If you're my age, and you grew up listening to The Fan 590, try to remember a time before Howard Berger. Love him or hate him, and the disdain for this man in the Twittersphere is intense, you knew him and you listened to his Leafs reports.
Toronto Sports Media is reporting he's been relieved of his duties at Sportsnet Fan 590.
This YouTubery is aptly titled "Ron Wilson Destroys Howard Berger".
And no, there's no truth to the rumour that Colin Campbell has been hired by The Fan 590 as Berger's replacement.
Pete Griffin was 81. He and David Haydu formed the comedy duo Pete & Geets, hosting a morning-drive radio show on CHUM-FM in the early 1970s that was later revived between 1982-1987 on CFNY.
Here's some great audio of Pete and Geets, originally shared here.
I once interviewed my buddy Freddie P about the Pete and Geets show, and asked him what it was like to be a part of it all. Here's what he told me:
Pete and Geets were fantastic. They were Canada's pioneer FM morning show, and here's what I mean by that. In the early days of CHUM-FM they changed the way morning radio was done.
Less music, more talk, irreverent instead of corny and they didn't yell at you like the am morning shows did. When they came to CFNY in 1980, it got even better.
I often find it amusing how much credit Howard Stern gets for bringing a different style of morning show to radio, but his "style" was being established by Pete and Geets before Stern was even out of college. But without the tits and ass.
And of course, Pete and Geets never got the credit they deserved, mainly because they never had huge ratings. But as we've learned over the years, ratings doesn't mean quality.
The current ratings system is a joke and has robbed Toronto of a lot of good radio over the years.
It sounds like I missed something special. Glove tap to @mondoville for letting me know about this loss and helping me verify his age.
Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be radio DJs. In radio, you're hired to be fired. And you don't get to say goodbye.
This entry started on Twitter. Mike Gamble let me know about LoriAnn and Darrin Pfeiffer's dismissals, and LoriAnn herself chimed in.
I first learned LoriAnn was fired from 102.1 The Edge in a comment on this blog on February 11th. In an email exchange with LoriAnn tonight I confirmed she was fired on February 10, told by Edge management "we're going in a different direction and unfortunately it affects your employment".
That's literally all she was told. She's not 100% sure what happened with Darrin Pfeiffer.
I believe they told him that they'd keep him on staff for emergency fill in and situations where they had nobody else... and after a few months re evaluated that and asked him what he wanted and he said let me go. Thats just hearsay tho.
The one good thing about being fired from radio is that you can't take it personally. All the greats have been canned once or twice during their career. It's a rite of passage.
This all seems awfully familiar...
In July 2006, I noticed traffic to this site from folks searching 'humble howard fired'. That prompted me to write "Humble Howard, Are You Okay?".
It turns out, he was fired from Mix 99.9 that day, and I unfortunately broke the story. Humble and I became great friends after that, and we remain good friends to this day.
It's happening again. There are visits to this blog from people searching 'humble and colleen fired'. Here's one example:
The first thing I do when I see such an indicator is visit the radio's website. It's usually a dead giveaway. When a radio personality is turfed, they try to erase him or her (in this case both) from the official radio site. I shot over to http://www.boom973.com to hopefully find Humble and Colleen's smiling faces. Sadly, they were noticeably absent from the hosts page.
It's unconfirmed at this point, but once again, we have a lot of smoke here for there to be no fire. Humble, Colleen, are you guys okay? I've confirmed it. Astral has fired Humble and Colleen. Here's hoping they land on their feet.
We first discussed TSN Radio 1050 back in February, and now it's here. I've been listening off and on the past few days, and I think The FAN 590 should be worried. TSN Radio sounds like a force to be reckoned with.
I really like the Mike Richards show in the morning. It sounds superior to the Brady and Lang show, in my opinion, and I also liked what I heard from Bryan Hayes and Steve Kouleas. I have concerns about the syndicated content, from Dan Patrick, but what I heard today was pretty compelling.
The problem with syndicating American shows will arise when a Toronto team returns to the playoffs. If the Leafs were in the first round right now, the appetite for Leafs coverage would be insatiable. Dan Patrick will be off talking about the NBA and NFL labour issues and the TSN Radio audience will just want to hear about the lines Wilson worked in practice and the game tonight. Radio works best when it's local.
Having said that, TSN Radio isn't The TEAM. They'll leverage their television advantage and present a real challenge to The FAN's offerings. Except for Prime Time Sports, which I suspect won't be damaged by the arrival of James Cybulski and Company, it's going to be awfully interesting.
Have you folks listened to TSN Radio yet? What did you think? Is The FAN in trouble?
Now that we're drowning in sports radio in this city, with TSN Radio competing head-to-head with Sportsnet Radio, let's figure out our alt-rock problem.
Many of us used to get our alt-rock fix from 102.1 The Edge, but today that won't always do the trick. Digger wants to hear from you as to what your favourite alt-rock stations are, online, terrestrial, satellite or other.
April 9, 2011 / 10:36
@ Irvine: A big thank you for recommending Vancouver's The Peak. I think they're already on my "A list" for streaming online (kind of the equivalent of earning a button on the car radio).
When I am at a computer, which is pretty much all day at the office, I refuse to listen to local radio, as there is so much out there - it just needs to be discovered.
Hey Mike, how about making this sort of thing a topic for one weekend? It seems to be that there are a lot of alt-rock fans here. We could post links and a short comment on our favourite alt-rock stations that we stream online.
What great alt-rock station have you discovered?
Hammerhead alert! Hammerhead alert!
I just got this email from
A follow-up to an old thread of yours I just came across on google - https://www.torontomike.com/2009/06/stormin_norm_rumack_the_late-n.html – guess who is now back at Fan 590 hosting the midnight-5am shift on the weekends :-)
He started this past weekend and is back full time in that shift…
It seems Adam is
only partially right. Yes, Norm Rumack is back on the radio , but not The FAN 590. He's hosting Norm At Night which is airing on theScore radio, which you'll find on Sirius channel 98, as well as The Norm
Rumack Show on The FAN 590.
Courtesy of Retrontario, here's a 1989 television ad for CFNY's Humble and Fred morning show.
Man, that Miami Vice look did not work for Humble. Fred, however, still dresses like that.
A big glove tap to Mondoville for reminding me where I'd seen it all before...
Boom 97.3's new spring ad campaign is called Cover Up and you'll see the ads plastered all over Astral-owned ad space in this city. It's people holding vinyl record sleeves and covers in front of their faces. Here's a couple.
The concept is pretty cool, but not very original. Sleeveface.com has been doing it here for years. Here's "How to Sleeveface".
Based on this Sleeveface tweet, it's safe to say Boom 97.3 simply stole the idea, but does anyone actually own it?
They're pretty cool ads, but it's all been done before. Visit http://www.sleeveface.com/ to see a whole bunch more.
It's official. TSN RADIO 1050 will launch on Wednesday, April 13.
As we discussed when Mike Richards was hired by BCE Inc., The FAN 590 will have some competition in this market when a second all-sports radio station debuts later this month. Personally, I love this move, as the 1050 frequency was wasting away with a simulcast of CP24 and a little sports radio competition can only make things more interesting for us fans.
Essentially, the TSN ~ Sportsnet battle will now extend beyond the television to Toronto radio. Fun!
It will be interesting to hear the full TSN RADIO 1050 lineup, and final changes to The FAN 590's lineup in response. Maybe I'll finally get my own show...
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