Classifying Torontonians By Their Morning Shows

notepadI wrote about a CFNY for grownups following a comment from Doug, but he was quick to remind me that we're talking about two different CFNYs. Last week Humble Howard made a comment about three different groups of CFNY / Edge102 listeners that can be grouped by morning shows. This concept has been bouncing around my head all week so I'm going to try and make sense of it all in this entry.

In 1989, when Humble & Fred started their morning show on CFNY, I was starting grade nine. I listened to that morning show throughout high school, through university and up until it moved to AM in 2001. Humble & Fred were followed by the Dean Blundell show. Here are entries in which I used the expression blundell. It's not my morning show. Although I tried, Lord knows I tried, I just can't listen to it. I just don't find it funny.

If we reach for our history text books we'll learn about Pete & Geets who did mornings from 1982 to 1987 on CFNY. I never heard a minute of their show, but for many this was their CFNY, the spirit of radio. From 1982 until today Toronto's youth with a taste for new rock can be grouped by their morning show: Pete & Geets, Humble & Fred or Dean, Jason & Todd.

Some overlap, but most are in one of these three camps. There are Dean fans who never heard Humble & Fred on 102 just as I had never heard Pete & Geets. Which morning show belongs to you?

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Generations eh? Just finishing up listening to the podcast and I must say it was great to reminisce.
I am privileged to say I have had the pleasure… ok age… to listen to all three shows so I guess that makes me tri-camptual.
I have to say that Pete and Geets were my fav. Could be the innocence of youth and perhaps if I heard the show today I would think WTF??? I remember something about a simulcast on Cable 10 from some parking lot in a mall in Brampton. Or something like that or it could have been the mind enhancing pizza toppings which could also explain why I remember it as the best.
When Humble was hired I remember calling Jive and asking him ‘WTF are you guys thinking?’. I mean Freddie was the foundation that kept me listening. But over time Howard grew on me sort of like enjoying the taste of blue cheese. Some great memories, hilarious bits and I enjoyed their run indeed.
Maybe, as time went on I got more and more old and crotchety, but I heard Dean, Jason and Todd and I thought ‘well I guess ‘NY needs an answer to Stern’. To me it is like a car crash that you need to look at… kind of like when Juan Antonio Samaranch looking down upon those good Canadian kids he just screwed over huge and clapping like the bas…ta… r… never mind. Like Freddie, Jason is the foundation, glue, seminal fluids (that one was thrown in for the current morning show’s sake) to Don Juan’s blue cheese pizza and for some reason I keep listening. Again some hilarious bits and I do enjoy them each morning.
I guess each camp is blessed to have their own brand of morning radio and I am damn lucky to have experienced, enjoyed and sit in all three camps.

December 22, 2006 @ 9:08 PM

Mike Boon

I guess fitting three generations into 25 years is stretching it, eh?

I'll stick with the term "camps" and consider this is a work in progress.

It seems the very young only know of Blundell, those over 40 are die-hard Pete and Geets peeps and those in the middle are Humble and Fredders. Then, there are those like yourself. I'm going to design a chart to illustrate this wonderful new theory.

December 23, 2006 @ 8:19 AM

Mike Boon

Here's my quick and dirty work in progress chart.

December 23, 2006 @ 2:42 PM


Ok, camps it is but I meant more musical generations rather than lineage… that said, my uncle introduced me to ‘NY many, many years back and my kids listen today.
Great chart. Throw a dart, hit the bull’s-eye and apparently there you find me.

December 23, 2006 @ 4:15 PM


But is it that simple?

I started listening to 'NY in the summer of 1980 but moved away a few years later for my first job.

Except for geography, I probably would have been a huge P & G fan.

Although I stuck with H &F thru til the end, musically, my heart is in the previous era.

I guess what I'm saying is that I identify more with "the Spirit" but H& F is (was) my morning show.

BTW, thanks for the podcast, Mike.

December 25, 2006 @ 11:49 PM

Mike Boon

In a world of 8 second sound bites, simplicity rules the roost. Unfortunately, nothing is that simple.

The podcast thing was fun and well received. I'm glad you liked it. I hope the guys decide to do more and that Dan's home one Saturday afternoon.

December 26, 2006 @ 8:13 AM

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