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SOWNY » Do TV or Radio Stations Ever Answer Their Phones Any More? » July 23, 2019 6:28 pm

When I used to work overnights at CHML back in the 90's (when they were still playing music), there was a guy that would phone in every night, without fail, and request Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

Sometimes he'd phone more than once a night and would request it again, even after we'd played it. Ron Funnell, who also used to work overnights at the time, can verify this as true.

Then, there was a little old lady that used to phone up and chastise me for not playing Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" in its entirety, even though I played every godawful 3:55 of it. The song has a weird fade at the end, so I think that may have led her to believe that. She would be on the phone within about twenty seconds of the song ending, like clockwork, to give me a piece of her mind.
"How could you fade out of such a beautiful song?", she used to ask.


SOWNY » Is the new Energy (Energy 95 in Hamilton) brand that strong? » March 28, 2019 4:44 pm

kman wrote:

"Energy" is definitely not as strong a brand as it was when Skot Turner was at the helm. However it's certainly better than the "Fresh" brand. Like really "Fresh" what is this a bakery or something? I'll never understand why they didn't just update the Vinyl format, Vinyl was 2nd place in the Hamilton market and had a 3% share in Toronto. Fresh was at the bottom of the Hamilton and Toronto ratings.

I miss Vinyl too. When 95.3 was running the promos last week with the girl saying,"Oops, I hit the Wham! button by mistake!", I was hoping that might mean a return to Vinyl. I guess that's why they call them teasers. 


SOWNY » CBS Goes To Extremes When It Comes To "Schitt's Creek" Interview » February 20, 2019 8:23 pm

Mike Wilmot talks about "the last dirty word" at about 1:50.

Viewer discretion advised!   



SOWNY » CBS Goes To Extremes When It Comes To "Schitt's Creek" Interview » February 20, 2019 6:43 pm

It's interesting, because the word "shit" (and not "schitt", or any other variation) actually did air on CBS almost 20 years ago with an episode of Chicago Hope, where Mark Harmon's character responds with the phrase "shit happens", when a superior questions him about an operation that had gone wrong.

"The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis."

Also, I remember a 2002 documentary (also on CBS) titled "9/11", hosted by Robert De Niro which captured the events of September 11, 2001 through the lenses of two French filmmakers that happened to be in Manhattan that day. De Niro warned the audience beforehand that the language contained in the special was particularly harsh and sure enough, the word "shit" was uttered at least twice, and "fucking" at least once. The producers and the network had agreed not to bleep out the 'offending' words as they felt it was important to portray the day's events as they unfolded.

So, clearly these words can be used on regular broadcast TV. I wonder what made the U.S. networks regress back to a more puritan time (language-wise at least)? I find it kind of amusing because the word "piss" has been used quite freely since about the mid-90s, and "shit" seems to be on the same level as that, one would think. It's an everyday word that's used so often that it's lost some of its evilness (IMO...)


SOWNY » Ciao To CIAO?: Did GTA Radio Station Change Its Call Letters? » January 15, 2019 11:09 am

Jody Thornton wrote:

Boy am I stupid.  Initially, I didn't catch RadioActive's play on words.  When he wrote "Ciao to CIAO", I thought to myself, "seems like the same call letters to me"

Don't feel bad, Jody. For the longest time, I didn't even know that "ciao" was pronounced "chow".  

SOWNY » Boom PD Responds To Unhappy Listener On Redit » January 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Kudos to Troy McCallum for taking the time to answer that listener's concern but also not caving in to one squeaky hinge. (I wonder how many stations that routinely played Christmas music this past season are going to take a hit in the ratings because they were in a rush to ban "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Okay, maybe not the stations themselves, but their parent companies).

Also, kudos to Stu Jeffries for going outside the bubble and doing something different  (ie., being entertaining and relatable, which is getting to be a rarity in radio these days). It's often times easy to forget that Stu is a one man show.  

SOWNY » It Had To Happen: Radio Station Pulls Xmas Song Over #MeToo Movement » December 3, 2018 7:47 pm

LocalNewsGuy wrote:

Gosh, you mean a radio station took advantage of a social movement to score some cheap publicity while obscuring the real meaning of the protest? I never would have believed it.

Hey, sometimes cheap publicity can be quite effective.


SOWNY » The Songs Oldies Radio Forgot » November 28, 2018 11:41 pm

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alangee wrote:

Music doesn't sound any more 60's than this!!

Hold my beer...!  


SOWNY » The Songs Oldies Radio Forgot » November 25, 2018 8:28 am

Paul Jeffries
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Nice little mid-tempo ballad from James Taylor's little brother, Livingston... 

SOWNY » The Songs Oldies Radio Forgot » November 16, 2018 12:51 am

Paul Jeffries
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A moderate hit from 1973 for Stealer's Wheel featuring Gerry Rafferty. It peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Canada's RPM Magazine chart. 1050 CHUM played this quite a bit during their second incarnation as an oldies station (2002-2009). It spent four weeks on the CHUM Chart and peaked at #20.

SOWNY » Final Friday Flashback: Odds, Ends & Endings » October 5, 2018 10:43 am

RadioActive wrote:

Remember the days before TV had decent stereo sound? That led to simulcasts between usually co-owned radio and TV stations, like this one between City TV and CHUM-FM in 1983.

And didn't Mark Dailey used to give instructions along the lines of:

"Put the speakers on the left and right hand side of your TV and tune to 104 CHUM FM for Toronto's Ultimate Sound!"

(Or something like that?)



SOWNY » Alan Cross new image voice on Q! » September 25, 2018 8:26 am

Storm wrote:

They are now positioning themselves as "Toronto's Rock Station"

That's similar to what they tried about four years ago, although not with great success. Probably because their playlist became 90's intensive practically overnight. This time around it sounds like they've got the mix down better. Hopefully it works. It's good to hear Q107 rocking again.



SOWNY » Hit Songs That Wouldn't Be Politically Correct Today » August 16, 2018 4:51 am

betaylored wrote:

Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" seems pretty sexist these days.

The Hallelujah Tabernacle Choir version is timeless though. 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: Local Radio Hosts Who Wound Up On Local TV » June 1, 2018 3:11 pm

Under the category of local radio hosts who wound up on national TV, there's Paul Hanover, CHML's "Mayor of the Morning" for many decades, who also hosted the CTV game show "It's Your Move" for most of its run.  

SOWNY » Canadian Top 40 countdown show » January 19, 2018 2:03 pm

If I recall correctly, I think Dan Williamson also hosted a syndicated countdown show of the top AC hits of the week. It ran on CKDS-FM around 1990 or so (pre-Y95).


SOWNY » First Station In North America To Go All Christmas Surfaces » November 8, 2017 9:27 pm

I seem to remember 97.3, in their previous incarnation as EZ Rock, started the tradition of playing Christmas music the day after Halloween and other TO stations would follow suit as well.


SOWNY » Another Reason Not To Tune Classical 96.3 In The Car » October 16, 2017 4:04 am

In its heyday, CKDS Stereo 95 in Hamilton (now Y108) was heavy-duty industrial strength easy-listening music. As in, "Let's-toss-the-kids-in-the-station-wagon-and-go-shopping-for-wallpaper" type of music.


SOWNY » The Best Fake D.J. Name In Radio History » August 25, 2017 11:07 am

RadioActive wrote:

The best may be a guy from Buffalo whose name is simply such a great nom de plume, it’s become my all time favourite. It’s WBEN-AM’s Sandy Beach. The pseudonym is a fantastic play on words and very creative but it also sounds like it could be real. That’s what makes it perfect. I’m told his real name is Donald Pesola. Hardly as memorable.  

Interesting. Don Pesola was also the name of the winning contestant in the WKRP episode "The Contest Nobody Could Win."



SOWNY » Why The Feds Refused CIUT’s Original Call Letters » August 21, 2017 5:25 pm

I've always thought that if the "e" on K-Lite FM's neon sign were to burn out it could spell trouble...(among other things... :O )


SOWNY » That time when TV used records... » March 22, 2017 3:07 pm

ig wrote:

The New Music
Rush - 2012 temples of syrinx

Didn't they use "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag" by Pigbag, or was that before or after Rush?


SOWNY » That time when TV used records... » March 17, 2017 6:28 pm

I remember back in the early '80s CHCH News used music from The J.Geils Band for bumpers going into commercials, usually to promote what was coming up in sports. "Come Back" and "Freeze Frame" were commonly used. (I think they may have used "Centerfold" as well, if my memory serves correct). For a while they also used the Talking Heads' "Cross Eyed and Painless", and for the longest time "Once In a Lifetime" was the closing theme for CHCH news.

There was also a talk show on CFTO that used George Benson's "Breezin'" for their theme, but I can't remember which show that was.



SOWNY » Tony Rosato » January 11, 2017 8:19 pm

He also played Arthur "Whitey" Morelli on the Canadian police drama "Night Heat" between 1985-1989. According to Wikipedia, he also did voice work for quite a large number of animated series.

A talented guy. He will be missed.


SOWNY » STAR 102.5 HO HO HO » November 10, 2016 6:18 am

In the past they've had a Scrooge button on their website that you could click for an alternate stream of non-Christmas music.


SOWNY » Big Changes at AM640 » October 27, 2016 2:58 am

I still miss AM 640 The Hog.   


SOWNY » What's in a name? Why the voice of the Blue Jays won't say 'Indians' » October 12, 2016 8:02 pm

I love Mr. Howarth's work and I think it's very admirable of him to take this approach. 

Anyone who's a regular fan of baseball probably wouldn't even notice his omission of the teams' names. However, someone who's a new fan to the sport and not familiar with the various teams might notice.


SOWNY » BOOM 107? » August 3, 2016 8:38 pm

Q107 is a strong brand, but it's a brand that comes with a lot of baggage, at least in the Toronto market. It's a brand that has come to mean dependability and consistency, but its brand has also built an audience that is extremely reluctant to change (just check out the comments on their website under Playlist from 2014 from when they went from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock Station and you'll see what I mean). Needless to say, that hinders growth when the audience believes that a set of call letters should stand for something. A rebranding might be what the station needs.

SOWNY » Will 1220 AM & Oldies Live Again In St. Catharines? » April 17, 2016 7:50 am

The thing I found most puzzling about CKOC is why they held onto the Oldies 1150 format for so long. Even on their website they used to brag that their highest audience numbers happened in 1980. One would think it would've made more sense to be playing "Video Killed the Radio Star" right from the start when they switched from their Top 40 format, instead of the tired old cornball oldies that made up the bulk of their playlist.  

SOWNY » 1280 The Scope set to sign-on Mar. 31 » February 29, 2016 10:44 pm

At least they won't have to deal with "1150 CKOC - Ontario's Music Leader" kicking their butt like they did back in the '70s. 

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