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SOWNY » Emergency Alert Coming To Radio./TV Nov. 25th But Will Stns. Prepare? » November 25, 2020 7:19 pm

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splunge wrote:

my ontario cell got the alert right on time at 12:55.... however my friend has a quebec phone number and is in gatineau.... also got it at 12:55 and not 1:55 as the chart above lists for that province.  waiting to see if they get it again in an hour.

wondering if that's a glitch or maybe because gatineau is so close to ottawa that the alert system recognizes it as part of ontario??  any thoughts?

As alluded to by someone else, it has less to do with your area code and more to do with the location of the tower your phone is connected to. I once received a weather alert while travelling in the US with my Canadian phone.
 

SOWNY » 89X Windsor Changing Format Thurs. & Predicts "Some May Not Like It" » November 19, 2020 12:03 pm

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It's official..

Windsor's #1 Hit Music Station 93.9 Virgin Radio 
Windsor's Pure Country 89

SOWNY » CFRB Seems To Think This Is The Future Of Radio. Do You Agree? » November 13, 2020 9:46 am

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Prod Guy wrote:

I believe it was NHL content and it was exclusive to Bell.  You couldn't get it even if you wanted to pay for it with other carriers.

Edit: Found it.  https://openmedia.org/press/item/crtc-calls-bell-out-anticompetitive-practices

Oh interesting! I never knew about that one. 

Here's the one I was thinking of.. very similar. 

SOWNY » CFRB Seems To Think This Is The Future Of Radio. Do You Agree? » November 12, 2020 12:48 pm

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Hansa wrote:

It would be viable if Rogers and Bell cut the cost of streaming. I suppose it would be possible for them to allow customers to stream Rogers or Bell stations, respectively, for free but the CRTC might have something to say about that. 

Perhaps someone can correct me if I'm off. But I recall some years ago that Bell offered their smartphone customers access to Bell TV for like $10 a month (on their phone only). But the CRTC put an end to it, since Bell wasn't counting the TV streaming usage against their data plan. I believe the CRTC thought that created an unfair advantage or something. 

So perhaps while Bell may enjoy the idea of "free" streaming of iHeartRadio on Bell smartphones, or Rogers with Radio Player.. they may not be allowed.
 

SOWNY » 50th anniversary of an FM Antenna - nothing for CN? » November 3, 2020 6:04 pm

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markow202 wrote:

Yes as far as known all the main Toronto ones still using Master FM.  Although I heard rumour on this board dont know which post, that CHUM and Virgin are not on the combiner anymore and on their new analog/HD antenna or I could be wrong....unless it does a split between analog on combiner and HD atop.

Originally CHUM & CKFM were doing a split I believe.. but that caused reception issues. Then they both went back to master for a period. Now it seems only CKFM is broadcasting in HD, so I bet they're the only CN FM that isn't on Master FM at all. 

SOWNY » Here We Go Again: CHFI Goes All Xmas At 5 PM Monday » November 2, 2020 5:20 pm

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It will be interesting to see how their numbers compare from previous years. Due to fewer people congregating in stores and offices (where you don't get a say as to what station is on) you'd have to think it wouldn't be so strong. On the other hand, it could be seen as a welcome escape from the current news cycle. 

Regardless, if I was in charge I probably would've held off until after Remembrance Day. Not only because of the day itself, but also because they're the only all-Christmas station in TO.. so why bother risking those first two weeks?

Hopefully someone can post the data! 

SOWNY » At Least Two GTA Stations Didn't Air Those Emergency Alerts » October 23, 2020 6:13 pm

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There were at least 15 alerts on CFRB within 3 hours... completely ridiculous.

I also tuned around the dial when they went off. 

Some of them were for Gravenhurst, and areas north west of Fergus.. and yet they aired on CHFI, CILQ and others. If I were Toronto broadcasters, I wouldn't be pleased. I wonder if the ratings encoder is before or after the emergency alert decoder? In other words, do stations "lose" their audience when these alerts go off every 10 minutes? If so, just all the more reason for them to be upset with these wide geographical borders. 

SOWNY » Live from New York...it is Saturday Night, back for a 46th season » October 15, 2020 9:16 pm

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SNL's Oct 3 premiere was their highest rated season premiere since 2016. Interestingly, in Canada this is not the case. The 2016 premiere had an average minute audience of 1.2 mil, while the 2020 premiere surpassed this with 1.9 mil.

You have to wonder if this discrepancy is the result of a 'Jim Carrey effect'? Perhaps Carrey portraying Biden has more Canadians interested, compared with the previous US election cycle. 

SOWNY » Two Townhall's Tonight at Same Time. NBC Taking Some Heat » October 15, 2020 6:03 pm

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6079 Smith W wrote:

torontostan wrote:

I think the real controversy is that Trump backed out of the debate simulcast on all US networks, so Biden's team figured they might as well do another town hall with a broadcaster they haven't done one with yet. Then Trump turns around and does the same thing, even though he was the one who backed out of the debate. They will both cut into each others ratings, and one could argue that people will be less informed than if they both participated in a debate. 
NBC picking a different time is the least they could've done, it's less about scheduling it at the same time as ABC's, and more about why any broadcaster should reward someone for refusing to debate. 
NBC deserves the heat. 

Correction: Trump did not back out of the debate. The debate commission, after previously using "it is too late to change anything" as an explanation for refusing to change any of the parameters, unilaterally changed the parameters of the debate and declared it would be held "virtually". That is called moving the goalposts during the game. Trump made it perfectly clear that he was prepared to hold the debate as originally conceived. So effectively, the debate was cancelled, and an alternative was developed and offered without consultation of the participants, and this offer was declined.

Fair enough. I wonder why they didn't want to put a debate on the week of the 26th? They could've just pushed the last two debates back a week each. His 14 days would've been up by then, no?

SOWNY » Two Townhall's Tonight at Same Time. NBC Taking Some Heat » October 15, 2020 12:17 pm

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I think the real controversy is that Trump backed out of the debate simulcast on all US networks, so Biden's team figured they might as well do another town hall with a broadcaster they haven't done one with yet. Then Trump turns around and does the same thing, even though he was the one who backed out of the debate. They will both cut into each others ratings, and one could argue that people will be less informed than if they both participated in a debate. 
NBC picking a different time is the least they could've done, it's less about scheduling it at the same time as ABC's, and more about why any broadcaster should reward someone for refusing to debate. 
NBC deserves the heat. 

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 9:05 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

Oh no, so far CTV National news off to a rocky start.  And putting Lisa by the 401 outside of CTV Toronto...please too noisy.  At least get her out to the back where it is quieter, where Tom does the outside weather...

That was some of the worst 'newscasting' I've ever seen. For some reason, they decided to simulcast it on CP24 as well. 

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 8:21 pm

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Agreed. Super odd they keep doing extremely local stories with no explanation as to why they're on CTV News Channe. 

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 7:06 pm

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The only Bell stations working are the ones based out of 299 Queen (CP24, E, MUCH, MTV, etc). 

If you watch TSN 4/5 right now, you may have noticed that there's no TSN bug, and that they're airing American commercials. Leads me to believe that they transferred TSN 4/5 to 299, instead of Agincourt and are just airing CBS directly.

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 6:04 pm

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cash wrote:

there's a good football game on that i was  planning to watch. 

TSN 4 is working now. They're simulcasting CBS (which wasn't scheduled) .. so perhaps Monday Night Football will be ok?

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 5:55 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

...and to clarity, it's ALL Bell Media radio stations' streaming that's down, not just 1050.

Wow! I suspect they'll be making some backup related investments after this

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 5:37 pm

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CTV National News producer states this is due to a "power outage" 
https://twitter.com/journorosa/status/1313237384868306950

Yikes! Must've been a major problem.. surely they would have generators. 

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 5:32 pm

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CP24 is doing their own 6pm newscast... not simulcasting CTV Toronto. 

SOWNY » Outage at CTV Agincourt » October 5, 2020 5:32 pm

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Try tuning into CTV (any of them on the east coast) and you'll get black. Same thing with TSN, Discovery, CTV News Channel. Can someone try TSN 1050? Maybe they're simulcasting 1010?

SOWNY » Mighty Q Once More! » September 10, 2020 6:32 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

From the total numbers it looks like CHUM FM has taken a bit of a fall, even 25-54 trailing CHFI badly.  Surprised that CIDC Z103 did so well.  They don't have the best signal in parts of the city and they bested FLOW with authority 25-54 and total coverage.  Not really too far off from 92.5 Kiss either.  

I bet "The Breakfast Club" (among their other schedule changes) sure didn't help CFXJ's ratings. 

As for CIDC, I think their success has to do with playing more variety than the pure CHR's in the market. Who wants to hear the same 10 songs every hour when you're working from home and can easily change the channel? 

SOWNY » The NFL is back and TSN has it » September 9, 2020 11:00 am

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mace wrote:

With the NFL back this weekend, all the 60 Minute fans out there, and there are many, begin getting frustrated. CBS has the 4:25pm game on Sept 20 and Oct 4. For those two weeks, and six more through the end of December, 60 Minutes will air at 7:30ish

With Global/Corus being the new Canadian rights holder, I wonder what they will do in that 7-7:30(ish) stretch. 

SOWNY » Roz and Mocha - Mornings in Winnipeg » September 8, 2020 6:39 pm

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Can't think of any others.. 

Also interesting to note that Sarah Nick, who was let go from Evanov's "Energy" morning show in Winnipeg two weeks ago, has already started working for rival "Kiss" in Winnipeg on the evening show. 
Do they not have non-competes out there?? Regardless, good for her for finding work so quickly.. especially during the pandemic. 

SOWNY » CBC Toronto Looking For 11 PM News Anchor » September 8, 2020 12:54 pm

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Mike Wise stepped down from this newscast a short while ago. They've probably been using a rotating mix of anchors in the meantime, but are now looking for someone to call the 11pm desk home. 

SOWNY » Caribbean Canadian radio station up for sale » September 4, 2020 6:55 pm

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splunge wrote:

Foreign ownership is limited to 20% direct and a provision for 33.3% for holding corps.  It requires Commission approval.

I was close! Haha. Thanks 

SOWNY » Massive shift coming in Radio? » September 4, 2020 5:06 pm

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If you're going to downsize, I would at least like to see things remain Canadian and live. So much of what's already syndicated in this country isn't live.. and I think that's terrestrial radio's advantage over these new Apple "radio stations." 

If we look to the UK, they do centralize quite a bit but at least they fake it. In other words, they treat their syndicated programs as network programs, and some even have local news updates at the top hour. I would hate to see a bunch of recorded American programs take over our airwaves. I'd prefer the model of having live national Canadian shows, promoted as such. 

Does anybody know if the local programming regulations still exist in Canada? Does 1/3 of your broadcast day still have to be local in order to sell local ads? 

SOWNY » Caribbean Canadian radio station up for sale » September 4, 2020 4:57 pm

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Interesting! Would the "off-shore" support have to be limited to 30%? And does the CRTC have to approve of this?

SOWNY » Massive shift coming in Radio? » September 3, 2020 5:03 pm

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Sounds like Corus. Don't they have the most english Rock orientated stations?
Regardless, I bet every company will do this within the next year. Stingray is just the test dummy and they're all looking to see how it goes. 

SOWNY » CAB: Hundreds of Canadian Radio, TV Stations Could Close Due To Virus » August 26, 2020 3:26 pm

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I too think that "200 stations shutting down" is extremely unlikely. 

CanCon requirements as a whole should just be lowered, it would help increase TSL/ratings and theoretically provide more revenue. Each station has a list of 20 CanCon songs on repeat, and they've all been played to death. There are new ways for artists to be discovered, and they don't involve punishing stations and listeners alike. 

Regarding a potential bailout: as far as I'm concerned, the government already bailed them out. The CEWS provided a subsidy to many business who saw a dramatic shrink in revenue caused by Covid. If a station used this subsidy, their staffing costs would've dropped significantly.. which doesn't include any furloughs or temporary lay-offs they also could've applied. I understand staffing isn't the only expense for radio & TV stations, but it has to be their highest recurring expense. With all this in mind, if your station couldn't survive (with these benefits) then maybe it should shutdown or find a new owner. Sorry to be blunt but why should we bail out AM stations that see year-over-year declines in listenership & revenue. 

SOWNY » Newstalk 1010's hosts take multiple long vacations » August 26, 2020 3:04 pm

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They were both together just under a months ago.. albeit for a couple of days I believe. 
Here's my guess: Assuming they both have ~5 weeks vacation in their contracts, that's ~10 weeks they're not going to be together each year. They probably can't take vacay during fall ratings.. and didn't take any in 2020 pre-covid, so I assume they're using it all up now 

SOWNY » CRTC Rejects Attempt To Let New FM Encroach On Hamilton Market » August 11, 2020 5:23 pm

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What's interesting to me with CIDC is that since the CRTC has said time and time again that they are not a Toronto station, then why should they count as a Toronto station in terms of ownership? I would argue (theoretically) that Rogers/Bell/Corus could acquire CIDC, since the CRTC has repeatedly stated they feel it's an Orangeville station.
If they're licensed to Orangeville, and their primary contour doesn't include Toronto.. then what's the difference between that, and Bell & Corus owning Hamilton stations that bleed into Toronto?

SOWNY » How In The World Did This Emergency Alert Not Air Here? » August 4, 2020 7:38 pm

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CHIN is indeed listed on the CRTC National Public Alerting System page. However, there was some debate over which language "third-language" broadcasters should air the alert in. Not sure whatever happened with that, but I believe they still have to at least read the english or french first, followed by a third-language. 

The only exempt radio stations would be low-power tourist stations and some Native stations.. so my guess was either it was coming and they planned on reading it live, or they didn't do it it all which is alarming. 

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