Yesterday 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.
the 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.
I 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 https://www.torontomike.com/2006/07/humble_howard_are_you_okay.html 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 torontomike.com 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.
Periodically, the referral stats for this site reveal a nugget of truth that hasn't hit the mainstream press. Most recently, this happened on July 14th when I detected, seemingly out of nowhere, a series of visitors who Googled "humble howard fired" and "humble howard leaves mix". Where there's smoke, there's often fire, and I wrote this entry about it. The rest, is history.
All morning I've been getting hits from people Googling "dean blundell satellite radio", "dean blundell fired" and "dean blundell moving to satellite". I don't know anything about it, and a visit to the Edge 102 morning show page doesn't reveal anything's out of order, but these searches only started this morning and they're coming from several different ip addresses. Again, this might not be anything, but sometimes where there's a little smoke, there's a fire.
Did anyone listen to CFNY Edge 102.1 this morning? Are these searches just a natural extension of the many "humble and fred satellite radio" searches that end up on this page? I haven't been getting hits from people wondering if Roger, Rick & Marilyn were on their way to satellite, but then again I've never written about them, until now...
It's official. We have a Humble and Fred reunion. Unfortunately, it's not on the radio, it's on this page.
Moments ago, Fred Patterson left this comment, complementing several comments left by Humble Howard. With Freddie P. checking in, it really is your best way to communicate with the guys.
Speaking of Humble, he's writing a series of articles for the National Post. Something tells me this week's article will really speak to me. A little birdy tells me I'm really going to dig it. Stay tuned...
The "Humble Howard, Are You Okay?" entry just received its 200th comment. About 198 of them are very positive. It sounds like a number of Torontonians are missing that familiar voice each day and I think I can help.
In my collection of MP3s I've got a few CFNY 102.1 compilation CDs. The "New Music Search" discs always closed with a promo for the station, voiced by Humble Howard. As a result, when I ripped these discs to MP3 I ended up with a cut of Howard Glassman promoting his old station which I'm pleased to share with you today.
Please right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save target as..." so you can download it to your PC before playing. Then, throw it on a continuous loop and it will be like Humble never left, he just got really boring and repetitive. Hey, he'll fit right in with other Toronto morning shows!
On what some are calling the Humble Appreciation Society, a comment was left this morning by a chap named Doug. He wrote something that struck a nerve with me. He openly yearned for "a CFNY for grownups". Yes! That's exactly what I'm looking for, or listening for, if you will.
I've written about CFNY dozens of times because it's been my go-to station for almost two thirds of my life. A couple of years ago I wondered if CFNY might be going "Classic Alternative", which would have been a dramatic step in the right direction. Instead, it seems they care less and less about their listeners under the age of 30, targeting the teens with crappy music and moronic hosts. What I'd like to hear is a CFNY that plays the great music (Radiohead, System of a Down, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Weezer, The Hip, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Metric, etc.) we've come to expect but doesn't play down to the audience as if we're all a bunch of slacker college kids. We want a CFNY for adults and I know just the two who could host the morning show.
Speaking of Humble Howard, we've been chatting and he's given me his personal email address if any fans want to get in touch with him. He left a very cool comment yesterday on the "Humble Howard, Are You Okay?" page, which is now at 157 comments and counting. When he calls me next week, I'm going to suggest a CFNY for the 30+ crowd. I'm in love with the idea.
I've mentioned Dr. Demento before. I used to listen to his radio show on Sunday nights, and one of my favourite bits was "Who's On First?" from Abbott and Costello.
The entire skit is now on YouTube. It's as good as ever. Here's the transcript if you'd rather read than watch. If you want a fresh spin, check out the version I showed my son. They call it, "Who's On Force?".
In a piece of useless information that fascinates me for some reason, Canada's first ever all comedy radio channel CFHA in Saint John, New Brunswick chose this routine as the first sketch aired on their station. Now ya know.
This morning I heard from Humble Howard Glassman. He visited this entry in which I asked if he was okay. You'll find his comments on that page, including a sneak peak of a column he just wrote for the National Post.
Just in case you missed it...
All day long I've been getting hits from people Googling Humble Howard leaves mix and other similar searches. I rank rather highly for these searches, thanks to this entry about Fred Patterson getting the boot last September. I listened to Humble & Fred every morning for years when they were on CFNY Edge 102 but I lost touch with the geeks that groove when they signed on with Mix 99.9.
All of these Google searches got me wondering if Humble Howard had jumped or was pushed from his morning slot at the station that loves Dixie Chicks and Coldplay. There is nothing on the subject at Google News Canada but a quick visit to the Mix 99.9 program schedule reveals that Steve Anthony is penciled in the 5:00 am spot. Is this simply a vacation for Humble Howard Glassman or is there a little fire amidst this smoke?
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