Up to now a temporary injunction filed by Emmis Radio has kept former KPWR Los Angeles and syndicated radio personality Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander from making the jump to new crosstown Urban competitor, iHeart’s KRRL “Real 92.3”. Now a Los Angeles County Superior Court has given him the green light to make the move. The injunction won’t keep “Big Boy” and his fellow co-hosts from returning to the airwaves, but Emmis’ multimillion dollar lawsuit against him moves forward.
In a statement, Emmis says it is “disappointed” with the ruling and company attorneys are evaluating their legal options. Emmis also says it is “committed to the continued success” of KPWR, one of the company’s top-billing stations.
Court filings revealed iHeartMedia lured Alexander from leaving his radio home of more than 20 years with a three-year contract that includes a $3.5 million annual salary, a commitment of $1 million of marketing for the station a year, custom channels on iHeartRadio, $200,000 a year to develop video and TV projects, and access to the company’s private jet twice a year.