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October 9, 2020 4:24 pm  #1


When Toronto Radio Stations Put Out Their Own Compilation Albums

I don’t think it happens any more, with the decline of CDs and vinyl still somewhat a specialty item. But back in the heyday of Top 40 and album rock radio, many local Toronto stations would put out their own record compilations highlighting some of the more popular songs on their playlists.
 
Q107 was famous for its Homegrown LPs, spotlighting local talent. But for some, it was strictly a promotional or for-profit effort.
 
I recently found a CD from 1995 although I have no idea where it came from. I know I didn’t buy it and someone was probably nice enough to give it to me. It’s from CHUM during its oldies days, and contains some of the biggest hits of the 60s and 70s. I have no idea how they chose the songs that were included, unless they were simply the easiest to licence. And yes, it included "Seasons In The Sun." 

https://i.ibb.co/xzvgWPt/CHUM-CD-Cover-2.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/1qGKQKZ/CHUM-CD-Cover-1.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/8MVRn3v/CHUM-CD-Case-1.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/Zg8vkjS/CHUM-CD-Case-2.jpg


It also contained some fun liner notes that you could only see if you took out the cover and read the insert. According to the credits, they were written by Larry Maginnis and Mike Occomore.

https://i.ibb.co/NpKfvs9/CHUM-CD-Interior-1.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/C7QxdSY/CHUM-CD-Interior-2.jpg

 
I also found "CFTR’s 60’s Album," a double LP, which dates from 1981. Notice at the very bottom of the back cover that Bill Gable is listed as a “co-ordinator,” whatever that means.  

https://i.ibb.co/zGmfK2W/image.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/xqY66MQ/image.jpg


CFTR apparently had a special 60s hour that aired on Sunday nights. I have no memory of it, but they put out a double disc to promote it. I have no idea how I ended up with a copy.

https://i.ibb.co/71dGhVm/CFTR-60s-Album-Fine-Print.jpg

 Another lost heritage of Toronto radio.

 

October 9, 2020 4:46 pm  #2


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https://i.ibb.co/xqY66MQ/image.jpg


CFTR apparently had a special 60s hour that aired on Sunday nights. I have no memory of it, but they put out a double disc to promote it. I have no idea how I ended up with a copy.


Re-gifting.

 

October 9, 2020 5:01 pm  #3


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More likely one of my old radio buddies knew I loved 60s music and radio memorabilia and handed it over. I only wish I knew who it was all these years later!

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October 9, 2020 10:25 pm  #4


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Back in 1998, I recall the Space station releasing their own Compact Disc 

https://www.cs.ubc.ca/~davet/music/covers/SPACE____001.jpg

 

October 10, 2020 3:30 pm  #5


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I have a Key 590 cassette tape laying around some place. 
Included inside was a tear off coupon for A&A music. $2 off my next purchase. 
I never did use it. (I believe the expiry was some time in 1989.) 

 

 

October 10, 2020 3:34 pm  #6


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Also: Jack FM put out a CD some time in the early 2000's, but It may have been a Canada wide release.
I don't recall if a specific Jack FM station was mentioned on the CD.

& I honestly don't know if Z 103 still puts out CDs,
but they did in 2012...someone is trying to sell a used 
103.5 CD on Ebay right now:  https://www.ebay.com/p/127437487

Last edited by Radiowiz (October 10, 2020 3:42 pm)

 

October 10, 2020 3:48 pm  #7


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Discogs indicates the most recent Z103 comp was from 2017: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Z1035-Hitmix-2017/release/10555775

 

October 10, 2020 8:22 pm  #8


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I found a couple in my collection. First two pics from a Q 107 comp and the next two from a radio show not a station.

https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/q-107-album-c-two-scaled.jpg
https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/q-107-album-c-scaled.jpg
https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/thumbnail-1.jpg
https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/thumbnail-2.jpg

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October 11, 2020 6:34 am  #9


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Here's an interesting one that I found. Not a comp but a unique use of a record as a dinner menu Tow Pics :
https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/img490.jpg


https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/img489.jpg

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October 11, 2020 1:13 pm  #10


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Remember the Candlelight and Wine albums...

http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/candlelightandwine.jpg


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October 11, 2020 1:17 pm  #11


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WYSL...

http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/wysl-albums.jpg


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October 11, 2020 1:23 pm  #12


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'KB...

http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/wkbw-album.jpg


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October 11, 2020 4:34 pm  #13


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Remember when stations were supportive of local talent? Good times.

 

October 13, 2020 9:16 am  #14


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October 13, 2020 9:45 am  #15


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$26 for only 10 tracks?????  You've got to be kidding me!

Millennials will buy anything these days.

Then again, this old bird hasn't bought a CD or LP since the turn of the century.

Last edited by Peter the K (October 13, 2020 9:47 am)

 

October 13, 2020 2:00 pm  #16


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Peter the K wrote:

$26 for only 10 tracks?????  You've got to be kidding me!

Millennials will buy anything these days.

Then again, this old bird hasn't bought a CD or LP since the turn of the century.

Definitively overpriced for 10 common tracks, but I bought it 4 years ago just for a keepsake.  

 

October 13, 2020 2:15 pm  #17


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...and then there was that time when the artists put out a song about a radio station...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_QtO0Rhp0w&feature=emb_logo
 

 

October 13, 2020 2:58 pm  #18


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Here are a couple I found randomly on the Internet. These greatest hits compilations used to be big promotional items for stations across North America, including the big two below. Although that second one is, to be honest, just plain weird. I wonder what he would do if I called him some Saturday night and requested he play a cut from it?

https://i.ibb.co/vmdTL29/khj.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/fnSYPd6/cousin.jpg

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