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SOWNY » CBC Radio's "Ontario Today" Hosts Final Show On Friday » November 23, 2023 5:31 pm

RonaldS
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Interesting that there's no mention of the fact that she hasn't hosted the show in well over two years. It's mostly been Amanda Pfeffer's show in that time.



RadioActive wrote:

Rita Celli has been doing the noontime provincial gig on Radio 1 for the past 15 years. That ends with her show on Friday, as she heads for retirement. It's the finale to a 32-year career with the network. 

Longtime Ontario Today host Rita Celli retires

 

SOWNY » The Top 25 Testing Xmas Songs On Radio For 2023 » November 10, 2023 6:06 pm

RonaldS
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I suggest "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Greg Lake.

And speaking of Greg Lake, "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by the TransSiberian Orchestra (mentioned above, and is a banger of a Christmas track) always bring to mind "I bet this is what it would sound like if Emerson, Lake, and Palmer did Christmas music."

Radio Bob wrote:

How about some that we like?
Mary, Did You Know? - Pentatonix or Clay Aiken
Do You See What I See? - Whitney Houston (a lot of dead people still making money on this)
 

 

SOWNY » CBC Radio & TV Personalities From A-Z » October 29, 2023 4:59 pm

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Interesting that they have Rita Celli listed as host of "Ontario Today".

It's been a long time - two+ years perhaps - since she's been on-air.

Presumably she's not coming back as the current host, Amanda Pfeffer, doesn't introduce herself as "sitting in for Rita Celli" as the people subbing for Gill Deacon on "Here and Now" do, as she deals with long-covid.

RadioActive wrote:

Ever wanted to see what your favourite CBC Radio or TV person looks like or check their experience in the biz? Turns out the Corp. has a complete alphabetical list of almost every one of their on-air talents. And whether they're in Toronto or in some small market, you'll probably find them here. For example, here's CBC at Six news anchor Dwight Drummond.

CBC Personalities A-Z

 

SOWNY » PP eats an apple » October 22, 2023 4:27 pm

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Granted, the interviewer should have been better prepared, but PP came across as an insufferable arsehole.

Sure, the people who love him will love that clip as it shows him "putting a liberal in his place", but I don't see it endearing him to anyone sitting on the proverbial fence.

SOWNY » Major Milestone: Congrats To Members As SOWNY Hits 10,000 Topics » September 22, 2023 6:54 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

So does the ongoing mystery that surrounds CFAJ 1220 AM, still not on air with regular programming now three weeks from their announced start date and three years from their original sign-on!

Supposedly starting this coming Monday:
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/entertainment/after-two-week-setback-new-niagara-station-cfaj-1220-am-debuts-monday/article_af495b28-0ab5-5b50-8522-d8ad6d5680d2.html
 

SOWNY » MP3 player recommendations » August 31, 2023 4:08 pm

RonaldS
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I'm actually replacing a many years-old iPod Nano whose battery has diminshed capacity.

I still use it to stream via Bluetooth to the car stereo, with it plugged into the power port.

@The Weed mentioned their Android phone has FM radio - I was under the impression that all Canadian cell providers have the FM function disabled.

SOWNY » MP3 player recommendations » August 30, 2023 8:05 pm

RonaldS
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This topic is peripherally related to the theme of this board, so please indulge me.

I'm looking for recommendations for MP3 players, with the following features (if possible):
* FM tuner
* playlist - ability to import these from Windows Media Player or similar application would be nice (creating a playlist on the player itself is very tedious)
* bluetooth would be nice (for connection to ear buds or car stereo)
* long battery life - "long" is, I realize, vague. A battery that doesn't suffer severe drop-off in life after a year's use would be nice (my recent Sandisk and Sony players have suffered from this)

Thanks,
Ron

SOWNY » Kleenex Tissues Soon Not To Be Available in Canada » August 26, 2023 3:00 am

RonaldS
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betaylored wrote:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66621028
I won't miss Kleenex but boy do I really miss Bugles

CBC Radio's "Cost of Living" had a segment regarding the vanishing Bugles:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/costofliving/the-case-of-the-vanishing-bugles-1.6680577

SOWNY » Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? » August 13, 2023 4:35 pm

RonaldS
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I was on day 4 of a new job in Kitchener. 

Traffic was barely moving, as the lights were out across the city.

I was brand new to the city and barely knew my way around so finding less busy routes that would get me closer to home was a challenge. A 20 minute commute turned into about an hour.

Our power came back on at about 2 AM the next morning.
 

SOWNY » A Free Streamer With High Quality Shows You've Probably Never Seen » August 9, 2023 5:42 pm

RonaldS
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They are carrying several seasons (series) of "Utopia", a satirical show about the "National Building Authority" (a government organization tasked with large infrastructure projects).

It captures office politics and stereotypical government waste perfectly.

Netflix Canada carried series 1 and 2 several years ago under the name "Dreamland."

I highly recommend it.

SOWNY » July 29, 1972 and 1997 » July 29, 2023 4:08 pm

RonaldS
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I hope that Karen, the Hit Line Lady was granted a last name at some point.

SOWNY » Toronto news unfolds in literal backyard of local news broadcaster » July 28, 2023 3:42 am

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AspectRatio wrote:

Seems 1010's John Moore can't even go away on vacation on his annual 2 weeks' retreat without some excitement back at the homestead:

https://www.blogto.com/city/2023/07/john-moore-newstalk/

And they quoted my tweet in the article. I always knew I'd reach the fame and  status of "another person". 
 

SOWNY » CBC Employees Stunned By Pres.'s Comments About Digital Only Future » July 24, 2023 3:03 am

RonaldS
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Tomas Barlow wrote:

andysradio wrote:

I am at a cottage this week and guess what? The internet sucks major. CBC comes in though nice and clear on FM

How's your cell reception?  In 10 years it should be 5G and you'll be able to stream it in higher quality than FM.

I don't know if streaming radio like this (via cell) is a viable option for most due to cost of data. 

SOWNY » Jerry Agar In Again For John Moore On Wednesday » July 4, 2023 4:38 pm

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Given the current Twitter difficulties this link may not be viewable - he has a very bad cold, with lots of wheezing

https://twitter.com/MooreintheAM/status/1676321792841990146?s=20

 

SOWNY » Triumph » June 27, 2023 9:17 am

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Mike Levine was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDP9KEBhWpI&pp=ygUcbWlrZSBsZXZpbmUgd2hlZWwgb2YgZm9ydHVuZQ%3D%3D

As mentioned somewhere above, Triumph's stage show was a spectacle and very, very loud (saw it twice). 

I've also had the fortune of seeing Rik Emmett as a sole artist twice in acoustic shows. He's an exceptional guitarist and pretty good singer in a non-arena setting.
 

SOWNY » Huh? Why We're All Watching TV With Subtitles On » May 5, 2023 4:38 pm

RonaldS
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I'm a bit hard of hearing and use CC all the time.

I could probably get by pretty well without them, but the sound level in a lot of programs seems to swing wildly from "a whisper to a scream", so to speak. 

Out of respect for my neighbours, I keep the volume down a bit so I can pick up the dialogue without having the volume too high.

SOWNY » Tucker Carlson out at Fox News!! » April 28, 2023 4:37 pm

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I wonder how much this will affect their bottom line though.

Normally (traditionally, I guess) higher ratings would lead to higher advertising rates but as I understand it, the majority of Fox's revenue comes carriage fees and not ads.

As well, has't Carlson's show been lacking in advertisers as there are few entities that want to be associated with him?

RadioActive wrote:

Looks like Fox is getting at least some of what it deserves for admittedly lying to its viewers. This, at the very least, gives me some hope. Although it's not clear if its faithful viewers are fleeing to other less than honest networks or actual legit news services. 

Fox News Ratings Collapse with Dominion Scandal: Hannity Falls to Lowest Number Ever, Well Below 2 Million, Carlson Replacement Show Down By Two Thirds

 

 

SOWNY » When Did All MLB Announcers Fall In Love With This Word? » April 17, 2023 4:11 pm

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This seems to be a thing with sportscasters - their own cute/unique way of naming something. "Pots" for goals in hockey, "ribbies" for RBIs in baseball, etc.

I've always thought it sounded a bit silly.

RadioActive wrote:

I've been listening to a number of Jays games on the Fan and there's one word they keep using endlessly that stands out: "velo," pronounced Vee-Low.

It's short for velocity, and it seems to have become the word of the season for these guys. I must hear it referred to at least 20 times a broadcast, and for the life of me, I have no idea when it became so common that you can't listen to a game without it being used almost every inning and in the pre- and post-game coverage.

Never mind that the real thing isn't pronounced veel-ocity. For some reason, it's become the new buzz word in these broadcasts - at least on the Fan - and I have to admit, it's starting to get on my nerves. Anyone else notice this? They sound like teenagers using the latest slang word. But way too often. Is this new or have I somehow missed it in years past?

 

SOWNY » who's buyng CJR-B? » April 15, 2023 4:38 am

RonaldS
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How much did they pay Derringer to go away quietly?

Speaking of which, he has been quiet - a condititon of the settlement perhaps? I expected a bit of a grievance tour.
 

SOWNY » Fox News "Election Fraud" Lawsuit May Be A Real Life "Succession" » April 14, 2023 4:55 pm

RonaldS
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This likely wouldn't be allowed, but it would really put the well-deserved screws to Fox if they were forced to admit (on all shows, multiple times) that they willingly lied to their audience.

I suspect that the average Fox user gets their "news" from no other source and will likely never hear of a verdict finding Fox at fault.

SOWNY » Host of The Rush wants your opinion » March 29, 2023 7:42 pm

RonaldS
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She's asking the question about which so many here have an opinion.

https://twitter.com/reshminair/status/1641210022410571777?s=20

SOWNY » Series of articles about the "Kimberly & Beck Show" cancellation » February 17, 2023 4:31 pm

RonaldS
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fybush wrote:

What a pointless and incoherent article.  

The "Alex Jones" comment was ... interesting - apparently his troubles have arisen from a "non-PC" statement he made and not the tormenting of the Sandy Hook parents. Twaddle.
 

SOWNY » Only One Member Of The Original "Addams Family" TV Show Left Alive » January 30, 2023 5:11 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Also fascinating to know Cassidy suffered from a genetic defect, which accounted for that bizarre deep voice and his extreme height.  

I believe that he suffered from acromegaly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly (like Andre the Giant and Richard Kiel who played "Jaws" in some of the Roger Moore "James Bond" films).
 

SOWNY » Special edition of CBC's Ontario Today » December 25, 2022 4:04 am

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There was also a Saturday edition of "Cross Country Checkup" hosted by Brent Bambury, in which the weather was the main topic of discussion.

SOWNY » The Reverse John Tory: Ex-St. Catharines Mayor Now A CKTB Talk Host » December 1, 2022 4:12 am

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Chrisphen wrote:

Didn't Scruff Conners often host the ossified remains of a previous St. Catherines mayor?

He often had Mayor Joe McCaffery on the morning show (HTZ-FM) as a guest.

SOWNY » Emergency Alert System Test To Interrupt TV/Radio/Cell Phones On Wed. » November 14, 2022 12:50 pm

RonaldS
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As a teen in the early to mid 80s, with movies like "The Day After", "Threads", and "Testament", as well as the sabre-rattling between the US and Russia, these warning tests seemed to go from something theoretical to something that might very well happen.

RadioActive wrote:

This used to scare the hell out of me when I was a little kid. (Now watching the news does the same thing!)


 

SOWNY » What reporting purpose do public reactions to horrible stories serve? » September 21, 2022 3:15 am

RonaldS
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mike marshall wrote:

Nothing beats somebody who was on the scene telling your listeners part of the story. If they saw
it happen, they can also be emotionally involved.

This makes sense, if they were witnesses but the telling of this particular story brought out my "cranky old man" I guess - we all know that what happened is obviously horrible, do we really need to hear it several times by people that weren't there <mini-rant over>

Thanks for your responses.
 

SOWNY » What reporting purpose do public reactions to horrible stories serve? » September 20, 2022 5:35 pm

RonaldS
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Question for radio/TV veterans: what is the purpose of interviewing the public to get their reaction to a breaking story?

Example: the murder that occurred in a Mississauga Canadian Tire store earlier this week. CBC felt it necessary to report that "people were shocked to find the store closed and why", and then briefly interview a few of them to get a one second clip of each one saying something like "it's awful" or "it's horrible".

I find that things like this don't seem to serve any purpose. 

What are they for?

SOWNY » TV Networks Become Farm Teams For Streaming Shows » September 11, 2022 3:25 pm

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Some of these shows may have been cancelled and then picked up by a streaming service, "Manifest" for instance.

I believe that NBC cancelled it, Netflix licensed the three season run, took notice of how popular it was on their service and ordered a 20 episode fourth and final season (I don't know how these things work, but would they have to pay NBC for the right to actually make new content involving that "universe"?)

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