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E-mail - A Guy Named Ryan

March 29, 2010 @ 17:32

Hey Freddie,
Hall and Oates make my hair itchy.
My musical tastes were shaped by CFNY's playlists of the 80's, which would never include H&O of course. To me H&O represented the "bad 80's music".
But, to each their own.
Freddie, correct me if i'm wrong but I sense you're more of a straight ahead rock and roll guy in general. So if that's the case, you must have gotten all squirmy hearing all that relatively obscure stuff during your tenure at CFNY. Although, I'm sure you were more focused on what you were about to talk about on air rather than the tunes.
Was there any "CFNY" music from that era you really enjoyed? (aside from The Cult's Love Removal Machine which you covered) Hated? I'd be curious to know your thoughts.

Hi Ryan

Actually I'm not a straight ahead rock and roll guy. And no, I didn't get all squirmy during my days at CFNY when it was at its alternative best, on the contrary, my IPOD is full of old CFNY stuff that not only brings back great memories, its great music.

The only problem I had with the music at CFNY was that it wasn't very accessible. Humble and I knew the tunes were great, the problem was, not enough people caught on, remember this is the city that has made CHFI and CHUM-FM number one since you were shitting yellow.

It was frustrating to be working at the station delivering the city's best radio, but not getting the recognition through ratings. I'm just being honest.

But to address another point, why is it so hard to believe that somebody could like Hall and Oates, but also like The Smiths, New Order and The Clash. For the most part, I liked it all.

Having said that, there are bands that I didn't like so much. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Sex Pistols, but I don't care much for Led Zeppelin either. I was a huge UB 40 fan in the 80's, but pretty much ignored Bruce Springsteen.

I think music is all about feel and emotion. It's subjective. There's really not such thing as bad music because whatever it is, there's somebody who likes it.

I don't care for rap or hip-hop but I love reggae. I'm not big on classical but I enjoy Jazz. Right now I can't stand Nickleback but I really like Cage the Elephant and Metric.

And yes, while at CFNY we were focused on our "talking" segments, but the music went a long way in positioning our show. Edgy and different, exactly what we wanted our show to be, and often we were fuelled by the great tunes.

I hope that answers all your questions.

Frederick

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Today With Jeff McArthur

March 29, 2010 @ 17:31

Earth Hour and Don Cherry.







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Today With Craig And Matt

March 24, 2010 @ 12:01

Ann Coulter and Barack Obama's legacy.












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Today With Jeff McArthur

March 22, 2010 @ 09:50

Obama's health care reform.







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Today With Craig And Matt

March 17, 2010 @ 08:53

School friends dying, Mexico and Tiger.












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Today With Bruce Barker

March 16, 2010 @ 09:40

Chili talk.







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Today With Jeff McArthur

March 15, 2010 @ 09:28

Corey Haim, Florida real estate and quarters in shopping carts.







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Today With Neil Morrison

March 12, 2010 @ 18:47

Paralympics, the new minority and Jaffer.







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I Can See I Can See

March 11, 2010 @ 19:48

I attended a full day at Canadian Music Week today and I was inspired. Not so much by the panels I attended. I was more inspired by a meeting that took place in the Business Centre of the Royal York Hotel.

I was there to drop something off for a friend when I ran into Liz Janik. Liz and I go way back to the formative days of CFNY. The late 70's and early 80's when a special group of people made a meager living while having a whole lot of fun at a great little radio station.

Liz left the station in the late 80's and went on to become a programmer, consultant and researcher which led to the formation of Janik Media.

But that's not what this story is about. It's about Liz and her eyes.

About seven years ago Liz developed a disease that slowly took her sight away to the point where two years ago she was declared legally blind. It was horrible. Still very young with a lot of life to live and a lot of knowledge to share she was literally grounded by the disease.

I saw Liz a couple of times over the past few years and it was sad to see what had happened to her and whenever I'd hear her name mentioned or see her picture in trade magazines I'd get a lump in my throat and a twist in my stomach.

But today that all changed. I walked up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder expecting I'd have to identify myself, but when she turned around she burst out with a greeting I didn't expect.

"Freddie, it's great to see you."

She was wearing glasses and she knew exactly who I was because she could see who it was and as she gave me a hug she told me the wonderful story.

She had undergone several diagnosis' and tests and eventually doctors attempted a surgery that could have gone either way.

Lucky for Liz it went the right way.

She woke up after the operation and the first thing she saw was something she hadn't seen in a couple of years.

"I saw the back of my hand and saw how old I had gotten" she said "And now I can see how old you've gotten Freddie, but you're not bad for an old guy."

It really was a great moment. As I've said many times on this blog I will always have a special place in my heart for the old crew from CFNY. We were family.

I've kept in touch with some, lost touch with too many and a couple of others have passed away.

Liz Janik is doing just fine.

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Today With Craig And Matt

March 10, 2010 @ 08:55

Shit hits the fan over Craig and Matt's billboard.













This billboard promoting the Craig and Matt morning show in Windsor has been removed because of a handful of complaints. Another disgusting case of a few dictating to the masses based on their own moral standards.

Crazy thing is, its a huge backfire for the prudish pinheads. The backlash has created huge reaction in Windsor and only enhanced Craig and Matt's original plan.

Get lots of attention during ratings.

Racy billboards called disgusting.

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