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SOWNY » Only One Member Of The Original "Addams Family" TV Show Left Alive » January 30, 2023 2:33 pm

Andy Burns
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I don't think Wednesday is particularly obscure. For an entire generation, our Wednesday was Christina Ricci. The character is pretty recognizable.

SOWNY » Who Is Frequent Radio Guest Eric Alper & Is He Really A Music Expert? » January 5, 2023 12:43 pm

Andy Burns
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Eric and Alan are really the only voices of music, especially classic rock or heritage music, familiar on a national level at this point, Alan via the Ongoing History and Eric via his SXM show and his massive Twitter following. It absolutely makes sense for them to be the go-to's whenever major music stories occur. If there were more familiar personalities out there doing what they do on their scale, I'd guess we'd see those faces as well. 

It would be nice if there were younger faces out there doing the same thing, contextualizing music the way Eric and Alan do; maybe there are, and us older fans don't know about them.

SOWNY » Has Anyone Officially Replaced John Derringer On Q107? » November 25, 2022 10:44 am

Andy Burns
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I don't know who listens to Q107 in the morning these days, but I will say for a good while (this is a long time ago), my old boss and colleague Jeff Brown had an excellent connection with the Q audience. I think a morning show with him, Ryan, and Garbutt would make for a fun listen.

SOWNY » Jack FM changes? » September 19, 2022 9:44 pm

Andy Burns
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I was one of the last people to turn out the lights of Jack FM when it flipped back to KISS 92 in June 2009. I can honestly tell you it was a relief, as my experience at the station was not what I’d hoped it would be. Here are some personal thoughts on the last few years.
 
I came to JACK in the fall of 2007 after having spent 6.5 years at Q107 as a senior writer and the voice of Club Q. It’s been the one and only time in my career where I did something for the money, but in taking on the role of afternoon show producer, I got a pretty significant pay bump from what I was making at Q. There was also the chance to write the JACK Nation Countdown on CityTV, which lasted a season and was an interesting experience.
 
Unfortunately, I thought producing JACK afternoon drive would mean booking cool guests and helping steer the show. That wasn’t really the case, I discovered. Instead, Jeff Brown, who was PD and show-host alongside Carly Klassen, was looking more for a third banana, which I definitely wasn’t. That’s not a slam on Jeff at all; he was a good man and a fun jock; we just had different ideas as to what I’d be good at. The hosts weren’t really interested in doing interviews – I think I booked one for the show the whole time I was there. I never ever wanted to be an on-air personality. I liked writing and doing things behind the scenes.
 
For those of you wondering, believe me when I say the idea of changing the name of the station was often discussed, and many of us hoped that would be the case since the JACK brand was done in Toronto. Had that opportunity been given, we would have lasted a bit longer and “maybe” even gotten some decent traction. It was always going to be an uphill battle with Q, the behemoth that it was, regardless. “Toronto’s Rock Variety” was such a horrible tagline; nobody talks like that. It sounded so lame; I don’t think any of the JACK staff was onboard. I do seem to recall at one point we tried out “Toronto

SOWNY » Kim Mitchell gone from Q107 » August 1, 2015 7:34 pm

Andy Burns
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Yes, it was Carly. She was a hold over when Jeff Brown went to Ottawa. She followed him there about a year later. She was a big help to Kim at first, as she knew the formatics of doing drive.

I worked with Kim during my Q years and he was a very solid guy, and he got better and better as a jock as the years went by. I don't think anyone, including Kim himself, could have predicted an 11 year run. That's impressive to me.

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