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SOWNY » Rogers Casts John Krasinski In New TV Spot » July 12, 2024 4:35 pm

RonaldS
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I believe this exclusion is still in effect:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/actra-ica-dispute-in-1.6941114

Binson Echorec wrote:

Saw this spot yesterday. My immediate reaction was that it's a generic spot filmed for any telecom company that wanted to use and insert their logos, for whatever the cost.

I'm surprised to learn that it is a Rogers-specific ad.

Too much to ask them to use Canadian talent in the spot?

 

SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » May 21, 2024 4:08 pm

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Spotted a "CKTB" plate in Kitchener today, number was 840, not 610.

Tangential to this thread, back around 1986-87, the PD (Eric Samuels) for HTZ-FM in St. Catharines lived in the same townhouse/condo complex as my family. His white Mazda RX7 had the vanity plate "HTZ <crown symbol> FM". 

I wondered (as a dumb teenager) if he had a collection of such plates from all the stations he worked at.

SOWNY » Like An Invasion Of Locusts: Free Food In Radio & TV Stations » May 16, 2024 3:01 am

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You've seen nothing until you've been witness to a bunch of cash-strapped graduate students being told there's "food after today's seminar".

RadioActive wrote:

I got a huge laugh when John Moore mentioned on Monday a throwaway line about a PR event at CFRB, which involved the sponsor bringing in free food to the station. He noted that all of it was gone in about four minutes, as the pack descended on the freebie like an invasion of locusts. 

The reason this made me laugh so much was because I know how true it is. There's something about broadcasting and the people who work in it that makes them go absolutely insane whenever a free meal arrives. 

What is it about radio and TV people that leads to this? Have you experienced this? Is it like this in other jobs, too? 

 

SOWNY » Guess Who's Most Likely To Have A TV Antenna? It's Not Who You Think » April 20, 2024 3:52 pm

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I realize this thread is abot TV, but I found that being up on the escarpment, Fonthill area, 103.7 from Erie would often come in clearly. 

I know that BrockU's campus radio has that frequency, but I'm guessing it's either not too strong a signal, or is not directed that way.

Dave The OTA guy wrote:

WBBZ is hit and miss for me. I don't know if it's their signal, me being close to the escarpment or a combination of both. When WBXZ came on the air I was able to get them. After the ATSC 3.0 switch where some area stations switched or swapped frequencies I lost them. It did get me a rock solid signal for WPXJ where I never got it before.

Back in the analog days, I'd get Rochester quite often on clear days and nights. The escarpment is likely the reason I can't get Erie here in St. Catharines too.

 

SOWNY » Tragically Hip’s Last Concert Airing On WNED » April 19, 2024 5:34 pm

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I didn't watch this concert, but I read that Downie was, quite understandably, not at the top of his game.

Annoucing that your beloved lead vocalist had a terminal condition and then, days later at most, announcing a tour seemed opportunistic.

RadioAaron wrote:

Great vocals were never really the appeal. It was more lyrics, stage presence, and riffs. I’d argue that him being a better singer would have removed some of the appeal.

But if you never liked them, you’ll definitely not like this show. Concerts rarely translate well to TV, and he was ill. I was there, and live it was a little more rough than usual

 

SOWNY » Tragically Hip’s Last Concert Airing On WNED » April 19, 2024 5:00 pm

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"like kicking a puppy" is a good analogy here. His vocals never appealed to me, but a lot of people found something there.

I suppose this question could be asked of many Canadian artists, but how big would they have become here without Cancon regulations? 

RadioActive wrote:

OK, I also have a confession to make. And it's like kicking a puppy. But I never liked Downie's voice and didn't think he was a very good singer. So you're not alone. 

 

SOWNY » Tragically Hip’s Last Concert Airing On WNED » April 19, 2024 4:44 pm

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I know that I'm in the minority among Canadians in feeling this way, but I've never understood the appeal of this band.

I always found (and still do) their music to be very tedious.

SOWNY » Broadcast Cliches You Just Can't Stand Anymore » April 19, 2024 4:36 pm

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I know this is pedantic, but when reporting on an accident or other traffic infraction, the statement "Travelling at a high rate of speed" is meaningless and is very very grating.

Properly expressed, it's "rate of change of" something. 

Rate of change of position is speed and rate of change of speed is acceleration. 

Everytime I hear this on air, I hear a chorus of my university physics professors immediately correcting this.

SOWNY » Is CBC Radio Back On In Kitchener-Waterloo? » April 15, 2024 10:45 am

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For me (Belmont Village area) it's nothing but static, even when outside with an MP3/FM player.

andysradio wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Just out of curiosity, can you get 99.1 from Toronto in Kitchener?

99.1 comes in easily there
 

 

SOWNY » Is CBC Radio Back On In Kitchener-Waterloo? » April 14, 2024 5:50 pm

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It was on by 5 AM.

paterson1 wrote:

I don't know when it came on but CBC radio is back on the air in K/W. 

 

SOWNY » Is CBC Radio Back On In Kitchener-Waterloo? » April 14, 2024 3:06 am

RonaldS
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It's still out as of 3 AM Sunday

SOWNY » Why More Original Streaming Shows Are Ending Up On Free TV » March 14, 2024 4:23 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

 For all of its imaging as the gentle place where Mickey Mouse hangs out at the Magic Kingdom, they are as greedy and ruthless a media company as I've ever seen.)

And so good at marketing that our very own RCMP once enlisted their services for protecting the RCMP-brand.
https://www.cbc.ca/archives/from-1995-when-disney-moved-to-market-the-mounties-1.4724477

SOWNY » For Monty Python Fans, This Is Sad News » February 12, 2024 5:20 pm

RonaldS
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Chapman died of metastatic cancer

newsguy1 wrote:

The really sad thing about the Pythons is the untimely deaths of Graham Chapman (probably of AIDS) after many years of extremem alcoholism. 

 

SOWNY » Cineplex facing 2 class action lawsuits » January 27, 2024 4:32 am

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Landmark Cinemas brought in the same fee last year, so they may be getting the same attention soon.

SOWNY » The Seinfeld-Like Sitcom You've Probably Never Seen » January 27, 2024 4:25 am

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I remember this - CTV Comedy Channel (whatever it was called in 2015) carried it.

SOWNY » Detroit Radio Station's "Taylor Swift" Prank Backfires Badly » December 7, 2023 6:39 pm

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It brings to mind the "New Kids on the Rock" prank by Scruff Connors at HTZ-FM from the early 1990s:
https://nauticazinger.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/top-5-scruff-connors-moments/

My recollection from listening at the time is that he never said "New Kids on the Block", but "New Kids on the Rock", a reference to the large rock etched with the station's logo on the lawn in front of the station.

That, coupled with the fact the NKOTB was no where near HTZ's playlist should have been a clue that something funny was going on (funny strange or funny haha depending on your point of view).


 

SOWNY » CBC Radio's "Ontario Today" Hosts Final Show On Friday » November 23, 2023 5:31 pm

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Interesting that there's no mention of the fact that she hasn't hosted the show in well over two years. It's mostly been Amanda Pfeffer's show in that time.



RadioActive wrote:

Rita Celli has been doing the noontime provincial gig on Radio 1 for the past 15 years. That ends with her show on Friday, as she heads for retirement. It's the finale to a 32-year career with the network. 

Longtime Ontario Today host Rita Celli retires

 

SOWNY » The Top 25 Testing Xmas Songs On Radio For 2023 » November 10, 2023 6:06 pm

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I suggest "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Greg Lake.

And speaking of Greg Lake, "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by the TransSiberian Orchestra (mentioned above, and is a banger of a Christmas track) always bring to mind "I bet this is what it would sound like if Emerson, Lake, and Palmer did Christmas music."

Radio Bob wrote:

How about some that we like?
Mary, Did You Know? - Pentatonix or Clay Aiken
Do You See What I See? - Whitney Houston (a lot of dead people still making money on this)
 

 

SOWNY » CBC Radio & TV Personalities From A-Z » October 29, 2023 4:59 pm

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Interesting that they have Rita Celli listed as host of "Ontario Today".

It's been a long time - two+ years perhaps - since she's been on-air.

Presumably she's not coming back as the current host, Amanda Pfeffer, doesn't introduce herself as "sitting in for Rita Celli" as the people subbing for Gill Deacon on "Here and Now" do, as she deals with long-covid.

RadioActive wrote:

Ever wanted to see what your favourite CBC Radio or TV person looks like or check their experience in the biz? Turns out the Corp. has a complete alphabetical list of almost every one of their on-air talents. And whether they're in Toronto or in some small market, you'll probably find them here. For example, here's CBC at Six news anchor Dwight Drummond.

CBC Personalities A-Z

 

SOWNY » PP eats an apple » October 22, 2023 4:27 pm

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Granted, the interviewer should have been better prepared, but PP came across as an insufferable arsehole.

Sure, the people who love him will love that clip as it shows him "putting a liberal in his place", but I don't see it endearing him to anyone sitting on the proverbial fence.

SOWNY » Major Milestone: Congrats To Members As SOWNY Hits 10,000 Topics » September 22, 2023 6:54 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

So does the ongoing mystery that surrounds CFAJ 1220 AM, still not on air with regular programming now three weeks from their announced start date and three years from their original sign-on!

Supposedly starting this coming Monday:
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/entertainment/after-two-week-setback-new-niagara-station-cfaj-1220-am-debuts-monday/article_af495b28-0ab5-5b50-8522-d8ad6d5680d2.html
 

SOWNY » MP3 player recommendations » August 31, 2023 4:08 pm

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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I'm actually replacing a many years-old iPod Nano whose battery has diminshed capacity.

I still use it to stream via Bluetooth to the car stereo, with it plugged into the power port.

@The Weed mentioned their Android phone has FM radio - I was under the impression that all Canadian cell providers have the FM function disabled.

SOWNY » MP3 player recommendations » August 30, 2023 8:05 pm

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This topic is peripherally related to the theme of this board, so please indulge me.

I'm looking for recommendations for MP3 players, with the following features (if possible):
* FM tuner
* playlist - ability to import these from Windows Media Player or similar application would be nice (creating a playlist on the player itself is very tedious)
* bluetooth would be nice (for connection to ear buds or car stereo)
* long battery life - "long" is, I realize, vague. A battery that doesn't suffer severe drop-off in life after a year's use would be nice (my recent Sandisk and Sony players have suffered from this)

Thanks,
Ron

SOWNY » Kleenex Tissues Soon Not To Be Available in Canada » August 26, 2023 3:00 am

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betaylored wrote:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66621028
I won't miss Kleenex but boy do I really miss Bugles

CBC Radio's "Cost of Living" had a segment regarding the vanishing Bugles:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/costofliving/the-case-of-the-vanishing-bugles-1.6680577

SOWNY » Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? » August 13, 2023 4:35 pm

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I was on day 4 of a new job in Kitchener. 

Traffic was barely moving, as the lights were out across the city.

I was brand new to the city and barely knew my way around so finding less busy routes that would get me closer to home was a challenge. A 20 minute commute turned into about an hour.

Our power came back on at about 2 AM the next morning.
 

SOWNY » A Free Streamer With High Quality Shows You've Probably Never Seen » August 9, 2023 5:42 pm

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They are carrying several seasons (series) of "Utopia", a satirical show about the "National Building Authority" (a government organization tasked with large infrastructure projects).

It captures office politics and stereotypical government waste perfectly.

Netflix Canada carried series 1 and 2 several years ago under the name "Dreamland."

I highly recommend it.

SOWNY » July 29, 1972 and 1997 » July 29, 2023 4:08 pm

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I hope that Karen, the Hit Line Lady was granted a last name at some point.

SOWNY » Toronto news unfolds in literal backyard of local news broadcaster » July 28, 2023 3:42 am

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AspectRatio wrote:

Seems 1010's John Moore can't even go away on vacation on his annual 2 weeks' retreat without some excitement back at the homestead:

https://www.blogto.com/city/2023/07/john-moore-newstalk/

And they quoted my tweet in the article. I always knew I'd reach the fame and  status of "another person". 
 

SOWNY » CBC Employees Stunned By Pres.'s Comments About Digital Only Future » July 24, 2023 3:03 am

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Tomas Barlow wrote:

andysradio wrote:

I am at a cottage this week and guess what? The internet sucks major. CBC comes in though nice and clear on FM

How's your cell reception?  In 10 years it should be 5G and you'll be able to stream it in higher quality than FM.

I don't know if streaming radio like this (via cell) is a viable option for most due to cost of data. 

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