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    In short, it is David Marsden's vision of radio. David's curation and unique style defined The Spirit Of Radio of the past. is the long overdue evolution.

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  • When the Eighties had arrived, Toronto was ready with a brand new radio station. It was built by an inspired team brought together by David Marsden.

    "It was wonderful and magical!!!"
    Don L. - continues the auditory atmosphere that was the soundtrack of our lives all through the 80’s. It was a time of discovery. It was a time when once again a new music experience brought people together. A time we would carry in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

    If you lived it, we will help you live it again. If you missed it the first time, step up - open your ears and let in the sound. showcases the distinctive quality of all the amazing music we remember. We deliver an audio stream we hope, will permit you to dream, to imagine the world as we know it and to see things differently through music.

    Music - others ignored. Music - that connects. Music – that brings people together. Cool. is about a great experience. As you listen you’ll find a dynamic mix that is not available anywhere else.

    It has ALWAYS been about the music.

    We recognize that music is subjective. In fact that’s the greatest attraction of most entertainment. The world of music is like a great buffet where you get to choose what you want. We hope you and your friends will choose

    "I will never forget listening to Saga's 'It's Time' and the freedom that music gave me to dream beyond the static of conformity, insanity and stupidity... to see hope!"
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    David Marsden, one of our team, created an extremely potent mix of music and personalities during the decade. You may remember some names from that amazing radio station….Pete and Geets, Jim Reid, James Scott, The Live Earl Jive and Beverly Hills, Chris Sheppard, Lee Carter, Ron Bruchal, Ivar Hamilton and so many more.

    It was a wonderful time for music, the artists who made it, and the legions of music fans all coming together making a statement.

    There was a new and astonishing variety to the eighties music. Building a new chapter, it did not reject the many previous decades, but rather chose to find a new path.

    We continue that journey with

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    Free gets you a jukebox ;-), $5.99 gets you boutique 80s stream curated by David Marsden. Unlike our competitors who are primarily computer programmers, our goal is to deliver a listening experience unlike any other.

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    Who is David Marsden?

    Wikipedia will tell a little more about David. Also there is a fan site - The Spirit Of Radio.

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    Portion of David's induction speech into the Music and Broadcast Industry Hall Of Fame. David Marsden was also honoured by Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    David Marsden

    It was a Saturday night a long time ago. David Marsden was a really young kid. He sat in front of the family’s TV on that night watching The Dorsey Show. It was a variety show of the type that was very popular at the time. In what was probably a very boring show, suddenly there was a guy jumping around with an acoustic guitar. He had crazy hair and a wild jacket. Marsden was mesmerized. It was the first time anyone had ever seen Elvis Presley.

    It was probably at that moment Marsden decided his life would have something to do with music. And more importantly his promise to share the music he found with anyone who would listen.

    Yes it’s true Marsden had a full career, before getting involved with FM - in the interests of space and time, we will begin with his moment of joining CFNY. The idea of sharing music and seeking the latest artists was a major part of the Marsden days at CFNY. He had a magical team of great people who loved the music coupled with the notion of freedom to express.

    Sometime around 1989 Marsden joined the CBC, after designing a show for TV. This took him to Vancouver, B. C. and a new way of life on Canada’s West Coast. While there he also built a radio station that shared fresh new music with the citizens.

    Returning to Toronto after a decade on the coast David Marsden co-founded a web internet group of radio stations. Radio stations heard only on the internet. The hub was called Iceberg. Some of the channels included were:, 2 Kool For,,, and more. Iceberg was the first of it’s kind in North America. It was, when measured against the time it lived in - a huge success.

    Marsden also spent a decade producing and performing a show on traditional radio, an internet radio show from New York City and other things always involving sharing the music and seeking the new.

    David Marsden has been recognized by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Also he was inducted into The Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.

    Along with being a DJ - David Marsden and his business partner Igor Loukine are the force behind NYTheSpirit.

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