Ryan Haney's Move To Birmingham's Zone On Hold After WJOX Wins Order
February 8, 2013 at 4:03 AM (PT)
PD RYAN HANEY's move from CUMULUS Sports WJOX/BIRMINGHAM to crosstown COX MEDIA GROUP Sports WZNN (97.3 THE ZONE) is on hold after a federal judge issued an order saying he cannot work for his new station until more evidence is heard in a lawsuit filed by CUMULUS (through subsidiary CITADEL BROADCASTING CO.) at a MARCH 4th hearing, reports the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. U.S. District Court Judge DAVID PROCTOR also denied COX's motion to be added to the suit as an "indispensable party" to the proceedings.
HANEY's contract expired on DECEMBER 21st, 2010, and his former employer is trying to enforce a one-year noncompete clause in his contract that would prevent HANEY from working for a competitor within 60 miles of the WJOX transmitter. HANEY left WJOX on JANUARY 21st and began at WZNN a week later.
HANEY's move came simultaneously with the exit from WJOX of longtime afternoon host PAUL FINEBAUM, who is sitting out a three-month noncompete of his own and is widely expected to be joining WZNN after previously trying to extricate himself from his contract with CITADEL, resulting in lawsuits and a JULY 2012 settlement.