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SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » September 26, 2018 9:00 pm

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another butt-hurt outrage artist. Who would have guessed?

 

SOWNY » Rogers Ignite TV Pricing » September 26, 2018 6:39 pm

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Shades of the price tags at Winners, or something like that. The price that nobody really pays, but maybe somebody will be fooled when they "only" pay S120/month instead.

 

SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » September 25, 2018 4:41 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

Lou, Sue Ann, Mark Steyn, John Bolton, Conrad Black. Oakley sure picks winners...

 

He does, doesn't he?

You'd almost think he had an agenda of some sort. Hmmmm.


Naaah. Couldn't be. A beacon of open expression and balance, that there Oakley fellow.

SOWNY » Lou Schizas and Corus have parted ways » September 25, 2018 3:55 pm

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Sue Ann Levy will also have to find a different place to spread her prejudiced bullshit, also, per her on the Twitter.

SOWNY » AM 640 Audio sounds like garbage » September 18, 2018 10:03 pm

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Here, lemme fix that subject line for you:

AM 640 sounds like garbage.

A truism that dates back far longer than I care to remember.

Hey, Corus: give up. Your station is a complete fecking failure.

SOWNY » CRTC Turns Down Request For Power Hike Due To Buffalo HD Interference » August 6, 2018 8:57 am

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Peter the K wrote:

They picked a frequency they knew was problematic and now they're crying fowl. 
 

Geese? Ducks? Domestic poultry?
 

SOWNY » Motorama ads » March 7, 2018 1:05 pm

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Umm...

I’m just a nobody who never worked in radio or advertising, but holy cow. These ads on the Fan right now for the car show have three voices in them. The female voice, like the male voices, is trying to convey excitement and urgency.

I’m sorry but in my lay opinion she just sounds like she’s either unhinged, or freaking crazy.

Hey, it’s their dime. And I’m not a car show type, but it certainly doesn’t entice me to head down there.

SOWNY » Line in a radio ad that still makes me smile » September 3, 2017 5:33 pm

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The Gordon Pinsentesque voice at the end of the New York Fries ad that says:

"I think she stole my wallet."


Gold, baby.

SOWNY » Grandma Betty » August 26, 2017 9:05 pm

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To paraphrase a line from Strange Brew:

Grandma Betty's dead, but we still enjoy her mattress.

SOWNY » Rogers Howls As Shaw Tries To Drop Mandatory Carriage Of OMNI OTAs » August 26, 2017 9:01 pm

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That's rich.

Rogers gutted the multilingual news programming that made the Omni stations different, and now cries foul when Shaw, who has likely realized these stations are nothing but Rogers units regurgitating the same spew, decided there was little point, or viewership, in carriage.

Cry me a river.

SOWNY » Grandma Betty » August 26, 2017 8:54 pm

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Iain - Sleep Country now has a old woman mascot named Grandma Betty that does all the talking. It's... crap.

SOWNY » Grandma Betty » August 26, 2017 6:51 pm

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Makes me pine for the incredulous dunce who wet his pants every time Christine Magee told him about the amazing deals available at the Mix and Match sale.

Just another sexist, ageist, dumb, and played-out stereotype that someone spent thousands of dollars advertising.



Honest question on my part: does this approach still work these days?

SOWNY » Luxury car ads on the radio » August 25, 2017 1:11 pm

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The thing that always gets me is how pretentious these kinds of ads can sound.  Forced, too.

I'm a casual listener - never was in radio, and don't aspire to be, and yet I can hear this kind of nonsense. Why can't ad executives and whatnot?

I'm probably overthinking it.

And don't get me started on British accents for non-British brands. Or smiley delivery (I'm looking at you, traffic lady from the Rogers cluster in Toronto).

SOWNY » Luxury car ads on the radio » August 20, 2017 2:47 am

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Could someone explain to me why so many car ads for Cadillacs, Volvos, and other higher-end vehicles seem to follow a structure something like this?

A younger woman reads the ad in a tone that attempts to sound sophisticated and seductive. It seems to crop up a lot.   Sometimes it works, and sounds coherent, and sometimes the reader fails miserably and it sounds, to put it nicely, laughable. I mention here specifically the Cadillac ad where the woman fails to properly enunciate the phrase "except compromise" to the point where upon a casual listen or two it sounds like "accept compromise" - particularly on an inferior AM signal.

I'm not blaming whoever read that, but whoever produced it instead.  Like everything in radio, advertising production seems in a perpetual race to the bottom.

SOWNY » Longtime Fan 590 Host Heading To Sportsnet 650 In Vancouver » July 26, 2017 11:35 am

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So, has a successor to Walker been annointed yet at 590?

Please let it be Ben Ennis, if so, and if not, I suggest they do so.

SOWNY » Longtime Fan 590 Host Heading To Sportsnet 650 In Vancouver » July 26, 2017 10:43 am

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RadioActive wrote:

Doesn't look like he'll be welcomed by everyone:

Andrew Walker’s tenure as Vancouver sports talk radio host off to rocky start

Much ado about nothing.

He'll be fine. The man is paid to have opinions and say stuff that stirs the soup. Dig deep enough and I'm sure you'll find stuff that would even piss off fans of his beloved (and who can blame him) Saskatchewan Roughriders.

I'm disappointed that he's leaving Toronto, but happy to see another dumb kid from the prairies move up in the world.

bt (aka still another dumb kid from the prairies)
 

SOWNY » Who's the bigger fool ? » June 26, 2017 3:47 pm

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He's mentioning a made-up and nonsensical brand name. Therefore, he's shilling.

Ask yourself this: if he was on TV, doing a similar thing, and CTV News Channel was part of the I Heart brand, wouldn't it look kinda silly?

Easy to say "don't listen", there Codger. If I had a freaking dime for every time someone said that to me here, especially in my more cantankerous past, I'd have... a lot of freaking dimes.

I just detest the brandification of everything in media these day. Urgh.

SOWNY » Who's the bigger fool ? » June 18, 2017 9:16 am

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The buffoons in management that got the most trusted name in Canadian broadcast news, now apparently shilling for CFRB, to utter the freaking ridiculous phrase "An I Heart Radio Station", or said broadcaster for actually succumbing to such stupidity?

If I was Lloyd Robertson I'd have been telling someone to go piss up a rope. Just saying.

SOWNY » 680 News Weekend Newsreader Loses His CBC Gig » May 23, 2017 3:38 am

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Andy, I'm hoping that they'll pack off Ms Chen (voice and style grating like a knife trying to cut through an empty beer can) somewhere within the CBC where harm to the listening public can be optimally minimized.

People like Mr Roe aren't the reason the show flounders and gets ignored by so many.

It hasn't been any good since Joe Côté hosted.

SOWNY » Betty Kennedy R.I.P. » March 22, 2017 12:59 pm

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I used to watch FPC just to see the raw sexual tension between Kennedy and Fred Davis.


(But seriously, she seems to have had a good and long life. We should all be so lucky.)

SOWNY » Why I flogged staff of my radio station – GM » March 5, 2017 7:11 pm

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Given the apparent climate within the industry, I'm only surprised this management technique isn't utilized more more often.

SOWNY » Alex Jones: Radio Host, Conspiracy Nut & Trump Adviser » March 5, 2017 7:08 pm

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There is actually a conspiracy theory, albeit entirely bullshit, that comedian Bill Hicks faked his death in the late nineties,and became Alex Jones. Apparently they have the same bone structure or teeth, or something. Story is up on Vice right now.

SOWNY » Blundell and Fan590 part ways » February 8, 2017 9:05 pm

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Finally some good news. Glad to see Brady back, too.

SOWNY » Ingrid Schumacher leaves CHUM-FM » January 29, 2017 2:37 pm

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This is a damned shame.

One of the all-time most pleasant and natural-sounding persons I've ever had a chance to listen to, period.

SOWNY » Hugh Sisley/Great Blue Heron » January 12, 2017 8:40 pm

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Just how big does an auditorium or other venue have to be to have the amount of reverb or echo or whatever that Mr Sisley's radio ad producer(s) attempt to simulate with his voice on his ads?

Perhaps a tad excessive. The man sounds like he's trapped in a well.

As for the casino, is it just me or is that announcer's style more than a little unique?

SOWNY » David Bastl on 590 this evening » January 5, 2017 1:10 pm

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North of Toronto 1150 has a much more reliable signal, and likely had the game on air too. Next time you're up here, try it.

Barrie: It Ain't So Bad Once You Get Used To It. Our new slogan.

SOWNY » David Bastl on 590 this evening » January 4, 2017 7:32 pm

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Good night for radio.  Formerly with 1050 doing mornings, doing Sportsnet Tonight. A Very welcome addition. Yeah.

What colour that parachute, soon-to-be-former-morning-host?

Not saying it will be Bastl, but they're adding depth. Options open.

Start packing those offices, crazy guy and growly man. Ya might be moving within soon.

SOWNY » Former contributors who possibly are current lurkers » December 31, 2016 5:25 pm

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And then the lion lay down with the lambs.

SOWNY » Former contributors who possibly are current lurkers » December 31, 2016 5:25 pm

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And oh, as for She:

Everybody should wish to have as good a finish to a career as she accomplished and received. She's been through a harrowing past few years, with a incomprehensible loss in the midst of it too. She has earned the gratitude, respect, and esteem that is shown her. Could not be happier for her, and wish her the best in the next phase of her life.

Happy New Year, Ms Davis. You've earned it.

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