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Hodge and Stockwood Out, Humble and Colleen Remain @ EZ Rock


I'm hearing from usually reliable sources that Rick Hodge and Kim Stockwood are no longer part of the EZ Rock morning show.  It's now a two person booth with Humble Howard and Colleen Rusholme.

A lot of noise was made by Astral when Rick Hodge left CHUM-FM for EZ Rock and CFRB last year.  Roger, Rick & Marilyn on 104.5 CHUM-FM was a Toronto radio staple, and my mom's favourite morning show.  Apparently, the EZ Rock / CFRB experiment failed.

I'll preface the following editorial with the following.  I've met Kim Stockwood twice: at a party at Humble's house and when I sat in on the EZ Rock morning show to live blog everything.  She's absolutely lovely, and I'm very sorry to see she's become yet another Toronto radio victim.  Rick Hodge, however, is another story.

I didn't blog everything I witnessed that morning.  I was there from before 6am until the show ended at 9, and since they were nice enough to let me into their off-air world, I understood some things weren't fit for print.  The main event that morning never made it to this blog.

** Note: I just did something I haven't done in 9525 entries.  I've removed a paragraph. **

Furthermore, I don't believe a four-person crew can truly work.  I realize a number of three-person teams have succeeded, such as the aforementioned Roger, Rick and Marilyn and The Dean Blundell Show, but the best morning show teams seem to consist of two people.  When this new morning show launched on EZ Rock, my initial thoughts were it would be better as Humble and Colleen.  They were the pillars.  Kim Stockwood seemed too green and it always felt as if Rick Hodge was being forced into the show with a shoe horn.  It never sounded natural and it was entirely too busy.

So Rick Hodge and Kim Stockwood are gone at EZ Rock, and the show is now Stu and Colleen with Humble playing the role of Stu.  They're also playing nothing but Christmas music starting now, but I doubt they'll be playing Stockwood's "Marshmallow World".  That's too bad, I've always liked her version.

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