Over the years, through different events like CMW, I’ve been able to talk to David Marsden. Best know as the guy who launched CFNY and led it through it’s most influential time. But when you look at everything else that he’s done, and the depth of his impact on music in Canada, it’s staggering.
Something that always interests me, are people that have had a career as a DJ (as in, one who mixes vinyl records in clubs, parties and at it’s best old warehouses), along with a career in Radio.
David Marsden hired some incredible talent that fit that bill. It’s why I reached out to Scot Turner in Season 1 episode 8. Scot was also hired at CFNY in the 80’s and went on to launch Energy 108 in the early 90’s
This is a lengthy chat, but there’s nothing that I wanted to cut out. His stories are amazing. As we were talking about his career as Dave Mickie on CKEY, a fast-talkin’ wild man compared to the David Marsden of the CHUM-FM free form radio of the 70’s, a classic SNL sketch came up. You may recall a Dan Aykroyd sketch where he’s doing both an AM and an FM radio show at the same time. On the AM show, he’s a super charged wild man, talkin fast and being slick. Then on the FM side, he’s laid back, groovy, cool and talking in an almost whispery deep, DEEP voice. Aykroyd was a part of The Second City in Toronto in 1973, the same year David Marsden debuted on CHUM-FM. I had to look this up after the podcast, but I think it simply HAS to be based on Marsden. How could it not?
I mention a couple of others in the intro for this episode, you can dig in and find the rest. If you grew up listening to the radio in Toronto from the 60’s through the 90’s, this podcast is for you.
DTTB Ep. 45 – David Marsden (audio download)