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Greg Douglas
10/25/14 - Support has been pouring in for TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver host Barry Macdonald since he made his bouts with depression public last week.  Brook Ward is back with freelance gigs on TSN 1040, initially sitting in for Bob Marjanovich from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Ross McCreath
10/25/14 - A private family gathering has been held in memory of Ross McCreath, who died at North York General Hospital in Toronto on October 7 at age 90.  He was a founding member of the History of Canadian Broadcasting.  Among his many achievements was President of All-Canada Radio & Television Ltd., which represented stations across Canada, and a VP of Selkirk Communications Ltd., which at the time owned CKWX Vancouver, CJVI Victoria, CJIB Vernon and several stations in Alberta.  McCreath was inducted into the CAB Hall of Fame in 1998.  Globe and Mail Obituary    
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
10/24/14 - Opponents of new radio towers proposed for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale, a few hundred meters from the Canada-U.S. border near Tsawwassen, believe an appeal will likely be filed following the Whatcom County hearing examiner's announcement Tuesday that he was denying the application for the new towers by BBC Broadcasting Inc.  According to the county planning department, the applicant, any party of record or any county department may appeal the decision to the Whatcom County council within 10 business days.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina issued a statement Wednesday saying, “Point Roberts citizens’ voices were heard, and this is the right decision by the hearing examiner.  The proposed towers could negatively impact the quality of life for residents in this community, and I will continue working to make sure this project does not move forward.”  Ralph Schwartz, Bellingham Herald  
Bob Duck
10/23/14 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news anchor/business editor Bob Duck is retiring Monday from his position as News Director at Mix CFVR-FM 103.7 Fort McMurray AB.  He began in radio in 1974 and was with CKNW and the WIC Network from 1996-2001.    
Mark Forsythe
10/23/14 - Mark Forsythe is retiring from CBC Vancouver after 30 years.  He joined CBC Radio in Prince Rupert in 1984, later moving to bureaus in Prince George and Kelowna.  He moved to CBC Vancouver in 1990 to host the Afternoon Show for five years and has hosted B.C. Almanac for the last 18 years, airing from Vancouver.  His final show will be December 24.  His successor will be Gloria Macarenko, who will continue to host Our Vancouver and The Story from Here
FCC
10/23/14 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facility for KLSY-FM 93.7 Montesano.  ERP will be reduced from 32 to 28 Kw and HAAT will increase from 679 to 718 meters at it existing tranmitter location.  FCC data  
KVSH-LP 101.9 Vashon
10/22/14 - "Vashon's Own Community Radio Station" Voice of Vashon KVSH-LP 101.9 signed on last week.  The new low power FM station was granted a construction permit by the FCC in February to operate with 7 watts at 112.3 meters HAAT at 47° 26' 6.93" 122° 27' 54.80"FCC data 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
10/22/14 - Bellevue attorney Linda Atkins, who represents BBC Broadcasting, owner of KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale, says her client will appeal the decision by the Whatcom County hearing examiner to deny a permit application for new towers near the Canada-U.S. border.  She says, “The hearing examiner’s decision is at odds with the Whatcom staff recommendation to approve the project.”  The case would be heard by County Council.  Ralph Schwartz, Bellingham Herald  
FCC
10/22/14 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Sacred Heart Radio, Inc. for KGY AM 1240 Olympia.  The modification converts the station from commercial to noncommercial status.  Sale of the station was announced in early July.  FCC data  
KTTH AM 770 Seattle
10/21/14 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle will host the third Freedom Series: Guns in America in the debate over gun rights at the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University on October 22, from 7:30-9 p.m.  It will be moderated by KTTH host David Boze and include afternoon host Ben Shapiro, syndicated host Michael Medved and KIRO Radio host Dave RossAll Access Music Group  
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
10/21/14 - The Whatcom County hearing examiner has turned down an application to build radio towers for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale, just a few hundred meters from the Canada-U.S. border near Tsawwassen.  The proposal was rejected on the basis it does not conform to height requirements and a hearing scheduled for next week has been cancelled.  The new tower site was previously approved by the FCC, but also had to be approved by local authorities.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun  Ralph Schwartz, Bellingham Herald  
Drew Burns
10/21/14 - Red Robinson will host a memorial, Walk Down Memory Lane With Drew Burns, at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on November 5.  Burns, who bought the Commodore in 1968, turned it into one of the world’s premiere concert venues.  He passed away on September 27.  Tom Harrison, The Province 
Jim Dalke
10/21/14 - Seattle Broadcast Engineer Jim Dalke has received the Robert W. Flanders Society of Broadcast Engineers Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award, which was presented at the SBE National Awards Dinner in Verona, NY.  The SBE Chapter 16 Web Site also received the 2014 Best Web Site AwardSBE Seattle Chapter 16 news/video 
Fitz
10/21/14 - Sun Broadcast Group has entered into a multi-year syndication and sales partnership with The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz.  The deal includes the Powered by Country weekend countdown, which will be renamed The Hit List when it moves from United Stations Radio Networks to Sun in 2015.  Fitz will also take over hosting duties of Nashville Minute, a daily news and entertainment feature now heard on over 80 affiliates.  All Access Music Group 
Amanda Grace
10/21/14 - Amanda Grace joins KING-TV/KONG-TV Seattle as an anchor.  She has been a general assignment reporter at WHDH-TV Boston since 2008.  Derrick Santos, New England One 
Gary Vance
10/20/14 - A memorial service was held September 12 for close family and friends of long time country radio host Gary Vance, who passed away at age 75.  He served for over 25 years at stations including KAYO and KMPS Seattle, earning the title of Mr. Country Music in the Puget Sound Radio Industry.  He was also an accomplished voice over artist.  Seattle Times obituary 
Sarah Garza
10/20/14 - KOMO-TV Seattle Assistant News Director Sarah Garza will fill in as Interim News Director while Holly Gauntt prepares to move to the Denver market.  Gauntt, who has been with KOMO since 2007, announced last week she had accepted the position of Vice President of News & Digital for FOX31 KDVR-TV and CW 2 KWGN-TV Denver. 
Country 107 Abbotsford
10/20/14 - For the second straight year, Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford has won Radio Station Of The Year at the 37th Annual BCCMA Awards show.  Afternoon drive host Curtis Pope received the On Air Personality award.  The event was held last night at the Hard Rock Casino (formally Red Robinson Theatre) in Coquitlam.  Chris Coburn, Country 107 
KIRO-TV Seattle
10/20/14 - KIRO-TV Seattle reporter Jeff Dubois and photographer Jason Nobles were covering a jackknifed truck that had blocked traffic ahead of the this morning's rush hour when a second semi speeded by, narrowly missing them before crashing through a concrete barrier.  Mark Joyella, TVSpy/KIRO video 
Barry Macdonald
10/18/14 - Barry Macdonald has returned to his position on TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver this week for the first time in over a month.  On Tuesday, with co-host Don Taylor, he shared with his afternoon radio audience his recent bouts with depression and those in 1979, 1986 and 2004.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver
10/17/14 - CFOX-FM 99.3 is the second Vancouver station to revert back to its basic call letters in its branding in as many months.  Formerly calling itself The Fox, now it's back to CFOXAM 650 CISL returned to imaging with its call letters in late August.
Q13 KCPQ Seattle
10/17/14 - Tribune Media Company and 21st Century Fox have reached agreement on a new multi-year extension of the FOX affiliation with Seattle market KCPQ-TV.  Tribune will continue its FOX affiliation with KCPQ until July 2018, concurrent with the timing of seven other Tribune Broadcasting FOX affiliation agreements.  As part of the agreement, FOX has withdrawn its termination notice and has agreed that the affiliation will no longer be subject to early termination prior to July 2018.  As part of the agreement Tribune has agreed to pay additional programming fees to FOX for the prime time and sports content provided by the network.  Tribune Media release  
Holly Gauntt
10/16/14 - KOMO-TV Seattle VP/News Director Holly Gauntt has accepted the position of Vice President of News & Digital for FOX31 KDVR-TV and CW 2 KWGN-TV Denver.  She's been with KOMO since 2007 and will join the Denver stations in early December.  Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post  
CRTC
10/16/14 - Bowing to CRTC pressure, representatives of Radio India have appealed to the Commission to give them 120 days to wind down operations and prepare a submission for a future licence on AM 600 in the Lower Mainland.  Radio Punjab Ltd. of Surrey and Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc. of Richmond recently agreed to sign “consent” agreements that allowed them to avoid a CRTC hearing Wednesday.  Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun  
Don Lehn
10/15/14 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver anchor Don Lehn has been appointed Editor in Chief of a newly-vitalized MyChilliwackNews.com which went dark in February.  Lehn was most recently morning news and News Director at The Drive CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack until cutbacks earlier this year.  MyChilliwackNews has broadened its scope to include all of the Fraser Valley.
Sacred Heart Radio
10/15/14 - The FCC has approved the sale of KGY AM 1240 Olympia to Kirkland-based Sacred Heart Radio, which takes over operation Thursday.  Sacred Heart Radio originates at KBLE-AM 1050 Seattle with additional stations in Yakima, Spokane, Kodiak and now Olympia.  KGY’s format continues on translator K237FR 95.3 Tumwater and on KAYO Country KYYO-FM 96.9 HD2.  The Olympian  
Brian Antonson
10/12/14 - Brian Antonson, former Vancouver broadcaster and retired Associate Dean of Broadcast and Media Communications at BCIT, along with his brother Rick, recently retired President of Tourism Vancouver, are in the process of filing prospecting claims at two likely spots based on their recent explorations for Slumach’s gold.  With co-author Mary Trainer, they wrote the book Slumach’s Gold, first published in 1972 and then updated in 2007.  Glen Schaefer, The Province 
CRTC
10/12/14 - The finger pointing heats up as two mainly Punjabi-language broadcasters, Richmond-based Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc. and Surrey-based Radio India (2003) Ltd. are scheduled to appear before the CRTC this week to determine whether they’re violating Canada’s Broadcasting Act.  A third broadcaster, Radio Punjab Ltd. was also scheduled to appear, but the CRTC issued a notice Friday saying it had reached a “consent agreement” with the station.  Its broadcasts on KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor were dropped last week and the station is now simulcasting The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes.  Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun   
Steve Parsons
10/11/14 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Steve Parsons moves from Newcap Radio to Bell Media in Toronto as Manager, National Music Programming effective October 14.  He was APD/MD at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 in the mid 1990s, announcer then APD/MD and finally PD at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 before becoming a programming consultant at CHHR-FM (now CHLG-FM) 104.3 Vancouver in 2010.  Parsons was also Brand Director at the Bell/Astral divested stations in Vancouver and Toronto last year before most recently becoming Operations Manager at Newcap Radio Toronto. 
Stephen Andrew
10/11/14 - Victoria broadcaster Stephen Andrew entered the Victoria mayoral race Friday with a campaign launch at Centennial Square.  He brings name recognition and has to be considered a serious candidate.  Since 1999, Andrew has held positions with Shaw Communications, CTV News, CFAX AM 1070, CBC Radio and CHEK-TV.  Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist 
John Ford
10/11/14 - Former RCA Records representative John Allen Ford died in Surrey October 8 at age 74.  He had a successful career in the music business, spending almost 20 years with RCA Records, where he started as a salesman in Vancouver and worked his way up to the position of Divisional Vice President in New York.  Ford was a friend of a number of Vancouver radio broadcasters.  A Celebration of Life is being planning.  Sun/Province obituary 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
10/11/14 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has canceled Sports Weekend, the last sports program on the station.  It has been hosted by Brook Ward for the past year.  He will stay on as a relief announcer in the sports department.  Meanwhile, Global BC sports anchor/reporter Jay Janower has been named the first recipient of the new PGA of BC award, saluting a member of the Vancouver media for “consistent, insightful coverage of golf in B.C.”  Here ‘N’ There, Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
10/11/14 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV owner Tribune Company stock fell sharply after Fox announced that it was pulling its network affiliation next January.  Tribune may yet be able to negotiate a deal to keep its affiliate status by giving Fox a bigger share of cable fees.  Meanwhile, KBCB-TV Bellingham, which Fox has announced it is purchasing, can't be received over the air south of Seattle.  Rami Grunbaum, Seattle Times 
KRPI Ferndale
10/10/14 - Industry Canada has articulated concerns raised by Tsawwassen residents, particularly as they relate to blanketing interference from proposed new KRPI AM 1550 towers along the border, to FCC officials.  Delta municipality has also asked that an Industry Canada representative speak at an upcoming public hearing in Whatcom County, but there's no indication the federal government will to go that far.  The county public hearing is scheduled to begin October 27.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist 
KIRO-FM Seattle
10/10/14 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle and its sister stations in Phoenix and Salt Lake City have blurred the lines between news and talk.  Talk stations carry newscasts that sometimes sound disconnected from the rest of the station, but KIRO tightly integrates the two.  KIRO-FM's p.m.drivers Ron and Don are credited with helping the station bridge the gap between hard news and conversational talk.  The pair has grown its 25-54 shares 3.5-6.0 during the past year to rank fourth in the market.  Inside Radio 
Mike Winlaw
10/10/14 - Former Vancouver TV host Mike Winlaw died in Kelowna September 29 at age 76.  He spent 13 years with CBC Vancouver as a news anchor and then was a regular on the CBC-TV show Hourglass.  He moved to CKVU (now branded CITY-TV) in 1976 as one of the three hosts on the Vancouver Show with Pia Shandel and Laurier LaPierre.  Red Robinson.com 
Ross McCreath
10/09/14 - Ross McCreath, who served in Canadian media for over seventy years, died October 7 in Toronto at age 90.  He was a founding member of the History of Canadian Broadcasting.  Among his many achievements was President of All-Canada Radio & Television Ltd., which represented stations across Canada, and a VP of Selkirk Communications Ltd., which at the time owned CKWX Vancouver, CJVI Victoria, CJIB Vernon and several stations in Alberta.  McCreath was inducted into the CAB Hall of Fame in 1998.  CCF biography 
The Jet KJR-FM
10/08/14 - The Jet KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle morning show host Jodi Brothers has announced on The Jet's Facebook page that Marty Riemer will be joining her on a.m. drive.  The two were formerly morning hosts at Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 (now KHTP-FM) before Riemer's contract ended in 2009.  Radio Insight  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times backgrounder  
FOX TV
10/08/14 - According to an application filed at the FCC, Fox Television is buying KBCB-TV Bellingham from Venture Technologies Group for $10 million.  KBCB currently carries ShopHQ programming.  Fox informed Tribune last month that it would terminate the affiliation agreement with KCPQ-TV Seattle next January.  That will leave the Tribune station without Fox programming, including sports and prime-time entertainment.  Industry observers say that move and the KBCB-TV purchase are aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Tribune to do a swap deal.  Cynthia Littleton, Boston Herald  Art Thiel, SportspressNW.com 
The Whale KWLE Anacortes
10/05/14 - KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor is now simulcasting The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes.  Reception reports indicate large amounts of dead air, suggesting an online feed.  Legal ID mentions both stations simulcasting.  Both stations were recently acquired by New Age Media Ltd., 20% owned by Radio Punjab Managing Director Gurpal S. Garcha. 
Darlene Heidemann
10/05/14 - Long time reporter Darlene Heidemann has left her position at Global BC.  She has been a reporter for Global since 1999 and has won two Webster Awards.  There have also been personnel shuffles at BC 1, Global's 24 hour all-news cable station.  Global BC video       
Maninder Gill
10/04/14 - Maninder Gill, managing director of Radio India KVRI AM 1600 Blaine, vows to stand up to Canada's broadcast regulator if it starts harassing his advertisers.  Radio India is one of three “crossborder” radio stations providing Indian-language programming to Metro Vancouver’s 250,000 Indo-Canadians.  He cites support from listeners and sympathetic Canadian politicians.  The CRTC appears to have been spurred into action by complaints from the city’s licensed South Asian broadcasters.  Gill has agreed to attend a CRTC hearing in October, but says the “only way” the regulator is ever going to shut down Radio India’s U.S. signal is by allotting space on the Canadian dial.  Tristin Hopper, National Post  Related news from LINK newspaper  
Kevin Metheny
10/03/14 - Former KJR AM 950 Seattle host Kevin Metheny has passed away from an apparent heart attack.  He is believed to be age 60.  He capped off a 44-year career as Operations Manager at KGO AM 810 and KSFO AM 560 San Francisco.  Metheny entertained evenings then afternoons at KJR after being hired by Pat O'Day in 1972.  All Access Music Group  
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
10/03/14 - The Corporation of Delta has joined the list of speakers at a public hearing on the controversial proposal by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to build several radio transmission towers in Point Roberts to transmit KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale.  Whatcom County will hold a hearing on the issue beginning October 27, that is expected to draw a large crowd from both sides of the border.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  
Research Director, Inc.
10/02/14 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive September PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
Clay Freinwald
10/01/14 - The October 2014 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, has been released.  This month Clay updates the removal of the KUNS-TV antenna on the tower at West Tiger, looks at a Kaypro 10 portable computer and new low power FM station construction permits and much more.  October Clay's Corner   
Michael Knight
10/01/14 - Former KJR AM 950 Seattle staffer Michael Knight has been appointed News Director at KMJ AM 580 and FM 105.9 Fresno, CA.  He was a morning co-host at KJR in the mid 1990s.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
10/01/14 - The FCC has granted an original construction permit to OneAmerica for a low power FM station to serve SeaTac.  It is authorized to operate at 106.5 MHz with an ERP of 49 watts non-directional at 42.9 meters HAAT at 47° 26' 3.00" 122° 16' 18.00"FCC Data 



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