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Mr. Bingo

February 29, 2008 @ 08:48

I got a call from Bingo Bob today and my pseudo son is doing quite well these days, loving his gorgeous wife Laura and his brand new job.

Yes, Bobby has been named program director of Proud-FM

Not bad for a nice young fella who wondered into the Edge studios about ten years ago looking for work.

Bob delivered the goods as an intern, then a technical producer, then a morning show producer and then an assistant program director.

And now he's the big cheese at a young and growing radio station.

I couldn't be happier for Bobby. He deserves every goddamn thing he gets.

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Find The Dork

January 18, 2008 @ 09:50

Earlier this week I wrote about attending Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, and this prompted and old friend to send me a page from our grade ten year book.

Can you pick me out? It was only 36 years ago.

Category: Friends | Fun Stuff

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Brampton Boys Buy Beer

January 2, 2008 @ 10:19

During the afternoon on New Year’s Eve I had the opportunity to spend some time with Craig Venn.

I’ve been doing bits on Craig’s morning show in Windsor every Wednesday at 8:40 and it’s been quite enjoyable. In fact I was on this morning and told my scalper story.

Craig, who was raised in Brampton, was home for the holidays to visit his in-laws, and it was great to see the young bugger.

He’s enjoying life in Windsor while building a morning show that has to complete on some level with stations in Detroit and that ain’t easy.

We had a few beers at a neighbourhood bar called TJ’s and we talked about the good old days at CFNY, where he was jack of all trades before moving on to become Derringer’s producer and sidekick.

Craig says in some ways he misses Toronto, but in other ways he likes the pace of a smaller market and he plans to stay in Windsor for the next several years because it’s a good place to raise his kids.

If you want to catch a little of the Craig and Matt Show on the Rock in Windsor, go here.

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Marek Makes His Mark

December 30, 2007 @ 10:19

It was just by chance that I happened to be on my Ottawa Starchoice feed last night and saw Jeff Marek on Hockey Night in Canada.

He was doing the rink side stuff that Elliotte Friedman often does in Toronto and Jeff looked right at home.

I don’t know if this was Marek’s debut on Hockey Night in Canada, but when I saw him I wondered what must be swirling around his head. Appearing on Hockey Night in Canada is the dream of any young sportscaster in this country, and Jeff Marek has made it.

Eyebrows were raised when Marek left am 640 and his association with Bill Watters because many felt he was leaving conventional radio for satellite radio and that’s still considered precarious at this point.

But that wasn’t the entire story. Marek was leaving 640 to work for the CBC and Hockey Night in Canada, the vehicle that he would be hosting just happened to be on Sirius satellite radio.

Marek made the move with a long term goal in mind. He was promised opportunity within the HNIC franchise and other work with CBC including the Olympics so it was something he couldn’t say no to, and last night was just the first step in what I’m sure will be a long and lucrative career.

Jeff’s a good boy and I can’t help but think back to 2001 when I first started working with him at MOJO.

Marek became the newscaster on the Humble and Fred Show and I remember knocking heads with him during the aftermath of 911.

Jeff subscribed to the idea that American foreign policy was to blame for 911 and it would probably open the door for a war in the Middle East and an excuse for George W. to go into Iraq.

Marek laughed at the weapons of mass destruction stories while I supported them whole heartedly. Marek predicted a long and useless war in Iraq that would accomplish nothing but make a whole lot of people rich, and Marek predicted that Osama Bin Laden would never be caught because the Americans really didn’t “want” to catch him.

I vehemently disagreed with the naive young man and figured time would tell the real story and eventually he’d be forced to understand the realities of the situation.

Oh well.

Category: Friends | Sports | Television

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Abu Hasan And Me - Part Three

December 30, 2007 @ 10:18

I had dinner with my friend Abu Hasan on Friday night.

Back in March Abu sent me an e-mail that led to a meeting at a local Tim Horton’s and we’ve stayed in contact since then through the website.

On Friday our schedules finally allowed us to get together again and we met at a Somali restaurant called “Hamdi” on Rexdale Blvd in Etobicoke.

The food was interesting and was best described by Abu, who said it’s like Indian food without the hot spices. We had chicken and beef over a bed of rice and we washed it down with Mango juice and it was quite tasty.

When we first arrived at the restaurant I asked for a beer but quickly found out there was no liquor served at this Muslim restaurant. Liquor is a no no.

Oh well, I can go a few hours without a beer so I settled in and enjoyed the meal and good conversation with Abu who frets over the reputation of Muslims in Canadian society.

The vast majority of Muslims in Canada are good people he says. They are people who want to live in a peaceful and prosperous country and have nothing but distain for extremists who promote hate and violence.

They’re not even real Muslims says Abu because it’s widely believed within the religion that to kill one person is the equivalent of killing all mankind.

Abu Hasan has some other concerns as well. He’s concerned that Canada is being infiltrated by radicals and he’s concerned with cultural problems that are not being addressed by South Asians in particular.

We talked about the young girl in Mississauga, Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered by her father and Abu maintains that violence against women and children in South Asian homes is common and not really considered a problem as it is a way of life.

Like any problem it can’t be addressed until it’s recognized and to this point, it’s simply not recognized.

Again, this is not to say that this applies to all South Asian homes or that it's exclusive to South Asian homes because that wouldn’t be fair. But according to Abu, who’s a Canadian of Indian heritage, it definitely is a problem within that culture in Canada.

Give him credit for admitting it.

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G. Bain Arnold

December 4, 2007 @ 09:34

I received an unsettling e-mail from former colleague Rick Loewen yesterday. You probably know him as “Ripkin.”

“Ripkin” wrote to tell me about the passing of a mutual acquaintance named G. Bain Arnold.

Those of you who work within the radio industry probably know Bain; he worked at Angus Glen Golf Course from its inception until 2005 where he was usually heavily involved in corporate and media tournaments.

More recently he ran GBA Consulting.

On Friday Bain had an allergic reaction and died leaving behind his wife Margo and baby Wilkin. G. Bain Arnold was only 35.

I won’t pretend I was great friends with Bain because I wasn’t, in fact the only time I ever saw Bain was at Angus Glen or various other "events" but he was always happy and helpful and I kept in touch with him through “facebook.”

My favourite golf shorts were courtesy of Bain. I showed up at Angus Glen one day for a media tournament a few years back and it was unseasonably hot.

Bain couldn’t stand to see me go out on the course in black pants so he “donated” a pair of PGA khaki shorts and I still wear them.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road), Markham, Ontario. Memorial donations can be made to the Lung Association.

''A musical and spiritual celebration of Bain's life will be held early in the new year''

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Sweet Maie

July 16, 2007 @ 09:21

My wife phoned me last night to tell me that Maie Pauts had left me a phone message.

Sweet Maie said she was just calling to catch up because we hadn't talked for a while and if I wanted to call her back, call later in the day this week because she'd be filling in for Marilyn Dennis on the CHUM-FM morning show.

So of course I got up this morning in the trailer and pointed my Starchoice Satellite towards Toronto so I could hear "my darlin" do her thing - and it was a pleasure.

Everybody loves Maie Pauts and its not tough to realize why. That sweet ingratiating voice you hear on the air is what you get when you're with this woman face to face in any situation.

Maie is one of those old "CFNY" family members. Before the days of convergence and corporate squeeze in radio we had a pretty special thing going on at CFNY - we were a small group who really cared about each other.

A lot of us got married or had kids during those years and together we lived through the struggles that CFNY experienced as it grew to be what it is today - and Maie Pauts was one of those people.

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone" is one of those old sayings that's got a lot of play in my head since I was tossed from the business. When you miss something you tend to really miss the small things, the subtle things and one of the things I miss is the daily cross-over at 9:30.

The Humble and Fred Show would end, and the Maie Pauts would begin but Maie would always come into the studio a few minutes early and it was fun to catch up and goof around and trade "kid" stories.

I've worked with a lot of people throughout the years buy Maie Pauts is near the top of my "special" list.

Maie Pauts is good people.

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More Hockey Passion

July 12, 2007 @ 08:56

Jason Barr of the Edge morning show is writing a book and he needs your help.

Jason has two boys and he's heavily involved in minor hockey on both the parenting and coaching levels.

Over the past few years he's been witness to some unbelievable situations involving hockey mons and dads that would make your head spin, and now he'd like to put it all in a book.

But he wants more stories and he'd love you to contribute. For more information, go here.

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Very Nice Of You

July 10, 2007 @ 09:51

Between this website and my facebook page yesterday, I recieved more than 350 birthday wishes.

Much appreciated, but too much to answer individually.

Thanks everybody, but to be honest birthdays aren't so much fun any more, in fact I'd rather delay them

Loving yooze all. Each and every one of ya.

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Greasy Hooters

July 10, 2007 @ 09:27

I apologize for not posting yesterday. It's funny with this website, I feel like its become my job, and if I don't post on a week day, it just doesn't feel right.

Just so you know, I had to get up early yesterday and make the trek back to Brampton from the trailer with my buddies Ivar Hamilton and Kevin O'Leary.

They're a couple of old friends from the CFNY days and they came up north on Friday and spent three nights with me.

We shared a lot of stories, ate some great food and drank a lot of booze. It was a lot of fun to catch up with these guys who've gone on to other things outside of the radio business.

Ivar is Vice-President of Marketing at Universal Music, and Kevin is a production/sound engineer at Amp' Mobile.

After three days of bumming around at the lake we had to get back to the city for various reasons, and on the way back they offered to buy me lunch because yesterday was my birthday.

We planned on going to a little place in Brampton called Calypso Garden on Kennedy Rd.

It's actually in the same plaza that was home to CFNY for most of the 80's, and a lot of guys, including Kevin and Ivar used to go to Calypso Garden for what is called Caribbean Chinese food.

Son of a bitch. It was closed so we went up the street to Hooters.

Quite the place this Hooters - if its possible to be physically deformed in a good way then all three girls who were working yesterday afternoon fall into this category.

Petite frames with small bottoms and massive boobs, or to keep with the theme, massive hooters.

They really were something to look at and believe me; you couldn't help but keep looking at them. They're unique specimens that not only have to serve food, but who obviously have to put up with a bunch of older guys who appear to be regulars.

You know what I'm talking about. Those guys who sit at the bar and constantly attempt to engage the young lovelies in conversation while leaving the impression they actually think they might have a chance with these girls.

It's rather sad really. But in the end, the girls usually get inflated tips and the horny old bastards get nothing.

Anyway, for the most part if was a pleasant experience, the restaurant was cool providing welcome relief from the oppressive city heat. The beer was cold and it was nice to spend a little more time with Kevin and Ivar.

The only downside of my Hooters visit was the chicken wings. On Mondays they have an all-you-can-eat special for 9.99 and we all decided to go for it, but let me tell you, they didn't lose money on us.

Right off the bat I noticed the wings were greasy but I didn't realize how much until I had almost finished. It was like a delayed reaction. After I was finished my stomach began to gurgle and I felt nauseous, and by the time I got home I had to have a real good sit down.

Three hours later I still felt like crap and couldn't enjoy my birthday dinner with my wife and daughter. They ate, I didn't. I just sat there and thought about how I'll never ever have the wings at Hooters again.

I'd boycott the place altogether but that wouldn't be fair to the waitresses.

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