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 I pointed him to The Spirit of Radio Fan Page, but he deemed that too out of date.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.

Humble and Fred Mobile

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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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Top 102 New Rock Songs by 102.1 The Edge (2012 Edition)

Top 102 Albums of 1993102.1 The Edge, a.k.a. CFNY, has unveiled the top 102 "new rock songs" of all time, according to 102.1 The Edge listeners.

This is the list they played Saturday, May 19, 2012.

  1. Sublime - Santeria
  2. Nirvana - Come As You Are
  3. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
  4. The Smashing Pumpkins - Today
  5. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  6. Weezer - Buddy Holly
  7. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  8. The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
  9. Blur - Song 2
  10. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
  11. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  12. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  13. Green Day - When I Come Around
  14. Alice In Chains - Man In The Box
  15. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  16. The Offspring - Self Esteem
  17. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  18. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
  19. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
  20. Finger Eleven - One Thing
  21. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  22. Oasis - Wonderwall
  23. Billy Talent - Try Honesty
  24. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  25. City And Colour/Dallas Green - Save Your Sissors
  26. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  27. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
  28. Bush - Glycerine
  29. Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
  30. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
  31. Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
  32. Sum 41 - Fat Lip
  33. Sublime - What I Got
  34. The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
  35. Muse - Uprising
  36. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  37. Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man
  38. K-OS - Crabbuckit
  39. Radiohead - Creep
  40. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  41. Green Day - Brain Stew
  42. The Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission cap
  43. Weezer - Say It Ain't So
  44. Foo Fighters - Everlong
  45. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  46. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
  47. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
  48. Tool - Sober
  49. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
  50. Coldplay - Yellow
  51. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
  52. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  53. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  54. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  55. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
  56. Beck - Loser
  57. Our Lady Peace - Starseed
  58. Linkin Park - In The End
  59. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
  60. Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days
  61. The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
  62. Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
  63. Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become
  64. Green Day - American Idiot
  65. Billy Talent - The River Below
  66. Incubus - Drive
  67. Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
  68. MGMT - Kids
  69. Our Lady Peace - Innocent
  70. Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
  71. Metric - Help, I'm Alive
  72. Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  73. The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
  74. Blind Melon - No Rain
  75. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
  76. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  77. Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
  78. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
  79. Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
  80. Bob Marley/The Wailers - Jammin'
  81. Our Lady Peace - One Man Army
  82. The Offspring - Come Out And Play
  83. Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere
  84. Muse - Starlight
  85. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  86. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
  87. Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
  88. Nirvana - Lithium
  89. Three Days Grace - Just Like You
  90. Radiohead - Karma Police
  91. K-OS - Man I Used To Be
  92. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  93. City And Colour/Gord Downie - Sleeping Sickness
  94. Beastie Boys - Figth For Your Right
  95. The Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up
  96. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  97. Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
  98. Alice In Chains - No Excuses
  99. The Tragically Hip - Poets
  100. Blink-182 - All The Small Things
  101. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
  102. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way

102.1 The Edge likes to do this with great frequency. In fact, they did it just last Labour Day. Here's how the list looked then.

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
  2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  3. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  4. Nirvana - Come As You Are
  5. Metallica - The Unforgiven
  6. Foo Fighters - My Hero
  7. Linkin Park - In The End
  8. U2 - With Or Without You
  9. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  11. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  12. House Of Pain - Jump Around
  13. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
  15. Nirvana - All Apologies
  16. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
  17. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
  18. Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  19. Beck - Loser
  20. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
  21. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
  22. Beastie Boys - Figth For Your Right
  23. Metallica - Enter Sandman
  24. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  25. Blind Melon - No Rain
  26. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
  27. Our Lady Peace - Is Anybody Home?
  28. Blur - Song 2
  29. Billy Talent - Try Honesty
  30. MGMT - Kids
  31. The Tragically Hip - Poets
  32. R.E.M - Losing My Religion
  33. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
  34. Lenny Kravitz - American Woman
  35. Foo Fighters - Everlong
  36. Oasis - Wonderwall
  37. Green Day - Brain Stew
  38. The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
  39. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
  40. Coldplay - Clocks
  41. Linkin Park - Numb
  42. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
  43. Nirvana - Rape Me
  44. Incubus - Drive
  45. Pearl Jam - Alive
  46. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze
  47. Nirvana - About A Girl
  48. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  49. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
  50. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  51. Rage Against The Machine - Testify
  52. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  53. The Offspring - Self Esteem
  54. Our Lady Peace - Somewhere Out There
  55. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World
  56. The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
  57. Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  58. K-OS - Crabbuckit
  59. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  60. Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves
  61. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of
  62. Finger Eleven - One Thing
  63. Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
  64. Our Lady Peace - Innocent
  65. Green Day - Time Of Your Life
  66. Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3
  67. Radiohead - Karma Police
  68. Sum 41 - In Too Deep
  69. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
  70. The Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission cap
  71. Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
  72. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
  73. Foo Fighters - Times Like These
  74. Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
  75. Pearl Jam - Jeremy
  76. Three Days Grace - Just Like You
  77. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
  78. Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
  79. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
  80. Sum 41 - Fat Lip
  81. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  82. Our Lady Peace - Life
  83. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
  84. Metric - Gimme Sympathy
  85. Everlast - What It's Like
  86. Nickelback - How You Remind Me
  87. Nirvana - The Mand Who Sold The World
  88. The Tragically Hip - Little Bones
  89. Green Day - When I Come Around
  90. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  91. Pearl Jam - Daughter
  92. Finger Eleven - First Time
  93. Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
  94. Sloan - Money City Maniacs
  95. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
  96. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  97. Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  98. Big Wreck - The Oaf
  99. Blink-182 - All The Small Things
  100. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker - Laces Out
  101. The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
  102. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late

It's pretty amazing to see the #1 song from Labour Day 2011 finish 78th this weekend. That was a Red Hot Chili Peppers tune, a band that placed 10 songs in the top 102 last time, but only 3 this time. Are Edge listeners finally tiring of all RHCP all the time?

The Tragically Hip placed 8 songs in the top 102 this time around, making them champs. But this list looks surprisingly different than the last one. Santeria, a surprise #1 this time around, didn't crack the top 102 last time.

Does anyone else want to chime in with observations?

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Toronto Terrestrial Radio Options: An Open Discussion

radioLet's talk about the current state of Toronto radio. Yes, I realize many of you have abandoned terrestrial radio in favour of satellite and internet radio or podcasts, but let's pretend we only have the transistor radio from our youth at our disposal. Let's stick to FM and AM signals you can get from Toronto.

I'll start... The station I listen to most often these days is CBC RadioOne which is 99.1. I just find it interesting, enjoy their news reports and love the lack of ads. In the car, when I want to hear a tune, I still tune in Edge 102.1 or 97.7 HTZ-FM, but the narrow playlist now employed by 102.1 seriously frustrates me. Having said that, I still usually like what I hear there, even if they do overplay certain "top 40 for grunge" songs.

I still enjoy Prime Time Sports on The Fan 590, and tune that in periodically. I'll also listen to Jays Talk on that station following an interesting Jays game. That's about it... 99.1, 102.1, 97.7 and 590.

I find the vast majority of stations are pretty awful. It seems we're underserved in this market, and it's only getting worse. It's no wonder I spend most of my day listening to Howard Stern, Humble and Fred podcasts and MP3s.

Ok, your turn. What do you like / dislike about Toronto terrestrial radio these days? What stations do you listen to?

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CHUM Charts Resurrected

CHUM ChartsOn March 25, 2009, 1050 CHUM became CP24 Radio 1050. I was quick to grab the CHUM Chart for the week I was born because before you knew it the old site was offline.

I remember being pretty ticked about this. I even wrote a plea to CTVglobemedia. If they released the CHUM Charts archive to me, I'd build a site and host them myself. They didn't bite.

I'm pleased to share that is now online and it has most of the old CHUM Charts online. It's a work in progress, so I'm sure they'll all be there soon.

I'm not sure who's behind, but it claims to be a "tribute to Allan Waters, the Waters family and everyone who worked at 1050 CHUM as a music station from 1957 until it became TSN 1050." Even they've erased the CP24 Radio experiment from the history books.

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Tim and Sid Are Good Radio

radioWe beat up on radio a lot these days, but it's not all terrible. I've caught a lot of the Tim and Sid show afternoons on Sportsnet 590 The FAN lately, and it's good.

Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro, formerly from The Score, have great chemistry and put on a nice little show. It's sports centric, but it's not only about sports. It's just good conversation.


In fact, they remind me of another Toronto duo with good chemistry and interesting chatter...

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Jim Curran, CBC Radio Traffic Reporter, Retiring

jim curranI listen to a lot of CBC Radio One these days, and Jim Curran is the soothing voice I hear delivering traffic reports. I no longer commute to work, but I still enjoy his calm delivery. There's 40 years of experience in that voice of his!


Jim Curran is retiring at the end of March. He's been at CBC Radio doing traffic since 1972, and I'll miss his voice.

If you don't recognize his name, you might know him if you listen to this:

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Squish Radio from Alan Cross: An Alt-Rock On-Line "Radio" Station

radioAlan Cross has teamed with Astral Radio to program his own on-line radio station called Squish. As he wrote earlier today, the programming of Squish is is 100% his responsibility.

I'm very jealous. I've wanted to do something like this for quite some time, but I'm not Alan Cross. Luckily for us, Alan Cross is Alan Cross, and he's got a very cool thing brewing here.

I'm listening right now. So far, so good! I could see an on-line station like this getting a good chunk of my work day. At least when I'm not listening to Humble and Fred.

It's amazing how little of the radio I listen to each day is actually on the radio. I listen to CBC Radio One news in the shower, and this and that in the car, but at my work desk it's all web based now.

Give Squish a listen. It's a little tricky to find it. Go here and click on the graphic that reads "Listen to the V Streams". Then look for the Squish graphic down and to the right.

So far, I have two wishes for Squish:

  1. I wish the sound quality was better - it's not bad, but I share Neil Young's concerns
  2. I wish I could see the name and artist for the current song playing Scratch that - it's at the top of the page


Good job, Alan. Thanks Doug, for pointing me in the right direction.

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