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SOWNY » CFRA/ CTV News Channel » June 26, 2022 2:53 pm

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yup!   you are correct RA
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SOWNY » CFRA/ CTV News Channel » June 26, 2022 2:38 pm

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CTV News Channel audio is OK for me in Mississauga.  I'm on Bell Fibe.
A few thoughts:
Are you in Ottawa, and possibly on Rogers?
Have you inadvertently enabled the SAP audio channel (that's a long shot as I don't know if CTV New Channel has CFRA audio on the SAP secondary channel in Ottawa)



 

SOWNY » Speaker's Corner Lives Again In Toronto - Sort Of » June 1, 2022 11:07 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

Cable 5 Toronto is the TV guide channel

I believe Rogers TV Guide on Channel 5 is limited to subscribers that do not have "digital TV" (aka the few remaining standard definition subscribers).  Those with "digital TV" have a full channel guide accessible through their set-top-box/PVR.

SOWNY » Feds Say No To Internet Price Hike Appeal But Issue New CRTC Orders » May 29, 2022 5:49 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

How much were their customers paying per month in the first place?

I was a Teksavvy customer for 5 years.  I had a "lite" internet service, primarily used as a security monitoring connection on a house.

It was the cheapest service I could find (5Mb/down & 1Mb/s up).  The big boys did not even offer such a basic service.  It used the Rogers coaxial backbone.

I was initially paying $24.95/mo which was "OK" for this small bit of bandwidth.

The rate went up to $34.95/mo (40% increase) after the CRTC decision reversal.

So much for lowering internet costs.



 

SOWNY » What does radio do better than TV? » May 11, 2022 10:58 pm

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The rules state that broadcasters and television service providers "must ensure that TV commercials are broadcast at a similar volume to programs".  This does not mean the audio level is, or must be, consistent between channels or even between programs.

Contrary to belief, there is a fair amount of effort placed on TV audio levels.  In many cases, audio levels are normalized to a common level, when ingested into the server, prior to broadcast.  But it ain't perfect.

Television is a challenging platform to maintain the perception of consistent audio levels across a variety of programming content (theatrical movies, news, live sports, sitcoms, talk shows, games shows, awards shows, etc) especially when a given commercial might air within any of them.  In addition, there is a multitude of audio formats (mono, stereo, and 5.1) and personal settings on home "TV's".

Radio stations tend to have a common type of programming (classical, talk, rock, news, etc) across their program day, in a single audio format (stereo) which can make it a lot easier to maintain the perception of consistent audio loudness.

 

SOWNY » How To Pick The Best Digital Over-The Air TV Antenna » April 24, 2022 8:24 pm

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I wouldn't waste your money on any of these "best" antennas, especially the flat panel one.  It is the most basic antenna and is directional.  I suggest the best bang for your buck is this outdoor directional antenna, but I still wouldn't pay more that $25 for it.

SOWNY » RadioActive is Hot, Hot, Hot » March 28, 2022 8:13 am

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Doug Thompson wrote:

I just want to acknowledge his amazing efforts and gave a GIGANTIC "Hooray To RadioActive".   

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SOWNY » Hearing Told Approval Of Rogers/Shaw Deal Will Kill Local News » March 1, 2022 7:57 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

If Shaw doesn’t want to operate a station like CKWS or CHEX, they should sell them

They did.

CKWS and CHEX and other Global stations are owned by Corus.
 

SOWNY » Why Is This Cable Station Allowed In Canada - & Does Anyone Watch It? » February 27, 2022 5:41 pm

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And according to the article "A ban on broadcasting can be imposed in case of failure to "present the news with accuracy and impartiality" the CRTC said."

Fox News comes to mind....

There is "news" and then there is "opinion"
 

SOWNY » Why Is This Cable Station Allowed In Canada - & Does Anyone Watch It? » February 27, 2022 5:37 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

About five provinces including Ontario and Quebec have stopped selling Russian products in provincially run liquor stores.

I suspect that in reality, the booze is already paid for and the LCBO has just put it back on the shelf in their warehouse.
 

SOWNY » "On the air" has a whole new meaning. » February 21, 2022 9:07 am

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RadioAaron wrote:

Out of curiosity, given that you just called millennials "kids", how old do you think millennials are?
 

Point taken

By "kids" I mean anyone 35 and younger (generally speaking).  I know that's a broad statement.  I see it in my own family.

My point is, from a business standpoint, especially if the owner is a large, shareholder driven corporation, the radio division (and TV or print) is not a growth area.  Efforts will be made to maximize profit and maintain "margins", not build the brand.

Radio has morphed into a sad state (from what it was), just like newspapers, because other technologies have surrounded it.

I agree.  It's sad, but in the words of Peter Trueman "that too is reality"
 

SOWNY » "On the air" has a whole new meaning. » February 20, 2022 10:45 pm

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laffin wrote:

It's sad to see what radio has morphed into.  The gutting of major newsrooms by pseudo corporate broadcasters was a disaster and now Evanov Radio Group stations with weekend shifts reduced to only one live body midday Saturday and Sunday (read that an expensive CD player).  Current weekend radio sound seems to be the norm with today's "broadcasters" thinking information is only available/desired Monday to Friday.  Years ago, during BC radio (before computers), next to dead air, the absence of a live body not heard during a normal broadcast day would be unconscionable.  It happened recently when Brantford's Lite 92 was announcer-less for a whole week.  So, if anyone in their market wanted a news update, where could they turn?   Generally, radio today is laughable and only a shadow of what was once a genuine source of "News and Information."  All driven by the "bottom line"!

Sad yes, and it's hard to accept that radio just isn't relevant anymore.  Today's millennials don't listen to radio or watch TV.  It's linear content dependent on the time of day.  Consumers want content when THEY want it and on their "phone".

Facebook, Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, Stitcher, YouTube, Google Assistant, Alexa, TiKTok, have all replaced "radio".  The kids have moved on.

Bell, Evanov, Rogers, Corus all know this too.

SOWNY » Ottawa Protestors Police Action Coverage » February 20, 2022 10:14 pm

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Chrisphen wrote:

Why does Bell and Rogers continue to carry Fox News?

I subscribe to Fox News.  I want to see firsthand what they are saying.

The channels name is misleading as it should be called "Fox Opinion".  There is no hard news reporting.  Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham and others take a "news" item and spin it like no other.  I truly believe they are contributing to the growth in distrust of "main stream media" and democracy itself.

I can't watch the channel for very long.  I turn it off in disgust.  Funny though, it does remind me of the line in the Howard Stern movie "Private Parts" where Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton (Paul Giamatti) says “people hate Stern, but listen because they want to know what he's going to say next”.   Ya, that's me with Fox.

I do prefer CNN but they too are caught up in the political agenda and COVID.
 

SOWNY » Bell Cans Montreal Radio Host Chris Nilan » February 3, 2022 8:53 pm

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shurmanator wrote:

Security of person is your right in Canada. Most reading this may not like it, but you do not have to be vaccinated…and by the way, you are no more likely to be a spreader than a vaccinated person

Agreed

shurmanator wrote:

The vax never did what they said it would....

This comment, I don't understand.  The vaccinations are doing exactly what "they" said it would do.  Reduce the impact on a person that has contracted COVID so as to reduce the demands on our health care system, mainly hospitals, and hopefully, save a few lives.

shurmanator wrote:

We have Charter rights and they are being trampled.

And I have the right to have a safe workplace.

We each have the right not to get vaccinated but the employer also has the right (and obligation) to set the health parameters for their workplace.

Although unfortunate, we all have choices to make.  Mr. Nilan made his.  And so did Bell.


 

SOWNY » Whats with CHFI Sound quality? » February 1, 2022 8:07 pm

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torontostan wrote:

They're also the only station not using Master FM, and so their antenna is actually higher up (further reducing their power). From what I understand CHUM-FM was originally up there as well, but are not right now. Meaning that technically there is room for at least 2 FM stations at the CN Tower right now. Only catch is they'd  have to negotiate with Bell (if they're interested in renting), and would need to be the correct FM class.. 

I'm quite sure CKFM is still on the Master FM antenna.  You don't mess with the main service.  I believe their HD signal is on a separate antenna (as was CHUM-HD) above the Master FM aperture (CFTO space).
 

SOWNY » TV service might end in some Canadian communities next year: advocate » January 26, 2022 10:58 am

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As usual, these types of "stories" are more "the sky is falling" and dramatic than they need be.  TV service is not disappearing.  The method by which some cable companies obtain their TV signals is disappearing.

QT+ is a service, managed by CommScope, that allows cable companies to take digital satellite signals provided by Shaw, and pass them through on their cable tv system.  It was a means, started years ago, for cable co's to move to digital (and HD) without a major infrastructure investment.

The service CommScope provided was the database management and receiver authorizations for the cable co's.

If a customer wants to retain their TV service, all they need to do is, drop their cable TV subscription and become a subscriber to Shaw satellite, or Bell satellite.

A statement in the story said "If Canadians across rural Canada and the north lose access to TV services, then we're really finding a real hole in Canadian policy that needs to be fixed here".   Arrggh.  This was/is a business decision made by the cable co's.  The "government" doesn't need to review any policy.  Canadians CAN still get their TV service.  If anything needs to be done, the affected cable co's need to review their "policy" on their business arrangements to receive, and pass through, TV signals.


 

SOWNY » Hard To Believe, But There Are Still Some Analog TV Stns. In Canada » January 20, 2022 7:06 pm

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andysradio wrote:

Analog still exists though: In Ontario, Global's big 100kW ch. 2 in Vennachar and CTV stations in Pembroke, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Kapuskasing are still analog.
 

CIII ch2 Vennachar will be moving over to a multiplex on CKWS KIngston
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SOWNY » Dumpster Diving So to Speak » January 11, 2022 7:12 pm

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Fitz wrote:

This past summer I was taking a walk and saw these Realistic Optimus - 5 B speakers left curbside for garbage pick up. I went back and loaded them in my trunk.

Nice find Fitz

I had a pair of these in the late 70's as I recall.  I bought them mainly for the larger size woofer.  I blew a tweeter in one of them.

There were "OK" but not great.  Easily surpassed today with mini-speakers that (amazingly) far out perform them in a much smaller space.
 

SOWNY » The Future Of AM: Editorial Suggests It May Not Have One, Even With HD » January 1, 2022 3:06 pm

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tvguy wrote:

Last point, Canadian broadcasters have done a  terrible job "promoting" their AMs which use  HD-2 or HD-3 of their FM signals.  I don't recall hearing an on air promotion, but there are plenty of on-air promotions for streaming devices such as Alexa, Google etc.  I suspect that station management is banking on on-line streamng in the home, or perhaps they think they will be wide-spread adoption of streaming platform in connected vehicles - via TuneIn apps, etc.  I'm not certain I would bet the farm on streaming in cars...just yet.

Why would they spend much effort promoting something that has no real future or revenue increase?  Once vehicles have built in cellular "nodes" (which many already have) then streaming becomes a no brainer (along with updating your Navi system, vehicle software patches, and reporting vehicle status back to you and the dealer)


ED1 wrote:

Honestly, I would have thought that streaming would have been the future for all these radio stations. Forget nested FM repeaters or HD radio.

yup  and streaming comes with some form of paid subscription whether it is for the data service or a subscription to the content itself  (one of the reasons Sirus/XM beat out DAB)

Hansa wrote:

If that's the case why bother having AM or even FM signals at all?

As long as you can make money, why not keep it going?  Once it becomes financially untenable, its gone

People don't care about AM or FM.  They care about content.
 

SOWNY » Can Someone Explain This to a Non Radio Guy » December 8, 2021 5:47 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Also, I frequently listen using headphones on a small portable Walkman-like Sangean. It can't pick up any tones if I'm doing that. So I would make a lousy candidate for a meter. 

good point RA.  The People Meter does presume the audio is on a speaker and not a headset
 

SOWNY » Can Someone Explain This to a Non Radio Guy » December 8, 2021 5:38 pm

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leafs67 wrote:

How do ratings actually work?
Is it by hour? by show? by minute? 
If I do not like a song, or a commercial, or a talk show topic, how does it know if I change the channel?
Does streaming on Google or Alexa count?
How do they know if I changed the channel?
What if I am listening to SiriusXM?

The basis of "People Meter" measurement is the insertion of audio tones into the broadcast audio stream.  The tones identify the station and the time.  The station and program content are reconciled when the panel participant downloads the data at the end of the day.  Any Canadian radio or TV station that subscribes to the Numeris service will use this.  Numeris provides the insertion equipment.  While Numeris states "signals are silent to the human ear” that is not totally correct.  The inserted tones are audible and detectable by humans, but the magic is that the tones are inserted during periods where there is other program audio present.  This is called masking, where the program content "masks" the Numeris tones.  The human brain doesn't recognize it (kind ‘a like my wife talking to me while I am focusing on something else).  Further, the Numeris "People Meter" is listening for the specific frequency of tones so it is not distracted by any other room sounds or program audio.  Because the tones are inserted on the board output feed, it doesn't matter where you listen (terrestrial radio, internet stream, SiriusXM, recorded playback), the "People Meter" will detect it.  Of note, there was a concern that talk radio stations may not "rate" as well as music stations because there is less opportunity for the tones to be inserted.
 

SOWNY » Why Is An Out-Of-Town Morning Man Advertising For A Local Business? » December 8, 2021 1:29 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Not sure of the rules in Canada

During the "avails" on an American service, they can insert promos for their own service (Bell Fibe, Rogers Ignite, Cogeco TV, etc), CBC or any Canadian specialty channel (TSN, CP24, HGTV, etc).  The insert is triggered by the American network.  Actual "commercials" for third party products are not allowed.
 

SOWNY » Why Are So Many Cdn. Newscasters Getting This Wrong? » November 24, 2021 1:46 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Doesn't make them stupid, just uninformed

Unfortunately, this is all too common not only with pronunciation, but also with many of the stories they report.

Tough to find any news report that is accurate and unbiased.
 

SOWNY » Mini DXpedition » November 10, 2021 9:21 am

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Nice!  A great way to chillax and experience another side of radio.

SOWNY » Rogers Family In Real Life "Succession" Battle » November 7, 2021 3:47 pm

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mike marshall wrote:

paterson1 wrote:

Another area that the Roger's family is a big player is real estate development.  They are going to be changing the growing Mississauga downtown skyline over the next few years.  Currently Rogers is developing and building 10 new condo/office/commercial towers in downtown Mississauga with the tallest tower coming in at 81 floors which will rival anything planned for downtown Toronto. 
https://www.torontovipcondo.com/aprg/newproject/projectdetail.aspx?sid=100277&pid=13961&M-CITY--4-CONDOS-IN-MISSISSAUGA-BY-ROGERS-REAL-ESTATE---URBAN-CAPITAL

This, by any chance, the old CFTR transmitter site?
 

Yes, good guess.  It is on what would have been the TX site frontage onto Burnhamthorpe.  The rest of the site has had housing on it since around 1989.
 

SOWNY » Rogers Family In Real Life "Succession" Battle » November 5, 2021 8:42 pm

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Glen Warren wrote:

Think its gonna be a LONG weekend for Joe Natale...

Joe will probably be OK.  I'm sure the severance will be "reasonable".....

SOWNY » New frequency change for CBC Radio One Belleville, Ontario » November 3, 2021 9:51 pm

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Scorpio42 wrote:

RadioAaron wrote:

Because those in the know lurk and sometimes post, why did CBC pick 104.7 in the first place? 90.3 was allocated and was in the end the right choice, while WBBS is strong enough to stop the seek function in cars in the area.

I believe it's Industry Canada that picks frequencies for broadcasters and they possibly chose 104.7 MHz for the CBC Radio One outlet in Belleville, ON.

Actually, the broadcaster (and/or their engineering consultant) selects the frequency, performs a technical analysis, and proposes it to the Commission and ISED.

The CBC applied for the Belleville CBO rebroadcaster in 2018.  To quote from their brief "The interfering contour 34 dBuV/m F(50,10) of the proposed CBO-FM-1 station is overlapping the protected contour 54dBuV/m F(50,50) of WBBS-FM (margin: -14.45 km). Therefore there is a potential interference zone but it is completely over water."

It seems they may have underestimated the real world interference.
 

SOWNY » Alan Cross Laments - & Let's You Hear - What An A.I. DJ Sounds Like » October 22, 2021 2:41 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

Sci-fi is filled with scenarios about robots taking over. Now Alan Cross lets you hear how they're doing it on radio as artificial DJs, and why he fears it's a trend that will continue.

And by the way - it's pretty amazing technology. You really can't tell it's a bot. 

An AI-powered DJ for streaming services and radio? Yes.

pretty amazing

I thought I heard a touch of Casey Kasem in there....
 

SOWNY » CFRX » October 20, 2021 5:06 pm

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mike marshall wrote:

https://i.ibb.co/CVSDNGP/CFRX.jpg

Is this a view from Royal Windsor or am I thinking of a different TX site?

yes, looking from Royal Windsor

 

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