As could be expected, trying to defend The Felon’s abusive and unhinged meltdown on the air with guest Barbara Anderson proved difficult for our Entercom friends.
But they took it a lot further than I would have expected, actually praising Tom Finneran for his disrespectful treatment of the longtime taxpayer advocate.
And PR flakmeister George Regan actually tried to claim it never happened. Apparently, he’s never heard of YouTube.
From today’s Herald, here’s Coffee Boy clumsily executing WRKO’s ill-considered strategy:
WRKO-AM (680) yapper Tom Finneran lost his cool the other morning, sputtering ‚Äúbull (expletive)‚Äù twice on his show after hanging up on a woman who dared to talk over the serial chatterbox.
Lucky for the fuming, foul-mouthed Finneran, his producer apparently pushed the ‚Äúdump button‚Äù in time and people tuning into terrestrial radio didn‚Äôt hear the offensive language, which carries a steep FCC fine.
‚ÄúThere was no profanity on the airwaves,‚Äù said WRKO spokesman George Regan.
But when MediaBiz listened to the audio bite on WRKO‚Äôs very own Web site last night, Finneran‚Äôs expletives were loud and clear.
After hanging up on Barbara Anderson from Citizens for Limited Taxation Tuesday morning, Finneran unleashed a verbal tirade and warned his producer of the curse words to come.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll have a civil conversation with anybody, but when it amounts to – hey, do you got your finger on the button? But when it amounts to bull (expletive), that‚Äôs what it is, bull (expletive), see you later.‚Äù
The explosive audio clip was posted last night on Brian Maloney‚Äôs Web site, savewrko.com. Maloney said he received numerous e-mails from listeners who heard Finneran Gone Wild.
‚ÄúIt might have been bleeped over the broadcast signal, however, anyone listening online to the computer absolutely, definitely heard it because I got e-mails from people,‚Äù Maloney said.
WRKO Program Director Jason Wolfe called it ‚Äúexcellent radio,‚Äù adding that it‚Äôs ‚Äúexactly what our listeners are looking for.‚Äù
‚ÄúHe was arguing with Barbara Anderson. She wouldn‚Äôt let him make a point to her, so he cut her off. He was aggravated and told the producers to get ready to bleep him out,‚Äù Wolfe said.
‚ÄúThen he said he would not stand for her BS. They edited him. Nothing made the air and it was excellent radio, exactly what our listeners are looking for. The show was outstanding,‚Äù Wolfe said.
Finneran‚Äôs producer had called Anderson to come on the show to talk about a Herald story on the millions of dollars Beacon Hill lawmakers earmarked for an environmental bond bill.
‚ÄúWith Finneran, your choice is, you either let him do all the talking and he will talk forever, he has been talking for 30 years nonstop, or you talk over him,‚Äù said Anderson, a former WRKO personality herself.
‚ÄúWhen he just continued to talk, then I continued to talk,‚Äù she said. ‚ÄúWe just kept going and going until he finally hung up on me, which I thought, that means I won.‚Äù
While we know the ex-House speaker lo-ooves to talk, he didn‚Äôt return a call to MediaBiz last night.
Even Coffee can’t be this stupid- does he really believe it was “excellent radio”?
Think about this: have you ever heard Howie Carr, Jay Severin or Rush Limbaugh treat a guest like this? If so, was it “excellent radio” or a real tune-out?
Here’s a reader email that hits the nail on the head:
Since when do news talk listeners want to hear profanity on the airwaves? There is always another word to use. Plus it is very unprofessional to lose your cool like that on the air. He just got too emotional and was too lazy to construct a more appropriate response.
The point of yesterday’s post and YouTube clip was to demonstrate just how little Finneran has grown since taking the microphone over a year ago. Boston knows The Felon stinks and has rejected him accordingly.
Even he was looking for the exit doors recently, setting up a Beacon Hill lobbying practice. But David Field just can’t admit to a mistake, so this madness continues.