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SOWNY » The Law & Order SVU & FBI Episodes You'll Never Get To See » Yesterday 4:54 pm

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It now seems like centuries ago, but it was back in 2016 that an episode of Law & Order SVU was pulled at the last minute in both the U.S. and Canada. The reason? The show was titled "Unstoppable" and was about a rich magnate running for President of the U.S., who was accused of rape late into the race. 

As always, the ripped from the headlines show wasn't based on any real person or event, but with the election - the first in which Donald Trump was running - coming up like a freight train, NBC brass decided not to air it. It's now been six years, Trump has been out of office for two of them and the next election is more than two years away. 

Yet "Unstoppable" has been far from that, and not a frame of it has ever been seen. As a fan of the longest running drama in TV history, I've been trying to find out when - or if - it will ever hit the small screen. And then I stumbled across this article from 2017. And it looks like the network has made the decision to never let it hit air now or in the future, claiming it's 'hopelessly dated.' 

How can a fictionalized story be 'hopelessly dated? 'It's a great question they won't answer, but it means no matter how faithful a viewer you are, there's one episode of SVU that you will never get to see. 

As it turns out, that's not the only Dick Wolf production that has a show missing. The second last episode of the CBS series The FBI also has an unaired but fully produced program. It's not specifically about a school shooting, but that's part of the plot. It was supposed to air the same week of the Uvalde, Texas school massacre and the Eye Network decided it wouldn't be appropriate to put it on. So neither Global or CBS aired it. 

And according to this story, there are no immediate plans to put it back in the run. Given the nu

SOWNY » Are you a clever documentary researcher? » Yesterday 2:21 pm

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It's OK. I hope you get a response.

SOWNY » How To Be A Disc Jockey... » Yesterday 12:49 pm

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Actually, as I look at the ad again, probably the most hilarious part is right at the end, where it promises:

"Glamor, Popularity, Big Income!"

Anyone here ever found that being a DJ?

SOWNY » How To Be A Disc Jockey... » Yesterday 11:42 am

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Joey Reynolds did a great bit on this. He was guesting on WGRQ in Buffalo around Christmas 1972, when he took a call from a teenager, who clearly wasn't taking talking to the legend seriously. When Reynolds asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, the "kid on the phone," as he called him, replied. "I wanna be a disc jockey like you."

Without missing a beat, Reynolds said, "OK, you want to be a disc jockey? I'm going to tell you how. 

"Take 10 marbles, put them in your mouth.

"And every day, you take one of the marbles out. 

 "And when all your marbles are gone, you've made it!"

Into his theme song sung by the Four Seasons and a perfectly delivered bit!

 

SOWNY » How To Be A Disc Jockey... » Yesterday 11:36 am

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My favourite part is where it says "diploma guaranteed!" From 1963:

https://i.postimg.cc/g0hG3h2W/Be-A-Disc-Jockey-Ad-Aug-1963.jpg

SOWNY » Shannon Bradbury Leaving CTV Kitchener » Yesterday 11:24 am

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I hope they can send one of their weather folks to the mothership in Toronto. As noted here in previous threads, they're often short staffed and have the anchors doing the weather - which rarely goes well. Seems like most of the Toronto presenters since the big bloodletting of last year - which saw Tom Brown and Anwar Knight dumped after so many years - have come from Kitchener, so it sounds like a great training ground. 

SOWNY » The End of Terrestrial Radio? Electric Cars and AM Radio » July 4, 2022 7:30 pm

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This may sound like a dumb question (and it may be) but I admit my ignorance on this - does this AM interference also happen on a hybrid model? Would the interference only occur when it's being used in electric mode and not gas? Or are they eliminating AM from those, as well?

SOWNY » The End of Terrestrial Radio? Electric Cars and AM Radio » July 4, 2022 3:36 pm

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To quote from the second article (which cites American rules) :

"FCC rules require that no consumer component cause interference to radio reception, and must accept interference from broadcast radio transmission. But to my knowledge, the rule has not been enforced with any regularity in years. Indeed, LED lights, cable boxes, fluorescent lights, and computers and more all cause interference, and I haven’t heard of any product being pulled off the market for doing so."

As long as no one cares about this issue, it will never be fixed. 

SOWNY » The End of Terrestrial Radio? Electric Cars and AM Radio » July 4, 2022 3:24 pm

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This article fascinated me because of the topic - the increasing lack of an AM radio option in modern electric vehicles. I get why there's so much interference. But I'm not 100% sure there's nothing they can do about it with a little more research. I have to admit I'm one of those people who would balk at buying a battery-operated car solely for the fact there's no AM. 

Which, I suppose means I'll be hanging on to my gas guzzler as long as possible.

The End of Terrestrial Radio? Electric Cars and AM Radio 

They really need to solve this or at least present another option as a standard feature. The scribe below, one of my favourite radio writers in California, argues AM can still be viable - but only if programmers start treating it with more attention instead of just a throwaway signal that gets no love. It's an interesting read, even if you don't agree with his conclusions. 

Will AM radio survive the rise of the electric car? Here are the challenges it faces

SOWNY » T.O. Radio Vets Remember CHUM, CKFH, Their First Times On Air & More » July 4, 2022 12:38 pm

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Some of these are great, including stories I've never heard before. I'm grateful these have been preserved for posterity.

It's just a good thing that the song Chuck McCoy refers to in his piece was at the top of the charts that day. Otherwise, he might have been Chuck Cowsill!

SOWNY » T.O. Radio Vets Remember CHUM, CKFH, Their First Times On Air & More » July 4, 2022 11:36 am

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As so often happens on the Internet, I stumbled across a fairly old site on YouTube while looking for something else. And while it dates back to 2012 and 2013, it's quite a remarkable collection. It features brief clips of well known Toronto radio veterans talking about their experiences and what they remember from early in their careers - as well as what they learned doing radio.

These are pretty well-known names - Dick Smyth, Gord James, Bill Hayes, Don Daynard, Chuck McCoy (who tells a great story about how he got his on-air name, which I've posted below as a sample), Erin Davis and even SOWNY member Doug Thompson. And there's even a few clips with the late, great Fred Latremouille of Vancouver radio fame, who explains in one segment why he never wanted to come and work in Toronto. 

It's under the name "Radio Viz" and perhaps Doug Thompson can explain how this came about. In any event, it's worth scrolling through the videos, most of which are bite-size (or should that be byte size?) brief glimpses into these radio greats backgrounds and careers. None of them are longer than about two minutes in length.  

They've been up there a very long time, but I only discovered them now and talk about finding buried treasure - they're a long-forgotten trove of terrific tales from the vets many of us grew up listening to.

If you're interested, you can find the section here

SOWNY » Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs...Frasier Is Back in The Building » July 4, 2022 8:15 am

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paterson1 wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

Will a Canadian source (City TV?) air the new Frasier?
(Sort of like how City TV already aired episodes of Twilight Zone?)
Or are Canadians going to be stuck having to pay for Paramount+ ?
 

No launch date for the show has been set.  Still no word even if Daphne and Niles (Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pearce) will be returning.  So the series is still probably a year away.

Will this reboot ever appear? Kelsey Grammer says he's now read a script - and he insists it was very good. 

Kelsey Grammer Teases When ‘Frasier’ Revival Will Begin Shooting 

SOWNY » CRTC Orders Rare Apology To Listener Over "N-Word" On CBC French Stn. » July 3, 2022 11:33 pm

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Tomas Barlow wrote:

You seem to be really interested in protecting hate speech. I don't need the right to use that word online because I never would.

This is a classic canard, since I believe you're combining two separate stories into one.

I have no interest in "protecting hate speech." There are already laws against it and they should be rigorously enforced. My second post in this thread is on a separate issue from the first and is about an entirely different item - Bill C-11. Perhaps they should have been separate threads. 

My problem with the latter is with a government bill that would give the CRTC the power to regulate user speech online, a law that was sped through the House of Commons with almost no chance at debate or amendments and that contains a clause the feds swear will never be enforced, yet which they adamantly and without explanation refuse to remove despite repeated requests to do so.  

It's also a law that a slew of experts on both the left and right have a real problem with, including at least three former CRTC members and a respected law professor who is considered by many an expert on the subject. 

And finally, the bill is now in the Senate awaiting final approval - and there are even some Liberal-leaning Senators who are balking at giving it speedy passage because they're worried about its implications. That speaks volumes when their own party members have so many reservations. If it passes, I expect huge court challenges and it's such a poorly crafted piece of legislation, it would not surprise me if a court strikes down parts of it as being unconstitutional.  

The Bill referred to in my previous post has nothing to do with the CBC story that started this thread. I would agree there is no need to ever utter that word, either on air or in person and I would never use it. Why it seems to keep turning up on and around the CBC is another question that they need to answer. If anyone seems to be spreading hate speech, it's them -

SOWNY » What was or Who was this? » July 3, 2022 9:18 pm

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Thought someone had posted this. Here it is in all its glory. It's as idiotic as I remember.


SOWNY » The History Of Radio Ad Jingles Brings One Incredible Surprise » July 3, 2022 9:13 pm

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Davester wrote:

I bought this CD years ago... used to sing along with it in the car with the kids.  (Including the cigarette commercials.)  All catchy tunes!  
https://www.amazon.ca/Tee-Vee-Toons-Commercials-Various/dp/B000000GOR

Davester.

I have that album, although I haven't listened to it in years. It probably won't surprise anyone that the entire thing is on YouTube, divided into individual spots. Fun listening again after all this time. 

Tee Vee Toons On YouTube

SOWNY » What was or Who was this? » July 3, 2022 1:52 pm

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That was Bill Saluga, and he performed that bit on a number of variety shows and even in commercials. I remember a friend from high school who was crazy about it and we always used to do it together. (Yeah, I was pretty weird even back then!)

It's really not much of a routine and it always went the same way, when someone would introduce him as "Mr. Johnson."

"NOOO!!! You don't have to call me Johnson! My name is Raymond J. Johnson Jr. Now you can call me Ray, or you can call me J, or you can call me Johnny, or you can call me Sonny, or you can call me Junie, or you can call me Junior; now you can call me Ray J, or you can call me RJ, or you can call me RJJ, or you can call me RJJ Jr. , but you doesn't hasta call me Johnson!"

I have no idea why it was funny - maybe it was his delivery or that you knew it was coming - but it was so ridiculous, that it always made me laugh. 

Bill Saluga - Wikipedia

SOWNY » The History Of Radio Ad Jingles Brings One Incredible Surprise » July 3, 2022 1:29 pm

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It's funny how these stick with you - even if you're not aware of their origins. When I was a kid, there was a musical beer commercial that ran for years on the radio that went, "Enjoy Yourself - Take Five For 50 Ale." It went on from there. 

It wasn't until years later that I found out it was based on a real song called "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)" which was a Top 10 hit for Guy Lombardo in 1950, and stayed on the Billboard charts for 19 weeks. I wasn't around then and by the time I was, no one was playing Guy Lombardo records on the radio anymore, so I never heard the actual tune.

I honestly thought it was an original jingle made for the spot. Worse yet, it was so ingrained into my head through repetition that if I ever do hear the song today, it's the "50 Ale" lyrics that still come to mind first!

Here's a longer version of it with slightly different lyrics than I remember.

SOWNY » Why Is The CAB Running This Radio Campaign? » July 3, 2022 10:07 am

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For the past few weeks, I've been hearing a spot on most radio stations from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters about local radio, saying, "imagine what it would be like without us." That's followed by 5 secs. of dead air, in which, I suppose, you're supposed to think about not hearing the station you're listening to any more.

They then give out the website locabroadcasters.ca, which leads to a page about the "value" of private broadcasters. 

Question: what, exactly, prompted this campaign? Is there anyone or anything out there currently threatening local radio or TV stations in Canada? If there is, I can't imagine what that might be. They're obviously trying to send a message. But I'll be darned if I can figure out exactly what it is. 

SOWNY » Sony Changed The World On July 1, 1979 » July 2, 2022 10:30 pm

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I had waaaaay too many of these over the years, but they got so much use, they kept breaking and I always had to get a new one. 

https://i.postimg.cc/26q7HdFJ/Walkmansall.jpg

SOWNY » The History Of Radio Ad Jingles Brings One Incredible Surprise » July 1, 2022 7:56 pm

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These aren't commercial jingles from ads, but there's an online station in England that plays nothing but radio station jingles from all over the world, back-to-back, 24 hours a day. Definitely a weird but wonderful distraction, although as much as I love the interstitials, it gets a bit much after a few minutes. 

Jingle Mad Radio.com

SOWNY » July Is Historic Month For Toronto & Buffalo Radio » July 1, 2022 3:58 pm

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Thank you for the update. I'd never heard of Wilmer and the Dukes and had no idea anything of theirs ever made the CHUM Chart. I listened to the song on YouTube. Not bad but not great, either. But I can hear why it might have been a hit with some. 

SOWNY » Randy Bachman Finds Stolen Guitar 45 Years Later » July 1, 2022 2:05 pm

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A final happy ending to this story. Just hope he's not flying back through Pearson Airport, where they're likely to lose it again!

Rock star Randy Bachman reunited with beloved stolen guitar

SOWNY » List of disc jockeys who helped shape the Detroit radio community » July 1, 2022 11:07 am

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mace wrote:

They should have included WRIF's Jim Johnson and the Morning Crew with Richard T. Bruiser. When I heard them, one morning via tropo, they sent me one of their D.R.E.A.D. cards. Detroit Rockers Engaged in the Abolition of Disco. What about Ernie Harwell who was the voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years.

Not sure if you can call Ernie Harwell a Disc Jockey. I suspect it's the same reason the Wally Crouter of Detroit Radio - J.P. McCarthy, the longtime morning man on WJR - didn't make the list. 

SOWNY » Survey Shows What Canadians Are Listening To While They're Driving » July 1, 2022 11:05 am

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An annual survey called "The Infinite Dial" has come out for 2022, looking at what controls the dashboard sounds in Canadian cars. Turns out, radio is still #1, although it's not where it used to be. Another far-from-surprising revelation? Podcast listening has gone way up over the years. And yes, people are still playing their CDs.

https://i.postimg.cc/jdBg8Ky3/dial.jpg


Perhaps what's most surprising is when asked what they were listening to, CBC Music, which doesn't do very well in the radio ratings, makes a pretty impressive dent in the list.

https://i.postimg.cc/J4HKHgSN/cbc.jpg

 
The Infinite Dial Canada Highlights

Read the report here.
 

SOWNY » July Is Historic Month For Toronto & Buffalo Radio » July 1, 2022 10:44 am

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July holds a special place in Southern Ontario/Western New York radio history - it was the month that several key changes happened on local airwaves that became seismic events in hindsight. 

It was on July 2, 1967 that CHUM-FM went from being a staid old-fashioned classical format to fulltime progressive rock, a change that surely must have given fans of Beethoven and Brahms a bad case of classical gas. The station defended the shift from Bach to rock, despite a storm of controversary. 

https://i.postimg.cc/mDQ1GYnF/CHUM-FM-Goes-Prog-Rock-July-6-1968.jpg


Meanwhile, just nine years earlier, on July 6, 1958, WKBW in Buffalo made the switch to an All Top 40 format, after the success of WBNY, which had been the first to venture into the "new music." It was 50,000 watts vs. BNY's 250 - and soon it was no contest. KB and its "Futursonic Radio" ruled the airwaves for years afterwards. 

https://i.postimg.cc/4dCw51tK/WKBW-Buffalo-T-Shirt.jpg


The sad thing is most of us in the GTA never got to hear it - the signal was highly directionally and aimed down the Eastern Seaboard, so despite its 50K transmitter, 1520 just never came in very well in Toronto. But what a great station we missed! From 1968's GO Magazine:

https://i.postimg.cc/7YQRz0Bz/beach.jpg


By the way, that #6 single below may give you pause. Who the heck are Wilmer & The Dukes? Turns out, they were a local Western New York band that had enough of a following to get their record into the KB Top 10.

https://i.postimg.cc/Rhwc0rbG/kb.jpg


July 1st marks the birthday of one GTA-area radio station. It was on what then would have been called "Dominion Day" (which I always thought made it sound like they were honouring a grocery store chain) in 1946 that CKLB first went on the

SOWNY » The History Of Radio Ad Jingles Brings One Incredible Surprise » July 1, 2022 10:04 am

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I'd love to sing the Meow Mix jingle, but I can never remember the words! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/laughing.png

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