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SOWNY » Breakfast Television Turns 30 » September 5, 2019 5:40 pm

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Today, being the 30th anniversary of Breakfast Television's launch, I had original host Ann Rohmer over and we called original news anchor David Onley, original live eye reporter Steve Anthony, original sports reporter John Whaley and original producer Bud Pierce.

It made for a magical 110 minutes you can hear here.

SOWNY » Lorne Honickman Shares Stories of CityTV, CP24 and AM640 » September 1, 2019 12:06 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

My all time favourite Lorne Honickman story came from a friend of mine who was at City TV when he was there.
 
Honickman was one of the world’s biggest Beatles fans, and would talk about them all the time, spewing out trivia about them at the drop of a hat. He could go on for hours about them if you let him.
 
Well, one day in 1987, George Harrison came in to MuchMusic to tout his latest single, “I Got My Mind Set On You.” Here was an actual Beatle right in the same place where Honickman worked. And where was Lorne? Out on a story for that day’s CityPulse newscast.
 
He was doing interviews and stand-ups back in those days before cell phones, so frantic efforts were made to try and get him on his cameraman’s radio. They were trying to tell him to get back to the station or miss what may have been his only chance to ever actually meet one of his true idols.
 
But no matter how many times they tried to raise him, there was radio silence. Harrison was on a strict schedule and had to be out of there in less than a few minutes. And it looked like Honickman would miss his chance.
 
Harrison got up to leave and made his way to the infamous City TV parking lot back door, where a limo was waiting for him. Just then, Honickman and his camera truck entered the gates of the lot. He got out, totally unaware that one of his heroes was about to walk out the very door he was coming in.
 
Inevitably, the two ran into each other as Lorne was entering and Harrison was leaving. Honickman was absolutely stunned as he literally bumped into the ex-Beatle. It was probably the only time anyone ever saw Honickman at a loss for words.
 
As the famed musician brushed by him, all Honickman could say was a breathless, “Hi George!” To which Harrison replied in that famous Liverpool accent, “Hello.” And then he walked to the car.
 
It may not have been the meeting of the minds he was hoping for, but by a quirk of timing, Lorne actually got to talk to hi

SOWNY » Lorne Honickman Shares Stories of CityTV, CP24 and AM640 » August 31, 2019 10:08 am

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I just heard back from Lorne. Here's what he says...

"The story I did with John was in December 1981.  My assignment was to interview someone about Lennon on the first year anniversary of his death, and about his legacy in the years to come.  I remember thinking that there was no one I wanted to speak to more about that then John Donabie. A legend already at that time.  John immediately said yes to this rookie reporter.   I remember it so well. I was so grateful."

SOWNY » Lorne Honickman Shares Stories of CityTV, CP24 and AM640 » August 31, 2019 10:06 am

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John D wrote:

Far be it from me to question Lorn's timeline at City; but he says he got there in mid 1981.  However, Lorne came to my home in December of 1980 the day after the death of John Lennon.  I had interviewed John and he wanted to interview me about it.  Now i swear he was already at CITY; but he may have been working for someone else.  Again perhaps Lorne can straighten me out about the timing.  Just interested.  Oh by the way...HI Lorne!

I'll ask Lorne and report back!

SOWNY » Lorne Honickman Shares Stories of CityTV, CP24 and AM640 » August 30, 2019 5:39 pm

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Lots of good stuff here.

Btw, your very own Doug Thompson has been booked for a CHUM tribute ep.

SOWNY » Fan 590 Jays Talk Host Comes Out As Gay – Why Is This A Big Deal? » August 14, 2019 1:25 pm

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Scott dropped by today and talked about... everything. If you're interested in Scott's story, here it is.

SOWNY » Peter Gross on why he's no longer at 680 News » August 7, 2019 5:54 pm

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Peter Gross's return to Toronto Mike'd was just as candid and interesting as his first. Hear it here.

SOWNY » Brian Master on 50 Years in Radio » July 19, 2019 6:47 am

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Brian Master dropped by the Toronto Mike'd studio yesterday to share stories from fifty years in radio.

SOWNY » Peter Gross gone from 680 News » July 11, 2019 8:09 am

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Gene Valaitis tipped me off to this sad news right after my ep with Gord Martineau.

By the way, Peter Gross himself dropped by last September and was brutally honest about his battles with addiction. It's quite the listen... https://www.torontomike.com/2018/09/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_380.html 

SOWNY » Gord Martineau on Toronto Mike'd » July 9, 2019 6:21 pm

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Gord Martineau visited this afternoon and answered every single one of my questions. Here's our 1.5 hour convo.

SOWNY » With McCown's last show, who do you miss not hearing or seeing? » June 23, 2019 6:29 pm

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Here are recent episodes of Toronto Mike'd featuring some of the folks mentioned so far:

Geets Romo
John Donabie
David Marsden

SOWNY » Biggs/Barr leave CHTZ for CHEZ » May 28, 2019 6:13 pm

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Doc and Woody have announced their retirement, but they won't host their last show at CHEZ until late June.

SOWNY » Geets Romo on Toronto Mike'd » May 28, 2019 2:33 pm

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David "Geets Romo" Haydu dropped by for a 90 minute deep dive and fans of Pete N' Geets will dig it.

Hear it here.

SOWNY » If you were ever curious about CKNT » May 2, 2019 12:25 pm

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Mike Richards shares great detail about what went wrong with the launch, where they're at now and what's coming for Newstalk Sauga 960 in 2020 in today's episode 460 of Toronto Mike'd.

SOWNY » Whatever Happened To The Fan 590's Howard Berger? » March 20, 2019 8:11 pm

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I had Howard Berger over for a 2.5 hour convo in 2017 if anyone's curious. 

SOWNY » Toronto Mike podcast and the mystery 4 episode edit » February 22, 2019 3:00 pm

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Weisblott is on the podcast Thursday. He's visiting monthly now.

I didn't mean for the tweet to sound clickbaity, I just didn't want to publish this until my lawyer reviewed it.

SOWNY » Heather Bambrick on What Happened at JAZZ FM & What's Up with JAZZCAST » January 17, 2019 8:15 pm

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Here's my conversation with Heather Bambrick. We cover what went down at JAZZ.FM91 and what's happening with JAZZCAST.

SOWNY » A great interview with Ralph Benmurgui and Jaymz Bee » December 30, 2018 9:55 am

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Leslieville Bill wrote:

In his interview with Toronto Mike'd, Jaymz said, as a former salaried employee of JazzFM91, he could not comment.  He went on to say that the SaveJazzFM group were good people.
 

My two hours with Jaymz, recorded Friday, is here if anyone wants to hear his tremendous stories.

SOWNY » Sabres Play-By-Play Vet Removed From Booth On Stretcher During Game » December 24, 2018 3:30 pm

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The heir apparent to Rick Jeanneret is former Fan 590 host Dan Dunleavy. He dropped by recently to talk about calling Sabres games and the legendary Jeanneret.

https://www.torontomike.com/2018/12/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_406.html

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 23, 2018 10:50 am

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RadioActive wrote:

I hope these two guys can somehow work it out because I have a lot of time and admiration for both of them.   

Guys, this is a pretty one-sided "feud". I only learned Doug Thompson existed when he posted here 24 hours ago that he doesn't care who or what I am. Not sure where that came from... I didn't even start this thread. He just took a seemingly random shot at me because I exist.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 22, 2018 11:05 am

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Prod Guy wrote:

1. Doug used to be a famous radio producer.
2. People claim he is or was a nice guy.
Proof exists of point 1.

It seems Doug Thompson will not be added to this list of notable guests.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 22, 2018 10:24 am

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Doug Thompson wrote:

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

You sound delightful.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 22, 2018 8:27 am

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Doug Thompson wrote:

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

Feel free to not care.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 20, 2018 3:52 pm

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Jody Thornton wrote:

mike marshall wrote:

grilled.cheese wrote:

Toronto Mike released a hidden podcast, only available to subscribers (not through his site and he's not advertising it).

He is rebutting recent comments Dean Blundell made against him. 

Why would he bother if he's going to "hide" it?
 

I believe it premium content for subscribers.  But I'll let Mike answer that.  I'm just speculating
 

It's not premium content. Subscribing to Toronto Mike'd in Apple, Google, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever is completely free.

Anyone can subscribe here.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike's hidden podcast » December 20, 2018 3:50 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

Hopefully he will see this post and respond.

It's certainly not hidden, because it's been pushed to everyone who subscribes to my podcast. It's just unpromoted, in that I'm not tweeting about it or writing about it on the blog.

It's also without a number because it might disappear into the abyss at any time.

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