Corus Radio Celebrates Ongoing History of New Music 20th Anniversary

From the press release:

(February 25, 2016 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Radio’s 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM) is excited to announce the 20th anniversary of Canada’s longest running radio documentary series, Ongoing History of New Music. Hosted by legendary musicologist Alan Cross and produced by Corus Entertainment, the series chronicles the history of alternative rock, profiles musicians and examines musical trends.

 “Alan Cross and Ongoing History of New Music are synonymous with the Edge brand,” said Mario Cecchini, President, Corus Radio. “Alan’s musical expertise and gift for storytelling is unparalleled. The show’s sustained popularity represents our commitment to offering the very best radio content to our listeners.”

With over 740 hour-long episodes under his belt, Cross has discussed everything from why people wave lighters at concerts to how a drugged chicken remixed Give it Away by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Highlights from Cross’ storied on-air career with CFNY/102.1 The Edge include breaking the news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide and creating a new academic term, Bandomynology, which refers to the study of band name origins.

Going from a kid obsessed with my transistor radio to host of a 20-year radio series is a dream come true,” said Alan Cross, host and creator, Ongoing History of New Music. “The music industry is ever-changing. I look forward to continuing to share stories on all things alternative rock.”

New episodes of Ongoing History of New Music air Sundays at 7 p.m. and Mondays at midnight on 102.1 the Edge. Syndicated episodes air Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at midnight on 102.1 the Edge, as well as on other Corus stations FM 96 (London) and 107.5 Dave Rocks (Kitchener). Listeners can find Ongoing History of New Music articles, social media posts and exclusive videos on its dedicated Edge show page.

 102.1 the Edge is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based integrated media and content company that creates, broadcasts, licenses and delivers content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, live events, children’s book publishing, children’s animation, animation software, and technology and media services. Corus’ television brands include ABC Spark, Cartoon Network (Canada), CMT (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Disney Channel (Canada), Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nickelodeon (Canada), OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Telelatino, TELETOON, Treehouse, W Network, YTV, Historia, La chaîne Disney, Séries+ and TÉLÉTOON. Its 39 radio brands include CKNW AM 980, Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh Radio, JUMP! 106.9, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. The company also owns Nelvana, an internationally renowned animation production company, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and Quay Media Services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

One thought on “Corus Radio Celebrates Ongoing History of New Music 20th Anniversary

  • February 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    So, do we have good news from your meetings this week. Is there a giant birthday present coming for the fans of the show?


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