"Another label they like to put on Dundalk is that it's just a blue-collar town," Jones says. "Well, 70 percent of the people in Dundalk are white-collar workers. We're much more diverse than people assume."
However, much of what people assume about good ol' Dundalk (named after the Irish community of the same name, by the way) might be traced to one media figure: radio personality Brian Wilson.
"I love Dundalk, but not the way it sticks to my shoes" and "It's 7:48--time for all you people in Dundalk to move your El Caminos to the other side of the street" are just a couple of the Dundalk disses Wilson delivered while bouncing between Baltimore radio stations WBSB, WCBM, and WOCT back in the mid-1980s. And he's still at it. While no longer a permanent local media presence (Jones says complaining/boycotting Dundalkians got Wilson booted from his permanent Baltimore jock jobs), Wilson sometimes fills in for DJs on WBAL (1090 AM). A couple of weeks back, while subbing for Ron Smith, some of Wilson's Dundalk jabs led to an on-air tussle with a Patapsco High School teacher (he asked her if she taught "overhand bowling" and called Dundalkians "pinwheels").
"That's his deal--everyone has freedom of speech," was Jones' diplomatic response to Wilson's ongoing war with her community. Wilson was more verbose when the Nose contacted him via e-mail (through his Web site Brianwilson.net). He suggested that the Greater Dundalk Association scrap boosterism and turn to self-deprecation, offering up sample slogans like "Come to Dundalk! Only half of it smells bad!" and "Come to Dundalk: We paved it all for you!" He even suggested that they hire him as their pitchman: "No one has made more fun of Dundalk in almost 20 years than I have," he says. "For me to be telling people/business: 'Dundalk!? Hey--it's OK. Great place to raise kids, move your business--and restore that El Camino' [would be] shockingly positive, amusing, and effective."
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