By now, it should be obvious that Howie Carr has little hope of prevailing against Entercom in court and finding his way to WTKK anytime soon, if ever.
In a fundamentally corrupt state featuring some of America’s sleaziest judges, the merits of Carr’s arguments are largely irrelevant. Don’t forget that Howie has long been one of the Bay State’s most vocal critics of judicial rot and decay.
Given that, have Carr and WTKK handled the situation the best way they could? From my safe distance, the answer is a clear “no”.
Think about it: they don’t have a prayer in a Massachusetts courtroom, but in the court of public opinion, they could win in a landslide.
While Entercom has been busy making enemies all over greater Boston, Carr and Greater Media have never looked better. All that’s left for the latter two parties is to capitalize on this growing public sentiment.
Why hasn’t Howie turned to his audience for help? Think they wouldn’t assist in organizing “Free Howie” rallies? Judging by the number of emails I’m getting about Carr’s situation each day, my guess is that he’s getting 100 times more.
This is WAR, Howie, and you’ve got a weapon you haven’t yet used. The time to fire it up is now.
As for Greater Media, it’s time for the same approach. Why the unwillingness to make stronger statements? How about paying for some “Free Howie” billboards? Why not use the situation to create a huge promotional opportunity for WTKK?
Turn the lemons into lemonade. Hasn’t Rush Limbaugh’s Harry Reid smear letter auction taught radio anything?
Don’t these ideas beat sitting around and waiting for the next depressing legal decision? Playing it safe isn’t working, it’s now time for a new approach.