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SOWNY » Rogers Forces CBC To Stop Offering Live NHL Games On Gem » May 10, 2024 7:27 am

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RadioActive wrote:

   
 

In other words, pay up or be shut out if you're watching online.    
 
 

There are a few other options to enjoy live hockey from around the world in fact.

Those who log in to those sites can still enjoy the action for free

So take my word for it

As hard as they might try Rogers is not an impediment if you know where to look & choose to do so    

 

SOWNY » Billboard Lists Every Cdn. Artist That Hit #1 In Hot 100 History » May 9, 2024 11:12 am

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Apparently proof read by a 20-something?

Brutal

SOWNY » Speaking of "spineless"... » May 1, 2024 11:36 am

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After yesterdays rip-roaring fireworks display in the House of Commons I got to thinking about a recent event south of the border

What is wrong with the U.S. media?

Less than a week ago the White House correspondents association held their annual awards dinner in Washington.

My question is why? What is there to celebrate? 

The way Jospeh R. Biden treats the press - ignoring them at virtually every turn & refusing to hold any meaningful  news conferences shouldn't they instead have organized a boycot?

Biden is MIA

​Where oh where have all the journalists gone? 

SOWNY » Guess Who Called Me » April 29, 2024 7:49 am

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unclefester wrote:

 Numeris

They wanted to know if I would participate in their spring radio survey again this year 
It's the third time I've been asked to take part
First time was more than 40 year ago with BBM
Answered a few questions on the phone & was told my bride & I would both be getting some paper work to fill out

Told the Numeris rep that I'm an avid radio listener. Don't know how often he hears that these days! 

Looking forward to rewarding my favourite radio hosts with some love  

And just to tidy up loose ends my bride & I submitted our week long Numeris surveys this morning

How long does the survey last?

Are the days of giving away fabulous prizes & staging "over the top contests" gone forever?

SOWNY » That's Not Exactly What He Said... » April 24, 2024 7:35 am

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So John Moore weighed in on the Queens Park keffiyeh debate this morning shortly after 7 a.m.
Mr. Moore referenced remarks made yesterday at Queens Park by government house leader Paul Calandra. 
Mr. Calandra was talking about facing discrimination when he was a child growing up in Markham,
He said words to the effect that as an Italian Canadian he knew all about discrimination having been spit upon and called wop in his youth.
But John Moore decided to cut the Calandra clip after the Italian origins reference thus leaving out the "being spit upon" and "wop" comments. 

Shouldn't Mr. Moore have played the entire quote?

Since when did being 100 per cent accurate become an issue? 









 

SOWNY » Was That An "F Bomb" John? » April 23, 2024 7:28 am

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John Moore admitted he was caught on a hot mic at 5:45 a.m. this morning.
Moore appears each weekday on CP24 with the Breakfast Television crew to discuss the events of the day etc.
He then slips down the hall to start his radio program.

So as Mr. Moore started his radio show at 6:05 this morning he told his Newstalk1010  audience he'd been the victim of a hot mic when discussing not watching last nights hockey game during his CP24 appearance just minutes before. But that's not quite how he said it.

It would seem he has mentioned the incident just the once & has now put it to bed. Anyone catch Mr. Moore's CP24 "hot mic" moment? Or his mea culpa?











 

SOWNY » Need Vassy To Do Better? » April 22, 2024 9:24 am

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Vassy Kapelos is pretty well known as a fair minded, no nonsense journalist.
I think on that we can all agree.

So I was surprised yesterday during her Sunday morning CTV Question Period to see both Brian Stelter & David Frum tag team during a segment regarding the Trump hush money trial.
Mr. Stelter from Vanity Fair and Mr. Frum from the Atlantic, both leftist publications.  And predictably, their commentary was completely one side-sided. You would think Mr. Trump was being led to the gallows the way these two "guests" carried on.

​Made me wonder where is the fair and balanced Vassy we have come to know? And should the network or perhaps she insisted on a guest to counter the "hatchet-job" you know was coming a thousand times out of a thousand from these two?

Vassy where are you?  

    

 














 
 

SOWNY » Conjures Up A Lot of Memories! » April 21, 2024 9:25 pm

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Something nice to look at!!

Saw this about 6 months ago & excitedly told my bride to please get a couple of images

She did and here is one of them

SOWNY » Run That By Me Again... » April 21, 2024 10:39 am

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Wasn't paying particular notice to the Newstalk 1010 traffic reporter in the 10 a.m. hour this morning but something he said got my attention.

Bloor was clearly pronounced "blur"

Not terribly close is it?

Perhaps a one-off?

 

 

SOWNY » Lost Original Star Trek 1st "Enterprise" Back In Roddenberry Hands » April 19, 2024 2:41 pm

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I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Shatner briefly now exactly 50 years ago.

He had been hired by Loblaws to help promote the chain & was attending the opening of a brand new grocery store.

Spent a few minutes with him.
 

SOWNY » Former media people now on the Provincial Sunshine list » April 8, 2024 10:29 pm

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Not an Ontario Sunshine lister any longer but Ben Chin has been huddling with Trudeau for the past 5 years.

I just can't imagine 

SOWNY » Is It Really THAT Funny? » April 4, 2024 7:59 am

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I've noticed recently that several major hosts have a bad habit IMO.
They exhibit an obvious "forced" laugh at even the slightest attempt at humour, either by themselves or a guest.
And it's constant.

Vassy does this fairly often. Even when dealing with a life and death topic she (or a guest) can utter a quip & then guffaw at said quip that apparently tickles her funny bone.
Another well known host that does this phony laugh a lot is Jeff Marek from the hockey world. I listen to his podcast often and 5 or 6 times per show he's off in laugh-land. I think it's habitual with him & it certainly stands out. His isn't a comedy program, & there wasn't much said that was funny but it often sounds that way.

But the worst of all is Amanda Galbraith. She fills in for Vassy on Fridays. She is the original chuckle-head.
A dozen times per two hour show she's finding something amusing and emits a  "school girl giggle". 
It's a constant.

It's a negative and means all 3 come across sounding less than serious.
Not good.









 

SOWNY » In The Last Couple Of Days... » April 2, 2024 5:21 pm

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I have heard two big name - big market - big station anchors stumble over their own names!

One was Vassy - she was signing off on Sunday & F'ed up her name while saying goodbye to her viewers.
The other was a veteran newsman at WABC New York. His name is Bob Brown. 2 friggin' syllables!!!
From what I saw and heard they were both a bit embarrassed.

Reminded me of the time many many years ago when a veteran guy left me some copy to read on air. Me being a bit lazy didn't check nor proof read & then I came to the following... cold of course..."buffeted it".
Whether he did that on purpose or not I never did ask. But I admit it threw me.

John Moore mentioned the following last week. Said he used to write news copy for a veteran newsman and would try to put the word chrysanthemum somewhere in the text because the old guy couldn't say it. Then he and other staff would gather round & listen then laugh like hell.  





 

SOWNY » Carbon Tax » April 1, 2024 6:59 pm

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Johnny B wrote:

  cesspool, garbage dump   F-Trudeau  yelling at clouds  cultivating rage  lies  ignorant.

Speaking of rage that would appear to be a good word to describe you

You don't come across as a very fair minded citizen

Sad

SOWNY » I'm Playing With Myself » April 1, 2024 6:11 pm

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Just watched a 30 second commercial on the CBC News channel

There were about-half-a-dozen actors of various genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds who, while smiling & looking "self-satisfied" make the comment "I'm playing with myself"

Turns out it's an ad for Casino Days - an online casino that claims to offer more than one thousand games of chance you can wager on.

The ad aired at about 5.58 p.m. eastern time.

Not funny to me. Kids easily viewing and listening at that hour. How f*cking low can we go?
 

SOWNY » Carbon Tax » April 1, 2024 1:29 pm

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Newstalk 1010 commentator Scott Reid told John Moore at 6:20 this morning that "nobody ever got elected by raising taxes"

I take him at his word

  Here's hoping he is correct

SOWNY » Why Does 680 News Do This? » March 31, 2024 10:50 am

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I heard it at 6 a.m. this morning

Jesus H it was brutal

Just as you describe
 

SOWNY » "Big" Don Biefer » March 30, 2024 11:08 pm

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I knew of Don although I never worked with him nor met him.
He had a very good sound IMO.

There was a story going around years and years ago concerning his stint at CFTR.
Several people confirmed it and swore it was true.
Don apparently had a "bowel eruption" while on the air.
Talk about time to put on MacArthur Park! 
Anyway I'm sure he handled it like a pro & as I said he sounded great to me
RIP Don
 

 

SOWNY » Guess Who Called Me » March 22, 2024 11:12 pm

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 Numeris

They wanted to know if I would participate in their spring radio survey again this year 
It's the third time I've been asked to take part
First time was more than 40 year ago with BBM
Answered a few questions on the phone & was told my bride & I would both be getting some paper work to fill out

Told the Numeris rep that I'm an avid radio listener. Don't know how often he hears that these days! 

Looking forward to rewarding my favourite radio hosts with some love  

SOWNY » Radio Ink's "Blast From The Past" Features CHUM Jock From 1975 » March 22, 2024 8:29 am

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Great good hearted guy and so nice to see he's alive and kickin'

Worked with him and it was always fun - he was a bit of a prankster as I recall  

The s.o.b. LOL

Fond memories of the Chucker





 

SOWNY » Update: No Moore In The Morning For Over A Week » March 20, 2024 11:19 pm

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I will be off to The Morning Rush With Bill Carroll for the next week plus.

John Tory just ain't my cup of tea

Speaking of Mr. Carroll, he was singing the praises on Tuesday morning of Montreal Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, who has expressed his clear dismay & disdain with the Trudeau governments recent action over Gaza. Couldn't haven't spoken more highly of Mr. Housefather for showing "courage & integrity" on the issue.

Then without missing a step, Carroll ended his praises by offering his congratulations to "Mr. Horsefeather" 

None of the morning crew at CFRA, including Mr. Carroll apparently caught his faux pas

 

SOWNY » Radio/TV veteran newsman signs off » March 15, 2024 1:58 pm

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Simon is married to long time CBC financial gal Jeannie Lee

SOWNY » God speed Mitch Albom » March 7, 2024 9:24 am

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Well known author, broadcaster & humanitarian Mitch Albom finds himself in a hellish situation in the troubled nation of Haiti. Haiti is leaderless & currently in a state of lawlessness with armed gangs roving both the cities and countryside with little to no police or military opposition. Albom has run an orphanage in Haiti for a number of years offering support for up to 60 children. He's there currently and has absolutely no way to escape the island.

Listened to the 65 year old Albom on with the WJR morning crew early today. Albom says gunshots are a constant outside of his walled orphanage and there is no end in sight to the violence. He slammed his country and Canada for doing nothing. Albom hosts the 4 to 6 pm slot on WJR when not tending to his humanitarian work.

I wish him the very best. It is a terribly difficult potentially life threatening situation 
 

  

SOWNY » Durham ByElection...Where Are The Results?? » March 5, 2024 10:46 am

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RadioActive wrote:

   

Also of note: CFRB has never once mentioned that he used to have a pretty high profile show there. If this were any other candidate without the legal baggage, I'm sure they'd be making sure people knew his background included time at NT1010. 

Monday morning John Moore did mention the byelection and did say that Jamil Jivani was an "old friend"

SOWNY » From Moore In The Morning To Mayor In The Morning On 1010 Next Week » February 4, 2024 10:17 pm

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I will be listening to Bill Carroll this week

580 CFRA

His show starts at 5 am 

I'm all in while Mr. Moore is away

SOWNY » Where The Hell Does He Live? » February 4, 2024 4:18 pm

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Watching CTV News Channel today & noticed this during a clip with Thomas Mulcair    

​Upper right corner of the screen showing Saint-Sauveur QB - Mr, Mulcair's residence.

Or is it?

Since when did "QB" become accepted short form for the province of Quebec?

Today?

Depending on whether you are French or English or wish to correspond by international mail the only generally accepted terms are Que. for English & Qc in French. The post office goes with QC as its internationally approved code. 

So can we assume that whoever wrote "QB" sounded things out & heard Kew Bec in their head and there you go.

Jesus Christ CTV New Channel 

SOWNY » AM640 Hires Toronto's Former Top Homicide Cop As Crime Expert » January 16, 2024 1:29 pm

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newsguy1 wrote:

 
 
 
By the way he really turned out to be a really good cop.
After Toronto police initially bungled the Bruce MacArthur murders Hank really took over and solved the case.
As I remember he took it on as a detective constable, then an acting sergeant then an acting inspector before retiring as an inspector.

 

I agree with you newsguy1

He did a professional and meticulous job with the Bruce McArthur case

And for RA -- wasn't Chris Lewis head of the OPP?

Lewis is one guy who is NOT afraid to call a spade a spade

SOWNY » My Congratulations to CNN » January 16, 2024 1:16 pm

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They are doing things right

It's good to see

They are devoting major time and resources to covering the Republican political races staring with Iowa last night.

They seem to have set aside their obvious and flagrant bias 

It is a pleasant surprise

Well done CNN







 

SOWNY » One Time Voice Of "Tony The Tiger" Was Once A CKLW Jock » January 15, 2024 4:52 pm

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mic'em wrote:

We had a Lee Marshall as a member here for some years that was was known as the voice of CFTO. I if remember correctly, he moved to Northern Ontario and has since gone silent. 

Your Lee Marshall retired in the fall of 2019 suffering from complications of COPD

SOWNY » The CBC News Crawler » January 15, 2024 4:33 pm

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chrishch wrote:

Back in 2016, I noticed the clock on CBCNN was wrong for Newfoundland Time.  They had it as:

9:57 pm CT
10:57 pm ET
11:57 pm AT
12:27 pm NT

It should have been 12:27 am NT.

I notified them but they didn't acknowledge it.  I think they kept it going without fixing for a long time.  I lost track since as I have cut cable and no longer have access to CBCNN.
 

Defund!!

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