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Rush - The Spirit of Radio


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Rush - The Spirit of Radio
Today I'm playing a song that was inspired by a little radio station that broadcast from a house in Brampton.  CFNY was the spirit of radio, and that catchphrase inspired the name of this most excellent Rush song.

The spirit of radio years at CFNY started when David Marsden joined as program director in 1978 and lasted a decade until an ill-advised format change in 1988.  Thankfully, this format change didn't last long and CFNY started playing alternative again in 1989.  No, it wasn't as alternative as it was from '78 to '88, but it was still great music with a focus on cool Canadian bands like BNL, Sloan and Lowest of the Low and complementing that sound with the grungy goodness of Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and other alternative rock monsters while continuing to play R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins and Beck by the barrel full.

The spirit of radio may have changed in the late 80s, but it was my station throughout the 90s and it's still the best of the lot.  This song is for CFNY... my station of choice.

The Spirit of Radio
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