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SOWNY » Toronto's NYE Celebrations Tied In With CHUM-FM & TVO » December 31, 2020 1:36 am

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I miss the Hawk bringing the new year in TO

SOWNY » "The Prisoner" On CHCH » December 20, 2020 9:25 pm

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The Prisoner also aired on TVOntario back in the day. In order for it to qualify as educational, they had Warner Troyer do pre and post-episode analysis (later, they did the same with Dr. Who using Jim Dator and Judith Merrill).

TVO also produced this great interview with Patrick McGoohan, puffing away with Warner in a Toronto studio full of Prisoner fans. Top stuff!


 

SOWNY » The late Doug Riley- aka Dr. Music given lifetime achievement award » November 20, 2020 11:33 am

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Here's a nice vintage clip of Doug Riley playing with Tommy Ambrose. 


SOWNY » CityPulse's smashing LiveEye truck » October 15, 2020 6:10 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

The article talks about using the phrase "The City Is Our Newsroom." I know the guy who suggested this and it was hardly original. He saw it in an ad used by WABC-TV and suggested it to Stephen Hurlbut, the news director. He loved it and the station effectively stole it from the New York station. It certainly fit their image. 

As I understand it, "Everywhere!" was taken from WABC (used first for CityPulse and then later, all of Citytv).
"The City is our Newsroom" came from a quote by David Crombie, who in 1977 said of CityPulse, "the city is their newsroom" - at least that is what he told me.

I wrote the Live Eye article, btw

SOWNY » Former CFRB, City TV and CTV Newsman Ali Velshi Thriving On MSNBC » September 25, 2020 9:28 am

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Don't forget Ivan Reitman, who got his start directing GREED on Citytv (with Dan Aykroyd as the announcer) and always thanks Moses for giving him an early break!

SOWNY » GOOD Canadian TV shows? » September 21, 2020 9:35 am

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THE ADVENTURES OF TIMOTHY PILGRIM
OCEANS ALIVE
THE NATURE OF THINGS
MEDIA CIRCUS
SPEAKERS CORNER
TITANS/THE ORGINALS
KIDS OF DEGRASSI STREET/DEGRASSI JUNIOR HIGH
READALONG
TODAY'S SPECIAL
SCTV
THE NEW MUSIC
PRISONERS OF GRAVITY
MEDIATELEVISION
HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN
20 MINUTE WORKOUT
SIDESTREET
THE COLLABORATORS

So many great ones....
 

SOWNY » Bad Canadian TV shows? » September 21, 2020 9:29 am

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mace wrote:

Glen Warren wrote:

don't forget "The Trouble with Tracy"

 No full episodes are available on line and CTV claims to have the series in their archives

After much investigation I was told by a CTV archivist that they no longer have copies of this series, it was long ago consigned to the scrap heap.
YTV did rerun the series in 1988/89 so there is a chance someone recorded episodes off TV. I hope they did as that is all that is left! My father appeared as an extra in a few shows and I would love to find them.

SOWNY » TVO turns the big 5-0 » February 15, 2020 11:43 am

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DeepTracks wrote:

Does anyone,but me, remember CH 19 broadcasting LIVE, from the Victory Burlesque Theatre (in Toronto), the midnight show on New Years Eve - I think 70 or 71?

I invited two of my friends over to my house and we waited until midnight to watch what we hoped would be something 'special' - if you get my drift. It didn't really turn out to much of anything - really.

I did a quick Google search in an attempt to verify this but couldn't find anything.

It was NYE 1971 - a very fortuitous evening as Jim Hanley from TVO was running the production and Moses Znaimer at the time running Thunder Sound Studio brought along Thunder’s 16-track to Victory in order to obtain the very best sound recording of the show. The 2 men met that night and went on to create shows such as The Originals, and TVTV.

The recording - McKenna Mendelson Mainline Bump'N'Grind Revue - was released commercially.https://multimedia.bbycastatic.ca/multimedia/products/500x500/120/12059/12059452.jpg


 

SOWNY » POLL: MOVIE PURCHASES » November 7, 2019 9:36 am

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RadioActive wrote:

True, but you do it for a specific reason - the amazing site you run, which has tons of otherwise long lost vintage old programming. Which reminds me, I have some old All Night Show stuff on VHS somewhere, given to me by Chas Lowther after a radio interview I did with him at the height of the show's popularity. If I ever manage to find it, I'll let you know. 

If you've never visited the site, you should. But be warned - you could be there for hours!

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Well, thank you kindly RA! I would *love* to help preserve any tapes you or other members might have from the golden era of Toronto/Ontario/Canadian TV... I can digitize 3/4", BetaSP, Betamax, and of course good ol' VHS... please get in touch and let's get it back in circulation!

Cheers
 

SOWNY » POLL: MOVIE PURCHASES » November 5, 2019 9:33 pm

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I imagine I am in the minority, but as well as streaming & downloading I purchase movies in the following formats:

VHS
Betamax
Laserdisc
DVD
Blu-Ray
4K HD
 

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Your “Guide” To Saturday Morning TV » August 6, 2019 11:03 am

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Retaw wrote:

Did City ever have a lineup of children's shows? I don't remember any, which meant it would've been the largest broadcaster in Toronto to skip out on that. While they were in various states of decay, both Global and CTV kept their stuff going until the early 2000s.

No line-up per se, but early morning screenings of Rocket Robin Hood, animated Abbott and Costello, and Hilarious House of Frightenstein surely count.

There was also a pilot made for a series called CityKids but Moses nixed it as he felt City was an adult station and there was no point in coveting the younger demo which was better served by other local stations. That said, I would love to hear more about the stuff Gene Taylor hosted in the mid-70s, like SEA WORLD and MONSTERS WE KNOW AND LOVE (I think they showed afternoon monster movies and he hosted in character as various mad scientists and vampires)

SOWNY » With McCown's last show, who do you miss not hearing or seeing? » June 21, 2019 11:53 pm

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(1) Mark Dailey
(2) Gordon Sinclair
(3) Bob Segarini

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