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CFNY 102.1 The Edge circa 1997 vs. the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays

I received an email from a reader named Billy who has a question for the hivemind.

What is the more impressive line up? CFNY 102.1 The Edge circa 1997 or the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays?

The 1997 CFNY 102.1 the Edge lineup was:

Humble and Fred - weekdays 8:30am - 9:20am
Maie Pauts - weekdays 9:20am - 2:00pm
Alan Cross - weekdays 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Live in Toronto - weekdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brother Bill - weekdays 8:00pm - midnight
George Stroumboulopoulos - Monday and Tuesday midnight - 8:30am
Wired for Sound - Tuesday 11:00pm - midnight
The Thursday Thirty - Thursday 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Indie Hour - Thursday 11:00pm - midnight
All Request Breakfast - weekends 9:00am - noon
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from The Kingdom - Friday 9:00pm - 2:00am
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from The Phoenix - Saturday 9:00pm - 2:00am
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from Whiskey Saigon - Sunday9:00pm - 2:00am

The 2015 Blue Jays lineup was:

Ben Revere
Josh Donaldson
Jose Bautista
Edwin Encarnacion
Chris Colabello
Troy Tulowitzki
Russell Martin
Kevin Pillar
Ryan Goins

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Martin Streek Swearing on 102.1 the Edge

When Pete Fowler visited for his appearance on Toronto Mike'd, he told a great story about co-hosting The Thursday 30 with Martin Streek in 1994 when Martin Streek dropped an F-bomb. He even brought in the memo sent by Stu Meyers about this incident. I read this memo in its entirety during this episode with Fowler.

Jason Barr was also witness to this from his perch in Brampton, and he shared his memories of this moment in CFNY history.

And now, thanks to Brother Bill who shared it with Pete Fowler who shared it with me, we have the audio of Martin Streek swearing live on the air at 102.1 the Edge.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 155: Barry Taylor

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 155In this 155th episode, Mike chats with Barry Taylor about David Bowie, his years on 102.1 the Edge, why he was fired, his work at Y108, his stand-up career and his Raptors podcast. This episode is exactly 1:00:28.

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Mike Cooper Retiring from 98.1 CHFI

I used to listen to Mike Cooper on 680 CFTR. I'm too young to remember the heydays of CHUM. Legend has it the man rode a ferris wheel at the CNE for 21 days. This past decade, Coop has co-hosted with Erin Davis, first at EZ Rock and then at CHFI. Regardless of your age, you likely remember Mike Cooper on Toronto radio.

Coop is signing off as co-host of 98.1 CHFI’s Erin and Mike in the Morning on January 29, 2016. Here's why, in his own words.

I’ve taken care of millions of people over the years and now it’s time to take care of one – my beloved wife and childhood sweetheart Debbie. It’s been an honour to be a part of the Rogers family at CHFI working alongside my dear friend Erin Davis for the past 10 years.

Coop will be missed, but who will take his coveted spot alongside Erin Davis? Darren B. Lamb recently left the CHUM-FM morning show and promised he's resurface soon. This could very well be that. Erin and Darren has a nice ring to it. And of course Maddog recently showed up on-air at CHFI for the New Year's Eve show. He's a long-time Toronto morning man without a home.

Speculate with me and share your Coop stories below. Meanwhile, here's some classic Cooper from his CFTR days. I'm hoping to get him on Toronto Mike'd for a proper send-off!

Update: It will indeed be Darren B. Lamb replacing Mike Cooper on the new Erin & Darren In The Morning on 98.1 CHFI.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 153: Stu Jeffries

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 153In this 153rd episode, Mike chats with radio personality and television host Stu Jeffries about Good Rockin' Tonight, Switchback, Acting Crazy, his work with Colleen Rusholme at Country 95.3 and EZ Rock and his very cool story of rebirth at Boom. This episode is exactly 1:15:46.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 152: Pete Fowler

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 152In this 152nd episode, Mike chats with former 102.1 the Edge announcer Pete Fowler about his years at the station, his relationship with Martin Streek, why he left radio to become a cop and his new show, The Lost Indie City. This episode is exactly 1:21:20.

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3 Hours of CFNY From 1983

My buddy Andrew passed these audio treats along, so I thought I'd share them with the masses.

This is how CFNY 102.1 sounded in 1983.




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Who Owns What in Toronto Radio

The recent bad news from Bell Media likely had you wondering which stations they own in Toronto. You're forgiven if you're not up to speed with who owns what in Toronto.

Here's a handy chart I just put together which I believe includes the vast majority of companies that own multiple stations in Toronto. And yes, I realize the CBC belongs to all of us.

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November 2015 Bell Media Cuts

We're learning now who has been cut as part of Bell Media's restructuring. The vast majority of those let go were behind the scenes, but I'm going to focus on those in front of the microphone and/or camera, known to those tuning in from Toronto.

I'll update this entry as I learn more.

NewsTalk 1010

  • Mike Toth
  • Dave Woodard

CTV Toronto

  • Bill Hutchison
  • Suneel Joshi

CTV News Channel

  • Dan Matheson
  • Amanda Blitz
  • Tom Kennedy

TSN

  • Sheri Forde

TSN Radio 1050

  • David Bastl

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The Silly Season Begins in Earnest

CHFI's Facebook page has declared that they're now playing nothing but Christmas music. Here's the official announcement.

"98.1 CHFI is now Toronto's Christmas Music Station! We're playing 100% All Christmas Music all the way to Boxing Day!

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It's November 15, so that means they're playing nothing but Christmas music for the next six weeks. Here's a glance at what they've just played.

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Is it too early? Absolutely! Personally, I think December 15 would be a fine time for a stunt like this, but not a minute earlier.

Is this a dumb move by CHFI? Absolutely not! For some reason, this stunt works, or they wouldn't pull it year after year. I'm sure other stations will follow suit.

The silly season is in full-effect. Only six weeks to go...

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