to the left of Satan and talking about her big bottom. He does say that it is possible that Hillary can be elected. Depending on who the Republicans nominate it can't be ruled out. If everyone here to claims they won't vote for McCain and he is nominated, then I would suppose anything is possible. A lot of people evidently believe it does make sense to cut off one's nose to spite their face.


14 posted on 03/17/2006 7:01:13 AM PST by RichardW
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To: Panerai

I tuned in his show a few times over the past week. The show sucks, big time.


15 posted on 03/17/2006 7:04:29 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: RichardW

Severin will wear on you. He gets quite obnoxious and spouts some strange opinions.


16 posted on 03/17/2006 7:07:08 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Panerai
Severin is a self promoting jackass & a phony.
17 posted on 03/17/2006 7:18:19 AM PST by Apercu ("Res ipsa loquitur")
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To: Panerai

I don't have any use for the libertine either. But he's right about Howie. When will Howie be syndicated? He is the funniest guy on radio. But he does have a big weakness, and that's his moral indifference, which is typified by stuff like "the death pool." Not funny.


18 posted on 03/17/2006 7:18:21 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Panerai

When I was living up there I never mised his show, even when I thought he was being hyper-critical of W. But that's what I enjoyed about him: he made me think more critically. When I moved here to Va it was one of the biggest things I missed about Mass. I can occasionally get his broadcast here, if the moon is right, and the weather is dry, and blah blah blah. But not as often as I wish.


19 posted on 03/17/2006 7:19:16 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Aquinasfan

Howie is syndicated in a few states (Maine, NH, Vermont, CT?), and you can listed to his radio show over the web cast at Howiecarr.com


20 posted on 03/17/2006 7:21:42 AM PST by Panerai
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To: Unam Sanctam

Then you pay for them.


21 posted on 03/17/2006 7:31:30 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: theDentist

I much preferred it when Severin was on opposite Howie. I like Howie but he's a very poor speaker and some of his topics are really lame. If nothing else, Jay has a wonderful command of the English language and he despises Hillary with a passion. So how bad can he be?


22 posted on 03/17/2006 7:57:21 AM PST by surrey
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To: Panerai

A few years back, I was working in New Hampshire and Maine and listened to Howie daily. He is very polite to his callers, very smart and very conservative.


23 posted on 03/17/2006 8:01:34 AM PST by nygoose
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To: Panerai

Thanks for the ping. I subscribe to the Herald but haven't
looked at today's paper yet!

I can take Severin in very short doses. He started off his
show Jan 3 (first one) by referring to the execution of
Tookie Williams "the other day" (huh? It was 2-3 weeks
before!!) and blew a noisemaker to celebrate (OK, that I
agree with).

Jay's real name and his marital status have been kept a secret for the most part, though people on radio-interest boards know it. On an early show, someone asked Jay how
his "lovely wife Renee" was doing. Jay angrily cut him off
saying, "You're just pulling a name out of thin air..."
OK, so Jay can keep his personal life secret if he wants but his on-air persona seems to be a young (no) single (no)
horny (maybe) guy.

Oh, and did you know he won a couple
Pulitzer prizes? He refused to discuss that on the
air (and no, he didn't win the prizes, he won the
"equivalent of them") and he keeps referring to
one Boston Globe columnist who challenged him on it,
Scot Lehigh, as "Scat He-Lies".

WPRO in Providence runs him on Sunday nights. Their
webpage was pointed to jayseverin.org by mistake:
that's actually an anti-Jay site (or Jay watchdog,
depending on one's point of view)


24 posted on 03/17/2006 8:05:05 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Aquinasfan

Howie was syndicated "nationwide" for awhile, but it was very spotty--maybe 25 cities at best. He was on in places like
Wichita, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and some stations in
Maryland, Florida, and Wisconsin. Now he's on about a dozen
stations. He "lost" WVMT in Burlington, VT for awhile but they're back in his fold now (so that socialist caller from
Montreal can hear him again).

List of affiliates is at howiecarr.com


25 posted on 03/17/2006 8:11:28 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Xenalyte

Actually, Howie is the top Pug now.


(In case you're not from the Hub of the Universe, Howie recently brought home a pair of Pugs for his daughters.)


26 posted on 03/17/2006 8:11:34 AM PST by cloud8
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To: massgopguy

Why would I pay for them? I said nothing about the issues involved. I'm for stricter enforcement. I just think that calling illegal immigrants names like "scum of the earth" or others that suggest subhuman status is inappropriate and hatemongering.


27 posted on 03/17/2006 8:30:47 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: cloud8

Severin is dim. Laura Ingraham was much better.

I'll never forget Severin's election night 5:00PM prediction that it was over: "insiders know that there is no way Bush can win now."

The next day he pretended as if he never said such a thing.

The case for the Iraq War is simple:

1. Strategic Base of operations in the Middle East
2. Oil if we ever really need it
3. Creating a battlefied to fight terrorists in their own
back yard.
4. Making an example of a dictator that didn't cooperate.
5. Springboard for next step in the war on terror.

How people like Jay Severin can't see this is beyond me.


28 posted on 03/17/2006 8:39:01 AM PST by Fishface (teach a man to fish...he eats for a lifetime.)
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To: cloud8

Severin is dim. Laura Ingraham was much better.

I'll never forget Severin's election night 5:00PM prediction that it was over: "insiders know that there is no way Bush can win now."

The next day he pretended as if he never said such a thing.

The case for the Iraq War is simple:

1. Strategic Base of operations in the Middle East
2. Oil if we ever really need it
3. Creating a battlefied to fight terrorists in their own
back yard.
4. Making an example of a dictator that didn't cooperate.
5. Springboard for next step in the war on terror.

How people like Jay Severin can't see this is beyond me.


29 posted on 03/17/2006 8:39:02 AM PST by Fishface (teach a man to fish...he eats for a lifetime.)
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To: theDentist

I'm not a huge Romney fan, as I feel he is gutless on a lot of conservative issues, especially his tepid pro-life stand when running for governor, but Jay knows Romney's positions very well. He was broadcasting out of Boston for years and just happens to like the guy.
Please don't chalk-up people's opinions that differ from our own to their ignorance of the issues


30 posted on 03/17/2006 8:51:08 AM PST by go-dubya-04
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To: go-dubya-04

I'm not doing that. I'm just saying that as Romney gets into the real puch and shove of Presidential politics, his positions will change. And as they do, Jay's opinion of him will shift. He'll probably still like the Romney, but he remains firm in how he treats politicians who cannot remain true to their convictions. We'll see for sure over the next year or two.


31 posted on 03/17/2006 8:55:37 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: theDentist

Your right about that changing of positions. That's the thing I can't stand about Romney ever since he ran against the "Senior Murderer" from MA in the 90s. I believe the fat bastard was beatable if Romney stuck to an aggressive conservative message but he wimped out during the debates and tried to "out-compassion" a liberal and he ended up looking like a spineless politician with no core beliefs.


32 posted on 03/17/2006 9:09:06 AM PST by go-dubya-04
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