Sun Sentinel October 31, 1996 by Jeff Rusnak
WQAM, Paxson, Cox, Norman Kent, Ronna Woulfe, Arbitron, Dolphins, Marlins, Panthers “Best of” CDs
Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) (Published as Sun-Sentinel) – October 29, 1996
Author/Byline: Staff Report Edition: PALM BEACH Section: LOCAL Page: 3BColumn: DIGEST
A lawsuit alleging defamation and seeking unspecified damages from the Sun-Sentinel Co. and TV-radio columnist Tom Jicha has been dismissed by a federal district court judge in Fort Lauderdale.
The suit was filed in October 1994 by Gary Bruce, former programming director of WIOD-AM radio, who accused Jicha of writing a story that cost him a job offer in Los Angeles and tarnished his name in the industry. The story appeared after Bruce was fired by WIOD.
Also sued were WIOD Inc. and radio personality Neil Rogers, who works for the station.
In a final order issued in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, District Court Judge Jose A. Gonzalez Jr. ruled that Bruce was a limited public figure and said he had failed to demonstrate actual malice on the part of defendants. The court refused to address several other allegations and dismissed all claims against the Sun-Sentinel Co., Jicha, WIOD and social commentator Rogers.
Bruce, who recently left WJNO in Palm Beach County, could not be reached for comment.
Index terms: LAWSUIT RULING; SS EMPLOYEE Record: 9610290099 Copyright: Copyright 1996 Sun-Sentinel Company
First day at the new Paxson studios. Some problems, grid lock, and more. Barby Girl call.
Welcome to the brand new state of the art Paxson studios / A little bit of sports talk / Neil rips Bob Green and reminisces about the mold and the mung in the old studios / Neil wonders about people who pay to go to sporting events and then leave early during close games / On WQAM they talked Hurricanes football instead of discussing the Panthers game because they just don’t know hockey over there / Neil speculates that some of the refs don’t like the Panthers because they are an upstart team that has been very successful / Some more hockey talk which transitions into a little bit of food talk
Neil Rogers bids a farewell to the old WIOD building on the 79th St. Causeway. Tomorrow they will be in a new Paxson studio, and have new phone numbers too. Neil has a guest in the studio for a change, Steven Bauer of Scarface and ¿Qué Pasa, USA? fame. Rimer and Dox Cox on the phone, and WVIC was fined for the Jaz McKay’s show.
Uncle Neil got a tour of the new studios yesterday. Hockey season starts tonight, Jeff Rimer is in the studio, and coach Doug MacLean on the phone. Spitting on an umpire, TCI not showing the Panthers, and Pete Bolger gets a complaint call. Rimer has some problems with Hank, and Joe Z. A good song at the end.
1st hour – Rick and Suds talk to a Penis Model
Neil and Jorge heading to new studio next week. Sports Channel Florida, hockey is about to start, priest in Lutz, TCI memo, Jim Mandich, Phil Hendrie, Sports trades, umpire ruling at Yankee game.
Neil’s second day working for Paxson. A new mayor was elected yesterday, and more about baseball umpires. Who will be watching the first Panther game game of the season on TV? Rimmer calls Neil, Norm called the Joe Rose show, and Rush is moving from WQAM to WINZ.