An Interview With Humble Howard

MicrophoneI have fond memories of the Humble & Fred morning show on CFNY Edge 102, and those memories sparked this entry back in 2004. A year later, I was saddened to learn Fred Patterson had been released of his duties at Mix 99.9 and Humble was Fred-less. On July 14 I openly wondered if Humble Howard was okay after seeing a bump in visitors searching for answers as to why he too was let go by the Mix. The next day people started to learn Humble Howard was off Toronto radio for the first time in seventeen years and they came to this site for updates, support and to share their appreciation. This is how I met Howard Glassman.

A dozen phone calls, twenty emails and one lunch later, I consider Humble Howard a friend. He's genuinely decent and funny, a rare combination that I always have time for. Considering this site has attracted thousands and thousands of unique visitors looking for information on Humble and over 300 people have left comments about the man, I thought it might be cool to interview Humble so those looking for a Humble fix could get one. Here's my interview with Humble Howard Glassman.

Q: Let's address the 2000 kg elephant in the room and get it over with. You were on the radio in this city for seventeen years until last month. What the hell happened? This isn't the National Post, give us the real scoop.
A: The scoop? Nothing you haven't heard. I was hired, I worked, I was fired. They decided to go in a different direction... first without Fred and then without me.

Q: Since that fateful day in July, over 300 fans have dropped by to let you know how damn missed you are. How does that feel?
A: Amazing. I can't believe that many people give a crap. I have read all the comments and I can tell you it feels great to have had even a little impact on people's lives. Fred and I have spoken quite a bit recently about the nice things people have said especially when it comes to a possible Humble and Fred Reunion on Satellite.

Q: Most readers of this site are from the Great White North. Please share with us the details of your Canadian roots. We love CanCon.
A: No, I love CanCon. Trooper, Chilliwack, BTO, Glass Tiger - all the way to BNL and The Tragically Hip. Not to mention that frisky minx Nelly Furtado.

As for me... 5 provinces. Moose Jaw, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Many radio stations, a kids TV show, the asinine puppet show and some standup.

Q: I listened to your entire career at CFNY. That was my station and the Humble & Fred morning show was my wake up call every morning throughout high school and university. In 1991, you disappeared for while. What the heck happened there?
A: I left to go to CKFM in May of 1991. The Spirit was gone and I needed to get a real job.

After Labor Day 91 the station became the Mix. 19 months later I went back to work at CNFY which almost immediately became THE EDGE. I missed working with Fred and thought he and I did our best radio together.

Q: There are rumours on the internets that your relationship with Fred Patterson is a lot like the infamous chilly relationship between Siskel and Ebert. How do you two get along when the microphone is turned off?
A: We get alone fine... see my answer above.

A few people have questioned my staying at the Mix after Fred was fired... Fred wasn't one of them. I can't believe some questioned my loyalty to Fred by not quitting when he was canned. I had a family to feed and he was being paid... if I quit I wouldn't have been - plain and simple. I guess we could have gone to live with him and his wife but it might have been a little crowded.

Q: What's your favourite movie?
A: The Godfather.

Q: You were a regular on The Dini Petty show on CTV. What's she like? She was born in England, ya know.
A: Dini was fine. I didn't know she was from England, her teeth seemed fairly straight to me.

Q: I hear things didn't end well with you and the sock on Ed's Night Party? Care to dish the deets?
A: I don't want to say anything about ED or the midget that has his hand up his ass that hasn't already been said by just about everyone that's met him.

Q: What's next for Humble Howard? Are you okay? Any chance of a Humble & Fred reunion?
A: I'm busy doing nothing... I'm okay and I would look for a Humble and Fred reunion sooner rather than later.

Q: Is there anything you'd like to share with the faithful?
A: I would only like to say that this blog and the comments on it are the main reason I get out of bed every day... that and the booze.

Also, I would like to add that I've met Mike Boon and you sir are no Mike Boon.

As well I would like everyone who reads this to know Mike Boon is a slow eater. Should they ever be lucky enough to dine with you they should put aside a minimum of 90 minutes for breakfast, 2 hours 15 for lunch and at least 3 hours 20 for supper. These figures are estimates, actual Mike Boon eating times may vary.

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Thanks, Mike for the update-keep up the good work and the link to Humble and Fred. This blog has renewed my faith that we'll be hearing them on the airwaves again soon. Reading this entry was great because it gave me a taste of that humour that I miss so much.

August 23, 2006 @ 9:10 PM


You are too funny to sit on the sidelines Humble. Make that work for you. Sell Humble and Fred on satellite. We look forward to hearing you again.

August 24, 2006 @ 8:34 AM


Driving to work this morning it dawned on me that I would get a satalite radio if Humble and Fred started up in another city. They're the most honest radio guys out there. That said, Billy is way hotter then Fred. Get back on the air soon.

August 25, 2006 @ 7:18 AM


I grew up on Humble 'n' Fred on CFNY (refuse to refer to it by its ultra-self-conscious moniker "The Edge". If you have to call yourself Edgy, you're most likely not) and switched to 999, revolting music and all, strictly for those two. The Humble Report was the only way I knew it was time to get out of bed. As it stands, I haven't been out of bed in months. It's sad, really...

August 30, 2006 @ 11:27 PM


I listened to Humble and Fred almost daily for their entire career together; many happy hours wasted with a smile in my face. You are missed greatly; chemistry like that doesn't come everyday.

September 6, 2006 @ 4:43 PM


I guess I am a bit later than most but back to work this week and my commute and I can't believe it. First Fred and then Humble--admittedly I go back to Pete and Geets era but Humble and Fred were a good replacement.

There is nothing like that lame, oldster, self-deprecatory shtick that Fred and Howard were famous for. They said what I (and many my age) were thinking while we plodded through our mornings and looked for decent music and humour combined.

In fact, I spent my drive this morning scanning all the TO stations, surely they're somewhere else, I thought.

Alas, they are nowhere to be found--someone bring them back NOW

September 8, 2006 @ 8:29 PM


I listened to Humble and Fred on CFNY, and later when it became the EDGE. When Dean Blundell took over, I siwtched to CBC metro morning (a good show despite Andy Barrie's wheezing problem and ultra lame remarks each time he goes off script). When I realized you weren't on the air anymore I was disappointed, 'cause I wanted to switch back. I miss your sarcasm, Humble! I miss laughing my way out of bed in the morning! The world needs you back!

September 9, 2006 @ 12:51 AM

A Devoted Listener

I grew up with H&F on CFNY and the Edge, followed them to MOJO and then to the dreaded confectionary known as the MIX. I love the banter and know by listening over the years that these 2 have a true friendship.
Fav moments: Mr.Goohead's insanity, Floorching, Fred's ManBath, Humble having to call the ambulance because he thought he was having an heart attack (funny for me, prolly not for Humble!)

My Personal Message to H&F:
Love You!
Kiss You!
Miss You!

September 12, 2006 @ 10:05 AM


I really miss Humble. I can't find anything on the radio in the morning that is worth listening to in Toronto. It would be great to catch you on the airwaves again!

September 26, 2006 @ 9:50 PM

Frank & Andrea

What is wrong with people?! H&F were the only thing on the radio that made our mornings bearable. I always wondered what happened to Fred and now I can't believe that they did this to Howard. What, was it too high of a level of comedy for the stupid comercial masses to get? How could the execs feel that the current choice is better for their station? I have to wake up to nothing now. I don't even turn on the radio because the choice of 'personalities' in this city lack just that - personality. I'll keep checking back until I am told to turn my radio back on. We're praying for you to come back, Howard!

October 1, 2006 @ 9:06 PM


I, like many others am a huge fan of the Humble and Fred show. I really miss them on CFNY. I dislike the semi sound alike Dean and Jason that they have on there now. They just don't have the same class of humor.

I Followed the guys to Mojo for the morning show. The station sucked but I loved listening to the guys. I really liked their move over to the Mix. I liked (past tense) the station and having the best morning show in toronto on was fantastic. I was saddened by the removal of Fred. I admit I stopped listening as frequently at that point. I wrote the station several times and urged them to bring Fred back.
I think we need a Humble and Fred podcast until you find a stable home again.

Long live the Duo!!!

October 4, 2006 @ 7:06 PM


When I realized that the 'giving our DJs the summer off' thing really meant they were canning Humble, I was peeved. Sent the station an angry email about their poor choices but despite my over-inflated sense of importance, they ignored me.

I've taken Mix off of my preset stations and have yet to find a new morning show. If H&F show up on statelite, I may have to give in and buy one just so that I can get a laugh on my way to work.

October 20, 2006 @ 3:50 PM


hey mike nice work! on a related note, i thought some of the folks here might be interested in this website. it's all about cfny's heyday, that is the 80's and (very) early 90's. there's a page with bio's on different personalities that worked there, and have recently added a radio stream of archived cfny broadcasts.


ps. dean blundel sucks!

November 9, 2006 @ 11:19 AM


Since moving to the US last year, I've missed my favourite morning show that helped me wake up in the mornings to attend school and then stay employed. Sorry to hear about the bad luck at the mix. Any thoughts on moving to XM or Sirius?

January 5, 2007 @ 10:34 AM


Every day I happily sat in traffic from Oakville to Downtown Toronto laughing out loud while listening to your morning program!! I can honestly say that one of the things I missed the most when I moved to B.C was the Humble and Fred morning show.... the radio sucks out here. If you decide to go on satalite radio I will be listening. One can only hope!

August 1, 2007 @ 9:36 PM


Great thing about H&F was it was High brow. seldom, if ever dipping into the potty for yuks.

February 4, 2008 @ 11:13 PM


The funiest radio bit ever done was your "Jesus Look-a-Like Contest".

p.s. "The Edge" SUCKS!

March 28, 2008 @ 12:52 PM


I don't think there was one Humble report that did not make me laugh out loud! And interviews with celebs were over the top funny, not the typical phony Q&A you would hear on other stations. Long live Goohead!

May 24, 2008 @ 9:38 AM

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