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Most Repetitive Toronto Radio Stations

Most Repetitive Toronto Radio StationsThe Grid "surveyed 12 commercial FM-radio stations in the GTA over a 12-hour programming block last week to determine the musical diversity (or lack thereof) on the city’s airwaves".

According to their data, these are Toronto's most repetitive radio stations:

  1. Kiss 92.5
  2. Flow 93.5
  3. Virgin 99.1
  4. 102.1 the Edge
  5. 104.5 CHUM-FM
  6. Indie 88.1
  7. Y108
  8. 97.7 HTZ-FM
  9. CHFI 98.1

There's little surprise in the top three, but it's interesting that 102.1 the Edge finished fourth. Boom 97.3, Q107 and G98.7 didn't repeat at all during this period.

When you click on over to the Grid article you'll see some fun graphics that reveal Lorde to be the artist heard on the most stations (7) and her song "Team" to be the most played song in the city (29 plays!).

And for the record, 37 different artists were played on both 102.1 the Edge and Indie 88.1 during this 12-hour period. But, and this is key for those of you who find 88.1 to be too repetitive, no station played more unique songs during this time. Indie 88.1 played the most music overall, and the most non-repeated music.

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Brokentooth's Ride from Maple Leaf Gardens to Bill Barilko's Grave

Brokentooth's Ride from Maple Leaf Gardens to Bill Barilko's GraveI love this little video because I love the legend of Bashin' Bill Barilko and this is precisely the kind of thing I would do.

Well before this site was a blog, it was a personal home page with a tribute to Bill Barilko that's well preserved here.

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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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The Todd Shapiro Show

The Todd Shapiro ShowTodd Shapiro debuts his new show on Monday. You can hear it live on SiriusXM or on his new website www.thetoddshapiroshow.com.

After appearing on episode 67 of my podcast, Toddy and I struck a business deal. I got to develop his new site, stitch together the back-end infrastructure and ensure his content finds your ears.

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In fact, the home page image we're using on Todd's new site was taken by my wife in our backyard.

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This has been a very fun project. Good luck, Todd!

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Chevrolet Malibu Test Drive

Chevrolet Malibu Test DriveThanks to GM Canada, I got to drive a Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Sedan last week. The Malibu LTZ Sedan is priced at $37,370 and comes with dual-zone climate control, power sunroof, and heated leather buck seats. It also boasts keyless entry and a keyless push-start button.

Chevrolet Malibu Test Drive

The Malibu was great fun to drive, but I got greedy and swapped it out for a Buick Regal AWD Turbo, which I'm driving right now. 259hp!, but more on that later...

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Next week I'll compare the Chevy Malibu with the Buick Regal. Stay tuned!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 70: Jim Richards

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 70In this 70th episode, Mike and Elvis talk about Canada's hockey dominance, Podcamp, whether Mike is really eating a pizza and veggies, Todd Shapiro, and welcome Jim Richards from NewsTalk 1010. This episode is exactly 1:02:58.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

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At 33 Weeks

At 33 Weeks

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Targeting Maestro Fresh-Wes

Targeting Maestro Fresh-WesI was chatting with my kids about some past and future guests on my podcast, Toronto Mike'd. My daughter had a request. She wanted me to book this guy:

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That's Drake, in case you've been living under a rock. I'd be happy to have Drake on my podcast, but I have my sights set on another Toronto rapper. I'm targeting the artist formerly known as Maestro Fresh-Wes.

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So far I've submitted the contact form on Maestro's official site and tweeted at him a couple of times. I've yet to receive a response.

Does anyone out there have an in with Maestro? I'd love to have him in my studio for a chat.

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Spirit of Radio Sunday

Spirit of Radio SundayI'm a little late on this one, but how could I resist writing about a story with the title Corus' 102.1 The Edge, Toronto, Launches 'Spirit of Radio Sunday'?

Here's the rest of the story.

Corus Entertainment’s 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM) is bringing back the music that changed the face of radio in the late ‘70s and ‘80s with a weekly special celebrating The Spirit of Radio. Beginning March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spirit of Radio Sunday will be hosted by Scot Turner and will feature the artists that defined the alternative rock format such as U2, The Police, Depeche Mode, New Order, Talking Heads, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, OMD, The Smiths, The Cure and Tears for Fears.

“Spirit of Radio Sunday will celebrate CFNY’s legacy as the only station that showcased emerging artists during the rise of new wave, punk and alternative music,” said Blair Bartrem, Brand Director, 102.1 the Edge. “We are thrilled to have former on-air personality Scot Turner host the show, taking our listeners back to CFNY’s roots.”

Turner was a DJ on CFNY from 1984 to 1992 where he created and hosted/co-hosted various feature shows including Live In Toronto and The Thursday Thirty. Currently, Turner is Brand Director for Corus Entertainment radio stations 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 DAVE FM in Kitchener, Ontario.

CFNY became one of the most pioneering and influential radio stations in the world that explored new music and allowed freedom of expression, individuality and music choice of its DJs.

Firstly, I didn't realize Skot Turner had changed the "k" to "c" and was now Scot Turner. Secondly, this is a pretty cool idea from 102.1 the Edge.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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Harold Ramis, Dead at 69

Harold RamisHarold Ramis was 69. He was the actor, writer and director best known for Meatballs, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. He was also the original head writer of SCTV and one of three screenwriters for National Lampoon's Animal House.

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CBC's 2014 Olympic Coverage Was Fantastic

CBC's 2014 Olympic Coverage Was FantasticFollowing the 2012 Olympics in London, I wrote about how much I hated the CTV Olympics App. My experience these past two weeks was completely different. The CBC Olympics App was fantastic.

In fact, their complete coverage was top notch. The app and website made it easy to access the schedule and stream events in real-time or on-demand, and it always worked. I watched the hockey on the big screen but many of the other events streamed on my laptop. It worked exactly as it should.

I also loved the fact they used the traditional Olympics theme music instead of that damn I Believe song. The daily montages, called Fresh Tracks, were also excellent. Here's one from Day 15.

Good job, CBC. Your 2014 Olympics coverage was outstanding.

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Canada Wins Gold in Men's Hockey

Canada Wins Gold in Men's HockeyCanada has won gold in men's hockey at the Sochi Olympics.

Today's 3-0 win over Sweden in the gold medal game caps an incredible tournament for Canada in which we went 6-0 and allowed a miniscule 3 goals. That's right, Canada's stifling defense and solid goaltending allowed only 3 goals the entire Olympic games.

Incredible... what a team... what a game!

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I'm Presenting at PodCamp Toronto #PCTO14

I'm Presenting at PodCamp Toronto #PCTO14I'll be presenting a session at PodCamp Toronto this year. The gathering is getting underway right now at Ryerson, but I'll be presenting at 1pm tomorrow. Here's the full schedule.

I'll be talking about podcasting: how to get started, how to get on iTunes, how to get listeners, etc. I promise not to be boring, to be a little funny and to share what I've learned these past few years.

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If you can make it down to Ryerson tomorrow at 1pm, I hope you'll join my session and say hi.

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Unprovoked Punch: To Fight Back or Not?

Unprovoked Punch: To Fight Back or Not?The entry below is from my brother Ryan. He's interested in your advice.

Here it is. Let me know if it should be tweaked. I don't mind putting it on the line.

Today I struggle. Today I wonder. Today the past has come to haunt me. I received the call that I have been waiting for subconsciously for a few years. My son is turning 10 in July and is in grade 4. On his way to a field trip this morning some kid in his class punched him in the face. It was not provoked from what I have been told. My son, Zander, turned the other cheek and did what I did in Grade 4, told the teacher and his mom (who was also on this trip) and the child's parents were called. 

When I was in grade school and high school I got picked on a fair amount. I was hit, I was ridiculed and I am definitely very sensitive to bullying - especially in grade school. Today I went through many emotions in a short period. I was angry at this kid and his parents.  I was angry at the school. I was sad for my son who is so gentle and would not hurt a soul. And I found the memories of my past come flowing back into my head....

My question is as follows (Feedback from anyone with advice or a parent who has gone through this would be amazing). I want to tell him to fight back. I want to alter him and make him less gentle because it makes you a target for bullying, which is much worse than when I was a kid.  And the impact it had on me was large, so I need to avoid him feeling the same way if I can. Is it completely wrong if I get him to learn to fight and punch, for defending himself only? 

Bottom line.  I was never told to hit someone back.  I wish I could go back in time and fight back instead of turning the other cheek but I can't. But not too late for my son. Is it wrong  of me to say "next time someone hits you, you hit them back twice as hard"? Otherwise, with the kids out there today, he is going to be bullied more and more each  year.  I'm told by most he did the correct thing by not fighting back. But I don't like it, I don't like  it one bit.

Any advice on how to handle this and bullying in general?

Mike's loyal brother, 

Ryan

Personally, I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all for this scenario. Sometimes you should fight back, other times you should walk away. It depends on a number of factors, but always, survival is key.

On a side note, neither of my kids have ever heard of a kid getting punched in grade 4 (or 5 or 6) for no reason, so this is thankfully pretty rare.

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Charle Cournoyer Wins Bronze in 500m Speed Skating

Charle Cournoyer Wins Bronze in 500m Speed SkatingCharle Cournoyer has won bronze for Canada in the men's 500m short track speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Brad Jacobs Wins Gold in Men's Curling

Brad Jacobs Wins Gold in Men's CurlingBrad Jacobs has won gold for Canada in men's curling at the Sochi Olympics. His team includes Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden.

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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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Marielle Thompson Wins Gold in Ski Cross

Marielle Thompson Wins Gold in Ski CrossMarielle Thompson has won gold for Canada in the women's ski cross event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Kelsey Serwa Wins Silver in Ski Cross

Kelsey Serwa Wins Silver in Ski CrossKelsey Serwa has won silver for Canada in the women's ski cross event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Canada Wins Gold in Women's Hockey

Canada Wins Gold in Women's HockeyCanada has won gold in women's hockey at the Sochi Olympics.

What a game! Down 2-0 to the United States with four minutes to play, we never gave up. The ref nearly cost us the game with horrible positioning with our goalie pulled and just over a minute left on the clock, but the resulting shot on the empty net hit the post. Then, in overtime, a penalty shot should be been called but wasn't.

Marie-Philip Poulin got the golden goal. Way to go, Canada!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 69: Jason Agnew

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 69In this 69th episode, Mike talks with Jason Agnew about being the Game Show Guru, The LAW: Live Audio Wrestling, Sunday Morning Trivia! on Newstalk 1010, The Convenioneers, Splatalot!, the new Tiny Talent Time. They also talk about their surprising personal connection. This episode is exactly 1:06:52.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

The Toronto Mike entry Jason Agnew reads about himself can be found here.

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Jennifer Jones Wins Gold in Women's Curling

Jennifer Jones Wins Gold in Women's CurlingJennifer Jones has won gold for Canada in women's curling at the Sochi Olympics. Her team includes Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen.

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Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse Win Gold in Women's Bobsleigh

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse Win Gold in Women's BobsleighKaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have won gold for Canada in the women's bobsleigh event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Andrea Bargnani: Since U Been Gone

A Tale of Two Raptor TeamsOn my birthday eight years ago, I predicted who the Raptors would take with their first pick in the NBA draft. The writing was on the wall. The Raptors would choose Benetton Treviso forward Andrea Bargnani.

As the years progressed, there were highs and lows, but mostly lows. This culminated in the 2012 Christmas Day fight, documented with photographs here. Trust me, it's worth the click. My brother Ryan praised Bargnani and considered him a huge asset, even comparing him to Dirk Nowitzki. In episode 2 of my brother's defunct sports podcast, we revisited the passionate argument.

In January 2013, we got a taste of what life would be like without Bargnani, and it was glorious. This season, we're seeing what life is truly like post-Bargnani. This wonderful video explains all.

Yes, the Rudy Gay trade was an important factor in the Raptors' recent success, but getting rid of Bargnani was the catalyst. I watched the Raptors easily dispose of Washington last night and they now lead the Atlantic division by four games. More importantly, they're great fun to watch. As I recently wrote, this team I love!

Sorry Ry, but I was right about Bargnani. He's junk.

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The End of WWII in Toronto

The End of the War in TorontoThis photo was taken by the Sterling Tower at 372 Bay Street after the end of World War II.

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[Via reddit]

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Questions for Jason Agnew

Questions for Jason AgnewOriginally I was going to be interviewing Jeff Marek on my podcast this week, but Sportsnet needs him in studio so the Marek interview is postponed a week. Instead, I will be sitting down later this week with Jason Agnew, host of The LAW: Live Audio Wrestling, Sunday Morning Trivia! on Newstalk 1010 and the new Tiny Talent Time. You might remember him from BITE TV's The Conventioneers but I'll always remember him as my brother's friend who ran an NHL playoff pool out of Bishop Allen Academy.

He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.

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I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Jason Agnew?

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Mike Riddle Wins Silver in Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe

Mike Riddle Wins Silver in Freestyle Skiing HalfpipeMike Riddle has won silver for Canada in the men's freestyle skiiing halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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Canada Wins Silver in Women's Short Track 3,000-metre Relay

Canada Wins Silver in Women's Short Track 3,000-metre RelayMarianne St-Gelais, Valérie Maltais, Marie-Ève Drolet and Jessica Hewitt have won silver for Canada in the women's short track 3,000-metre relay at the Sochi Olympics.

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Questions for Jeff Marek

Questions for Jeff MarekI will be sitting down later this week with Jeff Marek, formerly of Live Audio Wrestling, Leafs Lunch, HNIC and currently Sportsnet. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.

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I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Jeff Marek?

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Win Silver in Ice Dancing

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Win Silver in Ice DancingTessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won silver for Canada in ice dancing at the Sochi Olympics.

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Jan Hudec Wins Bronze in Men's Super-G

Jan Hudec Wins Bronze in Men's Super-GJan Hudec has won bronze for Canada in the men's super-G alpine skiiing event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Dominique Maltais Wins Silver in Snowboard Cross

Dominique Maltais Wins Silver in Snowboard CrossDominique Maltais has won silver for Canada in the women's snowboard cross event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Denny Morrison Wins Bronze in 1,500m Speed Skating

Denny Morrison Wins Bronze in 1,500m Speed SkatingDenny Morrison has won bronze for Canada in the men's 1,500m speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics.

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It's Still Valentine's Day, Right?

HeartHappy Valentine's Day. I choo-choo-choose you.

I Choo-Choo-Choose You

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Old Spice's "Smellcome to Manhood!" Campaign

Old Spice's I'm used to stuff appearing at the door. Literally. Vitamin Water arrived the other day. One day it was apple chips. Once it was beer. Yesterday, I received a package from Old Spice.

Usually, when something arrives at the door, I'll tweet about it, but rarely will I write an entry about it. This "Smellcome to Manhood!" campaign by Old Spice is so damn impressive, I had to share.

The goods arrived in a cool looking briefcase.

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My daughter excitedly opened the briefcase and found it was loaded with goodies.

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There was lots of shampoo, body spray, hair products as well as earbuds, an Over the Top DVD, duct tape, an Art of Manliness book, a flash drive and a Smellcome to Manhood certificate.

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Very impressive, Old Spice. This campaign is definitely blog-worthy.

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Bicycle Friendly Community?

Bicycle Friendly Community?During my bike ride today, I passed a sign at the eastern entrance to Marie Curtis Park that I don't believe I've ever seen before. It reads "Bicycle Friendly Community".

Bicycle Friendly Community

As I passed it, I chuckled. Marie Curtis is a fantastic biking park for most of the year but it's been unusable for over two months. Until recently, it was literally a sheet of ice, and it's still too dangerous to ride. I took this picture today.

Marie Curtis Park

Wouldn't it be nice if bicycle friendly communities actually maintained these bike paths throughout the winter? These are the months, after all, when a bike path without cars, buses and trucks would be most desirable, yet these are the months we're forced onto streets because the paths are full of ice and snow.

Actions speak louder than words.

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Patrick Chan Wins Silver in Men's Figure Skating

Patrick Chan Wins Silver in Men's Figure SkatingPatrick Chan has won silver for Canada in men's figure skating at the Sochi Olympics.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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Jim Fregosi, Dead at 71

Jim FregosiJim Fregosi was 71. He was the former Blue Jays manager and all-star shortstop who managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 World Series.

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Ralph Waite, Dead at 85

Ralph WaiteRalph Waite was 85. He was the actor best known as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons.

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The Day I Discovered What Tom Rivers Looked Like

The Day I Discovered What Tom Rivers Looked LikeIn 1987, I awoke to the Tom Rivers show on 680 CFTR. My alarm clock was locked on 680 not just because I enjoyed the top 40 music of the day, but because I thought Tom Rivers was great fun.

Before the internet, it wasn't nearly as easy to find out what radio personalities looked like. Tom Rivers had a big voice, and in my head he looked like Peter Jennings or Tom Brokaw. I still remember the first time I learned what Tom Rivers looked like and it was when I saw this ad on television.

Tom was a fine looking guy, just not what I expected.

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I Need Your Help: $760 to Go #RTCCTO

Thanks and Pleas: RTCC 2014On June 7-8 I'll be embarking on a 220km bicycle ride across Ontario in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Yesterday, I attended an orientation and received my shirt.

Just picked up my shirt to #RTCCTO and feeling stoked!

I'm starting to train now, and getting excited, but I still need to raise $760 to reach the $2,500 minimum. If you haven't yet pledged, I ask that you do so now. I won't be hitting you up for a Terry Fox Run donation in the fall, this is the only donation I'll seek in 2014.

Donate to my ride by clicking right here. The following awesome people (updated as pledges come in) have already done so, and I'm extremely grateful:

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.

Consider it an early 40th birthday present, or do it to help conquer cancer and for my buddy Mike Kic.

And yes corporations, the $1000 golden ticket is still available.

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Sid Caesar, Dead at 91

Sid CaesarSid Caesar was 91. He was the comedic actor best known for the television series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and as Coach Calhoun in Grease.

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Happy Darwin Day!

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My rules for restrooms at work

1. If I walk into a bathroom and you're washing your hands at the sink, there's no need for you to look around or in the mirror to see who's coming in so you can say hello. Restrooms aren't for parties. I really don't need to say hello to anyone in this terrible place. This is especially truy for co-workers I do not even know. It's even more awkward in this instance when you want to lock eyes with me in the mirror. Just don't do it.

2.Oh, I notice that you're having a full volume conversation on your phone while you use the facilities. Really?

3. If you're standing at the urinal next to me, must you do what so many of you do? Do you think that 1 inch piece of plastic dividing us will protect me from your foulness?

4. And ladies, don't think you're immune to your own set of rules. I generally do not frequent women's bathrooms (the operant word being generally), but I hear horror stories. Like Colonel Kurtz up the Nung river kind of horror. Perhaps the female readers of this blog can chime in.

5. Oh I notice when you don't wash your hands when you leave. Know this. I tell people about you. I tell them you're dirty. But you know what, it's ok. Your nastiness gives me an excellent ace up my sleeve for when you come around and shamelessly ask me to buy your stupid kids' stupid chocolates for their stupid fundraiser. Oh yes! When I say "no thanks", you'll be ready to bust my balls for being cheap. But I'll just say nothing and look at you, and then you'll remember that I know that you're a dirty bastard.


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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 68

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 68In this 68th episode, Mike and Elvis discuss recent controversies with episodes featuring Todd Shapiro, Alan Cross and Humble Howard's girlfriend. They also call Jim Richards. This episode is exactly 1:02:35.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Previous episodes referenced:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Denny Morrison Wins Silver in 1000m Speed Skating

Denny Morrison Wins Silver in 1000m Speed SkatingDenny Morrison has won silver for Canada in the men's 1000m speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics.

Denny Morrison was only skating for Canada because Gilmore Junio selflessly gave up his spot in the final. Thanks, Gilmore!

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Every Four Years...

Every Four YearsMy friend Elvis is giving me a hard time because I watched ice dancing this past weekend. Damn right I did. I'm not ashamed to admit I watch ice dancing every four years.

Heck, I just watched women luging. Outside of the Olympics, I wouldn't dream of watching women luging. Same with speed skating, moguls, bobsledding, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlons and skeleton. Now that I think of it, the only winter Olympic sport I actually watch outside of the Olympics is hockey.

But every four years, I'll watch it all. I watch everything, including ice dancing.

And I apologize to no one.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

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Shirley Temple, Dead at 85

Shirley TempleShirley Temple was 85. She was the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers.

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Dara Howell Wins Gold in Women's Ski Slopestyle

Dara Howell Wins Gold in Women's Ski SlopestyleDara Howell has won gold for Canada in the women's ski slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Kim Lamarre Wins Bronze in Women's Ski Slopestyle

Kim Lamarre Wins Bronze in Women's Ski SlopestyleKim Lamarre has won bronze for Canada in the women's ski slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Toronto Mike'd Ranks #3 in iTunes' Top Podcasts

Toronto Mike'd Ranks #3 in iTunes' Top PodcastsThis entry serves one purpose and one purpose only, and that's to pat myself on the back. Toronto Mike'd, my little podcast, just reached #3 on iTunes' Top Podcasts in the personal journals category.

Seeing myself this close to This American Life is very cool.

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By the way, episode 67 with Todd Shapiro just became the most downloaded episode in the history of this podcast. If you missed it, it's right here waiting for you.

I'm #3! I'm #3! I'm #3!

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Alexandre Bilodeau Wins Gold in Men's Moguls

Alexandre Bilodeau Wins Gold in Men's MogulsAlexandre Bilodeau has won gold for Canada in the men's mogul event at the Sochi Olympics.

It's a repeat performance for Bilodeau who won gold in Vancouver four years ago.

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Mikaël Kingsbury Wins Silver in Men's Moguls

Mikaël Kingsbury Wins Silver in Men's MogulsMikaël Kingsbury has won silver for Canada in the men's mogul event at the Sochi Olympics.

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All the Way With Stephanie Kaye!

All the Way With Stephanie Kaye!At some point in my conversation with Jonathan Torrens, he mentioned Stephanie Kaye. I immediately knew exactly who he was talking about, and exclaimed "All the way with Stephanie Kaye!"

Stephanie Kaye was a character heavily featured on the premiere of Degrassi Junior High back in 1987. I know I was watching. Here's the promo for the episode, as aired on CBC.

Stephanie Kaye was a very popular character, and one of my personal favourites. She was played by Nicole Stoffman who left Degrassi for a CTV series starring Lyle Alzado called Learning the Ropes. It was not a smart career move as Learning the Ropes only lasted one season.

Today, Nicole Stoffman is a popular jazz musician in Toronto.

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How I'm Eating My Greens

How I'm Eating My GreensIt's always been a challenge for me to eat my vegetables. I've always loved fruits and hated veggies. I wish I were a salad guy, but I'm not, so I've found a new way to eat green vegetables every day.

I throw them in a smoothie. My wife started doing this when she became pregnant, and I finally decided to join her. Now I love it and it's become a daily ritual.

First, everything goes in the blender. Yesterday we had kale, spinach, mango, blueberries, oranges, banana, greek yogurt and flax seed. And ice, adding ice at the end makes it better.

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Then, we blend it.

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Then, we drink it. It's yummy!

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Kale is a staple of our smoothies, because of its many health benefits, but we'll add different vegetables depending upon what's in the fridge. The other day we added broccoli. If you're like me and you just don't like broccoli, this is definitely the way to go.

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Charles Hamelin Wins Gold in 1500m Speed Skating

Charles Hamelin Wins Gold in 1500m Speed SkatingCharles Hamelin has won gold for Canada in the 1500m speed skating event at the Sochi Olympics.

It's a repeat performance for Hamelin who won gold in this same event in Vancouver four years ago. He also won gold four years ago in the 5000m speed skating relay and silver in that event 8-years ago.

That makes this Charles Hamelin's fourth Olympic medal.

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Canada Wins Silver in Team Figure Skating

Canada Wins Gold in Team Figure SkatingCanada has won silver in the figure skating team event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Justine Dufour-Lapointe Wins Gold in Women's Moguls

Justine Dufour-Lapointe Wins Silver in Women's MogulsJustine Dufour-Lapointe has won gold for Canada in the women's mogul event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Wins Silver in Women's Moguls

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe Wins Silver in Women's MogulsChloé Dufour-Lapointe has won silver for Canada in the women's mogul event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Mark McMorris Wins Bronze in Slopestyle Snowboarding

Mark McMorrisMark McMorris has won bronze for Canada in the men's snowboard slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 67: Todd Shapiro

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 67In this 67th episode, Mike chats with Todd Shapiro about his days at 102.1 the Edge on the Dean Blundell Show, what the hell happened and his upcoming show on SiriusXM. This episode is exactly 59:55.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

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Ralph Kiner, Dead at 91

In MemoriumRalph Kiner was 91. He hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won or tied for the National League lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.

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Attn PR and Marketing Pros: Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunity

Attn PR and Marketing: Exclusive Sponsorship OpportunityI'll cut to the chase...

I need to raise a minimum of $2500 for my 220km bicycle ride across Ontario in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre or I can't participate. This is important to me, not just because the ride takes place during the month I turn 40, but because a close friend is battling cancer and this is the least I can do to support him.

The first company / organization to pledge $1000 at http://www.conquercancer.ca/goto/mikeboon will become an official sponsor of my ride. In all future entries about this endeavour I will mention your company name, what product and/or services you provide and link to your website. Warm fuzzies guaranteed!

This exclusive opportunity is only available to the first organization to step up. Remember, this is a certified Canadian charity, and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

Who is ready to step up with $1000 to sponsor my ride?

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House of Cards

House of CardsI just read Netflix has ordered a third season of House of Cards, the Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright political thriller. House of Cards was the first non-network television programme to win an Emmy, when David Fincher took home the award for best directing. I bet I'd dig this show.

Do you watch House of Cards? Will you binge-watch all 14 episodes of season two when they drop on Netflix February 14?


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Getting Excited

Getting ExcitedNow that my wife is in her third trimester, I'm starting to get excited. I'm only a couple of months away from meeting my son Jarvis.

As the father, there's really only so much you can do during the pregnancy. You try and make your wife as comfortable as possible, drive her to her OB GYN appointments and wait. I've been patiently waiting for 30 weeks throughout a thankfully uneventful pregnancy but now I've switched from patient waiting to eager anticipation.

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I remember this same sensation 12 years ago with the birth of my first son and 10 years ago with the birth of my daughter. You watch the belly grow, feel the baby's movements and start wondering what he or she will look like.

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We're in the homestretch now. I can't wait.

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Damn This Winter

Damn This WinterLast fall, I promised myself I'd bike through this winter. Sure, there'd be the odd deep freeze and snowfall in the way, but Toronto winters are typically pretty good for winter biking.

Not this winter. This winter has sucked. It's wave after relentless wave of polar vortex windchill warnings and snowfalls. As I type this, snowflakes the size of marbles are falling to the ground. It's another wrench in the winter biking plans.

Yes, I'm aware this is Canada, and Canadian winters can be both cold and snowy, but in my 40 winters in this city I can't recall a winter as shitty as this one. I can't remember a winter that toggled so consistently between deep freezes, ice storms and snowstorms.

Can you?

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Questions for Todd Shapiro

Questions for Alan CrossI will be sitting down later this week with Todd Shapiro, formerly of the Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 the Edge. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.

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I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Todd Shapiro?

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to today's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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

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Now This Team I Love

Now This Team I LoveOn New Year's Eve, I was at a party with my slo-pitch teammates. At the time, I wouldn't miss a Leafs game, but hadn't really paid attention to the Raptors since their hot streak after acquiring Rudy Gay last season. My friend Mike Kic convinced me to give the Raptors another shot, explaining that they're playing as a team following the trade of Rudy Gay to Sacramento.

The first game I watched was on New Year's Day, a 95-82 win over a very good Indiana team. Then there was a blowout win in Washington followed by a very close loss in Miami against the defending champs. Kic was right. This Raptors team was different.

With Bargnani gone, no player on this team makes my blood boil. With Gay gone, the sum is greater than the parts. Kyle Lowry is playing amazing, unselfish ball, and the end result is a team that's very easy to like.

Last week, in Brooklyn, the Raps won with a late steal and selfless pass from Lowry to Patterson. I don't think I'd ever seen the Raps win like that. On Friday night, I watched them win convincingly in Denver, and they battled back from a 19-point deficit to nearly pull off their first win ever in Portland. This team is good!

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The starting five of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas have won me over, and suddenly the Raps have a deep and solid bench.

The Jays tried to force the hastag #LoveThisTeam on fans, but it's the Raptors who deserve it. Kic was right, I love this team!

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The 50 Billion Dollar Sochi Olympics

The 50 Billion Dollar Sochi OlympicsI'm a big fan of the Olympics. Both summer and winter, I devour it like candy, cheering on all of Canada's athletes. I've blogged every medal won by Canada since I started this blog over 11 years ago. I'm an event guy, and there's no bigger event on this planet than the Olympics.

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics are going to look like a steal compared to these Sochi Games. Those 2010 Games, which provided us with so many amazing memories, cost seven billion dollars. Vladimir Putin's 2014 games will cost over 50 billion dollars.

There's a great piece in the New Yorker about how this Winter Olympics is the greatest financial boondoggle in the history of the Games.

Exhaustive investigations by the opposition figures Boris Nemtsov, Leonid Martynyuk, and Alexei Navalny reveal dubious cost overruns and outright embezzlement. And all this lavish spending (largely paid for by Russian taxpayers) has been, as Nemtsov and Martynyuk write, “controlled largely by businesspeople and companies close to Putin.”

I'm ready to tune in and cheer on Canada, but you can't help but feel for the Russian people who will pay the price for this epic boondoggle.

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10 Years Ago, We Were Talking About a Breast

10 Years Ago, We Were Talking About a BreastYesterday's Super Bowl was awful. The Broncos were terrible and the game was as one-sided as possible. I didn't have a horse in this race, so I was rooting for a good game, and I didn't get my wish.

Exactly 10 years ago today, the post-Super Bowl chatter was all about one thing: Janet Jackson's breast. Here's what I wrote then.

As we all know by now, Justin Timberlake had the audacity to rip Janet Jackson's dress during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday, exposing her right breast. Everyone is claiming this was an unplanned accident, but we know better.

I just read the Federal Communications Commission has released a statement concerning the exposed breast. Chairman Michael Powell has "instructed the commission to open an immediate investigation into last night's broadcast". From what I've read, a number of people are most unhappy. There is outrage in the United States over Janet's boobie.

I'll be the first to say the Super Bowl halftime show probably isn't an appropriate venue for such a stunt, but aren't we going overboard just a little? For reasons I'll never understand, Americans are far more comfortable watching someone open fire killing a dozen people than they are seeing a brief glimpse of a woman's breast. Blood and gore is fine but nudity of any kind is strictly forbidden on over-the-air television channels in the United States. Here in Canada, we're slightly more relaxed on the issue. CTV will run "The Sopranos" uncut and CBC will frequently air movies with uncensored nudity. City TV practically airs pornography some nights without a problem. I think this is a healthier approach to the naked body. It can be a beautiful thing, why treat is so severely?

A little boob exposure here and there won't kill anyone. Consider me pro-boob.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dead at 46

In MemoriumPhilip Seymour Hoffman was 46. He was the actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Capote but was always amazing.

Seriously. He was fantastic in Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, 25th Hour, Owning Mahowny, Charlie Wilson's War, Synecdoche, New York, Doubt, The Savages, Moneyball, The Ides of March, The Master and more.

Here's my five favourite Philip Seymour Hoffman movies. He was one of my absolute favourite actors.

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5 Episodes of My Podcast You Should Hear

5 Episodes of My Podcast You Should HearIf you're just discovering my podcast Toronto Mike'd, or simply interested in hearing some entertaining interviews, here are five episodes you should check out.

If you like what you hear, subscribe in iTunes and visit the archives for more.

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Post your Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction Here

Post your Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction HereBack in 2005, the Simpsons predicted this Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. They have it as a 19-14 win for the Broncos.

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I'm going to disagree with the Simpsons and call it a 20-16 win for the Broncos. Make your prediction in the comments and we'll see if anyone nails it.

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