The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

10 January 2007

SaveWRKO.com, Boston Talk Radio, David Field

FROM THE TOP?

Field's Contributions At Issue





(Note: many new updates at SaveWRKO.com)

What's really behind the rapid implosion of Boston's longtime talk leader WRKO?

At SaveWRKO, Matt Margolis and your Radio Equalizer examine one theory: that the political contributions of Entercom CEO David Field may play a role.

It this the real problem?

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12 Comments:

  • Wow. WRKO considers adding ONE Democratic host andsuddenly the sky is falling (even though WRKO's recent ratings are up). Sad

    By Blogger Justin, at 10 January, 2007 12:57  

  • Justin, you're repeating yourself.

    Yes, the ratings increase is an argument for maintaining conservative talk, not switching to libtalk.

    And the overall station plan is to remove all conservative talk as soon as possible. It's already largely been neutered.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 10 January, 2007 13:19  

  • Justin,

    One outrageously overpaid, disgraced Democrat politician who has no experience at doing this job? Either you are ignorant of the facts or just another Liberal who doesn't care about anything but getting possession of the airwaves for the protection of Liberalism.

    By Blogger PCD, at 10 January, 2007 13:21  

  • Possession of the airwaves? Ummm... ok. That's clearly my master plan.

    My point is that all of this hubbub is really over nothing. Allen Miller has HORRIBLE ratings (even lower that Blute and Ozone once were), and a change needs to be made. WRKO is making a calculated bet that Finneran will be able to get high-powered guests, and even his detractors (which include me, by the way) admit that he knows local politics as well as anyone. To suggest Entercom is bailing on conservatives would be to ignore not only the rest of WRKO's lineup, but to ignore the morning show on sister station WEEI (even though they focus on sports). And the indictment is a red herring (not the legal case, but Brian's argument). He's be upset if ANY Democrat got the morning slot.

    By Blogger Justin, at 10 January, 2007 14:42  

  • Justin:

    The only calculated bet here is that Julie Kahn can slip one of her cronies onto the airwaves without major objections from corporate.

    And you're ignoring that WRKO's other formerly conservtive programming has already either been yanked or is about to be. Dumping Rush has been on the table for some time.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 10 January, 2007 14:45  

  • I know little or nothing about Boston radio, but if Limbaugh is dumped won't he simply find another Boston station? Same with the others? Conservative talk radio doesn't have to be confined to one station - here in New York when long time conservative broadcaster Bob Grant was dumped by WABC (for an inane reason) he simply went over to WOR, to be replaced, of course, by Sean Hannity.

    I say all of this not to be critical, but because I'm curious. If the woman in charge of the station wants to run it into the ground so be it - a few quarters of piss poor ratings and she will be looking for another job. On the other hand, sounds like she is implementing policy right from the top, and has no choice in the matter.

    You can't save people from their own mistakes sometimes.....Look at what happened in New York City when the oldies station went to Jack FM, or in Providence with the change to Air America.

    You've probably noticed this as well, but there are alot of idiots in radio management - seems to come with the territory. I've often thought it's because radio is so relatively cheap to operate that stations can be satisfied with less, but like I said, I do not know the industry.

    By Blogger thinkcon, at 10 January, 2007 15:33  

  • Thinkcon:

    You raise a lot of good points. I've already addressed some of them just now at SaveWRKO, I believe.

    As for WRKO's alternatives, that's a subject we'll address shortly.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 10 January, 2007 15:57  

  • "And the overall station plan is to remove all conservative talk." (brian maloney)What are you talkin about,Brian? WRKO just gave Savage back his 7-10 time slot!!!!

    By Blogger joe, at 10 January, 2007 16:26  

  • Joe:

    On the contrary, they just moved Savage into a slot for which he will almost always be pre-empted by sports.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 10 January, 2007 16:55  

  • "On the contrary, they just moved Savage into a slot for which he will almost always be pre-empted by sports."

    WOR, which was WRKO's sister station at one point, owned by RKO, airs Savage from 6-9, which can mean sports preemption--by Rutgers University football or basketball.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 10 January, 2007 18:35  

  • WRKO has said that Savage airs at 7 pm and Doyle at 10; but on nights when there is sports, Savage would follow at approx. 10 pm. And on nights when the Sox or Celts are out West, you'd have Savage as a lead-in. Not that the Red Sox brain trust is probably happy
    with any of that--see pictures of
    Werner, Epstein, and Henry posing
    with John Kerry over at BostonDirtDogs.com

    If WRKO were to dump Rush, WTKK
    or even little WTTT could pick him
    up.

    If you want to talk pre-emptions for sports, look at what happened at WPHT in Philly which got Jay Severin's now-defunct national
    show--yet the Phillies almost
    always pre-empted it.

    Reaction is breaking to the Tommy
    Taxes news at the WRKO messageboard on their site.All negative.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 10 January, 2007 19:46  

  • WRKO had an on-air press conference
    to announce that Finneran begins as morning drive host on Feb 12. Scott
    Allen Miller will do the show until then and may wind up elsewhere with
    Entercom (maybe in another city?)

    Asked about whether he not has met Howie, like bumped into him in the men's room, Finneran laughed and said no. Finneran said that "Howie at one time may have thought I was a rising star. Now he feels I'm a fraud."

    Finneran at the presser said that his new show will have politics and other subjects (perhaps sports on
    occasion). Wolfe and Kahn said they wanted a local voice, not something piped in from LA or NY.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 11 January, 2007 11:41  

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