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August 20, 2019 9:00 am  #1


It's National Radio Day today!

It is National Radio Day today...what was your best moment in the biz?


My best moment was getting my first gig at CKMP 1230 in Midland Ontario, it was owned by Telemedia Radio, they were good to work for!

The pic below is a bit before my time...but the station had a big history and now is affectionately known as the DOCK 104 FM...



https://huroniamuseumblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/ckmp.png



"National Radio Day is a time for communities across the country to celebrate radio. The goal is to strengthen the radio ecosystem, highlighting all kinds of radio, but especially stations that focus on local service. We want to ensure that amazing noncommercial stations are included in the national conversation."

After our shift is done, we are all going out for a beer to celebrate that we might still be gainfully employed in this industry!  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/ermm.png




Here is a link to how us radio hacks are celebrating!


http://www.nationalradioday.com


 


The world would be so good if it weren't for some people...
 

August 22, 2019 9:47 pm  #2


Re: It's National Radio Day today!

National Radio Day has been around in the US since the mid '90's and really didn't get much national exposure until NPR gave it some promotion in 2011. August 20th is the date in the US since the first broadcast stateside generally is acknowledged to be on 8MK (later became WWJ) in Detroit on that date in 1920.

National Radio Day isn't officially recognized yet in Canada, and we could tap into the August 20th date, but really should consider either December 1st which was the date in 1919 that XWA (later CFCF) first broadcast music in Montreal. The first regular broadcast was on May 20 1920 which featured a concert that was heard as far away as Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier. By this time XWA had become CFCF which stood for Canada's First, Canada's Finest. 

Even though CFCF radio no longer exists, in fact they were the first radio station in North America and probably the world. If National Radio Day is ever formally recognized in Canada, I hope that either December 1st or May 20th would be considered. 

UNESCO'S World Radio Day has been around much longer and comes up on February 13th and is a big deal overseas but not so much in North America.

This is my first post and much thanks to Radio Active for all of your help!

 

August 23, 2019 10:42 am  #3


Re: It's National Radio Day today!

EVERY day is Radio Day here at the SOWNY network

 

August 23, 2019 10:56 am  #4


Re: It's National Radio Day today!

I like to sing with the radio
I like to play it real loud
I like to drive with the top down Rolling like thunder Always Drawing a crowd
Every Babe's gonna wanna piece of me yeah
I stare into the mirror I like the things I see

 

August 23, 2019 12:10 pm  #5


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I remember CKMP Midland 1230 as my family cottage is across in Honey Harbour.

Nothing was more legendary than the original CHAY FM Barrie, especially big band saturday night shows that would play on many dockside radios.

 

 

August 23, 2019 5:45 pm  #6


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I don't really know if I had one best moment in the biz. I really enjoyed my whole 18 years in radio. I was on air, had a time in management as program director/promotion and finally sales. I am amazed that usually a few times per year I meet someone who remembers my time on air from one of the stations I was working at. I haven't been on air for about 26 years.  Guess it means I was really bad or a bit of alright if people remember!

One thing about radio I really remember was all of the great characters I was able to work with. Dedicated, funny and eccentric. Radio was and hopefully still does attract people like this.  Unless you are working in the majors, the pay was mediocre to average, the hours terrible, but in terms of fun, enjoyment and extending your adolescence, working in radio was about as good as it gets, at least that was my memory.

 

August 23, 2019 6:05 pm  #7


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I've always said working in radio or TV beats working in an office.

The sheer range of talent - and characters - is unlike anything I can imagine happening in say, a factory or an accountant's office. The unbelievable stories I could tell could go on and on and on. Maybe someone working for a dentist might have tales like that, but I doubt they'd be so funny or so surprising. 

It may not always have paid the best, but the experience was definitely priceless.

 

August 24, 2019 4:55 am  #8


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RadioActive wrote:

  I've always said working in radio or TV beats working in an office 

Nothing beats working in an office with a radio tuned to Neil Hedley's Top 10 @ 10:00 or Next 11 @ 11:00, and volume on max

 

 

August 24, 2019 7:40 pm  #9


Re: It's National Radio Day today!

RadioActive wrote:

I've always said working in radio or TV beats working in an office.

The sheer range of talent - and characters - is unlike anything I can imagine happening in say, a factory or an accountant's office. The unbelievable stories I could tell could go on and on and on. Maybe someone working for a dentist might have tales like that, but I doubt they'd be so funny or so surprising. 

It may not always have paid the best, but the experience was definitely priceless.

I like getting paid a very comfortable salary to post on SOWNY and listen to the radio; Not all office work is bad. 

 

August 25, 2019 12:35 pm  #10


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grilled.cheese wrote:

   I like getting paid a very comfortable salary to post on SOWNY and listen to the radio 

Your message, a clever cross-promotion for AM-740 arrived from your office at 740 p.m.