The radio industry is sensitive to the issue of losing talented broadcasters and for good reason: a particular personality may be the only reason listeners pick one channel over another during their commute.
Typically, most radio stations require their broadcasting talent to sign non-compete agreements that prevent employees from moving across town and setting up the same radio program for a rival.
Do non-compete contracts at radio stations apply to Internet radio? Commercial radio stations are likely different from online radio, which can reach a national audience through a website or a podcast via iTunes.
An Ohio judge said in a recent case, Deluca v. WDJQ (ht: Ohio attorney John Marsh) that traditional radio non-compete contracts do not apply online, unless the non-compete contract was carefully worded by the employer to cover online activities and Internet radio broadcasting.