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I'd Love To Love The Corp

September 30, 2008 @ 07:11

Let's get something straight, I don't have a hate on for the CBC. I have a problem with the way it's run.

Ideally I think there's a place for the CBC in Canada and I'd love to see it function in a proper, balanced and fiscally responsible way.

But that's the problem. It's a bulky, expensive mess that's been infiltrated by a legion of whack jobs who've literally stolen it from the Canadian public.

"Public" is the key word. It's the public broadcaster which means it should be "fair and balanced" - to steal a slogan from a private American cable network, which as well, is anything but fair and balanced.

The Canadian Broadcasting Company is partly supported by the tax dollars of Conservative Canadians, but they have absolutely no voice on the network and that just isn't fair. The CBC has been literally taken over by an element fixated on rejecting anything "right".

Their programming is so slanted to the left it's downright perverted and it's gotten to the point where something has to be done to literally wrestle it away from the current regime that allows Canada's network to speak for only part of the country.

I also have a problem with the excessive spending habits at the Corp, and having worked in private broadcasting for most of my life I realize where it takes seven people to produce a radio show at the CBC, a quality product could easily be achieved with half that many or less.

After all, in many cases quality radio is produced by private radio with only one or two people producing the show.

Times and situations change, but for some reason the CBC hasn't caught on. You have to do more with less in today's society, and although it's tough to swallow sometimes, and it's not always the best route, often it's just plain stinking reality.

The reality that should be facing the CBC right now is downsizing and fiscal responsibility, not to mention a balanced approach to political reporting. But nobody has the nuts to tackle it.

That's why it was so encouraging to hear the Prime Minister address excessive arts spending last week. Maybe, just maybe he'll have the nuggets to do what has to be done if he gets a majority.

Some of you keep making the point that I would "take a job at the CBC in a minute."

That's half true. Way down the road I would definitely consider a job at the CBC and I would be proud to play a part in the development of a "new" CBC. I'd consider it an act of patriotism.

But it would take more than a minute to consider, because as it stands, I would find the place nothing but bloody frustrating.

Category: Politics

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This Says It All

September 29, 2008 @ 17:05

I thought it extremely odd that so many people who participated at defended Heather Mallick last week.

Yesterday's report issued by the CBC Ombudsman (please read) puts everything into the proper perspective. The Mallick article was vicious, over the line and definately did not belong on the CBC website.

I hope those who were so ready to defend our often perverted public broadcaster read this and then give their heads a shake.

Mallick was wrong, the CBC was wrong and looking ahead, maybe the Corp. can do something about its one sided, almost childish position on Canadian politics.

Category: Politics

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Today With McArthur and Face

September 29, 2008 @ 07:49

The bail-out and the Blue Jays.

Category: Radio

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The Trailer - Week Twenty One - September 28-29

September 29, 2008 @ 06:45

Stayed home and closed the pool and hung out with Dol, Mel, Josh, Dan and Shawna.... and Bones.

Category: The Trailer

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The Spirit Of Radio

September 24, 2008 @ 20:11

Needless to say, has had a lot of action over the past couple of days and I love it.

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I welcome the feedback, even the stuff that paints me as some kind of a redneck roughneck. I just consider the source and write them off as simpletons who can't come up with anything better.

Take Irvine for example. Thirty percent fact and seventy percent bullshit. But I honestly appreciate his input. He adds pepper to my site even though he goes round in circles and really doesn't say much.

But I have to highlight one of the comments I received yesterday. It really blew my mind because whoever "Bram Chester" is, by taking a shot at me, he actually accentuated what I was trying to say in my posting "Harper Connects."

To be an artist doesn't necessarily mean you have to stick your hand out.

Bram Chester wrote this.

"Fred, how do you feel about the fact that the culture generally being attacked is the same independent culture that once built CFNY, which gave you a career?
This isn't a rhetorical question, if you dare to answer it."

Here's the deal "Bram Chester", or whoever you are afraid to say you are, CFNY was built on independent culture by a bunch of wonderful people who received absolutely no government assistance.

They built the "culture" with love and devotion without ever thinking that someone should give them a handout, or a grant or a subsidy. They did it because they believed in it and they were willing to accept what it returned.

They were people I consider family who lived in basement apartments, drove shitty cars and watched every goddamed dollar they spent.

They did shows all by the themselves, often providing their own resources because they wanted to produce the best show possible and provide an "alternative" to most of the junk that other radio stations were dumping on the masses.

How dare you compare them to CBCers who do simple radio shows with a staff of seven or eight. How dare you group them with wingnuts who make sculptures out of cigarette butts and then expect the government to support them.

"Bram Chester" when you tried connect CFNY to subsidized culture and art you were so off base it made me laugh so hard I pissed my pants.

Remember, I lived it.

Category: Stuff

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Today With Craig And Matt

September 24, 2008 @ 08:40

More Mallick..

Category: Radio

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Today With Curtis Bray

September 24, 2008 @ 08:39

More Mallick

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Harper Connects

September 24, 2008 @ 08:11

Stephen Harper continues to wipe the floor with his opposition in the current election campaign, and yesterday he forged ahead even further in my mind by having the balls to say what so many others think.

Ordinary folks don't care about arts funding.

Harper should be commended for having the guts to say it, because as a politician its one of those places you don't usually go. You avoid it because every whiny freeloader will come out of the woodwork and you leave yourself open to the scrutiny of other spineless politicians who don't mind dumping millions into pointless arts programs.

The Prime Minister will be criticized for this of course. He'll be taken out of context and be accused of attacking the arts in the general. But that's not the case, Stephen Harper like myself, has nothing against the arts, it's the attitude of some so-called artists that he has problem with.

For much too long money has been thrown at things in this country with no accountability, no purpose and no reason and it's got to stop.

Harper hits the nail on the head when he talks about ordinary folks. While ordinary folks try to come up with creative ways to pay the mortgage, the food bill and their next tank of gas, they have little or no interest in having their tax dollars handed over to somebody who wants to throw paint at a wall and call it art.

Ordinary Canadians don't have anything against the arts, but they have a big problem with waste and so does the Prime Minister.

And cut the PM some slack. He's not ending arts funding all together, (which wouldn't be a bad idea) he's cutting back after actually increasing the Canadian Heritage fund by eight percent.

What he did was review the books and make some tough choices on where he could save a few bucks for the taxpayer. Unfortunately, for those who think they have a god given right to our tax dollars so they can pursue a hobby, the party may be coming to an end.

Meanwhile, the totally irrelevant Jack Layton came out barking yesterday, using the Conservative hidden agenda argument, claiming the Prime Minister will probably sell off the CBC if wins a majority.

We can only hope.

*when you click on the link, notice the headline in the Toronto Star. They leave out the word funding. Conveniently.

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How Some People Think

September 23, 2008 @ 07:03

Yes, it's amazing how some people think.

Yesterday when I wrote the posting "Pig" I wrote it with a certain purpose that I'm convinced that I accomplished.

I believe in freedom of speech and I believe politicians are fair game for just about anything. I also believe that Sarah Palin is surrounded by a lot of questions marks and might prove to be a disaster if the Republicans are elected.

What I don't believe in is taking personal shots that go beyond the issues at hand, and I especially reject taking shots at a politicians family, people who are on the peripheral. People who are on the peripheral and didn't choose to become targets in any form.

It's interesting that so many people who responded yesterday missed the point. So ready to jump on anything Conservative they immediately aligned themselves with Heather Mallick and defended the bullshit she wrote.

They descried the piece as clever and funny and intelligent when in reality, it was none of that.

It was left wing vitriol that attacked a woman for her looks and insulted her family for their apparent lifestyle. It had nothing to do with politics and had everything to do with a woman (Mallick) who is a frustrated feminist who is uncomfortable with Palin's combination of success and attractiveness - and, of course - her political stripe.

Jump all over Sarah Palin for all the things she deserves to be criticized for. Her position on issues and her track record as a mayor and governor. Criticize her for policy and trustworthiness, but don't criticize her for the thickness of her lips or the image of her husband and children. That's just petty, dirty and most of all, piggish.

I'm especially disappointed in those readers who defended Mallick's piece yesterday by describing it, or comparing it to a Saturday Night Live piece.

What a joke.

Mallick's purpose was not to be funny or cute or irreverent. It was to attack someone she hates for being nothing more than good looking and Conservative.

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Another Hurdle

September 23, 2008 @ 07:02

I watched most of the Leafs pre-season game last night with a heavy heart.

It didn't hit me until the game actually started, but I quickly realized this Leaf season would be different because it will be the first since my dad died.

By this time in September I would have set Dickie up with a Leaf schedule that clearly displayed what channel their games would be on.

Dickie was from a different era. The era that had Saturday Leaf games on the CBC and midweek games on CTV. It was all so simple then.

But then all of a sudden, as my dad became older, the digital television world became newer. Following the Leafs on TV wasn't so easy any more.

Some games were on CBC, some games on TSN and a whole whack on Sportsnet and then a growing number on Leafs TV.

The television universe that just a few short years ago was manageable for Dickie, had become a wacky system that featured channels that zoomed into the 500's.

Some nights the Leafs were on channel 417, but then the next game would be on 466 or 400 or way back at 302 or 348. Don't game me wrong, my dad was a smart guy, but as he settled into his 80's, he had trouble getting his head around constantly updated digital boxes and complex converters.

That's why I always made sure by this time he had a Leaf schedule that had a big number beside every game. It made it easier for him. I actually enjoyed doing it. I looked forward to it.

But last night, because I've been so busy lately, I really didn't think about it until the puck dropped against the Buffalo Sabres.

I miss ya Dickie..

Category: Family

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