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Blogging on Internet Radio: Cory Does “Reb Rider” Tonight at 7 Mountain, 8 Central

Microphone, wings... oh! At first I thought those were dinosaur heads! Now I see they are motorcycle handlebars.
Microphone, wings… oh! At first I thought those were dinosaur heads! Now I see they are motorcycle handlebars.

Looks like I’ll be doing radio again this evening. After reading my critique of the misogynist and racist posters decorating the podcast studio of “Reb Rider”, Rapid Fire Radio co-owner Shawn Slawson has invited me to call in live to his show with “Reb Rider” tonight at 7 p.m. Mountain, 8 p.m. Central. The program will stream online live at

Given the tenor and punctuation of Slawson’s initial invitation

hey cheeseburger, yea thats what im going to call you. you want to attack my radio station, dont wage a war your ass cant cash cheeseburger!!!!!!!!!@! [Shawn Slawson, comment, Dakota Free Press, 2018.03.13]

—I’m not convinced anyone on air will do much convincing. But maybe we can achieve a few meager goals:

  1. Entertain the assembled listeners of the MIB Network—which stands for “Mutual Independent Biker.
  2. Not say swear words… although since we’re just online, FCC rules don’t apply… uh oh….
  3. Get “Reb Rider” to man up and use his real name, as I always do in public appearances.
  4. Get through our discussion of sexist and racist symbols and move on to a broader discussion of the South Dakota Legislature, initiative and referendum, corruption in state government, and South Dakota’s Republican primary contests.

But hey, it’s their show—I’m just calling in, answering questions, and coming along for the ride. Tune in tonight, if you dare! Dakota Free Press on Rapid Fire Radio, exclusively and globally online tonight at 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 02:00 Thursday morning in Paris, and 04:00 in Moscow!


  1. Ben Cerwinske 2018-03-14 15:22

    I hope he’s using “cheeseburger” while knowing how unoriginal it is. I mean he does that it’s an elementary level put down right? Right…?

  2. Ben Cerwinske 2018-03-14 15:42

    After reading the original thread, I see Mr. Slawson does understand the goofiness of the name. My apologies sir. I hope to catch the show tonight.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 17:20

    He acknowledged it, but I wouldn’t have used it in the first place.

    Elementary? Burger references were among the first things kids said to me in kindergarten. :-)

    Catch the show and tell your friends!

  4. Jenny 2018-03-14 18:10

    Now this is going to be interesting. Have fun, Cory.

  5. grudznick 2018-03-14 18:24

    I find it hard to believe these fellows, clearly insaner than most, can lob many names at Mr. H that he cannot smash back. I do hope they are not rude and hurtful, but I am sure Mr. H has had some practice being called burgers of various sorts. It is rude to take people’s names and misspell them intentionally or twist them into a mocking. We do see a lot of that, mostly from people who are not from South Dakota. grudznick finds rudeness distasteful. I hope the radio show is recorded for later viewing like the last one was.

  6. owen reitzel 2018-03-14 20:05

    how long do you think it’ll take before they start calling you names?

    Seen these types

  7. owen reitzel 2018-03-14 20:12

    that took 2 minutes.

  8. Kerry Ruth 2018-03-14 20:23

    Sorry, I couldn’t keep listening. I was losing brain cells by the minute! The good news is, if he sues you, you will find out his real name!

  9. owen reitzel 2018-03-14 20:30

    Believe Reb is no “man”

    What a loser

  10. Debbo 2018-03-14 20:33

    How did it go?

    It’s good that RR reads your blog. There is faint hope he may learn a thing or 2. I wonder why he hides his identity? Shame?

  11. owen reitzel 2018-03-14 20:44

    In my opinion Reb is a racist!

  12. A Nicer Person 2018-03-14 20:58

    Wow. The Reb put Cory’s debate skills to the test. Arguing against emotion is always tough…despite rationale, balanced facts.

    *bonus* – I spit snot bubbles at owen’s “two minute” comment. I’m not sure it was even that long!!! Hahaha

  13. owen reitzel 2018-03-14 21:12

    The more I think about I have to say good job playing Reb, Cory.
    Guys like that are easy.
    Plus he knows nothing about history

  14. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 22:02

    I didn’t watch my watch, but I’m pretty sure it was less than two minutes. Thanks for listening, Owen and Nicer!

    Debbo, Reb insists that “Reb Rider” is his real, legal name. I can tell you that there is no registered voter in the current database from the Rapid Valley 57703 ZIP code with the name “Reb Rider.”

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 22:07

    Owen, I get the feeling the only history guys defending the racist traitor flag are the bits and pieces they pick up from barrooms and talk radio to excuse Secession. If I heard correctly, the host of the program appeared to say the Union was the bad guys and the Confederacy was the good guys. That’s not history; that’s choosing sides… and choosing the side that abandoned the United States Constitution and shot and killed American soldiers in order to protection the institution of slavery.

  16. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 22:16

    NicerP: yes, that’s exactly the problem. Against emotion, I can’t even count on a straight answer to a factual question. My inquiry into the host’s seeming principle about the importance of tourism and economic development got nowhere with him, because he (a) turned it into a thin excuse to imply that I frequent brothels, then (b) refused to explore the logical implications of his own words and the question I was offering. For him, it was all combat and insult (he really likes the phrase “War of Words,” as if this is a mere contest of noisy manhood) and no pursuit of understanding.

  17. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-14 22:17

    Hey, thanks for trying, Kerry! I’m sorry I couldn’t bring you a more entertaining program.

    I get the feeling this is another case of someone shouting the word “slander” without really understanding the definition or the law.

  18. Kerry Ruth 2018-03-14 22:29

    I didn’t get the impression that you were dealing with an individual well-versed in the law. A quick google search revealed a profile with a confederate flag motorcycle that he either owns or really, really likes.

  19. Kerry Ruth 2018-03-14 22:43

    Haha! Yes! I couldn’t share the photo from my phone! Didn’t he say something about the flag on his wall being “just a piece of paper”? Clearly, he likes it in metal form, as well.

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-15 06:05

    He also tried to dodge by saying that his poster is not a Confederate flag but an advertisement for the Pioneer Auto Museum. Even if we grant that dodge some leeway, the paint on that motorcycle is a much more straightforward endorsement of the Confederate flag and the racism and treason for which it stands.

  21. JonD 2018-03-15 08:47

    Impressive selfie, Reb. The very definition of “Mittyesque”.

  22. grudgnutz 2018-03-15 09:11

    “grudznick finds rudeness distasteful.”

    However, grudznick doesn’t find stupidity and weak satire distasteful, nor does it find cowardice distasteful.

    grudgenutz laughing. grudgenutz laughing.

  23. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-15 12:22

    ‘Nutz, ‘Nick, do either of you know this “Reb” fellow’s real name?

  24. grudgenutz 2018-03-15 12:55

    Yes. It goes by “grudnick” on your blog.

  25. grudgenutz 2018-03-15 13:16

    Actually, if I did know the jerk, I’d do something not nice for him.

  26. Roger Cornelius 2018-03-15 13:32

    A search for Reb Rider with all South Dakota Zip Codes produced no one named Reb Rider, nothing remotely similar that name came up.

  27. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-15 21:54

    Any name like that in the phone book?

    Nutz, while Reb Rider appears to have lied to me last night about his name and lacks the courage to back his words with his real name the way I do in all interactions that matter, I can confidently say that the verbal style and tactics of the hose of the Reb Rider Show differ significantly from the prose style of longtime blog commenter grudznick. ‘Nick can be annoying and distracting, but he’s not the brittle, angry, defensive, and insulting jerk that the online radio host proved himself to be last night. Grudznick occasionally shows the capacity for honest logic clever wit. “Reb Rider” knows only personal insults and meanness.

  28. Roger Cornelius 2018-03-15 22:18

    I also did a nationwide for Reb Rider and nothing close to the name came up.
    If Reb Rider is his real name, he must be an immigrant or refugee.

  29. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-16 14:12

    What?! You mean he’s not a real red-blooded American male? Ghastly!

  30. Roger Cornelius 2018-03-16 14:20

    Apparently you were talking with a figment of someone’s imagination or just a plain ole liar.

  31. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-03-18 14:00

    Lies and personal insults, no intelligent discussion—pretty much a waste of my time. I might do an interview with Shawn Slawson, who spoke reasonably with me at the end of the hour, but our hiding neighbor isn’t worth the effort.

  32. Simon 2020-07-27 23:10

    “Reb Rider” is Duane “Ben” Herr. He grew up in Pierre where his family ran the old State Motel on Euclid Avenue. He has zero connections to the Confederacy or the South – his family is from North Dakota. Just a poser really

  33. Shawn E Slawson 2021-09-05 05:18

    Simon is absolutely right. After living with Reb for a few years, he did me wrong back in 2018 and wanted me to leave since I couldn’t pay rent so he could buy his Girlfriend things from that hard earned rent. I do apologize for how I was during your appearance on our show, I do live in Minnesota where i’m originally from. If you ever want to do a follow up on Reb let me know man!

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