Burned Woman Settles Lawsuit Against Galaxy
December 7, 2007 at 5:33 AM (PT)
GALAXY COMMUNICATIONS, then owner of Rock WRCZ/ALBANY and one-time employer of radio personality J.R. GACH, offered a GUILDERLAND, NY woman a $1 million settlement WEDNESDAY night after three days of a civil trial in ALBANY, reports WRGB-TV (CHANNEL 6)/ALBANY.
"I just wanted the DJs to take responsibility for what they did," says 26-year-old ATHENA ANDRIKOPOULOS.
On FEBRUARY 15th, 2006, GACH's on-air sidekick, SHAWN BOLTS, talked about having seen a scarred woman at a diner. The diner -- REDWOOD DINER ON HAMBURG ST. in ROTTERDAM, owned by ANDRIKOPOULOS' family -- was not named on-air, nor was ANDRIKOPOULOS. At one point, GACH referred to it as the "wormwood diner" and also the "genetic mutant diner." It is the only diner on HAMBURG ST.
ANDRIKOPOULOUS says she turned down a settlement offer prior to trial because she wanted a jury to hear her story. She testified on WEDNESDAY. The second settlement offer came that night.
[Ed Note: In FEBRUARY, 2007, GALAXY exited the ALBANY market, and the station was purchased by EMF BROADCASTING and now broadcasts their Christian radio format, K-LOVE]