Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lansing Radio: Sports Hosts' Feud Headed To Court

Ryan Schuiling
Ryan Schuiling, who hosts "The Schuiling Report," a weekday show on Lansing-based WQTX 92.1 The Team, is suing Bill Simonson, who hosts "The Huge Show," a weekday sports show broadcast in Grand Rapids, Lansing and 10 other cities across the state.

According to the Lansing State-Journal, the lawsuit alleges Simonson defamed Schuiling in various statements made via email and across social media.

The lawsuit relates to a February blog post on Detroit Sports Rag, a third-party website that is not affiliated with Simonson.

Bill Simonson
The post, titled "RYAN SCHUILING WANTS TO INFILTRATE BILL SIMONSON’S 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S INNER CIRCLE," makes "numerous false allegations against Mr. Schuiling, including that Mr. Schuiling attempted to orchestrate some alleged sexual interaction with Mr. Simonson's daughter," according to the civil complaint.

The lawsuit also targets Cumulus Media and WBBL 107.3 FM, the Grand Rapids radio station where Simonson's show is based.

Schuiling, who used to work for Cumulus Media, claims Simonson's "numerous false statements" were a violation of a non-disparagement clause in a non-compete agreement Schuiling signed with the station in August 2015, about a month after his employment with the company ended.

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