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Merger

October 17, 2008 @ 12:02

You may have noticed already, but if you haven't, let me bring your attention to the new banner on this website.

It's been rebranded.

From now on, FreddieP.ca will be known as CanadianThinker.com by Freddie P. To be honest, I couldn't handle two websites any more.

Canadian Thinker was an idea I had a few months ago when I didn't have a full time job nailed down. I had planned to throw as much into it as I had FreddieP, but given my new schedule, I just couldn't give Canadian Thinker as much time as I wanted, so it went unattended and that bothered me.

But while my efforts remained focused on FreddieP.ca, I couldn't shake the name CanadianThinker.com. I like the name and I think it describes what I try to do with my websites.

So, in collaboration with Toronto Mike, I came up with this idea. FreddieP.ca would become CanadianThinker.com by Freddie P.

I will continue to present FreddieP.ca as I always have, but I will now incorporate some of the ideas from Canadian Thinker.

I'm sort of killing two birds with one stone. I'm maintaining my original website, but using a new name. A name I prefer, and one that gives the website a more wide ranging appeal to the outside world, including those radio stations I currently do "hits" with every week.

If you don't know "me" it carries more weight with this moniker than it does with a personal moniker.

So that's it. Today I announce a merger. FreddieP.ca becomes CanadianThinker.com by FreddieP.

I hope you don't mind. Ya buggers.

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Who Are These People

October 8, 2008 @ 08:14

There are all kinds of low life in our society, but they don't come much lower than those who traffic, produce or use GHB - the date rape drug.

Admittedly, those who traffic in hard drugs like heroin, cocaine and crystal meth are scum bags too, but their victims are on a different level.

People who use these drugs have made a choice, however feeble and stupid; they've decided to put this shit into their own bodies.

GHB is much different.

The victims are completely unknowing and then become a virtual toy for the creeps who secretly put it into their drinks.

What kind of a low life piece of crap would do this to a woman, usually a young woman who's decided to go out with some friends, have a few drinks and then go home alone at the end of the night?

What kind of a dirty rotten useless bastard finds pleasure in having sex with a woman who has no idea what's going on, a woman, who given the choice, would probably have nothing to do with the creep who ends up violating her body?

It doesn't get any lower than this. Do these dirty pricks actually look at this as some kind of an accomplishment? Can you imagine having your brain work that way?

The law has to come down big on these people and there was a case in Toronto yesterday that was somewhat encouraging.

A human pig got six years for buying a whack-load of GHB from some other junk-brains who allegedly spend their days with that fine upstanding organization known as the Hell's Angels. After sentencing the pathetic skunk actually started to cry.

I wonder how many of his victims had their lives destroyed?

Six years is a start, but not enough.

To my mind, anyone who deals in this stuff should be convicted one day, and then be hanging from a rope the next.

Sorry liberals, but in some cases I don't want to hear about rehabilitation.

Some "people" don't deserve it.

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The Spirit Of Radio

September 24, 2008 @ 20:11

Needless to say, FreddieP.ca has had a lot of action over the past couple of days and I love it.

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I welcome the feedback, even the stuff that paints me as some kind of a redneck roughneck. I just consider the source and write them off as simpletons who can't come up with anything better.

Take Irvine for example. Thirty percent fact and seventy percent bullshit. But I honestly appreciate his input. He adds pepper to my site even though he goes round in circles and really doesn't say much.

But I have to highlight one of the comments I received yesterday. It really blew my mind because whoever "Bram Chester" is, by taking a shot at me, he actually accentuated what I was trying to say in my posting "Harper Connects."

To be an artist doesn't necessarily mean you have to stick your hand out.

Bram Chester wrote this.

"Fred, how do you feel about the fact that the culture generally being attacked is the same independent culture that once built CFNY, which gave you a career?
This isn't a rhetorical question, if you dare to answer it."

Here's the deal "Bram Chester", or whoever you are afraid to say you are, CFNY was built on independent culture by a bunch of wonderful people who received absolutely no government assistance.

They built the "culture" with love and devotion without ever thinking that someone should give them a handout, or a grant or a subsidy. They did it because they believed in it and they were willing to accept what it returned.

They were people I consider family who lived in basement apartments, drove shitty cars and watched every goddamed dollar they spent.

They did shows all by the themselves, often providing their own resources because they wanted to produce the best show possible and provide an "alternative" to most of the junk that other radio stations were dumping on the masses.

How dare you compare them to CBCers who do simple radio shows with a staff of seven or eight. How dare you group them with wingnuts who make sculptures out of cigarette butts and then expect the government to support them.

"Bram Chester" when you tried connect CFNY to subsidized culture and art you were so off base it made me laugh so hard I pissed my pants.

Remember, I lived it.

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E-Mail

September 12, 2008 @ 07:05

I've received a lot of wonderful letters, messages and e-mails over the past week or so and I appreciate all of them.

But I've got to say, this one really struck me when I received it yesterday.

Hello Fred,

We have never met, but I currently am work in radio at Jack-FM and the Fan 590 with many of your former co-workers and FRIENDS! .

I check out your website(s) weekly and heard the news a little while ago about your new gig.

Congrats and good luck, I'm sure everything will come back to you quickly...

Regards

Enzo Maraventano

Thanks Enzo and say hi to all my buds.

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Day One

September 9, 2008 @ 07:03

I have to be honest when I arrived back at the trailer last night I was exhausted. The first day of my new job as Program Director of the Wolf and Kruz in Peterborough was wild.

I made a point of trying to talk to everyone in the building, at least for a few minutes, and yakking for close to eight straight hours can take a lot out of a guy.

I'm not complaining because actually being in a radio station as an employee was not only satisfying, it was of great relief.

Man oh man, I love this business and while I walked through the doors yesterday morning, I thought of something Iain Grant said to me last Thursday.

"There's nothing worse than sitting in the foyer of a radio station, waiting for an interview, while other people breeze by you with their pass cards. Those people are on the "inside" working in the business they love, while you're not, and it sucks."

Today I took a deep breath before I entered the station, and sucked up the atmosphere as I walked through the foyer and right into my office.

It's a great bunch in Peterborough, and they've made me feel so welcome it's almost embarrassing. I'm just a knob from Brampton, but to these people treat me like 28 years in Toronto radio actually means something. I'm humbled and flattered and thankful.

It's going to be a lot of fun working with a talented people, building on a radio station that leads the market and hopefully will continue to do so under my direction.

Yesterday was a case of information overload but I took lots of notes and today's primary job will be to remember all the names I learned from yesterday.

I can do it. I know I can.

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Scary Pete Enters The Fray

September 6, 2008 @ 10:05

Former Humble and Fred contributor and now highly successful voice actor and singer/songer writer Pete Cugno has entered the Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge.

Pete is a talented fella with a basement studio that allows him to turn out magic, and his entry in the Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge is catchy and cool.

Hey!!!

I finally received the revised link for my Hockey Night In Canada anthem entry!!! It's simply called "GO!!!" It's quite a departure from the old anthem. I wanted to put more "arena crowd" feel and "rock" vibe in the tune...hope you like it!
Please click on the link below, listen to the anthem, and RATE it a 5 out of 5...or 10 out of 10 - whatever it allows! THEN, please, please, please, pass the link on to anyone and everyone you know who will also listen to it, rate it, pass on the link...and so on. The more views and the better ratings it gets, the better chance it has of making the top 5. At that point, it's all up to a nationwide (internet-wide) vote...fingers crossed!

Please click here and give Pete's entry a listen and a rating.

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Booner

September 4, 2008 @ 13:43

I've mentioned over the past few days that I plan to continue with FreddieP.ca, but to be honest, at this point I don't know how much time I will be able to devote to it.

A recurring theme in the comments I've been getting is people almost pleading with me to continue.

Believe it or not, it takes more time than you might think and now that I have a real gig, it will have to drop on my priority list.

Having said that, I don't want anybody to think that it will be neglected or cease to exist because it won't, mainly because it wouldn't be fair to thousands who visit it every week, and Toronto Mike wouldn't allow it.

FreddieP.ca is not only my baby, but it's something that Mike Boon has become very proud of over the past couple of years.

The website started out in its rawest form, and then after meeting Mike through Humble Howard, it took a large step forward. Mike offered to help me to not only improve the look but to also turn me on to the world of Googling and rankings and all sorts of other technical stuff to give the site a larger platform.

It's all worked out wonderfully and I'm currently in talks with him to make more changes that will make it easier for me to maintain the site while also doing a full time job.

I've been the face of FreddieP.ca, but believe me, Mike Boon has been the backbone.


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The Beginning

September 4, 2008 @ 10:17

Tonight I'm packin' up the car and heading north to start my new adventure. I have a couple of meetings tomorrow and then I report for work Monday morning.

I can't begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to getting up in the morning and having a place to go, especially a radio station.

As I mentioned yesterday, I plan to continue this website and when I can, I'll keep you up to date on my new experience, and I continue to give my opinion on what's going on in the world.

I realize I may have gone a little overboard with the "thanks" over the past day or so, but I'm a bit of a sentimentalist and appreciate those who stayed in touch over the past couple of years.

The response on the website yesterday was amazing, but so were the personal notes I got from so many people in the radio business. Unfreakinbelievable.

I won't list the names because obviously many of you wanted it to be private, but I have to tell you how inspired I was to get a note from David Marsden.

Hey Fred - I hear you are back in the game. But then you really never left. :-)
Congratulations!!!!
I'll be banging on your door for a gig - soon.
Be great!!!
Marsden

David was my first Program Director back in 1979 at CFNY and I enjoyed every minute that I worked for him.

If I can come close to creating the atmosphere in Peterborough that Marsden did in Brampton I'll be a very happy man.

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Gene Valaitis Checks In

September 4, 2008 @ 10:16

Fred,

Management Bastard!!!

I know your type. Sitting behind the desk listening to the morning show air-check and giving me shit because the 7:10 break just didn't sound like there was any show prep at all.

Oh, and there wasn't! Yikes! Ha ha.

Frederick! I could not be happier for you. You will be great as the new PD. You get it. You will help a new generation of radio kids grow. From reading your blog I know you have had great teachers and I bet you will do them proud and even add some great new stuff to the mix.

You are back in the club house. The radio Tree-Fort. That is soooooo cool!

And if I ever need a gig, I'm calling.

Loving YOU!!

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Gene Valaitis Checks In

August 27, 2008 @ 12:06

Hey Fred.

I've been reading about this guy in the beer commercial and his child porn conviction. Ha!

As you may or may not know, I lived in Texas for two and a half years. A great place with wonderful people. But Texas doesn't fool around with child porn perverts.

Follow this link and discover what real justice is all about.

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