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Edge Of Your Knob

May 23, 2007 @ 09:10

After nine o'clock this morning I listened to the boys on the Edge and it was very intriguing.

Regular guest Josie Vogels was on the show and the subject was naturist parks or nudist camps.

I thought it was great because Dean, Jason and Todd asked all the questions everyone is thinking.

On most radio station if they even dared to talk about it, they'd dance around the obvious and ask a lot of stupid stuff.

On the Blundell Show we learned about what happens when a guy gets a boner, how they deal with bad personal hygiene and whether ugly chicks are instructed to put their clothes back on.

At one point the proprietor of "Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park" called in and we learned even more.

Dean, Jason and Todd were put at ease about cling-ons, diseases and pedophiles.

It was good radio - and I'm not shittin' ya. You wouldn't hear this on any of the other boring and predictable stations in town.

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Larry Fedoruk

May 18, 2007 @ 08:27

You might have gotten the impression over the past few months that I enjoy talk radio.

I love it, and although I spend most of my time with 640 I love to spin the dial and listen to many different people on many different stations.

Here's a tip. If you like talk radio and you're looking for something different, something that goes against the grain of standard Canadian talk radio, sample Larry Fedoruk at CKTB 610 in St. Catharines.

Larry is the first morning man I ever worked with. Back in 1979 he did mornings at "790 Disco" in Brampton and I was his sportscaster.

He does the afternoon shift at CKTB and I find him to be refreshing relief from what's offered by the Toronto stations between 2 and 4 in the afternoon.

Fedoruk isn't so much an issue oriented talk show host; he's more observational and delivers his view of the news and pop culture while taking a minimal amount of telephone calls.

Larry often does segments without taking any phone calls and he makes it work because he's funny, intelligent and engaging.

Nothing against St. Catharines, but this guy should be in Toronto.

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Buffalo Logic

May 16, 2007 @ 15:56

While driving home from the Kawatha's this afternoon I listened to Buffalo's all-sports radio station WGR.

I wanted to get their take on tonight's hockey game and I got pretty much what I expected.

I realize Leaf fans can be aggravating at times, but they can't challenge Buffalo fans or broadcasters.

From just south of Peterborough, to just east of Scarborough, I listened as WGR's Brad Riter explained how easy it would be for the Sabres to get back into this series.

All they have to do he reasoned, is win tonight and then the series will sit at 3-1, and there are countless examples of teams that have come back from 3-1 deficits in many different sports.

"Make it 3-1" he said, "And Buffalo can easily win the series because the Sabres are winners. They know how to win because they've been winning all season."

Don't get me wrong, I like Brad Riter. He was a guest on the Humble and Fred Show many times over the years and I usually like his perspective.

But this time it was a classic Buffalo perspective. The problem is, the Sabres are down 3-0, and outside of only two times in NHL history has a team battled back from such a deficit.

When a team battles back from a 3-1 deficit it usually means they "didn't" fall behind 3-0 to begin with. But that didn't seem to phase Riter, he's convinced the Sabres are more than capable of pulling this off.

You have to like the optimism, but it was twisted logic that proved to be nothing more than a futile attempt to fill a couple of hours of radio show.

Category: Radio | Sports

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Visiting Rome

May 16, 2007 @ 15:55

After the "Riter Show" WGR airs the syndicated "Jim Rome Show" out of Los Angeles.

There are a lot of "Jim Rome" fans across North America, but I've got to admit I've never gained much of an appreciation for Rome's act. I think it has something to do with the fact it's so heavily weighted with basketball and the rest of the time is taken up with football and baseball, both pro and college.

And that's fine, if you're an American - but you'd think today Rome might have found the time to mention last night's hockey game.

After all it is the Stanley Cup finals and there's a Los Angeles area team in the conference finals - but not once between twelve o'clock when the show started, and 12:40 when I got home, did Rome mention the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He talked about the NBA playoffs, Major League Baseball and he went on about Brett Favre not attending a Packers mini-camp because of his daughters graduation - but he didn't mention the Anaheim Ducks 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Some might argue that he's playing to his audience. He doesn't talk about hockey because he his listeners don't care about hockey.

But to not even mention a playoff game from a Major North American sport, during the first 30 minutes of his show, is just plain bad journalism.

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Opie And Anthony

May 11, 2007 @ 09:16

There could be headed for another broadcast controversy in the United States.

On Wednesday's Opie and Anthony Show along with a character named Homeless Charlie, theny launched into a bit about sexually assaulting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

It happened on XM Satellite radio, which is not regulated in the States, but it's believed even XM feels these guys went over the line.

Of course this will create all kinds of debate about freedom of speech and some will worry that on the heels of the Don Imus shit storm too many radio voices are being silenced.

I look at it from another angle. If Opie and Anthony get canned, I hope it happens simply from them providing a bad product.

These guys mystify me. I've listened to them many times over the years and I can't believe they're popular. I can honestly say I've never heard them say anything funny. Nothing. Not once.

Give them credit for successfully targeting the "bucket bottom" of American society and going after it with unfunny, usually grotesque and childish programming but beyond that, they're just stupid.

Judge for yourself, here's the bit from Wednesday.

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Bingo Bob Checks In

May 11, 2007 @ 09:15

I received a great e-mail yesterday. Bingo Bob checked in to tell me this -

Hi Freddie

"Just an email to say thank you...they made me the Assistant Program Director here @ PROUD FM.

Thank you for all the advice over the years...

Anyway...hopefully Laura and I can make it up to the tin palace this year (like how I invited myself)

Loving you!"


Needless to say, this e-mail made me feel great.

Bob's a young fella with a lot of career ahead of him and I'm not at all surprised that his ability was quickly recognized at a new and developing radio station.

Bob's talents lie in management, and now he's on his way.

And Bobby, I look forward to your visit to the trailer. Any time my friend, any time.

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Junie Loves Johnny

May 10, 2007 @ 09:01

Another thing I learned at June and Dick's yesterday is that they both listen to John Oakley in the morning.

When me and Mike Stafford did the news and sports thing at CFNY back in the 80's, my parents got to know Mike very well and they've followed his career rather closely.

They were delighted when he was named to the original MOJO team and have continued to listen to him till this day.

They've also discovered Oakley and love his balance of news, humour, sports and business with Lou Schizas.

Junie refers to Oakley as "my darlin' in the morning" so I know he's got her hooked.

Say what you want about the old boot, but she's got good taste in radio.

Category: Family | Radio

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Lucrative Offer

May 3, 2007 @ 08:11

I may have mentioned that most days I sit by the phone and wait for radio stations to call.

Well I'm happy to report that I finally got the big call. It came yesterday morning about ten o'clock from CHUM-FM and it was a pretty good offer.

All I have to do is listen during office hours, and if I hear my name called, I can win between one thousand and ten thousand dollars by calling 416-870-2500 within 30 minutes.

It's called the CHUM-FM preferred listeners club and I graciously accepted membership.

To tell you the truth I never listen to CHUM-FM, and even though I like Roger, Rick and Marilyn as people I've probably never heard more than ten minutes of their show, but I'm willing to give this a shot.

But it's not going to be easy. I spent some time with arguably Toronto's number one station yesterday afternoon and to be honest it's not my cup of tea.

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Snot Rags

May 1, 2007 @ 09:25

I caught a segment of the Bill Carroll Show this morning and I had to squirm a bit for newsman Dave Agar.

Agar made the mistake of telling Carroll that he carries a handkerchief, and the fun began.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with Bill, the thought of someone carrying a used snot rag in their pants has always fascinated me but for Agar its common practice.

He likes to keep a rag in his back pocket and blow his nose into it if there isn't something disposable available. That's what he does.

But Carroll, all in good fun called him on it, and what can I tell you, I felt a little embarrassed for Agar and felt a little wistful for those days on the Humble and Fred Show when we'd often try to embarrass each other.

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Stephanie Smyth Checks In

April 20, 2007 @ 09:14

I've got to be honest, a great deal of the enjoyment of maintaining this site, is the reaction I get. It's nice to know it's actually being received.

Yesterday am 640 News Director Stephanie Smyth responded to this posting and which is pretty cool. I know there are a lot more radio people who read my blog but for some reason they choose not to contribute.

I wish they would. I think my site can provide a lot better dialogue than some other yellow radio boards out there. I mean really, wouldn't it be great if radio people across the country could come together on my site, the site of someone who's actually worked in the business?

I'd like to teach the world to sing.

But I digress. Back to Stephanie - she and a lot of other radio and TV people were put in a tough position on Wednesday when they had to decide whether to air the Cho Sueng-Hui promotional package.

Stephanie chose not to and from what I can gather she received a lot of support for that decision.

Beyond all that, it was encouraging to hear from Stephanie and I've agreed to do her a favour. She wants me to plug her am 640 blog - and she wants me to know she's every bit as sweet and wonderful as Jane Brown.

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