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SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 8:02 pm

tvguy
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Me bad.   WNYO is on 16 and WUTV on 32.  Both will transmit from the (old) WUTV Tower on Whitehaven Road, on Grand Island - is what I meant to write.   RadioActive, the reference to DVR sends up red flags.  What brand?  You are probably suffering from overload from the CN Tower, which is, impacting HDHomeRun and older Philips DVRs very badly.  It is virtually impossible to receive WIVB/WNLO reliably with a preamp connected these days.  I've tried variable attenuators, and haven't had much success.  Newer LG TVs function very well, with preamp'd signals - older Samsungs do not.   It's basically luck of the draw, because colden is so far from Toronto, and the signals are far more susceptible to temperature changes, rain, etc over the 87 mile path.  You may also find, with these very weak Buffalo UHF signals, from Wales NY and Colden that the placement of the tower/antenna - a couple of metres one way or the other, or a couple of metres higher, will impact reception.  Bottom line, not much can be done to improve reception, but one thing I can guarantee is that the noise level and overload characteristics of the pre-amp is the first thing I would examine.  I believe you mentioned you are using an older preamp?   The only reliable pre-amp I've found is the Winegard LNA-200, which is lower gain than Channel Master, but less overload problems.  Subject to my comments above regarding HDHomerun, Philips DVRs' etc.

SOWNY » The Local Broadcasters Who Aren’t Working From Home » Today 7:52 pm

Also speaking of working from home, I've been working from home since mid-March. 

SOWNY » Two Coming Documentaries About Radio To Watch For » Today 7:51 pm

Charlie wrote:

Kosmos Kagool wrote:

Charlie wrote:

exclusive X-rated 'behind the scenes' footage featuring Mike Bullard.  Check your local listings

Surely you jest, Chuck

Moi?  Perish the thought.  I would have included a Frank D'Angelo video if I could.
 



 

SOWNY » IT'S THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF CONFEDERATION . . . EVERYBODY SING » Today 6:55 pm

Showing my age,  but I remember this as a 9 year old;  along with Ontario's "A Place To Stand".

Expo 67 and a time when anything and everything was possible.

SOWNY » IT'S THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF CONFEDERATION . . . EVERYBODY SING » Today 6:38 pm

Bobby Gimby wrote Ca-na-da @ approx this time of year in '66.    The Young Canada Singers recorded it and took it to no. 4 on CHUM the following spring.     Anyone know if the Young Canada Singers stayed together or if they disbanded and if so, did any members gravitate to broadcasting or musical careers?   

SOWNY » Two Coming Documentaries About Radio To Watch For » Today 5:42 pm

Charlie
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Kosmos Kagool wrote:

Charlie wrote:

exclusive X-rated 'behind the scenes' footage featuring Mike Bullard.  Check your local listings

Surely you jest, Chuck

Moi?  Perish the thought.  I would have included a Frank D'Angelo video if I could.
 

SOWNY » Two Coming Documentaries About Radio To Watch For » Today 5:12 pm

Charlie wrote:

exclusive X-rated 'behind the scenes' footage featuring Mike Bullard.  Check your local listings

Surely you jest, Chuck

SOWNY » Two Coming Documentaries About Radio To Watch For » Today 4:22 pm

Charlie
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Mississauga Cable 10 is in production of the history of CKNT, including exclusive X-rated 'behind the scenes' footage featuring Mike Bullard.  Check your local listings.

SOWNY » Seattle Radio Legend Pat O'Day Dies » Today 3:56 pm

RadioActive
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This article outlines what O'Day did for Jimi Hendrix and later for his family, after the guitar great's death. 

But it also reveals how he singlehandedly made the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run" into an international hit, when no one was willing to give the band a chance. 

From the Seattle Times:

"In a 2010 Seattle Times interview, Don Wilson, one of the founders of The Ventures, credited O’Day with making “Walk — Don’t Run” a national hit in 1960.

"The year before, Wilson had been working construction in Tacoma. The group took their single to every radio station in Seattle, and they all turned them down. Except for O’Day, who began using 30 seconds of it as “news kicker” just before the news. That was enough. The kids began calling, and the record went onto regular programming."
 

SOWNY » Two Coming Documentaries About Radio To Watch For » Today 3:43 pm

RadioActive
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Most of the time, radio gets the shaft when it comes to being featured as a topic in movies or on TV – or on radio itself for that matter!
 
But now two documentaries are in the works (one finished, one awaiting production) that tackles very different stories from the medium.
 
The first and most imminent will be of interest to those who get HBO. Next October, they’ll be presenting a pic called “Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth.” It’s touted as being a total access look at the story of Craig Carton, one of the popular co-hosts of WFAN New York’s drivetime show and a guy making a fortune. He had it all and was on top of the world, with huge ratings and name recognition in the biggest media market in the world.
 
But then he threw it all away, with a gambling problem that led to a multi-million dollar illegal ticket selling scheme – and ultimately a 42-month prison sentence. Talk about penthouse to the outhouse.
 
The crew was given unfettered access to Carton as this entire nightmare unfolded and they claim to have put together a fascinating portrait of a radio talent who had it all and lost it to greed and addiction. (The fact the station is thinking of hiring him back considering the money he bilked people out of is simply stunning.) It’s scheduled to start airing on HBO in the U.S. on Oct. 7th. We may see it here at the same time.
 
“Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth.”
 
The other documentary hasn’t started shooting yet. But if you’re into more modern music, “The World’s Most Dangerous Radio Station” may be for you. It’s about the first all Hip Hop radio station and the guy behind it. KDAY Los Angeles was an AM station (yes, an AM station!) that took on the format before anyone else and a music/program director named Gary Mack who took a chance on an idea that

SOWNY » Signed, Sealed and Delivered. NordStar Capital Officially Owns Torstar » Today 2:38 pm

paterson1
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It's a done deal.  Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett of NordStar Capital have officially taken over Torstar which includes The Toronto Star, six regional daily papers and over 70 weekly newspapers.
https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/08/05/nordstar-takes-possession-of-toronto-star-publisher.html

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 2:26 pm

RadioActive
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I actually thought my problem might be all the splitters I'm using, which could reduce the db of the signal. So I unplugged one and put it directly into my DVR, bypassing the TV. Not much improvement.

Most of the people I've talked to don't think the cable is the issue. The fact that it was there before the repack seems to be the proof that they just may have moved too far out of range. 

But I'll always keep trying to improve the signal!

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 2:10 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

markow202 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

If only someone could do something about WIVB and WNLO. I thought the repack might improve them in some way.  The truth is most of the time, I've lost them entirely. And nothing I've tried to boost the signal from Colden, N.Y. has helped. I don't expect things to get much better as we head to winter. 

Have you tried looking at tvfool coverage maps for your area of these stations?  You could just be in a dead zone for them regardless of what you do.  Also how old is your RG6 cable?  

I had an antenna expert up here a few weeks ago. He found nothing wrong with the install or the antenna, although the cabling has been around since the early 90s. 

I'm almost positive the problem is the repack. I never used to have an issue with Channel 4. When WIVB shifted back to Colden, which is a lot farther away from Toronto, their signal strength into the city took a big hit. What really irritates me most, though, is that they took WNLO with them, and now both are coming from the same tower with roughly the same power. Channel 23 used to have one of the best signals into Toronto, so strong even a mid-winter blizzard couldn't black it out. Now I'm lucky to get it cleanly on a sunny day in July. 

I've tried an extra pre-amp with an attenuator, but it didn't do a thing. So I'm not sure what, if anything, the next step might be, other than move closer to the border! I like some CBS & CW programming, but I'm not quite that desperate! 

Strange.  It could be area but im not sure - however cabling on your system since the early 90s is definately due for a replacement you might not see it visually or not.  I just replaced it at the cottage (since 1998) and it make a huge difference in signal.  

In Etobicoke I have found no fluctuation in these Buffalo channels except for 49.1 recently but I understand they arent up in full yet.  
 

SOWNY » The Local Broadcasters Who Aren’t Working From Home » Today 12:53 pm

RadioActive
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Speaking of working from home, everything was going pretty smoothly for Bell's Evan Solomon, who's been doing the gig from his house for months. Until Thursday. 

At 12:11 PM, his audio died completely and there was about 15 seconds of dead air. That was followed by filler music (not something that works well during a talk show!) and then about 6 minutes of commercials and a traffic report. (Even for CFRB, 6 minutes of spots is a long time.) When he finally returned, he explained that his equipment, which had been working so well for so long, suddenly failed and he would have to do the rest of the show on his cell phone!

Not only did it sound terrible, but to add insult to injury, it was one of the shows that goes coast-to-coast, so every market heard the lousy quality that went on for almost two hours. And even the regularly scheduled breaks didn't work so well. When he went to the hard network out, NT1010 played his on mic intro of the news, the traffic etc., and it became obvious to even the least informed listener that it was all pre-taped. 

When it works, it works great. When it doesn't, you better hope the whole country doesn't get to hear it! Maybe they should spring for that $8,000 gizmo described above!
 

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 12:46 pm

RadioActive
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markow202 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

If only someone could do something about WIVB and WNLO. I thought the repack might improve them in some way.  The truth is most of the time, I've lost them entirely. And nothing I've tried to boost the signal from Colden, N.Y. has helped. I don't expect things to get much better as we head to winter. 

Have you tried looking at tvfool coverage maps for your area of these stations?  You could just be in a dead zone for them regardless of what you do.  Also how old is your RG6 cable?  

I had an antenna expert up here a few weeks ago. He found nothing wrong with the install or the antenna, although the cabling has been around since the early 90s. 

I'm almost positive the problem is the repack. I never used to have an issue with Channel 4. When WIVB shifted back to Colden, which is a lot farther away from Toronto, their signal strength into the city took a big hit. What really irritates me most, though, is that they took WNLO with them, and now both are coming from the same tower with roughly the same power. Channel 23 used to have one of the best signals into Toronto, so strong even a mid-winter blizzard couldn't black it out. Now I'm lucky to get it cleanly on a sunny day in July. 

I've tried an extra pre-amp with an attenuator, but it didn't do a thing. So I'm not sure what, if anything, the next step might be, other than move closer to the border! I like some CBS & CW programming, but I'm not quite that desperate! 

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 11:40 am

markow202
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RadioActive wrote:

If only someone could do something about WIVB and WNLO. I thought the repack might improve them in some way.  The truth is most of the time, I've lost them entirely. And nothing I've tried to boost the signal from Colden, N.Y. has helped. I don't expect things to get much better as we head to winter. 

Have you tried looking at tvfool coverage maps for your area of these stations?  You could just be in a dead zone for them regardless of what you do.  Also how old is your RG6 cable?  

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 11:39 am

Hamiltonboy
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tvguy wrote:

By the weekend, you are likely to see a major improvement in WKBW reception.   Possibly WUTV and WNYO as well.  Based on postings on AVS forum, the helicopter crew is expected to hoist the new antenna for WKBW today or Friday.   It is also expected that the crew will also hoist a new antenna for the WUTV Grand Island Tower site, where WNYO and WUTV will broadcast from on RF 32.

 

Thought WNYO Channel 49 was on RF 16. Is it changing?

SOWNY » Veteran Newscaster Peter Ray, Famed For Sign-Off, Dies At 71 » Today 11:06 am

Maybo
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Rarely saw him in Toronto during my BN/CP days but we spoke on the phone a lot.  One of the good guys.  So sad to hear we lost him.

SOWNY » Jim Pattison Radio Group Network Mid Day Shows » Today 9:51 am

mic'em
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I am sorry for those who lost their jobs. I am fortunate that at age 33 to have been one of those let go when the broadcasting company I was employed with then was bought out, and I took the AZ truck driving course. 31 years later, I still drive a truck, and have not been without a paycheque at any point during that time. Altho it hurt bad at the time to give up my radio career , in retrospect, it was the best that happened to me financially. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/pouty.png

SOWNY » The Local Broadcasters Who Aren’t Working From Home » Today 9:16 am

RadioActive
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Dave Trafford’s off-the-cuff remark on CFRB Thursday morning really surprised me. He talked about how most Newstalk 1010 hosts are working remotely from home – but almost none of those who toil on air at Bell’s local FM stations are, with most still in studio.
 
I can’t quite figure this one out. Wouldn’t it be easier to run a music show from outside of the station than a talk format? The former doesn’t need a producer or a screener and it seems to me that 95% of what’s happening is on computer – the music, the spots, etc. Why couldn’t all of that be triggered remotely?
 
If what Trafford said is true, it’s the exact opposite of what I would have expected.
 
Meanwhile, FYImusicnews.ca has an interesting story about broadcast legend Dave Charles and his engineering partner, who have come up with a remote broadcasting system that would allow a single operator to stage a complete radio show, with all the bells and whistles and great quality, from just about anywhere. The cost for each unit: just $8,000.
 
If it works as advertised, that’s about as cheap as it gets. More about it here.     

https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/sites/default/files/styles/article_page_image/public/field/image/homestudio.jpg?itok=2YUnClxw

Photo courtesy FYImusicnews.ca

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 9:02 am

RadioActive
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If only someone could do something about WIVB and WNLO. I thought the repack might improve them in some way.  The truth is most of the time, I've lost them entirely. And nothing I've tried to boost the signal from Colden, N.Y. has helped. I don't expect things to get much better as we head to winter. 

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 8:24 am

tvguy
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By the weekend, you are likely to see a major improvement in WKBW reception.   Possibly WUTV and WNYO as well.  Based on postings on AVS forum, the helicopter crew is expected to hoist the new antenna for WKBW today or Friday.   It is also expected that the crew will also hoist a new antenna for the WUTV Grand Island Tower site, where WNYO and WUTV will broadcast from on RF 32.

 

SOWNY » Stingray's Profits Go Boom » Today 8:02 am

RadioActive
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It's not just Stingray. Bell is getting wrung by the COVID effect as well. From the Financial Post:

"...revenue in the company’s media division was down by 31.2 per cent as ad revenue dropped and many customers trimmed their packages to save money...

"All three of Canada’s big telecom players reported tough financial results due to the pandemic, but BCE had the biggest hit to profit.

"Rogers Communications Inc.’s net income was down 53 per cent and Telus Corp.’s net income was down 39.4 per cent, compared to Bell’s 64 per cent decline."

Still, I'm pretty sure there are no tag days in the future for any of them. It's the potential for more layoffs that worries me. 

BCE profit plunges 64% on COVID-19 economic turmoil and lower TV revenue

SOWNY » Veteran Newscaster Peter Ray, Famed For Sign-Off, Dies At 71 » Today 6:37 am

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I worked with Peter for almost 30 years at BN/CP. I was in the audio room in Toronto while he filed reports from all over Quebec. Amazingly, in all those years, we spoke on the phone almost daily, but we never met in person. We certainly butted heads on many occasions, but we had some laughs too.
Rest In Peace, Peter.

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SOWNY » New Syndicated Morning Show for Edmonton's CHUCK » Today 6:02 am

RadioAaron wrote:

  If the trends hold, Q107 and Boom will be #1 and #2 in the summer book. 

When did you detect such trends developing and how are you measuring trends, Aaron?

K.K.
 

SOWNY » Seattle Radio Legend Pat O'Day Dies » Today 12:29 am

Marsden
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If you've seen the film - you may remember the amazing story about Pat O'Day and Jimi Hendrix. What Pat did after Jimi's death, places Pat O'Day on a very high pedestal in my memories. 

SOWNY » Stingray's Profits Go Boom » Yesterday 10:37 pm

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markow202 wrote:

Absolutely love Stingray and their channels and app.  I hope they dont go belly-up!.

The CEO expects "rapid growth". 
If this is true, Stingray is not going away any time soon...
Rapid growth as COVID's impact fades, new services unfold: https://www.burnabynow.com/stingray-ceo-expects-rapid-growth-as-covid-s-impact-fades-new-services-unfold-1.24181336

SOWNY » New Syndicated Morning Show for Edmonton's CHUCK » Yesterday 10:17 pm

RadioAaron
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paterson1 wrote:

Now last time was not typical with all of the changes in the marketplace with the pandemic, but Q107 seems to have found itself over the past while. It will be interesting to see if everything holds for the September book.

I think it will. What we're seeing is stations with a blue-collar audience (Q107, Boom) surging, as their audiences are more-or-less back to work. The government and bank employees are listening to/hearing a lot less CHUM-FM than they used to. If the trends hold, Q107 and Boom will be #1 and #2 in the summer book. 

SOWNY » High school radio » Yesterday 10:17 pm

Lorne
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It only used the school intercom system, but I was part of a radio station that a teacher had set up at my high school ... there's a brief description of it at http://www.woburnalumni.ca/cwciradio.html. (I'm not in the picture, which was probably taken the year before I became involved.)

SOWNY » Stingray's Profits Go Boom » Yesterday 10:07 pm

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rawkgurl wrote:

Is anyone really shocked that radio profits went down? I remember it being a ghost town here where I live. Sounds like "pandemic fatigue here" 

It's brutal. When businesses have to cut back, marketing is usually the first to go. Stingray might be the first public numbers we've seen for radio, but they're not an outlier. 
 

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