Dan Dakich vs…..Me?

I’ll preface this by stating than I am a recent Sports Communication – Broadcast grad from Indiana University.

This afternoon, Dan Dakich was doing what he usually does and bashing “media” members.  It has always puzzled me why he calls out the “media” when he is obviously a member of it, so I tweeted this:

DakichMediaMember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice I didn’t tweet at Dan Dakich, and I didn’t really think anything of it.  Then I received this tweet:

AustinTweet1

I wasn’t, so I asked what he said:

AustinTweet2

AustinTweet3

So obviously Dakich searches his name on Twitter since I didn’t tag him or anything (insecure maybe)?  But I was a little confused because I didn’t see how what I said was “bad-mouthing” him.  I literally just said he was a member of the media.  Since I wanted to clarify what I meant to Dakich, I sent him this e-mail:

Hey Dan, 

I wasn’t bad-mouthing you on Twitter at all.  I was just pointing out that you work for 1070 The Fan as an on-air personality and continue to generalize the word “media members.”  There are so many different members of the media, yet it seemed to me that you generalized them all into one category, which I think you fall into. 

However, with that said, I enjoy your show, I’m an avid listener, and I’ve recommended your show to multiple people over the course of the last couple of years.  I, too, think there are members of the media that are absolute idiots, and I don’t think you fall into that category. 

I appreciate you taking time to read my e-mail.  I don’t really appreciate you letting all of DD-Nation know I’m just another unemployed college grad, but I set myself up for that one by tweeting it. 

Take care.” 

This is the response Dan gave on the air:

So, after I e-mailed him, apparently that was the un-adult thing to do, and he continued to hold true to the point that I bad-mouthed him on Twitter.  Yet, notice at the end of that audio segment he said, “this media stuff is exhausting.”  But it apparently was quite the insult to call him a member of the media.  It also made me mad that Dan only read the part of my e-mail where I praised him, so I tweeted:

MyTweet1

I got quite a few responses asking for the e-mail, because people didn’t really understand where Dakich was going with it either.  Again, Dan was searching his name and saw my tweet, so he brought me back up on air:

For one, Dan called me 12 (solid insult), but he continued to rip on anybody that even asked to see the e-mail.  At this point, I was done with it.  I thought it was stupid, but Dan apparently wasn’t anywhere close to done.

Dakich knew that I am a broadcasting major looking for work, and he threatened me on-air (let me remind you that I haven’t really done anything to the guy) that he has the connections to make sure I’ll never find a job broadcasting.  In his words, I’ll be “done.”

He started that segment out saying “it wasn’t today that you ripped me, it was ::inaudible::.”  He couldn’t say another time I’ve “ripped” him, because I haven’t, and I didn’t today.  This all started because I called him a member of the media, sent him a respectful e-mail after he ripped me on air, and ended with him threatening to make sure I’ll never get a job in the industry.

There are other clips where he ripped me that I couldn’t find.  Today was one of the biggest news-breaking days in recent memory, and Dakich spent ½ (an hour and a half) of his show ripping me and spending time on me, when I literally only said he was a member of the media.

He also went on to talk about how much he loves the IU Communication program they have, but unknowingly went on 5 minute rants about the only two sport communication professors that IU has because they were backing me up.  At one point, he said the head sports communication professor doesn’t know his “ass from 3rd base.”

I really just took issue that Dan was threatening my career as I embark on work.  I didn’t understand where he was coming, and it frustrated me.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at antadrag@indiana.edu, or follow me on Twitter @tonyadragna.

UPDATE

Dan invited me to co-host his show with him on Tuesday, and I gladly accepted.  Turn on 1070thefan.com from 12-3 Tuesday.  Should be fun.