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 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.


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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 They're playing Sloan's "Underwhelmed" right now.... damn I love that song.

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Indie88 Countdown

Indie88 CountdownAt right now you'll find a countdown to their launch on July 31st at noon. Their tagline is "giving great music a home" and this is what they're touting on their countdown page:

We're giving great music a home and want you to be part of it. Tell us what you think and wanna hear. When the countdown is over, just hang a left on the dial until you hit 88.1 FM.

Adam Thompson is the Program Director and Alan Cross is helping him as an "in house music counsellor" which he says is "a more fun term than consultant."

It all sounds promising and I'll be listening with high hopes.

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Todd Shapiro Fired From Dean Blundell Show: What Happened?

radioEdge 102 (or CFNY if you're an old guy like me) has removed all traces of Todd Shapiro from their website. Here's what Dean Blundell had to say:

A lot of you people have been asking about what’s going on with Todd and where he is. I’m sad to say no longer with the show, leaving the morning show team here at the Edge.

I have no idea if Todd Shapiro was fired or whether he left on his own. If he quit, I don't know why. He hasn't tweeted from @iamToddyTickles since July 11.

Jason Barr was fired from the Dean Blundell Show almost three years ago and now co-hosts a morning show on 97.7 HTZ-FM.

If anyone knows what happened to Todd, let me know in the comments. And Todd, if you're interested in an interview to clear the air, contact me.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 36: Humble Howard

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 36In this 36th episode, I'm joined by Humble Howard Glassman from the Humble and Fred show as we discuss his radio career, his personal life and he gives exclusive details about Humble and Fred's future on satellite radio. This episode is exactly 1:10:58.

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

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 34: Freddie P.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 34In this 34th episode, I'm joined by Fred Patterson from the Humble and Fred show for a great chat about his radio career, the state of terrestrial radio today, the future of Humble and Fred, the Leafs and Rob Ford. This episode is exactly 1:08:26.

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Vinyl 95.3 Now 953 Fresh FM

Vinyl 95.3 Now 953 Fresh FMHamilton's Vinyl 95.3, which played Greatest Hits from the 70s and 80s, is now 953 Fresh FM playing top 40 hits from today.

Of interest to fans of the Humble and Fred Podcast is that Kelly Cutrara has a gig at 953 Fresh FM from 3pm to 7pm weekdays. She starts Monday making this her last week on the podcast. Congrats, Kelly.

I didn't listen to Vinyl and I'm sure I'll never hear Fresh FM from Hamilton, but if you're in the Hamilton area and enjoy top 40 hits, you have a new destination to sample.

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Does Anyone Else Like Mike Wilner?

Mike WilnerI like Mike Wilner. I follow him on Twitter and always enjoy his appearances on The FAN 590. He knows his baseball, particularly Blue Jays baseball, and I appreciate his lack of tolerance for ignorance and nonsense.

Some people find this attitude disrespectful and rude. I had some Twitter conversations yesterday with people who outright dislike him.

Does anyone else like Mike Wilner? What do you think of him as a Blue Jays analyst?

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In Praise of Terry O'Reilly's Under the Influence

In Praise of Terry O'Reilly's Under the InfluenceOne of my favourite podcasts is Terry O'Reilly's Under the Influence. I listen to it as a podcast, but you can also catch it on CBC Radio One Saturdays at 11:30 am and again on Mondays at 11:30 am.

If you don't listen to Terry O'Reilly's spin on the world of marketing, you're missing out. Last week's episode on customer service was inspiring, and next week he's focusing on companies that promote products that have turned out to be incredibly unsafe. We're talking Asbestos and DDT here...

To subscribe, all the pertinent links are here. If you want to sample the wares first, here's the MP3 for that episode on customer service I mentioned.


It's a consistently interesting series that makes me want to be a better podcaster.

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