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SOWNY » Are These Really The "10 Best Radio Tuning Apps" On The Web? » Today 5:34 pm

cash
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MyTuner is the best. I love the layout and the station logos.

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 5:04 pm

TomTV
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Makes total sense to me why she declined.  She'd have been restricted about what she could say on that final newscast, she certainly could not say "A dickwad Bell executive didn't like that I let my real hair color appear on TV and I had to fight constantly to get the funding to maintain a quality newscast and finally he decided he didn't like a woman talking back to him so he fired me because he's an insecure piece of shit human being."

Twitter and Instagram?  Say whatever you want without any executive censoring you. If she'd done the final CTV newscast and been all glowing and sentimental on-air, then turned around a day later and told the real truth on twitter, people might have seen her as two-faced.



 

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 4:58 pm

AspectRatio
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RadioActive wrote:

If you recall, the exact same scenario played out when Gord Martineau didn't get his contract renewed by Rogers at City TV after decades as their main anchor. He did his final show and left without a word, and it wasn't until after he was gone that the stunned staff learned he was never coming back.

I'd forgotten about that, but it's a good comparison. Reading what you wrote here, I recalled there was some social media buzz about how he simply said "Stay tuned for 'Modern Family'" (arguably demeaning for a news anchor to have to do night after night in the best of times, but I digress) as usual for their "Modern Family" nightly syndication airing, and "that was that" for Martineau's role there.

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 3:53 pm

RadioActive
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RadioActive wrote:

Curioser and curioser, cried Alice. The Star is reporting that an internal CTV memo to staff indicates LaFlamme was offered a chance to say goodbye to viewers, but didn't take it. 

Lisa LaFlamme chose not to say goodbye on CTV News, Bell Media executive tells staff

You know, if this is true, then there may be a logical explanation why she used Twitter and not the CTV pulpit to say her last goodbye. If it became known it was her network swan song, it surely would have attracted a huge audience just to see her final appearance. And I'm guessing after a month of being told you're out of here, she didn't want them to benefit from it.

If you recall, the exact same scenario played out when Gord Martineau didn't get his contract renewed by Rogers at City TV after decades as their main anchor. He did his final show and left without a word, and it wasn't until after he was gone that the stunned staff learned he was never coming back. It could have been a ratings bonanza if they'd done promos for days and then feted him with clips and farewells. Instead, he was gone and it was just another newscast with no fanfare - and no extra eyeballs. 

I can't say for certain that's why either one did it - but I certainly wouldn't be in the mood to do the people firing me for no real reason any favours. 

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 3:35 pm

RadioActive
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Curioser and curioser, cried Alice. The Star is reporting that an internal CTV memo to staff indicates LaFlamme was offered a chance to say goodbye to viewers, but didn't take it. 

Lisa LaFlamme chose not to say goodbye on CTV News, Bell Media executive tells staff

SOWNY » Note To The Fan's Ben Wagner: Do Not Try This Away From Home » Today 3:13 pm

RadioActive
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He wanted to be part of a tradition, but he was out after a "slide" into home. 

Dodgers TV reporter injured sliding down "Bernie's Chalet"

SOWNY » Brian Stelter Out At CNN » Today 3:09 pm

RadioActive
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Yeah, but now we'll lose the dueling media shows sniping at each other in the same time slot Sunday mornings. It was fun to watch CNN & Fox cannibalize their on-air counterparts!

SOWNY » Broadcaster is a misnomer. » Today 3:05 pm

Wasn't so long ago we would hear "CFRB - A Service of Standard Broadcasting"
That posture is long gone. I once had a manager who explained away every decision of consequence with the conversation ending "It's just business" - which  is clearly the BCE/BellMedia  way of operating.

SOWNY » Brian Stelter Out At CNN » Today 3:00 pm

CNN has cancelled Reliable Sources. 

No great loss, speaking for myself.  Howard Kurtz created a great product each week and Stelter followed up with increasing levels of mediocrity.

Brian Stelter Leaving CNN, ‘Reliable Sources’ Cancelled | TVLine

SOWNY » What Aren't Cdns. Watching As Much Anymore? Turns Out, It's Hockey » Today 2:16 pm

paterson1
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I thought young demos liked NFL football, and nothing was said about this in the survey.  Not much of survey on sports if football isn't included or mentioned. 

SOWNY » Broadcaster is a misnomer. » Today 1:50 pm

laffin
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If I was on the air for a Bell station, regardless of tenure, I'd be checking to see if I should come into work tomorrow.  It's all about the bottom line and a total disregard for the listener by Bell Media, the pseudo-broadcaster which fired Lisa LaFlamme.  The firing of more than 200 radio and TV employees last year, the recent gutting of major-market radio station newsrooms, only confirms these number crunchers are in an industry they know absolutely nothing about and care less about any employee dedication.  How do you grasp Bell's moves when BCE's net profit in 2020 was $2.6 billion dollars, that's billion with a B.  Not only that, Bell received $122 million taxpayer dollars from the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy (CEWS) a  federal government agency.  Canadian broadcasting continues to be reshaped by these unconscionable decisions made by corporate ideologues calling themselves "broadcasters".  

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 12:59 pm

LOSat
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With the CBC getting ready to launch a FAST (Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV) News Service it might be a bit of a coup for them to sign Lisa LaFlamme as a marque anchor.  It would certainly guarantee CBC a lot of free publicity for the upcoming service should this come to pass.  Every news outlet and social feed would be full of the story should they sign her and instant eyeballs for the service.

SOWNY » Are These Really The "10 Best Radio Tuning Apps" On The Web? » Today 12:43 pm

tvguy
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Correction, on the Amazon products, the Amazon app is configured to authenticate login to my sirius account.  Not Tune-in.  My mistake.  But my voice commands to amazon devices generallly starts streaming to a particular device - i.e.  Amazon Show, Amazon Echo, etc.

SOWNY » Are These Really The "10 Best Radio Tuning Apps" On The Web? » Today 12:41 pm

tvguy
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Sirius’ streaming works on Tune-in on my Amazon products, as well as a separate app on osx devices.  I also have the ability to stream it on various configurations of SONOS speakers - from the Sonos app (OSX devices including iphone, ipad, desktop, laptop)
They may cut you a deal for under $8 per month for full straming rights

SOWNY » Are These Really The "10 Best Radio Tuning Apps" On The Web? » Today 12:15 pm

Chrisphen
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Sirius still has an online portal? I cancelled my subscription years ago in part because they discontinued the internet streaming feature.

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 11:37 am

LOSat
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I wonder what the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Canadian Labour Board and/or the CRTC would have to say about an executive who is quoted as saying he "enjoys destroying careers".   I would imagine Bell Media higher ups would be concerned about any of these Federal agencies coming in to study their labour practices.  

SOWNY » Are These Really The "10 Best Radio Tuning Apps" On The Web? » Today 11:34 am

RadioActive
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It's the claim made in the list compiled by Screen Rant, and I have to admit I've only heard or ever used a few of them, like Tune-In and Accu-Radio, which is probably my favourite for when I'm in the mood for music.

But there are some, like Radio Droid or MyTuner, that I've never seen before. 

What's in each? You can read about them and try them for yourself here. 

 

SOWNY » An Audio Tribute To Channel 47's Much Missed "All Night Show" » Today 11:27 am

Peter the K
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Years ago, back when Michael Lennick's brother, David, hung out on the board, he had mentioned that Michael (who was involved in the show) was working on a documentary about the all night show.  Then David left the board and Michael passed away in 2014. 

I had no idea that this doc was actually produced in 2007.

Thanks, rje1, for posting this.
 

SOWNY » An Audio Tribute To Channel 47's Much Missed "All Night Show" » Today 11:00 am

RadioActive
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Great stuff! Never knew this existed. Can't wait to watch it! Thanks for posting. 

SOWNY » An Audio Tribute To Channel 47's Much Missed "All Night Show" » Today 10:57 am

rje1
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Nice documentary about The All Night Show, "10,000 Shiftless Nights"....





 

SOWNY » The Lowest Price Is The Law....It's Official » Today 10:56 am

RadioActive
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Speaking of outlets that no longer exist... Now where did I put that little tiny pencil you needed to fill out the order?

https://i.postimg.cc/PJgGxmd3/Consumers-Distributing-Cover.jpg
 

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 10:53 am

PeterY
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A person who apparently “..enjoys destroying careers...” is a very disturbed individual. This type of character just doesn’t get mad, but gets even as well. All he has succeeded in doing by terminating Lisa LaFlamme is to create anger, shock and complete disgust across the country directed at him, as well as the company that prides itself in being so in tune with mental health awareness. This man has humiliated a wonderful professional broadcast journalist who has devoted her career bringing Canadians decades of in-depth, well researched news. She has the rare talent of connecting with viewers through genuine warmth and credibility - gifts that this man will never comprehend.

SOWNY » The Lowest Price Is The Law....It's Official » Today 10:48 am

RadioActive wrote:

And let's not forget: (There was one in Lawrence Plaza that I remember very well.) The chain eventually became Woolco in Canada and then stopped gathering Wool(co) altogether. 

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5213/5426179339_bd883b6153_b.jpg

Looks like a Saturn parked in front, another company that no longer exists.

SOWNY » The Lowest Price Is The Law....It's Official » Today 10:44 am

paterson1
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Woolco stores in Canada eventually were converted into Walmart.  Walmart bought the chain except for any downtown locations or stores that were unionized. 

Walmart rolled out the converted stores slowly and took years before the change over was complete.  Initially Walmart didn't put out many flyers and relied on their Everyday Low Prices.  However this concept was not known that well in Canada, and Canadian shoppers were accustomed to sales.  After 18 months Walmart doubled the number of flyer drops per year and eventually had a flyer every week, similar to their competition. Walmart would never call anything a sale, but rather "New Lower Prices."

Initially Walmart didn't do anything special for Boxing Day/Week and sales suffered badly as customers went to the competition for bargains.  Within two or three years Walmart also had Boxing Day/Week specials promoted on TV and with a flyer. 

SOWNY » What Aren't Cdns. Watching As Much Anymore? Turns Out, It's Hockey » Today 10:40 am

RadioActive
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Not sure I entirely buy all the findings in this story because it's based on an online survey, but if it's true, the solons at both TSN and Sportsnet won't be happy. The Leger survey shows sports viewing overall is down - but nowhere has the decline been more pronounced than in hockey.

The reasons why are open to debate, but the article posits that it may have to do with the season extending into the summer, the delayed World Juniors being played in the same season, more choice via streaming - which is also distracting a younger audience, and an increase in newcomers to the country where hockey isn't exactly an established religion.

How much hockey is too much? Viewership for Canada's sport on the decline, poll finds

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme out at CTV » Today 10:23 am

paterson1
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The local Kitchener newspaper has had a lot about Lisa's firing over the past few days.  She got her start at CKCO and is from Kitchener.   However interesting to note that Michael Melling also worked at CKCO years ago.  He wasn't here the same time as Laflamme, she had moved on years earlier to CTV.   But it is interesting to note that he is known locally here from his time at CKCO. 

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