Martin Streek Out At Edge 102.1 / CFNY

radioI listened to CFNY (Edge 102) throughout the 90s. It was my favourite radio station, not just for the tunes but for the personalities. I can't remember a time at 102 before Martin Streek.

Martin Streek always seemed to be there, hosting the Thursday 30 and live-to-air broadcasts from various Toronto clubs. Now I've learnt from @scroll on Twitter that he's been fired.

The first thing I did when I heard the news was visit his profile page on EDGE.ca. It's been removed. Here's the cached version from Google.

Streek

I then shot over to the Wikipedia write-up about Streek, and there's no word there on the firing. Here's what I did find:

Martin Streek is another of the three remaining personalities from the "Spirit of Radio" era. He currently hosts the Thursday 30, a four hour long show that counts down the top 30 songs of the past week (collected via record sales and listener voting), as well as introduces new music (a segment called the "Groundbreakers"), and flashes back to a previous year's countdown, as Streek recalls the top five songs of that week in a certain previous year.

Streek also hosts two live-to-air broadcasts from nightclubs: Saturday nights at the Phoenix and Sunday nights at Velvet Underground, both in downtown Toronto. Both shows run from 9:00 PM until 2:00 AM, and are broadcast without interruption (i.e., commercial-free), except for live ads imploring people to visit the club, after about 10:00 p.m.. Martin is also a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Depeche Mode and The Clash.

Martin has been voted DJ of the year a few times in Now Magazine's year-end public ballot.

Just recently he had to have his appendix removed surgically; he has recovered and is doing well.

Martin Streek, if you're out there, let us know where you're at. You've been a familiar voice over Toronto airwaves for about 20 years and you'll be missed.

Update: I see another name missing from the personalities line-up. Barry Taylor is also missing and his page at Edge.ca has been removed. Can someone shed some light on the disappearance of Barry Taylor and lifelong CFNYer Martin Streek?


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Toronto Mike

I'm told by my source that Fearless Fred has been hired to replace Martin Streek at 102.1.

I Googled Fearless Fred and see he's got a website at http://www.fearlessfreduniversity.com/ and here's what he said about his Astral gig at The Bear in Edmonton.

"The Fearless Fred Radio Extravaganza" takes advantage of "the boss" being away! Friday, August 15 and it's a hot and sticky 32 above! Everyone is leaving the office early...including the boss! So what does the Bear's Drive guy "Fearless Fred" do when no one's looking? He takes his gear and busts out a summer pool party and BBQ in our backyard. In no time at all, Fred is surrounded by a bevy of beauties, beers and beefy BBQ!

THAT's living!

Martin Streek got canned for this?

May 18, 2009 / 16:34

Toronto Mike

The longer I bounce around fearlessfreduniversity.com, the more gold I unearth.

Here's your diploma from Fearless Fred: http://fearlessfreduniversity.com/diploma-male.pdf

Here's some audio: http://fearlessfreduniversity.com/audio.html

Toronto radio really needs more Fearless Fred, doesn't it?

May 18, 2009 / 16:40

Buffalo Boy Mike

Seriously?
What is going to happen to Sunday Nights and the live to Airs?

May 18, 2009 / 16:56

brad

martin streak has been at cfny since the early 80s - he is a link to the spirit of radio

and now his service is no longer required

May 18, 2009 / 17:03

jason | getyouroj.com

Why do you write like you're surprised that a CFNY mainstay is being replaced by some inferior idiot?

I thought you were a HUmble and Fred fan, don't you remember when they were replaced by some inferior idiots?

Good on you for posting the story, but I have no idea why you would be in the least bit shocked.

Martin, if you read this, maybe you can move on to something better, something that still has a pulse.

May 18, 2009 / 17:24

Toronto Mike

I don't think I was too surprised, just disappointed.

It could be considered a tad surprising because he'd been there so damn long. I think he was a teen when he started working for CFNY and he's pushing 50 now.

May 18, 2009 / 17:27

jason | getyouroj.com

I think the surprise, the true phemomenon is that he WAS there so long.. the getting fired part is typical.

And he can say he was on the ship when it was afloat, when it started sinking, when it sank, and long after it sank.

May 18, 2009 / 17:46

Andrew

That't two big personalities let go. I wonder why?

You can do it, Mike! Get some answers!

May 18, 2009 / 18:10

Jason Paris

I'm only surprised Martin lasted so long. He was never really my favourite, but I did loved his enthusiasm for music. His Martinisms of "the doors to the Phoenix are now...open" and "musical perfection" will not soon be forgotten. Best of luck in your future Martin!

May 18, 2009 / 18:19

Irvine

Fearless Fred works at 100.3 The Bear in Edmonton. The Bear is a rock station, plays the harder side of new Rock and the "bigger" side of Classic Rock.

The stations hallmark is it's morning show. Yukon Jack and Paul Brown put Blundell to shame with outrageous behaviour & locker room antics, but up in E-town people have thicker skins than down in Toronto (and you have to..to live there).

Fred's show isn't much different and he'd compliment the Edge perfectly. After all, the Edge is nothing but a white bread station that targets low brow Kokanee drinking jocks that cause they got a fishook in their nose they're culture. Edge listeners are as far away from "alternative" as Soulja Boy Tell'em is from real Brooklyn Rap

It's a prefect fit for the station as it stands now. Not like I'd listen anyway. CFNY sucked from 1987 on.

May 18, 2009 / 18:33

Toronto Mike

Man, CFNY doesn't want anyone over 25 listening, do they?

Andrew: I'm on the case.

May 18, 2009 / 18:35

Irvine

Mike, it's not an age thing at all. It's an intelligence thing

Edge 102 wants to appeal to the lowest common denominator. But, in Toronto you can't do that. Edge likes to think it's a step up, but in fact it's not. It's playlist is cluttered with crap disposable pop music. It's hosts are mostly juvenile jocks or pop tart chicks that have their station photos airbrushed. No one wants to hear the chick in the day, they just wanna bang her

Ya know what's funny? Back in the day, Q107 was seen as the low brow moron station where CFNY was intelligent. Today, it's reversed. Q107 and Derringer come across as intelligent..Edge 102 comes across on the same level as some Kokanee drinking dude hanging out at a strip club.

May 18, 2009 / 18:56

Irvine

To add to this

I'll lay down money that if Fred goes to Edge, they're axe Bookie and put Fred in the PM drive.

May 18, 2009 / 18:58

James Edgar

I liked Martin. He gave me fre tickets a few times. I used to go and hang out with him a bit when the show was broadcast from the studio on bloor at bathurst.

Too bad it a litle bit like he's the last link to better days at CFNY.

May 18, 2009 / 19:46

Rob

Mike,
I know of a certain FM top rated morning show, that got moved to a AM station, and replaced with a younger demo identified morning show hosts.

Maybe you might want to have a private conversation with some people you might know.
Finally, a former AM Drive Home host, once said, that if you don't fit their demographic they don't care what you think.

May 18, 2009 / 19:47

Buffalo Boy Mike

Now is the perfect time for Humble and Fred, Martin and Alan Cross to put their collective heads together and start a new station, a classic alternative station that would feature the spirit of the radio days of CFNY.
Put 102.1 to shame and teach the coorporate assholes that ruined it a lesson in how to attract listeners.

May 18, 2009 / 19:57

CFNY Fan

Fearless Fred will be doing afternoon drive. Bookie has been moved to evenings.

May 18, 2009 / 21:04

Toronto Mike

BBM: Alan Cross is still employed by Corus.

Let the Fearless Fred era in Toronto begin...

Freddie P, care to chime in?

May 18, 2009 / 21:20

Andrew

Fearless Fred..even the name pisses me off.

I looked at his site and I didn't realise the backwards hat wearin' signs with your fingers type idiot was CFNY's demo.

As much as Bookie is a little annoying sometimes he has a great knowledge of music. I doubt FF will have the same. But who wants people that know the music they are playing anymore?

May 19, 2009 / 00:48

J9

I am sad to hear that Martin is gone - yes, he did start with CFNY as a teen and his voice has been a mainstay in my music world. I think I need to find me a new radio station..anyone listen to the Peak in Vancouver?

May 19, 2009 / 06:38

ATP

Lori had been working with & sometimes taking over from Martin lately on Fri (& Sat nites I believe?), so perhaps it was a planned transition & they're keeping them in the Corus family...?

May 19, 2009 / 07:08

Devon

Irvine hits it dead on. Q107 is leaps ahead of CFNY these days. I can't even believe that I am saying this.

We really need a new radio staion in this city.

May 19, 2009 / 09:27

peter

I don't think Freddie P will comment on this topic. He still works for the company. Although he probably knows what is going on.

May 19, 2009 / 09:46

Wayner

I have recently gone back to CFNY...I mean the "edge"...primarily for their morning show. After Humble & Fred got the boot from 99.9 (virgin) I kept the old clock radio set at 99 for lack of anything better (i also could'nt figure out how to change the FM setting). Finally tired of 99, I found the owner's manual and changed back to 102.1. Initailly upset that blundel & crew replaced humble & Fred, i got over it and started listening. They do remind me of early humble and fred...Eventually everything changes and moves on...

May 19, 2009 / 13:16

jason | getyouroj.com

Buffalo Boy ease off the heavy stash.

It wouldn't work here.

Go have a look at what happened to indie 103.1 in Los Angelos.

It was ten times 'better' than the Edge, but couldn't make money.

Edge listeners want thier Nickelback, Outkast and Creed 80 times a day.

They must.

Want good radio?

Stay on the Interweb my friend.

May 19, 2009 / 19:25

Sammi

Jason...it's that kind of attitude that makes it difficult to do anything creative anymore. Everything is so carefully controlled and manipulated that we are all turning into drones.

You just proved that.

May 19, 2009 / 20:15

Jeremy

hey... be easy on Kokanee beer.

May 20, 2009 / 04:56

elvis

Jason - and you want all the crap you have on your blog 80 times a day - same shit, different pile.

All commercial radio is the same.

May 20, 2009 / 11:04

Stumpy

I've had the oppurtunity to live in both Toronto and Edmonton. I've been a big fan of Humble & Fred, Dean Blundell and even Fearless Fred along the way.

I find it funny that everyone who USED to listen to the Edge when it WAS known as CFNY are commenting on the state of the radio station as if the higher ups would care about your opinions. I'm sorry, I loved Humble and Fred but anybody that thinks Humble and Fred would suit Edge 102 today is high off their ass. The Edge is a modern rock station that plays NEW rock for a specific demographic. Their advertisers pay them to reach 20 & 30 somethings, they always have and always will. The truth is H&F are too old to do that with any long term success these days. Not slagging them in anyway, I'd love to hear them one day on Q107 or even Jack FM but I doubt they would fit in with a modern rock station. Anybody who doesn't understand that is probably the type of 40 year old who's so far deep in denial that they wear baseball caps to hide their bald spots and still wear their Dire Straits T-shirt even though it shows off an obscene amount of belly cleavage.

Re: Fearless Fred: he's a cool dude and I think it speaks a lot to Toronto Mike's personality that he would slag a guy he's never even meet, talked to, or listened to on any sort frequent basis. A little cowardly and incredibly dis-repectful wouldn't you say?

May 20, 2009 / 20:11

elvis

Have you met H&F because I just think you slagged them by suggesting they couldn't hit the 20-30 market with no proof?

May 20, 2009 / 20:24

Fatuous Fred

Golly, here's hoping that Fearless Fred attaches the same ethical standard to his "edgy" on-air bits as his #1 fan Stumpy does.

May 20, 2009 / 21:27

Andrew

How is it cowardly to go to FF's website, listen to his crap and then make a judgement?

And I say again, he names himself Fearless Fred. He would be a good match for Mad Dog.

May 20, 2009 / 21:45

craig

I've been a fan of CFNY/The Edge for over 20 years as a former Toronto resident and now Edmontonian.

Totally sucks that Martin was shown the door. Glad to hear Bookie was spared the same treatment. I'm a big fan of both. Martin defined the LTA concept and raised the bar set by his predecessor. Bookman is easily one of the best interviewers in this country. Killer talents.

Fearless Fred has the chops. Listen to his drive show on The Bear (while you still have the chance) before crucifying him for his name or website content. If he doesn't end up doing major market mornings in the next 5 years, I'll eat this backwards hat I'm wearin' while throwing up gang signs with my fingers, you bitches.

May 21, 2009 / 00:37

Toronto Mike

Since Stumpy brought up Humble and Fred, it just so happens they recorded a 2-hour 20th Anniversary Podcast of Memories that's just waiting to be heard and judged.

Listen to it at http://www.torontomike.com/2009/05/humble_and_freds_20th_annivers.html and let me know if you think the guys could still handle a station aimed at 20 and 30 somethings.

And yes, I've been judging Fearless Fred on the name, website and some audio shared on the website. But really, I haven't been judging him that hard. It just doesn't seem to be what I'm looking for in a radio host.

But, when Fearless Fred comes to town, I'd love for him to invite me to sit in on a show after which I'll write an honest review. What do you say Fearless Fred?

May 21, 2009 / 08:42

Stumpy

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.

May 21, 2009 / 09:42

Toronto Mike

Fred's over 50... and Humble's only a couple of years away. But I say they can still do it. Go listen to that 2 hours while you work...

We're all hoping Jack one day comes to their senses. Humble and Fred on Jack FM is the perfect fit.

May 21, 2009 / 09:47

David

So what happened to Martin and Barry? Fired?? Reassigned??

May 21, 2009 / 10:23

Toronto Mike

No reassignment, it seems. I'd file this under "fired".

May 21, 2009 / 10:26

Toronto Mike

I found out where Stumpy came from. He clicked over from http://www.pugetsoundradio.com/cgi-bin/forum/Blah.pl?m-1242436616/s-all/ where Fearless Fred himself is discussing his move to Toronto.

Let's read about them reading us!

http://www.pugetsoundradio.com/cgi-bin/forum/Blah.pl?m-1242436616/s-all/

May 21, 2009 / 11:13

HFan

Both the H and the F can edumacate you on how much schmoozin' and boozin' is required by these radio guys among Edge-level clients and loyal listeners. Sadly, even if H&F could still cut it on the air they wouldn't translate in person as ambassadors of the lifestyle at Wakestock, or the Metallica concert, or in the window at the Eaton Centre. Just the way it works now.

May 21, 2009 / 13:06

Wayner

You can't go home again....

Thomas Wolfe

May 21, 2009 / 16:03

Brendan

Is the edge going to continue with the Sunday Live to Air or retro alternative? If not there's nothing left to listen to the station for for me.

May 21, 2009 / 16:05

Fear Fred

Fearless Fred way over-rated. There's better talent available. Not sure how well he'll play in Toronto.

May 22, 2009 / 15:06

Buffalo Boy Mike

Brendan I completely agree if the Live to Airs go or change their content in any way im completely done listening to the station.

May 22, 2009 / 19:53

Dillon

So, I didn't have time to read all of the comments. But from what I heard from Martin himself was that after 25 long years at edge, he was ready to move on and take some time to himself. I think traveling was in there somewhere. I was a little lost due to the euphoric state I was in and the alcohol I had consumed. I really don't think he was fired!

May 22, 2009 / 20:04

meli

From what I've heard both Barry Taylor and Martin Streek were fired ... and I've now read and heard various rumours on who is going to replace them.

I don't expect CFNY to be playing the same alternative they played in the 80's ... I liked that shit then ... but I also want new music to broaden my knowledge and play list now ... but would expect any new program director to try and bring some edge back into 'The Edge' ... instead of watering down the play list to make sponsors happy.

I think the person that posted the idea about a new station ... with Alan Cross, Martin etc ... had a FANTASTIC idea ... they could do it over the net, spread the word through all these networking sites like twitter etc and we could watch what is left of CFNY's ratings tumble even further as the new station gains listeners and plays GOOD music, not just popular music ... an idea to keep in mind should any of those talented persons read this ... :)

May 22, 2009 / 20:37

Toronto Mike

Meli, the problem as I see it is the lack of demand for such a station. There are only about 20 of us hankering for the old CFNY and they've all chimed in here by now!

May 22, 2009 / 20:41

Toronto Mike

Here's what Freddie P wrote over on CanadianThinker.com.

I've had several e-mails over the past couple of days from people wondering why I haven't posted anything about Martin Streek's departure from the Edge.

Like this one. "Fred, you often talk about past CFNY people. Why nothing on Martin Streek and Barry Taylor getting fired? Just a company guy, right?"

I assume "just a company guy" refers to my current management position at Corus Entertainment, which also owns the Edge.

No. It's got nothing to do with that.

I usually write about CFNY when I can directly relate to the situation because I was there and I lived it.

Remember, I haven't worked at One Dundas since 2003.

This is totally different. I've never met Barry Taylor, and although I enjoyed his work on the very rare occasion I heard him, I can't comment on his situation because I have no idea what led up to it.

As for Martin Streek, I've actually been in contact with Marty and he's doing nothing but look forward.

"Hey Fred... I'm ok... weird, after 25 years, not going to work on a weekend...not sure what to do with my time...I'm gonna try to drop a few swings off my golf game and travel...going to LA and then off to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam."

It sounds to me like Marty is comfortable with his situation, and that's all that matters.

May 23, 2009 / 19:09

Rob

meli
your comment, "but would expect any new program director to try and bring some edge back into 'The Edge' ... instead of watering down the play list to make sponsors happy."
I'm sure the Board of Directors of Corus Entertainment would not be thrilled on having a Program Director that would not make their sponsors happy.
the equation is quite simple "unhappy sponsors" - "low revenues" = "no EDGE"
If you are a PD that don't care about sponsors you would be working for a Campus Radio Station or CBC Radio.

May 23, 2009 / 22:12

JF

Martin & Phoenix were good times. Getting older sucks sometimes (with the way things sometimes change), but I wouldn't miss the ride for the world :) As for Q10-Zepplin, it hasn't been a preset in my car for ages. I like Derringer, but not enough to sit through "Whole Lotta Love" (again) or commercials for the good bits.

May 23, 2009 / 23:09

Martin Streek

Thank to those of you who made comments, both good and bad...either way, it's proof that you listened and/or cared about the scene I/we were part of...

May 24, 2009 / 00:03

meli

Mike ... I don't want a radio station that lives in the past, because I don't. What I was (apparently not so successfully) trying to say is that I do want a station that
1. acknowledges when they have knowledgeable, well loved on air personalities that are good at what they do ... and that properly utilises that talent ... instead of forcing substandard play lists on them and then showing them the door! From an outsiders perspective I found it disrespectful to the listeners and to Martin and Barry. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth and further soured me on my old fave CFNY.

2. is willing to support really good music, not just big labels. Perhaps I am in the minority in thinking that there is a market out there for a station like that ... then again I find a lot of my music online ... myspace for instance ... and other sources ... so I do listen to really good bands that aren't signed ... or played on the main stream air ways here ... and I support those band by purchasing their music in a variety of ways ... CDs, MP3's etc.

Perhaps that just makes me lucky that I have so many back pocket bands ... and a bit of an idealist that I think someone could make really good money with a radio station like that.

May 24, 2009 / 11:21

Christa Harbridge

OMG! I'm in shock and feeling a bit sick to my stomach. Martin was the best radio personality on 102.1 as far as I'm concerned. His timing impeccable (the guy has mad skills), his energy contagious, his knowledge and passion for music outta this world, not to mention his deep sexy voice still gives me shivers just thinking about it. Martin, if you're reading, I hope you're at peace with it, moreover, I hope that you are embracing this major life change with excitement for what the next chapter has in store for ya. Maybe it's time after all to head to a Vancouver station, or start your own station (good idea BTW), or work 1-2 days/wk making big bucks doing voice work...and take a cooking class just like you had always talked about. Sometimes the Universe has a way of forcing your hand to make a change when you don't end up doing it yourself. You're a legend...and millions of people like me, who love you, will always remember you with much respect and adoration. All of us Martin Streek lovers will measure all the other "replacements" up to you...and believe me when I say...they will never, ever measure up. Best of luck. Christa

May 24, 2009 / 12:06

zale

I'm seriously pissed that Martin's been shown the door.

The last link to the best music played on the best station ever.

I mean, would someone write a song about the Edge now? Would it become a classic?

Not a chance...

It's been obvious for some time that Edge doesn't want any one over 30 or female listening. Or anyone with a brain; do we REALLY need to hear the same songs every hour? I think their dream demographic is university students who've drunk themselves to the point of brain damage.

Martin's Sunday nights were a direct link to the heyday of Chris Sheppard's Saturday live to air... the original.

Sometimes when the set list was just right, and Martin did his Sheppard impression, I was suddenly 16 again, gripped with the passion and excitement of the music.

And besides, he played Wolfsheim...

This hurts.

They've finally managed to land the death blow on the spirit of radio.

If you're looking for a good 80s alternative station that also has some of today's cool stuff in the play list, I highly recommend flashbackalternatives.com

Me? I'll be looking for an alarm clock that will play from my iPod... 102.1... good bye...

May 25, 2009 / 00:08

Pete Fowler

I had a chance to work with Marty for almost 6 years and if he decides to work at another station, I will be listening. Marty was a great co-worker and here are three reasons why...

1. When I was first hired by CFNY in 1992, I was somewhat new to living in Toronto as I am from Waterloo. Marty was the only person to invite me out numerous times and show me around town and introduce me to various musicians etc

2. Marty loves music. Like many CFNY employees that have left before him, Marty worked at CFNY because of the music.

3. When I decided to resign and put my two weeks notice in to CFNY to go back to university, Marty was once again the only co-worker of mine ( besides Strombo who left a nice note on my car) that took the time and ordered a "goodbye" catered dinner to my last Thursday 30.

Marty you will be missed on CFNY. You were a great co-worker and very easy to get along with; thanks again.

May 25, 2009 / 07:54

Stumpy

Hey Boon,

I listened to that two hours of H&F reunion. Excellent stuff. I couldn't stop listening to it once it started. I even found myself skipping through the music so I could get to the talking parts... Imagine, a radio listener wanting less music??

Having said that I think that those guys would not be doing that type of show on the Edge today. They would likely be trying to relate to a younger audience meaning old school stories are out, revealing their ages, out, talking about their kids or other grown up things that you and I can relate to, also out.

Instead they'd be trying to relate to younger listeners which I think would result in a show that isn't as personal as the one they did on the podcast. Again, I stick to my original statements, H&F would be stellar on a station with some balls that's a little older then the Edge. Unfortunately it may be a while before there's a station which fits that mold in Toronto, who's looking for a morning show.

By the way, Streek sounded like the coolest guy ever on air. Good luck to him.

May 25, 2009 / 08:19

Nancy

I was suprised to hear that Martin was no longer on the radio. At work on Sunday nights, my boss and I use to look forward to 9:00pm to hear some of our favourite music, including NIN. We will miss you.

If you are reading this Martin, pursue the next stage of your life with as much energy, and enthusiasm as you did your radio shows and find a way to share your talent and knowledge of music with the youth.

Good luck and have fun.

May 25, 2009 / 23:51

Brad

Hi Mike,

Put me down as # 21 hankering for the old CFNY . I was shocked to hear about Martin, Sunday's won't be the same.
I met Pete Fowler about 12 years ago in London while he was patrolling the Right Wing for the Hawk Hockey Team, and what he wrote was the same as what he said then.
Pete, you're a good guy.

May 26, 2009 / 11:24

Steve

I'm 44 and I still listen to the Edge as much as possible. It has moved with the times, through Rick Astley (ugh) and on to the occasional classic rock tune in the morning. Martin will be sorely missed, especially Sunday nights; someone who probably wasn't alive when the music was produced has less cred than Martin for introducing the songs. But the music remains the music.

All that being said, I remember that when I was 15 to 20 years old one of the things that I hated the most were 35 - 40 year olds moaning about how good the music was 20 years previous (back in the good old 60's). Every era has its memorable tunes. I'm about ready to blow out my speakers when House of Pain is on the TV for a car ad, killer tune! Don't live in the past, move on.

Bookie largely replicates Alan. Josie is today's Mae. Dean Blundell is the Pete and Geets of the 21 century it's just they get away with more in this era than the last. We move forward and I wouldn't trade the current Edge for anything in any other city.

Put me down as #22. Move on guys (good luck Martin, good riddance Barry, you were never funny).

May 26, 2009 / 15:19

Mary D

Actually, Barrie was jokes! He had a dry sense of humor but I remember this joke he told about being at a wedding and chatting with the mother of the bride next thing I knew he played this Nickleback song (can't remember the song) but regardless...the joke was funny and I almost crashed on the 401 due to it. Plus he use to talk with his Dad about the Jays and their progress or lack thereof.

Barry was perfect for this generation. If anyone should go it should be Josie...or change her time slot. She is on when most are at work and she is so fake and a little air-headed to be giving any relationship advice and she is not nice meeting her public at the place she 'hosts'. Martin was always friendly and willing to chat sometimes a bit to friendly but, hey.

May 28, 2009 / 17:54

Orest

The closest thing to the original 102 - the spirit of radio - is the new music at 9 on 94.9 (out of Oshawa for god sakes!)on for only half an hour monday thru wednesday. If there was a station with such a format 24/7 my dial wouldnt move.
Sure it might barely make money but i remember when the only people who listened to cfny were the weirdos - mostly wavers. Of course "alternative" became mainstream became co-opted... and here we are - an "EDGE" station with as much edge as a bowling ball. Does Broken Social Scene ever get played on Edge?! Even after they headlined at Lollapalloza? Didn't put Arcade Fire in rotation for months - even after it was Rolling Stone's top album of the year and even then only for a few weeks. - You'd think they'd want the CanCon - but hey they got Nickleback and Our Lady Peace! Yea! The only possible reason for them not playing the ton of good music that's out there is because it would make the shit they do play sound that much worse. That and/or payola!

Like they say all good things come to an end (Brave New Waves (that still hurts), the New Music - im sure the Wedge on Much is next.

Retro sundaynites will be gone soon enough and it will be missed when its gone - even if it was REPETATIVE. I always wanted to ask Martin - why no Fugazi/no wedding present/bad brains/gang of four/swervedriver/that petrol emotion/the fall/the Cramps/Dino jr./sebadoh/fishbone etc etc etc. The Retro set list was pretty stagnant.

Anyways, Martin its been a blast - you will be missed.

102.1 delete preset

btw,
When is CKLN gonna get its shit together?!?

May 29, 2009 / 04:36

Toronto Mike

Out of fairness, Orest...

102.1 did add Arcade Fire's Neighbourhood #3 (Power's Out) before Rolling Stone called Funeral the best album of the year. And they added Rebellion (Lies) and Wake Up from that album, and played the shit out of all three.

Now they play pretty much all the Arcade Fire singles. And they play any Broken Social Scene single with a hook, like Cause=Time and 7/4 Shoreline.

May 29, 2009 / 08:51

MYSLIWIEC440

I am so gonna miss Martins shows. Im stateside down by Buffalo, and we would look forward to coming up to TO to go to the live shows. Not to mention that all those broadcasts made for incredible nights in my Automotive shop (as Marty used to say 'this ones gonna go late')At least He would mention fun activities like snowboarding and other good sports. I really felt the Edge started falling to hell once I heard Eminem and then GN'R. What the hell happened? Theres so much good new music and unfortunately it was only played from 9pm to 2am. Martin, a sincere Thank You for hundreds of good listening hours both in person and laying down major Automotive work overnights-esp Whiskey Saigon, great memories with my Wife and Brother when we came up for a bit!

May 29, 2009 / 20:13

Christine

I guess I'm #22 then? I don't need it to be the CFNY of old but I'm 41 and still miss Pete and Geets. They were stupid, sure, but funny. Still, why can't we have a station that plays old stuff and new. And sure, throw in any kind of music, from back then or today!

Anyway, don't call Josie Dye the new Maie. Maie was funny and smart and had a great, sexy voice. Josie is idiotic.

May 29, 2009 / 21:58

John Vella

I too am an avid Sunday night listener. I have been listening to Martin’s Sunday nights since around 1997. I have frequently e-mailed Martin in the past with requests and telling him how much his show means to me.

I found out about Martin’s demise kind of by accident. A good friend of mine and myself went to Velvet Underground to party and to see Martin the Sunday of the May 24 long weekend (the day before Ian Curtis’ suicide anniversary). Now actually going to the Velvet is quite rare for me as I reside in Guelph. Nevertheless, I found out about Martin’s departure from Lori (the DJ) and I must say I was quite shocked and quite upset. Luckily enough for me, Martin was at the Velvet that night and I had the opportunity to talk to him. He stated it was more economics than anything else. My thinking is Martin was very much a staple of The Edge and I’m sure everyone can concur that getting rid of Martin was indeed a huge error. Another thing that was interesting was any commercial on any or Course’s radio stations that had Martin’s voice had also been removed. In my discussion with Martin, he also stated that he wanted to pursue other interests other than in broadcasting.

I must admit that I too will miss his voice on the air. I am still an avid Sunday night retro listener; however, I don’t seem to think that I will get used to his absence especially after listing to his voice for so many years. The city of Toronto had very much lost part of its radio talent and history (Martin told me he worked for the Edge for roughly 25 years). I am very confident in saying The Edge will never find anyone that comes remotely close to Martin’s attributes and talents.

May 31, 2009 / 21:33

Chris

Let me start by saying that I don't get a chance to listen to The Edge as much as I would like, but I always listen on Sunday nights.

Martin will be missed. And, for those of us who enjoy Sunday nights, we can't help but see the writing on the wall. How can you have a Retro program when none of your staff were even alive during the period you're honouring? Most of us tuning in on Sunday nights lived the '80's & '90's. Like Martin, we're qualified to talk about the music of that era. The great concerts. The social impact. You can't speak with any authority about something you either read about, or heard about second hand. Was Martin's Sunday night play list somewhat short? Sure, you can argue that point. But, he was passionate about the music he played because he lived it. Can any of the current Edge staff talk about the Police Picnic? How about the long list of great concerts at the CNE? Nah - they'll just look it up on Wikipedia.

June 1, 2009 / 00:39

Mr. Black

Wow ! Where to begin. I know for a fact that Martin is a great person. But his departure from the EDGE is about a decade too late. I can't believe how many people comment on how talented he was. Really??? Talk about mailing it in... A monkey could have done the job that had done these past years. The same old cliche tags over and over and over.... "c'mon down down and party", "keep it locked" and always popular, drawn out "1....0.....2....point.....1....THE.....................................EDGE!"
The whole show could be programmed using the function keys on a keyboard with the same moronic tags. To say that he set the bar higher from his predecessor is such an insult to what Chris actually created in Toronto. And the last link to the Spirit of Radio??? Puh-leeese! It was more about Disturbed than the Dammned or Dinosaur Jr. In all fairness, he was just moving with the direction of the station and appealing to that 12-25 year-old male demographic that the EDGE now targets. The problem lies in the sheer fact that he did do it FOR 25 YEARS! His true talent was a long time ago when he was just Roadshow Marty... playing Visage videos with Ivar and Marsden at unsuspecting high schools throughout Southern Ontario. Drinking Labatt 50 underage and pissing off preppy jocks by not playing Bruce Springsteen. That's the Marty I'd rather remember. He did learn from the best, but lost his way somewhere along the journey. Good luck in your future endeavors. We'll see you at the next reunion.

June 1, 2009 / 13:03

Buller

I will miss both Martin & Barry. They both had a unique style that you either loved or hated. Either way, you remembered them.

My biggest problem with the whole thing was how The Edge completely erased any existance of them from their website, without any words of thanks or well wishes. Especially for Martin.

I mean the guys had been there over 20 years? You gain a large following of fans with that longevity and without offering some sort of honour to such a long-time employee is insulting to Martin, as well as the Edge listeners who enjoyed listening to him.

I understand that changes like this sometimes need to be quick and dirty to minimize a backlash and to move forward more quickly, but it is a cowardice, weak and disrespectful way of doing things.

I'm not as upset that Martin and Barry are gone, it's how The Edge handled it. At the very least, allow Martin and Barry to post a farewell letter where they can say goodbye to their fans and to comment on the good times they had while at The Edge. By not doing so, The Edge management appears to be insensitive to their own listeners who connect with the talent they promote.

The Edge ties so hard to create the feeling of belonging to their radio community. So when they take someone away with out giving the audience a chance to say goodbye, it feels like you lost a family member. I know that sounds cheesy but it does. It makes me feel like the Edge doesn;t give a shit about their listeners.

Well you know what Edge, after a stunt like this, I'm starting feel like I don;t give a fuck about you anymore. Way to alienate your own listeners. Fuck you.

June 1, 2009 / 16:35

Brendan

The Edge should totally let Daryl Spring host the sunday night show. He filled in last night and was light years ahead of Loriann. He knows most of the music and sounded like he was having fun and not just reading (and getting half the band names wrong) like the new usual host.

June 1, 2009 / 17:39

stoort

I knew the end was near when edge started to heavily promote that crap new Guns & Roses album/single (shortly after the new music director took over from AC), and then reinvented the past as they somehow decided G&Rs back catalog fit its Spirit of the Radio nights.

Martin's a class act, for sure.

As for H&F, like many others, I found myself very reluctantly tuning in to Humble's new gig. It wouldn't be so bad if they changed the name of the station...

June 7, 2009 / 11:54

Dave P

What the Eff!?!?! I hadn't listened to the Edge in the evenings for the last little while since it's baseball season again, but I am very disappointed to hear that Barry and Martin are no longer on the Edge.

Barry was a funny guy and managed to make himself stand out in an otherwise meh time slot. I Effing loved the phone Man bit, as well as the Barry Interesting Survey, the 4:20 thought and the use of the Jeff Martin "You" clip. He made me laugh.

Martin was the man. The Thursday 30 was his thing and it will not be the same without him.

The only thing left that I enjoy is the Dean Blundell Show. The music on the Edge is really starting to suck. Aside from the odd Green Day and Pearl Jam, every other song seems to sound the same and WAY too pop oriented.

Best of luck to Martin and Barry. I hope to hear Megaphone Man again one day in the future.

June 7, 2009 / 23:02

Wowww

They had to get rid of Martin and Barry? They should have booted Bookie and stuck Barry in his slot. Idiots.

June 8, 2009 / 10:03

Neil

I can't say that I'll miss Streek...I hated his "ummmmmmm's" and "uhhhhhhhhhhhhh's". He did that way too much and it's so damn annoying.

BT, however...he is the man. Really gonna miss that guy!

June 10, 2009 / 22:13

Alex

I'm with Mary D, Barry was awesome. I'll be honest, I wasn't a fan of Martin Streek, he seemed past his prime if you ask me.

But Barry? He was young and fucking hilarious -- I thought he was on track to do the afternoon drive time.

Reminds me of when they suddenly got rid of Josh (was that his name) who did weekend afternoons probably 5 years ago or so -- another funny, funny guy (he named Theory of a Deadman "Nickelspawn", I still remember that).

June 14, 2009 / 08:41

AloG

I haven't heard mArtin on the radio for some time now, and I kinda sensed it coming as they started to have LoriAnn doing the live-to-airs with Martin a whole lot in the early part of this year. Barry and Dwight came as a big surprise to me. All three were my 2 favourite personalities. I also had the chance to meet Pete Fowler a long time back. He is probably the nicest guy I have ever met.

Short story about one of my experiences with Marty: came back from Thailand and found my ex chatting it up with my roommate. Put on my volcom shirt and went to the Phoenix. Did not want to go home that night. Somehow ended up at Marty's place for an afterparty (the first in the series). A night I will never forget. Took a full 2 days to recover. I remember Martin going on-air the next Sunday night from WS. He said, I felt like I was kicked in the chest by a horse! The best compliment I had ever received.

June 18, 2009 / 21:01


cav

im 23 and have been listening to the edge for the past 11 or 12 years. even before i was old enough to go to bars and stuff i used to listen to martin streek live to air from kingdom on friday night and phoenix on saturdays. and i loved his thursday 30 groundbreakers. people say he isnt talented, to me its about the personality, and he had a great one. it wont be the same without him. as for barry, i enjoyed his segments. he was very down to earth. not like a lot of fake radio personalities today. (funny jokes to, lol). anyway, the point is i think getting rid of both of them is a mistake and although the edge is my fav station for years now, and edgefest rules.... it'll never be the same. best of luck boys.

June 22, 2009 / 18:49

Jeffer

uh i guess its official, im old at 26, barry and martin were my favorites, gonna have to mp3 deck my car now

June 23, 2009 / 14:46

Erin

ok, but why where they fired ???? Barry Taylor is au-some .... Martin is pretty cool too. What is barry taylor doing now ?

June 28, 2009 / 22:22

Kam

I'm surprised by the shitty way the edge is working these days. They deleted two amazing radio personalities off the site with no explanations. Barry Taylor was my favourite there, the Edge is weak now. Meh time to find another station.

July 2, 2009 / 15:26

Mike

Really weak how this was just swept under the rug, nothing to see here folks ... move along.

I'm 29 and have felt for the last 2 years or so that I'm already starting to drift away from the Edge. Have an hour long commute to work and had to get the iPod setup b/c the Blundell show has become aggravatingly bad.

Just wanted to say thanks to Martin for making life bearable all those Fri/Sat/Sun nights when I was at U of Waterloo and had to put in a few hours studying or doing lab writeups .... in many ways a soundtrack of my life in my early 20's. You were a great LTA host. The retro night really helped me fill in on a lot of music that I otherwise wouldn't have found.

BT isn't my favourite by any means but he was definitely an above average host and had unique humour, quite a puzzling move.

Like others have said the writing is on the wall for the Sunday night LTA.

July 5, 2009 / 17:27

Noeleen

i started listening to cfny back in '83 when i was 12. it was a great station that got a lot of bands out there for alternative listeners. i had a HUGE crush on marty streek after meeting him at a roadshow in the mid 80s, with his long hair (ahhh swoon!). disappointing that he is gone. i recently returned to the gta after 10 years abroad and have to say how disappointing radio is these days. the morning show still provides toilet humour (same thing pete and geets did!) but the characters are long gone (earl jive, beverley hills) a shame that it is no longer the cool little station from brampton...and honestly, my mother could do a better job than josie! best of luck to martin, hope he finds a happy home that appreciates him and his talents.

July 6, 2009 / 14:47

Steve

I just heard that Martin has passed away... very sad to hear.... (I was a cfny staffer back in the 80s and just heard this from Earl J.)

July 6, 2009 / 22:16

Toronto Mike

Steve, I hope that's not your attempt at humour. Martin Streek surely isn't dead.

Still, I'd feel better if someone would verify that Streek is still alive.

July 6, 2009 / 22:19

Steve

I just heard it from Earl Jive (who's in California)and I don't think he'd be kidding any of us...

July 6, 2009 / 22:49

Toronto Mike

Steve, do you have details?

When?

How?

Where?

July 6, 2009 / 22:51

Steve

Sorry, I don't.... I've sent a note to see what may have happened

July 6, 2009 / 22:53

Toronto Mike

Let us know... he has a lot of fans here. This is truly sad.

July 6, 2009 / 22:55

Steve

He was found dead in his apartment today.... apparently a goodbye note on his facebook page.... how sad.

July 6, 2009 / 23:08


bkblades

This did not just happen. I'm at a loss for words, if only because he was Edge102 to me. I'm speechless.

July 6, 2009 / 23:36

Anonymous

Idiots... if he were dead the edge would have done something for him...

July 6, 2009 / 23:49

Tigerthelion

He is gone. Its official. Such sad news.

July 6, 2009 / 23:51

Anonymous

Just a thought... in the spirit of good radio.... write the hell out of the station, no?

July 6, 2009 / 23:51

Anonymous

Barry Taylor is gone? WTF?!

July 6, 2009 / 23:52

Anonymous

Why is it that when i search "google" for stories about Martin Streak nothing really comes up!?

July 6, 2009 / 23:55

Anonymous

Someone figure out what is up and let me know... This is crazy.

July 7, 2009 / 00:02

Anonymous

I suggest you all do your homework. the spirit is no longer @ CFNY... time for a change.

July 7, 2009 / 00:03

bkblades

@Anonymous 23:49,
Like how the Edge addressed Martin Streek's departure from the station? Oh, wait...

Yes, the sources do seem shaky, but I respect Toronto Mike and know that he wouldn't post something without strong backing/confirmations. I take his word over an anonymous comment for sure.

July 7, 2009 / 00:14


andy ryckman

He has passed. Taken his own life ;(

July 7, 2009 / 00:29

Anonymous

Dude... call the station: 416-870-3343 and ask the DJ. Where is Barry Taylor? Did he die too?

July 7, 2009 / 00:37

Anonymous

And go ask for what you want:

http://www.edge.ca/Station/ContactUs.aspx

July 7, 2009 / 00:44

Toronto Mike

Just to clarify, Barry Taylor is still alive.

July 7, 2009 / 01:06

Joey

WTF? Why fix things if they aint broken...just heard the tragic news on Martin! May he rest in peace...depression is a bitch eh? Martin and Barry were fabulous radio personalities in my opinion. So I wonder what the dumbasses at Corus were thinking...these are the peeps that make lots of money off of TREEHOUSE. Corporations get so big...greedy and they shuffle for the worst at times?

Martin could have created an empire on his own, but I guess the business desire wasn't there...sad news.

Just imagine if Martin, Barry and Alan(one smart cookie) had gotten together on a side venture!

I digress...

July 7, 2009 / 05:04

Alexzander

Martin Streak has committed suicide monday July 6th. Sad day today

July 7, 2009 / 06:55

emjay

Barry Taylor is a music director over at Jack now ... rip martin

July 7, 2009 / 07:49

Pip

thats a different BT.... he's rockin comedy in town, you can follow him on myspace

July 7, 2009 / 08:04

Terry

The person taking over for Martin at the Phoenix and Velvet Underground is Loriann

July 7, 2009 / 08:55

Mike

Mrtin just committed suicide... that sucks big time

July 7, 2009 / 09:03

Mike

Martin just committed suicide... that sucks big time

July 7, 2009 / 09:03

Ryan

So sad that Martin is gone... He should never have been fired in the first place, and now he's gone for good... Sigh.

Not sad at all to hear that Barry got fired though.

July 7, 2009 / 09:40

Ken

OMFG, I just turned to CP24 and I saw the suicide of Martin, and I can't believe that there is nothing on Martin Streek on the Edge website about him. I really can't believe he would commit suicide. He was such a great personality to listen to. I will really miss Friday nights and Saturday's. Josie Dye doesn't do that well of a good job in the clubs as Martin did. It just fucking sucks.

July 7, 2009 / 09:46

Another Mike

Just heard the news, caught it on a CP24. Very Sad!

I stopped listening to Edge a few years ago. Got sick of the same songs EVERYDAY ALL DAY. Can only tolerate Dean and his team of buffoons so much in the morning...

Condolensces to Martins Family - met him a few years ago at the Phoenix, great guy!

He will be missed, even more reason now to not listen to the Edge anymore.

Wow, which direction is Corus going... really!

July 7, 2009 / 09:57

GJ

Martin - rest in peace. You are missed.

Alan -Its time to start something all of us 40 somethings (who are a lot more wealthy on average) can relate to. Surely there is a market there.

July 7, 2009 / 11:21

Mike from Lowville

"As for Martin Streek, I've actually been in contact with Marty and he's doing nothing but look forward.

"Hey Fred... I'm ok... weird, after 25 years, not going to work on a weekend...not sure what to do with my time...I'm gonna try to drop a few swings off my golf game and travel...going to LA and then off to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam."

It sounds to me like Marty is comfortable with his situation, and that's all that matters."

That, was ominous!

July 7, 2009 / 11:47

dave

yes he is gone and sadly will be missed.
a link to the news article

July 7, 2009 / 12:14

jenn

Have been listening to the edge all day today, actually turned the IPOD off.
Really sad that it takes the death of a man for the station to actually play some decent music.....
Sad day for all.

July 7, 2009 / 12:24

Nicole

I just heard the news and am at a loss. I grew up with Martin Streek and CFNY - he was fabulous. I have to admit I had no idea he had been fired(!) until now, because I haven't been listening to 102 (or any radio) for a while. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

July 7, 2009 / 12:24

Dane

I have been away on business for the last 2 weeks and come back to this news about Martin. It's tragic. We all have our demons and troubles. I hope Martin has found peace in the afterlife. He was always a constant voice in Toronto. Like an old friend that you can count on to be there. I used to escape my demons with music. Listening to the Thursday 30 with Martin was a big part of those escapes. Condolences to the Martin family and friends

July 7, 2009 / 12:39

Kelly

This is heartbreaking news. I too grew up listening to the Thursday 30, and spent a good part of my early drinking years rocking out to Martin at Kingdom. I met him one time, and was thrilled with the experience! I didn't realize he'd been fired (or Barry for that matter) until just now. Loriann is not up to par (I've never enjoyed her at Phoenix, just thought she was filling in)..but what other options exist anymore? What a dark day. I hope that he is happier where he is, and is no longer suffering.

July 7, 2009 / 12:57

dvltash

Martin Streek will be missed. He was truly one of the last facets of actual talent in radio. I feel strongly for his family and fans.

I think that, as I scroll through all these posts debating Martin, and Fearless Fred, and being in the 20-30 year old category, that I have to comment there is nothing but drivel on todays radio. Especially 102.1. Listening to the Dean Blundell show makes me want to paper cut my eyeballs. I grew up listening to the station, and as with everything that starts off well, it just got too stupid to stomach listening to anymore. That isn't progress, that isn't a change with the times. Its a sad thing. Trying to cater to a growing sense of humor in debauchery and grossness, its like the corporate radio people just want to keep outdoing themselves with dolling out useless crap because thats what the maturity level of todays 20-30 something crowd wants. Doesn't it offend those of you who actually have a brain that this is the only level they think you are capable of dealing with? Its not about the music anymore. Its about bad taste and poor jokes, incoherent chatter and the "lets see who can do this more stupid than the last person who did this and then give 'em a prize! woo hoo!" Actual radio broadcast is getting lost. This tragedy is the proof. CFNY you should be ashamed of yourselves. But poor old cynical me, I feel that this too will be lost in the process of everyone trying to be the next Howard Stern.

RIP Martin Streek. Know that you were appreciated for the talent you were.

July 7, 2009 / 13:05

Elvira

RIP Martin.

The downhill slide of 102.1 continues....

(And I completely agree with the above commenter on the shitty morning show. It isn't even funny. Howard Stern gets repetitive and boring, never mind a third rate Howard Stern ripoff)

July 7, 2009 / 13:41

Lisa

I think it is so sad that Martin did this. He and Alan are CFNY for me. I agree about Dean and Todd (Jason is OK) that they are crude and disgusting. I had to stop listening to the morning show because my daughter wanted to know what a hooker was. If the Edge were to change the morning show personalities I would listen again, instead of being stuck with the happy housewife stations! But at least they are kid friendly. You wonder why women have to resort to these stations??

July 7, 2009 / 13:51

Mark

Wow - Sunday nights were never the same after they turfed him. What a loss! My wife knew him in high school. Quite a character even back then. Very sad.

July 7, 2009 / 14:11

Deborah-Ann

MARTIN STREEK

To begin I would like to give my condolences to all who knew and loved Martin we are saddened to learn of such a loss. To Martin’s family there are not enough words to express what a wonderful, outstanding, human being he was. The accomplishments with music. Proud! Martin truly loved the music industry he loved his job. The power he had with people when he filled a room with good music wow – the hype was incredible!

Here is a man who related to all especially within the power of music. Martin demonstrated skilfulness, Martin had an extraordinary strength of energy incredible the dynamics he was able to create hey – Martin did fill a room (one would have to be there to feel the special aura that he produced. Salute to all who experienced this) – Yes, Martin was not only great he was a “Natural” at his job – hard to top a natural great professional who sparkled in the public eyes. Martin revealed this through The Edge 102.1 enabling us to see and feel the love that he had for music and most of his entire job. Well Done & So very Sad!

I must admit the changes that I have seen over the past years make me question what on earth is going on with “Corus Entertainment” to make the decisions that they do. When you have a great individual why would one want to make changes to a good thing especially in this global recession?

The reality is people are losing their jobs, lifestyle change, etc. are occurring 24x7 and when all is said and done at the end of it what do we have? We have a 24x7 industry of music/television/etc. “Corus Entertainment”. We can escape into the world of music and much more.

I have been a loyal listener/viewer/etc. to Corus Entertainment for many, many years hey I am in my mid fifties. I strongly question what on earth is going on with Corus Entertainment Broadcasting – Your losing all the good ones. Wake Up… Your ratings may go up due to such a loss with Martin Streek but with the choices you are making your ratings will go down as you begin to lose your loyal fans. Wake-UP-Re-evaluate!

I thank you Martin for the wonderful years that you devoted your life to Rock Music – Rock on….. #1……… You are missed and you will be missed it is not the same…. See you Martin in the next life time to come…..

A loyal fan to you and to 102.1 – The Edge….

P.S. I also did not know Martin was fired. The bottom line is summer comes and goes very quickly and yes we are out of the loop as we begin some R&R. Bad choice Corus! I hope all who was involved with this decision not only sleeps well at night but are able to digest their foods knowing the chain reaction they have created.

Debi-Ann

July 7, 2009 / 14:13

Snas

Having since left Toronto, I recall how important Martin Streek was to anyone aged in their early 30s. Those nights back in the summer of 1998 at the Phoenix talking to Streek between all the beers and Mr. Pong chicken balls. You will be missed, Martin.

July 7, 2009 / 14:44

taraxlee

Things won't ever be the same with The EDGE .RIP.

July 7, 2009 / 15:05

Rock Star Girlfriend

Rock on in peace Brother Martin. Your voice will forever linger in my head.
As for the edge.....I stopped listening BECAUSE of the current morning show. Maybe I'm old but I just don't have any appreciation for that kind of antic day after day. And I like to hear it even less on a station I consider legendary. I would catch Martin's LTA's but oddly I think the edge lost their edge.
I grew up forced to listen as my brother commanded the radio but then it became a choice to gladly listen.
Whoever said BT did amazing interviews....ditto that!
You will be remembered forever Streek!

July 7, 2009 / 15:11



Peter

I'm 22 and have tried to be a loyal Edge fan for the last many years. It's been difficult with the state of the industry these days, and it's sad that the edge feels they have to embrace all the crap. I absolutely loved the Thursday 30 and the live to air...could not listen to The Edge any other time because the crap these days is unbearable. So I guess, based on everyone else's comments, that I'm an old timer now too.

I tend to spend more of my time scanning all stations for 1 song I can stand to hear rather than listening to one in particular these days (if I listen to the radio at all).

July 7, 2009 / 15:50

GG

Rest in peace, Martin. Another piece of my youth, gone forever. I hope you have found happiness.

Damn you Corus Ent. It wasn't enough just to kill CFNY...?!!

July 7, 2009 / 16:42

Marco

I use to listen to the Spirit of Radio since I was in my mid teens and now I only listen on Thurs. nights and Sun nights when I get a chance. Wow Streek has passed away and it is a big loss for radio and the music industry. The spirit is at its end in 102.1. There is far and few alternative music in it now. I also mis Deadly Headly and Pete and Getes. Remember when the Spirit played anything that moved you, now they play anything that pays them. This is why the Drive at Five works.

July 7, 2009 / 16:48

Toronto Mike

The Barry Taylor at Jack is a different Barry Taylor.

July 7, 2009 / 17:07

Carolyn

Sad is the state of what we knew as CFNY back in the day, When a DJ who has given his all for over 20 years is dismissed without second thought. What really bothers me is the massive increased listenership the Edge & Corus radio will enjoy today on the back of a guy they fired 2 mos. ago. RIP Martin

July 7, 2009 / 17:52

Stars in Brampton

Those were the good times with CFNY starting up on Kennedy Road as the BEST New Music Station, long bad way from that now!

July 7, 2009 / 18:01

Michelle F-G

CFNY is long dead, Martin was the only faint heartbeat, he did his best. It was not up to him. Rush tributed CFNY with the song "Spirit of Radio", who would tribute 102.1 now? I bet Avril would like Edge...that says it all. 107 plays old music called classic rock, how about a classic modern rock station? Edge is mindless dribble, and no I am not 40 yet. Edge, you're the establishment you once rejected.

July 7, 2009 / 18:55

Victoria

When I found out about Martin this morning, I just couldn't believe it. Martin was a close friend to my family; he did the Live To Air at my uncle's club “The Kingdom” on Friday nights.

Every year we all would look forward to his Halloween costumes. Anyone who came to N.R.G knew Martin's costumes were LEGENDARY!! He was always such a fun person to be around. And I miss him so much!!

I will always remember what he did for me when I was 14. He found out I was a HUGE fan of Green Day, and he had an autograph at the radio station, so he wrapped it up, and gave it to me. It was probably the best day ever. Now I will always have something from Martin that I can cherish forever. He also did a shout out on my birthday, and then played my favorite Green Day song “Minority”.

Martin, you were an amazing person, and you will forever live in our hearts, we love you so much!

Good bye buddy
R.I.P Martin

July 7, 2009 / 19:48

Anonymous

Wow. I feel aweful about my comments yesterday: i just couldn't believe it because:
I was listening to the edge yesterday and NOBODY said f***** ANYTHING ABOUT IT. Mabe i'm being impatient again, but what kind of a station would not pay resepects to one of it's greats??!! The guy is part of their history, our history, to MUSIC!!! This is f***ed up.

July 7, 2009 / 20:20

Rivit

Alan Cross: Do something!

July 7, 2009 / 20:23

Anonymous

Yeah. This article says it: They took his bio down from the edge - fine, but i will NEVER listen again to you bastards. But it's off of Wikipedia too!? I guess Wiki is not really about free information after all.

July 7, 2009 / 20:27

Anonymous

Alan: Do Something!

July 7, 2009 / 20:31

Marc

The Edge bears some responsibility for his death: management knew he had issues with depression (likely bipolar), they milked his talent for all it was worth over these many years, made the most of his often manic energy, and then the 'effin suits unceremoniously dumped him.
That was a low blow to a loyal & talented employee, Edge-beancounters et al. The fact of there being a recession does not even begin to explain your crass worldview & ruthless/puerile business-model.

July 7, 2009 / 20:42

Claudia

The spirit of radio has died... RIP Martin... I will really miss you :(

July 7, 2009 / 20:49

Anonymous

Well said, Marc!

What is wrong with a station that doesn't let people go? That's spirit! That's what i want. FUCFNY

July 7, 2009 / 21:10

Mike

FUCFNY - nice!

July 7, 2009 / 21:11


bluegazoo

I haven't heard anything on CFNY about this! What a dirty hore station. And all the personalities that have a set big enough to say something are no longer there. Is that a coincidence? WTF Alan? Is Dean Blundfuck saying anything?

July 7, 2009 / 21:17

Toronto Mike

Remember folks, Alan Cross isn't the program director anymore.

And I'm told they did mention it on air several times, and the nooner was dedicated to Martin.

Still, I think they should have done more, but it is a PR nightmare when you parse it.

July 7, 2009 / 21:21

bluegazoo

It's a PR nightmare for a dirty hore station. But then again, if they do too much i would probably accuse them of taking advantage. Do too little and i'd call 'em dirty hores. Why was MS fired?

July 7, 2009 / 21:32

scoblorby

I woke up this morning out in Alberta and turned on my computer to hear Bookie and Josie were remembering him,playing his fav songs, and reading fan mail. I was utterly shocked to hear of his passing but was touched by how they handled it and his 1000s of emails to the station. Rock on where ever you are Martin and thank-you, You've been one of the greats.

July 7, 2009 / 22:16

Paul Dhingra

Perhaps I will have an outpouring another day. I will speak of the time I got to spend with Martin, some of the most memorable and influential years of my life.

But that will not be today. Martin was more than a friend to me, he was a brother.

July 7, 2009 / 22:30

Joseph

My wife woke me at 6 a.m and told me the news of Martin she just saw on Breakfast TV. I cried all day, went to the facebook page and read his last words. Who knew?? We just spoke about going to Depeche Mode in 2 weeks and I picked up our tickets LAST nite. He was on the radio and then he was gone, no explanation or anything and now, we will not hear his voice again. I have known Martin for 23 years and I have always said "he is my only friend in Toronto". I will miss our chats and the music we shared together. R.I.P. dear Martin

July 7, 2009 / 23:08

BOOMGL

Can't comprehend now. I used to go to Whiskey's to shoot some pool Sunday's, have some beers and then experience the third floor. Martin would always be there playing and usually winning, going upstairs between to do the show and return. He was always so accomidating, cordial and one of the most cool mf'ers I ever met. We spoke about great music, and he always remembered my requests and played them hours later when we were upstairs. He was the shite, and I will always remember him as the pinnicle of alt music in Toronto. Great guy, and SHAME on the edge for taking him off the element he had for 20 years. He was and is the voice of alt music for Toronto, I miss you already, may you find a better place.

July 7, 2009 / 23:24

Mere

Actually, the dean blundell guys put up a few tribute things on their facebook page. I loved Martin. Was a long time listener. I listened to H&F back in the day and always tuned in to Martin. Went to the bars. I honestly like the Dean Blundell show tho..but can see why some don't. One thing tho, to the woman the said she doesn't like it cause her daughter heard the word hooker, honey first off your daughter is going to hear much worse in school and secondly why are you listening to edge 102 with your kid? They do say don't listen to us if you are easily offended or have kids nearby. H&F talked about hookers. I remember it..sheesh.

July 8, 2009 / 00:26

Neil

I have listened and known Martin for over 20 years. I was fortunate enough to meet him and befriend him in the early days. We partied at so many places; my place, his place, many no longer here, prior to and incl Phoenix and Saigon?? (roof tops on Sunday) but where ever it was, he was on top of his game. He loved his music and knew his stuff; but he also loved riding (snowboarding) and riding bikes, though that was short lived too (nasty little accident). I lost contact with him after moving out West and regret not keeping in touch, not that it would have made a difference, but at least I would feel better that perhaps it could have.
So sorry to see that you made this decision so abruptly despite all your talents and opportunities.
We will miss you Martin.

July 8, 2009 / 00:35

mertz

you were always like another big brother to me martin. i loved talking with you about anything and getting schooled. rip. i'm so sad right now. i didn't even know he had gotten fired...i just had a feeling that he had, but i didn't know why really.

July 8, 2009 / 02:29

Chris W

Martin you will be missed, may you rest in peace. I will always remember the times we had back in the day. Sorry you had to go out this way but I hope you found solace.

Keep on rockin. Peace.

July 8, 2009 / 10:51

hertz

The Spirit is officially dead!

R.I.P Martin

They weren't worthy of you anyway so fuck them.

I guess this is what happens when you have the geniuses at Corus Radio at the helm of this giant pile of mung.

Corus Radio = FAIL

The Edge is a massive pile of steaming turd and has been that way for years. There isn't anything redeeming about them what so ever. It's starts with all the douche bags on the Dean Blunder show, a most unimaginative and uninspiring group of talentless windbags, such wit, such charm. Then you have Josie Dye uggghhh... what more can I say? Capped off with Adam and Bookie. BORING.

July 8, 2009 / 11:18

Jill

Anyone know where to find audio clips of Martin? Email me. Cheers.

July 8, 2009 / 12:45

Dave in Guelph

I'm from the same era as Martin and I take this loss very personally. At the beginning, I didn't care much for his on-air style but in recent years he became the sole link to the past in an era when CFNY was still the Spirit of Radio. His Sunday night shows were the best thing on Toronto airwaves and I am thankful to Martin for keeping that music alive to those of us who loved it. You were "WICKED" good, Martin - so wherever you are - keep it "LOCKED ON" to the music that made you feel happy and alive. Thanks for the music and the memories, may you find peace.

July 8, 2009 / 13:40

Deacon Day

Wow. This is crazy! I've been following this thread and doing my own research, and there's nothing out there.
I hope CFNY has something planned, or Corus does something. It would be easy to say I feel bad for myself for not being able to listen to him anymore (...and Barry), but really I feel bad for Martin and his close friends/family. I'm sure he went through some pretty down and out days before he died. For someone that was loved on a weekly bases, and able to actually meet the people that gave him that gratitude, his mindset HAD to have been just horrible for him to take his own life.

Even though CFNY hasn't done much so far, I'm SURE he had a ton of friends at that station. In the light of this disaster, the voices at the Edge haven't really wavered, showing how professional these people are.

July 8, 2009 / 15:46

Rodney

Saigon Sundays will never be the same! Thanks for the memories Marty!

July 8, 2009 / 20:51

Amy

Hi all, I checked the Website for The Edge first thing this morning, although nothing appears to be posted, if you go into the search box and type in Martin Streek, yes, they have something posted, however, just as you all feel, it should have been alot more then what they had posted.

Martin..you will be missed

July 8, 2009 / 21:32

Anonymous

I can't listen to The Edge any more. I am having difficulty finding a good Alt Rock station. Any suggestions?

July 9, 2009 / 00:27

Steve

Very sad. Incredibly sad. What can be said...first time I ever heard of Martin Streek was in the early 90's - he held an alternative night residency at Gord's in St. Catherines. Holding it down like he always did.

His taste in music and his great energy while sharing that music was amazing. Truly one of a kind!

In the memory of Martin Streek, "Lock it down and keep it cranked!"

July 9, 2009 / 02:17

Sean

I was dumbfounded to hear about Martin's death, and his being fired. Edge 102/CFNY were the only reasons I listened to the radio in southern Ontario (I'm military so move around alot). No more. H&F gone. Martin gone. Hell, Chris Sheppard back in the day.

For a web-based alternative, I listened to the Zone in Victoria for three years. They're online at:
www.thezone.fm

July 9, 2009 / 10:06

Anonymous

who cares

July 9, 2009 / 16:28

Anonymous

The 'heard' they are thinking about doing a 4 hour show this sunday. They don't want to 'glorify suicide' and are having a hard time deciding. Help them make up their minds. Email them and let them know: http://www.edge.ca/Station/ContactUs.aspx

July 10, 2009 / 08:55

Anonymous

4 Hour show is next sunday

July 12, 2009 / 13:28

BlueGazoo

yeah... i heard next Sunday. I think Streek needs to be a part of The Ongoing History of New Music now... he deserves that in the least; i would appreciate to see that, and hear that show. Not to mention a heart felt apology from the station; i'll let them figure out why an apology and what the apology would be for.

July 12, 2009 / 13:44

Jeff McNamara

Well over the last few days I've been beyond angry and upset at the powers that be (Corus and company) for stripping the soul out of Martin, cfny and frankly a part of myself. Did they really think that the listeners would just forget and move on? Did they not realize that the house would crumble without the foundation on which it was built? Sure there was no big stink at first... Because no one knew he was gone. Like myself, I'm sure most of the public just figured Martin took a night off, or was on vacation. What a sneaky thing to do to such loyal listeners and to him. Most of us had been living WITH cfny all our lives. He had no chance to say goodbye to us.

Martin had many tatoos of things he loved. One of them was "cfny spirit of radio". On the Edge website just after he was fired there was not a shred of evidence that he even existed. No inkling of how much of himself he gave to that station over the last 20 years. How do you think that made him feel?

Martin loved his job, his music and his life. How can you separate your passion from your job when your passion IS your job? I realize that radio is a business. But it means nothing when you are the one affected. It makes me feel so sad and hopeless to see creativity, integrity and professionalism replaced by the bottom line($$$) and mainstream mediocrity. I've lived it personally in such a bad way in my own industry(TV). My position was eliminated last year, but I was fortunate to land on my feet.


I first met Martin at a roller rink named Revolution in Scarborough where he was doing a live to air and I was helping out djing. After that I spent all of my 20's hanging out with him mostly at Whiskey Saigon on Sundays and more memorably at the Joker on Thursday nights. We would always talk about boarding and there would always be some crazy story about how he tamed the mountain or how the mountain tamed him! Like everyone else has said you were his number one friend and just shooting the shit was an adventure. I think most of have been hit really hard because of how good to us he was. We all felt like best friends and when ever we saw each other it would always be an event... "HEY! What's up Brutha'!!!"

A few Martinisms that will always stick with me...

"We are live here at the Kingdom in Girlington."
"That was Block Rockin' Beats by Chemicals Brother."
"This one's going real late."
"Kicking of the set was Smack my bitch up by Prodigy Prodigy."

Like a growing giant star you grew and grew to reach so many of us. When you imploded you brought us all with you.

Godspeed good buddy. And thanks for making all of us feel so important.

July 12, 2009 / 17:55

Dan

You can get Satellite radio and listen to Alt Nation 26 or Sirius Underground 21. They should fill the Alternative Rock void!

July 12, 2009 / 20:58

Anonymous

Let's hope Dean Blundell follows!!

July 13, 2009 / 06:43

Lou

I was down in TO and I listening to the morning show with Blundell. This guy is an idiot. The lame jokes and the other idiots laughing at them was more than annoying. If he was that funny, he would have been on a comedy show. Here is a tip Blundell. Shut the F up and play a tune.

July 13, 2009 / 15:24

Nick

Leave Dean alone, his show is amoung one of the more popular ones out there specifically because of his immature jokes. Plain and simple, his show is more talk then music on purpose, and I like it better that way because most of the songs the Edge plays are so over done and recycled day after day. Dean makes me laugh every morning and helps me wake up with the sun feeling refreshed.

July 18, 2009 / 19:15

Anonymous

I'll always remember sending Martin a thank you for playing Kyuss on one of his shows. He actually took the time to email me back and discuss the music...

Martin Streek was "Class in a glass".

July 19, 2009 / 17:55

angela brzusek

Martin Streek WAS 102.1!!! Boring without him!

July 19, 2009 / 18:30

Rob Kerr

In Buffalo I only get the "real" Edge (102.1) clearly on my car and internet unfortunately. I too so fondly remember the Spirit of Radio days. I wondered why Martin disappeared, I guess I wasn't following that closely, I just noticed live-to-air just didn't sound 'right' as of late and assumed maybe Martin moved on or something. I just happened to tune in tonight and was shocked. A tragedy and a huge loss for the CFNY community I'm sure.

July 19, 2009 / 22:56

Loree

I remember the little station on Kennedy Road and even though over 40, continued to listen to this very day--except for the morning show. I knew something was up when I heard Guns and Roses recently, but had no idea that Martin had been fired as I've been away alot.

The news of his death is devastating to me as a long time listener. I don't expect to hear the golden oldies of the 80's on a regular basis, but this doesn't give me much hope that Corus is interested in the spirit of radio, or that 102.1 gives a crap about its listeners. The threat isn't the economy, it's IPODS and downloads and the morons who think that intelligent listeners with TONS more disposable income are irrelevant.

RIP Martin--good tribute on the Edge tonight, btw...what he SO deserved.

July 20, 2009 / 00:09

Duffy

Not sure how to go about this, CFNY with Streek, Deadly Hedly and Sheppard were the pioneers, basically playing what they could get away with and bringing what they thought was excellent music (sometimes right, sometimes, well ask Chris bought that) however i'm going to miss the saturday night when im driving home from work and hearing his voice (sobor or not). godbless.. etc.. best wishes to whom he cared for/ cared for him

July 20, 2009 / 04:01

suvi

I don't remember many of the "edgier" edge personalities mentioned, but I loved both Barry and Martin. A radio station should be about the music and I want a host who knows his music, who can seamlessly weave new and old of the same genre. I listened to the Edge for their alt rock - but the alternative streak is disappearing; with Martin removed I guess its almost completely gone now. To Martin's friends and family - I'm sorried this happened. To Barry - I hope to find you on another station some day.

The Edge has been fading further and further from my radio - this I think is the end. Here's hoping a true alt rock station develops in Toronto.

July 21, 2009 / 21:56

Matt

I am not sure how much of a radio personality Martin Streek was but honestly, being from Edmonton I will miss the fearless fred radio extravaganza. The bear is a part of my Drive to work, my day at work, and Fearless triggers my "almost home time" mood and makes my drive home not only entertaining but also filled with relativly decent music. I would agree he is majorly based on a younger audience, but he seems to have a good grip on "What's hot" and is also very active in the community, being fundraisers or even hosting a wet tees'.

Also, how many guys do you know would turn down and Playboy playmate of the year for a already cheating ex fiance? That sir, is integrity(mixed with alota dumb).
All you folks will enjoy fearless as much as I do, just give him a chance!

August 7, 2009 / 14:03

Toronto Mike

Does anyone know when the arrival of Fearless Fred at CFNY will be announced?

August 8, 2009 / 19:08

Mike

I've been listening to Fred since I moved to Edmonton years ago. He's a great radio personality, extremely intelligent, and an all around great guy in person. Long and short of it is people get fired in radio all the time it, comes with the job. Fred will take the air and people will tune in and continue to tune in day after day. Love him or hate him he's there to stay until he moves on to do something bigger and better.

August 10, 2009 / 16:04

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