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The NewMusic

The NewMusic

The NewMusic first aired on CityTV back in 1979.  As I mentioned yesterday, this show has been cancelled.

The NewMusic was smart.  I watched this show weekly as a younger man, as it was the only music show that was both cool and smart.  MuchMusic is now for the brain dead and pop addicts, but it wasn't always this way.  I remember this CityTV show eventually started airing on Much, back when they actually played videos.  Remember that?

I'm very sorry to see a show like The NewMusic can't survive in this day and age.  I wonder if we're now dumbing everything down to the point it's a cut from Jackass and a one-liner from Larry the Cable Guy.  I'm going to miss knowing The NewMusic is out there, covering popular music in a broad social, political and economic context.

Here are some of the big names who hosted The NewMusic.

  • Jeanne Beker (1979 - 1985)
  • J. D. Roberts (1979 - 1985)
  • Daniel Richler (1985 - 1987)
  • Laurie Brown (1985 - 1990)
  • Denise Donlon (1986 - 1993)
  • Jana Lynne White (1990 - 1996)
  • Avi Lewis (1996 - 1999)
  • Byron Wong (1999 - 2000)
  • George Stroumboulopoulos (2000 - 2004)
  • Hannah Sung (2004 - 2006)
  • Hannah Simone (2006 - 2008)
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