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The 1050 CHUM Morning Show in 1987

RadioYouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

My mom lights up when she talks about 1050 CHUM. Her "Top 40" 1050 CHUM ended on June 6, 1986, and that 1050 CHUM, if you excuse a brief run as an all-sports station, ended on March 25, 2009.

This clip is of the morning show crew a year after leaving Top 40 for "Favourites of Yesterday and Today". Here we see Gerry Forbes, Brian Henderson, Mary Garofalo, Mike Cleaver and Robbie Evans doing their thing.

On a related note, I frequently get emails asking if I know where Brian Henderson can now be found. Does anyone know what Brian Henderson is up to these days?

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Rick Hodge's Blog is Now Live

notepadFans of Rick Hodge will be happy to learn he's now blogging at http://www.thehodgeblog.com/.

I let the cat out of the bag a little prematurely, but we're now live. Those who follow blogs via RSS will want to subscribe to http://www.thehodgeblog.com/atom.xml.

In his second entry, he took a stab at yours truly.

First off I want to thank Mike Boon for helping me get this together. Mike and I didn't get off to a good start. He got me pretty good on his Toronto Mike Blog a while back just after I left Astral Media. Here's what happened. I had set up a comedy bit by Jimmy Fallon about 80's music. What I wanted to do was set up Colleen Rusholme who was starting an 80's show on EZ Rock the following weekend. I was new to all of this and what I didn't know was that all cuts had to be limited to 30 seconds. For the bit to work it had to run 90 seconds.

When the producer cut it at 30 the entire piece just died. I asked what the story was and when I was told I yelled that that was B-S and walked out of the studio. Honestly in my time at Astral that was the only time I lost my temper. Mike just happened to be there when it happened. I have to thank Humble Howard, Ian Grant and Bill Carroll for coming to my defence. I understand why Mike felt and wrote what he did and I don't blame him. I've been called a lot of things during my career but never a Diva. Compared to some folks I've worked with over the years I'm still in pre-school when it comes to meltdowns.

For hosting the Sunday Night Funnies and Rinkside with Gord Stellick, I'm giving Hodgie a free pass.

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Herb Tarlek with Don Daynard and Erin Davis on CHFI

RadioYouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

As a kid, I loved WKRP. I think that's how I first fell in love with radio. One of the many great characters on WKRP was Herb Tarlek, the plaid suit wearing advertising account executive who couldn't score a big account or with Jennifer Marlowe.

Back in 1997, the character Herb Tarlek was resurrected for a television ad campaign promoting the CHFI morning show with Don Daynard and Erin Davis.


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Andy Barrie Announces Retirement From CBC

radioYou've got to love Andy Barrie. He's been hosting Toronto's CBC Radio One program Metro Morning since 1995 and is one of the finest broadcasters working in this city. His Metro Morning has always been a favourite of mine.

This morning, on his 65th birthday, he announced that he's retiring and that his last show will take place the morning of March 1. After 15 years he deserves a chance to sleep in past 4am.

In 2008, I wrote about Andy's leave of absense. He was caring for his wife Mary, who passed away last February.

Good for Andy, stepping down while still at the top of his game.

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Punkorama Cancelled on Edge 102.1

radioI remember listening to Punkorama on Edge 102.1 back in the day when it was hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. The hard aggressive sounds of Punkorama will no longer be heard each Tuesday night on CFNY as the last episode of Punkorama aired two nights ago.

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Here's the playlist from the last show.

FACE TO FACE – It’s Not Over
NOFX – Don’t Call Me White
CARPENTER – You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
TITUS ANDRONICUS – Titus Andronicus
HUSKER DU – New Day Rising
FLATLINERS – Filthy Habits
…TRAIL OF DEAD – Days Of Being Wild
IGGY POP & THE STOOGES – I Wanna Be Your Dog
EVERY TIME I DIE – Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Battery
RANCID – The Wars End
DILLINGER FOUR – A Floater Left With Pleasure In The Executive Washroom
SNUFF – All Over Now
SOCIAL DISTORTION – I Was Wrong
THE RIOT BEFORE – We Are Wild Stallions
GASLIGHT ANTHEM – Angry Johnny And The Radio
THE REPLACEMENTS - Unsatisfied

RIP Punkorama

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Randy Moller Goal Calls

radioWhen the Leafs play on CBC, Joe Bowen calls the game for radio. When Joe Bowen is calling the game for television, Dennis Beyak fills in. Both call fine games. That's how we roll in Leafsville.

Florida Panthers games are called by a cat named Randy Moller. After each goal, he drops a pop culture nugget that has to be heard to be appreciated. Randy Moller, I love you.

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boom 97.3 Playlist Analyzed

radioAs promised, EZ Rock is now Boom 97.3, playing "Toronto's Greatest Hits". Humble and Colleen are still doing mornings, Maie Pauts takes it from there and KJ still takes you home.

Yes, that ad does start with the song that's absolutely everywhere, the same song they played right after flipping formats. Here are the first twenty songs played on the new boom 97.3.

Play Time Artist Name Track Name
Sat 10:24AM THE B-52S LOVE SHACK
Sat 10:20AM BRYAN ADAMS LONELY NIGHTS
Sat 10:15AM THE BEE GEES STAYIN' ALIVE
Sat 10:12AM JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL
Sat 10:08AM SPIRIT OF THE WEST HOME FOR A REST
Sat 10:04AM MAX WEBSTER LET GO THE LINE
Sat 10:01AM FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD RELAX
Sat 09:56AM THE POLICE MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Sat 09:50AM THE NEVILLE BROTHERS BIRD ON A WIRE
Sat 09:46AM BOSTON MORE THAN A FEELING
Sat 09:42AM MEN AT WORK DOWN UNDER
Sat 09:38AM BARENAKED LADIES LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME
Sat 09:35AM MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS ECHO BEACH
Sat 09:31AM BLONDIE HEART OF GLASS
Sat 09:27AM MICHAEL JACKSON THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
Sat 09:24AM THE CLASH SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD
Sat 09:19AM QUEEN SOMEBODY TO LOVE
Sat 09:15AM THE PARACHUTE CLUB RISE UP
Sat 09:11AM THE STRAY CATS ROCK THIS TOWN
Sat 09:07AM CHIC LE FREAK
Sat 09:03AM JOURNEY DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'

It's really a great improvement over the playlist for the old EZ Rock. Sure, I could do without that Neville Brothers tune but we got Martha and the Muffins, the Clash, Max Webster, Spirit of the West and they just played the B-52s. It's definitely classic hits with a strong focus on the 80s and a little 70s and 90s on the side.

Sample boom 97.3 for yourself at http://cjez.player.myastralmediaradio.com/ and let me know what you think of the new format in the comments. It might not be exactly what we're looking for, but it's a great improvement.

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EZ Rock to Change Formats on Boxing Day - Now BOOM FM

radioAs a fan of the old Humble and Fred show that aired on CFNY throughout the 90s, Humble's role on the 97.3 EZ Rock morning show has been bittersweet. On the one hand, he's back doing mornings on Toronto radio. On the other hand, it's EZ Rock, home of Celine Dion, John Tesh and a soccer mom music paradise.

Thankfully for us old Humble and Fred fans, and fans of the old CFNY, EZ Rock is changing formats on Boxing Day and will become BOOM FM playing classic hits. No more "light favourites of yesterday and today" or whatever that music was supposed to be. It will become sort of an adult alternative station with a focus on classic hits. At least that's the buzz on the street.

It makes sense. Humble and Colleen in the mornings and then Maie Pauts. Goodbye Celine, hello Thompson Twins. Goodbye John Tesh, hello Tears For Fears. Goodbye EZ Rock, hello BOOM FM.

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Humble and Fred on EZ Rock

radioShortly after 8:30 this morning, Humble and Fred were on the radio, together for the first time since 2005. It was an EZ Rock promo for their 5th podcast.

Their Fifth Podcast is ready, but it's so racy and raw, it needs to be cleared by an army of lawyers and Humble's wife. We'll have it online soon and you'll be able to read all about it here.

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Toronto Radio Ratings - Radio Top-Line Reports From BBM

radioPPM Top-line Radio Data for Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal has been released by bbm.

Below are the ratings for Toronto, covering August 31, 2009 through November 29, 2009. This is our first full ratings period since they switched to Portable People Meter (PPM) technology.

Call Letters Also Known As Share % Cume (000) Daily Cume (000)
CBLFM CBC Radio 2 1.7 1,935.50 148.4
CBLAFM CBC Radio One 9.3 2,163.40 484.3
CFMJ AM640 3 1,986.10 238.3
CFMZF+ Classical 96.3FM 4.2 2,742.30 287
CFNYFM 102.1 The Edge 5.4 3,771.40 521.7
CFRB Newstalk 1010 4.5 1,596.40 239.4
CFTR 680 News 8.4 3,601.60 864.1
CFXJFM FLOW 93.5 1.8 2,555.60 254.2
CFZM Zoomer Radio AM740 2.5 1,523.70 143.5
CHFIFM 98.1 CHFI 12.9 5,163.70 956.9
CHUM CP24 0.1 907.2 25.1
CHUMFM 104.5 - CHUM FM 12.1 5,038.40 1,046.30
CIDCFM Z103.5 2.7 3,511.00 492.4
CILQFM Q107 8.3 4,155.90 708.3
CINGFM Vinyl 95.3 0.9 2,259.00 144.5
CJBC La Première Chaîne 0.1 745.4 20.4
CJBCFM Radio-Canada 0.3 867.2 33.4
CJCL The Fan 590 2.9 1,911.10 289.1
CJEZFM 97.3 EZ Rock 6.5 5,139.80 702
CJRTFM JAZZ.FM91 1.5 1,857.90 142.7
CKDXFM 88.5 The Jewel 1.4 1,457.10 105.7
CKFMFM Virgin Radio 999 6.5 5,100.20 825.6
CKISFM Kiss 92.5 2 3,582.10 418.4

CHFI and CHUM-FM are hammering it out for top spot and there's still nobody listening to the old 1050 CHUM spot, now simulcasting CP24. All in all, very few surprises...

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