Skip to main content

Vintage CFTR video

Posted by Craig M. Smith at SOWNY via Steve Gregory through Google Video ... three videos from Toronto's 680 CFTR-AM in the 1980s. This is the station I grew up listening to and emulating with my tape recorder as a kid. Eventually, I worked there, after the station became All News Radio 680News.

What a trip to see the first place I worked, looking not much different from the time I started working there. What a thrill to see the people I grew up listening to! What a hoot to see how much can be accomplished by talented people enjoying their work. What an joy to see that a bank of old-school cart decks and some microphones can make such wonderful radio.

Video of Mike Cooper, Tom Rivers and Steve Gregory brodcasting:
Steve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHfKHftCed0&feature=gv&hl=en-CA
Mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7_kL46c6Yk&feature=gv&hl=en-CA
Tom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBazDpptQYA&feature=gv

Comments

  1. Fun to relive the days when radio stations were more hands on and didn't run a continuous stream of ads.

    ReplyDelete
  2. haha, scott - i somehow stumbled upon this site and realized i knew you! we met through zines or IRC or something. i just remember you said my name on a traffic report once and that i bought my first electric guitar from you for $50 bucks. hope you're doing well!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Heya, teri ... yup, I think it was zines *and* IRC. Hope you got some good use out of that guitar! it wasn't the lightest, smoothest instrument, but it had some nice thick strings and was good 'n loud. Thanks for dropping by.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A request, as we reach two years

Wow, long time no write.

I didn't enjoy this past winter. I was certainly in a long slump. Things were very challenging at work. Gordon was awesome, as always, but I was just in a sustained funk from last summer on. And I'm not sure I'm all the way out of it yet. I'm still largely in quiet hermit mode, but have been making progress at resuming social contact. Little dude and I have a very busy summer that will go by in a flash.

This Thursday will mark two years since Amanda died. I still replay the events of that night in my head almost every day. I'd like to not. Sometimes it feels like forever ago, but sometimes I'm right there all over again.

Hey, can I ask for your help with something?

Two years ago, so many wonderful people told me that if there was anything they could do to help .... Well, I don't ask often. And I should've asked more. And I should ask more even now. I'm still not comfortable asking. But I'm asking for this.

I put out a vi…

Meh. Extended Meh.

I haven't posted here in quite a while. There are a few things I haven't done in quite a while. For a while, I've been kind of meh.

In late August, Gordon and I went for the long-awaited trip to Nova Scotia. It was an epic journey, three years in the making. We visited places he'd only heard about. We spent time with friends he hadn't seen in more than a year. We took Amanda's ashes back to the ocean as she requested.


We were there for a week and were on the move almost every day. We put 1000 km on the rental car in between flying there and flying back.

It was excellent, but it was also exhausting. And I found myself different in the weeks after.

Before, I was going out. I was being social. I was busy and optimistic.

After, I seemed to drop contact with almost everyone. I thought I was just tired, then I thought I'd shifted into some different gear of creativity or contemplation. But the months have worn on and I'm still not quite back to where I was. I…

Today was my last day at work, and I'm okay with that

Today marks a weird spot on the calendar for me. It’s one of those landmarks that really doesn’t mean anything, other than to illustrate the weirdness of time and how we feel it.

As of today, my son Gordon has been without his mother longer than he was with her. The length of time Amanda has been gone is now longer than the length of time we were a family of three. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but that dangblasted calendar tells me it’s almost three years. I have not said a word about it to G, but tonight, for the first time in a long time, he pulled out the Missing Mummy book for bedtime.

Today was my last day in broadcasting for a while, as far as I can tell.

I spent the past five years as Program Director at Newstalk 1290 CJBK in London, Ontario. And in recent years, I was also the noon-hour show host, afternoon news anchor, a commercial voice guy, TV news promo voice guy, and more.

Also in the past five years, I’ve bought a house, endured renovation mayhem, …