As you may have heard, my old radio program, The Ongoing History of New Music, is returning after a hiatus of three years. After a binge listen on 102.1 the Edge Labour Day Monday (12 straight hours starting at noon ET!), new episodes will begin on September 7. If you’re in Toronto and listening on The Edge, showtimes will be 7pm Sunday with a replay 11pm Monday.
The show will be augmented by one minute(ish) daily features that will run throughout the week. The goal is to pick things up right where we left off with Episode 691 in 2011.
So what does this mean for my other show, The Secret History of Rock? That program will be sunsetted. Affiliates have the option of running repeats from now until the end of the year–and many of them are. Some came to the network late, which means for their audiences, many of these programs are brand new. But come December 31, Secret History will be done. All my energies will go into Ongoing History.
Radio folk and fans of the show have been asking questions:
Where will Ongoing History run?
It’ll be made available to all rock-formated Corus radio stations. That means I’ll be back on in places like Hamilton, London, Winnipeg and Vancouver. A full affiliate list is currently being compiled. Once that’s done, we’ll create a grid showing broadcast times for each station.
What about non-Corus radio stations?
I really, really want to keep my friends happy at Sonic in Edmonton, The Zone in Victoria, Live 88.5 in Ottawa as well as stations in Windsor, Halifax, Charlottetown, Grand Prairie, Timmins and all the other stations along the network. If you work at any of those stations, drop me a line and I’ll hook you up with Ongoing History credentials.
Will there be any more stations joining the network?
I sure hope so.
I work at a radio station and want the show.
Great! Email me at [email protected] and I’ll hook you up with the right people.
I don’t work in radio, but I want my local station to take the show.
Fantastic. Shoot me a note and we’ll work out a strategy. A little evangelism is always helpful.
Will Ongoing History shows be available on-demand?
I hope so, but that’s a pretty tricky proposition given the issues surrounding licensing of music streams, but it’s not impossible. I already have some meetings scheduled with the Powers-That-Be.
So are Secret History shows gone forever?
No. I own the rights to that show and I would love to work out a way to make all 100 episodes available for on-demand streaming.
What about podcasts or downloads?
Impossible. Again, it’s a music rights issue. Under the current laws and regimes, it cannot be done legally.
Have you got a full schedule of programs yet?
It’s coming together. One will be posted shortly. Meanwhile, keep sending topic suggestions to [email protected]