After 17 months a new blog post. Anybody out there?
Since it’s the 10th annual CFRC funding drive I thought I’d bring the blog back from the ashes. Already did 1 funding drive episode last Friday. Another one this week.
If you have any amount to donate visit the website.
Goal is $25,000 and any amount is appreciated.
This is where someone might write about all the changes that has taken place in 17 months. Except I can’t think of any big changes. Still doing the show from 6-8pm on Fridays.
How the blog stopped wasn’t a conscious decision. Last entry was NFL picks for Week 1, 2013. Next couple of weeks I didn’t have time to write a blog so I posted my picks on Twitter. I thought “I will post again during playoffs”. But then I got busy and the playoffs came and went.
Once you fall off the bike it is hard to get back on. Especially since I still post on Twitter. So I was writing, only in very short bursts. Time for the link.
Now I have a new phone, so easier to blog again. Like many of you I don’t use my laptop that often. Which explains part of the fall off in blog posts. Other part is the tablet I use has an issue with copy/paste not working. So I couldn’t write on that. My previous phone was a Blackberry Curve. Hardly worked the last year or so to be honest. No wonder they’re in bad shape. Not ‘Target Canada’ bad but then again who is?
I will post more often now. Not sure who is still subscribed to this blog. Google Reader disappeared right before I stopped blogging. For those who are reading it won’t be another 17 months.
The radio show just celebrated the 6th anniversary. Thanks to everyone who has ever helped out
over the years. Those who sent music, told me about an artist, musicians who I’ve interviewed,
people at CFRC. Over 6 years a list would be long and I’d forget people so I will say thanks to
The first episode was May 19, 2007. Which is online, if you want to listen to how a show
“The very first episode from May 2007. Little rough sounding but that’s to be expected for my
first one. Music of Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta, Brothers in Stereo, Colleen Power, Down with the
Butterfly, The Human Soundtrack, Shanneyganock, The Masterless Men, GlamourPuss and Ross
The first 4 months of the show the show after mine was always taped ahead of time. So for the
first week, I thought of something radio related to play at the end of the show.”
That last thing I mention is the closing theme from the sitcom, WKRP. Which if you didn’t know contains
no real lyrics. It is just gibberish. Felt like a good way to end a first show.
Next 2 links are from the 6th anniversary edition of Salt Water Music on May 24th. I grabbed music from
people I have interviewed over that time.
“6th Anniversary show kicks off with about 25 minutes of new music. Trio from Nova Scotia, Dark
for Dark. Followed by songs from Charlie A’Court’s album ‘Triumph and Disaster’ and Ross Neilsen
Band’s new CD ‘Resurrection’.
More new music continues with some “folktronica” from Joshua Van Tassel.
Then onto the plan I had for the anniversary program. Songs from musicians I’ve interviewed
over the 6 years of the show.
Rest of this hour has selections from David Myles, Air Traffic Control, Buddy Wasisname and the
Other Fellers, Melanie Samson, Sora and Andrea Wittgens”
“2nd hour of the anniversary show is all artists/bands who I’ve had a chance to chat with over
the 6 years of the program.
Teresa Ennis, Madison Violet, Ryan’s Fancy, Irish Descendants, Grand Theft Bus, Allison Crowe,
Ian Sherwood, Ian Foster and Hey Rosetta!. Before that last song you can hear a clip of my chat
with Tim Baker. Mention a song I can play but you won’t hear on commercial radio.”
Also here is a link with all the ‘Salt Water Music’ episodes on the Internet Archive. Over 160 hours.
It adds up over the years.
Again thanks to everyone over the last 6 years.
With the Queen’s school year ending schedules change at the station. Programmers who are students are gone until September so some juggling takes place. Starting Friday ‘Salt Water Music’ will go back to 2 hours. 6 to 8pm EST which was a previous time slot of the program.
6 year mark of the show is a couple of weeks away so planning on an interview for the anniversary. Having 2 hours again for a while will be nice. Especially in the warmer weather it’s nice for listeners to be able to relax with an extra hour of music.
Few days ago was quietly 5 years after the first episode of the radio show aired on CFRC. Mentioned it on the show last Friday. Show began on Saturday nights at 10pm. The original page for the program was on MySpace where I did blog about the show. Thought it was time to put the old blog posts on here, for archival reasons. Never know if MySpace could go under and not warn anyone so then all those posts be lost. And for musicians who I played during the early years who might like to read when I played them.
Didn’t cut and paste them since the file says it is over 250 pages, 3 years of blog posts take up a lot of space. Forgot how back then when I started it was more frequent updates, but much shorter ones. And I was better at getting links for each episode and saying who I played every week. Part of that was starting out and trying to get music for the show. Told the story before of starting the program at CFRC and the station had 1 Great Big Sea CD. That’s changed since then. In fact the first episode consisted almost entirely of music I had burned on one disc at home and brought it. Thankfully now I have more than enough music to fill a weekly show.
I do have the first post, which seems was made after the 1st episode had aired. Now I recall the airdate was a surprise, originally it was planned to be the end of May and was asked if I could start a week early. The MySpace page was barely put up when that first Saturday night happened.
24 May 2007
Week 2 of the show coming up, changing it up slightly as I’ll try to play at least TWO songs by the artists I pick in a given show. Little better for the listeners as they can hear more music by each one.
Plus I can spend more time talking about the musicians and where to get their music. Last week I had to rush the last two blues songs since I was running out of time, and I even had a song left over I had no time for. Oops. That would be called “time management”, ha ha.
That was it. Told you they weren’t long back then. I was planning on playing a clip from the original episode on Friday, but I’ll have to tape the show this week so I might save it for the live show next week.
Thanks to everyone who has helped out over the years. Musicians, PR people, industry folk, etc. That blog post on my ECMA trip will have to wait. Realized there is no need to rush it so that will pop up eventually over the next month or two.
Strange not to be doing 2 Funding Drive shows, last few years the way the schedule has been I’ve done 2 episodes during the 10 day Funding Drive. But got pre-empted last week for sports so I just have the one show this Friday night to do. Here is the info from the CFRC website. Some events in Kingston you can be a part of, you can meet other CFRC hosts at them. I will not be any of them with me working midnights of course.
Funding Drive @ CFRC, Feb 10-19
CFRC’s seventh annual Funding Drive takes place February 10-19, 2012 and kicks off the station’s 90th anniversary celebrations! Please donate now.
Our annual on-air fundraising campaign raises almost 20% of CFRC’s operating revenues. As the station grows and develops to meet the changing needs of our volunteers and listeners, the active support of community members like you becomes ever more important. Last year’s drive was a great success, raising nearly $25,000 in ten days. This year, we hope to meet and surpass our $25,000 goal with your help. As in past years, CFRC will be hosting a series of exciting and engaging events to coincide with the Funding Drive:
Monday, February 13: World Radio Day celebratory launch of audio documentaries by Vee Blackbourn and Usman Mushtaq with Ekta Singh, at the Screening Room, 120 Princess. 6:30pm, free.
Wednesday, February 15: Anne-Marie Woods speaks at Queen’s in Dunning Hall, Room 11. 6pm. Free.
Thursday, February 16: Fundraising concert at the Mansion, 506 Princess, featuring CFRC alumni. Doors open at 9pm, $10-15.
Friday, February 17: CFRC dj night from 8pm-midnight at the Grad Club, 162 Barrie. Free.
Sunday, February 19: Skating at Market Square with CFRC DJs. 12-5pm. Free.
For more information, please check back here for updates, or give us a call at 613-533-2121. You can contribute to this year’s Funding Drive by visiting our Donate page or by calling our Funding Drive pledge line (613-533-CFRC) between 8am and midnight from February 10-19.
Your donation is eligible for a tax receipt or delightful CFRC gifts, and ensures that our campus-community station can continue its important work, providing students and community members with broadcast skills and experience while delivering innovative, local radio programming 24/7 in Kingston and beyond. Thank you for your support of this year’s Funding Drive, and all the best to you and yours in the coming year!
Super Bowl Edition of ‘Carnell Knowledge’. Is that a pun? It’s what I call the NFL picks during the regular season. A listener once came up with that title so credit to Cat in Connecticut.
Sports is international. On Thursday night during the Queen’s-RMC hockey broadcast we found out from Queen’s Athletics there was a listener online in New Zealand of all places. Where it would’ve been Friday morning with the time difference. Like me watching the Australian Open at 3:30am. Which since I’m on midnight shift isn’t that unique.
Done this blog post for the last couple of years. Just me doing a Super Bowl pick by myself would be boring. So get others to give some as well.
Before we start, a video from Gillette Stadium in the cheap seats when a certain Ravens kicker missed a field goal in the AFC Championship. They are slightly excited. Gives a good idea what it’s like during an NFL playoff game.
Before we go to the picks I will go back to the January 16th blog post. I wrote what the Super Bowl storylines might be before the NFC and AFC championship games were played. Decided to mention something about Tom Brady.
“And your little known fact, Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995. As a catcher. Witness to ‘The Catch’ and could’ve been a catcher. Maybe someone else will pick up on that if there is a 49ers-Pats Super Bowl.”
Well, San Francisco didn’t make it. But according to Google, Tom Brady and the word “Expos” appear in over 300 news articles earlier this week. Many linking to this Globe and Mail story.
Amusing when I predicted a story almost 3 weeks ago. Super Bowl week tends to do that since most players have their talking points for any questions that arise. No one wants to give Bulletin Board material so the media is stuck. Luckily the Colts and Peyton Manning soap opera has given them plenty to talk about.
Onto the picks.
First up 2 people who have helped out each year. Andrew Bucholtz who runs Yahoo Canada’s CFL blog ’55 Yard Line’. Queen’s Alumni who worked at the Queen’s Journal.
“I’ve got Giants 24, Patriots 21.”
Jody Vance, from Breakfast Television in Vancouver. Also helps out with Sportsnet, like the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament last week. She picked Giants over Patriots in a newspaper column in 2007 before they played in that Super Bowl. This time she’s going with the Patriots.
Julie Stewart-Binks, sports anchor at CTV Regina. Former intermission reporter at CFRC. Might’ve seen her on TVCogeco during Frontenac games as well.
Matt Bisson from CHED Edmonton and former play by play of Golden Gaels Football at CFRC.
“My heart says New England, but my head says the Giants momentum is too strong, and they will lift the trophy.”
Chris Lund. Writer-at-large. Work for theScore, write for Hardball Times, founded AlwaysOUA. Interned at The Hockey News.
“I like NYG. Say 30-22.”
Jaime Stein, who is leaving his position as the CFL’s Manager of Digital Media. Former sports host/play by play here at CFRC.
“I’ll go with New England.”
Jaime wrote a blog about his time with the CFL, worth checking out.
Steve Maich, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Sportsnet Magazine. Who I didn’t know was a CFRC Alumni until we were chatting on Twitter.
“Giants 24, Patriots 20”
You can read a few articles from past issues of Sportsnet Magazine here. Long form articles on Gordie Howe, the decline of the Montreal Canadiens and the late Sarah Burke. Picked up a few issues and worth a read if you are a sports fan. Especially if you are at work during a slow time and it’s 4am. Which is probably nobody reading this except me.
Next two from a couple of women who aren’t football fans. Nancy Slater, Midday announcer on Classic Rock FM96 in Kingston. She’s on the air from 10am-3pm. Nancy plays some Open Mics around town and put up a few songs on YouTube you can check out.
“I like cheering for the underdogs, so I’ll go with the Giants. Fingers crossed for the upset.”
BJ Stewart, producer from The Weather Network’s morning show. Tweets during the show and posts on Facebook as well. One of the multi-taskers. She likes hockey, not into football. Still got a pick, which was I believe mostly based on their uniforms. Whatever works.
“Go Patriots! 🙂 ”
Natalie Thomas from The Weather Network, who beat me last year in NHL Playoff Picks here on the blog. However we did both pick Boston to beat Vancouver. On the sports side she played US College Basketball for Appalachain State. And recently playing basketball got her 1st technical foul ever….. for calling a timeout when the team didn’t have one. Still counts as a technical. [EDIT: Forgot to mention her team still won the game when her sister scored, so it’s not a Chris Webber situation]
“I am taking the Giants solely because I am in NYC all next week. So if there’s a Super Bowl champions parade…I’ll get to be there for it!”
Out to St. John’s, Newfoundland with Kevin Kelly. Senior Editor of The Newfoundland Herald, Host ‘On The Scene’ on OZ FM’s Jigs & Reels. And a Habs fan but I don’t hold that against him.
From East Coast to West Coast with Amar, a video editor in Vancouver. Who realized there wasn’t a great choice either way as a Canucks fan. He mentioned last year Stanley Cup Final which would’ve leaned him towards NY. Until I said “I know you are picking the home of the 1994 Stanley Cup, New York”. Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
“I’m picking Mr. Gisele’s team then.”
One of the more well known CFRC Alumni Chris Cuthbert helped out too. Chris started out doing play-by-play for Queen’s Football as a university student. Today he’s at TSN/CTV doing CFL and NHL games. Called the last few Grey Cups. Also part of a sports blog that started a few months ago.
“Not my area of expertise but I’ll take Brady and the Patriots. #revenge”
For me, this one can go either way after looking at the games they played 2 weeks ago. Patriots had a bad performance from Brady where he himself said “I sucked”. Giants’ offense had a stretch of 11 possessions with 10 punts against the 49ers. Yet, both of those teams are in Indy.
One of the stranger facts from this season. My team the Redskins who finished 5-11 beat the New York Giants, TWICE. Patriots played Washington this year and New England won. If they couldn’t beat Rex Grossman I can’t pick them to beat Tom Brady.
Not everyone will be watching the game, while Jody will be watching the game another of BT Vancouver gang will be busy. Dawn Chubai is doing a concert on Sunday afternoon. Jazz singer before getting into television, where she’s on BT Vancouver. Never hurts to give a plug.
Jazz Vespers, Dawn Chubai Quartet: St. Andrew Wesley Church at 4:00pm
Back to the opposite coast as my friend Toni Marie Wiseman doesn’t like football either, but the Super Bowl is on NTV so that means she gets off work early. If it’s like past years she should be doing some news updates during the time they air the long NBC pre-game show. No 6pm news in St. John’s this Sunday.
Like others in this blog she’s more busy than me. ‘NTV news anchor, entertainment reporter, and senior weather host. I’m also a new mom.’
Kickoff for the game is 6:30pm EST on NBC and CTV. Or you might watch it through ‘other means’ as Brady was quoted; “Last year, I was rehabbing my foot in Costa Rica watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website and now I’m actually playing in the game, so it’s pretty cool”.
I’ll be watching the game on TV, first time I’ll see it from start to finish in 3 years. With my weird work hours the last three I’ve woken up and watched the 2nd half. Which honestly has worked well. This time I thought I’ll see the entire thing. Not the pre-game shows. Even I draw the line with those. Longest is NFL Network’s 8 1/2 hour one. I wish that was a typo.
Enjoy the game if you are watching it.
Only one update for August seemed about right. Wasn’t much going on with the radio show, quiet end to summer. In a college town once Labour Day hits, summer is done. Queen’s students back in town and football broadcasts begin.
Couple of changes soon. Doing technical producer on the 1st two games then taking most of the season off. Might be back for that Friday night game in Toronto. But won’t be in the chair for the Saturday games. Was too much on my plate this fall.
As for the radio show on September 19th it will be back to the old 60 minute length. Still on Fridays around the same time 7-8pm. So we lose the first hour. Schedule crunch in the fall so that explains the change. Thought better to stay on same day then go to another timeslot. Program was an hour, the first year and a half, so it isn’t something that different. Can’t play 3-4 songs from a CD like I do in the 2 hour format, but that is the only major difference I can think of.
Could change again in winter or spring schedule. For now I’ll have a relaxing fall with going back to the old days. Starting out the show filling out an hour was tough when you are starting from scratch. Mentioned before that back in 2007 CFRC only had one Great Big Sea album. Have 3 now just to show how it’s increased.
After doing 2 hours for two years 60 minutes will seem easy. 🙂
Got home after the penultimate edition of Offsides and I have to update this post. Why?
“BREAKING NEWS: The ownership group originally looking to bring professional basketball to Kingston, Ontario was unable to come to an agreement with their city for the 2011-12 season. The ownership group and league President & CEO, Andre Levingston, are in serious negotiations to bring the franchise to Moncton, New Brunswick as we type this.”
Well, that’s a great way to end the month. Just when I think the city might have their act together with the K-Rock Centre. This happens. Fronts, by their own admission, in rebuilding mode which means not great crowds. So you’d think another tenant would help. Apparently not. Tomorrow being a holiday I don’t expect much of an update till Monday. Maybe Saturday’s Whig-Standard depending on things. Back to the regularly scheduled post from this morning.
Back in the chair on Friday. Going with my original plan for 2 hours of Hey Rosetta! with them being part of the Canada Day Tragically Hip show in Toronto. For those of us who can’t make it.
Probably sticking with more rare stuff. They just released for free some live tracks you can download from a recording session at The Verge in Toronto. Recently got the original EP they put out in 2005 which you can’t find anywhere. Even CFRC doesn’t have this and they have the original printing of ‘Plan Your Escape’. Look forward to that on Friday. I will upload that show too [which I haven’t done in a while].
Was writing a blog on a variety of topics which I will post next week. With the NBL Canada Owners meeting I thought I should write an update on that. Especially with Canada Day tomorrow. These were posted on Twitter and Facebook at the following links.
Owner’s Meeting Voting Results, June 29, 2011
• Established active team rosters of a minimum of ten players and a maximum of twelve.
• Established the minimum number of Canadian players on active rosters at two per team.
• The National Basketball League of Canada will play under FIBA rules, but with 12-minute quarters.
• The number of regular season games is set at 36, with each team playing each other during three home and three away games.
• Established the playoff format to consist of the top four teams based on their regular season record. The first round of playoffs will be a best of three series, with the championship round being a best of five.
• Voted on holding the inaugural NBL Canada All Star Weekend in mid-January 2012, and establishing a process for cities to bid on hosting.
• Returning franchises will be permitted to submit a protected list to the league of five players from the previously established teams.
• The NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine will be held on August 20 and 21, 2011, at Seneca College in Toronto. The first day will be a free agent combine, while the second day will for Canadian players only.
• On the night of Sunday, August 21, 2011, the NBL Draft will be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Draft will consist of three rounds: the first being a free agent player, while the second and third rounds will be for Canadian players only. All draft candidates must pre-register and attend the combine that pertains to their status to be drafted.
• The order of the NBL Draft 2011 was established by lottery for the four expansion teams, followed by the reverse order of the founding teams last season records. The official draft order will be released when 2011-12 NBL teams are formally announced.
Also mentioned was Maurizio Gherardini, VP and Assistant GM of the Toronto Raptors, stopped by the meeting. He was also involved in starting the Euro League.
The franchises will be announced in 2 weeks but as of now it looks like Oshawa, Kingston, London and a team from PEI would join Quebec, Saint John and Halifax. Talk of expanding in 2012-13. If you read the earlier posts you will remember interest from Moncton, Fredericton and Barrie. To me sounded just a matter of a tight schedule for some of those places.
Here in Kingston we are lucky in that we have an arena that is only 3 years old. And only permanent tenant is the Frontenacs. Reduces the facility headaches. Majority of OHL schedule are Friday night games.
Now time for a few well wishes.
Congrats to CFRC Alumni Julie Stewart-Binks on her move to Winnipeg. She’ll be part of Fox Soccer Report which is made in that city. Now she gets to be there when the Jets return this fall. And remember the Jets will be in the Eastern Conference this season since they didn’t have time to realign things. Visits from the Bruins, Leafs, Habs, Penguins, Captials, etc. Tickets might be hard to get, but not as hard as getting Leaf tickets are. I would think. Good luck Julie, not that she needs it.
Finally a congrats to Tyler King who is leaving Kingston soon. Radio job in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Full time news and gets to call junior hockey. Does mean my helping out on ‘Offsides’ Thursday afternoons will come to an end. Tyler called Voyageurs games this past season and worked at CKWS in town along with the CFRC show. So I think the year will be less busy for him. Matt Bisson is now in Edmonton and the computers were acting up a few weeks ago. On Twitter I used a joke about Queen’s Football that works for Tyler too ‘could be worse, at least you don’t have a blown out tire on the 401’. I will explain that comment another time. 🙂
And yes Fort Mac. ‘Little Newfoundland’ as I have joked. Which isn’t really a joke if you know that town any. Just look on WikiTravel about the place.
“The Fort McMurray Newfoundlanders Club – A very popular spot with the locals. All kinds of music are played here. Club mix, country, rock, and yes, Newfie music. Be sure that if you’re going to show up on a Friday or Saturday night, come early, as this place fills up quickly.”
Realized this week there is a streak of Western Provinces grabbing CFRC people I’ve worked with since I’ve been here. Tyler, Matt and Julie the latest ones. First year I started helping out Richard Zussman was wrapping up his work on the football broadcasts. He went to CityTV in Edmonton then onto SunTV in Vancouver. Guess the West is getting bigger every year.
That’s it for this week. Enjoy the long weekend.
I forgot to tell people of getting pre-empted a few times in the new year. Last Friday obviously bumped for Queen’s Basketball.
This week back with a new episode. January 28th Basketball knocks off the show again. Following 2 weeks back to normal until the last basketball broadcast on Feb. 18th.
After that it’s clear sailing. Unless there are some playoff hockey broadcasts. That I wouldn’t know till the last minute anyway.
Quick heads up about the CFRC Funding Drive next month. February 4th-13th. So I will be hosting 2 shows during that time. No plan right now what I might do during those shows. First week is right before the SuperBowl. Maybe some sports content for that week to change things up. Undecided right now.
Looking like some more podcasts in the near future, getting a good home USB microphone. Easier to record shows at home if I feel like it as well. After -34 Windchill yesterday morning there might be some weeks I should do that this winter. A tad chilly.
First up for sports fans is Offsides is returning to CFRC tomorrow afternoon at 4pm. Tyler King back in the chair and Neate Sager is our first guest back. Neate now runs the Junior Hockey blog for Yahoo Sports Canada. I’ll be doing my usual technical producer duties and getting the guests on the phone. So for those who used to listen that means the day has changed. Will air on Thursdays at 4pm as opposed to the old Friday slot.
Queen’s is 0-1 and the home opener is Sunday afternoon at 1pm. I will not be doing the game. After 4 full seasons of doing every game I’m taking some off this season. Ironically my work schedule is much easier in 2010, don’t have to work Fridays. I read this post again about the 2009 season and wonder how exactly I pulled that off for a full Vanier Cup run.
Back to the NFL picks, after a slow August on the blog. Did this last year so doing it again. Think we will stick with a name a listener in Connecticut gave in 2009. Cat gave the name to use on a radio segment or something along those lines. She came up with “Carnell Knowledge”. A good title especially since someone else came up with it. Lot of these “pick segments” on radio or tv have a title. But this one has a better pun. Makes you stop for at least a second.
Carnell Knowledge Week 1
Thinking of a new wrinkle this season. Might have other people pick the weekly winners as well against me. People I know through the radio show, Facebook, Twitter, etc. With the first week starting on a Thursday I’ll try that idea for Week 2. I’m not a big fan of the Thursday game myself. Friday night would make more sense for me.
Listed are the games, and after them the team I’m picking this week followed by whatever thoughts I have about the game.
This week starts early with the Thursday kickoff game which is…
Minnesota at New Orleans. SAINTS.
Rematch of the NFC Championship game or the “Favre gives the Minnesota fan base a stomach punch” game. Most memorable thing that night was working late that night and checking out blogs of Green Bay Packer fans. The joy from them was insane. Not surprising. Either Brett was going to lose in a heartbreaking end to a season or get to a Super Bowl. That’s a ‘feast or famine’ situation if you are a Green Bay fan.
As for this game I’m going with New Orleans. It’s last year’s Vikings but without Sidney Rice for a few weeks and Brett’s bum ankle of course.
Miami at Buffalo. DOLPHINS.
Preseasons aren’t always a good barometer. This year the Bills didn’t look horrible and Miami didn’t look great so I could see Buffalo winning. Week 1 is always weird. Strange things happen as it’s like when you went back to school after the summer. First week you’re getting back into the swing of things. In this case that means one team can be surprised quite easily. Still going for Miami since not much of a home field advantage for Buffalo in early September.
Detroit at Chicago. LIONS.
Picking Detroit to win a season opener in Chi-town. At least they have had the same QB and system from last season. Bears have Jay Cutler but Mike Martz on staff now so a different offense. See some growing pains there.
Oakland at Tennessee. TITANS.
Raiders do look like they might finally get up to mediocrity in 2010. That’s saying a lot for them. Jason Campbell at QB who always had a raw deal in Washington. I’m a Redskins fan and they changed things so much from year to year he never had a chance. I can see the Raiders getting better as the season goes along since their division sucks. But Titans will be too much for them right now.
Cincinnati at New England. PATRIOTS.
Battle of the QB’s with knee surgeries. Palmer has never been the same since that Steelers playoff game. Brady had a good year last year and threw for over 4000 yards. Most people don’t view it like that. Playoff loss against the Ravens was a bad one however not enough to make me think the Patriots are done.
Carolina at New York Giants. GIANTS.
A game I will not be watching, unless I want to see the new stadium.
Atlanta at Pittsburgh. FALCONS.
Falcons over the backup QB. Like how people are saying Big Ben has behaved himself. A few months without bringing a college girl into some dingy bathroom and have a guy block the doorway. What an outstanding citizen. Golf clap from everyone.
Cleveland at Tampa Bay. Ugh [Part 1], I mean BROWNS.
Jake Delhomme is getting more money this season then Tom Brady and Peyton Manning COMBINED. Wrap your head around that. A little over $19 million for Jake.
Denver at Jacksonville. BRONCOS.
With Tebow being a Bronco it will seem like a Denver home game even if he doesn’t play a down. I don’t see him being a great QB but why Jacksonville didn’t draft him is head scratching. Most famous QB in Florida would help sell tickets and merchandise for a team no one cares about. That’s not anything about how good the teams are. I just don’t have much of an opinion on either one. Word I can come up with is “middling”.
Indianapolis at Houston. TEXANS.
If Houston is finally going to make the playoffs this is the game they better win. A chance to knock off the Colts at home. They’ve had the chance before and choked it away. Sage Rosenfels decided he was a hurdler and jump in the air while they had a lead near the end of a game. And he’s a QB by the way. Saw this game live on TV. Shook my head a few times as the Texans blew another one.
Move onto the 4pm games.
San Francisco at Seattle. Ugh [Part 2], 49ERS.
Not buying San Fran and Seattle is rebuilding with a lot of young guys.
Green Bay at Philadelphia. PACKERS.
Green Bay offense is running on all cylinders so they should overrun the new look Eagles.
Arizona at St. Louis. Ugh [Part 3], CARDINALS.
Maybe it will be a tie. Arizona was a playoff team with Kurt ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Warner now they’re dropped off a cliff. The Rams are the Rams. Nuff said.
Dallas at Washington, Sunday Night. COWBOYS.
McNabb playing? Probably but you never know. Even if he is I’d say Dallas has his number after the end to last year. Which ended my 13 year running joke of Dallas not winning a playoff game. Thanks Donovan.
2 Monday Night games, Baltimore at New York Jets. RAVENS.
Early pick for the most overrated team during the offseason in a long time is the Jets. Playoff run consisted of Jets beating the Bengals, the exact same team who gave up in Week 17 against NY which got them into the playoffs. Then defeating San Diego who are the San Jose Sharks of the NFL. Chargers/Sharks always lose earlier than predicted. It’s a way of life with those Californian teams. Speaking of SD they play the late game on Monday.
San Diego at Kansas City. CHARGERS.
However the late Monday game was weird last year. Raiders looked good in it last year and almost beat the Chargers. San Diego might be half-asleep to start a season again.
So the longest blog post in a few months. ‘Offsides’ Thursday at 4pm, ‘Salt Water Music’ Friday at 6pm and ‘Queen’s Football’ Sunday at 1pm.
When you spend a long weekend working that tends to delay my radio stuff. But here is the 3rd anniversary show from last Friday.
3rd anniversary show kicks off with Mari-Mac by Great Big Sea. First song I played in May 2007.
Then some rare Blue Rodeo tracks. Live version of ‘Florida’, recorded in Saskatoon by a band formed in Toronto with Greg Keelor who was born in Nova Scotia. 2 songs from ‘Tremolo’ which I’m sure aren’t played on the radio much. ‘Brother Andre’s Heart’ and ‘Frog’s Lullaby’.
New Brunswick’s Grand Theft Bus continues the hour followed by Allison Crowe. Hour 1 ends with a duo from PEI Mark Haines and Tom Leighton. Tom has a link with the second hour’s music which I didn’t know about at the time.
Wrote a blog post about the 3rd anniversary show and got a response from Naming the Twins. So played them that night on the show. Tom Leighton plays on one of the tracks, just happened to grab that CD before I left my place so good luck with that.
Back to back with artists from my home province of Newfoundland to end the program. The Irish Descendants, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta and Ian Foster.
Tonight the 3 year anniversary of the show. Plan is to play a lot of different artists and CD’s over the course of the 2 hours. Realized I’ve done so many interviews it is hard to pick and choose clips. Also it is the May 24/Victoria Day long weekend so a better time to play a lot of music. Thanks to everyone who has helped out over the course of the 3 years. All the musicians who I’ve come in contact with. Managers/publicists who have sent me CD’s as well. CFRC of course since they approved the show in 2007.
I’ll write a long post on the weekend with links to the episode itself. Original plan for the program was for it to last the summer months and go from there. As of today I have played 250 different Canadian artists. Kept a list compiled which I updated every few months. Here it is. A few are from other parts of the country which came to my attention for various reasons [concerts, musician recommendations] and I felt like including them on the show. All Canadian though and that’s the main goal of the show. Spread the word of Canadian music that doesn’t get much radio play in Ontario.
Here goes the long list. I’d include websites, however you can guess I’d be here for an hour or more doing that. I’ll do that for a later post since that’s almost it’s own project. If I missed anyone or got a spelling wrong just point it out to me in the comments or by email.
Air Traffic Control
All of Green
Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers
Bored on Sunday
Brothers in Stereo
Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellas
Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew
Coco Love Alcorn
Down with the Butterfly
Grand Sass Parilla
Grand Theft Bus
Great Big Sea
Green Light Go
In Flight Safety
Jacobus et Maleco
Joe Belly and the Sin City Ramblers
John Jerome and the Great 88
Johnston and Lear
Kyra and Tully
Mark Haines/Tom Leighton
Mary Jane Lamond
Matt Mays and El Torpedo
Mike Plume Band
Milks and Rectangles
Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats
Randy Bachman + the New Guitar Summit
Sean Kemp Band
Shores of Newfoundland
Smokin Joe Wiseman
Solid Gold Workout
Terry Whalen Band
The Barra MacNeils
The Blue Monday Band
The Cashmere Disciples
The Human Soundtrack
The Irish Descendants
The Irish Rovers
The Lever Pulled
The Masterless Men
The Mountains and The Trees
The Olympic Symphonium
The Otherwise Called
Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold
Timothy Chiasson [solo CD/fiddling music]
Torres Band Duo
Under Pressure Music
Your Favorite Enemies
Told you it was a long list. Check out the show live on 101.9FM in Kingston or at http://www.cfrc.ca
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.
Think I watched too much of the Olympics at the start. Haven’t caught much the last few days. Keeping track of the medals coming in has been a lot of catching up. Need a day off from work just to sit down and go back over what I missed.
Men’s Curling with a Gold medal. Which means Canada will finish first in the Gold category, no matter what happens on Sunday. Total medals is US by a country mile. First time someone from ‘own the podium’ sounded reasonable. Chris Rudge.
“Through some kind of transference, I might segue over to gold medals and say Own The Podium met its goal, but that would be unfair and that would be a rationalization. Our goal was the most medals and we didn’t get the most medals.”
Glad he didn’t do the politician spin on it. As I said yesterday, strange coinicidence that once they admitted Canada wouldn’t get the most all these medals came in. A lot of the Canadians not used to intense pressure or don’t perform well under it. Exceptions of course with the ones who did.
However you have the entire ski team that didn’t win one medal. They got an extra $10 Million in funding for these games. Pressure they couldn’t handle apparently. Some got injured before the games but zero medals means they choked. Can’t sugarcoat it.
Paralympics start up in a couple of weeks. For those on the West Coast I’d advise checking it out. Friend from Twitter Katie Lawrence pointed out tickets for sledge hockey between Canada and Italy are $20. Twenty bucks. Not $200 or $2000. Twenty bucks. Impressive pricing considering the gouging we’ve seen in Vancouver.
Going with USA beating Canada 4-2. Not watching the game since it is the equivalent of 3am to me and who wins doesn’t interest me. American Moneybags or Canadian Moneybags. Not like Women’s hockey where you can see this is the end all and be all for the year. The guys? Back to their NHL jobs and push for the Stanley Cup playoffs. One of the women on Team USA even said as much. “It’s different for the guys.” Especially with World Cup 2011 next year for the Men.
Simple prediction for me just looking at scores. USA hammered Finland. Finland just squeaked by Slovakia for a Bronzel. Canada also just got by Slovakia. US beat Canada already. That’s it. Could be wrong but based on results you would pick the US. From a unbiased point of view.
You must have heard by now about Team Canada crushing the dream of Brian McKeever. When you think Team Canada officials might have their heads on straight they do something like this. Why bring him to the games if you’re not going to have him ski? Lot of people upset because the same officials used Brian as good P.R. before the games. Story of him being the first to compete at both the Paralympics and Olympic games. Went around the world and they liked the publicity it gave them. When push came to shove they don’t allow him to be part of the 50km Cross Country ski team chosen for Sunday. Insane.
Talking about putting in 4 guys who could possibly win a medal. The team has done better than expected but none of them won any medals so far. Brain dead thinking from the Cross Country side. After seeing people’s reaction to Rochette’s skate you would think they would clue in. Final day of the Olympics and which would people care about more. McKeever skiing or some other Canadians finishing 8th. Even if one of them won a medal it’s the same day as Hockey and the closing ceremony. Talk about being overshadowed win or lose. Chance to get your sport noticed to people who don’t watch it was McKeever. So you now have a race many Canadians will not want to watch because of how the team treated him. Nice going. A tweet from him Saturday morning as you can tell he was not expecting it either.
“Olympic dream over. Don’t think I’ve ever been so sad.”
Closing ceremonies shouldn’t be as bad as the opening. Let’s hope they improved the lip synching. Some good news to end this post. Website with the places in Vancouver that are not trying to ripoff customers during the Olympics.
Similar to the list earlier in the week but updated as of this morning with some new entries.
NEW – Charm Modern Thai on Hamilton has no olympics autograt (Source: @asml)
NEW – The Greedy Pig – reported as having nice prices (Source: @thegreenpagesBC)
NEW – The Whip on Main – reported as having nice prices (source: @Kafkascoffeetea)
NEW – Maenam – good review and nice price report (source: @mbender88)
NEW – Ontario Pavilion – regular prices (source – personal visit)
NEW – PumpJack Pub on Davie- regular prices, no auto-grat, specials through Olympics (source: @ReiveD)
NEW – Joseph Richard on Granville – regular prices, no auto-grat (source: venue’s promoter @Bacardi_live)
Funny a place called “The Greedy Pig” isn’t but on the bad list is a place called “Smiley’s”. They’re smiling as they gouge you which means you won’t be smiling later on.
When the Paralympics I wonder if they will ease off on the price hikes. Still a lot of people in town from around the world so you never know. With the internet the good and bad list will live on way past the times the games end. Old adage about getting good service you tell 1 person, you get bad service you tell 10 people. It’s true.
Even on this blog. The horrible stuff on CTV has gotten repeated by a lot of people online. Good stuff like the pieces on difference between athlete’s bodies and ours, first time I’ve mentioned it. Although seeing the General Electric logo is a bit annoying. Does every taped thing on CTV/Rogers have to have a sponsor? The ‘unholy alliance’ overpaying for the Olympics shouldn’t force “Product Night in Canada” on us every single day of the Olympics. Last night saw something taped which ended “brought to you by Bell” and faded into commercial. Immediately followed by a promo for the Fan Choice Awards presented by Bell.
During CFRC football and hockey broadcasts I know not to put the same sponsor on back to back ads. You annoy the listener if that happens. And this is a volunteer position. When you’re getting paid you should know to spread out the advertising. Common sense.
Jay Onrait still trying his best on Olympic Morning. Almost redeemed the 2 weeks of Olympic Morning today, almost. “A lot of people have been wondering. How do I get the I Believe song? We haven’t been telling you about this much on the show. We haven’t been playing it that much.” Thank you Jay. 🙂
Glad the first Canadian Gold Medal went to someone that the media wasn’t expecting. 4th time the charm for Alexandre Bilodeau. Didn’t qualify for 1998, broken neck in 2002 and battling mono in 2006. 13 years on the team and his first Olympics.
As for the reaction I saw where I am in Kingston, one word “quiet”. Mainly because of timing. Here in Ontario, Monday is a holiday. Family Day. It was really quiet due to the holiday. Myself, I woke up after it had happened. I stayed up to watch some afternoon events but I work at 11pm so I did have to catch some shuteye. Men’s Nordic Combined had a great finish. Top 4 raced to the line and all finished within a second of each other and collapsed.
As for the Gold in the moguls a couple of people came by during work and asked about it. Both were from Quebec and had my reaction. Glad but more relieved that we I don’t have to hear all that talk.
Woman I spoke to said “I’m happy I don’t have to hear Canada has never won a gold medal at home anymore.” Not the reaction I think a Gold Medal is supposed to have. Thanks CTV/Rogers for running the ads so much you made us sick of the Gold Medal talk. Bravo. Relief is a strange emotion to have after someone winning something.
I bet if Canada gets a second Gold people will be more excited and happy around here. They’re going nuts in Vancouver but with the holiday it’s been subdued. Saturday night a lot people coming by asking about what medals were won. Sunday I spoke to two people.
Walking downtown after work and the majority of places are closed downtown. Even a convenience store and Indigo Books. Only thing I saw open was the fast food joints.
Wonder if the other sports today had anything to do with it. TSN wasn’t “Canada’s Sports Leader” Sunday. Olympic coverage? Not Sunday afternoon. TSN showed Daytona 500 which you could get on FOX. I change it to TSN2 and get the Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was on CBS. Huh? If I have TSN I have CBS and FOX.
Sunday Night TSN continued with non-Olympic programming with the NBA All Star Game. At least with the NBA case TNT is not available in Canada. But showing all that on Sunday during the Olympics seemed a bit much. I have TSN2 so the NBA could have been put there. I know not a lot of people have TSN2. Basketball fans should since Raptors get bumped to TSN2 a lot.
Some blogs about the weekend coverage. Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star, once a guest on CFRC Offsides with Tyler King. Julie Stewart-Binks who worked on our CFRC broadcasts. She’s currently in England. Finally William Houston with the same thoughts I had about the “choking” comment during the moguls on Saturday. See yesterday’s blog for that. I’m not the only one who used the “if NBC had done that Canadians would’ve went nuts” line. 🙂
Bad luck so far for these games. Weather causing headaches and they’ve canceled 4000 tickets for events at Cypress. Too bad if you had standing room general admission. Because you will get a refund but no chance to watch. Heavy rains have washed away so much snow they had to cancel tickets. That’s $400,000 in sales that will have to be paid back.
Not the only problems at Cypress. Buses running late and drivers getting lost. Not a shock because Kingston Whig-Standard had a story about Kingston Transit drivers going to Vancouver to drive buses. Drivers from across the country came there to be part of it. Great for those guys. However if you are not from an area and get their shortly before an event that is not a recipe for smooth transportation. You take a wrong turn you might not know how to get back.
Some quotes from Renee Smith-Valade of Vanoc about what’s been going on.
“Cypress is like your special child. Your special child that’s bright and talented and good-looking and causes you all kinds of worries, but they’re still your special child. So that’s what Cypress is.”
That’s strange enough I don’t need to make another comment.
Sounds like they might smarten up about one really silly thing. Having a fence around the Olympic Cauldron keeping people from getting to it. This is where I can blame that ugly design for part of it. Clearly someone who might be intoxicated might attempt to climb it. The way the logs [or whatever you want to call them] are at an angle makes it easy or at least inviting for troublemakers.
Fencing it off though has been bad P.R. The point of the cauldron outside is for the public. The IOC mandates it has to be outdoors. Which has never been an issue till this time. Decision to hold it indoors at a stadium that sucks like BC Place is still mind boggling. See Jody’s article I put up on Day 1. I thought too that Vancouver getting the games meant a new stadium. Wrong.
If you don’t know they are putting $200 Million worth of renovation into BC Place. After the Olympics. Don’t bother trying to figure that out. Call me crazy but I would want to put money into something before the world comes to visit. Not afterwards.
Leave to Atlantic Canada to bring a tonne of talent to the Olympics. Anyone in BC should visit Atlantic Canada house.
Amount of music there is huge. Tonne of people I’ve played on the show since I started. This is the list of ones that have been played on ‘Salt Water Music’ that are playing vancouver over the next 2 weeks. I must have a good memory.
Grand Theft Bus
Tim Chiasson and Morning Fold
In Flight Safety
The Irish Descendants
The Olympic Symphonium
Jim Payne & Fergus O’Byrne
Whew. And there are even more artists. That is a big list.
Luckily I have 3 days off from work so I can watch more of the events live. Saw many things but just replayed on overnights at work. Not quite the same but at least I get to see them.