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KVI Seattle
12/31/13 - KVI AM 570 Seattle is shuffling its programming by bringing Sean Hannity back to its lineup live noon-3 p.m. beginning January 2.  Hannity's return moves Everett native Glenn Beck to 9 a.m.-noon and bumps Laura Ingraham off the schedule.  A Hannity replay will also air from 3-6 p.m. Sundays.  All Access Music Group  KVI schedule 
Whistler FM CKEE
12/30/13 - Whistler FM CKEE-FM 101.5 has been named Best New Whistler Business in Pique Newsmagazine’s annual online Best of Whistler poll less than 10 months after the station's official launch.  Whistler FM release  Pique Newsmagazine 
Research Director
12/27/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide December PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group
FCC
12/27/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary transfer of control of Seattle market KONG-TV from Shareholders of Belo Corp. to Gannett Co., IncFCC info   
Clay Freinwald
12/26/13 - The January 2014 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
FCC
12/26/13 - The FCC has dismissed a low power FM application for original construction permit by Grays Harbor LP FM for 106.7 MHz in Olympia.  Also dismissed is a low power FM application by The Bridge, A Ministry of the United Methodist Church for 101.9 MHz in Tacoma, but with its application reinstated to pending status.  
Nielsen Audio
12/26/13 - Soft AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 moves up strongly into first place with a 7.5 share in the Nielsen Audio December 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPMClassic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 is second with 5.1.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is third 5.2.  Radio Online 
FCC
12/26/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary transfer of control of KING-TV Seattle from Shareholders of Belo Corp. to Gannett Co., Inc.  The deal for Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo Corp. for about $1.5 billion in cash was announced in June.  FCC info  Gannett release 
Jesse Johnston
12/26/13 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news reporter Jesse Johnston has announced on his Facebook page that he is moving to CBC to become their Surrey Bureau Chief.  The move is effective January 6.  He has been with News1130 since August 2010.    
FCC
12/24/13 - The FCC has dismissed low power FM applications for original construction permits by Jupiter City Media for 101.1 MHz in Brinnon and by Calvary Chapel of Bremerton for 95.3 MHz in Bremerton.  
Red Robinson
12/23/13 - Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Robinson extends his gratitude to everyone who signed the on-line petition to save the name of the Red Robinson Show Theatre.  Red has assembled a video showing the theatre as it was, with his memorabilia on display.  The video is a look back in time over his career, beginning at CJOR.  The new name is the Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.  The “Red” - A Look Back  Shawn Conner, The Sun backgrounder 
Dal Richards
12/23/13 - Legendary Vancouver bandleader, broadcaster and "elder statesman" Dal Richards continues with his 10th New Year's Eve dinner dance at the River Rock Casino Whistler Ballroom.  He has been featured on Canadian network radio shows back to the 1930s and has hosted his own radio programs on a number of Vancouver stations for over two decades, up until his Dal's Place ended its run on AM 650 CISL in September.  Richards celebrates his 96th birthday on January 5.  Glen Schaefer, The Province  
Rolf Harris
12/23/13 - Australian artist and entertainer Rolf Harris is facing more charges in England of possessing indecent images of children and of indecent assault involving young girls.  He will appear in court for a plea and case management hearing on January 14.  Harris has lived in the UK for 50 years, but has local connections.  He has recorded numerous albums and singles including Vancouver Town.  He hosted The Rolf Harris Show on BCTV in the 1970s and was on stage at Expo 86.  Tom Pettifor, Mirror News  Kirk Williams, CBC backgrounder  
Tom Cohen
12/23/13 - Production executive Tom Cohen has been hired by KCTS-TV Seattle as Vice President of Content.  He will direct the station's content production units, including broadcast, online and community engagement, as well as programming and distribution, beginning early next month.  Cohen was an executive producer for KOMO-TV from 1972-88.  KCTS release 
Tony Parsons
12/21/13 - Tony Parsons, one of Canada's best known news anchors, signed off during the supper hour newscast yesterday on CBC-TV Vancouver.  He made his career start in radio in Ontario in 1957 before moving to the west coast, first as a CTV correspondent and then to anchor the 6 p.m. news at BCTV (now Global BC) in 1975.  He held that position until 2009, when he "retired" as Vice President of News.  His retirement stalled, as he returned to TV screens on CHEK-TV Victoria and CBC-TV Vancouver in 2010.  CBC News video  Vancouver Sun backgrounder  
Ben Shapiro
12/20/13 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle has announced that Ben Shapiro will be its new "local afternoon" drive-time host effective January 6.  He has hosted The Morning Answer on KRLA AM 870 Los Angeles for the past two years, earning a spot on the Talkers Heavy Hundred list of top U.S. radio shows.  He will continue at KRLA.  Radio Ink 
Paul Crouch
12/20/13 - Two religious broadcasters with ties to the Seattle radio-TV market have recently passed away.  Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Paul Crouch died at his home in Orange, CA on November 30 at age 79 after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease.  TBN owns KTBW-TV.  TBN obituary  Harold Camping, President of Family Stations Inc., died at his home in Alameda, CA December 15 at age 92 following a fall last month.  Family Stations owns KARR AM 1460.  Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times  
Stu Crouse
12/20/13 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced a management promotion from within the company.  Stu Crouse, who has been part of the senior management team at Island Radio with responsibilities as the Retail Sales Manager the last 6 years, will be the new GM and GSM of the Kelowna/Vernon division effective January 1, 2014.  He has been responsible for all sales training for account executives of Pattison's six Vancouver Island radio stations.  Broadcaster Magazine 
William (Bill) Elliott
12/20/13 - A celebration of life will be held in the New Year for Bill Elliott, who died December 13 at Vancouver General Hospital at age 78.  He was a pioneer in Canadian television, first by putting CHCH-TV in Hamilton, ON on the air in 1954 and then moving to Vancouver in 1960 to help launch BCTV, eventually becoming the Vice President of Production.  He worked there for 33 years until retirement in 1992.  Sun/Province obituary  
CRTC
12/20/13 - The CRTC has approved an application by 0859291 B.C. Ltd. for CHEK-TV Victoria to be recognized as a small-market independently owned television station eligible for support from the Small Market Local Production Fund.  The SMLPF was created to help preserve independent broadcasting voices and to protect their ability to operate in an environment characterized by increased penetration of distant signals obtained through DTH subscription; industry ownership consolidation of broadcasting services; availability of diverse programming on specialty services and migration of viewing from over-the-air stations to other programming sources.  CRTC decision 
CRTC
12/19/13 - The CRTC has approved in part a request by CHEK-TV Victoria for relief from conditions of licence relating to closed captioning and described video.  CRTC decision 
"New York" Vinnie Richichi
12/19/13 - Former Seattle sports personality "New York" Vinnie Richichi has been released from his position as co-host of the Vinnie and Cook midday show on The Fan KDKA-FM 93.7 Pittsburg.  He was a host and sports anchor at KIRO AM 710 from 1998-2007 and sports anchor/reporter at Q13 KCPQ-TV from 2002-08.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
Larry Lujack
12/19/13 - Legendary KJR Seattle personality then Chicago Superjock Larry Lujack died Wednesday night of esophageal cancer at his home in Santa Fe, NM at age 73.  He began his radio career at KCID in Caldwell ID in 1958 and was highly popular at KJR from 1964-66.  Lujack was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame in 2002, the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2004 and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times  Michelle Manchir and Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune  Airchexx 1966 audio  
CRTC
12/18/13 - Newcap Inc. has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of Vancouver market stations Shore CHHR-FM 104.3, Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650, along with two Toronto stations, from Bell Media Inc. subsidiaries.  The proposed transactions follow the Commission's decision directing BCE Inc. to divest itself of the above stations following its acquisition of Astral Media Inc.  CRTC release  
Jim Pattison
12/17/13 - Entrepreneur Jim Pattison has moved to the top of the list of Canada's richest people according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.  It says his private empire, which includes Save-On-Foods, car dealerships, outdoor advertising and media is now worth $9.5 billion.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns 30 FM stations and 3 TV stations in BC and Alberta, including Vancouver flagship stations JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 and The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 and several more on Vancouver Island.  Richard Dettman, News1130 
Justin McDonald
12/17/13 - Recent Salem Communications Seattle marketing consultant Justin McDonald returns to Alaska to join Q99.7 KMBQ-FM Anchorage as PD and morning host effective January 2.  He also hosted shows on Live 95 KITI-FM 95.1 Centralia/Chehalis and KRXY-FM  94.5 Olympia from 1999-2001.  All Access Music Group 
Rob Walker
12/17/13 - Former The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle PD and p.m. drive host Rob Walker has created a Classic Hits Internet station, KROBradio.com with "a slightly quirky mix of 70s and 80s hits".  He was at The Wolf from 2006-08, but left to pursue a career as a Paramedic in Delaware.  All Access Music Group 
Darrell Brown
12/16/13 - KSL Salt Lake City Broadcast Group President Darrell Brown has been named President of the parent company Bonneville International Corp.  He will now oversee Bonneville's twelve radio outlets in Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, as well as KSL-TV in Salt Lake City.  RBR.com 
FCC logo
12/16/13 - The FCC has dismissed applications for low power FM construction permits by The Tulalip Tribes of Washington on 102.1 MHz in Tulalip, Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority on 98.5 MHz in Seattle and Centro De Restauracion Cristiano on 88.9 MHz in Tacoma. 
Steve Raible
12/16/13 - KIRO-TV Seattle weeknight news anchor and Seahawks radio play-by-play announcer Steve Raible looks back at his years as wide receiver for the team and his years as the voice of the Seahawks.  He joined KIRO-TV in 1982.  Linda Thomas, MyNorthwest.com   
KAFE-FM Bellingham
12/15/13 - KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham moved Saturday to an all-Christmas format with the 12 Days of Christmas.                                                       
William (Bill) Elliott
12/13/13 - Former CHAN-TV/BCTV (now Global BC) Vancouver Vice President of Production Bill Elliott died overnight after a battle with cancer.  He was originally Production Manager with the station from its startup in 1960.  He retired as a VP 1992.  A celebration of life is being planned for January at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver.  
Phil Keeling
12/13/13 - Phil Keeling has been appointed senior manager, technical services at Global BC.  He has been a consultant with Cocos & Keeling Inc. for the last 15 years.  Earlier in his career he was operations manager at CKVU-TV Vancouver from 1981-87.  Revolving Door, Broadcast Dialogue 
KAYO Country
12/13/13 - Olympia market KGY-FM 96.9, which has been branded for some time as KAYO Country, is changing its official call letters to KYYO-FM. 
Public Radio Day
12/13/13 - In an unusual move, five Seattle non-commercial stations are joining forces on Thursday, December 19 for Public Radio DayKPLU-FM 88.5C89.5 KNHC-FM, KEXP-FM 90.3, KBCS-FM 91.3 and Classical KING-FM 98.1 are uniting to donate a winter care pack to the United Way for every donation of $120 or more to any of the five stations.  Lance's Line, Radio Insight  C89.5 release 
Corey O'Brien
12/12/13 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle afternoon drive host/APD Corey O'Brien has left the station.  He's been there since February.  All Access Music Group  
Allan Thain
12/11/13 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for former CFAX Victoria host Allan Thain, who died in Logan Lake December 3 at age 75.  It is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. today, December 11, at the "Church on the Hill", 237 Jasper Ave., Logan Lake, B.C.  Kamloops Daily News obituary 
Kim Seale
12/10/13 - Radio West reports the recently speculated move by News1130 CKWX AM/JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver airborne traffic reporter Kim Seale has now been confirmed.  The last day in her current position is December 19, as she joins Willy Percy on morning drive at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 January 6.  Radio West info 
Rafe Mair
12/10/13 - Former Vancouver talk show host and BC Member of the Legislative Assembly Rafe Mair is recalling his radio experiences in a new book called Radio Daze: 25 Years of Winning Awards and Getting Fired in Canadian Radio.  He recalls his days in the broadcast booth after leaving a cabinet post in the government of Premier Bill Bennett in 1981.  The 81-year-old Mair is still active, but is currently writing on-line columns for The Tyee, and his website, The Common Sense CanadianJohn Ackermann, News1130 
Jim JJ Johnston
12/10/13 - Former Vancouver radio GM Jim JJ Johnston is joining The County, a not-yet-on-air community owned FM station expecting imminent regulatory approval to serve Prince Edward County, Ontario.  He starts as the new station's GM effective December 16.  He grew up in Prince Edward County and has more than 40 years of radio broadcast experience, which includes managing major stations in Vancouver and Toronto.  His most recent west coast management position was with the Corus Vancouver radio cluster from 2005-10.  Facebook announcement  
Paul Carson
12/10/13 - The BC Sports Hall of Fame has announced that Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver founder Paul Carson is among its 2014 media wing inductees.  He was at the helm of Sports Page from 1980-99, the TV show that helped launch the careers of a number of Vancouver broadcasters.  Carson died after a battle with cancer in 2010 at age 60.  Also inducted into the 2014 Hall is B.C. Lions co-founder Erwin Swangard, who had a long list of sports achievements, including news director at CJOR Vancouver from 1972-76.  He died in 1993 at age 84.  Steve Ewen, The Province 
Bill Richardson
12/09/13 - CBC Radio Vancouver broadcaster Bill Richardson has moved to Winnipeg to host afternoons at the city's new classical music station Classic 107 CKCL-FM 107.1.  A Winnipeg native, Richardson has been with CBC Vancouver since 1992, hosting programs such as Richardson's Roundup and Bunny WatsonClassic 107  
FCC
12/09/13 - The FCC has dismissed applications for low power FM construction permits by Thirsty County Media for 103.3 MHz in Olympia and by Rooftop Productions for 89.1 MHz in Seattle. 
KING-TV Seattle
12/09/13 - In November ratings, KING-TV Seattle was #1 in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 categories at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and KING newscasts at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. finished 1, 2, 3 in the early evening time period in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54.  Additionally, Evening Magazine finished #2 in all key demographics and increased its share in the time period 20-38%.  JC Li, Bellevue Business Journal 
Broadcast Dialogue
12/07/13 - Mark Nicholls will become the new PD/morning show host at Vista Radio Castlegar/Nelson January 6, moving from sister station SUN FM CFPW-FM 95.7 Powell River where he held the same position.  He succeeds Darren McPeake who joined Rogers-owned Mountain FM CISQ-FM 107.1 Squamish as morning show host/MD.  McPeake succeeded Matt Soper who went to sister station JACK FM CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria for middays.  Huntly Ketchen, a senior account executive at CTV Vancouver Island, and who has been with the station since it launched as The New VI in 2001, has retired.  Revolving Door, Broadcast Dialogue 
Carol Handley
12/07/13 - Longtime Seattle PD and on-air host Carol Handley has put out an appeal for support to continue the Smooth in Seattle Internet stream, which runs the risk of shutting down at the end of the year.  She says the cost of bandwidth has grown along with royalty payments to artists, composers and record labels.  Handley's time in Seattle radio began in the 1980's with KZAM-FM and KJZZ-AM, both on-air and programming.  Her resume includes on-air and programming duties at KEZX-FM, KKNW-FM and most notably as the PD and on air host at KWJZ-FM for 14 years.  She is currently PD at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9Indiegogo 
Duane Pohlman
12/07/13 - Former KING-TV Seattle Chief Investigative Reporter Duane Pohlman will join WCMH-TV Columbus OH on February 3, where he will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast.  He was with KING-TV from 1996-2001.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
TEAM Radio
12/07/13 - According to co-host David Pratt, The Bro Jake Show launched three months ago on TEAM 1040 CKST AM Vancouver, the 25-54 male audience has grown from a 5.9 share to 7.4 in just the last five weeks.  Meanwhile, evening time slots on TEAM 1040 during the hockey season climb from a 2.4 share to an 8.0 share with adults and an 11.3 share with males 25-54.  Greg Douglas, The Vancouver Sun 
Z-Twins KRIZ
12/07/13 - Rev. Ruth Saunders and Rev. Kittie Ward are spearheading a campaign to save the African American owned and operated radio stations in the Seattle market.  Chris H. Bennett, chairman of Kris Bennett Broadcasting, says the Z-Twins radio stations, KRIZ AM 1420, KZIZ AM 1560 and KYIZ AM 1620, could go dark if the company can't raise enough money by December 31 to satisfy a balloon payment on a bank loan that has been called by the lender.  The Seattle Medium 
Gaard Swanson
12/06/13 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle sports director Gaard Swanson is leaving his anchor position at WKMG-TV Orlando FL saying family reasons were behind his decision.  He was with KIRO from 2002-11, but his family still lives in Seattle.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy  TVSpy backgrounder 
David Bray
12/06/13 - David Bray, president of Bray and Partners Communications, takes a closer look at the most recent BBM PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.  Broadcaster Magazine
CRTC
12/06/13 - The CRTC has approved the reactivation of the CKZU (6160 kHz short wave) rebroadcasting transmitter that was wrongfully deleted from the broadcasting licence for CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 Vancouver following a request by the CBC for its deletion.  The Commission has also approved an extension of the time limit to November 2, 2014 to commence operation of English-language community FM radio station CKGI-FM 98.7 Gabriola Island.  CRTC decisions  
Al Thane
12/06/13 - Long-time CFAX AM 1070 Victoria broadcaster Al Thain died this week at his home in Logan Lake north of Merritt at age 75.  He spent 17 years at C-FAX hosting shows such as Sentimental Journey before his retirement in 2000.  Ryan Price, C-FAX News 
Leslie Scott
12/05/13 - Seattle market KMTT-FM 103.7 Brand Coordinator Leslie Scott has been appointed to a newly created position as Digital Program Director for the Entercom Seattle cluster.  She will strategize the best use for all station digital platforms, including websites, social media accounts, email databases and direct-to-consumer platforms for Entercom's local stations.  She joined Entercom Seattle in February 2012 and played a vital role in the flip of KMTT to HOT 103.7 KHTP-FM in late August.  All Access Music Group  
Chris Halsne
12/05/13 - KIRO-TV Seattle lead investigative reporter Chris Halsne leaves to join KDVR-TV Denver in the same position, effective immediately.  Halsne has been with KIRO since 1999.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
CRTC
12/05/13 - The CRTC has dismissed a complaint made by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) against Rogers Broadcasting Limited relating to the cancellation of programs on OMNI television stations.  Primary local concern was the cancellation of half-hour Cantonese and Mandarin newscasts at OMNI Vancouver.  The CRTC ruled that Rogers continues to comply with regulatory requirements but remains concerned by the extent of the programming changes and the impact of changes on communities served by Rogers' stations.  CRTC decision  Broadcaster Magazine   
BBM
12/05/13 - Vancouver market BBM PPM data has been released for the period August 26 - November 24.  QM/FM CHQM-FM continues its lead with a market share of 11.3.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 retains second place with an 11.1 share.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 continues its slow slide, but holds onto third place with an 8.8 share.  BBM data 
Lloyd Cooney
12/05/13 - Former KIRO Seattle President and GM Lloyd Cooney, who died November 25 at age 90, pushed local news toward the future.  He adopted the the Eyewitness News format in 1969, where anchors and field reporters appeared live, using microwave transmissions.  KIRO was among the earliest to use videotape instead of film, and deployed helicopters for television and radio-traffic reporting.  Cooney came to KIRO in 1963 after years as general manager at KSL-TV Salt Lake City.  He is known for his decision to cancel the J.P. Patches Show in 1979 for declining ratings, but provided actor Chris Wedes a production job.  Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times   
Peggy Bunker
12/04/13 - NBC Bay Area has announced that former KOMO-TV Seattle morning and midday anchor Peggy Bunker will be joining San Francisco market KNTV as anchor/reporter effective immediately.  She will anchor the station's midday newscast, NBC Bay Area News at 11 AM and serve as general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for Today in The Bay, NBC Bay Area’s morning newscast.  Bunker anchored at KOMO from 2011 until April of this year.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
Candy & Potter
12/04/13 - Seattle market HOT KHTP-FM 103.7 has announced that former Seattle broadcasters Candy & Potter will take over the station's morning show beginning January 22.  The duo, most recently at WWQM-FM 106.3 Madison WI, have formerly entertained locally at KISS KBKS-FM and KMPS-FM 94.1Radio Online 
CRTC
12/04/13 - The CRTC has announced that Salt Spring Island Radio Corp., licensee of CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island, will have to appear at its hearing in Surrey January 27, 2014 to show cause why the Commission should not issue a mandatory order requiring the licensee to comply with specific sections of the Broadcasting Act.  The Commission says it has attempted on several occasions to obtain logger tapes, music lists and program logs for CFSI-FM in order to analyze them in preparation for the station’s licence renewal August 31, 2014.  CFSI-FM is controlled by Sukhdev Singh Dhillon through his wholly owned subsidiary Satnam Media Group (BC) Ltd.  CRTC release 
Norman "Sparky" Taft
12/03/13 - Former broadcast executive Norman Sparky Taft has released his new book Creating Greater Results With Your Advertising, revealing many techniques used that helped make Sparky’s advertising clients successful.  He has been GM of eight radio stations and owned KRKO AM 1380 Everett from 1983-88.  He has been President of Dynamic Results Advertising since 1988.  Puget Sound Radio press release  
Kristin 'The Island Girl' Geong
12/03/13 - Former Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 midday host, APD and public affairs director Kristin The Island Girl Geong takes over 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at HOT KHTP-FM 103.7 Seattle on December 16.  She was on air at KISS from 2001-09.  Hot 103.7 release  Radio Ink  
Clay Freinwald
12/01/13 - The December 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
Lloyd Cooney
12/01/13 - Former KIRO Seattle President and General Manager Lloyd Cooney of Yarrow Point died November 25 at age 90.  He was at the helm of KIRO, Inc. (KIRO-TV, KIRO Newsradio, and KSEA-FM) from 1963 to 1982.  Following runs at U.S. Senate seats in 1982 and '83, he entered into consultancies with the Seattle Supersonics, Seattle Mariners, Group W Cable, Ackerley Communications, Weatherly Private Capital, Bonneville International, Medina Broadcast Group, and Prime Sports NW.  Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am, Friday, December 6th at the Bellevue Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14536 Main Street, Bellevue.  Seattle Times obituary 
Ocean CIOC-FM Victoria
11/30/13 - Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria joined the all-Christmas stations Friday afternoon.  It flipped at 3 p.m. with Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson.
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11/30/13 - Sixty years ago, on December 16, 1953, CBUT Vancouver went on the air.  This significant anniversary will be celebrated with an ongoing video presentation compiled by CBC Vancouver library co-ordinator Colin Preston in the Atrium at 700 Hamilton Street as part of the CBC/Radio-Canada Open House & Food Bank Day on Friday, December 6th.  CBC Victoria open house will be held the same day at 780 Kings Road. 
Christmas Holly
11/29/13 - Two more stations have joined the ranks of all-Christmas music in the Northwest.  Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden flipped at 6 p.m. Thursday with The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Amy Grant.  Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3 Seattle began at 12:10 a.m. today with It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Caedmon's Call.  Meanwhile, Mixx KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia is mixing Christmas music with their normal programming. 
Bureau of Broadcast Measurement
11/28/13 - CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leads in the Victoria BBM 12+ Fall 2013 Diary Ratings with a 15.9 share, KOOL-FM CHBE-FM 107.3 jumps up to second with 10.8.  The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 is third with 10.0.  Victoria BBM ratings 
Red Robinson
11/28/13 - Despite a plea from Michael Bublé, a public outcry and over 7000 signatures on an online petition, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation says it’s firm in its decision to re-brand the Red Robinson Show Theatre as a Hard Rock property.  Legendary DJ Red Robinson told CTV News he’s disappointed the company is dropping his name off the theatre, where it’s hung since the venue opened in 2006.  At this juncture, crews have torn down the main sign bearing his name, and another has been taken off the building, with the remainder of the signs to disappear in the next couple of weeks.  Robinson says he is comforted by the petition, as well as the thousands of emails he has received from complete strangers.  Scott Roberts, CTV British Columbia  CTV news clip  
Research Director
11/27/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide November PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group   
Nielsen Logo
11/26/13 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves alone into first place in the Nielsen Audio November 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.5 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to second with 5.2.  CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 is in a three way tie for third with Rhythmic AC KHTP-FM 103.7 and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 with 4.8.  Radio Online
Bryan Suits
11/26/13 - Former Seattle talk show host Bryan Suits has announced he will begin hosting 9-noon on KABC AM 790 Los Angeles in a few weeks.  Suits hosted shows on KIRO AM 710 and then KVI AM 570 in the early 2000s and then back to KVI on two occasions following deployment to Iraq in 2003 .  All Access Music Group 
Jenni Hogan
11/26/13 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle morning traffic reporter Jenni Hogan has developed the TVinteract app, which allows TV personalities the ability to pick their favorite fan tweets, and air them live on TV.  She was with KIRO from 2008-12, also hosting Social7 with Jenni Hogan, and previously anchored traffic for KOMO-TV.  She currently owns Jenni Hogan MediaMerrill Knox, TVSpy    
KEXP-FM 90.3
11/26/13 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has kicked off its fundraising campaign for its new building at Seattle Center, next to Key Arena.  The station, which made its start in 1972 as 10-watt KCMU, is now a $7 million organization.  Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times 
Tom Lucas
11/25/13 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Tom Lucas has returned to hosting music by resurrecting his World Wide Retro Rock Request Show on CISL AM 650 Saturdays at 6 p.m.  Lucas also co-hosts Radio Real Estate with Sheri Brown Saturday mornings on CISL.  
Pamela Martin
11/24/13 - Former Vancouver news anchor Pamela Martin has left the premier's office to join the B.C. Liberal Party.  No official announcement was made when she left the position on September 13.  Her new title is the Liberal party's director of engagement.  Martin was an anchor, producer and reporter for BCTV/Global for 25 years before moving to rival CTV British Columbia in 2001.  She was appointed to the $130,000 a year position as director of outreach for the BC Government  in 2011.  Rob Shaw, Victoria Times Colonist 
Jim Schneider
11/23/13 - Puget Sound Radio has announced that Jim Schneider, GM and general sales manager at Rogers Victoria radio cluster has been released.  He had held the position since January 2010.  Puget Sound Radio posting 
CHQM-FM Vancouver
11/22/13 - QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 became Vancouver's first all Christmas station at 9 a.m. today with the playing of Have A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives.  Meanwhile, Christian stations Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden and Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3 Seattle are counting down to moving to all Christmas next Friday morning at midnight.   
Jim Pattison
11/22/13 - Vancouver-based media owner and business magnate Jim Pattison retains his position as the fifth wealthiest person in Canada, with an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion.  His Jim Pattison Broadcast Group operates 30 FM radio stations and 3 independent television stations in Canada, including two radio stations each in Vancouver and Victoria.  The Province 
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11/22/13 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit for KLMY-FM 99.7 Long Beach which increases ERP from 15 to 25 kW.  FCC data
John Sykes
11/22/13 - Former Vancouver broadcaster John Sykes died November 12 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.  He was 75.  He started his broadcasting career in St. Jerome QC in 1959.  He then worked nine years in the Montreal market before moving to CKVN/CFUN Vancouver as sports director in 1969 and then sports director at CJOR in 1973.  He was also PR director of the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Club (NASL) in 1975-76.  Mission City Record obituary   
Don Shafer
11/21/13 - Don Shafer, former Kelowna-based VP/GM of the Standard, Astral then Bell Media radio and TV stations in the B.C. interior, has been named interim GM at CFQX-FM 104.1 and CHIQ-FM 94.3 Winnipeg.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has purchased the stations, which were being held in trust as a result of the BCE purchase of Astral, but await CRTC approval.  Shafer was a PD in Vancouver from 1976-87.  He is also currently managing partner at Hamilton Media Group.   
Bryon Mengle
11/20/13 - Former KLSY-FM and KBKS-FM Seattle staffer Bryon Mengle signs on as afternoon drive host and listener engagement director at Life KNWS-FM 101.9 Waterloo, Iowa.  He was an intern, then morning show producer at KBKS from 1998-2002 and morning show producer at KLSY from 2002-04.  Radio Ink 
Michaela Pereira
11/19/13 - Former CHEK-TV Victoria personality Michaela Pereira reflects on her first five months at her dream job as news anchor on CNN’s New DayShe landed a series of television jobs in the US prior to being hired by CNN to lead its morning news show.  Pereira made her news television debut in 1993 on CHEK-TV as a beat reporter and co-host of CHEK Around with Gordie TupperMichael D. Reid, Times Colonist 
Brian Wheeler
11/18/13 - Illness is forcing longtime Portland Trail Blazers play by play announcer Brian Wheeler to miss his first games with the team in over 15 years.  He was a talk show host and reporter at Sports Radio KJR AM 950 and Seattle Sonics host from 1993-95 before heading first to Sacramento and then Portland.  All Access Music Group 
Dagg Overgaard
11/18/13 - Former CBC Vancouver TV producer Dagg Overgaard died in North Vancouver November 13 at age 82.  He joined the staff of CBC Vancouver in 1953 and was one of the first television production assistants at the new station.  He became a producer, working on the 7 O'clock Show, among others.  A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday November 23 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1110 Gladwin Dr., North Vancouver.  North Shore News obituary  
KRPI AM 1550
11/18/13 - Residents on both sides of the Point Roberts border are increasing their opposition to planned KRPI AM 1550 radio towers.  Members of the Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers say they worry the towers are so close they could cause blanket interference that could affect radios, TVs, phones and baby monitors of up to 20,000 Tsawwassen residents.  The towers are awaiting approval early next year from the Whatcom County planning department after being approved last year by the FCC.   Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun   Meanwhile, a peaceful demonstration is planned for both sides of the border at noon December 1.  Stop the Radio Towers info 
Virginia Bawlf
11/17/13 - Former CBC Radio Victoria staffer Virginia Bawlf died in her sleep at the Victoria Hospice on November 11.  She was 58.  Her broadcast career spanned 17 years with CBC as a reporter, editor, producer, writer, announcer and arts reporter from 1988-2005 in Whitehorse, Quebec City and Victoria.  She was one of the original seven to launch On The Island when CBC Radio One Victoria (CBCV-FM 90.5) opened its doors for the very first time in September 1998.  Victoria Times Colonist obituary  
Linda Thomas
11/17/13 - News Chick and Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 morning news anchor and features reporter Linda Thomas has announced she is stepping down from her position at the end of December.  She says she's leaving broadcasting and will begin a new chapter in her life next year.  Thomas has been with KIRO since 2010 but has contributed to morning shows on KIRO and KZOK since 2001.  Linda Thomas news release  Meanwhile, Bill Rice has retired from KOMO AM 1000, where he has been a news anchor/reporter since 2002.  He's been on-air in the Seattle market since 1969. 
Warm 106.9
11/16/13 - Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 appears to be the first station to move to all Christmas in the local area.  It made the switch shortly after 2 p.m. Friday with Holly Jolly Christmas by Michael Bublé. 
Mike McCardell
11/15/13 - CTV British Columbia features reporter and best-selling author Mike McCardell has released Haunting Vancouver: A Nearly True History, a collection of stories told through the eyes of a soldier that was sent by Queen Victoria.  The book looks at a number of Vancouver's well-known buildings and how they came to be.  News1130 story/audio 
KXIR-FM Freeland
11/15/13 - KXIR-FM 89.9 Freeland, on Whidbey Island, officially signed on this week.  The station, supported by the KSER Foundation, is authorized to operate with 1.8 kW at 167 meters HAAT at 48-03-45 122-34-19KXIR Tower Video 
Red Robinson Show Theatre
11/14/13 - Crooner Michael Bublé has come out swinging against the name change for the Red Robinson Show Theatre.  The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which owns the theatre, announced in October it will rebrand the Boulevard Casino as the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and change the name of the Red Robinson Show Theatre.  The 1,100-seat theatre has carried the name since it opened in 2006.  The news has also prompted an online petition on the website change.org titled “Great Canadian Gaming Corporation: Keep the Name Red Robinson Show Theatre.”  The petition can be signed hereCTV News  Global News  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun  Tom Harrison, The Province  Don Hauka, Tri-Cities Now 
Dave Lougee
11/14/13 - Former KING-TV Seattle news director Dave Lougee, now president of Gannett Broadcasting, has been honored with a First Amendment Leadership Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  He was news director at KING-TV before being named president and general manager of Belo's TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma in 2000.  The award will be presented March 12 in Washington, DC.  digtriad.com 
Tony Parsons
11/13/13 - CBC has announced that Tony Parsons will not renew his contract with the Corporation.  He will co-host his final newscast on CBC British Columbia December 20.  Parsons has been with CBC since 2010, but made his mark as prime news anchor, and later VP of News, for 34 years with BCTV (now Global BC).  Gloria Macarenko will continue to host CBC News Vancouver's suppertime newscasts.  Vancouver Sun  Meanwhile last week, CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver anchor/reporter Shane Bigham left the station, along with senior copywriter and voice talent Michael Popil and Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria midday host Heather Palak, as part of a national workforce layoff by media giant Rogers Media IncSteve Ladurantaye, The Globe and Mail  The previous week, Vancouver chief engineer Darrell Enns also left his position with Corus Radio.  
Red Robinson
11/12/13 - Today marks a major milestone for legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson, as he celebrates 60 years on air.  Red joined Al Jordan in the CJOR studio on this date in 1953 after calling in with phone impressions of well known stars such as James Stewart and Peter Lorre, which fooled both radio hosts and listeners.  A year later he landed his own show on CJOR.  Red entertained at CKWX three different times, KGW radio/TV Portland, C-FUN, Satellite Radio Network, CBC Television, KVOS-TV, C-ISL, CKCL-FM, and currently hosts the Red Rock Diner Sunday afternoons at C-ISL.  During his career, he has received numerous awards and has emceed countless shows, including the Empire Stadium presentations of Elvis Presley in 1957 and The Beatles in 1964.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun  CCF biography  Wikipedia bio  redrobinson.com photos  
Fitz
11/12/13 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz has been named Best Local Radio Personality by Evening Magazine on KING-TV Seattle.  Q13 KCPQ-TV morning anchor Kaci Aitchison is declared Best Local TV PersonalityRadio Online 
Bell Media
11/09/13 - TEAM Radio stations CKST AM 1040 and CFTE AM 1410 began broadcasting live Friday from new studios at 500 - 969 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver.  They join Bell Media stations QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 and CTV British Columbia in the same building. 
Candy and Potter
11/08/13 - Former Seattle morning show hosts Candy and Potter are leaving WWQM-FM 106.3 Madison, WI in January after two years at the station for “an unmatchable opportunity outside the market.”  They hosted mornings at KMPS-FM 94.1 from March 2010 to August 2011.   All Access Music Group 
BCLiving
11/08/13 - Where are They Now: Past BC Local Personalities takes a look at a number of Vancouver radio and TV icons, two of whom are back (or about to be back) on local airwaves.  Joe Leary, BCLiving  
Willy Percy courtesy Vancouver Province
11/08/13 - Willy Percy of Larry and Willy fame has announced he will start as morning host at Vancouver market Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 beginning at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 12.  The announcement was made last night on The Shift with Mike Eckford on sister station CKNW AM 980.  The interview can be heard on the CKNW Audio Vault by selecting November 7, 7:00 p.m. and scrolling to 7:35.  He will be being joined by Alece Anderson, who has been a traffic, weather and co-host on the morning show since 2008.  Not joining the show, is Larry Hennessey, who first teamed up with Willy on Vancouver radio in 1988.  Rock101 info  Stuart Derdeyn, The Province  BC Living Magazine  YouTube video  
Radio Punjab KRPA Oak Harbor
11/08/13 - Radio Punjab President and CEO Sukhdev Dhillon reports KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor returned to the air at  3 p.m. Thursday, broadcasting in AM Stereo with a new transmitter from Broadcast Electronics.  The station's transmitter was knocked off air by a power surge in late September.
Sinclair Broadcast Group

11/07/13 - Non-profit media watchdog Free Press is taking shots at Sinclair Broadcast Group with an op-ed piece in The Baltimore Sun Two Free Press authors again take aim at Sinclair’s use of shell companies and its focus on the bottom line.  Last month Sinclair released employees from KOMO-TV Seattle and KATU-TV Portland, following last summer's acquisition of Seattle-based Fisher Communications.  The op-ed in The Sun, says companies like Sinclair are using outsourcing agreements and shell companies to skirt the rules and create media fiefdoms in markets all over the country.  In response, Sinclair said it “completely complies” with the law and objects to claims that it uses shell companies and shady tactics to dodge FCC rules.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 

Sinclair Broadcast Group
11/06/13 - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. third-quarter net broadcast revenue rose 34.7% to $303 million, excluding the acquisition of Seattle based Fisher Communications' television and radio stations and other TV properties, and excluding political revenue.  Net income rose from $26.2 million to $36.3 million.  The company did not break out the performance of its Seattle radio cluster acquired in the Fisher deal, which are Sinclair's only radio properties.  Sinclair release 
CRTC
11/06/13 - The majority of applications for new radio stations to serve the metro Vancouver area are Surrey-based, but Roundhouse Radio wants to target Vancouver with a new community-based radio station.  The format of the FM station would be 80 per cent talk and 20 per cent music.  Sandra Thomas, Vancouver Courier 
Dori Monson
11.06/13 - Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 midday host Dori Monson is going up against Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on the basketball court in support of Food Lifeline and Sports in Schools.  Clash on the Court  is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. today at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline.  KIRO info 
1520 KXA
11/05/13 - KXA KKXA AM 1520 Everett has added a new website complete with live audio stream.  The stream is temporary at this time but station President & GM Andy Skotdal says work is underway to make it permanent.  It can be accessed from the "How To Reach Us" prompt on the website.
Paige Nienaber
11/05/13 - Scandia MN based promotions, marketing and branding consultant Paige Nienaber has re-signed with Newcap Radio.  This time he adds the newest station groups in Vancouver and Toronto.   All Access Music Group 
Terry Dolan
11/01/13 - Former Vancouver print and broadcast reporter Terry Dolan died October 28 at age 79.  He worked at CHAN-TV, CKWX in the early 1960s and then CBC News Vancouver for 31 years before retiring to Canim Lake in the Cariboo in 1994.  Funeral Mass is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. November 5 at Good Shepherd Church, 2250 150th Street, Surrey.  Sun/Province obituary 
Jean Enersen
11/01/13 - KING-TV Seattle award winning news anchor Jean Enersen is celebrating 45 years with the station.  "KING 5 News with Jean Enersen, An Anniversary Celebration." is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in celebration of her achievement.  She became KING-TV's evening news anchor in 1972, the first female anchor in the U.S.  Scott Sunde, Seattle PI  Joe Kennedy, Bellevue Business Journal  
Jack Webster
10/31/13 - CTV British Columbia and CBC Radio Vancouver have each won two 2013 Jack Webster Awards.  The awards were presented Wednesday at the 27th annual Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver.  The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize excellence in journalism in British Columbia.  Jack Webster Foundation release 
Research Director, Inc.
10/30/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide October PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group      
Ian Koenigsfest
10/30/13 - Ian Koenigsfest has recently been promoted to Brand Director from Assistant BD at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  He adds the position to similar duties at CHMJ AM 730.   He was News Director at CKNW before his promotion to BD at AM 730 a year ago.  He is also the current President of RTDNA Canada
Seattle Times
10/30/13 - The Seattle Times takes an editorial shot at Seattle market media consolidation, specifically KOMO-TV owner Sinclair Broadcast Group.  The paper also takes aim at Gannett and Tribune for skirting FCC rules barring cross-ownership by creating shell companies, also called “sidecars”,  to operate multiple stations in a single market.  Seattle Times editorial 
Marc Riddell
10/29/13 - Marc Riddell has been named Managing Editor, Digital News at Global BC & BC 1.  He has previously held a number of executive producer positions at CBC and Global Television in Vancouver and Ontario. 
Nielsen
10/29/13 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 remains in a first place tie with Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 in the Nielsen Audio October 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with 5.4 shares.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up into third with 5.1.  Radio Online  
CRTC
10/29/13 - The CRTC will hold a hearing beginning at 9:00 a.m. January 27, 2014 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey to consider 14 applications for new stations to serve the Vancouver/Surrey/Fraser Valley markets.  The bulk of the applications call for the use of 107.7 MHz, although some applicants have proposed alternate frequencies, including 600 kHz.  CRTC release 
Dan Austin
10/29/13 - Former CBS Radio Seattle Director of Sales Dan Austin has been named to the same position at Lincoln Financial Media overseeing KSON-FM 97.3, KBZT-FM 94.9, and KIFM-FM 98.1 San Diego.  He was most recently Market Manager for the Townsquare Media Albany, NY cluster.  Austin was Sales Director at CBS Seattle from May 2010 to August 2011.  Radio Ink  
Clay Freinwald
10/28/13 - The November 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
Ichabod Caine
10/26/13 - After a four-year hiatus from commercial radio, three times Billboard Magazine’s “Radio Personality of the Year”, Ichabod Caine returns to the airwaves on Classic Country KKXA AM 1520 Everett.  He will host 3-7 p.m. weekdays beginning October 31.  Current afternoon host "Stitch" Mitchell will move from afternoons to mornings.  KKXA release  
Julie Nolin
10/23/13 - CTV British Columbia reporter Julie Nolin has announced on her Twitter page that she will be joining the news staff at CTV Edmonton effective November 12.  The award winning journalist has previously reported for City TV Vancouver and anchored for CHEK-TV Victoria. 
Reka Robinson
10/23/13 - Former Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 staffer Reka Robinson has joined Power KUJ-FM 99.1 Tri-Cities WA as morning host.  The Seattle native has most recently served as APD and Music Director with Radio Now WNOU-FM 100.9 Indianapolis.  Radio Online   
KOMO-TV Seattle
10/23/13 - A source at KOMO-TV Seattle reports 10 layoffs in the newsroom and 18 across all Sinclair Broadcast Group properties in the city.  They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.  As yet, there has been no comment from KOMO management.  Additionally, there are nine layoffs at sister station KATU-TV Portland.  Marc Stiles, Puget Sound Business Journal  Merrill Knox, TVSpy  Steve Duin, The Oregonian  
KSQM-FM Sequim
10/23/13 - KSQM-FM 91.5 Sequim has erected a new 155-foot tower at top of a 435-foot ridge off Blue Mountain Road with a power increase to 1,200 watts.  The FCC will review the impacts and efficiency of the 1,200-watt signal before permitting the station to push the signal to 2,400 watts.  Joe Smillie, Peninsula Daily News 
Caryn Mathes
10/23/13 - Caryn Mathes, WAMU-FM 88.5 Washington DC GM since 2005, has been appointed to the same position at KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle.  She takes over her new post on January 2.  Mathes is a member of the NPR board of directors and also serves on the board of the University Station Alliance and participates in the Major Stations Advisory Group to NPR’s chief executive.  University of Washington release 
Bryce Segall
10/22/13 - The End  KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle night time host Bryce Segall has left to join Sean Combs' new music cable multi-platform TV network Revolt TV.  His last show was Friday.  Segall has been with The End since May 2011.  All Access Music Group 
KAYO AM 1150 Seattle
10/22/13 - Airchexx presents a scoped air check of Mike Phillips at KAYO AM 1150 Seattle on March 30, 1962, during the Top 40 days of the station.  Phillips, who moved on to KFRC AM 610 San Francisco in 1966, also reads a one minute newscast.  Airchexx audio 
FCC
10/21/13 - The FCC has granted a change of frequency for KGHO-LP 98.5 Grays Harbor to 99.9 MHz.  ERP remains at 100 watts and there is no change to transmitter location.  FCC data 
KOOL CHBE-FM Victoria
10/19/13 - KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria adds Ceara K (Kavanagh) to the morning team of Robin Farrell and Paul Allen October 21, as she returns from maternity leave.   Brittany King moves to p.m. drive from middays and the station has announced the hiring of Craig Richards for middays effective October 28.  Puget Sound Radio   
FCC
10/18/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of licenses for Seattle market KHTP-FM 103.7, KNDD-FM 107.7, KISW-FM 99.9 and KKWF-FM 100.7, along with all currently authorized auxiliary stations, from Entercom Seattle License, LLC to Entercom Kansas City License, LLC.  FCC data 
Helen Swenson
10/17/13 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle news director Helen Swenson has been appointed president and GM of CBS 42 WIAT-TV Birmingham, AL.  She was most recently senior VP of live programming for the Weather Channel.  KIRO received the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence and Best Newscast while she was news director.   Bob Carlton, AL.com 
Global News
10/17/13 - Global News has won the 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence in network television, the first time the award has been presented to a Canadian network.  Global National, produced in Global's suburban Vancouver studio, is headed up by news director Doriana Temolo and anchored by Dawna Friesen.  Awards were presented by RTDNA Monday in New York.  Global News/videos  Radio World   
Jason Lamb
10/17/13 - The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria morning co-host and stand-up comedian Jason Lamb made a video plea to interview John Cleese and succeeded, after numerous media outlets in Canada were declined.  Jesse Johnston, News1130  The Zone videos 
Joe Fryer
10/16/13 - KING-TV Seattle reporter Joe Fryer is leaving to join NBC News as a general assignment correspondent based in the network’s Burbank bureau.  He has worked at KING since November 2010, but has been filling in as a part-time correspondent on NBC News.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
KJR Seattle
10/15/13 - Airchexx has compiled a composite Channel 95 KJR Seattle 1966-70 air check.  Much of the 48 minute scoped audio focuses attention on the Norm Gregory show.  Airchexx audio  
Rick Boone
10/15/13 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle reporter Rick Boone has has joined Baltimore FOX affiliate WBFF-TV in the same position.  He has worked in a number of cities over 15 years and was with KIRO in 2011.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Sabrina Roach
10/15/13 - A lunch at the Pike Place Market Elliott Bay Room on the top floor of the Economy Market Atrium is scheduled for today to discuss plans by applicants for low power FM stations in the Seattle area as the FCC opens an application window for the stations.  Former Public Radio producer and marketer Sabrina Roach of Brown Paper Tickets is supporting organizations interested in applying for an LPFM frequency.  Brown Paper Tickets info  Inside Radio   
MeTV KVOS
10/15/13 - KVOS-TV Bellingham returned to the airwaves at 1:10 p.m. Monday after a replacement focus power supply was installed.  KVOS had been off air since Friday but most cable feeds were not affected by the outage.
Lou Pate
10/14/13 - Former KIRO AM 710 Seattle late night talk show host Lou Pate, who currently works as a media analyst and writer at Media Research Center, fills in three days this week at KOGO AM 600 San Diego.  Pate was at KIRO from 1999-2006.  All Access Music Group 
Harvey Oberfeld
10/14/13 - Political/media blogger and former BCTV Vancouver reporter Harvey Oberfeld reports further erosion of the Global BC 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts to CTV British Columbia.  He says, "In recent days, CTV News at 5 p.m., with Coleen Christie, has repeatedly beat Global’s Early News with Deb Hope."  He also reports CTV intermittently beating Global at 6 p.m., when Global used to rule the time slot with five to six times dominance.  Harvey Oberfeld blog 
Christmas On The Air: A Musical Revue
10/13/13 - Legendary Vancouver broadcasters Red Robinson and Rick Cluff team up once again to co-host Christmas On The Air: A Musical Revue.  The show, featuring a number of acts performing tunes reminiscent of the 40s, 50s and 60s set in a 'Radio Studio', runs November 30 at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver and December 1 at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.  Facebook info 
MeTV KVOS
10/13/13 - KVOS-TV Bellingham director of over the air broadcasting Rick Kemp reports that the station lost the focus supply on its transmitter Friday.  KVOS has direct fiber feeds to Comcast,  DirectTV, Dish Network and Canadian feeds to Shaw and Telus, so most cable signals are not affected.  Parts are on the way but the OTA signal may be down for another day or two. 
Radio Punjab KRPA
10/12/13 - KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor President and CEO Sukhdev (Dave) Dhillon advises that the station's transmitter was knocked off air by a power surge two weeks ago.  A new one is on order from Broadcast Electronics, with engineers standing by to install it in the next week. 
Peggy Miller-Day
10/11/13 - Former CKWX Vancouver promotions manager and Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Famer Peggy Miller-Day died October 5 at age 89.  Her career began in 1945 at CJCA Edmonton, but she served as promo manager for CKWX from 1968 until she took a public relations job with the City of Edmonton in 1972.  She wrote the Edmonton Eskimos Fight Song in 1952 and later the lyrics for the B.C. Lions' Roar, You Lions, Roar.  She was inducted into the CAB Hall of Fame in 2005.  Brent Wittmeier, Edmonton Journal  Edmonton Eskimos tribute  CCF biography  Edmonton Journal obituary 
Tim Murphy
10/11/13 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle PD and VP Tim Murphy from 1987-95 has been named to program Nash FM KBBM-FM 100.1 Columbia MO.  His efforts made KMPS the first country station with a web site.  All Accass Music Group 
Red Robinson
10/11/13 - The Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam is going to be renamed in December.  It follows the rebranding of the attached Boulevard Casino to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.  The iconic broadcaster bears no ill will.  Robinson, now 76, has also backed away from his morning TV segments at Global BC, but continues on-air with his Red Rock Diner Sundays from noon-4 p.m. at CISL AM 650News1130 
CRTC
10/09/13 - The CRTC has approved an application by Shaw Television Limited Partnership to add digital rebroadcast transmitters of Global BC CHAN-DT Vancouver to replace existing analog transmitters CHAN-TV-1 Chilliwack and CHAN-TV-4 Courtenay.  The Chilliwack transmitter will operate on channel 31 with a maximum ERP of 428 watts at 285.6 meters HAAT and the Courtenay transmitter will operate on channel 25 with a maximum ERP of 4,450 watts at 380.5 meters HAAT.  CRTC release 
Jerry Steen
10/09/13 - Since moving to Vancouver Island from Calgary, Coast FM CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons morning host Jerry Steen appears to have found his Utopia in Nanaimo.  Cara Mckenna, Nanaimo Daily News 
Rob Alexander
10/06/13 - Former The Eagle CFXE-FM 94.3 Edson AB program director Rob Alexander succeeds Troy Scott as PD at 89.7 Sun FM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan and Coast CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons.  Scott has returned to Kelowna as PD/morning host at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9
CBC
10/05/13 - CBC Radio 2 and French language Espace Musique began airing commercials this week following CRTC approval of up to four minutes of advertising per hour as part of the CBC's recent broadcast license renewal.  The Corporation made the request this past spring in order to address a significant revenue gap that resulted from cuts to funding and other financial pressures.  The ads are the first since the 1970s.  Radio 2 and Espace Musique are national networks heard on stations in both Vancouver and Victoria.   CBC release 
CRTC
10/04/13 - Hornby Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC for a low-power FM community license for CHFR-FM 96.5 Hornby Island with a non-directional ERP of 50 watts.  CHFR currently operates as a developmental community station, which is limited by Commission rules to 5 watts.  CRTC release  Laura Busheikin, InFocus Magazine backgrounder  
Tony Miner
10/04/13 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle afternoon news anchor Tony Miner has left his full-time position and is moving to part-time work.  Wednesday was his last full-time day on the air.  In the past he has worked at KING, KVI, KOMO, and KZOK and has a number of Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best Newscast in America in 2005 and 2008.  All Access Music Group  
Eric Tyler
10/03/13 - Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 music director and afternoon drive host Eric Tyler has signed a new two-year contract with the station.  All Access Music Group 
Research Director
10/03/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide September PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group        
Lynda Steele
10/03/13 - The nightly news segment Steele on Your Side hosted by Lynda Steele during the supper hour newscast on CTV British Columbia is expanding.  A half-hour Sunday show beginning at 3:30 p.m. October 20 will complement the nightly segment by examining the top local consumer issues each week.  Matthew Robinson, Vancouver Sun 
Dave Rutherford
10/03/13 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and long-running Calgary talk show host Dave Rutherford joins 660News CFFR AM beginning Monday, with three news commentaries daily on the Calgary all-news station.  Rutherford was a news reporter at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 from 1974-83 before joining CHQR AM 770 Calgary, where he stayed until earlier this year.  Calgary Herald 
KING-TV Seattle
10/02/13 - KING-TV Seattle was presented with an Emmy Award last night in New York City in the Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting category for Their Crime, Your Dime, an investigation of fraud in Washington’s welfare system.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
Nielsen
10/01/13 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 moves up into a first place tie with Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 in the Nielsen Audio September 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with 5.4 shares.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 is third with 5.1.  Radio Online   Nielsen recently completed its acquisition of Arbitron Inc. and has re-branded as Nielsen Audio.  Nielsen release 
Leonard Barokas
10/01/13 - Star 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle APD/morning show producer Leonard Barokas takes his annual flight of "Bras Across Lake Washington" at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, October 3 (delayed due to weather).  The 45-50 minute flight includes a tow line with bras donated by listeners to bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer and to raise money for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Breast Cancer Program.  The bras will be donated to the local YWCA Women's Shelter.  Star 101.5 release 
FCC
09/30/13 - The FCC has granted involuntary transfer of control for the Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc. stations from Susan Wolfenbarger to William Wolfenbarger, Personal Representative.  The changes follow the passing of Bill Wolfenbarger's wife Susan, following a long illness in Aberdeen on July 8.  Bill and Susan were the sole shareholders of Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc., the name of which came from their three daughters JODeana, DEborah, and SHAryn.  Susan had not been directly involved in the business for some time.  The Wolfenbargers met in 1974 when Bill was Chief Engineer at KOL AM-FM in Seattle.   Also affected in the transfers of control is JOSH Broadcasting LLC, which is owned 50% by Jodesha  and 50% by Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC. 
Clay Freinwald
09/29/13 - The October 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers. 
Radio Disney
09/29/13 - Radio Disney KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle has been transmitting without its HD signal for the last couple of months.  According to engineer Jim Dalke, removal of HD was a corporate decision. 
Hubbard Radio
09/27/13 - Hubbard Radio has closed on its acquisition of the five Seattle market Sandusky Radio stations, KIXI AM 880, KQMV-FM 92.5, KKNW AM 1150, KRWM-FM 106.9 and KLCK-FM 98.9, along with five in Phoenix for approximately $85 million.  All Access Music Group 
Paul Allen
09/26/13 - (Updated) KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria afternoon host Paul Allen moves to mornings to co-host with Robin Farrell, as former co-host Brian Bailey moved to Toronto to host mornings at newly launched Indie 88 CIND-FM 88.1 Toronto. 
FCC
09/25/13 - The FCC has granted with condition, voluntary assignment of licenses for Seattle market stations KIXI AM 880, KQMV-FM 92.5, KKNW AM 1150, KRWM-FM 106.9 and KLCK-FM 98.9 to Seattle FCC License Sub, LLC (Hubbard Radio).  It was announced in mid July that Hubbard had entered into an agreement to acquire the five Sandusky Radio Seattle stations along with five in Phoenix for approximately $85 million.  FCC data 
Brandon Astle
09/24/13 - Last month the AHL Abbotsford Heat announced the appointment of Brandon Astle as its radio play-by-play voice for the 2013-14 season.  The team has inked a deal to broadcast all 76 Heat games on CIVL-FM 101.7 from UFV Abbotsford and online at Teamradio.ca.  "CIVL is excited to be the only Campus radio station in Canada to be broadcasting regular professional quality athletics on FM", says CIVL station manager Aaron Levy.  Abbotsford Heat release 
Eric Slocum
09/24/13 - Seattle based choral group The Esoterics debuted a new work based on the poetry of former KOMO-TV news anchor Eric Slocum.  He loved to write poetry and had talked at length with composer Eric Banks about collaborating on a project, but Slocum died in February 2012 before the two were able to formally work together.  After Slocum's death, Banks was given permission to set several selections of his friend's poetry to music and this weekend The Esoterics debuted the finished work.  KOMO News 
KRPI AM 1550
09/24/13 - Concern continues to be raised in Point Roberts and across the Canadian border in Tsawwassen over the erection of five AM radio towers by KRPI AM 1550, relocating from Ferndale.  Whatcom county has accepted an application from KRPI for a conditional use permit to install the 50,000-watt signal just 330 meters from the border.  Although the FCC granted a construction permit last year, a conditional use permit is still required from Whatcom County, with a public hearing expected in October.  Adrian MacNair, South Delta Leader 
Bob Addison
09/23/13 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver evening sports anchor Bob Addison leaves the station to head back to his former employer.  He was a producer, writer and on-air fill-in at CKNW AM 980 before crossing over to News1130 three years ago.
KVOS-TV
09/23/13 - Engineers at KVOS-TV Bellingham appear to have sorted out bugs in their recently launched 12.3 sub-channel.  The channel is carrying Sur Sagar TV (SSTV), which originates in Toronto and features South Asian programming. 
KPLU-FM 88.5
09/23/13 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 is currently accepting applications for participation in Year 10 of the KPLU School of Jazz program.  The program is open only to high school jazz students.  The mission of KPLU School of Jazz is to support the next generation of jazz musicians by providing mentorship to schools in Western Washington and Southern British Columbia free of charge.  KPLU info 
FCC
09/23/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KRKZ-FM 94.3 Chinook from Alexandra Communications to Meadow Broadcasting.  FCC data  Sale of the station for $132,850 was announced in early August.  RBR-TVBR 
Mary Lee
09/23/13 - Former Houston meteorologist Mary Lee has joined KING-TV Seattle.  She joined KPRC-TV Houston as a weekend meteorologist  in 2010, but left in August saying she wanted to be closer to her family on the West Coast.   Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Greg Douglas
09/21/13 - Global BC morning news anchor Steve Darling emceed the 45th annual B.C. Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre Thursday, while former sportscaster and 2011 media inductee Tom Larscheid was a greeter.  The weekly Sunday night show Dal’s Place, hosted by iconic 95-year-old band leader Dal Richards, has been bumped from CISL AM 650 with the arrival of Dan Russell’s Sportstalk.  Richards vows the show, which has enjoyed an uninterrupted twenty-year run on four different Vancouver radio stations, will resurface.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Rogers Radio
09/19/13 - Rogers Radio has announced two new programming appointments to its BC Cluster.  Murray Brookshaw, PD of JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 & SONiC CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver will add PD for JACK CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria to his title.  He will continue to oversee the product at the Vancouver stations.  Former Vancouver broadcaster Russell James returns from six years in Edmonton to take over as the day to day PD for SONiC and host the PM drive show starting next month.  He is currently PD at Rogers' station The Bounce CHBN-FM 91.7 Edmonton.  
Barry O'Donnell
09/19/13 - Bell Media Radio Vancouver GSM Barry O'Donnell will retire at the end of the month.  His duties will be added to the responsibilities of J.P. Wright, director of sales for radio and local TV.  Meanwhile, Bernie Merkl is now GSM of RJ1200 CJRJ AM Vancouver and parent company i.t. Productions.  He was was an account manager at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver for over 30 years.  
Bill Buck
09/18/13 - For his 65th birthday, Bill Buck, actor in radio plays, television commercials, and CBC Vancouver’s Dr. Bundolo’s Pandemonium Medicine Show, was treated to a surprise bus tour of locations in his life in the city.  Buck died June 2 at age 81 after suffering from dementia for almost four years.  Pauline Buck, The Globe and Mail 
Jay Coffey
09/18/13 - Former Seattle market KBSG-FM (now KIRO-FM 97.3) programmer Jay Coffey joins San Diego market The Walrus XHPRS-FM 105.7 Tecate, Baja California, Mexico as assistant program director and midday host effective October 14.  He was PD at KBSG in 2006/07.  All Access Music Group    
Bell Media
09/18/13 - A number of account managers have been released from the Bell Media radio cluster in Vancouver in what is described as part of a general restructuring of the sales department.  They include Ted Black, Duncan Holmes, Wendy Lasure, Michelle Rickards, Jeff Town and Renee Wong
KIRO-FM Seattle
09/17/13 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle adds Tom and Curley from 9 a.m. to 12 noon weekdays.  The new program is hosted by Northwest media personality John Curley and veteran pop-culture enthusiast Tom Tangney.  It fills the slot vacated by Dave Ross, now hosting mornings, and Luke BurbankRadio Ink  All Access Music Group 
Charlie Harger
09/16/13 - All this week KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.3 Seattle is airing interview segments with the "Green River Killer" by reporter Charlie Harger.  Harger obtained a first and exclusive media interview with Gary Ridgway, who was sent to prison in 2001 on 49 counts of murder.  All Access Music Group  KOMO News  
Lola Montgomery
09/16/13 - Mix KMGX-FM 100.7 Bend OR morning personality Lola Montgomery joins sister station KSJJ-FM 102.9 as midday host.  She is a former music director/midday host at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.  All Access Music Group  
John Fisher
09/15/13 - Former Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 morning host John Fisher reminisces about life at the station where he entertained for 21 years.  He was released when the format changed to Hot 103.7 - The Rhythm Of Seattle on August 30, and subsequent new call sign KHTP-FM this week.  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times  
Jean Enersen
09/14/13 - KING-TV Seattle news anchor Jean Enersen thanks her colleagues for pitching in while she takes the next few weeks off for hip surgery.  She celebrated her 45th anniversary with KING-TV in July, as the first and longest standing local female anchor in the country.  KING-TV News  
Bro Jake Edwards
09/14/13 - The reviews are coming in on the new Bro Jake Show with David Pratt on TEAM 1040 CKST Vancouver.  So far, the reactions have been mixed.  Greg Douglas Short Hops, Vancouver Sun  Marcos Hondro, Digital Journal  Steve Ewen, The Province backgrounder 
Mel Kartusch
09/13/13 - Mel Kartusch has been elevated from senior account executive to retail sales manager at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 and The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver.   Prior to joining the stations last year, he was GSM at Shore Media Group. 
Russ Byth
09/13/13 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver morning business editor Russ Byth has accepted the position of full time morning news anchor at Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna.  He was with News1130 from 1996-2010 before taking news writing positions with Global BC and Global National based in Vancouver in 2011 and '12.  He subsequently moved to Kelowna and was filling in at Q103 before taking the position full time.   
Nielsen
09/13/13 - The latest Nielsen DMA ranking shows Phoenix and Seattle swapping positions, though both markets had an increase in TV Homes.  Phoenix saw more growth moving it up to #12, dropping Seattle to #13.   Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Amber Eikel
09/13/13 - KIRO-TV Seattle executive producer Amber Eikel has been named managing editor at KTVU-TV San Francisco effective September 30.  She has been at KIRO since April 2011.   Merrill Knox, TVSpy
Jina You
09/12/13 - Long time CTV British Columbia news anchor/reporter Jina You has been named Communications Director at Vancouver-based boutique public relations and integrated marketing communications agency Magnolia Marketing Communications.  She had been with the station 15 years prior to her departure last month.  You was presented with a Jack Webster Award in 2008 for Excellence in Legal Reporting for the coverage of the trial of Robert Pickton.  Magnolia Communications release  
KIRO-FM Seattle
09/12/13 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has launched a new weekend lineup surrounding its coverage of Seattle Seahawks games.  The Jason Rantz Show has been expanded to three hours.  Added are new Saturday night shows, Geekwire at 7, the syndicated StarTalk at 8 and the weekend edition of Coast to Coast AM at 10.  All Access Music Group 
KHTP-FM Hot 103.7
09/12/13 - Seattle market KMTT-FM 103.7 has changed its call sign to KHTP-FM.  The change follows the format flip of The Mountain to Rhythmic Hot AC as Hot 103.7 - The Rhythm Of Seattle on August 30.  FCC info 
Mike Roberts - CHBC-TV Kelowna
09/11/13 - After a forty year run, CHBC-TV Kelowna weather anchor Mike Roberts presented his final forecast last Friday as he heads into retirement.  He moved to CHBC from CHEK-TV Victoria in 1973 and since then has filled his days producing hundreds of stories on the people of the Okanagan.  During his career he has received the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medal, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, the B.C. Association of Broadcasters Performer of the Year Award, along with a number of others.  Doris Bregolisse, Global News  Global Okanagan backgrounder 
CBC
09/11/13 - CBUT Television Vancouver will celebrate 60 years on air in December 2013 and Colin Preston, Library Coordinator - CBC Vancouver Media Archives, has been asked to assemble a new 10-minute highlight reel which will play back in the museum space at the entrance to the 700 Hamilton Street building.   He would welcome memories and suggestions of overlooked or under-appreciated 'gems' produced by CBC British Columbia in decades past.  Colin can be contacted at Colin.Preston@cbc.ca or by phone at 604-662-6750.   CBC Vancouver plans to tie the celebration of 60 years on air to this year's Open House and Food Bank Day.  YouTube CBUT memories video    
Cal Worthington
09/10/13 - Cal Worthington, whose TV spots were seen over and over on Seattle TV stations pitching his auto dealerships with "Go see Cal", died Sunday in Orland, CA at age 92.  He is reported to have sold more than a million cars from a peak of 29 dealerships during his lifetime.  John Rogers, AP/Seattle Times  AP/Seattle PI  
Q13 KCPQ-TV
09/10/13 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV drew a big 65 percent share for the Seahawks 12-7 season-opening win at Carolina on Sunday.  The highest rated 10 a.m. game last year drew a 56 share.  Jayson Jenks, Seattle Times 
Don Wade
09/09/13 - Longtime WLS AM 890 Chicago morning host Don Wade died Friday, September 6 after a battle with a brain tumor.  He was 72.  His career peaked with his 1986-2012 run at WLS partnered with wife Roma, but Seattle area listeners will remember his earlier days at KOL and KTAC.  All Access Music Group  WLS release 
KING-TV
09/09/13 - Beginning tonight KING-TV Seattle will expand its 6:30 p.m. newscast from 30 minutes to an hour and KONG-TV will present an hour-long newscast at 9 p.m.  Dennis Bounds and Meg Coyle will continue to helm KING’s 6:30 p.m. newscast as it expands to an hour.  Rob Piercy will debut as the anchor of KONG’s 10 p.m. newscast.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
Kathi Goertzen
09/09/13 - In a move that was announced in March, Washington State University will officially name its Murrow Communication Addition building the Goertzen Communication Addition in memory of former KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen, who died August 13, 2012 from complications of recurring brain tumors.  The dedication will take place at the Pullman campus at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 14.  The WSU Foundation will be launching a special effort to create a state-of-the-art multimedia complex that combines a working digital lab and television studio in the Goertzen Communication Addition.  WSU release  
Bro Jake Edwards
09/09/13 - Bro Jake Edwards says he is looking forward to how the chemistry evolves between him and co-host David Pratt on on their new  Team CKST AM 1040 morning show.  Besides sports, he promises the studio would be set up so bands can come in and play live.  He says the show will work because it will entertain people.  Steve Ewen, The Province 
Carey Edwards
09/07/13 - Afternoon drive host Carey Edwards has now been named assistant PD and music director at Y100 KCYY-FM 100.3 San Antonio.  He was most recently production/imaging director at Seattle market KRWM-FM 106.9, but was only there for two months.  He was also recently on air part time & swing at The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7Radio Online 
Dan Russell
09/07/13 - Program director Stu Ferguson confirms that Sportstalk with Dan Russell will launch at 9 p.m. September 29 on CISL AM 650. Veteran broadcaster Lee Powell, recently missing from local radio, will be a regular on the show, to be produced by Heath Morgan.  Greg Douglas' Here 'N' There, Vancouver Sun  AM 650 release  
Research Director, Inc.
09/06/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide August PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group          
FCC
09/06/13 - The FCC has granted a small power increase and transmitter site change to Olympia Broadcasters for KRXY-FM 94.5 Shelton.  ERP will increase from .71 to .83 kW non-directional and HAAT will decrease from 291 to 271.9 meters.  The KRXY facility will be relocated .12 km.  Application data  FCC info 
Glenn Beck
09/06/13 - Former Mount Vernon resident, KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle all night host as a teenager, and former Fox News host Glenn Beck claims his news television network The Blaze will put traditional network evening newscasts out of business in the next three to five years.  Alex Weprin, Mediabistro 
David Bray
09/05/13 - David Bray, president of Bray and Partners Communications, takes a closer look at the most recent BBM PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.   Broadcaster Magazine  
Alex Tsakumis
09/05/13 - Blogger/talk show host Alex Tsakumis has severed ties with CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody, following what he says was the "last straw" over a myriad of problems at the fledgling station.  Tsakumis has registered yourshow.ca and will begin on-line broadcasting from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday launching October 7.  Alex Tsakumis release 
BBM
09/05/13 - Vancouver market BBM PPM data has been released for the period May 27 to August 25.  QM/FM CHQM-FM heads back to the top of the market with a 10.7 share.  CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 retains second place with a 9.6 share.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 slides further with a drop to third and a 9.4 share.  The Cume and Daily Cume numbers on the BBM release tell an even more interesting story.  BBM data 
Arbitron
09/04/13 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 continues in first place in the Arbitron August 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.0 share.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in second with 5.7.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 continues in third place with 5.6.  Radio Online
Dave Beck
09/04/13 - Longtime KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle host and producer Dave Beck has joined KING-FM 98.1.  He has been with KUOW since 1985 and will now be spinning classical discs on KING weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m.  Feliks Banel, Crosscut.com 
Kim Calloway
09/03/13 - A celebration of life has been announced for former CKWX Vancouver talk show host and most recently Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna news reporter/anchor Kim Calloway, who died August 22 in Kelowna at age 69.  It will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, September 6 at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street.  Bob Mills will emcee, with presentations by Sharon Shepherd and Jasmin Doobay.  
KTTH AM 770 Seattle
09/03/13 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle celebrates the 10th anniversary of its current conservative talk format this week with a series of special features.  Hosts spotlight their favorite political leaders, movies and conservative moments of the past 10 years and discuss being conservative talkers in a "blue state."  All Access Music Group  KTTH release 
Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan
09/03/13 - KCTS-TV Seattle president & CEO, Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan has been replaced in the interim by Robert Dunlop, longtime executive vice president of operations at Fisher Communications.  Bresnahan’s accomplishments over five years included restructuring to create a content division that led to 20 Emmy nominations, creating independent film series Reel NW and building partnerships on both sides of the border.  Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal 
Greg Tillotson
09/03/13 - Former KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham program director Greg Tillotson has been appointed operations manager for Mapleton Communications' seven-station cluster in Spokane.  He started his radio career in Seattle in 1984 and was PD at KISM from 2000-02.  Radio Ink  
KVOS-TV Bellingham
09/01/13 - KVOS-TV Bellingham has recently added subchannel 12.3, identifying only as SUGSAGR with a floating screen-saver image MAGNAVOX and no audio.  Video capture 
Dan Russell
08/31/13 - Multi-year Sportstalk host Dan Russell, who pioneered jock-talk radio in Vancouver in 1984, ended his 25 year run at CKNW AM 980 Friday and is moving his show down the dial to CISL AM 650.  'NW is moving away from sports to concentrate on news/talk.  Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun
Greg Douglas
08/31/13 - Former Vancouver sports broadcaster J. Paul McConnell and Sun columnist Jim Kearney, who was also a sports commentator at CBC Radio for three decades, will be inducted into the British Columbia Football Hall of Fame at a ceremony September 15.  McConnell will be flying in from France for the induction.  Kearney died in 2008.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
KMTT-FM
08/31/13 - Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 flipped to Rhythmic Hot AC as Hot 103.7 - The Rhythm Of Seattle at 3 p.m. Friday, with current hits mixed with rhythmic gold of the past 20 years, and 10,000 songs in a row.  Mike Preston, PD of The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 will program the station.  KMTT had been branded as The Mountain since 1991, first as AAA before seguing to Classic Rock in 2011.  The original Mountain remains on 103.7 HD2.  All Access Music Group  Press Release  Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI 
John Pollard
08/30/13 - Former long-time News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver senior reporter Jim Goddard, currently author of The Goddard Report, interviews former CHEK-TV Victoria president John Pollard about the future of smaller market TV stations, struggling to survive in Canada.  Interview Audio  
Jason Manning
08/29/13 - Puget Sound Radio reports that Jason Manning, who has served as PD for the last three years at Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 and Jack FM CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria, has been released.  He worked in the Vancouver market through much of the 1990s and early 2000s, mostly with CKST AM 1040PSR posting 
CBC
08/28/13 - An email from Martin Marcotte, Director of Transmission for CBC, states the inclusion of shortwave CKZU 6160 kHz Vancouver in the application of July 12 and subsequent CRTC deletion approval released August 15 was incorrect and steps are being taken to re-instate the CRTC's authority for CKZU.  The 1000-watt shortwave station, in operation since the 1940s, rebroadcasts the programming of CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 Vancouver.  Aug. 15 CRTC notice 
Oliver Lum
08/28/13 -  Long time BCTV/Global Vancouver reporter/assignment editor Oliver Lum is reported to have left the station.  He started with BCTV in 1998 following a short run as a beat reporter at CKNW AM 980.
Gary Nolan
08/27/13 - Former Seattle market KRWM-FM 106.9 and KLSY-FM 92.5 (now KQMV) PD Gary Nolan has left his position as operations manager at Clear Channel Panama City, FL after less than a year.  He was also PD/afternoon host at WPAP-FM 92.5 Panama City.  He served as PD at KRWM from 2004-06.  Radio Online  
Newcap Radio
08/26/13 - Newfoundland Capital Corporation wholly-owned subsidiary, Newcap Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire from Bell Media Inc. CKZZ-FM 95.3, CHHR-FM 104.3 and CISL AM 650 Vancouver and two Toronto FM stations for $112 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities.  Newcap’s acquisition is a result of Bell’s acquisition of Astral which required Astral and Bell to divest certain radio stations to comply with the CRTC’s Common Ownership Policy, which limits the number of stations a company can own in a single market.  The transaction is subject to CRTC approval.  Newcap/Bell release 
Mike Holmgren
08/26/13 - Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, who recently returned as a commentator at KJR AM 950, says that Seahawks mania may now be at levels even higher than when he led them to four straight division titles and a Super Bowl XL appearance.  He is scheduled to make five sports-talk radio appearances a week at KJR.  Dave Boling, The News Tribune 
Clay Freinwald
08/24/13 - The September 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers. 
Dan Russell
08/24/13 - Stu Ferguson, recently upped from talk programming manager to PD at Vancouver market CISL AM 650, isn't commenting on reports that Dan Russell will be joining the station with his Sportstalk program.  However, NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS has it from reliable sources that he will be starting there in the next few weeks.  Sportstalk debuted on CJOR back in 1984 and recently was heard on CKNW AM 980 until Russell's contract failed to be renewed in August.  Meanwhile, with the arrival of Bro Jake and David Pratt as morning co-hosts over at TEAM CKST AM 1040 next month, Scott Rintoul moves from mornings to 9 p.m.-midnight with Bob Marjanovich taking the 6-9 p.m. position.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  Vancouver Sun backgrounder 
Paul Rennie
08/23/13 - Tribune Company has announced that Paul Rennie has been named VP & GM of the company’s Indianapolis market TV stations, WTTV-TV and WXIN-TV.  Rennie has served as general sales manager for Tribune’s Seattle market stations, KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV, and their respective digital operations since 2004.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
Kim Calloway
08/22/13 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and most recently Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna news reporter and anchor Kim Calloway died today at Kelowna General Hospital after a short battle with a very aggressive lung and liver cancer.  He was 69.  Calloway announced just last week that he was going onto full time disability due to health concerns.  Alistair Waters, Kelowna Capital News 
Sabrina Roach
08/22/13 -  Former Seattle non-com broadcaster and advocate for public interest and community media Sabrina Roach has been advising Tacoma’s DASH Center for the Arts on the possibility of setting up low power FM.  Originally FCC restrictions were such that there were no available LPFM channels available in Pierce or South King County.  Now, FCC engineer Gary Loehrs says the agency believes there are frequencies available in the Seattle-Tacoma market and that there are ways to overcome conflicts that show up in locator apps, such as manipulating tower heights or co-locating transmitters with the channel posing the conflict.  Peter Callaghan, News Tribune   
CHEK-TV Victoria 08/22/13 - The Hard Way, a 13-episode local business reality TV series is being produced at CHEK-TV Victoria.  The series, hosted by CHEK assistant news director Dana Hutchings, airs Saturdays beginning September 14 and features a panel of business mentors and technical experts trying to help guide local entrepreneurs back to profitability.  A second season is planned with applications starting October 1.  Andrew Duffy, Victoria Times Colonist  
KRPI AM 1550
08/22/13 - Residents on both sides of the border are voicing concerns about the proposal to erect five radio towers on McKenzie Way, just west of Tyee Drive in Point Roberts.  Whatcom County is considering an application from BBC Broadcasting Inc., owner of KRPI AM 1550, currently broadcasting with 50,000 watts day/10,000 watts night from a location in Ferndale.  The company has completed a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) checklist for the project to comply with the FCC, which granted a construction permit  last year for a change in community of license from Ferndale to Point Roberts and operation with 50,000 watts day and night using three of the five towers in each mode.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  FCC CP data  
Jan Nablo
08/21/13 - Former CBC Vancouver script writer Jan Nablo died August 7 from complications of diabetes.  He was 73.  He wrote for the long-running CBC series The Beachcombers and was the creative force behind Red Robinson's show Trivia Challenge on CBC.  They also worked together on Timmy's Christmas Telethon which Nablo produced for over a decade.  Additionally, he taught a full-time night school film program at Capilano University.  The Province obituary  
Rebecca Stevenson
08/21/13 - Former Seattle meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has appeared on air for the first time during the launch of Al Jazeera America.  She left her position with KIRO-TV Seattle last October.  TVSpy backgrounder 
Taylor Jukes
08/21/13 - Puget Sound Radio has announced that Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver assistant brand manager/MD/midday announcer Taylor Jukes is moving to Shore CHHR-FM 104.3 as program director.  She has been with Virgin Radio since 2009.  PSR info 
CKPM-FM Port Moody
08/21/13 - A glitch in the computer carrying the music simulcast at CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody delayed the fireworks display over Port Moody Inlet for 20 minutes last Saturday.  Meanwhile, station owner Matthew McBride has denied there are any financial problems with the business following the recent resignation of two on-air staff.  Janis Warren, The Tri-City News 
Michael Olstrom
08/19/13 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Michael Olstrom, who worked at several local stations from 1982-92 has been released from his position as VP/GM at Big Dog CHBD-FM 92.7 Regina, now owned by Bell Media.  He joined Astral Media Regina in early 2011 but was let go
in the wide-ranging restructuring after the purchase by Bell.  
Fox Television
08/19/13 - Industry sources say Fox Television Group is actively looking at stations in the Seattle market, where Tribune owns the existing Fox affiliate, KCPQ-TV.  There’s also speculation that Fox has its sights on Cox Media-owned CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.  But sources caution that Fox hasn’t zeroed in on a specific acquisition target.  It's part of a strategy to add to its station holdings in NFL markets, particularly markets with NFC teams, with which Fox has a TV rights package.  Rachel Abrams, Variety Media 
Roy Bonisteel 1981
08/19/13 - Former CBC television host and journalist Roy Bonisteel died Friday, August 16 in Quinte West, ON at age 83.  He was a radio announcer in Ontario and at CKWX Vancouver, where he hosted God Talk from 1965-67.  He is perhaps best known as the host of the current affairs program Man Alive on CBC Television from 1967 to 1989.  Bonisteel was the winner of two awards of excellence in broadcast journalism and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994.  CBC News  yourlifemoments.ca obituary 
Apollo Music
08/18/13 - Mike Rintoul and Jamie Anstey, owners of Apollo Music in Port Coquitlam, found the vinyl frontier by acquiring 250,000 records from a hoarder, 60,000 from the CBC Radio Vancouver library and Red Robinson’s singles collection of about 14,000 records.  Glenda Luymes, The Province
On The Air
08/17/13 - Another chapter of On The Air A Musical Revue comes to the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster September 7.  It features legendary Vancouver rock ‘n’ roll broadcaster Red Robinson and CBC Vancouver Early Edition host Rick Cluff introducing several acts like they did on radio shows in the days when theatres often acted as studios.  RedRobinson.com  Grant Granger, New West News Leader 
News1130
08/17/13 - A couple of changes are coming at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as anchor/reporter Rob Freeman leaves at the end of the month.  He's been with the station since 2007.  Leah Holiove has been hired to do part-time traffic on weekend mornings.  She's been an airborne traffic reporter at Global BC since 2007. 
Dave Gerry
08/16/13 - Former CKVU-TV (now branded as Citytv) Vancouver journalist Dave Gerry will join Mike McCardell on The Last Word on CTV News at 6 on CTV British Columbia beginning September 2.  Gerry spent more than two decades producing feature stories, comedy specials and documentaries for CKVU.   He has won numerous provincial, national and international awards for excellence in broadcasting.  CTV News
Noah Bond
08/16/13 - Noah Bond has been hired as a reporter for KOMO-TV Seattle.  He was most recently a reporter/anchor at KTVX-TV Salt Lake City.  Media Bistro 
Keven Strehle
08/16/13 - Former KING-TV Seattle show producer and award winning photojournalist Keven Strehle died in a motorcycle accident in Seattle August 9 at age 45.  He was with KING from 1996-2008 and also Olympic Broadcasting Services in Vancouver in 2010 & '11.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church.  Obits for Life Obituary  A celebration of life and memorial service is also scheduled for 7:00 p,m, August 22 at Saint Clare Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie.  Seattle Times obituary   Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Mike McCardell
08/16/13 - Thirty-year Global Television Vancouver features veteran Mike McCardell, who left the station last month, has a new gig with rival CTV British Columbia starting early next month.  Meanwhile, it appears that CTV's News at 6 is slowly gaining on perennial ratings winner Global.  Harvey Oberfeld 
OMNI TV
08/15/13 - Several multicultural communities in Canada have backed a call to the CRTC to hold public hearings on cuts to multicultural programming on Rogers Communications' five OMNI stations in Canada.  The cuts have affected news programs and others in several languages.  Canada's media union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, expects the CRTC may make a decision within a month.  Rogers' local OMNI station is CHNM-TV Vancouver.  Broadcaster Magazine  
CBC
08/15/13 - The CRTC has accepted applications by CBC to delete Radio One CBU AM 690/FM88.1 Vancouver rebroadcasters CBXK AM 1240 Pemberton (replaced by CBU-3-FM 91.5) and shortwave CKZU 6160 kHz Vancouver.   CBC's Vancouver shortwave station had been in operation since the 1940s.  CRTC decision 
KUOW-FM Seattle
08/14/13 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle is creating a new midday newsmagazine program, combining three separate midday shows Weekday, The Conversation and KUOW Presents into a new two-hour program called The Record on KUOW.  It will air from 12 noon - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning September 3.  KUOW release
John Crawford
08/14/13 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer John Crawford passed away July 29 at age 83.  He was with CBC Toronto before being appointed audio technician at CBC Vancouver in 1965 and then senior audio technician in 1971, a position he held until he left the Corporation in 1976.  Crawford was instrumental in the latest technology for the audio systems in the new 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver building in 1974.  Service information has not yet been announced. 
Jina You
08/13/13 - CTV British Columbia News at Six and CTV News at 11:30 weekend edition anchor Jina You has left the station effective today.  She has been a reporter/anchor with CTV since 1998.  You was presented with a Jack Webster Award in 2008 for Excellence in Legal Reporting for the coverage of the trial of Robert Pickton.
Kim Calloway
08/13/13 - Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna news reporter and anchor Kim Calloway has announced on his Facebook page, "After 50-plus years as a full-time radio news reporter here in BC and Ontario, I am done.  Health concerns are putting me on full-time disability."  He hosted the Kim Calloway Talk Show on CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver in the 1970s & '80s before moving to Kelowna in 1993.  He was a co-recipient of the Jack Webster Award in 2004 for Best Reporting of the Year for the 2003 Kelowna Firestorm. 
KYNW-FM Centralia
08/13/13 - NOW KYNW-FM 102.9 Centralia has announced its new on-air lineup with Valentine in the Morning, in house Marci Wiser middays, syndicated Ryan Seacrest moves from Seattle market sister station KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 weekdays 3-7:00 p.m., and syndicated Mario Lopez 7-midnight.  Radio Ink  All Access Music Group 
Hubbard Radio
08/13/13 - Hubbard Radio has received clearance by the Federal Trade Commission for its pending $85.5 million deal to buy 10 stations from Sandusky Radio in Seattle and Phoenix.  The deal still needs FCC approval.   Inside Radio 
Brandon Astle
08/13/13 - The AHL Abbotsford Heat has announced that Brandon Astle has been named play-by-play broadcaster and media relations coordinator for the 2013-14 season.  He joins after five seasons with Langley Chiefs/Rivermen of the BCHL, where he broadcast more than 300 games.  The Heat will announce their home station for radio broadcasts in the coming weeks.  Abbotsford Heat release  
CKPM-FM Port Moody
08/12/13 - The door continues to revolve at CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody as midday host Laura (Ristock) Fraser and morning drive host Dave Cannon have confirmed that they left the station last Friday.  Both recently secured positions as traffic reporters with AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver. 
FCC
08/12/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary transfer of control of the Fisher Broadcasting group of radio and TV stations to Sinclair Television Group, Inc.   FCC data (KOMO-TV) 
KGY AM 1240 Olympia
08/12/13 - KGY AM 1240 Olympia is having transmitter problems due to storm damage, knocking it off the air.  Engineers are working on the issue.  Inside Radio 
Zahra Alani
08/11/13 - Former CBC Vancouver radio and television weathercaster Zahra Alani is the new weekend weather host at CTV British Columbia.  She had been with CBC Vancouver since 2008, but spent the last few months at CBC Saskatchewan
Dave Pratt
08/09/13 - Dave Pratt has accepted an offer to return to TEAM CKST AM 1040 Vancouver as co-host with Bro Jake Edwards for a new 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. show which debuts September 9.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  
Dave Pratt
08/09/13 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 sportscaster Dave Pratt has announced he is leaving the station.  He moved to 'NW six months after his contract expired with TEAM CKST AM 1040 in August 2011, landing his own talk show in August 2012.  At this point it is still speculation that Pratt will return to TEAM 1040 sometime in the near future.  Vancouver Sun backgrounder 
Carey Edwards
08/09/13 - Carey Edwards has been named p.m. drive host at Y100 KCYY-FM 100.3 San Antonio.  He was most recently production/imaging director at Seattle market KRWM-FM 106.9, but was only there for two months.  He was also recently on air part time & swing at The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7.   Radio Ink  
John Seigenthaler
08/08/13 - Al Jazeera America has hired former NBC Nightly News weekend anchor John Seigenthaler, who will serve as the prime time news anchor.  He anchored news at KOMO-TV Seattle from 1990-93.  Al Jazeera America is set to launch August 20.  Alex Weprin, Mediabistro 
Sinclair Broadcast Group
08/08/13 - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has closed on the acquisition of Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. valued at $373.3 million.  Sinclair takes control of Fisher's Seattle radio and TV cluster and 20 television stations in 8 markets.  Sinclair release 
Julie Pilat
08/08/13 - Clear Channel veteran and former KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle APD/MD Julie Pilat has joined the as-yet-unlaunched subscription service Beats Music.  She was most recently PD at KYSR-FM 98.7 and APD/MD at KIIS-FM 102.7 Los Angeles.  All Access Music Group 
Bell Media
08/08/13 - Ten Bell Media Vancouver staffers have been released.  They are QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 music director Clara Carotenuto, TEAM Radio producer Paul DeBron, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 host Mandy Gill, TEAM Radio producer Tyler Green, TEAM on air host Joe Leary, news director John Hadley, QM/FM program director Mel Kemmis, CTV British Columbia community relations manager Roger Lemire, human resources manager Paul McGowan and CTV general sales manager Lynne ForbesTracey Mills is the new director of radio and TV promotions and marketing,  Les Staff is appointed news director for CTV and radio, Curtis Strange is the new director of FM programming, Mike Wittingham is director of AM programming and J.P. Wright becomes director of sales for AM radio and CTV British Columbia.  Regional VP James Stuart announced that radio and TV operations will amalgamate of by the end of October. 
Researcher Director Inc. 08/07/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide July PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group          
Don Shafer
08/07/13 - Don Shafer, former Vancouver broadcaster and currently BC Interior VP & regional manager at Bell Media is stepping down at the end of August.  He has held the position since 2003 when it was Astral Media and most recently was managing 22 radio stations and two television stations.  The CRTC gave approval to the acquisition of Astral by Bell on June 27.  Shafer was PD at CKLG-FM/CFOX-FM Vancouver from 1976-85 and PD at CFMI-FM from 1985-87 before moving to positions in Toronto and ultimately moving back to BC in 2003. 
Q13 KCPQ
08/07/13 - Seattle market Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV has promoted assistant news director Erica Hill to news director and named current news director Jon Brady to the newly created position of director of content and news programming.  Brady has been news director since 2010.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy
Arbitron
08/06/13 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves into first place in the Arbitron July 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.5 share.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 slides to second with 5.7.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up into third with 5.4  Radio Online 
Fisher Communications
08/06/13 - Seattle based Fisher Communications shareholders have approved the merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group whereby Sinclair will acquire Fisher.  More than 90% of the votes represented and cast at the special meeting of Fisher's shareholders, or approximately 77% of the total outstanding shares of common stock eligible to vote as of the June 14, 2013 record date, were voted in favor of the approval of the merger agreement.  Fisher release 
Darla Thomas
08/06/13 - Former KLSY-FM Seattle music director Darla Thomas leaves her PD/p.m. drive position with The Lake WLKO-FM 102.9 Charlotte NC as it is no longer a full-time position.  She is exploring other opportunities within the company.  Thomas was MD at KLSY from February 2000 - December 2004.  All Access Music Group  
Sandusky Radio
08/06/13 - Entercom CEO David Field says the broadcaster didn’t look at buying the five-station Sandusky Seattle Radio cluster, recently sold to Hubbard Radio, despite an operation that could be grown before hitting ownership limits.  He told analysts yesterday that Entercom remains open to looking at acquisitions.  Inside Radio  
Seattle Mariners
08/05/13 - The Seattle Mariners have extended their radio rights agreement with 710 ESPN KIRO AM through the 2016 season.  KIRO has been the Mariners' radio home since 2009 and was the flagship radio station from 1985 through the 2002 season.  710 ESPN will continue to carry all the team's regular-season games and most spring-training games along with pregame and postgame shows, a weekly magazine feature during the baseball season and "The Hot Stove League Show" during the offseason.  Brady Henderson, MYNorthwest..com 
FCC
08/05/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KUSE-LD channel 46 Seattle from Corpus Christi TX based Mako Communications, LLC to New York based Landover 5 LLC.  The sale is part of a 52 low-power TV station and construction permit deal valued at $46.5 million.  Landover 5 is a "spectrum speculator" which says it's developing a nationwide 4G network.  FCC data  Landover release  There is also an application on file with the FCC to move KUSE-LD from channel 46 to 18. 
KIRO Radio
08/03/13 - Friday's edition of The Ross and Burbank Show on Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 was the final episode featuring Dave Ross and Luke Burbank.   Burbank is taking time off to pursue other projects but will still be on KIRO Radio from time to time.  Dave Ross will continue hosting KIRO Radio's Morning News daily.  Jamie Skorheim, mynorthwest.com 
Jim Mullin
08/03/13 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver sports director Jim Mullin has been handling play-by-play of Canadian university football on various Shaw Cable shows for years.  He was the voice of the Yonex Canada Open Badminton tournament when the brawl broke out between two former doubles partners from Thailand, which has gone viral on YouTubeGreg Douglas End Zone, Vancouver Sun 
Craig Stone
08/02/13 - With Justin Drex Wilcomes moving to his full time role as host of evenings on The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver, Craig Stone moves into the swing position.  He has most recently spent a year at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7
Jim Pattison
08/01/13 - Vancouver-based billionaire Jim Pattison will donate up to $5 million to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to support its Building Care Together campaign.  Pattison's Jim Pattison Group operates supermarkets, auto dealers along with 30 FM stations and 3 independent television stations in British Columbia and Alberta through the Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupRichard Watts, Victoria Times Colonist  Victoria Hospitals Foundation release 
Rob Brown & Rosa Marchitelli
07/31/13 - In separate interviews, Vancouver husband and wife TV anchors Rob Brown and Rosa Marchitelli explain their reasons for agreeing to become suppertime co-anchors at CBC-TV CalgarySarah Boesveld, National Post   
Al Jazeera America
07/31/13 - Al Jazeera America has officially announced it will launch August 20, along with the hiring of correspondents for each of 12 new U.S. bureaus.  KING-TV Seattle news anchor Allen Schauffler will report for Al Jazeera America from its new Seattle bureau.  Schauffler spent more than 20 years at KING as an anchor, reporter, show-host and the station’s primary correspondent for the last seven Olympic Games.  Al Jazeera release  Nina Shapiro, Seattle Weekly  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times 
Allen Schauffler
07/30/13 - Veteran KING-TV Seattle reporter, anchor and typewriter key pounder Allen Schauffler said farewell to KING 5 News Sunday.  He will be the first Seattle bureau reporter for the Al Jazeera America network.  Schauffler has been with the station since 1992.  KING 5 news & video 
Donovan Tildesley
07/30/13 - Former Paralympian Donovan Tildesley helped create Whistler FM CKEE-FM 101.5, an "accessible" radio station providing blind and low vision announcers with the tools to program and operate the control board.  The studio is barrier free, allowing wheelchairs easy access to the work environment.  YouTube video 
Rob Brown & Rosa Marchitelli
07/29/13 - The husband and wife team of Rob Brown and Rosa Marchitelli begin anchoring the CBC-TV Calgary supper hour newscast on September 9.  Brown leaves his reporter/anchor position at CTV British Columbia and Marchitelli her anchor/reporter/producer role with CBC-TV British Columbia.  Brown says that CBC made it clear they were interested in what the two brought to the table journalistically and not as a husband and wife team.  Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald  
Matthew McBride
07/29/13 - John Urquhart, a retired local fire captain has been convicted in Richmond provincial court of the May 2011 assault of FM radio station owner and long-time local volunteer Matthew McBride.  The assault took place following a verbal exchange between the pair on May 17, 2011.  Urquhart, 60, was handed a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA for a federal registry.  McBride owns CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody, along with stations in Pemberton and Ucluelet.   Martin van den Hemel, Richmond Review 
Stephanie Wiebe
07/29/13 - Canadian Traffic Network/Global BC weekend helicopter reporter Stephanie Wiebe has left Vancouver to join CTV Edmonton (CFRN-TV) as a reporter based in Red Deer.  She had been in her previous position since 2011. 
Barry Bowman
07/29/13 - Former CFAX AM 1070 Victoria Morning Mayor Barry Bowman, now 69, is now part of the 22,000-member UBCP/ACTRA performers union,  doing local movies and TV projects to fulfill an adolescent dream.  He also co-hosts the nostalgic podcast series Boomertown on iTunes with Winnipeg-based broadcaster Roger Currie.  Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist  
Clay Freinwald
07/28/13 - The August 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers. 
Fisher Communications
07/27/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.  Total revenues were $42.1 million, roughly flat year-over-year.  Adjusted EBITDA of $4.3 million was down 58% from $10.2 million.  Included in adjusted EBITDA was $3.9 million of pre-tax strategic transaction-related expenses.  Due to the pending acquisition by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the company will not conduct a conference call to discuss the second quarter results.  Fisher release 
Bro Jake Edwards
07/27/13 - According to sports writer Greg Douglas, Bro Jake Edwards, who recently left his morning position at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver after 17 years with the station, will host mornings at Team 1040 CKST AM starting September 9.  Greg Douglas, Short Hops Vancouver Sun 
Allen Schauffler
07/27/13 - (Updated) KING-TV Seattle weekend anchor and Inside Politics host Allen Schauffler is leaving the station effective this Sunday.  He joined KING 5 News in October 1992 as a weekend anchor and general reporter.  KING 5 News anchor Lori Matsukawa reports on her Twitter page that Schauffler will be joining the Seattle bureau of Al Jazeera
Kate Gajdosik
07/26/13 - Former CTV British Columbia Chopper 9 reporter/weekend weathercaster Kate Gajdosik has returned to Vancouver as weather anchor/features reporter at Global BC.  She was most recently a weathercaster for Global Winnipeg from 2011-13.   
CKNW
07/25/13 - The changes continue at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  Dave Pratt will be leaving his evening show to focus on delivering sports commentary on the Morning News with Philip TillDave Sheldon will provide sports opinions during The World Today and Stu Walters will be in the field covering the sports beat including the Canucks, Lions and Whitecaps.  Sportscaster Rick Quinton will be leaving the station.  The new schedule will phase in over the next few weeks.  Michael Eckford, most recently co-host on the Bro Jake Show on sister station Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 will join CKNW to host a new talk show from 7-10 p.m. beginning in late August.  The show will provide a perspective on events of the day and will be followed by an extended live version of Coast to Coast
Seattle Seahawks
ESPN Deportes
07/24/13 - The Seattle Seahawks have announced that all games, including pregame and postgame shows, will be broadcast in Spanish for the 2013 season beginning at 5 p.m. August 8 for the Seahawks at Chargers preseason game.  The broadcasts will be aired on ESPN Deportes, which includes local radio affiliates KBRO AM 1490 AM Bremerton, KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood, translator 92.1 FM Tacoma and KLDY AM 1280 Lacey.  The network will reach fans in Washington, Oregon, and parts of Idaho.  Play-by-play announcers will be Alex Rivera and Raul “El Rulas” Sandoval.  Seahawks release 
Arne Skoog
07/23/13 - CBS Seattle radio engineer Arne Skoog passed away July 22 following a battle with colon cancer.  He was 63.  He was with CBS Seattle for over two decades.  A funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Funeral Alternatives, 2830 Willamette Dr. NE in Lacey.  CBS Seattle  SBE Seattle obituary 
Dean Hill
07/22/13 - In a memo to staff, Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 and The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver Senior Brand Manager Ronnie Stanton has announced that afternoon drive host Dean Hill is filling in on the Rock 101 morning show for the short term, joined by Alece and Nick with Mike currently on holiday.  Stanton will not try to launch a big brand new show directly after a heritage show like Bro Jake finishes.  Also recently announced is the acceptance of Justin Drex Wilcomes as 7 p.m. to midnight host on The Fox.  
Bro Jake Edwards
07/22/13 - Long time Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver morning host Bro Jake Edwards hosted his final show Friday.  The station announced in May that he would be leaving this summer after 17 years.  Zoe Mcknight, Vancouver Sun
John Ashbridge
07/20/13 - Long time Canucks and Giants public address announcer and former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver newscaster John Ashbridge was filling in on the PA at Nat Bailey Stadium last Sunday when Wayne Gretzky dropped by the broadcast booth to say hello.  Greg Douglas' End Zone, Vancouver Sun  
Dinah Washington
07/19/13 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson appears in the documentary What A Difference: A Tribute to Dinah Washington with Jaclyn Guillou airing July 27 at 7 p.m. on CBC-TV.  He, as well as Jack Cullen, recorded interviews with Washington a number of years ago.  Red Robinson info 
Pat O'Day
07/19/13 - KIRO-TV has changed its tune and now wants Pat O'Day to participate in this year's Seafair hydroplane race coverage.  KIRO-TV said in June he would be left off this year's broadcast.  O'Day will also host a one-hour hydro race special during Seafair weekend on separately owned KIRO-FM 97.3.   Josh Kerns, MYNorthwest 
Danielle Saar
07/18/13 - Former KOMO-TV Seattle morning traffic reporter Danielle Saar has landed a similar position at KENS-TV San Antonio.  She debuts August 5.  Saar has also worked in Colorado Springs, Tampa, San Diego and Los Angeles.  Jeanne Jakle, mySA 
Marcus Najera
07/18/13 - Former Seattle market KISS-FM KBKS-FM 106.5 APD, p.m. drive host then PD Marcus D. Najera has left his position at Alice KLLC-FM 97.3 San Francisco to pursue a new opportunity.  He had been with CBS Radio for fifteen years and at KISS from 2000-08.  Radio Online 
Hubbard Radio
07/18/13 - The $85.5 million Hubbard Radio deal to buy Sandusky Radio is expected to close by October 1.  But the contract allows Hubbard to close on just the five-station Seattle group and then add the five Phoenix stations after they have a new license from the FCC.  The sale has now been filed with the FCC.  Sandusky chairman David Rau and president Norman Rau and Hubbard chair Ginny Morris and CEO Bruce Reese personally met with staff at both clusters on Wednesday.  Inside Radio 
Geoff Poulton
07/18/13 - Rogers Radio Vancouver VP/GM Geoff Poulton has left his position with the company.  He has worked for Rogers Broadcasting since 1989 in various roles and markets across Canada, before coming back west to head up Rogers Television Vancouver and then the Rogers Radio cluster.  
Rob Brown
07/18/13 - CTV British Columbia reporter/anchor Rob Brown reports on his Twitter page that he and his wife, CBC-TV British Columbia anchor/reporter/producer Rosa Marchitelli are moving to anchor the CBC-TV Calgary suppertime newscast.  Brown was the CTV National News Vancouver Bureau Chief from 2008-11 before taking on the role as reporter/anchor at CTV British Columbia in 2011.  His last day at CTV will be July 31.  Marchitelli has been a general assignment reporter then weekend news anchor for CBC Radio and Television Vancouver since 2002.   
FCC07/18/13 - The FCC has granted a conditional voluntary assignment of license for KROH-FM 91.1 Port Townsend from Port Townsend Seventh-Day Adventist Church to Olympic Media.  FCC info  
Tony Parsons
07/17/13 - Veteran TV news anchor Tony Parsons has confirmed he has had on-going discussions with CBC management about his contract.  In the end, he decided to renew with the Corporation until the end of the year.  Parsons co-anchors the CBC-TV Vancouver supper newscast with Gloria Macarenko, with a recent change in format from anchoring the first hour separately to anchoring together for the full 5-6:30 p.m. newscast.  Parsons anchored the 6 p.m. BCTV (now Global BC) news from 1975-2009 and assumed the title of  VP News at BCTV in 1994.  He has been with CBC Vancouver since April 2010.
Hubbard Radio
07/17/13 - The addition of 10 stations in Seattle and Phoenix for Minneapolis-based Hubbard Radio has become radio’s biggest deal so far in 2013. The $85.5 million purchase from Sandusky Radio will grow Hubbard's portfolio by a third.  When the sale closes, the company will operate 30 stations in seven markets, putting several of Hubbard executives back into Seattle and Phoenix -- markets where they ran station clusters for Bonneville before it sold 17 stations to Hubbard in 2011.  Inside Radio  Meanwhile, Hubbard president and CEO Bruce Reese said he expects no programming or personnel changes at any of the acquired stations.  Radio Ink 
Stephen Andrew
07/17/13 - CTV has confirmed that CTV Vancouver Island reporter/anchor Stephen Andrew has left his position with the station.  He has also worked for Shaw TV as a producer, reporter and anchor and as a radio talk show host.  He is the recipient of a number of awards including six Edward R. Murrow Awards from RTNDA International.  In 2004, Andrew disclosed that he had being diagnosed with kidney cancer, which spread to his lungs and spine three years later.  Following treatment, his oncologist classified him as being in “clinical remission”.  
Salem Radio
07/16/13 - Fire destroyed a Salem Seattle transmitter building on North Madison Avenue in Bainbridge Monday morning, temporarily knocking Freedom 1590 KLFE AM and Radio Luz  KNTS AM 1680 off the air.  The fire was discovered by a Bainbridge police officer and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department was called in to put out the blaze.  rbr.com  Richard D. Oxley, Bainbridge Island Review  Kitsap Sun photo  
Mike McCardell
07/16/13 - Award winning veteran TV features reporter Mike McCardell says he was fired by Global BC and did not just retire.  He retired as an employee last year but was immediately hired back under a one-year individual contract following negative public reaction.  Harvey Oberfeld 
Hubbard Radio
07/16/13 - Hubbard Radio has entered into an agreement to acquire the five Sandusky Radio Seattle stations and five in Phoenix for approximately $85 million.  The five Seattle stations are KIXI AM 880, KQMV-FM 92.5, KKNW AM 1150, KRWM-FM 106.9 and KLCK-FM 98.9.  The sale ends Sandusky's 36-year history as a radio broadcaster and allows it to concentrate on the continuing digital transformation of its local print and online newspaper and marketing franchises.  All Access Music Group  
FCC
07/16/13 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Ocean Shores Educational Media to change the frequency of KYAO-LP 89.5 Ocean Shores to 100.1 MHz.  There are no other technical changes and ERP remains at 100 watts.  FCC data  
Bob Boyd
07/15/13 - Bob Boyd is the new Director of Strategic Sales for Entercom Seattle effective August 1.  He hails from KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 and KVI-AM 570 Seattle where he is the GSM.  Boyd has 20 years of radio experience in Seattle, much of that with Entercom.  Radio Online  
Greg Douglas
07/13/13 - Will former Team 1040 CKST AM Vancouver programmer Rob Gray leave his position in Toronto to join Corus as the new PD of CKNW AM 980?  There is also speculation that Bro Jake Edwards will head to a morning slot with Team 1040 as contracts expire and shuffling begins.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
All Access Music Group
07/12/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide June PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group 
Tom Plasteras
07/11/13 - Tom Plasteras is no longer the program director at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  GM Brad Phillips advised staff in a memo that news director Ian Koenigsfest will take over as interim PD.  Plasteras started as a producer and fill-in announcer at 'NW in 1989 and was appointed PD in 1993.  Harvey Oberfeld blog  
Arbitron
07/10/13 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 increases its lead to a 6.2 share in the Arbitron June 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves into second with 5.2.  Country KKWF-FM 100.7 drops to third with 5.1.  Radio Online 
Gannett Co. & Belo Corp.
07/10/13 - Shares of Dallas-based TV station owner Belo Corp. are trading for more than the $1.5 billion takeover offer the company agreed to last month and shares of buyer, Gannett Co., have increased even more in value.  Executives and directors control about 49 percent of the Belo voting rights making chances slim that the deal will be voted down.  Belo operates KING-TV, KONG-TV and NWCN in the Puget Sound market.  Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg News 
Roger Kingkade
07/08/13 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Roger Kingkade, who hosted programs at several stations locally from 2000-06, before moving to X92.9 CFEX-FM Calgary, has been named mid-morning co-host with entrepreneur Erin Kelly at CHQR AM 770 Calgary.  He starts in his new position August 19th.  CHQR info  Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald 
KOMO-TV Seattle
07/08/13 - Fisher Communications has announced that KOMO-TV News Seattle has won 15 Regional Emmys, including the most prestigious Station Excellence Award.  For the second year in a row KOMO won Best Evening Newscast, and for the third year in a row, the station won Best Morning Newscast.  Fisher release 
FCC
07/08/13 - The FCC has granted a license to cover to Educational Media Foundation for KLWA-FM 101.3 Westport.  It authorizes an increase in ERP to 4000 watts at 49 meters HAAT at 46-53-4 124-00-44FCC data 
Burnaby Village Museum
07/07/13 - Burnaby Village Museum has advised that there are still some seats available for the last two of its radio history lecture series at Burnaby Public Libraries with webmaster and broadcast historian Gord Lansdell July 10 and with former CKNW Vancouver news anchor and investigative reporter George Garrett July 18.  Admission to the lectures is free, but pre-registration is highly recommended
Ed Bain
07/06/13 - Ed Bain, longtime morning show host at The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 and weather reporter at CHEK-TV Victoria scores first as this year’s best local radio personality in a Best of the City survey.  He was the first voice on the air when The Q signed on in 1987.  Hudson Mack, senior news anchor and news director at CTV Vancouver Island is voted best TV personality.  Victoria News   
KISW-FM Seattle
07/05/13 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle afternoon show, The Mens Room, partnered with Elysian Brewing in 2009 to create a beer called Mens Room Original Red.  The success of the beer has allowed the companies to give something back to the community.  As of this week, KISW and Elysian Brewing have donated $300,000 to Puget Sound Fisher House and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Fisher Houses to honor and assist veterans and active military personnel.  Radio Ink 
Mike McCardell
07/04/13 - Veteran Global TV Vancouver feature reporter Mike McCardell hosted his final segment Tuesday.  He announced on his Facebook page, "To everyone:  Tomorrow will be my last story on Global.  After 37 years is it good bye.  But I am not retiring, repeat, no matter what you have heard from who ever is saying it, I am NOT retiring.  Global is not renewing my contract.  It is a new television station with new management and new ideas.  I will take some time off, and then look for work.  Hopefully you see me again, somewhere.  Thanks for all your kind thoughts."
Chris "Dunner" Duncombe
07/02/13 - Corus Entertainment has announced the appointment of Chris “Dunner” Duncombe to Director, New Media, Corus Radio.  In his new role, he will provide overall strategic leadership and management to Corus Radio’s new media activities across Canada.  Dunner was most recently Senior Brand Director of The FOX CFOX-FM 99.3 and Director of Interactive Media at Corus Radio Vancouver.  Corus Entertainment release 
Lou Guzzo
07/02/13 - Lou Guzzo, KIRO-TV Seattle commentator during the late 1980s and early '90s, died June 29 at age 94.  Guzzo was an art and theater critic for 20 years at the Seattle Times before becoming managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the 1970s.  After his retirement from KIRO, Guzzo maintained a daily commentary website.  A memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 12 at St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church in Bellevue.  KIRO-TV video  Maureen O'Hagan, Seattle Times  
FCC
07/02/13 - The FCC licensed KRKO AM 1380 Everett and KKXA AM 1520 Snohomish at 50,000 watts full-time on June 25th and 26th respectively.  In the same action, the FCC rejected all remaining informal objections filed by opponents against the construction permits.  The actions complete the 16-year project to launch KKXA and to relocate KRKO's transmitter.  KRKO Authorization  License Grant  KKXA Authorization  
Tribune Company
07/01/13 - Chicago-based Tribune Company and Cincinnati-based Local TV Holdings, LLC, have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Tribune to acquire all of Local TV’s 19 television stations in 16 key markets for $2.725 billion in cash.  The acquisition will transform Tribune into the country’s largest commercial TV station owner, with a total of 42 stations.  The transaction has been approved by both boards and is expected to close by the end of 2013, subject to antitrust and FCC approvals.  Tribune already owns Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV in the Seattle market.  Tribune Release 
Joe Easingwood - Debra Brash Victoria Times Colonist photo
06/29/13 - Longtime CFAX AM 1070 Victoria broadcaster Joe Easingwood died early this morning at age 75.  He was a dominant fixture at CFAX from 1981 until his retirement in 2010.  Easingwood's career spanned over half a century.  He started as a boy sweeping floors and reading community announcements at CKNW New Westminster in 1948 and also worked at CJVI Victoria.  The City of Victoria declared a Joe Easingwood Day in 2009 to mark his 55th year as a Victoria radio personality.  CFAX will air a Tribute on Monday from 9-Noon hosted by Frank Stanford.  A public service is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 6 at McCall Bros. Funeral Home.  Amy Smart, Victoria Times Colonist   CFAX news  
Clay Freinwald
06/29/13 - The July 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers. 
CHWK-FM Chilliwack
06/29/13 - CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack changed its format Friday from Classic Rock to Classic Hits and branding from The Hawk to The Drive. The move follows numerous phone surveys which showed listeners wanted more classic hits in the music mix.  Jennifer Feinberg, Chilliwack Progress   
Bell Media
06/28/13 - Bell Media will divest 10 Bell and Astral English-language radio stations as part of its transaction to acquire Astral Media Inc., approved yesterday by the CRTC.  B.C.-based Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire one in Calgary and two in Winnipeg, while Corus Entertainment has agreed to buy two in Ottawa.  The other 5 radio stations, which include Astral Vancouver stations CHHR-FM 104.3, CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650, are to be sold in an auction process now under way.  Broadcaster Magazine 
CRTC
06/27/13 - The CRTC has approved an application by Astral Media Inc. to change the effective control of Astral’s broadcasting undertakings to BCE Inc. (Bell Media).  A number of conditions apply.  Locally, BCE must divest itself of Astral Vancouver radio stations CHHR-FM 104.3, CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650.  The Commission blocked Bell’s initial, $3.4-billion bid for Astral last fall, saying it wasn’t in the best interests of Canadians.  That prompted Bell to offer to sell some of Astral’s specialty TV channels and radio stations in order to satisfy CRTC concerns.  CRTC decision 
Mike McCardell
06/27/13 - Harvey Oberfeld reports that veteran Global TV Vancouver feature reporter Mike McCardell will be leaving the station effective next Tuesday.  His departure is one of many recent changes in Vancouver's television newsrooms.  McCardell was "retired" by Global last September, but then retained under contract on a reduced schedule.   Harvey Oberfeld blog 
Pat O'Day
06/27/13 - In an interview with Mimi Jung 79-year old Seattle broadcast legend Pat O-Day tells about being dropped from the team calling the Seafair hydro races and his operation last June to remove a benign brain tumorKING-TV video     
Brian Minter
06/26/13 - Brian Minter, broadcaster and owner of Minter Gardens in Rosedale with his wife Faye, has announced the facility will be closing in October after 33 years.  He says falling revenues and increased rain have contributed to the decision to close.  His Country Garden Store in nearby Chilliwack will remain open.  Minter has hosted countless radio and television shows over the years including Outdoor Living with Brian Minter on AM650 CISL and regular appearances on CBC Radio Vancouver.  Ian Austin, The Province  Stephen Quinn, CBC interview  
Dave Rutherford
06/26/13 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news reporter Dave Rutherford, who has been a talk show host at CHQR AM 770 Calgary since 1993, was unceremoniously dumped by Corus Entertainment Tuesday, a month short of scheduled retirement.  Rutherford criticized Corus management on Monday's show for the station’s coverage of the Alberta floods.  He was on air at CKNW from 1974-83 and has been a talk show host at CHQR since 1993Dave Dormer, Calgary Sun  Ryan White, CTV Calgary 
Darrren "Danger" Grieve
06/25/13 - Corus Entertainment has announced that Darren Danger Grieve is no longer employed by the company, effective immediately.  Danger has hosted evenings at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver since 2005. 
Bonneville Logo
06/25/13 - Bonneville Seattle has announced the launch of MyNorthwest Chats, a one-hour weekly online chat with local celebrities beginning June 26 noon-1 p.m.  First up is restaurateur Tom Douglas, who hosts Seattle Kitchen on KIRO-FM 97.3RBR,com  
Kristi Gordon
06/25/13 - Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon has become somewhat of an international celebrity after the video of her reaction to a spider on the camera lens was widely circulated.  The incident occurred on the weather segment of Friday's noon newscast.  Alexandra Bosanac, National Post  Yuliya Talmazan, Global News  YouTube video 
Fisher Communications
06/25/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has set a special shareholder meeting for August 6 at its Seattle headquarters for a vote on the $373.3 million sale of the company to Sinclair Broadcast Group.  Fisher’s board is unanimously backing the $41 per-share offer, however the FCC has yet to approve the transaction.  Inside Radio  
Katerina Perez
06/25/13 - Katerina Perez has been appointed VP/Sales for Clear Channel/Seattle's seven-station cluster.  The appointment is \s effective August 1.  She was most recently Market Manaager for Clear Channel/Norfolk VA.  All Access Music Group
Luke Burbank
06/24/13 - Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 late-morning talk host Luke Burbank is leaving his show after a three-year run.  KIRO says Burbank will continue to do fill-in work and produce his popular daily podcast, TBTL (Too Beautiful to Live).  Burbank is landing a deal to write a book, doing increased work for CBS-TV and is heard frequently on NPR as a panelist on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell MeInside Radio 
Duane English
06/23/13 - CTV British Columbia weekend meteorologist Duane English has announced that today was his last day with the station.  He was the weekend weathercaster at Global Television Edmonton before joining CTV BC in 2011. 
Pat O'Day
06/23/13 - Pat O'Day has agreed to host a one-hour hydro race special during Seafair weekend on Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3, a day after KIRO-TV (no affiliation with KIRO Radio) had announced it would no longer carry him on its broadcast.  When word got out that KIRO-TV would drop him, KIRO Radio's Ron and Don Show got in touch with the legend and convinced him he must be heard on Seafair weekend.  MyNorthwest.com  KIRO Radio audio 
Bob Robertson
06/23/13 - Vancouver Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Jim Robson couldn't help but notice the name Bob Robertson listed as the Spokane Indians play-by-play man at the Vancouver Canadians home opener at Nat Bailey Stadium on Monday.  College football Hall of Famer Robertson, now 84, was in the next booth doing play-by-play for the Tacoma Raniers when Robson was calling Vancouver Mounties games at Capilano Stadium in the 1960s.  Indians games are broadcast on KGA AM 1510 Spokane and Canadians games on TEAM 1040 CKST AM Vancouver.  Short Hops - Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  
Drew Snider
06/23/13 - Veteran Victoria and Vancouver broadcaster Drew Snider is back on radio airwaves after spending seven years in media relations at TransLink, the south coast's transportation authority.  During his years at TransLink, he was often seen on local television newscasts.  He's now reporting traffic and filling-in on newscasts at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  Snider made his start in broadcasting at CKPG-TV Prince George in 1980 before heading back down to the coast in 1982. 
Pat O'Day
06/22/13 - KIRO-TV Seattle has announced that it is no longer going to use legendary broadcaster/promoter Pat O'Day as part of the team calling the Seafair hydro races.  Sandusky Radio Seattle has also announced that it won't use him for its radio broadcast on KKNW AM 1150.  O'Day first got a taste for calling the races on KTVW-TV back in 1967 when engineers at other Seattle TV stations had gone on strike.  The 78-year old O'Day has been part of the KIRO-TV hydro team since 2005.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times 
Michaela Pereira
06/21/13 - Saskatoon-born TV personality Michaela Pereira, who got her start in 1994 at CHEK-TV Victoria as co-host of CHEK Around with Gordie Tupper, makes her CNN news anchor debut on New Day.  She has been on-air at KTLA-TV Los Angeles since 2004.   Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist  CNN info 
Robin Spurgin
06/20/13 - Legendary Vancouver recording engineer, music producer and studio owner Robin Spurgin died May 29 at age 83He was an important figure in the development of recording in the ’60s and ’70s, and late-’50s jazz broadcasts for CHQM to Vancouver Complication, an album of punk rock.  His Vancouver Recording was the first proper studio in the city.  This year, another reissue specialist, Vancouver’s Regenerator Records, will release Vancouver Rocks in the ’60s: The Lost Robin Spurgin Tapes, an anthology of unreleased recordings.  Tom Harrison, The Province  RedRobinson.com 
Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound
06/20/13 - Famous humorist and satirist Stan Freberg and his wife Hunter will perform at the 21st annual Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound Showcase scheduled for the Coast Bellevue Hotel June 21-23.  The convention celebrates the storytelling of the “Golden Age of Radio”.  Keegan Prosser, Bellevue Reporter  REPS info  
Todd Baker
06/19/13 - Former KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle Todd Baker joins the morning team at NOW KZZO-FM 100.5 Sacramento.  He was on air at KUBE from 1995-96 and most recently hosted morning drive for close to two years at WKQC-FM 104.7 Charlotte NC.  All Access Music Group  
102.9 Now Centralia
06/14/13 - Clear Channel flipped KNBQ-FM 102.9 Centralia from a simulcast of Sports Radio KJR AM 950 Seattle to Adult CHR 102.9 Now this morning.  Branded as “Hit Music For The Northwest“, the station has launched with 10,000 songs in a row with application for call letters KYNW.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight  All Access Music Group
The Mountain KMTT-FM
06/13/13 - Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 lays claim to being the first radio station in the area to invest in new, renewable energy resources to offset its own electricity consumption.  The Mountain is participating in Seattle City Light's Green Up program to invest in additional new, renewable energy.  All Access Music Group 
Gannett Co. & Belo Corp.
06/13/13 - McLean VA-based Gannett Co., Inc. has reached a deal to buy TV station owner Belo Corp. for about $1.5 billion in cash.  Belo operates KING-TV, KONG-TV and NWCN in the Puget Sound market.  Gannett, the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by circulation, owns USA Today and other newspapers as well as television stations.  The deal nearly doubles Gannett's portfolio from 23 to 43 stations and has to be approved by the FCC and at least two-thirds of Belo shareholders.  Seattle Times  Belo release  Gannett release 
All Access Music Group06/12/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide May PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group 
Murray Goldman 2000 OBC photo
06/12/13 - Legendary Vancouver clothier Murray Goldman died Monday, June 10 at age 92 following a heart attack on June 1.  He was probably best known for the funny TV and radio commercials that he wrote and performed himself.  Goldman and former radio sales manager Gerry Altman hosted a 30-minute comedy show on Vancouver market CKNW Sunday mornings from 1958 to '63.  He was awarded the Order of British Columbia for his outstanding community contributions in 2000.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the chapel of the Schara Tzedeck cemetery at 2345 Marine Dr. in New Westminster.  Vancouver Sun  Sun/Province obituary  
Radio Online
06/11/13 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 increases its lead to a 6.0 share in the Arbitron May 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  Country KKWF-FM 100.7 moves up to second with 5.6.  Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is third with 5.2Radio Online 
Red Robinson
06/11/13 - Mike Howell of the Vancouver Courier looks at the early life and times along with some of the antics of iconic Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson, who organized a school reunion at Brock elementary, where over 600 people attended.  Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier 
Bill Buck
06/11/13 - Former CBC Dr. Bundolo cast member Bill Buck died in Abbotsford June 1 from dimentia at age 81.  He was an actor and voice talent who worked in Vancouver's commercial and film industry.  He appeared in a number of television series produced in the 1980s and voiced numerous radio and television commercials, best known for his 9-year run on CBC's Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium Medicine ShowA memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday June 15 at The Chapel of the Epiphany, 6030 Chancellor Blvd, UBC.  Sun/Province obituary 
Jordin Silver
06/08/13 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle air talent Jordin Silver has been hired for part time on-air work at KYSR-FM 98.7 Los Angeles.  She wore several hats including night host at The End from 2005-09.  All Access Music Group  
Burnaby Village Museum
06/07/13 - Burnaby Village Museum presents a free radio history lecture series at the Museum and Burnaby Public Libraries over the next few weeks beginning June 8.  Speakers include former CBC personality Arthur Black, former BCIT Associate Dean of Broadcast and Media Communications Brian Antonson, Telus planning and engineering manager and former president of SPARC Fred Carey, webmaster and broadcast historian Gord Lansdell and former CKNW Vancouver news anchor/investigative reporter George Garrett.  Further information is available here.  Admission to the lectures is free, but pre-registration is highly recommended.    
Bobby Rich
06/07/13 - Former KMGI/KIXI Seattle VP/GM and morning host Bobby Rich has been inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.  Currently PD and morning host, he has been with MIXfm KMXZ-FM 94.9 Tucson, AZ  since 1993 and was with KMGI/KIXI Seattle from 1989-91.  Radio Ink 
David Bray
06/07/13 - David Bray, president of Bray and Partners Communications, takes a closer look at the most recent BBM PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.   BBM Overview  
Carey Edwards
06/07/13 - Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 has announced the appointment of Carey Edwards as production director effective Monday, June 10.  He recently arrived from on-air positions in Portland and Phoenix.  All Access Music Group 
BBM
06/06/13 - Vancouver market BBM PPM data has been released for the period February 25 - May 26.  CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 is in first place with an 11.3 share.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 climbs back into second with 10.5.  QM/FM CHQM-FM dips to third with 9.5.  BBM data 
Ryan Rodruck
06/06/13 - KCTS-TV Seattle has hired Ryan Rodruck as station manager of KYVE-TV, its public television station in Yakima.  He was most recently the Field Representative for the 4th U.S. Congressional District working for U.S. Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA).  He previously worked in association management and marketing & communications.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy 
CRTC
06/05/13 - The CRTC has approved a change in ownership and effective control of Salt Spring Island Radio Corp., owner of CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island, from Gary Stephen Brooks to Satnam Media Group (BC) Ltd., a corporation wholly owned and controlled by Sukhdey Singh Dhillon.  The Commission has also approved transmitter changes for CJJR-FM 93.7 and CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver by decreasing maximum ERP to 70,000 watts and increasing HAAT to 707.4 meters.  These changes were approved "pursuant to streamlined procedures" in January and February, but only released on the CRTC website today.  Note ERP error on Commission's CJJR-FM notice.  CRTC release  
Wesla Wong
06/03/13 - Global BC meteorologist Wesla Wong anchored her last weather report Sunday with the announcement that she is moving to the Okanagan.  She will be filling in on a casual basis for Global Okanagan CHBC-TV Kelowna weatherman Mike Roberts
FCC
06/03/13 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Josh Broadcasting for an antenna and directional pattern change for KANY-FM 93.7 Montesano.  ERP decreases from 33 to 32 kW and HAAT increases from 677 to 679 meters.  FCC data  
J.P. Patches
06/02/13 - A section of North 34th Street between Fremont Avenue and Troll Avenue North in Seattle has been named J.P. Patches Place, in honor of Chris Wedes, who played the lovable clown on KIRO-TV from 1958 to 1981.  Wedes died on July 22, 2012 after a long battle with cancerSeattle P-I  KOMO News 
Bruce Kirkpatrick
06/01/13 - CHEK-TV Victoria's longest serving employee, news reporter Bruce Kirkpatrick has retired after over 40 years with the station.  He began at CHEK in 1972 after a seven year run with CHWK Radio in Chilliwack.  He has produced 16,000 stories during his television career.  Stacy Ross, CHEK News  
BBM
05/30/13 - CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leads in the Victoria BBM 12+ Spring 2013 Diary Ratings with a 16.0 share, The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 12.7 and CFAX AM 1070 is third with 10.9.  Victoria BBM ratings 
Jack Hundley
05/28/13 - Former CBC Vancouver writer and public relations staffer Jack Hundley passed away May 6 in Vancouver at age 75.  He was with the Corporation from the 1950s to the '80s before retiring in Qualicum Beach.  There was no service by request.  Sun/Province obituary 
Marco Collins
05/28/13 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle MD/afternoon host Marco Collins has raised $29,000 through a Kickstarter campaign for his in-the-works documentary The Glamour & The Squalor, with just two days left to reach $50,000.  The movie covers drugs, alcohol and Seattle’s music scene from 1991 to 1997, when Collins was on the air at The End.  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times  
CRTC
05/28/13 - The CRTC has given the nod to CBC for limited commercials on its Radio 2 and French language Espace Musique radio networks for a period of three years.  There will be no more than four minutes of advertising per hour with a maximum of two blocks each hour.  At the end of the three-year period, CBC will have to submit a new application to the CRTC if it wishes to continue broadcasting commercials.  Both networks have local transmitters.  CRTC release  Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail 
Karl Douglas
05/27/13 - Karl Douglas, on air host at a number of Vancouver and Victoria stations since 1991, has accepted an announcing position with K-97 CIRK-FM 97.3 Edmonton.  He was weekends/fill-in and music coordinator at Vancouver market Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 from 2002-07. 
Arran Henn
05/27/13 - Global BC weekend/fill-in weather anchor Arran Henn announced on the News Hour last night that she is leaving the station, where she has anchored weather since 2004.  She said she is moving on to other ventures.  Arran is also a fill-in host at QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver.
Clay Freinwald
05/27/13 - The June 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers. 
KZIZ AM 1560
05/25/13 - After a premature announcement at the beginning of May, KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific has now changed format to smooth jazz.  The gospel format is now heard on sister station KRIZ AM 1420 Renton with a few blocks of soul oldies/blues included.  All Access Music Group  Seattle Medium backgrounder 
Andrew Harms
05/23/13 - Andrew Harms, who left his position as APD/MD/midday personality at The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle in October 2012 has joined KYSR-FM 98.7 Los Angeles.  Harms had a run of nearly 14 years at The EndAll Access Music Group 
Jack Wiebe
05/21/13 - (Updated) Former CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver/Rogers Communications Lower Mainland chief engineer Jack Wiebe died May 16 in Port Moody at age 78.  He was CE from 1984 until his retirement in April 2000.  A service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Burquitlam Funeral Home, 625 North Road, Coquitlam.  Burquitlam Funeral Home obituary  Sun/Province obituary 
Casey McNerthney
05/20/13 - Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Casey McNerthney leaves his position with the on-line news service to begin a new role as Executive Producer of Digital Media at KIRO-TV Seattle.  He starts Monday after serving with the P-I since 2004.  Seattle P-I  
FCC
05/20/13 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to Pacific Lutheran University to increase ERP of KPLK-FM 88.9 Sedro-Woolley from 1.75 to 4.2 kW at existing 47 meters HAAT.  Transmitter location remains the same at 48-32-30 122-17-43.  KPLK rebroadcasts KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma.  FCC data 
FCC
05/20/13 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to Alexandra Communications to change transmitter location and ERP for KRKZ-FM 94.3 Chinook to 0.4 kW at 380 meters HAAT non directional at 46-17-12 123-53-46.  FCC data 
JJ Johnston
05/19/13 - Former Corus Radio Vancouver GM, JJ Johnston, is leaving the company June 30, but will continue as a contract consultant.  He was GM of Corus' four Vancouver stations from 2005-10 before becoming regional GM for Corus Radio East - Barrie, Collingwood, Peterborough, Kingston and Cornwall ON, in charge of nine radio stations.  JJ has formed his own company and will be leaving to develop his business in programming and management consulting services.  Corus Radio president Chris Pandoff will assume GM responsibilities of the Ontario cluster, working with local management teams.  Facebook page/press release  You Tube video  
Jan Petersen
05/19/13 - An obituary has been published for former KIRO-TV Seattle producer, reporter and anchor Jan (Chorlton) Petersen, who died May 11 in Denver at the age 63.  Seattle Times obituary  
Sinclair Broadcast Group
05/17/13 - The Federal Trade Commission has cleared the Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Seattle-based Fisher Communications for $373.3 million.  The deal still requires FCC and Fisher shareholder approval.  All Access Music Group  
Stephen Quinn
05/16/13 - On The Coast with Stephen Quinn on CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 Vancouver has moved into the top-ranked spot between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the April PPM ratings.  It was eighth when the former municipal affairs reporter became host five years ago.  Meanwhile, CBC Radio One's Early Edition, which is hosted by Rick Cluff, continues to lead among morning shows in the market.  Charlie Smith, straight.com  (BBM Quarterly Summary Data is scheduled for public release June 6.)
Bruce Allen
05/15/13 - Bruce Allen, the high-profile manager of such musicians as Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams, and host of Reality Check on CKNW AM 980 and now a minority owner of the WHL Vancouver Giants, speaks out against the NHL Vancouver CanucksSteve Ewen, Vancouver Province  Giants release 
KOMO News
05/15/13 - A legal battle between KOMO and the Seattle Police Department over access to police dashcam videos has reached the Washington State Supreme Court.  KOMO News sued the Police Department after it repeatedly refused to release the public records. and the court has been asked to find that SPD violated the Public Records Act.  Tracy Vedder, KOMO News  
All Access Music Group
05/15/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide April PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group 
Christy Clark
05/15/13 - Christy Clark, former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 talk show host and leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party defied the odds and pollsters yesterday to win another majority government.  However, she was narrowly defeated in her own riding.  Clark was a Liberal MLA and cabinet minister before becoming a full time host at CKNW from 2007-10.  She returned to political life and was elected party leader in 2011.  News1130  Andrew Weichel and Jeff Lawrence, CTV British Columbia 
Hudson Mack
05/15/13 - Hudson Mack, news director and senior news anchor at CTV News Vancouver Island has been awarded the RTDNA Canada President's Award, RTDNA's highest honor, presented annually to individuals or groups that have brought distinction to, or made major contributions to, electronic journalism.  RTDNA release 
Radio Online
05/14/13 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place with a 5.2 share in the Arbitron April 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  AC KCMS-FM 105.3 moves into second with 5.1 Country KKWF-FM 100.7 ties for third with Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 with 5.0Radio Online 
Jan Petersen
05/14/13 - Former CBS television and radio foreign correspondent Jan Petersen died Saturday at age 63 from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.  She began as a part-time news writer at KIRO-TV Seattle, before rising to producer, reporter, and anchor, under her maiden name, Jan Chorlton.  David Morgan, CBS News 
John Curley
05/14/13 - John Curley returns to Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 with the new "John Curley Show with Andrew Walsh."  Curley hosted evenings until last year, when he was moved to mornings, then replaced in the morning show with Dave Ross.  Josh Kerns, mynorthwest.com 
Arla Saare
05/13/13 - CBC Vancouver's very first film editor, Arla Saare (Saarukka), passed away on May 9 at age 98.  She became known as the "Mother of Canadian Film Editing" by such notable directors as Alan King and Harry Rasky and also won a number of awards for both film and sound editing.  She lived in retirement on Galiano Island.  A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Confederation Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby.  Sun/Province obituary 
Virgin Radio
05/13/13 - In honor of mothers on Mothers Day, Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver morning show co-host Drew Savage and producer Scooter hooked up to muscle stimulation machines to simulate the feelings of birth contractions.  You Tube video 
Alexis Smith05/11/13 - Alexis Smith joins KIRO-TV Seattle as morning traffic reporter.  She moves from WFAA-TV Dallas.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy           
CHEK-TV Victoria
05/11/13 - There are some changes at CHEK-TV Victoria as the station cuts its noon news for the summer and shuffles management.  There is a small net loss of staff with one crew now covering supper and late news.  The noon news is expected to be back in the fall.  Andrew Duffy, Victoria Times Colonist 
WhistlerFM
05/09/13 - WhistlerFM CKEE-FM 101.5, with an AAA format mixed with local music, claims to be winning over listeners "one song at a time".  Feet Banks, The Whistler Insider 
Bro Jake Edwards Rock101
05/08/13 - Newly hired Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver brand director Ronnie Stanton has advised in a memo that morning host Bro Jake (Edwards) is leaving this summer after 17 years with the station.  He is currently on vacation this week and next and is scheduled to return to the air Tuesday, May 21.
KPTZ-FM Port Townsend
05/08/13 - KPTZ 91.9 FM Port Townsend chief engineer Bill Putney advises that the station is operating at 2200 watts as of noon today with the same directional pattern as with the previous 900 watts.  Signal reports would be appreciated at billp@kptz.org.
KWJZ-LP Fall City
05/03/13 - The FCC has dismissed an application by Snoqualmie Educational Radio Project for a minor change to a licensed facility for KWJZ-LP 98.5 Fall City.  KWJZ had been operating at 104.5 MHz but was granted a Remain Silent Authority on March 19 following an application stating that the station had lost its transmitter site due to the landlord being no longer interested in leasing the space.  The station's website is in operation, but there appears to be no audio feed.  Station owners have not replied to a request for further informationFCC data  Request for Silent STA  
Fisher Communications
05/03/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31.  The Company reported a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.09 per share, in the first quarter, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.21 per share, in the first quarter of 2012.  The first quarter's results include $1.2 million of pre-tax transaction-related expenses.  Fisher release 
CKO microphone flash
05/02/13 - A reunion of CKO personnel is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Toronto Holiday Inn.  CKO was a Canadian all news radio network which operated in most major Canadian cities from 1977 until it was shut down in 1989.  The Vancouver station was officially licensed as CKO-FM-4 96.1, which signed on in November 1977.  Dozens of past and present broadcasters were involved in the Vancouver operation including still familiar names Squire Barnes, Jim Bennie, Shell Busey, Richard Dettman, Erica Johnson, Mi-Jung Lee, Catherine Pope, Catherine Urquhart and Tommy WolskiSteve Kee Communications info  
KZIZ AM 1560
05/02/13 - Chris H. Bennett, Chairman of Kris Bennett Broadcasting, has announced a format change for KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific.  Bennett said, “I’m proud to announce that we have acquired the exclusive rights to the Smooth Jazz format, and will be the officially licensed Pacific Northwest affiliate for the Smooth Jazz Network effective May 1, 2013."  Seattle Medium 
Marco Collins
05/01/13 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle MD/afternoon host Marco Collins is working on a documentary about the Seattle scene during the 1990s and the legacy of The EndThe Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says The Glamour and the Squalor is currently in production.  Director Mark Evans put out a call-to-contribute to Seattle area music fans who may have been chronicling the rise of the grunge-era in the Pacific Northwest during the early-mid-'90s.  All Access Music Group 
Ronnie Stanton
05/01/13 - Ronnie Stanton has been hired away from Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver to program Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1.  He has been operations manager and brand director of Virgin Radio since 2008.  Prior to his arrival on these shores, he was on-air, PD and manager of a number of radio properties in Australia.  
Sinclair Broadcast Group
05/01/13 - Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. profit dropped 42 percent in the first quarter, brought down by higher operating expenses and less revenue from political advertising.  Sinclair has been buying up TV stations across the U.S. including Seattle-based Fisher Communications for $373.3 million last month.  Ryan Sharrow, Baltimore Business Journal 
KWJZ-LP Fall city
 05/01/13 - KZFX-LP 98.5 Fall City has changed it call letters to KWJZ-LP and format from Classic Hits to "Smooth Jazz & Adult Standards, music from the 50′s to today’s hits" and imaging to Smooth 98.5.  The KWJZ call was formerly used by Seattle's 98.9 before a format change in December 2010.   
Alan Kabel
04/30/13 - Country KAYO KGY-FM 96.9 Olympia has added Alan Kabel 7 p.m.-midnight, replacing former host Brittni who left earlier this year.  Also added is Cari Palmer for 9 a.m.-noon.  She was most recently at Country KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle.  All Access Music Group 
Doug Reid
04/27/13 - Retired CBC Vancouver sales representative Doug Reid passed away at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver on April 16 at age 77.  He was with the Corporation from 1966 until his retirement in the 1990s.  Sun/Province obituary 
Clay Freinwald
04/27/13 - The May 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
FCC
04/27/13 - Pamplin Broadcasting has filed an amended application with the FCC for an AM station on 740 kHz in Redmond.  The latest amendment calls for 10 kW with seven towers in a directional array for nighttime, with six towers operating during the day at 47-40-8 121° 54' 47 (approximately 1.25 miles north of Carnation, WA).  FCC data 
Neil Macrae
04/27/13 - Sportscaster Neil Macrae, who has been on the local radio scene for over four decades, left his position at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 last June after 29 years.  He kept a morning gig with Bro Jake on sister station Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1, but that has now ended after Macrae mocked management on air about a memo he'd received for what his bosses described as 'blue content.'  Greg Douglas' End Zone, Vancouver Sun 
Dave Rutherford
04/26/13 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news anchor and assistant news director Dave Rutherford, who has announced the retirement of his top-rated Alberta talk show, says "his contract simply ran out and his employers seemed ready to move on".  Rutherford, who broadcasts his show from his home, says "he would consider other career options, perhaps sticking with radio".  Last year, the broadcaster made Maclean’s magazine’s list of the 25 most powerful people in Canada.  His last day on air is scheduled for July 26.  Jen Gerson, National Post  
FCC04/25/13 - The FCC has dismissed an application filed by Sam-Sno Educational Media for two Seattle-area translators, which would have required the Commission to waive its rule prohibiting overlap between two FM translator applications by the same owner in the same market.  The FCC says the translators, in McCleary and North Olympia, would not only overlap but also limit the number of potential frequencies open to low-power FM operators.  Inside Radio 
Heather Bosch
04/25/13 - Former KOMO and KIRO Seattle news reporter/anchor Heather Bosch, now with CBS Radio News in New York, has been very prominent in her reporting of the Boston bombings and subsequent manhunt.  She won a 2013 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for her story Woman Warriors and has earned CBS two National Headliner awards Blatherwatch  LinkedIn profile  
Margot Micallef
04/25/13 - According to a posting on her Twitter page this morning, Vista Radio CEO Margot Micallef has stepped down.  Vista operates 38 radio licenses on Vancouver Island, the B.C. Interior, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and recently acquired 24 new properties in Ontario.  Micallef is also founder and president of private equity investment and advisory firm Oliver Capital Partners IncShe was the recipient of Canadian Women in Communications  Woman of the Year award for 2013.  Twitter posting  
KIRO-FM Seattle
04/24/13 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has launched On the Water, a new one-hour weekend program about nautical subjects from the latest boat maintenance techniques to water sports, the cruise ship industry and marine life in Puget Sound.  It airs Sundays at 8 a.m. and is hosted by Captain Bob McLaughlinAll Access Music Group 
Keith Cunningham
04/24/13 - Keith Cunningham has be named VP/Programming at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment - Seattle, effective May 19. Previously broadcast media consultant for Jacobs Media, he will oversee all programming operations for CC Seattle's seven station cluster.  All Access Music Group 
Fisher Communications
04/23/13 - An investor who holds NASDAQ:FSCI shares has filed a lawsuit against directors of Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. in an effort to halt the proposed takeover of Fisher Communications by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. for $41.00 per share, alleging that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by agreeing to sell the company too cheaply via an unfair process to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.  All Access Music Group  Shareholders Foundation 
Phil Strider
04/23/13 - Former KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle personality, PD and operations manager Phil Strider has been hired to create and sell sponsorships for Conclave 38: The Learning Conference, scheduled to be held July 17-19 in Minneapolis.  He was with KZOK and sister station KJET AM from 1984-89 and then held executive positions with Jones Radio Networks and Metro Networks.  Conclave release 
TVW
04/23/13 - Olympia-based TVW, the Washington State Public Affairs Network, has won a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism in the best local public station category.  Although generally recognized as a "cable only" channel, TVW can be viewed over-the-air on KBTC-TV Tacoma subchannel 28.3.  Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times 
Dustin Collins
04/22/13 - Dustin Collins starts May 13 as assistant program director/music director at The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  He has been with Astral Radio for the past 10 years in a number of roles, including PD in Calgary, group music director for the BC Interior, morning show host, and most recently APD at Astral Vancouver.
Chris Egert
04/22/13 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle news anchor/reporter Chris Egert has been named co-host of the Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV afternoon talk show Twin Cities Live.  He has been the station’s weekend morning anchor and begins in his new role on April 29.  He was with KIRO from 2008-12.  TVSpy 
Dave Rutherford
04/22/13 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news staffer Dave Rutherford has announced the retirement of his talk show on CHQR AM 770 Calgary, also heard on CHED AM 630 Edmonton.  He began as an anchor at 'NW in 1974 and later moved up to assistant news director.  He moved to CHQR in 1983, filling a number of positions including program director and news director before becoming a talk show host when the station launched its news talk format in 1992.  CHQR release  Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald 
Alan Clapp
04/20/13 - A gathering to celebrate the life of Alan Clapp, who died April 9 at age 83, is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver.  Clapp pioneered the BCTV (now Global BC) nightly news program in the early 1970s when the station switched to a 60-minute supper-hour newscast.  Sun/Province obituary 
Gipp Forster - Senior Living Magazine photo
04/20/13 - A service has been announced for minister, poet and former CFAX Victoria broadcaster Gipp Forster, who died April 15 at age 76.  It  is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 26 at Gateway Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue, Victoria.  Times colonist obituary 
Ken Lawson
04/20/13 - Vancouver Island Film and television producer Ken Lawson died “suddenly and unexpectedly” this week at age 56.  Among his credits were Warner Bros.’ Smallville and the CTV series Robson Arms.  He was also executive special-effects producer for the 2010 Winter Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies.  Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist  
James Cybulski
04/20/13 - Former Team 1040 CKST AM Vancouver morning host, James Cybulski has left his p.m. drive position at TSN 1050 CHUM AM Toronto and will be returning to the west coast on rival Sportsnet Pacific.  Cybulski, 37, won a Gemini Award for Best Sports Feature Segment for his story on former Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano and his special friendship with Canadian hero Terry Fox.  Greg Douglas End Zone Vancouver Sun  thestar.com sports 
KIRO Creative Director Chris Pendl
04/18/13 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle creative director Chris Pendl is blogging about New (and Recycled) Ideas on Broadcast Media at his website Old Radio, New Tricks, and his latest post suggests using online scheduling applications to help save time scheduling employees and contractors.  All Access Music Group 
RTDNA
04/18/13 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle has won four Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Awards in Region 1 Large Market Radio including the Overall Excellence Award.  KOMO-TV also picked up the Overall Excellence Award in Large Market Television, but KING-TV won eight awards in that category.  Complete RTDNA list  Fisher release 
Green FM CFSI Salt Spring Island
04/17/13 - CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island is now branding itself as "Green FM 102.1 +107.9" and has a new website and logo to matchNow under ownership by Satnam Media, Green FM still operates as Salt Spring's community station, with a continued musical emphasis on local Salt Spring artists, world-beat, folk, jazz, blues & classical.  Many shows by volunteer programmers are now moving to evening and weekend slots, but virtually all shows remain on air.  New owner Sukhev "Dave" Dhillon has retained Dave Gordon as station manager, Bobby Magee now handles sales and Rob Pingle remains as music director and webmaster. 
All Access Music Group
04/17/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide March PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group 
Gipp Forster - Senior Living Magazine photo
04/17/13 - Ordained minister, poet and broadcaster Gipp Forster, the founder of Victoria's Mustard Seed Street Church, died at home April 15 at age 76 after suffering from esophagus cancer.  Over the years he was involved in radio and TV broadcasting in both Vancouver and Victoria including God Talk at CKWX Vancouver in 1968 and at CFAX Victoria with Radio Ramblings from 1984-96 and the all night show Gipp Till Dawn in 1990.  A public service is planned for April 26.  CFAX News  Website background   
Radio Online
04/16/13 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 moves up to first place with a 5.5 share in the Arbitron March 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 5.3.  Country KKWF-FM 100.7 moves into third with 4.9.  Previous leader Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 slides down to fifth place with 4.7.  Radio Online  
Scott Rintoul TEAM 1040
04/16/13 - TEAM1040 CKST AM Vancouver morning host Scott Rintoul had finished running the Boston Marathon in an impressive 2:54:39 and was back in his hotel room when he got word of yesterday's explosions.  Jeff Paterson, straight.com  Iain McLetchie, Team Radio 
Ron Bencze
04/16/13 - Former Global BC television and News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver reporter Ron Bencze, who was given four years in prison for molesting a young boy is appealing his sentence.  Bencze pleaded guilty to a single count of child sex assault last summer.  Jon Woodward, CTV BC
Mike Holmgren
04/16/13 - Former Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has taken a job as a "regular contributor and NFL expert" at KJR AM 950 Seattle.  He was most recenly team president of the Cleveland Browns prior to an ownership change.  Dan Hanzus, NFL 
Cliff Mass
04/15/13 - University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor and KPLU-FM 88.5 weathercaster Cliff Mass tells the story of his firing from KUOW-FM 94.9 in 2011 and does a Q & A on weather forecasting and climate change.  Craig Sailor, The News Tribune  
Bill Campbell - CBC film department 1981
04/14/13 - CBC Television Vancouver staffer Bill Campbell died April 3 at age 83.  He joined CBC Vancouver staff in 1954 as a TV technician, becoming a TV technical services manager before transferring to the role of production co-ordinator with TV programming and then film ENG/EFP services supervisor.  He retired from the Corporation in 1986.  Sun/Province obituary 
Phil Keatley
04/13/13 - Vancouver International Film Festival + Vancity Theatre presents Tidewater Television: Phil Keatley & Early CBC Vancouver TV Drama at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21.  The presentation features three 30-minute early CBUT (CBC) Vancouver original drama & documentary programs: Some Days You Have To Hit Somebody (1958) with Hollywood actress Mercedes McCambridge, Slow Jive For the Dragon (1967) with Vancouver historian Chuck Davis and Moccasin Telegraph (1966) on location in the Cariboo with Chief Dan George.  Keatley, who passsed away in August 2007, is best known for his role as the first executive producer of The BeachcombersVIFF info  
KIRO Radio
04/13/13 - Danny O'Neil will join Brock Huard as co-host on "Brock and Danny" 9-noon daily on ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  O'Neil joins on a full-time basis after working as a reporter for 11 years at The Seattle TimesKIRO release  
Sinclair Broadcast Group
04/13/13 - Investors clearly like the $373 million Sinclair Broadcast Group purchase of Seattle-based Fisher Communications enough to push its market capitalization up by $467 million.  Over the last two days since the announcement, Sinclair shares have risen 28 percent or $5.77 to close Friday at $26.70.  That gives the Maryland company a market cap of $2.2 billion.  Fisher shares also made small gains.  Seattle Times 
Alex Tsakumis
04/12/13 - Political columnist and analyst Alex Tsakumis has announced he will expand his commentaries on CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody to a 90-minute daily broadcast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday up to May 14, the day of the British Columbia provincial general election.  CKPM info  
Garett Michaels
04/12/13 - Alternative The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has named Garett Michaels PD, effective April 15th.  He replaces Mike Kaplan, who moves to KYSR-FM 98.7 Los Angeles as PD next month.  Entercom Seattle VP/ Programming Dave Richards will take over programming of  sister station The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 effective immediately.  All Access Music Group 
Q13 FOX
04/12/13 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV‘s “Washington’s Most Wanted” celebrated a major milestone this week as it has helped local law enforcement capture 400 fugitives.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy  David Rose, Q13 
Fisher Communications
04/12/13 - Sinclair Broadcast Group, based in a suburb of Baltimore, has a history of using its television stations to support its right-leaning political views.  However, Poynter Institute ethics faculty member Kelly McBride says Sinclair stations generally report the local news without interference.  Either way, the acquisition of Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has raised some eyebrows locally.  Emily Heffter, Seattle Times  Seattle will lose the corporate headquarters of KOMO-TV and 19 other television stations, along with KOMO Newsradio, STAR  KPLZ-FM 101.5, and KVI AM 570Jon Talton, Seattle Times
FCC logo
04/11/13 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KXPB-LP 89.1 Pacific Beach from Pacific Beach Food Bank to M.A.A.P. Foundation.  FCC info 
Alan Clapp 2006 - Glenn Baglo, The Province photo
04/11/13 - Broadcaster Alan Clapp died as a result of brain cancer at his home in Victoria April 9.  He was 83.  He pioneered the old BCTV (now Global BC) nightly news program in the early 1970s when the station switched to a 60-minute supper-hour newscast.  In the mid 1970s he set up Habitat Forum at Jericho Beach to address issues such as homelessness and poverty in conjunction with the UN conference on human settlements.  Clapp was also instrumental in the development of Granville Island and fought to preserve the Pacific National Exhibition's Challenger relief map.  The Province 
Fisher Communications
04/11/13 - Hunt Valley, MD-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. have announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Sinclair will acquire Fisher in a merger transaction valued at approximately $373.3 million.  Fisher owns 20 television stations in eight markets and three radio stations in the Seattle market.  The transaction is subject to approval by the FCC, antitrust clearance, the affirmative vote of two-thirds of Fisher's outstanding shares and other customary conditions.  Fisher release  Melissa Allison, Seattle Times 
KGY Olympia
04/11/13 - KGY AM 1240 Olympia is making changes to its lineup effective April 15.  Blatherwatch 
Brian "Buzz" Leboe
04/10/13 - (Updated) Another former C-FUN Vancouver Good Guy from the 1960s has died.  Brian "Buzz" Leboe passed away at St. Paul's hospital in Vancouver April 5th following a massive heart attack Easter Sunday.  He was 68.  A memorial is planned for 3 p.m. April 28 at the Sands Hotel in Vancouver.  Remembering Buzz Leboe 
NAB logo
04/10/13 - Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 is one of ten stations in the U.S. recognized by  the National Association of Broadcasters by winning a Crystal Radio Award for outstanding community service.  NAB release 
CTV logo
04/08/13 - CTV British Columbia is shuffling its news anchor lineups as follows: CTV Morning Live Aamer Haleem and Ann Luu co-host, Marke Driesschen weather, Ann Luu traffic, Brent Shearer news anchor; CTV News at Noon Coleen Christie and Mike Killeen co-anchors, Marke Driesschen weather, Perry Solkowski sports; CTV News at Five Coleen Christie anchor, Michael Kuss weather; CTV News at 11:30 p.m. Keri Adams anchor, Michael Kuss  weather, Jason Pires sports; CTV News at Six and 11:30 p.m. weekends Scott Roberts and Norma Reid co-anchors, Duane English weather, Kelcey Brade sports.  CTV News at Six will remain unchanged with Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart co-anchors, Michael Kuss weather and Perry Solkowski sports.  Former CHEK-TV Victoria anchor/reporter Julie Nolin joins for the summer as a freelance reporter/producer/writer. 
Seattle Mariners
04/08/13 - Alex Rivera enters his seventh season calling Seattle Mariners games, with Steve Guasch as his color announcer, as the team expands its Spanish-language radio outlets to four in this area.  Games will be heard on ESPN Deportes Radio on Seattle market KBRO AM 1490, Tacoma market KNTB AM 1480 and Olympia market KLDY AM 1280.  Inside Radio 
James Gardner - Lyle Stafford photo
04/07/13 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria newscaster James Gardner (formerly Sheila Gardner), in the middle of a female-to-male physical transformation, believes he is the only transgender radio broadcaster working in a Canadian city.  Gardner signed on with his new name last June.  Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist 
RTDNA Canada
04/06/13 - RTDNA Canada has announced its BC Regional Award recipients with CTV scoring the majority of TV awards and CBC and CKNW sharing most of the radio awards.  RTDNA Canada release 
Patti Brooks KGMI
04/06/13 - KGMI AM 790 Bellingham morning host Patti Brooks has left the station.  Program and news director Dillon Honcoop has taken over the morning shift in the meantime.  Zoe Fraley, Bellingham Herald  
Red Robinson
04/05/13 - Vancouver rock ‘n’ roll music pioneer Red Robinson, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley last year, will share some of his stories and music clips with UFV’s CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford station manager Aaron Levy.  The event, a partnership between UFV and the Mission Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the Clarke Theatre and is free to the public.  UFV info   
FCC logo
04/05/13 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Radio Port Townsend to increase ERP of KPTZ-FM 91.9 from .9 kW to 2.2 kW directional with no changes to transmitter location and HAAT.  FCC data 
Ian Belcher 1935-2013
04/04/13 - Former CBC Vancouver writer and special effects designer Ian Belcher died March 23 following a short battle with lung cancer.  He was 78.  During his 25 year career with CBC he was involved in the production of programs such as The Beachcombers, Pifffle & Co. and Danger Bay.  A small gathering is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 7 at 456 Moberly Road in Vancouver.  Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Adrianne (Belcher) Davis at Adrianne.Davis@sd72.bc.ca  Sun/Province obituary 
Carolyn Tamler
04/04/13 - Independent marketing consultant Carolyn Tamler and a small group of talk-radio fans are trying to bring progressive talk radio back after KPTK AM 1090 Seattle, now The Fan KFNQ, switched to sports in January.  Jerry Large, Seattle Times
Laurie Brown 1924-2013
04/03/13 - Former CBC Vancouver design department staffer Laurie Brown passed away in Powell River on March 21 at age 89.  He joined CBC November 1, 1976 as a scenic carpenter and subsequently moved to the position of scenic constructor.  He left May 31, 1981.  There is no service by request  Sun/Province obituary 
Jim Clayton 2012
04/03/13 - Former Seattle-based Fisher Communications GM Jim Clayton has been named interim president and general manager at WGHP-TV Greensboro, N.C.  He stepped down from his position with Fisher last year after six years with the company.  TVNewsCheck 
British Columbia Association of Broadcasters
04/01/13 - Early bird registration for this year's British Columbia Association of Broadcasters 66th Annual Conference, to be held in Penticton May 7-9, has been extended to Friday, April 5.  Keynote speaker is Lloyd Robertson, host and chief correspondent for CTV’s investigative news series, W5Registration info 
Mary Lewis photo courtesy SBE Seattle
03/29/13 - Long time Society of Broadcast Engineers Seattle member Mary Lewis passed away March 12.  She worked with her husband Harry at several Seattle area stations including the KJR-AM transmitter site on Harbor Island and was involved as an Advisory Board member with KNHC-FM at Nathan Hale High School.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  SBE Seattle obituary
Michaela Pereira
03/29/13 - Former CHEK TV Victoria personality Michaela Pereira has been named news anchor for a new CNN morning show based in New York.  She worked at CHEK from 1994 to ’98 and has been on-air at KTLA-TV Los Angeles since 2004.  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist  KTLA news  CNN release  
Jeetz 03/28/13 - Former KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle swing announcer Jeetz has taken the PD position at The End KZND-FM 94.7 Anchorage AK.  He also handles p.m. drive.  All Access Music Group 
Clay Freinwald
03/26/13 - The April 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
Kathi Geortzen
03/25/13 - Washington State University has announced plans to name a building at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication after former KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen, who died last year from complications of brain tumors.  Goertzen graduated from WSU in 1980 and joined KOMO later that year.  WSU release  KOMO news
Brakeman Bill
03/25/13 - Bill McLain, aka Brakeman Bill, now 85, talks about his life and fame as a TV kids' show personality for 20 years at KTNT-TV Tacoma starting in 1955.  C.R. Roberts, Tacoma News Tribune  YouTube final show
CRTC logo
03/25/13 - The CRTC has received an application by South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. for a license to operate an English-language commercial FM radio station in Surrey, located in the Vancouver radio market.  The Commission has called for applications from other parties wishing to obtain a radio license to serve the area.  The Commission notes there is a scarcity of FM frequencies in the Vancouver radio market and has not reached any conclusion on the licensing of any radio service at this time.  CRTC info
George Bisso
03/25/13 - Former Sandusky Seattle chief engineer George Bisso passed away on March 20.  He was also a contract engineer for many Pacific Northwest radio stations, including a major rebuild of the KRKO Everett plant.  Bisso was also involved in a number of regional RF engineer and technical organizations and was ham radio operator W7GLB.  Arrangements for his remembrance have not yet been announced.  SBE Seattle memoriam  Radio World 
KOOL-FM Victoria
03/23/13 - KOOL FM CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria has won Station of the Year Secondary Market at the Canadian Music Week 2013 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards.  On-Air Talent of the Year Secondary Market was awarded to morning hosts Robin & Brian at KOOL. 
FCC logo
03/22/13 - The FCC has granted license to cover to Bellevue College for KBCS-FM 91.3 for its new transmitter site at 47-32-39 122-06-29 (Cougar Mountain).  ERP is 1.8 kW at 389 meters HAAT directional.  FCC data
All Access Music Group
03/21/13 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide February PPM analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  All Access Music Group
All Access Music Group
03/20/13 - The FCC has issued a notice of violation to Saga Broadcasting for alleged antenna input power violations at KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham.  An inspection found daytime input power at 85% of authorized power, below the 90-105% requirement.  Notices of violation are not fine assessments and offer the licensee an opportunity to respond before a Notice of Apparent Violation may be issued.  All Access Music Group 
All Access Music Group 03/20/13 - Scott Roddy begins next month as brand manager for KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham.  He replaces PD Ken Richards who recently relocated to Spokane.  All Access Music Group 
Radio Online
03/19/13 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues to hold onto first place with a 5.7 share in the Arbitron February 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 moves up to second with 5.5, with News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 closely behind at 5.4.  Radio Online
BBC
03/19/13 - Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson was interviewed by Spencer Leigh on BBC Merseyside in the UK on a program which aired Saturday.  They talked about the early days and the relationship between deejays and rock and roll stars.  The two-hour broadcast, which includes some original interviews by Red with well known stars, is available on-line here for the next four days.
All Access Music Group 03/19/13 - Entercom Seattle The End KNDD-FM 107.7 and The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 PD Mike Kaplan joins Clear Channel's Alternative Rock KYSR-FM 98.7 Los Angeles for programming duties.  Kaplan was PD at the Seattle stations for five years.  All Access Music Group 
FCC logo
03/18/13 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facilities for KWOK AM 1490 Hoquiam.  Transmitter location changes to 46-57-30 123-48-35 with 1 kW day and .76 kW night non-directional with community of license changing to Aberdeen.  Owner MCC Radio, LLC stated in its application that the landlord had "imposed conditions which make it infeasible to remain at the existing site".  FCC data
Click Cable
03/16/13 - Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper has granted a preliminary injunction to block Tacoma city-owned Click Cable TV from releasing its “retransmission consent agreements” to The News Tribune.  By granting the injunction, he said he sought to “maintain the status quo” over what KOMO, KING, KIRO and other local broadcasters charge Click until a court could permanently decide the issue.  Lewis Kamb, News Tribune 
Dan Russsell
03/16/13 - Sports columnist Greg Douglas looks at Dan Russell's career from his start at CJOR in 1984, as his Sportstalk program progressed through a number of Vancouver stations, and won't be renewed on CKNW after August.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Dan Russell 03/15/13 - Kamloops Daily News sports editor Gregg Drinnan has announced on his blog that Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 will not be renewing its contract with Dan Russell for his Sportstalk program when it expires on August 31, 2013.  In its 29th year, Sportstalk bills itself as “Canada’s longest running talk show.”  Taking Note with Gregg Drinnan  Vancouver Sun
Click Cable
03/15/13 - The manager of Tacoma’s Click Cable TV has alleged that Fisher Communications unfairly withheld its broadcast signals from the cable network earlier this year as a way to force Click and its subscribers into paying higher fees.  Click finally gave in to Fisher's demands, allowing its Seattle area TV stations back on to cable.  Lewis Kamb, Tacoma News Tribune 
FCC logo 03/15/13 - The FCC has granted a construction permit for a change in licensed facilities to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KACS-FM 90.5, with a change in community of license from Chahalis to Rainier.  ERP will be 2.1 kW non-directional at 203 meters HAAT at 46-48-43 122-24-17FCC data  
FCC logo 03/15/13 - The FCC has granted a license to cover for KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma.  The license authorizes 4.3 kW ERP directional at 582 meters HAAT at 47-32-53 122-48-22FCC data 
  • 03/14/13 - The corporate owners of Seattle market television stations have sued Click Cable TV to keep records containing their financial agreements with the Tacoma city-owned cable network secret.  A hearing is set for Friday to decide whether the court should grant a preliminary injunction to stop the records from being disclosed to the News Tribune.  The suit follows the announcement last month that a drawn-out contract dispute between Click and KOMO-TV owner Fisher Communications had been settled.  Lewis Kamb Tacoma News Tribune 
  • 03/14/13 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Threshold Communications for a new station at Napavine, south of Chehalis.  It is authorized to operate at 92.9 MHz with an ERP of 2.65 kW at 304.6 meters HAAT at 46-33-16 123-03-26FCC data
  • 03/08/13 - Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 morning duo Brooke & Jubal are again filling in on the TV show "Dish Nation", a nightly entertainment/celebrity news program where morning show hosts satirize pop culture news events and headlines.  It's filmed daily at the station and airs locally on KZJO-TVAll Access Music Group 
  • 03/07/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications shareholder FrontFour Capital Group says in an SEC filing that it sent a letter to the Fisher board in December 2012  "expressing, among other things, its concerns with (Fisher's) poor capital allocation decisions" and urging the company to "make a public announcement that it will seek strategic alternatives and work towards a sale of the Issuer."  All Access Music Group 
  • 03/07/13 - Dr. Rhonda Low is no longer with CTV BC.  She had been hosting the Your Health segment on VTV/CTV BC newscasts for 15 years.
  • 03/07/13 - RTDNA Canada - The Association of Electronic Journalists has announced that CKNW AM 980 Vancouver talk show host Bill Good and Ian Haysom, Global British Columbia and Regional Director of Global News are recipients of the 2013 RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Awards for the BC Region.  Awards will be presented at the Executive Hotel & Suites in Burnaby on April 6.  RTDNA release 
  • 03/05/13 - After two extensions, Whistler FM CKEE-FM 101.5 was able to sign on just inside the final CRTC deadline of March 2, which was a huge relief to co-owners  Robert Wilson and Barry Duggan.  Earlier delays date back to 2009, when previous owners ran into difficulties securing advertising in the post-recession economic climate.  The current test period ends in mid March.  Brandon Barrett, Whistler Question
  • 03/05/13 - Bob Saye, deposed in January from his afternoon drive position at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver has announced on his Facebook page that he has landed the p.m. drive position at Toronto market New Country KX96 CJKX-FM 95.9.
  • 03/05/13 - SportsRadio KJR AM 950 veteran Mike “The Gas-Man” Gastineau joins Jeff “The Fish” Aaron on Fox Sports KRKO AM 1380 Everett from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday March 6th.  Fish first worked in Seattle at KIRO AM 710 before co-hosting mornings at KJR and landing at KRKO in 2003.  Gas hosted more than 5,000 radio shows in Seattle before stepping aside in December.  It will be the first time the two have actually done a show together.
  • 03/04/13 - The CRTC has approved an application by B.C.I.T. Radio Society to shut down its carrier current AM radio service to the campus, which began in 1982.  Evolution CFML-FM 107.9 continues to be heard on the FM dial after signing on in March 2006.  CRTC decision  BCIT backgrounder 
  • 03/03/13 - (Updated) Former CKWX and CJVB Vancouver personality Nick Sands (Nicodemo Sanzalone) died February 27 in Vancouver following a long fight with Parkinson’s.  He was 80.  He started his career at CJAT in Trail, BC in 1953 and quickly moved to CKMO/CFUN Vancouver and then briefly to CHBC-TV Kelowna in 1958, before moving back to Vancouver.  Funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby.  Early 1970s backgrounder 
  • 03/02/13 - Roy Gardner, 21-year veteran executive at BCTV/Global BC, has come out of retirement to take over as president and general manager of CHEK-TV Victoria.  Gardner, who previously served with CHEK in the 1970s and ’80s, replaces president John Pollard and comptroller Rod Munro at the employee owned station.  Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist
  • 02/28/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications today announced its fourth quarter and full-year 2012 financial results.  2012 TV net revenue increased 15% to $147.3 million year-over-year and radio net revenue declined 2% to $21 million.  Fisher release
  • 02/28/13 - Seattle market KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 raised over a million dollars during its 12th annual "Jackie and Bender's One Big KISS for Seattle Children's Hospital Radiothon" which took place February 26th and 27th.  All Access Music Group
  • 02/27/13 - A number of prominent Vancouver broadcasters, including Ron Robinson, Jim Morrison, Brian Brenn and Leora Kornfeld were involved in the progress of University of British Columbia campus radio, now CITR-FM 101.9, from its closed circuit beginnings 75 years ago.  Rosemary Anderson, Trek Online
  • 02/27/13 - In a memo to staff, Global BC news director Ian Haysom has announced he is stepping down from his position.  His plan is to leave at the end of May after the launch of the station's new news channel.  During his career he has been a national correspondent, columnist, city editor, editor-in-chief of both The Sun and Province newspapers and news director at CHEK-TV Victoria and BCTV/Global Vancouver.     
  • 02/26/13 - The March 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 02/26/13 - Radio Ink interviews Sean Shannon about what it takes to be a successful salesperson in a stagnant economy and what he'll need to do to win as a Market Manager in 2013, as he assumes his new role as VP/Market Manager for Entercom Sacramento, promoted from Director of Sales at Entercom Seattle.  Radio Ink interview
  • 02/26/13 - Whistler FM CKEE-FM 101.5 Whistler began testing its new signal yesterday afternoon.  It is authorized to operate with a maximum ERP of 1870 watts at -244 meters HAAT.  The original CRTC approval called for a Hot Adult Contemporary (AC) music format featuring songs from the late 80s and 90s, with 49 hours of local programming per week.  The Commission issued a final extension last year, expiring March 2, 2013 for the implementation of the new station.
  • 02/25/13 - News and baseball play-by-play announcer Hal Rodd died February 23 at age 91.  He read news and voiced Vancouver Capilanos baseball at CKMO Vancouver during the 1940s and '50s.  His news career took him to CFUN Vancouver in the 1950s, CKNW in the 1960s and CJOR in the 1970s.  He was inducted into the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club Broadcast & Journalism Hall of Fame in 2011.  1976 CJOR news clip courtesy BC Radio History.com   Team Radio
  • 02/25/13 - Former Music Director and on-air personality at THE end KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle, Kim Monroe has been hired as PD/on-air by WLFM-LP 87.7 Cleveland.  Most recently she was working for SiriusXM as PD for Lithium and The Pink Floyd Channel.  Her stint with THE end was in late 1990s.  All Access Music Group
  • 02/25/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results after market close on February 28.  A quarterly conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results will be held at 1:30 p.m. PT.  Fisher release
  • 02/24/13 - Former Vancouver Sun and Province journalist Mike Tytherleigh died February 20 in Sechelt.  He was 86.  He was also a news commentator at CKWX Vancouver during the mid-late 1960s and early 1970s.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1Sun/Province obituary
  • 02/22/13 - Vancouver market Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 is making some tweaks to its format beginning tonight at midnight.  “Best of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s” will replace “Classic Rock and nothing but” as the station's new positioning statement, with new classic songs added to the playlist.  Additionally, a new TV campaign is set to launch Monday.       
  • 02/22/13 - JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver weekend and vacation fill-in announcer Gary Thomas has left the station after 12 years.  He follows midday host Crystal Darche, who left earlier this month, p.m. driver Bob Saye who left in January and part time/vacation fill-in announcer Byron James, who left in December. 
  • 02/20/13 - KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Peggy Bunker is leaving the station after two years to spend more time with family.  She formerly co-anchored the national ABC News overnight show, "World News Now” and “America This Morning”.  She is reportedly being replaced in April by Liz Dueweke, morning anchor at KOKH-TV Oklahoma City.  Merrill Knox, TVSpy
  • 02/19/13 - After holiday programming, Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 holds onto first place but with diminished numbers, with a 5.8 share in the Arbitron January 2013 Seattle-Tacoma PPM, News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 moves into second with 5.5 and AC KCMS-FM 105.3 is third with 5.0.  Radio Online  
  • 02/17/13 - A major CBC project replacing anchor piles for the Radio One CBU AM 690 towers at Steveston, south of Vancouver allays suggestions that the AM transmitter will be shut down anytime soon.  Dan Sys, Radio West  CBC report  CBC Radio One is also rebroadcast on 88.1 MHz (CBU-2-FM) and received CRTC approval in September 2012 to increase maximum ERP from 19,500 to 97,600 watts.  CRTC decision
  • 02/17/13 - The appearance of political commentator and blogger Alex Tsakumis on CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody Friday morning caused the station's live stream to crash, due to an overabundance of online listeners.  Tsakumis announced on his website, "The most commented upon stories I’ve ever done got a tiny fraction of the traffic."  Alex Tsakumis info
  • 02/16/13 - CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island programs ran according to schedule all week after volunteer staff met with Sukhdev Dhillon, who will take over ownership of the station March 1.  Richard Moses, CFSI’s first director of programming when the station started in 2009, said that Dhillon will have much to add to the station as an experienced radio broadcaster.  Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood 
  • 02/15/13 - Former KOMO-TV Seattle sports & creative services intern Chelsea Kopta is leaving her two-year long investigative reporter & fill-in anchor position at KHQ-TV Spokane.  She's heading to New York City to continue her career as a reporter.  Merrill Knox, TV Spy    
  • 02/15/13 - CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody owner Matthew McBride tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that music director and p.m. drive host Zane Sampson is no longer with the station.  Sampson had been involved with CKPM since 2008.  It signed on for the first time last November.
  • 02/13/13 - No funeral service has been scheduled for former CKNW Vancouver and CFAX Victoria producer John Zwolak, aka Johnny Zee, who died January 25 at his home in Victoria at age 68.  He produced many national and provincial award-winning commercials during his 40-year career at CFAX.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 02/10/13 - A letter from the CRTC dated January 21 grants approval for the transfer of shares and effective control of CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island from local owner Gary Brooks to Satnam Media, with Sukhdev Singh Dhillon listed as single shareholder.  Dhillon is the president of Radio PunjabThe purchase price is listed as $205,000 plus $130,200 in assumed leases.  Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood  CRTC letter
  • 02/08/13 - Former CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island operations manager Mike Cherry reports the station has been sold by owner Gary Brooks to Satnam Media Group of Surrey, BC with a reported sale price of $200,000.  Satnam currently owns CIHS-FM 93.5 Wetaskawin, AB and acquired KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor late last year.  For now CFSI programming is intact, including Cherry's new all-Grateful Dead show Skull & Roses 12 midnight - 2 a.m. Saturday, produced at his home studio.  As yet there is no sale confirmation on the CRTC website.
  • 02/08/13 - Long-time QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver host Dale Wolfe reports on his Twitter page that his radio show has been canceled after a run of over 12 yearsWolfe also is a filmmaker, writer and actor and is a partner in Vancouver based production company Stogies Entertainment.  His acting credits include dozens of TV Commercials along with a number of productions in both television and feature films.
  • 02/07/13 - CBUT Vancouver's first cameraman, Harry Hooper passed away on December 8, 2012 at age 89.  He started with the new TV station just two days before it signed on December 16, 1953.  In 1964, Hooper took on the role of TV technical producer and continued in that position until November 20, 1970 when he resigned from the Corporation.  He then worked as a TV technical director in Rhodesia and Johannesburg, South Africa before returning to Canada in 1994.  At his request, no service was held.  CBC Pensioners' Association obituary
  • 02/05/13 - The FCC has granted a Construction Permit to CAAM Partnership to increase dayime power for KKXA AM 1520 Snohomish from 20 to 50 kW.  The CP will allow the station to operate with 50 kW non-directional day and directional night and during critical hours.  FCC info 
  • 02/04/13 - Retired CBC Radio host Neil Gillon and his wife Lynn were among seven victims of an attack by a man wielding a knife and possibly a hammer in downtown Vancouver Thursday night.  Gillon had been with CBC Radio in Prince Rupert, Kelowna and Vancouver.  Rod Mickleburgh, The Globe and Mail  CBC photo/news
  • 02/04/13 - Fisher Communications has announced that KOMO-TV Seattle finished the January rating period as the number one news station at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in both the 18-49 and the 25-54 demographics.  Fisher release
  • 02/01/13 - Former C-FAX Victoria owner Mel Cooper reports on the sudden death of Johnny Z (real name Zwolak).  "He was found lying on the floor of his apartment in Victoria on January 25th.  Johnny had a 40-year career at C-FAX.  The coroner has not provided a specific final cause of death yet, but it is suspected he had a balance problem and fell and hit his head.  I first worked with Johnny at CKNW in the mid-50s.  He worked in the music library.  After being a commercial producer at CHQM, he moved to Victoria to work at C-FAX in the same capacity.  Johnny produced many national and provincial award-winning commercials during his career at C-FAX and was one of the station’s most familiar voices.  Johnny was 68.  He retired in May of 2010." 
  • 02/01/13 - Former KIRO Seattle host Lee Rodgers, most recently at KSFO San Francisco, died early Thursday morning following a 13-hour bypass operation.  He was morning host at KIRO from summer 1994 to May 1995.  Melanie Morgan  KSFO memories 
  • 01/31/13 - The February 2013 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 01/31/13 - George Wilson, who worked in news at CJOR and CBC Vancouver circa 1960s, died from cancer January 26 in 100 Mile House, B.C. He was 85. He started his broadcast career on the Canadian Prairies and worked at CJVI Victoria before moving to Vancouver. A memorial service is scheduled for February 4 at 100 Mile United Church. Sun/Province obituary
  • 01/29/13 - John Zwolak, known on air as Johnny Zee, died in his sleep last week. He was in the production department and did remotes and on-air fill-in at Vancouver market CKNW during the late 1960s. He became production director at CFAX Victoria around 1970, where he worked until retiring a couple of years ago.
  • 01/28/13 - Geoff Venables, the last surviving founding member of the Hometowners, heard weekly on CJVI Victoria and coast-to-coast on CBC radio during the 1950s and 1960s, died in Victoria January 21. He was 95. The Hometowners performed live for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at an impromptu square dancing recital at Government House in Victoria during their visit to the city in 1959. McCall's obituary
  • 01/28/13 - Rhett Hamilton Walker, who jocked at KOL Seattle and several California stations including KRLA Los Angeles during the 1960s, died December 18 in Victoria, Australia. He left the U.S. in 1969 and moved to Australia where he worked at various AM stations and helped establish FM radio before becoming a professor of business at Latrobe University in Victoria. Australia. Norm Gregory info and photo
  • 01/27/13 - Jack Thorne, one of CBC Vancouver's first television producers, died January 19 at the Marion Hospice in Vancouver at age 90. He was married to theater pioneer Joy Coghill. Thorne was noted for giving the first cue that joined CBC-TV Vancouver to the national network and in 1979 became post producer for the CBC-TV Vancouver series The Beachcombers. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. February 8 at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W 49th Ave. Sun/Province obituary
  • 01/25/13 - Nathan Hale High School C89.5 KNHC-FM Seattle celebrates 42 years of broadcasting today. This year also marks Hale Radio Teacher Gregg Neilson's 30th year as General Manager of the station.
  • 01/22/13 - 65 former employees, political friends and associates paid tribute to Vancouver Broadcaster Don Hamilton at the Beach House Restaurant in West Vancouver organized by son Russ. Hamilton was GM at CKLG AM and FM. He was responsible for making CKLG a force in the Vancouver market. Red Robinson.com
  • 01/19/13 - Justin "Drex" Wilcomes, hired at The FOX CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver following his release from JetFM CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay after a controversial question to BC's Premier, tells more of his story. Huffington Post
  • 01/17/13 - Vancouver broadcaster Don Hamilton, who led CKLG and CFOX-FM to the forefront in the '60s and '70s, got his start at CFCH in North Bay ON in 1951. His long and varied career covered many aspects of radio in Canada. Hamilton died December 2 in Victoria at age 80. Noreen Shanahan, The Globe and Mail
  • 01/16/13 - Kevin Metheny, who was hired in 1972 at age 18 by Pat O'Day at KJR Seattle, has been hired as PD for WJR AM 760 Detroit. Metheny, who reportedly was the youngest jock ever hired by O'Day, hosted evenings and p.m. drive as Kevin O'Brien before leaving in 1975. Radio Ink
  • 01/16/13 - CBC British Columbia news editor Murray Crooks died December 28 from pancreatic cancer at age 55. A celebration of life was held at CBC Vancouver studios January 5. He was a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and worked at CITV Edmonton before moving to Vancouver where he worked as an ENG editor at BCTV and then CBC. Mount Pleasant Universal Funeral Home obituary
  • 01/16/13 - The FCC has granted modification of construction permit to Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. to move KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend to 107.3, change the community of license to Cosmopolis, increase ERP to 4.1 kW at 122 meters HAAT and move transmitter location to 46-56-0 123-43-57. FCC data
  • 01/13/13 - Dr. Tomorrow Frank Ogden, pilot, corporate consultant, broadcaster, LSD therapist, teacher and author of 22 books, died December 29 at age 92. He was a pioneer in streaming live video Internet broadcasts, working from his wired houseboat in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun Biography
  • 01/12/13 - Former Global BC Vancouver associate director Pearl August died January 2 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Fort Myers, FL December 27. She was 50. August was a BCIT Broadcast Television Program graduate and served with BCTV/Global from 1984-2002, then continued her television career mostly in New York, and most recently as a freelance producer with ADM Productions in Port Washington, NY. Fort Myers Beach Bulletin Facebook info Bio/Resume Horizon Funeral Home obituary
  • 01/11/13 - In the ongoing saga of cable carriage between Tacoma's Click! Network and Fisher Communications, Fisher Senior VP Randa Minkarah has written to Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland saying essentially that Fisher has negotiated in good faith and that Click! was trying to pay less than Fisher deserved, and “It is no longer possible for Fisher to produce the daily news or to acquire other programming based solely on the fees advertisers pay for commercials.” Click negotiator and spokeswoman Diane Lachel said Thursday the cable company was preparing an official response to Minkarah’s letter. C.R. Roberts, The News Tribune Meanwhile, after Fisher's announcement Thursday that it may consider selling part or even all of the company, a consultant says buyer interest could be high, especially in its TV holdings. Drew DeSilver, Seattle Times
  • 01/10/13 - Well-respected Vancouver journalist/producer Rae-Anne Morin died December 20 at age 44. She was a producer for BCTV/Global news from 1998-2007 and was the recipient of multiple RTNDA Awards, Leo Award winner for Best News Package in 2004, and Gemini Award nominee for Best News Special Events Coverage in 2006. No memorial service has been announced. Dignity Memorial guest book
  • 01/10/13 - A 1006 Richards Street, Vancouver reunion is scheduled for 6 p.m. January 19. The address was the home of CKLG and CFOX-FM for several decades. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. Facebook info
  • 01/10/13 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has announced that it will explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives intended to enhance shareholder value, which could result in a possible sale of the Company. Nothing specific has yet been decided and no timeline has been set. Fisher release
  • 01/09/13 - KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma begins signal testing at 6:30 p.m. today from its new transmitter site approximately 20 miles west of Seattle. It will be be rebroadcasting the TVW stream and will be on and off air for the next few weeks. The CP is for 4.3 kW at 582 meters HAAT at 47-32-53 122-48-22. KXOT went dark at the end of June 2012 after six years broadcasting KUOW2 programming. FCC data
  • 01/09/13 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Bob Saye has left his afternoon drive position at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7, which he has held since 2008. Prior to that, he hosted morning drive at sister station CKBD (former 600AM) Vancouver from 2003-08. He debuted in the local market at CFOX-FM 99.3 back in 1980. Docc Andrews moves into the time slot from evenings.
  • 01/09/13 - Tacoma City Council is getting involved in support of city-owned Click! Network cable television over the contractual dispute with Fisher Communications. Council notes that Fisher's proposed new fees represent an increase of 300 percent since 2009 and are significantly higher than rates agreed with any other major local broadcast station. Lewis Kamb, The News Tribune
  • 01/09/13 - There has been a lot of banter on message boards and social media regarding changes to the morning show at Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3, invloving Linda Thomas and Dave Ross, along with the deletion of John Curley from mornings. KIRO management says Curley is still with the station, but hasn't elaborated. KIRO release
  • 01/09/13 - Long-time Calgary radio broadcaster Greg Haraldson died January 4 at age 62. He was program director of CKLG Vancouver in the late 1970s, but most of his broadcast career was at stations in Calgary beginning with CKXL in 1970. A memorial service is scheduled for January 11 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Calgary. Calgary Herald obituary
  • 01/08/13 - There are no talks scheduled between Tacoma's Click! Network and Fisher Communications as the stalemate continues into the 8th day over fees to carry the company's Seattle stations. Exact financial details of the former contract, which expired January 1, and any amounts being negotiated, have not been released. C.R. Roberts, The News Tribune
  • 01/07/13 - Erik Nycklemoe, Director of Network Initiatives, American Public Media Group for Minnesota Public Radio has been named General Manager of Pacific Public Media, KPLU Seattle/Tacoma. He begins February 4, succeeding Paul Stankavich, who will retire at the end of January. KPLU release
  • 01/04/13 - 750 receivers are being distributed in Seattle and Minneapolis for use with iPhones and iPads for a soft launch of MyDTV to provide an enhanced viewing experience of live mobile television. The Mobile500 Alliance is made up of television stations in the U.S. to provide broadcast TV to consumers on their mobile devices. Fisher Communications release
  • 01/04/13 - The standoff between Click! Network Cable TV and Fisher Communications over fees to carry the company's Seattle stations continues into the fourth day with no immediate solution in sight. Six Fisher stations went dark for Click! subscribers on New Year’s Day because negotiations had stalled over the fee Click pays for Fisher’s programming, with the cable company claiming the new fee proposal by Fisher to be exorbitant. C.R. Roberts, The News Tribune Fisher statement It should be noted that north of the border, The Supreme Court of Canada last month ruled that TV networks do not have the right to charge for re-transmission of over the air signals. Broadcaster Magazine backgrounder
  • 01/04/13 - Following CRTC approval in March 2009, Whistler FM CKEE 101.5 is expected to launch early next month. Owners say that the music format will be "distinctively Whistler" with locals operating the station, including those who are visually impaired. Authorized maximum ERP is 1870 watts at minus 244 meters HAAT. Laura Gallant, The Question CRTC approval
  • 01/02/13 - Seattle gets yet another all-sports station with the launch today of The Fan KFNQ AM 1090. The new format consists of "national and local sports programming.....with coverage and access to the most significant events". The Fan is also the home for play-by-play coverage of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and features Seattle-area native Steve Sandmeyer in p.m. drive. CBS Seattle details

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