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SOWNY » The Stupidest Radio Story You'll Read Today » Today 2:30 pm

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I remember reading somewhere that CFTR's time tone used to annoy the hell out of CFRB for some reason, which used to do the same thing at the top of every hour. As far as I know, 680 is still the only one using it now in this market. That may be because the rest of them, being talk stations, always overshoot the exact time and it would sound bad if they kept missing it.

SOWNY » The Stupidest Radio Story You'll Read Today » Today 12:47 pm

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Many here are probably familiar with the countdown to 1 PM time tones that air every single day on CBC Radio 1. You might say they're so regular, you could set your watch to them. 

In Britain, one of the BBC's stations, Radio 4, has essentially been doing the same kind of thing for almost a century. So when those "pips" appeared an astounding 15 minutes late, some listeners went bananas. Outrage is the latest flavour of every day on the Internet and this seemingly minor offense was greeted by a typically oversized response, with one listener describing the late time check as "unholy." 

It even led to a major article in one of Britain's famed newspapers. 

Radio 4 listeners left confused after 9am pips sound 15 minutes late

There's still no firm explanation of what happened, or why 9 o'clock was delayed until 9:15, but I'm assured that somehow the world carried on and that time - which waits for no one - managed to correct itself. 

The History of the BBC Time Pips

The History of Gladys Knight & The Pips

SOWNY » Longtime Local Cameraman/Videographer Passes Away » Today 11:34 am

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I'm sorry to say I've never heard of Alfie Kemp, but he sounded like a really nice guy. And since his resume lists almost every local TV station in town, I'm sure someone on this board probably knew or worked with him.

According to his official obit, Kemp worked at one time or another for City TV, CTV, TVO, Global, the CBC and YTV, just to name a few, and filmed shows like The Littlest Hobo and even some Blue Jays games.

He actually died in late June but for some reason, the notice of his passing wasn't posted until this month. Condolences to those who knew him or worked with him.

Alfred Kemp obit

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Odds & Ends 1: CHUM's DJ Ad, CKLW & You’ll Love Lucy » Today 9:59 am

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Kilgore wrote:

SUPER CIRCUS - 10:00 a.m. Saturdays on WBEN ch. 4

YouTube delivers another miracle!




 

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Odds & Ends 1: CHUM's DJ Ad, CKLW & You’ll Love Lucy » Today 9:31 am

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You are right Fitz. I didn't catch that. Thanks for the correction.

I have to admit I'd never heard of the Lucy radio show before and it's essentially been more or less lost to history. But in true web fashion, it does have its own Facebook page! (Not that there's much to see there...)

Here's another one from YouTube, complete with the intro - which, interestingly enough was done by Gary Morton, her husband at the time. In this episode, Lucy talks to Mary Tyler Moore, who would have still been with the Dick van Dyke show in 1965, long before she "made it on her own" with her classic self titled sitcom.  In another, she chats with the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.






 

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Odds & Ends 1: CHUM's DJ Ad, CKLW & You’ll Love Lucy » Yesterday 8:12 pm

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Over the past few months, these Instant Replays have looked back at local radio and TV stations from the day they signed on to the time when some of them (CKEY & CKFH) disappeared forever.
 
But there are some memories that can’t be categorized. So here, in no particular order, are a few Odds and Ends that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
 
These Tricks Were For Kids
 
If you were a kid in the 1950s or 60s, Saturday morning meant only one thing – cartoons from sign on (around 6 AM) until at least noon. What were you watching? Here are a few vintage examples.
 
https://i.ibb.co/DffpNCH/WKBW-TV-Cartoons-Popeye-Feb-1965.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/5h9rJBL/Cartoon-Syndication-March-1960.jpg

 
[size=125]As previously mentioned in an earlier Replay, Diver Dan became a hit – despite being made on the cheap. Not that you noticed that stuff when you were a kid.
 
https://i.postimg.cc/nctj07d2/Diver-Dan-Ad-March-1961.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/zZsL56G/Three-Stooges-Ad-March-1959.jpg

 
Some early syndicators, like ZIV TV, tried to fill the gaps when the networks weren’t putting out anything.
 
https://i.ibb.co/M8yBYFm/ZIV-Shows-March-1959.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/C9HbJZR/Ziv-Shows-2-March-1959.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/w6dsfYC/Bat-Masterson-And-Sea-Hunt-Ad-March-1965.jpg

 
Ratings Of The Lost Art
 
None of these shows had any sort of ratings on them, and those infamous squares in the corner of your TV (“G” for General audiences, “PG,” for Parental Guidance or “18+” for Adults) are now on just about everything you watch. But did you know they were considering them as far back as 1960?
 
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SOWNY » Rogers Wants To Swap CFMT & City TV Channels In Repack Move » Yesterday 7:25 pm

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Speaking of the repack, an engineer wrote a fairly good article on all the technical challenges involved with all the station shuffling, including hints for improving reception for those who lose channels in the transition. It's from August but still relevant.

Phase 4 And More: Surviving The Repack

 

SOWNY » CHCH TV EPG » Yesterday 7:11 pm

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Not that I ever really watch it, but I've been having endless trouble with the EPG for CITS since it moved to channel 14. It never loads at all unless I go to the station on my DVR and force it to. Even then, it's only good for about 24 hours before it stops working again and says something like "No information available." 

This has to have something to do with their switch from channel 36 in the repack, because it was working fine then. Not serious but annoying. 

SOWNY » For Those Still Into Shortwave...A Major Milestone » September 20, 2019 2:53 pm

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I'm not sure, but this could be the oldest continuous show on shortwave radio. And it's still on!

Glenn Hauser’s World of Radio reaches 2,000th show

Glenn Hauser's World of Radio site
 

SOWNY » This Weekend’s Detroit Radio Reunion Boasts Amazing Line-up » September 20, 2019 2:48 pm

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Thanks for the pics, Tom. I'm sure many old Motor City types that congregate here appreciate seeing them.

Everybody in them is young. It's the camera that got old!   

SOWNY » Rogers Wants To Swap CFMT & City TV Channels In Repack Move » September 20, 2019 10:30 am

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Rogers has officially requested permission from ISED to change the over-the-air channel positions of its CFMT (OMNI 1) and City TV when the digital repack swap occurs next year.
 
OMNI remains on channel 47 as of now, with City operating off of channel 44. In the coming move, City was supposed to go to channel 30 with OMNI heading to 18. It now wants to reverse that sequence, putting City on 18 and OMNI on 30.

Why do this? Rogers application to the CRTC says it's the only way to ensure the playing field is level.  

"Rogers is also proposing to increase CITY-DT’s allotted DTV ERP on channel 18 from 12,200 Watts to 49,400 Watts. We note that channel 18 is dual first-adjacent with CICA-DT (TVO) and CIII-DT-41 (Global). The reduced spectrum allocated for the 600 MHz channel repack can increase the incidence of first-adjacent channel assignments, which are known to negatively impact reception to the weakest signal (i.e. CITY-DT).

"Accordingly, the request to increase CITYDT’s ERP is designed to mitigate the risk of potential first-adjacent channel interference and any OTA signal reception issues that may arise as a result of the 600 MHz repack. Specifically, CITY-DT’s proposed increase in ERP will bring its signal power in a desired ratio to the first-adjacent channels thereby reducing the potential for interference."

 
The big switch will be one of the later and final repack moves when it takes place in early May 2020.
 
CFMT application
 
City TV application

SOWNY » Photo from 2001 shows Justin Trudeau in Brownface » September 19, 2019 5:48 pm

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It's hard to ban comments on this topic, since it could well be the story of the year - and the media and the way it's being covered is certainly part of it. I trust it will run its course here soon. 

To that end, I noticed that when NBC Nightly News aired this story on Thursday, they blurred out the faces of the women in that now infamous photo. First time I've seen that. 

SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » September 19, 2019 11:58 am

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Just to carry this one step too far, there's a truck I pass every day, usually parked in someone's driveway. The final few letters of the plate catch my attention every time: 9RB.

Those were, of course, CFRB's call letters when it was testing after first signing on the air way back in the late 1920s.

SOWNY » Did You Ever Win Something From A Radio Station? » September 19, 2019 9:13 am

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Back before the Internet, cell phones and texting, if you wanted to win a contest from a radio station there were only three ways to do it – a landline, a postcard sent into the station or having some station rep spot you wearing a T-shirt, button or some other identifying symbol.
 
Before I ever wangled my way into the biz, I was a typical kid trying desperately to dial the digits that would win me something. And when I think back on it now, it seemed not only important then, but almost a dream come true if you ever did get something out of your favourite station.
 
Mine, like many here, was CHUM. And I won two 45s on The Battle of The New Sounds, both in 1964 – “From A Window,” by Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas (written by Lennon & McCartney) and “Have I The Right” by the Honeycombs. I still have both discs upstairs somewhere.
 
The only time I ever won anything really important, though, came many years later in 1972, when CFTR had just turned rock and launched their “Canada’s First Tremendous Ripoff” contest (to match the call letters “CFTR.”) In fact, I was the very first winner they ever had and it all happened because I was home sick from school.
 
I happened to be sitting by the family phone (we only had one in those days!) listening to the brand new formatted station and feeling generally awful. Just after 3 PM, the announcer said he’d take the first caller to win a trip to Pompano Beach, Florida.
 
With nothing else to do and not dreaming I’d get through, I did and I won. I was just a young teenager at the time and I remember my mother wasn’t even able to eat her dinner when I told her later that evening, she was so excited. In the end, I gave my parents the prize, they got a surprise vacation and my brothers and I got a chance to be on our own for a few days without their prying eyes.
 
A win-win for everyone!
 
The last thing I ever won was a coveted treasure that I still have. And even though I no longer really entered c

SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » September 19, 2019 7:50 am

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The ironic part of all this is if you actually tired to get a specialized plate with your favourite station's call letters on it, it would probably be denied as being proprietary and someone else's copyrighted property. 

SOWNY » Photo from 2001 shows Justin Trudeau in Brownface » September 19, 2019 7:46 am

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Amazing how fast this story is moving on the media. Global has now obtained yet a third verified instance of the same thing. Despite having the Global News logo plastered all over it, other stations - like CFRB - have put it up on their own pages.

Global News: Exclusive: Video shows Trudeau in blackface in 3rd instance of racist makeup

I remember a time when exclusives used to be exclusives. Now it seems you can just take whatever you want off the web, provide a small credit, and benefit from it. I'm not entirely sure when all this changed, but at some point it appears nothing belongs to anyone for long any more in the news biz. 

 

SOWNY » Photo from 2001 shows Justin Trudeau in Brownface » September 18, 2019 10:16 pm

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I agree with you Unc. He had much to contribute here and I hope he reconsiders. I would welcome him back anytime he wants to return.

I thought it was interesting that Charles Adler had Supriya Dwiveti on to comment on the story, introducing her as co-host on the GNR morning show in Toronto. Frankly, she's been on mat leave so long, I'd forgotten she was even on the show!

Another observation from the radio reaction: I've heard a lot of Trudeau supporters twisting themselves into pretzels trying to make excuses for the Liberal leader. But what really stood out is that most of the people who identified themselves as black seemed to think it wasn't racist, while a lot of callers who said they were white did. Certainly not what I expected to hear.

One last thing. All the papers were leading with this story on their websites Wednesday night, as you'd expect. The Globe & Mail, the Toronto Sun and the National Post all featured the photo on the front page. The Toronto Star led with the story as well, but their front page pic was of Trudeau on his campaign plane - and the troubling photo wasn't seen unless you clicked through to the actual article.

In keeping with the board's media mandate, I found it interesting the way many of the major publications have chosen to cover this big story.

SOWNY » Photo from 2001 shows Justin Trudeau in Brownface » September 18, 2019 7:33 pm

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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

So...he was in his 20's...you do stupid shit like this, when you're that age...

Move on folks, nothing to see...and once again Political correctness rears it's ugly head...

 

You know Joe, you might be right, except that his party came out with a photo of a Conservative candidate having lunch or a drink with Faith Goldy 20 years ago - long before the latter expressed her own racist views - and condemned said candidate as a racist because of it. Hard to make that case before someone actually did or said anything. 

It would seem they're being hoist by their own petard in the worst way possible.  

That said, I agree with the unfortunately departed Mr. Marshall - this doesn't really belong on this board beyond how it's being covered on radio and TV. But even the most staunch Liberal supporter has to admit this just drips with self-righteous irony, considering what's been going on for the past week or so. 

Whatever side you're on, the coverage, commentary and callers on radio has just been riveting so far.  You can be sure there will be much, much more to come.

SOWNY » Photo from 2001 shows Justin Trudeau in Brownface » September 18, 2019 6:58 pm

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Normally, I'd say this doesn't have anything to do with SOWNY. But CFRB has turned its entire Nightside show over to this topic. I imagine 640 will go wall-to-wall with it, too.

And you can only imagine what's coming on Thursday's talk shows.  

It's an important story, because it could effect what happens on October 21st. 

Everyone wondered what the unknown event would be that threw a nuclear bomb into the looming election (there's always at least one!) This could well be it because it's so damaging to his brand. 

Can't wait to see how the CBC handles it!

SOWNY » Viewer Alert: "The Last Days of Phil Hartman" Airing Thurs. On ABC » September 18, 2019 6:19 pm

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Whether you were a fan of his from SNL, Newsradio or "Troy McClure" on The Simpsons, nobody played smarmy better than Phil Hartman. His life ended tragically when his wife shot him to death before taking her own life in 1998. Now a new two-hour TV special is examining both his career and what led up to his shocking murder. 

It airs Thursday night (Sept. 19th) at 9 PM on ABC. If you were a fan of his (and even though it's another network's slogan) this could be Must See TV. 

The Last Days Of Phil Hartman

http://datg-cms-source-repo.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/ABC/philhartman/e8e428e1-7b01-4029-9741-0b18de0e1521.jpg
 

SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » September 18, 2019 4:49 pm

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Wow, it's odd you would post this. I've been seeing a lot of this too while out walking the pooch, although the frequency never matches. I thought I was the only one who noticed this ephemera.

Most are from stations that are out of town - CJAY is a common one in my area, a station located in Calgary. 

SOWNY » The Star’s Rosie DiManno Nails It On The Demise Of Newspapers » September 18, 2019 2:51 pm

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They have a page that tries to cover this very issue about copyright and how papers can get removed. 

DMCA Page

 

SOWNY » The Star’s Rosie DiManno Nails It On The Demise Of Newspapers » September 17, 2019 8:26 pm

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In an article lamenting the loss of the copy editor, the Toronto Star’s chief opinion writer gets it bang on. Some excerpts:
 
“...There is often just one solitary person at night, handling all the copy that pours in, especially for deadline-driven sections such as sports. They have to do so much with only minutes to spare, so I don’t blame them for the mistakes and garble that sometimes get through.”

“It makes me crazy reading sloppy, typo-strewn copy. Ditto for readers, as has been made clear by the hundreds of emails I receive complaining about errors and inexcusable typos...When the failing becomes chronic, it hurts us more than accusations of bias, fabrication, even plagiarism. If accuracy and tidiness have no traction anymore, why should anybody trust us on the big stuff?”

And then there's this on the federal government's attempt to set up that multi-million dollar bailout.

“I am fundamentally opposed to media sucking on the government teat. Don’t want us beholden to politicians. Must not allow even the slightest suspicion that news can be skewed to lick the hand that feeds us.”
 
 Elimination of copy editors has been disastrous for newspapers

SOWNY » Proof Reboots Of Old Series Have Finally, Finally Gone Too Far » September 17, 2019 7:55 pm

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They tried it with Murphy Brown. 

They gave it a shot with "24."

They've made it work (sort of) with Magnum P.I., Hawaii Five-O, Charmed, Dynasty, Will & Grace and more. 

And NBC announced on Tuesday that its new streaming service will feature new episodes of Saved By The Bell, Battlestar Galactica and (shudder) Punky Brewster. 

But this time, they appear to have finally gone too far in TV's seemingly endless reboot mania. 

What till you read what they're planning next: a remake of Hogan's Heroes. 

But not the questionable comedy that took place in a Nazi POW camp in WWII. (I still would have loved to have been at the pitch meeting when the idea for the original series was first broached.)  No, this one will take place a long time after. 

"The reimagined version will be [an] ... action adventure comedy series set in present day focusing on the descendants of the original heroes, now scattered around the world, who team up for a global treasure hunt."

At long last, won't someone think of a new idea? I love one of the reactions in the comments section of TV Line: "Perhaps they’ll finally solve Bob Crane’s murder."

‘Hogan’s Heroes’ Sequel Series In the Works

SOWNY » Does Mike Stafford Know About This? » September 17, 2019 6:32 pm

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Anyone who’s ever listened to Mike Stafford on GNR640 has heard him complain not only about his own kids (who he euphemistically calls “The Leprechaun” and “The Hurricane”) but sometimes the teachers at the school they go to. And while it’s not likely to ever happen at a public institution, a Sirius radio host who did the same thing has learned a lesson he wasn’t expecting – his comments got his daughter kicked out of her private school for good.
 
The story of what happened is linked below, but it does seems unfair that some guy haranguing a school on air for supposed faults, real or imagined, would have it taken out on the host’s youngster. But that’s exactly what appears to have taken place. I strongly suspect there’s a lot more to it than this. But it seems to have worked – the host now says he’ll no longer say anything about his kid's future place of education on his show, no matter where she ends up. 
 
Which is a form of censorship that definitely doesn’t sit well with me, although it can be argued that he definitely crossed a line by taking it on air.

I can only wonder what Stafford makes of all this.
 
Two-Year Old Expelled from Preschool After Her Radio Host Dad Criticizes It on his Show 

SOWNY » NBC Unveils New Streaming Service - But Cdns.Can't Subscribe » September 17, 2019 12:13 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

Down the road I bet a lot of these steaming services will amalgamate or be sold in bundles to keep the costs in line for the consumer.

Kind of the model cable uses today. And we know how well that's turned out!

SOWNY » NBC Unveils New Streaming Service - But Cdns.Can't Subscribe » September 17, 2019 11:49 am

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$3 / month VPN takes care of my US consumption needs. 

But haven't many of these big providers devised methods to detect and defeat those VPNs? I heard that Netflix figured out a way to stop Canadians from accessing their American-based service over rights issues.

True? False?

By the way, which VPN service only charges $3 a month? Most I've seen have been a lot higher than that.  

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