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Walter Jones
08/16/18 - KING-TV Seattle welcomes former Seahawks great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Jones to The 5th Quarter as co-host.  He will join KING 5 Sports Director Paul Silvi September 9 for conversations with players and coaches, getting their perspective of the day’s results and future match-ups.  The 5th Quarter follows Sunday Night Football on NBC.  KING 5 release  
08/16/18 - The FCC has granted a Construction Permit to Centro Familiar Cristiano for KRUM-LD Seattle.  Channel will change from 24 to 32 as part of the Commission's displacement program.  ERP will increase from 4 to 15 kW directional at 250 meters HAAT at the existing transmitter location 47° 36' 55.00" 122° 18' 33.00"FCC data
Tim James
08/16/18 - Following the previously announced move of John Ackermann to mornings at News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver starting next month, Tim James will join Alison Bailey as co-anchor of the midday time slot.  Additionally, Peter Wagner moves into the weekend managing editor role starting next month.  He was previously providing news updates for Saga Communications stations in Bellingham before joining News 1130 last year. 
Steve Darling
08/14/18 - Former Global BC television news anchor Steve Darling is taking another shot at politics.  He has announced his plans to run for a position on Port Coquitlam city council.  Darling, who was with Global BC for 18 years, was defeated in the 2017 provincial election in the riding of Burnaby-Lougheed.  He recently started a job at Proactive Investors, a business news site.  Richard Zussman, Global News  
Lauren Boothby
08/14/18 - Lauren Boothby joins News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as weekday web editor and weekend reporter.  The Langara College grad has written for the New Westminster Record, Burnaby Now, Squamish Chief, and Victoria News and also produced a podcast that was picked up by CBC’s North by Northwest.  She begins August 30. 
Andy "Hobby" Hunter aka DJ Goulash
08/14/18 - Andy "Hobby" Hunter aka DJ Goulash died August 9 at age 60.  He formerly hosted The End of the World News and frequent overnight shows on CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver.  Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. August 22 at Inverness Crematorium in Fort William, Scotland.  McLellan Funeral Directors obituary 
Jim Pattison Broadcat Group
08/14/18 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and Fabmar Investments Ltd. today jointly announced Pattison’s acquisition of Fabmar Communications Ltd. and it’s four radio stations -- CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack and three others in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  The current local management teams will continue to lead the stations and all of the existing team members at the four Fabmar stations will be offered positions and the opportunity to grow with the Pattison Broadcast Group.  This grows Pattison’s radio footprint, as they will own and operate 44 FM and 3 AM stations in western Canada, along with 3 conventional television stations.  The sale is subject to CRTC approval.  Jim Pattison release   
08/14/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc. to change the authorized contours of the unlaunched ethnic commercial AM radio station to operate at 600 kHz in Vancouver by relocating the transmission site and increasing the daytime transmitter power from 10,000 to 50,000 watts and the nighttime transmitter power from 10,000 to 20,000 watts.  The requested technical changes are necessary because the land identified for the original transmission site had been sold, and the new owner was not interested in leasing the land to the applicant.  The station must be operational by no later than November 28, 2018.  CRTC release 
Toby Kerr
08/13/18 - Toby Kerr joins News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as anchor/producer.  He comes from sister station 680 News CFTR AM Toronto where he was anchoring traffic and newscasts, as well as producing/editing.  Kerr will produce evening newscasts from Wednesday to Friday and will anchor evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday.  He begins training Wednesday, September 5th. 
Mike Killeen
08/13/18 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster and former CTV Vancouver suppertime news anchor Mike Killeen will be filling in on talk shows at CKNW AM 980.  He made the announcement today on his Twitter page.  Killeen anchored the CTV News at Six with Tamara Taggart from 2011 until they were released in April.  
Sheila Skelley
08/11/18 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Sheila Skelley died August 4 in Pembroke, ON at age 88.  During her CBC career, she worked as Production Assistant at CBC Public Affairs in Vancouver, Assistant BBC representative in Toronto, Program Organizer in Washington, Liaison Officer for foreign broadcasters at Expo 67 in Montreal and Overseas and Foreign Relations Officer in Ottawa and London, England.  Funeral services were held August 10 in Pembroke, ON.  Toronto Star Obituary 
David Espinosa Hall
08/10/18 - FTVLive reports David Espinosa-Hall has left his position at KING-TV Seattle.  He was hired in August 2016 as the station's then new evening Anchor.  No reason has been given for his departure.  Scott Jones, FTVLive
Tribune Media

Sinclair Broadcast Group
08/10/19 - As previously reported, the $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut.  In Seattle, the merger would have involved two of the city's broadcast news outlets and impacted at least one of them.  KOMO-TV and Q13 Fox KCPQ-TV are owned by Sinclair and Tribune Media, respectively.  After the merger, it was expected that Q13 would be sold off, according to FTVLive. The Department of Justice had approved the merger with the condition that Sinclair shed about a dozen stations.  Alex Halverson, Seattle PI
Natalie Clancy
08/09/18 - 25-year veteran CBC Vancouver broadcaster Natalie Clancy has been promoted to Director of Communications at Unifor National.  She first joined Unifor in October 2017 as National Communications Representative.  Clancy was an Investigative Reporter and later National Anchor at CBC-TV Vancouver from 1992-2017.   
Dave Wyman
08/09/18 - The Seattle Seahawks have named former Seahawks and Denver Broncos linebacker Dave Wyman to serve as radio analyst this season, filling the slot left vacant when Warren Moon took a leave of absence in December.  He will work alongside play-by-play voice Steve Raible during the regular season.  The games air on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle and a network across the Pacific Northwest.  Additionally, all four preseason games will be televised live on Q13 KCPQ-TVAll Access Music Group  
Tribune Media

Sinclair Broadcast Group
08/09/18 - Tribune Media Company has released a statement saying they’ve terminated the $3.9 billion agreement to merge with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.  The company also added it would sue for a ‘breach of contract’.  Sinclair needed to divest stations in order to meet the national cap on audience reach for any single broadcast company.  Sinclair was proposing to control 233 stations in 108 markets, adding 42 Tribune stations to their current roster.  If approved, Sinclair would have been the largest U.S. broadcast company.  The companies each own two Seattle market TV stations.  Tribune Media release  Seattle PI
Research Director, Inc.
08/08/18 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive July PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
KNKX-FM 88.5
08/08/18 - It's only a 0.1 showing, but KNKX-FM 88,5 HD2 Jazz24 has shown up in the latest Seattle-Tacoma book.  This appears to be the first time an HD subchannel has appeared in the Nielsen Audio local ratings.  
KUOW-FM 94.7 Seattle
08/08/18 - At a time when local news rooms are shrinking staff and reducing coverage, KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle is relaunching Morning Edition and All Things Considered with new voices and a new structure designed to bring listeners more local coverage, in-depth interviews, and reports based on listener questions.  Radio Ink
Nielsen Audio
08/07/18 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 remains in first place with a larger 7.8 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma July 2018 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 jumps up to second with 6.4 and Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves into third with 5.4.  Radio Online
Jim JJ Johnston
08/07/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on Vancouver broadcasters.  Today he salutes former Vancouver radio staffer John Masecar, who was a Production Director and Imaging Producer for Astral Media and Creative Services Manager for Rogers Radio Vancouver, in the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
KUOW-FM 98.9 Seattle
08/07/18 - Public radio KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle is planning a "brand awareness campaign," a nine-week effort in which the station will hawk its wares with billboards, bus and ferry ads and digital ads.  The campaign has a slogan: "It begins with listening."  The station is reaching out to its listeners with such questions as: "What do you want KUOW to investigate?"  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
Carol Handley
08/07/18 - Veteran Seattle broadcaster Carol Handley has been named Director of Music Programming at KNKX-FM 88.5 effective August 20.  She replaces Nick Francis, who is retiring after 13 years in the position.  Handley comes from Bellevue College KBCS-FM 91.3 Seattle, where she was Interim GM.  Inside Radio  Radio Ink
Tribune Media
08/06/18 - Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media Company has announced that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with Fox Broadcasting Company to renew the existing Fox affiliations of eight Tribune Media television stations, including KCPQ-TV SeattleTribune Media release
Jacqui Donaldson
08/05/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on Vancouver broadcasters.  Today he salutes retired News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver News and Program Director Jacquie Donaldson in the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
John Saboe
08/04/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on Vancouver broadcasters.  Today he salutes former Vancouver broadcaster, both on air and in management capacities, John Saboe in the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
08/03/18 - The FCC has granted a Minor Change in Licensed Facilities to Western Washington University for KUGS-FM 89.3 Bellingham.  ERP will decrease from .95 to .85 kW non-directional, while HAAT will increase from 101.4 to 132 meters.  Transmitter moves from 48° 44' 11.00" 122° 28' 47.00" to 48° 44' 9.00" 122° 28' 49.00".  The city hs built a new/taller tower on Sehome HillFCC data
Simon Little
08/03/18 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver digital reporter Simon Little joins Global BC as a full-time online journalist effective August 15.  He used to work at Global BC before joining CKNW in 2015.  Little is a co-recipient of the 2016 RTDNA BC Region Dave Rogers Long Feature Award and BCAB Award for Excellence in News Reporting.
JJ Richards
08/02/18 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for former Vancouver news broadcaster JJ Richards, who passed away June 30 in Rancho Mirage, CA at age 88.  It will be held Thursday, August 9th from 2 - 5 p.m. at Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Road, White Rock, BC.  There will be stories shared by the family starting at 3 p.m. and anyone is encouraged to share a few.
John Ackermann
08/02/18 (updated) - Broadcast Dialogue reports John Ackermann will take over as morning co-anchor on News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  He succeeds longtime anchor Reaon Ford, who left the station in May.  Current morning anchor Amelia John will co-host with him when he begins September 4.  Sonia Aslam also moves into the midday editor role, vacated last month by Dave White who has joined CBC Radio Calgary
Chantal Coschizza
08/02/18 - Broadcast Dialogue reports Chantal Coschizza, senior producer for the Corus Radio network show Charles Adler Tonight, has moved on.  She had been producing the show since last fall and has been with CKNW AM 980 Vancouver as a reporter and programming assistant since 2015.
Gord Eno
08/01/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues to focus on Vancouver broadcasters.  Today he salutes former CJJR-FM/CKBD/CKPK-FM PD Gord Eno in the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
Ria Renouf Hall
08/01/18 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news anchor/reporter Ria Renouf Hall has taken on the role of Marketing and Communications Officer at the BC SPCA.  She was with 'NW since 2013 and was prominent on the Jon McComb Show show before her departure last month. 

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