Dave Ryan's Twitter rant leads to Dept. of Ed pulling ads from Clear Channel stations

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Ryan's "humor" drew the ire of state officials.
KDWB radio show host Dave Ryan cost his bosses some money yesterday with a meant-to-be-funny Twitter rant that seriously offended the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Yesterday morning, Ryan posted a tweet asking his followers to "Tweet me anything, your city, your school, etc and I'll make fun of it via Twitter. #gift #YoureWelcome." And as he'd subsequently demonstrated, he wasn't kidding.

Ryan took shots at area schools, made fun of teen pregnancies, and mocked redneck meth users. Here's a sampling of his tweets (to see his full rant, click to page two -- the offending tweets hadn't been deleted as of this morning):

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Particularly offended was the Minnesota Department of Education, which released a statement penned by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius yesterday evening announcing they're pulling their public service announcements from all Clear Channel stations (KDWB is owned by Clear Channel).

"I find it troubling that anyone -- especially an adult -- would use social media or any platform to make light of serious issues facing young people or to perpetuate stereotypes. This is the kind of behavior that we teach our children is wrong," Cassellius wrote.

Ryan hasn't addressed the situation, but on his Twitter account this morning, he was back to making fun of fat people. So, business as usual.

Click to page two to read all of Ryan's controversial tweets.



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Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Yes Dan Johnson. Nothing is funnier than making Clear Channel, the company that pays you, lose out on (hundreds or thousands) of ad revenue from a client all over some unnecessary tweets.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

how did it make you look bad? Its a joke! he made fun of all the f-ing schools equally. oh quit being such a pussy. Its a fucking joke. It would be good for this overly PC Society.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

oh quit being such a pussy. Its a fucking joke. It would be good for this overly PC Society.

_Joe_
_Joe_

People still listen to KDWeeB?

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Anyone offended by this needs to grow a pair. It's that simple. I went to Spring Lake Park, and I'm probably the only guy who didn't knock up a girl there. It's harmful roast-style joke making, big deal.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

It begs the question why is MNDOE running ads on KDWB?  Seems that they, as an organization, should have more class and know beforehand what they are getting into before they start running ads on that wasteland.  ...At the same time, the comments about teen pregnancy and poverty are offensive.  But, the comments on the private school 1%ers, I say fair game.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

There's some good comedy there. Just replace the school/town names with "Green Bay" "Packer fans" and "Cheeseheads."

Taylor Jones
Taylor Jones

I'm all for comedy at the expense of others, but these aren't funny they're just boring and a little desperate. Fat, stupid, stupid, fat, fat, ugly, smelly, stupid, fat... I mean, come on. Do better. I was a huge fan of the morning show from about 13-25, but I think Dave Ryan is just a bit past his expiration date.

a.acosta
a.acosta

What is funny is he made the comment that he would only make fun of schools and not corporations (like target corp.) because he might get in trouble and they might pull their advertising. Haha looks like it happened anyway!

Josef Disla
Josef Disla

Thanks yu Dan Mitchell, I still lyke it mie wayz betterz! Kna Mean?

Monica Sutton
Monica Sutton

What a bunch of cry-babies. Wankers. For real. Those are hilarious.

Kevin DeRoos
Kevin DeRoos

Look at Carmen Largaespada Nickisch dropping a Jonathan Swift reference!

skywalker
skywalker

You tell students making light of serious issues is wrong? Something is wrong with you, Ms. Cassellius.

mack10hill
mack10hill

Dave Ryan is such a douche, ugh.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Haha I thought it was funny. Especially Totino Grace. Lighten up people geez.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Is anyone surprised that the "Eternal Man-Child" Dave Ryan resorts to this kind of humor to get attention? The DOE is better off without being in this market if a mid-market, middle aged DJ can't do anything more than pick on high schools

thatcariegirl
thatcariegirl

LMFAO... those are funny.  people need to learn to laugh at themselves.  go dave ryan! and i don't even like KDWB. 

Mark Whalen
Mark Whalen

goodgrief , people are so thin skinned these days--

Carmen Largaespada Nickisch
Carmen Largaespada Nickisch

The DOE can do what they want with their advertising dollars, but the Twitter "rant" was obviously meant as a series of jokes. He asks his Twitter followers to tweet their own schools and cities, so Ryan isn't targeting them himself. The DOE is overreacting, IMHO. I mean, it's not as if Ryan is suggesting people sell their babies for food to ease their economic burdens. ;-)

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

made me look, too bad it didnt make me laugh. except the one about Mankato. heheheh

Josef Disla
Josef Disla

DOE pulls they're ad's, and some other company takes they're spot...not like they had any sort of big ad budget...I don't recall hearing any ad that DOE ran on KDWB. Go Dave ! He's an OG! He can do that!!!! I loved it and so did the people who retweeted him! Btw people asked for they're school to be made fun of. Hahahahahaha!

LadyTD
LadyTD

Politically Correct-ness is ruining the world!!!!

Tracie411
Tracie411

It was a joke, people need to lighten up Geez!

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

He's not being punished for it. He acted like a douche, so the DOE is taking their money elsewhere. If the result of the DOE taking their money elsewhere creates lost revenue, and punishment...well...That's his own fault. I can't tell a paying customer to F*ck off and expect no repercussions what so ever... Even if it is in jest.

Joey LeMay
Joey LeMay

I can see where you're coming from, but humor is subjective and relative when it hits home to a cause. I tend to align myself with the "nothing is off limits" brand of humor. But if I'm the DOE, his comments are setting the mission back simply because his reach is so expansive. I don't think he should be punished for it; I do think he should be widely regarded as a douchebag, though.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

Is there a factory somewhere that stamps out wacky, "edgy" morning zookeepers?

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

stfu dave ryan. Kevin Shane Del

Jenna Kornberg
Jenna Kornberg

really? are we all so delicate these days that no one can poke fun at others? I thought it was funny and Dave makes fun of everybody.

chrisfl
chrisfl

@Jahana Berry It has nothing to do with the first amendment, there is no government entity trying to silence him.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Matthew Martin They pulled Public Service Announcements, which stations air for free. They didn't lose a dime from this.

anamurillo411
anamurillo411

It seems like even Dave ditched you! look, he said some pretty nasty things that were removed from twitter about shooting people, no one wants to be associated with that and you don't need to grow big ones to know that, you just need to use your brain!

Bethany000
Bethany000

@allyourbasearebelong Clear Channel was running ads that supported reading for MDE;'s partnership program, Reading Rocks!  Our school participated in the program this past school year and our students were thrilled that Big D from KDWB showed up to our assembly and got the kids excited about reading. Not only that, they gave kids great incentives like McDonalds freebies, IMAX tickets and SkyZone tickets.  I really do hope that MDE doesn't cut ties altogether with CC.  Like it or not, they have tons of $ to contribute.. in ways the Dept of Ed does not.

poiu
poiu

@allyourbasearebelong Yeah, cus the poor kids and pregnant teens are just more fragile than everyone else. They need you to stick up for them. Nice attitude, reject.

anamurillo411
anamurillo411

He also made other comments that were later removed, about shooting people with disabilities (fibromyalgia) that was pretty stupid!!!

Onan
Onan

@Josef Disla "They're?" It appears you received a "gear shift" diploma based on your destruction of the English language.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

@Bethany000 That's a shame then, for Dave to ruin that program sponsorship by being offensive.  I don't think it would be too much to ask for him to be humble and attempt to rectify the situation.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

@poiu   Um....... are you..... are you actually.... serious?

Wow.  I wish I lived in your world, where the poor and needy apparently have equal opportunities and share of voice than the rich.

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