Details on the Revival of The Ongoing History of New Music–Plus Something New, Too

In case you’ve been away, I’m back working for Corus Entertainment which means (a) more work with 102.1 the Edge; and (b) the return of The Ongoing History of New Music after a three year hiatus.  Here’s the official press release on what’s going on.

Note the big 12-hour OH marathon on September 1 (Labour Day–and a schedule of those shows is coming soon) and the new feature, Adventures in Vinyl. That will start as a daily feature, but I have a feeling it will morph into something longer and more comprehensive, too.

(August 25, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge relaunches Canada’s best-known radio documentary program, Ongoing History of New Music, and introduces a new series, Adventures in Vinyl,both hosted by veteran broadcaster and musicologist Alan Cross.Ongoing History of New Music returns with even more artist profiles, thematic studies of alternative rock and its legendary in-depth narrative. The one-hour program will run weekly on Sundays at 7 p.m. (ET) with a replay on Mondays at 11 p.m. (ET) beginning Sunday, September 7. The first episode, Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before, offers up Alan’s weirdest and most interesting musical encounters over the last few years. Subsequent episodes will profile punk rock staple The Ramones as well as an examination on spectacular acts of self-sabotage in the music industry.To celebrate the highly-anticipated relaunch of the series, the Edge is offering fans a chance to catch up on the most popular Ongoing History of New Music episodes with a 12-hour binge listen on Monday, September 1 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (ET). The Edge will also be airing one minute features from Ongoing History of New Music everyday at 9:15 a.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (ET) starting on Tuesday, September 2.Adventures in Vinyl will profile the recent resurgence of vinyl records in Canada. With a collection of close to 10,000 new and vintage vinyl records, Alan explores this revival with one minute set-ups of classic releases, new records and reissues, followed by the track itself. Adventures in Vinyl will run daily at 7:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (ET) beginning Sunday, September 21.“I am soooo glad to be back at the Edge and doing Ongoing History of New Music again,” said creator Alan Cross. “Since 1993, there have been 691 episodes produced and more than 5,000 daily features — and now we can build on that number and continue to chronicle the artists, themes, facts and myths behind today’s music culture. Plus, it’s also very exciting to be creating a new and innovative series for Edge listeners with Adventures in Vinyl.”

“We are very excited to resurrect Ongoing History of New Music and are looking forward to Adventures in Vinyl becoming a favourite,” said Dave Farough, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto. “These additions are just another way that the Edge is returning to its musical roots by offering intelligent, original and curated content that can’t be found anywhere else.”

And hey: if you have any topic suggestions for upcoming shows, I’m all ears. Mail ’em to [email protected]

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.

12 thoughts on “Details on the Revival of The Ongoing History of New Music–Plus Something New, Too

  • August 25, 2014 at 11:01 am
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    This is fanastic! The music/radio industry needs this… Welcome back Alan

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  • August 25, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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    Yay! TOHoNM is coming back!

    I LOVE to hear stories of bands and artists who have scuttled their own careers. I very much look forward to that episode.

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  • August 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm
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    wow, is that like going back into the devil’s lair? if so, i hope you have your own pitchfork to protect yourself. hope you have a written contract. you can tell i don’t trust those mofo’s in corporate radio land. i guess their trashy radio style isn’t paying the bills anymore? i don’t know because i stopped listening to the edge years ago..

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  • August 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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    Please tell me it’s going to be back on 102.9 sonic in Edmonton! If it is I might start listening to them again!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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    Sooo…. what’s going to happen to your current show? I imagine it will go the way of the Dodo. Will you retains some of the format changes that you made? Will the new show be available for time-shifted streaming or down-loading? Will some markets be left w/o either show (for whatever reason)?

    Enquiring minds want to know!

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    • August 26, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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      The Secret History of Rock will slide off into the sunset. Hopefully, though, I can find a way to make all 100 episodes available for on-demand streaming in the near future. I’m hoping, too, that all the SH affiliates will pick up Ongoing History. I’m working on that now.

      It wouldn’t hurt if you emailed your local radio station and, uh, dropped a hint or two–if you know what I mean…

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  • August 27, 2014 at 2:36 am
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    I hate to be the guy to bring this up, but I’d it (still) safe to assume that the ongoing history won’t be available as a podcast?

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  • August 27, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    Alan’s first spin should be?

    “Been Away too Long” by Soundgarden

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    • August 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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      “Come back” by the foo fighters

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