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Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 157: Ivar Hamilton

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 157In this 157th episode, Mike chats with CFNY's Ivar Hamilton about his days at the Spirit of Radio, his memories of Martin Streek, how he was responsible for the Bon Jovi banner at the ACC and what he and David Marsden are up to these days. This episode is exactly 1:44:47.

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Maurice White, Dead at 74

Maurice WhiteMaurice White was 74. He was best known as one of the founding members of the group Earth, Wind and Fire who had many hits, including "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World", "Devotion", "Reasons", "Sing a Song", "Can't Hide Love", "Getaway", "Fantasy", "Love's Holiday", "September", "Boogie Wonderland", "After the Love Has Gone", and "Let's Groove".

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Birtday [sic] Parties!

Remember when I wrote about the copmputer [sic] repair shop near my home? Well, there's a new place opening a few doors down, and this one is even worse.


That's right, the brand new signage encourages you to book your birtday [sic] party or event with them. I don't know how this one went unnoticed. It was only put up yesterday, but as of this evening, it's still there.

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RØDE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arms for the Toronto Mike'd Podcast Studio

Toronto Mike'd listeners know I've been threatening to buy a couple of microphone boom arms for some time. My RØDE microphones require that the speaker be right on them, and it's not always the most comfortable position for a guest. Boom arms will allow a guest to lean back and get comfy, while staying on the mic.

Today, I picked up a pair of RØDE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arms. Here they are.


I love it when a plan comes together...

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The New Leafs Logo

When I first learned the Maple Leafs were going to change the logo for next season, I had one simple request: stick to history.

Last night, the new logo was unveiled.


I liked it right away. It reminds me a great deal of the old 50s logo on the front of my old heritage jersey. I love that logo!

The Hip @ Fort York

So I'm happy, because they didn't fuck it up. Are you happy with the new Leafs logo? Do you care?

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Bill Carroll's Leaving Talk Radio AM640

I tweeted this news yesterday, but only a handful seemed to notice. So it's time to kick it old school with a blog entry.

Bill Carroll's contract at KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles recently lapsed and this Friday will be his last day at Talk Radio AM640 here in Toronto. He's moving on to another gig, although not in Toronto. As soon as I know where he's going, I'll update this entry.

It was a little over three years ago that Bill Carroll announced his return to Toronto radio. I know him best as host of Barometer on Q107 back in the day, but he also spent time at the old TALK 640 and 1010 CFRB.

When a Bill Carroll fan page on Facebook picked up my tweet earlier today, Bill's wife Sylvie Lapointe all but confirmed the news.



Here's audio of Bill Carroll signing off for the last time.

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Michelle's Snowman: December 29, 2015 - February 3, 2016

On December 29, it snowed. You may remember this snowfall as it was very, very wet. With my youngest obsessed with Olaf from Frozen, my daughter was determined to make him a snowman.

I helped her make a soaking wet snowman and snapped the photo below. The next day, it got awfully cold, and this snowman turned to rock solid ice.


Somehow, this ice snowman survived longer than any other snowman in the neighbourhood. Even during unseasonably warm January days Michelle's snowman held on. Her snowman very well may be the last surviving snowman in the city of Toronto.

I took the photo below yesterday. There's no way Michelle's snowman will survive tomorrow's high of 14°C.


Farewell, snowman. You'll be missed.

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The Bullshitiest of the TD Canada Trust Fee Increases

I have a bank account with TD Canada Trust, so I've just been informed of a number of fee increases they're introducing March 1, 2016. I received a similar letter from Rogers a few weeks ago, but this is about the bullshitiest of the TD Canada Trust fee increases.


If you cancel an Interac e-Transfer, you'll be charged $5. Interac e-Transfers are a digital means of emailing money, and TD Canada Trust charges $1.50 for the convenience. I'm unaware of any costs associated with cancelling one... this $5 charge smells like bullshit to me.

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