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If you guys don't like the show so much why are you still watching it? There's BT and Canada AM to choose from. Ann Rohmer and the new cast of CP24 Breakfast don't suck. What sucks is the fact that both BT and CP24 Breakfast are being produced at 299 Queen St and there is tension between the two groups. You want to blame someone? Blame Ivan Fecan.

~ Mad Hatter, CP24 Breakfast Is Not Breakfast Television

I do agree that the new cast needs to go. My biggest problem is with that new guy. Not only is he quite often inappropriately dressed to be on the news, but he also speaks out of turn, often trampling over his female co-host. He speaks too much and too loudly. Moreover, his discussion pieces and responses are rather inappropriate. Don't tell me on a morning news show, you're talking about your younger sister wanting to buy a g-string! Like really? As a 'professional' I would have hoped he knew when professionalism was warranted!

Generally, I support change, but only when it's for the good. This show has not been improved upon; in fact it has lost its shine.

~ Disappointed, CP24 Breakfast Is Not Breakfast Television

John, I too loved the closing themes from Sportsline. The two primary ones were: "Together in Electric Dreams Extended Mix" from the movie Electric Dreams and "The Escape" from the movie The Electric Horseman. Everytime I hear either one I see a slow-motion clip of someone jumping over the outfield fence while making a snowcone catch at Exhibition Stadium. I don't think that I'm the only one that has the same reaction. They didn't play the music as much after Hebscher left I seem to recall, I guess he took his LPs with him.

~ James, Sportsline with Mark Hebscher and Jim Tatti

This is a real sad day for Canadian music and it's cultural roots.

Excuse me, but are you on crack or something? Toronto needs an oldies station like I need a hole in my head. I'm glad that it's gone, and hopefully Bob & June Baby Boom can get off of their asses and go and buy classic rock at the record store like they used to before some asshole on Madison Avenue decided that everybody had to hear the Beatles five times a day on radio. Good riddance.

I only wish that this organization, which started in the 1980's, was still around:

For the fledgling American Association for the Advancement of Time, this may be the finest hour. Yet its members - all three of them - vow never to look back longingly on these early days since their purpose is to make nostalgia a thing of the past.

Right now they are basking in the sunlight of publicity, three men in their 20's who are sick of 60's.

There is Eugene Dillenburg, the registrar of a small college in Chicago, who unwittingly triggered the publicity by handing out humorous fliers at a performance of a theater group called the Neofuturists. There is Bruce Elliott, a Los Angeles social worker, who suspects he became the organization's president ''because I'm the only one who has met the other two.'' And there is John Kinney, a bartender in Flushing, Queens, who discovered his parents' Beatles records at the age of 12 and has been playing them ever since.

Yes, paradoxically, the anti-nostalgia trio belongs to a Beatles fan club.

Even as they listen to ''Yesterday,'' though, they speak as ''the unofficial voice of a forgotten generation'' that finds itself trapped in another generation's nostalgia, 1980's style: ''classic rock'' radio, Vietnam retro television series, tie-dyed fashions, ''The Wonder Years,'' the California Raisins dancing to ''I Heard It Through The Grapevine.''

If the 1960's generation wants to live in a warped version of its past, fine, Mr. Dillenburg said, ''but their sheer numbers are forcing me to live in their past.''

Mr. Kinney said, ''The 80's pop culture is so firmly entrenched in the 60's, that kids who would otherwise be discovering the world around them are wishing they had gone to Woodstock.'' Crushing Creativity

The reason their generation is criticized as one without a culture, they said, is that the weight of baby-boom demographics or ''the media nostalgia complex'' is crushing creativity or driving it underground.

''The boomers are a big market so advertisers want to reach them,'' Mr. Dillenburg said. ''Radio wants advertisers so they pander to the boomers. Here in Chicago we have eight or nine oldie stations, which leaves little room for what we call the 80's culture.''

What exactly is the 80's culture? Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, MTV will be among the mass memories, but not necessarily the particular memories of these three men. They can cite obscure post-punk bands and avant-garde theater groups. They are thinking of writing a primer on contemporary culture. Sudden Fame

Like this culture, they, too, have been underground. But suddenly, a week or so ago, the members of the Association for the Advancement of Time found themselves in journalism's glare. It seems one of the fliers given to the Neofuturists inspired an article in a weekly newspaper, The Chicago Reader, which touched off an Associated Press story, then a story on page 1 of USA Today. The headline read, ''Boom lowered on baby boomer 'culture.' '' Fame. It felt good. In New York, The Daily News ran an editorial accusing the group of sour grapes and speculating that what they will look back on are fax machines and oat bran. There were radio and television interviews.

What began almost as a lark had taken a serious turn, too serious in their view. But there have been comic moments such as the call from a Minnesota television station. Would one of them care to fly out for a Vietnam debate with an actor on the television series ''China Beach''?

In Los Angeles, Mr. Elliott roared. ''This was not a real Vietnam vet, but a guy who only plays a vet on TV,'' he said. ''It was beyond satire.''

Since falling into the mainstream news, they say they have received more than 200 letters. Some were of the ''You brats, how dare you?'' variety, but most were requests for information on membership, goals and programs.

As a result, the trio has been conferring at least once a day by phone (not very 80's, but their computer systems are incompatible). They are thinking of setting up an anti-nostalgists' electronic bulletin board and they already have a few goals.

One is to understand the past and put it in perspective. ''What's happening is people are remembering Woodstock and forgetting Altamont, remembering the Monkees and forgetting the women's movement,'' Mr. Kinney said.

He added that another is to keep a vision of the future, saying, ''What made the 60's a vibrant time was the idea of walking on the moon, looking forward.''

For the group's Boycott-the-Past campaign, Mr. Kinney is passing out fliers this weekend at the site of the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing, next to the Unisphere. Why?

''Well,'' Mr. Elliott said, ''they're celebrating the 25th anniversary of the '64 World's Fair, which in itself was the 25th anniversary of the '39 World's Fair. So it's the 50th anniversary of World of Tomorrow.

''But the ultimate statement is that 25, 50 years later, we're not doing anything like that. All we're doing is remembering the future as seen in the past, which is pretty weird.''

~ Anonymous, 1050 CHUM Now CP24 Radio 1050

I love music, I love this city

Then, if you truly do, you'll buy or download your favorite music instead of just expecting CTV Globemedia to keep on subsidizing a station who listeners were dying off anyway (if it were me, I would have got rid of the oldies format, and replaced it with a new music format in AM stereo, and hire the New Musical Express to run the station, playing current Canadian and British rock and roll/dance/pop.) That's what Toronto really needs.

For all it's worth, I hope that you get to save the CHUM charts, but to be brutally frank, it's time for you nostalgia addicts to join the 21st century-either that, or give up rock music and listen to something else.

As for losing a radio station, you think that you have it bad? The listeners and DJ's at CKLN radio have had their formats and shows forcibly pulled off of the air by the unelected student body at Ryerson, and that station was a 1000 times better that 1050 CHUM.

~ Neville A. Ross, CHUM Charts Plea to CTVglobemedia

I happen to like Christmas music! Its my favourite holiday and its only once a year! It helps me get into the Christmas spirit and I listen to those stations that play 100% Christmas music! GO CHRISTMAS

~ x, Holiday Music

Jason, you keep bringing it brother!

Funny thing is I don't think you're drinking or smoking too much. This is a real mental illness you have.

Get Yer OJ is becoming our own little joke and I'm loving it. Don't forget to wipe your ass front to back.

Kids need to know that.

~ Stafford, Squeeze - Tempted

Honestly, I don't understand why everyone must complain so much. The original show isn't even off the air, just on a new channel! No one is forcing you to watch the new show. Matte and Melissa may not be the best but I think you people fail to realize that things do change. If you don't like it then don't watch. Everyone doesn't have to be so rude and say they're a bunch of idiots who don't know what they're doing because that's just immature of you to say.

~ Karl Szugalew, CP24 Breakfast Is Not Breakfast Television

Okay, here's the deal on H&F. I'm 25 and I probably first started listening to them when I was around 12-13. I loved them and grew up loving them. In fact if someone announced to me today that H&F were returning to the airwaves I'd probably get excited just enough to nail my wife.

But let's look objectively at what the Edge is... It is a young station aimed at YOUNG PEOPLE. Right now there are probably hordes of 12-20 yearolds loving Blundell who have never even heard of H&F or only have vague memories of them. What do H&F mean to these people? Nothing. So in 10 years, hell in 5 years when these people are buying cars, cell phones and beer (which are all major sponsors for the Edge) and H&F are pushing 50 will they still be able to relate to these kids? Does a 16 year old who is a future key demographic for the Edge really care to listen to H&F reminisce about things that happened before they were born? How much longer could H&F be successful on the Edge?

Having said that, this is not a bad thing. Everybody turns 40, everybody turns 50. To be honest I think Humble sounds great at his new gig on EZ Rock. I think, it suits him at this stage in his life a little more then the Edge does. Personally I'd love hear H&F together again on a station like Q or Jack FM, where they could still be edgy and even lament about the old days. Somebody mentioned the idea of a Classic Alternative station, wouldn't that be a much better fit for an H&F reunion? A station that focuses on the rock of the 90's lead by the two guys who dominated rock radio in the 90's?? It maybe a little niche right now but give'er another 5-10 years and I wouldn't be surprised if somebody tries it.

~ Stumpy, Martin Streek Out At Edge 102.1 / CFNY


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