Less than a week after being fired by KNBR (680 AM), the battle between longtime sports-talk radio host Ralph Barbieri and the station appears to be just beginning.
A statement released Sunday jointly by attorneys Angela Alioto, Joe Alioto Veronese and Steven L. Robinson accused the station of “illegally terminating” Barbieri after 28 years with the station.
“The action by KNBR, Susquehanna Radio Corp., and Cumulus Inc., sends the message loud and clear that if you are
66 years old and have a disability, ‘we don’t want you anymore,’” Alioto said in the emailed statement. “The message we will send, right back to them, loud and clear, is that this type of despicable illegal behavior will not be tolerated in the City and County of San Francisco.”
Barbieri was reportedly fired Tuesday, which led to an emotional segment from his former on-air partner Tom Tolbert during Wednesday’s 3 to 7 p.m. show.
In October, Barbieri revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005, but had continued to work without letting anyone know about it.
“As a result of this wrongful termination, Barbieri has lost his entire salary and all health benefits,” the statement read, which also noted Barbieri received a bonus for his “stellar performance” as recent as Feb. 1.
No lawsuit has been filed at this time.