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Greg Brady and Jeff Sammut Fired from Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Rogers Media said they were cutting 200 jobs this quarter. They started last week, promising to finish as soon as possible, and today they delivered pink slips to two popular Fan 590 personalities.

Gone are Greg Brady from Brady & Walker and longtime utility host Jeff Sammut. It looks like 590 will air a show entitled Sportsnet Today The Andrew Walker Show from 1-4. No word yet on whether Sportsnet Today includes Andrew Walker, although that's highly likely considering he's still employed by the station.

Greg Brady visited my home on May 14, 2014. He appeared on episode 76 of my podcast, Toronto Mike'd, and he was entertaining, honest and an ideal guest. Part of what I like about Brady is that he doesn't pull punches. During this episode, he was brutally honest about why it didn't work out with former co-host Jim Lang. Recently, he went off on TSN Radio, which caused Mike Richards to strike back during his episode of Toronto Mike'd. Brady was always honest, perhaps too honest, but it made for interesting radio.

I knew Brady had rode in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, so when I was training for my first ride, I'd call Brady up and grill him with questions. He was very helpful.

Here's episode 76 with Greg Brady, if you missed it the first time.

Jeff Sammit visited my home on December 11, 2015. He appeared on episode 149 of my podcast, and it was a pleasure. When we finished recording, I looked at the software and saw it had crashed at the 1:02 mark. Luckily, I didn't lose that 1:02, but I had an episode without an ending. He was more than happy to re-record our last bit about his love of the Yankees and I learned a valuable lesson about recording software.

Here's episode 149 with Jeff Sammut.

This is a terrible time for members of the mainstream media. There are few options, and everyone is cutting staff. If it's not Bell Media or Rogers Media announcing cuts, it's Corus or CBC or Postmedia. Heck, CHCH fired everybody, just ask Mark Hebscher. Few are safe, job security is rare and good people who do good work are reduced to expendable numbers.

What an unfortunate state of affairs.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 157: Ivar Hamilton

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 157In this 157th episode, Mike chats with CFNY's Ivar Hamilton about his days at the Spirit of Radio, his memories of Martin Streek, how he was responsible for the Bon Jovi banner at the ACC and what he and David Marsden are up to these days. This episode is exactly 1:44:47.

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Bill Carroll's Leaving Talk Radio AM640 for Newstalk 580 CFRA in Ottawa

I tweeted this news yesterday, but only a handful seemed to notice. So it's time to kick it old school with a blog entry.

Bill Carroll's contract at KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles recently lapsed and this Friday will be his last day at Talk Radio AM640 here in Toronto.He's moving on to another gig, although not in Toronto. He'll be heard on Newstalk 580 CFRA in Ottawa.

It was a little over three years ago that Bill Carroll announced his return to Toronto radio. I know him best as host of Barometer on Q107 back in the day, but he also spent time at the old TALK 640 and 1010 CFRB.

When a Bill Carroll fan page on Facebook picked up my tweet earlier today, Bill's wife Sylvie Lapointe all but confirmed the news.

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Update:

Here's audio of Bill Carroll signing off for the last time.

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CFNY 102.1 The Edge circa 1997 vs. the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays

I received an email from a reader named Billy who has a question for the hivemind.

What is the more impressive line up? CFNY 102.1 The Edge circa 1997 or the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays?

The 1997 CFNY 102.1 the Edge lineup was:

Humble and Fred - weekdays 8:30am - 9:20am
Maie Pauts - weekdays 9:20am - 2:00pm
Alan Cross - weekdays 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Live in Toronto - weekdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brother Bill - weekdays 8:00pm - midnight
George Stroumboulopoulos - Monday and Tuesday midnight - 8:30am
Wired for Sound - Tuesday 11:00pm - midnight
The Thursday Thirty - Thursday 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Indie Hour - Thursday 11:00pm - midnight
All Request Breakfast - weekends 9:00am - noon
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from The Kingdom - Friday 9:00pm - 2:00am
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from The Phoenix - Saturday 9:00pm - 2:00am
Live-to-Air with Martin Streek from Whiskey Saigon - Sunday9:00pm - 2:00am

The 2015 Blue Jays lineup was:

Ben Revere
Josh Donaldson
Jose Bautista
Edwin Encarnacion
Chris Colabello
Troy Tulowitzki
Russell Martin
Kevin Pillar
Ryan Goins

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Martin Streek Swearing on 102.1 the Edge

When Pete Fowler visited for his appearance on Toronto Mike'd, he told a great story about co-hosting The Thursday 30 with Martin Streek in 1994 when Martin Streek dropped an F-bomb. He even brought in the memo sent by Stu Meyers about this incident. I read this memo in its entirety during this episode with Fowler.

Jason Barr was also witness to this from his perch in Brampton, and he shared his memories of this moment in CFNY history.

And now, thanks to Brother Bill who shared it with Pete Fowler who shared it with me, we have the audio of Martin Streek swearing live on the air at 102.1 the Edge.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 155: Barry Taylor

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 155In this 155th episode, Mike chats with Barry Taylor about David Bowie, his years on 102.1 the Edge, why he was fired, his work at Y108, his stand-up career and his Raptors podcast. This episode is exactly 1:00:28.

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Mike Cooper Retiring from 98.1 CHFI

I used to listen to Mike Cooper on 680 CFTR. I'm too young to remember the heydays of CHUM. Legend has it the man rode a ferris wheel at the CNE for 21 days. This past decade, Coop has co-hosted with Erin Davis, first at EZ Rock and then at CHFI. Regardless of your age, you likely remember Mike Cooper on Toronto radio.

Coop is signing off as co-host of 98.1 CHFI’s Erin and Mike in the Morning on January 29, 2016. Here's why, in his own words.

I’ve taken care of millions of people over the years and now it’s time to take care of one – my beloved wife and childhood sweetheart Debbie. It’s been an honour to be a part of the Rogers family at CHFI working alongside my dear friend Erin Davis for the past 10 years.

Coop will be missed, but who will take his coveted spot alongside Erin Davis? Darren B. Lamb recently left the CHUM-FM morning show and promised he's resurface soon. This could very well be that. Erin and Darren has a nice ring to it. And of course Maddog recently showed up on-air at CHFI for the New Year's Eve show. He's a long-time Toronto morning man without a home.

Speculate with me and share your Coop stories below. Meanwhile, here's some classic Cooper from his CFTR days. I'm hoping to get him on Toronto Mike'd for a proper send-off!

Update: It will indeed be Darren B. Lamb replacing Mike Cooper on the new Erin & Darren In The Morning on 98.1 CHFI.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 153: Stu Jeffries

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 153In this 153rd episode, Mike chats with radio personality and television host Stu Jeffries about Good Rockin' Tonight, Switchback, Acting Crazy, his work with Colleen Rusholme at Country 95.3 and EZ Rock and his very cool story of rebirth at Boom. This episode is exactly 1:15:46.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 152: Pete Fowler

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 152In this 152nd episode, Mike chats with former 102.1 the Edge announcer Pete Fowler about his years at the station, his relationship with Martin Streek, why he left radio to become a cop and his new show, The Lost Indie City. This episode is exactly 1:21:20.

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3 Hours of CFNY From 1983

My buddy Andrew passed these audio treats along, so I thought I'd share them with the masses.

This is how CFNY 102.1 sounded in 1983.




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