Radio


The Motts and Me: Friends Forever?

itunesThe Motts were a popular husband and wife radio duo on CFRB for years and years until they were let go by Astral back in August of 2009. They're now podcasting daily at themotts.ca.

I've been working with Humble and Fred, who are now podcasting daily at humbleandfredradio.com, and when Carol Motts heard I had the guys in the iTunes store, she reached out.

When The Motts call, you accept the charges. I'm happy to share the news that you can now subscribe to the Motts on iTunes and Carol is now managing her own XML feed.

I don't think there's any conflict of interest here, there's very, very little overlap between The Motts' target audience and Humble and Fred's target audience. if you've heard both shows, you'll know what I mean.

But, I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you to listen to Humble and Fred radio. Subscribe and give it a whirl. It might just change the way you listen to radio.

Toronto Mike: Podcast consultant to the stars.

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FAN 590 20/20 Sports Updates Sans Intro Music

radioWe discussed the new Sportsnet branding last week. Part of that new branding involved renaming The FAN 590 "SPORTSNET 590 The FAN".

I've also noticed they've dropped the music from their 20/20 sports updates. It's not like before when they briefly changed the music, there's no music at all.

I get their desire to re-brand all Sportsnet properties, but I miss the 20/20 music.

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Radio Hits: Barry Taylor, Girl Talk and RHCP on The Edge

radioYou lucky bastards are getting three for one here. That's right, three radio hits in one entry.

See what I did there? I called them "hits" because "hits" are played on the radio. I could have called them "thoughts" or "points", but that wouldn't have been nearly as clever. Let's get to these hits, shall we?

1. Barry Taylor Returns to GTA Radio
I heard former CFNY / Edge 102 deejay Barry Taylor on Y108 this afternoon. He's got a weekend afternoon gig there, working Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6pm. Barry Taylor is a hero of sorts, because he called Edge 102 out on the mat and taught me that I really don't know shit about radio. It's good to hear his voice on the radio again.

2. Girl Talk Has Changed the Way I Hear Songs
Earlier this morning, while in the shower, I heard Nirvana's Lithium on Edge 102. Listening to Lithium, only one of my favourite songs of all-time, I heard Salt-N-Pepa's Push It in my head. Apparently I've listened to a lot of Girl Talk the past few years and I can't hear a song he sampled without hearing the rest of his mash-up. Same thing happened when I saw Heart this past summer.

3. Edge 102 Should Re-brand Themselves RHCP Radio
Almost every time I tune in 102.1 they're playing a Red Hot Chili Peppers song. It happened again this afternoon when I heard Give It Away. Seriously, they play a lot of RHCP and I'm betting RHCP gets more coverage than any other band right now.

That is all. Continue enjoying your weekend.

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Alan Cross Gets Gig With Astral

radioAlan Cross was fired by Corus back in July. Now, he's been hired by Astral's Orbyt Media division.

He'll host a show called The Secret History of Rock with Alan Cross, which will sound an awful lot like his Ongoing History of New Music show we all know and love. Astral will air his show across Canada, and in Toronto on Boom 97.3.

Alan Cross can have his little Astral gig, and Colleen Rusholme can enjoy herself on Vinyl 95.3, but the real fun will be had by Humble and Fred on Humble and Fred Radio!

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Quirks & Quarks

radioHas Bob McDonald ever produced a bad episode of Quirks & Quarks? If you're unfamiliar with Quirks & Quarks, you're missing out.

Quirks & Quarks is a weekly science news program heard on CBC Radio One. The original host was David Suzuki, who started with the program in 1975. Then, Jay Ingram hosted from 1979-1991 and Bob McDonald has hosted ever since.

Bob McDonald does a fantastic job, taking complex science and making it digestible and interesting to regular folks like me. You can download previous episodes at http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/episode/ and I suggest you dive in and hear what you've been missing.

Lots of people like to criticize the CBC, but in my humble opinion, they produce a wide variety of fascinating shows that always leave me wanting more. If I could only get one radio station, I'd want to get CBC Radio One.

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Humble and Fred Radio

radioMay I have your attention please....

This entry is for you if you're a fan of:

  1. Humble and Fred
  2. Radio
  3. Entertaining audio content

If you went 0-3, you can stop reading now. If any of the above apply to you, you may continue...

Humble and Fred Radio is coming soon. In fact, there's a countdown on the official site. I spent some time this past weekend working on the next iteration of that site, so I can vouch for the fact this is the real deal.

Humble and Fred Radio will provide you with fresh, daily content from the geeks that groove. Every single weekday these guys are going to record a show for you and make it available online. In addition to daily audio, you'll get both Humble and Fred blogging at their new online home, tweeting and making you laugh, think and feel again. Don't you want to feel again?

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Here's what you need to know...

  1. It will all happen at http://www.humbleandfredradio.com
  2. You should follow @humblefredradio on Twitter
  3. I'll post more updates when we go live with the new site - hopefully by next week

I'm psyched about this project and thrilled to be working with Humble and Fred, the radio team that got me out of bed just about every morning of the 90s. This is going to be revolutionary.

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Bob Laine, Dead at 72

In MemoriumBob Laine was 72. He was a radio broadcasting legend at CHUM known as "The Voice" whose signature opening was "Good morning world, this is Bob-O. Good morning Bob-O, this is world."

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Listen to the Rainbow

radioIt's no secret I'm a big fan of just about anything Retrontario uploads to YouTube. He just uploaded an ad for CKEY Radio 590. It's from 1980, years before CJCL / FAN 590 took the spot on your dial.

Today, that ad would be seen as promoting 590 as LGBT-friendly. Something for 103.9 PROUD-FM, perhaps.

It turns out "Listen to the Rainbow" was CKEY's tagline for a while. Here's a poster from the days they promised "Good music, nice people and solid news".

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I think 103.9 PROUD-FM should license this campaign!

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Adam vs. Alexisonfire: Social Payola at Edge 102?

radioOn Saturday morning, I was listening to Edge 102 in the car. Despite what you may think having read the odd rant about 102.1 in this space, it's still my favourite music station. There's really no alternative in the GTA for a guy who wants to hear the latest Foo Fighters single alongside a Hey Rosetta! track or an Arcade Fire song.

So I'm listening, and Adam is about to play a double shot, two songs in a row from the same artist... and Alexisonfire's "Boiled Frogs" begins to play. Edge 102 plays the crap out of Alexisonfire, and with their recent announcement that they're breaking up after ten years, hearing "Boiled Frogs" was completely unexceptional. What caught my attention was what happened next.

Adam ordered the song stopped. They cut the tune after only a few seconds and Adam said something like this... this is a paraphrase from memory, but I believe I'm nailing the sentiment.

Let's not play that. We're not playing Alexisonfire anymore. Apparently, some of the guys had some things to say about us despite the fact we've been big supporters of theirs over the years. Let's play something by a band that actually likes us. This is Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, friends of the station.

I've searched Google and Twitter trying to find a quote from an Alexisonfire band member that would have prompted this act by Adam, but I've come up empty. I did find this Tweet from Adam, however, in which he proclaims "Done with Alexisonfire... #pricks".

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This got me thinking... if a station refuses to play a band that says negative things about the station, and instead plays a band that says nice things about the station, isn't that a form of social Payola? Instead of taking money to play an artist's songs, Edge 102 is taking endorsements and positive social currency.

The whole practice smells... What do you guys think about a station refusing to play a band's music because of something a band member said about the station?

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Humble and Fred's Perfect Storm - A Radio Revolution?

radioIf you've been here before, you might know I'm personal friends with both Humble Howard and Fred Patterson of the old Humble and Fred radio program. Before I ever met the guys, however, I was a fan of their morning show on CFNY / Edge 102. They made me laugh throughout the 90s. Damn, I miss the 90s...

Let's see... Humble was on Boom doing a morning show with Colleen Rusholme until May when he was fired. Here's a few of his thoughts upon being fired again. He's okay...

Fred was the Program Director for the Corus stations in Peterborough. Then, last month, he was fired. He shared the whole story with me via phone yesterday. He too, will be okay...

That means both Humble and Fred are currently being paid to not work. They're both a little bitter, too... a little pissed off... and they both want to work as Humble and Fred.

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It's a perfect storm of sorts. There is a plan for Humble and Fred, a future for the duo. No, I'm not about to announce they're the new morning show for < insert station here >, but they are on the brink of what I believe is a radio revolution.

Are you ready for Humble and Fred Radio?

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