Tuesday, October 23, 2018

MSG Retaliates Against Entercom For Host's Rant

James Dolan, Maggie Gray
CEO James Dolan and Madison Square Garden have gone nuclear in their revenge against WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM and its parent company, Entercom, The NYPost reports.

In retaliation for a summer rant by WFAN host Maggie Gray, Dolan’s MSG has ordered all of its businesses across the country to shut down working with Entercom and banned Knicks and Rangers players, as well as MSG broadcasters and personnel, from appearing on the station.

In Gray’s very personal rant, she called Dolan a “vile piece of trash,” among other insults and points. The Dolan takedown was brought on because Dolan, with his band, JD and the Straight Shot, released a song called, “I Should’ve Known,” perceived to be about producer Harvey Weinstein, his longtime friend, who has been accused of raping and sexually harassing dozens of women. Gray thought it was hypocritical in light of the Garden having been found liable for a hostile work environment in the Anucha Browne Sanders sexual harassment suit in 2007.

Last week, Gray apologized on-air for the rant’s personal nature, but not for its content. It was too little, too late for the Garden.

“Entercom aired a hate-filled rant directed towards MSG, its employees and its Executive Chairman in August of this year,” Kim Kerns, an MSG spokesperson stated. “They chose to take no action to remedy this until the start of this season. Only after learning they would not receive special access to players and coaches did they elect to offer an insincere half-hearted apology. We wish them no ill will. However, we decline to carry on a business relationship. We will continue to afford Entercom league-mandated access only.”

MSG owns the Garden and Radio City Music Hall, but has spread the ban on Entercom across the nation, refusing to do business with the radio company in any of its markets, including Chicago and Los Angeles. MSG owns The Chicago Theatre and The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., among other properties.

Entercom offered no comment.

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