I've just returned from a visit to the PROUD-FM studio at Church and Wellesley where we recorded the Humble and Fred Christmas podcast. This is our 8th podcast overall, and once again we were joined by Dan Duran and Bingo Bob. Humble also brought along the first Humble and Fred Podcast intern, a Ryerson student named Ari.
I've sat in on a bunch of these, so I've witnessed the evolution, but if you were a Humble and Fred fan from the 90s you'd likely be pretty surprised by the content. Instead of targeted a young male demographic, it's completely organic. The result is more heartfelt, with discussions about Humble's separation, Fred's daughter's wedding and the birth of Bingo Bob's first child. Don't get me wrong, it's still damn funny, but there's far more substance and thought-provoking discussion and slightly less dick and fart jokes. It's compelling stuff, and I hope you listen when I post the audio early next week.
As usual, I took some pictures. If you want to read more about Humble and Fred, this is the category for you. If you want to hear previous podcasts, hit up this page. If you want to hear about Dan Duran's herpes, Humble's new girlfriend or Fred's newfound appreciation for sitting down to go pee, wait for the MP3s next week.
A reader named Karim wanted to share some thoughts about Toronto radio. I'm cool with that.
Hello Toronto Mike,
After reading many of your radio blogs which I enjoy to read and after reading the heartfelt letters from Cool Steve and Stephen from Kitchener, I thought, hey, I would like to put (publish) my radio feelings as well.
In an ideal world, radio would be a discovery tool, a place to enjoy your favourites (what you already know) in moderation, in addition to the discovery of "the next-big things," or "undiscovered" talent. An ideal classic rock station would play in moderation, the popular recognized works of art by classic stars (i.e. Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb, The Guess Who's American Woman, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama) in moderation, but also to play the classic rock "masterpieces," that never saw the light of day, as well as "legends," that never really came through. In other words, to me anyway, the ideal station would serve people who LOVE music. I may sound overly passionate here, but really I 'm just a guy with many ideas in many areas and forms, and a guy who wants to get them noticed. I felt this would be a great blog to voice my radio feelings.You know, I think radio stations don't really cater to people who LOVE music, to be honest I think they cater to people who real!
ly don't care about music or who know little about it to begin with, these are the people who would find most stations most entertaining. Several years back, when I was a youngster living in Hamilton, Ontario, I thought I would check out the local rock station, Y108, since my parents and family, well they were into jazz. So, I tuned them in and well, I loved it. The first song I heard on Y108 was "Comfortably Numb," by Pink Floyd, and it sounded great. Everything was fresh and new, and I began to love music. Over time however, and rather quickly I might add, it lost appeal. Now, Y108 was kind of an interesting station, in the sense that they liked to change up their mix throughout the year, no really huge changes, just that they would add and subtract artists and songs enough to keep me interested till present. They had periods where the 90's was the big focus, a period where classic rock became the focus even a period where hair metal was the main focus. So, it was interesting enough. However, even on a station like Y108, it gets to the point where you've heard every song too many times, and to avoid such overplay I find myself listening less and less, this can simply be described as perhaps a loss of passion, yes I still do crank the radio up when I hear a song that I dig or something I haven't heard in a while, but then it goes off again, when its "Comfortably Numb," or "Hells Bells," for the 1000000000000th time. So, you may or may not see my point, but to put it simply, radio needs the Real "Spirit" back.
Don't tell anyone, but Cool Steve and Stephen from Kitchener were actually the same person.
Our local radio ratings are out. Here's the top-line radio statistics for Toronto, August 30, 2010 - November 28, 2010.
The greatest share goes to CHFI, followed by CHUM-FM and then the good folks at BOOM. Of course, radio is all about demographics, so these numbers only tell part of the story.
Edge 102 (CFNY), for example, won't worry about a 5.5 share if they do well with young males. Greg Quill reports in the Star, that CFNY is doing just fine in that demo.
The Edge (102.1 FM) held the top spot with men 8-34, earning an 18.8 per cent share of hours tuned (up from 16.4).
Older guys prefer Q107 and woman dig CHUM-FM. Chat amongst yourselves.
Derek Welsman, who I remember as The Blind Movie Reviewer, has replaced Jason Barr on The Dean Blundell Show.
I'm giving credit to @Groked for tipping me off.
A few years ago, when I listened to more of The Dean Blundell Show than I do now, I remember thinking The Blind Movie Reviewer segments were actually pretty funny. In fact, they were often the funniest part of the show. Here he is banging into trees and singing about it.
The Dean Blundell Show is now Dean Blundell, Todd Shapiro, and Derek Welsman.
About a year ago, I wrote about the Dean Blundell Show violating Clause 9(b) (Radio Broadcasting) of the CAB Code of Ethics. That was nothing compared to what happened today. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has concluded that Dean Blundell violated Clause 8 (Exploitation) of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Equitable Portrayal Code which prohibits the sexualization of children in broadcasting.
It all started with Dean Blundell tweets about Justin Bieber. Bieber fans objected, and Dean let them have it with tweets like "Save your energy for puberty or to fend off your dad tonight while you’re sleepin’” and "He’ll be chuggin’ before he’s 18 if he likes that music."
The CBSC has found no justification for allegedly humorous references to children in sexual contexts, including those of the nature of sexual innuendo, double-entendres and inexplicit sexual comments that would not be problematic if the references were to adults. The Panel concludes that the pre-pubescent reference, “Save your energy for puberty or to fend off your dad tonight while you’re sleepin’” was gratuitous, unnecessary and a clear violation of Clause 8 of the Equitable Portrayal Code. The Panel also considers that the predictions that Josh, the youthful tweeter (they estimated his age as 12ish), will be “chugging” by the time he turns 18, are similar. The Panel considers that these comments were just as gratuitous and unnecessary and were, consequently, equally a violation of Clause 8 of the Equitable Portrayal Code.
It wasn't the tweets that got Dean in trouble with the CBSC, it was talking about the tweets on Edge 102. "Save your energy for puberty or to fend off your dad tonight while you’re sleepin’” and "He’ll be chuggin’ before he’s 18 if he likes that music." crossed the line.
What do you guys think about this ruling? Did Dean sexualize children on Edge 102?
I get a lot of questions about Jason Barr. Is he going to The Fan 590? What really went down before his dismissal from Edge 102? What's he up to now?
The Biggs And Barr Show has popped up on YouTube.
Radio free agent heavyweight's (in no other category than mass) Jason Barr (102.1 The Edge) and Chris Biggs (Z103.5, CHUM and Virgin 99.9) have now joined forces for the sole purpose of getting free swag...and favours, from the young impressionable members of the promotions staff at whatever station they land at. Some guy heard another dude say "A union of this magnitude has not been witnessed since the cast of Danger Bay was assembled!" The Biggs And Barr Show is 92% fully operational and waiting for your orders... and to start getting paid an enormously undeserved salary.
This is embarrassing...
This comment was left by Jimmy T, former Virgin radio disc jockey. At least I thought it was from Jimmy T. I know lots of radio people, and it reeked of an inside perspective and was signed by Jimmy T. Alas, during one of the busiest weeks of my life, I failed you all and was apparently (allegedly?) fooled by a fake Jimmy T.
The real Jimmy T contacted me last night, convinced me I had erred and promised to write me an exclusive to set the record straight.
This is for all you Jimmy T fans out there. And Jimmy, I'm awfully sorry. Won't get fooled again.
Hey guys, im the REAL Jimmy T and just wanted to extend my thanks to you guys for understanding the situation here.
I'll be the first one to admit that being let go was a bit of a shock, i know that astral and i didnt always see eye to eye on everything and it did sting a bit when i got the unfortunate news, but i left that day back in june amidst handshakes and well wishes from everyone that i saw. Even my boss at the time extended his thanks and offered his help if i ever needed it for references or the like.
And for those who have ever been jocks before, you well know that when you are let go, you're swiftly escorted from the building. In my case it was the exact opposite, i was allowed to roam freely unattended for over a half hour to say my goodbyes to friends. I went from dept to dept and it was fine as fine could be. My last stop, my pd's office to shake his hand before leaving. My only regret was not being able to work with him longer, i really liked him and told him so on several occasions.
When I got word of the post on toronto mike, i initially laughed about it because anyone who knows me would understand that none of that post makes any sense and doesnt match my feelings in the least. And as for the Wylde comment, that one is even dumber. In the days after my release, ppl on the vigin facebook wall asked where i was and seemed sad in their writing. I commented using my real name and my real facebook page and told them that Adam is a great guy and he'll do well and to give him a chance.
So this whole thing is ridiculous and sad. I have friends at astral to this very day and everyone knows that, so for someone to take it upon themselves to chime in on something they obviously dont understand, is moronic. i was "defended" in regards to something that didnt need defending, so to whoever spammed mike's page at my expense with that nonsense, you failed.
Gotta love this business sometimes.
~ Jimmy T
Back in July, I wrote about some folks being let go by Astral-owned Virgin Radio. I don't personally listen to 999 Virgin Radio, but I learnt that Jimmy T, Chris Biggs, Taylor Kaye and Lydia Stratus were let go.
Some guy named Mike (not me) chimed in with a comment.
Jimmy t got fired because he was fixing all the contests so his friends can win...Trust me i know
Jimmy T responded with a very interesting comment of his own.
@Mike, or should I call you 'Nick'?
I got fired for fixing contests LOL?! News to me. I was fired because I refused to bend over and take it in the ass when new management was brought in and screwed the entire vision of what Virgin Radio was supposed to be, up.
Fact is, it's an PD and APD with no idea of what works and what doesn't work in this market. No offense to Adam, but he's not ready yet. In 2-3 years, yes, but right now, no. I was slaughtering him in the ratings at night for his entire run at Kiss 92, so to replace the number one guy with the number 5 guy and think you're going to win, is just plain stupid thinking. The ratings have proven this since my last book at Virgin and his first book alone at night with Virgin. Love me or hate me, the numbers don't lie. He's losing already. He needs guidance, he needs structure, and he's not getting it there.
For the record, my ratings at night were number one in the city, so it had little to do with return on an investment. I made them shit tons of money with my numbers, as did Taylor, Biggs and Lydia. Our numbers were the highest the station had to offer and I assure you I was getting paid a fraction of the Breakfast Show salary. If you wanna cut, cut where you AREN'T making revenue, not your 3 best sources of it.
I could name off about 34 other reasons why that place is falling apart, and I assure you, it IS falling apart. Company morale has been at an all time low I'm told, even now. Ratings are dropping as well. Not a good sign.
I'm back on air starting Monday at Z1035, Mon-Fri 7pm-10pm, then Monaco is on after me. See? Smart companies can HIRE people without having to FIRE people to make changes. "Corporate" should have a look into how that happens and adopt some brains.
In closing, thanks to those who were wondering where I was, to those that didn't care, well, here's to hoping I can make you care in the future. And to "Mike" who clearly has no idea what he's talking about, stay out of the conversation and let the big boys and girls handle these issues.
Very interesting insight!
This past weekend, CFNY / Edge 102 aired what they deem to be the top 200 songs from the 1990s.
They did the same thing last year. This year's top 200 is below.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Under The Bridge
- Nirvana · All Apologies
- House of Pain · Jump Around
- Nirvana · Smells Like Teen Spirit!
- The Tragically Hip · New Orleans is Sinking
- Pearl Jam · Jeremy
- Oasis · Wonderwall
- Nirvana · Come As You Are
- Radiohead · Creep
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Give it Away
- Our Lady Peace · Is Anybody Home?
- Nirvana · In Bloom
- Beastie Boys · Sabotage
- Green Day · Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)
- Cypress Hill · Insane in the Brain/Loco En El Coco
- Nine Inch Nails · Closer
- Nirvana · Dumb
- The Smashing Pumpkins · 1979
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Californication
- Stone Temple Pilots · Plush
- Oasis · Champagne Supernova
- Tool · Sober
- The Tragically Hip · At the Hundredth Meridian
- Nirvana · Heart-Shaped Box
- Pearl Jam · Alive
- The Offspring · Self-Esteem
- Our Lady Peace · Naveed
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Bullet With Butterfly Wings
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Scar Tissue
- The Tragically Hip · Ahead by a Century
- Pearl Jam · Better Man
- Beastie Boys · Intergalactic
- Nirvana · Lithium
- Soundgarden · Black Hole Sun
- Radiohead · Karma Police
- Beck · Loser
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Soul to Squeeze
- Weezer · Say it Ain't So
- Oasis · Don't Look Back in Anger
- Our Lady Peace · Superman's Dead
- Nirvana · The Man Who Sold the World
- Rage Against the Machine · Killing In The Name
- The Tragically Hip · Bobcaygeon
- Blur · Song 2
- Green Day · When I Come Around
- Stone Temple Pilots · Interstate Love Song
- Metallica · The Unforgiven
- Nirvana · Rape Me
- Finger Eleven · Above
- The Chemical Brothers · Block Rockin' Beats
- Blind Melon · No Rain
- Stone Temple Pilots · Creep
- Nirvana · Polly
- The Tragically Hip · Poets
- Oasis · (Whats the Story) Morning Glory?
- Big Wreck · That Song
- Rage Against the Machine · Testify
- The Matthew Good Band · Hello Time Bomb
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Today
- Tool · Stinkfist
- Green Day · Brain Stew
- Pearl Jam · Black
- The Tragically Hip · Courage
- Weezer · Buddy Holly
- Our Lady Peace · Clumsy
- Nirvana · On A Plain
- Sloan · The Good in Everyone
- Metallica · Nothing Else Matters
- The Tragically Hip · Fifty Mission Cap
- Rage Against the Machine · Guerilla Radio
- Our Lady Peace · One Man Army
- Pearl Jam · Even Flow
- The Tragically Hip · Little Bones
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Disarm
- Sloan · Everything You've Done Wrong
- The Verve · Bittersweet Symphony
- Green Day · Basket Case
- The Matthew Good Band · Apparitions
- Sublime · Santeria
- Bush · Machinehead
- The Tragically Hip · Locked In the Trunk of a Car
- Green Day · She
- Stone Temple Pilots · Big Empty
- Treble Charger · Red
- Pearl Jam · Daughter
- Our Lady Peace · Starseed
- Alice in Chains · Man in the Box
- R.E.M. · Losing My Religion
- The Offspring · Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)
- Foo Fighters · Learn to Fly
- Stone Temple Pilots · Vasoline
- Radiohead · High and Dry
- Big Wreck · The Oaf (My Luck is Wasted)
- Foo Fighters · My Hero
- I Mother Earth · Used to Be Alright
- Soundgarden · Spoonman
- Tool · Forty Six & Two
- The Tragically Hip · Looking for a Place to Happen
- Sublime · What I Got
- Rage Against the Machine · Bulls on Parade
- Sloan · Money City Maniacs
- Pearl Jam · Yellow Ledbetter
- Econoline Crush · All that You Are
- Bush · Comedown
- Temple of the Dog · Hunger Strike
- Sloan · Coax Me
- The Offspring · Gotta Get Away
- Metallica · Until it Sleeps
- The Matthew Good Band · Load Me Up
- U2 · Mysterious Ways
- Nine Inch Nails · Hurt
- The Tragically Hip · Fully Completely
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Cherub Rock
- Metallica · Enter Sandman
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Suck My Kiss
- Green Day · Hitchin' A Ride
- The Matthew Good Band · Indestructible
- Soundgarden · Fell on Black Days
- The Offspring · The Kids Aren't Alright
- Big Wreck · Blown Wide Open
- Foo Fighters · Monkey Wrench
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Thirty-Three
- Sloan · Losing California
- Green Day · Longview
- I Mother Earth · One More Astronaut
- Depeche Mode · Enjoy the Silence
- The Tragically Hip · Twist My Arm
- No Doubt · Just a Girl
- Sloan · Underwhelmed
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Around the World
- Econoline Crush · You Don't Know What It's Like
- Foo Fighters · Everlong
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Zero
- Odds · Heterosexual Man
- The Matthew Good Band · Everything is Automatic
- Alice in Chains · Rooster
- Bush · Glycerine
- Econoline Crush · Sparkle and Shine
- Pearl Jam · Last Kiss
- Odds · It Falls Apart
- Rage Against the Machine · Sleep Now in the Fire
- The Tragically Hip · 700 ft. Ceiling
- The Smashing Pumpkins · Tonight Tonight
- Odds · Eat My Brain
- Soundgarden · Burden In My Hand
- The Tea Party · Temptation
- The Offspring · Gone Away
- The Tragically Hip · Fireworks
- Foo Fighters · Big Me
- The Matthew Good Band · Strange Days
- The Chemical Brothers · Let Forever Be
- 54.40 · Ocean Pearl
- Silverchair · Tomorrow
- The Tragically Hip · Nautical Disaster
- Pearl Jam · Dissident
- Big Sugar · Diggin' a Hole
- Stone Temple Pilots · Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
- Moist · Silver
- Hole · Doll Parts
- Big Sugar · Turn the Lights On
- Weezer · Undone (The Sweater Song)
- The Tragically Hip · So Hard Done By
- Sublime · Smoke Two Joints
- 54.40 · Love You All
- Depeche Mode · Personal Jesus
- The Tragically Hip · Wheat Kings
- Radiohead · Just
- The Age of Electric · Remote Control
- Stone Temple Pilots · Sex Type Thing
- Nirvana · Breed
- Nickelback · Leader of Men
- 54.40 · Nice to Luv You
- Soundgarden · Outshined
- Alice in Chains · No Excuses
- I Mother Earth · So Gently We Go
- Red Hot Chili Peppers · Breaking the Girl
- The Tea Party · The Messenger
- Filter · Hey Man Nice Shot
- Nickelback · Old Enough
- Alice in Chains · Heaven Beside You
- Killjoys · Today I Hate Everyone
- Green Day · Welcome to Paradise
- The Tragically Hip · Gift Shop
- Alice in Chains · Would?
- Nickelback · Breathe
- Tool · Prison Sex
- Sloan · People of the Sky
- Stone Temple Pilots · Big Bang Baby
- Moist · Push
- Jane's Addiction · Been Caught Stealing
- Sloan · All Used Up
- Fatboy Slim · Praise You
- I Mother Earth · Not Quite Sonic
- Nine Inch Nails · Down in It
- Pure · Anna is a Speed Freak
- Weezer · El Scorcho
- Bif Naked · Spaceman
- Stone Temple Pilots · Lady Picture Show
- Edwin · Trippin'
- Sublime · Wrong Way
Ryan B. wrote me the following email on the subject of CFNY / Edge 102 and their Top 200 Songs Of The 90's.
I've been reading your blog on and off over the years, especially as a source of news about CFNY. After turning on the radio this weekend and hearing "Inane in the Brain" by Cypress Hill come in as #16 on the top 200 songs of the 90's, when I don't ever recall hearing it on CFNY back then, I had to check for the final list and see how offended I'd be :) I'll confess that I'm shocked that Smells Like Teen Spirit was not #1 but was in fact #4 behind RHCP's Under the Bridge, Nirvana's All Apologies (If anything, I would have guessed Come As You Are), and, wait, I'm sorry, does this say "House of Pain - Jump Around" at number 3?
Anyway, if you're interested, I put together a spreadsheet comparing this list to the "Top 1002 of All Time" posted at The Spirit of Radio - http://www.spiritofradio.ca/Top1002.asp. 41 songs were on this weekend's list that didn't appear back in 1999, including #3 Jump Around. A couple of them were borderline, as the album may have come out in late 1999, but the single wasn't officially released until 2000. Then there's #191, All Used Up by Sloan, which came out in umm, 2005? I'm not even sure why I try or care. It's just one of the 12 presets I hop between when driving. Anyways, if you're interested, feel free to use the data for a post on your blog, otherwise, you can just shake your head like I am.
Thanks for the blog,
It really was a meteoric rise for House of Pain's "Jump Around", which was 90th one year ago, and now sits at #3. And yes, it's a song CFNY wouldn't touch when it was released.
Things certainly are different over there...
It's been a week since Jason Barr was let go from Edge 102. Jason was 1/3 of The Dean Blundell Show, a very popular Toronto morning radio show, especially amongst teens and those in their 20s.
This trio has been together since they took over for Humble and Fred on 102.1 back in 2001. Humble and Fred, you may recall, left for Mojo 640 and their "Talk Radio for Guys" format. Before The Dean Blundell Show, Jason Barr was Danger Boy on Humble and Fred, a part of that show since the mid 90s. That's a long time he was on Edge 102 in the mornings.
It's been a week since he was fired, and I'm surprised at the complete lack of coverage. I haven't found a word about it in the MSM. It's on a few message boards and blogs, but surprisingly few. It's possible nobody knows about it, but isn't the MSM supposed to break such news to the masses? Hell, I had the story a week ago. Is it deemed such an insignificant event it's completely unworthy of coverage?
My entry about Jason being fired is getting some traffic from people Googling for more information, but not a heck of a lot. Perhaps the average CFNY listener won't have a clue things are different until after Labour Day.
Here's the results from Google when you search for Jason Barr Fired. The highlighted results are from me, whether I'm hosting them or not.
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