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SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Only The CBC Would Do This In 1974 » Fri May 18 12:16 pm

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I was going through some old TV Guides in my collection (and yes, I used to collect them as a sort of "pop culture" history book of its time) when I came across the ad below. It was for a CBC show called "Flipside," a summer series that aired in 1974. But only CBC would think to put together the two guests advertised on this particular episode from July 27th of that year. 

Yep, it's James Leroy and David Bowie! One was a Canadian one hit wonder ("You Look Good In Denim" was his biggest Canada-only tune.) And the other, of course, was the legendary David Bowie. I would have loved to have seen these two together on the same show! 

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Not sure who was on next week's show, but judging by this line-up, I'm guessing it could have been Mama Cass and Black Sabbath.

SOWNY » Film Bio Of Former Buffalo Rock Radio Veteran Set To Debut » Thu May 17 12:38 pm

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I'm not sure if we'll ever get to see it, but keep an eye out for a documentary on Dick Biondi, now 86 years young and still playing oldies on the radio. Many here will remember the name from the early days of WKBW in Buffalo, but he really soared to fame in Chicago, where he remains a legend.

If nothing else, the trailers  for “The Voice that Rocked America: The Dick Biondi Story” look intriguing. And you don't necessarily have to have ever heard his show to find his story fascinating - after all, how many people can boast a 60-year on-air career in a very fickle radio business, and have everyone from the Buckinghams to the Beach Boys credit him for helping them achieve fame? 

Despite a recent health setback, the fact that he's still doing it is simply mind-boggling.    

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SOWNY » Why Wednesday’s Noon TV Newscasts May Have Been The Worst Ever » Wed May 16 2:34 pm

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I thought I was the only one who was dreading the wedding. Then I read this in the Toronto Star:

Why we should boycott the royal wedding

SOWNY » Why Wednesday’s Noon TV Newscasts May Have Been The Worst Ever » Wed May 16 12:22 pm

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I did something for the first time on Wednesday I’ve never done before – turn off every local station’s noon newscast in absolute disgust. It’s been my habit for years to watch the nooners on the three main local stations that do them in Toronto. (Yes, I can get it all off the web, but old habits die hard.) But this day was like none I’ve ever seen.  
 
First, an admission that may not endear me to many. I can’t stand the Royals and care nothing about their wedding. (While I acknowledge the historical significance of the Windsors, I would argue that we live in a supposedly modern world where a caste system, like slavery and feudalism, are long and rightfully left to the trash heaps of history. So what, exactly, is their claim to fame? They were born, period. Boy, that’s quite an accomplishment, shared by several billion people around the world who are also getting married at some point in their lives but who get no attention whatsoever. But I digress.)
 
There is a lot going on today – a cyclist in the city was fatally injured by a truck, an alleged drunk driver appears to have killed her passenger in a terrible crash, the election is coming with more promises made, the Middle East continues to explode, the potential cancellation of the Korea talks, etc. etc. So here’s what the three locals who do a noon newscast decided to lead with on Wednesday:
 
CTV
 
The Royal wedding. I realize it’s a popular choice for some producers, but they devoted more than 6 minutes of non-news off the top to this thing – and it doesn’t even happen for four days. The fact that there’s nothing really to say about this “momentous” event until it takes place hasn’t stopped any of them from covering every conceivable ridiculous angle from what kind of flowers are being used to Burger King offering a Royal Wedding special until after the weekend. But Global News takes the wedding cake - they did an entire segment on a so-called handwriting ex

SOWNY » Failed Remote Leaves 640’s Mid-Morning Show Scrambling » Wed May 16 9:37 am

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There was an interesting “behind the curtain” moment on 640 Wednesday morning, after the line being used by fill-in host Peter Shurman went down temporarily. One moment he was on mic, the next he was barely audible on a cell phone, as in studio exec. producer Jason Chapman had to jump in to maintain any semblance of audio quality.
 
It took about 10 minutes to fix, with Shurman confessing where he really was (Niagara-on-the-Lake) and blaming an engineering error for the outage.
 
Most of the time, radio stations get away with these kinds of things during remote broadcasts. But when it goes awry, it can really sound awful.
 
I can certainly see why doing it that way is more efficient. And most times, you can’t tell. The Motts were nowhere near CFRB’s studios in all the years they were doing weekends there and they made no secret of it. Jerry Agar has admitted doing some of his shows in the early days from his old stomping grounds, Chicago. I believe I’ve heard John Moore talk about very occasionally being in Montreal for a few of his shifts. Andrew Lawton was at CFPL in London during his fill-in days on 640.
 
The technology is great when it works, and it’s seamless. But when it doesn’t, it sounds awful. Reluctantly admitting you've been  fooling your listeners doesn’t do much for your credibility. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen very often. But on Wednesday, it did. Does it matter in the end? Probably not, But it sure was fun to listen to this time around.

SOWNY » Vintage Voice From Toronto Radio's Past Sits In For Charles Adler » Tue May 15 9:28 pm

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I thought I remembered the voice of the guy sitting in for an ailing Charles Adler on Tuesday night. It was none other than Stirling Faux, who many here will remember from the early Top 40 days of CFTR. He's long been an established on air talent on the west coast, having moved there in 1974 and is now a regular on originating station CKNW. But it's the first time his voice has been heard back here fronting a show in a long time. 

He still sounds great, but unfortunately, he wasn't required to hit any posts, although I'm guessing after all those years in the biz, he wouldn't have any problems doing that!

Dale Patterson's always excellent Rockradioscrapbook.ca site has a vintage aircheck of Faux on 'TR in Toronto. You can hear it here.

Stirling Faux website,

In this great video from 2014, Faux reminisces about 40 years in radio, including stories about how he grew up with CHUM, why he was excited to have his picture on a music chart, why you weren't allowed to fraternize with other stations' jocks, and surviving bomb threats from Quebec separatists. 

SOWNY » Get Ready For Your TV, Radio - & Phones - To Be Interrupted May 7th » Tue May 15 6:17 pm

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My favourite part, if you can call it that, of the bogus CRA guy's spiel came when I got one of those calls a few months ago.

After threatening every conceivable disaster - arresting you, taking your house, ruining your credit, destroying your reputation, leaving your children destitute etc. -if I didn't comply immediately, the recording ended with the guy saying, "Thank you and have a nice day!"

That was one of the funniest codas I've ever heard. 

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » Tue May 15 11:53 am

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They're located in the part of the CRTC website Applications Open for Comment, which isn't always easy to find. The problem with linking to them is that you have to download a .zip file, so there's no pure page to link to. If you're game to see everything and don't mind putting the file on your phone or PC, here are the direct ways to get both

CIDC Application

CIRR Application

If you have trouble with those, you can find the general page here and scroll down to the two Dufferin Communications applications.  

And by the way, it's worth noting that among all the paperwork is a statement from Brookfield Properties confirming that, should the 103.5 swap be given, space would be available for a transmitter on First Canadian Place, combining with the existing CIRV at 88.9, with Dufferin picking up the tab for any costs incurred.

SOWNY » Hysterical, Historical (& Hysteria) Tone Marks Old Anti-Pay TV Ad » Tue May 15 11:02 am

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It's hard to believe now, but there were people who believed "pay TV" (aka cable) would be the ruination of regular broadcast television. (This was long before the Internet was even on the horizon, which really has done more than anything to threaten broadcast TV.) And they spent a small fortune for a nationally distributed ad in TV Guide on May 10, 1969 to warn people about this coming menace. 

The hysteria in the ad is laughable. "Pay TV would compel you and your family to subscribe and pay for the same type of TV programs you now receive on FREE TV without any charge."  

Real cable stations didn't come into existence for several years after this was published, so I have no idea what those behind this thing were talking about. But considering the number of cable stations in the U.S. is now so vast, this campaign is downright laughable. Although they clearly took it seriously back then. 

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SOWNY » Could 1 Company Own Every U.S. Radio Stn. In A Market? It May Happen » Mon May 14 12:34 pm

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There was a time not long ago when many decried the idea that the big guys, like Entercom, iHeart and Cumulus, were swallowing up markets, taking over big radio stations and leaving little local behind. The latter two of the above mentioned have already filed for bankruptcy and own some of the biggest radio stations in the world - including WABC, WLS and more. 

To a growing number, the fact they've been allowed to take over so many huge outlets so quickly was alarming. But according to an article in Forbes, the new FCC Commissioner really, really likes deregulation. So much so that there's a chance he and his cronies may just allow one large company to literally own every station in a market as a way to survive. 

What's the logic in such a move? According to defenders, Facebook and Google are siphoning away huge amounts of advertising, and this would allow them to get bigger, better and more muscular in chasing already decreasing ad dollars by squeezing out independents who can charge lower rates for their commercials.

From Forbes:

"Under current FCC rules, in the name of competition, no one station group can be the dominant voice in a market. So in your typical radio market, even in small markets, you might have four or five groups competing for listeners and advertisers.

Many in radio...want the rules changed to reduce competition. So instead of five competitors in a market, there might be just three or two, maybe even just one.

The rationale: With digital players like Google and Facebook sopping up over half of all local ad dollars, and each enjoying 100 percent audience penetration, it no longer makes sense to limit radio’s share of audience. Easing the rules to allow any one radio group to gain 40 or 50 percent share of audience would help it to better compete."
 

I don't buy that argument - reducing competition almost never makes things better. But that's what they're using to underpin the idea. For those of us on the border, imagine if say,

SOWNY » Get Ready For Your TV, Radio - & Phones - To Be Interrupted May 7th » Mon May 14 11:09 am

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An Amber Alert went out over Toronto radio and TV stations just after the noon hour Monday, warning about a missing and possibly abducted child. It comes just days after the first test of the emergency system was mostly a complete bust on a majority of cell phones. Did anyone's cell get this one?

SOWNY » The Secrets Behind The Classic Show “Seinfeld” You Never Knew » Mon May 14 10:15 am

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I’m a huge fan of TV history and love the inside stories behind great shows I enjoyed – but never knew. And so it was that I came across an amazing treasure trove about one of the true greats - “Seinfeld.”
 
The linked article, which culls info from dozens of never before published interviews with the cast and creators, contains amazing revelations about what might have been if things had worked out differently – and might have completely changed the finished product forever.
 
Without giving away too much, there are stories about why the show’s original concept surrounding two stand-up comics had to be changed, who originally were considered for the roles of George Costanza and Kramer, the reason Elaine was not in the original concept and why “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” mother almost filled that role for George’s character instead.
 
And that’s just a partial list. There are also breakdowns of some of the most famous shows, including how the Emmy winning “The Contest” (about masturbation) managed to get by the censors, and why “Not that there’s anything wrong with it,” saved a classic episode from winding up on the trash heap.
 
Probably my favourite factoid is that Len Lesser, the actor who played Uncle Leo ("Jerry! Hello!”) originally tried out for the role of George’s father and didn’t get it. But they liked him so much they invented another part for him to play.
 
And how about this for symmetry for classic sitcoms – the set for the infamous Monk’s restaurant where the gang got coffee was the same stage where Rob Petrie’s living room once sat on “The Dick van Dyke Show.”
 
If you’re a fan of the show, I hope you’ll get as big a kick of the article as I did.
 
You can find it here.

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » Sat May 12 8:53 pm

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Irvine wrote:

And this whole CIDC is an "Orangeville" station is such a moot point.  The station went to Top 40/Dance sometime around 1994-5.  Having been a listener locally & from afar for much of that time I don't ever remember them telling the world they were from Orangeville.  So why is it suddenly an issue now?  Or is this just a "radio" tempest in a tea pot. 

Actually, it was the CRTC that made this a big deal. Evanov tried to make a case that many so-called Toronto stations - Q107, licenced to North York, CFNY, originally a Brampton station, and CFMJ which is legally in Richmond Hill - all get away with acting like Toronto outlets. So why not Z103.5?

In a ruling last December, the Commission ignored those examples and came down on them like a ton of bricks, insisting they serve their area of licence and report Orangeville news, traffic and weather, as well as other local events and to stop courting Toronto listeners and advertisers. It may not be entirely fair, but that was the decision and that's the only reason it ever became an issue.

Many here on the board, including yours truly, were of the opinion that they knew what they were applying for when they got that licence and they should have to live with the terms of the deal. However, I will acknowledge they do have a point about how those other stations don't entirely live up to serving only their areas of licence, either. 

It was a remarkable and very touchy exchange between the Evanvovs and the CRTC, with the former all but accusing the government agency of trying to drive them out of business in this market. And according to the new frequency exchange request, the company says that could still happen if this latest application is denied.

SOWNY » Critic Decries Endless Drop-In Baseball Ads On Radio » Fri May 11 10:56 am

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If you've ever listened to a Blue Jays broadcast on the radio, you've heard them. And heard them. And heard them. Although if you're like me, you may never have really paid much attention to them. They're the endless mini-ads that sponsor everything that happens in a game from the original line-up card, to an out of town scoreboard to a pitching change. 

One critic is fed up with them, complaining there's nothing left in a baseball game that a radio network won't sell. Although he spends a bit too long in the linked article talking about his father in a retirement home, when he finally gets to the meat of the order, he makes a point about what he recently heard on a typical Yankees game. 

When it comes to baseball radio broadcasts today, everything seems to be for sale. Consider these examples from the May 31, 2017, Yankees broadcast:


  • “The game-time temperature is brought to you by Brothers Supply, your number one source for ice air PTACs, water source heat pumps and fan coils.”
  • “The national anthem salute to America is brought to you by Mutual of America.”
  • “The starting battery is brought to you by Interstate Battery Distributors of New York and Connecticut. Every battery for every need.”
  • “The first walk of the game is brought to you by Intel Power 2 in 1, flexible as you are.”
  • “The call to the bullpen is brought to you by Geico, 15 minutes can save you 15 percent or more on your car insurance.”
  • “The defensive alignment is brought to you by Black Bear Forest Fresh deli meats, franks, and cheeses, only at ShopRite.”
  • “Scoreboard update is brought to you by Mercedes-Benz Tri-State dealer.”
  • “Today’s game attendance brought to you by Columbia Bank, serving New Jersey for 90 years.”

I'm not sure if they still do this on the Yankees broadcast, but they actually did an ad about throwing to a break! ("You're listening to New Yo

SOWNY » Was That Really Liz West In The White House? » Fri May 11 8:54 am

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It's been quite the week for surprise Toronto talent cameos. First came Liz West on "Designated Survivor." And then on this week's episode of "The Goldbergs," they did a themed show surrounding the Mel Brooks movie "Spaceballs." At the very end, in the final tag, there was a dream sequence in which the title character was confronted by Dark Helmet, the flick's villain. 

Turns out the voice behind the helmet was none other than Rick Moranis, who played the part in the film and is now a notoriously reclusive actor who almost never makes any TV or movie appearances. Somehow they convinced him to do this brief voice over. You can watch the very short sequence here

Moranis, of course, originally became famous for his SCTV work, and before his big fame, was a disc jockey on both CHUM and CFTR under the name "Rick Allen." (As you can hear from the aircheck below, there was absolutely no indication in those days of what he would become or how truly funny he'd turn out to be - although there's a small hint in his Ed Sullivan imitation at the end of a Peter Frampton song at the 2:40 mark.) 

SOWNY » Torstar rebuilds the pay wall » Fri May 11 8:08 am

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The one part of the FP article that worries me can be summed up in this sentence, based on something the CEO says.

"The new product will analyze what readers are reading, when and where in order to better curate content and target ads."

So does this mean that if a majority of subs show they're more interested in reading say, a piece on the Ikea monkey rather than something boring but important that happened at Queen's Park, we'll get more of the former and less of the latter? That's a danger to good journalism, where sometimes it's necessary to inform readers of things they may not otherwise care about but need to know. 

Maybe that's not what he's saying, but that's how it reads to me. 

I'm not sure how many know that the Star (along with a few other newspapers) is now one of the owners of the Canadian Press, purchased to help fill in the gaps on stories some of the big papers couldn't staff. It saved CP, but at what cost down the road?

And if this latest solution for the Star doesn't work, what's left? (Although I guess at the Star, almost EVERYTHING is "left!") 

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » Thu May 10 11:34 pm

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RA..  i agree with much of your premise with one outstanding issue.

Bell corus rogers did not intervene the first time... and newcap and mz only objected on technical issues.  that leads me to believe there will be little objection this time around.  simply put... in toronto isn' evanov simply replacing one blanket frequency with another?

i think the real bun fight will be with the orangeville and shelburne guys again.

Well, you could be right. But while I'm not sure how these new frequencies will propagate (although 103.5 is an OK signal in much of the northern part of T.O.) with a power boost I can only guess there will be two far more powerful entities in the market. And regardless of the CRTC edict, I find it hard to fathom that one of the stations involved will do any more than a token wave to Orangeville if it can be received in other parts of the city.

All of this is moot, of course, if the Commission says no. The Evavovs have made it abundantly clear in all their filings that if they don't get a clear signal of at least one station into Toronto proper, they won't survive financially. Maybe that's true, but can you see a scenario where they'd voluntarily give up either licence?

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » Thu May 10 8:47 pm

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I agree, although the Evanovs argue that since they occupy two such close frequencies, no one else can logically make a case for them. After all, there can be no 103.7 if they're still on 103.5 and 103.9. 

But my point has always been that the company knew exactly what they were getting when they applied for both of these stations and the involved frequencies. To claim now that they can't make a go of it, despite having that knowledge, is disingenuous at best. My guess is that they thought they could talk the CRTC into letting them go after the Toronto market proper with the current Z103.5 (or whatever it's called this week) and when the feds said no, they became increasingly desperate.

This is perhaps their final back-up plan and it's pretty strange. You can bet Rogers, Bell, Corus and all the others will be opposed to any of these changes and will fight against any stronger competition in an already saturated GTA market. 

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » Thu May 10 5:57 pm

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The latest in the seemingly never-ending saga of the Evanovs (aka Dufferin Communications) desperately trying to move its fringe signals into Toronto has taken a bizarre turn with a new proposal to the CRTC.
 
This time, instead of trying to claim its Orangeville’s Z013.5 is actually a Toronto station, they want to change the frequency altogether and move the station one point down the dial to 103.7. What will go on the abandoned spot? CIRR, more commonly known as Pride FM, which would abandon a weak 103.9 and relocate to its sister outlet’s location
 
As if that’s not enough, if the request is granted, both stations would be operating at significantly higher powers, with CIRR going from a meagre 225 watts to a much stronger 20,000 watts. Meanwhile, the former Z013.5 (which would have to undergo a logo and brand change) would get a boost from 30,700 watts to 45,000, but the signal would shift from non-directional to directional.
 
And as they say on those late night infomercials, but wait, there’s more! The Evanvos want to put several HD radio signals on its Pride-FM’s new frequency. And here’s the real surprise. HD1 would use its existing Pride signal, but HD2 is listed as “part simulcast, part unique programs,” whatever those last two words mean.
 
If I read that correctly, it would effectively give the Evanovs a kind of extra part-time radio station, something I can’t recall ever being allowed in Canada on an HD signal before.
 
You may remember that last December, the CRTC slapped the company’s hands for trying to argue that CIDC is a Toronto station, despite the fact it’s licenced to Orangeville, prompting a war of words between the regulator and the owners. They were eventually ordered to serve the community, with Orangeville weather, traffic and news.  
 
Still, in all their filings, the Evanovs continue to plead poverty, warning they’re losing money hand over fist on the

SOWNY » Was That Really Liz West In The White House? » Thu May 10 11:43 am

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Don't know how many people here watch "Designated Survivor," a show about the U.S. president that's filmed right here in Toronto. On last night's show, there was a scene where the press is grilling the Commander-in-Chief, played by Kiefer Sutherland. One of those reporters asking questions was none other than Liz West, former City TV and CHCH personality. 

I worked with Liz for a while a long time ago, and she was (and I assume still is) a terrific person. Nice to see her back on the small screen, if only for a brief cameo. Hey, it was short, but at least she had a speaking part! (And it gives a whole new meaning to the term The "West" Wing.)

SOWNY » Supreme Court To Hear Bell/NFL Appeal Over Super Bowl Ads » Thu May 10 11:33 am

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About the only thing longer than a typical Super Bowl Sunday is the ongoing saga about American ads airing on Canadian TV without simsub for that annual contest. And now yet another quarter will kick off soon, after the Supreme Court confirmed on Thursday that it will hear the appeal brought by Bell and the NFL over the controversial practice. 

The Supremes are the final arbiters on this, unless the CRTC suddenly decides to change its own ruling. Just when the case will be heard is still TBA, but it will obviously have to be well before the big game next February. 

Supreme Court will hear Bell, NFL case on Super Bowl ads

SOWNY » Silent Buffalo Area AM Station Coming Back As Oldies Outlet » Thu May 10 10:35 am

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WJPYFM wrote:

Not looking good, new owner reports issue at transmitter site. A translator at 100.7 was also in the works but the whole thing is in jeopardy due to cost of bringing the AM back to life.

My understanding is that first there may have been a flood and then there was a break-in, leaving them way behind schedule. They've posted two pics of the damage done when someone illegally entered their TX site. 

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SOWNY » Get Ready For Your TV, Radio - & Phones - To Be Interrupted May 7th » Wed May 9 7:08 pm

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Wednesday was the day for the tests in the rest of Canada. According to what I've read, just like in this province, almost all of them failed miserably when it came to cell phones. TV and radio seemed to work without a problem.

By the way, barring any real emergencies, the next scheduled test for Ontario comes on September 19th at 10:55 AM. Maybe they'll get it right by then.

SOWNY » The Man Behind Cancon Tells His Story » Wed May 9 7:09 am

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Actually, the most interesting part of the RPM stuff to me may be unintended. It's on the bottom right of the very last scan and it talks about a CBC special on David Marsden, promising an inside look at his "highly rated CHUM-FM evening show." It appears to be from a Corp. documentary show called "Such Is Life" and is entitled, "An Evening with David Marsden."

Now that's a rerun I'd like to see. Until then, this will have to do.



 

SOWNY » The Man Behind Cancon Tells His Story » Tue May 8 5:17 pm

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Wow, what a great addendum to the Cancon story from someone who was there in those days. Thanks, Mike!

SOWNY » CIRA 1350 » Tue May 8 11:18 am

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The CRTC awarded a licence for a new ethnic station in Brampton on 1350 to be called Radio Humsafar. That was back in 2015. They were supposed to be on air by October 2017, although so far, bupkis on that frequency 

It joins 1220 Grapevine Radio (supposedly going to be an oldies station) in St. Catharines and the infamous CKNT 960 in Mississauga under the continuing title of "Failure To Launch."

SOWNY » Andrew Lawton Gone » Tue May 8 8:53 am

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PC candidate Andrew Lawton seems to be trying to head a sort of "Tanya Granic Allen" backlash off at the pass, with the former CFPL (and occasional fill-in AM 640) host admitting to "mental illness" issues that may have clouded his judgment in the past and insisting it's not who he is now.

Allen was dumped by the Conservatives last week, after some hateful videos of her speaking about same sex marriage surfaced. Clearly, Lawton has some skeletons lurking in his digital closet and this is how he hopes to get over them if they surface.

PC candidate Andrew Lawton admits to 'reckless' past
 

SOWNY » Hey Radio! What's a four-way? » Tue May 8 8:45 am

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betaylored wrote:

During all the discussions/news reports on-air about the severe wind storm last week, radio stations were helpful, as radio always is, reminding listeners to treat non-working traffic lights as a four-way stop, to prevent confusion over who had the right of way.

Driving up to an intersection at Yonge and Rosedale yesterday morning, I got stranded in a traffic jam. Turns out that the traffic lights were out, and people didn't have the foggiest idea what to do. This isn't unusual.

At the time of the wind storm I didn't hear a single complete explaination of exactly what a four-way traffic stop is, and how it works. And I was up and down the dial all day. In future when there's severe weather, if radio hosts and reporters, whose voices are right there in the car with drivers listening, were to occasionally drop in a quick description of a four-way stop, the people who already know, can enjoy feeling smugly satisfied that they know, radio stations can show next level concern for the public safety, and do some good in the process, and drivers who don't know, might learn what a four-way traffic stop means.

I guess it all depends on where you were. Just after the storm on Friday, I was driving in the Don Mills & Finch area in rush hour, needing to get west to a neighbourhood near Bathurst & Steeles. At least 10 of the 20 or so traffic lights I passed were out. 

Here's where the different perspective comes in. My sister, who lives in the New York City area, was here for a visit and in the car with me and was constantly commenting on how amazing it was that everyone seemed to be cooperating and obeying that "four way stop" edict. She simply couldn't believe how well everyone was behaving, noting that if she was at home, it would have been absolute chaos, with almost everyone out for themselves.

To an outsider, it worked better than she believed possible. So I guess it depends on where you were coming from, both figuratively and literally. 

SOWNY » The Man Behind Cancon Tells His Story » Tue May 8 8:04 am

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FYImyusicnews.ca pointed out an old story from 2014 that I'd never seen before. It's about Stan Klees, one of two men who led the charge for the Cancon rules many of us have come to decry over the years.

But in this fascinating yarn about how they got the CRTC to issue the edict, the guy who started RPM Magazine and created the now infamous MAPL logo, explains why he fought so hard for the regs, how he helped a group that his publication originally called "The Guess Whos," the part legendary radioman George "Hound Dog" Lorenz from Buffalo played in the drama, and why he sued CHUM's Bob McAdorey for libel over something that was printed in the Toronto Telegram. 

“This was ‘get rid of Stan, the poster boy of Canadian content,’” says Klees. “(Bob McAdorey) said ‘I’d gladly play a Stan Klees production, unfortunately they put out an unbelievably inferior product’—that’s the libel. Actually, the quote was ‘shitty product,’ but The Telegram didn’t use the word shitty.”

I'm still against the existing Cancon rules that helped kill CKLW and contributed to the overall blandness of Canadian radio in the 70s (although I will acknowledge that it mostly succeeded in what it set out to do) but the story behind it is one I never knew and it's worth a read to learn the history behind how we got here.
 
Stan Klees: The Man Behind Cancon and Why It Had to Happen

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