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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 403: Damien Cox Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 403In this 403rd episode, Mike chats with Sportsnet's Damien Cox about why he's no longer on Prime Time Sports, changes at Hockey Night in Canada, his new book about the '92-'93 Leafs and much more. This episode is exactly 1:52:32.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 402: Sarah Burke

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 402In this 402nd episode, Mike chats with radio broadcaster Sarah Burke about her many jobs at SiriusXM and Indie88. This episode is exactly 1:42:18.

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Opportunity to Align Your Brand with Dave Hodge

I've been chatting with Dave Hodge, and he's interested in podcasting. Everything is in the very early stages and nothing is etched in stone, but the two shows he's considering are:

  1. a show modelled after The Reporters, possibly featuring the same journalists you remember from TSN
  2. a show in which Dave and a guest discuss sports, music, current events, etc.

The purpose of this entry is not to announce anything, because there isn't anything to announce yet, but to put out feelers to see if there are any brands interested in a partnership with Dave Hodge. Dave Hodge has been a trusty name in sports journalism for decades and this is a tremendous opportunity for the right business.

If that's you, please contact me for more details. If that might be someone you know, link them to this page.

I'd like to have Dave Hodge broadcasting again. I believe his voice and perspective is sorely missed.

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Bernardo Bertolucci, Dead at 77

Bernardo BertolucciBernardo Bertolucci was 77. He was the Oscar-winning Italian director of Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor and The Dreamers. 1987’s The Last Emperor won nine Oscars, including best picture and best director for Bertolucci.

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Dave Hodge Returns to Hockey Night in Canada For One Night Only

If you were watching Hockey Night in Canada yesterday, you witnessed the return of Dave Hodge for the first time since the pen flip heard across the country.

Dave Hodge joined Ron MacLean on the desk, both sporting replicas of the old Hockey Night in Canada baby blue blazers. It was quite the sight.

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Here's the segment before the Leafs pummelled the Flyers, in case you missed it.

When Ron asked Dave if he was retired, Dave said "involuntarily". This man needs to be broadcasting, whether about sports or music or both. I wish he'd podcast.

Speaking of podcasting, here are episodes of my podcast featuring Dave Hodge and Ron MacLean.

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Ricky Jay, Dead at 72

Ricky JayRicky Jay was 72. He was a master magician who also acted in films and TV shows such as “Boogie Nights,” “House of Games” and “Deadwood.”

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 401: Mark Hebscher Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 401In this 401st episode, Mike chats with Mark Hebscher about the success of his podcast Hebsy on Sports, why he'll never get another MSM gig, Vince Carter, Gibby, Nylander, and Dan Maloney. This episode is exactly 2:18:58.

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Is Hockey Losing Its Grip on Canada’s Sporting Culture?

As if you didn’t know, hockey is the most popular sport in Canada. Even though lacrosse is touted as the national game, it’s sticks, ice and pucks that dominate the ratings. Despite a lull in the viewing figures between 2013 and 2016, interest surged following the Toronto Maple Leafs 2016 NHL run. According to the stats, Hockey Night in Canada saw an 11% increase in viewers to hit an average audience of 1.8 million during the 2016-2017 season. Additionally, Sportsnet’s regional Leafs broadcasts showed a 32% year-on-year uptick.

Put simply, hockey is Canada’s top sport and it doesn’t look as though it’s going to lose its position any time soon. However, what is interesting to note is the influence modern technology is having on the country’s sporting preferences. As per a recent article by Vice, the landscape is changing. If we circle back to lacrosse, there is already something of a resurgence going on thanks to online streaming. In April 2018, the National Lacrosse League partnered with over-the-top content (OTT) service, Bleacher Report Live.

Tech Brings New Sports into the Spotlight

The partnership not only aligned lacrosse with sports such as baseball but gave it a new presence across multiple online platforms. Although the relationship is still evolving, early reports have shown that online lacrosse broadcasts have attracted an average of 300,000+ viewers via Twitter and other sites. While that can’t compare to the numbers hockey is notching up, it’s certainly an improvement on the viewing figures the sport was getting on traditional cable stations. If the internet can do that for a niche sport like lacrosse, it’s hardly surprising that it’s also giving established pursuits a greater standing in Canada.

On a global scale, soccer is the biggest sport in the world. However, in Canada, it’s hasn’t quite reached the same level of popularity. Things are starting to change though. As per Vice’s report, registration numbers for hockey in Canada between 2015 and 2016 were 549,614 males and 86,925 females. Based on those numbers, soccer participation was higher. Analysing the situation, Toronto Star writer Doug Smith told Vice that “new Canadians” aren’t growing up with hockey in the same way. With access to other sports now easier than ever, people are choosing other pastimes. Online streaming and social media are access points, but there are more.

A World of Odds and Entertainment

Online sports betting has also opened exposed Canadians to new forms of entertainment. Inside a modern online sports betting site, customers not only get to see odds for various events but information. At LeoVegas Sports, for example, the daily betting lines are complemented by statistics, expert insights and even live streams. By creating a complete entertainment hub, these sites are making it easier to be entertained and educated on new sports. Beyond betting platforms, YouTube offers on-demand access to anything and everything. Similarly, podcasts like our own or Skip and Shannon: Undisputed are a perfect way to move outside of Canada’s traditions and experience sport on an international level.

Hockey is and probably always will be the biggest sport in Canada. However, there’s no doubt things are changing. Modern tech has made it easier for people to experience something new and that’s moving the proverbial goalposts.

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When Time is Running Out

With only a few days to go before Christmas there are still many people who are looking for something a bit special to buy for themselves or for a significant other.

Now finding that special something can be easy if money is no object but if money is tight then buying a gift that is both personal and that bit special can be more difficult.

Luckily there are some great smartphones out there that do not cost a small fortune and also offer some great features and performance.

One of the best things about smartphones is that as the flagship phones get even better then so do the cheaper phones and now you can find a number of smartphones under £200 that is far more than decent.

Another thing to consider is that you can buy these phones outright which means then there are only the data, minutes and texts to pay for which is a big plus point especially if the phone is going to be a gift.

Today you can find some cheap phone from Nokia, Honor, Motorola and other big brand names, and one of the best ways to keep costs down is to buy your phone SIM free then check out one of the many value SIM-only deals out there.

One thing you should check out before opting into any good deal is whether the phone of your choice is sold locked to one particular phone operator, and you must take into consideration that the phone you are buying is probably costing less than a third of one of the flagship phones so there are going to be some corners cut in order for the manufacturer to get to that low price which means you might not get the same speed, miss out on some of the features and display quality.

That said you can still buy a phone that costs less than £200 that boasts full HD display all housed in a sub 8mm-thick metal body, and most support 4G connectivity. The cheaper phones also perform perfectly well if you are into your games or if you enjoy playing at real money online casino sites which is a bonus for many players who enjoy playing when and where they choose.

Take as an example the Honor 9 Lite which can be bought from Amazon for £124.97 with the RRP being £199. This phone has been about for a while now but it still ranks as one of the best budget smartphones to buy. This lovely phone has four cameras, a great design and some pretty decent specs too.

The Motorola Moto E5 can be bought from Amazon for 129.99 with the RRP being £119 and is still up there as one of the best budget phones around. Housing some great features this budget phone has a good design and is a quality build.

The MotoG6 Play can be purchased on Amazon for £13857 with a retail price of £169 and one of the best features is that it has a good battery life. This great phone has a fingerprint sensor and an 18:9 display. The Moto G6 Play also has a headphone jack which is a plus point for many users.

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Tucker In The Morning Axed by 999 Virgin Radio

There are big changes to 999 Virgin Radio's lineup, starting with Tucker In The Morning with Maura Grierson, and Andy Wilson. That show has been cancelled after 3.5 years.

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Tucker, you may recall, took over when Jay "Maddog" Michaels was dumped after nine years. Jay's a good example of how there are silver linings when such restructuring takes place, as he's now co-hosting the Newstalk 1010 afternoon drive show with Ryan Doyle.

When Adam Wylde quit his gig at KiSS 92.5, I initially thought he might be heading to CHUM to join his mom, but quickly realized he was a much better fit at Virgin. This is just speculation on my part, but it's possible that's exactly what's happening here.

In the meantime, the ever popular Virgin Radio Music will take you from 10pm to 9am when singularly-named Luke is on the air until singularly-named TJ takes over. TJ's just lucky TJ Connors left 97.7 HTZ-FM for Winnipeg so confusion could be minimized.

Also let go during this overhaul is midday host Kella Duncan, Will Nash, and Tessa.

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Here's Tucker's comments from today about his firing, posted to his Instagram page.

At 9:10am this morning I was told that my services were no longer required at 999 Virgin Radio. Shortly after @mauragrierson and @andywilson123 were also let go. This came as a surprise as our show was out performing the rest of the station for the better part of the last 2 Year’s and held the #1 position in our demo for the last 12 months. Honestly, I have never seen a company blow up a show that got along so well and had the track record we had. I wish I could tell you why but they never give you the details when they are stripping you of your key card and walking you out the door. Obviously I’m a mix of pissed off and sad. The one thing I will say is that I was lucky to have had the chance to work with Maura, Wilson and Robyn! We had a great time on and off the air.

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Dan Maloney, Dead at 68

Dan MaloneyDan Maloney was 68. He played 11 seasons in the NHL with Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and Toronto before becoming head coach of the Maple Leafs for the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.

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Would you like to enroll into Toronto public school?

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The fact that you are reading this post is testimony that you want to know more about Toronto Public schools, and you will get just that, or even more.

Toronto, the capital city of Ontario in Canada attracts thousands of residents each year. Actually, Toronto is the most populated city in Canada, according to statistics of 2016. And proper measures have been put in place to address the needs of this population, including both elementary and secondary schools.

What makes the Toronto public schools unique?

Being the capital city of Ontario, Toronto public schools admit people from across the world, and not just from Canada alone. You can be sure to find people of different origins, both in skin color and language studying here. It is not surprising that many immigrants choose to study in Toronto, as this offers them a sense of being at “home” as they meet and interact with people from all over the world.

The modern education system of Canadian public schools is of a high standard. Residents of this city admit that it is much better and cheaper to take their children to public schools than to private ones. This is because of the high academic standards of public institutions. And this is the reason why one can quickly get professional essay help from the students of the Toronto’s public schools. But we must also note that not all the educational establishments that are public have a high standard tuition system. Just as it is across the world, some schools perform better than others. So if you are looking for a chance to enroll in one of the public schools, then you need to do your research correctly.

Almost all open schools in Toronto, whether public or private enrolls expat children, those who are unable to speak either English or French – these are two dominant languages used in the Canadian education system. It has boosted new education standards of the region, as more and more international students seek enrollment in these public schools.

What does it take to enroll?

Perhaps you are wondering how all the international students got themselves in the public universities. Well, it is not as hard as you’ve already imagined. Whether you are a permanent resident of Canada or possess a work permit, you can enroll in these schools.

Children in Toronto can be enrolled within their neighborhood educational establishments. At the same time, people are free to apply for enrollment in schools which are in different residential areas. According to recent researches, parents are more likely to choose educational institutes within the residential area as it makes it comfortable for children to move from school to home.

Before you enroll in a particular public school in Ontarios’s capital, you should check the school’s rankings as published by the Fraser Institute. As for a parent who wants to move to Toronto, this data on institute’s website can be very valuable. You can use it to look for a house to move in, as you will be sure it will guide you to the best school for your child, hence settle close to it.

In conclusion, public schools of Toronto have been ranked to be among the best in Canada. Whenever you are an expat or a permanent resident looking for the best school for your child to enroll in, then you need to research and find an excellent public school in Toronto.

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Save Time, Money and Effort with a Canadian Online Casino Guide

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The online casino industry is absolutely thriving, and Canada is not exempt from this online casino explosion. In fact, Canada’s online casinos are, compared to the tightening regulations in Europe, becoming one of the most popular locations in the world for online casinos to set up shop. This is fantastic news for online casino players from Canada, as they are getting access to more online betting options than ever before. As a result, Canadian players are getting the opportunity to experience the best of the best when it comes to online casino gameplay, with casinos offering the latest gaming technologies, the most innovative casino experiences and some of the most enticing bonuses ever seen.

The only problem is, with so much selection on offer and all the casinos claiming to be the best, it is often hard to separate the wheat from the chaff and work out if a casino is the real deal or all smoke and mirrors. This problem, however, can be solved simply by taking advantage of a top-quality Canadian casino guide online.

These sites specialise in finding the best casinos on the market, that offer the best service, the newest and best games, and a general all-around wonderful service. There are various sites out there that are good at finding different casinos for different player’s tastes and needs. For example, some are very good at finding casinos that are well-respected and consistent. While others, are fantastic at finding the best online casinos Canada offering the latest deals, state of the art games and innovation from top to bottom.

Why do you need a Canadian online casino guide?

Well because they do all the hard work, so you don’t have to. Canadian online casino guides employ a whole team of casino experts with years of experience in the online casino industry to sniff out the casinos that are legit and that are not going to let you down. They do this by evaluating every aspect of their service from top to bottom. They will explore the site’s game selection, promotions, customer support, banking services and licensing to make sure the casino ticks all the boxes. Their team of experts have the highest standards, and the casino guide has a reputation to uphold and so, they never let any second-rate casino make it on to their page.

All you have to do to find a new online casino is browse the Canadian casino guide, check out the site’s toplist of their favourite casinos and see if one jumps out at you. If you see one with a particularly attractive design, enticing bonuses or anything else that catches your eye, then you can make one of the following choices. Trust your instinct, put your faith in the casino guide and head directly to the casino by selecting the “play” button. Or alternatively, for the sceptics among you, check out the Canada casino guides review of the casino. Here you can find more detail about what the casino expert from the casino guide found out about the casino and evaluate whether or not the casino is perfect for your playing preferences.

Essentially, online casino guides are out there to make your casino gameplay easier than ever, by cutting out hours of searching for online casinos on Google, and instead, just find all the best ones on the market in one place. This can save you not only time, but also money by avoiding the casinos that simply are not up to scratch.

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Print Journalism in this Digital Age

Reports of the demise of print journalism are greatly exaggerated. Print's not dead, it's just moving from dead trees to digital. The challenge for newspapers will be creating a model that can be fully funded in an environment of decreasing ad revenue. A paid subscription model is the obvious move here, but this is a little like trying to get toothpaste back in the tube. For better or worse, people have grown rather used to reading news for free online.

Look no further than the music industry. In the age of Napster, record sales started to plummet. Instead of adapting, the music industry put their collective heads in the sand and waited for this whole Internet fad to blow over. The rest, is history.

Help from the federal government is apparently on the way. Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced $595 million in tax incentives to help with the labour costs associated with reporting, as well as tax credits for subscribers to digital news services.

"To protect the vital role that independent news media play in our democracy and in our communities, we will be introducing measures to help support journalism in Canada," Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his speech to the House of Commons.

The full details of the program won't be available until the next federal budget, after the government receives advice from an independent panel from the journalism community.

The goal is for the program to be funded by the government but have no role for politicians to decide what constitutes a media outlet or who would be eligible. That way, the government hopes to avoid the appearance of conflict between a free press and government influence.

That will help, but an economic model that ensures print journalism survives is still badly needed. $595 million in tax incentives is akin to a bandaid. You still need to treat the wound to stop the bleeding.

With emerging digital-first organizations like The Athletic making impressive strides, my online-canadian-casino.com money is on print adapting and eventually thriving in this new economy.

The Athletic continues to grow, having recently raised another $20 million. All eyes are on "the new sports page" as they rapidly expand.

The Athletic plans to use most of the financing to continue its expansion across the U.S., establishing a presence in every market with a professional sports team by the end of the year. By the end of 2018, the Athletic plans to have between 200 and 350 employees, up from its current staff of 120. The company currently has a foothold in 23 markets across the U.S. and Canada, and plans to expand to roughly 45 markets by the end of the year.

At the end of the day, quality content is king, and there will always be an appetite for that. Here's hoping.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 400

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 400In this 400th episode, Mike plays and responds to clips submitted by listeners like you. This episode is exactly 1:40:00.

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William Goldman, Dead at 87

William GoldmanWilliam Goldman was 87. He won two screenwriting Oscars, for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men and my heart for writing The Princess Bride.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 399: Tom Wilson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 399In this 399th episode, Mike chats with Tom Wilson about his musical career in Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and LeE HARVeY OsMOND, what he learned about himself six years ago, his autobiography Beautiful Scars, Gord Downie, Neil Young, his love for the Hammer and more. This episode is exactly 1:46:30.

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What is a No Deposit Bonus and Why Are They So Great?

The casino industry is at one of the most competitive levels it has ever been, with new online casinos popping up on a near monthly basis. As a result, casinos are all competing against one another intently to attract customers to their sites via various methods. This may involve attempting to get exclusive games, implementing new and exciting ways to bet or offer some impressive promotions and prizes.

Without a doubt though, the latter of these three techniques is the most commonly found at online casinos. However, these promotions come in all different sizes, whether that be bonus cash, free spins, or some sort of free bet. The only problem is that most of them require some investment on your part to benefit. That is unless you find a new online casino no deposit bonus offer.

What is a no deposit bonus?

If you haven’t heard of a no deposit bonus before then you have been missing out as they are one of the best offers any avid casino player can hope to get their hands on. As the name suggests, they are some form of casino bonus that you can claim without the need to make a deposit. This means they do not require you to put any funds into your account before you are eligible to claim them. All you have to do is sign up at the casino by registering a few details and then you can play straight away. They can come in all shapes in sizes, however, most commonly, they will come in the form of free spins. But you can also quite often find bonus cash amounts or free bets that the casino will simply give you for signing up. Then, if you are satisfied, you can commit to that site as your new casino and start playing with real account funds.

But why are no deposit bonuses so great?

Well, it is pretty black and white, but essentially, it gives you the opportunity to claim something with no investment on your part. This is beneficial for you in multiple ways. The first way this is positive for you is because even before you have played your first game on your new online casino, you will be on the up. As such, they are giving you a head start on your accumulating of account funds. Therefore, if you strike big when playing with a no deposit bonus, all that money can already be considered profit, which is, of course, what playing at online casinos is all about.

Winnings aside for a moment though, there is also a more practical reason as to why these are helpful for you, which is they really help you make the right call on choosing a casino before you throw away any money on a poor service. There is nothing worse than signing up at an online casino, only to find you were sold a dream by a clever marketing campaign.

With no deposit bonuses, this can be avoided as while making use of the no deposit bonus, it will allow you the opportunity to explore the site and see what it has on offer. You can find out what other bonuses are on offer to you later down the line if you do choose to deposit, how comprehensive their games selection is and what other things they have on offer, in terms of customer support or banking. Having a no deposit bonus is a generous thing for a casino to do, so it is clear you are in the right hands already, but it allows you to delve a bit deeper and really find out if this casino is right for you.

Is there any catch?

Although no deposit bonuses do essentially give you something for nothing and allow you to benefit from what we have explained above. You may need to be wary of wagering requirements that some no deposit bonuses have in place. They are simply a way of insurance for the casino and will require you to wager any winnings a set amount of times before you can withdraw the cash. However, this said, not all deals have this and so if you find a no deposit and no wager deal on the market then snap it up as quick as possible as it essentially means there is no strings attached whatsoever.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 398: Lowest of the Low Return

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 398In this 398th episode, Lowest of the Low return to discuss Shakespeare My Box and the Canadian music industry before playing live and kicking out the Cancon jams. This episode is exactly 2:02:03.

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Stan Lee, Dead at 95

Stan LeeStan Lee was 95. He was responsible for iconic Marvel characters including Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Black Panther and The Fantastic Four.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 397: Kicking Out the Toronto Sports Media

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 397In this 397th episode, Milon Talsania from Fast Time Watch and Jewellery Repair drops by to discuss growing up with Toronto sports teams and the sports media professionals who covered them.. This episode is exactly 1:57:24.

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Toronto Mike'd Listeners: Please Email Me Your Audio Feedback

We did this for episode 300, and it turned out great. I'd like to do it again for episode 400 of Toronto Mike'd. Even if you did this before, I urge you to do it again, and if you didn't do it last time, now's the time!

Record a clip of yourself with your smartphone and email the audio file to me at mike@torontomike.com. In the subject line, just include the keyword "400".

Please introduce yourself with your name (first name or handle is fine) and location (Hi, I'm Bobby from Ajax) and a bit about what you like / dislike about Toronto Mike'd and perhaps your favourite episode ever and why. Got that?

To summarize:

  1. Record yourself with your smartphone
  2. Identify yourself (I'm Tabitha from Liberty Village)
  3. Tell me why you enjoy the show (or why you don't)
  4. Let me know your favourite episode and why
  5. Email me this audio clip - mike@torontomike.com
  6. Put "400" in the subject line

Be aware, I will use these clips in an upcoming episode. That's why I'm hoping you can record and email me these clips by midnight on November 16.

If you can keep the clip under a minute, that'd be awesome. Thanks!

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100th anniversary of Canada's Hundred Days and the Armistice

100th anniversary of Canada's Hundred Days and the Armistice

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 396: Acid Test Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 396In this 396th episode, Acid Test talk about their current tour before kicking out the jams. This episode is exactly 1:25:03.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 395: Mike Richards' Announcement

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 395In this 395th episode, Mike Richards makes a big announcement. This episode is exactly 1:06:39.

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Toronto Mike Goes to Oshawa

I was invited to speak to a class of media students at Durham College today. Their instructor, Rita, has wisely introduced new media into the curriculum, so I was asked to speak about podcasting.

I have a rule... if I can bike to something, I'll do my very best to accommodate all such requests. Durham College is in North Oshawa and well out of my bike range, and although I considered a combination of Go Train and bike, driving made the most sense. So I broke my rule and drove. Obviously my rules aren't etched in stone.

It was a great pleasure talking podcasting with our future podcasters, even though the bulk of my references were before their time. I'm used to that. Here's proof nobody fell asleep.

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Since I came all that way, I had to drop by 94.9 The Rock to see my pal Bob Willette. Bob put me on the air and interviewed me, which means I made my GTA Rock Station debut. Appropriately enough, my segment was during the 90s Nooner.

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It was worth the drive to Oshawa.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 394: Andy Kim

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 394In this 394th episode, Mike chats with Andy Kim about Sugar Sugar, Rock Me Gently, and so much more. This episode is exactly 1:30:18.

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Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair

I love a good story, particularly when it's a true story. The story of Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair is as good as they come.

Remember Sears Watch and Jewellery Repair in Canadian Sears stores? Well, Sears Watch and Jewellery Repair was actually Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair. Sears insisted they be branded with the Sears moniker, which is unfortunate because Sears Canada exited the country and left Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair with only one location and a name virtually unknown to consumers, despite the fact they've been doing quality watch & jewellery repairs for over 30 years.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Fast Time Watch & Jewellery Repair now has 12 Ontario locations, including a new location in Richmond Hill. I'm honoured and excited that they've decided to partner with me and sponsor Toronto Mike'd.

There's something in it for you, too. Mention Toronto Mike'd to get 15% off any regular priced watch battery installation. The locations are here. Get your watch battery replaced while you wait, save some money, and help out your favourite local podcast.

That's a win-win-win.

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First Choice > First Choice-Superchannel > First Choice > TMN: The Movie Network > Crave

A few days ago, Bell announced that CraveTV had merged with The Movie Network, with both services being renamed Crave. This ends the TMN: The Movie Network era, which began in 1993.

Prior to being re-branded The Movie Network, the pay-tv channel was known as First Choice. But before that, it had the cumbersome moniker First Choice-Superchannel, and originally, it launched as First Choice.

So if you're following along at home, this station has been named:

  • First Choice
  • First Choice-Superchannel
  • First Choice
  • TMN: The Movie Network
  • Crave

Thanks to Retrontario, we can hop in a time machine and enjoy these old intros. Here's the First Choice feature presentation opening from back in 1983.

Here's the old First Choice-Superchannel feature presentation fanfare.

Farewell, TMN.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 393: Hockey Fight in Canada

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 393In this 393rd episode, Mike chats with the Globe and Mail's David Shoalts about his new book Hockey Fight in Canada. This episode is exactly 1:56:56.

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