Ups and downs at CFCF-12

I watched the special 50th anniversary broadcast of CFCF-12 last night. It was nice to watch for a local TV buff like me.

The anniversary special was preceded by a very short newscast. And since I made fun of a Global error the night before, I can’t ignore the fancy camerawork on display during a broadcast that I’m sure many other people also had on their digital video recorders.

Wonky, indeed.

CFCF’s own 50th anniversary blooper reel is here.

7 thoughts on “Ups and downs at CFCF-12

  1. Richard

    I was disappointed by it. Too much interview/blah blah, not enough showing us fun stuff from the past.

    Also, I may have missed them (I stepped out of the room for a few minutes), but I didn’t see Frank Cavalaro or Leslie Roberts. Did I miss them? Was it a question of Frank and Leslie maybe not agreeing to the use of their footage (doubtful)? Or were they deliberately left out?

    I noticed earlier this week that Annie DeMelt has gotten pretty big; it was hard to tell since it was such a short clip, but I think she’s pregnant. If so, congrats!

    Who was the “helmet-hair”, big chin guy who did sports with Randy Tieman in the early 90’s? Or was he not sports? They showed him briefly during the “bloopers and fun stuff” bit. I remember him, but not his name.

    Also, when they mentioned the telethon, and that showing that telethon was CFCF’s “coming of age” (I’m paraphrasing), how ironic that it’s gone now.

    Did anyone else feel wierd while watching all the different shows they used to produce? The glory days sure are behind us, and the future is dim. When they feel the need to show some CSI garbage (at 8pm! Kids are still up at that time!!) instead of locally produced shows, I feel really sad for the community.

    I told my wife while watching (she’s not from Montreal) that I really grew up with these people. Their names roll off my tongue (Ron Rouche, Caroline van Vlaardigan, Ann Shatila, Don McGowan, etc etc etc). They formed the backdrop of my evenings as a child and adolescent, as I’m sure they did for so many others of my generation. I wonder if it’ll be the same for the next generation (funny to think that my boys are growing up with Todd now!!). :)

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      I may have missed them (I stepped out of the room for a few minutes), but I didn’t see Frank Cavalaro or Leslie Roberts. Did I miss them?

      There weren’t any interviews with them, but there were clips (and there’s plenty of vintage Roberts online). Keep in mind both these people have day jobs, Cavallaro at CBC Montreal and Roberts at Global Toronto. And it was only a half-hour special. You’re not going to be able to squeeze every former reporter in there.

      Who was the “helmet-hair”, big chin guy who did sports with Randy Tieman in the early 90’s? Or was he not sports? They showed him briefly during the “bloopers and fun stuff” bit. I remember him, but not his name.

      Rob Faulds?

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      1. Richard

        Thanks for replying. Rob Fauls, that’s the guy! Another name that I remember from my youth.. :)

        As for Leslie and Frank, I realise they have day-jobs still, but it felt.. odd not seeing them as they were there for a while and to me at least were an important part of the (recent) history of CFCF (again, my caveat, I did step out of the room for a bit).

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      2. jay

        the “dragnet” sketch they showed with randy tieman was rob faulds, but they also showed some old clips of brian mac gorman (what ever happened to him) they showed a lot of sandy krawchenko. They showed a couple of marilyn weston clips too. I was surprised to not see any howard schwartz, robert vairo, joe singerman.

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  2. Howard Schwartz

    Hi, folks.

    Nice to be remembered.

    The thing with clip reels is who is editing them, whether they worked with those of us from the 80s and 90s and how much time there is to devote to going through all the material.

    I posted some of my work at pulse on my youtube site at http://www.youtube.com/mtlhs.

    I live in the US now, and dearly miss Montreal, my days at PULSE and our community. Nothing made me happier than when someone took the time to say they enjoyed a story.

    Be well,

    Howard

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