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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 101: Siobhan Morris of NEWSTALK 1010

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 101In this 101st episode, Mike chats with NEWSTALK 1010 reporter Siobhan Morris about all things CFRB, her reporter voice, her visit to Fordfest and why she adopted the Red Sox as her team. This episode is exactly 1:11:37.

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Toronto Radio Ratings: Sept 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014

A tweet from @Scroll includes PPM Top-line Radio Data for Toronto from September 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014.

Here it is. I'll share some observations and thoughts on the other side.

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That 2.7% share for CFNY sticks out. This entry I wrote about PPM radio ratings five years ago shows CFNY had a 5.4% share. That's a 50% decline.

Is this partially the result of cancelling the Dean Blundell Show? Since firing Blundell, the morning show has changed a few times, a sure recipe for bleeding listeners. Meanwhile, the new kid on the alt rock block, Indie88, chimes in with a 1.2% share. But make no mistake, Edge 102 and Indie88 combine for less market share than Edge 102 had only five years ago, further evidence male-focused stations are floundering.

On the other end of the spectrum, CHFI continues to lead all stations with CHUM-FM slipping a little from 12.1% five years ago to 10% today, still good for second place. CBC Radio One remains strong with an 8.7% share, good for third place overall. CFRB is easily the most listened to AM station with a solid 7.7% share.

In the always interesting battle between The Fan 590 and TSN Radio, The Fan leads 2.4% to 0.7%. Five years ago, when CHUM was merely simulcasting CP24 on 1050, they only had a 0.1% share, so I guess this is progress.

What does everyone think of these numbers?

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 100: Humble & Fred

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 100In this 100th episode, Mike chats with Humble and Fred about their 25 years together as they share more Toronto radio stories than you can shake a stick at. In fact, if you work in Toronto radio, we likely talked about you. This episode is exactly 1:30:51.

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Quick Toronto Radio Hits

Quick Toronto Radio HitsThere have been a few Toronto radio developments I thought we might want to discuss, so here's a big fat juicy three-fer.

Indie88 PD Vacancy
The first involves Indie88. They're looking for a new Program Director. I've exchanged emails with their old Program Director, Adam Thompson, and he even promised to appear on my podcast. I should have known something was up when he changed his mind.

The Marsbar Theatre
Then there's David Marsden on 94.9 The Rock. His Marsden Theatre, an Oshawa staple since 2003, airs for the last time on December 14. He's going to focus on his NYthespirit.com project where $5.99 / month gets you a "boutique 80s stream curated by David Marsden".

Humble and Fred on Toronto Mike'd
Humble and Fred are appearing on my podcast next week, together. I'll finally get to use all three microphones at once. Let me know if you have any questions for this duo, celebrating 25 years together.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 97: Colleen Rusholme

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 97In this 97th episode, Mike chats with GTA radio personality Colleen Rusholme about her life in Toronto radio, my Rick Hodge incident, the irony of Stu Jeffries and more. This episode is exactly 1:03:48.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 96: Mike Wilner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 96In this 96th episode, Mike chats with Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner about his career in radio, the Cito controversy, whether he's condescending and arrogant to BlueJaysTalk callers and when and why he'll block you on Twitter. This episode is exactly 1:11:24.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 92: Maddog

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 92In this 92nd episode, Mike chats with Jay "Maddog" Michaels about his life in radio, why Billie was fired, Dean Blundell's trash talking and much, much more. This episode is exactly 1:37:21.

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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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QuickHitz: Why I Don't Hate It As I Should

QuickHitz: Why I Don't Hate It As I ShouldFM 90.3 CKMP in Alberta has switched to a format they call QuickHitz where they promise listeners “twice the music” by cutting all of its song times in half, to an average of two minutes.

I should hate this idea, because you can't just chop a song in half and consider it the same song, but I don't.

Earlier this year, I shared a story about tuning into 92.5 one Friday morning.

I was driving my kids to school this morning and my daughter wanted to hear some 92.5. I put it on and they're not playing their typical top 40 songs but instead they're playing a big fat megamix by DJ Clamaxx (not sure I'm spelling that right - I need to Google this guy to get it right).

It's the top 40 hits you'd expect from 92.5, Katy Perry, Kesha, Rihanna, Miley, etc., but just the fun parts and in brief spurts with old school tunes and a lot of 90s rap. It was actually pretty fun.

And when they're mixing Rihanna with Cyndi Lauper, I get to do a little history lesson...

So it got me thinking... why not do the mixes all the time? You get the catchy Miley refrain, then some Biggie mixed with the latest Kesha hit... With these pop songs, you don't need the entire 3.5 minutes... just throw the one verse and chorus in the mix!

And of course, I've written many times about my fondness for Girl Talk, both Feed the Animals and All Day. For the unaware, Girl Talk is Gregg Gillis who mashes up tunes to create brilliant new tunes. You're lucky if you get 30 seconds of a tune with Girl Talk, but it's awesome.

So I can't join the legions who think QuickHitz is the worst thing ever. As I previously wrote, with these pop songs, you don't need the entire 3.5 minutes...

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 87: Andrew Walker

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 87In this 87th episode, Mike chats with Andrew Walker about his move to The Fan 590, working with Mike Richards and then Greg Brady, replacing Jim Lang and lots of interesting Toronto sports radio stuff. This episode is exactly 1:00:02.

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