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Danger Boy Departs

May 1, 2011 @ 10:26

I received a nice surprise yesterday. While working in my backyard, the gate swung open and it was Jason Barr.

He was picking up some fragile stuff from his Brampton house and taking it out to his new place near St. Catherines. Jason has lived his entire life in Brampton, but that changed this weekend because of his new job at 97.7 HTZ-FM.

Jason and I have actually lived in the same neighbourhood for the past five years and in the same community for fifteen.

A lot went through my mind as he excitedly told me about his new house on an acre of land about 15 minutes outside of St. Kitts. He always wanted a country property, and now he's got one. But unlike working in Toronto, he won't have to drive for an hour to get to work.

"Just 15 minutes up a quiet country road" he said.

My mind raced back to the mid-90's when I first met Jason. Humble and I were looking for an intern while we were still working on Kennedy Rd. in Brampton.

Interns were interesting. Several said they wanted to do it, but very few, after having to get up at 4:30 in the morning, stuck. Jason stuck and it wasn't long before he was the full time producer of our show and Humble gave him the nickname Danger Boy.

Danger Boy came from performing all kinds of stunts on the Humble and Fred Show that got us lost of attention back in the 90's.

He remained our producer until 2001 when Humble and I decided to lick the dynamite stick that was MOJO Radio.

Yes, it blew up in our faces.

We were at Jason's wedding and got to know his sweet wife Elizabeth, we saw his two beautiful boys come into the world and I remember leaving work one morning to go see a town house that Jason wanted to buy. He wanted my opinion.

It was a great starter home and he bought it, at a very young age, and it turned out to be spring board to the beautiful spread he just bought in Niagara. This guy is no dummy.

I still receive e-mails asking about Jason / Danger Boy so yesterday's visit is well timed.

For those of you who don't know already, he's doing the morning show on HTZ-FM with Chris Biggs. It's the Biggs and Barr Show. He loves where he works, who he works with and he absolutely loves his new home.

Good luck my friend, and thanks for the box of Humble and Fred CD's you found during the move. You were a big part of it.

They might be worth something one day. Or not.

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E-Mail - Jack Exposed

April 29, 2011 @ 16:41

For all those who think the Sun shines out of Jack's ass....

The somewhat forgotten facts are as follows.

Layton and his wife Olivia Chow both sat on Toronto City Council for years before making the move to federal politics. While on City Council, they were making $100,000 a year, but they used the system to get into subsidized housing.

What they did was register the house in the name of Chow's mother who was an unemployed immigrant. In this way, they lived for years in a taxpayer funded house while being paid $100,000 yearly from taxpayers. There was a waiting list of over 300 worthy people.

They only moved when a reporter exposed the story.

The real irony is that Chow styled herself as an advocate for the homeless on City Council. It astounds me that the media never mention this.

Today, Layton and Chow earn $350,000 together as MPs. They each get a housing allowance for living in Ottawa although they live together. According to House of Commons records for 2010, they spent one million dollars last year on travel and perks. Because they're MP's there is no detail. When asked, Layton said that most of it was for travel back to Toronto to visit their constituents. That comes out to $20,000 a week for travel. Toronto is 300 miles from Ottawa.

But speaking of simple, NDP loyalists see Jack and Olivia as the working man's friends. The simplistic media play up this image. Simplistic Canadians give Jack a free ride on trust.

Now the other night during the big debate Jack had the nerve to say we don't need more jails because all the crooks are already in the Senate. I think we better make Jack a Senator!

Cheers.

Thanks to Saint Jack its costing millions for this election !!!! Think before you vote!

Ball

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Comments We Like - Montreal Gazette

April 9, 2011 @ 10:08

MONTREAL - On air, he goes by the name Freeway Frank. It's a radio name he picked up in Vancouver, where he worked for nine years.
Freeway, a.k.a. Frank Depalo, also worked in radio in Toronto and Calgary. But after 22 years away, the Montreal native is finally back on home turf.

Radio personality drives program

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Well I Never!

March 29, 2011 @ 18:16

Wow. Get a load of this. But before you do, let me ask you this.

When I have a problem with something that's written in the Toronto Star or the CBC website, what do I do? I link you to the article and then say my piece. I explain myself.

I'm absolutely floored that my buddy Toronto Mike would go to the lengths he has. He's actually posted a countdown clock on his website entitled "Countdown to when it's OK to revisit Freddie P's Conservative Party Propaganda Machine."

"It's essentially unvisitable until this election passes, so for your convenience and mine, I've created this handy little countdown clock says Mike."

Mike is actually instructing or advising people not to visit my site because he doesn't like what it contains. How whacked is that? Granted, he's provided a link but it might be nice if he explained why it's "unvisitable" which by the way isn't a word.

Strictly because it supports the Conservatives isn't enough. Tell us Mike, why is that bad? Why don't you and your buddy Romy come up with a few reasons?

Mike is an NDP supporter and I know they have a different slant on reality, but what he's created on his usually excellent blog borders on creepy.

It's sorta like what Khadafy's doing over there in your Libya right now.

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Biker Season

March 25, 2011 @ 08:13

My good friend Donny Patterson, whom I love dearly, wrote a posting on his facebook this week pleading with motorists to prepare for the motorcycle season.

Here's what it said

LOOK TWICE--SAVE A LIFE, MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE!! Repost this to your status to remind all of your family/friends that it is motorcycle season, and taking a few extra seconds to take a second look will save lives of our loved ones. Give them their fair share of the roadway!!!!!!!! PLEASE REPOST, EVEN IF YOU AREN'T A RIDER - YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT IS.

I appreciate the spirit of this plea, but I'd like to talk about the other side because it's definitely a two way street.

I tend to group cyclists and motorcyclists together when it comes to road behaviour, and although motorcyclist aren't quite as bad, they too need to think about a few things before pulling on the leathers and jumping on their hogs.

If you want to respect from cars, act like cars. If you want all the consideration that cars get, then you too must abide by the same rules.

That means lining up for a right turn like a car. Don't cruise up on the inside. Cyclists are great for this.

If it's a two lane road, don't make it three by squirming up the middle, and then get mad if someone opens their driver's door.

If you're on the highway and there's grid lock, be patient like a motorist has to be. Don't zig zag up the highway and use the shoulder. Cars can't, why should you?

When you make the decision to become a biker, whether you like it or not, most of the responsibility rests on your shoulders. You're seasonal occupants of the road and very vulnerable which means it's up to you to adjust to the roadways every bit as much as the motorists who use the roads every day.

You have to be more careful, cautious and courteous; you can't expect people to instantly adjust their driving habits to you. Keep your distance and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

For many, riding a bike is recreation more than its necessitation and too often that leads to trouble.

Donny, I love ya, and I want you to be safe on the road all summer, like I do all bikers, but again buddy, this is a two way street, and I think it might be more productive to issue a warning to other bikers long before I point at cars.

And please, lets do something about those loud exhaust systems.

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David Marsden - Hall Of Famer

March 12, 2011 @ 10:20

Yes, it was a grand time yesterday as we gathered for the Canadian Music Awards at the Royal York.

Part of the award ceremony was the induction of my first Program Director into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. David Marsden was there in all his wonderful glory to accept an award that was probably long over due.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland several years ago.

I've written a few things about Marsden over the years so I won't go on about what a great guy he is, and how much fun it was to work under him at the "Spirit" oh so many years ago.

What I will do is tell you how enjoyable it was yesterday to see him on the stage and listen to his heart warming speech while sitting amongst some of my favourite people on earth.

Most radio wanks look back upon their careers with warm and fuzzy memories, even the bad times somehow become good so many years later. It's not unique.

But I can honestly say what we had going at CFNY through the 80's was very unique and Marsden was the architect. There were really no boundaries when it came to creativity and taking chances and the result was some fantastic radio.

I remember back in the 80's talking to other sportscasters from CHUM and CFTR and CKEY and realizing how fortunate I was to be working under Marsden. Most of the other guys at the other stations were handcuffed and controlled.

I wasn't, far from it.

Those other stations may have had higher profiles and bigger ratings, but I know for a fact they weren't having as much fun as we were.

It was a family at CFNY and what brought us together was not only the David and Goliath thing, it was being parked out in Brampton and all living within minutes of each other.

We not only worked together, we played together, we grew together and the memories are endless.

Marsden, Don Berns, Earl Jive, Darren Wasylyk, Earl Veale, Leslie Cross, Alan Cross, Geets Romo, Steve McAuley, Mary Curtis, Maureen Bulley, Liz Janik and Ivar Hamilton. They were all in the same room yesterday and it felt good.

And to top it all off, Humble Howard was the MC for the afternoon and not only did he do a great job, it all seemed so fitting.

We were there to celebrate the Marsden era but Humble represented the following era, the 90's era, and it was just as much fun.

We need another re-union.

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Shwarma Gets Snipped

February 3, 2011 @ 17:52

I got a facebook message from my good friend and former colleague Jeff Domet today. It simply said, "Freedom Fucker - Finally."

Jeff Domet is currently a big shot over at Sirius Satellite Radio, producing CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Show with Jeff Marek.

Humble and Fred fans may remember him as Chicken Shwarma, who joined us while we were at The Edge, and then came with us to MOJO.

Anyway, I assume his message means he got his little Shwarma sack vasectomized because Freedom Fucker is a term I used around the Edge way back before my prostate enlarged.

Shwarma has fathered two beautiful children which I'm sure was quite the ordeal for his lovely wife Michelle during nightly conception attempts. I can't imagine what it would be like to have Shwarma naked on top of me, grunting away until he shmorped. She must hold her breath, close her eyes and dream of truffles.

But that's not what this is about. It's more about advice. Advice I can offer after having been through a vasectomy myself.

Shwarmy, look after yourself. Do everything the doctor told you to do for the next 48 hours. I didn't and I paid for it.

I had the vasectomy on a Friday and I was instructed to take it easy until Monday when I could resume a normal lifestyle. Until then, I was to lie on the couch and do nothing. (wait a second, that was my normal lifestyle.)

Relax said the doctor, stay on your back and keep applying a bag of frozen peas on your fellas until at least Sunday night. But for some reason, I just couldn't do it. In some weird way I took it as a challenge. I would be the one guy who didn't need to follow the rules.

By Saturday afternoon I was bored, and there was absolutely no swelling down in my cockal region so I got up off the couch, walked outside and grabbed a rake, which turned out to be the absolute worst thing I could do. I rarely bothered to rake leaves, but for some reason I chose this occasion to rake goddamn leaves.

By Sunday morning my baggage was black and blue and twice its size. By Monday morning I walked into the doctor's office like I shit myself and had to sit there while he laughed at me shaking his head.

He claimed there would be no permanent damage, but to go home again and follow the original instructions. I did and my boys deflated over three or four days.

However, because I had put them to such a horrific test, they remained sensitive and two weeks later after I went ten pin bowling, I went through the whole ordeal all over again.

Needless to say, I didn't so much lift a fork over the next month or so.

To this day I'm convinced there were severe side effects. I'm convinced the two traumas to my scrotum actually made my gazunga shrink, and this is going to be extremely embarrassing next summer when our trailer park goes natural.

Shwarma, you hairy little beast, stay on your back.

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A Great Honour For A Great Boss

November 11, 2010 @ 10:09

I just found out that David Marsden will be inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame next March.

Here's the press release.

It couldn't happen to a nicer guy and cooler boss.

It was Marsden who ultimately hired me at CFNY back in 1979, which opened the door for my own broadcast career that has stretched over 30 years.

David Marsden has done it all, and although I honestly don't remember him in the days of Dave Mickey on Top 40 radio, I have nothing but warm and wonderful thoughts of the many years we spent together in Brampton having too much fun at the Spirit of Radio.

Here's a piece I wrote about the Mars Bar a couple of years ago.

David will be inducted during Canadian Music Week on Friday March 11, 2011.

I will be there.

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The Biggs And Barr Show

October 1, 2010 @ 11:47

I've received several e-mails from readers wanting to know what's going on with Jason Barr aka Danger Boy. A fine young fella who was introduced to the radio biz by a couple of arsholes named Humble and Fred. Well here you go. And here's the actual You Tube page.


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Paul Ain't Dead Yet

June 18, 2010 @ 08:50

I'm finally going to see a Beatle in the flesh.

Yesterday I received a phone call with an offer I couldn't refuse. I could have a choice pair of seats for Paul McCartney's August 9th concert at the ACC for $278.00 each. Up close, face value.

Well let me tell ya, this sets a new Freddie P. record for ticket buyin'. I think the most I've ever spent on a pair of tickets for anything is $175.00, so $556.00 blows that right out of the water.

But to me, it's worth it for a number of reasons.

First of all, my favourite Beatle John Lennon is dead, so I can't see him - same with George Harrison.

It would be alright to see Ringo at Rama during one of his visits, but I'd only do that if McCartney was dead too and my limit for Ringo would top out at one hundred bucks.

When I pulled the trigger on yesterday's purchase a lot went through my head. I knew McCartney's 68th birthday was today, so the time factor came into play. I hear he still puts on a great show, but how long will that be the case?

I realize he's still slim and somewhat fit and looks many years below his age, but let's get serious, how much longer is the guy going to be able to put on a great show and he probably won't be back for a few years, if ever.

If I was going to see a Beatlle in the flesh, and not Ringo, I'd have to bite the bullet and set a new Fred record for a ticket purchase.

Please understand, it's hard for someone such as myself to get his head around spending that much on concert tickets because for the past 30 years I've been in the radio business and most of the shows I wanted to see didn't cost me anything.

I'd simply put out the word and things would happen. Unfortunately, Paul McCartney doesn't fall into that category. I don't think "any" radio wanks get free tickets to McCartney, so it immediately became a case of justifying the expenditure.

And I came up with it.

A week from Monday marks my 30th wedding anniversary and me and my darlin' had delayed a trip to Spain until next year.

This is a great compromise. We both love the Beatles, so I bought Delyse's ticket and she bought mine.

And to top it all off, we'll be spending the night (the concert, not the entire night) with our good friends Darren and Lori who were a big part of our 20th and 25th anniversaries as well.

Hey Dol. At the concert, I wanna hold your hand.

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