I knew there was a back log of episodes to put online, didn’t know it was as far back as July. Had some time off in August then football season came early before September and it snowballed from there.
Music of Matt Anderson, some Stan Rogers on vinyl and Jill Barber who was playing Kingston that month.
Music of Jill Barber, Ryan’s Fancy, David Myles, Chris Kirby, Hey Rosetta! and Ian Foster.
New music from Great Big Sea. Also tracks from Don Brownrigg and Neil Dobson.
Neil Dobson, Gulliver’s Spree, Stan Rogers, Ross Neilsen
So with that, a quick version of the picks. Plus I worked on a little NFL related blog post that will be a long one. Part NFL, part TV and mostly just a funny comparison that worked out well.
Texans over Chargers. San Diego won again and Houston didn’t show up against the Colts. Have to stick with the Texans one more week. They lose this they’re going back to choke artists at 4-4.
Cardinals over Vikings. Just on principle I’m not picking Brad Childress this week. What an idiot. Would’ve been idiot coach of the week but my team is the Redskins. [The topic for the long blog post]
Saints over Panthers. Saints with a good win against the Steelers. Could be a trap game but Panthers are 2nd worst in the league.
Patriots over Browns. New England quietly 6-1. Some games they haven’t been their best and still win. Either worrisome for some fans or a good sign. You win playing badly I’d say that’s a good thing.
Bucs over Falcons. Tampa Bay, I still can’t figure them out. 5-2 record and QB Freeman with another 4th quarter comeback win last week. Weird.
Bears over Bills? Nah, I can’t do that. Bills over Bears. Buffalo with two overtime losses to the Chiefs and Ravens is more impressive. I know it’s in Toronto. Neutral site, pretty much.
Ravens over Dolphins. Baltimore should win this one. The next game, is on Thursday so that’s a short week.
Jets over Lions. Detroit beating Washington last week is a whole other blog.
Giants over Seahawks. Seattle has to go to their back up QB, Charlie Whitehurst. Two ways to go. Giants dealing with a QB they’ve never seen or hammering a QB who doesn’t have much experience. I’m going with NYG.
Colts over Eagles. Indy handled Houston so Philly should’nt be that hard.
Chiefs over Raiders. Game of the week, and it’s not a joke. 5-2 KC against 4-4 Oakland. Raiders ahead of San Diego in the division
Sunday night, Green Bay over Dallas. Let’s ignore the Cowboys till end of the season or when they fire Wade.
Monday night, Pittsburgh over Cincinnati. Bengals play their division tough, for whatever reason. Don’t see Steelers losing two in a row.
Show is taped for Friday night, did it on Monday since a few hours ago I had a tooth pulled. Once they numb the area you don’t feel a thing. But the needle to the roof of your mouth isn’t enjoyable. But at least it’s over quickly.
Did have some extractions done years ago. Before I had braces I had overcrowding to take care of. 4 pulled out then. One was real stubborn since when he finally got it out it flew across the room. That’s a strange sight to see. Your mouth numb and seeing one of your teeth in mid air. Memorable though. LOL.
Friday’s show is a lot of Blues music since the Limestone City Blues Festival is this weekend in Kingston. Starts Thursday and runs to Sunday. Garrett Mason from Nova Scotia is playing every night at the Tir Nan Og downtown. He’s also part of the Saturday concert at Market Square. Here are the sites for each.
The last 45 minutes of the show I play Ryan’s Fancy record Sea People. Station has it on vinyl and I thought the last show of August would be a good time to play it. Yep, for me summer is over after this weekend. Our pre-season football broadcast is Monday Night. Football season = Fall.
Asked Toni Marie about starting a Facebook group about Rogers in Ontario dropping NTV. Wanted to see if they would have a problem or not with that idea. Reply was that management would be OK with it. So I’ll start working on that.
Probably get it ready for a launch early next week. I’ve seen people looking up NTV and Rogers a lot lately. When I sign in to WordPress it gives you terms every day that people use on search engines. This just a few from today. See a pattern?
ntv on rogers
ntv newfoundland live stream
ntv change rogers
ntv on rogers cable
where is cjon ntv on rogers cable
The WPBS/Ottawa page is still up and running so maybe I’ll contact them for advice. They won and made Rogers change their minds. In this case it’s trying to get NTV back up across the province. Without a doubt, a harder challenge. But it doesn’t hurt to try.
The date given for dropping it was yesterday. So I bet the amount of people upset is just going to rise as Newfoundlanders find out across the province.
This part talks about songs Toni Marie requested so here is the link to that part of the show.
First part I ran out of time to play, a short bit about St. John’s
TONI: St. Johns has become very cosmopolitan. It’s not a large city by any stretch about 195,000 people. But there’s so much to do here. You can go any night of the week and see live music or a live theatrical performance.
We’ve got a beautiful new facility, called the Rooms. That houses the provincial art gallery, theater and archives. It’s fantastic.
I love St. Johns. I can walk by myself downtown at midnight and feel pretty safe.
I knew Toni would try to “turn the table” at one point. I steered it back to it being about her eventually. LOL.
TONI: But we should talk more about music, because you have a fantastic show, Salt Water Music. And I know that now it’s kind of the place to be for Newfoundland and Labrador and east coast artists to be played. Maybe I can kind of turn the table on you a little bit and ask if there’s anything maybe you want to know about some of your favorites or some of the people you’ve interviewed or played on your wonderful show?
ROB: You’ve done a lot of interviews with people, I’ve talked to like Ian Foster and Teresa Ennis.
TONI: Fergus O’Byrne too I believe.
ROB: Yeah. For Fergus you were partly responsible for that since we did the Newfoundland Herald interview then you were talking to Fergus during one of the weather hits.
You mentioned the interview and got my contact information and that’s how I got the interview with Fergus. So, thank you for that.
TONI: After I wrote that article a number of artists contacted me and wanted to know how to get in touch with you. Because you’re doing such a great service. Obviously every musician wants to have their music played on any radio station that will take them. But the unique thing about your program is that it possibly reaches a larger audience.
They get to play their music now for people who maybe hadn’t heard Teresa Ennis’s solo album since she was no longer with the Ennis sisters. Or maybe had never heard Fergus O’Byrne talk on the radio. Especially when you told me that wonderful story about your inspiration for Salt Water Music came from Ryan’s Fancy and from the death of Dermot O’Reilly.
Fergus will probably be one of the first to admit that their first stop in this country aside from Newfoundland was Ontario. Ryan’s Fancy did quite well there. It was great for Fergus knowing that there was somebody who was helping to keep great east coast music available to people in that part of the country.
ROB: Before we go, Toni, any favorite songs from Newfoundland artists that you’ve been listening to?
TONI: I think you know this but my boyfriend Kenny Butler is a musician. He does have a beautiful song and I believe you play it on your show.
It’s called Breathe the Air. It’s a beautiful song. And so, I’d love to hear that one.
There’s another one and it’s by Ron Hynes, which I’m sure everyone in your listening audience is familiar with.
The wonderful Ron Hynes, a man of a thousand songs. Years ago many people will remember the Ocean Ranger, which was an oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland that sank on one horrible night around Valentine’s Day.
He wrote a song about that disaster and about the people left behind. The song is called Atlantic Blue and it is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It’s so beautiful that I don’t think I’ve ever been able to listen to it and not cry. So, you could play that one for me too, if that’s okay.
[After playing those songs]
ROB: Your favorite song is one from the 80’s, is there a particular reason why that song became your favorite?
TONI: You’re talking about No One is to Blame, Howard Jones.
I think it’s just a very peaceful song that back in those days was around summer vacation. Probably came out when I was close to the end of high school. It’s just a very relaxing beautiful song.
And it talks about life too. No matter what happens, we can try not to hurt people but in the long run no one really is to blame for where their heart goes, where their heart leads them. I like that one.
ROB: I know you have a copy on vinyl.
TONI: I do. I wonder where I got that.
ROB: I don’t know.
TONI: Maybe a really good friend of mine in radio might have been able to track that one down for me.
TONI: Rob, thank you so much for inviting me on this show. I hope I haven’t bored you or your listeners too much. You’ve got such a fantastic show there, I’d hate to do anything to jeopardize it.
I want to thank you, not just for inviting me but for creating this wonderful show, Salt Water Music. I know that people not just in Newfoundland and Labrador appreciate that you’ve done this. But throughout the east coast of Canada, the artists who get to be played on this fantastic program.
I’m your numerous listeners love it too. And I know they appreciate that you’re bringing the east coast music back to Ontario.
ROB: I try my best. So, thanks for that. And thanks for joining us, Toni.
TONI: Thank you. You take care.
Thanks to Toni Marie for doing the interview. I told her it wouldn’t be “boring” and I think you did learn a few things about her you didn’t know.
Even with how long we went there were things I forgot to talk about.
Toni said she can’t sing or act but I’ve seen her do both. Don’t know if they do them anymore but they used to have a charity fundraiser called Celebrity Secrets in town. Local media people would go on stage and sing songs or do skits.
One year she was part of a group of women from NTV with a song parody of a Dixie Chicks song. Another year she did a skit where her and another woman were playing older women from Newfoundland talking about hospitals. They broke out into “Sneeze Away” a parody of “Heave Away”. Which was quite funny. I recall she had so many requests to see it she played it on Entertainment News 2 weeks in a row.
Other thing I forgot was how she enjoys certain Hard Rock/Alternative music. Playing Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson in her car for example.
Tomorrow I’ll put up the story where she got tricked into mispronouncing Patrick Roy on the radio. Something extra. I’ll use Roy for the proper way to say it, and ROY in caps as in ROY Rogers.
Probably upload Friday’s episode tomorrow or Monday at the latest.
New music from Emmy Alcorn, The Salty Plains and Sora. Also some of Don Brownrigg’s disc from 2007.
Some live Hey Rosetta! from a variety of sources and places. Victoria, Toronto and St. John’s. Couple of tracks from Joel Plaskett’s solo triple album “Three”. End the hour with some Ryan’s Fancy from 1982 and two more Hey Rosetta! songs from their set at NXNE 2008 in Toronto.
Realize I had a scan of it, but not the full text version of the interview. Oops. So here it is.
Up Close and Personal by Toni Marie Wiseman
Rob Carnell – Airing the East Coast
There’s no questioning the popularity of East Coast music. Our talented musicians and their catchy tunes have been enough to fill bar-rooms and concert halls from here to Vancouver, throughout the United States, Europe and even the Middle East. But a radio show in Kingston, Ontario, of all places is stretching the reach of our music even further.
The show, called Salt Water Music on Queen’s University’s CFRC, is hosted by Rob Carnell, a Newfoundlander by birth who has found his niche in the Ontario radio market by playing music to expatriates. What he didn’t expect was that his show would become popular, not just in Ontario, but around the globe.
“I’ve heard back from people listening all over the world. I’ve received email from the U.S., France, Japan and Australia,” says Carnell.
His Salt Water Music show was conceived almost by accident. While working at CFRC as a technical producer for Queen’s football games, he started going on air either during intermissions or after the game until the next show started.
“I was mostly reading sports or playing music,” he recalls. Then the time came for him to actually fill on the air for an hour. “I had an hour to play whatever I wanted. It was a Sunday night, Oscar night as a matter of fact. The weekend before that I had seen the news about Dermot O’Reilly’s passing, so that Sunday I scrambled and put together an hour of Ryan’s Fancy.”
By spring the station management asked Carnell to host a regular program. He mentioned he’d like the format to be all East Coast Canadian music. His reasoning?
“We always had that music in my house. I thought it would be nice to get some airplay in Ontario for those artists. In the 1980’s there was a radio show in Toronto that played music from Newfoundland. I thought there are many people in Ontario that would like to hear some music from home.”
The show is now in full swing and a summer fill-in program is a regular weekly fixture on CFRC. It airs Friday nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm Newfoundland time. The station can also be heard online at http://www.cfrc.ca
Why did you want to do a radio show in Ontario featuring East Coast music?
I always tried to keep tabs on East Coast Music. I left Newfoundland at a young age and my family moved around Canada. My family always had some music from home with us. Remember listening to that growing up.
So I looked around and saw there wasn’t a lot of radio shows focusing just on East Coast music in Ontario. Since it was a genre I was familiar with I thought it might be an idea that could work well.
Was it difficult convincing the radio station to go with your format?
No, not at all. Since CFRC is a campus/community station they’re always looking for Canadian music to play. An hour of that type of music was right down their alley.
What was their reaction to what you wanted to do?
They liked the show, since it was a lot of music that they hadn’t heard before. It started out as fill-in show for the summer months in 2007. But the show was well received and I’ve been doing it every week since then.
Who are some of the NL artists you play?
In the first year I played over 120 artists from Atlantic Canada so it’s a long list. But ones I can name off the top of my head include Ian Foster, Teresa Ennis, Gulliver’s Spree, Great Big Sea, Ryan’s Fancy, Shanneyganock, Ron Hynes, Joe Belly & the Sin City Ramblers, The Idlers, Damhnait Doyle, Hey Rosetta!, Duane Andrews, Allison Crowe, Rawlins Cross, The Irish Descendants.
Where do you get the music?
A lot of it I find online. Either through an artist’s website or their MySpace page. Some email me MP3’s of their music or send along a CD of theirs. Then someone points out another musician I might be interested in. Start networking with people you talk to.
The station also gets new CD’s every week or two. I go through them and find artists from the East Coast. With that I have to sit down with a pile of CD’s and find out which ones are from Atlantic Canada. Little more time consuming but I always find some new artists that way that I hadn’t known before.
What has been the reaction by East Coast artists to your show?
Very positive. With the online feed it allows them to hear the show. More than a few of them tell me it’s been the first time they’ve heard their music played on the radio. That’s something I never expected. Someone from my home province saying I was the first person to play them on the radio.
What has been reaction from your listeners?
Great and far reaching. Heard from listeners who tune in every week to the show, or who listen to it online afterwards. They say they really enjoy the show. Gotten emails from one listener in Sydney, Australia. She’s not from Canada but listened one week for a specific band she liked. Became a regular listener ever since.
Are more and more East coast artists sending you their music for your show?
Yes, I’ve found more artists sending me their music. Having a MySpace page and blog for the radio show helps a lot. People who hear about the show can find out where to contact me fairly quickly.
Have you interviewed many of these artists for your show? (Who have you interviewed?)
I have done interviews with musicians over the phone. Ian Foster is the first one I ever did while he was on tour in Ottawa. Interviewed him again this past summer. Also spoke to Teresa Ennis earlier this year.
Who’s been the best interview to date? (Why?)
That would have to be Teresa Ennis. Main reason is the background before the interview.
My radio show was the first one anywhere to play her some of her solo work. I found some songs on her MySpace page in the summer of 2007. Emailed her about playing them that week on the show. I didn’t know she had just uploaded them that very week. So Teresa and her friends ended up listening online to the show when I played the music that week. That was a fun interview since I got to ask her about that night when she got to hear it for the first time on the radio.
How much did you know about East Coast music before you started the show?
I had a general knowledge of East Coast Music. But I’ve learned a lot about the depth of talent in each genre. Internet has made it much easier to find out more information. Even 10 years ago it would’ve been much harder to do a similar show.
Do you ever get the chance to meet these artists in person or hear them live?
This past summer in Toronto I went to see Allison Crowe and Ian Foster. Luckily both were playing on the same weekend. Was fun to see two people I’ve played on air come to Ontario for a few shows.
How do you stay on top of what’s happening in East Coast music?
I read online sources like magazines, newspapers or radio websites. Since I have satellite TV I do watch some local news broadcasts from Atlantic Canada. Always find some new artists mentioned on those.
Do you get the chance to visit NL often?
No, it’s been too long. Last time was 10 years ago. One of those things where I never thought it was a long time ago then I realized 10 years had passed.
What does your family think of your show?
They enjoy listening to the show. On Boxing Day my Mom phoned me to tell me my Aunt in Placentia was listening online. I was born in Placentia that was nice to hear.
What’s next for your show?
Looking to do more interviews with artists in 2009. I have two almost lined up so that’s a good start. Other than that I’m always looking to get the word out about the show. More listeners would mean more exposure for the musicians on the show.
Which NL artist would you most like to interview for your show?
That would have to be Denis Ryan or Fergus O’Byrne. 6 months before my first show I filled in for someone at the station. I had free reign to cover any topic. It was the week after Dermot O’Reilly passed away so I put together a tribute show to Ryan’s Fancy. So that ended up being a precursor to what my show became. So interviewing Denis or Fergus would be a great honour.
Little after 11pm but got the show uploaded.
Show starts off with some Teresa Ennis as I got settled in. Mentioned Alan Doyle and Gordon Pinsent being in the new Robin Hood movie. Quick reminder of Out There with Melissa DiMarco airing tonight.
Then the interview with Fergus O’Byrne. First hour also has music from Jim Payne/Fergus O’Byrne and Ryan’s Fancy.
Second hour starts off with the Dardanelles then conclude the interview with Fergus. This hour contains the part where we talked about Tacks Beach. 🙂
Played Fergus’ musical works for the rest of the program. I end the show with an entire side of the last album from Ryan’s Fancy in 1982. I chose the second side since that marked the end of their recordings. And the albums were never released on CD so it’s rare to hear them on the radio. Here is the fan site for the band. Lots of good information.
But there is a place you can get a CD. This one is of recordings from their CBC TV shows. Of the fifteen re-mastered tracks, thirteen songs have never previously been available. I’ll have to get my hands on this one.
And here is the website for Sing Song Inc. where you can get Fergus’ work with Jim Payne along with many other artists.
Thanks to Fergus O’Byrne for doing the interview. And to Toni Marie for really being the reason for it in the first place. I mentioned how it happened in a previous blog but wanted to save that story for a different episode of the radio show.
By the way had a bad headache during the first hour. Really glad this week that I don’t script my show a lot. LOL.
Thanks to Jennie in Cape Breton and Julie in Australia for sending me messages during the show. Yes, during the show. Pretty cool.
Tomorrow night the interview with Fergus O’Byrne. Music of Ryan’s Fancy from the CFRC record collection. Also some tracks from Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne.
Today an older episode of the show, from 1 year ago. Interview with Krissy Holmes from ‘Out of the Fog’ in St. John’s. I asked her for some bands in the province she liked and played some of that for the hour.
The old Saturday at 10pm timeslot. The shows were only an hour then. Krissy is a fellow Algonquin College alumni. We talked about the ECMA’s in Corner Brook, which was a year away. So technically this counts as more ECMA coverage. Kind of.