In the week since I started my personal boycott of Bell Media properties and my once-favourite radio station CHOM-FM in Montreal — to protest against their layoffs across the country — I’ve been getting reacquainted with my collection of albums.

Funny how we buy CDs, listen to them a few times, and store them away, seldom to be played again. In my case, at least, I attribute that to my former radio-listening habits. I was tuning in CHOM not so much for the music, but for the voices of people like Rob Kemp, Ronny Mack, Terry DiMonte et al. As for the music, especially classic rock, my collection features a lot more than CHOM is offering.


This past week, I’ve loaded up my MP3 player and plugged it into my car stereo system — my commute is just over an hour, so I have time to listen to whole albums. One such album I’ve been rocking to again is by a band called Days of the New, from 1997 (jacket cover above). You may recall the songs Touch, Peel and Stand (video below) and The Down Town, among others, from the album. Wikipedia lists them as “alternative rock, grunge, post-grunge, acoustic rock.” It’s more than those genres — it’s straight-up rock and even bluesy.

The album, in my opinion, is one of the great treasures of rock and roll, and it isn’t getting the air time it deserves now on stations like CHOM that blend classic rock with today’s rock.

Hey, maybe I should start a radio station, yes?

So, am I listening to any radio stations? Yes, when I need to hear a live voice — which keeps me company sometimes when I am alone — I’m listening to The Buzz in Burlington, Vermont. (And I’m watching CBC News and Global News on TV — no Bell Media properties for me.)

Keep rockin’!

— Jillian

Related links:

#BellMedia petition: What if?

Toronto Star report on Bell asks: How much profit does it really need?

When one voice becomes 100,000 voices

Goodbye, CHOM-FM: Rob Kemp layoff strengthens my resolve to switch stations

Goodbye, CHOM-FM: Why I am finally switching stations