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SOWNY » Rolling Stone magazine: best songs of all time updated! » Yesterday 9:14 pm

Fitz
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Chrisphen wrote:

An obligatory link to the Ultimate Argument Settler. This has more authority than RS.

I guess this is supposed to be a joke. I got as far as when the interviewer asked him to rate Television and he said he does nor know who they are. That's when I left. I was tempted to leave a bit earlier when he said Bowie and Neil Young rot because they have gone through too many changes and he was unfamiliar with most of Neil Young's catalog.
 

SOWNY » Why Monday May Be The Oddest Election Night In Cdn. Broadcast History » Yesterday 8:17 pm

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& being a FEDERAL election, maybe it's just as well that 11PM on City is indeed 8PM in other parts of Canada that also have a CITY TV and are 3 hours behind Toronto time.

SOWNY » Rolling Stone magazine: best songs of all time updated! » Yesterday 7:39 pm

Chrisphen
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An obligatory link to the Ultimate Argument Settler. This has more authority than RS.

SOWNY » Available Canadian Call Letter List Contains Some Familiar IDs » Yesterday 7:34 pm

torontostan wrote:

Interesting that CFUK and CFUC aren't on this list, yet I don't believe are being used! CKKK and CFAG are available though!  ;) 

They should probably treat these like license plates and not allow certain ones to be used 

CFUQ is available though. CJAP is another one that's surprising to see on this list too. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/blink.png




PJ
 

SOWNY » Just like AM and the CD, Colour is Leaving Vehicles » Yesterday 7:31 pm

Chrisphen
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The best are the matte primer grey ones. I'm assuming they are sold at a significant discount (since the buyer would have to finish the job themselves).

SOWNY » Why Monday May Be The Oddest Election Night In Cdn. Broadcast History » Yesterday 7:10 pm

Radiowiz
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RadioActive wrote:

Perhaps the saddest thing, but not the biggest surprise, is on City TV. Outside of their regular 11 o'clock newscast, they won't be doing a single special broadcast during primetime on election night. I say sad because many here will remember the unusual City election shows of years past, when they did their "Party Politics," holding an actual party in the newsroom, complete with a piano player and copious amounts of "refreshments." (Not to mention a series of T-shirts for the crew, like the one depicted below.)

City TV will air ELXN 21 from 11 PM until 2am (TORONTO TIME)
OMNI 2 will air ELXN 21 in Cantonese for an hour @ 9pm but then it goes Mandarin at 10PM and TAGLOG  11PM until 1am.
Various newscasts air every 30 minutes after that, but I can not confirm live or "encore presentation". 


When CityNews was owned by CHUM Group they did not need to spend any money on other languages.  Rogers today has to maintain both City TV & Omni, so good for them and the efforts they've made.  



 


 

SOWNY » Available Canadian Call Letter List Contains Some Familiar IDs » Yesterday 7:10 pm

torontostan
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Interesting that CFUK and CFUC aren't on this list, yet I don't believe are being used! CKKK and CFAG are available though!  ;) 

They should probably treat these like license plates and not allow certain ones to be used 

SOWNY » TV Audio Downgraded from Dolby 5.1 to Old Style Dolby Pro Logic » Yesterday 7:07 pm

Chrisphen wrote:

I preferred Sony's SDDS technology. They never adapted it to other media though.

I won't delve that far.   My Yamaha RX-V800 is from 2002.   Does a great job and has a great "crap detector".   So when the audio is 1980's style Dolby 3.1 Surround when it should be Dolby Digital, I get it!    Heck, even old Law & Order episodes from 2005 are in Dolby 5.1!   So, I'm confident that something is going on behind the scene to have crappy audio.   I have no idea why.
 

SOWNY » Just like AM and the CD, Colour is Leaving Vehicles » Yesterday 7:02 pm

paterson1
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Not really broadcast related, but what is the deal with the colour of cars and trucks?  They seem to be only White (which isn't really a colour), Black, Grey or Silver, some Red and the odd Blue.  All of the colours on new vehicles whatever you see seem to be pastel or creamy coloured which Subaru has been using for a few years. BLEECHHT https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/dizzy.png
   What happened to the nice burgundy, brown or green with some fleck so it really shined?  Just like the AM radio and CD in vehicles, the colour choices for new cars and trucks seems to be fading away or very limited.  Does everyone really like grey and black or white that much?  Or is it what the makers are offering.  And the creamy versions of these colours..UGLY..IMHO..
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SOWNY » NOW Magazine Turns 40 » Yesterday 6:58 pm

Chrisphen
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Eye Mag was better.

SOWNY » TV Audio Downgraded from Dolby 5.1 to Old Style Dolby Pro Logic » Yesterday 6:57 pm

Chrisphen
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I preferred Sony's SDDS technology. They never adapted it to other media though.

SOWNY » NOW Magazine Turns 40 » Yesterday 6:56 pm

RadioActive
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It's been a fixture on Toronto streets for four decades and has survived when many others folded. And the magazine long aimed at a youth market suddenly finds itself in middle age. 

NOW turns 40: Our cover story hits and misses

SOWNY » TV Audio Downgraded from Dolby 5.1 to Old Style Dolby Pro Logic » Yesterday 6:44 pm

Hollywood Suite on cable (a Jay Switzer idea) shows many, but not all movies with Dolby 3.1/Pro Logic instead of Dolby 5.1 or DTS.   The audio sucks!   

Recently I upgraded to a Rogers 4k NextBox (I love trailing edge) for $20 a month and I'm getting free 4k programming.  It's great content, except that the audio is Dolby 3.1/Pro Logic!   Old technology that sounds like shit compared to normal OTA / cable which is Dolby 5.1 digital! 

Why do they do this?        They did the same with Hollywood Suite movies!   

My theory is that it's a bad marketing ploy!       Hold back the good stuff!  Yeah right.
 

SOWNY » The 12 Most Unforgettable TV Moments of the 1960s » Yesterday 6:04 pm

Glen Warren
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CBC Toronto Operations had one of the AMPEX 100 slo-mo disc units. It was housed in a separate vehicle with a AMPEX VR-1200 2" machine....  The disc surface was very delicate on the AMPEX that when the truck was parked, it had to be stabilized with cribbing and out rigger type jacks.

Global also had an AMPEX HS-100 in Big Mo....  and it was one of the features that made Big Mo a popular rental production mobile with outside clients.

CHCH also had an AMPEX HS-100 in the Super Cruiser when it was designed/built for "Leafs Hockey" mid week games in the fall of '78.

Type "C" 1" VTRs w/ DT or Dynamic Tracking replaced the AMPEX disc starting in the late 70s and early 80s.  And Beta SP w/ DT replaced starting in the late 80s....

I feel really old....
 

SOWNY » Available Canadian Call Letter List Contains Some Familiar IDs » Yesterday 5:47 pm

RadioActive
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This has been around a while, but if you've never seen it, it's a fun timewaster. It's the government list of available call letters for Canadian radio stations.

Note that previously used letters, like CHOG, CHWO, CIAO, CJRN, CFYZ and CKFH are all back in play. I'm surprised C-HIT is still around, but I suppose it could easily be pronounced another way that's a lot less flattering. 

See the long list here. 

 

SOWNY » The 12 Most Unforgettable TV Moments of the 1960s » Yesterday 5:41 pm

In Phase
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1967 AMPEX First Color Instant Replay and Slow-Motion

https://youtu.be/VDmur4rF_RE

SOWNY » The 12 Most Unforgettable TV Moments of the 1960s » Yesterday 5:32 pm

Glen Warren
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I guess it depends on how you define "instant replay"...

Here is an article with some detail....  

http://instantreplaylivblackwellpassassignment.weebly.com/history.html
 

SOWNY » The 12 Most Unforgettable TV Moments of the 1960s » Yesterday 5:26 pm

mace
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Hamiltonboy wrote:

I thought I read somewhere that Hockey Night in Canada pioneered instant replays. The linked article says it was CBS. Anybody know for sure?

Apparently, HNIC producer George Retzlaff came up with a primitive system in 1955 using a hot processor to produce a wet film replay of a goal. I don't think instant replay became a regular thing on the Saturday night telecasts until around 1963ish. I remember watching games before replays were introduced. All you saw was the players congratulating the goal scorer, while slowly skating back to center ice.

SOWNY » WWKB Tries Yet Another New Format - All Sports Betting » Yesterday 5:25 pm

RadioActive
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I can only imagine the bumper music coming in and out of breaks on this format.

Go Down Gamblin' - Blood Sweat & Tears
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Ramblin Gamblin Man - Bob Seger

The Winner Takes It All - ABBA

Play Me - Neil Diamond

The Race Is On - Jack Jones

You Better, You Bet - The Who

Luck Be A Lady - Frank Sinatra

It's Getting "Bettor" (Better) - Beatles

Poker Face - Lady Gaga

Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley 

Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton 

When You're Hot, You're Hot - Jerry Reed

Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones

Games- Redeye
Games People Play -The Spinners
Games People Play - Joe South
Games People Play - Alan Parsons Project

And of course, anything by "Bette" Midler!

Why it practically produces itself!

SOWNY » Jim Hughson gone from Hockey Night in Canada? » Yesterday 4:52 pm

torontostan
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Hughson is the Joe Buck of Canadian sports announcers. If you looked up his name (on Twitter) Saturday's at 7 PM, you'd see many fans complaining about him. To be honest I don't mind him, but I can see why some prefer Chris Cuthbert. Either way they should've alternated more often.... Rogers must have more PxP guys than TSN anyways, so why not provide some variety?

SOWNY » Jim Hughson gone from Hockey Night in Canada? » Yesterday 4:43 pm

g121
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Ale Ont wrote:

506 sports resent a tweet from yyzsportsmedia that Jim Hughson will not be calling games on Hockey Night.  He was the main play-by-play guy for years.

Hughson only did Canuck games last year as he wouldn't travel due to Covid.

I much prefer Chris Cuthbert anyways as I've always found Hughson competent but oh so boring. 
 

SOWNY » CBSC Calls CP24 On The Carpet For Incorrect Ticker Story » Yesterday 4:40 pm

torontostan
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Their ticker almost always has a spelling mistake, an inaccuracy, or some other questionable content.

Here's what I noticed just yesterday in a two hour span from 12p-2p (and I just rewound my DVR to review): 

The ticker froze altogether and only showed one story. At the same moment, both stock market tickers froze and only showed one stock on repeat, back-to-back on a loop. 

This was fixed after about 15 minutes, then later in the same hour one of the stories wasn't even comprehendible. It read: "Health Canada authorizes changes 3 main vaccines used in Canada" - for starters it's missing the word "to," and even then it doesn't provide enough details considering the vaccines themselves didn't change, just their names and authorizations. I'm sure people would've liked to know what "changes" were authorized to the vaccine already given to them. 

Then a story in the 1pm hour read.. "Breaking: Of the 348 Covid-19 patients currently in Ontario hospitals, 29 are fully vaccinated."
The very next story read:
"Breaking: Of the 191 Covid-19 patients in Ontario hospitals, 13 are fully vaccinated."
So which is it? Did they mean ICUs? Did they mean Toronto? Or is it inaccurate altogether? This too wasn't fixed for quite some time. 

If anyone is bored and feels like making a similar CBSC complaint, just watch those two hours from yesterday! Pretty soon CP24 will just be an endless loop of CBSC decision announcements and apologies. 
 

SOWNY » Jim Hughson gone from Hockey Night in Canada? » Yesterday 4:13 pm

Ale Ont
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506 sports resent a tweet from yyzsportsmedia that Jim Hughson will not be calling games on Hockey Night.  He was the main play-by-play guy for years.

SOWNY » Why Monday May Be The Oddest Election Night In Cdn. Broadcast History » Yesterday 3:44 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

City's election coverage was the best.  Live music, open bar, depending on the time of year outdoor set up with a tent, casual chats with candidates and past politicians.  I always thought that they and Much Music made it more of a celebration or party for the viewer watching. Because good, bad or ugly, democracy is worth celebrating. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/wink.png

Plus, they tried to get younger people to vote, something stats regularly show those in that demo all too often blow off. Was Much part of the "Rock the Vote" campaign? MuchMusic is certainly a shadow of its former self. I'm frankly surprised it's still around on cable in any form.

Much Music actually had reports from the Progressive Conservative convention in 1993 with Master T.  I remember interviews with Jean Charest when he was Minister of State for Youth and they did have coverage on some federal elections, somewhat similar to City which makes sense since they were in the same building.  Also they would have musicians occasionally interview the politicians.  Barenaked Ladies took part in a couple of these.  Yes Much, along with MTV is pretty much relegated to youth oriented reality shows and sitcoms on cable.  But the original format was brought back this past summer with Tik Tok.  Apparently they have VJ's and have brought back new versions of some of their old shows like Video on Trial.  Never seen it, and likely never will, don't know if the younger demos are watching or have discovered it. 

SOWNY » Why Monday May Be The Oddest Election Night In Cdn. Broadcast History » Yesterday 3:03 pm

If the lower number of Mail-In ballots requested (than anticipated) is a sign that more people will show up in person to cast their ballot;  then it will be a busy day and especially in the final hours.  Advance voting was up 18.4% from 2019.
 
Schools are not being used as polling locations and according to media reports some private facilities (banquet halls etc.) that are usually rented for this purpose, have declined to open up for the vote.  Also for the first time,  university students will not have polling stations on their respective campuses.

Given these factors and Covid restrictions on the number of people allowed in at any one time, there likely will be more polling stations than usual remaining open after 8:00 pm.;  to allow those still in line to vote.
 

SOWNY » CRTC Rules With Big Telcos On Indie ISP Web Access Prices » Yesterday 2:32 pm

paterson1
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The independents did exactly what I said they should do.  They took out a full page ad in last Saturday's National Post in the" A" section.  Perfect, the ad was simple,  and got their message out clearly right before the election.  The ad encouraged the reader to vote for someone or party who wants to lower internet rates and increase fair competition.

The smaller companies will still have a real uphill battle with the appeal.  Regardless what anyone thinks of Bell, Rogers etc, they were forced to let the small operators use their equipment and systems. Sort of like you building a new backyard inground pool, and the city notifies you that you will need to let everyone in the low rise apartment down the street use your pool anytime.  They will pay but their apartment can't afford their own pool so rates will be priced accordingly. 

Also if I were one of the independents I wouldn't make a big issue out of a $3 increase.  When was the last time they had an increase?  This is dangerous since the big players have spent billions upgrading their systems and will hammer home that they are doing all of the work and spending the big money and they have every right to increase rates to the independents if they can prove that costs have gone up and that they aren't receiving market value for the use of their technology.  The sorry fact that Bell, Rogers, Shaw, etc make billions in profit will not be the issue with the court.  


 

SOWNY » Why Monday May Be The Oddest Election Night In Cdn. Broadcast History » Yesterday 2:07 pm

RadioActive
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paterson1 wrote:

City's election coverage was the best.  Live music, open bar, depending on the time of year outdoor set up with a tent, casual chats with candidates and past politicians.  I always thought that they and Much Music made it more of a celebration or party for the viewer watching. Because good, bad or ugly, democracy is worth celebrating. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/wink.png

Plus, they tried to get younger people to vote, something stats regularly show those in that demo all too often blow off. Was Much part of the "Rock the Vote" campaign? MuchMusic is certainly a shadow of its former self. I'm frankly surprised it's still around on cable in any form.

SOWNY » Why Monday May Be The Oddest Election Night In Cdn. Broadcast History » Yesterday 2:04 pm

paterson1
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City's election coverage was the best.  Live music, open bar, depending on the time of year outdoor set up with a tent, casual chats with candidates and past politicians.  I always thought that they and Much Music made it more of a celebration or party for the viewer watching. Because good, bad or ugly, democracy is worth celebrating. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/wink.png

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