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SOWNY » The Songs Oldies Radio Forgot » Sat Oct 13 9:48 am

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Huge in Britain if I remember right, along with this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9NKs3h1CS8

Dale Patterson wrote:

It amazes how certain songs didn't become hits. What part of this 1974 song didn't have HIT written all over it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7j7XSOOZD8

 

SOWNY » 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto launch » Thu Oct 11 11:50 am

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(or Cornwall for that matter) Big in HD may be incentive enough for them, I'm sure with Queens they could come up with some creative uses for the sub channels, and at the absolute minimum, with 2 FM's in that market, it would be great CRTC hearing at-a-boy stuff for them.  


RadioAaron wrote:

ig wrote:

Maybe with their ongoing partnership with Corus, and the reach of Fresh in Hamilton and Big in Kingston, I wonder if the station could be rebroadcast on an HD sub-channel in those markets.  I believe it would then become a true force and beacon across the province.
 

Interesting idea. Fresh Hamilton would be a no-brainer; they could turn that on tomorrow. Big in Kingston is another matter -- who would pay for that? There's no incentive for Corus to otherwise turn on HD on that signal.

 

 

SOWNY » 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto launch » Thu Oct 11 10:15 am

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Someday the CKAV story will make for a great book, but it is unfortunately politically charged as hell, and it's not my story to tell.   

When it was obvious that the CKAV stations were hopelessly lost, and probably about to lose their licences, a group of Broadcasters got together and offered, on a volunteer basis to help out as much as we could.  Offering production, scheduling, management, sales and any and all other advice and execution we could.  Unfortunately our 'life support' efforts were too little, too late.  The restaurant had sold far too many bad meals and made too many broken promises to remain in business.

I believe, had CKAV been able to fund the legal representation for their appeal they would have won at least a short reprieve and chance for the 'fixed' aspects of the COL to be recognized.  We were well on the way, meeting COL in most areas with the exception of local studios which was a budgetary impossibility at that stage.  The CRTC were wrong basing the performance of an entire network of stations on audio tapes from 6-9 months before a recovery mission had started, from one market, and had little to no proof of many of the accusations that Jean-Pierre Blais felt comfortable making.  But again.. water under the bridge, and to be honest the debts that had been incurred over the months and years were insurmountable by that stage of the story.

Having said that, during the existence of CKAV and till we offered to help get things at least somewhere close to back on track, there was breathtaking financial abuse on the part of upper management, but also on the part of CBC and others who rented tower space to AVR at ludicrous rates.  I don't know who initially negotiated the AVR contracts but they were absolutely taken for a ride.   To be honest, and of course hindsight is 20/20, anyone looking back can see the original model was critically flawed from the start.  There's just no way they could ever have generated enough in sales to cove

SOWNY » 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto launch » Thu Oct 11 7:25 am

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FPR ‘First Peoples Radio Inc.’ is proud to announce the launch of 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto and
95.7 ELMNT FM Ottawa at noon on Wed. Oct. 24th.
 
Website will be up on the same day so you have hear us everywhere.  www.elmntfm.ca
 
Toronto on air lineup 
Bob Magee (Morning Show)
David Moses (MOT – Moment of Truth) 11 am to Noon.
Andrea Rooz (Mid-Day)
Julian Taylor (Drive)
Janet Panic (Evenings) with ‘Panic in the Night’
Cathy Sobocan, David Moses.. News
 
Ottawa on air lineup
Aiden Wolf (Morning Show)
Kayla Whiteduck (Mid-Day Show)
Missy Knott (Drive)
Cody Coyote (Evening Show)
Shaun Malley and Caroline O’Neill.. News
 

Ops Manager and Content Consultant:  Dave Charles
Music Director: Luca Capone
IT/Engineer:  Glenn Prins
Production Manager:  Andrew Johnson
Image Producer:  Doug Thompson
Social Media Manager:  Bruce Barber
Creative:  Adrian Wallace
Traffic Manager:  Ann Pospischil
GSM:  Gary Murphy
National Sales Manager:  James Wansbrough
Marketing Consultant:  Naaz Jiwa

SOWNY » Name that tune.. » Sun Oct 7 8:02 pm

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Here's one for the old gang .  Anyone know what the title of the stock music is that's used in this spot?  It was also the theme for Global Newsweek for a while...  I remember it was on DeWolfe but I can't identify it further than that..





thanks!

 

SOWNY » George Grant has died. » Thu Sep 20 10:52 am

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Just heard that George Grant, Veteran Broadcast Executive, Former Hamilton Tiger Cats Owner and former President & CEO of MZMedia Inc has also passed away after a battle with Cancer. No relation that we could figure out but a great guy who had sone awesome stories. #RIP George.

SOWNY » Global News sweatshop. How Global produces its late "local" news » Thu Aug 30 5:50 pm

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As a supporter of MMC for decades before there was MMC I think this is a great way to go. I'm amazed it hasn't expanded to radio far quicker than it has.

I've built and worked in tv network masters covering easily 20-30 channels across the country and sure there are glitches, but there are more glitches locally.

Is it more work for fewer people? yes. But that's the world today and it's not changing back. I'd rather have a good major market team creating small market content than no content at all..

with live cameras and everything else on the internet that's available, if you can't create a minor market newscast from anywhere in the world, there's a problem and it's not with the technology.  

SOWNY » Art Bell R.I.P. » Thu Aug 2 8:32 am

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Hang on..  There's a theory out there this was actually the shadow people guiding his hand.  

RadioActive wrote:

'Twas drugs not aliens that got him in the end.

Radio host Art Bell died of accidental drug overdose

 

SOWNY » 99.3 County FM is seeking a General Manager » Wed Jul 25 12:03 am

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(This could be a great position for the right person...  and a beautiful place to live also...) 

Full-time

Mission Statement: 99.3 County FM is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven, community funded radio station. Connecting the County, this essential service reflects and contributes to the cultural richness, diversity and vitality of Prince Edward County.

99.3 County FM, a non-profit community radio station serving Prince Edward County Ontario, seeks a General Manager. The General Manager will work to build and enhance 99.3 County FM both inside the station walls and throughout the community by fostering a collegial workplace focused on growing the skills of paid, commissioned and volunteer staff, and by developing strong links throughout the community with donors, advertisers, government and the many community groups who benefit from the work of the station.

Reporting to the 99.3 County FM Board of Directors, under the supervision of the Board Chair, the General Manager will oversee the daily operations of the station and will bring superior communication and problem-solving skills along with an ability to prioritize many demands and manage expectations.

The General Manger will be an ethical, trustworthy, and aware civic leader who represents 99.3 County FM to the community at large and exercises discretion and sensitivity in this role.

A successful candidate must:
• Already live in Prince Edward County or be willing to relocate to Prince Edward County.
• Be a team builder, with strong training skills, a capacity to manage and communicate empathetically, and a work ethic that leads by example.
• Have financial management knowledge and experience, including P&L, budget preparation, results analysis, as well as radio specific reports such as traffic, and experience with the development and implementation of strategic plans.
• Have an ability to work with information technology and its application to broadcasting.
• Understand the import

SOWNY » CHUM FM thinks no news is good news » Mon Jul 23 8:43 pm

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betaylored wrote:

So...no news is good news, right?

I believe that it is.

With minute by minute PPM results, I'd bet the second news starts they see a dip, in a format like that, no matter how you present it, it's a distraction.  If you want news, the listeners know where to go for it.  I think it's a great idea.  If I want to clear my teens out of the living room and get the TV to myself, all I need to do is turn on any news channel for more than 3 minutes, I get the groan, and off they go somewhere else.

There used to be an idea that listeners 'needed' to be exposed to news, but that was a long long time ago.

Also, fighting in an 'on demand' world, the listener can get news on their schedule, not at the top and bottom of the hour or whatever.  They may very well have just sat through a newscast before they left the house.

ig.



 

SOWNY » BBC admits defeat in battle for radio audiences » Sat Jun 16 9:17 pm

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[Via Telegraph]

The BBC is to give up competing with commercial radio stations for audiences to focus on the threat to its future from music on Spotify and podcasts via Apple.

James Purnell, the BBC’s director of radio, will signal the shift this week by declaring he does not “care” about audience share or beating commercial stations in the battle for listeners.

In a speech seen by The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Purnell will say that the BBC need to change quickly and shift spending away from its traditional broadcast programming to serve younger and more diverse audiences better.

“We need to change faster than we have in the last few years,” the former Labour cabinet minister will say. “We’ll need to change where we allocate our money. We’ll need to change the kind of content we offer. “

BBC radio has been losing ground to commercial broadcasters such as Global, company behind the phone-in station LBC which uses high-profile politicians such as as Nigel Farage and Sadiq Khan as presenters.

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SOWNY » Toronto's New FM Station: ELMNT.FM 106.5 » Thu Jun 14 11:57 am

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The major flaw is this is one of the few cases where it should have been an AM station with a large footprint.   

Within months you’ll be hearing complaints about the FM coverage area, or lack of, and how a power increase is required to even consider making this s going concern.

That AM coverage is what is required to make this concept a success.

SOWNY » Shaw trying to sell its stake in Corus » Thu Jun 14 11:53 am

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Nothing to do with anything but you may consider picking up some Telus stock.

SOWNY » Shaw trying to sell its stake in Corus » Wed Jun 13 7:09 am

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[Via Globe)

Shaw Communications Inc. is attempting to sell its stake in broadcaster Corus Entertainment Inc. as part of a strategy to build a war chest for expansion of its Freedom Mobile wireless network.

Shaw recently hired investment bank TD Securities Inc. to find a buyer for its 38-per-cent stake in television and radio station owner Corus, according to sources familiar with the Shaw’s plans. These sources say Shaw is shopping its Corus stake, currently worth approximately $540-million, to a list of dozens of potential buyers, with a focus on private equity funds and other deep-pocketed investors that don’t currently own a national media business in Canada.

Toronto-based Corus owns a stable of 44 specialty television channels, including the Food Network and HGTV, and 15 conventional TV stations, including the national Global TV network, along with 39 radio stations. Sources say Shaw and Corus would listen to offers for individual business lines and that Shaw would also be content to continue as a major shareholder in Corus if no buyers emerge.

Spokespeople for Shaw, Corus and TD declined to comment.

Shaw is attempting to sell Corus at a time when the broadcaster’s revenue is falling, partly because of shrinking audiences and advertising for conventional TV. Corus is expected to cut its $1.14 annual common share dividend when the company reports financial results later this month. The dividend currently sends $90-million annually to Shaw Communications.

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SOWNY » Happy Trails... to me... » Sat Jun 9 12:10 pm

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I'll still be posting.  The main problem is 'real life' is just crazy and doesn't look to be getting saner soon, plus we've got a bunch of trips planned and to be honest, I'd just like to be a spectator for a while.  I kind of lost interest months ago and have just been going through the motions.  So now I'm not .

SOWNY » Happy Trails... to me... » Sat Jun 9 9:32 am

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I have been…I have been so fortunate to get to know so many of you and to see what you do. You are passionate about what you do and that is the beauty of Ontario.   So, let me leave you with this: whoever you are, in whatever corner of Ontario you have made home, you are part of a beautiful, vibrant place. 

The evil yellow board can can make us feel that we’re divided, that, somehow, we’re not in this together. But, believe me, we are. We are dependent on one another. From Fort Severn across to Moosonee, through Kenora, Thunder Bay, Wawa, Red Lake, Cochrane, Timmins, Renfrew, Cornwall, Ottawa, Kingston, the GTA, Barrie, Bracebridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, London, Chatham, Windsor and all the places in between.

I am resigning as moderator. 

I have spoken to RadioActive and asked him to take over as moderator and he has agreed.  And it is the right thing to do. There is another generation and I am passing the torch to that generation.

Thank you so much! Thank you so much! Merci! Merci!

Composed for Iain Grant by Melania Trump.

Anyway, I'm out, RA is in..  have fun with whatever comes next .

http://i67.tinypic.com/2yvp4cn.jpg


 

SOWNY » Gary Bell » Mon Jun 4 9:35 pm

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Adrian Bell (no relation) got a heads up from one of Gary’s close friends that he had passed after a very brief battle with cancer.  Saw it on Adrian’s Facebook feed.

SOWNY » Welcome Steve Gregory! » Thu May 10 8:48 am

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Great guy and great talent.  Good news.

SOWNY » Lyndsey Vanstone now Executive Assistant to Doug Ford » Sat May 5 12:58 pm

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For fuck sake, It's a job, the integrity or lack thereof, imho could also easily be attributed to anyone who works for McGuinty, Wynne, or any politician anywhere on the planet.   Same thing for people who work for certain radio companies that I wouldn't trust nor want to be associated with.  They have bills to pay, and very possibly don't share my opinion of the company or person.

As usual, I love how people hiding behind their fucking pseudonyms are so quick to bravely call out real people.  It's so simple sitting in your underwear in front of the computer monitor to call out people that you assume will never react. 

It's one of the reasons, on the few occasions it's happened, I've gladly given boardhost my go ahead (not that they'd need it with a subpoena) to release IP information of posters to the appropriate authorities, when lawyers start poking and prodding around here.  I'm certainly not going to invest 1c of my money in protecting the 'identity' of some clown who feels he/she answers to nobody.  Reality is, you do.  

Having said that, if I do try to respond to you via e-mail, and discover it's a 'disposable' e-mail address, consider your account nuked.  Either update it with real contact information, or go away.  Simple choices.

Closing this thread because it's sliding into stupid name calling and the usual political bullshit that I honestly don't have time or interest in.

For today, it's just the thread that's being closed, but I'm very close to walking from the entire thing.  The majority of posters are so predictable I could write their stuff for them, and their multiple personalities.

 

SOWNY » Lyndsey Vanstone now Executive Assistant to Doug Ford » Fri May 4 10:12 am

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Electronic press kits have been around forever, I'm not sure I understand what the big deal is on Ford creating them also, other than, as EPK's were designed to do, they tend to take the editorial decisions away from professional critics and put those tools in the hands of others.    

He just has a better distribution model in place (Facebook, Twitter et alia) than companies have had in the past, and dones't rely on a 'newsroom' editor or reporter acting as the propagator for the information.

This whole debate kind of reminds of people calling "Canada newswire" the Business wire.  If you didn't understand the difference, you shouldn't have been allowed in a newsroom.  Both served a purpose, but very very different ones.



 

SOWNY » Roundhouse Radio is out of time and money-closing up on April 30th » Tue May 1 1:15 pm

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You're right, absolutely nothing.  RR is completely in compliance and play by the book.  This is a funding crisis and nothing more.  I've been in these situations where the shareholders just get tired of feeding good money after good and turn off the tap.  For most involved there's no immediate 'option 2' so might as well see it through where either someone will purchase it and maintain it, or it will go dark.  

Since it's so difficult to get any type of FM presence in Vancouver, even if it's a crap signal, I'm sure it's in someones best interest to purchase the frequency, even if fo no other reason that to approach the crtc in 12 months, using this as the example to prove that the format just isn't viable, but another ethnic cash cow might be.  

No matter what happens, I don't believe the station, if it survives, will be anything like the present incarnation. 

It's unfortunately another good example of broadcasters with time on their hands, sitting around bemoaning how it 'should' be done, and 'could be done' either terrestrial or online, doing it, and within a few months realizing there are fiscal realities and political pressures that have to be met, and maybe it's not quite as easy for the 'big bad' media companies to survive and make a profit as it seemed in the coffee shop.  The initial budget outlay on facilities and staff seemed way out of proportion with what the station could possibly have generated, especially in the first 5 years.  Hindsight, yet again though, is 20/20.

who knows.



cGrant wrote:

Kilgore wrote:

If regulators actually shut a broadcaster down rather than always caving @ the last minute, might the industry take them more seriously?

I'm not sure what the regulators have to do with the potential closure or continuation of this station.
 

 

SOWNY » [fyi] Sharon Taylor In Conversation With Evelyn Macko » Sun Apr 22 9:07 pm

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[Via FYI]

There was a time when Evelyn Macko was the preeminent radio newscaster in Toronto.  She worked alongside people like Dick Smyth, Tom Rivers, Robert Holiday, Jim Brady, Larry Silver, Erik Tomas and many, many more. Her presentation and her writing helped make her a star talent. Her voice defined an era in Toronto radio. Not as apparent to the ear is the woman who also had to deflect sexism, define herself in the rough and tumble news world and develop the work ethic and the thick skin that not only took her to the big show, but kept her there for decades.  

Tell me about you before radio.  Where were you, what were you into?

[Continued...]


 

SOWNY » Why Infinite Dial Canada 2018 Study is bad news for Radio PDs » Fri Apr 20 10:29 am

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To me this is where this story runs flat.  As long as the stations are PPM encoding their streams, they get full credit, as someone wiser than me said the other day, this isn't about the death of radio, this is about people moving to an alternate delivery method.   We have a radio in the shower, but that's about it for the house.  But there's radios on all over the place, NT1010 or 680, Boom or Kiss depending on which room you go into.  All being streamed as opposed to 'received'.  That's the only difference.

One of the huge mistakes stations make though is archiving their board feeds for interviews etc. as opposed to archiving the bus feed.  When someone re-listens to a podcast or archived clip, if it's just the board feed there's no ppm credit there, if it's the bus feed or off-air, then the boxes have at least a chance of picking up the encoding.   

So it's not about the demise of radio by any stretch, but if owners are allowing their stuff on the internet without watermarking it, they're missing out on possibly a ton of ratings points, especially like in Toronto, where that one person listening back to the podcast version of the show could represent 5000 listeners, or the difference between a point or 4 depending on the day and hour.


 

SOWNY » Why Iain Grant Isn’t The First Ian Grant On CFRB » Wed Apr 18 8:08 am

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There's actually another Iain (Ia_i_n) grant works at 260 Richmond.  It's a small small world..  etc. etc.

SOWNY » Did The CN Tower Help Lead To Simsub? » Mon Apr 16 12:33 pm

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As I said, I honestly am not sure, I've just heard 'grumbling' from folks I would trust suggesting that FM can't be upgraded for whatever reason to support Digital, and the infrastructure itself is dated.    My thought was that if there's a viable alternative who might take some $$ away from the tower, things might change fast.

markow202 wrote:

ig wrote:

Anyone know if the new condo at Yonge and Bloor will be high enough to give the CN tower a run for the money when it comes to TV/FM ?   The CN tower transmission facilities are still chugging along, but it's dated and limited and in desperate need of a rebuild.

(And closed today because of the weather...  and the fact it's firing ice shards down at people below )
 

As for TV most was upgraded for it to work with HD has it not?  FM is analog but then again most FM is so what needs to be upgraded (despite running out of room)?

The yonge and bloor building would offer great reception!  

 

SOWNY » Did The CN Tower Help Lead To Simsub? » Mon Apr 16 12:08 pm

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Anyone know if the new condo at Yonge and Bloor will be high enough to give the CN tower a run for the money when it comes to TV/FM ?   The CN tower transmission facilities are still chugging along, but it's dated and limited and in desperate need of a rebuild.

(And closed today because of the weather...  and the fact it's firing ice shards down at people below )
 

SOWNY » What the hell are they talking about?! » Thu Apr 12 12:02 pm

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If you're talking about Greg Carrasco always referring to himself as @gregcarrasco I would have agreed a while back when he first started doing it, but now it honestly doesn't seem so strange.  I get it referring to yourself by your twitter handle is a bit out there, but if you think outside the box, there's probably more people will find him using that than his name.  

I got so fed up trying to spell out my first name correctly for e-mail,  (@iaingrant.com) i ended up just registering my cell number dot com as a doman, and now when I give out my phone number, I can also just say the e-mail address is ig@ the phone number dot com.  Whoever iangrant.com is, is probably getting a lot less strange e-mails.

@ijg 
 

SOWNY » "Is he getting eye surgery, or lie surgery?" 1010 texter hacks Harris » Tue Apr 10 7:21 am

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Texts are to 2018 what the 'access line' was to 1998. As well as some legitimately great points, it's also a great place to mine for witty quips and hear from the blessed listeners that, (thank god) the producers wouldn't allow through to get on-air.

BTW, it was a real text, came in @6:52



 

SOWNY » Mike in the Morning » Thu Apr 5 9:58 am

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tc143 wrote:

he's a professional broadcaster

That.
 

SOWNY » Punch Andrews » Fri Mar 30 8:53 pm

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Hard to believe but today marks the 10th anniversary of Chris 'Punch' Andrews' death.  I was as shocked as anyone in the building.  He was always so full of life, and just so madly in love with his job, being on the radio and entertaining everyone.  Just 6 months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, he was gone.

Without exception he was 'up', 'happy' and 'on'.   In another time and place he would have been one of the 'boss jocks' that are so revered today.  A kind, generous and funny friend.  And I miss him still today.





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Astral Radio Personality Chris "Punch"Andrews passes away
Sun, 2008-03-30 11:19.
Lori Paris

A sad day for the Astral Media family, as we mourn the loss of our own.

Chris "Punch" Andrews passed away at 4:30 this morning, losing his battle with lung cancer. He was 43

Punch was our fill in traffic reporter here at CFRB, going by Chris Andrews when Guy Valentine was away, and as Punch he hosted a weekend show on our sister station, 99.9 MIX FM.

Punch started his career working at Cable 10 in Aurora as an on-air host at the age of 17.

While studying radio and television at Ryerson, Punch started working at a radio station in Newmarket, eventually leaving to take on a job as a producer at AM 640.

After 3 months doing that, Punch went to Prince Edward Island to take on the roll of evening announcer at All-hits CFCY.

Two years later, Punch was hired to do over nights at MIX 99.9 in Toronto. He then moved to evenings 7pm to midnight, moving on to become a swing announcer and host of the Saturday Night Party MIX on 99.9 MIX FM.

Punch also taught Communications Technology classes at Vaughan Secondary School and Humber College.

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