Judge Rules Against Cumulus in Syracuse
Scott and Hunter had been doing mornings in Syracuse for Cumulus' 95X for two years. They resigned on October 16th and were hired by Ed Levine's Galaxy Communications two days later. New York State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Karalunas decided not to issue a temporary restraining order that would have taken them off the air. Cumulus requested the temporary restraining order.
According to Syracuse.com the judge listened to arguments in chambers from attorneys representing both sides and issued a decision 15 minutes later. Karalunas said the two radio hosts cannot use three phrases she said they coined on the air at 95X: Beer Friday, The Show and Chalk Dust. She also said they cannot solicit other employees of Cumulus.
Syracuse.com says a copy of the lawsuit says the morning team violated their former employers' contractual right of first refusal as well as non-solicitation and "other post-employment obligations." The morning hosts have said, in local media, that their contract expired and no offer was made to them. Another court date was set for November 21st.
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