Paging Mr. Thompson….. Please dial 416

by Erin on April 3, 2013

For those who don’t know me, I’ve been a Sonic 102.9 fangirl since the beginning – well, the beginning for me was December 2005 – I remember being a small town girl moving to the big city; fascinated with traffic lights and stores that were open on Sundays, let alone places that were open for 24 hours – and FM radio. Wow, did I fall in love with that.

I didn’t know anyone in this city, and the voices on the radio became my closest friends for a long time. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to call most of them my friends, not just voices and personalities.

I remember catching the end of an evening show with Adam Thompson one night waaaay back. It was going to be his last on-air shift. He was leaving to travel the world I think. He was taking calls for suggestions on what his last on air song should be. I remember calling in with a (very likely lame) suggestion, but I can’t remember what it was exactly – and then, it was time. His last song on air.

This was a pretty defining moment for me, as silly as it sounds. I no longer pondered “what would be on my ryder” and started to think about the songs I would play, first and last, if I ever woke up one day in a radio chair.

And then it started, You Only Live Once by The Strokes. YES! Perfect. I had recently discovered this band on a recommendation from the then evening radio host. Clearly, there was a reason Adam was on the air and I was not. He has this incredible ability to absolutely make you feel connected to the music.

It wasn’t long before Adam was back in our beautiful city and answering my many “what should I be listening to” emails. He is always bang on – every time. I remember the first time he sent me to listen to Christian Hansen & The Autistics. It was a myspace page, and I was sure he was playing a joke on me…. But, this was the same guy who sent me a link to Faunts, Library Voices & A.C. Newman – I had to trust it. And I did, as I have for every other recommendation. I don’t think I’ve ever not liked what he’s suggested to me. Some people just have natural talent for knowing these things, which is really great for Adam considering his career choice!

After years of stopping by the station, scoping out the new stacks of albums on his desk and making mental notes to get them ALL on my way home, Monday’s visit was different. The stacks of new albums were still there (though I still disagree on the new Strokes album…) and yes Nicole – O’Joes at 2pm on April 7th really is on the calendar! – but this time the office door closed, and all I could hear was the song from Adam’s last departure playing in my head.

In just a few short weeks, Adam Thompson will be taking on a new challenge – well, seriously, let’s just call it what it is – DREAM JOB – in Toronto as the Program Director for a true Indie station. I’m starting to think Toronto is the new Edmonton, but let’s not all jump ship just yet. You can listen to this great new station, which is currently in demo stream. It won’t be too much trouble, since that’s how most of us listen to music anyway, right?

Please help make sure Adam feels the love. I know that he will carry a torch for our city all the way to his new one.

Adam – you have been so many things to so many people. Edmonton has been so lucky to have you, and I’m so lucky to have gotten to know you. I wish you the absolute best of luck in your new adventure in Toronto. Just make sure you learn how to use Twitter before you get there, okay? :)

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