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SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » Today 4:37 pm

Tickle Trunk
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Maybe because, as illustrious as a history the paper had, the national networks didn't think a Toronto-centric whoa is me story was interesting. Shocking as it may be, the entire country has little interest in John Tory's circle-marking in park city.

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 4:35 pm

RadioActive
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And this is exactly why I hate when this board gets into politics. There are plenty of places on the web to discuss that subject, and unless it pertains to the politics of broadcasting or radio, it just tends to alienate people and we end up losing valued members who usually have something interesting to add here.

I've tried hard to get rid of the trolls - longtimers here know who they were. But at the same time, I try to welcome all points of view. I just hope in future those points will be more about what's being aired on the left or right side of the old analog-style radio dial - and not of the political spectrum.

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 4:30 pm

Charlie
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RadioActive wrote:

We're starting to turn into a political board, which isn't the point of SOWNY! Still, I suppose it's inevitable given how polarizing politics is these days. That said, I'll weigh in with this - as someone who has survived cancer (at least so far!) I can tell you there are few scarier words in any language than that one.

And while I've always found Limbaugh's "I'm the world's greatest broadcaster" style off-putting, there's no one on earth I'd wish that illness on. I don't listen to him and never will, but that doesn't mean I don't want him to recover. This is something no human being should have to face. But sadly, too many of us do. 

Political?  Heck, I remember chowing down on corn-dogs with Alan Waters at the CNE, back when it was a real event, and not the flea-market it is now!  Alan turns to me and says 'Charlie, mark my words, Diefenbaker is the man to lead us into the future!'  He was right, of course, and I have never looked back!  Bless him, bless CHUM, and to hell with all the bean-counters!
 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » Today 4:25 pm

paterson1
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 Actually I don't recall CTV news with Lisa Laflamme covering it either, it wasn't on last night,  I don't remember seeing anything on Tuesday either, but I could be wrong.   It was all over local Toronto news on all channels on Tuesday late news.  CTV Kitchener did give it a brief report in business since the Waterloo Region Record is owned by Torstar. The sale was on both the CBC and CTV websites.

Another report had the price of $25,555,000 that the five families (Atkinson, Hindmarsh, Campbell, Thall and Honderich) paid for the Star in 1958.  This was the highest amount at the time ever paid for a Canadian newspaper.  

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 4:02 pm

Peter the K wrote:

potentiometer wrote:

mace wrote:

Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

Uncalled for. 

  The left, as a whole, do, in favour ad-hominem attacks. 

Statements like that are the reason I said farewell to PSR as I do now to SOWNY.
I can get political stuff anywhere.

It was kinda fun while it lasted.




 
 

 

SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » Today 2:52 pm

Radio111 wrote:

This being a private site, it’s up to the moderators and/or owner to set their rules and do as they wish.

👍👍

...and as the Moderator, RA is second to none.
 

SOWNY » When Attempts To Get Through To Radio DJs Go Horribly Wrong » Today 2:48 pm

RadioActive
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The great Rick Sklar, who programmed the old WABC New York to become the highest rated Top 40 radio station in history, (it’s said it was only #4 – in Pittsburgh!) told the story of how Elton John – who was notorious for trying get every nickel out of every record - once sent the P.D. a huge cake.
 
Written in icing were the words, “Elton’s ‘Grow Some Funk Of Your Own’ Is The Next Huge Hit!” When the 45 bombed a few weeks after its release, Sklar received another cake. This time, the icing said “Ignore Previous Cake!”
 
I love that story and it shows what lengths artists and record companies will sometimes go to, to get radio attention for their latest release. (Bob Seger famously wrote a song called “Rosalie” about CKLW music whiz Rosalie Trombley, hoping to get her to play his music when the Big 8 was #1. It didn’t work.)
 
All of which brings us to Sir Bob Geldof, who has now revealed the bizarre way he tried to get disc jockeys to pay attention to The Boomtown Rats, before they exploded onto the scene with “I Don’t Like Mondays.”
 
Needless to say, he should have rethought the idea.
 
Sir Bob Geldof once sent 1,000 dead rats to radio DJs

(And exactly how DO you place such an order with the N.Y. Sanitation Dept? I would have loved to be in the office when that call came in!)

SOWNY » Defunct CKOO Radio Kelowna Ratings Increase » Today 2:44 pm

RadioAaron
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This was a bit of a weird book as Numeris moves towards continuous measurement in diary markets; it includes 6 weeks of data from the fall, and 12 weeks from the spring. In some smaller markets, they had to end spring measurement early and mix in some even older data. Not sure what the case was for Kelowna.

SOWNY » Buffalo Channels 4 & 23 OTA Reception » Today 2:43 pm

RadioActive
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As always, TVguy comes through with some incredibly timely information. And I mean timely! Just yesterday, I fired off an email to John Carroll, the chief engineer at WIVB, asking this very question. Between COVID and the new antenna, I'm sure he's very busy and I'm not surprised he hasn't responded to some unknown T.O. viewer.

But this answers just about everything I was wondering! I haven't seen a sniff from either 4 or 23 here in months, so I look forward to their return. (It's just too bad we're at a time where both stations are mostly showing nothing but reruns!)

Just checked  - nothing yet, but I'm hopeful they'll be there soon. 

Thanks again TVguy. From my perspective, your timing is incredible!

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 2:30 pm

g121
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mace wrote:

Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

& we have the oh so tolerant President of the United States retweeting video saying: "The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat"
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1265855459719892993

Want a glimpse of the oh so tolerant American Right, be my guest
https://ho-lee-fooks.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?fid=8

I'll be glad when Rush no longer spreads his dangerous & toxic views across the airwaves  but I take no pleasure in his being sick.

 

SOWNY » Buffalo Channels 4 & 23 OTA Reception » Today 2:24 pm

tvguy
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Here the long-awaited news for those using over-the-air antennas.   Buffalo's Ch.s 4 (WIVB) and 23 (WNLO) have completed tower work and the new antenna has been installed at the top of the tower.   Ongoing disruptions today (Thursday May 28th) as the tower crews remove "rigging" that was used to hoist the antenna to the top of the tower (and new transmission lines) but you should see an improvement later today if not this weekend.   Power increase & significantly greater antenna height will be implemted.  Preliminary measurements suggest parity with WGRZ - nice broad beamwidth.  

This should solve a lot of problems for Big Yellow Board readers.  WKBW's installation of the new antenna has been delayed because its "copter crew" was dispatched to California to fight brush fires.   Maybe another month before they implement changes. (power increase and return to the top of the tower).  WUTV - Fox 29's tower relocation has also been delayed, but they are using the old WNLO tower on Grand Island - so you won't seem much of a change - perhaps a slight bump in signal when they relocate to the (old) WUTV tower.  That will also impact the signal for Ch. 49 (WNYO) - when it relocates to the WUTV tower.

One last "musical chairs/channels" to take place soon.  WBXZ-LD "channel 56" which has 12 video channels, will relocate from its current RF 17 to RF 23.   It is a very low powered station, so very few people are likely to pick it up on a regular basis.  That relocation could occur within the next month, because Canadian stations will start to migrate to their "new" assignments shortly.  CIII-Toronto (Global) will move to Ch. 17 by July.

SOWNY » A new station arrives in Thunder Bay...not new but an Oldies format » Today 2:20 pm

RadioActive
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Hey Joe: just a quick correction. It's actually NORTH Bay, not Thunder Bay that got the new station. And its call letters will be familiar to those that live there. Vista has chosen CFCH, an old ID that was a heritage station in the north. 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 2:17 pm

RadioActive
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We're starting to turn into a political board, which isn't the point of SOWNY! Still, I suppose it's inevitable given how polarizing politics is these days. That said, I'll weigh in with this - as someone who has survived cancer (at least so far!) I can tell you there are few scarier words in any language than that one.

And while I've always found Limbaugh's "I'm the world's greatest broadcaster" style off-putting, there's no one on earth I'd wish that illness on. I don't listen to him and never will, but that doesn't mean I don't want him to recover. This is something no human being should have to face. But sadly, too many of us do. 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 1:49 pm

Chrisphen
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Peter the K wrote:

I realize it's just one person's experience... 

Indeed.
 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » Today 1:42 pm

RadioActive
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More bad news from the broadcasting industry. CBS News has cut at least 50 jobs from a staff of about 500. The so-called "Tiffany Network" has been struggling with the COVID crisis and just merged with Viacom. And as too often happens after such a big conjoining, the company looked to immediately cut costs. (Despite their pronouncements, this is what I worry about at the Star after the takeover. But we'll see.)

"There isn’t a single person leaving who did a bad job," network president Susan Zirinsky said. "It’s economics. It is absolutely the financials that has forced us to make these decisions. ... I’m really sorry. There is not a person who won’t be missed.” 

CBS' nightly newscast has been in dead last place for years, well overshadowed by NBC & ABC.

"Everyone Is Shocked": CBS News Hit Hard by Layoffs

SOWNY » A new station arrives in Thunder Bay...not new but an Oldies format » Today 1:41 pm

Nice to see some expansion in these times...as Thunder Bay just got granted a new Oldies format station. Vista Radio is going after the older market with this one...as the music will be from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Rogers tried to block the move, but the CRTC agreed to the license and Vista put a good business case together too!

So, if you are looking for a gig, you might have to make a big move North, but this is good news to see.

Here is more on the story...


https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/new-oldies-radio-station-coming-to-north-bay-2376202






 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 1:37 pm

Peter the K
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potentiometer wrote:

mace wrote:

Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

Uncalled for. 

I disagree.  The left, as a whole, do, in favour ad-hominem attacks.  Those against the provincial government tend to attack Doug Ford and before him Mike Harris rather than the Conservatives.  It was exactly the same when the Conservatives were in power federally where "The Evil Harper" got the brunt of the attacks.

Did the Right attack the last Liberal Premiere directly?

Look at what happened to Michael Moore once his latest doc was released.  The man started receiving death threats.

I realize it's just one person's experience but I've found left-leaning people generally to be among the most intolerlant.

As for Limbaugh, I don't see a lot of things his way but I wish what he's going through on no one.
 
 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » Today 1:24 pm

paterson1 wrote:

They are buying a company that financially at least was not in the red.

Even better, according to the Post article:

>> Torstar had a cash balance of $70 million at the end of the first quarter of 2020, and no bank debt, a balance sheet that short seller Jerome Hass of Lightwater Capital Partners called “sweet” in light of the $52 million that Rivett and Bitove paid for the company. “You are effectively paying the buyer $18 million to take this company off your hands,” he told the Post. <<

Also interesting, nothing about Torstar's sale on CBC's National broadcasts Tuesday evening or last night. I'd agree with RA, this was a huge story.

SOWNY » Defunct CKOO Radio Kelowna Ratings Increase » Today 12:55 pm

paterson1
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Back in April CKOO (Soft 103.9) went off the air due to a lack of advertising from COVID-19.  Strangely, the station had their best numbers in today's release of Numeris Spring ratings. The station would have closed down at some point during the survey.  They came in 5th out of 9 stations in Kelowna.  The chart courtesy of Radio West.

https://radiowest.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=35507
 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 11:48 am

mace wrote:

Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

Uncalled for.
 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 11:43 am

Saul
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mace wrote:

Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

Or baiting by the Right?

(For the record here, I'd rather see people of any persuasion knocked out - or celebrated - on political grounds, not because of illness).
 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » Today 11:40 am

paterson1
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A little more detail in this article from the National Post. Apparently Torstar still had $70 million cash in the bank, which the new owners won't be entitled to.  They are buying a company that financially at least was not in the red.

For now, according to the article, it looks like the Star will also be keeping it's current editorial stance. The other daily papers in the chain do not necessarily adhere to the Atkinson Principles like the Toronto Star. 

https://business.financialpost.com/news/burning-cash-for-years-pair-acquiring-torstar-eye-growth-while-vowing-to-keep-progressive-values
 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 11:31 am

Tickle Trunk
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mace wrote:

Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

So the American Left tends to celebrate people's upcoming painful treatments and ultimate death?

I wonder if the Canadian Left is equally ghoulish? ⚰️🧟‍♂️

SOWNY » Numeris Diary Day » Today 11:11 am

RadioAaron
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Next Wednesday. 

 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 11:07 am

mace
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Lots of high fives by the oh so tolerant American Left have most likely begun now.

SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » Today 11:07 am

Radio111
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I had no plans to reply to this, but after comments, here goes. No, I don’t use that word, and I certainly didn’t post it here (thank you to those who noticed that). My point is the language police is way too forceful, and people are way too sensitive these days. I have been called many words I don’t like, but I don’t let it bother me.

This being a private site, it’s up to the moderators and/or owner to set their rules and do as they wish.

SOWNY » Numeris Diary Day » Today 11:03 am

mace
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When will the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary numbers be available?

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