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SBE Seattle
06/29/15 - The Annual Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 16 Picnic has been scheduled for July 25th at the KOMO facility on Vashon Island.  An RSVP is required with name and number in your party: picnic@sbe16.0rg  SBE announcement 
06/29/15 - The CRTC has announced calls for applications for a station to serve the Vancouver area.  Interested parties must submit a duly completed application to the Commission no later than September 17, 2015.  The Commission’s preliminary view is that the Vancouver market would best be served by proposals targeting the ethnic communities.  However, it does not preclude any other types of applications.  CRTC release 
06/27/15 - Sunnylands Broadcasting has applied to the FCC to transfer ownership of the Construction Permit for 103.3 Oak Harbor to Everett-Snohomish Broadcasting, LLC.  Sunnylands will hold 66.67% of the new licensee, while William Wolfenbarger, owner of Jodesha Broadcasting in Aberdeen will hold the other 33.33%.  The new station is authorized to operate with an ERP of 1.55 kW at 397 meters HAAT at 48° 21' 55.00" 122° 16' 3.00".  Radio Insight  FCC application  Ownership data 
UBC Radio CITR-FM Vancouver
06/26/15 - University of British Columbia station UBC Radio CITR-FM 101.9 moves to the new Student Union Building Saturday with an invitation to the public to participate.  Official switchover to the new studio is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.  CITR release  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun
06/25/15 - The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licence for CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island and its transmitter CFSI-FM-1 Mount Bruce effective July 25th.  The Commission cited continued non-compliance with regulatory obligations.  CRTC release  Additionally, the Commission has revoked the licence for Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc., which operates CKAV-FM-2 107.3 Vancouver and stations in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa based on "repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations over four consecutive licence terms", also effective July 25th.  CRTC release    
Stacy Ross
06/25/15 - Stacy Ross becomes the new permanent anchor/producer of the CHEK-TV Victoria News at 5.  She also anchors the News at 6:30 and has been with CHEK since 2000 as back-up anchor and interim anchor/producer.
06/24/15 - KIRO-FM 97.3 and KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle are winners of RTDNA 2015 National Edward R. Murrow awards and KING-TV receives an Overall Excellence award.  RTDNA list of award winners     
Gus Swanson
06/24/15 - CBS Radio Seattle has named Gus Swanson Digital Content Manager for its stations Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5, Country KMPS-FM 94.1, Adult Hits JACK FM KJAQ-FM 96.5 and Sports The Fan KFNQ AM 1090All Access Music Group  
Global BC
06/24/15 - Global BC has shuffled some of its weather staff as meteorologist Kristi Gordon goes on maternity leave for a year.  Meteorologist Mark Madryga moves to the Early News, News Hour and News Hour Final and meteorologist Yvonne Schalle handles duties on the Morning News.
KMPS-FM Seattle
06/23/15 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has teamed midday host Seth Hughes with morning show producer Kat for a.m. drive as Seth & Kat.  They fill the vacancy created when Johnson & Johnson departed earlier this month.  Weekend host DeAnna Lee moves to middays.  All Access Music Group 
Glen Robitaille
06/21/15 - Award-winning pioneer radio and television broadcaster Glen Robitaille died today in Kamloops at age 97.  He began his career as a transmitter operator, becoming a studio operator and announcer at CKWX Vancouver from 1934-42 before engineering the installation of numerous radio stations from New Brunswick to Alberta from 1945-49.  He then became Director of Engineering for CFPL in London ON in 1949 and Technical Design Manager for the new CFPL-TV in 1952, where he stayed until retirement in 1983.  Robitaille was featured in a news item on CFJC-TV Kamloops on April 24th commemorating his broadcast achievements.  A service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday in Kamloops.  CFJC-TV April news video
Bob Merchant
06/21/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Bob Merchant died at Langley Memorial Hospital June 9 in his 69th year.  He worked as an announcer in Calgary, Edmonton and Kamloops and at CFUN, CISL and in p.m. drive as host of The Fifties at Five at CKWX Vancouver in the late 80s and early 90s during its Country format days, before moving into real estate in the Lower Mainland.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Sun/Province obituary  
06/20/15 - A farewell get together is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, June 26 at Frankie’s Bar, 765 Beatty Street for three CBC Vancouver staffers who are leaving the Corporation at month end.  Leaving are Senior Broadcast Technologist and 34-year veteran Ray Wittrock, Graphic Designer Diana Neave after 28 years and TV Senior TV Post Production Audio Engineer Gary Morgan
Jim Yount
06/20/15 - A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Kaslo Legion Hall in Kaslo for broadcaster Jim Yount, who died November 30 last year at age 64.  He had worked at a number of Interior and Alberta radio stations beginning in 1964 and was a news/legislative reporter for Vancouver market CKNW and head of the broadcast program at BCIT in the mid-eighties.  Kalso Pennywise  
David Errington
06/20/15 - Former writer, producer and director for CBC Radio and Television, David Errington died June 11 at age 77.  He was the first News Director at CISL Richmond, when it came on the air in 1980, published a weekly community newspaper in Alberta and worked for Access Alberta TV and the National Film Board.  He spent his final years in Chemainus on Vancouver Island.  Information about a celebration of life at a later date can be obtained by contacting daviderringtonmemorial@gmail.comSun/Province obituary  
Lynda Steele
06/18/15 - Lynda Steele, award-winning CTV Vancouver consumer reporter and host of Steele on Your Side, joins CKNW AM 980 as the new afternoon talk show host beginning in September.  She's been with CTV Vancouver since May 2011 and was a reporter for CKVU-TV Vancouver before beginning a 25 year run on Edmonton TV in 1985.  CKNW release   
Randy Scott
06/18/15 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle morning co-host Randy Scott, along with co-host Alana Lynn of The Randy and Alana morning show, are leaving their positions at WOW KAWO-FM 104.3 Boise ID effective June 27.  They have been hosting the program since 2010.  All Access Music Group  
Charlye Parker
06/18/15 - Seatac Media reports veteran Seattle country radio host Charlye Parker has returned to local airwaves Saturdays at KXA KKXA AM 1520 Everett.  She hosted at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle from 1977-88 and has been PD and a.m. drive co-host at KHAY-FM 100.7 Ventura CA since 1991.  Seatac Media news 
Clay Freinwald
06/17/15 - Can and should AM Radio be saved?  Veteran Seattle broadcast engineer and Clay's Corner author Clay Freinwald outlines a number of ideas that may work.  The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource
The End KNDD-FM Seattle
06/17/15 - One year after Alternative The End  KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle implemented its 2 Minute Promise that no commercial interruption would last more than 120 seconds, the promise is paying off in the ratings.  Among 18-34 year-olds, The End has climbed from eighth to fourth in Nielsen's PPM Jan-May 2015 survey period with a 6.2 share, up 48% from the same period last year.  It also rose from eighth to third in the 18-24 demo, with an 8.2 share in the same period, up 110%.  Inside Radio 
06/16/15 - Canadian ratings service Numeris has asked all stations to immediately remove the controversial audio processor Voltair until a full test of encoding is completed within the next 60 days.  According to Numeris, about a dozen stations in major markets were using the unit, but there has been no breakdown of the actual stations, or if any served the Vancouver market.  Inside Radio  Radio Ink  
Bray & Partners
06/13/15 - Bray and Partners Communications break down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.  Bray and Partners release
Bill Swartz
06/12/15 - The Fan KFNQ AM 1090 Seattle p.m. drive co-host Bill Swartz has been released due to "poor sales and budget cuts".  He has been with The Fan since January 2013 and previously served ten years as a sports anchor and reporter for Bonneville Media in Seattle.  He continues as owner of his own business Sports With Swartz, which he formed in 2002. 
Crystal Darche
06/11/15 - Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Crystal Darche will become the new midday host at Fresh Radio CKNG-FM 92.5 Edmonton beginning Monday.  She was the midday host at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver from 2001-13 but most recently was doing on-air work for QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 and Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver. 
06/11/15 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Educational Media Foundation for Seattle market KLSW-FM 104.5 Covington, converting the station from commercial to noncommercial status.  FCC authorization   
06/11/15 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period March 2 - May 31, 2015.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 holds onto first place with a market share of 12.2.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 11.4.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 moves back up into third with an 8.1 share.  Numeris ratings
Research Director, Inc.
06/10/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive May PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Bert Nelson
06/09/15 - Former CBC staff announcer Bert Nelson died May 24 at his home in North Vancouver at age 92.  From 1953-73 he hosted shows such as Call for Music and Klahanie on CBC Television and developed and hosted a show for seniors called The Second Fifty on CBC Radio.  In 1973 he resigned as staff announcer and became a free-lance broadcaster.  He also published three books, The Shadow Watchers, Lep and the Dirty Synapse and Odds and EndsSun/Province obituary  
Nielsen Audio
06/09/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio May 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.9 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 continues in second with 5.8.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves up into third with 5.6.  Radio Online
06/08/15 - Shenandoah, IA-based Family Stations, Inc. has filed an application with the FCC to transfer ownership of Seattle market KARR AM 1460 Kirkland to local broadcast engineer James A. Dalke.  Value of the transaction is listed as $3,000.  KARR lost its transmitter site last year due to loss of lease at its previously licensed location.  Dalke got the station up and running in March after the station was granted a Special Temporary Authority by the FCC to operate at reduced power using a vertical wire antenna approx. 20 meters in height at 47 38' 39.00" 122 09' 25.00"All Access Music Group  FCC data 
Sheila Rogers
06/07/15 - Sheila Rogers, host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio One Vancouver, will be installed as the University of Victoria’s 11th chancellor on Monday.  She will take her oath from Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon in an afternoon ceremony at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.  Rogers, who lives on Gabriola Island, will continue to host the show while serving as chancellor.  Victoria Times Colonist  UVIC release 
06/06/15 - Vicksburg, MS-based Owensville Communications, LLC has filed an application with the FCC to transfer ownership of KSTI-FM 102.1 Port Angeles to locally-based Radio Pacific, Inc., owners of KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles and a CP for a new FM on 104.9 MHz in Sequim.  The purchase price is listed as $280,000.  FCC data  Purchase agreement
CHEK-TV Victoria
06/06/15 - Purchased for $2 by employees in 2009, CHEK-TV Victoria broke from its previous owner who was about to shut it down and soldiered on alone.  Five-and-a-half years later, CHEK is still around, with more local programming, less funding and no major media conglomerate with other sources of revenue to fall back on.  Claire Brownell, Financial Post   
KRPI Ferndale
06/03/15 - Former BCTV weatherman Norm Grohmann will host an art auction fundraiser for the Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers on Sunday, June 7 from at the Harris Barn in Ladner.  Art items include a watercolor by Toni Onley, a print by Robert Bateman as well as creations by Point Roberts students.  BBC Broadcasting Inc. has filed an appeal in Skagit County Superior Court in the hopes of overturning a decision by the Whatcom County council to reject the company's application to erect five radio towers for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale in Point Roberts, just south of the Tsawwassen border.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
06/03/15 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facility to Jodesha Broadcasting for KJET-FM 105.7 Raymond.  ERP will increase from 13.5 to 38 kW, HAAT will decrease from 290 to 128 meters and transmitter location will change from 46° 41' 44.00" 123° 46' 17.00" to 46° 55' 55.00" 123° 43' 59.00"FCC data 
06/03/15 - Educational Media Foundation now has closed on its purchase of Seattle market KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington from Queen Cities Broadcasting for $7 million.  The station has flipped from Classic Hits to EMF's syndicated Contemporary Christian format K-LOVERadio Online
CKNW Vancouver
06/02/15 - Health Canada is asking Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 to stop promoting a medical marijuana dispensary.  In a letter, the department reminds the station that advertising marijuana is illegal and also that fines could be applied.  The letter says a host on the station promoted a Vancouver marijuana dispensary during a segment last month.  Health Canada says the dispensary itself is illegal and advertising marijuana for any purposes runs contrary to the Food and Drugs Act and Narcotics Control regulations.  News1130
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
06/02/15 - A Seattle man was caught by Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle smashing car windows with a hammer in the station parking lot.  The suspect is accused of doing the same to at least 28 cars along Westlake Avenue in South Lake Union.  He was arrested by police and taken to King County Jail.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
Enrique Cerna
06/02/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle Executive Producer and host Enrique Cerna will assume duties as Director of Community Partnerships.  He survived cuts of most of the KCTS production staff in April, including employees who had worked as long as 40 years at the public TV station.  Cerna has hosted such on-air programs as KCTS Connects, has moderated candidate debates and has been as generous with his time as any figure in Seattle broadcast media.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI     
06/02/15 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington from Queen Cities Broadcasting LLC to Educational Media Foundation.  The facility changes from commercial to noncommercial educational status.  KMCQ ended its Classic Hits format Monday and is now part of the new owner's K-LOVE group.  FCC data  Q104.5 Facebook signoff 
KMPS-FM Seattle
06/01/15 - The Johnson & Johnson Show with Tommy and Joe Johnson, mornings on KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle, has been canceled after four years.  Also leaving is morning producer/on air personality Holly Quinn (Braithwaite).  The departures follow the April exit of PD Ed Hill.  All Access Music Group  
06/01/15 - CBC Radio One has captured record audiences across Canada, with increased listenership in key demographics according to the spring Numeris diary results.  Data from March 6 to April 29 indicates that CBC Radio One ranked #1 overall in seven markets, including Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria. This is in addition to the strong numbers for PPM markets including Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton, released on May 7th.  Broadcaster Magazine 
06/01/15 - The CRTC has approved an application by South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. to change the authorized contours of its new station on 107.7 MHz in Surrey by relocating the transmitter site within Surrey to 49°11'02.0" 122°50'41.0", decreasing the maximum ERP from 2,500 to 2,000 watts and increasing HAAT from 132.4 to 158.9 meters.  South Fraser indicated that the changes were necessary due to unforeseen delays in the construction of the building initially identified for the location of the transmitter.  The station is not yet on air.  CRTC release 

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