boom 97.3 Playlist Analyzed

radioAs promised, EZ Rock is now Boom 97.3, playing "Toronto's Greatest Hits". Humble and Colleen are still doing mornings, Maie Pauts takes it from there and KJ still takes you home.

Yes, that ad does start with the song that's absolutely everywhere, the same song they played right after flipping formats. Here are the first twenty songs played on the new boom 97.3.

Play Time Artist Name Track Name
Sat 10:24AM THE B-52S LOVE SHACK
Sat 10:20AM BRYAN ADAMS LONELY NIGHTS
Sat 10:15AM THE BEE GEES STAYIN' ALIVE
Sat 10:12AM JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL
Sat 10:08AM SPIRIT OF THE WEST HOME FOR A REST
Sat 10:04AM MAX WEBSTER LET GO THE LINE
Sat 10:01AM FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD RELAX
Sat 09:56AM THE POLICE MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Sat 09:50AM THE NEVILLE BROTHERS BIRD ON A WIRE
Sat 09:46AM BOSTON MORE THAN A FEELING
Sat 09:42AM MEN AT WORK DOWN UNDER
Sat 09:38AM BARENAKED LADIES LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME
Sat 09:35AM MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS ECHO BEACH
Sat 09:31AM BLONDIE HEART OF GLASS
Sat 09:27AM MICHAEL JACKSON THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
Sat 09:24AM THE CLASH SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD
Sat 09:19AM QUEEN SOMEBODY TO LOVE
Sat 09:15AM THE PARACHUTE CLUB RISE UP
Sat 09:11AM THE STRAY CATS ROCK THIS TOWN
Sat 09:07AM CHIC LE FREAK
Sat 09:03AM JOURNEY DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'

It's really a great improvement over the playlist for the old EZ Rock. Sure, I could do without that Neville Brothers tune but we got Martha and the Muffins, the Clash, Max Webster, Spirit of the West and they just played the B-52s. It's definitely classic hits with a strong focus on the 80s and a little 70s and 90s on the side.

Sample boom 97.3 for yourself at http://cjez.player.myastralmediaradio.com/ and let me know what you think of the new format in the comments. It might not be exactly what we're looking for, but it's a great improvement.

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MississaugaBlogger.com

I like the old 45 adaptor

December 26, 2009 @ 11:16 AM

Schedule

.:MONDAY TO FRIDAY:.

5:30 – 9
Boom Breakfast show with Humble & Colleen.

9– 2pm
Maie Pauts

Noon – 1
The Boombox All Request Lunch

2p – 7p
KJ

7p – 10p
Troy McCallum

10p – 2a
Donny Osmond

.:SATURDAY:.

10a – noon
The 80’s Show with Stu & KC

Noon-5p
Stu Jeffries

5p – 11pm
Studio 97

.:SUNDAY:.

6a – 10a
The Boom Brunch with Maie Pauts

10a – noon
The 80’s Show with Stu & KC

Noon-5p
Stu Jeffries

December 26, 2009 @ 1:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I tuned in 93.7 earlier today while driving my son to his buddy's house. I heard Depeche Mode. That made me happy.

http://cjez.player.myastralmediaradio.com/ doesn't seem to work for me, though.

December 26, 2009 @ 2:58 PM

Ryan

i thought there was a telling moment during the launch at about 9am on the 26th.

the promo gave listeners a hint of the bands the station would play: "..you're familiar with echo and the bunnymen and omd".. to me, this suggested their target demo are people who were in high school in the 80's who listened mostly to mainstream pop, but dabbled a tad into cfny's bread and butter bands.

so, we may get a hint of the old cfny playlist but don't expect to hear any deep cuts from echo or omd or any more obscure bands from that era which would be nice. after all, it is a hits station. then again, how many times can they spin if you leave or the killing moon..


December 26, 2009 @ 2:59 PM

Carrie

I could live without the Springsteen, Meatloaf, and Hall & Oates that I've heard so far today, but this might make a nice alternative from time to time. Still looking for something to replace CFNY on a permanent basis though. Their upcoming "best of the decade" countdown will likely be the last straw.

Having Maie Pauts on BOOM during the day is a good thing though. Looking forward to tuning in for a bit of that.

Ryan - the promos are interesting. There are lots of great clips in there, but unless they're planning some in-depth segments on various bands, I believe you're right. We likely won't hear the rarer stuff.

And now they're playing Aretha Franklin, which somehow doesn't really fit in.

Oh, and Donny Osmond from 10pm-2am? Really?

December 26, 2009 @ 3:22 PM

jason | getyouroj.com

It's something. I miss hearing Maie and Humble so I'll be checking it out at some point.

December 26, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

Bye Bye Virgin

Boom won't replace anything on Tier 1 of my car pre-sets, but based on what I see here, Virgin's about to be replaced on my Tier 2.

December 26, 2009 @ 9:30 PM

Donny Osmond?

Do you suppose he'd play Weird Al?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWc6QQ9JlMc

December 26, 2009 @ 9:32 PM

jason | getyouroj.com

In the end it's really just another lack luster station on the FM dial.

In the end, the playlist will likly please no one.

It really make ya wonder. . .

December 27, 2009 @ 8:27 AM

Dizzy

So who's on the radio from 2am to 5:30am?

Oh, and check out the logo for THE HAWK out in Woodstock, Ontario - they seem to share the same logo.

http://is.gd/5Doyb -- BOOM's logo

http://is.gd/5Doyc -- The Hawk's logo.

Same ninja star whatever that thing is.

December 27, 2009 @ 12:02 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm listening again right now - just heard Elvis Costello and AC-DC.

There's potential here - I just hope they don't pander too much to the old EZ Rock crowd. I know they're targeting females, but I hope that doesn't mean too much Madonna and Bee Gees.

Still, from what 97.3 was, this is a massive improvement and a step in the right direction.

December 27, 2009 @ 1:11 PM

Brad

Not sure why they would clone Jack FM's format when Jack is doing so poorly in the ratings

December 27, 2009 @ 1:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It is a bit Jack-ish, but maybe it's Jack with personality.

About five minutes before Jack-FM here in Toronto flipped formats, I wrote about the problem with Jack.

How did Jack fail so miserably? Why can't a station playing a great mix of rock n' roll gain any traction? As Jules Winnfield says in Pulp Fiction, personality goes a long way. And Jack doesn't have personality.

Another reason for optimism: as I listened in the shower this afternoon (gotta love Sundays) and before they played a Talking Heads song, they told a story about the Talking Heads in Toronto. The short story ended with "and that's why this is one of Toronto's greatest hits". Tying bands and songs to Toronto is a great way to localize beloved classics.

Unfortunately, Bryan Adams appears to be their solution to CanCon. They play a lot of Bryan Adams.

December 27, 2009 @ 2:55 PM

James

I pretty much agree with your assessment, Mike. It's not perfect, but I think the station certainly has potential.

It'll work it's way into my rotation with The Fan, CBC Radio 1 and CBC Radio 2 in the car (Just can't listen to the Edge anymore, and I can only listen to Q107 in very small doses).

Has anyone checked out the new 95.3 yet? It's basically cheesy oldies, but it's kind of fun for a little variety.

December 28, 2009 @ 12:26 AM

MacGregrrrr the Terrier-ist

Off-topic, but ... hoping you'll be charitable ("it's the season" ...). Anyway ... just before EZ Rock went to Hits Heaven ... a young "holiday DJ" on the morning show played a funny Christmas carol, and said it'd be on the EZ Rock website (which, of course ... is now lost along with Amelia ... but, I digress ...). I don't remember enough about the song to even Google it - I'm thinking it might have been to the tune of "Carol of the Bells", it was a male singer/comedian (maybe two?) and they kept making interjections (kinda like Bob and Doug, but with accents ...). Sound familiar to anybody? Thanks in advance, macgregrrrr@hotmail.com

December 28, 2009 @ 10:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It's not Bob and Doug's 12 Beers of Christmas, is it?

December 28, 2009 @ 12:54 PM

MacGregrrrr the Terrier-ist

Like, take off, eh? I'd know Bob and Doug, eh? (plus, the 12 Beers of Christmas is like totally different than the "Carol of the Bells", hoser ... (JUST KIDDING!) No - it was an accent much different from Bob and Doug's authentic Canadian, eh? P.S. (like, sorry for going off topic, eh? ... but ... it was so funny, I'm desperate - and, also - it wasn't "Jingle Bomb" - I'd have recognized that one, too - I'm in the middle of downloading his 2009 Christmas show, just in case he sang a new song ...)

December 28, 2009 @ 4:58 PM

Carrie

Ahem ...

"I know they're targeting females, but I hope that doesn't mean too much Madonna and Bee Gees."

I'm going to let that one slide Mike. 'Tis the season and all that. ;-)

December 30, 2009 @ 10:43 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It's a bit of a generalization, but I think it's fair. I'm sure Madonna and the Bee Gees are appreciated far more by women than by men, wouldn't you agree?

December 30, 2009 @ 10:46 AM

Carrie

Maybe the Bee Gees, though I don't personally know any women who are big fans.

I always thought the appeal of Madonna was a guy thing though.

Still, there are lots of females out here who have much better taste than that.

December 30, 2009 @ 12:13 PM

Bill

Bag Samantha Stevens and I'll lock it on!

January 10, 2010 @ 1:53 PM

Mike E

Hi Dizzy, That ninja thing is the insert for a 45 record - which is the format most of the music they play came on. Cheers, Mike

January 12, 2010 @ 9:32 PM

Sean

Boom plays some decent music but they also reserected the trash from the 80's - mostly the CANCON, e.g. Glass Tiger, Corey Hart "Sunglasses at Night", The Box "These Dreams of You". etc.

I believe EZ Rock re-branded themselves in Sept. of 2008 as "The NEW EZ Rock". I suspect this current incarnation will be gone by Sept. of 2010. If so, will they go to the dance music format so many others have gone to? i.e. Mix 99.9 to Virgin, Jack to Kiss-FM, even CHUM -FM is essentially dance.

PS- I'm no industry insider, I'm just a casual listner.

February 11, 2010 @ 8:05 AM

Sean

Hi there I was driving home between 1 and 130am sunday march 1st and heard i think a Depech mode song...not sure of the the name but would you guys be able to send me your playlist between that time?

March 1, 2010 @ 2:14 AM

Craig

Love the Platinum Blonde. I remember when they played at our local fair here in Lindsay on their way up.

May 25, 2010 @ 10:13 PM

Dave

I find that don't play enough female or black artists and mainly white male artists, boring

July 6, 2012 @ 2:29 PM

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