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SOWNY » CNN Has Too Many Commercials » May 26, 2020 9:31 am

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To be honest... I'm not a fan of any of the American networks... they look too inward to America and very little if any to the world.  Talk endless about the same things over and over.

BUT.... CNN does have a little more broad appeal in my view than MSNBC.   It also has more reach, as MSNBC is not always available on all cable packages without paying extra.   I think this is shown via their commercial load.    I have to agree the opinion based programming would be nice to see balanced out with some HARD NEWS, but sadly ratings tend to prove that in America opinion sells, which is why they do it.   MSNBC to me is a LEFT version of FOX that is on the right.     I have found MSNBC as moved more to the center in recent years.   I still find myself going to CNN for most things I want a more balance coverage on and not tell me just info I agree with.    MSNBC does at times show their LEFT side too much.. and FOX...   There is more spin on most topics to be taken seriously at all.   I'm happy to see a more world view and this only happens because I have Canadian Media that looks a little more internationally and less just on Canadian issues.   Perspective is more important than just looking at the issue standing in front of you.  

SOWNY » Milton FM Station Gets Power Boost, Despite Some CRTC Resistance » April 8, 2020 1:06 pm

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Actually I'm puzzled how they could not demonstrate a technical need.     CJSA-FM Toronto on the same frequency just overpowers Milton's MyFM on the same frequency.   You have to be almost to the transmitter site to get MyFM in Milton at all.     CJSA is based on First Canadian Place with 850 watts ERP, which is likely why MyFM with only 228 watts couldn't fight it off.   The height of CJSA would put CJSA at a huge advantage.

Personally I think MyFM would have been better off on another frequency, even 1 up the dial, but if they have to use 101.3, more power would for sure help push CJSA back.   

Drive down the 401, and you will see what happens... You have to be half way through Milton to even hear MyFM.    Hopefully bumping up to 480 will help, but it's still going to be hard to push CJSA back especially on the East side.    

SOWNY » 91.7 GIANT FM Niagara » March 27, 2020 8:42 am

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I get the start of the 90's was 30 years... but it ended 20 years ago, which  puts them well within the 20-30 year rule for classic rock.

Classic rock had 80's in the early 2000's which put it in the same range as today with the 90's.    I'm not saying it's wrong or right... but it's reality.  

SOWNY » 91.7 GIANT FM Niagara » March 26, 2020 3:43 pm

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Sadly as it hurts me to say this... the 90's was 20 years ago!    That puts 90's ROCK into classic territory.   I get the logic....  

SOWNY » New syndicated morning show flows into the 416 » March 12, 2020 9:00 am

radiokid
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The old morning show moves to afternoon drive...   

SOWNY » The Website Evanov Radio Never Wanted You To See » March 2, 2020 11:53 am

radiokid
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it appears the links have been taken down....   likely someone noticed it on here..   

 

SOWNY » How Will Hosts Feel About This? Are Cameras Coming To GNR 640 Studios? » February 20, 2020 2:52 pm

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This isn't a new thing...   NT1010, and 680 have had these in operation for a while now.   I would say 640 is late to the concept.    Some are not live, but used in pre-recorded items, but they are there.     It's part of the evolution of radio, into a multi-media world.   The station/brand is only the driver.    The delivery vehicle can be many things including the traditional transmitter, website, app, stream service etc..  

SOWNY » Canadian HD Radio List & Some Questions » February 18, 2020 11:27 am

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HD is depending on how it's setup sadly.   HD on 99.9 has 1010 and 1050 sounding really compressed/low bit rate, but CING on 95.3 has them setup fairly good with more bandwidth available.    Some are feeding HD with internet streams instead of a clean feed from an STL.  This also doesn't help the sound.    HD has ability to sound great, but it's only as good as the audio going in, and bitrate set.

 

SOWNY » Roger Ashby's oldies show returning » February 15, 2020 10:28 pm

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As Bell Media owns Orbyt Media (The Radio Syndication arm)  I think it's very easy to assume there is a syndication deal going on.     It also make 0 sense running the show on CHUM, or Virgin, nor the 2 AM's they own in Toronto, because the show is Classic Hits/Oldies based.

As for OLDIES making a comeback, I'm not sure it's really the case...  The 1220 got backed into a corner taking so long to get on air, where FM options came around doing Classic Hits, so I think they had to move more Oldies.    Again, may change after launch.   AM playing music is not going to be a huge ratings winner under any owner/operator.   Most listeners don't even know AM still exists.    1220 being stand alone and having to spend a huge repair cost at their transmitter site, if anyone was going to test HD in Canada on AM, they should.   

If I was stuck on a AM, playing music, and no way to move to FM, I would hope HD radio takes off quick..   Moving full time Digital may save the station.    Sadly in Canada, there doesn't seem to be much interest to do HD on AM, nor really do anything with HD but rebroadcast for the most part.. (outside a few trying unique offers like Smooth Jazz, etc)   

 

SOWNY » CKNT » January 30, 2020 12:35 pm

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As power/pattern changes are automated, I'm guessing they may have a technical issue that caused it not to change, vs just forgetting.   There is no human pressing a button 99% of the time  

SOWNY » This is an interesting look at the Australian Fires...on CKDO Radio » January 6, 2020 1:16 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

So if what you say is true, theoretically, a station could do anything they wanted on an HD signal without any oversight. Any format. Any music. No CanCon.

Strange that the CRTC, which seems to try to control everything, has no say.  

I think it's more of a case of the CRTC leaving this alone since HD signals are more experimental right now.  And let's face it, as interesting as this may be, not many people are aware of these "stations" and even fewer are listening to them.  As Aaron mentioned sort of a let's see if this actually gets any popularity or traction in the marketplace first. It may or may not, we will see.

I think the biggest issue unlike the USA, is unique content needs to be made available on HD for people to care.   As well a push with auto manufactures needs to be made by all radio owners to ensure HD radio is a standard feature in all cars.    I would also mention, a push to make the interfaces easier to use would be a smart move as well.      US markets that have HD, do well on their sub channels, because they promote them, offer unique content and in the USA, most cars have HD in recent models by default.     Just putting a AM station on HD isn't enough OR dumping random content with no promo isn't either.    I think HD has potential to be something if it's done right.   Streaming only works if the cell tower has bandwidth or in the case of emergency has power.  It's not going to be a over night thing, but it can be something if planned correctly.   Not to mention 1 analog and 4 digital stations off one signal is very efficient and quads your revenue potential. 
 

SOWNY » CFRB commercial-free Christmas eve / day » December 20, 2019 12:47 pm

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personally, I think this is poor forethought.    Listeners for News and Talk are not there for music, especially music on AM radio in 2019.   It's cheap, affordable programming, which is why they are doing this I'm sure, but I think they would be better to run re-runs for 2 days OR run a talk based show that is provided via syndication than throwing listeners there for talk and news to other stations that will be either LIVE over the Christmas run (680) or running talk like (640).    For a small market, I wouldn't have the same view, but for Toronto?  Just doesn't seem wise, and is a decision made for accounting only. 

SOWNY » Govt. Wants To Force Canadian Content On U.S. Streaming Services » December 18, 2019 12:19 pm

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Personally, I think FORCED airplay, FORCED streaming does not make content better, does not speak to the market's wants and needs, and actually does a disservice to artists.     I have no issue with a Canadian FUND, being paid into to support Canadian artists/shows, but they should be at the same level playing field as international at this point for eyes/ears.     I also would not have an issue if it was a credit given to content providers if they offer Canadian content.     BUT FORCED play/stream does 0 to encourage quality, does not allow the public to decide what's good and what isn't, and gives automatic rights payment that hinders effort towards Canadian shows/music by a "I get automatic airplay anyhow" attitude.      It's time we grew up in this country.          

SOWNY » Fall PPMs » December 9, 2019 12:46 pm

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markow202 wrote:

Slightly off topic but still related to the station thats highest rank....Bell does a great job with the "sound" of 104.5   - it sounds more like a CD rather than a FM station when listening.  The fidelity is amazing.  This goes with Virgin 999 aswell since they are together. 

Not sure if it's still the case, but to my knowledge, CHUM 104-5 use to have their imaging producer have control of the processor settings, and not the Engineering department.     I think it does make a difference.  (No offense to Engineers)   

SOWNY » 1050 off the air? » November 25, 2019 10:28 am

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6079 Smith W wrote:

I am like 3 miles from the CN tower, if that, in Cabbagetown.

Something ain't right.

1050's transmitter is in Mississauga/Oakville along the Lakeshore..   Being by the CN Tower won't do anything for 1050's signal to improve it.     104.5 is on the CN Tower though. 

I'm assuming they likely had a transmitter fault that took them off the air.   Based on the time of day, I would assume it happened around pattern change time. 
 

SOWNY » More Toronto HD Radio » November 19, 2019 11:23 am

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RadioAaron wrote:

Hrick wrote:

88.1 now broadcasting in HD. CBC 99.1 hopefully soon.

Interested so see what both do with this, as on the surface there isn't much point in either.

For 99.1, it would allow them to go stereo, while maintaining the clean signal being mono in analog gives them. Maybe a classical/jazz format on the HD2, or whatever else their online streaming numbers tell them has potential?

For 88.1, a cleaner signal in the core would result. There's no ratings opportunity there for an HD2.
 

I would argue unique content needs to be done on HD signals to see any ratings movement and marketing to push that it exists and long with a push for auto manufacturers and HD radio makers to install HD compatible radios in every car, and make them easier to use.    In the USA, markets that have unique content on their HD subchannels, do see ratings worth providing the service for.    As for sound quality on some HD signals, it depends on broadcaster, processing, etc.   Some sound better than others. 

You will never get people excited about HD if you don't offer unique content they care about.   If I can already get the content offered, why spend the money or care?   That's the true issue most Canadian providers are missing.   A national service on HD that is unique, would be better than nothing or rebroadcasting current offerings. 

Streaming is great, but as we can all remember, during an emergency streaming isn't going to cut it.  Cell Towers go down, and get overloaded.   HD on the other hand will still broadcast as long as the transmitter has power, just like the current analog broadcasts.    I think there is oportunity for those who think forward on the platform.     

SOWNY » Who in your opinion won the election night media coverage? » October 22, 2019 9:04 am

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grilled.cheese wrote:

Twitter

I think the question should have read "credible" media overage.   Twitter is only as good as the people you follow.   Sadly the crap outweighs the credibility on there most times.  
 

SOWNY » John Moore comes out on air .... sort of » October 17, 2019 11:04 am

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I don't think it's a shock really... He's basically talked about it in the past on air many times, but tries to not allow it to be the focus.   I get it.    He wants the focus on his hosting/interviews, and not about his personal life.   I don't think it's a secret he's trying to keep at this point. 

SOWNY » Sauga 960 Adds On Air Disclaimer Warning To One Of Its Shows » October 11, 2019 8:59 am

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The point of the disclaimer is more to limit complaints, and possible issue with clients towards management and the station.

As well, as long as their is balance on the station, having one PRO CONSERVATIVE talk show isn't going to cost you a licence.  You just have to ensure equal time is given to both sides over the weekly/daily schedule.    Talk shows are better when opinionated vs the host playing safe to not offend anyone.  Safe shows never last, and normally don't perform.   NEWS on the other hand is required to be balanced and should not be opinionated.   That a different discussion.   

SOWNY » Televised Radio Spot Touts Contest & Format – But Not The Station » October 9, 2019 11:07 am

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You are seeing the whole point of having national brands though....   Listeners today, don't always care about the frequency, as streaming is becoming more the norm. 

The cost effective promotion of Virgin is the fact they can run the same add with LOCAL frequency, AND a national add with just VIRGIN RADIO.     Same goes for KISS, or Pure Country, or FRESH.      It's a smart move really.    National TV networks can run Virgin Radio or Pure Country spots and get the pay off the same as the local spot, that would never be possible with a isolated local brand or cost effective.   Pool the resources for contesting, promotions, etc as well.    This is where the bean counters are welcome in my view.    You can do local with a national brand., but not local with a national station.   Not to mention here, in markets like Toronto, that has no "PURE COUNTRY" you can run a national spot and get listeners in those markets you would never have any other way.    (and Pure Country is a Bell station, as is CTV, so cost is very low to run the spot)

 

SOWNY » CFRB 1010 AM streaming stereo » September 23, 2019 6:03 pm

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Stinand wrote:

My issue with 1010 stream is the levels are all over the place ...loud ...louder... soft ....softer. 

That's an issue for sure I share that with you... I have a feeling there isn't a processor attached to the feed OR someone hasn't got it setup correctly. 

SOWNY » CFRB 1010 AM streaming stereo » September 23, 2019 10:59 am

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Not new...   They have done this for a while...

Really no point of looking at the world via only your transmitter in 2019.

with HD, streaming etc,  really makes your mono AM transmitter only thing limiting your ability to sound better.    NT1010 is on HD Radio, as well as streaming, so why would they not do Stereo, especially with their ALL DIGITAL studios on Richmond street?   The weakest link for an AM is the transmitter, so sum the left and right at that point. 

SOWNY » Weather Radios » August 19, 2019 9:08 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

Prod Guy wrote:

Three recent alerts have directly resulted in the safe return of a child, and yet the bitter old men on this board will complain that it interupts their nightly slumber that begins after final Jeopardy and their last check of the evening for a CP24 ticker typo.

I'm not old and bitter and I support the removal of amber alerts on MY phone. 
(please and thanks)
I stress the word choice. 
I believe very strongly that there are enough people choosing to accept it by choice.
Forcing it just ties up the 9 11 lines with people that have nothing better to do but report that they have not seen anything yet. (or whatever they do or say-I wouldn't know, I don't call 911 to complain. I'm not that stupid!)



 

I'm not sure opt in to alerts would be wise, as most wouldn't spend the time... but for AMBER ALERTS, I think you should have the ability to remove the audio notification by choice (as the USA can).      A major environmental, terror, accident etc, those alerts I do not have an issue coming through no matter what...   They can be life and death... but AMBER ALERTS, I think you should be able to opt out of the audio notification, as the person who wants to not have the audio notification, will not be getting out of bed at 3am to look for said kid anyhow. 

I also feel 911 calls to complain about any alert or anything that is not a emergency, should end with heavy fines being issues to each and every one of the abusers.     $500 for the 1st time, $1000 for the 2nd and possible jail time.    

SOWNY » A Question About Corus’ Radio Automation » August 1, 2019 10:34 am

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I've worked with automation for some time with networks...   I have a feeling someone has a HARD out play time (likely on the 640 end) instead of a floating break, where it would wait for a cue from the network trigger.  It also tells me no one from 640 is listening to ensure things are working correctly (or cares).   

The other issue could be a setting at the network end, that has the trigger going out at a hard, set time instead of the op hitting it.   Either way, it's not ideal and does sound sloppy.     

There is ways to remain on time, without a heavy handed trigger.     If on the network end, the clock in the studio needs to be synced with the hard out time.    The host needs to be done speaking before that hard out.     If it's on the local station end, they should be not using a hard play time, and letting the break float a little, OR under schedule it slightly, with a bumper at the end to give some flexibility.     All and all, network radio isn't hard to do, you just have to look at the clock more, and think about how it will sound on the air down the line. 

SOWNY » CHML 8:55 am sports today » June 24, 2019 1:19 pm

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Broodcaster wrote:

I know this sounds revolutionary and goes against all that is digital, but why not do the sportscast live?

Because cost.... It's cheaper to have one guy do the cast on a few stations VS doing all of them live.   It's a reality in 2019.     I've dealt with pre-recorded news/sports/weather for years, but we always put end dates on the cart to ensure old ones would never run....   If they come up as N/A, it gave people time to react.   From the many issues on 640 with old news running and other Corus news talkers, my guess is they are leaving the carts open ended, OR making the end date set automatically too wide open.     It's a ticking time bomb doing this.    It would be better to have it be skipped than running day old info. 

 

SOWNY » CHML 8:55 am sports today » June 24, 2019 8:54 am

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I have to question if this is done on purpose, OR a pre-recorded cast, that someone didn't update and someone didn't put a end date on to ensure it can't run past the day it was recorded.   It would be better to skip the cast, than run OLD news/sports/weather.     I just don't understand why if pre-recorded carts are in play, why they can't set end dates as a safety.  

SOWNY » Rogers’ KISS-FM Asks CRTC For Big Power Boost » June 18, 2019 4:49 pm

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mace wrote:

I don't consider Oshawa part of the GTA  Before KISS arrived Rochester was available in Oakville/Mississauga etc during tropho periods. Signal was anything but reliable. Now that KISS occupies 92.5, it is laughable to suggest there is any co-channel interference from Rochester in the west end. .

I would argue Oshawa is actually considered part of the GTHA/GTA.   This is backed by many sources.

If you travel on the QEW through Mississauga/Oakville, KISS does have interference.   I have noticed at some points, it completely drops out to be taken over by WBEE during some weather conditions.     I think Rogers has a case here.   It does not give them any huge increase in audience, but fixes areas they should be able to cover CLEARLY.   Mississauga should be able to get Kiss without effort.  



  

SOWNY » Future of Video Journalism at Bell » June 14, 2019 11:35 am

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Sadly though, when City has done videographers, they never tried to hide the fact it was them running the camera.   How Baton of years past, and I'm sure CTV will try is using a tripod, with very unframed shots pretending they have a camera person.    They always look horrible in my view when they are done like that.  With technology today, hopefully they can put a screen facing the talent so they are in frame AND don't try to use the tripod off to the side during interviews....   Accept people aren't stupid, and run the camera while doing the interview.  Although not as nice as a REAL camera person, it looks more real and less cable community channel.

Just my 2 cents. 

SOWNY » The Fan Suffers The Curse Of The Jays Again As Raptors Wind Up On 680 » June 9, 2019 9:55 pm

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It didn't... The news wheel continued live via streaming (app, smartspeaker etc.).  Only 680am was broadcasting the game, as every other time this has happened.

SOWNY » MyFM 101.3 Milton Asks For Urgent Power Boost » April 16, 2019 12:46 pm

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To their defense..  That station has some major signal issues, due to 101.3 Toronto.       Driving down the 401 gives a good example of this, as the station can barely be heard clearly, unless between James Snow and Guelph line, even then it's questionable.

They need MORE power to push back the Toronto signal, or move to a different frequency, which may not be available. 

Personally, I question putting the station on a co-channel so close, as it would be better to put it on a 2nd adjacency from a station further away if possible.. 


 

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