Jason Barr Fired from Edge 102

radioEdge 102 (or CFNY if you're an old guy like me) has removed all traces of Jason Barr from their website.

If you visit his bio page or his blog, you'll find this:

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Also, The Dean Blundell Show is now being promoted as a duo: Dean Blundell and Todd Shapiro. Jason Barr isn't part of the team, despite being a holdover from the Humble and Fred show (Danger Boy, anyone?) and a founding member of DBS on Edge 102.

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I liked Jason, not just because he was a holdover from my Humble and Fred Show, but because he hooked me up with CASBY and Edgefest tickets. I honestly don't know if he was fired, but it wouldn't surprise me. You can visit my Edge 102 ~ CFNY category page to relive the rapid decline of this once stellar station.

Jason, I hope you've landed on your feet. Let us know how you're doing when you get a chance. An uninterrupted decade doing mornings in Toronto is no small feat.

Update: I've confirmed it with a credible source. Jason Barr was indeed let go by Corus earlier today.

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Kris

'Nuther one bites the dust? :(

August 24, 2010 / 19:38

Jason from the Hammer

toronto mike,

first and foremost, you truly have a great blog that makes for good reading.

as for the topic at hand, i too had wondered about the whereabouts of Jason Barr's name on the site when i visited it this afternoon. i grew up listening to him on the DBS. i hope he isn't gone.

Jason from the Hammer.

August 24, 2010 / 19:51

Ryan

eff me...get Freddie P on the line naow!

August 24, 2010 / 19:57

Toronto Mike

I made some calls. It's confirmed. Jason Barr was fired today.

August 24, 2010 / 20:34

Karina

Can you get any info on why? And it's fired, not "laid off"? This sucks.

August 24, 2010 / 21:18

Andrew

Sucks Jason lost his job, but it just gives me another reason to tune out that station. It's not just running downhill, it's plummeting.

August 24, 2010 / 21:38

Rachel

As if I needed another reason to stop listening to the Edge. I'd really love to see some metrics on their ratings over the past 2 years.

Jason is what made the DBS so great - he was the voice of reason.

Keep digging your radio station into a bigger grave, Edge. It won't be long until there's nothing left.

August 24, 2010 / 21:40

Jason from the Hammer

don't forget to give him exact change when you go through the drive-thru :p

just kidding :D
the DBS show will feel unbalanced until we get used to Barr not being there. i wish you the best Jason Barr!

August 24, 2010 / 21:44

CQ

While I'm sadden by anyone losing a job it could be a small loyalty favour if a bigger change is potentially imminent. They're playing 90s rock while entering yet another new decade and being focused on the youth market.

August 24, 2010 / 22:12

The_Voice

Blog link is not correct Mike.

August 24, 2010 / 22:45

Buffalo Boy Mike

wow, i honestly havent tuned in for quite some time, since they ditched the Innovators on Sunday night, but geez, they are taking what was once a unique Station and basically made it a shadow of its former self, it was as much about the music as it was about the personalities that knew the music, Bookie is still there but for how long? Josie Dye could be next as well she has been there a while

August 24, 2010 / 22:59

Irvine

"I'll stop listening now" blah blah blah. Just like everyone was going to stop listening to 102.1 after Streek killed himself. No such thing happened.

Nothing will change, Barr will disappear, 2 weeks from now no one will care.

Sorry, just saying shit how it is.

August 24, 2010 / 23:27

Matt

Wow. Jason was the funniest of the three, the most tasteful as well.

Maybe he'll get his own show!

August 24, 2010 / 23:58

Toronto Mike

I fixed the blog link.

Of course, it's still a 404, only now it's The Edge's 404 instead of mine.

August 25, 2010 / 00:03

shane alexander

in other news...madd dogg and billie are said to be gone, also..but then again, they tend to have nine lives in this market.

August 25, 2010 / 07:37

McNulty

I am actually shocked by this news and pretty pissed.

Another person fired while on holidays, always classy radio business, always classy.

August 25, 2010 / 08:45

Digger

I just thought of something else that is sad. After being a listener for so long...I seem to get all of my news about Edge from you, Mike. In a positive way, that's sad.

Here's a slogan for Toronto stations:
Radio - it's just business.

August 25, 2010 / 08:58

Matt

I wonder if this has anything to do with CFNY's broadcasting license expiring on the 31st.

August 25, 2010 / 09:19

Irvine

McNulty: Yep, I bet you're upset McNulty. But you'll listen on the way in, won't you.

August 25, 2010 / 09:41

TechT

Not surprised...there had to come a point where it was discovered that Jason had more class and sense than Lardo and Skank combined.

August 25, 2010 / 09:49

Joanne

I finally took the plunge and I DID stop listening to the Edge. For real. No sneak listening (only 1 song), no scroll bys down the dial ... I just quit cold turkey. It was hard, but it was worth it. This kind of news doesn't surprise me anymore. The once great station is no longer and I can't keep wishing it was.

August 25, 2010 / 09:52

Mike from Lowville

@ TechT, Lardo and Skank, that about sums up the 2 a-holes that are left. I have SYNC tm so, it's Sat, USB or the phone. CFNY died long ago. Always liked Jason though. Best of luck in the future Jason.

August 25, 2010 / 10:00

Wayner

Mike, do you have the audience numbers for the Blundell show? I thought it was one the more successful morning shows in TO. It would be strange to mess with a proven formula unless they were seriously tanking in the ratings department.

August 25, 2010 / 10:12

Kingairdriver

The continued alienation of its loyal listeners over the years is amazing.

I understand the need to appeal to a younger audience, but why piss off your listeners that have been around for a long time?

Oh well... I'll listen to the IPOD instead on the way to work now. Or, I can listen to other morning shows that continue to rip off the work that Jason was involved in.

So long Edge. It's been a good ride. Thank god for Internet radio.

August 25, 2010 / 13:13

Kyle

This station has really gone downhill, It started with getting rid of BT and Martin Streek. Then Darryl Spring leaves. Not only that but they don't do live to air from the Phoenix or 80's night from Velvet Underground. And now getting rid of Jason, Im not sure how much longer i'll be listening.

August 25, 2010 / 13:44

Nino

Jason is (was) an essential part of the show. I'm not really sure how they will manage without him. He added the class in an otherwise classless show.
I was already on the fence about jumping to the podcast and this pretty much firms that up. The Edge will crush itself under the weight of its commercials and terrible (small) infinite playlist.

August 25, 2010 / 14:24

A.R.

This station deserves to fail. To call what they play "the Edge" is an insult not only to this city but to all the people around the country who have listened to the station at some point.

How about promoting new indie music? Does your station really have to be a generic American new rock station appealing only to young teens who don't know any better and in general, the lowest common denominator?

August 25, 2010 / 14:59

Johnny

I am really curious why they would get rid of Jason, did something at their recent sausage fest go wrong? I wonder what will be said after they are back next week. I have to admit I do listen to the morning show, compared to everything else out there it is pretty good - Although, it has been getting a little stale.

Mike can you use some of your contacts and get more info on this story?

August 25, 2010 / 15:16

Rick

On the morning show, Jason was the best of the three. I genuinely feel bad for him because I've been a listener since his days as "Danger Boy."

It's not surprising he would go while Lardo and Skank stay, since this station makes one bad decision after another.

August 25, 2010 / 15:19

Toronto Mike

I've got the info, but it's sensitive enough that I'm not going to throw up here for the world to see.

Basically, he was let go. No, it wasn't because of a specific incident or a Sausagefest episode, just a business decision. Apparently, the bosses don't think he's an integral part of the show, which I understand does pretty well in its target demo.

It's radio. Talent is chucked on a pretty regular basis. Just about everybody gets fired at one point or another.

August 25, 2010 / 17:07

anon

Dear CFNY;
Congratulations on making yet another extremely poor decision. We the listeners just love these bad choices you continuously make.
Sincerely,
A listener of 16 years.

In all seriousness, could they not have gotten rid of someone else? I can think of one "I just drank a bottle of whiskey and smoked a pack for breakfast"-voiced DJ that irks me....

August 25, 2010 / 17:57

The Edge

Jason Barr is no longer with 102.1 the edge. We really do wish him the best of luck & loved working with him! Dean & Todd will return Sept 1.

August 25, 2010 / 20:52

Anon 2

"Apparently, the bosses don't think he's an integral part of the show, which I understand does pretty well in its target demo."

This statement says a lot. If you think about Jason's role on The Edge, it was one of class, taste, being mild-mannered and nice (as many of you have already stated). These qualities don't really fit in with the "target demo" and it shows you exactly what sells, what the suits are going for. Same old story, same old, same old. LCD sells. Radio is a shady business. Jason, best of luck to you. More good things will come your way. Keep singing. You have a beautiful singing voice.

August 26, 2010 / 00:32

Ryan

Jason was the best part of "The Dean Blundell Show". Dean makes offside comments, Todd is a dumbass, and Jason was the glue that held everything together. He was the moderator, the voice of reason, and the only touch of class that could be found in the show. I am quite curious to see how fast the show will go downhill without him. It will just be 2 idiots spouting off completely out of control. I have been a loyal listener of the morning show for many many years, but this is enough for me to reconsider.

Jason, you are more talented than the both of those guys put together and you deserve your own show. I would listen every day no questions asked.

Best of luck in the future "Danger Boy"

August 26, 2010 / 07:59

McNulty

I wish I could know more about this. I really don't understand how he wasn't an integral part of the show.

I have a feeling there is more to it than what we have heard so far.

August 26, 2010 / 08:44

Millar

Don't quite understand. The info is too sensitive to share, but it was just a business decision to fit the target market. Any clarification Mike?

Thanks.

August 26, 2010 / 09:14

jason | getyouroj.com

This is a little funny to me only because Danger Boy chose to defend Corus time and time again during his little run with them. That said, good luck in your future endeavours.

August 26, 2010 / 09:39

Lisa

What a joke! Jason was the best part of this show! His sense of humour was crucial.
I don't know if I can continue to listen if he's not part of it. I hope he gets picked up by a station that knows his worth.
Why don't they just give Jason's job to Adam so him, Dean and Todd can sit around and talk about how totally awesome Green Day is every morning and the whole station can go to shit a little faster then it already is.
What a horrible move.

August 26, 2010 / 12:03

Zak

Haven't tuned in a few days but damn, how are they gonna run that show with just those 2? Dean is practically bullying Todd every show and now their counter balance Jason is gone O___o Probably not even fun to listen to now, can't be.

August 26, 2010 / 13:03

Wayner

It seems like a lot of us, however reluctantly, are still listening to cfny…

August 26, 2010 / 13:33

TOLF

I havn't been able to stomach this station for a while now and sadly there is no real alternative in Toronto. Jason was the show's only saving grace and now it is completely unlistenable. I have as much comedic talent in my arse as Dean and Todd combined. BT and Streak is one thing but this is the final straw - 102.1, you are now officially #4 on my presets.

August 26, 2010 / 13:42

J

why can't the Edge do those music surveys anymore? I used to do them all the time and I think part of why they were amazing for a while was because they were listening to the people. now they're making horrible decision after horrible decision. I've almost stopped listening entirely, except for the DJs that still mean a lot to me. Josie is amazing. Darrin should stay cause he's in Goldfinger and a great person. Adam used to be amazing on the All Request Breakfast but he's kinda become not so interesting since and a bit annoying but he's a blink fan like me so I still love him. Barry Taylor should be brought back if that's even possible anymore. there's no one like him or as interesting as he was. indie hour needs to be brought back, the show with Bookie with the lawyers needs to be brought back, all request breakfast of course! they should keep telling people to send requests to edgerequests@edge.ca it's too bad there's no Martin Streek there. he was such a great part of 13 years of me growing up.


but def bring back the music surveys. and the Edge needs to be revelent again and play indie music, the bands that are doing something in music right now. there are too many! just read NME magazine! and now all I listen to is NME radio. but it's really distracting and amazing so I try not to listen too much. with The Edge I can still do my work without getting distracted.

but the playlist needs to be redone, maybe not completely changed but add a ton of new indie bands! I hope we can still request songs? I would love to.

but about Jason Barr. I always thought he was the least fake and superficial and I've been listening since Humble and Fred too and they were way better than the Dean Blundell Show. I always hated the Dean Blundell Show actually since it first came on air and I haven't had good mornings since. the music they play is terrible and they're complete fake assholes, especially Dean.

but if they had Bookie in the morning with Adam or someone else it would be amazing! or have the indie hour in the morning! I would love it I think! :D Bookie really does a lot for Toronto and it's a shame we don't have Punkorama anymore either! It was a great show!

Alan Cross needs to stay obviously. it's the best way to learn about alternative and indie music on the radio. I've found some great bands thanks to Explore Music too.

but whatever the Edge does they need to play things wayy better songs! and make decisions together as a group! not just one person telling everyone what to do cause that's not a good working environment. I feel sorry for the people still working there if they treat them like shit. that's horrible.

but I have faith in the Edge. it could get better. they just need to do surveys, listen to the listeners, take requests, change their playlist to more indie and maybe have the Mod Club Radio again! and maybe they'll be better by then! :D I really want to do the surveys again though! but some of the bands they play are really shitty! I mean they might be alternative but they don't deserve to be there at all. it's just ruining the Edge even more!

August 26, 2010 / 14:21

J

all I need CFNY for is to remind me of shows and tell me of upcoming shows I should go to. they don't do that anymore since Fearless Fred started though. really can't stand him at all.

August 26, 2010 / 15:40

A

Can't believe Jason is gone and that useless, annoying Fred is allowed to keep his job - taking Bookie's time slot no less.

Listening to the best of this week I realize how much a part of the show Jason was. The dynamic will be brutal without him.

August 26, 2010 / 16:56

jason | getyouroj.com

"J", that's what NOW Magazine is for. You can use that for concert listings.

And Bookie in the morning? Please... the 3 listeners the station has left might want some oxygen... and from what I remember Bookie sucks it all up every time he breathes into the microphone...

But anyone that thinks "Josie is amazing" and wants to wake up to Bookie should be HAPPY with what Edge is doing haha

We know you'll be listening "J". Enjoy...

August 26, 2010 / 17:06

jason | getyouroj.com

"but I have faith in the Edge. it could get better."

"Darrin should stay cause he's in Goldfinger and a great person."

I want to kick this dude right in the gut...

August 26, 2010 / 17:08

planetd

Change sucks! Especially when Jason was what made the morning show work. It was a rich dynamic, the 3 of them appealing to the different types of listeners. Now it's going to be weaker from that perspective. I'm sure Jason knew way before and has cooked up a new project for himself. Radio industry does indeed suck, he just vanished from everything edge without even posting a message on the site - they want loyal listeners but they don't treat them as such! Respect the listeners and be transparent with the music and programming! As Jason would say BALLS!

August 27, 2010 / 03:18

cloudboy

This show has been going downhill for a long time now. It reminds me of a bunch of old ladies complaining. Jason was at least different and provided some relief to the monotony.

August 27, 2010 / 05:14

Hector

Why is it that the guy who gets fired was always the good one?? I am not saying this sarcastically. In the corporate world where I work, I have often seen the 'good ones' get fired and the jerks and assholes are kept on.

As for The Edge....I stopped listening a long time ago. It amazes me that the PD is still there.

August 27, 2010 / 09:17

pissed at the man

when corus took over, that's when stuff started getting shitty. corporate radio sucks. the vision of the station has changed b/c they're going for cookie cutter. expect bookie and alan cross to be next. their playlist is cookie cutter- whatever will sell to the kiddie demographic. we can voice our unhappiness with the station but they won't care. dean and todd are probably shitting their pants behind the scenes b/c they know they have to kiss ass in order to keep their jobs. the truth is, as in any radio station these days, they want to appeal to the LCD demo, not have a quality station. hope you're happy corus ass holes!

August 27, 2010 / 12:33

R

Jason, will definitly be missed, I cannot understand why they would remove him, he was the Core of the show.

Best of Luck Jason, you deserve better then Corus.

August 27, 2010 / 12:54

bob

I stopped listening to CFNY a few years ago when I just couldn't take listening to Dean and Todd any longer. Jason was really the only one worth tuning in for. Now I listen to Stern on sat. and wish I had done so years earlier. Way funnier then Dean can ever even imagine being!

August 29, 2010 / 00:47

Dee

There are times when I want to kick myself in the face for listening to the show, but I did enjoy Jason's sense of humour and voice of reason. It baffles me that they would keep ADRIAN (I would rather listen to Celine Dion than listen to him) and Psychic Nikki, but get rid of Jason.

Oh well. It's a shame though.

August 29, 2010 / 15:53

Dave

Good riddance!
He was a cocky and pompous douchbag anyway.

August 29, 2010 / 16:36

Abe

Barr was "fired" meaning that he could've done something wrong. Stole heaps of money? Sexual advances towards Josie Dye and/or LoriAnn (who wouldn't?!)? ACTUALLY porked a goat? It better be something as bad to let go a third of this great trio, but just judging from his personality on the radio, he really doesn't seem like the guy to do it. Todd, on the other hand, seems like the guy. Blundell, I hope you went to bat for your man at least, and I'll follow you to whatever dial you'll be on next. Until then, my iPod will be plugged into my car's speakers.

August 29, 2010 / 19:01

Balls

What the hell. First it was Martin Streak. Then Barry Taylor. Now Jason Barr. Even though he wasn't that funny on air, he did provide some sense on to the show. Eugh, I can't imagine the show with more Todd.

August 30, 2010 / 09:16

jamie

OMG they kept that complete douchebag Adam. Hey Adam if I hear you say Ajj one more time I'm going to shoot myself!

August 30, 2010 / 11:39

Trish

Check out that upbeat "best wishes to Jason" e-mail from The Edge. The obvious shill for Dean and Todd only reiterates why I stopped listening to this loser station years ago. The morning show is staffed by morons and bottom-feeders. Jason, you'll be fine. You have nowhere to go but up.

August 30, 2010 / 11:47

Rob

I thought Jason was the worst of the three. he was boring and unfunny. So no big deal, really. Dean and Todd are awesome and don't really need him.

August 30, 2010 / 15:10

Response to Dee

Adrian is not an employee of the station, rather he calls in from time to time. He is usually rewarded with concert tickets for his calls. Adrian requested to be "fired" from the station, which was in itself a joke: he was never hired in the first place. We hope lard ass and dumb ass continue to call him.

August 30, 2010 / 23:14

Tevy

What a shame they let go of Jason. I guess they want to have a duo a la Opie & Anthony... maybe?

I wonder if this also means that Meatus (the intern who also gets crapped on) is getting a promotion? I pray to G-d he doesn't....

August 31, 2010 / 17:35

Romy

Sorry to hear this news (Ive been there and it's no fun). I've written before about the scum sucking folks who run the radio biz in Canada - so from that aspect, no surprise. Jason Barr is just another in the long line of carps (including me) who believe that, you know, showing up every day and doing a solid job might be worth something. Maybe a kind word when cutbacks are tossed about or consideration for your loyalty to the company over the years. But, nope. It doesn't matter. When it comes to "making the number" they'd watch someone slice their first born's throat and not feel badly about it. Actually, that's a bit harsh. Maybe they'd just let them commit suicide. Not management's fault, right? Just business. Nothing personal.

August 31, 2010 / 18:23

CQ

FYI, a two year licence renewal was granted today for Sep 1 to Aug 31, 2012:
link: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-647.htm

August 31, 2010 / 18:26

DK

I have been listening to the show since Monday and there is something weird going on. They keep saying the guys are suppose to be back Monday, then Wednesday and now tomorrow. I wonder if there has been a big enough listener reaction that they are trying to get Jason back???

September 1, 2010 / 08:31

David Infusini

I've e-mailed jason before and he told me to "suck it". he was the funniest and smartest guy on the show. it won't last without him. i bet their first show will be all e-mails and calls demanding the return of jason. the question is, is it now chorus that will get told to "suck it"?

September 1, 2010 / 11:25

TrainREK Radio Mett

I'm VERY sad to hear this. Anyone with an ear for radio could tell that Jason was the perfect counterbalance. He would set up Dean and Todd, and played the voice of reason. Jason will find another job (since he actually has some broadcasting and interviewing talent), and CFNY will likely blame dropping market share, less advertising revenue, and rising talent salaries as the reason for the cut back. Terrestrial radio has been dead for some time, and this is just another nail in the coffin.

On a personal note, I really hope they mix things up because I can't stomach more of Todd. I've run into him at some of the live broadcast events our station does and he's just a total douchebag.

September 1, 2010 / 13:11

Face

How does Fearless (should be talentless) Fred keep his job? Most annoying voice on the radio.

September 1, 2010 / 15:03

Matt-Brampton

Jason...the one guy who didn't repeat the same s**t over and over....! Not an intergral part of the show?? He was the most enjoyable to listen to, no fake laughs, and the one-liners...those are the gems we remember...ANYTHING WILL FIT IF YOU KICK IT HARD ENOUGH!
So, Jason, I wish you all the best, it would be a pleasure to meet you sometime.
Things happen, many times for positive reasons!
There is still a following for this show, but they've lost another listener.... The podcasts are still there, but it includes the 3 of them.....
CFNY RIP.

September 2, 2010 / 08:24

Kyle

Terrible decision to fire Jason.
If its not broke dont fix it ! Fucking Idiots ! and yet fearless fred is still on the radio? . whos making these decisions?

September 2, 2010 / 08:49

Disappointed :(

What a crappy move. Jason was a great part of the show and although I'm too young to remember his days as Danger Boy, I can imagine he brought the same class and down-to-earthness to the Humble and Fred show. Dean.... Todd... you guys are funny, but it was the 3 of you that worked so well together. You needed the cocky host, the ladies man, and the 'normal' one who the rest of us could relate to. I don't know much about al this corus entertainment stuff and who owns what, or even the history of the station. But as a listener, the dynamic will definitely be changed - and I can't imagine for the better. What a crappy move...

I’ve also noticed that a few people have mentioned – why hasn’t the edge posted something right on their home-page?? Seems sneaky and really rips Jason off! If it were me, I’d want a proper send-off and thanks for all my years of dedication. Makes ya wonder – the Edge.ca seems just mean now.

September 2, 2010 / 08:54

Joe

Jason should never have been fired ! but if he had to go Darrin Phiefer should have gotten the job not Adam .

September 2, 2010 / 09:23

joey

well the show today has been the worst ive heard in 2 years. whats the point of adam being there? if this is a sign of thing s to come then i will be done as a listener

September 2, 2010 / 09:47

Kevin

It's too bad that they keep getting rid of the best hosts. Somebody should start up a new radio station and hire the old Edge crew.

It looks like they've also ordered his Facebook fan page taken down..

September 2, 2010 / 09:56

Heather

I don't have an interest in listening to Dean and Todd constantly bickering with Jason gone. Even when he was there it would get to points where I would just tune to another station because I don't care about their stupid fight.

Good luck, Jason.

September 2, 2010 / 11:10

Patrick

Adam is hands down the most annoying person I've heard on the edge. He's not funny - yet still tries VERY hard to be... he piggybacks on the other guys. I can't even believe he's around instead of Jason. This morning's show was brutal.

I really hope it doesn't stay this way.

Good luck Jason - you're already missed.

September 2, 2010 / 11:16

Matt

Did anybody notice if there was any mention at all from Dean about Jason being missing from the show?

September 2, 2010 / 12:11

Roger

There seemed to be no mention of Jason at all this morning - very Soviet approach, as if he never existed and the last 10 years never happened. Sad.

Adam as Jason's replacement is underwhelming. As soon as he stops reading and tries to say something witty, he starts stumbling.

I've been weaning myself off this station for a while now, and will continue to listen less and less. I can't quit cold turkey, but today's show made it easier to turn the dial elsewhere.

Jason you are already missed!

September 2, 2010 / 12:44

Ry

Seriously? They got rid of Jason and kept Todd!? (and Fred, and Josie who are also nails-on-a-chalkboard irritating)

Adam as a "replacement" is a poor decision as well.

Man, Jason had some of the funniest contributions too. Browntown song, Rubbin' on my Ballsack song, goat noises, etc. All will be missed.

September 2, 2010 / 13:29

Brian The Garbage Man

This truly grinds my gears.

The station manager at 102.1 needs to fornicate him/herself on a rusty pole already.

First Barry Taylor, Martin Streek and now Jason?

Time to change the name of the station to 102.1 The Vage.

Not cool.

September 2, 2010 / 17:05

JDS

Too bad they got rid of Jason, should get rid of that asswipe Todd, wtf are they thinking? Todd is a knob to say the least and has done nothing to up the ratings like Jason did. At least Jason was reasonable didn't act like a class clown like Shapiro does. I am embarassed by the way Shapiro acts, is he a man or what?

September 2, 2010 / 17:15

John

just listened to the podcast this morning, it's weird, felt like something was missing, the show actually sucked this morning and im not just saying it. did they mention anything about jason during the show? they didnt during the podcast

September 2, 2010 / 19:49

Graham

I can't believe Jason is gone!!! What a mistake!! Hopefully you will find another drive time spot as this is one loyal listener who will follow you, where else will I get my favorite goat noise maker!!!!

September 2, 2010 / 21:08

Marc

How can you all have a comment on this and consider it a 'bad move' is you DON'T know the REASON he was let go?

A lot happens when the microphones aren't turned, none of you know shit, and you're not the boss of CFNY, Ross is, because Ross is smarter than you when it comes to radio.

I am dissapointed, but I'm sure it was for the best, otherwise the move wouldn't have been made.
I await the replacement.

September 3, 2010 / 02:59

Marc

How can you all have a comment on this and consider it a 'bad move' is you DON'T know the REASON he was let go?

A lot happens when the microphones aren't turned, none of you know shit, and you're not the boss of CFNY, Ross is, because Ross is smarter than you when it comes to radio.

I am dissapointed, but I'm sure it was for the best, otherwise the move wouldn't have been made.
I await the replacement.

September 3, 2010 / 02:59

AM

Listening to the show this morning, and Dean and Todd confirmed that Jason was no longer a part of the show, and that they could not comment. I will miss Jason aka Danger Boy. It's all been said, voice of reason, and the glue. He really helped balance out the morning show. Best of luck Jason.

September 3, 2010 / 07:35

Shawn

Does anyone really want to listen to people talk about inane bullshit in the morning anyway. I was so sick and tired of hearing traffic and weather and sports and news updates and ridiculous banter that I switched to Sirius Satellite Radio 5 years ago.

I 'll never go back to regular radio...it made me want to drive my car into a bridge abutment!!

September 3, 2010 / 07:36

Greg

Definitely won't be the same without Jay! I'll agree- the edge is going downhill fast! What's with that garbage love line at night too? WTF?!

September 3, 2010 / 07:39

Tuning Out

Im done. If there's no Jay I'm not listening.

Way to ruin the best morning show in Canada you retards.

September 3, 2010 / 07:45

Randall

well I truly hate to see anyone loose their job! ... I've been a loyal listener to the Edge for years but after the last few days of listening to DBS it's trully not the same...I'll be putting on the Ipod or switching on the XM...so long Edge, it was a good run while it lasted!

September 3, 2010 / 07:53

Labco

Wow... here's to CFNY for another dumb decision.
First firing Martin Streek, now Jason. But don't forget the great decision on hiring Fearless Dumbass aka Fred.

September 3, 2010 / 07:55

John birch

I can't say I'm sorry to see him go. He was nothing more than a sop for the Conservative Party of Canada, and undercut the Liberal leanings that CFNY always had with his repeatitive homage to jerks like Harper and Hudak. Once Blundell is gone, we'll be 2 for 2 in getting these right-wing plug artists off the air.

September 3, 2010 / 07:56

bob Loblaw

I work for the edge and the story is as follows: Jason was let go on the request of Dean. They had a falling out in their personal life and Dean demanded Jason be fired. Something erupted at SausageFest and the team's vacation was extended to try and sort it out but in the end Dean threatend to walk away unless changes were made and Corus caved. Jason will be fine, he was given a large severance package, and already had offeres from other stations.

They will be adding a third member to the morning crew, current canditades are Adam, Josie, Meatus, and Darren. Also Dean and Todd are open to finding new talent that could put a fresh spin on the show. No deadline is set for the replacement so the Dean and todd show could be the norm until the end of the year. Tempers had been flairing for a while behind the mic, Everyone at the edge thought something like this was going to happen eventually.

September 3, 2010 / 08:17

Piltdownman

I just really hope whoever they add isn't a woman. When you add a woman to the the mix the show always becomes about gossip and reality TV, and yes they do talk about that stuff now, but it's to make fun of it, not to gossip about it. Derrenger when to shit when Maureen holloway was added. women ruin everything

September 3, 2010 / 08:36

queen mary

bob Loblaw - so Adam is not officially part of the show yet? He was on air yesterday and today...
They should do another 'moderately paid employee' contest and find a fresh voice!

September 3, 2010 / 08:41

bob loblaw

Adam is just a temporary Replacement at the moment. He was already filling in for the vacationing Dean and Todd, and he is also used to doing the news reports (which Dean hates doing and Todd has no interest in taking over). However Adam doesn't "have" the job and it's likely we will see a rotating roaster of third members over the next two months so that Corus and Dean can see who has the best chemistry. Josie is currently the front runner because Corus would like to add a female voice to the mix. Dean would actually like to see Danni return but that would depend on a lot of things falling into place.

September 3, 2010 / 09:12

Feggy

I would love to meet the genius who thinks Jason was not an "integral part of the show", maybe he should have expanded his focus group. When this station started it truly was an original idea, it was about new music. They should at least drop the name "edge" because now your just the butt of the joke.

How's about 102.1- "The Median"-8 songs that we told you you would like... Best of luck Jason, You find something worthy of your creative talent.

September 3, 2010 / 09:29

Toad

Personally I am quite happy for this as Jason seemed like a miserable prick that did not add much to the Dean Blundell show. I let him know in an e-mail my feelings and expressed that he was better suited for announcing sports and weather but he got defensive with me and lied to me about a couple of other things which I care not to discuss. I feel he is fighting his sexuality and that he may be a closet homosexual. He was boring even at the sausage fest this year. Glad he's gone; now on with the show.

September 3, 2010 / 09:50

drpepper

I love the DBS and each of the guys individually. I will still listen to it without Jason Barr but I think Jason should call Dani at 101.5 The Wolf and join that station with her

September 3, 2010 / 09:52

duds

Should have fired Fearless Fred instead! He's horrendous!

September 3, 2010 / 09:53

bob loblaw is full of crap

just sayin. i wont say why i know he is full of crap but i assure you, he/she IS.

September 3, 2010 / 09:56

Dougie

Haha, a guy just called in and told Nikki that he lost someone and wondered if she could help him find who he lost. A pretty obvious set up for Jason. One thing I did find interesting was that both Dean and Todd said it was a fair question and that it was too bad he was gone essentially, but that they couldn't say anything more. So either Dean is just a convincing liar, which is entirely possible, or the story is different than what Bob Loblaw has posted above. Either way, raises some more questions, hopefully everyone will get some solid answers soon, preferrably right from the source, Dean and Todd. I think the loyal fans of the show are owed at least that.

September 3, 2010 / 10:00

jessie

In all fainess "bob loblaw is full of crap" why are we supposed to take you word that bob loblaw is indeed full of crap if you don't give proof of how you know he is?

I'm just saying that he gave a reasonable behind the scenes story, you just says he's wrong but you can't tell uis why you know he's wrong. How is that an arguement at all, and why should we belive you (I'm not saying beilive him either but he at least claims to work at the edge and gave a full account of what happend)

September 3, 2010 / 10:00

Jim

I was already on the fence with the trio and hoping that Jason would have his own show when i did not hear him on the air this week as part of a change, now we are stuck with two a-holes who will just ruin the morning show all together without someone to keep the two idiot morning crew in line.
WISHING all the best to Jason and come back to the air. and remembering your start in Brampton.
No longer am i a fan of "the edge"

September 3, 2010 / 10:06

Matthew

This is dumb. Jason was super funny, although very quiet on the show, he had some great one-liners. I know was the bosses are thinking though. The DBS has gone to a point where outrageous comments get them rating, and Jason was not as much into saying dirty humor as he was into being actually funny. Dean and Todd are not funny people, anybody can talk dirty and make fun of people that are less fortunate .
its easy, no skill required, but jason was actually a funny dude, witty and now missed.

September 3, 2010 / 10:06

Dougie

Jessie, I agree with you that without some kind of confirmation that's a hard thing to hold any stock in, though really Bob's story isn't so revealing or confirmable that it couldn't be a complete fabrication. I would really like to hear from Toronto Mike again, hopefully this time with a bit more information, because his last couple of posts were somewhat contradictory and didn't really reveal much. I just figure though, we wouldn't all be reading his blog if we didn't believe he did actually have an inside track on these things, he seems to be the only one who's stories we can actually hold any stock in. Toronto Mike any more you can share at this point?

September 3, 2010 / 10:07

Jay

I'm in absolute shock. CFNY better put together a formal statement and quick. I'm a dedicated fan of the DBS but the loss of Jason will be CRIPPLING, mark my words. I sincerely hope this wasn't just a money/contract thing because if it was it shows how absolutely idiotic the management at CFNY is.

Absolutely furious,
Jay

September 3, 2010 / 10:12

Edge Listener

Sometimes when im driving home from work i get stuck in traffic and ill be listening to fearless freds show. when he talks i actually get embarrassed for him. most of the stuff he says is weird and doesnt make sense. i feel bad for the guy because he seems like he tries hard to be funny but hes just not!!! miss you jason!!! you will go further anyways!! good luck!!

September 3, 2010 / 10:13

Alpax Ton

I wonder what kind of falling out they had...Dean keeps saying on air that "he can't talk about it for obvious reasons". Come on Dean, your show today was Brutal. If anyone is at fault, it sounds like that dickfarmer Dean.

So if he's not going to talk about on today's show when is he??????

September 3, 2010 / 10:15

Vicky

Apparently the only way to find out officially that someone has been fired is when they kill themselves shortly after. and even then, i can't recall them admitting Martin Streak was fired. just that he had killed himself.

Well, my co-worker has been hounding me to get satellite radio since I complain about the Edge's declining quality in music and selection. The only reason I had not to switch was the Dean Blundell show. And Jason was my favourite member.

Goodbye shitty edge 102. Hello Octane.

September 3, 2010 / 10:15

Chris

You hate to see people lose thier jobs, but Jason wasn't that funny anyway. He added nothing to the show except for the odd grunt and chuckle. And, oh yeah, he read the news well too.

If he's really as good as some of you say, then he will have no problem finding something else, right?

September 3, 2010 / 10:21

Deman

Thank god for satellite radio.

September 3, 2010 / 10:23

one less listener

Jason was the mortar keeping that show together. He wasn't spewing crap out his mouth but everytime he talked it made me laugh or think. But this doesn't surprise me i been listening to this station as long as i can remember and music has been on the decline, good d.j's let go and replace by lame douches, and commericals seem to play more then the music, and they're music keeps creeping towards top 40 crap!!

well good luck Jason and will miss Goat!!!

September 3, 2010 / 10:27

Red Head Redemption

Early buzz has it that the edge is turning into a classic alternative stations (hense it's overuse of the 90's music latley) They might even be retooling the entire morning show and getting rid of dean blundell. Corus would likely transfer Dean to one of their other stations

September 3, 2010 / 10:32

Geoff

I just learned about Jason's termination today as well. Very shocking. I will truly miss him cracking up around Psychic Nikki.

It is very strange that the Edge hasn't even made an effort to explain, especially since he was an actual DJ and not just an intern. He really has been liquidated from the website... Corus can't possibly expect us to just let this slide with no explanation; I imagine Dean and Todd will be fielding a lot of "Wha' happened to Jason?" questions next week.

September 3, 2010 / 10:33

Not Toronto Mike

Well inside news says it's official, Todays show was the Last Dean Blundell show ever. Corus Just will later today announce that the Edge is being retooled into a 90's rock station and that Dean and Todd have also been let go.

I'll post a link later today when CFNY/Corus post an official statement

September 3, 2010 / 10:35

Toronto Mike

The comment above from "Not Toronto Mike" was actually posted as from "Toronto Mike".

Just so everybody knows, when I comment on my own blog, the comment is marked up differently. If it doesn't have the light blue background, it's just an impostor.

September 3, 2010 / 10:38

Steve

If Lob Loblaw is right, I wonder if it has anything to do with dean becoming a massive stoner douche

...jason wasn't the best part of the show, but he kept those two from being to morning shockjocky

September 3, 2010 / 10:47

Not Toronto Mike

Guys, the site4 has been hacked, For some reason My posts are not coming up with the highlighted background, but who ever is posting under my name has found a way to do this. Please just ignore this untill i resolve whats going on. Edge is switching formats and Dean blundell is gone, More info to follow

September 3, 2010 / 10:48

jessie

Is this why the edge keeops doing these annoying 90's weekend...is this really going to be their all new format?

I suppose it's an attempt to break into the workplace radio market, because in all fairness no workplace or office was playing much dean blundell, he was the type of guy you had on in the car only

September 3, 2010 / 10:50

Balls

Its a good thing that Dean admitted that Jason left the show, probably because Dean was bombarded by emails about Jason. This decision probably came from Ross Winters and Don Mitchell, the Program Director and Music Director.

September 3, 2010 / 10:56

HiVolt

I listen to the DBS every morning on my way to work, and have been for the past 5 years or so. Yes, the silly poopoo jokes and "wha happen" stories brighten up my morning before work stars.

It felt strange when they came back on Sept1 and the News and Sports were done by Adam. I thought maybe Jason had taken the extra few days off and would be back after the long weekend.

Only today when a caller asked where Jason was, that Dean said that Jason was no longer with the station.

I was floored. As many have said in this thread, Jason was the voice of reason on the show, cooling the two other guys off when they'd veer off into the too-stupid direction...

I am very disappointed in this decision. I will give the new Jason-less DBS show a try, but I dont know if I will remain a listener.

Oh, and HTF do they fire Jason, and keep JOSIE DYE? She's the one that needs to go.

September 3, 2010 / 11:03

Still Shaking My Head

did anyone hear the dbs broadcast this morning? some guy got his jollies off by being
a smart ass and called the station, put dean on the spot, and asked where jason was. dean fumbled, of
course, and said he couldn't comment on that yet. you can bet as soon as they went to commercial that
corporate called in to the studio and told dean what they wanted him to say about it.
at the end of the show dean did address the issue, if that's
what you'd call it, and stated that jason was no longer with the station, they couldn't
say anything more about it for obvious reasons and wished jason the best. such a safe and terrible
answer. "obvious reasons" doesn't really let the loyal listeners, who obviously had something personal
invested in this radio show, what the hell happened, does it? in this light, they DO owe the public some sort of
explanation. WE'RE their listeners. without us, they'd be out of business.
as for dean- well, he works under the patronage system, so he does what he's told. he jumps pretty high.
station owners, corporate- whoever- really has his balls in a twist. they own him. not that i'm
comparing dean to mozart, but remember how mozart rebelled against the system and ended up fired and
poor.

know what's strange? adam sounds a bit like jason.

all that said- what happened to jason barr?

September 3, 2010 / 11:06

no wait

The truth is the edge is turning into an all talk/all classical music format with Dini Petty at the helm of the morning show!

September 3, 2010 / 11:27

Kederson5

Jason and rick Hodge formerly from chum FM should start their own radio show, call it "Fired from the number one radio show in the morning"

September 3, 2010 / 11:30

lostboy

This is another fine example of why corporations should not run radio stations. Corus has driven this station into the ground. Been listening to the edge/cfny almost since the beginning and the last few years have just sucked.

Top 40 'alternative' radio play, the same 30 songs over and over.

Time to become independent again, edge...and get back to real radio with an actual variety of songs

September 3, 2010 / 11:35

Jason

Ever since gay jeff left the show and upper management slapped their pee pee's with boat loads of restrictions the show hasnt been the same. Now that Jason is gone, it wont even take psysic to predict their show is a sinking ship

September 3, 2010 / 11:35

To the idiot who claims to be Toronto Mike--

You're an idiot! You can't even type correctly! Capital/non-capital letters and punctuation are wrong, and your tone is not the same as Toronto Mike's. Stop your shit!

September 3, 2010 / 11:37

John

I don't understand the few comments about saying Josie is awesome. She's a complete airhead, and she plays Nirvana so much that I hate them. Thanks you 30 year loser who thinks she is is 16 and in highschool. Everyone who likes her is a clown.

Sad about Jason though, I too found him funny and the voice of reason.

September 3, 2010 / 11:43

Responding to some of your posts

If what Bob Loblaw posted is true, that kind of explains why Dean's explanation at the end of the show today seemed pain-staken, too generic, and insincere. Todd warmly wished him the best... Dean- not so much. But who knows why and the real reason for this? BTW, why is Bob Loblaw sticking his annonymous neck out and posting possible inside information here? Aren't you afraid of getting caught or fired?

Do you guys think that the listeners will actually really ever get to know the truth? Perhaps an answer from the station will be forthcoming, but how will we know the truth?

As for the station being turned into a 90's workplay station-- yuck!

Rick Hodge, from what I was told, had a choice to stay or leave for other opportunities, and he left.

I wonder if the post from "Chris" was actually a post from Dean Blundell.

Toronto Mike, you've been pretty silent. How 'bout a little help?

September 3, 2010 / 11:49

Moe

Like many have commented, I also thought that Jason was the perfect balance for the other two. That show really needs a "voice of reason" or else it's all over the place (as the case with the last couple of shows). I wish Jason nothing but the best and I'm sure he'll be wanted elsewhere.

As for Josie Dye, there's a reason why I turn off the radio after DBS is over. Since when did the "valley girl" mentality become popular on radio? And it's just because you're boyfriend is the manager, we don't need to hear Tragically Hip, Alexisonfire/City In Colour every 15 minutes. I'm a fan of them all but there's a limit. Well that's how I feel but lets see what other "changes" come to this station. Oh, and the Corus building in the waterfront is a prime location. I don't see why they would not take advantage of that and turn the Edge to a 90s only station. Just my two cents.

Balls.

September 3, 2010 / 11:51

Another thing

Whenever new people come into the fold, they always want to change the old from the new. Reinvent the wheel. Which is fine, sometimes it's genius, but most of the time it's just people running on the hamster wheel. I miss the old days, the old talent, the quality of the music.

September 3, 2010 / 11:53

Darren

This sucks! now the only thing that will make me laugh is the stupidity of meatus.

September 3, 2010 / 11:58

queen mary

Still confused by all of this...as much as I didn't think I would miss Jason, there is defintely something missing.

Hope CFNY steps up and informs listeners of the truth. Been listening to Jason since I was a teen and he was Danger Boy! Listeners have a personal investment in their broadcasters - especially morning show hosts.

Toronto Mike, help a gal out?!

September 3, 2010 / 12:10

What a world

This is my final decision. To he'll with 102.1. I liked Jason for his wit and dry humour. I cannot stand Josie the dumbass blonde. She is so goddam retarded. She acts like she's 14 and probably twirls her hair and walks into poles. She is not funny and is as annoying as an ex girlfriend. F off and dye Josie! Fred is a tool. Again not funny and that nasally voice, jeezus. Dean is a duchebag when you reallythink about his antics and wise ass sarcasm. Well congrats to Corus for yet another stupid fackin move. Another listener signing off.

September 3, 2010 / 12:12

Ray

I've listened to CFNY since they changed the station name and signed on around 1977. I'd be more than happy to buy Corus a gift certificate for HMV to they can add to the collection of four CDs that they only seem to have on their musical rotation. God, I love hearing Beck's "Loser" nine times a day...I'm just waiting for them to bring Casey Kasem back from the dead. Programming robots are coming soon. And I turn off the station ASAP when the Loveline show or whatever it's called comes on.

It almost makes me want to switch over to CHFI.

September 3, 2010 / 12:17

Sonny B

Just Listening to the Edge a few minutes ago and Josie adressed the station as "the New Edge" and said that with fall almost here its a time for new begginings and that the edge has tons of exciting changes happening, including what she described as an all new edge morning show. she didn't mention any DJ's but the fact that the morning show wasn't called the dean blundell show makes me wonder if dean is officially gone

September 3, 2010 / 12:19

ted bundy

I love that they added Loveline to the station, but why the hell to they air the show a day behind? Is there some reason we can't get live shows, Mojo runs live coast to coast AM, why can't edge just run Loveline live. How are toronto listeners suppsed to be able to call into the show when what we hear is yesterdays episode?

September 3, 2010 / 12:22

tim

This does seem like a change that won't be for the best. It's too bad, but until more details are made available, its all just speculation and hearsay. Hopefully, Dean's ego isn't so massive that bob Loblaw's story is true, but I did read that elsewhere as well. Jason was a nice counterbalance, nice to see that people recognized that ..
But what is up with bashing Fearless Fred? Seriously, are those haters just too dumb to get his intelligent and informed humour? Does he speak with too many syllabuls for you to understand?? Dry, witty, self-sustaining and laid back. What more could one ask for in that mid-day drought. Weak minded people dislike those with strong opinions, so I guess it makes sense ...

September 3, 2010 / 12:24

edgewatch

Loveline airs at 10 p.m. in all east coast markets. No advertiser is interested in a 1 a.m. show. The point is to get those clock radios tuned for the wakeup.

Sounds like business as usual.

http://www.edge.ca/Blogs/DeansBlog/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10137097

September 3, 2010 / 12:28

Rhonda

I am disappointed that Jason is out of a job, but I'm glad he doesn't have to put up with such a Bull S**T morning show anymore. These guys are all approaching their 40's...Dean has kids for god sake... it's such a stupid show, and given their ages, it's border line creepy. With Jason gone, you can guarantee that their demographic just got a hell of a lot smaller.

September 3, 2010 / 12:29

Doug Minty

I love adrian

September 3, 2010 / 12:32

edgewatch

Also, what does it matter if they start marketing the station as a '90s music thing? They're basically doing that now, anyway. Plus, the Generation X media buyers making the advertising decisions will warm to that more.

September 3, 2010 / 12:32

Wayner

I’m sensing a theme here….strong possibility exists that The Edge/CFNY/102.1 is rebranding itself and Jason, given the choice of staying or leaving, chose to leave

September 3, 2010 / 12:35

Matt

I am really not trying to beat a dead horse but, it looks like it may time to get satellite radio. The station does fire its great people, it does play the same songs over and over, the list goes on. By this time next year it may not even be recognizable as the edge, a lot of great programs are gone, not even replaced with something else, just simply gone. There is simply no reason to listen any more, after 13 years of not just listening, but getting friends and family to listen, I think it may be time to turn the dial.

September 3, 2010 / 12:36

edgewatch

"The Edge/CFNY/102.1 is rebranding itself and Jason, given the choice of staying or leaving, chose to leave"

Yes, because the five times they rebranded during his time there met with his approval.

September 3, 2010 / 12:41

rogers centre

Z103.5 home page says they are proud to welcome Jason Barr to their midday schedule starting September 16th. Looks like Jason didn't have to go far to find a job

September 3, 2010 / 12:43

Doug Minty

I loved jason. I will miss him really bad.

September 3, 2010 / 12:44

Rhonda

"Z103.5 home page says they are proud to welcome Jason Barr to their midday schedule starting September 16th. Looks like Jason didn't have to go far to find a job"

I'll believe when I see it... I don't think he could stomach their playlists.

September 3, 2010 / 12:48

John Buonomo

I will really miss his smell, he was beautiful!!!

September 3, 2010 / 12:50

Kevin

Jason will be missed, too bad the radio station I grew up with died a long time ago....

September 3, 2010 / 12:56

Marty

I can't listen to the show anymore without Jason...

September 3, 2010 / 13:04

Jeff

Here's an e-mail I sent to Dean Blundell and his response.

Please,

Abandon the edge while it's sinking and restart the show on sattelite radio insted. I would buy a sat receiver just to listen to you.

Imagine being able to play the music you want to play and not having to censor anything…

Peace,

Jeff


Response:

Hang in there jeff. Jay will be missed but we are gonna be fine. If you trusted me till this point trust me now.


Thx for the email.

Dean

-

Whatever that means...

September 3, 2010 / 13:17

Not Toronto Mike

CP24 is reporting that Jason Barr has been found dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound, there are rumours that another body was found in the house with him and may have been his wife. More info as tyhe story breaks.

September 3, 2010 / 13:20

Kyle

Anyone think maybe's theres a possibility that Jason has gotten a new position either at another Station or something to that effect. Because both Dean and Todd said they can't talk about it "Right Now" if it was something that was behind the scenes eg Them not getting along why would they eventually talk about it.

September 3, 2010 / 13:21

Bad PR

How they've handled this should be studied by PR classes everywhere! Their lack of timely and informative responses leaves everyone to make up their own version of the truth and the line between fact or fiction is blurred. Come out with an official statement already - and one that is NOT vague

September 3, 2010 / 13:27

SancheZ

Went from a radio show of stupidity, but facts and research down to a show starring 2 dumbasses and hear say. Good luck DBS... maybe I'll flip you guys a dime if i see your asses on the streets of T.O.

September 3, 2010 / 13:39

Kingairdriver

To the wanne be Toronto Mike... great flamebait material. Get off of here you troll.

September 3, 2010 / 13:40

James

Anybody notice that Dani (the producer) left a while ago too?

How long until Bookie gets fired??? He's the only (semi-) original one left...

September 3, 2010 / 13:43

Wayner

@ edgewatch

Why not? Just as believable as a “soap opera” occurring behind the scenes…

@ Bad PR

Generally most people don’t want the world to know why they left (or were fired) from a job. That information is kept between the employee & employer. We are all bound by confidentiality agreements when we’re hired and each party hopes that the other party will stick to that agreement. I would think the same would be true even if you’re working in the public eye. We can guess, surmise and blame all we want but at the end of the day we are never really going to know what happened unless we hear from the parties directly and I doubt that will happen.

September 3, 2010 / 13:47

Not Toronto Mike

Update on the earlier story, the body found with Jason's was infact his wife, Looks to be murder suicide. A note was left blaming the edge and Dean Blundell specifically for the incident

September 3, 2010 / 13:50

jay jay

Before you know it the Edge is gonna start playing Bieber and GaGa.If only in small doses to start,but then full time.It seems like every corporation wants to start catering to the "younger generation",which I think is bullshit.They should just keep things as they were.It's good familiar teritory that I liked waking up to.I usually did change the station after the DBS becuase the music is mostly shit...those gay indy collegy,artsy faggy sounding bands like Tokyo police club,Phoenix,Weakerthans..ect.
Play some music with balls for fucks sake!
Bring back Jason and keep it like it was.It just worked.
Looks like the end of the Edge and DBS sadly to say.

September 3, 2010 / 13:57

Roger assby

Wait, So Jason did kill himself, this story just got alot more weirder, are they sure It was Jason Barr's body they found because CNN isn't reporting anything yet

September 3, 2010 / 13:58

Mary

The Z103 thing sounds highly unlikely. And I don't think Bob Loblaw is telling the truth just because I think Dean knows that his show couldn't stand to lose Jay... no matter how big of a "fight" he claims they got into.

I don't even really care what exactly happened at this point. The fact is, he's gone. The show definitely won't be the same, as they were awesome as a trio... but as others have stated, he WAS the glue, the voice of reason... He kind of "parented" the morons, you know? Not that I don't like Dean and Todd. It's just that the show was Asshole, Nice Guy, Man Whore. It was a good mix. Now it's Asshole, Man Whore.

When they were on vacation, I finally hooked up my XM Radio in my car... Now that they've come back and Jason's gone, I honestly can't say I'm going to stay tuned in...

Good job you Corus idiots. Good luck JB! I know you're a very talented dude anyway who'll be swept up into other things in no time. At least you can sleep until a reasonable time now. :)

September 3, 2010 / 13:59

Babababa

Mike I love your blog

Firstly it doesn’t matter what the reason that CHNY will give you the truth is that radio as a whole is not Canadian it is American. The invertors in most radio stations want returns on their money.
The edge is not a radio station of the people like it once was is all about ratings which turn into dollars for the mighty powers.
If you truly are unset about the edge and other station in the market start support locally owned stations like 94.9 out of Oshawa soon enough they will change the format of the edge to suit what the people want but as long as you keep drinking the cool aid then they will keep doing what they are doing.
Personally I Ross Winters is just puppet and he has no say in the music, Sony music and all the other big players are the one that decide what’s played by given the station CDs, tickets, interviews and if the stations don’t play the crap then they don’t get what you are calling to win so, you need to get all your friends and get them to get their friends and boycott the station. Thanks the only why they will listen to you once you have hit them in the pocket.
I hate Dean Blundell bring back really radio jocks that give you information not STD’s

September 3, 2010 / 14:00

Mary

Haha fake Toronto Mike, you're such an idiot.

September 3, 2010 / 14:01

to the fake "toronto mike"

i didnt realize 4chan cared so much about toronto radio...

September 3, 2010 / 14:05

Kyle A

lol fake "toronto mike" you are a tool. Jason just posted something on his twitter page only minutes ago. If he really is dead that's a neat trick.

If you care to stay in touch with Jason check out his twitter page http://twitter.com/Jbarr

September 3, 2010 / 14:10

Ryan G.

I DON'T GET IT, I JUST DON'T GET IT....

What the fuck is wrong with Corus???? Honestly, how can you make SO MANY bad choices?

They play the same songs over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again....annoying isn't it??? I still enjoy the station a little bit because I like hearing new songs that you don't hear on other stations for a few weeks. But then then they start overplaying those songs so much that I don't even like the song anymore. This really makes me wonder why I still listen to the station.....

I like the majority of the DJ's also. I like Josie, Fred, Bookie, Darrin, and don't mind Adam most of the time. This is another reason why I continue to listen.

BUT, when they continue to do completely retarded things like this it really makes me wonder.....I don't understand how anyone could be so stupid to think that replaying the same music over and over again, and also firing some of the best DJ's could be good for business???? Seriously, WTF???

I have listened to the the morning show the past 2 days and it truly isn't the same. The worst part is that I probably(not definitely, I haven't decided yet!!) will continue to listen, because I really do find Dean funny, and don't mind Todd most of the time. He is pretty funny I just can't stand his laugh! The DBS will not be the same without Jay, that's for sure. Not to beat a dead horse, but he really did balance the show out, and not to mention he was REALLY funny. It truly is a shame that he is gone.....

Apparently Corus is run by a bunch of dumb fucks....that's the only conclusion I can come too??? That, or they really want the station to fail for some reason.


Jason, I really do wish you the best in the future. I will continue to follow whatever you do.

Ryan

September 3, 2010 / 14:27

John

Why let Jason go, get rid of that fairy Toddy Tickles. Who wants to hear that shit in the morning. I really don't care how big is dick is, how many women he bangs, his facebook and crap. Get rid of the child and bring the real man Jason back.

September 3, 2010 / 14:49

Not Toronto Mike

Corus Just released a statement claiming that Jason Barr had been fired because of criminal activity involving stock bond issued by the company. This thing is getting crazier by the minute, stay tuned for more updates as they come in

September 3, 2010 / 14:57

Wesley

Does anyone know THE REASON as to why he was fired? I think this is a terrible decision and it will soon come back to bite the network in the ass. I couldn't believe it when i found this out today.

September 3, 2010 / 15:12

Wesley

Thanks for the clear up, didnt see that at the bottom.

September 3, 2010 / 15:13

TMack

I heard that Jason dropped a massive stinky fart at sausage fest which sent Dean and Todd to emergency in a state of toxic shock. It took them more then a week to recover from. Apparetnly that was it - Jason was fired the next day.

September 3, 2010 / 15:14

TMack

The show will never be the same again...

September 3, 2010 / 15:15

Kyle A

"fake" toronto mike...come on man that's the best you could come up with? You had more people with the murder/suicide.

Corus has not released any statements regarding Jason.

http://www.corusent.com/home/default.aspx

September 3, 2010 / 15:20

Greg

Even if Jay killed a baby and threw it into a bus of nun's,they shouldn't have fire him.

Hopefully he hears the outpour of love that everyone is sending. I'm almost positive that he will land on his feet.

September 3, 2010 / 15:34

Jay

Bad PR has it right. As horrible as the decision to get rid of Jason Barr is they're compounding the idiocy immensely by not releasing an explanation. The DBS didn't get to be the number one show with such a loyal following WITHOUT the listeners! I, like countless others, have invested a lot of time and helped CFNY get a lot of air time purchased over the years. Corus and more specifically The Edge better come up with some concrete detailed info and quick or I will be spreading my angst and disgust through every available channel I have just as fast as I USED TO spread my love for the station.

September 3, 2010 / 15:38

Not Toronto Mike

Todd was stoped outside his apartment and asked for a statment, all he would say was that

"Jay had been dealing with some personal demons latley and he just wasn't ready to accept anyones help, My wishes go out to his family and he would everyone to know that this was his decision, no one presured him to take actions. He was a friend, but a very troubled friend"

September 3, 2010 / 15:45

Toronto Mike

The guy pretending to be me is posting from the same IP address as Bob Loblaw.

September 3, 2010 / 15:54

Longtime Listener

That really sucks. Jason's sense of humor is amazing and kept the show very interesting. Not only now I would stop listening to show, I'm pretty sure it will leave a very bitter taste everytime any old listener of the show would listen to the new show.
Whoever they replace Jason with would have really big shoes to fill.

September 3, 2010 / 16:26

Rob

Hey Mike,

Thanks for posting this. I don't know why Jason being fired bothered me as much as it did. But it did. The DBS was the only time I listened to the Edge and there were many times I would switch to my ipod playlist instead (depending on how annoying they got or if they played the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the third time in a morning).

Surprisingly enough, I thought they, including Jason, did a very good job when they interviewed celebrities. Especially athletes.

I don't think I'll be listening to the show anymore and so I won't be listening to the Edge at all.

Probably better for Corus and its advertisers anyway. I'm in my later 30s working on a family. My buying power for the kind of things they advertise on the Edge is greatly reduced. I don't buy a lot of diamonds anymore and I don't have to wear suits to work. I don't go into record stores much (it's actually getting very depressing to do so these days). And I'd rather drink water than the current favoured discount beer.

September 3, 2010 / 17:20

Not Toronto Mike

Just to let you know guys, the site is still being hacked, not all posts by Toronto Mike are from me. I'm still working on this story the facts so far are

-Jason and Dean had a huge falling out
-Dean demanded Jason be leat go and Corus agreed
-No replacement has been chosen but Corus wants to add a female to the show
-Dean would like to see Danni return to take over the third role as well as the news and sports
-Jason has not been hired by another station, but z103.5 is very interested in snatching him up

September 3, 2010 / 17:43

Jeff Cardinal

Hello All,

I have e-mailed Dean himself again and this is what he had to say. i will post my email and then his.

Me-
Hi Dean,

This was posted somewhere online. Someone @ The Edge needs to shut up OR some kid has way too much time to waste and made this up… I guess you can't comment but you should still be aware of the rumors going around. I'll keep listening no matter what.

"I work for the edge and the story is as follows: Jason was let go on the request of Dean. They had a falling out in their personal life and Dean demanded Jason be fired. Something erupted at SausageFest and the team's vacation was extended to try and sort it out but in the end Dean threatened to walk away unless changes were made and Corus caved. Jason will be fine, he was given a large severance package, and already had offers from other stations.

They will be adding a third member to the morning crew, current candidates are Adam, Josie, Meatus, and Darren. Also Dean and Todd are open to finding new talent that could put a fresh spin on the show. No deadline is set for the replacement so the Dean and Todd show could be the norm until the end of the year. Tempers had been flairing for a while behind the mic, Everyone at the edge thought something like this was going to happen eventually."

Adam is just a temporary Replacement at the moment. He was already filling in for the vacationing Dean and Todd, and he is also used to doing the news reports (which Dean hates doing and Todd has no interest in taking over). However Adam doesn't "have" the job and it's likely we will see a rotating roaster of third members over the next two months so that Corus and Dean can see who has the best chemistry. Josie is currently the front runner because Corus would like to add a female voice to the mix. Dean would actually like to see Danni return but that would depend on a lot of things falling into place.

I'll replace Jay anytime haha!

Peace,

Jeff Cardinal

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Dean

Too funny. Go ahead and post this if you like...


I like jay a lot and I'm sad to see him go. Never once have I had a personal problem with him and he was a great part of the show. Basically it comes down to it being just business. We all work for someone. Clients, companies, etc. Goals and directions change and sometimes with it so do people.


I know Jason was and is well liked. I'm impressed by the outpouring of support as he deserves it and I'm very sure with his gifts and abilities he will be fine.


Todd and I will move forward together not for ourselves but our listeners. The show will add some exciting new dynamics and be fresh and real just as we have always been.


I love peoples passion even if it's misguided.


Keep listening, some people have changed but the focus hasn't.


Thanks Jeff.


D
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There you have it. Business decisions. Period. Now stop stirring shit Bob Loblaw...

Jeff

September 3, 2010 / 18:02

Toronto Mike

Just to clarify a few things...

The ridiculous rumours being spread by the person calling themselves Bob Loblaw are as credible as the crap you see posted above by "Not Toronto Mike". It's the same person, just a shit disturber having some fun.

@Jeff Cardinal

I'm glad you confirmed that with Dean. Sometimes radio management decides to let someone go for a variety of reasons we're not privy to. Jason is a friend of a friend, as opposed to an actual friend, so I don't have a lot of light to shed on his dismissal.

The decision was made to part ways with Jason. It sounds like he's going to be missed.

September 3, 2010 / 18:32

kyle

Please let it be Darrin !
they by far have the best chemistry of the candidates that work for the edge now. Adam just gets swalllowed up by dean and todd. Josie would be awful i think . and meatus well it would be funny hes just to stupid . either way ill keep listening as no matter what any of u say u all listen or have listnened and its because of Dean , he makes the show and i would listen even if it was just him .

September 3, 2010 / 18:55

zale

The Spirit of my radio has died…

I've been a 102.1 listener for 25 years now.

I've known for quite a while that I was no longer anywhere near to being their target demographic, being old and as far as the morning show goes, female.

I had noticed something strange was up with the morning show at some point last week, when I realized Adam wasn't ending the sports with "and that's all Jason would have for you".

It was only a few weeks ago that I realized why I was still listening to the "Mean" Blundell show… since I think Dean is a jackass and Todd is a slime ball - I listened because Jason Barr was funny, insightful and the last link to what was at one time the best radio station ever. (Alan Cross doesn't count for a variety of reasons).

After Martin was fired last year, and with his tragic death piled on top of things, I was really only listening to the morning show and the Spirit of the Edge live to air. I guess I was grasping at what little remained of the station I loved.

I understand the Edge doesn't really want me as a listener - being old, female, less than tolerant of hearing the Chili Peppers once an hour, and not much into the boorish stupid boys club snickering that passes for much of the humour on the station.

I get it now, I really do…

So this is it, business decision, in fighting, Elvis speaking from the grave to the program director, what ever the reason for firing Jason is… this is it… I'm gone.

And so is The Spirit of Radio…

September 3, 2010 / 19:26

zale

Just a couple more thoughts…

I hope Jay's friends and family are taking care of him and keep an eye on his mood… Corus doesn't need more blood on their hands.

And for certain Jay's replacement won't be female… When the Dean Blundell show first started they tried at least one woman on the third mike and it was a disaster. Honestly, do those two sound like men any sane woman would want to work with? One of the things I'm most sick of is Dean's constant sexual harassment of Adwoa. I don't care if he can get away with it because "it's a bit" it is still not right.

September 3, 2010 / 19:30

Landry

Barr was a great part of the DBS - but it is the nature of the beast. The people up-top have no idea what direction to take the station. Barr will land on his feet and continue to do great work in radio. He's too good to not be working! Wish you the best!

September 4, 2010 / 01:09

Jason

CFNY listener for over 20 years . WTF is happening to this station ? to let Jay go has to be the stupidist thing they have done . Time to get XM .

September 4, 2010 / 09:37

Chris Reilly

I met Jason about 8 years ago, when he mentioned on air that his mens league hockey team was in need of a goalie. Living in Brampton at that time, I sent him a quick hit email offering my services.....I made the grade and played with him for two years. I agree it is a terrible loss for the Edge, and I still call it CFNY. Jason was a great compliment to Dean and Todd. In my opinion he was 1B behind Dean. He was the regular guy with honest and true opinions. He was me. That guy who loves his family, and his music edgy....but doesn't live his life that way. Just an honest hard working, family guy with on the mark opinions. I will miss him, but certainly will continue to listen as they are still the best of what Toronto Radio has to offer.

Chris in Newmarket

September 4, 2010 / 11:59

Stefan

I've been listening since Jay was Danger boy, and he will definitely be missed. But at the same time I'm glad for him. This is the opportunity to finally work his way up to having "the jay barr show" instead of playing someones straight man. When the smoke clears and we find out where he's gone to, if it's a station that I can catch, then I'll give it a shot for a while. And if I enjoy what he's doing, I'll just make my switch.

September 4, 2010 / 12:44

Ray

I'm waiting with baited breath for the announcmement that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the number one song in the Top Edgeless 200 countdown this weekend...unless the huge effing marketing push for the Stoned Temple Pilots skews the results (and, yes, I did put a D in there on purpose).

Hell, if somehow Jason and Fred Patterson could be signed off to do a show together, I'd be there in a minute.

September 4, 2010 / 14:00

SEF

I was shocked to hear that Jason was fired from the Edge but then I remembered that Corus did the same to Martin Streek which ultimately led to his suicide. Shame on Dean and Todd for not sticking up for their friend. Jason was the sensible one on the Show and he will be missed BIGTIME by all. It's sad that his co-workers (Dean and Todd) and the listeners haven't come to his aid like the faithful at 97.7 did when Iron Mike got fired. Grow some balls Dean and Todd and stand up to the Corus monster who has no heart and soul for those of us who listen and make them rich. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME Dean and Todd and all those who continue to allow Corus to ruin people's lives!!!

September 5, 2010 / 06:54

Mike

Its a real shame. I always enjoyed listening to Jason. I'm sure he will be fine. I would like to see him maybe get a talk radio gig. He's really intelligent and has a lot to say. All the best buddy!

September 5, 2010 / 13:16

Mike

One more thing. After reading other peoples comments I think people are getting upset at the wrong people. Its not like Dean or Todd could do anything about it. I'm also not surprised that they can't say anything. Its not as if they're running a pirate radio station where they can say and do whatever they like. Attacking other edge personalities isn't fair to them. If your friend got fired at work you wouldn't make a scene and leave too. Also who knows. I'm sure they did have some words to say but just because it isn't announced doesn't mean it didn't happen. Dean and Todd need their jobs too.

September 5, 2010 / 13:26

Balls

I'm listening to the podcast, and at the end they have the questions with Psychic Nikky. Most of the questions are about loss and relationships, probably reflecting the loss of Jason. I wonder why they included this segment into the podcast.

September 5, 2010 / 14:00

PEter

They should have fired Dean!!! Nuff said....

September 5, 2010 / 18:39

Josh Vagnina

It's about time they did something to this show... Same old schtick, same old jokes, time for a change!

September 5, 2010 / 21:41

RON

anyone who says they should fire Dean is a fucking idiot ! he is the show! and even if they put 2 gorillas beside him it would be fucking hilarious! Nuff Said

September 5, 2010 / 21:41

Colin

@ Not Toronto Mike, AKA Bob Loblaw

Seeing as MS committed suicide after being fired from 102.1 don't you think your jokes of Jason doing the same a little fucking tacky asshole???

September 6, 2010 / 12:17

AM

I have listened to the show the last couple of days....I am not claiming to be clever, or that I know something, or even that I am right. Listen to Dean....there's no effort to be funny, his voice is deadpan. I wonder if perhaps it wasn't his doing that Jason is gone, and by way of protestation, he's being delibarately boring and unenthusiastic so that he can get fired and get a great package? Just putting it out there...I could be completely wrong.

September 7, 2010 / 06:10

bryan

it was bound to happen. Bookie is next.
Move to satelite and listen to Altnation!!
They are 12 months ahead of the edge when it comes to new music.
Bye bye edge you lost me.

September 7, 2010 / 09:51

Steve

I miss Jason on the morning show. Just to how popular their show is I would never of thought Corus would ever break them up. I just hope they do the right thing and fix this whole problem, because it just feels empty in the morning without him.

Josie is just horrible... she always tries to be funny but it just comes out as if she's ditsy. Just now she's playing GNR - "in the jungle", she started talking half-way through the song and realized it wasn't even close to finishing. And its not like the first time, she always does it, so strange.

September 7, 2010 / 10:36

Foxxxy

I stopped listening to the edge a long time ago. The only show I like is explore music with Alan Cross. Jason was an integral part of the DBS. The edge has totally lost its edge. Tragic.

September 7, 2010 / 10:43

Andrew

Where the hell has Barry Taylor gone, too? I know he was let go a year ago but I thought for certain he'd be hired back at another station.

I miss him more than anyone else who has been shifted in the later year or so.

Dean and Todd need to find someone to replace Jason as soon as possible. Today's show did not have nearly the same amount of energy without Barr around.

September 7, 2010 / 11:00

Jenn

I hope they paid him out and I hope it was an agreeable break :).

We'll miss you Jason, SERIOUSLY. You're awesome! =]

September 7, 2010 / 13:06

Maral

Wow the music sucks and now the talent is gone ... smart real smart!

September 7, 2010 / 15:33

Nick

If Jason gets his own show I am jumping ship

cheers

September 7, 2010 / 15:35

biggs411

As most would agree, Jason was an integral part of the morning shows on CFNY. Even Freddie P has stated that he made the show what it was back in the H&F days, as he did as well with the DBS. Unfortunately, we do not have closure as to why this has happened, and until then, this blog will be hopping. I hope you stay with Radio Jay, and not go back to fast food, as you once stated you would do when you 'get fired'. You are an asset to the industry, and we all miss you....

September 7, 2010 / 16:19

heineken

i dont know wah happun, but all i can say is the dean blundell show will never be the same. now that they put that fat homo in the crew, adam or what ever the hell his name is, that show can eat a dick. looks like its back to satelite radio for me. 102.1 the edge thanx for the good times

September 7, 2010 / 19:13

Jules

I, too am a long-time listener who still thinks of it as CFNY. Jason was my favourite part of the show, even though he stopped being Danger Boy. Todd is an ass. Dean is a misogynist. Will listen to my ipod during my one-hour drive to work.

September 7, 2010 / 19:54

Marc

The Edge has gone downhill the last 3 years. First they stopped live to air from Mod Club, then they fire Martin Streak, replace Innovators on Sunday nights with Dr. Drew and now this.

The edge is anything but the edge and listening to it feels like 1998 every day.

September 7, 2010 / 21:03

Jason

Jason Barr sucked ass. I've always said it should be the Dean and Todd show, or even just Todd, he's the best. Jason was an annoying jock. This last week has been hilarious without his annoying comments and voice ruining every moment. I heard he fired because he stuffed Dean's wife with a bunch of spicy sausages at sausage fest.

September 8, 2010 / 07:30

Jess

Jason will be missed, I for one would have sooner it have been the Dean and Jason show, and replace Todd. All he provides is an annoying laugh track. (think of the Spezza clip.

Jason was funny, down to earth and to the point. Can't ask for much more

September 8, 2010 / 09:06

Shelly

Jason was my favorite part of the show. I haven't been listening while he was away. I didn't even know Dean and Todd were back. I would flip to the station and hear Adam so I would switch to another. I just heard today that Jason is gone. He was by far the best part of the show, and I am done with the DBS now. It will be terrible without the balance and sarcasm that Jason brought.

September 8, 2010 / 09:07

Javier

I could not believe it when I first heard they fire him, what the hell is wrong with them?
Jason was a huge asset and kept the balance. I have to say I cannot tune the station anymore, is not the same.
As well very ungrateful what they did with his blog and all references to him that goes to show the kind of people that runs the station.

Best of luck Jason, and the lost is on them.

One less listener.

September 8, 2010 / 09:56

Mark

Jason Barr is the most talented of the three and by far my favourite. I'm done with the DBS.

September 8, 2010 / 10:03

Mikey Streetz

Jason was a loser. I couldn't stand that hockey playing punk.

Good News!

September 8, 2010 / 11:37

Slippery Pants

Wha Happened indeed!

September 8, 2010 / 12:12

paul

i'm so pissed about Jason Barr's dismissal. my guess is that dean either had to make a decision on how to save money, like letting go Jay and hiring someone at likely a third of his salary, OR Jay was too popular for Dean's comfort. if you read between the lines on that email from Dean, it sounds more like it was about money, combined with an attempt to prop up sagging ratings. they'll save money, but i doubt they'll improve ratings. Jason was the sensible, intelligent moderator on the show. Dean and Todd could make inappropriate comments for humour, because Jay was right there to fix it right after they said it. It worked, and it was funny. I haven't heard Nikki on the show yet since Jason's forced departure. I know how fond of Jason she is. She must be just sick over this. So am I.

September 8, 2010 / 17:21

Rob

Bring in Adrian or Edwardo for the replacement!!

September 8, 2010 / 18:27

Dave Dean

The Edge has really really gone downhill this past decade. It was an amazing station of amazing personalites and great music. Even after selling out and going mainstream in the 80s, CFNY managed to stay cool for most of the 90s. Now you can hear their demographic targeting with every passing tune. Female artists are almost out the window. Nothing Edgy is ever played. Even Alan isnt exploring anything brilliant anymore. Its become a station like all the rest, playing to a broad audience, out to capture advertising dollars. Admit it everyone, the Spirit of Radio is dead. The closest thing to it is on satellite. R.I.P. CFNY/The Edge and Long Live Jason Barr AKA Dangerboy!

September 8, 2010 / 20:23

andrewS

@Paul:

I'm pretty sure they did replace him with someone worth 1/3 as much. I have a hard time keeping track of the interchangeable girls with Woodbridge accents and absolutely no personality, but it seems there is a new one in Adam's old slot.


September 8, 2010 / 20:28

MR.V

thinking...

September 8, 2010 / 20:48

MR.V

WTF, I have been a listener of the show for years now. So now we are left with Dean(a guy who glorifies marijuana smoking which defies logic) Seeing that he is a grown ass man. Also loves to make fun of his wife/roommate. Which makes her look like a complete idiot for not divorcing him. Way to go buddy!! Now Todd, whos funny but not that funny. He doesnt add much to the show. He never fails to let us know how many facebook friends he has & how many STD's he has dodged. If there was ever a show in need of someone like Jason Barr, it's this one. Lucky for Edge they had him. There is nothing you can say that can make me think this show can be a better show without Jason.
I hope J goes on to bigger and better things. He was the voice of reason.

Sadly enough the show definitely sounds as if its missing that something....

September 8, 2010 / 21:01

Megs

I can't imagine a show without the goat!!! So sad!!

September 8, 2010 / 21:15

andrew

this is the same station that lets that idiot fearless fred talk for like 5 hours a day and play tokyo police club 5 times an hour...no wonder they just let go one of their best assets

September 8, 2010 / 22:21

OnlyAM Listener

I enjoyed Jasons remarks and different add ins to the show, I am truly disappointed that I can no longer listen to the three of them on the way to work in the morning... I will try and listen to Dean and Todd in the morning but so far it seems very strange... They play crappy music most of the time so the DBS was the only reason to tune in...

September 8, 2010 / 22:33

Anonymous

Why fire Jason? He was the voice of reason on the show plus he was funny!

They fired the straight man and now you just have two jokers left.

September 8, 2010 / 23:02

J4Life

Worst descision ever!! It looks like Adrian will get his wish and the DBS will eventually be cancelled now that the funniest one has been fired. Smart execs that work there.

September 9, 2010 / 08:47

1nsider

I have it on reasonably good authority that JB is meeting with a Rogers Radio station. Just like the EDGE is trying to keep current with a younger audience, another Toronto Radio station is doing the same. (difference is...they appeal to the 30-50 crowd) Hopefully it all works out, and JB will get to share his wit without having to make farty jokes. Look for him November 1st, but look for his announcements 1 week earlier. Toronto Mike can confirm...

September 9, 2010 / 10:04

ODDTODD

Personally, I am very happy Jason is no longer with the Edge, as he was a miserable talentless prick that only chimed in every now and then, unlike Dean and Todd who voice their opinions. I e-mailed Jason a while ago and expressed my thoughts of him, in one e-mail I received back, he said that he welcomed my e-mails then he blocked me. All I know is he's a God Damn Liar! and I have proof. I'll admit he was good at reading the sports but then again, this is a hockey town, there are probably a thousand out there just like him.

September 9, 2010 / 10:48

This Puts the BS in the DBS

I know he brought A LOT to this show, but it's the small things that will be missed, like his laugh, the goat, his one-liners, etc.

September 9, 2010 / 12:48

paul

ok so i checked on what stations rogers owns. 680 news, fan 590, kiss 92, and 98.1 chfi. if it appeals to a 30 to 50 crowd, i have to assume it's chfi. i just can't he'd be able to fully utilize his talents there. i guess i still see him in the role he's held for so long in keeping dean and todd legal, and toning down the endless barage of infantile jokes. i listed to dbs again today and yikes! it's just so bland, and there's no balance anymore, just childish jokes. i'm about done with it.

September 9, 2010 / 19:29

Bruce

I have loved their morning show for years, and until recently have turned to another station when they played music or the commercials. The Edge is no longer edgy. If I hear the Silver Sun Pickups any more, I might just turn gay.

September 9, 2010 / 23:48

Speculating

The fan 590 has totally destroyed their line-up Maybe thats the "30-50 crowd" Insideher spoke of. Inside her.....where is my show?

September 10, 2010 / 00:38

Lisa

Okay, so I am way in the dark. Thought Jason was on a vacation still. Show has been unlistenable this week without him. He really was the glue for that show. Sucks end of an era - end of the dean blundell show, at least for me.

September 10, 2010 / 09:03

Stef

Ahhhh yes, the new title of CFNY's new formate will be known as the "Blunt" formally the "Edge". All you can get of the mindless infinate looping of todays top 40! As a corporate myself, I have to commend Chorus management for the strategic ipotency you have provided yourself. You are effectively alienating the people who provide your bread and butter, and insulting their intelligence on the way.
But on a serious note, this is a structured approch to "re-tooling".

September 10, 2010 / 10:30

mbyaudible

As a longtime CFNY listener, this latest news of Jason Barr's demise at 102.1 leaves me bewildered and upset. I've been listening to every 102 morning show since Jan 1978, I have endured some trying times, especially when Steve Anthony did it. I was sad to see Humble and Fred move to 640 in April 2001 but happy that Danger Boy stayed on. Dufus Dean never did it for me, except for the Edge Files but he gets that mostly from weird news. Jason's approach was more sincere and he was clearly the best part of the morning show. Corus should make an official announcement to explain Jason's dismissal.
It is another in a long list of disappointments as the once great station I grew to love in the late 70s early 80s slowly implodes. Sure it was awful in the fall of 1989 and spring of 1990 but the emergence of the new look alternative soon after gave 102 new life. Then late Sundays retro with Martin Streek arrived and things while not perfect were okay. Jason Barr was someone I could connect with like Streek. Sunday nights have really sucked lately without the retro show. Now the best part the morning show has left the building. I wish Jason every success and I know he will do okay and land on his feet - good luck Jason!

September 10, 2010 / 14:41

Kevin

I've listened this week, not much was said about Jason leaving/firing or whatever it was.

The show plain sucks, Adam is on there but his voice gets lost between Dean and Todd, you don't even realize he's talking.

Sad but its still better than any other GTA morning show, even without Jason. We "the public" will probably never know why this happened.

Where one door closes another opens. Hope things work out for the best, who knows maybe Jason will pop up on another station with his own show this time :)

September 10, 2010 / 20:17

paul

today dean said that he wrote jason an email, but that jay had not yet responded. todd had spoken to him on the phone. try to get inside dean's brain. if you work closely with someone for 10 years and they get let go due to cutbacks, aren't you going to call them at home to see how they're doing? but dean didn't. and jay ignored, to date anyway, his email. hmm. what's up with that? i missed nikki's bit today but i'm going to listen to the podcast. i hope she's on it. i'd like to hear her take, at least the on air part.

September 10, 2010 / 21:06

AKA: ISA

I think it sucks that Jason is not on the show...loved his comedy,insights and come backs on topics...Jason,I wish you all the best and am sure you will do awesome.Hope to hear you over the air again...

September 11, 2010 / 00:53

Ryan

Any new info? I think Im done with the DBS & probley the Edge as well.

September 11, 2010 / 17:06

Bengal Fan

I dont think you`ll hear Jason on any Toronto station very soon. It is usually written into their contracts that if they leave or are fired the can`t work on air in the same market for a certain amount of time. Unless he was able too get that taken out. If someone knows different please fill us in. The show has been on a down hill slide for awhile. Same old stuff and now I find Todd even more of a dick that just wants to hear his own voice. No wonder he can`t keep a girl for more then three months. This is sad because this show was the only time I tuned into the Edge. The play list just sucks. I listen to talk radio after 10:00 but now it might be sooner. If you want to listen to someone that has a brain in his head tune into Mike Stafford on AM 640 from 10:00 to 1:00. RIP Edge.

September 11, 2010 / 21:27

Bengal Fan

Oh and just in case you didn`t know. Mike Stafford use to work at the Edge back when it was better known as CFNY the spirit of radio.He worked on a great morning show with Pete and Geets. And Fred Patterson did the sports and Mike did the news. Man those where the good old days. The DJ`s could play what ever they wanted to and you never heard the same song twice in the same day. You`ll never see that again.

September 11, 2010 / 21:38


DBS Fan

I think people are too quick to judge, they haven't released what happened and why he was fired but i'm sure there was good reason for it. Like said, he was a big part of the show and they wouldn't just fire him if there wasn't a good reason. I'm sure they will release a statement about it in due time, plus privacy laws could be what's keeping them from releasing information on the subject. I've listened to the show for years and that won't change over this, times change and things change, this is just another example, and even with Jason gone, I still kill myself laughing listening to Dean and Todd talking about gay Jesus!

September 12, 2010 / 14:14

Shearah

I miss you Jason. You were definitely the best one on the show and I've stopped listening to Dean and Todd bicker; they are just too annoying. I agree that Fred is even more annoying for the ride home and have installed a satellite radio in my car instead. Hopefully, this will open up better opportunities for you in the future.

September 13, 2010 / 11:18

Guido

Jason Barr was an A-hole and bored me to tears with his self righteous commentary. He was the one thing I couldn't stand about the morning show. I think he's a closet bigot and I'm so glad he was fired it just makes laugh so hard hahaha.

September 14, 2010 / 15:03

reignfall

lol Guido...you're such a troll.

September 14, 2010 / 20:31

Joe

This is likely the worst news yet. I really did enjoy his antics, and really cannot stand the new management by the ege. Likely a bunch of self loating ass chunks, who like to destroy success. There is a reason its so successful. Oh well, nw we just need to wait for a better moreinteresting station to listen too. Have fun attracting your juvenile listeners you ass clowns

September 14, 2010 / 20:48

Dmac

I have listened to cfny for 20 or so years, and loved the alternative bedtime hour and got some genuine laughs from H&F when I used to commute to toronto for college..

I wasn't sure about DBS when it came about.. The Howard Stern shook treatment just doesn't do it for me..

Lately, I've had to switch to other stations when "what's wrong with you@ takes their bodily function humor too far.. 680 news is at least informative.

Why Jason left is a mystery, but so is their move to what I think is an absolutely terrible new location down by Loblaws.. What in the world is that about? I used to get a huge
Smile every morning whe I drove past the yonge St studio on the way to pasmag.. Is there any foot traffic down by the new place?

Anyways, something strange is
afoot.. That is for sure..

September 15, 2010 / 01:21

Jason Barr

Thank you for your support! At this time I can not say much, other then it was a hell of a ride. We will all move on from this experience and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

J

September 15, 2010 / 16:39

Captainlargefingers

I've been a CFNY( I still have trouble calling it that now)listener since the early 80's and 1st it was Humble & Fred...ok i said, I'll give the Blundell show a chance. Then they canned Streek, a guy that built that station and who's passion for alt & indie music was inspiring...I said ok, I'll give it one more chance...now canning Jason. The station has merely firmed itself as another corporate shill that I used to despise so much, and was one of the reasons I tuned in the 1st place.

3 strikes, yer out.

September 15, 2010 / 16:50

Shelley

Shocked when Dean announced, not-so-delicately, that Jason no longer worked on the show. Truly felt like I'd heard bad news about a good friend.

While I love the back and forth between Todd and Dean, Jason was all about balance. Now it's just banter between a couple of post-adolecent man-boys.

Will miss your contribution. Best of luck.

September 15, 2010 / 19:42

McManus

Yo Jason!! Thnks for the years of laughter, you were awesome. Without you im done with 102.1 altogether.... The DBS wont ever be the same... best of luck man.

September 15, 2010 / 20:33

Andy

they fail. again
all these hosts lately have sucked.. like fearless fred...who can piss off at anytime please...

thanks for all the good laughs jason. you and dean made the show for me, and i never really cared for todd... should kinda be the other way around.... axe todd, keep jason.

September 16, 2010 / 05:57

Amanda

Love the guys of dean blundell... However it sucks to see Jason go! Best of luck in your endeavors my friend!

September 16, 2010 / 11:43

Amanda K.

At one point CFNY was the third most listened to radio station in the WORLD, but I would be VERY surprised if that were still the case. Besides a regular (and painfully tedious) rotation of the same 6 songs, they continue to defy logic by firing their most talented on-air personalities (Barry Taylor comes to mind). I can't say--like some of you above--that I will stop listening to the Edge completely--I mean, what are my alternatives for Toronto-area radio? Virgin Radio, CHUM FM or Z103.5????? I can say, however, with a great deal of confidence that my loyalty to the EDGE has been permanently displaced. We will miss you Jason...and Barry...and all of the other victims of Chorus Broadcasting ineptitude.

September 16, 2010 / 14:24

Luckyjack

For those of us who have been listening to radio since before mp3, you may agree that a loyal listener is tunned in as much to the personalities as they are the music. I can just click a button on my Ipod to here my music. A great radio person is far harder to find while searching the dial these days.
The Edge just lost a little edge. Good luck Jason....hope to hear you somewhere soon. soon!

September 16, 2010 / 15:30

Toronto Mike

Sources tell me Jason Barr was spotted at Rogers today being walked around by a "higher up". Talking to The Fan 590 perhaps?

September 16, 2010 / 18:26

Chris Campbell

My post to Blundell's blog:
Haha guess that was the last sausage fest, so when is the bun coming? Tested that last yr when Jay went state side with his kid for hockey.
In the words of the great Jason Barr guess this is just another example of " The Pussafacation of the world".
Assuming Corus is an American nogiveashit corp. with turds at the helm, you guys are still all cool.
Hope it works out for you, Jay didn't say alot but it always made me laugh.
But maybe the name should be "The 102 Corus Morning Show with Dean Todd and Fish Bun For Fun(not laughs)!!!"

Ps: Ross can SUCK IT...... AND KEEP ON SUCKING IT!!!!

September 16, 2010 / 19:19

Paul

Thank you Jay for making me laugh so much for the past 15 or so years. DBS is awkward and embarrassing to listen to now. Sounds like you may turn up at a Rogers station. As I'm not into sports, and assuming you may end up at 590, it's a shame that I'll not hear you on air. I'd love to hear you at 1010. That's where your talent, wit and intellect could really benefit the city. Best of luck in whatever you choose Jason Barr. We really mean it.

September 16, 2010 / 21:10

Jay Barr Fan

Can anyone confirm if this is true?
Quote:
bob Loblaw
September 3, 2010 / 08:17


I work for the edge and the story is as follows: Jason was let go on the request of Dean. They had a falling out in their personal life and Dean demanded Jason be fired. Something erupted at SausageFest and the team's vacation was extended to try and sort it out but in the end Dean threatend to walk away unless changes were made and Corus caved. Jason will be fine, he was given a large severance package, and already had offeres from other stations.

They will be adding a third member to the morning crew, current canditades are Adam, Josie, Meatus, and Darren. Also Dean and Todd are open to finding new talent that could put a fresh spin on the show. No deadline is set for the replacement so the Dean and todd show could be the norm until the end of the year. Tempers had been flairing for a while behind the mic, Everyone at the edge thought something like this was going to happen eventually."

September 16, 2010 / 23:45

Pissed off

Why is everyone blaming Corus & cut backs? Deans a dick!!! No wonder they're not saying anything. What a coward.

September 16, 2010 / 23:53

Past perspective

I remember in the summer Jason fired off an awesome one-liner and Dean took a moment to point that out as why he loves working with Jason so much. I don't think they have interpersonal issues.

It does seem like a business decision. Right in the same vein as Barry Taylor's firing a year ago. Here's a clip from Barry's myspace page about the reason HE was let go in '09:

[Ross Winters. The latest Program Director at one oh two point one the Edge. The guy who continually calls all the shots. When one thinks of Ross one word comes to mind: Adonis. Cut from the pages of a romance novel, the man turns heads when he walks into a room; the ladies stare with lustful eyes and the men stare with envy. He speaks with a slight accent that moistens the loincloths of every female within ear shot. The only thing sexier than his long, chestnut-brown hair are his muscles. A man among boys.

The first thing Ross ever talked to me about was how much money KROQ in Los Angeles made. This wasn’t a good sign. He casually continued to express his ideas on making the Edge like a Top 40 station but with grunge music. “Zee Edge must appear sexier to all zee people of Toronto” he told me. “Like Paris Hilton.” But he pronounced Paris like Pair-ee so I was confused at first. From that point on I was pretty positive I was ####ed. Sounding like a monotone burnout doesn’t really work with Top 40 Radio.

Changes came quick with Ross. The music played on the station became incredibly restricted and really repetitive. In the past I was allowed to have input at the station’s music meetings. The meetings happened weekly and it’s where we’d decide which songs to add. Enter Dr. Don Mitchell, the Music Director and Assistant Program Director.

Don is a six foot six, 300 pound African-Canadian who lives and breathes Gangster Rap. When Don was hired a few years ago the Canadian Music Industry instantly stopped and thought: Why, in the name of all things holy would one of the biggest new rock stations on the planet, whose musical integrity and credibility are unmatched, hire a music director that is the absolute antithesis of the demographic they’re trying to reach? Don became known in Toronto music circles for his catch phrase, “Nigga, here’s my mother ####in’ philosophy…”

Ross and Doc decided all music at the Edge would be based on what other stations were playing. They also sent out for a ton of research to try and tune them into what the demographic liked.

One of the last music meetings I was at we were trying to decide which Canadian band to add. Ross liked band A because he had met the lead singer and thought she was sexy. Don wanted band B because they were being played in Edmonton and Calgary, I offered band C. Band C had three sold out shows at Toronto’s Massey Hall that month and band C’s iTune sales were exponentially greater than band A and band B put together.

Dr. Don looked at me like I just pissed in his soup. “Nigga, here’s my mother ####in philosophy,” he snapped. “#### three sold out shows at Massy Hall. I could take a shit on stage and sell out Massey Hall. Why don’t you take your Barry Funny Ass out of this mother ####er. “ Ross agreed. I wasn’t allowed at another music meeting...]

More of Barry's explanation here: http://shanefamealexander.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-i-was-fired-from-1021-edge-by-berry.html

September 17, 2010 / 09:43

Chris Campbell

Still think its about adding a chick. Doing the same down the road at Y 108.

September 17, 2010 / 14:48

T dot

They didn't fire Jason, they just didn't renew his contract. Simple as that. Dean has nothing against Jason and he doesn't run Corus. Corporate decisions sometimes suck, this one happens to suck for long time listeners of the edge.

September 17, 2010 / 16:07

T dot

and Jay starts at Rogers Oct 4th in the afternoon.

September 17, 2010 / 16:13

karmasabitch

Over the years, listeners heard the DBS mock, tease and laugh at other people. Well isn't this fitting. Its not so funny now is it Jason, I don't hear you laughing...maybe we can put it on the Edge Files and make a story about a not so thin, hairy guy loses job. Something to think about...

Even though he did those things, I do feel bad whenever bad things happen to others. I really hope things turn out for him.

I just can't stand Dean, Todd and 3 words an hour in the back round guy. The show is now absolutely terrible. I had to double check the station today as they played AC/DC. Since the departure, I have actually started listening to Humble Howard on 97.3FM

Though Rogers is possibly interested, I believe that his talents would be waste in AM radio. Good luck!

September 17, 2010 / 22:59

Hamilton

BARRY TAYLORS story on why he was fired, gives insight into why JASON may have willingly left....

http://shanefamealexander.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-i-was-fired-from-1021-edge-by-berry.html

September 18, 2010 / 07:38



102.1 sucks

Why 102.1 sucks...just like the 3 stooges..take out curley and you got ..nothing! For 2 years I listened to the morning show - I thought Dean was a freak...big man ..talking big..probably was a puZZy in school. Todd is the biggest turd on radio - Jason just added the right element..I tried to listen to them for 2 days after Jason left..nahhh..they really suck, they lost their edge - and I am a firm believer that Dean had his hand in Jason's firing - Dean is a premadonna - and if you don't bend over and kiss his ass - he acts like a little girl and cries....So thanks Dean, you really pooched this one - I give you 6 months before they moth-ball the entire morning show - hope to see you walking yonge street and the dead stare in your eyes of what you once had and pissed it all away...ass-

September 18, 2010 / 21:19

jerrod baily

What I heard was Jason was very negative and lazy. Heard he was nearly let go a few times and Dean stepped in. That I know is a fact. Dean may not have stepped in this time which he should have but we have all worked with people like that and are not surprised when they are let go. so you all shouldn't speculate before you know the truth. For all of you sticking up for Jason good for you. Now you can do it with better information. As some one who used to work there I can say he was very awkward and rarely had anything positive to say and other than walking around eating chips he didn't do a whole lot. As far as loyalty goes, he never wasted a chance to undercut Dean or Todd and tried several times to take Dean out (so i hear). I'm not a fan of the show, but having worked there I know he wont be missed by anyone. Hopefully you have more balanced information now.

September 19, 2010 / 13:03

jerrod baily

I forgot. I was also surprised to learn Dean contacted the Fan after he learned of Jasons leaving to make them aware he was available and passed on a personal recommendation. I work for Rogers now and know this as Fact.

September 19, 2010 / 13:13

Chris

I'm not saying this is what happened - but - the edge wikipeida page says this

"On August 24, 2010, it was announced that Jason Barr was no longer with the show because he pulled his pants down at sausage fest, and shouted "I have a sausage for ya!" "

Sounds unlikely. Check it out for yourselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFNY-FM

September 21, 2010 / 21:27

Bobsmyuncle

Baffling decisions on corporate's end.

Younger audiences spend more money than adult audiences?

Jason was the only redeeming thing about that morning show. The only good news about this is that perhaps the other two are soon to disappear.

Chorus is building an incredible opportunity for someone inclined to offer Toronto a real station with interest in real music and TRULY supporting the industry instead of exploiting it. With absolutely NO competition it would be an instant hit!
Even college radio in Toronto is weak in that respect. No big city should suffer such a cultural vacancy. Really it is a little embarrassing.

I stopped listening after Barry and Martin, but my straw was Fred taking over the afternoon slot. The end of the stations legitimacy from a musical perspective.

September 23, 2010 / 09:30

michael

the wikipedia has been updated and the statement has been removed but still remains as text in chris's post above.

here's a live link from wapedia ....

http://wapedia.mobi/en/CFNY-FM

September 23, 2010 / 16:38

1rotax1

Well I too have listened to the DBS for quite sometime, and have to agree Jason was an integral part of the show. It absolutey SUCKS now, Todd makes his imature and stupid remarks about EVERYTING and Dean just rambles on tryinhg to be funny..it really has been pathetic without him..have you noticed as well Aj doesn't join Dean in converstation any more? it's like she has finally had enough of that idiot....

September 24, 2010 / 13:07

sattelite radio is the way to go...

I gave up on terrestrial radio long ago, I discovered sattelite radio and will only occasionally tune in to the edge, or Q107 to see if anything grabs my attention. There are many great personalities and you hear some great music that is not played on regular radio.

The dean blundell show is significantly worse now without jason. however, we were all very pissed with the station when they replaced humble & fred with the DBS...but we stuck around and grew to love them and made them one of the biggest morning shows around. bottom line, life will go on for the edge and the money machine will keep on rolling...and we will listen.

I hope Jason moves on to bigger and better things and this is only a temporary setback for him.

September 28, 2010 / 15:56

garling23

wow that so sucks that they let him go, the only time i listen to the edge anymore is in the AM. It may be called the Dean Blundell show, but he made up a huge part of that program (no offence to Dean)!

dumb move i think!

September 29, 2010 / 00:19

Ellie

I stopped listening awhile ago to the DBS. There is only so much you can hear about pee-pees and wee-wees before it gets a little monotoneous. I liked Jason Barr because he was less creeepy than the other two...

September 29, 2010 / 17:11

dsudot

:( sad i really like the DBS show, definitely not the DBS show without Jason.

September 29, 2010 / 21:52


Phantus

Without the glue things fall apart. Jason was the glue. All the best brother.

October 8, 2010 / 15:36

Mike

Jason was the voice of reason

October 8, 2010 / 20:34


paul

i see at www.biggsandbarr.com that one of the options for their hopeful new employers includes 102.1. this kind of throws the whole sausagefest exposure, sexual harassment thing out the window. and whoever said he'd be at 590 is obviously just a little off.

October 20, 2010 / 09:53

NOT GOING TO SAY

I was cruzing through stations one day and I caught Jason on another station pplz watch your am dials I can't remeber where I found it but somthing says to me am and it was the same station I heard Mike Bulard on look for it ppl I can't remeber were or what but just a heads up in the right direction to find jason

October 28, 2010 / 11:20

NOT GOING TO SAY

Biggs & Barr google it Chris Biggs and Jason Barr have Joined forces and are looking for a New station to call Home but they have some stuff on the go otherwise, making web videos and blogs

October 28, 2010 / 16:15

Lost listener

To Irvine:
I am living proof that things do change. I have listened one other time to the Dean Blundell Show, only to see how they would try to replace Jason. I have not listened again. I knew that Jason being gone would be the breaker as to what station I listened to because Dean is such an ass and always has such childish remarks. That's why Jason was so good for the show because he balanced it.

I still miss hearing Jason and hope that we'll find him on another station soon.

Seriously, for two years that I commuted to Mississauga, he was what I tuned in for.

October 29, 2010 / 08:56

DonVito

I seriously didn't even like the guy.He wasn't funny at all and isn't it what this show is about?????Havin' a laugh in the morn'. Don't hate because I put in my two cents.

October 29, 2010 / 09:02

Lost listener

No hating. Just rebuttal.

BTW - when you say "this show" would that indicate that you have a connection?

October 29, 2010 / 09:13

Giving Up on the Edge

I've listened to this station since it broadcast out of the little house in Brampton. Now I'm at a loss to understand how "the new music station" doesn't have more than the Chili Peppers, Beck's "Loser", and any songs that during the day are younger than 10 years old. I can't wait to see how excited the announcers will be about the next Nickleback or Avril Lavigne tracks.

I think I'm going to track over to follow Humble Howard.

October 30, 2010 / 11:08

Ben

I know I said it when BT and Streek were mercilessly axed, but I've finally gone through with it. The station is all biz - no heart. As far as I'm concerned, the heartless bastard who fired Streek (I think it was Don Mitchell) is at least partly responsible for his death.

The Edge/CFNY is dead to me. I haven't touched it since Jason was fired and since they moved their station to the new BS location on the waterfront (where they don't seem to want listeners to stop by any more).

I will never be an Edge listener again. It isn't a radio station anymore, it's a constant loop of crap, playing the same tired 20 songs every hour all day, mixed with some vacant dj commentary.

I've cut all Corus stations from my daily radio fix and I'm going with the iPod solution instead.

Had the Edge stuck with its old original music-loving and non-radio-voiced dj's formula, I would have had a reason to continue listening. But I get way better music on my iPod, and none of the dumb-ass overdone announcing and commercials from the new Edge. Now if only I could get some daily podcasts from BT, and some live-to-air from the Streeker, life would be good again.

November 1, 2010 / 10:19

Buttercup

I've listened to CFNY since 1982. Lots of changes. This recent one is the last straw. Jason was the only thing that kept me listening to 102 for as long as I have since the DBS started. Now, as soon as Dean starts his self righteous rants I turn the station. I've had enough of the verbal garbage. I'm heading back to Humble Howard.

November 1, 2010 / 14:47



Davey

The station should fire Dean Blundell. He is always ranting about something and it is not funny to listen to him. In the past he has mocked Christians and Catholics for their beliefs. I've stopped listening to their show. I dare him trash Islam and see what happens to him. He is a coward!

November 11, 2010 / 16:43

Davey

The station should fire Dean Blundell. He is always ranting about something and it is not funny to listen to him. In the past he has mocked Christians and Catholics for their beliefs. I've stopped listening to their show. I dare him trash Islam and see what happens to him. He is a coward!

November 11, 2010 / 16:44

paul

the religion bashing was one of the best things that he did. all religion is crap. all of it. if you want to believe in god and whatever that means to you, great. what does religion have to do with that? why give yourself to a set of rules created by humans to control your life? how can one religion be right? if so then all others are wrong. religion is the basis for most wars on this planet. religion is for the weak. you can live a life of honesty and integrity, and care about your fellow man without the rules and garbage that go with religion. call me crazy, but if the religious types spent their money helping the needy rather than building rediculous shrines to whatever they pray to, think of the good that could be done. religion is just a set of made up rules, no more real than the easter bunny. i'm right, and you know it.

November 11, 2010 / 21:44

KitKat

Unbelievable. So what are we left with here? Josie Dye who has the most annoying, irritating, ditzy voice in radio... I've heard her talk several times about wanting to have threesomes with her husband. Do I give a crap?
Her "ask Josie" segment is not funny nor does she even give intelligently thought-out answers.

Dean is nothing more than a Howard Stern wannabe who pretends as if women are sluts and he doesn't respect them, calling his wife 'roommate', but in real life probably gets his ass handed to him by his wife.

Todd is an old Jewish guy who has some funny moments (when he does the on the street segments), but his playboy antics were funny 10 years ago. You're not 25 anymore, buddy. Time to give the Hugh Hefner/pimp attitude a rest.

Barry's blog about why he was let go explains a LOT about what happened to the Edge. The same song is played over and over (one time I heard the same Muse song twice in 15 minutes - Dean show ended with it, and Josie started with it)...I hear more commercials than before... And the only radio personalities left seem to the ones with the most annoying immature voices (Fearless Fred, anyone?)

I wish Jason Barr all the best and I hope he got a big severance package. His intelligence and talent will no doubt find him a better job.

November 29, 2010 / 16:25

paul

100% correct.

December 1, 2010 / 14:19

FuckThem

I really cant imagine why anyone would listen to the dean blundel show it is gutter humor, not funny its just disgusting amoral bottom of the barrel "humor".

December 5, 2010 / 09:34

Steve

Some fine irony in that last comment. Questioning somebody's morrals and calling what they do gutter, then signing your name as a curse against them.

December 5, 2010 / 11:22

Karim

He is still mentioned on Fearless Fred's biography of all places, Fred Wrote:

Yes. It's Fearless Fred. I know. There's not much I can do about it at this point. It's been my "handle" for seven years now. I used to be just like Jason Barr. I did the stunt boy thing, and just like he was called Danger I was called Fearless.


http://www.edge.ca/DJsandShows/FearlessFred/Bio.aspx

December 22, 2010 / 14:38

Karim

He is still mentioned on Fearless Fred's biography of all places, Fred Wrote:

Yes. It's Fearless Fred. I know. There's not much I can do about it at this point. It's been my "handle" for seven years now. I used to be just like Jason Barr. I did the stunt boy thing, and just like he was called Danger I was called Fearless.


http://www.edge.ca/DJsandShows/FearlessFred/Bio.aspx

December 22, 2010 / 14:38

Me

Jason Barr is now the new co host with other recently fired host Jason Bigs from Virgin 99.9 on hits fm st catherines, the legend Iron Mike been moved to Drive

January 6, 2011 / 10:16

Anonymous

"Jason Barr is now the new co host with other recently fired host Jason Bigs from Virgin 99.9 on hits fm st catherines, the legend Iron Mike been moved to Drive"

Starting Jan 17th good luck Mr Barr Ill be listening

January 6, 2011 / 10:20

Anonymous

"Jason Barr is now the new co host with other recently fired host Jason Bigs from Virgin 99.9 on hits fm st catherines, the legend Iron Mike been moved to Drive"

Starting Jan 17th good luck Mr Barr Ill be listening

January 6, 2011 / 10:20

Anonymous

NEW INFO, WHY JASON WAS FIRED:
Dean just stated on the radio this morning during listener email around 7:00 that Jason Barr was fired because there was photgraphic evidence of him at the G20 Protests jumping on top of police cars.

Of course, he didn't specifically say who it was, but the words he used were consistent with the other times he obviously was talking about the person who 'used to work there'. In any case this is confirmation that he fired for some type of action the company didn't like during the protests

January 31, 2011 / 10:04

Mystikal Man

PSSST.... Loriann is gone now too. ---- SHHH its a secret.

February 11, 2011 / 11:18

Jeff

Wow. I *just* found out Jason was fired! LOL! The truth is, this show has been going down hill for quite some time now.

I listened to this show for a few years during my morning commute but in the past 12 months I just got to a point where every time I tuned in it felt like brain cells were dying just from listening Dean and Todd. I'd rather drive with no radio at all than listen to this crap. Jason was by far the best one on the show! The song selection is highly repetitive and often lame with a few good songs thrown in once in a while.

Glad Jason found a gig someplace else. He'll be better off away from this sinking ship.

February 21, 2011 / 12:32

davey

Dean is a dumbass and reminds of a guy I would like to punch out at the bar for being wel.. a dumbass

February 27, 2011 / 06:19

Lily

Jason's at HTZ fm. And you know what, it's always been better than the Edge. When the Edge fires the best radio personalities, it makes them disappear off the face of the planet. There's no trace of them left... it's like they contributed nothing to the station. On top of it all, their song choices are complete bullshit, and they still pronounce themselves as some modern rock station. Taylor and Streek got fired... but Barr was the last straw. I'm embarrassed for them and for us in Toronto.

March 7, 2011 / 15:25

Aaron

I moved from ON on Aug 10th last year and had no idea this had happened until now. Very sad news. Barry, Jason, and Martin (especially) were some of the greatest voices in music and by far those on the radio. Glad he's still out there with a show, I'll have to check it out sometime. Who knows, maybe he's actually playing some good music rather than the deathgrip CFNY has on the station these days...

March 14, 2011 / 20:30

Angry but Clueless

Everyone is talking big, but seems to be missing info. Barry, Martin now Jason. Blah balh repeat over and over. Helllooo LoriAnne? People being outraged without even making a tiny bit of effort to research and on top of that not even being able to count higher than 3 fired people. No one takes you seriously: First Barry, then Martin, now Jason!

PS: Jason was fired because he was foolish enough to act in a way detrimental to the company during the protests and was foolish enough to get taped doing it. Roll back your radios and listen to Dean explicitly say it.

But its ok, your vendetta against CFNY is noted: OMG CFNY's new owners! You are all so informed as to how specifically it is running itself down: oh wait, only 1 person even noticed LoriAnn was gone. Can anyone else count higher than three? I can count at least 5 gone off the top...

March 18, 2011 / 07:43

Anonymous

he's on 97.7 hitz in the mornings now. biggs and bar show

April 1, 2011 / 09:47

Trevor edwards

how can a station play old guns n roses and then play wolf mother but not play slash's new album? its rock music. not there style. yet they play whiny bands like weakerthans, cold play, killers (new) tokyo police club and the rest of the ball squeezing cry babys that sing depressing music thats horrible to listen too. they have become too repetitive with the same play list day in and out. they refuse to play a lot of new talented bands, but yet tend to stick with these bands that make you want to shove a screwdriver in your ears. i have stopped listening to the edge 8 months ago and dont intend to tune in. and when i do.... its the same music all the time. they really need to fire the ppl that put together the play list and make them realize theres alot of bands out there they should be playing.

April 13, 2011 / 06:00

william A

found him accidentally through podcasts.....


97.7 HTZfm

the biggs and barr show

April 22, 2011 / 00:30

Harry Balls misses the old 102, too

Oddly enough, I was able to live with DB's thinly veiled sexism and racism, and his sadistic need to bully and take advantage of the mentally disabled (Eduardo? Adrian?) for probably ten years.

Remember January or February 2011, when he got that crazy religious chick to stay away from the funeral for the little girl who died at that congresswoman's shooting? A good deed, indubitably. But then he started pimping it out for self promotion like he cured cancer or something.

The part of me that giggled at DB's past antics stood up and drew the line when I realized that DB was trying to spin pity for the death of a child into listeners (which means cash). Like Rumplestiltskin. Rumplecockskin, more like.

DB: A good deed is its own reward, dickface. And Alan Cross, you're smarter than this, how did this happen under your watch?

August 3, 2011 / 08:56

Harry Balls misses the old 102, too

And the Biggs and Barr show on 97.7 is great. I don't laugh out loud as much, but I also don't feel like I'm going to hell when I die.

August 3, 2011 / 08:58

Cole

They've fired Todd Shapiro from The Edge evidently. All traces of him have been pulled from the edge website with an apparent announcement to occur via Dean tomorrow morning.

July 23, 2013 / 17:12

Ray

Has the Edge or Dean commented about Todd? If so, can someone share with us what was said. TIA

July 24, 2013 / 07:51

Cole

I didn't hear it, but people commented on the DBS facebook that Dean skirted elaborating and just said that he's leaving on air today.

July 24, 2013 / 11:51

Scott

You can hear Deans announcement about his departure on their latest podcast on the 102.1 site from today. Not very detailed at all.

July 24, 2013 / 13:12

mike

And yet you won't fire Josie dye, that half wit is the reason I stopped listening to the edge

August 4, 2013 / 12:50

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