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SOWNY » Mike Bullard Returns To GTA Radio » Tue Oct 30 7:07 am

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It sounded like two guys at a bar who think they're having a great conversation while everyone sitting within earshot just wants them to shut up.

SOWNY » Mike Bullard Returns To GTA Radio » Mon Oct 29 8:04 pm

Hansa
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Christ, it was unbelievably unfunny.

SOWNY » Mike Bullard Returns To GTA Radio » Mon Oct 29 9:33 am

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Everyone has the right to work so as much as I'm not a fan of Bullard's personality or comedy, I'm not going to begrudge him employment. I just hope he's sought the help he desperately needs or else he may find his old problems resurfacing. 

SOWNY » Few OTA Broadcasters Providing On-Going Election Coverage Monday » Mon Oct 22 7:28 am

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The closure of Rogers community channel 10 is keenly felt. It was about the only outlet in Toronto for voters to hear from their local candidates via its ward by ward all candidate debates.

SOWNY » Few OTA Broadcasters Providing On-Going Election Coverage Monday » Fri Oct 19 1:10 pm

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CBC will apparently have a webcast in addition to radio coverage. 

SOWNY » Few OTA Broadcasters Providing On-Going Election Coverage Monday » Fri Oct 19 1:08 pm

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To be honest, why spend 20 minutes watching the screen, waiting for results in your ward to show up, or be mentioned on air, when you can just check them instantly online? The only reason to listen to or watch an election broadcast now is for analysis which is hit and miss depending on who is on the panel (please, not Warren Kinsella). I used to get a kick out of watching Hugh Segal or Stephen Lewis giving their take on provincial or federal elections since they'd always have a witty take, and Colin Vaughan was always entertaining on CITY, but the colour commentators most stations have these days are usually mindless partisans with nothing particularly interesting to say. 

SOWNY » CBC - PBS North » Thu Oct 18 4:01 am

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Aytononline wrote:

The new Peoples Party wants to turn the CBC into a PBS North model, cut federal Government funding and turn it into a viewer supported Network.
I thought this forum might be a good place to debate the idea to see if it would even work.
I think the idea might work in Ontario but we already have TVO. And what about CBC North. There are not a lot of people living in the far North so would the funding formula need to be different depending on what area of Canada you are talking about?.

Overall I think CBC radio has a better chance of this working vs the tv side.

Also, is the corporate community and the average Canadian even willing to support the CBC,

So I'm not sure if the American model would in Canada or not. But I do think it's a debate worth having

You realize PBS is pretty much dead and no, TVO doesn't work on the PBS model. Yes, they do some fundraising but TVO gets a lot of government support as well. If Ford cut the province's funding to TVO (which is quite possible), it'll die too just as Alberta and Saskatchewan's educational channels did. 
 

SOWNY » National radio newscast from Vancouver » Sat Oct 13 4:46 pm

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I think if Global were serious about a "national" radio newscast they'd have it available for the eastern time zone much earlier. Very few people in Ontario and points east will be listening to the radio at 10 pm. I suspect this is just a way to save money and avoid having to pay for local news readers in the evenings/late nights. 

SOWNY » 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto launch » Fri Oct 12 2:54 am

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What are the actual call letters for the two stations?

SOWNY » Hamilton College Station Gets Seven Year Licence Renewal » Sun Oct 7 10:08 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

splunge wrote:

they get their cash from student fees 

Did you read the last line of the article? 
"The MSA is no longer affiliated with the station, which can be heard throughout much of Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville."

An organization can receive student fees without being run by or affiliated with the student government. 

SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » Mon Oct 1 7:23 am

Hansa
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It's a juvenile and misogynistic insult. Grow up.

SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » Wed Sep 26 8:26 pm

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Looking at her Twitter feed, it sounds like she was definitely triggered. Poor sensitive snowflake, that Sue-Ann. 

SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » Wed Sep 26 8:32 am

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Sue Ann never told it like it was. During the Rob Ford era, despite her access, she was about the only city hall reporter who didn't break a story about Ford's drug use and misbehaviour. She was too busy competing with Warmington to be the Ford's family stenographer. With DoFo now in power there's even less need for this court apologist to get airtime.

SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » Wed Sep 26 5:45 am

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Apparently, Levy appeared for free for 15 years until she accidentally learned that all the other regulars on Oakley were paid. https://twitter.com/BorkowskiNews/status/1044766599264186368?s=20

SOWNY » Jian Ghomeshi Resurfaces, But Gives No Apology » Sun Sep 16 9:00 am

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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

I have actually wondered, what would be next career wise for Ghomeshi?  Will Canadians ever be open to the idea of him being back on the airwaves?

How does one make a comeback, or take the next steps into a new career after he painted himself into a corner, guilty or not in the court of law?

Curious to hear other view points...

 

He appears to have moved to New York and is more likely to be able to get an on-air gig in the US than in Canada because most people have never heard of him there but I can't imagine NPR or even a local public radio station giving him a job given his background and if he got something on commerical radio it would probably be something like late evening or alternative rather than a headlining drive time or even daytime role. He could, conceivably, work as a music producer or promoter though (and was doing that as a side gig in Canada prior to his downfall).
 

SOWNY » Jian Ghomeshi Resurfaces, But Gives No Apology » Sat Sep 15 4:04 am

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The difference is Thomson's a loon and the only a accuser and there's no evidence backing her up, quite the contrary.

SOWNY » Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time » Wed Sep 12 9:26 am

Hansa
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I wish 740 (Zoomer) or even 640 would hire Mark/Nils for a late night or overnight shift. 

SOWNY » Turn up the radio? Not in 29% of American Households... » Sun Sep 9 8:10 am

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Cell phones can receive OTA FM. For years these chips weren't enabled but over the past 12 months more and more telecoms have been enabling the FM chips over the past few months. If the public becomes aware that they can now listen to radio on their phones WITHOUT using up their data it may help boost FM listenership, particularly among younger people.

https://www.change.org/p/canadian-telecoms-enable-fm-chips-on-smartphones-canada

SOWNY » And the winner is? Not the donors it seems... » Mon Sep 3 11:30 am

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I have a feeling this is going to end up in court with members arguing that their rights have been violated, that the bylaws etc haven't been followed etc and asking for a court order for a new AGM or to put CJRT into trusteeship. 

SOWNY » Global News sweatshop. How Global produces its late "local" news » Fri Aug 31 3:38 pm

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cGrant wrote:

splunge wrote:

That was pretty good streamlining since it kept local news flowing at 1/3 the cost.  At least there were still people going out to cover local stories on a daily basis. 

Excellent! Although your comment applies to CKVR, this is the EXACT same protocol that Global's MMC uses. I simply do not understand certain people's resistance to this concept. Local news IS still getting out to the local communities. There ARE still reporters in the local markets shooting the news. The ONLY flipping difference is the anchor is in one central location. What's hard to understand here?
 

I guess there isn't any reason why Bell or Rogers couldn't shut down the studios for all of their radio stations across the country and just have an announcer sit in a booth in Toronto and do local inserts for the entire country. They could even have "local" talk radio done out of Toronto. All an announcer would have to do is say "hello, Edmonton" or "hello, Victoria", and have a few browser windows open to newspapers from different cities and make a few localised comments about the days news depending on which station their on. It would be *so* much more  efficient than having shows that are actually produced and hosted locally and the listener at home would hardly know the difference. 

SOWNY » Ex-RB Host Mike Bullard Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, Gets Probation » Mon Aug 27 6:32 am

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I guess he's hoping Rogers will settle out of court rather than pay for an expensive court case  and he'll get somecash and claim victory. Reading over the lawsuit though it's hard to see how he can blame Rogers for loss of income and his current state of unemployability when that's a result of Bell firing him and his subsequent charges, behaviour, and guilty plea (to a lesser charge). I think Bullard is grasping at straws here. At least he knows enough not to sue Mulligan for making the comments Maclean's printed. (That being said, it's certainly a lapse that Maclean's didn't ask Bullard for comment before publishing. Aside from being standard journalistic practice it's also helps cover your ass.)

SOWNY » McCain death announcement » Mon Aug 27 6:23 am

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You guys are so defensive. I don't think I've seen anyone actually blame NBC or say it's deliberate - just comments on the awkwardness of the juxtaposition.

SOWNY » McCain death announcement » Sun Aug 26 10:59 am

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After Reporting John McCain’s Death, NBC Cut To The Most Hilariously Awkward Scene Imaginable

https://wokesloth.com/nbc-john-mccain-death-awkward-amercias-got-talent/jake/

SOWNY » McCain death announcement » Sun Aug 26 10:46 am

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NBC special report - watch to the end
Check out @Beschizza’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Beschizza/status/1033519881268940806?s=09

SOWNY » CHEX-TV is about to be rebranded as Global Peterborough » Tue Aug 21 9:44 am

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What's happening to CHEX-TV-2 in Oshawa?

SOWNY » National Post's Christie Blatchford Attacks 'Generous' CBC Funding » Mon Jul 2 12:41 pm

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Killing off the CBC won't save newspapers or radio. It'll just give Canadians less choice and put a lot of media people out of work (including those at private companies who sell programs to CBC)

SOWNY » CKNT is on the air! » Thu Jun 21 1:39 pm

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Is CKRP available? 

SOWNY » This dead air on the Jazz FM morning is really bush league » Wed Jun 20 12:31 pm

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Don wrote:

Hansa wrote:

CJRT has a "special" non-commercial (ie non-profit) license so Rogers or Bell or even Evanov could not scoop them up even if they wanted to. The best they could do is hope CJRT loses its license and then try to apply for it on a commercial basis. 

They still couldn't.

What I mean is, if CJRT had their license pulled the CRTC could presumably open the frequency up to new applicants and award it to a commercial broadcaster with a commercial license. They wouldn't automatically reserve it for another "special" (non-profit, community, educational, or cultural) licensee just as when CKLN lost its community license, its frequency was awarded to a commercial broadcaster rather than another community applicant. I don't think CJRT's about to lose its license over a few minutes of dead air one morning, though.

SOWNY » This dead air on the Jazz FM morning is really bush league » Tue Jun 19 1:18 pm

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CJRT has a "special" non-commercial (ie non-profit) license so Rogers or Bell or even Evanov could not scoop them up even if they wanted to. The best they could do is hope CJRT loses its license and then try to apply for it on a commercial basis. 

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