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SOWNY » Different weather alerts » September 8, 2021 12:41 am

Scorpio42 wrote:

I've received alerts from Alert Ready/Emergency Management Ontario on my Bell Satellite TV of tornado warnings in full red screen for areas of western and southwestern Ontario while watching Global Toronto News at 5:30 PM September 7, 2021 here about an hour north of Kingston, Ontario but nothing on my phone. No thunderstorms here yet but may change overnight!

We're Cogeco subscribers in the Ottawa Valley, and we get those weather alerts on Global Toronto for other areas of the province, likely a last remnant of CIII's original Ontario-wide licence terms/conditions from day one.  Must originate from Global's master control hub (still in Calgary?), as the alerts are part of the program stream and not seen on any other channel.  Late spring/early summer this year, an episode of "The Young & The Restless" that my wife had recorded was pretty much obliterated by tornado warnings up north... Timmins, Kirkland Lake etc.  Given all the warnings that were issued today (Tue) in Y&R's 4:30-5:30 time slot, I scrapped today's recording and set the TiVo to pick up the same episode tomorrow (Wed) on CBS Detroit (WWJ)... Global is always one weekday ahead of CBS on airing new Y&R eps.

SOWNY » 3 Local MyFM Stations Changing Ownership On Sept. 1st » September 1, 2021 12:22 pm

Scarboroughbluffsradiof99 wrote:

The station in Milton is still using some of the myfm ID'S and the voice that all the other myfm stations use

Canada's own Matt Fogarty, who has also previously voiced some Subway ads. MyFM's past voices included Americans Damon Oaks and Chad Erickson (does/did some VO's on CBS), and Barrie's Bill Cosworth, ex of CHAY and Rock 95.

SOWNY » Our Big Wirele$$ Companie$ Spend Billion$ of Buck$ » July 31, 2021 5:38 pm

The article says Rogers needs "to deliver long-term value for [their] customers, shareholders and Canada." Are you frickin' kidding me? What a friggin' liar and idiot Natale is, as is each and every Rogers shareholder.

No wonder my Rogers wireless bill went up by $11 (eleven dollars!) this month. Good God Almighty... greedy friggin' morons.

SOWNY » Corus Unveils Global's New Fall Line-up » July 27, 2021 12:06 pm

markow202 wrote:

Back when I was a kid Global had the best kids shows.  Inspector Gadget!  They have their whole ontario network of transmitters all still running (they spent the money keeping them unlike CBC) and was able to watch at the cottage. 

Seconded! Inspector Gadget, Hammy Hamster, even Kidstreet from CFAC "2&7" Calgary... as corny as the overhead clapping was.

SOWNY » DXer catches Global TV 2 Bancroft from Portugal! » July 22, 2021 11:07 am

The big CIII-TV-2 signal, one of Global's "original six", from well east of Bancroft, at a dot on the map called Vennachar, not far from Denbigh and the Bon Echo area. A snowmobiler checked out the site this past winter and posted this video:

Just down the road, on Hwy 41 at the south edge of Bon Echo Provincial Park, is TVO's Cloyne transmitter site, still on the air in digital... we drive past this site all the time on our way to Napanee and Belleville.

SOWNY » CHUM-FM: Anyone else notice this when listening? » July 20, 2021 3:30 pm

Heard something similar a few years back while in Peterborough, on Cobourg's CFMX 103.1.  Almost like a random "skip" every three or four seconds on the OTA signal from Alnwick Hill.  Issues with the STL or other feed from the studios?

SOWNY » WKSE-FM Fires Almost All Their Local DJs; To Go With National Hosts » July 16, 2021 6:56 pm

That's what radio is in the 2020s - centralized, boring, milquetoast, corporate cookie cutter content, with the only "local" content being ads, and nearly day-old canned rip-and-read weather forecasts from Environment Canada, with multiple place names totally butchered by an out-of-town Bell/Corus/Rogers/Stingray minion who did not make any attempt to confirm the correct pronunciation(s).

SOWNY » Corus makes cuts to ET Canada » July 16, 2021 6:48 pm

Good.  We do not need yet another video product that goes on and on and on about every little happening involving the Kardashians, Jenners, Trump, and whoever else is all over the actual FAKE NEWS "tabloids" (Daily Mail etc.) these days.

SOWNY » Is This The Strangest TV Soundtrack Album Of All Time? » July 2, 2021 2:26 pm

Going back to my childhood here... during that nearly 20-year run of "Inspector Gadget" most mornings on Global, the end credits mentioned the show's somewhat rare 1983 soundtrack, by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban, being available on Saban's record label... still one of my favourite TV animation soundtracks, up there with the pop-ish songs Lisa Lougheed (and maybe Luba as well) did for CBC's "The Raccoons".  The "Gadget" playlist on YouTube can be found below:

SOWNY » Will A Town Near Windsor Get A New Radio Station? We'll Know This Week » June 17, 2021 11:03 am

Denied this morning. Blackburn opposed the app, and used COVID as their excuse.

SOWNY » Legendary Play-By-Play Man Marv Albert To Retire » May 17, 2021 4:32 pm

"Marv, Marv, Marv, Marv, Marv.... Marv.... Marv.... Marv, this is God, what the HELL were you thinkin'?!"
-Denis Leary

SOWNY » CHCH's Politically Correct Announcement » January 19, 2021 5:27 am

the original hank wrote:

the last few "beverly hillbillies" episodes appear as if someone sped up the playback (slightly).

My wife watches CHCH's airings of "Matlock", and they too sound sped up... about a semitone higher, based on how the theme song sounds, plus the picture is a tad soft and blurry.  Almost as if the original NTSC "prints" were converted to PAL, then back to NTSC.  Never did notice this years ago when WXYZ Detroit aired Matlock reruns on weekend afternoons.

On Vision TV, however, I noticed, when my wife PVR'd their airings of "Murder, She Wrote" and "Highway To Heaven", that the pictures were very sharp, very clear, complete with some noticeable film grain on the HD feeds... I think Vision's copies of those two shows were re-scanned to HD from the film masters.

SOWNY » CERB song » December 14, 2020 12:11 am

grilled.cheese wrote:

Screw off, Rogers, you cheap frickin' morons.

SOWNY » Rare DX Opportunity Won't Last Long » December 13, 2020 1:59 am

Jesus Christ, Rogers, you morons are worse than I thought. Can't even run at your full 50 kW 24/7/365.  Sick and tired of Rogers. And Bell. And Corus. And Stingray.  Sick and tired of this whole bloody industry, and the dumbass D'Angelo references every time you turn around. Just stop, please.

SOWNY » Must See TV Special On Radio – If You Can Get It » November 29, 2020 12:07 pm

Most Cogeco systems, even here in eastern Ontario, carry WTVS in HD on channel 715... gonna set my TiVo to record this special.

SOWNY » Mike Wilner out at Rogers/Blue Jays » November 27, 2020 2:35 pm

How about Rogers just totally cleans house and shuts down completely?  Do us all a favour and put that piece of crap company out of its misery.  Same with Bell.

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » November 27, 2020 11:35 am

That whole company needs to screw off.  Rogers is doing absolutely no good to anybody except their greedy and unreasonable shareholders.

SOWNY » Rogers cullings go deep and wide » November 26, 2020 10:43 am

This year's cuts at the "big four" are the final straw for me - I'm done with radio and television.  Forget it.  Both industries, especially in Canada, are completely dead and gone, and as long as Bell, Corus, Rogers and Stingray are in control, nothing will make those industries any better.  I stopped listening to commercial radio and watching commercial TV (and using radio/TV stations' online offerings) earlier this year, when the pandemic hit, and there is no frickin' way I'm tuning in again - there is absolutely no good reason to watch or listen anymore.  Cookie-cutter content, pre-recorded jocks on radio, decreasing local content (aside from advertisements), owners/managers/salespeople completely eliminating any editorial independence/autonomy that news staff had, and just plain putting out a terrible and unlistenable/unwatchable product.  I've even gone so far as to remove the iHeartRadio, Radioplayer and TuneIn apps from my phone - I do not want to have anything to do with radio or TV in North America.

Radio and television are dead. Period.

SOWNY » Emergency Alert Coming To Radio./TV Nov. 25th But Will Stns. Prepare? » November 25, 2020 2:32 pm

Got it at exactly 12:55 on the Hwy 17 corridor near Arnprior.  My father-in-law is just across the river, on the Quebec side, and sometimes he'll receive Ontario alerts *and* Quebec alerts when his phone's linked to the Shawville (QC) tower.  He's on the Ontario side this afternoon, and he got the 12:55 test on his 'droid.

SOWNY » A Few Lost (And Now Found) Radio And TV Artifacts » November 18, 2020 5:06 pm

106.9 Ottawa is the successor to CJSB 540, one-time sister to CTV's CJOH-TV and remembered by many in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec as "54 Rock". The flip to FM happened in 1994... CJSB became CKQB-FM "The Bear", still with a rock format, and since Corus acquired the station a few years back as part of the Bell/Astral deal, CKQB has been CHR "Jump 106.9", and the station's high-power rebroadcaster in Renfrew County (99.9 Pembroke, transmitting from the CBC FM tower at Rankin) is still on the air today and still mentioned in Jump's legal IDs.

SOWNY » Here We Go Again: CHFI Goes All Xmas At 5 PM Monday » November 3, 2020 10:03 pm

Rogers and their shareholders obviously have absolutely ZERO respect for Canada's veterans etc.  Rogers does not care about each and every man and woman who has fought and died for our freedoms.  This makes me absolutely sick and then some, that Rogers, a major Canadian company, is completely disrespectful toward veterans, including my grandfather who served in WWII and passed away this past spring, well into his 90s.  At the same time, it does not surprise me that Rogers does this - all in the name of profit.

DO NOT PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON CANADIAN RADIO OR TELEVISION PRIOR TO REMEMBRANCE DAY. NONE. AT ALL.  If you do anything - *ANYTHING* - Christmas-related before November 11th, you are completely disrespectful and heartless, and should not even be in existence.  Show some frickin' respect.

SOWNY » Gordon Lightfoot and Natalie MacMaster on Glass Tigers Xmas CD » November 1, 2020 9:15 pm

Let's not talk about Frank D'Angelo, please. Just stop. It's not funny, never has been and never will be.

SOWNY » Latest Corus/Global culling - blame it on COVID » July 23, 2020 4:54 pm

That is it.  Canadian news media - print/radio/television, online or otherwise - is nothing but DEAD.  Nothing but cheapskates who only care about the bottom line and nothing else.

SOWNY » Use of Alert Ready "attention tones" » July 15, 2020 6:48 pm

My wife is watching Bell's CJOH (CTV Ottawa) 6pm newscast as I type this.  Earlier, maybe around 6:10-6:15pm, a story on a murder suspect arrested today in Carleton Place was aired, and the reporter mentioned that this morning, while police were searching for the suspect, the Alert Ready system was triggered/an emergency alert regarding this manhunt was broadcast in that area, and I believe all of nearby Ottawa as well.  Only problem with CJOH's report this evening?  They aired the Alert Ready "attention tones" loud and clear in the middle of the package, when no active alerts or tests were being broadcast during the newscast.

I know that in the States, it is pretty much illegal to broadcast the sounds of that country's EAS (emergency alert system) outside of an active alert or test, but what are the rules in Canada?  Did CJOH/Bell mess up, or was the airing of the attention tones (as part of a news report) allowed by the CRTC/Pelmorex/whoever made the rules regarding Alert Ready?

SOWNY » It is Canada Day eh? Time for your fave Cancon songs and one bad one! » July 1, 2020 4:01 pm

Five likes - in no particular order:

1. Barenaked Ladies - "It's All Been Done" (1999)
2. David Foster - "Winter Games" (1988)
3. Felix Cartal & Lights - "Love Me" (2019)
4. Our Lady Peace - "Innocent" (2002)
5. Marianas Trench - "Haven't Had Enough" (2012)

One dislike: Nickelback - "How You Remind Me" (2001)

SOWNY » Money (always) talks » April 9, 2020 12:17 pm

Johnny B wrote:

OTTAWA, April 8, 2020 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is disturbed to hear from journalists who say their stories are being vetted to ensure advertisers are kept happy.

While the CAJ cannot confirm the practice is widespread, several journalists have reported that their news stories are being reviewed to ensure they do not contain anything that would offend the business community, in the interest of preventing ad losses.

Sales staff have also reportedly offered favourable coverage as incentives for advertising packages.


Happens all the time where I work, and there's nothing that anyone can do about it, because the boss expects our news coverage to please only our advertisers and potential advertisers, and nobody has the balls to stand up to the boss and speak their mind - they're afraid of how the boss (a known bully) might react, which could be anything from a loud, profanity-laced tirade to firing the person for insubordination.

On numerous occasions I've overheard seasoned salespeople offer news coverage as part of an ad buy, and the boss has absolutely no problem with this happening.  On almost any given day, with or without COVID-19, the station runs at least one "news story" about something happening at a local business - things that are not newsworthy under any circumstances.  Things like a new menu at a restaurant, or some random business donating some money to a local cause, or whatever.

The boss needs to be fully aware of, and fully accept and abide by, Clause 5 of the CAB Code of Ethics, specifically this part of it: "News shall formulated on the basis of the beliefs, opinions or desires of management..." But the boss will likely say that this Code does not apply at this st

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