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SOWNY » Why One Radio Station Put Charles Manson On Its New Billboard » Wed Sep 20 3:41 pm

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How far is too far when it comes to a radio promotion? In these overly-politically correct times, when just about anything you say is likely to offend someone, it's a question they're asking in the New York City-New Jersey area, where one longtime avant guarde station is shaking things up with a new billboard.

It shows Rihanna, Justin Bieber and yes, Charles Manson.

Think that's bad? A video put out by the station, WFMU, the longest running free-form format in the U.S., is asking for donations so they can afford to put up another one. The linked article has a video that suggests what some of them might say. Including one that reads in giant letters, "Four out of five doctors recommend WFMU. The fifth doctor is an asshole."

I can only imagine how that will go over with the soccer moms driving their snowflakes to practice.

Why This Radio Station Just Put Charles Manson on a Billboard It Admits Is ‘Tasteless’    
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SOWNY » Traffic accident on the radio this morning? » Wed Sep 20 10:22 am

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All I heard was the latest test of the emergency alert system. Damn! Now we'll never know what Jerry Agar really thinks about the proposed new distracted driving legislation!

SOWNY » CBC 1 SCA » Wed Sep 20 10:16 am

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And the word on the CBC's SCMO is: "no."

The CRTC has decided that the CBC won't be able to add this service, primarily because it would affect an existing newcomer, namely CJRK-FM in Scarborough. (Not sure having the word "Jerk" as your call letters is the best idea, but it still beats CKNT!) 

"The Commission acknowledges that CJRK-FM only began operations in September 2016 and has not yet had a chance to establish itself in the market" it notes in the decision. The fact this station doesn't report its earnings (or lack of them) until the end of November also played a role. CJSA-FM, another Toronto ethnic outlet, also submitted an intervention to the plan.

Another factor in the outcome: Brampton. The Commission recently did a study on whether that city could absorb another radio station (after having just licenced one for 1350, not yet on the air) and concluded it couldn't - and that because CBL-FM's signal reaches that market, it would be defying its own conclusion.

I found it interesting that the CBC lost this one, which is unusual in itself. And in its comments, even the CRTC noted that this time, it wasn't business as usual.

"...as an exception to its normal policy, the Commission denies the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for authority to use the SCMO channel of CBL-FM Toronto to broadcast a predominantly Tamil-language radio service."

CRTC decision

SOWNY » What are Florida Radio Stations doing? » Tue Sep 19 3:13 pm

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There's not really a lot new here, but if nothing else, this Billboard article makes the case that there's a reason broadcast radio will never be completely gone. 

During Hurricanes, Radio Stations Help Communities Weather the Storm

SOWNY » Proud FM Power Boost / Z103 Transmitter Relocated to Orangeville » Mon Sep 18 8:39 pm

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I have to hand it to Evanov/Dufferin Communications for at least being good at some “creative writing.” If you read the proposal they’ve submitted to the CRTC on this application, it’s filled with some pretty high concept ideas. Except I would suggest many of them are more flights of fancy than well grounded facts.  
 
For example, they point out that they’ve started or acquired a host of stations in many smaller markets and they need a Toronto outlet to keep those afloat. They argue that should have been CIDC.
 
“Historically … Dufferin needs to rely on a flagship station in Toronto not only to generate sufficient revenues to bolster the profitability of that one service, but to support stations operated by the Evanov Radio Group in smaller, less robust markets. The future losses that are on the horizon without intervention will be catastrophic to these stations, and to the markets they serve.”
 
O.K. but if you didn’t think those stations were viable without a full-powered Toronto outlet, then why the hell did you bother applying for them or buying them at all? You knew what you had when you did it. So don’t moan about it not working now.
 
And after being chastised for trying to turn 103.5 into a T.O. station, they actually tried to get away with this:
 
“At the time of licensing, Orangeville was a distinct market from Toronto, but over time, and for a long time now, Orangeville was subsumed into the larger Toronto CMA as a result of geographic and demographic changes in the region. As a result, CIDC-FM was forced to compete more generally with other Toronto CMA stations, and modified its programming to reflect Orangeville’s positioning within the broader Toronto CMA market.”
 
Yup, they were forced – forced I tell you! – to compete with Toronto. Despite the promises they made to get the station in the first place. They also note that changes from paper diaries to PPMs have hurt them in the ratings,

SOWNY » Latest Toronto Murder Victim Did A Show On Both CFRB & AM640 » Sun Sep 17 11:13 am

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Toronto Police say the man gunned down in a downtown restaurant on Saturday night was Simon Giannini. If that name sounds familiar, it's because the real estate agent used to do a weekly sponsored show on both CFRB and AM640 for a time, as well as voicing some of his own spots. 

Cops are still in the early stages of the investigation, but they believe it was a targeted killing. Giannini was only 
54 years old.

Man dies in hospital after restaurant shooting

SOWNY » Proud FM Power Boost / Z103 Transmitter Relocated to Orangeville » Sat Sep 16 7:55 pm

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ig wrote:

My guess is this is about digital.

Indeed you appear to be right, Iain. In the application, Dufferin/Evanov is asking for permission to start several HD channels if they get permission to switch Pride from 103.9 to 103.7.

"Initial operation will be in MP3 mode, with three digital services: HD1 will of course be a simulcast of the main CIRR-FM program, HD2 will be the program of CIDC-FM 103.5 MHz Orangeville, and HD3 will be the program of its CIAO 530 kHz AM Brampton. Eventually MP4 mode may be implemented with yet another alternate program or data service."

But you gotta love the cojones on these guys. In its filing to the CRTC, Evanov indicates it plans to use any HD signals for the benefit of the city's gay community. How do digital versions of Z103.5 and CIAO 530 do that, exactly?

In another document, Evanov repeats the old canard about how the Commission let everyone else get away from their area of licence (i.e. CFNY was licenced to Brampton, AM640 to Richmond Hill, etc.) but they were allowed to compete in Toronto. In their latest update, the owners complain they're losing money and that there's so much construction in Toronto, their weak signals are being shut out of the downtown core.

"...there have been more high-rise condominium projects completed downtown in every year since 2010 than in any other year since 1990. This condo construction boom, that is still apparent in Toronto, has caused the topography and the demographics of the city to change once again. The result is that CIDC-FM’s signal can no longer be heard clearly in many parts of the CMA where it was traditionally heard. As a result, listeners who wish to tune the station in their car to and from work, or at home, or in their new condo downtown are no longer able, and they have abandoned the station."

O.K., but the CRTC has warned these guys over and over again that CIDC isn't supposed to be a Toronto station. So if they can't hear it in down

SOWNY » Evan Solomon » Fri Sep 15 5:14 pm

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Here's what I don't get - Bell Media made a huge publicity push about this national show, and launched it two weeks ago. Since then, Solomon has taken both Fridays off. Maybe there's a logical explanation for it that I'm not aware of, which is possible, but why would you be off twice in less than 14 days of starting something new? Especially cross country. 

That's the kind of thing you do when you've been there a year. First you establish your presence five days a week and once the show is a regular habit, you can take the occasional day in lieu. Johnny Carson, who was infamous for working four day weeks for years, got that deal. Evan Solomon hasn't earned it. 

I'll be curious to see if it happens again next week.   

SOWNY » How AM640 Can Clean CFRB’s “Clock” » Fri Sep 15 10:12 am

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Here’s a very small suggestion for AM640 that just might help a tiny bit in its so-far endless losing battle against arch rival CFRB: change your clock!
 
No, it has nothing to do with the eventual  reversion to Standard Time. This alteration can be done now, may increase Time Spent Listening and best of all, it won’t cost Corus a single cent.
 
Like it or not (and advertisers and sales departments don’t) when most of us hear commercials, we reach for the button that changes the station. It’s just a fact. What I can’t understand is why AM640 doesn’t realign its show clock to go to a spot break first, minutes before 'RB does.  
 
As it stands now, both are off on commercials at almost exactly the same time in hours of the key listening dayparts: :15 after, :30 past, and :45, with a few variations for morning and afternoon drive. By going early, AM640 would be back into programming when 'RB goes into one of its inevitably lengthy stopsets, and if you’re interested in what they’re talking about, chances are pretty good you won’t tune back.
 
Until the next commercial break, of course, but if it’s timed correctly, 'RB will then go to another of its own spots, and back you’ll go to 640. It may not alter CFMJ's ratings, but it certainly couldn't hurt, either. 
 
This is not new, of course. In the 60’s, uber-P.D. Rick Sklar used to schedule news at :55 to the hour on then Top 40 giant WABC, calling it “news five minutes sooner.” He knew all the kids looking for the hits would tune into rival WMCA, but when they hit the top of the clock and heard the newscast on that station, everyone would come back. The numbers showed that was exactly what was happening.
 
I know 640 would never want to let CFRB dictate what it does, but this seems like a no-brainer that could benefit them in the long run. And the price is: nothing. 
 
And oh yeah, I’m also being selfish – as a veteran channel changer, I can’t stand running into spot breaks on

SOWNY » New Radio Doc On “Vietnam War Soundtrack” Now Online » Thu Sep 14 9:50 am

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A new audio documentary, designed to compliment Ken Burns’s new PBS “Vietnam War” series, has turned up online. Produced out of WPSU, the Penn State station, it’s called “Lay It All Down: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” and examines both what was on the radio back then and the kind of protest songs that were slowly getting airplay.
 
The 60s was a time of a lot of bubblegum music (think “Yummy Yummy Yummy” by the Ohio Express and “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies) but there was also a mix of other voices, like Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction.” But it was the folk singers such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan – just to name a few – who drew most attention to the controversial conflict.
 
It’s a two-parter that includes comments from the music makers, vintage sound, and a look at the sometimes banned tunes that troops were listening to in the thick of the battle. Each is 59 minutes long and you can hear part one here.
 
Part two can be found at this link.

An interesting look back at a time that’s fading into history.

WPSU creates "Vietnam Soundtrack" program

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SOWNY » When A-Holes Lose Their Broadcasting Gigs » Wed Sep 13 4:17 pm

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I’m not a fan of anyone ever losing their gig in TV and radio, but there are certainly times when a colleague’s sudden disappearance makes it easier to come into work.
 
I was reminded of this in a post last week about how five on-air radio hosts were arrested for various offences. The biggest name was one Craig Carton, mainly because he worked at high profile WFAN, the all-sports station in New York City. He’s accused of starting a multi-million ticket fraud scheme to pay off his ever-growing gambling debts.

And now a former co-worker has come forth to stomp all over the guy, revealing he was a complete creep to him while they worked together at another station. It’s an interesting read, and it puts me in mind of two people I can think of whose unexpected absence from the workplace set off what I can only call paroxyms of joy.

The first came at one of Toronto’s top radio stations in the 80s, where a guy who worked in the newsroom was almost universally hated. And sad to say, he earned it. This reporter was constantly tattling to management about every infraction someone else made, no matter how small or insignificant. If a report went over its specified length by even a second and a half, he’d issue a secret memo to the news director. He’d also listen to everyone’s pre-taped reports, desperately searching for even the slightest problem and then gleefully head straight to the ND’s door.
 
Ironically, even the news director hated this guy, but unfortunately, he did his job OK, so there were no real grounds to fire him. But God, he was a royal pain-in-the-drain. And then one day, out of the blue, he announced he was quitting to take over his family’s business.
 
Well, the entire newsroom went into party mode. People were laughing, smiling, trying to keep their glee from him, but quietly counting down

SOWNY » Time Running Out - Again - On 960 AM » Tue Sep 12 7:05 pm

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It seems like the people behind CKNT never fail to fail.

In a letter from June 23, Transport Canada noted that the place where they were going to put the TX (after literally years of changing the spot) was very close to Pearson Int’l. Airport. As it turns out, too close to runway 05.
 
“…There is a high risk that the broadcast signals of the antenna …would interfere with the navigational or communications systems and from aircraft to the runway given the close proximity of that antenna to the runway… As such, this interference would have significant repercussions on the safety of the aircraft and passengers…”
 
Gee, putting a large radio antenna near a runway. Who knew that would cause a problem? In a response issued on July 11, Hahn Broadcast Engineering claims to have been “surprised and disappointed” by the findings, noting the feds agreed to test fights to see if this was an issue.
 
Transport Canada answered that salvo a week later, saying that runway is essential and one in which “the majority of aircraft are dependent on their navigational systems to land safely.”
 
So it’s back to the drawing board again – and again and again – with the latest site listed at 6550 Danville Road in Mississauga. As noted, they claim once given permission, they can make the Nov. 30 deadline.

I guess we’ll see. But the real question is, will we hear?
 
I can say one thing for sure. If CKNT ever does get on air, its programming will never be as entertaining as this now six year old (and counting) story. 

SOWNY » Frequent CFRB Guest Billing Taxpayers For Jerry Agar Appearances » Tue Sep 12 6:03 pm

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So has our boy Sandy rectified this situation or not??

Is Jerry Agar still putting up with this or not??

Anyone with clean hands on this yet or not??
 

Given that Annunziata was back on Agar's show Tuesday morning, I'd say nothing seems to have changed. 

SOWNY » What Is The Most Annoying Radio Station In Toronto? » Tue Sep 12 1:08 pm

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My vote would go to Vibe 105.5, but only because they tend to play music with high bass. That bombastic "boom boom," when turned up very high, can make your neighbours' windows rattle and would be far more disruptive than say, Classical 96.3.

SOWNY » What Is The Most Annoying Radio Station In Toronto? » Tue Sep 12 12:19 pm

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There's a story in the Star on Tuesday about a Riverdale resident who was so fed up with constant movie shoots in the vacant house next door, that he took a stereo outside and blared a radio station through the speakers, seeking to disrupt the production. The article goes on to explain how he was arrested by police and booked on mischief and other charges.

Man arrested for disrupting HBO movie production in Riverdale

That's all well and good. Well, maybe not so good. But to me, the story leaves out the most important detail - what was the station he was using to annoy them? Inquiring minds want to know which one he turned on that he thought would be the most irritating to have to listen to through loudspeakers.

And since there are no all-heavy metal stations in the city that would put out a ton of Gwar and other unlistenables, I'm wondering what your choice would be for the station you would turn up to 11 on your amps if you wanted to bug your neighbours.

SOWNY » Hurricane Music » Mon Sep 11 1:04 pm

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Everyone knows it's "Windy."

Guess that's guilt by Association.

SOWNY » Legendary Pirate Radio Station Recreated Online – But Just For 1 Wk. » Mon Sep 11 12:25 pm

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Ever wonder what one of those British pirate radio stations with the original disc jockeys of the 60s sounded like? Here’s your chance to find out – but only for a week.
 
Last Pirate FM in the U.K. was home to two legendary DJs, Tony Prince and Emperor Rosko,(who is actually an American) and both are back for an online recreation of the station in honour of a charity. It’s available on DAB in the U.K. and online for the rest of us. But if you’re at all interested in listening in, you don’t have much time. The “pop-up station” is only on from September 11th to the 17th.
 
If you grew up in Britain, it’s a mind trip down memory lane. If not, it’s a chance to hear a different style and different playlists than what we had here.
 
There’s a lot more about it here.
 
You can listen live here.

SOWNY » Hurricane Music » Mon Sep 11 11:03 am

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The answer, my friend, is Blowin' In The Wind.

The answer is Blowin' In The Wind. 

SOWNY » What are Florida Radio Stations doing? » Mon Sep 11 8:35 am

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mojo55 wrote:

How are you able to access WIOD and other U.S. IHeartradio stations online?  They appear to be geoblocked for me.
I have no problem tuning in to WFTL West Palm Beach or WOKV Jacksonville.  WFTL  has been carrying the audio for the CBS-TV outlet channel 12 in Palm Beach.

Not sure why you're having issues. I wasn't using any VPN or IP address changing software to get it. As far as I know, it's the CBS (now Entercom) stations that drive me crazy with their insistence on geoblocking (because hearing talk on, say KFI in L.A., somehow violates copyright? I don't think so.)

My only suggestion would be to try a different browser. I couldn't get the iHeart stuff to work on Chrome, which is my usual default choice. But when I tried it on Firefox, there were no issues. See if that works for you.

As far as TV audio on radio, now that the storm is passing I'm not sure that's still ongoing. But this is an excellent list from Orlando if they're still doing it:

Hurricane Irma: TV can be heard on radio

SOWNY » Local Weather Forecast: Which One Do You Believe? » Sun Sep 10 6:08 pm

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I was tuning in between City and Global's 6 PM newscasts Sunday (CTV was carrying the NFL) when I saw the long range forecast for the coming week. 

Over on Global, Ross Hull was telling us that the remnants of Hurricane Irma might give the GTA some rain on both Wednesday and Thursday, although it likely wouldn't amount to much. 

Meanwhile, over on City, Stella Acquisto was boldly assuring viewers that Irma would have absolutely no impact anywhere in Ontario and that it will be sunny all week, with not a chance of rain in the forecast.

C'mon guys, which one is it? I've seen small differences in weather prognostications in the past, but never two this different in the same hour. My money is on Hull, since he's an actual meteorologist. And Acquisto? Well, frankly I have no idea what she is or if she knows anything about weather.

Meanwhile, over on NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt temporarily forgot the name of the hurricane while throwing to the final break. "When we come back," he intoned on Sunday night, "the lasting images from Hurricane -- long pause -- Ira. Um, Irma." It appears it's not easy broadcasting from the middle of a hurricane.

SOWNY » What are Florida Radio Stations doing? » Sun Sep 10 5:14 pm

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Irma knocked home coverage of the Miami Marlins off the air and forced it to be replaced by the opposing Atlanta Braves broadcast instead.

"I don't remember it ever happening where ... we couldn't get on the air at all," [play-by-play broadcaster] Dave Van Horne told the Associated Press.

You may remember the Van Horne name. He was once the voice of the now defunct Montreal Expos. According to the article, he sat and watched the rest of the game without being able to say anything on air.

Irma knocks Marlins' radio broadcast off the air.  

SOWNY » What are Florida Radio Stations doing? » Sun Sep 10 1:01 pm

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Just heard a fascinating exchange on WIOD in Miami, just after a tornado warning was issued for the area, spawned by the hurricane.

The two hosts began debating about whether to leave the studio and stop broadcasting if things get worse outside and a funnel cloud is spotted heading for them. For now, they decided to remain but it made me wonder - if I were in that situation, would I stay on the air or run for safety, even though for those without power I might be the only way to get info to people? 

I would probably stay and take my chances - after all, where else could you go at that point? -  but it's hard to know until you face it. 

What would you do if you were on the air and in the bull's eye of such a monster storm? 

SOWNY » 1220 AM St. Catharines » Sun Sep 10 9:03 am

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They have until April 2018 to be up and running. So there's still a while to go.  

SOWNY » What are Florida Radio Stations doing? » Sun Sep 10 8:14 am

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I was listening to some Tampa and Miami radio stations last night. There's nothing like hearing local coverage to bring the disaster home. 

In Tampa, WFLA-AM, the news/talk station there, is playing on all iHeartradio stations in the area - and there are a large number of them. So the rock, soul and oldies outlets are all broadcasting the same WFLA signal during the emergency. That means the rest of whatever staff those other stations have can take shelter, while the only ones working are those toiling for the main format.

It's similar in Miami, where WIOD is the main AM news outlet, and is also an iHeart station.

Meanwhile, the local Miami and Tampa TV stations are still providing coverage, although I'm not sure who's watching. As of this posting, some 800,000 homes are without power and it's predicted that could go as high as 3-4 million by the time the storm is finally done. So they're essentially broadcasting to no one, except to CNN and Fox, which are occasionally picking up those feeds.

WFLA Listen Live  

WIOD Listen Live

SOWNY » CKTB Host Puts “Sonny From Richmond Hill” In His Place » Fri Sep 8 11:49 am

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Regular callers can be a real pain, but they can also occasionally help prime the pump when things are slow. But they should be used sparingly.
 
That said, I can remember one regular caller who turned into a major part of one talk show, thanks to the ingenuity of the host. It was a long time ago, in the early 80s, when the late, great Earl McRae was fronting “Open Line Sports” on CJCL, still a music-talk mix at 1430.
 
Some old geezer named “Jack” kept calling into the show and mouthing off on Toronto sports teams, although he didn’t have a lot of knowledge about any of them. One day, McRae suddenly decided on the spur of the moment on air to “reveal” that Jack – who had a gruff, hard-edged voice - was actually a prisoner spending time in the Don Jail for an offence that was never specified.
 
Of course, he wasn’t, but that started it. Every time he called in, Earl would refer to his jail time, asking how the meals were, did he get along with the other inmates, etc. It quickly became a feature of the show, and escalated and got more elaborate so that every time Jack called in, there would be the sounds of cell doors opening, prison chains rattling and more. One time, the sound effects included a woman screaming in terror as he came on the phone. And when they hung up on him, the call would always end with a cell door slamming shut.
 
It was hilarious, and I still remember it. That, I suppose, is one way to turn a regular nuisance into a regular feature that you actually looked forward to hearing. But it took a talent like McRae, who was very quick on his feet, to make it happen. 

SOWNY » CKTB Host Puts “Sonny From Richmond Hill” In His Place » Fri Sep 8 10:07 am

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What a delightful moment on talk radio it was Friday, when CKTB mid-morning host Tom McConnell took a call from the relentless “Sonny from Richmond Hill.” a guy well known as a talk show regular who tries to get on every show on every station, regardless of the topic, and turn it into a rant against Islamophobia, how evil Conervwtives are, why the western world is doomed and how every white person is an obvious racist. 
 
Sure enough, at about 10:45 AM, he got on the air on 610 – the only station in the area that will accept his calls anymore – and immediately launched into a complaint about being kept on hold for too long when he called in the previous day. When they finally went to him, he hung up on them on air.
 
McConnell not so politely informed him that the show isn’t there at his disposal, that they have other callers and other topics, and that he has to wait his turn like everybody else until they get to him – if they ever do. He further intimated that talk shows aren't a democracy but a "show" and that it's not always the caller who dialed in first that gets taken but the one who can best contribute to the dialogue that gets priority. 
 
Sonny’s idiotic though perhaps predictable response was something about the ignorance of call screeners and how the process should either be automated (how would that work exactly?) or else – and get this – the given phone number should go directly on air without ever going through a producer first.
 
McConnell finally hung up on him, but not before thanking him for his call, and telling him that the next time he dialed them up, he would make sure he waits on hold for at least 20 minutes! Priceless.
 
I’m curious how those out there who’ve done this in their careers deal with regular callers who jam phone lines claiming to have an opinion on everything and wanting to get on day after day after day. Annoying but part of the job. 

SOWNY » Usual Names Top T.O.'s Summer Radio Ratings » Fri Sep 8 8:28 am

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The names and dial positions are all familiar in the Toronto summer radio ratings released by Numeris.
 
As usual CHFI and CHUM-FM are on top, with CBC Radio 1 also in the overall mix. CHUM clobbers its ’FI competitor in women, 25-54, while men prefer 98.1 (and Q107 and Boom) to 104.5.
 
See the breakdown here
 
The overall 12+ numbers are interesting to me – especially when it comes to our old friend AM 640. I know summer is traditionally a fallow period for talk stations – although with the machinations of Trump, Trudeau and the Wynne government, there’s been lots to gab about – but CFMJ is down again.

640 went from an already low 1.5 to a 1.3, and its numbers are anemic with both genders. CFRB, by comparison, has inched even higher than they were in the winter.
 
Which leads to the question asked here over and over again – how long can Corus continue with that format in the face of ever declining numbers? Don’t get me wrong – I like a lot of things about AM 640 and would hate to see it disappear. But this is an expensive format and they can’t possibly be happy with the small market share it gets - and has been getting for years. And the changes in the morning - and the idiotic way they did it - certainly didn't help.

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