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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


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