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John Gallagher

January 18, 2008 @ 16:04

Yea man! Look who's back on the air in Toronto.

After an extended vacation following his brief stint at the Rock in Oshawa, good guy John Gallagher has resurfaced at Classical 96.3 of all places.

I say "of all places" because Spike's history in Toronto doesn't really align itself with Classical music but it just goes to show you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

Apparently Gallagher is a classical music junkie and it makes up a sizable portion of his vast record collection that numbers close to four thousand albums.

Gallagher can be heard within the next few hours. He does the one to five shift early Saturday mornings on 96.3 - Give the man a listen. I'm sure he'll add an interesting spin to classical music.

It's good to see an old favourite get back into the game.

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Sam And Jack

January 17, 2008 @ 09:01

As I sit here day after day wondering what I should do with the next hour I like to listen to the radio. Spin the dial and see what’s going on.

Sometimes it’s talk and sometimes in not. Yesterday it was not.

I listened to Samantha’s Stevens show on Jack-fm and I was pleasantly surprised. Not by Sam, she was solid as usual; I was pleasantly surprised by the music.

It was great, a good balance of classic rock and what I would call classic new rock.

Between noon and one-thirty I heard Cream, The Headstones, Rush, Tom Petty, Semisonic, the Hip, AC/DC, Nirvana, the Beatles, Blue Rodeo, Spirit of the West and the Chilli Peppers.

Yikes, it was right up my alley. It sounded like my freakin’ IPOD. (yes I have one)

Good job Samantha. Good job Jeff Brown.

Let’s be doing it!


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Today With Craig And Matt

January 16, 2008 @ 10:47









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Ripkin Update

January 16, 2008 @ 10:45

A few weeks ago I wrote about the popular Ripkin, who did the mid-morning show during the short life of MOJO Radio.

MOJO - a fabulous concept that if allowed to develop under the original plan would have been kicking ass seven years later.

Ripkin is now doing the morning show at Hank-FM in Winnipeg and from time to time we exchange e-mails. This morning he tipped me off to this.

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Today With Jeff McArthur

January 14, 2008 @ 10:35









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Good Stuff On 'RB

January 4, 2008 @ 10:00

Leslie Roberts started his show with a story about his daughter and it was gripping and totally relatable to anyone with a grown daughter.

A couple of years ago Robert’s daughter Lauren who was living with her mother in Montreal, decided to come to Toronto and live with her father.

She sold the idea to her dad claiming it would be a great way for them to bond and get to know each other and make up for lost time.’

Well it wasn’t long before she convinced Leslie to let her boyfriend move in and Roberts managed to look the other way during many of the incidents that ensued and the bonding plans never really happened.

A couple of months ago after an internship, Lauren got a full time job and announced to her dad that she was getting her own apartment – with her boyfriend – and she’d be moving out over the holidays while her dad was away.

Leslie had many concerns starting with her ability to pay because her boyfriend was in school and didn’t work. Dad didn’t feel any better when Lauren revealed her boyfriend was planning to take some time off school.

Meanwhile, over the holidays Lauren moved out of the house and when Leslie returned he found a mess in her room and bathroom that from his description turned your stomach.

He went on to say how he felt betrayed and used and he questioned her lack of respect and you couldn’t help but wonder if Lauren was listening and what she was thinking if she was.

We soon found out when Leslie had his producer phone Lauren and put her on the air.

It was great, spontaneous, real radio and we don’t get a lot of that these days.

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The Bill Watters Show With Greg Brady

January 4, 2008 @ 10:00

I received a gracious phone call yesterday from am 640 Program Director Gord Harris. It was something I expected, but definitely not something I necessarily wanted to hear.

Greg Brady has been selected as the new permanent co-host of the Bill Watters Show.

To say I’m not disappointed would be a lie, because I would have welcomed the opportunity to work with Bill every day and develop a relationship that was on the verge of blossoming. I felt great chemistry with the guy.

I think it would have been a good counter to Prime Time Sports and I didn’t hesitate to tell Gord yesterday that he made the wrong choice. But hey, what the hell else am I going to say, if nothing else you’ve got to keep the confidence up.

I also told Gord that I remain a big fan of Bill Watters and the radio station and would welcome another opportunity down the road, and knowing the business that could be tomorrow or that could be never.

Anyway that’s that and I honestly wish Greg Brady nothing but the best and I’m sure given time he’ll do just fine.

Thanks to all those people who showed great support for me through this process. Through the website and personal e-mails I had literally hundreds of people wish me well. I especially appreciate the phone calls I got from so many people "inside" the business.

You know what they say, everything happens for a reason, so I guess it’s time for me to move on and look for another reason.

Good luck Greg!


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Brampton Boys Buy Beer

January 2, 2008 @ 10:19

During the afternoon on New Year’s Eve I had the opportunity to spend some time with Craig Venn.

I’ve been doing bits on Craig’s morning show in Windsor every Wednesday at 8:40 and it’s been quite enjoyable. In fact I was on this morning and told my scalper story.

Craig, who was raised in Brampton, was home for the holidays to visit his in-laws, and it was great to see the young bugger.

He’s enjoying life in Windsor while building a morning show that has to complete on some level with stations in Detroit and that ain’t easy.

We had a few beers at a neighbourhood bar called TJ’s and we talked about the good old days at CFNY, where he was jack of all trades before moving on to become Derringer’s producer and sidekick.

Craig says in some ways he misses Toronto, but in other ways he likes the pace of a smaller market and he plans to stay in Windsor for the next several years because it’s a good place to raise his kids.

If you want to catch a little of the Craig and Matt Show on the Rock in Windsor, go here.


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Dion On Oakley

December 21, 2007 @ 10:13

I just caught Stephane Dion’s interview on the John Oakley Show and it provides another reason why I think so much of Oakley.

Most guys talk a big game on the radio but when they sit face to face with the people they criticize on a day to day basis they turn into suck holes.

Not Oakley.

He went after Dion about Kyoto and Bali and although he got nothing but Liberal mishmash in response, it was refreshing to hear Oakley challenge Dion at every turn.

I’m sorry, but I for the life of me can’t understand how some Canadian’s are so unwilling to give Stephen Harper a chance when they’re faced with a weakling leader like Stephane Dion and a Liberal party with such a long history of lies and corruption.

Oakley challenged Dion on China and why that country should be exempt from any agreement that Canada enters into. It’s a valid and sensible argument that seems to escape a large number of people in this country who refuse to consider anything Conservative.

Dion’s response was typical. I’m not really sure what he said, but from what I could gather, he still wants to expose Canada for a sucker punch. Have us follow Kyoto to the letter of the law while the rest of the industrialized world snickers at us behind our back.

I was going to make the point that the Liberals would probably be better off “not” having Stephane Dion do any radio or television interviews. Just keep him behind the scenes and let the anti-Harper propaganda do its job.

But it really doesn’t matter. The Liberal party could have a baboon as the leader of their party and that would be fine with their blind followers and uninformed peckerheads who don’t look beyond the headlines.

Sad but true.

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John Derringer Checks In

December 21, 2007 @ 08:50

Every so often I receive e-mails from people in the radio industry and it’s much appreciated.

Earlier this week I received this e-mail from John Derringer at Q-107 and to tell you the truth it made me fell pretty good.

Fred, thanks for the kind words on your blog.

It's an excellent read, I get to it daily.

take care,
JD

Short but sweet because I admire John for the radio show he’s created and his take on most issues. We sort of think alike.

Anyway, on that note I thought I’d share this with you. It was listener e-mail Derringer received yesterday morning and it pretty well says it all.

To All My Liberal/NDP Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada great. Not to imply that Canada is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only free country in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Conservative Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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