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SOWNY » You Won't Believe Who's Behind This Obscure U.S. Radio Station » Today 6:00 pm

RadioActive
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Been listening off and on and I'm kind of impressed by the range of oldies they're playing. It's pretty unusual. 

Considering it's the Gilligan's Island station, do you suppose they ever play "Liar Liar" by (wait for it) The Castaways?

SOWNY » After One Month of All Music Kelowna's 103.9 Announces On Air Line Up » Today 3:22 pm

geo
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In the real estate business, there is a saying that "no matter how bad is the market, and even if there is no market, you NEVER, EVER walk away from approved (for development) land. 

The same can be said for a broadcaster.    It took someone a number of years and a whole lotta dough and arm twisting to get it going.    A  financial recession or a global pandemic aren't valid reasons to walk away.   

Even if it is located in a one-hearse town, someone is bound to come along and snap it up.    

SOWNY » You Won't Believe Who's Behind This Obscure U.S. Radio Station » Today 2:51 pm

RadioActive
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Radiowiz wrote:

I wonder...what happened to their website? http://www.bobdenver.com/radio/ 

Their website address has changed slightly. This is the new one, without the "www."

https://bobdenver.com/

https://i.ibb.co/r5P1mSt/den.jpg

SOWNY » After One Month of All Music Kelowna's 103.9 Announces On Air Line Up » Today 2:14 pm

paterson1
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Surprisingly, there have only been a couple of radio stations in Canada close up due to COVID and all of the economic upheaval.  One station that did close down was in Kelowna BC.  However less than a year later, the station was back with a new owner, format, and now after a month of playing straight music 103.9 The Lake presents their new on air line up.  Some names will be familiar...Story from Broadcast Dialogue.
https://broadcastdialogue.com/kelownas-103-9-the-lake-to-debut-veteran-talent-lineup/

SOWNY » Get Ready To Pay More For Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ And More » Today 2:03 pm

paterson1
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Netflix, Amazon, Disney etc. charging sales tax is hardly a Netflix tax.  It is something that should have been happening when they started to do business in Canada.  Everyone talks about being treated equal, now these entertainment giants are.

SOWNY » You Won't Believe Who's Behind This Obscure U.S. Radio Station » Today 12:40 pm

mace
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For those with a Sonos box, the station can be found on MyTuner Radio.

SOWNY » It's Not Working » Today 12:29 pm

mojo55
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Dan Shulman has done radio and still does games for ESPN radio occasionally.  It is not rocket science to adjust to 
this situation and Martinez should be trying to do so but he obviously doesn’t seem to care.

SOWNY » You Won't Believe Who's Behind This Obscure U.S. Radio Station » Today 12:03 pm

mace
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The station seems to have a much wider playlist than most oldies stations. I have had to use Shazam several times because I was not familiar with the tune.

SOWNY » Viewer Alert: CNN's New DocuSeries "The History Of Late Night" TV » Today 11:37 am

mace
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Dale Patterson wrote:

Glad they mentioned "The First Lady of Television", Faye Emerson. Wish there had been more on Broadway Open House, another original show that was a forerunner of Tonight. Some clips of that show survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc2lEW21Zno

If you search Broadway Open House on the Uncle Earl's Classic TV Channel site, you will find two episodes from Dec 14, 1950 and Jan 30, 1951. I believe some of the original commercials are included.

SOWNY » It's Not Working » Today 11:34 am

I can't blame the announcers.  They are not trained to do radio and trying to do both at the same time is impossible.  

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Today 10:23 am

Hansa
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They also asked if people would listen to podcasts produced by their favourite radio personalities.

SOWNY » New Tech Allows Listeners To Skip Hated Songs On Live Radio » Today 9:59 am

RadioActive
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The article mentions that they're trying to negate some of the effects of Spotify, as it eats into their audience. But I just don't see anyone paying for this. Why would you when another song is just a station flip away?

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Today 9:58 am

Oh and one dude mentioned he listened to Sauga 960

SOWNY » New Tech Allows Listeners To Skip Hated Songs On Live Radio » Today 9:57 am

Sounds like a premium Spotify membership.

SOWNY » You Won't Believe Who's Behind This Obscure U.S. Radio Station » Today 9:55 am

RadioActive
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Nothing surprises me in radio anymore. But I have to admit this did. 

There's a radio station in the small town of Princeton, West Virginia that broadcasts at 93.1 FM with a whole 100 watts of power using an oldies format. But it's the owner of the place that makes it interesting. It was started by the late Bob Denver, the former star of Gilligan's Island. And it's known by its nickname, "Little Buddy Radio," which is what the Skipper called his befuddled first mate in the TV show. 

How did this come about? Turns out Denver retired from showbiz to take care of his autistic son and they set up the radio station as a means to raise money for people who have that issue, as well as others who need help. Not sure how a 100-watt non-profit radio station does that, but well, good for them for trying. 

Denver died in 2005 but his wife still runs the foundation behind it. 

The station's official call letters are WGAG-FM and I'm assuming the Professor is the chief engineer and that someone is pedaling that bicycle to keep the power on 24 hours a day.

If you want to hear what it sounds like, here's a link that works.

Little Buddy Radio

https://cdn-radiotime-logos.tunein.com/s114257g.png

SOWNY » New Tech Allows Listeners To Skip Hated Songs On Live Radio » Today 9:35 am

radiokid
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Chrisphen wrote:

Encouraging. Now when may be hope to skip commercial breaks?

Then you will need to pay a subscription because no radio company will provide programming for "the kindness of their heart" for free.    

 

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Today 9:24 am

$75 is hopefully in the mail soon.

They asked us what stations we listen to and our general thoughts on talk radio.  Some of the more specific questions involved us listening to a few different clips of different styles of talk radio; ie host with caller, two hosts bantering or just host speaking by themselves and we were asked our thoughts on each.

I think about 10 other people were in my group.

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Today 9:12 am

RadioActive
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So, what happened? What were you asked? How many others were involved? Was there anything that surprised you? And most importantly, did you get the 75 bucks?

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Today 8:44 am

geo wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

I'm in the Zoom meeting now.  This is exciting.

If the fee had been $100 instead of a lousy $75, do you feel the focus group would have been more exciting or less exciting but more focused?
 

I would say the excitement level would increase but not the level of focus.

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Today 8:38 am

geo
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grilled.cheese wrote:

I'm in the Zoom meeting now.  This is exciting.

If the fee had been $100 instead of a lousy $75, do you feel the focus group would have been more exciting or less exciting but more focused?
 

SOWNY » Legendary Montreal Morning Man Leaving After 35 Years » Yesterday 11:14 pm

RadioQuiz
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This story makes it pretty clear that Bell wasn't interested in a new contract.

It really is sad how much talent they have pushed out the door.

Global did a great story about it and CTV just has the video provided by CHOM (unless I missed it)

https://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/terry-dimonte-announces-hes-leaving-chom

SOWNY » Get Ready To Pay More For Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ And More » Yesterday 10:51 pm

RadioAaron
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Meh?

Adding GST/HST to these services is just catch-up.

The tax is/was on movie rentals, theatre tickets, and cable bills, so it only makes sense.

Lowering taxes should be done through legislation, not through neglecting change.

 

SOWNY » Get Ready To Pay More For Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ And More » Yesterday 10:46 pm

betaylored
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Will there be a sneaky across the board increase with all the streaming services, Bell's Crave etc.

Netflix is totally worth a few bucks more a month. I'd probably drop Amazon, but part of their content is free with the regular monthly fee for Amazon Prime.

Good thing CBC's Gem is "free", what an uninspired thing it is, constantly freezing in the middle of a show, and saying try again later. No thanks.

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Yesterday 10:37 pm

Hansa
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Not a lot of love for Jerry Agar in the focus group I was in. He's lucky Corus commissioned this project and not Bell. 

SOWNY » Get Ready To Pay More For Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ And More » Yesterday 9:25 pm

RadioActive
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Despite the government vowing to not bring in a so-called "Netflix tax," it now appears certain it will be just one reason you'll be paying more for your subscription to any U.S. service next year. 

Using Netflix or Amazon Prime? Get ready to pay more, expert says

SOWNY » It's Not Working » Yesterday 8:53 pm

RadioActive
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I've been trying to express why I'm so against the TV broadcast being relayed over the radio. But maybe nothing says it as well as this Terry Cashman song, a classic about how the medium and that particular sport seem to go so well together. 

It's called "Play-by-Play, I Saw It On The Radio" and it mentions some of the greats who called the game over the years, with even a few samples of them mixed into the song. And it says more than I ever can about why Rogers is so wrong in what it did. Worth a listen if you've never heard it.  

SOWNY » New Tech Allows Listeners To Skip Hated Songs On Live Radio » Yesterday 8:31 pm

Chrisphen
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Encouraging. Now when may be hope to skip commercial breaks?

SOWNY » GNR640/Corus Paying Listeners To Take Online Talk Radio Survey » Yesterday 8:04 pm

I'm in the Zoom meeting now.  This is exciting.

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