Toronto Radio Ratings: PPM Top-line Radio Statistics

radio ratings in TorontoI don't pretend to be a radio ratings expert. I understand what PPM is and how it works, but I don't know who's wearing these devices and how they source the survey participants. Do you need a landline to be considered? Do you need to nominate yourself? It would be interesting to know who these people are that drive the intriguing numbers below.

I can tell you these are the ratings for Toronto radio stations during the period of November 26, 2012 - February 24, 2013 and Cume (000) is the total number of people who were exposed to the stations for at least one minute during the analyzed period. Click to enlarge.

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CHFI was the big winner followed by CHUM-FM and CBC Radio One. On the sports radio front, The FAN 590 pummelled TSN by a score of 3.4 to 0.8. And our old favourite, Edge 102, scored a 3.2 but they'll only care how they did with their target demo of young men. I can't imagine a lot of young men would wear the PPM devices.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you as surprised as I am by how well CHFI does with that holiday music crap?

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Humble and Fred Join Astral Radio

Humble and Fred Join Astral RadioHumble and Fred have signed a very interesting deal with Astral. This deal replaces their previous deal with Rogers.

Here's the press release.

TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with a lot of pride and a little apprehension that Astral Radio announces the return of "Humble" Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson.

Debuting January 21st, the Humble & Fred Radio Show will air weekday evenings on Funny 820 Hamilton, Funny 1410 in London, Ontario and News Talk 1010 CFRB Toronto. In addition, new stations will be added to the syndication list over the next year.

The hilarious duo is set to entertain their audience with a combination of highlights from their popular podcast and new exclusive content.

"It's with great trepidation that we are partnering with Humble & Fred", said Rob Farina, EVP Content & Platforms for Astral Radio, "we hope for the best, but expect Humble & Fred to bring nothing but heart ache and lawsuits."

Glassman and Patterson are best known for their long-running morning show on Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge, where they debuted in 1989. The pair has worked separately for the past several years, but reunited last year to create daily podcasts that are available on iTunes and on

"We're thrilled to be part of the evolution of Comedy on Astral", shared Humble & Fred, "we look forward to the opportunity to be fired by them again!"

The addition of Humble & Fred, along with the variety of Canadian comedians being featured across Astral's comedy radio stations, displays our investment in the format and support of Canada's legendary role in the world of stand up comedy. Astral Radio is the first broadcaster in Canada to offer consumers a 24/7 comedy service.

Founded in 1961, Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich, and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit

SOURCE: Astral Media Inc.

As the guys explain it to me, they'll clean up their podcast so it doesn't become too much of an editing nightmare and edit out chunks for broadcast on terrestrial radio. Basically, every day Phil will have about 2 hours of content from which he'll have to create four 25-minute bits. These bits will be aired on Funny 820 Hamilton, Funny 1410 in London, Ontario and News Talk 1010 CFRB Toronto.

I'm very happy for the guys, I'm just worried they'll soon run out of media conglomerates to leverage. After Corus, Rogers and Astral, is there anything left?

Congrats, H + F. Let me know when 1010 wants to license Toronto Mike'd.

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Bob McCown Commercial with Rickey Henderson

Bob McCown Commercial with Rickey HendersonThe great Rickey Henderson was a Blue Jay for exactly 44 regular season games and 12 playoff games. He was the first run scored when Joe Carter touched 'em all, don'tcha know!

During that brief stint in Toronto, he filmed an ad with Bob McCown for his morning show on The FAN 1430. That's right kids, before The FAN 590, CJCL lived way over at 1430.

I'm surprised Rickey never tried acting. He's a natural.

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Bill Carroll to Return to Toronto Radio on AM640

Bill Carroll to Return to Toronto Radio on AM640I wasn't even going to write about this, because I've never listened to Bill Carroll on AM radio. I faintly remember him appearing on Test Pattern with Dan Gallagher and I heard him host Barometer on Q107 back in the day, but I completely missed his body of work with the old TALK 640 and more recently on 1010 CFRB.

Since I'm neither a Bill Carroll fan, nor an AM640 listener, I figured a tweet was sufficient to share the "too hot to just be a rumour" news that Bill Carroll will return to Toronto airwaves with an afternoon spot on AM640. Multiple sources tell me this is happening.

Bill Carroll currently hosts The Bill Carroll Show on KFI in Los Angeles, so will Bill Carroll be hosting the AM640 show from LA or is he moving back to Toronto?

His wife's Facebook page gives us a clue. Please note, I'm sharing this screen cap b/c it's publicly available.


It sounds like a move to Toronto might be in the works for April 2013, if you read between the lines. It's subtle, but it's there.

Is Bill Carroll going to host afternoons on AM640? Will he be moving to Toronto to do so in April? Does anyone care?

Update: Bill Carroll will be doing the AM640 Toronto show out of LA.

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Dave "Bookie" Bookman Fired from Edge 102

radioDave Bookman, better known as Bookie on the radio, has been fired from CFNY / Edge 102. He had been on the air there since 1991.

Dave Bookman was the last on-air holdover from the 90s. When Alan Cross was fired in the summer of 2011 we feared Bookie would be next. He was older and probably making a decent salary, but he was passionate and knowledgeable about the music. I always enjoyed listening to Bookie talk about the music.

Here's Bookie's bio from where you'll still find it. I suspect it won't stay there much longer.


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Sunday Night Funnies 1986 Christmas Episode

Sunday Night Funnies 1986 Christmas EpisodeA few years ago, I interviewed Rick Hodge and the first question I asked him was about the Sunday Night Funnies. The Sunday Night Funnies was an hour-long comedy show that aired on 104.5 CHUM-FM each Sunday night and I loved it.

This week, I received an email from Jay who found me after Googling 'Sunday Night Funnies'. Jay also loved the Sunday Night Funnies, particularly the annual Christmas episode. He recorded the 1986 Christmas episode to cassette on his old boombox and recently converted it to MP3. Here's the entire 1986 Christmas episode of the Sunday Night Funnies:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Part Eight

Part Nine

Part Ten

Thanks for sharing this with us, Jay. When Jay isn't listening to old episodes of the Sunday Night Funnies, he's busy in his workshop remaking furniture. Learn more about that at

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Toronto Radio DJs: Where Are They Now?

toronto radio: where are they now?I got an email from a reader wondering where former CFNY personalities were now. I pointed him to The Spirit of Radio Fan Page, but he deemed that too out of date.

So I asked him for his list and I promised to take a crack at it myself and open it up to all of you to help me fill in the cracks.

Where are these former Toronto radio folks today?

  • Maie Pauts
  • Kneale Mann
  • Kim Hughes
  • Brother Bill
  • Pete Fowler
  • Visjna
  • Alan Cross
  • Humble and Fred
  • DJ Dingra
  • Producer of Live in Toronto, Chris Pack
  • John Jones - Music Director
  • Marla West
  • Mary Ellen Benninger

Here's the ones I know:

  • Maie Pauts - currently on Boom 97.3 (hear my chat with her here)
  • Kneale Mann - met him recently, currently consulting
  • Kim Hughes - heard her on CBC Radio One recently, not sure what she's currently doing
  • Brother Bill - changed his name back to Neil Morrison, was on 99.3 The FOX in Vancouver
  • Pete Fowler - OPP officer (hear my chat with him here)
  • Visjna - not sure
  • Alan Cross - currently hosting The Secret History of Rock on Astral stations
  • Humble and Fred - podcasting daily at
  • DJ Dingra - not sure
  • Producer of Live in Toronto, Chris Pack - not sure
  • John Jones - Music Director - not sure
  • Marla West - not sure
  • Mary Ellen Benninger - currently doing news at CHFI and 680News

Leave a comment letting me know about the rest or if I got something wrong.

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Rick Hodge Returns to Airwaves on 105.7 EZ ROCK

Rick Hodge Returns to Airwaves on 105.7 EZ ROCKMy old Buddy Rick Hodge is back on the air as co-host of Niagara's 105.7 EZ ROCK Morning Show alongside Lori Love.

Following an eternity doing mornings on 104.5 CHUM-FM, Rick Hodge was most recently a part of 97.3 EZ Rock's Toronto morning team. I once sat in on a show and great controversy ensued. I kid you not!

All's well that ends well, and I ended up working with Rick Hodge, attempting to teach him social media and helping him blog. The blog is now dead and I haven't heard from Rick in months.

But I'm very glad to hear Rick Hodge is back on the air where he belongs. Here's an interview I conducted with him in which he reveals the truth about why he left CHUM-FM.

Rick Hodge and I

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Humble and Fred Mornings on Kingston's K-Rock 105.7

humble and fredStarting Tuesday, Humble and Fred are the new morning show on K-Rock 105.7, a Rogers-owned station out of Kingston, Ontario.

I just got off the phone with Humble and Fred. They assure me this won't effect their daily podcast. They'll broadcast live in Kingston from 6am-9am, then record their podcast in Etobicoke as they have every weekday since October.

As Humble joked earlier, College Pro Painters wouldn't hire them, so they'll be K-Rock's morning show for the summer. If your radio doesn't pick up K-Rock, you can tune into the show here.

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I Don't Hate Fearless Fred

I Don't Hate Fearless FredI don't hate Fearless Fred. Not even a little bit.

Way back in November, Fearless Fred appeared on the Humble and Fred podcast and had a bone to pick with me. Here's an excerpt:

November was a long time ago, but this topic was recently brought up on the podcast (a pirate named Rusty believe it or not) and I'm hearing from a bunch of new listeners who are missing vital context. People are writing me emails telling me to apologize to Fearless Fred, but these people have only heard Fred's rant above.

For those new folks who think I hate on radio personalities and harass their families, here are the facts:

  • I wrote about Fearless Fred's move from Edmonton to The Edge 102. As you'll see, I was pretty gentle.
  • Then, he fired the first shot, going off on me in an interview. Of course I wrote about that, posting Fred's quote, but again I was awfully gentle.
  • I've never, ever written a single word about Fearless Fred's wife or family. I never cross that line. I spoke about Fearless Fred as a radio host, a public figure, and merely commented on the situation at Edge 102 and his on-air abilities.

So no, I don't believe I owe Fearless Fred an apology, but he probably owes me one. And no, I don't hate him. Not even a little bit. He seems like a decent guy and I'd love to bury the hatchet.

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