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SOWNY » Radio Announcers Lounge on Facebook » May 4, 2021 11:23 am

RadioActive wrote:

I can't find any record of it. Could this be what you're thinking of? (If not, it's a pretty interesting site in itself.)

Facebook: I Loved AM Radio

This is a piece of work!

SOWNY » The Dumbest Argument: Is It Up Or Down The Dial? » April 28, 2021 12:16 pm

I always thought in terms of Lower and Higher, but that was AM. Lower was home to the gangbusters
signals, while it was easier to get lost (1430) if you were higher.

Agreed, it's really not worth discussing, yet here we are.

SOWNY » Can A Newscast That Promises Opinion-Free Stories Get An Audience? » April 28, 2021 11:48 am

Very complicated situation. Hope it works out for the people who had the original vision, even though
some of them have left, if that makes any sense.
One of the sidelights in the Yahoo! (LATimes) article posted by RA is the mention of Shep Smith, now
with CNBC. I'd like to see him at MSNBC, to see what he could do there.

Thanks for the update, RA.

SOWNY » Mark Elliott (The Voice Over Artist) Passed Away » April 27, 2021 8:20 am

I worked with Mark at CKLW. Good guy. Real pro. He was Ed Mitchell at the Big 8. Pretty sure he was
hired by Ted Atkins. He did afternoon drive with us, before moving to KFRC, then KHJ, as RKO was
forced to divest.

SOWNY » This 50K Radio Giant Once Had Its Transmitter On A Remote Island » April 22, 2021 6:15 pm

RadioActive wrote:

You're right, but I doubt the shack out there came with a kitchen, a bathroom and several bedrooms! As it is, the thing broadcasts a lot of its signal into the lake, so I understand it rates very well with fish.

Les Sole, who ran things when it became CJCL/Metro 1430, used to say we had to be #1 with the airline pilots
because most of the signal had to be going straight up.
As someone who preferred an off-air feed when working, what I found frustrating was the fact that it never
sounded the same two days in a row. Like John Denver sang, some days were diamonds...

SOWNY » European Super League collapses before it gets off the ground » April 21, 2021 4:43 pm

RadioActive wrote:

I used Outline to try for an alternate way to get to the story. It often works wonders.

Outline is a free online service that lets you strip out all the garbage on a webpage and cuts through the clutter to make it easier to download a story that might be behind a paywall or is otherwise hard for some to see. Doesn't always work, but it's handy when it does. Glad it worked for you!

Thank you. I've added an icon to my home screen.

SOWNY » European Super League collapses before it gets off the ground » April 21, 2021 4:29 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Try this link.

Thanks, RA. That works. What did you do?

SOWNY » European Super League collapses before it gets off the ground » April 21, 2021 4:10 pm

cash wrote:

works fine

Not on my iPad. The first part of your link doesn't appear to be hot, the rest does. If it's working for you and
everybody else, great.

[Edit] -- Just checked downstairs. Your link works on our PC. Still no Apple luck. That's why I mentioned it.

SOWNY » Rogers service outage pain in the derriere » April 19, 2021 10:58 pm

Dial Twister wrote:

Rogers is placing the blame squarely on Ericsson Software. Maybe so - time will tell.

So far, no comment from Huawei.

SOWNY » Rogers service outage pain in the derriere » April 19, 2021 10:45 pm

MJ Vancouver wrote:

This was probably one of the largest telecommunications disruptions in Canada in the past 25 years.

We'll have to check for a bump (no pun intended) in the birth rate 9 months from now.

SOWNY » Have you had the Covid vaccine? » April 10, 2021 4:14 pm

cash wrote:

Well. I have recovered. Two days of my life I will never get back.

But you still have your life, right?

SOWNY » Should Chris Cuomo be taken off CNN? » March 26, 2021 6:28 pm

Dial Twister wrote:

This opinion piece comes from a Rupert Murdoch rag. LOL. Perhaps the author should tune in to Faux News sometime to see what real corruption looks like.

 MSNBC is saying Fox News is being sued for One Billion Dollars...

SOWNY » Ex-CFRB Veteran Bill McVean Has Died » March 25, 2021 10:11 am

Before his work at CHCH, Mr. McVean worked in Hamilton radio, too, CKOC, then CHML.

SOWNY » Bruce Arthur? » March 20, 2021 1:48 pm

Hope this is not political. After reading an opinion piece by Bruce Arthur in this morning's Toronto Star, I
got my Pfizer shot at Joe Brant. I was, and still am, more concerned about the contents in Arthur's column
than the needle.

SOWNY » Bruce Arthur? » March 15, 2021 10:36 pm

Not sure where this thread is going but Bruce Arthur has been writing extensively in the Toronto Star about COVID-19 and its effects. Doing a hell of a job with it, too.

SOWNY » Baseball Will Be On The Radio In S. Ont. - Just Not Where You Thought » March 10, 2021 5:44 pm

RadioActive wrote:

I guess I just don't know Jack(fish.)

Maybe I should have added this: 

SOWNY » CRTC Survey Gives Reason to Shut Down CBC Says Sun/Post Media » March 10, 2021 5:21 pm

MJ Vancouver wrote:

turkeytop wrote:

What percentage of Canadians read Sun Post papers?

Probably more than many people would assume, since they own so much. Where I live, they own both dailies (Vancouver Sun and The Province), and they own most major dailies in Ontario that aren't owned by Torstar (the Star, the K-W Record, and the Hamilton Spectator.

Not meant as criticism, MJ, but we don't...OK, I don't want you to forget Welland.
Toronto Star, The Hamilton Spectator, Welland Tribune,  the Waterloo Region Record, The St. Catharines Standard, The Niagara Falls Review, The Peterborough Examiner, Metroland community newspapers and several other media properties.


SOWNY » Baseball Will Be On The Radio In S. Ont. - Just Not Where You Thought » March 10, 2021 4:42 pm

RadioActive wrote:

CKTB will be doing the games of a team I can honestly say I've never heard of - the Welland Jackfish of the Intercounty Baseball League.

C'mon, man! It's the JACKFISH! It's WELLAND! The Rose City. The World Famous canal used to run through the middle of it. Home of the former Nero's Billiard Emporium, former Ideal Fish & Chips, just a few steps from the
legendary Welland Tribune on Main Street East, and the former Welland High hangout, the Astor Cafe, where
a lucky few used to catch Dick Clark's American Bandstand, in black and white in the back room.
Get yer Wiki fingers tappin'....time's awasting!

SOWNY » AM Radio Towers May Stop Construction Of New Oakville School » March 8, 2021 3:13 pm

Before much of the recent builds, there used to be a little restaurant/gas station combo on Dundas just west of the bridge over 16 Mile Creek. The ladies there used to serve up a wonderful, inexpensive breakfast with some outstanding home fries. I used to go out of my way for their vittles often and the
proximity of those towers, if anything, made me feel even more at ease. Sure do miss that place.

SOWNY » CFRB Rebrands As CTV News Toronto - Although NT1010 Remains » March 8, 2021 2:28 pm

RadioActive wrote:

...and they direct listeners to go to CTV Toronto's website for more news.

Now, that's going too far...although I guess the lack of "live" bodies in "CFRB's storied newsroom" means
there's no one to do the required constant updates on the 1010 website. What a lot of crap!

SOWNY » Dick Smyth passes away » March 8, 2021 1:50 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Doug Thompson. a SOWNY member and former producer at CHUM, has written a wonderful piece

RIP: Dick Smyth, News Broadcaster Extraordinaire

Enjoyed this, Doug. Got a real kick about the Fred Ennis yellow tape bit.

There's a good article in today's Star, too.

Re the summer of '67 in Detroit, it was said that the CKLW 20-20 News vehicles were the only media cars not
shot at...or at least...hit...

SOWNY » Dick Smyth passes away » March 7, 2021 11:00 pm

paterson1 wrote:

You may know about this Mike, and be able to confirm or deny, but I read somewhere that Dick was not totally on board with the 20/20 hyper news style and writing at CKLW.  He felt that it went too far at times and that also played a part in his leaving.  I always liked Smyth and CHUM's news, because while still contemporary, it was always straight forward and they stayed away from the more sensational and graphic CKLW style of news reporting.

Can't confirm or deny, paterson1, but can understand why he might be uncomfortable with some of the writing that made it to air, much of it after Dick left. His approach was, as you say, contemporary and aggressively straight ahead. He was fun to watch when he was on the air, very physical, he commanded your attention.
It must be said, too, that many of the talented 20-20 newscasters did not go overboard.

SOWNY » Dick Smyth passes away » March 7, 2021 10:33 am

turkeytop wrote:

I remember him best from his days at CKLW>

Me, too. God, he was good!

SOWNY » Viewer Alert: Long Unseen 1965 Murray The K Music Special On WNED » March 6, 2021 12:43 am

If you've got more than one PBS station in your abode and are interested in What's Happening Baby, there are some interesting alternatives.
BONUS! We've got three. WNED in Buffalo, WTVS in Detroit and KCTS, Seattle.
On Cogeco, we only get 'NED on the Standard Def tier, the other two are HD.

Skimming through the Program Guide, The Carpenters: Close To You that RA mentioned is on today (Saturday) at 5:30pm, What's Happening Baby at 7pm on WNED.

Check this rather dynamic lineup tonight (Saturday) on WTVS, Detroit:

What's Happening Baby at 7
Tina Turner: One Last Time (her Wembley London show) at 9
Tower of Power: 50 Years of - 10:30 to midnight ( hope they do Mr. Toad's Wild Ride)

And KCTS, Seattle shows It's What's Happening Baby tonight (Saturday) from 10-midnight.

Think we'll make it a Motor City Saturday Night!

SOWNY » CKLW-TV's "Bozo The Clown" Dies At 86 » February 18, 2021 11:19 pm

Very sad to read this news today. Don't think I ever saw Art Cervi in a bad mood in the hallways at CKLW, which
included both radio and TV in the late '60s and early '70s.
At one time during my stay there, Art was giving away huge see-thru plastic bags of popcorn, in the shape of but much larger than a sleeping pillow. He was kind enough to give me one. My first wife and I took an entire Habs-Bruins playoff series to get through it. Delicious!
Funny how you never forget such gestures. Great guy.

SOWNY » Newsweek published a 1 hit wonder, where are they now article » February 16, 2021 3:00 pm

From the Newsweek article:

>> As a virtual band (and the world's most successful fictional band until the Gorillaz in the 2000s), The Archies probably minded the least of anyone on this list about being a one-hit wonder.

The performers of the number one 1969 smash, meanwhile, continued to have careers in the music industry. Ron Dante became Barry Manilow's record producer, Jeff Barry wrote some of the most iconic songs of all time like "River Deep, Mountain High," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," while Toni Wine sang backing vocals on Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind." <<

No mention of Andy Kim, who co-wrote Sugar, Sugar and sang on the record, too. Major miss by the story's author.
And, of course, Kim/Longfellow was much more than a one-hit wonder.

SOWNY » Happy World Radio Day Everybody! » February 13, 2021 7:05 pm

paterson1 wrote:

Listeners will always be interested in a station and the person behind the microphone who is entertaining, has something to say, and talks about things they relate to, hopefully with a sense of fun and humour. 

And the beauty of it is, you don't even need to do this every break or all the time.  Do the basics and do them well, do some show prep, and the other more challenging stuff will fall into place. 

Words of wisdom, Paterson. Some people never learn these basics. Nothing is more infectious than a person who obviously is having fun, enjoying what he or she is doing on the air. C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-E

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