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Alt 102.9 KYNW-FM Centralia
02/07/16 - Alt 102.9 Tacoma's Rock Alternative KYNW-FM Centralia has changed call letters to KFOO.  The official change listed with the FCC is effective February 5.  FCC data 
Katerina Perez
02/06/16 - Katerina Perez, most recently SVP of sales for the iHeartMedia seven station cluster in Seattle, has been appointed General Sales manager of The Shark WSFS-FM 104.3 and The Ticket WAXY AM 790 Miami.  She joined the Seattle radio group in August 2013.  Inside Radio
Variety - The Childrens Charity
02/06/16 - Variety - The Children's Charity Show of Hearts Telethon celebrates its 50th anniversary February 13 and 14 at The Centre, in downtown Vancouver.  Variety steps in where health care ends to provide direct help to children in British Columbia with special needs.  The program, hosted this year by Vancouver television celebrity Erin Cebula, airs live on Global BCJohn Mackie, Vancouver Sun      
Doug Cheng
02/05/16 - OMNI BC Television Managing Producer/Editor Doug Cheng has left the station to take the position of Communications Officer, Media and Issues at BC Lottery Corporation.  He held several positions with Rogers Media in Vancouver since 2008. 
Alexandra Lewis
02/05/16 - Weekend anchor Alexandra Lewis has been named anchor and reporter for Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV early morning news.  She will anchor the 4:30 to 5 a.m. weekday newscast, then anchor and report breaking news from 5 to 10 a.m.  She joined Q13 in July 2015.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
Treena Wood
02/04/16 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver PD Treena Wood has been named National Format Director for the six Rogers Media news stations in Canada.  Meanwhile JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver PD Al Ford is now National Format Director for the JACK and Sonic stations.  The moves are part of the recent restructuring at Rogers Media where cluster managers' responsibilities have changed.  Revolving Door, Broadcast Dialogue      
KJR AM 950 Seattle
02/04/16 - Sports Radio KJR AM 950 Seattle joins the Portland Trail Blazers radio network for seven games during the remainder of this season.  Blazers' games originate on KJR sister station Rip City Radio KPOJ AM 620 Portland.  All Access Music Group 
Dana Hutchings
02/03/16 - Dana Hutchings, Assistant News Director and anchor of CHEK Point on CHEK-TV Victoria, leaves to join health and education services non-profit Power To Be as Director of Advancement and Communications.  The award winning newscaster has been with CHEK since 2000.  Her appointment is effective February 10.  Power To Be release     
News1130 CKWX Vancouver
02/01/16 - Beginning Friday, February 5, News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver begins a month-long commemoration of 20 years on the air as an all-news station.  During February, listeners will hear on-air hosts dive into the biggest stories of the past 20 years and welcome former hosts, staff, and special guests in-studio to share their favorite memories.  Additionally, on Saturday, March 12 there will be an open house, with guided tours departing every 10 minutes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the studio.  Broadcaster Magazine 
Q13 Fox KCPQ-TV Seattle
01/31/16 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV has added Escape to its 13.3 subchannel.  The new television network features "movies and series that are daring, sexy and anchored in stories of crime and mystery". 
iHeart Media
01/31/16 - The FCC officially announced call letter changes following the iHeartMedia reshuffling of stations in the Seattle market January 19.  KUBE-FM 93.3 changed to KPWK-FM and KKBW-FM 104.9 Eatonville assumed the KUBE calls.  The changes became official on January 26.  FCC data 93.3  FCC data 104.9  Meanwhile, the new morning show team at Power 93.3 KPWK-FM, Carla Marie and Anthony were formerly podcast hosts.  Steven Goldstein, All Access Music Group 
KPLU-FM 88.5
01/30/16 - Supporters of Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 have raised more than $1 million in a little less than three weeks.  The drive aims to match an offer made by the University of Washington.  The campaign needs to raise $7 million in six months.  Inside Radio  KPLU info 
Ann Luu
01/29/16 - Ann Luu, traffic specialist for CTV Morning Live at CTV Vancouver, moves to weather anchor duties at noon, five and six.  The change is effective Monday.  Weather presenter Marke Driesschen, who has been filling in since meteorologist Michael Kuss was released in mid November, returns to Morning Live.  Kuss joined rival Global BC in December.  Twitter info
KING5 Seattle
01/29/16 - KING-TV Seattle will pre-empt a number of newscasts as it moves from its long-time home in South Lake Union to Home Plate Center in SoDo.  Affected will be some KING5 newscasts on KING-TV and sister station KONG-TV during the weeks of February 1-5 and 8-12.  Newscast will resume from the new home on February 13.  KING5 info    
Dal Richards
01/29/16 - CBC Radio Vancouver featured a special program in memory of band leader Dal Richards Thursday on Rewind with Michael Enright.  Richards died on New Year's Eve at age 97, leaving behind a legacy of big band music, interviews and memories.  The full episode can be heard here
Sacred Heart Radio
01/28/16 - Northwest Rock N Roll Preservation Society is selling translators K300CU Ocean Shores and K277CB Sampson to Sacred Heart Radio, Inc. for $35,000.  The translators will move to rebroadcast Religion KBLE AM 1050 Seattle and Religion KBUP AM 1240 Olympia respectively.  All Access Music Group 
Brian Bailey
01/28/16 - Former KOOL FM CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria morning host Brian Bailey has left his position as morning host at Indie88 CIND-FM 88.1 Toronto since the station signed on in 2013.  He hosted mornings at KOOL from 2008-13.  
Janice Ungaro & Cory Ashworth
01/28/16 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has announced that Sunday night Camp hosts Janice Ungaro and Cory Ashworth will be the new weekday p.m. drive hosts.  Janice and Cory launches February 1st.  Roundhouse Radio release  
Ashley (Pepper) Smith
01/28/16 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle Music Director and midday host Ashley Pepper Smith is leaving for a digital opportunity outside of the industry.  Her last day is Friday, February 19th.  She's been with The End since February 2013.  All Access Music Group 
CHEK-TV Victoria
01/26/16 - Management at CHEK-TV Victoria is calling on the CRTC for assistance in the wake of diminishing ad revenues.  The Commission began a national public hearing in Ottawa on Monday on local and community television, which will wrap up on February 3, after which a report will be prepared.  Ian Morrison of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting said from Toronto that Canada has 23 independent television operators that are essential to their communities.  A spokesperson for the CRTC says it is considering a number of options to help independent broadcasters, including the creation of a fund.  Richard Watts, Times Colonist
Don Landels
01/26/16 - Puget Sound Radio reports that Don Landels, Operations/Sales Manager of Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 and KiSS CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria has left his position.  He has been with the stations since 1993.  Puget Sound Radio 
Garett Michaels
01/25/16 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle Program Director Garett Michaels has been named Director Of Rock Programming for 91X XETRA-FM 91.1 Tijuana/San Diego and Classic Rock KFM-BFM KFMB-FM 100.7 San Diego.  He was PD at The End from April 2013 - April 2015.  All Access Music Group 
Clay Freinwald
01/25/16 - An advance copy of the February 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 weather data, changes to how we get television, adjacent channel interference from HD Radio stations and much more.  February Clay's Corner
Michaela Pereira
01/25/16 - CNN anchor Michaela Pereira, who got her start at CHEK-TV Victoria, returned to the Vancouver Island city as part of The Person Who Changed My Life, a two-hour special hosted by Pereira and Anderson Cooper.  It aired on CNN Saturday night.  Pereira co-hosted the magazine show CHEK Around for a number of years.  Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist/The Province  CNN video 
Carole Taylor
01/23/16 - Former B.C. finance minister and CBC Vancouver broadcaster Carole Taylor is joining the staff of Premier Christy Clark as a special adviser.  She will be paid $1 a year and work part-time out of Clark's Vancouver offices, where she'll participate in planning and policy meetings and report directly to the premier.  Following a number of high profile positions with the CTV network in Toronto, Taylor hosted several series including Pacific Report, Authors, Scene from Here, and Vancouver Life for CBC Television locally from 1976-86 before entering politics.  Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun   
Brittany Van Hemert
01/22/16 - Brittany Van Hemert, former part-time music programming assistant, has been elevated to Music Director at CFOX-FM 99.3.  The 2010 BCIT Broadcast grad had previously been weekends/swing at Jack (now branded KISS) CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria.  
iHeart Media
01/22/16 - Following the four-station format realignment at iHeartMedia Seattle this week, SVP/Programming Rich Davis lists the the new lineups and openings he's looking to fill.  All Access Music Group  
Research Director, Inc.
01/21/16 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Nielsen Audio
01/20/16 - As expected, Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 made a strong showing with a 13.4 share due to its all Christmas format in the Nielsen Audio Holiday 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is second with 6.8.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.6.  Radio Online 
iHeart Media
01/20/16 - The moves Tuesday by iHeartMedia in the Seattle/South Sound markets has resulted in KUBE-FM 93.3 PD/afternoon host Eric Powers, KUBE APD/MD and KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 middayer Karen Wild and KBKS MD/afternoon host Eric Tyler exiting the stations.  Powers has been PD at KUBE since 1998.  With the KUBE calls now moving to 104.9, reports indicate 93.3 will pick up the call letters KPWK, although this change has not yet been announced by the FCC.  Casey McNerthney, KIRO 7  Inside Radio  Radio Online  Carla Marie and Anthony are the new mornings hosts at Power 93.3.   
KBTC-TV Tacoma
01/19/16 - KBTC-TV Tacoma has added NHK World on subchannel 28.2.  It's an all English language public media television channel filled with international news, business, technology, and science information and life styles, culture, and travel programs produced and present- ed from Japanese and Asian perspectives.  MHz Worldview has moved to channel 28.3 and TVW has moved to channel 28.4.  KBTC release  
ALT 102.9 KYNW-FM Centralia
01/19/16 - KYNW-FM 102.9 Centralia flipped at noon today from NOW 102.9 to ALT 102.9 Tacoma's Rock Alternative, leading off with Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.  Prior to making the format change the station was airing promos urging current listeners to tune to Seattle market sister station KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 following the change.  Meanwhile, iHeartMedia Seattle has realigned the programming at its Seattle market stations.  Top 40 KBKS-FM flips to Hot AC with the new slogan More Music, More Variety; Top 40/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 evolves into Top 40 POWER 93.3 Seattle's New Hit Music playing 10,000 songs commercial-free and launching Carla Marie & Anthony in mornings; and KUBE's Rhythmic brand moves to 104.9 FM as Tacoma's New Home for Hits & Hip-Hop with Supa Sam in mornings.  All Access Music Group 
Rebecca Stevenson
01/19/16 - Rebecca Stevenson officially joins as a full time meteorologist Monday to Friday mornings on Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV.  She most recently worked for Al Jazeera America after leaving KIRO-TV Seattle in 2012.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
KMAS AM 1030 Shelton
01/19/16 - Olympic Broadcasting News-Talk KMAS AM 1030 Shelton has merged its operations with cable company iFIBER Communications' iFIBER ONE effective January 1.  The merger puts the station under iFIBER ONE management as iFIBER ONE Newsradio KMAS.  The format continues as News-Talk.  Radio InSight 
Laurence Gordon Stark
01/17/16 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Larry Stark died in Cumberland on Vancouver Island November 13 following a lengthy illness.  He was 76.  He worked in the CBC newsroom and as a film editor on the popular TV series The Beachcombers.  Stark moved with his family to the Comox Valley in 1979.  Comox Valley Record obituary    
Ocean - CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria
01/17/16 - Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria PD Rob Michaels has announced A.J. & Lisa D will be the new morning show hosts.  A.J. starts Monday and will be joined by Lisa D (Lisa Daigneault) on February 22.  A.J. has been on air for several years in the Victoria market as Craig Richards and A.J. Cruise.  Lisa D was most recently a traffic reporter on Vancouver stations for the Canadian Traffic Network.  Ocean 98.5 release/audio 
John Harvard
01/16/16 - Former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba John Harvard died January 9 from cancer in Winnipeg at age 77.  He had a career with CBC Television spanning eighteen years from 1970 to 1988.  He was the host of CBC Winnipeg's 24 Hours and was the host of CBC Vancouver's Pacific Report current affairs series in 1979-80.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. January 25 at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Centennial Ballroom, Winnipeg with interment at the Glenboro Cemetery at a later date.  Ashley Prest, Kevin Rollason and Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press  Winnipeg Free Press obituary   
Kat Fisher
01/16/16 - Seattle market KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 morning co-host Kat Fisher announced Friday she is leaving the station for a promotion within the company.  Bender Cunningham and Molly Mesnick remain on the morning show.  KISSFM info 
KPLU-FM 88.5
01/16/16 - As of this writing, KPLU-FM 88.5 supporters have raised over $670,000 in a fundraising drive to raise $7 million+ to rescue the station from a planned sale to the University of Washington.  The fund raising drive began Monday and has six months to succeed.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI  KPLU info 
KYNW-FM 102.9 Centralia
01/14/16 - NOW KYNW-FM 102.9 Centralia is airing promos urging listeners to tune to Seattle market sister station KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 after it makes a "change" at noon, Tuesday, January 19.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight   
George Gordon
01/14/16 - Long-time Vancouver news anchor George Gordon has listed himself on his LinkedIn page as, "Talk Show Host at CISL 650...Giving people in the Lower Mainland valuable advice on topics like Strata living, retirement life and more" .  He returned to Vancouver last year after five years on air in Ottawa and Toronto and was news anchor, including several years as executive editor, at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver from 1999-2009.  
Kenny Jay
01/14/16 - Kenny Jay has been named Program Director at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle effective January 25th.  He's been PD and Music Director at BUZ'N KMNB-FM 102.9 Minneapolis since December 2012.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
01/13/16 - The FCC has granted a change in a licensed facility to Josh Broadcasting for KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park.  Transmitter location will change from 46° 54' 6.00" 123° 25' 7.00" to 46° 58' 31.00" 123° 08' 16.00".  ERP will increase from 1.2 kW non-directional at 421 meters HAAT  to 1.7 kW directional at 673 meters HAAT.  FCC data  
Wilf Ray
01/13/16 - in the forties, radio buddies who had a radio program, would use it to remember a colleague who had died, by playing the personality’s own sign off from one of his radio shows.  This was done as a sign of respect and remembrance for the individual, by hearing his voice saying goodbye and the playing of his theme song.  The aired sign off was to link his or her audience, to realize it now was a “permanent sign-off.”  On the re-broadcasts of The Wilf Ray Show this month, Wilf says goodbye to his pal Dal Richards at the start of the program.  Wilf Ray Show  
David Bowie
01/12/16 - For the second time, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle held an on-air tribute to David Bowie, with a stream of fan favorites by the musician.  On Friday, the station celebrated Bowie’s 69th birthday and the release of his latest album Blackstar.  By Monday the singer, who had been fighting cancer for 18 months, was gone.  Evan Bush, Seattle Times
Erica Johnson
01/12/16 - CBC Vancouver-based Erica Johnson will be the new reporter for its investigative news segment Go Public beginning February 1.  The program is an award-winning investigative news segment featuring stories that hold those in power accountable.  The stories all come from people wanting to "go public."  Based out of Vancouver, Go Public stories are featured on all local and national CBC platforms.  Johnson will be leaving Marketplace, CBC Television's prime-time investigative consumer show.  Johnson joined Marketplace as a reporter in 2000.  She joins former CBC Vancouver broadcaster Rosa Marchitelli, now based in Calgary, on Go Public.  Broadcaster Magazine 
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
01/11/16 - Jacobs Media has honored KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle for its Live Day which took place December 1.  Live Day, which was truly live with no tape, no digital production and no recordings...just live performers, musicians, announcers and even Foley artists during morning and afternoon drive.  Jacobs Media release 
KPLU-FM 88.5
01/11/16 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 supporters are confident they can raise the funds to effectively buy the station out of a purchase by the University of Washington.  An independent nonprofit has to be created and at least $7 million raised by June 30.  The campaign, which began today, has raised $150,000.  KPLU GM Joey Cohn says KPLU has retained communications attorney Ernest Sanchez as an adviser.  Sanchez has worked with other radio stations that have become independent.  Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times  KPLU info  
Pat O'Day
01/10/16 - I Am What I Play, a feature length documentary about the heyday of rock radio, combines material shot on location in Seattle, Boston, New York and Toronto with rarely seen archival footage of disc jockeys Pat O'Day, David Marsden, Meg Griffin and Charles Laquidara.  O’Day was a DJ and Program Director at legendary Seattle station KJR for the better part of 15 years, is credited with putting the Seattle music scene on the map and is a part of a permanent exhibit at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  Toronto-based Marsden was Executive Producer of Pilot One on CBC-TV Vancouver in 1987 and PD of CKST Langley/Vancouver from 1990-93.  The movie will show at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham on Thursday, January 21 along with a Q&A with Pat O'Day to follow the screening.  Trailer   
KEXP-FM Seattle
01/10/16 - PBS NewsHour took notice of Friday's all-day broadcast of Intergalactic Bowie Day on KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle.  As of midday Friday, the post was the most-read on NewsHour’s page.  Melissa Davis, Seattle Times  Joshua Barajas, PBS NewsHour 
Dal Richards
01/08/16 - (Updated) The Memorial Service for big band leader and broadcaster Dal Richards will be streamed live from Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Note that the live stream will not begin until just prior to the service.  Live Service  The service has now been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed here.  
Randi Chase
01/08/16 - Randi Chase, who left the KiSS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver morning show in mid December, returns Monday to host KiSS Breakfast with Randi, Susie and Andrew.  Until leaving last month, she co-hosted with morning show host Kid Carson who left the station this week.  KiSS Breakfast bios 
Dal Richards
01/08/16 - Celebrations of Life are being held this weekend for two Vancouver music icons.  A celebration of big band leader Dal Richards’ life will be held at Christ Church Cathedral at Burrard and Georgia at 2 p.m. Saturday and one for folk musician and activist Leon Bibb, who died in October at age 93, at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage at 2 p.m. Sunday   John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
Kid Carson
01/07/16 - Vancouver and Fraser Valley markets KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 has announced that morning show host Kid Carson has left the station.  He's hosted mornings there since September 2012 after leaving The Beat (now Virgin Radio) CFBT-FM 94.5 in April of that year.   KiSS release  Jill Slattery, VanCity Buzz 
Gary Russell (Norman Vidler)
01/07/16 - A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring for former Vancouver broadcaster Norman Vidler, AKA Gary Russell, who died January 2 at age 67.  He enjoyed a 42 year radio career, on-air and in management positions, retiring in 2008.  He was inducted that year into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Sun/Province obituary    
Byron "Ron" Harrell
01/07/16 - Byron "Ron" Harrell has been named PD at Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 effective January 18.  Previously, he was Director of Music Programming for CBS Radio DallasRadio Online 
FCC
01/06/16 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Make Shift for KVWV-LP 94.9 Bellingham.  It will operate at an ERP of .1 kW at -49 meters HAAT at 48° 44' 41.00" 122° 28' 32.60".  The station's website states, "We have re-sited our transmitter location to Sehome Hill, which has an excellent broadcast range.  We are FCC approved but we’re close enough to the border that we must also wait for the Canadian Government’s approval.  We hope to be on the air in January 2016."  FCC data  
Voices Radio
01/06/16 - Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver returned to the air and website streaming after a few days following a technical glitch.  Note in the item below, the Vancouver station link was incorrectly given as http://www.voicesvancouver.com.  That website is not connected to Voices Radio, although it has a similar name.  Therefore the information on it does not apply.      
Voices Radio
01/04/16 - The carrier is on, but there is no audio on Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver.  The Voices Toronto on-line audio feed is the only one currently operating.  After going dark August 31, 2015, the Vancouver station returned to the air in early October following a last minute reprieve, after it was ordered off the air by the CRTC effective July 25 for "repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations...".  There has been no further news on the station's future.  David Farrell, FYI Music News backgrounder
Brien Blakely
01/04/16 - As reported here on 11/14/15, news anchor/reporter Brien Blakely leaves Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV this month to join WJZY-TV Charlotte NC.  He returns to Charlotte after working at Q13 since June 2011.  Mark Washburn, The Charlotte Observer  Meanwhile, Q13 Fox News is temporarily broadcasting from the newsroom while a brand new set is built in the studio.  Q13 video
Gary Russell
01/03/16 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Gary Russell died of lung cancer Saturday in White Rock at age 67.  He was an operator/announcer at CKY Winnipeg in 1967 and later Program Director.  He was Fast Eddie Russell at CKLW Windsor in the early 1970s.  Russell was on air at CKLG Vancouver in the early 1970s and later GM at CISL/CKZZ-FM Vancouver up to 2008.  He also served on boards of BBM, BCAB, NABS West and Music BC.  Jeff Vidler Facebook thread 
Dal Richards
01/03/16 - Funeral services have been announced for legendary band leader/broadcaster Dal Richards who passed away New Year's Eve at age 97.  It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 9 at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver.  A reception limited to family and friends, including those in the radio business past and present, will follow.  His wife Muriel tells us, "Dal had a great life and a fairly quick passing.  On Christmas Eve he was at Christ Church for the 1 p.m. Christmas Eve service, where he did his traditional stint as a 'celebrity reader' of a bible verse....after which we stopped in at the Hotel Vancouver for lunch before heading home.  He enjoyed Christmas dinner with family, and then fairly suddenly and comfortably faded away.  He had a lovely 97++ years of life and an easy death, and will be loved and remembered by many....what more could any of us ask for?"  Sun/Province obituary 
Brandon Astle
01/03/16 - Former Abbotsford Heat play-by-play broadcaster Brandon Astle will call the Vancouver Stealth road games this coming National Lacrosse League season while Jake Elliott and Brad Challoner resume their normal posts broadcasting Stealth home games and hosting the team’s weekly show on TSN Radio CFTE AM 1410.  The Stealth home opener at Langley Events Centre is scheduled for January 9.  Greg Douglas, Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
Merlin Gutensohn
01/02/16 - (Updated) Former Vancouver broadcaster Merlin Gutensohn died December 1 in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island at age 88.  He worked for CBC (CFPR) Prince Rupert in the 1950s.  He later was a staff announcer at CKLG Vancouver as Merlin hosting The International House of Music circa 1964.  He also was on air at CJJC Langley and overnights at CHQM Vancouver in the mid to late 1960s and CKAY Duncan in the early 1970s.  Cowichan Valley Citizen obituary 
Dal Richards
01/01/16 - It's a sad New Year's Day as news has been received that the legendary King of Swing Dal Richards died at home late last night with his wife and family by his side.  He would have turned 98 on January 5th.  The musician was honored with the Order of Canada, the Order of B.C. and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and was an inductee of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.  The news of his passing comes just a few days after it was learned he would miss performing his annual New Year's Eve gala for the first time in close to eight decades.  News1130  CBC News  Paula Baker, Global News  The Province  CTV News  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun  Social Media/CBC  The Province photo gallery  Matthew Robinson, Vancouver Sun 
Eros Passuti
01/01/16 - Eros Pasutti, last of the "Old Guard" from the CBC Vancouver TV newsroom, died December 25 after a short fight with cancer.  He began his career in the CBC newsroom in 1956 and was reclassified as an editor in 1969.  He took early retirement in October, 1990.  Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 9 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 22561 121st Ave., Maple Ridge.  Garden Hill obituary   



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