Even though it's been apparent for some time that is wasn't going to happen, the idea of a Humble and Fred re-union is something that always came up on this website, and admittedly crossed my mind a few times over the past three years.
But now it's safe to say it's never going to happen.
Humble has taken a job with 97.3 EZ Rock in Toronto, and judging by the way things go in the radio business that should be good for about three years minimum, and if things go right, it could be at least thirteen.
Regardless, it means the official end of Humble and Fred as a radio franchise because our lives had taken distinctly different paths and I expect three years from now, they'll be even more distinct.
This morning on EZ Rock, Howard did his first show with Kim Stockwood and Colleen Rusholme.
I look back with fond memories of my almost sixteen years on the Humble and Fred Show, and wish Howard nothing but success in the years to come.
It was lots of fun with some fabulous memories and unbelievable moments, but there are new things to try and interesting challenges to conquer.
Shock waves went through the radio world last night when the moderator of a certain yellow radio board reported that Scruff Connors may have died.
Scruff has had some health issues over the past couple years, including cancer, so it wasn't that difficult to believe when someone e-mailed me with the news they had read on the Southern Ontario / Western New York Radio-TV Forum.
I received the news late last night, and to be honest it bummed me out, but before I wrote something about Scruff's passing I thought I better confirm it, just to make sure.
It's usually what you do before writing about a guy dropping dead.
This morning I phoned Jamie Lott, who works at Corus Toronto. She's a good friend of Scruff's and she'd have all the details.
And according to Jamie, here are the details.
Not only is Scruff "not" dead, he's very much alive. He's recently had more surgery, but he's definitely on the rebound and his cancer is in remission.
As a matter of fact, he feels so bloody good he's adopted the trailer life. He lives in Bowmanville but he spends weekends in a trailer he bought at a park not far from his home.
And according to Jamie it's going to be a significant weekend for Scruff.
In recognition of his son Tyler's birthday, who's well into his 20's, Scruff has arranged to have a elephant shipped from the Bowmanville Zoo to the trailer park. Just for the hell of it. And the reason he can do this, is because he won a hundred grand in Lotto 649 on Wednesday night.
So there you have it, Scruff Connors is not dead.
He's alive and well and living east of the city where he's renting an elephant after winning a lottery.
Meanwhile, if you miss Scruff and you'd like to hear his voice enjoy this interview I did with him back in January.
Scruff Connors came to Toronto in 1980 as morning man at Q-107 and stayed there until 1985.
After stops in Philadelphia, St. Catherines and Edmonton, he returned to Q-107 in 1993 for just over a year.
His career then took him to Winnipeg until 1995 when he began a forced sabbatical that lasted the better part of six years.
In 2001 Scruff became an original cast member of MOJO Radio where he stayed until the summer of 2005.
Since then, it's been a tough time for Scruff Connors. He's battled various health issues and undergone several operations.
This interview isn't so much about the history of Scruff Connors the disc jockey, it's more about the future of a popular radio guy who pissed in the eye of the grim reaper.
Miss you, Miss Humble, miss the two of you together and miss the glory days of CFNY.
I don't even bother with radio any more...
Anyway, not the point of why I'm writing: can you please confirm that I'm not losing my mind here?
Friends and I at work are watching coverage of the "earthquake" in L.A. (I'm not belittling the point that there was an earthquake, only the media's insane, ridiculous, coverage of it ... no injuries, no damage, and yet they felt compelled to call up some dude that works at a best western in downtown L.A. and ask for his thoughts on the "tragedy" -- whaaat?!), and the live-to-air interview with the best western worker made us all chuckle about knuckleheads who want their 15 minutes of fame.
And then suddenly, out of the blue, I remembered something you and Humble did on the air waaay back when (when was it, exactly? I don't remember!) -- you called some guy named Chris on the air, who worked at a 7/11 in L.A. I can't remember *why* you called him ... I think it had something to do with the Oscar nominations coming out? At any rate, he was so funny -- such a total L.A. stoner, happy-go-lucky valley dude -- and you guys were just hilarious with him, that it became a regular bit, and if I'm not remembering wrong, you even invited him and his wife to Toronto for an all-expenses paid holiday.
Am I dreaming all of that, or did it really happen? Because all my work colleagues -- all my age, all of whom listened to you and Humble back in the day -- have zero recollection of this. i did a search on yahoo! for "L.A. Chris" and then "Humble & Fred LA Chris" and ... nothing. so now i think I'm completely imagining it. but it *DID* happen ... right? RIGHT?
You don't happen to have any clips of that lying about, do you? (and you don't know whatever happened to him, do you?) at the very least, can you confirm that it happened and I'm not losing what's left of my now thirtysomething mind?
Cheers and much love!
Yes, Black Widow, it did happen, and thanks to my mother, here are the pictures to prove it.
Howard and I would often call 7-11's whenever there was something notable happening in the United States - just to see what the reaction would be.
The day we called the 7-11 in Los Angeles, we hit the jackpot. LA Chris was born and he became a fixture on the show culminating with his visit to show in 1996.
Here's the audio from one of our calls
Unfortunately we suddenly lost touch with Chris. He no longer worked at the 711, and there was no response at his home number.
It was a fun time that seemed to catch the imagination of everyone, including my mom and dad who made a special trip down from Stayner just to meet the guy.
I guess this can be considered another breakthrough for FreddieP.ca.
I've received my first press release directly from a radio station. Usually the radio stuff I write is opinion, or something I've heard through my connections in the business, but yesterday I received an official press release from CTV announcing that Darren B. Lamb had joined the CHUM-FM morning show.
The contact is Greg McIsaac and he thinks enough of FreddieP. ca to consider this website a legitimate source of media news.
Touch me where it counts.
CHUM Radio Alert - July 21, 2008
Darren B. Lamb Joins 104.5 CHUM FM's Roger and Marilyn
Toronto's 104.5 CHUM FM announced today that popular radio personality Darren B. Lamb will join Roger and Marilyn every weekday morning. Lamb comes to Toronto's most listened to morning show after a five-year run as 104.5 CHUM FM's afternoon drive home host. Lamb will fill a variety of duties on Roger and Marilyn. He officially joins the team when Roger Ashby returns from vacation next week.
"Darren is a fantastic addition to Roger and Marilyn," said David Corey, Program director, 104.5 CHUM FM. "His sense of humour, love of music, and unique perspective on pop culture makes him a perfect fit with Roger and Marilyn."
Over the past five years, Darren's afternoon drive home show has consistently been the top-rated drive home program in the GTA. Prior to joining 104.5 CHUM FM, Darren was in Vancouver where he worked at several radio stations including Z95.3 (now know as Crave 95.3) where he hosted its popular morning show.
Roger and Marilyn airs on 104.5 CHUM FM weekday mornings at 5:30 to 9 am.
CHUM Radio is a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multimedia company with ownership of CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and The Globe and Mail, Canada's #1 national newspaper. CHUM Radio is one of Canada's most successful radio operations with 35 radio stations in 16 markets throughout Canada including CHUM FM, Canada's # 1 FM station.
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For more information, contact:
Greg McIsaac, CTV Inc., 416.332.5180 or firstname.lastname@example.org