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SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Today 8:47 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

One could better argue that Mr. Limbaugh managed to get people to listen to AM radio without any FCC regulation requiring them to do so while CRTC held onto a 49% non hit rule for FM here for quite some time,
making music a better option than talk for various AM radio stations until that non hit rule was finally thrown out.

I don't really know how much the 49% hit/non hit rule actually affected talk radio in Canada since it was about music.  The CRTC dropped that ruling for FM around 1997 except for Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal.

CHUM-FM from the winter 1984 ratings was the #2 station in Toronto with 965,200 listeners, right behind CFRB's 1,023,400.  RB even in the mid 80's was playing less music and slowly starting to introduce more talk and features to the format. 

So FM radio in the mid 80's-early 90's, with half of their music as non hits would overtake AM music stations in the ratings.   Q107, CHFI,  CKFM and CFNY all eventually passed AM stations in popularity during this time.  CFTR was one of the last holdouts dropping top 40 music and opting for the current all news format in June 1 1993.

Getting back to talk radio and Rush Limbaugh, talk AM radio has evolved differently in Canada. Overall this format has had a slower rise here and I think that could be traced back to CBC Radio 1 and the failure of the CKO all news network. 

CKO attempted a news/talk network format 1977-1989 and was not successful possibly because it was ahead of it's time, and CBC radio could have been a factor with a news/information format that was already well established.

The expensive failure of CKO and the relative popularity of CBC Radio 1 may have slowed the progress of AM talk radio in Canada.  This is speculation on my part, but initially could have been a factor for the slower growth of talk/news as compared to US radio.

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Yesterday 9:57 pm

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6079 Smith W wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

"More than anyone else, he kept AM radio alive past when many thought it would have pegged out."  That's true in the US but not here.
                                                                                                               
Currently no stations in Canada carry Rush Limbaugh's radio program and I don't believe any or very few actually ever have.  So his influence on Canadian radio, AM or otherwise is zero.

Incorrect.

He saved the format, and the format crosses the border.

Sorry, he may have saved talk on AM radio in the US but he has had no impact or anything to do with talk radio here.

AM stations years ago moving from music to news/talk/sports formats had nothing to do with Mr. Limbaugh and his show.  It had everything to do with music sounding better on FM, and listener migration away from AM.  News/talk/sports were the logical formats to fill the gap when music moved to FM.
 
Rush has no measurable audience in Canada and no stations in the country carry his show.  So how could he have saved the format here with virtually no listeners?  He doesn't have much of a profile in Canada other than what people might see on a TV news report when he has said something provocative.

There are no equivalent Rush Limbaugh's on Canadian radio, and nobody has really copied his type of talk format.  The only way to hear his program would be on line, an app or picking up a border station that carries the show.

Radio talk shows have been part of Canadian broadcasting and popular since the 60's and of course CBC radio 1 is primarily talk and been around long before Rush Limbaugh came onto the scene. 

So, I fail to see how he saved AM talk radio in Canada.

 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Yesterday 6:16 pm

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"More than anyone else, he kept AM radio alive past when many thought it would have pegged out."  That's true in the US but not here.
                                                                                                               
Currently no stations in Canada carry Rush Limbaugh's radio program and I don't believe any or very few actually ever have.  So his influence on Canadian radio, AM or otherwise is zero.

That shouldn't be surprising since Limbaugh's show is geared for an American audience and deals primarily with US politics, so right away it would have limited appeal here. Many Canadians find US politics interesting, but likely not enough to listen regularly.

He did have a TV show maybe 25 years ago that then CFTO TV in Toronto carried late night on Friday or Saturday for about six months and that was about his only real exposure here. 

Don't dispute his popularity at all, and absolutely he has made talk radio, especially conservative talk radio a big thing in the US. But as I mentioned in my original post, shows like Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Howard Stern and other imported talk shows, so far have had very spotty popularity north of the border.

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Yesterday 9:03 am

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Tickle Trunk wrote:

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attempts in the past like Dr. Laura failed miserably.

I would hardly call Dr. Laura's show a "failure". She is worth well north of 50 million and was on-air in Canada (CKLW for one) for many years. She is still available on Sirius/XM Canada daily.

Just because she wasn't heard in Toronto, doesn't a failure make.

Dr. Laura has been huge for decades, just not in Canada.  CKLW ran the show as you say but they had the bought rights for Detroit and that's why it was on the station, for listeners in Michigan.  Her show bombed on CHUM and various other stations across Canada about 15-20 years ago; Dr. Laura just didn't catch on here.

Sirius XM Canada carries over 90% US programming and that's why she is on the service. 

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh To Listeners: Cancer Means I May Not Be Here Much Longer » Yesterday 7:59 am

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Sort of interesting this post has had so many comments and views. I bet 98% of the members here have never listened to one full Rush Limbaugh program, and many have only seen clips of his show on Youtube or on the news.

That is one area of US radio that holds little interest to me. US talk radio tends to be too polarized for my taste and too many shows are over the top only for the sake of being outrageous. Yes there are some good informative shows, but it is the clowns that seem to get the ratings and publicity.

I get really bored with biased, shouting hosts who have usually nothing to say, always angry and blame "the other." Shows that have a lot of "regular callers or characters" that are only trying to make a name for themselves by predictably irrational comments on air.   Basically to me most of these high rated shows are more or less staged, low grade entertainment, and phony as hell.

It amazes me that programs like this are as popular as they are, I am just glad that so far this type of empty calorie fake talk radio hasn't crossed the border, and attempts in the past like Dr. Laura failed miserably.  Let's hope it stays that way. 

And splunge, not only do I have the kit, but also lots of 3M tape to edit.  ..grease pencil and blades ready.

SOWNY » Wednesday Overnight TV Numbers » May 29, 2020 6:43 pm

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This is from TV writer Bill Brioux and his site Brioux.tv with the estimated overnight Wednesday numbers for CTV, CTV2, Global, CBC and City tv. All of these figures will increase a fair bit when the Live +7 numbers are added in later.
https://brioux.tv/blog/2020/05/29/transplant-soars-to-new-heights-in-season-finale/

SOWNY » Numeris Diary Day » May 29, 2020 10:01 am

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Here is the overview from Bray & Partners Communications on yesterday's Numeris numbers.  Looks like Bray just covered the larger markets.  As Aaron mentioned above, the major markets will be released this Wednesday. Link from Broadcast Dialogue. Still wonder why Ottawa-Gatineau isn't considered a major market.  It has well over one million people and a ton of radio stations, as many if not more than Calgary or Edmonton.
https://broadcastdialogue.com/continuous-measurement-its-always-something/

SOWNY » A new station arrives in North Bay...not new but an Oldies format » May 28, 2020 6:48 pm

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Remember too that the new CFCH has a category two license, which is popular music. They are free to be any format from oldies, to rock, A/C, classic rock, top 40, country, hot A/C etc.. We forget that the CRTC opened up the formats quite a few years ago and commercial stations have leeway to change formats basically whenever they want.   So will they actually sign on as an oldies station, or even stay with that format?  We will see.  But a true oldies station will only need to play 30% cancon.

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 28, 2020 4:25 pm

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 Actually I don't recall CTV news with Lisa Laflamme covering it either, it wasn't on last night,  I don't remember seeing anything on Tuesday either, but I could be wrong.   It was all over local Toronto news on all channels on Tuesday late news.  CTV Kitchener did give it a brief report in business since the Waterloo Region Record is owned by Torstar. The sale was on both the CBC and CTV websites.

Another report had the price of $25,555,000 that the five families (Atkinson, Hindmarsh, Campbell, Thall and Honderich) paid for the Star in 1958.  This was the highest amount at the time ever paid for a Canadian newspaper.  

SOWNY » Defunct CKOO Radio Kelowna Ratings Increase » May 28, 2020 12:55 pm

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Back in April CKOO (Soft 103.9) went off the air due to a lack of advertising from COVID-19.  Strangely, the station had their best numbers in today's release of Numeris Spring ratings. The station would have closed down at some point during the survey.  They came in 5th out of 9 stations in Kelowna.  The chart courtesy of Radio West.

https://radiowest.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?f=98&t=35507
 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 28, 2020 11:40 am

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A little more detail in this article from the National Post. Apparently Torstar still had $70 million cash in the bank, which the new owners won't be entitled to.  They are buying a company that financially at least was not in the red.

For now, according to the article, it looks like the Star will also be keeping it's current editorial stance. The other daily papers in the chain do not necessarily adhere to the Atkinson Principles like the Toronto Star. 

https://business.financialpost.com/news/burning-cash-for-years-pair-acquiring-torstar-eye-growth-while-vowing-to-keep-progressive-values
 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 27, 2020 11:30 pm

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I heard on the radio this morning that Torstar shares, which only a few years ago were as high as around $30 or more, are now down to just 63 cents a share. It's small wonder the owners were ready to get rid of it. Whatever you feel about its content, I'm sad to see such a giant newspaper brought to this. 

Torstar stock has had a long slow decline. It actually was $30 a share 16 years ago in 2004.  2011-12 had a bit of a rebound to $15 and then the decline continued down to penny stock around 2018.  But as mentioned before they did keep actual bank debt zero all this time, by selling off facilities, land and properties like Harlequin interest in CTV.  So even now financially the new owners have inherited a  company with little or no debt.

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 27, 2020 6:48 pm

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Torstar  didn't have any debt or very little. They had been selling off facilities (Toronto Star properties, Hamilton Spectator, Guelph Mercury, Harlequin etc.) for years. They did have a lot of great real estate that they had sold. Years ago they made a good dollar selling their 20% chunk of CTV. 

All of this kept their financial books in decent shape even though they had been losing money on the business. I know in their last financial statement they didn't have any debt, unlike Post Media that owes over a billion in debt repayments.

Various Torstar pension obligations were moved, sold and taken over a few years ago by CATT pensions, so this is not a liability that the new owners need to worry about. 

So even though $52 million for the whole company isn't a lot of money, Torstar, to their credit haven't left their pensioned employees in a bad situation and the new owners aren't inheriting a lot of debt which is rare.  Looks like they have been planning this sale for a while. 

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 27, 2020 6:24 pm

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Rogers could do a much  job however by just running a better variety of PSA's or other show promos. Bell isn't too bad and they will have the same limited amount of time to fill as Rogers on CNN.  Regardless, CNN has too many and too many long commercial breaks as compared to MSNBC, especially in the morning and early evening. 

SOWNY » Stunning Sale: Toronto Star Sold For $52 Million » May 27, 2020 5:05 am

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Not a lot of money for a company that owns seven daily newspapers and 70 weeklies along with all the corresponding websites. Fairfax which was headed up by Paul Rivett, one of the new owners already owned a fairly big chunk of Torstar, but $52 million for this deal is not a lot of money.  In 2000 Torstar had a value of about $2 billion. 

It will be very interesting to see what happens over the next year to Torstar.  Rumour has it that former premier David Peterson will be appointed as vice chair of the company. New owners also say that they will uphold and adhere to the" Atkinson Principles" which have been a cornerstone of the Star's editorial policy for decades.

SOWNY » These times aren't so funny, seriously they aren't funny, here's why » May 26, 2020 7:03 pm

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Seth Meyers is really funny. His "Closer Look" segments have been just as good from his home as in front of a studio audience. Late Night with Seth Meyers is a bit of an under rated show but is usually pretty funny, and he has some good guests as well.  He had Margaret Atwood on about a year ago. I had never seen her on a US talk show.  The interviews she does on Canadian TV are usually so dry and have a news feel to them, but she seemed to enjoy the studio audience and being on with Seth.

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 26, 2020 2:09 pm

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I guess, but I already get over 100 channels anyway. I was getting a fair number of freebies but not 100 more..  Besides with the nicer weather, I don't have time to watch most of them and if I record something it will be weeks/months before I get around to looking at it.  I am not really into TV that much and only give it a few hours a day.. 

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 26, 2020 12:30 pm

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Tickle Trunk wrote:

CBC News Net and its CTV counterpart loop and repeat their flagship newscasts from their premiere airing right until 5:00am. How's that for repeats?

And, your MSNBC and the 100+ other channels on free preview since March are obviously ending/ended. You can't seriously fault a channel for getting "yanked" for you're not paying for it, can you?!

I don't really follow your point. Never got anywhere near 100 free channels on preview. MSNBC was the only free preview news channel I was getting.  I subscribe already to the other news channels except FOX.  I don't recall faulting MSNBC for anything and certainly not because it was "yanked." 

Also I wasn't referring to CTV and CBC overnight repeat coverage of the National and CTV National news. I was talking about daytime when they do update all day long. I just noticed that both networks gave the Bellwood/Trinity story an awful lot of coverage with live reports and updates throughout the day. To me it wasn't really worthy of all day coverage since it wasn't a national story and more a Toronto or GTA story.  CP24 fine, but not so much nationally on CTV and CBC news networks all day long Saturday, Sunday and yesterday.

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 26, 2020 10:58 am

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I would never fault a US network for covering US news and issues first and foremost.  All the US news networks were designed for the American market. Great if people in other countries want to watch and pick them up on cable, internet or whatever but they are there to serve the US audience, not Canada or any other country. 

Now you can argue they don't have enough international news and that may be the case , but as pointed out CNN also has an international service which is less US oriented.  BBC World is the best for unbiased international news in my opinion.

 In terms of running the same stories and talk over and over, I find Canadian news networks are just as guilty. . Right now CBC, CTV News Networks have been reporting in detail since Saturday about the crowds at Bellwoods Trinity Park. This is not really a national news story, and both networks have given it way too much airtime.  I am not saying the national media should ignore the story, but it doesn't need to be given so much prominence every hour for days.

Why would anyone in BC (with few COVID-19 cases and deaths) or Manitoba/Saskatchewan (even fewer), or the Maritime  provinces really care if a bunch of young people in downtown Toronto didn't practice social distancing in a park?  Both networks had it as the lead story or with live  reports this past  weekend and yesterday over and over on their news stations.

Other than endless Trump coverage, political posturing and a few other big news items, usually the US networks tend to report on something and move on. Here our news media seems to dwell a lot on relatively minor conflicts about individuals or small groups who feel that they have been hard done by government, business, society etc.

And all our national broadcast media seem to do the same thing and cover the same stories, even those that to me at least are more a local event and actually only impact a small number of people and not the general public. 

SOWNY » Michael Enright Leaving CBC Radio's "Sunday Edition" After 20 Years » May 24, 2020 3:11 pm

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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

Did anyone take over the morning show on CBC 1 Toronto yet? 

Michael is a top notch journalist and is a bit of a throw back...he will be missed.


 

I don't think any official replacement has happened yet.  David Common has been on a fair bit and he is good. He almost has a more "commercial" sound to him and he can be funny with the traffic/news people. So that likely means he won't get the job!! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cool.png

SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 24, 2020 10:50 am

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Recently for one month I was receiving MSNBC at no charge. Hadn't watched the network that much so I thought I would give it a try and compare it to CNN.  Both networks are centre-left and do not support Trump.

MSNBC is not bad, has some good and not so great commentators/reporters. CNN is slicker with better graphics,  modern sets and more appealing visual and audio bumpers.

I don't think MSNBC goes after Trump quite as hard and persistent as CNN, but they definitely aren't fans either.  MSNBC commentators tend to have more fun than CNN and generally are more relaxed and natural.  

One glaring difference was the fact that CNN has a lot more commercials than MSNBC.  Mornings on CNN are crazy with long commercial breaks and it seems like the programming is almost crammed in between all the commercial/promos.
 
I watched MSNBC one morning last week from 7:35 until 8:22 with no commercial breaks. Great content, a few panels, some news reports, everything wasn't about Trump, and the hosts were natural, even funny and entertaining.   So 47 minutes with no commercials in the morning.  Also noticed that in the evenings with the popular Rachel Maddow her program doesn't have as many commercial breaks as Anderson Cooper or Chris Cuomo.

MSNBC beats CNN in the ratings, so it is not a question of not being able to sell the time.  The network will charge more per ad and they have made the decision to have fewer breaks.  Good on them if this is true, and probably a factor why they consistently beat CNN in the ratings. 
 

SOWNY » Did The Ashby Show Get This Wrong? » May 24, 2020 8:44 am

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Jewel 92.1 lists what songs Ashby plays but they are usually 1 or 2 weeks behind. They may show which version of "World Without Love" that was played.  The only other option would be on iHeartRadio since they usually show the artist and song. 

Loved the little story about Sgt. Pepper on the show this past week and the explanation of the OPP badge on Paul's uniform from the album cover. The Beatles playing in Toronto on August 17 1965 and one of the police on security detail gave Paul an OPP badge as a souvenir .  Also the fact that another cop on security that day in Toronto was a Sargeant Pepper.  To any Beatle trivia fan that is an amazing story.

SOWNY » Grain Farmers of Ontario advert » May 24, 2020 8:06 am

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Yes, what the Grain Farmers of Ontario should be doing is make the ad less political. Easy to do by not mentioning Trudeau or Trump.

What they should say in the commercial would be something like- "Why is the US government helping American farmers with (dollar amount) in aid during this national pandemic, and so far the Canadian government  has not offered Canadian farmers any assistance or aid.  And the federal government has been pushing us to grow more this year to combat any food supply shortages this summer"...etc. 

This now says the same thing and leaves the politicians out of the ad.  This would resonate more with the public in my opinion  By including Trump and Trudeau in the copy and somehow attempting to compare the two is the wrong approach...too personal and too political.. 

SOWNY » 50th Anniversary Of CanCon: How CKLW Flouted The Rules » May 22, 2020 7:20 pm

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I think CKLW "flouting cancon" is mostly an urban legend rather than a well known story.  And this article seems to confirm that.

There were many stories about CKLW speeding up or editing cancon songs on air to make the "inferior" Canadian music less prominent and go by quicker for the listener.  On another forum I sometimes frequent, one member seemed to imply he had some inside knowledge, claimed that any song lacquered in Canada qualified as cancon in the early 70's. He said that  CKLW would arrange for US bands to have their songs lacqured and pressed here to qualify as cancon.  Both of these fables were not true. Any aircheck I have heard of CKLW in the early 70's seemed to play any cancon songs at the same speed as all other songs.

So other than supposedly trying to have music promos for CKLW FM qualify as cancon, the article doesn't really say how LW flouted the cancon regs.  And if even they did try and count music promos for the FM as music, I don't imagine that would fly with the CRTC very long.

CKLW did however heavy up Canadian songs 11:00 to midnight, but this was common by a lot of stations and not exclusive to the Big 8.  This really didn't last that long either, although stations even today that play only gold will heavy up on cancon late at night before 12 midnight and maybe 6-6:30am.  This is  on stations like BOOM who don't play any current hit music.

I found it interesting the article seems to say that cancon sort of helped CKLW.  In early 1972, one year after the regs came into play, their ratings actually had increased 20%!  WKNR (Keener) gave up competing with LW the end of April 1972.  Also that year WDRQ FM started playing top 40 music with a format similar to CKLW but like Keener didn't need to play any cancon.

CKLW eventually lost the number one position in 1977   However it took WDRQ 5 years to unseat LW.  The top 40 FM's time at number one in Detroit was brief and by 1979 it had fallen out of the top 20 stations, when

SOWNY » New syndicated morning show flows into the 416 » May 22, 2020 5:04 pm

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I heard Jim talk about this as well, and I thought to myself he doesn't know the show plays in Toronto. He was going on about what a "huge morning show" The Breakfast Club is in  the US and how it is in 90 markets. Nothing of course was said about the competition when he found out it is now carried in Toronto.

However in Canada this story hasn't had any legs so far. Maybe a few news sites might pick it up later but so far it is only sort of a thing in American media. So can't see it really doing anything for Flow.  The Breakfast Club is too new and nobody here is very aware of the show yet, and won't likely make the connection, even if it eventually gets some press here.

SOWNY » New syndicated morning show flows into the 416 » May 22, 2020 9:23 am

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Listened to some of the Breakfast Club this morning on Flow 93.5. What I heard was a bit different than I was expecting. They bill themselves as "The World's Most Dangerous Morning Show.."
  
The good- What I heard on the show was not a "giggle fest" which a lot syndicated morning shows tend to be.   Brooke and Jeffery on JUMP FM in Ottawa, the laughter never stops and everything is funny apparently.   The Breakfast Club which features the trio Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, gets into fairly heavy topics for a youth oriented morning show like what does it mean to be a man and also heard part of an interview with Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

The Bad- Even though the station is called Flow, this show didn't have any. Like Brooke and Jeffery all of the breaks sound pre-recorded and not live. The music seems separate from the hosts and they don't talk about the music, other than what DJ Envy might play. And often he seems to only play about a minute or so of songs.

The commercial breaks are confusing and Flow seems to play filler music into the next segment. Likely the commercial breaks are a lot longer at the home station in NYC and Flow uses music to time out to the next break. Even within the show however the music sounds disjointed and choppy. Also the audio quality of the Breakfast Club segments are not as clear as the music and local breaks. The Breakfast Club inserts sound like satellite feeds, more processed and the audio quality not as sharp.

In terms of music, I don't imagine cancon will be much of a problem since from 6 to 9am The Breakfast Club only played 13 songs. And since the music seems to be a bit of a sideline on the show, Flow can put in their own cuts and the listener wouldn't know the difference. Only the traffic, and weather breaks sounded live which were back in the studio in Toronto.

After 9am they did play a  more music, but still had a fair bit of talk with "Donkey of the Day" which is audio clips and com

SOWNY » May 20, 2020: Radio Turns 100 Years Old Today » May 20, 2020 12:55 pm

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This is why I say if Canada ever has a National Radio Day we should celebrate today May 20th.  XWA  (to become CFCF in 1922) was granted a license early in 1920 and actually started experimenting in December 1919 prior to the license. Clearly XWA got the jump by at least three months ahead of 8ZZ (later to become KDKA) in Pittsburgh. It is interesting to note that on the broadcast on May 20th it was reported that the signal was clearer in Ottawa than in Montreal. 

XWA Montreal had the first real and promoted radio broadcast on May 20th 1920 which nobody seems to dispute, and that is why in Canada at least, National Radio Day should be recognized today rather than August 20th. 

SOWNY » You Look Great, Mrs. Cleaver: Leave It To Beaver's Eddie Haskell Dies » May 19, 2020 11:02 am

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What made the Eddie Haskell character so great was the fact that everyone knew someone just like him growing up. Even today, there is always an Eddie Haskell slacker in any group of teenagers.  The overly polite "brown noser" around adults, teachers and parents, that would turn into a mouthy smart ass know-it-all as soon as the grown ups left the room.

I always thought it was very funny when Eddie would call Beaver by his real name, Theodore around Ward and June, but would call him "squirt" when they weren't around.  

Most actors say that being the bad guy, smart ass or the rougher characters are the most fun to play.  You get to say and do things you wouldn't do in real life, and can really exaggerate character flaws in the person you are playing.  Ken Osmond did a great job with his comical and timeless teenage portrayal of Eddie Haskell.

SOWNY » Roger Ashby All Request Oldies Show This Weekend » May 19, 2020 10:34 am

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Roger Ashby's all request show was ok, but I agree with the other posters here preferring the regular program.  I do understand why it was done if only to get caught up on all the requests that he has received over the past few months. Wouldn't be surprised if Roger does an all request show every three or four months, since he likely gets a lot more requests than what he can handle in a regular show.  Those calling in will appreciate their song played. Listening to the requests on the weekend, it is obvious Ashby's audience likes the show and the music he is playing.

RA is correct, many of the requests received at a top 40 station likely will be coming up in the next hour or two. If the song requested had just been played, I would tell the caller this and suggest something that I knew was going to be up in the next 15 minutes. For most people this was fine, problem solved.

So it is really how requests are handled and just letting the listener know if you can or can't play the song, or suggest something else.  Most callers were actually easy to get along with when it came to requests. 

Other than specialized shows (top 9 at 9 etc.) most stations don't actually solicit requests that much and really didn't either when I was in radio.  If someone requested a song from a few years ago and I knew that the song was quickly available in the library, sure I would play it and I would always let the caller know when the selection would be played.  But most requests tended to be for that new song by so and so...(yes, the "new" song we have been playing 6-7 times a day for the past three months..)

SOWNY » Lord Black weighs in on CBC » May 18, 2020 4:24 pm

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All the negatives about Black are mostly true. And yes he defends Mr. Trump since the prez sprung him from jail a bit early. If Black outlives Trump no doubt we will hear what he really thinks of the 45th US president or if his words of support are just a part of a "gentleman's deal" with Trump.  At some point we will find out. 

In my humble opinion, Black should be heard and and seen from time to time on our media, and on a national basis.  Why? Because hate him or love him he gets a response.

Look at this little post and all the reaction and views.  Go on the National Post site where he and Rex Murphy normally get the most response and comments from their articles..  I still miss Rex on the National. I love the way he is critical of his old employer but still doesn't totally trash them either. Hhhmm..I wonder if Rex leaving The National in June 2017 had any impact on their ratings or was it all Peter?

I like the way that Black and Murphy actually say something.  So many of our regular "pundits" on CBC, CTV, Global are so predictable and don't really say much.

All three networks will have have someone sort of from the left, sort of from the right, and someone else sort of in the middle.  Really riveting broadcasting? NOT. Some pundits also seem to have weak qualifications, or only a mouthpiece for an industry or union, and a few not well suited for television or radio..

Black's opinions are not boring. I love the way he challenges Canada, Canadians, our government and society to stop being so second rate and mediocre. If you read his columns it is obvious he does love his country, but he is tired of the way many Canadians seem to be so disengaged, complain endlessly and tend to sleepwalk their way through life. Initially a supporter of Trudeau, now he is one of his biggest critics. 

Our somewhat lazy, boring, second rate, news media needs more people on air like Conrad Black, not less.  And not only from the right but left and squishy middle as well.

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