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SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 13, 2020 2:16 pm

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According to their website, it appears WNYO is not switching to channel 16 until March 16, 2020.

SOWNY » Want A Tesla? It May Not Come With A Radio » March 5, 2020 11:19 pm

Hrick
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Teslas are not equipped with AM radios as it is. And no XM satellite either. Although we do have Tunein, Spotify, LiveXLive and Netflix when parked.

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » February 14, 2020 2:52 pm

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https://www.rabbitears.info/market.php (market 54) has the complete list including the Toronto and area stations that are moving.

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » February 14, 2020 2:51 pm

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This is not final Buffalo repack nor all the channels that must move by this date as per this FCC website.

SOWNY » More Toronto HD Radio » November 16, 2019 5:19 pm

Hrick
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88.1 now broadcasting in HD.  CBC 99.1 hopefully soon.

SOWNY » What's The Best Sounding Radio Station In The GTA? » November 8, 2019 1:49 pm

Hrick
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The HD signal sound quality of 99.9, 92.5 and 95.3 are all way superior to CHUM-FM. If only they would turn back on their HD also.

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » September 16, 2019 10:36 am

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Anyone know what ever became of this application? Been a long time.

SOWNY » Radio stations that will be at CNE 2019 » August 20, 2019 9:15 am

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There is a Z103.5 booth near the stadium but it was vacant yesterday.

SOWNY » 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto launch » February 6, 2019 3:13 pm

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I was at Danforth and Victoria Park yesterday and was only receiving WYRK. They’ve been doing a lot of advertising recently and with the atmospheric conditions, their potential audience was only a fraction of what it should be. Not a good situation for a new radio station.

SOWNY » 106.5 ELMNT FM Toronto launch » February 4, 2019 11:46 pm

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Maybe 106.5 was not the best frequency for this new station or they need an increase in power. The last couple of days reception has been intermittent with WYRK Buffalo drowning out their signal as close to downtiwn as Yonge and 401. And appears they’ve turned off their HD. Doesn’t seem to be helping much.

SOWNY » Why Some Radio Fans Will Never Want A Tesla » November 9, 2018 1:31 pm

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Have had a Tesla for 6 months now. Would never go back to a gasoline car especially as I now spend approx. $30/mo for electricity versus $250/mo in gas. Most of the major AM radio stations in the GTA are now broadcast on the FM HD2 or HD3 carriers in crystal clear quality. And we also have Tunein included.

SOWNY » More HD Radio in Toronto...Finally » September 12, 2018 4:17 pm

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Effective today, Bell Media once again has CKFM 99.9 broadcasting in HD with CFRB Newstalk 1010 on HD2 and TSN 1050 on HD3. Apparently they had turned off the IBOC several months ago as some listeners with older radios were complaining about the sound quality on CHUM FM. No word from Bell as to when CHUM FM will again go HD.

Perhaps the retrofitting they did at the CN Tower last year for HD on these two stations did not go as well as planned or maybe these listeners are having problems listening to other HD stations such as CKIS...

SOWNY » More HD Radio in Toronto...Finally » May 31, 2018 1:55 pm

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As of yesterday, CHUM FM again broadcasting in HD1, HD2 and HD3. Still no CKFM HD.

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » May 21, 2018 12:50 pm

Hrick
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I think you are all missing the point of HD radio. It's not a new medium as FM was originally. It's simply a significant enhancement to existing FM and AM radio. As most new cars are now equipped with HD radios, and indeed my new Tesla does not even have an AM radio as electrical vehicles and AM do not play nice together, HD provides incredible sound quality on HD1 and the ability to listen to AM stations on the sub carriers. With no HD there would be no 680 News or AM 640 in my vehicle. No one is expecting anyone to go out and buy a new radio for your home. However if your car already has an HD radio, shouldn't all stations in Canada be upgrading to HD as they have in the US? It's only a matter of time until the CN Tower's FM combiner is upgraded as other combiners in the US have (eg New York City). You'll begin to see more and more Canadian radio stations moving to HD in the future. HD is certainly not going away anytime soon...

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » May 18, 2018 11:11 pm

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HD radio has been available in the US market for almost 15 years. In fact most US FM stations now broadcast in HD. It’s only the Canadian market that has been far behind. It’s not new technology and Bell Media and Corus and others are slowly rolling out HD in the major markets. Make sure your next car has HD and you’ll definitely appreciate the benefits.

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » May 18, 2018 9:54 pm

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Many newer cars have HD radios. I have had several BMW’s going back 10 years all with HD. Once you get used to listening to HD stations, you try avoid the terrible sounding analogue ones. And 680 News is so much clearer in HD.

SOWNY » Buffalo's Channel 4 Officially Changing Its OTA Frequency On April 16 » April 16, 2018 4:32 pm

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Most channels, both in the GTA and western NY, will be changing their RF frequencies and some even swapping antennas due to the repack. Toronto should benefit with stronger signals from most of the Buffalo stations.

AVSForums has more info:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/45-local-hdtv-info-reception/137214-buffalo-ny-hdtv-257.html

Here are the changes (1st column is the new assignment);

WNY;
36....14....WUTV.......Sinclair
15....15....WBNF-CD..HME Equity Fund   
32....32....WNLO.......Nexstar
33....33....WGRZ......Tegna
34....38....WKBW.....Scripps-Howard
xx....39....WIVB......Nexstar   
31....43....WNED.....PBS
16....49....WNYO.....Sinclair
7.....7......WBBZ......ME TV
24....23....WPXJ......Ion Media
5.....26....WNYB.....Tri-State

Ontario;
8......9......CFTO....CTV
19....19....CICA....TVO
20....20....CBLT....CBC
25....25....CBLFT...CBC Fr
26....40....CJMT....OMNI-2
17....41....CIII....Global
30....44....CITY....CITYTV
18....47....CFMT....OMNI-1
15....15....CHCH....Channel 0 ?
35....35....CHCJ....CTV-2 ?
14....36....CITS....Xroads
29....42....CKVP....CTV-2

SOWNY » Buffalo's Channel 4 Officially Changing Its OTA Frequency On April 16 » April 14, 2018 2:07 pm

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Looks like WIVB is now on the new tower, Stonger signal in the east end of Toronto.

SOWNY » More HD Radio in Toronto...Finally » March 5, 2018 9:16 am

Hrick
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Well...the two stations were broadcasting in HD briefly. The IBOC was turned off CHUM-FM yesterday and off CKFM today. Anyone have any updates as to what is going on?

SOWNY » More HD Radio in Toronto...Finally » March 3, 2018 3:12 pm

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Looks like Bell's CHUM-FM and CKFM are again broadcasting HD1 and HD2 for the first time since last August... Hopefully they won't set the CN tower on fire again...

SOWNY » CKIS HD1 Audio Volume Levels » February 10, 2018 12:30 am

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Any idea why the HD audio volume level fluctuates frequently on CKIS HD1? Many times it's significantly lower than the analogue signal making the station difficult to listen to in fringe areas where the receiver is constantly switching between HD and analogue.

SOWNY » Proud FM Power Boost / Z103 Transmitter Relocated to Orangeville » December 31, 2017 6:11 pm

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According to the latest census, the population of Orangeville is about 31,000. How many towns this size in Canada have two local radio stations? It's ridiculous that the CRTC is still demanding that Z103.5 identify as an Orangeville station. The CRTC has treated them very badly and it's no surprise that they are now requesting an increase in power for their Proud station in Toronto. As a business, what would you do if you were them?

Back in the late 70's, CFNY in Brampton was granted a huge increase in power to make listening to 102.5 from Buffalo difficult in the GTA as they had attracted a large share of the Ontario advertising dollars. Today CFNY identifies as a Toronto radio station and as the GTA has expanded considerably in the last 40 years, Orangeville today is part of the GTA just as Brampton was back then.

SOWNY » It’s Z103.5 in Orangeville. You Hear Me??? It’s ORANGEVILLE!!! » December 31, 2017 6:09 pm

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According to the latest census, the population of Orangeville is about 31,000. How many towns this size in Canada have two local radio stations? It's ridiculous that the CRTC is still demanding that Z103.5 identify as an Orangeville station. The CRTC has treated them very badly and it's no surprise that they are now requesting an increase in power for their Proud station in Toronto. As a business, what would you do if you were them?

Back in the late 70's, CFNY in Brampton was granted a huge increase in power to make listening to 102.5 from Buffalo difficult in the GTA as they had attracted a large share of the Ontario advertising dollars. Today CFNY identifies as a Toronto radio station and as the GTA has expanded considerably in the last 40 years, Orangeville today is part of the GTA just as Brampton was back then.

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