Skinner Sues 96 Rock/Cincinnati Over 'Angry Guys' Use
April 10, 2009 at 5:12 AM (PT)
Former CUMULUS Rock WFTK (96 ROCK)/CINCINNATI morning co-host RICHARD SKINNER is suing the company over its use of the "ANGRY GUYS" name for the morning show after his firing in NOVEMBER. The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER's JOHN KIESEWETTER reports that SKINNER has filed suit in federal court claiming that the continued use of the name after he exited constitutes unfair trade practice and "trademark dilution."
SKINNER and TOM GAMBLE, who continued with the station after SKINNER's termination, have used the "TWO ANGRY GUYS" name since 1995 at the old Sports WBOB-A; they joined WFTK in SEPTERMBER 2007 as part of the short-lived Talk "SUPERTALK 96.5."
GAMBLE stayed aboard and now hosts mornings with PD MICHAEL "FIN" WALTER; SKINNER's suit alleges that the station used the "ANGRY GUYS" name, which he had registered as a state service mark, on billboards and at promotional events for three-and-a-half months after his exit.