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SOWNY » Doug Cameron Passes » Today 11:10 am

kman
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Very sad. Doug loved to reminisce about his time at CHAM and CHIC; the CHIC story was just plain bizarre. I loved his sense of humour too. When we were working together, John Tesh was on and he loved to take jabs at Tesh's "Intelligence For Your Life." Doug said one day I'm gonna start a show called "Stupidity For Your Life" Doug never held back, always told it like it is with regard to the state of radio. Unfortunate that he did not have much time to enjoy his retirement, condolences to his family and friends.

SOWNY » Whatever Happened To Former WYSL Buffalo DJ Jim Scott? » Today 9:47 am

RadioActive
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Not sure how many here remember a Top 40 disc jockey named Jim Scott. He was in and out of the Buffalo radio market several times over the years (mostly with WYSL), before becoming a big time morning man on WLW in Cincinnati. (If you want to hear what he sounded like back then, there's a great WYSL-FM aircheck on Dale Patterson's RockRadioScrapbook that you can find here, an April Fool's evening in which he plays jingles from other stations across America!

I know some here won't care, but for those who do, there's a nice little article about him from Wednesday that I stumbled across at the Cincinnati Enquirer's website. And it contains a few things about him that I didn't know, including that he once worked to "balance off" Imus In The Morning at WNBC, that he interviewed then not-president Donald Trump and that he recovered from polio as a child. 

He's now 76 and apparently happily retired in Indiana. Nice to hear his voice again on the accompanying video.

Radio legend Jim Scott now lives on his own time

SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » Today 9:25 am

RadioActive
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grilled.cheese wrote:

I'm on the edge of my seat with excitement for any news breaking information.

We have our best people working on it 24/7, along with the latest from CKNT. 

SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » Today 8:35 am

I'm on the edge of my seat with excitement for any news breaking information.

SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » Today 12:03 am

RadioActive
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And I just heard it myself. They twice referred to it as CIAO, first in a midnight top of the hour ID, then immediately afterwards in a disclaimer that said, "The following show does not reflect the opinions of CIAO AM 530."

That's probably the longest I've ever listened to the station!

SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » Yesterday 11:58 pm

RadioActive
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Don't know. He didn't say how he heard it. Could be over the web. I'm just passing along what he posted on Canadian Radio News.

It's also possible he did get it via DX. After all, there's nothing else on 530 AM anywhere, so it could have travelled that far if the night was good. There's nothing to block it.

SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » Yesterday 10:33 pm

Chuck99
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I am assuming he was at his home in Rochester when he heard the ID.  That is quite a distance from Brampton.  It is amazing how far 1000 watts carries at night when the station is located at the bottom of the AM dial.

SOWNY » Doug Cameron Passes » Yesterday 9:19 pm

Chuck99
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Carl Patrick wrote:

Worked with Doug for many years at CHAM. A good guy. Really knew his music. I remember humming a song once in the newsroom and couldn't place it. Shortly after Doug gave me a copy of Soulful Strut by Young Holt Unlimited. Knew he wasn't doing well, but sad to hear, just the same.

    What a great song!  I submitted it on the Songs Oldies Radio Forgot thread. 


SOWNY » Will this work in Canada? » Yesterday 9:01 pm

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When Rogers first launched digital cable, but before any HD was offered, a friend of mine had a rare SD 4:3 TV with a digital tuner. EVERYTHING was wide open...every movie/PPV channel...everything. Lasted almost two years like that.

SOWNY » HD Radio In Toronto » Yesterday 8:57 pm

RadioAaron
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markow202 wrote:

Looks like the CN Tower will be stuck doing analog unless this gets one day pushed as mandatory such as it did with tv.  Then you'll see the money being spent to get this all sorted.
 

There's not any real good reason to do that. With TV (and DAB in Europe) it freed up a bunch of valuable bandwidth. Mandating a switch to HD doesn't do so.
 

SOWNY » Doug Cameron Passes » Yesterday 8:47 pm

Worked with Doug for many years at CHAM. A good guy. Really knew his music. I remember humming a song once in the newsroom and couldn't place it. Shortly after Doug gave me a copy of Soulful Strut by Young Holt Unlimited. Knew he wasn't doing well, but sad to hear, just the same.

SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » Yesterday 8:31 pm

RadioActive
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RadioActive wrote:

Just off the phone with an Evanov rep, and I asked her point blank for the current call letters of AM 530.

She told me without hesitation that's it's still CIAO and they have no intention of changing it anytime soon. 

So I guess that puts that to bed.  

Scott Fybush heard their ID at midnight the other night. They're apparently still identifying themselves as CIAO on air. The mystery deepens.

SOWNY » If Trump Talks In U.S. Primetime, What Do Canadian TV Stations Do? » Yesterday 6:53 pm

splunge
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geo wrote:

Chuck99 wrote:

   the NHL regular season.

Can Jake Gardiner be unloaded?
 

ha!  Gardiner is a lot like trump... he can screw up a dozen things badly, but people ignore that because he does one good thing!

SOWNY » If Trump Talks In U.S. Primetime, What Do Canadian TV Stations Do? » Yesterday 5:55 pm

geo
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Chuck99 wrote:

   the NHL regular season.

Can Jake Gardiner be unloaded?
 

SOWNY » If Trump Talks In U.S. Primetime, What Do Canadian TV Stations Do? » Yesterday 5:30 pm

Chuck99
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Energy-related issues such as pipelines and carbon taxes.  Also, sports, namely the NFL playoffs and the NHL regular season.

SOWNY » HD Radio In Toronto » Yesterday 4:25 pm

markow202 wrote:

Looks like the CN Tower will be stuck doing analog unless this gets one day pushed as mandatory such as it did with tv.  Then you'll see the money being spent to get this all sorted.

Wasnt it not Bell that caused a fire in the mast in 2017 due to HD?  

I confess, it doesn't look promising based on tvguy's insights. Nevertheless, at some point the Master FM antenna will start to fail due to age. The fact it's had a fair degree of protection from the elements because of the radome will perhaps delay the need to replace it by several years.

For those of extreme geekiness, check out this video on the state-of-the-art TV and FM facilities at the new World Trade Center. Are there any lessons learned here that could be applied to the CN Tower - not just for HD Radio but for the DTV Repack and ATSC 3.0?

SOWNY » If Trump Talks In U.S. Primetime, What Do Canadian TV Stations Do? » Yesterday 4:21 pm

geo
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Chuck99 wrote:

   Trump fatigue has developed in Canada.  Very few people in my inner circle talk about him anymore   

Out of curiosity, what are the current hot discussion topics within your inner circle while the President of the USA is boring the rest of humanity?


 

SOWNY » If Trump Talks In U.S. Primetime, What Do Canadian TV Stations Do? » Yesterday 3:26 pm

Chuck99
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Kilgore wrote:

What would the average Cdn prefer . . . examine Daniel Dale's latest list of Trump's lies (recent history) in the Red Star, or watch Trump's next State of the Union Address (history in the making?)    

Neither.  I think Trump fatigue has developed in Canada.  Very few people in my inner circle talk about him anymore.  

I think most people are waiting for the Mueller report to see if the findings drive him from office.  If not, Canadians will probably ignore the noise until the presidential election in November 2020, assuming there is no draft Mike Pence movement and the orange-haired one secures the Republican nomination for president.
 

SOWNY » Nice to see Corey Hart inducted into the Juno HOF » Yesterday 3:23 pm

Yes, it's a name we haven't heard much of for a while, but the Juno people have inducted this one time pop phenom into their HOF...

Here's more...

https://www.cbc.ca/music/junos/news/corey-hart-to-be-inducted-into-canadian-music-hall-of-fame-at-2019-junos-1.4979244


P.S. his music reminds of the really fun beginnings of Much Music, when video's were golden! 
 

SOWNY » HD Radio In Toronto » Yesterday 1:31 pm

markow202
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tvguy wrote:

The issue with HD, as I understand it, and perhaps some engineers can weigh in, is that the digital (HD) subcarriers add about 10% (additional RF) to the existing envelope of RF going into the antenna.   Across the FM band, at the CN Tower, that's a significant amount of additional RF into a very old antenna.  I had been told that the Master FM antenna, was "maxed out" in terms of the amount of RF that it can handle. (not just a combiner issue).   Consider that CHFI operates at 44 KW ERP, CBL-FM 38 kw ERP  and there are several other high power (grandfathered) Class C stations.   I also understand that a typical Nautel transmitter (HD) may consume more power than an older analog transmitter.  So there may be an electrical upgrade (plus standby power generation) required for all stations to transition to HD & HVAC upgrades.  My recollection is that the master antenna at the Empire State Building which was quite old, also required a major upgrade to transition NYC stations to HD.   I also understand that with CKFM (and initially for CHUM-FM), the RF for the HD digital subcarriers, is routed into a separate antenna, so the HD component by-passes the Master FM antenna. I recall that Scott Fybush did a comprehensive article of the NYC Empire State Building master antenna system a few years back.

One might speculate that from a status quo situation, various stations that use the Master FM antenna could reduce the Analog ERP, while adding HD Digital subcarriers, but that would impact their analog coverage, which no general manager would likely choose to do.  

here is an interesting article on the Empire State Building antenna rebuild - by Fybush:
https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/under-a-cocoon-esb-plans-for-new-fm-era
 

Looks like the CN Tower will be stuck doing analog unless this gets one day pushed as mandatory such as it did with tv.  Then you'll see the money being spent to get this all sorted.

Wasnt it not Bell that caus

SOWNY » If Trump Talks In U.S. Primetime, What Do Canadian TV Stations Do? » Yesterday 1:00 pm

Kilgore
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What would the average Cdn prefer . . . examine Daniel Dale's latest list of Trump's lies (recent history) in the Red Star, or watch Trump's next State of the Union Address (history in the making?)    

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