Canadian Flag

NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS
RECENT NEWS

United States Flag

Since 1997 - News you can trust for over-the-air radio & TV stations in coastal WA and southwest BC

About UsClick here for the Recent News pageClick here for the AM Station pageClick here for the FM Station pageClick here for the Digital Radio pageClick here for the TV Station pageClick here for the Digital TV Station/Subchannel pageClick here for the Links page



Click here to hear the Wilf Ray Show 24/7


Global BC
04/17/14 - RadioWest has announced that the entire graphics department, along with some long-time management employees at Global BC have been terminated.  Apparently graphics work will be accomplished out of Toronto in the future.  RadioWest posting 
Dan Lewis
04/17/14 - After 27 years as the primary anchor at KOMO-TV Seattle, Dan Lewis announced during an emotional speech in the newsroom Wednesday, he is stepping down.  He joined KOMO in 1987, originally paired on the anchor desk with Jim Harriott and Kerry Brock.  One year later, Kathi Goertzen joined him.  Lewis and Goertzen became one of the longest running anchor teams in the country, delivering the evening news at KOMO for nearly 25 years.  Lewis leaves the building on May 28th, but will return to KOMO from time to time for special projects.  KOMO News/video  Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times 
Nielsen Audio
04/16/14 - Last month's three-way tie has been broken in the Seattle-Tacoma market with CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 taking a small lead with a 5.7 share in the Nielsen Audio March 2014 PPMClassic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 is second with 5.6 and Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is third with 5.2.  Radio Online 
FCC
04/16/14 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Radio Pacific Inc. for a new full service FM station at Sequim.  It will operate with 3 kW at 104.9 MHz directional at -73 meters HAAT at 48° 03' 52.00" 123° 06' 52.00".  Radio Pacific Inc. is the licensee of KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles.  FCC data 
Mike Gastineau
04/15/14 - KJR AM 950 Seattle has announced a new soccer fan show, Seattle Soccer Talk during the Seattle Sounders FC season.  The show debuts at 7 p.m. today from The Market Arms pub in Ballard and is hosted by longtime Seattle radio personality and author Mike Gastineau.  The show will focus primarily on the Seattle Sounders FC, but will also cover the World Cup and other stories of interest to local soccer fans.  RBR.com 
Val Stouffer
04/15/14 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle news anchor/editor Val Stouffer moves to KXL-FM 101.1 Portland as afternoon co-anchor.  She has anchored at several Seattle market stations since 1994, including KPLU-FM 88.5, KZOK-FM 102.5 and KOMO AM 1000, and has been a writer/producer at Q13 FOX KCPQ-TVRadio Ink
Martin MacMahon
04/15/14 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 general assignment reporter and occasional anchor Martin MacMahon has announced on his Twitter page that he is moving to News1130 CKWX AM as a reporter effective at the end of the month.  He's been with 'NW since April 2012 and also is a Vancouver Whitecaps beat reporter/web editor for Goal.com and a soccer contributor for Rogers Sportsnet, but says he is shifting his focus away from soccer.
CBC
04/12/14 - Only five unionized employees and four managers will lose their jobs at CBC in British Columbia, out of 657 job cuts across Canada, which were announced Thursday.  No local shows will be cut in B.C. and no stations will be closed.  The five unionized job cuts are expected to be in live music recording.  There are 171 full-time employees excluding managers at CBC in British Columbia, 137 of whom work in Vancouver along with about 60 to 100 part-time contract employees at any one time.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun 
Marc Fitzgerald
04/12/14 - Marc Fitzgerald has been named broadcaster of the year for the 2013-14 season in a poll of play-by-play broadcasters in the BCHL.  He called all the Chilliwack Chiefs games since the franchise rejoined the BCHL for the 2011-12 season.  Brent Mutis, Island Sports News  Games were aired on The Drive CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack, but the station announced in February that they would not be carried beyond the end of this season.  Fitzgerald recently joined the sports staff at News1130 CKWX-AM Vancouver.  Chilliwack Times backgrounder 
Heather Matheson-Leyland
04/11/14 - Former CBC Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver award-winning journalist and producer Heather Matheson-Leyland died April 6, two days prior to her 65th birthday.  She worked in the CBC-TV Vancouver newsroom, with Pacific Report and as TV producer with The Best Years in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  She had previously been a producer with The Journal at CBC Toronto.  A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. April 12 at the West Vancouver Baptist Church, 450 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary 
CTV Vancouver Island
04/10/14 - CTV News Vancouver Island has announced the launch of two revitalized weekday evening newscasts starting Monday, April 14.  CTV News at Five will be anchored by Joe Perkins with co-hosts Mira Laurence and Adam SawatskyCTV News at Six will be anchored by Andrew Johnson, with Astrid Braunschmidt with weather and Jordan Cunningham with sports.  There will be a new weekly consumer-issue segment Hartland Helps with reporter Louise HartlandCTV release 
John Barton
04/09/14 - A family burial service, with a celebration of life to be held in the summer, has been announced for former Vancouver and Victoria radio broadcaster and TV game show host John Barton, who died April 5 in Victoria at age 82.  Victoria Times Colonist obituary 
Joanna Small
04/09/14 - Joanna Small, currently a reporter at KSPR-TV Springfield MO, joins KIRO-TV Seattle as a general assignment reporter.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy  
Zahid Arab
04/09/14 - KING-TV Seattle reporter Zahid Arab moves to KDFW-TV Dallas as a general assignment reporter.  He's been with KING since August 2012.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
KRPI
04/08/14 - An application for a conditional use permit is still under consideration by the Whatcom County planning department for new KRPI AM 1550 radio towers to be located on an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way in Point Roberts, about 330 metres from the Canadian border south of Tsawwassen.  Opponents claim the towers are so close they could cause blanket interference that could affect radios, TVs, phones and baby monitors of up to 20,000 Tsawwassen residents.  Delta-Richmond East Member of Parliament Kerry-Lynne Findlay says she has also met with the project's proponents, opponents, and informed Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird of the community's concerns.  Adrian MacNair, South Delta Leader  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  Whatcom County info 
CISL AM 650
04/08/14 - Newcap Inc. has applied to the CRTC to relocate the transmitter of Vancouver market CISL AM 650 to a site previously used by CKBD AM 600 before its flip to FM.  The reasons given are land instability and expiration of the lease in August 2014, which cannot be renewed.  The application states that, if not approved, CISL would be forced off the air for at least a couple of years while a different new site solution is found.  The proposed new site is about 4 km northeast of the current location in southeast Richmond.  The application also calls for a power change from 10,000 day/9,000 night to 20,000 day/4,000 watts night directional.  CRTC info  
Ellen Enomoto
04/07/14 - Former CBC Vancouver music librarian Ellen Enomoto passed away in Vancouver March 29 at age 92.  She retired from the CBC music library in 1987.  A celebration of life will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at Tonari Gumi (Japanese Community Volunteers Association), 42 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary 
Jordan Armstrong
04/07/14 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 reporter/anchor/assignment editor Jordan Armstrong has announced on his Twitter page that he is leaving to take a position at Global BC.  He's been at CKNW since January 2009 and was named Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters in 2012. 
FCC
04/07/14 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Seattle University for a new low power FM station in Seattle.  It is authorized to operate at 102.1 MHz with an ERP of 7.4 watts non-directional at 106 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 25.00" 122° 19' 7.00FCC data 
John Barton
04/06/14 - Former Vancouver and Victoria radio broadcaster and TV game show host John Barton has died in Victoria at age 82.  He started his career while in high school at CKRD Red Deer AB in 1949.  He was morning host at CKWX Vancouver in the mid 1960s and program manager at CJOR Vancouver in the early '70s before moving to Victoria to host mornings at CJVI and the talk show Barton & Company on CHEK-TV during the 1970s.  He was also Creative Director at Copeland Communications in Victoria from 1982-92.  Barton retired from broadcasting and settled in Qualicum Beach in 1992 where he was a book illustrator and drawing teacher at Malaspina College in nearby Parksville and The Old School House in Qualicum.   
RTDNA Canada
04/06/14 - RTDNA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists, has announced this year's BC Region Award recipients.  The awards, announced Saturday night at the RTDNA BC Region Awards banquet at the Executive Suites Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby, honor the best programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital.  List of winners  CTV release  CBC release 
Sev Morin
04/05/14 - A celebration of life has been announced for Sev Morin who died March 28 in Vancouver at age 86.  It is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the café at Willingdon Church, 4812 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby.  Morin was a member of The Capilano Communications Group, which includes prominent local broadcasters Red Robinson, Jim Morrison, Cam Cathcart, Don Fisher and Bill Mackie and he was a close friend of broadcaster Jack Cullen.  He received the Local Hero Award from the City of Burnaby in 2002 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003.  Mario Bartel, Burnaby NewsLeader  Sun/Province obituary 
KING-TV
04/05/14 - The KING-TV Seattle building at 333 Dexter Ave. and nearby land are for sale.  South Lake Union’s construction boom, along with higher property values and the requirement for less space are prompting a move.  About 300 people work in the building, down from more than 500 back when it was the corporate headquarters for King Broadcasting.  A deal to buy the company by media giant Gannett was made last June.  Ángel González, Seattle Times  Marc Stiles, Puget Sound Business Journal  
DeAnna Lee
04/04/14 - Former Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle midday host DeAnna Lee begins hosting 2-7 p.m. Saturdays at KMPS-FM 94.1 effective this weekend.  She's worked for a number of major country stations including WSM-FM 95.5 Nashville.  All Access Music Group  KMPS info 
Jack Webster
04/04/14 - The Jack Webster Foundation has announced this year's recipients of its Professional Development Fellowships.  They are Chris Corday, producer at CBC Vancouver; Monica Martinez, video journalist at CHEK-TV Victoria; and Darcy-Anne Wintonyk, website manager at CTV VancouverJWF announcement 
Steve Parsons
04/04/14 - Steve Parsons has been named Operations Manager for Newcap Radio Toronto.  He has most recently been Group Brand Director of the Bell/Astral divested stations in Vancouver and Toronto.  Earlier in his career he was Music Director and on air host at Vancouver market Classic Rock CFMI-FM 101.1 from 1996-2000. 
Liz Dueweke
04/04/14 - KOMO-TV Seattle morning anchor Liz Dueweke joins Q13 KCPQ-TV alongside anchor Bill Wixey weekdays from 5-10 a.m. effective April 28.  She has been at KOMO-TV since April last year.  Kaci Aitchison, who currently serves as Wixey’s co-anchor, will host various features and segments throughout the morning.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy  Tribune release 
Haley Jones
04/04/14 - Former The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 Seattle staffer Haley Jones has been hired to program KGSR-FM 93.3 Austin TX.  She was most recently PD at KPRI-FM 102.1 San Diego and was music director, assistant PD and midday host at The Mountain in 2006-07.  Radio Ink 
KOMO4
04/02/14 - Richard Newman, who suffered second and third degree burns in the March 18 crash of the KOMO-TV helicopter, underwent a second surgery Monday, where doctors added skin grafts to his torso and arms.  He continues to recover slowly, but will remain hospitalized for an indeterminate amount of time.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  Molly Shen, KOMO News 
KING5
04/02/14 - KING-TV Seattle has won a George Foster Peabody Award for its investigation of a leaking nuclear-waste storage tank in Washington, exposing “mismanagement, deception and waste of tax dollars.” The report resulted in a U.S. Department of Energy review of the Hanford nuclear reservation and several resignations at the company that manages the site.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
CRTC
04/02/14 - The CRTC has approved an application by Hornby Community Radio Society to upgrade CHFR-FM, its very low-power, English-language developmental community station, to a low-power community radio station at Hornby Island.  It would operate at 96.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts non-directional at 62.4 meters HAAT at 49° 32' 05.00" -124° 40' 09.00"CRTC release 
FCC
04/02/14 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to NTD Public TV Seattle for a new low power FM station in Bellevue.  It is authorized to operate at 101.9 MHz with an ERP of 100 watts non-directional at 14 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 13.70" 122° 07' 51.50"FCC data 
Luke Burbank
04/01/14 - Beginning July 1, Public Radio International will distribute Live Wire! Radio, the Portland-based weekly live variety show now hosted by former KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle host Luke Burbank.  He was most recently co-host of Ross and Burbank and host of The Luke Burbank Show on KIRO-FM.  All Access Music Group 
Jason Hatton
04/01/14 - Former Jet FM CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay morning host/APD Jason Hatton, aka Jay Hat, is the new morning host at re-launched Jump! CKQB-FM 106.9 Ottawa.  Corus release  Metro News  His morning drive position at Jet FM was recently filled by Dave Tymo, who moved from CJOC-FM 94.1 Lethbridge AB.  
Jason R. Latham
04/01/14 - Jason R. Latham has been appointed Executive Producer at KIRO-TV Seattle effective April 15.  He is currently assistant news director at KVVU-TV Las Vegas, where he has worked since 2012.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy  



Search Recent News Archives:


View Recent News Archives:  2014  2013   Earlier archives currently under maintenance