When I first heard that 88.1 Indie got the nod to take over the Toronto staple CKLN frequency, I was worried on how Indie it'll be. After hearing the news today that local music teach and media icon, Alan Cross has joined the stations programming helm, I'm not too worried.
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