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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 466: Farley Flex

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 466In this 466th episode, Mike chats with Farley Flex about managing Maestro Fresh-Wes, getting Flow 93.5 on the air in Toronto, becoming a judge on Canadian Idol and giving back to his community. This episode is exactly 1:39:05.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 465: Mark Howard

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 465In this 465th episode, Mike chats with producer Mark Howard about his battle with stage four cancer, his new book "Listen Up! Recording Music with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2, REM, The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits...", working with Daniel Lanois and more. This episode is exactly 1:48:06.

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Why You Should Support Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair

I think it was August 2018 when I first received an email from Milon at Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair. He was an avid listener of Toronto Mike'd (well, the sports media episodes, at least) and wanted to jump on a call. Our first call was during my daughter's soccer match and the hour flew by. I watched the match while chatting with Milon on my Bluetooth headset. I had two thoughts:

  1. Milon has great pipes... dude should be podcasting.
  2. We could literally talk for hours about Toronto sports memories and sports media personalities.

I first met Milon at a Kelsey's in Markham. Another two hours disappeared in what felt like 10 minutes. I was sold on Milon as a person, but that doesn't mean Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair is any good. So I did my research...

Firstly, Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair is a proudly Canadian company, completely independent and gloriously picking themselves off the mat after Sears left them high and dry. I share that tremendous story here.

Secondly, they've truly been doing quality watch and jewellery repairs on all brands for almost 40 years. In fact, I'm told this is their 40th year. They have a new location in Richmond Hill where they have watch technicians and jewellers on the premises.

Thirdly, they'll give you a watch battery replacement with a one year warranty at the absolute best value. They'll match any advertised Toronto area watch battery installation price plus Toronto Mike'd listeners receive 15% off any Watch Battery Installation. Just mention you heard about them on Toronto Mike'd. It's that simple.

My mom has an issue with her watch band and I've sent her to Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair because they have a large selection of leather, metal, rubber and silicone watch bands. And, you get free installation with your purchase. They also have a great selection of watches.

And last, but certainly not least, this is a family-run Canadian company that has stepped up to partner with your favourite independent podcaster. They've been helping to fuel the #realtalk since November 2018, and anyone who has listened to one of the sports media roundtables knows that Milon is a charming guy. Say hi to him at the Richmond Hill location and chat him up about the Jays, Raps, Leafs and Toronto sports media.

If you enjoy Toronto Mike'd, the best thing you can do to support the show is to support the sponsors. If you have any watch or jewellery repair needs, go here to see Fast Time locations and let me know how it goes. So far every listener who has reported back on their experience has raved about the service and price.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 464: Maureen Holloway Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 464In this 464th episode, Mike catches up with CHFI's Maureen Holloway before she kicks out the jams. This episode is exactly 1:26:35.

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Tim Conway, Dead at 85

Tim ConwayTim Conway was 85. He was the comedic actor best known for being a core member of the “The Carol Burnett Show” troupe. He also starred in several Disney movies as well as the Dorf series of comic how-to videos.

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My Favourite Toronto Sports Moments

I've been following Toronto sports closely for almost 40 years. Ok, 37 years to be specific, but I prefer round numbers.

Now that I've had a couple of sleeps since witnessing The Shot, I find myself literally stuck in that moment. That shot was a true moment. It was a high arching buzzer-beater with some lengthy rim bounces that made it feel like time stood still for a few seconds. Kawhi took the shot and we all watched and waited to see if it would fall. It did, and the Raps advanced to the conference finals.

True, we're only halfway there, but that was the first buzzer-beater to end a game seven in NBA history. That's literally never happened before, and I can't personally remember a buzzer-beater in any game with that much bounce and suspense. I still can't believe it fell, but it did. Right?

I just checked the replay for the 529th time to confirm it did indeed fall. I haven't felt this jazzed about a moment in Toronto sports since Joey Bats flipped his bat in that crazy seventh inning. That wasn't that long ago, so now I'm thinking of where Kawhi's shot ranks in terms of Toronto sports moments.

Here's my top ten. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments, just know this is a personal list of moments that have happened since I started following Toronto sports. I watched every one of these moments live and remember the feeling. Every time I question why I give a shit about sports, I remember these feelings...

  1. Joe touchin' them all
  2. Kawhi's shot
  3. Timlin to Carter
  4. Joey Bats' bat flip
  5. Borschevsky
  6. Edwin's wildcard walkoff
  7. Gilmour's wraparound
  8. Alomar's HR off Eckersley
  9. Ed Spague's World Series HR
  10. George Bell catching '85 AL East clincher

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 463: Terry Koshan

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 463In this 463rd episode, Mike chats with the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan about his years covering sports for the Sun, Kawhi's shot, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. This episode is exactly 1:43:12.

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Doris Day, Dead at 97

Doris DayDoris Day was 97. She was the singer turned actress enjoyed success in such films as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

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Raptors Renaissance

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 462: Master T

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 462In this 462nd episode, Mike chats with Master T about his years at MuchMusic as a VJ and hosting Xtendamix and Rap City, his post-Much life and work at RX Music. This episode is exactly 1:49:00.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 461: Jamar McNeil Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 461In this 461st episode, Mike catches up with Jamar McNeil from CHUM before he kicks out the jams. This episode is exactly 1:35:44.

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Biggs and Barr Leave GTA for Ottawa Radio

I've always liked the Biggs and Barr story. Jason Barr was a key member of the Dean Blundell Show before Edge 102 let him go. Meanwhile, Chris Biggs was on the air at Mix 99.9, until he was let go. The two hooked up, discovered they had chemistry, and started podcasting as Biggs and Barr.

Next thing you know, Biggs and Barr are the new morning show on 97.7 HTZ-FM where they've had great success these past eight years. I personally had them pegged as John Derringer's successors on Q107, and that may still happen, but for now Biggs and Barr will be calling Ottawa home.

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Biggs and Barr have given 97.7 HTZ-FM notice that they're leaving the Bell-owned station for a Rogers-owned station in Ottawa called 106.1 CHEZ. I won't pretend to know anything about 106.1 CHEZ, but I do know Biggs and Barr are replacing Doc and Woody, and if the schedule holds, will be followed by former 97.7 HTZ-FM afternoon drive host TJ Connors (son of Scruff!) who voice tracks that show from Winnipeg. TJ once guested on my podcast and I highly recommend you listen to our conversation.

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It's nice to share a radio story where the subjects control their own destiny. Good on Biggs and Barr for creating something of value and moving on to another market. And who knows, maybe they'll be back in the big smoke some day.

Jason Barr was a guest on my podcast in the early days and you can hear his episode 114 of Toronto Mike'd here.


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Open Mike

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Peter Mayhew, Dead at 74

Peter MayhewPeter Mayhew was 74. He was the actor who played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy beginning in 1977 as well as later films..

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Red Kelly, Dead at 91

Red KellyRed Kelly was 91. He won eight Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in a Hall of Fame career.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 460: Mike Richards Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 460In this 460th episode, Mike catches up with Mike Richards who has plenty to say and announcements to make. This episode is exactly 2:19:19.

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