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SOWNY » Should a radio show host be encouraging listeners to get the jab? » April 6, 2021 5:38 pm

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Just because some music DJ says get the shot, is not taking some political stance.   Science backs up the statement, with the facts from credible sources.   I really don't think it's something that any host should dance around about.   Just because they said get it, doesn't mean the person who is against science or some anti vax/masker is going to change either.    They are sharing opinion.    If they are news hosts, saying "people should strongly consider getting the shot is also fine".   AGAIN science and facts back the statement.  It's not and should not be political.   

People will ways find something to make any statement made they don't agree with an issue, but facts backed by science, like the sky being blue, the earth being round and covid being real is not something that should be worried about debate or causing mass outrage.    When people trust random sites on the internet for their sources of info vs trusted sources and the media hosts have to dance around real facts because someone may get offended is going to end this industry once and for all. 

 

SOWNY » Cdn. Assn. Of Broadcasters Pleas For CanCon Rules Reduction To CRTC » April 6, 2021 10:10 am

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I get angry reading the statements that if we didn't have any rules on cancon that somehow everyone would run 0% and the end of Canada would happen.

Facts are the audience will drive what cancon should be running when it's not forced.   No station will run 0% because that would not justify the needs/wants of their audience.   Some formats can run and have a demand for a lot of cancon.   Others 5% to 10% would be more justified. 

We are past the point of people getting their music from only the radio.   Spotify for example does not tell me I have to listen to 35% cancon.   These rules are extremely outdated and do not serve the audience or commercial stations that are now trying to play ball in the digital world.


One thing that should be, is the correct use of the CBC.   They in my view should be 100% Canadian to be a place for Canadian music.    This would provide promotion, and give people a choice.   Artists that are not ready to be up against the worlds biggest acts would find a great home here.

New Zealand has done this a while ago and they found stations there actually still play New Zealand artists, the music quality became better because they would have to work harder to compete with world acts.   At no point did they lose who they are as a country because they did this.   They just grew up and became willing to compete.   The music Canada has is good... why can't it do the same and also compete?
 

SOWNY » HOT TALK? » March 29, 2021 1:20 pm

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Just my 2 cents that means nothing..

ONLY if they didn't make money with Edge or any FM, would they consider doing this.   If anything they would drop 640 and focus on 1 station doing talk in house.   It's expensive and to have 2 in house doing it, may be a hard sell to the budget makers.    I think we are heading to an FM commercial talk, news or newstalk, as AM is a hard sell under 35.     I also think there is some formats that are currently over congested and hard to give performance numbers because of it (like doing hot ac/adult chr on 95-3).    Should 102-1 or 95-3 not be profitable (outside ratings), its possible to try something new like FM talk.   The issue is if you do it on 102-1, is 640 worth keeping around?    Or 95-3, is it worth keeping 900 around?    Music you can get anywhere... talk you can't...  I think it's only a matter of time before someone dumps music to try it on FM, and Corus likely has the best shot based on stations available, but if the clients are paying the bills, they will be happy to continue with their 1-3 share point doing music

SOWNY » Should Chris Cuomo be taken off CNN? » March 26, 2021 10:05 am

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What may save Chris is the fact he's not reporting for CNN.  He does a opinion based news show, not a newscast.   I laugh every time I see "journalists" get all upset about these shows, but facts are Chris and Don's shows in the evening are very opinion driven news talk shows... not in anyway a newscast or reporting.   Anderson walks a fine line, because he still does a bit of reporting...     I'm not defending the shows and programming decisions of CNN, but had Chris been a reporter or anchor of a newscast, yes... I would likely expect them to pull him off the air.    On a opinion based talk show?   Doubtful.   Chris made the smart decision to avoid this topic on his show since these issue broke.    Journalists get very upset about this type of thing, but once a journalist walks over to opinion talk shows, I think it's hard to say that some how his credibility is tarnished... because it already was the moment he started that format of show. 

SOWNY » Could Toronto's G98.7 FM (AKA CKFG) Lose Its Licence At CRTC Hearing? » March 23, 2021 9:55 am

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RadioActive wrote:

CKFG has been in trouble with authorities and got a slap on the wrist at the last licence renewal hearing over a slew of ongoing non-compliance issues. It's been in a state of some chaos since the death of its owner, Fitzroy Gordon, (the "FG" in the call letters) several years ago and has been the subject of a lot of stories about who should be in charge.    

From sources I've heard from, there has been issues there even before Fitzroy passed sadly.    Many non compliance issues from day one.  They have an ethnic licence which comes with some strong requirements on music, spoken word etc, in exchange for a reduced cancon requirement.   It's only got worse after his death.     Hopefully with a new owner, they can turn the ship around.   Most issues are able to be fixed. 

SOWNY » Buffalo's Channel 49 Is Gone For Antenna Users. Time To Rescan » March 18, 2021 11:53 am

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Tardis wrote:

I am receiving WNYO in ATSC 3.0 but not strong enough to actually view.. 

I can only assume like any new transmitter, engineers will not take it to full power until they check everything top to bottom.    Most of us will be on the distant part of the full power signal, so until they are at full power, it's not likely something we will get well.    Time will tell.

As for ASTC1.0, it's nothing more than a setting change on current transmitters and other than a change in setup, if you get the host signal, you should get all subchannels including WNYO

SOWNY » Buffalo's Channel 49 Is Gone For Antenna Users. Time To Rescan » March 18, 2021 11:40 am

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RadioActive wrote:

I've done several rescans on the individual stations and while my DVR is finding new channels, it's not showing them to me. I hope it doesn't necessitate a total rescan, because I'd rather not wipe out all my settings. Manual rescans have always worked for me before. I will try again later. 

Keep in mind, they may virtually be making ASTC 1 .0  WNYO appear as 49.1, even though it's technically on Fox 29's transmitter.    Assuming you have checked the normal channel numbers on your tv?

SOWNY » Do Corus & Bell Really Consider CBC-TV The Competition? » March 18, 2021 11:37 am

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CBC should not, be a competitor.    They are to be a public broadcaster.     The logic behind running CBC spots, I think is exactly that.    CBC really isn't a commercial "for profit" like Global, CTV, CITY are.     CBC could have the worst ratings and it all doesn't matter because they get public dollars to support it where advertising falls short.    People are not leaving CTV, Global, CITY for any long periods because of any programming they run.   If anything I think the Government and CRTC should ensure CBC is 100% Canadian... which is the point... This would give more freedom to commercial broadcasters to air what they need to get ratings.

SOWNY » Buffalo's Channel 49 Is Gone For Antenna Users. Time To Rescan » March 18, 2021 11:19 am

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https://mytvbuffalo.com/entertainment/wnyo-rescan-for-atsc-30-conversion

The flip only happened at 10am, so I would assume you need to rescan now...    Normally 10 min after the posted time.   There is loads of moving parts here, and many transmitter changes. 

SOWNY » CP24 Daytime Repeats ... » March 17, 2021 12:21 pm

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Leslieville Bill wrote:

Yesterday I turned on CP24 at 3pm.  The display in the corner showed 1pm and the announcer came on and confirmed that it was 1pm.  Is it common to repeat the newscast?  I know that news topics don't always change but it seems odd to actually repeat it.  Why not show 3pm on the display and have the newscaster not mention the time?  Surprised/not surprised about this.

Are you sure you didn't have your set top box in show restart mode/pvr?   Even if a show is repeated, CP24's clock would not be wrong..  They repeat the 11pm hour overnight and this is never done..  The graphics are live always.

A friend of mine had this issue, and it ended up they had their box running programming 2 hours from live.

 

SOWNY » 1220 CFAJ Could Officially Be On Air In 2-3 Weeks - & They're Hiring » March 15, 2021 12:34 pm

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I have been saying this from the point of go on this station..  I just can't see it working as a stand alone full time music station on AM radio.    Adjusting the license to Ethnic, could work as most "ethnic" stations broker time and work on the AM band.  Religion may too, but there is too many in that area to have any programming that pays.   We will see on launch day what happens and over the next year... but it's going to be a hard battle if they try to program music at this point.    I wish them luck.

SOWNY » Rogers Makes Billion Dollar Bid To Buy Shaw » March 15, 2021 12:24 pm

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Because the CRTC and feds have been pushing for a 4th national carrier for mobile services, I doubt they will approve Rogers taking Freedom.  We have watched what happens when  Canada only has 3 owners of mobile networks, and the customers typically pay more as prices increase "to remain competitive"   I have a feeling that Freedom will be the only thing that will stand in the way  to get this approved as it is currently.    The CRTC will simply ask that Freedom be spun off in trust.   I'm sure they will find a buyer.   Freedom is much larger than Mobilicity or Public ever was...  Not to mention has way more customer base.   

SOWNY » To DAB Or Not To DAB - That Is The Question » March 4, 2021 12:26 pm

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DAB in Canada is dead.... When the US went with IBOC (HD radio) it was going to be a upward battle for Canada going with DAB.    Sadly the biggest issue is the mistake most Canadian broadcasters have been doing with HD.   Little to no unique content/programming, little to no promotion of what little unique programming is offered, and no push to radio/auto manufacturers to get HD standard on every radio like AM/FM is. 

Sadly people are not going to care, make an investment in a new radio unless the content is there that they don't already get, free of charge.   Should content be offered that is different than available on other platforms and promoted OR a move to a all digital transmission like digital tv did, would be the only way to get people to jump on board.   Right now.. if it happens to be in your car, you most likely at that point will listen to HD over analog.. but you are not going to race out and replace every radio in the home either. 

SOWNY » CKOC Hamilton » March 3, 2021 1:20 pm

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turkeytop wrote:

If they don't care enough to make it a successful station, they should just surrender their license and let someone else try.

The issue is, it's AM!   No one in their right mind would want it unless they plan to replace a current signal that may not be as strong.   Talk, News, Sports are very heavy in the market, and music on AM just isn't going to be a winner.   

And before anyone tries to say "but 1220"...    I can promise you... 1220 will find it hard to make inroads to make sellable ratings and income as a stand alone AM station, without resorting to flipping to something based on brokered time, like religion or multi-cultural.   900 and 610 already cover talk and doubtful they would try it.   740 can pull it off because they market the hell out of 96.7 FM, and the market size gives them more clients to pull from.

Bell is simply trying to cut their losses and trying to hold on until something becomes available via AM flipping to all digital perhaps, or a FM translator/repeater frequency being worth trying something else.   Currently FM freqencies are not available in the Hamilton market or they would have flipped years ago. 

Handing the license back is typically a last resort, and will be the next step should they not turn the ship at this point. 

 

SOWNY » The Top Format On AM In The U.S.? It's Not Talk » March 2, 2021 10:36 am

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I think there is too much generic detail in this that doesn't show the reality regarding programming on AM.

In the USA, there has been a huge increase of AM stations adding an FM translator.   What this means is a AM station that would never be considering a music format before, is now running formats they would never have considered.     Most in fact make no mention of their AM signal and focus only on their FM translator.     So factually 33.9% could be correct but only because of an FM translator is it even being done. 

Digital only AM, could also see a huge spike in formats that would never have been considered with analog.    Today's audiences are not willing to put up with the sound quality issues of analog AM that they can get from a million other sources with clear sound.  Unless there is a push by the FCC, industry, auto and manufactuers, like what happened with digital tv switchover, it's unlikely all digital will gain traction or broadcasters will take a risk doing it. 
 

SOWNY » The Return Of Jim Richards To Bell Talk Network » February 24, 2021 7:17 pm

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It will likely be networked... I just can't see them making investment to run a local only show after everything that has went down.   
 

SOWNY » Antenna Users To Lose Buffalo's Channel 49 & Subcarriers On March 18th » February 24, 2021 1:08 pm

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The FCC says if you only have to make the channel available in ATSC 1.0 for up to 5 years min when converting to 3.0.

This is how it's being done in Detroit on Channel 20

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMYD 

"On December 7, 2020, WMYD turned off its ATSC 1.0 signal and activated its ATSC 3.0 transmitter on UHF 31. The station's ATSC 1.0 subchannels were moved to other broadcasters for simulcasting, while WMYD became the host for the new ATSC 3.0 signals of WJBK, WDIV-TV, WXYZ-TV, WMYD, and WWJ-TV.As for WMYD's subchannels, WMYD 20.1 was moved to sister station WXYZ-TV, while 20.2 was moved to WDIV-TV and 20.3 was moved to WJBK."


On your TV, WMYD will show on channel 20.1, but really be from WXYZ's transmitter/frequency.

I would expect, they will do the same with Fox 29.   49-1 will show on your tv, but it will come from the FOX 29 transmitter/frequency. 

SOWNY » An interesting report on the downward trend for CHR radio formats » February 22, 2021 2:59 pm

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So this story is dancing around it, but really refuses to flat out say it.   18-34 demos are now more fragmented than ever before.   They have other platforms outside radio like streaming services to get their music.    This translates to less listening.   Older demos tend to still turn to radio for their music needs alone.    I have to agree the music quality isn't the same in CHR as it was a few years ago, but I think they need to bring in stats from streaming services in the music format to see the overall picture.   Some stations also need to get back to giving listeners personalities that appeal and offer entertainment as that's what sets radio and streaming apart.    Hard to do with budget cuts non-stop.      Music isn't the main reason under 40 listeners tune in to any station. They can get their music online.   They can't get personality, local and other things radio can..  

SOWNY » CKOC Hamilton » February 22, 2021 10:52 am

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turkeytop wrote:

The issue I wanted to bring to their attention is this. Just when I get interested in an item or story in the program, they cut away to an ad. I know they need ads to pay the bills, but they should time them better.

When the ads are over, they don't return to the same story. They start in the middle of the next one.

Being the fact it's TV audio... it's possible the visuals make sense.. but the audio does not..

ZERO to do with anything local as there is zero people there to run things.    TV will be running the controls and will fire local breaks when tv goes to break. 

#1 reason TV can't work on radio is what works on TV with visuals does not work with Radio and audio only. 

Sadly it's cheap and this is why Bell is doing it. 

SOWNY » Antenna Users To Lose Buffalo's Channel 49 & Subcarriers On March 18th » February 22, 2021 10:44 am

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They have already done this in Detroit.    They will share a transmitter with another station for ATSC 1.0, using virtual channel to keep their placement on people's tv's.   They will then launch ASTC 3.0 on their licensed frequency.    If they partner with others like they did in Detroit, they will offer other operators space on their 3.0 frequency/transmitter using the same virtual channel approach,   3.0 has way more bandwidth, so they are able to offer most in market stations on one transmitter.    Viewers at home will not notice much difference after rescanning other than perhaps the signal  coming from a different direction.   MYTV 49 will still be available on 1.0 and 3.0 in the end so I hardly think it will be a end of the world for anyone.    And zero equipment is required.      I personally think though if I was to buy a new TV today... I would want one with 3.0 available built in.

SOWNY » Something is wrong with 610 cktb stream » February 19, 2021 10:55 am

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It's more than likely the dish is/was filled with snow.   To my knowledge, coast to coast is still satellite feed and typically this can happen.   Sadly with automation, unless the station goes off the air completely, no one will likely know.   There just isn't staff left to monitor 24/7

SOWNY » Changes At Global Out West. Does This Make Anyone Uneasy? » February 11, 2021 12:35 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

jon wrote:

Then is then and now  is now, but in the 1990s when the CBC in Alberta ran Edmonton supper hour News as a simulcast of Calgary, and later completed reversed the process, it was a Ratings disaster, even though neither situation lasted very long.  I'm not sure that they ever really recovered the viewers they lost with those two major mistakes.

I've read that situation almost happened in Ontario when the cuts happened in 1990, and it would have involved the elimination of CBLT's local newscast. The proposal, as I understood it, was to have a single Ontario-wide newscast anchored from Ottawa, with reporters based in Toronto and Windsor. They went ahead with eliminating the Windsor newscasts at CBET, but Toronto was spared in the end. They did go ahead with centralizing French TV news in Ottawa though, but that probably made some sense at that time.

The idea was that there would be one English local newscast per province. That's (at least part of) why PEI, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick all retained their own programs while Alberta was consolidated into one.

CBC Ottawa has been the perpetual #2 in Ottawa, and such a move would have also harmed their local coverage, further benefiting the then-powerhouse of CJOH.

Ottawa is a interesting market...  for TV at one point had 3 choices... but there is only 2 left for English news.   With only 2 choices, and one gets public tax money...  is it really a competition?    Windsor only has 2 choices (CTV2 and CBC, but really most people watch Detroit in that market. Much better coverage, more reporting, and better production values.   Detroit stations will come over to the Canadian side to cover major stories as well.   Sadly the Canadian side stations look so small market in compairison. 
 

SOWNY » Why has over modulation become so common? » February 11, 2021 11:57 am

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For the Breakfast Club.. They are voice tracks... so the music is played at the station locally.   Sadly most US stations still to this day push their mics very muddy/over compressed.   I also think it's a way they do it be heard over music posts.  Not great sound quality, but has become the norm.

Some hosts are currently also working from home with less than ideal setups.  There is also some stations who have NEVER had their mic processing setup correctly.  As well, some stations don't have equal setups in their voicetrack studio as they do in the control room...  This really the core of most differences. 

The voicetrack studio should have the same mic, same processor and same settings as your live control room... most don't.
 

SOWNY » TSN 1150 Hamilton is no more » February 9, 2021 10:34 pm

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Brad wrote:

It's "funny" to me that they indicate changing the two other TSN stations to comedy "which has proven successful." Not really. Funny 820 in Hamilton is damn in the bottom of all the stations in the area. It is a good alternative from music, but not really a ratings success.

Oddly you need to think less like OLD media people and more how Bell looks at the world.

Successful to Bell is based on Profits vs Cost.   Yes... higher ratings.. more you can charge etc. etc.. but Bell looks at a station like Funny as:

1.   no staff and using already employed staff to operate 
2.  Limited fees to pay for rights/copyrights etc.
3.  once the power bills are paid... everything else is profit.
4. oddly clients to want to advertise on this unique format.     
5. knowing AM radio is approaching end of life, this does keeps costs and profits at a reasonable level. 
6. the demos are wide. 

Bell could care less about ratings on AM, as long as they can make a profit...  and outside Funny 1410 London , most make enough to say they make money. 
 

SOWNY » Swearing On Radio Ads » February 8, 2021 3:59 pm

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ig wrote:

we launched mojo with the 'shoot the shit' line, and nobody complained for weeks.  No listener blinked, and all was good till a certain upper manglement US speed bump heard it and didn't like the 'tone'.

 

It depends on the station... I have worked at places that the stupidest things ended up going to the CBSC from a single trouble maker.   Most times they are not even in the demo and only landed on the station scanning the dial or was around someone who was.   With how management is currently, most will bend over that single complaint... which gives these people power in my opinion.    If the complaint is legitimate, then fine.. but a complaint over a already censored word because the listener knows what that word is in their head, I think is a bit rediculous but will happen. 

 

SOWNY » Swearing On Radio Ads » February 8, 2021 10:37 am

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Depends who the client's demo is.     Someone under 45 may not care at all, as it's censored as much as most music is now.   If the target is over 45, it's likely not a great idea.  

I think the mood is to sound more authentic and real.   Speak how most speak.

Its all an effort to get attention that normally would just fade in the background.    My biggest issue would be where do we go from here?    Uncensored words?   

 

SOWNY » Changes At Global Out West. Does This Make Anyone Uneasy? » February 5, 2021 12:35 pm

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Global has a interesting way to do this...   I'm not a huge fan personally as local is always better...  and I'm not a fan at all of the virtual sets they have used for years, but it's better than not having anything which would have likely happened..

They do most of their markets now in an non-linear fashion.    The anchor pre-records their segments for all the markets they cover ahead of time.   The producer for each market can move things around on the fly and can also break in live if need to.    So should something happen in market A that they need to go live to, there is likely someone available to hop on live.   Where the story is shared, you will see the background be generic and they can run the same anchor cut in multiple markets.    

It's like generic voice tracking for TV really.        I have to give give them some credit...   even though they are working anchors like crazy... this is a out of the box thinking to still provide service and reporters on the ground that otherwise would likely have been cut.    Sometimes things get messed up (wrong intro with the wrong story), but mostly it's working.    It also is the way they provide different local feeds on their digital all news channels on their app.

They did a behind the camera explaining how this works a long time ago now...      Do I think it's providing the best service to the markets no longer having in market productions done?  No.... but I think it's better than dropping casts on weekends, cutting reporters and cutting production value.    That would be worse.    

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 3, 2021 5:57 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

radiokid wrote:

It would appear that way.... The tv audio starting at 6pm.... show me one place that has ever worked?

This is the prime example of what happens when accountants run the show and not people with the bigger picture. 

GNR640 has been running Global's Toronto newscast every night at 6 PM for a while. And on weekends, they also simulcast Global National at 6:30 PM. Cheaper than real original radio programming. 

That's my point...   It's cheap... but doesn't do anything to help a already weak rated station.   Every market that does this in Canada, does not see payoffs.   Reruns that cost 0 would be better after a pre-recorded radio newscast than hearing "as you can see" every 5 mins on radio with sounds of wind over the mic. 

60 mins works because it's an interview heavy news magazine that doesn't use as much time without a voice over.    It's still not great but I would say for a once a week program, the way it's produced, works for both platforms.   Even while it was on 1010 and 610, both never noticed any ratings bump or benefit from airing the program..  

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 3, 2021 5:49 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

radiokid wrote:

It would appear that way.... The tv audio starting at 6pm.... show me one place that has ever worked?

This is the prime example of what happens when accountants run the show and not people with the bigger picture. 

A few radio stations do this - I know CJBK has done this with CTV London's 6pm news for several years now. And on the west coast CKNW airs the first half hour of Global BC's News Hour and then Global National at 6:30. If I'm not mistaken WCBS 880 in NYC also simulcasts the CBS Evening News. No idea how any of those work out in the ratings.

It does about as well as CP24 Radio 1050 did..    It's cheap programming... but it's not going to build any audience for radio, or keep them..   Global News at 6 on GNR isn't moving any audience to 640 either.. that's your recent local example.   

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 3, 2021 3:29 pm

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It would appear that way.... The tv audio starting at 6pm.... show me one place that has ever worked?

This is the prime example of what happens when accountants run the show and not people with the bigger picture. 

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