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CFNY FM: Ain’t Your Average Radio Clone
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What happened in the late 1970s, that made Toronto’s CFNY FM (today branded as: 102.1 The Edge), Canada’s most influential alternative rock station? Karim Mosna, a 21 year old self-professed radio junkie posed the question to the personalities behind the station: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, David Marsden (CFNY’s station manager), radio and music guru, Alan Cross and several others from The Spirit of Radio era at CFNY FM.

The 22 minute documentary, CFNY FM: ain’t your average radio clone is the first to provide a glimpse into the creation and ideology of the legendary radio station.

  1. I loved working in radio. Back in the day when the passion that got you hired didn’t result in the reason you would be fired after radio fell into the hands of the bean counters and tight format, limited playlist merchants whose systematic firing of the heart and soul of radio, the men and women in the trenches who loved music and brought that love and that music to the public, reduced radio to the sad shadow of itself it has become. KMPX, the Tom Donahue launched pioneer station in San Francisco, and a handful of other outposts from L.A to New York, established “Free Form” or “Underground Radio” as the future of not only radio, but of popular music, shifting the attention from the hype surrounding mainstream releases, to the music in the grooves from bands and artists no one had ever heard of. Canada had two such stations. CHOM in Montreal, and this one in Toronto. CFNY broke music, championed local artists, and put a street-wise spin on contemporary music unlike any other station at the time. CHUM was the corporate, Q107 was the rocker, and CFNY was the explorer, going where no other station went until ‘NY cleared a path to new music. If David Marsden ever got a radio station to play with again, it would be the only one I would be capable of working at, and the only one I would WANT to work at. I wouldn’t last a week at a radio station currently on the air in Toronto…the passion i had at the beginning has never dwindled, and true passion for music and radio is what will get you fired in today’s market. *Sigh*

    Robert Segarini

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