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Stafford Stuff

August 21, 2008 @ 08:35

Toronto's best talk show host is doing the morning run on am 640 this week, and I caught a good portion of the show this morning.

As usual, it was excellent.

There's nobody, I repeat nobody in the city that brings the balance of humour, intelligence. irreverence and awareness to Canadian talk radio that Stafford does.

Believe me, I spend a lot of time in a day listening to talk radio from right across the country, so I've become somewhat of a self appointed authority.

I'll admit, one of my non-sexual fantasies is to do a show with Stafford one day. In case you didn't know, Mike and I were the news/sports team on CFNY back in the 1980's, some of the most enjoyable years of my radio career.

Listen to him just one day, and I guarantee you'll learn something.

Now that the stroke job is over, Mike talked about this on his show today. It's an obituary that was posted in a local newspaper called the Daily Breeze in a community close to Los Angeles.

When it first made the rounds on the internet it was believe it was a hoax. But it's not, it's been verified by the newspaper which has a copy of the death certificate.

Dolores Aguilar, born in 1929 in New Mexico, left us on August 7, 2008. She will be met in the after life by her husband, Raymond, her son, Paul Jr., and daughter, Ruby.

Dolores had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life. I speak for the majority of her family when I say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed and there will be no lamenting over her passing.

Her family will remember Dolores and amongst ourselves we will remember her in our own way, which were mostly sad and troubling times throughout the years. We may have some fond memories of her and perhaps we will think of those times too. But I truly believe at the end of the day ALL of us will really only miss what we never had, a good and kind mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I hope she is finally at peace with herself. As for the rest of us left behind, I hope this is the beginning of a time of healing and learning to be a family again.

There will be no service, no prayers and no closure for the family she spent a lifetime tearing apart. We cannot come together in the end to see to it that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren can say their goodbyes. So I say here for all of us, GOOD BYE, MOM.

And now that you've read that, do this. Check out Mikes blog "Stafford's Irish Stew" from the am 640 site yesterday. He makes reference to

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Today With Craig And Matt

August 20, 2008 @ 11:26

Weed Whackers, other tools and bottled water. Adelle was sitting in for Matt this week.

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Piss Off Zelkovich

August 20, 2008 @ 11:25

A malfunction on my site did not allow for several comments about this posting to be published. I did not censor. If you offered a comment, please do it again. Thanks ya buggers.

My good buddy Mike Stafford brought this to my attention the other day. He knows I'm not a big fan of the Star's sport broadcast columnist Chris Zelkovich.

He's bugged me since he started doing the Radio and TV sports column more than ten years ago. The guy doesn't have any credibility when it comes to the electronic media and he's got the personality of a zipper so it's hard to take anything he says seriously.

His lame columns feature something called "Channel surfing - the good, the bad, and the ugly."

Funny thing is, most of what he finds bad, most people with any imagination or creativity would find good. And what he finds good is usually the same old predicable crap that we've been fed for decades.

In other words, he's an arsenholis of the first degree and I bring him up today because of what Stafford directed me to yesterday.

It's from Zelkovich's August 11th column under "the bad." He was writing about CBC's Olympic coverage.

"As a basketball announcer, Paul Romanuk is a great hockey play-by-play man."

What does that mean?

I can't begin to tell you how much this bugs me. Not only because I have no use or respect for Zelkovich's opinion, but he takes a pointless swipe at not only a good friend but an excellent basketball play by play man.

No doubt Romy's forte is hockey, but he can call a good game of hoops and it was no accident that he was play-by-play man for the Raptors for one season before family matters took him overseas.

I know I shouldn't get revved up by such things, but it's like a brotherhood of sorts.

I can't stand it when newspaper hacks take unjustified shots at radio and TV guys. Especially guys like Chris Zelkovich who have no bloody idea what they're talking about.

I wonder if the Star ever considered giving the job of Radio/TV critique to a guy who's actually worked in the business?

Yea, I know, stupid question.

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Today With Bruce Barker

August 19, 2008 @ 11:02

Long time Toronto broadcaster Bruce Barker is now the morning man at Q13 in Southern Alberta, smack dab between Calgary and Medicine Hat. I join him every Tuesday morning to talk sports.

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Who's Rick Hodge

August 19, 2008 @ 11:01

Yesterday was another blockbuster day for thanks to Rick Hodge, but this time it was for a different reason.

The first time Rick Hodge made my unique visits go through the roof is because CHUM-FM listeners wanted to find out what happened to the guy.

And before I go on, this raises a very interesting point.

If you Google Rick Hodge's name, the first thing that comes up is a posting from

Try it. Same with Yahoo.

And now think about it.

He was at CHUM-FM for thirty-plus years, but my posting about Rick Hodge zooms to the top of Google almost immediately.

Obviously there wasn't a lot written about Rick Hodge over the years that ended up on the internet. That or this goofy little website is more powerful than I thought.

But back to my original point.

The first time Rick Hodge helped my traffic was because people who knew him wanted to know what happened to him. But this time, it was the exact opposite.

People who Googled him, obviously CFRB listeners, wanted to find out who the hell he was. I can follow visitor paths to my website and that's precisely why they were coming.

A lot of them were confused and thought it was Dave Hodge and he hasn't been at CFRB since the mid-80's.

It tells you something about radio.

As popular as Rick Hodge was to CHUM-FM listeners and as popular as the Roger, Rick and Marilyn Show was, it's still an insular world.

Unless you listened to Roger, Rick and Marilyn, you really don't know or care who they are.

From time to time they had the biggest share of Toronto morning radio listeners, but that means squat to somebody who's faithful to the Edge or Q-107 or CHFI or CBC or more importantly, CFRB.

And that's why I'm not surprised that I had another big day in the history of

CFRB has a lot of listeners no doubt, but the demographic has little or no connection to CHUM-FM, so yesterday they were trying to find out just who this new guy is.... and why all the fuss.

They may not know him, but soon they will like him.

True man true!

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Today With McArthur And Face

August 18, 2008 @ 08:57

Canadian attitude, McLean vs. Williams and Sex and the City.

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I Know How He Feels

August 15, 2008 @ 10:01

This may be presumptuous, but I know exactly how the silhouette feels today.

After thirty-plus years at Chum-fm, Monday morning the silhouette will get into his car and drive to a new destination, and its going to feel weird.

For most people who work in the business, moving around isn't a big deal, but for someone like the silhouette , it's a completely different ball game, just as it was for me back in 2003.

I had worked at CFNY for 21 years, and even though I was part of the ill-fated Mojo experiment, I was still working for the same company and felt the warmth and security that brings.

Then all of a sudden, one day I was sitting in a lawyer's office, considering a deal that would change my life dramatically.

If I signed on the bottom line, I would leave a company that I considered family and enter an unknown world with some valid concerns.

On that day, at that moment it seemed like the right thing to do, so I did it.

In retrospect, it's something I shouldn't have done but that's all water under the bridge now and you can't bark at a three year paid holiday, but that doesn't change how the silhouette feels today.

It's easy to stay put. Play it safe. Roll with the flow. However, at some point in all of our lives you have to go for it. Take a chance and see where it takes you.

Hopefully this move takes the silhouette to a good place.

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Give Humble A Break

August 14, 2008 @ 09:16

Response to Humble Howard's new job at EZ has certainly run the gamut at

It's gone from nice and warm and friendly, to downright cutting and silly.

It's always amazed me how the rules change for radio in the minds of those who don't work in the industry. Even though it's distinctly different than most professions and appears to be a lot of fun, it's still a job and it's how you make your living.

It seems a lot of former Humble and Fred listeners are upset with the format that Humble has chosen to work under, and that's just not fair.

To simplify things, let me put it this way. The format chose Humble, he didn't choose the format.

In other words, EZ Rock decided it needed a new morning man and the powers that be decided Howard would be the right guy for what they wanted to do.

They made him and offer and he accepted, just like any other industry.

It just so happened that this job targets females who are 25-54 years of age which means they play a certain style of music that doesn't sit well with those who pine for the old days of Humble and Fred.

But that's not Humble's fault and surely nobody can fault the guy for taking a job that's in the best interests of Howard and his family.

It's like criticizing the liquor salesman for taking a job as a perfume salesman just because you don't use perfume. It doesn't make sense.

It's a profession, and at this point in Howard's career, his profession called for him to help design and deliver a show for women with a certain style of music, and he accepted the challenge.

Good for him.

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What Happened To Scott Ferguson

August 13, 2008 @ 11:46

Through all the speculation and changes that have taken place at 2 St. Clair West, a recurring question on this blog deals with Scott Ferguson.

What happened to the guy? Why isn't he on the air any more?

The long time Toronto broadcaster had been doing the morning sports run at CFRB for the past four years, but he was called into "one of those meetings" a few weeks ago and told his services were no longer needed.

I know the feeling. I probably know the office.

Scott is a pro and his passion for sports coupled with his excellent broadcasting ability brought a level of class to the CFRB morning show that will be hard to replace.

As for his replacement, it's another one of those "great mysteries" ........ for those who can't put two and two together.

Currently Scott is doing freelance work at the CBC.

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Today With Craig And Matt

August 13, 2008 @ 10:08

Olympics, restaurants and Blue Jays.

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