Stuck in rural Ontario as teenager, I depended heavily on the radio broadcasts I could pick up on my clock radio (the kind with the flip numbers, not digital). Fortunately, most nights I could pick up clear reception from stations as far away as Toronto.
I was reminded of this, this past weekend as I drove from Montreal to Elora Ontario. Getting tired of the CDs I had onhand, I tuned into various radio stations on the 7 hour drive. On the way in, passing through Toronto, I was attacked by a savage earworm, Kim Mitchell - Shakin’ Like a Human. Not really a fan, it was kind of annoying, but it really had this kind of magical tenacity to stick in my head. Not until heading home, somewhere around Pickering, was I able to shake it, surprisingly with A Million Vacations by Max Webster, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCRcFNATZTQ much better. What a relief. Both songs get to me via Q107, which is probably how I heard those songs for the first time back in the days.
So this had me thinking, in the late 1970s, I thought Q017 was still pretty cool. It was the station that introduced me to much classic rock and punk (including the Ramones and Sabbath). Listening around 1980, on Friday evenings, every week the DJ played the same tunes to kick off the weekend. Songs included, Friday On My Mind (covered by Bowie), Born to Run (Springsteen), and Infected (Teenage Head). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMHnNVAvAaA&feature=kp I’m trying to remember who the DJ was (was it Ted Woloshyn?) and what else was in that Friday night set - it was probably set up on a reel to reel so the DJ could disappear for an extended break.
By the way, the best classic rock between Montreal and Toronto, has to be coming out of Kingston.