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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.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at https://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

Todd Shapiro and me

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 66: Alan Cross

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 66In this 66th episode, Mike chats with Alan Cross about his days at CFNY 102.1, the Ongoing History of New Music, Martin Streek, Dean Blundell, Edgefests, Indie88, Courtney Love, the future of terrestrial radio and more. This episode is exactly 57:24.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Alan Cross and Me

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at https://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Questions for Alan Cross

Questions for Alan CrossI will be sitting down later this week with legendary broadcaster and writer Alan Cross. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.

alan-cross

I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Alan Cross?

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Who Subscribes to SiriusXM? Do You?

Who Subscribes to SiriusXM? Do You?In the recent entry about Todd Shapiro getting his own show on SiriusXM satellite radio, Speysidephil asked who subscribes to SiriusXM.

I personally don't subscribe, but I'm told there are 1.7 million subscribers in Canada. I have two questions for the hivemind...

Do you subscribe to SiriusXM?

If you subscribe, what stations / content to you listen to on SiriusXM?

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Todd Shapiro Gets SiriusXM Show

Todd Shapiro Gets SiriusXM ShowSince Todd Shapiro was fired from the Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 the Edge back in July, many have wondered where he'd end up. The answer, it seems, is SiriusXM satellite radio.

Todd Shapiro will host The Todd Shapiro Show on channel 168 Canada Laughs. This is the same station that airs the Humble and Fred show weekday mornings.

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Fearless Fred in the Morning on 102.1 the Edge

radioWhen the Dean Blundell Show was suspended by Corus last month, I listed five possible outcomes. Number two on that list, after keeping Dean Blundell, was handing Fearless Fred the keys without missing a beat. With Fearless Fred taking over mornings on 102.1 starting Monday, it seems we're one step closer to that reality.

Fearless Fred seems like a nice enough guy and I wish him well, even though he really, really hates me. As you'll hear below, that's on him. I never hated Fearless Fred. Not even a little bit.

Congrats again, Fred.

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Derek Welsman and Dean Blundell Show Disrespect Judicial Process

Derek Welsman and Dean Blundell Show Disrespect My Cause MistrialWe've been talking a lot about the Dean Blundell Show on 102.1 The Edge lately. Last week Dean Blundell attacked Humble and Fred and just Friday Todd Shapiro chimed in on the controvery.

Now Derek Welsman, a.k.a. Blind Derek, is in some hot water for a discussion he had on the air with Dean Blundell and Billie Holiday.

On a recent Monday morning inside the studio of the Dean Blundell shock-jock radio show, giggles and guffaws filled the airwaves as the host and his sidekicks ridiculed several gay men involved in a criminal trial.

A jury had just convicted a man for sexually assaulting three men he met in a Carlton St. bathhouse. The show’s producer and on-air personality, Derek Welsman, was the foreman.

The radio personalities chortled as they mocked gay men who visit bathhouses and the intelligence of the sex assault victims. They snickered as they imagined the perpetrator’s excitement for prison showers.

This, as you can imagine, suggests prejudice and could should result in a mistrial.

Three years ago, I was too was the foreman of a jury. My trial was a murder trial and we found the accused guilty. I wrote about this experience here. I respected the process, took it extremely seriously, and chose not to reveal a single detail about what happened in the jury room.

This disrespect and homophobic discussion on this popular Toronto morning show is extremely disappointing. I suspect it will be Fearless Fred in the mornings on 102.1 The Edge before you know it.

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