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SOWNY » Ok, this has been on my mind lately...it is about the FAN 590 » Today 12:22 am

betaylored
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g121 wrote:

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

.. I miss the kind of show Prime Time was, it was smart, it wasn't noisy, loud and sometimes obnoxious...as I find the Tim and Sid show can be, a lot of times ..  

No surprise to anyone .. what some like, others detest. 

Tim & Sid obnoxious? .. to me, Bob-M's middle name is obnoxious.

But either way, won't effect me ... i'll continue to spend my time with the guys on OverDrive.

I'm with you g121, Hayes, Noodles, and O with all 1050's excellent analysts, Ray Ferraro, Jonas etc. are infinitely better than anything on 590.

Except for maybe two things. One, the hour of Hockey Central on Fridays when Jeff Marek, Burkie and assorted former players chew on the news in hockey world. And two, Steve Dangle, who's consistently put in the effort for the last five years and knows his audience. His LFR was trending #1 on Saturday after, well, let's not speak of that game again...

Could the big yellow board try to imagine this: The Bob McCown, Greg Brady Morning Show on the Fan 590! Snowballs chance, but I wonder what it would sound like ....

SOWNY » The Edge gets new morning team from Hamilton Y108 » Yesterday 11:45 pm

Prod Guy
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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

The real story is this is it, this is the future of radio, a centralized morning show, with local traffic reports done by a traffic service in Toronto, and maybe BN news...also centralized...

It is cost cutting, tear the soul out of local, creative, compelling radio... sorry, but we're being served pablum and we're taking it... we're getting baby food, when really as adults we want adult food (radio/media)...

Just sayin'

 

BN News?  News of any kind on an FM morning show?  Pfft.
 

SOWNY » Ok, this has been on my mind lately...it is about the FAN 590 » Yesterday 11:35 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

Can't remember the PD at CHFI but she took responsibility for letting Erin go and said publicly it was a big mistake. 

Julie Adam. Still with Rogers today. 

And was promoted to senior vice president of Rogers Radio, as dozens of other people across the country lost their jobs to make up for the tanking morning show revenue in Toronto. 

Imagine a doctor cutting a leg off a patient by accident, resulting in other people in the operating room being fired, and the doctor who botched the operation being promoted to head surgeon. 

SOWNY » Steve Dangle "Ayres" it out about Leafs loss to a Zamboni driver » Yesterday 11:33 pm

Fitz
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RadioActive wrote:

The official David Ayres theme song?

Glad you linked the original version of the song on the Beatles Apple records as released in 1968. This one is better than JT's re-recording for the Greatest Hits album which many Zomboni drivers picked up in 1976.
 

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » Yesterday 9:40 pm

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Great. So that should vastly improve reception here. It sounds to me like all the Buffalo stations should come in a lot better in Toronto once this repack and repair is all done. (I just wish I could get channel 67 here, but it's just too weak a signal.)

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » Yesterday 9:35 pm

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For those who had reasonable reception of WIVB when it transmitted on Ch. 39 from Colden Ny, (for about 10 years) I suspect that the signal may be nearly equivalent on Ch. 36, when they finish the antenna rebuild. 
For comparison, the antenna is only at 1,023 feet now and they are running 560KW.
When they rebuild (sometime before summer) they will be at 800kw and 1,362 feet.  That is 10Kw greater than when they operated on Ch. 39.

SOWNY » The Little GTA Station You Never Heard Of Boasts Some Big Names » Yesterday 8:30 pm

Radiowiz
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6pm the station goes Chinese. Did they manage to get anyone from Fairchild radio that's also been over there for a while? 

SOWNY » How Will Hosts Feel About This? Are Cameras Coming To GNR 640 Studios? » Yesterday 8:25 pm

RadioActive
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They're coming! Greg Brady made references on 640 Monday night to the cameras being installed but that they're not working yet. (He says they look like The Daleks from Doctor Who for those who watch that show.) Apparently, they've changed the mics and repositioned some things around the studio so they can get the best angles. Still no word on when they'll be turned on.  

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » Yesterday 5:20 pm

RadioActive
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Thanks TVguy. Your expertise on these matters is always appreciated.  I look forward to seeing them both a lot better come mid-March. (Now if they just hadn't moved WIVB and WNLO back to Colden...)

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » Yesterday 5:17 pm

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RA, your observations are correct.  WNED should be improved, because they are going to have a power increase and propagation on Ch. 31 should be better than on 43 (lower frequency).  As for WKBW, they have been operating on an FCC "STA" - temporary authority, 372 KW at 1143' versus their previous tower height of 1420'.   That loss of about 300 feet has made it difficult to receive the station in Toronto.   On March 13th they should go back to 1417' but they will have a large power increase to 660KW.   The antenna pattern will be less directional when they move to Ch. 34 on the 13th of March.

You can find all of the technical data including coverage maps at rabbitears.info
According to Rabbitears.info, the map of WNED's coverage puts a great signal throughout the GTA.  Probably about 5-10 KM further north.

SOWNY » A busy news day » Yesterday 4:46 pm

And the Leafs lost to a 42 year old Zamboni "fill in goalie" driver...these are the end times... (the Leafs season, I mean )  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/blush.png



 

SOWNY » How Will Hosts Feel About This? Are Cameras Coming To GNR 640 Studios? » Yesterday 4:20 pm

Stinand
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NT1010 still has all of its Sony HD remote cameras in the main studio. The studio is also lit by smaller TV lights .

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » Yesterday 3:58 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

You don't get them off of Channel 41? I think they're still there and they come in very strong. Try rescanning on that channel and see what pops in. If you're in Toronto, you shouldn't have any trouble.

I do get 41 yes...but for the fun of it was wondering what happened to the Paris one.  It could just be the winter weather for me.  

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » Yesterday 3:31 pm

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I just got off the phone with one of the engineers who will be working overnight March 13th when the repack for WNED Channel 17 takes place.
 
I called because, for the last few weeks, I’ve been having trouble getting the station over my antenna, which is unusual with that signal. What happened? According to the guy I spoke to, in preparation for the big frequency switch and the powering on of their shiny brand new tower, they’ve been temporarily using an alternate antenna and operating at much lower power.
 
“Our physical transmitter is located on Grand Island, N.Y. And our tower is approx. 1,100 feet tall,” he told me. “And in addition to Channel 17 being on that tower, there was another channel on that tower (i.e. Channel 23, WNLO)….However, they are no longer on that tower.”
 
WNLO has since moved back to the Channel 4 tower in Colden, N.Y., which means if you can get WIVB, you can get the CW station. But if one doesn’t come in, the other won’t, either. Which is too bad, because Channel 23 was once one of the strongest signals into Toronto.
 
WNED is back to full power now and he assures me those interruptions are over.
 
In an era when TV stations never sign off, Channel 17 will be off the air for the night as of midnight March 13th if all goes according to plan. The engineer says the station won’t be back on over their new frequency until around 6 in the morning.
 
He will then be pulling an extra shift answering phones expected from over-the-air viewers complaining that they can’t get them anymore.
 
As for how much better 17 should be here after the move, the tech told me that they applied for and were granted permission to go to a higher power once the new transmitter is switched on. But he wouldn’t guarantee if that would, in fact, improve the signal into T.O., although logic would dictate that a higher output would lead to better reception.  
 
I’ve also tried to reach WKBW repeatedly, with no luck. They have been virtua

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » Yesterday 3:28 pm

RadioActive
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You don't get them off of Channel 41? I think they're still there and they come in very strong. Try rescanning on that channel and see what pops in. If you're in Toronto, you shouldn't have any trouble.

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » Yesterday 3:10 pm

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did CIII-DT Paris Global do their change yet?  Ive lost this channel but could be also due to winter time (toronto west end) 

SOWNY » A busy news day » Yesterday 1:19 pm

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A good day to be off if you are a news junkie:

Blocades
The DOW is down over 1000 poimts
Weinstein verdict
Kobe Bryant memorial
NHL trading deadline
Coronavirus

SOWNY » The Reverend Michael Coren » Yesterday 12:59 pm

RadioActive
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Indeed, she was on CP24, where she did a show called the Q Files. But that program may be best remembered for the day she was introduced and then promptly fainted on camera. Fortunately, she was OK. 


 

SOWNY » The Reverend Michael Coren » Yesterday 12:38 pm

Glen Warren wrote:

Ms. C. wrote:

Glen Warren wrote:

   a regular feature panellist on TVO's "Studio 2" segment "Friendly Fire" where he appeared opposite of Irshad Manji 

Those debates were excellent.   Was Ms. Manji not a regular on 1010 CFRB at about that time?
 

I'm not sure about Ms. Manji and CFRB.  But was she not on the CHUM/City specialty channel Queer TV at this time? As well as writing for a paper?  I could be mistaken.....
 

I remember seeing her on City and I believe also CP24;  before the ownership change.
 

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » Yesterday 12:35 pm

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What a dope I am. I didn't even look at the date. It came up at the top in a Google search so I figured it must be new. As to ABC10, everything is cookie cutter anymore and you do see little accidents like that, here and there on the net. Bigger on the inside than the outside...absolutely. TARDIS.

SOWNY » Could A Looming Writers' Strike Kill U.S. Network TV For Good? » Yesterday 11:47 am

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Looking at Sunday's network ratings from showbuzzdaily.com. Yikes, NBC under 2 million viewers for Good Girls and Zoey's Extraordinary Play. Wouldn't that be like 190,000 viewers in Canada?  That's worse than CBC!   60 Minutes coming through as the highest rated show of the night for CBS with just under 9 million. 
http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/the-sked-sunday-network-scorecard-2-23-2020.html

SOWNY » Family Endures 6 Yrs. Hearing Phantom Radio Stn. - Through The Walls » Yesterday 11:45 am

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Glen Warren wrote:

Chrisphen wrote:

I used to occasionally pick up a bible station on my guitar amplifier when I ran through an overdrive effects pedal turned all the way up (to 11, natch).

Do you recall if you were playing "Don't Fear the Reaper" when this occurred? 
 

War Pigs, IIRC. Or some such Sabbath-y sludge.

SOWNY » SuperChannel Goes After Stores & People Who Bought These Android Boxes » Yesterday 11:33 am

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Why is Superchannel so aggressive on this matter. It is such a bad service with a lot of obscure Canadian programming. 

SOWNY » The Little GTA Station You Never Heard Of Boasts Some Big Names » Yesterday 11:13 am

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Chances are pretty good you’ve never listened to CFMS-FM, aka The Region 105.9. It’s a station that essentially serves Vaughan, Markham and as the name implies, York Region.
 
But what you HAVE heard of is some of the surprising names that work there. Many are broadcasting veterans who haven’t been willing to hang it up and are doing some great work in relative obscurity.
 
Among the on air staff:
 
-Amber Payie, well remembered from her years at CHUM and CP24, who’s doing the afternoon drive show. 
 
-Suneel Joshi, a former CFTO sportscaster, who also worked at City TV, CFRB, TSN and Sportsnet for a while.
 
-Ann Rohmer. Yes, the veteran of CP24 who seemed to always be on that station. Instead, she now does a weekly news round-up for The Region.
 
-Jim Lang, the morning show host, who was once in the same time slot with The Fan 590.
 
-Galit Solomon, who used to appear on CTV and Canada AM. I think she might have been at City for a time, too.
 
-Heather Goode, who among other things, did some on air gigs at what was then called AM640.
 
I’m also told by a friend who knows someone there that appearances are also made by former CFTO anchor Christine Bentley and former reporter Bill Hutchison (who teaches at Seneca and also makes regular weekly appearances on GNR640’s Alex Pierson show.)
 
That’s a pretty impressive line-up for place no one I know listens to. Maybe more should!
 
CFMS Website – The Crew

SOWNY » Family Endures 6 Yrs. Hearing Phantom Radio Stn. - Through The Walls » Yesterday 10:20 am

Glen Warren
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Chrisphen wrote:

I used to occasionally pick up a bible station on my guitar amplifier when I ran through an overdrive effects pedal turned all the way up (to 11, natch).

Do you recall if you were playing "Don't Fear the Reaper" when this occurred? 
 

SOWNY » Could A Looming Writers' Strike Kill U.S. Network TV For Good? » Yesterday 10:12 am

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Ellison's rant is good and all true. 
The last writers strike was a bit of a boom for Canadian shows on US TV. Three Canadian productions were picked up for prime time network television - Rookie Blue, Flashpoint and The Bridge. Both Flashpoint on CBS and Rookie Blue on ABC had good runs of about 3 or 4 years on the US networks. The Bridge not so much. 

If there is a writers strike hopefully won't be for long.  Look for more live sports or events and reality TV.

SOWNY » Family Endures 6 Yrs. Hearing Phantom Radio Stn. - Through The Walls » Yesterday 10:11 am

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I empathize with that family. We have been in our condo apartment for six years,and the family below us has been in theirs for at least ten. We occasionly hear a faint broadcast feed of some sort, coming thru the wall in our bedroom. The couple downstairs say they have no tv or radio playing,but they have heard it too. We have checked piping,wiring,framing and all..still no answer. Weird.https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/blink.png


 

SOWNY » The Reverend Michael Coren » Yesterday 10:03 am

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Ms. C. wrote:

Glen Warren wrote:

   a regular feature panellist on TVO's "Studio 2" segment "Friendly Fire" where he appeared opposite of Irshad Manji 

Those debates were excellent.   Was Ms. Manji not a regular on 1010 CFRB at about that time?
 

I'm not sure about Ms. Manji and CFRB.  But was she not on the CHUM/City specialty channel Queer TV at this time? As well as writing for a paper?  I could be mistaken.....
 

SOWNY » SuperChannel Goes After Stores & People Who Bought These Android Boxes » Yesterday 9:59 am

RadioActive
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Global has a detailed story on a warning for those who might own or sell an Android streaming box. Thanks to FYImusicnews.ca for the link. 

Super Channel is suing retailers, customers over TV boxes and pirate content

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