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SOWNY » The One Xmas Song You May Never Hear On Local Radio » Today 4:12 pm

Cool article. When I started at CHUM in February 1965, I worked with Larry Solway on his nightly talk show, Speak Your Mind, for two years.

Then when I was promoted into the production department, I worked with Larry & Garry producing their commercials. My favourite feature was recording Garry and Jay Nelson doing the "Mysterious Minerva" comedy bits. Garry always cracked Jay up and we always left it in.

SOWNY » The One Xmas Song You May Never Hear On Local Radio » Today 2:30 pm

Although I wasn't in Toronto or at CHUM when "Ringo Deer" was first released for the 1964 Christmas season, I'm quite confident in saying that while CKEY may have played the song (which was a cool thing by itself), they certainly wouldn't have said anything about who Garry was or where he worked.

Also, just a small thing RA, but the real CHUM promotion genius of the 1960s was actually Allen Farrell. He was the Promotion Director and came up with (and wrote) 99% of CHUM's promotions and promos (including the annual "Maple Leafs Forever" song break-ins that Allen voiced as 'Faster Foster'. Garry was the voice of Faster Foster's father).

Larry Solway & Garry Ferrier were award winning commercial writers at CHUM and created many comedy bits as Larry & Garry. In '68. Garry was named Program Director for the new, 'underground' CHUM-FM before leaving for Nashville in '69 to write for the Johnny Cash TV show.

Also, I had not heard anything about Garry's passing. I called him today and got his voicemail, so as far as I know, Garry is still with us.    

SOWNY » An Amazing CKEY Artifact You've Never Seen Before » November 6, 2023 7:21 pm

Boliska would have been making no more than $14,000. at CHUM. CKEY took him up to around $25,000. CKEY seriously wanted to hurt CHUM, but Boliska's audience stayed with CHUM and Jungle Jay. Dave Mickie at CKEY worried CHUM management much more than Boliska's leaving ever did.  Had Dave stayed, he really would have hurt CHUM's ratings, certainly at night.

By the way, we have Boliska's World Worst Jokes files and archives at the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation. They had been with Don Cullen and when he died, our mutual friend Bud O'Reilly suggested the Museum would be the best place for them.  

SOWNY » An Amazing CKEY Artifact You've Never Seen Before » November 5, 2023 4:29 pm

That hour show RA, was Boliska's noon to 1PM show on CHUM that he inherited when he first started in the fall of 1957 when Josh King's country hour went bye-by.  Al hated doing that noon show and begged and pleaded to not have to do it. Eventually, Allan Slaight relented, but that was part of the resentment Boliska felt about CHUM.

That Boliska CKEY testimonial appeared on at least one, but maybe more CKEY charts in late '63/early '64 if I recall and probably was a newspaper ad as well.

In the early '60's, Boliska was the host of a weekly local CBC half hour show (on then CBLT) called "On The Scene". It was one of the first Canadian shows to use video tape. Not sure if CBC has any of those shows in their massive archive.

SOWNY » Harvey And Lloyd Singing From The Same Page » October 18, 2023 4:58 pm

Harvey was a CHUM newsman prior to the launch of Top 40 in May 1957.  He was Harve Kirk then (no 'c' in Kirk).  He left CHUM for a TV anchor job at CHCH in 1960.

SOWNY » Radio Worth Reading » October 12, 2023 2:58 pm

Although totally American in content, Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres book "The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio" is an excellent book...especially the paperback edition as it has a CD of airchecks that the hardcover does not.

AND, it's still available to purchase.

SOWNY » Why Do They Still Insist On Doing This In Radio Commercials? » October 11, 2023 8:52 pm

Listening to Sirius/XM channels that DO have commercials, the ads that mention phone numbers or websites repeat them three times.


Quite annoying and something I would never do in any radio ad I wrote and/or produced unless I made the entire commercial about it.

SOWNY » 10 Great Movies About Radio Personalities » October 10, 2023 6:14 pm

And then there's 1979's "American Hot Wax" starring Tim McIntire as legendary DJ Alan Freed. 
It also starred Jay Leno.

SOWNY » 10 Great Movies About Radio Personalities » October 9, 2023 12:23 pm

In the early 1970s, there was a Canadian film, directed by David Acomba, titled "Slipstream" about a reclusive DJ in Alberta that a couple of listeners tried to find.  It starred Luke Askew. 

Pretty sure this movie was made on a showstring budget because my business/creative partner at the time, Bill McDonald and I wrote and produced a radio commercial for this movie in 1973 and we were offered a tiny percentage of the film as payment for the in other words, we did it for free.  

This "Slipstream" is not to be confused with the 1989 sci-fi film,  also called "Slipstream", starring Bill Paxton and Mark Hamill.

SOWNY » Major Milestone: Congrats To Members As SOWNY Hits 10,000 Topics » September 22, 2023 9:12 pm

Congratulations to Dale Patterson, the OG creator of SOWNY, for his passion and vision.
Congrats also to Craig Smith, Iain Grant and of course RA for continuing this site. If I missed anyone in that group, my apologies.

SOWNY » John Tory Coming Back To Fill-In On CFRB Morning Show » August 25, 2023 4:11 pm

His afternoon gig on CFRB was very good for his brand and his public profile, pre-mayoralty run.

Now, not so much.  He is, as I understand, still very much a part of the Rogers board of directors.

SOWNY » Bob Segarini RIP » July 12, 2023 8:25 pm

My memories of longtime friend Bob Segarini will be published tomorrow in FYI Music News.

SOWNY » The Things You Never Knew About Raymond "Perry Mason" Burr » July 9, 2023 3:31 pm

Talked with Raymond Burr a bunch of times on the set of the movie "Delirious". Burr would pop by John Candy's trailer where John and I were writing his U.S. radio series "Radio Kandy" between shots (if you've ever been on a movie set, there's a whole lot of down time for actors while they set up a new scene or change the lighting). Burr talked a lot about Canada. Both he and John were both proud Canadians despite having huge success in the U.S.  

SOWNY » Seacrest Spins the Wheel » July 4, 2023 11:37 am

Again, Mr. Barlow, that's your opinion.  NOT FACT!

My opinion is as stated above.  We shall see.

SOWNY » Seacrest Spins the Wheel » July 1, 2023 2:56 pm

Then it was sometime in the 90's then. I lived in LA for 6 years in total 3 different times.

Seacrest did afternoons on Star 98.7 in LA from 1995 until 2003, so I woul have heard him in the at 1990s.

SOWNY » Seacrest Spins the Wheel » June 30, 2023 11:39 pm

We'll see gentlemen. It is my opinion is Ryan Seacrest has reached his 'overexposure' point.

However, when I lived in LA in the 1980's, I listened to Seacrest's local afternoon show and thought he was a pretty good DJ.

SOWNY » Seacrest Spins the Wheel » June 30, 2023 1:05 am

It's YOUR opinion that Ryan is this generation's Dick Clark. I don't agree. That's MY opinion. 
Like I said, the ratings will tell. Talk to you then.

SOWNY » Seacrest Spins the Wheel » June 29, 2023 4:26 pm

Let's wait for the ratings after Seacrest takes over, shall we?

Ryan Seacrest is not this generations Dick Clark. Not by a long shot! Despite him producing "The KardashiansP TV show.

SOWNY » Rock And Roll Radio Pioneer's New Monument @ Mt. Pleasant Cemetery » June 28, 2023 10:26 am

I believe it's a reference to magician Stewart James. Allan Slaight wrote a book with and about James and Mr. Slaight was revered in magic circles.


SOWNY » Seacrest Spins the Wheel » June 28, 2023 10:20 am

Surely in the entire business of show, there is someone else who could host 'Wheel". Are top executives at SONY Pictures so braindead that they can't see beyond "Can't think of anyone to host 'Wheel'. Let's get Ryan Seacrest."   Sajak was witty. Seacrest is not. 


SOWNY » CHUM's Music Magazine?? » June 13, 2023 6:36 pm

And CHUM's Go magazine had a regular column from a Doug Thompson....
It wasn't me! 

SOWNY » Is This The Earliest Beatles Listing On The CHUM Chart? » June 11, 2023 3:17 pm

Capitol U.S. via Dave Dexter continually turned down The Beatles songs from EMI, so EMI leased them to Vee Jay, and Swan who did release them.  Capitol U.S. was pressured from Britain and finally released "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in late 1963. The rest is history.

In Canada, Paul White was A&R for Capitol Canada and released The Beatles singles starting from "Love Me Do". They didn't sell well, but Paul continued to release them until they finally hit it big.

I was an intern at Top 40 station CJCA Edmonton in mid 1963 (along with my friend Mike Grant) and we used to answer the phones for nightly The Battle of The New Sounds. This particular night, the DJ Lorne Thompson (no relation) pitted The Beatles "From Me To You" against Del Shannon's cover version of the same song.  It was no contest. Del Shannon won it by a vast majority.      

SOWNY » CFRB Is Doomed In The Ratings As Long As They Do This » June 2, 2023 3:18 pm

RadioActive wrote: I think back to the Rick Sklar days when he was programming WABC-AM, at the time the most listened to station in New York if not all of the U.S. He would deliberately schedule the news at 5 to the hour, knowing most of the kids would quickly tune to Top 40 competitor WMCA to keep hearing music. But they'd all come back when MCA went to their news at the top of the hour and ABC was back rocking. It was a simple move, but it worked. 

RA - Allan Slaight had CHUM News at :55 BEFORE Rick Sklar at WABC. CHUM News was "5 minutes before the hour - First News...first" starting in 1960 (it might have even been slightly earlier).  Sklar didn't get to WABC until 1962 and didn't become Program Director until '63.

SOWNY » Tina Turner Has Died » May 24, 2023 3:09 pm

All my musical heroes are passing on.  This is so sad.

I interviewed Tina in Toronto in the late 1980s.  She was wonderful. She told great stories of working with Phil Spector. Not so great stories of being with Ike all those years.  Glad she had a successful second career in the '80s.

Rest well were 'Simply The Best'.

SOWNY » Do You Remember This CHUM-AM Line-up From 1982? » May 1, 2023 5:33 pm

Lots of 'swing-ers' in that line-up!

SOWNY » Doug Thompson on Ted Woloshyn's podcast » April 29, 2023 4:45 pm

Blowing my own horn here...I had a blast on Ted Woloshyn's podcast that went on line Thursday.

Thanks Ted for a great conversation.

SOWNY » A Major Figure At CHUM In Its Glory Days Has Passed » April 26, 2023 6:09 pm

Fred was an inspiration to many of us who worked at 1331 Yonge. When I came back from LA in the fall of 1970, J. Robert Wood asked me what I though my salary should be. I said $10,000. a year.  Bob took me upstairs for a final okay from Mr. Sherratt.  He stood up, shook my hand and said: "Welcome to the 5 figure bracket, Doug.". That was a long time ago.

When we doing the CHUM homecoming in 2001 before switching the oldies format to The Team, Fred often came on the weekend when we were recording those shows with all the former jocks.  One Sunday, I said to him, "I'm 55 years old now, can I start calling you Fred, instead of Mr.. Sherratt." He laughed and said "Of course you can, Mr. Thompson."  Fred was the best.

SOWNY » CHUM Vs. CFTR: When Rivals Attacked » April 12, 2023 2:14 pm

That certain someone gave the sign back but I still have the operators sign in the CHUM Archives..  

SOWNY » CHUM Vs. CFTR: When Rivals Attacked » April 11, 2023 4:44 pm

I believe a certain legendary CHUM AM/FM air personality has that sign.  I can say no more!  In the CHUM Archives, I have the sign that said "Through this doors passes the finest operators in the world."  That was posted over the door to the control room.  That came down (and was stored in the basement) when CHUM built a new AM control room and the jocks went announce-op. 

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