Edge 102 ~ CFNY
Over the Labour Day long weekend, 102.1 the Edge counted down the Top 200 songs of the 90's.
Here's their list. Actually, they're claiming this list was compiled from listener votes. It's a pretty good top 10, actually, but I am surprised we got three Nirvana songs and Pearl Jam doesn't appear until 22. Then again, Alice in Chains doesn't debut until 75. Go figure.
1 - 1991 - Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
2 - 1992 - Nirvana - Come As You Are
3 - 1996 - Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
4 - 1997 - Blur - Song 2
5 - 1994 - The Offspring - Self Esteem
6 - 1996 - Sublime - What I Got
7 - 1991 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
8 - 1992 - Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
9 - 1993 - Nirvana - All Apologies
10 - 1990 - The Tragically Hip - New Orleans is Sinking
11 - 1996 - Sublime - Santeria
12 - 1994 - Beck - Loser
13 - 1994 - Green Day - When I Come Around
14 - 1995 - Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with Butterfly Wings
15 - 1994 - Nine Inch Nails - Closer
16 - 1996 - Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
17 - 1991 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it Away
18 - 1993 - Radiohead - Creep
19 - 1994 - Green Day - Basket Case
20 - 1992 - Nirvana - Lithium
21 - 1996 - The Tragically Hip - Ahead by a Century
22 - 1992 - Pearl Jam - Jeremy
23 - 1999 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
24 - 1993 - Nirvana - Heart - Shaped Box
25 - 1995 - Green Day - Brain Stew
26 - 1995 - Our Lady Peace - Starseed
27 - 1995 - Oasis - Wonderwall
28 - 1999 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around the World
29 - 1994 - Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
30 - 1998 - Foo Fighters - Everlong
31 - 1998 - The Tragically Hip - Poets
32 - 1994 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
33 - 1998 - Sloan - Money City Maniacs
34 - 1993 - Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
35 - 1999 - Matthew Good Band - Hello Time Bomb
36 - 1991 - Nirvana - In Bloom
37 - 1998 - Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
38 - 1991 - Pearl Jam - Alive
39 - 1999 - Our Lady Peace - One Man Army
40 - 1997 - The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
41 - 1993 - Blind Melon - No Rain
42 - 1992 - The Tragically Hip - Courage
43 - 1997 - Green Day - Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)
44 - 1993 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul to Squeeze
45 - 1996 - Sloan - The Good in Everyone
46 - 1994 - Pearl Jam - Better Man
47 - 1996 - I Mother Earth - One More Astronaut
48 - 1994 - Weezer - Buddy Holly
49 - 1994 - The Offspring - Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)
50 - 1995 - Our Lady Peace - Naveed
51 - 1993 - Pearl Jam - Daughter
52 - 1999 - Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly
53 - 1994 - Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
54 - 1993 - The Tragically Hip - Fifty Mission Cap
55 - 1995 - Oasis - Champagne Supernova
56 - 1994 - Weezer - Undone - The Sweater Song
57 - 1997 - Big Wreck - The Oaf (My Luck is Wasted)
58 - 1993 - Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name
59 - 1999 - Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up
60 - 1999 - Blink - 182 - All the Small Things
61 - 1997 - Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
62 - 1995 - Bush - Comedown
63 - 1994 - Nirvana - The Man Who Sold the World
64 - 1995 - Bush - Glycerine
65 - 1999 - The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
66 - 1998 - Everlast - What it's Like
67 - 1997 - The Tea Party - Temptation
68 - 1992 - Nirvana - About A Girl
69 - 1992 - Sloan - Underwhelmed
70 - 1994 - Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
71 - 1998 - Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
72 - 1993 - Nirvana - Rape Me
73 - 1991 - Metallica - Enter Sandman
74 - 1998 - Big Wreck - That Song
75 - 1992 - Alice in Chains - Would?
76 - 1993 - The Tragically Hip - At the Hundredth Meridian
77 - 1997 - Radiohead - Karma Police
78 - 1997 - Matthew Good Band - Everything is Automatic
79 - 1991 - Nirvana - Polly
80 - 1994 - Beastie Boys - Sabotage
81 - 1999 - Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
82 - 1994 - Green Day - She
83 - 1997 - Econoline Crush - All that You Are
84 - 1995 - Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
85 - 1999 - Our Lady Peace - Is Anybody Home?
86 - 1994 - Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
87 - 1991 - The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
88 - 1999 - Incubus - Pardon Me
89 - 1998 - Watchmen - Stereo
90 - 1992 - House of Pain - Jump Around
91 - 1998 - Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
92 - 1994 - Soundgarden - Spoonman
93 - 1998 - Matthew Good Band - Indestructible
94 - 1994 - Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
95 - 1991 - R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
96 - 1996 - I Mother Earth - Used to Be Alright
97 - 1992 - Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing
98 - 1992 - The Tragically Hip - Locked In the Trunk of a Car
99 - 1995 - Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
100 - 1999 - Finger Eleven - Above
101 - 1996 - Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade
102 - 1992 - Alice in Chains - Rooster
103 - 1995 - Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot
104 - 1998 - Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away
105 - 1994 - Sloan - Coax Me
106 - 1991 - U2 - One
107 - 1996 - Soundgarden - Burden In My Hand
108 - 1999 - Econoline Crush - You Don't Know What It's Like
109 - 1999 - Rage Against the Machine - Guerilla Radio
110 - 1990 - The Tragically Hip - 38 Years Old
111 - 1999 - Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
112 - 1991 - U2 - Mysterious Ways
113 - 1998 - The Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright
114 - 1993 - Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain/Loco En El Coco
115 - 1998 - Eve 6 - Inside Out
116 - 1998 - Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank
117 - 1994 - Live - All Over You
118 - 1991 - Metallica - The Unforgiven
119 - 1993 - Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
120 - 1999 - Sloan - Losing California
121 - 1993 - Tool - Sober
122 - 1993 - The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
123 - 1995 - Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
124 - 1991 - Nirvana - On a Plain
125 - 1997 - Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
126 - 1995 - No Doubt - Just a Girl
127 - 1990 - Faith No More - Epic
128 - 1994 - The Offspring - Gotta Get Away
129 - 1993 - Cracker - Low
130 - 1995 - Radiohead - High and Dry
131 - 1996 - Big Sugar - Diggin' a Hole
132 - 1998 - Matthew Good Band - Apparitions
133 - 1996 - Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
134 - 1992 - The Tragically Hip - Looking For A Place To Happen
135 - 1994 - Green Day - Jaded
136 - 1994 - Moist - Push
137 - 1993 - James - Laid
138 - 1996 - Stone Temple Pilots - Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
139 - 1997 - Treble Charger - Friend Of Mine
140 - 1994 - The Cranberries - Zombie
141 - 1997 - Econoline Crush - Sparkle and Shine
142 - 1994 - Bush - Everything Zen
143 - 1993 - Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
144 - 1998 - Big Wreck - Blown Wide Open
145 - 1995 - Rancid - Time Bomb
146 - 1991 - The Tragically Hip - Three Pistols
147 - 1997 - Age of Electric - Remote Control
148 - 1994 - Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
149 - 1996 - I Mother Earth - Another Sunday
150 - 1995 - Silverchair - Tomorrow
151 - 1994 - Beastie Boys - Sure Shot
152 - 1997 - Treble Charger - Red
153 - 1992 - Pearl Jam - Even Flow
154 - 1996 - Fun Lovin' Criminals - Scooby Snacks
155 - 1998 - Foo Fighters - My Hero
156 - 1995 - The Tragically Hip - So Hard Done By
157 - 1997 - Our Lady Peace - Automatic Flowers
158 - 1993 - Smashing Pumpkins - Today
159 - 1996 - Sloan - Everything You've Done Wrong
160 - 1994 - Weezer - Say it Ain't So
161 - 1991 - Alice in Chains - Man in the Box
162 - 1994 - Green Day - Longview
163 - 1997 - The Headstones - Smile and Wave
164 - 1996 - Sublime - Wrong Way
165 - 1996 - Moist - Resurrection
166 - 1999 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
167 - 1995 - The Tragically Hip - Grace, Too
168 - 1993 - I Mother Earth - Not Quite Sonic
169 - 1992 - Pearl Jam - Black
170 - 1996 - Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy
171 - 1997 - The Gandharvas - Downtime
172 - 1995 - Bush - Machinehead
173 - 1992 - Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
174 - 1993 - The Headstones - When Something Stands For Nothing
175 - 1999 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
176 - 1994 - Moist - Silver
177 - 1995 - The Tragically Hip - Nautical Disaster
178 - 1993 - Nirvana - Dumb
179 - 1997 - Our Lady Peace - 4:00 A.M.
180 - 1994 - Killjoys - Today I Hate Everyone
181 - 1994 - Soundgarden - Fell on Black Days
182 - 1999 - Danko Jones - Bounce
183 - 1995 - Live - Lightning Crashes
184 - 1998 - Big Sugar - Better Get Used To It
185 - 1990 - Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
186 - 1995 - The Gandharvas - The First Day Of Spring
187 - 1992 - Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want
188 - 1991 - The Tragically Hip - Twist My Arm
189 - 1993 - Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
190 - 1990 - Spirit Of The West - Home For A Rest
191 - 1992 - Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
192 - 1993 - Doughboys - Shine
193 - 1997 - Blink - 182 - Dammit
194 - 1992 - Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike
195 - 1996 - Pure - Anna Is A Speed Freak
196 - 1996 - The Offspring - Gone Away
197 - 1996 - Cake - The Distance
198 - 1996 - Odds - Eat My Brain
199 - 1991 - The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
200 - 1995 - Foo Fighters - Big Me
I haven't cut the top of my hair since the first week of January. My plan is to use it to raise a little extra money for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Every year I run for Terry Fox to get sponsors like you to open your wallets. This year, I'll still run, but I'll also lose the mop top if I raise over $1000. I'll start my hardcore promotion of my Terry Fox run next week, but if you want to donate now, click here.
When I lived downtown for a few years in the mid-90s, I got my hair cut at The House of Lords on Yonge Street. It was a cool place and the price was right. Here's a great old ad for The House of Lords that aired on CFNY back in the day.
I first heard of Fearless Fred when I broke the firing from CFNY / Edge 102 of Martin Streek and Barry Taylor. I was informed by my trustworthy tipster that Fearless Fred had been hired from Edmonton and would debut sometime in August.
About ten days ago, I wrote that Fearless Fred was on his way, and confirmed that Bookie was being bumped so Fearless Fred could take over the drive home slot. I understand that he premiered yesterday.
I just learned from a commenter that Fearless Fred spoke about this site and our discussions about Streek's dismissal and the recruitment of FF. It's an interview with Fred Kennedy on a comedy blog entitled From the Back of the Room.
Fred Kennedy is not Martin Streek – nor will he try to be – a fact that’s a sore point among Toronto radio devotees who view him as the poster boy for the literal and figurative death of quality radio.
“There’s some radio site called Toronto Mike or Mike in Toronto or something. It’s a prototypical website that’s full of people who’ve either been fired or are just starting out and are already jaded. Basically no matter what happens in the radio business they’re the people who will always say it’s for the worst. Joe Blow gets fired and it’s the worst thing that has ever happened in radio EVER! Even though when he was on air the week before they trashed him without remorse. All that typical nonsense.”
Fred, this isn't a radio site, but I do write about radio when it interests me. It's full of something, but not radio rejects. Hell, I'm the only author, and I've never worked in radio. I wasn't happy that Streek got fired, I sincerely was a long-time fan, but there was no trashing of Streek the week prior.
As puzzling as your description of this site is, it's your final statement in the interview that has me most puzzled.
“Let these people run their mouths. I work at the fucking Edge,” he says, “the best rock station in the country.”
I believe what you mean by that statement is that you work at the only non-classic rock station in Canada's largest city. At one time, it was the best, but that was a long, long time ago.
The camper's enemy is mosquitoes. Luckily for me, I'm protected by CFNY's High Frequency Anti-Mosquito Tone.
You can hear all about CFNY's High Frequency Anti-Mosquito Tone in the ad below. It's making the summer of '85 the best ever.
In the Globe's Ballad of Martin Streek, Program Director Ross Winters claimed CFNY's limit for song repetition was now 7 times in 24 hours. I actually believe that limit to be much higher. In January, during one 12-hour random spot check, a song had already been played 6 times.
CFNY used to be known for its wide playlist and rarely playing the same track in the same day. In fact, I've got the old station promos to prove it.
Here's their "Catch Us If You Can" contest that promises $102 to anyone who catches CFNY playing the same song twice in one day.
Here's a promo for CFNY's No-Repeat Workday. Dan Duran will tell you that you could win $5000 if you catch them playing any song twice between 9 and 5.
Things are rather different at 102.1 these days. I repeat, things are rather different at 102.1 these days.
David Haydu a.k.a. Geets Romo and Pete Griffin were the Pete and Geets morning show on CFNY from 1982-1987. I must confess, I was a little young for Pete and Geets, preferring to listen to Tom Rivers and the Rivers Air Force on CFTR, but I've heard great things about Pete and Geets.
Because I now have the Spirit Reunion CD, I have a tonne of great audio to share with fans of the old CFNY. Let's start with a clip from the Pete and Geets show.
It's a great bit about the old CFNY "One of the world's two great radio stations" promo. Have a listen.
Back in May, when CFNY / Edge 102 showed Martin Streek and Barry Taylor the door, I reported that Fearless Fred from The Bear in Edmonton had been hired as a replacement.
The Twittersphere has exploded the past 24 hours with news Fearless Fred has aired his last show on The Bear and is now on his way to the centre of the universe.
I kid, of course. About the explosion of Fearless Fred chatter in the Twittersphere, not about him leaving his Edmonton gig for a spot at CFNY / Edge 102. Three tweets does not a trending topic make.
There's still no official announcement from CFNY / Edge 102 that Fearless Fred is on his way or where he'll appear in the lineup. My hunch is they'll move Bookie and put Fearless Fred in the afternoon drive spot. Fearless Fred is far more Dean Blundell Show-ish than Bookie and more in line with the kind of radio Program Director Ross Winters seems to crave for this Corus-owned station.
How many final nails in the coffin does one station get?
Steve Macaulay was nice enough to send me a Spirit Reunion 2003 souvenir CD. This thing is awesome. It's 46 stellar clips from CFNY 102.1 that aired between 1977 and 1989. I promise to share some very soon.
In the words of Don Berns:
The audio tracks on this CD are meant as a time capsule of the Spirit of Radio as it was heard during the period of 1977 - '89. I have attempted to give full representation of that era and the special nature of CFNY. However, reducing thousands of hours of entertaining radio to a fleeting few minutes has been a difficult task. Many of my choices of program segments are included because the air talents are talking about signposts from that era: classic radio station promotions, artists, events and of course the music that defined our lives. I only wish we could have included all the magnificent radio performances that defined the Spirit. The personalities who are not represented on this CD are omitted simply because I wasn't able to obtain tapes of their programs. Many of the shows that are represented can be heard extensively at www.spiritofradio.ca, without whose co-operation and enthusiasm this CD would not be possible.
And, in David Marsden's own words:
1977 - '89 seemed like a wonderful radio roller coaster ride. During those eleven years we put together one of the greatest radio teams in history. While those on the air are most often the names so often repeated, we all must celebrate those who worked behind the scenes. The team it took to put it all together was large and every person contributed a particular discipline to the entertainment that came out of your radio. Too numerous to mention in this small space, each name deserves a standing ovation.
Here's the cover. I will share some of this awesome audio over the coming weeks.
Following his death, Martin Streek's official site, MartinStreek.com, was chillingly frozen in time. It alluded to his current DJ gig of 25 years, a gig he lost two months before his death. It was a painful visit.
MartinStreek.com has finally been updated and is actually hosting the 3-hour tribute to Streek that aired on CFNY / Edge 102.1. That's the tribute that led to this collection of thoughts. Download the three MP3s below and throw them on the iPod.
Remember, you can still download all five hours of David Marsden's tribute to Martin Streek that aired on 94.9 The Rock.
Thanks to whomever cracked the code and finally updated MartinStreek.com.
I swear this isn't meant to be a CFNY / Edge 102 blog or Corus blog, it's just a collection of things I'm personally interested in, and this past month that seems to be dominated by a certain local alt rock station.
A few Sundays ago, I wrote about the absence of The Strombo Show on CFNY / Edge 102. I wondered aloud if he had quit Corus. You can click through to read how I strung that thought together.
Then, 102.1 didn't air The Strombo Show again. It was more smoke, but no fire... yet. Now, there's more smoke, thanks to this message from a source I won't reveal.
Don't know if you have heard yet, but a friend at corus said strombo show I cancelled effective immediately. Bullshit about him not being able to find the time to do the show like he wanted to. I know he doesn't have a lot of time but he just built an entire studio in his basement a couple months ago in order to be able to have more time to himself and still be able to put a show together. Rumour has it the ratings were down, but the timing seems a bit fishy if you ask me.
Has The Strombo Show been cancelled?
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