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SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 15, 2020 5:29 pm

Sorry I forgot this one and have to add it--

Show Down at Big Sky  Robbie Robertson

As mentioned earlier, not a fan of the 80's so here are the big hits of the 80's that send me to punch the button on my car radio immediately:

Another One Bites the Dust  Queen
Purple Rain  Prince
We're Not Gonna Take It  Twisted Sister
Radio Ga Ga,  not sure who did it because I was never around long enough to hear the Jock back sell it.
Dude Looks Like a Lady Aerosmith

5 examples of why I am not a fan of 80's music.   
I would trade one 70's for ten 80's.

Have a great weekend all.

SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 15, 2020 5:07 pm

Spoiler alert, I am not a fan of the music of the 80's.    With respect to the choices of all above, this decade was really just not for me.    Having said that, here are my choices in no particular order for anyone who cares.

Eminence Front  The Who
Woman in Chains  Tears for Fears
Boys of Summer  Don Henley
Friends of Mr. Cairo  Jon and Vangelis
Slave To The Rhythm Grace Jones


SOWNY » Under The Covers Weekend » May 2, 2020 6:13 pm

Very much enjoyed reading and participating in the very popular 70's Weekend topic, so I thought I would propose this.  Popular topic among my buddies, so here goes.   As we hunker down at home staying safe and perhaps even hiding under the covers, name your three favourite cover songs.    I will start if you don't mind.   My first is a little obscure but please check out the live version on You Tube.   AMAZING.

1.   Gimme Shelter, Ashley Cleveland
2.   Heroes, The Wallflowers
3.   Quinn The Eskimo, Manfred Mann

Looking forward to your selections.

SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » May 1, 2020 6:20 pm

Just an observation on a radio site.   No Beatles mentioned, although Let It Be came out in 1970.   No post Beatles Fab Four mention, and nothing by Led Zeppelin.   Again, just an observation.

SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » May 1, 2020 5:47 pm

Sorry Tickle Trunk.    You are right, but that era really is a bit foggy for me.

SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » May 1, 2020 5:34 pm

Hey Cash, Thank you.    Limited to only 3, this was the one that I struggled with and had to eliminate from my list.    The other I struggled with was Jon and Vangelis, Friends of Mr. Cairo.

SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » April 30, 2020 9:05 pm

OK, I want to play with the cool kids too:

The Royal Scam-Steely Dan
Do You Feel Like I Do-Peter Frampton
All Right Now-Free

SOWNY » When Did Radio's 6-Day Work Week Change? » April 16, 2020 7:54 am

It was just a one time think but I clearly remember a Saturday night back in the late 70's when CFTR morning man Jim Brady filled in on a Saturday night.   The reason I remember it so clearly is that he did it as if it was a regular morning shift.    They ran the regular produced Brady in the Morning I'Ds, his regular cast of characters, and I believe even traffic reports from their regular morning traffic guy.   It was terrific and I thought quite clever.    

SOWNY » Have You Ever Had A Broadcasting Nightmare? » March 24, 2020 7:17 pm

Mine was running through the halls of a station-radio/tv and not being able to find the studio.

SOWNY » Fed COVID radio ads » March 24, 2020 2:44 pm

I have one question about these radio ads.    Could be wrong but I think the total price tag is about 30-million, and I have to wonder why.   Turn on the radio or tv and it is all covid-19 all the time.   The numbers, how to avoid getting it, what to do if you suspect you have it, the symptoms.   Is there really a need for the  ads when all the updated info you need is already right there.    Could probably buy a lot of masks and ventilators for 30-million dollars.

SOWNY » Radio Automation Before Computers: How Did They Do It? » March 1, 2020 7:30 pm

So my first experience with automation was quite a shocker.   1979, working at a small mid western Ontario station, I was heading into work mid afternoon and listening to a buddy do his regular shift on the AM side.
As I was listening to him doing a break I actually saw him heading down the main street of the town on his Yamaha 650.    I could not figure out for the life of me what was going on.
Later that evening when he showed up at the station he told me that every Friday after his regular shift he would sit in the studio, record 3 or 4 hours of Saturdays show in real time on a reel to reel tape.  Then head in for the start of the shift, cue up the tape and let it play.   The bosses never showed up on weekends so they did not have a clue.   I thought it was brilliant at the time but see now that this was the beginning of voice tracking, and the end of real radio as we once knew it.
Way to go Andy Beasley.   No idea what ever happened to him.

SOWNY » Brian Master » February 1, 2020 4:47 pm

I have been listening to Brian Master since probably the early to mid 70's.    CHUM-FM in its glory days, then I believe he was the first music director at Q-107 when they went on the air in late 70's.
   Most recently he has been doing afternoon drive at 88.5 The Jewel in Toronto but now they are running promos for their new afternoon guy.
   Brian has to be in his 70's or very close and has had a very long and distinguished career.     I hope he is leaving by his own choice and not being pushed out.
   Anyone know.

SOWNY » What is Your Choice for the Greatest Top 40 Radio Station of All Time? » January 19, 2020 8:00 pm

Agree and I felt the same way about Brian Henderson, who succeded Smyth.  Henny's comments (like Smyth's) were always a "cut above the usual fare".

Strongly agree.   As I have said here before, Henny was one of the best writers that I ever had a chance to listen to.   News, Sports, commentaries, what a great writer.   Learned more from listening to him, and a few others including Mike Cleaver, Glen Cochrane just to name two than I ever did in College.    


SOWNY » Identifying CHUM bits » January 4, 2020 7:13 pm

I remember promo people from CHUM visiting our high school in Newmarket handing out these buttons.   Long line ups to get one.   As I remember CFTR was running a similar promo around the same time.  Their buttons were white background, red lettering.   If you had done a poll at our school at the time it was a 2:1 at least ratio for the CHUM buttons.

SOWNY » Ken Shaw Just Retired On Air » December 7, 2019 1:13 pm

I wonder if Ken Shaw is actually retiring, or was he "retired" by Bell like other high salaried anchors such as Lance Brown, Joe Tilley, Tom Gibney, Christine Bentley, Dave Devall, Kate Wheeler and I am sure there are others.   And this list is just from Toronto.

SOWNY » What's In A Name? The One Charles Adler Once Used On CFGM » October 18, 2019 8:21 am

Adler actually anchored the news at CKVR in Barrie for a brief period in the early to mid 80's using the name Al Adler.    They had him sitting on a phone book because of his height.

SOWNY » Mini-CFTR News Reunion Pic Includes Larry Silver » October 16, 2019 7:08 pm

"I ended up making freinds with Mike Yawaorski when he was at CFTR News. After that, he moved into television. Sadly, he passed away way too young in 2013. He and his wife Heather had relocated to LA years prior. Mike was a character. Nothing ordinary about him."

Hey Tim, I had the great pleasure of working with Yaz in Barrie.   Incredibly funny and one of the best talents I ever had the pleasure of working with.   He was at CFTR when they cut back on News and started doing the 68 second news briefs, or as he called it "News in a minute with Fu#* all in it."   Thought that was hilarious.    
BTW, he also worked at CHUM doing weekend evenings while he was at CKVR during the week.   Those who worked with him still tell stories, most of which I will not post here.

SOWNY » Chilliwack, Cowboy Junkies, Andy Kim and Bobby Curtola-are in the Hall » September 18, 2019 5:04 pm

Now if only Lighthouse could get in!

WOW Really.   Given their many great hits, longevity and to my mind fantastic albums, the fact that they are not in the Hall is a travesty.   Probably my favorite Canadian band, and one of my all time favorite bands.
Lighthouse was the soundtrack to my summers.    I actually saw them about 3 or 4 years ago with Skip Prokop in Orillia, and had the chance to see them I think for the last time with Bob McBride when they appeared in studio on the Dini Petty show at CTV Toronto.   He was back and performing after his unfortunate time away.   Both shows...fantastic.  
If they are not in the hall there is something wrong.


SOWNY » Current U.S. Television Sports Broadcast Rights Fees » September 17, 2019 10:40 am

As the NFL returns to destroy the scheduling of my Sunday nights on Fox and CBS, these figures make me wonder if we will ever get to a point where it's strictly too expensive for any network to keep buying these rights.

I think it has already happened.    Look at what is happening at Rogers/Sportsnet with cuts and layoffs.    They paid far too much for NHL rights and are now paying the price.   Don't think you will see numbers like this when the television rights in this country come up again. 

SOWNY » Why doesn't Toronto media do a better job of covering "the media" » September 13, 2019 5:43 pm

As a young broadcaster, I always joked about wanting to get mentioned in Dunford's column in the Toronto Sun.   That was a sign that you had made it.   Eventually it happened..twice.   The first time was great,  a positive note about an event I was involved with.   The second was about how I was hauled on the carpet for something I had done.   Really quite trivial looking back.    I guess it is true.  Be careful what you wish for.

SOWNY » Ken Shaw News at Noon » September 13, 2019 10:23 am

Is Ken Shaw Lexus actually owned by Ken Shaw of CFTO?   


SOWNY » Probably The Most Ridiculous Radio Ever Made » September 9, 2019 5:12 pm

" hey Google, play something by Looking Glass."

Or if  you need can con, how about anything by Glass Tiger.


SOWNY » Bob McCown replacement » July 29, 2019 6:09 pm

God I hope not.  He commits the worst sins of all on the air, he is pompous boring.   

SOWNY » When Newscasters Don't Keep Up With The Times » July 5, 2019 6:34 pm

How about.."their new ALBUM."   Maybe if it was released in 1986.

SOWNY » With McCown's last show, who do you miss not hearing or seeing? » June 22, 2019 8:06 am

Had to think about it for a while to cut down to just 3.   So with apologies to regular contributor Mike Cleaver and of course the great Tom Rivers and Scott Carpenter here goes:

Marsden (circa CHUM-FM)
Pete and Geets
Larry Silver (circa CFTR)

SOWNY » Orillia FM Flips Format » May 19, 2019 7:41 am

The station has also been rebranded, which I think was a big mistake.  It was formerly known as Sunshine 89, in reference to the City of Orillia in which it is located.  Orillia is known as the Sunshine City.   The parent company also rebranded 97.7 The Beach in Wasaga Beach.   Both great local brands.   They are now known as 89 Max, and Max 97.7.   

SOWNY » Wayson Choy passes away » April 29, 2019 8:06 am

Word this morning of the passing of noted Canadian author Wayson Choy.   As mentioned in the article he was also an English instructor at Humber College and many of us in the Radio Broadcasting course had the unique pleasure of taking his course.   Details below.

SOWNY » War of words and a call out on how CNN does reporting heats up! » April 19, 2019 11:07 am

Mistakes with supers do happen.  But the one I found to be most embarrassing was at the station I was working at the night Princess Diana was killed.    On the air immediately with this breaking news and the banner at the bottom of the screen identified her as Princess of Whales.

SOWNY » Where Most Of Those Radio Talk Show Topics Come From » March 19, 2019 10:14 am

You are right LocalNewsGuy.   Once the story hits CP, or BN, because we paid for the service it was fair game.   No different than when we would get a story no one else in the market had, I would file to BN after our initial broadcast knowing full well that other stations in our market had access to it.   No credit required.

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