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Today With Neil Morrison

November 13, 2009 @ 17:32

Pan Am Games, the Royals and Ugly Brits.







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Captain Phil Back In The Game

November 12, 2009 @ 17:08

Hey Freddie

"You try to get out - but they pull you right back in - I just took the gig as Promo Director at Jack FM and News 1130 in Vancouver.

At least I won't have to live in a cardboard box."

Phil

(Phil in an obviously happy moment with Strombo)

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Today With Craig And Matt

November 11, 2009 @ 12:46

The Royal Family and Remembrance Day.













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Today With Bruce Barker

November 10, 2009 @ 10:31

Toronto and football and comfort food.







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Today With Jeff McArthur

November 9, 2009 @ 08:34

Pan American Games rant.







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Reunion / Audition

November 8, 2009 @ 20:52

It was with mixed emotions that I received word that Jesse and Gene will reunite on CFRB this week. They'll fill in for Ryan Doyle during the 7-10 pm shift on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The mixture of emotions has one part happiness and one part jealousy.

I'm happy because it will be good to hear Jesse and Gene back on the Toronto airwaves after an absence that I would guess is going on fifteen years now. They were significant players in Toronto radio through parts of the 80's and 90's and to hear them back together again, even for just three nights, will bring back a lot of good memories for someone like me, who was a direct competitor.

From 1989 until 1996 it was Jesse and Gene or Humble and Fred if you were into "fun' Toronto radio. Howard and I enjoyed a little more stability that Jesse and Gene as they were hired and fired and worked for four different radio stations during that time including Q-107 twice.

Humble and Fred remained at CFNY from 1989 until 2001.

I might add that The Humble and Fred Show was a consistent ratings winner over Jesse and Gene during that time as well, but who's counting and who'd believe it.

I feel good for these guys because I know they'll have a lot of fun this week but I'm also jealous of them for the same reason. Hell, just doing a few podcasts with Humble over the past couple of years was a hoot.

I really don't know what the motive is for the reunion but I do know one thing, if it's an audition CFRB is on the right track.

Of course talk radio should inform but it should also entertain and Jesse and Gene will probably do that over the next few days by pushing the envelope a few times. I feel jealous again.

You can deal with the issues and still have fun. You can talk about just about anything with a certain degree of irreverence and still connect with an audience. You can shed the authoritative talk show serious guy image and still make your point. You can show a humorous side and still get serious at times. You can talk to your listeners like they would talk to each other and still gain respect. (I think I just described John Oakley and Mike Stafford)

You can be Jesse and Gene and fit nicely at CFRB.

Hats off to new CFRB Program Director Mike Bendixen for having the balls to put this thing together and to think outside the box. .

I'm sincerely happy for Jesse and Gene and I hope they do well this week even if it does make me jealous.

I'll be listening.

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The Brother Barfs Big

November 6, 2009 @ 08:29

Neil Morrison aka Brother Bill from his CFNY / Edge days sent me this e-mail yesterday. Neil does afternoon drive at CFOX in Vancouver and H1N1 has kicked him in the nuts.

Look what it's done to his hair!

Freddie - I have been away all week after contracting the H1N1 virus.
Buddy, it's NOT FUN!
NM
p.s this is the note on my webpage at cfox.com

Update: Thursday November 5, 2009
Greetings.
As you may know, I have been away for the past week. Last Friday night I arrived home and started feeling, 'pressure' on my chest. I thought I was perhaps coming down with a cold. I couldn't be any further from the truth. By Halloween night I was SICK. Very Sick. For the next three days, it was impossible to get out of bed. Hell, it was impossible to do anything! For two days I lay in bed and struggled to breathe. Very close to going to hospital but thanks to a fantastic new wife...(...in sickness and in health!) managed to keep breathing despite a fever of over 102f. Nurse practitioner Sue diagnosed me with H1N1 on Monday. ( She will be on the show Friday if I'm in ) After another couple days, I managed to walk up and down my stairs more than once without almost passing out. As of today - Thursday November 5 - I can breathe and am 99% better. I hope to be back at work tomorrow but that decision is not up to me.

Let me just say this.
If you are thinking that H1N1 cannot get you... and/or you believe the H1N1 Shot, 'Ain't for you'...you are insane.
Get your shot.

Shame on the people responsible for its production and distribution and shame on those who believe professional sport means more than pregnancy and people who work in the medical fields.

Talk soon,

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Today With Craig And Matt

November 4, 2009 @ 14:16

Sayin' bitch on the radio, H1N1 and Kessell.













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Today With Bruce Barker

November 3, 2009 @ 11:08

Ron Wilson and Paul Beeston and chillie.







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Today With Neil Morrison

October 30, 2009 @ 17:09

Olympic flame and other stuff.







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