Edge 102 ~ CFNY


CFNY FM: ain't your average radio clone

Karim Mosna sent me a link to this little documentary about CFNY thinking I might be interested. It's 22-minutes long and includes chats with Alan Cross, David Marsden, Ivar Hamilton and Dani Elwell.

If you're looking for a more long-form deeper dive into this subject, I strongly recommend the following episodes of Toronto Mike'd:

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 118: Dani Stover

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 118In this 118th episode, Mike chats with Dani Stover about her years producing the Dean Blundell Show on Edge 102, why she was fired, her battle with depression and her life on the air in Peterborough. This episode is exactly 1:18:07.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 114: Jason Barr

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 114In this 114th episode, Mike chats with Jason Barr about his years as Danger Boy on Humble and Fred, his decade as co-host of the Dean Blundell Show and his current gig at 97.7 Htz FM. This episode is exactly 43:00.

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Alternative Radio Fans Rise Against CFNY Switch

With the passing of Don Berns earlier this week, it seems like an appropriate time to jump in the time machine back to 1989 when CFNY 102.1 had changed its progressive and alternative new music format to something more mainstream. How mainstream? Think Janet Jackson and Bryan Adams.

CFNY fans rebelled, as you'll read in these old clipping from newspapers and magazines at the time. The passion and loyalty is an awesome sight to behold.

I received these clippings from a reader of this blog named Frank who got them from Larry Bates, who is often cited and/or quoted in these pieces.

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Larry was ready to go again in '92, but it was a false alarm.

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Don Berns Dead

Don Berns He was the longtime Toronto radio personality best known for his seven years at CFNY from 1985 to 1992 and his many years as Dr. Trance, Godfather of the Toronto rave scene.

I was hoping to have Don Berns on my podcast, and when he came in, I was going to play him this vintage CFNY clip.


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Bring Back the Spirit of Radio Part 2???

This little relic from Toronto's radio history was sent to me by Frank. It was circulated back in '92 when there were rumours CFNY was returning to top 40, as it did briefly in the late 80s.

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These types of campaigns remind me of David Marsden's original call to arms which I played for him in episode 106 of my podcast. It literally brought him to tears.

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Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1 the Edge Cancelled

Launched last February, Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1 the Edge, hosted by Scot Turner, was mighty popular in my circle. Scot and I spoke a great deal about the concept in episode 102 of my podcast. Essentially, the show was an homage to the legacy of CFNY, playing "the artists that defined the alternative rock format".

I'm referring to Spirit of Radio Sunday in the past tense because the program has been cancelled. Today's show is the very last one. Personally, I'm disappointed, as I thoroughly enjoyed the program and will miss hearing those great songs CFNY played in the 80s. As I type this, they're playing Endgames' "First , Last For Everything".

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I'm told this is part of some new changes at 102.1 that take effect tomorrow. Stay tuned...

Update: I just got off the phone with Scot Turner. Here's what I've learned:

  • Spirit of Radio Sunday was the most listened to program on 102.1 (according to the most recent Fall 2014 radio ratings), but did not perform as well with the 18-34 year old demo.
  • 102.1 is primarily concerned with this 18-34 demo and market research suggests they should focus on this demo. Spirit of Radio Sunday was cancelled so they can target 18-34 year olds 24/7.
  • This re-focus on the 18-34 demo puts an end to any rumours about David Marsden returning to 102.1. Marsden himself fanned these flames in episode 106 of my podcast.
  • Scot Turner loved putting the show together, especially the passionate reaction from fans, but respects this business decision and is happy to have his Sundays back.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 106: David Marsden

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 106: David MarsdenIn this 106th episode, Mike chats with broadcasting legend David Marsden about his years as David Mickie, his time at CHUM FM, the Spirit of Radio days at CFNY, his years at Iceberg and The Rock and his latest venture, NYthespirit.com. Tears are shed. This episode is exactly 1:45:39.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 105: Maie Pauts

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 105In this 105th episode, Mike chats with CFNY 102.1, CHUM FM and Boom 97.3 host Maie Pauts about her career in radio. This episode is exactly 56:50.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 102.1: George Stroumboulopoulos

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 103In this 103rd episode, re-branded episode 102.1 by marketing, Mike chats with George Stroumboulopoulos about his years at The Fan 590, CFNY Edge 102, MuchMusic, CBC and his current gig at Hockey Night in Canada. There are laughs, tears, The Wire references and almost two hours of open and honest dialogue with Canada's boyfriend. Seriously, we cover everything, from how the death of Martin Streek affected his working relationship with Corus to how he ended up hosting a reality show on ABC and what happened to his CNN show. I even ask Strombo if he'd take Jian Ghomeshi's old hosting spot on Q. This episode is exactly 1:50:46.

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