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SOWNY » GNR640 Runs Out Of Replacements » August 18, 2021 9:25 pm

So it is not only Alexx Pierson being re-run during the vacations.  Tonight on their regular Employment Law show which is bought time, it was a rerun as well from a few weeks earlier this summer.

SOWNY » GNR640 Runs Out Of Replacements » August 17, 2021 10:46 pm

Don't want to sound like an old geezer here but back in my time vacation requests would be submitted and if the shifts could be filled in your absence, all was good.  If others had requested the same time off and there were not enough people to fill shifts, you were S-O-L.   If a couple of different people wanted the same week off it came down to seniority.   What was most important was making sure all of the shifts were filled.  Obviously this is not what is important at GNR 640.   A wise man once told me if you lose them in the summer it is tough to get them back in the fall.

SOWNY » Nice Welcome Back For The Blue Jays » July 31, 2021 10:59 am

For those who might not have seen this, it is a great, well written essay from Bo Bichette about what it means to be home for him and the rest of the players.  Very nicely done.

SOWNY » Looking for Radio/Audio production courses » July 22, 2021 9:27 pm

My suggestion would be to volunteer at your local Rogers TV station if there is one nearby.  You can do it part time during the hours you are available,   Great, free technical training.

SOWNY » The Nooze , Aye? » July 2, 2021 3:37 pm

An old angry former news guy here, and the one that bothers me is "..flags flying at half mast."

They might be if they are on a ship, but on land half staff.    This one I hear all the time, even on national newscasts both TV and Radio

SOWNY » J-effing Awful New Radio Spot Is Selling ? » May 6, 2021 6:20 pm

OK so this is how bad this spot really is.  I drive around a lot for my job always listening to the radio.  I have heard this commercial dozens and dozens of times.   I thought the line was "jets getting milk."  I know it makes no sense at all, but really either does the spot itself.   I now feel really stupid, but so is this commercial.
Right up there with one of my favourite songs mashes, "Hold me closer Tony Danza."

SOWNY » I've lost my MOJO » April 24, 2021 8:03 am

Patterson 1 mentioned TV News coverage of a radio station format change.

The big one for me was when CKEY changed to the FAN 590.   I was working in the sports department at CFTO at the time and we were doing a story on the flip for a sports show we did at the time called Sports Beat.   Our station actually spent big bucks and sent a crew to New York to take a look at the all sports station there, the NY version of the FAN.  Flights, hotels, meals, ect. for the story.   

SOWNY » Have you had the Covid vaccine? » April 17, 2021 7:15 pm

So just a little tip for those who are waiting for their shot.  If you are over 60, show up at a local Shoppers or other drug store that is giving the vaccine.   Most that I have heard of have openings that are not being filled.  Don't call and ask, show up.   I did and got the shot within 45 minutes.    They won't tell you about the openings over the phone, but in person, there is a good chance you will vaccinated.    Did not hear this from me.

SOWNY » What's In A Name? Have You Ever Changed Yours For Radio? » March 30, 2021 3:34 pm

From Toronto television, sportscaster Joe Tilley was told to change from Clarence Tillepaugh.   Tom Gibney was told to change from Gary Gibney, they did not like the alleteration.   But my favourite was a guy I worked with at the first station I was ever at.  Not sure of his real name but he went by Rick Shaw.
And of course the best from Toronto radio was Geets Romo.   What a great name.   

SOWNY » Piers Morgan storms off set and quits ITV » March 9, 2021 7:53 pm

Not sure it was a case of storming off, but as the story goes Brian Henderson (later of CHUM fame)was working the late night or overnight shift at CKBB in Barrie, put on a record and walked out.   Not sure if that meant he quit or was later fired by the stations but apparently that is how he finished up his time at the station.
Didn't seem to end his career in radio.

SOWNY » Former CFTR, CHUM & CityTV Reporter Jeff Ansell Claimed By Cancer » February 24, 2021 8:08 pm

Very sad to hear.  I had the brief opportunity to work with Jeff.  Many may not know but he cut his teeth in television at CKVR in Barrie where he came up a few times while working at CHUM-FM to do fill in weekend anchor shifts.
He was a real pro.   On his first shift he looked and sounded like he had been doing it for years.  All were very impressed.  On a personal note he was very professional, and a great guy to work with.   And as unclefester said his radio presentation and delivery was outstanding.   We were all envious.  
One interesting note for me at the time, one morning I went down to CHUM FM to see the place and watch Jeff work.  He did not write out his full scripts.   Just notes hand written on a piece of paper, or an article cut out of a newspaper or BN wire, and he would almost adlib from his notes.   Made him sound very conversational.   He was that good.    RIP

SOWNY » Five Years Already! » February 23, 2021 7:44 pm

WOW, 5 straight years together in Toronto Sports Radio talk.  That must be some kind of record.
 Congrats.  Will have to check them out.

SOWNY » Fan 590 Dumps Its Program Director » February 19, 2021 1:16 pm

So let me get this straight.   Rogers in a cost cutting move gasses Bob Mcown, who owned afternoon drive, replaced him with the completely unlistenable Jeff Blair who somehow manages to be boring, long winded and pompous all at the same time.   
Blow out Mike Wilner who I quite enjoyed in his Blue Jays role on the station.   Informative, and entertaining.
They add the Smith and Jones duo in early afternoon, awful.
Tim and Sid,  I cannot get to the car radio button fast enough when they start at 5 pm.
Then when ratings go into free fall they blow out the PD.
I do not know Dave Cadeau, but he certainly deserves better that this.   Wish him luck.

SOWNY » SHANE Brother Shane » February 16, 2021 8:07 pm

Only time I ever tuned CHUM or CFTR out was when Shane was on at the time on GR-55.   I won't get it exactly right but I always loved his sign off "..if it was good it was brought to you by many, if it was bad it was all mine."
Something like that anyway.   Very humble.   Always loved listening to Shane.  RIP.

SOWNY » Car Radio Question » February 7, 2021 8:16 pm

Just-a:   Technical difficulties are temporary.     Do not adjust your dial.

Hilarious.  Thank you


SOWNY » Car Radio Question » February 7, 2021 7:34 pm

OK, I am sorry if this offends anyone, and I post this with all due respect to all, but I am wondering this.   Most of those discussing this I believe worked in radio.   On air studios and production studios, many different inputs, buttons pods, as of the last couple of decades computers, ect.  How did you easily manage all of that, but are being scared off by a car stereo.   Having done both trust me, the car audio system is much easier and less intimidating.    

SOWNY » Car Radio Question » February 7, 2021 4:37 pm

I just bought a 2017 Chev Cruze LT.   It is the RS model and has an upgraded audio system and I LOVE IT.  A little complicated but took the time to learn.
Here is what I love.   There is a small plug just up from shifter that I thought was for a cord to charge phone or whatever.   No.   It is for a USB stick.
All of my music has been uploaded to my computer, so I just downloaded it to a stick (about 6000 songs) and it plays through car audio system which really does sound good.
Also has a read out of song playing, on the screen, a list of what is coming up next ect. so I can jump around, play full albums, or shuffle around, and did I say, it really sounds good.    
Car also came with 3 months of Sirus, but I never use it, nor do I listen to any stations. 
Take a little time, play around, these systems are a little complicated at first, but amazing.  

SOWNY » Bell bloodbath-a good news story » February 3, 2021 10:14 pm

Amongst all of the news and gloom this week, a good news story:
We all need a little optimism.
A friend and former co-worker got gassed today by Bell. 
He worked for more than 20 years as a full time employee until late 90's.   Got got blown out,  took a nice severance and left.
Got called back almost immediately because of  staff shortage and was hired part time.  25-30 hours a week.   Perfect.
His plan right now,  work another 4 months, until May. 1,  and then retire
He had to leave 4 months earlier than planned, but another severance cheque for much more than 4 months.

Thank you Bell


SOWNY » Bell bloodbath-Wednesday: Anwar Knight & Tom Brown Both Gone » February 3, 2021 4:20 pm

Update, CTV 2 Barrie today as well.   Again no names or numbers so far.

SOWNY » Bell bloodbath-Wednesday: Anwar Knight & Tom Brown Both Gone » February 3, 2021 4:02 pm

So apparently today the bloodletting is taking place at CTV Agincourt.   No word on how many people impacted at this point but I am sure we will find out soon.

SOWNY » New CFRB Voice Went From TV Anchor To Radio Newscaster » February 2, 2021 12:53 pm

67  Green Rambler you just might be right about the news meeting at 1010.   I have heard the hammer has fallen at Bell stations in Toronto, with possibly more than 200 people gone between CTV Toronto, CP 24 and NT 1010.   No details as of yet.

SOWNY » Layoffs Are Awful, But One At Bell Media Was Terribly Ironic » January 25, 2021 2:50 pm

One of my favourite scenes on WKRP in Cincinnati was Johnny Fever in the booth, introing a song with.."WKRP in Cincinnati with more music and Les Nessman."

SOWNY » Salary » January 20, 2021 7:41 pm

Spent from the late 70's to 2007 in small, medium and major Ontario markets in television on air, and I can say the salaries paid were pretty good and even very good in Toronto by comparison to other professions.
What really shocked me though was the pay grade when I finally had a chance to work in radio.   It is where I hoped to work and as my career was winding down I had the opportunity to work for Corus in a medium market central Ontario cluster of stations.   This would have been starting in 2010.  It is true I would have done it for lunch money and that is exactly what they were paying. 
Weekend mornings, and swing shifts doing news for 3 stations, rising out of bed at 4:30 am for $14.00 an hour.   
Just $2.00 an hour above minimum wage.      
I did it for about 5 years strictly for love, and then got blown out along with a few others at the time.
I guess the brains at Corus figured we were making too much $$$.    LOL.

SOWNY » Who Would You Nominate For An Ontario- Buffalo Radio Hall Of Fame? » January 6, 2021 11:34 am

Roger Ashby for longevity
Marsden, because he is already in the Rock and Roll H of F, and on a personal note I was always a huge fan during his CHUM FM and CFNY days.   Sorry David, not old enough to have heard the CKEY time.
Tom Rivers because he was at CHUM at least 3 times, CFTR, and a number of other powerhouses both above and below the borders.
Allan Waters for giving us Rock and Roll Radio in Canada's biggest market, and because he was one of the finest people you would ever get a chance to work for.

Just a few off the top of my head, there are many more.

SOWNY » A Rant Like No Other » January 3, 2021 8:01 pm

Ok, I am about to lose it.
If I hear another talking head on Television, or someone on Radio tell me it is " no other" I am going to snap.
A holiday like no other..
A school year like no other..
A hockey season like no other..
An awards show like no other..
You get my drift.
Surely when writing or speaking they can come up with an alternative to this very tired cliche.
Maybe we should start a "like no other" drinking game.   You will probably be hammered before noon, although with the way things are right now that might not be a bad thing.
Sorry, but had to rant.
Signing off now to go and enjoy a dinner like no other, with a fine glass of wine like no other, and then of course a nap like no other.

SOWNY » Gary Sandy (AKA Andy Travis) Recalls WKRP's Famous "Turkey" Episode » November 22, 2020 7:42 pm

Oh and BTW, favourite line of all time from the series came from Johnny Fever while on air:
"..WKRP in Cincinnati, with more music, and Les Nessman."

SOWNY » Gary Sandy (AKA Andy Travis) Recalls WKRP's Famous "Turkey" Episode » November 22, 2020 7:39 pm

Ok MA, let me kick off my answer to your question.   First of all 35 years in broadcasting, mostly television but first and last jobs were in radio.
I loved the series, as do most of the people I know who worked in radio mainly because it was very close to what working at a radio station was really like.
The characters were perfect.   We have all worked with someone very much like The Big Guy, Johnny Fever, Jennifer and especially Herb.    They certainly were caricatures but very close.    I am not sure but have always believed some of the people who were involved with the production of the show had to have worked in radio at some time because they nailed it.
As for episodes, the turkey drop was great,  but the one where a sleaze ball consultant was brought in was so close to what I have seen it is scarey.
Someone once told me that a radio consultant would steal your watch and then ask you what time it was.
Personally, one of my favourite shows of all time.

SOWNY » Is This CKTB Personality The Last Of A Dying Breed? » September 8, 2020 7:35 pm

I was a young college intern at CKEY during the time of the above newspaper ads, and had the chance to work and learn in the same newsroom as some of the greatest news people in Canadian radio.    The size of the staff was huge.   I still have a memo sent to all newsroom people concerning a charity hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens that we were invited to play in, and I believe there are about 30 or so names on it.    In one newsroom.    Not to lament but the last radio job I had there was 1 full time person and 3 part timers for a cluster of 3 stations.

SOWNY » CNN Turns 40 Today » June 1, 2020 5:59 pm

One thing that CNN was largely responsible for was the drastic cut in salaries for News anchors.    When they went on the air, Bill Bonds in Detroit was the first million dollar a year local anchor, and others quickly followed.
But CNN went on the air paying their major on air staff much less.   Station owners took noticed and began to ask out loud "why are we paying this guy-woman a mil plus a year when CNN is paying much less.   Guess what happened ?   Million dollar a year news readers quickly started to disappear, and were replaced by people making much less than half that amount, and ratings did not take a big hit.
I never got near that level and to this day I blame CNN.   Just kidding of course...

SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 15, 2020 6:29 pm

Sorry I forgot this one and have to add it--

Show Down at Big Sky  Robbie Robertson

As mentioned earlier, not a fan of the 80's so here are the big hits of the 80's that send me to punch the button on my car radio immediately:

Another One Bites the Dust  Queen
Purple Rain  Prince
We're Not Gonna Take It  Twisted Sister
Radio Ga Ga,  not sure who did it because I was never around long enough to hear the Jock back sell it.
Dude Looks Like a Lady Aerosmith

5 examples of why I am not a fan of 80's music.   
I would trade one 70's for ten 80's.

Have a great weekend all.

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