Aug. 4, 2015 – KVEC 920 San Luis Obispo radio talk show host Dave Congalton interviewed me to talk about a North County “Media War” with News Media Corp.’s owner John Tompkins.
In the 20-minute segment, Congalton and I discuss a threatening voicemail I received from News Media Corp. owner John Tompkins. Congalton called me because my wife and I own the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News, while Tompkins owns the Paso Robles Press and Atascadero News.
After leaving the voicemail, which can be heard on this broadcast, Tompkins had lawyers send a “cease and desist” letter to me. The letter claimed that Tompkins owned a trademark for “Atascadero Daily News.” A title we were using for our Atascadero news site at the time.
After the threats, I decided to change our newspaper title to A-Town Daily News rather than fight a potentially protracted legal battle.
Congalton was a great radio host and a pleasure to speak to. It was great to talk with someone who has deep insights into the media business. He was sympathetic to our current plight and gave us a hand up by encouraging people to subscribe to our news outlets. Thank you for the help, Dave!
Read more about the ‘Media War’ here:
- Audio content courtesy Dave Congalton: http://920kvec.com/dave-congalton-podcasts/