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.

WBZ is running in format with this year's Marathon coverage

WBZ-AM 1030 will again be the only Hub radio station to devote its resources and airtime to cover 114th running of the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day(4/19). For the second year in a row, there won't be any extended wall-to-wall coverage as the news talk station will once again plans to stay in format with its normal all-news block programming. Station's veteran news reporter Carl Stevens will be covering all the marathon activities in Hopkinton during Monday's morning drive and for the start of the race in wheelchair(9:22am), women's(9:32am) and men's(10am) divisions. But the station's morning news team will not be on site and anchor from WBZ's Brighton studios. Mark Katic will be doing midday sports and will update the race in sports at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour. Reporter Doug Cope will be at the finish line at the Pru covering top finishers in all the main divisions.

BRW Notebook :

Recycling alt-rock for the EarthFest : The 17th annual WBOS/My Radio 92.9's EarthFest is set for Saturday, May 22nd at the Hatch Shell. EarthFest's music lineup won't be officially announced until next Thursday(April 22nd) which just happens to be Earth Day's 40th anniversary. But the main headline act has already announced its appearance at one the biggest radio-sponsored shows in the country. Via its website, Gin Blossoms, are scheduled to play MyRadio 92.9's Earth Fest. The Tempe, Ariz-based quintet playing Tom Petty- and R.E.M.-influenced rockbecame a part of the alternative rock nation crossing into mainstream in 1990's. The band's radio-friendly singles were a staple of the alt-rock radio format("Hey Jealousy", "Till I Hear It From You", "Follow You Down" and "Found About You") and even landed them in the WBCN's Rirver Rave line-up back in 1996. Gin Blossoms along with the rest of the alt-rock phenomenon faded rather quickly and quietly(they broke up in 1997). But as the years pile up, so does the nostalgia, and now there seems to be enough audience demand for unadventurous '90s bands that stations like WBOS/MyRadio 92.9's are popping up all over the place. WBOS' two year-old retro 90's alt rock format could be termed a (moderate) success story.(The ratings for the 3rd week of March put WBOS in sixth place among 18-34 listeners).

I swear, you don't look a day over 69 : One of the more ecletic stations in the Boston market - WHRB 95.3FM - is celebrating its 70th birthday this week. Storeis from Harvard Crimson and Camridger Chronicle.

The numbers game : The Boston Globe's Chad Finn breaks down the latest numbers for Boston's two sports talkers. As Finn points out, after eight months of going head-to-head, some conclusions can be drawn - WEEI 850 is still a force to reckon with among older male sports listening crowd but WBZ-FM/98.5 SportsHub has become the choice for younger FM-only sports listeners...Speaking of the other numbers of interest from the same survey, in the talk battle - WTKK 96.9's new morning team of Jim Braude and Margery Eagan hasn't exactly done much to get a major bounce when the station cut Imus down to almost nothing back in October. Among 25-54 demographic set, WTKK finished 16th and WRKO was 17th during 3rd week of March. WTKK and WRKO morning shows were separated by just two tenth of a point...In the morning news battle, WBZ AM 1030 ruled in 2nd place(just two tenths of a point behind Matty in the Morning), WBUR 90.9FM was solid in 7th place and newcomer WGBH 89.7FM was in 18th. Full March radio ratings for the Boston market will come out next Thursday(April 22nd).

New voices : Angela Anderson is the new morning news anchor at Rush Radio 1200. She joined Jeff Katz's morning drive show on April 5th. Anderson most recently served as program and news director at WGIR AM in Manchester, NH where she worked for the past five years....Kevin Cronin has been named new program director and afternoon personality at Plymouth's WPLM 99.1FM. Scott Gibbons moved from afternoons to morning drive. Cronin returns to WPLM where he worked as Production/Operations Manager from 1999 to 2005. Most recently, he worked as program director at WARK AM/FM in Hagerstown, Md.

Frontier Talk : For the second straight year, local sports journalist and sports personality Danny Picard has been named to TALKERS Magazine's "Frontier Fifty: Outstanding Talk Media Webcasters" for his sports-talk webcast - I'm Just Sayin' on BlogTalkRadio. Picard who also works as a blogger for Comcast SportsNet New England produces upto five original on-line radio shows a week.


Lynnrockets said...

I hope Carr disappears from the Boston scene altogether. His inability to get facts correct is inexcusable. And his often high-pitched mock voice is unbearable.

Kellybelly said...

PLEASE get rid of Severin and put Carr in at TKK. I've had enough of the sanctimonious crap that Jay shovels out!

Lynnrockets said...

I'd be glad if both Severin and Carr were off the air.

Anonymous said...

On the same day Carr was suspended, Tom Finneran and his crew were yukking it up about Howie and Sandy with disparaging comments (will they also get suspended) that, in the case of Sandy, may have bordered on sexual harassment. Julie Kahn said that it was no big deal but they're looking into it.

We would hope that WRKO would treat all hosts the same way...if Carr is punished shouldn't Finneran and Cooksey also get some?

Lynnrockets said...

Problem is Howie has been yukking it up about about Finneran (not undeserved)for a number of years while Finneran has been mostly silent about Carr. Carr is the much worse repeat offender and therefore deserves a stiffer sentence.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the PD/Ops manager at WPLM Pat Cronin not Kevin many years ago..the same Pat that worked at WBET/WCAV?