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SOWNY » Benji Gregory, former child star from ALF, dead at 46 » July 11, 2024 8:31 am

Although he died almost a month ago, his death is just now being reported in the media. ALF Child Star Benji Gregory Dies at 46


SOWNY » CJOY » July 6, 2024 9:48 am

I listened to Magic 106 during the 2003 blackout too, and was quite impressed with the way Kevin Kelly and the on-air staff were dealing with the situation. I also seem to remember a female staffer during the late evening hours, but I don't remember her name.

Kevin and the crew were taking calls from listeners, asking what they were doing during the blackout. Many listeners were out on their patios barbequing and having beers with their neighbours.

I also remember Kevin taking a call from a rather grumpy and agitated man that seemed to think that Magic's on-air staff was making light of a serious situation. I don't remember his exact words, but Kevin responded by saying that he didn't think they were doing that at all, but rather, helping people cope during these unusual circumstances.

Sadly, the way most stations have pared their staffs down to next to nothing these days, I question whether we'd have that type of communal radio if a major event like that happened again.


SOWNY » CORUS shutters AMs in Vancouver and Edmonton » July 4, 2024 8:30 am

RadioActive wrote:

“The guys in the suits screwed it up from the time they got their hands on radio, they really did.” 

AM 730 is owned by Corus Entertainment, whose shares were worth $25 a decade ago, but are now worth 15 cents."

Of course, you'll probably find people that'll swear that radio is no better or worse than it was back in the old days, it's just "different" these days.



SOWNY » When Will The New Owner Start Programming CKOC, CHAM & CKWW? » July 1, 2024 8:40 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Also, even given CKOC's history as a former Top 40/oldies station, there's now a Classic 1220 in St. Catharines that wasn't around when 1150 was spinning tunes. There are big signal differences, of course, but is there really room for two oldies formats on AM so close to each other in the Southern Ontario market? I don't get the impression that advertisers are exactly knocking down the doors of CFAJ to hand over their money. 

Is CFAJ actually running any paid spots? Last time I listened (which was about maybe a couple of months ago) they were only running PSAs and station IDs between songs.


SOWNY » July 1, 1956: Elvis Presley's Most Embarrassing TV Appearance » June 30, 2024 5:03 pm

Even the dog looks like he'd rather be somewhere else.


SOWNY » SOWNY Accessibility » June 27, 2024 3:15 am

I was having some issues with the web address yesterday, but the url seemed to work okay.


SOWNY » Alex Pierson Off Of AM640 Until After Canada Day » June 20, 2024 7:15 pm

RadioActive wrote:

It's time for the summer scheduling silliness and the latest instance involves AM 640 mid-morning host Alex Pierson. She's finished after Thursday's show until well after Canada Day. 

If there is an AM 640 to come back to after Canada Day.


SOWNY » Layoffs at Global News » June 17, 2024 5:48 pm

If I were working for Corus, I'd be concerned about my paycheque bouncing.


SOWNY » Corus loses Warner Bros Discovery content to Rogers » June 11, 2024 9:23 pm

So, Corus is upset because Warner Bros. essentially gave them the pink slip? 

Oh, the irony...


SOWNY » The Other CKFM...Olds Alberta's 96.5 CKFM » June 8, 2024 8:16 pm

Radiowiz wrote:

Yup. They were indeed around when Mix 999 was around.
Fortunately, they are in different markets, so nobody cares about any potential confusion. 

Plus, other than the top-of-the-hour legal IDs, 99.9 in Toronto hasn't identified themselves as CKFM for about 33 years.

Interesting to note, 99.9 in Toronto had changed their call letters to CFMX-FM for a short while in 2007, but reverted back to the CKFM calls when they discovered the new call letters shared the same ID as CFMZ-FM's repeater station in Toronto, which was originally based in Cobourg at the time. Nowadays, the Cobourg Classical FM station holds the CFMX calls.


SOWNY » Colleen Rusholme says goodbye after 30 years » June 7, 2024 2:13 pm

From her Facebook page:

Colleen Rusholme - Facebook

I'll have to say, she looks pretty young for someone that's put in 30 years in the biz, a business that tends to age people quite quickly, I might add.

Here's wishing her continued success in her future endeavors.


SOWNY » Toronto Morning Man Admits He Doesn't Own A Radio » June 5, 2024 3:28 pm

turkeytop wrote:

It's always surprising to me that the number of users on this board who work in or have worked in radio, always seem to be rooting for the demise of the medium. Like cheer leaders for online streaming.

I don't know whether it's so much a case of rooting for the demise of traditional radio, but rather, lamenting the rather sad, sorry state it's currently in. Although given the number of good people that have gotten screwed over by radio in the past few decades, I wouldn't blame anybody that's rooting for its demise.

I agree with Jodi. There's so many other options out there providing much better content than terrestrial radio, which used to be vibrant and exciting at one time — those very qualities that enticed many of us to pursue it as a profession. Nowadays, with a few exceptions, most traditional radio stations are like wallpaper: they're just there, blending into the background.


SOWNY » To "Air" Is Human: ABC Tubthumping Big Movie Debut » June 2, 2024 1:14 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Or they could do what they did with "Snakes On A Plane" and have special scenes reshot with allowed words just for broadcast TV. That resulted in this notorious 15 sec. clip that's still hilarious today. 

Or they could do something like this... 


SOWNY » Vandals cutting wires cause widespread outage for Cogeco » June 1, 2024 11:40 am

Originally reported as affecting Hamilton and surrounding areas, it appears as though customers as far away as St. Catharines, Fort Erie and Welland are also without service.

Cogeco outage - Facebook


SOWNY » Let's give 'em something to talk about... » May 31, 2024 10:46 am

Guess who's a "newbie" on the board now.(Scroll down the thread a bit).



SOWNY » What Is The Greatest Canadian TV Show Ever Made? » May 30, 2024 7:41 pm

RadioActive wrote:

My late dad, who hated every politician regardless of party, really loved the TV version of "The Royal Canadian Air Farce." As soon as they made fun of a politico, he was in hysterics.

I enjoyed the Air Farce too when the original four were on it: the late Roger Abbott, Luba Goy, Don Ferguson and the late John Morgan. Those four had a unique chemistry that was comic gold.


SOWNY » Two Local Niagara Area Personalities Leaving The Airwaves » May 30, 2024 7:22 pm

Had the pleasure of working with Yvonne briefly in the '90s when she was at CHML/Y95. Very nice lady and very professional. The best to her in her semi-retirement.


SOWNY » What Is The Greatest Canadian TV Show Ever Made? » May 30, 2024 12:30 pm

YMCA wrote:

Here's a vote for "North of 60".  Started out as kind of a semi-comedy but became quite serious as it moved along. Many terrific actors appeared on that show, and most (but not all) episodes were well written.

That's a great show too. It also has my vote.

I remember reading an article many years back where cast member Tracey Cook had heard that the show was also quite popular with Indigenous people in the U.S. who were able to pick it up via satellite. Up until then, the only show in the U.S. that celebrated Native culture was Northern Exposure, which was nowhere near as intense as North of 60 and it wasn't exclusively Indigenous either, as the townsfolk came from many different walks of life and the main character was a Jewish medical graduate transplanted from New York.

North of 60 is a show that is long overdue for a DVD/Blu-ray release. Last time I checked it was streaming in Canada on Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime, but the aspect ratio is off on the latter and there appears to be no way to fix it. (I'm not sure about Apple TV+ as I'm not a subscriber).


SOWNY » May 28th Marks 9th Anniversary Of The New SOWNY Board » May 28, 2024 11:54 am

Thanks RA, for all the hard work over the years of refereeing, maintaining order and doing your best to make sure we all "play nice in the sandbox", as Craig Smith used to say. 


SOWNY » May 27, 1957: What Were Those First CHUM Rock Days Like? » May 27, 2024 7:31 pm

Radiowiz wrote:

I look forward to seeing whether or not Bell does anything special in 2027 (for 70 years on the air)...that is, if Bell still owns 1050 at that time.

Probably no on both counts. I don't recall them doing anything special for CHUM's 60th anniversary. As far as Bell is concerned, it would appear as though 1050 CHUM never even existed in the first place. They didn't even do anything special for CHUM-FM's 50th anniversary of playing pop/rock music in 2018.

I suspect 1050 will probably be either sold off or shut down three years from now.


SOWNY » Your Chance To Visit And Tour The ZoomerPlex This Weekend » May 25, 2024 9:24 pm

RadioAaron wrote:

He's not selling it because it's doing well. It's a drag on the overall business, which frankly is floated by cable subscribers having to pay for a channel they don't watch.

They do some good things, but it's not a model to be emulated by other businesses.


Isn't radio pretty much a drag on just about every media company's portfolio? Is there any company that's actually "killing it" in radio these days?


SOWNY » What Is The Greatest Canadian TV Show Ever Made? » May 24, 2024 8:33 pm

My vote is for Due South. This quirky dramedy was the first Canadian-produced TV show to secure a prime time slot on a major U.S. network (CBS for almost two seasons). In addition to its unique blend of drama and off-kilter humor, it also showcased a good number of Canadian musicians with its soundtrack, many of which that had limited exposure south of the border.


SOWNY » Exactly 32 Years Ago Today, Tonight Had No Tomorrow » May 22, 2024 7:38 pm

Johnny's monologues were the best. He always had an insightful and humorous take on the day's events. Someone once remarked that you didn't know whether Johnny was a Democrat or Republican because he skewered everybody equally.

Also, whenever a joke bombed, he'd often do a little tap dance while the orchestra played "Tea for Two". (I remember one time he even incorporated a little bit of a "moonwalk" into his routine!)

Lots of great memories, although a couple of my favourites were Michael Landon's final appearance on the show, a little less than two months before he passed. The other one was David Letterman's appearance on the show a little less than a year before Johnny retired (particularly @ 3:19 in the video!)

We miss you, Johnny.


SOWNY » The Original Law & Order Celebrates A Milestone » May 10, 2024 9:15 pm

A lot of actors have been leaving Dick Wolf's shows in the past year or so. Most recently, Luke Kleintank from FBI International and Kara Killmer and Eamonn Walker from Chicago Fire, the former having departed already and the latter to depart after the end of this season.

I wonder why so many actors have been leaving his shows all of a sudden?


SOWNY » The Three Weirdest TV Signal Hijackings In History » May 8, 2024 11:57 am

I've seen and read news stories saying that whoever the perpetrators were, they must've had extensive knowledge as to how TV transmissions work, that this was no amateur hack job. Whatever the case, the statute of limitations on prosecuting this crime has long passed, so even if the perpetrators finally stepped up to the plate and admitted to doing it, they won't get charged.

By the way, there was a third interruption involving Max Headroom at a Chicago TV station, this one at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV, although this one appeared to be an inside prank.



SOWNY » The Three Weirdest TV Signal Hijackings In History » May 8, 2024 10:20 am

Actually, the Max Headroom incident(s) happened on two Chicago TV stations, the first one on WGN-TV during the sports segment of their 9pm newscast. The interruption lasted only about 20 seconds, as the engineers were able to quickly switch the frequency of the signal linking the broadcast studio to the transmitter. Other than a buzzing sound, there was no audio with this clip.

The second interruption (the "spanking incident"), happened about two hours later at Chicago's PBS station, WTTW-TV, during their broadcast of the Doctor Who episode, Horror of Fang Rock. Because there was no engineer on duty at the time, they were not able to counteract the interruption, leaving the video to play out for about a minute and a half, which got more bizarre as it played on.

Wikipedia - Max Headroom signal hijacking


SOWNY » Missed It By THAT Much: The Roles These Famous Actors Missed Out On » May 6, 2024 4:24 pm

According to MeTV, David Cassidy was reportedly the first choice to play Dr. Johnny Fever in WKRP in Cincinnati, but he eventually turned the part down. The role went to Howard Hesseman after he was invited to audition for the role of Herb Tarlek, but refused to read for any part except Johnny.

Another interesting tidbit: the show might've ended up being WKRP in Pittsburgh, according to, but the then-current mayor refused to offer his permission to the producers to use the city for the series. Although in what was probably considered a little dig at the mayor's refusal, in the pilot episode Dr. Johnny Fever talks to Andy about his bouncing around from station to station after being fired in L.A., and says "I never thought I'd end up at WKRP in Pitts-....Cincinnati??"


SOWNY » Remember The Baby Blue Movie On City TV? » May 3, 2024 8:37 pm

Italcine on CFMT in the '80s gained a fair bit of attention for a similar reason.


SOWNY » What's In A Name? Does "CP24" Even Make Sense Anymore? » May 2, 2024 9:56 pm

CMT Canada's schedule consists mostly of sitcoms, no country music (or any music for that matter) to be found on its schedule. The U.S. version also airs sitcoms but still has blocks of music programming and videos throughout the day.

At least MUCH had the decency to drop the "Music" portion from their name, although what exactly is "MUCH" supposed to stand for?


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