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SOWNY » Mike Filey. » August 2, 2022 10:23 am

Though saddened to hear of Mike Filey's passing, the news of it caused me to do a google search on him and I discovered the Mike Filey's Toronto Podcast, apparently only available on TuneIn and was originally on Zoomer Radio 740.   It goes from late Sept 2012 to July 2013. I've read almost all of his articles and look forward to giving it a listen.   RIP Mike Filey.  

SOWNY » Do You Still Have A Battery Operated Radio At Home? » July 9, 2022 12:11 am

My Motorola smart phone works as an FM radio using the plugin ear phone as an antenna.   My home internet was affected but I use Freedom Mobile for my smart phone so I was able to tether the connection to my PC.   The speed was fine until about 10 AM while out on my run, the streaming of TuneIn, Google Podcasts and so on gradually grew slower as more and more Rogers customers with Freedom cell / data like me started tethering and by 11 AM, the speed was slower than the old dial up days.     Using the FM radio app really helped to keep updated while I was out.    It's too bad the app isn't AM radio ready, just for FM, but I also use it to receive the announcing commentary at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when I'm there for races as they broadcast locally at 90.7 at the track.

SOWNY » Cdn. Filmmaker - & Early City TV Employee - Ivan Reitman Dies At 75 » February 15, 2022 12:19 am

Ivan and family donated the land (I believe it was a parking lot) for the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West.    Hopefully one day they will include his family name in the title.

SOWNY » 6 PM News Reporting » January 29, 2022 10:56 am

Mavridis wrote:

Why are you blaming Bell and not the reporter?  He could have had access to all the same elements and people as City, right?  And it's not like CTV had to scramble last minute to do the story - they had all day, didn't they?    

It's more their entire approach these days.    With few exceptions, they lack the depth they used to have.    Their coverage of many issues has been little more than sound bytes.    Even their reporting of the COVID numbers lacks context, seemingly shouting big numbers every day without perspective or analysis has been the rule.   For example, until recently the 7-day rolling average number of cases was the most relevant and the best they do is avoid that and read raw numbers from a PowerPoint slide.   Increasing?  Decreasing?  They can't be bothered to say.   Anybody who has done presentations knows that's the way to bore people to death.

SOWNY » 6 PM News Reporting » January 28, 2022 11:08 pm

I sat back and watched the story of the "Freedom Convoy" unfold last night.    Roger's Adrian Ghobrial did an excellent report on it.  He covered the donations troubles, the appearance of extremist groups hijacking it,  mentioned how the USA is asking the same,  did interviews and even had experts from academia giving their views!    Meanwhile, over at CFTO, one of the most experienced reporters in the game, Austin Delaney, just gave me a "what they say" microphone in the gob of some boob report, at some kind of location outdoors of course.      What a let down.       Bell has fallen big, especially when one of their finest reporters ends up delivering crap like that.   And I don't blame him.   He's great.

SOWNY » 640 vs. 1010 - If You Can't Beat 'Em, Copy Them » January 28, 2022 10:44 am

"It's not like having a panel of experts taking about items in the news is unique."

I wish they had more experts and fewer unqualified opinions on the round table, while at times it sounds like some participants weren't given an advance heads up on the subject matter because they have nothing to say but their mouths open and words come out nonetheless.    I not expecting much more from the 640 version.


SOWNY » Latest Mobile Ad Nostalgic Deja Pooh » January 3, 2022 11:28 am

Link to ET Canada:
Ryan Reynolds Promotes Mint Mobile With Hilarious ‘Winnie The Screwed’ Bedtime Story

Ryan Reynolds just dropped a beary funny new ad for Mint Mobile.

The “Deadpool” actor, who became the owner of the company back in 2019, put his own spin on “Winnie the Pooh” while telling the tale of “Winnie the Screwed” and his big wireless bill.

“Yesterday the original book featuring Winnie-the-Pooh entered the public domain,” explained the actor and businessman.

“Took some creative liberties but it sticks pretty close to the source material. Just added @MintMobile and changed ‘honey’ to ‘money’ really.”

While narrating the hilarious video, Reynolds reads from a book that says, “Like anyone with a big wireless plan, Winnie-the-Screwed just wants to keep some of his sweet sweet money, but his money jar gets emptier and emptier with every monthly bill.”

Promoting his company’s latest deal, he adds, “So I told Christopher Robin that anyone can get 3 free months of Mint Mobile now until Friday at midnight.”

Reynolds previously enlisted the help of Satan himself to help with another Mint Mobile campaign.


SOWNY » The World's Most Famous TV/Radio Transmitter » December 24, 2021 1:14 pm

Though the article you posted is about radio, the Eiffel Tower was the source of early TV broadcasts (1942) by the Nazi occupiers, but it was a French TV transmitter from 1939.
Great article on that here:   R.A.F. Reception of German TV from Paris

SOWNY » CKLW Legend Rosalie Trombley Gone At 82 » November 27, 2021 10:28 am

The CBC should be ashamed of the dearth of information in that article.     Hardly inspiring.    Thanks to the Detroit Free Press for a much better one:  
CKLW's Rosalie Trombley, hit-record power broker and music industry giant, dies at 82

SOWNY » TV Audio Downgraded from Dolby 5.1 to Old Style Dolby Pro Logic » September 17, 2021 7:07 pm

Chrisphen wrote:

I preferred Sony's SDDS technology. They never adapted it to other media though.

I won't delve that far.   My Yamaha RX-V800 is from 2002.   Does a great job and has a great "crap detector".   So when the audio is 1980's style Dolby 3.1 Surround when it should be Dolby Digital, I get it!    Heck, even old Law & Order episodes from 2005 are in Dolby 5.1!   So, I'm confident that something is going on behind the scene to have crappy audio.   I have no idea why.

SOWNY » TV Audio Downgraded from Dolby 5.1 to Old Style Dolby Pro Logic » September 17, 2021 6:44 pm

Hollywood Suite on cable (a Jay Switzer idea) shows many, but not all movies with Dolby 3.1/Pro Logic instead of Dolby 5.1 or DTS.   The audio sucks!   

Recently I upgraded to a Rogers 4k NextBox (I love trailing edge) for $20 a month and I'm getting free 4k programming.  It's great content, except that the audio is Dolby 3.1/Pro Logic!   Old technology that sounds like shit compared to normal OTA / cable which is Dolby 5.1 digital! 

Why do they do this?        They did the same with Hollywood Suite movies!   

My theory is that it's a bad marketing ploy!       Hold back the good stuff!  Yeah right.

SOWNY » Rogers Ignite 'surprise' » August 7, 2021 11:16 am

Media Observer wrote:

The Nextbox replacements are always (supposedly refurbished) used ones that have been returned by previous customers.  You will know this as they are shrink-wrapped and not in a box;  (the first one that I was issued still had a record of the previous user's Home-Phone calls!).

I can go one better with the phone calls.   The one I received was getting notices on my screen when ever the old recipient was getting a call, I had their logs and the ability to send to voicemail, ect!   I contacted Rogers, they reset the box and it only lasted 2 days before I got another call alert.   I just turned off the notification setting on channel 975 and am done with it.     I'll reset the box another time.

SOWNY » Should Chris Cuomo be taken off CNN? » August 6, 2021 6:00 pm

I can live without CNN, but when I had to choose with Rogers between CNN and the CBC's Documentary Station, my $2.00 went to CNN.    I still get Fox News and all the rest by streaming, but who has time for truck loads of bullshit from south of the border?   I can barely stand CNN!    To think, it was about 40 year-ago that I met a gal at a party and mentioned CNN, an all news network.  No, we weren't sleeping together.  But she agreed that such an idea would be watchable.    Duran Duran isn't on the charts and CNN has changed.   They used to cover shit like toddlers caught in water wells back in 1987, then came 1990!   Just type in "Scud Stud" to find a famous Canadian broadcaster.    Times have changed since then.

SOWNY » Poll: Do You Watch Soccer? » August 6, 2021 5:50 pm

I don't like all soccer, but I like Woman's soccer because, unlike the Canadian Men, Canada has been kicking ass since 2000.     Otherwise, I compare soccer to ice hockey.   And soccer always loses because the rules are stupid when it comes down to deciding the win.     I was pleased to understand that Australia, The USA and Canada call it Soccer, but only because we have other versions already called "Football".

SOWNY » The Misery Of Watching Olympic Stories On Other Networks » August 6, 2021 5:39 pm

I love CORUS Global TV celebrating Canada's gold medal successes with still images and fluffy tales because they clearly weren't in the game $$ wise.    However, why the heck did I need my VPN to see Andre De Grasse's Gold medal on NBC because everything about it, even on CBC news was embargoed until the evening?

Oh well.   No real complaints here.   

SOWNY » Rogers Ignite 'surprise' » August 6, 2021 12:23 pm

Radiowiz wrote:

You might be able to get out of the $18 fee, but you'll be committed to a certain cable package & internet bundle. 
I've been told that on the package I'm on, there will never be an $18 fee no matter what, at least until February 2022.
(I have to renegotiate a new deal in January...wish me luck!)

That's worth investigating for sure but they are always pushing ignite instead of offering much in the way of deals on the old school PVRs.   I literally swapped 3 HDD's in and out of the old model but the drives were hard to find because they don't use SATA tech, just the old 40 pin PATA and adapters won't work.   The SARA software was actually more versatile in the old model too.   No manual recording or setting it to record a activity later in the time slot in the Nextbox, which would be great for CBC Olympic coverage because it runs 6 hours at times.

SOWNY » Rogers Ignite 'surprise' » August 6, 2021 8:43 am

My SA8300HD set top DVR purchased December 2009 died last week and I instantly replaced it with a rental Nextbox 3.0 4K picked up at a Rogers Store on Yonge last Friday, rents for $18 a month or purchase $500.  Since they're phasing out Nextbox tech to Ignite, I'm renting for the foreseeable future.   It also removes any tie I'd have with Rogers over owning one of their boxes, so it's more flexible.   So they are available at stores.   Several I checked had them in stock.

SOWNY » How The Pandemic Delay Will Affect CBC's Olympic Coverage » July 18, 2021 11:05 am

Just of interest, I follow LiveWire recording engineer Doug McClement on Facebook and he's there with the OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Service) and providing daily updates about his stay and his on-site prep for the games.   He's been prominent in the TO live recording biz since the late 1970s including most recently the first gigs at the renovated El Mo and always has great stories past and present.   Great images dating back to concerts in 1970 included.  

SOWNY » Weird Doctor's Office Radio Choice » July 18, 2021 10:53 am

Decades ago, CFNY was on satellite and there were numerous reports including one from an acquaintance of it being played in bars.   He was in LA at the time.  

My dentist has TV's mounted high on the wall that are easily viewable from the chair.   They used to run CP24 with captions but in my two visits during COVID they have CHCH which runs great old classics like Hawaii Five-O, Bewitched, Gilligan's Island and the Flying Nun.    Since they were all shot on film and appear to have been restored, they are closed captioned and the image quality is first rate.   It actually got me occasionally watching from home. 

SOWNY » Alan Cross "50 Years of CanCon" » April 30, 2021 2:32 pm

I did a search and see this hasn't been mentioned, and I only found it myself in my queue of podcasts on deck for a listen, it's from February.     I know it will resonate here and he's provided a comprehensive history of CanCon as well.
Alan Cross "50 Years of CanCon"

PS.   I notice the link provides limited access to the podcast through Spotify, so if you can't hear it, look for it on Google and you'll probably hook up to it that way.   I listen to it on Google Podcasts.


SOWNY » Have you had the Covid vaccine? » April 9, 2021 7:52 am

Leslieville Bill wrote:

March 15th.  Astra-Zeneca.  It's like a Lada.  No one wants it but if you're lucky it will get you where you want to go.

Since  the first AZ trial was after last summer and partially held in Brazil and the UK where two of the more dangerous variants originated, while Pfizer / Moderna trials were held in the USA during last summer, most probably against the original version (referred to as "wild"), the AZ has been "battle tested" under tougher conditions so it has a lower efficacy percentage.  Subsequent AZ trials have also been later and against variants of concern (like the recent one in the USA), unlike Pfizer / Moderna (so they got a higher percentage than AZ).   Don't let the lower efficacy number mislead you into believing the AZ vaccine is any less effective when in fact it's proven against the more virulent variants while the other's numbers were against a milder form of the virus.

SOWNY » Have you had the Covid vaccine? » April 8, 2021 4:52 pm

RadioActive wrote:

After a series of horrible and endless screw-ups by a noted pharmacy chain, I have an appt. for next Tuesday at a local clinic. And it looks like I'm going to get the good stuff - either Pfizer or Moderna! Worth the wait if you ask me. And no disc jockey or talk show host influenced me to get it! (See previous thread...)

Very unhappy, though, with this 4 months between shots idiocy that no other country on the planet thinks is a good idea. 

I had mine March 15 at a Shoppers.  No side effects at all, and now at 3 weeks I've reached maximum protection until the booster.   AZs vaccine reaches maximum effectiveness after the booster is given 12 weeks in, so I'm fine with that too.   It was tough getting the appointment but there was no shortage of local pharmacies offering the shot in midtown Toronto.  

I recommend that you check out this short video to clear up the evident misconceptions about vaccine efficacy.   Too many people rely on a simple vaccine efficacy percentage to compare vaccines and that's incorrect.       Vaccine efficacy comes from vaccine trials and it's rare that different vaccines are trialed under the same circumstances.    The AZ vaccine for instance rates lower because it was tested under entirely different circumstances than the Pfizer or Moderna.      Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines

SOWNY » Ex-CFRB Veteran Bill McVean Has Died » March 24, 2021 8:24 pm

I found an interesting Bill McVean article on a house Bill and his wife Catherine bought.  It's by the Globe's Dave LeBlanc (Architourist).    Some interesting insights to his off-radio life.    Here it is.

SOWNY » The Way They Were: CFRB, CKO, CKEY, AM 640, CJCL, CJRT & The CN Tower » March 23, 2021 4:57 pm

Those are great ads and they bring back a lot of memories.    Looking at the CKFH / CJCL one with Brady and Barrie got me looking online and I found a good page on those days called "the greatest station never heard" by Leslie Sole that tells the story. 

SOWNY » When Radio Really Earns Its Keep » February 19, 2021 11:02 pm

I remember the long blackout in August 2003 and the cold winter ice storm one at Christmas 2013 and all that held me to what was going on was a tiny, radio that needed 3 AA batteries.      Something I found in a drawer!    In '03 I remember listening to Spider Jones on CFRB!    Call in show.      In 2013, it wasn't that much different.   Same basic tech!   LOL!    36 hours without power at Yonge / St. Clair.    Making memories.    The same radio too.   

SOWNY » Jon Pole Tells All » February 19, 2021 9:14 pm

I was just about to post this Mike!   I'm listening to it now.     His stories from the early '90s 'RB days are hilarious and bring back so many memories, including bumping into some of that gang at Chandlers across the road because I've lived in the area since 1990 and in those days was a regular patron and listener.     Great interview.   Also, the one I listened to this afternoon with Johnny Dovercourt about his book (Any Night of the Week: A D.I.Y. History of Toronto Music, 1957-2001) was also solid.    Good listening.    Keep up the good work and thanks for mentioning the new Podcasts you're producing with Carla Collins ect because how else are we gonna know??  .

SOWNY » CRTC: JazzFM Can’t Double Its Weekly On Air Spot Time » February 13, 2021 3:12 am

I'm fine with Jazz Fm because it keeps me sane.   Every time I get up in the morning, or listen any time, AM640 is seeking the low hanging fruit and it's all about THE PANDEMIC.    With the exception of Mike Stafford, whose producers do a great job and delve into more.    Today was another boring diatribe by Peter Shurman interviewing dipshits like I've heard full time since the Plague began!   Blah! Blah! Blah!  Why not find something interesting?   Or is everything all about the Plague?    FFS, it's AM Radio.  Get your shit together.   Live in my car, that's changing the dial with a push button.

SOWNY » NBC Closing Sports Cable Network » January 23, 2021 6:52 pm

Not a big fan of NBCSN, But  I noticed last night that most of the IndyCar races were being moved to the network, which is fine for me but bad for Rogers because it's on NBC channel 2 in Buffalo, rivalling Sportsnet 360, one of their "extras".  

SOWNY » Alan Cross On The 90th Anniversary Of The Car Radio » July 4, 2020 1:51 pm

Alan's History of New Music is now a podcast and he's done a solid job.    Very enjoyable and informative.    The segments he did in the past were great as well, but the podcasts have more meat and run longer.   

SOWNY » Twilight zone question-deleted/merged » July 4, 2020 1:45 pm

I'm at episode 8 of 10 and I wouldn't recommend it.   The first two episodes were well written, good plots and featured some recognizable actors;  then it all fell apart.   Episodes 3 - 7 have been some of the stupidest, poorly  written "C" movie garbage I've ever seen!    Even the sets were recognizably  low grade.  One of the 4 had Jenna Elfman and Chris Meloni in it, but the writing made it almost unbearable.    It's almost like they ran out of money and tried to limp across the finish line.    I'm unsure if I'll finish the rest.    I switched to Condor season 2 and it was a breath of fresh air.    Fair warning.

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