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Nielsen Audio
02/21/18 - NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 moves into first place with a 7.9 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma January 2018 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 moves into second with 6.2.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to third with a 5.5 share.  Radio Online
Ty McFarland
02/21/18 - Ty McFarland has been named Director of Programming by Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle.  He joins from contemporary Christian KSBJ-FM 89.3 Houston, where he was Senior Director of Operations and Programming.  Inside Radio
02/20/18 - The FCC has granted a Minor Modification to a Construction Permit to Northwest Leadership Foundation for KNLI-LP 92.2 Waller (Tacoma).  ERP will be 50 watts non-directional at 43 meters HAAT at 47° 12' 8.90" 122° 22' 15.80"FCC Data
Doug Haire
02/19/18 - Recording engineer/producer Doug Haire, host of the live-experimental-music showcase Sonarchy on KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, is ceasing production of it after 22 years on the air.  The final show airs February 25.  Haire is also stepping down from Jack Straw Cultural Center, where his program is taped and where he’s worked since 1990.  Michael Rietmulder, Seattle Times   
Kiah Tucker
02/17/18 - Kiah Tucker will take over the KiSS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 drive show on Monday February 26th.  Kiah is well known to Vancouver radio listeners as host of Morning Glory with Kiah & Tara Jean on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 from 2012-17.  As announced previously (11/28/17), afternoon host Ara Andonian returns to the Okanagan to assume mornings at Beach Radio CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  His last show at KiSS is February 23rd.  
Brad Phillips
02/17/18 - Following recent restructuring, Brad Phillips, who has been VP for Corus Radio West since April 2016, is now the Vice President and Head of FM Radio for Corus Entertainment
Charmaine de Silva
02/15/18 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Senior Reporter and Assistant News Director Charmaine De Silva is leaving at the end of the month to take the News Director's position at News 1130 CKWX AM effective March 19.  She replaces Treena Wood, who left News 1130 at the end of December to take the ND position at CBC British Columbia.  De Silva has been with CKNW since August 2014.  Facebook Announcement   
Global News
02/15/18 - Global News has cut nearly 70 jobs across Canada, including 21 in Vancouver.  Unifor, the media union with 12,000 workers across Canada, says camera operators, reporters, anchors, control room staff, make-up artists and other production crew received layoff notices in newsrooms across Canada, with Vancouver taking the biggest hit with 21 job cuts.  Unifor Release  Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun  Global News Release  The latest information is that the Vancouver cuts affect mostly technically and operational staff and on-air staff is not included. 
Tim Leary
02/15/18 - Country 98.9 KNUC-FM Seattle has acquired Tim Leary and the Morning Showgram, including Leary and co-hosts Claire Beverly and Karen 'Red' Daiss to host mornings.  They have been on-air together for three years at Country Bob WUBB-FM 106.9 Bluffton SC/Savannah GA.  Leary has been with WUBB since 2011.  All Access Music Group 
Ryan Maguire
02/15/18 - Sports WQAM AM 560 Miami PD Ryan Maguire has been hired as Director of News and Programming for KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle.  The move is effective March 12th.  All Access Music Group
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
02/15/18 - The staff at the University of Washington's KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle has voted 70% in favor of unionizing by joining SAG-AFTRA, a union representing radio and TV journalists across the country.  The move represents the first time in KUOW's 65-year history that the station's journalists will have union representation.  Heidi Groover, the Stranger  SAG-AFTRA Release 
02/14/18 - KUNS-TV Seattle has added TBD to its channel 51.2.  TBD describes itself as, "A new free broadcast network that combines the best of both worlds.  We handpick the most entertaining stuff from the most creative creators and put it on your TV for a new adventure every day.  Everything from culinary capers, jaw-dropping action, hilarious pranks and comedy, music, fitness, gaming, or just random awesomeness that you never knew you needed in your life." 
Bill Dallman
02/14/18 - Former KCBS-TV Los Angeles News VP Bill Dallman joins KOMO-TV Seattle as its newest news director.  According to an internal memo, he will begin April 9.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy
KIRO-FM 97.3
02/14/18 - News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has debuted KIRO Nights with Zak Burns & Gee Scott in the 7-10 p.m. time slot.  Burns had been hosting nights solo since Jason Rantz moved to mornings at sister Conservative Talk 770 KTTH AM Seattle last September.  He joined KIRO-FM in September 2016 to co-host the night show with Rantz.  Scott had been hosting nights at Bonneville’s 710 ESPN KIRO AM.  That timeslot has been turned over to ESPN Radio network programming.  All Access Music Group 
Dave Jackson
02/13/18 - Dave Jackson joins News 1130 CKWX Vancouver as part-time news anchor, with regular shifts Saturday and Sunday afternoons noon to 7:00 p.m.  He will also fill-in on weekday evenings, holidays and eventually overnights.  He has more than two decades of media experience and is the founding President of Power Play Ultramedia Ltd.
Seattle Sounders FC
02/13/18 - Seattle Sounders FC soccer is moving from KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle to Sports Radio KJR AM 950 for English-language broadcasts under a multi-year deal starting this season.  All home and road matches called by Matt Johnson will air on KJR with 30-minute pregame and postgame shows.  Sounders Release 
Bro Jake Edwards
02/13/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes Vancouver radio personality Bro Jake Edwards, who co-hosts mornings at TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver.  It's the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
Gus Swanson
02/13/18 - AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 Seattle has appointed Gus Swanson Marketing/Promotions Director.  He was most recently Marketing Director and Event Producer for CBS Radio Seattle and has more than two decades of marketing and branding management in Seattle radio.  Radio Ink
KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle
02/12/18 - Country 98.9 KNUC-FM Seattle is looking for fresh on-air talent for any and all dayparts, including part-time.  Applicants must have a passion for entertaining, be a social media monster and willing to work hard.  Previous Top 40 and/or Country experience is a plus.  All Access Music Group  
Jubal Flagg
02/12/18 - Marconi Award-winning broadcaster and comedian Jubal Flagg, syndicated out of MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle, will be the keynote speaker at the WJPZ-FM 89.1 Syracuse, NY Alumni Association's 33rd Annual Birthday Banquet on Saturday, March 3rd.  Nearly 100 alumni and students will attend the celebration at the Syracuse University Sheraton on campus, which unites alumni of the Syracuse University student-operated radio station.  All Access Music Group    
Harvey Oberfeld
02/12/18 - Former BCTV Vancouver reporter Harvey Oberfeld pays tribute to microwave truck/camera operator Geoff Fisher, who was killed February 13, 1999 when the mast atop the vehicle accidentally contacted a 14.4 kV Hydro line.  The usually punctual Oberfeld was late that day, and likely would have been standing next to Fisher at the time of the tragedy.  Keeping it Real, Harvey Oberfeld  
Dennis Miller
02/12/18 - Multimedia comic icon Dennis Miller returns to radio today on The Miller Minute, a special feature syndicated through Westwood One on 60 stations nationwide, including KLFE AM 1590 Seattle.  Miller previously hosted a daily talk show on the network for eight years, ending in 2015.  He rose to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.  The stand-up comedian has hosted TV programs on HBO, CNBC and was teamed with Al Michaels for two years on Monday Night FootballInside Radio  Westwood One Release 
Dave Barrett
02/11/18 - An obituary has been published for former B.C. Premier and CJOR Vancouver talk show host Dave Barrett, who died February 2 in Victoria at age 87.  A memorial service announcement will be made soon and posted on the Earth's Option website.  Tributes and memorials can be shared by visiting  Sun/Province Obituary 
KING-TV Seattle
02/09/18 - The National Association of Broadcasters Pilot innovation initiative will offer a series of ten video Broadcast Innovation Stories in a campaign running through April, highlighting technological advances in the broadcast television and radio industries.  The series, available at, has launched with a look at the  virtual reality mini-documentary.  The first video in the ten Innovative Stories series looks at the KING-TV Seattle production of the first virtual reality mini-documentary in local news.  NAB Release 
02/08/18 - Two more AM stations will appear on the FM dial in the future as the FCC has granted a CP to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin for an FM translator to broadcast the programming of KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton.  K262DE will operate with an ERP of 100 watts non-directional at 11 meters HAAT at 47° 33' 52" 122° 39' 26"FCC Data  Also granted is a CP to Forks Broadcasting Inc. for an FM translator to broadcast the programming of KFKB AM 1490 Forks.  K231DE will operate with an ERP of 250 watts non-directional at -41 meters HAAT at 47° 56' 58.00" 124° 21' 23.00"FCC Data     
CHEK-TV Victoria
02/08/18 - According to a posting on the Fagstein Blog, CHEK-TV Victoria has received approval from the CRTC for a share buyback plan that would technically result in the local Sampson family moving from a minority shareholder to having more than 50% control when the family’s shares are combined.  CHEK made it clear in its application that the Sampsons have no interest in having effective control of the company, which is run by the union, the employees and management, and a special shareholders’ agreement will limit their power.
Jody Vance
02/08/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes Vancouver radio and TV personality Jody Vance, who currently hosts middays at Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver.  It's the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
Country 98.9 KNUC-FM Seattle
02/08/18 - Country 98.9 KVRQ-FM Seattle has changed call letters to KNUC-FM.  FCC Data  Call Sign History 
1090 KJR Seattle
02/08/18 - Sports 1090 The Fan KFNQ AM Seattle has relaunched as 1090 KJR as a brand extension of Sports 950 KJR.  Meanwhile KHHO AM 850 Tacoma has flipped from a mix of NBC and Fox Sports Radio programming to Conservative Talk South Sound Talk 850.  1090 KJR will carry Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Doug Gottlieb while retaining the previous CBS Sports Radio programming from 3 p.m. - 6 a.m.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight  All Access Music Group  Craig Hill, News Tribune  
Dave Barrett
02/08/18 - Tributes continue to pour in for former British Columbia Premier Dave Barrett, who died of Alzheimer’s disease on February 2 in Victoria at age 87.  A social worker by training and a gifted politician, Barrett served as B.C.’s New Democratic premier from September 1972 until December 1975.  He was a Seattle University graduate and onetime Seattle P-I newsboy and later host of his own morning talk show on CJOR Vancouver from 1984-87.  Ron Csillag, The Canadian Jewish News  Joel Connelly, SeattlePI 
02/07/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to change the antenna pattern and decrease daytime and nighttime transmitter power from 50,000 to 25,000 watts for CBU AM 690 Vancouver.  CBC stated that the changes are required due to damages sustained by a recent fire and that they should result in a similar coverage area, as most of the Radio One AM reception in the area is duplicated by the Radio One FM signal from CBU-2-FM 88.1 Vancouver.  CBC noted the proposed changes will ensure excellent coverage in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.  CRTC Release
Gary Hill Jr.
02/05/18 - Fill-in play-by-play announcer Gary Hill Jr. has been named executive producer/engineer for Seattle Mariners broadcasts.  He will join the Mariners radio broadcast team on a full-time basis.  Hill has been the studio host since 2010 and also hosts a Mariners podcast, filling the gap left when Kevin Cremin retired after last season.  The Mariners air on a network headed by 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle.  Greg Johns,
Steve Armitage
02/03/18 - Veteran CBC sports reporter/play-by-play announcer Steve Armitage returns as the voice of long track speed skating for the CBC/Radio-Canada coverage of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.  PyeongChang 2018 will be his sixteenth Olympic Games as a broadcaster.  The multiple award winning Armitage stepped down from the network's Olympic broadcast team in 2016 due to chronic heart problems.  He was with CBC Vancouver from 1979-2014.  CBC News  
Gordie Tupper
02/03/18 - CHEK-TV Victoria personality Gordie Tupper has now retired.  Known as the voice of CHEK, he has announced countless parades, played weatherman and hosted charity drives.  He’s perhaps best known for his light-hearted segment CHEK Around, in which he and a cameraman took to the streets to ask Victorians silly and offbeat questions.  Katie DeRosa, Victoria Times Colonist
Randi Chase
02/02/18 - Vancouver broadcaster Randi Chase has announced on her Twitter page that she will be assuming the position of co-host on the morning show at Real Country 95.5 CKGY-FM Red Deer, AB.  She was a regular fixture on Vancouver airwaves from 2012-16 and most recently was morning show host on KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 until her release in November 2016.    

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