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SOWNY » Salary » January 20, 2021 5:33 pm

Peter the K
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In my part time "Day Job", I often get told that I have a great voice and I should be on radio.  My response is always, "Thanks, but I wouldn't want the cut in pay."

Even though it usually brings out a laugh.  The sad thing is, it's true.
 

SOWNY » CHCH's Politically Correct Announcement » January 19, 2021 3:32 pm

Peter the K
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I'm guessing that the film has been rescanned to a higher resolution than the old TV 480 line standard.  It looks quite decent.

One thing that some shows have done.  (specifically, Mission Impossible and Hogan's Heroes) is severely speed up the end credits with the original music in the background at normal speed and just fade the music out at the end.  For those of us who actually read the credits, we can live with that thanks the pause button on our remotes.  I can live with that as a trade off. 

Am I the only one who will deliberately watch a broadcast version of a program, commercials and all, knowing I have a clean copy of the same show within reach?  There's still something magical about watching a broadcast.
 

SOWNY » CHCH's Politically Correct Announcement » January 19, 2021 11:15 am

Peter the K
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Some of the shows on CHCH are indeed sped up.

I noticed this when they started airing "The Prisoner".  I was curious how much they would remove for commercials, so I grabbed one of the episodes, removed the spots and compared it to the ShoutFactory version.  Sure enough, CHCH came in about 5 minutes shorter.  Then I started noticing the theme music seemed a bit more up tempo and higher in pitch.  When I played them both simultaneously, it became very apparent that CHCH was sped up about 10%.

Of course, once I was exposed to that, I can't "unhear it" and the CHCH version became unwatchable.  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cwy.png

On the other hand, it might be better than having pieces of it ripped out, which is what was done with Hogan's Heroes and Mission Impossible.  I still wish I could buy the laugh track free episodes of Hogan's Heroes somewhere.
 

SOWNY » Alex Trebek Passes at 80 » January 13, 2021 9:37 pm

Peter the K
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I've been really enjoying these first three days with Ken Jennings hosting.  He started on the right note by admitting that you simply can't replace Alex Trebek.

So why bother?

Maybe this rotating guest host idea should be permanent -- or at least for the next season or two.  Nobody says there has to be only one host and there are plenty of potential hosts.  Looking forward to Mayim Bialik and Katie Couric hosting and hope they choose Levar Burton as well.

Also good to see that the show will be making a donation to the guest host's charity of choice.
 

SOWNY » How TV Changed Forever Exactly 50 Years Ago Today » January 12, 2021 12:38 pm

Peter the K
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It was a different time.  I mean, for crying out loud, this was the first show that featured the sound of a toilet flushing. 

But the U.S. is funny that way.  Even after all these years, you can see someone getting their head blown off (I mean their cranium, smartasses) but heaven forbid you allow an innocent nipple slip to make it to air.
 

SOWNY » CFTO weak signal » January 12, 2021 11:20 am

Peter the K
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Tim Brown 2016 wrote:

The FCC database show's the repacked CFTO licensed to operate at 13.8 kW.

My theory has always been that TV stations owned by Bell Media and to a lesser extent, Rogers, have no real incentive to maintain a good OTA signal. After all, every crippled OTA signal potentially brings in more Fibe TV or cable customers. Put another way, there's a negative business case for OTA because it's actually eroding their BDU business.

I think you're spot on.  OTA does erode the BDU business and the BDUs are trying find any angle they can to get people back in.

I remember in the 90s, it was around 93% BDU usage in Canada.  Apparently, as of 2018, that's down to 71%.  That number apparently only includes cable and satellite.  Broadcasters still haven't found a robust way to monetize their online offerings.

Keep in mind that the original intent of BDUs was to provide a clean television signal without having to fool around with antennas.  I remember back in 1970 when we moved to one of the newer suburban neighborhoods in Kitchener cable was in place and the price was $5/month or $50/year.  Then again, you only got 6 or 7 channels -- that's all there were.

Remember when there was a push to provide free "basic cable" satellite service to anyone?  I don't know whatever happened to them but didn't they effectively get squashed by Bell/Rogers et al?

I used to enjoy satellite hacking back in the day.  At one point, my backyard dish farm pointed to 6 satellites.  It was fun.  As crypto technology improved I stopped doing that but kept my Bell satellite subscription because the hardware was already in place.  As I got older, I got more annoyed by signal dropouts during storms and having to brush snow off the dish.  I thought about OTA but then the thought of going up on the roof or worse, paying someone to do it, didn't impress me.  When we moved in 2018, we abandoned the dish idea even though there was a dish properly mounted on the side of the

SOWNY » Buffalo NY ratings Dec 2020 » January 10, 2021 12:21 pm

Peter the K
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I wouldn't say I'm surprised, they are technically a new radio station.  But it is kind of depressing seeing where the once mighty WWKB is on the list at only 0.2 share.  Sort of like CHUM/CHAM/CKOC over on this side of the Peace Bridge.
 

SOWNY » Can anyone identify an old Canadian game show for me? » January 9, 2021 10:46 pm

Peter the K
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Thanks Mike.  I was unaware of the song's origins and it's nice hearing the whole song on YouTube.  I just assumed it was plain old production music.

And it may have actually helped.  Funny thing, throwing "March of the Cue balls" along with "tv theme" into google revealed another discussion board where someone asked the same question.  There was some speculation that it could be a CBC program called "question mark" but I haven't been able to find any examples of the show.
 

SOWNY » Can anyone identify an old Canadian game show for me? » January 9, 2021 5:12 pm

Peter the K
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I didn't want to hijack the Grant Hudson thread so I thought I'd start a new one.

In the first post on the thread, RA posted a video.


This has nothing to do with Grant Hudson but the production music at the start of the video struck me as being very familiar.  It was used, I believe, in a Canadian game show from the early 70s.

Can anyone identify the show?  I can't remember and it's driving me nuts.

Thank you kindly.

SOWNY » Veteran CKLW Newsman Grant Hudson Has Died » January 6, 2021 9:50 pm

Peter the K
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Am I the only one who found it ironic that one of the best-known voices of 20/20 news died in 2020?

Perhaps it's because the name he used professionally wasn't his real name, but I found it sad that it took 3 weeks to realize his passing.

A voice and a delivery many of us tried to emulate, (ok, copy) but nobody could really duplicate.
 

SOWNY » Cable 5 and 9 question » January 4, 2021 12:04 pm

Peter the K
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I remember when I moved into an apartment in Mississauga near the CFRB transmitter way back in 1993.  The cable guy had to come in to set things up.  He noticed I had two VCRs (a beta and a vhs) and warned me of the signal problems I'd be having because of my location so close to the transmitter. 

He then proceeded to do me a real solid by not only re-crimping the existing cable wiring, but he even gave me several newly-crimped cables of whatever length I needed to replace my existing ones.  He wouldn't even take any money from me for the favour.  He said that, to be honest, it was to avoid a service call in the future as he has done a number of calls in houses in the area with poorly-done or decaying cables.
 

SOWNY » Cassette sales double in a year » January 4, 2021 11:52 am

Peter the K
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11 or 12 years ago, I bought a used Nakamichi cassette deck for $20 off an ebay seller in Toronto.  OK, it was a lower end deck (CR-20) but the thing is built like a tank and worked like new the last time I used it about 6 months ago.   I'm surprised the cassettes themselves have survived.

At that time, I found a box of 10 sealed Maxell XL-II cassettes.  What on earth am I going to do with them?  If I need to record audio I've got two Sony PCM-M10 recorders that do an admirable job.  If fact, I use a Sony to dub off cassettes from my Nakamichi.  
 

SOWNY » First "Baby, It's Cold Outside", now "The Christmas Song"? » December 23, 2020 5:15 pm

Peter the K
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I really hope that at some point in the distant future, (those of us here will be long gone by then) society will look upon the cancel culture that is so prevalent today much the same way we look at social practices back in the Victorian era.

On the other hand, if society looks upon it as the beginning of some kind of "enlightened" era, then maybe it's a good thing I won't be around.

 

SOWNY » "The Prisoner" On CHCH » December 19, 2020 9:45 am

Peter the K
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I missed the first episode on Friday and even though I own all the episodes, I'm still curious as to how the timing was handled and whether the beginning and end credits were compressed.    It's still nice to see these old chestnuts on broadcast TV.

Oh yeah, the original Hawaii  5-0 starts on Wednesday at 1:00 as Mission Impossible's run ends.

RadioActive wrote:

Be seeing you... 

...And you.

SOWNY » Here We Go Again: CHFI Goes All Xmas At 5 PM Monday » December 16, 2020 10:14 am

Peter the K
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Am I the only one who immediately thinks of "back to school" time whenever that Andy Williams song comes on?

That was brilliant marketing.
 

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 15, 2020 2:46 pm

Peter the K
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Hansa wrote:

I'm really of two minds on all this.  On the one hand, such hate speech should be sanctioned.  But on the other hand, sometimes letting the idiots spout their vitriol shows them for who they really are.  I always fall back on the example of Andy Barrie "Interviewing" Ernst Zundel.  Barrie would just ask a couple of leading questions and let Zundel froth away for a few minutes pretty much showing everyone what Zundel was all about without needlessly arguing with him.

I used to think that would be enough but unfortunately, even if most people are repulsed you will have a small minority who are influenced by the nonsense spouted by fanatics of any ilk. I think it's also important for a good interviewer to be able to challenge an interviewee when they are spouting nonsense. A few years ago the CBC had Gavin McInnes of the Proud Boys on for an interview and the interviewer let him spout on unchallenged when she should have been prepared and been able to challenge his more outlandish, fact-free statements. 

Yeah but in the Barrie/Zundel example, everyone knew where each of them stood.  Letting Zundel spout off (with all his blister and vitriol) just shows him for what he is. (was)

But you do make a valid point about confronting a guest with facts, or even conjecture, contradicting the guest's point.  The problem is some guests don't take well to being contradicted and then really blow up or just walk out.  Case in point, David Suzuki and John Oakley.

SOWNY » What's Being Said On That Ethnic Station You Don't Understand? » December 15, 2020 9:03 am

Peter the K
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To get back to the original topic, I'm not surprised.  Radio Maryja has the same reputation in Poland.  It's basically an ultra right-wing church-based organization that even the Vatican has chastised.

I'm really of two minds on all this.  On the one hand, such hate speech should be sanctioned.  But on the other hand, sometimes letting the idiots spout their vitriol shows them for who they really are.  I always fall back on the example of Andy Barrie "Interviewing" Ernst Zundel.  Barrie would just ask a couple of leading questions and let Zundel froth away for a few minutes pretty much showing everyone what Zundel was all about without needlessly arguing with him.

 

SOWNY » Pam Seatle » December 14, 2020 11:42 am

Peter the K
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TomTV wrote:

There's still Cynthia Mulligan.  She is the last one standing from the good old CityTV days.  I suspect Pam is leaving partly due to health issues. Noticed over the years that she got into sudden coughing fits while anchoring, which might've been why she switched back to reporting. I have the same issue, constant talking puts a strain on the throat / vocal chords, leads to pain and acid reflux issues (which triggers coughing fits). 

I hear you.  Combined with some meds I'm taking, the old pipes just can't take the abuse they used to and will almost violently protest if pushed too hard.

I do hope Pam is at least leaving of her own accord and not being pushed into it, medically or otherwise.
 

SOWNY » CERB song » December 13, 2020 9:21 pm

Peter the K
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Fitz wrote:

When I saw this thread I went rummaging through my tapes b/c I remembered that I had some CKOT on tape. Anyway I found the tape from the early 1990's. Sampled a small bit from CFCA Kitchener and CKOT:

CFCA and CKOT

The CFCA clip was Ken Sylvester doing "Beat of the Bands", their Saturday night big band show.  Ken was an interesting fellow.  He even did a show and wrote and voiced lots of interesting local history bits for the noon news program on CKMS at the University of Waterloo a few years earlier.  He was even a mall santa during christmas time.

A lot of the shows in the evenings were voicetracked.  Among them, morning stalwart Fred Merritt would prepare a voicetrack for other shift on the station which started at 11:00 P.M. which featured music by, and I quote directly from him, "The strings, The Singers, and The Orchestra".
 

SOWNY » A Little Red Meat For the CBC Haters.. » December 11, 2020 4:33 pm

Peter the K
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mace wrote:

Wouldn't a VPN be required to view CBC Gem south of the border?

Yes.  If I accidentally go into gem whilst on the VPN (pretending to be from the U.S.) it won't let me in.
 

SOWNY » BBM TIME » December 10, 2020 10:23 am

Peter the K
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paterson1 wrote:

 And they have to play new country music, not cross over material like CISS supposedly did years ago.

And that's the problem with country.  When CISS started out, they were playing what was then called "new country" which was more Lynyrd Skynyrd than Hank Williams.  In fact, CISS often edited steel and fiddle solos out of songs.  They wouldn't play a new song by Garth Brooks because it sounded "too country".  Negative audience response eventually forced them to do it, but they edited out a fiddle solo in the song before they would.

Fast forward to today and what passes for "new country" would have been called "hip hop" back in the 90s.

How did CHAM do when they went to being a mostly automated traditional country station?  Definitely better than their numbers now.

I'd like to see what kind of numbers a Toronto-based traditional "bangin' & twangin'" country station would pull in.
 

SOWNY » Maybe This is Too Political, So I Won't Post The Story! » December 7, 2020 11:58 am

Peter the K
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I still remember an interview with astronaut Chris Hadfield asking if he would entertain the idea of going into politics.  He dismissed the idea immediately saying that he didn't want to to be automatically hated by half the population.

That's kind of the situation that COVID has thrust pretty much every government into.  No matter what they do, they're basically screwed.  Regardless of their political stripe, someone will yell at them for not "doing it right". 

You just can't win.
 

SOWNY » WJJL to become WEBR » December 6, 2020 3:55 pm

Peter the K
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Maybe we need more hobby stations as opposed to large corporations running cookie cutter formats with corresponding cookie cutter playlists willing to do whatever it takes to maximize profits.

Sure, the "hobbyist" is concerned with staying afloat, but beyond that, anything goes.  So why not?

SOWNY » A Site Where The Price Is Right Now Runs 24 Hrs. A Day » December 1, 2020 12:23 pm

Peter the K
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It's always fun to watch the old episodes of game shows where a "NEW CAR" was valued at $2,000.

But the one thing I wanted to touch on was the trend these days for regular old TV stations to show multiple episodes of (usually) old TV shows back to back.  Even CHCH is showing two episodes of Bewitched each day.  Maybe I'm just old but I still prefer my TV in nice, bitesize chunks.  For example, I have all the episodes of Mission Impossible but I still watch in on CHCH.

A few years ago when I was recovering from some surgery, I binge watched Breaking Bad having never seen it.  I enjoyed it but at the end, for quite some time I felt like an addict in dire need of a fix.  Thank goodness for Better Call Saul to taper me off. 

 

SOWNY » Where Do These Alternate Versions Of Hit Records Come From? » November 28, 2020 9:27 pm

Peter the K
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This is what happens when you get interns or young'uns who aren't paid enough to know better to slap together a show for you. 

What's even worse, with today's tech, you could quite conceivably put together a voicetrack to the music without ever really listening to the song.  Just line the waveforms up and voila -- you've hit the post.  Never mind it's to the wrong song.
 

SOWNY » Is This The Worst TV Show In History? Yep. Nothing Could Ever Beat It » November 24, 2020 9:58 pm

Peter the K
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The thing is, the acting (I said acting, no achtung!) is so over the top it can't possibly be mistaken for anything but a farce.  I think it's quite deliberate and probably only meant for a single episode.  Maybe it was supposed to be so bad that it would bomb.  Hmmmmm...  Sounds like a movie plot.

Unlike the current rage that is the cancel culture, this is an example, taste notwithstanding, of openly confronting the enemy and mocking them -- lest we forget.

I am a HUGE fan of Hogan's Heroes.  The next time CHCH runs Hogan's Heroes, check out the episodes with no laugh track.  In some episodes the humour becomes more dry while in others, it changes the mood of the show completely.
 

SOWNY » Gary Sandy (AKA Andy Travis) Recalls WKRP's Famous "Turkey" Episode » November 23, 2020 10:37 am

Peter the K
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At one station I worked at, the MD/swing announcer was a gentleman who bore quite a resemblance to a younger Johnny Fever.  He even had "booger" as his licence plate until the one day years later the ministry of transportation revoked it for being "offensive".
 

SOWNY » RIAA embarrasses itself again » November 19, 2020 10:35 am

Peter the K
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Chrisphen wrote:

Peter the K wrote:

None of this would have happened if the software stayed rather, um, well, geeky and difficult to use.  
 

Perhaps, but the RIAA through its own ill-advised efforts has managed to promote the app far and wide.

Absolutely.  The Streisand effect in full force.
 

SOWNY » RIAA embarrasses itself again » November 18, 2020 9:37 pm

Peter the K
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Fortunately, we have saner heads at the EFF and GitHub to thank for this.   I do have two observations about this:

1.  The software has never been able to decrypt DRM.  When it encounters an actual encrypted stream, the software won't go any further.  This is the case with paid content from YouTube.

2.  None of this would have happened if the software stayed rather, um, well, geeky and difficult to use.  I've been using it for years building a config file that's over 70 lines long.  (some comments but lots of options for different situations -- then there's ffmpeg.)  It worked and its user-unfriendliness means it just did its thing under the radar and nobody really cared because of the limited audience.  Then some developers decided to build some front-ends that it made it more user-friendly but unfortunately, opened it to the masses where it got more mainstream attention.  Much like what happened when Usenet became much more mainstream.

But unfortunately, the RIAA is in the unfortunate position where it has to be perceived as having power so it really has no choice to flex its muscles once in a while and hope it's barking at low-hanging fruit.  In this case, that didn't happen.

To those of you who don't have a clue what this is all about, just go on your way, there's nothing to see here.  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png

 

SOWNY » Now Magazine suggests that a digital divide is happening » November 15, 2020 12:28 pm

Peter the K
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Radiowiz wrote:

Cute cat pictures is a stale dated joke.

Not according to this:

https://petlifetoday.com/why-is-the-internet-obsessed-with-cats/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_and_the_Internet

This morning I saw a video of a teenager trying to figure out how to use a rotary phone.  I laughed until I realized I wouldn't be able to start or drive a model-t Ford.  (there's a 16 minute video on YouTube showing you how)  I get the whole idea of keeping things up to date.

Despite your insistence on dismissing his rebuttal, 6079 is right on the money.  Where do we stop?  And why do some people refuse to use history as a valuable teaching tool?

Now, back to my cat videos.
 

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