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Legal Correspondence Continues Between Attorney for Maria Elena Holly and Operator of Lubbock Radio Station

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New legal correspondence has been made available between an attorney for the wife of a fallen Lubbock rocker and the operator of a Lubbock radio station.

Portions of an email from William Clement, operator of KDAV 1590 AM have been included in further exchanges between Clement and Stephen J. Easley, the attorney representing Maria Elena Holly.

Last week, Easley sent Clement a Cease and Desist letter regarding a celebration in the Depot District called the “Buddy Holly Birthday Bash.” The letter also demands that the station remove all mentions of Buddy Holly from their advertising and social media pages, which includes a picture of the statue at the Buddy Holly Museum, as it is licensed by the Estate.

Clement told Easley that that his station is not orchestrating the event, but rather is advertising it for commission. He stated that the planned festivities, scheduled to take place two days after what would be Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday, was actually being put on by businesses along Buddy Holly Avenue, in Lubbock’s Depot District. Clement specifically listed the Melt Lounge as primary sponsor of the event.

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Clement continued, stating that since the event was being put on by business owners along the street bearing the rock and roll pioneer’s name, the businesses have the right to use their Buddy Holly Avenue Addresses. Easley countered, saying that “’A Buddy Holly Birthday Bash’ – which is precisely how this event was advertised, almost certainly is not within any license to rename a street.”

“Had Mr. Richards [reported owner of Depot Alley] approached us for a license to host this event and to use Mrs. Holly’s property, we might have avoided these letters and worked something out. My client stands ready to protect her rights,” Easley warned.

Clement continued, noting that Buddy Holly had a relationship with the station, performing there prior to achieving stardom, and claimed that he was a disc jockey at the station in 1955 and 1956. KFYO News has found numerous records of Holly performing and recording at KDAV-AM, but there has been nothing found that actually lists Holly as a disc jockey at the station.

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Multiple allegations and criticisms were made by Clement throughout his correspondence as well, and he offered to supply Ms. Holly’s attorney with “trinkets of history your client would most probably not like to be made public…”

Easley countered, saying multiple times throughout the correspondence, “It is fortunate that you published the vile, false and defamatory statements quoted above to Mrs. Holly’s attorney, reducing my burden of proving that you made them.”

Clement did disavow any connection to a KDAV-AM Facebook page with any mention of Buddy Holly, and suggested that litigation might be an option “for deciding the truth.”

Easley reiterated the original Cease and Desist demand, and expressed confidence in a favorable outcome for his client if the issue does end up in court.

A link to the original story can be found here.

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