Edge 102 ~ CFNY
Edge 102.1 / CFNY won't be airing The Strombo Show for the second Sunday in a row. They're giving up that timeslot today to air a tribute to Martin Streek. Personally, I'm uncomfortable with that station airing a three hour tribute to Martin Streek because I can't get passed the fact they fired the man with the old station logo literally tattooed on his ass in May.
The tribute to Streek I can get behind, and have been promoting like crazy the past couple of days, is the five hour one David Marsden did on The Rock. I implore all CFNY fans from the 80s and 90s, and all those mourning the loss of Martin, to download all five hours now at https://www.torontomike.com/2009/07/martin_streek_tribute_with_dav.html. It's fantastic radio.
Last Sunday, I noted that CFNY did not air the first Strombo Show following Martin Streek's death. I was speculating that perhaps Strombo, a good friend and fan of Martin, made this happen. His show did air on other Corus stations. I'm a big Strombo fan, and I was interested in his tribute to Streek. For my money, nobody could impart their passion for good music the way Streek and Strombo could.
edge.ca still has a page for The Strombo Show, but when you click through their page for more on The Strombo Show, you get nothing.
A temporary hosting issue or more Strombo Show smoke while we look for fire?
This is great radio. Download the five MP3s below and throw them on the iPod.
» Martin Streek Tribute with David Marsden PART 1
» Martin Streek Tribute with David Marsden PART 2
» Martin Streek Tribute with David Marsden PART 3
» Martin Streek Tribute with David Marsden PART 4
» Martin Streek Tribute with David Marsden PART 5
That's all five hours, un-cut. It's not only a great tribute to Martin, but it's a fantastic collection of awesome music.
Last June, I took a closer look at the Edge 102.1 playlist and then took another gander this past January. I was curious how many different songs were in rotation at CFNY. While I was crunching the numbers, I assigned each song a label: New, Recent or Classic Alternative.
Here's how I classify the songs:
New: I labelled a song new if it was new to the playlist in 2008. Yes, I was pretty generous with this label.
Recent: I created this category to cover songs that aren't exactly Classic Alternative but also aren't new. Songs less than five years old were labelled as "recent".
Classic Alternative: This covers the "golden oldies" CFNY likes to play. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, U2, Beastie Boys, STP, etc. Songs older than five years, essentially.
Last time, it was clear CFNY was playing a lot more older stuff. When I removed the repeats, almost exactly two-thirds of the music played was older than five years and of the "classic alternative" genre.
Here are the songs played between midnight and noon today with their assigned labels. After the chart, I'll hit you up with some stats.
|11:56 AM||"ULYSSES" - FRANZ FERDINAND||NEW (R)|
|11:53 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW (R)|
|11:44 AM||"YOUNG CARDINALS" - ALEXISONFIRE||NEW|
|11:41 AM||"NEVER TOO LATE" - THREE DAYS GRACE||RECENT|
|11:36 AM||"SAVIOR" - RISE AGAINST||NEW|
|11:30 AM||"DUMB" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:27 AM||"GIMME SYMPATHY" - METRIC||NEW (R)|
|11:24 AM||"ALL EMPIRES FALL" - WAKING EYES||NEW (R)|
|11:21 AM||"SABOTAGE" - BEASTIE BOYS||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:13 AM||"BODY OF YEARS" - MOTHER MOTHER||NEW (R)|
|11:11 AM||"SONG 2" - BLUR||CLASSIC ALT|
|11:07 AM||"FIXED TO RUIN" - SAM ROBERTS||NEW|
|11:03 AM||"PANIC SWITCH" - SILVERSUN PICKUPS||NEW (R)|
|11:00 AM||"SHE'S A GENIUS" - JET||NEW|
|10:50 AM||"CALIFORNICATION" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:47 AM||"SO SHE'S LEAVING" - TREWS||RECENT (R)|
|10:43 AM||"I WILL POSSESS YOUR HEART" - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE||RECENT (R)|
|10:36 AM||"WHEN I COME AROUND" - GREEN DAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:31 AM||"21 GUNS" - GREEN DAY||NEW (R)|
|10:27 AM||"ALIVE AGAIN" - CHAMPION||NEW (R)|
|10:24 AM||"THE ROCK SHOW" - BLINK-182||CLASSIC ALT|
|10:16 AM||"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR||RECENT|
|10:13 AM||"BELIEVE" - BRAVERY||RECENT|
|10:08 AM||"RUSTED FROM THE RAIN" - BILLY TALENT||NEW (R)|
|9:03 AM||"RE-EDUCATION (THROUGH LABOR)" - RISE AGAINST||RECENT|
|8:52 AM||"LITHIUM" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|8:39 AM||"NUMB/ENCORE" - JAY-Z/LINKIN PARK||RECENT|
|8:20 AM||"21 GUNS" - GREEN DAY||NEW (R)|
|8:07 AM||"KIDS" - MGMT||NEW|
|7:53 AM||"YELLOW" - COLDPLAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|7:14 AM||"NEW DIVIDE" - LINKIN PARK||NEW (R)|
|6:56 AM||"THAT'S THAT S***" - SNOOP DOGG FEAT. R. KELLY||RECENT|
|6:46 AM||"I WILL POSSESS YOUR HEART" - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE||RECENT|
|6:19 AM||"ULYSSES" - FRANZ FERDINAND||NEW|
|6:07 AM||"FALLEN LEAVES" - BILLY TALENT||RECENT|
|6:02 AM||"PANIC SWITCH" - SILVERSUN PICKUPS||NEW (R)|
|5:58 AM||"TIME TO PRETEND" - MGMT||RECENT (R)|
|5:44 AM||"TODAY" - SMASHING PUMPKINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:39 AM||"21 GUNS" - GREEN DAY||NEW (R)|
|5:27 AM||"LOVE IS A FIRST" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP||NEW|
|5:23 AM||"DISARM" - SMASHING PUMPKINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:17 AM||"AIN'T NO REST FOR THE WICKED" - CAGE THE ELEPHANT||NEW|
|5:14 AM||"THE MIDDLE" - JIMMY EAT WORLD||CLASSIC ALT|
|5:07 AM||"RUSTED FROM THE RAIN" - BILLY TALENT||NEW (R)|
|5:05 AM||"THIS RESPIRATOR" - FLATLINERS||RECENT|
|5:01 AM||"SOMEBODY TOLD ME" - KILLERS||RECENT (R)|
|4:57 AM||"SOMETIME AROUND MIDNIGHT" - AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT||NEW|
|4:51 AM||"ALIVE" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:48 AM||"USE SOMEBODY" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW|
|4:39 AM||"NEIGHBORHOOD #3 (POWER OUT)" - ARCADE FIRE||RECENT|
|4:36 AM||"NO YOU GIRLS" - FRANZ FERDINAND||NEW|
|4:33 AM||"THE KIDS AREN'T ALRIGHT" - OFFSPRING||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:28 AM||"HIGH AND DRY" - RADIOHEAD||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:24 AM||"NEW DIVIDE" - LINKIN PARK||NEW (R)|
|4:20 AM||"ALL YOU DID WAS SAVE MY LIFE" - OUR LADY PEACE||NEW (R)|
|4:16 AM||"VIVA LA VIDA" - COLDPLAY||RECENT|
|4:11 AM||"OH, THE BOSS IS COMING!" - ARKELLS||NEW|
|4:08 AM||"TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE)" - GREEN DAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:04 AM||"HURT" - NINE INCH NAILS||CLASSIC ALT|
|4:01 AM||"GIMME SYMPATHY" - METRIC||NEW (R)|
|3:58 AM||"PORK AND BEANS" - WEEZER||RECENT|
|3:55 AM||"INTERSTATE LOVE SONG" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:52 AM||"THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE" - RISE AGAINST||NEW|
|3:44 AM||"(I HATE) EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU" - THREE DAYS GRACE||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:40 AM||"SEX ON FIRE" - KINGS OF LEON||NEW|
|3:35 AM||"EVEN FLOW" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:27 AM||"TIMES LIKE THESE" - FOO FIGHTERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:23 AM||"PANIC SWITCH" - SILVERSUN PICKUPS||NEW (R)|
|3:20 AM||"ALL EMPIRES FALL" - WAKING EYES||NEW|
|3:16 AM||"1979" - SMASHING PUMPKINS||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:11 AM||"ALIVE AGAIN" - CHAMPION||NEW|
|3:07 AM||"GUERRILLA RADIO" - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE||CLASSIC ALT|
|3:04 AM||"BODY OF YEARS" - MOTHER MOTHER||NEW|
|2:59 AM||"21 GUNS" - GREEN DAY||NEW (R)|
|2:55 AM||"BARTENDER" - (HED)P.E.||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:52 AM||"GALVANIZE" - CHEMICAL BROTHERS||RECENT|
|2:47 AM||"DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS" - DISTURBED||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:38 AM||"PLUSH" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:34 AM||"PUSH IT" - GARBAGE||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:31 AM||"BREED" - NIRVANA||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:24 AM||"RUSTED FROM THE RAIN" - BILLY TALENT||NEW (R)|
|2:21 AM||"TWISTED TRANSISTOR" - KORN||RECENT|
|2:18 AM||"IN TOO DEEP" - SUM 41||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:13 AM||"ENTER SANDMAN" - METALLICA||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:08 AM||"RUBY SOHO" - RANCID||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:04 AM||"I GOT A GIRL" - TRIPPING DAISY||CLASSIC ALT|
|2:00 AM||"NEW DIVIDE" - LINKIN PARK||NEW|
|1:56 AM||"SOMEBODY TOLD ME" - KILLERS||RECENT|
|1:50 AM||"A LOOKING IN VIEW" - ALICE IN CHAINS||NEW|
|1:43 AM||"MY MUSIC @ WORK" - THE TRAGICALLY HIP||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:39 AM||"TIME TO PRETEND" - MGMT||RECENT|
|1:35 AM||"JUMP AROUND" - HOUSE OF PAIN||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:30 AM||"THE SCIENTIST" - COLDPLAY||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:27 AM||"GIMME SYMPATHY" - METRIC||NEW|
|1:24 AM||"YOUR ENGLISH IS GOOD" - TOKYO POLICE CLUB||NEW|
|1:21 AM||"FIRST DATE" - BLINK-182||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:13 AM||"ALL YOU DID WAS SAVE MY LIFE" - OUR LADY PEACE||NEW|
|1:09 AM||"SAY IT AIN'T SO" - WEEZER||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:05 AM||"NO ONE KNOWS" - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE||CLASSIC ALT|
|1:00 AM||"PANIC SWITCH" - SILVERSUN PICKUPS||NEW|
|12:53 AM||"CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA" - OASIS||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:49 AM||"LET IT DIE" - FOO FIGHTERS||RECENT|
|12:41 AM||"ARIEL VS. LOTUS" - LIMBLIFTER||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:38 AM||"FEEL GOOD DRAG" - ANBERLIN||NEW|
|12:34 AM||"PAPER PLANES" - M.I.A.||RECENT|
|12:29 AM||"JEREMY" - PEARL JAM||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:24 AM||"21 GUNS" - GREEN DAY||NEW|
|12:20 AM||"BALLAD OF HUGO CHAVEZ" - ARKELLS||NEW|
|12:16 AM||"LOSE YOURSELF" - EMINEM||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:10 AM||"LOVE ROLLERCOASTER" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:07 AM||"SCAR TISSUE" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS||CLASSIC ALT|
|12:03 AM||"RUSTED FROM THE RAIN" - BILLY TALENT||NEW|
Here's what we learn from this random spot check of Edge 102's playlist.
- # of songs played: 112
- # of different songs played: 88 / 78.5%
- # of "new" songs: 50 / 44.6%
- # of unique "new" songs: 30 / 26.7%
- # of "recent" songs: 22 / 19.6%
- # of unique "recent" songs: 19 / 16.9%
- # of "classic alternative" songs: 43 / 38.4%
102.1 the Edge is playing about the same percentage of unique songs, with slightly more "new" songs and "recent" songs than classic alternative songs. In January, I found that over 51% of songs played were older than five years, and when we looked at the number of unique classic alternative songs played, it was a whopping 65.38%. Today, that total was only 48.3%.
Again, if we remove the repeats, almost half of the music played today was older than five years and of the "classic alternative" genre. There's lots of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains and the songs you know and love, mainly from the 1990s. Back in January, almost two-thirds of the de-duped music played was "classic alternative".
Update: My main objective was to see if CFNY was increasing the number of Classic Alternative songs they play. They're not.
24 of the songs listed above had already been played previously in the day. Remember, my sample ends before noon. This explains the reputation this station now has in my circle for repetition. Green Day's "21 Guns" was played five times. In my opinion, there's no need for 24 reruns over a 12-hour period.
Heres what I know to be true. I know CFNY / Edge 102.1 did not air The Strombo Show on Sunday. I know the other Corus radio stations who carry Strombo's show did air it as usual.
What I don't know, and I've tried to find out but failed, is whether The Strombo Show aired this past Sunday was live. I can't say whether it was a rerun or a new episode. It's quite possible George Stroumboulopoulos is on vacation, or simply taking a break after losing a good friend.
I received the email below from someone with similar questions. This person has permitted me to post the email, so long as I keep him or her anonymous.
Thanks for the sincere blogs over the last week. It's been helpful to visit an authentic forum.
I know from your post Sun. night that you didn't catch the strombo show, but have you heard anything about it since? I'm Brantford way and listened on fm96, where it aired at 5pm as usual.
Although I missed the beginning of the show, it seemed to me that George gave tribute via the playlist. There were some obscure tracks, some party tunes, some rebellion as usual. Not a lot of chitchat. The lyrics of the last set were striking to me and included a deathcab song (soul meets body), ac newman (prophets [which I heard at the time as "profits", given the current climate]), bedouin (walls fall down), and stones gimme shelter ended the show. He made a point of telling us to listen to the backup singer singing of rape and murder, and rather than playing through the whole song, ended the show directly after the backup singer blew out her voice singing "Murder" with such passion. That was the last word. Cut to commercial.
The statement seemed subtle and strong; he didn't give enough rope to hang himself with but if you knew what to listen for, the message was loud and clear.
So I wondered if I was reading too much into that (and was that even Strombo DJing? and was it a repeat show?) and waited for some kind of discussion online. Have you heard anymore about it? Do you have an opinion? I'd be interested in your thoughts.
PS - While I'm seeking opinions: this memorial at the Pheonix on Saturday - will Corus profit from that? Isn't it still a live-to-air cfny DJ'ed event? I'd love to go but have no intention of feeding the beast.
Very interesting... unless Sunday's show was a rerun. Or are me and **name removed** reading entirely too much into the fact CFNY didn't air the first Strombo Show after Martin Streek's death?
Last night, after our ball game, the Mikes and I got talking about the Phoenix. The Phoenix, for you out-of-towners, is a club at 410 Sherbourne Street that I used to frequent in the mid-90s. I was there for the moshing anthems but you never knew who you'd bump into.
We were talking about the Phoenix Concert Theatre because we were talking about Club 102, a live-to-air event heard on 102.1 every Saturday night for as long as I can remember. Club 102 was hosted by Chris Sheppard, and when Shep left, Martin Streek took over.
Club 102 was fun, because it was great tune after great tune. Streek was the perfect host, full of energy and passion with a fantastic voice. There's a Facebook group in memory of Streek, and that's where I found an hour and two minutes of Club 102 recorded live from the Phoenix and hosted by Martin Streek. It was shared by Trevor Castle.
I'm embedding the audio below, but I'm not sure how much time we'll have before my free bandwidth allotment gets blown out. I recommend downloading the MP3 by clicking here.
The doors of the Phoenix.... are... now... OPEN!
I'm plugging myself back in after a long weekend of kayaking, BBQing, chilling with the family and playing beach volleyball under sunny skies. My radio is tuned into Edge 102.1 for The Strombo Show, one of Corus' best radio shows. I've always liked George Stroumboulopoulos.
This is the first airing of The Strombo Show since Martin Streek died. It's no secret Stroumboulopoulos and Streek were tight. I saw them together as recently as last year's CASBY Awards and Strombo was swooning in the presence of Streek, a man he clearly admired. Then, there's this quote from Strombo, which has resurfaced since Streek's death.
Martin Streek (and David Bookman) are so important to this city, what they do for music ... Streek when he’s on the radio... quality wins. They believe in music. They are the snipers waiting by the window keeping everyone on their game. Because their music knowledge is impeccable, their passion is unrivalled and they’re not afraid to tell you. They understand how important a record can be to your life.
I've got CFNY on the radio, trying to listen to Strombo to hear what he'd say about Martin, but I'm not hearing The Strombo Show. I'm hearing a guy named Jeff Leake playing the typical music 102.1 plays these days, and there's no mention of George Stroumboulopoulos or The Strombo Show. The "S" word hasn't been uttered once.
Did Strombo quit Corus? Does anyone know where his radio show has gone?
Update: I'm told The Strombo Show was on Corus tonight, just not Edge 102.1. edge.ca is promoting the show as airing from 2pm - 5pm, a change I've obviously missed! It was always 5pm - 8pm.
Apparently there's nothing to see here, move along....
Update 2: When I wondered aloud if The Strombo Show aired here at 2pm, a Strombo fan who would like to remain anonymous replied and said "not today they didn't ... this afternoon Todd had some sort of bikini thing goin' on ... they didn't broadcast in T.O today "
The plot thickens...
I'm still stunned that Martin Streek left us this early when there were so many other options available to him. It's a tragic story that really hits me, because I spent hundreds of nights listening to him on the Thursday 30 and his Live to Air broadcasts on CFNY 102.1 / The Edge. Furthermore, the world's collide all over the place with this one. I broke the sad news last night and have many friends who knew Martin personally and are mourning his loss in a far more personal way.
I was scheduled to meet up with Mike Wixson tonight. Mike worked with Martin, and now works with my good friend Humble Howard at RedFishEntertainment, producing his Man Up Canada game show. I was going to meet with Mike about some Man Up Canada web stuff when he cancelled because, as you can imagine, he's shattered.
Mike and I were exchanging emails this morning when he sent me this recent tid bit about Martin Streek that will likely be news to everybody.
We had just finished a pilot for a new show called Martin Streek's Backstage...he was brilliant. It was going to be popular and he would never have had to look back on radio. He was made for TV. I have a demo you need to see. He was headed toward a TV career at 1000 miles an hour.
Here's Martin Streek's demo for Martin Streek's Backstage, a show we'll never get to see developed. In this great clip, he's interviewing USS.
He looked and sounded great, didn't he?
I'm not sure how to write this one, so I'm just going to tell you what I know.
As a long time fan of CFNY / Edge 102, I was sad to learn recently that Martin Streek had been fired after over 20 years of service. As of this writing, that entry had 88 comments from others who wanted to wish Martin well. Soon enough, Martin Streek himself chimed in to say thanks.
Thank to those of you who made comments, both good and bad...either way, it's proof that you listened and/or cared about the scene I/we were part of...
Earlier today, Martin Streek updated his Facebook status message with words that sound so ominous now. This, it turns out, is Martin's farewell to the world.
So...I guess that's it...thanks everyone...I'm sorry to those I should be sorry to, I love you to those that I love, and I will see you all again soon (not too soon though)... Let the stories begin.
My entry about Martin Streek leaving CFNY / Edge102 is #1 when you Google his name, and Steve did just that an hour ago.
I just heard that Martin has passed away... very sad to hear.... (I was a cfny staffer back in the 80s and just heard this from Earl J.)
At first, I thought it was a cruel joke. Martin Streek seemed so vibrant, so full of life. But after chatting with Steve, and seeing the Facebook status message, I'm afraid it's true.
Martin Streek has taken his own life.
I got an interesting email from Race Coach the other day. He had a couple of neat stories as to how he won prizes from CFNY / Edge 102. Here's his email.
I was thinking it might be interesting to blog about prizes people have won at CFNY, err The Edge. I don't bother trying to win prizes from the radio any more, but there was a time ....
1) I was washing my car out on the front lawn, listening to CFNY. The Live Earl Jive was on, and he just mentioned something between songs: "If you see a CFNY cruiser with a wind surfer on top, stop and ask how to win it". I didn't pay much attention. But, later that day, I was heading to work at Ontario Place, along Lakeshore Blvd, and saw the cruiser parked in a gas station. I pulled a U-ee and rolled down my window. "How do you win that think?", I said. "You just did", was the reply. That was the start of my windsurfing career.
2) The next one is a little vague. I remember going to a sporting event, in a box that was sponsored by CFNY. I imagine I must have won something, just to get there. Then, during the event, they drew names. The winners got to go to Winnipeg for a CFL game with Humble and Fred. Low and behold, I won (along with a bunch of other people). So, on a frigid, grey weekend a bunch of us flew to Winnipeg, sat outside on aluminum seats, froze out nuts off and watched a bad game of football. It was AWESOME! Humble and Fred were great hosts, and made the event particularly fun.
I've never won a radio contest, but I've never called in to win, which may explain my futility. I did win Jays tickets and an invitation to 680 CFTR's Pizza Pizza pre-game party, but that wasn't through the radio. That's a neat story you can read here.I'm interested to know who out there has won anything interesting from a radio contest and how it all went down. Share in the comments!
In my Edgefest 2009 recap, I promised I'd write further about the massive mudslide that grew from the Downsview Park mud yesterday. I've been to six Edgefests and several Molson Park festival-style gigs, and when you've got acres of field, thousands of youngsters and rain, you get mud. And when you have mud, you inevitably get a giant wet banana-like mudslide.
I was parked beside the biggest mud pit, so I watched it evolve. At first it's a couple of guys who take the plunge, then others conger up the bravado, eventually a girl or two will join in, and like a page from Lord of the Flies, it often results in mud throwing at innocent concert goers, or worse, the dragging of non-consenting spectators into the pit.
I saw that happen several times. Someone would get too close to the pit, the mudders would target him or her, and force 'em in the mud. I'm always surprised the instigators don't get clocked.
From Woodstock to Edgefest, mud slides are a part of music festival lore, and I would have been disappointed if I didn't stumble upon one yesterday. Here are some pictures I took and a video.
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