Me and CFRB

radioI'll be at CFRB tonight for a live thing at 9pm on The Jim Richards Show. I'll be at CFRB, but I probably won't be on CFRB. I'm accompanying a friend who's promoting his Slime book.

As a guy who's not in the radio biz, this is kinda exciting. It's not a station I'd ever listen to, but I remember Jim Richards from The Fan 590 and I remember thinking at the time that he was damn funny.

I'll snap a few pics and let you all know how this radio thing works. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get on the air and plug this site. You'll have to listen to 1010 at 9 to find out.

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More Edge Analysis By Demand

radioI did this once before. Earlier today I copied the list of songs played on 102.1 in the previous twelve hours and I've added little notes to each one.

People seemed to like that entry from September, but this kind of thing is a little more labour intensive than I like. Still, I'll try to do this every few months or so. Here's the second instalment of Twelve Hours of Edge Analysis.

10:50AM Hostage Life - Sons Of Hostage Life This is a Toronto band with a pretty catchy Rancid thing going on. They get bonus points for singing about Union Station.
10:45AM Pearl Jam - Even Flow Definitely a classic alternative staple. Songs like this don't age.
10:38AM Beck - Loser Another classic. It's nice to see CFNY hasn't totally fogotten us old fogies.
10:33AM Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves I dig this tune. I dig this band. When this tune comes on, I crank it.
10:26AM Moby - Porcelain I was never a big Moby fan, but this a nice track, although I find it a little boring.
10:22AM Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race I conversed with Alan Cross about this song yesterday. You can see his comments here.
10:15AM Sum 41 - Motivation I tired of these guys quickly. They may be from Ajax, but I still can't handle this track.
10:01AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) My wife loves this song, I find it boring.
9:58AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere This was SLS worthy and I still like it.
9:55AM Neverending White Lights - Age Of Consent This one is growing on me. I wasn't sure at first, but darn it, I think I like it.
9:47AM Three Days Grace - Pain More local talent that I wished I liked more. It's not bad, but it's nothing special.
9:43AM Finger Eleven - Paralyzer Speaking of local talent, this is a rather poppy number from our friends. Remember, Scott Anderson dropped by SLS to chat about One Thing.
9:36AM Modest Mouse - Dashboard The Modest Mouse faithful don't like this new song, but I do. It's SLS-worthy.
9:32AM Cypress Hill - Audio X I don't know this tune! Could someone please send it to me, I'd love to hear it.
9:20AM Our Lady Peace - Innocent It's nice to see CFNY favours Ontario talent. Check out how many of these tunes are Ontario-based musicians. I dig the OLP.
8:51AM IllScarlett - One-A I loved IllScarlett's first single and I love this one. I jack this one when it comes on, which is often.
8:37AM The Tragically Hip - 38 Years Old Damn, I love this track. I'll be seeing these guys next week. I hope they play it again.
8:21AM Linkin Park - In The End I have nothing bad to say about Linkin Park. Their hits, like this one, were fun.
8:08AM Incubus - Anna Molly This is one of my favourite songs right now. Anna Molly is a megalomaniac.
7:46AM Muse - Starlight It's no Hysteria, but it's nice. It's just not memorable, ya know?
7:34AM Nickelback - Figured You Out I'm done with Nickelback.
7:23AM Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit The definitive classic alternative selection. Load up on guns...
7:10AM Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves See 10:33AM
6:48AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) See 10:01AM
6:36AM The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon With the Hip coming to town, CFNY has upped their Hippage. Of course, their Hippage is typically high, and so it should be. I love this song. Surprised?
6:19AM Gnarls Barkley - Crazy I'm tired of Crazy, but it was fun while it lasted.
6:13AM Pearl Jam - Alive Two songs from Ten this morning. Why the hell not?
6:03AM Finger Eleven - Paralyzer See 9:43AM
5:57AM Stone Temple Pilots - Creep From Core, this is another song that takes me back to the early 90s. Good stuff.
5:53AM Michael Andrews Feat. Gary Jules - Mad World Awesome cover. Not only is it better than the original, but it seems to get better every time I hear it.
5:41AM Green Day - Brain Stew This is the song I think of when Billy Talent's Fallen Leaves comes on. They both share that crunchy guitar sound during the opening. Great tune.
5:37AM Wolfmother - Joker And The Thief Wolfmother has a cool 70s vibe going and I'm digging this track just as I enjoyed their two previous SLS-worthy songs.
5:25AM U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday You know CFNY is going to throw a little U2 on during every 12 hour period. At least they went old school.
5:20AM Killers - Read My Mind It's okay, I guess. I'll stick with Hot Fuss.
5:14AM Our Lady Peace - Is Anybody Home? OLP has a number of catchy tunes that play well on the radio. This is one of them.
5:11AM Raconteurs - Level Great track from the Rac.
5:05AM Smashing Pumpkins - Zero I've always felt Zero is under appreciated. It's one of my favourite Pumpkin tracks
5:01AM IllScarlett - One-A See 8:51AM
4:57AM Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds Zzzzzzzzz.
4:53AM AlexisOnFire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World Yeah, I like this track. I threw it on the last SLS. How many Ontario bands are we at?
4:45AM Prodigy - Firestarter Here's a golden oldie. It was good fun, wasn't it?
4:42AM The Tragically Hip - The Lonely End Of The Rink Yeah!!! More TTH - lace up the skates and sing that anthem. Lest we forget the unofficial video.
4:37AM Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk These guys are reuniting for a really big she-ow. I wonder if Cornell will join them. I miss RatM.
4:31AM DJ Champion - The Plow I must admit, I'm not yet familiar with this one and therefore have no comment.
4:27AM Incubus - Anna Molly See 8:08AM
4:22AM Offspring - Self Esteem Yeah, I'm a carefree teen again! This was a huge song in my circle in the mid 90s.
4:18AM Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race See 10:22AM
4:12AM Hot Hot Heat - Bandages Nice Cancon selection. Great track.
4:07AM Nirvana - Lithium Perhaps my favourite Nirvana track, although that's hard to say. It's awesome.
4:02AM Muse - Starlight See 7:46AM
3:59AM OK Go - Here It Goes Again After seeing that treadmill video a couple of times I grew tired of this song.
3:54AM Eminem - Lose Yourself I must admit, this is still a solid track Mr. Mathers. Oscar-worthy indeed.
3:52AM Hostage Life - This Song Was Written By Committee This one never grew on me.
3:46AM R.E.M. - The One I Love Delving into the R.E.M. catalogue, this is a nice selection.
3:44AM Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment From Newmarket, Ontario of all places, home of Serial Joe as I recall, TPC have a nice single on their hands.
3:40AM Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows I loved it then and I love it now. Fantastic!
3:35AM Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor This single broke these guys in this country. It's a goodie.
3:31AM Billy Talent - Fallen Leaves See 10:33AM
3:27AM Coldplay - Speed Of Sound Not my favourite Coldplay song, I must admit.
3:22AM 30 Seconds To Mars - From Yesterday Jared Leto sings for this band, but you already knew that. Their sound does nothing for me.
3:14AM Lenny Kravitz - American Woman A useless cover of a great Canadian song. I hate Lenny for this.
3:07AM Tool - The Pot Sometimes I really like Tool, sometimes I don't. This one is typical Tool, in fact, it sounds like several of their other songs.
3:01AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) See 10:01AM
2:57AM Seether - Remedy Nirvana redux!
2:53AM Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams American Idot made Green Day relevant again and this might be my favourite track from that album.
2:49AM City And Colour - Comin' Home Yeah, I like it. What are you going to do about it?
2:42AM Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger A beautiful song from Oasis. This entire album is gold.
2:38AM Matt Mays - When The Angels Make Contact It's too early for me to judge this track. It needs a few more listens.
2:35AM Linkin Park - One Step Closer Another Linkin Park hit. I'm okay with that.
2:29AM The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Herculean This is an intriguing project. It's Damon Albarn but it's not the Gorillaz, although Danger Mouse is involved. It's good.
2:25AM Finger Eleven - Paralyzer See 9:43AM
2:21AM Foo Fighters - My Hero I still remember when they played this in Ottawa after Gretzky's last game in Canada. It brings a shiver to my spine and a tear to my eye.
2:17AM Army Of Anyone - Goodbye I haven't heard a lot of this song, and I don't love it yet. In fact, I find it a little boring.
2:12AM Sum 41 - Pieces I'll pass, thanks.
2:07AM Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Yes, this is a pretty song. Yes, it's easy on the ears. Yes, I tried not to like it but it's highly likeable.
2:02AM Wolfmother - Joker And The Thief See 5:37AM
2:00AM DJ Champion - No Heaven I'm sick of it, but for a while last year I really liked this song.
1:56AM Felix Da Housecat - Ready 2 Wear This song sounds like it's from the 80s and if you like that sound you might like this. I don't.
1:53AM Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA Remix) Firstly, this is the best song title ever. Otherwise, it's a lot like the song above.
1:49AM Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch This must have been part of a trio of 80s inspired dancy tracks. This is the best of the three.
1:45AM Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out The summer of 2004 and the leader of the trifecta package. It's still good.
1:40AM Streets - Fit But You Know It It's fun to sing this with your best Brit accent.
1:37AM Killers - Mr. Brightside This tune got played into the ground, so it's unfair for me to trash it now.
1:29AM Metric - Dead Disco I like Metric.
1:26AM Gary Numan - Cars The original Cars, nice touch. Numan was ahead of his time.
1:22AM Erasure - A Little Respect Speaking of the 80s and that sound, here's one of the staples. Not my cup of tea, but I was sound asleep when this aired.
1:18AM Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin' Just look at the next set of songs and you'll catch the vibe. Not for me, but that's okay.
1:14AM Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind A great single that I threw on SLS. One of my favourites from 2005.
1:11AM Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated Speaking of Jared Leto, remember when he took the mic in My So Called Life for Rayanne and finished this song. That was the first sign that 30 Seconds to Mars was inevitable. Great song.
1:08AM Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco Not as stong as the first single, but still solid.
1:04AM Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl The Chemical Brothers had some cool singles, but this one wasn't one of my favourites.
1:00AM Benny Benassi - Satisfaction Ha! I love the stuff they play in the wee hours of the morning.

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Three Coins In The Fountain

radioI used to listen to a lot more radio. I've been a fan of the medium forever, and I've written extensively about radio here, but lately I've had less time for her.

For one thing, I rarely drive anymore. I used to commute to work and spend a great deal of time in the car, but now I'm strictly a TTC or walk guy. Not driving means less radio. Also, now that my music collection is digitized, it's so accessible and convenient, I'm listening to MP3s more and radio less. It really hit home how little radio I hear when I realized I've only tuned in three station in the past three months.

Those three were...

CFNY 102.1 The Edge - I still tune in my old favourite quite a bit for a dose of Billy Talent, Incubus, The Raconteurs, Modest Mouse or whatever. It's currently my shower station.

CBC Radio One - I tune in 99.1 periodically, mainly for the news. No Toronto station does the news like they do. There are other great programs, like GO or Definitely Not the Opera, that deserve more ears.

The Fan 590 - When I need a sports report or if I just want to hear what people are saying about the Leafs, Jays or Raptors, I visit good 'ol CJCL. I've been tuning in CJCL since the 1430 and Music of Your Life days.

There you have my three coins in the fountain. Not long ago, there were closer to ten coins in the fountain. There was also more time for radio in my life.

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Classifying Torontonians By Their Morning Shows

notepadI wrote about a CFNY for grownups following a comment from Doug, but he was quick to remind me that we're talking about two different CFNYs. Last week Humble Howard made a comment about three different groups of CFNY / Edge102 listeners that can be grouped by morning shows. This concept has been bouncing around my head all week so I'm going to try and make sense of it all in this entry.

In 1989, when Humble & Fred started their morning show on CFNY, I was starting grade nine. I listened to that morning show throughout high school, through university and up until it moved to AM in 2001. Humble & Fred were followed by the Dean Blundell show. Here are entries in which I used the expression blundell. It's not my morning show. Although I tried, Lord knows I tried, I just can't listen to it. I just don't find it funny.

If we reach for our history text books we'll learn about Pete & Geets who did mornings from 1982 to 1987 on CFNY. I never heard a minute of their show, but for many this was their CFNY, the spirit of radio. From 1982 until today Toronto's youth with a taste for new rock can be grouped by their morning show: Pete & Geets, Humble & Fred or Dean, Jason & Todd.

Some overlap, but most are in one of these three camps. There are Dean fans who never heard Humble & Fred on 102 just as I had never heard Pete & Geets. Which morning show belongs to you?

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The 17th Annual Humble & Fred Christmas Show

microphoneI was lucky enough to be a little slice of broadcast history this weekend. Regular visitors to this site have seen me write about The Humble & Fred radio show. It began in 1989 on CFNY-FM (later renamed Edge 102) and was the morning show I awoke to until it moved to Mojo 640 in April 2001. The team was broken up in the summer of 2005 when Fred Patterson was relieved of his duties at Mix 99.9. In July 2006, Humble Howard experienced the same cruel fate.

For many a Humble & Fred fan, their annual Christmas show was a highlight of the season. This Christmas marked the first time in seventeen years that neither was on the radio. The Humble & Fred Christmas Show was dead... or was it? I received a call on the QT from Humble on December 8th in which we discussed the logistics of recording a Christmas show and sharing it at On December 10th I wrote a plan of a attack and received a late night call from Humble indicating it was a definite go. I threw a temporary countdown page at and was told to be at Dan Duran's house on December 16 at 10:30 in the morning. I was going to be the embedded journalist as history unfolded.

It had been well over a year since the two conversed on the mic as they had daily for over sixteen years, so I knew this was something special. I was also a fan of their folksy charm and humour that never failed to make me laugh. I charged the battery of my digital camera and made the short stroll to Dan's house yesterday morning unsure of what to expect but certain I'd be witnessing something extraordinary.

In addition to Dan Duran who was producing the show in his home office, his wife and son were mingling about when I showed up. Soon thereafter, Humble Howard arrived with his daughter Spencer, followed by Fred Patterson, Scary Bald Headed Pete (who is no longer bald) and Bingo Bob. Dan, Pete and Bob were all former producers of the Humble & Fred show making me the one person in the room who had never appeared on the radio show. My plan was to not pollute the process, take it all in and snap a ton of pictures.

The first thing I noticed was how natural and genuine it all seemed. There was some discussion about how it would all unfold, some audio checks and arrangement of the non-live material and then it was show time. It was all so slick, Humble and Fred anticipated each other so well, it was like watching a couple that's been together so long they finish each other's sentences. Even better, it's totally organic. No scripts, no second takes, just a natural flow that's both endearing and hilarious. The warm and fuzzy nature of the hour long show is perfect for this time of year. The Baileys Irish Creme in the coffee didn't hurt either. By the end of the show, Dan's wife was literally preparing martinis. It was the most fun you can have on a Saturday morning without taking your clothes off.

The show itself included a frank discussion about what transpired since Mix 99.9, a recollection of Christmas shows past, some great performances by The Doo Wops and Barenaked Ladies, the annual favourite "Snow Removal Machine" and a number of great Humble & Fred exchanges that make you scratch your head and wonder why these two are still out of work.

On the morning of December 22, the 17th Annual Humble & Fred Christmas Show will be available at You will be able to stream it from the site or download the MP3. If you were ever a fan of the Humble & Fred morning show, or if you're just curious what all the fuss is about and in the holiday spirit, you're going to want to check this out.

Throughout the broadcast yesterday morning I was overwhelmed with this tingling feeling that had nothing to do with Baileys or Jackie's martinis. A large media company forced Humble and Fred off of their airwaves ending a seventeen year run in Canada's largest market. Without a time slot on terrestrial or satellite radio, the Christmas show survived. Think of the Grinch stealing all the Christmas trees and presents in Whoville. The Whos' holiday spirit could not be crushed just as Humble and Fred's voice could not be silenced. You can take their jobs, but they belong to us.

Take a moment to check out my Humble and Fred Holiday Reunion photoset. Witness history in the making for yourself. I was honoured to be a part of it.

The Gang

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S4 2006 Radio Ratings

radioThe S4 2006 radio ratings are out. All BBM will give away for free is this top-line report (pdf).

Here are the ten most listened to stations in Toronto when sorted by share percentage.

  1. CHFI 98.1
  2. CHUM-FM 104.5
  3. CBC RadioOne 99.1
  4. Q107
  5. EZ-Rock 97.3
  6. 680 News
  7. Classical 96.3
  8. Edge102
  9. Z103.5
  10. AM740

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Twelve Hours of Edge Analysis

radioI mentioned that I've been enjoying the last twelve hours of Edge music, the best thing to happen to the official Edge site in forever. Shortly after noon today, I copied the list of songs played on 102.1 in the previous twelve hours and I've been adding little notes to each one througout the day. Here's what I've got.

12:11PM Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight My kids love this song! When you and your kids share an interest in a tune, it's solid gold.
12:03PM U2 - Bad I haven't heard this one in a while. Remember when U2 was good? Bad was good.
11:59AM Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want Years after its release, I still listen to this song on a regular basis. It's a classic.
11:53AM Pilot Speed - Barely Listening For those of you just tuning in, Pilot Speed are the guys formerly known as Pilate. It's not my cup of tea.
11:52AM Beck - E-Pro This is more my cup of tea. E-Pro was fun.
11:51AM Beck - Nausea I'm a little confused. How did they play the new Beck single "Nausea" at 11:51 and one minute later play E-Pro? I don't think that's possible. "Nausea", by the way, sounds great... like it's from Mellow Gold.
11:47AM Mobile - Out Of My Head I am so sick of this song. I wish they'd stop playing it.
11:43AM Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings This song is still great. Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage. Great lyrics too.
11:34AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) I'm not yet feeling this tune. It's got the required yelling, but it sounds a little too Evanescencey.
11:31AM K-OS - Crabbuckit Ya gotta like K-OS. This is a fun tune. No harm, no foul.
11:25AM Sublime - What I Got Yes! My summer album and my summer single. I love it.
11:22AM Papa Roach - ...To Be Loved I've heard better Papa Roach. I'll pass, thanks.
11:20AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That This long time fan always welcomes new Sloan in the fold. Bring it on, boys.
11:13AM The Tragically Hip - Three Pistols A great choice from the massive Hip catalogue. Disclosure: this is my favourite band.
11:09AM Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds Yawn. Is this still on the playlist?
11:03AM Killers - When You Were Young You just know they're going to play this single to death. It's not bad though.
10:58AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside Songs from Californication continue to get plenty of airplay. I still prefer Mother's Milk, but history may deem Californication to be their definitive album.
10:53AM Hostage Life - This Song Was Written By Committee I really wanted to love this song because they're local and all, but when I hear it I just hear "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" from The Darkness. That ain't good.
10:46AM Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass This song made SLS15 because it's good. Enough said.
10:41AM Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger This is one of my favourite Oasis songs. It's exceptional. They should play it daily.
10:35AM Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out It's the song of the summer of 2004! It's really two fine songs in one. Bonus!
10:31AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere This song has grown on me lately. I think I might try and sneak it on SLS16 when nobody is paying attention.
10:24AM Bob Marley & The Wailers - Buffalo Soldier Interesting choice. I sometimes feel the frequency of Bob Marley songs seems a little forced.
10:21AM Jet - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is I'm not certain if I like this song or not. It sounds like Jet, and that's not a bad thing... but is it a good thing? The jury is still out.
10:14AM Nickelback - Figured You Out In a shocking maneuver, 102 played Nickelback today. Stop the press!
10:01AM DJ Champion - No Heaven I've been seriously digging this tune lately. I introduced it to Taryn on the weekend and she's digging it to. I must remember to submit this for SLS16 consideration.
9:58AM Three Days Grace - Pain I actually prefer this cut to the first release off their new album. When it hits the radio I'm not flipping the station.
9:55AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That See 11:20AM.
9:49AM City And Colour - Save Your Scissors Dallas is a city and Green is a colour, get it? Sweet ditty...
9:45AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby New RHCP is bound to get plenty of airplay. You can't fight City Hall.
9:35AM U2 - With Or Without You Another U2 song from back when they were decent. This song takes me back to grade school dances.
9:32AM Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco I dig this tune. Listen for it on SLS16.
9:20AM The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough This is the first Tragically Hip song I ever heard. I heard it on Q107 when it was first released and I fell in love. I've probably written about this a hundred times but you never forget your first.
9:16AM Wolfmother - Woman I liked this tune enough to throw it on SLS15. Good stuff.
9:06AM Billy Talent - Red Flag This song took a while to grow on me, but it eventually happened.
8:51AM Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober Call me when it's over.
8:37AM Finger Eleven - One Thing Well, well. Who will ever forget the time Scott Anderson chimed in on the One Thing discussion over at SLS. It was a smash that eventually found its way to Chum FM heaven.
8:30AM Smashing Pumpkins - Today This song takes me back to my first year of University. Amazing track from an amazing album.
8:12AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) See 11:34AM.
7:52AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop Another Red Hot Chili Peppers song, and they're not even CanCon. Impressive volume.
7:47AM Killers - When You Were Young See 11:03AM
7:35AM The Tragically Hip - Fifty Mission Cap It must be Leafs season. #5 forever.
7:22AM Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'til It's Over Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Kravitz fan, but there are worse songs on the radio.
7:07AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere See 10:31AM.
7:01AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That See 11:20AM and 9:55AM.
6:51AM Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box Here's our Nirvana song. You can't go a 12 hour period without it, and rightfuly so.
6:47AM DJ Champion - No Heaven See 10:01AM.
6:34AM Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead Is this the best OLP song? It's definitely top four...
6:24AM Foo Fighters - Best Of You I'm a fan of this Foo track. I put it on SLS13.
6:20AM U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love) Yet another U2 song from their glory days.
6:07AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby See 9:45AM.
6:03AM Staind - It's Been Awhile It's been awhile since I heard this song and it's still holding up.
5:58AM Angels And Airwaves - The Adventure Whether with Blink or A&A, this sound has a definite Beach Boys catchiness to it.
5:44AM Blind Melon - No Rain From the classic alternative bin, it's the song that brought us Bee Girl! I prefer Galaxy.
5:40AM Billy Talent - Red Flag See 9:06AM.
5:27AM Gob - I Hear You Calling Taryn once got sick at a Gob concert. True story, I was there!
5:24AM Green Day - Brain Stew Great Green Day track and I haven't heard it in forever.
5:19AM Stone Sour - Through Glass I put Bother on SLS8 and I'm digging this track too. I think I prefer Stone Sour to Slipknot.
5:17AM Beck - E-Pro See 11:52AM
5:16AM Beck - Nausea See 11:51AM
5:12AM Sum 41 - Hell Song Ajax, Schmajax.
5:09AM Raconteurs - Steady, As She Goes Jack White is god.
5:03AM Blur - Song 2 Whoo, hoo! They must have required a two minute tune heading into the break.
4:59AM Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober See 8:51AM.
4:57AM Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight See 12:11PM.
4:54AM Nirvana - Rape Me CFNY is wise enough to realize they can't go wrong with tunes like this.
4:50AM The Tragically Hip - In View It's new Hip. 'Nuff said.
4:43AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California Have you noticed the abundance of RHCP?
4:39AM U2 - New Year's Day Yet another old U2 gem from their glory days.
4:32AM Evans Blue - Over Zzzzzzzz.
4:29AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) See 11:34AM and 8:12AM.
4:24AM Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away Next, please.
4:19AM Rise Against - Ready To Fall I'm not sure I know this song.
4:12AM Econoline Crush - All That You Are It's nice to hear the Crush still getting some airplay. Named after a Neil Young lyric, dontchaknow?
4:08AM AFI - Miss Murder Not a bad tune... it's not SLS-worthy, but not bad at all.
4:03AM Killers - When You Were Young See 11:03AM and 7:47AM
4:00AM Green Day - Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) The defacto farewell song of our generation.
3:57AM Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body I still dig this one. Good stuff.
3:52AM Eminem - My Name Is They shouldn't be playing this, plain and simple.
3:48AM AlexisOnFire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World DG is at it again and it's good.
3:43AM Nickelback - Animals 2 much Nickelback.
3:38AM Pearl Jam - Jeremy Hey, they're playing Pearl Jam! About time...
3:31AM Theory Of A Deadman - Make Up Your Mind Hey, it's Nickelback Jr.!
3:28AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere See 10:31AM and 7:07AM.
3:24AM U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For It's our fifth U2 song and it's another golden oldie. Interesting...
3:17AM Tool - The Pot At 6:26, this is one of the shorter cuts on the album. It's too short!
3:10AM Treble Charger - Brand New Low It's not Red, is it?
3:06AM Foo Fighters - No Way Back This band is a hit machine. Seriously, I like every single. This is no exception.
3:02AM DJ Champion - No Heaven See 10:01AM and 6:47AM.
2:56AM Stone Temple Pilots - Plush Memories... I loved this song when it was first released. I still can't hear it without singing along. Luckily, I was sound asleep at 2:56 am.
2:53AM Evans Blue - Cold (But I'm Still Here) A little better Evans Blue...
2:49AM Limp Bizkit - Rollin' Remember when Limp Bizkit was sorta cool? Now they're closer to Vanilla Ice than Korn.
2:46AM Keane - Is It Any Wonder? Niceness. Who would complain about niceness?
2:40AM Mobile - Out Of My Head See 11:47AM.
2:36AM Weezer - Say It Ain't So Classic Weezer. Like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.
2:31AM Rinocerose - Cubicle This is too good to come from France. Encore!
2:27AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby See 9:45AM and 6:07AM.
2:26AM Beck - E-Pro See 11:52 and 2:26AM.
2:21AM Nirvana - All Apologies Another Nirvana song which means another great choice.
2:16AM Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Snow Patrol gets points for being Irish, but this tune is a little soft for my liking.
2:10AM Sum 41 - Motivation I never liked this song. This band is overrated.
2:06AM Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds See 11:09AM.
2:01AM Billy Talent - Red Flag See 9:06AM and 5:40AM.
1:59AM Subways - Rock & Roll Queen It made SLS15 because it's good stuff.
1:54AM Offspring - Self Esteem Dammit, I played this album a billion times in university. It's Monday night, I'm at the Phoenix and this song is starting...
1:51AM Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin' Down Fall Out Boy was named after a Simpsons character, but that's not reason enough to sing their praises.
1:47AM City And Colour - Comin Home From the hardest working man in Canadian music it's another sweet ditty.
1:44AM Beastie Boys - Body Movin' The Boys have better songs in their catalogue.
1:39AM Ill Scarlett - Heaters I've already confessed to liking this song. I'm going to
1:35AM Foo Fighters - Everlong This is probably my favourite Foo Fighters song.
1:29AM Kasabian - Empire This one is growing on me. Give it another week.
1:26AM Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober See 8:51AM and 4:59AM.
1:22AM Eminem - Lose Yourself This is the song that made it okay for alternative rock stations to play Eminem.
1:19AM Papa Roach - ...To Be Loved See 11:22AM.
1:12AM The Tragically Hip - Courage It couldn't come at a worse time, I was asleep!
1:07AM Audioslave - Original Fire Speaking of hit machines, this band pumps em out like pez.
1:01AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) See 11:34AM and 8:12AM and 4:29AM.
12:55AM Metallica - The Unforgiven Remember when CFNY wouldn't play this band. Times have changed.
12:51AM Mobile - See Right Through Me Ok, they get points for being Canadian.
12:44AM Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become I prefer the new single.
12:40AM Radiohead - Karma Police 90s gold!
12:33AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That See 11:20AM, 9:55AM and 7:01AM.
12:30AM Killers - When You Were Young See 11:03AM, 7:47AM and 4:03AM
12:24AM U2 - One This is the newest U2 song of the twelve hours.
12:20AM Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco See 9:32AM.

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12 Hours Of Edge Revisited

radioYesterday I discovered the last 12 hours of edge music. I love this kind of info and I love the possibilities such a page presents. I'm already monitoring song repetition, noting classics that still get airplay and realizing how much Nickleback CFNY Edge 102.1 plays in a twelve hour period.

I quickly realized that not every song played was getting written to this page. Yesterday afternoon I heard Liam's acoustic version of Wonderwall but never saw it recorded on the web. I wrote Alan Cross, Program Director at The Edge, and asked him why some songs seem exempt. Here's what he had to say about it.

Congrats! You're the first person to email me about this brand new feature! Glad you like it.

The reason the live "Wonderwall" wasn't picked up is because this software is driven by an external song recognition system owned by a company called BDS. We've never given them the acoustic signature for this recording. Therefore, their machines can't detect it.

What this means is we won't get a record of the true rarities, the songs that don't appear on an album or single. That's unfortunate because these are precisely the songs I'm interested in reading about. This live version of Wonderwall is the perfect example. People will hear it and wonder who sings it. Many will Google it and decide it's Ryan Adams. These people will be wrong. Misinformation will spread throughout cyber space and our virtual society will be ruined!

I still love this feature. It's the only page on 102.1's entire site worth visiting and it's worth a visit every twelve hours.

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Link: the last 12 hours of edge music

Linkthe last 12 hours of edge music - I've been waiting for this feature to return to the 102.1 web site. They used to have a module on the front page that told you the song currently being played but this feature disappeared for some reason. This new page lists the songs played and the time they were played over the past 12 hours. CFNY fans will get a kick out of this.

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An Interview With Humble Howard

MicrophoneI have fond memories of the Humble & Fred morning show on CFNY Edge 102, and those memories sparked this entry back in 2004. A year later, I was saddened to learn Fred Patterson had been released of his duties at Mix 99.9 and Humble was Fred-less. On July 14 I openly wondered if Humble Howard was okay after seeing a bump in visitors searching for answers as to why he too was let go by the Mix. The next day people started to learn Humble Howard was off Toronto radio for the first time in seventeen years and they came to this site for updates, support and to share their appreciation. This is how I met Howard Glassman.

A dozen phone calls, twenty emails and one lunch later, I consider Humble Howard a friend. He's genuinely decent and funny, a rare combination that I always have time for. Considering this site has attracted thousands and thousands of unique visitors looking for information on Humble and over 300 people have left comments about the man, I thought it might be cool to interview Humble so those looking for a Humble fix could get one. Here's my interview with Humble Howard Glassman.

Q: Let's address the 2000 kg elephant in the room and get it over with. You were on the radio in this city for seventeen years until last month. What the hell happened? This isn't the National Post, give us the real scoop.
A: The scoop? Nothing you haven't heard. I was hired, I worked, I was fired. They decided to go in a different direction... first without Fred and then without me.

Q: Since that fateful day in July, over 300 fans have dropped by to let you know how damn missed you are. How does that feel?
A: Amazing. I can't believe that many people give a crap. I have read all the comments and I can tell you it feels great to have had even a little impact on people's lives. Fred and I have spoken quite a bit recently about the nice things people have said especially when it comes to a possible Humble and Fred Reunion on Satellite.

Q: Most readers of this site are from the Great White North. Please share with us the details of your Canadian roots. We love CanCon.
A: No, I love CanCon. Trooper, Chilliwack, BTO, Glass Tiger - all the way to BNL and The Tragically Hip. Not to mention that frisky minx Nelly Furtado.

As for me... 5 provinces. Moose Jaw, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Many radio stations, a kids TV show, the asinine puppet show and some standup.

Q: I listened to your entire career at CFNY. That was my station and the Humble & Fred morning show was my wake up call every morning throughout high school and university. In 1991, you disappeared for while. What the heck happened there?
A: I left to go to CKFM in May of 1991. The Spirit was gone and I needed to get a real job.

After Labor Day 91 the station became the Mix. 19 months later I went back to work at CNFY which almost immediately became THE EDGE. I missed working with Fred and thought he and I did our best radio together.

Q: There are rumours on the internets that your relationship with Fred Patterson is a lot like the infamous chilly relationship between Siskel and Ebert. How do you two get along when the microphone is turned off?
A: We get alone fine... see my answer above.

A few people have questioned my staying at the Mix after Fred was fired... Fred wasn't one of them. I can't believe some questioned my loyalty to Fred by not quitting when he was canned. I had a family to feed and he was being paid... if I quit I wouldn't have been - plain and simple. I guess we could have gone to live with him and his wife but it might have been a little crowded.

Q: What's your favourite movie?
A: The Godfather.

Q: You were a regular on The Dini Petty show on CTV. What's she like? She was born in England, ya know.
A: Dini was fine. I didn't know she was from England, her teeth seemed fairly straight to me.

Q: I hear things didn't end well with you and the sock on Ed's Night Party? Care to dish the deets?
A: I don't want to say anything about ED or the midget that has his hand up his ass that hasn't already been said by just about everyone that's met him.

Q: What's next for Humble Howard? Are you okay? Any chance of a Humble & Fred reunion?
A: I'm busy doing nothing... I'm okay and I would look for a Humble and Fred reunion sooner rather than later.

Q: Is there anything you'd like to share with the faithful?
A: I would only like to say that this blog and the comments on it are the main reason I get out of bed every day... that and the booze.

Also, I would like to add that I've met Mike Boon and you sir are no Mike Boon.

As well I would like everyone who reads this to know Mike Boon is a slow eater. Should they ever be lucky enough to dine with you they should put aside a minimum of 90 minutes for breakfast, 2 hours 15 for lunch and at least 3 hours 20 for supper. These figures are estimates, actual Mike Boon eating times may vary.

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