Radio host took bribe, never delivered: lawsuit

Radio host took bribe, never delivered: lawsuit
Radio host took bribe, never delivered: lawsuit

THE WRITER of a memoir approximately mental sickness paid arguable radio host Sid Rosenberg $5,000 in “payola” money to arrange on-air interviews, a lawsuit claims.

Joseph DeBlasi says he gave Rosenberg the cash in June 2014 to secure a place on Geraldo Rivera’s radio display in the hope of marketing his ebook, “Polarized: Intercourse, Lies, and Circle Of Relatives Betrayal.”

DeBlasi says he met Rosenberg months earlier through a work acquaintance. Rosenberg is the arguable host of “The Bernie and Sid Show” and an ordinary on “Imus within the Morning,” which each air on WABC/77AM.

Rivera could also be a WABC character — “The Geraldo Display” airs each weekday.

While Rosenberg mentioned an Aug. THIRTEEN date was once set for DeBlasi’s appearance on “The Geraldo Show,” the publicity-hungry creator informed circle of relatives and buddies.

But a week sooner than the planned appearance, Rosenberg walked again his promise, explaining to DeBlasi that “he used to be still operating with Geraldo’s producer Marty Berman on securing the date,” the swimsuit alleged.

As A Substitute, Rosenberg featured the guide on 3 separate occasions whilst he stuffed in as a guest host on the “Boomer & Carton” radio show on WFAN/660 AM, the suit says. On no less than one date, he interviewed the author on-air.

DeBlasi said he never were given to speak about his book on Geraldo.

Three months after the foiled “Geraldo Show” look, DeBlasi realized the deal was illegal, courtroom papers claim.

“Sid was knowledgeable that his accepting $FIVE,000 payment for Geraldo and subsequent plugs on WFAN violated FCC sponsorship rules, most likely subjecting both Joe and Sid to Department of Justice Consequences including a $10,000 high quality and a yr in jail,” the lawsuit says. “Rosenberg informed that Joe must simply say he were given the $FIVE,000 again.”

DeBlasi alleges Rosenberg violated FCC laws that date again to the nineteen fifties payola scandal — the practice of paying radio stations and deejays to play songs.

DeBlasi claims he called CBS Radio — which owns WFAN — and mentioned Rosenberg. An govt instructed him “he didn’t assume a criminal offense had been dedicated, but Rosenberg was dropped from WFAN’s agenda the following day,” the go well with says.

Rosenberg’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, stated DeBlasi “by no means” gave Rosenberg money.

“this is an absolute lie,” Aidala mentioned. “It’s an attempt to extort money from Mr. Rosenberg.”

Aidala mentioned CBS quickly pulled Rosenberg from its schedule to investigate the claims in 2014, but found no wrongdoing.

“It’s reasonably telling that this allegedly came about four years ago and now that Mr. Rosenberg is within the running to be a morning show host on WABC, he files this lawsuit,” Aidala said.

Rosenberg was suspended in 2011 for “seeking to promote on-air promotions” at the back of the backs of his former bosses at WQAM Radio in Miami, according to the Miami New Occasions. Rosenberg denied the allegations.

DeBlasi is suing Rosenberg and WFAN for fraud in Long Island Ideally Suited Court, and seeks $20 million.

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