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SOWNY » Best Ever Super Bowl Ratings On CTV/TSN/RDS » February 14, 2024 2:42 pm

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That list is very interesting.  I'm surprised there are so many Super Bowls but I'm also surprised that Michael Jackson's Halftime Show numbers were extricated from the overall numbers for that specific game.  Would the Super Bowl numbers not automatically include the Halftime Show?  And if not, are the ratings calculated as an average over the fluctuating numbers during the entire viewing period?  Sorry for the weird questions, but I find this fascinating. 

SOWNY » Best Ever Super Bowl Ratings On CTV/TSN/RDS » February 13, 2024 2:28 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

It's on par with a far different historical moment - the moon landing in 1969, which garnered between 125-150 million viewers across three U.S. networks. It proves that broadcast TV can still attract eyeballs, if only the proper programming is there (not to mention weeks of hype about Taylor Swift, who was on screen during the game for only 54 seconds in total.)

But wouldn't the eyeballs from 1969 be a larger percentage of overall eyeballs during that time?  And in 1969, there was only one way to get eyeballs - television (barring movie theatres).  In 2024, as per the above posts, there are many, many different eyeball gatherers. 

SOWNY » Famed Canadian Director Norman Jewison Dies At 97 » January 23, 2024 2:17 pm

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When I was a kid I saw Jesus Christ, Superstar.  I had a profound effect on me and still does.  I promised myself if I ever met Norm Jewison I would ask him about the final scene where a small figure appears at the bottom of the screen.  Was it an errant cameraman, was it symbolic of Christ rising, was it, was it, was it?  Later highdef versions allowed for an image of a Sheppard.  I was fortunate enough to meet Norm at a private birthday party.  Here was my chance!  I had been waiting over 45 years for this moment.  I was very nervous.  He was delightful.  He looked at me with those mischievous eyes and said "it is whatever you want it to be".  I felt like Ralphie when he learns secret of Little Orphan Annie's decoder pin. But all in all, in was great meeting and hanging out with him that evening.

SOWNY » MIA - Reshmi Nair » January 8, 2024 4:47 pm

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I don't miss her but it was kind of fun listening to her after she changed her outlook, or when someone told her to change her outlook.  It was a complete 180.  But you could always tell when she was trying to stop her head from exploding. 
 

SOWNY » MIA - Reshmi Nair » January 8, 2024 4:15 pm

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Maybe she's involved in on-going contract negotiations.  For them to announce she would be back today and then have a no-show tells me something fell through over the weekend.  If I recall, Scott fell off the face of the earth around the same time of the year that she did and they started together. OR, she may be having health issues which I hope is not the case.  Not a fan but I certainly wouldn't wish her ill.  I suspect John Tory may find a permanent home on The Rush. 
 

SOWNY » MIA - Reshmi Nair » January 8, 2024 3:07 pm

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Monday's show. Reshmi sounds suspiciously like Deb Hutton. 

And Deb just said she'd be in all week. 

SOWNY » John Tory's regular Friday Moore In the Morning appearance » December 15, 2023 2:24 pm

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Tory will be doing a few Rush spots next week.  I immediately figured he was testing as a replacement. Writing is on the wall as she's been absent for the last 3 weeks or so.  No more Big Chair for Reshmi Nair. 

SOWNY » Rick Campanelli Hosting CHCH Live New Year's Eve Special » December 15, 2023 2:20 pm

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Way to go Rick!  I recently saw him on Traitors Canada.  He was just enough bitchy. 

SOWNY » MIA - Reshmi Nair » December 14, 2023 11:03 am

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I think we're on Week 3 of Reshmi being missing. On Monday Deb Hutton was hosting and said she would be there for the remainder of the week.  John Tory just mentioned he would be doing a couple of afternoons next week.  I presume he'll be doing The Rush.

In the beginning of her disappearance it was announced that she was at home recovering from a bug of some sort.

This has all the earmarks of a Scott McArthur or a Jim Richards although the fill-in hosts are still saying they are sitting in for Reshmi.

SOWNY » CFRB - And Radio - Needs Some Spot Remover » November 30, 2023 2:15 pm

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I don't care about the ads per se but all day long on 1010 an ad will start, get cut off with another ad and then resume after the second ad has aired.  I thought this might be a bit of a glitch but it happens constantly.  For instance, 2 seconds of an ad gets interrupted by a CRAVE ad then back to the 1st ad.  Drives me a bit mental. 
 

SOWNY » Reshmi 1010 Bad Attitude » November 3, 2023 2:28 pm

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Not much of an apology given by Reshmi to Jim Richards on Thursday. At least she played the clip.  It was cringe worthy.  But she never did apologize.  She went on to talk about her 7-year old son asking her after he spent a few minutes outside in the cold, and I'm paraphrasing,  "Momma, will Olivia Chow allow people to build tiny homes for the homeless that John Tory cancelled?"  Yup, I sure was up on politics and local mayors when I was 7. Good grief. 

SOWNY » Three's Company Star Suzanne Somers Passes » October 16, 2023 1:47 pm

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Tomas Barlow wrote:

Or as Virgin Radio Toronto put it on social media, "Suzanna somersault has past away at the age of 76."

I'm not kidding.  A friend texted it to me about an hour after it was posted.  It was corrected a short time later.

I saw that too!  Had to do the Google to verify it was true. 
 

SOWNY » Amazon Prime Video Adds Sportsnet - For A Fee » October 11, 2023 2:00 pm

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When Rogers carried Leafs TV I switched providers. I presented the cable boxes to my hubby as a Christmas present.  He looked at me like I was crazy until I told him I was giving him all of his Leafs games. I became a hockey widow - LOL.  A friend said to me that not only did I pay for the whore, but I invited it to live with us.  But that's another story.  Now that we have relocated to NS where Rogers does not operate, other than cellphone service, hubby misses more than 30% of the games due to blackout.  We have Prime, so I wonder if this might be a viable solution? 

SOWNY » 89.3 Rewind goes dead for approx. 20 minutes. » October 6, 2023 1:25 pm

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I know this is a Southern Ontario forum but an odd thing happened on NS's 89.3 Rewind around 11:40 this morning.  The song playing at the time was Chilliwack's "Watcha Gonna Do When I'm Gone".  About halfway through the song the air went dead.  I was running errands so when I got back in the car the station was still silent.  However, the playlist on their website indicated that the next 2 songs were to have been "Another One Bites The Dust" and "The Best is Yet To Come".  More running errands and I was back in the car at about 12:15 pm.  New host and music had resumed.  I couldn't help but think that the morning DJ may have been fired and was giving the big kiss-off to his bosses during his last shift.  Or it could have just been a glitch with some very coincidental music choices. Any insight? 

SOWNY » Joe Mahoney Memoir » August 15, 2023 1:23 pm

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I got my copy, hand delivered at my 40th high school reunion!  It's a great read. Some parts are a bit too techie for me but I'm sure there are many folks on here who would really get a kick out of the ups and downs of his career, perhaps mirroring many of your own experiences. 

SOWNY » Here's reason #4,833,918 why Rogers sucks » August 9, 2023 1:31 pm

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I've found frontline linesmen/workers from all the various companies (Bell, Rogers, Hydro, etc.) do go above and beyond.  It's the suits who eff everything up.
On another note, I just got a text from Rogers today offering me 150.00 credit.  Just have to click on the link to claim it!  HAHAHAHAHA
 

SOWNY » Here's reason #4,833,918 why Rogers sucks » August 8, 2023 1:33 pm

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I have had two calls from "Rogers" over the past few days. The first was an offer of a 30% discount on my cell bill because I pay on time every month (I'm on automatic payment).  I told the woman that I couldn't understand her very well so if she could please email me the information, I would be happy to look at it.  When she asked me for my email address, I hung up.  The second call came in and the only word I understood was "Rogers".  I politely told him to eff off and hung up.  This isn't a Rogers thing.  It's a scam. 

SOWNY » Search Results » July 31, 2023 1:36 pm

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Same thing happened to me. I had to click on an old reference from 2018 to get on here.  

SOWNY » Efforting » July 18, 2023 2:47 pm

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Here's a new one from Reshmi.  "Othering" as in seeing others differently.  It came up during a discussion about the refugees not having shelter.  She said we need to stop "othering" people.  We are all people.  

SOWNY » Joe Mahoney Memoir » June 27, 2023 2:31 pm

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Just wanted to get this out there. My buddy, Joe (I still call him Joey) Mahoney, since I've known since grade school, has a memoir coming out August 1.  Can't wait to have a read. Congratulations! 

SOWNY » This New Torturous Radio Spot Literally "Screams" Cover Your Ears » June 19, 2023 1:31 pm

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It reminds me of my many years working across the street from Much Music.  Every year when they were preparing for the awards, or even just a visiting celeb musician, a large gathering of 13-year old girls would raise their ear-piercing screams as only 13-year old girls can.  I worked on the 5th floor in a building where the windows did not open but, I swear, those screams could've broken glass.  It was torture. 

SOWNY » Efforting » June 19, 2023 1:25 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Far be it for me to defend Reshmi Nair, but "efforting" is an old wire service term for attempting to get details on a breaking story. When I worked for both Newsradio in the late 70s and Broadcast News in the mid-80s, we would hear it and use it all the time.

It's one of those weasel words used in news, like "new top," which is an older copy story with an update on it at the beginning so editors would know that though the last part was a repeat, some fact or detail in the first paragraph was new.

Otherwise, a "new top" was what my girlfriend came home with after a shopping trip to the mall!

Thanks for the explanation.  I learned something new about this. BUT, Reshmi uses it incorrectly according to your info.  She applies it, for example, to the police, explaining that they are efforting to get more information on a case as opposed to her, as a news reporter, efforting to gather more intel for her story.  

Anyway, not a big deal but it is most annoying.   Just as an aside, the word is highlighted as a mis-spell and suggestions are "affording" and "effecting".  
 

SOWNY » Efforting » June 16, 2023 2:33 pm

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What the hell is "efforting"?  Seems like it's Reshmi's new go-to replacement word for "trying".   What other replacement non-words drive you crazy?

SOWNY » Call Display: Toronto Getting Yet Another New Area Code » May 10, 2023 1:52 pm

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newsguy1 wrote:

I might have grown up in a more innocent time.
And Vancouver was still pretty small townish in my childhood.
We could walk up to the milkman's truck and ask him if he could drop us off at at school.
 

 
I grew up in a small town in PEI.  Our phone number was only 4 digits. But Mom was always safety first.  It taught me well when I moved to the Big Smoke as a young, single woman.

SOWNY » Call Display: Toronto Getting Yet Another New Area Code » May 10, 2023 1:45 pm

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newsguy1 wrote:

After decades I still remember the very first telephone number I ever had in the house I grew up in in Vancouver.
It was Regent 3-6134 -- in other words 73-6134.
My parents taught me the number when I was about six years old.
They told me to always answer the phone with, not "hello," but "This is Regent 3 6134."
of course no area code was necessary although Vancouver's main area code has been 604 for many years now. plus seven numbers.
In the Vancouver museum located in the HR McMillan planterium,there is a fascinating exhibit where you can pick up an old telephone receiver from the 1950s and dial a number from a telephone book the museum devised.
Each phone number is matched with a different aspect of Vancouver history in the form of a recording you listen to through the phone receiver.
What a great idea.


 

 
My mom always told me never to give out the phone number to a caller, especially if they were calling the wrong number.  She said some nefarious people, when told they had dialed the wrong number, would ask what number they called. I was told to ask "what number are you calling?". Then I would confirm that they indeed did dialed the wrong number.

SOWNY » Turns Of Phrase: Constant On-Air Cliches That Drive You Crazy » March 23, 2023 9:40 am

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Then there's "snirt" when lovely white snow becomes hard crusty dirty snow on the city streets. 
 

SOWNY » News Readers » March 2, 2023 2:11 pm

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Looks like she's taken another position as Assignment Editor at CP24. Posted 2 weeks ago on her socials.  I found listening to her difficult as she always sounded like she couldn't breathe and she was constantly stumbling over words with more than two or three syllables.  But good for her for finding something more up her alley.

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