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SOWNY » The Court ordered Jazz Fm to make listener email addresses available » Today 7:57 am

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/article-judge-criticizes-torontos-jazzfm91-over-acrimonious-fight-with/

Jazz FM must pay $20,000 of the plaintiff's costs in addition to their own $30,000 in legal fees.  The last on air pledge drive raised only $186K of the $350K goal.  You have to wonder how much of this a "not for profit" can take.

SOWNY » lisa laflamme leaving ctv news? » Today 7:51 am

Ya it is a scam...CTV news reports that this is false advertising and if you feel it necessary to report it to the RCMP...

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/online-scam-uses-fake-endorsements-from-media-personalities-to-sell-products-1.4217635

SOWNY » CKNT Audio Sucks and is Distorted » Today 6:54 am

Chuck99
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RadioActive wrote:

I wasn't referring to the fact it was a daytimer. There are a ton of those, and many still exist (including WTOR 770, Youngstown, New York, which aims its entire ethnic broadcast day at Toronto.) It was the frequency switch at sundown that allowed it to stay on the air that I found highly unusual.  

I worked in Chatham for a couple of years in the early 1980s and a few times while listening in the car to CHYR in the winter, I heard the announcement of the switch to 730 khz from 710 khz usually at around 5 p.m.  Because the station powered down from 10000 watts to 1000, the signal was considerably weaker on 730.  Because I was approximately 40 to 50 kms from the transmitter, reception of late night Blue Jay broadcasts in the summer was just adequate in Chatham.  At the time, 710 was also used by CJRN in Niagara Falls.

Back then, the CRTC was reluctant to let any station broadcast at less than 250 watts.  If the station was being licensed today, I think it would be allowed to use the same frequency at night at 100 watts or less to serve the immediate Leamington area.
 

SOWNY » Programming changes @ Global tv » Yesterday 9:24 pm

Aytononline
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No one would expect Global, City, CTV to have the same type of morning show but the only thing Global has done so far is extend there local morning show in Toronto and call it a national show. So now might be a good time for them to set up there own stand alone show. This would also be a good time to have a show that's not filmed in Toronto.

SOWNY » CBC is putting Baby It's Cold Outside back on the playlist! » Yesterday 8:31 pm

Chrisphen
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All the sudden I found myself in love with the world...

SOWNY » Tom Armour long time CJAD and CFCF newsman, passes... » Yesterday 8:20 pm

When in Montreal, I like tuning into CFRB's sister station, CJAD...I would listen to the Sunday morning Trivia show on CJAD...and Tom Armour would do the newscasts...he was a long time broadcaster and a good one at that.

Here is more about his life and passing...

http://www.iheartradio.ca/cjad/news/longtime-cjad-800-newscaster-tom-armour-dies-at-79-1.8611264


 

SOWNY » Toronto's 93rd Homicide Victim Was An Editor At TSN » Yesterday 8:13 pm

betaylored
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Yesterday afternoon, both TSN, and Rogers, where Jonny Gayle previously worked, tweeted out the sad news of his death, sending condolences to his friends and family.

Many sports personalities, Elliotte Friedman, Bryan Hayes, and others tweeted their own messages, some also retweeted the message from police asking the public for dashboard camera footage if they were in the general area around the time of the shooting.

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 8:12 pm

Radiowiz
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betaylored wrote:

The disdain and indifference of some french canadians who live in Quebec twords Canada, which is how they see it, is still going strong in 2018-2019. They feel they are a law unto themselves, and have their own ancient legal system that under scores this belief.

This CRTC order comes across like a teacher forcing a rebellious pupil to write out "I must not chew gum in class" 100 times every day for a week, everybody involved knows it's a waste of time... If we were able to listen to the on-air apology, it will likely have a "Sorry. Not Sorry" tone and delivery.

In highest respect to Quebec, it amazes me that they don't have their own QRTC to replace the CRTC there to better serve Quebec and their (french driven) needs.

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 8:08 pm

splunge
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@betaylored.... i don't disagree with your general premise, however many of the non-compliant stations listed above have been community licences with non-profit boards of directors.  While i have no sympathy for any station flaunting the regs, it is somewhat more understandable with these types of licences.... mostly good intentioned people with zero understanding of what they're signing up for.

or, put another way, why does the crtc continue to licence (and renew) groups that are questionable and/or ignorant of the rules to begin with?

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 7:33 pm

betaylored
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The disdain and indifference of some french canadians who live in Quebec twords Canada, which is how they see it, is still going strong in 2018-2019. They feel they are a law unto themselves, and have their own ancient legal system that under scores this belief.

This CRTC order comes across like a teacher forcing a rebellious pupil to write out "I must not chew gum in class" 100 times every day for a week, everybody involved knows it's a waste of time... If we were able to listen to the on-air apology, it will likely have a "Sorry. Not Sorry" tone and delivery.

SOWNY » Programming changes @ Global tv » Yesterday 7:13 pm

Well Global TV could come to their senses and air...the Being Frank Show...

I mean what doesn't say "I love you at Christmas" then the Being Frank Christmas Special...

Here is more...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX44uGlLZXs
 

SOWNY » The Court ordered Jazz Fm to make listener email addresses available » Yesterday 7:11 pm

In the continuing saga of Jazz Fm...here is the news release about today's court decision, to ensure the board at Jazz FM make the email addresses available to the group called Save Jazz FM...

Here is the ruling/decision

http://savejazzfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Court-Decision_order-to-grant-email-addresses.pdf


Also, there is quite a more detailed piece about this on Jazz Fm's Facebook page which to me is quite "In your face" but changes need to happen...

I feel as a member donor, the station has definitely lost an edge and it's soul a little...

 

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 6:43 pm

Radiowiz
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Great. Now all we need is for the Evanov radio group to get the same treatment!
"If you live in Orangeville...we're sorry..." 

SOWNY » Programming changes @ Global tv » Yesterday 6:29 pm

Radiowiz
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radiokid wrote:

People who want religion, are either watching Yes or another dedicated channel anyway over Global. 

This is exactly it.
Years ago, there was no real home for this type of programming.
Today there is. 
100 Huntly street already airs at 9:30 on Yes TV.  (in reruns?) 
So...maybe that's where people can turn to if they so desire.

It wouldn't surprise me one bit if an encore presentation of ET Canada airs in it's place on Global.
 

SOWNY » Jazz.FM91 Dispute Heading To Court December 14th » Yesterday 6:01 pm

Just saw on this Twitter from the Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt --

"Breaking: Superior Court orders @JAZZFM91 to provide dissident shareholder group http://SaveJazzFM.com  with email addresses of members (to be used to lobby for changes to board). Also orders station to pay $20K of other group's legal costs (on top of its own $18K legal bill)."

"Update: the station - a not-for-profit - actually will need to pay out about $50,000 in total, since its own legal costs were an estimated $30K. (The $18K figure was based on a 60% indemnity.)"

That's a lot of Jazz Safaris to flog to donors.

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 2:55 pm

Chrisphen
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Yeah I'd punch up that script a bit. "CKMN-FM, in a state of incompetence, has not been compliant with the base requirements set by the CRTC..."

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 2:01 pm

splunge
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that statement is imposed more frequently these days to stations with ongoing offenses over multiple renewals.
CKWR,CFOR, CJMS, CJWI, etc.  this year alone.

It's more a punitive measure intended to embarrass the operator rather than inform the public.

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Lengthy On-Air Mea Culpa For Quebec Radio Station » Yesterday 1:46 pm

RadioActive
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We’ve probably all heard one of those Canadian Broadcast Standards announcements admitting to some perceived wrong done by a local radio station. But I can’t quite remember the last time a “we did it and we’re sorry” admission was ordered by the CRTC itself.
 
This story also brings up the question: just how many chances does one place get before the Commission says ‘your licence is gone?’
 
It all started way back in 2005, when a Rimouski, Quebec community outlet called CKMN-FM got into trouble with the feds for being in non-compliance with regulations. In that case, they failed to keep proper music lists. As punishment, the CRTC gave them a short term four year licence renewal.
 
You’d think that might have taught them a lesson.
 
It didn’t.
 
Flash forward to 2011 and the CRTC calls the same place on the carpet, this time for failing to file their annual returns. Again, they got away with a shorter-than-normal licence renewal.
 
But it didn’t end there. Speed ahead to 2015, and in the words of Britney Spears, Oops, they did it again. Once more, the Commission found they hadn’t followed the rules. Strike three? Nope. For some reason, the Solons in Hull decided to extend their licence term yet again, this time for just three years to see if they could get their act together.
 
Which brings us to 2018. Finally, finally, after more than a decade of complete incompetence or recalcitrance, the CRTC called a hearing to ask why their licence shouldn’t be pulled.
 
CKMN management admitted their problems, assured the commissioners they’d retrained staff and bought new tracking software and promised they’d fixed everything. So even though the CRTC called the non-compliance issues “serious” and noted it had gone on for “a fourth consecutive term,” they renewed their licence yet again on Friday – this time for just two years.
 
But this one comes with a catch. The station must air the following announcement once a day between 6-

SOWNY » Programming changes @ Global tv » Yesterday 1:29 pm

radiokid
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As I'm sure it was a paid slot on the air and not a choice to run by Global, I'm sure they will find something to fill the spot.

Most religious programming is paid air time.     I don't see the point of having it on Global, and Yes TV, which the producer I think owns. 

People who want religion, are either watching Yes or another dedicated channel anyway over Global. 

I would almost argue, it may help Global's ratings for that time slot. 

SOWNY » Programming changes @ Global tv » Yesterday 1:24 pm

Aytononline
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By the end of the year 100 Huntley Street will no longer be on Global. Like other broadcasters they are moving there programs to a streaming service.

So what will Global do with the 9:30am time slot. Will they extend there morning show again or maybe another repeat of ET Canada.

SOWNY » Toronto's 93rd Homicide Victim Was An Editor At TSN » Yesterday 12:41 pm

RadioActive
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CFTO did a nice profile of the victim on its Friday noon show, including footage of his audition for what he hoped would be a career in sportscasting. 

Murder victim was 'always smiling' colleagues say

SOWNY » Dean Blundell Gets Another Chance » Yesterday 12:11 pm

Ah yes what talk radio needs - more homophobia!

SOWNY » CKNT Audio Sucks and is Distorted » Yesterday 11:54 am

RadioActive
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I wasn't referring to the fact it was a daytimer. There are a ton of those, and many still exist (including WTOR 770, Youngstown, New York, which aims its entire ethnic broadcast day at Toronto.) It was the frequency switch at sundown that allowed it to stay on the air that I found highly unusual.  

SOWNY » CKNT Audio Sucks and is Distorted » Yesterday 11:51 am

RadioActive wrote:

CHYR is one of the strangest radio stations I can ever recall. In the years before it moved to FM, it would sign off its 710 frequency at sundown to protect clear channel stations like WOR in New York and sign back on as "CHIR" a second later at 730 during the evening hours - and then go back to the other dial position in the morning.

I can't recall another such arrangement on any other station, but I'm sure it could have happened elsewhere. Very awkward and very bizarre.

It was a "daytimer".  There were plenty of those in the US.  I guess that frequency protection was the only way to obtain a license.

My observations solely had to do with audio quality and processing.  I worked for CIAM in Cambridge (960 KHz oddly enough) in the early 90s.  It sounded wonderful on AM (again following the notion of a "big" sound, not necessarily high-fidelity.).  I would even say it sounded similarly to the CHYR airchecks that I posted here.

**** a little shout out to Ron Fitzpatrick here, speaking of AM 96 **** (hey buddy!)
 

SOWNY » CKNT Audio Sucks and is Distorted » Yesterday 11:45 am

RadioActive
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CHYR is one of the strangest radio stations I can ever recall. In the years before it moved to FM, it would sign off its 710 frequency at sundown to protect clear channel stations like WOR in New York and sign back on as "CHIR" a second later at 730 during the evening hours - and then go back to the other dial position in the morning.

I can't recall another such arrangement on any other station, but I'm sure it could have happened elsewhere. Very awkward and very bizarre.

SOWNY » CKNT Audio Sucks and is Distorted » Yesterday 11:41 am

markow202
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Speaking of sound - what station particularly on FM in Toronto would have the best fidelity of sound?  

Id have to say CHUM and CHFI would have the most clearest.  Afterall,  the HI stands for "high fidelity" in their call letters.

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