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Virgin 99.9 leads the way for M18-34 with a 12.2% share (up from 10.3%) followed by Indie 88.1 at 9.5%.

Congrats to Indie 88. This is remarkable because CFNY dumped Spirit of Radio Sundays to focus on the 18-34 demo. It's low powered competitor beat them.

Perhaps it's time for the directionless management at Corus to admit they're NOT winning the battle for youth anymore. The "heritage status" of CFNY only matters to radio nerds & older people. So use that with those older people and reinstate "Spirit of Radio everyday".

June 10, 2016 @ 8:22 AM

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Indie beating CFNY is even more impressive when you compare the signal strength of the two stations. No comparison.

2.1 kW vs. 35.4 kW

June 10, 2016 @ 8:36 AM


When Spirit of Radio Sundays got cancelled I once again 100% stopped listening. No point for me. Loved the way Scot Turner hosted and contextualised it. Otherwise I'm happy to do my own queuing + discovery. My musical taste for what it's worth:

(Sidenote, Spotify Discover's algorithm is just incredible for me. The weekly playlists it generates know me shockingly well, even when I'd played all of three albums at the start.)

June 10, 2016 @ 8:49 AM

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Count me in as a fan of Scot's Spirit of Radio Sunday show, but I'm way older than CFNY's target demo.

I often wonder why radio stations don't think there's any money in targeting guys like me. Many of us actually buy things!

June 10, 2016 @ 8:54 AM


Interesting is the daily CUME for the two stations when you look at the power of the two signals.

CFNY. 345,000
Indie 88 - 214,000

The situation with Jazz FM is just dismal. It has a lowest CUME in the entire ratings (excluding 1650 AM CINA a multicultural station). It's ratings are just awful. As a long time fan of Jazz (and a Sax player since Grade 7), this station needs to slowly move away from the "old white purist" Jazz shit & embrace some urban/black & multicultural jazz based music. Make the whole sound a little more cool & a little more "street".

June 10, 2016 @ 8:58 AM


Disappointed that no English Canadian broadcaster picked up the Copa America Centenario. Only place to watch the games is on Univision Canada (Spanish only) or streaming. For those unfamiliar with the tournament it is basically the Euros but consisting of teams from North and South America.

Speaking of which the Euros start today which will be great to have some soccer to watch during the days followed by Copa America at night.

I'm holding back negativity towards the Argos (as a TFC fan) about them starting their preseason at BMO field. I'm concerned about the field conditions and possible football lines being visible during soccer matches but am hoping the grounds crew can work their magic. If those 2 things are satisfied I believe most TFC fans will be fine with new tenants. If not, all hell will break loose.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:06 AM


"Bragging rights also go to John Moore, host of Moore In The Morning on Newstalk 1010 (CFRB). According to the Numeris Spring 2016 Toronto PPM ratings, John is the #3 morning show host on Toronto commercial radio. Who says AM radio is dead?"

June 10, 2016 @ 9:08 AM

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In your guesstimation, who would win a fight between TFC supporters and Argos fans?

June 10, 2016 @ 9:09 AM


I am a biased TFC fan so I'll say TFC supporters.

Of course that's because I believe the average age of Argo fans are 50+ and in a fight may end up breaking a hip.

(In all honesty I think I have never in my life seen anybody wear an Argos jersey whereas I've seen many people of varying ages wear TFC jerseys. Of course this is all subjective)

June 10, 2016 @ 9:13 AM

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You make a good point. Outside of Argo games, has anyone ever seen someone wearing an Argos jersey? I often see people wearing TFC garb.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:15 AM


Euro2016 starts today :)
Italy who I'll be cheering for are not close to favourites but I'm good with that..
I see Germany or Belgium winning it.

I was hoping the Penguins would have won last night, but man did Martin Jones stand on his head! too bad we have to wait until Sunday now though..

have a good weekend everyone!

June 10, 2016 @ 9:16 AM



I was in downtown Calgary last week in a set of office towers. I was counting the empty floors & about 35% of them were empty in one tower. Traffic is lighter. LInes are much smaller. But, I do know of a couple of energy companies who are doing well.

So should I assume that all is fine in the energy industry because 1 or 2 companies are doing well versus the overall state of things? You know, like in AM radio

PS. Its Steve Kowch. If he starred in radio porn, he'd be taking a load on the face from CFRB. He's hardly unbiased.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:17 AM

James Edgar

@markosaar interesting taste. I'll be having a closer look at some of those bands. I forgot i had an account on lol. i'll have to have a listen later.

BTW happy Birthday Mike , how did it go with the e-test?

June 10, 2016 @ 9:24 AM


CFRB 1010 will always rule the am dial in the morning. Always have, and likely always will.

A monkey could be hosting and they would still get good numbers. Moore is pretty vanilla which suits the listeners of that station fine. Its a miracle CBC hasn't hired him - he just seems sooo right for them.

I personally would still prefer to have Bill Carroll in that chair.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:25 AM



Not really Argie, it went through some tough times a while back. More importantly said claim doesn't break down into demo's, especially demo's you can sell. 1010 is non existent in the 18-34 demo & it's not much better in the 25-54 demo. Does CFRB & Kowch image that those demo's are going to 'grow" into the station?

June 10, 2016 @ 9:30 AM


Kowch isn't the PD there anymore. He's in Montreal at their sister station. Mike Bendixon (sp?) is their PD.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:33 AM


@James Edgar,

If you mention a few bands you're really into I'd be happy to suggest some stuff you might not have stumbled across.

I'd like to think I've explored all the reaches of "alternative rock", though I tend to favour electronic-tinged stuff. Blame a childhood of Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and KMFDM heh.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:35 AM



Kowch was fired from 'RB, I doubt he'd have good feelings for them, he's just reminding them that he hired John Moore.

But BTW, it's awesome that Moore is the number 3 morning host, maybe Mike will have him on the podcast soon. ;)

June 10, 2016 @ 9:36 AM



I know, I referenced Kowch because he's the one who posted the shill & ratings on SOWNY. Really my comment was directed at the guy "Anon" who claimed because 1010's morning show is doing well it's a clear sign AM radio isn't dying.

It's a station for older people. The problem with older people is that advertising agencies don't like them. Even if you got the numbers it's still a bitch to sell it.

I've heard rumors from trusted sources that even selling those Rogers 'AC' style stations is getting difficult. If they can't sell the whole medium is doomed. You watch starting in August. That's when the yearly purge of staff happens.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:40 AM



In the world of radio you get fired from every job you have man. It's just how they do business. If Kowch is the PD of the 1010 sister station (as Argie says) I doubt he hates 1010.

I have zero respect for anyone that is a shill. It's on the same level as a politician, telling you the "truth" as they see it.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:45 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Tonight we're playing a gig in Georgetown at Time Out Sports & Taps. We've got a bit of a tribute to Gord Downie planned for the second set. If you live in the area, come on out it's free!

June 10, 2016 @ 9:45 AM



The quote was from Kowch not me.

For the record I agree with you. Radio is dying, I am a college instructor and most of my students will listen to podcasts but not live radio.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:48 AM


Pan am games were 342 million over. Cant say I'm surprised.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:49 AM


For the record, Steve Kowch is a freelance consultant, and works for neither CFRB or CJAD in Montreal.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:54 AM



For the record I agree with you. Radio is dying, I am a college instructor and most of my students will listen to podcasts but not live radio.

It actually makes me happy to hear that podcasts are apparently taking off. That's what I replaced radio with.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:56 AM

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@James Edgar

My birthday is actually a couple of weeks away, but I'll be without my car for a couple of weeks as it's in a lot while I drive another car.

I got a conditional pass. That means I get my sticker, but I can't sell the car. I'm not sure I could get more than a hundred bucks for it anyway.

June 10, 2016 @ 9:57 AM


Well, I'm far from first. Oh well, that doesn't really matter. Anyway, how about those Orioles. That was a great comeback win. Hope they do it again tonight. My Cavs will also win tonight. Yes, they will I need the win so I can win the pool. It's going to be Cavs in six. Trust me. Anyway, apparently there is a bielection in my riding. It's for school trustee or something like that. I keep getting bugged about it. I'm not voting. I mean I have no kids so why should I care about this bielectionn. 'm not voting and that's that. Yes, Gordie Howe died. Of course, I know who he is. I used to follow the WHA, and the Phoenix Roadrunners were my favourite team. Gordie Howe didn't play for them, but he was in the WHA. He scorrd when Houston beat my Roaadrunnerrs.

June 10, 2016 @ 10:04 AM


Indie88 vs. 102.1:
The transmitter power of each station is hardly comparable, as illustrated above. With FM, though, what really makes a difference for distance coverage and penetration is "Height Above Average Terrain". 88.1's 2.1 kW is at 281 m (922 ft.) HAAT. 102.1's 35.4 kW is coming from the top of the CN Tower at 421 m (1,381 ft.) HAAT. Combine the power with transmitter height and the comparison isn't even fair.

Regardless of what the ratings say, Indie88 punches above its power, so good on them.

June 10, 2016 @ 10:57 AM

Ken U. Barrett

I swear Cheryl is a 3 minute long skit just waiting to happen on Saturday Night Live come September.

June 10, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Jason from Sudbury

@Mike: What are you driving now?

June 10, 2016 @ 11:29 AM

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@Jason from Sudbury

On Monday I'm driving a Buick Enclave for two weeks.

June 10, 2016 @ 11:31 AM



I couldn't believe that not only nobody picked up Copa America, but that FoxSports still blacks out their streaming of the game to people who live in Canada, even though there are no rights holders here. Also their announcers are just horrible

As for TFC, I believe that that the quality of MLS soccer disgraces a soccer pitch more than CFL football lines and a bit of mud.

June 10, 2016 @ 11:33 AM



Apparently CTV holds the rights to Copa America but did nothing with it. Even their soccer personalities on twitter make no mention of the games or offer any opinions regarding the games.

Sure you can say quality of MLS soccer is a disgrace but that's because soccer is a global game and your comparing leagues from across the world. Also I find it funny you judge MLS quality yet make no mention of CFL quality vs NFL.

June 10, 2016 @ 11:58 AM


There is no fair way to compare "quality" of the CFL vs. NFL because the two can never again (since the mid-1970s) be even remotely compared with respect to the money available for, to and within the leagues. If the CFL could pay salaries comparable to the NFL, ticket prices would be ridiculously higher. Torontonians like to think the Buffalo experience could be transferable to Toronto, but Buffalo is near or at the bottom of the NFL for ticket prices. Put the NFL in Toronto and ticket prices would not be much lower than even the still-expensive cheapest that were offered for "Bills in Toronto" games. The stadium would fill for the first few years, then the novelty would wear off, money would be lost, the team would be sold and move. Don't forget that the NFL is all about TV revenue, too. So is MLB, which provides us with two solid parallels: The worst - consistently - ratings on American TV for baseball involve the Toronto Blue Jays. In the NBA? Raptors. American sports businesses want as little to with Canada as possible. Let's not even get into the NHL on that topic.

June 10, 2016 @ 12:37 PM


Is Ann Rohmer back on CP24 permanently? I've seen her anchoring the past couple nights. I wonder if they brought her back to replace Lyndsay on CP24 breakfast.

June 10, 2016 @ 1:26 PM

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I believe she's back for the summer, but I'm still trying to confirm that. My one CP24 source claimed to know nothing about it.

June 10, 2016 @ 1:30 PM

m m

Upcoming RIP: National Post. Can't hide facts behind bad numbers. Never liked their bias, although a few columns had intelligent writing, and at least high school-level vocabulary.

June 10, 2016 @ 1:48 PM


@ Mike

Consider donating your car eventually. Minimum $300 tax receipt. They will tow it. Works out to $100 if you are in the 30% tax bracket.

June 10, 2016 @ 1:51 PM


Want to saying something positive about Wynne *gasp*. I liked SOME of the initiative in the "green" package she put together.

1. Heating with electricity. From what I read most people imagine she's referring to baseboard heating like in those 70's townhouses. That stuff bankrupts you. They're referring to Geothermal. It's a series of pipes buried underground which transfer the natural ground heat, compress it and it heats your home. It's never ending (at least until the earths core cools..which will cause other issues). You can also cool your place with it. The temp of the ground is stable summer & winter. It's easy to install new homes, but retrofitting is a real bitch (and expensive). I've read repeated reports that in houses it cuts heating costs dramatically. It's commonplace in Michigan.

2. Electric car plugs in houses & condos. The Tesla Model 3 has taken nearly 500,000 orders. To put that into perspective the Honda Civic sells about 300,000 units per year in the USA. The car is mainstream. This will give the product the boost it needs. Even if a car isn't entirely electric & it's more like the Chevy Volt (EV with gas engine) it still makes sense. If you can do most of your around town stuff on electricity you save a shitload of money. At $0.10 a KWH (what I pay) it's 3 cents per mile. Think about that. The cost to drive from downtown Toronto to Kitchener-Waterloo would be about $1.80.

June 10, 2016 @ 1:51 PM

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Yes, that's l.ikely exactly what I'll do, when the time comes to say goodbye.

June 10, 2016 @ 1:52 PM


Donating your car to charity is a lovely idea. Just watch with respect to the tax receipt. Charitable donations are credits, not deductions. The after-tax value of the donation will vary depending on your taxable income and how much you give in total during the tax/calendar year.

For those of you who do your own tax returns (electronically or by paper), charitable donations go on Schedule 9 of your T1 General return.

Of course, the above is a bit of a hassle. Thankfully, CRA has provided a Charitable donation tax credit calculator page on their website:

If your old car is your only receipted charitable donation during the year and your taxable income is between $50,000 and $100,000 in Ontario, your $300 donation works out to a tax credit of $80.26. If you donate $500, of which the car is $300, that $300 increases your charitable tax credit by $120.48.

Regardless of the above, donating your car to charity is good on many levels. Have some tissues handy for when finally say goodbye to it. Just in case.

June 10, 2016 @ 3:10 PM



Take your entire argument and substitute MLS in place of CFL and you have the same problem.

June 10, 2016 @ 5:27 PM



Your pic with Josh D, you must enjoy Pizza Nova.Most Valuable Pizza.
Many have done the same.

June 10, 2016 @ 10:20 PM

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It was an honour to meet The Bringer of Rain tonight.

Look who I just met!

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) June 11, 2016
June 10, 2016 @ 10:22 PM


Well, sports was not good last night. My Cavs lost. They better win the next two. That was not very good. My Orioles lost. They had to lose it in exxtras. Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop hit home runs, but that wasn't enough. My Orioles lost and my Diamondbacks also lost. Everyone fricken lost. Anyway, I hate the Warriors. They're a dirty team. I also want the money. It's awful. I'm really mad.

June 11, 2016 @ 5:52 AM


Premier Orville Redenbaucher has completely lost it. This Climate Plan shows she is delirious for how else can u explain this nonsense. The Libs only know one thing & that is how to gouge the public.

Electric cars for everyone?? = high, high electricity costs. Ever notice how they tell us to conserve yet when ON Hydro's revenue falls due to this conservation , they go to the board to ask for a raise in rates & they get it every time.

Elimination of natural gas. This fuel was supposed to be & is cleaner than oil.

Like Theo Caldwell always says "climate change". Its like the house who recycles 100% & the other 100 houses in the neighbourhood don't. What about all that pollution from the US Rust Belt.

PC made a big mistake in electing Brown, Christine Eliot was the right person for this time. Who knows what happens next.

June 11, 2016 @ 4:16 PM



I disagree. This energy bill is actually the only intelligent thing Wynne has ever done. She's looking forward in the future. A few points

1. The increase of your electrical rates (which are still cheaper than Alberta) is due to the decommissioning of coal fired electricity generation. This was a liberal election promise. It was supposed to happen by 2007. It took 6 more years. Result: Far few smog days & air particulate.

2. Electric cars for everyone? Why not. Nexen did a study years ago showing that they could produce enough power for all of North American just by using wind turbines in the Great Lakes. Perhaps when Easterners get over the whole "spoiled view" shit, it might happen. The only real limitation is rare earth elements like lithium for batteries. San Francisco is asking all new buildings have solar panels. Once this becomes the norm the result will be ample power for cars & a decentralization of the grid. The only people against this are the power companies.

3. Natural gas IS cleaner than oil, but oil isn't used for power generation and rarely for heating (because it burns dirty) . Further, almost all the reserves of Nat Gas in North America need to be fracked. We all know how the world feels about fracking.

4. Many countries are adopting renewable power sources. Germany & Chile recently produced so much renewable power they had to give it away.

5. Electric heat: Again, this isn't baseboard heating, it's Geothermal. That's WAY more energy efficient than natural gas. I lived in a condo with Geothermal. It also cools your house too.

Oil prices have doubled in the past year. The much taunted "over supply" was the result of elevated prices which spurred on a massive amount of fracking. US oil production soared because of it and a resulting glut happened. But fracked wells have about a 3 year life span. Once those wells go, we need to ramp up production again. Because of the major recession in oil, there has been so much pull back you'll probably see oil prices go higher than in 2008. Do ramp up production, you need higher oil prices.

Ontario is a net importer of oil. Every day it imports about 1.2 million barrels of oil. Almost all that oil comes from foreign sources. At $100.00 a barrel that amounts to $120 million dollars A DAY that leaves Ontario. In a single year that's $43 billion dollars that leaves Ontario & lands in the hands of rogue nations (mostly). There is almost no Alberta oil in Ontario. If you produced all your own energy needs you could keep all that money & pay off your massive debt. It's just good economic sense to get off the Ferris Wheel of oil & gas.

Finally, lest you believe I'm a Greenpeace hippie bike riding type. I'm not. But if you stand just south of Downtown Calgary & look at all the oil and gas company logos on the office tower there is a good chance I did some type of work in most of those companies, fracking stuff too.

PS. The largest producer of oil in the world right now is Russia. Russia is currently producing more oil than Saudi is. But Russians push their wells too hard & doing so causes rapid depletion & destruction of the well. It's not just a tap in the ground. The Saudi's maintain their production by a 60 year old oil field named Ghawar. To pressurize the well they pump sea water into the wells. Waterflooding/water injection is destructive. You get to a point where the water mix is so high the well is useless.

The minute those two providers go into rapid depletion, it's #GAMEOVER. And they will decline. In 1999 North Sea crude production was 6 million BPD. Today it's 1/3 of that. Over half the known reserves are gone.

The "glut" is temporary. Electricity is endless.

June 11, 2016 @ 9:29 PM


why are these assholes any better than common criminals?

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June 11, 2016 @ 9:40 PM


My Diamondbacks won last night so that's a good thing that happened in sports. My Orioles was a different story. I'm really worried about them. Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Joey Rickard hit home runs, but the pitching fell apart in the sixth inning and they lost the fricken game. They better win today. I really need my Orioles to start winning again. My Cavs better win tomorrow as well. I want my money. Please don't let the other guy have it. I want the money so let the Cavs win three more games and I'll get my money.

June 12, 2016 @ 5:52 AM


@ Cheryl as Yev Kassem would say "No Money for You! anyway.

June 12, 2016 @ 8:56 AM


What is this world becoming?
Worst massive shooting in U.S. history.
Shocking yes, but not surprised.
Will get worse & worse & worse sorry to say.

June 12, 2016 @ 2:43 PM


Big bats today. B4 you tweeted Jays winning 5-2.
You tweet & now 7-6.
U R a jinx.

June 12, 2016 @ 2:55 PM

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If I'm such a jinx, how come we won today?

June 12, 2016 @ 4:26 PM

jimmy c. corn

talcum powder cancer terrorist no jail time

run a pot shop for people with cancer legal charges

June 12, 2016 @ 10:51 PM


@Toronto Mike,

I think if you gave a batch of episodes a chance, like tried about ~3, you'd enjoy Trailer Park Boys. As Maddog says, it is filthy, and gives a bad impression if you're only aware of it superficially. Under that layer of grime is a lot of heart, like any stereotypical Canadian TV show heh.

I think the first 6 seasons are easy to recommend and great watching. The first Netflix season was fantastic and I was so happy it was back, but I feel like it's possibly time to throw in the towel. I've been going through the 10th now, and can't binge it like most Netflix shows ... finding it very uncomfortable to watch. I hope there's a great pay-off by the end.

June 13, 2016 @ 8:57 AM


My Orioles lost yesterday. That was no good. Even with all the home runs, my Orioles lost. It was not a good game. Home runs were two by Adam Jones, Pedro Alvarez and Manny Machado. I am really worried. The pitching is falling apart. Ubaldo Jimenez had to be taken out in the first inning. This really really sucks. My Diamondbacks won last night though. Robby Ray got a shutout which is great. Hopefully that means he will pitch better from now on. Anyway, I want my money. Go Cavs. Please win three more games. That's all I ask. I need my Cavs to win so go Cavs.

June 13, 2016 @ 10:22 AM


Well, how about those Cavs. They won. They are still alive. There will be a game 6 and a game 7. That's wonderful. I am going to win my money because my Cavs know how to win and keep going. Last game is on Sunday. My Diamondbacks also won. Homers by Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lam. They're heating up. My Orioles didn't play. Let's hope they win tonight. They have to after that lousy weekend. I got more junk mail from Rogers again. I hate Rogers. They want me to get their Internet. Well, sorry, but I have Primus and am very happy with them so Rogers, I do not need your stupid junk mail so stop sending me junk mail.

June 14, 2016 @ 6:14 AM


Trump Or Hillary for President of U.S.

Either a punch in the face or a kick in the Nuts as per my son who works at Parliament Hill with the scuttlebutt there. MP's are concerned for future.

June 14, 2016 @ 9:26 PM

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IMHO, MPs shouldn't be too concerned about a Clinton presidency. It'll look an awful lot like the last eight years.

June 14, 2016 @ 9:53 PM


Hillary is 100 times more acceptable & capable for president than the boorish, simpleton Donald.

June 15, 2016 @ 12:40 AM


Well, my Orioles won last night. That was great. Chris Tillman pitched well enough to win the game. Home runs by Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. My Diamondbacks lost though so they're back to losing again. My Cavs are going to win tomorrow night. That would be great and then they will win again on Sunday. I can't wait to get my $100.00. I really really want my money. The Warriors are a dirty team. Cavs will find a way to win the next two games.

June 15, 2016 @ 10:22 AM


Baseball was not good last night. My Orioles lost. They were losing 6 to 0, but tried to rally. Adam Jones hit a home run, but lost 6 to 4. That sucked. My Diamondbacks lost. Anyway, not a good night at all. My Cavs are going to win tonight. As I said the Warriors are a dirty team. I am really liking the Cavs a lot now. Anyway, they are going to win tonight and Sunday and I will get my money. I'll get it on Monday morning if I win.

June 16, 2016 @ 9:56 AM

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