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SOWNY » Kimberley Fowler Flies The Corus Traffic Copter Coop » August 10, 2021 3:08 pm

Media Observer wrote:

Another RA classic!

Yes it was.  I was saddened there was not more love for my RA faux movie trailer, mocking his devious airplane adventures in another thread

SOWNY » Kimberley Fowler Flies The Corus Traffic Copter Coop » August 10, 2021 1:38 pm

RadioActive wrote:

This one's for Jody Thornton:

This is going on my Facebook :D

SOWNY » Markie Post RIP » August 8, 2021 11:28 am

I'm just finding out about this now. Very sad news. I didn't even think she was 70.

SOWNY » 1975 Era SOWNY Commercials » August 7, 2021 12:43 pm

I do remember driving by Art Shoppe and going in with my mom and dad.  I don't recall it after 1979 though.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 5, 2021 5:58 pm

RadioActive wrote:

It's confession time here about how I once did something I wasn't supposed to.

Cue the Don Lafontaine VO Trailer Voice:

He's a Renegade Radioactive DXer, who leaves the comfort of his trusted AM Radio, and flies the skies .... flirting with disaster on the FM Band .... Die Hard DXer.  Playing in theatres NOW!

EDIT:  Oh yeah - Playing Now at the new "Multiplex" Odeon. - Bwhaaahahhah!


SOWNY » Man arrested after climbing Bell Tower in Barrie » July 24, 2021 12:22 pm

Radiowiz wrote:

What kind of a view would one get? Is it for the view? 

An aerial view of course


SOWNY » The Peculiar Comforts Of Radio Stations In Cottage Country » July 6, 2021 5:14 pm

paterson1 wrote:

I believe both CFOS and CKNX 920 still both have funeral notices daily

Would you say that they are in a "dead heat" with one another? 


SOWNY » Audacity Software Warning » July 5, 2021 2:20 pm

That's just the problem - almost ALL software does this today.  The entire mobile ecosystems of Android and iOS are ALL ABOUT data collection.  Even Microsoft Windows versions 10 and 11 "excel" in this area.  The idea is to provide low cost or free software to the user, collect usage information, and make money selling to potential advertisers and partners.  There's no money in selling licensed software for long-term use any more.

Someone that used to be on this forum always cited that "websites are so 2006", and now that time has certainly come to pass.  I collect and use PC Optimum points, and EVERY DAY nearly, I'm bombarded with emails on downloading the PC Optimum app.  I used the website, however if I use an ad-blocker along with strict cookie settings, and I use a physical card to purchase stuff, then I'm of virtually no use to Loblaws Inc.  If they could just get me to download the damned app on to my mobile device, they could collect usage information, and make money off of me.  Damn that Jody guy!  LOL


SOWNY » Audacity Software Warning » July 5, 2021 1:33 pm

That's not true.  They're collecting user telemetry.  I'm not big on telemetry gathering myself, but that's how software manufacturers make money now.  It's 2021, so we have to get used to it.


SOWNY » The Peculiar Comforts Of Radio Stations In Cottage Country » July 4, 2021 10:36 am

I love small town radio, and it was fun working in it

I worked at CHNR 1600 in Simcoe in 1992 and 1993.  It was so much fun connecting with the community.  Sure there were bush-league elements to the operation, but "fun" it was.


SOWNY » Is This The Next & Final Death Blow For AM Radio In Canada? » July 3, 2021 10:41 am

paterson1 wrote:

I think you are right betaylored and the AM radios in cars for years have been pretty bad. Sound quality is often terrible.

Narrowband!  Put your hand over your mouth and talk.  Does that sound like your AM tuner?

I've fared well over the years amassing some better bandwidth AM tuners (not quite full wideband 10 KHz response), but a few with response to 6 or 7 KHz, making for at least a clearer sound.  The AM section in my 1999 Toyota Camry is above average, and my portable GE radio fares well too.

SOWNY » Have You Had Your Second Shot Yet? » June 22, 2021 2:20 pm

Double Pfizered just now at the Keswick Arena

SOWNY » When WBEN-FM's Rock 102 Was Excluded From Canadian Ratings » June 21, 2021 10:46 pm

RadioActive wrote:

But it sure was fun while it lasted. And that signal! A grandfathered 110,000 watts, unheard of today, and one of the strongest FM signals in the Northeastern U.S. It still comes in here very clearly when most other Buffalo stations have long since disappeared into the noise of a much more crowded FM dial.

And I think you're right - the novelty of hits on FM - in stereo no less - was hard to resist. The restricted hits on FM rule that lasted way too long was another stupid and misguided CRTC idea.

The one thing that stays in my mind about WBEN-FM is a real oddity. They used to have Ringo Star's "Photograph" in heavy rotation back when it was still a popular and relatively new hit. I know WBEN's system was a series of automated reel-to-reel tapes, but whoever had recorded this particular song didn't notice that there was a skip in the verse where Ringo sings, "when we grow old and grey." 

It was a slight flaw, sounding like "when grow old gray," but once it was in the rotation, no one noticed and it was repeated endlessly on the station every single time it aired. Which was a lot. It worked its way into my already addled brain (even back then!) so much so that to this day, whenever I hear that song, I expect to also hear the tiny skip in the record. 

Funny how strange little things like that stay with you. But that's my lasting memory of Rock 102.

I recall other strange things on Rock 102.  Whenever "Heartbreaker" by Dionne Warwick was played.  There was a wow start on the "hits" reel for a few weeks.  Sounded awful.

There were some unique edits on Rock 102 as well.  Most of the music programming was supplied by TM Stereo Rock but Buffalo added a few CanCon songs worth noting.

When Men's Room out of Brampton released "Sign of the Times", Rock 102 played the Belle Stars version.  I'm not sure if that was in error, or that they felt it would be better known.  When the Rovers released "Wasn't That a Party, both Rock 102 and WBEN

SOWNY » Alan Cross Salutes - And Laments - The Lowly Cassette Tape » June 21, 2021 7:48 am

Hey Fitz, if I recall correctly, that model yielded 14 KHz response with ferric tape, so for a budget model it was no slouch

EDIT:  Enjoyed hearing Bread .  But yes, it's a bit too rolled off for my tastes.  I'd just play it back in the car without Dolby

SOWNY » Are You Ready For Yet Another Area Code In S. Ont? This Time, It's 742 » June 18, 2021 8:35 am

I'm not sure how ready I am for this - it's a tough call
(thank you, thank you - I'm here all week)

SOWNY » Alan Cross Salutes - And Laments - The Lowly Cassette Tape » June 17, 2021 1:09 pm

RadioActive wrote:

My rapidly aging car (and yes, I'm still vowing to get a new one) from 2006 has a cassette player in it. Certainly, the last of a vanishing breed. 

I would love to have a cassette machine in my car.  I have decent Rotel and Technics decks I could have used to make tapes for the car.

EDIT:  RA - I'm guessing you have a Ford Taurus.  I know those had a combo CD and cassette machine in the mid-2000s

SOWNY » Alan Cross Salutes - And Laments - The Lowly Cassette Tape » June 17, 2021 12:29 pm

I was going to say that cassettes have really been underrepresented here.  Sonically, the average cassette deck could yield 30-16,000 Hz response and fairly flat too.  With Dolby B-Type NR, the S/N was typically 65 dB.  Not bad at all.

Out of 100 cassettes, I may have had trouble with the odd one.  And by the mid 80s but especially the early 90s, pre-recorded cassettes were sounding pretty decent, especially WEA and CBS titles.  Even A&M had some good cassettes.

It's like when old jocks reminisce about the horrors of cart machines.  Towards the end, theere were some that rivaled half-tack open-reel at 7.5 IPS.  I think we want to remember things being worse than they were because it lets us tell the young-ins how "bad" we had it.

SOWNY » The Radio Station That Time Forgot » June 13, 2021 10:36 am

RadioActive wrote:

Try it again. I just went there without a VPN and it worked fine. Not sure why you're having trouble.

Here's a separate link with just the video and without the copy. Maybe it will work better:

I recall the first board I ever worked on looked a lot like the one in the piece. I'm amazed in this digital age that anyone still uses them. But boy, were they ever workhorses. It was almost impossible to break them and they lasted forever. As the equipment at WRIV seems to prove!

I love their studio although I still prefer an early 80s vintage slide pot board.  I've never cared for rotary myself.  But I still wish there were more analog boards in use.

SOWNY » KYW News Radio Aircheck » June 12, 2021 8:53 pm

I used to DX this station in the early 80s while I was a tween in Cayuga.  But here's a cool aricheck of the signal from July 1977


SOWNY » Are Oldies Stns. Not Playing These Hits Because People Now Hate Them? » May 27, 2021 12:09 pm

I heard someone the other day on here refer to The Morning After as a bad song from the 70s.  I quite disagree as I'm sure does Ms McGovern 

But these songs (minus Melissa Manchester) are all trash heap worthy, and this is from a guy that likes a lot of lame 70s and 80s tunes.

SOWNY » Do You Subscribe To Amazon Prime Video? You'll Want To Know This » May 27, 2021 9:24 am

Chrisphen wrote:

It's going to be another heavy blow to physical media.

That battle is already over.  BluRay for movies and SACD for music never had a chance in any kind of big way.  What they were supposed to replace was good enough, but eventually streaming became way sexier on both counts.

SOWNY » Stupid Question #46: Why Can't They Expand The FM Band? » May 14, 2021 7:29 pm

I hear that on the Aviation band, it's much easier to find "air" time

SOWNY » Tawny Kitaen Dead at 59 » May 10, 2021 9:07 am

DeepTracks wrote:

And, just to tie this in with 'radio' -

Well it's a "Radio" AND "Television" Forum.  Whitesnake's video for "Here I Go Again" WAS indeed aired on television.  The said single DID air on the radio.  Ties in just fine by every metric I can gauge.

SOWNY » Do You Still Have Your Old VCR Or Other Equipment? » May 7, 2021 9:43 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

That SONY is the best portable AM receiver I've heard. Full frequency response. Well processed stations sound just great. Mine doesn't have the weather band, though.

turkeytop wrote:


Are we talking full 10 Khz response?

SOWNY » Do You Still Have Your Old VCR Or Other Equipment? » May 7, 2021 8:23 pm

Hey @RadioActive, what are your impressions of the Teac X1000R?  I've played briefly with an X2000R, and I recall they're both quarter-track machines, right?  How does yours sound?

SOWNY » Do You Still Have Your Old VCR Or Other Equipment? » May 7, 2021 8:19 pm

I had the same combo DVD/VCR from LG that RadioActive showed pictures of.  I chose it in 2005 because I had a Sears branded RCA portable TV with click knobs to change channels with.  The only way to hook cable up to those was with the RF converter.  That LG model was THE ONLY ONE that allowed DVD output through Channel 3 on the television set.

I also had a heavy 1983 29" SelectaVision TV, with great sounding speakers.  I loved that thing.  I've had some nice turntables pass through my apartment, including a Revolver fitted with a Linn Basik V arm, a Luxman PD-277 direct drive table, and a Dual CS-5000 with an OK-ish Sumiko Blue Point high-output MC cartridge.

Alas, I listen to most music on a PC now so, most of that stuff is gone.  I have a Sony linear tracker for my LPs but nothing top-flight


SOWNY » Dissed On DAT: Did Anyone Here Ever Use Digital Audio Tape? » May 7, 2021 2:07 pm

When I had better hearing, I would compare 48 Khz DAT to DVD-Audio or SACD (2-channel), and 44.1 Khz DAT sounded like a CD to me.  The only thing is the tape mechanism used a helical scan rotary head like a VCR did.  Yikes!  That's complicated.

DDS drives made use of DAT tapes for backup and I was really keen on that format for data use.

SOWNY » Mark Elliott (The Voice Over Artist) Passed Away » April 26, 2021 11:05 pm

I know the at the outset of 2019, we lost our own Mark Elliot of “People Helping People” fame.  However, on April 3rd, we also lost the Disney Voice Artist who shared the same on air name.  I first heard him hosting the Weekly  Top 30 syndicated show in 1981, which was succeeded by Weekly Music Magazine with Charlie Van Dyke the following year.

I know Mark also filled in for an assortment of AT 40 episodes.  I just wanted to see him get a mention here, as his voice was heard in Southern Ontario on CKOC in 1981 (on the show mentioned above), and on Disney movie trailers.

SOWNY » AM Radio Gets Some Love in New Movie » April 21, 2021 4:03 pm

It’s only in mono if you don’t have a C-QUAM decoder. 😜
Somehow, I think Fitz will be able to facilitate us with a stereo soundtrack.

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