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SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » May 27, 2020 10:06 pm

so someone wants to banish a person for commenting on whether or not (a different) someone committed an offense? is the slope getting that slippery?  i personally hope not.

SOWNY » Are You Sick Of All The Live COVID-19 Press Conferences On TV & Radio? » May 7, 2020 11:04 pm

i'm thinking, it's better to be "sick" of the conferences as opposed to being "sick" with the virus.

SOWNY » AMC TV Version Of Rob Ford Story Has Inspired Casting For The Mayor » May 7, 2020 11:02 pm

SpinningWheel wrote:

Jim Gaffigan does a segment on CBS Sunday Morning.   He's been cooped up in his NYC apartment for 7 weeks with his wife and 5 young children.    I continue to pity him. 

hi kids look so delightful and well mannered!

SOWNY » Can TV Sink Any Lower Than This? » May 5, 2020 8:43 am

"reaction" videos have been very popular, on the internet, for some time now. it was just a matter of time before broadcasters would try to capitalize on their popularity.

SOWNY » The Practical Joke On Radio That Changed Major League Baseball » April 28, 2020 10:43 am

as an aside, boston's "the sport's huddle" (eddie, mark, and jim) was a great show! it combined sports knowledge with bostonial style humor (yes, there is such a thing).  it was a weekly show that was hosted by 3 guys who had day jobs out-side of broadcasting (i'm not familiar with the producer mentioned in the story) . they were unconventional (including not allowing callers to start their call with the phrase  "what do you think?"). despite their funny side, they knew sports. eddie andleman was the main guy and ended up commentating an over 100 radio stations, including new york's wfan.  it's been said that "the sports huddle" was one of the country's first sports call-in talk shows (started in 1969)... personally, "the sports huddle" made sunday night fun (when they were on whdh)!  footnote: the story mentioned reds  manager russ nixon. nixon had a connection to boston (and the red sox). when i was a kid, russ was the catcher for the sox.

SOWNY » Nova Scotia Remembers » April 24, 2020 9:56 pm

we have good friends that live very close to where the gunman was killed. i've driven by that location numerous times (when we lived in n.s.). we're grateful they're safe.

SOWNY » Interesting Interview After the PM's Update » April 6, 2020 2:43 pm

cardinal collins has a way with being able to establish a communication connection with people on a level that isn't pompous or put on... plus he's a nice guy.

SOWNY » New Bob Dylan Song » March 28, 2020 1:39 pm

thanks for posting this, john. i was listening to some newer (from a few years ago) dylan, this morning. you're timing (for me at least) is perfect! 

SOWNY » wtf, roger's sportsnet? » March 27, 2020 9:56 pm

grilled.cheese wrote:

Oh thanks for the reminder.  I forgot it was on tonight.


don't forget the pretzels!

SOWNY » wtf, roger's sportsnet? » March 27, 2020 7:21 pm

i just saw something, on roger's sportsnet that made me say, wtf?

a few minutes ago, they (sportsnet) aired wwe wrestling matches. were they old classic matches? nope, they were created during this current pandemic! no crowds, just wrestlers going full contact (as many as 3 at a time). talk about irresponsible! i can just imagine the length of the liability waivers (for participants and production crew). meanwhile, closer to home, what are some of the canadian "fans" going to think? "well, it can't be all that bad out there!" yes, not everybody "get's it", when it comes to the hazards (individually and to the public at large) of getting too near people during a pandemic, but you'd think rogers would know! many of us are doing the right thing, while a national network (owned by rogers) is promoting the wrong thing! ok, so there were warnings displayed...  warnings dealing with the violence depicted. why couldn't they issue another warning... about the stupidity depicted? i guess a (somewhat) sport's based soap opera is considered to be essential... i guess.

SOWNY » Would You Take A Pay Cut To Save Your Radio Job? » March 27, 2020 2:56 pm

in my opinion, there are too many factors to consider, before answering. if you're talking "economics" it depends on  how much you're presently making, then again, most people (thanks to consumer credit) live above their means. imho, the real question should be: "are you willing to make lifestyle sacrifices to keep your radio job?" this reminds me of the days (back in the '70's) when radio/broadcasting schools (not the for-profit ones) would ask, during the initial screening process, "would you be willing to move to newfoundland in order to work in radio?" i was asked that question (and said "yes"). it was all for not, since i scored a smalltown radio gig (in my canadian "hometown") before the school term started.

SOWNY » CBC suspends supper hour and late night local TV news » March 18, 2020 3:37 pm

let's hope this doesn't diminish the chances of the public being updated (in a timely fashion). meanwhile, costco workers (including my wife) are still serving the public... however... changes have been made (including the removal of the sit down food courts) to reduce the chance of virus exposure. not being independently wealthy sucks!

SOWNY » Have You Discovered Podcasts Yet? » March 11, 2020 10:44 am

i'm a big yellow board old timer and i've been listening to podcasts for over a decade. i also host one (and make a few bucks from doing so). i've been quoted on a few podcasts, including gilbert gottfried's (proof that it's easy to make him laugh).... not to mention hosting a few streamed weekly music shows. the internet can offer a lot of potential (without the restrictions). thanks to (the late) marc chambers advise, i've had a home (broadcast quality) studio for 20 years (or more).

SOWNY » It Had To Happen: Sirius XM Launches Free "Coronavirus Info Channel" » March 8, 2020 2:54 pm

are they giving details on when and where individual costcos are receiving toilet paper shipments?

SOWNY » What happened to Broadcast Dialogue Weekly Briefing? » March 7, 2020 6:46 pm

i remember when howard launched it (after departing from bn). i also remember when we both were at an east coast broadcaster conference (a.a.b.) and he had to go up and give an after dinner talk about his new service (that had yet to be launched). despite his usual outgoing personality, his days as a broadcast & technology contributor (the magazine's official photographer, and the fact that ingred was there too, he seemed to be more than a little pensive.

SOWNY » James Lipton dead at 93 » March 2, 2020 5:41 pm

did he ever duvulge his favorite curse word?

SOWNY » what's up with national networks news anchors? » March 2, 2020 5:32 pm

geo wrote:

the original hank wrote:

i remember when i first met ian. it was the mid 1980's and he was getting ready to host an on-air shift, on halifax's chns

That must have been the early 80s because I remember him on-air in Vancouver (I left Vancouver in '86)


SOWNY » what's up with national networks news anchors? » March 2, 2020 10:29 am

i remember when i first met ian. it was the mid 1980's and he was getting ready to host an on-air shift, on halifax's chns, as i was wrapping up my shift. it was a p/t gig for him (he was a student at dalhousie university). at that time, it was clear he was very shy (he spoke barely a word to me). when i heard his voice, coming out of the music library speaker, all i could say was... wow! he warmed up in time and sometimes joined us on the station softball team (that i put together). i also remember he had a nervous habit of rubbing the upper part of his legs (with both hands) when he spoke on-air... but that obviously disappeared with experience.
again, (and in my opinion) when it comes to news anchoring, he's the total package. i would think having him as the only monday to friday anchor (of the "national") makes total sense. i know i'm not alone when typing that comment.

SOWNY » what's up with national networks news anchors? » March 1, 2020 11:31 pm

public speaking 101: don't give the audience a reason to be distracted from your message. this evening the ctv news channel broke that rule. they had an an anchor with a pronounced south east asian accent. my focus was on understanding the words instead of comprehending the story (there is a difference). that to me, doesn't cut it. in my opinion, anyone with a pronounced accent (canadian/regional or international) shouldn't be placed in the anchor chair of a national news network. the focus should be on the story. in my opinion, nondescript is best. meanwhile, as i turned to the cbc's sunday edition of "the national", the anchor was (in my opinion) the best in canada. to me, he's as good as lorne green or lloyd robertson in their news reader prime. i'm referring to ian hanomansing. why the cbc wants to go with a 3 person anchor team (when they already have the best) is strange... very strange. 

SOWNY » Attn. CTV: When Weather Matters, Stop Wasting Your Viewers' Time!!! » February 26, 2020 1:25 pm

i get that weather (at times) can be boring... but not when a storm is looming. it's as if stations go overboard on both sides of the fence. on a side note, i was watching a cbc tv st. john's newcast, during their recent snow blast, and i was impressed when the "on location" reporter was talking about narrow streets, street plows, and insane mounds of snow. when doing so, he spoke using inches and feet (something most canadians use when measuring height and width). many canadians don't realize the use of metric and/or imperial are both (in advertising, media, etc.) government approved. i see no reason, when dealing with extreme weather conditions, forest fires, etc. why media outlets couldn't use both metric and imperial measurement. it's an important time to be totally understood.

SOWNY » TV In 1971: A Week To Remember (And Forget) » February 14, 2020 12:45 am

i was a member of the record club of canada. it was a great deal & you didn't have to commit to buying additional records nor did you have to return a card every month. it was a slightly different set up when i joined. you paid a flat fee (around $5.00) and you could pick (i believe, 4 lps) and you'd receive a catalogue every month featuring lps at discount prizes. if you sign up additional members that meant more free lps (i signed up several people). there was another similar club (canada record club ?) with the same set up. i joined that as well. it was a good way for a 14 year old to increase my record collection.

SOWNY » Erin Davis Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame » January 31, 2020 12:30 am

to think... there was a time when she threatened to sue the babysitter  (at the time) for comments made on this very board. ahhh, the good old days! 

SOWNY » Toronto Financial Advisor Fined $15,000 Over CFRB Radio Show Referral » January 26, 2020 11:39 pm

all i can say is yikes! back when i co-hosted all of talk 640's live infomercials (and beyond) i shared a studio with this guy (for about 4 or 5 years). you never know.

SOWNY » Strange Timing For An Ad That Aired On CTV's Noon News » January 22, 2020 2:15 pm

imho, it's a great time for this ad. seeing a pleasant summertime image, in the dead of winter, increases it's feel good moment. a feel good moment linked to the advertised client = positive anchoring... and that could lead to $$.

SOWNY » What is Your Choice for the Greatest Top 40 Radio Station of All Time? » January 19, 2020 1:39 am

radiodazewarrior wrote:

When you lived 60 miles north of Trawna, I have to say CHUM & CFTR for the music and personalities but late nights (mid-6a), when CHUM powered down, it would be WBZ (1030) out of Boston. I know it's not top 40 but Larry Glick (& I know there are Glicknicks still around) was an entertainer and personality who created theatre of the mind every time he was on the air. At least we can access airchecks to rekindle our love for these influencers on our life.

side note: boston's larry glick was indeed on a top 40 station, before making the switch to wbz. wmex in boston. they were top 40 most of the day however they switched to talk late in the evening and all night. larry did all nights. i had the plaesure of talking to larry on the air... and off the air (from his home, when he moved to florida... for about an hour)... and yes, i was the proud owner of a glick university t-shirt and i consider him to be one of the best/entertaining evening talk show hosts i've ever had the pleasure to have heard (due to wbz's signal, larry had many ontario fans).
getting back to my pick for greatest top 40 station, wmex - boston (it's what i grew up with, arnie "woo woo" ginsburg et al).

SOWNY » Former CHUM Jock & Veteran Programmer Retires » January 12, 2020 4:15 pm

pat is a class act. here's to a great retirement, pat!

SOWNY » Pickering Emergency Alert » January 12, 2020 3:32 pm

i was relieved, after i googled and found out we were 14kms from the plant (instead of the 10kms of concern as stated in the initial alert). what do you mean radiation travels through the air instead of following the streets? meanwhile, chernobyl  (the mini-series) and the "it's no big deal" approach keeps coming to mind as the person next to the main alarm pulls a plug and says "problem solved".

SOWNY » Family Feud Canada » January 10, 2020 9:36 am

ladies and gentleman here's the liberal party family!.. and here's the family they're taking on... the conservative party family!...   now let's play ... the family fuuuuued!

SOWNY » When Silverman Helped At City TV » January 10, 2020 9:29 am

i'm guessing you'd want a person with a gruff /no-nonsense exterior to fill this type of "advocate" role. being passive and friendly wouldn't cut it (especially when trying to right a wrong created by people of questionable character.... aka: "sleaze balls").

SOWNY » Hockey Canada and TSN/RDS Sign Deal » January 9, 2020 9:51 am

i'm thinking, the only person/people suffering from your boycott is you. why do that to yourself? do you still receive tsn or have you bailed out of cable? that would be the "noble" thing to do... i guess.

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