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SOWNY » Mark Towhey Takes "Temporary Leave" From NT1010's Roundtable » April 8, 2021 8:46 pm

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People seem to forget that Towhey was a Rob Ford apologist and yes man.  He was also a rather mediocre low-ranking army officer and alt-right type radio talk show host.  Why 1010 kept him on after Rob Ford died and Doug Ford lost his bid to be Toronto mayor I have no idea.  But for some reason 1010 keeps going back to the well with this guy.  No, you shut up!

SOWNY » Bob McCown, sounding like he hasn't missed a beat » March 16, 2021 4:43 pm

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Here's a couple of  Bob McCown quotes.
Yeah very good move for Sauga 960 to bring on this dinosaur throwback.

[Andrew] Crystal made reference to my love for women’s curlers. Well it’s not true. Women’s curling as I have said on many, many occasions is dramatically inferior to men’s curling… That they don’t have a complete grasp of strategy is puzzling to me. But there must be something in the genes with that too. But I’ll watch women’s curling if there’s a good looking curler out there. Its as simple as that. It’s not about my competitive fires being ignited. These are entirely different fight [sic] fires that are being ignited when I watch women in sports.
And what is the compulsion with women’s volleyball? Have you actually watched women’s volleyball? I have never. I have never seen a women’s volleyball player that I would consider to be attractive. I’m not saying they’re all dogs… but it’s just not overwhelming, you know what I mean? Hockey you ain’t gonna watch cause you can’t see them. Soccer I’d never watch cause its soccer. And why would you watch an inferior product? You don’t get enough closeups in soccer anyway to tell whether they’re attractive or not. And that is the essence for all men. End of topic, end of discussion. Give me an attractive woman playing a sport and I’ll watch it.
 
 

SOWNY » 40 years since Cronkite retired » March 7, 2021 10:19 pm

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I had the thrill to meet Cronkite purely by accident in the mid 1990s on a trip to Moscow.
I was visiting my sister who was working there and we went to dinner at the Slavonskaya hotel owned at the time by Raddison.  As I looked around the restaurant I noticed him sitting at a table with another man. 
Normally I never bother well known people in public, but c'mon this was Walter.
I went over to his table and introduced myself.
When I told him I was a newsguy he became instantly engaged.. wanted to know why I was in Moscow, what I was working on etc.  I told him I was actually visiting my sister who was working as a journalist too.  She came over and we both kept talking to him.
He was affable and actually kept talking until his friend actually had to say to him, hey Walter we really have to go now and pulled him away.
He told me he was in Moscow to film a documentary on the Russian space program.
I never knew which one he meant.
unfortunately these were the days before selfies... so I don't have one.
 

SOWNY » (relatively) new far-right wing TV networks are weird » February 23, 2021 1:14 pm

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I recently decided to check out both Newsmax and O-A-N (online on Youtube), just out of curiosity, and they are indeed quite curious.
One thing I thought was weird when I was watching O-A-N was that when the cookie cutter white blond female anchor was reading the news the picture kept cutting away from her and putting up a head and shoulders shot of Donald Trump with the White House in the background.  The woman's voice continued in the background with the picture of Trump on the screen even as she read stories that had nothing to do with the FORMER president.
OK, that's odd, I thought.
Then I looked up Newsmax and to my interest they were doing the same thing.  They had a different picture of Trump, but the same deal... his face on screen as anchors talked or read about other subjects.
Is the idea that they are determined to keep Trump top of their viewers minds as his relevance  continues to fade?
Have they stats that show their ratings will increase if they merely show a picture of Trump?
Also I doubt they can be paying their anchors much when they are using them more as radio announcers than T-V talking heads.
 

SOWNY » Why Is This Spot Running On Canadian TV? » January 28, 2021 10:33 pm

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It's just simple human greed.these ads are no[ posted by human beings with a conscience but by companies with an advertising budget.
They simply dont care how sick you get by travelling to their destination or infecting everyone after you leave.
It makes me wanna puke every time I hear someone ask "who did I hurt?” when they travel abroad for no reason.

SOWNY » #BellLetsTalk Still Raises Money/Awareness But.... » January 28, 2021 10:21 pm

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The thing that bugs me is that when Mike Bullard was fired Bell did not seem to care that he was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
That is why he harassed his former girlfriend.
Now I acknowledge that what he did was wrong and of course criminally illegal but Bell's self rightous mental health crusade emphasizes how we have to understand the stigma of mental illness.
The second one of their own has a mental illness that gets him into trouble legally the reaction is well that's no good we better cut him loose.

SOWNY » Good DAY » January 14, 2021 3:17 pm

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His commercials run about 100 times an hour on TV, especially CP-24.  But why, oh why does Nav Bhatia not know how to pronounce the name of the cars he sells?
It's HUN-day, not HUN-dye.
Actually a Korean friend says it is more closely pronounced in Korean as HYUN-deh.
The word, by the way means "modern."

SOWNY » How TV Changed Forever Exactly 50 Years Ago Today » January 12, 2021 12:52 pm

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And let's not forget "All In The Family" was not an original idea.Till Death Us Do Part is a British television sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1965 to 1975. The show was first broadcast as a Comedy Playhouse pilot, then in seven series until 1975. In 1981, ITV continued the sitcom for six episodes, calling it Till Death.... The BBC produced a sequel from 1985 until 1992, In Sickness and in Health.Created by Johnny SpeightTill Death Us Do Part centred on the East End Garnett family, led by patriarch Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell), a reactionary white working-class man who holds anti-socialist views. His long-suffering wife Else was played by Dandy Nichols, and his daughter Rita by Una Stubbs. Rita's husband Mike Rawlins (Anthony Booth) is a socialist layabout from Liverpool who frequently locks horns with Garnett. Alf Garnett became a well-known character in [url=https:

SOWNY » Entitlement and Egos alive and well on the airwaves » January 5, 2021 4:07 pm

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I happened to be listening when Agar was going on about his wonderful vacation in Florida... how he shared a hot tub with a group of frollicking kids until he felt a bit uncomfortable and got out.  He repeatedly asked listeners who did not approve of what he did..."how did that hurt you?"  He also asked how could he be doing something bad... because he's not a political leader.
I'll tell you how that hurts maybe not me... but other human beings.
1.  You expose yourself to the virus in one of the world's hot spots.  That means you can become a carrier and infect others.
2. You put your family members at risk too... and of course yourself.  That means you could be a burden on the heath care system if you need medical treatment when you return to Canada.
3. No you're not a political leader... but people listen to you and take your opinions seriously (I don't but never mind)  I can well imagine an Agar listener saying to others... Well it must be OK to travel during COVID... Gerry did it.
I could go on. 

SOWNY » Cable 5 and 9 question » January 3, 2021 7:12 pm

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"Go see HIM and start watching Selectavision"  Ha!

SOWNY » congregation charged for congregating » December 29, 2020 9:51 pm

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The great British wit Dorothy Parker was once asked on a quiz show to use "horticulture" in a sentence
She replied "You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think."

SOWNY » First "Baby, It's Cold Outside", now "The Christmas Song"? » December 23, 2020 7:01 pm

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Yeah but then there were the lyrics to this old classic...
"The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home
It's summer the darkies are gay."

Don't think this would fly nowadays.

SOWNY » CTV's Nathan Downer Clicks With Audiences - & That's The Problem » December 8, 2020 9:28 pm

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There's a thing I have noticed about CP-24 -- and also Nathan Downer when he was there.  Most of their anchors start a sentence with "well" as in "well" the mayor of Toronto held a news conference today.  "Well" there was a protest in downtown Toronto today.   "Well" vaccines for COVID-19 will arrive next week... and on and on.  Now that I've pointed this out it will probably drive you crazy when you watch CP-24.  Well.....

SOWNY » So much for French in Canada » December 5, 2020 3:08 pm

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Was just watching CP-24.  Anchor Kayla Williams read a story about the anniversary of the Montreal massacre at Her pronunciation: AY-koh-LAY (Ecole) Polytechnique.
(sigh)

SOWNY » Rt wing Utubers also going nuts over Biden win » November 10, 2020 4:15 pm

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It's not just radio alt righters going nuts.  One guy in particular is this bizarre guy named "Dr" (of course) Steve Turley.  He is aligned with the Russian Orthodox church (A Putin ally) although he is an American.  His rant now consists of lashing out at the Republicans!  He claims most of them are traitors or spineless.  Before that his raves consisted of calling everything the Democrats did a "disaster" showing how their party is falling apart, etc etc.
 

SOWNY » Let's do the Time Warp again » November 9, 2020 2:01 pm

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Just out of interest I decided to watch a little of The News Forum just to see how things are coming together for the new conservative news station.
I tuned in to the program hosted by Tanya Granic Allen.  She was interviewing a Tory M-P from Niagara Named Dean Allison.
At one point Allison remarked to Allen... "well Tanya we had a former prime minister pass away on the weekend... any thoughts about John Turner?"  They then went on the discuss the "weekend" death of Turner.
Then Allison says... when we come back, there's about to be an election in the U.S.  Lets discuss that.
I was waiting for them to do the pelvic thrusts... and do a jump to the left!

SOWNY » CITY News commercials are the worst » October 30, 2020 7:07 pm

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I'm not sure which ads are supposed to be so terrible either... but CITY News does have a small number of tediously repetitive ads like other stations do (especially CP-2 which has a never ending cavalcade of ambulance chasing lawyers and gold and jewelry sharks) meanwhile CTV and CBC newschannels have endless private insurance shills (including the monkey-faced guy for Sure Health).  As for radio... here's some channel-changing fodder:
"Earlier I signed a decree.." (click)
"Once upon a time a woman with psoriasis..." (click)
"1-877-Kars for Kids..." (click)
(distorted phone message song)  (click)
"Hi I'm Aaaron Waxman..." click
Happy Halloween... oh I forgot it's cancelled.
   

SOWNY » World Series Ratings the lowest ever » October 27, 2020 8:50 pm

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The pandemic has made enjoyment of a lot of things a buzzkill.  Baseball only reminds you of how things were in normal times and that's depressing.

SOWNY » Overemployed » October 19, 2020 12:11 pm

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Hmm... interesting.

So Levitts' firm doesn't mind that he is doing radio pretty well every day of the week?
When does he do the lawyering?

SOWNY » Overemployed » October 19, 2020 11:46 am

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So I'm driving around yesterday doing a few chores (yes I know I should not be out driving unless I am going to buy food or see a doctor, but here we are) and decide to see what up on Newstalk 1010.  It's 1 something in the afternoon.  1010 -- the employment lawyer show.  OK, what's on AM 640?  An employment law show.  Out of curiosity what happening on CKTB?  Yep... employment law show.  All three stations also had separate shows.. including of course, 1010 with the ubiquitous Howard Levitt.  Is that guy never off the air... and what are they paying him? 

SOWNY » Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington Makes Bizarre Prediction On Sauga 960 » October 14, 2020 11:13 am

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There's no secret that Warmington is fairly hard right wing.  But his public views have not been so extreme as to threaten his employment at the Sun.  He better be careful though if he's upsetting the "higher ups" which I assume means his bosses at the Sun.

As for his allegation that all the other radio stations in the area are shutting him down... if he claims to be any kind of real journalist shouldn't he come armed with some proof like leaked emails sent among management at radio stations or something.

Otherwise his claims amount to about the same thing as some schmoe bitching down at the pub.
 

SOWNY » PBS struggles with the future as it once carved the path for T.V. » October 13, 2020 11:47 am

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I have watched PBS for all of the above reasons.  But now that I have Acord and Britbox as well as MHZ Choice (The foreign streaming service)  I watch PBS much less.  But in their heyday shows like Frontline and Masterpiece theatre where tops.  Bye the way... the real painter guy to watch was Bill Alexander who was the mentor of Bob Ross.  Alexander was so mezmerizing  to watch because despite his name he was extremely German, ja?  Also he invented that painting system... Ross just ripped it off. 
 

SOWNY » Where Toronto goes to get answers. Sometimes » October 13, 2020 11:00 am

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Happened to catch a snippet of Jerry Agar on 1010 this morning.  He was talking about a protest on the weekend at Yonge and Dundas Square by some unknown group.  Agar thought it was amusing that nobody seemed to know what the protest was, and said it sounded more like a "mob."  But he made no effort himself (or his researchers) to find out what the protest was.  I Googled "Weekend Toronto protest" and within seconds a site popped up for the Guarda security company listing a Toronto protest at noon on Saturday, Yonge and Dundas Square.  It was an anti-COVID-19 restrictions protest.  They usually demand an end to mask wearing and that there be no restrictions on any size party you want to have anywhere.  I guess Agar was right, it was a "mob."   I don't know if he ever bothered to do his own search, however.

SOWNY » Does Omni Jewelers do any radio commericals at all? » October 13, 2020 10:53 am

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Russel Oliver pretty well blankets CP-24  along with Harold The Jewelry Buyer.
If it's not those two its that slew of ambulance chasing lawyers. 

SOWNY » CBS' Great Eye-rony » October 8, 2020 12:31 pm

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In The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Arthur Dent finds himself on a planet populated with marketing consultants.  They have invented the wheel. And it's square.
Dent rants at them that they are hopeless, and they are all going to die.
One marketing consultant replies, "Oh yeah smart guy, what colour would you make it?"

 

SOWNY » against the grain farmers » October 6, 2020 12:25 pm

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I see the grain farmers have changed their tac with their anti Trudeau commercials.  The first ones attacked Trudeau as a corrupt crook... then praised Donald Trump for helping American farmers, and then begged Trudeau for money.
That ad was also misleading since it did not mention that the "900 billion-dollar scandal" actually never happened.  The deal was scrapped.

Now the new commercial goes after Trump with a clip of him insulting Canada.... yeeesss... that is the point.  Then they ask Trudeau for money.

To paraphrase Spinal Tap, There's a fine line between clever and stupid.

 

SOWNY » What happens when the commercial you're in limits your career » October 6, 2020 12:17 pm

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I see they've brought back the Philly cream cheese angel woman.  The actress has put on weight.  But I'll bet she hasn't had much work because of getting stereotyped for years. Bet she's glad the gig is revived.

SOWNY » It's a dogs day in August on the set of Hudson and Rex.. » August 9, 2020 12:09 pm

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And a little trivia.  I have the MHZ Choice streaming service which is all foreign stuff.  Hudson and Rex is actually a Canadian remake of a German show called "Inspektor Rex."  They even found a dog that is a dead ringer for the one (or ones) in the German show.

SOWNY » What Do These Stations Do About Trudeau's Appearance Now? » July 30, 2020 3:06 pm

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More JT sorry songs... and more

AKON "I'm sorry blame it on me"

Madonna "Sorry"

John Mayer "My stupid mouth"

Demi Lovato "Sorry, not sorry"

R Kelly "I admit"

Cher "If I could turn back time"



 

SOWNY » oh, no, not again! » July 26, 2020 2:01 pm

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Years ago I worked on Vancouver Island and I seem to remember a smaller radio station decided to do away with unhappy news... only good news.  It worked as a novelty for a while but I don't think it lasted long.  Although nowadays... who knows since so many people think we give fake news anyway (Thanks, Donald Trump) 

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