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SOWNY » The Return Of Jim Richards To Bell Talk Network? » February 24, 2021 11:38 pm

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Doing the midnight shift is so hard. There's a reason they used to give it to the younger up and coming on-air personalities. I started on overnights in my twenties and did them for two years before getting "promoted" to swing. Being that messed up sleep wise is it's own special kind of trip.

If it is Jim Richards doing the new night show, I wish him well. It's a tough enough gig when you're playing music and doing four breaks an hour, let alone talking non stop.

SOWNY » CN Tower Power » February 23, 2021 11:18 pm

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At the risk of sounding like a typical caller on an old Coast to Coast radio show could this "maintenance" be a review of the emergency operations.

What with the Texas weather and power catastrophe, and Canada's own past ice storms, are the "powers" that be getting prepared so that if the need arises, things are in place AND WORKING.

I've got my little black Sony am/fm battery operated radio ready to go. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“ป

SOWNY » Five Years Already! » February 23, 2021 12:38 am

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Once upon a radio dial, there was a little show named Leafs Lunch that grew into TSN 1050's afternoon drive show and became "OverDrive".

Bryan Hayes, Noodles and "O" just celebrated their fifth anniversary on-air. Ratings have been respectable. The guys are 200 foot players when it comes to social media, and their fan base is large, loyal and vocal.

The competition, the Fan 590 afternoon show doesn't come close to matching the laid back friendly banter and beaking the three amigos get up to. To be honest, their's is the only live show I still listen to every single day without fail. The OverDrive podcast is easily available on Twitter, unlike other Bell radio show podcasts.

If you're looking for a change from covid centric content, and/or want smart sports conversation and interviews, with the friendly banter and beaking, the OverDrive guys are on from 4-7 Monday to Friday ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

SOWNY » Fan 590 Dumps Its Program Director » February 19, 2021 11:25 am

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TSN 1050's morning show, Leafs Lunch, and afternoon drive show are far superior to anything 590 has aired in the last couple of years, with the exception of Hockey Central.

Rogers Fanned on their shot at owning Toronto sports radio.

SOWNY » Weather โ€“ Or Not » February 18, 2021 10:18 pm

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markow202 wrote:

680 news does a decent job of reporting the weather to be honest.ย 

I agree. I also follow 680's Jill Taylor plus the Weather Network on Twitter.

One of these days listeners will be treated to hearing "Today's weather report called off on account of bad weather." if things keep unraveling with the cutbacks. ๐Ÿ™„๐ŸงŠ

SOWNY » UTI: Marketing in the time of covid » February 18, 2021 9:31 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

I drink lots of water.ย  No worry about a UTI here.

Good to know gc

SOWNY » UTI: Marketing in the time of covid » February 18, 2021 9:29 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

UTI is, hands down, the best show CBC Radio has to offer.

Indeedy.

SOWNY » Limbaugh is dead » February 18, 2021 12:06 am

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"RIP Rush Limbaugh. He was born in 1951 and stayed there his whole life." a tweet from Matt Oswald.

The fact that Rush Limbaugh's passing has Satan trending on Twitter says more about our overwhelming need to publicly vent than Mr. Limbaugh, but good heavens the chickens have come home etc.

SOWNY » UTI: Marketing in the time of covid » February 17, 2021 8:23 pm

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The Under The Influence episode this week is marketing during the pandemic. On the mother ship (CBC Radio 1) Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 am and podcast apps everywhere.

If you've never checked UTI out, DO yourself a favor and catch an episode, you'll see ads and the world a little differently, in a good way.

We're in that no man's land of some ads having people wearing masks, and some ads pretending like it's business as usual.

Can't wait to hear Terry O'Reilly's mix of marketing sense and pop culture sensibility....if that makes sense ๐Ÿ˜„

SOWNY » Limbaugh is dead » February 17, 2021 3:19 pm

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I believe Rush Limbaugh once said something along the lines of feminism was created by less attractive women so they could have a place in pop culture. Which sounds like an unfunny riff on a George Carlin bit.

Larry King, now Limbaugh. They used their voices, brains (as such re RL) and influential reach in very different ways.

SOWNY » Mike's Major Milestone » February 16, 2021 10:56 pm

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He's a respected presence on Twitter, has multiple shows on the go, and a production studio and setup that has nimbly adapted to the challenge of working through covid.

This week, today in fact, Toronto Mike's podcast has reached episode 800 with TSN's Rod Black as his guest. Eight. Hundred. Considering it's a stand alone, independent podcast, as opposed to a podcast reroll of a daily radio show, that's a terrific milestone. Not sure how many other podcasts have racked up so many, except perhaps Humble and Fred's.

I've enjoyed more than a few Toronto Mike episodes myself, (the Stafford ones in particular) and thought it's an accomplishment worth noting here on the big yellow board.

Congratulations Mike.๐Ÿป We all know what brand of beer this would be in real life. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐ŸŽง

SOWNY » Happy World Radio Day Everybody! » February 15, 2021 3:50 am

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paterson1 wrote:

One thing to change?ย  That's easy, get more local, have more fun and more personal.ย  That is the big advantage that radio has, being local, serving the public whether good or bad times, having fun and connecting with your audience.

Sounds old fashioned and out of touch, yup.ย  Sounds hokey, yup.ย  Sounds too small town, small market, and lacks sophistication, yup.ย  Doesn't reflect the current market conditions or the world we live in, yup. It is all of those things and more. However this is what needs to happen for radio in Canada to thrive.ย 

Listeners will always be interested in a station andย the person behind the microphone who is entertaining, has something to say, and talks about things they relate to, hopefully with a sense of fun and humour.ย 

And the beauty of it is, you don't even need to do this every break or all the time.ย  Do the basics and do them well, do some show prep, and the other more challenging stuff will fall into place.ย 

Excellent points you've got there paterson1. Right now there's a real opportunity for radio to reconnect with what is essentially a captive audience during the pandemic, and support them and the community by highlighting local businesses, and things to do in and around the home, and our neighborhoods instead of just repeating the same "stay at home" message and reciting covid case numbers. For example, BlogTO is doing a bang on job of bringing Toronto to Torontonians on Twitter.

We're all (according to the mental health experts) grieving the lives and relationships we had with friends, family and even casual acquaintances before the pandemic. Give listeners the grim news at the top and bottom of the hour, and then provide the best information about living through this.

I noticed 1010 was ginning up their recent newscast with the sound effect of emergency vehicle sirens when reporting on a shooting. Because that will definitely distract from the unattractive changes that have taken place at

SOWNY » It's Valentines Day and time for some fun » February 15, 2021 3:19 am

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A Song For You (lots of great artists have covered it, Ray Charles and the Carpenters versions are two of my favs, apparently Simply Red did it too in 2005 but I'm afraid to listen to it)

Afterglow by Genesis

Claire by Rheostatics

Follow You, Follow Me by Genesis

Goodbye Girl by Go West

and any and all love songs by Bon Jovi would be my choice(s) for most disliked

SOWNY » Happy World Radio Day Everybody! » February 13, 2021 12:56 pm

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Twitter is alive today, Saturday February 13, 2021 with radio folks talking about the stations they've worked for, the terrific people they've worked with, and their love for the still alive and viable medium.

I spent my twenties working on-air at both am pop and fm rock stations, and if it hadn't been for the crap pay, would have stayed in the game. I still miss doing my show, pulling off a great mix, interviewing musicians, interacting with listeners, learning from other radio pals, and all the other great things that came with a radio career.

Radio needs it's HBO "The Sopranos" moment, where someone grasps the essence of what radio is, the sound of the human voice, turns it on it's ear, and blows the corporations and consultants out of the water.

If you could change one thing in radio today, anything, the sky's the limit, what would it be?

SOWNY » Swearing On Radio Ads » February 8, 2021 5:25 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

I think Schitt's Creek may have partially broken that taboo.

I think you're right RA, I haven't seen it yet, I've been saving for the tail end of winter and can hardly wait to dive in.

That's an area more radio hosts could help their listeners out with, covid coping skills with entertainment, new shows, how you can maximize your library card to get a whack of movies and shows on DVD's, free online courses through Lydia, because I think the average listener is covided out.

Are you guys still listening to as much radio as you were six months ago? I'm not. Too much covid coverage.

SOWNY » Swearing On Radio Ads » February 8, 2021 3:56 pm

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we launched mojo with the 'shoot the shit' line, and nobody complained for weeks.ย  No listener blinked, and all was good till a certain upper manglement US speed bump heard it and didn't like the 'tone'.

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manglement is a good word for what they do

it's totally idiotic how you can't say shit on-air, but you can say shite, something Mike Stafford used/uses to his advantage

one reason podcasts can be a refreshing change, people can talk like... people

SOWNY » Swearing On Radio Ads » February 8, 2021 10:57 am

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On the plus side, if radio decides to treat listeners like grown-ups, copy writers would have a lot more leeway to play. And voice actors could really shine and entertain the audience with a "spot on" delivery. Straight reads are dull for everyone.

Wasn't there a spot a while back, for one of the smaller companies, that was chock full of puns, and clever puns at that. Not Northwood Mortgage, but ???

And that Big Ass Fans spot? As Nero Wolfe would say "Phooey!"

SOWNY » Christopher Plummer Passes at 91 » February 5, 2021 10:42 pm

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"Christopher Plummer once more stepping in to fill a role that should've gone to Kevin Spacey." tweeted Joe from Chicago today.

On a positive note, I was happy to see Justin Trudeau's lengthy tweet honouring Mr. Plummer, and not at all surprised to see John Tory's tweet mention that the actor was originally from Toronto.

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 5, 2021 9:48 pm

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AspectRatio wrote:

geo wrote:

Leslieville Bill wrote:

Interesting that there have been tweets from Jim Richards' twitter account but nothing about the layoffs.

Mightย it have something to do with protecting his $everance?
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Rumor has it that Richards is being slated for some kind of late night/overnight network show across their multiple stations. If true, it's understandable he wouldn't want to anger his current employer.

Doing overnights is hard even when you're in your twenties, but I'm sure Jim would handle the schedule flip well, and his listeners would love to still be able to enjoy his humour and way of looking at the world.

He could even end up with a larger than average overnight audience with the pandemic and people keeping all sorts of quirky hours.

SOWNY » Fired In 90 Secs.: Jon Pole Lets Loose On Bell Bloodletting In Podcast » February 5, 2021 9:35 pm

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This was really satisfying to listen to RA, thanks for posting it. (I will say this tho, the stark flickering setup for the podcast, while cool looking could easily trigger a migraine within moments.)

I like what he had to say, and will be subscribing if he does launch a podcast. I didn't get the chance to hear him on CJAD, but always enjoyed him on 1010 when he filled in for vacationing hosts.

Two things Jon did on this podcast that I wish more on-air hosts and people who podcast would do. First, his cadence is natural and he actually takes a moment or two and pauses when speaking, giving the listener a bit of breathing space. It's so easy on the ears and brain. Second, he has almost no verbal crutches when he does pause. No constant ums or ahs. One could get used to that. I wish more broadcasters could manage it.

Here's to more Jon Pole content. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

SOWNY » Bell management - is anyone really surprised? » February 4, 2021 5:31 pm

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a solid line in management PR speak from hockey veteran Lou Lamarillo (sic?), former Toronto Maple Leafs GM, one that fans of TSN's afternoon drive show OverDrive will be familiar with "it's an unfortunate set of circumstances..."

SOWNY » Bell bloodbath-a good news story » February 4, 2021 11:51 am

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Thanks for sharing this Just a Radio Fan, here's hoping more people will be able to add positive updates from the job losses and seismic changes at Bell down the road. There's so much talent out there.

SOWNY » Terry O'Reilly guest appearance on Walrus podcast » February 3, 2021 9:05 pm

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Terry O'Reilly, host of Under The Influence on CBC, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30am, a favorite personality and podcast of many here on the big yellow board, has made a guest appearance on the Walrus podcast The Conversation, where he chats about marketing to our vices.

It's always interesting to hear how someone comes across on-air when their familiar comfort zone gets replaced by a new format.

My apologies for not providing a link. I haven't heard it yet but I'm going to bet it's good, the question is, does he mention the Fab Four? ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽง

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 3, 2021 8:29 pm

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Makes me miss Christie Blatchford all over again.

The hugely popular up close and interactive town hall meeting, get-together, (or whatever the actual name was) that Newstalk 1010 used to hold featuring all their on-air talent candidly talking, answering questions, spilling the beans, even swearing!, in person with their listeners every summer, those days and that respected station: gone.

To quote a wise radio man: " - 30 - "
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SOWNY » Barb and Jim » February 3, 2021 4:34 pm

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I just saw Barb's good-bye tweet, saw Hayley Cooper's today too, this is getting worse than I initially thought it would be. Which Jim, hopefully not Jim Richards.

At this rate it's going to be "Who's Left" ๐Ÿ˜”

I feel badly for the few remaining. Survivors guilt and having to go on-air like it's just another broadcast day.

Toronto Mike and Humble and Fred might be able to have a couple of the former radio personalities on their shows... not that any deep dark secrets would come out, it'd be more like talk therapy I guess, and they could let listeners know if they have any upcoming plans...

Voiceover work is always a strong possibility.

SOWNY » 1010 gets 10/10 for bad decisions » February 3, 2021 2:02 pm

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You also have to wonder if the continuing pandemic and Bell's #LetsWalk (pun intended) yearly purge changes the way radio employment contracts are written from the talents end, with certain length of payment guarantees nailed down up front by the bigger household names.

And will it affect the quality of people willing to work for Bell media. Probably not. I guess if you need to build your resume and get experience or understand what you're getting into, (and we've always known radio is not the most secure job)...a gig's a gig a gig.

I remember Mike Stafford commenting several times when doing the Stafford show about working for the other radio station up the dial, how perilous/short the stay could be and that he was glad he'd stayed put with 640 (I'm paraphrasing).

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 2, 2021 8:33 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Dale Patterson wrote:

They carried a John Moore re-run, now it's Dave Agar in re-roll.

I think you mean Jerry Agar but it's still a reroll.

I'd take a Dave Agar reroll over a Jerry Agar reroll any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The Early Edition with Dave and Robert Turner made 5:00am a perfectly logical time to turn the radio on. Still enjoy the Early Edition with Robert solo.

Jerry Agar wasn't really my cup of joe, and since the traveling during the pandemic incident, his views and opinions don't hold a lot of water. Pot meet kettle.

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 2, 2021 7:55 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

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ย Chrisphen, could you please delete this out of respect for John? I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Done. If it matters. He is still good, however.
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Thanks very much.. And I agree with you. John is very good. Which is why it mattered.

SOWNY » 1010 gets 10/10 for bad decisions » February 2, 2021 6:38 pm

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After today, many good people are no longer at Newstalk formerly the once legendary CFRB, if members of the big yellow board find out where they end up, please let us know, whether it's a podcast or another radio station so we can follow and support them if we're listeners/fans.

No idea if John Moore is still with 1010. I hope like hell he is. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ“ป

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