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. 🙂