Hodge and Stockwood Out, Humble and Colleen Remain @ EZ Rock

Published by Toronto Mike on November 27, 2009 @ 09:06 in Humble and Fred, Radio

RadioI'm hearing from usually reliable sources that Rick Hodge and Kim Stockwood are no longer part of the EZ Rock morning show. It's now a two person booth with Humble Howard and Colleen Rusholme.

A lot of noise was made by Astral when Rick Hodge left CHUM-FM for EZ Rock and CFRB last year. Roger, Rick & Marilyn on 104.5 CHUM-FM was a Toronto radio staple, and my mom's favourite morning show. Apparently, the EZ Rock / CFRB experiment failed.

I'll preface the following editorial with the following. I've met Kim Stockwood twice: at a party at Humble's house and when I sat in on the EZ Rock morning show to live blog everything. She's absolutely lovely, and I'm very sorry to see she's become yet another Toronto radio victim. Rick Hodge, however, is another story.

I didn't blog everything I witnessed that morning. I was there from before 6am until the show ended at 9, and since they were nice enough to let me into their off-air world, I understood some things weren't fit for print. The main event that morning never made it to this blog.

** Note: I just did something I haven't done in 9525 entries. I've removed a paragraph. **

Furthermore, I don't believe a four-person crew can truly work. I realize a number of three-person teams have succeeded, such as the aforementioned Roger, Rick and Marilyn and The Dean Blundell Show, but the best morning show teams seem to consist of two people. When this new morning show launched on EZ Rock, my initial thoughts were it would be better as Humble and Colleen. They were the pillars. Kim Stockwood seemed too green and it always felt as if Rick Hodge was being forced into the show with a shoe horn. It never sounded natural and it was entirely too busy.

So Rick Hodge and Kim Stockwood are gone at EZ Rock, and the show is now Stu and Colleen with Humble playing the role of Stu. They're also playing nothing but Christmas music starting now, but I doubt they'll be playing Stockwood's "Marshmallow World". That's too bad, I've always liked her version.

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34 Responses to "Hodge and Stockwood Out, Humble and Colleen Remain @ EZ Rock"

GAry
November 27, 2009 / 10:08

Is Colleen single?

Trish
November 27, 2009 / 10:11

Very interesting news! Fame really brings out the ugly in some people. I find sportscasters to be particularly obnoxious in this respect...

Pam
November 27, 2009 / 10:26

I don't know Colleen, but I recognized her at the podcast earlier this year, Mike. She showed a lot of class by showing up to support her morning show partner.
When I saw the headline, I read it incorrectly and thought Howard was out. What a relief. Hodge is such an a-hole. They are probably laughing over at Chum.

McNulty
November 27, 2009 / 10:43

Well that lasted just over a year.

It's too bad about Kim, but at least Howard and Colleen still have a job.

I don't care for Hodge, I always wondered why he was treated as some great expert.

Down Goes Brown
November 27, 2009 / 11:11

Sorry to hear that Rick Hodge is apparently a bit of a dick.

I was never a big morning radio guy growing up, but his Sunday night comedy show was my literally one of my very favorite hours of the week. I never missed it, even though I was young enough that I wasn't actually allowed to stay up to 11:00.

That show introduced me to guys like George Carlin, and probably had more influence on me growing up than any of the day's music.

So I guess what I'm saying is I'm just going to go ahead and pretend Hodge is a great guy anyways.

ig
November 27, 2009 / 11:28

As someone who worked with Rick every morning, and not just once at an Ez Rock remote, I can assure you he was friendly and professional. Sometimes he was dog tired from staying up the night before for an event or hockey game, only working on 1-2 hours sleep and driving 1.5 hours to get in to work. That can fray anyone.

I'm far more prone to blow my stack than Rick ever was. I've also witnessed some pretty creative blowups all over the place at 2 St. Clair, And part of working in a creative environment is the right to do exactly that once in a while. Especially off-air. Making radio is the same as they say about making sausages. You don't need or want to peek behind the scenes.

Getting up at 3am tends to take it's toll and not every day is sunshine and lollipops. You may have caught Rick on a bad one, or you may have just caught a bad 10 minutes.

Especially with the timing, I think your post is classless as hell. Hope your character assassination based on a single observation was worth the extra couple of hits it will generate.

I trust as your writing propogates, that radio management will think twice before allowing you 'behind the curtain' in future. It's good to know that your understanding of what is for 'on air' and 'off air' only extends the length of that performers contract.

Was it Really so important for you to tell this story now? Today??

ig.

Toronto Mike
November 27, 2009 / 11:42

@ig

Your point about the timing is excellent. I wouldn't want to kick a guy when he's down.

I guess I don't see him as down in the traditional sense. He's a major talent in Toronto, who's worked steadily for decades and recently signed a new deal with a company that managed to lure him away from the competition. We both know he's financially set in a way very, very few radio employees can relate to. He'll likely be paid a substantial amount of money not to appear on the radio.

As for the story, I actually tried to soften it. It could have been a bad day, absolutely... but it's the only day I spent with him. I'm always careful with the stories I tell, and I was comfortable sharing this one.

And I liked the Sunday Night Funnies, too. I spent many a Sunday night listening to Rick Hodge and laughing my ass off. I have no interest in assassinating anyone's character, especially his.

Chris in EY
November 27, 2009 / 11:46

The Dean Blundell Show works? I must have missed those 5 minutes of the show's history.

Trish
November 27, 2009 / 12:08

Mike, you're perfectly within your rights to write about the incident. From the reactions of his colleagues, it likely wasn't his first meltdown, either. And I'll bet there are a lot of people besides you who have told Hodge stories. He's probably left a slew of upset coworkers and wrecked shows throughout his career. We reap what we sow.

Pam
November 27, 2009 / 13:00

Hodge is lucky to have a loyal friend like you Ig.

However, you're defending his actions. I've no reason to doubt Mike's account. In any workplace, such an outburst is unacceptable, late nights, stress notwithstanding.

The meltdown probably wasn't the first, and the reason he likely got canned is because his diva like behaviour was probably a cancer for the team.

Romy
November 27, 2009 / 13:09

I feel for Rick. It's tough to be summarily shit canned.

Think Before Posting
November 27, 2009 / 13:10

This looks to me like they're simply retooling the EZ Rock morning show. There's no mention of Hodge being removed from the CFRB side of things.

With that in mind, I fail to see how the "editorial" portion of this article has any relevance. Did the "usually reliable sources" tell you that you should imply that Hodge was fired because of an off-air incident, or did you decide to go that way on your own?

If you want to be taken seriously as a news source, you should try telling the whole story, not just throwing out partial information with inflammatory commentary that has no bearing on anything.

CQ
November 27, 2009 / 13:20

TorontoMike is more connected than someone who was simply at a party of Humble's. There is an underlying journalism bias present well before this entry topic.

Toronto Mike
November 27, 2009 / 13:55

I wasn't trying to break a news story here. I saw the story on two usually reliable websites, which I link to in my entry. This was me sharing the news that's already out there and throwing my two cents at the subject matter.

I don't know why Hodge and Stockwood were taken off the air, but the SOWNY board suggests it was due to less than expected ratings.

Lee
November 27, 2009 / 14:23

And who was there to pour salt in the wounds, but the ungracious Shill Bill Carroll who spent part of his show talk about people being fired.

Wow, Bill Carroll, what a disgusting human being you are to do that to a friend.

ig
November 27, 2009 / 14:27

Thank you for removing that paragraph.

It's appreciated.

Through the last many years, there have been some real a-holes in the building, some royal prima-donna pricks, Rick truly wasn't one of them.

ig.

Irvine
November 27, 2009 / 14:30

Excellent catch CQ. He tries to portray himself as just the "interested listener" when in fact it's more.

Myself, I think all this turmoil in radio is due to the recession but more to PPM. With PPM numbers now out, some stations are getting a rude shock and management is reacting accordingly. This won't be the end of it either.

And, look at you Mr Radio Critic Mike Boon, coming down on Hodge. Rick Hodge? The guy's forgotten more about radio this morning than you'll ever know in your life dood. You sit in a room with a guy for a few hours and you make a judgment on him?


Trish
November 27, 2009 / 14:49

Belated congratulations to Howard and Colleen. May they rise to the top of the ratings...

McNulty
November 27, 2009 / 14:52

Irvine,

Why does Mike not have the right to relay a story that he witnessed and how it created a basis for how he views someone?

The comment "guy's forgotten more about radio this morning than you'll ever know in your life dood" is a great example of why celebrities and quasi-celebrities seem to be able get away with a lot more than a normal person. I don't know if Hodge was an asshole or not, but just because he may know more about radio than Mike doesn't mean Mike's opinion of him is not worthy.

And yes you can sit in a room for a few hours and make a judgement on a person. It happens all the time, it is called a first impression. No one is immune to it.

Elba
November 27, 2009 / 15:04

When the four-person show first aired, I didn't like it one bit. I constantly confused Colleen with Kim. I'm glad they got rid of Kim ~ I found her to be awkward and someone who didn't add a lot to the program. I'm sorry she's now out of a job, but I think the show will work better now.

Mississauga Blogger
November 27, 2009 / 15:12

Hate to see anyone lose their job, but..... Never understood why Hodge was staple on air in this town. The few occasions I heard his sports commentary they were nothing special. CFRB still has his page up.
http://www.newstalk1010.com/media/collection/1006843

Last year did he leave CHUM-FM or was he pushed?

Glad HH & Coleen still have a studio to call home

LLC
November 27, 2009 / 15:20

I am sad to see Kim leave the show. I thoroughly enjoyed her contribution & her upbeat personality. If you read this Kim, good luck to you wherever you end up. Rick was barely on the show, just a few minutes here & there, so no loss. Most of all I'm relieved to hear that Humble has remained. I don't listen to EZ Rock for the music, it's for the morning show, and frankly when Humble is on vacation, I usually switch to another station.

Bill Carroll
November 27, 2009 / 15:28

Yes. We did a show about how companies need to be more compasionate when they do mass layoffs. As for Rick. Never met a classier guy and didn't see a single negative moment from him in over a year. It was an honour and pleasure to work with such a pro. For the record, as I write this I still haven't seen a formal announcement about Rick but hear the same rumours you do about his leaving. Too bad you blanked out the paragraph and now we are left to imagine what you say you saw. If you had courage you'd leave it up otherwise remove this whole story.

howard
November 27, 2009 / 17:12

Mike,
I don't recall the morning you were in the studio as vividly but then I'm an old man who will soon not remember his own name. Let me say this: Whatever your observations, Rick turned out to be a very gentle-man who was painfully shy at times and a bit awkward with strangers. That's why he may have given you the impression you received. I must admit when I first met him I didn't know how to take him but I can tell you he was a great guy who showed up ready to do his job every day and who wouldn't hurt anyone. Yes he's eccentric but in a biz filled with GIANT a-holes and mal-adjusted ego maniacs he was a decent man and the consummate pro. Bill Carroll on the other hand has gotten entirely too skinny and handsome.(Just in case BC reads this:))
I will miss Rick. I will also miss my good friend Kim Stockwood who was thrown into this business and performed amazingly well given her relative newness to the gig. You won't meet a kinder, sweeter, more positvie and talented person. Maybe she was too nice for Radio, I don't know. I just know that I was very sad to see her go and it will be weird not getting to see her face every day...but that's the bizness.

Ian G and Bill and all the rest are painfully aware that intense relationships are formed when you grind out 4 hours of morning Radio every day. Kim and I and Colleen and Rick were doing the best we could and hoped it would work out. It didn't for them but not for lack of effort and we certainly got along famously given the fact that none of ever worked together or really knew each other prior.

Unfortunately I have gone through this before and now Colleen and I will be doing our best to see if this new incarnation can succeed. Colleen is awesome and I look forward to trying to make this new version work.

Sorry to take up so much of your bandwidth but as you well know I've given up the daily bloggage in favor of Twitter and FaceBook. Stay tuned for news of a H+F Gift of Xmas Podcast for The Ages!


Steve Simplete
November 27, 2009 / 17:56

Mike,

You are a loser. Go watch the Marlies you dumb prick.

Rob
November 27, 2009 / 19:36

Mike,
Did Humble let something slip?
With all the bad things happening, maybe a little light at the end of the tunnel might bring some joy.

Can you please share.

Toronto Mike
November 27, 2009 / 20:11

Would this be Christmas without a Humble and Fred podcast?

Of course not!

It will be so...

Pam
November 27, 2009 / 22:42

Mike: Just let us know and I will be there.

Pam

Trish
November 27, 2009 / 22:47

Awesome post, Howard. Your loyalty goes a long way in the radio business.

Rob
November 28, 2009 / 10:42

Mike,
I was hoping for a little more detail. But if H&F have threaten you, (by having Mister Goo Head call you about computer problems), not to say anything more, then I understand. I just wanted peel back the Christmas Wrapping a little bit to peek in and see what present we all might be getting from H&F.

Rick C in Oakville
November 28, 2009 / 17:02

Beautifully put HH, your classiness always shines through, given the crap your industry always shoves at you.

Waitting for news now on the pod cast!!

Lora
December 7, 2009 / 13:58

Hi Mike, I feel bad for Rick and Kim - it seems like a difficult business in that regard. And I am sorry to say this for your pal, Humble but... 2 down, 1 to go. Even you seem to acknowledge in your choice of words("the show is now Stu and Colleen with Humble playing the role of Stu"), that Stu & Colleen are the real deal. Let's bring Stu back to the role of Stu. Stu & Collen have natural chemistry and what seemed to be a genuine friendship that they let us all be part of. I miss them together and know that many of my friends feel the same way. My mornings haven't been the same in way too long - it's time to make this right again.

WALTER SCOTT JAMES
December 15, 2009 / 19:47

I worked with Rick Hodge when he did Rinkside on TSN way back when. He was great to work with and was not a Jock, but knew his stuff well. Radio is great but so unkind to the people who make it such a great ride. Yet they have little say on what is played and have to be careful what they say. Then comes the end, usually no fault of their own, just Some S
uit justifying his job. Sad but True.
Good Luck to both Rick and Kim they were a pleasure to listen to.
Humble is great, but he knows what it is like to get the boot.
Never really got the fact there is seldom a goodbye show. That would be a ratings boost.
Walter Scott James.


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