Life Is Funny... I'm Working With Rick Hodge

NotepadLife is funny. You never know what's around the corner or how things will work out.

On November 27, I wrote about Rick Hodge being forced off Astral's airwaves. In that entry I wrote about something I witnessed when I sat in on the old EZ Rock morning show. What I wrote upset Rick Hodge and many of his friends, and the aftermath caused me to write "This is a Blog. This is My Blog".

Earlier today, I wrote about a shake-up with the EZ Rock morning show. Of course I wrote about the dismissal of Rick Hodge and Kim Stockwood. You could have bet the farm on it. After all, I've always loved radio, I wrote about Rick Hodge leaving CHUM-FM, about Humble getting a new gig at EZ Rock and it's the only morning show I've sat in on. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb if I didn't address this developing story.

So I did what I've done 9524 times before. My fingers hit the keyboard and I reported what I knew to be true. Then, because it's my blog, I threw down some personal opinions about it all. And yes, that included a less than flattering story about Rick Hodge. This isn't something I do lightly, I managed to not tell the story for 18 months, but this morning I felt like sharing it. So I did.

Rather quickly, my email filled up with angry emails and comments. It was as if I had attacked the Pope. I came back from lunch, read one negative email after another, and quickly realized it simply wasn't worth it. This is my hobby, I had shared a little story about the subject of the news story I was writing about, and suddenly I was under attack. That prompted me to do something I haven't done in 9525 entries over 7 years. I deleted the story about Rick Hodge.

Six weeks later, I'm working with Rick Hodge. Rick's got some time on his hands and things he wants to share, so he'll soon be blogging up a storm at I'm setting everything up for him now and will soon be teaching Rick how to be master of his domain, so to speak. One of his first entries will be about the move from CHUM FM to EZ Rock / CFRB 1010 and he'll also address that paragraph I deleted.

Rick Hodge and I

You really never know what's around the bend.

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Wow i will be on that blog. I am a fan of Rick Hodge. I listened to Rick Hodge with Marilyn and Roger since I was in my thirties, basically.I believe before Marilyn came on board.It's hard to remember that far back. It was my listen to station after leaving babies with the nanny to do the drive to my teaching job in the 80's.

January 11, 2010 @ 2:53 PM

Down Goes Brown

I would like to take this opportunity to announce my new job as Kyle Wellwood's personal trainer.

January 11, 2010 @ 2:56 PM


Great, looking forward to more blog reading!

January 11, 2010 @ 3:03 PM


Wow...has hell frozen over? Or has the hatchet been buried?

Either way, it should be a great blog.

Toronto Mike, FreddyP. DownGoesBrown, and now Rick Hodge - great blogs to read. Any other good ones worth checking?

January 11, 2010 @ 3:09 PM

Josh Hassall

Maybe you should rename the blog

You're certainly not a humble person, are you. So much of this blog is about how wonderful you are.

January 11, 2010 @ 3:51 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

That's a good suggestion, Josh.

If only were available.

January 11, 2010 @ 4:05 PM


Josh, the blog is named Toronto Mike for a reason :)

January 11, 2010 @ 5:54 PM

Brian S.

The blog is called Toronto Mike... and low and behold, it's about a guy name Mike who lives in Toronto.

Seriously Josh, when reading a personal blog, you really should expect a healthy dose of information about that person.

January 11, 2010 @ 6:22 PM

Art R.

I think Josh is way out of line here.

It's a personal blog not a blog about the Leafs or movies or tech gadgets. Personal blogs are a dying breed and I just think people aren't used to them anymore.

I like that it's personal. I wouldn't change a thing.

January 11, 2010 @ 6:36 PM

jason |

Mike, some of your 2010 would-be haters make me look like a barrell of Christmas cheer.

Anyway, no wonder so many people in radio are so funny looking.. I think there's some borderline incest going on here.. :P

January 11, 2010 @ 6:56 PM


Dear Josh Hassall,

Go fuck yourself.


January 11, 2010 @ 8:58 PM


Radiowhore would make a great name for a band...

January 11, 2010 @ 9:26 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@OJ Boy
I hate to admit it, but you're right. Some of the mean spirited comments lately have made me miss you.

Radiowhore sounds too much like Radiohead. I always thought a good name for a band would be "More Distortion".

The hatchet has been buried. I actually think Rick would make a very good blogger.

January 11, 2010 @ 9:31 PM

Rick Hodge being in front of the mic for years is probably accustom to being written about and reviewed, some observations are not always positive.

Rick is also a pro and will seek out the best which is why he came to Mike.

January 11, 2010 @ 9:49 PM


Mike - I just want to know what that hand gesture is your making :)

January 12, 2010 @ 9:00 AM


Sounds interesting, looking forward to reading some Hodge stories. I used to love "School of the Airhead".

Mike, please don't miss OJ boy. He's still a tool.

January 12, 2010 @ 9:07 AM


You look really funny! I never expected you to look like that. Your blogs seem written by a tough, very masculine type guy. But, you look very tame, and nervous in that picture. No Insult Intened! Just Saying

October 31, 2010 @ 5:05 PM

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