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SOWNY » Torstar to eliminate 85 positions as ad revenue drops due to pandemic » Today 2:42 pm

Broodcaster
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I'm told page views are way up so it's not people are not reading the publications it's how they are reading and advertising has taken a nosedive for most media outlets since the pandemic.

SOWNY » Torstar to eliminate 85 positions as ad revenue drops due to pandemic » Today 2:20 pm

RadioActive
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I greatly sympathize with those who were let go, but given everything that's happening this was almost inevitable. I've noted here before how thin the Saturday Star has been getting, especially after COVID-19. Gone are the full travel, GTA and sports sections, and the Entertainment pages are pretty empty after they let most of the writers on that beat go. 

And despite the paper insisting in its announcements about subscription fee increases that "it's still a great value," it's harder and harder to convince readers that's true  The problem is that The Star has spiralled into a vicious circle as ad dollars dry up. 

They get less revenue, so they're forced to fire staff and shrink the number of pages. When readers discover they're getting less for their money, they stop buying. When they stop buying, the paper is forced to contract even more, which leads to fewer readers and on it goes. Perhaps when this emergency ends, things will get better for them, although there are few good future headlines for newspapers these days. 

The other thing I have to say about this is that the uber-liberal Star regularly brands itself as being the voice of the "little guy," especially when facing off against big bad businesses. But when they're the big bad business guy, there's only silence, which is the height of hypocrisy. If you need any more proof of that, go to their site and try to find the story about the layoffs. As I type this, it's nowhere to be found.

And without saying anything about their own news, that speaks volumes to me. 

SOWNY » Torstar to eliminate 85 positions as ad revenue drops due to pandemic » Today 1:17 pm

Radiowiz
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It's all bullshit. They raise the price of the paper so high that it motivates people to find other reading sources.
The price of the print edition needs to go back down to $1 week days and $2 Saturday and $1 Sunday.

With prices so high, they whine and cry that they can't get enough readers. What if the paper is completely free? 
How many readers do they have then? What happens to ad revenue? Is it the exact same?

There are many things to take into consideration. As far as I can see, the paper is currently in very poor hands and it serves them right.
Such a shame too, since it was (and hopefully still is) a very good newspaper for Toronto.
 

SOWNY » Buffalo News: When Irv, Rick And Tom Were Buffalo Broadcast Royalty » Today 12:05 pm

RadioActive
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There's a lot more to it than just the intro. Although the lyrics (yes, there ARE lyrics!) are a bit cheesy.



 

SOWNY » Buffalo News: When Irv, Rick And Tom Were Buffalo Broadcast Royalty » Today 11:59 am

How many have "Move Closer to Your World" as your ringtone? Best News intro ever!

SOWNY » Nearly Every Bell Station To Air The “Live Aid” Of The Coronavirus » Today 7:54 am

RadioActive wrote:

The show is in honour of and raising funds for health care workers around the world and the World Health Organization and aims to get people to pledge to stay home and flatten the curve.
 

The World Health Organization has been a disaster throughout this crisis and a barefaced apologist for the Communist Party of China. Sending them any more money now is hopelessly naïve.
 

SOWNY » It's the final episode of Modern Family tomorrow night » Today 6:25 am

RadioActive
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It's hard to see a quality show go, but this one's time has certainly come. I have the perfect ending for it, although I doubt they'd ever do it.

If you know the show, the characters at some point do cutaways talking to an unseen camera crew about what they were thinking in a previous scene. I hope they finally address this invisible entity in the very last episode, because it's never been explained who they're talking to.

My idea is that in the very final scene, you get to see this long hidden crew, and the director says something like "OK, that's a wrap! You know what? There's nothing here worth using. Just forget the whole thing. Let's go!"

Fade to black.

They'll never do it, but what a great twist and what a surreal ending that would be.

It wouldn't be everyone's taste but it would make me laugh out loud.

SOWNY » CBS To Show World's 1st Post-Pandemic-Made Drama Episode » Today 6:11 am

mace
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I will definitely tune in, but I have been watching All Rise since it debuted last fall.

SOWNY » It's the final episode of Modern Family tomorrow night » Today 6:04 am

I really loved the story lines, the characters, the tug on the heart, the corny puns (like an BBQ Apron Cam would where, that said, "Cam and get it") and humour of Modern Family. Tomorrrow night on ABC it is the airing of the final episode, after 13 seasons.

I for one will miss the show, what says you big yella?


Here's more on the story...

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/modern-family-cast-shares-memories-series-finale-nears-70009555
 

SOWNY » Quibi Launched On Monday But Is There Anything Worth Watching? » Yesterday 11:03 pm

betaylored
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RadioActive wrote:

Retaw wrote:

Not that they controlled this, but what a great time to launch a mobile-only, short-form streaming service.

That was noted in the very first sentence of the linked story:

"Quibi is either launching at exactly the wrong time or exactly the right time."

So if it doesn't work, I suppose they have less excuse than usual. 

Help RA, totally missed this somehow that you'd already posted about Quibi .... I've seen the ads for the short episodes of a couple of the suspense/horror/thriller shows on YouTube and some look surprisingly good with fairly major star power for actors, Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones, one of the Hemsworth hunks, etc and then there's the Canadian news show anchored by one of the fill-in co-hosts from the afternoon drive show on Newstalk 1010 last week, I can't remember her name but I enjoyed her on the radio.

I'd watch it if it meant watching ads a la YouTube, but fork money over, especially now? Meh.😏

SOWNY » Y'mean Nobody's Quibbling Over Quibi Yet ? ! » Yesterday 10:59 pm

betaylored
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With all the brains here on the big yellow board that are into pop culture, cool things, and possibly something new to watch during the long dark teatime of the soul that is quarentine/physical is the new social distancing life as we now know it, I am mildly surprised nobody's posted about Quibi, especially since some of our own Canadian talent is launching a Quibi news segment.

Anybody interested in watching the news segment? Have you seen the spots for the thriller/killer Quibi drama shows on YouTube? Thumbs up, down or 😴 ?

Editor's note: just read that RadioActive has *already* posted about Quibi because hey... he's RadioActive (apologies RA)

Note to self: less caffeine, wear eyeglasses more often 🤓

As you were.

SOWNY » CBS To Show World's 1st Post-Pandemic-Made Drama Episode » Yesterday 7:52 pm

RadioActive
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I've never watched the CBS TV series "All Rise" about a judge, but I might tune in on May 4th just out of curiosity. That's the day a brand new episode filmed after Hollywood shut down will hit screens across North America. How are they doing it? 

Each character will shoot his or her own segment from their houses, and a cinematographer, alone in his car, will shoot exteriors of empty L.A. streets. The show will be put together using Zoom, Facetime and other programs and all social distancing rules will be strictly obeyed. Some special effects will be employed for a few other scenes. 

This is certainly a first for any filmed production but with Hollywood completely shut down for the foreseeable future and almost no new content being made, you have to wonder if it will be the last. It certainly shows where there's a will, there's definitely a way. 

(All this social isolating wouldn't be so bad if someone would just invent the Holodeck that was featured on Star Trek. We wouldn't need to worry about any of this then!) 

All Rise to Shoot Pandemic Episode Using FaceTime, Zoom — Cast Will Record Footage From Inside Homes

SOWNY » Corus Overnight - Drex Rocks!! » Yesterday 7:19 pm

drex
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Dave Scott is good people.

grilled.cheese wrote:

I enjoy hearing my boy, Dave Scott, with Drex.  

 

SOWNY » Did Radio Cancon Hell Freeze Over at 6pm on Sirius XM? » Yesterday 7:13 pm

RadioAaron
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The idea of varying Cancon levels by format is logical, but it would require the retroactive defining and regulating of formats and individual songs. From a regulatory point of view, there is no such thing as an AC station or a Classic Hits station. 

About the only way to do it without a massive bureaucratic mess would be a system that ties in release year with a point system of some kind.

Regardless, there's a clear move away from that kind of micro-regulation so I don't see any of it happening.

SOWNY » Did Radio Cancon Hell Freeze Over at 6pm on Sirius XM? » Yesterday 7:07 pm

paterson1
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Well as always RA, thanks for the discussion. Helped to put in the afternoon!  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/whistling.png

SOWNY » Did Radio Cancon Hell Freeze Over at 6pm on Sirius XM? » Yesterday 5:41 pm

RadioActive
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Ashby's show has become one of the must listen to programs on the radio for me. As always in my case, it's not the music so much - it's his material between the songs and how it's presented that I find fascinating. 

SOWNY » Corus Overnight - Drex Rocks!! » Yesterday 5:13 pm

RadioActive
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Drex is the subject of a Broadcast Dialogue podcast, in which he talks about hosting the overnight show and why it's needed now more than ever. 

The Shift with Drex on late night radio’s place in a time of crises

SOWNY » Did Radio Cancon Hell Freeze Over at 6pm on Sirius XM? » Yesterday 5:10 pm

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Yes an oldies station (50's-70's) a cancon level of 15-20% would be more in line. I am surprised by Roger Ashby's show,  so far is programming his show better than what CHUM was doing when it was oldies.

Roger sounds like he is playing 35% cancon and he is only playing music from 1955-75, so that is a big challenge.  He has played some early cancon that sounds great, but other than CHUM didn't get any airplay nationally. Even heard a request from the US a couple of weeks ago.
 
He is only on 3 hours per week and is playing a lot of secondary tunes overall and I wonder if he is getting too obscure, but time will tell. He does play the Beatles and Elvis almost every week, oddly enough haven't noticed Anne Murray yet, but I have heard Gord a few times, with early 60's songs. 

Daryl Maclean's Beach Party handles cancon very well, but his era goes from the 50's well into the 80';s  so quite a bit more to choose from. 

SOWNY » Did Radio Cancon Hell Freeze Over at 6pm on Sirius XM? » Yesterday 4:26 pm

RadioActive
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Well, we certainly agree on at least one point - assigning a 30-35% CanCon requirement to an oldies station results in the same songs being played over and over and over until people tune you out. I'm sure Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot are wonderful people, but you don't want to hear from them non-stop because that's all they seem to be able to find. 

The old CHUM-AM when it went all oldies was especially guilty of this and frankly, after a while, it was a tune out. It's a great song but there's only so many times you can hear "Snowbird..." 

SOWNY » Did Radio Cancon Hell Freeze Over at 6pm on Sirius XM? » Yesterday 4:22 pm

paterson1
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I agree it is time for the regs to be updated and reduced in most cases. Music Directors have always ultimately decided what to play, cancon or otherwise.  It is just that some music directors and companies are better at the job than others. As I have mentioned there is a lot of great material which never gets any airplay largely because of technology, laziness or hesitation to play new music and artists.  In the 50's and 60's music directors read Billboard and that was the extent of music research in most cases.

That is the reason why the regs came in the first place. Stations were not playing Canadian artists by and large.  They were encouraged and even warned for years by the then BBG to play more homegrown artists.  In the 50's and 60's in most cases, the only Canadian artists to get any worthwhile airplay at home usually happened when the song was played in the US.  So most broadcasters here were following the lead of a foreign country to determine what Canadian artists if any they would play.  That is both pathetic and funny.

I like to think that times have changed and they have,  but some stations still try to bury their cancon in off hours and and overplay artists and songs. Mind you they overplay a lot of artists and songs in my opinion,  that is another discussion. Stations like CHUM FM, CHFI, Pattison Group stations, CHYM FM and a few smaller groups like Bayshore, Byrnes, many country stations and others do a great job with cancon.  

The CRTC has never told radio stations what to play or say, so your comparison of the Soviet Union is as you say is overblown. If a station habitually is not playing enough cancon, it likely is an indicator that there are other things they are not doing as well.  So yes you will get watched by the CRTC as you should be. If your company can't be professional or mature enough and follow the rules, guess what, you could get a shortened renewal.  Start acting like an adult and you will be treated as one.  In the U

SOWNY » Kelowna's Soft 103.9 Closing This Friday » Yesterday 4:03 pm

geo
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Where the hell are Bill Bennett, Bob Gaglardi and Herb Capozzi when Kelowna needs them?

SOWNY » Nearly Every Bell Station To Air The “Live Aid” Of The Coronavirus » Yesterday 3:57 pm

RadioActive
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Remember when the Live Aid concert aired around the world back in 1985? Well, I guess you could call this the sequel, only for the coronavirus  - and without a live audience. A huge virtual concert has been announced, sponsored by something called Global Citizen International

“One World: Together At Home” will air on almost every single entity owned by Bell Media, including CTV, CTV2, TSN, CP24, MUCH, MTV Canada, Crave and on some of Bell’s radio stations across the country. (I’m hoping CFRB won’t be one of them – they have enough outlets to air it properly on their stereo FM stations nationwide.) Performers include John Legend, Lady Gaga, Eddie Vedder, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, Alanis Morrissette, Keith Urban, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Lizzo – just to name a few. (You can see the full list here.)
 
It will also air simultaneously on NBC, ABC and CBS, and be streamed online via Apple, Facebook and Amazon Prime. The BBC will broadcast it in the U.K., and the show will be fronted by just about every major U.S. late night host – Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.

How they plan to put this together with no one in the same place is beyond me, but I’m grateful I’m not having to do the logistics of this massive undertaking. The show is in honour of and raising funds for health care workers around the world and the World Health Organization and aims to get people to pledge to stay home and flatten the curve.
 
(I was staying home and flattening my curve, but the neighbours were offended, so I had to move away from the window…)
 
It airs Saturday, April 18th at 8 PM EDT, although how that will play live in time zones around the world where it’s the middle of the night is another question.
 
More details here.
 
[url=https://www.bellmedia.ca/the-lede/press/bell-media-signs-

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