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SOWNY » Sports Streaming Puts U.S. Cable In Penalty Box. Could It Happen Here? » Yesterday 11:25 pm

This is one of those speculation posts that annoy me. Of course it won’t happen here. Rogers and Bell are trying to slow cord cutting as much as humanly possible in this country. Everyone knows that. TSN+ features overflow programming that almost nobody wants to watch. That’s why it’s so cheap.

SOWNY » A Real Switch: Major New York City Station Abandoning FM For AM Only » September 19, 2023 4:39 pm

This is interesting. In recent years other than some overflow play by play the AM has basically been a network feed of ESPN Radio while the FM has offered some local programming. One would assume the local shows will move to AM.

SOWNY » Fox Has A Big Sunday Night With 60 Minutes » September 18, 2023 11:43 pm

That was his point.  He was pointing out a misprint.

SOWNY » Is This The First Sign Of Mike Bendixen's Handiwork At 640? » September 18, 2023 11:35 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

Doubling-down on right-wing faux-populist nonsense is probably the best option to get the few people who actually CUME the station to spend a little more time with it.
It's done within a few years, so milk it for whatever's left.

Those right wingers do not buy the products advertised.
Go Centre Left and there will be a stronger response to the ads. 

Is there a dominant centre left talk station anywhere in North America other than CBC Radio One?  I don't know of one.

SOWNY » Joe Bowen Confirms He & Jim Ralph Will Be Back Behind The Leaf Mic » September 18, 2023 11:30 pm

dieter wrote:

  I know most other people like Joe.  But I can't stand his screaming and I'll do my best to avoid listening to him. 

 I agree with you.

SOWNY » Metroland seeks bankruptcy protection, lays off 605 » September 16, 2023 12:53 pm

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georgio1 wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:


Gee RA, the only shameful thing I see is your biased and foolish over the top comments  

Do paterson1's frequent attacks on the board monitor make anyone else extremely uncomfortable or am I too sensitive?

I don’t have a problem with it because they fact check each other. Also, the moderator supposed to be unbiased. This one is not so he should be held to account.
He frequently makes post that are political, despite claiming that he doesn’t, and often post things with headlines either aren’t quite true, or speculative. I’d like a good counterbalance balance to that.

SOWNY » I have a question. » September 14, 2023 10:21 pm

A good colour person shouldn't repeat what just happened.  They should explain how or why it happened and what is likely to happen next.

SOWNY » New Bell Fibe TV customer » September 14, 2023 12:57 am

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torontostan wrote:

Cash: "Bell carries French channels that nobody watches" 
Translation: "Bell offers me French channels that I can choose whether or not to watch on this service that I willingly signed up for which also includes all of the channels I wish to watch"

Cash: "I am not in quebec"
Translation: "I am not capable of understanding that other people live in places which is not where I live, and they also may enjoy content that I do not, and vice-versa. Therefore, companies may try to target people that are like me, but also people that are not like me" 

Cash: "having a hundred French channels in Toronto isn't necessary"
Translation: "I do not want these channels, so good thing Bell gives me the option of hiding channels on my guide which I do not wish to see. And the Francophone individuals can also do the same at no cost"

Cash: "I don't know anyone who gets Bell Fibe for the French channels"
Translation: "I assume that nobody else in this country speaks French nor watches French TV because my 5 friends do not" 

Cash: "so much for choice"
Translation: "I am being offered more choice than I had before, on a service I willingly signed up for, and I am still complaining" 

This was an all-timer thread. Thanks for the laugh before bed. 

"Why does the 401 have so many lanes?  I only use one.  What a waste."
"Why does the grocery store have an entire cereal aisle?  I only need one box of Cheerios.  That space should be used for other things only I like."
My goodness.

SOWNY » Unfortunate Typo Plagues Baseball TV Broadcast » September 12, 2023 10:46 pm

The W and S are together on the keyboard so it's possible that it was an error.

SOWNY » Citynews channel on City TV Toronto » September 12, 2023 10:42 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Global also has one, a national feed, and it can be seen here. 

Global has 15 feeds.  You can find them at the bottom of this page.

SOWNY » Tackling Football Overkill On TV: When Is Enough Too Much? » September 10, 2023 10:36 pm

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Across all of the games it had a 14 share.  We have our answer.  It looks like there's no such thing as too much football.

SOWNY » CBC Pres. Catherine Tait Grilled On Own Network's "Sunday Magazine" » September 10, 2023 10:31 pm

The CBC has journalistic integrity.  This seems to continually surprise conservatives.
It isn't the left wing equivalent to the National Post or Toronto Sun.  It holds both sides to account.

SOWNY » Exposé Of Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" A Very Disturbing Read » September 10, 2023 2:47 am

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It sounds like BS but the networks claim that traditional ratings don’t matter for late night shows because they are now more concerned with bits going viral. Fallon has had many of those.

SOWNY » Exposé Of Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" A Very Disturbing Read » September 7, 2023 11:11 pm

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Conan has said a few times that he loved to act like a giant jerk to interns and low level employees and watch them clue into the fact that he was doing a bit.

There have been rumours of either drug use or alcoholism around Fallon for quite some time.

SOWNY » Does This Mean We'll Never See "That 70s Show" Reruns Again? » September 7, 2023 11:02 pm

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I’ll be interested to see what his wife, Bijou Phillips does.
With him behind bars will she leave him and Scientology behind?  Many times in her career she was the best part of whatever project she was in. She hasn’t done much lately citing health issues and wanting to raise the couple’s child.

SOWNY » Are You Ready For More Commercials On Many Cdn. Cable Stations? » September 7, 2023 10:54 pm

I agree. You’ll see more commercials for Bell and fewer repeats of promos for CTV.

SOWNY » Nights With Alice Cooper Ends After Nearly 20 Years » August 31, 2023 11:52 pm

I wonder if Premiere Radio Networks will pick it up. They’re the biggest syndicator in the US these days.

SOWNY » Soft OTA Viewership This Summer For US Networks/Ad Spend Down 11% » August 31, 2023 11:42 pm

paterson1 wrote:

Overall viewership for live viewing and 7 day time shifted video on demand has been down 25% from May 25-Aug 13 for over the air networks in the US.  More from INSIDERADIO...

Again, it’s rerun season during two strikes. Ratings are going to be historically low.

SOWNY » MP3 player recommendations » August 31, 2023 11:39 pm

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Paul Jeffries wrote:

I bought a Sony MP3 player about 10 years ago (that interestingly, the company was still branding as a "Walkman") that had an FM radio, but no AM. 

Kind of a precursor of things to come, with no AM radio in cars in the not too distant future.


It’s because an AM antenna needs to be bigger than an mp3 player to be effective.

SOWNY » Spectrum Cable Drops Disney, ABC, ESPN Due To Carriage Dispute in US » August 31, 2023 11:34 pm

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The only good thing about the vertical ownership oligopoly in this country is that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen every three months. It’s ridiculous how often viewers are held hostage by multi billion dollar corporations down there.

SOWNY » radio fatigue » August 31, 2023 11:30 pm

You must be a conservative voter. The Greenbelt has only really been the top story for a two weeks.
Going backwards before that, it was Trudeau‘s handling of:
the housing crisis
the Meta news ban
the cabinet shuffle
the Ukrainian refugee crisis
the carbon tax
Chinese interference
the healthcare crisis
and the Trudeau Foundation.
Talk radio is tough on Doug Ford for 14 days and you’ve had enough.

SOWNY » Another New Radio Format: Sports -- & Music? » August 29, 2023 11:18 pm

A little independent radio company in the US had a format called Tailgate Radio about 5 years ago.  It was actually well done.  Imagine Boom with a smattering of the current top 10 country and top 10 hot AC hits.  The music must have been hand picked because nothing too jarring played back to back.  I'm sure it didn't have ratings success but it was like listening to an iPod on shuffle but it flowed.

SOWNY » Sunday evening sports on 680 City News » August 29, 2023 11:08 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

That said, I certainly hope the Florida TV and radio stations that are bracing for the hurricane have all hands on deck 24 hours in a row. They're going to be needed over the next few days.

They always do.  You should listen sometime.

SOWNY » Sunday evening sports on 680 City News » August 29, 2023 11:06 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Not really, I was kind of being facetious. But what if there's some breaking sports news overnight - a death of a famous athlete, an injury update about a Blue Jay or something unexpected? Even a late night west coast ball game that goes into extra innings and has an effect on Toronto's playoff hopes? (The Seattle Mariners, for example.) That can certainly happen, but the sports guy can't update it, if there's no live sports guy to do it. 

My point is it's not totally live 24-7 if it's not totally live 24-7. But no, it wouldn't make any economic sense to have a live sports, business or weather person at 3 AM in most cases. 

If Tiger Woods gets hit by a bus at 3 in the morning and dies the news people will probably handle it and put it in the first block.  I think if an important west coast game goes late the sports person stays.  I think I noticed that during the hockey playoffs.

SOWNY » Canadians Not Abandoning Facebook Despite News Ban » August 29, 2023 11:00 pm

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RadioAaron wrote:

Chrisphen wrote:

Some don't rely on FB for news. Because they know that's imbecilic. 

Others do. They were, are and will always be imbeciles.

Social media can be a really great aggregator for news. The quality of your feed can be completely dependant on who you follow. Until recently, Twitter was my first stop to get up-to-date. 

But not Facebook.  If you only relied on Facebook for news, you'd know about every dog ever adopted, every celebrity death, and everyone selling a used pair of rollerblades in your city, and nothing else.

SOWNY » Radio host apologizes for mocking Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk » August 29, 2023 10:50 pm

Tomas Barlow
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He had a bad game in May and another one in August causing you race to your keyboard to revive a thread that started over 11 months ago to make a post not related to radio, where you continue to call someone fat, while the rest of the world has decided that kind of thing is regnant.  Wow!  You really got us!  You have won the internet!  Let's shut the whole thing down.  It can only be downhill from here.

Dear god.

SOWNY » The Newest Format Debuts In September: Podcast Radio » August 24, 2023 1:05 am

RadioAaron wrote:

A linear presentation of content whose main selling proposition is that you can listen to it whenever you want is the worst idea I've heard in a long time.

I don’t think that’s the main selling point. It’s the content.

SOWNY » The Newest Format Debuts In September: Podcast Radio » August 23, 2023 11:22 am

I’m pretty sure we’ve had this discussion before about “the first” podcast station.
iHeart had been doing this format in the US for a while already on some of its HD stations.  It seemed like at was just podcasts on shuffle without a set schedule. I don’t see any stations still doing it except one online station running environmental podcasts so they appear to have abandoned the idea.

SOWNY » The Problem With AM: Too Many Bad Ads Or Just Too Many Ads, Period? » August 22, 2023 11:31 pm

RadioActive wrote:

Speaking of Kars4Kids. I published this link before but it's worth repeating. Ever wonder where all that donated car cash goes? You might be surprised. I know I was.  And while I suppose it may be seen as a good cause by some, the fact they never, ever disclose it on the spots speaks volumes.

From CBS:

Kars4Kids charity misleads donors, report says 

It's ironic that CBS did that report when CBS all news radio stations play the commercials all the time and have for many years.

SOWNY » The Problem With AM: Too Many Bad Ads Or Just Too Many Ads, Period? » August 22, 2023 11:28 pm

I find CFRB excruciating.  21 minutes an hour is too much time to not be hearing the show I tuned in for.

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