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SOWNY » CHCH TV EPG » Yesterday 5:26 pm

Thumbs up for OTA - especially when it's working as it's supposed to.

SOWNY » Rogers Wants To Swap CFMT & City TV Channels In Repack Move » September 20, 2019 11:04 am

Impact Post Repack:

1. Theoretical increase in coverage for CITY-TV.
2. Decrease in coverage for Global Toronto. About half the power they are now. That's a 3dB impact on signal strength.

Good news is that the Rogers stations are remaining on the CN Tower. One of the earlier FCC repack documents hinted CITY, CFMT and CJMT were to move to First Canadian Place.

SOWNY » Photo from 2001 shows Justin Trudeau in Brownface » September 19, 2019 7:46 am

unclefester wrote:

mike marshall wrote:

This is what the Russians do, right? If this is what we're going to talk about on a radio board, I think I'll find something else to do with my time.

I am truly sorry to see Mike leave. I hope he will reconsider.

Far more respect for Mike & his resume/accomplishments than you know who

I'm with Uncle Fester on this one.

SOWNY » John Moore's Classic Freudian Slip Hits At An FM Competitor » September 17, 2019 1:55 pm

In light of what John Moore has been through this year, I would imagine he'd ultimately regret engaging in something so comparatively petty. It would take energy away from where he contributes the most value.

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » September 16, 2019 12:55 pm

Bristol wrote:

Both applications CIRR-FM 2018-0285-1  and CIDC-FM 2018-0286-9  are on the CRTC Site as Closed Part 1 applications...that means active in the process and not withdrawn. The files are still awaiting a Commission decision. 

I think it's debatable whether this inordinate amount of time to render a decision is in the public's interest. Is this a protectionist tactic? I think we'll have our answer when the decision is eventually rendered.

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » September 16, 2019 10:39 am

I wonder if the application has been withdrawn. A quick call to the Commission would give you the status of the application(s).

SOWNY » Kerry Stratton Loses Battle with ALS » August 29, 2019 1:59 pm

Heartbreaking... Such a gifted man.

SOWNY » The Good Old Days » August 29, 2019 12:12 pm

Dial Twister wrote:

Better (than good).

Assuming this isn't tongue-in-cheek, I agree. It's not yours, or anyone else's imagination.

SOWNY » T.O. FM Uses Founder's Death As Reason For Not Playing Enough Cancon » August 29, 2019 12:04 pm

Saul wrote:

Anyone is permitted to stream online. You want a broadcast frequency, with various attendant benefits and privileges that go beyond an internet-only stream? Then you meet certain public obligations. Bandwidth is public space, and for now that space is limited. Some degrees of modernization may have merit, but keep in mind that anyone and everyone can stream online and compete on that playing field. But for the actual airwaves anyone wanting to use public space for either commercial profit-making purposes or for non-profit 'community/educational' purposes should have at least some obligation to serve the public interest.
 

I completely agree Saul. I would only submit that perhaps what's in the public interest in 2019 is different from the 1970s. Or put more precisely, the means by which we deliver what's in the public interest has perhaps changed.

I'd much rather judge G98.7's value by what kind of radio experience its delivering us verses what sort of payments it has or hasn't made. In 2019, "taxing" small radio stations may not be the most pragmatic approach to funding arts and culture. Radio has been (and could continue to be) a precious way of promoting music through the use of it's frequency. To me, that's more than enough of a value-add in 2019.

SOWNY » T.O. FM Uses Founder's Death As Reason For Not Playing Enough Cancon » August 29, 2019 11:09 am

RadioActive wrote:

Well, this is certainly one I haven’t heard before. CKFG, aka G98.7, was called on the carpet recently by the CRTC for not making its required contributions to Canadian content development, as well as not playing enough Canadian music.
 
The station responded that the sudden death of its founder, Fitzroy Gordon, was the reason for their lapse, arguing the money was tied up in his estate. I have no reason to disbelieve them, but I can’t recall ever hearing the death of an owner as being the reason for not following the conditions of licence.
 
The Commission is somewhat sympathetic, giving the station a 6th-month extension - until next February - to rectify the situation. They also have until November 2020 to prove they’re in compliance.
 
This whole thing is pretty sad, considering Gordon is thought of as a pioneer by members of some communities. While I’ve never heard this excuse used before, it appears the CRTC considers it a legitimate reason and is giving those in charge of the station the chance to make it right.
 
The only thing that really raised my eyebrows was a statement in the release where the CRTC laments “the harm caused to the Canadian broadcasting system through the licensee’s non-compliance with CCD contribution requirements and with the broadcast of Canadian musical selections.”
 
Really? A station almost no one listens to doesn’t play enough Cancon and misses a few payments and that somehow is “harming” the entire Canadian broadcasting system?

No matter how you read it, that’s a bit of a stretch.
 
CRTC Release

+1

An archaic regulatory environment IMHO. I realize there are much bigger issues facing us but wouldn't it be nice for someone to stand up and say it's time to modernize the regulations governing radio in this country?

If we look at the supply chain of

SOWNY » New Pending Brampton Station At 1350 AM May Be In Big Trouble » August 27, 2019 11:08 am

Radiowiz wrote:

Where will this tower go exactly? On the roof of someone's factory or Truck repair shop?? 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/100+Rutherford+Rd+S,+Brampton,+ON+L6W+3J5/@43.6971311,-79.7360939,3a,75y,34.49h,92.7t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sD1Gi3dsxwSPTNQaHjToIDw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b3e1c7a130b03:0xb7f05d563f46aca4!8m2!3d43.6975248!4d-79.7352554

Not unlike CKNT. It's a rooftop installation on a one or two story building as well.

SOWNY » Angry Rogers & Bell Plan To Take Revenge Over CRTC Decision » August 20, 2019 12:14 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

They're both publicly traded companies. If a regulator is going to reduce their revenue, it HAS to be made up for with a corresponding expense cut, or the boards will turf the management. It's not a Bell/Rogers thing - it's, for better or for worse, just capitalism. 

Industry giants who are to very large extent protected by their regulator is not my definition of capitalism. it's corporate welfare. IMHO...

SOWNY » Angry Rogers & Bell Plan To Take Revenge Over CRTC Decision » August 20, 2019 11:16 am

For those like myself who fall on the polar opposite side of the telcos, I invite you to follow Dr. Micheal Geist. He's our best hope, and I'm not speaking as a consumer as much as I am as someone who is continually outraged at the way these companies operate.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 18, 2019 10:04 am

Adrian106072 wrote:

As of yesterday, CFPT’s antenna on FCP has already begun facilitating to its full power. The signal’s clear throughout the 401 stretch in North York, without much interference by WYRK. Just some scatter at the background, maybe working on the fine-tuning part of the antenna.

I noticed a marked improvement with CFPT as I drove throughout central York Region (Aurora down to Stouffville) Friday night. There was no apparent ducting from Buffalo so WYRK wasn't breaking in at all. Yesterday and today, WYRK is occaisionally overpowering CFPT but nowhere near as bad as before (with the original CFPT site).

I'd say coverage up this way is comparable with the orignal AVR signal. In other words, not bad, all things considered.

Refreshing that at least so far, CFPT is being comparatively light with the audio processing. How long that lasts remains to be seen.

SOWNY » Instant Replay: CP24, The Early Years » August 12, 2019 2:15 pm

These topics always make me wistful for CHUM - not just as an upstanding member of the community, but for being so good at what they did. I get the impression CHUM execs pretty much left Moses on his own to create new services such as CP24.

It just seemed like such a healthy culture and Gord Martineau's recent talk on TorontoMike'd validated that.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 12, 2019 2:12 pm

You're on the right track, and the Martha Stewart reference is a nice coincidence.

Radome is a finish that has the unique property of discouraging ice adhesion. This reduces the risk of RF power being reflected back into the transmitter (what we call a bad VSWR - Voltage Standing Wave Ratio). It also helps to protect people and property within falling distance of the ice.

I do think of radome as behaving a bit like cooking oil on a hot Teflon coated frying pan - thus the Martha Stewart reference.

I would imagine the current work on the radome is to apply a solvent to remove the 40ish years of accumulated dirt. They may be doing a further step to "polish" the radome so that it regains some of that slippery property.

Thanks for sharing some of your tropo and meteor scatter catches here.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 12, 2019 10:30 am

Saul, CJBC-FM moved to First Canadian Place quite a few years ago. And at the risk of putting some people off, the likelihood that they were actually using paint on the CN Tower radome is very, very low.

SOWNY » An interesting view on "Cancon" rules being applied to streaming audio » August 7, 2019 9:43 am

RadioActive wrote:

I think the time has come to eliminate Cancon rules for radio entirely.
 
I was never a fan of the forced airplay, but I will admit that it certainly worked. The Canadian recording industry is in pretty good shape and Canadians have certainly made a worldwide impact with a plethora of superstar artists. It’s at a state now where we no longer need to force it on people. It’s well respected and established.
 
And I don’t for a moment believe that eliminating Cancon would suddenly mean stations here would stop playing Drake, Bieber or any other well known musician. The Canadian music industry would not simply stop if the rules were removed.
 
I would also argue that Canada itself has changed. Where many of us used to downplay anything Canadian as instantly inferior, I don’t think that’s the case any longer. Most Canucks seem to have great pride these days in what’s turned out here and we've proven we can compete with anyone in the world. So why keep old regs. that simply reinforce that old stereotype?  
 
The reason I hated Cancon when it started is I have never supported government telling radio programmers what they have to play or indicating what format they can adopt. Politicians know nothing about radio and shouldn’t get to say what they think you must hear.
 
And besides, they reached their objective with the rules – it’s time to stop it on the air.

And for God’s sake, don’t repeat this mistake online. Government should keep their grubby little fingers out of trying to program what's on the Internet. There are simply too many worldwide choices for users for it to ever be effective anyway.  

+1 
Especially your final paragraph.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 6, 2019 1:07 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

As I understand it, CFPT is currently using Corus' backup antenna on FCP while their swap with CIND is being worked on. Once that's done over the next few days, Corus' backup becomes available overnights to facilitate the CN tower work.

Can you clarify what you mean by "CN Tower work"? Is it strictly the radome, or are they starting work on a new combiner/antenna system to support HD Radio? Both? Are they also doing pre-repack work (new combiners/antennas)?

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Your “Guide” To Saturday Morning TV » August 5, 2019 1:18 pm

RA, a belated "thank you" for these weekly features. They're terrific!

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Your “Guide” To Saturday Morning TV » August 5, 2019 1:18 pm

Retaw wrote:

Did City ever have a lineup of children's shows? I don't remember any, which meant it would've been the largest broadcaster in Toronto to skip out on that. While they were in various states of decay, both Global and CTV kept their stuff going until the early 2000s.

I'm pretty sure citytv always aired ethnic programming (primarily produced by CHIN TV) on weekend mornings. Can anyone confirm or correct this?

SOWNY » Cable cord cutting in the U.S. hit's all time high » August 2, 2019 11:25 am

If you're open to doing a bit of "geeking out", the Silicon Dust network tuners are great. Connect the tuner to your antenna, then connect it to your home network.Combined with the PLEX media player, you can create a really elegant system supporting multiple devices including TVs, tablets, and smartphones. A PLEX subscription gives you more features but the basic software is free.

SOWNY » Cable cord cutting in the U.S. hit's all time high » August 2, 2019 8:41 am

Radiowiz wrote:

The main reason why I still pay for cable is because I can rewind or pause live TV. 

If you're location is conducive to OTA reception, there are lots of OTA PVR options.

Here's a popular choice: Channel Master DVR.

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » July 31, 2019 6:18 pm

Glen Warren wrote:

The radome for the microwave area was replaced about 14 or 15 years ago (IIRC).

The microwave radome is the white ring or donut around the lower area of the 360 restaurant.

The radome panels that run up the mast are the originals from the 1970s.

Here they are being installed.

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » July 31, 2019 5:17 pm

markow202 wrote:

Tim Brown 2016 wrote:

markow202 wrote:


Perhaps not paint, maybe just cleaning.  I can definately confirm its looking better.  

Thanks for clarifying. Paint and radome generally aren't a good combination.

Wasnt the case in summer 2017 

https://dailyhive.com/toronto/cn-tower-painter-job-photo-2017

That's not the radome they're painting. The white surfaces are radome.

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » July 31, 2019 2:42 pm

markow202 wrote:

Tim Brown 2016 wrote:

markow202 wrote:


Will check again but there definately was two guys hanging around the middle of the radome mast!  You can even see two little doors that were open.  

Yes, but that doesn't mean they're using paint. They could be using something else.

Perhaps not paint, maybe just cleaning.  I can definately confirm its looking better.  

Thanks for clarifying. Paint and radome generally aren't a good combination.

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » July 31, 2019 1:55 pm

markow202 wrote:

Tim Brown 2016 wrote:

They're painting the radome on the CN Tower? Are you guys sure it's paint?

Will check again but there definately was two guys hanging around the middle of the radome mast!  You can even see two little doors that were open.  

Yes, but that doesn't mean they're using paint. They could be using something else.

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » July 31, 2019 12:53 pm

They're painting the radome on the CN Tower? Are you guys sure it's paint?

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » July 30, 2019 11:17 am

TechGirl wrote:

Holding true to the Canadian way of not making waves I'm sure our broadcasters just went along with whatever the government said they had to do and in typical Canadian fashion planned to make up the $$$ of doing the switch by passing the cost on to Canadian consumers via increases to cable and cellular fees!

By and large, Canadian broadcasters are also cable and cellular companies. A fundamental structural and regulatory "problem" IMHO.

As BDUs, they have next to no incentive to deliver OTA service. They offer OTA in major Canadian markets because of a meager directive from the CRTC.

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