The recent firing of CD101 DJ Rudy Gerdeman (pictured, left) has caused some rumblings on local message boards, but few specific details have emerged thus far. I made some calls to get a clearer take on what went down. The details of Gerdeman's dismissal raise an interesting question about, of all things, MySpace bulletins. Namely, do these "friends"-only info blasts qualify as public or private speech?

The following is Gerdeman's side of the story. Calls to CD101 manager Andy Davis and Vice President Randy Malloy have not been returned.

The recent firing of CD101 DJ Rudy Gerdeman (pictured, left) has caused some rumblings on local message boards, but few specific details have emerged thus far. I made some calls to get a clearer take on what went down. The details of Gerdeman's dismissal raise an interesting question about, of all things, MySpace bulletins. Namely, do these "friends"-only info blasts qualify as public or private speech?

The following is Gerdeman's side of the story. Calls to CD101 manager Andy Davis and Vice President Randy Malloy have not been returned.

Gerdeman was unhappy with his job conditions at WWCD 101.1 FM, where he had worked for the past 13 years as a DJ and sound engineer.

"I havenít got a raise in three years here. Iíve worked there for 13 years and I make $9.50 an hour," Gerdeman said in an interview Monday morning.

Gerdeman was also displeased with the promotion of Malloy, who he called a "meathead," to Vice President. Specifically, he was worried about Malloy's perceived negative attitude toward The Independent Playground, a twice-weekly late-night independent music showcase hosted by Gerdeman and Tom Butler.

So Gerdeman fished around for some other job opportunities, seeking to gain some leverage at CD101, and came up with an offer from WRWK in Toledo. But the plan backfired when CD101 didn't try to lure Gerdeman back. He said Davis asked him if he was sure he wanted to leave but never offered a raise or any other incentive to stay. So Gerdeman put in his two weeks' notice and got ready to move to Toledo.

"I was pissed off because they didnít try to keep me here in Columbus," Gerdeman said.

To vent his frustration, Gerdeman logged into the MySpace account for his record label, She He It, and posted a bulletin that read "F--- off, CD101." Though Gerdeman removed the bulletin within 24 hours, someone printed out the message and showed it to Davis, who showed up at the station Sunday night and fired Gerdeman minutes before Independent Playground went on the air.

Gerdeman now loses his last eight days of pay and acquires a firing on his resume. Though he was on his way out anyway, Gerdeman was upset to be shown the door with only a few days left on the job for what he considered an act of private speech from a personal web page. His situation raises an intriguing question about the nature of MySpace bulletins.

On the one hand, a bulletin is broadcast to everyone you are "friends" with on the social networking service. By nature, a "bulletin" would seem to be public speech. And an employee publicly telling his employer to "f--- off," seems like grounds for termination. But MySpace bulletins are restricted content. Your bulletins can only be read by other MySpace users who are "friends" with you. Viewed in that light, one can make a strong argument for Gerdeman's anti-CD101 jab as private speech, which makes his firing seem illegitimate. After all, who hasn't vented privately to friends about their job woes?

What do you think? Should MySpace bulletins count as public or private speech? And was CD101 in the right for firing Gerdeman?