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SOWNY » CBC's planned series on Serial Killer Paul Bernardo-is dividing staff » Today 10:14 pm

It sounds to me that a possible boost to Fifth Estate ratings is more important than the feelings of those who were most affected by these stories. What good reason is there for these families and individuals to relive their horrors...again. Make that an emphatic No from me. Nothing to see here.

SOWNY » CBC's planned series on Serial Killer Paul Bernardo-is dividing staff » Today 9:03 pm

What would you do if you were the executive in charge of news/current affairs programming at the CBC?

Would you okay a production on Paul Bernardo and air it on  the Fifth Estate despite it dividing your staff, let alone repulsing your audience as well?

I am not sure I'd okay this program for airing...in fact, I wouldn't...

Here is more on the story...


https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-as-viewership-drops-cbcs-the-fifth-estate-eyes-a-series-about-paul/




ed. note... If the CBC really wants to alienate its staff maybe have Jian Ghomeshi narrate it...
 

SOWNY » CBC Radio1 K/W Stereo/mono? » Today 8:46 pm

Davester
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I've been listening to CBC Radio 1 out of Kitchener for a few years now and noticed that all of their content is broadcast in mono.  All the music that they play (Beatles, etc) is in mono, where if I switch over to the Toronto CBC, it's in Stereo.
Anyone else notice this (or care?)

Davester.

SOWNY » CFRB's Honourable Mention - On 680 & 640 » Today 8:41 pm

RadioActive
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Chrisphen wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

So when did one radio station's exclusive become everyone else's property?

When it went out over the publicly owned airwaves.

Well, if you use that logic, then it's impossible to have an exclusive anymore for long. This has been going on for years in TV, ever since the cable news networks appeared. Fox, CNN, MSNBC and the big American affiliates all regularly take each other's stuff when one of them has a big "get."

I suppose the difference is that on TV, you can stick graphics all over the footage so everyone is sure where it came from. 

I remember a long time ago when the Beatles first came to America, there was a huge competition by Top 40 stations to be the first to play their latest song. Many, including WABC, used to put a deliberate tracer over parts of it as the tune played on air, usually someone intoning in a loud whisper, "WABC exclusive!" several times, so none of the other rock outlets in town could record it and rush it to air. 

'RB can't do that with the Ford clip, so I suppose getting an on air credit is as much as they could hope for.   

SOWNY » CFRB's Honourable Mention - On 680 & 640 » Today 8:20 pm

Chrisphen
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RadioActive wrote:

So when did one radio station's exclusive become everyone else's property?

 
When it went out over the publicly owned airwaves.

SOWNY » CFRB's Honourable Mention - On 680 & 640 » Today 8:18 pm

RadioActive
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So when did one radio station's exclusive become everyone else's property?

SOWNY » CFRB's Honourable Mention - On 680 & 640 » Today 8:17 pm

Chrisphen
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Yeah, the Corpse was doing the same thing. Perhaps they were trying to associate RB with being sympathetic to idiot DoFo statements.

SOWNY » CFRB's Honourable Mention - On 680 & 640 » Today 8:12 pm

RadioActive
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There used to be an unwritten law in broadcasting: never, ever mention your competition.
 
But it appears that’s gone forever after what I heard on air Thursday. I don’t want this to turn into a political discussion about Doug Ford, but in the morning he appeared on the Jerry Agar show to decry the incident at CAMH, where a killer disappeared and has now left the country.
 
It was the only statement the Premier made on the situation and it was a Newstalk 1010 exclusive that made headlines. For a while, some of his comments were simply quoted on other radio stations, since his involvement made the story even bigger.
 
And then I turned on 680 News and not only listened as they credited CFRB but actually heard an excerpt of the now infamous clip. I also heard 640 repeatedly refer to “Ford’s comments on CFRB.”
 
I guess it’s OK these days to essentially steal – er, borrow – anything, even an exclusive from your direct competitor, as long as you give credit. But my first and second news directors would have a hemorrhage if they’d heard that today.
 
Not sure when that unwritten rule changed, but it seems to have gone completely out the window. 

SOWNY » For Those Who Use Tinypic.com For Their SOWNY Images... » Today 7:53 pm

RadioActive
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Boardhost sent me this reply in response to my question about this:

"Thank you for your message. We are currently looking into this situation and hope that we can have a replacement in place before the service shuts down."

So at least they know about it and are trying for an alternate. 

I've been testing out imgbox.com and so far, it seems promising, provided you remember to copy the URL in full size mode and not thumbnails. But there's no word on rescuing Frank D'Angelo. 
 

SOWNY » Why You Can't Get CBC Radio Over The Air In Peterborough » Today 7:10 pm

NW
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If Radio One was still on 740, this wouldn't be a problem for the folks in Peterborough.   Or try CBW-990 after sunset.

I suppose they could also listen to 860 and hear something owned by the Corp

SOWNY » Why You Can't Get CBC Radio Over The Air In Peterborough » Today 6:59 pm

andysradio
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Sharp eye (or should I say ear) RA. The IRCP transmitter has been off the air since at least Wednesday. I must admit I don’t check it that often.
They recently replaced the 3 separate FM antennas on the tower with one master antenna. I think the work was done in 2017..

SOWNY » Veteran Jock Reveals Why He Was Fired After Only One Shift » Today 6:22 pm

RadioActive
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The guy referred to in the first message in this thread told the story of how he was fired after just one show.

Now the jock known as "Poorman" is back with another remarkable radio tale of how an outright broadcasting failure that left him broke accidentally turned into a huge payday at the last minute. 

I'm not sure who this guy is, but he sure does have some great stories. This is another one of them. 

A $300,000 Gift From Radio Korea  

SOWNY » Why You Can't Get CBC Radio Over The Air In Peterborough » Today 6:15 pm

RadioActive
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The CBC has confirmed that both of its FM feeds to the area near Peterborough are gone and could be until well into Friday. The Corp. indicates its transmitters are down and will be until cables are replaced. But rain could delay that and if that's the case, the blackout could go on a lot longer. 

I can only wonder how they let it happen and it's odd that it would become so serious that the stick would stop working.

CBC Radio One in Peterborough uses 98.7, while CBC Music is on 103.9. 

Hopefully, that opens the way for some good DX up there!

CBC transmitter in Peterborough is down, affecting local radio reception

SOWNY » Netflix falls short of new subscriber expectations » Today 6:07 pm

Retaw
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I'm expecting Netflix to implement ads once they hit subscriber saturation. It's either that or they up sub fees. Or they do both.

SOWNY » Have We Hit Peak Podcast? » Today 2:10 pm

Johnny B
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Many start a podcast from the idea that people actually care what they have to say….the vast majority don’t…it’s usually to feed an ego, market a company or product or talk about fringe stuff that rarely sees the mainstream…past broadcasters with a following that is drying up, tin-foil hats, conspiracy theorists, comedians, ex-politicians, obscure music genres, specialty groups or topics, etc, etc…way too many to succeed.

SOWNY » Have We Hit Peak Podcast? » Today 2:00 pm

Snip from the New York Times article:

>> Steve Pratt, a veteran CBC producer who now runs a podcasting company called Pacific Content, actively discourages his clients from starting interview shows. "People assume that's all a podcast is: two people talking unedited for two hours, three hours," he said.
[Edit] He likes to remind clients that the average American commute is under half an hour (about 27 minutes, according to census data) so you've got to respect people's time. "You could be better than 90 percent of interview podcasts by cutting out the boring stuff," he said. The key is to "put yourself in the listener's shoes over and over again." <<

SOWNY » Have We Hit Peak Podcast? » Today 11:25 am

Johnny B
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'...It’s no wonder that the phrase “everyone has a podcast” has become a Twitter punch line. Like the blogs of yore, podcasts — with their combination of sleek high tech and cozy, retro low — are today’s de rigueur medium, seemingly adopted by every entrepreneur, freelancer, self-proclaimed marketing guru and even corporation. (Who doesn’t want branded content by Home Depot and Goldman Sachs piped into their ears on the morning commute?) There are now upward of 700,000 podcasts, according to the podcast production and hosting service Blubrry, with between 2,000 and 3,000 new shows launching each month...'

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/style/why-are-there-so-many-podcasts.html
 

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