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Jeff And Carly's Maximum Music Morning Show

September 5, 2008 @ 08:33

Good guy Jeff Brown isn't afraid of work.

Not only is he National Program Director of the Rogers "Jack" stations across the country, he's program director of "Jack Toronto" and now its morning man too.

That's a lot to have on ones plate. Especially when last I heard he was still commuting from Peterborough every day.

The Jeff and Carly Show moved from afternoon drive yesterday, into the morning slot vacated by Jeff Chalmers.

From now on it's "Jeff and Carly's Maximum Music Morning Show."

Good luck ya buggers.

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Jimberly In The Day

September 5, 2008 @ 08:32

Over the past week or so I've been meaning to mention this because I so happy and thrilled for the guy.

The BBM ratings started on Monday and Jim Richards is still doing the ten till noon shift at CFRB. He sounds happy, he sounds comfortable and he sounds great.

Richards did the evening shift at 'RB for many years, and although he established that time slot as "something different" for CFRB, he still wanted a more normal life and this does it.

Richards has provided CFRB with a blast of fresh air in that time slot and I'm sure will do what the radio station would like him to do. Attract a younger audience.

Jimberly is another one of those people that kept in touch with me over the past couple of years, offering encouragement and suggestions and it was much appreciated.

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I'm Flattered

September 4, 2008 @ 13:44

It came to my attention this morning, that on Wednesday, Bill Carroll took a few moments out of his CFRB Show to mention me and my new job.


Being the talk radio junkie that I am, I give the Carroll Show a lot of time because I'm a big fan, but damn it, I wasn't listening on Wednesday when he had some very nice things to say.

I really am honoured and humbled by all the wonderful words I've received from so many people in the industry.

For cryiin' out loud, I'm not even going to be working for the same company that Carroll does, but he still took the time to mention me.

Thanks Bill. You're a good fella.


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Gene Valaitis Checks In

September 4, 2008 @ 10:16


Management Bastard!!!

I know your type. Sitting behind the desk listening to the morning show air-check and giving me shit because the 7:10 break just didn't sound like there was any show prep at all.

Oh, and there wasn't! Yikes! Ha ha.

Frederick! I could not be happier for you. You will be great as the new PD. You get it. You will help a new generation of radio kids grow. From reading your blog I know you have had great teachers and I bet you will do them proud and even add some great new stuff to the mix.

You are back in the club house. The radio Tree-Fort. That is soooooo cool!

And if I ever need a gig, I'm calling.

Loving YOU!!

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The Next Phase

September 3, 2008 @ 09:31

Anyone I've worked with over the years will tell you, I've always had the fantasy of working in Peterborough.

Through the 90's I told many a CFNY colleague that once the big bad city was done with me, I'd look for a job in Peterborough

It's a part of the province that's always been near and dear to my heart. It's the Kawartha's, it's where the tin palace is, it's where the Tiki Bar is.

To be honest, my personal schedule called for at least one more five year contract in Toronto, and then I'd look north, but as my sweet wife Delyse always says to me, life doesn't always turn out the way you intend it to.

But in this case, the curve that life through at me couldn't have worked out better.

A couple of months ago I got wind of a job opportunity at the Corus radio stations in Peterborough. 101.5 The Wolf, and 980 Kruz. They were looking for a program director and the prospect made my heart flutter.

Not only was it an opportunity in my favourite patch of the world, but it was a new and exciting challenge - management.

I've always had it in the back of my mind that I'd like to take a crack at "the other side" and this situation was perfect. It was the right time, in the right place, working for a company that was extremely hard to leave five years ago, so I took a shot.

And today I'm happy to report I'm the guy, I'm the program director of two radio stations. Peterborough's Best Rock, 101.5 the Wolf, and Home Town Oldies 980 Kruz that will move to 100.5 FM sometime in the fall.

I'm a lucky man. I still can't believe how things have unfolded for me. A memorable 28 year career in the big smoke, then a paid three year break in mid-life, and now this - a new challenge that I can't wait to begin.

I'm going to throw myself at this job and make these two stations the absolute best they can be. Radio should be fun, exciting and creative and that's what I hope to bring to The Wolf and Kruz.

I fully intend to keep and alive, so I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, now that I'm back in the workforce, I have to do this, I have to thank my rock, my darlin', my wife.

Delyse had to live with the ups and downs that a life altering incident brings. Despite my mood swings and frustration with being separated from the business I love, she was nothing but positive, supportive and optimistic.

She's unbelievable.

And now, together, we're going to watch the sun set in Peterborough - or - in some cool place by a lake in the direct vicinity.

Loving you.

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And To These People Too

September 3, 2008 @ 09:30

I'm not going to pretend that what I've been through deserves any sympathy because it doesn't, but when you love doing something and you can't do it, regardless of the safety net, it can be stressful and trying.

And that's why I'd like to give a shout out to these people for their support over the past three years.

To my best buddy Darren Wasylyk and his wonderful wife Lori Love who kept telling me it would all fall into place.

To my good friend Dan Duran who insisted that I start a website. I should have taken his advice about six months earlier than I did.

To Peter Cugno aka Scary Bald Headed Pete who was quick to call me immediately after my firing with an offer to help him with a couple of projects that took my mind off my situation.

To Jamie Watson, who was the first guy to call me after my firing and say "let's go out for a beer."

To Erin Davis, who showed a lot of class by quickly offering support after my firing. She had just been through it and she knew how I felt.

To Jeff Marek who made room for me on Leafs Lunch, just to keep my name out there.

To Mark Hebscher, Donna Skelly and Lawrence Diskin, who put me on TV.

To Danny Kingsbury, who helped me keep perspective on a few things.

To Q-107 Program Director Blair Bartrem who has this unique quality in a person now-a-days. He always returns phone calls. I swear, as a Program Director, I will return every phone call I receive. During my "sabbatical" it was probably the most disappointing and disturbing aspect, but Blair always picked up the phone.

To John Derringer who offered encouragement and support through my website, and then offered to have me on his show which absolutely cranked my traffic through the roof.

To Mike Stafford who mentioned my name and website on his show countless times. Just to help out.

To Jeff McArthur, Craig Venn, Neil Morrison, Bruce Barker and Curtis Bray, who've made me part of their radio shows.

To Jason Barr, Bob Willette, Jeff Domet, Sandra Plugakis, Maie Pauts, Dean Blundell, Gene Valaitis and Kevin O'Leary, who kept in touch.

To Hal Blackadar and Chris Pandoff for their assistance and to John Cassaday for the hand written letter he sent, welcoming me back into the company.

To Humble Howard for some great memories.

And to my friends and family who were proud that I was "Fred" from the radio, and anticipated from day one that the phone would ring off the hook with job offers. It was touching.

Thanks, ya buggers.

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Today With Craig And Matt

September 3, 2008 @ 09:29

Chicago/Toronto and the election..

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Today With Curtis Bray

September 3, 2008 @ 09:28

Curtis Bray is a fine young fella who went to radio college in Toronto and then became an intern on the Humble and Fred Show during our time at the MIX.

Curtis wanted to be an on-air guy, and now he wants to be a major market morning man. For the time being, he's morning man at a station called Wayne-FM in Wainwright, Alberta.

Curtis is a good boy, so when he asked if I'd come on his radio show I didn't hesitate.

Today we talked about the election and schools.

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Today With Neil Morrison

August 29, 2008 @ 12:28

Lot's of fun with the kids on the Left Coast..... Tainted meat, Mats Sundin and impending election.

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What Would You Do

August 27, 2008 @ 12:07

Yesterdays posting which included a short comment about the new Astral experiment with "Virgin Radio" created an enthusiastic response on

No doubt that those who frequent this website are passionate about radio, and it's prompted me to try my own little experiment.

Over the next couple of days I might not be able to access the site, so here's what I'm gonna do. I'm going to let this idea take over through the long weekend.

I invite you to give me your opinion on what Toronto radio lacks. What kind of station would you like to see come into the market.

What format, and besides Humble and Fred, what announcers?

That's right, I don't want this to become an exercise in self indulgence, and it's absolutely impossible for Humble and Fred to be part of what you have in mind, so please don't include that angle.

It seems many people are under the impression that "Virgin Radio" is just more of the same, and it doesn't provide Canada's largest radio market with what it really needs, so here's your chance. Tell us what kind of radio station you'd like to see created in Toronto.

And if you disagree with other postings, don't be afraid to debate and state why you think something would or wouldn't work.

All modesty aside, this website is widely read in general, but particularly popular within the Toronto radio community.

Who knows, if the response is large enough, maybe somebody with "pull" will take note.

One more thing, along with your ideas, let us know what you listen to now. Either passionately or reluctantly.

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