Biggs and Barr New Morning Team at 97.7 HTZ-FM

radioBecause you don't follow me on Twitter, you didn't get the heads up last night. What else of interest could have possibly been taking place last night?

Here's the tweet you missed.


That's right, Jason Barr, recently dismissed from the Dean Blundell Show on 102.1, has joined forces with Chris Biggs, recently dismissed from Virgin 999, to form the new morning show at 97.7 HTZ-FM.

They start January 17.

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Can CTV Change FLOW 93.5's Format?

radioCHUM Radio, a division of CTVglobemedia, has acquired CFXJ-FM b.k.a. The New FLOW 93.5. They're wondering at SOWNY whether changes are imminent.

Even though I've never listened to FLOW 93.5, I'm intrigued. FLOW 93.5's license specifically states they play "urban music". Here's one of the conditions from Decision CRTC 2000-203.

The new station will offer an "Urban Music" musical format, targeted to an audience aged 25 to 44. Milestone stated that the format would be a "modern-day reflection of the rich musical traditions of Black musicians and Black-influenced music over at least the past century". The new station will add diversity to the musical genres available to Toronto audiences by exploring rhythm & blues (R&B), hip-hop and all the sub-groups of R&B, plus reggae and calypso, both of which are popular in the Toronto market but not currently heard to a great extent on any local or out-of-market commercial stations.

CTV's acquisition of FLOW 93.5 was just approved December 23rd in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-964. In this decision, the CRTC reiterated that the original conditions still apply.

The Commission approves the application by CTV Limited for authority to acquire, from Milestone Radio Inc. (Milestone), the assets of the English-language commercial radio station CFXJ-FM Toronto and for a new broadcasting licence to continue the operation of the station under the same conditions as those in effect under the current licence.

It seems clear to me that FLOW 93.5, as owned by CTV, still has to offer "a modern-day reflection of the rich musical traditions of Black musicians and Black-influenced music". They can't just go country or modern rock or indie here... they have an enforced mandate, even if that means copping out with rhythmic top 40 a.k.a. lots of Usher, Rihanna and Drake.

What will CTV do with FLOW 93.5?

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Humble and Fred's 2010 Gift of Christmas Podcast

podcastThis past Saturday, I joined Humble and Fred as they recorded their Gift of Christmas Podcast.

Just in time for Christmas, here's the podcast in four easy to digest chunks. Enjoy...

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Part 4

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Thanks to Dan Duran, Bingo Bob and Ari Daniel for helping to make this magic happen, ACME Pictures for donating the web space and PROUD FM for donating the studio space.

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Recording the Humble and Fred Christmas Podcast, 2010 Version

podcastI'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.

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In An Ideal World, Radio Would Be...

radioA 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.

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Toronto Radio Ratings

radioOur 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.

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Derek Welsman Joins The Dean Blundell Show

cfnyDerek 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.

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Dean Blundell Sexualized Children on Edge 102

radioAbout 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?

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The Biggs And Barr Show

radioI 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.

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Will the Real Jimmy T Please Stand Up

RadioThis 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

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