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Radio Vet Lee Eckley Checks In

February 28, 2007 @ 08:00

Yesterday I had a posting called "The Evolution of Rock and Roll" and it rubbed somebody the wrong way.

In the posting I said this "Talk about the evolution of rock and roll. I remember back in the early 80's Q-107 listeners would often accuse CFNY of playing nothing but "fag" bands and the Police were near the top of the list.

It didn't take long before I got a response from Toronto radio veteran Lee Eckley who wrote this.

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Carroll's Right

February 27, 2007 @ 08:34

This morning I'm listening to the Bill Carroll Show on CFRB and he's talking about global warming.

It seems Bill has the same attitude that I do; global warming is a problem but the Al Gores and David Suzuki's of the world are dreaming with their timetable for turning things around. And that's why Kyoto is a joke.

Carroll also made a point about the hypocrisy of the Green movement. People yell and scream and yap about the environment while pointing fingers at Conservative governments and big oil companies and then they turn around and break most of the basic rules themselves.

They leave lights on, they use air conditioners and they litter. All the grass roots stuff that has to be addressed before we attack those who are employing millions of people.

It drives me nuts when I see Christmas lights till burning in February, garage lights burning through the night, and tons of garbage at every off-ramp in the GTA.

Nothing, absolutely nothing is going to change until things change at the level where "we" can actually control change. At our level. The people's level. The level that doesn't need rules or legislation.

As we bolt towards the next federal election I'm preparing myself for the insincerity of what will be the number one issue, the environment. The Liberals and NDP will make it the number one issue to pressure the Conservatives, knowing that when all is said and done nothing much will change.

And the Conservatives as the ruling party will get sucked into it as nothing more than a defense mechanism, again knowing nothing much will change.

They all know nothing can change until the people change and from what I gather the people don't have time to give the environment anything but lip service. Insincere lip service.

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Funny Boys

February 27, 2007 @ 08:33

While driving my son to and from the airport yesterday I listened to the fellas on the Edge and I really shouldn't do that because it makes me jealous.

They're having a lot of fun on the Dean Blundell Show and I hope those guys appreciate the freedom they get. I know a couple of other guys who took it for granted for several years and it's a rude awakening when all of a sudden one day you have to play by the same boring rules as most of the stations at the top of the ratings.

Enjoy every minute of it boys.

I caught two great bits yesterday. The first was "Wha' Happened" which featured an intriguing story about a young girl who got out of bed stark naked and pissed in her boyfriends sock drawer. Oh yea!

And then later on I heard "Todd on the Street" and it made me want to piss in my drawers. Todd went to the Auto Show and proceeded to tell several well endowed women that they "Auto Show him their boobies."

I don't care what anybody says, that's funny shit. And any radio geek who claims it's infantile and or in poor taste is one of two things. A liar or jealous they can't do the same stuff.

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The Evolution Of Rock And Roll

February 27, 2007 @ 08:32

After nine o'clock I went up the dial to listen to the lovely Joanne Wilder. I like Joanne, we didn't work together for long, but while we did it was fun.

The attached picture is from that special Playboy edition back in 2002 when Wilder took the Canadian radio industry by storm. It was great, and bewildering.

The magazine was released just as MOJO management was having second thoughts about our format so we were instructed not to talk about it. It seemed like such a wasted opportunity. We had a current Playboy model working on the air, and we were called MOJO for crying out loud, but we couldn't take advantage. Oh well.

Anyway I was amused by one of the announcements Joanne made yesterday. The Police have announced a third show for Toronto in November and then she played a Police song.

Talk about the evolution of rock and roll. I remember back in the early 80's Q-107 listeners would often accuse CFNY of playing nothing but "fag" bands and the Police were near the top of that list. And I believe U2 was up there as well.

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February 25, 2007 @ 09:10

Today I defend John Derringer against a frustrated woman named Rosie DiManno who writes for the Toronto Star.

Rosie wrote a vicious piece about Derringer in Saturday's Star, her reaction to a lawsuit that's been launched against Derringer and his employers Corus entertainment.

I'm not going to go over it piece by piece because I can't be bothered. I'd rather you read it and them come back and get my opinion, which is this.

DiManno has it out for radio people, always has, and I guess as long as she's not good enough to suck off the radio tit like so many of her newspaper colleagues, she always will. Then again, maybe it's something else. Maybe she's jealous of the money high profile radio people make. Or maybe it bothers her that her industry is crumbling around her.

Rosie's piece isn't so much a defense of Domi as it is an attack on Derringer and her argument is so hypocritical it's sickening. She wonders how a man's alleged adultery makes him fair game for unsubstantiated inferences of charitable venality.

Well I wondered the same thing back on June 1, 2001 when MOJO radio's format made the radio station fair game for DiManno's unsubstantiated, wild and ridiculous connection to child molesters.

I'll tell you the day that column was printed I would have paid to see a few MOJO models kick the snot out of DiManno because I worked there, and so did Derringer. But more than anything what bothers me about DiManno's Saturday column is when she claims John is no reporter, just an "air head."

Air head? She writes a whole column in defense of Tie Domi of all people, almost worshiping at his gnarly feet while overlooking all the pain he's caused his family and she calls Derringer an airhead?

Really Rosie, who's the "airhead.?"

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February 25, 2007 @ 09:05

On weekend mornings when I wake up I like to listen to John Donabie's show on CFRB. It has the perfect feel for a weekend morning show, with the emphasis on entertainment and fun as opposed to traffic, weather and bad news.

This morning Donabie had a woman on the air talking about grilled cheese sandwiches and needless to say that brought back a lot of memories. Like John, I like them with ketchup and a pickle on the side.

The woman also gave a little history lesson on the grilled cheese sandwich claiming it they were mostly open faced until the 1950's. A piece of bread with cheese and top and then broiled, not fried.

This really struck me because what she described was something we called cheese dreams as kids. We'd put cheese on the bread, then short strips of bacon top of that and put it right under the broiler. The bacon would get crispy and the cheese would bubble and turn brown on the edges.

Admittedly it was a little on the oily side, but I imagine today if you used that pre-cooked bacon that comes in a box it would greatly reduce the grease.

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Venn Checks In

February 19, 2007 @ 09:01

Craig Venn checked in from Windsor. He listened to the Humble and Fred Podcast of Love and liked it. He really liked it.

Craig anchors the morning show at a Classic Rock Station in Windsor and is having a great time.

Craig and I have a special bond that very few can appreciate. Both of us have lived most of our lives in Brampton.

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John C. Gallagher Checks In

February 15, 2007 @ 16:36

Add John Gallagher to the list of regular visitors to Spike gave me a call yesterday to say hello and tell me how impressed he is with my tiki bar.

Gallagher has a long and impressive history of sportscasting in Toronto with Q-107 and CITY-TV but currently finds himself in the same situation as me. He's without work.

John's been out of the game for four and a half months since leaving the Rock in Oshawa and says he's getting stir crazy. I know what that's all about.

Gallagher says he's networking and investigating with the hopes of getting back into the saddle soon, and I'm sure there are a lot of fans out there who will be glad when that happens.

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Not Fair

February 14, 2007 @ 17:04

Watching the news last night on CITY I got to thinking.

The sweet and wonderful Liz West did a feature on the Genie Awards, and the Genie awards are much like the Gemini and ACTRA awards in Canada. Nobody knows what they are, and nobody cares.

Meanwhile, if there were awards in Canada that would really mean something to the general population in Canada it would be radio awards.

There is no level of entertainment in Canada that has more impact on the public than radio, but this medium is all but ignored when it comes to awards.

There are radio awards as part of Canadian Music Week each year, but as well intentioned as they are, they don't do radio justice.

Canadians spend only a small percentage of their time watching Canadian television programs and Canadian movies, but they probably spend 100 percent of their time listening to Canadian radio.

Canadians have a better connection with radio personalities than any other type of entertainer, yet radio doesn't have its own awards. It blows.

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Marty and Me

January 31, 2007 @ 17:39

Just before I met Melanie for lunch yesterday, and ran into an old CFNY/Edge buddy and I can't tell you how great it was to see him.

Martin Streek and I go way back. He first started to hang around CFNY in Brampton back in the mid-80s. At first he was an intern, and then an actual employee and then he became an announcer and then he became probably the most popular evening announcer in the city. It remains that way today.

When you hear Marty on the air, appreciate that no other radio station has that many listeners at that particular moment.

Marty looks good and says he hasn't felt as good in a few years. He still loves his job and he plans on doing it for as long as he can. Marty is a throwback to the days when CFNY was more than a radio station. It was family.

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