DEAN BLUNDELL: AS LOW AS IT GETS

Robin Brownlee
June 14 2013 07:06PM

There's so much low-brow one-downsmanship on the radio now it's not often something is in such bad taste or so offensive it grabs my attention to the point of outrage, but The Dean Blundell Show at 102.1 The Edge managed it today.

Blundell, an Albertan and a talk show host based in Toronto, apparently finds humor in what is feared to be the drowning former Edmonton Oil King and Edmonton Oiler draft pick Kristians Pelss in Riga, Latvia.

While family, friends, fans and members of the Oil Kings and Oilers hope for the best and fear the worst while awaiting word on the fate of Pelss, who has been missing for three days, Blundell and his co-host used this unfolding tragedy as material on their show today – as pointed out by an Edmontonian going by the handle of JRM on Twitter.

Listening to the podcast of Blundell's show, which runs 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., made me numb – as numb as I felt when I first heard reports yesterday Pelss has gone missing was feared drowned. I'll resist the urge to mount the soap box here and let Blundell's routine speak for itself.

WHAT HE SAID

"Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss disappeared without a trace after reportedly jumping off a bridge in his native Latvia. Pelss, who played two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL is believed to have jumped into the dark of a river in the capital city of Riga, Latvia early Tuesday morning," said Blundell, reading the first part of the item in straight news style. "Rescuers have seen no sign of him, according to a news agency.

"His clothes were found on the scene but a search of the river failed to turn him up. Edmonton Oil Kings organization along with the Edmonton Oilers and AHL Barons ba-da-ba-da-ba-da said that reports of him going missing are being looked at this week. There's been contradictory information reported at times. They are hoping he returns to the Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings organization shortly."

Then, the item takes a sickening turn.

"How much must it suck playing hockey in Edmonton when you . . . I'm not going back. I mean, you'd rather jump off a bridge in like a war-torn country in a freezing cold river than go back to Edmonton. Shame. I hope they find him. I've been to Edmonton. I know what that guy's talking about (laughs)."

The link to the offending podcast is here. It's the first item under "Current Feed Content," using the "play now" button.

The station manager at 102.1 The Edge is Ross Winters. If you care to reach him, you can do so here.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.

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#101 Deeg
June 15 2013, 04:52AM
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Racki wrote:

K97 did it too?? I have no idea who "Scott Banger" is.

These types seem to thrive off any attention.. positive or negative. I'll be honest and say that when I joke around with friends, I habitually go over the line to get a reaction, but you can't do that kind of stuff publicly. These guys need to grow up.

He had "Morning show producer for Terry, Bill and Steve Edmonton" on his Twitter, but seems to have removed it. Another joke?

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:W3f4CWj-jWIJ:https://twitter.com/Scottbanger+%40Scottbanger&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

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#102 Chris.
June 15 2013, 09:18AM
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I wrote the station manager and the CRTC. These comments don't reflect Canadian values in an evolving International story.

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#103 Michael Cini
June 15 2013, 11:28AM
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Count wrote:

Great job,tell that loser what needs to be said.

It was a joke that made fun of Edmonton and if you read what I said earlier (which you probably didn't because your sole purpose in life is to be a follower) I said the method used to deliver the joke i.e the death of Pelss (and I'm explaining this to you because you're clearly have trouble thinking for yourself), was crass and unprofessional.

But please continue your campaign to get the guy fired and keep sending death threats through twitter (which is really really classy by the way) because "your offended" and we'll go through every radio station and make guidelines as to what YOU like and don't like to listen to, that why you never ever have to be offended. We'll even call it Kyle radio.

If you really want to have an impact here turn to a different station. Doesn't the author say that this joke was done for ratings? How much free publicity for the show do you think you and the rest of you guys have created? I think you should just take a recording of yourself talking and then play that on your radio's to save yourselves from the heart brake of being offended. Save us your hash-tags and plots to get the guy fired and your letters to the editor (which is probably in the trash)because unfortunately in life you are bound to be offended again, it just happens. Get over it. And thank you for calling me classless, a dickhead and stupid because it just shows how you result to mud throwing when you have nothing intelligent to say. Find a job, a girlfriend (or a boyfriend) and

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#104 Michael Cini
June 15 2013, 11:30AM
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Chris. wrote:

I wrote the station manager and the CRTC. These comments don't reflect Canadian values in an evolving International story.

And censorship of the radio because your offended, sending death threats to a guy who said something you didn't like and someone losing their job is? Get real

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#105 Big J
June 15 2013, 11:32AM
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Get outraged if you like. Get it out of your system. Outrage doesn't trump free speech, and for anyone who feels this guy on a talk show should suffer retribution for a careless, inane comment-well you've forgotten who we are. Whether it was the excoriation dealt to a local radio station for playing "New Orleans is Sinking" after Hurricane Katrina, or New York Ranger fans chanting "drive a Porsche" at Ron Hextall after the horrible Pelle Lindburg motor vehicle accident, idiots there are a plenty.There are people we all know whom are genetically inclined to stupidity. Do what your mom said...don't listen to it.

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#106 oldhippy
June 15 2013, 11:44AM
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peter wrote:

First of all mr Dean has no knowledge of geography. Latvia has long since not seen any war. Latvia has been part of European Union for years and NATO as well. So that just points out his stupidity in first place. Secondary jumping in this particular river is extreme but is done fairly often so just because a person jumped in it did not mean it was suicide. Water currently is about 22c so its definitely not cold either. Finlay just the fact that one can joke around with somebodies life like this is unacceptable. I hope Dean loses his job for this and gets a proper life lesson, where again he should relay start by going back to school and learning some basics.

This is just what I was thinking. Latvia is a modern, beautiful country. Not only was he offensive to the Pelss family, and to the city of Edmonton, he was offensive to Latvia. I don't think he even considered that.

These shock jocks and their regular listeners, are beyond low. I don't mean their sense of humour. I've told many politically incorrect jokes in my time. It's when you promote an ignorant stereotype about people, and their home, that I find offensive. They will continue to believe Latvia is a poor strife ridden hell hole.

The insult to Latvia is akin to the Fox news insult of the Canadian military four years ago. I'm sure it was funny to most of their audience, but it denigrated the Canadian casualties in Afghanistan, and reinforced an uniformed view of Canadian contributions in this war.

I really don't mind people making jokes about my home, as long as they stick to some semblanc of the facts.

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#107 tileguy
June 15 2013, 11:49AM
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After a google search "blundell + pelss" seems like the only commentary is from Edmonton. Is the rest of the country that insensitive? I don't see this out pouring of sympathy for others that have died (whether they were in a joke or not)so perhaps just another example of ------- journalism. You fill in the blank.

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#108 OilClog
June 15 2013, 12:58PM
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Bryan in SK wrote:

I haven't read all the posts, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned. In the past, I've found that contacting the sponsors and advertisers is a much more effective way of addressing concerns. Money talks, and I can vote with my dollars.

A couple of sponsors of The Edge are emergen-c.ca (a Pfizer company) and DeWalt power tools. I left a couple of messages with them as well.

THIS!

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#109 Youri
June 15 2013, 02:33PM
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@oldhippy

I agree that stupid joke about the war and the words speak of the lack of education in the lead. Concerning Latvia ...... This ethnocratic state power which belongs only to the Latvians. The other minorities are considered second-class. Come to Latvia on April 16 and will see how much like Adolf Hitler.

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#110 mik
June 15 2013, 02:36PM
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Michael Cini wrote:

Hair...get some

Haha, you are a tool, that is a picture of Mark Messer.

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#111 Eddie Shore
June 15 2013, 02:54PM
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@ItsDeanBlundell: Truly sorry for untimely remarks about Kristians Pelss. Should have waited to know. Thoughts w family and friends. #lessonlearned.

https://twitter.com/itsdeanblundell/status/345995193809514496

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#112 Youri
June 15 2013, 02:57PM
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Our education is better. We know where Canada is, and that the streets of Canadian cities do not go drunk polar bears with vodka and balalaika in his hands. We now summer. We, too, are in the northern hemisphere. The water in the rivers we warm. The war ended with us in 1945. We do not have any family in which no one would have died in that war, you do not understand. The truth now our soldiers are helping Canadian soldiers to kill civilians in Afghanistan, but Afghanistan is not from us, it further south. Yes, our country is not accepted mock dead people. There is a saying or a well or in any way. I apologize for machine translation. Notre éducation est meilleure. Nous savons que le Canada est, et que les rues des villes canadiennes n'allons pas les ours polaires ivres de vodka et balalaïka dans ses mains. Nous avons maintenant été. Nous aussi, nous sommes dans l'hémisphère nord. L'eau dans les rivières nous réchauffer. La guerre s'est terminée avec nous en 1945. Nous n'avons pas de famille dans laquelle personne ne serait mort dans cette guerre, vous ne comprenez pas. La vérité maintenant, nos soldats aident les soldats canadiens de tuer des civils en Afghanistan, mais l'Afghanistan n'est pas de nous, plus au sud. Oui, notre pays n'est pas acceptée morts simulées. Il ya un dicton ou une quelconque façon ou bien en. Je m'excuse pour la traduction automatique.

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#113 Naky
June 15 2013, 04:06PM
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For the person who asked about K97's apparent same joke with a picture of the since deleted Twitter comment and who Scott Banger is, Scott is the show producer for Terry Bill and Steve IIRC. If he's saying they got no complaints about it, it's cuz he's the one screening the calls for them and the one the program director would be talking to if the station got calls/email complaints from other avenues other than the show's.

TBS can definitely cross the line but the station listeners for them are usually so rabid in their support for them that they rarely seem to complain about them. That's likely why they got no complaints.

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#114 Mojo
June 15 2013, 04:17PM
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Sent an email to Mr. Winters as well. Absolutely disgusting.

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#115 Jamie B.
June 15 2013, 06:21PM
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Apparently he tried to defend himself by saying he thought Pelss faked it, re: the wording of his apology. (Note: I did not hear those comments myself.) Considering he read the news report right before his "joke", this seems somewhat disingenuous.

And by the way, for everyone using the free speech defense, Canada does not have absolute free speech, we have hate speech laws in this country and I for one like it that way. If you don't, well, there's the US right there, feel free to move I guess.

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#116 michael
June 15 2013, 06:57PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

The comments that Blundell made are unacceptable and for him to come out now after getting a negative response just show's that he is a jackass. If he is truly sorry, he should resign from his job, otherwise his apology means nothing.My condolences goes out to Kristians Pelss family.

More so now with Pelss confirmed dead. The guys apology is insincere and comes on the tail of a negative response. His parents didn't teach him manners when he was young. Or they did and he just grew up to be a dumbass. Dumbass scale 10/10 .

Robin will there be a condolences book to sign or is something else OilersNation fans are doing at this time?

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#117 TDSM31
June 16 2013, 12:22AM
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Michael Cini wrote:

Hair...get some

Mr. Cini, I don't get your attempted diss at Rob...are you insinuating that its actually him in his profile pic? Uh, that's Messier. Glasses....get some.

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#118 TDSM31
June 16 2013, 12:25AM
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RexLibris wrote:

Anyone read Blundell's apology via Twitter?

"Truly sorry for untimely remarks about Kristians Pelss. Should have waited to know. Thoughts w family and friends"

Let's begin with "untimely"? When exactly would it have been the right time to make that kind of joke? A week? A month? Maybe, just maybe twenty years from now? Probably not. That he suggests his remarks were untimely tells us that he really doesn't understand that what he said was, in principle, wrong.

"Should have waited to know" What? How does knowing if Pelss is dead mollify the stupidity of the comment that followed?

Not to mention, apologizing by Twitter? This kind of apology just gets back to the common refrain amongst celebrities when they have to make amends, they apologize without taking any blame or responsibility for their actions.

Exactly....that apology was more hollow than KLowes...

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#119 7_even
June 16 2013, 03:02AM
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Bryan in SK wrote:

I haven't read all the posts, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned. In the past, I've found that contacting the sponsors and advertisers is a much more effective way of addressing concerns. Money talks, and I can vote with my dollars.

A couple of sponsors of The Edge are emergen-c.ca (a Pfizer company) and DeWalt power tools. I left a couple of messages with them as well.

Super good call, man. Super good call.

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#120 7_even
June 16 2013, 03:09AM
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Blundell's twitter apology: one dollar. "Blundell" sounding like "blundering fool:" priceless.

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#121 Big J
June 16 2013, 09:30AM
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Bryan in SK wrote:

I haven't read all the posts, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned. In the past, I've found that contacting the sponsors and advertisers is a much more effective way of addressing concerns. Money talks, and I can vote with my dollars.

A couple of sponsors of The Edge are emergen-c.ca (a Pfizer company) and DeWalt power tools. I left a couple of messages with them as well.

Testify...whatever you did worked. Dewalt stock plummeted 90%. Mike Duke, president and ceo of Walmart, was overheard saying the company would take great care to never offend you lest you take your shopping dollars elsewhere.

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#122 Rob...
June 16 2013, 10:22AM
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@Big J

If you can't come up with better examples than those two then you just failed big-time. I'd instead compare it to the nurse who hung herself after her mistake involving those Aussie radio personalities. And I didn't hear one joke about her after the news broke.

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#123 @Oilanderp
June 16 2013, 12:32PM
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Hmmm. I'm the lowest of the low. Thanks for your input. Perhaps you will call my boss and try to get me fired now? I deserve it since my opinion is incorrect. I am subhuman. Thanks. You win I guess? *shrug*

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#124 Big J
June 16 2013, 12:46PM
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@Rob...

That's about as compelling evidence as may be found-you say so, so it has to be true. lol I think you'd be better suited on a website like Club Penguin.

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#125 Rob...
June 16 2013, 02:12PM
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@Big J

You're a troll, and may be better suited to commenting on youtube posts.

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#126 @Oilanderp
June 18 2013, 02:17AM
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I am BIG! I can change station see mom? BIG!

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#127 Kurt Stallings
June 19 2013, 12:34PM
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Well, to be fair, Blundell seems to have brows lower than Mongo's in *Blazing Saddles.* It's like picking on a helpless beast to call him on it.

I mean, look: I wouldn't describe Belgium as "war torn," but it's been roughly the same amount of time since war visited Estonia as it has Belgium. In the end, he pulls in like -- well, gee, can't really say "like MINDED" can we? Um -- listeners who are similarly disinterested in the real world around them. There are a lot of them, just review the results of any recent election.

So that brings in the coin, and the coin is what makes the choo-choo go.

It's all about where the choo-choo go. And at the level "where," he drops out like a man who couldn't point to Europe on a map if they threw him extra Scoobie snacks to do it.

Like Mongo, "[Blundell] only pawn in game in life."

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