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SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » Yesterday 7:44 am

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... also saw a CFNY plate in Collingwood on the weekend.  Was Geets in town??

SOWNY » John Harada » July 16, 2019 6:10 pm

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Veteran broadcaster John Harada has passed away.  Up and down the dial John had made major contributions at stations in Halifax, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and most recently as Johnny H and Suncoast Mornings at The New SRQ on the gorgeous Suncoast.  He was one of the good guys, gone too soon.


https://www.srqfm.com/onair/johnny-h/


 

SOWNY » With McCown's last show, who do you miss not hearing or seeing? » June 22, 2019 9:50 am

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Pete and Geets
Brian Henderson
Brady in the morning!! (CFTR)

and yes, Larry Glick on WBZ Boston.  I have the Glick University t-shirt!  254-5678

SOWNY » RIP Wayne Bjorgan » January 31, 2019 2:31 pm

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I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Wayne Bjorgan. I last spoke to Wayne following the occasion of CKCB Collingwood’s 50th anniversary. We shared many laughs about the cast of characters that sat behind the microphones at Barrie Broadcasting. Many laughs … many characters!Wayne was the General Manager of CKBB 950 Barrie – CKCB 1400 Collingwood when I began my broadcasting career as a high school student in the 1970’s.  He was an outstanding broadcaster.

http://www.collingwoodliving.com/long-time-barrie-collingwood-broadcaster-wayne-bjorgan/
 

SOWNY » Brian Henderson passes » January 12, 2019 9:43 am

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I am very sad to hear of Brian's passing.  He was one of my mentors along the way.  As a teenager I remember listening to his evening rock show (as the White Knight) on CKBB.  Later on, Brian was the Program Director at CKBB/CKCB when I began my radio career at the age of 15.  I learned a great deal from him.  I always remembered a meeting we had in the new CKBB front lobby, still under construction on Ferris Lane in Barrie, when he told me to "always be yourself.  Talk the way you talk.  If you want to talk about your shoe laces, take off your shoe hold it up in front of you and describe it."  In later years Brian would often pop into CHAY-FM to visit or go for lunch on his way through Barrie.  Always fun, incredibly talented and gone too soon.  
 
 

SOWNY » Former TSN 1050 Morning Man Unloads On The Station In Stunning Video » June 27, 2018 5:19 pm

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I have a great deal of respect for Mike Richards.  I listened to him on the TSN 1050 morning show and stopped listening to the station after he left.  He worked through his illness because he respected his audience.  Good for him for speaking out.  

SOWNY » Local Radio Brings In Big Guns For Sunday Storm » April 15, 2018 10:19 am

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South Georgian Bay/Collingwood coverage by 97.7 The Beach (Bayshore Broadcasting) has been excellent this morning.  Live newscasts, a live talk show, updates on news and weather throughout the morning.  On the other hand, 95.1 The Peak (Corus) is in full automation mode and not providing a service to the community.  Not acceptable.

SOWNY » JACK FM in Central Ontario ?? » April 13, 2018 10:18 am

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CHAY, operated by the folks who knew it best, would exist today but would have evolved to meet audience demands as it did for the first 24 years of its life before Corus blew it up in 2000.  Yes, when it signed on in the 1970's it played schlocky elevator music, but the playlist was very current for the final years of the station's existence and the audience numbers were still in the 250,000 listeners per week range and growing.  Sales numbers were still solid, so I believe a regional soft rock non-corporate sounding station with a meaningful news component would still serve the region well.  The station spent a great deal of time and money on programming and was dedicated to serving the local and regional audience first.  Isn't that what is missing from today's corporate radio formats?  Tune in to it today if you want to hear the exact opposite.  

SOWNY » JACK FM in Central Ontario ?? » April 12, 2018 9:18 am

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CHAY-FM used to own the Cottage Country Market, with sold out weekends at drive time rates, a quarter-million listeners weekly and a 2 share in Toronto.  Of course, Corus put a stop to that!

SOWNY » Listeners Outraged Over Threat To Their Favourite Radio Station » November 8, 2017 6:55 pm

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... and don't forget about WBZ's Bob Lobel - CALLING ALL SPORTS!  He was great.  

Larry Glick's producer was "Muck"

SOWNY » Listeners Outraged Over Threat To Their Favourite Radio Station » November 8, 2017 3:54 pm

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One of my prize possessions is my GLICK UNIVERSITY T-SHORT sent to me by Larry Glick from WBZ Boston.  I still tune in to the station from time to time.  It would be a shame for Boston to lose such an outstanding news service.  

SOWNY » Double Dozen Survey - CKBB 950 CKCB 1400 » May 21, 2017 1:11 pm

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Does anybody remember listening to Brian Henderson (pre-CHUM days) as "The White Night" on CKBB 950 in Barrie?  He hosted a show called SPINOUT from 7pm to 11pm Monday to Friday.

http://www.prmediamix.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CKBB_DoubleDozenSurvey_BrianHenderson.jpg

SOWNY » 1967: CKFH Centennial Survey » May 21, 2017 12:59 pm

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Here is the CKFH BIG 30 from the week of August 10, 1970. http://www.prmediamix.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CKFHchart_Aug10_1970.jpg
 

SOWNY » 40th Birthday for CHAY-FM » May 18, 2017 7:22 am

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splunge wrote:

gee, and just look at it now....

... not sure what they are now.  No regional focus, no newsroom, lots of people and format changes over the past decade.

SOWNY » 40th Birthday for CHAY-FM » May 17, 2017 3:17 pm

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Forty years ago, visitors to Central Ontario on the long weekend were treated to the launch of CHAY FM, the vision of Elmvale newspaper publisher Andy Markle and Toronto radio executive Vin Dittmer. At the time, AM radio still ruled the airwaves. With 100,000 watts and a massive coverage area, CHAY-FM became the first “stand alone” FM radio station in Canada, meaning, it didn’t have an AM sister station to pay the bills. Many so called “experts” predicted the station would fail on its own. Quite the opposite happened.  
Those were the good old days!!
http://www.prmediamix.com/chay-fm-turns-40/

SOWNY » On Toronto radio in the '60s, and still going... » May 15, 2017 7:48 am

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Yes ... George Jonescu is still hosting Big Bands Sunday Night on Zoomer Radio.  The show began as Big Bands Saturday Night on CHAY-FM many years ago.  I'm having lunch with him tomorrow ... it is his turn to buy!

SOWNY » The axe falls again at Corus » July 21, 2016 12:31 pm

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Another format change?  Why not!  Since CHAY-FM's successful light rock format was abandoned  following the arrival of Corus on the scene, here are the brands:

Play FM  (that was a beauty!)
Energy Radio  (a disaster!)
FM 93
the new CHAY
CHAY TODAY @ 93.1
FRESH RADIO

Six format/branding changes in 15 years, with a revolving door of talent at every day part.
Can't wait to see what the deep thinkers at Corus march out this time!
 

SOWNY » The axe falls again at Corus » July 21, 2016 9:23 am

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The quick recap of Corus and CHAY-FM is:  About 15 years ago, Corus took over the popular soft rock station from Shaw Communications that boasted a regional audience of a quarter million listeners, a 2 share in Toronto and sold out dayparts seven days a week, dumped the format (and the audience), dismissed the talent, and began the process of flipping formats every year or two.  Energy Radio drove any remaining listeners in the 25-54, 25-64 demo away and wiped out the large advertising base. Corus Barrie has been spinning in circles ever since.  The latest format flip, Fresh Radio, is a canned juke box that is making many of the same deadly mistakes Energy Radio did by ignoring the real size and potential audience of the market.  Wiping out the newsroom at a 100,000 watt station that can be heard from Toronto to Huntsville is unbelievable.  What will they do next?  Probably network the Fresh Radio format, program it from London and fire a few more folks.          

SOWNY » Ken Trew » February 26, 2016 9:18 am

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I first listened to Ken Trew on CKBB 950 in Barrie. He used to host a show on Saturday nights called THE PARTY PEOPLE PROGRAM. I then was fortunate enough to work with Ken for many, many years at CHAY-FM.  Ken and I reinvented The Party People Program on CHAY on Sunday nights, called Solid Gold Sunday Night.  Ken hosted this show with Jill Taylor (Jill the Thrill he called her on-air) and had a blast playing his oldies again.  By far, Ken was the most talented announcer I ever worked with.  He was a mentor, a colleague and of most importance, a friend.  Rest in peace Kenny T.  You will be greatly missed.  

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