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SOWNY » Q107 Capitalizes On Pandemic Lockdown With Unusual Contest » May 10, 2021 8:40 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

Is someone from q107 allowed to knock on someones door? It contravenes the stay at home order.

Policing is an essential service.
 

SOWNY » Really long meteor scatter burst on FM » April 25, 2021 11:40 pm

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Thanks. It's easy to be in the right place at the right time when I'm recording 3-5 channels non-stop, then using Audacity to very quickly scan for telltale sudden audio spikes. Listening live to an empty or semi-empty channel for meteor bursts is like listening to paint dry. Sometimes I'll have a weekend midday nap on the couch with an MP3 recorder going on with a radio within earshot. I heard a very sudden "92.1 Citi" out of Winnipeg like that a couple days ago. Other modes of DX - tropo ducting and e-skip IMO are more interesting to live listen. Separately, per above comments, I have a Tecsun PL380 ultralight radio that's maybe the size of three decks of cards, modified with a stick antenna on top by a west coast DXer, and it's pretty amazing for AM. I've had some e-skip on it but it's nothing special for FM. OTOH, e-skip doesn't take much if you're in a quiet rural space. I once had Kansas on a Tropicana Orange radio (the straw coming out of the orange is the lone rabbit ear antenna). 
 

SOWNY » Really long meteor scatter burst on FM » April 24, 2021 3:38 pm

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Heard this yesterday on 97.1 - WSRV Gainesville (Atlanta area) GA. Lasted roughly 50 seconds. Meteor bursts (where signals reflect off the ionized dust trails of meteors / comets) generally last up to a couple seconds, though I've had them up to 4-5 minutes in very rare instances. I thought this one oddball enough to share. And if you think you need high end receivers and antennae - this was on a portable Sangean ATS909 with just its whip antenna. From north Kawartha Lakes...
MP3 audio clip at https://forums.wtfda.org/forum/wtfda-dx-talk/got-fm-dx/91440


 

SOWNY » Tom’s Place » April 21, 2021 7:25 pm

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craignucks wrote:

67GreenRambler wrote:

His spots do not bother me; it's the 'Hi I'm Cherry Tabb - Herzig Eye Institute" shout that I find intolerable. The whole radio gets turned off immediately with that one.

Look after yourself, promise me!
 

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SOWNY » Globe & Mail Catches Up To Some Old Online Radio Sites » April 16, 2021 9:54 pm

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turkeytop wrote:

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

Not so - online streaming on its own simply places stations online. Different delivery truck, for the most part.

Maybe the term 'Radio' is done like dinner or soon will be, but online venues are already massively increasing our choices. I like live 'Audio' content, but even non-live podcasts have strengths other than spontaneity, like depth, or imagination, which are also valuable. There is something magic about turning on a radio and casting one's net to see what comes in. But that's hardly the only magic. Creativity rules!

SOWNY » Vinyl Tap Cancelled » March 27, 2021 10:51 pm

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It's a so-so show IMO. I like that it can sometimes cross genres. Randy sounds very down to earth as a presenter. Very conversational - I like that. OTOH he *MIST* know more about music than he relates in his commentary. I'd personally rather learn more about music and less about the artists and personalities. Perhaps the show is better suited to a commercial music station. 
One other thought crosses my mind. Radio is evolving so rapidly these days, what with all them newfangled online delivery trucks. So the playing field has changed considerably. I've always seen a major role for CBC as talent scout and developer -- really a talent incubator. Vinyl Tap is what it is - it's not really growing anymore, and Bachman could easily score something fairly significant on any commercial station. At some point, maybe it's good for CBC to let programs like it go, and make room for new up-and-coming talent. Looking back, if I had one wish for him - he needed someone at CBC to inspire him to greater heights. Not to make him sound overly intellectual BBC-like - keep being folksy - but tell us more about the mechanics of music, (He'd often start, teasingly, but end way too soon). 

SOWNY » Outline.com » March 21, 2021 11:56 am

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Is Outline.com no longer working on Toronto Star?

SOWNY » Rare DX Photos » March 20, 2021 10:56 am

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WWL 4 New Orleans - and the show name meant I didn't even need to check the ID. From north Kawartha Lakes.https://i.ibb.co/8mNx8XH/WWL-4-2009-a.jpg
   KPRC 2 in Houston and other analogs then made the transition to digital: https://i.ibb.co/0qLBpjq/2-KPRC-TX-last-analog-2009-a.jpg
 ''' KNOP 2 in Nebraska was one of the first digital TV stations to sign on. The signal below decoded briefly leaving the following souvenir:
https://i.ibb.co/R0L7VqM/KNOP-DT-2-2009.jpg

SOWNY » Should Chris Cuomo be taken off CNN? » March 3, 2021 12:12 am

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RadioAaron wrote:

Also he's dead.

Good reason to take him off the air.

SOWNY » Massive tone on 610 - CKTB? » March 2, 2021 1:05 am

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Tone ended 0000 EST and CKTB gave its usual hourtop ID and then news. This tone is what they'd do if testing the transmitter... wonder if something was up in that regard.

SOWNY » Massive tone on 610 - CKTB? » March 2, 2021 12:50 am

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I can hear Philly talk (Black Info Network) but this solid tone is cranking loud north of Toronto. 23:50 pm EST
 

SOWNY » Some Very Sad News For Our Former Board Admin. » February 28, 2021 12:12 am

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Iain, ALS is indeed a struggle. My sincere condolences.

SOWNY » CKOC Hamilton » February 23, 2021 11:09 pm

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I've been sitting on 1150 a bit. Haven't heard any Cdn content. Is there any?

SOWNY » When Radio Really Earns Its Keep » February 19, 2021 11:25 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

Without power it's difficult to listen to the radio. Hopefully some people had batteries and or a crank radio

No shortage of cranks on the radio.
 

SOWNY » Limbaugh is dead » February 17, 2021 11:26 pm

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On Limbaugh's death: I found his opinions nauseating for reasons well expressed above but don't relish cancer as the cause of his silence. Human reason would be much more satisfying.  Death and illness cross the political spectrum, strike those who lie as well as those who speak truthfully, and rub out the wealthy and the poor (acknowledging the nuance of money buying 'get out of jail free' cards).

On any role Limbaugh played in saving AM radio: A reality check — we're radiophiles. Good on us for that. But pause and realize that AM radio (and FM, and VHF and UHF TV, and shortwave and longwave) serve largely as content delivery vehicles as well as artist's canvas. Think of AM radio as a dot on a massive technological continuum. We uttered our first grunts after capturing a wooly mammoth, then language development enabled articulated storytelling around the campfire. Evolution saw us through Courtly entertainment, the Shakespearean stage, and Speaker's Corner. Marconi and Fessenden came along, spun their magic, and radio was born, giving rise to new avenues for mass communication. Now, Limbaugh's microscopic window has closed even as the curtain inevitably falls on AM radio. In very short time, when we bid adieu to FM, and as technological delivery methods and means continue to change, we'll still tell stories, create music, go on rants, issue fake news and other propaganda, and make all manner of audio (and audio-visual, multi-sensory) mayhem.

Rush Limbaugh was a giant for a blip of a second, a rock star in our time, but our time is as fleeting as the present almost always is. Major influencer leading up to Trump, and a cornerstone of politics from the 1980s through at least the early-mid 2020s, Limbaugh will likely make it into mass communication and US history textbooks, though in mostly a symbolic, anecdotal way.

Did Limbaugh drag out AM radio? Arguably. Perhaps. But for such a short time that it'll be a footnote in history even if it seemed massive to us as

SOWNY » 1220 CFAJ heard in Alaska » February 12, 2021 5:39 pm

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Feb12 08:15 DX 1220 CFAJ St Catherines Ontario about about an hour ago with legal Id. Paul/Alaska          

 

SOWNY » Funny business in Vancouver » February 9, 2021 5:53 pm

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A BC DXer reports: Feb09 21:27 = 1040 CKST Vancouver has dropped all-sports; now stunting w/pop, rock, hiphop until Friday when "Funny 1040" all-comedy launches //co-owned 1060 CKMX Calgary & 820 CHAM Hamilton...

 

SOWNY » A Right Wing Messenger Who Gets A Daily Slice Of GTA Radio Airtime » January 26, 2021 11:16 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

I once yelled "theatre" at a crowded fire. 

Reminds me of early in my career. A Lake Simcoe marina had a massive blaze overnight, and I was summoned from my slumbers to cover it for the Orillia daily. I basically took notes and talked to people while million-dollar yachts burned (they were being stored over the winter). We got a complaint in the morning that the reporter down there seemed to be enjoying the event. Ah, the good old days...
 

SOWNY » When Will 1220 CFAJ St. Catharines Finally Debut? » January 20, 2021 9:34 pm

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They're back this evening. Almost equal to Cleveland. Wonder what happened. No new logs in last few days while at my DX site but I did honest to #$%$ing goodness trip out to WLSD in Big Stone Gap Virginia.

SOWNY » Cumulus Threatens To Fire Hosts Who Insist U.S. Election Was Rigged » January 11, 2021 12:38 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

How did you find out about my side gig? Now where did I put that Glock? (On special this week!)

Just one Glock?  You're not much of an arms trader, are you!  How on earth are we going to storm the old CHUM building to make Radio Great again?

 

SOWNY » CBC.ca Features Article On DXing » December 29, 2020 2:25 pm

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DXing from coastal Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, which offers nothing but ocean towards an area spanning from Brazil to Spain to Greenland, a few of us have had a helluva ride over the years. Logs include low-power pirates from Serbia, Netherlands and Greece on 1600-1700 portion of the AM band. South Africa, China, northern Russia, Iran, and pretty well every European country, plus much of Asia and Africa. Because of the northern latitude and general salt water surrounding us, we've also shot over the North Pole and heard the likes of Taiwan, Japan, South and NORTH Korea, etc. In the mornings we've also gone westwards and heard Washington State and vancouver, as well as various other western Canadians and some in the US out to California and Utah and such. I wrote about that in Radio World:

https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/dxers-ride-marconis-wavelength

 

SOWNY » Rare DX Opportunity Won't Last Long » December 14, 2020 1:39 am

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It's monday morning just past midnight, think CFTR is back on auxiliary, so will record again, try south antenna maybe.

SOWNY » Rare DX Opportunity Won't Last Long » December 13, 2020 11:56 am

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I checked the channel after a Grimsby DXer reported CJOB Winnipeg mixing with CFTR. Goven that the sticks are in the Grimsby area, I figured it was up to something. Turns out, Rogers was doing transmitter maintenance. It's pretty safe to presume that Rogers turned off the main transmitter and moved to its auxiliary backup. For anyone here (see above) who might see blame here for Rogers, imagine the blame that might be assigned to them if any of their engineers were to sparklify the night sky for miles around! Anyhow, up in North Kawartha, we didn't hear CFTR at all. But we did hear CJOB Winnipeg, WNZK Dearborn Heights MI, WCBM Baltimore MD, WPTF Raleigh NC, WDBC Escanaba MI. All previously heard here, and most of those heard with CFTR on. I nodded off just after 1am and left an MP3 recorder doing the dirty work on my WSW-facing antenna, so when I feel like listening to several hours (hopefully) of audio I'll see what else might be in the mix. I think it was WCBM doing the Sam Spade drama. There's three stations with ESPN sports that I have never heard here, but I didn't hear a whiff of sports before I left active play. 690 and 670 are in the clear so didn't bother checking. 670 at night is almost always Chicago and Cuba mixing; sometimes Miami. 690 is usually Montreal mixing with Mexico and WELD from Fisher, West Virginia that is a regular here but shouldn't be heard this far away so regularly if it is actually operating on its assigned 14 watts night power. Maybe that's what happens if you don't maintain your transmitter.

SOWNY » 1220 » December 2, 2020 1:51 pm

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DXing up in Kawarthas, no question CFAJ is now getting out, probably as it should with its parameters. The religious station is in Cleveland, so much closer than Virginia. I'd say much of the time at night they're about 50-50 with each other.
 

SOWNY » CFRB Corrections » December 2, 2020 1:45 pm

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Dale Patterson wrote:

NW wrote:

Is Wally Crowder any relation to former Boston Bruins NHLers Keith Crowder or Bruce Crowder?

His last name was spelled Crouter, so no.
 

Nor is he related to Wally Cleaver.
 

SOWNY » CHEV is back! » December 2, 2020 1:42 pm

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Courtesy Dan Sys and Canadian Radio News...NEW STATIONS LAUNCHED         NLGRAND FALLS-WINDSOR   94.5   CHEVCommunity. 35 watts. Variety. Exploits Valley          Community Radio. VALLEY RADIO.   

SOWNY » Is This The Worst TV Show In History? Yep. Nothing Could Ever Beat It » November 28, 2020 12:52 am

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Found some commentary via YouTube that summed it up nicely - along the lines that if you're going to delve into absurdist humour, you have to work incredibly hard, and precisely, to make it work.

I'm not really bothered about the use of Hitler as a target of satire, and even the notion of Hitler as your everyday Jackie Gleason - perhaps the right mind could take it somewhere worthwhile. Humour is risky business, and satirists can't feel restrained - at least initially - by the risk of bad taste (airing the material, or it succeeding, is an entirely other matter). Satirists need to be able to dig deep into the well of weirdness during the creative stage. But the rest of the world doesn't really need to hear about it unless true genius emerges.

With the right kind of magic creative juice, could this have worked? The problem is it was just a notion, certainly nothing even remotely close to an idea well thought out. The artist's putty here is the worst of the worst of what humankind has  managed to dredge up, and to make anything of it you absolutely have to dive deep - and deep in this case is extermination camps and genocide and ratting out neighbours and family to death squads. (Conversely, it's also incredible bravery and powerful morality; and a lot of weirdness in between the two extremes). But this pilot is a dud. There's no brilliance, nothing that says 'touché, nothing that does what dark comedy needs to do - somehow hit the nail on the head and shine a light like it's never been shone before.

Certainly, I can't say where you take this. Quite possibly nowhere. Looking around at the contemporary hate in the world around us, I'm not sure what I would do with contemporary material. I'm no Mel Brooks, and far as I know he didn't touch this stuff.

All that said, there's a couple moments that caught my attention: the sense of Hitler wanting to seem like a normal everyday guy. That was played up a few times in the episode, and rings true for populi

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » November 27, 2020 11:58 pm

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I vaguely recall taxpayer subsidies...

Anyhow, funny that this comes out when attendance is below zero...
 

SOWNY » The Most Bizarre Local Media Story Of The COVID Era » November 25, 2020 10:31 pm

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Dial Twister wrote:

Self-described "white nationalist" Paul Fromm showed up at the restaurant, and was welcomed onto the property by the restaurateur. The cast is now complete. All the best people are showing up. LOL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Fromm_(white_supremacist)

The restaurateur announced that, "The media is not welcome on my property". Gee, I wonder where he got the idea to attack the media? 

I guess he's aiming to be a very niche business?
 

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