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Ross Winters Fired as Program Director at 102.1

radioThere was a time when complaining about the demise of CFNY / 102.1 the Edge was what we did best over here. Our primary target was usually Program Director Ross Winters who prompted former Edge DJ Barry Taylor to label the station "Top 40 with grunge".

Corus Entertainment has just given Ross Winters the boot. The man who let Martin Streek and Barry Taylor go, brought us Fearless Fred from Edmonton, said farewell to Jason Barr and Bookie, is no longer Program Director at CFNY.

Cool Steve might have said it best. "The alternative format is left without a good home to represent it." We're left with our MP3 playlists, Spotify, satellite radio and music blogs.

The Edge became dull long ago.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 36: Humble Howard

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 36In this 36th episode, I'm joined by Humble Howard Glassman from the Humble and Fred show as we discuss his radio career, his personal life and he gives exclusive details about Humble and Fred's future on satellite radio. This episode is exactly 1:10:58.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 34: Freddie P.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 34In this 34th episode, I'm joined by Fred Patterson from the Humble and Fred show for a great chat about his radio career, the state of terrestrial radio today, the future of Humble and Fred, the Leafs and Rob Ford. This episode is exactly 1:08:26.

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Dave "Bookie" Bookman Fired from Edge 102

radioDave Bookman, better known as Bookie on the radio, has been fired from CFNY / Edge 102. He had been on the air there since 1991.

Dave Bookman was the last on-air holdover from the 90s. When Alan Cross was fired in the summer of 2011 we feared Bookie would be next. He was older and probably making a decent salary, but he was passionate and knowledgeable about the music. I always enjoyed listening to Bookie talk about the music.

Here's Bookie's bio from edge.ca where you'll still find it. I suspect it won't stay there much longer.

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Top New Rock Song of All-Time on 102.1 the Edge

Top New Rock Song of All-Time on 102.1 the EdgeThis long weekend, 102.1 the Edge counted down their top new rock songs of all-time. I'm naturally interested in such things, so I was curious what song they'd put at number one. I had my money on Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

I was pretty damn surprised when I heard their number one new rock song of all-time was another song on that album. They went with Come As You Are. Nirvana's Nevermind is one of my favourite albums of all-time, and as awesome a single as Come As You Are is, I'm betting most folks wouldn't pick it as the top cut on the album, let alone of all-time. In fact, wouldn't Lithium or In Bloom rank ahead of Come As You Are? And wouldn't we all agree that Smells Like Teen Spirit is the seminal track on Nevermind?

So what we have is a song that might not be one of the top three tracks on the album it appeared on being ranked #1 of all-time. Flabbergasting, ain't it?

For the record, 102.1 the Edge had Smells Like Teen Spirit at #11 and Lithium at #27.

Does anyone have a theory as to how Come As You Are leap-frogged Smells Like Teen Spirit and Lithium to top this list?

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Toronto Radio DJs: Where Are They Now?

toronto radio: where are they now?I got an email from a reader wondering where former CFNY personalities were now. I pointed him to The Spirit of Radio Fan Page, but he deemed that too out of date.

So I asked him for his list and I promised to take a crack at it myself and open it up to all of you to help me fill in the cracks.

Where are these former Toronto radio folks today?

  • Maie Pauts
  • Kneale Mann
  • Kim Hughes
  • Brother Bill
  • Pete Fowler
  • Visjna
  • Alan Cross
  • Humble and Fred
  • DJ Dingra
  • Producer of Live in Toronto, Chris Pack
  • John Jones - Music Director
  • Marla West
  • Mary Ellen Benninger

Here's the ones I know:

  • Maie Pauts - currently on Boom 97.3 (hear my chat with her here)
  • Kneale Mann - met him recently, currently consulting
  • Kim Hughes - heard her on CBC Radio One recently, not sure what she's currently doing
  • Brother Bill - changed his name back to Neil Morrison, was on 99.3 The FOX in Vancouver
  • Pete Fowler - OPP officer (hear my chat with him here)
  • Visjna - not sure
  • Alan Cross - currently hosting The Secret History of Rock on Astral stations
  • Humble and Fred - podcasting daily at www.humbleandfredradio.com
  • DJ Dingra - not sure
  • Producer of Live in Toronto, Chris Pack - not sure
  • John Jones - Music Director - not sure
  • Marla West - not sure
  • Mary Ellen Benninger - currently doing news at CHFI and 680News

Leave a comment letting me know about the rest or if I got something wrong.

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Martin Streek Tribute Audio - 8 Hours from Edge 102 and David Marsden

martin streek tribute audioIn the weeks following long-time Toronto deejay Martin Streek's passing three years ago today, two significant tribute shows aired on radio stations in the GTA. First, there was David Marsden's five hour tribute to Martin Streek that aired on 94.9 The Rock and then there was a three hour tribute that aired on Edge 102.

I shared some heavy thoughts in real-time while listening to these three hours on 102.1 that conveniently failed to mention Streek was fired from Edge 102 two months before committing suicide, but it's still a fitting tribute to Martin Streek. Marsden's tribute is even better. Here's all 8 hours of tribute audio for your listening pleasure.

Martin Streek Tribute from Edge 102 Part 1

Martin Streek Tribute from Edge 102 Part 2

Martin Streek Tribute from Edge 102 Part 3

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

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Martin Streek is gone, but he's certainly not forgotten.

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I Don't Hate Fearless Fred

I Don't Hate Fearless FredI don't hate Fearless Fred. Not even a little bit.

Way back in November, Fearless Fred appeared on the Humble and Fred podcast and had a bone to pick with me. Here's an excerpt:

November was a long time ago, but this topic was recently brought up on the podcast (a pirate named Rusty believe it or not) and I'm hearing from a bunch of new listeners who are missing vital context. People are writing me emails telling me to apologize to Fearless Fred, but these people have only heard Fred's rant above.

For those new folks who think I hate on radio personalities and harass their families, here are the facts:

  • I wrote about Fearless Fred's move from Edmonton to The Edge 102. As you'll see, I was pretty gentle.
  • Then, he fired the first shot, going off on me in an interview. Of course I wrote about that, posting Fred's quote, but again I was awfully gentle.
  • I've never, ever written a single word about Fearless Fred's wife or family. I never cross that line. I spoke about Fearless Fred as a radio host, a public figure, and merely commented on the situation at Edge 102 and his on-air abilities.

So no, I don't believe I owe Fearless Fred an apology, but he probably owes me one. And no, I don't hate him. Not even a little bit. He seems like a decent guy and I'd love to bury the hatchet.

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Top 102 New Rock Songs by 102.1 The Edge (2012 Edition)

Top 102 Albums of 1993102.1 The Edge, a.k.a. CFNY, has unveiled the top 102 "new rock songs" of all time, according to 102.1 The Edge listeners.

This is the list they played Saturday, May 19, 2012.

  1. Sublime - Santeria
  2. Nirvana - Come As You Are
  3. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
  4. The Smashing Pumpkins - Today
  5. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  6. Weezer - Buddy Holly
  7. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  8. The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
  9. Blur - Song 2
  10. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
  11. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  12. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  13. Green Day - When I Come Around
  14. Alice In Chains - Man In The Box
  15. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  16. The Offspring - Self Esteem
  17. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  18. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
  19. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
  20. Finger Eleven - One Thing
  21. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  22. Oasis - Wonderwall
  23. Billy Talent - Try Honesty
  24. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  25. City And Colour/Dallas Green - Save Your Sissors
  26. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  27. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
  28. Bush - Glycerine
  29. Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
  30. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
  31. Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
  32. Sum 41 - Fat Lip
  33. Sublime - What I Got
  34. The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
  35. Muse - Uprising
  36. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  37. Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man
  38. K-OS - Crabbuckit
  39. Radiohead - Creep
  40. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  41. Green Day - Brain Stew
  42. The Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission cap
  43. Weezer - Say It Ain't So
  44. Foo Fighters - Everlong
  45. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  46. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
  47. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
  48. Tool - Sober
  49. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
  50. Coldplay - Yellow
  51. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
  52. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  53. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  54. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  55. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
  56. Beck - Loser
  57. Our Lady Peace - Starseed
  58. Linkin Park - In The End
  59. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
  60. Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days
  61. The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
  62. Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
  63. Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become
  64. Green Day - American Idiot
  65. Billy Talent - The River Below
  66. Incubus - Drive
  67. Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
  68. MGMT - Kids
  69. Our Lady Peace - Innocent
  70. Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
  71. Metric - Help, I'm Alive
  72. Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  73. The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
  74. Blind Melon - No Rain
  75. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
  76. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  77. Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
  78. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
  79. Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
  80. Bob Marley/The Wailers - Jammin'
  81. Our Lady Peace - One Man Army
  82. The Offspring - Come Out And Play
  83. Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere
  84. Muse - Starlight
  85. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  86. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
  87. Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
  88. Nirvana - Lithium
  89. Three Days Grace - Just Like You
  90. Radiohead - Karma Police
  91. K-OS - Man I Used To Be
  92. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  93. City And Colour/Gord Downie - Sleeping Sickness
  94. Beastie Boys - Figth For Your Right
  95. The Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up
  96. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  97. Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
  98. Alice In Chains - No Excuses
  99. The Tragically Hip - Poets
  100. Blink-182 - All The Small Things
  101. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
  102. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way

102.1 The Edge likes to do this with great frequency. In fact, they did it just last Labour Day. Here's how the list looked then.

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
  2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  3. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  4. Nirvana - Come As You Are
  5. Metallica - The Unforgiven
  6. Foo Fighters - My Hero
  7. Linkin Park - In The End
  8. U2 - With Or Without You
  9. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  11. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  12. House Of Pain - Jump Around
  13. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
  15. Nirvana - All Apologies
  16. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
  17. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  18. Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  19. Beck - Loser
  20. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
  21. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
  22. Beastie Boys - Figth For Your Right
  23. Metallica - Enter Sandman
  24. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  25. Blind Melon - No Rain
  26. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  27. Our Lady Peace - Is Anybody Home?
  28. Blur - Song 2
  29. Billy Talent - Try Honesty
  30. MGMT - Kids
  31. The Tragically Hip - Poets
  32. R.E.M - Losing My Religion
  33. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
  34. Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
  35. Foo Fighters - Everlong
  36. Oasis - Wonderwall
  37. Green Day - Brain Stew
  38. The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
  39. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
  40. Coldplay - Clocks
  41. Linkin Park - Numb
  42. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
  43. Nirvana - Rape Me
  44. Incubus - Drive
  45. Pearl Jam - Alive
  46. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze
  47. Nirvana - About A Girl
  48. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  49. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
  50. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  51. Rage Against The Machine - Testify
  52. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  53. The Offspring - Self Esteem
  54. Our Lady Peace - Somewhere Out There
  55. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World
  56. The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
  57. Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  58. K-OS - Crabbuckit
  59. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  60. Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves
  61. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of
  62. Finger Eleven - One Thing
  63. Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
  64. Our Lady Peace - Innocent
  65. Green Day - Time Of Your Life
  66. Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3
  67. Radiohead - Karma Police
  68. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
  69. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
  70. The Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission cap
  71. Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
  72. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
  73. Foo Fighters - Times Like These
  74. Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
  75. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
  76. Three Days Grace - Just Like You
  77. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  78. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
  79. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  80. Sum 41 - Fat Lip
  81. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  82. Our Lady Peace - Life
  83. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
  84. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
  85. Everlast - What It's Like
  86. Nickelback - How You Remind Me
  87. Nirvana - The Mand Who Sold The World
  88. The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
  89. Green Day - When I Come Around
  90. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  91. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  92. Finger Eleven - First Time
  93. Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
  94. Sloan - Money City Maniacs
  95. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
  96. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  97. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  98. Big Wreck - The Oaf
  99. Blink-182 - All The Small Things
  100. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker - Laces Out
  101. The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
  102. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late

It's pretty amazing to see the #1 song from Labour Day 2011 finish 78th this weekend. That was a Red Hot Chili Peppers tune, a band that placed 10 songs in the top 102 last time, but only 3 this time. Are Edge listeners finally tiring of all RHCP all the time?

The Tragically Hip placed 8 songs in the top 102 this time around, making them champs. But this list looks surprisingly different than the last one. Santeria, a surprise #1 this time around, didn't crack the top 102 last time.

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Top 102 Albums of 1993

Top 102 Albums of 1993I was perusing the spirit of radio site when I stumbled upon the Top 102 Albums of 1993 according to CFNY a.k.a. 102.1 The Edge.

Through the years I've shared a number of CFNY lists, all of which can be found at https://www.torontomike.com/cfny_edge_102/, but this 1993 list caught my eye for a few reasons:

  1. In 1993 I was almost never without a radio and listened to a shitload of CFNY
  2. Most of this list are albums I owned and loved
  3. Terrestrial radio in this city used to play some pretty sweet stuff, aforementioned bias aside

Here's the list:

  1. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
  2. Nirvana - In Utero
  3. Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion
  4. Pearl Jam - Vs.
  5. New Order - Republic
  6. Radiohead - Pablo Honey
  7. Breeders - Last Splash
  8. Catherine Wheel - Chrome
  9. U2 - Zooropa
  10. Porno For Pyros - Porno For Pyros
  11. James - Laid
  12. Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
  13. Bjork - Debut
  14. Pet Shop Boys - Very
  15. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
  16. Suede - Suede
  17. The The - Dusk
  18. Juliana Hatfield Three - Become What You Are
  19. The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't I?
  20. Lemonheads - Come On Feel The Lemonheads
  21. P.J. Harvey - Rid Of Me
  22. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
  23. Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
  24. Doughboys - Crush
  25. Adorable - Against Perfection
  26. Belly - Star
  27. Tea Party - Splendor Solis
  28. Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?
  29. hHead - Fireman
  30. Tool - Undertow
  31. Kate Bush - The Red Shoes
  32. I Mother Earth - Dig
  33. Dinosaur Jr- Where You Been
  34. Jane Siberry - When I Was A Boy
  35. Various - 1993 CFNY New Music Search
  36. Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
  37. Blind Lemon - Blind Lemon
  38. Verve - A Storm In Heaven
  39. Frank Black - Frank Black
  40. Trash Can Sinatras - I've Seen Everything
  41. Midnight Oil - Earth And Sun And Moon
  42. 13 Engines - Perpetual Motion Machine
  43. Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth
  44. Curve - Cuckoo
  45. Revolting Cocks - Linger Ficken' Good & Other...
  46. Swervedriver - Mescalhead
  47. Eric's Trip - Love Tara
  48. Wonder Stuff - Construction For The Modern Idiot
  49. Primus - Pork Soda
  50. R.E.M - Automatic For The People
  51. Concrete Blonde - Mexican Moon
  52. Front 242 - :06:21:03:11 Up Evil
  53. Matthew Sweet - Altered Beast
  54. Urge Overkill - Saturation
  55. Cocteau Twins - Four Calendar Cafe
  56. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancer's Union
  57. Spirit Of The West - Faithlift
  58. World Party - Bang!
  59. Cracker - Kerosene Hat
  60. New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Body Exit Mind
  61. Odds - Bedbugs
  62. (missing)
  63. Jesus Jones - Perverse
  64. Beloved - Conscience
  65. Cranes - Jewel
  66. The Watchmen - McLaren Furnace Room
  67. The Fall - Infotainment Scan
  68. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Sport Fishin'
  69. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal?
  70. Hothouse Flowers - Songs From The Rain
  71. Mystery Machine - Glazed
  72. INXS - Full Moon Dirty Heart
  73. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Don't Know How To Party
  74. Hunters & Collectors - Cut
  75. House Of Love - Audience With The Mind
  76. Daniel Lanois - For The Love Of Wynona
  77. Tears For Fears - Elemental
  78. Acid Test - Drop
  79. Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
  80. Paul Weller - Wildwood
  81. Stereo MCs - Connected
  82. Ocean Blue - Beneath The Rhythm And Sound
  83. Revolver - Cold Water Flat
  84. Rose Chronicles - Dead And Gone To Heaven
  85. Waterboys - Dream Harder
  86. Machines Of Loving Grace - Concentration
  87. Bad Religion - Recipe For Hate
  88. Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet
  89. Peter Gabriel - Us
  90. Cowboy Junkies - Pale Sun, Crescent Moon
  91. UB40 - Promises & Lies
  92. Crash Vegas - Stone
  93. Dada - Puzzle
  94. Teenage Fanclub - Thirteen
  95. Moxy Fruvous - Bargainville
  96. Mae Moore - Bohemia
  97. Various - Stone Free
  98. Buffalo Tom - Big Red Letter Day
  99. Various - Sweet Relief
  100. Rymes With Orange - Peel
  101. Redd Kross - Phaseshifter
  102. Pursuit Of Happiness - The Downward Road

Almost twenty years later, the station continues to play tunes from a few of these albums, mainly those from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead and STP, but they haven't played New Order in quite some time...

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