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SOWNY » Breaking News on Newstalk 1010......Hello anybody there? » February 5, 2021 5:47 pm

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Lets hope nothing big breaks after 5 pm or when the TV reporter is on vacation!

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 2, 2021 1:39 pm

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Anyone know of a good alternative to Bell TV?


Has anyone tried Comwave?
 

SOWNY » Weather – Or Not » January 25, 2021 11:40 am

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I remember it well

Environment Canada used to have an actual office with actual people at Hamilton International Airport.

SOWNY » Weather – Or Not » January 25, 2021 11:07 am

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I learned a long time ago you really can't predict weather with any accuracy more than 24 hours in advance.
 

SOWNY » Every news channel, as well as all major networks have gone live. » January 13, 2021 8:36 am

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I'm guessing Jan.20 will be a huge audience day for the news channels. 

SOWNY » Zoomer Radio Celebrates 20 Years » January 8, 2021 2:07 pm

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I find AM 740 is one of those few stations where the announcers talk to the listener not at them.
 

SOWNY » A Broadcasting Weather Pet Peeve Strikes Again » October 8, 2020 7:45 am

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The long range forecast is essentially an educated guess on what a system many miles to the west or south-west will do and what direction it will take based on computer models. You really can't predict weather with any reasonable accuracy more than 24 hours in advance.  A one or two degree shift can change everything. Regarding warm predictions, the opposite is also true.  Many times last winter the long range forecast had snow on days I was plannning to be driving and by the time the day arrived, the snow had either been taken out of the forecast, became light flurries or arrived a few days later. Not that I was complaining.

SOWNY » Payola follies! » October 5, 2020 12:24 pm

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I recall entrants for a cruise contest had their addresses checked out.  I guess the station didn't want  any winners from the wrong side of the tracks!
 

SOWNY » CTV Personality Running For Federal Political Office » September 18, 2020 10:39 am

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Don't forget Ed Doyle who worked at CHML and CHCH and served a term in the Ontario legislature and Jason Farr is a former CHAMer now on Hamilton City Council.

SOWNY » Rock Radio Requires Reset: Famed Consultant Doesn't Like What He Hears » September 12, 2020 12:26 pm

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It would also be nice if they started covering local news and sports again instead of parroting news releases, scalping newspaper articles and reading scores.

SOWNY » Is This CKTB Personality The Last Of A Dying Breed? » September 8, 2020 4:47 pm

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Al Craig did a great job of covering local sports at CHML in Hamilton, working a split shift.Tiiger-Cats, junior hockey at all the levels, high school football and other sports, soccer, Intercounty baseball and McMaster sports always got some air time.

SOWNY » The NFL is back and TSN has it » September 8, 2020 3:40 pm

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Can't say that I've watched more than a minute of MLB, NHL or NBA since they came back in their new formats.

SOWNY » Is This CKTB Personality The Last Of A Dying Breed? » September 8, 2020 8:48 am

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I hear you. Many radio stations at one time employed sportscasters who also focused on local sports rather than just reading the MLB and NHL scores that you could get anywhere.

Sadly, local sports coverage has declined noticeably,  even in the daily papers.  Most community weeklies stopped covering sports years ago.

SOWNY » Charles Adler is now officially a liberal » August 31, 2020 8:30 am

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Seems that what used to known as conservatism has been pushed so far to the right, especially the U.S, that anyone who was a centrist or moderately conservative is now considered on the liberal-left. Perhaps it's time we dumped these labels  which date back to the French Revolution!

SOWNY » Ex-Bell Media Radio Morning Hosts Rip Their Former Employer » July 22, 2020 6:44 pm

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This is the stuff that keeps labour lawyers busy, 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » July 19, 2020 10:34 am

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I used to read the Saturday Globe religiously for decades.
Lots of good content. Took much of the weekend to go through.
Then the 2007 recession hit and they downsized and the Saturday Globe became a shadow of its former self like the other dailies.
Still pick it up from time to time but the Saturday experience isn't the same.

SOWNY » News Talk 1010 » July 9, 2020 4:23 pm

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I hear they have organized and are now part of Unifor.

Has anyone else heard this?

SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 28, 2020 12:01 pm

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After some initial hiccups its has  worked well. Like using the app which enables me to watch any channel on my iPad anywhere in the house or backyard.  Still don't think it's worth the cost.  Wish I could just pay for the 6-8 channels I actually watch. 
 

SOWNY » Dunford Toronto Radio Ratings - June 14, 1996 » June 8, 2020 6:17 pm

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Sadly, it appears most newspaper companies now rely on wire copy for their entertainment sections/pages

 

SOWNY » How Barrie media handled the tornado 35 years ago today » June 3, 2020 2:09 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

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My question is, if another, similar tragedy took place in Barrie or similar-sized community today, is there enough local media to cover it?

In the case of Barrie there is likely four times as many radio stations in that area now as compared to 35 years ago.
And as we have seen with COVID-19 especially in smaller markets, stations can adapt for special coverage in times of need. And of course there was no social media around in 1985, and this would be a big factor getting the word out with coverage and needed information for the public. 

CTV2 in Barrie I am sure would have extensive coverage of any major event like a tornado, and of course there is still the local paper.  CTV would likely pool resources with other stations, similar what CHUM did for CKVR back in 1985.

I agree CTV2 and the local paper would be there plus the out of town media.  Not sure about local radio though, especially if something happened on a weekend.
 

SOWNY » How Barrie media handled the tornado 35 years ago today » June 1, 2020 8:48 am

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My question is, if another, similar tragedy took place in Barrie or similar-sized community today, is there enough local media to cover it?

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 27, 2020 8:09 pm

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Tickle Trunk wrote:

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if the feds stop Facebook and Google from sucking up all the ad dollars.

Exactly how much power do you want to acquiesce to the Feds? Let them control everything??

Nothing the feds don't already have.  Fix the tax system so that Canadian advertisers seeking a Canadian audience are no longer permitted to write off ads they place in U.S. digital media. Those dollars could go to Canadian print and broadcast news websites. Also, force the Facebooks and Googles to contribute to the Canadian Media Fund and Independent Local News fund like the CRTC requires domestic media companies to do. Other countries are doing something similar already.

 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 27, 2020 3:00 pm

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At 63 cents a share it is a bargain and could prove very profitable if the feds stop Facebook and Google from sucking up all the ad dollars.  Kind of surprised this didn't happen sooner.

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 26, 2020 8:45 am

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Rachel Maddow on MSNBC is must see for us.  Well researched, interesting angles on stories and a touch of humour.

SOWNY » Zoomer Radio » May 6, 2020 9:23 pm

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I find the announcers at AM740 talk TO the listener while announcers at most other stations talk AT the listener.

SOWNY » Old CFTO Retrospective Shows How Productive They Once Were » April 11, 2020 3:15 pm

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CFTO used to air a Star Search type of show in the early to mid 60s.

Anyone recall it or have an y video of it?
 

SOWNY » Torstar to eliminate 85 positions as ad revenue drops due to pandemic » April 7, 2020 2:42 pm

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I'm told page views are way up so it's not people are not reading the publications it's how they are reading and advertising has taken a nosedive for most media outlets since the pandemic.

SOWNY » 'Our media is on the brink of mass failure' » March 30, 2020 4:15 pm

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I'm told there's some sort of hold up with that $600 million fund, possibly at the Revenue Canada end.

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