On April 20, 2012 Afentra & Danny Boi of Entercom Alternative “96.5 The Buzz” KRBZ Kansas City asked listeners to send them the names of area residents who “were said to be local porn stars.” Two listeners identified Ashely Patton as such and Danny Boi googled her and found a porn star named “Ashley Payton”. Thinking they were one and the same, the hosts identified her and her former high school on-air.
Suing for mental suffering, shame and humiliation, Patton today was awarded $250,000 in damages and an additional $750,000 in punitive damages. Entercom has agreed not to appeal.
While the trial has been ongoing this week, KRBZ has been running jockless and the station’s Facebook page has been shut down. The Twitter account is alive trying to rally support for the station and its on-air staff: