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Rosie O’Donnell Stops ‘Rosie Radio’

January 30, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ This may be the Rose City, but handlers for afternoon talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell say she has dibs on her name.

Warner Brothers and Telepictures, producer and distributor of O’Donnell’s show, claim that KRSK-FM is using her famous _ and trademarked _ first name without her permission when the radio station refers to itself as ``Rosie 105.″

The companies have filed suit in federal court, demanding that Entercom, the Pennsylvania-based firm that owns KRSK, quit using the ``Rosie″ nickname.

Station executives say the name honors Portland, which is known as the Rose City.

``There was no intention to be associated with Rosie O’Donnell,″ said Entercom’s lawyer, Ramsey Alsalam. ``We’re not using `Rosie’ to create confusion among our listeners.″

O’Donnell’s lawyers say the station is capitalizing on O’Donnell’s fame.

``It is virtually certain that consumers of Rosie O’Donnell’s television show will be drawn to defendants’ Rosie radio station in the mistaken belief that defendants’ Rosie broadcast entertainment emanates from the same source as plaintiff’s Rosie broadcast,″ the suit states.

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