Quit Playing With Our Broadcasts, You Wanker

The owners of radio station Mansfield 103.2 and Ofcom (the British equivalent of the CRTC) are trying to figure out who keeps hijacking the station’s frequency to play the happy little tune above and how it’s being done.

The communications regulator is hunting a radio pirate who has repeatedly hijacked the airwaves of a local station with a deliberately offensive song about masturbation.
The Winker’s Song, a 1970s ditty by an artist going by the name Ivor Biggun, has been illegally forced on to the output of Mansfield 103.2 at least eight times in the last month.
Ofcom said it was taking the incident “extremely seriously” and its engineers were working closely with the radio station to trace and identify the pirate.

Listeners were last subjected to the song, which uses the word “wanker” 36 times, this weekend during a live family broadcast from Mansfield’s Party in the Market event.

This is, of course, pretty goddamn funny. But it’s also a crime punishable by unlimited fines and up to two years in prison, so I really hope the joke is worth it.

1240 CJCS Will Switch To 107.1 FM on August 3rd, Start Calling Itself Juice FM

For history and trivia’s sake, the last song played by CJCS as an AM only station was Thirsty Ears by the Powder Blues Band,

and the first on FM was Listen to the Music by the Doobie Brothers.

I haven’t gotten around to installing a decent recorder on this machine so I don’t have audio of the switch or the interview with Lloyd Robertson and Geoff Poulton (President of Vista Radio) that preceded it, but if someone else does and I find it I’ll be sure to tack it on here, make a separate post out of it or both. Come to think of it, if you have it, feel free to drop me a line. My finger slipped and I nearly wrote drop me a loin there. Please do not do that. Unless it’s pork. That would be nice of you.

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The approval was granted a couple of years ago, and now CJCS Stratford is finally set to become an FM station next month. They’re moving from 1240 AM to 107.1 FM starting August 3rd, although the 1240 signal will still be available for a few months while everyone adjusts.

107.1 is an interesting frequency choice. It shouldn’t be much of an issue for people in Stratford as long as they’re at home, but things could get interesting once they start driving around. Depending on where you go it may not take long for that signal to start getting stomped by Q107 in Toronto and possibly even 107.5 Dave FM from here in KW. I wonder if I’ll even be able to pull it in here at the house for that same reason. I hope I can, but I have my doubts. It would be nice to have another decent station to listen to, though.

Starting Aug. 3, listeners can tune in to 107.1 FM, which will run simultaneously with 1240 AM for about three months.
It will largely be the same station, said regional cluster manager Wendy Gray, with the same music, team and community focus.
“I want to be clear, we’re not changing very much,” said Gray. “We are not changing the format to a rock format. It’s going to stay the same music that they hear today on CJCS…they’re going to hear the same local news. They’re going to hear Eddie Matthews in the morning. They’re going to hear the agricultural report, the Stratford Warriors, the Blue Jays.”
Though the licence issued by the CRTC in 2015 noted the station would change from oldies to rock music, that’s since been rethought, said Gray.
“It’s taken a long time to get the approval, and in the interim, we (decided) ‘why fix what really isn’t broken?’”

The only other thing that’s changing is the name. They’re sticking with the CJCS call letters which is nice since they have nearly a century worth of history attached to them, but they’re also going to start calling it Juice FM. I don’t know what Juice has to do with old music, but it’s fine, I guess. I’m sure we’ll all get used to it in time, and it’s not like everyone who isn’t a young kid isn’t just going to call it CJCS anyway.

Happy 40th Birthday, Q107

I just learned something that blew my mind a little bit.

If you’re like me, knowing what you know about Toronto’s best rock Q107 which turned 40 years old yesterday, you would probably guess that the first song the station ever played would be something by Rush or the Who or Neil Young or the Stones or Zeppelin or Sabbath. But no. That honour goes to, of all things, “Hard Rock Town” by Murray McLauchlan.

I won’t bash the choice since it’s a decent song and it wound up being appropriate, but seriously, I could have sat here guessing songs all day long and not come up with that.

If you want to hear what things sounded like on May 22nd, 1977, Toronto Mike has some audio.

Man, station launches used to be a whole lot more understated than they’ve become today.

You’re Listening To 97.7 The Cave, Your Molestation Station

The ratings for Benson, Arizona’s 97.7 Cave FM must be really, really bad. they have to be, because if anyone is actually listening, how did a public service announcement reminding pedophiles not to keep their dirty kid pictures lying around manage to air for two years before anybody noticed it? Yes they stuck the thing in the middle of the night, but seriously now.

The PSA has been broadcasting on CAVE 97.7 FM for two years in the midnight and early morning hours.
Paul Lotsof owns and manages the Benson-based radio station. The PSA is part of his own agenda.
An excerpt from the PSA states “Never keep paper pictures, tapes or films of naked juveniles where anyone else can find them. A public service message from the CAVE 97.7 FM.”
Lotsof disagrees with Arizona’s laws on child pornography.
In Arizona law, it’s called “Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.” It’s a Class 2 Felony and 10-24 year prison sentence per violation.
Penalties are intensified if the child is under 15 years old.

Stiff, but not entirely unreasonable. Where’s the problem, Paul?

“There’s no picture in the world that’s that dangerous,” Lotsof said.
Lots of noted there’s nothing wrong with possessing such images.
“Pictures of whatever you want to call them. They’re minors, they’re pictures of minors and you go to prison for the rest of your life for possessing them,” he said.

Well, maybe he’s got a point. Sometimes a picture is just a picture, and that’s a long time to go away just for looking at something you probably shouldn’t be looking at.

Lotsof said there’s a difference between distribution and creation of child porn and possession.
“The difference is one case, you’re molesting children and abusing them, causing children to do things that are not natural for children to do and the other case, they’re just possessing pictures. There’s no connection between those two,” he said.

Aaaaaand…he lost me.

Before someone can possess it, someone else first has to create and distribute it. Unless it’s a cartoon image which is a different argument for another day, the creation part means that somebody somewhere had to, what was it, cause “children to do things that are not natural for children to do”? I’ll grant him that the creator is more likely than not a worse person than the possessor and should certainly be way ahead of him on the time in custody chart (you wouldn’t send someone to jail for 10 years just because he got paid for legitimate goods or services with money from a bank robbery, for instance), but to say that there’s no connection between the two in cases like this is laughable. Everybody needs to possess money to function in our society. The same cannot be said for pictures of sexualized children. Beyond research or investigatory purposes, the list of reasons it’s ok to have those is pretty short, so much so that I think I’ve just covered it.

I’d be interested in hearing what sort of sentence he would be ok with and why, in his mind, it’s sensible to treat someone who contributes to a market that requires the abuse of children to operate similarly to someone who downloaded an MP3 or bought black market cigarettes. Morally if not always legally, there is a severity scale. And on that scale, child porn in any form rightly ranks very close to the top. You’ll have a fairly easy time making an argument for case by case discretion that I’ll listen to because mandatory sentencing is often so unfair that the punishment no longer fits the crime, but convincing me that generally speaking there’s no need to bring down the hammer on those engaged in something so hideous is going to take some work.

So Long, Bob Robertson

I grew up on a steady diet of Air Farce and Double Exposure, often taping the weekly episodes off the radio so I could listen to them over and over again. So news that Bob Robertson, who without a word of exaggeration may be the best impersonator I’ve ever heard, died last week, bummed me out quite a bit.

Some of my favourites were his Don Cherry,

Rex Murphy,

Jean Chretien,

and even his ridiculously over the top Preston Manning, but really he was so good at so many that it’s hard to pick.

There’s nothing at all wrong with the Irrelevant Show or Laugh Out Loud, but I really miss the days when CBC Radio was full of the kind of weird political satire that Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen cranked out faithfully for so many years.

Radioplayer Canada: Why?

I’m asking this as a serious question. It’s nice that broadcast radio wants to take what for them is a pretty big step into this century, but do they not realize that they’re taking it more than a half decade too late? Let’s forget for a second that Bell, who in case you haven’t noticed owns a lot of radio stations, is conspicuously absent from the participants list. That’s the least of our problems here. the bigger issue is, and I’m saying this as nicely as I can, that nobody fucking needs this.

In another era, having access to the majority of Canada’s radio stations in one place would have been cool as hell. I’d have been bouncing off the walls if I could have gotten hold of something like that. Unfortunately we live in this era, where not only do we have access to virtually every radio station in Canada in one place (Bell included), but we also have America’s radio, Europe’s radio, South America’s radio, Africa’s radio…you get what I’m driving at. And not only do we have that, but in that same place we also have access to every online only station that’s worth a damn and probably a few million more that aren’t. That figure may be off slightly because there’s too much streaming content available through TuneIn or OOTunes and surely others I’m not thinking of for me to have done an exact count, but you know what I mean. Apps exist for free and for very reasonable one time or monthly subscription fees if you’d like less ads and more features that do what Radioplayer does. They’ve been doing it for years and are very good at it.

So I ask again, why? Why should I download this? If I’m a serious radio listener, why would I want to limit myself to just Canada? For that matter, why should I download this if I’m not a serious radio listener? I just want to be able to stream my favourite local stations. They already have apps of their own in most cases, or maybe I already have one of those other radio apps. Why should I stop using that and use Radioplayer? Until somebody can actually answer these questions instead of just talking about what an amazing innovation this is, I’m taking a pass. Radioplayer Canada Launches Digital Radio App – A Partnership between Canada’s Premiere Private Radio Broadcasters, CBC/Radio-Canada, and Canada’s Campus and Community Stations

TORONTO, ON (March 1, 2017) The Radioplayer Canada streaming app launches today, putting more than 400 Canadian radio stations into the palm of your hand, including CBC and Radio-Canada. It was announced this morning that Canada’s public broadcasters would join a consortium of private broadcasters participating in Radioplayer, which showcases the vast majority of Canadian stations, with more joining every week.
“Radioplayer solidifies that radio in Canada remains vital and relevant,” said Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, Corus Radio & Global News. “Corus Entertainment is proud to participate in this exciting initiative alongside nearly all Canadian broadcasters. We look forward to the impact this world class app will have on the radio listening experience.”
The free Radioplayer Canada app gives radio listeners access to nearly every style of music, news, talk, and entertainment content, in both official languages, on any connected device, at any time of day, from anywhere.
“The way Canadians listen to radio is changing, and we’re changing with them,” said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Rogers Radio speaking on behalf of the
consortium. “Radioplayer gives our listeners access to their favourite local stations and allows them to discover others across the country like never before. With access on mobile devices and desktop, tuning to your favourite station has never been easier.”
The free Radioplayer Canada app facilitates listener discovery of radio content through search and recommendations based on listening history, geographical location and crowd-sourced trending.
“Joining the Radioplayer family is a part of our commitment to ensure that CBC content is available to all audiences and on as many platforms as possible,” said Susan Marjetti, executive director, CBC Radio & Audio English Services. “CBC Radio and Audio is already setting new records in its reach for smart Talk, dominating in popular podcasting and developing new Canadian artists through CBC Music. We look forward to making CBC’s public service programming available in this new way, today, with the announcement of our partnership with Radioplayer Canada.”
Listeners are able to access live and catch-up radio broadcasts across the country through Radioplayer Canada’s browser-player, and on connected devices through the iOS or Android app, including integrations with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Chromecast, and smartwatches.
BBC Radio joined forces with UK’s private radio broadcasters to launch the first Radioplayer five years ago, which has become the top-rated digital radio app in Europe and is currently rolling out in countries around the world.
“Having CBC/Radio-Canada join the Canadian Radioplayer effort is another very proud moment for Radioplayer,” said Michael Hill, Founder and Managing Director, Radioplayer UK. “Radio faces amazing, yet technically challenging, opportunities in cars, smartphones, and among younger audiences. Joining the ever-growing Radioplayer family is a great way for broadcasters to address these together – whether their focus is public service delivery or growing commercial revenue.”
Radioplayer Canada brings CBC/Radio-Canada together with the stations of Bayshore Broadcasting, Blackburn Radio, Blackgold Radio, Byrnes Communications, CAB-K Broadcasting, Central Ontario Broadcasting, Clear Sky Radio, Cogeco Media, Corus Entertainment, Durham Radio, Fabmar Communications, Golden West Broadcasting, Harvard Broadcasting, Larche Communications, Newcap Radio, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Rogers Media, Rawlco Radio, RNC Media, Saskatoon Media Group, Vista Radio, and Westman
Communications Group, as well as the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC). For additional business opportunities, please visit www.radioplayer.ca.
About Radioplayer Canada
Radioplayer Canada is a highly collaborative partnership among many of Canada’s finest radio broadcasters to provide listeners with a world-class streaming experience across a variety of platforms and connected devices, on mobile, tablet, desktop and in-car. Radioplayer Canada unites broadcasters, fosters competition on content, and allows radio to compete with other digital forms of audio. For more, see www.radioplayer.ca follow @radioplayercanada on Twitter.
About Radioplayer Worldwide
Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital, and the countries that have rolled out Radioplayer in their countries. Radioplayer
originated in the UK where BBC as well as commercial radio joined together to explore technical collaboration across the industry. Radioplayer UK now attracts an audience of 7 million unique users a month. Radioplayer is now operating in countries around the world. For more, see www.radioplayerworldwide.com or follow @rpworldwide on Twitter.
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Wind Up Your Radio…

I have a friend who claims I know a song for every occasion. She claims that she could say to me that she had the weirdest day, she tripped over the laundry basket and got trampled by a dog, and I would say I knew a song about just that chain of events. I don’t, and I hope I’d be more sympathetic than that, but she has a point. I know a song that would fit pretty much any story. But my knowledge of weird songs grew exponentially because Steve and I became members at Dr. Demento.com.

We have always been fans, Steve had bought anniversary albums, and when we could, we would tune into a show or two, but they aren’t exactly played on the radio up here, so it was a bit of a trick and a half to get access. Now, for a tiny monthly fee, we can listen to tons of shows and get access to the new one as soon as it’s up. We are so behind, but if we ever can catch up, that’s what we can do.

I have learned so much cool stuff…the show is about more than just funny songs. Dr. Demento knows a ton of stuff about all kinds of music. Steve always jokes that he wants to be Dr. Demento when he grows up.

So if you like weird and wacky songs in a less restricted style than regular radio, give Dr. Demento a try. You can buy a show for 2 bucks and try it out. We certainly haven’t regretted it.

I Had No Idea That All This Stuff Was On Spotify

I’m a big Spotify fan, though sometimes I don’t use it as much as I’d like. It’s already more than worth the subscription price based on the huge selection of music and comedy, but it just got a little better now that I’ve discovered that you can also use it to stream classic novels, short stories, poetry, basic language lessons, classic speeches, meditation exercises and coolest of all for me personally, old radio shows.

Before TV, there was radio drama, and it was glorious. Fortunately, a lot of old radio shows have been saved and are still available for your listening pleasure. You can listen to some sci-fi greats like George Orwell’s radio version of 1984, multiple volumes of the Twilight Zone radio show, and some of Isaac Asimov’s best radio works, like Hostess and Pebble In the Sky. You can also find some great mystery shows like Dragnet, and some vintage superhero stories from the likes of the Blue Beetle. If you’re looking to laugh, I personally recommend the Baby Snooks show.

I wonder how much of that stuff you’d have to listen to before it starts messing with your Discover Weekly or if whatever magic is responsible for features like that filters it out.

So Long, Broadcaster Magazine

I’d been wondering if this may have been the case for a while given that it suddenly stopped updating in December for what I thought was a holiday break but then never started up again, and today comes word that Broadcaster Magazine, which along with Milkman UnLimited and Radio Digest were the first places I found to get industry news when I came online in the early 2000s, has shut down.

75-year-old Broadcaster Magazine published its final issue in December, Cartt.ca has learned.
The title had several owners over the decades (including Conrad Black’s Hollinger Inc.) but the most recent owner, Annex Business Media, purchased Broadcaster and its sister title Sportscaster (which had been Mediacaster and Cablecaster before that) in 2015 and had the two for sale for some months but could find no buyers. Cablecaster was originally launched in 1988.

Thankfully MMU still exists and there are other places like Cartt, Broadcast Dialogue and Fagstein among others that cover pretty much everything you could ever want to know, but I’m still going to miss Broadcaster.

The Best Of Frantic Times Starts This Friday

A few months ago, I plugged an Indiegogo campaign that the Frantics were running in order to raise the cash to repackage their old radio shows and release them as podcasts. Just a few minutes ago, I got this news by way of their email list.

The Best of Frantic Times starts Friday, January 27 at noon.
The CBC radio show that made us famous
It’s here!!!

Tune in to http://thefrantics.podbean.com at NOON on Friday the 27th to hear the first episode of the Best of Frantic Times. Redone, revamped and very funny. We’ll be adding a new episode each week until we run out of material.

We surpassed our Indiegogo campaign to raise the money to pay for the editing and repackaging of the shows. You can still contribute, buy the Mr. Canoehead bobblehead doll, check out the Indiegogo link. Read it. Contribute and get some great perks. Or, at the very least, spread the word. 

Check out Paul’s Mr. Canoehead bobblehead unboxing video!

Pretty sure that’s the first unboxing video I’ve watched all the way to the end.

Friday should be a good day.