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The 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.
Remember 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.
The 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?
I 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.
Back in July, I shared 1:02 of Club 102 from The Phoenix with Martin Streek. Before Martin Streek took over, Club 102 was hosted by Chris Sheppard.
Many I night I spent listening to Chris Sheppard at Club 102 on CFNY. Before his BKS and Love Inc. house / dance stunts, Shep played a grab bag of interesting stuff, from hip-hop to industrial and beyond.
Here's some of Club 102 with Chris Sheppard.
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.
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