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]