In a new interview with Boston Magazine, Emily Rooney denounces Howie Carr, accusing him of “viciousness”. At the same time, she has nothing but kind words for Don Imus, who is being replaced by Carr at Boston’s WTKK-FM:
Howie Carr seems finally headed to WTKK, filling Don Imus‚Äôs time slot. Is that good for the station?
Emily Rooney: It may be. I‚Äôm not a big fan of Howie Carr. I was a fan of Don Imus. I like Jay Severin. I like Michael Graham. I don‚Äôt think any of those guys, in their hearts, are mean-spirited. I think Howie is. I think his viciousness is genuine.
(WTKK Host) Jim Braude: Full disclosure: Margery and I wanted the job so badly. When our bosses told us [that they hired Carr], my response was ‚ÄúYou know how much we wanted it.‚Äù But if I were them, I probably would have hired him, too. Not because I‚Äôm convinced he will do better than we would have, because I would argue that we‚Äôre better for morning radio than he may be. However, it‚Äôs the end of WRKO [Carr‚Äôs previous station]; it‚Äôs great for Jay Severin, because there‚Äôs no competition now. And it ends the career of the least-talented talk-show host in American history, Tom Finneran.
Rooney: The question is, what does it do for ‚ÄôTKK in the morning? Because is that where I‚Äôm going to go? I was an Imus junkie.
Braude: Well, so was I. A huge fan.
Rooney: For a lot of reasons. I really enjoyed the repartee, and I enjoyed the interviews. I liked the whole shtick.
But doesn‚Äôt Carr bring a built-in audience with him?
Rooney: What built-in audience? They‚Äôre not going to be up at 6 in the morning.
Isn’t that funny: Emily Rooney loves Don Imus, another liberal with racist tendencies, just like her father.
As for Carr’s audience finding him in the early morning hours, I agree that it could be tough for the first few months. But to suggest that his listeners don’t get up early to go to work is just plain silly.
More than anything, Emily Rooney comes across as a sorehead simply because her daddy lost one of his key outlets for interview opportunities.