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Rhodell Lewis, booted from Praise, decides not to sue after all, finds part-time job at WYZE-AM

13736_1300886046215_1352341977_30858567_20542_n-199x300Rhodell Lewis, booted from Praise 97.5 for murky reasons last September, has found a part-time job at 1480AM WYZE-AM, a 5,000-watt gospel station. He starts at 3 p.m. today and will work Mondays and Tuesdays.

In terms of audience size, there’s no contest. Praise draws 600,000 listeners a week. WYZE doesn’t even show up in the Arbitron ratings some months.

Lewis, who was the afternoon jock at Praise for about four years, said last year that he was let go for “embarrassing” allegations made by a client. He wouldn’t say what they were but he said he was let go without any ability to defend himself.

He considered filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. “I was wrongly accused,” he said at the time. “I know right from wrong. I have to fight this. I wasn’t treated properly.”

“I want my name cleared even if I don’t get my job back,” he added.

But today, Lewis said after consulting with attorneys, he decided it wasn’t worth it. “I’m done with that situation, moving forward,” he wrote in an email today, noting Georgia is an “at-will state,” which limited his leverage.

Since Lewis had no contract, he could be terminated by Praise for any reason.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

6 comments Add your comment

Little Bill Monroe

January 23rd, 2012
3:34 pm

For some reason, this article made me think of Bluegrass Music.

Rodney,

Where can I listen to Bluegrass on my AM/FM dial here in Atlanta?

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Angela

January 23rd, 2012
4:18 pm

I wish him much success. I liked him when he was on Praise. Let go and let God. If he feels that he was wrongly accused, let the Lord handle it. He sees all and knows all.

Lovey

January 24th, 2012
7:52 am

Dont care for his replacement but I only listen to the music and not the djs now

TheLazyComic

January 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

Georgia is such a beautiful state… and a total mess at the same time. First, it is an “at-will state,” for employment… and even if you have a contract… they can worm around it. Thus your employer can feed you to the dogs, and then block your unemployment compensation for bogus reasons, and you’ll lose that too. All these things happened to me while living in Georgia. As I said, such a beautiful state, the people are great… but the creeps at the top… suck. I wish nothing but the best for Rhodell Lewis on his stint at WYZE.

Pago Flyer

January 24th, 2012
10:41 pm

Well, let’s see, another weekend coming , another Hollywood Awards show.
Man , these people just can’t stop slapping themselves on their backs.
Maybe they’ll get a few thousand fools to watch?