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  • Greater Media CEO: WTKK's ratings plunge prompted him to drop talk format

    01/17/2013 8:36:59 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 30 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 1/17/13 | John Chesto
    As CEO of Braintree-based Greater Media, Peter Smyth is always reluctant to change a radio station’s format. It can be upsetting to fans, frustrating to workers and expensive to pull off. But it was hard to argue with the numbers. Smyth tells me the that plunge in ratings for WTKK over recent years prompted him to start seriously considering dropping the station’s talk format as long ago as last spring. Those discussions eventually led to the Braintree company’s decision to switch from talk to a rhythmic adult contemporary music format earlier this month, branding it as Hot 96.9. “We couldn’t...
  • Who’s Dropping A Beat Into Boston? (poss. end to 96.9 talk?)

    12/10/2012 8:45:16 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | 12/10/12 | Lance Venta
    Domain registrations are pointing to yet another major format change in Boston.,,,,, and were all anonymously registered last week. The domains were all registered using the same registrar normally used by Greater Media, owner of 96.9 WTKK Boston. WTKK rebranded as “NewsTalk 96.9” in September following changes at two of its direct competitors in the market. Since that time WTKK’s growth has been stagnant, while Entercom Talk 680 WRKO and CBS News 1030 WBZ have both shown growth in election season and the demise of Clear Channel’s “Talk 1200” WXKS. Reading the tea leaves...
  • Greater Media Cuts Ties With Jay Severin

    04/06/2011 9:39:05 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 35 replies
    All Access ^ | 4/6/11 | All Access
    GREATER MEDIA Talk WTKK (96.9 BOSTON TALKS)/BOSTON talk host JAY SEVERIN is out. The company suspended the talk show host last month (NET NEWS 3/31), and reports last week (NET NEWS 4/1) claimed the suspension was related to comments about sexual harassment. GREATER MEDIA released the following statement: "GREATER MEDIA TODAY ended its relationship with JAY SEVERIN. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere...
  • WTKK silent on Jay Severin suspension

    04/02/2011 2:09:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 2, 2011 | Jessica Heslam
    Beleaguered WTKK radio talkmeister Jay Severin remained off the air yesterday — and station execs stayed mum — after the shock jock was suspended for boasting about his past sexcapades with female employees. Women’s rights attorney and WTKK-FM (96.9) substitute host Wendy Murphy, who has filled in for Severin, called his on-air remarks offensive but questioned the station’s decision to suspend him.
  • Jay Severin indefinitely suspended by ’TKK

    03/31/2011 12:40:14 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies ^ | 03/31/2011 | Jessica Heslam
    WTKK radio has indefinitely suspended button-pushing, talk jock Jay Severin — nearly two years after yanking him off the air for a month following his crude remarks about Mexican immigrants on his afternoon-drive show. “Jay was suspended after we received serious complaints about the recent content of his show,” the station said in a statement today. “The matter is currently under review.”
  • State Rep. Blasts Talk Host With Obscenities

    04/29/2010 10:49:56 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 25 replies · 855+ views
    The Boston Channel ^ | 4/29/10 | Boston Channel
    BOSTON -- A Massachusetts state representative and a conservative talk show host in the Hub are squaring off after the state rep blasted the radio personality in an obscenity-laced e-mail Thursday. "Michael Graham is a (expletive deleted)," State Rep. David Torrisi, a North Andover Democrat wrote in an e-mail response to a Graham show producer's request to be on the talk show. "He can go (expletive deleted) himself for all I care." Torrisi, who was being invited on the show to discuss his opposition to a proposal to ban state benefits for illegal immigrants, later told Statehouse News Service he...
  • Ex- prosecutor puts WTKK’s Michael Graham “on notice”

    02/22/2010 4:53:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 1,160+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 22, 2010
    Tensions are starting to boil between one Boston talk radio host and a local prosecutor in charge when accused Alabama rampage killer Amy Bishop killed her brother with a shotgun blast in their Braintree home in 1986. John Kivlan, a former Norfolk Country assistant district attorney, left an ominous message for WTKK-FM (96.9) yakker Michael Graham during Friday’s show. (Graham is an op-ed columnist for the Boston Herald).
  • Don't vote for Scott Brown - he's a REPUBLICAN!

    01/15/2010 8:28:30 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies · 561+ views
    youtube ^ | Jan 14,2010 | WTTK
    Scott Brown Mock Ad. For your entertainment.
  • CEO: WTKK won’t make another drive for Howie Carr

    10/20/2009 12:24:05 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies · 958+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/20/09 | Jessica Heslamd
    Boisterous talkmeister Howie Carr has made no secret that he feels trapped at WRKO - but it appears he’s stuck there. Peter Smyth, chairman and CEO of radio station owner Greater Media Inc., said yesterday that he has no plans to go after Carr again. Carr’s contract with rival WRKO is up in 2012. A legal battle ensued two years ago after Carr struck a five-year deal worth up to $7 million to replace Don Imus in the morning-drive slot on Greater Media’s WTKK-FM (96.9). Carr’s bosses at WRKO-AM (680) were stunned to learn their star was jumping ship. The...
  • WTKK adds Philly’s Michael Smerconish to Sunday lineup

    06/19/2009 7:23:13 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 06/18/09 | Jessica Heslam/WTKK
    Philadelphia radio host Michael Smerconish is coming to WTKK-FM (96.9) on Sundays. The station plans to air his “best of” from noon to 3 p.m. starting this weekend. Smerconish had filled in for WTKK afternoon-drive host Jay Severin during his month-long suspension. Here’s more from the station: ================= Boston’s Talk Evolution 96.9 FM, WTKK Adds Michael Smerconish to Weekend Lineup Smerconish’s Weekend Show Premieres this Sunday on 96.9 FM Boston, MA (June 18, 2009): Boston’s Talk Evolution, 96.9 FM WTKK, announced today The “Best of” Michael Smerconish Program, will be added to the station’s weekend lineup beginning on Sunday June...
  • Jay Severin to return to airwaves Tuesday

    05/30/2009 12:19:00 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 1,486+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/30/09 | Jessica Heslam
    After a month-long indefinite suspension following his offensive remarks about illegal Mexican migrants, WTKK radio host Jay Severin will return to the airwaves Tuesday, the Hub station announced today. In a statement, station management said they have had conversations with Severin over the past several weeks about his “hurtful, inappropriate remarks” and that he understands the station will not accept “this type of commentary on our airwaves in the future.” The station said that based on that understanding, they have agreed to conclude Severin’s suspension and he will return to his afternoon-drive show Tuesday. “We want to emphasize that WTKK...
  • Cultural, financial storm blowing against Severin

    05/25/2009 5:47:12 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 650+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 05/25/09 | Joseph P. Kahn
    WTTK-FM talk radio host Jay Severin had been warned about crossing the line from edgy to hateful. Not long after WRKO-AM (680) fired talk show host John DePetro in 2006 for making homophobic remarks about two state officials, WTKK-FM (96.9) gathered its on-air talent, out-of-town and local, for an all-star event. Each host was invited to deliver an opening monologue, then take a seat onstage for a round-table discussion. Like WRKO, WTKK thrives on provocative programming, none more envelope-pushing than Jay Severin, the station's feisty afternoon drive-time host. A self-described libertarian and "rock 'n' roll Republican," Severin has long been...
  • Jay Severin's suspension drags on ...

    05/23/2009 9:06:31 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 3 replies · 760+ views
    Ch 2 Boston ^ | 05/22/09 | WGBH-TV 2
    WTKK's Jay Severin was suspended three weeks ago and there is still no official word when or if the controversial talk show host will be back on the air. Why is the fate of Severin's career being treated so mysteriously?
  • Sever-ance III

    05/23/2009 4:43:22 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 236+ views
    Massachusetts News Platoon ^ | May 23, 2009 | D. R. Tucker
    Jay Severin–or at least, a modified version thereof–could return to WTKK’s airwaves soon. According to WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston, Severin–who was indefinitely suspended last month for controversial comments about Mexico’s role in the spread of swine flu–may be brought back under three conditions: a restructuring of his salary (said to be around $1 million annually), a change in the overly sarcastic tone of his show, and an agreement to broadcast the show from WTKK’s Dorchester, Mass. studios, as opposed to his home. A toned-down Severin will be a better Severin. The “Extreme Games” host had a less acerbic tone during his...
  • Jay Severin suspended in WTKK limbo

    05/14/2009 5:25:41 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies · 1,644+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/14/09 | Jessica Heslam
    Station may cut ties WTKK talker Jay Severin’s future at the radio station still remains in limbo two weeks after he was yanked off the air. Station spokeswoman Heidi Raphael said yesterday that Severin remains on suspension. She declined further comment. Severin was suspended indefinitely without pay April 30 after calling illegal Mexican immigrants “leeches” and the world’s “lowest of primitives” when talking about the swine flu on his show. Severin’s drawn-out absence - and silence - has fueled speculation that the station wants to reduce his hefty salary or cut him loose altogether. “I just get the impression from...
  • Is Greater Media Cleaning House? If So, Why?

    05/04/2009 5:31:51 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 1 replies · 446+ views
    Talk Frontier ^ | 05/03/09 | Randall Bloomquist
    It’s starting to look like the baptism/murder scene from “The Godfather” at Greater Media Inc. In December the company terminated outspoken, highly-visible WBT-AM/Charlotte afternoon drive host Jeff Katz for undisclosed reasons. This past Thursday, Greater Media hit WTKK-FM/Boston afternoon driver Jay Severin with an unpaid, open-ended suspension for anti-Hispanic remarks – including recent comments tying the spread of Swine Flu to illegal immigrants from Mexico. A suspension without pay is often a kiss on the cheek on the way to termination. If Severin does return to the job, it can’t possibly be the same anything-goes show. Are these moves somehow...
  • Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants

    05/01/2009 8:37:42 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 24 replies · 1,463+ views ^ | 050109 | David Abel
    Jay Severin, the fiery right wing talk show host on Boston's WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday after calling Mexican immigrants "criminaliens," "primitives," "leeches," and exporters of "women with mustaches and VD," among other incendiary comments. Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for the station, said Severin had been suspended indefinitely from his afternoon drive-time show. She declined to say which of his comments - made since an outbreak of swine flu was linked to Mexico in recent days - sparked the suspension.
  • WTKK-FM suspends Severin for derogatory comments about Mexicans

    04/30/2009 1:41:58 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 96 replies · 3,326+ views
    Jay Severin, the fiery radio talk show host on Boston�s WTKK-FM, was suspended today after making derogatory comments about Mexicans. Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for the station, said Severin had been suspended indefinitely. She declined to comment further. George Tobia, Severin's lawyer, said it was not clear how long his client has been suspended.
  • Graham cuffed, jailed after ‘minor traffic infraction’

    02/13/2009 12:36:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies · 2,822+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 13, 2009 | Jessica Heslam
    Conservative WTKK yakker Michael Graham was handcuffed and arrested early this morning, the latest Boston radio personality to have a run-in with the law. Graham, 45, was arrested around 5:30 a.m. in Framingham and charged with failure to stop for a red light and operating a vehicle after his driver’s license had been revoked, said Lt. Paul Shastany.
  • Yakker Jim Braude in ‘international incident’ (Lib Boston Talk Show Host)

    11/13/2008 10:31:52 AM PST · by buccaneer81 · 17 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | November 13, 2008 | Jessica Heslam
    Yakker Jim Braude in ‘international incident’ Hits traffic snarl-up tickets By Jessica Heslam Thursday, November 13, 2008 - State police say he nearly caused an “international incident” when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was in Boston, but NECN host and WTKK yakker Jim Braude is taking his traffic citation before a judge later this month. The prime minister was leaving the JFK Library and heading to Cambridge last April when Braude and his black SUV pulled a big no-no and nearly drove head-on into the dignitary’s escort. Brown - who had more security than the president’s Hub visit - was...
  • WABC, New York's Curtis Sliwa will do a "live and local" show for Boston

    09/29/2008 12:10:25 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 385+ views ^ | 09/29/08 |
    He'll start Wednesday (October 1) on Greater Media's FM talker in Boston, WTKK at 96.9. The hours will be very late for the longtime morning man at WABC - 10pm-1am. Curtis says "WTKK is giving me a chance to do live and local radio in Boston, where I can continue to take it from the suites to the streets, and be raw and real." He'll follow author and journalist Michele McPhee (7-10pm), and lead into the syndicated Phil Hendrie from TRN. Greater Media may feel that Guardian Angels founder Sliwa already has some recognition in Boston due to the local...
  • Gay Old Time

    12/13/2007 1:26:35 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/13/07 | Inside Track
    Don Imus, back on the air just two weeks after taking a good long forced hiatus in the wake of the “nappy-headed ’hos” brouhaha, yesterday stuck his foot back in his mouth calling WTKK afternoon drive guy Jay Severin “gay.” During a political discussion, the I-Man inquired as to why Severin didn’t like GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee. “Why don’t you like Huckabee, because you’re gay or what?” Imus inquired. To which Severin replied: “I’m very happy, yes, and I would think that would make me like Huckabee.” Imus then admitted he was being rude to Severin who, he said, “couldn’t...
  • Howie Carr Thread week of Nov. 4, 2007

    11/04/2007 5:25:25 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 37 replies · 233+ views ^ | 11/4/07 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread...various articles and tidbits to follow.
  • Carr seeks to tune into ’TTK as court mulls appeal

    10/20/2007 8:25:57 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 64+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/20/07 | Jessica Heslam
    Howie Carr is asking a single appeals court justice to let a full panel hear his appeal of a judge’s decision that has barred him from jumping to WTKK (96.9) - and to allow him to work at the FM station while the case winds its way through court, which could take over a year. Carr is appealing a decision by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel, who said the so-called right to match provision in Carr’s WRKO (680 AM) contract is valid and that Carr remains under contract with WRKO. The provision allowed WRKO to match a competing...
  • Howie (Carr): Let Me Be Heard... on 'TKK

    10/15/2007 10:02:51 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies · 138+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/15/07 | Jessica Heslam
    Off the air for nearly a month, Boston talkmeister Howie Carr is set to ask a judge today to reconsider an earlier decision, and clear the way for him to become the new morning drive host at WTKK (96.9 FM). Carr, a Boston Herald columnist, has been embroiled in a legal battle with WRKO (680 AM) since he announced in July that he struck a deal - worth up to $7 million - with the rival station. WRKO executives matched WTKK’s offer, and say that because they did so, the popular radio host is obliged to work for them until...
  • HowieCarr live thread week of Oct. 7, 2007:

    10/07/2007 6:42:49 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 548+ views ^ | 10/7/07 | raccoonrnadio
    Boston Radio Watch revealed that Howie is working on a new website, even though there still isn't a resolution to his radio situation The top of the page shows the "old" WTKK logo and the current WTKK lineup (without Howie) followed by "Everyone's Favorite Howie Carr"--sans Sandy. Well, she is still employed by Entercom. (Entercom feels that also applies to Howie). The rest of the page is his Boston gangster stuff but that's a big problem: the page takes awhile to fully load/scroll, even on broadband. Ever consider doing multiple pages, Howie, with links to them? One loooooooong...
  • Severin to Emily Rooney: Yoor Fyred

    10/05/2007 9:23:13 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies · 455+ views ^ | 10/5/07 | raccoonradio/James T. Severino III
    (Intentional mis-spelling by me in post heading; non-intentional mis-spellings by Jay Severin to follow) Jay Severin of WTKK was apparently so upset that he was not invited to Emily Rooney's WGBH soiree that he instructed WTKK's program director to fire Ms. Rooney (allegedly...but oh maybe it was just a budget cut). The following is a nice little email sent by James Thompson Severino III (real name) to Ms. Rooney, as relayed by the Globe's Steve Bailey. Rooney had a paid gig offering commentary on Severin's show... ----------------------------- "Dear Emily," Severin e-mailed Rooney on Wednesday evening just minutes before the big...
  • Not the Howie Carr Show live thread week of Oct 1-5, 2007

    10/01/2007 6:04:04 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 50 replies · 1,576+ views ^ | 10/1/07 | raccoonradio
    Not the Howie Carr Show live thread for the week of Oct 1. This was supposed to originally be the day Howie was to debut on WTKK. As the Sept 19 deadline got closer there was speculation he'd debut on 96.9 on Sept 20 but a judge's ruling has delayed it. A judge ruled that while a non-compete clause was not valid, a "right to match" was. Now while Entercom claims they have the rights to Howie for the next 5 years, Howie was been sitting it out, refusing to report for work. Listeners have been getting Todd Feinburg. It's...
  • WRKO Legal Moves Silence Carr (Not Howie Carr live thread week of Sep. 24, 2007)

    09/24/2007 5:42:37 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 111 replies · 1,859+ views
    North East Radio Watch ^ | 9/24/07 | Scott Fybush/raccoonradio
    (Scott Fybush): *A MASSACHUSETTS judge barred WRKO (680 Boston) Howie Carr from jumping ship to rival talker WTKK (96.9 Boston) last week, but the decision didn't make the host's future much clearer. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Allan van Gessel ruled Wednesday, just hours before Carr was to have started his WTKK morning shift, that while WRKO owner Entercom couldn't enforce the non-compete clause in Carr's contract, it could enforce a clause that allowed WRKO to match any competing offer for Carr's services. What does "match" mean? There's the seven-million-dollar question as the legal battle keeps plodding along: would merely matching...
  • (Not) Howie Carr live thread, Sept. 20 and 21

    09/20/2007 7:45:05 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 29 replies · 316+ views ^ | 9/20/07 | raccoonradio
    The Howie Carr situation isn't settled and may not be for awhile. As those on the ping list know, the judge issued a mixed ruling--the non-compete clause was not valid under MA law but the "right to match" was. Entercom feels that Howie's contract is continuing for the next 5 years with them, but Howie doesn't want to work there anymore. So Howie is in limbo--he can't join WTKK until either Entercom gives his release (maybe a financial deal could be worked out?) or an appeal overturns the ruling, or who KNOWS what. Howie will have to live off his...
  • Howie Carr Show live thread

    09/19/2007 8:16:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 48 replies · 161+ views ^ | 9/19/07 | raccoonradio
    Decision I pointed out in another thread, a decision may be issued today as to whether or not Howie can jump to WTKK-FM tomorrow--or at all. Today is the last day for Howie at WRKO under his contract but it's possible he may stay if a judge issues a restraining order to Entercom. I'm not even sure if Howie will be on today...busy at the courthouse? Or benched by Entercom? It's even possible someone else may start the show and Howie would show up later. We should get word later. If Howie is able to jump, then very late...
  • Decision expected today in ’RKO play to keep Carr

    09/19/2007 7:37:13 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies · 252+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/19/07 | Jessica Heslam
    WRKO radio host Howie Carr’s future on the airwaves will be determined today by a Suffolk Superior Court judge who will decide whether the popular talk host can jump to rival WTKK without any future legal woes. At the center of the legal battle are the “right-to-match” and non-compete provisions in Carr’s contract with WRKO (680 AM), which Carr’s lawyer says are illegal and unenforceable under Massachusetts law. At a court hearing yesterday, Carr’s attorney, Bret Cohen, argued that a state statute prohibits the enforceability of noncompete agreements and other post-employment restrictions against people in the broadcast industry. But Shepard...
  • Howie Carr live thread 9/18/07

    09/18/2007 8:50:59 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 33 replies · 575+ views ^ | 9/18/07 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr Show live thread. More below about the mystery of exactly where Howie will be come Thursday.
  • Howie Carr live thread 9/17/07: It will be an interesting week

    09/17/2007 6:04:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 34 replies · 557+ views ^ | 9/17/07 | raccoonradio
    Yes, I'm putting up the ping list 6 hours before the start of Howie's show but I wanted to get things rolling. It will be an interesting week as far as Howie is concerned. He'll start it on WRKO but could end it on WTKK--or perhaps off the air while things settle down. At least one of his affiliates (Worcester's WCRN 830) has dropped him, not wanting to wait for it all to get settled. As far as some people like Howie are concerned, he will end his show Wed. on WRKO when his contract expires and start on WTKK...
  • Legal battle on rise, Carr readies jump (Howie may start on WTKK Sept 20)

    09/14/2007 7:04:40 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 16 replies · 581+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/14/07 | Jessica Heslam
    With just days left on his WRKO radio talk show contract, Howie Carr is poised to get behind the morning-drive microphone on rival WTKK Thursday as his current station mounts a last-ditch legal effort to block the move. “WRKO has said they plan to file papers to enjoin Howie from moving to WTKK,” said Carr’s lawyer, Bret Cohen of Mintz Levin. Cohen said Carr will fight any injuction effort. A WRKO/Entercom spokesman declined comment. WTKK officials did not return calls. Carr’s contract with WRKO (680 AM) expires Wednesday and he’s scheduled to take over the morning-drive spot on WTKK (96.9...
  • Phil Hendrie coming to WTKK in Boston

    08/25/2007 8:04:10 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Boston Radio Watch ^ | 8/25/07 | Mark Schnyder
    WTKK 96.9FM has been in its own frustrating morning limbo since Don Imus got tossed off the air five months ago. The FM talker still can’t put a claim on Howie Carr as its new morning guy until his legal woes with WRKO get cleared up, however, the station will have a new overnight personality come September 10th. Phil Hendrie’s syndicated show gets installed in station’s overnight schedule. About a year and a half ago, Hendrie left his national radio show syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, to star in the NBC sitcom Teachers. He also starred in the Fox/CBS pilot...
  • Howie Carr live thread 7/12/07

    07/12/2007 11:39:53 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 47 replies · 1,259+ views ^ | 7/12/07 | raccoonradio
    Howie must REALLY be back: the WRKO site says there will be a death pool. What will they let him say about his situation? THURSDAY, JULY 12 1st Hour Lady Bird Johnson, the widow of Lyndon B. Johnson, whose tumultuous presidency often overshadowed her considerable achievements as an activist first lady, environmentalist and founder of a multimillion-dollar media business, died Wednesday at her home in Austin, Texas. She was 94. She was also in the Death Pool which means for one hour it is open again! Call in with your prediction of which celebrity will next shuffle off this mortal...
  • Getaway Carr: Why WRKO should cut Howie loose

    07/12/2007 8:20:20 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 40 replies · 1,233+ views
    Boston Phoenix ^ | 7/13/07 | Adam Reilly
    Howie Carr’s jump from WRKO-AM (680) to WTKK-FM (96.9) isn’t a done deal just yet. Carr’s new morning drive-time show is supposed to begin in October. But after the Herald reported this past Monday that Carr was poised to bolt WRKO, station spokesman George Regan released a statement hinting that WRKO might take legal steps aimed at keeping Carr from leaving — or, barring that, at making his exit as unpleasant as possible. “He is a tremendous asset to WRKO and Entercom [WRKO’s parent company] has every intention of retaining his services for many years to come,” said Regan. “Any...
  • Carr files suit against WRKO for trying to stop new deal with rival

    07/11/2007 12:36:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 6 replies · 807+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/10/07 | Jessica Heslam
    (with some new details & a second article, and we're starting to hear statements from Howie) A day after shaking up Boston’s talk radio scene with a bombshell announcement, WRKO talk meister Howie Carr has slapped the AM station with a lawsuit, accusing them of illegally trying to block his new deal with rival WTKK-FM. The lawsuit, filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, accuses the Entercom-owned WRKO (680) of including illegal restrictions in Carr’s contract designed to prevent the witty Herald columnist from jumping ship. "Entercom is willing to negotiate my contract - as long as the bottom line means...
  • Carr files suit against WRKO for trying to stop new deal with rival

    07/10/2007 9:14:03 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies · 1,118+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/10/07 | Jessica Heslam
    (under Breaking News/Herald site) A day after shaking up Boston’s talk radio scene with a bombshell announcement, WRKO talk meister Howie Carr has slapped the AM station with a lawsuit, accusing them of illegally trying to block his new deal with rival WTKK-FM. The lawsuit, filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, accuses the Entercom-owned WRKO (680) of including illegal restrictions in Carr’s contract designed to prevent the witty Herald columnist from jumping ship. WTKK has offered Carr a five-year contract for his own morning-drive show. His contract with WRKO ends in September. “Without relief from this court, Mr. Carr will...
  • Howie Carr live thread 7/10/07

    07/10/2007 8:06:05 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 23 replies · 914+ views ^ | 7/10/07 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr live thread
  • Carr Wars: Legal fight brews as Carr leaves WRKO in radio daze

    07/10/2007 12:05:07 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 64 replies · 2,330+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/10/07 | Jessica Heslam
    WRKO appears set to launch an all-out legal battle to stop Howie Carr’s defection to its FM rival, but lawyers for the star talk show host say station executives bungled a key chance to keep him. Carr’s contract, which is up in September, had a renewal option that gave Entercom the right to renew his contract for one more year by March 19, according to Carr’s attorney, Bret Cohen of Mintz Levin. Cohen said Carr agreed to extend the deadline three times but Entercom failed to exercise its option to renew his contract. Carr, a Herald columnist who has hosted...
  • Barnicle: No new radio slot: Will also leave his show at WTKK (The Plagiarist is out!)

    06/14/2007 3:26:04 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies · 1,386+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/14/07 | Jesse Noyes
    In a surprising turn of events, Mike Barnicle withdrew from the running for the morning-drive slot on talk radio station WTKK-FM (96.9) yesterday. Citing a full plate of other projects, Barnicle said he’s dropping out of the race to fill the spot left vacant by disgraced host Don Imus. Barnicle is also forfeiting his regular slot on WTKK. “At the end of the day, it requires so much time, so much energy, I couldn’t do justice to it,” Barnicle said. Previous commitments to NBC would make it too difficult to host the morning slot from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m....
  • Beautiful People left I-man bleeding by side of the road

    04/12/2007 10:45:40 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 136 replies · 3,951+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/13/07 | Howie Carr
    Ask not for whom the cross burns, it burns for Don Imus. Poor I-man, kicked down the stairs like a Bob Gamere, abandoned by the Beautiful People he served so faithfully these past few decades. We won’t be MSNBC’ing the senile old crackhead anymore. No more summer party invitations from his media enablers in the Hamptons. Henceforth, he is a nobody on Nantucket. Wherever will we get our fix of Doris Kearns Goodwin now? And what’s the over-under on how many days until trophy-wife Deirdre walks out forever? Don Imus - $10-million dollar salary, 10-cent brain. From the penthouse to...
  • TKK dials up Eagan, Braude (O'Reilly demoted on Boston FM radio)

    01/04/2007 6:54:58 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 801+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 4, 2007 | Jessica Heslam
    Gov.-elect Deval Patrick has clashed with the media in the past, but he’s apparently changing his tune, volunteering to do a regular spot on Margery Eagan and Jim Braude’s radio show on WTKK (96.9 FM). “You have invited me to come and make a regular gig,” Patrick told the duo on the air yesterday. “Let’s do that.” The details have yet to be worked out, but it was more good news for the pair, whose popular one-hour show expands to three hours starting Monday. Their new noon to 3 p.m. gig bumps cable king Bill O’Reilly’s radio show to nights...
  • Listeners’ IQs bring Severin back to Boston (not poor ratings in syndication)

    10/09/2006 8:50:04 AM PDT · by Panerai · 15 replies · 969+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/09/2006 | Jessica Heslam
    He wasn’t canned and his syndicated radio show didn’t bomb. Jay Severin says he missed the energy and “IQ” of his Boston audience and yukking it up during the afternoon commute. Starting tomorrow at 3 p.m., Severin returns solely to Boston radio, back to his afternoon drive-time gig at Greater Media Inc.’s WTKK-FM (96.9), after a near nine-month run in syndication. The controversial host reportedly inked a seven-year deal worth more than a million a year with Greater Media, making him one of the highest paid - if not the highest - local radio hosts in the country. In an...
  • Jay Severin returns home (to Boston and afternoons)

    09/26/2006 1:38:46 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies · 1,166+ views
    Boston Radio Watch ^ | 09/25/06 | Mark Schnyder
    Come Monday, October 9th, do not adjust your dial if you hear a familiar voice on the same station in the old timeslot. From Greater Media's announcement tonight : Greater Media, Inc. announces veteran on-air personality Jay Severin will be returning to afternoon drive on Boston's 96.9 FM Talk / WTKK on October 9th, 2006. Under the new deal with WTKK, Severin's show will air in its original 3-7pm time slot, live and local and exclusive to Boston. In addition, the talk show personality has announced that he will be relocating to the Boston area. Severin began his prime-time radio...
  • A rally that got no news coverage (Letter to Editor, Bos. Globe)

    04/09/2006 6:56:38 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 327+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 04/09/06 | Courtney Magarian
    On Thursday there was a large gathering at the State House in Boston to support legal immigration and to show state lawmakers that there is a large group of underrepresented people opposed to granting amnesty to criminals and to letting this country's border security remain a joke. Why was there not one word about this rally in the Globe? I can't think of a bigger news story than a large group of patriotic, taxpaying Americans gathering (in the middle of the work day) to stand up and defend this country, especially in a city known for its liberal position on...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...
  • Severin, now syndicated, calls Howie top talk dog

    03/17/2006 6:16:50 AM PST · by Panerai · 31 replies · 1,429+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 03/17/2006 | Jessica Heslam
    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...