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Off Topic » Let's MAKE-UP! » September 24, 2019 4:50 PM

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The pretzel logic of some Trudeau supporters and the lengths they will go to explain this away is simply stunning. I actually heard a woman on CBC Radio's Cross Country Check-up on Sunday suggest that Trudeau used blackface solely to stimulate a conversation on race relations. 

Yep, he was so smart that 18 years ago - before he was even in politics or Prime Minister of the country - he thought about something that would happen almost two decades later. 

And that is the thought process of far too many Canadians. And that is why, despite all the hypocrisy and the agonizing double standard that's been on display during this whole affair, I fear he could well win again.  

Off Topic » Who's Still Here? » August 10, 2019 8:44 PM

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Unfortunately, this forum doesn't get a lot of action anymore. Not sure why.

I like SOWNY, but I also appreciate an alternative. As I recall, this forum's membership blew up fast when the second (or was it the third?) incarnation of SOWNY went down before Iain Grant revived it. I'm not sure why this one gets so little attention. I check in every now and then, but it's been very quiet for the most part for a long while. 

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Just a Question About This Board .... » December 8, 2018 9:22 PM

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I visit here at least once a day just to see if there's anything new. Unfortunately, there usually isn't. Such a shame. I like SOWNY, but it's nice to have an alternative. 

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Odds & Ends » February 23, 2018 8:23 AM

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He's been 680's weekend weather guy for years. 

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Odds & Ends » February 22, 2018 10:44 AM

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Same thing happened on 680 News Sunday, when meteorologist Harold Hosein was telling listeners the forecast for "back to school and work" on Monday. 

Monday, of course, was Family Day in Ontario and for most, there was no work and all the schools were closed. 

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Alice Gets A Pass » December 28, 2017 7:48 PM

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I also notice that one of the shows Antenna TV has picked up (it's actually been on for a while) is "Good Morning World." It's a one season and done series that aired on CBS in 1967, starring Ronnie Schell and Joby Baker (although Billy De Wolfe as the mean boss was the real standout) and a rare sitcom set in a radio station. The stars played two morning men, although if memory serves only part of the story actually took place in the studio. 

It wasn't a great show, but I mention it only because a) it's also on Antenna TV and b) it's one of the few comedies that centre on radio. WKRP and Frasier are the most obvious and there was a show called "Midnight Caller" with Gary Cole that ran for a few seasons on NBC. But other than that, I can't think of many radio-set shows on network television. 

And that's too bad, considering the places I worked had enough characters to be a show in themselves. Still, it's interesting to see an early example of a program that dealt with a medium it otherwise generally ignores.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Joby_Baker_Ronnie_Schell_Lewis_and_Clarke_Good_Morning_World_1967.JPG
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Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » A November Not To Remember » December 1, 2017 11:29 AM

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I'm not a huge fan of the CBC, but "Day 6", which airs Saturday mornings at 10 am, is one of the few shows I like on the taxpayer bloated - er, I mean, funded - network.

Day 6  

Off Topic » Who has the worst customer service? » April 26, 2017 8:58 PM

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Thanks Quad! I think "All of the above" would win if it was offered!

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » The Best Laugh I've Had In A Very Long Time » April 23, 2017 12:41 PM

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Maybe we should start an unofficial online poll:

Who has the worst customer service?

Bell

Rogers

Other

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » The Best Laugh I've Had In A Very Long Time » April 21, 2017 3:37 PM

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Thanks for that. I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long. long time!  

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » From the Canadian Press » March 27, 2017 6:32 PM

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I can't answer question one, although my guess would be that if a local station is taking the CP Newscast it's because they're not doing one of their own, so there'd be nobody around to do an update. Why use nationally syndicated filler if someone is already there to read local news?

A few stations sometimes cut away before the sports sounder comes on, in order to air extra spots, which is why there's always that very brief pause before they hit the stinger. 

But I can respond with some authority to your second query. About a year ago or more, CP changed the way it distributes its newscast, going from live on satellite to a much cheaper Internet delivered product. As a result, that requires a few minutes of uploading at the source and downloading at the stations. Which means the thing is pre-taped about 10 minutes or so before it actually airs.

So there's no way to give a score in any game because it might have changed since the thing was recorded. Better to obfuscate than to sound completely wrong. But it can backfire, such as if the Super Bowl ends in that 10 minute window and the newscaster is talking about the big game as though it's still going on.

I've also heard from a source I know at CP that they've thought about doing away with the sports minute entirely, but so far, it remains part of the package. 

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » I Heart Radio » March 27, 2017 6:22 PM

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Mike wrote:

Kinda what I was getting at --- lets say I'm a talk-radio consumer. Why would I want to listen to another  right-wing ranter in another city? Complete with 6 or 8 minute stops sets?  Being Captain Obvious, I DON'T.  Why would I want to listen to another city's 'Best Music Mix' when the city I live in has a station that is also the 'Best Music Mix' and they are both full of shit?  Again, I DON'T.  

Ah, but I at least want the option if that's my choice. And that's what's missing - real unlimited choice. While I understand the reasons behind geoblocking for TV shows (although I don't like it) for radio it's complete BS. There is simply no reason not to let other countries hear your output. It simply makes no sense and in the early days of streaming, it was never an issue. Big players like CBS have made it into one for reasons I can't fathom.  

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » I Heart Radio » March 27, 2017 5:13 PM

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My problem with it is that it won't allow you to listen to U.S. stations, of which plenty are listed but few work. Like so many other things broadcast related, you get penalized for living in Canada. I can understand it in the case of an entity like Netflix, but if a Texas station is playing the latest Katy Perry single, there can't possibly be any rights issues.

And the Corus-Rogers-Shaw etc. thing isn't any better. That one at least doesn't list any other countries and the only choice you get are Canadian stations. Yeah, I want to use up data to hear more Can Con.

Big yawn to both of them.

Off Topic » Special Weather Statement » January 30, 2017 2:51 PM

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This “specialist” title nonsense began at City TV back in the 80s.
 
They decided that each of their reporters would concentrate on a single issue. That’s how Laura DiBattista suddenly went from an everyday G.A. reporter to a “Health Specialist.” Forget the fact she knew next to nothing about the subject. It was the news director's decision that “if we call her a health specialist, eventually everyone will accept her as one.” And on it went. Cynthia Mulligan, with almost no experience, became an “Education Specialist.” Jojo Chintoh a “Crime Specialist,” and so on.
 
It was a completely made up title meaning nothing other than they regularly covered that beat. But it didn't impart them any special prescience. And that’s when all non-meteorologists became “weather specialists.” It beat actually having to hire a university trained weather person. It sounded good, was far cheaper and eventually the public stopped asking questions about their so-called “specialty.”
 
A lot has changed at City over the years, including the unfortunate takeover by why-don’t-we-fire-half-the-staff-every-two-years Rogers. (Ironically, City now actually does employ a few actual meteorologists, like Adam Stiles who really do know what they’re talking about.)  But this artifact has survived in many TV weather departments across the dial.

Beware the term “specialist.” It really means someone who does this every day but has no actual training and really doesn’t know all that much regarding what they’re talking about. Because in the end, it's ultimately cheaper than hiring someone who does. 

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Conan Show Reduced To Weekly Broadcasts » January 6, 2017 11:13 AM

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The guy in charge of TBS, the originating network, strongly denies the report and says "it's business as usual" with Conan - for now. But if you read between the lines, well, just remember what I discovered in broadcasting. When upper management tells you the station you're at is absolutely, positively, indisputably not for sale, expect it to be in new hands in six months. 

Conan O'Brien to Remain Nightly, for Now, TBS Boss Kevin Reilly Says

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » 'Tis The Season... » December 14, 2016 7:49 PM

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GOD HELP US wrote:

How about job notices to some of their on air staff.

It's too soon for that. They have to wait until, say, December 23rd to destroy their livelihoods and their holidays. This IS Bell we're talking about after all.

Still, when those jobs are gone, they can always recommend counselling as part of "Let's Talk Day." Sorry, "BELL Let's Talk Day."

We have to get the corporate name in there every single time or otherwise, what's the point?

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » 'Tis The Season... » December 13, 2016 12:26 AM

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If you think that's bad, get ready. Bell's 'Let's Talk Day' is coming up, which means every one of their stations will devote endless hours trying to prove how selfless the company is. Even though you have to use their phone system to make a contribution.

Off Topic » Time To Change The Name of The Team » October 13, 2016 7:20 PM

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I strongly object to the use of the word "Toronto." According to the city's own website, this is an aboriginal term meaning "where there are trees in the water" and I feel that it illegally appropriates the native culture and thus must be banned immediately from all future baseball broadcasts. Since we can't use "Jays" because of the above poster's sensitivities, we have to just call them "The Blue." However because of the pejorative use of the term "blue" to mean pornography, that won't do either.

So that leaves "The."

"The" are playing the Cleveland No Names in the ALDS. 

There. That should satisfy just about everyone. Unless the team has a transgender player on it. In which case, it must be They or Xe.

It's getting too complicated. Let's just forget the series and watch something politically correct. When is Bill Maher's show on HBO?  

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Happy Thanksgiving! » October 10, 2016 6:54 PM

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Yes, we're eating a turkey while they'll be voting for one.

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Ben Guyatt on CHML » September 19, 2016 6:26 PM

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Wow. I thought I was the only one listening to this guy. A real breath of fresh air and he even mentions my correspondence to him every now and then. A worthwhile hour, sure to leave Liberals apoplectic. Too bad he was interrupted this past weekend for hockey.

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » eric burdon » August 5, 2016 11:06 AM

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Eric Burdon's audience? I've heard they were all Animals.

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » CRTC OKs frequency change for Erin station amid interference fears » May 22, 2016 7:14 PM

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I doubt many here ever listen to CHES-FM, the community-based station in Erin, Ontario. But last week, the CRTC agreed to give them a power boost to 850 watts and allow them to switch from their current 88.1 to 91.7 FM. The station had argued that contour restrictions meant they couldn't actually reach some 40% of the city they were licenced to serve and the commission agreed. 

But the interesting part of the story to me is the intervention of a guy named Lee Traynor, who complained that the move would create lots of interference with existing adjacent stations near the new location. "The proposed 91.7 MHz frequency for CHES-FM in Erin may be a bad frequency as there is a radio station, CIXL-FM in Welland which operates on that same frequency and is quite audible in the Erin area depending what type of radio receiver," he wrote. "Also 91.7 MHz is the first adjacent frequency of CKBT-FM Kitchener which operates at 91.5 MHz and is also quite audible in the Erin and area. These stations may cause potential interference if CHES-FM is approved to change to 91.7 MHz."

He did look forward to possibly receiving CIND, once the Erin signal disappears from 88.1. No other nearby stations filed any objections. 

In the end, the CRTC believes the power boost is still low enough to ensure there's no interference, But The Giant at 91.7 puts in a killer signal as far as Toronto. I can't see how there can be room for another station on that frequency, even a low powered one, and I'm wondering if the erstwhile Mr. Traynor was right. I guess we'll see. CHES has two years to make the change. I doubt it will take that long.

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Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Mike Stafford off his meds » March 16, 2016 10:58 AM

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"NYPD Blue" opened to the door to that kind of language on prime time network TV - although generally later in the evening, around 10:00. The big four (ABC, NBC, CBS, & Fox) all realized that cable was able to get away with a lot they couldn't. So they gradually managed to push the envelope, until the Steven Bochco show blew the doors wide open.

The "F" word is still the most taboo on the Amnets. Almost everything else - shit, bitch, fart, asshole, etc. - that would never have made it past the censors are now regularly heard just about everywhere. (Although I think the so-called standards and practices departments limit how often they can be said per show. How would you like to be in on those meetings? "You can have two bastards, but you can only give one "shit" this week.")

Although "All In The Family" really opened up television, their swear words were kept to "damn" and "hell". And that was considered controversial in 1971.

But consider this: in 1990, a terrible CBS version of the John Candy movie "Uncle Buck" created North America-wide controversy when a little kid told the lead character "you suck!" in the debut episode. Thousands of articles like this one were printed, condemning the terrible language and wondering about the standards of network television.

How far we've come.

Or maybe, reversed, depending on your point of view.

(One last thing - not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but if you watch network TV with the closed captioning on, those same words that are stated on air are often printed only with either "bleep" or the symbol "---" to indicate someone said something nasty. Ironically, it would seem the deaf are perceived as having delicate ears.)  

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Into The Night with Methylphenidate » March 8, 2016 8:39 PM

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The biggest surprise to me isn't David Eddie being given the slot. It's that of all the hosts that filled The Late Shifts the previous nights, the only ones to get a replacement show (on Sunday evenings) are Taggart and Torrens, probably the worst two and most uninteresting people on the station. They literally have nothing to say and take an hour each week to do it. You let Joe Warmington and Bill Hayes go, but kept them? I want some of whatever the Brand Director is smoking.

Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph/London/Hamilton Radio & Media Forum » Bev Bowman dead in Ottawa at 70 » January 19, 2016 10:46 AM

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I worked with Bev during her time in Toronto radio, and while she wasn't always the easiest person to get along with, she could be charming and provide a different perspective, injecting a woman's point of view into what was then a heavily male-dominated newsroom. I also knew her late husband, Earl McRae, definitely one of the most talented people I've ever met in this business. 

I don't know if it was a match made in heaven, but they certainly seemed happy. I'm truly sorry to hear of her sudden and unexpected passing. 

Ottawa Citizen: Former CFRA host Bev McRae dead at 70

 

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