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John Scholes Says Goodbye to Q107 After 19 Years

Al Joynes is gone, Andy Frost is leaving, and now John Scholes has left Q107. His last shift was Friday afternoon. He was there for 19 years.

As you'll hear below, John bows out to Queen's The Show Must Go On.

Although John will no longer be on Q107, it sounds like he'll still be doing some work for Corus on GNR640 and Global. Clearly, more changes are coming at Q. Stay tuned...

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 334: Evelyn Macko

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 334In this 334th episode, Mike chats with news broadcaster Evelyn Macko about her years at CFTR, Q107, 640 and 1010. This episode is exactly 2:03:48.

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Jesse and Gene Aren't Dead

Gene Valaitis, current morning man on Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver, received some bad news this week when it was announced Roundhouse Radio was shutting down at the end of the month. Back in 1993, Gene and his co-host Jesse Dylan received similar news from 680 CFTR when they were told the station was going all-news. Jesse and Gene were out of a job.

As told on episode 212 of my podcast, they weren't out of work long. AM640 scooped them up instantly. I've just been sent a few ads promoting their new show on AM640: The Beat of Toronto.

1993 AM640 Jesse & Gene Outrageous Contest

1993 AM640 Jesse & Gene poster

Here's a great story from Gary Dunford in the Toronto Sun that suggests 680 quickly went all-news to beat 640 to the punch. That's right, back in 1993 Toronto's newspapers actually covered Toronto radio happenings.

1993-06-03 Dunford

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Andy Frost is Leaving Q107

Last week, when I learned Al Joynes had been let go by Corus, I also heard Andy Frost was presented with a similar folder. Andy, however, was given something rather rare in radio. He would be allowed to say goodbye to the Q107 listenership on-air.

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I decided not to write about Andy leaving the station, but earlier today, during episode 321 of Toronto Mike'd, Al Joynes let the cat out of the bag. Andy Frost is leaving Q107.

If you'd like to hear Andy and me discuss his lengthy career at Q107, I urge you to listen to episode 291. Andy first arrived at Q107 in the mid-80s and is now best known as host of Psychedelic Psunday.

Andy Frost and me

Andy's been a fixture on this city's airwaves for over three decades. Without a doubt, he'll be missed.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 321: Al Joynes

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 321In this 321st episode, Mike chats with Al Joynes about his two tours of duty at Q107, working mornings at The Rock, and being let go one week ago today. This episode is exactly 1:44:04.

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Corus Radio Cuts Get Al Joynes

There was a bit of a bloodletting at Corus yesterday. Amongst the casualties is long-time Q107 personality Al Joynes. Al Joynes had been at Q107 since 1988, although that includes two separate tours of duty at the station. Al will appear on Toronto Mike'd next week, so subscribe here so you don't miss it.

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The program directors at both 102.1 the Edge and Q107 were also let go. That's Ross MacLeod and Blair Bartrem, respectively. Tammy Cole, a program director in Winnipeg, will be assuming both roles.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 319: Ryan Doyle and Jay Maddog Michaels

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 319In this 319th episode, Mike chats with Ryan Doyle and Jay Maddog Michaels about their show The Rush on Newstalk 1010 before they kick out the jams. This episode is exactly 2:16:31.

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Stephen Brunt and Richard Deitsch Announced as Bob McCown's New Co-Hosts on PTS

Bob McCown has announced his new co-hosts on Prime Time Sports. In one of the worst kept secrets in sports radio, Stephen Brunt will be co-hosting for 20 weeks in 2018. Brunt's done this before and he's as good as it gets.

Funnily enough, when Stephen Brunt visited me recently, I asked him if he would ever return to Prime Time Sports. Here's what he told me.

For the remaining weeks, Richard Deitsch is moving his family to Toronto to take the gig. Deitsch writes for Sports Illustrated and will make his debut in March.

Damien Cox, McCown's last co-host, will appear elsewhere on The Fan 590, although they haven't announced specifics. I intend to have him over for a third time to learn more.

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Arthur Black, Dead at 74

Arthur BlackArthur Black was 74. He was the humourist who hosted Basic Black on CBC Radio for 19 years and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.

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Global News Radio 640 Toronto Shuffles the Deck

As first heard on TMI (if you're not subscribed, what are you waiting for?), AM640, now known as Global News Radio 640 Toronto, or GNR 640 for short, is making some significant changes to their weekday lineup.

Mike Stafford will now host the morning show, along with Supriya Dwivedi. Matt Gurney will now host his own show from 9am to noon. You'll hear all of this starting Monday.

Here are some episodes of Toronto Mike'd featuring 640 broadcasters:

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