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October 12, 2021 4:07 pm  #1


Shurman No Longer With GNR640

I don't like reading about myself courtesy of some third party, so I'm delivering some news myself. GNR640 and I have parted company. This was a decision of management and it brings to a close almost 5 years of filling in at the station. I've enjoyed all of it and been fortunate to make many new and young friends along the way. I was "the old man of the mountains" there and it was a fit. Like many of you who comment and even more of you who read this board stealthily, I am in my seventies and have absolutely no regrets about my radio career. I first pressed "MIC ON" at a 50kW station in the sixties. I've run CJAD and CFRB and other stations and done just about everything one can in the business along the way. All of it has been a blast!

Several weeks ago, there was an incident on the air. I did not think it was minor, so I immediately informed management. Our view of it, however, differed as things moved along and we discussed it...and, in the end, it's their radio station. So, if I fill in for anyone, it won't be at 640. I have a few chapters left as I am still vital and mentally ready for more...I am not about to walk into the great beyond.

I am aware, from watching this board, that many like me on air...and some don't. That's the tightrope we walk in media. I think that radio itself is in a significant period of adjustment but I don't think that people who have opinions and want to stimulate discussion and controversy are going anywhere...they are just finding new ways to do what they do. I wish 640 good fortune...it's loaded with terrific people. 

 

October 12, 2021 4:38 pm  #2


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As one of those who has always enjoyed you when I could tune in, I hope your return to the airwaves happens sooner rather than later.

Wishing you all the best.
 

 

October 12, 2021 4:39 pm  #3


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I, for one, will miss your voice on the station and hope you will continue to add your thoughts here whenever you think it's relevant. (You can no longer hit the mic there, but ours is always on!) I wish you luck in whatever comes next. Thanks for letting us know. It's never easy delivering bad news, especially about yourself!

 

October 12, 2021 5:15 pm  #4


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Peter has always been my favourite Shurman...and he was phenomenal on the air.  GNR 640's loss.  HUGE loss!

 

October 12, 2021 5:25 pm  #5


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Long live the Shurmanator.

 

October 12, 2021 6:51 pm  #6


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As a listener, I always appreciated your fair and informed comments and positions.  As a broadcaster I respected your professionalism, hard work and the quality that you brought every time you turned on the microphone.  All the best Peter, and I know that many look forward to see and hear what the next wave of your successful career brings.     

 

October 12, 2021 7:52 pm  #7


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I believe this is the incident in question:
https://twitter.com/farrahsafiakhan/status/1443930992813748224

 

October 12, 2021 8:20 pm  #8


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Hansa wrote:

I believe this is the incident in question:
https://twitter.com/farrahsafiakhan/status/1443930992813748224

I thought this was a dream.  I barely remember it but it looks like it did happen.

 

October 12, 2021 8:33 pm  #9


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Hansa wrote:

I believe this is the incident in question:
https://twitter.com/farrahsafiakhan/status/1443930992813748224

What a professional victim

 

October 12, 2021 8:36 pm  #10


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shurmanator wrote:

I don't like reading about myself courtesy of some third party, so I'm delivering some news myself. GNR640 and I have parted company. This was a decision of management and it brings to a close almost 5 years of filling in at the station. I've enjoyed all of it and been fortunate to make many new and young friends along the way. I was "the old man of the mountains" there and it was a fit. Like many of you who comment and even more of you who read this board stealthily, I am in my seventies and have absolutely no regrets about my radio career. I first pressed "MIC ON" at a 50kW station in the sixties. I've run CJAD and CFRB and other stations and done just about everything one can in the business along the way. All of it has been a blast!

Several weeks ago, there was an incident on the air. I did not think it was minor, so I immediately informed management. Our view of it, however, differed as things moved along and we discussed it...and, in the end, it's their radio station. So, if I fill in for anyone, it won't be at 640. I have a few chapters left as I am still vital and mentally ready for more...I am not about to walk into the great beyond.

I am aware, from watching this board, that many like me on air...and some don't. That's the tightrope we walk in media. I think that radio itself is in a significant period of adjustment but I don't think that people who have opinions and want to stimulate discussion and controversy are going anywhere...they are just finding new ways to do what they do. I wish 640 good fortune...it's loaded with terrific people. 

Thanks for the countless hours over the years of great quality radio programming

As a long time fan I’ll miss it.

Best of luck Peter

 

October 13, 2021 9:37 am  #11


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The Woke Warriors are undefeated this season.

 

October 13, 2021 11:42 am  #12


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October 13, 2021 4:58 pm  #13


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Is there a clip of the incident in question?


- Not an industry person.  Just a guy with a love of Toronto radio. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.gif
 

October 13, 2021 5:36 pm  #14


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Pretty reprehensible that Sue-Ann is implying that Peter Shurman was fired because he's Jewish or that the incident had anything to do with Israel. Sue-Ann Levy is an example of how when you're a hammer, you think everything is a nail. 

https://twitter.com/SueAnnLevy/status/1446498586380865536
 

 

October 13, 2021 6:45 pm  #15


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Hansa wrote:

Sue-Ann Levy is an example of how when you're a hammer, you think everything is a nail. 

https://twitter.com/SueAnnLevy/status/1446498586380865536
 

Going by her public record, she's also an example of an awful shithead who was given full opportunity to fail upwards for much of her career, but that's another topic.

It is curious to see this so close to another post on this forum about a fringe activist organisation criticising 640 for what would seem to be an entirely separate matter.
 

 

October 13, 2021 6:55 pm  #16


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Chrisphen wrote:

Hansa wrote:

Sue-Ann Levy is an example of how when you're a hammer, you think everything is a nail. 

https://twitter.com/SueAnnLevy/status/1446498586380865536
 

Going by her public record, she's also an example of an awful shithead who was given full opportunity to fail upwards for much of her career, but that's another topic.

It is curious to see this so close to another post on this forum about a fringe activist organisation criticising 640 for what would seem to be an entirely separate matter.
 

To be fair, anyone could have an uncle who is buddies with Paul Godfrey when he was Toronto Sun publisher and get his niece hired whose only experience was with the Bracebridge Examiner. Sure, a bit embarassing when uncler Jeff Lyons gets implicated in the MFP scandal while Sue-Ann was on the city hall beat but family is family. 
 

 

October 13, 2021 7:01 pm  #17


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So I just checked SAL's twitter feed. 

RA - is this where you got this Desmond Cole chatter?

If so, that's a rookie error. If Sue-Ann 'goat slaughter' Levy is pimping it, it's probably horseshit.

 

October 13, 2021 7:11 pm  #18


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I'm guessing she saw the same press release I did - but it had nothing to do with the incident involving Peter Shurman. I believe her initial Tweet centered on a "Me Too" type interview that Shurman did with a woman who did not take kindly to the way he handled it. 

The complaint I cited in another thread was against Greg Brady and originated over Desmond Cole's on-air verbiage about Israel, which a group called Honest Reporting Canada took issue with. 

The two are not connected, other than both involved GNR640.

Honest Reporting regularly monitors the news media looking for instances of perceived bias against the Jewish state. Not saying they're always right, but they have a rather remarkable record of getting retractions or headline alterations from both the CBC and the Toronto Star. Which tells me that, in those instances at least, they must have made a valid point. Neither one of those entities makes changes or corrections to their material easily or often unless a complainant is right.