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Old 03-03-12, 09:19 AM
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Shock jock making cagers angry in Minneapolis

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?
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If I were you, I'll just let it be, get away from the radio, and just listen to commercial-free music over the Internet or just ride your bike for fun. Even listen to new age/meditation music if you're feeling the hate while listening to the radio.

There's no point in hating the guy in the radio or in TV.
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If it were just a matter of turning off the radio that would be fine but this mouth breather is impacting the safety of riders isn't he?
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Shock jocks are just the mouthpiece of what many of the stations listeners are wanting to hear.

Personally, I'll just keep my efforts toward motorists who decide to back up their personal thoughts, about my cycling, with sheet metal.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
If it were just a matter of turning off the radio that would be fine but this mouth breather is impacting the safety of riders isn't he?
The entire point of shock radio is to get people to react.

If you don't react, they'll move on to something else.
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Originally Posted by mulveyr View Post
The entire point of shock radio is to get people to react.
exactly...he's getting cagers to react.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
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?
He is covered by freedom of speech laws. But at the same time, he is instigating a certain segment of the public(I mean 'cagers', not you), which could go too far. Are any of his comments online?
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He is covered by freedom of speech laws. But at the same time, he is instigating a certain segment of the public(I mean 'cagers', not you), which could go too far. Are any of his comments online?
other than podcasts I don't think so.
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Wasn't there a DJ who got sued several years ago because some knuckle-dragging cretin actually followed his anti-cyclist advice? Where was that? This might turn out to be a remake of the same thing.
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Calling this guy a shock jock is probably inaccurate. He's basically a sports guy. His show deals with politics as well.
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Was there a particular event that precipitated his rant?
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I am not sure. He seems to have disdain for cyclists in general and he absolutely disagrees with any investment in cycling infrastructure. He does not like traffic being disrupted for the small # of cyclists comparatively speaking.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
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?
Listen to his show and note who the advertisers are. Then contact them and let them know what their advertising dollars are paying for. Some of them may already know and not care some may not know and may care.

Either way let them know that you will not continue to do business with them if they continue to sponsor the show. Also talk to your cycling friends and likewise get them to contact those business that are advertising during the show in question and get them to also contact them and let them know that they're not happy with the show that they're sponsoring.
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Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
Wasn't there a DJ who got sued several years ago because some knuckle-dragging cretin actually followed his anti-cyclist advice? Where was that? This might turn out to be a remake of the same thing.
Or at the very least it'll have set a precedence that'll (hopefully) make it easier to go after shock jocks like this.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
Calling this guy a shock jock is probably inaccurate. He's basically a sports guy. His show deals with politics as well.
Does he cover the Tour?
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
I am not sure. He seems to have disdain for cyclists in general and he absolutely disagrees with any investment in cycling infrastructure. He does not like traffic being disrupted for the small # of cyclists comparatively speaking.
Uh, just what does he think he'll be "driving" when gas prices continue to climb? He dose realize, doesn't he that gas/oil is a finite resource and that it will eventually run out.
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Or at the very least it'll have set a precedence that'll (hopefully) make it easier to go after shock jocks like this.
It makes me wonder if Tony Kornheiser or ESPN was ever sued as a result of TK's remarks about cycling.
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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.
Yeah, whatever did happen with that "case?" Does anyone know?
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In Australia there are laws which make it illegal to incite people to break the law. Get a lawyer to write this guy a letter?
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I guess our forums don't cast as wide a net as I thought it might. Nobody from Minneapolis responding.
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Originally Posted by GraysonPeddie View Post
If I were you, I'll just let it be, get away from the radio, and just listen to commercial-free music over the Internet or just ride your bike for fun. Even listen to new age/meditation music if you're feeling the hate while listening to the radio.

There's no point in hating the guy in the radio or in TV.
Try this
http://www.108.pl/ambient/index.php
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What is it with Minneapolis/St Paul? It seems all the talk show hosts used to be sports writers for the local papers.
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I already have Live365 for listening to ambient music, so thanks anyway, but aren't you directing your comment to the original poster of the thread?
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I already have Live365 for listening to ambient music, so thanks anyway, but aren't you directing your comment to the original poster of the thread?
If he is, I don't need the advice either.
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I am not sure. He seems to have disdain for cyclists in general and he absolutely disagrees with any investment in cycling infrastructure. He does not like traffic being disrupted for the small # of cyclists comparatively speaking.
He will probably get away with his rant, whereas, Tony Kornheiser was 'called to the carpet', by Lance Armstrong. So the idiot DJ in Minn./St. Paul, won't get reprimanded by the station's programming director, or by the company that owns the station.
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