Attention Radio Dudes and Radio Fans: Here’s News About the Return of The Ongoing History of New Music That Might Interest You

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]



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Attention Radio Dudes and Radio Fans: Here’s News About the Return of The Ongoing History of New Music That Might Interest You

  • August 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    As much as I loved the OHNM back in the day, I really loved the Secret History and it’s two hour format, double the educational awesomeness. The only down side was no one in the Golden Horseshoe carried it, but that did allow me to discover a plethora of new great stations through streaming such as Live 88.5 and Sonic. Any chance of keeping the two hour format Alan?

  • August 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    This is great news, can’t wait to start listening to Ongoing History again. As a listener in the United States, I used to stream it from the Canadian affiliates. “Appointment radio,” as some would call it!


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