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Ohio Reporter Sues Radio Host

January 21, 2000

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ A newspaper reporter is suing a radio station host, accusing him of slandering her by falsely saying she was having a relationship with her boss.

Sandra Svoboda said WVKS-FM host Denny Schaffer made defamatory statements about her on the air to discredit her employer, The Blade. She is seeking damages in excess of $25,000.

The lawsuit filed Thursday, which also alleges invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress, also names Clear Channel Communications Inc., the station’s parent company, as a defendant.

Andy Stuart, vice president and market manager for Clear Channel’s Toledo stations, said he could not comment. A message seeking comment was left for Schaffer at the station. His home telephone is not listed.

Schaffer, according to the lawsuit, said several times in October that Svoboda was dating the newspaper’s co-publisher and editor-in-chief, John Robinson Block. Svoboda said that is false.

The Blade in September sued WSPD-AM, another Clear Channel station in Toledo, accusing it of using the newspaper’s stories on the air without crediting the newspaper or obtaining permission.

Svoboda’s attorney said the newspaper was not involved in her lawsuit.

Svoboda covers higher education for the Blade and previously worked as a writer and editor at The Associated Press.

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