Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Other shoe drops at Toronto’s CFRB 1010

Toronto’s radio station CFRB has announced changes to its line-up as well as a name change. Effective October 5, CFRB’s new name will be NEWSTALK 1010. Also on that date, the station’s line up will change pretty dramatically. Taking a quick look, Tarek Fatah seems to be the odd man out.

John Moore will move to the morning show, 5:30- 9:00 a.m. Sounds like a great move for John, though he’s no favourite of mine. Tarek Fatah will be one of a number of contributors to the show—in his case, international affairs. Looks like John has moved into the “star” slot—and he’ll put a left-lib slant to the morning show I’m sure. [sigh]

Bill Carroll will move to the 9:00-1:00 p.m. spot. I’ve been under the impression that the morning show was the “star” show of talk radio, so this might be a negative move for the outspoken Bill Carroll.

Jim Richards will move to the 1:00-4:00 p.m. time slot. I’d prefer to have the Motts in this spot—Richards leaves me cold, quite frankly.

John Tory will host the new “Live Drive” show from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. This puts John into one of the best paying and most listened to time periods, second only to the morning show, I would think. This is a welcome move—I like what I’ve heard on-air from John Tory, he seems to be a natural.

Politically we can expect a left-right-left-right beat to the day at NEWSTALK 1010 beginning with the lefty John Moore, then righty Bill Carroll, then followed by lefty Jim Richards and finishing with righty (sort of) John Tory.

Ryan Doyle remains in the 7:00-10 p.m. time period, but is outside my usual listening window.

This is a line-up I can listen to, but I’ll miss Paul and Carol Mott as do many others. A post I wrote about the Motts leaving CFRB back in August has been the most popular post by far that I’ve made in over a year.

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  1. Thanks for this.

    Jim Richards is not a lefty. I find him pretty common sense, actually.

  2. I think the morning shift to the left at CFRB is to compete with Andy Barrie at the CBC--the top rated in Toronto. I think the rest of the schedule is fine. Moore is an excellent professional broadcaster--I just don't think I can listen to him pontificate in the morning!