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Former KIOA announcer sues over job loss

Former Des Moines radio announcer Dic Youngs has filed a lawsuit claiming he was forced to retire from his job at KIOA because of his age.

Youngs claims in the lawsuit, filed Monday in Polk County District Court, that he was forced into retirement in September 2007 at the age of 66. Youngs, who worked at KIOA for 41 years, seeks unspecified damages from the radio station’s owner, Michigan-based Saga Communications Inc.

His attorney declined comment.

Saga’s general manager for the Des Moines stations, Bill Wells, said it was Youngs who first mentioned retirement. Wells says Youngs still works for Saga on Saturday nights on KRNT in Des Moines.

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