Dean Blundell Show Cancelled

Published by Toronto Mike on January 6, 2014 @ 12:13 in Edge 102 ~ CFNY

Dean Blundell Show CancelledThe Dean Blundell Show is no longer on 102.1 The Edge. The show has been cancelled. Here's the official statement from Corus Radio.

With the start of the new year, Corus Radio will be taking 102.1 the Edge in a new direction in 2014. The station will return to a more music-based format showcasing the best in modern rock. As a result, The Dean Blundell Show has been cancelled, effective January 6, 2014.

Stay tuned as details of the new morning show are announced in the coming weeks.

Dave Farough
General Manager
Corus Radio Toronto

Dean Blundell took over the 102.1 morning show in 2001 when Humble and Fred vacated the spot for Mojo 640. Stay tuned for Todd Shapiro's tell-all interview in which he reveals the truth about what went down last July. You won't be disappointed.

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281 Responses to "Dean Blundell Show Cancelled"

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 12:17

Shame on Corus for not having any balls. Sad day for free speech and thick skin.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 12:21

Billie has done well on Morning radio, eh???

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 12:24

trying to take back the listeners from Indie 88?
Although Indie 88 need to stop playing Nirvana, RHCP, etc.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 12:24

@Argie

This isn't a free speech issue. The DBS has the right to be homophobic and Corus has the right to not have the DBS on their airwaves.

MattK
January 6, 2014 / 12:26

Never listened much to his show, but his divorce/ex-wife talk and getting rid of Todd made it unlistenable. Don't mind the rest of the hosts on the station.

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 12:29

@Mike
You know better than I do that its all about ratings in the this business. Did Blundell have poor rating? If he did I would understand why they canned him - but in this case its all about the pressure certain groups put on stations and their advertisers. That's shit to me.

Liz
January 6, 2014 / 12:30

Wow. Wonder what Dean's plans are - he can now spew all the hate he wants; he just won't be paid for it. I hope he saved a lot of that morning show dough while he could. Hmmm...I wonder who the 'pantload' is now.

Can't wait to hear Todd Shapiro tell all.

Ryan G
January 6, 2014 / 12:30

I hate to see anyone out of work, but it was a tired, repetitive shite-fest - a bit of a 1 trick pony. Couldn't hack 5 minutes of it while station surfing in the car.

@OldSouthKyle
January 6, 2014 / 12:31

Judging by that Corus statement, Indie 88 should be proud of themselves. They rattled the big dog and turned them into a follower in 4 months.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 12:33

@Argie

More than ratings, it's about selling advertising. If they can't sell DBS, it doesn't matter what his ratings were.

Jacob
January 6, 2014 / 12:35

Thank goodness. He's a relic of 102's dark days, holding them back.

I wonder which shore his slimy mass will wash up on.

As for Indie88's competition, I've heard several stores around here, which have long played 102 on their radios, switch to Indie88. The move is on to better airwaves.

Liz
January 6, 2014 / 12:38

When asked whether the DBS would be back on the air in the new year, Todd Shapiro joked he'd call the advertisers - if they were still supporting the show then Lord Voldermort would be back. We now know what the answer there is.

To your point Mike, if they can't sell the show, then there's no show.

Banger
January 6, 2014 / 12:39

Good riddance!

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 12:39

@Mike
We're just going around in circles here.

I'm not a fan of Blundell - in fact he seems like a jerk. I just hate to see anyone lose their job because of a few phone calls from whiny groups.

DB frequently attacked the usual targets (religion, Christianity, Rob Ford) but the one time he goes after the gays - look out, end of show.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 12:42

Maybe he should dabble in Internet radio. Oh wait he made fun of h&F about that didn't he. Lol.

JackM
January 6, 2014 / 12:42

Sorry folks, but grade 9 humour(?), does not a radio show make. Time to gather your gaming devices and leave Mom's basement. There's nothing to discuss here.

Liz
January 6, 2014 / 12:43

@Argie

I hear what you're saying. I think his latest stunt was the final nail. It was heading in this direction for some time.

Jacob
January 6, 2014 / 12:45

@Argie: He's been going after gay people for a decade.

It's just that this time he may have screwed the results of up a trial by jury.

So yes, "The Crown" sure is a whiny group.

Matt
January 6, 2014 / 12:48

Wow. I didn't actually think it would happen. It'll be interesting to see which direction they go from here.

Mike, if I am reading it correctly you're the one who did this tell all interview with Todd?

Corey
January 6, 2014 / 12:48

Don't feel sorry for him. He had over a decade of pulling in big dollars - I have no idea what a morning man actually makes in T.O. I've heard rumours that guys like John Derringer pull in close to a mill a year. If Blundell made half of that then he's already made more money than the vast majority will over their entire lives. If he was smart and realized that there is a shelf life on that position, then he's probably set things up to make sure he'll be comfortable for the rest of his life. If not, than he's an idiot.

Lyle Lanley
January 6, 2014 / 12:48

@Toronto Mike

Any idea who the new morning show will be on 102.1?

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 12:49

@Lyle Lanley

It might be my friend Fearless Fred.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 12:51

@Matt

I will, but I might get him second after my friends get him first. All will be revealed soon...

Kim
January 6, 2014 / 12:53

Not real surprised to learn this. Lost interest in DBS after Todd was fired. Didn't like the Dean/Derek/Billie mix at all.

Al Reda
January 6, 2014 / 12:54

Billie has had some very bad luck lately.

First she's fired from her own show. Mad Dog and Billie minus Billie.

Then she gets Todd's spot and barely gets comfy before the axe falls again.

Poor Billie...

Matt
January 6, 2014 / 12:56

@Mike: Friends as in Humble and Fred?

At the risk of making Fearless Fred hate you more I hope he doesn't take over the morning slot. The edge is the only "rock" station I can get at work. HTZ FM and Y108 come in static.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 12:56

God help them if it is FF and his Pre tapped Banter about Cartoons and superhero's.
Can you imagine the FF and Greg behero morning show?

@OldSouthKyle
January 6, 2014 / 12:57

I was a DBS regular for years, but it wore thin the last year or more. Same old routine, no good guests or call in, and the music sucked for the whole day. But I am not blaming Dean Blundell for the drop off at Corus. The reality is that conventional radio has been in trouble for some time, Changes had to be made. I think it is apparent that there is a market for a music based station again, which is why Indie 88 has clicked and fired right out of the gates. Video didn't kill the radio star, but the Internet is, therefore changes are being made. The program director was recently canned at 102.1, this was the first indicator of coming changes. However, it will take a lot to get me back to 102.1 from Indie 88. I just can't get into Josie's PG13 sex chat, and Beharrell is not my bag either. Fred is decent. The music sucks, and i doubt this will change much. I'll stick with Indie 88, the music is good and the hosts aren't trying to be the show.

RS
January 6, 2014 / 12:59

Good riddance! Karma finally bit Dean where it should.

*gets the popcorn ready for Todd's interview*

Robbie
January 6, 2014 / 13:00

Now if Corus really had a spine they would eject the Q107 morning crew.... it was great listening over the last two weeks. Today... same crap.... same talk about the weather and what it feels like... same old... same old....

Matt
January 6, 2014 / 13:05

Dean Blundell's Tweet "Truly love you all. The last 13 years been the greatest time of my life. #thankful for all of you. #wherestheremote"

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:05

This is a free speech issue. Bottom line, if a radio show or ANY show offends people, stop listening. Blundell had listeners, ratings were decent. If he lost half his listeners then fine, get rid of the show. YOU as a listener have the freedom to listen to any morning show you want. To fire them over an issue glorified by The Toronto Star - hellbent on pushing a gay agenda, is a censorship of free speech. By the way, The Star had no problem with this gay man with HIV sleeping around with other men but had a BIG problem with backdoor jokes that many people with gay friends would joke about privately.

Bo
January 6, 2014 / 13:06

Dean was a prick.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:10

Any word on whether the Edge is going to keep Billie?

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:14

nice try billie

Brian
January 6, 2014 / 13:16

@anonymous - It's not a free speech issue. Derek was openly discussing information regarding a court case in which he was the lead juror. They put into jeopardy an actual court case because they were stupid. It's not pushing a gay agenda.

Corus was really smart to actually pull this show because they were bound to lose advertising revenue and possibly face additional scrutiny and legal action due to their DJ's being ignorant idiots.

Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:16

For one, I may try CFNY again in the morning. I've tuned out ever since Dean Blundell started. Rather than funny, the show was usually just mean-spirited. It got tiresome VERY quickly.

I don't wish ill on anyone, but I won't miss Dean's presence on the radio.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:16

Looks like you'll need a new hook to get people on your page Mike!

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:18

haha #shotsfired

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 13:18

As for the content of the DBS, it got stale when I turned 15.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:20

Dean Blundell, though he joked about gays, was just as supportive of the gay community as anyone.
People need to understand the difference between gay jokes and homophobic jokes. No gay person I know is so thin-skinned that they can't tell the difference.
The real issue here is the possible mistrial from Derek blabbing the details about his jury duty before the trial was over. That was stupid thing to do, and I believe was the reason for the show's demise. Even I cringed a little when I heard it on the show.
I enjoyed the show. It's too bad it ended like this.

Jacob
January 6, 2014 / 13:23

@Anon: As someone else said, it doesn't matter how many listeners they have if advertisers distance themselves from the show.

I really wish people understood what "free speech" actually entails.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:23

hmm, where derek will end up after this?

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:25

Dean's ratings have been below the station average for a few years, and surprised it took so long. Don't find Fred entertaining, but he's trending above the station and will likely move to mornings.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:25

@Anonymous

Of course you're signing as anonymous, because your comments make you sound silly.

1. Claiming the Star has no issue with a gay man not disclosing his HIV status is asinine. The Star has never said such a thing, ever. You're making that up.

2. Dean is most welcome to joke about homosexuals privately.

3. Corus is represented by Dean. If they don't like how he's representing them, they can fire him.

4. It doesn't matter how many listeners Dean has if they deem it difficult to sell him to advertisers.

5. This is most definitely not a free speech issue. I don't think you understand freedom of speech.

Glen
January 6, 2014 / 13:27

Toronto's favourite colour is beige. The loss of Dean makes Toronto radio less interesting.
I heard Matt Galloway this morning talking about his new ukulele he received for Christmas. Asked whether he would play it on Metro Morning he said he never would. That's the difference between American and Canadian performers. Americans will do anything for their audience and Canadians are too scared to look foolish in an attempt.

If you didn't like Dean you just had to turn the dial. It's the most powerful form of censorship.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 13:31

The "tell all" you're referring to wasn't just him on the H&F podcast saying that he's moved on, etc. was it?

NightDiver
January 6, 2014 / 13:31

I'm pretty sure anyone using the "freedom of speach" argument has no idea what it means.

With this in mind, I get that Dean's schtick was shock jock radio, but I'm not sure why he would intentioanlly iscolate any form of demographic with his inappropriate humor (with its blatant underlying homophobia)- whether it be the homosexual community, or simply those smart enough to realize the mean-spiritedness of his behaviour. You made your bed, Dean.

Give Todd his own show - it became apparent pretty quickly that once he left, so did any form of remaining entertainment. The guy seems genuinely kind and likeable, while still being able to pull off edgy humor. It would be a shame to waste his talent.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:33

Todd hasn't told all yet... he's said very little publicly on the advice of his lawyer.

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 13:38

@Mike
You change the name of this blog to "Todd Shapiro is Awesome". Don't forget, the DBS also sucked when he was on it.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:42

@Argie

I've never once said Todd Shapiro was awesome on the Dean Blundell Show. Never once.

I said I liked him in person... that's very different.

Bry Dot
January 6, 2014 / 13:42

I heard a rumour that there may be the Mad Dog and Dean show.
They will be sharing stories of being unemployed and how Billie touched their life.

Justin
January 6, 2014 / 13:44

Never cared for Blundell's schtick. Found it to be juvenile and off-putting. This was the right move for 102.1, and I like how they're moving to a more music-based format.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:47

@Corey

Your guess on the top radio talent salaries in this city is spot on.

Only Dean wasn't making half that... he was making all that.

Oscar
January 6, 2014 / 13:48

Hate to see someone lose their source of employment, but on the other hand, it makes me so happy to see that his sorry shtick is over.

So Mike - Will you be posting the Todd Interview or will it be over on HumbleandFred.com?

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:50

@Oscar

There will be two interviews. One on Humble and Fred's podcast and one on my podcast, Toronto Mike'd.

The Humble and Fred one will be on their site, but I'll cover it here. The Toronto Mike'd interview with Todd will show up in the usual places:

http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/toronto-miked-podcast/id557260245

Oscar
January 6, 2014 / 13:53

Any predictions on his future?

Does he go to another city? Does another station dare take him on? Does he go the way of a podcast, even though he's mocked others for going that route?

Broni
January 6, 2014 / 13:55

My disappointment on this is that the DBS was one of the last places on music radio in Toronto where DJs were doing something more interesting than just playing music & reading the weather. Unfortunately, they seemed to feel that they needed to "over-correct" that by being unnecessarily offensive. There is a true need for personality on Toronto radio - too bad Dean's brand of personality was so far off the charts. Hopefully Derek is OK - he is a tremendous talent, producer and father.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 13:56

@Oscar

I'm sure Dean will chill out with his savings for a while until another radio opportunity presents itself.

There's a station out there, either terrestrial or satellite, that would be happy to have him. It's just a question of how much of a paycut he's willing to take.

Been There Done That
January 6, 2014 / 14:00

It's been my experience that funny people tend to be smart people, which explains why the Blundell Show wasn't funny and why Dean is now out of a job.
He's a dumb ass.
To sacrifice that job over some bad gay jokes while fucking with the judicial system, is so unbelievably dumb there should be some award attached to it.
Yes Cory, you're right, Blundell has probably already made more money than the average person makes in a lifetime, so he should be fine from that standpoint. But that's assuming he was wise with his money, which raises a big question mark, because he ain't so smart.
It's one thing to be brash and daring and screw with the system if you have the smarts to back it up, but Blundell wasn't equipped for that. How ironic someone who loved to throw the term "moron" around so much became, in the end, a poster boy for the Moron Hall Of Fame.
Who knows, maybe Blundell will have the last laugh. Maybe the decision was mutual because there's another outlet, maybe in the States, looking for someone who can gather a sizeable audience of goobers.
But over the past couple of years, many of the people I know, whose opinion I value, in the 18-34 year old demographic, thought his show was lame. Cheap, easy and not at all clever or funny.
Maybe if Blundell had possessed even a hint of clever it could have balanced his latest bad boy adventure and saved his job, but that's not part of his make-up.
Thirteen years ago, Dean Blundell found himself in the right spot at the right time with virtually no competition and his lack of talent and humour were covered up by a couple of quality side kicks that he eventually knifed in the back.

He was too ignorant to realize what the show's strengths were.

@Argie - your take on this is so wrong. The gay jokes were secondary to the legal issues. Radio stations fall under federal jurisdiction and the big companies take regulation very seriously because it can affect future applications. Blundell deserved to be axed.

Because he's stupid.

Cory Trevir
January 6, 2014 / 14:01

Maybe I can start listening to the Edge in the AM again.

Nothing else to add because it's been beaten to death already.

Mookie
January 6, 2014 / 14:10

Not sure that Dean will need to dip into his savings for a while...As I understand it, he has several years of guaranteed salary owing.

so unless Corus found some way to jettison him for cause, which is almost impossible, he likely can spend the next few years looking for his remote.

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 14:14

@been there
What legal issue??? The judge rightly threw out the request the slime ball defense lawyer.

Fredisnothere
January 6, 2014 / 14:16

Dean turned into a massive arrogant prick. And the way he allocated the last 10 seconds of his morning show to comment on Todd, was the last straw for me.

Maybe Dean can get a job with that Nissan New Market guy or those Xcoppers that he plugged commercials for.

Now, I will start listening to the Edge morning show again.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 14:16

@Mookie

I'll bet that's exactly what's happened here. They'll claim he violated his contract with this recent controversy after several warnings.

Bry Dot
January 6, 2014 / 14:21

Did @PsychicNikki predict this??

That guy...
January 6, 2014 / 14:25

been there done that has to be HH

Willie B me
January 6, 2014 / 14:29

mike - you should get and interview with Adrian and Edwardo and get their take of the situation

Liz
January 6, 2014 / 14:31

@Been There Done That

Best effing post EVER!

Byrne
January 6, 2014 / 14:37

I stopped listening to CFNY when the DBS started up. I tried to listen, but it just did nothing for me. Can't help the comparison - I'm really liking Indie88! A lot of good people that were canned at CFNY seem to be scooped up by Indie88... so I really hope that DBS doesn't somehow end up there, cause that would ruin a great new start up.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 14:39

@Mike

Sure they tried, but I can't imagine that would not create a whole bunch of legal issues.

Every broadcaster such as Corus has a "Code of Conduct" which I am sure they require their announcers to adhere to. But at the end of the day, what we have here is more a matter of taste...He has not been charged or convicted of a crime, declared bankruptcy etc etc...the usual items covered in a Code of Conduct

Therefore, likely a judgement call for Corus to punt the show. They don't HAVE to get rid of him. They are choosing to.

With big money involved, when you have judgement, you have lawyers. So unless you start hearing Blundell is suing for wrongful termination, I am guessing he is leaving with a whack of cash in his jeans.

Just my 2 cents...

groundskeeper
January 6, 2014 / 14:43

For everybody claiming that Blundell's firing is a 'free speech issue', please walk as quickly as possible to the nearest wall and hit your head against it several times.

Blundell was let go because of the legal ramifications of what went down on-air regarding Blundell & Welsman joking / discussing the trial Welsman was the jury foreman of. Think Corus' in-house legal counsel hasn't been dealing with a large number of calls and emails regarding all of this? Guess again.

Also, Blundell et al are employees of Corus and as such are required to follow a code of conduct regarding how they conduct themselves both on-air and off. Having been hit with so many CBSC violations over the years, this latest conduct issue by Blundell put Corus management into the position of actually having to take action.

Sure, it's all about the money and appeasing advertisers. But it's also about Corus having the ability to stand in front of the CRTC at The Edge's next license renewal and say that they've reacted to the public outcry and taken decisive action to correct this glaring problem.

WearySky
January 6, 2014 / 14:47

While I'm not sad to see Dean go, I am sad to see that Farough is deciding to go with "more music" instead of "better talk content". I mean really, as excited as I am to hear more Chili Peppers followed by Foo Fighters followed by Chili Peppers, somehow I think the Edge might be better served by bringing in a morning show that still had plenty of talk, but maybe talk that was aimed at a slightly more intelligent demographic.

A different anonymous guy
January 6, 2014 / 14:50

A few people in here talking about Dean's money.

Anyone have an educated guess as to what he was making? Or any knowledge of what other morning DJs make? I was under the impression that radio is not that lucrative of a gig, even in the Toronto market.

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 14:51

@Mike
I didn't say you were enamored with Shapiro. Its his many followers who suddenly pop up here whenever there's any talk about the Edge.

Like you've stated in the past the discussion with the most posts on this blog was dealing with Shapiro's firing.

NightDiver
January 6, 2014 / 14:54

@ A different Anonymous

I can't say for sure what kind of salary he was raking in, but even looking at pictures posted on his and Todd's personal social media sites (ex. twitter, instagram) you can definitely tell they weren't doing bad for themselves, at all!!

Paul
January 6, 2014 / 14:56

Wow...just wow. Did not expect that. But good call overall. The show has been nothing since Todd was fired, and Billy...is not funny or witty. The show has been on the decline for a while. I always find it interesting on the 102.1 website. When Todd was fired it was like he was never even there, everything had been wiped clean. Now that the Dean Blundell show is gone...not one trace of it exists on the website. Say what you want about the show and why it was terminated. But I had many many good laughs over the years cause of that show as I am sure most people looking and following Toronto Mike have as well. But to erase everything, like it never existed is sad in my opinion. That show brought them alot of money, advertising, exposure, awards, laughs...etc. :(

Thanks for keeping on top of the story Toronto Mike, much appreciated. Looking forward to Todd's interview.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 14:58

Radio isn't a lucrative gig unless you're in a big market and a tier-one personality. Blundell was in that exclusive club, along with only a few others, like Derringer, Erin Davis, Roger and Marilyn...

Daver
January 6, 2014 / 14:59

Thank god that show is over. Been There Done That nailed it.
Blundell tried to play the smart guy on his show, but it was obvious to anyone with an IQ above room temperature that there wasn't too much clever on that show.
I feel bad for Derek - he was legitimately clever - but he should've known better.
Jason has landed well on his feet and Todd will too. Hope Derek does.
Can't say I wish Dean great luck in the future - he burned so many bridges that he might be on a lonely ol' island going forward. A sad footnote and almost seemed intentional.
He self-destructed with his divorce banter and then just dug a bigger hole by not really thinking up anything clever or interesting or unique to do for his job. The funny guys left.
If I ever tune back into the Edge (88.1 and 97.7 are what I listen to now), I truly hope they engage an upbeat, clever and interesting host like Fred going forward. Am sure there are many of those folks around.
Last comment: Am sure Psychic Nikki is a nice dame, but not going to miss her garbage either.

A different anonymous guy
January 6, 2014 / 15:04

@TorontoMike

Yeah, but what kind of numbers are we talking about? Like, 100k a year? 500k? It couldn't be more than that, could it?

Is there any information available on this at all? I'm just curious. My brother worked in radio for awhile and he mentioned in an off-hand manner once that he'd be surprised if Dean made more than $150k. He may have been wrong, though.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 15:09

Dean Blundell makes close to 200k a year

Tron
January 6, 2014 / 15:10

I am just repeating what a lot of others are saying. But yeah first off the term "free speech" is one of these current over-used terms that are thrown around and has lost all origins of it's meaning. You have the right to say almost whatever you want (of course with the exception of slander and such) but a private company or even an individual (lets say an owner of a popular website/blog) can decide what context is being put out.

Also ratings is important but always secondary to advertising dollars. You can get huge ratings but if the only people willing to advertise on your show is "buy gold" ads. The ratings don't really translate to dollars.

As for this story itself, Blundell has been a staple on Edge for a long time, still surprised that they went through the actually cancellation. I am more of a AM radio fan but when I do listen to FM it is mostly Edge. Not sure if he was "joking" or not, but obviously some higher ups thought he went too far. I don't mind his act too much and found him entertaining at times, but I understand the decision.

JayQ
January 6, 2014 / 15:11

Blundell finally hit the wall.
He was a Howard Stern wannabe. In fact he lifted his whole schtick from Stern.
He didn't have the market share and popularity to pull it off like Stern did.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 15:14

@A different anonymous guy

I don't know for certain, but I understand he would have been making well north of $500k. Closer to a million a year...

Wayner
January 6, 2014 / 15:15

Just what are we expecting Todd to say?

If he does say anything truly provocative he could find himself involved in a law suit quite quickly despite what his lawyers might say. Best he just keeps his mouth shut rather than needlessly burn bridges.

Has Jason ever discussed his time on DBS?

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 15:20

@Wayner

Todd's going to sit in front of the microphone and answer my questions. He'll say whatever he's comfortable with saying.

I talked to him today. He's coming over in 3 weeks.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 15:20

remember 60% goes to his wife and 20% goes to Greg Corrasco 401 dixie Nissan

Been There Done That
January 6, 2014 / 15:24

@ Toronto Mike - you are correct sir. Radio is notoriously bad for being cheap, but not with big players in big markets. Blundell was north of a million.

Been There Done That
January 6, 2014 / 15:25

Which just adds to his stupidity.

Joe
January 6, 2014 / 15:28

I wonder if Adrian knows…?

Daver
January 6, 2014 / 15:37

Been There - I completely agreed with your great post earlier but I think that number is high unless you have it on good authority. Maybe you do . . . which would amaze me. But hey stupid is as stupid does.

Cool Anonymous Guy
January 6, 2014 / 15:37

A few people touched on it but where have some of the ex-edge people end up:
1. Jason?
2. Todd - what's he working on?
3. Humble and Fred: I hear from them once in a while. I always liked them but now they seem a little sad to me.

The curse of Korrey's
January 6, 2014 / 15:39

Who's going to do the Korrey's clothiers commercials now?

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 15:41

Jason Barr is on 97.7 every weekday morning:

http://www.torontomike.com/2011/01/biggs_and_barr_new_morning_tea.html

Humble and Fred podcast every weekday and air live on SiriusXM and recorded on 1010.

Daver
January 6, 2014 / 15:41

1. Jason is on the Biggs and Barr show at 97.7. Music is a bit more old rock but not as dated as 107.1
2. Todd is likely riding out a non-compete while all this stuff gets sorted out (or maybe he goes back in the pilot seat this time . . . which would be awesome)
3. Humble and Fred have a great podcast.

Charron
January 6, 2014 / 15:45

Xmas came early in 2014. This was a long time coming.

RS
January 6, 2014 / 15:45

@ Cool Anonymous Guy

1) Jason is now co-hosting the morning show at 97.7 HTZ FM with Chris Biggs. http://www.htzfm.com/shows/biggsandbarr.aspx

2) No idea. Todd likely can't act on anything yet, if he signed a non compete with Corus. (Might be wrong on this, anyone with more info feel free to correct me!)

3) Humble & Fred have a website and podcast that airs on Sirius and I believe on some terrestrial stations as well (feel free to correct me on this one if I'm wrong!). www.humbleandfredradio.com

mrmojorisinca
January 6, 2014 / 15:53

@ Cool Anon guy

1) Jason is on 97.7 morning show and see happy..

2) is working on other things i hear

3) podcasts I believe


Billie Toronto
January 6, 2014 / 15:54

can someone please recycle the past 5 posts please? I don't think i understand

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 15:55

@Billie Toronto

I was first!

Michael Richmond Hill
January 6, 2014 / 16:04

That "Anonymous" dude talking about The Star and a gay agenda gives other anonymous dudes a bad name.

Wayner
January 6, 2014 / 16:06

@Toronto Mike

Todd is still in "the biz". I don't think were going to hear anything "juicy"....the industry is small and getting smaller still

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 16:07

Heard he's DJaying in Cheektawaga now.

NightDiver
January 6, 2014 / 16:10

From what I've seen, Todd has been doing random promo and personal appearances around toronto

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 16:16

@Wayner

We'll see how he's feeling when he sits down with me... we'll see what he has to say.

JP
January 6, 2014 / 16:18

I remember William Houston writing that The Fan made a run at Dean Blundell after they fired Landry/Stellick. Don't know if they'd consider him again. Their morning show now seems fine.

james
January 6, 2014 / 16:21

Firstly...a little shocked how people who admittedly hate the show are talking so much about it. Cicle-jerk much?

Secondly...I think Dean had little or no F@#$s to give. He's hinted at leaving for a couple of years now. Good on him for managing to keep the same shtick going for 13 years and rolling in the bank. His humour was stupid...but he sold it for a long time.

Finally...why the Todd love? The guy is such an ass-kisser its nausiating. He is just as guilty of Dean for being an offensive douche. But I see the radio reacharounds continue and he has his lips planted on the H&F show. I have a hard time believing he will say anything too interesting. Radio drama...really?...
Todd was always a follower and not a leader. I could not imagine a show with just him laughing at his own jokes.

Zach
January 6, 2014 / 16:21

this is the best day for rock radio in toronto for a LONG TIME! Lets get a new morning show who cares about music, willing to have artists local and international on to jam and talk about NEW ROCK not fart jokes. Blundell has sucked from day one and I was always astounded it only seemed to be in the last two years the population caught onto this.

So happy daddy couldn't save you this time fatty :D

Trump
January 6, 2014 / 16:25

I can tell you for a fact that Dean was making over a million. I'm not guessing. I'm not taking a shot in the dark. This is fact. He should be still getting paid for the next few years unless Corus can show that he broke his contract.

Radio pay in general is shit, even in Toronto. But there are a few a-listers who make this sort of dime. Even they have been on one station for a long time doing mornings, it is easily north of 500k. After the mornings, the next person on the air right after them would be lucky to make $40,000. Overnights or something similar - well lets just say you better have a good day job.

Jason from Sudbury
January 6, 2014 / 16:29

Wow. Didn't see this coming.
Really haven't been listening to the Edge much though. Can't stomach the top 40 crap they've been playing.

Cool Anonymous Guy
January 6, 2014 / 16:34

Another question. I've been trying to find the ratings for Toronto radio in the morning. Does anyone know how the shows rank? Earlier it was stated Dean might have been losing sponsors - but was he doing OK in the ratings?

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 16:35

Sorry, I wasn't paying attention - did this Todd guy work for the Edge??? I've never heard of him but he sounds like the greatest thing to hit radio, ever.

I can't wait to hear what he thinks of all of this. In fact, I wonder what he's thinking RIGHT NOW......

Trump
January 6, 2014 / 16:47

Detailed ratings are for members only. They pay for it. I can tell you there was a slight shift, but nothing to warrant the axe. This wasn't about ratings.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 16:49

I'm pretty sure Todd is "been there done that" lol

BilliesBicycleSeat
January 6, 2014 / 16:59

Love or Hate Blundell, He was the biggest morning show in Canada. He will resurface somewhere in some sort of media.

Cool Anonymous Guy
January 6, 2014 / 17:00

Trump: Members of what?

McNulty
January 6, 2014 / 17:06

So tired of Free Speech crap. Has Dean been imprisoned? No? Then Free Speech hasn't been taken from him.

You can say what you want but you keep your job at the behest of your employers.

If someone on 100 Huntley Street said that bible was crap, do you think he should keep his job? It's Free Speech but it certainly doesn't match where he works.

A journalist for Guns and Ammo was fired from the magazine and a TV show for saying that some restrictions in regards to firearms isn't that bad. Is this a Free Speech case? No. It's a company saying they don't want that opinion. They have that right.

I know what I can and cannot say in terms of my job. I won't publically say it because I would lose my job. I could use my Free Speech and say it without fear of persecution or imprisonment but I can't keep my job.


@ Argie
While not a fan of Todd, I am curious as to what he would say. His firing was interesting. I am more curious about Jason but he's always remained silent in public.

Radio Employee
January 6, 2014 / 17:12

Billie (Amanda) being unemployeed and not in the broadcast profession, is a real blessing for anyone that works in it. Horrible woman, horrible talent. Please, stay off the air this time, for good.

Daver
January 6, 2014 / 17:25

@James

So obvious Dean. Just chill - you got some time off.

Hang out with your divorce lawyer and slag your ex in the local bar.
At least it isn't on the airwaves where your kids can hear it into their old age.

Go hang out with Adrian . . . get him a toothbrush and while you are at it maybe apologize for taking advantage of a kid that was obviously intellectually and emotionally stunted - but hey anything for a laugh eh Dean? Dwarf throwing next? Got a eugenics program you want to promote?

I love the misspelling of nauseating. Grade 7 spelling dude.

But then again the amazing level of malapropisms on that show was comical.

James - lookup malapropism douche.

Loyal Listener
January 6, 2014 / 17:34

I've been reading these comments on here at work and couldn't wait to get home to respond.

My first question: TorontoMike, where do you stand on this? Are you a fan of the DBS? I cant tell from your posts if you are happy or not about this. Why not get Dean on your podcast, too?

First of all, I find it interesting to see the posts on here....I wish more people like me would speak up. Dean had almost 2 million listeners DAILY. There are lots of stations in TO, and even if you are a casual listener, a lot of people tuned in to the Edge. I tried to give other stations a chance...but I couldn't do it. Why? Because Dean et al. DID push the envelope - and their answer was simple: if you didn't like it, change the station. I have been a loyal listener for years (every. single. day.) and also listen to Stern (I don't like that people compare the two...its apples and oranges. If Dean was on Satellite, then compare. He and Todd were restricted by the CRTC to a ridiculous degree, censored to the point of trying to be PC, not by giving the people what they really wanted.

I did enjoy Dean, Todd, and Jason. I don't know why everyone is hating on Dean when Jason was canned, or Todd. I highly doubt it was his decision (which is why I, and quite a few other people are looking forward to hearing what Todd has to say) - and he spoke highly of them after they left. I actually enjoyed Dean, Todd and Adam the best. They had great banter. I remember the good ole days of Gay Geoff, Qi Min Sheng, Psychic Nikki, Adrian, Lesbian Lu. That was some quality radio. Todd on the Street was some of the best radio I've heard in awhile. Or when he went to Rosedale on Halloween. Or Deans weekly hockey interviews with Wade Belak. Or when Todd went on a different date for a week using a different dating website, it was pure gold. Or when they went to Ireland for St. Paddys day. Or the Meatus material *(minus the spelling bees; they missed on that one). It was the Dean Blundell show, but I think he lost a lot when Todd left, similarly, Todd couldn't do a show on his own, he is and forever will be, the Ed McMahon.

That said....I hated listening when Billie arrived. Derek too. If you listen to a lot of the interviews, Derek was the most socially awkward host and would say the most awkward random things that weren't funny, sometimes to the point of downright embarrassing. He should never have been on the air - they should have kept him for promo bits and his songs, that's it. I cant believe that Dean would allow him to go off about the court trial, which is what caused this. Billie was a horrible addition to the show - we don't care about her dating life or Billies Biz or whatever it was called. It was embarrassing and turning the Edge into TMZ. I think near the end, you could tell Deans heart wasn't in it anymore.

I will miss the DBS. Id like nothing more than the two of them to get back for some quality, uncensored radio. You cant argue that they were loved by TO, they had millions of listeners, but everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon hating on Dean. I don't know where all these fart jokes are coming from, because often times the funniest bits were the simple back and forth. If anyone saw Dean on the news, or when he got serious on the air, you know that he created a persona for the radio - he isn't immature, or misogynistic, or whatever other label they are calling him (on the contrary, most of Todd's bits were about the women he's "dated").

Thanks for the radio memories, guys. I hope some of you would at least have the decency to say thanks instead of kicking the guy when he's down.

PS if anyone has downloaded any of the old podcasts, Id be thrilled in trading some - preferably from at least 1-2 year ago. I cant find them anywhere, and soundcloud cleared a lot of them out.

Speysidephil
January 6, 2014 / 17:36

Argie , your humour is a pleasant break from the hate DB crowd.
Keep em coming.
.


Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 17:44

@Loyal Listener

I never liked the Dean Blundell Show, but I'm not interested in dancing on the man's grave. I simply changed the channel instead of rooting for his dismissal.

I'd have Dean on my podcast, but many years ago he squashed the idea of having me "live blog" an episode of his show because he read my archives and learned I wasn't a fan. I doubt he'd be interested in coming on my show now.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 17:49


Rumor is Dean made over 500K a year.
The logical view is he was fired because the headache associated with his show was no longer worth his decreasing ratings, which dropped dramatically after Todd left the show.
He will get picked up either out of market or on satellite.

3 Most Likely Choices By 102.1:

Leave Adam filling in and play a ton of music for a few months, see how ratings are...if they are not good then bring in a new show, also so the next show doesn't get the negative lash back regardless if they are good or not.

Move Fred to mornings and build a team around him.

Bring in Biggs & Barr, they are familiar to the listeners (Jason) also less offensive and are very successful in their own market.

Mike from Lowville
January 6, 2014 / 17:51

Good bye to bad rubbish! CFNY will still suck!

Been There Done That
January 6, 2014 / 17:55

@ Loyal listener - Two millon listeners a day? That's almost as funny as the Blundell show wasn't. No morning show in Toronto gets two million listeners daily. The Edge collectively gets three million listeners a WEEK! Blundell actually under performed for the radio station compared to other winning morning shows in the market. And speaking of numbers, don't you find it interesting that of the 100+ comments on this posting you're the only supporter? The Blundell Show had been reduced to a hang-out for simpletons. Surely you don't want to be in that group do you?

Daver
January 6, 2014 / 17:56

@Loyal Listener

Many of us older former listeners (I always have the radio on - now it is 88.1 or 97.7) remember a golden age of radio with the Edge. It had great alt music, a great music director and great DJs that knew their music. Bookie is a recent casualty.

The Edge was what 88.1 is now. It was a great open-minded station that played great music. The DJs were great and had the respect of the entire TO music scene. But CFNY got bought. It got too successful. It is part of a giant conglomerate.

It needs its market share. After the success of Stern the folks that decide things decided they needed a mildly offensive numb scull in the morning seat to get market share back. What they didn't appreciate is that Canadians and Torontonians aren't assholes. We actually want a smart, funny discourse with decent music - not mean spirited nonsense.

Good riddance Dean. You sucked for way too long.

Matt
January 6, 2014 / 17:58

Billie said on twitter that she won't be staying with the edge.

Sammi
January 6, 2014 / 18:10

Sorry but, Indie is no where near what CFNY used to be. It is a carefully programmed repetitive loop of some decent songs. Same repeat cycle as every other station. The on air people are great but it is very repetitive.

As for Dean, I never listened anyway.

Zach
January 6, 2014 / 18:16

@Loyal Listener,

I promise you I'm not hoping on any bandwagon, from Blundells first day in 2000 I advocated his removal. He always came off as a try to hard who would have never even made it out for Windsor if not for his father.

I was in grade 10 when Blundell started and even at the age of 15 I knew his show sucked hard, unfortunately of my group of friends I was in the minority. It was so annoying to hear Dean cry about the "bad" music he had to play before shoving shit like FUN or Coldplay down our throats the umpteenth time, even when he was at the top of his ratings.

My problem with Dean is twofold - the first being I liked Edge better when the DJs were less concerned about talking about their dicks and more concerned about talking about alternative/new rock and grunge.

My second problem is despite his apparent hatred of turds like Coldplay Corus tried to shove down our throats, he would gladly push this crap on his listeners with a feigned "sorry we have to play crap lol" Before starting his Z103 playlist.

I easily could have respected Blundell if instead of playing the trash his program director was suggesting he made a stand and played good songs he claimed to like - the problem is he didn't want to shake up the station like that (and for a while he was the only DJ on the edge who could do something like that AND keep his job). He would rather talk about gay men having sex and risk his job that way then trying to help his station keep some integrity.

Though, from his first day he signed on the man has never had a lick of integrity, he's just another fat piece of shit living off his dads hard work.

The fact you don't see his desperate attempts to be like Stern are sad.

andrew
January 6, 2014 / 18:17

Who's Dean Blundell?? If he was making over $1MM/year his contract is more than Mason Raymonds, WTF.

Zach
January 6, 2014 / 18:17

@ Loyal Listener,

I'm not a Todd appologist either. He is as funny as watching paint dry, who can forget revolutionary comedy bits like smell my finger right? He belongs on the short bus to Harveys with Dean.

Rob
January 6, 2014 / 18:35

To be honest, I stopped listening to morning radio because I prefer music that I own. When I do listen to the radio its the new indie station on weekends because they have a wider selection and it helps me discover new bands. 102.1 recycles the same music even during non peak hours.

Now to Blundell. There is no good morning show in Toronto and the Dean Blundell Show was the most entertaining of the bunch. I couldn't handle it five days a week but when I did listen is was good for a few laughs. Lets be honest it has always been the DEAN BLUNDELL show and when Jason/Todd were on they never contributed all that much. I scratched my head when people said the show wasn't the same without Jason/Todd, how much did they contribute during conversations? With Todd he was at least used in some bits but outside of Todd on the Street, how many really worked? No disrespect to the guys buy they were a very small minority presence on the show.

The show itself needed some new life and that is likely what led to Jason/Todd's firing. Unfortunately, Billie/Derek weren't too much of an upgrade. Derek was great at his premade bits but just interacting with Dean he would simply puppet him. Billie did the same.

As for why Dean got fired, anyone that listened to the show knows the guy is not a homophobe. They made homophobic jokes but without maliciousness behind them. It comes down to a fine line a politically correct these days. For me racism is about intent, if the person is not being cruel or believes what they say to be literal there is no harm IMO. I grew up working construction where everyone from all walks of life made race oriented jokes to each other and all being good friends after work. That is the impression I got from Dean, making jokes with no hate behind them like he was talking to friends.

That being said, in the realm of public entertainment (radio, network television) intent doesn't mean anything. If whatever you say offends someone, regardless of what it is, you're going to have to answer. So that is why he got fired.

I don't care if he was fired with the intention evolving the format and moving on to better things. But lets be honest, he is going to be replaced by a male/female combo that are terribly unfunny and similar to everything else on the radio. It doesn't bother me what he was fired for.

I am the biggest supporter of gay rights. And being from a traditional Italian family I've heard terrible things said about the gays over the years that made my stomach turn. But Blundell supported gay rights and was only doing those silly jokes guys do among each other. The same jokes that guys say about themselves and to their friends. To me it is an overreaction by an oversensitive politically correct climate in public media.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/a8ac764340/louie-s-poker-scene

Snoope
January 6, 2014 / 18:35

@Cool Anonymous Guy: A member of BBM. They are a for profit company. Radio stations pay a membership to be rated by them, and analyzed by them . They release the overall station ratings to the public but the breakdowns are for members only.

https://www.bbm.ca/en

And yes to those others - Dean is north of $1,000,000.

James
January 6, 2014 / 18:42

@Daver Congratulations, you've found my spelling errors. You need to keep you mind sharp - you would not want dementia to catch you unaware! Typical internet fall-back for anyone with nothing to say. You had to reach for something I suppose. I am sorry for interrupting your posting, you may continue stroking your rage-erection (don't forget your blue pill). A post back you said we Canadians do not want this "mean spirited nonsense"? Calling me a douche is pretty mean spirited pal. Typical old-fart mentality. Go take a nap before you hurt yourself. Remember to set your alarm for 8pm; you don't want to miss Murdoch Mysteries!

Been There Done That
January 6, 2014 / 19:17

@ Rob - You must be a relative of Blundell's. And you've completely missed the point. His firing had very little to do with some silly little gay jokes, they were vile over the top unfunny gay jokes combined with a direct contradiction of the Ontario judicial act. The bad jokes alone probably would have allowed him to survive, it was the other stuff that caused his demise.
Even a clever string of gay jokes would have helped his cause along with the legal stuff, but this man was rarely, if ever capable of clever.
Meanwhile, it's a good thing you aren't the Edge Program Director because if you think Jason and Todd were insignificant players in that show, you're a terrible judge of talent.
As they were peeled away, Blundell was exposed for what he is. Over-rated and under talented.

Test Subject Alpha
January 6, 2014 / 19:19

Time to fire management and a few other DJ posers, and bring back H&F for the morning show.

Not going to happen, but it had to be said.

Aardvark
January 6, 2014 / 19:24

Wow. 136 comments (and counting) on this topic.

Over on the "big yellow board" (where former embittered radio types whine and complain about AM-640 and the evils of Rogers and Bell or praise the days of 1050-CHUM), there has hardly been any comments (less than 15) on the end of the DBS.

The sophomoric humour did nothing for me. That's being said, I would never wish that anybody lose their job. Hopefully he has the opportunity to do something constructive in the future (in another radio market).

Stephen
January 6, 2014 / 19:33

I will miss the Dean Blundell Show, but agree that ever since Todd left, it has gone all downhill. Thanks for the laughs over the years Dean, hope to hear you on air again soon!

Rob
January 6, 2014 / 19:37

@BeenThereDoneThat

Most reports have them being fired because the homophobic jokes imply Derek is homophobic after being juror a on case involving men who are gay. So yes they were fired about context of jokes. The judge shot down the notion that Derek did anything wrong to effect the result of a trial. So legally he seems to be clear.

As far as Jason and Todd go, I disagree. Jason was invisible on the Dean Blundell Show. Maybe he has talent that wasn't being utilized properly but that being said I don't remember much that he contributed during that time. Many often said he was occasional intelligent comment on the show but there would be hours I wouldn't hear his voice until the news.

In the case of Todd, he seems like a good guy but why hasn't any station snagged him yet? Particularly Indie 88 which seems to take former Edge employees with open arms. I did find some of his bits funny. Particularly, his Todd on the Street segments and infrequent red carpet interviews. That being said, there wasn't much creativity to them. Some douchyness, math questions or the Toddy Tickles voice. He didn't contribute much to the day to day discussions or anything to make me miss him when he was gone. Mind you Derek/Billie are terrible at banter and just laugh at Dean all day. But at least Derek's recorded bits are funny and his James Stewart voice is hysterical.

How many segments can you name that come from Jason/Todd (off the top of your head) that were memorable?

Jacob
January 6, 2014 / 19:53

@Test Subject Alpha

No offense to Humble and Fred, but two guys in their 50s aren't gonna bring in the youth demographic that 102.1 is looking for.

Drew
January 6, 2014 / 19:59

I'm not the most disappointed about this - DBS is just a shadow of what it used to be back before Jay got canned. I used to be in tears every time I listened - and so did the three of them! Dean overstayed his welcome with all the divorce and Rob Ford talk. The fake laughing killed it too.

And back then I'm pretty sure they've said worse things about the GLBT community while they had Gay Jeff and Lesbian Lu as guests, and that was probably at the height of the show's popularity. I'm probably more for equality than the average person, but people need to gain a sense of humor - or change the station. Though it was totally boneheaded to make jokes about the trial.

Chris in EY
January 6, 2014 / 19:59

Humble is over 50?
I had him pegged for early thirties. Albeit with the looks of a tanned meth addict.

Drew
January 6, 2014 / 20:00

As for Dean's replacement, I hope they keep the "content" portion to a minimum. Adam is doing a good job as it is right now. Greg is probably the best (full-timer) at the station with his content but I can't understand why he takes heat from a lot of listeners. His content is usually short, to the point, and HE'LL ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT MUSIC - unlike Josie who'll spend all day talking about her box, and Fred who slags people for forming an opinion from information on the internet, while he holds his internet-informed opinion in high regard. And his jokes make Barry Taylor look like Robin Williams.

Dean shouldn't be too disappointed - Corus is killing the station starting with the music. They're going to have to fix their playlist if they're going to a more music-oriented format. It was a less-known, but still very sad moment in Edge history when Dean requested to play the latest Deftones song to accompany the Deftones tickets they were giving away, but they couldn't do it because Deftones was taken off the playlist. If they're going to play Virgin radio music, they should just change the station's name to 102.1 The Vadge and stop lying to us.

Rob
January 6, 2014 / 20:06

The playlist on the edge has been horrendous during the last couple years. I used to discover many small indie bands on 102.1. The bands that get on the edge now are the same played on every station sprinkled between Nirvana, The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie's solo work.

Kever
January 6, 2014 / 20:06

WOW - lots of opinions on DBS, been listening to the edge for many many many years, an ex humble & fred fan, and just like them, the DBS's time was up, 13 years is a helluva long run for any radio show, let alone mornings.

I will agree, Jason (Danger Boy, Uncle Vince) & Todd did an awesome job, Dean, Derek and Billie..well... I choose to turn them off, no offense, Derek was good, Billie just didn't fit in, nor did adwoa, brutal banter.. I can hardly wait to see what Todd says when he chats with H & F and you Mike, should be interesting convo and hopefully sheds some light on wtf happened.

Ken
January 6, 2014 / 20:09

I'll miss your show Dean. I look forward to listening to you on your new venture in the future, whatever it is that may be. Best of luck to you and the crew. Mornings won't be the same.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 20:27

i love it when people say "i never want someone to get fired"

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 20:34

I used to be an avid listener between 2006 and 2010. The show has been a ticking time bomb in the last 2 years or so. I'm not surprised, considering all the controversy about several remarks made on the show over the last few months.

It's about time.

By the way, I sent a Facebook message to Billie back in late August telling her to turn and RUN the other way (from the DBS). Guess she decided to hang in there. She'll now need to wipe the egg off her face.

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 21:01

@Kever

Small correction.

Jason Barr was indeed Danger Boy, but he wasn't Uncle Vince.

Uncle Vince was performed by Pete Cugno a.k.a Scary Pete.

Corey
January 6, 2014 / 21:01

@Anonymous (20:34)

Yup, I'm sure right now Billie is sitting somewhere thinking, "If only I had listened to that weirdo I don't know who posted a message to me on Facebook last summer, I wouldn't be in this miss. Damn! When will I learn?!?!"

Banger
January 6, 2014 / 21:09

@Toronto Mike

Do you know the entry that turned Dean off of you?

Toronto Mike
January 6, 2014 / 21:17

@Banger

I think so. In 2003, George Stroumboulopoulos filled in for the DBS while they were on vacation.

I then wrote this entry followed shortly by this one.

Dean didn't like that.

Kever
January 6, 2014 / 21:20

Mike,

I stand corrected, had no idea..boyfriend,te-te-te

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 21:50

I would love to see Gerry D or Jeremy taggart, possibly both with Adam or Todd for that matter...... Now that would be a great show!

Radiofan
January 6, 2014 / 21:52

If anyone can truly say they enjoyed the entertainment on the DBS since Todd left, I truly question their sanity. The fake laughing was embarrassing.

Anyhow, 102.1 should just think about folding because 88.1 is just so much better. IMO

Argie
January 6, 2014 / 22:01

Crawford or Smith: who does Todd like as Canada's third goalie?

Mark H
January 6, 2014 / 22:32

No love of the current iteration of the DBS, but I always found it bearable when it was Dean, Jason and Todd, mostly because Jason was able to keep them on track. While I can't say I saw this day coming when he left, Its not a surprise that it has happened.

Whether you agree that he had any talent or not, this decision isn't based on ratings. 'shock jocks' and publicly traded terrestrial radio do not mix. Stern was still a force when Clear Channel let him go. Likely no different here.

Anonymous
January 6, 2014 / 22:47

@Corey (21:01)

Yes. That's exactly what she's thinking right now.

She should have "listened" to that "weirdo" who had more insight than even that old cluck Psychic they had on that dumb show.

Lorne
January 6, 2014 / 23:05

Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!

Meg
January 6, 2014 / 23:50

They say that laughter is the best medicine and personally that's what the Dean Blundell show brought to me over all the years its been on. I've been listening since 2002 and after Jason left it definitely went down in value but after Todd left it just wasn't remotely good anymore and I boycotted. I met Todd this fall and he had nothing but good positive things to say while Dean is so quick to drag everyone through the mud. Maybe this experience will give Dean that slice of humble pie he needs. Regardless, I feel like I lost a friend when I heard the news today because this show's been there almost as far back as I can remember. I can't wait to hear Todd's tell all.

@itsDeanBlundell
January 7, 2014 / 00:11

Just wait till you see what's next!

2Cents
January 7, 2014 / 02:05

To wish anyone to be fired for anything, especially cause you dislike their bad jokes, or their personality is malicious and pitiful. You don't like them it is as simple as I have read many a time, change the channel. I did a long time ago to 97.7 when Iron Mike and I think his co-host name was Joe were the morning show before Biggs and Barr.

Radio is a business something some don't seem to grasp. They have codes of conduct you have to adhere to, not because they are trying to stifle Freedom of Speech but because they are in the business of making a ass load of money. When the ratings drop because employees are not producing the numbers or advertising revenue starts to dry up because your advertisers start to distance them selves from something potentially damaging and they don't want to be associated with that brand that is when a change occurs. The only people to know the truth of the matter are the people involved. We can speculate all we want.

Not a fan of the Dean Blundell Show but best of luck to everyone involved.

Rick C in Oakville
January 7, 2014 / 05:00

Blundell was obviously very popular over the years, it even has generated over 1500 views on a post on my car club forum in 3 weeks after it was posted. I am a little old for his demographic, but my 24 year old son was a listener, and probably fit his audience demographic perfectly.
http://gtamc.com/showthread.php?127042-102-1-The-Edge-cans-The-Blundell-Show

together
January 7, 2014 / 06:53

Dean Has his TV gig lined up anyway, but i feel bad for the rest. Derrek has a family and billie just left prostitution. I hope they will be ok. I wish adjwoa got fired though, she is a terrible person

phew!
January 7, 2014 / 07:10

Thank god for this blog! It gives me confidence that if I cant make it in radio I can always have a mediocre blog where I talk out my ass about the job I always wanted but will never have.

Jillian
January 7, 2014 / 07:56

On November 15 the Edge announced that Billie was officially joining the morning show. Wonder what kind of severance they give to employees who've been with the company for 1 month...and she was on vacation for the first week of December!

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 08:00

@phew!

I think you have me confused with someone else. I've never worked a day in radio in my life.

Rob
January 7, 2014 / 08:05

@RadioFan That is one of the dumbest things I've read in this blog. What entertains people is subjective. If one person enjoyed Todd and another didn't it simply comes down to individuals taste based on different life experiences. I respect that people disliked this show and thought it was never the same with Todd/Jason. I disagree but that doesn't make me think a person is insane.

It's humorous to see how heated people are getting over this discussion. It is as if they have to establish their opinion is the correct one when that is not the case for anyone here. There is no correct opinion when it comes to taste, just varying perspectives that we can debate. Whenever I see someone result to insults or hostility to make a point, I lost a tremendous amount of respect for their opinion.

Either-way, lets hope what the Edge says is true. Here is to hoping for a 2014 with much better music selection and unique/entertaining morning host.

Anonymous
January 7, 2014 / 08:15

someone mentioned ratings....the DBS's ratings over the last 2-3 years have almost been cut in half, so yes, lost ratings and the inability to sell ads for his show got his a$$ cancelled and fired...at the end of the day he only has himself to blame

DBS fan
January 7, 2014 / 08:28

Thank you Rob for your comments. You're absolutely right. I'm one one of the few on this forum that enjoyed the DBS and that's not right or wrong, that's just me.

phew!
January 7, 2014 / 08:38

@Toronto Mike

no kidding that's why this blog exists... Its an outlet you've used to weasel your way into the industry and think you have a voice.

JenniM
January 7, 2014 / 08:48

This is the first time I've been on the Toronto Mike site - and of course I was led here by the big news of Dean Blundell's show being cancelled. (It's a very intetesting site, by the way.) I only have one thing to say: the DB show was hilarious. It takes a certain kind of person with a rare type of humour to be able to laugh at pretty much everything on that show. I am one of those people and I know it's rare because I laugh about things every day that other people would not. However, I am not a racist or anit-gay or against any of the people/things I laugh about. It is just having fun. Plain and simple. I can laugh about myself too - in the exact same way that I laugh at others. People need to loosen up and don't sweat the small stuff!! I will truly miss listening to Dean in the mornings on my way to work (work being a high-level management position). It's like when Breaking Bad ended and everything else on television became boring - there is nothing else quite as funny on radio as the Dean Blundell Show.

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 08:52

@JenniM

If you think Breaking Bad ruined television for you, try The Wire. I haven't looked at TV, including Breaking Bad, the same since I watched The Wire.

And welcome...

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 08:57

@phew!

Really?

I write about everything I care about. Sometimes that's radio, but usually it's not.

Are you confusing podcasting with radio? I am heavily involved with podcasting, but that's not radio, is it?

Al Reda
January 7, 2014 / 08:59

@phew!

You're clearly new here. For over ten years and 10,000 entries there have been discussions here and maybe 5% are radio-related.

Are you jealous of this blog? Instead of casting stones, start your own and see how that goes.

Anonymous
January 7, 2014 / 09:07

@phew! thanks for posting on here this blog must be of some importance to you since you managed to weasel your way onto it and post your thoughts.

And I heard Dean is planning to apply for a co-host gig with his idol Mad Dog on 99.9 Virgin.

rivum
January 7, 2014 / 09:09

Humble Howard said this morning that Todd would not be doing a tell-all as he is somehow involved in some legal action...

Anonymous
January 7, 2014 / 09:16

Dean Blundell tweeted pictures of himself hanging with John Baird on New Year's Eve.

He's Minister of Foreign Affairs, in case you don't know.

How are they friends? Anyone know?

JenniM
January 7, 2014 / 09:19

@TorontoMike

Someone else actually told me to watch The Wire the other day when I was going on about BB! I will have to check it out !

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 09:22

@JenniM

Trust me, it's the greatest show of all-time. I've watched the entire series twice and I'm itching to do it again.

Fair Warning: this feeling you have about BB will all but dissipate after you finish The Wire.

Anonymous
January 7, 2014 / 09:24

Maybe Dean will soon be announced as Ambassador to Fartjokemania

Argie
January 7, 2014 / 09:30

Official mantra for the 30 something crowd:

"I will frequently name the shows "Breaking Bad" and "The Wire" in the same sentence for the next few years."

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 09:32

@Argie

Nice Family Guy reference, but it's flawed.

It's "The Wire" and "The Wire" alone that should be named in the same sentence forever.

Btw, I promised to write about the Breaking Bad finale 6 months after it aired. That's coming up!

Oscar
January 7, 2014 / 09:32

@Argie Are you unemployed?

JenniM
January 7, 2014 / 09:33

@Argie

I am 48 but thanks for the compliment :)

I denote simile
January 7, 2014 / 09:59

A friend of mine knows Derek and he told me last week that Derek already had an interview with a Rogers owned station lined up. So this doesn't come as a surprise to me that the show has basically been gone since the suspension started. As for dean, I've heard that he already filmed a spot for an episode of mr d, so perhaps he's ready to move into the world of tv. Billie will end up somewhere, maybe she can work on of those can chat websites where she takes her clothes off

JJ
January 7, 2014 / 11:14

Edge is terrible and has been for a long time but I'm mystified by people who claim indie88 is a saviour. They play the same modern rock songs as everyone else, all chart based. They throw in a few overplayed 'classics' of popular bands. Hell, they're playing U2, Adele, last season't American Idol winner, Amy Winehouse, Hip, Pearl Jam, Coldplay. It's boring and predictable as hell.

JJ
January 7, 2014 / 11:17

Oh, forgot to point out that Edge and Indie play about 80 percent of the same songs. The playlists are nearly identical.

Bry dot
January 7, 2014 / 11:39

Yes unfortunately indie 88 have fallen into the edge102 Playlist crap. Enough of Nirvana & RHCP/

Mookie
January 7, 2014 / 12:08

For all those who thought that indie88 would be a refreshing change, the problem is there is no way it can succeed financially playing unfamiliar music.

Fact is, unless you appeal to a wider audience, advertisers and agencies won't include you on their buy.

So at some point in time, their playlist is going to probably look more and more like the Edge...

Like every station before which launches and promises to play music you won't hear anywhere else, they either fail miserably, or start to sound like all the others.

There is a reason you hear the same songs over and over again all over the place...because that unfortunately is what the masses want.

visitor
January 7, 2014 / 12:08

I'm kinda 'meh' on this whole situation. Good or bad, I'm thinking it's just time for a change. 13 years is a long time, so on to the next....

And also, the best memory I have of the DBS show is back in the days with Jason, and the impromptu 'rubbin' on my ballsack' little ditty. Holy hell I was in absolute stitches from that one. That's one for the archives.

Matt W
January 7, 2014 / 12:18

Pro-DBS... Anti-DBS... why can't we all just get along?!

I'm more interested to see what Corus fills the void with than why the void was created. It would be nice if they did something innovative. They probably won't but it would be nice.

What's with the anonymous posts? I'm speaking about the choice of handle not the content of the aforementioned posts. Use a name people.

JJ
January 7, 2014 / 12:32

I doubt Corus is too worried about Indie though. Their numbers in the last book were terrible and they are basically edge lite with a gimmicky 'radio democracy' positioning that is pissing people off. The surveys they sent out were a joke. They don't accept feedback graciously, despite that being their whole image. And that afternoon guy Carlin is hilariously bad. Mispronounces bands, his only comment on the David Bowie exhibit was 'wow, he sure wore some weird outfits.' The morning show is pretty bland and DJ Brian is terribly defensive to any criticism on their facebook page.

Matt
January 7, 2014 / 12:38

As someone who's worked with Dean, Billie, Derrick, Todd and Jason in different places at different times, I think they all do good radio in their own way. If you enjoy them or not is just a mater of taste, same goes for tv shows or pizza toppings, one is not better than the other, just different. I judge them more on how they treated people in the building off the air, and let's just say Derrick, Todd and Jason are solid stand up human beings...

Jamie
January 7, 2014 / 12:53

@Matt,

For someone who supposedly worked with Dean,Billie,DERRICK,Todd and Jason, wouldn't you know that Derrick's name is spelled Derek?

Anonymous
January 7, 2014 / 12:58

@phew!

I think you are Dean Blundell

Can't be ignored
January 7, 2014 / 13:19

I work at city hall and I can tell you for sure that rob ford played a part in this, he's always hated dean and the ford family has pull especially when Corus is trying to sign fordsy to a tv deal. Robs one demand was to see blundell fired and obviously Corus caved into his demand

Mookie
January 7, 2014 / 13:43

Ford has declared himself a candidate for Mayor...so he won't be getting any kind of radio or TV show until after the election. If/when he loses, unlikely to get a sniff at any show, unless it is a sidekick job on Being Frank (has anyone seen that?? It is a car wreck!)

So, highly doubt anyone named Ford had anything to do with this. They are probably not unhappy, but this is more likely about advertisers $$, and Corus taking a stand against someone who thought he was more important than the brand, such that it is.

Oh Robby F...
January 7, 2014 / 14:04

@Can't be ignored...You dun did it! You took this rage fest to another level. LOL I won't even comment on the RF connection b/c it's so insane that it doesn't warrant a response.

I for one am glad to see DBS go. It was time for a change. I lost interest when 102.1 hired Billie after years of bagging on her and going on about how AWFUL she was. Now I understand that it was only Dean who was doing the bashing, but
a) Dean represents the company
and
b) she joined DEANS morning show!

I'm interested to hear what Todd has to say - Mike - any word on when the H&F interview will occur? Three weeks is too long! :P

Also, any thoughts on what 102 is going to drum up for a morning show?

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 14:10

@Oh Robby F...

Todd's lawyer has squashed the tell-all. Now it's going to be a tell-lots.

He'll pop onto the H+F podcast every so often, maybe later this week.

He'll be on my podcast for a one-on-one chat in about 3 weeks. I'll ask him lots of questions and see what he'll answer.

JJ
January 7, 2014 / 14:10

I think safe money is fred moving to the morning with more music and less schtick than your typical morning zoo format. Total left-field guess is they try something like Q did with Kim Mitchell and find a music personality to co-host.

Bob Sakamano
January 7, 2014 / 14:11

Been There Done That isn't Humble, it's Fred Patterson. He all but admitted it today on their podcast.

Re-read Been There Done That in Freddie P's voice.

Good_Go!
January 7, 2014 / 14:18

Efforts to create their own humor was always a guaranteed fail. The show stole concepts from the Howard Stern Show, added their on twist... and still failed. Egocentric asses - so glad they got cancelled.... Now... how to be get the same arrogant CP24 Breakfast personalities removed...

Lyle Lanley
January 7, 2014 / 14:56

Why do we say the Dean Blundell Show was cancelled?

Shouldn't we say Dean Blundell was fired. They did fire Dean Blundell, right?

Lollygagger
January 7, 2014 / 14:58

I bet Dean is at home right now poking his poop with is finger.

Dutch
January 7, 2014 / 15:25

Dean and Carrasco poking poop together forever. Somethins Happenin Here!

Liz
January 7, 2014 / 17:03

@Bob Sakamano

You're right! I'm going to re-read those posts again too - they sounded way too erudite for the average schmo.

I have to say I do miss Freddie P's writing.

use 2.B. in the biz
January 7, 2014 / 17:20

Free speech, not free speech, whatever....don't make this out to be bigger than it is. There is an old saying, "If you play with fire, you are going to get burnt". Corus is now getting itself out of a situation that started....or has gone on...for nearly 13 years. A situation...or in this case morning show....went from bad to worse...so they are now ending it. I stopped listening two weeks in to it....13 years ago. And to the guy who thinks "if Dean made half that"..half a million...not even close. CHFI and CHUM-FM are ranked #1 in certain demos, the Edge, not even close. Roger Ashby makes big bucks...he's been there 40 years, but not $500k.

Corey
January 7, 2014 / 17:21

@Bob Sakamano -

If you're correct, than I'm disappointed, for the following reasons:

#1: Because Mike told Fred sometime before Christmas to lay-off posting under multiple fake names, which indicates he'd been doing it frequently.

#2: Because when Fred was writing his own blog, he used to make a point out of calling out posters who didn't use their real names as cowards and weasels.

Say it ain't so, Fred.

Anonymous
January 7, 2014 / 17:29

@Brian

A judge threw the case out very quick. He saw it as bullshit. This whole thing wasn't a story until over 2 months after the fact. Toronto Star made it an issue about gays. Toronto Star made the show's take on the person in the trial a bigger deal than the person having HIV and spreading his seed around other dudes without disclosing his HIV! If that's not pushing a gay agenda I don't know what is. Would you like more people with HIV getting around with randoms in the city of Toronto?

Toronto Mike
January 7, 2014 / 17:30

@Anonymous

Please take your homophobia to another blog.

XNYGAL
January 7, 2014 / 17:33

re: That guy 14:25 post; might be but more likely is HH's sidekick Freddie P. Why? I just finished listening to their podcast, and Freddie P. basically said the same thing on the show today.

Bob Sakamano
January 7, 2014 / 17:35

@Corey

I'm positive.

use 2.B. in the biz
January 7, 2014 / 17:50

ok, I'm catching up, so despite my comment, I find it difficult to believe Dean was getting anywhere near 1 million Mr. Trump. Your next sentence is wrong. Proof. Ingrid S. has been with CHUM-FM north of 35 years, and being next to the morning show, trust me, she makes well north of $40k...well north of $100, maybe $200 (I worked for the company for a long time, so I'm familiar with pay scales). If in fact Dean made $1 million, then Corus isn't that smart. And by the way, John Cassidy is one of the most respected leaders in the business, he wouldn't pay this douche anywhere near that!

Mike
January 7, 2014 / 18:06

If dean had picked the music, it would have been ACDC and the foo fighters all day. Needless to say, he's not a music guy.

I stopped listening maybe a week after Todd "left" the show. I listened only for a reason for his dismissal. I'm glad I did my part to have dean removed for his pedestal.

Ray D.O. guy
January 7, 2014 / 18:38

re: Lollygagger....Dean is at home poking his poop. Well, you know what they say, SHIT stinks!

Also been there done that
January 7, 2014 / 18:52

BeenThereDoneThat is definitely Fred Patterson.

A. Non E. Mous
January 7, 2014 / 18:57

I hear after a cooling off period Dean will be back on our...oops, I mean....The Edge. Stranger things have happened. Scott Fox was canned on Z103 and then hired back a year later! Why? They couldn't get anyone better. Corey and Kim were a disaster! (Yes, I know...just being funny...its Corey and Amy A.)

Y. Me
January 7, 2014 / 19:07

The story in the Toronto Star today fits in under the heading, "The Star Gets Action". So, the Star is responsible for the cancelling of the Dean Blundell Show? Seriously? (NOT)

poopermann
January 7, 2014 / 19:19

Jason Barr is having the last laugh. His show is doing great. 97.7 plays great music while 102 plays skinny jean, beardo, hippie garbage. Todd was and is a goof and Dean is a pile of crap. I wish nothing but the worst for them both. I also hope that Fred gets hit by a car.

R.U. Kidding Me?
January 7, 2014 / 20:49

Blundell makes "north of a million". Highly unlikely. People in general...especially ones in this business...have always had grossly overinflated opinions about what others are paid. Almost always way too high vs. reality. Trump - you could be anyone. Just like me. Just because someone told someone or someone says something, doesn't make it so. If CFNY was a #1 station overall, in numerous demos, etc., then maybe so, but they are so far from a #1 ranked station it isn't funny. The morning show might be ranked #1 in one niche demo, but again, that doesn't mean Dean makes 1 million dollars. The only ways I would ever believe that are 1) Dean shows me his paycheque or 2) John Cassidy, President of Corus, confirms it.

Not Kidding You
January 7, 2014 / 22:12

Swallow it R.U. , Blundell was making that kind of dough. The Edge morning show was king in males 18-34. A big revenue driver and the host was paid accordingly. Blundell was paid a tiny fraction of what the morning show generated in dollars - but it was still a mill. Believe it. People in general always hate it when someone else makes king sized dough.

Radio does not pay
January 7, 2014 / 22:26

Blundell makes a million? ha! You guys are so full of poop.
I bet Blundell makes about 400K. Maybe more if he hits a bonus.
Bobcat, Erin Davis, Marilyn Denis and Denninger might make closer to a large salary, maybe over 700K with a ratings bonus.

I'm tired of radio people running their mouth about how much they make.

They don't make jack! I know, I work in radio. Afternoon host in the city (a good one) probably makes 70-90k. Swing shift 35-40K.

Look at the homes these people live in, what they drive, where they go for vacation. Many (and I do mean many) are FAR from well to do.

Lollygagger
January 7, 2014 / 23:30

Yes, it's true! Dean did make $1 million dollars a year, payable in pesos.

Johnny on the spot
January 7, 2014 / 23:52

Truth that i hear, Dean lost weight, got divorced, got a new girlfriend and now thinks he is ready for TV. His head was so inflated that he spent more time day dreaming of being a big TV star rather then focusing on the show. Ego and greed are a deadly combo. I highly doubt this firing was strictly about the trial and more about an easy way out of a contract issue. As far as pay goes, it is crazy to think but yes he did make north of $500k. I hope Todd sheds some light on his ego. Sommmmethiiinngggg is happeningggg here!

beaches
January 8, 2014 / 06:57

Dean is getting into politics. Read between the lines and you'll see thats the area hes headed

around the world
January 8, 2014 / 07:00

Dean tweeted that he will be spilling the beans on what happend very soon. He says it'll be an interesting read. I'm assuming Dean is trying to steal the thunder from todds world awaiting interview with torono Mike

Kyle from Peterborough
January 8, 2014 / 09:20

A friend of mine is a former coworker of DB. She works in radio.

She confirmed he did NOT make anywhere near a million.

Argie
January 8, 2014 / 10:08

@Anonymous 17:29
Yeah, don't be bringing truth and common sense to this blog (called homophobia by the pc crowd). That kind of stuff is never allowed.

Anonymous
January 8, 2014 / 11:33

Good riddence , dean has stunk up the air waves far too long. My only worry is that he joins indy and ruins that great station. Allan cross if you have any sense please dont ruin the good thing u have with indy by bringing dean there

Anonymous
January 8, 2014 / 12:11

I stopped listening to the DB show shortly after Jason Barr was let go as he was the voice of reason compared to the other two mouth breathers that didn't know when to stop a joke. It was the same old shtick every day. Dean would read the weird news from the previous day then they would have a call in contest with the craziest story winning (spoiler: it was usually a fake story about a lady having a threesome with her room mate). Quite frankly the whole station has become dull, boring, and lifeless. They should just rename it 102.1 Easy Rock as it is almost the same music you hear on the easy listening stations.

Anna
January 8, 2014 / 12:58

I have mixed feelings about this development. For many years I've listened to DBS because my husband would have it on in the mornings. For sure there were some moments that had us in stitches, but there were even more when we just cringed. Maybe our tastes have evolved as our lives had changed, and I guess this cancellation is just another change. I really have to say that Dean was my least favourite personality on the show though. Others were funnier, smarter or nicer. He just struck me as that insecure teenage bully who is trying hard to be liked and do what society accepts, but just can't overcome that impulse to snap back at people or demean them. I don't even think he's a bad person. He's tried so many times to rationalize the offensive things he said about women, gays, individuals. He doesn't think himself to be a bully or a mean guy - after all he probably cares about a lot of people. Each one of us is a bit of a narcissist and really Dean just can't hide it as well as we do. I think I heard him explain this as being "real" or whatever, but sadly, I think it's just a lack of skill, of self-regulation. Anyways, I wish him well as a person. I won't miss him on the radio.

spiritofradio
January 8, 2014 / 13:37

Why do you haters keep listening if you did not like it. Change the channel!!. I don't like 99.9 or 104.5, so I don't listen instead of bashing them. Corus is going in a new direction.....downward.....half the music they play is crap so enjoy more Billy Talent everyone....after 30 years as a diehard 102.1 er, I will be at 88.1 where the spirt of radio lives on.....Good luck Dean in your future endevours..

Daver
January 8, 2014 / 15:03

I don't wish the guy ill, but he decided to be a shockjock. And I have to say I am proud that Canadians don't like that crap.

CFNY was the great station of my and so many other's youth. From the late 80s it was the best station out there. Allan Cross, Bookie, Humble and Fred etc.

Then . . . it became the poor ugly cousin of Howard Stern.

At least Stern has his moments of semi-cleverness. Not many mind you.

This show - there were glimmers of hope with Todd. Jason had unplugged after being passed over. Derek - had his moments.

The key thing was that Dean was the centre and had nothing to offer: not funny, not personable, not interesting and not so smart as Been There has so eloquently confirmed.

Future: municipal or federal politics.

JJ
January 8, 2014 / 15:42

I have no idea how people are deluding themselves into believing that indie88 is some great beacon of hope. They play the same boring, predictable modern rock songs every other modern rock format plays, in heavy rotation. The personalities are boring and read the same stories from buzzfeed. They're cashing in on Alan Cross' reputation but even he seems to have lost the plot.

CHUMFM
January 8, 2014 / 17:47

re: Spiritofradio....I agree, I can change the channel...and do....right off lots of times! But why bash?...because....they need to know that not everything they do works. They need to hear constructive criticisms. Trust me...there are so many big egos in certain radio/tv company buildings they otherwise think everything just rolls along and is fine. The CHUM-FMs continue to bring in the big ad dollars, yes, but now with the same 20 songs over and over and over again, and personally I want them to strive for a much more diverse playlist that lots of us would listen to a lot longer and not bash! Hearing a Carley Rae Jepson hit 500 times is not good radio in my opinion.

Trump
January 8, 2014 / 17:54

@R.U. Kidding Me & @Radio does not pay: You are right, I could be anyone. If you read all my posts, you would have read that I said radio does not pay, except for the "few" in each market.

I could give a rats ass if you believe me or not. I am telling you for a fact, Dean was making over $1,000,00 and HE STILL IS drawing that paycheck.

You think Bobcat is only making $700,000? haha. This I don't know for a fact, but it has to be at least double that.

Want to verify paychecks? Buy a single share in Corus (or Rogers) - you now become a shareholder and are privy to the books.

boolab
January 8, 2014 / 19:15

Maybe im late to the party but I just heard Todd doing a radio spot for Downtown Audi. "me and my fiancé just got cars at DA"......

Anna
January 8, 2014 / 19:34

@spiritofradio
I personally didn't always change the station because of a few reasons. First, it wasn't all horrible all the time, second, there wasn't anything much better anywhere else on, third, sometimes my husband would turn it on for the music and it was just in the background. But I don't get your point, we can only totally love the show and want it to stay on, or hate it and want it turned off/cancelled? Because life usually falls somewhere in the middle. It's not like most people who didn't like it are going out of their way to make Dean's life miserable. They're just stating an opinion. For some of us "haters", it's we just didn't like it enough to care. I'm sorry that this cancellation has made you sad.

Mike
January 8, 2014 / 20:05

The show started going down the tube when Dean kept bantering about his divorce, Adrian, or Rob Ford. When Todd left, the show just went bad, especially when no apparent reason was given why he was let go in the first place. (Very hypocritical when Dean keeps bashing Rob Fords openness to the public).

Even though some stuff that they say I dont agree with, the DBS gave me some good laughs over the years making the mornings better, thanks for Todd, Derek, Dean for the laughs over the years...

But to be honest radio in general is going down the drain, all the music you want to listen to can be found on youtube... plus there are some good podcasts out there such as the Joe Rogan Experience or Dan Carlin that are much more inspiring, interesting and engaging than brain dead commentary of pop culture.

Anonymous
January 8, 2014 / 20:49

confirmed: Fearless Fred takes over on monday. unsure if permanent!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Lollygagger
January 8, 2014 / 20:58

How do I get a gig making $1 million dollars a year talking about penis, poop, balls, beaver and tatas?

New York
January 8, 2014 / 21:22

The saddest part of all this is that dean and his show no matter what and who it entailed has been a part of my life for 13 years, I got my morning news from him and I got laughs from him all day. On long car trips I'd listen to his podcasts ( which by the way is there anywhere to get them now????).

I'll miss everyone, Adrian and phychic Nikki included! I hope dean finds another outlet because I'll for sure follow him. I loved his humour and his cast of characters and bits. Yeah there were some stumbles along the way and some shady behind the scenes firings and what not, but that's the biz. I'm sure dean/Corus thought the changes they made would keep the show fresh in the radio world, even if they may have been wrong on some changes I don't feel they were made cold heartedly. I was a huge fan of DBS and I don't care if people wanna call me immature or dumb, it was my morning show and the edge has taken it from me and I feel a little empty waking up to dean free mornings.

I miss you dean, I hope your not gone from our lives completely. Life's too short not to laugh

Lollygagger
January 8, 2014 / 23:49

^^ Hold that thought while I get my violin.

Allie
January 9, 2014 / 13:00

@ Anonymous - 00:29
That video of Gary and Dino is intense..
Dean was good in his own right.. maybe he didn't please everyone but he did have a lot of listeners. It's a shame I did like the show. It will be interesting to see who takes over the show.

Toronto Mike
January 9, 2014 / 13:04

Fearless Fred will be taking over mornings on 102.1 starting Monday: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/01/fearless_fred_in_the_morning_on_1.html

Kyle from Peterborough
January 9, 2014 / 18:39

Man, are you guys serious?

With respect to privacy matters, I won't reveal what DB drives, etc but the proof is in the pudding.

He was NOT making $1,000,000. My friend worked with him a few years ago but was fired. She confirmed he made 6 figures but nothing big.

Please enlighten me, where is this information coming from?

Pete
January 9, 2014 / 20:04

@Lollygagger a Million Dollars, paid out in pesos, is still a Million Dollars.

DB made $77000 and Todd worked for tips. My estimate is every bit as probable as all the other "estimates" here. Who cares, he's off the air and you will never *know* how much he made.

DB as a politician, that's the funniest thing I've heard all year. If he really is going in to politics, he won't get his own family voting for him and there isn't a party around that would associate with him.

--Pete

Lollygagger
January 9, 2014 / 23:45

Okay, Dean made $1 miilion pesos. Happy?

wow
January 10, 2014 / 15:52

It's getting a bit out of control now - the Star is claiming they are responsible for Blundell's firing lol

Lulz
January 10, 2014 / 22:04

Dean isn't a homophobe ..... He always loved every opportunity to talk about cock....I always thought it was because he was into cock. Nothing wrong with that.

Has a mean spirit though.....found it tired and boring for the most part.

ClamLicker
January 10, 2014 / 22:05

I just really feel bad for Billie. I mean really, the poor chick finally re-appears and just as she does and recently officially announces that she had signed to co-host the DBS.....she gets cancelled. Any idea what her situation going forward is Mike /anyone??

Anonymous
January 12, 2014 / 00:06

Seriously? Whose dumb idea was it to bring aboard Billie? I'm not saying she's bad, just that she was out of her element. It was almost as if she was hesitant to engage in all the gay cock talk from Dean. Can you blame the girl? Just a lot of laughing from her, not much more to contribute. The show was destined to doom one way or the other. It was really only a matter of time.

She should look into a career change. That's just my 2 cents.

Shane brookes
January 12, 2014 / 00:08

I've listened to the show for 8 years. When Jay was fired I found it went downhill. Then Todd was fired and I thought 'there's a common denominator-dean'. I figured it would be a matter of time. It seems D got too big for his britches. I hope to see Todd in radio again, and I listen to 97.7 often.

I actually started my dislike of the station/dis after going to sausage fest one year. I go to music festivals regularly and this was horribly run to the point of putting people at risk. Dean sat up in a private lounge and made horrible stupid jokes on a chappy sounding mic. Totally lost respect for the them. I've been to many shows hosted by radio stations and this was the worst run one ever!

Shane brookes
January 12, 2014 / 00:10

Sorry for typos, just bought the note 3

Steveo
January 12, 2014 / 11:31

I listened to the show from day one when they took over from H+F up till Todd left. The show had sucked for a couple years in my opinion. I don't know Deans contract details nor do I care but it seemed to me that Dean didn't give a shit the last couple of years. Like a professional athlete with the big multi year contract he just showed up everyday and did the same damn thing with no real passion and nothing new to offer. I continued to listen even though I thought it was shit because there is no real alternative for me on FM if you like the format of that show. I like 97.7's playlist more than the edge but I don't care for their morning show...sorry Jason.

After Todd left the show I realized that FM just wasn't for me. Fuck the commercials, shitty stations and shitty regulation these station must abide by. Fuck the CBSC (i think that's the regulator) and fuck the over sensitive loser who files complaints to the CBSC instead of just changing the station if they find something they heard offensive.

Having said that a line had been crossed with the court case. Dean never should have brought it up and put Derick in that situation and Derick should have known better and kept his mouth shut. So for Chorus it gave them a opportunity to remove this big contract from a guy who was over paid and did not give a shit about his show (assuming they were able to terminate him with cause).

But as I said earlier I gave up on FM after Todd left DBS and could care less if DBS got cancelled. Dean's a douche. I would rather pay for content and remove all the things I hate about FM. It's back to H+F for my morning commute and Lithium,Octane,Alt Nation,Coffee House amongst others for the music and plenty of Comedy channels if I want to laugh the way I used to with DBS.

Thank you Sirius/XM

Anonymous
January 13, 2014 / 12:51

I agree with Steveo.

Being a listener for years the "glory days" for the show, imo, were sometime between 2006 and 2009, then things just started to get, well, stale.

I agree, it seems the last couple years the show was lacking any real enthusiasm and creativity. I pretty much gave up on the show after Todd was let go, and tuning in on occasion, it seemed to me that all the passion in the show was gone.

Either Dean didn't care and knew his time was up and intentionally was looking to create a stir, or he (and Derek) were simply just too stupid to realize they were walking on thin ice with the topics they were discussing on the show.

Either way, I'm glad it's done and over with. The show was in a coma and obviously somebody decided to pull the plug.

Paul
January 13, 2014 / 18:06

Do I believe that dean is a homophobe? Not for a minute.
Do I believe he is a douche? I have for a long time.

In my opinion this firing was done because the show was so weak, falling back on the same bits over and over again. Corus saw an easy way to get rid of this show that has gone so far downhill in the last few years and they took it.

So long dean.. I won't miss your voice for a second

Jay
January 13, 2014 / 18:13

Maybe Dean can find a new station to talk about Drake, Rob Ford or Justin Beiber on.. and if he does I won't be listening.

Anonymous
January 14, 2014 / 16:07

Dean was never funny. I honestly don't think I ever laughed at any of his comments. Derek was funny, Todd was hilarious, but all Dean would do is be vehemently mean to Meatus, mean to Todd, mean to Adrian, mean to various celebrities like Drake, Bieber, etc. Karma's a b!%$#, and he deserved what he got. I hope he never gets a job in entertainment again because he literally had no talent other than having a good radio voice. I loved it when Gerry Dee stood up to him and called him out on his stupid comments. I stopped listening to the Blundell Show as soon as Todd was fired because he was the only voice of reason. Dean even made a comment once that he had never listened to a Howard Stern Show before...Really?? That's like saying a guitarist never listened to Hendrix, or a pianist never listened to Mozart, or whatever. The only time I would tune in is to catch a celebrity who might be a guest, or if Gerry Dee was guest hosting. Other than that, that show was unbearable to listen to. I'm never one to rejoice in someone else's misfortune (and I feel bad for Derek et al.), but it's nice to see that bad guys sometime don't finish first, and Corus finally recognized they had a real 'adult' bully among their staff.

A Holliday
January 15, 2014 / 23:53

@ anonymous, if you stopped listening when Todd left how do you know about Gerry D calling Dean out???

Dean really was the least funny memeber of the team but as a group (Dean, Derek, Billie) the show was hilarious most of the time.

All these people posting, saying they stopped listening after Todd left that still quote specific episodes need to admit that like him or not they were all still listening.

Anonymous
January 16, 2014 / 14:17

@A Holliday - I said that the only time I would tune in is to see if they were interviewing a celebrity (i.e. a Blue Jay or a Leaf) or if I heard Gerry Dee's voice. It's equivalent to me flipping TV channels and seeing a good guest on a talk show that I want to see, but that doesn't mean I am a listener. It wasn't Dean that made me tune in, it was because Derek was a good producer who brought in interesting guests and ideas.
I try to give credit where credit is due, and I personally have nothing against Dean, but in my opinion he was not funny at all as a'comedic' host. If he was on the radio doing the weather or on a news format, I think he would be successful because he has a great voice. But as someone designed to make people laugh, he just wasn't good at it. His opinions were never supported by intelligent comments. Rather, he would belittle anyone that had a differing opinion, or hang up on them and continue to berate them because he had the radio forum to do so.
He had no original material on the show. Anytime someone like Todd would say something funny, Dean would recycle that joke as if it were his own 5X over until it wasn't funny anymore. Dean should've been embarassed that he kept Todd's voice on for the 'Wha Happened' intro even though he's the one who got him fired because of alleged personal issues.
Anyway, I know people say that if you didn't like him, then don't listen. And I didn't. But I am glad that he's gone now because it makes room for someone else better to put on a show in the morning that is worth listening to.

A Holliday
January 17, 2014 / 15:29

@anonymous... I reread your post (twice cause I'm simple) and you must have intended to mention tuning in only for celebs and blue jays, however there is no mention of that in your post. Try again, love always A Holliday.

No edge
January 21, 2014 / 11:24

@ A holiday
Read it closer. He says it in there. Past mid way.

A Holliday
January 22, 2014 / 10:12

I guess I should have read it 3 times. Oops

Anonymous
January 22, 2014 / 17:07

It was such a shit show with Dean on there after he had taken all the talent out. Comical. Hubris Dean - look it up bro. I don't expect you to understand much Dean but look up Hubris.

Anonymous
January 26, 2014 / 01:21

HAHA....the DBS....greatest radio show that ever imploded.

Simon Tarses
January 26, 2014 / 14:56

@Robbie: If Corus had any sense, it would kill off Q107 as a station and create a station similar to Indie 88.1 (but not with the same music; say, something different like electronica/EDM)-it's time that oldies radio dies off and be only done once in a blue moon. That's what we truly need. What we also need for CFNY is for them to give the playing of '90's rock a rest and play new music as well.

Tom
January 27, 2014 / 14:47

@Toronto Mike

Any update on your upcoming interview with Todd? I noticed you said it will no longer be a tell-all...which basically means he isn't going to say anything really...or he will be so general with everything that it will not provide any answers to his fans. Dean indicated on his website he will actually be telling all at somepoint soon. What would allow Dean to tell all but Todd can't say anything? Not only am I confused by all of this non-information about what actually happened....the longer this goes on the more people don't actually care. which is where I am finding myself. Even with being a very long time fan of the show....it almost doesn't matter at all what Todd ahs to say anymore....too much time has passed since the actual firing...err I mean voluntarily leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Toronto Mike
January 27, 2014 / 14:50

@Tom

I just talked to him about this today. He's supposed to call me back in 30 minutes to confirm a day/time.

Anonymous
January 29, 2014 / 22:16

I'd put money on it that Todd walked after making some contract demands that Corus didn't care to entertain. This was right around the same time Dean got a contract renegotiated for 4 years (yeah, that lasted quite a bit....not). I'll also put any money down on it that Dean didn't have Todds back through the whole process. Reason I say that is right around the same time (early August 2013 or so) Dean tweets "I love watching people bit off more than they can chew, then watch then squirm when they can't handle it". Shortly thereafter Todd goes on a hiatus (or so-called "vacation") only to have Dean announce in a 2 minute shpeall two weeks later (3rd week in August 2013) at the end of a show that Todd "will no longer be returning".

I'll put money on it......

Tom
January 30, 2014 / 11:47

@Toronto Mike: Thanks Mike for the update. Please, if you can, ask Todd about his "friendship" with Dean. I was under the impression for the longest time that they were good friends and they talked about that on a number of occasions...but everything that transpires indicates that that likely was just a show and they maybe hated each other for many years and just lied about it. I would like some more insight into what their relationship really was about outside of the broadcast booth. Thanks.

@Anonymous: I think you are likely right based on what has transpired and what Dean had said around that time.

Toronto Mike
January 30, 2014 / 11:49

@Tom

As soon as Todd commits to a day and time I'll post an entry asking for questions and collect everyone's questions for Todd.

Anonymous
February 3, 2014 / 20:33

It's not going to happen. Corus has them locked up on non-competes and confidentiality clauses that might last two years. They are so scared shitless they won't want to say yes to butter. But here is the Coles Notes: Todd is a good guy and Dean is well a . . .. . . Whatever to not-Psychic Nikki? Can you imagine making money that way - what the fuck seriously . . . .

Anonymous
February 4, 2014 / 13:51

Huh? "Confidentiality" clauses? I don't get it. I can understand if the show was still on air, but it no longer exists. The Edge has wiped clean ANY trace of the show and yet they can't spill the beans? Why would Corus / The Edge give a shit?
What gives?

Stan
February 5, 2014 / 19:38

Toronto Mike
January 27, 2014 / 14:50
@Tom
I just talked to him about this today. He's supposed to call me back in 30 minutes to confirm a day/time.


Still waiting I see :) Somehow I feel like you will be waiting for a long time for Todd to come in and likely say absolutely nothing about what actually happened :(

Anonymous
February 13, 2014 / 13:19

Mike, I am really surprised there are no comments for days on this thread after the podcast was released.

First off even though I've had this podcast saved for days I just found the time to listen to it in it's entirety. I'd like to thank you for putting this well-rounded and entertaining interview with Todd together. Although I did not take home the answers I was looking for I certainly can't blame you for asking the pressing questions everyone wanted answers to. I can say however, that I got the impression that the split between Todd and the DBS was not an amicable one. It's disappointing to some extent that Todd didn't dive into it a little more in depth. He mentioned that some day he may disclose a bit more, but at this point I don't think I'd care or have the interest when he does.

Thanks again. Good job.


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