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SOWNY » Does This Mean We'll Never See "That 70s Show" Reruns Again? » May 31, 2023 9:59 pm

RadioActive wrote:

But would you agree that the original is unlikely to be seen again? What a shame for those other innocent actors, who may have been getting residuals. I also wonder if Netflix will reconsider making any more, given the taint that now unfortunately surrounds the franchise. 

For quite a number of years, the original show was in syndicated reruns in the U.S. and it was pretty much all over the dial. Currently, I believe it's only available in The States on the Peacock streaming service. It presently doesn't appear to be available OTA or on any streaming service in Canada.

I think it's too soon to say whether it'll suffer the same fate as any of Bill Cosby's shows. That 70's Show had an ensemble cast, so the fact that Masterson wasn't the primary star of the show might work in its favor. I just got the boxed set of the original show for my birthday earlier this year, and I am enjoying it for the most part so far. But I do have to admit the knowledge of one of its stars committing such horrible acts did taint the viewing experience for me. That 90's Show wisely decided to distance themselves from Masterson's character, so it might not have the same dark cloud hovering over it as the original.


SOWNY » Does This Mean We'll Never See "That 70s Show" Reruns Again? » May 31, 2023 9:11 pm

Actually, That 90's Show has been renewed for a second season at Netflix. Masterson did not make any appearance nor was his Steven Hyde character ever mentioned. I suspect the producers will continue to follow that route and basically "Chuck Cunningham" his character out of existence. Given the circumstances, I imagine most of the viewing audience would be accepting of that.


SOWNY » AM Is On A Deathwatch. Could FM Be Next? » May 31, 2023 12:50 pm

I predicted in a previous thread that we'd probably have a discussion like this about FM radio in about 10 years time. After reading that article, I believe it may happen sooner.

The one argument that AM has going for it (or at least AM owners think that it has going for it) is that AM is seen as being a major source for news. Although news/talk formats are making their way onto FM, the majority of stations still play mostly music and go hours on end without news. If automakers eventually try to eradicate FM radio from their vehicles, it could be a harder sell trying to convince the public and car manufacturers that it's an essential service in that regard.


SOWNY » Specialized Radio Station Versions Of Big Hits » May 29, 2023 1:08 pm

1050 CHUM also had their own specialized version of "Rock You" by Canadian heavy metal band Helix, with a shout-and-response lead by lead vocalist Brian Vollmer that went something like this:

"GIVE ME A C!!!! (C!!!!)
"H!!!! (H!!!!)
"U!!!! (U!!!!)
"M!!!! (M!!!!)


SOWNY » Ford Shifts Gears - Decides To Include AM Radios In Its Cars After All » May 25, 2023 6:00 pm

I had been a fan of AM radio for the longest time, but even I have to admit this whole scenario of trying to convince the public of its necessity in today's world reeks of desperation. Kind of like Canada Post trumpeting the benefits of snail mail.

I suspect we'll probably be having a similar discussion about FM radio in about 10 years or so from now.


SOWNY » Fewer & Fewer Listeners Report Having An Actual Radio In Their Homes » May 15, 2023 11:43 pm

turkeytop wrote:

Online streaming is no more like radio than intravenous feeding is like fine dining.

And Netflix and Amazon Prime aren't real TV because I can't pick them up on my 19" Quasar with a set of rabbit ears.


SOWNY » 54th Anniversary Of One Of The Most Famous Screw-Ups In TV History » May 15, 2023 10:29 pm

Apparently it's not just sports fans that get up in arms when their favourite program gets cut off. A similar thing happened in 2004 during a CSI:NY episode when news broke that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had died. An overly-eager CBS news executive, anxious to jump the gun, pre-empted the last few minutes of the procedural drama instead of running a crawl at the bottom of the screen, as had been previously instructed. 

'CSI' Interruption: The Producer Did It! (November 12, 2004)


SOWNY » Which Canadian Stations Are Available On U.S. Cable? » May 9, 2023 10:09 pm

Forward Power wrote:

CHEX's sign-offs in the early to mid '80s mentioned carriage on a few cablesystems in NY state... this YouTube clip was uploaded by Barrie's Travis Doucette.

Jerry Nurse Scrap Metal is still in business, according to Google. And their phone number is still the same, too.


SOWNY » Which Canadian Stations Are Available On U.S. Cable? » May 8, 2023 11:25 am

RadioActive wrote:

Do U.S. systems black out the Canadian stations when they're airing the same show as an American network?

According to Wikipedia, yes. The U.S. has something called "syndication exclusivity" (or "syndex" for short), which requires American cable companies to block out an out-of-market station if they are showing the same program as a local station. Apparently it's not just restricted to non-local U.S. stations either:

"Syndex also applies to programs seen on stations in Canada and Mexico – in the Buffalo, New York television market, when CTV owned-and-operated station CFTO-DT or Global owned-and-operated station CIII-DT airs a program that is also seen on an American broadcast network, the Canadian broadcast is blacked out, or replaced with the signal of the American station carrying the same program at that time (note that this does not apply to most sports on cable, especially if they are different productions from one another, unless the league for that sport requests a blackout; Buffalo Sabres games carried on CBC Television's Hockey Night in Canada and on MSG Network can be seen on both channels)."

From what I understand, the cable companies aren't required to plug in the local signal either, so you may find yourself staring at a blank screen if you choose the out-of-market station.


SOWNY » CHFI Offers Online Radio/Music Listener Survey For A Price » May 8, 2023 9:57 am

RadioActive wrote:

I remember a time when the unbreakable rule was that you never mentioned the competition or another radio station in your town for any reason. At least not over the air. As far as most places were concerned, no one else existed. It was pretty stupid in a way because listeners were well aware of who was out there on their radio dial, but why give the other guy any free publicity? I guess those days are gone.

Actually, I remember around 1984 when 1050 CHUM was giving out CHUM cards for their contest giveaways they included a brief survey asking what stations you listened to, listing all of the stations in the Toronto market at the time.

Interesting too, was that Hamilton's CKOC was included in that list as well.


SOWNY » Incredible TV Memorabilia Auction Features Unbelievable Original Stuff » May 4, 2023 12:01 am

RadioActive wrote:

And since this is a radio board, I saved the best for last. Les Nessman Buckeye Newshawk Award Plaque, WKRP In Cincinnati, Current Bid: $190

What, no Silver Sow Award?


SOWNY » This Was My All-Time Broadcast Nightmare. What Was Yours? » May 3, 2023 9:19 pm

One time when I was board opping at CKDS, one of the newscasters handed me the reel to reel tape for the upcoming newscast. (I believe he was the only newscaster in the building at the time and had to do a live cast on CHML). He said to me, "It's the second take." There was a little piece of paper stuck between the wound-up tape, which was common in our newsroom to indicate where the op should cue up. So, the top of the hour comes, I hit the news ID stinger and start the tape. Everything is going along fine...for about a minute or so. In the midst of the newscast, he stops to clear his throat and says "Excuse me," and then stops dead. 

"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU CALL THIS???" I literally yelled out loud for anybody to hear (which was just myself, as I was the only one in the studio at the time). 

Turns out, it wasn't the second take on the tape, but rather, the second take after the little flap of paper!

Several seconds of dead air ensued as I feverishly grabbed something to try and fill it (I think I may have played a "Hinterland Who's Who" PSA or something like that). I managed to quickly cue up the tape to the correct spot and started the newscast over again. This time, thankfully, without any more surprises!

Then, one time on CHML, I created my own dead air. I was doing my own announce shows by that time and I was getting ready for the top of the hour newscaster to come in. Anne Murray's "Snowbird" was playing, partially because it was CanCon and there was about 2 minutes to kill before the newscast. I was starting to cue up the songs for after the newscast. Many of you probably worked with the Denon CD cart machines back in the 1990s, where you flip up the drawer to make the CD and cartridge pop out. Annie had got through about the first verse of the song before the sound in the studio went dead. Turns out, I had flipped out the CD that was currently playing! The newscaster wasn't in the booth yet, so I couldn't throw to him or her, so I quickly popped the CD

SOWNY » Call 911: Top Rated Fox Show Switches Network To ABC » May 3, 2023 8:47 am

Radiowiz wrote:

Aren't both Fox and ABC under the same parent Disney umbrella anyway these days?

Actually, no. FOX, along with FOX News, FX Networks, 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures (among others) were previously owned by News Corporation, a company founded by Rupert Murdoch. Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2019 and dropped the "Fox" from their brandings (making them simply 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures). FOX and FOX News are currently owned by FOX Corporation, a company that was formed in 2019 with the remaining 20th Century Fox assets that weren't bought up by Disney. Interestingly, the FX Networks and FX Productions are currently owned by Disney.

Acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney

Fox Corporation


SOWNY » Call 911: Top Rated Fox Show Switches Network To ABC » May 3, 2023 8:20 am

mace wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Leave It To Beaver started for a single season on CBS, before ABC ran it for another five years. There are other more modern day examples, like Scrubs, which left NBC for ABC, and Taxi, which drove off the alphabet network for a single final season on NBC. If ever there was a show that was cancelled too early, this was it. 

I knew there would be other examples.

Supergirl started off on CBS airing for only one season before moving over to the partly CBS-owned CW network for seasons 2 - 6.


SOWNY » Is this the most overplayed song on the radio? » April 27, 2023 12:59 am

Tomas Barlow wrote:

People complain that CHR plays the same 40 songs for 4 months and then switch to a station that has been playing the same 400 songs for 40 years.

No kidding. Most classic hits/oldies stations' playlists are so tight and repetitive they practically border on self parody.


SOWNY » What Would TSN1050 & The Fan Do If ESPN & CBS Sports Radio Died? » April 26, 2023 9:50 pm

I wonder if Bloomberg 1050 is on the horizon, given that TSN 1150 was supposed to fly in Hamilton, but didn't?


SOWNY » How AM Pre-empted & Changed The Steely Dan Song "FM" » April 25, 2023 12:05 am

A footnote about "Kodachrome": it was originally banned by the BBC, but not because of a bad word, but because it went against their strict policy of not playing songs that mentioned brand names. For the same reason, The Kinks had to change the line in the song "Lola" from "tastes just like Coca-Cola" to "tastes just like cherry cola" in order to get airplay on the national broadcaster.


SOWNY » How AM Pre-empted & Changed The Steely Dan Song "FM" » April 24, 2023 11:04 pm

On the subject of odd radio station edits, a poster on YouTube reminisces about how his local station was skittish about playing the unedited version of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" back in the early '70s.

"Back in 1973, when Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" was becoming a hit, the radio station I listened to, WIOQ Philadelphia, must have been uncomfortable with airing the word "crap". So someone at the station took to some scissors and splicing tape and came up with this effort, which eliminated the line about "crap.""

I wonder how they felt about Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer" from about three years earlier, singing about "the whores on 7th Avenue"?


SOWNY » Any of these 10 songs still getting radio play today? » April 23, 2023 9:26 pm

The narrator also talks about the importance on not making "assumptions and jidgements" around the 2:00 mark.


SOWNY » Don Daynard 1934 - 2023 » April 21, 2023 7:54 pm

peter wrote:

Why is John D allowed on this site?

I believe that's John Donabie, not the other infamous John D.


SOWNY » How One AM Station's Successful Rebirth Is A Lesson To All Others » April 17, 2023 4:13 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

I get where you guys are coming from, but if you'll notice, there's almost always one station in every big market in the U.S. where a heritage station is at or near the top of the ratings. So AM can work. 

I'm a big fan of local and I think it can still attract an audience. In fact, any station can attract an audience if the people running the place do it right and care about their product. That, to me, is what's really missing from many stations on either dial.

The problem isn't the band. It's the conductors. No wonder so many sound out of tune with their listeners.

This is not an example of an AM station "working" however, unless the objective is solely to fluff its owner's ego.

Anyone can do what he's doing if they've got enough money to burn.

But is it any worse than the FM station that claims they're "killing it" in the ratings, while most of the money goes back in to feed the hungry beast with contests and promotions that are practically buying listeners, while the people working there are just barely making a living wage, if they're lucky? It seems to me this puffery isn't exclusive to the AM band, it's just a different brand.


SOWNY » How One AM Station's Successful Rebirth Is A Lesson To All Others » April 17, 2023 2:48 pm

Then again, aren't FM stations also guilty of making out like they're more successful than they really are? Let's face it, even stations that claim to be "killing it" in the ratings can't be doing that great, given that cutbacks have been part of the radio lexicon for at least the past few decades, and now many stations are eying AI as a viable cost-cutting measure. A far cry from the days when owning a radio station was "a license to print money", as the expression went.


SOWNY » Want To Win A Bar Bet? Check Out This TV Disaster » April 16, 2023 8:38 pm

They should've just stuck with Night Heat. 


SOWNY » CHUM Vs. CFTR: When Rivals Attacked » April 12, 2023 7:14 pm

paterson1 wrote:

I  found it interesting when CFTR brought in one of the best on air talents in North America in August 1981 with John Landecker. As good as Landecker was, he lost the morning crown for top 40/rock to CHUM's Roger Ashby.  TR had been beating 1050 CHUM in the mornings for a couple of years with Jim Brady.  Maybe John Landecker wasn't as well known in Toronto as some thought. 

Actually, Tom Rivers took over as the morning man after Jay Nelson retired in December 1980. Tom was let go in September 1982. The story I heard was that his big, long, drawn-out bits didn't go over well with management, even though listeners seemed to love it. Roger Ashby moved into the slot and became the "temporary" morning man for about three years after Tom's departure.

Tom disappeared for a few months and then popped up doing weekends on CFTR while John Landecker was still doing mornings. He brought all his funny bits with him too. I remember him once doing a bit he called the "CFTR make-believe picnic", complete with crowd sound effects and his trademark off-the-wall characters. I remember one of his characters was getting all cranky because he couldn't start up the barbeque and needed some help. Then, all of a sudden, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's "Fire" cues up, complete with Arthur proclaiming, "I am the GOD of HELLFIRE...and I bring you...FIRE!!!", to which the cranky character replied, "You'll do!!" Classic Tom Rivers stuff.

Landecker left in the fall of 1983 and then Tom slipped into the morning slot, something that CFTR heavily promoted. CFTR also became a more full-fledged Top 40 station by that time. Before then, they were playing an uneven mix of current hits and some gold thrown in. This was also during an era where many stations expected to win in the ratings by having a "resident funny guy". CFTR also had Mike Cooper in the afternoons, so they had two of them. Although CHUM had a talented group of jocks, there wasn't really anybody at the st

SOWNY » The Trouble with Tracy » April 11, 2023 10:58 pm

Some more on the Pitfall story...


SOWNY » CHUM Vs. CFTR: When Rivals Attacked » April 10, 2023 10:55 pm

You don't see near as much competition like that anymore because many stations are owned by the same company. Nowadays it's a competition to see who can save the most money, and many media companies are trying to one up themselves in that regard.


SOWNY » No Daddy Dewdrop Here?? » April 10, 2023 7:08 pm

Another anomaly I noticed on the CHUM Chart was that back in 1982 "Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa was listed as an "LP cut" during most of its run on the chart (with the exception of the first week, I think). Initially, I believe it started out as an LP cut on AOR stations but then caught fire on Top 40 stations, which eventually led to it being released as a 45. A scan of shows that it was actually released in Canada on a 45, both in promo and commercial form (although incorrectly labelled as "Valley Girls").

Frank Zappa - "Valley Girls" - Canadian single



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