Wireless Group talk WNWS-FM (101.5) Jackson, TN says former host Dan Reaves did not honor a one-year non-compete when he joined Grace Broadcasting Services talk WTJS (93.1) just three weeks after he left WNWS-FM.
Reaves did his last program on WNWS-FM on Friday, May 8, telling management he was pursuing interests outside the radio industry, according to a farewell post on the station website. At the time GM Larry Wood thanked Reaves for “his many years with us and wish[ed] him all the best.”
On Wednesday, May 20 Sears appeared on the “George B. in the Afternoon” show on WTJS to announce he was joining the station, where he would host 8-11am, the same slot he held at WNWS. Sears officially started at WTJS on Tuesday, May 26.
His former station has filed a temporary restraining order to prevent Reaves from remaining on air. “Dan broke the promise he made to me personally, and a legal commitment to our company which has supported him for 20 years,” Wireless Group President Carlton Viers told the Jackson Sun.
In the suit, Wireless Group claims Reaves signed a non-compete agreement that prevents him from joining any radio or TV group in West Tennessee for one year. The agreement is dated June 24, 2001, the Jackson Sun reports. Catching wind that Reaves was joining the competition, the company sent a letter on May 18 notifying him that he would be in breach of contract if he joined the station.
Wireless Group has also filed a suit alleging Sears violated his contract, intentionally interfered with its business and revealed company secrets to a competitor.
Reaves told the Jackson Sun that Grace Broadcasting Services has hired an attorney to review the lawsuit.