105.7 The Fan's Royle Sues WNST

Posted on April 01, 2011

By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

Nestor Aparicio, owner of Baltimore sports talker WNST, is being sued by Jen Royle, a sports reporter who has worked for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, because of items that got posted on WNST's website and aired on 1570 AM.

Royle is seeking a total of $800,000 - $500,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages.

The suit against Nasty 1570 Sports and WNST Sports Media and two of WNST's staffers, Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester, was filed on March 10 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Royle alleges that she was defamed by statements made on air and online, including comments that she isn't qualified for her job, lied on her resume, had "personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships" with multiple pro athletes, and "that she looks like a stripper," according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Those statements were false and made with the intention of hurting Royle's professional reputation, according to the suit.

The lawsuit alleges that Royle was so upset by those comments she had to seek mental health treatment and take prescription medication to treat what the suit called "severe emotional distress."

In a statement at WNST.net, Aparicio called Royle's allegations a myriad of crazy claims.

He wrote: "If you keep up with Royle's running soap opera on her Twitter and Facebook pages, not to mention her now-defunct blog at MASNSports.com, you'll see that she's far more 'engaged' with her readers, fans, followers and detractors via vitriol than anything you'll ever read on the comment boards at WNST.net or anywhere in our social media space.

"You can search anywhere on the Internet you like and you will not find a shred of evidence that we've ever said or done anything more than tell the truth about her journalism skills and her outlandish behavior."

Neither Royle nor her attorney would comment on her legal action.

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Washington Redskins veteran John Riggins is getting more time on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. His afternoon show will expand into the 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. slot, now that the Baltimore-based sports network is no longer carrying Scott Garceau's 105.7 The Fan show. Technically, Riggins does a radio show. He's heard on a digital subchannel of Washington all-newser WTOP.

Also, MASN moved its new "Mid Atlantic Sports Report" to the 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. slot, instead of having a 5 p.m. start time, as it previously announced.

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Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will mark the 10th anniversary of its award-winning news division and commemorate a decade of comprehensive regional sports news coverage with the week-long "10 Years Of Excellence In Sports News" campaign, April 4-10.

The regional network will air a special edition of SportsNet Central and deliver exclusive daily news and online features, as well as special branding and promotion.

A special edition, "SportsNet Central: A Decade Of Sports News," will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, with several encores throughout the week.

Chick Hernandez and Russ Thaler -- the co-anchors of the network's inaugural news show -- will host the half-hour program. The hosts will guide viewers through some of the decade's most compelling regional sports stories and reflect on some of their top memories as the longest-serving members of the network's on-air news team.

As part of the campaign, Comcast SportsNet will reveal its list of the top 10 regional sports stories from the past decade as part of a week-long countdown on "Geico SportsNet Central," the network's daily news show. The countdown will begin on April 4 and conclude on April 10, when the decade's top regional sports story will be revealed.

Stories to be highlighted include: Michael Jordan joining the Wizards, baseball's return to Washington and Cal Ripken's Hall Of Fame induction. Notable figures that will contribute to the daily features include Ted Leonsis and Gary Williams.

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Associated Press tells us that the new mascot for the Preakness Stakes is drawing criticism.

The Kegasus mascot introduced March 29 is a half-man, half-horse horse centaur with a nipple ring and a beer gut. Kegasus urges those coming to infield at Pimlico Race Course for the second leg of racing's Triple Crown to be legendary, a reference to the infield's reputation for hard partying.

Baltimore area state Delegate Pat McDonough complained last year about the race's "Get Your Preak On" campaign and says he is no less disgusted this year. He says that Kegasus is infantile and creates a negative image, according to the AP report.

Posted April 1, 2011


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