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SOWNY » Radio stations that will be at CNE 2019 » August 22, 2019 6:48 am

I saw g987fm.com on the midway when I was there last week.

SOWNY » Michael Coren Defends A "Changed" Corus Host Charles Adler » August 15, 2019 5:29 pm

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” 
― Muhammad Ali

I identify with this quote and I think Adler and Coren do too.

SOWNY » Amazon to Launch Prime Video Channels for Canada » June 5, 2019 9:08 am

I think we've reached peak channels.  Even at $3.99 there is not much I would watch on those channel.  A lot of the content is old or I can find elsewhere.  At most, I might join temporarily to watch a series.  It is possible to have too many subscriptions.

SOWNY » He lost! Finally! Holzhauer, lost just $58,484 of the winnings record » June 4, 2019 6:59 am

James had to bet $3,201 to beat her in the event she bet $0 (or more and missed the question).  That is the obvious strategy.  The fact that he bet only $1,399 is odd.  That amount does nothing for him.

SOWNY » $595 Million to the media in the new budget! » May 25, 2019 10:13 am

Governments already manipulate media companies by strong arming them with their advertising dollars.

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » May 14, 2019 9:28 am

I pulled the plug on vMedia today.  The recording function often did not work despite reformatting different media.  As of Thursday, I am back with Rogers but with Ignite and 500U Internet.

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » May 8, 2019 12:56 pm

Someone asked me to report on how the switch to vMedia went so I am doing an update, one week in:

Rogers put up virtually no fight when I said I wanted to cancel.  They offered me some packages but nothing that could come close to vMedia on price. I was surprised not to be transferred over to some customer retention person.

So I have Cable 150 and vMedia Grand Premium which is about the same as Roger's 150U and Premier cable.  I pay almost $50 less a month.  Incentives from vMedia pay for the hardware outlays.

It was easy to setup.  Rogers transferred to Vmedia happened overnight.  No technician came.  It was just a remote transfer and the hardware came in the mail.  Internet from vMedia uses Rogers backbone and is perfectly fine.  I see no difference in the service.  

Overall, the TV if fine.  Perhaps the picture is a tiny bit worse than Rogers but no big deal.  There are a number of things you need to adjust to which I'll mention below.  I have three TVs.  Two use Roku and one uses the Vmedia Vbox (Android based).

Within Roku you add a vMedia "channel" which is really an app.    On those two Roku devices, the display is fine in 1080p.  Using WIFI, I've never had the picture stop or stutter.  Since Roku remotes have no numbers you have to scroll through the channel guide to get what you want.  It can take some time when you have 70 channels.  [As an aside -- unlike Rogers, vMedia has no duplicate channels.]  Both Roku boxes support Anytime TV which lets you scroll back up to a week and watch programs on certain channels -- mostly network TV.  Vmedia on Roku cannot record programs.

Now the Android box.  It functions like an Android tablet but with a special app for vMedia.  It works fine on WIFI, however, I chose to use an Ethernet cable because I had a port in my wall nearby.  One immediate issue I had was the volume dropping from time to time.  It took a while to figure out the problem but I did it.  The Android box defaults to 4K

SOWNY » How CFRB Came To Be On 1010 – And Fought Tooth & Nail Against It » May 1, 2019 9:52 am

Thank you for sharing that.  It was quite interesting.

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » April 16, 2019 9:05 am

Broodcaster wrote:

Leslieville Bill   I want to cut the cable and get a new cell phone provider too. Can I call you to chat about your experience?

Sure, but it doesn't happen until the beginning of May so you may want to wait until a bit after that.

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » April 14, 2019 6:10 am

Radiowiz wrote:

Leslieville Bill wrote:

John D wrote:

Leslieville Bill.  Tell me about Ooma.  I'e never heard of it.  For the record I use both Bell & Rogers.  In order to get a better package I use Rogers for everything except Bell Mobility.

We used Rogers Home phone and we have cell phones.  I couldn't justify spending $20+ on a "land line".  Ooma is similar to Vonage -- an IP phone service.  You plug their device, which you buy upfront, into your router and your regular home phone into the Ooma.  The free plan means you pay only for government fees and taxes (HST, 911 fee, etc.) which amounts to $4.85 a month.  Ooma for home is on sale for $110 right now.  If you want to port your home number it's $40 one time fee.  Here's the important part, they make their money by selling upgrades and the Premier service is the default.  You have to turn it off or you'll be billed for a year's service.  They tell you that and it is easy to do.  The service is fine.  Is it as good as my $20+ Rogers service no? -- but it's reliable and more than does the job.  No complaints.

They have an app which allows you to use your home number on a cell phone presumably using data.  I think this is a premium feature.  I have not tried it but it's an interesting idea.

https://ca.ooma.com/telo/home-phone-service/

Hope that helps.
 

The magic number range is between * $200-$225 a month (including tax) for 4 services.
If you are spending more than that then you may as well bundle everything into Rogers like I did. 
(*price does not include sports pack, cable is select package, smart phone may have either a 5GB or 10GB data plan, depending on promotion at the time)
Rogers was good enough to give me the Popular package for the select price, but that might not be available to just anyone. 
They also threw in the 1GB internet for less than the 500u price. 
Bundling saves a lot! 
 

At vMedia, I will be getting their Grand Premium package

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » April 13, 2019 10:11 am

John D wrote:

Leslieville Bill.  Tell me about Ooma.  I'e never heard of it.  For the record I use both Bell & Rogers.  In order to get a better package I use Rogers for everything except Bell Mobility.

We used Rogers Home phone and we have cell phones.  I couldn't justify spending $20+ on a "land line".  Ooma is similar to Vonage -- an IP phone service.  You plug their device, which you buy upfront, into your router and your regular home phone into the Ooma.  The free plan means you pay only for government fees and taxes (HST, 911 fee, etc.) which amounts to $4.85 a month.  Ooma for home is on sale for $110 right now.  If you want to port your home number it's $40 one time fee.  Here's the important part, they make their money by selling upgrades and the Premier service is the default.  You have to turn it off or you'll be billed for a year's service.  They tell you that and it is easy to do.  The service is fine.  Is it as good as my $20+ Rogers service no? -- but it's reliable and more than does the job.  No complaints.

They have an app which allows you to use your home number on a cell phone presumably using data.  I think this is a premium feature.  I have not tried it but it's an interesting idea.

https://ca.ooma.com/telo/home-phone-service/

Hope that helps.
 

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » April 12, 2019 1:28 pm

There seems to be very strong feelings towards Bell and Rogers around here.  Just wondering, who do you use for your providers?

I've got cell phones with FIDO (Rogers, I know) and Home Phone with Ooma ($4.85 a month!).  As for TV and internet, I am switching to vMedia come May 1st (using Roger's backbone).

Enquiring minds want to know.

SOWNY » Roger Ashby on the air again... » April 10, 2019 5:42 pm

zed wrote:

He's not there permanently, it  was a "guest host" spot with Angie, but still he was back on the air in Kitchener and killed it https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png

I was going to ask if he's "failing retirement". LOL

SOWNY » Jazz FM is bringing back 2 former hosts... » April 3, 2019 12:30 pm

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

It looks as is today was Ross Porter's last show...his contract ended and won't be renewed.

You may have more current information than I do, however, my understanding is that his contract goes until sometime in May.  Whether he's heard on air between now and then may be another matter.
 

SOWNY » Jazz FM is bringing back 2 former hosts... » April 2, 2019 5:50 pm

According to Toronto Mike:

https://twitter.com/torontomike/status/1113185750785429505

Walter Venafro and Bill King are also coming back to JazzFM91.

SOWNY » Jazz FM is bringing back 2 former hosts... » April 1, 2019 2:21 pm

Good to hear they are back.  I am looking forward to a live voice in the morning.  Whenever that happens.

SOWNY » The Jazz FM Fund drive is on with some familiar voices lending a hand » March 4, 2019 10:57 pm

New Board member and former station business reporter, Bryan Snelson said they had a "financial hill to climb" but a successful campaign would see the station on a much better footing and [my words] save the day.  Aside from Jaymz Bee, David Baskin, the former Stolen Moments host said he would like to be asked back.  

SOWNY » The Jazz FM Fund drive is on with some familiar voices lending a hand » March 4, 2019 11:27 am

AMFM wrote:

Just curious. Old board just got voted out. New board just got voted in. YAY! So who hired some of the former on air talent so quickly to fundraise?

I don't know if they were hired or volunteered.  A number of them who were not fired (quit/retired) were very vocal about the old board needing to be replaced and helped with the proxy fight.  I suspect they feel vindicated and motivated.  I just think they want the new regime to be a sucess.  Terry McElligott, Heather Bambrick and Ralph Benmergui come to mind.  As an aside, Jaymz Bee will be on later this week to fundraise with Benmergui.

SOWNY » Calling to cut your cable? » March 4, 2019 10:20 am

Radiowiz wrote:

Leslieville Bill wrote:

Sign of the times, the new Rogers store at Lakeshore and Leslie only has one display wall with a single monitor for cable TV.  The rest of the wall space is dedicated to phones and tablets.

I'm not sure if things have changed, but there used to be a store in that exact area that was not corporate run.
The non corporate stores are mainly wireless driven regardless of the times.

Another good example might be the Bloor & Yonge store, where I am certain that that is indeed a Corporate store.
Not a word of cable, but indeed a heavy push for the desire to have Ignite TV.

The Rogers store to which I am referring is one beside the Canadian Tire on the SW corner of Lakeshore and Leslie.  It was a Starbucks until they moved across the street.  It used to be in another area of the same mall.  I don't know if it a franchise or not.

In my opinion, Ignite is over priced.  When you're years behind Bell, I don't know why you wouldn't budget price your product to get market share (and fight off IPTV start ups too).  Then again, I am not part of the Rogers "brain trust".
 

SOWNY » The Jazz FM Fund drive is on with some familiar voices lending a hand » March 4, 2019 8:53 am

Hansa wrote:

Ross Porter is still on the schedule?

Yes.  I emailed a Board member about it.  It will be interesting to see whether I get a reply and if there is any action on it.
 

SOWNY » Calling to cut your cable? » March 4, 2019 8:52 am

Sign of the times, the new Rogers store at Lakeshore and Leslie only has one display wall with a single monitor for cable TV.  The rest of the wall space is dedicated to phones and tablets.

SOWNY » The Jazz FM Fund drive is on with some familiar voices lending a hand » March 3, 2019 8:52 am

Thanks for the post Joe.  Terry Mcelligott was on as well.  The day after the Board was replaced, I restarted my monthly donation.  I intend on making a special one time donation during this campaign too.  Let's hope it is a success and the start of better things to come.

SOWNY » CFMJ line up changes » February 27, 2019 3:36 pm

Good lineup.  I hope they do a meaningful advertising campaign.

SOWNY » Nevermind ... » February 22, 2019 11:47 pm

You can never have enough CKNT.  Never.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike podcast and the mystery 4 episode edit » February 22, 2019 3:14 pm

Not sure why you'd use an employment and labour lawyer for a slander notice.  Doesn't seem like you're trying too hard.  

SOWNY » Nevermind ... » February 22, 2019 3:10 pm

Covered elsewhere on the board.

SOWNY » Mark Wigmore Lands At Classical 96.3 » February 20, 2019 9:45 pm

Mark Wigmore, who was fired from JazzFM91 last year, is the new host of Classical 96.3's The Oasis.  That is their afternoon show.  Here is an interview done with the station's morning hosts.

http://classicalfm.ca/station-blog/2019/02/20/got-extra-early-mike-jean-chatted-mark-wigmore-new-host-oasis/

SOWNY » The current board at Jazz FM has been dissolved » February 16, 2019 11:39 am

I am happy with the results of the vote, however, I get anxious when I think of the financial situation the station is now in.  I guess we'll find out shortly.  Time to start my monthly donation again!

SOWNY » The moment of truth at Jazz FM is tomorrow at the Board Meeting » February 15, 2019 7:54 am

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

I have received about 10 emails this week from the current board and some of the hosts at Jazz FM, urging me to send in my proxy.

We'll find out soon Joe!  Hey, did any of the "old guard" hosts (Barker, Marks, Woodcock, etc.) send out emails in favour of the current regime?  Thanks.

SOWNY » The latest back and forth wrangling between Save Jazz FM and Jazz FM » February 6, 2019 5:14 pm

Here is the latest from JazzFM:

For Immediate Release

February 6, 2019

JAZZ.FM91 Adds Diversity and Depth with Three New Board Appointments

JAZZ.FM91’s Board of Directors is proud to welcome, Professor Ron Westray, Dr. Judy Coldoff and Ellen Swan to the JAZZ.FM91 Board.  These three directors bolster the strength of JAZZ.FM91’s Board in the face of a hostile takeover attempt by Brian Hemming and “Save Jazz FM.”

“Ron’s insight as a jazz musician and professor, Judy’s first-hand insight as a long-time JAZZ.FM91 donor and listener and Ellen’s legal expertise will help us govern our station for the long-term,” said David McGown, JAZZ.FM91 Board Chair.

Professor Ron Westray is a trumpeter, composer and professor. From 1994 to 2005, Ron was a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, directed by Wynton Marsalis. He is currently the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance at York University.

“As an active jazz musician serving on the Board is the ideal way to help guide JAZZ.FM91’s present and past mission in the right direction,” said Ron Westray.  “Let us put the music first.”

Dr. Judy Coldoff has been a JAZZ.FM91 donor and listener for more than two decades.  She is a clinical psychologist, with over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, groups and families.

Ellen Swan is a commercial and civil litigator, employment, and commercial lawyer.  She has represented clients before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Labour Board. Ellen has also represented clients at pre-trial conferences, conducted mediations, and drafted legal opinions, and motion and litigation pleadings.

JAZZ.FM91 also announced today that Charles Cutts has relinquished his seat on the Board of Directors to make room for the new candidates appointed today.  Biographies of all eleven current members of the JAZZ.FM91 Board of Directors can be found at jazz.fm.

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