Meanwhile, From the World of Toronto Radio…

I’ll just quote the press release for now.  We can discuss particulars later.

Alan Cross Returns to Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge(July 17, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Canada’s pre-eminent musicologist and authority in rock music, Alan Cross, returns to 102.1 the Edge, Toronto’s alternative radio station. Details regarding Alan’s new role will be announced in early fall.

“Alan Cross is synonymous with alternative music – he’s credible, authentic and true to the Edge brand,” said Dave Farough, General Manager, Corus Radio Toronto. “Having Alan back represents the next phase of the station’s evolution – returning to its music-based roots with intelligent conversation.”

“I spent a long time at the Edge — 1986 through 2011 — so it feels good to be back in the fold,” said Alan Cross. “A lot of people will say the Edge is my natural home, so let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?”

All questions will be answered in due time.  I haven’t spoken to anyone in the press yet, but that’ll come later once a few details are ironed out.  What I can tell you, however, is The Ongoing History of New Music will return this fall with brand new episodes and probably a few programs from the archives.

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.

15 thoughts on “Meanwhile, From the World of Toronto Radio…

  • July 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    What about Indie 88?

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  • July 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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    Congratulations but I’m not sure I’ll follow you back to 102.1, love Indie 88. Resurect Ongoing History though and we’ll have to reevaluate that position.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    I hope they give you a gooooooooood deal. How the F*CK they cut you out!!!!
    Never mind. All the best for you and all your endeavours.

    Wishing list:
    * Return of On Going History of New Music
    * Podcast of ALL shows (from episode #1)

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  • July 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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    Suddenly got a reason to start listening to The Edge again. And YES – please bring back the Ongoing History of New Music!

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  • July 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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    Great news for the 102.1 – The Spirit of Radio! Ongoing History back on Sundays!

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  • July 18, 2014 at 12:14 am
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    Alan, I liked your affiliation with Indie 88.1 and I’ll still listen but I have been impressed with 102.1 lately since they realized the folly of their ways. Sundays are a great listen now! Two stations are always better than one and a little competition never hurt anyone.

    I’ve been a long time edge listener from 20 + years across the lake (near Rochester NY) and now I live in St. Catharines ON. Best of luck Alan!

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    • July 18, 2014 at 11:11 am
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      The only reason Sundays are any good is because of Skot Turner’s SOR show. Every other day sucks at that station.

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  • July 18, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    I’ll be nice to look forward to new shows again, assuming I can stream them here in Calgary.

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  • July 18, 2014 at 11:09 am
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    Frankly, I’m disappointed with this announcement. Alan, you can’t help/fix that station. It’s been going downhill for years and I can’t stand listening to the SAME MUSIC played OVER and OVER and OVER all day every day.

    Even with you at that station, I will still not listen. You should’ve stayed with 88.1.

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    • July 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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      Don’t judge just yet. I have some interesting ideas. Let’s see if they work.

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  • July 18, 2014 at 11:11 am
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    Welcome back – although you never really left, did you…loved your stay with ’88

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  • July 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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    Where there is Alan Cross, there is hope yet for the edge

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  • July 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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    Can you do an episode about the show itself? I and probably a lot of other fans would love to hear the history and stories about the program.

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