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SOWNY » Need help identifying CanCon artists » September 13, 2019 2:40 pm

Lorne
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Just thought of a couple of non-francophone artists from Montreal. Andy Kim, under the name Baron Longfellow, sang the chorus of Amour in French. And April Wine (who originally came from NS, but then moved to Montreal) sang the title of Just Between You And Me in French near the end of the song.

SOWNY » Need help identifying CanCon artists » September 13, 2019 2:32 pm

Lorne
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Toulouse's On A Rien A Perdre got significant airplay here on CHUM. They only charted its flip, It Always Happens This Way, and that was only for one week, but perhaps On A Rien A Perdre charted elsewhere. Also, The Box's L'Affaire Dumoutier (Say to Me) does have some spoken French in it.

SOWNY » Whatever happened to Mike Toth? » September 8, 2019 8:31 am

Lorne
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From http://hockeynow.ca/bios/Mike%20Toth :
Veteran broadcaster Mike Toth is a freelance journalist in Toronto. He currently serves as the sports insider on the Global Television Morning Show and was a longtime sportscaster on TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, The Fan 590 and Newstalk 1010. Coaching and watching his two sons in the minor hockey ranks, Mike writes for HockeyNow about his views on the game and his life behind the bench and up in the stands in his weekly "The Cornered Coach" blog.

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Your “Guide” To Saturday Morning TV » August 5, 2019 10:51 pm

Lorne
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RadioActive wrote:

The early days of City, if I recall, were more like a cable station than a professional one. And I don't know it's true, but my old friend, the late great Clint Nickerson, who worked there twice during his career, once claimed that the reason for the name SCTV was that a lot of that show was based on what happened at City. It was, he told me, literally a "Second City." Hence the name. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Second_City#History
 

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Your “Guide” To Saturday Morning TV » August 5, 2019 1:23 pm

Lorne
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Just tried the Newsstand database on the Toronto Public Library website, because I've been able to access old newspaper material that way. Unfortunately, however, they don't have any of his columns, since the material they have from the Spectator only goes back to 2008.

SOWNY » GIVE PEACE A CHANCE » February 12, 2019 11:41 am

Lorne
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I remember CHUM showing Wings' Give Ireland Back To The Irish as their Hitbound pick on the CHUM Chart and playing it for a couple of weeks, but then it was abruptly dropped. I was surprised by this because their Hitbound songs normally made the chart, and on top of that this was McCartney's first single with Wings. But my mother told me at the time that she figured they had stopped playing it because it was too controversial, and she was right ... I just found the following confirmation of this from Billboard.
CHUM in Toronto dropped the Wings' single, "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" after "substantial negative response from listeners." 

SOWNY » The Songs Oldies Radio Forgot » January 23, 2019 11:04 pm

Lorne
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I do remember CHUM playing all three songs. However, Where Did Our Love Go and Daisy Mae only spent 5 weeks on the CHUM chart, peaking at #18 and #13 respectively, and I think that this meant that they didn't get any airplay after their brief chart runs. Hey Big Brother was a more significant hit, spending 8 weeks on the chart and peaking at #8 ... that was enough to get it onto the year-end top 100, but only at #100, and so I doubt it got played much after its chart run either. I don't think it helped with any of them that they fell well short of making the top 10 on Billboard ... with the exception of Cancon, I noticed over the years that songs that were big hits here but not on Billboard tended to not get the same airplay after their chart runs ended as songs that had also been big Billboard hits. 

SOWNY » Mark Elliot has passed away. » January 11, 2019 5:45 pm

Lorne
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Agreed, Fitz ... that was what I had done, and then I posted the link that resulted. But that link must just be temporary. The link I got for his profile was http://sowny.net/profile.php?id=84, and then I clicked on "Show all posts" ... I'm just posting the profile link in case it works and helps make things easier. 

SOWNY » Mark Elliot has passed away. » January 11, 2019 3:23 pm

Lorne
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A very great loss to the radio world. Here's a direct link that (I hope) will take you to all his postings.  
http://sowny.net/search.php?search_id=155716920

SOWNY » CKNT Reveals Live Programming Date. No, Really. This Time They Mean It » September 4, 2018 4:05 pm

Lorne
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RadioActive wrote:

LOSat wrote:

Lorne wrote:

Just found a Twitter account too. Incredible social media presence.
https://twitter.com/sauga960

If it was their official twitter handle it's gone now.  Someone thought it was or found it briefly because they tweeted at them.  In any case @sauga960 doesn't exist at the moment.

It WAS there about a half hour ago. I saw it - there were no tweets at all and somehow they had 9 followers! (Probably station personnel.) 

It does seem that they changed it. Here's the new handle.
https://twitter.com/sauga960am
 

SOWNY » CKNT Reveals Live Programming Date. No, Really. This Time They Mean It » September 4, 2018 2:00 pm

Lorne
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Just found a Twitter account too. Incredible social media presence.
https://twitter.com/sauga960

SOWNY » CKNT Reveals Live Programming Date. No, Really. This Time They Mean It » September 4, 2018 1:57 pm

Lorne
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Here's their Instagram page -- and as a bonus, their Facebook page too. Great stuff if you like logos.
https://www.instagram.com/sauga960am/
https://www.facebook.com/Sauga960AM/

SOWNY » Hit Songs That Wouldn't Be Politically Correct Today » August 16, 2018 10:49 pm

Lorne
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And then there's this one ... I remember the original version getting played and it did sound like it contained the f-word, but I figured it had to be something else. Eventually it got replaced with a version with that part edited out.
https://soulfuldetroit.com/archives/1019-APR%20MAY%2004/3344.html?1084600875

SOWNY » Radio station music charts » August 11, 2018 11:21 pm

Lorne
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Yes, i would agree with the above comments, particularly about the credibility of the CHUM Chart during those years. But re Christopher Cross, I do remember CHUM playing his 1983 hit All Right, which went to #5. This was after they returned to more mainstream Top 40 music. They also charted Say You'll Be Mine in 1981 ... I don't remember it that well, but they may have also played it.

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: The Oddities of TV » August 4, 2018 6:43 am

Lorne
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The resolution on this isn't the greatest because I couldn't get TinyPic to upload it for me, but here's an article on the Sage.
https://i.imgur.com/6WZPbpz.png

SOWNY » More on the staff changes & controversy at Jazz FM... » July 29, 2018 3:54 pm

Lorne
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Toronto Public Library cardholders can access articles from the Star and many other newspapers at the following link.
https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0196&R=EDB0196

SOWNY » Kelly Cutrara needs a civics lesson » July 28, 2018 7:58 am

Lorne
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I didn't hear what she said, so I don't know if the following would be a consideration. But for what it's worth, Oshawa is part of the Greater Toronto Area, although it's not part of the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area. Here's a map showing the two:
https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/90c1-EDC-Map-GTA-CMA.png
The first is based on political boundaries, whereas the second is based on how Statistics Canada analyzes data. Reminds me of how back when I worked in the transit industry, I saw Mississauga Transit's city shown as being Toronto in various tables in a major publication. I told my boss about this, and she said that this was appropriate because it was part of the Toronto CMA. I could see the logic, but I still wouldn't have done it that way. 

SOWNY » Call Letter Meanings » July 27, 2018 7:44 am

Lorne
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WWVA - Wheeling West Virginia

SOWNY » Is Jack Berkovits Gone From AM 640? » July 11, 2018 10:18 pm

Lorne
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RadioActive wrote:

It appears there's a chance our old friend Jack may no longer be doing his show at GNR 640 on Sundays.

He hasn't been on the past two weeks (which could have been vacation time) and his ads appear to no longer be running there, either. But a check of the Corus Sunday schedule on its web page shows the 5 PM slot is now occupied by "The Oakley Show Weekend." 

So unless the page has not been updated in some time, his show is no longer listed as being on the station. 

Here's the latest info that they have on their website about what's happening with his show. 
https://globalnews.ca/toronto/program/the-jack-berkovits-show

SOWNY » Toronto Star Officially Launches "Stingy" Paywall » July 1, 2018 8:52 pm

Lorne
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Yes, that's exactly the same as what I've found.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Officially Launches "Stingy" Paywall » June 30, 2018 3:14 pm

Lorne
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I also use Chrome, but I found by switching to Edge's InPrivate window earlier that I got another set of articles to work with ... just 5, though. Having said that, your overall point is certainly correct.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Officially Launches "Stingy" Paywall » June 30, 2018 6:36 am

Lorne
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RadioActive wrote:

It sounds like they may be planning to charge separately for an online subscription even if you already get the paper.

I wondered about that as well. I don't know how much that this is done, but I'm a Consumer Reports subscriber and that's what they do. When I want to pass along an article to someone I just scan it instead, but it does bother me that they don't provide online access to subscribers. It would be interesting to know how many print subscribers are willing to pay for online access as well ... my guess would be that it's very few. 

SOWNY » CKNT is on the air! » June 21, 2018 3:56 pm

Lorne
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I thought of that as  well, and saw that CINT is also on the list. But given how long it's been since they originally applied for the licence , I'm wondering if either of them were available back then ... if not, perhaps that would help to explain their choice.  

SOWNY » CKNT is on the air! » June 21, 2018 6:49 am

Lorne
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Dale Patterson wrote:

They might want to re-think those call letters.

Couldn't agree more. I think it was RA that first raised this issue here some time ago, but I'm sure I would have thought of it on my own. Every time I see this thread move up to the top of the index because of a new post here, I think of how problematic they are ... in other words, I'm not getting used to them. I'm guessing they'll mostly use something like Newstalk 960 on air so it won't be that much of an issue, but it's still really strange that they chose those letters.
 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: CJCL & The Great Talk Experiment » June 15, 2018 9:54 am

Lorne
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Really interesting trip down memory lane, RA. Thanks very much for posting this. I remember all the format changes they went through, going back to the early 70s. I first discovered CKFH as a child because of them being the Leafs' broadcaster, but then found that I liked them better than CHUM -- that is, until they went country. I still remember the morning I woke up to that, and my disappointment at losing my favourite station ... although I realized even back then that they just weren't getting good enough ratings with what they were doing. I did like their attempts to mix music, talk, and sports, but I could also understand why it ultimately made more sense for them to go all-sports.

In addition, I think this ties in well with another post you made elsewhere recently. All those things that they tried back then were a lot more interesting to me than the way radio tends to be now. And I understand that this is just a natural evolution of the business, but as you said, with a lot of stations there just isn't as much to discuss now that is all that meaningful to many people like myself. 

SOWNY » Vanity Site NYTheSpirit.com » June 13, 2018 11:23 am

Lorne
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Very much agree with everything you said, RA. And like you, I miss the many good radio people who used to post here. I used to assist in moderating another site, and I know how challenging it can be. I agree with what you're saying about giving people a few chances, but then removing them if they keep causing problems. It's probably a good thing that I don't post as much here in the way that I used to. 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: What Might Have Been & Other Weird TV Events » June 11, 2018 6:55 am

Lorne
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In looking up when The Joker was a hit, I found that the Steve Miller Band actually first charted in 1968 with Living In The USA. It was from their next album and it only got to #94, but I thought that might be of interest.

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: What Might Have Been & Other Weird TV Events » June 10, 2018 8:03 pm

Lorne
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RadioActive wrote:

Lorne wrote:

They really hit their stride later in the decade, but the Steve Miller Band did go to #1 with The Joker in 1973.

You're right. I was thinking more of the "Fly Like An Eagle" years, but "The Joker" did hit earlier.  Now if we could just figure out what the Pompatus of Love was. (Actually, it's fairly well explained here.

If the forum allowed it, I was actually thinking that I would have changed my name to the Pompatus of Love for that post.

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