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SOWNY » Capt. Kirk Sets Phasers To Kill After CTV's Sandie Rinaldo Interview » Yesterday 10:34 am

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I don't know about you, but some of William Shatner's charm in his later years has been his crankiness.  Never really sure if he means it, or is part of it put on.  He was only guest who could tell David Letterman with a straight face to fuck off and bring the house down. 

I do find that Canadian journalists when interviewing celebrities are lacking and do tend to ask dumb questions.  Credit however to Tom Power who did a good job interviewing Mick Jagger the other night on The National.    

SOWNY » Sports Streaming Puts U.S. Cable In Penalty Box. Could It Happen Here? » Yesterday 10:13 am

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While in decline, cable will likely be here for a long time.  And as Radiowiz points out, our situation is a little different anyway.

Streamers have their issues as well.  For one, less reliable service and picture quality for live programming, with freezing and jerking video and sound.  Unless the power goes out, cable rarely goes down. 

I have watched a few of the Blue Jays games streamed and the technical issues were kind of annoying. Too much lag, freezing and break up of audio and video.  

And cost isn't always that great with streamers.  In the US Hulu with no ads starts at $17.99 per month as of Oct 12.  BUT, if you want to watch live TV, you need Hulu + which would be $81.99 per month as of Oct 12th and this includes ESPN with ads and Disney with no ads.  Many homes have two or three streaming services, so the costs can go up very quickly, and you still won't have the variety of cable. 

And if cable were to fade away, watch for the streamers increasing prices quickly.  The only streaming company that currently makes any money is Netflix.   All of the others are deep in the red. 

SOWNY » Crave Promoting More Original Productions » September 20, 2023 1:50 pm

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I guess it's because of the long strike in Hollywood, but Crave seems to have a larger variety of new original programming coming  and original shows from CTV.   And most important, they are actually promoting it.  
         
More from The Lede...
https://www.bellmedia.ca/the-lede/

SOWNY » Turns Out Jays Radio Crews Aren't The Only Ones Not Going On The Road » September 20, 2023 1:34 pm

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The TV broadcast is by far the better choice....Dan, Buck, Hazel and Joe are among the best.  Much better analysis and play by play than you could get on radio alone.  Nothing against Mr. Wagner or any of the radio crew but TV always comes out way ahead.  Sports and baseball were made for HD TV, with surround sound, computer animation and graphics, isolated camera angles, shots of the fans having fun,  all the things that AM can't do. 

SOWNY » 10th Season For Amazing Race Canada Is A Go In 2024 » September 19, 2023 7:08 pm

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Tonight is the grand finale for season 9, and the 100th episode of Amazing Race Canada on CTV.  Averaging 1.7 million viewers per week over the summer, season 10 will run on CTV in 2024. The announcement was made today.   Details from brioux.tv..
https://brioux.tv/blog/2023/09/19/ctv-announces-10th-season-order-for-the-nations-no-1-original-series-the-amazing-race-canada/

SOWNY » Is This The First Sign Of Mike Bendixen's Handiwork At 640? » September 19, 2023 7:46 am

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Tomas Barlow wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

Doubling-down on right-wing faux-populist nonsense is probably the best option to get the few people who actually CUME the station to spend a little more time with it.
It's done within a few years, so milk it for whatever's left.

Those right wingers do not buy the products advertised.
Go Centre Left and there will be a stronger response to the ads. 
 

Is there a dominant centre left talk station anywhere in North America other than CBC Radio One?  I don't know of one.

Washington DC in the August ratings, the NPR station WAMU was number one by a good margin with a 11.6 share. Not really surprising in a government town.  

The US has a lot of university and college radio stations that show up in the top ten, even top five and some of these could be NPR affiliates. 

NPR weekly listenership is about 24 million.

SOWNY » CBC-TV Departs From Its "No U.S. Programming" Role » September 18, 2023 11:00 pm

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According to wiki, CBC dropped US programming in 1998 with the exception of the odd movie (often Disney), and Christmas movies.  I know the network ran the Simpsons for years in the afternoon, but I don't remember when it was dropped.  They also ran Disney movies I thought into the 2000's on Sunday evening but even that has not happened for years.

Originally a big reason for CBC dropping US programming was because of complaints from private broadcasters who felt that the public broadcaster shouldn't be bidding on US programming, especially programs in prime time.  As we see in the ad above, CBC had lots of US programming back in the 70's and 80's and competed directly with CTV and Global. 

Back in the day CBC even had NFL football including The Super Bowl and specials like the Academy Awards.

If CBC was going to import a few US shows, you would think they would buy something stronger.  Should have picked up a couple of series from one of the streamers that don't run here.  Fox doesn't exactly have a strong prime time line up.

SOWNY » Fox Has A Big Sunday Night With 60 Minutes » September 18, 2023 1:26 pm

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I know this will be changed any moment now, but TV Ratings Guide is showing that FOX ran 60 Minutes at 8pm last night with 9.92 million viewers and CBS showing Bob's Burgers at 7:30 with a slimmed down 730,000 viewers...
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2023/09/sunday-tv-ratings-91723-yellowstone.html

SOWNY » Could This New TV Standard Also Create Dozens Of New Radio Stns.? » September 18, 2023 1:08 pm

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If I am understanding this correctly, (and likely I'm not), Toronto's five or six OTA TV channels, if they were to adopt ATSC 3.0 would make it technically possible for about 300 new off air radio stations in Toronto?

True this would make for tons of alternate format stations, and many hobby broadcast outlets but how would this be workable?  Or does that really matter?

In a way we already have the same thing with radio stations on line with formats never heard on commercial radio, Many of these run by individuals.  No broadcast restrictions and no license required. A few of our members are already doing this with their own on line radio. 

SOWNY » Camerawork On The Jays Telecast Tonight » September 15, 2023 9:29 pm

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Did Rogers buy a or drone or cable camera for the game tonight or have a different director?  I have never seen a Jays game with so many overhead movement shots of the crowd and field.  It looks great, even seem to have more aerial shots of the stadium.   Guess they are trying to create some fun and excitement in the team that has been failing lately.  I was at the game on Wednesday and witnessed the 10-0 drubbing from Texas.  The booing really started at the end of the 7th inning.  The fans didn't play favourites, Vladdy, Springer and Bichette all knew the crowd wasn't happy.  But they are tonight with the win. 

SOWNY » Metroland seeks bankruptcy protection, lays off 605 » September 15, 2023 8:44 pm

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"Speaking of jumping the gun, you aren't even aware of what you're talking about. I happen to have a very good friend who works for a company owned by the Toronto Star and he's told me stories of how they play hardball with everything regarding his union and think nothing of cutting budgets, salaries and yes, people." 

"They constantly portray themselves as "The Paper for the People," stick up in print for unions and the poor and disadvantaged and rightly decry companies that take advantage of their employees. Yet when it comes to their own backyard, well, it's OK to apparently be ruthless and fool around with cutting pensions, sick leave and other essentials."

First off, I worked for Torstar for 15 years, so yes I should know a little of what I am talking about.  The Torstar that I worked for was not the company that is laying off 605 people and closing the print editions of 71 weekly papers. The company that I worked for until retirement is not around any longer and hasn't existed for over 3 years.

Today's news didn't have anything to do with the Toronto Star.  Metroland and The Star newspapers are run as separate companies.  True they have the same owner. Nordstar Capital, controlled by one individual, but the two divisions have always been separate.

The former Torstar was run by newspaper people, a public company traded on the TSX.  The new owners run a private investment firm, not on the stock market, and not of the newspaper business. The much vaunted "Atkinson Principle's" have never applied to any papers other than the Star. 

So your rant was misplaced and about a company that no longer lives, and hasn't since May 2020.  The Toronto Star or it's philosophy had nothing to do with what happened today with Metroland.

Comments about severance are a little premature.  Like I said let's see what happens with the reorganization, and this is up to Nordstar who own the papers.  I am sure that the Star or any of the others were tough at ne

SOWNY » Metroland seeks bankruptcy protection, lays off 605 » September 15, 2023 3:15 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

According to an article in the Star, the company that owns the so-called "paper for the people" won't even be giving the over 600 ex-employees any severance. 

"No termination or severance pay will be paid because “the Company does not have sufficient funds,” according to the FAQ.

“Affected Employees will have the opportunity to file a claim in the course of the restructuring process for the amounts that they are owed by Metroland.”  

I wonder what the Toronto Star would have to say about any other company that would do that. Shameful hypocrites.

Gee RA, the only shameful thing I see is your biased and foolish over the top comments.  Nothing said about the employees that lost their jobs but rather another chance for you to run down a company that you dislike.  Lots of class.  Why not wait and get the facts and see how this plays out before the short sighted comments.    

 

SOWNY » New Bell Fibe TV customer » September 15, 2023 10:51 am

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I don't know if there is a cable package anywhere where you pick only the channels what you want.  All cable providers have must carry channels, which are mandated by the CRTC or in the US FCC.  I figured the reason I receive the french news and sports channels is because I subscribe to them on the english service, and they are considered part of these packages.   If they were gone I doubt if the price for sports and news would change. 

I believe regardless of what package you purchase with any cable provider there are always some french stations like Radio Canada, TFO and APTN that are always included in the service since they are national.  TFO, which is TVO's french channel is carried in Quebec and throughout the Maritimes even though it is an Ontario educational channel.

I always found it interesting with border cable services in the US that use to offer Canadian channels, usually included Radio Canada in their packages.  Some of the cable services in Western NY and Buffalo years ago almost always carried CBLFT in Toronto.  Never knew why, but they did.   

SOWNY » Bill Kelly resurfaces with a new podcast » September 14, 2023 7:20 pm

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Always enjoyed Bill on CHML.  A talk show host who was easy to listen to and a pro. Bill was always fair and respectful to listeners and guests, and would let people speak without interrupting or arguing.   Hope his podcast is successful.

SOWNY » New Bell Fibe TV customer » September 14, 2023 5:54 pm

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Cash must have the Cadillac of Bell Fibe packages.  I don't get anywhere near 100 french channels. I have about 37 listed but this includes all of the french Crave, movie and kids channels, various specialty networks none of which I receive or subscribe to.

French channels I get are Radio Canada news channel and main network, TVA main network, sports and news, RDS sports, TV5 from France, TFO (TVO's french service) and some preview channels, so about 13-15 altogether.

I will on rare occasion watch something on TVA or Radio Canada main networks and maybe something on sports or news. I sometimes like to see how the Quebec media covers a story.  None of the french channels show up on my Bell invoices or if I am changing my channel line up.

Bell groups formats together more than Rogers so all of the french channels/networks are on a lower tier altogether.  The stations I watch, OTA channels, news and information channels, lifestyle, movie, streamers and sports etc. are in groups.  Maybe Rogers is doing this more now, but when I had them  stations were more scattered. 

I have found that Bell updates and reboots far less than Rogers and quicker whenever this rarely happens.  Sound and picture quality is excellent.  

SOWNY » CTV - Like Most Competitors - Unveils Reality Heavy Fall Slate » September 14, 2023 5:02 pm

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I could be wrong but I thought there was an optional 5th year in contracts and it was after 5 years when new negotiations and increased wages would happen putting up costs considerably.  This was why many felt Global's successful Private Eyes was cancelled after 5 seasons. 

That is likely right about Departure on Peacock.  As mentioned, Departure is one of their few original scripted programs. Peacock is heavily reliant on day old programming from the mother network.  Maybe they will do the reverse, eventually repeat the series on NBC. 

To me Transplant makes more sense to wrap up after 4 years.  The refugee situation of Bash proving himself as a qualified doctor can't continue year after year.  He has stick handled most of the obstacles and it is logical for the series to wrap up.  The 4th or if they changed their minds on a 5th year could set up something else with another totally different storyline. 

Departure would be easier to continue with other variations of situations and disasters that happen all the time. 

SOWNY » CTV - Like Most Competitors - Unveils Reality Heavy Fall Slate » September 14, 2023 9:59 am

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 At least with the strike, CTV's domestic prime time shows are getting better timeslots.  W5 Friday evening at 10pm is not a bad idea.  A better time than Saturday's at 7pm.

A CTV spokesperson mentioned that Transplant was intended to be a 4 season series maximum.  Whether that is true or not is questionable.  The show has done well here but very average to low ratings on NBC, but does have a small and loyal fanbase in the US. 

I think the best Canadian drama is Global's Departure.  Surprised no US OTA network has picked that one up.  But if the strike continues, who knows?  People are going to get tired of game shows and reality programming in prime time.  The already poor ratings are reflecting this.  Watch for more sports. 

SOWNY » CNN Copy Story Gets JFK Assassination Date Wrong » September 14, 2023 9:24 am

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Hard to believe this could end up on a copy story on CNN's webpage.  The story has to do with some new information on President Kennedy's assassination on Nov 22, 1963.  Quoting a gentleman who edits a substack newsletter called JFK facts.  The writer, Jefferson Morley is quoted in the article with the following.  Note this may show up as corrected eventually but right now the mistake is glaring... 

There are differing positions on what to make of Landis’ memoir 

Jefferson Morley edits a substack newsletter, JFK Facts, that pushes for more transparency in the official record on the Kennedy assassination. He has long doubted the “magic bullet” theory and deconstructed official government reports.“Landis shows that this is an open question and we really need a much better explanation of what happened on November 22nd, 1960,” Morley told CNN’s Abby Phillip earlier this week.

SOWNY » Weather Network App/Website Down. Hit By Cyber Security Hack » September 12, 2023 11:02 pm

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The Weather Network Channel is on as usual but their website and app have been down since late Monday.
More from iPhone In Canada...https://www.iphoneincanada.ca/2023/09/12/weather-network-cybersecurity-incident/

SOWNY » Did The Rules About Prizes On Cdn. Made TV Game Shows Change? » September 12, 2023 10:33 pm

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Also interesting to note that when you win prize money or merchandise in Canada, you don't pay tax, or need to declare it for income tax.   In the US merchandise winnings still require tax to be paid, and cash prizes are considered income. 

So the cars won on CHUM were tax free and the cars won with the Price Is Right were taxable. 

I knew someone who won about $350,000 at one of the Windsor casinos.  She got the money that day, and no tax needed to be paid.  You will only be taxed if you invested the money and will be taxed on interest earned. She paid off her mortgage, bought a new car, put her boys through college and gave some to family members and most important... she was now debt free.  She paid no tax since the money wasn't invested.  Her disposable income increased greatly after winning the money.   

SOWNY » Did The Rules About Prizes On Cdn. Made TV Game Shows Change? » September 12, 2023 3:31 pm

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CHUM gave away 4 of these Pontiac Astras during the summer of 1973.  This was in addition to all of the other usual things like CHUM beach towels, concert tickets etc.  One other promotion I remember they were giving away a brand new Corvette and a 1954 model as well. 

So the prizes actually were pretty good and not cheap at all.  It was more the Canadian TV networks like CTV that had the miserly prizes. It looks like they could have given away better prizes if they wanted since radio stations did.  A lot of people won $1,000 for just saying I Listen To CHUM when they answered the phone.  Back then this was a lot of money which would be worth about $7,000 today.

John Landecker felt that prize giveaways and contests were handled much better here since stations couldn't literally buy the audience during rating periods.  Also Canadian gameshows avoided cheating and collusion scandals such as those with The $64,000 Question, Tic- Tac- Dough, Twenty-One, Dotto and others.  I mean what producer at CTV was going to help a contestant to win a Brother electric typewriter or a set of Encyclopedia Britannica?

SOWNY » Did The Rules About Prizes On Cdn. Made TV Game Shows Change? » September 12, 2023 11:16 am

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I think the rules were changed many years ago.  CHUM FM has offered  $100,000 for Beat the Bank for well over a decade.  One year I believe it was up to $500,000.  The CTV two episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Pamela Wallen offered one million Canadian if the questions were answered correctly in 2000. 

Don't know why some on here always need to revisit the cheap prizes on Canadian game shows 45 years ago.  Seems this comes up every few months.   As I recall some of the US game shows didn't always have the greatest prizes either.  I remember it was Jeopardy! for years gave the losing contestants a supply of Rice A Roni as a parting gift..

Actually if you watch many of the old daytime US game shows from the late 60's to 70's many of them didn't have the best production values with out of focused shots, technical mistakes and cameras that didn't know they were on air with erratic zooms or shots off set.  Didn't happen a lot but more than you would think.  And there was no effort to edit out the errors. 

SOWNY » Bell & Rogers Finding Live Sports Not The Cash Cow It Once Was » September 12, 2023 10:20 am

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Both Sportsnet and TSN and their various channels are good sports services.  Of the two TSN has more variety but Sportsnet has locked up NHL hockey and the Jays.

Every sports network in the world is going through the same thing financially that these two are, so not unique to TSN or Sportsnet.

One thing that was interesting about the story was the fact that Bell Media took in $3.3 billion in revenue last year and Rogers Media $2.3 billion.  This should put to rest the whining from some media columnists and others about CBC's "huge advantage".  CBC/Radio Canada had total revenues last year of about $1.7 billion.  The "huge advantage" doesn't appear to be with the public broadcaster. 

SOWNY » Sudden Change To All-Sports Format Rattles Detroit Radio » September 11, 2023 7:02 pm

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 WFDF only had 2,100 listeners per month?  Didn't know they could measure numbers that low.  On some given days or weeks they would have nobody listening.  Hard to believe that an AM station with good dial position and 50,000 watts in a market of over 3.5 million could be tracking so poorly.  So this owner Kevin Adell has been losing money for years? 

SOWNY » Radio Contests Fiction: "There Is No 100th Caller." » September 11, 2023 6:31 pm

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When I was working all nights even though the station never asked for requests, I did get a fair number.    If a certain song fit the format and if I knew how to find it quickly, I would play a request.  Didn't do dedications since that would open the flood gates.

In top 40 radio the calls were almost always for a current hit and often we had just played the song. In a case like that I would just mention something from the top ten that was coming up and that normally was fine with the caller.

Never did a 100th caller for a contest.  Always thought as a listener that sounded bogus anyway.  On air I would usually ask for a caller anywhere from 5 to 15 and I did answer the phones.  The contest lines were either on hold prior to starting a contest, or I would clear the lines right after it was announced.  If you were trying to tie up a line you were SOL.

In both Thunder Bay and Owen Sound, (CKPR and CFOS) were told by the phone company that they needed to upgrade the phone system.  Both stations on occasion jammed the lines for contests,  Ma Bell, and Thunder Bay telephone were none too pleased.   

  

SOWNY » Tackling Football Overkill On TV: When Is Enough Too Much? » September 10, 2023 3:17 pm

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Here's how all these college games did last night in the ratings, courtesy of the TV Ratings Guide..
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/

SOWNY » Is This The Last New Radio Station In Canada For The Next 2 Years? » September 10, 2023 10:58 am

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Keep an eye on Canadian Radio News (CRN) on RadioWest.ca.  Don Sys has daily updates on CRTC news and decisions.  On Friday Four Sense Entertainment was approved for a new commercial AAA station in Squamish BC.  This group also has CKEE a AAA outlet in Whistler, but the new station is not a repeater and will have 126 hours weekly of local programming.
http://www.whistlerfm.ca/

SOWNY » Tackling Football Overkill On TV: When Is Enough Too Much? » September 10, 2023 10:41 am

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All of the Canadian OTA networks had variety programming Saturday evening. Some repeats, some movies, CHCH had back to back episodes of the well done Cold Case drama from about 15 years ago. None of the networks had any sports on Saturday evening.  W5 was the number one trending show at 7pm on CTV according to the trending feature on my service.   

I think you will see more college football of US TV this fall and a few other sports since these events are live and usually draw acceptable numbers.  You may even see important high school games on some off hours on networks like CW.  

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