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SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » September 22, 2022 7:44 pm

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Episode 32 of SHURMAN UNLIMITED is now on line for those who wish to listen or follow... available on all podcast platforms or here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3Da7Ne6PM&t=18s

SOWNY » Summer ratings » September 13, 2022 1:10 pm

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A 5-share is nothing to write home about. So, I'd say the same about 12+. And that's before we take into account that the 'share of the pie' is more like the 'share of the tart' these days. I ran that place back in the day when the pie was gigantic and we routinely got 14 or 15 share of market. I am well aware that those days are gone but if CBC can be double digits, it begs the question "what are the private talkers doing wrong?"

SOWNY » Summer ratings » September 13, 2022 1:00 pm

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Those numbers are 25-54...there's not much audience left in that space for anyone. A little for music FM, all news, the CBC. They're never coming back...pity. 

SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » September 12, 2022 8:00 am

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We can deal with the finer points of PP or his warts anytime…but if the decision is between  him and JT, as friend of the working man and his ever growing carbon tax, I’ll take the guy who came from nothing, became an MP at age 23, but before that racked up a few million as an entrepreneur. This is not a political debate board but I examine questions like yours regularly on my podcast.

SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » September 11, 2022 3:58 pm

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Episode (31) SHURMAN UNLIMITED is online on all podcast platforms. Pierre Poilievre won the Conservative Party leadership in a walk -- 68% of the vote. Brilliant speech, amazing hidden asset in his wife. Can he win? Peter thinks so. No eulogizing...we can't compete. But Former British PM Boris Johnson hit it out of the park in speaking of Her Late Majesty in the British Parliament. And we record the passing of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. Any podcast platform OR:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA0ELL6Lpgo

SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » September 5, 2022 3:05 pm

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So many of you checked out my podcast last week, I'm just letting you know a new episode is online at all podcast sites (sign up free) or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgCPVNWJj8Y -- thanks to all for your interest!

SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » August 30, 2022 10:52 am

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That is kind of you ‘mic’em’….the incident is lost in the annals of history now (except for radio aficionados). With radio in its present state, I seldom listen except for a bit of Moore and Oakley and (basically) nothing else. You really should check out podcasts….there are hundreds of thousands of them and on any subject imaginable. They download automatically and alert you. And if your car has Apple CarPlay or the Android equivalent, all the info comes on screen and you play it using your car’s controls…the sound is spectacular. Podcasts have become my choice, notably for lengthy drives.

SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » August 30, 2022 9:53 am

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I enjoyed my time at 640 and still have zero clue why that nonsense evoked a reaction. No one I knew who heard it ever concluded anything butt what you did…but most of my friends and contacts look at life fluidly and are not woke. Thanks, old friend!

SOWNY » Shurman Unlimited podcast » August 30, 2022 9:37 am

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Good day to all of you SOWNY people. Centreline posted a YouTube link here for my podcast yesterday. Not much activity on the post other than Paterson1 complimenting it. However, downloads in the first 24 hours online were at record levels…the podcast is much like what those who know me recall from radio. I talk about current news, comment on it, and there are no restrictions as would apply to broadcast material so it’s more genuinely me. I appreciate the downloads as it helps me grow and hopefully entertains. You can sign up for auto-downloads on any platform…the podcast name to search for is SHURMAN UNLIMITED. As the outro says ‘if you like it tell a friend, if you REALLY like it, tell 3 friends, and if you don’t like it, tell 3 enemies’. Best to everyone! /ps

SOWNY » The slow death of AM/FM radio in your car » July 25, 2022 11:15 am

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Interesting thread…I got into radio in the sixties when AM was king and FM was a curiosity. My management career began with an assignment requiring turning a moribund FM into a market killer…we did it. I still had to take a huge interest in monster AMs like CJAD Montreal and CFRB Toronto, both of which needed a new trajectory going forward. Later in life, after a radio respite, I returned to do AM talk radio. I virtually never listened on the AM band…too noisy in a city like Toronto. But the simulcasts via FM HD channels provide studio sound. While there isn’t much left of decent AM radio (or radio generally), I always elect to listen on an HD channel and the sound is remarkable. Submarines require VLF (very low frequencies) to communicate underwater…maybe just re-assign ALL AM frequencies to that or (even better) just go silent. This turned out to be a 100 year industry. People now have many better ways to hear whatever they like without the inherent electrical sounds of passing streetcars. Get on with it! 

SOWNY » Toronto Radio Ratings Winter 2022 » March 15, 2022 10:59 am

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To those wondering why CFRB always seems to win, regardless of what it or any competitor does…as a one time General Manager back in the days of 16 shares, I can affirm that the answer remains as it always has been..it’s just CFRB! THAT’s the answer. And as long as they run a slick morning format with John Moore at the mic, his show creates the wide top of the funnel and feeds big listener volumes down the spout from the top. Those folks trickle down through the day and tend to swell again end of workday. Back then, we had more talk stations in town and still won the day. Now there are fewer but so many more and different options. Taking any station from the bottom to the top is a task that gets so close to impossible that it may well be.

SOWNY » Bell Cans Montreal Radio Host Chris Nilan » February 3, 2022 8:32 pm

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Security of person is your right in Canada. Most reading this may not like it, but you do not have to be vaccinated…and by the way, you are no more likely to be a spreader than a vaccinated person (and yea, I am vaccinated). The vax never did what they said it would so we all have to get over ourselves and move on. This has got to stop. We have Charter rights and they are being trampled.

SOWNY » Is Ryan Doyle Permanently Gone From CFRB? » December 2, 2021 4:14 pm

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Jay (who was Mad Dog last time I met him) looks like a nice guy to me. Me?? -- that shot was from the political wars. If anyone's wondering, I keep busy....episode 1 of 'SHURMAN - UNLIMITED' drops about December 15...watch!
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SOWNY » Shurman No Longer With GNR640 » October 12, 2021 4:07 pm

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I don't like reading about myself courtesy of some third party, so I'm delivering some news myself. GNR640 and I have parted company. This was a decision of management and it brings to a close almost 5 years of filling in at the station. I've enjoyed all of it and been fortunate to make many new and young friends along the way. I was "the old man of the mountains" there and it was a fit. Like many of you who comment and even more of you who read this board stealthily, I am in my seventies and have absolutely no regrets about my radio career. I first pressed "MIC ON" at a 50kW station in the sixties. I've run CJAD and CFRB and other stations and done just about everything one can in the business along the way. All of it has been a blast!

Several weeks ago, there was an incident on the air. I did not think it was minor, so I immediately informed management. Our view of it, however, differed as things moved along and we discussed it...and, in the end, it's their radio station. So, if I fill in for anyone, it won't be at 640. I have a few chapters left as I am still vital and mentally ready for more...I am not about to walk into the great beyond.

I am aware, from watching this board, that many like me on air...and some don't. That's the tightrope we walk in media. I think that radio itself is in a significant period of adjustment but I don't think that people who have opinions and want to stimulate discussion and controversy are going anywhere...they are just finding new ways to do what they do. I wish 640 good fortune...it's loaded with terrific people. 

SOWNY » Allan Slaight dead at 90 » September 20, 2021 4:37 pm

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I hope that the Board Moderator and all of the regulars will indulge me. This is a personal recollection and an obit in praise of the amazing Allan Slaight. This seemed like a good place for it.

I was Radio Division President when Allan Slaight bought Standard Broadcasting from the Black Brothers and public shareholders. We got along quite well for awhile...and then not so much. The common industry gossip was that, after 22 years, I'd wind up out at some point because Allan had a son, Gary, who was pretty damn good at radio. That was prophetic and on the day we came to a mutual conclusion to part company, I hated him.

As time went on, however, I came to understand what a brilliant businessman and radio entrepreneur Allan was...in a class by himself, actually. He didn't have bags of money like Astral's Greenberg Family or Ted Rogers...Allan earned his way into the top echelon of broadcasting by being plugged in and  incredibly adept at seeing and seizing opportunity. About 3 or 4 years after I left, I had difficulty in a business I'd started and I needed advice. I thought of only one person who'd be able to offer it and that was Allan. I called him and he immediately invited me up to his office. He told me a story of mortgaging his suburban house to invest in CFGM Richmond Hill and it resonated and made me go back to work and drive that little business along, ultimately becoming a big business which I eventually sold.

I was reincarnated at CFRB by Steve Kowch but based directly on Gary Slaight's approval...but I wasn't senior management anymore...I again became "on air talent", a talk show host, still am. It's been over 50 years since I first pressed the microphone on button at a 50kW radio station and I still love it. A lot of that was the product of mentoring by the late and amazing H.T. "Mac" McCurdy but much of it was through simply watching Allan Slaight be Allan Slaight. He will always stand as one-of-a-kind in Canadian radio and a giant in the rough-and-tu

SOWNY » Roy Green: Great Moments In Bad Timing » September 13, 2021 10:23 am

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I don't know anyone here flying multi-engine aircraft...I don't, once did. I enjoy being Freddy Fill-in, hope to continue doing it. I thank those who support my kind of talk radio. For those who don't, you can always go out and see if you can secure that kind of work yourself! No one has offered me Roy's slot in his absence, so there is nothing further to discuss...he's a good host. Good day to all and what a pleasure, following a busy summer, to enjoy the luxury of reading and commenting on this board.

SOWNY » Former CHUM Producer Doug Thompson Recalls A Legendary Career » December 14, 2019 10:35 am

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A kind, fair, experienced, and intelligent man I have the pleasure of knowing. And one of the people who just keeps on keeping on! I’d love to read the new chapters to your story in 5 or 10 years.

SOWNY » "HOW ARE YOU?" » March 19, 2019 2:49 pm

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Long ago, I stopped trying to prevent usually nervous callers from asking “how are you”. My response is pretty well always either “good” or “great”, just a single positive word with no further encouragement like “and you?” Callers get it.

I’d love it if the “as I was telling your screener” phrase would just disappear though. Haven’t figured that one out yet. What callers don’t get is that they’d not have gotten into queue if they hadn’t convinced the screener they should be and, that aside, hosts already have an on-screen message encapsulating what they plan to say.

SOWNY » My thoughts on the passing of Mark Elliott » January 12, 2019 11:18 am

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Steve, I am glad you could post such a poignant message about our friend Nils. I could have posted one of my own or tacked this on to the main thread about his passing...or I could have just posted in Facebook but I try not to...about anything! I chose to share some thoughts here because you, Steve Kowch, introduced me to Mark Elliott in 2004. I had sold my business and was looking for something productive to do and I’d run into Gary Slaight and had a great chat over lunch where we put away some old rivalries and re-established mutual respect.

You phoned and said “you and Gary are talking again...when do we meet to discuss getting you on air?” Well, we did meet and my concern was how today’s brand of talk radio worked and where to find the controls. So, you told me to go spend the night with your overnight guy Mark Elliott...I’d never met him. He was a big lumbering guy; easygoing; loved to head downstairs during breaks so he could smoke outside the 2 St. Clair front door. I accompanied him every trip. It was there that he gave me his compacted talk radio wisdom. ‘Listen Peter, it’s music radio but the songs are your th\oughts on topics and interactions with listeners...you’ll love it’. He was correct and my ability to update my talk style from the 70s and 80s was largely vested in that advice.

The thing is that, once you got to know him, Mark never left you. Or Nils never did...I recall his decision to get his friends to adopt hIs real name, which I did. We rarely saw each other but we chatted a lot. I looked up the most recent conversation and it foretold what was to come...it was in November. He wrote this:

Sad news last week as I had heart attacks 3 & 4.
I know you'd want to know. Jarrett is taking great care of me so there's nothing to worry about there. But, I am concerned for him with all he has to go through dealing with me and my recklessness.
Haven't I always been a heartbreaking little shit?
Talk soon! Love to you always!
Nils

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