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SOWNY » Hockey Fans Not Happy With More Gambling Ads During Broadcasts » Yesterday 12:53 pm

=12pxIf you watch the Blue Jays on Sportsnet Pacific or West you will see some different ads than the Ontario feed. Often these are for stores or lotteries only found in Western Canada.  I have even seen ads for a few western radio stations on Pacific and West.
okay trade ya, your Doug Ford for for our Danielle Smith.

SOWNY » Hockey Fans Not Happy With More Gambling Ads During Broadcasts » November 28, 2022 12:52 pm

?: Can you not Simsub these boorish betting ads from the centre of the universe to the rest of the nation. I too find them objectionable. Maybe we should make Ontario suffer through say Danielle Smith ads/edicts.

SOWNY » Does anyone actually get any broadcast journalism training anymore? » November 13, 2022 8:59 am

electronic media has to only look in the mirror as to why it is losing listeners/views.  I'm tired of listening to "babies" telling me about life and "my era music".  There are bona fide broadcasters residing in the community (who could blow the doors off these people) there maybe driving bus or working at golf courses because of corporate decisions, youth movements, ("we're going in a different direction") and lack of respect for quality who were let go from stations.  There don't seem to be "farm team" radio stations these days, where you build/develop personalities/newscasters much like, back in the day, you'd have CKBB used by CHUM, (I know, I dating myself) however when you got to "the show" you would have someone who know the basics. That's my 2cents

SOWNY » CTV Toronto strikes again » November 12, 2022 9:10 pm

Welcome to life in rural Alberta, Lethbridge specifically. The weekday desker continually boots well-known names on numerous occasions and seems ignorant to that fact. Obviously the producer doesn't monitor the recording nor care to correct this faux paux
While the whole piece is recorded an hour before airing in Calgary before hitting in the air, you would think a check on a pronunciation could be sourced from a colleague or the producer could ask for an edit or re- record.
I hope our future broadcasters aren't watching these stations since they don't exemplify what broadcasting is truly all about. But again, that's just my 2cents.

SOWNY » Global's Weekend Weather Forecast Package Is Infuriating » November 7, 2022 12:34 pm

Agree with all comments but what is even more infuriating is the Weather channel going to regional forecasts in smaller markets. Communities that once had 2 minutes of specific in depth coverage now get short 15 second rotational useless info-hits lumped in with 3 other areas. The Weather Channel has gone from a must see to a who cares in our household.

SOWNY » Longtime Peterborough Broadcaster Ends 46 Year Career » July 29, 2022 5:13 pm

met Gord when I was a PT'r/Loyalist student in 1978. He was a good guy back then. Glad to see he's still "rockin' it" all these years later.

SOWNY » N.B. Radio Station Break & Enter A Sign Of The Times » January 3, 2022 7:46 pm

In the early '80's I arrived for my morning shift around 4:30, only to find the station had been broken into. Thank goodness the only things missing were electric typewriters however it was a mad dash to clean up the control room which was somewhat ransacked, all while organizing the news teletype for RnR's and phoning the OPP to report the incident. Back then the station ran 6a-Midnight. And "yes" people used their AM radio to wake them up with "O Canada" at 5:58a. I know since I did some sound checks "on-air" early one morning only to receive a call from a listener who was laughing at the early sounds coming from their speaker. Gotta love the biz, at least back then. Ciao

SOWNY » What is/was your preferred headphone set? » May 12, 2021 9:57 am

cheap but solidly built with a good cable. You would NOT wear the studio cans (who knew where they had been). You had your own with most going through a couple of pair a year. These were for work, not ëasy listening, meaning: they were dropped, kicked, thrown and generally suffered abuse. Station engineer would set you up with a good pair for home use.

SOWNY » Ted Woloshyn In Hospital With COVID-19 » April 29, 2021 9:19 am

Thoughts and prayer for "Big Ted Walker" from those days in Peterborough. (early '70's)

SOWNY » Turner Nets NHL Rights TV Deal That Includes HBO Max » April 28, 2021 7:32 am

Agree whole heartedly with MJ V's comment. FoxSports seem to have great broadcast crews, especially FSN with Anthony LaPanta and AltitudeTV in Denver with Marc Moser. But they are not ashamed to play up any Canadian connections they have on their crew.

SOWNY » New CFRB Voice Went From TV Anchor To Radio Newscaster » February 2, 2021 5:57 pm

Remembering Milt Conway (Uncle Milty) going from CKVR TV to CHAY-FM in Barrie, ON

SOWNY » Buffalo News: When Irv, Rick And Tom Were Buffalo Broadcast Royalty » April 7, 2020 12:59 pm

How many have "Move Closer to Your World" as your ringtone? Best News intro ever!

SOWNY » What is Your Choice for the Greatest Top 40 Radio Station of All Time? » January 17, 2020 6:41 pm

When you lived 60 miles north of Trawna, I have to say CHUM & CFTR for the music and personalities but late nights (mid-6a), when CHUM powered down, it would be WBZ (1030) out of Boston. I know it's not top 40 but Larry Glick (& I know there are Glicknicks still around) was an entertainer and personality who created theatre of the mind every time he was on the air. At least we can access airchecks to rekindle our love for these influencers on our life.

SOWNY » iHeart Radio U.S. Goes On "Employee Dislocation" Firing Spree » January 15, 2020 7:51 pm

On second thought, isn't "iHeart" an oxymoron? You can't have heart and gut the lifeblood of a station. This move was done by the smart people who have brains. But then again as the Tin Man said: "brains do not make one happy and happiness is the best thing in the world."

SOWNY » iHeart Radio U.S. Goes On "Employee Dislocation" Firing Spree » January 15, 2020 12:45 pm

When you take the "humanity" (a living being) out of radio, you lose that personal connection with the listener. I'm a radio dinosaur, when social media connections supersede the landline and face-to-face to interact with listeners becomes management's mantra, its time to sign off. For most with well over a quarter C in the biz, it was a good ride and I pine for the days when I could project and hit the post. Classic hit stations are too limited in their playlists and the announcers are too far removed from the music. Nothing locally that really grabs me. I want to remain loyal to terrestrial however after a "Sirius" test, I must admit satellite radio satisfies my listening desires. So where am I going with this or is it a ramblin' man spewing. No, it's a cry out to management/ownership to program to those in their senior years. Those who valued radio and the enjoyment and memories they received. Seniors are becoming the largest segment of the population and have the $ to support advertisers (are your listening Sales). But as management has told me, it's an interesting idea. Oh well. As a true Trawna jock once said, "come get me mother".

SOWNY » Family Feud Canada » December 27, 2019 1:26 pm

Why do we have copy the Excited States? It's somewhat embarrassing in that the second place team receives $200 worth of board games and a hearty handshake. At least we can hold our heads high in that the Yanks copied "Dragon's Den" Maybe the US could reboot "Littlest Hobo", the Beachcombers", "Reach for the Top" or "the Forrest Rangers"

SOWNY » An Observation About Local Radio On Christmas Day » December 27, 2019 1:19 pm

In the "cookie cutter" small markets, there's no local news and if any announcing, it's all VT's. Many have syndicated programs or run a jukebox. News preps for this time weeks before with stories to run pre and post Christmas. Stations rely on their social media platforms to update audience. Unless you're in the major markets, the sad fact is, there is little use being live. 

SOWNY » Is Don Cherry's Ouster Killing Hockey Night In Canada's Ratings? » December 27, 2019 1:08 pm

I certainly don't tune into HNIC like I used to and I absolutely detest "the Social".

SOWNY » Listeners Outraged Over Threat To Their Favourite Radio Station » April 6, 2018 7:36 pm

I too am a "Glick-nick" and still a member of his long-time digital tribute club. Bottom line for listeners, go after the station's advertisers. Tell them, listeners will boycott any business that advertises with the station when it flips to iHeart. We can't roll back the clock to when BZ ruled the night with Guy Manella & Calling All Sports Jerry Williams talk show and Larry Glick's all night get-together. P1's are pee o'd   Radio needs listeners but radio is also a business, and like any business they need money to operate. So tell the business people where the buck is going and it's not with them IF BZ crashes.

SOWNY » Your/My Televison Debut... » January 26, 2018 12:42 pm

Unc, I too spent countless hours up "littles hill" at Ralph's place what with RR and later the Lindell's and "Make Mine Country" yee haw

SOWNY » Gone But Not Forgotten » December 28, 2017 11:54 am

Dale, thanks for your tribute and all you do to keep broadcasters up to date. May I add one more name; Terry Robert Fleming passed Apr. 17 in Campbell River B.C. Google to find his extensive broadcast history

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