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Freddie P - Snow Removal Machine

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It's hard to believe this parody of The Cult's "Love Removal Machine" is over twenty years old.

I'm sharing this old CFNY nugget as part of a Holiday three-pack. Two more MP3s are on the way...

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Humble and Fred's First Ever Network Cable Special

musicI recently wrote about the Humble and Fred network cable special that aired on Rogers 10 back in 1993. Thanks to Ryan at Rogers 10, I now have in my possession the opening for "Humble and Fred's First Ever Network Cable Special".

It's got some great footage of the old CFNY studio and a very young Humble Howard, Fred Patterson and Dan Duran. Fans of the old Humble and Fred morning show and CFNY alike will want to check this out.

Nice ponytail, Humble! Nice moustache, Fred!

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Humble and Fred's Dance Party on Retro Rewind

tvRogers TV Toronto (channel 10) is producing a series called "Retro Rewind" featuring some of the classic, and not so classic, moments from the community channel's history.

Tomorrow night's episode features Humble and Fred when they did a cable show called "Humble and Fred's Dance Party" around '91 1993. It mocked City-TV's popular Electric Circus and Humble and Fred had a bunch of people dancing badly to The Tragically Hip's "Courage".

It airs tomorrow at 9pm on good ol' Rogers TV. Here's a taste of the good stuff.

Does anyone out there remember Humble and Fred's Dance Party?

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"No Interest" in Returning to Edge 102 Following Death of Martin Streek - Strombo

RadioMartin Streek took his own life in July. The last time I saw Martin, he was chumming around with his pal George Stroumboulopoulos at the Casby Awards. Here's a clip of them that night.

The first Sunday following Martin Streek's death, I tuned in 102.1 the Edge to hear The Strombo Show. I was hoping for a tribute of some kind. When 102.1 the Edge didn't air The Strombo Show and didn't utter Stroumboulopoulos's name, I asked aloud whether Strombo had quit Corus. I put on my detective badge and started to follow the clues.

Last Sunday, I noted that CFNY did not air the first Strombo Show following Martin Streek's death. I was speculating that perhaps Strombo, a good friend and fan of Martin, made this happen. His show did air on other Corus stations. I'm a big Strombo fan, and I was interested in his tribute to Streek. For my money, nobody could impart their passion for good music the way Streek and Strombo could.

In a new interview with CHARTattack to promote his new CBC Radio 2 show, Strombo has admitted that Streek's death played a role in his decision to leave Corus. Here's an except:

And to be honest, after [friend and colleague] Martin Streek died I had no interest in going back on The Edge [in Toronto]. So Corus was not the best place for me to be.

Radio may well be a business, where people are hired and fired all the time, but that doesn't mean it has to be entirely void of integrity. Strombo made a business decision with his heart, refusing to be a part of the machine that fired his friend after 20+ years of passionate service – his friend who literally had the station's call letters tattooed on his ass and remained one of the last links to the days at CFNY when spirit mattered. George took a stand and I admire the shit out of that.

Well done, George. Thanks for proving me right.

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Streets of Ontario, Chalk Circle Love and More Nick Charles on CFNY

radioI like this vintage CFNY Spirit of Radio clip because it opens with a great deal of Chalk Circle love. Chalk Circle, celebrated in this clip for winning a CASBY in 1985, was the first band I ever saw live.

This Nick Charles clip closes with a promo for Streets of Ontario, a show that aired on CFNY every Sunday afternoon between 4 and 5. Streets of Ontario previewed "some of the best of the non-recording-big-time tours and all massive things like that but right down to earth independent releases".

If you're now hankering for more Chalk Circle, I've got your "April Fool" right here.

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102.1 The Edge's Top 200 of All Time Ignores Decades Prior to 1990s

radioI finally mustered up the courage to check out CFNY / 102.1 The Edge's "Top 200 Songs of All Time". This is the list they played last weekend.

I immediately noticed the complete absence of new rock pioneer bands like The Clash, The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure and New Order. Until very recently, these bands were still receiving plenty of airplay on CFNY, and only ten years ago The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" ranked #2 on their "Top 1002 Songs of All Time" list.

In a mere ten years, that which CFNY deems to be "the top songs of all time" has changed quite a bit, and not for the better. In addition to The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?", other songs that cracked their top 10 on New Year's Eve in 1999 but failed to crack their top 200 this past Thanksgiving weekend are "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2, "New Orleans is Sinking" by The Tragically Hip, "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, and "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. 50% of what was Top 10 a mere decade ago is no longer deemed list-worthy.

It seems that "all time" now actually means "the past twenty years". There are only four songs on this list released before the 1990s: "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in 1983, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" in 1986, "With or Without You" in 1987 and "Blow At High Dough" in 1989.

Here's CFNY / 102.1 The Edge's "Top 200 Songs of All Time", as aired last weekend. And before you leave a comment telling me this list was chosen by Edge listeners, read about how the station chose the songs and simply had voters choose the order.


1 - Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
2 - Oasis - Wonderwall
3 - Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
4 - Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
5 - Nine Inch Nails - Closer
6 - Offspring - Self Esteem
7 - Sublime - What I Got
8 - Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
9 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
10 - Green Day - When I Come Around
11 - Nirvana - Come As You Are
12 - Radiohead - Creep
13 - Billy Talent - Try Honesty
14 - Beck - Loser
15 - Killers - Somebody Told Me
16 - Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
17 - Sublime - Santeria
18 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
19 - Tragically Hip - Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
20 - Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
21 - Nirvana - All Apologies
22 - Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
23 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
24 - Green Day - Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)
25 - Our Lady Peace - Starseed
26 - Nirvana - Lithium
27 - White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
28 - Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves
29 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
30 - Nirvana - In Bloom
31 - Pearl Jam - Jeremy
32 - Foo Fighters - My Hero
33 - Tragically Hip - Poets
34 - Sum 41 - Fat Lip
35 - Linkin Park - Given Up
36 - Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
37 - Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become
38 - Weezer - Say It Ain't So
39 - Our Lady Peace - One Man Army
40 - Green Day - Brain Stew
41 - Foo Fighters - Everlong
42 - Pearl Jam - Even Flow
43 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
44 - Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
45 - Blur - Song 2
46 - Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
47 - Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
48 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
49 - Weezer - Beverly Hills
50 - Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
51 - Green Day - Basketcase
52 - Foo Fighters - Best Of You
53 - Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
54 - Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
55 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
56 - Our Lady Peace - Naveed
57 - Smashing Pumpkins - Today
58 - Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
59 - Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
60 - Finger Eleven - One Thing
61 - Foo Fighters - The Pretender
62 - Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
63 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze
64 - Tragically Hip - Courage
65 - Green Day - Longview
66 - White Stripes - Icky Thump
67 - Offspring - Hammerhead
68 - Pearl Jam - Alive
69 - Blind Melon - No Rain
70 - Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
71 - Alice In Chains - Man In The Box
72 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World
73 - Green Day - American Idiot
74 - Modest Mouse - Float On
75 - Killers - Mr. Brightside
76 - Sum 41 - Still Waiting
77 - Rise Against - The Good Left Undone
78 - Tragically Hip - Looking For A Place To Happen
79 - Offspring - Come Out And Play
80 - Coldplay - Violet Hill
81 - Rise Against - Ready To Fall
82 - Linkin Park - In The End
83 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
84 - Green Day - Holiday
85 - Billy Talent - The River Below
86 - Weezer - Buddy Holly
87 - Killers - All These Things That I've Done
88 - Bush - Glycerine
89 - Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
90 - Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission Cap
91 - Pearl Jam - Better Man
92 - Three Days Grace - Just Like You
93 - Oasis - Champagne Supernova
94 - Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
95 - Rise Against - Prayer Of The Refugee
96 - Tool - The Pot
97 - Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds
98 - Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)
99 - Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
100 - Coldplay - Speed Of Sound
101 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
102 - Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
103 - Pearl Jam - Black
104 - Blink-182 - All The Small Things
105 - Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
106 - Pearl Jam - Daughter
107 - Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
108 - Finger Eleven - Good Times
109 - Bush - Comedown
110 - Radiohead - Karma Police
111 - Tragically Hip - Grace, Too
112 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
113 - Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
114 - Beastie Boys - Sabotage
115 - Sum 41 - In Too Deep
116 - Everlast - What It's Like
117 - Coldplay - Clocks
118 - Three Days Grace - Pain
119 - Bush - Machinehead
120 - Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up
121 - House Of Pain - Jump Around
122 - Tragically Hip - Nautical Disaster
123 - Linkin Park - Numb
124 - K-OS - Crabbuckit
125 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
126 - Big Wreck - The Oaf
127 - Social Distortion - Far Behind
128 - Sam Roberts - Brother Down
129 - Nirvana - Rape Me
130 - Sloan - Money City Maniacs
131 - Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days
132 - Tea Party - Temptation
133 - Nirvana - About A Girl
134 - Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World
135 - Alice In Chains - Would?
136 - Sum 41 - Hell Song
137 - Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
138 - Arcade Fire - Rebellion
139 - Incubus - Pardon Me
140 - Nickelback - How Your Remind Me
141 - U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
142 - Finger Eleven - First Time
143 - Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
144 - Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)
145 - Incubus - Drive
146 - Big Wreck - That Song
147 - Metallica - Enter Sandman
148 - Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
149 - Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
150 - I Mother Earth - One More Astronaut
151 - Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
152 - Sam Roberts - Where Have All The Good People Gone
153 - Weezer - Perfect Situation
154 - Matthew Good Band - Hello Time Bomb
155 - Audioslave - Like A Stone
156 - Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
157 - U2 - Beautiful Day
158 - Coldplay - Yellow
159 - Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
160 - Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want
161 - Sam Roberts - Don't Walk Away Eileen
162 - Metallica - The Unforgiven
163 - Tragically Hip - 700 Ft. Ceiling
164 - Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
165 - Matthew Good Band - Everything Is Automatic
166 - Green Day - Welcome To Paradise
167 - Sloan - The Good In Everyone
168 - Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
169 - I Mother Earth - Used To Be Alright
170 - Bif Naked - I Love Myself Today
171 - Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot
172 - Big Wreck - Blown Wide Open
173 - Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
174 - Billy Talent - The Ex
175 - City And Colour - Save Your Scissors
176 - Offspring - Gone Away
177 - Nirvana - Polly
178 - Econoline Crush - All That You Are
179 - Soundgarden - Spoonman
180 - U2 - With Or Without You
181 - Headstones - Cubically Contained
182 - Sloan - Coax Me
183 - Alice In Chains - Rooster
184 - R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
185 - Billy Talent - Red Flag
186 - Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
187 - Gob - I Hear You Calling
188 - Faith No More - Epic
189 - Doughboys - Shine
190 - Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
191 - Sam Roberts - Them Kids
192 - Sloan - Underwhelmed
193 - Killers - When You Were Young
194 - Headstones - Smile and Wave
195 - Tea Party - Heaven Coming Down
196 - Foo Fighters - Times LIke These
197 - Billy Talent - Surrender
198 - I Mother Earth - Another Sunday
199 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
200 - Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

If it seems like I'm beating a dead horse, it's because I am. Hey, it's my blog, and if I want to beat dead horses, I will.

Here's some more dead horse beatings worth reading again:

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Strombo Show Now On CBC Radio 2

radioThe Strombo Show is now on CBC Radio 2. George Stroumboulopoulos will get four hours every Sunday night starting November 8th.

Bear with me as I pat myself on the back for calling this back on July 12.

I've got CFNY on the radio, trying to listen to Strombo to hear what he'd say about Martin, but I'm not hearing The Strombo Show. I'm hearing a guy named Jeff Leake playing the typical music 102.1 plays these days, and there's no mention of George Stroumboulopoulos or The Strombo Show. The "S" word hasn't been uttered once.

Did Strombo quit Corus?

One week later, there was more evidence that Strombo and Corus had split ways. By the end of the month, I was calling the death of The Strombo Show on Corus, including 102.1 the Edge / CFNY. Then, I got the call.

George Stroumboulopoulos called my Blackberry and we discussed his ideas for an "independent FM". It was clear from our convo that The Strombo Show was going to resurface somewhere. I think CBC Radio 2 is an ideal home for the show and I can't wait to check it out.

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102.1 The Edge Top 200 Of All Time Countdown Voting Rigged

radioRemember Labour Day weekend when 102.1 the Edge counted down the Top 200 songs of the 90's? In this neck of the woods, we had plenty of issues with how they came up with those 200 songs. I ended up posting the list I thought CFNY / 102.1 the Edge should have come up with.

102.1 the Edge is at it again, putting together the Top 200 songs of all-time. Once again they're letting fans vote, but there's a not-so-small detail you should know. Here's @mondoville tweeting about it.


That's right, 102.1 the Edge actually lists 200 songs and let's you vote for your favourites. AT the very, very end, there's an option called "other" with a small text field beside it. If you want to vote outside their top 200, you can submit one song at a time. In other words, they've picked the top 200 and are just looking for the final order.


I'm just fascinated they've deemed Oasis' "Live Forever" worthy of Top 200 of all-time recognition, when it wasn't worthy of Top 200 of the 90s recognition.

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DBS Spencer the Cripple Segment Violates Code of Ethics

swearsThe Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 The Edge / CFNY is in a little trouble. Here's the latest on their code violation.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council today released its decision concerning a segment entitled “Spencer the Cripple” on the Dean Blundell Show on CFNY-FM (102.1 The Edge, Toronto). A listener complained that the segment was offensive and degrading towards persons with disabilities. The CBSC found the broadcast in violation of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.

The Dean Blundell Show is The Edge’s morning show, which features the news, weather, music, humorous banter among the three hosts, and, occasionally, in-studio guests. One recurring guest was Spencer Miller, a man with cerebral palsy who referred to himself as “Spencer the Cripple” and appeared on the program to speak frankly about life with a disability. The CBSC received a complaint about the January 5, 2009 segment. Blundell and his co-hosts asked Miller about his personal hygiene habits and stated that they did not believe Miller when he insisted that he is able to wipe himself after using the bathroom. They also discussed Miller’s sex life, suggesting that Miller is not an active participant in such acts and that his “assistant” has to lie him down first and wipe him off after. At one point, one of the hosts even imitated what he believed a disabled person would sound like while performing oral sex.

The CBSC Ontario Regional Panel examined the complaint under clauses of the CAB Equitable Portrayal Code relating to abusive comment, stereotyping, stigmatization and victimization, and degradation, as well as the Human Rights Clause of the CAB Code of Ethics. The Panel concluded that the segment violated all of those clauses because the hosts

- unrelentingly made Miller the target of jokes and mockery. The routine based on the wheelchair-bound Miller’s ability to wipe himself was not merely in bad taste (that being an issue for the listener’s on-off switch), but it was also a form of victimization and stereotyping. One of the unnecessary and utterly inappropriate examples was host Blundell’s accusation: “I don’t think you can wipe your own bum. Admit it!” A cruel, harsh, finger-pointing differentiation for what is for most adults a basic (if generally undiscussed) activity. [...] All in all, the Panel finds that the hosts’ comments in the areas of personal hygiene and sexual performance inappropriately portrayed Spencer Miller, as a result of his disability, as helpless and incapable. It also finds that their comments in these areas were reproachful, insulting and condemnatory

- There were numerous examples of laughter and tonally inappropriate comments at Spencer Miller’s expense. In one example that the Panel found particularly shocking, Shapiro even made a mocking sound of a vocally-challenged person, which of course had no relevance whatsoever to Miller’s physical affliction, unless one were making the assumption that all persons with a disability could be put in the same container, as in “seen one, seen them all.”

The Panel also considered that some of the comments made during the discussion about Miller’s sexual activities were too explicit for the time of day at which they were broadcast. CFNY-FM, therefore, also violated Clause 9(b) (Radio Broadcasting) of the CAB Code of Ethics.

Does anyone know what happens when you violate Clause 9(b) (Radio Broadcasting) of the CAB Code of Ethics?

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Live Earl Jive Audio From the Spirit of Radio #cfny

radioI got a tweet from @genday telling me the Spirit of the Edge on Sunday nights is out on Edge 102 / CFNY. LoriAnn's Facebook page confirms it. Spirit of the Edge live to air from Velvet Underground was really one of the last throwbacks to the days of the Spirit, but now that weekly reminder is being cut from the schedule.

Speaking of the Spirit of Radio, Live Earl Jive was on the air there on and off from 1981 until 1991. I've got some great old audio of him to take you back.

It's The Live Earl Jive hosting Thursday Night Live, a program where CFNY used to air recorded concerts. This promo mentions Men Without Hats, the Stranglers, Stray Cats and Simple Minds.

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