Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CKWS-TV, CHEX-TV NEW SCHEDULES

This is probably the last year I'll be doing this. With the switch to digital coming next August 31, I won't be able to pull out the old analog TV with antenna on Labour Day to check out what changes CKWS and CHEX have made. Besides, with the two stations becoming more homogenized and adding more Cbc programming every year, monitoring their new schedules is frankly becoming less fun.

At 7:00 a.m., the two stations pick up a feed from CBCNN, whereas the main Cbc stations have Cbc 4 Kids. This is a good move on CKWS and CHEX's part. Kids shouldn't watch TV when they first get up in the morning.

From 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., there is really no change from last season:

8:00: infomercials
8:30: Life Today
9:00: Cbc 4 Kids
10:30: CKWS-infomercial; CHEX-Rod Hembrey
11:00: The People's Court
12:00: Cbc News
1:00: Oprah

At 3:30, both stations have "Vicky and Kristena's Grocery Bag" a cooking show which is quite entertaining. It is probably produced by Corus Entertainment, the station's parent company.

At 5:00, both stations have "The Insider." This is a good move since people can see the show right when they get home from work instead of waiting till after dinner.

At 11:35, both stations still show David Letterman, and CHEX still has multicultural programming on the weekends.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

REPLY AWL

In the editorial of the August issue of Chatalaine, the editor says the magazine has been talking to Canadian women to find out what they want in their magazine. They're trying to be all things to all women. They've got an article about the oppression of women in Africa next to an article titled "Making Over Your Makeup Bag."

An itim in the Nutrition section advises women to eat a Happy Meal rather than a Big Mack because it has fewer calories. I would advise people trying to loose weight not to eat fast food at all.

The Food section has recipes for a rehearsal dinner. Why do we have rehearsal dinners? We've been having weddings for thousands of years.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

REPLY AWL

The August 30-September 6 issue of Maclean's has an article about Brian Wilson's upcoming album of Gershwin music. Why do so many of these old rock stars have to put out albums of other people's music? Make something new!

In the same issue, there is an article about Japanese companies hiring retired workers. I admire people who are retirement age who keep working. A fair number of retired people seem unhappy.

There is also an article in the same issue about Ray Fleming's new biography of Peter Gzoski. Gzoski doesn't sound like he was a really good person, due to his arrogance, numerous affairs and poor performance as a father. However, I can't fault him for making up stories about his childhood on the radio. The number one rule of radio is keep it happy. People wouldn't have wanted to hear about how he grew up unpopular and with an absent father and mostly absent stepfather. They wanted to hear about him playing hockey and that he had a wonderful father. Making up things about himself was just part of Gzoski's on-air persona.

FRANKLIN W. DIXON, CAROLYN KEENE KILLED IN PLANE CRASH

Famous children's authors Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene were killed today when the plane they were travelling on crashed in the jungles of Brazil.

Dixon was the author of the Hardy Boys detective series, Keene the author of the Nancy Drew detective series.

"They will be sorely missed," a spokesman for Siman And Schuster, the two's publisher said in a statement.

Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene were 143 and 140 years of age respectively.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

REPLY AWL

The August 23 issue of Maclean's has an article about Mao Jin-Yu, the grandson of Chairman Mao. He's never actually done anything and is childish. He's like George W. Bush and Barack Obama combined.

In the same issue, there is an article about the reprinting of the Judy Bolton books. Judy Bolton was a contemporary of Nancy Drew. All the books were written by a Canadian woman. Unlike the Nancy Drew series, the criminals in the Judy Bolton stories were never entirely bad. That's the problem i find with a lot of Canadian literature and TV series: the "bad guys" are given too much sympathy. People want to see the hero or heroine defeat a really mean, dispicable villain.

The August 31-September 6 issue of Maclean's has an article about a woman who was stocked by a man for 36 years. He had a disturbed personality and "could find anything he wanted in the Bible." This sounds a lot like the father of a friend I had growing up. He had met my friend's mother and kept bugging her until she agreed to go on dates with him. He was a mental case who claimed to be a Christian, even though there were rumours and some potential evidence he abused his wife and children and his attendance of church consisted of watching Benny Hinn on Sunday mornings.

There is definitely a fine line between "pursuing a girl" and stocking.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

REPLY AWL

The August 16 issue of Maclean's has an article about feminist mothers with trashy daughters. According to the article, these children even hate the word feminism. Maybe one of the reasons these girls hate the feminist movement is they see what miserable bitches their moms are. The feminist movement has failed because of things like the Girls Gone Wild videos. It was never about providing freedom to women; it was always about money, destruction and control.

In the same issue, there is an article about a man in London, Ontario who makes custom trailer hitches. He'll make a hitch so you can tow a trailer using a midsize or compact car. I wonder if he could design a trailer hitch you could use on a smart car?

I totally agree with the editorial of the August 23 issue of Maclean's. The editorial is in favour of summer vacation, as opposed to year round school, which the editor cites as more costly. Year round school is just designed to get kids used to the kind of working conditions they'll experience when the new world order totally comes into effect. They'll work long hours every day, yearround without a break.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

GLEN BECK ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO RADIO SHOW

Popular talk show host Glen Beck today announced changes to the way calls to his radio show will be handled.

Beginning Monday, callers will call Beck's program, be screened and put on the air as usual. They will then be given a chance to state their opinion, then told either "I agree" or "screw you", depending on their views.

"It's that much less I have to do," Beck said.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

REPLY AWL

The August 2-9 issue of Maclean's has an article about a saling instructor who promised his students a fun and enriching cruise but turned out to be cruel and abusive. His students were stuck at sea three times longer than promised, given very little food and constantly berated, among other things. Why did none of them mutiny? They probably could have taken him on.

In the same issue, Jacob Richler tries out a new, trendy drug popular among new agers. It causes horrible halucinations, vomiting and diarrhea. Why would anyone want to take that?

There is an article in the same issue about how hoola hooping has become popular among adults. Many people find twirling a hoop around their body to be good exercise. Even in high school gym class, we used to spin hoops around our ankles and wastes so I don't see why adults wouldn't think it's part of a good workout now.