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SOWNY » 680 News & Other Rogers Stns. Being Rebranded As "CityNews" » June 4, 2021 7:44 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

Charlie wrote:

Nobody who listens to these stations will care what they're called.

No need to watch Citynews on TV. It's on the radio now. 
Separate the two. 680 news might have something different to say than CityNews...is the thinking the average person might maintain.  Better to keep it that way than to steer everyone to believe it's the exact same damn thing.
Bye TV viewers! 
Catch Citynews on the radio. Watch CTV news on TV.  Yeah...who cares what it's called. Right?


 

Right.
 

SOWNY » 680 News & Other Rogers Stns. Being Rebranded As "CityNews" » June 4, 2021 5:42 pm

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Nobody who listens to these stations will care what they're called.

SOWNY » CBC TV Unveils Fall Slate Of Shows. But Will Anyone Watch? » June 2, 2021 9:45 pm

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Having not watched the CBC for more than 6 decades, other than the occasional news or sports broadcast, and maybe an episode or two of 'Schitt's Creek' that I didn't see on one of the streaming things, I can't summon a great deal of excitement for the latest lame lineup.  My tax dollars continue to prop up this national treasure, though, so I can take solace in that.

SOWNY » Maple Leafs GM Blasts Toronto Sun » May 23, 2021 10:37 am

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The hit on Tavares was the biggest 'news' story of the day in and around the GTA, and of the next day for that matter.  The Toronto Sun is a 'newspaper'.  The front page photo was no more graphic than anything witnessed live by millions on TV during the game, then witnessed again from different angles in hi-def slow motion replays.  Sniveling Ron McLean then hosted an intermission segment that showed it again, with Zoom panelists looking like it was a funeral visitation, and Dubas is whining about a photo?

SOWNY » Jerry Agar's Cunning CanCon Confession » May 21, 2021 5:49 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

Jerry Agar is a tired old Teabagger whose continued employment hinges on espousing expired opinions to an exhausted audience. His dismissal would be an act of mercy.

Also, I wonder if his disclosure is actionable.

The network expanded his range to several other markets outside Toronto.  They must think his tired old Teabagger shtick is good for ratings.  Like Peter Shurman, I find Agar exhausting, full of himself, dismissive and repetitive, but hey, what do I know?
 

SOWNY » J-effing Awful New Radio Spot Is Selling ? » May 18, 2021 6:26 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

Charlie wrote:

Caleb likes to speak in the third person.

Ah, Spence. The Old Faithful of shitty ad copy.

betaylored wrote:

=12pxIs the ad your talking about for Hyundai (I think it's that company, I'm not a fan of automobiles), and a female voice actor, because that's Nicole Kidman.

In that case the talent can clearly do a proper accent - one way or the other - but was directed to deliver that way. Still a poor decision.
 

Not only is this incessant ad painfully annoying, it is painfully stupid.  'Caleb loves to talk in the third person', except when Caleb doesn't, as when he bleats "I'm going to make her my life, with an 'L'!"  Shouldn't he say "Caleb is going to make her his life, with an 'L'?"  Consistency, even when an ad is this awful, should be important.
 

SOWNY » J-effing Awful New Radio Spot Is Selling ? » May 6, 2021 11:24 pm

Charlie
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Caleb likes to speak in the third person.

SOWNY » The Year In SOWNY: 2020 » January 2, 2021 12:02 pm

Charlie
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Good summation!  At least it wasn't ALL bad news.

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » January 2, 2021 10:40 am

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Prod Guy wrote:

Charlie wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

George Noory was live last night.

So?
 

Read the thread, smartass.

Again, wisenheimer?
 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 31, 2020 6:03 pm

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geo wrote:

Charlie wrote:

  What were we talking about again?  Oh, yeah, this is the worst week of the year for radio.

Even worse for Rod Phillips, but this short-lived drama made for a GREAT day for talk radio.     
 

Sure did.  What a way to wrap up the year.  Phillips fell on his sword, but Ford has much to still answer for.  I wonder how long he'll milk the 'Holidays' to avoid the heat?
 

SOWNY » Gilligan's Island's "Mary Ann" Dies Of COVID » December 31, 2020 9:33 am

Charlie
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Did anyone over the age of 60 die of anything other than COVID in 2020?

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 28, 2020 6:50 pm

Charlie
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Huh?  What were we talking about again?  Oh, yeah, this is the worst week of the year for radio.

SOWNY » Remember When CKEY Went Country? And A Few Other Great Finds » December 27, 2020 7:16 pm

Charlie
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RadioActive wrote:

I keep finding interesting stuff on those high shelves. I remember how hard it was to find CKEY charts when they were Top 40. But I may have discovered something even more unusual - EY charts from when they were country. They were printed in the Toronto Sun, one from Oct. 1992, the other from a year later. In case those dates don't ring a bell, those were the legendary months when the Jays won their two World Series, which I suspect is why I kept those papers. 

Anyway, here's a look at Country 59, a definite relic from a long time ago. 

https://i.ibb.co/MMLztqn/CKEY-Country-59-Chart-Oct-25-1992.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/1zGs5H4/CKEY-Country-59-Chart-Oct-24-1993.jpg


Speaking of strange anomalies, here's one that almost defies explanation. It looks like CJCL may have had a conflict with the Jays playing, so they had to shunt the Leafs over to another station. Who got the call? CFTR? Nope. CFRB? Not them either. Surely CKTB? Uh-uh. The answer is listed below in an ad and I'm betting the station never had so many listeners. 

https://i.ibb.co/qFjFD3v/CHIN-Has-Leafs-Oct-1992.jpg


Finally, a few other odds and ends.

Anyone remember when The Simpsons actually aired on Thursday nights? Here's proof from October 1993.


https://i.ibb.co/K2Hjyzm/Global-Thursday-Line-Up-Promo-Oct-1993.jpg


It's Election Night 1993 and Global's Got It. I remember Peter Kent from the CBC and as a local MP. But I didn't remember he worked for Global at some point. 

https://i.ibb.co/WzWHRGV/Global-Election-Peter-Kent-Oct-1993.jpg


In contrast, here's how City TV pumped up their decidedly different election coverage, a very hip attitude. 

[url=https://ibb.co/6gzfS8X][img]https://i.ibb.co

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 26, 2020 9:20 pm

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Dial Twister wrote:

I don't disagree that Tom's (and others) ads can be mind-numbing at times. However, in this age of the Humpback Whales known as Google, Facebook, etc. devouring everything in their paths, most any terrestrial radio ads should be welcomed with open arms, no?
 

Actually, I don't mind Tom at all.  Even John Moore, who for a few years sounded highly disinterested in Tom's daily appearances, as if it was beneath him, has warmed up considerably.  Maybe not to the fawning level of Oakley or Woloshyn, but money talks.
 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 26, 2020 8:02 am

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geo wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

      it makes sense to extend the Christmas Music a bit   

EXACTLY!   Blayne Lastman will be extending Bad Boy's Boxing Day event 'til St. Patrick's Day, so we should be able to enjoy Rudolph at least 'til then

geo 
 

Listeners to 640 and 1010 will be hearing about Tom's 'Boxing Week Sale' until he finally switches over to his 'Pre-Christmas Sale' some time around July.
 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 25, 2020 10:06 pm

Charlie
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grilled.cheese wrote:

George Noory was live last night.

So?
 

SOWNY » Thanks for the memories Much Music » December 22, 2020 7:15 pm

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Back in the 80s, people dismissed Erica Ehm as vacuous, and eye-candy.  Turns out, she wasn't vacuous at all, but is still eye-candy.

SOWNY » Is This The Worst Week Of The Year For Radio? » December 21, 2020 9:47 am

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Yes.  It's talk radio junkie hell.

SOWNY » Kevin Frankish Admits He Was Fired From City TV's BT In 2018 » December 18, 2020 4:43 pm

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Citypulse News 15 wrote:

Gee and I thought he was going to be doing documentaries for City like Gord Martineau! Still waiting to see the first one from either of them.

Right up there with "Spending more time with the family".
 

SOWNY » CTV's New Holmes Family Effect Picked Up By Fox » December 16, 2020 4:21 pm

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Just what the world needs, another TV home reno option.  As a society, we just don't have enough choices of these contractor reality shows out of the 800 or so already available.  It's a Christmas Miracle.

SOWNY » Station of the Year - Canadian Radio Awards » December 14, 2020 6:47 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Not to mention Wayne Webster, who was named Music Director of the Year.

Interesting, though, that they gave Best Music Host to Jazz FM's Heather Bambrick over Boom's Stu Jeffries. (John Moore was named runner-up to a host at CKNW in Vancouver.)

I am stunned, though, that CFRB's David McKee came away with best newscaster. While he's very talented, news is not a comedy routine, as the CBSC itself ruled several months ago.  

I have nothing against McKee's delivery, but his editorializing and attempts at humour are very unprofessional.  "He was looking forward to his 7th birthday party... now, thanks to a random drive-by shooting, he'll never enjoy his first kiss, or graduation, or growing old with his grandchildren" is more than a bit much.
 

SOWNY » PRINT COVERAGE OF BROADCAST MEDIA » December 13, 2020 2:23 am

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Prod Guy wrote:

Charlie wrote:

Dale Patterson wrote:

<< Anyone read the Toronto Star any more?

An average of about 318,000 a day, according to the latest numbers I have found. Only the Globe and Mail has a higher daily average.
 

The Star has the 'Feminist-Socialist-Progressive-Minority-LGBTQ-Oppressed-Disabled-Disadvantaged-Pink Hair-Dying' demo cornered.  And that's just the Sports section.
 

The Globe and Mail and National Post share the rich white right wing male demo and the Sun has the right wing
lunatic fringe covered as well as comprehensive coverage of every dog bite that has occured in the city since 1971.

The Sun also has the daily Sunshine Girl, where the whole family can gather round and play 'Count the Tattoos'.  Something for everybody!
 

SOWNY » PRINT COVERAGE OF BROADCAST MEDIA » December 12, 2020 7:04 pm

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Dale Patterson wrote:

<< Anyone read the Toronto Star any more?

An average of about 318,000 a day, according to the latest numbers I have found. Only the Globe and Mail has a higher daily average.
 

The Star has the 'Feminist-Socialist-Progressive-Minority-LGBTQ-Oppressed-Disabled-Disadvantaged-Pink Hair-Dying' demo cornered.  And that's just the Sports section.
 

SOWNY » BBM TIME » December 9, 2020 8:09 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

I find myself listening to GNR640 often more than CFRB. I'm continually amazed by how low their overall numbers are or that they're still at it. I would hate to see them disappear, although what else they could do in terms of format I have no idea.

They've made some real strides in terms of resources when Corus and Global became one entity, and I'm often puzzled by why they never seem able to get higher than a 2 rating.

As for the amazing success of CBC Radio 1, even for them the numbers seem high. I wonder how much COVID has to do with it. Perhaps some see the Corp. as a trusted source for news on the pandemic. Personally, with the exception of a few shows, I find it unlistenable. I'm obviously in the minority. But then I always seem attracted to stations other people don't listen to as much.  

Agreed about 640 v. 1010.  John Moore has by far the better drive-in show.  No comparison, especially over the last couple of years.  Agar v. Cutrara?  Depends on what you're looking for, bombastic right-wing ranting, or soft, social media-driven drivel.  At noon, you've got sarcastic Alan Carter, or enthusiastic politico Evan Solomon.  I give Carter the nod, because he has a sense of humour, and makes good use of Doug Ford sound bites.  From 1 pm on, Solomon works.  At 2, it's over to the Jim Richards train wreck.  He's clueless and confused, but entertaining in a crazy kind of way.  At 3, it's Oakley all the way.  By 7, I've had enough of all of them, until the next day.

SOWNY » BBM TIME » December 9, 2020 5:33 pm

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If I read that right, 640 has 1.6% of listeners versus 5.8% for 1010?  Ouch.  Maybe Stafford back on his own will improve things, but I doubt it.  The damage was done.

SOWNY » CTV's Nathan Downer Clicks With Audiences - & That's The Problem » December 9, 2020 10:32 am

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I haven't , y'know, noticed all those irritating, y'know, habits, but a certain, y'know, female host on 640 from 9 to noon can't, y'know, get through a single sentence without, y'know, saying 'y'know' several times.  She's, y'know, not the only on-air personality, y'know, guilty of this, especially when you, y'know, include guests on, y'know, panels and things, but they aren't, y'know, professionals, so they, y'know get a pass for this annoying, y'know, practice.

SOWNY » CTV's Nathan Downer Clicks With Audiences - & That's The Problem » December 8, 2020 4:51 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

RB's Ryan Doyle is guilty of getting into a bad habit. At the end of every interview he says the exact same thing. "We thank you for taking the time today." 

Now, there's nothing wrong with that, of course. Except he says it every single time, often dozens of times in a single show. He's slipped into a habit he may not even be aware of. And after awhile it becomes so noticeable you can say it along with him.  

But look, I point this out not to criticize but hopefully to alert. Because I'm just as guilty as anyone. A long time ago, I used to do a late evening talk show on a station that, frankly, no one really listened to. I got into the unfortunate habit of saying goodbye to callers by uttering the phrase, "There's goes Steve off into the night." Or "There goes Barbara off into the night."

I never realized how often I used it, until one evening a guy named Jack called. 

And yes, I did. I said, on air, "There goes Jack off into the night."

And after that, I don't think I ever used the phrase again! 

As if the giggling tag-team on 'The Rush' wasn't bad enough.  Thanks for the warning.
 

SOWNY » You Can Take The Broadcaster Out Of Politics, But... » December 7, 2020 6:45 pm

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Jay Baxter wrote:

Shurman is a great talkshow host, has great broadcasting experience, and does not tolerate fools - gladly or otherwise.

Give him 5 minutes, and he'll remind you of that.

SOWNY » You Can Take The Broadcaster Out Of Politics, But... » December 7, 2020 8:34 am

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g121 wrote:

Charlie wrote:

echomaster wrote:

Didn't care for SD - she wasn't a talk-show host.  She was a wealth of knowledge of 'getting into the political weeds'.  I do miss that - no Taylor Parnaby to give me the facts and then break it down.  Oh well, GNR640 is somewhat rudderless as evidenced by letting Conrad Black go because of his completely truthful statement that Canada is NOT a systemically racist country - despite what the woke-folk (640 managers) 'feel'

Love him or loath him, I miss Lord Black.  His weekly chat with Oakley was my favourite segment of the week, on any station. 
 

Charlie wrote:

With all due respect, I find Shurman to be a verbose, self-important, pompous ass.

So you love Conrad Black but it's Peter Shurman who's a verbose, self-important, pompous ass.

Try as I might that escapes the far reaches of reality.
 

Yes.  20 minutes of Black talking current events once a week with Oakley was entertaining.  3 hours of the Shurmanator pontificating and patting himself on the back is exhausting.
 

SOWNY » You Can Take The Broadcaster Out Of Politics, But... » December 6, 2020 9:01 pm

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With all due respect, I find Shurman to be a verbose, self-important, pompous ass.

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