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SOWNY » WEBR Announcer Dies From COVID-19 » Today 7:37 pm

RadioActive
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Jack Horohoe had been in Buffalo radio for decades, starting with the great Hound Dog Lorenz. He recently made a comeback, of sorts, with a shift on the new WEBR 1440 AM, (formerly WJJL) after 49 years away from the mic. But the coronavirus, as it has too often for too many, caught up to him and he passed away at age 77.
 
Buffalo broadcaster Jack Horohoe passes away from coronavirus
 
From July 7:
 
He's back on the radio after a 49-year hiatus
 
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SOWNY » Where Do These Alternate Versions Of Hit Records Come From? » Today 7:14 pm

RadioActive
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Pretty sure that's not what they played. It was definitely a male voice but the entire arrangement was different and there wasn't the same instrumentation as the famous version.

When Bell bought CHUM, they must have inherited all of their library. (Not that I'm thinking they're still playing anything off of 45s or LPs.) You'd think there would be someone there to identify the right version by the right group. This is almost a weekly occurrence now.   

SOWNY » Where Do These Alternate Versions Of Hit Records Come From? » Today 6:02 pm

Lorne
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I haven't heard the show yet, but there was another version that charted on CHUM (#27) and Billboard (#71) ... 


 

SOWNY » Where Do These Alternate Versions Of Hit Records Come From? » Today 5:49 pm

RadioActive
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It's happened again, and I should probably just get used to it. On Ashby's show this week, he did a Top 5 countdown that ended with The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral." Or at least it was supposed to. 

I have no idea what version of the song they played, but it certainly wasn't the one that topped the charts in the 60s. Not only wasn't it close to the original but I'm not even certain it was actually the New Vaudeville Band at all, it was that different. 

While I agree this is not the most important thing on the planet, I wish they would fix whatever's causing this. It simply doesn't sound good when a very famous tune that topped the charts and won a Grammy and became famous around the world isn't the one that reached that pinnacle.  

SOWNY » Jane-Finch website and 640 » Today 3:08 pm

I happen to have a 17 minute long video clip of AM640 hosting a "Silence the Gun" panel.  It looks like its dated Jan 5, 2006.  Some of the people mentioned in the article are in this video.

SOWNY » Jane-Finch website and 640 » Today 1:14 pm

Calhame
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Just came across this article

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5817658

Interesting read

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Today 10:29 am

paterson1
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The broadcast division for Rogers has not been doing well, what media is right now?  Likely the bad news started with the expensive NHL broadcast deal which still has years to go until the 2025/26 season.

Rogers will be glad to be rid of that drain on their revenue.  Their only hope between now and the end of the deal would be that a Canadian team makes it to the NHL final.  Look for the next NHL broadcast package in Canada be a split between Rogers, CBC, and Bell.

Rogers seems to be getting into real estate in a big way, with a big development in Mississauga and an even larger one proposed for downtown Toronto which may be on hold until the economy settles down.

Their $10 billion take over of Cogeco is dead but it does show that Rogers still has a lot of cash to throw around.  The Cogeco takeover included a lot of radio stations and it would have been interesting to see if they would have kept them or sold some or all of them off.  Most of the stations were in Quebec where Rogers doesn't have any.

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Today 8:02 am

I guess for Roger's it's all about putting out the cheapest product possible.  It's a shame, I enjoyed hearing Wilner.

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Today 8:00 am

cash wrote:

Thankfully, Rogers has that NHL deal. 

... and Shomi plus their $500 million, next-gen cable box. LOL

SOWNY » Supriya Dwivedi Makes Tearful Farewell To GNR640 After Online Threats » Today 7:29 am

mic'em
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She will fit into CBC radio quite easily if that is the direction she goes. Where ever she lands, she will do a great job. Good luck Supriya. I am sorry for the way you were treated in this market. 

SOWNY » Supriya Dwivedi Makes Tearful Farewell To GNR640 After Online Threats » Today 3:46 am

Charlie
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Jody Thornton wrote:

Charlie wrote:

Reading through all that drivel, can somebody explain how Twitter has done anything but damage to the world?
 

Why was what she wrote drivel in your estimation?
She seems to have had a rough time with this, and also wanted to express her gratitude to listeners and colleagues.
 

Not what she wrote, what everybody else wrote.  Twitter brings down any conversation in about 2 seconds.  Utter garbage, for the most part.
 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst TV Show In History? Yep. Nothing Could Ever Beat It » Today 2:40 am

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Mr. Sutherland argues that Heil Hitler is only the second worst television show ever.
He gives the title of worst ever TV show to a show called POOCHINSKI, 
a show about a cop who died and came back to life as a talking dog:

"Well first I'm gonna try licking myself, and then I'm gonna catch my killer"




Mr. Sutherland's view on all this:



 

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Today 2:21 am

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Forward Power wrote:

How about Rogers just totally cleans house and shuts down completely?  Do us all a favour and put that piece of crap company out of its misery.  Same with Bell.

Bell is most likely doing a lot better than Rogers financially.
The thought that maybe Rogers IS bankrupt, but not yet filed does come to mind.
THAT
Or maybe they want to wash their hands of all the businesses they own, but need to make it look profitable before the sale... 

I don't know, but something is not adding up when you figure all the recent cuts PLUS the recent hikes in cable, internet, etc...
 

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Today 1:23 am

betaylored
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Prod Guy wrote:

Does it seem odd to anyone that Rogers PR would put out such a complimentary statement about someone they just got rid of? 
We love him.  If only he still worked here.

It's the corporate breakup version of "it's not you, it's me."

Quite a few people leaving the radio business this month, some voluntarily retiring, as well as the seasonal company "turkey dump".

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Today 1:18 am

cash
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Thankfully, Rogers has that NHL deal. 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst TV Show In History? Yep. Nothing Could Ever Beat It » Today 1:12 am

betaylored
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Oof.This show gives you an idea of how talented Mel Brooks and Monty "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" Python were to write their classics.

By the way, Mel's on Twitter and he's a hoot.

SOWNY » Is This The Worst TV Show In History? Yep. Nothing Could Ever Beat It » Yesterday 11:52 pm

Saul
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Found some commentary via YouTube that summed it up nicely - along the lines that if you're going to delve into absurdist humour, you have to work incredibly hard, and precisely, to make it work.

I'm not really bothered about the use of Hitler as a target of satire, and even the notion of Hitler as your everyday Jackie Gleason - perhaps the right mind could take it somewhere worthwhile. Humour is risky business, and satirists can't feel restrained - at least initially - by the risk of bad taste (airing the material, or it succeeding, is an entirely other matter). Satirists need to be able to dig deep into the well of weirdness during the creative stage. But the rest of the world doesn't really need to hear about it unless true genius emerges.

With the right kind of magic creative juice, could this have worked? The problem is it was just a notion, certainly nothing even remotely close to an idea well thought out. The artist's putty here is the worst of the worst of what humankind has  managed to dredge up, and to make anything of it you absolutely have to dive deep - and deep in this case is extermination camps and genocide and ratting out neighbours and family to death squads. (Conversely, it's also incredible bravery and powerful morality; and a lot of weirdness in between the two extremes). But this pilot is a dud. There's no brilliance, nothing that says 'touché, nothing that does what dark comedy needs to do - somehow hit the nail on the head and shine a light like it's never been shone before.

Certainly, I can't say where you take this. Quite possibly nowhere. Looking around at the contemporary hate in the world around us, I'm not sure what I would do with contemporary material. I'm no Mel Brooks, and far as I know he didn't touch this stuff.

All that said, there's a couple moments that caught my attention: the sense of Hitler wanting to seem like a normal everyday guy. That was played up a few times in the episode, and rings true for populi

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » Yesterday 10:58 pm

Saul
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I vaguely recall taxpayer subsidies...

Anyhow, funny that this comes out when attendance is below zero...
 

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » Yesterday 10:49 pm

Prod Guy
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Does it seem odd to anyone that Rogers PR would put out such a complimentary statement about someone they just got rid of? 
We love him.  If only he still worked here.

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » Yesterday 10:33 pm

mojo55 wrote:

In its heyday, the SkyDome was a major improvement over Exhibition Stadium.  In the early 90s, the Jays had no
problem getting the big crowds especially for decisive games. Whatever structure replaces it needs a retractable roof
simply because our climate on many days during the baseball season is not conducive for enjoying the games in
comfort. Although it is not a traditional ball park, I will hate to see it go.  Play ball...regardless of the weather.
 

It was one of the last of the concrete monoliths. They were behind the curve as the trend had begun for retro ballparks. I've never seen a ballpark with less character than Rogers Centre, except maybe for Tropicana Field and the Kingdome. It's just a giant info-commercial for Rogers Communications. And I wouldn't feed the food there to a dog.
 

SOWNY » Supriya Dwivedi Makes Tearful Farewell To GNR640 After Online Threats » Yesterday 10:06 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

Some people take their radio hosts / programming far too seriously and need to bring it down a few notches.  

And in the inverse of that, is it possible the hosts take their commenters too seriously? I have no idea, but perhaps Supriya's motivation wasn't 100% the "hateful commentators" - maybe she was tiring of the gig or wanted to try something else - and ultimately it's your own life and career and you have to do what's right for you, so she has every right to make this decision and step away, of course. But any remotely public figure has to deal with this and many deal with it as just "background noise" and tune it out or choose not to be bothered by it.

SOWNY » Supriya Dwivedi Makes Tearful Farewell To GNR640 After Online Threats » Yesterday 9:38 pm

Charlie wrote:

Reading through all that drivel, can somebody explain how Twitter has done anything but damage to the world?
 

Why was what she wrote drivel in your estimation?
She seems to have had a rough time with this, and also wanted to express her gratitude to listeners and colleagues.
 

SOWNY » Supriya Dwivedi Makes Tearful Farewell To GNR640 After Online Threats » Yesterday 9:11 pm

Charlie
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Dial Twister wrote:

From her Twitter feed....
 https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/870311887724007424/Txib2ni8_bigger.jpg
 As some of you may have just heard on air, after submitting my resignation to Corus early last month, today was my last show. Without turning this into an annoyingly long thread, a few things: thank you so much to the listeners over the last 4 years. It's been 1/

There are three more tweets related to the above...

https://twitter.com/supriyadwivedi

And this sure didn't take long...
https://globalnews.ca/author/Supriya-Dwivedi/
 

Reading through all that drivel, can somebody explain how Twitter has done anything but damage to the world?
 

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » Yesterday 8:25 pm

Chrisphen
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It won't come down any time soon. Rogers can't afford it - in fact they've recently done mass layoffs just to stay solvent.

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