WWRU/Jersey City Owner Sued By Former Time Broker Over Diminished Signal
September 16, 2016 at 3:46 AM (PT)
A company which brokered time on MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING's WWRU-A/JERSEY CITY, NJ is suing the licensee, alleging that the station was not maintained properly and experienced a diminished signal, leading the plaintiff to lease another station instead.
The BERGEN RECORD reports that KOREAN RADIO BROADCASTING INC. filed the case in NEW JERSEY Superior Court for BERGEN COUNTY, naming MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.; MULTICULTURAL RADIO BROADCASTING LICENSEE, LLC; K-RADIO; and MRB principal ARTHUR LIU as defendants, saying that its lease of WWRU, an expanded band station at 1660 AM, began in 2006 and was set at $156,000 per month by the time the deals ended; it alleges that the station's signal deteriorated in 2013, including falling off the air at times, and that MRB did not offer credit or a fee reduction for the silent periods. The plaintiff moved its programming to ISLAND BROADCASTING CO. analog low power TV station WNYZ-LP/NEW YORK, which uses the audio component of analog TV channel 6 to emulate an FM station at 87.7 FM.
WWRU is now brokered to another Korean programmer. NEW YORK RADIO KOREA, as "K-RADIO 1660"; the suit names K-RADIO as a defendant, alleging that its own former employees now work for K-RADIO and represent themselves as still working for the plaintiff.