Dean Blundell Show cancelled after 13 years on Toronto airwaves
CFNY station bids farewell to longtime radio host in favour of more music
After a troubled few months, Dean Blundell and his namesake radio show will no longer be on the airwaves at CFNY's 102.1 the Edge.
Blundell has been on the station for 13 years, and had already been a consistent target of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. But in the last month, his radio program earned a more serious reprimand from the station — it had been suspended on Dec. 12, 2013.
Blundell producer Derek Welsman served as the jury foreman on a sex assault case in September. Welsman, an occasional on-air personality, spoke about the case on Blundell's show, and joked about the sexual orientation of those involved in the case.
Blundell apologized but was then suspended. That incident, however, was not mentioned in the announcement to cancel the show.
"The station will return to a more music-based format showcasing the best in modern rock. As a result, The Dean Blundell Show has been cancelled, effective January 6, 2014," said Dave Farough, the General Manager of Corus Radio Toronto, which oversees the Blundell program.
In response to the news, Blundell tweeted: "Truly love you all. The last 13 years have been the greatest time of my life."