Hosts sues station over firing

January 13, 2012
Courtesy of the Florida Times-Union

Radio duo Lex and Terry have filed suit against a Jacksonville radio station, claiming that the station improperly canceled the contract that would have paid them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Their attorney, John Phillips, filed the lawsuit last week in Circuit Court against Seven Bridges Radio LLC, the owner of WJXL (1010 AM), also known as 1010XL.

The station dropped the duo in October, just six months after signing a contract to air the syndicated program through the end of 2013.

The contract called for the station to pay about $800,000 plus bonuses for the right to air the show. The payment was to be $12,500 every two weeks throughout 2012 and 2013.

The contract also included bonuses for ratings and half of all advertising dollars above the $1 million mark this year.

There was nothing in the contract that allowed the station to break it, Phillips said.

“I don’t know what they were thinking,” he said. “They won’t return my calls.”

The station did not return the Times-Union’s calls, either.

Lex and Terry got their start in Jacksonville in 1992 but have been in national syndication since 1997.

The show is currently based in Dallas and airs on 18 stations around the country as well as Sirius XM satellite radio.

“Sports Final Radio” with Jeff Prosser and Dan Hicken replaced Lex and Terry in the 6 to 10 a.m. slot.

Phillips said the only reason WJXL dropped the duo was listener preference.

“They said listeners wanted to hear sports rather than a shock jock sort of thing,” he said. “But they knew what Lex and Terry’s show was.

“If you buy a car, you can’t take it back three months later because you don’t like the color.”

Read more at the Florida Times-Union where this story was originally published.