Working on the Radio - The 102.1 Band

Working on the Radio - The 102.1 BandNash the Slash passed away on the weekend. He played electric violin on The 102.1 Band's "Working on the Radio", a song by CFNY and about CFNY, written by Brad McNally and Jim Bird.

Here's "Working on the Radio" from 1979.

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Early Alan Cross on CFNY 102.1

Early Alan Cross on CFNY 102.1Here's how Alan Cross used to sound in his early days on CFNY 102.1. After listening to this vintage clip, click over to my interview with Alan Cross from earlier this year.

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10 Worst Albums of 1985 According to CFNY

10 Worst Albums of 1985 According to CFNYCFNY runs down the 10 worst albums of 1985 in this vintage audio clip.

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Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock Station

Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock StationQ107 has changed its tune from "Classic Rock" to "Toronto's Rock Station".

Fear not, they'll still play Led Zeppelin, but they'll also play newer rock. Here's John Derringer explaining the format tweak.

What do you all think about this change?

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My Visit to The Todd Shapiro Show's SiriusXM Studio

My Visit to The Todd Shapiro Show's SiriusXM StudioI biked the Martin Goodman Trail this morning and paid my first visit to The Todd Shapiro Show's SiriusXM studio in Liberty Village. I'd share the clip from my appearance, but SiriusXM wants Todd to wait 24 hours before sharing audio, so I'll post it tomorrow.

A little east of Dufferin on Liberty Street, I came upon this brick building at 135.



I took my bike on the elevator and made my way to the 3rd floor. Most of this floor belongs to Hockey Night in Canada folk.



I arrived at about 8:50am and Todd was in his studio prepping. I took this shot through the glass.


Todd runs a slick and professional show. In addition to a board op and co-hosts, there was an actual house band. They performed a very nice rendition of Elton John's Tiny Dancer while I was there.



I knew this was a real studio because there was lots of stuff like this everywhere. I don't have this in my home studio.


I was there with Pete from coreFusion and we were letting people know we help people podcast. If you want a podcast, contact me and we'll chat about it.

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102.1 the Edge Mornings with Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell

Starting March 31, 102.1 the Edge has a new morning show consisting of Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell. This official ends the Fearless Fred experiment as he goes back to the afternoon drive where he'll be joined by Melani.


And yes, that is Carlos Benevides returning to CFNY after a stint at 91.5 The Beat in Kitchener.

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Most Repetitive Toronto Radio Stations

Most Repetitive Toronto Radio StationsThe Grid "surveyed 12 commercial FM-radio stations in the GTA over a 12-hour programming block last week to determine the musical diversity (or lack thereof) on the city’s airwaves".

According to their data, these are Toronto's most repetitive radio stations:

  1. Kiss 92.5
  2. Flow 93.5
  3. Virgin 99.1
  4. 102.1 the Edge
  5. 104.5 CHUM-FM
  6. Indie 88.1
  7. Y108
  8. 97.7 HTZ-FM
  9. CHFI 98.1

There's little surprise in the top three, but it's interesting that 102.1 the Edge finished fourth. Boom 97.3, Q107 and G98.7 didn't repeat at all during this period.

When you click on over to the Grid article you'll see some fun graphics that reveal Lorde to be the artist heard on the most stations (7) and her song "Team" to be the most played song in the city (29 plays!).

And for the record, 37 different artists were played on both 102.1 the Edge and Indie 88.1 during this 12-hour period. But, and this is key for those of you who find 88.1 to be too repetitive, no station played more unique songs during this time. Indie 88.1 played the most music overall, and the most non-repeated music.

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Spirit of Radio Sunday

Spirit of Radio SundayI'm a little late on this one, but how could I resist writing about a story with the title Corus' 102.1 The Edge, Toronto, Launches 'Spirit of Radio Sunday'?

Here's the rest of the story.

Corus Entertainment’s 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM) is bringing back the music that changed the face of radio in the late ‘70s and ‘80s with a weekly special celebrating The Spirit of Radio. Beginning March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spirit of Radio Sunday will be hosted by Scot Turner and will feature the artists that defined the alternative rock format such as U2, The Police, Depeche Mode, New Order, Talking Heads, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, OMD, The Smiths, The Cure and Tears for Fears.

“Spirit of Radio Sunday will celebrate CFNY’s legacy as the only station that showcased emerging artists during the rise of new wave, punk and alternative music,” said Blair Bartrem, Brand Director, 102.1 the Edge. “We are thrilled to have former on-air personality Scot Turner host the show, taking our listeners back to CFNY’s roots.”

Turner was a DJ on CFNY from 1984 to 1992 where he created and hosted/co-hosted various feature shows including Live In Toronto and The Thursday Thirty. Currently, Turner is Brand Director for Corus Entertainment radio stations 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 DAVE FM in Kitchener, Ontario.

CFNY became one of the most pioneering and influential radio stations in the world that explored new music and allowed freedom of expression, individuality and music choice of its DJs.

Firstly, I didn't realize Skot Turner had changed the "k" to "c" and was now Scot Turner. Secondly, this is a pretty cool idea from 102.1 the Edge.

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The Day I Discovered What Tom Rivers Looked Like

The Day I Discovered What Tom Rivers Looked LikeIn 1987, I awoke to the Tom Rivers show on 680 CFTR. My alarm clock was locked on 680 not just because I enjoyed the top 40 music of the day, but because I thought Tom Rivers was great fun.

Before the internet, it wasn't nearly as easy to find out what radio personalities looked like. Tom Rivers had a big voice, and in my head he looked like Peter Jennings or Tom Brokaw. I still remember the first time I learned what Tom Rivers looked like and it was when I saw this ad on television.

Tom was a fine looking guy, just not what I expected.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 67: Todd Shapiro

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 67In this 67th episode, Mike chats with Todd Shapiro about his days at 102.1 the Edge on the Dean Blundell Show, what the hell happened and his upcoming show on SiriusXM. This episode is exactly 59:55.

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