Category Archives: When Things Go Wrong in Radio & TV

Winter storms create breaking news stories on the radio

Steve Kowch blog photoFrom where I sit On The Kowch, winter storms are when radio stations earn the respect of listeners or their wrath. It is the ultimate breaking news coverage¬† assignment. If we do a good job, it’s expected. If we let them down in their time of need, well there are two kinds of phone calls a radio station receives on storm day.

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A.J. Clement’s f**ken sh*t first day on the job

Steve Kowch blog photoFrom where I sit On The Kowch, I feel for former North Dakota’s KFVR-TV anchor A.J. Clement and his f**ken sh*t first day on the job anchoring the weekend news. Dropping the F-bomb and the S-bomb in his first 15 seconds of his anchoring career isn’t exactly how anyone plans to launch their first TV anchor gig. But shit happens and in this age of YouTube, a blooper like this doesn’t go unnoticed.

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Tell listeners talk show is a repeat broadcast

Steve Kowch is Canada's leading media coach at kowchmedia From where I sit On The Kowch, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) sent out a clear message to talk radio stations across Canada when it slapped Newstalk 1010 in Toronto on the wrist for not telling listeners they were listening to a repeat broadcast. But the reason for their ruling may surprise you.

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How to tell you’re listening to bad radio

Steve Kowch blog photoFrom where I sit On The Kowch, you’re listening to bad radio when you hear announcers complaining about technical problems in the studio; how bad their life is; when a co-host explains to someone sitting in a for a regular announcer how to turn on their microphone, or my favourite, the hosts says to the sportscaster “did you watch the game last night?” and the sports guy says “no.”

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