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SOWNY » GNR 640's Jeff McArthur Among Those In Self Isolation » March 16, 2020 12:26 pm

Evan Solomon also self isolating

Broadcasting from home

SOWNY » Sports radio and COVID-19 » March 12, 2020 7:41 pm

Mr magoogain
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RadioActive wrote:

I have to admit to being at least a little disappointed that I will never get to see two major league teams playing in complete silence, without any fans in the stands. That would be fascinating to experience just once. 

Remember the CBC strike years ago?

I loved watching CFL games without announcers... was a Mmmm pretty cool experience

There was a baseball game in Baltimore a few years ago played with no fans

There are clips of it on YouTube. Was also pretty interesting

SOWNY » An Observation About Local Radio On Christmas Day » December 30, 2019 7:52 pm

Mr magoogain
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Mr magoogain wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

I can’t remember a more schizophrenic day on a radio station than what GNR640 did on Friday

It has now been five days since Christmas. Yet GNR640 is still in holiday mode. The station's only real live local programming is morning drive (albeit starting at 7 AM) and afternoon drive (3-6 PM.) They also take the Charles Adler show out of B.C. at 10 PM our time and while it's guest hosted, at least it's not pre-recorded. 

Other than that, they've had either rerolls or podcasts and it appears they've decided to take the entire holiday period off, meaning I don't expect anything close to their regular schedule until at least Thursday (if then.) If I calculate it correctly, that will make almost ten days since they aired anything close to a normal schedule.   

You can get away with that in a music station, but boy is it noticeable in a talk format. I can't recall a Toronto station going on virtual auto-pilot for so long around holiday time. Take Xmas off, take Boxing Day off. Give everyone a break on NY's Eve and Jan. 1st. That's pretty much standard. But really, giving up most of the rest of the days in between? That's insane for a news/talk formatted outlet, especially in the major market in Canada..

And yes, I know listener levels are down at this time of year but that doesn't mean you get to essentially close down everything but the transmitter. Especially when your competition at CFRB has live guest-hosted shows going for most of the day.  

This happens every year so it’s nothing new

Personally not a big issue for me. I enjoy the change of pace on both 640 and 1010.

Plus I’m still in holiday mode so it’s all one big Saturday

I’ve changed my mind

That drive home on 640 and 1010 were....rough

SOWNY » An Observation About Local Radio On Christmas Day » December 30, 2019 2:37 pm

Mr magoogain
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RadioActive wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

I can’t remember a more schizophrenic day on a radio station than what GNR640 did on Friday

It has now been five days since Christmas. Yet GNR640 is still in holiday mode. The station's only real live local programming is morning drive (albeit starting at 7 AM) and afternoon drive (3-6 PM.) They also take the Charles Adler show out of B.C. at 10 PM our time and while it's guest hosted, at least it's not pre-recorded. 

Other than that, they've had either rerolls or podcasts and it appears they've decided to take the entire holiday period off, meaning I don't expect anything close to their regular schedule until at least Thursday (if then.) If I calculate it correctly, that will make almost ten days since they aired anything close to a normal schedule.   

You can get away with that in a music station, but boy is it noticeable in a talk format. I can't recall a Toronto station going on virtual auto-pilot for so long around holiday time. Take Xmas off, take Boxing Day off. Give everyone a break on NY's Eve and Jan. 1st. That's pretty much standard. But really, giving up most of the rest of the days in between? That's insane for a news/talk formatted outlet, especially in the major market in Canada..

And yes, I know listener levels are down at this time of year but that doesn't mean you get to essentially close down everything but the transmitter. Especially when your competition at CFRB has live guest-hosted shows going for most of the day.  

This happens every year so it’s nothing new

Personally not a big issue for me. I enjoy the change of pace on both 640 and 1010.

Plus I’m still in holiday mode so it’s all one big Saturday

SOWNY » Supreme Court Rules No More U.S. Super Bowl Spots For Cdns. On Cable » December 19, 2019 8:17 pm

Mr magoogain
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Kilgore wrote:

Forward Power wrote:

That's it - because of this ruling, I am never again watching the Super Bowl as long as Bell has the Canadian rights to it and we have the Canadian feed shoved down our throats 

Take that, Tom Brady
 

Fuck Tom Brady

#billsmafia

SOWNY » Oakley MIA Thursday and Friday this week after two weeks off » December 14, 2019 2:28 pm

Mr magoogain
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Putting the 6pm TV news show on radio killed the Oakley show

SOWNY » Ted Woloshyn cut in half » November 3, 2019 7:35 pm

The only segments of his I dislike is the lunch segment and the musician segment

SOWNY » Greg Brady morning show co-host on the Fan 590 retires on air » October 30, 2019 7:33 pm

Does he have any radio experience other than sports?

I’m not a sports radio person

SOWNY » Pinball Clemons is the new Argos GM » October 8, 2019 5:23 pm

Great news. Love me pinner.

Too bad toronto sports stations gave it little attention

SOWNY » Does Mike Stafford Know About This? » September 17, 2019 7:57 pm

Didn’t stafford get called to the principals office once regarding this very thing?

Not that he cares. More content for his show.

Plus as he puts it... they aren’t his kids

SOWNY » WGR-AM Soaring In Key Buffalo Radio Demos » September 12, 2019 9:40 pm

Nothing beats a sal capaccio victory monday

SOWNY » GNR 640 - Morning Show » July 24, 2019 10:13 pm

Mr magoogain
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Who the hell is scraps?

SOWNY » Is anyone else tired of the media frenzy over the Kawhi watch? » July 5, 2019 6:57 pm

Mr magoogain
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A signing of this level doesn’t happen very often in this town and a great story for summer radio

When I get bored with a story I change the channel

SOWNY » Christie Blatchford Co-hosts 1010's afternoon drive show Monday » June 23, 2019 7:29 pm

Chrisphen wrote:

I hear former Doug Ford asset Dean French has a hole in his schedule. Good chance to further the CFRB-government cross-pollination.

I’d take Dean French on a panel any day
 

SOWNY » Long Weekend Rerolls: When Will We Hear The End Of Them? » May 20, 2019 7:21 pm

I thought they were pretty good. Heard some segments I never heard before

It’s not like anything happened today

What would the talk radio topics be today?

SOWNY » Why Was Barb DiGiulio Co-Hosting CFRB’s Morning Show Monday? » March 29, 2019 7:08 pm

Mr magoogain
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RadioActive wrote:

My mother is 96 now and suffers from dementia. I served for a while as her primary caregiver and I can tell you despite all my years in broadcasting, I've never known stress and suffering quite like that.

I don't know what John Moore is going through but I can tell you it's not easy. So whatever the truth is here, I'd cut him some slack.

 
Agreed

SOWNY » Why Was Barb DiGiulio Co-Hosting CFRB’s Morning Show Monday? » March 29, 2019 3:53 pm

Mr magoogain
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Just read his Twitter

He’s taking April off. Burnt out and his dads health is to blame

SOWNY » Right wing radio show Michael Savage-gets the axe, conspiracy or not? » December 20, 2018 9:57 am

Ben Shapiro is replacing Savage

Atleast on WABC

Savage thankfully will still have an hour on air plus an hour podcast

SOWNY » Jerry Howarth Calls It A Career » February 13, 2018 11:18 pm

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

I think he really wanted to give it a go cGrant and yet as he indicated in his interview on the Jeff Blair show, he felt his stamina and voice would not hold up...I think it truly was a last minute decision.

I just wonder who will replace him, I am hoping it is not Mike Wilner, I would love to see Dan Shulman, but he is in with ESPN...

Perhaps it will be the play-by-play guy in the Jays Triple A affiliate in Buffalo...Ben Wagner..

Considering quite a few Spring Training games are on the radio, a decision will have to be made soon!

I am also sure Howarth might be a guest on a few broadcasts

But here is to a great career and some amazing Blue Jay moments!


 

 cGrant doesn’t deserve to be aloud to post on this website

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