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Rick Hodge Escapes Roger, Rick and Marilyn

radioI've never listened to Roger, Rick & Marilyn on 104.5 CHUM-FM, but my mom loves that show. That's her morning show. While I was waking up to Humble & Fred on CFNY, she was waking up to Roger, Rick & Marilyn on 104.5 CHUM-FM.

My mom will be upset when I tell her there is no Roger, Rick & Marilyn anymore. Rick Hodge, host of "Sunday Night Funnies", has left CHUM-FM. Roger, Rick and Marilyn have been a morning team here in Toronto for over twenty years and they've been quite successful. If, like me, you've ever asked yourself who the heck is listening to such stuff, it's people like my mom.

I sense there will be more significant Toronto radio changes in the coming weeks. Stay tuned...

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A Closer Look at the Edge 102 Playlist

Radio We've been having an interesting discussion about 102.1 in the comments for this entry about Alan Cross's exit as Program Director for CFNY, now better known as Edge 102. The primary complaint is Edge 102's small playlist. They seem to play the same 12-15 songs over and over and over again.

Earlier today, I grabbed the names of every song Edge 102 had played up to that minute. By 10:30am today they had played 110 songs. I looked at each song and assigned it a label: New, Recent or Classic Alternative.

New: I labelled a song new if it was new to the playlist in 2008. The new Coldplay and Offspring songs are obviously new, but I also considered the Raconteurs' "Salute Your Salution" to be new, even though it's not exactly fresh at this point.

Recent: I created this category to cover songs that aren't exactly Classic Alternative but also aren't new. "Try Honesty" by Billy Talent is a good example of a fairly recent song that's well past its hey day.

Classic Alternative: This covers the "golden oldies" CFNY likes to play. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, U2, Beastie Boys, STP, etc.

Here are the songs with their assigned labels. After the chart, I'll hit you up with some stats.

10:25 AM"HAMMERHEAD" - OFFSPRING NEW
10:22 AM"MADE OF STONE" - SPIRAL BEACH NEW
10:15 AM"BELIEVE" - BRAVERYNEW
10:14 AM"WANDER FAR AWAY" - REBEL EMERGENCYNEW
10:11 AM"DUMB" - NIRVANA CLASSIC ALT
10:04 AM"THEM KIDS" - SAM ROBERTSNEW
9:59 AM"EVEN FLOW" - PEARL JAMCLASSIC ALT
9:55 AM"COMIN' HOME" - CITY AND COLOURRECENT
9:47 AM"PORK AND BEANS" - WEEZERNEW
9:39 AM"MONSTER HOSPITAL" - METRICRECENT
9:36 AM"MAKE IT WIT CHU" - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGENEW
9:14 AM"BEST OF YOU" - FOO FIGHTERSRECENT
9:11 AM"TESSELLATE" - TOKYO POLICE CLUBNEW
9:02 AM"HANDLEBARS" - FLOBOTSNEW
8:56 AM"SALUTE YOUR SOLUTION" - RACONTEURSNEW
8:45 AM"GOOD TIMES" - FINGER ELEVENCLASSIC ALT
8:28 AM"PLUSH" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTSCLASSIC ALT
8:11 AM"THIS RESPIRATOR" - FLATLINERSNEW
7:57 AM"VIOLET HILL" - COLDPLAYNEW
7:45 AM"RIVER BELOW" - BILLY TALENTRECENT
7:31 AM"LITHIUM" - NIRVANACLASSIC ALT
7:10 AM"HAMMERHEAD" - OFFSPRING NEW (R)
6:47 AM"NO ONE KNOWS" - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGECLASSIC ALT
6:17 AM"BELIEVE" - BRAVERY NEW (R)
6:13 AM"ONE THING" - FINGER ELEVENCLASSIC ALT
6:00 AM"PORK AND BEANS" - WEEZERNEW (R)
5:57 AM"SABOTAGE" - BEASTIE BOYSCLASSIC ALT
5:42 AM"SONG 2" - BLURCLASSIC ALT
5:39 AM"TESSELLATE" - TOKYO POLICE CLUBNEW (R)
5:27 AM"MY HERO" - FOO FIGHTERSCLASSIC ALT
5:24 AM"ALWAYS WHERE I NEED TO BE" - KOOKS NEW
5:16 AM"SOMEWHERE OUT THERE" - OUR LADY PEACECLASSIC ALT
5:13 AM"THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE" - RISE AGAINST NEW
5:05 AM"JUST" - RADIOHEADCLASSIC ALT
5:02 AM"SALUTE YOUR SOLUTION" - RACONTEURSNEW (R)
4:58 AM"UNDER THE BRIDGE" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSCLASSIC ALT
4:55 AM"TIME BOMB" - RANCIDCLASSIC ALT
4:51 AM"I WILL POSSESS YOUR HEART" - DEATH CAB FOR CUTIENEW (R)
4:47 AM"TRY HONESTY" - BILLY TALENTRECENT
4:44 AM"WHAT I GOT" - SUBLIMECLASSIC ALT
4:36 AM"WE'RE ALL TO BLAME" - SUM 41RECENT
4:33 AM"2 & 15/16THS" - USS NEW
4:26 AM"FIRESTARTER" - PRODIGYCLASSIC ALT
4:23 AM"THIS RESPIRATOR" - FLATLINERSNEW (R)
4:20 AM"BRAIN STEW" - GREEN DAYCLASSIC ALT
4:16 AM"TALKING TO THE WALLS" - FINGER ELEVEN NEW
4:10 AM"DISCIPLINE" - NINE INCH NAILS NEW
4:05 AM"FLY AWAY" - LENNY KRAVITZCLASSIC ALT
4:01 AM"VIOLET HILL" - COLDPLAYNEW (R)
3:56 AM"SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE" - AUDIOSLAVERECENT
3:54 AM"SONS OF HOSTAGE LIFE" - HOSTAGE LIFERECENT
3:49 AM"JEREMY" - PEARL JAMCLASSIC ALT
3:41 AM"(I HATE) EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU" - THREE DAYS GRACERECENT
3:37 AM"SLEEPING SICKNESS" - CITY AND COLOUR NEW
3:31 AM"FAINT" - LINKIN PARKRECENT
3:27 AM"HAMMERHEAD" - OFFSPRINGNEW (R)
3:24 AM"SABOTAGE" - BEASTIE BOYS CLASSIC ALT (R)
3:21 AM"MADE OF STONE" - SPIRAL BEACHNEW (R)
3:10 AM"BODYSNATCHERS" - RADIOHEAD NEW
3:06 AM"LAST NITE" - STROKESCLASSIC ALT
3:02 AM"THEM KIDS" - SAM ROBERTSNEW (R)
2:59 AM"STOP" - AGAINST ME! NEW
2:55 AM"SURRENDER" - BILLY TALENTRECENT
2:47 AM"CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA" - OASISCLASSIC ALT
2:39 AM"WAKE UP" - ARCADE FIRERECENT
2:37 AM"BITCHES IN TOKYO" - STARS NEW
2:29 AM"THE HAND THAT FEEDS" - NINE INCH NAILSRECENT
2:26 AM"PORK AND BEANS" - WEEZERNEW (R)
2:24 AM"TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE)" - GREEN DAYCLASSIC ALT
2:19 AM"OBLIVION" - WINTERSLEEP NEW
2:11 AM"BELIEVE" - BRAVERYNEW (R)
2:05 AM"BIG EMPTY" - STONE TEMPLE PILOTSCLASSIC ALT
2:02 AM"TESSELLATE" - TOKYO POLICE CLUBNEW (R)
1:59 AM"PAIN" - THREE DAYS GRACERECENT
1:55 AM"BY THE WAY" - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSCLASSIC ALT
1:47 AM"AMERICAN WOMAN" - LENNY KRAVITZCLASSIC ALT
1:43 AM"WANDER FAR AWAY" - REBEL EMERGENCY NEW (R)
1:35 AM"MS. JACKSON" - OUTKAST CLASSIC ALT
1:32 AM"SALUTE YOUR SOLUTION" - RACONTEURSNEW (R)
1:30 AM"HANDLEBARS" - FLOBOTSNEW (R)
1:25 AM"ONE" - U2 CLASSIC ALT
1:22 AM"TO A FRIEND" - ALEXISONFIRERECENT
1:13 AM"LONG ROAD TO RUIN" - FOO FIGHTERS NEW
1:08 AM"ANEURYSM" - NIRVANA CLASSIC ALT
1:03 AM"THIS RESPIRATOR" - FLATLINERSNEW (R)
1:00 AM"STRANGE TIMES" - BLACK KEYS NEW
12:55 AM"SAYONARA" - OPERATION MD NEW
12:51 AM"NUMB/ENCORE" - JAY-Z/LINKIN PARKRECENT
12:44 AM"MAN IN THE BOX" - ALICE IN CHAINSCLASSIC ALT
12:40 AM"UNTIL WE BURN IN THE SUN (THE KIDS JUST WANT A LOVE SONG)" - BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH NEW
12:34 AM"LAST RESORT" - PAPA ROACHCLASSIC ALT
12:31 AM"VIOLET HILL" - COLDPLAYNEW (R)
12:25 AM"PRAISE YOU" - FATBOY SLIMCLASSIC ALT
12:20 AM"WHERE WE ARE" - NEVERENDING WHITE LIGHTS NEW
12:14 AM"MAKE IT WIT CHU" - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGENEW (R)
12:10 AM"RED FLAG" - BILLY TALENT RECENT
12:08 AM"HANDLEBARS" - FLOBOTSNEW (R)
12:03 AM"HAMMERHEAD" - OFFSPRINGNEW (R)

Here's what we learn from this random spot check of Edge 102's playlist.

  • # of unique new songs: 27 / 24.54%
  • # of unique recent songs: 17 / 15.45%
  • # of unique classic alternative songs: 31 / 28.18%
  • # of unique songs overall: 77 / 70%
  • # of repeated songs: 23 / 20.90%

If you're looking to hear a variety of new music, you'd likely be disappointed that less than a quarter of these 110 songs are unique new songs. Overall, however, if you're okay with older tracks, over two thirds of the songs played are different.

This does prove that the playlist is larger than 12-15 songs. 70% of the songs played were different, and when you're digging a hot new track, hearing it more often isn't so bad, is it?

Note: I'm not trying to defend Edge 102's song selection nor am I trying to trash them. I don't know anyone who currently works at CFNY personally, it's just a station I periodically enjoy even though it used to be way better. Draw your own conclusions from these metrics and please share them in the comments!

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Alan Cross Out As Program Director at Edge 102

radio The message was short but clear. "alan cross fired? :O" Originally it was sent anonymously, but then a follow up message made sure I knew it was coming from "mr. oj - chq sowny!".

I know SOWNY. It's The Southern Ontario/WNY Radio-TV Forum and the posting there led with "Alan Cross is out as the Program Director of 102.1 the Edge." I know some stuff I can't write about, and I know people who know a whole lot more, but I don't know what happened to Alan Cross at CFNY. I'll know very soon, and then I'll update this post with a comment, but right now I know as much as I did when I wrote "Humble Howard, Are You Okay?".

For more on CFNY ~ Edge 102, including a series of email exchanges between me and Alan Cross, visit my CFNY ~ Edge 102 page.

More on the ongoing history of Alan Cross soon...

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Neil Morrison Was Brother Bill

radioI always liked Brother Bill when he was on CFNY Edge102. I was sorry when he left Toronto for Vancouver and lost touch with him after that. It turns out he's working at 99.3 The Fox in Vancouver and he now goes by his birth name, Neil Morrison.

Freddie P will be appearing on Neil Morrison's show every Friday, and he debuted there today. Here's the audio, complete with Canadian Thinker promotions.

The best part is when Fred keeps calling Neil Morrison "Bill".

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How to Talk Blue Jays Baseball With Bob McCown

radioDave just left an awesome comment on my Bob McCown vs. Bill Watters entry. It's a list of 8 things you should do if you want to talk baseball with Bob McCown, host of Prime Time Sports of The Fan 590. I like this list because it's both well written and pretty accurate.

Want to talk baseball with Bob--this city's sports demagogue. Do the following:

1: Refer to the thirty-seven, fifty-nine, or eighty-four third basemen brought in by Ricciardi. It doesn't matter if the real number--excluding subs--is something like three or four. The higher the number, the more Bob likes you.

2: Say something like, "This guy hasn't done/brought in anyone." Bob likes that. Don't mention Lind, Hill, Purcey, Snider, Cecil, Marcum, Litsch, Accardo, Tallet, Downs, etc. Bob doesn't know who they are.

3: Say "I mean," and "C'mon." Say them a lot. Here's a template for you to use when you're talking to the screener: "I mean, c'mon, what' this guy doing. I mean, c'mon. Who's he drafting? C'mon, I mean."

4: Tell Bob that this team "has no one" and could never "make a run." Wells, Rios, Hill, and Overbay are .260/10/70 hitters. Not much they can do over a complete season. "How are they gonna compete with Wells and Hill? They got no one there at the corners. They, I mean, they got no one. I mean, they can't make a run."

5: Ignore everything positive about this team. The fact that they're third in the AL (and 6th in MLB) in team ERA? It doesn't matter. "C'mon, I mean, Wells isn't doing anything. C'mon."

6: Banish logic from your argument. The Jays lost two one-run games to Boston, and have already played ten one-run contests. Since they lost said games, they're awful. Had they won said games (by one run) they'd be a great defensive/pitching team.

7: Pretend that slumps never happen: Say something like, "Stairs is on pace to go .300/15/40 this year."

8: Say something that shows your baseball knowledge. Something like, "My buddies and me were talking baseball. Now we know a lot about the game. We follow it. We're experts, you know. But that there Jays third basemen, that...you know...that guy...oh, I can't remember his name. But I know a lot about baseball. Now I don't like him."

Now you're on. OK. Wind him up, and watch him go.

Sometimes comments are too good to keep buried. This one deserved some front page exposure.

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MOJO Radio Memories

radioFreddie P had a nice little entry on his blog about MOJO Radio, which launched seven years ago this week. 640 on your AM dial, it was billed as talk radio for guys, and Humble Howard and Fred Patterson moved over from CFNY to work the morning shift.

Humble & Fred was my morning show of choice throughout the 1990s. That covered just about my entire high school and university career as well as my first full-time gig. I loved the music on 102.1 and I loved the hilarious banter between the two.

As I recall, they started simulcasting their show on 640. That meant, for a little while at least, you were hearing the exact same morning show on both CFNY and what was soon to become MOJO Radio. I should have known something was up... I was pretty ticked when I learnt Humble and Fred were leaving my radio station for some damn AM thing.

Although I tried, I had difficulty following the boys over to MOJO. To be honest, I found the whole Mojo thing to be pretty stupid. It just seemed dumbed down and annoying. Yes, Humble and Fred still had their moments, and I discovered this awesome little show by a fellow named Mike Stafford, but I refused to make time for anyone else on the station. By the time Humble and Fred left for Mix 99.9, I was already gone.

It's funny how life takes these twists and turns. I had lunch with Humble two days ago at a great little Italian Restaurant by the video production company he's working at. Then, the very next day, Humble met Freddie for lunch, their first hang time since the Valentine's Day Podcast of Love, and I was in the room with Humble, Fred and Dan Duran for that one. Speaking of Freddie P., I've been working a cool new project with him these past few weeks, something I'm hoping we'll announce next week.

They're both great guys and I like them even better in person than I did when I awoke to their voices every weekday morning. MOJO didn't work out as planned, but had it succeeded, I'd be short a couple of buddies.

Like I said, life is strange. You never know what's behind the corner...

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Punch Andrews, Rest in Peace

In MemoriumChris "Punch" Andrews was 43. He was a disc jockey heard locally on Newstalk 1010 CFRB, 97.3 EZRock, and 99.9 MIX FM where his show aired on Saturday nights.

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Q107 Ad From 1983

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

I wasn't listening to Q107 in 1983. At that time, I was a young AM listener who enjoyed the top 40 music on CFTR. As the 80s progressed, I started listening to harder rock, and that meant discovering Q107.

There were years in the late 80s that I awoke to Q107. There was Jesse and Gene, and then Brother Jake Edwards and the Edwards Air Force Base when Jesse and Gene moved to the AM dial. I remember around the time Appetite For Destruction was released that Q107's Top Ten at Ten was essential nightly listening for me.

Here's an ad for the mighty Q from 1983.

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CBC's Debaters Live on Tape From Regina

cbcAs I wrote last week, Humble Howard Glassman was a guest on The Debaters this past weekend. While The Debaters aired on Saturday night, Humble was devouring my wife's lasagna (not as dirty as it sounds), so I didn't get to hear the show.

Luckily for me, Humble had a buddy record the whole thing to MP3 so he could share it on his site. Here it is in all its hilarity.

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Bob McCown vs. Bill Watters

radioBetween 5 and 5:30 I'm often in my car. Usually when I'm in my car, I'm listening to the radio. I go old school and listen to good ol' terrestrial radio. You know, that AM / FM stuff you've heard your parents talk about.

On the AM dial, I listen to Bob McCown's Prime Time Sports on The Fan 590. Love him or hate him, McCown puts together an intriguing radio show. There's no one better on the entire AM dial, if you ask me.

Recently, a little to the right at AM 640, Bill Watters got his own sports show to compete with McCown. I tried it out, returned when my buddy Fred co-hosted, and gave it another ten minutes earlier this week. The fact is, I find it sloppy and boring and about 10% as good as Prime Time Sports.

Is anybody listening to Watters over McCown?

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