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SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Today 12:53 am

TomTV
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RadioActive wrote:

 (To this day, I still hear people referring to CityNews as "Everywhere." They haven't really used it in years, but the branding was so strong, a lot of people still think it's in play.)

I still refer to it as CityPULSE (CityNews is one of the most dullest, unimaginative names that they could've chosen, but quite frankly totally in line with how dull and unimaginative the entire station became once Moses left)
 

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 11:40 pm

Radiowiz
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RadioActive wrote:

Perhaps what's most stunning about this is that they show the CTV News at 6! It can't be more obvious. Yet still many think it's run by City. 

Many (who do not pay enough attention) still call it CityPulse 24. 
A name change to CTV Toronto 24 would be nice. (or something like that)
It makes good sense, since they also own their CTV National channel anyway.
 

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme Forced To Do CTV National From Her Own Backyard » Yesterday 10:11 pm

RadioActive
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The veteran CTV anchor had an unusually green background on Tuesday night. Lisa LaFlamme began the newscast by briefly showing viewers the cameras and lights set up in her yard, explaining she's come into contact with a suspected COVID patient and out of an abundance of caution, she's keeping away from her co-workers for the foreseeable future. (Lucky for her and CTV there's no rain in the forecast.)

It's the first time during the crisis that I've seen a major national network newscast being done without a set. Although NBC's Lester Holt has not been back to his regular Nightly News set for months.

SOWNY » Rebranding and Format Changes in Mid Western Ontario » Yesterday 9:43 pm

Radio111
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Expect more Cool FMs in markets if Blackburn ever expands. I think Chatham/Windsor was first, then Sarnia, now Wingham. The Sarnia station, CHKS was formerly perhaps the worst active rock station I have ever heard, both jock and music wise. Virtually nothing current, yet they still said “the best new rock”. I think they even played “Come on Eileen” which has no business being on any rock station, classic or otherwise.
I believe Blackburn has the entire Sarnia market, excluding the Port Huron, MI stations yet every time I am out that way there seems to be only a couple of advertisers. I don’t recall hearing a Sarnia businesses on the Port Huron stations, either.

SOWNY » "100 Yrs. Of Radio/100 Yrs. Of Hitmakers" Spotlights Music/Songwriters » Yesterday 9:23 pm

splunge
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@ boom boy, i just assumed it was a CCD thing because these days, nobody spends money to produce extra content unless they have to....

But congrats!  fantastic series that should be promoted again.  Thanks for the background and as a huge Cancon supporter, our stories need to be told.  Need more of this kind of thing!

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 8:49 pm

RadioActive
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Perhaps what's most stunning about this is that they show the CTV News at 6! It can't be more obvious. Yet still many think it's run by City. 

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 8:22 pm

RadioActive wrote:

That's happened to me, too. Amazing how that branding has stuck, although it's been more than 10 years since City had control of it. I'm not sure if that means the former City folks did such a great job or CTV hasn't. 

Not that it matters to Bell Media's bottom line...lol...but I've always been surprised since Day 1 of the takeover;  with the lack of rebranding of CP24.

SOWNY » Here is a great new ad campaign by Uber Eats » Yesterday 8:19 pm

betaylored
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Sad that some ads, this one included, are better cast, written and filmed than a lot of the current shows on offer.

Both Mark and Sir Patrick Stewart have a great following on Twitter, both retweeted the ad yesterday (of course) and if there was a large-ish discount code, I might....nah, I still CBA "can't be arsed" as the Brits say, to try it.🖖

SOWNY » Do Canadian TV Stations Legally Have To Carry This? » Yesterday 8:00 pm

RadioActive
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GNR640 is carrying the speech live. What I want to know is, if he starts late and goes on for a while, what does that mean for The Employment Hour? I'd laugh hysterically if they cut him off so they could go to the paid programming. 

SOWNY » Do Canadian TV Stations Legally Have To Carry This? » Yesterday 7:53 pm

Hamiltonboy
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Paul Martin attempted a PM TV announcement, but Brent Butt snuck on the set and successfully persuaded him to postpone it so Corner Gas could proceed.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0546111/characters/nm0552883.

SOWNY » Z103.5 Experimenting? » Yesterday 7:49 pm

RadioAaron
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Adrian106072 wrote:

If they only focus on 100% throwbacks I'm not sure that they can capture the 18-34 years old audience.

Nobody can.

The top 4 in 18-34 in the last book were Q107, CHFI, Boom, and Radio One.

We all know that doesn't represent the audio preferences of that demo. It's absolutely pointless for radio to target 18-34. It seems Z's figured that out. A CHR, still playing current music, targeted older with some great gold, makes total sense. 

SOWNY » Z103.5 Experimenting? » Yesterday 7:29 pm

I pronounce it "Zed" 103

SOWNY » Poll: Were you a fan of the Tragically Hip? » Yesterday 7:16 pm

kevjo
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Yup, I must be un-Canadian in some people's eyes because, aside from a very few select tunes, I never understood the fuss over this band. Sure they told some intriguing stories from this land but I could only take so much of Gord Downie (rest his soul) and his vocals. 
I'm also no fan of Rush so I guess it's time to turn in my citizenship. 

SOWNY » Do Canadian TV Stations Legally Have To Carry This? » Yesterday 7:09 pm

paterson1
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Good question, and I don't really know.  I remember during the October Crisis in 1970 Pierre went on TV I believe in prime time to announce the War Measures Act and all of the networks covered this.  At the time  it was unprecedented.

I guess in a national emergency, which you could argue that the October Crisis was, the government may  request the time. If the request came, CBC and Radio Canada would be obligated to cover the message I would think, but private networks, don't know.  If it was of high national importance or an emergency, they would be kind of crazy not to cover it however.  CTV2 usually takes a pass on things like this however, I don't think they broadcast any of Trudeau's daily updates.

Is this going to be a COVID update?  The numbers of new cases have been going the wrong way of late.  Will the message be sort of a national pep talk to keep up the good fight?   Or is Justin going to resign??? 

Always remember when Dalton McGuinty called a last minute late afternoon/evening press conference and announced he was stepping down, and nobody saw it coming...

Looks like both Harper and Chretein also went to the people on TV as well... Both of these were also considered to be of national importance.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-covid-address-country-update-1.5734388

SOWNY » Joni Mitchell » Yesterday 6:54 pm

You scared me ...lol

SOWNY » Z103.5 Experimenting? » Yesterday 6:00 pm

Nah not quite in my opinion, Z103.5 always has a playlist that distinct from other CHR radio stations, especially more throwbacks, dance and urban music. It's not rare that you can listen to a Tom Petty song during the afternoon drive time. If they only focus on 100% throwbacks I'm not sure that they can capture the 18-34 years old audience.

By the way Z recently has their HD Radio turned on, the quality is better than on the typical analog signal.
The only problem is still their weak/fair signal in the downtown Toronto core.

SOWNY » Do Canadian TV Stations Legally Have To Carry This? » Yesterday 5:50 pm

RadioActive
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I’m trying to keep this non-political and I’m sure it won’t be easy. But I can’t ever remember a Canadian Prime Minister asking for a slice of TV time to make an address to the nation, although I’m sure it’s happened.
 
Justin Trudeau will talk to Canadians in a major address Wednesday night, just hours after his much anticipated Throne Speech is finally laid out. He’s supposedly going to talk about the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, although critics are already accusing him of simply carving out more airtime for himself in advance of a possible Fall election call.
 
Politics aside, here’s my question: do Canadian stations have to broadcast the speech? I believe in the U.S. there are rules that when an American president asks to speak to the nation, the major networks are obliged to provide the time. Are there any rules on this in Canada?
 
Most stations appear ready to give up the 6:30-7:30 time slot, which isn’t a major sacrifice. But what would stations here do if he asked for “The P.M. in Prime Time?” Would CTV and CBC be justified (Justin-fied?) in shunting it over to their all news networks and carrying on programming as normal? What would the CBC have done if he wanted an 8 PM time slot, on a night when Game 3 of The Stanley Cup Final is supposed to be on their airwaves?
 
What are the rules? Are there any? And what would the backlash be if they refused? I know all the talk and news radio stations have already committed to carry it. I would be absolutely flabbergasted if any of the music formats do.

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 5:43 pm

RadioActive
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That's happened to me, too. Amazing how that branding has stuck, although it's been more than 10 years since City had control of it. I'm not sure if that means the former City folks did such a great job or CTV hasn't. 

SOWNY » *Sigh* The Top 500 list again » Yesterday 5:40 pm

Chrisphen
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Rolling Stone again updates its Top 500 Albums of All Time.

AKA another opportunity to re-asses the stuff they dismissed at time of release.

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 5:04 pm

RadioActive wrote:

It wasn't too long ago that news was not only sacrosanct for a TV station, it was also a money maker and a definer of their very identity. (To this day, I still hear people referring to CityNews as "Everywhere." They haven't really used it in years, but the branding was so strong, a lot of people still think it's in play.)

I come across folks from time to time, who believe CP24 is still a Citytv property.
 

SOWNY » Z103.5 Experimenting? » Yesterday 4:44 pm

Brad
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So just after 4pm today, I get in the car, turn on Z and what do I hear? "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I double check the station, yeah, that's Z.

I've been looking at their playlist for today, and while that song is the only one from really long ago that I've seen, they have had older songs on air today. Blink 182 All The Small Things, Honey by Mariah Carey, Usher, and so on.

Are they experimenting a change?

SOWNY » "CBS All Access" Changing Its Name - & Some Of Its Programming » Yesterday 4:19 pm

Any move that takes Bar Rescue (and the other "usual suspects") of the channel,  is welcome!

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 3:26 pm

RadioActive
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I first noticed this trend on Global's noon newscast, when they'd have one - just one - report from their Quebec City bureau (not even Montreal!), and perhaps a clip of the Quebec Premier, followed by mostly Toronto stories. I can only assume no one in La Belle Province gives a merde about a Toronto fire or a shooting in a T.O. suburb. But that's what they see if they watch the 12 o'clock cast. And then Anthony Farnell gives weather for Toronto, Peterborough and Montreal. 

The problem with this approach is that it covers or satisfies neither city, and the fact that the 6 PM major (or 5:30) is pre-recorded is simply unconscionable. But I guess unless Tracy Tong has a twin and they won't hire anyone else, they have no other choice. 

It wasn't too long ago that news was not only sacrosanct for a TV station, it was also a money maker and a definer of their very identity. (To this day, I still hear people referring to CityNews as "Everywhere." They haven't really used it in years, but the branding was so strong, a lot of people still think it's in play.)

What a shame to treat news that way, as just something else that can be banked and replayed whenever it's convenient. I guess there's no more "new" in news anymore. And certainly, there's increasingly less "local" in local news, especially outside of Toronto.

Another reason why I rarely watch Global or City these days. A 6 PM major has to be local or it isn't really all that useful. I suppose in the end it's a self fulfilling prophecy. If you build it, they will come. If you import it from somewhere else, they won't. Now that Montrealers know their evening news is from mostly hated Toronto, this definitely won't improve their ratings. It might just have the opposite effect, especially with the sloppy production. 

SOWNY » Global Montreal Completes Switch To Toronto Based Anchors. » Yesterday 2:13 pm

Tracy Tong will replace (broadcasting from Toronto) Jamie Orchard in Montreal.

As the article notes,  the on-air product is far from seamless.

https://blog.fagstein.com/2020/09/22/global-montreal-toronto-anchor/

SOWNY » Rebranding and Format Changes in Mid Western Ontario » Yesterday 8:38 am

paterson1
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rawkgurl wrote:

and a syndicated morning show host for Oldies. 

I think they may already have that.  Bill Porter was on this morning and I believe his show is out of My FM's oldies station in Peterborough.  Although my brief listening to Shoreline Oldies this morning did sound local with callers live on air from Kincardine and Goderich. 
 

SOWNY » "100 Yrs. Of Radio/100 Yrs. Of Hitmakers" Spotlights Music/Songwriters » Yesterday 8:30 am

boom boy
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Yes, we've used some clips on air (the jocks individually during their shows). I've heard other stations use clips from the series as well. 

SOWNY » "100 Yrs. Of Radio/100 Yrs. Of Hitmakers" Spotlights Music/Songwriters » Yesterday 8:18 am

paterson1
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boom boy wrote:

splunge wrote:

Sounds like something Boom 97.3 did a few years ago, likely as a CCD expenditure.  I just ran across it a few months ago, but all the CanCon greats are there... Glass Tiger, Honeymoon Suite, Biff Naked, Chilliwack, Gowan.... Fun stuff.  Anyone have any further insight into these productions?

https://www.youtube.com/c/boom973Toronto/videos

I have insight into the videos as I'm the producer/director/creator of the series. There was no CCD expenditure at all. No money changed hands what-so-ever, the idea (for BTV) stemmed from a Jimmy Page video I saw then we proceeded to ask artists to pop by and record an episode. We now have over 150 episodes and still going (once it's safe again). The series for "The First Time" was inspired by a conversation I had with Gowan about the first time Eddie Schwartz heard "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" on the radio - every artist has a "first time they heard their song on the radio" story. The First Time is also a way to pay homage to the radio industry at a time where popularity for the medium is wavering.  Thanks for sharing the link and the opportunity to give some background.

Btw... Behind The Vinyl is now a podcast: https://www.boom973.com/behind-the-vinyl-the-podcast/ 

These are excellent.  Has boom ever run any excerpts on air?  Maybe on one of the specialty weekends?  Shame not to have some of the content exposed to a larger audience.  Listening to the artist talking about a song gives it a totally new perspective. This great material should be utilized!

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