Kansas City media personalities might seem nice but behind the scenes they all hate each other.
To wit . . .
AFENTRA EARNS AN EPIC WIN IN HER CORPORATE RADIO LAWSUIT AND HER CASE HINGES ON THE MONEY OF JOHNNY DARE -- THE LAST MAN STANDING IN KANSAS CITY TERRESTRIAL RADIO!!!
This legacy media story gives us a lot to think about . . .
- Afentra had a ton of fans but we're not sure if her following was even close to nearly every white dude over 35 in the Kansas City metro having listened to Johnny Dare for at least a few hours every month for the past 20 years.
- For anybody under 30 . . . We might as well be talking about people on Mars. In a world of TikTok, Spotify & Snapchat . . . It's very obvious that these "Kansas City Stars" don't have much in common with the NextGen. Still, this corporate radio slap fight offers an EXCELLENT glimpse of a form of media in drastic decline.
- Workplace lawsuits are never pretty but it's clear that Afentra and her team are "in it to win it" and they're not afraid to call out a fading but still formidable conglomerate regarding some of their most closely guarded secrets.
Accordingly . . . Here are the basics of the case . . .
"Chief United States District Judge Eric Melgren ruled on Monday that former “96.5 The Buzz” KRBZ-FM Kansas City morning host Afentra Bandokoudis’ suit against Audacy Kansas City alleging sex-based pay discrimination may proceed to trial as it denies the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by the company.
Just to be clear, the linchpin of the debate . . .
AFENTRA BLAMES GENDER PAY INEQUITY FOR JOHNNY DARE'S BIGGER PAYCHECK!!!
With respect to Vincent Vega and the 90s on #TBT . . . That's a bold statement.
Again, the last remaining terrestrial radio listeners would argue that fan loyalty, name-recognition and captivating content is what really separates the Kansas City talkers.
Nevertheless, here's her side of the story . . .
"Bandokoudis sued then-Entercom in March 2020 accusing the company that male personalities including “98.9 The Rock” KQRC morning host Johnny Dare were paid larger salaries despite her morning show “consistently outperforming” them and that her firing in August 2018 was retaliatory in nature."
The money line and something that is exceptionally debatable . . .
"Bandokoudis argues that her position was substantially equal to Dare with similar duties, responsibilities, skills and effort required to perform and worked under similar conditions while Entercom said that she and Dare were not head-to-head competitors with different responsibilities and that she had attendance issues requiring additional supervision."
Finally . . .
This quick quote offers the money line and why this case is moving forward . . .
"The only clear testimony regarding the numerical differences in revenues between Dare and Plaintiff are for years after Plaintiff entered her last contract with Entercom—meaning those differences could have no bearing on the decision to pay Plaintiff less than Dare. The Court therefore concludes that a reasonable factfinder could find that Defendant’s explanation for the disparity in pay is unworthy of belief. Because Plaintiff has met her burden under the McDonnell Douglas analysis, her Title VII pay discrimination claim survives summary judgment.”
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
The case notes that a dispute arose between the two sides over the attendance issues that stated that prior to a meeting in October 2017 in which she had been pre-recording the 6am hour of her show and on Wednesdays into the 7 and 8am hours.
Developing . . .