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Radio station manager’s promises strike a sour note

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Kassie Dargo worked on-air and in sales at classic rock WLUP-FM radio in Chicago. In March 2007, Rob Morris, program director of Clear Channel’s top-40 KDWB-FM in Minneapolis, contacted Dargo to recruit her for a morning co-host position.

After extensive negotiations, Morris promised Dargo a two-year contract with a significant salary increase at KDWB. He sent an offer letter to Dargo via e-mail in April 2007, which stated the contract would follow within a month.

Dargo resigned from WLUP-FM and moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, where she signed a one-year lease for housing. During her first month at KDWB, she received positive feedback on her performance, but no two-year contract. In June of 2007, Dargo expressed concern to Morris, who assured her that everything was going well and that the contract would be delivered in a day or two. Instead, the station fired Dargo.

Dargo sued on several grounds in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The court noted that Morris’s repeated promises and reassurances could constitute a “pattern of deceptions.” It said Dargo clearly relied on Morris’s promises to Clear Channel’s benefit—and her detriment. Her intentional misrepresentation claim now heads to court.

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