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SOWNY » Vangelis 1943-2022 » Today 4:08 pm

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/vangelis-obit-1.6459512

While he was perhaps best known for Chariots of Fire, he also composed Pulstar, a score that was used by several TV stations on both sides of the border as their news theme in the 80s. Notably, CBC Toronto for its News Final cast.

SOWNY » John Oakley's Show Goes Off - And On - And Off The Rails On AM640 » Today 3:45 pm

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Agree with 67GreenRambler.  His line went down right in the middle of a listener's call on Thursday. They dumped to filler music, some ads and then a reroll of an old interview that contained no reference to why he suddenly disappeared. 

Whatever is going on with his home line back to the station is in danger of becoming a chronic - and very embarrassing - problem. So they either need to get him back to Corus Quay ASAP or fix this before the show goes live again next Tuesday. 

You can't have a Toronto afternoon drive show sounding so terrible for two days in a row.

SOWNY » John Oakley's Show Goes Off - And On - And Off The Rails On AM640 » Today 3:44 pm

This is unfeasible. Same technological breakdown as yesterday.  Amanda Cupido must allow Oakley back to the studio.

SOWNY » Is Jerry Agar Doing Double Duty On NT1010 Friday? » Today 2:14 pm

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Well at least we can look forward to Agar vs. Robert Turner. That should be an interesting face-off!

SOWNY » A Century Of WGN Celebrated On The Station's Website » Today 1:08 pm

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The Chicago Tribune looks back at one of the iconic radio stations in North America.

WGN Radio celebrates its 100th anniversary as the ‘Voice of Chicago,’ a legacy AM station still making waves — despite losing the Cubs

https://clearthis.page/?u=https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-wgn-radio-100th-anniversary-20220519-dljab7ddyjcaror6ehw6cqc6xi-story.html

SOWNY » Is Jerry Agar Doing Double Duty On NT1010 Friday? » Today 10:34 am

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RadioActive wrote:

And the answer was just revealed on air - no, Agar won't be the Marathon Man. Deb Hutton will be subbing for him on his regular show for the day. 

Having Deb Hutton sub for Agar makes sense .. I won't tune in for Agar, just like I won't tune in for Hutton.

These one-off days would be a perfect opportunity for Rob Turner to handle the Moore-in-the-Morning show for a day.
 

SOWNY » Watch NBC Nightly News? Here's One Face You Won't Be Seeing For Long » Today 10:23 am

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I have watched NBC Nightly News for years - not sure why, it's just the U.S. network cast I chose and have stuck with all these years - but one of the correspondents I've always liked most is leaving the biz. Pete Williams has been the program's Legal Correspondent for almost 30 years. 

But as the linked article makes clear, he gets to cover one last huge story before it's his final "case dismissed." 

NBC News Veteran Pete Williams to Sign Off After Nearly Three Decades 

SOWNY » Is Jerry Agar Doing Double Duty On NT1010 Friday? » Today 10:16 am

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And the answer was just revealed on air - no, Agar won't be the Marathon Man. Deb Hutton will be subbing for him on his regular show for the day. 

SOWNY » Line-up For Queen's Platinum Jubilee Includes Huge Music Stars » Today 9:59 am

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betaylored wrote:

Impressive group. But Queen without the Mercury man is like Great Britain without Queen Elizabeth.

I agree, but they have replacement front man Adam Lambert doing the lead vocals. Not that it's anywhere near the same thing as when Mercury was around.

SOWNY » Is Jerry Agar Doing Double Duty On NT1010 Friday? » Today 9:58 am

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John Moore is taking an extra long weekend, booking off Friday and having pre-recorded programming on the holiday Monday. He announced on Thursday that Jerry Agar would be sitting in for him on the last day of the work week, doing "double duty." 

I'm not quite sure if that means he'll be doing the morning show as well as his own, but if so, that's more than a marathon. Moore's show starts at 5 AM, while Agar's own show doesn't end until noon. A 7-hour shift is a long one no matter how much experience you have, especially in a format where - beyond newscasts and spots - you never get to stop talking. 

I'll be curious to see if they actually make him do this and if so, how he'll sound in the final hour. 

SOWNY » Line-up For Queen's Platinum Jubilee Includes Huge Music Stars » Today 9:57 am

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Impressive group. But Queen without the Mercury man is like Great Britain without Queen Elizabeth.

SOWNY » The Voice Of America Radio Museum Preserves A Forgotten History » Today 9:38 am

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I've never been to Cincinnati, but if I ever manage to get there, this is one place I'd like to visit: it's a museum dedicated to the Voice of America in the exact building where it broadcast for the very first time during WWII. A lot of the equipment that powered the place is still there, including an amazing 1.5 million watt transmitter (pictured below) that was used to send the signal around the world. 

"At the time, WLW broadcast with 500,000 watts of power, the most ever licensed. And Crosley, who also operated a commercial shortwave broadcast station, had access to the engineers, technicians and equipment that could give the Voice of America the ocean-spanning reach it needed. 

"That world-wide reach was achieved with 1.5 million watts of power produced by six state-of-the-art transmitters, each the size of three city buses."


Voice of America broadcast center, now a museum, countered Nazi propaganda from Cincinnati suburb

https://www.cleveland.com/resizer/xR4SHfqvb-dDm5O-_n1u1pB8HjA=/1280x0/smart/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/advancelocal/U5HPM66IZFGL3CS7G455OY74IU.jpeg

SOWNY » Ben Wagner No Longer Going It Alone In Jays' Radio Broadcast Booth » Today 9:23 am

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Just guessing, but Covid protocols have shaken up the broadcast arrangements for TV, and with Jamie Campbell undergoing treatment for cancer, I suspect that Caleb has been brought in as a "swing man" - for TV and Radio,  He was the swing man on TV  recently when Dan Shulman was not on the broadcast due to covid protocol, then he and Tabby had some time off to attend their kids' graduations.  Caleb was really good on Tuesday night, and provided a terrific description of a technical issue, on radio, very clear....he adds a lot to the broadcast.  I hope that the brain trust at Rogers, keeps him on the broadcast, because Ben runs out of commentary after an hour or so.

SOWNY » Line-up For Queen's Platinum Jubilee Includes Huge Music Stars » Today 9:08 am

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Not saying they will, but this is the kind of thing you'd think CBC Radio 2 would carry. 

SOWNY » Sportsnet Crosses The Line: Betting Ads Disguised As Commentary » Today 9:03 am

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Nobody on this board should be shocked at this and I'll go farther and say that every broadcaster I know has seen similar things done for money in the past. Everybody sold out long ago so stop clutching your pearls.

SOWNY » Line-up For Queen's Platinum Jubilee Includes Huge Music Stars » Today 9:02 am

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Not sure if the actual Queen will be there as she celebrates 70 years on the throne, but the musical group Queen definitely will be. That's just one of the many huge bands that will be playing at an upcoming soiree next month. I'm not a monarchist, but there's no doubt this is an impressive line-up fit for a -- well, you know. 

In addition to Queen, other players include Rod Stewart, Elton John, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Alicia Keys, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Andrews, Stephen Fry, David Beckham and Sir Richard Attenborough - just to name a few. 

There's no word yet on whether any radio stations in Canada will pick-up this mega-concert, but it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio, which is available on the web and is generally not geoblocked.  It takes place on June 4th at Buckingham Palace. 

Queen, Diana Ross, Elton John, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys & More For Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FTFN0z1XwAEGEMn?format=jpg&name=medium

SOWNY » Ben Wagner No Longer Going It Alone In Jays' Radio Broadcast Booth » Today 8:40 am

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So does that mean this is permanent? I wonder what changed Rogers' mind. They seemed pretty committed to only paying one salary for a game day radio gig. 

SOWNY » Sportsnet Crosses The Line: Betting Ads Disguised As Commentary » Today 7:50 am

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ED1 wrote:

I know both Sportsnet and TSN just started doing this, but I'm already getting sick of not only the betting ads, but also betting appearing as content within their broadcasts. It feels so gross. 

Totally agree .. it feels so slimy; like "Pay Day Loans".  The commercials are bad, the in-broadcast intermission "odds segments" are worse.  We're starting to channel flip.   It's not only all the gambling content, it's also the flood of Crypto adverts.  It's a tsunami of trolling to find more suckers & bleed them of their money. 
 

SOWNY » Ben Wagner No Longer Going It Alone In Jays' Radio Broadcast Booth » Today 7:50 am

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A couple of nights ago Dan Shulman and Pat Tabler on Sportsnet TV were talking about Caleb Joseph joining Ben in the radio booth and the camera zeroed in on them. The TV guys were talking him up as a much loved Blue Jay even it were for only a short time.  

SOWNY » How One Buffalo Music Station Covered The Supermarket Massacre » Today 7:45 am

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At least Power 97 had live announcers on air at the time and they referrenced the tornado activity in the area.

SOWNY » Sportsnet Crosses The Line: Betting Ads Disguised As Commentary » Today 1:15 am

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I know both Sportsnet and TSN just started doing this, but I'm already getting sick of not only the betting ads, but also betting appearing as content within their broadcasts. It feels so gross. 

SOWNY » How One Buffalo Music Station Covered The Supermarket Massacre » Today 1:09 am

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Reminds me of this video a tornado in Manitoba, and the video also captured what was airing on Power 97 in Winnipeg...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCI1u05KD_s

SOWNY » Old TV and Movie Cliches » Yesterday 11:22 pm

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I thought the battle of Alberta was Jason Kenney vs. all the other Conservatives. But it turns out, that's a one-and-done series.  

SOWNY » How One Buffalo Music Station Covered The Supermarket Massacre » Yesterday 11:20 pm

I remember on 9/11, virtually every channel on television switched to coverage of the terror attacks. Stations with no network news affiliation simulcast CNN, as did numerous cable channels. The only exceptions were childrens/preschool channels such as YTV and Treehouse.

It was the only time I can remember almost every TV channel, Canadian or American, showing the same thing.

SOWNY » How KYW Went From Chicago, To Philly To Cleveland & Back Again » Yesterday 11:17 pm

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This won't be a post that will interest anyone but DXers and radio history buffs, but what a bizarre backstory there is behind the call letters "KYW," currently a 50,000-watt radio station at 1060 on the dial in Philadelphia.

But it wasn't always there. 

This amazing history traces the tale of how those call letters travelled from its origins in Chicago, wound up in Philadelphia, got transferred to Cleveland and finally landed back in Philly, leaving that city with a rare eastern "K" call sign designation. 

I don't think anyone here was alive when it was in the Windy City, but if there has ever been a station that travelled more than this one, I can't think of it. It's a story of big business, government inaction, payola, and a lot of very bizarre behind-the-scenes manipulations.

But you may need to get out a map (or a GPS) to follow all the twists and turns that brought it back to where it remains to this day. 

The KYW Story – The Station That Really Moved Around

Not only was there KYW Radio, but there was also KYW-TV which was in Cleveland and moved to Philadelphia - incidentally both stations were on Channel 3. Channel 3 in Cleveland later became WKYC.

SOWNY » Sportsnet Crosses The Line: Betting Ads Disguised As Commentary » Yesterday 11:17 pm

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https://twitter.com/MarkConnollyCBC/status/1527118432931483648?t=kBwykSCXTH2P2Y7VpRxaAw&s=19

Saw the first part of this segment tonight myself during the Stanley Cup playoffs and was disappointed and turned to another station, the "commentary" felt skeevy and sketchy. Even the two dudes fronting the bit looked a bit self conscious.

I know times are tough but does Sportsnet really have to sink so so low. You bet your job at Sportsnet it does.

SOWNY » Old TV and Movie Cliches » Yesterday 10:55 pm

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Every time they give a phone number and use the sanitized 555 sequence, poof! goes suspension of disbelief for a moment and you're reminded it's a movie/tv show.

Likewise when they give a realistic phone number without the 555 you think, hey, this must be an older movie/tv show

(currently watching the battle of Alberta but it's a commercial break and they are particularly crummy spots)

SOWNY » Old TV and Movie Cliches » Yesterday 9:56 pm

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The 1984 movie, Top Secret, satirized the cold war. It deliberately used all the cliches for comedic purposes

SOWNY » Old TV and Movie Cliches » Yesterday 9:32 pm

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Speaking of cliched movies, my all time favourite has to be "Wild In The Streets," a kind of 60s teen exploitation fantasy that is terrific in many different ways. For a low budget film, it boasts a great cast, including Hal Holbrook, Shelly Winters and Ed Begley Sr. Not to mention a very young Richard Pryor. 

It's about the U.S. lowering the voting age to 14, which results in a rock star eventually becoming president of the country. (This was the 60s, after all, when Baby Boomers were already becoming the majority.) I won't spoil it, but at one point anyone over 35 (remember 'don't trust anyone over 30?') is put into an LSD rehabilitation camp until they get with the hippie-like times. 

In a scene I will never forget, they dose the Washington water supply with LSD, getting Congressional members so stoned, they don't know what they're voting for. 

The movie even resulted in a Top 10 hit - Nothing Can Change The Shape of Things To Come by Max Frost & The Troopers. "Max Frost" is the name of the rock star president in the film, played by Christopher Jones. 

All in all, one of the strangest movies I've ever seen and filled with cliches from the era. But it's always been one of my faves, and it has a wonderful twist ending. 

Best of all, if this interests you, it's available free on YouTube.

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