Citadel files countersuit against Finebaum
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There are new developments in the ongoing legal battle between local sports-talk radio celebrity Paul Finebaum and his employer, Citadel Broadcasting Co.
As we reported in today's print edition, Citadel, which now operates under the name of parent company Cumulus Media Inc. – following a buyout last year – is countersuing the radio host.
The countersuit alleges Finebaum broke contract by conducting secret negotiations to move his show to a competing network as early as 2009 and that he shared confidential information about Citadel in the process.
As reported here last August, Finebaum alleges negligence, conversion (a civil tort of theft of property), wantonness (action taken with reckless disregard for the consequences), fraudulent misrepresentation and suppression. The defendants deny the claims and accuse the plaintiff of negligence himself and failure to exercise due diligence.
Adding to the drama of a nasty legal dispute were strong rumors circulating among broadcast industry insiders that Finebaum sought an exit to his 2007 contract with Citadel and had reached an agreement in principle to move PFRN to WNCB 97.3 FM. That station recently switched from new country music to sports talk, becoming 97.3 The Zone.