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SOWNY » Billy Van bio shows he was much more than his Frightenstein characters » January 21, 2021 2:51 pm

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It's a shame CBC or CTV never gave Billy Van his own variety or comedy sketch show in the 70s or 80s - he was a real talent and could have easily hosted and carried his own network show. 

SOWNY » CBC Credibility » January 21, 2021 2:49 pm

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Given that the original judge threw the lawsuit out I don't think there's much there, even if the appeal court decided that a trial should go ahead. Sounds more like Subway is playing the libel chill game and trying to bully news outlets to avoid criticism. 

SOWNY » Two Old City TV-Created Cable Channels Are Officially No More » January 21, 2021 2:47 pm

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Book TV sounded like it might be interested when it started and Daniel Richler was in charge  - I always found his stuff on TVO and CBC Newsworld to be interesting - but to be honest I was never interested enough to pay to add Book to my cable package. I expect like most cable channels it drifted from its mandate over the years into reality and other garbage. Remember when the History Channel had legitimate historical documentaries rather than reality shows and sensationalist pseudoscientific garbage like 'Ancient Aliens'?

SOWNY » CHCH's Politically Correct Announcement » January 19, 2021 4:24 pm

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This isn't really new - in the 1970s old Bugs Bunny and Loony Toons cartoons were redacated to remove racial jokes and other offensive material. If anything, that's more radical than just sticking a content warning at the beginning. 

SOWNY » Name a forgotten commentator on Toronto talk radio » January 14, 2021 9:38 am

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Charles Templeton and Pierre Berton



 

SOWNY » Second U.S, AM Station Goes Fulltime All Digital Only » January 13, 2021 2:55 pm

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Is the FCC requiring vehicle manufacturers to include AM digital receivers in new car stereos? If so then this will be like UHF on TV (or FM radio for that matter) which lagged far behind initially but eventually became viable once UHF on TVs and FM receivers in vehicles became common enough. Otherwise, if digital AM inclusion remains optional for manufacturers it'll be about as successful as voluntary Metric conversion was in the US. 

SOWNY » John "J.D." Roberts Going Back To His Anchor Roots On Fox News » January 12, 2021 4:31 pm

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And here are BBC newsreaders preforming All That Jazz from Chicago fronted by Fiona Bruce, who at the time was the anchor of BBC News at Six


 

SOWNY » How TV Changed Forever Exactly 50 Years Ago Today » January 12, 2021 11:59 am

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newsguy1 wrote:

And let's not forget "All In The Family" was not an original idea.Till Death Us Do Part is a British television sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1965 to 1975. The show was first broadcast as a Comedy Playhouse pilot, then in seven series until 1975. In 1981, ITV continued the sitcom for six episodes, calling it Till Death.... The BBC produced a sequel from 1985 until 1992, In Sickness and in Health.Created by Johnny SpeightTill Death Us Do Part centred on the East End Garnett family, led by patriarch Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell), a reactionary white working-class man who holds anti-socialist views. His long-suffering wife Else was played by Dandy Nichols, and his daughter Rita by Una Stubbs. Rita's husband Mike Rawlins (Anthony Booth) is a socialist layabout from Liverpool who frequently locks horns with Garnett. Alf Garnett became a well-known character

SOWNY » POLL: Is it time to end conspiracy shows on radio? » January 10, 2021 10:17 pm

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Don't these conspiracy shows violate Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (or CRTC) guidelines on, you know, accuracy?  

SOWNY » Zoomer Radio Celebrates 20 Years » January 8, 2021 4:54 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

https://www.videoageinternational.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Znaimer.jpg

Coincidentally, Moses is currently 79 years old. 

SOWNY » Who Would You Nominate For An Ontario- Buffalo Radio Hall Of Fame? » January 7, 2021 11:02 am

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Irv Weinstein, (Commander) Tom Jolls and Rick Azar - they're already in the Buffalo hall of fame but Irv and Commander Tom especially are legends in Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe as well. And hell, while we're on the topic of WKBW legends I'll add Dave Thomas (David Thomas Boreanaz - who later worked in Philly as Dave Roberts) of Rocketship 7 and Dialing for Dollars. 

SOWNY » When News Gets It Wrong: Dead Actress Still Alive » January 6, 2021 10:26 am

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I thought it was ineptitude by the publicist but it's actually quite a sad story. Apparently he went to the hospital to see her, saw her condition and (was probably told) that death was imminent. "In a phone call Monday evening, O'Brien told CNN he was distraught after saying goodbye to Roberts at her bedside and left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center believing it would be the last time he saw her." If he had his wits about him he probably would have waited until there was official confirmation by the hospital but considering the situation and the fact that he was distraught and assumed the worst (with cause, if premature), I think his actions are understandable. 

SOWNY » Veteran Barrie Afternoon Drive Jock Leaving Radio To Become A Cop » January 4, 2021 7:30 pm

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"After a little while doing that, he got a volunteer position doing overnight shift in the the 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. slot for the station."

Wow! When did anything but a college/community station stop paying people? I knew poor Mark Elliott wasn't being paid enough to cover gas to and from RB when he was doing his late night show and that other stations sell off overnight or off peak dayparts as brokered content but I didn't realise there were commercial stations that actually had people coming in doing overnight shifts for free. How common is that? 

SOWNY » Cassette sales double in a year » January 4, 2021 11:22 am

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Here's an article from earlier last year on the phenomenon:

UK music fans snap up 65,000 cassettes in 2020

The interesting point is that many people aren't buying cassettes to actually listen to (they also get a download link to actually listen to the music online) but as merchandise because in the age of streaming, music fans are yearning for something tangible they can have as well. 

"There's also a wide range of tape players available, including personal stereos - but the format is more likely to be sold as merchandise than to play, experts say." ..."Alongside core fans, younger consumers are now buying into their collectible appeal - as they have done with vinyl - and the more they do this, the greater the demand for labels and artists to cater to," ...

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The thing [cassettes and vinyl] have in common is that they are memorabilia. It's almost like a gaping hole in the modern music business. Rather than sitting on display on your shelves, your music sits ephemerally in a cloud somewhere.Countries like Japan, Korea and China cater more for music fans in terms of the merchandise they offered, he added."TenCent [the Chinese tech giant] makes many multiple times more revenue from its music products than from its streaming," he said.

SOWNY » Cassette sales double in a year » January 3, 2021 10:43 pm

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Cassette sales double in a year with Lady Gaga best-selling album on tape
I can understand vinyl having a resurgence - it sounds better in many cases - especially for music that was originally recorded for that format - but cassette tape? Who would want to buy that today? What's next to come back, phonograph cylinders? (And while cassette sales doubled - they only doubled to 157,000 tapes sold in the UK so it's a tiny niche)

SOWNY » Wally Crouter Profile: No Retirement Plans 5 Yrs. Before He Left » January 3, 2021 7:24 pm

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I'm wondering what would have happened had CFRB promised the morning show to Andy Barrie and he had taken over from Crouter in 1996 of Ted Woloshyn? Barrie, of course, jumped to CBC and Metro Morning in 1995 and Metro Morning eventually overtook RB in the morning ratings. 

I think Bill Carroll was probably the nail in the coffin though. Like it or not, Toronto is a liberal city and while RB has never exactly been a left-of-centre station - its newscasters such as Jack Dennett and Taylor Parnaby let their conservative views come through a lot of the time, but the hosts such as Crouter, Betty Kennedy, Valerie Pringle etc were more middle of the road) I think the move to American-style (if lite) right wing talk radio drove away a lot of listeners who never came back, even after RB tried to add a few more moderate voices to its airwaves a few years later. 

SOWNY » Cable 5 and 9 question » January 3, 2021 6:18 pm

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In Phase wrote:

The reason for the channel offset was due to many TV's in relatively close proximity to the transmitters (channel 9 at McCowan and the 401, channel 5 on Jarvis Street, and in later years the CN Tower) would pick up the signal directly.  Often the cable TV "coax" on the TV would act as an antenna.  When the off-air signal was mixed with the cable TV signal, it would render the picture unusable.  Thus the cable operators would always distribute a local broadcast signal on an adjacent channel.  In Hamilton, for example, CHCH channel 11 was on cable channel 10 (I believe).  This also posed an interesting problem for VCR's (remember those?) which usually output their signal on channel 3.  There was a switch to change the output to channel 2, for those markets where there was a local channel 3 broadcaster (such as CKVR Barrie).

Thanks for the explanation. Is this still an issue now that OTA has transitioned to digital?
 

SOWNY » Cable 5 and 9 question » January 3, 2021 5:10 pm

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Can someone explain to me why, at least in analogue days, a local TV station could not be on the same broadcast and cable channel? , CBLT 5 has always been on cable channel 6 for as long as I can remember and CFTO channel 9 has always been on cable 8. From a marketing perspective it would make more sense for broadcast channel 5 to be on cable 5 and broadcast channel 9 to be on cable 9 so I assume there's a technical reason why they aren't? I don't know about today since I no longer have cable but at least in the analog era this also meant that cable 5 and 9 were basically unusable because of interference from the broadcast channels - initially I think Rogers had CBS and ABC on those channels and then duplicated them higher up (meaning you were basically out of luck if you had basic cable with no converter in the 70s and 80s - which at the time was channels 2 to 13) and later they put up teletext channels (TV listings and Broadcast News, as I recall). 

SOWNY » Wally Crouter Profile: No Retirement Plans 5 Yrs. Before He Left » January 3, 2021 4:57 pm

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mojo55 wrote:

In the 1940s and early 1950s, the Saturday night hockey broadcasts and the Wayne & Shuster radio show were
broadcast on the nationwide CBC Trans Canada network including Toronto's clear channel CBL AM-740. Since
CFRB had such huge ratings, both the NHL and Wayne & Shuster insisted that CFRB be added to the network
carrying these broadcasts. In fact when CKFH came on the scene in 1951, Foster Hewitt's station carried Saturday night Leaf hockey in addition to CBL ....and CFRB continued to carry these games for a few years.

Also, the General Motors Hockey Broadcast (which eventually became HNIC) was on CFRB beginning in 1932 and was the flagship station for the broadcast - before the CBC or even the CRBC existed - so CFRB may have had some sort of contractual legacy rights even if they didn't have exclusivity (since CBL would also carry the show) - or McLaren Advertising which owned the broadcast, decided to keep the show on CFRB when CRBC and then CBC picked it up nationally. 
 

SOWNY » Remember When CKEY Went Country? And A Few Other Great Finds » December 28, 2020 8:54 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

I also don't recall any great jealousies or divisions when I was there from about 1977-1980. Everyone was a pro and it made me better at my job. 

On another topic, I think I may have just found the answer to my own question about whether the Leafs on CHIN was a one-time thing. Apparently not. The ad above was for Oct. 29th vs. Tampa. This one was a bit earlier than that, and involved Chicago. 

How what I believe was Telemedia that owned CJCL at the time ever came to an agreement with Johnny Lombardi must be an interesting tale. 

https://i.ibb.co/56g6Mmq/CHIN-Has-Leafs-2-Oct-1992.jpg

They had a pre-existing relationship. Lombardi was at CKFH before he started CHIN. 
 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 25, 2020 3:16 pm

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Wally Crouter used to do a live phone-in shown on Christmas as I recall. 

SOWNY » Prediction from 17 years ago: AM Radio is going digital » December 18, 2020 1:10 pm

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If the FCC and CRTC had done with digital what they did with UHF in the 60s and required all new radios, at least all new car radios, to be equipped to receive it then the transition would have happened. 

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 15, 2020 5:24 pm

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  The problem is some guests don't take well to being contradicted and then really blow up or just walk out.  

That's fine. I think it makes them look bad and like they're not able to withstand criticism or contrary views (and a guest walking out usually makes great TV or radio). The producers just have to make sure they have something on standby to fill the time if the show ends up running fast as a result. 

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 15, 2020 2:39 pm

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the original hank wrote:

all that said, policing "ethnic language" radio shows can be a significant challenge... especially for the station's that air these shows. even the best of disclaimers can't totally prevent some element of station liability (especially if the questionable content has aired over a significant amount of time... and if nobody complains).
 

In Australia they require the multilingual channel to run English subtitles on all their shows so people can see what's being said. I think that's a bit nannyish and over the top. (I suppose the CRTC could require foreign language radio shows to prepare translated transcripts of everything they air but again, that would be somewhat excessive and costly)

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 15, 2020 2:34 pm

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I'm really of two minds on all this.  On the one hand, such hate speech should be sanctioned.  But on the other hand, sometimes letting the idiots spout their vitriol shows them for who they really are.  I always fall back on the example of Andy Barrie "Interviewing" Ernst Zundel.  Barrie would just ask a couple of leading questions and let Zundel froth away for a few minutes pretty much showing everyone what Zundel was all about without needlessly arguing with him.

I used to think that would be enough but unfortunately, even if most people are repulsed you will have a small minority who are influenced by the nonsense spouted by fanatics of any ilk. I think it's also important for a good interviewer to be able to challenge an interviewee when they are spouting nonsense. A few years ago the CBC had Gavin McInnes of the Proud Boys on for an interview and the interviewer let him spout on unchallenged when she should have been prepared and been able to challenge his more outlandish, fact-free statements. 

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 14, 2020 11:55 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

B'Nai Brith is the same group that went after Gary Bell aka Spaceman, which eventually lead to his demise.  

Unfortunately for the late Mr. Bell, he deserved it, if you read what he actually said on air. There's no way you can get away with this stuff in this day and age. It was a pretty stupid place to have gone. 

Corus Radio Fires AM640 Host Citing Complaints of Anti-Semitic Content

I heard the show live and I have a copy of the MP3.

It's no different than anything else that was said on the show.

Me thinks Corus was looking for a reason to drop their conspiracy shows, as Coast to Coast was dropped that year as well.  I think that's when the whole Global News stuff was taking shape.

He got away with it for a long time because few people listened to the show - but I heard a recording of the last show and it was full of anti-semitic gibberish about the Rothschilds. Not anything that belongs on the public airwaves. 
 

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 14, 2020 9:26 pm

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It happens. In the early days of CHIN they got in trouble when, unbeknownst to the station, its Serbian-language program called for the assassination of the Yugoslavian consul-general in Toronto. 

SOWNY » Pam Seatle » December 14, 2020 10:21 am

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Rsd wrote:

Just announced her retirement on City tv. She made it clear she wasn’t 65 yet and had mixed feelings on her departure

So is this part of a staff reduction with a package being offered to talent to take early retirement - and if so has anyone noticed any other departures - or is this entirely her own initiative? 
 

SOWNY » BBM TIME » December 11, 2020 10:22 pm

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Corus can't be pleased that INDY 88.1 is eating CFNY's lunch. Does anyone have a breakdown of ratings by dayparts?

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