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Today With Craig And Matt

May 25, 2011 @ 08:59

Winnipeg Jets and Peter Griffin.

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Comments We Like - Mike Stafford

May 25, 2011 @ 08:52

I love you Pete Griffin

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Comments We Like - Rick Hodge

May 25, 2011 @ 08:48


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Peter Griffin Interview

May 24, 2011 @ 17:34

Back in 2008, I did this interview with Peter Griffin from his home in Ottawa.

Peter Griffin is considered a pioneer of Toronto radio. He was the first morning man at CHUM-FM when it became rock, and it was Peter who first put David Haydu on the air in the mid 70's to create the Pete and Geets Show, which was the first FM morning show of its kind in Canada and set the tone for the rest of us.

Pete and Geets came to CFNY in 1980 and the show ended in 1987.

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Peter Griffin Is Gone

May 24, 2011 @ 12:47

I've been regretting this day. I just got a call from Kevin O'Leary who got the call from Geets Romo, the great Peter Griffin has passed away.

I have to put the word great before his name because that's exactly how I feel about Peter Griffin, who through the 70's and 80's provided Toronto with some great morning radio.

I had the pleasure and good fortune of working on the Pete Geets Show from 1980-87 at CFNY.

They had made the move from CHUM-FM and put CFNY on the map. It just so happened that I had been hired to do sports on the Spirit the year before so it was the ultimate case of being in the right place at the right time.

And it was a great time.

I did sports, Mike Stafford did news and we worked with two pioneers who were the first real comedic FM morning men in Canada, if not North America.

Pete and Geets had a unique style that was brilliant. For the times, these guys really pushed the envelope but did it with class and a whole lot of clever. No poo poo, pee pee or naked chicks.

Howard Stern gets so much credit for his act, but believe me, long before there was Howard Stern, there was Pete and Geets revolutionizing morning radio and they did it when the rules were a lot tougher.

Pete Griffin's infectious laugh and irreverent sense of humour is something I'll never forget. He was the ultimate set-up man and his chemistry with Geets was wonderful.

Pete was quite the fella, he came to a new rock / alternative station when he was 50 but his brain was a lot younger than that. He fit right in and quickly became one of the guys, hangin' out with all of us 20-somethings.

He played on the station ball team, went on all the road trips and never missed a party. He was a very funny guy.

Over the next few days, I'll write more about Peter Griffin because I can honestly say I loved the man. I'm not in the best frame of mind right now because this news comes to me as a king sized bummer.

However, I can't help but smile when I think of something he used to say quite often when something pissed him off.

"Fuck it, soon we'll all be dead."

RIP my friend.

A couple of years ago, Mike Stafford wrote this about Peter Griffin on Canadian Thinker.

"Nobody has been able to make me laugh harder than this man in my radio career. He was the straight man of the duo but, with all due respect to Geets Romo, he was why everything about the two worked.

Pete was schooled in the fine art of television and radio comedy. A big fan of Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs and Bob and Ray. His laugh was as infectious as the bird flu. And he displayed a trait that is completely missing from today's morning radio format: he was willing to let other people be funny without trying to top it or carry a grudge.

If you wonder why current or recent morning shows display ill-tempered humour or appear dysfunctional, it's because they don't have a Peter Griffin. Although my relationship with the Pete and Geets show ended poorly because of incompetent management, I will always have Peter to thank for the best years of my radio life."


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Today With Craig And Matt

May 18, 2011 @ 08:12


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Today With Jeff McArthur

May 16, 2011 @ 09:45

Bin Laden's porn stash.

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Humble Gets Boned

May 4, 2011 @ 16:49

Yes its true, my friend and former partner Humble Howard has been "let-go" from his morning show duties at Boom 97.3.

I don't like to say "fired" because that's such a nasty word when you're talking about someone you care about. "Fired" is for hockey coaches, slimy businessmen and dog fuckers.

When it comes to a hard working guy who put a lot into his show and thought he was on the right track to where the station wanted to be, you say "let go."

Only Howard can provide the details as to what happened and why. Maybe he can do another guest column about being "let go", like he did the last time it happened.

It's a whacky world.

It seems like only yesterday that the Humble and Fred Show was hummin' along in Toronto, we were having a lot of fun and we thought it would never end.

Then you say yes when you should have said no and the fickle finger of fate rams you right up the ass.

Howard will be fine. He ain't dumb you know.

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Today With Craig And Matt

May 4, 2011 @ 07:53

My rant on the NDP farce.


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Danger Boy Departs

May 1, 2011 @ 10:26

I received a nice surprise yesterday. While working in my backyard, the gate swung open and it was Jason Barr.

He was picking up some fragile stuff from his Brampton house and taking it out to his new place near St. Catherines. Jason has lived his entire life in Brampton, but that changed this weekend because of his new job at 97.7 HTZ-FM.

Jason and I have actually lived in the same neighbourhood for the past five years and in the same community for fifteen.

A lot went through my mind as he excitedly told me about his new house on an acre of land about 15 minutes outside of St. Kitts. He always wanted a country property, and now he's got one. But unlike working in Toronto, he won't have to drive for an hour to get to work.

"Just 15 minutes up a quiet country road" he said.

My mind raced back to the mid-90's when I first met Jason. Humble and I were looking for an intern while we were still working on Kennedy Rd. in Brampton.

Interns were interesting. Several said they wanted to do it, but very few, after having to get up at 4:30 in the morning, stuck. Jason stuck and it wasn't long before he was the full time producer of our show and Humble gave him the nickname Danger Boy.

Danger Boy came from performing all kinds of stunts on the Humble and Fred Show that got us lost of attention back in the 90's.

He remained our producer until 2001 when Humble and I decided to lick the dynamite stick that was MOJO Radio.

Yes, it blew up in our faces.

We were at Jason's wedding and got to know his sweet wife Elizabeth, we saw his two beautiful boys come into the world and I remember leaving work one morning to go see a town house that Jason wanted to buy. He wanted my opinion.

It was a great starter home and he bought it, at a very young age, and it turned out to be spring board to the beautiful spread he just bought in Niagara. This guy is no dummy.

I still receive e-mails asking about Jason / Danger Boy so yesterday's visit is well timed.

For those of you who don't know already, he's doing the morning show on HTZ-FM with Chris Biggs. It's the Biggs and Barr Show. He loves where he works, who he works with and he absolutely loves his new home.

Good luck my friend, and thanks for the box of Humble and Fred CD's you found during the move. You were a big part of it.

They might be worth something one day. Or not.

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