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SOWNY » Format switch for 98.5 the Jewel?? » May 1, 2021 5:25 pm

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If it's anything like Evanov's other moves, they're probably selling! But seriously... I bet a format flip and rebrand to something like Boom. 

SOWNY » Turner Nets NHL Rights TV Deal That Includes HBO Max » April 27, 2021 8:14 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

torontostan wrote:

2. Big loss for NBC. They should've kept Thursday Night Football, and started a 'weeknight' hockey package on their main network. Live content is the only way broadcast survives at this point.  

I agree in principle in terms of long-term planning, but here-and-now NHL hockey isn't going to out-rate a night's worth of prime-time programming on a national level. Maybe in some local markets depending on the matchups, but that would be impractical.

Yikes.. just looked up the average viewership for an NHL game on NBC and.... wow. I would've thought at least 2 million, not a couple hundred thousand. The Senators probably get higher ratings than some of the all-American matchups on NBC. But at least 99% of those viewers were live, nobody is going to DVR some hockey game. 
 

SOWNY » Turner Nets NHL Rights TV Deal That Includes HBO Max » April 27, 2021 6:14 pm

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Interesting. A couple notes:
1. Odd that not a single game of the Stanley Cup finals will air on broadcast TV every other year (when it's Turners turn). Makes sense as they don't own a network, but odd nonetheless. 

2. Big loss for NBC. They should've kept Thursday Night Football, and started a 'weeknight' hockey package on their main network. Live content is the only way broadcast survives at this point. Could've supplemented coverage on Peacock which is nothing special at the moment. ESPN's rights will elevate the sport no doubt, so NBC could've piggybacked off that. Whomever is making the decisions clearly wants their broadcast network to die a slow death. 

3. Only four more seasons until the Canadian contracts are negotiated! A lot can change in that time, and I wonder if a major streamer will grab the rights (Netflix, Disney, etc), instead of a Canadian entity. 

SOWNY » $10 ?? Jesus H Christ !! » April 27, 2021 5:58 pm

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You could fill a dictionary with the amount of errors on CP24 any given day. Always spelling/grammar/factual errors in their crawl (box) thing too. 

SOWNY » Oscar Night....Does Anybody Care? » April 26, 2021 7:01 pm

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torontostan wrote:

Prediction: this will be the lowest rated Oscars in history. Yes that's not much of a bold prediction.. more like inevitable. Nobody I know has been to the movie's since Feb 2020, if that.

RadioActive wrote:

Not a big surprise.

TV Ratings: Oscars at All-Time Low in Early Numbers

What do I win? 

SOWNY » Oscar Night....Does Anybody Care? » April 25, 2021 6:15 pm

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Prediction: this will be the lowest rated Oscars in history. Yes that's not much of a bold prediction.. more like inevitable. Nobody I know has been to the movie's since Feb 2020, if that. 

SOWNY » So NBC, CBS and ABC are covering the George Floyd murder trial » April 20, 2021 7:08 pm

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NBC and ABC buffalo have begun a special report (7:05pm) to cover Harris & Biden's remarks. 

SOWNY » Is A "Netflix Tax" Coming In Monday's Budget? » April 19, 2021 9:31 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

The switch from "what's important" to "what people are already talking about" summarized.

 

Exactly. But I think that's fair... no? People should care about the vaccine supply issues and cell disruption more than the budget, because it affects their day today. But thats my two cents. Many (if not most) people could care less about the deficit right about now. 

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Cellphone Savings. Will The Telcos Try To Undermine It? » April 15, 2021 6:16 pm

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Wow! Those are actually really great price points given the features. 

However, as you alluded to... "Extra charges could include: taxes, device subsidies, connection fees, long-distance, additional airtime and pay-per-use charges"

Guaranteed it will be a $35/m plan with a $20/m connection fee. Almost exactly what happened when they said "you can have basic tv for $25 (but the mandatory set top box rental will be $15)." The CRTC should've set a maximum on those extra charges. 

SOWNY » CBC-TV Outlines Exhaustive - & Exhausting - Coverage Of Tokyo Olympics » April 15, 2021 6:08 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Will all these correspondents and reporters physically be in Tokyo as opposed to doing it all remotely? If so, how many will be lost for a two-week quarantine when they get back? And are there enough hotel rooms to accommodate them all when the time comes? The same laws that apply to average Canadians had also better apply to them.

It takes a huge broadcast team to produce an event this big, even assuming they're hiring some local talent in Tokyo. 

If by "all these" you mean the maybe 50 staff CBC sends to Tokyo? Most of the crew works from Toronto and Montreal. They send hosts, some commentators, enough cameramen to have one at each Canadian event, and probably some producers. That's all nowadays.. no control rooms in Tokyo for CBC either, they take the OBS (Olympic Broadcast Service) feed and supplement with CBC cameras for extra shots of Canadians. Given the pandemic, I wonder if they'll even be allowed to do face-to-face interviews with the athletes.. if not, then why send any reporters/hosts at all?

Maybe the'll just rent out a GTA mid-size hotel for when they all get back? Might as well charter a plane while you're at it! 

SOWNY » Cdn. Assn. Of Broadcasters Pleas For CanCon Rules Reduction To CRTC » April 2, 2021 6:14 pm

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Great points from you both as well! 

No doubt it's an interesting debate. My fear is the CRTC survey will take precedence over anything the CAB or the broadcasters have to say, and yet I would be surprised if many listeners would be less likely to tune in if these regulations were indeed relaxed a bit. The CRTC will likely quote their own survey.. "sorry, but a small minority of Canadians in the survey said they wanted less Canadian music." I feel that if the current regulations were explained in detail to the general public, they would likely say the regulations are a bit overkill, especially considering all the new listening options that have come during CanCon's life. So if the broadcasters say it will help, and the listeners likely won't notice, then who cares.. let them lower CanCon. 

Not an expert on international radio, but here's my view on the death of radio down south. US radio was killed by a spot price war.. lower cost per spot = more spots to make revenue targets, which has resulted in commercial breaks that are extremely long. The other major contributor would be mass consolidation, and the lack of live & local programming. Finally, the availability of unlimited data plans. If your content is going to be filled with commercials, not offer anything local, and not be music you're picking.. why would you listen? You're better off streaming at that point. 

My 'perfect world' scenario would be that broadcasters in Canada could lower CanCon to 10-25%, put their major market AMs on FMs second adjacent to their FMs (technical limitation aside for a moment), for example 680 could simulcast low-power on 92.9 or something like that. Then a fair compromise would be that broadcasters have to devote a certain percentage of the broadcast day to live & local programming, ideally more than just the morning shows. 

Keeping CanCon where it is, allowing foreign investment, and not enforcing local/live programming will kill the industry in short order. We'll end

SOWNY » Cdn. Assn. Of Broadcasters Pleas For CanCon Rules Reduction To CRTC » April 2, 2021 2:48 pm

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UnSub hit the nail on the head in the last comment. 

An issue I have with the recent CRTC survey is that it assumed people knew which acts qualify as CanCon. How is someone to know if an act is CanCon? Most young listeners probably enjoy the new Bieber and Mendes songs, but the majority of their hits don't even qualify as CanCon. So yes, people are probably happy with the amount of "Canadian" artists on radio, but they don't necessarily realize why radio stations still play the same 10 year old crap songs, since they may not even realize those crap songs are CanCon. Quite frankly, that CRTC report contains no real substance.. it was foolish to assume the general public had any clue how the CanCon regulations work. I'm sure all of us on the yellow board have had to explain CanCon to someone before, so you're likely familiar with how baffled people are by the complexities of MAPL, 35% broadcast day, 35% M-F, non-hits in Capital region, etc. If the broadcasters can prove that keeping CanCon at 35% is likely suppressing their ratings, then that's all that should be taken into account - as ratings are indeed a measure of the public's opinion of the content. 

It's hard to tell on pop music stations (where the artists tend to be newer/younger) who is Canadian and who isn't. On the classic/rock music stations, we've been hearing the same April Wine and Tragically Hips songs spun until the record disintegrates. 

CanCon should be somewhere between 10-25% since we're roughly 1/10th the size of the US, and roughly 1/2 of the CanCon played right now wouldn't be played if it was up to the broadcasters. It should be just enough to ensure that Canadian playlists aren't dictated exclusively by US charts, but not too much that we end up creating a phony industry of crap music that nobody wants to listen to. 

Also Paterson1: Music testing is done regularly, especially in Toronto, and I assure you that CanCon songs almost always trend towards the bottom of the survey. Th

SOWNY » Cdn. Assn. Of Broadcasters Pleas For CanCon Rules Reduction To CRTC » April 1, 2021 6:40 pm

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The CAB is entirely correct here (in my view). I would bet every dollar I have that at least half of the mainstream popular music that is played on Canadian radio is ONLY done so to satisfy CanCon requirements.. meaning it does not perform well in their market research at all. This is long overdue with the advent of the internet and streaming.. artists will be (and already are) discovered elsewhere. 

Additionally.. AMs on FM is the only way to see any significant and meaningful increase of younger listeners to AM formats. Some new cars don't even have AM radio. FM translators or simulcasts would help, no doubt. 

SOWNY » Stn. To Listeners: Help Us Buy A New Transmitter Or We May Not Be Here » March 14, 2021 2:20 pm

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Always figured transmitters these days were going for $200k. You could probably buy a house (or two) in Detroit for that much!

SOWNY » The High and Low of Last Night » March 8, 2021 7:54 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

And proportionally Global did even better.  According to NUMERIS last nights interview had an average of 2.8 million viewers in Canada on Global.  Oprah's interview ran Monday evening in the UK on the ITV network. 

Big numbers indeed! Funny how something can seem like the talk of the town, yet "only" be seen by 7% of the population. Nonetheless, CBS & Global should be happy.. and I bet with all the press that many more will stream and watch on DVRs. 

SOWNY » Jerry Agar couldn't find a kind word for Hazel McCallion » March 3, 2021 8:14 pm

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Norman peters wrote:

I've noticed that Russ Courtney hasn't been doing the morning newscasts  this week. Is he just away for a few days,or another member of the radio news staff that needs to look for a new job. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/ermm.png

Russ is gone. 

https://twitter.com/Russ_Courtney/status/1366841976608423939?s=20
 

SOWNY » What The Media Will Do The Day Queen Elizabeth Dies » March 2, 2021 7:46 pm

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Hansa wrote:

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What would really be something in today's age, is if the streaming platforms shuttered for the day. Imagine the millennial horror opening up a dark netflix.com or a silent apple music? I wouldn't bet on it.. in fact, I would bet against that, but who knows!  

They're not Canadian or British. Why would they shut down for the day?  
 

Was just having some fun! Also, they could theoretically regionalize the blackout to only commonwealth nations, UK, or as necessary. 
 

SOWNY » What The Media Will Do The Day Queen Elizabeth Dies » March 1, 2021 7:15 pm

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What would really be something in today's age, is if the streaming platforms shuttered for the day. Imagine the millennial horror opening up a dark netflix.com or a silent apple music? I wouldn't bet on it.. in fact, I would bet against that, but who knows!  

SOWNY » CN Tower Power » February 21, 2021 3:00 pm

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Didn't even think of that aspect! However, I wonder if their backup transmitters will kick in during this process? They might as well test their backups while CN will be off 

SOWNY » CN Tower Power » February 21, 2021 2:45 pm

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I heard from an old colleague (working in the industry), that the CN Tower will be completing overnight maintenance on the broadcast power systems. Sometime between 2:00a-3:30a (on the 22nd), all FM's will go off-air for several minutes. Does anybody know how often this happens? I assume it's a somewhat uncommon occurrence. It would be neat to hear a recording of this process. 

 

SOWNY » Call Letters Question » February 21, 2021 2:35 pm

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I think I found requirements for call sign identification.. however it's over 20 years old now. 
https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01225.html
 

SOWNY » Call Letters Question » February 21, 2021 12:18 pm

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While we're at it. Few Canadian TV stations identify their call letters whatsoever. Meanwhile if you're watching say WGRZ, you will see it pop up at the top of the hour. 

SOWNY » Neil Hedley zooms away from AM740 » February 20, 2021 5:20 pm

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Probably wouldn't be interested in waking up at 4am... maybe he'd do Robbie's shift?

SOWNY » Cost of Doing Business on the Radio....via Twitter » February 11, 2021 7:57 pm

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This is most certainly averaged over all 168 hours in a week. Can confirm the actual daytime rates on some of these stations are much higher, even during pandemic times. 

SOWNY » The CTV Cuts & Broadcasting's Future? » January 31, 2021 5:15 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

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I think Bell should sell off their radio assets...

Let's see what they do with Hamilton first. 
 

Good point! Certainly something fishy going on there...

SOWNY » The CTV Cuts & Broadcasting's Future? » January 31, 2021 12:17 pm

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Interesting he didn't touch on Bell's radio assets. The streaming subscription model just won't work there, at least not at a local station level. However pre-pandemic, local radio ratings weren't seeing nearly the same kind of losses that broadcast television was.. so maybe there's hope terrestrial radio will outlive conventional television for a while yet.

I think Bell should sell off their radio assets.. the benefits of vertical integration weren't what they'd hope they would be, it's not ever going to help the BCE share, and they clearly don't want to invest in radio content. Just make the new owner license TSN radios branding/content, and provide in-kind commercial time for Bell. 

SOWNY » CFRB P.D. Credits On-Air Staffer For Sounding Early COVID Alarm » January 25, 2021 9:47 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

Bendixen thought it would be a dandy idea to give the Brothers Ford their own radio show, if there was any uncertainty as to his level of judgement.

I assume the ratings would've been half decent at the time, no?
Quite the topical pairing to have on-air back in the day..

SOWNY » NBC Closing Sports Cable Network » January 24, 2021 8:44 pm

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Totally agree. As far as english speciality (cable) channels go... at max each owner should be allowed: 1 sports channel (multiplexed), 1 national news channel, 1 general entertainment channel. That's it. 

Oh.. and I guess CP24 and BC 1 

SOWNY » December 28-January 3 TV Ratings » January 14, 2021 8:52 pm

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No kidding! I wonder if it's the result of the lack of French streaming content in Canada? That, and the distaste for Metropolitan french programs?

4.7 million viewers is better than CNN's NYE in the US (a country 10x the size)! 

I wonder how Bell's takeover of the V network will fare. 

SOWNY » December 28-January 3 TV Ratings » January 13, 2021 9:49 pm

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Those French numbers are seriously impressive. 

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