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102.1 the Edge Shuffles Show Deck

102.1 the Edge Shuffles Show DeckJust this past March, Fearless Fred switched from mornings on 102.1 the Edge back to afternoons and a new morning show of Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell took over.

Now it seems Fearless Fred is back taking care of the morning shift with co-host Melani and Josie Dye has been moved to 2pm-6pm. Greg Beharrell has moved out west and Dominik Diamond is MIA.

For 25 years the 102.1 morning show was anchored by Humble and Fred and then Dean Blundell, but since Dean's dismissal, there's been a bit of back and forth. We'll see if Fearless Fred (who claims to really, really hate me) sticks this time. I wish him luck.

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Alan Cross Returns to CFNY 102.1 the Edge

Alan Cross Returns to Toronto's 102.1 the EdgeAlan Cross is returning to 102.1 the Edge where he's spent the bulk of his radio career. You can hear him chat with me about his career in radio in episode 66 of my podcast.

We haven't been told yet what his role will be on 102.1, but we're promised details in the fall. Alan Cross was let go as Program Director of the station in 2008 and completely fired from the station in 2011.

I've been hearing his voice everywhere lately, as he narrates the videos at the Science of Rock exhibit at Ontario Science Centre and he voiced the Bob McCown propaganda film that aired last night on Sportsnet.

His return to CFNY follows the return of Scot Turner and his Spirit of Radio Sundays and a re-embracing of 102.1's musical roots. This is a good thing.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 82: Martin Streek

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 82In this 82nd episode, Mike chats with Alan Cross, David Marsden, Brother Bill, Todd Shapiro, LoriAnn, Fred Patterson and others about the life and death of Martin Streek on the 5th anniversary of his death. This episode is exactly 1:56:33.

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Working on the Radio - The 102.1 Band

Working on the Radio - The 102.1 BandNash the Slash passed away on the weekend. He played electric violin on The 102.1 Band's "Working on the Radio", a song by CFNY and about CFNY, written by Brad McNally and Jim Bird.

Here's "Working on the Radio" from 1979.

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Early Alan Cross on CFNY 102.1

Early Alan Cross on CFNY 102.1Here's how Alan Cross used to sound in his early days on CFNY 102.1. After listening to this vintage clip, click over to my interview with Alan Cross from earlier this year.

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10 Worst Albums of 1985 According to CFNY

10 Worst Albums of 1985 According to CFNYCFNY runs down the 10 worst albums of 1985 in this vintage audio clip.

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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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Todd Shapiro Spills More Details on Split from 102.1 the Edge

Todd Shapiro Spills More Details on Split from 102.1 the EdgeTodd Shapiro debuted his new show this morning on Sirius XM 168. You can hear it all on his awesome new website.

Although he revealed quite a bit in his interview with me last month, he spilt more beans on his show today about his split from 102.1 the Edge.

Here's a bit of what he revealed during an interview with Slutty Siri (NSFW).

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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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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 67: Todd Shapiro

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 67In this 67th episode, Mike chats with Todd Shapiro about his days at 102.1 the Edge on the Dean Blundell Show, what the hell happened and his upcoming show on SiriusXM. This episode is exactly 59:55.

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Todd Shapiro and me

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