ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Fired KMOV anchor Larry Conners won’t be on St. Louis airwaves anytime soon.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that a judge on Thursday blocked the former newsman’s request to temporarily block a contractual clause Conners had signed with KMOV.

Conners has complained in recent months that the one-year non-compete clause prevents him from earning a living and providing for his family. So-called “non-compete” clauses are common for television and radio personalities, though they are banned in some states.

“Why would any human being want to keep someone from earning a living to support his/her family?” Conners asked in a June 9 post on Facebook.

Conners’ lawyer Merle Silverstein says the next step is a September 3 discussion between attorneys. His lawsuit against KMOV will move ahead.

The longtime anchor was fired May 22 following Facebook comments he made about the Internal Revenue Service. Conners wrote that shortly after he interviewed President Obama and his wife in April 2012m, the IRS “started hammering” him.

“At the time, I dismissed the “co-incidence”, but now, I have concerns … after revelations about the IRS targeting various groups and their members,” Conners wrote.


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