Professional Music Geek
With almost 40 years in the broadcasting and music business, Alan Cross has interviewed some of the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, and musicologist, who has spent decades exploring the present and future relationships between music, technology, and social networking. In his entertaining presentations, he shares lessons learned and secrets from the music industry.
Cross is the host of the long-running show and podcast, “The Ongoing History of New Music”. He is also a consultant to radio stations, with his current client being 102.1 The Edge in Toronto. He has also consulted for many technology companies including Songza, Rdio, Bisantyum, Flink, and many more.
Since the age of six, Cross has been obsessed with music after receiving a transistor radio from his grandmother. In 1980, he got his start with CKUW at the University of Winnipeg, After graduating, Cross ended up at CJRL in Kenora. From there, he went to KX-96/Brandon and Q94-FM/Winnipeg before he ended up in Toronto at CFNY (renamed The Edge) in October 1986. After 15 years at CFNY/The Edge in a variety of announcer gigs, he was elevated to program director at Y108.
Outside of radio, Cross is also the author of four books, the writer of a national music column for GlobalNews.ca, and a content creator for various film and TV studios, record labels, artist management companies, streaming music services like Spotify, and for a travelling museum exhibit called The Science of Rock’n’Roll. In addition, Cross does voicework for both film and television.