Heard It On The Radio

A Minnesota judge March 12 tossed a Duluth promoter’s claim that a radio station’s mistake led to the cancellation of a Lucinda Williams concert because of lousy sales.

Judge Mark Munger dismissed the lawsuit filed by promoter Craig Samborsky, president of Secret Service Concerts & Entertainment, against radio station KDAL-FM 95.7 and its parent company, Midwest Communications, seeking $7,500.

Samborski alleged the station was supposed to run 10 commercial spots promoting the Williams concert but instead mistakenly promoted a Mason Jennings show.

The promoter said he only sold about 300 tickets for the Nov. 6 show at the 2,300- capacity DECC Auditorium and was forced to cancel, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Ron Stone, Midwest Communications market manager, acknowledged station personnel’s mistake but told the judge the station offered to run the paid-for 10 spots plus another 10 spots to make up for it.

Meanwhile, Midwest Communications also filed a countersuit against Samborski seeking $1,850 for ads it ran for him last year.