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Old 03-04-12, 03:13 PM
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Or people from Minneapolis could call the station and simply tell them that as long as he rants against cyclist, cyclist are not going to buy from the advertisers of his program. Or people not from Minneapolis could call the Chamber of Commerce there and tell them we are crossing their city off our travels, and tell them why. Money talks.
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Old 03-04-12, 06:04 PM
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Maybe the local cycling advocacy group can rent a billboard about $7 a gallon gasoline, and reference his name on it?
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Old 03-05-12, 12:36 AM
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The Sabo bridge failure has people in a tizzy lately, so that may have contributed to his rant.

I say leave it alone. I haven't noticed any difference. He's just repeating the attitude most of his listeners.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Or people from Minneapolis could call the station and simply tell them that as long as he rants against cyclist, cyclist are not going to buy from the advertisers of his program. Or people not from Minneapolis could call the Chamber of Commerce there and tell them we are crossing their city off our travels, and tell them why. Money talks.
Why give him the benefit of knowing that cyclist's won't purchase things from his advertisers, instead of stopping outright. So he is left to wonder why all the advertisers pull the plug on his show.
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Old 03-05-12, 02:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Or people from Minneapolis could call the station and simply tell them that as long as he rants against cyclist, cyclist are not going to buy from the advertisers of his program. Or people not from Minneapolis could call the Chamber of Commerce there and tell them we are crossing their city off our travels, and tell them why. Money talks.
And call the advertisers, if that's the plan. The radio station is a lot more likely to get spooked if they get a call from the people writing their paychecks that are unhappy with their investment and possible loss of revenue.

That said, I kind of agree on the let it be part. The more attention you give it, the more likely he is to spend time on it. If it doesn't go away, it may then be time to say something.
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And call the advertisers, if that's the plan. The radio station is a lot more likely to get spooked if they get a call from the people writing their paychecks that are unhappy with their investment and possible loss of revenue.

That said, I kind of agree on the let it be part. The more attention you give it, the more likely he is to spend time on it. If it doesn't go away, it may then be time to say something.
That is probably a better idea. Because I tried to Google their list of advertisers and couldn't find them.
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Old 03-05-12, 11:05 AM
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It is a federal crime to advocate violence over the airwaves. File a complaint with the FCC. This course of action has been effective in reining in similar broadcasters in the past. Announcing a Boycott of advertisers has also been effective. The cycling community in San Diego recently went so far as to pay personal visits to businesses that advertised in a local newspaper that printed articles written by a "journalist" who advocated violence against local cyclists. He was eventually fired. Don't ignore it! Send a message that such abuse of the First Amendment will not be tolerated. Don't just sit still and take it. Refuse to be a victim!
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I haven't heard anybody advocating violence, only negative opinions toward cycling. I maintain that could lead to violence towards riders.
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Barrierrierio? Who gives a ****. The guy isn't worth the time. A controversy around it will just give him a bigger forum.
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What happened to Tony Kornhiser?

I remember when we were discussing the case of the shock jock, Tony Kornheisser who did similar rants on a radio show in the Washington DC area. Among other things, Kornheiser ranted about bicycle lanes placed in the center travel lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue. He complained about how unfair this was for people who used motorized vehicles. Mr. Kornheiser even went so far as to suggest to listeners while on the air that people should "tap" bicyclists with their cars to knock them over or even "run 'em down".

Some listeners and people on this forum alike didn't let it go. Some people called and wrote to the radio station Kornheiser broadcasted from and complained that some listeners might actually act out the injury or death of bicyclists they might encounter. Although Kornheiser claimed these remarks were only a joke, he later was required to apologize while on the air. I don't remember if there were any lawsuits.

I visited Washington D.C. ini the spring of 2011. Pennsylvania Avenue actually now has the bicycle lanes in center of the street. I was glad to see that no one was acting out on the "suggestions" Kornheiser had recommended over the airwaves.

P.S. To read more about the case of Tony Kornheiser, read "Tony Kornheiser to road cyclists: "run 'em down."

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Old 03-16-12, 06:19 AM
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I found his page on the Radio Station website:

https://www.kfan.com/pages/psn_danbarreiro.html

Maybe if some of us email him and tell him to chill out with the hate speech?
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Old 03-16-12, 10:55 PM
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Hey, Rush F'N Limbaugh is still on the air, how bad could this clown be?

As someone else said, he's just parroting the views of people who listen to him -- which means their minds are already made up, don't confuse 'em with the facts. It's even possible than censure against this fool could ESCALATE the hate. "Oh, you ******* cyclists wanna censor him? Well, WE GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU!"

Yeah, DC survived and even prospered post-Kornholer(!), although there WAS an incident about that same time where an SUV driver knocked a cyclist into a traffic island or something, GOT OUT, and beat on the downed rider.
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Old 03-17-12, 08:17 PM
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It makes me wonder if Tony Kornheiser or ESPN was ever sued as a result of TK's remarks about cycling.
What did Kornheiser say about cyclists?
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"Tony Kornheiser rant about driving bicyclists off the road. Outrageous!"

This is the title of the thread in 'Commuting'.

It was about 2 years ago.
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He has no impact.
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Old 03-18-12, 06:10 AM
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I wouldn't get too wound up. Everyone has a right to his/her opinion and it's a shock jock's job to rile them up. There is a lot of competition for government funding and not everyone is going to agree on how money is spent. The Twin Cities have a great reputation for supporting healthful lifestyes including putting big money into parks and recreation, cycling, walking paths, youth facilities, etc. I used to live there and still have friends and visit there frequently. If you can take the winters, it's a great place to live.

Rather than attack the individual, which just fuels his fire, write letters and make phone calls to your government reps commending them on their efforts to make the community cycle friendly. Write letters to the editor showing that we are level-headed, responsible citizens supporting causes that protect kids and families on bikes. Post YouTube videos of recreational and group riding in the area taking special note of the facilities and accomodations the city has made. Make sure that when you visit businesses that are cycling friendly that you compliment them on their efforts and let them know that it influences where you do business. In a city not too far from where I live, the public library was remodeled and part of the project was nice bike racks covered by video surveilance. It cost them very little but it garnered lots of attention and praise from the cycling community. You can argue on air all day with a shock jock and you won't get anywhere, but a box of cookies and a thank you note, signed by every member of your cycling club, sent to the office of each councilman who voted in favor of bike friendly projects sends a big message.
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Most of the so called sports reporters dont think it is a sport if it doesnt involve a ball and some kind of a stick.
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It seems inevitable: every spring, the robins return, the weather gets nicer, and we have anti-bicyclist rants from the so-called shock jocks. Every major radio market has at least one of these. The only thing that makes this guy stand out is that he's getting started in March, instead of later. In Boston, WRKO's Howie Carr generally gets his rant in during May, since May is bicycle month.

These guys always sound the same. They sound alike enough to suggest that their rants are written by the same script writers, and perhaps some of their "callers" are actually station employees in another studio. Of course, that idea is preposterous, isn't it?

Letting station sponsors know what you think is a good idea. The LAB has also acted with some success against these characters. Broadcast management, like management in all types of business, speaks the language of money.

Wasn't there one in San Diego some years back who made anti-cyclist rants a daily part of his program? Ugly looking brainless wonder with a beard, if memory serves me correctly.
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Old 03-18-12, 08:34 PM
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I wouldn't get too wound up. Everyone has a right to his/her opinion and it's a shock jock's job to rile them up. There is a lot of competition for government funding and not everyone is going to agree on how money is spent. The Twin Cities have a great reputation for supporting healthful lifestyles including putting big money into parks and recreation, cycling, walking paths, youth facilities, etc. I used to live there and still have friends and visit there frequently. If you can take the winters, it's a great place to live.

Rather than attack the individual, which just fuels his fire, write letters and make phone calls to your government reps commending them on their efforts to make the community cycle friendly. Write letters to the editor showing that we are level-headed, responsible citizens supporting causes that protect kids and families on bikes. Post YouTube videos of recreational and group riding in the area taking special note of the facilities and accommodations the city has made. Make sure that when you visit businesses that are cycling friendly that you compliment them on their efforts and let them know that it influences where you do business. In a city not too far from where I live, the public library was remodeled and part of the project was nice bike racks covered by video surveillance. It cost them very little but it garnered lots of attention and praise from the cycling community. You can argue on air all day with a shock jock and you won't get anywhere, but a box of cookies and a thank you note, signed by every member of your cycling club, sent to the office of each councilman who voted in favor of bike friendly projects sends a big message.
And as has been noted it also doesn't hurt to drop the advertisers as well. Letting them know just how their advertising dollars are being spent. Of course sadly, some of the advertisers may also support the message.
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Old 03-18-12, 08:37 PM
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Most of the so called sports reporters don't think it is a sport if it doesn't involve a ball and some kind of a stick.
And the irony is how many of them could finish the Tour, or ride a bike 20, 30, or more miles in a day?

It'd be fun to see them huffing and puffing after even a short 10-mile ride.
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It is understood that shock jocks are there to sell commerical time for corporations, and I can live with the fact that some folks don't like bikes/ bike riders but Barrerio does have a bug up his ass about bikers. Recently, on May 14, he was in a discussion with his sidekick and apparently the issue was bicylces stopped at a stop sign. Barrerio then asked if his sidekick "clipped one", he replied "no" and Barrerio said "too bad". It's one thing to sell vacuum cleaners or Viking tickets with shock value it is another to spread hate and violence. He has advertisers locally - Patio King for one and I called to ask if they supported this - the person answering the phone said "no". And then an I Heart Radio ad came on, supporting physical activity like, walking, running and bike riding. Obviously Barrerio doesn't care who pays him, I informed I Heart about Barrerio and they "thanked" me. KARE 11 news also advertises heavily during the Barrerio time slot - when I approached them with this - they declined to comment. And the list of sponsors goes on and on - Applebee's, White Castle, Excel Energy just to name a few. He brags that he isn't from here, he doesn't live in Minneapolis and yet he wants car drivers to run over bike riders - here - this doesn't sound like some "shock jock" but more like a chicken**** with personal issues. Maybe his mommy bought him a pink bike and forced him to ride it. I am rather confident that if Barrerio and I were standing toe to toe he would change his opinion about bikers, but after he would jump behind his microphone and call me a loser.
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You folks in the Twin Cities know this guy...Dan Barreiro, PM drive time DJ at KFAN in Minneapolis.

I'm not sure what precipitated his rants against bicyclists but now he just can't pass up the opportunity to rip us and apparently he has an audience that agrees. He's irritated that the city has a biking coordinator and that the Twin Cities are known for outstanding accommodations to cyclists. Any time talk of further improvements come up, he complains. Too much money spent on too few is a large part of his argument I believe. That and other typical selfish opinions toward sharing the road.

Fortunately, I no longer live and ride there but I'm guessing he hasn't helped the riding environment. Should we react to him or just let it be? Do you try to organize boycotts against advertisers or are we then over reacting?
What did the DJ say that was so shocking? That he doesn't want money spent on bicycling facilities? You don't mention a word about the DJ suggesting violence.

What exactly are YOU and the other outraged posters on this thread so shocked about - someone has different priorities and opinions than yourself??

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I haven't heard anybody advocating violence, only negative opinions toward cycling. I maintain that could lead to violence towards riders.
Are you serious or what?
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read post #46 dude.

Are you serious or what?
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Ok I'll re-frame this a bit. Barrerio isn't really a shock jock - I used that term because it fit the thread, he really is just a shill for a corporate radio station. He constantly spews venom about bikers through the airwaves. Most of it is "water off a duck's back" except; while we do live in a very "bike friendly" city, that term doesn't always translate on the streets. And while we need to educate everyone to the rules of the road - and keep in mind there are lines and arrows everywhere to follow so it really isn't that hard to do. Car drivers seem to drive as though the rules don't apply to them. Naturally it doesn't help when a biker blows through a red light - but after all how long does it take to stop a bike with a rider as opposed to say a car going 30mph through a red light?

It also doesn't help when the local TV news decides to do an expose on bikers running stop signs at Tee-intersections along River Road. There is a solid white line and -->> please correct me if I'm wrong <<--- we also have a version of the Idaho law here. So while KSTP was "busting" bikers they were also running the same stop sign in their van to do so and they also tried to distract the riders by trying interview them while they were still riding. This sort of "reporting" might sell to the corporate heads that own the station at meeting time but quite frankly I thought they were only painting a target on bikers backs.

I was struck by a car, side view mirror broke off on my ass, the coward car driver ran, the cops caught him and the city attorney let him off.(he got a stayed $50 fine for no insurance) I asked why and was told "it's not like he tried to hit you." Of course I/we don't know if he was trying to hit me, although if he was trying to miss me - he missed. This just shows the attitude that is prevalent around here. The Mayor can tout biking all he wants but the rank and file could give a ****.

Now to Barrerio, he spews his hate toward bikes and bike riders - often - and although he didn't say everyone should run down bike riders, he was disappointed that he little sidekick did not "clip" one.

So since bike riders don't have a forum that reaches a lot of listeners/viewers on a daily basis like KSTP and KFAN this is were we get to voice our dissent.

What could be more helpful is maybe a voice of reason suggesting that we are all on God's green earth together and possibly it is OK to share the road. I would suggest more education for car drivers but that may be difficult to teach old dogs a new trick. And as far as Barrerio goes, I don't listen to him often and oddly enough I already don't do business with his sponsors.
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read post #46 dude.

Are you serious or what?
Post 46 mentions one rhetorical snippy joke and it is the first mention of anything even remotely related to "shocking."
I suggest that acting out as a hyper sensitive whiner crying "wolf" at any and every slight no matter how insignificant found in the media fleshes out the negative immature stereotypical character mocked by the stereotypical jock listener to shock/sports radio. Such crybaby behavior also is counterproductive to advancing any type of cycling advocacy or positive consideration of cycling issues among non cyclists.
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