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If Humble and Fred radio becomes very successful do you see yourself joining them to support them on the technical end (full time).

November 18, 2011 @ 9:56 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

That's a good question!

The answer is.... maybe. I'd definitely support them, but whether it would be full time or part time is the big question.

I'm honestly not helping with Humble and Fred Radio in the hopes it becomes successful, I'm sincerely doing it because I believe that shit deserves to be heard!

November 18, 2011 @ 10:09 AM


As a radio/media enthusiast, I really loved hearing guys like Jeff Marek, Alan Cross, Fearless Fred, and David Marsden on the show. Looking forward to Dan Duran today. Keep em' coming!

November 18, 2011 @ 10:19 AM

Bob Sometimes

Mike, how do you expect, Mayor Ford to meet his fiscal responsibilities, if folk like yourself, continue to sly
their way out of paying fines?

November 18, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

Jason Patterson

What do you think of what Marsden said on the program yesterday?

Let's get the Toronto Mike point of view.

It was nice to hear someone arguing my POV for once.

November 18, 2011 @ 12:20 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

What does everyone think about the Jays new logo? I am liking it, slimer than the original, but incorporates everything about the old uniforms fans wanted back including the maple leaf so I give it a 5/5 stars at this point, now if that can translate to a playoff team on the field in 2012 we are all set

November 18, 2011 @ 12:47 PM

Pigeon Toed Dave

How is it that Dion Pan-Goof continues to make dumb errors that cost the leafs goals and never gets reamed out by Wilson.

November 18, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I listened to what Marsden had to say. He's right about one thing, if radio is to be saved, it won't be by the corporations like Corus and Rogers, it will be by independent stations. Unfortunately, there are so few of those left.

Yes, Marsden employs a much larger playlist than CFNY currently does, but CFNY isn't incented to introduce us to new music, they're incented to play songs the masses will like. They know the new Foo Fighters and something from Pearl Jam's Ten will appeal to most of their listeners. I was just in my car and dialed up CFNY to hear the most recent Blink 182 single. I also heard a couple of Pearl Jam songs. I liked everything I head, even thought it's the same 150 songs or so every time.

The "spirit" of what Marsden says is awesome. Instead of 1979 by the Pumpkins, let's hear that new indie tune nobody else is playing. But Marsden's vision of radio no longer has a place on the terrestrial radio dial. The terrestrial radio dial is where corporate radio dominates and they're all about narrowcasting, playing the popular and the familiar as to not offend the core.

Marsden's radio, much like Humble and Fred Radio, belongs to all of us, unfettered by CRTC regulations and unmanaged by non-creative corporations. It belongs on the internet.

November 18, 2011 @ 1:51 PM

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@Pigeon Toed Dave

I happen to like Dion Phaneuf's game, but you're right about the brain farts.

I was there the other night when he mishandled the puck giving up a 2-1 the other way. Phoenix scored on the play.

So he's rather infuriating. A bruising defenseman who hits hard and looks solid at times, but a bit of a Bryan McCabe when it comes to painful gaffes.

November 18, 2011 @ 1:55 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Buffalo Boy Mike

I love the new logo.

Not much of a surprise, though... we talked about it here:

November 18, 2011 @ 1:58 PM

Whitby - Clark

I love the new look Jays, they're bringing "BLUE" back into "Blue Jays" and the new old-school logo is perfect. Only; I find that the very southern tip of the bird runs a bit too long, thus making the main focal point of the logo sit quite high on the hat. You don't notice it on the jerseys but on the hat I believe it's a bit off.

November 18, 2011 @ 3:12 PM


Lots of radio talk, but nobody is talking about a radio announcer who died on November 11, 2011. Yes, Dale parker died. He was a long time announcer on CKOC in Hamilton. If you won't post this, Mike, here it is. Anyway, who cares about the Jays logo. I can't see it, but I hate baseball and I hate the Leafs. Go Habs. Go Coyotes.

November 18, 2011 @ 4:52 PM


I scored the logo as a 'B'. That is still a lot better than most of their redesigns since their heydays.

November 18, 2011 @ 5:33 PM


I'm in a hockey pool & points ONLY count towards total for NHL season.

I'm in LAST place now by 40 pts. & last year I won by 1 pt. on last game of season.

We have a chance to trade once/month - Please advise me in making a choice for balance of the year you hockey nuts.

Who to I trade for?

Seguin (Bos), Pomenville (Buff) or Bergeron (T Bay)as all other top players now have been chosen


November 18, 2011 @ 5:39 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


When it comes to radio personalities, I typically only write about the ones I know or Toronto-based talent.

I'm sorry Dale Parker passed away, but I've never heard his voice or his name until he died. He's a Hamilton guy.

November 18, 2011 @ 5:54 PM


How long to plan to keep this blog alive? Will you blog until you die or will you end this at some point?

November 18, 2011 @ 6:29 PM


Speaking of Marsden- you folks need to listen to his show. For those of you not familiar it's on Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 pm to midnite on the 94.9 the Rock FM.

Its inter-active as well- he has a web chat room and he checks his face-book throughout the show ( Let's see who's sitting on my Face-book!)

This is the cure for all the bad radio everyone complains about on here.

You can also download the shows next day on

November 18, 2011 @ 7:16 PM


Marsden Rules.

His show is must listen for those who yearn for the good old days at CFNY.

And I mean the good old days pre-Humble- Fred's was there almost since day 1 (as the sportscaster.)

It's magic baby!

November 18, 2011 @ 7:23 PM


Will you answer this question?

November 18, 2011 @ 7:29 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike




I don't know. I think I'll blog here until it's no longer fun. If it's always fun, I'll likely blog here until I die, which is hopefully a long time from now.

November 18, 2011 @ 8:33 PM


Any idea where my phone is? Had it when I got home and haven't been out since. Tried callling but volume is set to zero and even turned off all the lights hoping to see the screen light up. Nothing. I even checked my pockets but all I found in there was my tv's remote.

November 18, 2011 @ 8:50 PM


Totally loving the H&F. I've been listening since day one and almost wish my drive to work was longer. On the U2 guy/Medium episode as of today. Had a problem with the Lorne Rubenstein show as it errored on D/L and just plays the next episode (Alex lifeson). Some really funny stuff, and great conversation. Sick of the muammar song though. Oh! And I got a shout out on the 28th for my dear John letter. I like to think i was a special guest that day. :) thanks boys, now where do I send my rider? I SAID NO BROWN M&Ms!!!!

November 18, 2011 @ 8:54 PM


I NEED info.
What do I do?

November 18, 2011 @ 9:18 PM


I showed my wife the new Jays logo. While she's not one to watch Connected or Sports Centre, she will watch and follow Toronto teams. Her response to the new logo? "I never knew they had to change it back to this one. When did it change?" Pretty indicative of how hard it is to change a brand, especially after two championships. I thought it was silly to do so in the first place.

November 18, 2011 @ 9:19 PM

Jason Patterson

Sorry Mike. marsden is on fm and his ratings are just fine. And if radio us so "dead" why do all your buddies want back on it so badly?

And if music radio is so dead why play songs on a podcast?

The problem is no toronto station wants to grow a set and try it

It would work, and guys like marsden are the proof

Not sure why the aspiring pioneers of the podcast world cant figure oyt that you have to adapt not talj about your kids and do bits from 20 years ago

True radio personalities and large playlists can will and do work

You guys are just boring soccer dads and cant fucking figure it out

The icircle jerk on sowny is stuck in the 70s. Just like toronto radio.

Boring cowards

November 18, 2011 @ 10:28 PM


Serious question Mike:

With the recent price drop for blackberry playbook, I'm seriously considering getting one. Should I buy it? Is it worth it?

November 18, 2011 @ 10:52 PM


The new Jays logo is awesome. Really just feels like an evolution of the classic one, rather than something totally new. Kind of perfect in that way. First time I've thought the Jays look 'cool' in a long time.

That combined with an extra Wild Card possibly as soon as 2012? Great two days for the Blue Jays..

November 19, 2011 @ 12:50 AM


I enjoy the Humble and Fred podcast (and podcasts in general). Don't listen to music in the car anymore, unless I happen to scan through a few questions while flipping (or I haven't just plugged my Ipod in).

If there was a station that should be able to be avant guard, playing indie stuff in the spirit of the old CFNY - shouldn't it be CBC? They don't rely on ratings in the same way private stations do. They should be taking a chance on programming like Marsden talks about. Hell, give Marsden himself a show.

Instead CBC 2 is like a bland, half assed version of that.

November 19, 2011 @ 12:52 AM

pigeon toed dave

Mike-- Do you critique any of H& F shows like maybe they are doing too much pee pee poo poo stuff and too much swearing. And if you do are they open to listen to your sugestions.

November 19, 2011 @ 7:17 AM

pigeon toed dave

Hey Mike--- When your with H & F do you put your two cents in with how the show is going and maybe offer some suggestions and if so how are they at taking critique of the shows.

November 19, 2011 @ 7:20 AM


Jason Patterson-


November 19, 2011 @ 8:27 AM


I thought maybe you could write about Hamilton radio as it's so close to Toronto. Just surprised you never heard of Dale Parker. Go Habs.

November 19, 2011 @ 9:11 AM

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@pigeon toed dave

The guys read every single email sent to and take it all very seriously.

I like the show best when they're just shooting the shit, talking about stuff and chatting up an interesting guest.

I could do without the songs or heritage moments, but if you see them record live you'll know why they exist. It's all 'live to tape', so you need those 2-4 minute breaks to plan what's next, etc.

November 19, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Very good question.

I say yes... it's a great device. I find I use mine much less since the my new Samsung Galaxy S 2 phone entered the fray, but it's still a solid machine.

I'm also secretly hoping for a Touchpad comeback. It's great, too.

November 19, 2011 @ 10:16 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@pigeon toed dave

Ad for your first comment, I'll critique a little here and there, and I think they're open to suggestions, but I try not to get involved in the content. I don't want to pollute the process. These guys have been doing their thing for 20+ years and who am I to request changes?

So I stay out of it. :)

November 19, 2011 @ 10:18 AM

George Town

I bought myself this morning a neat Christmas gift for myself.
I want to hide it somewhere till Christmas morning so when I open it I will be surprised.
Any suggestions??

November 19, 2011 @ 11:34 AM


Just when I think you may have grown up you come up with shit like this.

Sorry Mike. marsden is on fm and his ratings are just fine. And if radio us so "dead" why do all your buddies want back on it so badly?
- Humble and I would love to be back on the radio, but doing the type of radio we're doing on the internet.

And if music radio is so dead why play songs on a podcast?
- we play songs that you wouldn't normally hear on the radio, and feature live artists who don't get played on the radio. It's our contribution to talented people who can't get a break. Obviously you haven't been listening.

The problem is no toronto station wants to grow a set and try it

It would work, and guys like marsden are the proof
- This is partly true. The ratings that Marsden refers to are BBM and for Durham region, not Toronto and its been an eight year climb. Your statement from above applies here. No Toronto station would be willing to take the ratings hit while a new and adventurous format got traction. It would take time. There is no such thing as time to the corps.

Not sure why the aspiring pioneers of the podcast world cant figure out that you have to adapt not talk about your kids and do bits from 20 years ago
- this makes no sense. Good radio is all about resonating with an audience and being authentic. Personal stories involving kids often get the best response. We had several e-mails last week responding to Howard's story about his daughters attitude. It's all about connecting, regardless of the subject matter. You can't figure that out? As for the bits from 20 years ago, we were reluctant to play them, but our audience has literally demanded them. That's why they're framed as heritage moments. You may not like them, but others do. You can't please everybody.

True radio personalities and large playlists can will and do work
- Partly true. True radio personalities will work if given the chance, but large playlists have become an unknown because of everyone's ability to access any song they want whenever they want it. It's all about providing unique content, and today that's spoken word.

You guys are just boring soccer dads and cant fucking figure it out
- What an asshole remark from someone I briefly thought had a brain in his head.

The icircle jerk on sowny is stuck in the 70s. Just like toronto radio.
- Yes, the Sowny guys are stuck in the 70's - you know what you're getting so why bother going there. Toronto radio is not stuck in the 70's. On the contrary, it's firmly entrenged in the 2010's which dictates bottom line, share price and playing only what's familiar so the masses aren't chased away by anything new.

Boring cowards
- Coward is a strong word, often only used by those who themselves are cowards.

Loving you,

November 19, 2011 @ 1:38 PM


@ Mike - Thanks for your choice on my dilemma.

Lupol & Kessel much like Sittler & McDonald. Playing great together - chemistry.
Bozak also a compliment to them.
Connelly can play in Grabo's spot.
These next few weeks are time for Franzon to show his capability with Komisarik out.

3rd period - KEEP IT UP

November 19, 2011 @ 8:54 PM


I sort of have to chuckle at this blog & it's little circle jerk of 20 regular posters who don't get it.

This is the golden age of radio & we've never had so many choices as we do now. Of course if you're like Toronto Mike you can't let go of some cookie cutter Top 40 station. My 6 GB data plan on my iPhone lets me listen to a ton of radio, most of it online.

You know Boon, I have to laugh at your own arrogance & self grandeur. You sell yourself as this uber cool tech guy aka "king of podcasters". What's even more nauseating is listening to how "cutting edge" this podcast is. A podcast is cutting edge? Podcasting was cutting edge 10 years ago.

FURTHER to that you champion this so called "new media" stuff. Yet you can't see the forest for the trees.

I don't begrudge Humble and Fred for using new media. What they don't seem to understand is that they're using the same "old skool" tactics used by old skool radio. Let's see

1. shrill, in your face posting on forums receptive to their cause

2. Fan boys that go to SOWNY & other old skool forms of media to get the message out. How can a man with any integrity allow posts on the "shit stain" forum to talk about what he is doing?

3. Overuse of special guests. What happens when the guests run out? I'm not against guests but isn't this the Humble and Fred Show, not the "guests of humble and fred show"

4. And the most important point. This whole program is sold as something "new and different". Yet, the real mandate of this show is to land H&F a gig back in old fashioned radio. Much like Chris Biggs and Jason Barr did to end up on 97,7

Let me explain

a. adopt new media under the guise of doing something cool and different

b. get FM radio job and allow podcast to fade away.

That's what this is all about but no one wants to admit it. If Steve Jobs was laid off by Apple he never would have taken a job at Microsoft.

If you want to build something cool you do it organically. You do it under the radar. You let it sell itself on it's merits. I've ran 3 online radio stations. One was incredibly successful, so successful I had to close it because the $500+ dollar a month bandwidth costs were just too much for a hobby. Never once did I post a link to this station in a radio forum. Never once did I advertise the station. Hell I didn't even mention it to radio people I knew at the time to critique it.

Why? Because I felt the opinions of a bunch of dated relics in radio was meaningless. And that is H&F's problem. They want recognition from their peers. They want old skool radio to listen. Instead they should be doing exactly the opposite. Letting people find it organically.

November 20, 2011 @ 11:11 AM


Well, my Habs won last night. That was great 4 to 0, and my coyotes won as well. Hockey was all good except the Leafs won unfortunately. They're back to winning again. Oh well.

November 20, 2011 @ 11:19 AM


@Irvine (nov 20th, 11:11)

An incredibly successful hobby doesn't "cost" you $500 a month; it earns you the $500.

November 20, 2011 @ 12:03 PM


@CQ. U must be a radio guy eh hater. I never started online radio to make money. I did it to create an outlet for new music. If anything my rising cost were my success because my TSL and audience grew to the point where it was costing me over 500 bucks a mnth just in bandwidth.

November 20, 2011 @ 12:54 PM


Irvine comes across as a major jerk.

November 20, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

Mississauga Phil

Jerk is being to polite...he's an @SShole

November 21, 2011 @ 1:03 PM

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