Judge Sides With Humphries Against KKOH

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Conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries is free to pursue a new radio job in Seattle, a judge ruled.

Humphries was granted a preliminary injunction Friday by Washoe District Judge Steven Kosach against the owner of KOH radio in Reno.

Kosach ordered Citadel Broadcasting Co. not to interfere with Humphries'job-seeking efforts.

"I'm tipping the scales so far in favor of Rusty Humphries it's not even funny," Kosach said after hearing arguments from both sides. "This is not a tough call."

Humphries has hosted an afternoon talk show on KOH since 1998. He said his contract with Citadel has expired and he's been discussing a new job with a Seattle station owned by Fisher Broadcasting.

"This is very difficult for me," Humphries said. "But it was best for my wife,"who needs specialized medical care in Seattle.

A lawyer for Citadel declined comment on whether the company planned to sue Humphries for breach of contract. The company maintains Humphries still is under contract with it.

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