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SOWNY » Strange Radio Bedfellows » July 5, 2020 12:22 am

I remember shortly after Matt Hayes was hired at K-Lite FM he appeared on the Scott & Lori show on Y95. He was introduced as "CHCH weatherman Matt Hayes". obviously not "K-Lite-FM morning man Matt Hayes". In another interesting twist, Matt actually did some weekend shifts at Y shortly after they started in 1991.

SOWNY » Top 100 Canada Tunes on Boom July 1st » July 2, 2020 7:28 pm

paterson1 wrote:

Good on boom for putting this together, I am going to try and find the Classic Rock Top 100 that ran on some stations.

K96.3 in Kelowna was one of those stations.



SOWNY » It is Canada Day eh? Time for your fave Cancon songs and one bad one! » July 1, 2020 8:21 pm

I'm probably going to think of another five later on, but these five CanCon's jump off the top of my head (in no particular order):

1. Saga - Scratching the Surface
2. Parachute Club - Rise Up
3. Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe
4. Spoons - Romantic Traffic
5. Songbird - Dirty Work

(Honorable mention: Pagliaro - Some Sing, Some Dance).

The worst? Poppy Family - Which Way You Goin', Billy? And I actually like some of Terry Jacks and the Poppy's songs (or at least one, Where Evil Grows, and please don't judge), but this one is treacly beyond description.

(Honorable mention: Gale Garnett - We'll Sing in the Sunshine. That song just bugs me). 



SOWNY » How Did Bell Media Let "" Go To Someone Else On The Web? » June 28, 2020 9:49 pm

RadioActive wrote:

I wonder if Bell cares that this iconic address is now in someone else's hands.

Probably not. I suspect Bell stopped caring a long time ago, given the unceremonious way they switched the station over to CP24 Radio 1050 over 11 years ago (under CTVglobemedia).

I have to admit I was actually kind of surprised that CKOC was given a proper sendoff when they switched to TSN Radio five years ago (or as much of a proper sendoff as one could expect).

There is a rather interesting article on the site explaining how music affects plants and animals, though. Looks like it's worth a read.



SOWNY » David Marsden Gets Animated In New Rush "Spirit Of Radio" Video » June 12, 2020 6:58 pm

kevjo wrote:

Still the irony of this is that neither the song nor the band were on CFNY's playlist. In fact I doubt they have ever been heard during any incarnation at 102.1 on the dial in Toronto.

Perhaps Rush got some airplay during their FM 102 Modern Rock days during the late 80s? Their music certainly would've fit in during that incarnation.

BTW, I can't listen to the song without thinking of this!




SOWNY » Spring Ratings » June 6, 2020 1:37 am

kevjo wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

I remember when CHUM used to be at 1331 Yonge St

And, kids, there was a time CHUM-FM was known for playing freakish hippy music and later was the first home in the GTA for Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the like. They are also a rare case of a station that evolved its format without changing its name. 

Not to mention classical music before that.


SOWNY » Spring Ratings » June 5, 2020 1:50 am

Tickle Trunk wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

Tickle Trunk wrote:

Not surprising. CHUM was going after the female audience, something CHFI already has a lock.

I thought CHUM FM was always female driven? 

More so since the refreshed from chumfm to simply chum.

The entire Waters family is rolling over in her grave.⚰️🧟‍♂️

I miss the days when CHUM-FM was a man's radio station...playing Culture Club and Duran Duran.


SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » May 23, 2020 11:46 pm

Del Shannon and Terry Black released their own versions of this song in 1964 and 1965, respectively.


SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 16, 2020 8:51 am

Jody Thornton wrote:

@Paul - love "Crockett's Theme" - great tune!

I thought it was a good contrast to the more upbeat "Miami Vice Theme". Has a nice, slightly haunting feel to it.

By the time it was released as a single, the show's popularity was starting to wane, which might partially explain why it didn't chart very high in North America, although it was a Top 40 hit in a number of European countries and it did get a fair bit of airplay in Canada (most likely due to the FM non-hit regulations that existed here at the time). 


SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 16, 2020 7:15 am

paterson1 wrote:

It Takes Two- Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock  hhmm..wasn't BOOM EZ Rock when this song was out?

Actually, I think they were still Easy 97 (or possibly Easy 97.3) around that time.


SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 16, 2020 6:56 am

Some of my top picks (I'm sure there's more, but these are the ones off the top of my head that I never get tired of hearing):

Diesel - Sausalito Summernight
Foreigner - Say You Will
Prince and the Revolution - Let's Go Crazy
Holly Woods & Toronto - New Romance
The Power Station - Bang a Gong (Get It On)
Starship - It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)
Richard Marx - Don't Mean Nothing
Tommy Shaw - Girls With Guns
Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme
                      - Crockett's Theme 


SOWNY » Nevin Grant of CKOC news » May 6, 2020 8:10 pm

A real gentleman and one of the kindest souls you would ever meet in the radio business.

RIP, Nevin.


SOWNY » Zoomer Radio » May 6, 2020 12:36 pm

Zoomer played Tarzan boy around 5:30am this morning. Boom 97.3 played it about an hour later.

Interesting, too...I've also noticed that Boom has been dabbling a little more with 70's music, particularly during the daytime. Just recently they played O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps. A bit of a departure from their usually 80's-heavy rotation. Boom is probably a lot more cautious with newer adds to their playlist, given the fact that they're near the top of the ratings heap and can't afford to rock the boat too much by trying to fix something that ain't broke. Zoomer, on the other hand, can probably afford to experiment more because they're closer to the bottom. (Remember the days when that philosophy was reversed? The CHUM's of the world were like, "We can play whatever we want, because everybody listens to us!!")

It'd be interesting to see if this turns into a battle between the Boom and the Zoom.

My station (shameless plug), probably falls somewhere down the middle, music-wise. More by accident than design, as I've doing it since 2008, when 97.3 was still EZ-rockin' and AM 740 was still playing old farts' music. Although I'm in it for the fun of it, not the ratings.



SOWNY » Zoomer Radio » May 6, 2020 9:12 am

Is anybody else noticing that Zoomer Radio is sounding a lot less geriatric these days?

About a year or so ago, you would've heard the occasional classic hit mixed in with a playlist of mostly adult standards. Now it seems like the ratio is reversed. Lots of 60's and 70's hits making up the mainstay of their playlist, with the occasional nugget from the 50's. And now they're veering well into the 80's. The likes of U2(!), Depeche Mode(!!) and even The Clash(!!!) are making regular appearances on their playlist. This morning they were playing Tarzan Boy by Baltimora.

Their playlist is actually quite varied, and I like the fact that they're not playing the same 200 songs over and over like some classic hits stations. (Hmm, where have I heard that before?)  

An interesting evolution for what a lot of people considered an "old folks station".

Or then again, maybe I'm just getting more geriatric these days...


SOWNY » I heard MacArthur Park by Donna Summer on Jazz FM tonight and.... » April 1, 2020 7:14 am

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot, Fool's Overture by Supertramp and Do You Feel Like We Do by Peter Frampton (the Frampton Comes Alive! version) are good picks as well.


SOWNY » The Edge gets new morning team from Hamilton Y108 » February 28, 2020 2:11 am

RadioAaron wrote:

And to your point, when a local version of the format is available, the local one wins by a lot. Boom is #1, but there's nothing like it in Hamilton. Meanwhile, CHFI doesn't make the list while K-Lite is #2. So listeners in Hamilton are picking format first, locality second.

All the more reason that 95.3 should consider bringing the Vinyl format back. 


SOWNY » After 15 Years Criminal Minds Last Shows Tonight » February 21, 2020 9:45 am

I'm going to miss it. Of all the shows that have lasted as long as it has, I believe the quality never wavered, despite numerous cast changes and departures. 

I just watched the finale last night on my DVR. They did a good job of incorporating former major characters by way of flashbacks without using them gratuitously, and ***SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT***, the show ends with a bang (or rather, a boom, and more like three-quarters towards the end). 

Some loose ends were tied up, others were left ambiguous, but overall, a satisfying end to a great show. 



SOWNY » Roger Ashby's oldies show returning » February 16, 2020 9:22 am

paterson1 wrote:

Hey Paul- Listening to your station Classic Hits Online, good job. Nice variety of music! 

Thanks! I've been running the station for about 12 years now, and it still puts a smile on my face when people tell me they enjoy it!



SOWNY » Roger Ashby's oldies show returning » February 14, 2020 11:23 pm

Actually, it looks like Jewel is the winner:

According to their Facebook page, it's supposed to be on the other stations on the Jewel network as well.

I hope Roger gets back to doing his "A Classic Christmas" program. The music spanned quite a broad array of genres and Roger always had some very interest tidbits and trivia about the music and various Christmas customs. 



SOWNY » Roger Ashby's oldies show returning » February 14, 2020 12:16 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Well, hopefully if Bell is involved they'll find room for it on one of their Toronto stations - although admittedly, I can't think of a format they run where it might fit. So far, it's all around the GTA, but not on any station you can really get over the air here. Maybe The Jewel 88.5 or AM 740 would have room for it. It would certainly fit on the latter - and the fact that Ashby is a well known name in the city would only make it more attractive.   

AM 740 was bragging that they were "The future home of Roger Ashby! (We hope!)" around the time of his retirement. So maybe now's the time to make good on that promise!


SOWNY » Oscars drew the lowest audience ever » February 11, 2020 11:28 am

Could be that viewers have had their fill of awards shows that have become overly-preachy and political in the past few years.

Maybe people are wanting their entertainment to be more entertaining, perhaps?

SOWNY » What's The Best Sounding Radio Station In The GTA? » November 9, 2019 2:30 pm

Jody Thornton wrote:

One thing: when I listen to music on AM, high-fidelity in never a goal.  Even if I was listening to a wideband, stereo broadcast, I tend to want AM to sound like "pizzazz" rather than accurate.  The S/N ratio is so low, that I find it better to keep AM content "loud" and boisterous.  I want AM to always sound like the "big station" in the "big city".  So to me, CHUM sounded kinda dead back in the 80s.  If I wanted wide dynamic range, I'd listen to an LP.  On AM, I don't want songs to actually "fade"; I prefer the compressor to keep sucking up the level, and have the next song just throw it outta there.  It also allows for more impressive post hits

I guess what I'm saying is that to me, AM should always sound loud, somewhat pumpy, and in your face, because it offsets the format's weak audio quality.  Go for glam rather than accuracy.

Interesting viewpoint. I think this actually goes back to what I said in my previous post about good sound being subjective.

First off, I do want to say that I agree with you Jody, that high-fidelity audio should never be a goal when listening to AM radio because, no matter how good the station sounds, it'll never be true high fidelity. Having said that, I do expect an audio source to be as good sounding as it possibly can. 

I think maybe listening to 1050 CHUM may have raised the bar (for me, anyway) as to what an AM radio station should sound like. It's interesting that you mentioned "pizzazz" when talking about AM. For me, the fact that 1050 CHUM sounded so much like FM was, in effect, "pizzazz" to my ears. I always found CFTR, in addition to being bass-deficient, to be rather two-dimensional-sounding; the music seemed to lack any real depth, and ultimately it would give me ear fatigue and not want to listen for prolonged periods. But I guess the brash, trebley, "in-your-face" sound worked for many AM Top 40 stations and their audiences, because so many stations were doing it.

SOWNY » What's The Best Sounding Radio Station In The GTA? » November 9, 2019 12:28 am

paterson1 wrote:

1050 CHUM always sounded flatter to my ears than CFTR, which was very punchy sounding. Back in the 70's and 80's a lot of top 40 stations wanted that sound, so signals had a lot of processing. One of the most compressed signals I ever heard on AM radio was CKSL in London. In the 80's during their top 40 era, that station would almost jump out through the speakers.  

Interesting. I always preferred the sound of 1050 CHUM over CFTR. To my ears, 1050 CHUM had the most FM-sounding signal on the dial (during the 80's, at least). Good rich bass, a nice detailed midrange, and some of the cleanest-sounding highs you could ever expect from an AM station. CFTR, to my ears, was all treble and the bass was almost non-existent, but I guess that brash-sounding, trebley, "in-your-face" sound is what a lot of Top 40 stations were going for in the day. CKOC was even thinner-sounding, and to make matters worse, their signal would distort and crackle on the high end, a problem which continued at least until Astral bought them out in the late '00s. By the time Bell bought them out their signal was a lot more fuller-sounding and the distortion was gone, but by then, their music days were numbered.

I guess what we're learning from this thread is that everybody's ears are different, and good sound is truly subjective! 


SOWNY » Do TV or Radio Stations Ever Answer Their Phones Any More? » July 23, 2019 6:28 pm

When I used to work overnights at CHML back in the 90's (when they were still playing music), there was a guy that would phone in every night, without fail, and request Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

Sometimes he'd phone more than once a night and would request it again, even after we'd played it. Ron Funnell, who also used to work overnights at the time, can verify this as true.

Then, there was a little old lady that used to phone up and chastise me for not playing Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" in its entirety, even though I played every godawful 3:55 of it. The song has a weird fade at the end, so I think that may have led her to believe that. She would be on the phone within about twenty seconds of the song ending, like clockwork, to give me a piece of her mind.
"How could you fade out of such a beautiful song?", she used to ask.


SOWNY » Is the new Energy (Energy 95 in Hamilton) brand that strong? » March 28, 2019 4:44 pm

kman wrote:

"Energy" is definitely not as strong a brand as it was when Skot Turner was at the helm. However it's certainly better than the "Fresh" brand. Like really "Fresh" what is this a bakery or something? I'll never understand why they didn't just update the Vinyl format, Vinyl was 2nd place in the Hamilton market and had a 3% share in Toronto. Fresh was at the bottom of the Hamilton and Toronto ratings.

I miss Vinyl too. When 95.3 was running the promos last week with the girl saying,"Oops, I hit the Wham! button by mistake!", I was hoping that might mean a return to Vinyl. I guess that's why they call them teasers. 


SOWNY » CBS Goes To Extremes When It Comes To "Schitt's Creek" Interview » February 20, 2019 8:23 pm

Mike Wilmot talks about "the last dirty word" at about 1:50.

Viewer discretion advised!   



SOWNY » CBS Goes To Extremes When It Comes To "Schitt's Creek" Interview » February 20, 2019 6:43 pm

It's interesting, because the word "shit" (and not "schitt", or any other variation) actually did air on CBS almost 20 years ago with an episode of Chicago Hope, where Mark Harmon's character responds with the phrase "shit happens", when a superior questions him about an operation that had gone wrong.

"The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis."

Also, I remember a 2002 documentary (also on CBS) titled "9/11", hosted by Robert De Niro which captured the events of September 11, 2001 through the lenses of two French filmmakers that happened to be in Manhattan that day. De Niro warned the audience beforehand that the language contained in the special was particularly harsh and sure enough, the word "shit" was uttered at least twice, and "fucking" at least once. The producers and the network had agreed not to bleep out the 'offending' words as they felt it was important to portray the day's events as they unfolded.

So, clearly these words can be used on regular broadcast TV. I wonder what made the U.S. networks regress back to a more puritan time (language-wise at least)? I find it kind of amusing because the word "piss" has been used quite freely since about the mid-90s, and "shit" seems to be on the same level as that, one would think. It's an everyday word that's used so often that it's lost some of its evilness (IMO...)


SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » January 15, 2019 11:09 am

Jody Thornton wrote:

Boy am I stupid.  Initially, I didn't catch RadioActive's play on words.  When he wrote "Ciao to CIAO", I thought to myself, "seems like the same call letters to me"

Don't feel bad, Jody. For the longest time, I didn't even know that "ciao" was pronounced "chow".  

SOWNY » Boom PD Responds To Unhappy Listener On Redit » January 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Kudos to Troy McCallum for taking the time to answer that listener's concern but also not caving in to one squeaky hinge. (I wonder how many stations that routinely played Christmas music this past season are going to take a hit in the ratings because they were in a rush to ban "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Okay, maybe not the stations themselves, but their parent companies).

Also, kudos to Stu Jeffries for going outside the bubble and doing something different  (ie., being entertaining and relatable, which is getting to be a rarity in radio these days). It's often times easy to forget that Stu is a one man show.  

SOWNY » It Had To Happen: Radio Station Pulls Xmas Song Over #MeToo Movement » December 3, 2018 7:47 pm

LocalNewsGuy wrote:

Gosh, you mean a radio station took advantage of a social movement to score some cheap publicity while obscuring the real meaning of the protest? I never would have believed it.

Hey, sometimes cheap publicity can be quite effective.


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