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Last Night On The Showgram

January 31, 2008 @ 09:08

I caught an hour of the Jim Richards Show on CFRB last night and it was good as gold.

Jimberly did a salute to cereal, and like so many of his topics is struck a cord with his audience. It struck a cord with me.

There are few things more glorious in a young kid’s life than a box of cereal.

I remember going shopping with my mom as a kid and wildly anticipating the cereal aisle. She’d turn the cart up the aisle and my eyes would immediately lock on all the sugary shit that was bad for you.

I was koo koo for Cocoa Puffs but I rarely got them. My mom couldn’t get her head around giving me something chocolate in the morning, and small boxes of Cocoa Puffs cost the same as big boxes of most other stuff.

There was another brand of candy in a box that pretended to be cereal called Lucky Charms but I never really wanted it. Marshmallow bits in milk never really did it for me.

Other cereals that would catch your attention were those brands that came with a prize in the box.

In later years the prizes tended to be flat and they’d put them between the box and the liner, but when I was a little kid they used to put stuff right in with the cereal and after we’d get home it would be mere moments before I’d have the box top off and my arm buried elbow deep searching for some little plastic thing.

Here’s how old I am. The compromise that I’d often reach with my mother would be Alpha-Bits even though they were probably as sugary and shitty as Cocoa Puffs.

But I remember as a kid Alpha-Bits would often have cut-outs as part of the box. Cut outs that worked well with your dinky toys. You’d follow the instructions with a pair of scissors and make a bend here and make a bend there and presto, you’d have a goddamn gas station.

It was fabulous, but can you imagine passing something like that off on a kid today. They’d laugh in your face.

Anyway some time over the years I lost my taste for cereal in the morning, and it shifted to night time.

More often than not we choose Honey Nut Cheerios when we guy cereal now-a-days but there’s absolutely no appeal for me to eat this stuff in the morning. I don’t like sweet in the morning. I prefer a bologna sandwich in the morning.

But at night, just before bed, when I’ve got a bit of a hunger pang, I love a bowl of cereal.

It’s not a good habit and I don’t do it often, but when I do I really enjoy it.

Much like I enjoyed Jimberly’s show last night.

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Nice One Jeffy

January 31, 2008 @ 09:07

It’s been quite the ride for old teammate Jeff Marek over the past few months.

Late yesterday he was named to the staff of CFRB as their hockey insider. He’ll frequently be heard on ‘RB offering his insight into the Leafs and everything else in the NHL.

This morning he spent an hour with Bill Carroll and it was nice to hear the fine young fella back on terrestrial radio. He's left quite a hole since leaving in September.

Marek remains on staff with Hockey Night in Canada, and he continues his Hockey Night in Canada show on Sirius satellite radio.

The CFRB gig is much deserved cream.

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Today With Craig And Matt

January 30, 2008 @ 14:03

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Tomorrow - The Scruff Connors Interview

January 28, 2008 @ 15:00

Yes, the Scruff Connors Interview.

Since leaving radio after a short stint at MOJO, Scruff Connors has had quite the battle on his hands and tomorrow you'll get all the details.

Over the past several months I've had several people e-mail and ask about Scruff and the rumours about his health.

Scruff will spend a few minutes with and if I don't say so myself, you won't want to miss it.

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Today With McArthur and Face

January 28, 2008 @ 09:37

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Mike Stafford On Peter Griffin

January 23, 2008 @ 10:19

Tomorrow on I will post an interview with former CFNY morning man Peter Griffin who currently resides in Ottawa.

Today on his facebook radio page MIke Stafford offered this.

"This is Peter Griffin, or Pete of the Pete and Geets show at CFNY from 1980 to 1987. 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.

He can be heard this week on Fred Patterson's website: He deserves your attention."

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Today With Craig And Matt

January 23, 2008 @ 10:18

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Coming Later This Week

January 22, 2008 @ 11:43

Former CHUM-FM and CFNY morning man Peter Griffin will "grace" the airwaves of

Peter's enjoying his retirement in Ottawa and was very receptive to the idea of doing a "catch-up" interview on this website.

Long time Toronto radio listeners I'm sure look back fondly on the days of Pete and Geets on CFNY between 1980 and 1987.

I certainly enjoyed those days. Barely two years out of college I found myself working with what is arguably the best morning show this country has ever had and I sat beside a young 19 year old newscaster named Mike Stafford.

Spread the word, Peter Griffin's gonna be on

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Looking For Talk

January 22, 2008 @ 09:17

With all due respect to those involved, for my taste talk radio in Toronto between two and four in the afternoon is vacant, absolutely vacant – both news and sports.

Given the size of the market, it’s sad really, but that’s Toronto for ya.

Once Mike Stafford signs off at two I’ve been forced to depend on my computer to get some stimulation through talk radio.

I often find myself on WABC in New York where I catch the final hour of Rush Limbaugh and the first hour of Sean Hannity.

WABC is also the new home of Don Imus.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a not fan of these guys as people or their politics, but I am fans of the way they do radio and how they can draw-in an audience. If you’re not really into politics you’d probably hate these two hours but if you give it time and consider what Limbaugh and Hannity are all about it, you’d probably enjoy it.

They’re both extreme American conservatives and they continuously say things that piss me off and make me want to pick up the phone and drill them a new asshole. But that’s the beauty of it.

I rarely listen to these guys without fantasizing that I’d like to spend just five minutes with each one of them, just to tell them what I think of them. What major league jerk offs they are – and I’m a Canadian conservative.

Yesterday, for the 90 minutes I listened to Hannity he continued his campaign to make sure neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama is elected.

It’s a relentless onslaught of questionable accusations and news clips arranged to make both Democrats sound like idiots. It's demeaning, but it’s very entertaining.

It could never happen in Canada of course because the equal time weasels would come screaming out of the woodwork, and that’s too bad, because if you take it for what it’s worth, and take on the responsibility of looking into the issues and angles yourself, it’s time well spent.

It takes me up to four o’clock where I flip the dial to CFRB or the Fan.

I like John Moore for all the same reasons I like Limbaugh and Hannity, the difference being, Moore leans to the left so needless to say he says a lot of things that piss me off – but that’s good - he’s doing his job.

And if I’m not with the John Moore Show I’m on 590 and Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, simply the best sports talk radio show in North America.

Wouldn't it be cool if Toronto had an FM-talker that was willing to push the envelope?

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Today With Jeff McArthur

January 21, 2008 @ 09:39

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