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SOWNY » Ottawa/Gatineau A Great Radio Market » July 9, 2024 3:15 pm

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ED1 wrote:

On the TV side, it's lacking competition. They only have CJOH/CTV as the only local English commercial TV station, and RNC-owned CHOT/TVA on the French side, with CBC/Radio-Canada doing both English and French local TV. No Global, no Citytv, and CHUM only lasted a few years with RO/A-Channel before CTV all but merged them with CJOH. 

It definitely is grossly under-served for local TV. It has numerous locally available over-the-air broadcast TV stations, but nearly all of them are just retransmitters of Toronto stations, despite being a separate large market about 200 miles (about 400km) away. I wonder how such a broadcast landscape came to be, especially with the radio market being so vibrant and diverse.
Was it a perception amongst Toronto-based media managers and executives of the city being basically a backwater government office town with a very limited appetite for "competing" local TV newscasts that wasn't already met and maxxed out by the local CBC and CTV stations, plus CHRO in Pembroke?

SOWNY » A Newcomer's Guide To The Canadian TV System » July 3, 2024 9:22 pm

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fybush wrote:

Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this page was probably written by ChatGPT and exists just to get clicks and cheap ad revenue?

I had some sneaking suspicion to that effect too. The way it's written came across to me as some sort of generic stealth advertisement for domestic service providers, but crude AI could explain that. My understanding is that such content would need to be labeled as "sponsored" by law.

SOWNY » A Newcomer's Guide To The Canadian TV System » July 3, 2024 3:03 pm

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The problem I have with that article is that there are no references whatsoever to the fact that at least local TV stations within Canadian markets can be picked up reliably entirely for free with an antenna without even the need for a high-speed internet connection. I appreciate the references to paid and free (ad-supported) streaming services though. "paterson1" mentioned the Omni network. They're an over-the-air broadcast network too with stations and retransmitters in numerous cities beyond the Golden Horseshoe, and programming in 40 languages is impressive if true.

I don't know everything there is to know about broadcast media around the world, but my understanding is that nowadays even most underdeveloped and/or authoritarian countries are rich with multi-channel television via various mediums, including digital over-the-air broadcast as well as streaming and satellite services not subject to censorship. In some cases, our television landscape might even seem lacking, at least without streaming services to augment it. FTA (free-to-air) satellite TV also isn't really a thing here and hasn't been ever since C-band fell out of favor to paid-only Ku band digital services in the '90s and '00s, but still is in other parts of the world.
 

SOWNY » Sudbury FM Rebrands To Its Old Name » June 30, 2024 7:13 pm

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I always wondered why and how they thought those "consolidated" brand names for their rock stations were a good idea. I honestly don't know much about the industry, but I never thought that consolidating those brand names like that would do them any good. All it did was take away iconic local brands from popular local radio stations, and that can't have helped anyone or anything. Apparently these hopefully welcomed reversions were made two days ago on the 28th.

As for CHEZ in Ottawa, when those brand consolidations were made, Rogers swapped the branding comprised of the call sign and the frequency in reverse, while also eliminating the rounding in the branding, thereby changing the branding from "CHEZ 106" to "106.1 CHEZ". This change was apparently reverted in May, 2020. This should stand as a case-in-point example of how legacy brand names matter, and that there are cases where implementation of consolidated or generic brands in place of classic legacy ones just isn't appropriate, particularly when it comes to big-name FM stations in substantial or major markets. Fortunately, the HTZ-FM (Niagara/Golden Horseshoe) and CHOM (Montreal) brands have never been altered by any of their successive owners (knock-on-wood).

SOWNY » Rock Jocks Who Became Music Stars » June 3, 2024 11:52 pm

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Joey "Bricks" Scaringi is the afternoon drive host on CHTZ (HTZ-FM) who entered the industry at the station in 2017 interning for Biggs & Barr before they pulled up stakes and moved to CHEZ 106 in Ottawa. For years, he has been a vocalist for heavy metal bands Duskwalker and Varius. He's also part-owner of Screaming Tunnels Haunted House in Niagara Falls.

SOWNY » What Is The Greatest Canadian TV Show Ever Made? » May 25, 2024 6:27 pm

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I'd definitely cast my votes for Trailer Park Boys, The Red Green Show, Corner Gas and the Degrassi franchise. Trailer Park Boys was so ahead of its time when it first aired in 2001 that I think most people didn't realize just how unique and incredible it was even when I started watching it in 2007. A partially scripted pseudo-reality mockumentary series with an abundance of uncensored profanity, on a basic cable channel (Showcase) in the 2000s! It's nothing short of a miracle that it ever came to be, especially considering that The Comedy Network had turned it down. However, this is also the country where The Sopranos was broadcast for years uncensored on CTV; an over-the-air broadcast network.
It seems to me that we've traditionally been noticeably more liberal and edgy when it comes to both what broadcasters and regulators (concerning over-the-air TV) consider appropriate for public consumption.

SOWNY » How To Turn A Game Boy Into An FM Radio » May 24, 2024 9:16 am

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I find it rather hard to believe that something like this wasn't introduced during the Game Boy line's heyday. At least two models of an NTSC TV tuner add-on module inserted into the cartridge port was produced in the 2000s, and a similar product was produced in the early 1990s for the Sega Game Gear. Considering this, something like this could have easily been developed and mass produced back in the day, especially by the later half of the 1990s.

SOWNY » The Jays game is all screwed up » May 24, 2024 9:06 am

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I stand corrected, but I would've thought that something like this just wouldn't be allowed to happen. If it were up to me I would have either rented a mobile generator to use as the power supply or to keep on standby as an emergency backup.

SOWNY » The Jays game is all screwed up » May 24, 2024 12:52 am

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This is ridiculous. We were watching the game during dinner. I've never actually worked in the industry and I admittedly don't know that much about how things work behind the scenes, but I would assume that there should be a fully functional backup power supply to power such essential infrastructure. We have a whole-home standby generator up here to power the whole house when the grid power (relatively frequently) goes out, but a major corporate firm with millions upon millions of dollars at stake can't be bothered to invest in and maintain whatever equipment they need to keep a professional broadcasting operation running during a major sporting event!? Does nothing at all matter to Canadian broadcasters anymore? Have they just given up?

SOWNY » Is This The Reason Younger Demos Avoid AM Radio? » May 22, 2024 3:34 am

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RadioAaron wrote:

tdotwriter wrote:

Done right, an AM station running such a format might be quite successful as a terrestrial outlet accompanied by a live web stream and maybe an HD FM simulcast.

Virtually nobody would be listening to the AM or the HD. Young people aren't going to buy a separate device just to listen to a single station. 
 

That's very true. That's what makes streaming apps so important, but HD Radio is very common and in fact a standard feature in many if not most new vehicles. Therefore, a simulcast on an HD subchannel is a very convenient way for people in vehicles to get a high-quality simulcast of an AM radio station, if it's provided by a broadcaster.

SOWNY » Happy Belated Birthday to WIVB » May 22, 2024 3:29 am

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mace wrote:

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This was literally the first local or at least semi-local TV station on the air in the Golden Horseshoe. CBLT (CBC) wouldn't sign on until September, 1952 on channel 9, later moving to channel 5. WBEN channel 4 reportedly had a strong edge in ratings for years after. The same can probably be said about the other Buffalo VHF stations; channel 2 WGRZ, formerly WGR and channel 7 WKBW. It might be hard to imagine especially for those in my age group (20s) that there was once a time when Buffalo was a more major and vibrant media market than the whole Golden Horseshoe put together.

I am assuming that "5" was a typo. The move to ch 5 came in 1972 They moved from 9 to 6 in 1956.

Correct. I forgot that they moved to channel 6 and then to channel 5 at some point in the 1960s.

SOWNY » Is This The Reason Younger Demos Avoid AM Radio? » May 21, 2024 1:31 am

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I have to agree with the consensus that you've already arrived at here. The real problem is the content, and not so much sound quality or interference. In many cases outside of the most electromagnetically befouled urban or indoor residential environments, AM radio stations more or less come in decently well enough to be listenable for a typical person, and the limited elimination of AM tuners in some EVs is a very minor problem, especially in comparison to the popular association with subjectively culturally unpalatable and overall "boring" content. What we really need is more outlets the likes of Zoomer Radio 740, Classic 1220 in Niagara, as well as stuff that we really haven't seen before, at least in the contemporary post-deregulation age perhaps along the lines of a '70s and '80s era CFNY, geared for a Gen X to Gen Z audience. Done right, an AM station running such a format might be quite successful as a terrestrial outlet accompanied by a live web stream and maybe an HD FM simulcast.

SOWNY » Happy Belated Birthday to WIVB » May 21, 2024 1:01 am

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This was literally the first local or at least semi-local TV station on the air in the Golden Horseshoe. CBLT (CBC) wouldn't sign on until September, 1952 on channel 9, later moving to channel 5. WBEN channel 4 reportedly had a strong edge in ratings for years after. The same can probably be said about the other Buffalo VHF stations; channel 2 WGRZ, formerly WGR and channel 7 WKBW. It might be hard to imagine especially for those in my age group (20s) that there was once a time when Buffalo was a more major and vibrant media market than the whole Golden Horseshoe put together.

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