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Johnny Burke testifies at hearing in Bay City

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Published: May. 26, 2016 at 12:15 AM EDT
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(5/26/16)- After years on the radio, they were shown the door.

Wednesday, Johnny Burke told his story, in federal court.

Attorneys for Cumulus Media, who owns WHNN, argued in U.S. Federal Court Wednesday afternoon that Johnny and Blondie's new periscope show, a social media based video service on Twitter, is taking away their listeners.

Attorneys for Cumulus Media asked Johnny Burke several times on the stand about the former radio host establishing a show on periscope shortly after his termination from WHNN back in January.

They also questioned whether Burke kept WHNN's trademark on his Twitter account while doing it.

Blondie Belger-Holzhei also attended the hearnings, listening to Burke's testimony.

Burke and his attorneys claim the WHNN trademark was removed, they were working with Twitter extensively to make sure there wasn't any confusion and that they've repeatedly let listeners know they've separated themselves from the company.

Johnny and Blondie's attorney spoke with us shortly after court was dismissed calling the company's arguments baseless.

"They're not broadcasting by radio what the contract says they had to do. It's sour grapes. They let them go and now they want to try to prevent them from working," Attorney Victor Mastromarco said.

ABC 12 News reached out to attorneys for Cumulus Media several times for comment after the court hearing, but they refused to speak to us on camera.

Another hearing is scheduled to take place at a later date. No dates have been set at this time.

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