Here’s a cool little documentary about a radio station called CFNY.

A number of years ago, Karim Mosna started working on a short demo of CFNY-FM. At the risk of sounding immodest, the station (now known as 102.1 the Edge) was hugely influential in the alternative world.

Before I saw this on Toronto Mike’s page, I’d completely forgotten I was interviewed for it. It’s a fun 22 minutes of nostalgia.

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.

4 thoughts on “Here’s a cool little documentary about a radio station called CFNY.

  • August 2, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    Not even a mention about Pete and Geets or Humble and Fred. Poor documentary.

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    • August 29, 2020 at 7:50 pm
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      Humble and Fred weren’t even in the same league as Pete and Geets. “Geets Romo for King”

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  • August 2, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    This is an awesome look back on what I would call my up bringing. I was an avid listener to Alan Cross Bookie and Martin. This station did us all a huge favour of breaking out of the normal top 40 rotation. There were so many jocks that I loved to listen to from CFNY. This was a great trip back in time. RIP Martin. RIP Bookie

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  • August 3, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    In the age of profit and marketing CFNY was an outlet for thirsty ears that needed new music apart from the norm. They were the only introduction to many well known bands of today. U2, Talking heads, The Spoons, REM, etc… If it was new and out there you could hear it on CFNY. I’m sure they changed many lives of the listeners and the fate of musicians. I think of these years as bootleg radio, a home for alternative music the home for those listeners. If it weren’t for CFNY some bands may never had made it in Canada or at all! Home grown bands as well as import bands. The cherry on the cake was ” The on-going history of new music” Alan Cross. He is the Ken Burns of new music !

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