Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock Station

Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock StationQ107 has changed its tune from "Classic Rock" to "Toronto's Rock Station".

Fear not, they'll still play Led Zeppelin, but they'll also play newer rock. Here's John Derringer explaining the format tweak.

What do you all think about this change?


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Philly-Bob

I'm excited about this, Q107 was getting stale. And with the Edge changing from "New Rock" to "Alternative Music" format to reflect the fact that a lot of the stuff they play borderlines on R&B/ Dance now (cough cough..Lord..cough cough..Daft Punk) Toronto needs a rock station.

Here's hoping.....

April 7, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Philly-Bob

I know it's not Toronto, but St. Catherines has a rock station with HTZ 97.7.

I must confess, I haven't listened to Q107 since they went Classic Rock, not that I mind classic rock, I just don't want to hear it on the radio.

April 7, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Philly-Bob

@ Mike - You've also got Y108 out of Hamilton...but I'd like to see a proper rock station in the Core.

April 7, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Tim

Another boring format change from a stale and boring radio landscape

April 7, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Jason C

I'm all for the change. I enjoy classic rock but I also enjoy great rock that would typically fall outside of the "classic" category. I think this is a good move.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Keith

Between the new format at Q and the tinkered one at the Edge, they're game plan is to push the newcomer Indie88 aside for good.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

elvis

A good station gets better.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:19 AM


Debbie

Classic Rock is my favourite genre and I've been a loyal listener for years. Not liking the new format at all! What they should have done is expand their classic rock playlist, instead of airing the same few songs over and over. They're just like any other station now. :(

April 7, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Kevin

I'm nearly 50 years old and I can't remember the last time my radio dial was on Q107... if it was 2 years ago I could still be wrong. It seemed like the rotated between about 20 albums and that was it. This won't sway me back one bit.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

Lorne

I was wondering why my morning alarm was playing Bush. (It's set to Q because that's the first station I tuned into when I set up the alarm, and I'm too lazy to change).

The change is, at this point, pretty much in name only. They gave up on "Classic" rock long ago. They've been playing Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana for years. They've been muttering under their breath for a while now-- "Hey, classic rock listener-- you're old, dying and don't buy stuff. You aren't a large audience, and you aren't valuable, not like the 18-34 demo.". This is just them saying it out loud.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

this guest

psychedelic sunday:

yeah hey it's jim
in brampton
man out in my
garage grooving
to pink floyd
man
the wife is into
quilting now
with brillo
pads

April 7, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

mrmojorisinca

I was surprised this morning when I heard it...I guess it depends on what they play..

April 7, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

Gary

I like it.

April 7, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

gilmar

I agree with a commenter above - it was getting stale. I think I've missed out on a lot of good, more-current Rock by listening to Q all these years and avoiding 102.1, so I'll at least give the new Q a listen.

While they're at it, I hope they also lighten up on some of the "Classic Rock" that's hardly Rock at all, like half of the stuff by Elton John.

April 7, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Noted

Just as interesting was 102.1 playing an 80's Depeche Mode song this morning (before lunch)

April 7, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Jade Ivory

Sucks!! These so called garage bands should stay in the garage!

April 7, 2014 @ 12:35 PM

George

Except for Sundays, Q107 has been a 'Top 40 Classic Rock Hits' station for years. Instead of playing the same 3 Rush songs over and over, 'The Mighy Q' could have so mush more. Soon in order to atract ratings, we will be rockin to the sounds of Justin Beiber and Katie Perry. Rest in peace classic rock.

April 7, 2014 @ 1:06 PM

Fred

Whatever. You would have thought Jimi Hendrix only wrote 3 songs before. Now we get Smashing Pumpkins. No more Saga at the exact same time every day? Boo hoo. I might miss that someday, but I doubt it. No better now.

April 7, 2014 @ 1:23 PM

Gary

Who are you and what have you done with my radio station. I noticed the change almost immediately and if this is what your going to continue to play you will be loosing me as a listener.

April 7, 2014 @ 1:25 PM

Eekan Boo

I use the psych Sunday has a clock. Pink Floyd -Money, oh, it's 1:40. Led Zepplin, must be 2:17. Crowbar, time to start the BBQ.

Want change that matters? Dump that brainless stooge, Derringer.

April 7, 2014 @ 1:55 PM

Eekan Boo

Oops. "As", not "has". Who's brainless now!?

April 7, 2014 @ 1:57 PM

Sammi

It is nice to see that a couple of radio stations are waking up a bit. Radio in Toronto for the most part, sucks big time. I like Sundays on CFNY and hopefully they will tweak the rest of the week....even a bit. I like the change on Q107. I still think radio has a way to go in Toronto but at least these are positive changes.

In the meantime, Indie still keeps repeating the same songs/artists over and over with no creativity what so ever.


Mike, I know I owe you an email. One day...very soon.

April 7, 2014 @ 1:58 PM

Sean

It is pretty much just adding more Rock from the 90's and when you think about it much of that is now 15 - 20 years old and becoming classic as well. So I do not mind the format change. Best of the 60's through to the 90's makes more sense.

April 7, 2014 @ 1:59 PM

dale

I've listened to Q107 for MANY years at home & work & was always some old, same old with small repertoire of songs. It was the only station I could receive at work. I like Derringer as a DJ but lately he was not the same person as a DJ. As he said time for retirement?

I don't know if this change will work to Q's advantage as MANY other stations are playing the same as Q will now. The older listeners will eventually pull the plug on Q107 as they (including myself) dislike most of late 80's & onward music.

Where does Andy Frost fit in as he is the BEST in the business. Will psychedelic Sunday continue?

April 7, 2014 @ 2:02 PM

Boomer

I live well east of Toronto so cannot get 97.7 or Y108. I too used to listen to Q107 consistently but stopped a few years ago. The constant rotation of the same friggin' songs over and over got to me.

This is a fantastic change and will definitely get me back to listening more.

April 7, 2014 @ 2:11 PM

diane

I will come back and listen... got tired of the same old songs over and over.
Love the old songs but Q seems to stick to the same ones and never wavers..
Classic is great but so is some new Rock songs. Q only has up to go....

April 7, 2014 @ 2:12 PM

M browne

I understand why your changing. Didn't you try this in the late 90's ? Ya had to bring in Howard Stern, right? I tuned out Q107 at that time. I only came back when "Classic Rock" returned.

Its been slice, guys. You don't want my age group? Fine with me.

I'm calling Sirius right now.

Mike

April 7, 2014 @ 2:35 PM

Mike

I am nearly 50, but went to university in 1992 at the very start of the Grunge era and I loved it. Now I am a Classic Rock fan, but I have been listening today and I am excited about the change.

Where's the Nirvana?

April 7, 2014 @ 2:37 PM

Capn

Pretty interesting days in Toronto radio... Q107 has been my standby since Edge fired Jason, then Indie 88 came and took over the edge button in my car's preset, then Dean got fired and Adam was briefly running the morning show so edge reclaimed the preset button again. then fearless freap took over the morning show, so back to Indie 88...and NOW its Dominik so edge has returned to my presets. But there will be much flipping between Derringer and Dominik on my way to work. Moral of the story...I need a new car.

April 7, 2014 @ 2:43 PM

brian

Just don't mess with Sunday

April 7, 2014 @ 2:53 PM

mikey

I feel so let down. $20 a month for XM?... I don't like paying it. We can only hope that Q107 has a change of heart.

Hello Q are you paying attention? I can't believe you have done this to your loyal listeners.

Mike

April 7, 2014 @ 3:20 PM

Leanne

Good bye Q107 this really sucks been listening for years 30 to be exact!!!! The only thing you should have done was expand the library on the classic rock.There is already enough rock stations:(:(:-(:-(

April 7, 2014 @ 3:27 PM

Tinfoil hat

This is horrible, I can't stand this "new" format change! sounds just like the other stations out there around the dial. At least I can pick up st. Catherine's and don't have to rely on q. Was that just a bieber song they played?

April 7, 2014 @ 3:44 PM

Jacob

So now they're only going to play "Might As Well Go For A Soda" twice a day instead of six times a day?

April 7, 2014 @ 3:44 PM

No memory

If you have been listening 30 years you can remember when Q107 was rock. It played Platinum Blonde and Dream Academy at one time.

April 7, 2014 @ 3:48 PM

Anonymous

been listening since you came on the air I remember you tried this 10-15years ago did not work then maybe not now either you were my station along with 97 rock buffalo which became my main station then and will become again

April 7, 2014 @ 4:14 PM

Old In Caledon

I've been with Q since the beginnings and endured the Howard Stern era etc. Q is telling us older folk that they no longer will support our market and that rather than play more Classic album cuts from a broader range of Classic Artists they will bring in much more of the newer non classic music. Personally I don't care for it but was also tired of the same cuts over and over again.I also have XM to listen to and think I will be listening to it more. I'm going to give Q a week and if they don't fix things then I'm gone and probably forever as the music will not fit my taste and they've never had any news worth listening to either ! The DJ's have also deteriorated as well as only Derringer and Mitchel are worth listening too at this point.

April 7, 2014 @ 4:15 PM

rare commenter

As someone posted earlier, if you want new music, listen to wfmu. It's the only station that consistently plays songs outside of the Gracenote database.

April 7, 2014 @ 4:25 PM

Me

Country is where its at!

April 7, 2014 @ 4:30 PM

Andrew

@ Me

Country music - real country music is one of the seven signs of the apocalypse...
Just saying :0

Cheers,
Andrew

April 7, 2014 @ 4:45 PM

Mike P

HTZ is awesome. Though I'm biased because I used to work there. Paul Morris has been their music director for years (Father of CFRB's Siobhan Morris) and he's the most consistent and passionate radio professional I've ever met. It's amazing to me that he's been able to sustain his interest and professionalism in that particular musical genre for so long. He honestly still gets up for the latest Metallica and AC/DC release like its 1989 and will still take the time to dig up bands like the Trews in their annual Rock Search.

Miss that place.

April 7, 2014 @ 5:20 PM

Jacob

@Old In Caledon

It doesn't matter what genre you listen to. NO station is going to expand its playlist. It's an awful fact of commercial radio in this age. (It's sort of a paradox, because they don't need a shelf full of tapes, just a server with virtually limitless space.)

April 7, 2014 @ 5:29 PM

Glen

Interestingly no one has mentioned Indie 88.1 in this equation.

Since it's launch in my opinion it has created panic among the conservative music stations in Toronto. Artists that were not being played AT. ALL. on commercial radio were now being heard. Who wants to here the billionth playing of "Satisfaction"?
The creative destruction of this market is a wonderful thing to see and it's the listeners who'll benefit from all this.


April 7, 2014 @ 5:31 PM

Dex

Bad Q107..afraid you're going to lose me. I agree with others that expanding on classic rock is a better option.

April 7, 2014 @ 5:34 PM

Marc S

I've been a very loyal Q107 listener since I moved back to Toronto 6 years ago, and I love the Classic Rock format (I'm 57, so I was a teenager throughout the 70's). This new format is not for me. Sad to say that I'm now searching the dial looking for a new station...I will miss Derringer and Kim Mitchell, and especially Mo, but I can't stand the newer music.

April 7, 2014 @ 5:47 PM

Liz

Hey Everyone!

I absolutely love Scot Turner's Spirit of Radio Sunday - another excellent job yesterday.

As for morning radio, I've given up on 'Old Man Pounding The Dashboard Radio'. Holy shit! How many times can you hear, 'as I told yer screener there, eh...' and still want to come back for more? It's really NOT a great day for 'are you fucking kidding me radio'. Listen closely. That's a death rattle you hear.

I'm a big podcast listener so I load 'em up and listen as I'm able. The best morning terrestrial show that reaches the GTA comes from Buffalo - The Shredd & Ragan Show at 103.3 The Edge (another Edge). They put out a consistently excellent product with lots of variety.

Actually caught Derringer for a few minutes on the way into the city this morning. The guy even sounds bored with himself. Maureen doesn't even sound too into it. That fake laugh will have to push on - her boys have a lot of university years to come.

Also caught some of the 88.1 show - music is fine but the hosts are painful. Forget that new Diamond and Dye thing 102.1 is peddling. That's seriously painful. No need to listen to some unintelligible Scot. They won't last long. He might want to wait to relocate his family.

April 7, 2014 @ 5:58 PM

Rick

No Sir
I don't like it
I don't like it at all!

April 7, 2014 @ 7:06 PM

dale

@ Mark S

Cannot agree more. Too much same songs from same artists.

Probably time to change & listen to 680 news instead, driving to work.

April 7, 2014 @ 7:20 PM

Jeff

I'm 41 and have listened to Corus' 2 Toronto FM stations for several decades.....I can't stream at work and rather than bring my I-Pod back and forth I stick with radio. They had been stale for a while and really needed a kick in the ass.

I find it ironic that the major changes at Corus were all caused by a little upstart who up until 4 months ago didn't have a signal strong enough to penetrate a double brick house! Yes, I agree this is all Indie88.

Indie stole market share straight from CFNY - it was new, with artists I'd never heard of....really what CFNY was decades ago. Suddenly CFNY wasn't so "New Rock" or "Alternative". So they start stealing from Indie's playlist and they also create Spirit of Radio Sundays (which IMO is the best 6 hours of radio, perhaps rivaled only by David Marsden's Mars Bar).

But CFNY can't claim to be fresh and alternative and keep their whole "hits" list playing all the time - so Corus farms off much of the 90's music to Q....it makes sense. But now Q tries to be everything to everyone....they've failed at that before. If you ask me, they should leave the mid 2000's & "Garage Rock" to CFNY and they can take over the "Grunge". Lets face it, if someone wants to hear Black Keys, they aren't focusing on Q.

These changes are not exclusive to Corus, either, I tuned by 94.9 in my car this weekend and they are playing USS....1st time in 7 years I've heard that band anywhere other than CFNY or Indie.

Indie caused all this....question is, can they stay fresh enough to battle the corporate titan that is Corus??

April 7, 2014 @ 7:23 PM

Felicia

I like Q107 the way it is! I'm only 13 years old so this isn't a trip down memory lane for me…. But my mom introduced me to it and I got hooked! I LOVE classic rock and tune into Q107 every morning. I am a fan of The Beatles, Queen, Kim Mitchell and I'd like them and other classic rock artists to stay on the radio.

April 7, 2014 @ 7:29 PM

Jeff

I haven't had to figure out how to program my car radio presets in my last seven or eight cars. Now I have to pop a couple of Advil, dig out my car manual and find a Classic Rock Station. What are they thinking?

April 7, 2014 @ 7:36 PM

Jeff

You lost me at Nickleback!

April 7, 2014 @ 7:37 PM

Anonymous

Aerosmith, AC/DC, April Wine, Bad Company, Beatles, Bob Seger, Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Colin James, CCR, Doobies, Eagles, Clapton, Guess Who, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, John Mellencamp, Pagliaro, Molly Hatchet, Kim Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tragically Hip, ZZ Top, etc. etc. etc. That's what I call music.

I'm 57 years old and have been an avid Q listener for years. I love, love, love the classic stuff. However, I don't mind a wee bit of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc. as long as it's not too head-banging. I don't mind some of the newer stuff either like the Black Keys (Lonely Boy, Gold on the Ceiling, Little Black Submarines), Chris Daughtry (It's Not Over, Home) and hell, I don't even mind Black Eyed Peas (I Got a Feeling). That's were I draw the line though. Head-banging garage/grunge/alternate stuff sucks. RAP also sucks the big one.

Every day, I look forward to my daily commute. It's my much needed alone time. I'm in the car for an hour each way. I turn Q up loud and pass the time by singing my heart out to the classic rock. I can honestly say that my commute home today was not a good one. I wondered what the hell kind of garbage you were playing.

I agree with some of the other comments. Leave the classic rock, expand your playlist and limit the amount of newer stuff. And, if you must play the new stuff, please tell me the name of the artist and the name of the song so I know what not to buy.

I love the Derringer crew. Love Kim Mitchell too.

ps. I really miss Dominic Diamond. He made me laugh everyday.

April 7, 2014 @ 7:38 PM

Jim B

Like Marc S said above Classic Rock is the music of my youth. I don't identify with the newer rock. Is Psych Sunday gone too? Where are the rebels of my generation when you need them to stand-up for our right to listen to OUR music on OUR station the "Mighty Q".

April 7, 2014 @ 7:44 PM

bill said

why????????????????
i just left 95.3 for this very same reason

April 7, 2014 @ 7:48 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Interesting. Took a quick look at today's playlist. Lets start with some of the stuff I do like.

Monster Truck - Seven Seas Blues (love it!
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot (
I Mother Earth - One More Astronaut
Weezer - Buddy Holly
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Jet - Cold Hard Bitch
Big Wreck - Albatross (love it!)
Offspring - Self Esteem
Radiohead - Creep
Cracker - Low
Our Lady Peace - Starseed
Finger Eleven - First Time
Odds - Eat My Brain (haven't heard that in years)
Soundgarden - Spoonman

And now...for some of the stuff I don't like.
Pearl Jam - Last Kis (sucks!)
Brian Adams - Kids Wanna Rock (sucks!)
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody (sucks!)
David Bowie - Modern Love (sucks!)
U2 - Pride In The Name Of Love (sucks!)
Allanah Myles - Black Velvet (sucks)
Brian Adams - Summer Of 69 (sucks!)
Aerosmith - Janie's got a gun (meh)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Live And Let Die (GNR version is better)
Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine (meh)


April 7, 2014 @ 7:50 PM

Julie

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! What are you doing Mighty Q? This new stuff sucks. I loved Q because it played CLASSIC ROCK. I'm not a fan of this new stuff at all.

April 7, 2014 @ 8:22 PM

Michelle

Are you kidding me? Sounds just like Y108. I like Y108 in small doses. I guess Q107 will be the same for me now. I'll just listen to it in small doses.

You could have chosen to play a few of these songs while digging deeper into your classic rock collection. Such a shame and such a sell out.

April 7, 2014 @ 8:34 PM

KAV

I don't think this was what Q107 listeners wanted. We wanted to hear a more diverse choice of classic rock songs, rather than the two or three Q107 selected and played over & over again for each band. Eagles, Seager, CCR, etc. even Max Webster have more hits than what Q was playing in their rotation. Change that, don't make us listen to bands we know nothing about and don't want to hear.

April 7, 2014 @ 8:37 PM

brian

Wtf??
Love the morning show as it was bit tough trying to stomach new infusion., not won over yet by "Brian",aka,Nails Mahoney, but Do Not Lose your Calgary Connection, Jeff Winters, is the absolute soul of your station. Bad enough he moved out west.

April 7, 2014 @ 8:40 PM

Lola

What have you done with the Mighty Q??

You were a station that we could always depend on to play the good stuff, the stuff before our children started screwing with musical instruments and calling it music.

You will lose a lot of us who have the money to spend. Your sponsors will say, "WTF!" Those 20's and 30's are still having children and have no money! Look to the boomers or just the 45+ age group.

AND.....no notice that you were doing this, what's with that?

You could have told us you would add some of the newer stuff at certain times of certain days.....kinda like Thursday's soul music....and then we could switch the station at those times. I'm switching to GiantFM in Niagara, 91.7

I will listen on Sunday only because the rest of it is CRAP!

April 7, 2014 @ 8:50 PM

Lola

What have you done with the Mighty Q??

You were a station that we could always depend on to play the good stuff, the stuff before our children started screwing with musical instruments and calling it music.

You will lose a lot of us who have the money to spend. Your sponsors will say, "WTF!" Those 20's and 30's are still having children and have no money! Look to the boomers or just the 45+ age group.

AND.....no notice that you were doing this, what's with that?

You could have told us you would add some of the newer stuff at certain times of certain days.....kinda like Thursday's soul music (don't get me wrong, I love the soul)....and then we could switch the station at those times. I'm switching to GiantFM in Niagara, 91.7

I will listen on Sunday only because the rest of it is CRAP!

April 7, 2014 @ 8:53 PM

Bob

disappointed in the choice to change to what is now called q107 I now have found I am channel surfing do to the bad selections now being played on the mighty

April 7, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

McIntoshAudio

The Mighty Q was getting a little stale, playing the same songs over and over.There's more classic rock than what they were playing, just had to open up the vault.


I only listen to the Q on Sundays, Andy Frost has to be the best in the business. Kim's also very good. The other personalities are quite lame and should be put to pasture.
Joanne just rehashes stupid "would you believe" or "what do you think" shit; I feel for her old man. Derringer is just a snooze fest; there's only so much of that fake laugh one can take.And the Garbutt guy, WTF!!! this is the best they could find, him and Joanne must have went to the same college.

Good luck to the Q, I'm glad have Sirius.

April 7, 2014 @ 9:33 PM

John

Q lost it many years ago...listened for a loong time. I even still have my Rock Patrol Wings ---who remembers those...and a couple of homegrown albums somewhere in the basement. ...Scruff, Brother Jake, Scruff, Gallager, Jesse and Gene...The station stopped being relevant years ago..as all commercial radio has. I went to Sirius 7 years ago listen to what I feel like hearing when I want to..

April 7, 2014 @ 9:36 PM

Justin

The future of music radio is here and that future is Rdio, 8Tracks, and Songza. Aside from (occasionally)Indie 88 I no longer have any reason to listen to music radio with the arrival of these FANTASTIC apps.

April 7, 2014 @ 9:57 PM

Brad

Not impressed by the new Q - I like some of the other comments that Q should expand their playlist of classics and lose the obscure new crap. I'm all for Monster Truck and the Sheepdogs but seems like the majority is shit that I have no idea who's playing. I guess the trick now is to listen around between CFNY, 91.7 and 97 rock from Buffalo. You would think the early 50 age group would matter more. Guess not.

April 7, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Frank

Well..WTF?

Well now I have a good reason not to listen to Derringer in the morning.

It was bad enough that the same songs are played over and over..

Least I knew who the bands were.

There is so much old cool stuff that us 45+ like that they could

have added to there play list.

Glad I have a 6 cd player..

Good luck little q.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

jim

I don't like the change but I'm not impressed either with the constant playing of the same songs. Sirius radio has Classic Vinyl and the Bridge and Deep Tracks. Bye Bye Q107. Been listening since 1977.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Eric

I have to assume it all comes down to money. Some one in the ivory tower at q107 must feel that those in the 20 to 40 age group have the money to spend. Let me just say that I am 54 and have more disposable income now than I have ever had in my life. I tried to give the new format a try but found myself channel surfing more today than I ever have. I agree with some of the previous comments if they wanted to change things up all they needed to do was expand their play list of existing classic artist and add some new ones there were so many great lesser known classic artist that just never got played ie moxy be bop deluxe frank Marino and mahogany rush just to name a few. Maybe it is just change that is hard to accept but I think not. Good bye mightyq you have been a good companion in the car but I guess it is time to move on. You will be missed.

April 7, 2014 @ 11:43 PM

Lauren Elizabeth

Very very let down by this. Former CLASSIC rock station diffused into nothing much.
I am grateful that 104.1 plays excellent music, listening to "Strange Magic" by ELO now.
I'm hoping you guys all come to your senses and realize that your listeners actually play a huge ass part in your career.
:S

April 8, 2014 @ 12:22 AM

fac

....whacha gonna do when i'm gone..whacha gonna do..whacha gonna do when i'm gone..

April 8, 2014 @ 12:24 AM

97 ROCK

What is Q107? A place where the Guess Who is stuck on repeat several times a day, day after day after day.

96.9 / 97 Rock FTW!!!

91.7 is pretty good too.

April 8, 2014 @ 3:59 AM

Rick C in Oakville

My teenage years were listening to the Mighty Q, and I still have a couple of the Home Grown albums in my collection.
Sign of the times I guess, just as my Mother inlaw lamented about CFRB dropping Calling all Britain's, and Glenn Miller orchestra music on the radio. There is always a generational shift. I have only tuned in sporadically over the years, as it was becoming very stale.

April 8, 2014 @ 6:10 AM

Corey

@Frank

What's a "CD player"?

April 8, 2014 @ 7:10 AM

Philly-Bob

@ Frank - unfortunately they have no interest in pleasing the +45 crowd. You are not the target demo. This is not an age joke, just a fact. We'll all be there sooner or later.

@ Cory - CD's are those shiny circle things that we all use as coasters now, a CD player is that dusty box in your basement corner with speakers attached to it...you have possibly used it as a place to put your MP3 docking station.

April 8, 2014 @ 8:27 AM

Philly-Bob

@ Lola

"the stuff before our children started screwing with musical instruments and calling it music."

You do realize your parents said the same thing right?

Go tell those kids to get off your lawn (now THAT was an age joke)

April 8, 2014 @ 8:48 AM

Lorne

@Phily-Bob: That is sadly exactly it. There is literally no soul or humanity left in radio. I don't mean that as a whistful poetic thing. It is literally not about art or good music anymore. There is a core group of songs and artists the stations are paid to play. The frequency and spread of the plays is determined by contracts. The playlist is populated by algorithms that maximize "key demographic interest", in order to maximize the amount of money an advertiser will pay.

It's sad because if it was about the music, Q would still be great. Yes, they overplayed many of their core artists' hits. BUT there is such a massively diverse and deep library of Classic rock (by whatever definition you chose) that they could play great music for weeks on end with no repeats.

Which brings me to my next post...

April 8, 2014 @ 9:13 AM

Anonymous

104.1 The Dock
91.7 Giant FM

April 8, 2014 @ 9:18 AM

Lorne

Hey you. Yes you, Q107 listener. Or should I say former listener. Your station has changed. They aren't playing the music you like anymore. You've basically been shown the door because you aren't "valuable" anymore. It sucks. I get it. But it isn't over.

If you are now one of the "undesirable" ages, chances are you grew up in, say, the 60s or 70s. Maybe even early 80s. And this was YOUR music. This spoke to you. And this told you all about being different, rebellion, standing out and not taking it from the man. The radio is where that music came from-- from far-from-mainstream rock stations and DJs with long hair. But now the man controls your music source, and has destroyed it. Wanna know a secret?

The man is afraid. Terrified. Of you and what you can do to him. Oh yeah, you're actually the one in control. You can still give the man the middle finger-- THE biggest middle finger in existence. It's easy, you can do it tonight, and they're fucking desperate that you don't.

Go buy an MP3 player.

Don't rely on your phone for this. Just go buy a dedicated device. Ask a relative for advice if you aren't sure-- but aim for as many GB as you can afford, avoid anything with the word "cloud" or "drm". Go with an ipod if you have to-- not the best, but it'll do.

I know, I know-- you've been told they're expensive. They're scary. They don't work right. Wouldn't you rather just turn on the radio and listen to the great tunes there for free? Yes, yes you would-- but they aren't there anymore. Want another spoonfed spoon of Nirvana? Nope? Keep reading.

The cost: negligible. A couple hundred bucks, maybe, for a good sized ipod. You can get cheaper ones for less. You already own dozens if not hundreds of CDs, all perfectly ready to be ripped and loaded. It's very easy to do. Again, get someone to show you, google for it. Hell, offer $100 to your computer-savy family member to do it. It'll take a couple hours, but it's money well spent. You now have your entire music collection with you.

Whoa whoa whoa there-- yes, that nice guy at Best Buy told you all about the XM radio. You don't want that. Really, you don't. You're just moving the chairs around a bit, not solving the problem. It's still corporate owned and programmed. There's still annoying DJs and commercials. And you'll pay a monthly fee for something that's just going to be perverted or discontinued anyways and you end up with nothing. Put it down. Trust me.

Yes, you might want to hear music you haven't heard before. Well, first off, you did follow my advice and loaded every CD you have onto it, right? Great. Now you're going to hear all those tracks you never heard before. The deep cuts. The "B-sides". There's great stuff there you never knew existed. You're welcome.

And if you want even more, go get $100 in itunes gift cards-- or Amazon MP3 cards. Heck, ask for a big cache of gift cards for Christmas and spend them through the year. Expand your music collection. You can literally buy anything. ANYTHING. (Again, avoid anything that says cloud or drm-- you want to outright buy the mp3-- that's a rant for another day).

Now, take that player and mount it in your car. You can get a nice mount for, like, $20 from Canadian Tire. Plug it into the AUX input in your car. Don't have one? Use an FM transmitter (or a tape player adapter-- no joke, they're amazing). Turn on the player. Press "shuffle" and "play".

Done. You now have hundreds of hours of music playing in your car whenever you want. It's the genre you want. It's the artists you like. And no one is going to change the format or take it away. Even if you never buy another song again, even if you never modify the playlist, even if you don't do anything to that mp3 player ever again-- you've just taken back music. You've taken control out of the hands of the man. You've said "SCREW YOU! I'll listen to whoever I want, whenever I want". You aren't a demographic. You aren't "the audience". You aren't a set of ears to sell to an advertiser. You are a goddamn MUSIC FAN, and it is now 100% about the music once again.

Let The Man have his little slice of spectrum. Let him worry about "key demos" and petty little things. Let him spend sleepless nights terrified of knowledge and information and power that will destroy him. Yes, radio is doomed. But so is the man and with this one step, there is literally nothing he can ever do about it again.

Rock on, my friends. Rock on.

April 8, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

Jasmine

Saaaaaddd!! I had to check the radio station as I thought it was set wrong. Had to immediately change it. I won't be listening to Q unless it goes back to the old format.

April 8, 2014 @ 9:45 AM

Peter F

Toronto radio really had gotten stale since the Corus buyout of everything, they killed the Edge (which admittedly was sliding for years before as well), and put Q into a Classic top 40 sleep holding pattern while Y108 has stumbled along with poor directors and uninspired show hosts.

The format change at Q works for me as I've long listened to a broad range of rock from the 50's to current, but they really need a better musical director/curator, no need to play 3 Doors Down or other crummy nu-metal

Not a big fan of any of the rock morning shows out there to be honest (Indie, Q, Edge, Y108, HTZ, The Rock) but I switched to Derringer for my morning drive about 6 years ago because I couldn't take any more of Blundell. The Edge lost me for afternoon and evenings as it fired decent hosts like Barry Taylor Streek and Bookie, replacing them with soulless corporate personas and Indie has become my go to station now for afternoons/evenings.

I may listen to a bit more Q now in the afternoons but I feel like Indie deserves my attention for trying to get radio back to a decent state in this city.

April 8, 2014 @ 9:58 AM

GUMBLOID

I have been listening to this station since day 1. Circa 1979 / 1980 I represented my high school on the 6 O'Clock Rock Report with Bob Mackowycz. I was a Humber College Radio Broadcasting student and reported on concerts on their behalf as part of one of my college internships. I didn't go into the industry, but kept my connection to Q107 by being a loyal listener. The only time they lost me as a full-time listener was during the Howard Stern era. Sorry, but that was a dumb-ass move! I spent years defending the station as many of my friends had moved on to other stations.

After Stern was off the air, it was safe to put the radio on in the house. Our (then) toddler daughter grew up listening to classic rock. It seemed as I got older the station grew with me. The played music that I could relate to. Over the years I have attended many Q107 sponsored events. Our daughter recently entered the Kid Mitchel Band contest. It was exciting and fun to see everything come full circle.

When I turned on the radio Monday morning, I was immediately disappointed. I have no problem adding songs from the current format into the mix, but to play them instead? No thanks. When I first heard about this, I thought that it was an elaborate April Fools joke. Damn!

My wife listens to Y108 in the car. We get strong reception here in Mississauga. So, it looks like the home stereo is getting switched to Y108 too. All the best Q107. Hopefully you change your mind some time in the future.

April 8, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Susan

So very disappointed in the format change! I guess this is how the little old ladies felt when WKRP changed their format from elevator to rock. I hope it's a delayed April Fool's joke, otherwise they've lost me as a listener who's been there since Day One. I'll only tune in for Maureen, and then I'll be finding another station for the rest of the day.

April 8, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

markosaar

@Lorne,

Nice post. I'd just like to point out that those FM-transmitters are practically useless in Toronto, at least in my experience. I can vouch that the tape adapters work great though.

April 8, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Mark

Not a fan of Q's format change. I've been a listener since 1977 and sad to say not any more. Very disappointing change! You can chase your younger listeners Q but they'll tune out when you play the classic rock. When you lose your current listeners you will eventually lose your sponsors.

April 8, 2014 @ 10:44 AM

Lorne

@mark: Nearly useless, but there are a couple frequencies that still work. I had them written down in my old car (the new one has an AUX input).

April 8, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Don Harrington

Very disappointing. You just lost me as a listener!!! Best station available in Niagara region is now 104 in Buffalo.

April 8, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Don

The only good (great) thing about Q107 now is Kim Mitchell.

April 8, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

the brother

Not getting why everyone is freaking out. The Edge plays the same shit they always have, now known as "Toronto's Alternative Station" (GOOD ONE) and the not-so-mighty "Q" plays the same shit they always have, now branded "Toronto's Rock Station".

This is about as drastic as when they italicized the logo.

April 8, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

Douglas

Alan Cross touched on this about a month ago:
What Will Become of Classic Rock? I Think It’s in Trouble.

If it hasn't already happened, you just know that somewhere, sometime, in a senior's residence, someone will be blasting "Inna Gadda da Vida", "Smoke on the Water", or "Stairway to Heaven" from their unit, if it's not playing on the common area "muzak" speakers.

I disagree with the mantra of many classic rock fans, that being "(All) New music sucks!". Personally, I like hearing new rock, and it has been proven that listening to new music is good for one's physical and mental health, especially as one ages (hello, boomers). I have plenty of classic rock music at home. I just cannot get excited by hearing even some of my favourites for the n-hundredth time, let alone on a regular basis.

Corus must not have been pleased with the most recent BBM numbers for their Toronto rock music stations, as we are witnessing changes at 102.1 and 107.1. The stations have to be profitable to stay in business and on the air. 102.1 now has a somewhat handicapped, smaller competitor in the city of Toronto, and Q's demographic is getting to where 740 Zoomer radio's is. Some of Q's current listeners and sponsors may leave, but the objective is to replace them with different ones who are "worth more".

I have had Q107 as a button on my car radios since I bought my first car. It generally doesn't get much use, though. Maybe it will get a bit more now. If I was April Wine, Klaatu, Gerry Doucette or even Max Webster (Kim Mitchell), I might be concerned about seeing my radio royalty cheque amounts getting smaller.

As for Q, they're going to be cutting cheques on a regular basis with the format change. Now they have to buy a pile of new music, and keep doing that on a regular basis.

April 8, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

markosaar

@Lorne,

I bet one was 88.1! ;)

April 8, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Fred

They should keep more classics and for God sakes stop repeating the same stuff over and over. There are more Floyd songs than "Money". We will get sick of Finger 11 real soon and pine for something from the 70's again.

April 8, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

Zach

Q was always my prefered station and I felt betrayed when they ditched the Pure Rock/Hard Rock banner for classic rock. Good music is timeless, Sorry to the dinosaurs here that are upset.

Yes lots of new rock sucks, but there's a lot of amazing stuff out there too - just need a competent program director to showcase it.

April 8, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Wish Q would just go back to pure rock / hard rock.

April 8, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Steve

This will cause a clash for sure. Sympathy For The Devil may make a hit on the Stones royalties. I may miss Led Zeppelin a little but I think they will find their way back anyway. Love the Q and all the events they produce. This seems like it will just add to the menu. Waiting and seeing before making final comment.

Impress me Q!

April 8, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Steve

This will cause a clash for sure. Sympathy For The Devil may make a hit on the Stones royalties. I may miss Led Zeppelin a little but I think they will find their way back anyway. Love the Q and all the events they produce. This seems like it will just add to the menu. Waiting and seeing before making final comment.

Impress me Q!

April 8, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Jacob

I'll just leave this here:

http://i.imgur.com/Ucg2xhM.jpg

I'm 35, and I've already seen it happen to my generation. Meanwhile, I keep listening to all sorts of new music.

April 8, 2014 @ 1:01 PM

Ron

Don't like the new format if I wanted to listen to this I'd dial to 102.1. I listened to the Q since I developed a like for music now my kids 6 and 9 are listening as well. Kim Mitchell probably had a lot to do with this change, hopefully Kim Mitchell's kids band will play on the Mighty Q!!! Failed as a musician also failing on the air Q107 will die off just like Kim Mitchell's music career

April 8, 2014 @ 3:01 PM

John Fullerton

You want great Rock???????/get SiriusXM best radio on radio with 6+ rock stations

April 8, 2014 @ 5:44 PM


Wat2s

Been a Q listener for yrs.(25+), love the classic rock format but will admit that it was getting a little repetative. I dont mind music from the later eras so ill see how they mix it up. Wont pull the rip cord just yet. The only thing that will turn me off is if they cancel psychadelic psunday. Sir Andy Frost is a legend and that program has been a trip-literally. The day that program goes off the air will be the end of radio as we know it. Take the classic out of q107, now prove that it can rock.
Cheerz

April 8, 2014 @ 7:03 PM

Corey

@Ron -

Not that I ever listened to Kim Mitchell's music, but calling him a "failed" musician and "failing on the air" is bizarre. Any musician, especially Canadian, who has been able to make a living from their music is hardly a failure. I would be willing to bet that Mitchell has earned more from his music than you have in your entire career, and 10 years on air at Q107 (rumoured salary is $250k/yr.) means he's no failing at that either.

April 8, 2014 @ 7:46 PM

Ray

Usually listen every morning unless I have to drive past Woodstock. That's where I loose you. Been giving the change a shot for a few days, but I gotta say,your losing me. Not liking the change. As stated in posts by many others, an expanded library of classic rock would have been better, not this Foo Fighters crap. I'll give it a day or 2 more,but in all likelihood I'll be hitting the "seek" button looking for something else. I will miss Aunty Moe the most.

April 8, 2014 @ 8:15 PM

Handsome Rob

WOW. I'm really surprised at the negativity in here. What seems funny to me is that the kids who called for change in the 60s are now afraid of it. I've listened to Q more often than not since the mid to late 80 so I'm not a new listener. Oh well....
As for the format change, I'm intrigued by it. Playlist needs a little scrubbing. Although checking in now on a Tuesday night looks like a good set of music. Scratch Nickelback and Queen and thats a solid hour + of music.


MOIST
PUSH
ON AIR NOW
Last Played

AC/DC
HAVE A DRINK ON ME
6 Minutes Ago

SLOAN
THE GOOD IN EVERYONE
13 Minutes Ago

TALKING HEADS
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
17 Minutes Ago

EAGLES
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
22 Minutes Ago

THE TRAGICALLY HIP
AHEAD BY A CENTURY
25 Minutes Ago

THE WHITE STRIPES
DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIR ...
28 Minutes Ago

THE POLICE
WALKING ON THE MOON
33 Minutes Ago

U2
I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND W ...
37 Minutes Ago

NICKELBACK
ROCKSTAR
46 Minutes Ago

AEROSMITH
LIVIN' ON THE EDGE
53 Minutes Ago

RUSH
DISTANT EARLY WARNING
1 Hour Ago

LED ZEPPELIN
ROCK AND ROLL
1 Hour Ago

EDDIE VEDDER
HARD SUN
1 Hour Ago

QUEEN
KILLER QUEEN
1 Hour Ago

METALLICA
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
1 Hour Ago

TOM COCHRANE
BIG LEAGUE
1 Hour Ago

THE ROLLING STONES
BEAST OF BURDEN
1 Hour Ago

ZZ TOP
TUSH
1 Hour Ago

ARKELLS
OH, THE BOSS IS COMING!
1 Hour Ago

PINK FLOYD
COMFORTABLY NUMB
1 Hour Ago

And I must be in the minority because psychedelic Sundays is a snooze fest.

April 8, 2014 @ 8:47 PM

Rob

Like others have written here, I stopped listening years ago because of the same old songs over and over again.

The new songs need to be looked at one-by-one to see if they have much in common with the older Classic Rock staples that listeners have come to expect. I'm not sure anything by The Trews belongs on this station, even in the new format. If The Trews are in where do you draw the line? Why not Vertical Horizon, Fastball, The Wallflowers and Semi-Sonic as well? What about "Sometimes Wanna Die" by joydrop or "Yellow" by Coldplay? It will get messy if the grey area gets too big and alienates those listeners they already have while likely not bringing too many new ones on board. The slope is slippery.

And Derringer has likely run his course. Back in the early 90's, when he probably even had to know how to run his own board, he had a lot of life and energy in his broadcasts. After 13 years of this he's become kind of like Letterman - seemingly a bit bored with the whole thing after being at the top for so long. I think he is likely a big fan of the music he plays, and quite knowledgeable about the whole industry. The trouble is that we don't get much of this out of today's Q107. Derringer and Steve Warden on the 6:00 Rock Report (and other hosts of that show) made the station more than just a jukebox.

Now everyone has their own jukebox in their pocket and Q107 needs to be more than just a jukebox again. And no one plays commercials on their iPod after every three songs.

April 9, 2014 @ 2:08 AM

Anonymous

The bottom line problem is it's corporate music.

The DJs are all "personalities" and wanna be comics (Beharrell and Fred at the Edge in particular).

None of these guys will bring any good new music or deep album cuts to the production meetings like Barry Taylor did for USS or Martin Streek for a lot of bands.

I agree with people above who say expanding the playlist rather than changing format makes sense. Who can pick a good, deep album cut if they're all comedians?

The music industry in general could use a lot more quality control

April 9, 2014 @ 2:17 AM

Shahi

Where can I find only Classic Rock station format now?

There is a lot of just Rock station and it was the one who played Classic.

April 9, 2014 @ 9:21 AM

loris

Dont like the change should go back to the classics let the other stations play this crap

April 9, 2014 @ 9:58 AM

Tim

The common theme here is the Q already had the right format but they do not go deep into the artist's huge catalogues so we get the same 3 or four songs from these groups. What most people seem to be missing is for the last 14 years Derringer has been telling us that the music from the 80's and 90's suck big time so which can only mean 1 thing the suits have made him go this route. Johnny get your balls back . Please hurry!!!!

April 9, 2014 @ 2:49 PM

Steve

I've been listening to nothing but the Mighty Q for almost a decade now. I do venture off to other presets from time to time but my radio is dominantly on Q. Home, in the truck and at work. I've had this conversation with a couple of my pals numerous times and I'll agree that the Q generally plays the same 5-10 huge hits from the same bands/artists pretty much all the time with the exception of Sunday which is awesome. It's nice to hear stuff from Steppenwolf besides Magic Carpet Ride. However that's why I listen to the Q. I love classic Rock and I what they play. If I wanted to listen to Finger 11 or Billy Talent I would change my radio station. I listen to the Q so I don't have to listen to that stuff. I'm not into it and have no interest in it. (I'm not saying these other artists aren't talented, they're just not my cup of tea) Not to mention the DJ's, Q's DJ's are so well versed and knowledgeable with Classic Rock. I learn some new fun fact every week about an artist or band I didn't know before. What the hell is Kim Mitchell and John Derringer going to know about Three Days Grace? Who gives a $hit? I don't know, I suppose I'm just one fan so who cares but I love the Q, I love the DJ's on the Q and I'm super bummed that they're changing their format to "Rock" instead of "Classic Rock" Might find myself venturing on to other stations

April 9, 2014 @ 3:37 PM

Brandon

Finally I was getting tired of hearing the same 100 songs played over and over again. All you baby boomers need to be more open minded. Like seriously it's 2014 get with the times. You don't need to isolate yourself with 50 year old music.

I mean how do you not get sick and tired of hearing the same music over and over again?

April 9, 2014 @ 7:02 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I've been following this thread since Monday night. Surprised at how many people are complaining. But then again I was pissed off when Q107 ditched the pure Rock/hard rock format. Been listening in here and there over the last couple days. Right now it's nothing special. Just basically the same as Rock 95 in Barrie. HTZ FM is still better but I've been getting bored of that lately. So here's hoping Q107 goes back to pure rock soon.

April 9, 2014 @ 8:41 PM

carlo

It's about time.
I gave up on Q a few yrs ago. I have a huge collection of music , most of which is classic rock from 69s and 70s. But through the sheer passage of time (I'm 48), I am simply tired of listening to the same 50 songs ad nauseum. If I was t to hear Zepellin, I play cuts that aren't played on radio at all. Just tired of same tunes.

Then we got hyns and roses and then grunge which was a massive upgrade over disposable 'lite' over produced stuff like bon jovi. Tons of great bands on the 90s and then comes white stripes, black keys both of which draw heavily from these guys growing up and respecting great classic rock - you can hear it in their songs.
Meanwhile my friends my age have no clue about this and keep listening to the old stuff complaining that music is no good anymore. How pathetic. They sound like our parents did when they said that 50s music was the best. And they resisted everything new. A very common thing for people of every generation. But let's remember that rock is about a feeling. Those great bands we all love from the 70s were one knew themselves. So I take great pride in being open minded to anything new that sounds great. What a treat to hear a new songs and say - what was that? That was awesome. Ie heard arctic monkeys 'are you mine' and was blown away.
If you resist what is new - you flat out are totally missing out and sound a lot like old people who prefer to reminisce about the good old days.

April 9, 2014 @ 9:41 PM

John

True classic rockers will not listen to the new "rock". I have listened to the "Q" since it started and before that CHUMFM (now that was a true rock station),however, the "Q" management is telling us to move on and that is exactly what I will be doing. There is an enormous field to pick from streaming on line now and you don't have to listen to the certain percentage of Canadian content. Bye "Q" have a good life with your new young listeners.

April 10, 2014 @ 9:38 AM

Darmac

That's it for me too, I'm stuck in the 60's and 70's. I had been listening to GiantFM 91.7 out of Welland lately anyway. They are still Classic Rock, but I live in Grimsby and am not sure if the station makes it across the lake or not. They stream on the internet just fine.

April 10, 2014 @ 12:50 PM

Kevin

Loving the change. Q was getting so awful with their limited playlist. Going back to the Q107 of the mid '80's when they were "Toronto's Best Rock". Just need to resurrect the Top 10 at 10 now.

104.1 in Barrie still plays all classic rock for those north of Major Mac.

April 10, 2014 @ 1:48 PM

Berny

It would appear from the comments that a lot of people have let their musical tastes stagnate since the late 70s. Your loss, people. I'm 56 years old and my musical taste run the range from the 50s to the current decade. I like rock. Period. And a lot of decent, new artists are playing great music. Kudos to Q107 for the format change. I love it.

April 10, 2014 @ 4:41 PM

bryan

Shahi wrote:

"Where can I find only Classic Rock station format now?"

96.9 FM (97 ROCK) Buffalo, NY.

Best classic rock in the GTA/WNY area, and without the Canadian government mandated playlist content.

April 11, 2014 @ 1:51 AM

Craig

Their playlist was so bad, that any change would have been an improvement.

I hope all of you complainers don't have any children, just so your awful music tastes aren't passed on.

Their old format seemed to be:

- Play something by Rush
- Play some awful pop or soft rock from the 80s
- Play an actual classic rock / hard rock song (from a list of just 20 songs)
- Play more 80s crap
- Put your listeners to sleep with boring people talking
- Repeat

April 11, 2014 @ 9:14 AM

Oscar

During the past four years, Q107’s Toronto market share has declined from 7% to 4.5%. Probable reasons for this decline have been eloquently stated by the many posters here. CORUS needed to make a change in order to gain back listenership. It is safe to say that CORUS looked at their current demographic of listeners, evaluated their format change options, and selected the format that they expect, or perhaps hope, will result in a gain of more listeners than they will lose. Though CORUS’ bright minds made what they felt was the best decision, the outcome is not certain. Only time will tell whether this format change was the correct decision, i.e. profitable or not. Market share equates to more advertising dollars which leads to profit.

Now for some personal feedback: I am in my mid fifties and have enjoyed classic rock for a long time. Like many here, I too became tired of Q107’s current format of Top 40 Classic Rock; playing the same four or five songs from the same bands. I would question why Q107 would not dig deeper into the classic rock albums, why not play entire albums, etc.

After much reflection, I have come to accept that classic rock no longer rules the world.

Over the years, I have tried to listen to different genres of music, with limited success. I even look in the mirror, questioning why I am close minded to musical change. I tried and have found grunge is not my thing. Neither is the “angry” heavy music. However, all is not lost. I did find another station, 91.7 from Niagara that mostly entertains me. I have also discovered the blues; which in itself has sub-genres. My favourite of which is what is played on Cogeco’s station 316. Perhaps I should thank Q107 for forcing my hand to seek out other stations, other forms of music. I accept that I also need to try harder at being more open minded to other forms of music. The next question is whether I will give Q107 a chance or not. So far, after a week of slight attempts, I am failing to be won over.

April 11, 2014 @ 9:48 AM

Derp

Listened for a bit this AM. One thing that I found interesting was that a lot of the "newer" tracks that they played were from the mid to late 90s. Songs they played by Janes Addiction, Foo Fighters Matt Good are all over 15 years old. So according to CRTC guidelines as far as I remember, they qualify as "classic rock". And anything released in the 70s and prior, are now considered "oldies". So they didn't really flip formats, they just updated what is considered "classic rock." Sorry if you don't like it, but time marches on

April 11, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

Kyle

Q107 Changing to have new rock sucks big time I am no longer a listener and I know tons of people that stopped. The only problem with Q107 is that like many people have mentioned and hit the nail on the head. They need not more variety of newer music but more variety of the old stuff. We don't need to here whole lotta love every day at the same time and pink floyd had more then 3 songs as do AC/DC. I think bands that started in the 80's and early 90's are totally welcome because really there classic rock now but this new crap has got to go. If Q107 played more variety of the classic rock bands and of the older ones that don't get played they would do much better. If I want brand new rock well there's stations for that.

April 11, 2014 @ 9:16 PM

Scardinius

As a long time listener of more than 25 years, I'm unimpressed with the new format. Time to move along I guess or renew my sat subscription. See ya later Q......

April 12, 2014 @ 5:47 PM

Glenn

Tim, you took the words right out of my mouth ... they had the right format, but they certainly did not delve deep enough into the repertoire (hence the staleness factor). Now with the change, they've lost my interest completely. I'll stick to internet radio (much more interesting anyway) and Giant FM (91.7) has always been good to listen to.

April 13, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Wat2s

Agree with Glen and Tim. Ive been trying to listen- enough with mr cab driver, lenny kravitz sux but that song is Awful! And whats with matthew sweet band? Why the favoritism there? Hmm...can con? Smh. Why have basically the same format as your brother station y108, 4 clicks up the dial. Dun with Q, except for psych psunday and legends of classic rock. As for the rest of it, ears are hurtin :(

April 13, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

Wat2s

Just correction ^^^. The matthew good band.

April 13, 2014 @ 3:20 PM

Brenda

I'm in my 50's and I have to say that I love Classic Rock, but I also have to say I love new rock. Why would anybody want to stay stuck in one place, so way to go Q-107 for mixing things up. And for you old folks who say that new music sucks. Have you ever listened to it. Mathew Goood is amazing, so are the Black Keys, and Jack White and Our lady Peace and Tea Party, and Sam Roberts, all of who are Canadian (other than The Black Keys and jack White)Q107 has to play Canadian content, so that would explain why you hear so much Rush and The Guess Who. Try to expand your musical knowledge, who knows, maybe you'll get turned on to some really awesome "New Rock" way to Q107, maybe I'll start listening again.. just saying

April 13, 2014 @ 4:58 PM

Ellert

Not impressed with the newer rock. Will have to search for another classic station. The newer stuff sucks. Grew up on the classics. Real music. Not that computer generated crap that the little kiddies listen too nowadays. I remember when a lot of these songs first came out. The old stuff is getting harder to find. I thought The Mighty Q had a permanent spot on my radio. Apparently not.

April 13, 2014 @ 5:04 PM

gr1

Or you could, you know, just make a playlist of all the 300 songs they regularly play and just listen to it on repeat without annoying ads and banter.

April 13, 2014 @ 7:24 PM

JF

I stopped listening to Q107 around '95. Q107 used to be my stop on the dial, growing up, to discover new music with programs such as Top 10 @ 10 (@Kevin, I hope you're right and they do bring it back), and The 6 O'Clock Rock Report (even though Steve Warden always sounded like a self-righteous git to me). But then I discovered magazines from the UK, and found people who liked the same bands as me on this new thing called the interwebs (who then would say, "like this band? try this band...") In other words, this will have no impact on my life what so ever. Over the past couple years I've been doing a lot of surveys about Q107 for Chorus; many were about the station's music. I think @gr1 said it best. After all, they don't call it Q10Zepplin without reason....

April 13, 2014 @ 9:59 PM

Caledon Barkely

What do Q-107 and Flight-370 have in common? We live in a new age where big fat women in frilly underwear prance around in high-heels and say that "sexy is a state of mind". Apparently Music is also a "state of mind" and Q-107 appears to have lost it. It was unthinkable two weeks ago, but now we all have to sit down and face the fact that The Backstreet Boys and The Spice Girls produced pretty good music. Two decades ago we were forced to do the same with Disco ... when Rap and Hip-Hop arrived. I have a gas lawnmower that screams out music better than anything The Sheepdogs or Audioslave have ever made. I'm gone in 60 seconds ... heresy of the highest order. Brian Master at the Jewel rocks Toronto ... and I'm going back to satellite. Had enough. BIT OF ADVICE TO Q107 STAFF: You could pull off the most brilliant move in the history of Toronto Radio by doing a "New Coke" type switch-around. Whatever you're trying to do won't work ... Admitting it was a huge mistake, might be brilliant. Have some Geek from Chorus to blame it all on and rise up and retake the station. Derringer could experiment with a "new country, classic rock" format or even "classic rock and Rap Hip-Hop" ... or if you have the creativity make some recordings of chain-saws and lawnmowers and skill saws ... and try that.

April 14, 2014 @ 10:04 PM

CW

I knew something was up when I started hearing Lido Shuffle on Psych Sundays! Sent msgs to Al but never heard back (I know you're sad Al!) Although I see they've dropped Psych Sunday 9am-noon, I just hope Andy can convince them to keep him around & continue the tradition of 1965-1975, at least for the 6 hours! I go to Marsden after that anyways (97 Rock).

April 15, 2014 @ 4:32 PM

Anonymous

Q plays way too much Kim Mitchel, Rush, Bert Cummings.the problem all of these guys have is none of them have sex apeal and you can't dance to anything they play. That is why they are so small on the global stage. . Q is pretty much the only station that endlessly plays their music. Heard it way too often. The best approach to limited music like these guys offer is Randy Bachman on CBC, where he offers an in depth history behind each song/artist.
If Q is changing their format its because they know no on is listening to their station and the advertisers know that. And advertisers have lots of options these days. And old people dont buy things. Im glad i dont own Q107 right now im sure they are having endless back room meetings saying " wtf are we gonna do" no one is listening to the same songs everyday.

April 16, 2014 @ 5:14 AM

Anonymous

When businesses change direction its because they are in trouble. No company goes off a succseful path. iT'S HARD TO FIGURE THAT Q 107 has had no one listening for years. OMG! How many times do we need to be tortued by "patio lanterns" and anything else by K. Mitchel. And the same goes with Bert C. and Rush. No staion on earth plays their crap except the almighty cq .The only reason anyone would make such a bad desision would be maybe these three own the the "q". ???
The world is full of beautiful music, by beautiful people. Why play bad music all day long by bad song writers. Kim, Bert and

April 16, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Nothing wrong with Rush. They can keep playing it. But been listening a bit here and there and yeah not really impressed. Q needs to just go back to the hard rock format. Nevermind playing Brian Adams.

April 17, 2014 @ 10:28 PM

Brad

I have been a loyal Q listener since pretty much, day one.

I thought the format change to classic rock a few years ago was the BEST move Q ever made! I do agree with many of the posts with regards to expanding classic rock content...something the mighty Q should have done!..

Since the format switch, every time I turn on the Q, it is music I do not enjoy and I'm not familiar with. Perhaps it just my timing, perhaps not........

If (CORUS) Q management is reading these posts, perhaps you should have asked your listeners what they wanted instead of simply rolling the dice on a format change! I would have GLADLY participated in a forum or survey to discuss what could make a great radio station even better!!!

I have ALWAYS been PROUD to say I was a dedicated Q listener.

In the past few weeks, I have found that I have been listening more and more to my IPOD. As I write this, the stereo in my office is tuned to classic Rock in Niagara. First time ever!!

Its a sad time for radio in GTA as I feel like I have lost a close friend.....

CORUS.....BRING THE CLASSIC ROCK BACK.....EXPAND THE CLASSIC ROCK CONTENT BEYOND THE TOP 200.....

My 2 cents........

April 18, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Wat2s

Just participated in a forum that 97.7 did regarding their format. Hopefully they will tweek it and lean towards classic rock which Q should have expanded on. Brad is right, ask the listeners, i think they would of realized it- more variety of classic rock. Smh at Mr. Cabdriver, my cat meowed out a better tune this morn. Kravitz, sheepdogs, trews...shyte, tripe and litterbox remnants

April 18, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

plott hound

i have been a q107 listener since they 1st came on the air in 1978.Q 107 originally was going to be a jazz station.Q was for quiet.i stumbled apoun this great station playing straight rock for days on end with no interuptions when i was 13.now this new format is pure crud.why they did not play more B side or non hit classic music songs is beyond me.now they sound the same as rock 95 in barrie.very disapointed here,looks like i will be listening to "the dock" from now on.Q-107 should be renamed "C-107"C standing for commercials.

ps.we still love you maureen.your the shining star in the morning show.

April 19, 2014 @ 2:59 PM

Paul

Hopefully they realize this was a failed experiment and cut out the new stuff before they lose all their listeners. As most people have said, they should have added more classic rock songs to their playlists. With so many great songs to choose from, why so much repetition. Bands with 10 to 20 albums have only two songs played constantly (eg. Triumph ; Lay it on the Line and Magic Power) Many other great bands never got played, as another listener mentioned Moxy and Mahogany Rush. While there are some people who like both the old and new (I am not one of them) they are completely different types of music and don`t belong on the same radio station.

I say again `Failed Experiment!!

April 20, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Dan Ralph

I hate the new format change. You've lost me as a listener. If I wanted to listen to listen to mainstream rock I would've gone to 102.1. Bad idea folks.

April 23, 2014 @ 9:08 AM

Anonymous

Goodbye Q Big Big Mistake. I feel like I have just been punched in the stomach.

April 24, 2014 @ 8:48 AM

Anonymous

Goodbye Q Big Big Mistake. I feel like I have just been punched in the stomach.

April 24, 2014 @ 8:48 AM

Angep59

There are so many good 70's bands that never ever get heard on radio and that's a shame. Bands like Uriah Heep, Marillion, Status Quo, IQ, Pendragon...and the list goes on. We need a station that plays lesser known bands and also plays more album cuts from the more known and popular bands. In my opinion, that's what Q should've done. Just a thought.

April 24, 2014 @ 1:23 PM

Bgvern

Glad I live in St. Catharines 91.7 classic Rock
listen to only a little loved Q107
Guess I will listen more often Now Sorry Q

April 25, 2014 @ 1:21 AM

larry

change was a bad decision ,took q off my preset stations ....movin on

April 26, 2014 @ 12:26 AM

Steve

Mixing new with classic rock is ok but losing 6 hrs.of psychedelic
sunday really sucks.Your just another rock station now except for noon to 6:oo on sunday (your claim to fame)

April 29, 2014 @ 12:40 PM

Lane

I moved out to Ottawa, and the rock station out here turned into a top 40. Now theres no rock on the airwaves (other then a classic rock or a 102.1 inspired, hippy station called Live 88.5) No matter what the Q plays, at least its better then what we got here

April 30, 2014 @ 8:14 AM

A disloyal move

Bad decision! You are alienating your long loyal listeners in the attempt to gain a wider and younger audience. What you are doing in fact is punishing your loyal audience. There's already a 102 and 108... you may as well start playing pop tunes. You've tarnished your well established brand image... destroyed that which sets you apart from the other radio stations. I can no longer claim to be a loyal listener any longer

May 2, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Anonymous

Cbc radio 2 mornings. Surprised it isn't mentioned anywhere here.

May 3, 2014 @ 8:38 PM

Anonymous

You had one job. Stop playing Hotel California and Patio Lantern.

One job. Indie 88 is the only station worth listening to. And I am

in the desired target audience you wanted.

May 4, 2014 @ 6:10 PM

Jeromy

I turned on the Q and did not believe my ears .Why the hell I hear Nickelback !I check the dial again and it says 107.1 . I said to myself this must be some kind of late April 1st joke ,but no. Some crazy new programming director! But Why ?! There is sooo much classic rock to play you guys did not explore and never played or maybe tapped into just on on Sunday.There is lots of new or old but underrated bands playing a good classic rock. This is for sure step the wrong direction. RIP Q !

May 6, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

Vinnn

I thought they should have started playing pearljam, soundgarden and other great 90's bands years ago, welcomed and long over due. My dial will be here more often

May 6, 2014 @ 2:47 PM

glenn

i really tried but just can't do it. been listening since the get-go but some of the new stuff they're playing really gets on my nerves. sorry Q got to go.

May 14, 2014 @ 3:21 PM

Anonymous

Is this the same John Derringer who once said that he didn't want to be sitting around in a radio station playing "Dust In The Wind" when he was 40? Anyway I haven't listened to Q since Sirius became available. You radio listeners who sit through endless mindless chatter, endless commercials and Can-Con you don't want to hear to finally get to music you do want - you really have my sympathy. I don't know how you do it. Hey! Just the other day I heard Blind Eye by Uriah Heep on the Deep Tracks channel. It's been, ahem, decades since I heard that one.

May 23, 2014 @ 6:16 AM

James

This is so disappointing. If I wanted to listen to shitty new rock I'd turn on Y108. They ruined Q107 :(

May 31, 2014 @ 3:36 PM

tom

Sorry, but nothing really ever changes. In yet another sad attempt to connect with the public, the programmers at Q refuse to understand that having the format change only means a revised 170 song playlist. I might be mistaken. Make that 126. Or is that 92?? It really won't be more than 2-3 weeks before we get tired of the new repeated songs. Why oh why can the brains behind the sound understand that they need to have a real variety. I should not have to hear the same song every day. I am pretty sure Zepplin, The Stones or even U2 recorded more than 3 songs during their career.

July 20, 2014 @ 1:03 AM

sally wexler


Might as well play anything i'm told to play for a pay check. D.J's have been
neutered for decades. Tele prompter talking heads. Might as well go for a
lobotomy.

August 4, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

Elmer

Got tired of Q format.Found 97.3 playing Eagles, Led Zep, Beatles, Clapton, U2, Greenday, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel....well, I like ABBA too..... BOOM 97.3, my new station.

August 8, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Mac

I gave up on the Q a few years ago; was getting tired of the same music over and over, I guess there's only 20 or so classic rock albums, who knew? I feel their new format will be the same repetitive songs.

Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl/Classic Rewind/Deep Tracks along Giant FM out of Niagara Falls play some great classic rock.

Q107 good luck with the new format.

August 17, 2014 @ 9:44 AM

Anonymous

Whatever happened to GOOD FM Album Rock ?

August 17, 2014 @ 5:27 PM

Garry

I don't listen to Q107...it's lame. I listen to 97Rock from Buffalo NY. Listen to them online at www.97rock.com. Listen to Slick Tom between 7PM and 12AM. One of the best DJ's i've ever heard...with the best songs you will ever hear on the radio. Best of all...no Tragically Hip every 2 minutes. Q-107,HTZ FM,Giant FM...Y108...don't even come close. If you can't get them at 96.9FM on your dial...listen to them online at 97rock.com. You won't regret it. Rock on.

August 29, 2014 @ 12:03 AM

Swaters

I am EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED in this change. From USA but listened to Q107 because better than any western NY stations. Also now NO STREAMED IN USA. BAD MOVE ALL AROUND. Will miss old Q107 very much.

December 14, 2014 @ 3:35 PM

Rob

Radio is dead in canada. Our country forces stations to play 30% Canadian content. That is why you get to hear patio lanterns and strange animal five times a day every day. Also I am so sick of getting preached to buy these radio stations about drinking and driving. It seems they can't have any reference to an event where alcohol is served without reminding us to "don't drink and drive". I have sirus satellite radio at home and thankfully most new vehicles even base models are coming with audio in Jack's so there'll be no reason to ever have to listen to q again

February 18, 2015 @ 4:00 AM

Philip Rogers

Chuckle! To each there own I will. You should have not lost Dominic and Nails. British is the best way to be with Canadian content as we are all immigrants and such is from the history of Rock and Roll! But money is also a thing as much as Politics,lol! Are there pretext? I have read above and agree to disagree with all. I see you are going to hip hop rap as did CHUM FM when they went disco and such, money. Chum FM still sucks do not follow the same path.

August 19, 2015 @ 9:09 AM

Numbers6

Started listening to Q107 on the morning commute because Oakley went to afternoons on 640 am and I thought I'd give Derringer another try.

What the ? with the song list. Bowie Under Pressure playing being played multiple times a week, Bobcaygeon a little less but Cancon right?

Why so rigid and constrained format?

March 15, 2017 @ 5:14 PM

Comrick317

Once Q107 started playing that shit Duran Duran and Bare Naked Ladies, that was the final nail in the coffin for me. I have listened to Q107 since 1978 (really) but i'm done. Power button off!!!

May 25, 2018 @ 4:40 AM

Comrick317

Once Q107 started playing that shit Duran Duran and Bare Naked Ladies, that was the final nail in the coffin for me. I have listened to Q107 since 1978 (really) but i'm done. Power button off!!!

May 25, 2018 @ 4:40 AM

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