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Travis Mayfield
05/05/16 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV Social Media Editor and Director of Digital Strategy Travis Mayfield remains off air following the sudden passing of his 2-1/2 year old son Tommy on April 10.  Mayfield shared his grief with viewers and wrote a moving tribute to his son.
Jim Dalke
05/04/16 - Broadcast engineer and KARR AM 1460 Kirkland owner Jim Dalke reports on the station, which had its six tower directional array displaced for property development in 2014.  He has found a new site and is working on relocating the station and doing a permanent install with a two tower array.  It has been operating with a long wire antenna strung between two trees on a Special Temporary Authority.  He also reported on KXSU-LP 102.1 at Seattle University.  Due to its antenna height, at only 7 watts, the station covers an area with a population of roughly 600,000 people making it one of largest per-watt stations in the country.  Seattle SBE report
SeaTac Media
05/04/16 - SeaTac Media reports former production wiz and air personality Terry McManus has died.  He was the voice of Jimmy Stalwart, Gregory Peck, Zollie Nicely and Jimmy on KOL and later KYYX.   McManus did voice imaging for KOL, KYYX, KXRX, KZOK and with Robin and Maynard at 100.7 The Buzz as well as at stations in other parts of the country.  SeaTac Media    
05/03/16 - RTDNA is holding a series of "Murrow MeetUps" across the US to bring electronic journalists together and to give regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners their plaques.  June 23rd has been set as the Seattle date.  All Access Music Group  RTDNA release 
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
05/03/16 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has signed up for the Minnesota Public Radio The Current KCMP-FM 89.3 Minneapolis-St. Paul tribute to Prince simulcast of his hit song Nothing Compares 2 U.  It's available to public radio stations nationwide in the US and will air at 5:07 p.m. CT Wednesday, May 4th.  All Access Music Group  Meanwhile KEXP will air a salute to Prince from 2 - 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6th.  KEXP release  Tricia Romano, Seattle Times  
Linzi Sheldon
04/29/16 - Linzi Sheldon has been promoted to weekend evening anchor/investigative reporter from her current position as weekend morning anchor at KIRO-TV Seattle.  She has been with KIRO since August 2013.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle
04/29/16 - KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle is holding its Spring Drive fundraiser today through April 29th. This is the first of two yearly on-air pledge drives that supports the station's operating budget, which allows it to continue to play music and teach students about radio.  The station is encouraging labels and managers of artists or others active on social media, to post about KNHC's Spring Pledge Drive fundraiser.  All Access Music Group 
Clay Freinwald
04/28/16 - The May 2016 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by veteran RF Systems Engineer Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  In this edition, Clay discusses the KPLU situation, record breaking wet weather, Alaska Airlines and much more.  May Clay's Corner
RTDNA Canada
04/28/16 - RTDNA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists, has announced its winners for excellence in electronic journalism in the BC Region.  The awards recognize the best programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital.  RTDNA Canada release  
KING-TV Seattle
04/27/16 - TVSpy reports a number of staff have left KING-TV Seattle in addition to Dennis Bounds, Jean Enersen, Jeff Renner and Linda Byron, as reported on April 15.  The report indicates HR director, chief engineer, assistant chief engineer, production supervisor, graphic designer, Evening Magazine ep, Dayside News ep, longtime sales person, tape editor, NWCN senior ep, and reporter Jim Forman have also left their positions.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
KPLU-FM 88.5
04/27/16 - Friends of 88.5 FM, a local nonprofit formed to preserve the independence of public radio station KPLU, announced Tuesday that it “has submitted a Letter of Intent to Pacific Lutheran University setting forth principal terms for its purchase of KPLU.”  Under the terms of the offer made by Friends of 88.5 FM, KPLU would retain its award-winning 16-person independent, local newsroom; a 12-person jazz and blues music staff; and Jazz24, a 24-hour high-definition streaming service that reaches 100,000 weekly listeners around the world.  It would continue to operate out of the Martin J. Neeb Center, a broadcast facility on the Pacific Lutheran University campus built specifically for KPLU.  KPLU release  
Lisa Rossington
04/25/16 - Veteran TV reporter Lisa Rossington has been named Manager of Public Affairs for Rogers Communications Western Canada.  She was released from her position at CTV Vancouver last November after 17 years with the station. 
04/25/16 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KWJZ-LP 104.5 Fall City from Snoqualmie Educational Radio Project to Continental Broadcasting.  The filing notes that the station has been off the air since February 25, 2016 and the license will expire as a matter of law if the station does not resume broadcast operations by February 26, 2017.  FCC info  There is a CP to move the Community of License to High Rock and the frequency to 107.3 MHz.  FCC data 
Tony Ventrella
04/25/16 - Veteran 71-year-old Seattle newscaster Tony Ventrella plans to run for Congress in the 8th Congressional District.  He was a sports anchor on KING-TV and Sports Director at KIRO-TV during the '80s and '90s and more recently a digital media host for the Seattle SeahawksJim Brunner, Seattle Times  
Patrick Cardinal
04/23/16 - A biographically detailed obituary is being published in several Canadian newspapers for nationally known influential broadcaster Patrick John Cardinal, who passed away April 19th in Vancouver after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 54.  Cardinal excelled at stations in a number of major markets, as well as Vancouver, both on-air and later in management capacities.  A Celebration of Life will be held in Toronto at a later date.  Edmonton Journal obituary  
Terri Stacey (Smolar)
04/22/16 - A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for former CBC Vancouver reporter Terri Stacey (Smolar) who passed away March 29 after a valiant 14-year battle with cancer.  It will be held at at 12 noon Sunday, May 29th at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver.   An RSVP is required.   
George Garrett
04/22/16 - Veteran news reporter George Garrett, who worked for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 for most of the years between 1955 and his retirement in 1999, will be a guest on The Lynda Steele Show on CKNW Thursday, April 28th at 3:15 p.m.  They will be joined by Avalon Tournier, Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.  Garrett is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Half Century Club and a Radio-Television News Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 
Brian Foss
04/22/16 - Brian Foss, host of the Saturday-night punk show Sonic Reducer on KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, has released a bus-themed playlist to amuse the city’s rapidly growing ranks of bus riders.  Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times 
04/21/16 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Washington Interstate Broadcasting, Inc. to relocate the KUKN-FM 105.5 Longview transmitter from 46° 09' 52.00" 122° 51' 13.00" to 46° 09' 47.00" 122° 51' 13.00".  ERP stays at .7 kW non-directional and HAAT changes from 262 to 256 meters.  FCC data 
Bell Media
04/21/16 - Chris Donnelly has been promoted from production manager/APD to PD at KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria.  He succeeds Robin Haggar who had held the position since July 2009.  New PD at sister station CFAX AM 1070 is Heather Kim, who’s also ND at CTV Vancouver Island and assistant GM at the Bell Media Victoria radio/TV cluster.   
Shane Woodford
04/21/16 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 anchor, reporter and fill-in talk show host Shane Woodford leaves the station at the end of May to become the new News Director at CHNL AM 610 Kamloops.  He was an anchor/reporter at CHNL for two years before joining CKNW in 2011.  
KPLU-FM 88.5
04/21/16 - The Save KPLU campaign has now raised $4 million of the $7 million needed by June 30, which matches the amount of the current deal between Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington, to allow Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 to become an independent, community-licensed station.  Radio Ink  KPLU info 
Steve Weed
04/20/16 - iHeartMedia has named Steve Weed Senior VP of Programming for Central California.  He has been with the company since 2010 and will continue as Senior VP of the Fresno market.  His experience includes past programming roles in New York City, Detroit, Seattle, and St. Louis.  He was PD at KHIT Seattle beginning in 1986.  All Access Music Group 
Pat Cardinal
04/20/16 - Well known broadcaster Pat Cardinal died last night in Vancouver at age 54 after a two-year battle with cancer.  He began his radio career in 1979 in Kenora ON before heading to Winnipeg in 1981 and then on to Vancouver, Hamilton, Edmonton, and Toronto before heading west once again to Vancouver.  In 2003 Cardinal was back in Toronto in a management role, then on to Edmonton for Newcap Radio in 2006.  In 2011 he was named General Manager for Astral Radio’s Edmonton stations, later acquired by Bell Media.  His roles in Vancouver included CKXY and CKLG in the late 1980s, GM/PD at CKVX-FM from 2002-03 and PD for CKKS-FM/CKLG-FM in 2003.  Cardinal will be posthumously inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week on May 5.  Bell Media release  All Access Music Group
Jennifer Sullivan
04/19/16 - Long-time Seattle Times journalist Jennifer Sullivan joins KOMO News Seattle as a general assignment reporter.  She begins April 18.  The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist has worked for the Seattle Times for the last 14 years covering crime, courts and breaking news.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
04/18/16 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Bob Nunn passed away peacefully at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission on April 5.  He was 68.  He worked on air and in promotions at CKNW, CKWX and CJOR Vancouver, then at CFVR Abbotsford during the 1970s and mornings at CJJC Langley around 1977.  Nunn was twice President of the Abbotsford Fraternal Order of Eagles during the 1980s.  There will be no service per his request.  Sun/Province obituary 
04/18/16 - Entercom will choose a monthly artist to highlight across its seven alternative stations for seven days on a program called 7×7.  It will air on The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle and on stations in Buffalo, Kansas City, Miami, Portland, Sacramento and San Diego.  Radio Ink 
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
04/17/16 - More than 7,800 people attended the grand opening of the new KEXP-FM 90.3 facility at Seattle Center on Saturday.  The celebration featured live performances, behind-the-scenes tours and the unveiling of the donor wall.  Alan Berner, Seattle Times  KEXP info  Dave Segal, Radio Insight backgrounder  
Tammy Moyer
04/15/16 - Close to 300 people gathered at the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver last Sunday to celebrate the life of former News1130 CKWX AM anchor Tammy Moyer and to return a little piece of the equation to her 7-year-old son Emelyan.  She passed away March 18th at age 46 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Joanna Mileos, Puget Sound Radio    
KING 5 Seattle
04/15/16 - Four veteran members of the KING 5 KING-TV Seattle newsroom, including anchor Dennis Bounds, Emmy winner Jean Enersen, chief meteorologist Jeff Renner and investigative reporter Linda Byron, along with a number of other staffers have accepted voluntary retirement offers.  They will leave on April 22.  A number of employees “in the teens” are taking a buyout including engineers, producers and editors.  Katherine Long, Seattle Times  Seattle PI  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
KIRO Radio 97.3 Seattle
04/15/16 - KIRO Radio 97.3 FM Seattle offers 75 different shows in a variety of categories on its website.  Executive Producer Brian Buckalew provides insight into building a digital audio network and KIRO's expansion plans.  Ryan Wrecker, Radio Ink 
The Peak CJAV-FM Port Alberni
04/14/16 - The Peak CJAV-FM 93.3 Port Alberni is celebrating its 70th anniversary.  The central Vancouver Island station was founded in 1946 by Harold Warren, then part owner and operator of the Capitol Theatre, and operated at 1240 kHz with 250 watts.  It's where famed Vancouver Canucks’ play-by-play broadcaster Jim Robson got his start.  CJAV moved to FM in 2005.  Karly Blats, Alberni Valley News 
04/14/16 - The FCC has granted a Modification of Construction Permit to Skagit Valley Family Radio for KTFJ-LP 104.7 Burlington.  It will operate with an ERP of 100 watts non-directional at -52 meters HAAT at 48° 28' 56.00" 122° 18' 40.00"FCC data           
Dave Sheldon
04/14/16 - Tri-City Radio CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody has announced the addition of Dave Sheldon as host of The Dave Sheldon Show 3-6 p.m. weekdays beginning April 25.  He's been broadcasting sports in the Vancouver market for a decade and was most recently a sports anchor at CKNW AM 980Tri-City Radio release  
Research Director, Inc.
04/13/16 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive March PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
KPLU-FM 88.5
04/13/16 - Following Monday's announcement by Seattle market KUOW-FM 94.9 about the launch of new music service Planet JazzKPLU-FM 88.5 GM Joey Cohn, who is involved with the "SAVE KPLU" effort that aims to raise enough money to buy the station to save the current programming, says it "could potentially confuse people" and is duplicative with KPLU and its JAZZ 24 service.  But KUOW GM Caryn Mathes said that the launch was "in no way... intended to derail the community funding effort... This is an opportunity for us to pilot a service and get more community input about the service and be prepared in case we are fortunate enough to get the 88.5 frequency."  All Access Music Group  John Ryan, KUOW  
Tamara Stanners
04/12/16 - Tamara Stanners, who has been Program Director of The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver since 2012, has stepped down from her position and will be leaving the station.  She has announced on her Facebook page that she will remain on air from 10 - 2, Monday through Thursday until May 12th, but has not announced future plans.  She has held a number of positions in both radio and TV in Vancouver since 1990.   
Nielsen Audio
04/12/16 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 retains first place with a 6.9 share in the Nielsen Audio March 2016 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  Classic Hits The Jet  KJR-FM 95.7 is second with a 5.4 share.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves into third with 5.3.  Radio Online
Jack CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver
04/12/16 - Rogers Radio is awaiting approval from Industry Canada to begin testing HD Radio on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver.  Plans are to carry sister AM station News1130 CKWX on the HD2 channel.  It will be the second HD Radio station to operate in the Vancouver market. 
KUOW-FM 94.9
04/11/16 - Seattle market KUOW-FM 94.9 will launch a preview of a new music service dedicated to jazz and blues on Monday, April 18 at noon.  Currently called Planet Jazz, the service will showcase leading jazz and blues artists from yesterday, today and tomorrow, and it will be available for streaming 24 hours a day, seven days a week at and on KUOW HD Channel 2.  Programming currently airing on KUOW2 will now be heard on KUOW3.  KUOW release 
Tammy Moyer
04/10/16 - A handful of tickets are still available for the Tammy Moyer get-together this afternoon at the Century Plaza Hotel in Vancouver.  A ticket can be purchased here by clicking on the Get Tickets prompt and then on the Join Wait List button.  The popular News1130 CKWX Vancouver morning anchor passed away March 18th at age 46 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.   
Centrury 21 Exposition
04/10/16 - The Top 40 competition between KJR, KOL and KAYO really heated up during the the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair 54 years ago.  KJR leveraged its Century 21 success and strengthened its pole position to become the eventual winner.  Ron DeHart, SeaTac Media story/audio 
Brad Phillips
04/07/16 - Corus Entertainment Vancouver General Manager Brad Phillips has been appointed Vice President Corus Radio West, now responsible for Corus Radio stations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.   
Don Francks
04/06/16 - Actor, jazz musician, environmental activist and Vancouver disc jockey Don Francks died from cancer in Toronto April 3 at age 84.  He was on air as Iron Buffalo all-nights at CKVN/CFUN Vancouver from 1971-73.  He enjoyed a long career as an actor for film and TV, with appearances in TV series Jericho and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and in the Hollywood film version of Finian's Rainbow.  FYI Music News 
KOMO-TV Seattle
04/06/16 - KOMO-TV Seattle helped sponsor a two and half hour flight of a weather balloon into the atmosphere for the Southern California calculus club.  The balloon popped at 22 miles above the earth, experiencing temperatures as cold as -60 degrees F on its way up.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy/KOMO video 
KPLU-FM 88.5
04/06/16 - The Save KPLU campaign has now raised $3.5 million, half of what is needed by June 30th to make Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 an independent, community-licensed station.  The community group Friends of 88-5 FM recently attained 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt organization, so all donations made to the Save KPLU at are tax-deductible and eligible for employer-matching programs.  Radio Ink  KPLU release 
Chris Cruise
04/06/16 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle evening host Chris Cruise does his final show tonight.  As announced here on February 19, he is leaving the station for another opportunity.  He says on his Twitter page that an announcement on his next move is coming shortly.  He's been at KMPS since 2014.  Chris Cruise/KMPS announcement 
Rudy Hartman CJVB 1970s
04/06/16 - Former Vancouver and Victoria broadcaster Rudy Hartman turns 99 today.  He was prominent at pre-rock CKLG, CHQM, and CJVB Vancouver and CJVI/CFMS-FM Victoria from the fifties to the late eighties.  The Victoria “radio bunch” celebrated an early birthday party for him Monday.  Puget Sound Radio   
Parella Lewis
04/05/16 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV weekend weather anchor and former police officer Parella Lewis is leaving the station on Friday, April 22.  Q13 has announced that meteorologist and certified master gardener Tim Joyce will join the weekend team starting Saturday, April 23.  He will report during the week and anchor the Friday and Saturday evening shows.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Terry Stacey (Smolar)
04/05/16 - A memorial service will be held in May or June for Terri Smolar (known on-air as Terri Stacey), who died March 29 in her 68th year after defying cancer for 14 years.  She worked variously as a reporter with CBC Vancouver, Program Head of Journalism at BCIT, Manager with ICBC, BC Lottery Corp. and the Open Learning Agency and most recently the Coordinator of the PR program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Family Obituary/Photos   
Ben Marcotte
04/01/16 - Tacoma market ALT 102.9 KFOO-FM Centralia announces Ben Marcotte as Program Director, effective April 11th.  He has most recently been APD and on-air at iHeartMedia Spokane stations and has previously held radio positions in Chicago and Los Angeles.  All Access Music Group 
Terry Jacks
04/01/16 - B.C. music legend Terry Jacks is recuperating in Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver after suffering a stroke two weeks ago near his home on the Sunshine Coast.  Jacks' first brush with fame was with the Poppy Family, a folk-pop quartet featuring his then-wife Susan Jacks.  The group's Which Way You Goin’ Billy was the first million-selling record out of Vancouver.  Jacks’ solo hit Seasons in the Sun sold 14 million copies, which makes it one of the most successful singles of all time.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun 

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