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.
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.
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.