Bell has completely destroyed what used to be a great radio station. I would have my radio tuned to CJBK from 7AM until 5PM each weekday, and I even listed to "Ask the Experts" at lunch time. I barely listen to the station any more. I can't stand listening to Tom McConnell in the mornings, because he talks too much about the Niagara region. I end up "forgetting" to turn the radio back on by 3PM to listen to Andy..
I am doubting that the CTV2 news at 6 will even mention that Steve Garrison was laid off, because Bell controls the tv news here.
Took awhile for any mention of the Bell Media firings to show up......do they now control everything including thoughts in that industry. Jan Sims was let go from TV 2 London....several others should have also made the list but I guess they work cheap. No news from CTV Kitchener yet but would guess the amalgamation rumours will pick up again. Watching last nights six o'clock newscast from London everyone was all smiles and punching out the news.......you could see the feeling "we survived anther night of the long knives".:wink
This classic clip from 21 years ago on The Simpsons is becoming more and more à propos to all Bell Media radio stations. @Lindsay649 -- the news from CTV Kitchener wasn't shocking enough to generate much attention, but it was reported [elsewhere, of course] that "one full-time employee and one part-time employee were let go"
Totally fed up with CJBK. It's not a surprise with Steve, after they cut him from the 3 hour morning show to a one hour mid morning slot. I don't imagine they gave him a 2/3 pay cut in August so I'm not really surprised, but still very annoyed. No one on London radio has the ears of the politicians and business community like Steve does. I don't know what's with the youth movement, youth don't listen to talk radio, so why get rid of those that cater to the market you have?
I really wish that CJBK could monitor how many people are actually still listening to their station to truly realize what they've done to their loyal listeners. I'm finding myself listening to AM980 and CBC radio more. The entire morning schedule on CJBK stinks.
Unfortunately this is a pure spreadsheet play of the current financial condition probably with no modelling built in to show the potential impact of a loss of listeners and therefore less revenue. It's a race to the bottom if you ask me.
The McLeod Report is the type of programming I like, he is connected, as the former editor of the Free Press, and knows a lot of what is going on. I just don't think he is a very radio friendly voice to listen to. I agree with the comment about the youth movement, but what I don't get is why Bell thinks they need a youth movement. It's a talk radio station, you aren't going to get many younger people listening to it, no matter what you do. If they wanted to mix up the mornings a bit, then sure, move Steve back to mid mornings, but give him some time, not an hour. But it was clear he was going to be gone after that move was made in August to give him the one hour show. As I posted earlier, I doubt they cut his salary (which I'm guessing was a nice 6 figure one) when they moved him off the morning show.
Anyway, it was a class act of Am980 to bring Steve on last Friday to have his swan song and get to say goodbye. I wouldn't be shocked though if they decided to add him into their day somewhere.
I'm sorry that I missed hearing Steve Garrison on AM 980 last Friday. I truly hope that AM 980 come up with a means of getting Steve Garrison back on the air for a morning show - I'd absolutely be listening, and I believe that tens of thousands of others would too.
Davage, 980 has an archive of their shows, which is how I listened to it. It was during the Devon Peacock show of Dec 11. Interesting that the list shows the last 2 months and the number of times it was played. Most of them are under 100, except 2 shows. Dec 10 at 166 plays and Dec 11 at over 500 plays. You can find it on this page...
It's been a few months since CJBK shuffled their lineup, and cut their best morning host.
I don't even bother to listen to the morning show anymore. Mike Stubbs in the mornings spends more time rambling talking about what he's going to talk about than he does on the actual subject. ie: "In the next half hour we're going to talk about purple balloons". He'll say that again and again, then the actual content of the "purple balloons" story will be minimal and he will have spent more time promoting what he's going to talk about rather than the actual subject. I just can't listen to it - it is too annoying to hear Mike talking about what he is going to talk about..
Tom McConnell rambles on a lot, and has minimal numbers of people calling in to his show.
It is sad to see what Bell has done to CJBK. I had really hoped that AM980 would have come up with a deal with Steve Garrison to have a morning show so that there would be something good to listen to from 6AM to 9AM. Maybe Steve is enjoying his retirement.
CJBK have lost me as a loyal talk radio listener... I'm spending more time listening to AM980 and some of the music stations now.
Poor Al Coombs just can't catch a break. He had his early afternoon shift a couple years ago, and lost it when Andy went to afternoon drive and Mike Stubbs moved back to 1pm. Then he got it back when Mike took over the morning show from Steve Garrison in summer of 2015. Now he has lost it again, and is relegated to morning news, as BK is carrying the Kara Ro TKO show from 1-3.
So now we have mid mornings coming from Niagara and early afternoons from Windsor. I swear if 980 actually had morning and afternoon drive shows, I would never put 1290 on again.
Andy Oudman has "retired" from CJBK. That's the official word. If I were to place a bet, I think that Andy "quit" or was asked to quit.
Long gone are the good old days days with Steve Garrison in the morning, followed by Andy Oudman.
I would absolutely love to have AM 980 sign on Steve Garrison and Andy Oudman.
I used to listen to CJBK from 7AM to 5PM daily. It was scaled back to a few minutes in the morning, and then I'd tune into Andy when I'd have a chance. Now.. The dial on my analog radio here has tuned down to AM 980 where it has found a new home permanently.
CJBK is a complete joke now. The morning show is vomit-inducing with Lisa Brandt and the other guy. Then it's off to Niagara for Tom McConnell who isn't bad, but local would be better. The afternoons have the 'ask the experts' segment, but it seems more like a half-hour advertisement - no one calls in anymore. Andy's time slot hasn't been replaced - they just broadcast the national CTV television news channel. Brutal. If only 980 had a talk show rather than their non-stop news between 3-6, I'd never tune into 1290 again.
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