Radio


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.

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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!

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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

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

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Piracy Is The New Radio

Piracy Is The New RadioI friggin' love Neil Young, so when he talks, I listen.

Neil Young had some very interesting things to say on the stage of D: Dive into Media the other day.

"Young is calling for a new digital ecosystem of high quality music files and he believes that Jobs would have gotten there had he lived long enough. On the distribution side, Young isn't particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists, he's more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low quality:"

It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. [...] That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.

I think he's right on point. Piracy is the new radio. There's no point fighting it, you may as well embrace it.

What do you think?

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Humble and Fred Join Rogers Radio

humble and fredI probably teased this one a little too early, but the big announcement from Humble and Fred has just been made on Breakfast Television.

Humble and Fred have signed a very cool distribution deal with Rogers. Humble and Fred will continue to podcast but will be promoted by Rogers as a 56th station of sorts. Here's a bit I stole from some pr document:

Rogers Radio now offers listeners free access to Humble and Fred Radio.com, available on 19 Rogers Radio websites – granting unrestricted access to the popular podcasts, 24 hours a day. With just the click of a button, fans can tune in and catch up with Humble and Fred on the following Rogers Radio station players: Jackfm.com, 1031Jackfm.com, Sportsnet960.ca, Jackfm.ca, Rock977.ca, Rock979.ca, Rock106.ca,92CitiFM.ca, Sportsnet590.ca, 1023bob.com, Chez106.com, 923Jackfm.com, KRock1057.ca, foxradio.ca, Q92Rocks.com, Q92Timmins.com, 680News.com, SONiC1029.com, and Rock1053.ca.

Also available on the exclusive Rogers Radio app, Humble and Fred Radio.com can be caught on-the-go with this all-access pass to their made in Canada podcasts. App users can browse by station, location or genre, connecting instantly with stations nationwide. At the tip of their fingers, listeners can check out recent playlists, request songs and directly link to station websites.

Aw heck, here's the whole press release.

(TORONTO – January 24, 2012) Rogers Radio today announced the debut of Humble and Fred Radio.com across 18 Rogers Radio websites and on mobile devices through the Rogers Radio app.

"We are thrilled to partner with Humble and Fred and are very excited and proud to be able to offer this unique, innovative show to our Rogers radio listeners." says Julie Adam, VP Programming. "It's like having a 56th station... it's just that this radio station lives solely in the digital space."

Humble and Fred Radio.com is an uncut, uncensored and irreverent podcast baked fresh daily and delivered to listeners around the world. “Humble” Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson offer up a variety of special guests, hot-topic discussions and very funny content.

“We’ve never had so much fun” says Patterson, “And to have Rogers recognize our efforts and want to give us access to their millions of listeners is flattering. Rogers vision of the future is very impressive.

“We’re very happy to be part of the Rogers Family” says Glassman, “In fact from now on we’re going to call Bob McCown dad, and Erin Davis can be our mom.”

There's more to it than just availability from Rogers digital property. There's also regular on-air bits with Bob McCown on Primetime Sports and a neat little thing with 680 News. But most importantly, this is the beginning of something bigger.

Not bad for a couple of guys rolling their own in Etobicoke.

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Brian Henderson from CHUM: Where He's At and What Happened

brian hendersonI'm frequently asked what happened to Brian Henderson from 1050 CHUM. Brian Henderson, or Henny as he's called, was a part of the 1050 CHUM Morning Show as you'll see in this ad from 1987.

I awoke this morning to a note from Brian with an update about what happened to him at CHUM and where he's at today.

Since I have no idea what "URL" and all that other computer mumbo-jumbo means, I'll skip straight to the meat.

Yes I have had, and to a lesser degree, continue to have health issues. The reason I was terminated at CHUM however had nothing to do with health.

I was fired because I was too old, making too much money. FULL STOP! In the meantime, I have grown quite comfortable in retirement. Comfortable because of the age old advice, "always marry a younger woman, so that even when you're downsized, at least one of you is working. All of the children have finally left home.

Oldest Gillian is back in school in Vancouver taking her masters. Youngest Erin has crossed the street and is now working for TSN, while Kyle, "The Wonderkid" has graduated with his teaching degree, right in the middle of an era when there are no teaching jobs, Just like his father, he too has a supportive wife with a good job, and so we're all doing fine. Except for the job part.

Anyone know of any teaching possibilities for Kyle? He lives in Burlington, but will eagerly travel.

HENNY

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Kelly Cutrara

kelly cutraraA few weeks ago, when Fearless Fred went off on me on Humble and Fred Radio, Kelly Cutrara jumped to my defense. Don't believe me? Here she is assuring Fearless Fred that I'm really a good guy.

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At the close of that bit, Kelly asks me to write about her. This entry about Kelly Cutrara is long overdue...

Kelly Cutrara took over for Maie Pauts on CFNY / Edge 102.1, following the Humble and Fred show every weekday. If my memory serves me correctly, she left Edge 102.1 for Mix 99.9 before moving over to do talk on 1010 CFRB. She then did a stint on CBC Radio 2 and now she sits in on Humble and Fred Radio every Tuesday and Thursday.

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And believe me when I tell you, Kelly Cutrara is a good gal and she's looking for work. Contact me with job offers for the lovely Kelly Cutrara.

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Corus Owns 'Humble and Fred', Sends Letter Requesting Money

humble and fredHumble and Fred received a letter from Corus Entertainment Inc. this morning. It was from one of Corus's "Trade-mark Agents" and it was to the attention of Howard Glassman and Fred Patterson at Humble and Fred Worldwide Studios.

I've seen the letter, in fact I have a copy, and here's what it says:

As you may know, Corus Radio Company owns the Canadian Trade-mark registration for HUMBLE AND FRED (Registration No. TMA501188) in connection with the following services:

"Entertainment services through operation of a radio station providing services including radio broadcasting; gathering, producing, programming and disseminating of music, news, information, public service messages and entertainment in all forms for radio; radio broadcasting services and related commentary and news broadcast on radio."

We understand that you have registered the domain name www.humbleandfred.com and have started your own internet show as of October 15, 2011.

In light of the fact that Corus owns the HUMBLE AND FRED trade-mark, we are writing to propose a Trade-mark assignment of the above noted registration to you. This assignment will transfer Corus' ownership of the registration to Humble and Fred Worldwide Studios. We request a payment of $5,000 in consideration of this assignment.

If the above is acceptable, please let us know. We will promptly prepare the Trade-mark assignment agreement for your review. The assignment, once finalized, will be submitted to the Canadian Trade-mark Office so that the change in ownership can be recorded.

Humble and Fred called this Trade-mark Agent, who has advised them that it's not a joke and they've owned the trade-mark since 1998. What's interesting to me is that Humble and Fred appeared on a rival station, Mix 99.9, for years using that name, and Corus seemed completely fine with it, but now that Humble and Fred are podcasting, it's no longer cool.

Corus Entertainment wants something for Humble and Fred's use of the name Humble and Fred, and they've named their price: a whopping $5,000.

Discuss among yourselves....

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Bill Carroll or Jimmy Wales?

radioBill Carroll was on Humble and Fred Radio today. He used to be a pretty big deal on CFRB and now he's kicking ass on KFI in Los Angeles. I know that, because I visited his Wikipedia page earlier today.

Wikipedia is featuring a new round of personal appeals from Jimmy Wales, only this time his face is left justified. It just looks strange, and in this instance, I couldn't tell if it was a picture of Jimmy Wales or Bill Carroll.

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On that same Wikipedia page, is this picture of Bill Carroll.

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Separated at birth?

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It's Way, Way Too Early for Christmas Music

christmasI'm told Hamilton's 102.9 K-Lite has already gone all-Christmas music through December 25. It's way, way too early for that.

If you're a station that's planning on going all-Christmas, it should be illegal to do so the day after Remembrance Day. In my humble opinion, stations should be forced to wait until December 1st.

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What do you think? When's the earliest a station should start playing Christmas music?

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