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SOWNY » Your Saturday Morning TV – Exactly 52 Years Ago Today » Yesterday 1:23 am

Hansa wrote:

HR Pufnstuf was the trippiest kids show ever. 
 

Another trippy creation from Sid and Marty Krofft (although they were working under the Hanna-Barbera umbrella at the time), was The Banana Splits.




A couple of interesting lawsuits around H.R. Pufnstuf: 

Paul Simon successfully sued the Kroffts for copyright infringement, claiming that the theme song for H.R. Pufnstuf closely resembled his "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)".

And in 1977, Sid and Marty Krofft successfully sued McDonald's, claiming that a number of the fast food chain's "McDonaldland" characters (particularly Mayor McCheese) closely resembled the characters in the Pufnstuf universe. The Kroffts were previously approached by McDonald's to work on an advertising campaign, but then the company decided not to move forward with the association, although former employees of Sid and Mary Krofft worked on the sets and costumes for the fast food chain's commercials, as well as supplying voices for the ads.




PJ

 

SOWNY » Your Saturday Morning TV – Exactly 52 Years Ago Today » October 18, 2021 9:53 am

RadioActive wrote:

Paul Jeffries wrote:

mace wrote:

By 1969, I was done with Saturday morning cartoons. I notice the "color" bar has been replaced by a "C"

About 40 years later, I'd buy my first high-definition TV. I think I'd equate the difference in HD and SD to that of colour and black & white.



PJ

There is one big difference, though - if you didn't have a colour set, you could still watch everything. If you didn't have a HiDef set after a brief "get ready" period, your TV was filled with snow - and you couldn't watch anything. And I remember that switch to a "black and white" indicator - it just became easier to list shows that weren't in colour. I'm not exactly sure when that happened but it was likely in the early 70s. 

If you had a cable box (a DVR, or just a tuner box without the DVR functions), you could still continue watching on your standard definition TV. If you had just a straight cable leading to your set, you were SOL after the transition period.

Actually, I just recently bought another HD TV for my spare room, and apparently you still need a cable box to receive all the channels you subscribe to from your provider. I only get a very scant number of channels without it. (Unless I'm doing something wrong, although I did follow all the steps in the owner's manual).



PJ
 

SOWNY » Your Saturday Morning TV – Exactly 52 Years Ago Today » October 18, 2021 7:58 am

mace wrote:

By 1969, I was done with Saturday morning cartoons. I notice the "color" bar has been replaced by a "C"

Shortly after, the "C" was then replaced with "BW", as colour programs were becoming the norm and black & white programs were becoming the exception. Actually, it appears to be headed that way already, judging by the looks of this edition.

Mind you, colour TV was still a luxury for a lot of people, I think even well into the mid-70s. Our family didn't get our first colour TV until 1974.

About 40 years later, I'd buy my first high-definition TV. I think I'd equate the difference in HD and SD to that of colour and black & white.



PJ

 

SOWNY » Available Canadian Call Letter List Contains Some Familiar IDs » September 17, 2021 7:34 pm

torontostan wrote:

Interesting that CFUK and CFUC aren't on this list, yet I don't believe are being used! CKKK and CFAG are available though!  ;) 

They should probably treat these like license plates and not allow certain ones to be used 

CFUQ is available though. CJAP is another one that's surprising to see on this list too. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/blink.png




PJ
 

SOWNY » Rolling Stone magazine: best songs of all time updated! » September 16, 2021 7:40 am

Fitz wrote:

The list is very clunky to read and there's too many ads on the page but at the very top you can click on 50 song increments. I have only randomly glanced at the list and have not looked at all the selections carefully.

I hate web pages that are cluttered with ads and take forever to load. Reminds me too much of the days of dial-up internet. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/pouty.png




PJ
 

SOWNY » Canadian Comedian & SNL Star Norm MacDonald Gone At Just 61 » September 14, 2021 6:43 pm

MacDonald stated in the Deadline article that “[NBC's west coast president Don] Ohlmeyer would watch Leno kill every night for 15 minutes. Every joke, huge laughs, and then I’d do 10 minutes a week and sometimes not get laughs.”

Norm was the type of personality that even if his brand of humor wasn't quite your style, it was hard to dislike the guy.

He will be missed. RIP.



PJ

 

SOWNY » ED ASNER RIP » August 29, 2021 9:33 pm

A little video tribute to him courtesy of IMDB.com, showcasing a few of his many roles over the past several years.

https://www.imdb.com/video/vi323600409



PJ

SOWNY » One Of The Greatest TV Shows You Never Saw » July 19, 2021 7:38 pm

I remember seeing reruns of He & She on CKVR on the overnights in the very early 1980's.



PJ

SOWNY » Toronto Radio TV Commercials Of The 1980s & 1990s » July 15, 2021 2:25 pm

I think the CHUM-FM Roger, Rick & Marilyn spots and the CHFI Erin Davis/Don Daynard commercials were probably about the most memorable. I remember an interview with Rick Hodge (I think it was with Toronto Mike) where he mentioned that people still asked if he was the Rick in Roger, Rick & Marilyn, even many years after he left the show. He pointed to just how effective that branding had worked.

That CHUM-FM spot with the Ally McBeal-like dancing babies always kind of creeped me out, though... https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/blink.png




PJ

SOWNY » Sowny.net Is Back - With A Minor Change » July 8, 2021 10:58 am

Thanks to Iain and RadioActive for putting up with our shenanigans all these years. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png



PJ

SOWNY » When 640 Battled 680 » June 24, 2021 11:01 pm

markow202 wrote:

Wasnt CHUM FM also an option?  I dont remember if they were the HOT AC type format or more less pop than those but still along the same lines as of today I believe.  

I believe CHUM-FM billed themselves as "Adult Rock" during that time, which was from about 1985-1995. More hits-oriented than their previous album rock format, but geared towards a more mature audience than a typical CHR station, and generally quite a bit softer than a typical hits station. Stuff like Bon Jovi and Aerosmith were considered too hard for CHUM-FM at that time.

Baby boomers appeared to be the ears that were the most attractive to radio stations and advertisers during that period. This presentation probably best describes their format during that time. 






PJ

 

SOWNY » When 640 Battled 680 » June 24, 2021 10:31 am

It's interesting how these two stations bucked the trend of "young people don't listen to AM radio anymore", which started to take hold around the late '80s/early '90s. (Nowadays, you could take the "AM" out that equation).

Up until then, CFTR's CHR format leaned towards a more adult-style approach from about late 1983 to about early 1989. Later in the year, when Jesse & Gene arrived at the station and then in 1990 when Tarzan Dan joined the crew, they took a more youthful, "in-your-face" approach with their "All-Hits 680 CFTR" branding. Even the station ID's were more aggressive-sounding than in previous years.

Although CFTR's ratings weren't near what they were at their peak, they still performed quite decently during their final CHR years, and AM 640 made a pretty good go of it too for a couple of years, picking up the slack when CFTR abandoned music in 1993 for all news.



PJ

SOWNY » When WBEN-FM's Rock 102 Was Excluded From Canadian Ratings » June 22, 2021 11:54 am

Jody Thornton wrote:

When Men's Room out of Brampton released "Sign of the Times", Rock 102 played the Belle Stars version.  I'm not sure if that was in error, or that they felt it would be better known.  When the Rovers released "Wasn't That a Party, both Rock 102 and WBEN 930 played a version that sounded more reverberated but that also had the siren removed during the last verse.  To this day, I have never found where that version came from. 

Rock 102 also added "Fight the Good Fight" by Triumph on to their own "Gold" reel.  You'd notice at the beginning that there was a mild snap repeatedly during the opening, which I'm sure was an LP scratch.  That's significant because if you'll remember, there were NEVER EVER any record noises heard on Stereo Rock automation affiliates and I mean EVER EVER.

Perhaps the Mens Room version of "Sign of the Times" wasn't easily available in the U.S. and The Belle Stars version was? The Mens Room album came out on Solid Gold Records, which was distributed by A&M Records here in Canada at the time, but I don't think they had a branch south of the border. Both versions sound quite a bit alike, too, so it may have just been easier for Rock 102 to play The Belle Stars version. Plus, there was a video for their version, which I remember got a lot of play on Citytv's City Limits, and no doubt probably got a fair bit of play on MTV in the U.S.. If memory serves, I don't think there was a video for the Mens Room version.

Chilliwack had some releases on the Solid Gold label in the 80's as well, but I think only two of those albums, Wanna Be a Star and Opus X were released in the U.S., and that was on Millennium Records. 

Triumph's records were probably pretty easy to come by, as most of their Attic Records output were released on RCA Records in the U.S.



PJ


 

SOWNY » Alan Cross Salutes - And Laments - The Lowly Cassette Tape » June 20, 2021 8:50 pm

RadioActive wrote:

$49.95! Boy, what a bargain!

From Feb. 1969:

https://i.ibb.co/2qs5prC/Cassette-Tape-Recorder-49-Feb-1969.jpg

That's about $359.33 in today's money, according to the Bank of Canada's inflation calculator.  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png




PJ
 

SOWNY » Frank Bonner, aka Herb Tarlek, RIP » June 17, 2021 8:35 pm

In a sadly ironic twist, Edie McClurg, who played Bonner's TV wife Lucille on WKRP was also reported last year to be suffering from some form of dementia, according to TMZ.

https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/01/edie-mcclurg-dementia-conservatorship-ferris-buellers-day-off/


PJ

 

SOWNY » Frank Bonner, aka Herb Tarlek, RIP » June 17, 2021 12:18 pm

Frank Bonner, who played oafish and obnoxious salesman Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati, is reported to have passed away at the age of 79. It was first reported by his daughter, Desiree Boers-Kort, on Facebook about 10 hours ago.

Although none of the mainstream news organizations seemed to have reported it as of yet, it has also been confirmed by fellow WKRP cast member Gary Sandy on his official Facebook page. Sandy played program director Andy Travis on the series.

https://www.facebook.com/Gary-Sandy-1566272903616194/


PJ

SOWNY » Another Ashby Show Error - Part III » June 13, 2021 10:04 pm

RadioActive wrote:

How does this keep happening? If wonder if Mr. Ashby is aware of these ongoing blunders. It's a shame, because otherwise the show is really good. 

I'm guessing Roger isn't a member of The Big Yellow Board.  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/pouty.png



PJ
 

SOWNY » Alan Cross Salutes - And Laments - The Lowly Cassette Tape » June 13, 2021 9:22 pm

Alan Cross talked about the inferior quality of prerecorded cassettes from the record labels. For the most part I'd say that was true, except maybe some of the CBS Records releases that were put out on chrome cassettes from about the mid-80s to about the early 90s (I think). Those actually sounded fairly decent, and were at least a marginal improvement over the other labels' ferric oxide tapes (which sounded pretty freeze-dried). Although for my ears, they did sound a little compressed and kind of lacked the "openness" of LPs or CDs. I suspect the reason CBS discontinued that practice after a few years was because they probably figured most people didn't care, and anyone that was into superior hi-fidelity probably wouldn't choose cassettes as their medium of choice. Also, labels were starting to push the CD, although prerecorded cassettes did stick around for a while, even after vinyl records pretty much disappeared from most Canadian stores by about 1991.


PJ

SOWNY » The Radio Station That Time Forgot » June 12, 2021 9:29 am

Tq345 wrote:

In Phase wrote:

There appears to be DYMO tape labels on the console
remember them ?
 

 
I still have my DYMO label maker. It must be 40-plus years old. I rarely use it, but it still works like a champ.
Heaven knows what I'll do if I ever run out of label tape. I wonder if it's still available.

You can order refill tapes online through Staples.ca. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png


https://www.staples.ca/products/778717-en-dymo-labeller-tape-glossy-vinyl-embossing-tape-assorted-3pack-1741671


PJ
 

SOWNY » Numeris Diary Spring 2021 » June 7, 2021 8:16 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

Storm wrote:

i happened to pass over 102.9 in my radio travels this morning about 7:30 and they were playing "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC and I thought to myself that should rattle the cage of any of the former K-Lite listeners who were still tuned to 102.9.
 

AC/DC tests huge with AC listeners. Was just always hard to make it work in the mix. Some tried.

I like AC/DC, but whenever I hear a station play "You Shook Me All Night Long", that's an automatic dial turner for me. I suspect there's probably a fair number of people that feel the same way about Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", too; although I guess not enough, and obviously not the same people that are polled to see what music tests well.


PJ



 

SOWNY » CBC TV Unveils Fall Slate Of Shows. But Will Anyone Watch? » June 6, 2021 10:59 am

RadioActive wrote:


They forgot Die Hard 2 where Bruce Willis' John McClane gets catapulted out of his plane before it explodes, and he hollers, "Oh, SHOOOOOOOOOOOTT!!!!!!!!"   https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/laughing.png



PJ
 

SOWNY » Numeris Diary Spring 2021 » June 3, 2021 4:17 pm

RadioActive wrote:

The fates of CKOC and CHAM are pretty sad. 

Yes, AM outlets are not what they used to be and those glory days are long over. But CHML holds its own. And while times have certainly changed, what Bell has done to these once proud radio stations saddens me when I think how important and successful they used to be. I wonder how long they'll keep them on the air given the endlessly miniscule numbers they get book after book after book.

I suspect that in time we'll see another CKSL scenario, where they let their transmitters fall into disrepair over time and then ask the CRTC if they can surrender their licenses because they likely won't recoup the money it takes to repair and upkeep them.

Also, Bell's decision to flip CKLH to Bounce 102.9 is even more puzzling, given the fact that they were the second highest station in terms of share (and not a distant second, either), as well as the highest in terms of total numbers. If they wanted to go with national branding, why didn't they just change it to a Move station? Seems like that would've been a smarter move (pardon the pun).


PJ

SOWNY » Are These The Most Unfortunate Call Letters In Recent Memory? » May 31, 2021 10:00 am

mace wrote:

According to Radio-locator.com, this station operates at ONE!! watt.

Wikipedia lists them as KFOK-LP (as opposed to FM). I'm guessing the "LP" stands for "low power"?

I wonder what the typical coverage area is with one watt? Two blocks?


PJ

SOWNY » Another Big Error On Roger Ashby's Oldies Show » May 30, 2021 9:23 pm

A few years ago we did a thread about swear words on TV and radio, and how some words have lost their taboo status over time. I was mentioning that I found it almost amusing that the word "shit" is still considered verboten on network television, considering it's such an everyday word that doesn't really offend many people nowadays, and also the fact that "piss" (which I considered to be on the same level) has been uttered on network television since about the mid-1990's.

I suspect most posters on this board are probably more amused than offended by Roger's use of the word, most likely because Roger is considered "old school", and his use of the word seems out of place more than anything else.

I remember one time when I was working at CHML I was watching Phil Hitchcock record some spots. Phil was one of the nice, smooth, reassuring voices on the easy-listening CKDS Stereo 95 for many years. In the midst of recording his voice track, he flubbed his lines and utter the words, "Ah...F***K!!!!!"

I howled with laughter, just because it was an expletive I never expected to hear from that grandfatherly-like voice. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/laughing.png




PJ

 

SOWNY » Ron MacLean's sense of humour? » May 27, 2021 1:29 pm

The fact that some people considered Ron's "positive" comment to be a "gay slur" points to their own bigotry. HIV/AIDS hasn't been considered a "gay disease" for about three decades. If that's where their brains are automatically going, maybe the angry mobs could do with some self-reflection on their own part.



PJ

SOWNY » CHCH sports: Bubba O’Neil returns after ‘scary’ COVID battle » May 27, 2021 1:23 pm

A former classmate of mine at Mohawk College and an all-around great guy. Very glad to hear he's on the mend.

SOWNY » 102.9 Bounces into a new format » May 23, 2021 8:24 pm

Radiowiz wrote:

Paul Jeffries wrote:

'50s, '60s and '70s are classified as oldies...'70s, '80s and '90s are referred to as classic hits...

Has '80s, '90s and '00s been given a format name yet? 


PJ

In the States, some stations are doing a "2K and Today" format. 

2K and back in the day sounds accurate enough, I suppose.

I've heard the term "throwback" being thrown around a few times too, but I think that usually refers to non-current r&b/hip-hop/rhythmic stations.


PJ

SOWNY » 102.9 Bounces into a new format » May 22, 2021 6:37 pm

'50s, '60s and '70s are classified as oldies...'70s, '80s and '90s are referred to as classic hits...

Has '80s, '90s and '00s been given a format name yet? 


PJ

SOWNY » 102.9 Bounces into a new format » May 19, 2021 2:24 pm

markow202 wrote:

Paul Jeffries wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

I think they'll win the gamble. The classic hits mix is actually probably more appealing to a lot of long-time K-LITE P1's, and Boom 97.3 is absolutely huge in Toronto's surrounding markets if you look beyond local stations in the ratings. 

Boom 97.3 doesn't have the greatest signal in the Hamilton area too, so that'll probably be an added bonus for 102.9.



PJ

How can their signal be bad in Hamilton?  Its just down the pond. 
 

It's more prone to interference than some of the other FM's, compared to CHUM, CHFI and Q107. With a less than ideal radio or setup, it can come in kind of fuzzy.


PJ

SOWNY » 102.9 Bounces into a new format » May 18, 2021 10:21 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

Good point, yes a real format change for K-LITE, heavier sound for them now, and a gamble since they were usually #1 in Hamilton as you mentioned.

I think they'll win the gamble. The classic hits mix is actually probably more appealing to a lot of long-time K-LITE P1's, and Boom 97.3 is absolutely huge in Toronto's surrounding markets if you look beyond local stations in the ratings. 

Boom 97.3 doesn't have the greatest signal in the Hamilton area too, so that'll probably be an added bonus for 102.9.



PJ

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