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Howie’s unusual agent

This is way inside baseball, but it’s odd enough to mention. Both the Globe (which quotes me) and the Herald, in reporting on WRKO’s countersuit against Howie Carr, note that Carr’s agent is Cary Pahigian.

But Pahigian is a radio management guy of long standing. As recently as late June, he was oozing sincerity in front of the FCC in his capacity as president and general manager of Saga Communications’ Portland (Maine) Radio Group. He’s still listed in that capacity on Saga’s Web site.

One of Saga’s Maine stations, WGAN (AM 560), carries Carr’s show from 3 to 5 p.m. every weekday. And in the late 1990s, when Pahigian was running a hate radio station on Cape Cod owned by the late auto magnate Ernie Boch, he carried Carr’s show and provided airtime to Carr’s then-sidekick Giles Threadgold.

So clearly there are ties between Carr and Pahigian. Still, it’s pretty unusual for someone to walk both sides of the management-talent divide.

By the way, Howie was still doing his WRKO show yesterday. What a strange situation.

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  1. Anonymous

    Not as strange as the fact that you’re evidently listening to him . . . .

  2. Anonymous

    You only have to pass by WRKO briefly to note that Howie is still on the air; in any event, what’s the crime in being observant? It’s worth asking if Pahigian is acting in his primary employer’s best interests. Would a tape-delayed Howie be as successful on market-leading WGAN as the current live show? Or should the current morning anchors on WGAN be updating their resumes and audition tapes?

  3. Anonymous

    Thank God I’ve got Sirius Satellite radio. Jim Breuer vs. Howie? Breuer wins.

  4. Peter Porcupine

    Don’t do us any favors, Vera….Dan – one reason to moderate comments is to DISPOSE of spam!

  5. Dan Kennedy

    Sorry … thought I’d hit “reject,” but I guess I didn’t. Gone now.

  6. raccoonradio

    A hate radio station? I didn’t know he worked for Air America 🙂 I lookedat WXTK’s lineup and couldn’t findMike Malloy, Ward Churchill, orRosie O’Donnell anywhere 🙂 All amatter of one’s opinion, I guess.

  7. Anonymous

    I’ll tell you what smells like hate. That is the disappointement of reading your comments on TNR or FreeRepublic boards. (I think it was FR.)From your contributions here, it seemed you were a resonable guy with some useful bits at times. After I saw your rants there, I was very surprised. Air America is not hate. AA is incompetence and confused politics and confused tactics that come across as childish and deeply ineffective and ultimately commercially insolvent on free-market radio. It’s a talent and message delivery problem. Whereas their opponents have the opposite problem, yet are still more prosperous commercially.N.

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