AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

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AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby PicturesForYourEars » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:39 am

At first I thought that the guy on the air should have learned in broadcasting school to always listen to the 'on-air' feed, not the 'board feed'.
I had visions of somebody reading along not aware that the computer had malfunctioned.

Then, it dawned on me that somebody probably had enough of reading all night traffic all night long and had ...quit.

Turns out AM730 went through 3 format changes last night, all in one night.

Up all night at work, I was scanning the dial.

At 120 am I noticed AM730 went from a newscast by Kyle Benning directly into another newscast read by Erin Newbells (sp?).
Sadly there was a false double outcue at the end of her report where she signed off the newscast... twice.
Then the computer fired up the same Benning newscast - again!'
Then...the computer fired up the same Newbells cast, with the same double outcue mistake - again.
Then the computer went into a commercial cluster and...you guessed it...went back to a Benning four minute newscast again.
Then the Newbells newscast. Again. Again.
Over and over and over and over and over...the same newscasts kept repeating.
For over an hour and a half!

At 3 am the newscasts stopped.

AM730 changed format AGAIN!!!

Between 3 am until 439am the station ran non stop 30 second commercials...back to back... approximately 180 commercials!!!
In a row.
At 439 a live voice (finally) followed a newer 4 minute newscast saying :
"I just got here and gotta get some stuff organized. I know you just listened to a whole bunch of commercials but I need to take a break. Here's some more".
After a bunch of spots the announcer came back with some quick generic traffic info before declaring:
"I need a glass of water. Here's some more commercials".
To his credit, he DID recover nicely after obviously having been called in the middle of the night to come put out the fire.

Never a dull moment at Mickey Mouse Radio!

Meanwhile, kudos to Real Radio CBC's Stephen Quinn for getting his ass into the station at FOUR AM to start Tsunami coverage for the province.



Interesting night in Vancouver radio.
(As an ex production manager it was quite the thrill to hear an hour and a half of spots)!
lol






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...LEFT PLACES I SHOULDA STAYED,
STAYED PLACES I SHOULDA LEFT...
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby ThisIsNotCBC » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:53 pm

That's what happens when a corporate-run radio station runs on autopilot from a broom closet server.
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby Tom Jeffries » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:17 pm

B U S H L E A G U E.
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby Jim Walters » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:56 pm

What an absolute joke. Last week NW was off the air for five hours one night, now AM 730 and it's computer trying to change format.

How can you run a 24 hour traffic station when there is nobody there to do updates?

To start things off, Corus Vancouver is in dire need of a competent engineer.

What a shit show.
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby Richard Skelly » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:02 am

To alter the topic, kudos to CFAX for pre-empting Coast to Coast to live broadcast the potential tsunami.
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby pave » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:42 pm

Let's not jump to too many contusions here.
"All Spots - All The Time"
Say, there might be something to this.
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby ThisIsNotCBC » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:25 pm

Jim Walters wrote:What an absolute joke. Last week NW was off the air for five hours one night, now AM 730 and it's computer trying to change format.

How can you run a 24 hour traffic station when there is nobody there to do updates?

To start things off, Corus Vancouver is in dire need of a competent engineer.


Or a sale to a company (preferably local) with more competent employees.
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Re: AM 730 - All NEWS - All The Time !!!!

Postby Aaron » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:36 pm

For what it's worth, under local ownership, there wouldn't be a traffic format on 730 in the first place, or likely any English language format at all. Corus' size allows them to run 730 at a loss, when its only purpose is to take tuning away from 1130 in order to help 980.
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