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SOWNY » SuperChannel Goes After Stores & People Who Bought These Android Boxes » May 3, 2021 6:24 pm

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Super Channel hasn’t been the same since the original Superchannel signed on with First Choice and C Channel in 1983 when both First Choice and Superchannel premiered their services with “Star Wars” from 1977.   That Superchannel and First Choice eventually merged as First Choice/Superchannel then changed the name to The Movie Network.    Today it’s known as Crave for the premiere movies and Starz for the classic movies.   There is a Super Channel back on but it’s nothing to do with the original Superchannel.   Whew!

SOWNY » The next host of Jeopardy is? » February 21, 2021 10:26 am

djwildbill
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Heard Donald Trump is looking for work.

SOWNY » Neil Hedley zooms away from AM740 » February 21, 2021 10:20 am

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Neil was MD for awhile then when Zoomer hired the CHUM boys, they took over programming.   I think Neil had been tired of doing music and handling air shifts.   Eventually the CHUM boys left and Gene Stevens returned full-time to look after music.   Gene is a great guy and proof that it’s not great to burn bridges because you may get hired back from the station that let you go a few years prior.

SOWNY » Neil Hedley zooms away from AM740 » February 20, 2021 4:37 pm

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Heard today from a few sources that Neil Hedley was released from his duties yesterday morning at Zoomer Radio AM740.    Only heard that there was words exchanged.     I was always told never burn bridges in radio.   Anyway, Robbie Lane will be temporarily filling in till a replacement is found.    Too bad Roger Ashby couldn’t take the gig…or could he?  Does his oldies show tie him to Bell?

SOWNY » Name a forgotten commentator on Toronto talk radio » January 14, 2021 10:59 pm

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Ed Needham - CFRB
Don Cherry - Grapeline (several stations)

SOWNY » Who Would You Nominate For An Ontario- Buffalo Radio Hall Of Fame? » January 7, 2021 1:48 pm

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I would nominate the two Rogers —— Toronto’s Roger Ashby and Buffalo’s Roger Christian.

SOWNY » Your opinions on tv personalities going eau natural with their hair » September 27, 2020 8:31 pm

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Lately, more tv personalities have been letting their natural colour shine through.    I’m thinking of CBCs Ron Maclean and CTVs Lisa LaFlamme.   Both sporting lovely grey ihair.   I personally don’t mind it but there’s always that whole “looking young” that tv used to care so much about.   

Curious on your opinions.

SOWNY » Lisa LaFlamme Forced To Do CTV National From Her Own Backyard » September 24, 2020 1:13 pm

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Muffaraw Joe wrote:

I want to be invited for a BBQ...she can poll guests and ask them their opinions on the leading news stories and ask what they want on their burgers?

I mean I had a "Weenie" with Al Paladini once...why not a hot and ham with Lisa Larflamme???!!! 


 

Gotta thank former CHUM-FM creative writer Larry (the “Gagman”) MacInnis for the clever Al Paladini campaign back in the day, especially the tag “any Paladini is a pal o’ mine”

SOWNY » Giant FM Welland Sold But No Format Change For Now » August 15, 2020 10:46 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

Does "for now" mean they're doing music tests in the area to see what else might be (more) profitable? 



When Giant first launched it was a "Giant" Variety hits station originally, so the format has already been changed once in it's life as an FM radio station. 
 

Actually, prior to the name “Giant” they were a country station known as “Spirit” - formerly CHOW 1470

SOWNY » CITY-TV testing new channel 18.1 frequency » June 6, 2020 11:31 am

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Scanning my antenna tv, I noticed City are testing channel 18.1 when they switch frequencies from channel 57.1

SOWNY » Zoomer Radio » May 6, 2020 5:52 pm

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A few of the retired CHUM guys had been helping revamp the station up till about a year ago.

Yeah, nice that ZoomerRadio is playing more 70’s and 80’s in the mix but I hope they don’t totally alienate the older audience.   Some radio station has to still offer some 50’s and 60’s with a few big band or MOR artists thrown in.

SOWNY » Nevin Grant of CKOC news » May 6, 2020 5:42 pm

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I read on Facebook that CKOC icon Nevin Grant has passed away today during surgery.

Nevin truly grew 1150 CKOC into “Ontario’s Music Leader” through clever programming and really supporting Canadian artists.    A couple comments I read from fans told how he took time to talk to the record reps that visited the station.

I only met Nevin once.   My good pal, Joe, and I went to visit him on one of our many radio visits and Nevin was right in the middle of going over a K-Lite logger tape as they had to answer a couple questions to the CRTC.   Nevin took the time to visit us and make us feel very welcome.

To show you how good a man Nevin was, my pal Joe used to have a slight stutter and wasn’t sure radio was the right path to work.   Nevin convinced Joe to go to college and pursue his love for radio.    That’s a true gentleman.

Rest In Peace Nevin.   You were loved and respected by many.

SOWNY » CBL-FM 60 Years old » April 8, 2020 12:39 pm

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As a kid in the 70’s, I would look forward to the radio plays CBL 740 (where it was on the AM band at that time) played on Sunday evenings.   Not sure if there was a host but I enjoyed putting on my transistor radio and ear plug and listening to these old radio plays.

SOWNY » CKNT » August 20, 2019 2:34 pm

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I tried listening recently at top of hour for a newscast and nadda.    They should have hourly newscasts alongside their talk shows.    This should be the go-to station for Mississauga residents to get local news.

SOWNY » Radio stations that will be at CNE 2019 » August 20, 2019 2:28 pm

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Maybe radio stations could have a booth set up with a mic in front of a computer to showcase their announcer, Mr/Ms. Voice Track

SOWNY » Radio stations that will be at CNE 2019 » August 19, 2019 1:45 pm

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ZoomerRadio, AM 740/96.7 in downtown Toronto will be at the CNE this coming Thursday afternoon and evening, August 22.    Norm and Eva will broadcast their afternoon drive show and Robbie Lane will also be there for his evening gig.

SOWNY » CKNT » February 19, 2019 8:07 pm

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darcyh wrote:

Didn't the former CHSC 1220 get in hot water for broadcasting from a remote studio too?

Yes, I actually worked for CHSC through the Domenic years.   Several times I had bounced cheques.   Was paid up eventually but didn’t get my last $1,000.   Was a good station but poorly managed unfortunately.   Sorry that Sauga 960 is suffering already.   Hope they can recover.     CHSC did broadcast from a studio in Woodbridge just above a restaurant that Domenic owned.  He was a shady character.   Others weren’t paid as well.

SOWNY » SOWNY Topic #2500: Two Ex-Broadcasters Win, Three Lose In Election » October 24, 2018 1:35 am

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Actually, a third former radio broadcaster also won a seat on council - in Orangeville, Joe Andrews was elected as one of five town councillors - a part-time position.  Joe remains Campus Principal of the Orangeville campus of Humber College and used to consult for Z103.5.  He also taught and was Program Head for the Radio Broadcasting program at the North Campus of Humber College.   Joe also put on his platform shoes once when he was on-air at the old 790 CHIC in Brampton when it was an all-disco radio station.   Congrats Joe!!

SOWNY » Lovin' the music on Voices Radio 106.5FM » September 24, 2015 1:29 pm

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Only back in June did I discover today's EZ hits on 106.5FM.   www.voicesradio.ca

If you like soft hits, then tune in here.    It used to be known as Aboriginal Voices Radio when it first went on-air from the studios of the former MediaNet Radio Network.   It was all Aboriginal music at the time and over the years has gone through management changes and, obviously, format changes.    I know the previous management caused some ruffles with the CRTC and the various stations were supposed to shut down Aug 25.   A ''stay" was granted and the new team headed by DB and IG have kept the ship afloat.

I mentioned initials but have to give full fist  pumps to David Bray and Iain Grant for programming an excellent station!!   The music is wonderful - thanks guys!!

I had sent Iain a couple messages of congrats but had not heard anything back, which is fine.

If you like a variety of commercial-free soft hits (and some "oh wow" forgotten faves) then tune in 106.5 in Toronto, sit back, relax and enjoy!

SOWNY » Sirius XM removes easy listening channel "Escape" from satellites » September 24, 2015 12:51 pm

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I bought the US vsn in 2005 using my Cdn credit card.  That was a few years prior to Canada getting on board.
ESCAPE is available on Internet as well as the iPhone/android app.   There are actually several internet stations that SiriusXM carry that aren't available on the radio vsn.   There are also some "radio" stations that aren't available on the internet too.

It's actually cool being able to access the two biggest US top 40 stations - 102.7 Kiss FM Los Angeles and Z100 New York - both iHeart radio stations

If you want ESCAPE, bring your iPhone and plug in to the aux on your car radio and listen through the app.   Only thing about listening on a smart phone is the mbs are increasing as you listen.   Do mobile phone companies offer an unlimited data?

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