Rhodell 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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk