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SOWNY » Longtime Daily CBC Radio Host Leaving For Podcasting » June 20, 2019 10:37 am

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This morning was AMT's final airing of The Current, and they did it in the atrium of the Broadcasting Centre.

I caught a bit of it: there was a band playing during the news cutouts, Carol Off interviewed AMT, and they played a tribute video from producers and staff, some of whom also came up on stage for hugs. At the end of the taping (it goes live to Atlantic Time, so 7:30 - 9:00 am here), she received a standing O from the heavily grey- and fuddy-duddy-skewed audience, followed by a Q & A.

SOWNY » Milwaukee Radio Stn. Refusing To Play Drake During Raptors' Series » May 23, 2019 7:06 pm

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NW wrote:

I guess CFNY or CIND can retaliate by not playing The Violent Femmes' "Blister In The Sun" for the next 2 weeks.  And Q107 can stop playing Steve Miller.

It would be hard to argue against Steve Miller's legit midwest cred, however his fame and notoriety is clearly associated with San Francisco.

Violent Femmes and Gordon Gano are as Milwaukee as Laverne and Shirley, and, well...the subject of one of their hit songs, Jeffrey Dahmer.

SOWNY » WHAM 1180 Rochester noontime anthem » May 22, 2019 11:49 am

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I recently discovered that WHAM 1180 in Rochester plays the Star-spangled Banner every day in the minutes before noon. They vary the renditions - today for example it was sung, by the Irondequoit Chorale.

Are there any stations on the Canadian side who do this? I remember seeing it as a nighttime signoff on television back in the 70s and mabe into the 80s, as well as at movie theatres. I remember only one part of the video, the clip of the high jumper who won silver at the 1976 Montréal Olympics (host nation Canada did not manage to win a single gold).

SOWNY » Caller becomes panellist » May 22, 2019 8:46 am

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There is this guy Jeff who calls in so often to Newstalk 1010 that they decided to put him on a panel and he is on the Jerry Agar show this morning in the first hour. They did not identify his profession or anything, simply said that he calls so much that he earned a spot.

SOWNY » Someone Call John Oakley: Trump Pardons Conrad Black » May 20, 2019 4:44 pm

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g121 wrote:

LocalNewsGuy wrote:

Chrisphen wrote:

For all his faults, Oakley can certainly turd polish.

Conrad Black's legacy will live on....

https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/i-prosecuted-conrad-black-and-this-presidential-pardon-is-a-mockery-of-justice

a disgusting pardon by a disgusting president ....

I think you meant to say A well-deserved pardon for an innocent man and class act.

Your Black Derangement Syndrome is even worse than its Trump variant, and indicative only of distaste for one of the finest men in the history of this country, as well as wilful ignorance of the facts.

SOWNY » Someone Call John Oakley: Trump Pardons Conrad Black » May 17, 2019 3:31 pm

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No Johnny and Conrad today. Alex Pierson is sitting in.

SOWNY » Newstalk 1010 Changing Their Weekend Lineup: Touchdown or Fumble? » May 7, 2019 8:31 am

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The last time I listened to CFRB at any time on the weekend was when the Motts were doing the early morning show. There is something slightly masochistic I think about listening to those two but I still enjoyed it.

Despite being a weekday refugee from the public broadcaster since the '05 lockout, I find their weekend lineup to be very rich and generally park there until Monday morning.

SOWNY » BLACK DAY IN JULY » May 2, 2019 7:24 pm

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barilko05 wrote:

zed wrote:

Gordon Lightfoot is a humble man and after a 90 minute concert when I had the chance to speak with him for a minute I said, I was hoping to hear Black Day in July. His response, a classic "can't do them all".  

I seem to recall an interview some years ago where he was asked about playing the song live, and doesn't anymore  because he doesn't want to bring politics into a show where people are supposed to be enjoying music and having a good time.  Or it may have been because it was a specific song for a specific time and he doesn't want to relive that particular era anymore.  Perhaps he has changed his mind.  Anyone recall him playing it live recently?

Well good for Gord, who has clearly more than earned the right to pick and choose, and I for one will always be standing at the door to any show of his "with a dollar in my hand".

But in all the years and number of times I have paid to park my bum in a seat for a few hours of his mastery and majesty, I have also never had the pleasure of hearing him bust this tune out, which nonetheless remains one of my favourites and I think one of his cleverest lyrics. And it is a shame because I actually think this song does the opposite of bringing politics into something where it does not belong, it humanises and even depoliticises the events it describes. It is an excellent example of how to to tell a story without making it about you.

SOWNY » Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Louis Farrakhan » May 2, 2019 7:13 pm

milton
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I believe you meant to say a disturbing step in a frightening direction.

 

SOWNY » 20 in a row for Jeopardy's James Holtzhauer » May 2, 2019 7:09 pm

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Holzhauer is the real deal, and he has turned Jeopardy on its head with an almost unbeatable combination of skill (i.e. knowledge), celerity, and strategy. He is a professional gambler from Vegas and what is more amazing than how well he is doing, is why it took 35 or whatever years for someone to adopt his indisputably superior approach.

SOWNY » CFTO Airs Channel 9 Rescan Warning For Antenna Users » May 1, 2019 3:02 pm

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This repack is going to be a pain as both my OTA HDTV tuners do not include something dead simple and sensible which my old TV did (before it fell and smashed - sad story for another day) - the ability to add channels other than holus bolus with a total rescan.

I wanted to watch CFTO last night so I had to bite the bullet on an overcast night and now I have lost WGRZ and WKBW and probably a few more of the Buffalo and Hamilton stations. I will have to keep trying until the perfect night when everything coalesces in the sky. And by then something else will be about to relocate I bet.

I should have checked the UI before I bought the TV or I might have kept shopping. But because my first ever HDTV had the feature, it never occurred to me that others would not so I did not check.

SOWNY » CBC Radio (2) Music » May 1, 2019 2:53 pm

milton
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Aytononline wrote:

I listened to CBC Music for the first time this morning. I had it on as back ground music while driving in rush hour traffic. There was very little spoken word and almost no news. Over all I thought it was one of the better music stations.

Well, it does have one clear advantage over the competition - no need to jar you out of your slumber every five minutes for a blast of chatter from Steve Anthony or Tom Mihalek or your favourite host shilling for pillows.

SOWNY » BLACK DAY IN JULY » May 1, 2019 9:07 am

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I don't think you can even say that Black Day in July really has much in the way of political undertones or overtones, at least not the majority of the lyric which really just tells the story pretty straight up without taking sides really.

In the final verse he makes a case/plea sort of like a why can't we all just get along à la Rodney King, and a mild stab at hanging the blame on wealth inequality, neither of which he ties to the 12th Street riot really and neither of which come anywhere close to the many, far more overtly political songs floating across the airwaves in the late sixties.

I suppose it is hard to compare how it reads now to how it was viewed then however. Although that contemporary CBC radio interview posted above helps.

SOWNY » John Moore Addresses His Long Absence » April 30, 2019 11:15 am

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g121 wrote:

If you want to talk about over-the-top opinion, deranged ranting & trying to drown out all others .. look at the guy who comes on after Moore.  Suggesting Moore is anyway close to Agar in ranting is simply ludicrous.

Actually that is not what I want to talk about, but since you brought it up, the difference is that whether or not Jerry Agar is guilty of what you are accusing him of, he does not do so at that same time as claiming to have purged his life of negativity and being some kind of paragon of positivity and having discovered some kind of new zen plane where all is calm and well like John Moore has for the past two days while, as I suggest, even more smugly condescending to those with whom he does not agree than he did before he became "enlightened".

In fact a really good example is how John has long handled the transition he does with Jerry every morning. He does it, in my opinion, almost always flawlessly, considering we all know he probably despises Jerry's politics and surely his style as well. But he takes a calm approach to their little crossover and lets Jerry rant away if he so chooses. He does not climb down into the mud and sling it out with him. That is mindfulness. That is how a mindful person would have handled the Christine Elliot interview. That is not how the newly-mindful John Moore handled it today.

SOWNY » John Moore Addresses His Long Absence » April 30, 2019 11:08 am

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g121 wrote:

i heard that Christine Elliot interview this morning.  my opinion of her dropped significantly with the BS she was spewing (& suspect John was feeling the same).  She was trying to play up a $15M seniors health program .. $15M for the hundreds of thousands of seniors in Toronto.  any help is good but don't dramatically overstate the impact.  and Tory has confirmed, yet again, Ford & company are doing stuff impacting the city with zero consultation with the city.  Ford continues to give Toronto the "middle finger".
 

I am not sure why you are trying to turn this into a debate about the politics as that is clearly off topic for this forum. I was only referring to his demeanour. He conducted the interview like a smug know-it-all and like I said even let out one or two dejected sighs and frustrated little grunty interjections. This is not how people fresh from learning mindfulness and clearing their life of negativity conduct conversations with anyone about anything, regardless of whether such people are radio hosts and when their interlocutor is talking what they clearly believe to be shite. A mindful approach would maintain a steady blood pressure and resemble much more letting the person spew their shite and calmly lay it out there on the table for his audience to smell.

The fact that you managed to turn a discussion about demeanor into a rant of your own about the public health etc. on here suggests to me that perhaps your opinion is preventing you from looking at his demeanor objectively.

He has demonstrated some of the same apoplexy during some of the round tables even when he was with a friendly panel where they all pretty much agreed. You could almost hear him rolling his eyes as he smugly condescended on the opinions of people not in the conversation. This is not how someone fresh from a rejuvenating break taking up meditation and mindfulness reacts to ideas they do not like or support. This is how someone who needs such a tune up r

SOWNY » John Moore Addresses His Long Absence » April 30, 2019 10:59 am

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Stinand wrote:

Personally, I agree about Twitter and I find it very negative and has little to offer and have disengaged from it long ago. . How you transposed  his dislike that to  "=12px he sounds like that guy you know who does not watch TV or does not lock his door or does not eat meat and cannot stop sanctimoniously telling you about it." 
Wow !!!!

 

Since you asked, here is how: I have listened to most of the show for his two days back and I cannot count the number of times he mentioned how he was trying to distance himself from Twitter and negativity etc., at the same time making multiple casual references to reading his Twitter all the time, while being snide and negative and derisive with aggressive and nasty tones to his guests whose opinions he did not share as well as subject persons not present whose opinions he did not share.

And for the record I agree with his, and your, contention about Twitter. But I don't go around telling people that all day long only to turn around and go back on it.

SOWNY » John Moore Addresses His Long Absence » April 30, 2019 7:56 am

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g121 wrote:

Remember when John was just the fluff entertainment guy .. 

John has grown leaps & bounds and, in my view, now sits at the top of Toronto radio hosts.

A true professional.

Have you listened to the new John Moore since he came back?

I actually think he has gotten a lot worse. He keeps ranting from his high horse about how much he hates Twitter - he sounds like that guy you know who does not watch TV or does not lock his door or does not eat meat and cannot stop sanctimoniously telling you about it.

And as for his new perspective and meditation app and whatever - how does that explain him smugly sighing and gasping in frustration while interviewing Christine Elliot about the Toronto Health cuts. He sounded like someone who was frustrated and burnt out frankly like someone who could use a leave of absence, not someone who just returned from one with a whole new lease on life.

John's politics are not my cup of tea but I was able to tolerate the pre-breakdown John Moore because he really was somewhat level-headed about it. So far John 2.0 is a huge dud and if anything was tweaked it was in the wrong direction toward deranged and ranting rather than more stable. He is clearly not doing the meditation right and needs a new guru or a new mantra or both.

SOWNY » The cuts keep on coming...Ontario cuts the music fund in half » April 23, 2019 8:12 am

milton
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Kilgore wrote:

Chrisphen wrote:

relevent to SOWNY as the current Premier is a former CFRB asset.

    


Plse explain relevency
 

I imagine he is referring to the fact that Doug Ford rather briefly co-hosted a radio show on CFRB with Rob Ford when the latter was Mayor. Even their fans would probably admit it was one of the station's less-well produced efforts and it did not endure for more than a few weeks IIRC.

Which does not make the original post relevant to the subject matter of this board. Although perhaps with this post the thread is now legit.

SOWNY » CFRB Nooz? » April 23, 2019 8:06 am

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Chrisphen wrote:

I had 1010 on for a bit today on the drive home and couldn't help but notice that the top-of-the-hour news was injected with a beyond generous amount of editorialising. There was the Doug Ford feltching (expected since he is a former station asset), but I was most surprised by their take on the Sidewalk Labs - CCLU lawsuit - it was being framed as a fun new money-making innovation being menaced by spoilsport lawyers. Does Bell have money in Sidewalk Labs?

Was the top of that hour 6:00 pm? I have noticed lately that when Dave McKee does the 6:00 o'clock news, it is drawn out several minutes longer than usual and he engages with the hosts of the Rush (who were fill-ins last week). He does not hold back and his rants are well over the top and IMHO often of dubious intellectual value - calling people idiots, etc. It is the kind of commentary which reveals more about the immaturity of the commentator than anything about the subjects.

SOWNY » Facebook Bans Faith Goldy » April 11, 2019 10:38 am

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LocalNewsGuy wrote:

As we've seen with incidents ranging from the Quebec City mosque shooting to the Yellow Vest protesters in Europe, gullible people can be influenced by hyper-nationalist rhetoric to commit acts of violence and hate. I'll support any effort that shuts down the megaphone that preaches this nonsense.

This is exactly my point - this effort is precisely a bad strategy if the purpose is to defeat the idea. 

Which is why I suggest taking this action is motivated unfortunately not chiefly by interest in opposing the idea, as much as it is motivated by oneupmanship in a neverending game of virtue signalling.

I will leave it as an exercise to the reader remind themselves of the ghoulish outcome of several garish examples in recent and ancient history of societies people by large numbers of out-of-control virtue-signallers out to one up each other in demonstration of their adherence to proscribed ideology by inventing more and cleverer ways to show the gallery how good they are at silencing dissenters.
 

SOWNY » Facebook Bans Faith Goldy » April 9, 2019 1:51 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

milton wrote:

It is precisely the bad ideas which need to be exposed to sunlight and scrutiny.

Her (and her pals') 'ideas' have been well scrutinised 75 years ago. The findings were definitive and made at the cost of many millions of lives. You may have known a participant or two. Spare me the high-minded horsepuckey.

Exactly. And they did not go away. And nor will they ever. Outlawing them not only make thought a crime but it creates a false sense of security for those who would rightly be disturbed by them.

SOWNY » Facebook Bans Faith Goldy » April 9, 2019 11:06 am

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This is yet another alarming episode in an extremely distressing trend.

It is precisely the bad ideas which need to be exposed to sunlight and scrutiny. To drive them underground in service of meaningless virtue-signalling does nothing to suppress them and only washes the hands of those who should be fighting fire with fire and rebutting such ideas in the light of day.

SOWNY » Well, this will spark debate...Who has the best voice? Men or Women? » April 7, 2019 1:10 pm

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milton wrote:

Charlie wrote:

Male or female matters not.  Intelligence, intuition and reason matter most, and not saying 'Y'know' every 5 seconds helps, too.  That narrows down the competition.

Agreed. That unfortunately rules out several voices currently on the waves.

If you are only talking the timbre of their sound and not the timber of their ideas, I nominate these ladies and gentlemen:

Peter Gzowski
Joe Côté
Mark Daly (OK he was TV but still, that voice)
Mark Elliott
Avril Benoît
Mary Hines
Nora Young
John Moore
Steve Anthony

I guess it is just too whimsical but I really wish I could put Lou Schizas and Cam Stewart on this list because I could listen to either one of them all day long talking about absolutely any subject under the sun. They both had such fabulous voices and inimitable, nonchalant, deadpan, hilarious delivery. The five minutes at the end of Oakley on a Friday with the two of them was the best five minutes of radio in any given week.

 

shit, how could I forget Peter Shurman. One of the greatest throats to grace our waves as long as I can remember.

It is tempting to compile a worst list as well, but that would be mean-spirited. And the honourees could be lurking on this board. But the list would be a long one.

SOWNY » Well, this will spark debate...Who has the best voice? Men or Women? » April 7, 2019 9:36 am

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Charlie wrote:

Male or female matters not.  Intelligence, intuition and reason matter most, and not saying 'Y'know' every 5 seconds helps, too.  That narrows down the competition.

Agreed. That unfortunately rules out several voices currently on the waves.

If you are only talking the timbre of their sound and not the timber of their ideas, I nominate these ladies and gentlemen:

Peter Gzowski
Joe Côté
Mark Daly (OK he was TV but still, that voice)
Mark Elliott
Avril Benoît
Mary Hines
Nora Young
John Moore
Steve Anthony

I guess it is just too whimsical but I really wish I could put Lou Schizas and Cam Stewart on this list because I could listen to either one of them all day long talking about absolutely any subject under the sun. They both had such fabulous voices and inimitable, nonchalant, deadpan, hilarious delivery. The five minutes at the end of Oakley on a Friday with the two of them was the best five minutes of radio in any given week.

 

SOWNY » Why Was Barb DiGiulio Co-Hosting CFRB’s Morning Show Monday? » March 29, 2019 7:42 pm

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Mr magoogain wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

My mother is 96 now and suffers from dementia. I served for a while as her primary caregiver and I can tell you despite all my years in broadcasting, I've never known stress and suffering quite like that.

I don't know what John Moore is going through but I can tell you it's not easy. So whatever the truth is here, I'd cut him some slack.

 
Agreed

It cannot be easy and yes he deserves not only some slack but sympathy. John does not invite the audience into his family the way his predecessor Bill Carroll did, but he has been frank about his struggles with his father and the latter's situation, and John's struggles therewith are something he has drawn his listeners attention to many times, particularly recently.

Best wishes John

SOWNY » "HOW ARE YOU?" » March 29, 2019 3:12 pm

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I like John Moore's stock answer: "I'm OK." Short and sweet and it hands the ball back to the caller.

Tom Bauerle has a cute stock answer as well: "best day of my life".

SOWNY » Why Was Barb DiGiulio Co-Hosting CFRB’s Morning Show Monday? » March 29, 2019 3:08 pm

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I listened to the last hour or so this morning and Dave Trafford did not AFAIK mention anything about who would be in the chair on Monday. John Moore has been gone two weeks less a day now, unannounced. Odd.

SOWNY » The Friendly Giant » March 29, 2019 3:02 pm

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Mr. Dressup's tree is on display in the lobby of the CBC Broadcast Centre (off Wellington Street entrance). There are often parents (old enough to know what it is) posing their children (clueless but amused) on it and taking photos.

SOWNY » The Friendly Giant » March 29, 2019 2:46 pm

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Charlie wrote:

Aytononline wrote:

When I was very small the Friendly Giant was appointment tv for 15 minutes each day.

https://brioux.tv/2019/03/remembering-a-giant-of-a-man-bob-homme/

Never cared for the Giant, nor Mr. Dress-up, nor any other boring Canadian-made kids stuff.
The Buffalo channels was where it was at, with Rocketship 7, Commander Tom, Flintstones during the lunch hour (some kids actually went home for lunch in the 60s), cheesy Superman re-runs... Promo The Robot was a god, I tells ya!
 

Don't forget Captain Kangaroo

SOWNY » Why Was Barb DiGiulio Co-Hosting CFRB’s Morning Show Monday? » March 26, 2019 8:32 am

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AspectRatio wrote:

BeatleTeunis wrote:

Will John be back tomorrow?

He's away still with Dave Trafford continuing to fill in. Based on John's Twitter ( https://twitter.com/MooreintheAM ) looks like he's enjoying the vacation.

Dave Trafford was indeed back on this morning. I was listening Friday and do not recall Dave mentioning he would back, only that he would be on mornings for the weekend, as usual.

There is something they are not telling us. Maybe it will be in the Mueller Report.

 

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