Here's a radio dude's dream: An opportunity to help start up a brand new station in the second-biggest market in North America. A clean slate. Tabula rasa. No baggage. The owner is a private individual who loves radio and not a corporation that has to worry about month-to-month and quarter-to-quarter revenues and margins.
The station will be located in an uber-cool part of the city. Plans are to have a massive presence in the clubs and the community. The station's investment in online will be huge. I still keep get to doing my Secret History of Rock show, too!
And the cherry on top? The format of the new station is indie rock, arguably the biggest new thing in the rock world since grunge.
Yep. Welcome to Indie88. (Follow @Indie88)
Alan Cross Joins Indie88
A welcome *high-five* for Alan Cross,
the newest member of the Indie88
Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker, and now… Guidance Counsellor! Toronto’s soon to be launched radio station – Indie88 welcomes Alan Cross to our growing team.
Known for his approachable style and near encyclopaedic knowledge of music, Alan Cross has been inspiring music fans all over the world with music documentaries like The Ongoing History of New Music and The Secret History of Rock. Now, as the Indie88 in-house music Guidance Counsellor, Alan will be part of the team that is bringing a brand new genre of music to the Toronto airwaves.
“How cool is it to be involved in a brand new radio station in Toronto? And one that plays all the music that I love? I mean, are you kidding me? It doesn’t get any better than this, frankly. I’m SO looking forward to this.” Alan said.
The CRTC awarded the last Toronto FM frequency to Central Ontario Broadcasting on September 11, 2012. Since that time, the company has been developing plans for Toronto’s First Indie radio station. The station will focus on emerging (Indie) artists, with a format that is unavailable anywhere else in Canada. Cross will help develop the musical and programming direction of the station.
“Indie88 will be an oasis for music fans in the city of Toronto, and there’s no one who has been more dedicated to the Toronto music scene than Alan Cross. I’m thrilled to welcome him to our community,” said Megan Bingley, General Manager of Indie88.
“Alan’s legend in Toronto is undeniable. With over 25 years of experience in Toronto, he brings a trusted perspective to the ever-changing musical landscape. This is going to be huge.” Adam Thompson, Program Director @ Indie88
General Manager: Megan Bingley
Program Director: Adam Thompson
Digital Media Director: Paul Moran
CEO: Doug Bingley, Central Ontario Broadcasting
VP Programming: Dave Carr, Central Ontario Broadcasting
About Central Ontario Broadcasting
Founded in 1988, Central Ontario Broadcasting is an independent broadcasting company that operates three radio stations: Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM in Barrie, and Indie88 in Toronto.