3 year anniversary of the radio show is Friday night. But first the May 7th episode. Show from the 14th was almost lost to the ghost in the machine. CFRC website was down and wasn’t sure if the ‘logger’ computer was up and running. That’s where the last 3 months of the station’s audio is archived. CFRC.ca is back and working so I’ll upload that show between now and Friday.
Hey Rosetta with a live version of ‘Epitaph’. Matt Anderson and Mike Stevens with some songs from their disc ‘Piggyback’. Lazy Bones and The Idlers end the first hour.
Wrap up the set with The Idlers in Hour 2. Brand new music from Corey Isoner and his latest album ‘Frost’. Then more new music from Pat Lepoidevin’s CD ‘Moonwolves’. This is when we get some unique song titles. Pat with ‘I See a Fox Drinking Wine Outside a Bar in France’. Haunted Hearts keep those titles coming with ‘There is No Understanding between Tree and Man, ‘GST Cheques are Here’ and ‘Acid’. Wrap up the program with some solo work from Matt Anderson.
The radio show began on Saturday Night, May 19th 2007. The old 10pm-11pm timeslot for those who have been listening that long. Moved to Fridays in September 2008. For this Friday I’m thinking of just seeing how many artists I can play in 2 hours. Last year I counted and it was at least 150 different ones at that point I’d played over the course of 2 years. It adds up.
Very good timing for me with this Friday. No longer have to go to work after the radio show is over. Been working midnights the past year, however this week my days off are switching to Thursday/Friday. Much better for me. Easier to do the radio show and work on sports in the fall.
With midnight shift I really hadn’t watched much of the second round of the NHL playoffs. Since I’m a Boston fan that’s a good thing. Football is my favorite sport now though. Casual hockey fan compared to football. For instance here I am reading NFL columns in May. Wouldn’t find me reading hockey stuff in the off-season. Being a Bruins fan contributed to following hockey less. What have I had to cheer for in the last 2 decades? Ray Bourque getting traded to Colorado. Low point of a fan base. All of us saying “It’s OK Ray, get the hell out of here.” Onto a team with Patrick Roy in net too. We still didn’t mind. A horrible owner is tough to beat. Look at Chicago.
Reminds me of one of the interviews I did in the first few months in 2007. Talked to Alex from ‘Your Favorite Enemies’ who were playing in Kingston later that month. After we were talking hockey and how bad our teams Montreal and Boston were doing. Both agreed at least they were not as bad as Chicago. That’s how low the Blackhawks were because of their owner. If you’re not a hockey fan you might be wondering how they turned around. Simple, the owner Bill Wirtz died. Ask any Chicago fan and even thought that sounds like macabre it’s true. For example this event:
“During a tribute and moment of silence for him during the Blackhawks home opener on October 8, 2007, the Chicago crowd displayed their displeasure with Wirtz’s operation of the organization by booing the proceedings.”
When you boo a memorial of someone that’s a sign of what damage he had done to a team. The whole family wasn’t like him. One of his sons Rocky took over the owner and turned the ship around. Lead the league in attendance in 2008/09. That quickly. Blackhawks were the one team who would not allow local broadcasts of their games. Rocky stopped that crazy idea that was straight out of the 1950’s. Idea was that more people would come to the game if it wasn’t on TV. Proven wrong finally.
Bit of sports today with the anniversary talk.