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SOWNY » High school radio » Yesterday 9:30 am

mace
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I grew up in Oakville and my high school [Thomas A. Blakelock] never had one in my era [1967-72]                           Also, in the article about KBPS, the station currently operates at 1000 watts on the 1450 graveyarder. According to the Radio Locator maps, the station has a range of 30-35 miles. Not bad for a half lung high school station.

SOWNY » CHUM's "Batman" Jingles & Dave Mickie's Lost 45 » August 4, 2020 7:27 am

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paterson1 wrote:

Doug Thompson wrote:

The label was named MUCH (long before the cable channel existed).  Have no idea about the Tote Family, but Michel Pagliaro record for MUCH.

 The CHUM owned MUCH Records was around from 1970 until late 1974, they also had a few other sub labels like Sweet Plum, Fleur, and Much International.  Altogether the company released about 100 singles and albums with Pagliaro, April Wine and Copperpenny being the most successful acts. April Wine's albums and singles never appeared on the MUCH label but they were signed to Much Productions for their first three albums.   Notice how the MUCH Records logo is very similar to what 1050 Chum was using in the early 70's.
 
Always wondered how competing radio stations and companies felt about playing music from a record label that was owned by their competitor.
https://vancouversignaturesounds.com/hits/lovin-you-aint-easy-by-pagliaro/

At the end of the article, there is a link to the CKVN  and CKLG music charts from Dec 3, 1971. #3 at CKVN. Not listed at CKLG.

SOWNY » WILFORD BRIMLEY » August 2, 2020 1:35 pm

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It's the right thing to do.

SOWNY » Elliotte Freidman looks ridiculous » August 2, 2020 1:33 pm

mace
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He might look somewhat better if an attempt was made to trim his beard. However, I have always preferred the clean shaven look.

SOWNY » CRTC Pulls Two Radio Licenses In Quebec On The Same Day » July 31, 2020 5:21 pm

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Those call letters look familiar. 1570 Orillia and 1280 Montreal.

SOWNY » TROUBLE RECEIVING METV/ANTENNA TV: THE SOLUTION » July 30, 2020 10:10 am

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I have been watching the WKRP In Cincinnati episodes on this site and they contain all the original music. I recognized some Doors, Styx, Bob Seger and Grateful Dead tunes. Perhaps the person responsible for the site loaded the episodes before the copyrights expired.                                                                                                       One other thing that came up in the two parter Goodbye Johnny/Johnny Comes Back where Johnny Fever leaves WKRP for a better offer in LA, was his salary. In the 1978 episode, it was revealed that he was paid $17,500 for his AM Drive shift. Would that have been an accurate salary at that time for Morning Drive in a medium sized market?  It was also noted that secretary Jennifer "earned" $24,000. Some of her duties included not getting coffee and not taking dictation.

SOWNY » Buffalo Radio Legend Sandy Beach Retiring At End Of July » July 30, 2020 9:50 am

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I have an Express VPN. WBEN comes in fine.

SOWNY » "Defunding The CBC" Question Cut Out Of CBC Radio Interview » July 30, 2020 8:51 am

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Prod Guy wrote:

JasonY wrote:

Several years ago in Thunder Bay the two local tv stations (same owner) had CBC & CTV (a rarity in Canada).  The stations changed networks and now it's Global and CTV.  CBC has no tv presence there at least over the local air there.  

That's because CBC started insisting that affiliates clear the entire network schedule.  At one time affiliates would use the 7 pm hour in particular to get some US syndicated shows that could bring in better revenue than shows like Just For Laughs Gags.  A CBC station in a town I onced lived in ran Frasier reruns during the 7 pm hour and it was their number 2 revenue show after Hockey Night in Canada.  When syndication at 7 pm beats everything the network does in prime time why would you want to remain a CBC affiliate?.

That is the main reason CHCH  dumped the CBC in 1961. Apparently, back then the CBC gave their affilliates Thursday nights to do their own thing. CHCH broadcast Hamilton Jr. Red Wings games. Hockey Night In Hamilton became must see tv. In 1961, the CBC decided to take back Thursday nights. Faced with the loss of revenue and ratings, CHCH management adopted the idea, If we can program one night, why can't we do seven? So they said good bye to the Mother Corporation, bought a boatload of U.S. imports with a pre-release clause allowing them to air the shows several days before the U.S. nets.

SOWNY » What Do These Stations Do About Trudeau's Appearance Now? » July 30, 2020 8:31 am

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Kosmos Kagool wrote:

the original hank wrote:

   whatever you decide, if you want to get listeners in the mood, be sure to include a certain brenda lee hit in your intro   

"Sweet Nothin's", peaked @ #3 on CHUM in '60
 

Gee, the first Brenda Lee song that popped into my head was "I'm Sorry"

SOWNY » What Was The Best TV Show Airing During The Year You Were Born? » July 30, 2020 8:22 am

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1953 for me. Lucy and another forgotten series that was a top 10 hit in four of its eight year original run. Dragnet.          I was also surprised to see the extremely short lived series Police Squad mentioned. The premiere episode used an almost identical script from the 1957-60 NBC cop show M Squad which starred Lee Marvin. Even the theme song is eerily similar.

SOWNY » WECK's Ridiculous Billboard Ad Strains Credibility In Buffalo » July 29, 2020 7:16 am

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Buddy Shula: The SOWNY board is civil because our moderator, RA, does an excellent job keeping it that way. Yes, at times the discussions have been "heated" and "political". Conversations involving the CBC tend to to bring out strong opinions on both sides of the political spectrum. RA has always done an amazing job of restoring order to the classroom.

SOWNY » WECK's Ridiculous Billboard Ad Strains Credibility In Buffalo » July 29, 2020 6:41 am

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I live in the Avenue Rd/401 area and every time I have to run some errands, driving out of the parking lot, I get this horrible screaching interference that lasts for maybe 10 seconds. It makes all the Toronto AM stations barely audible.

SOWNY » WECK's Ridiculous Billboard Ad Strains Credibility In Buffalo » July 27, 2020 8:01 pm

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At one time, in the 70's I believe, WECK was a consistent top 5 station in Buffalo with their Easy Listening format. As for their inferior GTA signal, streaming is an option.

SOWNY » First Ever Billboard Chart #1 Was Written By A Canadian » July 27, 2020 4:16 pm

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Indeed the first Billboard "Best Sellers" chart premiered July 27. 1940. Billboard published something called a "Record Buying Guide' chart from Jan 6-July 20, 1940. The first #1 on that chart was Scatter Brain by Frankie Masters.

SOWNY » Mick Jagger, still alive at 77 today! » July 27, 2020 6:53 am

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I have three favourites. None were monster hits. Dandelion #14, She's A Rainbow #25 and Street Fighting Man #48.

SOWNY » What's Rogers and others doing with MLB? » July 26, 2020 2:53 pm

mace
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Lots of out of town MLB on tv this afternoon. It appears Rogers has unscrambled its Sports Pack for now.

SOWNY » The Gazette's article on the firing- Virgin Radio's morning show team » July 26, 2020 6:02 am

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Left "to pursue other interests" is another good one.

SOWNY » Fox Baseball Coverage To Use Sophisticated Computer Generated Crowds » July 24, 2020 5:51 pm

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Sacramento's KHTK has a 50K signal that can easily be heard in the Bay area. That is an option for A's fans.

SOWNY » Who Was That Masked Man? The First Real Lone Ranger Was From Kitchener » July 24, 2020 5:38 pm

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mojo55 wrote:

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.  

William Conrad sounded the way James Arness looked. On the radio series, Howard McNear played the roll of Doc Charles Adams. If I hear him in an episode, all I imagine is Floyd the Barber walking the streets of Dodge City.

SOWNY » Live from New York...it is Saturday Night, back for a 46th season » July 21, 2020 12:20 pm

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Oooohhhh Noooooooo. Mr. Hand and Mr. Sluggo, You're going to be mean to meeeeeeeeeee!

SOWNY » Here is Sportsnets Baseball Coverage and how it will look » July 21, 2020 6:58 am

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Good news that Dan Shulman will do play by play. Just personal preference. I find his voice smooth, polished and professional. To me Buck Martinez sounds like nails on a blackboard, very grating and irritating.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 18, 2020 5:04 am

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ED1 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Interesting to know that, thanks. I hadn't really thought of Boston. I wonder what will happen on the west coast stations that carry the Pacific time zone versions of the show. 

KING-TV in Seattle didn't carry it. I don't know if KHQ Spokane, WA did (Shaw subjects Alberta to the American stations from Spokane, Washington).

KHQ  is owned by the Cowles Company, so they probably aired alternate programming.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 17, 2020 8:11 am

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Just for the record these are the markets with NBC O&O's. NY, LA, Chi, SF, SD, Phil, Bos, Wash, Dal, Mia, Hart and San Juan.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 16, 2020 9:55 pm

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RA: I believe ABC ran Dark Shadows weekdays at 3:30pm. WKBW preferred to run 90 minutes of Commander Tom.

SOWNY » Hockey Legend & Media Personality Eddie Shack In Palliative Care » July 15, 2020 11:18 am

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Eddie was always a regular at Bruno's Fine Foods on Avenue Rd. Always willing to chat with staff and customers. He wrote a book last year  with Ken Reid entitled Eddie Shack: Hockey's Most Entertaining Stories. Lots of incredible of hockey photos of course, but many personal family ones as well. How did he get uniform #23? That is what Punch Imlach assigned him. He liked it because 23 backwards looks like E.S. his initials.

SOWNY » Tell me about tropo » July 15, 2020 10:58 am

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In the digital era, when I would visit my parents in Oakville, the only Rochester station I ever received was WROC, which at the time was operating on ch 45. I believe WHEC remained on ch 10 and WHAM on 13. My parents had a Channel Master 4221 UHF antenna which meant almost zero chance of receiving the other Rochester stations. Strangely, I never received WXXI or WUHF.

SOWNY » New Format in Peterborough » July 15, 2020 8:19 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

kevjo wrote:

The Wolf was once unstoppable but a combination of increased competition and some programming misfires have hurt their numbers in recent years. 

Well, also, The Wolf has been sold and resold.
I forget who originally put Wolf on the air, but I do know it was owned by Power Broadcasting at one point, then later sold to Corus, which owns Q 107.  For a short while, both Q and Wolf shared the exact same playlist. (along with BIG FM, etc) Hopefully that has stopped happening.

The switch to the WOLF happened at 6pm Valentines Day 1992. Easy Listening to AOR. Power Broadcasting still owned the station at this time. Corus took over in 2000.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 15, 2020 7:49 am

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A possible alternative. Try the streaming site ustvgo.tv. All the U.S. networks are available. The feeds seem to rotate from various cities. In NBC's case, I have seen WTVJ Miami and WNBC New York, both O&O. You may also get WLWT Cincinnati, which is owned by Hearst. If you see local ads with a 513 area code, you are getting WLWT.

SOWNY » Why You Won't Be Able To See The "30 Rock" Reunion Special On Thursday » July 15, 2020 7:37 am

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Radio111 wrote:

That’s nothing new. Product advertising in shows has been around since the 1940s, in fact the series Hazel did a color episode in 1961 just to promote RCA color TVs.

I have seen that episode. It was the only colour episode in the first season. Lots of references to the colour of Perry Como's eyes. His variety show, also on NBC, finished 25th in the 61-62 season.

SOWNY » Extra out, Freq in in Peterborough » July 15, 2020 7:23 am

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In the Spring 2020 ratings, Oldies96.7 had a 15.9 share. The WOLF had a 8.4. 90.5 had a 0.5. They were even beaten by Cobourg's Classic Rocker at 107.9 with a 1.5.

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