Emmis, Mancow settle lawsuit


We don’t know how much they settled for, but after years (9/07), it’s over. Mancow had filed a $6 million suit when Emmis didn’t renew him at Q101/WKQX Chicago, alleging Emmis made false and disparaging statements and discouraged other stations from hiring him, reported Robert Feder in his TimeOutChicago blog.

Said Muller in Feder’s story: “I feel wonderful about my life in every way.”

Q101 and Emmis officials dismissed Muller’s claims as frivolous and without merit. Since he wrapped up his eight-year run at Q101 in July 2006, Muller has continued to air his syndicated morning show for Talk Radio Network to other markets from studios in Chicago. He has been off the radio in Chicago  except for a 16-month stint as midday host at Citadel’s WLS-AM, which ended in February 2010. Last September, Muller also began hosting a Sunday night talk show on Citadel’s WABC-AM in New York.

“Emmis took proactive steps to ensure that Mancow would not be hired by another radio station in Chicago,” said the original suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The suit also says Emmis ruined a deal that was almost done with Crawford’s WPWX-FM in that market: “Emmis and WKQX-FM fabricated and provided the false and deceptive financial and other information to Crawford Broadcasting for the sole purpose of dissuading Crawford Broadcasting from employing Mancow.” Mancow also says his former employer sabotaged his efforts to lease studio space. Four potential lease deals fell through after handshake agreements, the suit claimed.