I know how much WesternMA enjoys Howie, but I don’t see this having a snowball’s chance in Arizona to turn out well.
Howie is a newspaper guy and has a huge following in the Boston area. The problem is – how do you translate that into national listenership? Right off the bat, large swaths of the country will have their brains slam shut the moment they hear Boston. While Howie likes to talk about President Obama, he spends a huge amount of his air time pounding the Whitey Bolger mobster thing into the ground. At least while it was being built, the Big Dig was a frequent topic – nobody in Iowa cares (other than the huge amount of Federal money poured into it). Nobody outside of Boston knows who Mayor Mumbles was.
Even so, he is a veteran radio guy and a nice guy. If he gets past the problem that national radio is not a local show you put onto a satellite, he might have legs. The syndicator’s claim to fame is he manages Bob and Sheri from Charlotte, which after 22 years has several dozen affiliates! He also carries the Dick Clark show [Dick is dead]