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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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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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