What happened to Extension 7490 and the new Extension 27 on MixCloud

Some of you have inquired as to the status of the program I produced for WBCQ called "Extension 7490".  The program received a lot of positive feedback but due to many "technical issues", it became a nightmare to produce.  I decided after another technical mishap to put production of this show on hiatus and focus my efforts on Canadian Content Radio and the new "Extension 27" podcast (which will be uploaded on a monthly basis to my Mixcloud site).Extension 27 will continue on with the random free form style of the old show, with some minor variations.  The great thing is that via MixCloud, the show is now more portable and easily accessed via the Internet thingy.  You can listen to it on the go, in your home, in your boat, car, on the move, airplane, train, hospital bed, brothel, etc.

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Radios & Music

It all began in the winter of 1972, when I was given a small, green AM only transistor radio.  The first song I ever heard on it was played on 1050 CHUM Toronto - Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Temptations.  The radio was my constant companion and at night, I'd put the earphone in my ear and listen to the distant stations drift in..WABC 770 in New York, WLS Chicago, WOWO Fort Wayne Indiana, WLAC and WSM out of Nashville.   By the age of 13, I had gone beyond the AM radio band and started exploring FM stations like CHUM-FM, WGRQ in Buffalo and CING in Burlington....from there began my love of Shortwave Radio.  BBC, Radio Luxembourg, Radio Nederlands, Radio Moscow, Radio Berlin International...all the East Bloc states as well as stations like HCJB in Ecuador, Radio Tokyo NHK in Japan and The Voice of Vietnam.  I took in all that I heard - news, commentary and especially music.By 1977, I was listening to a mix of AM, FM and Shortwave radio stations and had tried my hand at playing the guitar, piano, bass guitar, eventually winding up behind the drum kit.  During the late 1970's, I found myself spending time on Toronto's Queen Street West, working at a broken down old Swimming Pool Supply store part-time, and making friends with punks, blues players, jazz musicians, R&B Souls as well as music enthusiasts and record collectors.  I spent hours (and my pool store paycheck) at Kop's Records and Don's Discs, coming home with arm loads of 45's, EP's and LP's. During that time I purchased the "Nuggets" collection, The Bopcats first EP, The "Pebbles" compilations, "The Last Pogo" and James Brown's "Cold Sweat"...all still in regular rotation on my turntable.

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