Savage Wins Case Against TRN
A federal judge in California has upheld an arbitration panel’s decision to release talk-radio host Michael Savage from a contract with his former syndicator, Talk Radio Network. Savage says the case cost him $1 million in legal fees and he's happy he no longer works on a "radio plantation." He told World Net Daily, "Now it's time for me to expose these people, and I intend to do so, to prevent them from hurting others.” TRN CEO Mark Masters tells Radio Ink he'll appeal the ruling. "We are confident of a successful outcome for TRN in this next round of appeals.”
Savage told WND the ruling “should free talent from the threats and extortionist behavior of ruthless Old-Hollywood types who can still be found in the corners of the radio industry. For me, personally, it finalizes a struggle to perform for my audience in an atmosphere of freedom, not working on a ‘radio plantation. I discovered who decent folks were in my radio life,” he said, “those who would not sign false affidavits despite being threatened and the purely rotten souls who put their signatures to completely false statements in an attempt to stab me in the back, although they lived off my talent and hard work.”
Savage attorney Dan Horowitz told WND that, "the arbitration panel and the court completely rejected any claims by TRN against Savage and Savage’s victory establishes the ability of radio talent to break away from an employer like any other employee. "Radio hosts have been bound by restrictive clauses in their contracts that treat them like businesses instead of regular employees. The law, therefore, has allowed the networks to enforce non-compete agreements with radio hosts that would be illegal if applied to individual employees.
Savage filed a lawsuit against TRN in 2010, alleging the network used “illegal and unenforceable contract provisions” and “other strong-armed tactics” to intimidate him and force him into accepting a “sub-standard agreement.” Savage is now syndicated by Cumulus
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