Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, founder of CFNY and the man who took FM radio mainstream in Canada, David Marsden, has been around the block a few times but it was one block he walked around in 1973 that he would never forget.
Christmas is a time to gather with friends and family. Marsden at that time however was alone. He was working for CHUM FM and after leaving the radio station he walked sadly by himself along a empty wet snowy Yonge Street. Everything was closed, all were home, or heading there but there were many, Marsden thought, like him who would be by themselves.
Forty three years ago he made a promise to the lonely; He would always be on the air Christmas Eve, to be live for those who may need to hear a voice, one who understood their loneliness and thus a tradition was born.
The tradition continues this December 24, 2016. Starting at 8:00 P.M, EST on his latest project, the internet only subscription based radio station, NYTheSpirit, Marsden will spin a freeform Christmas music show of classics, alternatives, oddities, oldies and rarities curated from over four decades of leading edge broadcasting, (Four Decades!!).