Strombo Tribute to Streek? Or Physiological Illusion?

radioHeres what I know to be true. I know CFNY / Edge 102.1 did not air The Strombo Show on Sunday. I know the other Corus radio stations who carry Strombo's show did air it as usual.

What I don't know, and I've tried to find out but failed, is whether The Strombo Show aired this past Sunday was live. I can't say whether it was a rerun or a new episode. It's quite possible George Stroumboulopoulos is on vacation, or simply taking a break after losing a good friend.

I received the email below from someone with similar questions. This person has permitted me to post the email, so long as I keep him or her anonymous.

Hi, Mike,

Thanks for the sincere blogs over the last week. It's been helpful to visit an authentic forum.

I know from your post Sun. night that you didn't catch the strombo show, but have you heard anything about it since? I'm Brantford way and listened on fm96, where it aired at 5pm as usual.

Although I missed the beginning of the show, it seemed to me that George gave tribute via the playlist. There were some obscure tracks, some party tunes, some rebellion as usual. Not a lot of chitchat. The lyrics of the last set were striking to me and included a deathcab song (soul meets body), ac newman (prophets [which I heard at the time as "profits", given the current climate]), bedouin (walls fall down), and stones gimme shelter ended the show. He made a point of telling us to listen to the backup singer singing of rape and murder, and rather than playing through the whole song, ended the show directly after the backup singer blew out her voice singing "Murder" with such passion. That was the last word. Cut to commercial.

The statement seemed subtle and strong; he didn't give enough rope to hang himself with but if you knew what to listen for, the message was loud and clear.

So I wondered if I was reading too much into that (and was that even Strombo DJing? and was it a repeat show?) and waited for some kind of discussion online. Have you heard anymore about it? Do you have an opinion? I'd be interested in your thoughts.

Thanks,
**name removed**

PS - While I'm seeking opinions: this memorial at the Pheonix on Saturday - will Corus profit from that? Isn't it still a live-to-air cfny DJ'ed event? I'd love to go but have no intention of feeding the beast.

Very interesting... unless Sunday's show was a rerun. Or are me and **name removed** reading entirely too much into the fact CFNY didn't air the first Strombo Show after Martin Streek's death?


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W.C.J

I'm not sure what to make of this or what to make of CFNY's tribute show coming up. They fire they guy and now they want to have a big tribute to Marty. It just doesn't feel right to me.

Let's not forget that when they got rid of Martin, all traces of him were deleted from the website with absolutely no explanations. Now they are embracing everything. It just doesn't feel right to me.

As for Strombo....I don't know what is going on. If CFNY was really genuine and if Strombo's show was a 'quiet' tribute....why didn't they air it?? But Corus wants to do a tribute of their own now????

July 16, 2009 @ 1:41 PM

Megan

I think he might have been away in maybe California a week or so ago. I follow him on Twitter and it sounded like he was at a race. I could be totally wrong.

July 16, 2009 @ 1:57 PM

Toronto Mike

@strombo's last tweet was July 7.

July 16, 2009 @ 2:01 PM

barbara W

I think the show was a pretape that was made before the news came out.
George pretapes the show within the week before the show airs.
I didn't hear any clues that he had made the tape before or after he knew...
George replied to me recently that he did not have the words... So out of respect let him speak about it when he is ready.

July 16, 2009 @ 2:28 PM


Mike from Lowville

Tough times.....looks good on them. Can't wait to hear that big sucking sound!

July 16, 2009 @ 3:43 PM

Jason Paris

A little odd that Corus didn't run the likely pre-taped show, but I suspect we "might" be reading too much into this as Strombo is still on CFNY's website.

What doesn't sit well with me though is that Club 102 will be a tribute to Streek on Saturday. If one wants to pay tribute I suggest listening to David Marsden's great tribute intead here...

http://www.marsdenglobal.com/martin_streek.htm

July 17, 2009 @ 12:47 PM

Gord

Let it go..

July 17, 2009 @ 11:32 PM

Sarah

Strombo has taken the summers off in recent years (since hosting The Hour) and I believe travels for the summer so any radio shows you may hear from late June-mid Sept will likely be pre tapes or reruns.

July 19, 2009 @ 6:39 PM

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