Posted 4/22/2013 12:00 am
Remember when Spanish-language radio station KTUV-AM, 1440, changed hands a few years ago? At long last, a lawsuit that resulted from that deal.
Back in 2006, Davidson Media Group LLC of New York City owned the station. Alma Viscarra of Little Rock had just entered into an agreement to manage KTUV, which had recently switched from a gospel format. Viscarra was to use the station’s facilities for KTUV for three years.
But in late January 2008, Davidson’s Little Rock assets were bought out by Birach Broadcasting Corp. of Southfield, Mich. According to a lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court in January, Viscarra was kicked out of the station as soon as Birach took over.
“She wasn’t told why,” said Viscarra’s attorney, Chris McNeal of Johnson & Vines PLLC in Sherwood. “She was just told the straight fact that she had to leave.”
Viscarra had spent about $250,000 expecting to use the station during the term of her agreement, the suit says.
“She had made substantial investments,” McNeal said. “She was really relying on the agreement that she could remain there.”
McNeal said she was ousted just when she was about to break even on her investment. Viscarra is suing Birach and Davidson for damages to be specified at trial. Birach still runs KTUV. None of the defendants has yet responded to the suit. Sanya Milutinovic, managing director of Birach, told Whispers she had not heard of the suit. No one at Davidson could be reached for comment.