Billie From Mad Dog and Billie Fired From Virgin Radio

radioSpeaking of Toronto morning radio hosts getting fired from Astral-owned stations, my buddy Marc tells me Billie from Mad Dog and Billie has been fired from Virgin Radio.

According to a source, Billie - whose real name is Amanda Dunn - was canned from the station today after five years. She and Mad Dog (whose real name is Jay Doudelet) previously worked together for three years on 98.1 CHFI following a stint at KISS 92.5.

Dunn's termination comes on the heels of the end of her marriage to Peter Luciano, a business lawyer with Toronto firm McCarthy Tetrault and former member of Canadian boy band VIP. The couple are parents to a two-year-old daughter.

It's a strange coincidence that we learn about Billie's dismissal today. Back in 2006, it was Mad Dog and Billie who replaced Humble Howard when he was canned from Mix 999. Earlier today, Humble Howard broke his silence and wrote about being fired a second time, this time from Boom 97.3.

Billie won't likely be resurfacing at Boom, as Stu Jeffries has that morning gig. Yes, the very same Stu Jeffries who was canned from his gig with Colleen Rusholme at EZ Rock and replaced by... Humble Howard.

See how Toronto radio works?


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brad

never understood the allure of mad dog and billy

July 13, 2011 / 18:49

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I can see the future...

Mad Dog and Humble!

July 13, 2011 / 18:57

GTA Rob

She's still on the web site?

It's funny, I flip the dial these days and actually found MD&B more entertaining since she announced her divorce.

July 13, 2011 / 19:51

Oscar

I'm not a fan of Dean Blundell at all, but about a month ago we chewed up time on this talking about how much of a hack Mad Dog is. It'll be interesting to see if Dean has anything to say about this...


Side note - Dean was blaming Mad Dog for stealing Dean's content and style, meanwhile Dean let on he has never listened to Howard Stern and didn't know who Opie and Anthony are.

July 14, 2011 / 06:47

Ryan G

i don't care for anyone on the radio really, mainly because everyone seems so absolutely phoney.

Bookie on cfny is one of the few exceptions. most of that station's previous jocks from That Era We Shant Speak Of were the same. i guess Blundell says it like it is but jokes about balls get tiresome and sound forced.

has anyone actually met that fearless fred guy? i suppose meeting him briefly isn't a true indication of a person's real personality but his entire on air presence just comes across as an act to me..an act that i want to stab in the eye.


July 14, 2011 / 07:24

elvis

The best story I heard about Mad Dog was that he used to tell people his real name was Mike. But it's Jay. He had a fake name for his fake name.

July 14, 2011 / 08:58

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

This is easy to explain.

Deep down inside, every guy wants to be a Mike.

July 14, 2011 / 09:27

Michael

"This is easy to explain.

Deep down inside, every guy wants to be a Mike."

And why would anyone not want to be like Mike?

July 14, 2011 / 11:36

Quinny.

@Ryan G - you made some good points bro.

Fearles Fred - phony to be sure. There is absolutely nothing there behind that voice. Its like listening to your dim-witted next door neighbour babble about their uninteresting opinions.

Why do these clowns have to have a stupid radio moniker with illiteration Humble Howard, Fearless Fred, Mad Dog ( no illiteration but phony as "Bulldog" on Frasier)

Brother Bill was cool at CFNY.

He got that name from Chris Sheppard another cool dude who thought BB looked like Billy Idol

Blundell still the Howard Stern wannabe - uses his real name though!

Anyone ever ever analysed how much interesting content including good music is on these morning drive shows after commercials, traffic, Justin Bieber updates?

5 to 10 minutes an hour?

July 14, 2011 / 16:11

Quinny.

@Ryan G - you made some good points bro.

Fearles Fred - phony to be sure. There is absolutely nothing there behind that voice. Its like listening to your dim-witted next door neighbour babble about their uninteresting opinions.

Why do these clowns have to have a stupid radio moniker with illiteration Humble Howard, Fearless Fred, Mad Dog ( no illiteration but phony as "Bulldog" on Frasier)

Brother Bill was cool at CFNY.

He got that name from Chris Sheppard another cool dude who thought BB looked like Billy Idol

Blundell still the Howard Stern wannabe - uses his real name though!

Anyone ever ever analysed how much interesting content including good music is on these morning drive shows after commercials, traffic, Justin Bieber updates?

5 to 10 minutes an hour?

July 14, 2011 / 16:19

Quinny.

Post was so nice

I posted her twice!

July 14, 2011 / 16:21

Irvine

Quinny: Fearless Fred's schtick on 102.1 is nothing compared to his time at 100.3 The Bear.

Just because he's not your style does not make him a lousy broadcaster. In fact, he's the opposite. He's a pretty diverse dude. My understanding is he works with some kids carton network too.

Fred's the BEST talent 102.1 has.

July 14, 2011 / 18:29

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

This has set a new record for longest a radio host's page on the official radio station website has been kept online following his / her dismissal.

Look what's still at http://toronto.virginradio.ca/TheBreakfastShowPage.aspx !

July 14, 2011 / 22:04

GTA Rob

@Mike
Any insight on the cause of the termination?

July 14, 2011 / 22:50

northeastern

Dean Blundell is claiming responsibility for the firing, saying when he accused Mad Dog of stealing his ideas, he was not specific enough. Blundell figures his comments were misinterpreted and they fired the wrong person.

God complex aside, Blundell had no concrete info either. And Billie wouldn't get his coffee if he were the last boring radio announcer on earth.

July 15, 2011 / 08:45

Amanda

Wow - i loved the mad dog and billie show... def won't be the same without her.

July 15, 2011 / 09:51

sinnacle

Never got the appeal even going back to her days at Kiss I believe. That being said sad to see someone being left go esp with everything going on in her personal life. Also for the life of me trying to remember V.I.P. Maybe it's a good thing that I don't.

July 15, 2011 / 10:15

Jeff

The original story about Billie's termination at http://www.PopGoesTheNews.com has been updated to include a quote from the memo that went to staff explaining her firing. Oh, and there's a link there to an old VIP video. ;)

July 15, 2011 / 10:35

Astral

We will be taking the Virgin Morning Show in a new direction ... as a result we will not be renewing Billie's contract at the end of July. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Billie and wish her success and happiness in her future endeavors.

July 15, 2011 / 10:40

sinnacle

Thank you Jeff! I don't know which one is a more respectable career. Boy Band or Lawyer but good on him. If you work in his office do you blast that video to mock him? I would.

July 15, 2011 / 11:57

Irvine

Looks to me like Astral wants to do things on the cheap.

The whole Virgin implementation is a disaster. In Ottawa, they switched over The Bear to Virgin and ratings crashed. In Edmonton, they flipped EZ Rock to Virgin (a CHR) when there was already TWO CHR's in the market. The result? The ratings tanked & they sit at the bottom of the pile.

Workers bear the brunt of bad decisions by management.

July 15, 2011 / 16:22

Radio Man

Word in the industry is that Mad Dog - aka Jay is the one that's been working on getting rid of Billie. Note to all....Beware of scum bags

July 15, 2011 / 16:43

Radio Man

Word in the industry is that Mad Dog - aka Jay is the one that's been working on getting rid of Billie. Note to all....Beware of scum bags

July 15, 2011 / 16:43

Rick C in Oakville

Radio Biz is brutal, after Humbles comments it can utterly destroy you.
The only radio spots with any longevity are with the Mother Ship Corp CBC.
Never listened to them but wish her success.
Hey whatever happened to Paul and Carol Mott from CFRB?

July 16, 2011 / 09:57

Daniel Francis

For how long will Mad Dog be at Virgin Radio Toronto. His days at the station might be over. I can't see him being there for too long.

July 18, 2011 / 01:30

Jackson Dunlop

When Humble got the boot, I switched solely to Mad Dog and Billie. Now I find the same stupid thing happening with them as with Humble.

I don't get what's with these radio stations.

July 19, 2011 / 09:04

Hilary

However bad you thought Mad Dog and Billie were, you should now listen to Mad Dog and Maura. TERRIBLE. Maura has the most irritating voice and sounds so awkward on air. I'd take Billie any day over the replacement.

July 19, 2011 / 21:06

Tammy

Definitely won't be listening to 99.9 anymore!!!!

July 19, 2011 / 21:15

Tammy

Definitely won't be listening to 99.9 anymore!!!! 102.1 here I come

July 19, 2011 / 21:16

Jeff

Hopefully they will get rid of Mad Dog too and bring in Scott & Dave from Z or transfer Nat and Drew from Virgin BC they are an awesome show too. Definitely going to miss Billie though.

July 19, 2011 / 21:19

Sally

Sooo sad...Mad Dog and Billie were great together. Maura is horrible...she is not funny and has no 'game'...looking for a new station... :o(

July 20, 2011 / 08:29

Lori

I will not be listening any longer to 99.9. I can barely tolerate Maura's voice, she is so annoying! Bring back Billie, I will return as a listener!

July 22, 2011 / 21:02

Anna

What is going on with radio, Astral you are just loosing face, I will not be listening to 99.9 anymore, can't stand the ones that are on now.
Maddog and Billie were perfect together

July 25, 2011 / 07:28

Connie

Wrong decision Astral. People love Billie. She has a genuine quality about her, which is very hard to find on the radio. I only listened to 99.9 because of her. If there is anyone you should've fired it should've been Mad Dog. He is the annoying one. And don't get me started on Maura.

July 26, 2011 / 09:16

Shannon

Well I only listened to that station for mad dog and billie they we re hilarious guess I'm finding a new station

July 27, 2011 / 06:46

Roxy

Definitely won't be listening to 99.9 anymore!!!!

July 28, 2011 / 08:37

Fabia

Listened for 5 yrs.. mad dog and billie had a style..The new voice is annoying(Moiria), I have found a new channel.
Virgin just never got it going like KISS was.

sounds like sour divorce grapes to me..

July 28, 2011 / 21:31

Sher

Wondered what happen to Mad dDog & Billie...very disappointed!!! I too will not listened anymore!

July 29, 2011 / 11:29

Dani

99.9 just lost another listener..I actually like Billie! They should also try changing their playlist a little more often, sometimes I hear the same song 10 times in 1 work day....99.9 YOU SUCK!

July 29, 2011 / 12:00

Karlie

I can't believe this!!!! Billie is a great radio host along with Mad dog. I have changed my clock radio and the work radio. I will not be listening to 99.9 anymore. The new morning chic is trying way too hard, she is so annoying......
I hope Mad dog sticks with Billie.

July 30, 2011 / 00:51

Kiran

I loved Mad Dog and Bille. Moira is soooo boring. I won't be listening to 99.9 anymore.

You just lost another listener.

July 31, 2011 / 18:40

Donna

I liked them both but won't stop listening. they do this shit all the time. Mad dog will carry the show and i will miss billie big time.
If the ratings are down then they have to do somthing to inprove boost then hence, the new direction. But they shouldn't have put Maura there. find someone new.

August 1, 2011 / 10:17

Rory

Too Bad about Billie not doing the morning show with Mad Dog... I actually never laughed so much on my way to work in the mornings... there conversations were hilarious.

August 2, 2011 / 15:22

Lisa

What the ???? I loved Billie, Moira is annoying. 99.9 won't be the same without her, finding a new station can't handle Moira.

August 2, 2011 / 20:30

Jenny

First of all, it's Maura, not "Moira". And second, I, for one, am very glad to hear that Billie was fired. I could tell her heart wasn't in it a long time ago. And people were always filling in for her. Maura is a good choice because she's young, hip, and funny. And she's way better looking than Billie too.

August 3, 2011 / 11:35

Becca

Im sad to hear Billie is gone! I know she has had a lot going on at home but you can tell she tried her best not to bring it to work.... Im sorry to see her go and the chemisty between Mad dog and maura isnt the same... I've personally switched to listening to my ipod on way to work in the morning then listening to the show.

August 3, 2011 / 17:04

MAYA

It looks like I am the last one learning the news... You know why? because if I did not hear the Mad Dog and Billie's voice together I swiched stations immediatly! Too Bad about Billie not doing the morning show with Mad Dog... Never laughed so much on my way to work ...every single morning... Their voices were perfect together.
Another listener lost.

August 8, 2011 / 17:52

GirlnamedJake

Well gosh Jenny, it's super important that Maura is better looking what for this RADIO gig and all!

I liked Billie, she helped to keep the super ego of the other idiot in check. I'm sorry to hear that she's getting divorced. I stopped listening because said 'other idiot' just got too hard to listen to & I switched over to Blundell with occasional redemption of 1010.

Billie will land on her feet...I wouldn't be surprised if Slice or Cosmo TV pick her up for something.

August 10, 2011 / 07:30

Jay Doudelet

The reason that Billie got canned was she was sleeping with a few of the producers.
Everybody at the station knew it, and it eventually got back to her husband who pulled the plug on the marriage.

August 15, 2011 / 08:08

MX Mum

Most are saying they'll miss Billie. I doubt very much that Jay knows of her sleeping with the producers and I doubt it's even true. I don't care what she does in her personal life but she was good with Mad Dog and that's what we listen for. She'll be sadly missed. As for Dean Blundell, he totally screwed up 102.1. No, actually, he IS a screw up.

August 16, 2011 / 11:19

Anonymous

The edge is a pos, guess it's time for 96.3 in the morning

August 18, 2011 / 07:59

Anonymous

Billie will be missed! I've been following both her and Mad Dog and I love the way they work together. They're funny and they make their listeners laugh. Sorry Mad Dog, but I don't like the show any further. It doesn't have the same style. I've switched!

August 18, 2011 / 09:44

Linda

Once I learned Billie was gone
decided goodbye 99.9 - show will never be the same - back to Kiss 98.5!
Sorry Virgin Radio - big mistake.
Maura has to go too!!!

August 22, 2011 / 07:03

so sad

yes i must say i think i will be looking for new station mad dog and Billie always made me laugh in the morning on way to work they were very good together Maura is not funny

August 22, 2011 / 12:44

Liza

I guess it's business at the end of the day but these stations need to take listeners into consideration. I hate the new show with Maura, her voice annoys the hell out of me. The only one I can still stand on Virgin is Steve Roberts, he is way too funny :)
Poor Billy... looks or not, she was an amazing host and I loved listening to her. Hope good things go her way.

August 25, 2011 / 09:30

Anonymous

I'm a truck driver in Toronto area, for years I followed Maddog & Billie love them ,99.9 just lost me as a listener.

August 26, 2011 / 11:29

Karen

I have been a fan of Mad Dog and Billie for years...following them wherever they went. It sure is not the same without her...Mad Dog is not interesting anymore-not even funny, and Maura is just annoying!! Please bring back Billie and I will continue to be a listener....untill then...
P.S. Billie....keep your head up girl..xo

August 31, 2011 / 20:41

Van

After wondering for days what happened to MadDog and Billie, its all clear now. Sorry Virgin you have lost another fan. Mornings have been crappy because Maura drives me crazy.

September 2, 2011 / 14:34

Bushpig

Too Bad. Thought they meshed really well together. Maura just isnt funny. Looking for a new station. All the best Billie!!

September 6, 2011 / 10:11

LP

Bring back Billie!!! She was the only thing good about 99.9's moring show! Whoever said they'll switch to Kiss 98.5 (upthread) is right... the hosts there are great. Sad to see you go, Billie, but you'll be fine!

September 7, 2011 / 19:55

Lisa

Maddog = Mehdog without Billie. I have no idea why they "didn't renew her contract" but I REFUSE to listen to a station that fires an new Mom/new divorced Mom! Mad Dog and Maura (whatev) is B-O-R-I-N-G. No chemistry. Even Marilyn and Darryl

September 8, 2011 / 21:23

Tonia

I had a laugh every morning on the way to work - just not the same without Billie! Hope Mad Dog survives...not sure I will be listening :o(

September 15, 2011 / 12:40

Lorrie

Mad Dog needs to find another name as isn't the dude in his 40's? Tired of the same ole same ole and miss Billie. Not a fan of 99.9. Gone to another radio station.

September 17, 2011 / 19:07

Laura

missing Billie

September 19, 2011 / 11:34

Anonymous

WOW!! If that post above was really posted by Mad Dog then he is one big sell-out!! He is sounding tired on the radio and Maura isn't interesting at all. Billie truly made the show funny, and the drive to work enjoyable. Virgin replays the same songs over and over until it's annoying to listen to, and now I have to listen to Maura too? I've changed the radio station.

September 27, 2011 / 01:59

Anonymous

I would have to agree with the above posts. Maura needs help on the radio and mad dog needs to go!

October 5, 2011 / 18:03

Zed-Z

I too agree with most of the posts. The show is certainly not the same. Maura is a mess. I find Mad Dog is not as entertaining now. You can clearly tell it's a forced chemistry at the station. I don't think I'll be tuning in for much longer. What they need to do is get rid of Maura and make it the Mad Dog & Steve Roberts show.

October 6, 2011 / 08:57

TheREALMadDOg

Mad dog wanted a raise, and the only way to do that was for Billie to go. Bros b4 you know!

October 6, 2011 / 11:58

Amanda

I still listen to 9.99 I really liked Billy I'm a mom and she would know how other mom's felt its to bad I wish her well and Mora and mad dog work well together so bitter sweet !

October 7, 2011 / 18:35

Dave

My family all listened to the morning show and with Billie gone it is not the same show. Maura is awful and we can't listen to the show anymore. Please bring Billie back she makes the show and mad dog cannot carry the show with out her. I wish Billy all the best. We will listen to her show.

October 20, 2011 / 21:50

anonymous

Yeah I like Mad dog and billie show also. Not enjoying the show anymore. Just like what happened to the afternoon show.

November 5, 2011 / 17:38

Anonymous

Not a fan of 99.9 virgin radio without Billie...she was hilarious. Mad Dog and Mora are annoying. Bring back billie!!!!

November 17, 2011 / 12:56

Harry

I didn't read all the posts above, but it seems a lot of people 'liked' this team of 'Bimbo' and 'Bimbo counterpart'. I don't understand why! I didn't find anything educational or humourous about the two the few times I turned and left my dial onto 99.9.

I prefer to listen to my kids' Barney tapes/CDs...

November 21, 2011 / 20:47

Class 1 TO

Thank God she's gone! I always thought she teetered on the edge of skanky blond-dumb. Too bad about the marriage too but can you blame the guy, after years of getting publicly slammed by his wife. It was obvious they were not it for the long haul just by hearing how she talked about him.

November 28, 2011 / 12:24

KB

Virgin 99.9 recycles way too much content. They tape bits and repeat them, and in some instance, you hear the same thing on 3 different occasions. Plus they are also apparently hiring actors to call in about made-up domestic disputes/dramas. This station is getting pathetic.

December 15, 2011 / 07:26

Mark

Here's an idea: maybe they should try playing a variety of songs to boost their ratings. Instead, they have the likes of Katy Perry --or whatever recent top chart pop-artist that's out there there--played 5 to ten times daily! :-P

December 24, 2011 / 01:08

AC

Too bad about Billie ~ I thought she was coming back! Will miss her :(

January 13, 2012 / 17:46

Mark

What's she doing now? Billie's ability to connect with the listeners over the past few years has gone down hill steadily. After all she married some guy from a pathetic failed boy band, he became a lawyer, they divorce, talk about bad luck.. Career likely over, for a while anyway.

January 24, 2012 / 20:19

Shar

Maura voice is sooo annoying and the fake laugh has got to go. I was hoping billie would come bak i need some laughter on my way to work in the mornings. Anyone know if she is on another station yet?.

September 12, 2012 / 12:32

bart

Not to revive a 2year old thread. But it was said that she wouldn't being dean a coffee if he was the last boring hoast on earth... Yea. Not quite true anymore.

August 22, 2013 / 05:11

BilliesBicycleSeat

@bart good call buddy. Billie is great on the edge and is now part of the best morning show in Toronto. Now hopefully you all realize that Madd-Douche is a talentless hack.

October 4, 2013 / 14:07

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