TRN Supports Muller, But Cummings Not Having A (Man) Cow
September 13, 2007 at 11:58 AM (PT)
MANCOW MULLER's $6 million lawsuit against former employer EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS has become the fodder for a colorful exchange of opinions, to put it mildly, between his current and past employers. Standing behind MANCOW is TALK RADIO NETWORK/TRN-FM CEO MARK MASTERS; offering a succinct difference of opinion is EMMIS RADIO Pres. RICK CUMMINGS.
Predictably, MASTERS and TRN stand by their man. "We will leave it to MANCOW, his attorney and the court to address the issues raised by MANCOW's complaint," he said. "However, we believe it is important to reiterate that we fully support MANCOW and we have seen firsthand just how successful and hardworking MANCOW is as a radio talent. MANCOW's growth for TRN-FM in the last year includes securing SAN FRANCISCO, MIAMI, INDIANAPOLIS, HOUSTON, and, just this week, NEW ORLEANS on Hot Talker WIST. MANCOW's program continues to grow and is the fastest growing male skewing morning drive radio show in national syndication today; he also continues to draw major advertisers."
Noting that ratings on former MANCOW flagship WKQX (Q101)/CHICAGO have dropped since the host's departure, MASTERS said that "presentations created and made by EMMIS' own people portrayed MANCOW as a safe buy environment right up to the day they parted, and indeed over 25 national brand advertisers bought in the show in CHICAGO after JUNE of 2004, according to EMMIS' own materials. MANCOW continues to be such an environment and is also FCC safe ... He is a giant in CHICAGO and no one fills his shoes. For any one to say otherwise would be misleading."
For his part, CUMMINGS wouldn't engage MASTERS on the subject of MANCOW's popularity. Rather, he strictly dealt with the merits of the lawsuit. "The suit and the allegations it contains aren't worth dignifying with a response," CUMMINGS' statement read. "EMMIS doesn't have the ability to keep a good show off the air."