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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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Todd Shapiro Discusses Dean Blundell vs. Humble and Fred

Todd Shapiro Discusses Dean Blundell vs. Humble and FredIf you want to hear the first two chapters of this trilogy, I have the audio here.

In a nutshell, Dean Blundell went off on Humble and Fred after they had Todd Shapiro on their podcast. Humble and Fred responded, and today Todd Shapiro returned to the Humble and Fred podcast to discuss the controversy.

Listen here:

Download the MP3 here.

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Dean Blundell on Humble and Fred (Updated With Response from Humble and Fred)

It seems Dean Blundell went off on Humble and Fred during the December 3rd episode of The Dean Blundell Show Podcast. Here's the audio:

Download the MP3 here.

Update: During their podcast today, Humble and Fred responded. Here's the audio:

Download the MP3 here.

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"Iron" Mike Bensson, Dead at 60

In MemoriumIron Mike Bensson was 60. I knew Iron Mike Bensson as an on-air personality at 97.7 HTZ-FM out of St. Catharines where he worked for over 15 years. Cancer sucks.

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Barb DiGiulio Gone from The FAN 590

Barb DiGiulio Gone from The FAN 590Rogers Media let go 94 people across the country yesterday including Barb DiGiulio at The FAN 590.

Admittedly, I hadn't heard Barb DiGiulio in quite some time, but in the early 90s I listened almost daily as she joined Gord Stellick on the Big Show. It was fun radio for this teenager at a time when the Jays were World Series contenders and the Leafs were improving quickly with Cliff Fletcher at the helm.

If memory serves me correctly, Barb DiGiulio was seriously considered as Jim Tatti's replacement on Sportsline. Now there's an early 90s Toronto sports flashback for ya.

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I'd Like to Hear Audio Tags Appended to All Songs on Indie88

RadioI've been listening to a lot of Indie88 during this glorious ad-free introductory month, primarily while biking and driving. When biking and driving I can't visit http://indie.streamon.fm/ or read the display on my TuneIn Android App to learn the name of the artist and song currently playing. This frustrates me.

A 3-second long voice-over at the very beginning of every song naming the artist and song would totally enhance the listening experience. I notice they do this with select new songs, but I'd like to hear it for every song. Imagine Alan Cross's voice saying "Jake Bugg... Lightning Song" and then the song.

I never heard back from Indie88 after I tweeted this request, but maybe this entry will get their attention. Audio tags for every song, please.

Thanks.

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Herb Morrison's Report of the Hindenburg Disaster

Herb Morrison's Report of the Hindenburg DisasterHerbert Morrison and engineer Charlie Nehlsen were assigned by WLS in Chicago to cover the arrival of the Hindenburg zeppelin in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. Morrison's live account of the Hindenburg disaster is absolutely chilling.

It's starting to rain again; it's—the rain has slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it just, just enough to keep it from — It burst into flames! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire—and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my, get out of the way, please! It's burning and bursting into flames, and the—and it's falling on the mooring-mast and all the folks agree that this is terrible, this is one of the worst catastrophes in the world. [Indecipherable word(s)] It's–it's–it's the flames, [indecipherable, possibly the word "climbing"] oh, four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it ... it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's flames now ... and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring-mast. Oh, the humanity and all the passengers screaming around here. I told you, I can't even talk to people whose friends are on there. Ah! It's–it's–it's–it's ... o–ohhh! I–I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest, it's just laying there, a mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk, and the screaming. Lady, I–I'm sorry. Honest: I–I can hardly breathe. I–I'm going to step inside where I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. Ah, ah—I can't. I, listen, folks, I–I'm gonna have to stop for a minute because I've lost my voice. This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed.

"Oh, the humanity" has become an idiom seeping into pop culture, including Seinfeld and WKRP's "turkey drop" episode.


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Indie88: The First Five Songs

Indie88: The First Five SongsToronto's newest radio station, Indie88, launched today at noon. I tuned in using the Android TuneIn Radio app and went for a bikeride. Here are the first five songs they played:

  1. Arcade Fire “Ready To Start”
  2. MGMT “Electric Feel”
  3. July Talk “Paper Girl”
  4. Pixies “Where Is My Mind”
  5. Broken Social Scene “7/4 Shoreline”

I dig all five songs. Arcade Fire, MGMT and Broken Social Scene are artists you might also hear on Edge 102, in fact I suspect Arcade Fire and BSS form the Cancon base of this indie style of programming. 102.1 no longer plays older alternative acts like the Pixies, so it'll be refreshing to hear them with Sonic Youth and The Smiths again on Toronto radio.

July Talk is a new Toronto-based band and "Paper Girl" sounded great. Coincidentally enough, they're opening the mainstage at Edgefest today.

You can hear the new 88.1 online at http://indie.streamon.fm/. They're playing Sloan's "Underwhelmed" right now.... damn I love that song.

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