UMaine President Apologetic Over Radio Deal
April 2, 2007 at 5:49 AM (PT)
The backlash against the deal that took UNIVERSITY OF MAINE sports from STEPHEN AND TABITHA KING's Sports WZON-A/BANGOR to CLEAR CHANNEL's competing BANGOR cluster continues with the best-selling author complaining of shabby treatment from the school, to which he and his wife are major benefactors, and the school president saying that an apology is due to the KINGS.
STEPHEN KING, in an e-mail to local CBS affiliate WABI-TV, said that it would be "Grinch-y" for him to stop donating to the school but "TABBY and I feel we were treated shabbily by the Athletic Department, and have serious questions about whether or not the negotiations were done in good faith. We feel the community was treated even more shabbily." KING added that he and his wife would continue to give to the school on a "case-by-case basis" but that the couple remains "hurt and angry over this decision" to take the games to CLEAR CHANNEL.
Tabby and I feel we were treated shabbily by the Athletic Department, and have serious questions about whether or not the negotiations were done in good faith.
In response, school President ROBERT KENNEDY said, "The KINGS deserve better treatment than we afforded them. I recognize, as all of us at UMAINE do, that they are among the most important alumni and supporters UMAINE has ever had." The university sold the radio rights to LEARFIELD COMMUNICATIONS, which formed BLACK BEAR RADIO PROPERTIES to negotiate a new deal.