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SOWNY » Longtime Peterborough Broadcaster Ends 46 Year Career » August 1, 2022 8:20 am

Gord was my PD at CHEX. Great guy - I wish him well.  46 years is quite a run.

SOWNY » Local Radio Stations That Are No Longer On The Air » June 21, 2022 7:39 am

Carl Patrick
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Here's two more:

CHNR 1600 in Simcoe, where I started, switched to FM as CHCD and 980 CHEX in Peterborough where I also worked, also went to FM as CKRU.

SOWNY » Veteran Newsman Wonders If CNN Can Win Audiences With Actual News? » May 10, 2022 5:31 pm

Watching CNN/FOX is like watching tag team wrestling. Every three hours they tag up and change the talking heads, but the heel stays the same. Because of the nature of the 24 hour news cycle and it's penchant/need for  drama/confrontation, neither could survive as a straight up news service. You'd also need an audience that could at least spell cat without spotting them the c and the t. . 

SOWNY » It's Embarrassing » May 6, 2022 8:44 am

Back in the day, I was at CHEX when it was still a CBC affiliate. I recall we used to get regular  pronunciation guides from Ken Haslam of the mother corp. I still managed to mangle a few local names, but I always got Saw-ooo-dee Arabia right.

SOWNY » CFRA's Bill Carroll Off The Air After Contracting COVID » April 19, 2022 7:20 am

I hope Bill recovers quickly. A good guy I had the pleasure to work with years ago at CHEX.

SOWNY » "The Honeymooners" reboot in the works - with a female lead » January 9, 2022 7:13 pm

Radio Bob wrote:

Originality is dead.  Close the lid of the coffin on your way out.

Agreed. Hollywood has run out of ideas. Coming Soon: Godzilla Goes to Washington - the first 20sec feature available only on Tik Tok. Given attention spans these days, even that may be 10 seconds too long.

SOWNY » CHML's Ted Michaels retiring tomorrow » December 15, 2021 9:53 pm

Worked with him at CHAM. Enjoy the next chapter, Ted!

SOWNY » Entertaining Game But Poor Ratings for 108thGrey Cup on TSN » December 14, 2021 8:10 am

Carl Patrick
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The CFL has always been a gate-driven league -and the in-game stadium presentation is weak.  There's virtually no promotion or interest in Toronto. The Argos play in a decent stadium, but MLSE treats the team as an after thought. The league has lost generations of fans, save for aging baby-boomers, such as myself. Constant roster shuffling hurts the opportunity of fans to develop deeper attachments to individual players or their teams. The league also needs to look at ways to increase scoring - too many low-scoring games aren't helping. Until these get addressed, it doesn't matter who has the broadcast rights.

SOWNY » Will You, Did You Watch The Grey Cup? » December 12, 2021 9:03 am

Carl Patrick
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As a life-long Tigercat fan, I'll be tuning in - bowl of chili in hand!

SOWNY » Radio Network Faces Dilemma After Star Threatens To Quit Over Vaccine » October 19, 2021 8:42 pm

Carl Patrick
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mike marshall wrote:

Tell him it's your company, not his. Dan, you're done. Can we get you a cab. You've just voided
your contract.


SOWNY » Jazz FM has a morning show host » October 15, 2021 1:49 pm

Glad that the morning slot is filled. I enjoy listening to both Heather and Raina.

SOWNY » JWR » September 12, 2021 5:34 am

Timing, as they say, is everything. 

SOWNY » Geoff Scott Obit » August 19, 2021 7:50 am

Those of us who worked in Hamilton will remember Geoff as both a reporter for CHCH and an MP. He was also on the short-lived Global series "Shhh - It's The News"  between 1973 and 75. Here is a link to the obituary:

Geoff Scott

SOWNY » CHML's Ted Michaels retiring » August 8, 2021 7:35 am

Good luck and best wishes to Ted. We worked together for a bit at CHAM and I too know the rarity of leaving on your own terms. A tough feat these days, made even tougher in the midst of a pandemic.

SOWNY » Blue Jays radio broadcasts returning » July 28, 2021 6:24 pm

My guess is Kevin Barker. He's already in house.

SOWNY » Funny 820 Is Back After More Than 3 Days Off The Air » July 7, 2021 8:01 am

Carl Patrick
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Like most, I didn't even know it was down until someone told me. As someone who worked there during the high times of the late 80's and early 90's, it's a horrible waste of a signal,

SOWNY » CFRB Rebrands As CTV News Toronto - Although NT1010 Remains » March 10, 2021 9:52 am

Carl Patrick
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The minute the CRTC allowed the major players to hold multiple licenses in individual markets, this was inevitable. It doesn't make it right, but the business model is the law of the jungle - adapt or die.

SOWNY » Dick Smyth passes away » March 7, 2021 9:14 am

Carl Patrick
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I grew up listening to Dick on CHUM. He was an influence in my getting into radio and I got the chance to meet him once. He was an original, whether you agreed with him or not. My condolences to the family.

SOWNY » Fans furious after Jays axe radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast » February 27, 2021 6:22 pm

Disappointed to read that as well. Wonder if there will be enough of a groundswell to make Rogers do a rethink.

SOWNY » A Right Wing Messenger Who Gets A Daily Slice Of GTA Radio Airtime » January 27, 2021 8:41 am

Carl Patrick
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One way to stop a fire is to deprive it of oxygen. But too many media organizations are guilty of screaming "FIRE!", while pouring gasoline on it. Makes for great ratings. There IS an inherent need in identifying  falsehoods so education, to my mind, is key: People need to be taught to get information from a multitude of sources to root out bias. But social media (which I believe punches way above its weight)  has lowered attention spans and expectations, making that a tall order.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm putting on my fedora and going out to the front lawn to yell at kids.

SOWNY » Cousin Brucie Coming Back To Radio - & You'll Never Believe Where » September 2, 2020 6:58 pm

Carl Patrick
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I fondly remember listening to him as a kid at WABC. He was one of the people who inspired me to get into radio. Looking forward to tuning in Saturday!

SOWNY » Buffalo Radio Legend Sandy Beach Retiring At End Of July » July 16, 2020 11:43 am

Carl Patrick
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I worked with the late Bob Humenuik (Chet Martin) at CHAM - he used to use Justin Case when he did weekend replacement shifts. One of the funniest guys I worked with.

SOWNY » Nevin Grant of CKOC news » May 10, 2020 6:59 am

Carl Patrick
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Nevin will be missed. A true leader in the business. I had the pleasure of meeting him several tines in my career, the first time at a career day at my high school in Brantford, then as a  radio student at Mohawk College and as an intern at CKOC. One of the most helpful and nicest persons I encountered in radio.

SOWNY » Nevin Grant Congratulations! » December 19, 2019 9:20 pm

Nevin is a consummate broadcaster and gentleman. Always gracious and helpful to me when I was starting out in the business. Thanks Nevin - and congratulations!

SOWNY » CKTB Morning Man Suffers Double Tragedy » October 31, 2019 7:24 pm

Pulling for Tim - a great guy and broadcaster. I've seen him on various Hamilton stages over the years (he's a terrific actor) and I've had the pleasure sharing a stage with him on a couple of occasions. Let's hope he's behind the mic soon!

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