Host Sues For Back Pay, Ends Up Owing Station Money
October 19, 2010 at 4:33 AM (PT)
Former NRC BROADCASTING Talk KNFO/ASPEN, CO host MICHAEL CONNIFF's small claims lawsuit against the station for back pay backfired when a judge ruled that he owes the station money for a ski pass, reports the ASPEN TIMES.
CONNIFF, who hosted a show for close to six years on the station, was fired in APRIL, and he brought suit in PITKIN COUNTY small claims court claiming the station owed him $1,500 a month from OCTOBER 2009 through MARCH, asking specifically for the $7,500 small claims maximum. PITKIN COUNTY Judge ERIN FERNANDEZ-ELY ruled that CONNIFF had agreed in an e-mail exchange from SEPTEMBER 2009 that he would forgo his salary in exchange for selling on-air endorsements. In addition, she ruled that CONNIFF owes the station $1,099 for a ski pass the station financed for the host, although she suggested that the station nor pursue the claim and "call it a wash," a suggestion the station chose not to follow.
CONNIFF now airs his "CON GAMES" show on weekends on COLORADO RADIO MARKETING AC KUUR (YOUR RADIO)/CARBONDALE-ASPEN-GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO.