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Today With Some Fellas

February 29, 2008 @ 08:47

Later today I’ll be heading out to Milton where I’ve been asked to be a guest on a podcast called "Leafs Central at Lunch."

This epitomizes everything I love about the internet.

A few avid Leaf fans got together and invested a few bucks in equipment and turned a rec room into a studio.

Now they broadcast to the world.

They’ve recorded several episodes of the show and I’m flattered that they asked me to be part of their show this week. This podcasting stuff will eventually take radio out of the hands of fools and I'm loving it.

We'll record the episode tonight, and it will be available sometime tomorrow.

It should be a good time and the fellas sent me a note yesterday asking me what beer I’d like to drink while we’re talking about hockey in a basement.

Jesus H. Christ. It doesn’t get any more Canadian than that.

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Oakley And Stafford Win Big In BBM

February 29, 2008 @ 08:46

Yesterday when I went to visit my parents my mom showed me something she had received in the mail. Two BBM ballots.

BBM stands for Bureau of Broadcast Measurement, and it’s the archaic way that radio ratings are determined in Canada.

Even though many a career has been destroyed through this peculiar system of determining who’s listening to radio, it survives through convenience, money and influence.

Paper diaries are sent out to thousands of homes across the country asking people to fill out their listening habits during a given week. You’re asked to keep track of what you are listening to in quarter hours segments for the seven days.

Only a small percentage are returned.

I could spend another six thousand words explaining why this system in flawed and how it favours certain formats over others, but I'll condense my thoughts.

When I started in radio we played vinyl records, now they play music digitally. When I started in radio, we used reel to reel tape but now things are recorded digitally. When I started in radio editing was done with a razor blade, but now it too is done on computers.

When I started in radio BBM ratings were done through mail out ballots......... oh well.

Yesterday when I arrived at my folks my mother seemed rather confused by the whole process and that’s not surprising because the diaries are confusing for most people.

Most people don’t have time to fill them out and the toonie they send you as a gesture really doesn’t make up for the bother.

Anyway I explained to my mother what to do and she quickly declared who were going to be the beneficiaries of the ballots.

“I going to write down Mike Stafford” she said. “And I’m going to write down my Johnny.”

“My Johnny” to my mother means John Oakley. She gets up every morning at 5:30 and sits in her chair with a head set on listening to her Johnny.

To be honest it bugs me a bit because I’d much prefer she be listening to her Freddie, but thanks to an unfortunate turn of events, that’s no possible right now.

There was a ballot addressed to my mother and another to my father, but what happened next is probably the biggest problem with BBM ballots. There was no way my dad was going to sit down and fill out his diary, so my mother filled out his as well.

John Oakley and Mike Stafford got credit for a listener who really isn’t a listener.

My dad loves Mike personally, but to be honest he’s not much of a radio listener at all so Mike and John got credit where credit wasn’t due and it also explains why CHFI and CHUM-FM are always at the top of the ratings.

They’re female stations and a lot of females fill out ballots that belong to their mates.

But that’s the deal and it continues to be the deal and nobody seems to want to change the deal even though the deal sucks.

After my 80 year old mother finished filling out both ballots I asked her if she was sure she didn’t want include any other stations.

“No” she said. “640 is the only station I listen to. It’s all I’ve listened to since you and Howard were there.”

“You didn’t listen to us on the MIX?" I asked.

“No, I couldn’t stand that bloody station” she said. “You guys sounded like you were muzzled and the music was awful."

“What about other talk stations. Don’t you ever listen to CFRB?”

“No way” said Junie. “That’s for old people.”

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Today With Matt And Craig

February 27, 2008 @ 09:54

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Evil Americans

February 26, 2008 @ 10:18

Last week while I was in Florida I listened to a lot of talk radio and I honestly couldn’t believe what I heard.

Right now the United States is infested with Conservative talk shows that to my mind are actually damaging the country.

The likes of Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity and Mike Savage promote themselves as great Americans who want to save their country from left wing liberal, socialist underhanded Democrats.

It’s a constant onslaught of one-sided, hateful and manufactured accusations that serve to do nothing more than strike fear into those listening. Hearing these guys back to back to back is downright shocking.

And let me say this, being a right leaning conservative in Canada is nothing like being a conservative in the States and there are no radio standards in the States that call for a balanced approach like we have up here.

I almost can’t believe I’m saying this, but what’s going on in the States with conservative radio is out of hand, but at the same time, I reject the call by some liberals south of the border who are calling for stricter standards.

Those on the left would like to stifle the right by shutting them down, but that’s just as extreme as the idiots who are spewing their nonsense through the airwaves.

Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity and Mike Savage promote themselves as great Americans, but they aren’t. They’re horrible Americans are who doing their country irreparable damage by building lucrative empires through innuendo, lies and fear mongering.

But it's entertainment for some, so don’t shut them down.

Instead, use the most powerful tool in broadcasting, if you don't like it, turn it off.

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Today With McArthur And Face

February 25, 2008 @ 09:29

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Today With Craig And Matt

February 13, 2008 @ 15:00

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Rush Can't Count

February 12, 2008 @ 12:35

I’m sitting here passing some time listening to the imbecile known as Rush Limbaugh.

There are right wing conservatives, and then there are people who are clinically retarded and that pretty much describes Limbaugh.

I just caught the pecker-head in a dandy.

Remember this is the guy who spends a lot of his time criticizing the media, democrats and anyone else who disagrees with him often questioning their intelligence.

Rush read a story that claims by the year 2050 the population of the United States would be 440 million, and of that, one in four Americans will have been born outside of the USA.

And then he attempted to scare his audience by talking about Hispanics and illegal immigration. But that’s not what made me chuckle.

This is.

Limbaugh tried to do some math in his head to determine how old he’d be in 2050, but seemed to have trouble coming up with an answer, so he took a little more time and finally came up with 89. He would be 89 years old in 2050. That’s what he told about five million listeners.

Problem is, he was born in 1951.

When you're as perfect as Rush, you can't make such mistakes.

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Today With McArthur And Face

February 11, 2008 @ 10:21

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Today With Craig And Matt

February 6, 2008 @ 10:47

Craig Venn just emailed me this audio. Did you know The Rock is on both 95.1& 100.7? It's true, you can look it up. Enjoy...
~ Toronto Mike

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Today With McArthur and Face

February 4, 2008 @ 11:13

Face emailed me this MP3 this morning. Seriously, that's the name I saw in Gmail. With Freddie in FLA I'm putting 2 and 2 together and guessing I should post this. Enjoy...
~ Toronto Mike

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