A book author says he paid Sid Rosenberg $5,000 cash to get him an interview with Geraldo Rivera on WABC in New York. Joseph DeBlasi says he gave Rosenberg the money back in 2014. Rosenberg now co-hosts the 9A-Noon slot on WABC in New York. He also makes appearances on Imus in The Morning. Back in 2014 he worked for WFAN.
The New York Post is reporting that Rosenberg took the money as a bribe. The story says DeBlasi found out that what he did violated FCC sponsorship rules, subjecting both of them to fines and jail time, and has filed a lawsuit against Rosenberg.
The Post reports that a week before the author was to appear on The Geraldo Show, “Rosenberg walked back his promise, explaining to DeBlasi that “he was still working with Geraldo’s producer on securing the date. Instead, Rosenberg featured the book on three separate occasions when he filled in as a guest host on the “Boomer & Carton” radio show on WFAN, the suit says. On at least one date, he interviewed the author on-air.”DeBlasi never got on the air with Geraldo.
DeBlasi claims he called CBS Radio, which owned WFAN at the time, and says an executive told him “he did not think a crime had been committed, but Rosenberg was dropped from WFAN’s schedule the next day,” the suit says.
Rosenberg’s attorney tells The Post that DeBlasi never gave Rosenberg money. “This is an absolute lie. It’s an attempt to extort money from Mr. Rosenberg.”
DeBlasi is seeking $20 million in the lawsuit.