An Indiana court has ruled in favor of the on-air personality in a non-compete lawsuit filed by Cumulus Media against a former host at country “Nash-FM” WMDH-FM Muncie-Marion. Cumulus filed suit in March against Amanda Rollen and Hoosier AM/FM LLC, which operates several stations in Marion and Kokomo.
Cumulus claimed that Rollen violated a December 2012 non-compete clause that prohibited her from engaging in “essentially the same job” for any radio station within 50 miles of WMDH-FM for six months after leaving the New Castle-licensed station. The suit said Rollen left her job as an on-air personality and programming assistant at the “Nash” outlet Oct. 2, and began work for the Hoosier AM/FM stations on Oct. 20.
In its ruling, Delaware Circuit Court 4 Judge John Feick denied Cumulus’s request for an injunction to keep Rollen off the air. The judge said that Cumulus attorneys produced no evidence of any monetary losses, or an impact on ratings, as a result of Rollen’s work for the Marion and Kokomo stations.
Feick wrote that “any proposed harm perceived (by Cumulus) by Amanda Rollen operating at her current location is speculative at best.”