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SOWNY » Singer Adele, rocking the mini-skirt for her 32nd birthday » May 6, 2020 9:21 pm

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And, how about "Last Song" by Edward Bear. (also cancon)

SOWNY » Singer Adele, rocking the mini-skirt for her 32nd birthday » May 6, 2020 9:21 pm

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And, how about "Last Song" by Edward Bear. (also cancon)

SOWNY » Giant FM Welland Sold But No Format Change For Now » February 7, 2020 7:13 pm

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One would think that Stingray would not want to mess with CIXL - The Giant. Giant is #1 in the market and #2 in the number of listeners.However, the undernoted declaration suggests all is not safe for some of the on air people.

"The applicant also proposed to improve the content aired by the stations by including well-known personalities from its Canada-wide network." 

 

SOWNY » The National » January 24, 2020 7:57 am

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I think Ian Hanomansing should be the lead anchor. Nothing against Andrew Chang. He does a good job, but Ian is a true professional who has a more calming approach. Love Adrienne Arsenault as co-anchor.

They will now have an abundance of political reporters - Rosemary Barton, Catherine Cullen and Vassy Kapelos who I really like on Power And Politics. Interesting she is now up against Evan Solomon who used to host the CBC political show. 
 

SOWNY » Edge 102 morning show... » January 24, 2020 7:46 am

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Only there one year. Did not give them much time to build. Both came from successful ( and separate) gigs out west and now they are out on the street. Tough.

SOWNY » What is Your Choice for the Greatest Top 40 Radio Station of All Time? » January 19, 2020 11:01 am

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CKEY; from the spring of 1959, when they dropped the Sensational Sixty and switched to the Fabulous Forty, until the spring of 1960 when they switched to an adult MOR music format, and again from the fall of 1960 when they switched back to a Top 40 format until mid 1965 when they switched back to adult MOR again. They had some terrific on air personalities, especially during the second period: people like Mel Miller (Melvin), Duff Roman, Jack Finnegan (later known as JP Finnegan), Glen "Big G" Walters.

Others: CHUM was pretty good during the mid 60's. Less boring than they had been during the early 60's and were again after the switch to the "Drake" format in the later 60's with less emphasis on personality. I especially liked Jay Nelson, Bob MacAdorey, Duff Roman, Bob Laine, and one of my earliest favourites - Phil Stone, one of the original deejays when CHUM went (almost) full time Top 50 in 1957 . In later years there was Tom Rivers, Terry Steele, Scott Carpenter, Gerry Forbes.  CFTR was also a good Top 40 station once they really got into it in the mid 70's. Over the years they too had some great on air personalities including  Jim Brady, Mike Marshall, Tarzan Dan, Bobby Day, Corey Kimm, Kris James (KJ), Tom Rivers, Steve Shannon, Dan Williamson, Mike Cooper. CKOC was another Top 40 I spent a lot of time listening to and CKFH which is where I first heard Chuck McCoy, who is one of my all time favourites. The American stations that came through loud and clear that I listened to were WABC (too much talk and ads and not enough music-often only 10 songs an hour and back then they were only 2 to 2 1/2 minutes long), WLS, WCFL, WBZ. Could not get WKBW where I lived but would listen to it when we visited my grandparents who lived east of Oshawa and again during 1963-64 when I worked in Port Colborne. American deejays I enjoyed included Jay Nelson, Dan Neaverth, Joey Reynolds, Dick Biondi, Art Roberts, Tom Shannon, Frank Benny, Jackson Armstrong (including his days a

SOWNY » B.C. Radio Music Chart Collector Kept 'Em All » December 29, 2019 10:49 pm

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I had CHUM charts from August 1957 to August 1967, plus CKEY, CKOC, CHYM and CJOY charts, all of which I threw out just before I got married in 1967. Hindsight is wonderful! After I was married I continued to collect any charts available, including CHUM (in later years only available in the newspaper), CKFH, CFTR, CKOC, CING, CIDC, CKWS (Kingston), CKLC (Kingston) (we lived in Kingston from 1970 to 1973). I also subscribed to RPM magazine, The Record magazine, and another short lived Canadian publication that came after. I didn’t throw any of these out, and moved them with us to our present home, stored in boxes on a mezzanine in our garage. Eventually I decided they were taking up space and I had no use for them but didn’t want to send them to the dump. I contacted Craig Smith about this hoping he might have a suggestion as to what I might do with them. He came right back to me and said he would take them. Unfortunately that never happened due to his declining health and subsequent passing. Afterwards, I forget how (it might have been through Dale Patterson), I was connected with Doug Thompson who took them all for possible use in the Canadian Broadcast Museum in Toronto.

SOWNY » Licence plates matching call letters » September 19, 2019 9:14 pm

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Bought a new vehicle at the end of July and the licence plate is CKFM, but the numbers are not 999.

SOWNY » Did You Ever Win Something From A Radio Station? » September 19, 2019 9:12 pm

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I won 45's on two different occasions from CKEY in the late 50's; lottery tickets from CHYM in the late 70's and $1,000 from CHUM-FM about 1990.

SOWNY » New CTV Toronto Weather Person » September 11, 2019 9:29 pm

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She is still on CTV Kitchener, and she was also doing weekend mornings on Virgin Radio Kitchener (maybe voice tracked). Don't know if she is still doing that but she is still on their web site. She will probably be full time at CTV Toronto sometime and that will be a big loss for us when she leaves Kitchener. Her moto is she always brings her own sunshine and she certainly does that.

SOWNY » New Format Hopes To Reach The Audience Radio Ignores » August 21, 2019 9:29 pm

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And CKOT's ratings plummeted. From spring 2018 to spring 2019 their share was cut in half, their listeners dropped from 56,000 to 34,000 and their rank went from tied for 1st to 8th. Rogers "updated" CKOT after acquiring ownership, including dumping their longtime morning show for one "more relevant". Nice move by Rogers.

SOWNY » Whatever Happened To Station I.D. Jingles? » August 7, 2019 9:24 pm

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CJOY in Guelph (1460 AM) uses station id jingles.

SOWNY » There is money in sports broadcasting, but you gotta go south » July 17, 2019 3:54 pm

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Interesting the big differential between men and women sportscasters. The highest paid women are in the same range as the lowest paid men.

SOWNY » What Was The #1 Song On The Day You Were Born? » June 26, 2019 4:21 pm

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"Chattanooga Choo Choo" Glenn Miller & Orchestra.  (As far as I can determine Billboard was the only available information at that time)

SOWNY » Instant Replay: What You Never Knew About CHUM In Its Top 40 Era » May 19, 2019 8:14 pm

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I remember when Bob McAdorey arrived at CHUM. The afternoon shift (1 - 4 PM) became open when Pete Nordheimer left. The CHUM jocks  voted among themselves who should get to take over this comfortable afternoon shift and Dave Johnson was selected because of his years doing the evening show. When management informed them that they had scoured North America for the best person to host the afternoon show, they went on strike. Hence - all the guest fill-ins. An agreement was reached whereby the current jocks would evaluate the selected candidate, Bob McAdorey, by having him work with each of them all one day. Of course he won them over. It was quite a promotion to introduce Bob McAdorey to the line up.  

SOWNY » Who Do Use Use For TV, Internet & Phone ... » April 15, 2019 9:37 pm

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TV, internet and home phone land line - Rogers
Two cell phones - Bell
Operated a business until recently and business telephone was with Bell

Support for cable and internet with Rogers has been good any time we have needed it. Biggest problem is wait times in hold waiting for the next available person.

Bell tech support not the greatest and charges were generally higher and the choice was more limited. My wife had to give up her 20 year old flip cell phone as it was no longer compatible with new cell phone network. Bell sent her a smart phone free. The phone is a Windows phone and support has been zero. What little we have done so far has been on our own. 

SOWNY » Energy 95.3 mornings » March 27, 2019 7:59 am

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It will be interesting to see how the morning show develops. At Virgin there was also Robyn and Wilson and there were ongoing features. However, there is no doubt that Tucker and Maura will be a draw. A lot of listeners were unhappy when they disappeared from Virgin and, whether it is coincidence or not, the number of listeners tuned to Virgin 99.9 dropped significantly during the last rating period.

However, is an "Energy" the station is a disappointment. It is not a true chr and, although Energy 95-3 was a mainstream chr at the end of it's time, "Energy" is really associated with the high energy rhythmic/dance format which attracted a large listening audience. So far this week, Energy 95-3 sounds much like CHFI - another boring down tempo a/c music station. CHUM-FM is more chr than Energy 95-3. 

SOWNY » Energy 95.3 mornings » March 24, 2019 9:35 pm

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Without Darrin Laidman? If not him, who? Is Scott Tucker (Tucker In The Morning) available?

SOWNY » CING Fresh 95.3 » March 20, 2019 6:44 am

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What is happening at Fresh 95.3? Darrin and Colleen are not on morning show and are not on the Fresh website. Heard some kind of promo: "hit the Wham button by mistake" "hit the Smash Mouth button by mistake" - something about technical difficulties and Tuesday morning at 8. Also note the morning show is missing from the Y108 website.

SOWNY » Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose? » March 10, 2019 9:16 am

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"Chuck99  AM radio is virtually dead in small markets with the exception of CKAT in North Bay, CFCO in Chatham and CFOS in Owen Sound.  If you want to stretch the definition of a small market, you could include CJOY in Guelph and CKTB in St. Catharines".

CJOY, which is owned by Corus, had applied to convert to FM but was turned down by the CRTC because of the Corus FM stations CIMJ (Guelph), CJDV (Cambridge), CKBT (Kitchener) and CING (Hamilton-Burlington) all of which cover Guelph.That decision was handed down in January 2010.

As an oldies/classic hits (70's, 80's, 90's) station CJOY is pretty good and Mike Devine in morning drive is certainly upbeat and entertaining. He also breaks format and plays hits from the 60's on occasion too and chats back and forth with newsguy Alex Gagne. CJOY also broadcasts all the Guelph Storm games. However, based on ratings, the listening audience is small and most of the Guelph population listen to stations outside of Guelph.
 

SOWNY » New Ratings, Same Old Leaders: CBC, CHFI & Boom » March 8, 2019 10:18 am

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Virgin 99.9 (CKFM) too a real hit this quarter. Wonder if that has anything to do with Tucker In The Morning being zapped. The new morning show with Adam Wylde and TJ did not start until January and more recently Jax from Kiss has become part of it. They sound pretty good and should catch on, but that is to be determined.

SOWNY » Morning Radio in Toronto » January 19, 2019 8:31 am

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=12pxKevjo - "As for Virgin, generic-sounding personalities all."  I have t agree with that. I still can't comprehend why "Tucker In The Morning" was axed. I actually thought that Scott Tucker would be the one to replace Roger Ashby when the day came, since both 99.9 and 104.5 are Bell Media stations and Tucker's morning show was a winner (not to the extent of Chum or Chfi - but still doing well). 

The other major CHR station Kiss 92.5 has much better on air personalities and "Roz & Mocha" is my second favourite Toronto morning show. Both Kiss and Virgin are too recurrent oriented and keep songs in regular rotation way too long. But, of the two, Kiss is the better overall CHR station. Unfortunately it is plagued with an extremely poor signal 

SOWNY » Morning Radio in Toronto » January 18, 2019 5:53 pm

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Toronto radio has two new morning shows. I have listened to Ruby & Alex on 102.1 The Edge and I can't say they blew me away. They are ok-pleasant to listen to, at least during the times I was listening. We'll see. Due to atmospheric conditions I have not been able to try out Adam Wylde & TJ on 99.9 Virgin Radio, other than a couple of brief segments. Mostly it is static. There is also a Sarnia station on 99.9 which sometimes interferes and which may be the cause of the noise. I am much closer to Toronto than Sarnia, which, to me, means I should be getting a better signal from Toronto - not the case for the past two or three weeks. Anyway, for me the best Toronto morning show is still on Chum 104.5, even without Roger. I think Jamar has been a good fit with Marilyn and Caitlin, and I like his voice and personality. 

SOWNY » ?? Coming This Monday: Radio Announcements re: Wylde and Blundell » December 21, 2018 10:10 pm

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Had 99.9 Virgin on the radio for a while this morning and heard  "Something wild coming January 2nd".

SOWNY » More on the Bell/Virgin cullings » November 22, 2018 10:06 am

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Apparently, all the on air staff at a Kingston Bell Media station (FLY-FM) were let go yesterday or the day before.

SOWNY » Virgin radio cleans house » November 21, 2018 5:09 pm

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Adam Wylde is not a stretch. He left Kiss & Breakfast TV near the end of June. If he had a 6 month non compete clause, the six months will be up right after Christmas. Also lots of speculation that the "Virgin Radio" brand may be on the way out too. I can't imagine a format change as 99.9 does very well as a chr station in a very competitive market. In terms of the number of listeners, CKFM out performs every Toronto  radio station except CHFI and their share has been growing-almost tied with CHUM-FM in the summer. However, I still don't understand dumping the whole morning show. TJ, who does PM drive, did the morning show today and it was almost a wall of music as it is in dayparts other than mornings.

SOWNY » Virgin radio cleans house » November 20, 2018 10:40 pm

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What the hell is this all about? Most of those let go have been there for a long time. The morning show was really good. The ratings have been good. The whole thing does not make sense.

 

SOWNY » The Insufferables » November 5, 2018 10:32 pm

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570 News - Kitchener:  Mike Farwell 9:00 - Noon Mon - Fri

SOWNY » Changing of the guard at CHUM-FM » October 25, 2018 8:12 am

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Roger Ashby has announced his retirement from the CHUM-FM morning show. His last day will be December 5th. CHUM mornings will not be the same. I first heard him at CKOC back in the late 60's. From there he moved to 1050 CHUM where he stayed until the mid 80's, having done overnights, middays and finally mornings taking over from Tom Rivers. He also hosted the Sunday Morning Oldies show. He moved from AM to FM and the CHUM-FM morning show where he has been ever since. Certainly going to miss him. I have always enjoyed listening to him. It is amazing that he has been at CHUM (AM & FM) almost 50 years. 

SOWNY » The Songs Oldies Radio Forgot » October 20, 2018 6:48 pm

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June 1972 - when our second son was born.

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