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Pa. Radio Station Lawsuit Delayed

January 21, 1999

EASTON, Pa. (AP) _ The original hosts of an Italian radio show can use the program’s name at least until June, as they battle with their former radio station to keep the show, an attorney said Wednesday.

WEEX, where Tempo Italiano originated, agreed to continue to allow John and Pamela Richetta to use the name for the program, now broadcast on WEST, said Richetta’s attorney Steve Goudsouzian.

The parties agreed to abide by a judge’s earlier decision about the ownership of the name until the civil actions they filed against each other go to trial in June or otherwise get resolved, Goudsouzian said.

The Richettas hosted their six-hour Sunday morning show on WEEX for a year before signing a contract with rival station WEST beginning this year.

After the Richettas’ defection, WEEX started a replacement show, Festa Musica D’Italia, which airs at the same time on Sunday mornings and is hosted by a childhood friend of the Richettas, former Mayor Sal Panto Jr.

The two stations then filed competing injunctions, each seeking to prevent the other station from using the name Tempo Italiano. WEEX claimed that it owned the name because it hired the Richettas; the Richettas said they owned it because they had registered the name under their promotion company, which did all the marketing for the show.

``It’s exciting. .. And hopefully, in six months it will be as if this never happened,″ Pam Richetta said Wednesday.

WEEX’s parent company, Clear Channel, decided to abide by the preliminary decision by Northampton County Judge Alfred T. Williams, who approved a temporary injunction Jan. 8 giving Richetta Promotions the right to use the name.

WEEX general manager Jeff Frank did not return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

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