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Jeff Domet

October 9, 2007 @ 10:16

His real name is Jeff Domet but if you listened to the Humble and Fred Show you probably know him as Chicken Shwarma.

He became an intern on the Humble and Fred Show back in 1996 and then became our producer during the MOJO years.

He got the name Shwarma from Howard, who quickly tied Jeff's Lebanese heritage to a popular food from that culture. Why wouldn't he?

Anyway, after Humble and I left for the MIX, Shwarma became producer of Leafs Lunch on am 640 with Jeff Marek and Bill Watters where Watters changed his nickname to Punch.

Watter's quickly tied Jeff's love of the Leafs to a popular general manager from the Leafs glory years.

Jeff / Shwarma / Punch produced Leafs Lunch for the better part of four years, and then produced the new Bill Watters Show that can be heard from 4pm till 7pm every day.

But now that has come to an end. A couple of weeks ago Jeff was offered a job by the CBC to produce Hockey Night in Canada radio and he took it. His last day at am 640 was Friday.

Shwarma leaves with a heavy heart but it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. Although Hockey Night in Canada radio is heard exclusively on Sirius Satellite Radio, he's an employee of the CBC and working there allows him much wider long term opportunity. Plus, he gets to work with host Jeff Marek who left 640 about a month ago.

Punch says he thoroughly enjoyed his days with Leafs Lunch and the Watters Show, but this new job with the CBC was something he just couldn't pass-up and the best thing for his wife Michelle and their family.

Hockey Night in Canada Radio can be heard weeknights on Sirius at 4pm.

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The Bill Watters Show - Day Two

October 4, 2007 @ 10:13

Although I was a little rough around the edges, I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Bill Watters Show yesterday and I'm looking forward to doing it again today.

There are a lot of segments and elements and the show moves along at a rapid pace.

Bill Watters is quite the fella. A non-stop fountain of knowledge and information fed by a long and fascinating career that saw him get drafted by the Argos, become a high school teacher, a player agent, an NHL executive and then a broadcaster.

When you sit and listen to someone like Bill Watters you wonder how some people can pack so much into one life.

We'll do it against his afternoon at four o'clock, rehashing last nights game against the Senators, while looking ahead to tonight's game in Ottawa.

The Bill Watters Show. am 640 Toronto radio

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Today On The Bill Watters Show

October 3, 2007 @ 10:02

The Toronto Maple Leafs open the 2007/08 hockey season tonight and in a small way I'm going to be part of it.

As I mentioned last week I've been asked to host the "Bill Watters Show" on am 640 tonight and tomorrow night between 4pm and 7pm.

There's always something special about the season opener which will only add to the experience.

am 640 Toronto radio is the home of the Leafs and the pre-game show with Jim Ralph and Dennis Bayak immediately follows the Watters Show.

Listen if you can.

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Bruce Allen Update

September 27, 2007 @ 09:58

No doubt about it, free speech is slowly being eliminated in Canada because the agitators, whiners and special interest groups are slowly winning.

Yesterday I wrote about Canadian music executive Bruce Allen whose commentary on Vancouver's CKNW turned into a shit storm because he had a few things to say about immigrants.

Yesterday Allen caved in a bit and he met with leaders of the Sikh and Muslim communities in Vancouver in an attempt to diffuse the situation. It was sad really because it does nothing more than play into the hands of those who want to eliminate freedom of expression.

What Mr. Allen had to say, although harsh and a little rough around the edges, was well within his right to say it and should have caused nothing more than healthy debate.

Instead it turned into intimidation with some people calling for Allen's job, the cancellation of his contribution to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, not to mention the smear to his reputation with the predictable use of the race card.

Here's the problem. From now on if any commentator across the country writes a piece that even borders on controversy, they may look at the Allen experience and decide "what's the use" and throw it into the waste paper basket.

So very very sad.

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Bruce Allen

September 26, 2007 @ 09:27

Shit hit the fan in Vancouver last week.

Record promoter Bruce Allen, who handles the likes of Brian Adams and Michael Buble made a commentary on Vancouver radio station CKNW about immigrants, and although he may have been speaking for the majority, a vocal minority has made his life miserable.

Already there have been complaints sent to the CRTC and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Some have called for Allen's removal from the 2010 Winter Olympics' creative team and others want him fired from the radio station where he does a daily comment.

Sukhpreet Singh of the Canadian Organization of Sikh Students said his group also intends to press for Mr. Allen's removal from the Olympics team.

"It is a public position, involving the spending of Canadian tax dollars, and his views do not reflect Canadian values. He is clearly not in line with what Canada is all about," Mr. Singh said.

So far the radio station has not fired Allen and the Vancouver Olympic committee has no intention of firing him either.

Mr. Allen, when pressed did offer a mild apology saying he didn't mean to offend anyone and it wasn't a personal attack on anyone.

It blows my mind. Bruce Allen has every right to say what he said, if there is any second guessing, it might be in the way he delivered the comment and some of the rough edges it contained.

But generally speaking, agree or disagree, there's no way he should be fired from any job or be the latest target of the overly used and terribly abused race card.

It's interesting to note that Governor General Michaelle Jean has voiced her opinion on the issue. A black Canadian born in Haiti, Jong says Allen's remarks spark healthy debate and there's nothing wrong with what he said.

What do you think? Here's the commentary. Have a listen and then post your thoughts.

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The John Oakley Show

September 26, 2007 @ 09:26

This morning I was listening to the John Oakley Show on am 640 and one of his guests of Sukhpreet Singh of the Canadian Organization of Sikh Students.

As I mentioned in the above posting he's very much against what Bruce Allen said and he's pushing for his removal from the Olympic Committee.

It was interesting to listen to Singh this morning because he exposed himself for what so many of these agitators are all about.

When the subject of "Canadian culture" came up, Singh declared that there is no Canadian culture and he put it this way.

"What's Canadian culture" he asked. "Hockey and the word eh?"

It's wild what a double standard there is in this country.

According to Sukhpreet Singh, Bruce Allen had no right to say what he did and he should be silenced, but it's perfectly alright for Singh to dismiss our culture as "nothing."

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The Bill Watters Show

September 25, 2007 @ 09:57

Next Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, I'm going to have the honour of hosting "The Bill Watters Show" on am 640.

A couple of weeks ago Jeff Marek left the station to join the CBC and Hockey Night in Canada, and since then they've had rotating hosts and will continue to have different hosts until sometime later in the fall.

I'm pumped. Not only do I get to join Bill, which I look forward to very much, but I get to do the show on opening night. It's the season opener against Ottawa at the ACC on Wednesday, and then on Thursday they play "in" Ottawa.

I've been a guest on "Leafs Lunch" a few times, and back in August I co-hosted The Watters Show with Marek and every time I enjoyed it very much.

Next week should be a lot of fun.

Next Wednesday and Thursday - am 640 - The Bill Watters Show with Fred Patterson. 4pm till 7pm.

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Monday On The Hawk

September 21, 2007 @ 09:47

Once again I'll join Jeff McArthur and Face on The Hawk Monday morning.

It's a regular bit now. Every monday morning at 7:15 we talk sports, politics and whatever else happens between now and then.

The Hawk is in London and McArthur and Face are very nice and extremely intelligent fellas/

Monday morning on the Hawk - 7:15 - you can listen live.

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Good Point

September 19, 2007 @ 09:17

This is a political comment, but it's not mine. It's by Mike Stafford of am 640 and I post it for two reasons.

It's well written as always and I've always been of the opinion that charging people a small fee at Emergecy Rooms would go a long way in clearing them out.

"York Region MPP Frank Klees has been rebuffed by his own leader over co-payments at doctor's offices and emergency rooms.

The Newmarket Conservative was thinking out loud when he suggested a fee of five dollars would make people think twice before bothering the health care system with minor bugs and sprains.

Frank: you can't talk about it. Health Minister George Smitherman correctly pointed out it's illegal under the Canada Health Act and Tory said Klees wasn't speaking for the party.

But remember Frank: you can't talk about it. You can talk about doctors who have worked a system together to ensure they're paid for referrals. You can talk about brand new hospitals understaffed because there's always enough money for bricks...but not brains.

Frank: you can talk about MP's who fly out of country for treatment no average Ontarian could afford and about a former Prime Minister who uses a private health clinic in Montreal.

Hell Frank, you can talk about funding Islamist schools and Jewish schools and Hindu and schools that promote one belief in an invisible being over another.

But Frank: don't talk common sense. It doesn't fit in the health care debate."

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Chris Crocker

September 19, 2007 @ 09:17

This is a follow up to yesterday and I admit, I was way behind on this one.

He goes by the name Chris Crocker and he lives with his grandparents in a small town in the southern United States.

Apparently Crocker is not his real last name and he doesn't want anyone to know the name of his town and that's a stipulation for anyone who's been granted an interview.

He's 19 years old and he's gay. But more importantly he's become an internet star with his pathetic ranting videos and is quickly gaining attention in New York and Hollywood.

This week he was a guest on the Howard Stern Show.

Chris Crocker is just another one of those kids who's blasted to stardom through You Tube. It started with MySpace and grew from there.

Meanwhile, if you visit this website often you know I guest on the "The Rock" morning show in Windsor every Wednesday morning with Craig Venn and Matt Dumouchelle.

This morning after making my weekly appearance, which dealt with unruly kids, the election, farting on airplanes and crocs.. they offered me something from their morning show.

It's a parody of Chris Crocker defending OJ Simpson - and its well done.

Click here and wait a few seconds while it downloads.

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