T he rumor that talk radio star Paul Finebaum wants out of WJOX has hit the radio industry trade publications. Two radio industry websites have covered the Finebaum lawsuit against Citadel and
According to Tom Taylor’s newsletter for Radio-Info.com, Paul Finebaum could be headed away from WJOX and its parent Citadel and toward Cox radio and a “brand-new sports station.”
According to the newsletter, “Finebaum’s aware that Cumulus is about to take over Citadel. Just as Nashville sports talk star George Plaster is rumored to be headed across town to Bud Walters’ new “102.5 The Game”, Finebaum may see this as the right moment to leave WJOX. Has this already gotten into the courts, with a petition for declaratory judgment?”
AllAccess.com reported the lawsuit.
According to the All Access report, “PAUL FINEBAUM’s lawsuit against CITADEL BROADCASTING has fans on the AUBURN and ALABAMA football message boards speculating whether FINEBAUM, whose show is an institution in the region, is attempting to get out of his contract and move to another station or network. The case was filed in ALABAMA Northern District Court and most recently was subject to a Petition for Removal to another jurisdiction, but the docket presently does not indicate any details of the suit.”
The speculation earlier in August on message boards was fueled by a listing of the case on Justica.com. The judicial website posted general information about the case on August 3.
According to the information available via justia:
Finebaum v. Citadel Broadcasting Company
Plaintiff: Paul Finebaum
Defendant: Citadel Broadcasting Company
Case Number: 2:2011cv02765
Filed: August 3, 2011
Court: Alabama Northern District Court
Office: Southern Office
Presiding Judge: Abdul K Kallon
Nature of Suit: Contract – Other Contract
Cause: 28:1441 Petition for Removal- Declaratory Judgment
Jury Demanded By: None
However, other case documents remain unavailable through the federal court records database.