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SOWNY » David Craig » Thu Oct 18 9:13 am

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Sad to hear of David Craig's passing. He was one of my Broadcast Journalism teachers at Ryerson and I followed his career at 680 News and Classical FM. I really enjoyed him as a person and his newsroom professionalism. His in-class catch phrase, "time marches on" became a thing of dread as all of us journalism wannabes frantically tried to write our newscasts to deadline. R.I.P. Mr. Craig.

SOWNY » CHUMfm Tease? » Fri Jun 22 2:07 pm

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That launch was... ummm... 5 minutes I will never get back.

SOWNY » Gary Bell » Wed Jun 13 10:46 am

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Gary was a hoot to work with. You had to make sure you didn't have any pending appointments if you were going to strike up a conversation with him in the hallways. He was a colourful character in a business that is increasingly fading to black and white. A great show producer and an amazing host. His pregnant pauses during his Saturday night monologues - I'm sure - set off the dead air alarms in engineering at least twice a show. R.I.P. Gary Bell. Thanks for all your contributions to this world.

SOWNY » Gary Bell » Thu Jun 7 11:50 am

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Is this a real story? Why isn't there anything else about Gary's passing outside of this forum?

SOWNY » Former CBC Radio Host Dying Of Cancer » Mon Feb 26 11:42 am

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Thank you for posting this. Arthur Black and, "Basic Black" was a Saturday morning staple in our house in the 80s. We first enjoyed him as a featured guest on Fresh Air (with Bill and Cy) when he was based out of Thunder Bay. From there, we followed him as he moved first to Toronto and then out to British Columbia. 
I met him once at a CBC openhouse when I was around 10 and it was a huge thrill. 
My favourite Basic Black character was George St. John (Sinjin) Quimby "in London" and his crazy news of the world.  R.I.P. Arthur Black.

SOWNY » Richard Syrett » Wed Nov 8 4:23 pm

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Richard is a solid dude, a great broadcaster and a wonderful friend. 

SOWNY » Another Reason Not To Tune Classical 96.3 In The Car » Mon Oct 16 8:54 am

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Classical 96-3 ROCKS! This is just off the top of my head...but... it's beautiful music for a crazy world. 

SOWNY » Jim Richards celebrates his 20th anniversary on Newstalk 1010 today » Fri Sep 22 1:48 pm

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I remember when Jim was the morning guy on Rock 95 in Barrie. He used his real last name back then. He is such a good guy and has had a great radio career.

I am lucky to have worked with him for 3 of his 20 years (and counting) at Newstalk.

SOWNY » Surprising Toronto FM Station Attracting Younger Ears » Fri Aug 18 10:42 am

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#ig. John Moore is my wake-up and Classical is our family friendly station in the kitchen.
#Kilgore - P-1 = loyal listeners who tune in for hours at a time and feel a given station is an extension of THEIR daily routine. P-1s offer radio brass a clear idea of what demo is listening and where they are tuning in from. Understaning P-1 listeners influences programming, sell ads and create revenue. 

SOWNY » Surprising Toronto FM Station Attracting Younger Ears » Fri Aug 18 8:59 am

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Classical is what we listen to at the breakfast table. We are almost at P1 status! My 6 and 9 year old constantly ask how it is that Jean Stilwell gets so much time off. 

SOWNY » Bell Acquires Four FM Stations Up North » Thu Aug 10 9:58 am

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The central hub copywriting and production team at Bell Toronto are about to get a whole lot busier. God's speed my firends.

SOWNY » Old Broadcasts Bring Back Classic Baseball Announcers » Mon Jul 10 10:08 am

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I'm listening to Yankees / Dodgers World Series game 7 from 1956. Interesting that the recording is taken from CKLW.

SOWNY » 40th Birthday for CHAY-FM » Thu May 25 2:58 pm

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CHAY (Huron word for "Welcome") died the day Corus dumped the format, replacing it with Energy. I was on staff when this happened and I remember the execs showing us a research graph pointing to the need for an urban CHR format in the Simcoe/Muskoka/York Region marketplace. What a bunch of BS that was. The station has never recovered and I doubt it ever will. It's a shame because there are some great people working very hard up there.

SOWNY » Blind Radio People Don’t Let Lack Of Sight Stand In Their Way » Thu May 25 10:35 am

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I can't speak for people who are totally blind as I have about 15% vision but I imagine the tactics for getting work done are similar. I never really had much trouble with boards. Most of the time you only use maximum 4 pots and knobs during a shift and after awhile operating the board becomes instinctive.
I use(d) every visual aid technology available to me and back in the good old days of being on-air by myself, I would use them to magnify the logs so I could read them comfortably. I would often write out the order of songs on another piece of paper in larger font ahead of time. I also had to find a way to read liners and PSAs up close to my face without bumping the mic which I eventually figured out. It didn't look pretty... but it was radio, so if no one listening heard anything unusual, mission accomplished!

For me, anything that happened out of routine was a challenge (snow day cancellation listss come to mind) and if it was too much, I would often get another body in the room to help me sort it out.

These days I produce mainly pre-recorded material, so the spntaneity factor is greatly reduced. I'm not sad about that :-). 

I hope that is helpful.

SOWNY » Blind Radio People Don’t Let Lack Of Sight Stand In Their Way » Thu May 25 9:39 am

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I'm a legally blind fella with limited sight and I am astounded at how totally blind people in the industry can manage so well - especially now that computers have eliminated a lot of the tactile aspects of being on-air. Speaking from my own experience, creating routine while learning to problem solve on the fly is key to success.

I am curious to hear IG's take on this is as he is an excellent and successful Producer who happens to have a visual impairment. 

SOWNY » Morning Show plugs » Thu Apr 27 11:03 am

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Oops. Can't forget Oakley.

SOWNY » Morning Show plugs » Thu Apr 27 10:05 am

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Before CFRB 1010 became Newstalk 1010, the biggest disfunction was that each show was its own entity. Show Producers fought to scoop guests from each other and very rarely did one show acknowledge another. When 1010 rebranded to Newstalk, the shows were directed to work for the benefit of the station as a whole, rather than for the individual parts, and lo and behold, the station became more functional, consistant as a brand and successful.  (I was their Imaging Producer during the re-brand.)

It's a smart move on 640's part as long as the content is worth cross promoting. I only know Stafford and Kelly Cutrara and they're doing great work. 

SOWNY » Open letter to Michelle Gould from Magic Windows. » Fri Mar 31 9:55 am

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Dearest Michelle,

Between the dirty windows, your old house, the loud patio below and the frequent fires in your neighbourhood... You need to move and you need to move NOW! Your windows may be magic but they can only protect you and your sanity for so long. It's time to flee. I hear Don Cherry lives in a nice area, and he uses Magic "Windaz" too!

I'll get you Sandra Rinomato's number. 

Yours warmly,

Concerned Vinyl Window (with a crank) Owner. 

SOWNY » Chuck Barris » Thu Mar 23 10:13 am

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Interesting that Chuck Berry and Chuck Barris died at almost the same time. I remember an episode of WKRP where Dr. Johnny Fever read a stat that (paraphrasing) 60% of Americans think Chuck Berry is the host of "The Gong Show". 

SOWNY » CFRB Quietly Turns 90 » Wed Feb 22 10:07 am

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I thought the first CFRB studio was where the current Keg Mansion is. The old Massey place on Jarvis. I remember Dave Trafford broadcast from that location on his final "noon" show a few years ago as a tribute. Am I right?

SOWNY » The Vinyl Cafe host and author Stuart McLean dead at 68 » Thu Feb 16 11:37 am

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Very sad.

I have such fond memories of going to the Vinyl Cafe Christmas show tapings at Convocation Hall. Such a wonderful warm vibe and one of those uniquely Canadian experiences that everyone should have.  R.I.P. Stuart Mclean.  

SOWNY » What Would CHUM & CFRB Have Done If This Had Happened? » Wed Feb 15 10:20 am

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Hi from 2 St. Clair!!  Yesterday the building was evacuated at 1 PM as we were told the power would likely be completely shut off on the affected grid.  I'm not sure if that actually happened but we have had power outages in the past and our generators have kicked in as they should.  We maintained a skeleton on-air staff through it all.  Between music harddrive, voice tracking and back-up CD's, both stations can withstand unusual situations for probably a day or so. Anything longer than that - I imagine - would become a bit more of an adventure. Also, it is my understanding that in a dire situation, our transmitter sites can be used as a master control.

SOWNY » Must-not-hear radio ads » Mon Oct 17 10:00 am

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My wife asked that I add Alexanian's to the tally.  That VOICE!!

SOWNY » Must-not-hear radio ads » Thu Oct 13 12:55 pm

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I am getting a kick out of the Sears mattress ads that are running right now.  They are taking a swipe at Sleep Country.  The woman sounds remarkably like Christine Magee and they use the slogan, "There's no reason to buy a mattress anywhere else".   Go get 'em Sears!  I didn't even know you still had stores.

SOWNY » Newstalk Traffic Reporter » Tue Aug 2 8:40 am

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When she did traffic on 102.1 The Edge, we just called her "Adj".

SOWNY » Billie returns to Toronto airwaves » Wed Jul 6 10:53 am

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grilled.cheese wrote:

I'll come but I'm not buying.

SOWNY » Billie returns to Toronto airwaves » Wed Jul 6 10:25 am

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WHAT??? You know it's not Peter Cash but you fail to share with us who it actually is?


 

His name is Mocean Melvin.  He is located in Florida.  He is also the voice of TSN (TV).  My name is Derek Welsman. I am the Imaging Director at Newcap Toronto.  Come visit me and we can talk more about my crappy work over a coffee... as long as you're buying!!

D

SOWNY » Billie returns to Toronto airwaves » Tue Jul 5 10:54 am

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Nate wrote:

Though I stand by my assertion that their imaging is crap (you can't have Peter Kash both hosting *AND* being used as the station voice in the evening)...(

Peter Kash is not the imaging voice of 93-5.    

Good luck with the radio consulting aspirations there bud!

D
 

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