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SOWNY » Musician and writer Dave Bidini, chimes in on how resiliency helps » May 29, 2020 3:51 pm

If your an artist you might be handling the Covid 19 economic destruction better than one would imagine. The reason is resiliency!

Since you are only as good as your last need to find out a way to fill the cracks. So, your turn to other means for money.

Voice over work, teaching piano, contractor work, music scores for movies/film, painting wall murals for peoples kids... the list can go on.

Here is more on the article...

What are you doing to make a little extra mula right now? Are you getting more creative as well? Or are you like fuck it, this CERB life style is rocking it for me.

Talk among ourselves Big Yella!


SOWNY » TIFF and the Kensington Market Jazz Fest » May 28, 2020 6:16 pm

Peter Howell writes in the Toronto Star about what TIFF will look like this year...there hasn't been a lot of content being produced since March and that might be the case into the summer too by the looks of things...but this is another possible "pivot" in a long line of event cancellations and changes...

Here is the link to read more... looks like the only celebrity you might meet on the red carpet is the illustrator for Pixar's latest animation...

Molly Johnson is taking the Kensington Jazz Fest online this fall...On October 3rd and 4th...

Wow, not one concert at Tom's Place? Jeesh... you won't need a suit to attend this event, but do iron your pajama's at least.

Here's what is planned for the Kensington Market Jazz Fest.

We should do a Zoom Call one day and share stories, if you're in, let's make it happen! We can sing, dance, schmooze and wear our boxer shorts...


SOWNY » A new station arrives in North Bay...not new but an Oldies format » May 28, 2020 6:02 pm

Thanks RA, this is why you rock as a moderator, I made the changes...

Cheers and keep well too please!


SOWNY » A new station arrives in North Bay...not new but an Oldies format » May 28, 2020 1:41 pm

Nice to see some expansion in these North Bay just got granted a new Oldies format station. Vista Radio is going after the older market with this the music will be from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Rogers tried to block the move, but the CRTC agreed to the license and Vista put a good business case together too!

So, if you are looking for a gig, you might have to make a big move North, but this is good news to see.

Here is more on the story...


SOWNY » These times aren't so funny, seriously they aren't funny, here's why » May 26, 2020 2:54 pm

Comedy, be it live comedy, Just for Laugh's festivals, clubs, TV show a bust these days. The comedy industry is big business and a growing concern in Canada.

Especially when comedy is needed during these "Facebook Friend" Jeremy Hotz, has done some comedy on Facebook live...but that's about it.

Industries, need to come together collectively and re-vamp how the business model works moving forward.

Here is more on this story...

What I am wondering is why musicians or comedians haven't made more changes as yet. Why doesn't a local musician in my area doesn't go outside at noon and play for 30 minutes, put out a donation bucket and give passersby (keeping a distance) a little something happy to experience.

I expect necessity will be the mother of invention.

What do you feel Big Yella? 

Chime away!


SOWNY » Alan Cross: 10 Songs About Real-Life Radio Stations And DJs » May 25, 2020 6:27 am

What about Radar Love by Golden Earing...they refer to the radio playing a forgotten song, Brenda Lee coming on strong...

Plus it is a classic song too!


SOWNY » Michael Enright Leaving CBC Radio's "Sunday Edition" After 20 Years » May 24, 2020 2:24 pm

Did anyone take over the morning show on CBC 1 Toronto yet? 

Michael is a top notch journalist and is a bit of a throw back...he will be missed.


SOWNY » Sports broadcasting might go the way of video games » May 24, 2020 9:09 am

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Since many sports are still trying to figure it out, this article suggests that sports broadcasting might resort to video game versions...I mean how many times can one watch re-rolls?

Here is the article, what do you think? Could this fly for the time being? I can see it now, Tim and Sid interview some kid in Ancaster who is killing it with his video baseball game!

SOWNY » From the department of "WOW" Rogan signs with Spotify for $100 million » May 22, 2020 2:24 pm

Who says you can't make it in podcasting? Joe Rogan, just signed a 2 year $100 million dollar deal with Spotify and has left YouTube!

That is not chump change and could even make Don Imus roll over in his grave.

Here's more about this massive deal...and why Spotify did this...


SOWNY » CTV to air a show Friday to support Kids Help Phone w. Rogen & Cara » May 20, 2020 6:37 pm

Seth Rogen and Alessia Cara host a special "Unsinkable Youth" to help kids who are struggling right now. I just spoke to my neighbours kids and they're a bit despondent, confused and unsure about school, life with their friends, camp etc. this summer...

CTV is spearheading a star, sports star, music star studded cast to support Canadian Youth on May 22nd.

Here's more about this initiative and a group of the population who are also feeling edgy too these days.

I mean being isolated with Mom and Dad, having to listen to classical music on CBC 2, with no late night privileges and no dating is and can be a fate worse than death...

I can safely say that teens and young adult Canadians don't want to be all in this together in the same boat. They want to be in their own boat...drifting freely...

Here's more on this event on Friday night...

SOWNY » The Curse Of 2020 Claims Two More Greats » May 17, 2020 7:25 am

Hey RA, slight correction but Fred was Phil Dunphy's dad on Modern Family...I liked his role, had no idea he was 86...he lived a long good life.

RIP to them all!

SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 16, 2020 8:39 pm

Muffaraw Joe
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I forgot Level 42!!!!


SOWNY » Was The 1st -Ever Quiz Show Created By A Canadian On A T.O. Station? » May 15, 2020 6:17 pm

I used to watch Reach for the Top, secretly wanting to be was one of Canada's best quiz show...also Front Page Challenge with host Fred Davis and this is the Law with Austin Willis and Paul Soles was a good Canadian Quiz Show...


SOWNY » It's an all 80's Long Weekend! » May 15, 2020 10:50 am

Muffaraw Joe
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Okay, it is the first annual all 80's long weekend...back then we all had hair and plenty of it...for women, we had shoulder pads and big hair...but the music wasn't bad either...we had punk, rock, yacht rock (Christopher Cross), dance music, syntho-pop, new wave and jazz...

So, what were your top 5 (this time)...80's faves?

This is a time of Reaganomics, Presidential assassination attempts, Lennon got killed, Tylenol was tampered with, the New Coke was a "bomb", Lee Iacoca saved Chrysler, Trudeau lost, then won again, the Berlin Wall came down, the Blue Jays got into the playoffs, the Leafs became competitive, the "Skydome" opened, Roger, Rick and Marilyn hit the morning airwaves, CFNY was cool and MuchMusic almost killed the radio star...but not quite...

TV shows included Family Ties, Cheers, the ending of Mash, Miami Vice, Night Court,  Magnum P.I. Moonlighting, Cosby Show and Canada's own Night Heat, The Littlest Hobo and the Kids in the Hall too!

So, here are my top 5 faves from the 80's

1. Making plans for Nigel- XTC
2. Everybody wants to Rule the World-Tears for Fears
3. Working with Fire and Steel-China Crisis
4. The Way it is- Bruce Hornsby
5. She sells Sanctuary-The Cult...

Honourable mentions to Brian Ferry, Ian Dury, Flock of Seagulls, Asia (I know), Fine Young Cannibals, New Order, Violent Femmes , Erasure, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, REM...the list continues 
There are so many more...and I loved to Q107  (Scruff Connors took over from Ted Woloshyn) then by 1983 I became a big fan of CFNY, Pete and Geets, David Marsden and even Mike Stafford back then too! 

So, it's your turn! 



SOWNY » Whodda thunk the Porn Film Industry could help the Real film industry? » May 13, 2020 6:09 am

This story deserves a little applause (I think)...but leave it to the Porn Industry to lead the way in Covid testing that will allow production to resume.

In fact, they are doing testing in a way that will allow more traditional film and TV production to also take place.

Here is more on the story...comments are welcome...and I guess this proves that in the porn film industry there is always a "happy ending"...

SOWNY » Jerry Stiller passes at 92 » May 11, 2020 7:03 am

I'd say he lived a good, fun, long life...he was 92 and passed away earlier today. He is best remembered as Frank Castanza, George's dad on's more on this...

Here too is one of my fave scenes with Jerry as Frank Castanza and with the snow flurries flying this morning it is kind of appropriate too! RIP, did life well!


SOWNY » Soul and R and B singer Betty Wright Passes on » May 10, 2020 2:54 pm

Jeesh, a few people passing away, if this keep going, we'll have the "Pet Report" on the 6's...

Betty Wright was well known for the Clean Up was a hit back in the 60's

This song has a bluesy feel to it...and is pretty darn good...


SOWNY » Nevin Grant of CKOC news » May 10, 2020 9:28 am

Muffaraw Joe
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Crap, the hits keep on coming...and I don't mean the music... RIP Nevin...he was CKOC in my books

SOWNY » Little Richard Passed Away » May 9, 2020 8:40 pm

Also Andre Harrell today too at 59, he was a producer for most notably Puff Daddy a

SOWNY » CFL season most likely to be cancelled » May 9, 2020 7:12 pm

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I love the CFL, as a kid growing up in Ottawa, I would sleep, eat and breathe football and the then Ottawa Rough Riders, heck Russ Jackson was the vice principal at the High School my sister went to. (Sir John A. MacDonald).

 When I was 10 I lost my dad and that very sister a few years later was dating a guy who was friends with TE Rhome Nixon, I got to meet him and some of the other Rough Riders at the time in of all places attending practice. 

This was 2-3 years after losing my dad and man, Rhome Nixon a U.S. born player took me under his wing and I got to attend practices, have fried chicken in the dressing room after and hang out. I got to meet Art Green, Rudy Sims, Art Cantrelle, Hugh Oldham and one day after a game, I got to go back to Rhome Nixon's apartment for a post game party, I got a ride home by CFL Hall of Famer, Condredge Holloway, turns out I lived a 15 minute bike ride away from Mr. Nixon #74 with the Ottawa Rough Riders, he even caught a TD pass in the 73 Grey Cup win.

We stayed in touch until 1975 when he got traded to the BC Lions...but he was a mentor and a true class act. I was the luckiest kid to hang out at practices and even watch a game from the sidelines.

A high school buddy of mine was the "Water Boy" for the team when they won the 76 Grey Cup on the Tony Gabriel catch from Tom Clements.

Plus 4 years ago I got to see the RedBlacks win the Grey Cup here in was like Christmas Day! 

For these reasons alone, I have loved the CFL, I played football too in High School and later in my 40's and early 50's I would visit Ottawa to see family (I am a Toronto guy now)...and would work out at GoodLife Fitness on Pinecrest by the Queensway and who did I meet each time? But the former coach, George Brancato, we'd talk regularly about those times and I went to High School in Ottawa with his kids...

So, joke as you may, but in my family the CFL is about family, fun, healing and Golden Palace Egg Rolls after a game!

(Drops the mic

SOWNY » It is the weekend and time to play "This or That"!!! » May 9, 2020 7:53 am

It is Saturday the weekend has arrived and it is time to play This or That...this is similar to the sports way of choosing the "Play of the Month".

The object of this game is to choose between two songs the first to choose the best of 2 songs presented, carries on the game with the song they chose and then add one they love even better...

For example if I post Led Zeppelin and a song by Justin Bieber, then the next person to see my post, chooses the song they like best and posts that plus one song of their own...

At the end of the weekend we will see which song is still standing...or what play of the week (so to speak) is the last one that seems to have outlasted the others...

Ideally, we're sharing our fave songs. These can be any genre and from any time period...are you ready?

Let's play, "THIS OR THAT"!

Oh and have a good weekend!

Here are my two:

Now, the first person to see this post, selects one of the two and adds one of their faves... by Sunday Night' let's see who is still standing!

Cheers everyone!



SOWNY » Singer Adele, rocking the mini-skirt for her 32nd birthday » May 8, 2020 6:50 pm

Muffaraw Joe
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Hey Newsguy1, I don't want to be picky, but Billy don't be a hero was sung by Bo Donaldson and the was a hit back in the day, but alas Josh Donaldson, out hit him, thank God!


SOWNY » The Best Radio Line Of The Week? » May 8, 2020 3:53 pm

Don't forget the other Scottish Rolling Stones hits...

1. My Bag Pipe Chanter- Is Under my Thumb

2. I can't get no Haggis

3. Angie    McGregor

4. Wild Horses through the Highlands

and number 5...

I can't get no satisfaction or Fish and Chips...


SOWNY » This is a great way to boost small business and the economy » May 8, 2020 2:51 pm

Stingray is offering grants and incentives for business owners to get the word out via radio...I think this is a brilliant idea to help boost the markets they broadcast in and also make radio available to those who wouldn't even consider the medium as part of their marketing mix.

This is what can happen when we all get creative and step out of the box.

Here's more on the story...good on Stingray...

Comments are always welcome!

Cheers and have a good weekend.


SOWNY » CFL season most likely to be cancelled » May 8, 2020 1:56 pm

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Wow if no fans turned up, one would think it's an Argo's game!!!

Oskee Wee Wee!

SOWNY » Singer Adele, rocking the mini-skirt for her 32nd birthday » May 6, 2020 10:12 pm

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Okay, next weekend the most Cringe Worthy songs...I have a few...

1) I started a joke-The BeeGee's
2) At 17- Janis Ian
3) Fast Cars- Tracy Chapman
4) Alone again naturally- Gilbert Sullivan

If those songs don't make you snuggle up close to a Covid patient without a mask, then I just don't know what others will... (dark humour here...)

Cheers all! 


SOWNY » Singer Adele, rocking the mini-skirt for her 32nd birthday » May 6, 2020 4:11 pm

Muffaraw Joe
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This photo-op of Adele, stepping out to give thanks to medical front line workers and talk it up with fans (from a distance), has sparked a lot of eye balls, she seems a bit trimmer and showing off some a black mini-skirt.

She's honouring here 32nd birthday and encouraging us to laugh, love and live.

Here is more on the pop diva...rocking the "mini"...

P.S. When her hit song (Rolling in the Deep) came out 5-6 years ago I loved it...but boy did radio ever over-do it and after about the 6th week, I began to scream "Turn it off", I mean I couldn't tolerate it anymore and the only other song that had that effect on me was Seasons in the Sun, by Terry Jacks and that was Cancon too!


SOWNY » More on Weather man JJ Clarke on CJOH-CTV Ottawa » May 5, 2020 10:06 am

There was a post about JJ Clarke a few months ago about being ousted as weatherman on CJOH-TV in Ottawa, as of yesterday he has officially retired due to health issues...

Here's more on the story...

Good to see he wasn't forced out...but not good to see he's got health concerns...Get better soon!


SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » May 2, 2020 9:55 pm

Muffaraw Joe
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I forgot...

Styx-Babe I'm leaving
XTC-Making Plans for Nigel
Jackson Browne-Load out/Stay

Oh and one other...  Joe Jackson-I'm the man


SOWNY » Okay time to shake it up, It's all 70's weekend, what is your fave hit » April 30, 2020 9:29 pm

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Oooh some great songs everyone!!!  Good taste...I loved Pilot and of course, Sweet, Ballroom hit the jingles!!!


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