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SOWNY » Shane Hewitt's New "Night Shift" Show Picks Up Where Corus Left Off » July 10, 2024 11:31 am

alangee
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I caught part of Shane's show in the middle of last night on 1150. He had a segment about time and space and Einsteins theory of relativity. It was really good. I wish I could have stayed up longer!

SOWNY » CHAM & CKOC Signals Replaced By "White Noise" » July 4, 2024 11:38 am

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RadioActive wrote:

820 has returned. 

I wonder if anyone other than the folks in this forum have even noticed this off-again on-again pattern?

I noticed it being off this morning around 5 a.m. I also noticed the night before there was a loud hum in the signal that made it difficult to understand the audio.
 

SOWNY » Major auroral storm underway » May 11, 2024 9:44 am

alangee
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The AM band was so quiet. Don't know if it had anything to do with the storm, but AM640 was off the air all night. Nothing but crackling static.

SOWNY » Leafs lose in Game 7👎 » May 5, 2024 12:37 pm

alangee
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mic'em wrote:

The Ballard curse continues ...

Actually it's the curse of the Big M. The Leafs haven't won a cup since they traded Frank Mahovlich. The Big M was traded March 4, 1968, the season after the Leafs won their last cup. 

SOWNY » One Of The Greatest Headlines In TV History » April 25, 2024 2:50 pm

alangee
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Good thing he was sober on the stand or he'd have been a pickled Pecker.

SOWNY » Joe Bowen Criticizes Leaf Fans After Game 3 Loss » April 25, 2024 2:45 pm

alangee
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RadioActive wrote:

The veteran Buds broadcaster went on Twitter/X to blame fans at the game for not giving enough "energy" to the team at Scotiabank Arena.

Many fans shot back that the team is too corporate and the tickets too expensive for an average noisemaking fan to attend.

"Very disappointing": Leafs announcer Joe Bowen calls out Toronto crowd

That's what happens when you only have rich people in the stands. The last time the Leafs won a Stanley Cup it was actually affordable for the real fans to go to the games. Definitely not the case anymore. Also too many overly wealthy players who can't wait to get on to the golf course.

SOWNY » Do You Remember Your First Ever DX Catch? » April 5, 2024 7:35 pm

alangee
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I was 10 in 1963 and an avid listener of CHUM. I had a GE portable tube radio on my night table. I can't remember which the first DX station was I picked up in north Willowdale, but there were a bunch all within proximity of CHUM. 1030 WBZ in Boston, 1090 WBAL in Baltimore, 1120 KMOX St. Louis, 1190 WHAM Rochester and good old 1190 WOWO in Fort Wayne. Thanks to them I spent a lot of time at night NOT listening to CHUM! I was fascinated that I could listen to all those distant stations and that was my introduction to the "magic" of radio!

Many years later in the early 80's, I modified my ssb CB radio to get frequencies just above the CB band and notched my first DX contact with a station in Norway.

As for the coming solar eclipse, I will be listening to the radio during that time to see if there will be any night-time like DX.
 

SOWNY » Bell Media Cuts 4,800 Jobs, Selling 45 Stations » February 8, 2024 9:05 pm

alangee
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I think it is Bell which is not viable as an employer.

SOWNY » Longtime Toronto Star Columnist Dies At 84 » January 7, 2024 4:43 pm

alangee
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My father was one of the ordinary folks George wrote about 20 years ago. It was such a beautiful piece which I will always treasure. 

SOWNY » Variety: The Greatest 100 TV Shows Of All Time » December 20, 2023 10:16 pm

alangee
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So what if it missed a few of my favourites, but it's still better than any top 100 list that Rolling Stone puts out these days!!!

SOWNY » Solar Flares Interrupting Radio Signals On Earth » December 17, 2023 11:56 am

alangee
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Solar flares primarily impact the medium wave to higher frequency bands. AM radio falls in the Medium wave spectrum (300 kHz to 3 MHz). Shortwave radio, ham bands and others are in the high frequency band (3 – 30 MHz).

 
When the effects of the flare first reach the earth, if the flare is strong enough, the bands can be wiped out immediately. I remember one day listening on one of the ham bands how a very busy band quickly faded into total silence. Some bands can go silent, while others can be very noisy static. Again depending on the strength of the flare, regular reception can return in as little as half an hour, other times much longer.
 
Also after a flare has ionized the ionosphere, there can be amazing DX/skip on many of the bands including VHF which includes our FM radio band.
 
If you are at all interested, here is a link to a site that I like to visit - https://spaceweather.com

SOWNY » Where do you get your traffic reports from? » December 3, 2023 12:55 pm

alangee
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680 because I can't always trust Waze

SOWNY » How The Twilight Zone Used TV To Mourn The Death Of Radio » December 3, 2023 12:54 pm

alangee
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A great episode that illustrated the "magic" of radio.

SOWNY » Corus Cancels Its Live Cross-Canada All Night Show "The Shift" » December 2, 2023 9:42 pm

alangee
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As one who is often up at night and listens to overnight radio I was very upset to hear that The Shift has been cancelled. It was an excellent show - intelligent, interesting and often fun. For me it was also nice to be listening to a radio program that wasn't news heavy. There's enough of that during the day. Also it was the only live overnight program that I could find that wasn't another one of the many right-wing spewing cesspools that currently litter the airwaves throughout the night. I will sincerely miss Shane and the gang.

SOWNY » Is City680 running very low power overnight? » November 16, 2023 7:51 pm

alangee
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I've noticed the past week or so that during the middle of the night I can barely hear 680, I live in east Mississauga, down by the lake and after 1:00 in the morning it is barely audible. However this morning at 5:00am, bingo, strong as always.

My question is, does anyone know if 680 is running extremely low power overnight for some reason or is it changing its antenna pattern?

SOWNY » Annoying TV Ads » October 23, 2023 7:37 pm

alangee
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As much as I like the radio station, I can't stand the current commercial for CHFI. Everyone looks so dorky wiggling around and making weird faces. 

SOWNY » Why some think the CBC is shit » October 16, 2023 1:40 pm

alangee
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Tomas Barlow wrote:

I don't see many news outlets trying not to hurt people's feelings.  I think more of that would be a good thing, especially in the US.  Straight facts without labelling the other side racists, terrorists, nazis, pedophiles, traitors, criminals, etc, would be fine by me.  You don't have to call Trump a crook right after you showed me evidence that he committed fraud.  I'm fully capable of forming my own opinion based on the reporting, provided it's acurate.

Maybe we should just ban adjectives and adverbs in journalism as they are generally relative or based on an opinion.

SOWNY » Why some think the CBC is shit » October 15, 2023 11:23 am

alangee
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Tomas Barlow wrote:

I think he’s denying that it’s a big deal. I would agree. The facts matter. Labels don’t. An attack or a terrorist attack doesn’t make much difference if you accurately and thoroughly report everything that happened. For example 9/11 Attacks or the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. Is there much difference between those two labels? Not if you include all of the context which the CBC did in its reporting about the Hamas (terrorist) attacks.

But it is a big deal especially when the news is so slanted. It seems like everyone is blaming Israel for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and all but ignoring the Hamas doesn't give a damn about it's own people, the Palestinians who elected them into power. Trust me, I am no zionist by any means, but I am appalled at what is called news when it stoops to sanitize language so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. It was a terrorist attack carried out by terrorists and not by poor misguided individuals with low self-esteem who's only outlet is slicing heads off people and killing babies and other atrocities that even animals would not carry out.

 

SOWNY » Monday Dawns But Still No Sign(-On) Of CFAJ 1220 » October 3, 2023 9:27 am

alangee
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Nothing but some sort of distorted signal in Mississauga.

SOWNY » There's Something Funny About Funny 820's Signal » October 2, 2023 8:58 am

alangee
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I'm in Mississauga and the signal is very noisy here as well. Some kind of crackly scraping sound.

SOWNY » Monday Dawns But Still No Sign(-On) Of CFAJ 1220 » September 26, 2023 10:32 am

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I've listened to the Stef and Danny Z show the past couple of mornings and find it irritating. They sound like a couple of sophomoric kids on a college radio station. 

SOWNY » Joe Bowen Confirms He & Jim Ralph Will Be Back Behind The Leaf Mic » September 19, 2023 7:32 am

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dieter wrote:

  I know most other people like Joe.  But I can't stand his screaming and I'll do my best to avoid listening to him. 

I find Bowen to be the most irritating sports announcer. I avoid Leaf radio broadcasts like the plague.

SOWNY » Tackling Football Overkill On TV: When Is Enough Too Much? » September 10, 2023 8:46 am

alangee
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Yes, it's overkill. But is this much different from the CCN, Fox News and the other 24 hour news stations playing the same "breaking" news hour after hour, repeating ad nauseam. Or our local AM news stations repeating re-rolls from the previous days overnight and weekends. It's all mind numbing and that is what a lot of the media today has become.

SOWNY » British DXers Lament The Dying Days Of AM "Long Wave" Radio » September 5, 2023 4:45 pm

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In Phase wrote:

Sadly, new technology has made "ham radio" virtually extinct, much like some of our broadcast services.  Still, I continue to dabble in the hobby.  I can talk, tap (morse code), and text (digital modes) around the world with 100 watts of power. It ain't the same, and some of the magic is gone, but it's still here.
 

Anytime you can connect somewhere with a radio and antenna, be it wire or otherwise, it's magic!! 

SOWNY » British DXers Lament The Dying Days Of AM "Long Wave" Radio » September 5, 2023 4:39 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

-The Internet actually makes DXing easier in a way. You get a station and you think you know what it is, but you're not sure. You go to their website, hit listen live and if they're playing the song you're hearing (with a slight delay), you can confirm the ID without ever officially hearing anyone say it. Wish we'd had that all those years ago!

If I was still DXing these days I might do that. But for a crazy kid back then half the excitement was actually hearing the station ID.

SOWNY » British DXers Lament The Dying Days Of AM "Long Wave" Radio » September 5, 2023 4:36 pm

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Dial Twister wrote:

I have hundreds of QSL postcards, letters and envelopes from many, many years ago. Like others here, I went to sleep with an earphone in, carefully spinning the AM and shortwave dials, with a notepad and pen on the bedside table.

Often, on coming home from school, my dad would say, "A letter arrived from Romania (Poland, or some other Soviet bloc country). You keep this up and the RCMP will be here to talk to you." 😄 I kept it up. The RCMP never came.

But, why do I keep them still? 🤔

Maybe for the same reason many of still have our CHUM charts - souvenirs of past good memories.
 

SOWNY » British DXers Lament The Dying Days Of AM "Long Wave" Radio » September 5, 2023 3:34 pm

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Though I have never listened to stations on longwave (which is more popular overseas) it was the discovery of distant AM stations in the medium wave band that provided me with the first inkling of the magic of radio. I was 10 years old in 1963, and I had just gotten my first radio – some old tube job that sat on my night table. It wasn’t long before I discovered 1050 CHUM and the other Toronto stations around the dial. Not long after in the evenings I started discovering stations that weren’t in Toronto. I remember being amazed that I could listen to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on KMOX, or I could hear Fort Wayne on WOWO and Boston on WBZ. To a ten-year-old kid this was magic, and I was hooked. Every night I would abandon CHUM and scan the band for distant stations I hadn’t heard before and see if I could still heard some of the others I had heard before. I wish I had my old logs from then. Years later I got my ham radio licence, set up a 102-foot-long wire antenna (G5RV for other hams here!) and I was DXing the world. As much as I liked to talk, I was still entranced by the AM stations on medium wave and shortwave. The signals fading in and out, the static, stations overlapping each other was music to my ears. But like many of the old AM stations, the old ham shack is no more. The long wires and ham radio are in storage and I am left listening to mostly local stations in an RF noise polluted environment. I miss those AM dxing days. I don’t know if the younger generation will ever appreciate the propagation of radio waves at night and the ability to listen to far away stations like I did. Back then we didn’t have the internet to make it easy to listen to wherever wanted like today. Is the magic gone? I certainly hope not.

SOWNY » Sauga960's Marc Patrone Reaches A New Low » August 22, 2023 6:59 pm

alangee
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Sauga 960 is a loony bin. It's not just Patrone who I agree is downright disgustng. I heard Greg Carrasco with a wakadoodle "expert" who was talking about how there is no such thing as climate change and that an excess of carbon dioxide is just what the planet needs so that all the vegetation will remain healthy. And Greg is just agreeing as if that person was spouting the holy doctrine. Morons.

SOWNY » George Noory's "Coast To Coast" AM Back On Radio In Canada » June 29, 2023 3:57 pm

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I used to listen to it and actually enjoyed much of it before it became a show more directed to right wing uneducated boors.

SOWNY » CFRB's Automation Goes Haywire » June 26, 2023 4:20 pm

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Hey it’s not just 1010. Bloomberg 1150 broadcasts two simultaneous signals every evening starting at 10:00pm going until 4:00am Monday through Friday. One is the Bloomberg signal and another is something from 1010. Weekends are fine. I think iHeart has clogged arteries.

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