Finneran's Forum tweaked; fatal flaw remains

Earlier today, WRKO announced some tweaks to Finneran's Forum, nee the Finneran Factor. Finneran, the press release said, is getting a "top-shelf lineup of new contributors" as of Dec. 10--including Wendy Murphy (who's been a regular guest), Major Garrett of Fox News, and Globe columnists Kevin Cullen, Jeff Jacoby, and Joan Vennochi. According to Entercom bigwig Jason Wolfe, it's an "exciting time for Tom and listeners of his program," who can now expect "even more engaging talk."

Color me skeptical. While I look forward to hearing Cullen, Jacoby and Vennochi, the problem with Finneran's Forum is Tom Finneran. Basically,Finneran's a yes-man; he's loathe to say anything that might upset anyone with any power in greater Boston.

Maybe he wants to be able to get another lobbying gig if radio doesn't work out. Maybe it's just a leftover tic from his days as speaker of the Mass. House. But man, does it make for boring radio. Unless Finneran kicks this habit, his show's doomed.

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