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SOWNY » Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington Makes Bizarre Prediction On Sauga 960 » October 14, 2020 11:36 am

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radiokid wrote:

 I really miss the concept of taking opinion out and just covering the facts, leaving the editorial for the editorial section of the paper.

Amen to that.  A million amens.
 

SOWNY » CFPL 980 - 98 years old » October 1, 2020 9:41 am

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I remember the “Lively Guys” of the 1960s.  It was also billed as the “Information Station.”

SOWNY » Dan Shulman Off To ESPN For MLB Playoffs... » September 26, 2020 1:01 pm

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Jays have an (very) outside chance of replacing the Yankees as the five seed.  They would play Cleveland in that event.  But probably they’ll be #8 and up against Tampa Bay.

SOWNY » Why Don't Country & Oldies Formats Really Work In Toronto? » September 24, 2020 12:07 pm

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Radio111 wrote:

I miss Bill Gable. What a talent!

One of the best I’ve ever heard.  And his incredible talent was surpassed only by his kindness and decency.
 

SOWNY » Is This CKTB Personality The Last Of A Dying Breed? » September 8, 2020 5:12 pm

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RA, you were gone from ‘EY when I moved there from Ottawa in 1984.  But yes, many of those great people you mentioned were there during my seven-year tenure.

Broodcaster, thank you for mentioning Al Craig, an outstanding and tireless sportscaster.  I meant to bring up his name in my earlier post, but I had yet another senior moment, and I forgot.  I was once tasked to do a M-F split shift in London in 1979.  I lasted less than six months before I bailed.  I lost track of how many years Al did a split shift and still covered local games in person.

SOWNY » Is This CKTB Personality The Last Of A Dying Breed? » September 8, 2020 11:14 am

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There are some legendary stories working with the great Shakey.  At ‘EY in the mid-80s, we had three in sports, Jim, Brad and yours truly.

SOWNY » You think the Jays will play a game/series in Buffalo?? » September 2, 2020 11:23 am

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I’d love to see Rogers Centre upgraded.  (Actually, I’d like to see it razed in favour of a ballpark, but that’s never going to happen).  But the stadium in Buffalo is too small in terms of seating capacity for anything but a one-off event, methinks.

SOWNY » Veteran Newscaster Peter Ray, Famed For Sign-Off, Dies At 71 » August 6, 2020 11:06 am

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Rarely saw him in Toronto during my BN/CP days but we spoke on the phone a lot.  One of the good guys.  So sad to hear we lost him.

SOWNY » Local Radio News Veteran Scott Metcalfe Calling It A Career » July 31, 2020 10:46 am

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Scott and I went to college together in the mid-70s.  A complete professional and you’ll never meet a kinder man.  Congratulations on his retirement!

SOWNY » Sum, sum, summatime...what are your fave Summer songs? » June 20, 2020 12:08 pm

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Taking a cue from the title of the post, I still love the innocence of “Summertime, Summertime” by the Jamies.  They were managed by one Sherm Feller, who became the public address voice at Fenway Park and held that job for decades.

SOWNY » Richard Avery » June 3, 2020 10:03 am

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One of the finest guys I ever met on my radio trail.  He was a marvellous mentor to all entering the BN world.

SOWNY » J.J. Clarke (believed to be) gone from Bell's CJOH/CTV Ottawa » March 25, 2020 10:48 am

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Sad to hear.  Worked with him when he was at CKOY in the early ‘80s.  Very talented and funny guy.

SOWNY » Bob McCown on Twitter » February 23, 2020 11:22 am

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Sadly, Don Banks died suddenly last year.

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » February 23, 2020 11:21 am

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The East Bay Times is forgetting that for one season — 2000, I believe — Montreal Expos broadcasts were internet only.  This was during the disastrous Jeffrey Loria ownership era.

SOWNY » Christie Blatchford dies » February 12, 2020 12:48 pm

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So sad to hear of her passing.  Always the straight goods with Blatch.  Loved being in her company.  I’ll never forget riding shotgun while she drove through the French Alps during the 1992 Albertville Olympics, both of us singing along at top voice to a Johnny Rivers tape playing in the car.  Poor Larry Tucker was in the back seat trying to concentrate on banging out a column.

Every sentence of a Blatch column, be it sports, hard news, or light comedy, came straight from the heart.  Howard Cosell may have coined the phrase “tell it like it is” and Aaron Neville may have made it a hit, but Blatch delivered it, every day in print and on air.

SOWNY » Norman N Nite WCBS FM 1984 & FM 108 1983 » February 11, 2020 11:55 am

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If memory serves, Norman had a turn on satellite radio but I can’t remember if it was Sirius or XM (I suspect the latter) in the pre-merger days.

SOWNY » Rob Shervill and Peter Langille sign off from CKLW AM800 » December 24, 2019 10:44 pm

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Sad to hear.
Rob, a few years younger, grew up a few houses down from me in London.  Always thrilled he got into the biz and he was excellent.

SOWNY » Commercials » November 29, 2019 1:50 pm

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mace, I’m glad you referenced the late Dick Orkin.  A radio genius, and the man behind Chickenman!

I fondly remember the Giant Carpet radio ad that was a take off on the Jolly Green Giant (hee hee hee, ha ha ha)...

SOWNY » This One’s For You, Mom » November 20, 2019 11:55 am

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I was thinking about my mom just yesterday.  She passed on 24 years ago next month.  My deepest condolences, RA.  Your precious memories will keep her very much alive in the years to come.

SOWNY » Steve Simmons is going into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media.. » October 20, 2019 10:14 am

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Apples and oranges.

At any rate, this debate is pointless and has nothing to do with the original post (and as a longtime colleague of Si, I’m thrilled for him).
We’ll agree to disagree.

SOWNY » Steve Simmons is going into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media.. » October 19, 2019 8:24 pm

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cash wrote:

Maybo wrote:

cash wrote:

The league is dead. Move on. There is a reason the sports radio stations don't cover it. 

Spend some time west of Ontario and east of BC and your opinion might change. 😊
 

So that leaves out Canada's three biggest cities Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Some league. 
 

 
By your reasoning, Canada doesn’t exist beyond Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

SOWNY » Columnist: I'm Sick Of Sportsnet & TSN Only Boosting The Leafs » October 18, 2019 10:33 pm

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Ol’ Jack has had a hate-on for Toronto for a long time.  Thing is, he’s absolutely right.

SOWNY » Steve Simmons is going into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media.. » October 18, 2019 10:28 pm

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cash wrote:

The league is dead. Move on. There is a reason the sports radio stations don't cover it. 

Spend some time west of Ontario and east of BC and your opinion might change.  😊
 

SOWNY » The Good Old Days » September 1, 2019 4:48 pm

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A lot of things were better in the “good old days.”  A lot of things were not.  Me, I wouldn’t want to travel back...

SOWNY » BLACK DAY IN JULY » September 1, 2019 4:45 pm

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unclefester wrote:

A socially conscious 12 year old lad by the name of unclefester purchased this record in 1968...

Wonder whatever happened to him?

I was 15 and living in London, ON in 1968 when I bought that single.  I still have it, I think...
I remember playing it for some Michigan friends that winter when they visited.  They had never heard it.

SOWNY » WOODSTOCK 50 OFFICIALLY CANCELED » August 1, 2019 12:23 am

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...and a great song.  Thanks, Jodi!

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 11, 2019 7:47 am

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Tq345 wrote:

I too would like to welcome you back Maybo.
I really value your thoughtful contributions.
 

 
Thanks so much!

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 11, 2019 7:47 am

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Dale Patterson wrote:

Hi Chris: I always thought you were born in London, but now I know better.

 
Hi Dale!  London is definitely my home town, as I lived there between ages six and 27.  But I was born in Windsor, spent my summers near there and all my relatives were there...

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 10, 2019 11:13 pm

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Many thanks, guys.  I’ve been lurking!  Glad to be back!

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 10, 2019 8:21 pm

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This story outlines one of the rare times I got something right.

My very first newscast on CKWW Windsor in 1976 featured a fire on Pierre St.  Apparently, after I started the ‘cast, the ND, in mid-panic, asked the other news staffers, “did anyone tell Mayberry it’s pronounced ‘PEER’-ee’?” I pronounced it correctly, exited the booth, whereupon my relieved boss said, “How did you KNOW?”  “Easy,” I said. “I was born here.”

A lucky break.  Credibility is everything!

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