'Craig & Sam' Radio Morning Hosts Lose Suit Over Overtime

A jury in U.S. District Court in Little Rock recently ruled against two former morning disc jockeys who said they were owed overtime.

Karla Moore and Craig Morrison worked for Crain Media Group LLC of Sherwood as DJs and hosts for the “Craig & Sam in the Morning” show from September 2010 to November 2011. They claimed in their 2012 complaint that they were frequently required to work overtime but weren’t paid for it.

Moore, who used the on-air name Samantha Adams, and Morrison each earned $30,000 a year as morning hosts for KHTE-FM 96.5 in Little Rock. Moore also hosted a midday show on KOLL-FM, 106.3, in Little Rock, and served as the webmaster for KHits96.5com, the court filings said.

Crain argued in its court papers that radio DJs are “creative professionals,” which is a category of employees exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements.

After a three-day trial, the jury took about 90 minutes to decide the case.

Neither an attorney for the DJs, John Holleman of Little Rock, nor Crain’s attorney, Harold Wayne Young Jr., returned a call for comment.

Crain Media is owned by Crain Team auto dealer Larry Crain Sr.