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Louisville Radio Hosts Being Sued For Defamation

Scott Jennings and his public relations firm sued radio show hosts John Ramsey and Mike Rutherford on Wednesday, alleging they falsely identified Jennings as the source of leaked information that the University of Louisville was about to ban itself from postseason play because of the sex scandal involving its basketball team.

The suit, claims the hosts of “Ramsey & Rutherford in the Afternoon,” defamed Jennings and RunSwitch LLC by falsely reporting that Jennings leaked news of the Feb. 5 announcement to Matt Jones, manager of Kentucky Sports Radio, which allowed KSR to report the news in advance.

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According to a transcript filed with the suit, Ramsey and Rutherford on their Feb. 16 show said it was “unprofessional” and “unethical” for Jennings to leak the information because his company has a contract to provided public relations advice to the U of L Foundation.

Jennings and his firm say the allegations are false and that RunSwitch, which provided U of L with public relations advice on the announcement, had nothing to do with the leak.

The suit asks for unspecified damages against Union Broadcasting Inc. and UB Louisville LLC, who are identified as the owners of WLCL-FM, which broadcasts the Ramsey-Rutherford program.

To read more visit the Louisville Courier Journal where this story was first reported


Jason Barrett
Jason Barrett
Jason Barrett is the President and Founder of Barrett Media since the company was created in September 2015. Prior to its arrival, JB served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He also spent time programming SportsTalk 950 in Philadelphia, 590 The Fan KFNS in St. Louis, and ESPN 1340/1390 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Jason also worked on-air and behind the scenes in local radio at 101.5 WPDH, WTBQ 1110AM, and WPYX 106.5. He also spent two years on the national stage, producing radio shows for ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT. Among them included the Dan Patrick Show, and GameNight.You can find JB on Twitter @SportsRadioPD. He's also reachable by email at [email protected].

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