Two men who had the KORB/Quad Cities logo tattooed on their foreheads are suing station owner Cumulus, saying they were promised $150,000 each for undergoing the permanent markings. In November of 2000, KORB jock Ben Stone (Benjamin Stomberg) announced that the station would provide backstage passes and concert tickets to anyone who put a temporary 93 Rock tattoo on their forehead. Stone then offered $30,000 a year for five years to anyone who got a permanent tattoo of the logo on their forehead, according to the Quad City Times.
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According to the lawsuit, two listeners, Richard Goddard and David Winkleman, called the station to see if the offer was legitimate and subsequently met with station officials. They were then accompanied to a local tattoo parlor by a station representative who paid for their tattoos. Pictures of the two were posted on the KORB Web site. The lawsuit claims the pair were never paid any of the money promised. In addition, Winkleman was fired from his job and the two have been unable to find work.
"Stromberg made the false promise as a practical joke, so that persons who responded to the announcement with the intention of receiving tattoos could be publicly scorned and ridiculed for their greed and lack of common good sense," the lawsuit states. "The defendant had no intentions to pay $30,000 a year for five years."
Cumulus attorney Craig Levien told the paper the company is "vigorously contesting" the lawsuit. KORB management offered no comment when contacted by fmqb.
Tattooed Listeners Sue KORB/Quad Cities
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