The Ongoing History of New Music

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The Ongoing History of New Music is a Canadian radio program, produced by Corus Entertainment's ExploreMusic division in Toronto. The program is no longer hosted by Alan Cross. It is syndicated to several other radio stations, mostly but not exclusively Corus-owned, across Canada.

The Ongoing History chronicles the history of alternative rock, from its roots in punk and new wave to the modern day. An episode of the show may profile an important musician or band (Sex Pistols, The Smiths, R.E.M., Foo Fighters, The Cure, Nirvana, U2, Nine Inch Nails, The Velvet Underground, etc.), a significant musical trend such as grunge or Madchester, or a theme such as payola, gay musicians or significant cult figures.

Some topics are covered in a single show, while more substantial topics may be presented over two, three or four episodes.


The program first aired in 1993 on CFNY-FM in Toronto. It was produced directly by CFNY until 2008, when Cross left the station to become the head of Corus' new media division, although CFNY still airs the program. May 2011 aired the last new episode.

Shorter Ongoing History segments, about a minute long, air at various times throughout the day on CFNY, CFOX and CJZN during commercial breaks. In 2005, Cross also began production of a daily podcast available freely from their website. The minute-long podcasts share a similar format to the weekly show and detail one interesting rock fact each day.

Cross has also licensed the program's name to a number of Canadian compilation albums collecting classic alternative rock songs.


On April 8, 2007, Alan Cross created a new word: Bandomynology, which is the study of the origins of band names. Cross devoted several segments of the show to investigate the nature of band names, consulting Dr. Sheila Embleton, a professor of linguistics at York University in Toronto, and Marc Hershon of Simmer Branding Studio, a “branding” agency in Sausalito, California and Priscilla Ord, in helping to create the term [1] Cross hopes to slowly introduce the term into academic studies of rock and alternative music, as well as music of all genres.

Cross describes the term in the notes from the episode Bandomynology: Naming Your Band - Part 1 - Seg. 1 below:

Forevermore, the academic investigation into the origin of the names of adopted for professional purposes by musical performers shall be known as “bandomynology”, the study of names chosen by musical names. I thank these folks for their time and expertise. Let’s see if we can’t get this word into general usage. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up in the Oxford English dictionary?

We shall study bandomynology by citing examples wherever possible.

Episode Guide[edit]

Please note that this list is not complete. There were 691 episodes produced since the show began in 1993. Limited episodes are available online via on-demand streaming on the official website.[2]



  1. ^ The Ongoing History of New Music. Bandomynology, 1.
  2. ^ "Ongoing History of New Music | Shows | ExploreMusic". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

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