Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Radio Free

The situation at WSAR is just getting uglier and uglier. Keri Rodrigues is accusing former co-worker Mike Herren of harassment and station management of taking no action. Meanwhile station ownership is denying the accusations as is the Hurricane.

My first reaction was to ignore the hype and focus on the facts, to withhold opinion until more was known. However a second Herald News article is even more damning than the first. Now parts of Keri's complaints seem verified by Eric Poulin and Eddie Garcia. Now, I stumble across a new blog of Keri's that details her complaints against Herren and WSAR. The content is mind boggling and I have to think this is going to get much nastier. Mike Herren has offered to take a polygraph test if needed. I wonder if it's going to come to that.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe that Keri is now trying to portray heself as such a shrinking violet. If this verbal abuse took place since 2005 why has she been on the radio praising the Karam's and Mike Herren. She should have taken action a lot sooner. Keri has been on the radio dishing out her own form of verbal abuse for a very long time. She screamed at her callers never allowed them to voice their own opinions and tried to ruin the reputations of alot of good people. I believe that Keri's personal life has alot of unresolved issues so now she is trying to take this out on others. If this abuse indeed happened she should have done something to stop it long before this. Also why not take a job with the DA who better to protect you than the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the County. There is more to this story than is being told.

Anonymous said...

I would love to hear Mike Herren, and the Karams versions of this story.

Anonymous said...

Then you should read the Herald News, because their side of the story is there for you to examine.

Anonymous said...

Stumbled across Keri's new blog?

Anonymous said...

remember he who laughs last laughs best...keri is a hot mess wait to you hear the real stories.

Anonymous said...

I want to hear the real story from Herren directly from his mouth, or at his hand. I don't want it filtered through the Herald, or the management of WSAR.

Let the truth be told, let's see what really happened over there.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised the Karams are letting Herren talk about this considering the legal implications involved. I thought they were smarter than this.

Anonymous said...

Well, if Herren does tell "his side" I hope he has documentation and witnesses to back it up. She does. And I don't know about you, but I'm not believing anything without some evidence from Herren.

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Lefty said...

Yes I STUMBLED across her blog. Do I need to document how that happened?

I keep trying to figure out why she would lie? If Keri is making all this up, she is going to look incredibly foolish when this blows up in her face.

I don't want to bash Keri and I don't want to bash the Hurricane. I am anxious to see what his or WSAR's response is to this. I would love for Herren to tell his side of this. I doubt he'll be allowed to on the radio, so maybe he SHOULD blog. Maybe he'll sit down with a reporter. Herren has said more than once his life is an open book, so at some point I'm sure you'll hear his side.

kestrel9000 said...

Be listening at 3.

Anonymous said...

I know a few people that grew up with Kerri.

Hey Keri, does the last name Hanson ring a bell?

And she has a history of being a troublemaker.

She should have quit and moved on to the DA job.

The funny part is when it's all said and done anyone who would think of employing Keri in the future will know how vindictive and slanderous she will be if things don't go her way.

Did her boyfriend split yet?

Anonymous said...

I want to make this very clear and I want all of you who post and blog to consider what I have to say.

As a long time listener of WSAR and former sponsor (notice I said former, not present or future), I am appalled and saddened that a once respectable broadcast outlet has become such a joke. This was a station that had deep roots in the community and used its facilities to do good things. Thank God Hec is still there to provide some stability. If you think he’s too old fashioned, you may be right. At least he offers the last shred of dignity the station has. Keri may have exaggerated about what happened to her, but clearly she was mistreated. Herren apparently used his swagger, ego and links to the owners to shove people around, perhaps literally.

They got rid of Moran to build the franchise around Keri. She flamed out so now they’re building the franchise around Hurricane. UNDOUBTEDLY, he will screw up, p*** off the wrong person, throw a punch at someone, and he’ll flame out too. This whole thing is sad. You may find it entertaining, but it’s sad. Very sad. The community is the real loser. Hopefully, the Karams will cut their losses, make money at their other business, and drop the one business venture they have dabbled it too long.

Anonymous said...

Amen

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Lefty said...

I apologize for deleting the previous two comments. I try very hard not to moderate comments, and hate having to delete them.

In this case there was simply too much unverifiable information in one comment to let it stand. The other I personally found offensive.

I want people to have the freedom to discuss the topic at hand but request that comments be fair, clean, and relevant to the topic.

Thanks,
Lefty

Anonymous said...

"If Keri is making all this up?"

Having read the details, the Herald stories, and Ed's letter, what odds are you putting on "Keri is making all this up?"

Anonymous said...

My,my, it seems as those the "Hurricane" has drunk a large glass of Bobby Karam's Kool Aid. After months of criticizing Dr. Fischer, he began singing his praises on the air on Wednesday. Is this what it takes to keep his job? Has the rabid bull dog become a whipped puppy dog?

It Said said...

"Thank God Hec is still there to provide some stability. If you think he’s too old fashioned, you may be right".

Hec is a class act who is working in an impossible situation. He deserves better.

"They got rid of Moran to build the franchise around Keri. She flamed out so now they’re building the franchise around Hurricane. UNDOUBTEDLY, he will screw up, p*** off the wrong person, throw a punch at someone, and he’ll flame out too".

Hit it out of the park on this one..

The Karams are taking a tremendous gamble..and it will at some point blow up in their faces..then what?

Are Robert and James posessing the proper sized nads when 6, 10 and 12pull up their trucks at Ten North Main, demanding a comment?


"My,my,it seems as those
the "Hurricane" has drunk a large glass of Bobby Karam's Kool Aid. After months of criticizing Dr. Fischer, he began singing his praises on the air on Wednesday. Is this what it takes to keep his job? Has the rabid bull dog become a whipped puppy dog?"

If I remember, wasn't the Hurricane demanding that Fischer move his office out of his Rock Street digs and into Durfee High School to "clean the place up" a few months ago?

And now Dr. Fischer is A-OK?

Fascinating..

Anonymous said...

If Mike Herren manages to hold on to his job after all this the Karams should be required by law to arm all WSAR employees with tranquilizer darts to subdue Herren when he charges!

Anonymous said...

I think Mike Herren is the one that has delusions of grandeur. Herren is the guy heard to frequently utter phrases like "Do you know who I am?" and "I run this town!" Um, nope Mike, you don't run the place, guys like Bobby Karam and others have babied you over the years because you were good at basketball once upon a time but someday reality is going to set in and when it comes crashing down it is going to be a huge wakeup call.

Anonymous said...

Shhhhh,do you hear that Herren?

I believe it's the winds of change.

Anonymous said...

keri has ,was,and willforever be a hyporcrite..you people are talking about journalistic integrity..keri totally slants her commentary toward the sutter campaign presto shes got a job,the mayors race totally with poulin then sullivan after poulin threw his support behind sullivan and now she is living with poulin in fr after lying to herald about living out of town for her safety...keri has zero credibility with me

Anonymous said...

Mike, (and it's obvious it's you) with all your abuse, it seems she never had any credibility with you in the first place. Apparently she didn't "know who you are" and give you the proper respect that a middle aged high school has-been deserves.

Keri is an opinion journalist. She was paid to give her opinion and be a political analyst. That means she was supposed to tell people what she thinks about politicians and elections.

Also, can someone provide some proof that Keri is living with Eric Poulin? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty easy for me to believe Keri when she says she is living nowhere near Fall River. Why would she want to if the harassment claims are true? I believe she is still living in Fall River just about as much as I believed that Poulin got her pregnant. You people should be ashamed of yourselves, this is the way the Herrens and Karams and their supporters operate, dirty mudslingers, you are all gross and disgusting and if you had enough sense you would be embarassed by your tactics.

Lefty said...

As far as I have been able to determine Keri is no longer living in Fall River.

The more this goes on the worse it looks for Herren. If this were to be decided by public opinion I think he may have already lost. Funny enough that we will criticize him and insult him and most of us will still tune in to hear him on radio.

Hopefully at some point Mike will make his side of this public. If not I assume the MCAD investigation will get to the bottom of it.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that some people continue to harp on Keri in regards to her private life when it is well known that Herren's personal life is in shambles.
you should not open a door you can't walk through yourself.

Anonymous said...

We should really move on to more important subjects. Like the presidential election!Keri needs to deal with this situation privately and stop blogging about this matter. She put up with this alleged abuse for almost three years and now for the last three days she can't stop talking about it! Please!

Anonymous said...

I'm not listening to Hurricane anymore lefty. The last straw for me was listening to his interview with Dr. Sbrega and Jean MacCormack. I was wincing just listening to it, it was incredibly bad for the credibility of the radio station, it was so out of place to have the 2 very distinguished heads of these institutions on with Mike Herren who did his best not to stutter but it was clear once again he wasn't prepared and tried to make questions up off the top of his head but he had a tough time formulating a complete question, thought or sentence many times.

I felt very bad for Mike because someone obviously thrust him into the role thinking he might be capable but clearly he was in over his head. I also felt bad for Dr. Sbrega and Jean MacCormack, at times it seemed like they were obviously uncomfortable, probably awkward for them to be interviewed by someone who did as poorly as Mike and who speaks like Mike, they must have been thinking what the heck is going on here at WSAR?

I can only imagine if they force Mike to start interviewing people like Senators Kennedy and Kerry or Congressmen Frank and McGovern how it is going to look. At some point WSAR is going to lose what if any credibility they have left and these people are going to stop calling or at the least will try to get on with someone like Barry instead, that is if Barry hadn't burnt his bridges by insulting them all on the air quite regularly.

Anonymous said...

I disagree I thought Mike asked some good questions and gave his guests the opportunity to voice their opinions. This is very refreshing to have a talkshow host actually allow his guests to have an opinion and be allowed to voice it. The shouting and constant disrespect to callers left with Keri I guess. Mike has the ratings or he would be gone. I say give the kid a chance.

Anonymous said...

Considering the Hurricane's about face concerning Dr. Fischer in the last 48 hours, he should be seen as just another big bag of wind.

Is that the same as a sell out?

Anonymous said...

Herren and Keri cannot be compared journalistically. She has a degree in journalism,and is well researched and prepared for her guests. Herren is hard to listen to, i feel stupid listening to him and have to turn him off most of the time. As far the harassment, I believe it happened. Most company policies regarding harrassment state that it is defined by how a person perceives they are being treated, and that initial complaint should warrant an investigation. Sounds like things at WSAR are just out of control. It does not sound like a modern day workplace environment!

Anonymous said...

another blog, which was basically an anti-karam vs missy debate made mention of wsar personalities returning to their chosen professions..."happy hec" is a radio guy, barry is a radio guy. i might not always agree with barry but he is a radio professional, hec is a radio professional, both are a pleasure to listen to everyday.
just what is mike herren's chosen profession ? he is painful to listen to and has proven he is not qualified to be on the air, nothing personal here but get him off the air. kerri might have been difficult and opinionated but at least she was qualified and competent.