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SOWNY » An Incredible Documentary On The Wrecking Crew Is Free Online » April 30, 2021 8:23 pm

The Wrecking Crew bassist Carol Kaye blows off interview with JazzFM host Ronnie Littlejohn March 19, 2021. At the 44 minute mark.

SOWNY » The producers of a CFNY Spirit of Radio doc are looking for your help » April 28, 2021 5:53 pm

I have a dozen TDK D90 recordings of The Daddy Cool Show but suspect that's not the vibe they're after.

SOWNY » Tom’s Place » April 20, 2021 7:21 pm

Heard Tom speak with Peter Sherman on am640 last Friday. I also heard Tom's voice on Classical FM 96.3 sometime last week. 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.
Something to consider... if Tom's Place is no longer a 1010 client it may be BellMedia's choice. (Because they are that arrogant). And Newstalk1010 is, after all, making attempts to gain female audience share.

SOWNY » "...difficult to work with..." » April 14, 2021 4:07 pm

I hope this is not Patrick O'Neill. He has been with 1010 five or six years and has done everything Bendixen asked of him. I understand it may not mean he is gone from the station (and interestingly Evan Solomon did mention "Patrick on the board" last Thursday).

SOWNY » New promo on CFRB done from an echo chamber? » March 18, 2021 9:47 pm

That promo/station identification recording sounds like the guy is under a manhole cover.  Is it Nathan Downer speaking?

SOWNY » Limbaugh is dead » February 17, 2021 8:07 pm

Chrisphen wrote:

I had read that his show was so widespread primarily because it was cheap - stations could pay bargain-basement prices to carry it. Less a coveted gem and more a Franklin Mint Faberge egg.

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk-radio » February 10, 2021 6:34 pm

I prefer assertive hosts. That's why I listen to Mr Agar.

Perhaps you have overlooked it but there is available to you an entire national  network of radio programming designed to suit your tastes. It is a safe space where the show hosts are always friendly, welcoming and never angry. You will find this happiness in Toronto on the FM frequency, 99.1 MHz. Se servir.

SOWNY » New CFRB Voice Went From TV Anchor To Radio Newscaster » February 2, 2021 12:08 pm

I believe he is reading copy out of Ottawa.

Perhaps the 1010 news staff are in a meeting...

SOWNY » You Can Take The Broadcaster Out Of Politics, But... » December 6, 2020 10:44 pm

Also seeking that Thornhill nomination is former Newstalk1010 host (Sunday 7-8 pm) Melissa Lantsman.  The gig fizzled out due to covid workplace changes earlier this year.

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » May 24, 2020 4:03 pm

g121 ..."Support Trump & I seriously doubt your ethics/motivations/intelligence".

I know how you feel
... FDR, Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton were such exemplars of virtue while in office, how can any thinking person stand with President Trump?

SOWNY » Are You Sick Of All The Live COVID-19 Press Conferences On TV & Radio? » May 11, 2020 5:02 pm

I have been watching The Partridge Family daily at noon. It's like free mental health therapy - a restorative to the feigned concern all those politicians and medical administrators have for my best interest.
So indeed I stopped watching the pressers weeks ago and just inform myself at the top of the hour.

SOWNY » Former CTV Talk Show Host Succumbs To COVID-19 » May 10, 2020 6:06 pm

Was the afternoon show on CTV called 'Passages' Or perhaps that was the title of the episode I watched as a teen which had William Shatner as guest for the full hour. They got into all kinds of talk around religion and personal growth stuff. I wondered "is this how adults talk to each other when no kids are around?" At the same time I  recognised a 'psuedo-intellectual' tone around the whole conversation. It was a match of equals - although Bill did seem to ... expound more.

The Joyce Davidson Show is also noteworthy for having Sandra Faire as a Producer.

SOWNY » CBC/CTVBell » March 18, 2020 7:53 pm

Employment lawyer Howard Levitt wrote about this roughly 3 weeks ago. "Lawsuits against employers who do not sufficiently protect their employees" is WHY sports leagues are shut down and now TV newscasts. Most of those workers use the TTC...

SOWNY » The changes are staggering » March 17, 2020 6:06 pm

She was vacationing with family in Mexico last week. Incidentally, Piya Chattopadhyay was also in Mexico same time.

SOWNY » There's a new host on Jazz FM...(some good news for a change) » March 17, 2020 12:29 pm

I'm in agreement with all that you've written ... and would like to doubly support The Gumbo Kitchen.  Ronnie Littlejohn deserves a national platform.  His loose conversational style - with smart observations and good natured wit - makes listening to him a pleasure.

See for yourself.

SOWNY » Will CFRB Learn The Dangers Of Pre-Taped News? » October 7, 2019 9:36 am

Re: Global news weekend

I believe it is because presenters like Hull, Carla Bosacki and more are needed to do facetime for other regional news broadcasts.

SOWNY » Will CFRB Learn The Dangers Of Pre-Taped News? » October 6, 2019 9:28 pm

They may have read this RA. Kim Geddes just did a live 20 minute 'breaking news' hit to cover the CUPE  worker settlement.

SOWNY » Horn honking on the radio » September 6, 2019 5:52 pm

I heard a commercial for Volkswagen on 640 Toronto which used car horns to 'bleep' out swear words. Is this permissible ?

There was a time when it was a violation of CRTC rules and then later all stations adopted it as a general policy.

This was in place, of course, so not to distract, confuse, frighten or just plain lose a listener who is trying to negotiate the crammed roads os Southern Ontario.

SOWNY » CityNews’ Anchorless Cast Has A Meltdown » August 25, 2019 9:29 pm

Poor Pam. December is her 30th year with City TV.

I missed this but have witnessed 2 other oopsies in the last 3 weeks. One at the 6:00pm start, Pam was put on air even before the shows standard intro. Sitting on a stool chair - unaware she was on - perhaps 3-4 seconds.
The other was a production foul-up. Pam in studio presenting a news story to camera when suddenly the expression on her face heightens, stops speaking, turns her head 90 degrees (looking to someone off camera) where I presume received direction to drop the whole thing because that's what happened.

It's summer, prime vacation time. The floor director and techs are probably young'ens.

SOWNY » CKTB Goes Off Air “For Hours” At 8 AM Sunday » June 28, 2019 4:10 pm

A Bell employee would have been necessary to supervise. No one wants to show up in the middle of the night these days; some would even consider it unfair or punishment.

Also, I read this on Twitter yesterday....

Just got a quote from an elevator contractor to re-paint & seal some elevator pits. Quotes: Regular time: $257/hr After 6:00pm: $517/hr

SOWNY » With McCown's last show, who do you miss not hearing or seeing? » June 22, 2019 10:24 am

(1) Bob Mackowycz Sr

(2) Norman B

(3) Larry Wilson

SOWNY » Please STOP!!! » June 10, 2019 1:07 pm

I've had enough of it all as well. My remedy is to switch the channel to CBLFT.

Though it raises the question - If CBC mandate includes uniting the Country (as I believe it does) why is Le Telejournal Midi featuring Andrew Scheer blabbing behind a podium while Suhana Meharchand sis-boom-bahs in front of an arena?

They've given up. 75 years later two solitudes' remain.

SOWNY » Global News At Noon Didn't Air On Tuesday » June 4, 2019 8:16 pm

Today is Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) Staff had some eatin' to do.

SOWNY » Radio One Airs Eye Rolling Interview With CBC Pres. Catherine Tait » June 2, 2019 7:37 pm

I'm with you Chief. CBC Radio current events programming is an abomination.  The Sunday Edition is a particulaly haughty example, existing only to congregate soft-headed lefties and fortify their mutual biases. A flagrant abuse of the money taken from Canadians for government activity.

SOWNY » Did I Hear This Right? The Same Announcer On Two Competing Stations? » May 19, 2019 5:39 pm

My recollection is he retired from 740 with proper on-air acknowledgement and thanks. He really knows 'popular' music. I listen to his current program The Lounge on Jewel 92.1 Brantford when my nerves are bad.

SOWNY » John Moore Addresses His Long Absence » April 30, 2019 2:09 pm

I don't think he is doing Twitter right. Maybe these school teachers can help.

SOWNY » CFRB Nooz? » April 24, 2019 10:43 am

Big T wrote:

Team, I wanna let you in on what could potentially be a life altering, game changing piece of information. Ready? You CAN turn off the station if you don't like what you hear. It's ok, the world will still turn and you will get up the next day stronger than ever ready to complain about something else.

If you need a hug, try Tom's Place, he seems like a friendly dude.

Broadcasting is a regulated public asset. There are many standards and codes to meet or surpass. NOT mixing opinion when reporting fact is one of them. (I'm talking about conventional news reporting here).
Thus, people get concerned when/if newsreaders cross this line. Ignoring it, as you suggest, will only lead to a dissolution of a longstanding proven convention. It's mandated by the CRTC!

Consider what you might get without it.

McKee is trying to add some personality and 'entertainment' to his job, I get it. Still....

SOWNY » Swearing On Air: Where Do You Draw The Line? » April 14, 2019 8:35 am

First F bomb I heard was on Brave New Waves - when Augusta La Paix hosted. A guest (who owned a salon in NYC called Jungle Red with a waterbed in the waiting area) blurted it out, paused her speech, then Augusta deftly said "that's ok I didn't say it". It immediately took the steam out and allowed the conversation to continue. Curiously I heard Laurie Brown use the same line years later when it happened to her. Nowadays I doubt a host could escape some form of sanction.

(Since we're talking cuss words, I have a cassette recording of Bob Mackowycz saying "bullshit" on air in 1978. In the context of the topic - Springsteen's life/management/recording contract - it was appropriate.)

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