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April 3rd Show

Few computer/internet problems today but the shows are finally up.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicApril3rd2009Hour1

Lots of different artists in the first hour. Hey Rosetta, David Baxter, The Lever Pulled, Remedy, Francis Arsenault and Christine Crawford.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicApril3rd2009Hour2

Start off with a DAWG FM/CRTC update. Then back to music for the rest of the show.

Neil Dobson and the Fabulous Hats, Faded Blue, The Strangeboys and Great Big Sea.

If you heard the first hour you know I mentioned winning a mug from Out There with Melissa Dimarco.  Last night’s new episode was built around the “swag bag” they give out to actors who do interviews with them during the film festival.  So I’m having a drink out of the mug and I see the mug itself on the show.  Good timing. LOL.

As for the DAWG FM update, here is the update from the Facebook group I read part of on air last night.


The re-hearing into our DAWG 101.9FM was adjourned yesterday until June 12th 2009. At which time the Commission will hear evidence about the feasibility of the use of 94.5 FM in the Ottawa market.

What does that mean? Let me give you the short history. We were awarded the licence on August 26th 2008, after an exhaustive process. The Decision included our ALL BLUES licence on 101.9FM and a licence to Astral Media for an ADULT CONTEMPORARY licence on 99.7.

An appeal was launched by a Franco-Ontario group that suggested that they should have been licenced. The appeal was granted by Cabinet and the decision was referred back to the CRTC.

We took a proactive, positive approach to this, at great expense, we found another frequency on which, the CRTC could licence another French Language station if it desired to do so. That frequency is 94.5FM.

The CRTC is going to study that frequency to see if it can be used and all of the applicants will get a chance to make comments at the new hearing on June 12.

So we think this is very positive for the Blues. We had the best engineers in Canada find this frequency, further we had it verified by two more engineers, lastly two of the other applicants said it would work….so we know it works period.

The sticky point here is that Astral Media needs to consent to the use of the 94.5 frequency or use it themselves instead of 99.7.

Bob Walsh, Quebec Blues Legend, Alexandre Petit, from Viree Blues Boreale and Ottawa City Councillor Eli El-Chantiry came to the hearing to address the CRTC and were awesome in support of our application, our thanks to them and to everyone – over 3000 people that have supported DAWG FM.

Funny that a guy I read on a radio news message board seems to have guessed this ahead of time.  User named Dan said this 3 weeks ago.

“My guess is the CRTC will re-grant those licenses to Astral and Frank Torres, plus give the go-ahead to the Gatineau Community Station (I assume it was this group that launched the initial complaint). That way everyone is happy.”

Hmmm.  Sounds like that’s what’s happening in Ottawa doesn’t it?  Does show you that sometimes people on an internet message boards really do have inside information. 🙂

April has snuck up on me.  Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  Another gloomy day here in Kingston.  Looks like winter is going to hit this area one more time.  Possible rain/snow mix overnight and a chance of it from Mon-Wed.  But I’ll believe it when I see it.

Friday Update

I’ll open the show with Mark Frost’s song ‘Fall Into the Ocean’ about the helicopter crash.  Sure many people reading this already listened to it after I put up a link for it, but it’s good to let the radio listeners get to hear it.

Interview with Andrea Wittgens airs tonight.  After the editing it runs 35 minutes since we covered a lot of topics.  Divided it up into sections, as usual.  So I’ll play her CD during the interview.

Andrea is the first Queen’s Alumni I’ve had on the show.  She’s from Antigonish, Nova Scotia then came to Queen’s and took French and Music.  She then moved to Seattle where she still resides.   So we talked about that, then we talked about her music.

Tonight I have that an I’ll play her CD ‘In the Skyline’ in it’s entirety.  I have some songs from a previous EP as well I think I’ll play.

Thanks to Brent Maclean for sending me the new CD by The Lever Pulled.  I’ve played their music before but it’s nice to have a hard copy of it.  Won’t have much time tonight so I’ll play some of it on next week’s show.

Another quick thanks to Kimberly Sinclair for sending me some new discs as well.  Ryan Neilson, Remedy and Francis Arsenault.  And a couple more on the way.  Same story, next week.  Kim is a fan of Andrea so I’m sure she won’t mind waiting a week. 🙂

As for TV tonight.  March Madness for sports fans, I should get home to see the end of the 7pm tip off games.  They’ll end around 9:30pm.

Which means I’ll take a break and watch Out There with Melissa DiMarco on CITY-TV at 10pm.  Last week the episode on poker was fun.  I thought an actor was playing an editor on the show.  Found last night on a message board that he really is an editor who works on the show and plays poker.  Who knew?

Basketball games go late into the night, past midnight.  So if you’re a fan of Letterman or Craig Ferguson you’ll have to stay up later than usual.  Craig’s a rerun, Dave was new last night but I missed it.

I’ll upload the radio show on Saturday.  Might get it tonight but I’m not counting on it with the sports going late tonight.  So the link will be up tomorrow.

That’s it for now.  As a reminder for new readers, show starts 6pm EST tonight.  101.9FM in Kingston or http://www.cfrc.ca for the vast majority of readers outside of K-Town.

March 13th Show

Got a comment on last night’s blog from Adrian, Allison Crowe’s manager.

“Sounds a great show – I’ll listen when I am back home. Travelling this weekend, as Allison starts rehearsing with a band for the first time in five+ years!! Rock and roll!”

Sounds interesting. Here is the links to last night’s show.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMarch13th2009Hour1

Music of Jenn Grant, Sharona Clarke, Allison Crowe, Christine Crawford, Ryan Neilson, Francis Arsenault, Remedy and Leonard Cohen.

Lots of new music in the first hour.

Also talk about the Watchmen movie and play both versions of Hallelujah. The Cohen version that was used in the movie, and Allison’s version which was the original plan.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicMarch13th2009Hour2

Interview with Ray Johnson, and the music of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Who are starting their 25th anniversary tour.

End the show with Mark Hiscock, Justin Merdsoy, Jill Barber and Kelli Trottier.

Tonight, lots of music

#Update, show will be uploaded on Saturday night.  Bit later than usual.

Tonight quick interview with Ray Johnson with Buddy Wasisname as they are starting a new tour. Hit Kingston May 5th at the Grand Theatre. And some music from the band.

Also music of Sharona Clarke, Justin Merdsoy, Allison Crowe, Christine Crawford, Ryan Neilson, Francis Arsenault, Remedy and Kelli Trottier. Can I cram all of that into 2 hours? Tune in and find out. 🙂

And after the show I’m conducting another interview, this time with Melanie Samson. Next Friday I’ll play the interview with Andrea Wittgens and her CD in it’s entirety. Spoke to Andrea over 40 minutes so I have a lot of content to work with.