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SOWNY » Alan Cross: 10 Songs About Real-Life Radio Stations And DJs » Today 3:00 am

Radiowiz
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RadioActive wrote:

although I can't believe he left out "FM" by Steely Dan. (True, it doesn't mention a particular station, but not all of his picks do, either.) 

At that rate, why not add in the Reunion Life is a rock...but the radio rolled me.

SOWNY » Alan Cross: 10 Songs About Real-Life Radio Stations And DJs » Yesterday 9:57 pm

No love for WOLD, which was about former WYSL jock Jim Connors? How about "Texas Radio" by the Doors? Still, a good list overall.

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 9:09 pm

Saul
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Will he go against the grain?

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 7:23 pm

What will Conrad Black have to say about this?

SOWNY » Michael Enright Leaving CBC Radio's "Sunday Edition" After 20 Years » Yesterday 3:11 pm

paterson1
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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

Did anyone take over the morning show on CBC 1 Toronto yet? 

Michael is a top notch journalist and is a bit of a throw back...he will be missed.


 

I don't think any official replacement has happened yet.  David Common has been on a fair bit and he is good. He almost has a more "commercial" sound to him and he can be funny with the traffic/news people. So that likely means he won't get the job!! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cool.png

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 3:03 pm

g121 ..."Support Trump & I seriously doubt your ethics/motivations/intelligence".

I know how you feel
... FDR, Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton were such exemplars of virtue while in office, how can any thinking person stand with President Trump?

https://www.hoover.org/research/victor-davis-hanson-case-trump

SOWNY » Michael Enright Leaving CBC Radio's "Sunday Edition" After 20 Years » Yesterday 2:24 pm

Did anyone take over the morning show on CBC 1 Toronto yet? 

Michael is a top notch journalist and is a bit of a throw back...he will be missed.


 

SOWNY » 50th Anniversary Of CanCon: How CKLW Flouted The Rules » Yesterday 2:01 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Welcome back Mike! Your insights (and corrections!) here are always welcome. 

 
Thanks, RA. I'll try to keep both to a bare minimum. ;-)

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » Yesterday 1:59 pm

Fitz
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Unfortunate error but I can see such happening in this day and age. I confirmed that it was the Rydell version  b/c I Shazam'd it . I  listened to the stream on oldies 107.7 Arnprior where the shows plays from 12 to 3 on Sundays. 

SOWNY » 50th Anniversary Of CanCon: How CKLW Flouted The Rules » Yesterday 1:43 pm

RadioActive
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Welcome back Mike! Your insights (and corrections!) here are always welcome. 

SOWNY » 50th Anniversary Of CanCon: How CKLW Flouted The Rules » Yesterday 12:52 pm

Bradburn's article refers to R. J. Buss as a former CKLW Program Director. He wasn't. He was a former General Manager of CKLW AM & FM.

SOWNY » Michael Enright Leaving CBC Radio's "Sunday Edition" After 20 Years » Yesterday 11:55 am

RadioActive
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He won't be leaving the network, just the show, for a new yet-to-be-announced program of his own. His last day is June 28th.

Michael Enright leaving The Sunday Edition to host new CBC Radio program

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » Yesterday 10:50 am

paterson1
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Recently for one month I was receiving MSNBC at no charge. Hadn't watched the network that much so I thought I would give it a try and compare it to CNN.  Both networks are centre-left and do not support Trump.

MSNBC is not bad, has some good and not so great commentators/reporters. CNN is slicker with better graphics,  modern sets and more appealing visual and audio bumpers.

I don't think MSNBC goes after Trump quite as hard and persistent as CNN, but they definitely aren't fans either.  MSNBC commentators tend to have more fun than CNN and generally are more relaxed and natural.  

One glaring difference was the fact that CNN has a lot more commercials than MSNBC.  Mornings on CNN are crazy with long commercial breaks and it seems like the programming is almost crammed in between all the commercial/promos.
 
I watched MSNBC one morning last week from 7:35 until 8:22 with no commercial breaks. Great content, a few panels, some news reports, everything wasn't about Trump, and the hosts were natural, even funny and entertaining.   So 47 minutes with no commercials in the morning.  Also noticed that in the evenings with the popular Rachel Maddow her program doesn't have as many commercial breaks as Anderson Cooper or Chris Cuomo.

MSNBC beats CNN in the ratings, so it is not a question of not being able to sell the time.  The network will charge more per ad and they have made the decision to have fewer breaks.  Good on them if this is true, and probably a factor why they consistently beat CNN in the ratings. 
 

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » Yesterday 9:42 am

Lorne
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Ironically, I think I heard Rydell's version on Ashby's show many years ago ... it stayed with me because it was so different, not just from Peter and Gordon's version but also from Rydell's earlier hits. But as you said, when I've heard Ashby play a different version of a song in the past, he's always said that this was what he was playing. And that's an aspect of his show that I like -- but to state the obvious, it shouldn't happen with a listener request for the hit version of a song. I agree with what you said about this in your first post, that this indicates that someone else is inserting the music into the show after Ashby records his intros and extros. 

SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » Yesterday 9:36 am

Audiences watching someone play videogames is already here and is quite successful. One of the SuperChannels is 24/7 of e-sports. It's big business. There are even app platforms built to support e-sports.

SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » Yesterday 9:32 am

RadioActive
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More proof that everything old is new again. I'm not sure how many here know how incredibly restrictive (and annoying) the International Olympic Committee is when the games are airing. They have very strongly worded language in their agreements that ONLY the host broadcaster can show highlights from any event for 24 hours. After that, other stations are free to broadcast a few highlights (also limited in length.)

The problem, of course, is that a day later more events have taken place and more medals awarded and something that happened 24 hours ago is old news and no one really wants to show it by then. (That's why you see so many still photos on other stations - that's all they're allowed during the restricted time frame.)

All of which brings me to City TV sometime in the 80s or 90s, which faced a dilemma - the Canadian team was going for the gold medal in hockey and of course it was huge news. But they couldn't show any highlights. So Jim McKenny, one of their sportscasters at that time, brought in one of those old table hockey games and they proceeded to tape a shot-for-shot recreation of the highlights they couldn't show using the "players" on those swivel sticks. 
 
It wasn't terribly effective in the end, but at least it was a clever idea designed to try and get around the restrictions. So while the situation is new, as you can see, it's been done before. Just not with such good graphics!   

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 9:31 am

Peter the K
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I think Trump is mentioned quite deliberately because of the visceral reaction some people have just to his name.  I have no doubt it was done quite deliberately.

I'm always rather amused with my octogenarian mother in law.  She absolutely hates Trump but makes a point of watching all the news reports involving him.  She's often parked in front of CNN and makes her views known out loud.  Reminds me of the little old ladies who used to go to the wrestling matches in days gone by to yell at their favourite heels.  (My mother in law's mother was actually one of them.)  I can't wait for her reaction when Trump is re-elected. 
 

SOWNY » The COVID Effect: Why Canadian Series May Benefit On U.S. TV » Yesterday 9:22 am

RadioActive
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It's not often you see Canadian TV spotlighted in what is essentially a U.S. online site, but with the pandemic, a lot has changed. TVLine's lead story this weekend was about a number of Canuck shows the American networks may want to consider as television production remains on hold. 

Most of them are pretty familiar, but I have to admit, I've never heard of "Departure" or "New Eden."

We're not used to getting very much attention from down south, which may be why a fair number of Canadians have commented on the story at the bottom of the article. 

9 Hidden Canadian TV Gems (In Case U.S. Networks Have More Slots to Fill!)

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 9:18 am

Saul wrote:

What kind of squirrel?

Oh, let me tell you: at first, I thought I saw the most handsome timberwolf off in the distance. As I slowly approached it, still absolutely bladder-leaking terrified due to something about some grain did something to someone or they weren't invited to some party. As I pondered the end of civilization, as predicted by that ad, that wolf was quietly enjoying my left leg. Now I'm terrified that I'll get gangrene because either I ate too many grains or not enough. I am very confused.... and my foot hurts. Will a farmer please help me?

SOWNY » Alan Cross: 10 Songs About Real-Life Radio Stations And DJs » Yesterday 9:16 am

RadioActive
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Alan Cross picks a Top 10 of radio, although I can't believe he left out "FM" by Steely Dan. (True, it doesn't mention a particular station, but not all of his picks do, either.) 

In fact, given how vital radio was in spreading rock and roll, I find it hard to believe there are so few songs about the medium overall in the music.  

Ten songs about real-life radio stations and DJs, as picked by Alan Cross

SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » Yesterday 9:09 am

Since many sports are still trying to figure it out, this article suggests that sports broadcasting might resort to video game versions...I mean how many times can one watch re-rolls?

Here is the article, what do you think? Could this fly for the time being? I can see it now, Tim and Sid interview some kid in Ancaster who is killing it with his video baseball game!


https://marker.medium.com/the-future-of-sports-looks-a-lot-like-video-games-591e55e8eb40

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » Yesterday 9:02 am

RadioActive
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Yeah, that sounds like it. Not a great version, especially after you've heard the original. 

Ashby's show is noted for playing alternate versions of songs, but he usually makes it clear that's what they are. Not in this case. (Although I wonder where they got that alternate version of "Stop In The Name of Love"  by the Supremes that they aired this week. He never said where it came from.) 

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 8:57 am

Saul
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Tickle Trunk wrote:

I never understood the purpose of these ads. Is the listener supposed to get terrified and contact someone? Who? Each of the grain farmers individually and invite them to tea? Or am I to text the PM or tweet the Prez? And say what? That I love grain, whatever the hell that is? Am I for or against something? Anyhoo, I've lost interest because i saw a squirrel.

What kind of squirrel?

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 8:51 am

I never understood the purpose of these ads. Is the listener supposed to get terrified and contact someone? Who? Each of the grain farmers individually and invite them to tea? Or am I to text the PM or tweet the Prez? And say what? That I love grain, whatever the hell that is? Am I for or against something? Anyhoo, I've lost interest because i saw a squirrel.

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » Yesterday 8:45 am

Lorne
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Just occurred to me that you might want to hear Rydell's version to see if it was the one that was played ... here it is.

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » Yesterday 8:44 am

paterson1
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Jewel 92.1 lists what songs Ashby plays but they are usually 1 or 2 weeks behind. They may show which version of "World Without Love" that was played.  The only other option would be on iHeartRadio since they usually show the artist and song. 

Loved the little story about Sgt. Pepper on the show this past week and the explanation of the OPP badge on Paul's uniform from the album cover. The Beatles playing in Toronto on August 17 1965 and one of the police on security detail gave Paul an OPP badge as a souvenir .  Also the fact that another cop on security that day in Toronto was a Sargeant Pepper.  To any Beatle trivia fan that is an amazing story.

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » Yesterday 8:35 am

Lorne
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I didn't hear it, but Bobby Rydell did a version and CHUM charted it along with Peter and Gordon for a couple of weeks ... after that, they just went with Peter and Gordon. You can see the two versions listed at #9 below. 

http://chumtribute.com/64-05-18-chart.jpg

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 8:06 am

paterson1
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Yes, what the Grain Farmers of Ontario should be doing is make the ad less political. Easy to do by not mentioning Trudeau or Trump.

What they should say in the commercial would be something like- "Why is the US government helping American farmers with (dollar amount) in aid during this national pandemic, and so far the Canadian government  has not offered Canadian farmers any assistance or aid.  And the federal government has been pushing us to grow more this year to combat any food supply shortages this summer"...etc. 

This now says the same thing and leaves the politicians out of the ad.  This would resonate more with the public in my opinion  By including Trump and Trudeau in the copy and somehow attempting to compare the two is the wrong approach...too personal and too political.. 

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » Yesterday 7:58 am

RadioActive
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I feel the same way about this spot and it's needlessly alarmist. Threatening people that they're going to starve in the middle of a pandemic or that grocery story shelves are soon going to be empty when some people are already at the breaking point? That's just irresponsible. Scaring Canadians won't get them more money - or, by the way, sympathy.  

And you're right - love him or hate him, praising Trump in this country is a one-way ticket to failure. 

I'm surprised this over-the-top message passed the quality control standards for ads on so many stations. While I understand the farmers' desperation and I agree the feds gave them a lot less than they should have in aid, the spot is misleading and unnecessarily provocative at a time when the world needs less panic, not more.  

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