Tantaros Off The Air. Files Lawsuit Against TRN.
Three days after our cover story on Andrea Tantaros came out, she is off the air with no clear indication when or if she'll ever be back on. It's a situation that has been plaguing TRN lately with the departure of Michael Savage (now with Cumulus), who also filed a lawsuit against TRN and Laura Ingraham (now with Courtside). Tantaros launched her show over a year ago with TRN CEO Mark Masters promoting her heavily as the next big big talent in the Talk Radio format. One former TRN employee told Radio Ink last night Tantaros has not been paid for over a month, has never been told how many affiliates her show is on and TRN has never shared any advertiser information (part of her deal was revenue sharing). Tantaros' attorney Joseph Cane declined to speak to Radio Ink last night, however, he did offer the following statement:
"This is a situation entirely of TRN's own making. TRN's dire financial troubles have unfortunately affected its ability to uphold multiple contact responsibilities to Ms. Tantaros. Andrea loves doing radio, values her affiliates and has fulfilled the duties of her contract for the past two months while TRN has kept her in the dark, fired her staff, and the staff at TRN necessary to sell the show to advertisers. In fact, rather than attempting to facilitate a solution to the many issues at hand, TRN would prefer to do nothing, including not pay its talent. This is indeed unfortunate. Further, many of TRN's breaches were incapable of cure. Perhaps most importantly, TRN induced Andrea into the contract based on a set of material misrepresentations of fact and engaged in self-dealing at her expense. As a result, although Andrea wanted to continue to be a loyal trooper, TRN left her with no choice but to leave to mitigate damage."