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SOWNY » You Be A CRTC Commissioner: Do You Grant This Urgent Request? » July 14, 2019 4:59 pm

WilliamT
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Allow the station the freedom to change. The more restrictions levied on a station the less likely they will succeed. Success is the goal. Yes, some of you want the station to adhere to the CRTC rules and regulations. Isn't it right to hope a station is strong? You can say the station can succeed with the current rules. Well, you can succeed at a diet but that won't stop you from having your favourite meal that's not good for you.

Rogers and Bell should not be the only companies allowed to push through format changes to their major market stations. Let Bayshore have their change and hope for the very best.

SOWNY » Wow this is a bit shocking for us Canadian voters » June 22, 2019 2:16 pm

WilliamT
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Prod Guy wrote:

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

Kawhi Leonard isn't on the ballet and I highly doubt that Andrew Scheer is captivating our Millennial's.

 

When mocking the intelligence of millennials, maybe don't add an apostrophe that doesn't need to be there.  Being old doesn't make you smart.

A misspelling of "ballot" was right in-front of you yet an apostrophe had you rushing to the keyboard? Way to walk into that one....

SOWNY » Raptors Coverage on American Media This Morning » June 15, 2019 4:23 pm

WilliamT
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John D wrote:

Back in the 90's; when we won two World Series back to back, I rushed over to the Today show the next morning to see what they were saying.  Bryant Gumbel gave us a sentence or two and then on to other things.

This morning I went to CNN & The Today show.  I went back and forth, back and forth and didn't hear a thing.  I understand that NPR & BBC did talk us up.  The big guns south of the border just can't stand to see us win.  It's sad really.

It's called media bias. It is real and it is everywhere. Sports, News, Weather. Controlling the narrative. That is how Bryant Gumbel stays employed. This coverage, or lack thereof, should have been expected.

SOWNY » TSN soccer analyst gets death threats » June 13, 2019 7:40 pm

WilliamT
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It's not about the amount of goals. It's about the lack of humility displayed by some of the US players approaching 13 goals. This is not about gender; how many times did we watch Canada World Juniors barely react to goals scored once a game was out of reach? How about the humility shown by the Canadian Women's hockey teams? The celebrations beyond the double digit goal mark was the problem, and some members of the US Women's Soccer team lack insight.

SOWNY » Blue Jay broadcasters must be writhing in pain » June 10, 2019 7:56 pm

WilliamT
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laffin wrote:

Note to Mike Wilner:  Is it really necessary to often state how fast a baseball was hit?  The ever-increasing use of baseball stats is becoming annoying and really....who cares!  The least of which is the speed of a baseball off the bat.  

Agreed. Is it also necessary to over-call every homerun or average defensive play early in meaningless games? Both he and his partner have treated us to October excitement. They should analyze the great Tom Cheek's play by play from his heyday and take a cue from a Hall of Fame broadcaster. The overexcitement and overdramatics makes me wonder what they have left for meaningful baseball.
 

SOWNY » War of words and a call out on how CNN does reporting heats up! » April 19, 2019 12:40 pm

WilliamT
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Fitz wrote:

The redacted Mueller Report is out now and you can read the 400 page report yourself but what is clear is that AG Barr whitewashed the findings in his initial four page summary and at his press conference yesterday.

 

Or felt he couldn't proceed with what he said. You must be a legal expert.

SOWNY » Former Newstalk/Current Zoomer Host Ben Mercer & Faith (Goldy that is) » April 19, 2019 12:37 pm

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Dial Twister wrote:

Th further we get away from the horrors of the Nazis in WWII, the easier it is for people to be duped.
 

African Americans forgave the Democrats for slavery, Jim Crow and the KKK, somehow, someway. We have all been duped at one point in life.

SOWNY » CKNT » February 11, 2019 8:36 pm

WilliamT
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Its sad this board talks about CKNT. Nothing to see here. She's a 4 out of 10 and won't be a 10 until 4.

SOWNY » Bob Costas finished with NBC after 40 years » February 11, 2019 8:32 pm

WilliamT
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RadioActive wrote:

"I am not a Howard Cosell at the end of his career deciding he doesn't like boxing," Costas says. "I decided long ago that I had misgivings about football, and I tried to use the forum they gave me to make those points. They gave me bits and pieces, but eventually they took those bits and pieces away from me."

Such as using a Football game to push a personal political agenda? To divert the attention of fans to something you hold near and dear? Is that what was taken away? Considering NBC would stand with Costas' leanings I'm sure they had to pull it back due to negative feedback from fans.

And the concussions....well, I guess Costas won't be helping with hockey broadcasts in the near future. Better yet, how about use your skills to talk about alternative careers a young athlete can have over football. Afterall, these student-athletes are enjoying a free education (most likely) over 4 years at a very prominent American institution. They have the ability to enjoy an excellent career outside of Football rather than live with catastrophic injuries. My guess is Costas would not do that.

Maybe he can push for no Wild Card team and ban the Designated Hitter on the MLB Network while he lives the good life in New York City.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Among Newspapers That Ran Comic Strip With Trump F-Bomb » February 11, 2019 8:21 pm

WilliamT
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Hansa wrote:

Yes, unlike our Premier, I did. Not only that, I finished university too. That's why I'm able to spot a double standard from a mile away. Now, of course, if you are as quick to condemn right wing outlets such as the Sun or Fox for their fixation on Trudeau or Obama as you are to condemn the Star and others for condemning Trump, then please proceed with your criticism of the Sun, as well as conservative talk radio. 

BTW, while all newspapers are suffering from declining circulation, the Toronto Star's circulation remains the highest in Canada and greater than the Sun and Post's circulation combined. 

...Ah yes, the double standard argument. Reserved for those unable or unwilling to do the right thing. Funny, that double standard seems to be overlooked in Virginia. What started out as post-birth murder of a baby turned into a blackface fiasco and yet the politician with the (D) next to his name is not willing to "do the right thing".

Spare me your whaling about criticism. Spend a week telling friends and strangers that you are a Conservative and Pro-Trump. By Sunday you'd begin praying for those right-of-centre to remain closeted for which their lives would not be as safe as those coming out as leftist. It's taboo to be on the right. They take plenty of criticism while the left goes unscathed without ever taking accountability for their reprehensible actions. Life isn't fair. You'd know that if you walked from under the shelter you call Liberalism.

SOWNY » Looking 5 years ahead » December 19, 2018 12:50 pm

WilliamT
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- More FM stations will run music without on-air announcers
- Toronto sports radio will continue to spiral downward, especially if Bob McCown retires.
- More consumers will gravitate to podcasts or a brand new medium not currently being used.
- More vehicles will have user-friendly access to internet radio stations
 

SOWNY » Think radio isn't effective? Think again-An insiders perspective! » December 19, 2018 12:47 pm

WilliamT
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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

Here is a great read on the impact of radio, the importance of on air talent as so necessary amid budget cuts and changes in the industry, that on air talent make a huge difference.

In this article a radio professional shares the value of radio during the California Wild Fires...and muses about how lost he'd be if it weren't for someone being on air...as a "Light House" Keeper, during the fires and dangers it caused.

Here is the link to the read...enjoy!

https://writingradioswrongs.blog/2018/11/15/real-life-in-the-fire-zone/?fbclid=IwAR3agKfFosvORlK27bT248iBCWCO6F97u-ptg9yBAL_O51XcaN1Z-CfMJmU


Happy Holidays too Big Yella!  Wishing you all a good holidays and new year ahead! Thank you for all of your contribution and to the organizer doing amazing work here too!

Cheers!




 

So the value of radio is measured when something catastrophic occurs? Great. Meanwhile more jobs are lost due to increasing disinterest.

Merry Christmas.

SOWNY » Forbes: The 5 Highest Paid Radio Hosts Of 2018 All Made Multi-Millions » December 6, 2018 2:43 pm

WilliamT
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Dial Twister wrote:

It's nice to know that Limbaugh and Hannity are there for the "little" people.
 

I guess creating jobs, keeping staff and paying them well for decades doesn't count in your "little" people logic. Such horror.

Maybe find out of your left wing buddies pay their background staff as well as they have over the years. Doubt they ever practice the equality they like to preach.

SOWNY » Feds Handing Out Millions To Support Journalism, So Why Am I Nervous? » November 28, 2018 2:48 pm

WilliamT
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RadioActive wrote:

Well, to make matters even worse, many journalists have Unifor as their union. That entity has already publicly stated they intend to defeat Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives at all costs in the next election and union leadership suggests their members support the Liberals.

So even if you believe they'll bend over backwards to provide fair coverage, how can you trust said reporters to look unbiased when the labour organization they pay dues to is openly backing one side? 

I'm not shilling for the Tories or the Liberals. I just want coverge I can trust. If these handouts start, I'm not sure where I'll find it. Even in the most evenhanded reporting, there will always be that suspicion. 

I know a lot of places are struggling, but selling even the perception of their journalistic independence is too high a price.

Bingo. This should be front and centre of every media outlet, and every media entity should be giving a firm NO to a payout. This issue has barely made a dent in news media. That is by design, as they are on the take and will push a Trudeau government down the throats of those who paid for it.

SOWNY » Feds Handing Out Millions To Support Journalism, So Why Am I Nervous? » November 27, 2018 9:03 pm

WilliamT
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Congratulations on Prime Minister Trudeau being re-elected in 2019.

The payout should be called a payoff. The press will treat the man and the party that feeds them very well. This should make you nervous RadioActive. This feels wrong and this looks unethical. It's also an embarrassment for any media corporation to take a single penny from taxpayers. Not only money not well spent but this is total corruption at the highest level. Why? Because this entire situation could be used as proof that fake news is real, and members of the media will attempt to defend themselves while taking a handout.

Milton was 100% right.

However, some of you won't see the bias in the upcoming 2019 election. You'll cling to your John Moore'esque schoolboy ignorance and believe the men and women left in the media industry can play the entire election campaign down the middle. Very hard to bite the hand that feeds you.
 

SOWNY » Who Gets Your Vote For American Election Coverage? » November 7, 2018 2:32 pm

WilliamT
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RadioActive wrote:

Wow. Just wow. I'm not sure if anyone saw the noon press conference Trump held on Wednesday, but I honestly thought the President of the United States was going to go down in the press gallery and start a fistfight with some of the reporters - especially Jim Acosta of CNN, who Trump publicly said should be fired when he refused to sit down and stop trying to question him.

Or to paraphrase the old joke, "I went to a WWE match and a press conference broke out."
 
Trump clashes with 'rude, terrible person' Jim Acosta of CNN

Should be an interesting next two years.

Heard clips on the radio. Acosta came off sounding whiny and self serving. Could have been different had I watched on TV.

SOWNY » Who Gets Your Vote For American Election Coverage? » November 7, 2018 2:30 pm

WilliamT
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RadioActive wrote:

And if you want the irony of ironies, consider this: The very first TV network that declared the Republicans had lost the House was none other than Fox News. They went with the confirmation a good 45 minutes before anyone else even came close. Given their leanings, you'd think they would have been the very last to admit it. 

They are #1 for many reasons. I could explain, however people on this forum wouldn't understand. Nevertheless, you can calm the rhetoric. Those who aren't ignorant are not surprised by this.

SOWNY » Newstalk 1010's 'Moore In The Morning' 9 Year Anniversary » October 10, 2018 12:15 pm

WilliamT
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Justalistener wrote:

Dial Twister wrote:

g121 wrote:

My only complaint is having Jerry Agar on the round table.  Jerry's already got 9-12 to spew his special style of bombast.  No need for Jerry to spill over to John's show.

Agreed...the very definition of angry-old-man radio.

9am.That's when 1010 loses me and often for the rest of the day. I like Jim and Solomon but unless I'm in the car it's often too much of a bother to switch back.

Maybe try pushing your car seat closer to the steering wheel.

SOWNY » Build Your Own Radio Station » August 10, 2018 11:46 am

WilliamT
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Since we like to inject opinion here, let's have some fun...

- Pick any format, AM or FM
- Choose your morning team, midday, afternoon/drive evening, even OVERNIGHT if you so choose
- Decide if you want extra talent (ie. News on an FM music station, traffic all day, weather cut-ins etc)
- Decide what your weekend programming will be

Armchair PDs and GMs, have at it....

SOWNY » Sinclair TV » August 10, 2018 11:41 am

WilliamT
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Prod Guy wrote:

cGrant wrote:

Question:  How is it that some here accept the notion that Sinclair and Fox are insidiously slanting the news, yet those same people seem to excuse the same notion when applied to The Star, CBC, etc.?

Here's how:
Trump: "Teachers should have guns."
MSNBC: Here's video of Trump saying teachers should have guns.  We don't think they should.  Here's why not.

Obama: I don't want to take away guns from law abiding citizens, but we need background checks.
Fox News: Obama wants to take away guns from law abiding citizens!

One is an editorial opinion, one is a lie.

An inaccurate and ignorant statement. So you watch one and not the other. Forget denying it, your comment says it all.

SOWNY » Most Powerful Man In Network TV Accused Of Sexual Misconduct » July 28, 2018 7:36 pm

WilliamT
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RadioActive wrote:

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another huge #metoo scandal in Hollywood,

Never thought that at all. Surprised it took this long for the next scandal to emerge. 

SOWNY » Roseanne Barr-ed from television » June 22, 2018 1:35 pm

WilliamT
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Will it work? Probably not.

Nobody cares about anyone on that show except for John Goodman who does not need the show to boost his career.

Ever since I checked in here, we had Samantha Bee keep her job for calling someone a word that all females seem to despise - oh, except if it's the daughter of the President who happens to be a Republican in this particular decade.

Someone called Trump an orange orangutan...I guess that's perfectly fine. What Roseanne said? Oh no, we can't have that.

Oh yeah, Douglas Ford is the new Premiere. Reading unhinged Facebook posts 24 hours after the election was quite entertaining.

Hypocrisy runs deep.

SOWNY » Ex-RB Host Mike Bullard Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, Gets Probation » June 14, 2018 1:08 pm

WilliamT
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cGrant wrote:

Tom, not sure who you're addressing, but your post was confusing. My main point had nothing to specifically to do with you and violence. My point was that encouraging ANYONE to arm themselves and prepare to kill another person is not, in my view, the best choice. Male, female or other. I hardly take the male side. My point would stand regardless of gender. If the victim genuinely fear for their life, there are police and/or legal options available. Self-defense is a different beast in Canada vs the States.

...and that choice of yours is how women have been murdered by their stalkers. Congrats. Tom's statement wasn't controversial when a woman is defending themselves against men, or women, who want to abuse their power and control over another person. 

By all means call the police. When they arrive 10-20 minutes after the phone call she will be another victim reported in the news. Tom's way has a better chance to help end stalking and promote female heroism. There's your equality lesson of the day.

SOWNY » Roseanne Barr-ed from television » May 30, 2018 1:21 pm

WilliamT
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mike marshall wrote:

cGrant wrote:

there is a very strong possibility that another faction will pick up the morbidly obese Trump-supporting sitcom.  

Not for some time, if ever. Wouldn't be surprised if Trump owns some of this, too.
 

So fat-shaming cool, personal appearances involving animals not so much. Unless the personal appearance pokes fun at any conservative or Republican. Good to know we're all about equality.

Did the news media make sure to add "Hillary and Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein..." to every news story involving good friend of the Clintons, Mr. Pro-Feminist Weinstein? Nope. The point? No reason for Trump to own something Roseanne did on Twitter. Anyway, my apologies for any logic brought to the table...

SOWNY » Toronto Truck Carnage Coverage » April 24, 2018 1:31 pm

WilliamT
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ONEIL wrote:

Peter the K wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

What I said was when this kind of incident takes place, especially in your city, you DON'T keep showing "Ellen."

 I'm really not trying to troll, here.  Honest.  But the days of the local TV station "serving" the community are long over, despite what the commission's guidelines suggest.  

You have a valid point Peter. My thoughts are, In the early stages of the incident it was so similar to previous terrorist attacks it merited some TV coverage.  Fortunately it wasn't terror related and we've yet to learn the motivation.  CBC and CTV could have broken into regular programming and referred viewers to their News Channel.  Global would have to stay longer with no alternative to offer. Hypothetically, if it was terror related and other attacks were a possibility they would not have served the public at all.  

One man in a van terrorized innocent people on a sidewalk by driving into them. Just because you do not define the man a terrorist does not mean terror did not take place. 

SOWNY » Controversial Canadian To Appear On HBO' s "Real Time With Bill Maher" » April 24, 2018 1:29 pm

WilliamT
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Controversial - Because you disagree with it. Ok, glad we got that figured out.

SOWNY » Kitchener DJ's Political Rants Prompt Gripes To CRTC, CBSC & More » April 24, 2018 1:28 pm

WilliamT
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This wouldn't be a story if he were on the other side of the political spectrum. Another assault on free speech by the CRTC and CBSC as the AM and FM airways continues it's spiral downward.

SOWNY » The Blue Jays broadcast team...what is the verdict so far? » April 11, 2018 1:16 pm

WilliamT
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Siddall is better on the desk with Jamie than in the broadcast booth. He turns a 10 second point into a 30 second diatribe. Barker is better than people give him credit for. He is fair with his criticism when necessary. Wagner is not bad at all.

SOWNY » Sinclair TV » April 6, 2018 1:29 pm

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ONEIL wrote:

cGrant wrote:

How is this any different than what happens up here in the (not so) Great White North?

It's obvious how it's different to most people. You like to just complain. 
Sinclair in 2004 forced it's affiliates to aired John Kerry propaganda. Also Sinclair branded "inflammatory Terrorism Alerts" - there was no national terror alert...they create their own.
Truth in journalism is fighting gale force headwinds. Democracy will not survive if ignorance becomes currency.


 

You mean when John Kerry committed treason? The only ignorance here is you. Maybe CNN should have stood up to say they are real journalists when wikileaks unveiled their part in sabotage of the Democrat Primary when they were caught handing Clinton debate questions. Then again, I won't hold my breath waiting for you to wake up, O'Neil. I guess I'm team Kowch now...

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