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SOWNY » It's National Radio Day today! » Today 12:10 pm

markow202
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I remember CKMP Midland 1230 as my family cottage is across in Honey Harbour.

Nothing was more legendary than the original CHAY FM Barrie, especially big band saturday night shows that would play on many dockside radios.

 

SOWNY » It's National Radio Day today! » Today 10:56 am

I like to sing with the radio
I like to play it real loud
I like to drive with the top down Rolling like thunder Always Drawing a crowd
Every Babe's gonna wanna piece of me yeah
I stare into the mirror I like the things I see

SOWNY » It's National Radio Day today! » Today 10:42 am

Ms. C.
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EVERY day is Radio Day here at the SOWNY network

SOWNY » Radio stations that will be at CNE 2019 » Today 6:49 am

Big T
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Think of heard that 96.3 will be there on Thursday 29th. With Bill Anderson and Mark Wigmore shifts

SOWNY » It's National Radio Day today! » Yesterday 9:47 pm

paterson1
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National Radio Day has been around in the US since the mid '90's and really didn't get much national exposure until NPR gave it some promotion in 2011. August 20th is the date in the US since the first broadcast stateside generally is acknowledged to be on 8MK (later became WWJ) in Detroit on that date in 1920.

National Radio Day isn't officially recognized yet in Canada, and we could tap into the August 20th date, but really should consider either December 1st which was the date in 1919 that XWA (later CFCF) first broadcast music in Montreal. The first regular broadcast was on May 20 1920 which featured a concert that was heard as far away as Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier. By this time XWA had become CFCF which stood for Canada's First, Canada's Finest. 

Even though CFCF radio no longer exists, in fact they were the first radio station in North America and probably the world. If National Radio Day is ever formally recognized in Canada, I hope that either December 1st or May 20th would be considered. 

UNESCO'S World Radio Day has been around much longer and comes up on February 13th and is a big deal overseas but not so much in North America.

This is my first post and much thanks to Radio Active for all of your help!

SOWNY » Don Cherry/Brian Williams Ending Radio's "Grapevine" After 3 Decades » Yesterday 7:55 pm

Like to see the end of Coach's Corner. Time for that, too. Past time.

SOWNY » Don Cherry/Brian Williams Ending Radio's "Grapevine" After 3 Decades » Yesterday 6:57 pm

betaylored
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I enjoyed listening to Grapeline. A small flaw was that the segment was just before the bottom, or top of the hour on Sportsnet.

Grapeline's real flaw was that it was presented in two parts in order to get in those all important spots. When Don was sharing a good meaty story, and would have to pause midway for the commercial break, it wasn't a big deal to hang around for the conclusion. But on days when the story was short and sweet, Don and Brian would come back from the break into the second half and have only a few sentences for the listeners to wrap it up. Before you could say "Bobby Orr!" Grapeline was over and it was back into more commercials.

It'd be interesting to to have them do a retrospective of the highs and lows over the years.

SOWNY » Great Scot! Batra Outs Newsman Darrin Boland On 640 » Yesterday 6:44 pm

Peter the K wrote:

I had the pleasure of listening to it as well. Great interview. Accents are actually a lot of fun to examine and it's amazing how they can differ, even between close geographical areas like Toronto and Buffalo.

It's interesting how presenting the news in a thick Scottish brogue would be considered distracting whereas Maria Madden's Irish lilt (which was very heavy when I first heard her do the news on St. Paddy's Day of all days a few years ago) seems more "charming".

She has the voice of an angel.

SOWNY » Don Cherry/Brian Williams Ending Radio's "Grapevine" After 3 Decades » Yesterday 6:16 pm

RadioActive
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It's been on the air on various stations for 36 years, but there will be no more Brian Williams-Don Cherry faceoffs, as the long running Grapevine is coming to an end. (But Coach's Corner will continue on CBC,)

Don Cherry, Brian Williams signing off Grapeline radio show
 

SOWNY » Radio stations that will be at CNE 2019 » Yesterday 3:30 pm

Radiowiz
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Hrick wrote:

There is a Z103.5 booth near the stadium but it was vacant yesterday.

As I mentioned already, Zee 103five will only be present on week-ends. 

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