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SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Today 2:02 am

Radiowiz
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So if listeners in droves go to the stream what is their local sports radio doing to keep listeners during that time? 

SOWNY » Christie Blatchford dies » Today 1:11 am

Saul
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Dale Patterson wrote:

Saw this in the Sun's Letter To The Editor section:

[size=100][size=125]BLATCHFORD WAS ALL CLASS[/size][/size]

Way back when I was a Toronto Police officer, I was off-duty trying to buy two tickets to a Canada Cup hockey game that was being played at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. All the scalpers took one look at me and my brush cut and refused to deal with me fearing that I was working undercover. I spotted Christie Blatchford in the crowd and explained my dilemma. I had never met her before. She laughed and said “stay right here and leave it with me.” Five minutes later she returned with two tickets. When I asked her how much I owed her, she waved her hand and said, “Enjoy the game.” Class, pure class.

Tom Newell

Niagara Falls

Maybe I'm mising something here. It's late. But if this is meant to convey respect for her, how?

SOWNY » Beautiful Music » Today 1:00 am

Radiowiz
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Dale Patterson wrote:

Many of us here remember the "Beautiful Music" format. Locally, that format was heard on CHAY Barrie, CKDS Hamilton and CKQS Oshawa, and CHFI-FM at least until the early '70s. While I listened mostly to Top 40 radio back then, from what I heard of the Beautiful Music format, it was very well done, very stylish.

I always knew 94.9 FM to be CKQT Oshawa.
This was long before it was sold to Power Broadcasting in the 90's as it became CKGE-Edge 94.9 FM "Your current music station" (No relation to Toronto's Edge)

CKQT Oshawa, under Grant Broadcasting ownership was "On the Quiet side" and "Always quiet and beautiful..." 
until one day they decided to become "Easy favourites", while maintaining a very similar format.

Also, here's a great timeless classic ad for a station greatly missed in Toronto: 









 

SOWNY » Christie Blatchford dies » Today 12:22 am

Saw this in the Sun's Letter To The Editor section:

[size=100][size=125]BLATCHFORD WAS ALL CLASS[/size][/size]

Way back when I was a Toronto Police officer, I was off-duty trying to buy two tickets to a Canada Cup hockey game that was being played at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. All the scalpers took one look at me and my brush cut and refused to deal with me fearing that I was working undercover. I spotted Christie Blatchford in the crowd and explained my dilemma. I had never met her before. She laughed and said “stay right here and leave it with me.” Five minutes later she returned with two tickets. When I asked her how much I owed her, she waved her hand and said, “Enjoy the game.” Class, pure class.

Tom Newell

Niagara Falls

SOWNY » Beautiful Music » Yesterday 11:56 pm

Many of us here remember the "Beautiful Music" format. Locally, that format was heard on CHAY Barrie, CKDS Hamilton and CKQS Oshawa, and CHFI-FM at least until the early '70s. While I listened mostly to Top 40 radio back then, from what I heard of the Beautiful Music format, it was very well done, very stylish.

Would there be room for an updated version of the Beautiful Music format today? At least a couple of SiriusXM channels are devoted to that style of programming, so there must be interest from listeners for them to provide these channels. But what about terrestrial radio? Is there a place for Beautiful Music on today's radio dial? Maybe not with the Living Strings and Mantovani, but a "lighter than light" format with modern artists. Kind of like Iain Grant's very nice online station.

http://crystalradio.ca

SOWNY » Christie Blatchford dies » Yesterday 11:37 pm

Prod Guy
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THANK YOU.

Finally one person willing to speak the truth. 

She made a career providing a voice to the unafflicted.  How noble.

SOWNY » The New XFL football league had good ratings to start! » Yesterday 11:25 pm

Prod Guy
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grilled.cheese wrote:

WWE, not WWF.  World Wrestling Entertainment. 

Don't be a stickler.  It's only been 20 years.  People here still call fridges ice boxes.

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 11:18 pm

Prod Guy
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RadioActive wrote:

They'll be carried by other stations on the A's radio network.

 So let's get this straight.  A bay area station is presumably producing a network broadcast but not running it themselves?   There must be some massive egos involved for everyone to come to an arrangement that ridiculous.

SOWNY » Stingray launches music video channel Stingray Country » Yesterday 10:24 pm

splunge
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i get bored quickly with stingray's channels available on bell.  but if you're a subscriber, then go to their website.  it has so many unique sub-channels.

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 10:21 pm

Saul
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Andy McNabb wrote:

Three things to consider (if not far more):
You've got to be where your consumers are consuming...For many reasons, sure, do the stream, but keep the radio as well...build unique and compelling value into the online experience.  Leverage radio's ubiquitous and easily accessible reach to promote and generate the word of mouth to drive online activity.

Spot on, Andy. Cross branding, cross-marketing, across platforms. It's not one or the other. And it's knowing where your audience is - almost by the minute these days. Radio, internet, whatever ... they're mainly delivery trucks.

 

SOWNY » Two "Second Bananas" From CBS 70s Comedies Die 24 Hrs. Apart » Yesterday 10:11 pm

I always thought Kellye Nakahara should have had a larger role. She was very good in what little we saw of her.

SOWNY » Stingray launches music video channel Stingray Country » Yesterday 10:07 pm

paterson1
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Stingray has a whole whack of video channels. Stingray Hits!, Vibe, Loud, Retro, Juicebox, Classical etc, and now Country.  They are all well done, just videos, station breaks and no commercials, but I did read that they plan to sell ads on these stations at some point.

I have Bell and I think they still have Stingray Satellite Music audio channels on,somewhere, but I don't listen to them often. Some of Stingray's music channels were actually as good if not better than XM Sirius, but, only have so much time for this, even Sirius I am not listening to nearly as much.

Sometimes when I am skimming by I will watch some of the video channels, great stereo sound and their music choices on Retro and Hits! can be interesting. And yes they do play cancon!  Nice to see some of the old videos that Much Music played back in the day. Even though the music industry has been getting hammered sales wise over the past 10-15 years, they still do invest in new videos.

SOWNY » The New XFL football league had good ratings to start! » Yesterday 9:35 pm

RadioActive
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Anyone remember a previous attempt to do this? It only lasted three seasons. 

https://i.ibb.co/k62XzX2/CHCH-Hamilton-USFL-Ad-Star-Week-March-19-1983.jpg

SOWNY » Stingray launches music video channel Stingray Country » Yesterday 9:32 pm

RadioActive
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Two questions - will it ever be offered on your system and if it is, will anyone watch it?

Stingray launches music video channel Stingray Country

SOWNY » The New XFL football league had good ratings to start! » Yesterday 9:29 pm

paterson1
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I watched some of the first game. The crowd seemed into it, and ABC was trying hard. As long as they don't make the game or broadcasts too gimmicky or fake like WWE. Some of the plays were pretty bad however, a lot of poor throws. But better to judge in a few months when they get over opening season jitters. I am sure the games will get better, but as far as ratings go, that would be anyone's guess.

SOWNY » The New XFL football league had good ratings to start! » Yesterday 9:23 pm

WWE, not WWF.  World Wrestling Entertainment. 

SOWNY » KD Lang » Yesterday 9:10 pm

paterson1
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I met KD Lang at O'Hare in Chicago. Chatted with her for about 5 minutes. She was coming back from Nashville and she told me that she had just wrapped up recording with Roy Orbison. 

Here's an artist you don't hear on the radio much anymore, even her hits. She did win 4 Grammy Awards and had multiple platinum albums in Canada, US, Australia and the UK, so she still deserves a little airplay. Her version of Hallelujah is still the best, was number #2 on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100 and you never hear it on the radio. Still deserves a spin once in a while.  

SOWNY » The New XFL football league had good ratings to start! » Yesterday 9:00 pm

The new XFL league had surprisingly decent numbers in week one with an average of 2.9 million viewers stateside...

But, come week 2...those numbers dropped to 2.3 million. One reason is not one Quarterback has thrown for more than 300 yards...even the CFL is better.

The XFL is owned by the World Wresting Federation people...although it is only week 2, I wonder if the fan base can be had and grow and if the T.V. ratings will climb? I have a gut feeling it may...but it will take a year or 3, a luxury of time that I am not sure this league has.

Here's more on the ratings for the new XFL...oh and if you do watch, warning and a spoiler alert, the uniforms are a bit mmm...a bit austentatious  or colourful and not in a good way...


https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2876931-xfls-week-2-games-on-abc-average-23m-viewers-down-from-29m-in-week-1

SOWNY » KD Lang » Yesterday 8:51 pm

Hockey players "hang" them up, Katie, "Lang's" them up, so to speak!


 

SOWNY » Two "Second Bananas" From CBS 70s Comedies Die 24 Hrs. Apart » Yesterday 8:41 pm

RadioActive
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I might not normally note this here, but the coincidence makes this unusual. Two women who played mostly secondary parts in two classic CBS TV shows both passed away just one day apart. 

The first is Kellye Nakahara, who portrayed nurse Kellye on the classic comedy "M*A*S*H." She recalled how she went from an unnamed extra at the beginning of her role to having a name - and even a memorable script written just for her by star Alan Alda, in which she gets to tell Hawkeye off. She may not have been a household name, but if you check the link below, you'll likely know her when you see her. 

The second passing came Monday, when Ja'Net DuBois passed away. She played the next door neighbour Willona on Norman Lear's "Maude" spinoff "Good Times." But she might be even better known for what she did off screen - writing and singing the iconic theme song "Movin' On Up" from "The Jeffersons." 

Nakahara was 72. DuBois was 74.

Kellye Nakahara Wallett Dies: Played ‘M*A*S*H’ Nurse Lt. Yamato During Series’ Entire Run 

Songwriter And 'Good Times' Actress Ja'Net DuBois Dies

SOWNY » 1220 » Yesterday 8:34 pm

darcyh
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No luck receiving the signal in the Grand Bend / London area. I'll try again after sunset. Are they testing 24 / 7 or is it limited hours?

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 8:05 pm

paterson1
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This is a non issue for the Jays, as mentioned above as long as the team is owned by Rogers. Even if ever sold I am sure they would be picked up by someone in the GTA.  Radio and baseball are a good mix.
At least KJQI AM Spanish in San Fran is still covering games.

For Oakland this is not good. They do not even draw as many fans at home as the Jays.  Last year's attendance at Rogers Centre for the Jays came in at a low 1,750,000 vs only 1,622,000 in Oakland.  Both teams are near the bottom for attendance.

Too bad the Jays can pack the stadium in Seattle and are a good draw attracting  fans in a few other cities but not at home.  Maybe this year they will have a team that wins more and a little more exciting to watch. 

SOWNY » Canadian HD Radio List & Some Questions » Yesterday 7:24 pm

Fitz
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RadioAaron wrote:

Well, it'd have to be Jewel 92.1, as I'm pretty sure that's the only station airing that show with HD activated. I'll guess 1=FM, 2=HD, 3=Stream

Nice try Aaron but no cigar. Don't feel bad though because as I mentioned above I F'd up the test due to too many variables in the chain. The best thing to have done woiuld have been to go directly to digital on the HD and FM and I did not do that. Also I should have used a non lossy file format such as Wav and by mistake I used a high bit rate MP3,

I took the internet feed from the Windsor AM station and the others from CKDO HD and the repeater FM.
 

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 7:07 pm

TomSanders
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So, since they don't have a broadcast station in their home market, they can give a free stream to their fans while fans of the other 29 teams have to pay on MLB.com.   How is this allowed, and why don't more teams try it?

In 2000 the Expos had no English broadcast radio. They streamed only, and the games were on in French on CKAC. That's the year I saw my three Expos games (they lost all of them, to the Giants). CKAC was barely listenable inside Stade Olympique.
 

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 6:31 pm

RadioAaron
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Luckily, it won't happen here as long as Rogers owns the team.

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 6:00 pm

RadioActive
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Perhaps the biggest irony of all this is that none of the other teams, including the Jays, allow their radio games to be streamed on the Internet, because Major League Baseball wants to sell fans on a subscription service that lets them listen to whatever teams they want. 

So those fans can only hear baseball on their local radio stations and not on the Internet. 

But Oakland followers can only hear baseball on the Internet and not on their local radio station!

We increasingly live in a Bizzaro World.  

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 5:42 pm

Andy McNabb
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Three things to consider (if not far more):
1. You've got to be where your consumers are consuming, and where future consumers can most easily access your product/service. 

2. For many reasons, sure, do the stream, but keep the radio as well.  Forcing existing customers to jump through more hoops and add multiple steps to access your product/service where the psychological hurdles in so doing are high (especially for listeners who don't have unlimited data and/or have not developed a comfort zone with technology), is a recipe for turning off your customers, and limits simplicity and speed of access to future customers.

3. If baseball wants to attract younger fans online, build unique and compelling value into the online experience.  Leverage radio's ubiquitous and easily accessible reach to promote and generate the word of mouth to drive online activity.

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » Yesterday 4:59 pm

geo
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If Blue Jays games are no longer on broadcast radio, how can we keep "up" with Reese McGuire?

SOWNY » Canadian HD Radio List & Some Questions » Yesterday 3:51 pm

RadioAaron
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Well, it'd have to be Jewel 92.1, as I'm pretty sure that's the only station airing that show with HD activated. I'll guess 1=FM, 2=HD, 3=Stream

SOWNY » Canadian HD Radio List & Some Questions » Yesterday 3:25 pm

Fitz
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In the case of Zoomer Radio I don't think the HD sounds worse than 740 but in the case of FM it's usually different.

This past weekend I actually did a test of HD, FM and Internet streams as it's something that I have been trying to figure out. Not a perfect test as there were too many variables but here's some samples of the same segment on each type of broadcast and bonus points for any one that can ID what type of broadcast each is:

https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Slow-Down-1.mp3


https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Slow-Down-2.mp3


https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Slow-Down-3.mp3

 

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