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SOWNY » Why weren't the Bills on CBS Buffalo today? » November 4, 2019 7:23 am

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   I believe which network carries the game depends on who the visiting team is.  Fox shows the NFC so if the visitors are from the NFC, as Washington is, Fox gets the game.  Most Bills opponents are AFC teams so CBS usually shows them, as they would for a Bills road game.

SOWNY » Being Frank Returns » December 2, 2018 8:34 am

dieter
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   I saw a promo on CHCH for the return of Being Frank for a 9th season this past Friday.  Since it's past my bedtime, I was hoping some board members would weigh in on this favourite topic for many.  The promo said the guests would be 2 unknown entertainment types, plus Joe Warmington. It looked riveting.  Anyone watch?

SOWNY » RIP, Wayne McLean » May 6, 2018 1:09 am

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Worked briefly for and with him in Ottawa. If you only liked tabloid fare, you enjoyed his talk show. But a dreadful news director.

SOWNY » Ron James on Canadian Screen Awards » March 13, 2018 9:33 pm

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Here's one of the best rants I've read in awhile.  It's from Ron James on Facebook.  The basic context is John Doyle ripping this past weekend's Canadian Screen Awards show in the Globe and Mail.  For more, go to FB but this is most entertaining.

And that's the televised one Jim! Cripes, had Doyle reason to sit through the stroke inducing non-televised night of awards like this nominee, he'd of gone Sinn Fein on their ass and taken hostages! I'm happy a nod for my work comes once every ten year
s, cause watching that poor bastard of an MC onstage, (easily the toughest stand-up gig in Canadian show biz, next to hitting the 4th hour mark doing warm up for the Sandra Faire produced long gone 'Rita MacNeil Show' where it wasn't uncommon to lose 20% of your audience to fainting spells, heart attacks and acid induced hallucinations. Ok, the last one's a lie) try to wrangle a room full of contemptible, gibbering, dressed up Canadian show biz sycophants, damn near took another decade off me. Sweet Jesus! They woudn't shut up!! They were worse than the cacophony of a remedial class before their daily dose of Ritalin kicks in. I'd sooner have army ants crawl up my pin hole with picnic cutlery than sit through that again. When faces from our industry who passed away last year were flashed on the wall, this room full of 'professionals' continued to talk, so that their inane jabber about sweet-fuck-all crowed out a wonderful musical tribute to the likes of Donnelly, Rhodes, Tom Rowe and Christopher Wiggans, to name a few. All good people with impressive pedigrees who made an impact far greater than some bullshit morning talk show made for shut ins. Anyway, sorry to go on.

SOWNY » Last night's news coverage of the Ontario PC leadership race » March 13, 2018 9:24 pm

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It seemed like CBC's Mike Crawley was way ahead of CP24 with his info on what was happening with the count and he beat everyone to word that Ford had won.  CP24 seemed to just be babbling that they had no idea what was happening.  Did not hear CFRB's coverage so I can't comment.

SOWNY » Brian Fysher Retires at 680 » December 25, 2017 11:39 pm

dieter
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Terrific guy to work with.  He'll be missed.

SOWNY » Tom Brown's Toy Mountain » November 23, 2017 8:29 pm

dieter
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   Am I the only one who is waiting with less than baited breath for Friday's launch of Tom Brown's Toy Mountain Drive on CFTO?  He's even more annoying in those segments than he is when he screams the weather forecast.

SOWNY » Jerry and Frank » September 22, 2017 11:28 am

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   Missed the intro so I heard a minute or so of Jerry Agar interviewing his pal Frank Leo on CFRB this morning.  Changed the station as soon as I realized.  I'm sure I missed a hard-hitting explosive chat between those 2.

SOWNY » All Shurman, all the time! » June 25, 2017 10:16 am

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It's hardly libellous to agree with Kilgore that Shurman lost a lot of respect when his end-run around the expense rules came out.  He was obviously exploiting a loophole that existed because no one believed anyone would try this.  And no, we're not talking Mike Duffy territory here.  Speaking as a Thornhill resident, I don't think Peter needed the extra expense money that desperately.  And, Tim Hudak handled all of this very poorly so there's plenty of blame to go around.  None of this takes away from the fair comments here that Shurman is good on air, and that he was a good boss and colleague.

SOWNY » CFTO - Milos Raonic » June 7, 2017 7:30 am

dieter
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Since this remains a free country, I'll stick with calling them CFTO and the SkyDome.  While Radiowiz is very much entitled to his opinion on the latter, I have my reasons.  Now back to the original thread topic -- dreadful CFTO sportscasters.  Almost as bad as not knowing how to pronounce "Raonic," last night's late edition ignored the 17th 4-homer game in MLB history in favour of the usual garbage and fluff.  Maybe they should follow the Citynews model of having no sportscaster.

SOWNY » Back In The Saddle Again?? » June 6, 2017 8:57 pm

dieter
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maybo wrote:

I still have nightmares of being in the booth 10 seconds to air with no script and no idea what I'm about to say.

I thought I was the only one with that problem!
 

SOWNY » CFTO - Milos Raonic » June 4, 2017 11:21 pm

dieter
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  To return to the subject which actually launched this rather interesting exchange of views, I'm pleased to report that Bryan Dunstan pronounced Milos Raonic correctly on his Sunday night sportscast.  There -- no negativity here!

SOWNY » CFTO - Milos Raonic » June 3, 2017 10:46 pm

dieter
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Call me old-fashioned.  It's still CFTO for me, along with CFRB and the SkyDome.

SOWNY » CFTO - Milos Raonic » June 2, 2017 10:58 pm

dieter
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Just watched the late CFTO sportscast.  Apparently Bryan Dunstan doesn't know how to pronounce Milos Raonic's name.  As another SOWNY forum member would say, I am outraged!

SOWNY » Canadian Press » May 9, 2017 9:59 pm

dieter
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I think they'd hire you and a corpse before they'd re-hire me.

SOWNY » Who's On Your List Of The Top 20 Greatest Toronto Radio People? » May 5, 2017 7:15 am

dieter
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Casey Toctema's ads may well have been good and successful, but after he died a number of his employees were prosecuted for a fraud he was involved in.

SOWNY » Cdn. Media Personality Kevin O'Leary Drops Out Of Tory Race » April 26, 2017 8:49 pm

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  When Brian Mulroney ran for the Tory leadership to get rid of Joe Clark more than 30 years ago, one of his major selling points was that the Tories were being blanked in Quebec.  He said handing the Liberals a 75-0 edge in Quebec was pretty much conceding the election.  That argument holds today, as Mr Wonderful can now attest.

SOWNY » Hello? CTV News? » March 15, 2017 8:33 pm

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  Speaking of strange happenings on the late CFTO News, they ran a "breaking news" item a few nights ago that Donald Trump announced he would have a cabinet meeting the next day.  US cabinet meetings are mostly meaningless, so how was this news -- especially to us in the Great White North?  Very strange, indeed.

SOWNY » Peter Gross » February 28, 2017 5:48 pm

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Yes, he was back on 680 this morning.  I was merely curious because he hadn't been on and his profile is not on the 680 website. 
 

SOWNY » Peter Gross » February 27, 2017 6:04 pm

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Grilled.cheese should be grateful he doesn't live in the US, where the new president wants to ban the media from printing or airing unsourced stories.
 

SOWNY » Peter Gross » February 27, 2017 8:27 am

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  Why is Peter Gross gone from 680 News?

SOWNY » 680 Sports - Always lead with the Leafs » February 24, 2017 8:28 am

dieter
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To Bored op:  I meant to say "lead sports story" both times.

SOWNY » 680 Sports - Always lead with the Leafs » February 22, 2017 11:25 pm

dieter
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   Another reason to hate -- or laugh at -- Toronto radio.  The LEAD sports story for at least part of the day on 680 News was that the Leafs had a team meeting instead of a practice.  Are there any people outside of 680 who think this should be the top story any day?

SOWNY » Bill Carroll shilling for PC's » November 25, 2016 10:31 pm

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http://www.canadalandshow.com/cfra-host-pc-fundraiser/

Why should we be surprised? Bill openly shilling for the Tories.  But, of course, he's not a journalist so that's OK.  He also says he'd appear at a Liberal event if asked.  Hell may freeze over first.

SOWNY » How Do You Say “Toronto” On Toronto Airwaves? » October 26, 2016 8:53 pm

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  I remember reading once that we have no way of knowing how Sir George Yonge, who the street was named for, pronounced his name.  It could have been YUNJ, for all we know.

SOWNY » Must-not-hear radio ads » October 14, 2016 10:25 pm

dieter
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As the thread originator, I've got one more which I should have remembered.  I awake to the 7:30 news on CFRB but as soon as the sports is over, I'm told it's sponsored by Tom's Place.  As soon as John Moore starts to say that, my radio goes off to spare me the daily nonsense from Tom Mahalek.  As annoying as Russell Oliver, Jack Berkowitz and (another one) that Spence Jewellers' scream.  And speaking of Spence, their claim that a jeweller can't tell the difference between designer diamonds and the real ones from the ground has got to be ridiculous.  Surely any trained jeweller would know, wouldn't they?

SOWNY » Must-not-hear radio ads » October 7, 2016 9:59 pm

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Some great answers here. Thanks to everyone. I haven't heard some of the ads mentioned (the Subaru Korry's ads), and I guess I should be grateful.  I forgot about Jerry Agar's shilling for Frank Leo, which also gets me to change the station.  In the meantime, I found this story on Kars 4 Kids. Who knew much of their money goes to a Jewish charity for school tuition, camps and other such programs?

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/188797/kars-4-kids-rakes-in-the-buckz

 

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