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Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock Station

Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock StationQ107 has changed its tune from "Classic Rock" to "Toronto's Rock Station".

Fear not, they'll still play Led Zeppelin, but they'll also play newer rock. Here's John Derringer explaining the format tweak.

What do you all think about this change?

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102.1 the Edge Mornings with Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell

Starting March 31, 102.1 the Edge has a new morning show consisting of Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell. This official ends the Fearless Fred experiment as he goes back to the afternoon drive where he'll be joined by Melani.

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And yes, that is Carlos Benevides returning to CFNY after a stint at 91.5 The Beat in Kitchener.

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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Cancelled

XXXThere's lots going on in the world of George Stroumboulopoulos.

First Bob McKenzie reported that he was going to fill Ron MacLean's seat hosting Hockey Night in Canada and now CBC has announced they're not bringing back George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight next season.

Other than his annoying love of the Habs, I quite like Strombo. Not only does he know and appreciate music, but he had the integrity to quit his Corus radio show after what they did to his close friend Martin Streek.

And he was nice enough to call me once to chat about podcasting and the future of his radio show.

It's a shame to lose his talk show because he's a fine interviewer and it was usually interesting viewing. We'll see what's next for Strombo, and if there's another Rogers-owned talk show in his future.

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Spirit of Radio Sunday

Spirit of Radio SundayI'm a little late on this one, but how could I resist writing about a story with the title Corus' 102.1 The Edge, Toronto, Launches 'Spirit of Radio Sunday'?

Here's the rest of the story.

Corus Entertainment’s 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM) is bringing back the music that changed the face of radio in the late ‘70s and ‘80s with a weekly special celebrating The Spirit of Radio. Beginning March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spirit of Radio Sunday will be hosted by Scot Turner and will feature the artists that defined the alternative rock format such as U2, The Police, Depeche Mode, New Order, Talking Heads, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, OMD, The Smiths, The Cure and Tears for Fears.

“Spirit of Radio Sunday will celebrate CFNY’s legacy as the only station that showcased emerging artists during the rise of new wave, punk and alternative music,” said Blair Bartrem, Brand Director, 102.1 the Edge. “We are thrilled to have former on-air personality Scot Turner host the show, taking our listeners back to CFNY’s roots.”

Turner was a DJ on CFNY from 1984 to 1992 where he created and hosted/co-hosted various feature shows including Live In Toronto and The Thursday Thirty. Currently, Turner is Brand Director for Corus Entertainment radio stations 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 DAVE FM in Kitchener, Ontario.

CFNY became one of the most pioneering and influential radio stations in the world that explored new music and allowed freedom of expression, individuality and music choice of its DJs.

Firstly, I didn't realize Skot Turner had changed the "k" to "c" and was now Scot Turner. Secondly, this is a pretty cool idea from 102.1 the Edge.

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Fearless Fred in the Morning on 102.1 the Edge

radioWhen the Dean Blundell Show was suspended by Corus last month, I listed five possible outcomes. Number two on that list, after keeping Dean Blundell, was handing Fearless Fred the keys without missing a beat. With Fearless Fred taking over mornings on 102.1 starting Monday, it seems we're one step closer to that reality.

Fearless Fred seems like a nice enough guy and I wish him well, even though he really, really hates me. As you'll hear below, that's on him. I never hated Fearless Fred. Not even a little bit.

Congrats again, Fred.

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Derek Welsman and Dean Blundell Show Disrespect Judicial Process

Derek Welsman and Dean Blundell Show Disrespect My Cause MistrialWe've been talking a lot about the Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 The Edge lately. Last week Dean Blundell attacked Humble and Fred and just Friday Todd Shapiro chimed in on the controvery.

Now Derek Welsman, a.k.a. Blind Derek, is in some hot water for a discussion he had on the air with Dean Blundell and Billie Holiday.

On a recent Monday morning inside the studio of the Dean Blundell shock-jock radio show, giggles and guffaws filled the airwaves as the host and his sidekicks ridiculed several gay men involved in a criminal trial.

A jury had just convicted a man for sexually assaulting three men he met in a Carlton St. bathhouse. The show’s producer and on-air personality, Derek Welsman, was the foreman.

The radio personalities chortled as they mocked gay men who visit bathhouses and the intelligence of the sex assault victims. They snickered as they imagined the perpetrator’s excitement for prison showers.

This, as you can imagine, suggests prejudice and could should result in a mistrial.

Three years ago, I was too was the foreman of a jury. My trial was a murder trial and we found the accused guilty. I wrote about this experience here. I respected the process, took it extremely seriously, and chose not to reveal a single detail about what happened in the jury room.

This disrespect and homophobic discussion on this popular Toronto morning show is extremely disappointing. I suspect it will be Fearless Fred in the mornings on 102.1 The Edge before you know it.

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"Iron" Mike Bensson, Dead at 60

In MemoriumIron Mike Bensson was 60. I knew Iron Mike Bensson as an on-air personality at 97.7 HTZ-FM out of St. Catharines where he worked for over 15 years. Cancer sucks.

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Barb DiGiulio Gone from The FAN 590

Barb DiGiulio Gone from The FAN 590Rogers Media let go 94 people across the country yesterday including Barb DiGiulio at The FAN 590.

Admittedly, I hadn't heard Barb DiGiulio in quite some time, but in the early 90s I listened almost daily as she joined Gord Stellick on the Big Show. It was fun radio for this teenager at a time when the Jays were World Series contenders and the Leafs were improving quickly with Cliff Fletcher at the helm.

If memory serves me correctly, Barb DiGiulio was seriously considered as Jim Tatti's replacement on Sportsline. Now there's an early 90s Toronto sports flashback for ya.

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Todd Shapiro Fired From Dean Blundell Show: What Happened?

radioEdge 102 (or CFNY if you're an old guy like me) has removed all traces of Todd Shapiro from their website. Here's what Dean Blundell had to say:

A lot of you people have been asking about what’s going on with Todd and where he is. I’m sad to say no longer with the show, leaving the morning show team here at the Edge.

I have no idea if Todd Shapiro was fired or whether he left on his own. If he quit, I don't know why. He hasn't tweeted from @iamToddyTickles since July 11.

Jason Barr was fired from the Dean Blundell Show almost three years ago and now co-hosts a morning show on 97.7 HTZ-FM.

If anyone knows what happened to Todd, let me know in the comments. And Todd, if you're interested in an interview to clear the air, contact me.

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Vinyl 95.3 Now 953 Fresh FM

Vinyl 95.3 Now 953 Fresh FMHamilton's Vinyl 95.3, which played Greatest Hits from the 70s and 80s, is now 953 Fresh FM playing top 40 hits from today.

Of interest to fans of the Humble and Fred Podcast is that Kelly Cutrara has a gig at 953 Fresh FM from 3pm to 7pm weekdays. She starts Monday making this her last week on the podcast. Congrats, Kelly.

I didn't listen to Vinyl and I'm sure I'll never hear Fresh FM from Hamilton, but if you're in the Hamilton area and enjoy top 40 hits, you have a new destination to sample.

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