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SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » May 2, 2020 5:54 pm

1970.....Chicago.....25 or 6 to 4

1978.....Dire Straits.....Sultans Of Swing

1970.....Blues Image....Ride Captain Ride


SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » May 1, 2020 5:32 pm

The '70s was the apex of rock.
Some of my Driving Music...

1976.....(Don't Fear) The Reaper.....Blue Oyster Cult

1969 (close enough).....Smoke On The Water (Live).....Deep Purple

1972.....Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress).....The Hollies   

SOWNY » Brutal ... » March 21, 2020 5:30 pm

Jay Baxter wrote:

...How far can you ride having been an assistant to a certain disaster of a mayor?

Apparently into a position as Editor-in Chief of Sun News despite no journalism experience. But that didn't last, for some reason.

SOWNY » A Radio Station That Celebrates Its History - Unlike CFRB » January 13, 2020 7:12 pm

Or maybe it's nothing more complicated than Bell Media, owners of 1010 now, doesn't want to give any publicity to Rogers. It was Ted Rogers who started CFRB, was it not?

SOWNY » 680 News Having A Rough Start To 2020 » January 1, 2020 12:35 pm

It was a little rough the other day as well - missed cues, etc
The best most experienced production staff usually has the most seniority when it comes to holiday vacation time. Bound to be some hiccups.

SOWNY » Ya Know, Ya Know, Ya Know » October 19, 2019 6:37 pm

Yes, it's all annoying but as long as they don't end every sentence with a "?", I'm good.
You've gotta pick your battles.

SOWNY » Newstalk 1010 news » September 5, 2019 9:14 pm

Chrisphen wrote:

It does seem 1010's news department is becoming increasingly Mickey Mouse. I wonder why?

Could it be because there's no Dave Agar in the Dave Agar Newsroom?

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » April 12, 2019 3:39 pm

Looking at changing. Thinking digital antenna for tv. So I am actively watching this thread.

SOWNY » Y'know, Y'know, Y'know? » March 7, 2019 12:55 pm

betaylored wrote:

...A quick text/email to the on-air Y'knowitall radio host who is excessively spouting their favourite pet word or phrase, something like: "good show, but you're saying 'um' every third word, please stop" or even the subtle hint "y'know y'know y'know y'know y'know"....

Or you could like, so, you know, text/email them like, you know, every time. So, you know, sort of like, turn it into a like, you know, a  drinking game, sort of, like. You know?

SOWNY » Toronto Star Among Newspapers That Ran Comic Strip With Trump F-Bomb » February 12, 2019 3:00 pm

RadioActive wrote:

...and if truth be told, I tend to lean more right than left on a lot of issues so it isn't about ideology at all. It's about the needless insults, "libtard" and "snowflake" references.

It's not about what is said as much as how it's said. I'll always welcome a factual and well-constructed argument regardless what side it epitomizes.

SOWNY » Toronto Star Among Newspapers That Ran Comic Strip With Trump F-Bomb » February 11, 2019 9:53 pm


Is this to become another forum lost to trolls?

SOWNY » Jim Richards Breaks Down On CFRB Over Friend's Suicide » February 10, 2019 9:51 pm

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

... and if memory serves me correctly, I think he lost a friend to suicide too. 

I think it was his brother-in-law.

SOWNY » Being Frank Returns » December 2, 2018 12:28 pm

I guess his $ is still good.

SOWNY » Former CRTC Commissioner Now A Talk Show Host On CKNT » November 28, 2018 10:58 am

Does he take calls? If he does, call in and ask him. Wonder no more. 
May make for an interesting discussion.

SOWNY » For those of us of a certain age... » November 23, 2018 1:28 pm

The Exchange with Matt Gurney did an extensive segment on it including live and breaking news audio clips from the news reporting at the time.

SOWNY » Peter Shurman Reverses The Talk Show Method » October 23, 2018 11:08 am

RadioActive wrote:

Usually when Peter Shurman is on the air on 640, he's soliciting calls...

That made me chuckle.
To me, Shurman's usual "method" seems to be to take a caller, cut them off after five or ten seconds and launch into another monologue until the next station break. The man loves the sound of his own voice.

SOWNY » Newstalk 1010's 'Moore In The Morning' 9 Year Anniversary » October 10, 2018 2:46 pm

WilliamT wrote:

Justalistener wrote:

Dial Twister wrote:

Agreed...the very definition of angry-old-man radio.

9am.That's when 1010 loses me and often for the rest of the day. I like Jim and Solomon but unless I'm in the car it's often too much of a bother to switch back.

Maybe try pushing your car seat closer to the steering wheel.

Think you misread. But maybe I can put a car stereo in my kitchen.

SOWNY » Newstalk 1010's 'Moore In The Morning' 9 Year Anniversary » October 8, 2018 11:55 am

Dial Twister wrote:

g121 wrote:

My only complaint is having Jerry Agar on the round table.  Jerry's already got 9-12 to spew his special style of bombast.  No need for Jerry to spill over to John's show.

Agreed...the very definition of angry-old-man radio.

9am.That's when 1010 loses me and often for the rest of the day. I like Jim and Solomon but unless I'm in the car it's often too much of a bother to switch back.

SOWNY » Another 640 Conundrum » April 17, 2018 12:26 am

RadioActive wrote:

How is it that the Employment Hour is only actually 40 minutes? It starts at about 7:10 PM, after Alex Pierson delivers her commentary and sets up her show, and then stops at 7:50 PM. That's not an hour by anyone's yardstick. 

A lawyer's hour?  

SOWNY » Quite the irony » April 11, 2018 11:16 am

Sounds like something from a WKRP episode.

But apparently, you were not the only one to notice.

SOWNY » No Ryan, Doug Ford Wasn't Listening To Your Wynne Interview » March 12, 2018 5:25 pm

RadioActive wrote:

It's impossible. He was on air live with Oakley at 640 at the exact same time as Wynne was over at 1010. So unless he had an earphone in his ear with a radio set to CFRB, there's no way he could have heard it.   

Now hold on!
I heard him tell Ryan he said he was going to find efficiencies to cut the deficit and debt yet cut our hydro bills in half and eliminate income taxes for anyone making less than $30,000. Surely, anyone able to do that should be able to do an on-air interview on one station while listening to another one at the same time. Ryan accepted all that without question. Why can't you??

Have some Kool-Aid. You'll understand everything then.

SOWNY » More changes at AM640? » February 17, 2018 6:40 pm

Toronto Mike seems to be indicating Stafford will be taking over the Morning Drive.

SOWNY » Patrick Brown Takes Aim At CTV News Over Story That Cost Him His Job » February 14, 2018 9:37 pm

Charlie wrote:

Never was a Brown fan.  He was a poor choice as PC leader from day one, but I do believe he was torpedoed from within, in order to find a new leader for the election.  Good for him for standing up for himself.  The CTV allegations are shaky, at best, and really only amount to a couple of dates gone bad.  I think he'll walk away vindicated, and maybe laughing all the way to the bank.

I agree. The Liberals were certainly comfortable with the idea of going to the polls against Brown. I think the knives came out because, after Tory and Hudak, another centralist leader was just too much for the far right faction of the party.
Then along came Dougie!

Things that make you go Hmmmm.


SOWNY » You Tube Channel » January 23, 2018 6:38 pm

Charlie wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

Oh what I'd do for a Sweet Marie bar today! 

I remember that commercial well.  Wonder whatever happened to that naughty schoolgirl?
She's probably living in Whitby with her second husband and twenty-something kids. Sigh.

Her name is Wilma Featherstone

and if the YouTube Brain Trust can be believed, She became a stripper.


SOWNY » It’s Not Just Bell - Rogers Accused Of Outrageous Sales Tactics » January 19, 2018 9:32 pm

Retaw wrote:

How many of these retention call centres are actually operated by the Telecos and not outsourced to someone else?

Retention is almost always in-house. 3rd parties are used primarily for run-of-the-mill customer service calls - billing/ balance inquiries, routine account changes, etc. If anything more complicated comes up the call will be transferred to in-house Customer Service or Repair. Retention is a tier up from Customer Care and customers cannot usually reach them directly but must be transferred in from Customer Care. 

SOWNY » Pillow Talk » January 10, 2018 11:33 pm

Charlie wrote:

cGrant wrote:

Seriously?! C'mon. 🤔🙄

Yes, seriously.  These days, with stations hungry for any ad revenue, do all these shills get paid, or is it part of some kind of arrangement between the advertiser and the station?  Nothing would surprise me.

I've often wondered that myself.

SOWNY » Another One Bites The Dust At City TV » January 9, 2018 8:41 pm

RadioActive wrote:'s just another case of Rogers being penny-wise and pound foolish. I hope he finds something soon. 

Having worked for Rogers for 16+ years before getting that "Tuesday Tap", I can tell you that this has always been the case "post Ted".  The focus is always on short-term share price as the suits will leave after 5 years and cash in their stock options.

SOWNY » Does Corus Management Ever Actually Listen To This Weekend Show? » December 10, 2017 8:11 pm

RadioActive wrote:

When Jack Berkovits first went on air at was then called AM 640 a few months ago, I listened to his premiere show out of curiosity. The one thing I distinctly recall him saying at the start of it was that it was not a sponsored show, that it has nothing to do with his businesses and that it was a serious outlet for exploring serious issues.

I remember noticing that as well at the time.

"I found it amusing that when one of his ad spots came on during his premier broadcast, he apologized profusely ("That wasn't suppose to happen. It won't happen again.") and said he wanted to keep Jack the show host & Jack the jeweler completely separate. That lasted until the next show. Now, in addition to the ads, he even works his deals into his discussion."

SOWNY » Alex Pierson and Charles Adler join the am640 lineup » December 1, 2017 8:43 pm

betaylored wrote:

Matt Gurney has tweeted that Alex Pierson will do 7-10pm. and Charles Adler 10pm.-1am.

And this pushed Coast to Coast to 1am-5am.
Too bad. I rather enjoyed listening to that show when I was out and about in the car as I often am between 9pm-midnight. Not to be taken seriously but nice, light mindlessness.

SOWNY » How Much Are You Paying For Those Mandatory Cable Services? » October 20, 2017 2:03 pm

Old Codger wrote:

...I think I'll stop paying them about 2 months before we pull up and scoot.  THEY deserve to be stiffed...

Yeah, and stiff the rest of us, too, because it's us hard-working honest folk who have to pay more for goods and services to made up for lost revenue due to cheats like you. 'Course, if your credit rating is already crap I can see where you may not see the downside, 

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