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SOWNY » RIP Sears » Today 9:02 am

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What I found surprising and kind of ironic is that on the same day Sears filed for bankruptcy protection, every radio station I listened to was running endless ads touting "Sears Days." But after hearing the news, all I heard was "Sears Days ... Are Numbered."

I'm guessing these spots were arranged long in advance, but considering the headlines, they certainly were great moments in bad timing and maybe they should have pulled them.

SOWNY » Casey Kasem's Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Vs. Radio Host's Kids » Yesterday 9:57 pm

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A terrible story about a legendary jock won't go away, even three years after his death.

Casey Kasem did a lot of things right in radio and in life. But from everything I've read, his choice of a wife was not one of them. This story does nothing to change that opinion.  

Casey Kasem's Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Radio Host's Kids

SOWNY » Why Doesn’t Canada Have A “Broadcastify?” » Wed Jun 21 7:55 pm

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I should clarify that there ARE some Canadian sources available on the site, but most notably not the cops. In Toronto, for example, all that's offered are a few fire districts, GO, CN, CP and the like, the TTC Transit Enforcement Unit and a Toronto Repeater. But without most of the major police forces, it's not all that useful. 

Here's what's offered in Canada.

SOWNY » Why Doesn’t Canada Have A “Broadcastify?” » Wed Jun 21 7:28 pm

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If you ever watch the American networks or cable newscasts, you’ve likely seen the credit: “Audio from Broadcastify.” It’s a web based service that carries police, fire, ambulance, aviation and railroad radio feeds from the source. And it’s used by newsrooms across the U.S. whenever there’s an emergency, like a police shooting, a murder, a terrible fire, a plane crash or in the case of Wednesday’s incident in Flint, Michigan, a terror attack.
 
It’s how most stations these days get that dramatic audio of a cop screaming, “Shots fired! Shots Fired!” into his radio. And it sets the scene for a newscast like nothing else can.  
 
It’s an amazing service for newsrooms but of course in Canada, cops and others have been moving away from allowing scanner traffic to be heard and now many transmissions are either scrambled or locked down so no one has access to them. Which has meant real problems for assignment desks, which used to monitor these calls day and night, so they’d know when something was going on and send a camera to spray the scene.
 
I can understand why some of these radio bursts need to be kept secret, like in the case of say, a task force doing a gang raid. But overall, it’s too bad Canada has decided to go in the other direction and silence these transmissions here. As usual, those on the north side of the border are shut out by officials who’d much rather the public doesn’t get to hear what they’re up to.
 
You can check out Broadcastify’s live scanners from across the U.S. here.

SOWNY » Website Celebrates 50 Years Of "The Big 8" » Wed Jun 21 9:45 am

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It’s hard to believe a legendary format at one of North America’s most famous radio stations is turning 50 this week. And now former CKLW and CHUM jock Charlie O’Brien has started an extensive Facebook page celebrating that milestone, complete with modern tributes from ex-jocks like Bill Gable, Big Jim Edwards, Gary Burbank and more.
 
It’s all in advance of a major reunion taking place in July. You can see details on that and the page here.
 
 

SOWNY » New Subcarriers From Buffalo For Antenna Users » Tue Jun 20 11:02 am

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Back in the winter, Buffalo's WUTV began running promos about a new channel called "TBD," scheduled to come to 29.2 "soon." Well, "soon" turned out to be a lot later, with the new channel finally debuting this month. It looks to be something aimed at Millennials, with brief web-like interstitial-type programming that appears to be geared for short attention spans. I'm not entirely sure about the concept, since it's accepted by many that Millennials don't watch much TV, and they're certainly not on antennas.

Still, they live stream the channel over the web, so perhaps that's their business plan. If you don't have an antenna, you can see it here.

But that's not the only change. GRIT TV, which had occupied 29.3 for years and was mostly wall-to-wall westerns, has been replaced by something called CHARGE!, a network dedicated to high action movies. They also stream over the web, but Canadians are, typically, geo-blocked out. Still, if you can get channel 29 over the air, you can get this. You can find out more about its schedule here

SOWNY » Ex-City TV Veteran Turns Up On TSN Radio » Sun Jun 18 4:14 pm

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I have to admit that I haven’t listened to TSN 1050 since they were playing the Beatles on that frequency, so forgive me if this isn’t new. It is to me.
 
This afternoon, I was surprised to hear an old City TV and BT veteran doing a sports update after a CFRB newscast. It was John Whaley, who worked for what seems like an eternity on the old CityPulse and for a while on Breakfast Television.
 
One of his problems back then was that he liked to try and write very creative stuff – “The Canuckleheads beat the Creatures of “Hab”-its in Montreal tonight, winning by a little deuce coup in overtime…” etc. The stuff was original but it got so convoluted that you often couldn’t understand a word he was saying.
 
His sportscasts on 1010’s Sunday afternoon were a lot more mainstream and I think he’ll find things will work out a lot better if he keeps doing that. John is a really nice guy and our paths have crossed over the years, so it was nice to hear him back on the air. 

SOWNY » And The Winner Of 106.5 FM In Toronto Is... » Sun Jun 18 8:06 am

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The first time around, what was then called CKAV was run across the country by Aboriginal Voices Radio, and it turned into something of a disaster. AVR was repeatedly cited by the CRTC for non-compliance of licence conditions and in some cases they were completely ridiculous. Its Ottawa station went off the air in 2014, and there was no apparent effort to get it back on. It was found not to be serving the Indigenous community, which was the only point of the stations themselves. And there were numerous other violations.

Eventually fed up with endless excuses, the Commission pulled all the licences, leading to a court appeal that temporarily stayed that order. But in the end, AVR lost the fight to hang on and the network went dark, leading to a call for new licencees to serve Canada's Indigenous population. Thus the decision last Wednesday. 

As to whether it will work financially or commercially, I'm not sure it matters. I doubt there's a big enough audience that will actually tune it in to make it viable. That, of course, doesn't matter to the CRTC, which I suspect wants to be seen as doing the right thing and they'll be happy as long as the newcomers are seen to be "serving the community." Whatever that means.

SOWNY » The One T.O. Radio Station Where You Won't Hear Any Emergency Alerts » Sat Jun 17 9:04 pm

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It was quite the wild weather day in parts of Ontario on Saturday and it seemed like there were non-stop interruptions on every station with those robotic and automatic tornado and storm warnings.

Except one.

For reasons that aren't exactly clear, the downtown FM signal of Moses Znaimer's CFZM at 96.7 went on as normal, even while every other AM & FM outlet was hearing the emergency alerts. Oddly, they also aired on AM 740 - just not on their FM repeater.

I checked on at least two different occasions during the day and they were never there. I wonder why that might be, if they're aware of it and when they're going to fix it.

SOWNY » And The Winner Of 106.5 FM In Toronto Is... » Fri Jun 16 7:14 pm

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This CBC article about the new stations focuses mostly on Ottawa, but since First Peoples is running both, I imagine there will be a lot of duplication. In any event, it contains one interesting bit of info for WYRK-FM fans and saves it for the very end of the story:  

"FPR plans to be broadcasting in Ottawa in eight to 10 months."

I would imagine the same timeline applies to the Toronto outlet.

New radio station promising broad programming for Indigenous community

SOWNY » Scott Pelley Out As CBS News Anchor » Fri Jun 16 6:52 pm

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Friday night (June 16th) was Pelley's final broadcast as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Here's how he signed off, ending with a takeoff from former CBS legend Edward R. Murrow: "Goodbye and Good Luck."

You can watch it here:

Scott Pelley signs off from the "CBS Evening News"

Scott Pelley Signs Off ‘CBS Evening News: ‘Goodbye, and – Good Luck’

SOWNY » Small AM Station Becoming Unlikely Home To Buffalo Radio All-Stars » Fri Jun 16 6:45 pm

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From Alan Pergament's Buffalo News column:

"WECK's new owner William Ostrander, who goes by the radio name Buddy Shula, had an answer when asked how he is going to pay all the old-timers – including John Zach, Jon Summers, Harv Moore and Danny Neaverth – that he has hired to work starting on July 10. "I'm going to pay them by selling more advertising," said Shula. Love the optimism."

SOWNY » What’s The Biggest Missing Format In Toronto Radio? » Fri Jun 16 10:41 am

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As the largest media market in Canada (and one of the biggest in North America, for that matter,) The GTA is lucky to have a lot of different formats on its radio dial. There’s all the permutations of rock (Top 40, Classic Rock, Contemporary etc.) Light Favourites, The Ubiquitous “Perfect Music Mix-es,” Hip Hop, Talk, Sports, Independent, and more Ethnic outlets than you can count. Not to mention all the stations from just out-of-town, like the automated All Comedy on CHAM.
 
So what’s missing? Well, ironically, it may be the one thing we were once blessed with from countless outlets in the area (especially CHUM & CKOC) – a fulltime oldies station, which has all but disappeared from the Toronto dial and just may be something that's without any advertiser demos anymore. (I don’t consider AM 740 a true “oldies” format, since there are so many talk shows, travel shows, conspiracy phone-ins, big band programs, trivia, and old radio dramas, just to name a few. You might get music if you tune in, but it's a crapshoot.)

Boom’s play list only goes back as far as the 70s, but really concentrates more on the 80s and 90s. Q is still very album oriented. And neither CJOY, CFOS, or CKDO really come in well enough in many areas here to make them a viable alternative. (If Grapevine 1220 in St. Catharines ever becomes a reality, we’ll see if that changes.)
 
What would you say is the one format you’d like to see a struggling station try to make work? Classic country? Real oldies? All business? All traffic? Or something else?

As Bill Gable once joked at CFTR, he wanted to change the format to "Beautiful Sports." Don't laugh. With the way things are going in this business, that could still happen! 

SOWNY » CHRY's Vibe 105.5 Won’t Get Added Transmitter In Scarborough » Fri Jun 16 10:25 am

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The CRTC has denied a request by the owners of CHRY (aka Vibe 105.5) for an extra transmitter to cover blank spots of its signal in Scarborough. The station insisted it needed the additional coverage to remain financially viable and was looking to take up another spot on the dial with a 92-watt nested stick at 105.3.
 
The application was opposed by a host of others, including the existing CIUX Uxbridge (which operates at 105.5) and the mostly Tamil low power outlet CJVF-FM which is also located in Scarborough. But maybe the most interesting intervention came from CKFG (G98.7), the Fitzroy Gordon outfit that comes closest to mirroring CHRY’s format.
 
In the end the Commission didn’t buy any of the former Radio York’s argument that it can’t survive as things are now and it will have to continue on as normal.
 
I have to confess I never listen to CHRY, but many here will well recall the day they fired all their volunteers and suddenly went commercial. I never really understood how that was allowed to happen. Weren’t they supposed to be a campus radio station licenced to serve York University and its students? How can they justifiably try to compete on a commercial basis with everyone else on the dial? And why did the CRTC let that happen?
 
Obviously what they did wasn’t illegal or it would have been stopped by now. But students pay for this thing in their fees, and according to Wikipedia, they also are able to attain grants through a charitable status. Really? CHRY a charity? It's a specialized license holder that continues to act as though it was a commercial entity. And no one, especially not the CRTC, has said anything.

For reasons like that, it remains, to me, one of the strangest of Toronto's radio format flips.

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SOWNY » Would You Pay A Tax On Broadband Internet To Support Cdn. Shows? » Thu Jun 15 4:46 pm

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Mike Cleaver wrote:

The PM nixed the tax this morning.

Yes and I noted that in my unfortunately overlong rant. But my point is that it's bound to come back. I've already heard several groups on the air this afternoon, including ACTRA - which represents actors, among others - agitating for why this is so badly needed. All of them have been saying it's a matter of fairness.

What about fairness for beleaguered taxpayers, who may not watch the shows made with these funds and who are already doling out a small fortune in levies? Culture or not, there is something fundamentally unfair about forcing people to pay for programming they never, ever watch. For many, that's already CBC TV.

Adding on to that burden is simply indefensible.

But with so many special and powerful interests pushing it, I predict you'll keep hearing about it more and more until someone finally forces it through.

God help us. (I have it on good authority He doesn't watch Can Con, either...)

SOWNY » Would You Pay A Tax On Broadband Internet To Support Cdn. Shows? » Thu Jun 15 3:22 pm

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Here's another point about how stupid this thing could be. Suppose you DIDN'T cancel your cable or satellite service but also kept your Internet connection with your provider. I think that still encompasses millions of Canadians.

Under this scenario, it appears you'll be paying the same tax twice. That hardly seems fair. 

SOWNY » Would You Pay A Tax On Broadband Internet To Support Cdn. Shows? » Thu Jun 15 12:54 pm

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There was lots of talk about this on the various radio blabbers Thursday after this article appeared in the Globe and Mail. So if you'll pardon the following long winded editorial, I can see why.
 
It’s because a federal government committee is now back to suggesting they tax all broadband Internet connections, since so many Canadians are cord-cutting the cable and satellite out of their lives and streaming everything they want to see online. That means that fewer people are contributing to a mandatory Canuck programming fund used to make future CanCon, leading to broadcaster and producer cries of unfair competition and poverty.
 
For now, Prime Minister Selfie and his Ottawa cronies have rejected the idea, knowing it would provoke a huge backlash from consumers who are already being nickel and dimed to death by their existing and endless charges. (They’re very careful NOT to call it a Netflix Tax, but rather an Internet Levy.)
 
Here’s my problem with such an idea. I don’t have kids, but I used the school system when I was younger, so I don’t object to helping fund that. And I see my doctor when needed, so I have no issue with helping to fund health care in my taxes. And I drive on the roads, so even though I may not use every highway, it seems reasonable to help pay for their maintenance, as well. (Although the amount we pay for all these services is another matter entirely.)
 
But after wracking my brains (and trust me, they've been wracked way too many times over the years) I could not come up with a single Canadian show I’ve watched in the past five years. And I very much doubt there are any waiting in the wings that will one day be worth my while. So in essence, it’s being suggested that we should pay for something many of us never use or want, and which, unlike health care, is hardly a nece

SOWNY » Blais Says Nay, Calls It A Day As CRTC Chair » Wed Jun 14 7:42 pm

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Well, you gotta give him one thing - Blais went out with a bang. His last address as CRTC chair came at the Banff World Media Festival, where he gave it to the broadcasting behemoths of Canada with both guns firing.

My favourite parts from the story by veteran TV scribe (and former SOWNY contributor) Bill Brioux:

"Blais made a point of saying “CBC must be accountable to the public” and hinted the public broadcaster should look to the funds realized from their sale of their stake in Sirius XM — $58.8M by his estimation — next time they go looking for revenues."

And:

"Blais took a parting shot at Canadian media companies, accusing them of living inside their own “echo chambers.” He wondered what broadcasters had to show taxpayers and subscribers for the $20B in revenues raked in over the past five years."

I'm sure the assembled media multitude were less than thrilled by his words and that absolutely nothing will change when the next guy or gal comes in.

CRTC chair goes out with guns Blais-ing at Banff

SOWNY » And The Winner Of 106.5 FM In Toronto Is... » Wed Jun 14 11:12 am

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First Peoples Radio, which won the right to take over the frequency here, while also getting the licence for Ottawa.

The format is designed to serve the Indigenous community.

But in an unusual decision, the applicant actually wanted a cross country radio network, like the old AVR, the former occupant, had. But they gave the stations in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver to others. The reason seems to be the CRTC wants to encourage more local programming and giving each one a market of their own to serve would presumably give them that result.

From the decision:

"The Commission is mindful that approval of FPR’s applications in Ottawa and Toronto falls short of what the applicant was seeking. However, being authorized to operate new radio stations to serve the urban Indigenous communities in these cities brings with it certain advantages and benefits...As noted by the applicant in its projections, these two radio markets are the two most profitable markets in Canada."

Now all they have to do is make it work. The newcomer (returnee?) at 106.5 will wind up with 2,600 watts, enough to block out WYRK here but likely not enough to interfere with the signal in Buffalo.

Also worthy of note is that the Indigenous community came out en masse supporting rival Wawatay Communications. But the Commission decided their business plan wasn't viable and despite all that support, they rejected their application. 

So now it's up to FPR to do what AVR couldn't. And if you think 30% CanCon is hard, consider this: the new entities must play at least 25% of their music by Indigenous artists. I admit my ignorance when I say I'm not sure how much of that type of music is available or what will count toward that number.

CRTC Gives 106.5 To First Peoples Radio

SOWNY » 43-Year CJOY Veteran Calling It Quits On Friday » Tue Jun 13 8:12 pm

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I have to admit I've never heard of this guy, but if he survived doing news at one station for 43 years, that's a major milestone in this day and age. There are fewer and fewer of them with every passing year.
 
Neill Clemens, Guelph radio voice sure to be missed

SOWNY » Could The Two Biggest Radio Companies In The U.S. Be Going Broke? » Tue Jun 13 3:45 pm

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It’s a question that’s increasingly being asked down south, with Cumulus Radio, which owns WABC and scores of other high profile big city stations, struggling to maintain its stock price. Meanwhile, arch-rival iHeart Radio is close to bankruptcy and there are concerns it may not be able to survive, either.
 
An article on Salon.com suggests both titans are being hampered by catering too much to right wing talk radio, including big names like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, which doesn’t appeal to a younger demo.
 
From the article:
 
 “America is changing and conservative talk hosts believe they can stop it. They can’t. It is no longer the world of aging, white Baby Boomers, which I’m one,” veteran radio personality Darryl Parks wrote last year shortly before Election Day.

He continued:

“Our destiny is now in the hands of the Gen X’ers and Millennials. American society reflects their believes and desires. Conservative talk radio should be reflecting and speaking with the younger generations to survive, but have mistakenly chosen to double-down with an aging demographic providing no future for the format, that if done correctly would be viable.”

According to industry website Radio Ink, Cumulus’ Westwood One division’s revenues were down 12.3 percent in the last quarter of 2016, despite an influx of political advertising. By contrast, revenues for Salem Radio Networks, which features less inflammatory conservative programming, saw a 12 percent increase quarter over quarter.”
 
Imagine for a moment if Rogers and Bell suddenly were teetering on the

SOWNY » Blais Says Nay, Calls It A Day As CRTC Chair » Tue Jun 13 8:44 am

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Can't speak for O.C., but my feeling about J-P Blais is that he at least made some attempt at making the CRTC more consumer friendly, as opposed to always kowtowing to the big broadcasters.

But as often happens, his efforts never went quite far enough, leaving loopholes you could drive a semi through and Rogers and Bell (especially the latter) took great delight in thwarting almost anything he tried to do on the public's side.

I think the worst mistake the CRTC ever made was to allow those who produce the programming almost sole control of its distribution, as well as the way that distribution is done (Internet, phone, cable, satellite etc.). So you get a few companies in charge of not only buying or making the shows, but having a tight reign of how it gets to that audience. That's as close to the definition of monopoly as you can get, and it doesn't take much to see why it might lead to abuses of their customer base.

I honestly don't believe whoever gets appointed will do a single thing to challenge the status quo, since many of these behind-the-scenes types waiting in the wings used to work for either Bell or Rogers. And they may owe a lot of their friends some favours. I hope I'm wrong, but history shows I'm probably not.    

SOWNY » Blais Says Nay, Calls It A Day As CRTC Chair » Mon Jun 12 8:36 pm

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The chair of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, says he's done and won't apply to be re-appointed when his term ends this Saturday.

Love him or hate him,  Blais definitely tried to change the stodgy old Commission and give it more of a consumer-friendly twist. Whether he will go down in a blaze of glory (or should that be Blais of glory?) history will tell. There's been no word on who might replace him. 

CRTC chairman says he did not reapply for position

SOWNY » CRTC To Award 106.5 FM In Toronto This Week » Sun Jun 11 8:12 pm

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Peter the K wrote:

Anyone willing to take bets on how long it will be (granted, it could be years) from the time those stations sign-on to when we'll be able to hear WYRK over the air again?

The old AVR transmitters are still around, which means there may not be a lot of time lost getting things up and running again, since it would seem there's no issue with the technical side of things. So no matter who gets the nod, they may be on earlier than you think. 

Of course, I thought that about all oldies Grapevine Radio, which was supposed to use the old CHSC 1220 TX and facilities. They were granted the licence in April 2016 and still, no one's heard anything through the Grapevine. (To be fair, they have until April 2018 to sign on, but I've heard nothing about them at all for over a year.)

Could that happen to whoever gets the new 106.5? I guess we'll find out sometime soon. In the meantime, enjoy WYRK O-T-A as long as it lasts.   

SOWNY » Further to show hosts shilling... » Sun Jun 11 7:02 pm

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Charlie wrote:

One show I will tune into on the weekend is 'Viewpoints' on CKTB, where they actually discuss the top stories in the news.  It's on around noon, and is very good.

Actually it starts at 10 AM and is three hours long. I find the most interesting and topical guests are generally in the first two hours, so you should try to listen to it early. , 

SOWNY » Trust in Shilling » Sun Jun 11 11:46 am

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Charlie wrote:

You're in luck!  The same company just came out with 'MyDiaper'!  They're getting some hosts from 740 to voice the ads.  The tag line is 'Change your Diaper, and your Life!"

Those "My Diaper" people are full of shit. 

SOWNY » Small AM Station Becoming Unlikely Home To Buffalo Radio All-Stars » Sun Jun 11 11:20 am

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I doubt that scenario of name changing extended to vacations, but frankly my exposure to this kind of thing was admittedly limited. However I believe the reason was simply to make it easier to get rid of people without seemingly affecting the consistency of the station's perceived "personalities." It was a low powered station at 1230 on the dial, one of the worst propagating spots on the AM radio spectrum. (One of the so-called "graveyard" frequencies that also includes 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450 and 1490.)

So my guess is it didn't pay all that much and the place may well have been a revolving door as far as talent was concerned. Rather than have a "new" afternoon jock every few months, "Mike Melody" was assigned to whoever was hired to work that shift - and to the uninformed listener, it sounded like he was there for years. And it stopped anyone who might be great enough to move on to one of the bigger stations in the market from taking his audience with him. 

SOWNY » CRTC To Award 106.5 FM In Toronto This Week » Sat Jun 10 9:29 pm

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Who will land the now vacant 106.5 FM spot in Toronto? The answer will be revealed at the CRTC this coming week, as the long awaited decision about who gets that valuable frequency is finally unveiled.
 
The only sure thing is that it will go to an Indigenous format to replace Aboriginal Voices Radio, which lost its licence after numerous run-ins with the Commission last year.
 
Of the two entities vying for the spot here, one is proposing a two-station network in Toronto and Ottawa, while the other is hoping to put back what was lost, by taking frequencies in Ontario, as well as Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
 
See all the candidates here.

SOWNY » Small AM Station Becoming Unlikely Home To Buffalo Radio All-Stars » Sat Jun 10 9:08 pm

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mace wrote:

I believe these changes are to take effect July 10th. A little history for you. The station signed on in Aug 1956 as WNIA for Niagara Falls.

Ah yes, WNIA. What I remember most about that incarnation of the station at 1230 is that their afternoon guy was named “Mike Melody.”

In fact, ALL their afternoon drive guys were named “Mike Melody.”
 
The station had a rather odious policy of forcing whoever occupied that air slot to use that name. That way, if there was ever a dispute with the on-air talent and he either quit or was fired, someone else would take his place, with the supposed notion that the listener would never notice there was a “new “Mike Melody” on the air there. I believe they also did this with several other shifts.

I’m not sure how many other stations used this method of fake consistency (as well as obviously trying to intimidate the talent - "You can be replaced with another Mike Melody!"), but to my mind it’s highly unethical and I’m pretty sure that practice has long since died out.

Good thing, too. 

SOWNY » Small AM Station Becoming Unlikely Home To Buffalo Radio All-Stars » Fri Jun 9 7:24 pm

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Can a one lung independently owned AM radio station on one of the worst frequencies make a go of it in 2017? The answer may be "yes" as far as WECK 1230 AM is concerned. The Cheektowaga outlet has been around for a long time, but it's getting what can only be called a legendary line-up. 

As the format shifts from standards to Adult Favourites (whatever that means) the talent on display is, frankly, amazing. Consider:

Tom Donahue does mornings,

Jon Summers, another former WKBW jock, will fill 9 AM-noon.

Harv Moore, the one-time morning man at WYSL, takes over until 3.

Mike Jacobs, a veteran boasting call letters like WHTT and WYRK, does afternoon drive. 

And Buddy Shula takes on evenings. What's remarkable about that last name is that he owns the station and is putting himself on during one of its lowest listening periods. Not only that, but every Friday afternoon, Danny Neaverth joins the fray.  

John Zach is coming out of retirement to be WECK's main newscaster.

And to finish it off, Robert W. Taylor, who once co-hosted the WYSL-WPHD morning show with Moore, is the station voice.

That's a pretty powerful line-up for a station whose signal doesn't really go anywhere. Hopefully, its reputation will. I just wish they came in better over-the-air here. 

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