Z-93/LaCrosse Sued For Airing Calls
December 5, 2006 at 5:53 AM (PT)
A woman who called into MID-WEST FAMILY RADIO Top 40 WIZM-F (Z-93)/LACROSSE, WI afternoon host BENDER's show is suing the station for airing the calls.
The LACROSSE TRIBUNE reports that JANET AMARAL is suing after three calls she made off the air to BENDER (real name BRIAN SIMPSON) were recorded and played, along with BENDER's comments calling her a "psycho" and "crazy lady" and suggesting, "You obviously have been drinking. Apparently you have had a whole 12-pack."
The station's attorney JEFFREY SIMMONS tells the TRIBUNE that under WISCONSIN law, where only one party needs to consent to the recording of a phone call, the plaintiff consented to the call. AMARAL's attorney JAMES KRONER JR. tells the paper that he believes the recordings are not allowed to be used for "injurious purposes." AMARAL is seeking at least $60,000 in statutory damages and attorney's fees.