Wednesday, January 28, 2015


An all right movie, interesting because I haven't actually been exposed to much Scooby Doo in my life. I remember the cartoons being on Saturday mornings when I was a kid, and toward the end of the time TBS was still showing cartoons I watched a few of the episodes with Scrappy Doo Puppy.

I never understood why Scrappy Doo was added in the first place. Scooby can speak very good English for a dog and Scooby Doo doesn't need Scrappy showing him up with his perfect speech.

The lesson about being exactly who you are was a nice bit of Hollywood propaganda since they're mainly the ones in charge of making sure everybody thinks, dresses and acts the same.


Mostly a piece of garbage containing lots of contradictory, doubleminded propaganda. It did have a few funny parts, though, such as when Steve Correl gets in the car with the drunk girl.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


989 The Drive was coming in fairly well last night.

No, WBZ, you did not seriously rebroadcast the previous evening's newscast the Sunday before last?

What was up with RBN today? Oh well, that Vincent Vanelli interview about the solar oven was interesting anyway.

Loved the broadcast of "Before They Were Famous" originating from Channel Z and broadcast on the WBCQ webstream yesterday.

Also loved the aircheck of Bobby Day on WCPA from September 14, 1968 broadcast on the same webstream today.

Wow, things must really be getting bad at the CBC if "As It Happens" had to give up their toll-free TalkBack number.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


By Ruby Slipperjack. Winnepeg, MB: Pemican Publications, Inc., 1987

Little House on the Prairie meets Sweetgrass meets Judy Blume meets any number of things ranging from Angela's Ashes to The Glass Castle.

In this novel based on extracts from the author's diary, Slipperjack tells about growing up in a Native community in northern Ontario during the 1960s. This book tracks the author's journey from the relative innocence of childhood to long after she has awoken to the true horrors and problems of the world around her.

This book contains many poignant, charming and funny scenes. The amount of trouble Ruby, her siblings and friends could get into in one day is just staggering. As well, Slipperjack sheds light on a time and a world most white people know relatively little about

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Have been enjoying the nineties music CJBQ jas been playing from noon-2:00.

989 The Drive and 989 The Buzz were coming in well this morning, The Buzz booming in at one point.

So Spisano and Sandy are on The Buzz now.

Friday, January 16, 2015


It’s 2015, a brand new  year!
Now in it’s 5th amazing year,
The Amazing Jam
‘keeps on rocking in the free    world’....
This Sunday,    January 18th from 2 pm until 5
At the Black Dog, 227 West  Front St. in Stirling.
The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing music... 
This Sunday afternoon  at The Black Dog in  Stirling. We’ll be playing music there for about 3 hours. Welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and  restaurant, our music is appreciated. 
Once a month on Sunday afternoons. This Sunday afternoon  (January 18th). Time is from 2 pm until 5.
The format is a ‘song circle’ with  the lead changing from person to person among the group. Everyone has the option  to offer a tune when their turn comes around, or pass to their neighbour if  they’d rather. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc.  some will choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and listen.  DSCF1663
We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends;  for sure, there’ll be some new faces too.
“Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s  all unplugged  and it’s all good! Guitar, bass,  harmonica, banjo,  mandolin, ukulele,  fiddle, accordion,  flute, celtic harp – the list goes  on.
“There may be only 4 or 5 of us or maybe a whole room full of  musicians. A place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced  players alike. A  good bunch of people playing all kinds of music together.  People in their teens all the way through  proto-geezers. Maybe even an DSCF1647sincipient-geriat or two....
“The blues does not rule. Any acoustic music from punk to polka!”
(Baritone sax and tuba set up in the  parking lot....)
Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in  Stirling.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


My other shortwave radio is fixed so I am looking forward to once again picking up a lot of stations better.

Listened to Radio Pilipinas today, a station from the Philipines featuring independent Philipino artists.

98.9 The Drive was coming in fairly well yesterday.

I like that guy who is currently interning at CJBQ as an announcer.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


It was OK. I would have preferred the original version.

Also, you have to love the hypocrisy of Hollywood, one of the most openly greedy and explitative institutions in existence, making a movie with a theme against greed and exploitation.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Listened to CFAM The Pas Manitoba over the internet yesterday afternoon. It was amazing! A huge news package, different kinds of songs I had mostly never heard before, and lots of farm and community info.

Annie Mac is such a great deejay and announcer.

Have continued to enjoy listening to Idio Audio, subgenius stuff and the great mix of music they were playing this morning in the 11:00 hour on the WBCQ webstream.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Regarding the events today at that French satirical magazine, do you think we would be hearing so much if it had been a far right or even far left underground news organization?

As far as Erin Moore, the seven year old girl killed in BC in December by an avalanche is concerned, what a way for that family to have to spend Christmas.

Are the Leafs out of the playoffs yet?

Yes, Dalhousie University and Bill Cosby hecklers, judge people guilty until their proven innocent. Sure, those dentistry students made some bad remarks that shouldn't have been made, but that's no reason for the reaction which has ensued.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


There is a new e-mail platform making some serious buzz in the internet and communication space. Its called Kontafirst, and it is dedicated to providing a spam free email service. Now you will be able to keep in contact only with those you choose freeing you from the hassle of dealing with thousands of emails from unexpected sources.


You can now escape the threat of losing your personal data or money resulting from phishing attacks. Kontrafirst will also help you completely avoid losing files on your computer resulting from e-mail virus attacks since you shall not be receiving e-mails from unknown sources. So what are you waiting for? Let Kontafirst make your online communication much more secure!

We’d also love to tell you more about the professional and talented team behind this innovative e-mail service and share more information about Kontafirst with you! Please check out their campaign page here.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Heard another tape, this one with off-air recordings from CFGM, including an exerpt from a countdown show and a tribute to David Johnson, featuring some of his bits. There was also a brief clip of an announcer at Country 105 (CKQM-fm) Peterborough.


Heard another tape of CFGM from 1979 which includes announcer Dan Ryan. This tape featured part of a countdown. Partway through the second side, the recording off the radio was interrupted by a dog barking interspersed with a baby screaming. As well, a woman said "Spooky" three times. This cacophony was further interspersed by some type of tone. At the very end of the tape was the beginning of an 11:00 news update with John Elston.


This was a good popcorn movie that was on the whole actually pretty funny.

This movie really helped me underscore the difference between British and American comedy. For Christmas I received "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "The Meaning of Life." "The Incredibles" reinforced for me how British humour tends to be subtle and American humour tends to be in your face. "Yeah, we're a family of superheroes, ha ha ha" whereas if it had been a British movie they would have shown several minutes of normal life before springing the superhero on the audience.

The film's theme is interesting, too, as Hollywood is run by the same people who try to destroy everyone's uniqueness. "They keep thinking up new ways to celebrate mediocrity" when Hollywood celebrates mediocrity most of the time.


MagSkin is an adhesive skin that allows you to place your iPhone 6 vertically against a refrigerator or other ferrous metals. Just think of all the convenient and fun possibilities!

The MagSkin backing is only 1 millimeter in thickness and features 6 vibrant carbon fiber color designs. The MagSkin also includes access for the rear facing camera and flash ensuring your phone will still be fully functional. The MagSkin stays put with a pressure sensitive adhesive that removes easily and cleanly from the back of your mobile Mac device and can easily be re applied and adjusted to get the skin aligned correctly. The Magskin not only brings a whole new level of functionality to your iPhone but it also looks great and provides protection.

This month MagSkin started raising funds through the innovative use of crowdfunding. Their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter will help them refine their production abilities in order to keep up with increasing demands. So be a part of this groundbreaking new and innovative business and visit the MagSkin campaign site where you can become eligible to receive great perks from the creators of this new product.

A.H.: This sounds very useful judging by the number of people I hear talking about loosing their smartphones.


There is a really cool online show making some serious buzz in the DIY and creative space. Its called The American Garage, and they want to guide viewers through the process of restoring old American made machinery, woodworking projects, and will focus on different crafts, skills and trades.


The American Garage wants to inspire as many Americans as they can, to create a movement of returning to being a nation of producers, not just consumers. Build something! Make a pie! Build an airplane! Restore a tractor! Do something that will sustain life, and make life better for those around us. This is what The American Garage is all about. The American Garage spreads a positive message about self sufficiency and will push viewers to tackle tasks they never thought possible.

We’d also love to tell you more about the professional and talented team behind this innovative online show and share more pictures and video of The American Garage! Please check out their campaign page here.


Smooth and Shape is the worlds first board and clip straightening tool designed to work with little to no heat. Smooth and Shape also reduces chances of hair loss from braiding, combing, and constant manipulation of the hair.  This new hair styling device allows you to easily fix any section that you may mess up.

This custom designed clip has grippers on the top and a smooth surface on the bottom.  You have the option of choosing the amount of tension you want on your hair.  The creators of Smooth and Shape wanted the clips to be made of plastic so that the user will not burn themselves when heat is applied. The hair board will have a matte finish to help with securing the hair in place and to prevent the clips from slipping.

This month Smooth and Shape started raising funds through the innovative use of crowdfunding. Their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter will help them purchase 10,000 units from their manufacturer in order to get a reduced price for each unit and pass those savings along to the consumer. So be a part of this groundbreaking new and innovative business and visit the Smooth and Shape campaign site here,where you can become eligible to receive great perks from the creators of this wonderful hair straightening device.


WHVW is sure playing some good stuff this morning, from sixties hits to blues to country to folk protest and even a jazzy version of The Sabre Dance.

Thanks, Larry, for playing an old episode of "Idio Audio" on the WBCQ live stream this morning.

Someone was asleep at the switch New Year's Eve at CJBQ, if there was even anyone there at all. Oh well, it was interesting to hear the beeps and countdown to the Canadian Press news update.


Ed Bolton, the talented musician and voice actor who recreated the lost Amos 'n' Andy episodes, died in November at the age of 83.

Shortly after I discovered WBCQ, I tuned into "Uncle Ed's Musical Memories." My Mom had possession of my great-aunt's Victrola and when I was a kid we would listen to the recordss sometimes. Uncle Ed rekindled my love of the music of the twenties.

I also enjoyed the Amos 'n' Andy re-creations but didn't tune into them as much as "Musical Memories" because of course it was serialized and I couldn't tune in every night. However, "Amos 'n' Andy" was quite interesting as well.

I also got a kick out of all the politically correct people getting their shorts in a twist over them.

Slightly more information about Ed Bolton can be found on WBCQ's website.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Shortwave is still a viable medium. Sudan just put 20 transmitters on the air.

That program last Sunday on Global 24 with the children playing Christmas music and other Christmas-themed audio was really neat.

Been listening to the World Radio Network via Global 24 via WRMI including programming from NHK Japan, Radio Israel, Vatican Radio, and Radio France International.


Just heard another interesting tape. This cassette featured songs recorded off the radio. Stations included CJNH Bancroft simulcasting CJBQ, what I assume was WCMF Rochester and possibly CKLC Kingston. The tape also featured a young boy pretending to be a deejay between some of the songs. Songs included "Pop Music", "Baby Come Back", The Carpenters "Laughter in the Rain", "Cold As Ice", Manfrd Mann "Blinded By the Light", and Rush "Closer To the Heart."

There was also one announcer bit over a song intro featuring a young-sounding, nasally announcer talking about CJBQ car stickers and something about "CJBQ, where the winning keeps on ..."


Came across another very interesting tape today, this one from late 1980.

On the first side:

- a long period of silence followed by a country song taped off CJBQ with an announcer giving the time as 3:10 and talking about someplace presenting a Francis Schafer series;
- a woman having a piano lesson;
- two old women talking about medical things, including her brother-in-law getting circumcised in his forties;
- more country songs taped off albums
- the old woman talking about a snowstorm that had occurred the day before and the promise of another one

On the second side:

- the end of a news report on CJBQ, ending with a story about building a nuclear plant somewhere, a promise of a weather forecast after a commercial, a commercial for Al Robertson: some sort of farm equipment dealership;
- songs taped off albums including Abba "Fernando";
- some kids, preteens or teenagers, playing around with the tape recorder and talking;
- more songs taped off albums, including old-timey sounding country instrumentals

Friday, January 2, 2015


Came across a tape of Jesse Dylan & Gene Valaitis on AM 640 from 1994. The cassette contains:

- IDs and happy audience reaction from Jesse & Gene's first day on AM 640;
- Royal Canadian Mounted Yaksman song;
- explanation of how they get the caramel in the Caramilk bar;
- Jesse and Gene singing along to the jingle "When you eat your Smarties, do you eat the red ones last?";
- a song about toast;
- a bit about a guy trying to order from a drive-through;
- various ID jingles;
- songs taped off what I assume was AM 640 including Snow "Informer";
- after a few songs, the tape started playing backward, unfortunately I don't seem to have a means of playing the tape in reverse;
- mostly silence on the rest of the first side except points where a young girl (I estimate about twelve or thirteen or so) accidentally pressed record while talking;
- on the other side, Guns 'n' Roses "Sweet Child of Mine", taped off an album, cut off in the middle with a country song taped off the radio;
- the last few seconds of another song taped off an album;
- Eric Clapton "Tears in Heaven" from an album;
- silence followed by a portion of Paul McCartney "Live and Let Die"