Newstalk 1010 Cancels Humble & Fred Radio

Back in January 2013, Humble and Fred signed on to have their daily podcast aired on Newstalk 1010. The Humble and Fred show started airing weekdays at midnight where it stayed through last week.

Here's how the early morning lineup looked last week on Newstalk 1010.

before-1010

Newstalk 1010 has cancelled the Humble and Fred show, effective immediately. Here's how the early morning lineup now looks.

after-1010

The midnight to 2am slot, previously occupied by a censored version of the Humble and Fred podcast, is now The Best of Jerry Agar and The Best of Jim Richards.

You can still hear the Humble and Fred show online as a podcast. IMHO, it's the only way to go.


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Dean

Unfortunate

July 13, 2015 @ 5:59 PM

Anon&on

@ Toronto Mike Any info you will be posting on the reason for cancelling? Content? Frequency? Other?

July 13, 2015 @ 6:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Anon&on

I don't know the reason, only that 1010 decided to cancel it.

July 13, 2015 @ 6:08 PM

Max

Selfishly, I'm happy to see this, as the program occasionally feels held back by the need to keep it somewhat "clean."

That's said, it's obviously unfortunate to see anyone lose a source of income.

July 13, 2015 @ 6:14 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

On that note, I hope Phil's job is safe. One of his core duties was censoring the content for terrestrial radio.

July 13, 2015 @ 6:17 PM

Stewart

In the past month, H&F have had more time off than broadcasting! :-)

Seriously - its a shame they've been cancelled. I enjoyed their appearances on Live Drive and then Moore in the Morning.

July 13, 2015 @ 6:48 PM

Michael Zanette

What's Margaret going to do now????

July 13, 2015 @ 6:59 PM

Gord

I agree with Stewart, they were always taking time off. Bragging about 3 or 4 day bangers. Surprised their sponsors support their lack of commitment. Why would 1010 want to air their filler/repeat shows and pay for it. HnF should work their asses off instead of figuring out when is their next days off

July 13, 2015 @ 7:45 PM

Stan

I so agree with Stewart and Gord. They don't just take vacation time every week, they brag about it. They literally rub it in our faces that they don't have to work and the sponsors will keep paying.

No wonder 1010 kicked them off the station. Too many bangers. Way too many bangers.

July 13, 2015 @ 7:51 PM

Roger

This is not surprising at all. Their podcast is now stale dated by @ 2 years. As an everyday listener for the first year and a half, it got boring very fast. Dick, fart, poop jokes every day. Seriously? And they wonder why they can't get a real radio gig? Is podcast even a "thing" anymore? I thought it came and went faster than Betamax. And the comments about all their vacations? Totally agree. They clearly don't get it....in more ways than one.

July 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Anon&on

i believe the 1010 gig was a content deal, not a paid gig. 1010 will be replaying existing content daily now in that time slot instead of 3-5 shows per week of new content from H&F.

July 13, 2015 @ 8:06 PM

Anonymous

I used to listen, but every episode is:

fart / poo / pee-pee jokes
the world's against us but we were the best!
terrible guest after terrible guest

I bailed long ago. Podcasting is still a thing, in fact it's bigger than ever, but all the good content has exposed H+F for being shallow, repetitive and juvenile.

July 13, 2015 @ 8:10 PM

Woudstra

I blame the PanAm games and global warming.

And consultants.

July 13, 2015 @ 8:26 PM

chris

Both Humble & Fred lost it overall many years ago.

Both should get CPP & retire.

July 13, 2015 @ 8:42 PM

4x4 Time

Do not listen to them, but when you get cancelled from that time slot, on CFRB, and based on this blog comments, does not look good for them.

July 13, 2015 @ 8:55 PM

Gordon

I still enjoy their podcasts and like to hear their personal stories, probably because I'm the same age as them. They are also good when they have a guest on.They don't often get an A listing guest but they do a good job with their guests. They have to decide if they are here for themselves or for the listeners. i.e. work a minimum of 5 days like everyone else otherwise take a long banger into retirement.

July 13, 2015 @ 9:09 PM

NW

Maybe CFRB can bring back Wayne Van Exan to do overnights again (if he still with us)?

July 13, 2015 @ 9:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I just got off the phone with Fred. He says Mike Bendixen did cancel the show, but they will still have Humble and Fred chatting up John Moore and guesting on other shows now and then.

July 13, 2015 @ 9:44 PM

POM

Too bad as this was a great way to listen for those people without satellite. More importantly will Phil still be able to afford a suite at the Super 8?

July 13, 2015 @ 10:20 PM

Yawn

As soon as CFRB tosses them out completely we can expect a rant against how the station has gone downhill. The only 50 something males I know who do long bangers live in the homeless shelter. Maybe they should approach Lucky lager for support.

July 13, 2015 @ 10:23 PM

Jabroni

@TorontoMike - what do you make of SHAPIRO on TSN1050 last week and so far this week? Personally I think he has done quite well and is a legitimate broadcaster. Interesting to hear his exchange with Landsberg today about the "other guy" http://www.tsn.ca/radio/toronto-1050/landsberg-shapiro-is-a-greasy-haired-backstabber-1.330619

July 14, 2015 @ 1:19 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Never listened to the CFRB show, podcast only, but not sure how many are listening at that time, other than Margaret. The bangers are confusing, and didn't realize they were off this week until Itunes downloaded the music of H&F. I still always listen as being in the same age group, find their content relevant to me. Truly have difficulty listening to the radio when I run out of podcasts.
By the way Mike, Ben Dixon

July 14, 2015 @ 7:11 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Effing blackberry, post button to close to comment line. Anyways Ben Dixon on the second round table Monday, have you an indirect back hand. They were commenting about the Niagara public servant ranting on his blog about his employer, and getting sacked. BenDixon was asked about) employees, and he said that their ex employees go on some crappy podcasts to air their complaints, suspect Amber Gero and maybe John downs was his point!

July 14, 2015 @ 7:16 AM

Jillian

It's their show and they can take as much time off as they want but I agree...stop talking about it.
I'm sure it's hard to fill 2 (almost) hours of talk content and I think Eileen does a great job finding interesting guests.

July 14, 2015 @ 7:22 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rick C in Oakville

Very interesting...

Mike Bendixen was definitely talking about my crappy podcast and the episode with Amber Gero. Here it is if anyone wants to hear what has him so agitated.

http://www.torontomike.com/2015/03/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_115.html

John Downs is scheduled for the next episode, episode 129.

July 14, 2015 @ 7:39 AM

Stewart

Looks like H&F may have been cancelled due to Art Bell's (AB) return - Midnight in the Desert?

Newstalk 1010 is listed on AB's website as a broadcasting radio station affiliate.

http://artbell.com/radio-stations/
Artbell.com - radio stations -
Toronto, ONT – CFRB 1010 AM

AB will broadcast at 12 EST for three hours - so 1010 would have to accommodate the extra hour.

July 14, 2015 @ 8:54 AM

Rick C in Oakville

By the way Mike crappy were his words, I enjoy your podcasts! ;)

July 14, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rick C in Oakville

Oh, I know you were quoting him. And it's possible he meant crappy in a good way...

July 14, 2015 @ 9:17 AM

Roger

Jillian is correct; its their show, so they can take off as much time as they want. But, yeah, stop talking about it. More importantly, they are clearly not committed to doing it regularly now after its gone on and on for 3+ years. Humble really wasn't committed from the beginning, lets be honest, its not that difficult to read between the lines. How can people not see that it isn't fresh anymore? Same guests, panel of woman over and over, etc. Seriously. Couldn't agree more with Mr. Anonymous. Good podcasting has exposed the H&F show for what it is. What is it? Not very good pee-poh! I remember the show where Fred went on about how Julie Adam, the saviour, was about to make a big announcement....and big things, i.e., carried on lots of Rogers stations, were about to happen. Really? What happened? Rogers clearly thought twice and made the right decision.

July 14, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Stumble & Dead

They are so lame.

July 14, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

Dan D.

I think the last podcast I listened to was one where Fred was talking about walking down an aisle in Walmart or Costco in sweatpants and crocs and how he just didn't give a shit (how he looked, what people thought, etc.). Well, that pretty much sums up his attitude about everything. What he doesn't seem to understand is that attitude becomes perception and reflects upon the quality, or lack thereof, of the show. There is no interest, zero, in him wanting to improve it. Well, evidently, there are a few radio programmers in his past that "didn't give a shit either"!

July 14, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

In the interest of fairness, it should be noted that "Dan D." and "Stumble & Dead" are the same commenter.

Please, if you're going to comment multiple times, use the same handle each time.

July 14, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Hector

I was a big fan, but found the podcasts stale and predictable lately. Maybe this will shake it up a bit.

July 14, 2015 @ 4:08 PM

fourteen

Why was "Not Dan D"'s comment removed?

July 15, 2015 @ 9:03 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@fourteen

Because I removed it. It wasn't fair to Fred.

July 15, 2015 @ 9:49 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Midnight in the Desert with Art Bell is now airing midnights on 1010.

July 15, 2015 @ 10:21 AM

Anonymous

I'm glad the show was cancelled. It was awful. Stupid. Bad..

July 15, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

fourteen

TO Mike: you are concerned about comments about Fred? Well. . . it is your blog, so, okay. I guess.

July 15, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@fourteen

Like I said, it wasn't fair. If an anonymous commenter wants to smear shit on my friend unfairly, I'm not about to host it.

July 15, 2015 @ 6:14 PM

Brian

It's refreshing to hear a Mod talk about their stake in a topic and pull a comment to protect their friend. I'd rather hear that honesty then not. Kudos for your honesty Mike. Humble and Fred will be fine. They have more listeners on Sirius XM and the Podcast anyway..


Why doesn't anyone call this a "SiriusXm" show and only just a podcast? Anyone can do a podcast, its next to impossible to get a show on Sirius.

July 15, 2015 @ 6:47 PM

Tron

@Rich, I heard the Mike Ben Dixon comments on Monday also. I literally shouted "Oh no he didn't!!!!"

BTW what's with all the Sun news castoffs finding a home at CFRB. I mean CFRB is part of Bell which is part of the horrible "media party" who conspiring against the truth.

Speaking of Bell and conspiracy. Art Bell on CFRB going against Noory on 640. It's time for me to invest in tinfoil in the big city

As for H&F. I didn't hate it. I just didn't feel the need to invest my time on it as many times the topics just didn't interest me. It seems like every other time I tune in they were talking about somebody in some sort of sex work. I don't think I'm a prude but I never really got the appeal of sex on radio lol.

July 15, 2015 @ 6:52 PM

Duran Duran

The Mod defends Fred because without that connection he would be interviewing his son on his podcast, not broadcasters. Take a look at the Mod, he is a 50-something part of that old boys club. As for SiriusXM it's not a paying gig it's only about promotion. There was likely more people listening on CFRB than on SiriusXM. Of course you won't hear anything about listener numbers from any of them. The Mod never cared about Fred's caustic, nasty comments.

July 15, 2015 @ 8:58 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Duran Duran

Humble and Fred have never sent over a single guest to my podcast. Not one.

Every single guest, from Strombo to Matt Galloway to John Downs came over because I connected and invited them. Humble and Fred have absolutely nothing to do with it.

In fact, I've had many guests who have never appeared on the Humble and Fred Show, from Roger Ashby and Jonathan Torrens to Mike Stafford and Elliotte Friedman.

And my son has refused my many invitations to appear on my podcast. I'd love to have him on.

And finally, the fact you think I'm a "50-something part of that old boy's club" tells everyone how well you know me. Take your hate to another site, please.

July 15, 2015 @ 9:20 PM

Liz

@Duran Duran

Hey genius, if you're going to take the time to weigh in, it might make sense to get your facts straight. Seems as though your issue is with Humble & Fred, and not with Mike. So what's the point of shitting on Mike?

I laughed when I read you think Mike is part of the old boy's club - and 50- something. Super funny. Any chance at credibility goes right into the shitter with that.

Get some therapy to work out your anger.

July 15, 2015 @ 9:54 PM

Hungry Like The Wolf

Sure Mod, it was your friendship with Fred that opened the door for you to get broadcasters on your podcast. If there was no Fred the only people you would be interviewing was your son or your wife. You certainly look 50-something but congratulations on the weight loss.

July 15, 2015 @ 10:10 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Just a couple of 50-something dudes hanging out.

July 15, 2015 @ 10:13 PM

S.A.L.

Wow... so much hate & negative energy on this post... It’s a shame as it it is apparent that many of your lives must really suck to hate something or someone so much. 



Sure they are not everyone’s cup of tea & that’s fine... that’s one of the things I like about them. It is a variety show & they are radio personas per say (somewhat exaggerated profiles of themselves) but there appears that there is allot of themselves genuinely shared in that almost 2 hour period.



I also like how they include their audience in the show which makes it feel like a community of likeminded silly souls who want to make their world better by having a good laugh each day. The world needs some more of that.. at least mine does! :-)



For the most part I really enjoy their show.. it’s like listening in on some friends hanging out & just shooting the shit. 



Yes for me I tend to find that I don't really connect with the Pooh talk too much & at times it seems excessive. (I’m not sure.. but I may not fit their core demo in that regard..). I think they don’t actually need it & hold their own in discussing the topics they chose to talk about with it. 



One thing I have noticed that I have been meaning to write in about is that I wonder if the potty stuff should be included as much as it has been during a guest segment. 



Sometimes I sense a uncomfortable vibe from the guest & when I put my marketing hat on I think that they limit the opportunity for the guest to use the segment further as a promotional piece. There are some great genuine chats that you don't get in traditional media & they could be shared/used more by the guests I’m thinking.



They may not share with family/friends/social media or as part of their own marketing portfolio because of the language or topics peppered throughout the segment.



It also limits the lads opportunity to use themselves for traditional content (such as 1010) etc. I know Fred has wondered out-loud on the show about the language several times this past year.. as well as “the Banger” days. 



I don't care about the days off or talking about.. it’s the summertime & many occupations slow down so that people can actually fit some living in this crazy world. Thats what summer has always been about for me anyways.



I don't begrudge them for having the opportunity for that perk nor them joking around about it as part of the show... & nether should you if your a true fan. (you should be happy for them.. no?)

Let’s be real here... nobodies paying them money directly for this content (not the fans nor the stations)... this is a lifestyle choice for them as they have apparently turned down regular radio jobs.



It is a shame that they have lost this portal in traditional radio... & hopefully the feedback shared here is a small sample of listeners or hate stalkers & it doesn’t spill over to the Sirius platform.


Mike.. are they still on the Peterbough sports radio station? I haven’t heard them mention it in a while.



I wish them continued success (whatever they deem as success) & hope some of you get a banger or too to enjoy the summer real soon... sounds like you really need it.... ;-)



Please share it here on a open Mike & I will be happy for you too!!

July 16, 2015 @ 12:23 AM

Too bsd so sad

I'm glad H+F is of 1010. Their show got tired so quickly. The same things all the time. Uninteresting stories and commentary... Seriously. They really tried to be a Howard Stern or an Opie/Anthony but just didn't work.
They had the the Toronto Batman on as a guest, and you could tell the guy thought it was lame...Abd Humble jerky asking questions about "so, you get a lot of action with the ladies, right? right? Huh? Tell me!"
Just dumb.
Good bye.
Good luck.
Good riddance.

July 16, 2015 @ 1:34 AM

Sarah

Last thing about H & F.

The only thing I didn't like was them kissing up to their guests.

When they had Erica Ehm on, they tried to apologize to some of the jokes they made about her (the best was: "Did you hear Erica Ehm died last night? She tried to walk and chew gum at the same time!).

Erica was awful when she started and a lot of people in the media called her out on her inexperience and mistakes.

So when H & F tried to apologize, she tried to rewrite history and said nothing ever happened!!

They were professional and let it go, but it would have been an excellent topic to explore and discuss with her.

They'll bounce back, they have their core of fans.

July 16, 2015 @ 8:18 AM

markosaar

@Roger,

Podcasting is bigger than ever, thanks to This American Life's Serial (an real-life investigation into a 1999 Baltimore murder, with the possibility that the man jailed for it was innocent). People found it gripping, and it drew all sorts of people who'd never heard of podcasting before to the format.

Re: Humble & Fred,

I listened to their podcast from the beginning, mostly out of fondness and nostalgia for 90s 102.1, and quit when they went on vacation last August. Bragging about the vacation was a big part of it for me. But also I really just didn't relate too well any longer. This is no insult to them, but they're well into the next age-bracket, having totally different lives and concerns. Finally, I just didn't have the same kind of commute that allowed for that much regular content.

July 16, 2015 @ 8:29 AM

elvis

As Mike's sometimes co-host, I can validate Mike's claims here as fact. His podcast is entirely his and he is both the on-air talent, board operation and producer. He's also not 50.

July 16, 2015 @ 9:11 AM

Stewart

If anyone replaces H&F on 1010 then couldn't be any better than Art Bell, who is an incredible talk show host - independent of the topic.

Though, still a shame they are cancelled ( on 1010 ), though I'd rather listen to the podcast than the tamed radio version. Having listened to HF podcast since the beginning, I still find it fun. Sure, they have a formula - and do repeat certain material on their live shows - but who doesn't? The fact that they reveal small parts of their personal life makes them more engaging than others.

Only another week and a half until they return!

July 16, 2015 @ 9:42 AM

Argie

@Mike/MOD
You do look closer to 50 than 40 : )

July 16, 2015 @ 9:51 AM

Hector

What/Who is MoD?

I am looking forward to the new Art Bell show.

July 16, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Hector

Mod is short for moderator, a name applied to me from the disgruntled former employee of Fred Patterson at The Wolf in Peterborough.

July 16, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

g121

last night i listened to TorontoMike's Humble&Fred podcast#100. this podcast aptly demonstrates the good and the bad of H&F. they can be engaging, articulate, enthusiastic & funny. BUT Humble can't help but revert to moronic sex\dick\boob\poop humour.

on the newstalk 1010 version of their show, the same dichotomy was present. they could entertain with amusing real-life stories and they could do engaging interviews but all too often they (almost always humble) would get lazy, not prepare enough topics for a show & resort to moronic sex\dick\boob\poop filler. how many times have we heard parts of show get delayed or cancelled solely because howard spent way too long with one of his moronic bits. it's a shame as eileen is genuinely witty, phil is uniquely entertaining, fred is humourous & decent .. if howard would tone down his moronic side and actually listen & pay attention to others on the show they'd have a much more compelling product.

cheers from toronto ..

July 17, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

Hector

@g121

Agreed. I always thought the same thing. When Howard tones it down, he can be very engaging and interesting to listen to. I have always liked Fred. He seems to blend humour and serious topics in a lot smoother and palatable way.

July 17, 2015 @ 4:04 PM

Anonymous

Where is this podcast #100?

July 17, 2015 @ 4:07 PM


Anominous

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

The tree in this case is the Humble and Fred show in the 12:00 - 2:00 am time slot. This is beyond irrelevant.

July 17, 2015 @ 9:57 PM

Steve

And nothing of value was lost.

July 20, 2015 @ 4:18 PM

Sorry HF

Okay some comments about H&F. Not sure if any are contributing to 1010 pulling the plug.

1. Too many bangers and rubbing noses in it.
2. Too much talking about CFNY or The Edge being the best radio station. It wasn't and CFRB would dispute it.
3. Too much Eileen trying to be funny. If the bit does not get a response the first time, she tries again. It wasn't funny - give it up.
4. Making Phil into a character that he is not. Leave him as is.
5. Panel of Women? Really? An overweight madam who just giggles is not a panel of Women. Loose this feature.
6. Panel of men. Boring self-promotion hounds. Not sure how they got there.
7. What is with the constantly increasing frequency of both H and F inhaling by through their teeth? It is annoying.
8. Musical guests that no one has heard of.
9. No more of Howard's kids. Nepotism is not allowed.
10. If I was a sponsor, I would want my sports to be read seriously. Not looking like Fit for life.
11. Howard, we don't care about your golf aspirations or the fact you are a member of a private course. I like to play too but not as seriously as you - it's for fun.

I am sure there are more, but that is all o have time for.

July 20, 2015 @ 8:04 PM

Teslafreak43

Art Bell is on there from midnight to 3am starting tonight

July 20, 2015 @ 8:21 PM

Rhonnie

I personally liked the H&F 2hrs at midnight..they were different and that's what I liked. To put Art Bell in that space is laughable...I didn't like him on 640 and don't like him on 1010 either.. 1010 doesn't need 640 throw offs....

July 21, 2015 @ 3:04 AM

Consultant

Basic rule of radio. You know you're really onto something good when even your most vicious detractors know absolutely everything about your show. It's amazing the misery so many on this thread are putting themselves through.

July 21, 2015 @ 9:38 AM

Not a Doctor

I used to listen but got tired of Humble hitting on every woman guest. Every single one, no exceptions. He hits on the lesbians, he hits on the elderly, he hits on the married.

I recommend a cold shower prior to each show.

July 21, 2015 @ 2:09 PM

former 100%er

As a long time listener of H&F and former 100%'er I do have to agree with some of the comments posted. Lately I have been picking and choosing the podcasts and avoiding ones, eg. comedians, musical guests I have never heard of; infomercial type episodes eg Churchill cellars; panel of women (sorry but a woman that runs a rub and tug place is not representative of the opinion of women that I would be associated with or interested in); and constant repeat of the same guests.

The show has gone stale, resorts to the lowest level of fart/dick/poop/sex jokes ad nauseam to carry it through, the constant bantering of terrestrial radio (I am sure 'RB did not like hearing that all the time, and when was the last radio station that vanished from the airwaves because no one is listening to the radio these days?). The show lately seems to be mailed/phoned in and really needs a major overhaul to tightened it up, get some meaningful guests and lay off the crude sex innuendos. Given H&F age's, the age of their audience and the type of station that they broadcasting on, it does not take a rocket scientist to determine that this was a big miss. I listened mainly to the podcasts, however the odd time I caught them on "RB and listening with bleeps several times a minute becomes annoying, also given the conservative nature of that station I am sure their have been many complaints about the crudeness phoned in. One can be funny, entertaining, witty and smart without having to rely on the lowest common denominator. Listening how Phil goes "downtown" over and over and over gets tiresome.

For the first two years H&F had an array of interesting guests, from local business men - successful retailers, politicians, hockey heros, famous people, celebrities, you name it, everyday was different and a surprise. There were some truly awesome shows - John Tory, Paul Henderson, Frank Sinatra Jr, Anne Murray for example. I think that ever since they moved into that early morning slot (because of Sirius?) it voided them of getting tier-1 guests - who wants to travel in rush hour to go to Etobicoke to get on their show? Perhaps they should interview guests at more convenient times of the day and insert into the show.

Instead of gloating of the "bangers" (never heard that term before) they should have mixed it up with having a split shift, ie Humble on his own and Fred on his own each having special guest co-hosts. While everyone deserves a vacation, no company allows their complete department to vacate all at the same. Both are capable of singly hosting the show and don't go on vacation together anyways. It is quite ironic that all this happened while no one was minding the store.
Maybe this will be a wakeup call for them, fix their show, tighten it up, take out bits that are tiresome, re-invent themselves, stop making Phil a character etc. Phil and Eileen are talented, smart and funny on their own, don't try to over-create a persona for them.

I know they hate consultants but perhaps the "consultants" on this forum know a thing or two. A successful company is one that is always reinventing themselves, they never stick to the same old- same old formula (unless you are WD-40). A major renovation/overhaul is needed, both have the talent, it depends on what they want to do with it, unfortunately a golden opportunity is gone first with Rogers radio and now with CFRB which gave them exposure beyond the 'net.

July 22, 2015 @ 12:18 AM

Former listener

Its quite clear from reading the entire thread from top to bottom, by far the majority of comments are not pro H&F. Like BBM (Numeris), this is a "survey", albeit not statistically valid. But it is their listeners in most cases, or at least those who have listened. The listeners have spoken. It is dull, stale and time to move on. Only H&F don't seem to get it. The commentary above is quite telling (and accurate!). But H&F have never been very good at listening to constructive criticism. You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.

July 22, 2015 @ 9:20 AM

bovee

I much prefer Humble and Fred's style of wacky humor and Phil 'father/brother of the house' role to Art Bell's nonsense conspiracy theories and ridiculous alien abductions. Good riddance 1010. I will hold this against you.

July 22, 2015 @ 9:50 PM

Roger

Sorry to hear H&F were gone from CFRB. I'm a shift-worker, and only got to listen to them every now and then (one week every 6 or 7 weeks). Perhaps that explains why I didn't think they were tired and stale.

I'm really sorry to hear that Art Bell is polluting the airwaves again...time to change 'RB's moniker to Nonsense 1010 .

July 25, 2015 @ 4:52 PM

Former listener

One reason I posted a comment on here was to see how H&F would respond. Because as I've said, they don't take to constructive criticism very well. We are all "haters" because we tell them to move on from the pee pee poo poo. First show back, yesterday the 27th, they are barely into it, and the pee pee poo poo starts - even Fred acknowledged this point. In any case, here's the point; Humble says, "I don't know if I have the energy to get into it...yet, 30+ minutes later, he (& Fred) are still going on about the comments here. You know darn well it (the comments here) gets to them. And at the end of 30+ minutes, they sum it up by saying, "Fuck off haters"! That sums it up. Fred says, "Independent research....we've got quite a following.". Having "quite a following" doesn't mean the show is any good! What happened to Lady Friend? Looks like one of Humble's predictions from two years ago came true. Has she run off with a much younger guy more her own age? LOL. It's just a "bit" Howard, just a bit.

July 28, 2015 @ 9:47 AM

Anonymous

@torontomike Since we're on the topic of cancelled 1010 shows and fired hosts, do you have any idea why they got rid of John Downs?

July 30, 2015 @ 10:52 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Anonymous

I actually had a lengthy chat about this with John Downs just a couple of weeks ago. I asked him straight out why he was fired from AM640 and Newstalk 1010. He was very honest. Listen here: http://www.torontomike.com/2015/07/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_129.html

July 31, 2015 @ 8:14 AM

markosaar

Don't know if anyone is still following this post, but I ran out of podcasts and audiobooks on my phone, so I decided to grab the 7/27 "return" episode. First one I've listened to in almost a year.

I was laughing right away, grinning like an idiot while walking home in the rain. Still enjoy Eileen's quick wit. The content with Rita Carrey was great and a perspective of fame I've never heard before.

@Former Listener,

Sure they spent up to 30 minutes addressing the comments here -- sure they were "going on about them", but they were apologetic and explaining themselves on points like 'the bangers'. I agree, I have heard them get annoyed by criticism before, but this didn't really strike me the same way.

And yes, they did eventually say/sing "Fuck off haters!" ... it was a 30 second bit after 30 minutes of serious discussion and genuflection. That's ... what they do.

Anyway, I thought the episode was pretty good overall. I still don't have the time to listen regularly, but I'll make a point of keeping an eye/ear out for episodes that may interest me specifically. Downloaded 8/6 "Pornography Hurts" too because they title alone sounded interesting.

One weird thing, I can honestly say I regularly eat Fit For Life solely because of advertising on H+F. Wouldn't have bothered otherwise, but there's a location across the street from me, and it's fantastic for $5.

August 10, 2015 @ 5:35 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Markosaar: The Rita Carey episode showed how H&F's interviewing skills turned what I thought was going to be a time waster into a really great interview. It helped that she was a good sport and answered the questions about Jim spreading the wealth, which no other interviewers would ever dare to ask. Sometimes you just don't need the A list guest to make it interesting for the listeners.

August 10, 2015 @ 10:24 PM

Bubba Boo-Eee

Jeebus people, it's not about hating H&F, it's just about seeing the writing on the wall and speaking the honest truth.
I hope that Eileen Ross and Phil Hong move onto bigger and better things and that we see their careers soar post H&F apocalypse.

This previous post pretty much sums it up for me:

"I used to listen, but every episode is:
fart / poo / pee-pee jokes
the world's against us but we were the best!
terrible guest after terrible guest
(Just scroll down the H&F playlist: same freakin' "Guests" (people who are still friends with HHG) over and over and over!!)
I bailed long ago ... all the good content has exposed H+F for being shallow, repetitive and juvenile."

August 19, 2015 @ 4:11 AM

Landis

It serves them right for picking on phil...it got old really quick....

August 28, 2015 @ 8:24 PM

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