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SOWNY » The 407 » September 2, 2019 3:40 pm

Yes, I realize this article isn't about Southern Ontario Radio or Television, but the 407 sale was certainly covered by every media outlet in town at the time.
I have a few friends who will NEVER drive on the 407 because it was sold out from under us.  I have not set a tire on that highway in several years and do not plan to in the future, but it's always there should the need arise...with of course, the fees going to a foreign country. 

SOWNY » CKFH CHUM and CKOC 1971 » August 14, 2019 10:20 am

Jay did mornings at CHUM for 17 years and 24 days so working on a Wednesday morning would be his regular shift.

SOWNY » CKFH CHUM and CKOC 1971 » August 13, 2019 11:38 pm

At the 33:28 mark that's CHUM's Jay Nelson...not Bob Magee.

SOWNY » Ex-Broadcaster Laments Long Gone Days Of Radio's Top 40 Majesty » June 13, 2019 3:56 pm

Please don't lump me in with anyone named Uncle Fester.

SOWNY » Instant Replay: CHUM AM & FM In The 60s & 70s » May 27, 2019 1:38 pm

Calhame...everyone gets this wrong.  It was a Top 50 format, but for some reason, it became known as Top 40 radio.  The CHUM chart had 50 songs every week until July 28, 1968.

I believe there was a final final chart prepared but I've never seen it and I don't have a copy in the CHUM Archives.

SOWNY » Instant Replay: CHUM AM & FM In The 60s & 70s » May 27, 2019 10:56 am

Allan Slaight had the music librarians (Millie Moriak, Barb Sturino and later Sheila Conners) call Sam's downtown, A&A's and a couple of others for their best sellers of the week, so the chart could easily been manipulated by them.  They also checked with Billboard Magazine to see what was happening in the U.S. (but CHUM very much went its own way) as well as listener requests.  Slaight was a huge supporter of Canadian music (long before the Can Con rules) and played and charted many Canadian artists, such as Tommy Ambrose, Pat Hervey, Gord Lightfoot,(he wasn't Gordon yet), Sandy Selsie, Jack Scott, Ronnie Hawkins (an honorary Canadian and drinking buddy of many CHUM DJ's of that era, Douglas Rankine (That "Clear The Track" Eddie Shack song) and quite a few more. 

When Bob McAdorey became Music Director, same thing happened although there were, apparently, a few anomalies, shall we say.  Roger Ashby still wants to know how "Bowling Green" by The Everly Brothers got to be number one on the CHUM chart, when it wasn't a major hit anywhere else.

The final CHUM Top 50 CHUM chart was July 28, 1968.  The following week The CHUM 30 appeared.  U.S. based consultant (although he later came to live in Canada permanently) Ted Randal and Program DIrector J. Robert Wood tightened up the sound and the chart.

Many weeks, CHUM was printing and distributing over 100,000 copies of the personal CHUM chart, which was costing a lot of money, which is why in 1975, they switched to the newspaper chart.


SOWNY » Instant Replay: CHUM AM & FM In The 60s & 70s » May 26, 2019 11:40 pm

CHUM's Jay Nelson and CKEY's Al Boliska did indeed split MC gigs for the 2 shows of The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1964, but Jay Nelson alone MC'd their concerts in '65 and '66.

As for CHUM's History of Rock.  CHUM knew that CKFH had bought the rights to Drake-Chenault's "History of Rock and Roll", so we set about to beat them.  We had about ten days to write and produce 28 hours.  Larry Solway wrote it.  He was definitely NOT a rock fan, but he gave it his best shot.  I was Production Manager at the time and produced all 28 hours in one week on old mono equipment.  J. Robert Wood hired Chuck RIley aka Chuck Dann from WIBC in Indianapolis to narrate it.  Chuck flew in for a weekend and read Larry's script.  At the time, we didn't have a lot of interview material, but we had some and I added that to the production as often as possible.   
CHUM aired 4 hours of "The History of Rock" for 7 nights in the fall of '69 and repeated starting December 29h from 8 to midnight for 7 nights.  I still have the original metal 10" master reels.  

CHUM FM switched in 1968 because Mr. Waters saw the impact 'underground radio' was having in San Francisco and like in 1957 when he switched to Top 50 radio (it wasn't called Top 40 yet), he was ahead of his time.  He even hired New York DJ Murray the K for the evening show, which lasted about 6 months.  Murray was very cool.  He brought his own producer from ad agency Young & Rubicam and his own Music Director, Bobby Calendar.  CHUM FM PD Garry Ferrier assigned a young David Pritchard to be Murray's board op.  David had been an op at 1050 CHUM and on air at CFGM prior to this gig.  

And that CHUM AM master control photo was from 1976 or 77.  In 67, we were still in the original production studio (which was through the glass on the right).

SOWNY » Instant Replay: What You Never Knew About CHUM In Its Top 40 Era » May 19, 2019 11:21 pm

Sadly, only the Jane Morgan and Mitzi Gaynor shows from 1961 survived.  Never did find the Jim Backus, Bill Dana or Irene Ryan (Granny from the "Beverly Hillbillies" airchecks, but back in the late 1960's, there was a room in the back loading dock area of 1331 Yonge Street that held dozens and dozens of tapes, photos and so much stuff.  Management decided to make offices there and threw out (almost) everything.  I was allowed to save what I could.  Wish I had a bigger apartment back then I could have saved so much more.

SOWNY » Instant Replay: CHUM Before It Went Top 40 » May 12, 2019 4:39 pm

No, the heat lamp was pure fiction.  Allan Slaight would call on the batphone if he thought a CHUM DJ was talking too long (and he called quite a few times on Dave Johnson's show).
In jock meetings, Slaight CONSTANTLY told the CHUM DJ's to be "cute, clever and original in 10 seconds or less".
Slaight would also say in meetings "And don't forget to sock in the hits."

SOWNY » Instant Replay: CHUM Before It Went Top 40 » May 12, 2019 12:01 pm

Cam Langford came to CHUM from CJOY as did Bob McAdorey in 1961.  Cam was long gone by the time I started at CHUM on February 1st, 1965, but got to work with Bob McAdorey on my very first day and for many days and years after that until Bob left in 1968.

SOWNY » Whatever Happened To The Fan 590's Howard Berger? » March 21, 2019 2:25 pm

Howard's a great guy and a fabulous sports historian.  I worked with him at THE FAN 590 for many year (I was Executive Producer at,Telemedia Network Radio, both operating from different floors at 40 Holly Street).  Howard's depth of knowledge, particular hockey was amazing.  He and Barb also worked together at The Fan, so there's that connection.

SOWNY » Music & Radio Industries Bid Farewell To "Greatest Rock Drummer Ever" » March 12, 2019 9:28 pm

I was fortunate enough to interview Hal Blaine twice.  Once in 1981 and again in 1982.  Here's a link to a column I wrote a few years back about the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer.

SOWNY » 25 years ago...we lost a Canadian Legend... » March 4, 2019 9:37 pm

These days, it costs $40,000. U.S. to pay for a star. Part of that money goes for the maintenance and upkeep (remember how many times Trumps' star has been vandalized).  Usually movie studios pay the star's fee to promote a film or DVD release.  John's been gone for 25 years and frankly should have had a star while he was alive.  Local DJ's and news people have stars.  John does have a star on Canada's Walk of Fame here in Toronto, but that happened 4 years after he passed

SOWNY » Toronto Mike podcast and the mystery 4 episode edit » February 22, 2019 12:23 pm

I stand with Toronto Mike on this issue. Seriously.  

SOWNY » Mark Wigmore Lands At Classical 96.3 » February 21, 2019 1:08 am

Congrats to Mark.  A great guy.  Happy go see him back on Toronto radio.

SOWNY » "History Of Rock & Roll" Radio Doc Debuted 50 Years Ago This Weekend » February 19, 2019 10:49 pm

Back in 1982 and 83, Warren Cosford and I produced a series of 24 one hour specials for Canada on record producers called "The Producers".  We interviewed these producers ourselves, pulled the clips we wanted to use and had various writers write the different episodes.  We hired Charlie Van Dyke from KHJ in Los Angeles to narrate.  There was a lot of good production and writing in this series.  A few years later, Warren calls me and says you have to come down to CHUM and hear this demo I just received from some guy out west.  I did just that.  Warren played the tape and it was our specials, without Charlie Van Dyke.  This guy had another voice cut in and tried to syndicate our own programs.  Needless to say, a lawyers letter quickly stopped that guy cold.

SOWNY » "History Of Rock & Roll" Radio Doc Debuted 50 Years Ago This Weekend » February 19, 2019 5:58 pm

By the way, there was also extreme time pressure when we made "The Story of The Beatles" at CHUM in 1970.  We had like a week or so to write and produce 12 hours.  I ended up staying up 6 days straight and wound up in hospital for several days. 

Radio can be dangerous to your health. 

SOWNY » "History Of Rock & Roll" Radio Doc Debuted 50 Years Ago This Weekend » February 19, 2019 5:29 pm

No,CHUM only ever ran their special.  I believe CKFH had contracted to run Drake's "History of Rock" so that's why "The Evolution of Rock" was counter program.  CHUM's was produced starting in 1975 and completed and aired in 1976 by hundreds of radio stations around the world (syndicated by TM Productions in Dallas).  The following year, 1977, "The Evolution of Rock" won the Billboard Magazine award for "Best International Radio Special".

While I did produce a 28 hour special titled CHUM's History of Rock that aired on CHUM twice in 1969, I had left CHUM by 1975 and did not have any involvement in "The Evolution of Rock".  I've written and produced many award winning specials since (especially on The Beatles and John Lennon), but "The Evolution of Rock" is one that I would have loved to have been involved with..

SOWNY » "History Of Rock & Roll" Radio Doc Debuted 50 Years Ago This Weekend » February 19, 2019 5:17 pm

CHUM's 64 hour history of rock was called "The Evolution of Rock' and was written by my former business/creative partner Bill McDonald (who also wrote CHUM's "The Story of The Beatles" in 1970 and CHUM's "The Elvis Presley Story".

"The Evolution of Rock" was narrated by Chuck RIley (of WIBC, Indianapolis and later CBS promos LA) .  Chuck also narrated "The Story of The Beatles" that Warren Cosford and I co-produced.

"The Evolution of Rock" was produced by Warren Cosford, Bob MacMillan and the late Zeke Zdebiak.
All of CHUM's radio documentaries came from the extremely creative mind of then Program Director J., Robert Wood. 

SOWNY » Jerry Howarth Writes Book On His Broadcasting Career » February 8, 2019 12:40 am

Jerry Howarth is one of the classiest people I've ever worked with.  Everybody loves Jerry (and for good reason).  I was Executive Producer at Telemedia Network Radio (Telemedia also owned CJCL, aka The Fan, at that time and held the radio rights to the Blue Jays).  I remember not long after Jerry was hired, Len Bramson, the President of Telemedia Network called me into his office and asked me if I could find a microphone that deepened Jerry's voice as the contrast between Tom Cheek's booming voice and Jerry's troubled him.  I told him we could always equalize Jerry's voice, but recommended that the contrast between the two was actually a good thing.  Len thought about it for awhile then changed the subject.  He never brought it up again.  Tom and Jerry worked incredibly well together for several decades until Tom's passing.  I'm sure Jerry's book will be a best seller.  I certainly will be buying one..  .  .  .     

SOWNY » Jim Richards Breaks Down On CFRB Over Friend's Suicide » January 30, 2019 2:42 pm

Having worked with Jim at Telemedia and at Standard (pre Astral / pre Bell), Jim is a genuine guy.  He would never have done a contrived bit about something so serious and tragic.  He doesn't get too personal or too emotional on the air that often, so when he does,,it packs a wallop.. 

SOWNY » Dick Clark visits CHUM in the 60’s » January 24, 2019 1:31 pm

I spoke with Brian quite a few years ago now when he was in Seattle.  He totally got out of radio and left it behind.  He really wasn't happy with the way he was treated at CHUM at the end....but then, neither was Jack Armstrong...or Bob McAdorey.  I worked with Brian the most of any of the board operators.  We did hundreds of 'Grooveyard' programs together.  I produced intros, liners all kinds of production for that show.  Cory was going to visit Brian and asked for copies, which i happily gave him.

SOWNY » Dick Clark visits CHUM in the 60’s » January 24, 2019 1:29 pm

That photo was 'borrowed' from the official site.  Dale Patterson and I spent dozens of hours painstakingly putting hundreds of photos so people can 'borrow' them and call them their own.  

And yes, I'm getting very tired of it.

SOWNY » Former Fan 590/Sportsnet Broadcaster Now On CKNT » January 21, 2019 2:41 pm

Barry IS the best. He IS a baseball least a Blue Jays baseball expert.   Barry's a world-class, passionate broadcaster and one heckuva good guy.  Go Barry.

SOWNY » "Classic Cuts" on the old Rock 102.5 » January 15, 2019 9:52 am

Galid, they (Classic Cuts) were on vinyl discs sent to radio stations from the Production company in New York and never available to the public.  

SOWNY » "Classic Cuts" on the old Rock 102.5 » January 13, 2019 4:01 pm

I have a boxed set of vinyl discs with many, many episodes of Classic Cuts on them.  Haven't digitized any of them yet though.


SOWNY » Gone But Not Forgotten » December 31, 2018 10:08 pm

I worked with 14 of the radio people who passed in 2018 and knew quite a few others at CHUM, ROgers and Telemedia.  Sad to see so many good ones gone.  Thanks for keeping track of them all Dale.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 22, 2018 10:13 am

Thank you, I absolutely don't care who ro what you are.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 21, 2018 11:40 pm

Who the hell is Toronto Mike and why should I care?

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