Cal Fankhauser files age bias suit
Fankhauser, 52, worked for the station from June 1958 until he was fired March 4, 1988, by the station’s general manager, John Reber, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court.
He seeks unspecified damages.
Fankhauser “was informed by Mr. Reber that he had a new vision for the station, and implied this was a new, younger image and that (Fankhauser) just did not fit,” the lawsuit states. “The new plan for the station did away with (Fankhauser’s) announcing job and thus, (Fankhauser) just wouldn’t be needed any longer.”
But the suit goes on to say that in the time since he was fired, Reber has hired three people, all much younger than Fankhauser, to do the same job Fankhauser once did.
“His termination was based on his age,” the suit alleges.
Reber said Tuesday he had not yet seen the suit and that he had no comment.
During the 30 years Fankhauser worked for KHQ, he was a radio and television announcer and hosted several television shows in the 1970s and ’80s, including “High School Bowl.”
Wednesday, March 8, 1989