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Aaron Rand on life after CFQR: I don’t think I’m done

His final morning show at 92.5 the Q will be on Thursday, but those who think that this will be the last time we hear him on Montreal radio may be wrong.

“I don’t think I’m done,” was his answer when asked if he’s going to miss radio. “I’m looking at the possibility of doing some other things. I’ve had some talks with people and hopefully something will come from it.”

Would any future radio plans for Rand include Paul Zakaib, better known as Tasso Patsikakis, his sidekick throughout most of his career?

More of my interview with Aaron Rand at Suite101.com

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WWBI TV-27 now officially dead

Since SMC Communications, the owners of WWBI-LP Channel 27 Plattsburgh, never filed a renewal application, the license is now cancelled and the call sign WWBI-LP has been deleted by the FCC on March 29. Note that they have been off the air since mid-2007, according to Wikipedia.

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CTV, what’s your age again?

CFCF TV 12

Courtesy of Dan Kowal, CTV Montreal Engineering Supervisor

Why there’s a lot of contradictory information on the web regarding the exact age of the network and how a lot of it is the fault of their own PR.

Those who’ve been following up on the 50th anniversary of the CTV stations in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, among other places may have accidentally stumbled upon this awkwardly worded CTV national PR campaign stating that they are celebrating 50 years of providing local news. You’ll notice on the web page that, strangely enough, there’s no mention of when the CTV network itself actually went on the air or what or exactly happen 50 years ago that led to the creation CTV’s local news.

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50 years of CFTM-10 TVA. Remember Télé-Métropole?

CFTM-10 1969 logo

CFTM-10 1969 logo

CFTM Channel 10 in Montreal went on the air on February 19 1961, just a few weeks after CFCF, and like CTV Montreal, TVA has also put up a whole bunch of vintage clips and pics on their website.

Happy 50th CFTM-10!

To me, you will always be CFTM-10 and not TVA. Now here are some interesting trivial facts about the TVA-CFTM relationship from the TV Hat archives (edited and updated):

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CTV Montreal DTV is now over-the-air

The bad news: no more US Super Bowl commercials on HD cable

You no longer need cable to watch CTV in HD in Montreal. CFCF-DT was on the air testing as of Friday, and a press release put out on Monday seems to imply that the signal is now official.

 

Watching CTV Montreal's DTV signal on 12-1

Watching CTV Montreal's DTV signal on 12-1

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Smallville and Supernatural preempted this week… for nothing

CHCH-TV Hamilton

CHCH-TV Hamilton

Viewers looking for Smallville and Supernatural on Friday were left disappointed. The CW Network, in the US, has pushed back the return of these shows by one week and the last-minute change applies to Canadian stations as well. CHCH Hamilton and CJNT Montreal, which would normally simulcast those shows on Friday, were also forced to pull them. Meanwhile, even Space, which carries Smallville Sundays at 9 ET/6 PT and Supernatural Wednesdays at 10 ET, will have to wait an extra week.

So what exactly happened? What it boils down to is the CW was afraid that the return of Vampire Diaries and Nikita, this past Thursday, wouldn’t do so well given that Nikita was going up against Idol and that Vampire Diaries would be preempted in Chicago because of local coverage of the mayoralty candidates debate, among other reasons. (Yes, believe it or not, the programming decisions made by WGN Chicago can have an impact on CJNT Montreal.)

So the CW, in their limited wisdom, decided to rerun those shows again on Friday night, thereby preemepting the return of Smallville and Supernatural, while making the fans of the Friday shows feel less important than those of the Thursday night line-up.

The programming change has since been criticized as something that may end up backfiring for it has created a backlash among viewers. Plus, the CW’s Thursday night ratings proved to be not so bad after all. In other words, we went through all that trouble for nothing.

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CJNT: We have a logo (Updated)

Metro 14 Montreal (CJNT-TV)

Metro 14 Montreal (CJNT-TV)

CORRECTION: There was a misunderstanding regarding the date of Metro 14 Montreal’s debut. It will be on February 2.

Following months of delay, CJNT-TV has revealed what their new logo will look like, as the station will finally become known as Metro 14 Montreal.

In addition, CJNT will also replace the generic names for it’s programming. For an example, Top 40 Music Videos will be renamed The Main Line and Canadian Indie Music Videos will be known as True North Music Videos. It looks like the change will officially take place on February 2.

There’s also a new website coming soon at www.metro14.ca. Actually, the link already works but if you go there right now, you’ll find mostly outdated information from the CanWest Global era.

As a disclaimer, it should be pointed out that this is not the first time CJNT has promised us a new name and logo in the coming weeks. The switchover was originally supposed to occur in the fall. This time, however, given that they actually produced the new logo and a schedule, it’s probably for real.

If you want my two cents, all I’ll say is that it’s nice to see a Montreal TV logo with an actual channel number. It feels like local television is still alive. Take note CTV.

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