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SOWNY » Larry King Passes » Today 2:50 pm

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WEBR dropped its affiliation with the Mutual network during the 1960s so Buffalo no longer had a Mutual affiliate.
in 1975, WEBR was purchased by Western New York Public Broadcasting and became a public station.  In 1978,
WEBR became affiliated with NPR.  It was indeed WBEN that carried Larry King’s show.

SOWNY » Who Would You Nominate For An Ontario- Buffalo Radio Hall Of Fame? » January 7, 2021 1:09 am

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Wes McKnight, Bill Stephenson, Lorne Greene, Jim Hunter, Walter Bowles, Ray Sonin Eddie Luther, Henry Shannon,
Joe Crysdale, Hal Kelly, Johnny Esaw, Gord Martineau, Earl Cameron, Alan Maitland, Allan McPhee, Ron Hewat,
Al Boliska, Don Daynard, Fred Napoli, Carl Banas, Don Parrish, Pat Murray, Bob McCown, Jim Hunt, Tom Cheek,
Don Chevrier, Moses Znaimer, Bob Hesketh, Jack Dawson, Bill Deegan, Lance Brown, Phil Stone, Wayne & Shuster,
Kate Aitken, The Happy Gang, Andy Barrie, Monty Hall, Pete McGarvey,Joe Morgan, Daryl Dahmer, John Spragge,,
 Bill McVean, Larry Solway, John Michael, John Otto, Van Miller, Rex Stimers, Peter Gross, Dick Beddoes, Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Ward Cornell, Bob Cole, Joe Bowen, Gerry Howarth, Larry Henderson, Percy Saltzman.

SOWNY » Every news channel, as well as all major networks have gone live. » January 7, 2021 12:07 am

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I checked WCBS and it was running continuous coverage from the audio of CBS-TV.  I am thinking that maybe 640
was also using the CBS-TV audio since CBS radio’s news service consists of very brief news bytes a pale shadow
of what it used to be.  At times 680 had segments of continuous coverage from the audio of CNN.  Under its new
ownership, WABC is no longer affiliated with ABC news.  WBEN had segments of continuing coverage from ABC.

SOWNY » Wally Crouter Profile: No Retirement Plans 5 Yrs. Before He Left » January 3, 2021 3:43 pm

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In the 1940s and early 1950s, the Saturday night hockey broadcasts and the Wayne & Shuster radio show were
broadcast on the nationwide CBC Trans Canada network including Toronto's clear channel CBL AM-740. Since
CFRB had such huge ratings, both the NHL and Wayne & Shuster insisted that CFRB be added to the network
carrying these broadcasts. In fact when CKFH came on the scene in 1951, Foster Hewitt's station carried Saturday night Leaf hockey in addition to CBL ....and CFRB continued to carry these games for a few years.

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » November 27, 2020 2:26 pm

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In its heyday, the SkyDome was a major improvement over Exhibition Stadium.  In the early 90s, the Jays had no
problem getting the big crowds especially for decisive games. Whatever structure replaces it needs a retractable roof
simply because our climate on many days during the baseball season is not conducive for enjoying the games in
comfort. Although it is not a traditional ball park, I will hate to see it go.  Play ball...regardless of the weather.
 

SOWNY » CFRB Morning News Man Off Air After Appendicitis Attack » November 17, 2020 12:11 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Nothing against Russ Courtney, who is a perfectly good newsreader, but his story made me realize that the day of the “star” newscaster on local radio is completely over.
 




I think the real point is, when you want news you have 680 news, when you want sports today you have the fan and 1050. 
(WAY) back in the day, these options simply did not exist. 

 

680 news is OK for a repetitive headline news service but does not measure up to the news & commentaries of CFRB and CKEY of decades past. If you are looking for authoritative radio newscasts presented in an intelligent
format there is CBC Radio with World Report 3 times each morning and World at Six each evening. Otherwise you
need to go online for the BBC World Service which sets the standard for how radio newscasts should function.

SOWNY » U.S. Rt Wing Radio Goes Into Crisis Mode » November 9, 2020 4:46 pm

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Wanting to hear the reaction of US talk radio to the election results I tuned into WBEN and WHAM with portable near
a window and also WABC online.  Limbsugh,Hannity, Bauerle, Curtis & Juliet.  You would think that the world is coming to an end. The Democrats with their mail-in ballot campaign have somehow through a monstrous conspiracy
through massive amounts of fraudulent ballots staged a Biden victory resulting in a stolen victory which rightfully
belongs to Trump.  What a bunch of garbage. This is dangerous propaganda because these guys are also urging
listeners to do something otherwise the Democrats will control their lives and destroy the constitution. The programs
are basically commercials interrupted by this drivel.  I am all for freedom of speech but this has gone too far.

SOWNY » Who Gets Your Vote For U.S. Election Coverage? » November 8, 2020 12:36 am

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Sorry RA, I disagree. After the lies, anger, insults and disrespect that Americans have been subjected to for the past four years, the response of the media to Biden’s election was totally appropriate.  Van Jones’of CNN totally lost it.
Rightfully so....you can be a parent again and teach your kids that good character and truth DO matter and that
lowlife in the White House does not represent acceptable presidential behaviour. The emotional reaction of the
commentators to Biden’s and Harris’ speeches were very appropriate.  The pending departure of Trump is a breath
of fresh air especially for those news correspondents who have been verbally assaulted by the president.

SOWNY » Who Gets Your Vote For U.S. Election Coverage? » November 4, 2020 1:48 am

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What a nail biter. I was occasionally flipping among all the networks but I wound up staying with CNN for most of the night. I must give credit to John King and his board for making sense of the possible permutations and combinations
of results which could benefit either candidate. I found that CNN provided the fastest results & best analysis.
 

SOWNY » U.S Election Coverage on OTA Radio » November 4, 2020 12:50 am

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In years past, the four major U.S. radio networks CBS, NBC, ABC and Mutual used to provide wall to wall continuous coverage of presidential elections. As years have passed, these radio nets have by and large departed the media
landscape. However I was curious to know if there was any national U.S. over the air continuous coverage  at all of this election. Of course the all news stations such as WCBS and WBBM are providing coverage but only with bulletins
from CBS ....no continuous coverage. In fact, CBS radio news on the hour on WCBS was only 3 minutes long. The
continuous CBS radio stream is only available on their radio.net website. Not much use if you are in your car or away
from wifi.  I did find that WBEN radio was carrying ABC News Radio’s continuous coverage and upon checking
National Public Radio’s website I found that their stations were providing continuous coverage. NPR did state that
they were relying totally on AP to provide results and they would not monitor any other sources so their listeners would
have been at a disadvantage.


 

SOWNY » Why is AM radio still around? » October 28, 2020 11:08 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

Charlie wrote:

I love AM radio.  No, I'm not a Luddite.  I just like the 'live' aspect, and listening to breaking news and commentary that hasn't had a chance to be edited, sanitized and spun.  Sure, for the most part, every station has a bias, but you know that going in, and siphon out the truth as best you can.

Which is great, but I don't think it's the original poster's point -- they weren't wondering why the content was still there, but rather why it's delivered the way it is.

Exactly.....there must be a better way of broadcasting the content of the quality AM stations over the air without the
static and interference and reaching inside high rise residences and office towers.
By the way, the Logitech UE Smart Radio has been discontinued.

SOWNY » Why is AM radio still around? » October 28, 2020 9:06 am

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It is the 21st century. With all the advances in modern communication and technology, why is AM radio still around?
We have digital TV, streaming audio and video on multiple devices, wireless TV.  I live in a high rise condo and can barely tune in to any AM stations. All I get is weak reception with lots of static and electrical interference even from
using a microwave. My only option is listening online. The FM band should somehow be expanded to allow for the
complete migration of all AM stations to FM.  Our TV system has been updated to today’s standards, why hasn’t radio
received the same treatment?  My old Sony watchman analogue TV no longer works. It is time for the AM band to be relegated to the media archives along with analogue TV, 8 track tape, cassettes, VCRs, etc.



 

SOWNY » PBS struggles with the future as it once carved the path for T.V. » October 13, 2020 12:55 pm

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I really enjoy PBS programming.  It is the only US network whose programmers consider their viewers to be
intelligenrt adults.  Their news and documentaries are outstanding.  Frontline ‘s investigative in depth reporting is better than 60 minutes.  Their science and nature programs like Nova are superb. The dramas like Masterpiece are
outstanding British series. It is the only regularly scheduled TV network programming that I watch on a regular basis.
I find that most US network TV offerings far too juvenile.  My other sources for video entertainment include HBO/Crave, Netflix, Prime, Acorn, BritBox, Tubi and Kanopy.  I donate to WNED occasionally.

SOWNY » CFRB At 10: A Frozen-In-Time Look Back In History » October 12, 2020 3:29 pm

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In 1937 CFRB would have been on the air for 15 yrs if they had begun broadcasting in 1922.   Then 1947 would have marked 25 years.

SOWNY » Remembering Comedy Variety Shows » October 10, 2020 6:58 pm

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They are relics from the past and considered very old fashioned, but I remember fondly the old comedy variety shows that were on several nights a week in their heyday. It was wholesome entertainment that viewers of all age groups could enjoy. Today’s cheesy amateurish talent shows are no match. At least some of them are still available on
YouTube , Prime and Uncle Earl’s site, but Ed Sullivan full episodes are nowhere to be found.

SOWNY » Fox News ' John "J.D." Roberts Rips Trump Rep Over White Supremacy » October 1, 2020 6:48 pm

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When a mean, angry U.S. president is suspected of sympathizing with a hate group in a country whose
constitution prides itself on being a safe haven for refugees and immigrants fleeing from prejudice, hatred
oppression and persecution then this mean, disrespectful, angry president should damn well explain himself
providing that he can somehow bring himself to tell the truth. 

SOWNY » Dan Shulman Off To ESPN For MLB Playoffs... » September 26, 2020 12:49 pm

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Jays, the number 8 seed will be playing the number 1 seed, Tampa Bay, not Cleveland. If the Jays’ starting pitching holds up and they can avoid any defensive errors, I feel they can beat the Rays.

SOWNY » Is This CKTB Personality The Last Of A Dying Breed? » September 8, 2020 8:42 pm

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I still miss the TV and radio sportscasts.  Today’s pretty talking heads and nice guys on the cable sports channels will
never replace the seasoned sports commentators of the past.  Bill Stephenson, Dave Hodge, Pat Marsden, Norm Marshall, Perc Allen, Joe Crysdale, Jim Hunt, Ed Fitkin, Fred Sgambatti, Don Chevrier.  Then in later years, Peter Gross, Lance Brown, Joe Tilley, Jim Tatiti, and Mark Hebscher.  By the way, Hebsy has his own weekly podcast with
Toronto Mike in which he informally comments on sports and is not afraid of ruffling feathers or being controversial.
These guys brought personality and character to the sports media, two qualities which are lacking in today’s sports
media.

SOWNY » CBC News Network and Republican Convention » August 31, 2020 11:40 pm

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Radio111 wrote:

mojo55 wrote:

The Republican Gong Show appears to live in a different universe. Most of the speakers are so superficial and
pretentious while undeservedly crediting Trump for accomplishments which were false.  The more fact checking,
commentary and analysis the better. I found the PBS coverage hosted by Judy Woodruff to be excellent with
knowledgeable commenray and analysis.  CNN is also doing a fine job with their comprehensive coverage.
Anderson Cooper knows how to handle his panel of two Republican supporters and two Democratic supporters. The
Republican supporters appeared to be blowing in the wind most of the time. I found Daniel Day’s fact checking
to be very appropriate and enlightening.  It is very unfortunate that a lot of misinformation is being presented and
widely accepted as true FACTS.  What a spectacular show....the ventriloquist Trump knows how to control his
dummies.

 
Have YOU actually done any research, or just listen to what the media tells you? CNN has an agenda, so does PBS, Fox, MSNBC, CBC, etc. That’s why C-SPAN was the best.

I am not a journalist or political commentator analyst. I read ,watch, observe the various media and then form an opinion. I rely on the professional journalists and commentators to do the research. It is quite evident that Fox News is the mouthpiece for Trump.  Is it fair that the other networks are always critical of Trump?  Of course it is. When you have a president who lacks honesty, intelligence, integrity and any sense of decency and attacks the media and
insults and disrespects his rivals, I say more power to the media for exposing him.

SOWNY » CBC News Network and Republican Convention » August 27, 2020 12:43 pm

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The Republican Gong Show appears to live in a different universe. Most of the speakers are so superficial and
pretentious while undeservedly crediting Trump for accomplishments which were false.  The more fact checking,
commentary and analysis the better. I found the PBS coverage hosted by Judy Woodruff to be excellent with
knowledgeable commenray and analysis.  CNN is also doing a fine job with their comprehensive coverage.
Anderson Cooper knows how to handle his panel of two Republican supporters and two Democratic supporters. The
Republican supporters appeared to be blowing in the wind most of the time. I found Daniel Day’s fact checking
to be very appropriate and enlightening.  It is very unfortunate that a lot of misinformation is being presented and
widely accepted as true FACTS.  What a spectacular show....the ventriloquist Trump knows how to control his
dummies.

SOWNY » The Massive Radio Layoffs You Never Knew About » August 16, 2020 12:56 pm

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Marsden wrote:

If you have internet radio Hollywood 360 runs on about 100 stations across the US. Saturday night after midnight. It's very well done.

http://www.hollywood360radio.com/

Locally, the following stations carry these types of programs regularly:
CFZM.  AM 740. Monday to Friday. 10pm to 11pm
CHML.  AM 900.  7 days a week.   10pm to 1am
CHIN.   AM 1540. 7 Nights a week.  12 Midnight to 6am. (Surprising for a multilingual station)

SOWNY » The Massive Radio Layoffs You Never Knew About » August 16, 2020 12:37 pm

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Radio111 wrote:

There was a religious program a few years ago that was styled like an old drama. I can’t for the life of me think of the title. It may even still be on the air.

This is probably “Unshackled” which is produced by the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, has been on the air since
1950 and is the longest running radio drama in the U.S. still in production.

SOWNY » The Massive Radio Layoffs You Never Knew About » August 16, 2020 12:16 am

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I remember hearing Gunsmoke, Johnny Dollar and Suspense in their final days on WBEN.  There were several attempts to revive radio drama on U.S. radio in years to come. In 1965, ABC in New York presented
a twenty minute anthology series called Theater Five intended to be broadcast during the 5:00pm hour for commuters. By this time most ABC radio stations such as WKBW Buffalo were formatted (e.g. Top 40) and
were not willing to break format to carry this program. It lasted only a few months.  In 1974, CBS radio’s attempt at revival was the CBS Radio Mystery Theater hosted by E.G. Marshall and broadcast 5 nights a week in 50 minute time slots. It was produced by Inner Sanctum’s Himan Brown and featured veteran radio
actors as well as some TV stars. It achieved some success and lasted for 8 years. WBEN carried it late at. night and very occasionally and sporadically. Most CBS stations were formatted as all news or news/talk by this time and again were not willing to break format to carry it.  Also in 1974, the Mutual network’s revival attempt was a 5 night a week anthology series hosted by Rod Serling called the Zero Hour. It failed to attract
enough sponsorship and lasted just a few months. In 1979, CBS radio tried again with the Sears Radio Theater 5 nights a week hosted each night by such stars as Lorne Greene, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and
Andy Griffith. This was not carried by a Buffalo station and lasted about a year. Repeats were broadcast for
another year on Mutual.  In the 1980s and 1990s, National Public Radio kept drama alive with Earplay,
NPR Playhouse and a serialized radio version of Star Wars.  Also, during this period CBC radio continued to
produce outstanding dramatic series such as Theatre 10:30, Nightfall and Mystery Project.  At the present
time, the U.K. continues to produce a wide variety of comedy and drama on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra
 both of which can be heard online. A multitude of old time radio programs are available for f

SOWNY » Who Was That Masked Man? The First Real Lone Ranger Was From Kitchener » July 24, 2020 2:29 pm

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I grew up during the last years of network radio and the Lone Ranger version starring Brace Beemer and narrated by the great Fred Foy was by far the best kid’s adventure serial on the air.  In fact, it transferred to TV very well and the classic TV episodes with Clayton Moore were accurate representations of the original radio scripts.  On the other hand, in my opinion, the radio version of Gunsmoke starring William Conrad was superior to TV’s Gunsmoke with James Arness.  

SOWNY » NT 1010 & GNR 640 AWOL during Ford conference on Math teaching » June 23, 2020 12:52 pm

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Important changes to Ontario’s math curriculum announced this afternoon by Premier Ford. What are 1010 and 640
doing? They are asleep at the wheel.  Evan Solomon is discussing tearing down statues in the U.S, while Alan Carter
is dealing with LTC homes.  I am very interested in this issue and am very concerned that my grandkids do not possess simple math skills. The province has finally decided to return to teaching basic math skills & tables. I feel that this is  important enough to warrant live coverage.and definitely more important to Ontarians than the statue issue
south of the border.  Thankfully, 680 news covered it live.  I did not check CBC radio.
 

SOWNY » Johnny Carson Tonight Shows on Shout Factory TV Website » June 14, 2020 3:20 pm

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This is entirely legal as noted in the following article:

https://www.nexttv.com/news/carson-show-to-stream-on-shout-factory-tv

The Carson Entertainment Group will be making up to 5000 shows available.

SOWNY » Johnny Carson Tonight Shows on Shout Factory TV Website » June 14, 2020 3:05 pm

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There are a hundred full episodes of Johnny Carson Tonight Shows available for free streaming on the Shout Factory
TV website. There are also some Dick Cavett, Ernie Kovacs and Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.  Here is the link for the Carson shows:
                http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/the-johnny-carson-show

SOWNY » Hear CBS Radio Celebrate A Century Of The Medium » May 27, 2020 12:07 am

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This is a poor, feeble attempt by the remnants of CBS radio to present a tribute to 100 years of radio. The present state of American commercial radio with commercials interrupted by bits and bytes of information does not lend itself to producing any type of meaningful documentary style programming. In years gone by, both CBS and NBC radio
 networks have produced special programming to mark the 25th and 50th anniversaries of both networks. Nowadays
I would expect and hope that perhaps Canadian, U.S. or British public radio would have the means, creative people and desire to produce such a tribute to radio.

SOWNY » Was The 1st -Ever Quiz Show Created By A Canadian On A T.O. Station? » May 15, 2020 11:50 pm

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I remember some of these quiz shows as a youngster in the 50s. Here are some interesting facts about them.
—Roy Ward Diickson created and hosted Treasure Trail, Turnabout, Fun Parade and Take a Chance for CFRB
    and these were also syndicated to other Ontario stations. 
—-Stu Kenney, CKEY morning man during the 40s and 50s hosted Double or Nothing
—-Stan Francis and Cy Mack hosted Share the Wealth which moved from CFRB to the CBC’s Trans Canada network
     in the early 50s.
—Paul Hanover, CHML longtime morning man, hosted Mother Parker’s Musical Mysteries which moved from CFRB
    to CKEY and other Ontario stations.
 —-Let’s Make A Deal’s Monty Hall got his start in radio on CFRB’s weekday 10 minute listener participation quiz show
      called Who Am I?

SOWNY » Beautiful Music » February 19, 2020 3:54 pm

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I am over 65 and love easy listening music. I listen to 96.3 some of the time but can't listen to classical music all the time. I listen to Sirius XM Escape in the car and stream it at home. In addition, as a Rogers customer, I have access
to Stingray and so I can stream their Easy Listening channels such as Channel 747.
Kudos to Iain Grant and Don Andrews for their great web station Crystal Radio.  Great sounds.
Also, the web site www.ezradio.info offers free access to stream 40 easy listening stations from all over Canada
and the USA.  A lot of choice.

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