WRKO's Finneran Starts Lobbying Firm... Again
April 9, 2008 at 5:35 AM (PT)
The controversy over ENTERCOM Talk WRKO-A/BOSTON morning man TOM FINNERAN's lobbying business flares up again with a report in the BOSTON HERALD that he will launch the side business despite the station's objections.
FINNERAN told the HERALD's JESSICA HESLAM that he is forming FINNERAN GLOBAL STRATEGIES with former law partner JAMES BYRNE and still plans to keep the radio show, prompting ENTERCOM to issue a statement that said, "ENTERCOM has expressed its concern to TOM about becoming a lobbyist. ENTERCOM will carefully monitor the situation." FINNERAN, the former Speaker of the MASSACHUSETTS House, originally announced plans to launch the lobbying firm in JANUARY but reversed himself two weeks later after station management expressed concerns about conflicts of interest.
I can teach. I can write. I can make public appearances. I can lobby. I can consult. I can advise.
Saying that his contract is clear in allowing the activity, FINNERAN told HESLAM, "I can teach. I can write. I can make public appearances. I can lobby. I can consult. I can advise." FINNERAN's firm has signed up the LIQUOR LIABILITY JOINT UNDERWRITING ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS as its initial client.
Hopkins' College Credentials Cone Under Question
Meanwhile, HESLAM is also reporting that new WRKO midday host REESE HOPKINS' official biography, which states that he graduated FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, has come under question, with the school saying that it has no record of anyone with HOPKINS' name attending FORDHAM and HOPKINS responding that he attended under a different name.
HOPKINS told the paper that he used a different name for "legal reasons" but would not disclose that name; he says that he was homeless after high school but, "The conditions of which I went to school will remain private. That part of my life is my private life. I give everything else to the media.... My college education is my personal business and the means in which I went to school are still my personal business because it has nothing to do with my radio personality. I didn’t get my job based upon me going to FORDHAM UNIVERSITY."