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Sportsnet 650 Vancouver
08/23/17 - The new Sportsnet 650 Vancouver has now released its full lineup.  Former TSN 1040 producer Satiar Shah will host a late-morning program called The Playbook with co-host Jawn Jang.  From noon to 1 p.m., Shah will host Canucks Central at noon, which will feature rotating contributors.  From 1 to 4 p.m., former CTV Vancouver sports anchor Perry Solkowski will host On Point along with Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Randip Janda.  The morning drive show, now called Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup with James Cybulski, Mira Laurence and Steve Darling and afternoon drive called The Program with Scott Rintoul and Andrew Walker were previously announced.  Station launch will be September 4, with as yet unannounced special programming the previous week.  Patrick Johnston, The Province 
Roy Hennessy
08/23/17 - Former CKLG Vancouver Boss Jock Roy Hennessy was determined to know more about his origin, which led to the mother he'd never known and the brother he didn't know he had.  That brother ultimately saved the life of Roy's son with a kidney replacement.  Hennessy was on air at CKLG during the 1960s and '70s before moving into other Canadian markets and management in Toronto.  Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun 
Norman Ruff
08/22/17 - Political scientist Norman Ruff, well-respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of British Columbian political history, died Saturday evening from esophageal cancer at a hospice facility in Victoria.  He was 78.  Ruff joined the University of Victoria's department of political science as professor in July 1969 after obtaining a PhD from McGill, retiring in 2005.  He also took on the role of political commentator, for a time hosting a weekly radio show In the Ruff on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  CBC News  Katie DeRosa, Times Colonist 
CISL AM 650
08/22/17 - CISL AM 650 has now posted on its Facebook Page, "Thank you for sharing CISL 650’s Smooth & Easy music over the years.  We have very much appreciated your loyalty.  As of August 27th, CISL 650 will be owned by Roger's (sic) Media.  Please email any questions or comments to vanprogramming@newcap.ca"  As has been known for some time, the station will become Sportsnet 650 with an all-sports format.  CISL originally signed on at 940 kHz on May 1, 1980, licensed to the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.  The CRTC approved a frequency change to 650 kHz in 1985.  Karin Larsen, CBC News backgrounder 
FCC
08/22/17 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facilities to OTA Broadcasting (Sea), LLC for KVOS-TV Bellingham.  Transmit channel will change from 35 to 14, ERP will decrease from 580 to 362 kW and HAAT will remain at 799 meters.  FCC data    
Jason Rantz
08/18/17 - KIRO Radio KIRO FM 97.3 Seattle host Jason Rantz has announced that he is moving to host weekday mornings on sister station KTTH AM 770 effective September 5.  Currently co-host of the Jason and Burns Show, he's been with KIRO Radio since January 2014.  MyNorthwest release   
Cam Mitchell
08/18/17 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver producer Cam Mitchell has confirmed he has headed to the same position at the new Sportsnet 650.  He's a graduate of the Journalism Program at BCIT and began his career at TEAM/TSN 1040 CKST AM, where he spent six years as a producer, anchor and reporter.  He has been a traffic reporter and producer at Corus Media since February 2016.
TSN 1040 Vancouver
08/17/17 - With the early September launch of Sportsnet 650 Vancouver, TSN 1040 CKST AM has now officially announced some lineup changes effective September 1.  Most of the changes are time shifts, but current weekend Kuntenblog Radio hosts Mike Halford and Jason Brough move to 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.  Barry B-Mac Macdonald is missing from the lineup at present but an upcoming announcement is expected August 21.  All Access Music Group  Patrick Johnston, The Province   
Global News
08/17/17 - Global News listened to three different Canadian country-music radio stations for 12 hours and tallied the number of songs by male artists, female artists and mixed groups.  The stations are based in Woodstock and Oshawa, Ontario and JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver.  JRfm played 151 male songs, 11 mixed-gender group songs and only 14 female songs.  The ratio was similar in all three markets.  Industry insiders and country music radio workers, for the most part, agree that it’s a phenomenon dictated by consumer demand.  Canada is only slightly better than the US when it comes to embracing female talent.  Chris Jancelewicz, Global News
 Radio Ink
08/16/17 - Radio Ink is conducting a poll for The 20 Greatest AOR Rock Stations of All Time.  KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle is currently listed at #9 and there is a write-in space for "other".  Voting takes place here
Dan O'Connor
08/15/17 - Dan O’Connor has been named the new Director of Media Relations and TSN 1040/1410 play-by-play broadcaster for the Western Hockey League Vancouver Giants, replacing Brendan Batchelor, who moves to the new Sportsnet 650.  He has been the Western Hockey League Prince George Cougars play-by-play broadcaster and Media Relations Manager since 2011.  Vancouver Giants release 
Don Stevens
08/15/17 - Veteran Calgary broadcaster and former CKLG Vancouver personality Don Stevens has announced his retirement from radio.  He was a host at LG73 from 1970-83 before holding significant positions in Calgary and Toronto.  Stevens has hosted mornings at XL 103 CFXL-FM 103.1 Calgary since 2010 and was PD from 2010-12.  His final show with also-retiring co-host Joanne Johnson will be December 8th.  XL 103 release  
KEDO AM 1400/FM 99.1
08/14/17 - Bicoastal Longview has added an FM Translator for KEDO AM 1400 at 99.1 MHz.  K256CQ is authorized by the FCC to operate with 250 watts directional at 193 meters HAAT at 46° 10' 59.00" N 122° 57' 29.00" WFCC data 
Sonia Beeksma
08/14/17 - CTV Vancouver weather anchor Sonia Beeksma has been named the new traffic specialist on the Morning Live team.  She has been handling various weather duties since moving to CTV from Global BC last November.  CTV announcement   
Sportsnet 650
08/14/17 - Sportsnet 650 Vancouver has announced Brendan Batchelor and Corey Hirsch as the new Canucks play-by-play team.  The new all-sports station will launch early next month and is the new radio home of the Canucks.  Batchelor has handled play-by-play for the Vancouver Giants Hockey Club for the last four years and Hirsch is a former Canucks goaltender.  BT announcement/video  Scott Brown, The Province  Rob Williams, Daily Hive  
James Syroishko
08/13/17 - James Syroishko, retired CBC Vancouver Personnel Manager and subsequently Human Resources Manager Western Division based in Vancouver, passed away on July 26, 2017 in West Vancouver.  He was 86.  He started with CBC Toronto, later moving to Ottawa and then Vancouver, where he retired from the Corporation at age 56.  A memorial gathering will be held by family in Vancouver on a date to be announced.  Sun/Province obituary 
Red Robinson
08/12/17 - Following the announcement by Red Robinson that Pat O'Day would appear on his final Red Rock Diner radio show, Red has announced another special guest.  Entertainment industry legend Bruce Allen will also be on the show, scheduled for 12 noon August 27 on CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Allen has managed such notable performers as Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bryan Adams, Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Michael Bublé, Jann Arden and Emmy award-winning arranger/producer Dave Pierce.  Red Robinson website/audio
KIRO-FM 100.7 Seattle
08/12/17 - The Ron and Don Show on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle is once again partnering with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Police Foundation in the 2017 Beds for Kids campaign, which aims to provide 600 children in need with their own beds (and teddy bears).  This year, the beds will be distributed on September 30th.  All Access Music Group
Neil Morrison
08/10/17 - Neil Morrison has announced he is returning to Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey, just months after leaving the station.  He will be filling in on the morning show next week and then take over the evening time slot.  He hosted at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver for a decade before going to Pulse in 2016, where he worked until this past May.  Twitter announcement
Mark Burley
08/10/17 - From Broadcast Dialogue: Mark Burley has been appointed to the pre-launch consulting team for CKUR-FM 106.3 Vancouver, joining Tewanee Joseph, Brian Schecter and Gary Milne.  For the past 12 years, Burley provided leadership for 22 stations and six clusters in the BC Interior as group program director for Bell Media Kelowna.  Northern Native Broadcasting-Terrace is continuing planning and development for CKUR Vancouver with talks underway on the location of on-reserve studio facilities in the Lower Mainland.  The station is expected to launch in 2018.
FCC
08/10/17 - The FCC has granted a change to a licensed facility to King Broadcasting Company for KING-TV Seattle.  Transmit channel will change from 48 to 25, ERP will decrease from 960 to 608 kW and HAAT will remain at 239 meters.  FCC data 
Red Robinson
08/10/17 - Two iconic Northwest broadcasting legends get together for the final Red Rock Diner on CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Seattle's Pat O'Day joins Red Robinson on Red's final show from 2-4 p.m. August 27.  Red has been spinning the hits on Vancouver radio since 1954 and Pat is recognized as Seattle's highest-profile DJ of the 1960s and the region's dominant dance promoter.  Smooth & Easy CISL will end its run as an oldies station and emerge as Sportsnet 650 on September 4.  Red Robinson website/audio 
Dick Cross
08/10/17 - Former KVI and KOMO Seattle personality Dick Cross passed away July 20 at age 89.  He moved from Eugene, OR to start at KVI in 1972.  A graveside ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. September 22 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. in Kent, with a celebration life for friends and family to be held from 2-4 p.m. September 23 at Meydenbauer Yacht Club, 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE in Bellevue.  Seattle Times obituary   
KBAI AM 930 Bellingham
08/10/17- Cascade Radio Group General Manager Don Kurtis said the recent change in format for K-BAY KBAI AM 930 Bellingham to classic hits is the result of a national decline of progressive talk radio syndicates.  He says KBAI was 95 percent syndicated content, as only the hour-long Joe Show with host Joe Teehan was locally produced. Teehan is now a news anchor for KGMI AM 790Asia Fields, Bellingham Herald
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tribune Media
08/09/17 - Opposition to the $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group continues to be voiced.  In FCC filings, critics say the deal will give the company unprecedented power to politicize local TV news, raise pay TV and ad rates, slow the growth of wireless broadband, and determine what new broadcast technologies can succeed.  A filing by the American Television Alliance says giving Sinclair a pass on local ownership limits in places like Seattle, St. Louis and Oklahoma City would all but guarantee more blackouts and higher prices for consumers in those markets.  Sinclair has said that it will divest stations if needed to comply with FCC laws, but the Commission may relax its ownership caps.  David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood
Research Director, Inc.
08/09/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive July PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
FCC
08/09/17 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Radio Vida N Life Inc. for KOYS-LP 94.1 Bellingham.  ERP will be 50 watts non-directional at 2.9 meters HAAT at 48° 45' 9.00" 122° 28' 37.00"FCC data
John Clayton
08/09/17 - Seattle Seahawks radio coverage for the 2017 season will include longtime NFL commentator and former ESPN personality John Clayton, who will serve as a sideline reporter for KIRO AM 710, KIRO-FM 97.3 and the team's radio network.  He is a host at 710 ESPN Seattle and was one of the more high-profile talents caught in ESPN's mass layoffs earlier this season.  Additionally, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon returns to serve as radio analyst, which he had done for 13 seasons prior to the 2015 season.  Steve Raible is back for his 36th season calling play-by-play.  All Access Music Group  710 ESPN release  
Nielsen Audio
08/08/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma July 2017 PPM with a 6.2 share.  AC KRWM-FM 106.9 jumps up to second with 6.1.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is third with 5.7.  Radio Online
Seattle Sounders FC
08/05/17 - Seattle Sounders FC have announced that it has reached an agreement with Entercom Seattle to air two late-season matches on The End KNDD-FM 107.7.  The club's Western Conference clash vs. the LA Galaxy on September 10 is set to air on The End, followed by Seattle's regular-season finale against the Colorado Rapids on October 22.  The agreement allows Sounders FC to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners on Bonneville Seattle Media Group, Sounders FC's official radio partner.  Sounders release
Josh Kerns
08/05/17 - Award-winning KIRO Radio / MyNorthwest.com Seattle multi-platform journalist, radio anchor and host Josh Kerns has announced, "After 10 years (at) KIRO Radio News 97.3 FM in a variety of roles, I am proud to formally announce I have departed to pursue new, diverse opportunities.  As the principal of my new consultancy Cypress Point Strategic, I am thrilled to be working with a number of friends and organizations I have had the pleasure of covering or representing over the last decade.  I am grateful to all of my colleagues and friends at Bonneville Seattle and look forward to continuing my work with non-profits, brands and individuals I am passionate about serving."  Facebook page
Kasia Bodurka
08/04/17 - Global BC has hired Kasia Bodurka as its new weekend weather specialist effective immediately.  She comes from Ontario where she worked for Rogers TV as a live talk show host covering news, community events and entertainment, before joining the Weather Network as a national weather specialist.  Global release
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
08/03/17 - Bloomberg reports that FOX may look to remove its affiliation from 14 stations owned by Tribune Media, which Sinclair Broadcast Group is in the process of acquiring.  Tribune-owned FOX affiliates include Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TVChris Ariens, TVSpy
Bob Cram
08/03/17 - 1960's KING-TV Seattle cartooning weatherman Bob Cram died Saturday morning in Seattle at age 91.  He was a World War II veteran, a commercial artist and a skilled skier who was well known within the Washington ski community.  He anchored weather at KING5 from 1963-72.  KING5 news/video 
Matty B
08/03/17 - Airchecker reports Matty B (Matt McIntyre) is out as p.m. drive host at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver.  He's been hosting at the station since 2012 with previous stops in Saskatoon and Edmonton.  Sutto (Matt Sutton) is currently listed as p.m. drive host on Z95.3's website.
Kirk LaPointe
08/03/17 - Veteran Vancouver journalist and Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver host Kirk LaPointe has announced on his Facebook page, "I've been offered a larger role with Business in Vancouver and its parent firm, Glacier Media, and decided to leave my evening Roundhouse Radio program after nearly two years.  I will continue to co-host the BIV program on Roundhouse, but it will mean one hour and not three hours each day on the station.  My final evening show will be August 25."  He has been with Roundhouse Radio since 2015, first as morning host then evenings. 
FCC
08/02/17 - The FCC has granted a change to a licensed facility to Trinity Broadcasting of Washington for KTBW-TV Tacoma.  Transmit channel will change from 14 to 21, ERP will increase from 90 to 107 kW and HAAT will remain at 473 meters.  FCC data   
FCC
08/02/17 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific from XL Media Inc. to Akal Broadcasting Corporation.  FCC data
Kerry Marshall
08/01/17 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver broadcaster Kerry Marshall has confirmed that he is no longer with the station.  He has been News and Content Director since June 2015.  Marshall is a veteran Vancouver news voice, most notably at CKLG/CKLG-FM/CFOX-FM Vancouver from 1974-2002.
CBC
08/01/17 - Two CBC Vancouver journalists will be among four who will share anchor duties as the network revamps The National to offer an expanded digital focus along with more insight and analysis on the day's news.  Andrew Chang, current host of the CBC Vancouver News at 6, for which he was named best local news anchor at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.  Ian Hanomansing currently hosts CBC News Network and has been a longtime guest host for The National.  The two will join senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault and Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton.  Arsenault and Hanomansing will host from Toronto, Barton will be in Ottawa and Chang will continue to be based in Vancouver.  The launch is scheduled for November 6 and will still be an hour long and air at 10 p.m.  CBC News
KBAI AM 730 Bellingham
08/01/17 - K-BAY KBAI AM 930 (98.9 FM translator) Bellingham has flipped from Liberal Talk to Classic Hits with the slogan, Re-Live Your Favorites Every Day!  Lance Venta, RadioInsight  



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