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My name is Giancarlo Siciliano and I am simply delighted to have found your website.

Back in the 1980's, when I was living in Toronto, CFNY brought much joy through discoveries of great music...

By 1984 I had the opportunity to record an album with the indie band Rave Revues: the title track "Voices" got quite a bit of airplay.

Having lost my own vinyl copy of the album, I was wondering if I could ever get to hear it again - perhaps via a podcast.

If this song is somewhere in your archives, please let me know how I could hear it or download it. It would really mean a lot to me!

Thank you again for having written such an exciting chapter of my musical life!

With much gratitude,

Giancarlo Siciliano
guitarist/translator/independent ethnomusicologist

Giancarlo - December, 2014

Like a lot of you, I also remember hearing them, one night in 77/8. The Q was the other new station that year, but when I heard CFNY, music was new and exciting. I was a prog rock guy, but the first time I heard the Pistols or The Stranglers or even the jazz and orchestral music, mixed all together, I was hooked. Late night music was never like this. I couldn't keep my ears off the radio. One of my faves was All night Andrea. He also worked at Bay Bloor Radio and I even bought a pair of Advent speakers from him. I also remember visiting the little yellow house and noticing that on the center of their one phone was a picture of Frank Zappa. I'm a huge Zappa fan and that was the coolest thing. I remember one night when they played all of Shiek Yer Booty, by FZ. That was the night that he became my musical God. I've recorded a few shows from the 79 and the early 80's, and they never get stale. The commercials were great too. Remember Dave Marsden doing, "what is this Nuts and Bolts, bolts..bolts, bolts". Everything they did was great, until a few owner changes and I heard a Michael Jackson song. That was the end for me. They did get better later on, but nothing beats the early DJ's. You could tell that they played music that they wanted to hear and were excited about playing it for you. they maid it OK to fork out all that money for imports. Nowadays, the DJ's sound too much like every other rock DJ. Pushy and fast talking. And they're always trying to be your buddy. Doesn't anyone know how to relax and just play the music. Two of the many N American firsts played by them was, believe it or not, ACDC and The Motors. I have these on tape. Radio has never been the same. Long Live The Spirit of Radio.

Dominic - December, 2014

I "discovered" CFNY when I was in Grade 12, going to Port Credit Secondary School. It was like an entirely new world had opened up to me! I used to come home after school and phone the DJs with requests. My most fond memory was requesting Spandau Ballet's Paint Me Down (when it was released as an EP, not on Diamond!) after school.

I went off to the University of Waterloo in 1982 and at the time the signal from Brampton was pretty weak. I had to tune in VERY late at night, usually after cramming after an exam. But what a treat when I could get decent reception!

I had listened to endless ads for Ballingers in Cambridge so, being in Waterloo, we went there on a Thursday night when I was on campus in the summer. What a letdown! The place was empty. The vaunted Ballingers definitely didn't live up to expectations.

CFNY sponsored concerts I attended included OMD (Masonic Temple), Depeche Mode (Masonic Temple), Human League (Massey Hall) and Gary Numan (Maple Leaf Gardens). Probably some of the BEST times of my life.

Today, 102.1 under the ownership of Corus is an abomination. I've moved on to Indie 88 and while the DJs are a bit too "nice", the music is great! Give it a try! But you need to be in the GTA. Even in Burlington, it is tough to get a signal. Just like The Edge back in the early '80s!

Dave Thoma - December, 2013

What can I say. I owe everything to CFNY for introducing me to Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Propaganda, Talk Talk, Howard Jones..all those bands from the new wave era!! Radio isn't the same today, even internet stations don't cut it. Thanx for the memories.. wish we could relive it all again. And wish music was being made the same as back then.

Rick - August, 2013

I went to LA to go to college in 1978 - all excited, that if the Toronto music (102.1) was so great, that the LA music would be AMAZING!!!!!! I was so, so , disappointed, that I had friends mail me tapes of The Spirit!!!!!!!!

It was PERFECT - and I still miss it - college radio has filled the musical gap in some respects, but not the spirit, the fun!! And the CFNY white water rafter blasters, which left from the Jolly Miller??!!! Out of control!!!!!!!!!
: ))) Thank you everyone - it was wonderful and magical!!!

DonLinda - July, 2013

Oh where do I start....

I was a listener pretty much from the start of the "cool" period - starting in the very late 1970's listening to Sex Pistols, U2, OMD, Romantics, Devo, Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, The Monks, Squeeze, etc, etc, etc. and then evolving into The The, Echo and the Bunnymen, Farmer Boys, Eddie Ten Pole Tudor, Fiat Lux, Blancmange, Thompson Twins... Man, the music was fun, fast-paced and a ton of fun to dance to. Thank God for YouTube because there is so much of all this on there.

Like others who have commented, I've got tapes full of songs that I recorded off the airwaves. I too remember the days of having the recorder set up, ready to go, waiting for that great song to start and then I'd run over and take off the pause button and record another great tune. I even have a bit of Pete and Geets' morning show. LOL - who can forget them playing "Duck and Cover" or Ivor Biggun "Has anybody seen my cock, my big Rhode Island Red...". And what ever happened to the guy who used to call in who called himself "Toddy Knickers"? My assistant swears she knows the guy but I don't believe her.

Of course what made listening even better was the great array of cool DJs. They were embedding in us their tastes and we were all the richer and 'cooler' for it. They didn't just play the main tracks - they would play so many different ones from any given album. And so many imports. I have a carton full of awesome EPs and albums that I wouldn't even know existed had it not been for their inspiration.

Today, some stations are dedicated to retro while others have their "80's dance parties" and they still don't get it. They play mainstream crap from the era and not the great sounds that we got to enjoy.

Two final memories:
The first is studying in the library in Hamilton on a Friday night and having my army buddies come get me out ten minutes before it closed, only to head off to Ballangers in Cambridge where they played all CFNY's cool tunes. You were able to dance with yourself in those days without drawing attention or, if you did turn into a group of girls, they would gladly let you join them. We were all free spirits there just as CFNY was the Spirit of Radio.

My favourite recollection was remembering Pete and Geets - rebelling against not being able to award the $102 in the "played it twice in a day" contest because they were the morning show - playing 'The Sloop John B', over and over and over again one morning.... hahaha... it was hilarious.

I've still got the Barenaked Ladies performing McDonald's Girl live and I thank everyone who was involved with the station for giving me a wonderful culture to hang my hat on.

For anyone NOT listening to CFNY these days, you are missing out. The music is once again very cool and fast paced and they have some hilarious DJs such as Fearless Fred. Enjoy!

Gerard H - April, 2013

I remember one day back in the 80's when we were bored with nothing to do, my best friend and I decided to drop in to CFNY and visit whichever DJ was on that evening. I roped in my brother to drive us to Brampton in the family Aspen, and off we went.

If I recall correctly, it was Ron Bruchal's shift. We couldn't believe it when he answered the door and welcomed us in. We had brought a few 45's from my friend's parents record collection which we thought were really cool and we hoped he'd play. One was a song called 'Do the Monkey' and another was called 'Shoe Shoe Twist,' which was sung in German or Austrian. Ron did play one on the air and loved it. We were thrilled to have contributed to the show.

This illustrates what was so great about CFNY back in the day. That would never have happened at any other station. I don't think there will ever be another CFNY, which is a real shame. It was the soundtrack to my youth and I remember it with great fondness.

weasie - March, 2013

I grew up in a small farming community across the lake in NY. Somehow in the early 80s I ran across CFNY. That and some college station in Buffalo were the only listenable things on the dial. Living in the sticks, CFNY opened a whole other world to me. The music revolution was underway, and I had a pipeline into it. My lifelong love of indie/alternative music was cultivated by these folks. Boy do I thank them!

I left the area in the late 80s. What a heartbreak it was to come home sometime later and find my cfny was long gone dead. Still sporting my cfny summer of 84 pin.

Tom W - March, 2013

Hello listeners to the OLD CFNY, I too miss the great music and personality that no one can deny had an indelible mark on your very soul!

I have downloaded and made several UTorrents of custom made music compilations with equally unique titles. I'd like very much to create a tribute of music related and sometimes unrelated to 'The Spirit Of Radio' and the loyal listener(s). I am extending my hand of friendship and fanship to everyone to enjoy the following UTorrents:

Angels And Souls, A.B.C.(G.I.D.S.)T, Ballyhoo - The Best Of Echo & The Bunnymen, The Best of U2 (1980-1984- everything is shit), Chilliwack - Segue(Seven Bonus Tracks), D.O.M. 20, Great Songs From 1979-81, Disc 1 & 2, Here Comes The Hustler(NIce 'N' Sleazy){Religion}, Irresistable Trax, Nothing Of Interest Hear(Few Belong Together)!, Plenty Of Gems & Untold Tales Volume 1 & 2, 2 Discs, Reggae's Peace Talk, Teendrop GabrielUbu, Test Pattern 18, The Gulden Age Of Misery, Triumph Classics(5 Bonus Tracks), Twenty - Five Great Punk Songs, Well Duck(more to be added soon)

I will never forget listening to Saga's 'It's Time' and the freedom that music gave me to dream beyond the static of conformity, insanity and stupidity... to see hope!

Steve S - February, 2013


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