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SOWNY » Do Radio Hosts Really Have To Use The Products They Shill For? » Today 12:19 pm

If John Oakley does not eat at Harbour 60, then he is a damn fine actor who makes it sound pretty convincing. Not sure how often he hoofs it up to High Street for Fish & Chips however.

SOWNY » John Donabie with David Marsden & Roger King » Today 12:19 pm

Marsden
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Hey Fitz - that's cool.

I had forgotten we did that show. As always - the result of an interview depends on the talent of the interviewer. In this case that was John Donabie. Thanks for finding this Fitz, and thanks for the care and knowledge you brought to that interview John. 
 

SOWNY » The Most Idiotic & Arrogant Thing Said On Local Radio In 2019 » Today 12:15 pm

RadioActive
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I honestly thought I might get through the year without having an example of the dumbest thing said on local radio in the past 365 days. It took until Dec. 10th before it happened.
 
I was driving around doing some errands Tuesday morning, when I decided to tune into the Zelda Young Show on CHIN-FM, a program I occasionally monitor. Although it’s been discussed here before (and was recently sanctioned by the CBSC), in case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a long running program that’s aimed primarily at Toronto’s Jewish community, but usually has some very well spoken experts as guests.
 
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for its host. Which brings me to the aforementioned comment. She started out with a story about a man beaten almost to death in a Paris subway station because some hate filled a-holes heard him speak Hebrew. It’s a terrible story and one I hadn’t heard about.
 
She then brought on her next guest and talked to him about. And then she said something like this: This brutal beating shows the hate that can happen from anti-Semitism. But it’s not that much different here. I simply can’t understand why people in Toronto don’t support this show and advertise on this show, the only one of its kind that I’ve been doing for years. It’s the same kind of situation that led to a man getting beaten up. People should advertise here and we should have more sponsors than we do.
 
Not an exact quote but that’s the gist. There was a prolonged silence while her guest, a prominent GTA rabbi, appeared to be reflecting on that statement. He responded, quite rightly (but not in these words) that there’s no comparison between someone getting the shit beaten out of him over religious hatred and a lack of sponsorship.
 
Zelda, of course, was undaunted, insisting she was right, that was her opinion and one equaled the other.
 
What an arrogant, idiotic, tone deaf and dumb comparis

SOWNY » Rogers Cable Subscribers May Be Without AMC In 2020 » Today 12:11 pm

I never thought I'd live to see the day where some posters here side WITH a cable company? Wow!

That said, Cogeco is the opposite of Rogers -- they used to charge an extra $2/month if you added AMC to their MyMix 10, 20, 30 or 40 pack. Recently, they eliminated that surcharge. For me, AMC has/had two of my favorite shows, "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul". 

That said, why doesn't Rogers move AMC out of their P&P and slide it into a separate Pay option? They could charge $10-$15/month and keep both sides "happy". Would I pay that much? Umm, no. But, it's a solution and would quickly gauge whether their subs would be willing to pay FMV.

SOWNY » Rogers Cable Subscribers May Be Without AMC In 2020 » Today 12:04 pm

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Here is a list of the most popular networks/channels from 2018 in the US. AMC came in at 25th most popular. One station that in my view has really slid in quality is A&E, which I am surprised came in at 21. I did see some numbers for April 2019, and this chart had AMC at #22 and A&E way up to the 9th most popular network in the USA . Anyway these figures are from 2018, surprising how low some stations are in terms of viewers. Notice both AMC and A&E move up a bit 18-49 (scroll down).

https://www.indiewire.com/2018/12/network-ratings-top-channels-espn-cnn-fox-news-cbs-nbc-abc-1202030597/

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Today 11:38 am

TechGirl
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markow202 wrote:

I must have good luck because my south pointing DB4E 3rd floor balcony rail mount in Etobicoke facing a tree locks in a good 42 channels (counts the sub-channels).  On the tv signal reader ION 51 comes in a 100% signal.  This must be a blowtorch of a signal.  

I oddly always get Global 6 from Paris Ont even in bad weather.

My neighbour just put up a outdoor antenna aswell last week but his seems to be that Digiwave copy of the Channel Master antennas.

You get signals from Paris Ontario in Etobicoke? Wow, I didn't think they broadcasted that far!
 

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Today 11:37 am

TechGirl
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Hopefully the OTA Gods smile upon me once again. LOL I'm beginning to wonder if something is going on in downtown Toronto (either CN Tower or something else like the Island Airport) that just started. I was driving on the Gardiner through the downtown area (jarvis, yonge, spadina) a couple weeks ago and my radio suddenly started crackling and humming really bad. It didn't clear until I got out around Bathurst. I haven't had that happen before. My antenna faces in this direction. Hmmm. :-)

SOWNY » Rogers Cable Subscribers May Be Without AMC In 2020 » Today 11:18 am

paterson1
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No great loss. I side with Rogers, AMC isn't worth it.  You can only watch National Lampoons Vacation, The Breakfast Club and The Italian Job so many times, Seems like AMC has a about 50 movies in their library and they keep playing the same flicks over and over. And they have been showing these  for years in prime time. 

Rogers and or Bell should dump the Paramount Channel as well.  How that station stays on the air is a mystery. They have what, about 6 shows and no commercials just long promo breaks?  Every time I surf by, John Taffer is screaming at some loser bar owner about the business.  They need to change some of the long 2 minute promos for Tattoo Nightmares, which have been on the air for over one year. Tattoo Nightmare, yes another stellar show!

SOWNY » Rogers Cable Subscribers May Be Without AMC In 2020 » Today 10:58 am

For this Rogers customer who has the channel in his package.....AMC can shove it.

I'm not a Walking Dead fan and the last original show of theirs that I watched was Mad Men.  As for movies they have always been a distant second to TCM and other outlets.  The films they show are edited for time & content with numerous repeat showings each month;  along with far too many commercials thrown in.

They are by no means a premier entertainment channel.

SOWNY » Rogers Cable Subscribers May Be Without AMC In 2020 » Today 9:29 am

mace
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I wonder what Bell and Shaw will do when it's time to "discuss" their carriage terms with AMC when their current contract ends.

SOWNY » Rogers Cable Subscribers May Be Without AMC In 2020 » Today 8:38 am

RadioActive
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It's part of a dispute over  - what else? - money, with AMC demanding more of it to keep the channel available on the system and Rogers insisting they're not worth the extra cash. 

Wow, it takes a greedy company for me to side with Rogers! Imagine that! It means if you still watch The Walking Dead or any of its other versions, you might now suffer from the Walkout Dread come January 1st.

Rogers announces plans to drop AMC — and this isn’t the first time they’ve clashed

While Canadian stations can't hold distributors for ransom, there are no rules when it comes to American stations. The system in the U.S., which I otherwise prefer, can hold millions hostage and regularly have. Dish Network, for example, is run by a penny pincher named Charlie Ergen. He commendably tries to keep prices down, knowing it will cost him subscribers if rates go up endlessly.  

And then along comes an entity like ViacomCBS, which generally starts playing the "pay-up-or-we'll-pull-our-signals" game right around the time they have the rights to the Super Bowl. And generally the ask to keep it are ridiculously high. Disney has done the same thing with ESPN and some of its channels. 

HBO, the premier movie pay cable channel in the U.S., has been off Dish for months, after it was taken over by AT&T, now owner of rival DirecTV, and crazy demands were made to keep it on the competitor. Dish refused, lost a ton of subscribers and to my knowledge, it's still not back. 

I'm sorry to see Canadians are getting in on this ultimately losing game, especially when streaming is starting to take over the way we all watch TV. It's self-defeating and no one - not the distributors, not the channels and certainly not the viewers - ever win.

SOWNY » John Donabie with David Marsden & Roger King » Today 8:24 am

Fitz
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In my recent post about audio from the two Hodges, David Marsden asked if I was familiar with the film  'I Am What I Play" and I mentioned that I had audio of David and film director Roger King being interviewed by Ted W on CFRB. I went looking for that tape but could not find it  but I got a pleasant surprise. I found a tape of John Donabie interviewing David and Roger on CIUT.

I don't recall hearing the broadcast when I originally recorded it but it is a wonderful discussion about free form radio and the bonus content after the interview reminds me about the glory days of the old CHUM FM. I hope both gents do not mind that I took the liberty to upload the clip as it's relatively recent but should be of interest to Toronto radio geeks.

Would be nice if something like the HD2 feed of Indy 88 brought back John, David, Geets, Brian Master and others to create interesting radio content on local terrestrial radio but I know that's just a pipe dream under the current landscape.

John Donabie with David Marsden & Roger King

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Today 5:44 am

mace
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When my parents were alive, and residing in West Oakville, they had a Channel Master 4221 on a 30' tower with a rotor. 4,7,17 and 23 all came in at 100% in any weather conditions. 26 and 29 were usually in the 60% range. 2 and 49 were 50%. In wet weather, 2 and 49 would drop to around 25% and start to pixilate. The only time 51 and 67 were available was under tropo conditions.

SOWNY » Toronto Mike Gets New Gig » Today 2:27 am

betaylored wrote:

9th producer in the 30-year history of Humble and Fred."

Why the high churn rate? Either nobody wants to make a career out of being a button pusher or the hosts are impossible to work for. In any event, perhaps they should have left that stat off the announcement.

How long has Robert Turner headed the RB morning show?

SOWNY » Toronto Mike Gets New Gig » Today 1:33 am

betaylored
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Humble and Fred Radio tweeted yesterday, " It's our pleasure to announce that @torontomike is the 9th producer in the 30-year history of Humble and Fred."

The official announcement was made on the show, and you can hear it at humbleandfredradio.com or on your regular podcast provider.

Congratulations Toronto Mike. 2020's going to be a busy production.

SOWNY » Do Radio Hosts Really Have To Use The Products They Shill For? » Today 12:55 am

betaylored
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You can hear a wry smile occasionally in GNR am640's Mike Stafford's voice when he reads the Frank Leo line about using him if he (Mike) was selling his house, as he regularly talks on his daily show about how he rents his house in Mississauga.

I have heard a few hosts talking about how they used the spiffy Jiffy app.

SOWNY » Enjoyable Christmas music » Today 12:38 am

betaylored
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Media Observer wrote:


😁

SOWNY » Is "My Pillow" Throwing In The Towel? » Yesterday 11:55 pm

betaylored
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alangee wrote:

betaylored wrote:

Does anybody here on the big yellow board have a My Pillow pillow? Are they pillowy? There's something completely Monty Python-ish about the concept.

( imagine a photo from Python's buying a bed sketch here )

My wife bought a My Pillow and it was actually a fantastic pillow which she absolutely loved until she washed it. Now it's just a mushy old pillow. But at least it's clean.

Good to know that the M.P. pillow is real, and can live on as a mushy though clean pillow, thank you.

Someone mentioned copy ad burnout awhile ago.😏

Here's an idea for an effective way to encourage people to buy a new My Pillow: have the radio hosts read a new version of the ad that tells them how many hundreds of thousands of dust mites live in their average old unwashed pillow.

SOWNY » Will "FrankenFM's" Disappear With Final U.S. Station Repack? » Yesterday 11:12 pm

I remember years ago listening to the late-night sportscast on CBLT when they were simulcast on 87.7. At some point, Global got 87.7 and I remember listening to the final episode of Cheers on that frequency while driving up the 401.

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Yesterday 11:08 pm

markow202
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I must have good luck because my south pointing DB4E 3rd floor balcony rail mount in Etobicoke facing a tree locks in a good 42 channels (counts the sub-channels).  On the tv signal reader ION 51 comes in a 100% signal.  This must be a blowtorch of a signal.  

I oddly always get Global 6 from Paris Ont even in bad weather.

My neighbour just put up a outdoor antenna aswell last week but his seems to be that Digiwave copy of the Channel Master antennas.

SOWNY » And Ken Shaw's Replacement Is... » Yesterday 11:05 pm

markow202
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I cant stop thinking about the Mike Tyson Downer had a few years back, everytime I see Downer.  Now Downer could use a bit of Tony Brown's enthusiasm when speaking.  Not that much, but a bit more.  

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Yesterday 10:30 pm

RadioActive
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I wouldn't panic just yet. The wet weather is a big factor tonight and I'm not getting a sniff on Channels 4, 23 or 7, which sometimes happens when it's very damp out. Wait until it clears out tomorrow and see if things come back when you do the re-scan. Usually the second time's the charm.  

SOWNY » And Ken Shaw's Replacement Is... » Yesterday 10:27 pm

RadioActive
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You can watch the announcement as it happened on the show at the link below:

Nathan Downer announced as new co-anchor of CTV News Toronto

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Yesterday 9:43 pm

TechGirl
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I just did a delete/re-add and the 7's are totally gone. 38 just shows as 38.1 now (no sub-stations) and it doesn't bounce to 7.1 anymore which is so weird. This was definitely one of the stronger ones I used to get as of about a month ago. There is some bad juju going on. I keep my fingers crossed it returns (along with the others). Aaack! I wonder if the booster has died on my antenna. I can still get 17, 29, 51 crystal clear but I think they're closer regardless.

SOWNY » And Ken Shaw's Replacement Is... » Yesterday 9:33 pm

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I thought Nathan Downer could have been a little more humble in excepting the new job, but he has all the right stuff other wise. He is married, has a son and spends a lot his free time at the Hockey rink. With no sports Department left at the station, I think Downer could be doing a few remotes from time to time.

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » Yesterday 9:27 pm

TechGirl
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RadioActive wrote:

Not sure what your TV set-up is, but on many units you can do a manual rescan. Instead of having to do a complete scan of every station, you simply pick the one you want - in this case Channel 7 on 38, and see if it finds anything new or fixes the issue. It's worked for me before and remember on most full rescans, if a station is missing at the time you do it (because of weather or it's not coming in for some reason) it won't find it and let you get it even if it does start to come in later. 

Again, your set-up may vary but it's worth trying first.  

@RadioActive. Thanks for this... yes, that's typically what I do when it's only one or two channels that have changed (which is what I did for the WIVB/WNLO change). I was thinking I might try a full rescan simply because so many channels have gone wonky on me. What's also weird with my issue is that, for example, with 2.1 - 2.4 I'm getting the station id's showing up even though I'm getting "no signal" on the channels. Usually when I lose a station I might still see it in my list but I don't get the station id and I get "no signal". On the extreme I won't see the stations at all meaning I will see 2.1 with "no signal" and no station id and will only see 2.1 (I won't see the sub-channels) and even going to 33.1 I just see 33.1 (not 33.1 - 33.4) and it doesn't bounce to 2.1.

I will probably just try to remove 38 and re-add it. If that does nothing I might attempt the full rescan and keep my fingers crossed. :-)
 

SOWNY » Is "My Pillow" Throwing In The Towel? » Yesterday 9:16 pm

alangee
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betaylored wrote:

Does anybody here on the big yellow board have a My Pillow pillow? Are they pillowy? There's something completely Monty Python-ish about the concept.

( imagine a photo from Python's buying a bed sketch here )

My wife bought a My Pillow and it was actually a fantastic pillow which she absolutely loved until she washed it. Now it's just a mushy old pillow. But at least it's clean.

SOWNY » Do Radio Hosts Really Have To Use The Products They Shill For? » Yesterday 8:14 pm

paterson1
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It is all in the wording of the ads. None of the My Pillow radio ads as far as I know claim to cure anything. The individual can say that the pillow helped them with insomnia, or they sleep better since using the pillow or how much more comfortable it is than their old one. There is nothing misleading about that, and how would you prove otherwise? 

Claiming that a product is a cure is a whole other thing, and there are lots of rules about that. We are stricter about claims than in the US. Maybe some of the My Pillow ads south of the border made some cure claims, wouldn't happen here unless it was documented and proven.  Maybe NAFTA 2 will change this?  Ever notice that ads in Canada don't say Homemade? We say Home Style. If it is made in a factory, it isn't homemade.

Moore shouldn't have to address anything about the Kinetico ads. It is possible that he was approached by the company to try out the product or John bought the system and he told some people and it got back to Kinetico.  They may have then asked him if he was interested in endorsing.  Moore is a sharp guy, don't think he would do anything to hurt his or Newstalk 1010's reputation. 

Some stations  also have their own guidelines on any endorsements. But in terms of John addressing the topic, I don't really see why that would be necessary unless the product was of poor quality or didn't do what was advertised , or if he was accused of misleading people.  Beyond that there isn't anything to address.

SOWNY » Do Radio Hosts Really Have To Use The Products They Shill For? » Yesterday 8:12 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

To me, it's one thing to talk FOR someone because you're paid to do so. That's why the Frank Leo spots don't bug me as much as they do some here, although I do think they're a bit much. But as long as Jerry Agar doesn't say he used the guy to sell his house, I'm fine with him acting as spokesperson..

That's just the issue. In Jerry's spots he clearly states that Frank Leo is the agent he would call if he needed to sell his house. If he doesn't move any time in the near future I guess no one can say. Time will tell.

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