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Today With McArthur And Face

May 26, 2008 @ 10:35

Nothing but hockey.

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For My CFNY Friends

May 23, 2008 @ 07:43

Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon at the Rogers Empire at Jarvis and Bloor, and found myself in one of those frustrating situations.

On my way out I ran into an old colleague from the CFNY days and I couldn’t remember her name.

Her name was in my head and it was trying to claw its way out, but it was one of those situations that as soon as I saw her and gave her a hug, I so desperately wanted to say her name that it created a block.

I knew her name because I’ve thought of her many times over the years and when I’ve thought of her I’ve said her name in my head. But yesterday, it wouldn’t happen for me.

So, I did what I usually do when I meet someone whose name I can’t remember. I called her "darlin’." If it’s a guy, I call him "pal."

Anyway, for the better part of fifteen minutes we stood and talked in front of the elevators on the fifth floor and the entire time I was kicking myself in the ass for not being able to come up with her name.

We talked about old times, we talked about present times, we talked about old CFNY people and we talked about the Kawartha’s.

Finally, when it was time to leave rather than say, “see ya darlin” I decided to be honest.

I looked her in the face and said just that. “I’m going to be honest with you.”

But before I could finish the sentence she said “you don’t remember my name do you.”

And I replied “no”

And she said. “Jay”

And then it all came back to me, including her last name. Stinson.

Jay Stinson is Promotions Director for 680 News.

Jay Stinson, is also one of the many fabulous people that I met, worked with and partied with during my wonderful days at CFNY in 1980’s.

Someone I hadn’t seen in close to twenty years.

Sorry if I offended you Jay.

Ya darlin’.

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Today With Craig And Matt

May 21, 2008 @ 14:48

Bar hours and hockey.

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The Ballots Are In

May 15, 2008 @ 10:52

I told you a couple of weeks ago that my house had been selected for a BBM survey.

We're eligible now because I no longer work in radio. Ouch! It hurts to say that.

My wife took the call, and earlier this week, BBM radio diaries assigned to each member of the family, arrived along with some instructions and a five dollar bill in each one.

It really is peculiar system.

Starting on Monday, the occupants of our house have been asked to faithfully fill out a diary. Its broken down day by day, quarter hour by quarter hour, and you’re supposed to fill it out at the end each day, they’d prefer to you didn’t fill it out at the end of the week in case you’re memory fails you.

Yea, fat chance of that happening.

I’m willing to bet that almost 100 percent of these diaries are filled out as an after thought, by those who feel an obligation to BBM because of the five dollar bill.

It’s absolutely ridiculous to think anyone but a retiree or shut-in would make this priority during their busy week. To think that a teenager or busy young adult would actually sit down with a pen and fill this out is a stretch of major proportion.

Can you image anyone between 18 and 24 doing anything that doesn’t involve a computer? And you can probably stretch that to someone in their mid 30’s.

I mean really, in this day and age of on-line music, information, purchasing and networking, who, with any connection to the computer world would take one of these diaries seriously?

I have a 22 year old who would be all over this if he could do it on his Mac, but to imagine him sitting down at the table with a pen in hand, on a daily basis, filling this out, is not only dreaming in technicolour, it’s not realistic.

But you know what? It’s gonna happen.

It’s gonna happen in my house because having been in the radio business I understand the importance of this archaic system and I owe it to my former colleagues to have it done properly.

I’m going to explain the system to my family and ask them, as a favour to me, to fill out the ballots just the way BBM would have you fill them out.

Problem is, what about other households? What about other families who agreed to take the survey but have no intention of doing it properly? In most families these diaries sit on the kitchen table for the entire week and they’re all filled out by one person, usually mom, out of guilt, on the last day.

That’s how you get bizarre results. Like in the last book when a popular station for older individuals in Toronto enjoyed a huge increase in males 18-34. Excuse me? An obvious case of the “mom” factor.

But don’t worry about my family.

My wife will only fill out her ballot and same goes with the rest of my group. It’s going to be a fun little “family” project, and I won’t even recommend who they should support. That wouldn’t be fair and it wouldn’t be prudent, and I would urge any of you out there who may have been selected for a survey to do the same.

As crazy as it seems, jobs depend on it.

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Today With Craig And Matt

May 14, 2008 @ 12:07

Tina Turner ticket talk.

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Today With McArthur And Face

May 12, 2008 @ 09:00

Steaks and Wings.

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Today With Derringer

May 7, 2008 @ 17:01

I had a great time on the Derringer Show again today. Actually, when I think about it, it’s a little bittersweet.

I’m a big fan of the show, and all the guys are great, but when I’m sitting there I realize how much I miss radio. It sort of makes you feel heavy hearted.

But I can’t express how grateful I am to JD for giving me a huge platform, and to brother Bill, Ryan and Johnny Garbutt for making me feel so welcome.

Here is the segment from today's show. In two parts.

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Today With Craig And Matt

May 7, 2008 @ 17:00

Talkin' about CanadianThinker. com.

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Maurice Gets The Boot

May 7, 2008 @ 16:59

I was in the halls of Corus Entertainment Toronto today when word broke of the firing of Paul Maurice sometime around 11 am.

People were scurrying up and down the halls.

Young Steve Dankoff, who hosts Leafs Lunch Weekends was there, News Director Stephanie Smyth was there, and Program Director Gord Harris was there.

When a story like this breaks, and you're the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, decisions have to be made about how you're going to handle the story and it was fun to watch the team go into action.

On air at the time was the marvelous Mike Stafford and no surprisingly, Mike morphed from newsman to sports analyst in a matter of seconds.

Within minutes Mike had Bill Watters on the phone, and the he spent the rest of the hour taking calls from passionate Leaf fans.

I so desperately wanted to bust through the studio doors and sit with Mike and take calls, but it wasn't may place.

It used to be, but not no more.

What do I think of the Maurice firing?

I'm not surprised. As screwed up as the organization is, there were too many nights over the past couple of years that the Leafs appeared "not ready to play."

I realize that motivation for players who make millions of dollars a year shouldn't be an issue, but that's not reality.

If a professional coach has any angle to his job that shouldn't be necessary, it's motivation, but pro athletes are nothing more than big dumb kids and quite often they do need to have a fire lighted under their ass, and Maurice simply didn't deliver on that front.

Will anything change? Probably not.

This organization has a woeful history of plowing through players and coaches and not having much of anything change.

You know the story. Until the top changes, the bottom will be a familiar place.

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Later In The Day

May 7, 2008 @ 16:58

After I left the Corus Empire yesterday I headed for CBC Headquarters where I had a lunch date with Jeff Marek and Jeff Domet.

The boys are doing well at the “Corp” following their departure for am 640/Leafs Lunch/ The Bill Watters Show.

Once I was cleared through security, which was rather extensive I might add, the two Jeffs showed me around.

Wow. Public broadcasting is a lot different than private broadcasting.

The first thing you notice are the people. There are people everywhere, especially in the newsrooms. Rows and rows of people pecking away at key boards in an office like atmosphere.

The newsroom for Radio One spans almost as far as the eye can see. Weird when you consider that most newsrooms in private news stations consist of maybe half a dozen people.

You can’t help but wonder what the hell they’re all doing on Front Street.

After a quick tour of our tax dollars at work, Jeff and Jeff took me up to the Hockey Night in Canada/Sirius Radio offices where I met a couple of interns and another producer whose name escapes me right now.

After that they took me into their new state of the art studios where Hockey Night in Canada Radio is produced and I was blown away. Top notch, state of the art. The studios still smell new.

We shot the shit for a while, and then Marek’s phone rang with a call from Don Cherry who was confirming his appearance on the show later in the day.

It was good to catch up with my boys, and before I left we went downstairs to a food court that I didn’t know existed, and we had veal sandwiches.

Sandwiches made from baby cows. Baby cow tastes good. Especially with hot peppers.

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