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Andy Frost is Leaving Q107

Last week, when I learned Al Joynes had been let go by Corus, I also heard Andy Frost was presented with a similar folder. Andy, however, was given something rather rare in radio. He would be allowed to say goodbye to the Q107 listenership on-air.

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I decided not to write about Andy leaving the station, but earlier today, during episode 321 of Toronto Mike'd, Al Joynes let the cat out of the bag. Andy Frost is leaving Q107.

If you'd like to hear Andy and me discuss his lengthy career at Q107, I urge you to listen to episode 291. Andy first arrived at Q107 in the mid-80s and is now best known as host of Psychedelic Psunday.

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Andy's been a fixture on this city's airwaves for over three decades. Without a doubt, he'll be missed.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 321: Al Joynes

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 321In this 321st episode, Mike chats with Al Joynes about his two tours of duty at Q107, working mornings at The Rock, and being let go one week ago today. This episode is exactly 1:44:04.

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Corus Radio Cuts Get Al Joynes

There was a bit of a bloodletting at Corus yesterday. Amongst the casualties is long-time Q107 personality Al Joynes. Al Joynes had been at Q107 since 1988, although that includes two separate tours of duty at the station. Al will appear on Toronto Mike'd next week, so subscribe here so you don't miss it.

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The program directors at both 102.1 the Edge and Q107 were also let go. That's Ross MacLeod and Blair Bartrem, respectively. Tammy Cole, a program director in Winnipeg, will be assuming both roles.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 319: Ryan Doyle and Jay Maddog Michaels

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 319In this 319th episode, Mike chats with Ryan Doyle and Jay Maddog Michaels about their show The Rush on Newstalk 1010 before they kick out the jams. This episode is exactly 2:16:31.

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Stephen Brunt and Richard Deitsch Announced as Bob McCown's New Co-Hosts on PTS

Bob McCown has announced his new co-hosts on Prime Time Sports. In one of the worst kept secrets in sports radio, Stephen Brunt will be co-hosting for 20 weeks in 2018. Brunt's done this before and he's as good as it gets.

Funnily enough, when Stephen Brunt visited me recently, I asked him if he would ever return to Prime Time Sports. Here's what he told me.

For the remaining weeks, Richard Deitsch is moving his family to Toronto to take the gig. Deitsch writes for Sports Illustrated and will make his debut in March.

Damien Cox, McCown's last co-host, will appear elsewhere on The Fan 590, although they haven't announced specifics. I intend to have him over for a third time to learn more.

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Arthur Black, Dead at 74

Arthur BlackArthur Black was 74. He was the humourist who hosted Basic Black on CBC Radio for 19 years and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.

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Global News Radio 640 Toronto Shuffles the Deck

As first heard on TMI (if you're not subscribed, what are you waiting for?), AM640, now known as Global News Radio 640 Toronto, or GNR 640 for short, is making some significant changes to their weekday lineup.

Mike Stafford will now host the morning show, along with Supriya Dwivedi. Matt Gurney will now host his own show from 9am to noon. You'll hear all of this starting Monday.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 299: Matt Gurney

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 299In this 299th episode, Mike chats with Global News Radio 640 Toronto morning show co-host Matt Gurney about his years at the National Post, working with Supriya Dwivedi at 640, recent changes at the station and millennials. Matt also ranks the Star Wars movies and discusses his favourite song of all-time. This episode is exactly 2:18:22.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 298: Elliott Price

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 298In this 298th episode, Mike chats with Fan 590 morning show co-host Elliott Price about calling Expos games, working in Montreal sports radio, rolling his own and getting the call to move to Toronto. This episode is exactly 2:00:18.

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97.7 HTZ FM's Paulie Morris Let Go By Bell Media

You may have heard that Bell Media is making cuts across the country. Today, they let some people go in St. Catharines, including long time 97.7 HTZ FM host and music director Paulie Morris.

If you've ever listened to 97.7 HTZ FM, you've heard Paulie Morris. He helped build that station back in 1986, and except for a few years in the mid-90s, he's been there ever since.

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The St. Catharines Standard secured this quote from Bell Media.

“The reductions in St. Catharines were part of a restructuring of local radio and TV at Bell Media stations across the country. I’m not going to get into the specific numbers, but I can say that like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” said Bell Media spokesperson Matthew Garrow. “As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact. At the same time, we do not expect any changes in local programming.”

Paulie Morris's daughter is Newstalk 1010 reporter Siobhan Morris who appeared on my podcast back in 2014 and recently returned to kick out the jams.

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