August 28, 2007 @ 08:02
I think it's only fair that I answer all the enquiries I've received about a posting I made, and then withdrew on Friday.
It dealt with a column by Dean Blundell is last weeks EyeWeekly.com.
Entitled "Radio People Are Weird" Dean uses his column to describe some of the more distasteful people he's met in the radio business since he came to Toronto about seven years ago.
Call me naive, but I figured if the column had been written and then published in a Toronto newspaper it had been cleared and it would be totally acceptable for me to have some fun with it.
In the column Dean describes people, but he doesn't name them, so I thought it would be fun on FreddieP.ca to play along and get my readers to actually guess who he was talking about.
Crazy me, I never dreamed that half the people Dean was talking about were people he works with at One Dundas West, including a couple I think quite highly of.
Needless to say a little bit of shit hit the fan over the Eye article in a corner office and I guess it didn't help that I had perpetuated the thing by asking my readers to play the "name game."
Hey, I'm not stupid, somebody in my position can't be pissing anyone off, so when I received an e-mail asking me to withdraw the posting, I did.
The person who asked me is a long time friend and colleague, dating back to the CFNY studios above the strip mall in Brampton, so as a favour to him I did what I thought was right.
And just so you don't have to play the name game in this case, I'll let you know that it was Edge Program Director Alan Cross.
I guess Alan didn't want anyone to suffer any further embarrassment and I can respect that.
I feel bad that what I first thought was an amusing and edgy article had become a bit of an issue between some people I know and respect..
On the flip side, the rapid response that FreddieP.ca got from someone of the stature of Alan Cross actually makes me feel pretty good.
And that's the truth.