WICC, Ex-Host Fight Over Show Name Ownership
January 28, 2008 at 5:27 AM (PT)
Who owns the name "ITALIAN HOUSE PARTY"? CUMULUS Talk WICC-A/BRIDGEPORT, CT and its former morning host JOHN LABARCA are embroiled in a legal dispute over the name, with the station threatening lawsuit because LABARCA has moved the weekend show to SUNDAYS 10a-noon at crosstown PEOPLES BROADCAST NETWORK Religion/Brokered WDJZ-A.
The CONNECTICUT POST reports that CUMULUS has the trademark registration for the term in CONNECTICUT, while LABARCA, who is leasing the time at WDJZ, filed for a federal trademark six days after CUMULUS filed its state application.