Report: Pat Barry Sues Radio One Over Firing At Cincinnati's Mojo 100.3
August 6, 2013 at 4:02 AM (PT)
Veteran CINCINNATI radio host PAT BARRY has sued RADIO ONE and BLUE CHIP BROADCASTING for his firing last OCTOBER, alleging that the company fired him without severance, vacation, or other benefits because it claimed he had engaged in "corporate espionage" for forwarding an e-mail to his friend, MERLIN MEDIA CEO and former CLEAR CHANNEL and TRIBUNE head RANDY MICHAELS.
The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER's JOHN KIESEWETTER reports that BARRY (under his real name BARRY TINGLEY), who was fired on OCTOBER 25th, two weeks before WMOJ (MOJO 100.3) fllpped from Urban Oldies to Sports (it has since flipped back to Urban Oldies as WCFN (OLD SCHOOL 100.3)), says he forwarded an e-mail to MICHAELS announcing a teleconference for RADIO ONE employees with CEO ALFRED LIGGINS but that the e-mail did not contain passwords or proprietary information.
BARRY had signed a two-year deal with one-year extension option at $65,000 base salary per year ($120,000 including benefits) in 2011, and says he turned down an offer in DAYTON to work for WMOJ and that he is qualified to have stayed on with the Sports format. The suit, in HAMILTON COUNTY Common Pleas Court , is seeking reinstatement, back pay, benefits, punitive damages, and $25,000 in compensatory damages.
BARRY worked at Top 40 WKRQ (Q102), Talk WKRC-A and WLW-A, and, as a TV weatherman, at NBC affiliate WLWT-TV and FOX affiliate WXIX-TV (FOX 19) before his stint on MOJO.