This appears in today’s FYI Music News newsletter:
A self-described geek, Alan’s “obsession” with music began at age six when his grandmother gave him a transistor radio—which spawned an all-consuming fascination with things that came over the airwaves. A few years later, an uncle—who moonlighted by servicing jukeboxes—kick started his record collection by dumping a box of old 7-inch singles on him. He was hooked.His first professional broadcasting gig was CJRL,a 1,00 watt AM in Kenora, ON. From there it was on to KX-96/Brandon and Q94-FM/Winnipeg, and then The Edge in T.O. where he stayed for 15 years before taking a PD job in Hamilton.
Alan was named PD of the Year at CMW’s Music Industry Awards three times, earned accolades for his widely syndicated radio show, The Ongoing History of New Music, can regularly be found expounding on his passion in print and on TV, and recently signed on as head of content curation for music streaming service Songza Canada. For many his newsletter, A Journal of Musical Things, is a must read, filled with a mix of topical news and whimsy.
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