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SOWNY » The End of Terrestrial Radio? Electric Cars and AM Radio » Yesterday 4:45 pm

MJ Vancouver
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I’m on the US west coast right now, and my observation is that even News/talk formats have moved off AM there. Seattle’s top news/talk station is KIRO-FM 97.3, which used to broadcast on 710 AM - now occupied by an ESPN station. And in Portland, the top news station is KXL 101.1, which moved from 750 AM - also now a sports station. Both cities have NPR stations on FM as well, and Portland, like Toronto, has streetcars with overhead wires.

SOWNY » Vancouver Station Playing Killing In The Name Since Yesterday Morning » July 3, 2022 9:10 pm

MJ Vancouver
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I gave the new Sonic a listen on Friday. As an alternative fan myself, I enjoyed the playlist, and they seem good at promoting events in Vancouver and area.

I’ve added it to my presets.

SOWNY » Buck Martinez Finishes Cancer Treatment, May Be Back On Air Soon » July 3, 2022 9:08 pm

mace wrote:

Glad to hear Buck Martinez has successfully completed his cancer treatment. However, I still prefer Dan Shulman calling Jays games. I find Buck's voice grating and irritating in a nails on blackboard sort of way.

Buck’s voice is, shall we say, a little different, but it’s comforting in its own way. Along with Jerry Howarth, Buck’s voice has always been the voice of the Jays for me.

SOWNY » CBC judgement call: Roe vs. Wade & the Supreme Court » June 26, 2022 3:11 pm

MJ Vancouver
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I’ve got no direct skin in this game because (a) I’m not a woman, and (b) I’m not American. But I will say this - I would likely not be alive today if my birth mother was able to access abortion in London, Ont. many years ago. She was a Western student at the time and her only two options were ending her studies and raising me, or putting me up for adoption. She chose the latter. Although I don’t know for sure that if presented with the same situation today that she would choose abortion, it is highly likely that she would.

I am not religious, but the way I was conceived has had an impact on my feelings around this situation, and some comments on the pro-choice side have definitely been a source of personal struggle around my own self-worth. However, I also know multiple women who have had multiple miscarriages, they were not at fault for any of them, and medically necessary abortions were needed to save their lives. I see both sides of the coin.

It’s a very complicated issue in terms of my beliefs, and I think there’s a lot of nuance around it that gets missed by both sides in these highly polarized times.

SOWNY » Local Radio Stations That Are No Longer On The Air » June 19, 2022 3:19 pm

MJ Vancouver
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Would the original CFRC in Kingston count? The AM station was first on the air and they had a separate FM station for many years alongside the AM; the FM is still on the air today but the AM shut down in 1990. Might be kind of a grey area for this list.

I believe there was also once a French station in Cornwall that eventually shut down.

There was also a station in Sarnia for a number of years operated by Global. Yes, that Global. I believe it was just a tourist info station.

There’s also situations like CHLO in St. Thomas - technically that was an AM-to-FM conversion, but it hasn’t operated as a St. Thomas station in well over 20 years now.

SOWNY » Is "Zonecasting" The Next Big Thing For FM Radio? How Does It Work? » June 16, 2022 1:02 pm

MJ Vancouver
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Radiowiz wrote:

For the local side of the coin, I see how this might be a good idea.
Let's not forget the National spots though.
Tide gets your clothes matter where you live. lol
BUT...where to buy the end of a National spot, does this mean that a Scarborough listener can be informed that Sally's independent grocery sells tide for less than the big guys? (while Downtown Toronto listeners can be steered to shop at Fiesta farms for Tide?)
Does the Tide ad end with a simple message to grab tide on sale at Shoppers drug mart (or whatever big well known store...?)

It's interesting to learn how this could pan out...

I work in advertising but on the digital side of things. This looks like interesting technology, and definitely could help terrestrial radio overcome one of its weaknesses, broadcasting the same message to a large area.

Given what I’ve seen businesses do with Google’s various services, I would predict local businesses would want to target specific neighbourhoods instead of the station’s full coverage area, while national brands (Canadian Tire, Best Buy, etc.) will keep a single ad but with some level of customization for the local neighborhood. For example, if you’re driving on the 401 near the DVP, a Canadian Tire ad might specify that the nearest location is on Sheppard near Leslie, or if you’re driving near Yonge and Steeles it will specify the location at that intersection instead.

This could open up new advertising for local businesses that don’t want to reach an entire metropolitan area, especially in large markets like Toronto.

SOWNY » Possible big changes at HNIC? » June 16, 2022 11:48 am

MJ Vancouver
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Among other rumours, there’s talk that this might be the final season for Ron Maclean.

SOWNY » Kingston Sportscaster Says Goodbye After 46 Years » June 15, 2022 9:31 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Doug Jeffries isn't a household name in the GTA but he's been on Kingston airwaves - both radio and TV - for almost half a century. He'll say a final farewell to viewers on CKWS-TV Wednesday.

Tributes pour in as Global Kingston sportscaster Doug Jeffries retires after 46 years

Does he still do the little wave at the end of the newscast?

I’ve seen his sportscasts a few times. He could get (rightfully) angry on-air when the Leafs were doing badly. I liked that passion.

SOWNY » Is CTV Toronto's News Short Staffed, On Vacation Or Just Not Caring? » June 14, 2022 5:23 pm

MJ Vancouver
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zed wrote:

Yes.. it was well over a decade they ran World Beat News at 6:30... I beleive they were also the last station in Southern Ontario to drop film and acquire video ENG gear and the last to computerize their newsroom. 

Being first was never their thing LOL.

CBC was quite late with film as well. Retrontario used to have an 11pm newscast from CBLT from the summer of 1984 on YouTube (long ago deleted - I think it was on his original “WNED17” channel) in which most of the reports were on film - even the Blue Jays highlights.

SOWNY » Is CTV Toronto's News Short Staffed, On Vacation Or Just Not Caring? » June 14, 2022 10:22 am

MJ Vancouver
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Radiowiz wrote:

Actually, I do recall a short time where CFTO news would start at 6:30 and go until 7:30. 
(this is back when they first decided to expand from 30 minutes to a full hour newscast, I believe...?)

I believe they went from 6:30-7:30 for over a decade, up until 1988. For years they had a sitcom at 6:00.

SOWNY » Interesting Weekend For Golf On TV. CHCH Picks Up Tournament » June 10, 2022 8:32 pm

mace wrote:

I believe CHCH is still offered on Bell and Shaw Satellite systems. Cable systems outside Ontario may carry it, but wouldn't be required to.  I checked the sites of several cable companies. CHCH is available in Winnipeg and Regina but not Edmonton.

Not available on Shaw in Vancouver.

We do get NTV Newfoundland on the timeshifting channels, however.

SOWNY » The Cdn. Stn. That Only Broadcasts Play-By-Play Games - & Nothing Else » June 10, 2022 8:30 pm

It seems to me there was a low-powered FM in Kingston that was used only to broadcast OHL Frontenacs games in the vicinity of the arena. No idea if it still exists.

SOWNY » BT Host Calls Out Viewers For Asking If She's Pregnant » June 8, 2022 3:25 pm

AspectRatio wrote:

radiokid wrote:

So I would normally ignore when people make stupid comments on this board... but I have to ask...  Would you walk up to someone on the street and make this comment to you or your wife?   Your mom?    Social media is no different..   If you make these comments, it says more about you than it does about the person you are making the comment to.

I agree with all you've written and it's "poor form" indeed to make such comments. The only aspect I wanted to add that you didn't touch on is that people have long (decades) felt a certain "connection" to TV and radio personalities - they're in their homes, cars, showers (shower radios), on the phone in the palm of their hand, being listened to when waking up or before going to bed at night, etc.  People feel like they "know" the hosts (even if they don't) and a host's job is a certain congenial, welcome "familiarity".

That, of course, doesn't give anyone any excuse for social media comments but some people are just thoughtless and go "Oh..." in realization or horror when it's first pointed out to them. They're used to interacting or posting about that radio or TV personality the same as they might for someone in their immediate social media circle of friends and don't even think twice. People thinking more is a good goal I'd say.


I remember riding the TTC once about 5-6 years ago during morning rush hour, when a young woman boarded who was maybe a tad overweight but not that much so. I saw a middle-age woman sitting on one of the blue seats, and she offered the younger woman her seat, making some comment about her pregnancy - but she was really polite about it. The younger woman immediately snapped “I’m not pregnant!” It was an awkward sight, to say the least.

SOWNY » Did CTV London move their weekend news to Windsor? » June 5, 2022 1:03 pm

MJ Vancouver
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paterson1 wrote:

We need to remember for about five and a half months the London and Windsor weekend evening news is not broadcast because of NFL football on CTV2. 

Detroit news is very slick with nice sets and good on air talent.  Fox Detroit does a huge amount of news daily about 12 hours starting at 3am.  Detroit hardly ever covers Windsor news, unless it is something that would impact Detroit.  I receive the Detroit stations and Windsor is not mentioned much in the news unless it impacts the border or the new bridge. They may cover a big event in Windsor that people in Detroit would attend.  Sometimes Windsor isn't even included in the weather map!. 

The CTV Windsor news isn't bad as far as journalism is concerned but they are not in the same league as Detroit.  I don't receive CBC Windsor, but what I have seen is not too exciting.
Hard to compare Windsor and Detroit.  Windsor/Essex is a small market of about 410,000 people compared to Detroit and area of about 4.5 million so we are not comparing equals.  I would think that both CBC Windsor and CTV Windsor newscasts likely don't do bad in the ratings, too bad that CTV Windsor is pre-empted so much though. 

I often found that if any of the Detroit stations covered something in Windsor, it was WDIV.

I remember one time in 2008 on a Sunday evening when some particularly severe storms were moving through Michigan into SW Ontario, and there was barely a mention of it on CFPL/CHWI’s regional news at 6, even saying something like “tune in at 11 for more about the storms”. Meanwhile WDIV in Detroit was pre-empting NBC Nightly News with weather coverage, and even did a rundown of all the Environment Canada warnings in Ontario (though their weatherman misidentified Leamington as “Lexington”) in addition to all the NWS warnings in Michigan. Being a Sunday, CBC Windsor would have had nothing at all. It was an interesting case of Detroit media paying more attention to Windsor than Windsor me

SOWNY » Ontario Election Coverage On The Radio » June 3, 2022 10:47 am

MJ Vancouver
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mace wrote:

I bounced around from CTV, CBC. GLOBAL, CITY and CHCH. CHCH had an interesting discussion about how Union support has been divided. Public sector still with the NDP. Private sector with the Conservatives. I ended up sticking with CTV.

I watched both CTV News Channel and CBC News Network from the west coast.

CTV definitely had the better coverage. CBC’s coverage, at least when I was watching, seemed more focused on Toronto than CTV which had info from around Ontario. Though of course the election is largely decided in the GTA.

I noticed on Facebook that CTV London was doing something - there was a video of their rehearsal, and it looks like Jim Crichton was even part of it. Did they do an actual special or was this just something at 11?

SOWNY » What Were The Top 3 TV Shows The Year You Were Born? » May 29, 2022 1:04 pm

The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Cheers.

I would assume these three were also top in Canada at the time.

SOWNY » Rogers Cuts in the West/New Breakfast Television Nationwide early 2021 » May 22, 2022 8:38 pm

MJ Vancouver
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I took a peak at “national” BT on Citytv Vancouver a couple weeks ago.

The news ticker at the bottom was all local Toronto and Ontario news.

They could at least make an effort to put in local headlines for Vancouver. They have the newsroom to do it.

I have pretty low expectations with Rogers though. They also air Ontario-specific ads on Sportsnet Pacific that are of no relevance to us in BC.

SOWNY » Vangelis 1943-2022 » May 19, 2022 4:08 pm

While he was perhaps best known for Chariots of Fire, he also composed Pulstar, a score that was used by several TV stations on both sides of the border as their news theme in the 80s. Notably, CBC Toronto for its News Final cast.

SOWNY » How One Buffalo Music Station Covered The Supermarket Massacre » May 18, 2022 11:20 pm

I remember on 9/11, virtually every channel on television switched to coverage of the terror attacks. Stations with no network news affiliation simulcast CNN, as did numerous cable channels. The only exceptions were childrens/preschool channels such as YTV and Treehouse.

It was the only time I can remember almost every TV channel, Canadian or American, showing the same thing.

SOWNY » How KYW Went From Chicago, To Philly To Cleveland & Back Again » May 18, 2022 11:17 pm

RadioActive wrote:

This won't be a post that will interest anyone but DXers and radio history buffs, but what a bizarre backstory there is behind the call letters "KYW," currently a 50,000-watt radio station at 1060 on the dial in Philadelphia.

But it wasn't always there. 

This amazing history traces the tale of how those call letters travelled from its origins in Chicago, wound up in Philadelphia, got transferred to Cleveland and finally landed back in Philly, leaving that city with a rare eastern "K" call sign designation. 

I don't think anyone here was alive when it was in the Windy City, but if there has ever been a station that travelled more than this one, I can't think of it. It's a story of big business, government inaction, payola, and a lot of very bizarre behind-the-scenes manipulations.

But you may need to get out a map (or a GPS) to follow all the twists and turns that brought it back to where it remains to this day. 

The KYW Story – The Station That Really Moved Around

Not only was there KYW Radio, but there was also KYW-TV which was in Cleveland and moved to Philadelphia - incidentally both stations were on Channel 3. Channel 3 in Cleveland later became WKYC.

SOWNY » classic rock songs you are sick of hearing » May 8, 2022 7:38 pm

MJ Vancouver
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Marsden wrote:

Therein lies the problem. 

Almost every time a radio station gets a few calls from a listeners saying they don't like a song - that radio station removes the song from their library. Over a short period of time a lot of songs get removed. 

With very little left, radio stations feel safe playing the 30 songs remaining. And then to be really safe - the station plays those 30 songs over and over and over.

No adventure.  

While I have exaggerated slightly to make a point - it really is happening.

On a panel a number of years back - a listener ask an unnamed PD "why does radio play the same song every few hours?. The PD said - "Do you know how long most people listen to the radio?" 

I guess it's a Which Came First The Chicken or The Egg" kind of thing. :-) 

In the car, it is a short time - but for some stations the playlist is so short the same songs keep coming up every time I listen for just 10 minutes. One of the worst offenders for this I’ve heard is across the border from me, KISM in Bellingham, WA. I swear their playlist must be only 15-20 classic rock songs.

SOWNY » A Classic Example Of CRTC Logic » May 2, 2022 11:43 pm

Radiowiz wrote:

turkeytop wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

800 numbers are free from a public pay phone.

And where might I find one of those?

They're everywhere. Here in Toronto they're all over the subway system because Freedom Mobile is the only service down there and not everyone has that service. 
You can easily find them in areas where signal is weak. Payphones are also around so one can call someone and apologize for forgetting to charge their phone...or worse, to inform someone that they've lost or misplaced their phone. 


I saw a whole bank of them at Pearson Airport recently.

SOWNY » Broadcasters: Fulltime Daylight-Saving Time Could Kill Some AM Stns. » April 27, 2022 8:54 pm

I don’t have a coverage map in front of me, but I recall reading several years ago that CKNX 920 in Wingham has a much smaller nighttime pattern than daytime, and that this impacts their morning show during the winter.

As for Canadian daytimers - the only remaining one I was aware of was CKOT 1510 in Tillsonburg, but it has been gone for a few years now.

Just over the border in Michigan, I believe there’s still a daytime-only NPR outlet in Lansing.

SOWNY » BBC: 70% Couldn't Live Without Us. Would Cdns. Say The Same About CBC? » April 27, 2022 12:17 am

CBC TV in this context would also have to include the French TV network, which is arguably more successful than the English network.

I would imagine the answer to the question in Quebec for the French CBC might be different than for the English CBC across Canada. Just a hunch.

SOWNY » The Poppy Family's Susan Jacks Dies At 73 » April 26, 2022 8:36 pm

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CBC Vancouver paid tribute to her on their afternoon drive show.

SOWNY » How To Pick The Best Digital Over-The Air TV Antenna » April 24, 2022 7:40 pm

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I’ve found that in the ATSC age, you either get the signal or you don’t - and with an indoor antenna, you often don’t.

I was recently in Los Angeles and I stayed in an AirBNB that had a pretty good panel antenna. Despite the dozens of OTA signals in that city, I got a grand total of four stations - KCBS 2, KTLA 5, and two PBS stations. No NBC, ABC, or FOX affiliate, no KCAL and no KCOP. I was not in a mountainous area.

When I first lived in Vancouver, the only two stations I could pick up with an antenna were both from Bellingham, WA. None of the local signals from Mount Seymour came in.

A number of years ago I knew someone in Oshawa who relied on OTA. Their only digital signals were WKBW and CBLFT. Not one English signal from Toronto. They also got CHEX 22, which was still in analog at the time (and still a CBC affiliate).

It’s very different from the analog era, that’s for sure.

SOWNY » The Weird Thing About A Toronto Resident's On-Going Jeopardy! Win » April 20, 2022 3:12 pm

MJ Vancouver
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Most places in Canada that get Wheel and Jeopardy from nearby US stations get Wheel at 7:00 and Jeopardy at 7:30 - however there is one exception, and that’s WWNY Watertown (carried on cable in Kingston and much of Eastern Ontario outside Ottawa), where Jeopardy is at 7:00 and Wheel at 7:30. If I’m not mistaken, WPTZ Plattsburgh (carried on cable in Montreal) follows that schedule as well.

There was a time in Southern Ontario when Wheel and Jeopardy did not air on the same channel. For a time in the late 80s and early 90s, Jeopardy was carried on CFMT while Wheel was on Global.

There’s also parts of the US where Jeopardy airs much earlier in the day. Notably, in Chicago, WLS airs it at 3:30pm. This also happened briefly in Southwestern Ontario, when CFPL/CKNX aired it at 5:30pm for one season during the 90s.

Another bit of Jeopardy trivia - the Trebek version was not available whatsoever in his hometown of Sudbury for its first six seasons. No local station carried it, and they received a weird mix of Buffalo and Rochester affiliates on cable that meant no US station on cable carried it either - back then Jeopardy was on WKBW Buffalo, but Sudbury got WOKR for its ABC affiliate instead, and the station airing it in Rochester wasn’t carried in Sudbury. It was only in 1990 when Baton bought MCTV and they added the show to the lineup.

SOWNY » CNN Launching CNN+ Streaming Service - But Not Initially In Canada » April 19, 2022 2:41 pm

MJ Vancouver
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RadioActive wrote:

Increasingly bad "news" for CNN+. But one columnist suggests its salvation may come in bundling it with another very popular property. Otherwise, there are signs it could be in big trouble. 

Is CNN+ Already a Bust?

CNN has also suspended external marketing for CNN+.

SOWNY » CFPL-TV London Seeking News Anchor » April 14, 2022 12:05 am

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RadioActive wrote:

It doesn't always work this way, but it's a good stepping stone to bigger markets, including Toronto. Both Lyndsey Morrison and Jessica Smith, who do the weather on CFTO (with Morrison still on mat leave) came from CKCO in Kitchener. 

Perhaps the best-known alumnus from CFPL in recent decades is Eric Sorensen, who anchored from 1981-84 and has been a correspondent and occasional fill-in anchor with Global National for about 15 years now.

Possibly the only online footage of him from his CFPL days is from this YouTube clip from 1984:

That clip also includes one reporter who is still there today, Nick Paparella.

More recently they’ve had a reporter go on to a career in a large US market, though not far away - Priya Mann now reports for WDIV in Detroit.

SOWNY » CNN Launching CNN+ Streaming Service - But Not Initially In Canada » April 12, 2022 9:05 pm

MJ Vancouver
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RadioActive wrote:

This report makes it sound like their launch was not exactly newsworthy - and now rumours are circulating that it's already in trouble. 

Is CNN Plus Headed for a Quibi-Quick Exit?

The number of daily users two weeks in aren’t good:

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