Edge 102 ~ CFNY
Pete Griffin was 81. He and David Haydu formed the comedy duo Pete & Geets, hosting a morning-drive radio show on CHUM-FM in the early 1970s that was later revived between 1982-1987 on CFNY.
Here's some great audio of Pete and Geets, originally shared here.
I once interviewed my buddy Freddie P about the Pete and Geets show, and asked him what it was like to be a part of it all. Here's what he told me:
Pete and Geets were fantastic. They were Canada's pioneer FM morning show, and here's what I mean by that. In the early days of CHUM-FM they changed the way morning radio was done.
Less music, more talk, irreverent instead of corny and they didn't yell at you like the am morning shows did. When they came to CFNY in 1980, it got even better.
I often find it amusing how much credit Howard Stern gets for bringing a different style of morning show to radio, but his "style" was being established by Pete and Geets before Stern was even out of college. But without the tits and ass.
And of course, Pete and Geets never got the credit they deserved, mainly because they never had huge ratings. But as we've learned over the years, ratings doesn't mean quality.
The current ratings system is a joke and has robbed Toronto of a lot of good radio over the years.
It sounds like I missed something special. Glove tap to @mondoville for letting me know about this loss and helping me verify his age.
Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be radio DJs. In radio, you're hired to be fired. And you don't get to say goodbye.
This entry started on Twitter. Mike Gamble let me know about LoriAnn and Darrin Pfeiffer's dismissals, and LoriAnn herself chimed in.
I first learned LoriAnn was fired from 102.1 The Edge in a comment on this blog on February 11th. In an email exchange with LoriAnn tonight I confirmed she was fired on February 10, told by Edge management "we're going in a different direction and unfortunately it affects your employment".
That's literally all she was told. She's not 100% sure what happened with Darrin Pfeiffer.
I believe they told him that they'd keep him on staff for emergency fill in and situations where they had nobody else... and after a few months re evaluated that and asked him what he wanted and he said let me go. Thats just hearsay tho.
The one good thing about being fired from radio is that you can't take it personally. All the greats have been canned once or twice during their career. It's a rite of passage.
There was a time I didn't miss The Thursday 30 on 102.1 The Edge. Back when it was hosted by Martin Streek, it was how I kept up with the latest tunes.
I don't catch it often these days, but I tuned in for a bit tonight. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" from her excellent 21 album.
I was surprised because Adele isn't really the kind of singer you'd expect to hear on 102.1 The Edge. She doesn't seem to fit alongside Rise Against, Foo Fighters and Sum 41, but she's a very welcome addition to an ever narrowing playlist. 21 is absolutely fantastic and it's physically impossible to dislike songs like this:
Better late than never. By the way, Cure fans... if you haven't heard 21 yet, you're missing out on a great cover of "Lovesong". Eat your heart out, 311.
Courtesy of Retrontario, here's a 1989 television ad for CFNY's Humble and Fred morning show.
Man, that Miami Vice look did not work for Humble. Fred, however, still dresses like that.
The JUNO Awards are tonight. The JUNOs always make me think about the U-Knows, CFNY's music awards for Canadian independent and alternative acts. The U-Knows have been called the CASBYs since 1986. Check out this clip of CFNY's Nick Charles celebrating Chalk Circle's 1986 CASBY win.
Mondoville is sharing highlights from the 1984 U-Know Awards held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on April 2, 1984. The host was Jim Carrey and you'll see the Spoons, Nash The Slash, Sherry Kean, Paul Humphries (Blue Peter), Live Earl Jive & Beverly Hills, Men Without Hats, Peter Noble, Parachute Club, Lorraine Segato, Billy Bryans, Billy Idol and the late BB Gabor.
Great find. Do you remember the U-Knows?
She calls herself Guelph Gal, and she recorded a bunch of CFNY audio from the 1990s. She's now in the process of uploading the audio to YouTube, and she's happy to have me spread the love here.
This is 13 minutes of The Thursday 30 with the late great Martin Streek and Pete Fowler. This was January 1997...
I'll have more in this series soon. Guelph Gal just has to get the audio off her cassettes...
I get letters. This one is from Chris who had something to get off his chest about CFNY a.k.a. Edge 102.
It's about 3:20am on a Monday night and a case of insomnia, largely fueled by the internet, had me surfing around the net looking up information to confirm what a friend told me, that Jason Barr was no longer with 102.1.
That leads me to your site - and pages and pages of critique on the state of 102.1... and I have to say that it's really refreshing to read something that reminds me I'm not crazy to feel, nor am I the only person out there, who feels totally ripped off by the direction that station has taken.
I'm 34. I've listened to CFNY since I was 12 and first got a stereo system that could pick up a signal from where I lived in the boonies. I know I just caught the last end of the dying gasps of that station and I can't help but feel bad for the young kids growing up today who will get yet another dose of corporate, top-40s music; instead of new, exciting, unheard of artists.
I had been traveling for a few years, and I come back to the death of Martin Streek, the loss of the few funny and interesting radio personalities, rap and hip-hop on 102.1, and the virtual takeover of the station by a bunch of middle-aged frat boys who have nothing more to offer than trite, juvenile, potty-humour.
It's a sad realization indeed to come to the conclusion that a former staple doesn't even warrant being programmed into the radio dial of a new car.
Thanks for taking the time to write about this - and not just write about it but recognizing the importance of the station - or what it used to be - in terms of it's impact on Toronto, and the surrounding area. Thousands people heard something new, got a taste for local musical flavour, and got to know people who truly cared about music. It truly mattered. I can remember vividly where I was when Martin Streek introduced Burning Inside by Ministry on a late night weekend show years and years ago. That was my introduction to industrial. I'm sure hundreds of people have similar memories.
It's too bad that's apparently gone for good.
Looking for the next best station,
By the way, Chris... Jason Barr is half of the new Biggs and Barr team on HTZ 97.7. Has anyone heard the show yet? What did you think?
If anyone wants to do what Chris did and peruse my CFNY / Edge 102 ramblings, they're all waiting for you at https://www.torontomike.com/cfny_edge_102/.
Because you don't follow me on Twitter, you didn't get the heads up last night. What else of interest could have possibly been taking place last night?
Here's the tweet you missed.
They start January 17.
This past Saturday, I joined Humble and Fred as they recorded their Gift of Christmas Podcast.
Just in time for Christmas, here's the podcast in four easy to digest chunks. Enjoy...
Thanks to Dan Duran, Bingo Bob and Ari Daniel for helping to make this magic happen, ACME Pictures for donating the web space and PROUD FM for donating the studio space.
I've just returned from a visit to the PROUD-FM studio at Church and Wellesley where we recorded the Humble and Fred Christmas podcast. This is our 8th podcast overall, and once again we were joined by Dan Duran and Bingo Bob. Humble also brought along the first Humble and Fred Podcast intern, a Ryerson student named Ari.
I've sat in on a bunch of these, so I've witnessed the evolution, but if you were a Humble and Fred fan from the 90s you'd likely be pretty surprised by the content. Instead of targeted a young male demographic, it's completely organic. The result is more heartfelt, with discussions about Humble's separation, Fred's daughter's wedding and the birth of Bingo Bob's first child. Don't get me wrong, it's still damn funny, but there's far more substance and thought-provoking discussion and slightly less dick and fart jokes. It's compelling stuff, and I hope you listen when I post the audio early next week.
As usual, I took some pictures. If you want to read more about Humble and Fred, this is the category for you. If you want to hear previous podcasts, hit up this page. If you want to hear about Dan Duran's herpes, Humble's new girlfriend or Fred's newfound appreciation for sitting down to go pee, wait for the MP3s next week.
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