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SOWNY » Playing songs you did not like or even hated. » January 31, 2023 1:13 pm

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I heard one the 'jocks' on WRMI International Miami (shortwave 5085) it might have been "Big Jim Edwards" and he just played "Winchester Cathedral" by the New Vaudeville Band. I despise that tune and could never figure out why it became such a hit.

Anyway, it was obvious he did not like it either. Told a story where he was at a station and the record always seemed to find its way on to the floor and he (inadvertently of course) ran it over it with his chair. It could not be played again during his show. Unfortunately it was always replaced by the next day. The story made me chuckle.

There are songs I don't like and there are songs I despise; the latter are bad enough to get up and change the station. The former you will persevere until its over.

How did you guys who were behind the microphone handle playing songs you absolutely despised? Bathroom break?

SOWNY » The Divided Dial: How AM Radio In The GTA Has Changed Forever » January 29, 2023 11:21 am

darcyh
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Just for fun I took a look at WTOR's coverage area.

https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WTOR&service=AM&h=D

13KW with almost all the signal directed to Ontario.

SOWNY » Court Gives Thumbs Down To Competition Bureau Appeal of Rogers/Shaw » January 29, 2023 11:04 am

darcyh
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If the 'merger' is approved allow international companies to enter the market. But I know that won't happen.

SOWNY » 2 W.N.Y. Radio Stns. Are Now One & Are Throwbacks To A Different Era » January 29, 2023 10:56 am

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WMIC 660 AM from Sandusky Michigan still does a Swap Shop every weekday at 1:00 pm. I've heard calls from the Sarnia area on the show.

Don't know if it continues today, but up until recently CFOS 560 Owen Sound did a Dial a Deal show in the early afternoon.

In my opinion these locally owned 'small town' AM stations are a pleasure to listen to and one of the few bright spots on the AM (and probably FM) band. 

SOWNY » Orillia Man Boasts An Amazing Collection Of Old Radios & TVs » January 16, 2023 12:04 am

darcyh
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I was a radio nut. My wife used to ask how many radios do you have? I've got solid state radios (many vintage) from a 1963 Channel Master, through the Pansonic RF-2200, a couple of Grundigs, a couple of Sony RF-2010's, other Sony (7600) and Sangean short wave units, three GE Super radios and I am going to start selling / giving them away. I've replaced the electrolytic capacitors in many of the older ones. My kids don't want them. In the house it's almost impossible to listen to any distant AM stations due to the noise generated by the many switching power supplies that are used with most modern devices. Of the FM stations receivable few offer any compelling reason to listen. I will keep a couple of the better units, there's just no point in keeping these things unless it is for display purposes.

SOWNY » January 2, 1967 » January 2, 2023 1:25 pm

darcyh
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Not necessarily pertinent to the GTA, but FWIW living in Kitchener Ontario at the time we usually listened to CHUM 1050 through the day. Their night signal was very poor. CKOC had a stronger signal than CHUM. Unfortunately CKFH had a much weaker signal. It was receivable but much more prone to electrical noise. This would suggest they sent less power west which would also weaken the coverage into places like Mississauga, Milton, Guelph. But I guess their main market was Toronto.

SOWNY » CRTC Makes Huge Changes To Cdn. Radio On Music, Ownership Rules & More » December 9, 2022 12:46 pm

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From a consumer's point of view, will any of these changes improve the content or programming for the listener?

SOWNY » Radio Hirings: "We Won't Get Back To You" » December 6, 2022 1:03 pm

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There is a lesson in this story:
1) People have long memories.
2) That one of the busiest program directors made time to acknowledge the submission is very likely one of the elements to his success.
 

SOWNY » Snow Is Clobbering Buffalo. Local Radio Is There. » November 18, 2022 6:19 pm

darcyh
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WBEN AM 930 announced they will be "live and local" tomorrow (Saturday Nov. 19) at least from 06:00 - 15:00. Unfortunately they appear to geo-block the stream to Canada. A VPN is needed to listen.

SOWNY » U.S. Radio Legend Scott Shannon Announces Retirement » October 28, 2022 11:47 am

darcyh
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I seem to recall he was on the Big 8 (CKLW) for a time.

SOWNY » 980 CFPL Radio London Celebrates 100 Years On Friday » October 1, 2022 9:24 pm

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Mid 70's - 80's was a great time for AM radio in London. Five mechanical presets on the AM car radio. If you did  not like the song playing on 1290 CJBK, punch the preset and try 1410 CKSL, don't like that tune either? Hit the next preset for 1570 CHLO. You could almost always find something to listen to. 

CHLO was more middle of the road through the day but in the evening the jocks were given a lot of discretion and they played a fair bit of album rock. They would solicit and play requests.

All the stations were 'live' pretty much 24 / 7. We did not appreciate how good those stations were back then. I guess we just expected it.

Paterson1, FM 96 used to be a beautiful music format until around 1979. When it switched to a rock format I regularly tuned in. I seem to remember a jock, possibly Bill Gudgion? worked nights and played some interesting new artists like Horselips. I probably listened to you too!

Great days in London radio.

Today, CKSL is silent, CJBK has local programming about 3 hours a day, CFPL does news / talk with several hours of local live content. More FM stations are on the air and they are all boring.
 

SOWNY » "Turn Off the Stereo On FM and See What Happens" » August 30, 2022 9:26 pm

darcyh
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markow202 wrote:

Isnt this kind of the same thing as those receivers when you can select stereo to be on/off which we used to push to get rid of the background "hiss"of a weak signal?  

Exactly. When mono is selected (or stereo isn't) the better receivers / tuners will shut off the multiplex circuit in the tuner resulting in less hiss or noise. You will notice the stereo indicator also goes off.

I've seen other (usually cheaper) receivers that don't disable the multiplex and when mono is selected, the noisy stereo signal is sent to the amplifier where it is changed to mono. The result will be a noisy stereo signal that comes out as mono. The FM stereo indicator will stay illuminated.

This can be easily demonstrated if you have a separate tuner and amplifier with a mono selector. Tune to a weak noisy stereo signal and switch the tuner to mono and noise will drop. Put it back on stereo and select mono or L+R on the amp and the noise will not be reduced.

SOWNY » "Turn Off the Stereo On FM and See What Happens" » August 27, 2022 12:30 pm

darcyh
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A mono FM signal won't activate the receiver's stereo multiplex circuit and will sound quieter as the signal strength drops. With a moderate to low signal when the stereo kicks in there will be an increase in the noise / hiss of the content.

SOWNY » The Grand coming to you from Hamilton? » August 10, 2022 12:09 pm

darcyh
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I believe the My FM stations are all programed from a central facility. Don't know where that may be but I can receive the Strathroy, Exeter and St Thomas signals and they all have the same song on at the same time.

SOWNY » vintage radios » August 1, 2022 12:16 pm

darcyh
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Nice radio made by Dominion Electrohome probably in Kitchener Ontario. They also had a wood working company called Deilcraft that made cabinets for their TV's and quite possibly this radio. When properly tuned and aligned these types of radios could be quite sensitive and sounded very nice.

Today's unfriendly environment in terms of electrical noise emanating from (among other things) poorly made switching power supplies for computers, LED's etc. generate a lot of interference that seems to propagate over the main electrical lines. I find plug in radios particularly troubled by this; the entire AM  band interspersed with hum and noise.  

SOWNY » Could There Be A New "Old" FM Coming To Sarnia? » July 27, 2022 9:17 pm

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CHOK 1070 has a good signal with a huge coverage area through the day. Don't how well it does after sunset. As mentioned they simulcast on 103.9 in stereo with 200 watts. It gets out quite well for a solid 20 miles or so. I'm not sure if there is a FM frequency available where they could use sufficient power to cover anywhere near what the AM does now.

Sarnia also receives strong signals from its neighbour in Port Huron with two AM stations; 1450 and 1380 as well as FM's Q-Country 107.1, WGRT 102.3 (modern adult), WBTI 96.9 (modern hits), a translator 105.5 for its 1450 AM (rock) signal and a translator 92.7 for its Marine City 1590 WHLX (country & rock) station. Interesting the 92.7 FM signal is in mono and has been for as long as the translator has been on the air. There are other signals on the lower part of the FM band too. A Christian and maybe a NPR outlet.

SOWNY » Could There Be A New "Old" FM Coming To Sarnia? » July 27, 2022 9:00 pm

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mace wrote:

Just curious. Are most of the Detroit FM's receivable in Sarnia?

Most Detroit FM's can easily be received with an outdoor directional antenna. In the car they are hit and miss; with lots of drop outs and noise. Hope this helps.

SOWNY » Brian Bourke Afternoon News On The Grand Fergus » July 20, 2022 8:46 pm

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I recall hearing Mr. Bourke do the news on CFCA. He has a very smooth voice with its own characteristics and always sounded professional. I sure do miss the old CFCA FM of the 80's through early 2000's. It was a top-notch full service operation.

FWIW I briefly tuned in yesterday afternoon about 1:50 pm and it was simulcasting with 97.5 Virgin FM London. What the heck's with that?

SOWNY » CRTC Ponders New Radio Station In London » July 17, 2022 10:55 am

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turkeytop wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

turkeytop wrote:

I'm just glad I have SXM.

If I go though some tough economic times and have to cancel all but one subscription, SXM is the one I'm keeping.

If I lived in a large city like Toronto or Montreal I could get by without SXM. We spend our winters in the Tampa Bay area and I listen only to terrestrial radio there.

But here in small town London there isn't much worthwhile to listen to, ever since CBC flipped radio II to its all garage band format.

I use SXM here. And I use it when driving through the southern states where the dial is filled with religion, screaming, right wing politics, cowboy music and NASCAR.
 

Agree, there's not much in the way of compelling content across the dial in London. Still surprised there are two 'country' format stations on the FM dial.

SOWNY » CJCS Call Letters Return » July 16, 2022 11:27 am

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In the late 1970's living in London, I quite liked CJCS. For its low power that 1240 AM signal carried surprisingly far during the day. Maybe it had something to do with the ground conductivity at the transmitter antenna. On a 'graveyard' frequency, post-sunset reception was a different matter. It was almost indistinguishable. 

SOWNY » CRTC Ponders New Radio Station In London » July 16, 2022 11:12 am

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

mace wrote:

I am not familiar with which out of market stations can be received in London. What about Classical formatted WQLN in Erie, Pa?

In London itself, on FM I’ve never been able to regularly get anything out-of-market aside from CHYM and CFCA from Kitchener. In the east end of London, also 91.5 The Beat. In the west end of London where I used to live, some Detroit stations came in clearly at times, such as WRIF and WOMC. But not all the time.

Reception from across Lake Erie increases a lot in Elgin County and St. Thomas. WRTS 103.7 from Erie comes in quite reliably east of St. Thomas, and to the west Cleveland stations come in reliably including WNCX and WMMS. Never tried to get WQLN from the north side of Lake Erie, though I have listened to it from Pennsylvania - they air both classical music and some NPR news programming.

CKPC Brantford  92.1 and Chatham's  CKSY 95.1 can usually be received in London with a sensitive radio.

SOWNY » Introducing the Amazing Compact Disc: 1982 » July 16, 2022 11:06 am

darcyh
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Probably unforeseen at the time; the CD facilitated the opening of Pandora's Box in terms of being able to 'rip' a perfect copy of the content and disseminate it.

SOWNY » List of disc jockeys who helped shape the Detroit radio community » June 30, 2022 12:32 pm

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I agree RA. A pretty shallow article. The author glided over the 60's and 70's when many DJ's came to the fore and radio had much more influence. No mention of personalities from WKNR either.

SOWNY » Is "Zonecasting" The Next Big Thing For FM Radio? How Does It Work? » June 18, 2022 12:18 pm

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I vaguely remember there was a station based out of Chatham or maybe Leamington with a repeater / rebroadcaster  in Windsor on the same frequency. Along the 401 there was an area where both signals were the same strength. You could hear the radio in the vehicle switch between the signals resulting in picket fencing and other odd sounds. I don't think this arrangement was in place for very long. Perhaps they found another frequency. It was pretty funky while it lasted.

SOWNY » Obsolete Gadgets We Used to Be Obsessed With » June 1, 2022 12:09 pm

darcyh
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Fitz wrote:

I own most of the obsolete gadgets mentioned and some more out of necessity to be able access old air checks. 8 Track tape is definitely one such format. I would probably not own one without that need.

Here are two pictures of a rather hideous looking 8 track player that I own. I probably have not played it more than once and don't remember how it sounds but I have kept if for the "so bad that it's good" sentiment and car dashboard look.


https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/8-track-1.jpg
https://lettheuniverseanswer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/8-track-2.jpg

I wonder if that "Electrophonic" was made at the Electrohome factory in Kitchener. Nice looking unit.

SOWNY » Obsolete Gadgets We Used to Be Obsessed With » May 25, 2022 8:59 pm

darcyh
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Well made reel to reel tape decks in good operating condition especially the high spec ones command a fortune on the used market. While not as expensive the top models of cassette decks are also worth a pretty penny.

And I still have a fax machine...
 

SOWNY » CKTB Off The Air For Half An Hour During Morning Drive » May 25, 2022 8:50 pm

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Back in the days many stations had a basic back up studio at the transmitter site.

SOWNY » Happy 100 CKOC » May 2, 2022 12:16 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

Bell celebrating CKOC's 100th would be odd as it's essentially already dead. You don't always get a nice, clean "day they turned off the transmitter" obituary for a radio station.

 

True CKOC for music and as we remember the station has been gone for 7 years.  For AM radio celebrations in Canada it seems only to be for stations that are owned by smaller companies and still functioning as a real station.
Still is a shame however, generations of people in Hamilton grew up with CKOC, so it would be nice if either CHCH or the Spectator gave this some recognition since it is Hamilton history. 

CFOS in Owen Sound celebrated their 80th anniversary all year in 2020 with special programming, customized ID's and got in touch with alumni to record on air memories of their time at the station. They even invited everyone back for the 80th Anniversary party on March 1st.   They had oldies parties for listeners, and a open house.  But this is what you get when the station is actually still fully functioning, serving the community, and not owned by the big guys. 

CFOS published (and even sent me) a memorial calendar they published celebrating their 75th anniversary. I think it is the only AM facility in Bayshore Broadcasting's holdings and it is nice to see they value it.

SOWNY » Broadcasters: Fulltime Daylight-Saving Time Could Kill Some AM Stns. » April 28, 2022 11:55 am

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WMIC 660 Sandusky and WLCO 1530 Lapeer Michigan are also a day time only.

SOWNY » RadioActive is Hot, Hot, Hot » March 28, 2022 4:46 pm

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