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SOWNY » 680 News to become CITY News on October 18 » September 2, 2021 4:56 pm

Ida Spencer
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RadioActive wrote:

Dale Patterson wrote:

Does this seem like a good idea, given how well known the 680 News brand is? Or does it matter, as CITY News is quite well known too?

https://broadcastdialogue.com/rogers-news-radio-stations-announce-citynews-rebrand-date/

They had the same debate when CityPulse became CityNews a few decades ago. I was never quite sure why they did this, because the Pulse branding was so strong, I still hear people referring to it to this day. (And Mark Dailey's famous "CityPulse...Everywhere!" phrase practically entered the lexicon in Toronto.) But for whatever reason they made the move and have been CityNews ever since. I'm guessing CityNews is clearer than the Pulse moniker. 

CityPulse became CityNews after CHUM jettisoned Moses and bought the Craig stations. Someone decided that CityPulse, despite being a well-established brand meant nothing outside Toronto. The beginning of the blandification of City.

SOWNY » 680 News to become CITY News on October 18 » September 2, 2021 4:46 pm

Ida Spencer
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Anybody calling it all hit radio is showing their age. It's been 28 years since the switch.

SOWNY » New Buffalo TV Newscast Won't Have Any Anchors In Buffalo » June 23, 2021 5:59 pm

Ida Spencer
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I remember the '29 News Capsule' in the early 70's. Anchor was John Bray. They even did a promo that ended with him being locked out of the studio.

SOWNY » TSN 1150 Hamilton is no more » February 9, 2021 3:00 pm

Ida Spencer
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Moving forward at Bell Media

To: All Bell Media team members

Cc: Bell CP5/6/7 leaders

From: Wade Oosterman

Hi Team,I wanted to take the opportunity to update everyone on our progress in revitalizing the way we do business at Bell Media, including upcoming changes to some of our radio properties that are a great example of our strategy in action.

As we've refined the mandates for Bell Media's core content, technology and sales groups and completed our team restructuring, there have been a number of departures in several parts of the business, an unfortunate and often high-profile reflection of the change necessary for Bell Media to prevail in a transforming sector that has also been uniquely impacted by COVID-19.

While these changes are now complete, it has been difficult to see any of our colleagues leave the company. I should note up front that many of the recent changes would have happened last year if not for the work here at Media and across the company to help get the national Bell team through 2020 intact.

Considering the extraordinary losses in revenue across all of our media platforms and in many other parts of Bell's business, we did apply for federal wage support in 2020 as a supplement to our cross-company program to redeploy affected team members into service and support roles, which successfully minimized the impacts on jobs last year.

With our new structure, we've also made strategic updates to the business that reflect the reality of sweeping change facing our organization … the way Canadians consume media, the ongoing torrent of new viewing and listening options, and the growing impact of new and aggressive competitors, including the major global players changing the way media works in virtually every country around the world.

In that context, Bell Media is focused on making unmatched investments in creating the content Canadians (and increasingly international audiences) want the most, and building the next-generation delivery platforms t

SOWNY » Is the clock ticking for ageing AM broadcast facilities? » February 7, 2021 11:44 am

Ida Spencer
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CFRB and CHUM are sited on some high-priced property in Mississauga. Indeed part of the RB site is now retail, including Canadian Tire.
The new Oakville hospital is beside the CJYE/CJMR site.
There's housing sprouting up near the CFTR array in Grimsby... ironically since CFTR and CHIN moved out of Mississauga to make room for residential/industrial development.
As for CKOC/CHAM - CHAM is located on the edge of Binbrook, and would be choice residential. CKOC is fairly isolated out by Empire Corners, but there have been some high-end mcmansions going up near there, so maybe...
 

SOWNY » Why Is CHML’s 50,000 Watt Signal So Poor In Toronto? » May 18, 2020 3:37 pm

Ida Spencer
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It may have to do with protecting CKLY Lindsay when it was broadcasting at 910 kHz. Of course they're now at 91.9 but it probably wasn't worth redesigning the antenna array to remove that eastern null.

The old CHML Vinemount site was still standing well into the 1990s, even though it hadn't been transmitting since 1978.

SOWNY » Trump and Lysol » April 24, 2020 6:47 pm

Ida Spencer
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Foxer, I was thinking of that when Trump made his Lysol crack!

SOWNY » The Story Behind One Of The Greatest Gaffes In Toronto TV News History » March 5, 2018 6:13 pm

Ida Spencer
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I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was an early Saturday evening in June 1986, which would make me nearly 100 years old! And it wasn't 'Eye Dispenser Missing', it was 'Eye Dispenser Still Missing'! 

I even have proof:

http://i65.tinypic.com/sni88x.jpg


I'm sure that nice young man learned from his mistake, and went on to do great things. Or maybe he just stayed in television!
 

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