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SOWNY » Will non OTA viewers ever see Antenna-Cozi-Me-Retro TV » October 1, 2019 7:46 pm

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mace wrote:

RA: In one of the above posts you lamented the unavailabilty of Decades on a subchannel near the GTA. It is on ch 34-2 WVTT Olean, N.Y. However, at 3000 watts, we will never see it here. Too bad WIVB didnt add it because I believe CBS is behind it.

Correct; the only subchannel WIVB has right now is CourtTV, which was recently resurrected by Katz Broadcasting (which is part of Scripps)and airs on the .2 subchannel(ironically, Scripps owns WKBW-TV...but they don't have much room to add any more; they current have Grit and CourtTV Mystery(formerly known as Escape)).

Also: Decades is exiting the CBS O & O's in quite a few markets and will be moving to Fox O & Os soon(for markets that DON'T have a Fox O & O, right now they're out of luck).

SOWNY » Ben Wagner & Dan Shulman Named New Radio Voices Of The Blue Jays » April 2, 2018 6:59 pm

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Anyone else realize that the Bisons PBP post has seen a LOT of well-known voices move on to bigger and better things? Consider:

*Pete Weber: Also did PBP for the Sabres and analyst duties for the Bills before getting the call to the NHL and becoming the PBP voice for the Nashville Predators.

*John Murphy: First an analyst for Bills games, he's now THEIR PBP voice.

*Greg Brown: Pittsburgh Pirates PBP TV voice

*Jim Rosenhaus: Now part of the Cleveland Indians radio broadcast team(he'll likely succeed Tom Hamilton when he retires).

SOWNY » Sinclair TV » April 2, 2018 6:48 pm

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mace wrote:

For what it's worth, WUTV in Buffalo and WUHF in Rochester are both owned by Sinclair.

WUTV AND WUHF do NOT do their own newscasts; they partner with other stations to do so. WUTV has WGRZ producing its 10pm news(they're owned by Gannett's TV arm, TEGNA)and WUHF(owned by Sinclair)has WHAM-TV(which is operated by Sinclair)do theirs.

SOWNY » Want More? Let's get back to The River! » March 1, 2018 6:45 pm

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Don wrote:

I'm a little confused here. Is 105.1 CJED? Because the list I posted is not Classic Hits. I don't have access to the CFLZ list.

105.1 IS CJED. It looks like the Juice FM playlist got moved over to the River.

SOWNY » Want More? Let's get back to The River! » March 1, 2018 2:37 pm

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Don: Thanks for the update. Based on that, the adult hits from 101.1 segued to 105.1 .

SOWNY » Want More? Let's get back to The River! » March 1, 2018 2:23 pm

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So...today, Byrnes Media's new stations, CFLZ/101.1(Fort Erie)and CJED/105.1(Niagara Falls)FINALLY unveiled their new positioners. And they are...

CFLZ: 101.1 More FM
CJED: 105.1 The River

That's about all the info I have on it at this point(that includes formats). Sorry.

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 19, 2018 11:24 am

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As noted, aside from noting the change in ownership and that a new format is coming to 101.1(and, presumably, 105.1 as well), not yet.

I think Byrnes is taking their time with the launch.

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 18, 2018 5:57 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

ckg927 wrote:

Except that when Entercom purchased 107.7 in 2004, they yanked the sports format on WNSA likely because it was in direct competition with WGR. It switched calls to WLKK and became Triple A The Lake, then switched to a simulcast of WBEN(which went nowhere fast), leading to what we have now.

Entercom Buffalo is not a fan of any sort of competition. 
They bought Magic 102, (was competition to WKSE, switched it to Q, and later Star)
They also bought WGR News radio 55 (switched it to sports so WBEN can have no competition) and then they purchased 107.7 to prevent someone else from doing top 40 in Buffalo.

Entercom must have thrown a huge party when CRTC ruled that Wild 101 (at the time) can not function as a Buffalo targeted station. 
 

Well, Entercom didn't purchase what became WTSS until 1999 from(believe it or not)Sinclair; they were exiting radio to focus on TV. And 107.7 wasn't bought until 2004.

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 16, 2018 6:58 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

ckg927 wrote:

Truth to tell, Alt Buffalo(at 107.7 & 104.7)proudly touts that it plays 54 minutes of music an hour.

107.7 has the most room to be a deliberate tax write off. It was bought strictly for the purpose of preventing the competition from buying it and launching competition to WKSE.

Except that when Entercom purchased 107.7 in 2004, they yanked the sports format on WNSA likely because it was in direct competition with WGR. It switched calls to WLKK and became Triple A The Lake, then switched to a simulcast of WBEN(which went nowhere fast), leading to what we have now.

One other thing I forgot to mention: CKEY was, again, running a liner today(worded differently)mentioning the change in ownership and pending format change. Just in case anyone forgot.

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 15, 2018 6:34 pm

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kevjo wrote:

markow202 wrote:

As long as GIANT 91,7 doesnt flip formats. Im liking listening to that one for a proper-ish classic rock mix with little commercials.

The fact that there are little commercials should concern anyone who enjoys the station as we all know what it translates to. 

Truth to tell, Alt Buffalo(at 107.7 & 104.7)proudly touts that it plays 54 minutes of music an hour.

Also, I don't think Byrnes Media will announce what the new formats are until they're ready.

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 4, 2018 2:27 pm

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Jonny wrote:

mike marshall wrote:

    It's Polka Time!   

AM 1300 WXRL Buffalo/Lancaster has an excellent polka program noon - 3:00 Sundays, Mike



 

They do....PLUS they have a weekday polka show from 5-7pm(and the guy who does that ALSO handles a polka show on WECK/1230(with a translator at 102.9 FM, and a second one will be added at 100.5 FM in the near future)Sunday mornings from 8-11am.

I honestly think they'll take one of the stations(likely 101.1)and make that AC, giving CHRE some competition. What 105.1 will become....eh, who knows?

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 3, 2018 4:56 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

Strictly a guess-are there two cookie cutter stations that Byrnes media owns already that compliment each other well...maybe one of those??

Byrnes only owns CIHR.

SOWNY » Two border stations switching formats » February 3, 2018 3:58 pm

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CFLZ/101.1 Fort Erie(adult hits; 101.1 Juice FM)and CJED/105.1 Niagara Falls(CHR: 2dayFM)were recently sold to the Burlington, Ont.-based Byrnes Media for $800,000 Cdn., as noted in a recent CRTC decision. Said decision notes that both stations have been losing a lot of money in the past few years-and Byrnes proposed investing in the stations instead of paying what they call "tangible benefits". (I'll let others explain that term in more detail.) That would include training personnel and hiring new staffers, building up the music libraries and improving the infrastructure. (Which is a good thing-at least in CFLZ's case, because every once in a while the station goes off the air!) And they would devote local programming targeted to both of the markets they're licensed to, much as they've done for CIHR-FM in Woodstock(which Byrnes also owns).

Now, to the main point: As of today, BOTH stations are running liners mentioning the new owners and that a new format is coming to both CFLZ and CJED. Whatever it is, they're not tipping their hand....yet.

So...any speculation on what's coming?

SOWNY » "Chickenman" Creator & Voice Dick Orkin Is Gone » December 26, 2017 7:09 pm

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kevjo wrote:

Mike Cleaver wrote:

His spots still run on Vancouver radio, for Vancouver Job Shop.com.
They really stand out amongst the dreck that passes for radio advertising these days.
Two of the most creative radio geniuses now are gone, Orkin and Freberg.

I first heard Chickenman in the early 80's when Q107 carried it. The show lives on the radio dial weekday mornings at 9:25 on Northumberland 89.7, streaming on line at www.northumberland897.ca

 

WWKB/1520 carried Chickenman segments when they flipped formats to oldies(or "real oldies", if you wish)in 2003.

SOWNY » CHFI Officially Jumps To All-Christmas-All-The-Time » November 20, 2017 8:24 pm

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Here in Buffalo, once WTSS(Star 102.5)pulls the trigger on going all-Christmas(this year, they did it on November 7th...I think), I pull the trigger on removing it from my car's pre-sets. 

Let me make this clear: I have NOTHING against Christmas music. Just a station starting it THAT early.

SOWNY » First Station In North America To Go All Christmas Surfaces » November 12, 2017 7:47 pm

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Paul Jeffries wrote:

I seem to remember 97.3, in their previous incarnation as EZ Rock, started the tradition of playing Christmas music the day after Halloween and other TO stations would follow suit as well.

I think so, too....but, if memory serves, didn't they become Boom 97.3 after playing Christmas music one year?

SOWNY » The First Amendment and Boobs/ Fox News Host on CNN » September 18, 2017 1:24 pm

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That's one of the problems with CNN, which is ADDICTED to this kind of mini-McLaughlin Group garbage...where much yelling and screaming is done because one of the panelists decides to act like an A-hole.

They WANT the clickbait. They WANT the notoriety. Don't give it to them.
 

SOWNY » FM 108 revived » August 29, 2017 3:32 am

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Dale Patterson wrote:

Bristol wrote:

Dale Patterson wrote:

I think Russ is on to a good concept here. That is, take all the elements from a radio station from the past and attempt to recreate that station. Another station doing it is oWOW, which is recreating Cleveland rocker WWMS. If I had the resources, I would attempt to recreate CKFH, or maybe WGR or CKOC. Wouldn't it be fun!

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/07/cleveland-based_internet_radio.html.

>>>hmmmm...CKOC? listened to the CHTG Grand at 92.9 lately ? Peter Jaycock, Ted Yates, Rockin Ray, Shelly...and lots of other oldies!

Correct you are. The Grand has done a great job of bringing back the CKOC gang. The only other local example I can think of is WWKB, which attempted to recreate the legendary WKBW from 2003 to 2006. For a time, the lineup included Dan Neaverth and Tom Donahue in mornings, Sandy Beach late mornings, Hank Nevins afternoon drive and Jack Armstrong (in North Carolina) in evenings. Ratings were poor and the format died in February '06.

http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/kb1520.jpg

 

Note, please, that WECK/1230 in the Buffalo market now has Donahue(still doing mornings after all these years)and Neaverth(doing Friday afternoons); Jon Summers, Harv Moore & Mike Jacobs(all Buffalo radio vets)are on staff.

SOWNY » New "Old" Subcarrier Channel Returns To Buffalo » July 30, 2017 8:07 pm

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WBBZ's signal barely makes it to St. Catharines, never mind the GTA. And 'BBZ has the same amount of diginets as WKBW does(sort of; their .3 subchannel is a full-time feed of MeTV; 'BBZ does knock out quite a bit of programming, but most of it is on the weekends). WNYO, too, has 3 diginets: American Sports Network; it'll soon merge with another provider and be known as Stadium....Comet...and GetTV.

SOWNY » New Subcarriers From Buffalo For Antenna Users » July 4, 2017 5:15 pm

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RA: The reason WHY you're seeing TBD and Charge! on WUTV is that those diginets are owned by Sinclair(WUTV & WNYO's owner). Makes sense, no?

Here's the full subchannel list for the Buffalo market. Keep for future reference.

WGRZ: 2.2  Antenna TV  2.3 Justice Network
WIVB: No subchannels
WKBW: 7.2 Laff   7.3 Escape   7.4 Grit (moving over from WUTV)
WNED: 17.2 World  17.3 Create
WNLO: 23.2 Bounce TV
WUTV: (refer to RA's post)
WNYO: 49.2 American Sports Network(will be renamed Stadium) 49.3 Comet 49.4 GetTV
WPXJ: 51.2 Qubo 51.3 Ion Life  51.4 Ion Shop 51.5 QVC Over Air  51.6 HSN
WBBZ: 67.2 Heroes and Icons 67.3 MeTV(full time feed) 67.4 Daystar

I don't include WDTB(ch.39) and WBXZ(ch.56) because they're low-power stations.

SOWNY » Buffalo's Version Of Roger Ashby Celebrates 40 Yrs. Doing Mornings » June 5, 2017 4:54 pm

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Let's not forget, too, that Bill Lacy's been around for YEARS...wakeup duty first for WBEN, and now at WHTT.

Then there's Tom Donahue, currently holding down mornings at WECK(he did wake up duty at WNUC for a few years, which is now WLKK(Alternative Buffalo). (He did this while also serving as a professor at Buffalo State College in the Communications Dept. and acting as an advisor to WBNY-FM(full disclosure: I took a class or two from him). He's now retired from Buff State.)

Shredd & Ragan have been at 103.3 doing mornings for most of that time.

And then there's DJ Anthony at Kiss 98.5, who's been doing either evenings or late nights for what seems like forever.

SOWNY » Buffalo's Version Of Roger Ashby Celebrates 40 Yrs. Doing Mornings » June 3, 2017 9:46 pm

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Due props to Dale lasting this long in radio. That said...

WTSS' Roger Christian's response to this? Hold my microphone.

SOWNY » Who will get the rights to the Cellino & Barnes jingle? » May 15, 2017 5:49 am

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So would WEDG's morning team of Shredd & Ragan: many years ago, they did a parody billboard of one of their ads(back when their tagline was Injured?). It showed both of them bald(naturally, photo-shopped that way)and with the word INJURED!

Granted, S & R aren't as biting as they used to be, but they have their moments.

SOWNY » "90's and more" » February 19, 2017 3:34 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

Evanov radio group has terminated Jewel Winnipeg in favour of Hot 100.5FM, a "90's and more" station.
http://hot1005fm.com/ )

Will they do the same to Jewel here? Or maybe change Z103? 
I was just starting to wonder if Z would start airing a lot more "way back play back"...a 90's and more format would do that for them... 

Oh, if only CFXJ(93-5 The Move)wasn't already doing that format in Toronto...

SOWNY » Buffalo TV Weathermen Recall 40th Anniversary Of Blizzard Of 77 » February 3, 2017 4:48 pm

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Also of note, WBBZ here in Buffalo recently devoted a decent chunk of their weekly show Talk of the Town to a 40th anniversary retrospective-with legendary Buffalo morning man Dan Neaverth as guest.

SOWNY » Winnipeg gets Peggy FM » January 2, 2017 4:52 pm

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Good on someone for remembering that WBUF was Alice before they became Jack.

You can also add Doug(which WDRQ/93.1 in Detroit used when it did classic hits before it switched to country as Nash FM 93.1)and Ben(WBEN-FM/95.7 in Philadelphia, which also does classic hits)to the list of names used for radio station positioners.

SOWNY » STAR 102.5 HO HO HO » November 21, 2016 3:45 pm

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Paul Jeffries wrote:

In the past they've had a Scrooge button on their website that you could click for an alternate stream of non-Christmas music.


PJ

And they have that option once again.

Star just exchanged one form of torture(the U.S. election)for another(an early start to Christmas music).

SOWNY » WGRZ Daybreak morning anchor to leave... » November 21, 2016 3:43 pm

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Not quite; Beard has adjusted his exit date to June '17.

SOWNY » Story: WBEN’s Tom Bauerle 'Vindicated' From Mental Illness Claims » October 23, 2016 8:25 pm

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As a Buffaloian, I've put up with Mr. Bauerle and WBEN long enough. And I'm in no mood to put up with their...or CFP's....horse hockey

I ejected WBEN off my car pre-sets years ago and they're no longer my go-to station for news. If I want it, I'll go to WBFO, the CBC or even 680 News.

Clint Buehlman and Jeff Kaye are probably spinning at high speed in their graves bemoaning what has become of WBEN...and likely Bill Lacy & John Murphy must be thanking their lucky stars they don't work for WBEN anymore. All it is these days is red-meat radio.

SOWNY » It’s Bell Vs. Everybody Else As Radio Streaming Wars Loom » September 28, 2016 12:14 pm

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I should note that here in Buffalo, we have no iHeartMedia stations....BUT, on the iHeart app, you can stream WGRF(97 Rock), WEDG(103.3 The Edge)and WHTT(Classic Hits 104.1)as well as WHLD(SportsRadio 1270 The Fan). They all add the words "a Cumulus station" in their legal IDs.

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