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SOWNY » "There is never a wrong time to do the right thing." » May 21, 2022 10:56 pm

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Wow, Jennifer names names.  I hope she is okay.

SOWNY » Ian Hanomansing Admonished » May 2, 2022 7:23 am

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Fun Tweet this morning....

"Admonished by a listener - in a private DM - for saying "you guys" on the radio: "You is still singular AND plural, otherwise “you both”. CBC should be.... a language leader." Love the care for words. My question: is a little informality OK in unscripted chats, even on CBC?"


https://twitter.com/ianhanomansing/status/1520834633772199938

SOWNY » Toronto Mike Reaches Milestone 1,000th Episode » February 23, 2022 9:51 pm

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Hey Mike, listener FOTM.  

It was honestly a walk down memory lane with me. Bowling for Dollars! Are you kidding me, I loved that show. I just wonder why no current Newstalk 1010 people were on. Does Bell Media actually have a restraint of trade clause? 

Your podcast is the only honest exit interview I actually trust.  

Please try to get Stafford, he is one broadcaster I really miss. 

 

SOWNY » How Much Does It Cost? Really » February 23, 2022 9:16 pm

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Clearly I have never worked in radio,  but minimum wage is only $15 in Ontario.  I never understood why radio owners would not pay minimum wage to anyone willing to do it, instead of running a repeat of a show.  A three hour show could only pay $45 for the host, and the producer  "pushing all the buttons"   Three hour live show, $90 in payroll costs.  The fixed costs would be the same whether you have a live host or not, wouldnt it?

Clearly I do not understand the business, can someone please help me out?

 

SOWNY » Maureen Holloway Turns Up On CFRB » February 23, 2022 9:02 pm

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I listened to Paul and Carol Mott a lot when they were both in Niagara, and Toronto. It does not take much to impress me, but I thought it was cool that they could broadcast from their farm, way back in the day. Beside Bob McCowan broadcasting from Vegas, I never noticed anyone else.

SOWNY » Howard Hesseman - aka WKRP's Dr. Johnny Fever - Dies At 81 » January 31, 2022 6:48 pm

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Speaking of WKRP, the WKRP-Cast podcast posted something today that is way over my understanding, but maybe you guys might like it.
[i]"​TECHNICAL DETAILS: If you're a fan (and, hey, if you're on this page, we're guessing you're a FAN!) of WKRP, you've probably noticed the slight pre-echo you can hear from Mimsie. Mimsie is the MTM "Lion" who appears at the absolute end of every WKRP episode. If you listen carefully, you can hear what sounds like a faint echo of Mimsie's 'meow' just a second or less before it happens.
Ever wonder why that's there? This is an artifact of the videotape Hugh Wilson was forced to shoot on in order to get cheap music rights. Way back in the old days, if you owned reel-to-reel tape, it was recommended that you store your tapes in a "played" position. This meant you had to rewind before you wanted to listen to a tape. The reason for this was to prevent the same kind of echo we are hearing from Mimsie.
Tape, both audio and video, is coated with a magnetic oxide. The oxide is highly susceptible to tiny magnetic fields. When a tape is being recorded, the magnetic field from the record head is placing the oxide in specific patterns. Later, when you play it back, the read head will interpret those patterns as sound. Those patterns are not fixed or locked in any way. The oxide is still mobile and could be moved into other patterns. This is why you can record over previously recorded tape.
When a tape is in the "ready to play" position, the oxide that passes over the tape head has been pressed up against the layer below it...possibly for a long time. The layer of tape below, the one that will play just a second or less later, can sometimes have a strong enough magnetic field to imprint on the outer layer of tape. In the case of Mimsie, the spot where her 'meow' falls is in an area of the tape where there isn't a lot of other content. It's a relatively quiet spot right before her meow. Since the WKRP source tapes have been stored in the "ready t

SOWNY » CP24 Newtalk 1010 Weekend Mornings » January 23, 2022 9:01 am

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The Newsreader just said "You are watching the CP24 Breakfast Weekend, stay with us, and also listening to us on Newtalk 1010 this morning. Stay with us"

There was a definate pause between "stay with us" and the rest of the sentence read. Usually when there is a slight change in NT1010 shows, it usually is mentioned here. Did not see it yet.  Great idea, Bell only pays for one show.

 

SOWNY » Bell Let's Talk spot is bland corporate PR » January 9, 2022 4:22 pm

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Hey Forward Power, you are not alone. 


Forward Power wrote:

Bingo.  As someone who has lived with depression, anxiety and occasional panic attacks over the last ten years, I have hated this campaign since day one.  Charlie described it perfectly, and that's how it has always been for this bottom-of-the-barrel, piece of garbage conglomerate that does this country absolutely no good.  Running this campaign this year is completely inappropriate and then some, especially given how so many of us in Ontario are reaching absolute rock bottom due to current events and are bound to totally explode upon the smallest trigger.

Seriously, if Bell is once again going to talk the talk and not actually walk the walk, this whole nightmare of a campaign will be a massive slap in the face for every Canadian who lives with any mental illness or mood disorder.  Same if anybody takes to social media and parrots Bell's messages - if you share the hashtag or any of their Facebook material etc., you are also a virtue-signalling hypocrite and fail to realize how insulting your (and Bell's) empty/meaningless messages are to the 20% or more of us in Canada who live with illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, and so on.

If this corporation truly and genuinely gave a rat's arse about the mental health and well-being of all of us, especially their staff, I would expect that they would a) not fire experienced media professionals simply because they're paid too much, and b) fork over a hell of a lot more MH funding than the drop in the bucket that's allotted each year.  A few million bucks a year (that probably has all kinds of conditions and quid pro quo attached to it) won't do a damn thing for Canada's mental health services which, like the rest of our healthcare system, are collapsing around us - they need literally billions of dollars in funding to get anywhere near being able to sufficiently serve the rising number of

SOWNY » City News Anchor Tests Positive » January 9, 2022 3:51 pm

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Melanie Ng of City News tests positive for Covid.  She posted a story on Instagram.

https://twitter.com/CityMelanie/status/1480264469435592705

SOWNY » News Program Breakfast Television Shuts Operations Down for Christmas » December 28, 2021 10:00 am

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I think it is weird for a news program to shut down for an extended break, as if one is seeking news, the viewer will obviously chose the competitor on CP24.  Can BT get those viewers back?   I watch Morning Live so I did not even notice. I saw this post on Twitter.

"BT is extending its holiday break so we can play it safe after the holidays. We'll be back for all of the laughs and information you need to start your day on Tuesday, January 4th. Happy holidays, and happy new year!  - Your BT family"

https://twitter.com/breakfasttv/status/1474394571081670660

SOWNY » Can Someone Explain This to a Non Radio Guy » December 8, 2021 4:30 pm

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"Audiences have not returned to radio in Toronto since the start of the pandemic

Listenership is still down 12% from Fall 2019 and down 20% adults 25-54 (key demo)"



How do ratings actually work?
Is it by hour? by show? by minute? 
If I do not like a song, or a commercial, or a talk show topic, how does it know if I change the channel?
Does streaming on Google or Alexa count?
How do they know if I changed the channel?
What if I am listening to SiriusXM?

Thanks!

https://twitter.com/AHBSeaborn/status/1468647836946505738

SOWNY » Is Ryan Doyle Permanently Gone From CFRB? » December 1, 2021 8:26 am

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I was wondering if any here would know what the standard "non-compete" clause. How does it work?
I was curious if  the new CHFI morning team fell under one?

 

SOWNY » Ari Rabinovitch Leaves 640AM and Q » November 24, 2021 7:13 am

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Announced by Ari on Twitter, he is leaving his traffic reporting but staying in the industry


https://twitter.com/Ari_Traffic/status/1461810089103405058

SOWNY » Toronto DJ explains radio terms » July 15, 2021 2:42 pm

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I am definitely not the target audience of Tictok, but a Toronto DJ on CHUM 1045 has 16 Million likes on her page. In this particular clip she explains radio terms:

Yes 16,000,000 likes

https://www.tiktok.com/@itsshannonburns/video/6963785914669714694?lang=en&is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v1&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6985222189956204037

 

SOWNY » Toronto On Air Host Gone? » July 3, 2021 11:54 am

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I was surprised that this topic has not been discussed here on SOWNY, especially when an On Air host disappears. Sports Net Radio The Fan 590, Joey Vendetta on Canada Day, which most would say "feels" different this year, posted a tweet what was called tone-deaf.  His twitter account no longer exists, and his afternoon radio show has been replace with CBS programming. 

As reported by Mike in Boston from Toronto Sports Media.

https://torontosportsmedia.com/2021/07/03/sportsnets-joey-vendetta-sounds-off/

SOWNY » You Guys Will Know.... » May 6, 2021 6:52 pm

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I saw on my Twitter feed, a few local stations are promoting their win of the  "Murrow Award". I could Google what it is, (clearly I am not in the radio business) but I was wondering if that is a big deal? Is it equal to The Emmy's?

 

SOWNY » Are Old Radios Collectable? » May 2, 2021 8:23 am

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Not sure anyone on this forum cares, but an old school radio is being auctioned off in St Catharines,  Current bid is only $3.00


https://auctions.estatesalesniagara.com/lots/view/1-4JJJ8G/randix-collectors-edition-old-tyme-console-radio-otc-1932


"The account is not associated with this product, does not endorse or recommend "

 

SOWNY » Funny 820 Host Mike Nabors » April 18, 2021 12:14 pm

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If you believe what you read on Twitter, Mike Nabors has been fired from Funny 820, according to former Bell employee Mike Bullard. 


https://twitter.com/MikeBullard1997/status/1383791824737771538

SOWNY » Great Behind the Mic from CHUM 1045 » March 20, 2021 10:00 am

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Although tiktok probably is not the main demographics the old "Big Yellow Board" is, Shannon Burns posts from her tiktok account.  Interesting, especially for those who have never worked in radio. 

https://www.tiktok.com/@itsshannonburns/video/6940812662624357638?sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6941734061813024261&is_from_webapp=v3&is_copy_url=0

SOWNY » What The Media Will Do The Day Queen Elizabeth Dies » March 1, 2021 2:31 pm

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Makes me wonder how fast The Mint will start replacing the coins with Her Majesty on it.

SOWNY » The next host of Jeopardy is? » February 19, 2021 4:18 pm

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With the experience of "The Chase" and "Masterminds", Brooke Burns would be my choice. Likeable, smart, eloquent, would be a good choice instead of argument of "another old white man".

Second Choice, none other than Geordi Le Forge.

Ken Jennings comes off unlikable in Mastermind, and has history with Twitter.
 

SOWNY » TSN 1150 Hamilton is no more » February 12, 2021 5:29 pm

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Thanks Peter The K, kids will be kids, but I feel like broadcasting is very different than when we grew up.  17 year old kids do not want to hear advice from parents, but at least I can show him the news about Bell.  Heck, I still put two spaces after a period. 


Peter the K wrote:

leafs67 wrote:

So sad. So very sad. Would anyone recommend my, about to be university student age, to go into broadcasting?I Is it "safer" to be behind the mic/camera or behind the scenes. He really wants to go into broadcasting, but it seems like an unsound choice "during these times"

Behind the camera isn't much safer.  Broadcast tech isn't what it used to be.

I'm not sure about other stations, but the CKCO -- errm -- CTV Kitchener news often show some nice bumpers in and out of commercial breaks featuring the newsdesk framed by a couple of cameras.  The first thing you'll notice is that there is nobody behind them -- they are robotically controlled.  No need for a cameraperson.  Almost all reporters, even some at the CBC, do their own camerawork.

Then there's the broadcast tech itself.  It's more I.T. than anything else.

It's also, in the grand scheme of things, a relatively small industry.  There's a reason why the most successful broadcasting programs in the 70s and 80s kept their intake relatively small.  Now it seems as long as you have pulse, you're in.

I have a nephew who years ago became a drywaller and he's quite good at it.  The money he's making these days makes my head spin.
 

 

SOWNY » TSN 1150 Hamilton is no more » February 9, 2021 1:42 pm

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So sad. So very sad. Would anyone recommend my, about to be university student age, to go into broadcasting?I Is it "safer" to be behind the mic/camera or behind the scenes. He really wants to go into broadcasting, but it seems like an unsound choice "during these times"
 

SOWNY » Barb and Jim » February 3, 2021 4:41 pm

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Barb and Jim have both been removed from the Newstalk 1010 website. I actually listened to them when I could. 

Good luck to them.

SOWNY » "The Dave Agar Newsroom" » February 2, 2021 4:34 pm

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Dave Agar requests his name be removed from Newstalk 1010 after Bell Media cuts.



https://twitter.com/dave1agar/status/1356687274533138435

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