CANADIAN RADIO VISIONARY DAVID MARSDEN JOINS 2011 INDUCTEES TO CANADIAN MUSIC & BROADCAST INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME

David Marsden

David Marsden is one of Canada’s most influential broadcasters and an originator of free-form broadcasting.  An initial purveyor of Internet radio and one of a few Canadians to be recognized at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, not only once, but twice, he has the distinction of being the subject of a dedicated chapter in Marshall McLuhan’s book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, a pioneering study in media theory.  With an incredible career spanning 50 years, Marsden’s unrivaled contributions to broadcasting will be honoured with the Alan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award during his induction to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Considered one of Canada’s first true Rock’n’Roll deejays, David Marsden first made his mark in radio as the notoriously controversial motor-mouth jock Dave Mickie.  Through the 60s and 70s, he entertained a generation of fans through the CKEY and CHIQ airwaves, a national radio syndication and as host of two television shows: Canada’s first national teen pop TV show “Music Hop” on CBC and the weekly “Mickie A Go Go” which aired on CHCH TV for two and half years.  His uncharacteristic style and unmistakable voice have earned him the admiration of many a radio listener, some of whom have followed him as Mickie and as Marsden.

A persistent proponent of modern rock radio, Marsden was the architect and creator of Canada’s first alternative music station in the 80s – CFNY in Toronto. Under the legendary moniker “The Spirit of Radio” – which inspired and is the basis of the Rush classic of the same name – Marsden grew the station from a room in an old house to a mast at the CN Tower, turning it into a significant player in the Toronto radio market.  The station was influential in launching the careers of many new international and Canadian artists while changing the face of North American radio.  Hoping to expand the format, Marsden brought alternative rock to Vancouver in the early 90s and launched COAST 1040.  In 1997, Marsden took this same passion and commitment to co-create Canada’s first and most popular streaming audio Internet portal – Iceberg Media.

Besides his radio feats, Marsden was the originator and producer of an alternative award show, first called the “U-Knows” and now well known as the CASBYs, CFNY’s annual music awards show recognizing independent and alternative music.  He also established and steered the production of “Pilot One” in the 80s – a late-night variety show targeted to teens.  The program, produced in Vancouver, aired on CBC, with occasional episodes broadcast on BBC. The Chicago Film and Video Festival recognized the show with a Silver Award for excellence.

Before launching his broadcast career, Marsden was the manager of Canada’s original Fab Four, The Revols.  Formed in 1957 in Stratford, Ontario, the band opened for the Rolling Stones’ first concert in Toronto and bred some of the most noted musicians of that time, particularly Richard Manuel, who later formed The Band.

Marsden’s voice can be heard in many radio and television commercials, including Robin Williams’ 2006 film “Man of The Year”, as the Delacroy computer system. Today, his show – The Marsden Theater in Fabulous Free Form – can be heard by audiences everywhere Saturday and Sunday nights on 94.9 The Rock (CKGE-FM) and online at www.marsdenglobal.com and www.therock.fm.

David Marsden will be joining previously announced inductees Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, Stephen Stohn, and Bill Evanov in the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.  Tickets for the Canadian Radio Music Awards, where Marsden’s induction will be taking place, are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net.  Tickets are also available on the website for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards where lifetime honours will be bestowed to the latter four.

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; three awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 9 to March 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net

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