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So what does this mean for Adler and The Shift? 

SOWNY » Do Reporters Covering Hurricanes Exaggerate For Dramatic Effect? » Mon Sep 17 11:01 am

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Bill Maher called it "weather porn" on last week's Real Time. He was talking about the amount of coverage being given to Hurricane Florence. While acknowledging that it was a serious storm, he noted it was only affecting one or two states and he believed the coverage was way over the top. 

Which brings us to veteran weather guy Mike Seidel, who's been toiling for the U.S. Weather Channel for decades. He became an object of ridicule after he went on air doing a struggling-against-fierce-winds stand-up - only to have two people casually strolling by behind him seemingly without any trouble at all. See what you think:



For its part, the Weather Channel defended its reporter, claiming he was standing on grass not concrete and was exhausted from being up for hours covering the story, leaving him less than sure footed. Not sure that excuse is flying as fast as the wind that day. 

But it makes you wonder about some of the coverage you see and whether it's made worse than it really is. Trouble is, it makes it harder for the public to trust the warnings, and those are usually very real. 

Weather Channel Defends Reporter Accused of Exaggerating Hurricane Florence Winds  

SOWNY » Dan Turner R.I.P. » Mon Sep 17 10:46 am

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I am very sad to hear this. I knew Dan and worked with him briefly, although I hadn't seen him in many years. He was a rock solid guy. I was aware he'd been sick for some time, but I didn't think he was so close to the end. 

I remember him from one place you didn't mention - CKEY, where he worked for a few short years in the late 70s. I recall Taylor Parnaby, the news director there, kept saying to him, "Don't run off to the networks on us, Dan!" in a joking way. That's how talented he was. 

Great voice, great person. My condolences to his family.

SOWNY » 60 Minutes Fans » Mon Sep 17 7:41 am

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Interestingly, this doesn't appear to extend to radio. CKTB airs the 60 Minutes audio at 7 PM on Sunday nights, no matter what time it starts on TV.

At least they used to. I noticed it wasn't on there last night. 

SOWNY » Who’s Got the Biggest, Meanest AM Flamethrower? » Sun Sep 16 7:24 pm

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This article won't be relevant to everyone, but DXers may find it interesting.

Who’s Got the Biggest, Meanest AM Flamethrower?

SOWNY » Funny 820 Gets A Familiar Morning Show » Sat Sep 15 10:56 pm

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Not sure how new this is, but CHAM, aka Funny 820, is eschewing the stand-up shtick in the mornings to air an old duo. Humble And Fred are now doing 7-9 on the station every weekday morning. I'm pretty sure it's just their regular podcast being aired in the AM hours, but it's the first time since adopting the all comedy format that they won't have actual stand-up material in morning drive.

I'm not a fan of the pair and I'm not sure it exactly matches the format or keeps the consistency, but it's not like anyone will really notice. CHAM's numbers in all day parts are practically non-existent so I don't suppose they have all that much to lose.

SOWNY » 60 Minutes Fans » Sat Sep 15 8:58 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

Does CHCH go ahead and air 60 minutes on time? Or do they also have to wait?
I've noticed sometimes CBS programming that airs on Global is on time. 

As far as I know, CHCH always delays 60 Minutes, until CBS shows it. I think that's because Channel 11 is easily receivable in Buffalo, and they have to protect WIVB.

What usually happens as football runs on and on and on and on is that they keep doing a newscast, repeating the same things over and over until the game finally, mercifully ends. 

This is one of my biggest pet peeves about sporting events on the Eye Network. They NEVER end on time. Not once. And CBS shows are always endlessly delayed. I happen to be a fan of Madame Secretary, but good luck guessing when it will be on. I feel bad for the folks at "God Friended Me," one of their bizarre new Sunday night shows. I'm guessing few will ever see it, if it starts one week at 8:43 PM and the next at 9:07.

I'm aware CBS doesn't care because sports makes far more money in ad time than anything else they could show. But it plays havoc with DVR owners and you're constantly forced to tape six other shows you don't want, so you won't miss the ending of the one you do. Can't wait till February, when it's all over. (Of course, then there's golf or something else to run long, and it starts all over again...) 

SOWNY » Jian Ghomeshi Resurfaces, But Gives No Apology » Fri Sep 14 6:08 pm

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You can read the essay at the link above and decide for yourself. 

That said, I don't think there's anything Ghomeshi could write that will ever exonerate him in the minds of most Canadians. Especially those who are CBC fans, generally more pro-Liberal and progressive. I think they see him as the ultimate betrayer of their values, even though he was not convicted in court.

SOWNY » Jian Ghomeshi Resurfaces, But Gives No Apology » Fri Sep 14 3:09 pm

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The disgraced former CBC host was acquitted in court but not in the court of public opinion. He's resurfaced with a reflection on what befell him - and what felled him - but it appears there's no room for a mea culpa.(And nothing about Big Ears Teddy.)

"I cannot just move to another town and reboot with a pseudonym. I’m constantly competing with a villainous version of myself online. This is the power of a contemporary mass shaming. Even people who are supportive sometimes have expectations of how I will act based on a singular, sexualized identity that was repeated in media stories..."

"For some, nothing I say here will be enough or be put the right way. Even as I feel deep remorse about how I treated some people in my life, I cannot confess to the accusations that are inaccurate. What I do confess is that I was emotionally thoughtless in the way I treated those I dated and tried to date. As well, I leveraged my influence and status to try to entice women and lead them on when they were interested. There are all sorts of old-fashioned words to describe men like this: player, creep, cad, Lothario."


Reflections from a Hashtag 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Not The Latest News » Fri Sep 14 2:43 pm

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And don't forget about the short-lived Batman craze of the mid-60s. A few small corrections to your list - My Three Sons ran on ABC for five years, then shifted to CBS where it stayed until 1972. And Lost In Space was a CBS show. But otherwise, you're right. Some of those programs were classics and very popular. But they weren't all on in the same seasons and overall, ABC was always dead last in the ratings for well over a decade, unable to compete with the offerings on NBC or CBS.

Still, they did OK, given that in that era, there were only three networks and outside of some independents, no extra competition from cable channels or home video. 

It wasn't until the Fred Silverman days that ABC reached the #1 spot in the ratings for the first time ever. I hated what Silverman did to TV, as all the others scrambled to copy his "jiggle" shows, with unfunny clones of what was working for the alphabet network.

But while I didn't watch stuff like "Three's Company," somebody certainly did. A lot of somebodys. At one time, it was the #1 show on TV. And it was in that era that ABC stopped being an also-ran and gained the respect of its competitors.

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Not The Latest News » Fri Sep 14 9:28 am

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mace wrote:

Correct me if I am wrong,but in ch 7's early days, I think Irv Weinstein once said more people watch ch 4's test pattern than ch 7's newscast and that WKBW is the number four station in a three station market.

For decades, KB was handicapped by the fact they were the last of the Big 3 to sign on in Buffalo, and were saddled with terrible ABC programming that always left them (and other affiliates) in last place. A lot of that changed in the 70s, when shows like Three's Company, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy became huge hits. That's one of the reasons they were always struggling. Yet the "Eyewitness News" crew managed to become an institution in Buffalo and after a while, they were simply unbeatable. 

And to this day, I believe there must have been an arsonist loose in Tonawanda or Cheektowaga, since fires there seemed to lead their newscast every night. 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Not The Latest News » Fri Sep 14 9:22 am

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Very nice comments on Pete McGarvey. He's an Orillia boy as am I and he kept close tabs on me throughout my radio career. When I retired from RCS, Ingrid and Howard Christensen urged me to pay a visit to Pete at his home in Orillia, Bob Bowland was in town that day we so both headed towards Pete's house. As we were getting out of the car I said to Bob this won't take long. Bob's comment was "wanna bet?" Two hours later we left along with autographed copies of his Stephen Leacock books. Pete never let his Toronto radio days get to his head. He was always Pete. A gentle man. 

In all my years in radio and TV, I have to say there are only a few people I've never heard anyone say a bad word about. (You know how backstabbing the industry can be.) Pete McGarvey was one of those. And that's rare. Among others were the aforementioned John Yoannou and the great former City TV weatherman and Lt. Gov. (how many people can include those two things on their resume?)  David Onley.  Just great people. Almost too good to be in broadcasting!

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Not The Latest News » Thu Sep 13 11:02 pm

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I’ve done a previous Friday Flashback about news, but it was such an important component for most radio and TV stations that it deserves a second take. It’s not exactly breaking news that for most of us as kids, when the headlines came on any Top 40 station, we went elsewhere. That’s why stations like WABC used to program it at five minutes to the hour, knowing they’d get the teens coming back from another news-induced stop set on competing stations within a few minutes.  
  
Here’s a look at some more news about news.
 
Someone Phone 680 News!
 
Knowing that CFTR is now a successful all-news station, it’s easy to forget that former N.D. Robert Holiday put together the single largest newsroom of any private station in Canada. But long before there were non-stop headlines, the Internet, social media or other ways to get caught up on what was happening, there was this: hear your news on the phone.
 
I’m not sure what led to this, or how long it lasted, but I’m betting it was well used in its time.
 
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[size=125]Mornings Become Him On 590
 
Back before the frequency became the Fan, I was a fan of Pete McGarvey on CKEY. It was always a tough fight between CFRB and ’EY, and if memory serves, 1010 always won. But that easy listening format up the dial was always competitive and had a huge newsroom that included names like Ian Brownlee, Bob Crabbe, Bernie McNamee, Frank Allinson, Fred Cripps, Joe Morgan, John Yoannou, Brad Diamond, Jim Hunt and more.
 
Given the thankless task of competing with the likes of Jack Dennett and Gordon Sinclair was Pete McGarvey, a veteran news guy who lent the station a lot of credibility. And he was a nice man, to boot.
 
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Tom Gould came over from CTV to do the afternoon run. He brought a wealth of experience and insight that money couldn

SOWNY » Hurricane: How Do Reporters Survive & Where Do They Go When Off Air? » Thu Sep 13 8:51 pm

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Some fascinating coverage being live streamed by stations in North and South Carolina. One local TV outlet, WNIC in a place called New Bern, N.C., was completely evacuated after the building that housed the station was flooded out, forcing every employee into the parking lot and away from the place. They wound up taking another affiliate's feed for the duration of their absence.

As I was watching, one of the anchors used his cell phone to report on the exodus and I recognized the name - it turned out to be Wes Goforth, who used to work at WGRZ in Buffalo. So he's likely more than used to terrible weather.

WCTI Live coverage

WSOC Live coverage

SOWNY » Whatever Happened to Bruce Marshall? » Thu Sep 13 5:08 pm

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A former SOWNY poster and Toronto jock is seeking a new gig in an entirely different arena

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SOWNY » Dan Ingram (1934-2018) » Thu Sep 13 3:14 pm

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Interesting side to the late lamented Mr. Ingram you may never have known about. It surfaced at a celebration of life ceremony last week.

Dan Ingram, Irreverent Top-40 DJ, Hailed As A Top-10 Union Man

SOWNY » Most Powerful Man In Network TV Accused Of Sexual Misconduct » Wed Sep 12 6:29 pm

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Les Moonves is gone and now one of the most powerful producers at CBS is out the door with him - Jeff Fager, the guy behind the venerable powerhouse 60 Minutes. 

Jeff Fager Out at ’60 Minutes’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
 

SOWNY » CIDC 103.5 » Wed Sep 12 2:36 pm

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I just found it interesting that all the affected stations seem to be those owned by Corus. But you're right - they were "out of licence area" long before Corus came calling. Odd coincidence, I suppose.

SOWNY » Hurricane: How Do Reporters Survive & Where Do They Go When Off Air? » Wed Sep 12 2:34 pm

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Thanks, Dale. That answers some of my questions. The coming coverage should be fascinating. 
 

SOWNY » CIDC 103.5 » Wed Sep 12 11:52 am

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There's a lot of this location finagling going on in Toronto. And for some reason, Corus stations seem to be right in the middle of nearly all of them.

Q107, for instance, is actually supposed to be "serve" North York. And CFMJ, aka GNR 640 is licenced to Richmond Hill, from whence its predecessors CHOG and CFGM originated. I can't remember the last time 640 dealt with anything that happens in so-called Rich Man's Hill. 

And yes, I did just use whence in a sentence, possibly for the last time ever. 

SOWNY » Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time » Wed Sep 12 8:30 am

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FYIMusicnews.ca has reprinted a Facebook post by the now retired Mark Elliot, formerly of CFRB's "People Helping People," an ex-rock jock and recovering drug addict. Now going by his real name of Nils Johansen, the longtime radio veteran laments the state of the industry he's left behind and wonders where future talent will bloom as a result of the way things are run today. 

"As one radio programmer told me recently, it's amazing how much local Canadian radio talent is on the side of the road today unable to find a job.

"Radio stations used to be mostly locally owned and operated. Of course, there were also corporate operators - but they were limited and only allowed to own a few radio and television stations. Now without limits, the few surviving corporate giants use their weight against the regulators."

Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

SOWNY » Hurricane: How Do Reporters Survive & Where Do They Go When Off Air? » Wed Sep 12 8:30 am

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With Hurricane Florence potentially one of the worst storms to hit the U.S. Eastern Seaboard in years, it brings up something I’ve always wondered: how do the reporters who rush headlong into the headwinds manage to survive being right in the middle of it?
 
We’re all familiar with the now almost clichéd news footage of some guy or gal standing in the teeth of the Hurricane, hanging onto a pole for dear life as the wind gusts threaten to literally blow him or her away.
 
If everyone is being evacuated from a sure-to-be-hard hit area, with officials acknowledging “we won’t be able to rescue you,” and severe damage predicted, where do these reporters and their crew stay while the worst is happening and they're not on air? How do they get food, lodging, and safety when all hell is breaking loose in front, beside and all around them? If I understand the warnings, almost every hotel has been emptied and abandoned. So where are they hunkering down, perhaps for days?
 
I’m sure they’ve been well provided for by their networks in terms of provisions, but being a reporter or a cameraperson doesn’t protect you from a 30 foot ocean swell or a 240 km wind gust.
 
I doubt there’s a lot of these storm chasers on this board, but if so, I’m curious how you survive mostly alone in the teeth of what could be one of the worst disasters in decades and live to tell the tale. (And how do they send live reports from a sat truck when those winds can easily blow the dish away?) 

SOWNY » Most Powerful Man In Network TV Accused Of Sexual Misconduct » Sun Sep 9 3:33 pm

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Looks like CBS boss Les Moonves will soon be turfed out, after more women surfaced with additional allegations against him in yet another piece by Ronan Farrow - who also brought down Harvey Weinstein.

This exec. is arguably the most powerful man in network TV. In most cases, these departures happen at lightning speed. But this time, it's taken more than a month. 

Les Moonves Poised to Step Down as CBS CEO Following Second Wave of Sexual Assault Allegations

New Yorker: As Leslie Moonves Negotiates His Exit from CBS, Women Raise New Assault and Harassment Claims

In an update to the above article, it appears Moonves will not receive a huge payout to leave. Instead, the money will reportedly go to organizations that help sex assault victims. 

SOWNY » 640 Is Full Of Weekend Rerolls But This Is Ridiculous » Sun Sep 9 2:56 pm

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Just when I thought 640 couldn't get any stranger, comes this. On Saturday, during breaks in the Roy Green Show, there were repeated local airings of a promo/commercial for the multi-network special "Stand Up To Cancer," a celebrity-laden fundraiser to raise money to fight the disease, which ran on Global.  

Sounds fine, except for one thing - the show actually aired on Friday night, more than 18 hours earlier. In other words, it had already been on, was long since over and was not going to be rerun. And to make matters worse, the V/O tag noted to be sure to tune in "Friday night at 8 PM." I heard the spot at least twice and it may have run more than that. 

My question: how do these things keep happening over there? Is it a traffic department error, an automation mistake or something else? I quite like a lot of 640's programming, but this does nothing for their credibility and it doesn't make them sound very professional. Especially when it keeps happening. 

[Edit: Just heard the same promo on Sunday at 4:18 PM. So now it's two days old.]

SOWNY » CKNT Reveals Live Programming Date. No, Really. This Time They Mean It » Sun Sep 9 10:14 am

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Sunday morning at 9:30 and all I'm getting is static. I think it's off the air again.

Checked it at 11 AM. Still nothing. 

Well, I guess that answers the question about what they'll be airing on the weekend!

SOWNY » Veteran TV Second Banana Passes » Sat Sep 8 9:02 pm

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If you grew up in the 60s or 70s, you certainly knew who Bill Daily was. He played Maj. Roger Healey on "I Dream of Jeannie," and neighbour Howard Borden on the classic "Bob Newhart Show." (It was his "Hi Bob" that started that infamous drinking game.) 

He was never the direct star of any big show, but always played one of those character parts that lent so much to a sitcom. His son announced that Daily died on Sept. 4th. Hard to believe he was 91. For some reason, I thought he was younger than that.

Bill Daily, Major Healey in ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ Dies at 91 

SOWNY » Let's say hi, err...I mean "High" to our next guest » Fri Sep 7 4:50 pm

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I wouldn't want a guest on my show who was drunk. I can't see why I would want one who was high. (Unless, of course, I was interviewing Snoop Dogg, in which case I would expect him to be on something.)

It doesn't matter whether it's legal or not. Alcohol has been OK for a very long time. But if you heard someone who had a bit too many on air, you'd likely turn it off. Then again, is it alright if they had a drink or two before coming on air? As long as they're coherent, I suppose it's fine. Maybe the same applies to a puff or two. But I would rather have someone who was sober and chose to use AFTER they were done speaking.

(As a third point, Peter Marshall in his book about hosting the original Hollywood Squares noted that the shows taped after the cast and crew had lunch were always better because the celebrities had a few belts in them and were out of it by then. So who really knows?)  

SOWNY » CHFI & Boom Top Summer Ratings, As CHUM-FM Continues To Fade » Fri Sep 7 12:22 pm

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Bell had to divest itself of some of its radio stations after it took over Astral in that infamous deal in 2013. And CHBM aka Boom 97.3 was one of them. They kept CKFM (Virgin Radio 99.9) instead. Now Boom is second in the market and appears to be surging with each book. And while Virgin is competitive, it certainly isn't vying for the lead in the city. 

I wonder if Bell ever regrets choosing that station (along with what was then called Flow 95.3) as one of the properties it sold to Newcap?

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Weird Promotables » Fri Sep 7 9:14 am

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Wow. I'd completely forgotten about the pins, which a lot of stations had. (Didn't CFTR have something like a $50,000 button as part of a contest?) Thanks for adding those!  

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