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November 4, 2022 3:40 pm  #1


Tom McConnell's Final CKTB Show Filled With Nostalgia & Goodbyes

It's been fun listening to Tom McConnell's final afternoon show on CKTB Friday. He's been telling old radio stories, taking calls from "regulars," and also hearing from old station alumni, who are calling in to wish him well. One of those was Joe Cahill, who used to do battle opposite him with a segment called "Knockout," which I used to listen to. 

In case you missed it, McConnell is moving to CJBK in London, where his radio career started, to take a management position. That means he will no longer be doing an air shift and this may well be his last time you'll hear his voice on the radio. He's been at 610 for 19 years. 

The show, complete with terrific and appropriate bumper music from his longtime producer Greg Campagna (including "London Calling" by the Clash), has been about everything you could want for a farewell effort. It will be interesting to hear his last words just before 6 PM, but I wish him well. I've enjoyed listening to him over the years and while they haven't revealed who's taking his place, they'll have big shoes to fill.

 

November 4, 2022 5:40 pm  #2


Re: Tom McConnell's Final CKTB Show Filled With Nostalgia & Goodbyes

He's also going to be news director of CTV London, as well as PD of CJBK. Quite a load! 

He noted on air his replacements will be frequent fill-ins Steph Vivier and Karl Doxtater. But it doesn't sound like they'll be taking the afternoon slot permanently. 

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November 4, 2022 6:13 pm  #3


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Steph Viver sounds like a familiar name to me. Was she the host of the local London show Daytime with Ken Eastwood on Rogers TV London? Ken Eastwood used to host the show on Rogers TV cable 13 London along with Steph Viver.

 

November 8, 2022 12:26 pm  #4


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If you missed the final show and McConnell's last words after 19 years on air, it's on the station's website here. (The last segment starts around the 41-minute mark.)

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November 8, 2022 1:06 pm  #5


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As I recall when I lived in London, Steph did news at CJBK way back when. Not sure what else she did in the market.

 

November 8, 2022 1:44 pm  #6


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haydenmatthews14 wrote:

Steph Viver sounds like a familiar name to me. Was she the host of the local London show Daytime with Ken Eastwood on Rogers TV London? Ken Eastwood used to host the show on Rogers TV cable 13 London along with Steph Viver.

Her Linked-in page is long out of date, but it does mention that she works for both Bell (called Astral Media on the page, to show you how long it's been since an update) and Rogers Cable in London. So, yes, it's almost certainly the same one. By the way, her Twitter page lists her as radio show host - and construction biz owner. Now THAT'S quite a double life!

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November 8, 2022 2:22 pm  #7


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RadioActive wrote:

If you missed the final show and McConnell's last words after 19 years on air, it's on the station's website here. (The last segment starts around the 41-minute mark.)

It won't play for some reason

 

November 8, 2022 2:33 pm  #8


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I've had that issue as well with the iHeart player. Not sure why. In the end, I have to pull up a browser that I don't use very often that has no control apps on it - no ad blockers, no video stoppers, no VPN, etc. Then it works.

I do know that when you eventually get it to play, a video ad is the first thing that pops up. (it IS Bell, after all, so what else did you expect?) So if you're using an ad blocker, you can try temporarily turning it off to see if that helps. 

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November 8, 2022 2:47 pm  #9


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RadioActive wrote:

I've had that issue as well with the iHeart player. Not sure why. In the end, I have to pull up a browser that I don't use very often that has no control apps on it - no ad blockers, no video stoppers, no VPN, etc. Then it works.

I do know that when you eventually get it to play, a video ad is the first thing that pops up. (it IS Bell, after all, so what else did you expect?) So if you're using an ad blocker, you can try temporarily turning it off to see if that helps. 

I turned it off and it works. Thank You.

 

November 8, 2022 11:14 pm  #10


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RadioActive wrote:

    
 McConnell is moving to CJBK in London, where his radio career started, to take a management position. That means he will no longer be doing an air shift and this may well be his last time you'll hear his voice on the radio.    
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            McConnell is a former Western Mustang football player & has for the last number of years been commuting to London and various other university towns on the weekends to call the Mustang football games on CJBK radio. He'll be on the air once again this Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Mustangs host the Queens Golden Gaels. The winner will lay claim to the Yates Cup. So there's that.

​Mr. McConnell is such a football fan & expert that I would bet dollars to dog nuts that he'll continue with his football play-by-play duties on top of his new management portfolio.  

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November 23, 2022 7:43 pm  #11


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The new 610 CKTB Drive hosts have been named: Walter Sendzik, Karl Dockstader & Steph Vivier. 

https://twitter.com/610CKTB/status/1595541928531075076

 

November 23, 2022 7:46 pm  #12


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Three hosts all there on different days? Not exactly very promotable. I think it's confusing to listeners to keep track of who's on when. What if you like one but not the others? What day is the one you like on?   

In my mind, not a great idea, but I wish them luck. 

Walter Sendzik is an interesting choice. He was mayor of St. Catharines from 2014 to 2022. Kind of a John Tory in reverse.

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