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CRTC
01/29/15 - The CRTC has decided to prohibit simultaneous commercial substitutions during the Super Bowl starting at the end of the 2016 NFL season (Super Bowl 2017).  It is also open to Bell Media, the current right holder, to waive its simultaneous substitution privilege for the 2016 game.  Many local Super Bowl fans north of the border have managed to skirt commercial substitution regulations in recent years with rooftop antennas to receive over-the-air Seattle TV stations, with the use of U.S.-registered satellite dishes and more recently by using VPN services to mask IP addresses in order to receive the game over the Internet.  The Commission will also continue to require conventional television licensees to maintain an over-the-air presence in order to retain certain regulatory privileges.  CRTC release/related links  James Bradshaw and Susan Krashinsky, The Globe and Mail  The Canadian Press/canada.com  
Brian James
01/29/14 - Brian James has been promoted to GM/GSM for the Vista Radio Vancouver Island group.  He served for just under five years as PD, p.m. drive announcer and Hot AC Music Director for Vista Radio’s Cottage Country stations in Huntsville, ON. 
FCC
01/28/15 - The FCC has granted an original construction permit to Sunnylands Broadcasting LLC for a new FM station to serve Central Park, WA.  It will operate with 1.2 kW at 98.5 MHz non-directional at 421 meters HAAT at 46° 54' 6.00" 123° 25' 7.00"FCC data 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
01/28/15 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 is restructuring its traffic services, eliminating two staffers, Leslie Glaeser and Kim Katayama.  Effective immediately, Senior Traffic Manager Sally Young will manage all traffic for Corus Radio Vancouver from Corus offices in Calgary. 
Mike Eckford
01/28/15 - On Thursday, February 5, Corus Radio’s news-talk stations across Canada will broadcast the seventh show in its Canadians Talk series with Canadians Talk: Freedom of Speech, with CKNW AM 980 Vancouver News-Talk host Mike Eckford.  It airs on 'NW at 4 p.m. local time.  Canadians Talk is a live interactive series featuring debate, discussion and insight on timely issues that affect Canadians.  Broadcaster Magazine 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
01/28/15 - Whatcom County Council announced Tuesday evening that it was upholding a decision by the county hearing examiner to reject an application to build several radio transmission towers in Point Roberts, near the Tsawwassen border, to transmit the programming of KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale.  However, station owner BBC Broadcasting Inc. still has the option of taking the matter to court.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  
FCC
01/27/15 - The FCC has dismissed an original construction permit by Earth On-the-Air Independent Media for a new low power FM station to serve Seattle.  It was to have operated at 96.9 MHz. 
Seattle Seahawks
01/27/15 - Buyers report the Seattle Seahawks generated about $6 million in TV ad spending in fourth quarter 2014 and affiliates airing games this season averaged about $35,000 per spot each game.  As of last week the remaining local spots available for the Super Bowl were going for more than $250,000 each.  Seahawks football has impacted the radio market in Seattle as well, with a number of stations seeing incremental bumps.  Diego Vasquez, Media Life Magazine
Jo-Ann Roberts
01/25/15 - Former CBC Victoria radio host Jo-Ann Roberts has announced she is seeking a federal nomination for the Green Party in Victoria for this year's federal election.  She resigned after a decade hosting CBC Radio One's All Points West in December saying she wanted to fight more openly for the public broadcaster's future.  Laura Kane, Victoria Times Colonist  Cindy E. Harnett, Times Colonist  
Clay Freinwald
01/23/15 - The February 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses color vs black and white television and print-media, the Mike and Key Club' 34th Annual Electronics Show and Flea market, technophobe terminologies and much more.  February Clay's Corner  
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
01/23/15 - Residents on both sides of the border are expected to pack Whatcom County council chambers next Tuesday night to hear a decision on the contentious proposal for new KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale radio towers on an undeveloped lot in Point Roberts just south of the border.  Just days before a county public hearing on the proposal was scheduled to begin last October, the hearing examiner announced he had denied the application because the towers exceeded the height limit established for Point Roberts.  Station owner, BBC Broadcasting Inc. filed an appeal with the county hoping to overturn the decision.  Sandor Gyarmati / Delta Optimist  Ralph Schwartz, Bellingham Herald
KING-TV Seattle
01/23/15 - KING-TV Seattle is also headed to Phoenix for the Super Bowl, but is taking an inland route.  The KING trip features reporter Alex Rozier in a Suburban.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy news/video  KING5 release 
Kevin Cole
01/23/15 - Kevin Cole, Senior Director of Programming for KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, beams as the station prepares to break ground this week on its new home at Seattle Center.  KEXP has secured a 30-year lease to renovate and take over the Northwest Rooms, designed by the late architect Paul Thiry as a temporary space for the World’s Fair.  The station was the first to play a number of bands that became household names.  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times 
FCC
01/23/15 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to the Board of Trustees of Skagit Valley College for KSVU-FM 90.1 Hamilton.  ERP will increase from .33 to 2.05 kW at existing -159 meters HAAT non-directional and antenna location remains at 48° 33' 16.00" 121° 47' 40.00"FCC data 
Research Director, Inc.
01/22/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
KOMO-TV
01/22/15 - Five KOMO-TV Seattle staffers have set out in an RV on a trip to the Super Bowl.  They plan to stop along the route to Phoenix to tell Seahawks stories.  Stops include San Francisco and Las Vegas, where the station will host a live Seahawks special from the strip.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy   
Nielsen Audio
01/21/15 - The two top Hubbard Radio stations continue in the one-two positions in the Nielsen Audio Holiday 2014 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  The All Christmas format boosted Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 into first place with a 10.7 share.  CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is second with a 5.6 share.  Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to third with 5.0 as News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 slips to fifth place.  Radio Online  
FCC
01/20/15 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Premier Broadcasters, Inc. for KITI-FM 95.1 Winlock.  It operates non-directional with an ERP of .41 kW at 256.4  meters HAAT at 46° 32' 37.00" 123° 01' 6.00"FCC data  
Pam Stevens
01/19/15 - Puget Sound Radio has published a note from long-time Vancouver radio personality Pam Stevens stating she has left her current position at CFOX-FM 99.3.  She says she has accepted a position as Tour Leader with a company called Adventures Abroad and begins training in Hanoi on February 1st.  She will be touring folks through South East Asia for the foreseeable future.  Stevens has worked at a number of Vancouver stations since the late 1980s and most recently as swing announcer at CFOX after being released last June from Shore CHHR-FM (now LG 104.3 CHLG-FM).  PSR info  RedRobinson.com 
Jessica Gares
01/17/15 - After nearly five years with Vancouver market CKNW AM 980, Senior Producer Jessica Gares is leaving to take on a position in the communications industry.  Highlights of her career include producing and documenting programming out of China during the station's inaugural Putting BC to Work features and winning several RTDNA awards for breaking news and feature reporting.  Gares was the Senior Producer of The Bill Good Show from 2010 until his retirement last August.  Her last day will be January 30th. 
Sienmy Kim
01/16/15 - Siemny Kim joins KIRO-TV Seattle as an anchor/reporter.  She spent the last two years at KXTV Sacramento, CA where she worked as a weekend anchor/reporter.  Kim graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a double major in Political Science and Mass Communications.  KIRO release 
Rick Lee
01/15/15 - Rick Lee has returned to local airwaves 3 - 8 p.m. on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver.  He has been on air at SONiC CHDI-FM 102.9 Edmonton for a number of years, but previously worked in Vancouver and Victoria in the early to mid 2000s.  He joins former SONiC Edmonton PD Al Ford, whose official start date as PD of JACK Vancouver has now been announced as February 2. 
Don Percy
01/14/15 - Veteran radio personality Don Percy is reportedly retiring from Jewel 101 CFJL-FM 100.7 Winnipeg.  His morning show was scaled back to mid mornings at Jewel last September.  The father of Vancouver broadcaster Willy Percy (mornings Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1) started his career in Ontario in the early 70s, but was morning host at Vancouver market CISL AM 650 for a couple of years in the early 1990s.  Facebook announcement  Backgrounder 
Ian Slipp
01/14/15 - JACK CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria morning show host Ian Slipp has been released.  He announced yesterday on his Twitter page, "In a decision I both understand and respect, I am no longer employed by Jack FM. Thank you to everyone I worked with for the amazing journey." 
Steve Raible
01/13/15 - NFL Films share the story of KIRO-TV Seattle anchor and Seahawks radio announcer Steve Raible and how he became the famous voice of the team.  Raible joined KIRO-TV in 1982, following a six-year career as a wide receiver for the Seahawks and has been a member of the radio broadcast crew, taking over play-by-play in 2004.  KIRO-TV news/video 
Pat Costello
01/13/15 - Pat Costello has been named News Director of KOMO-TV Seattle.  He has been ND at KNXV-TV Phoenix since 2012 and starts at KOMO February 9.  Costello replaces Holly Gauntt who left KOMO in October to be news director at KDVR-TV / KWGN-TV Denver.  He has worked in Seattle before, first as VP News then Station Manager of KING-TV from 2000-12.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy
Julie Bradford
01/12/15 - Julie Bradford joins Crista Media Seattle as its new National Sales Manager.  She will be handling national sales representing Crista's radio stations in Seattle and Lynden.  Bradford has been an account executive in the Seattle market for several stations since 1990.  Radio Ink 
KIRO AM 710 Seattle
01/09/15 - ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle will simulcast its signal from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on KGA AM 1510 Spokane beginning Monday, January 12.  Tri Cities KJOX AM 1340 Kennewick has been simulcasting KIRO since 2013.  Radio Ink  All Access Music Group 
Tim Hunter
01/09/15 - Former KOMO AM and KLSY-FM Seattle veteran Tim Hunter joins Create Impulse Seattle as its Chief Creative Officer.  He re-joins former colleagues at the agency to utilize their expertise in both traditional and digital media.  Radio Online 
Marty Riemer
01/09/15 - Marty Riemer returns to radio as the host with long time partner Jodi Brothers Blau mornings on The Jet KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  He left The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 in 2012 but continued his Friday morning podcasts with a growing audience.  Patrick Robinson, West Seattle Herald  
Tiffani Lupenski
01/08/15 - Former Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV Executive Producer Tiffani Lupenski has been appointed News Director at KGTV-TV San Diego effective March 9.  She is currently ND at KATU-TV Portland.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy     
http://www.sonicnation.ca/
01/08/15 - A Celebration of Life for The Lounge CHPQ-FM 99.9 Parksville morning host Patrick Nicholson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 10 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, 132 Jensen Ave. East in Parksville.  He died December 6 at age 67.  Nicholson started his career in Port Alberni and worked in Williams Lake, The Okanagan, Nanaimo and Parksville.  Parksville announcement  Lounge memoriam 
Bob Brown
01/07/15 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for Bob Brown, who died in Chilliwack December 8 at age 70.  It will be held at 2 p.m. January 17 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 45865 Hocking Ave., Chilliwack.  His radio career included stations in Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and most recently the Fraser Valley.  Brown was also a highly dedicated Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) member and was the long-time drummer and announcer for the Abbotsford-based big band The Moonliters.  Sun/Province obituary  Woodlawn obituary  
KLFE AM 1590 Seattle
01/05/15 - Salem Communications is converting KLFE AM 1590 Seattle, along with six other News Talk stations, to The Answer branding, bringing the total number to 20.  Salem began using The Answer branding at New York City market WNYM AM 970 in April 2012.  All Access Music Group   
SBN
01/03/15 - KBCB-TV Bellingham has changed programming from ShopNBC (now ShopHQ) to SBN (SonLife Broadcasting Network) in 1080i 16x9 on PSIP channel 24.1 and in SD on 24.2.  ShopHQ's parent company ValueVision Media, Inc. announced in November that it had changed its corporate name to EVINE Live Inc.  Meanwhile, KFFV-TV Seattle is now airing ShopHQ in SD on its main channel 44.1. 
Jo-Ann Roberts
01/03/15 - Jo-Ann Roberts, who hosted her final All Points West on CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria December 19, says she didn't retire, but quit to fight for the Corporation.  She wrote on Facebook, “I love my job and the people I work with, but I am worried about the future of the CBC and have decided I can do more to fight to save it on the outside rather than in my current position.”  The 58-year-old Roberts had been hosting the show since 2004 and now plans to keep beating the pro-CBC drum in the run-up to this year’s federal election.  Jack Knox, Times Colonist 
Jim Robson
01/03/15 - Retired Vancouver hockey play-by-play broadcaster Jim Robson reflects on the recent passing of legendary Seattle sportscaster Rod Belcher.  Belcher wrote the song Go, Go You Pilots for the Seattle Pilots baseball team in 1969.  The Pilots only lasted one year, the NHL came to Vancouver in 1970 and Robson became the voice of the Canucks.  He called more than 2,000 NHL games on radio and television between 1970 and 1999 and received numerous awards along the way.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  Go, Go You Pilots audio  
GRIT TV
01/01/15 - KOMO-TV Seattle has added GRIT on sub channel 4.3.  GRIT primarily focuses on feature films, and is targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 54 years old. 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
01/01/15 - An appeal is to be heard shortly in Whatcom County, and a possible court challenge after that, in the matter of the BBC Broadcasting Inc. bid to erect five 45-meter (150-foot) steel towers at an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way just south of the border to transmit South Asian radio station KRPI AM 1550.  The Cross Border Coalition Against the Towers vehemently opposed the tower plan and the hearing examiner announced in late October he had denied the application because the towers exceeded the height limit in Point Roberts.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  George Harvie, Chief Administrative Officer for the Corporation of Delta also wrote a letter to Whatcom County Council December 16 in support of the hearing examiner's decision to deny the conditional use permit.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  



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