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    Infomercials help to pay the bills but this is rdiculous

    It's bad enough that WCRN has infomercials during weekdays but Irreconcilable Differences on Friday's from 2 - 3 has been the same show for weeks now.

    I can usually get out of work early on Friday afternoon's and tune in around 2:45 or so to listen to the Howie Carr show and it's the same final segment of the infomercial every single week.
    Last edited by DavidZ; 04-14-2017 at 05:15 PM.

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    Howie's a 4 hour infomercial for his books and tshirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidZ View Post
    It's bad enough that WCRN has infomercials during weekdays but Irreconcilable Differences on Friday's from 2 - 3 has been the same show for weeks now.

    I can usually get out of work early on Friday afternoon's and tune in around 2:45 or so to listen to the Howie Carr show and it's the same final segment of the infomercial every single week.
    I'll betcha' that Howie is fill until they sell a profitable infomercial in that time period.
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    Look at the products stations have been selling inventory to ... fat melt pills, colon cleanse pills, boner pills, Kars 4 Kids, spots that have people pressing the button to change stations as soon as the ad comes on.

    Does it surprise you a station would run the same pre recorded crap week after week in the same time period? As long as the check clears they don't care.

    We left the concept of quality programming behind years ago.

    What else is the AM band good for these days.... even WBZ fills their weekends with crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidZ View Post
    It's bad enough that WCRN has infomercials during weekdays but Irreconcilable Differences on Friday's from 2 - 3 has been the same show for weeks now.

    I can usually get out of work early on Friday afternoon's and tune in around 2:45 or so to listen to the Howie Carr show and it's the same final segment of the infomercial every single week.
    You mean people listen to the over the hill Howie Carr ? Isn't he past his sell by date. This individual of questionable moral ethics who began his campaign to destroy his mentor, Jerry Williams, when Williams was far younger than Carr is now.

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    Howie is 65. Jerry passed away at the age of 79 and in his final years had brief shows at WROL and the AM 1060 ("WMEX"at the time? Alex Langer). For being past his sell by date, WRKO has no problems carrying Howie's show, as do a couple dozen other stations. He has a whole bunch of appearances to sell his books, does many TV and radio interviews, etc. After Howie passes on eventually, maybe VB will write a bio of him.

    As with WMEX (is it for sale?), WRKO at least hasn't turned to ethnic radio, syndicated sports, Brother Stair,
    or progressive talk. (For a time SOME of those hit WMEX not so long ago...)
    Last edited by raccoonradio; 04-14-2017 at 09:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methuselah View Post

    Howie's a 4 hour infomercial for his books and tshirts.
    Aren't you the same guy who tried fat-shaming someone here a few days back? Classy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilden View Post

    You mean people listen to the over the hill Howie Carr ? Isn't he past his sell by date. This individual of questionable moral ethics who began his campaign to destroy his mentor, Jerry Williams, when Williams was far younger than Carr is now.
    I don't know, he has managed to keep his job, and paycheck, unlike some other "past-their-due-date" bitter former broadcasters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methuselah View Post
    Howie's a 4 hour infomercial for his books and tshirts.
    I think that is known as an alternative revenue stream, and is no different than Kiss 108 doing their 2 big yearly concerts that net them a pretty penny, or any of a dozen different ways broadcasters bring in non ad dollar revenue.

    So he goes to Market Basket on a Saturday, sells his book for 20 bucks, he self publishes, maybe it costs him 5 bucks a book to print ... all his self published stuff is paperback, and he makes a good chunk of change in the process.

    BTW there was a line to get books at one signing last weekend. CHA CHING.

    Love him or hate him, you have to admit that once he got out of his Entercom contract , he has done very well self syndicating. Even the last 2 years at Entercom, were very very lucrative as they had to pay him way more than he was worth to keep him, albeit against his will. He laughed all the way to the bank.

    He is still on more stations than Imus.

    He can be as offensive as any right wing conservative host,but yet we see no advertiser boycott like Limbaugh, O'Reilly or Imus did.

    He will milk this cow for as long as it provides for him.... and any of us would do the same.

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    Yeah, on Christmas Eve WBZ had an infomercial for a financial company following their annual presentation of A Christmas Carol starring Gary Lapierre as Ebenezer Scrooge! Whatever happened to the days when they aired Christmas music Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Happy Easter, by the way.

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