Edge 102 ~ CFNY
I got a long email from Cool Steve this evening, so I thought I'd share it.
Cool Steve is a reader of this blog who had some things to get off his chest.
I know I’m slowpoking on this, but I was on vacation when it happened. I was pretty surprised Jason Barr was canned after almost ten years on that morning show. With many it was the final nail in the coffin (so many nails), and personally I always thought they had a good morning show and I can’t believe they messed with the formula. I know some don’t like their form of comedy, I do. The Edge is nothing like it was; they moved from the old long-time building they were at previous to a new location, which to me feels like another change to erase the past. I always feel since Alan Cross left, it’s been going to hell. Of course people older than me will tell me it was crap long before Alan came into power, but even at 25 I can see a slippery slope of how The Edge has been performing since I started tuning in around 2003. Nothing but overplayed music, too much of the same 90s shit, awkward indie type stuff, the same CanCon artists and songs to fill its daily intake, and a splash of hair metal and classic rock here and there (save it for Y108).
We lost and really lost Barry Taylor and Martin Streek but gained Fucked Up Fred, who I still can’t stand. I tried again recently, but nope – he still fumbles and mumbles his way through his bits on air. He even hosts the adult cartoon block on Teletoon now as well! I’m big on animation, and to not only have him invade my radio but my TV as well…it’s a friggin nightmare. I guess he fits in well hosting that block because the “adult” cartoons Teletoon plays these days are just as watered down as the music The Edge plays these days. I still feel Bookie will be next on the chopping block. Didn’t Darryl Spring leave as well? They fire all the best people. No more Punkorama, or live to air shows either (I think). But we get Loveline?! I only wish I had been born some years earlier to experience the real spirit of The Edge. Today, there is no true alternative in Toronto. Not even in the GTA. Local college stations don’t have enough power to play with the big boys. I strongly feel a new alternative station needs to be produced to give The Edge a run for its money. Play old and new stuff, and really dig deep into the music vaults and dust off stuff The Edge hasn’t played in 15-25 years. Figure out a way to get people to listen and stay tuned in. We have more than enough current pop/hip-hop, classic rock, classic/new rock, mixed old/new variety and easily listening stations than we know what to do with around here. The alternative format is left without a good home to represent it. Ross Winters should be punched in the face with his Top 40 “alternative” radio play, the same 30 songs over and over old and new. I want to kick in my radio every time I hear the spastic intro of that current Broken Bells song. I read the whole piece on what Taylor had to say about Winters. All about money, as usual.
I do like Adam however, always have, and if he were to come on board the show, I’d see no issue with it. But I see they picked the blind movie reviewer. I’ve read a lot of comments and I’m not too sure what happened with Jason and why he was let go, but I wish him well. The Edge’s way of dealing with someone leaving (i.e. wiping out their entire existence from the website) is downright cold. I can’t stand Josie Dye anymore. I could years ago, but everyday she seems more and more like a blithering idiot. And even over a year later, Streek’s death still bothers me. I didn’t know the guy, and I caught on too late to what he did at (and meant to) The Edge. And yet this past July for whatever reason he popped into my thoughts again, I started reading the articles and comments following his death and listening to his tribute shows. I’m sure other people have moved on by now but his passing still bugs my ass. Probably because as my music tastes have changed and matured, I really would have liked to known more about his music tastes and to hear his current opinions on new and old stuff. He had a great mind and enthusiasm for music, I respect that. I feel as if I missed a scene I could have easily fit into now and been a part of, and it has now long past. It’s frustrating knowing he could still be here now, as we are always left to wonder what he could have still offered to our hungry ears.
I tried to find this answer via The Wayback Machine and the old Edge site, but where/when were all the old live-to-air’s The Edge had? Was it Sound Academy on Saturday nights with new alt/industrial and The Velvet Underground on Sundays with retro and new wave? There was also The Phoenix…were those Fridays? Were these all hosted by Streek? Because I thought they didn’t do live-to-airs anymore, but the current Edge site says Lori-Ann was doing some (and club websites are never kept current it seems). I was in Toronto on vacation in September and went to the Velvet Underground on Sunday night and it was dead. I liked the music, but it was dead. Some people playing pool and some people sitting down on the couches. Maybe because it’s on a Sunday? Or just because “the spirit” had flown?
Also, I’m really sorry to hear about Mark Dailey. As soon as I remembered his CityTV line and his movie intros, I was like “Aw man, that’s the guy!”. Its funny the stuff you remember even when you were just a kid…some things stick in your memory, like that analog clock they’d display on the screen. Nostalgia! And those 80s action news openings are over the top, haha! Sometimes, a small piece of me wishes I grew up and lived in Toronto. I bet it would be awesome back years ago. But then I think it’s just nice to visit and then go back to Kitchener. I also had no idea Dailey he was on The Ripping Friends either until I read your blog, as I watched that show all the time.
- Cool Steve
Derek Welsman, who I remember as The Blind Movie Reviewer, has replaced Jason Barr on The Dean Blundell Show.
I'm giving credit to @Groked for tipping me off.
A few years ago, when I listened to more of The Dean Blundell Show than I do now, I remember thinking The Blind Movie Reviewer segments were actually pretty funny. In fact, they were often the funniest part of the show. Here he is banging into trees and singing about it.
The Dean Blundell Show is now Dean Blundell, Todd Shapiro, and Derek Welsman.
About a year ago, I wrote about the Dean Blundell Show violating Clause 9(b) (Radio Broadcasting) of the CAB Code of Ethics. That was nothing compared to what happened today. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has concluded that Dean Blundell violated Clause 8 (Exploitation) of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Equitable Portrayal Code which prohibits the sexualization of children in broadcasting.
It all started with Dean Blundell tweets about Justin Bieber. Bieber fans objected, and Dean let them have it with tweets like "Save your energy for puberty or to fend off your dad tonight while you’re sleepin’” and "He’ll be chuggin’ before he’s 18 if he likes that music."
The CBSC has found no justification for allegedly humorous references to children in sexual contexts, including those of the nature of sexual innuendo, double-entendres and inexplicit sexual comments that would not be problematic if the references were to adults. The Panel concludes that the pre-pubescent reference, “Save your energy for puberty or to fend off your dad tonight while you’re sleepin’” was gratuitous, unnecessary and a clear violation of Clause 8 of the Equitable Portrayal Code. The Panel also considers that the predictions that Josh, the youthful tweeter (they estimated his age as 12ish), will be “chugging” by the time he turns 18, are similar. The Panel considers that these comments were just as gratuitous and unnecessary and were, consequently, equally a violation of Clause 8 of the Equitable Portrayal Code.
It wasn't the tweets that got Dean in trouble with the CBSC, it was talking about the tweets on Edge 102. "Save your energy for puberty or to fend off your dad tonight while you’re sleepin’” and "He’ll be chuggin’ before he’s 18 if he likes that music." crossed the line.
What do you guys think about this ruling? Did Dean sexualize children on Edge 102?
I haven't shared a vintage CFNY Spirit of Radio clip in a while. It's time to fix that.
This is a promo for Live From London, a show hosted by Lee Carter from 1981 to 1989. It closes with a cool interview with Morrissey in which he discusses dissing and then meeting Howard Jones.
This past weekend, CFNY / Edge 102 aired what they deem to be the top 200 songs from the 1990s.
They did the same thing last year. This year's top 200 is below.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Under The Bridge
- Nirvana · All Apologies
- House of Pain · Jump Around
- Nirvana · Smells Like Teen Spirit!
- The Tragically Hip · New Orleans is Sinking
- Pearl Jam · Jeremy
- Oasis · Wonderwall
- Nirvana · Come As You Are
- Radiohead · Creep
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Give it Away
- Our Lady Peace · Is Anybody Home?
- Nirvana · In Bloom
- Beastie Boys · Sabotage
- Green Day · Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)
- Cypress Hill · Insane in the Brain/Loco En El Coco
- Nine Inch Nails · Closer
- Nirvana · Dumb
- The Smashing Pumpkins · 1979
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Californication
- Stone Temple Pilots · Plush
- Oasis · Champagne Supernova
- Tool · Sober
- The Tragically Hip · At the Hundredth Meridian
- Nirvana · Heart-Shaped Box
- Pearl Jam · Alive
- The Offspring · Self-Esteem
- Our Lady Peace · Naveed
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Bullet With Butterfly Wings
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Scar Tissue
- The Tragically Hip · Ahead by a Century
- Pearl Jam · Better Man
- Beastie Boys · Intergalactic
- Nirvana · Lithium
- Soundgarden · Black Hole Sun
- Radiohead · Karma Police
- Beck · Loser
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Soul to Squeeze
- Weezer · Say it Ain't So
- Oasis · Don't Look Back in Anger
- Our Lady Peace · Superman's Dead
- Nirvana · The Man Who Sold the World
- Rage Against the Machine · Killing In The Name
- The Tragically Hip · Bobcaygeon
- Blur · Song 2
- Green Day · When I Come Around
- Stone Temple Pilots · Interstate Love Song
- Metallica · The Unforgiven
- Nirvana · Rape Me
- Finger Eleven · Above
- The Chemical Brothers · Block Rockin' Beats
- Blind Melon · No Rain
- Stone Temple Pilots · Creep
- Nirvana · Polly
- The Tragically Hip · Poets
- Oasis · (Whats the Story) Morning Glory?
- Big Wreck · That Song
- Rage Against the Machine · Testify
- The Matthew Good Band · Hello Time Bomb
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Today
- Tool · Stinkfist
- Green Day · Brain Stew
- Pearl Jam · Black
- The Tragically Hip · Courage
- Weezer · Buddy Holly
- Our Lady Peace · Clumsy
- Nirvana · On A Plain
- Sloan · The Good in Everyone
- Metallica · Nothing Else Matters
- The Tragically Hip · Fifty Mission Cap
- Rage Against the Machine · Guerilla Radio
- Our Lady Peace · One Man Army
- Pearl Jam · Even Flow
- The Tragically Hip · Little Bones
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Disarm
- Sloan · Everything You've Done Wrong
- The Verve · Bittersweet Symphony
- Green Day · Basket Case
- The Matthew Good Band · Apparitions
- Sublime · Santeria
- Bush · Machinehead
- The Tragically Hip · Locked In the Trunk of a Car
- Green Day · She
- Stone Temple Pilots · Big Empty
- Treble Charger · Red
- Pearl Jam · Daughter
- Our Lady Peace · Starseed
- Alice in Chains · Man in the Box
- R.E.M. · Losing My Religion
- The Offspring · Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)
- Foo Fighters · Learn to Fly
- Stone Temple Pilots · Vasoline
- Radiohead · High and Dry
- Big Wreck · The Oaf (My Luck is Wasted)
- Foo Fighters · My Hero
- I Mother Earth · Used to Be Alright
- Soundgarden · Spoonman
- Tool · Forty Six & Two
- The Tragically Hip · Looking for a Place to Happen
- Sublime · What I Got
- Rage Against the Machine · Bulls on Parade
- Sloan · Money City Maniacs
- Pearl Jam · Yellow Ledbetter
- Econoline Crush · All that You Are
- Bush · Comedown
- Temple of the Dog · Hunger Strike
- Sloan · Coax Me
- The Offspring · Gotta Get Away
- Metallica · Until it Sleeps
- The Matthew Good Band · Load Me Up
- U2 · Mysterious Ways
- Nine Inch Nails · Hurt
- The Tragically Hip · Fully Completely
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Cherub Rock
- Metallica · Enter Sandman
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Suck My Kiss
- Green Day · Hitchin' A Ride
- The Matthew Good Band · Indestructible
- Soundgarden · Fell on Black Days
- The Offspring · The Kids Aren't Alright
- Big Wreck · Blown Wide Open
- Foo Fighters · Monkey Wrench
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Thirty-Three
- Sloan · Losing California
- Green Day · Longview
- I Mother Earth · One More Astronaut
- Depeche Mode · Enjoy the Silence
- The Tragically Hip · Twist My Arm
- No Doubt · Just a Girl
- Sloan · Underwhelmed
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Around the World
- Econoline Crush · You Don't Know What It's Like
- Foo Fighters · Everlong
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Zero
- Odds · Heterosexual Man
- The Matthew Good Band · Everything is Automatic
- Alice in Chains · Rooster
- Bush · Glycerine
- Econoline Crush · Sparkle and Shine
- Pearl Jam · Last Kiss
- Odds · It Falls Apart
- Rage Against the Machine · Sleep Now in the Fire
- The Tragically Hip · 700 ft. Ceiling
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Tonight Tonight
- Odds · Eat My Brain
- Soundgarden · Burden In My Hand
- The Tea Party · Temptation
- The Offspring · Gone Away
- The Tragically Hip · Fireworks
- Foo Fighters · Big Me
- The Matthew Good Band · Strange Days
- The Chemical Brothers · Let Forever Be
- 54.40 · Ocean Pearl
- Silverchair · Tomorrow
- The Tragically Hip · Nautical Disaster
- Pearl Jam · Dissident
- Big Sugar · Diggin' a Hole
- Stone Temple Pilots · Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
- Moist · Silver
- Hole · Doll Parts
- Big Sugar · Turn the Lights On
- Weezer · Undone (The Sweater Song)
- The Tragically Hip · So Hard Done By
- Sublime · Smoke Two Joints
- 54.40 · Love You All
- Depeche Mode · Personal Jesus
- The Tragically Hip · Wheat Kings
- Radiohead · Just
- The Age of Electric · Remote Control
- Stone Temple Pilots · Sex Type Thing
- Nirvana · Breed
- Nickelback · Leader of Men
- 54.40 · Nice to Luv You
- Soundgarden · Outshined
- Alice in Chains · No Excuses
- I Mother Earth · So Gently We Go
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Breaking the Girl
- The Tea Party · The Messenger
- Filter · Hey Man Nice Shot
- Nickelback · Old Enough
- Alice in Chains · Heaven Beside You
- Killjoys · Today I Hate Everyone
- Green Day · Welcome to Paradise
- The Tragically Hip · Gift Shop
- Alice in Chains · Would?
- Nickelback · Breathe
- Tool · Prison Sex
- Sloan · People of the Sky
- Stone Temple Pilots · Big Bang Baby
- Moist · Push
- Jane's Addiction · Been Caught Stealing
- Sloan · All Used Up
- Fatboy Slim · Praise You
- I Mother Earth · Not Quite Sonic
- Nine Inch Nails · Down in It
- Pure · Anna is a Speed Freak
- Weezer · El Scorcho
- Bif Naked · Spaceman
- Stone Temple Pilots · Lady Picture Show
- Edwin · Trippin'
- Sublime · Wrong Way
Ryan B. wrote me the following email on the subject of CFNY / Edge 102 and their Top 200 Songs Of The 90's.
I've been reading your blog on and off over the years, especially as a source of news about CFNY. After turning on the radio this weekend and hearing "Inane in the Brain" by Cypress Hill come in as #16 on the top 200 songs of the 90's, when I don't ever recall hearing it on CFNY back then, I had to check for the final list and see how offended I'd be :) I'll confess that I'm shocked that Smells Like Teen Spirit was not #1 but was in fact #4 behind RHCP's Under the Bridge, Nirvana's All Apologies (If anything, I would have guessed Come As You Are), and, wait, I'm sorry, does this say "House of Pain - Jump Around" at number 3?
Anyway, if you're interested, I put together a spreadsheet comparing this list to the "Top 1002 of All Time" posted at The Spirit of Radio - http://www.spiritofradio.ca/Top1002.asp. 41 songs were on this weekend's list that didn't appear back in 1999, including #3 Jump Around. A couple of them were borderline, as the album may have come out in late 1999, but the single wasn't officially released until 2000. Then there's #191, All Used Up by Sloan, which came out in umm, 2005? I'm not even sure why I try or care. It's just one of the 12 presets I hop between when driving. Anyways, if you're interested, feel free to use the data for a post on your blog, otherwise, you can just shake your head like I am.
Thanks for the blog,
It really was a meteoric rise for House of Pain's "Jump Around", which was 90th one year ago, and now sits at #3. And yes, it's a song CFNY wouldn't touch when it was released.
Things certainly are different over there...
It's been a week since Jason Barr was let go from Edge 102. Jason was 1/3 of The Dean Blundell Show, a very popular Toronto morning radio show, especially amongst teens and those in their 20s.
This trio has been together since they took over for Humble and Fred on 102.1 back in 2001. Humble and Fred, you may recall, left for Mojo 640 and their "Talk Radio for Guys" format. Before The Dean Blundell Show, Jason Barr was Danger Boy on Humble and Fred, a part of that show since the mid 90s. That's a long time he was on Edge 102 in the mornings.
It's been a week since he was fired, and I'm surprised at the complete lack of coverage. I haven't found a word about it in the MSM. It's on a few message boards and blogs, but surprisingly few. It's possible nobody knows about it, but isn't the MSM supposed to break such news to the masses? Hell, I had the story a week ago. Is it deemed such an insignificant event it's completely unworthy of coverage?
My entry about Jason being fired is getting some traffic from people Googling for more information, but not a heck of a lot. Perhaps the average CFNY listener won't have a clue things are different until after Labour Day.
Here's the results from Google when you search for Jason Barr Fired. The highlighted results are from me, whether I'm hosting them or not.
Edge 102 (or CFNY if you're an old guy like me) has removed all traces of Jason Barr from their website.
Also, The Dean Blundell Show is now being promoted as a duo: Dean Blundell and Todd Shapiro. Jason Barr isn't part of the team, despite being a holdover from the Humble and Fred show (Danger Boy, anyone?) and a founding member of DBS on Edge 102.
I liked Jason, not just because he was a holdover from my Humble and Fred Show, but because he hooked me up with CASBY and Edgefest tickets.
I honestly don't know if he was fired, but it wouldn't surprise me. You can visit my Edge 102 ~ CFNY category page to relive the rapid decline of this once stellar station.
Jason, I hope you've landed on your feet. Let us know how you're doing when you get a chance. An uninterrupted decade doing mornings in Toronto is no small feat.
Update: I've confirmed it with a credible source. Jason Barr was indeed let go by Corus earlier today.
Yesterday, in my entry about the one year anniversary of Martin Streek's passing, I shared all five hours of David Marsden's tribute to Martin. In the comments of that entry, someone asked if I had the three hours of Edge 102's tribute to Martin that aired on July 19, 2009.
I did have those MP3s, and now I'm pleased to share them with you.
Here's the entry I wrote immediately after listening to this tribute on CFNY / The Edge 102.1.
One year ago today, I wrote the toughest entry I've ever had to write. It was about Martin Streek.
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.
Martin's death hit me hard. I know I wasn't alone, because I heard from hundreds and hundreds of Martin's friends and fans over the weeks that followed. This black cloud eventually took the form of an entry I wrote entitled "Thoughts on 102.1 Tribute to Martin Streek, Shitty Facts, Closure Sought."
As insinuated in this excellent Globe and Mail piece by Bert Archer (in which I'm quoted), Martin's death also acted as a tragic final nail in the coffin of what was "the spirit of radio". CFNY / Edge 102 was my go-to station for as long as I can remember, but I hardly listened this past year. Martin epitomized passion for music, was a rare link to the David Marsden era, and literally had the spirit of radio logo tattooed on his ass. When he was let go six weeks prior to his suicide, it marked more than the loss of an energetic, knowledgeable and beloved local deejay. It marked the end of an era.
I've put all my Martin Streek entries in a new Martin Streek Remembered category, so if you want to read more I've made it easy for you. At the end of this entry, I'm posting all five hours of David Marsden's excellent tribute to Martin that aired on 94.9 The Rock out of Oshawa.
We lost Martin one year ago today, but we'll never forget him. His spirit lives on.
» 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
You know that dead horse we like to beat over here? No, not that one, the other one. Yeah, I'm talking about CFNY a.k.a. Edge 102.
I just got this message from Brendan:
Brendan here - I just emailed Loriann from 102.1 The Edge to confirm but the edge has added KROQ's Loveline with Dr. Drew to their weekly line up Sunday to Thursday at 10 pm - 12 am. The big deal I had is that this removes The Spirit of the Edge (retro show) from the Sunday Night line-up. She did confirm that they will still do the show from the Velvet Underground on Long Weekends with DJ Hannah spinning retro. But no more weekly studio show featuring retro and classic alternative. Looks like they are one step closer to becoming their dream KROQ rip-off station.
It's far from surprising that Edge 102 would cancel their The Spirit of the Edge program to replace it with KROQ's Loveline with Dr. Drew. They cancelled Punkorama earlier this year, lost The Strombo Show to CBC Radio 2, and... aw heck, if you want to read the real-time account of the demise of this once great station, it's recorded in reverse chronological order right here.
Farewell, The Spirit of the Edge retro show. Hello Dr. Drew Pinsky.
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