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SOWNY » Absolute Radio V-E Day special programs this Friday » May 5, 2020 3:10 pm

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On the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, the Friday, Absolute will play all 1940s music. For the first time -- I'm sure of this -- the 1215 AM frequency is mentioned in an on-air promo, and mentioned first among the sources for Absolute programs.

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/04/absolute-radio-40s-to-pop-up-on-medium-wave/

 

SOWNY » WECK Buffalo Adds Yet Another New FM Frequency » April 28, 2020 7:00 pm

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WCJW AM-1140 in Warsaw New York -- a daytimer -- has five FM translators. 1140 can be heard semi-regularly in Port Huron an hour or two before sunset.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCJW

SOWNY » Johnny Williams, R.I.P. » April 18, 2020 5:33 pm

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I just read that on MI Buzzboard. He was an all-purpose guy at CKLW. If a daypart needed to be filled, he was there. I remember him on from 9 to noon in the mid-70s. Also a songwriter. His real surname, spelled "DeAngelo" twice, is on the label of "Little Becky's Christmas Wish." He was at the Reunion but I never got a pic with him. I did mention the record, and he turned to Charlie O'Brien and said: See? I told you people remembered it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBb7H-8Sz64

Becky Lamb is a real person. She's the daughter of Flint radio personality Bill Lamb. I delivered the Lambs' mail off and on for a few years, and the presence of a mailman in the story makes it for me a little more special.
 

SOWNY » This Weekend’s Detroit Radio Reunion Boasts Amazing Line-up » April 18, 2020 5:19 pm

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Meeting Robin remains the highlight of this day. He was generous with his time and compliments, and his memory was sharp. I'm glad I attended. I almost didn't go. Credit also goes to the Reunion planners for having the event in 2019 while Robin could travel, and not in 2020 for the 100th anniversary of radio.

SOWNY » The Things You Never Knew About A Famous Ex-WLS & CFTR Jock » April 11, 2020 10:31 pm

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Our radio heroes ... I asked JRL twice at the Detroit Radio Reunion "are you John Landecker?" and got the brush-off both times. The purpose of going to events like that is to be sociable and display your huge ego by talking about yourself as much as possible. Not to be Garbo.

He was "Dow Jones" on WTRX (AM 1330 in Flint) when their jocks were "The Jones Boys" and had air names that ended in Jones.

Dick Purtan left WKNR in the 60s and went to Baltimore, and came back to Detroit soon after, where he stayed until he retired.

SOWNY » Barry Allen has passed » April 11, 2020 10:23 pm

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I didn't know this until I heard it on SNB the Saturday after his death on April 4. "Lovedrops" wasn't played on any of the Michigan stations I listened to, and pre-dated the CANCON rules that would have insured its play on CKLW's Million Dollar Weekends.

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/barry-allen-edmonton-musician-dead-at-74-1.4883671

SOWNY » CBL-FM 60 Years old » April 11, 2020 10:16 pm

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"Brave New Waves." I heard the first show in Feb 1984 and the last one in April 2007.

"Neon" was on CBC Radio, the AM network, when Radio's programs were heard on FM in some places. 95.1 Chatham and 106.3 Sarnia were CBC Radio frequencies when "Neon" was on.

SOWNY » Hosts working from home » March 20, 2020 10:09 am

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From this morning's Detroit Free Press. Now TV news, like the cultures it covers, will look even more slapdash and DIY. It might become the latest trend in broadcast news. Anchors reporting while propped up in bed. All of this might be signaling -- no pun intended -- the beginning of the end for the broadcasting station model that we grew up on. The one that comes to mind is the large building(s) where the WXYZ stations were housed; actually called "Broadcast House," built in the late 50s at ch 7's transmitter site in Southfield. No more of that. Everything can be done from home now, and just as well, or good enough to get by these days. The only reason to have a building is to house the transmitter or its control point.

https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/television/2020/03/20/coronavirus-detroit-news-tv/2874060001/

SOWNY » The changes are staggering » March 19, 2020 10:34 am

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So what if all this is the new normal, like all the "temporary" measures put in place "for our safety" after 9-11, that no one ever got around to removing?

SOWNY » A Classic Radio Story Many Will Find Familiar » March 11, 2020 9:53 pm

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Like many direxional stns near the Atlantic, they dumped signal into the ocean. In the far west Boston suburbs, WKBW on 1520 always splattered onto whatever station was on 1510 (including WMEX in its top-40 glory days).

SOWNY » What If The Blue Jays Games Were No Longer On Broadcast Radio? » February 18, 2020 7:07 pm

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So, since they don't have a broadcast station in their home market, they can give a free stream to their fans while fans of the other 29 teams have to pay on MLB.com.   How is this allowed, and why don't more teams try it?

In 2000 the Expos had no English broadcast radio. They streamed only, and the games were on in French on CKAC. That's the year I saw my three Expos games (they lost all of them, to the Giants). CKAC was barely listenable inside Stade Olympique.
 

SOWNY » Where Did This Bizarre Radio Programming Theory Come From? » January 19, 2020 12:30 am

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The patriarchy strikes again, on a slow Saturday at the Detroit News. Their target here is 98.1 WKCQ, heritage country station in Saginaw MI --

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/2020/01/18/musgraves-ballerini-sound-off-airplay-inequality-saginaw-country-station/4510833002/

SOWNY » iHeart Radio U.S. Goes On "Employee Dislocation" Firing Spree » January 16, 2020 5:21 pm

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The plunder trend started with Walmart. Goodbye Main Street, goodbye everything. Radio lasted as long as it did because only until recently has the technology that makes radio plunder possible been perfected.

SOWNY » Toronto AM Station Seeking Power Boost » January 16, 2020 5:16 pm

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With its 6.25 KW, CHHA is regularly listenable at night, sometimes at suburban quality, in Port Huron MI. 1650 and 1690 are also regular visitors, although with noticeably weaker signals.

SOWNY » iHeart Radio U.S. Goes On "Employee Dislocation" Firing Spree » January 15, 2020 8:48 pm

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Employee dislocation in Detroit, to make certain stations more attractive in the audio marketplace --

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/2020/01/15/iheartradio-layoffs-hit-metro-detroit-stations-wkqi-wllz/4480474002/


Following this is like reading "The Hunger Games."

SOWNY » Rush Drummer Neil Peart Gone At 67 » January 10, 2020 5:02 pm

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Really breaking news. It wasn't on the 4 PM CBC radio newscasts. Put on "Subdivisions."

SOWNY » A Radio Station That Celebrates Its History - Unlike CFRB » January 9, 2020 3:07 pm

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Maybe they'll have a 100th anniversary QSL card. In 1970, at the time of their 50th anniversary,, they sent the same one they used thru the 70s, and before. I still have mine, with November 2 1970 hand-written in the space for date received. In fact, none of the US stations whose 50th anniversaries happened in the first couple years of the 70s, that I sent reports to, offered commemorative QSL cards.

SOWNY » Australian radio stations ban songs containing 'fire' & 'burning' » January 9, 2020 12:02 pm

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I heard 2UUS (WSFM) in Sydney play "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey a couple nights ago my time (PM drive the next day there).  "The pressure's high just to stay alive cos the heat is on, burning, burning burning ... " The lyrics don't mention fire, so I guess that and other heat songs are okay, although the record heat in AU has been a contributor to the fire situation.

SOWNY » Windsor's Jack Scott has passed » December 14, 2019 11:44 pm

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He was at the radio reunion. I wanted to stop and say hello but had no idea of what I'd say next. I remember seeing him on American Bandstand (once ch 12 in Flint got on the air in 1958) but that has meaning to only me, he's probably heard it a million times and not in a noisy room filled with distractions.

https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2019/12/14/jack-scott-detroit-rock-n-roll-obituary-death/2652690001/

 

SOWNY » Jim Richards: Uninformed » December 11, 2019 10:03 pm

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It's also easy to forget that Richard Nixon resigned before he could be tried in the Senate on the articles of impeachment approved by the House. So only two, not three, US presidents have been impeached. Actually, zero have been impeached, since neither Clinton or Andrew Johnson was removed from office.

SOWNY » Is "My Pillow" Throwing In The Towel? » December 6, 2019 12:39 am

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Gold UK has started airing My Pillow ads. The British voice on the spot credits "those brash Americans" for selling all those pillows on this side of the Atlantic.

SOWNY » New Radio Documentary Trailer Released For Station You Never Heard Of » November 27, 2019 1:41 am

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I remember them from the 80s, and earlier. They were Houston's WNEW-FM. Call letters chosen to match their 101.1 frequency. Spanish, really? Not surprising. When Hurricane Harvey passed thru south Texas, and for a few days after,  I went looking for streams from Houston broadcast stations and discovered that the US 6th largest radio market had one classic rock station -- actually, at the time a trimulcast of three exurban stations. A quick check of the Houston radio dials on Radio Locator reveals that about half of the 114 stations don't broadcast in English -- speaking of places that are becoming countries in name only.

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » November 24, 2019 11:18 am

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Saturday night before last on the CBC ... the female newsreader w the French surname twice in the same story pronounced the capital city of that country in South America where all the drugs come from as "bo-GO-ta." (You know the country ... the one that some young print journalists think is correctly spelled "Columbia."). Really no excuse for this anywhere, especially on something that still calls itself the broadcast news source of record in Canada. "BO-go-ta" Colombia isn't some little burg where only the locals know its name isn't pronounced like the name of the well-known city w identical spelling.  And I'm sure the copy didn't phonetically spell the name, because the the editors / copywriters at wherever didn't think it was necessary for BO-go-ta.

SOWNY » T.O. Star Accepting Reader Comments Again, But Only On Some Stories » November 19, 2019 10:52 am

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Saul wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

It appears the ones that are there are marked by a small quote mark and pose a question to readers at the end of each piece - and readers are only able to answer those. It also requires signing in and apparently using your real name to leave your opinion.

If that truly excludes trolls and bots and such from commenting, great!
 

And it also discourages anyone with an opinion that doesn't agree with the officially approved narrative offered by the ((( newspaper ))) from stating it in the forum. You'd love it in Cuba. Trolls definitely not welcome in Raul's island paradise. And the weather is an upgrade over Toronto's.

SOWNY » On Air Drama As Ex-L.A. Morning Man Calls The Guy Who Had Him Fired » November 15, 2019 4:31 pm

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He could have said "this is the promised land calling, and the Poorman is on the line."

SOWNY » CBC Radio Remembrance Day ceremonies » November 12, 2019 1:32 pm

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Apropos of this forum, and seen from a POV outside Canada although right on the border: Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell were two artists who either sang about Canada and / or things that happened there, or (to me) sounded Canadian when they didn't. The Stampeders and Trooper come to mind among other bands who to me had a Canadian sensibility. On first hearing, if you didn't already know, you'd guess they were from Canada. Now, I'll hear a band or solo artist on "Drive," the presenter will tell me they're from Canada, but they sound like they could be from anywhere. Drake being one that comes to mind. Apply this to the big picture. Diversity comes at a price; a nation's identity. Although in the cross-border shopping hotspot of Port Huron, only a few spoken words are needed to identify someone as being from Canada. But it won't be like that forever.

SOWNY » CBC Radio Remembrance Day ceremonies » November 12, 2019 9:14 am

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I always listen to the bi-lingual ceremonies to hear how the non-native speakers sound while speaking their second languages. What I heard was the anchor on CBC radio translating, in English, over the French speakers, their French comments that had just been spoken by others in English. As if not a word of French should ever be heard on the English network even during the Remembrance Day ceremonies. I never heard this before. French radio dumped out of live coverage right after the gun salute. No one who spoke after it was heard on the SRC. I'd be mildly offended and not a little concerned. Even the non-immigrants don't respect tradition (Canada having been a country in name only for a long time now, but that's for a different forum).

The other high (low) light was the CBC reporter live in Ottawa who described what she was seeing at the solemn ceremony in the same bored, whiny, millennial tone of voice we all know and loathe. She sounded like, for lack of a better example, Linda Cullen mimicking Sandie Renaldo on "Double Exposure." Never heard this before either. Or else it wouldn't be worth mentioning the next morning.

SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » November 8, 2019 12:55 pm

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Spotted this week in Port Huron: an Ontario plate with the letters CJBC and numbers in the low 800s, on a car with a Kingston dealer's license plate frame.

The house down the block has a pickup truck with Arizona plates whose letters are WSM. I see it every time I go to town / come home. Older AZ plates have three numbers followed by three letters, making 650-WSM possible if the plate owner still has a vehicle registered.

SOWNY » Legendary New York City Radio Station Suddenly Shuts Down » October 9, 2019 10:00 am

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WDET at 101.9 in Detroit was originally owned by the United Auto Workers union that donated the station to wayne State University in 1952. WFBE in Flint (Flint Board of Education) signed on in 1953 at 95.1, at a time when Flint had four FM allocations and none were in the non-commercial 88-92 band. The Board sold WFBE in 1997 and it's now country but w the same call letters, branded as B-95 (their logo mascot since day one has been a bee).

Another (new) exception in Ontario is the 91.7 repeater of CIBU in Wingham, licensed to Bluewater, that can be heard on tropo days here, over WUOM Ann Arbor.

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