I was thinking about the history of CFNY--of it's dips, its rises, and its slow decline.
As I remember, 1981 was a great year as it was largely pre-video. Not that many of the good bands didn't make good videos (relatively speaking), but money doesn't seem to improve music as it does video.
In my oft written veiws, CFNY hit a dip 1983-4--around the time they went on the CN Tower.
Then they recovered in quality. I remember 1987 as a particularly good year.
Was CFNY sold in the late great 80's, because they sounded awful for several months.
Then Reiner Schwarz (msp) took over. Then he was kicked out.
I feared the worse a little, but some integrity held out. The Indians, In Utero, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Poe, Imperial Teen, Veruka Salt, 11th Dream Day.
It seems that when they started going downtown they worsened.
First it was, I believe, an office at Bloor and Bathurst.
Then the move.
Now I understand that Q/Mojo owns CFNY, or that they are owned by the same company.
This perhaps why they now bleep out 4-lettered words at 4 AM.
Yet why do I feel that this sort of thing can't sustain itself?
Why is it I feel that in trying to ape Q and Mojo--to say little of others, CFNY will be a money loser?
That the company will drop it to another and the format change radically.
Become a country station? Been there, done that in Toronto. If there's an anti-Canadian, or at least anti-world streak in the US, the reverse is likely to happen. Further, k.d.lang has also long given up on "New Country.'
"Urban"? Maybe. The demand is growing. Perhaps a mixed thing.
It's been a long time since we've heard that negroe race music on CFNY, and no, Lenny Kravitz doesn't count, nor does Eminem.
In the meantime, thank goodness for college radio, BNW, DNTO, and the internet.