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?
I stumbled upon this news article about the launch of a new radio station on the Cayman Islands. Cayrock 96.5 FM began broadcasting yesterday but what gets me is the list of bands they're promising to play. Here's a direct quote.
Cayrock promises old classics to the most popular hits of today including Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Aerosmith, Collective Soul, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nickelback, Rolling Stones, Tragically Hip and U2.
Yep, in the Caribbean Sea, when they want to rock, they don't only crave the standards like Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nickelback, Rolling Stones and U2, but they also want their Hip. Are the Hip so well known to Cayman Island locals and international tourists that they warranted a mention in the CaymanNetNews?
In an effort to be fair and balanced I'd like to point out that CFNY Edge 102 is actively promoting July's Edgefest as Edgefest 2. You may recall I went off about the Edgefest line up the other day, releasing a yawn that was heard around the world.
There have been Edgefest 2s in the past, but they've always been announced some time after Edgefest 1. My incredible deductive logic tells me that there cannot be an Edgefest 2 without there also being an Edgefest 1. The announcement of another Edgefest is imminent.
Who wants to bet Billy Talent headlines again?
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