Howie Carr’s WTKK Drive-By

Boston Herald columnist/WRKO squawker Howie Carr is experiencing an extreme bout of Howenfreude over the demise of FM talk station WTKK. (Full disclosure: The hardreading staff did a weekly segment on the Jim & Margery show.)

Today’s triumphant nyah-nyah from Carr:

PL6Q0092.JPGTalk radio’s not dead, just moonbats’ radio

WTKK wouldn’t be turning off the lights next week if I could have just gotten over there back in 2007. No brag, just fact. And by the way, I’m still damn sorry I didn’t make good my escape from the AM band.

But here in Massachusetts, in the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls. And you wonder why I dismember so many state judges. Payback is a bitch, you hacks.

Still, WTKK’s failure is not the end of talk radio in Boston. Nature abhors a vacuum, and having no talk station on FM is a gaping hole. Less than 20 percent of the radio audience ever listens to AM radio — and it’s a mighty old audience, too. They don’t call it “Ancient Modulation” for nothing.


In his gleeful victory dance, however, Carr gets his feet all tangled up.

Harry Truman used to say, “If you give people a choice between a Republican and a Republican, they’ll vote for the Republican every time.”

Here’s WTKK’s epitaph: “If you give listeners a choice between NPR and NPR, they’ll pick NPR every time.”

Sorry, Jim and Margery, nobody was giving up “All Things Considered” for you guys.


First of all, what Harry Truman actually said was this: “Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time.” That makes sense, as opposed to Carr’s mushbrained quote.

Second, Jim and Margery are up against “Morning Edition,” not “All Things Considered.”

Not to get technical about it.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, the Namesniks have  a slightly kinder – and slightly more optimistic – take.

WTKK to abandon talk radio for music

For an all-talk station, the folks at WTKK aren’t saying much. But we’re told the rumors are true: News Talk 96.9 FM is ditching its lineup of loudmouths in favor of music. The format change, which will take place right after the new year, means no more Michael Graham, who was sent packing last Friday, or midday host Doug Meehan, who actually left Boston a few weeks ago, or Rick Shaffer, cohost of the weekend “Money Show.” We’re told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan will be on the air as usual Wednesday morning, but that will be their last day at WTKK. Fans of “Jim and Margery” will be happy to learn, however, that they’re very likely to show up elsewhere on your radio dial sometime soon. No word on what sort of music 96.9 will be playing, but let’s hope it’s more soothing than Graham’s rants.


Or Howie Carr’s, for that matter.

10 Responses to Howie Carr’s WTKK Drive-By

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  2. Paige says:

    No way? How is this decided? They must not realize that people actually do listen to these shows. And lots of them. Hmm. That was the best lineup in town (well except for a few of them). Andelman’s are hysterical, J and M terrific, MG terrific. Weird decision. THere is no one in the morning if there is no J and M. Howie is fine in doses but he gets tired. He has a limited scope and just tries to sell his books.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      The audience they draw isn’t young enough for them, Paige. They want 25-49, not geezers like me. Holiday Cheers, JC

      Quoting “It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town”

  3. Dan Kennedy says:

    Oops. Posted this on your other blog, but I’ll post it here, too. I actually agree with Howie. “Eagan and Braude” is as different from NPR as you can get, but it probably appeals to roughly the same audience.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Yeah, Dan – maybe a little older, little wider. Regardless, all best for the New Year.

      Quoting “It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town”

  4. Paige says:

    Ouch Dan. That hurts. I fit the demo John- not the wider part though ! ha ha- There is always a silent audience out there that is never counted or considered. Flaws in demographic assumptions by these companies. I hope J and M pop up somewhere else. Can’t stomach others in the morning- including NPR- I listen to that later in the day. Anyway, always enjoy analysis from both of you. Thanks for that.

  5. NWBL says:

    Howie is a heartless windbag and a boor. No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public

  6. Clyde Leo Ortega says:

    tkk lost cuz rko kept howie otherwise they would be playing mexican music

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