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CFNY / 102.1 the Edge Episodes of Toronto Mike'd

I grew up listening to CFNY. That's 102.1 on the FM dial if you don't recognize the call letters. Today, the station is best known as 102.1 the Edge.

Since I'm interested in the station, past and present, I've invited a number of personalities from the station to my home studio for episodes of my podcast, Toronto Mike'd. I thought it might be fun to assemble a full list of such CFNY broadcasters, past and present.

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Mike Richards Leaves TSN Radio 1050

This isn't exactly breaking news, but I was away for a couple of weeks and didn't get a chance to write about Mike Richards' departure from TSN Radio 1050 when it was announced last Monday. Here's Mike's farewell tweet about the big change.

It's being spun as a mutual parting of ways between Mike Richards and TSN Radio. The writing was on the wall in February when Mike Richards was moved from mornings to 1-4pm. When you're making major market morning show money, they won't keep you at 1pm. You can ask Greg Brady about that.

You may recall Mike Richards was recruited back to Toronto from Calgary's Fan 960 (where he was working with Andrew Walker) by TSN when they launched their first radio station at 1050. Desired ratings never materialized and a little over five years later the experiment is over.

On January 13, Mike Richards visited my home for three hours. We recorded the first two hours and then shot the shit off the record for another hour. He seemed incredibly authentic and willing to share all. He told me things during that episode he had never said in public and left me with a completely new level of respect for the man. We've kept in touch ever since.

Here's the episode if you missed it. It's particularly interesting in retrospect.

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For whatever reason, Mike Richards never succeeded at TSN Radio, but he's quite the character with personality to spare and I'm sure he'll be just fine. Once he's able to speak freely, I'll be sure to have him back on.

Currently, TSN Radio is listing a show entitled "TSN 1050 Today" at 1pm. I'm sure that's temporary and a new show will be unveiled shortly. Never a dull moment on the Toronto sports media scene. Stay tuned.

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The Ultimate Toronto Morning Show (Early 90s Edition)

I stole this from John Gallagher's Facebook feed. It's a photo that appeared in the Toronto Sun in the early 90s.

In this picture you will see Brother Jake Edwards and John Gallagher from Q107's Q Morning Zoo, Marilyn Denis and Roger Ashby from CHUM-FM, Tom Rivers from 680 CFTR, Humble Howard from CFNY Mix 99.9 and Don Daynard from CHFI.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 180: Jim Van Horne

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 180In this 180th episode, Mike chats with Jim Van Horne about his years as a jock on 1050 CHUM, being the first on-air hire at TSN, leaving TSN for The Team 1050, his years on Sportsnet, his reinvention as a teacher and his recent battle with bladder cancer. This episode is exactly 1:16:44.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 179: The CHUM Requiem

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 179In this 179th episode, Mike chats with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 and Ed Conroy of Retrontario about the fall of 1050 CHUM as a Top 40 radio station and the coinciding rise of MuchMusic. This episode is exactly 1:49:31.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 177: Jeff Woods

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 177In this 177th episode, Mike chats with former Q107 broadcaster Jeff Woods about his life in radio, The Legends of Classic Rock, why Q107 fired him and his new book Radio, Records & Rockstars. This episode is exactly 1:40:04.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 176: Ingrid Schumacher

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 176In this 176th episode, Mike chats with CHUM-FM's Ingrid Schumacher about her 39 years at the station, what's changed in the industry, her broadcast the night John Lennon was shot, Ticketmaster and why she loves radio. This episode is exactly 1:16:30.

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Wally Crouter, Dead at 92

Wally CrouterWally Crouter was 92. He was the morning man at CFRB 1010 for 50 years, from November 1, 1946 until November 1, 1996.

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Toronto Radio Changes at 98.1, 93.5, 102.1 and 1010

There are a number of changes in Toronto's radio market, so let's run them down here.

We'll start with the announcement that came as no surprise. Darren B. Lamb, who recently left Roger Ashby and Marilyn Dennis at CHUM FM, replaces Mike Cooper as Erin Davis's co-host during CHFI 98.1's morning show. They're calling it Erin & Darren In The Morning.

They also unveiled their new logo.

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At the station formerly known as Flow 93-5, they've re-branded as 93.5 The Move. They'll play rhythmic hits from the 1990s and 2000s, along with current material. Here's their new logo.

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They also fired all female on-air talent ahead of the re-launch.

Meanwhile, over at 102.1, they announced last week that they're bringing in Rick "The Temp" Campanelli as the newest addition to their morning show, but he won't join Fearless Fred and Mel until late June.

Carly Rae Meyers has left X92.9 in Calgary for the midday shift at 102.1 the Edge. Wade McNeil is leaving his evening shift, Adam gets the afternoon drive slot and Kid Craig gets eventings. I'm told more changes are coming here, so stay tuned.

If you heard episode 152 of my podcast with Pete Fowler, you heard me read the memo issued by Edge PD Stu Meyers about Martin Streek dropping an F-bomb on-air. Stu Meyers is Carly Meyers's father.

And finally, all the Newstalk 1010 shows you enjoy weeknights from 10pm to 2am are either being shuttered or moving so they can bring you a new show featuring David Eddie. That means goodbye (or see you later at another time) to The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, The Late Shift with Joe Warmington, The Late Shift with Bill Hayes and The Late Shift with Taggart & Torrens.

Let me know in the comments what you think of these moves, if you think about them at all.

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Changes at TSN Radio 1050

It's official. TSN 1050 Toronto has announced their new daily lineup and (gasp!) they gave a show to a woman!

Here's the new lineup of shows and hosts on TSN 1050 Toronto beginning Monday, February 22.

5:30 to 9am - Naylor & Landsberg in the Morning
Dave Naylor and Michael Landsberg will be joined by regular Insiders and experts including James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, and Pierre McGuire.

9am to Noon - Game Day with Matt Cauz
Matt Cauz will be joined by Gareth Wheeler

Noon to 1pm - Leafs Lunch
Andi Petrillo will host, and rumour has it she's a woman. Co-hosts will include Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun, Craig Button and Dave Poulin.

1 to 4pm - Richards 1-4
Mike Richards leaves the mornings for this, less desired, shift.

4 to 7pm - Overdrive with Hayes, Noodles & the O'Dog
Bryan Hayes, Jamie 'Noodles' McLennan, and Jeff 'The O’Dog' O’Neill will anchor the show that will go head-to-head against Bob McCown's Prime Time Sports. Good luck, guys.

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