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SOWNY » Mayor D'Angelo? » Today 1:45 pm

The Weed
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Holliday wrote:

Judge says former brewery owner 'probably guilty' of sexual assault, but acquits him

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/judge-says-former-brewery-owner-probably-guilty-of-sexual-assault-but-acquits-him-1.830045

You might want to mention the ruling was in 2009. Before looking at the date on the article, but first reading the alleged rape happened in 2007, and then reading, "The now 22 year old woman..."

You can imagine my first thought.

SOWNY » What Some Of The City's Top DJs Really Thought Of CanCon Rules » Today 11:52 am

pinto
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I remember attending a panel at CMW (when radio mattered to Neil Dixon) and Jim Waters was asked what he thought about CanCon.. this was in the 90's.  He said.. and I paraphrase.. it's great.  It should be 30% in the winter and 20% in the summer.  I looked at the person from the CRTC who was also on the panel just to see if they would have a stroke...
 

SOWNY » What Some Of The City's Top DJs Really Thought Of CanCon Rules » Today 11:30 am

RadioActive
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It appears almost two decades later, the attitude at the two big rock stations in the city hadn't changed much. Both of these articles are from Dec. 1985.

https://i.postimg.cc/qqPqfqqd/CFTR-CHUM-CFNY-In-Trouble-Over-Cancon-Dec-1985.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/Wphn04Rp/CFTR-CHUM-CHML-Cited-For-Can-Con-Issues-Dec-1985.jpg

SOWNY » What Some Of The City's Top DJs Really Thought Of CanCon Rules » Today 11:13 am

RadioActive
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It may not surprise you that, before the Canadian Content rules were instituted as government policy, many of Toronto radio's then-biggest personalities didn't much like the idea. Check out this brief blurb from RPM Magazine back in 1968. Some of the comments are overtly negative, while others were more willing to give it a try..

(Although I very much doubt John Donabie would say this today if asked.)

https://i.postimg.cc/3NqZGXRQ/Before-There-Was-Cancon-Comments-1968.jpg

SOWNY » Where was VTR Productions in Toronto » Today 12:04 am

Holliday
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Don’t forget “Wok With Yan” (not to be confused with Yan Can Cook)

SOWNY » CRTC Strikes Again, No New FM Radio Station In Yellowknife » Today 12:04 am

RadioActive
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I'll give them this - these guys are not giving up. Although it's clear they will likely never have many friends at the CRTC regardless of whether they get their licence or not. 

N.W.T.'s Cabin Radio asks Federal Court of Appeal to hear its case against CRTC

"Cabin's court filings argue that the CRTC erred, misled and stalled throughout its decision-making process.

"The process followed by the CRTC is a story of administrative neglect and bungling that has resulted in real prejudice to the applicant and the community it serves," reads Cabin's memorandum of fact and law."

SOWNY » Mayor D'Angelo? » Yesterday 11:07 pm

Radiowiz
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Too many people running.
Both the right and left wing runners need to think things through carefully and have some withdraw (throwing support behind another person running) to best reduce the chances of a split vote. 
 

SOWNY » Where was VTR Productions in Toronto » Yesterday 10:16 pm

Eastern Sound was on Yorkville. VTR was on Scollard.  Connected by a hallway and a door back by Eastern Studio 3 (the studio Brian Nimens and I worked out of - I followed Brian after he left Eastern to start Sound Ideas).  That space is now the Four Seasons hotel. 
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SOWNY » Dave Agar Hounds Fox » Yesterday 9:57 pm

ckg927
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If you're on Twitter(as I am...a LOT), Agar is worth following. I'd argue he's similar to John Beard(who worked...well, EVERYWHERE; he had stints in Buffalo(News 4 in the late 70s-early 80s, and then Channel 2 where did co-anchored Daybreak)in that they both regularly post news stories from other outlets.

SOWNY » Turns Of Phrase: Constant On-Air Cliches That Drive You Crazy » Yesterday 9:25 pm

turkeytop
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Now, Gordon Sinclair was never one to indulge in the use of cliches.

Once, during a brutal cold snap, he declared "It would freeze the nuts off the bolts."

SOWNY » Where was VTR Productions in Toronto » Yesterday 9:24 pm

Glen Warren
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47 Scollard St.

Studio 1 was the larger of the two studios.   CBC productions,  "King of Kensington", Global's "Anything Goes",  Pierre Berton series (various), Henson's "Fraggle Rock" , "Test Pattern" w/ Dan Gallagher, and Bill Carroll.

Studio 1 had audience seating/bleachers and 4 Philips cameras,,,

Studio 2 was smaller......  Sears commercials....

Shut down in the early 90s, the property was sold to developers, and was torn down, Condos are now on the site.


 

SOWNY » Where was VTR Productions in Toronto » Yesterday 9:22 pm

Peter the K
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VTR productions studios were on Yorkville along with Eastern Sound.  (Doug Thomson's old hangout.  Maybe he'll chime in.)

I attended a taping of "The Great Debate" back in the early 80s (with the rest of my college class) to see how a "real" production was done.  I also got into a taping of "Test Pattern" and walked away with a fistfull of gift cards for Country Style Donuts. 

SOWNY » Where was VTR Productions in Toronto » Yesterday 9:07 pm

Davester
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Thanks to Bonusround.ca, I'm catching up on episodes of Test Pattern.
First of all, it's a travesty that there is not more info on the internet about host Dan Gallagher (RIP).

2nd, where was VTR Productions in Toronto located?  It appears that they no longer exists.
All I can really find is a 2015 SOWNY post about VTR Productions Demo Reels https://gta.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=45
and that Fraggle Rock was shot there.

Where was this legendary production studio?

Davester.
 

SOWNY » Mayor D'Angelo? » Yesterday 8:31 pm

Glen Warren
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betaylored wrote:

Ed the Sock for mayor!

Hot tub parties in the Mayor's office... wait for it...
 

SOWNY » Four Major Rochester TV Stations Go "Next Gen 3.0" » Yesterday 6:15 pm

andysradio
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31-2 and 31-3 are muxed into WHAM.

SOWNY » Pat Tabler leaving Blue Jays broadcasts » Yesterday 5:51 pm

RadioActive
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Ex-TSN & Sportsnet colour man Pat Tabler has landed a new job - he'll be part of the play-by-play team for the Cleveland Guardians. 

Former Blue Jays broadcaster Pat Tabler lands new on-air gig


 

SOWNY » New CBC TV Sitcom Has A Radio Angle » Yesterday 5:13 pm

mic'em
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I have watched the entire series. I worked in St. Johns in 76-77 and shared a house with one of the jocks from VOCM. I worked at rival Q93. I remember well the hosts having to wear those red blazers during remotes. I ridiculed my then room mate as often as possible. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png

SOWNY » New Doc Outlines How "Blackmail" Ruined Blood, Sweat & Tears' Career » Yesterday 4:26 pm

RadioActive
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I had no idea this ever happened but this documentary looks really interesting, especially if you were a fan of BS&T, the famous horn group that featured Canada's David Clayton-Thomas on lead vocal. They had a ton of hits both here and in the U.S., with greats like Spinning Wheel, You've Made Me So Very Happy, Lucretia MacEvil and When I Die.

But then the group just seemed to fade away in the early 70s, vanishing without any new music, despite winning several Grammy Awards.

According to a new documentary, there was a reason for the failure. And the group blames the American government. It turns out Clayton-Thomas had a criminal record here, and that led the U.S. to waffle on allowing him access to America. But without their lead singer, there was no way for them to tour while the hits were hot. That's when the American government stepped in with an offer they couldn't refuse.

"They went on a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour behind the Iron Curtain into Romania, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

"The tour itself was stressful, especially in Romania where government troops assaulted animated concert-goers, but it also put Blood, Sweat & Tears in a precarious position. On one side was the conservative right, which was anti-rock 'n' roll to begin with and was well aware of the group's opposition to the war in Vietnam. Afterward, however, the left began to describe them as a tool of the U.S. government and therefore "uncool." Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies even dubbed the band "Blood, Sweat & Bullshit."


That story is the basis of the new film "What The Hell Happened To Blood, Sweat & Tears?" Every group has a life span. The documentary outlines why theirs may have been cut short way too soon. 

How Blood, Sweat & Tears Were Blackmailed Into A Disastrous Tour 

SOWNY » Four Major Rochester TV Stations Go "Next Gen 3.0" » Yesterday 3:46 pm

andysradio
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So the way I read it, the ATSC 3 signal is on RF. 28 WUHF. For those with older sets [most], are they still able to get WUHF via some other host?

SOWNY » The Online Station Where Tom Hanks Is A Rock 'N Roll Disc Jockey » Yesterday 3:28 pm

The weekly Roger Ashby Oldies Show also plays many vintage commercials, such as Hanks mentioned as well as a great many interview clips, plus more familiar oldies.  Roger does occasionally play obscure or long forgotten songs that have relevance to the music of the 1960s and '70s..  

SOWNY » Pelmorex Inc. Introduces new Weather Network FAST Channel » Yesterday 3:12 pm

DeepTracks
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https://i.ibb.co/xS24DdV/f.jpg


One (I) might have thought JOIN TV would have picked up on this, seeing as F.A.S.T. is part of their 'claim'.

SOWNY » Mayor D'Angelo? » Yesterday 3:12 pm

betaylored
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Ed the Sock for mayor!

SOWNY » Pelmorex Inc. Introduces new Weather Network FAST Channel » Yesterday 2:42 pm

ED1
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Great service to have for cord cutters.

SOWNY » Four Major Rochester TV Stations Go "Next Gen 3.0" » Yesterday 2:40 pm

RadioAaron
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WROC and WHEC swapped affiliations in the late 80s.

SOWNY » Four Major Rochester TV Stations Go "Next Gen 3.0" » Yesterday 2:16 pm

Isn't WROC the NBC station?  I thought it was channel 8 (at least that's what I thought I remembered as a kid, when we could receive Rochester on rabbit ears out in Cayuga))

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