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Former WHNN Saginaw hosts Johnny Burke and Blondie are allowed to keep their online show after a federal judge ruled in their case. U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington said the internet show the two former Cumulus employees are now hosting is not a radio station, as defined by their non-competes, and the show can continue. There were a few stipulations though.
Country station WIWF-FM/Charleston, SC, launched Wednesday as The All-New 96.9 The Wolf, Charleston’s Classic Hits station.
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One of L.A. radio's most influential DJs, Rodney Bingenheimer, will return to the airwaves after being let go by CBS Radio's KROQ earlier this month. SiriusXM has hired Bingenheimer to host a weekly show on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel.
The ugliness between Cumulus management at WHNN and former morning hosts Johnny Burke and Blondie continued in federal court yesterday. The station is accusing Burke of violating a non-compete by starting an Internet show after the station fired him. Burke and Blondie allege age discrimination for being fired.
This battle comes from the Saginaw market, where fired WHNN-FM hosts Johnny Burke and Blondie first filed a lawsuit against Cumulus, claiming age discrimination. Cumulus then filed a counter-suit claiming the two violated their noncompetes by broadcasting a show identical to the one they were doing before they were fired, online. Cumulus claims Burke used WHNN's proprietary information and solicited former advertisers for their new internet show,
This one could turn out to be a lesson for managers on what they can and cannot do once they fires hosts who have noncompetes. And, we should find out if broadcasting over the Internet is considered competing with over-the-air. This battle comes from the Saginaw market where fired WHNN-FM hosts Johnny Burke and Blondie first filed a lawsuit against Cumulus, claiming age discrimination.
Calling it the "All New 102.7 The Beach," Entercom is relaunching its classic hits station in South Florida. The station will now feature artists such as Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Duran Duran, Prince, Blondie, Guns and Roses, and others. The station has been playing some form of classic hits for over 25 years, with some songs as far back as the '50s and '60s.
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