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There is a theory of societal evolution that goes like this: Barbarians invent a new culture. A middle class emerges to manage and help perpetuate the culture. An aristocracy eventually develops out of the middle class and devotes their energies to making things comfortable for themselves. Finally, a new set of barbarians smash everything apart and destroy the status quo so that the process must start all over again.

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Alan Cross

Alan Cross is a Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer on music. He is the current program director of CFNY in Toronto, Ontario, and the host of that station's most famous program, The Ongoing History of New Music .

Originally from the small prairie town of Stonewall, Manitoba, Cross began his radio career with the University of Winnipeg's campus radio station, CKUW, in 1980. He subsequently joined radio stations in Selkirk, Kenora and Brandon before returning to Winnipeg's CHIQ. He then joined CFNY on October 3, 1986 as an overnight announcer. A point of trivia: Cross started work at the same instant as the official sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the SkyDome.

In 1989, Cross became the station's afternoon drive time host. The following year, he moved to the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. slot; in 1993, he returned to afternoon drive and remained there until 2001. Beginning in February, 1993, he also became host of The Ongoing History which has been running continuously ever since.

Cross left CFNY in 2001 to become program director of CJXY in Hamilton (then known as Y95 and subsequently as Y108), although he continued to host The Ongoing History. He subsequently returned to CFNY as program director mid-January, 2004.

Cross is one of the very few personalities from the 1980s, CFNY's most influential period, still with the station today. He married Mary Ellen Beninger, a CFNY colleague, in 1990. She is currently a morning newscaster at CFTR in Toronto.

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