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Toronto Radio Ratings (Now with PPM!)

radioNow that we have Portable People Meter (PPM) technology, we have a better grasp of true Toronto radio ratings. Mondoville just tipped me off that David Bray has published the latest Toronto PPM figures for September 2009.

Toronto
% Share of Hours Tuned
(Mon.-Sun, 5a-1a)

Station A12+ W25-54 M25-54
  PPM
Oct  ‘09
PPM
Oct  ‘09
PPM
Oct  ‘09
CBC Radio Two 1.8 1.1 0.9
CBC Radio One 9.6 7.5 6.2
AM 640 Toronto 2.6 1.1 5.3
Classical 96.3 FM 4.2 1.6 1.2
102.1 The Edge 5.3 5.9 9.3
News Talk 1010 CFRB 4.4 1.4 4
680 News 8.4 6.9 7.9
Flow 93.5 1.7 1.2 3.3
AM 740  Prime Time Radio 2.8 0.2 0.3
98.1 CHFI-FM 12.1 14.2 7.4
CP24 Radio 1050 0 0.1 0
104.5 CHUM-FM 12.8 20.4 11.8
Z103.5 2.7 4 3.5
Q107 8.6 8.1 13.8
New Country 95.3 1.1 1.1 1.5
The FAN 590 2.9 1 5.7
97.3 EZ Rock 6.3 7.7 6.8
Jazz FM 91 1.7 0.7 0.7
88.5 The Jewel 1.2 0.7 0.2
Virgin Radio 99.9 6.7 11.6 7.1
KISS 92.5 1.8 2.1 2.1

Here are a few of my thoughts as I take in the numbers. David Bray has a nice September vs. October chart, btw.

What do you guys think?

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Nobody's Comparing Phil Kessel to Ovechkin or Crosby

notepadOpen letter to Bob McCown: Nobody is comparing Phil Kessel to Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby.

This morning I heard a promo for Bob McCown's Prime Time Sports on The Fan 590 in which he belittled Leafs fans for comparing Kessel to Ovechkin and Crosby. I chat up several Leaf fans a day, follow several more on Twitter and dive into the Barilkosphere frequently to read what's on the minds of fellow Maple Leaf fans, and I've never heard this once.

We're not stupid, Bobcat. We're hopeful, but not stupid.

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Streets of Ontario, Chalk Circle Love and More Nick Charles on CFNY

radioI like this vintage CFNY Spirit of Radio clip because it opens with a great deal of Chalk Circle love. Chalk Circle, celebrated in this clip for winning a CASBY in 1985, was the first band I ever saw live.

This Nick Charles clip closes with a promo for Streets of Ontario, a show that aired on CFNY every Sunday afternoon between 4 and 5. Streets of Ontario previewed "some of the best of the non-recording-big-time tours and all massive things like that but right down to earth independent releases".

If you're now hankering for more Chalk Circle, I've got your "April Fool" right here.

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When They Swore on the Radio

swearsIs it me, or did they used to air more tunes with swear words on the radio than they do now? I'm not talking about late night live-to-airs, I'm talking about middle of the day F bombs.

From memory, here are songs with swears I heard completely uncensored on CFNY / Edge 102 back in the day. I always took a mental note when terrestrial radio aired swear words so these have been tattooed in my memory for a while now.

Green Day - Longview
They smell like shit and say you're fucking lazy

The Tragically Hip - Fireworks
They said you didn't give a fuck about hockey

Radiohead - Creep
They say you're so fuckin' special

Matthew Good - Hello Time Bomb
He's turning shit into solid gold

Nine Inch Nails - Closer
He wants to fuck you like an animal

The Violent Femmes - Add It Up
They wonder why they can't get just one fuck

Alanis Morrisette - You Oughta Know
She wonders if you're thinking of her when you fuck her

The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
They remember every single fucking thing they know

Maybe it's just that I listen to less radio now, but I could swear I used to hear more swears on the radio.

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102.1 The Edge's Top 200 of All Time Ignores Decades Prior to 1990s

radioI finally mustered up the courage to check out CFNY / 102.1 The Edge's "Top 200 Songs of All Time". This is the list they played last weekend.

I immediately noticed the complete absence of new rock pioneer bands like The Clash, The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure and New Order. Until very recently, these bands were still receiving plenty of airplay on CFNY, and only ten years ago The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" ranked #2 on their "Top 1002 Songs of All Time" list.

In a mere ten years, that which CFNY deems to be "the top songs of all time" has changed quite a bit, and not for the better. In addition to The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?", other songs that cracked their top 10 on New Year's Eve in 1999 but failed to crack their top 200 this past Thanksgiving weekend are "Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2, "New Orleans is Sinking" by The Tragically Hip, "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, and "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell. 50% of what was Top 10 a mere decade ago is no longer deemed list-worthy.

It seems that "all time" now actually means "the past twenty years". There are only four songs on this list released before the 1990s: "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in 1983, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" in 1986, "With or Without You" in 1987 and "Blow At High Dough" in 1989.

Here's CFNY / 102.1 The Edge's "Top 200 Songs of All Time", as aired last weekend. And before you leave a comment telling me this list was chosen by Edge listeners, read about how the station chose the songs and simply had voters choose the order.

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1 - Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
2 - Oasis - Wonderwall
3 - Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
4 - Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
5 - Nine Inch Nails - Closer
6 - Offspring - Self Esteem
7 - Sublime - What I Got
8 - Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
9 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
10 - Green Day - When I Come Around
11 - Nirvana - Come As You Are
12 - Radiohead - Creep
13 - Billy Talent - Try Honesty
14 - Beck - Loser
15 - Killers - Somebody Told Me
16 - Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
17 - Sublime - Santeria
18 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
19 - Tragically Hip - Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
20 - Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
21 - Nirvana - All Apologies
22 - Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
23 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
24 - Green Day - Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)
25 - Our Lady Peace - Starseed
26 - Nirvana - Lithium
27 - White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
28 - Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves
29 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
30 - Nirvana - In Bloom
31 - Pearl Jam - Jeremy
32 - Foo Fighters - My Hero
33 - Tragically Hip - Poets
34 - Sum 41 - Fat Lip
35 - Linkin Park - Given Up
36 - Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
37 - Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become
38 - Weezer - Say It Ain't So
39 - Our Lady Peace - One Man Army
40 - Green Day - Brain Stew
41 - Foo Fighters - Everlong
42 - Pearl Jam - Even Flow
43 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
44 - Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
45 - Blur - Song 2
46 - Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
47 - Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
48 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
49 - Weezer - Beverly Hills
50 - Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
51 - Green Day - Basketcase
52 - Foo Fighters - Best Of You
53 - Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right
54 - Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
55 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
56 - Our Lady Peace - Naveed
57 - Smashing Pumpkins - Today
58 - Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
59 - Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
60 - Finger Eleven - One Thing
61 - Foo Fighters - The Pretender
62 - Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
63 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze
64 - Tragically Hip - Courage
65 - Green Day - Longview
66 - White Stripes - Icky Thump
67 - Offspring - Hammerhead
68 - Pearl Jam - Alive
69 - Blind Melon - No Rain
70 - Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
71 - Alice In Chains - Man In The Box
72 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World
73 - Green Day - American Idiot
74 - Modest Mouse - Float On
75 - Killers - Mr. Brightside
76 - Sum 41 - Still Waiting
77 - Rise Against - The Good Left Undone
78 - Tragically Hip - Looking For A Place To Happen
79 - Offspring - Come Out And Play
80 - Coldplay - Violet Hill
81 - Rise Against - Ready To Fall
82 - Linkin Park - In The End
83 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
84 - Green Day - Holiday
85 - Billy Talent - The River Below
86 - Weezer - Buddy Holly
87 - Killers - All These Things That I've Done
88 - Bush - Glycerine
89 - Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
90 - Tragically Hip - Fifty-Mission Cap
91 - Pearl Jam - Better Man
92 - Three Days Grace - Just Like You
93 - Oasis - Champagne Supernova
94 - Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
95 - Rise Against - Prayer Of The Refugee
96 - Tool - The Pot
97 - Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds
98 - Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)
99 - Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
100 - Coldplay - Speed Of Sound
101 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
102 - Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
103 - Pearl Jam - Black
104 - Blink-182 - All The Small Things
105 - Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass
106 - Pearl Jam - Daughter
107 - Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
108 - Finger Eleven - Good Times
109 - Bush - Comedown
110 - Radiohead - Karma Police
111 - Tragically Hip - Grace, Too
112 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
113 - Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
114 - Beastie Boys - Sabotage
115 - Sum 41 - In Too Deep
116 - Everlast - What It's Like
117 - Coldplay - Clocks
118 - Three Days Grace - Pain
119 - Bush - Machinehead
120 - Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up
121 - House Of Pain - Jump Around
122 - Tragically Hip - Nautical Disaster
123 - Linkin Park - Numb
124 - K-OS - Crabbuckit
125 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
126 - Big Wreck - The Oaf
127 - Social Distortion - Far Behind
128 - Sam Roberts - Brother Down
129 - Nirvana - Rape Me
130 - Sloan - Money City Maniacs
131 - Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days
132 - Tea Party - Temptation
133 - Nirvana - About A Girl
134 - Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World
135 - Alice In Chains - Would?
136 - Sum 41 - Hell Song
137 - Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
138 - Arcade Fire - Rebellion
139 - Incubus - Pardon Me
140 - Nickelback - How Your Remind Me
141 - U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
142 - Finger Eleven - First Time
143 - Sublime - Smoke Two Joints
144 - Arcade Fire - Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)
145 - Incubus - Drive
146 - Big Wreck - That Song
147 - Metallica - Enter Sandman
148 - Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
149 - Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
150 - I Mother Earth - One More Astronaut
151 - Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
152 - Sam Roberts - Where Have All The Good People Gone
153 - Weezer - Perfect Situation
154 - Matthew Good Band - Hello Time Bomb
155 - Audioslave - Like A Stone
156 - Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
157 - U2 - Beautiful Day
158 - Coldplay - Yellow
159 - Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
160 - Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want
161 - Sam Roberts - Don't Walk Away Eileen
162 - Metallica - The Unforgiven
163 - Tragically Hip - 700 Ft. Ceiling
164 - Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
165 - Matthew Good Band - Everything Is Automatic
166 - Green Day - Welcome To Paradise
167 - Sloan - The Good In Everyone
168 - Stone Temple Pilots - Creep
169 - I Mother Earth - Used To Be Alright
170 - Bif Naked - I Love Myself Today
171 - Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot
172 - Big Wreck - Blown Wide Open
173 - Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
174 - Billy Talent - The Ex
175 - City And Colour - Save Your Scissors
176 - Offspring - Gone Away
177 - Nirvana - Polly
178 - Econoline Crush - All That You Are
179 - Soundgarden - Spoonman
180 - U2 - With Or Without You
181 - Headstones - Cubically Contained
182 - Sloan - Coax Me
183 - Alice In Chains - Rooster
184 - R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
185 - Billy Talent - Red Flag
186 - Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
187 - Gob - I Hear You Calling
188 - Faith No More - Epic
189 - Doughboys - Shine
190 - Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
191 - Sam Roberts - Them Kids
192 - Sloan - Underwhelmed
193 - Killers - When You Were Young
194 - Headstones - Smile and Wave
195 - Tea Party - Heaven Coming Down
196 - Foo Fighters - Times LIke These
197 - Billy Talent - Surrender
198 - I Mother Earth - Another Sunday
199 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
200 - Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

If it seems like I'm beating a dead horse, it's because I am. Hey, it's my blog, and if I want to beat dead horses, I will.

Here's some more dead horse beatings worth reading again:

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Nobody Listens to CP24 Simulcast on 1050 CHUM

radioIn March, CTVglobemedia pulled the plug on 1050 CHUM and introduced CP24 Radio 1050, a simulcast of CP24 television. It sounded like an awful idea then, and now that we have Portable People Meter (PPM) technology, we know nobody's listening.

Over on the SOWNY forum, there's a glance at Toronto morning radio numbers, as they appeared in a Toronto Sun article. The CBC is noticeably absent, for some reason, but we have the numbers for 1050.

CHUM-FM..........17.5
Q107...............12.2
CHFI................11.7
680 NEWS.........9.1
The Edge.........6.7
Virgin..............6.0
EZ Rock...........5.6
AM 640...........4.3
FAN 590..........3.4
CFRB.............3.2
Z 103.............2.4
FLOW.............1.6
KISS 92..........1.2
Classical 96.....0.9
Country 95......0.6
JAZZ 91..........0.5
AM 740...........0.4
CP24 1050.......0.0

That's not a typo. CP24 Radio 1050 scored a 0.0. There is nobody listening to that station. Nobody.

Has anyone out there tuned in 1050 for any period of time in the past two weeks?

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Strombo Show Now On CBC Radio 2

radioThe Strombo Show is now on CBC Radio 2. George Stroumboulopoulos will get four hours every Sunday night starting November 8th.

Bear with me as I pat myself on the back for calling this back on July 12.

I've got CFNY on the radio, trying to listen to Strombo to hear what he'd say about Martin, but I'm not hearing The Strombo Show. I'm hearing a guy named Jeff Leake playing the typical music 102.1 plays these days, and there's no mention of George Stroumboulopoulos or The Strombo Show. The "S" word hasn't been uttered once.

Did Strombo quit Corus?

One week later, there was more evidence that Strombo and Corus had split ways. By the end of the month, I was calling the death of The Strombo Show on Corus, including 102.1 the Edge / CFNY. Then, I got the call.

George Stroumboulopoulos called my Blackberry and we discussed his ideas for an "independent FM". It was clear from our convo that The Strombo Show was going to resurface somewhere. I think CBC Radio 2 is an ideal home for the show and I can't wait to check it out.

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102.1 The Edge Top 200 Of All Time Countdown Voting Rigged

radioRemember Labour Day weekend when 102.1 the Edge counted down the Top 200 songs of the 90's? In this neck of the woods, we had plenty of issues with how they came up with those 200 songs. I ended up posting the list I thought CFNY / 102.1 the Edge should have come up with.

102.1 the Edge is at it again, putting together the Top 200 songs of all-time. Once again they're letting fans vote, but there's a not-so-small detail you should know. Here's @mondoville tweeting about it.

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That's right, 102.1 the Edge actually lists 200 songs and let's you vote for your favourites. AT the very, very end, there's an option called "other" with a small text field beside it. If you want to vote outside their top 200, you can submit one song at a time. In other words, they've picked the top 200 and are just looking for the final order.

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I'm just fascinated they've deemed Oasis' "Live Forever" worthy of Top 200 of all-time recognition, when it wasn't worthy of Top 200 of the 90s recognition.

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Canada's First Rogers Batteryless

radioWhile we're on the subject of Toronto radio station call letters that meant something, I just learnt CFRB stands for Canada's First Rogers Batteryless. Those call letters date back to 1927, but all that history doesn't mean much in 2009. Astral Media will now promote the station as Newstalk 1010, leaving CFRB off the marquee.

The station recently let go 12 people, and this week they unveiled a new lineup. Bill Carroll is out as morning man, being replaced by John Moore. In the afternoon drive slot, John Tory is taking the mic.

Admittedly, I don't listen to CFRB Newstalk 1010, so I'm likely not their target audience, but I can't imagine there's a mass populous yearning to hear John Tory on their drive home. Jim Richards, a host I know to be pretty damn funny, would make more sense.

As for branding, I think they should go back to their historical roots. Canada's First Rogers Batteryless!

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Fan 590 20/20 Sport Update Intro Music Changed

fan 590The Fan 590 has sports updates every twenty minutes. They've had this for as long as there's been a Fan 590. As a Toronto sports fan, I know I can count on these twenty/twenty sports updates.

All week, the twenty/twenty sports updates have sounded different. The intro music, music they've used for as long as I can remember, has changed. Although I've probably heard the new intro music a half dozen times now, it's not at all memorable. Like Pavlov's dogs, I knew to prick up my ears when I heard the old intro music. It's playing in my head right now. Da-da-da-da-da-DAAAA-da-da-da-DA!

I wonder why they changed it? Is anyone at Rogers reading this who can get it changed back?

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