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Amanda Grace
2/16/19 - Yesterday was the last day for KING-TV Seattle evening news anchor Amanda Grace.  She announced on her Twitter page, "...Its time for me to take on a new challenge and grow personally and professionally."  Grace joined KING 5 in October 2014 from WHDH-TV Boston.  Twitter Announcement  KING 5 Video 
CHEK-TV Victoria
2/16/19 - CHEK-TV Victoria presents the Broadcast Premiere of Us and Them, a compelling documentary that follows four individuals for ten years on the streets of Victoria as they cope, not only with homelessness, but also mental illness and addiction.  CHEK will broadcast and live stream Us and Them commercial free at 8 p.m. February 23.  Immediately following the film, CHEK will broadcast a panel discussion moderated by news anchor Ben OHara ByrneCHEK Release
KIRO-TV Seattle
2/16/19 - Cox Enterprises Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement with funds (the "Apollo Funds") managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Apollo") to buy a majority interest in Cox Media Group's broadcast television stations.  Included in the deal is KIRO-TV Seattle.  Cox Media Group's TV stations serve some of the most desirable markets in the country and reach a combined 31 million viewers nationwide.  Cox Enterprises Release  Scott Trubey, Seattle Times  
George Orr
2/14/19 - Veteran Vancouver broadcast journalist George Orr has been picked by the North Vancouver Green Party to lead them into the 2019 federal election.  Im going to be the Bernie Sanders of the Canadian Green Party, he said. I am that guy.  The election is scheduled for October 21.  Orr held several news positions with Vancouver TV stations during the 1980s and was a BCIT Broadcast Journalism instructor from 1989-2010.  He is also an award winning documentary producer.  Brent Richter, North Shore News
Ed Jurak
2/14/19 - Former Vancouver announcer/engineer Ed Jurak, who passed away January 26 at age 75 after battling several health issues over the last few years, is remembered for his "MacGyver-like talent for keeping stations on air".  Before he retired he was chief engineer at CKST Langley/Vancouver and engineer for the CHUM Radio Group Vancouve.  Mike Klassen, Vancouver Courier
Kent Schumaker
2/14/19 - Kent Schumaker joins Vista Radio on Vancouver Island starting March 4 as Regional Content Manager.  He's previously been a weekend, swing announcer and traffic reporter for Mountain FM in Squamish/Whistler; morning show host, Music Director and APD for CKWV-FM 102.3 Nanaimo and was Program/Brand Director for Peace River Broadcasting in Peace River AB for the last nine years.  
Drew Bland
2/13/19 - KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle PD Drew Bland will be featured on a Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2019 panel tomorrow (2/14) along with Nuvoodoo Media Services Pres. Carolyn Gilbert and Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito.  The three panelists are hoping to garner as many votes as they can for Esposito to win the esteemed title of Supreme and Exalted Leader of CRS50.  All Access Music Group
Emily Griffiths
2/10/19 - An obituary has been published for Emily Griffiths, who with her husband Frank owned Western International Communications, which included Global Television when it was known as BCTV, and CKNW Radio Vancouver.  She passed away January 30 at age 96.  At her request, there will be no memorial or funeral service.  It was her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations to Canuck Place would be greatly appreciated.  Sun/Province Obituary  Vancouver Canucks Video
Mike Cleaver 2017 - Photo courtesy Radio West
2/10/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Mike Cleaver died this morning just short of his 73rd birthday, after fighting kidney disease for the past few months.  His career began at CKOV Kelowna in 1961 followed by positions in Lethbridge, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton and Ottawa.  He returned to BC in 2000 and worked for CJNW, CKNW and CTV Vancouver before retiring.  Cleaver was also an accomplished technician and operated Mike Cleaver Broadcast Services for the last 12 years.  There will be no funeral or celebration of life per his request.  Donations in his memory can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada
Tom Houston
2/08/19 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Tom Houston died on board his sailboat Toroa, moored in the Marina at Mazatlan, Mexico on January 22.  He was 85.  After working for CBCs Engineering Headquarters in Montreal, he took a position as a Senior Technician at CBC Vancouver in 1966, where he stayed for 32 years.  
Virgin Radio
2/08/19 - iHeartRadio Canada announced at 8 a.m. today the re-branding of KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria to Virgin Radio.  Also announced is a new morning show anchored by Brittany King, who joins Virgin from KOOL FM, and Chris Palliser, who comes from Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver.  The show runs 5:30 -10 a.m. starting Monday, February 11.  CTV News  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
KPTZ-FM 91.9 Port Townsend
2/07/19 - Community station KPTZ-FM 91.9 Port Townsend has announced that one of its volunteer DJs has donated $100,000 towards a planned move to Fort Worden.  Last November, KPTZ received a $500,000 challenge grant from the Sage Foundation.  The funds will be used to construct state-of-the-art studios and secure a permanent transmitter site.  KPTZ release  Radio Port Townsend has an application on file with the FCC to move its transmitter to 48 08' 24.00" 122 46' 0.00" with an increase in ERP from 2.1 to 3 kW directional and HAAT change from 102 to 101 meters.  FCC Data 
Carmen Cruz
2/04/19 - Carmen Cruz has been elevated from weekends to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday on CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  She's been with CFOX since 2014.  Twitter Announcement
Hunter Quinn
2/04/19 - Hunter Quinn, who has been hosting weekends at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle since his May exit as APD/afternoon host at KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle, is part of the new wake-up team of Hunter & Mollie at Cities KTCZ-FM 97.1 Minneapolis.  He teams up with Mollie Kendrick, who moves from nights.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight  
2/04/19 - The FCC has accepted for filing an application by Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc. to change community of license for KJET-FM 105.7 from Raymond to Union and move transmitter to South Mountain 47 18' 46.00" 123 22' 15.00".  If approved, ERP will decrease from 13.5 kW to 1.75 kW directional and HAAT will increase from 290 to 664 meters.  FCC Data  Lance Venta, Radio Insight
Bob Dearborn
2/03/19 - Former KIXI Seattle staffer Bob Dearborn is credited with writing the widely circulated in-depth interpretation of the lyrics to American Pie by Don McLean about the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (J. P.  Richardson), sixty years ago today.  More than 100,000 printed copies were sent to all parts of the world.  Dearborn was PD, Music Director and on air at KIXI in the late 1990s.  Ronald DeHart, Puget Sound Media   
Angelo Iacobucci
2/03/19 - Hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon to bid farewell to Angelo Iacobucci at a memorial service in Kamloops, seven weeks after he passed away suddenly just two weeks before his 61st birthday.  Although he was based in Kamloops during his 39 years in broadcasting, he was well known to Vancouver radio listeners, as he filed numerous news reports that ran on a number of local stations over the duration of his career.  Adam Donnelly, CFJC Today  
Super Bowl LIII
2/02/19 - Sunday's Super Bowl will likely be the last available in Canada via cable or satellite in its original form, complete with US commercials.  Until 2017, Canadian viewers were blocked from the full US Super Bowl feeds, including the commercials that are often produced specifically for the event, as domestic broadcasters were able to substitute their own versions of the broadcasts carried by cable and satellite.  Since then, the CRTC has prevented simultaneous substitution, or simsub, during the game despite protests from Bell Media and the NFL.  That rule is set to be rescinded by the federal government, as part of its renegotiated trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, but the deal has not yet been ratified.  This year's game is being carried locally on KIRO-TV Seattle, CTV Vancouver and CTV Two VictoriaCBC News  Global News  
Emily Griffiths
2/01/19 - Emily Griffiths has died at age 96.  She and her husband Frank owned Western International Communications, which included Global Television when it was known as BCTV, and CKNW Radio Vancouver.  The family also bought the Vancouver Canucks in 1974.  Frank Griffiths passed away April 7, 1994 at age 77.  Squire Barnes, Global Video 

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