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Space Needle Fireworks
12/31/15 - KING-TV Seattle will feature exclusive live broadcast coverage of New Year’s at the Needle Fireworks tonight from 11:35 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and KEXP-FM 90.3 will broadcast the fireworks soundtrack from 11:59 p.m. to 12:07 a.m.  Seattle Pipeline  A live radio simulcast of the fireworks being launched from a barge in Vancouver's Coal Harbour will be heard on The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7NYE Vancouver 
KPLU-FM 88.5
12/31/15 - The Seattle Times editorial board stresses the pending sale of KPLU-FM 88.5 to the University of Washington, which holds the license for KUOW-FM 94.9, "would silence a credible, independent, local news source".  A coordinated fundraising campaign will begin as soon as possible in an attempt to overturn the sale.  Seattle Times editorial
Dal Richards
12/30/15 - Legendary 97-year-old bandleader and broadcaster Dal Richards will miss his first New Year's Eve gig in 79 years due to recent health issues.  The King of Swing has been performing since the 1930s and has a string of awards to his credit.  He has hosted Big Band programs on Vancouver radio since the 1980s, most recently Dal's Place on CISL from 2008-14.  Stuart Derdeyn, The Province  Wikipedia biography 
Dave Henderson
12/28/15 - Popular former Seattle Mariners outfielder and broadcaster Dave Henderson died at Harborview Hospital early Sunday morning from a massive heart attack.  He was 57.  After his playing career, he served as color analyst alongside Dave Niehaus on the Mariners’ broadcasts from 1997 to 2006.  Ryan Divish, Seattle Times 
Clay Freinwald
12/27/15 - The January 2016 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by veteran RF Systems Engineer Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses the end of the drought, how far transmitters transmit, HD Radio coming to Vancouver and much more.  January Clay's Corner
Christmas Holly
12/24/15 - A very Merry Christmas and Best of the Season to our many readers.
Tim Lewis
12/24/15 - KOMO-TV Seattle sports anchor/reporter Tim Lewis returns after two months off work for medical reasons.  He reports on his Twitter page that he will be back on air this weekend. 
KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1
12/24/15 - Seattle market KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 raised $804,213.86 in just 13 hours on Thursday, December 17, to bring its 14-year radiothon total to over $14 million dollars.  Bender's One Big KISS for Seattle Children's Hospital brought the stories of child patients, families, staff, and volunteers to KISS listeners.  KISS FM release 
Research Director, Inc.
12/23/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive December PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
Nielsen Audio
12/23/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place the Nielsen Audio December 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 7.4 share.  AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 moves up to second with 6.5.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 dips down to third with 6.1.  Radio Online
Stirling Faux
12/23/15 - Local message boards are buzzing about the release Tuesday of prominent Vancouver market CISL AM 650 morning show host and voice tracker Stirling Faux.  He's been in the business for about 45 years, with gigs at a number of Vancouver stations, and at CISL since 2009.  Puget Sound Radio  Radio West  
Dave Youell
12/21/15 - Prominent broadcast engineer Dave Youell, who announced in October he is retiring, leaves his position as Senior Engineer at Bell Media Vancouver December 31.  He joined Stan Davis’s Broadcast Technical Services in Vancouver in 1974 and became Chief Engineer for CHUM Radio Vancouver in 1995.  He spearheaded the planning and installation of towers from a new site in Delta to transmit CKST AM 1040 and CFUN (now CFTE) AM 1410, which were put into operation in 2009. 
"Bro Jake" Edwards
12/20/15 - TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver morning host Bro Jake Edwards emceed an exclusive, invitation-only event in memory of late Canucks' Coach, President and General Manager Pat Quinn.  About 200 high profile guests were in attendance including team alumni, Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson and music talent promoter Bruce AllenFred Lee's Social Network, The Province  Photos 
Nick Misisco
12/19/15 - An obituary has been published for Nick Misisco, who died December 12th at Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge at age 67, after a short battle with a rare brain cancer.  His sales career took him to CKO Radio, CKVU-TV, Canwest Global and Shaw media.  A Celebration of  Life will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Meadow Garden Golf Course, 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows.  Sun/Province obituary 
Brandon Astle
12/19/15 - When the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League franchise ended last year, Brandon Astle no longer had a job as play-by-play announcer.  He has now being hired by the National Lacrosse League Vancouver Stealth.  He makes his debut on TSN Radio CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver for the Stealth home opener at Langley Events Centre on January 9.  Greg Douglas' End Zone, Vancouver Sun 
CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey
12/18/15 - Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey has signed on with test announcements and Christmas music.  It is authorized to operate with an ERP of 2000 watts at 158.9 meters HAAT at 49-11-02 122-50-41.  The CRTC approved the application by South Fraser Broadcasting in August 2014.  The application stated the station would broadcast mainstream Adult Contemporary, gold-based Adult Contemporary and Contemporary Triple A with programming that reflects “Surrey first, Surrey second and Surrey always.”  CRTC Approval  CRTC Technical Changes 
KPLU-FM 88.5
12/18/15 - Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington have extended their deadline for signing the asset purchase agreement of KPLU-FM 88.5 until January 15.  Following a public outcry, the two sides are now negotiating a new addendum making it possible for an outside group to put forward a competing bid for the station.  Ashley Gross, KPLU 
KPLU-FM 88.5
12/17/15 - Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington say they are open to considering a bid on KPLU-FM 88.5 from an outside group.  The news means the UW, which was set to buy the radio station’s license from Pacific Lutheran University, would back away from the purchase if a community-based group were able to make a successful bid.  Under terms of the original deal, KPLU would have become an all-music station with new call letters and the station’s news operations would have been dropped.  Gabriel Spitzer, KPLU 
CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver
12/17/15 - CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver listeners raised $28,067 and 11,291 pounds of food for the Surrey Food Bank plus another $10,000 to the Surrey Food Bank from Central City for the Jeff O’Neil Show Red Racer Gingerhead Gingerbread StoutCFOX news 
Ross Winters
12/16/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Ross Winters has been named to newly created position of Director of Programming for The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.  He will support the PDs who are responsible for programming and content on all 43 Pattison radio stations in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  The appointment is effective January 1st.  Winters was PD for 10 years from 1993-2003 at Vancouver market station Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 and PD at CFOX-FM 99.3 for two years.  Broadcaster Magazine 
Kirby Wilbur
12/15/15 - The time slots have now been announced for the return of Kirby Wilbur to KVI AM 570 Seattle, who replaces Glenn Beck.  Wilbur will team with KVI morning host John Carlson at 9 a.m. and take over solo 10 to noon.  After 16 years on KVI, much of it as morning host, Wilbur stepped away from radio for six years.  He was the first state director of Americans for Prosperity, chaired the state Republican Party, and headed the National Journalism Center in suburban Washington D.C.  Radio Ink  NTS Media  
Nick Misisco
12/15/15 - Nick Misisco, long-time VP Marketing Ventures for Western Canada at Canwest Global died December 12th at Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge after a short battle with a rare brain cancer.  He was 67.  A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, January 9th from 1 - 4 p.m. at Meadow Gardens in Pitt Meadows. 
Randi Chase
12/15/15 - Randi Chase has left her position as co-host and celebrity reporter of the Kid Carson Show, mornings on KISS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver.  She says the departure was her own choice.  Puget Sound Radio 
Rhona Raskin
12/14/15 - After less than two months, Love & Lust with columnist and talk show host Rhona Raskin is no longer being heard on Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver, which signed on in mid October.  She announced on her Facebook page "It's been a great experience being on Roundhouse Radio these last few months and I wish them success in their future.  But I'm off to pursue some other exciting opportunities so I have given notice..."  Meanwhile, Roundhouse Radio morning host Kirk LaPointe announced on his Facebook page that station CEO Don Shafer received minor injuries when he rolled his vehicle on black ice Friday. 
Manono Aki McMillan
12/13/15 - (Updated) Seattle broadcaster and I.T. Business Analyst at Puget Sound Energy Manono Aki McMillan passed away December 12 of cancer.  She was 65.  She kept her illness a secret from all except her immediate family.  McMillan had been one of a number of rotating hosts of Hawai`i Radio Connection on Bellevue College station KBCS-FM 91.3 beginning in 2000.  She has been described as, "A true embodiment of aloha in the Seattle-area's Hawaiian community".  Arrangements are being made by Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle.  2005 Danny Kaopuiki's Kama`aina Profile, Northwest Hawai`i Times   
CFAX AM 1070 Victoria
12/12/15 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria has pulled away somewhat from its talk format by airing Christmas Music Classics from 7 to 10 p.m. daily.  Additionally, CFAX is now simulcasting CTV News Vancouver Island at 6 p.m. with Coast to Coast with George Noory beginning at 10 p.m.  Schedule 
KIRO Radio Seattle
12/12/15 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle and nonprofit Treehouse raised $512,000 for local foster children Thursday during their 27th Annual Holiday Magic Radiothon.  The program helps foster kids by raising money to provide each child in the program with one significant holiday gift along with support for programs and services throughout the year.  This year's amount, raised through listener donations, corporate donations, and sponsor matching funds, surpassed last year's.  Inside Radio 
Alexander Young
12/11/15 - Former Vancouver journalist and broadcaster Alexander Young died in Richmond December 2 at age 86.  During his career he was a reporter for the Vancouver Sun and Province and for Vancouver stations CJOR and CHQM.  He also resided in Victoria for several years, covering the B.C. Legislature and provincial politics and additionally served in the Ottawa Press Gallery, covering the national political scene.  A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, 3789 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby.  Sun/Province obituary 
Elisa Jaffe
12/11/15 - Starting Monday, Elisa Jaffe becomes part of the afternoon drive team weekdays 3-7 p.m. on KOMO-FM 97.7/AM 1000 Seattle.  She replaces Jane Shannon who passed away in August.  Jaffe has been a broadcast journalist at KOMO-TV since 1987 and is an Edward R. Murrow award and multiple Emmy Awards winner.  Radio Ink  NTS Media Online 
David Bray
12/11/15 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and the other four Canadian PPM markets.  David Bray data  
Numeris
12/10/15 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period August 31-November 29, 2015.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 continues to lead with a 13.7 share.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 is second with 12.7.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 retains third with 9.3.  Numeris ratings 
Whistle Posts West
12/09/15 - Whistle Posts West: Railway Tales from British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon by former Vancouver broadcaster and BCIT Associate Dean of Broadcast Brian Antonson, and co-authored by Mary Trainer and Rick Antonson, continues on a roll.  It's now number three on the BC Bestseller list.  The book has been available only since the last week of October and is steadily moving up the list. 
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
12/09/15 - With a global online audience and fans worldwide, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle began broadcasting this morning from its new digs at Seattle Center.  The move from its home at Dexter and Denny comes after 14 years there, thousands of live performances and the launch of several important musical acts in recent years.  Mark Briggs, KING5 News  Paul de Barros, Seattle Times 
Sean Eckford
12/09/15 - Sean Eckford, News Director for Coast FM CKAY-FM 91.7 Sechelt/Nanaimo and Juice FM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan has resigned following a dispute with management over allegations that management asked staff, including editorial staff, to participate in a voluntary one day ad-sales blitz.  He's been ND at Coast FM since 2006 and Juice FM since August 2014.  His last day was December 4.  H.G. Watson, Source  
Devon Tschritter
12/09/15 (Updated) - General Sales Manager Devon Tschritter leaves Corus Radio Vancouver to go to Newcap Vancouver as Director of Sales beginning January 4.  He has been with Corus Vancouver for 11 years.  His last day at Corus was December 7. 
Garet Michaels
12/08/15 - Veteran radio programmer and personality Garett Michaels has been named PD at JACK KFMB-FM 100.7 Dan Diego.  He was most recently PD at The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle for two years.  All Access Music Group 
KPLU-FM 88.5
12/08/15 - A dispute between Pacific Lutheran University and opponents over how much money and in-kind contributions the school puts into KPLU-FM 88.5 is the new focus over the proposed sale of the station to the University of Washington.  Meanwhile, after a rally by about 40 students and others last Thursday opposing the sale, the board of the PLU Alumni Association announced its support for it.  All Access Music Group  Alumni open letter 
KIRO Radio Seattle
12/08/15 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle, in partnership with Treehouse, will host the 27th Annual Foster Child Holiday Magic Radiothon from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 10.  The Holiday Magic Radiothon raises money to provide each child in the Foster Child program with one significant holiday gift along with support for programs and services throughout the year.  Donations this year will be accepted through the call center at 877-KIRO-4KIDS (877-547-6454) or online at MyNorthwest.com/holidaymagicRadio Ink  All Access Music Group 
JP Patches ornament
12/07/15 - J.P. Patches, as played by Chris Wedes, ruled Seattle television from 1958 to 1981 and still has a legion of devoted fans.  Seattle area Bartell Drug Stores are selling Christmas ornaments in his image.  Bartell Drugs has an arrangement with the supplier, Archie McPhee, to distribute them locally but they can also be ordered online in time for Christmas at Archie McPhee.
Joanna Mileos
12/07/15 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor Joanna Mileos, now owner of The Granville Island Toy Company, makes recommendations on the purchase of children's toys for Christmas.  She advises looking at the "play value" of a toy before buying it.  Mileos was a prominent anchor at News1130 from 1996-2007.  Nicole Ireland, CBC News 
Greg Douglas
12/05/15 - Track announcer Dan Jukich was inducted into the BC Horse Racing Hall of Fame at the annual thoroughbred industry awards dinner Thursday.  He also reported horse racing results on News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver in the early 2000s.  Meanwhile, TSN 1040 CKST AM sportscaster Scott Rintoul has lost his sports talk show due to recent restructuring.  However, he will co-host Canucks pre-game and post-game broadcasts and continue to voice BC Lions play-by-play with Giulio CaravattaGreg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
KPLU-FM 88.5
12/04/15 - About 40 students and listeners held a protest march at Pacific Lutheran University Thursday in the latest opposition to the proposed $8 million sale of Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5.  An online petition has also been launched to ask the FCC to block the sale.  All Access Music Group  
Dug Joy
12/04/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Dug Joy has been released along with his morning show co-host at FAB 94.3 CHIQ-FM Winnipeg.  He was on-air from May 2009 to November 2010 at Shore CHHR-FM (now LG 104.3 CHLG-FM) Vancouver.  
Dave Welch (Brian Davis)
12/04/15 - Former Vancouver radio personality Dave Welch has been released due to restructuring at the Rogers Radio Kitchener ON cluster after almost 15 years.  He was on-air at CFUN AM 1410 (now TSN 1410 CFST AM), CISL AM 650 and QMFM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver in the late 80s and 90s.  He was known as Brian Davis in Kitchener. 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
12/03/15 - The Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 Orphans’ Fund Pledge Day yesterday topped last year's number with $1.9 million raised to support special needs children in BC.  The money will go towards everything from speech therapy and medical equipment to summer camps.  CKNW release 
Numeris
12/03/15 - Numeris Radio Diary Surveys for September 7 - November 1, 2015 have been released.  In Victoria Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leads with an 18.2 share, The Island's Rock CKKQ- FM 100.3 is second with 11.8 and News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 is third with 10.2.  Also released are diary numbers for Nanaimo, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and other BC and Canadian radio markets.  Numeris data    
KCTS-TV Seattle
Crosscut
12/03/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle Public Television is merging with Crosscut, an 8-year-old online news site focused on local and state government, into a new entity formally named Cascade Public Media.  Crosscut will continue to operate, but with financial underpinnings it has lacked and Its news resources will be made available to KCTS.  KCTS is also acquiring What’s Good 206, an emerging website that presents a millennial perspective on issues in the Northwest.  KCTS has filed to legally change its name to Cascade Public Media.  Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI  Crosscut release  KCTS release 
Larry & Willy
12/02/15 - Larry Hennessey, who was released last week from his morning position at LG 104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver, teams up with his former morning show partner Willy Percy as guests on Drex Live Friday at 7 p.m. on CKNW AM 980Larry & Willy were fixtures on Vancouver morning radio at CFOX-FM 99.3 from 1988-2003 and then on Jack CKLG-FM 96.9 (now CJAX-FM) from 2003-12.
Michael Kuss
12/01/15 - Former CTV Vancouver meteorologist Michael Kuss, who was released two weeks ago as part of major staff cuts by owner Bell Media, has found a new home at Global BC.  He announced today on his Twitter page that he's in training with Global meteorologist Mark Madryga.  He had been with CTV Vancouver since 2011.
KPLU-FM 88.5
12/01/15 - In a letter to Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas Krise and the university’s regents Monday, the KPLU-FM 88.5 community advisory council says the decision to sell the station to the University of Washington is “fundamentally misguided,” and backed by claims that are “misleading or fundamentally incorrect".  The letter urges UW to withdraw from further negotiations and consider other options.  The letter chides PLU for not consulting or advising on the $8 million sale.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI 
Bob Rivers
12/01/15 - Longtime Seattle radio host Bob Rivers is leaving his fairytale North Bend manor behind.  Among other amenities, the home features its own recording studio.  Rivers plans to spend more time with his wife traveling and hiking.  KING 5 news/video   
Kirby Wilbur
12/01/15 - Talk show host Kirby Wilbur returns to KVI AM 570 Seattle Monday, January 4, with the time slot yet to be announced.  He left KVI six years ago under previous management and ownership.  Wilbur calls his time at KVI one of the most fulfilling jobs of his life.  He has been living in Virginia but has kept up with the political scene in Washington state.  KVI release 
Ocean CIOC-FM Victoria
12/01/15 - Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria moved to All Christmas just after midnight this morning.
Lights Out
11/30/15 - After 22 years on the air, the show Lights Out on Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver is going dark.  The Sunday night program featured classic radio shows.  However, it lives on at Network Replay on sister station CKNW AM 980 website.  Rock 101 release 
KUGS-FM 89.3 Bellingham
11/30/15 - Western Washington University student-managed college radio station KUGS-FM 89.3 has returned to the air following class cancellations last week as the result of racist threats posted on social media.  An email was sent to Western Washington University’s community Friday evening, two days after students and community activists described the school’s actions as inadequate.  Jessica Lee, Seattle Times 
Rafe Mair
11/30/15 - Lawyer, politician, long time Vancouver broadcaster and published author Rafe Mair has released his 12th book, I Remember Horsebuns, about Vancouver in the `30s, `40s and `50s.  In the book, he looks back to his childhood in Vancouver and how the city and its natural surroundings would come to shape his views.  Mair, who turns 84 on December 31st, was a prominent talk show host at CJOR, CKNW, CKBD and Citytv from 1981-2004 and continues as a guest commentator on CBC Vancouver.  John Ackermann, News1130  
KIXI AM 880 Seattle
11/29/15 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle joined the ranks of Christmas music stations at 4 p.m. Friday with, "All the classic Christmas songs that you’ve grown up with...and the coolest new Christmas music."  KIXI release 
Clay Freinwald
11/28/15 - The December 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses local storms, the KPLU/KUOW deal, a "split bullet" and much more.  December Clay's Corner
KUGS-FM 89.3 Bellingham
11/28/15 - KUGS-FM 89.3 Bellingham is off air until next week.  The station's website says, "KUGS will be going off-air Tuesday November 24th at 6 p.m. until Monday morning at 7 a.m.  The safety of our student volunteers is our number one concern and in light of recent threats made on social media, this precaution has been deemed necessary." 
Christmas Holly
11/27/15 - Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden moved to All Christmas at 6 p.m. Thursday with Angels We Have Heard on High by Josh Wilson, Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle switched at 12:11 a.m. today with We Need a Little Christmas by Percy Faith and CISL AM 650 Vancouver moved to Classic Christmas at midnight this morning with Deck The Halls by Nat King Cole.
Global BC
Rock 101 CFMI-FM
11/27/15 - 5,000 people attended the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast Thursday presented by Global BC and Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 to support the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau to help make Christmas a little brighter for families across the Lower Mainland.  Generous public donations were joined by those from Vancouver Fire & Rescue, Vancouver Police Department, and several Vancouver businesses.  Over 17 Tons of toys (40,000 pounds) were collected in six Giant Shipping Trucks along with $20,000 in cash donations.  In addition, over 200 gift cards were donated, as well as 950 Bikes from Dominion Lending Centres across the province.
Forbes & Marshall
11/26/15 - Puget Sound Radio reports that long-time morning show hosts Lisa Marshall and Michael Forbes have been released from Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria.  The Forbes & Marshall duo have been waking up listeners since 1996.  PSR news 
Kirk Williams
11/26/15 - After 27 years, veteran CBC reporter Kirk Williams has left the Corporation to embark on a new career in public relations.  He started as an agriculture reporter for CBC Saskatoon in 1988 before moving to CBC Winnipeg as legislative reporter & senior news producer.  He's been a reporter specializing in real estate/development stories and the Olympics at CBC Vancouver since 2002. 
Celilia Walters
11/26/15 - Tributes poured in from fans and co-workers as Cecilia Walters, long time voice of CBC Vancouver Radio News in the morning, signed off after a four decade long journalism career this morning.  She has been a regular on both CBC Radio and Television in Vancouver since 1982.  CBC news 
Harvey Oberfeld
11/26/15 - Blogger and former Vancouver news reporter Harvey Oberfeld cautions the CRTC about the claim made by Bell Media owner CTV, which says, "Changes are an essential step in ensuring that Bell Media’s cost structure reflect the realities of revenue performance in media and broadcasting..."  Bell Media's official stance comes after recent layoffs of 380 on-air and behind-the-scenes TV and radio personnel across Canada, including 20 prominent news positions at CTV British Columbia.  The Commission will begin hearings on the future of local and community television in Canada in January.  Harvey Oberfeld blog   
Michael Buble
11/26/15 - Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson narrates Michael Bublé's Christmas Special for the third year.  It's the fifth year for the program, featuring a night of music, comedy and celebration, to be aired on NBC and Global TV December 10.  Red Robinson info  
Sonia Deol
11/26/15 - Sonia Deol will join the Global BC Morning News as co-host with Steve Darling.  She has worked on BBC Breakfast and BBC News in London and most recently has been anchoring newscasts at CBC Vancouver.  Her start date is yet to be announced.  Global BC release
David Boze
11/26/15 - After 13 years, KTTH AM 770 Seattle talk show host David Boze presents his last show Friday.  He announced, "I am leaving KTTH and pursuing ventures that can only be done in presidential years and to follow my own creative vision."  KTTH release  
Global BC
11/26/15 - Global BC meteorologists weigh in on on-line TV wardrobe criticism following a recent Reddit post that has now gone viral, showing female meteorologists across the United States all wearing the same dress.  Amy Judd, Global News
Whistle Posts West
11/25/15 - Whistle Posts West: Railway Tales from British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon written by Mary Trainer, Brian Antonson and Rick Antonson has entered the BC Best Sellers list at #11.  The book has been available only since the last week of October and is already on the list.  Brian Antonson was on-air and did production work for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 during the 1960s & 70s and was formerly Associate Dean, Broadcast and Media Communications at BCIT.  APBC info  
George Gordon
11/25/15 - Former Vancouver news anchor George Gordon has returned to Vancouver, along with his consulting company Be Heard Communications, after anchoring news in Ottawa and Toronto for the last 5-1/5 years.  He has enjoyed four successful decades in radio, as a communicator, motivator and coach.  Gordon held positions at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as Executive Editor and morning news anchor from 1999-2009.  
Wilfred Stanley (Rusty) Hopper
11/25/15 - Former CBC Vancouver technical staffer Wilf "Rusty" Hopper died in Langley November 14 in his 97th year.  He started his career with CBC Vancouver in December 1954 as an operator in the transmitter department.  He became a technician in 1960 and worked in the Regional Engineering Department and in Radio Technical until December 1979 when he took early retirement.  Sun/Province obituary
FCC
11/25/15 - The FCC has granted Inspiration Media, Inc. License to Cover for KLFE AM 1590 Seattle.  Daytime power has increased from 5 kW to 20 kW.  Nightime power remains at 5 kW.  The station operates with directional antenna, different constants day and night.  FCC authorization  FCC data 
Research Director, Inc.
11/25/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive November PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
11/25/15 - BBC Broadcasting Inc. says it won't appeal the decision by a Skagit County Superior Court judge to dismiss an appeal by the company to overturn an earlier decision by Whatcom County to reject the its application to erect five 45-metre (150-foot) steel towers 330 meters south of the Tsawwassen border to transmit KRPI AM 1550.  BBC Broadcasting is now seeking renewal of its license to continue broadcasting from its existing transmitter site in Ferndale.  However, the deadline for filing an appeal is November 30.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist 
Roundhouse Radio 98.3
11/25/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver, in partnership with Urban Fare, will be starting their Stuff-The-Truck Campaign for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank Society this holiday season, collecting non-perishable food items at various Urban Fare locations around Downtown Vancouver.   Beginning Saturday, November 28, Urban Fare will have Food Bank collection boxes in store and $10 Grab-n-Go Donation Bags.  Roundhouse Radio will be on location each weekend from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. stuffing its delivery truck to help feed those who may go hungry.  Donations may be dropped off any time from November 28 - December 20.
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
11/25/15 - The 38th annual CKNW AM 980 Pledge Day takes place Wednesday, December 2 at Terminal City Club in Vancouver from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.   So far, in 2015, the CKNW Orphans’ Fund provided over $700,000 in individual grants to children with special needs and over $600,000 to non-profits supporting essential programs for children with list the Orphans' Fund website   At sister station Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Thursday, November 26 is the annual Pan Pacific Vancouver Christmas Wish Breakfast along with Global BC from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Bob Rivers
11/25/15 - Intune Media announces the release of veteran Seattle radio air personality Bob Rivers' Twisted Tunes app, and a new version of the Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas app, both for the new Apple TV platform.  The app has been available on the iOS platform for iPhone and iPad since 2010.  The new app includes rotating background graphics while streaming a random playlist of Twisted Christmas songs, with song lyrics available.   Twisted Tunes song parodies have been released on numerous albums over the past 30 years.  River entertained Seattle listeners for 25 years before retiring in August 2014.  Radio Online  
Nielsen Audio
11/24/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 returns to first place the Nielsen Audio November 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 7.5 share.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 dips down to second with 6.8.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves up to third with a 5.7 share.  Radio Online
Jim Gearhart
11/24/15 - Former Seattle personality Jim Gearhart is retiring from his 25-year morning position at WKXW-FM 101.5 Trenton NJ following a recent injury.  He was prominent at KIRO AM 710 during the 1970s.  NTS Media Online 
KPLU-FM 88.5
11/24/15 - An emotional crowd of about 200 people at the Westin Hotel applauded Monday afternoon as members of the KPLU-FM 88.5 advisory board voted unanimously to oppose the sale of the station to KUOW.  The advisory council doesn’t have the power to block the deal but intends to send a letter to PLU expressing consternation about the sale.  Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times  C.R. Roberts, News Tribune 
Larry Hennessey
11/24/15 - Newcap Radio has released long-time radio veteran Larry Hennessey and morning co-host Corrie Miller from LG104.3 CHLG Vancouver.  Hennessey has been on the Vancouver radio scene since 1988.  The two teamed up on LG104.3 in July 2014.  The station's new schedule has Kelly Latremouille 6 a.m.-noon, Lea Miller (from Newcap Ottawa) noon to 3 p.m. and Graham Hatch 3-9 p.m. 
KPLU-FM 88.5
11/23/15 - A tribute to KPLU-FM 88.5 from Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas Krise was deleted from the station’s annual report before the university announced that KPLU was being sold to the University of Washington.  Meanwhile, atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass, a weekly contributor to KPLU posted in a blog that KUOW-FM 94.9 has “greatly reduced” its local news program, and filled its airwaves with “repetitious syndicated material" and “The proposed deal will destroy a very popular local radio station. It will end a deeply needed local news organization.”  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI 
Rebecca Stevenson
11/23/15 - Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson returns to Seattle for morning segments at Q13 KCPQ-TV.  She was Chief Meteorologist at KIRO-TV Seattle from 2007-13 and was most recently part of the broadcast team at Al Jazeera America in New York.  Seatac Media  
CBC logo
11/21/15 - CBC Vancouver is opening its doors once again on Friday, December 4 for the 29th annual CBC/Radio-Canada Open House and Food Bank Day.  From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the public can tour CBC Vancouver's integrated newsroom and meet CBC on-air personalities and reporters.  Additionally, Studio 700 will be open to watch radio hosts broadcasting live starting at 6 a.m. and to meet them throughout the day in Studio 10.  CBC Vancouver release  Printable schedule  
Cecilia Walters
11/20/15 - CBC British Columbia has announced that Cecilia Walters, Morning News host on CBC Radio's The Early Edition, will retire next Thursday, November 26.  She has been a regular on both CBC Radio and Television in Vancouver since 1982 and joined The Early Edition in September 1997.  Walters has been a former host of Almanac and co-anchored The CBC Evening News with Bill Good on CBC Television from 1982-88.  CBC news  
Warm KRWM-FM 106.9
QMFM CHQM-FM Vancouver
11/20/15 - Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 flipped to Seattle's Christmas Station shortly after noon on Thursday with Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms.  Meanwhile, QMFM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver became Vancouver's Christmas Music Station shortly after 8 a.m. today with Christmas by Mariah Carey.  CTV News  
KPLU-FM 88.5
11/19/15 - Internal staff of KPLU-FM 88.5 was not aware of any negotiations or intention on the part of Pacific Lutheran University to sell the station, even though there have been talks going on for several years.  The announcement last week of a planned sale to the University of Washington has raised concern for the future of KPLU’s reporters and staff.  David Kroman, Crosscut.com  
CKNW AM 980
11/19/15 - After receiving the go-ahead from Industry Canada last week to continue its HD service on Vancouver market CFMI-FM 101.1, CKNW will begin to promote itself on-air as being available on HD2 starting next Monday.  There will be 30 second promos with evening host Drex and engineer Rob Brown.  There will also be a video with Drex on the CKNW website on how to tune your HD receiver along with a link to MyHDRadioCKNW release 
On The Air - A Musical Review
11/19/15 - Christmas On The Air - A Musical Revue, hosted by veteran Vancouver broadcasters Red Robinson and Rick Cluff will run at 1 and 7 p.m. December 5 at The Columbia in New Westminster.  The show features classic Christmas tunes reminiscent of the 40s, 50s and 60s set in a radio studio.  The Christmas cast includes tribute artists, a sweeter than candy cane Band, Elves, Swing Dancers and Santa.  Facebook info
CTV Vancouver
11/18/15 - More names of staff released Tuesday at CTV Vancouver include reporter Peter Grainger, assignment editor Len Catling, producer John Scott and Director of Engineering Rob Chambers.  The cuts are part of sweeping national layoffs at Bell Media radio and TV stations in a number of Canadian cities.  Vancouver Sun  James Bradshaw, The Globe and Mail  
CTV Vancouver
11/17/15 - It's been confirmed that Sports Director Perry Solkowski and reporter Lisa Rossington are among a number of staff released today at CTV Vancouver.  Also gone is talk show and hockey host Jeff Paterson from TSN 1040 CKST AM.  Further confirmed cuts include Meteorologist Michael Kuss from CTV, and producer Cam Mitchell and host Matt Baker from TSN 1040The Province 
FCC
11/17/15 - The FCC has granted original construction permits to Bustos Media Holdings, LLC for four booster stations for KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma.  They are KDDS-FM1 Seattle with .5 kW ERP, KDDS-FM2 Rainier Beach with .099 kW ERP, KDDS-FM3 Tukwila with .099 kW ERP and KDDS-FM4 Kent with 1 kW ERP.  As booster stations, all will operate on 99.3 MHz.  FCC data  
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
11/17/15 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle lays claim to making radio history on December 1st when both the BJ & Migs morning show and The Mens Room afternoon show will perform their programs completely live.  Everything from commercials to music to sound effects, to announcers and jingle singers and more will be done in the KISW studios.  The programs will feature local and national musicians and station staff, with everything performed live.  All Access Music Group 
Dave Biro
11/17/15 - Long-time News Assignment Editor Dave Biro has retired from CTV Vancouver Island, where he has worked since 2004.  Prior to CTV, he served at CHEK-TV Victoria as News Assignment Editor & Senior Producer for over eight years and then two years as Ministerial Assistant for the Government of British Columbia.  Biro's retirement is one of a number of staff cuts made at the CTV Victoria station.
Michael Popil
11/16/15 - Long-time Vancouver copywriter, producer and commercial voice artist Michael Popil has joined Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 as Copywriter and National Creative Coordinator.  He held positions with CFUN AM 1410 (now TSN CFTE) and CHQM-FM 103.5 and then Rogers Radio Vancouver from 1988-2013.  
KVWV-LP 94.9 Bellingham
11/16/15 - Low power KVWV-LP 94.9 Bellingham, which has been operating online since September, is running a countdown clock on its website.  Official OTA sign-on is 12 noon Friday, November 27.  The 100-watt station is scheduled to air local and independent music with over 85 percent Northwest-based, along with locally produced talk shows.  FCC data
Whistle Posts West
11/15/15 - Whistle Posts West: Railway Tales from British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon written by Mary Trainer, Brian Antonson and Rick Antonson is now available online and in bookstores.  It showcases tantalizing tales from 150 years of Canada's railroading.  Initial sales are brisk with the publisher reporting more than 1100 distributed in its first two weeks.  The trio's 2007 book, Slumach’s Gold: In Search of a Legend, is a Canadian best-seller and the legend itself was made into a successful 6-part TV show Curse of the Frozen Gold aired on the History Channel in fall 2015 and on Animal Planet in 2016.  Brian Antonson was on-air and did production work for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 during the 1960s & 70s and was formerly Associate Dean, Broadcast and Media Communications at BCIT. 
Thomas Krise
11/14/15 - Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas Krise, in a letter to his university community, explains the intended $8 million sale of KPLU-FM 88.5 to KUOW-FM 94.9 and the University of Washington, which was announced Thursday.  The sale will eliminate KPLU’s news division and remake the station into an all-jazz format, while KUOW becomes the sole National Public Radio and local news outlet.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI 
Brien Blakely
11/14/15 - News anchor/reporter Brien Blakely leaves Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV to join WJZY-TV Charlotte NC in January.  He returns to Charlotte after working at Q13 since June 2011.  Mark Washburn, The Charlotte Observer
Leigh Kjekstad
11/14/15 - Global BC anchor/producer/reporter Leigh Kjekstad has left to take the position of Public Relations Specialist at EY Vancouver.  Before joining Global in January 2012, she held news positions at several stations in the U.S. and for a short time at CHEK-TV Victoria in 2012.
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3
11/12/15 - There has been a change of titles in the newsroom at Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver.  Kerry Marshall becomes Senior News Anchor and Team Lead while Marcella Bernardo is News and Content Director.  Puget Sound Radio 
KPLU-FM 88.5
KUOW-FM 94.9
11/12/15 - Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington have announced PLU’s intent to sell its broadcasting rights and facilities associated with KPLU-FM 88.5 to KUOW-FM 94.9.  Although not finalized, the agreement calls for two stations: one for NPR and Northwest news at 94.9, and one for jazz music at 88.5.  The sale will bring together two stations that have collaborated for many years through the Northwest News Network, and through other fundraising and community events.  The purchase price for the station and its assets is $8 million, comprising $7 million in cash and $1 million of underwriting announcements over 10 years.  KUOW info  UW/PLU release  Katherine Long/Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times  C.R. Roberts, News Tribune 
John Komen
11/11/15 - Just three of the early KOMO-TV Seattle news staff are still with us following the passing of Art McDonald August 20 at age 82.  Keith Jackson, Howard Shuman and John Komen were part of a small group working under Herb Robinson, the first director of KOMO-TV News.  John Komen, SeaTac Media 
Kristopher Jones
11/11/15 - Kristopher Jones, former PD and Vice President of Programming at Westwood One, launches a new company called M:3 Merge Music Media, based in Seattle.  It will provide programming services for independent broadcasters.  Radio Ink   
Merv Meadows
11/09/15 - A memorial has been announced for Vancouver broadcaster Merv Meadows, who died October 24 in Saanichton BC at age 74 due to complications of pneumonia.  It will be held at 12 noon November 14 at his daughter's home in Arlington, WA.  Puget Sound Radio 
KEXP-FM Seattle
11/09/15 - A thriving KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle bucks the Internet radio trend as it prepares to move into new headquarters not far from the Space Needle.  Like many of its non-profit counterparts, KEXP is using the Internet to reach bigger audiences around the globe.  Nick Wingfield, New York Times/Seattle Times 
CITR-FM Vancouver
11/08/15 - Over 300 digitized audio files of CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver vault content are now available thanks to a collaborative effort between the UBC Library Digitization Centre and the Student Radio Society of the University of British Columbia.  The audio collection spans the years 1949-2000.  Alexandra Kuskowski, UBC 
Rob Fai
11/07/15 - After Vancouver Canadians baseball play-by-play broadcaster Rob Fai announced he had landed the position of Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations at the University of BC Athletics & Recreation Department last month, he's had a change of heart.  Fai has returned to his baseball office in Nat Bailey Stadium’s press box.  Greg Douglas, Here 'N' There, Vancouver Sun
Gord Lansdell
11/06/15 - British Columbia radio historian and webmaster Gord Lansdell is featured today in a posting on the Northwest Hall of Radio History Facebook page.  The Northwest Hall of Radio History, curated by Seattle-based radio/TV producer and media historian Feliks Banel, is "dedicated to the media pioneers who built the region's broadcasting institutions.  Through their stories, the hall interprets the past to inspire others to shape the media of tomorrow."   
Alexis Smith
11/06/15 - Alexis Smith joins KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle as its new Saturday noon to six and fill-in host effective November 7.  She is a traffic reporter for KIRO-TV, a position she began in May 2013.  All Access Music Group
CKGI-FM Gabriola Island
11/05/15 - Broadcast Dialogue reports the Gabriola Radio Society’s request for a third one-year extension, until November 2016, to launch CKGI-FM 98.7 Gabriola Island has been denied.  The original CRTC approval was granted in November 2011.  It's not clear at this time what the Society's next move will be.  Broadcast Dialogue news  
Michael Filippi
11/05/15 - Michael Filippi replaces syndicated Jonathon Brandmeier as weekday morning host at KLAY AM 1180 Lakewood/Tacoma as the station moves to local talk during a.m. drive.  Seatac Media  
Hudson Mack
11/04/15 - Veteran Victoria television news anchor Hudson Mack returns to Kamloops, where his broadcast career began, to promote his autobiography Hudson Mack: Unsinkable AnchorHe worked for two years at the Broadcast Centre at CFJC-TV Kamloops before becoming Assistant News Director & Senior Anchor at CHEK-TV Victoria and then News Director & Senior Anchor at The New VI (now CTV Vancouver Island), where his 34-year career came to an end in February 2014.  Mack will be at a meet and greet beginning at noon Saturday, November 7 at Chapters bookstore in Kamloops.  Dale Bass, Kamloops This Week  
This TV
11/03/15 - This TV returns to Seattle airwaves on KCPQ-TV subchannel 13.2.  It is operated as a joint venture between the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media, and MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer group and maintains a large programming emphasis on movies.  It was formerly aired on KOMO-TV Seattle's subchannel 4.2, but was replaced on October 30 by COMET
Ariel Van Cleave
11/03/15 - Ariel Van Cleave joins Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 as Morning Edition producer and primary fill-in host.  She has been Morning Edition host at WYSO-FM 91.3 Yellow Springs OH since October 2014 and was previously Station Manager at KDLL-FM 91.9 Kenai AK.  Inside Radio  
Ross Reynolds
11/02/15 - Ross Reynolds, co-host of the KUOW-FM 94.9 daily news magazine The Record  has been named Executive Producer of Community Engagement.  He begins his new position on Monday, November 9.  Reynolds' last day as full-time co-host of The Record will be Friday, November 6 but he will continue to be heard on KUOW throughout the schedule, including on The Record.  The show will take a brief hiatus the week of November 9-13, before re-launching on Monday, November 16 with Bill Radke as principal interviewer.  KUOW release  
Rock101 CFMI-FM Vancouver
10/31/15 - After some initial hiccups, the newly added HD signal on Vancouver market CFMI-FM 101.1 should now be reliable.  Engineering is currently working on a problem with the artist and title information, but expects to have it fully operational on Monday.  The customary three week test period ends on Tuesday and if passed will be in effect on an experimental basis until the station license renewal in 2018.  HD is running on two low power stations in Southern Ontario, CING-FM 95.3 Hamilton, CFMI and will soon to be turned on in Calgary.  The CRTC and Industry Canada are treating the recently added HD signals in Canada as experimental or evaluation level. 
Don Cayo
10/31/15 - The Jack Webster Foundation will present its inaugural Bill Good Award at the 29th Annual Awards Dinner on November 4.  Vancouver Sun columnist Don Cayo will be the recipient.  The Webster Awards in 13 news categories will be presented at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver and emceed by Global BC news anchor Chris Gailus.  The Bill Good Award was announced in 2014 to honor Good on his retirement from 50 years of broadcast journalism and goes to a BC journalist, broadcaster, builder or educator who makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism or the community at large.  CNW news release 
Merv Meadows
10/31/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Merv Meadows died October 24 at his home in the Victoria suburb of Saanich.  He worked at CFPR Prince Rupert, was News Director at CHFM-FM Calgary in the mid sixties and read news at CKWX Vancouver from 1966-73.  He was later a member of the  Foreign Service, where he received a special commendation in 1992, before retiring to live on Vancouver Island.
Rob Brimacombe
10/31/15 - Rob Brimacombe has returned to Corus Radio Vancouver as a Senior Account Manager.  He was Sales Manager for Corus' CKNW AM 980 from 2002-07 before joining the Rogers Radio Vancouver Cluster management team as GSM for News1130 CKWX AM from 2007-14.  
Mel Cooper
10/29/15 - Former CFAX AM 1070 Victoria owner Mel Cooper reports on a Sunday brunch organized by Wendy Sahaydak (Hunt) to celebrate the “great old radio days”.  The event was attended by 36 former C-FAX staff members.  Cooper is currently Chair, TELUS Victoria Community Board.  Puget Sound Radio  Mel Cooper PSR photos    
John Discepolo
10/29/15 - Former KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor John Discepolo is expected to be released from a West Palm Beach, FL hospital later this week after spending six days in the ICU after he caught a rare nerve disorder that, in some cases, can be fatal.  His prognosis for a full recovery is good.  He was a reporter and anchored weekend news at KOMO TV from 2010-12 before moving to anchor at WPEC-TV West Palm Beach.  Jose Lambiet, GossipExtra 
Research Director, Inc.
10/28/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive October PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
VF2686
10/27/15 - Low power VF2686 is testing at 89.3 MHz with a maximum ERP of 15 watts directional at 91.8 metres HAAT at 49-08-54 122-53-33 in North Delta.  The station, registered to Amrit Baani Radio Ltd., is officially licensed to neighboring Surrey.  Its test announcements are in Punjabi and English.  Radio-Locator coverage map 
Nielsen Audio
10/27/15 - News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up into first place in the Nielsen Audio October 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.8 share, ahead of second place CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 with 6.6.  Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 slips down to third place with a 5.4 share.  Radio Online
Dustin Collins
10/27/15 - Dustin Collins has been appointed Program Director for Vancouver market Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1.  He's been Assistant PD for Rock 101 and sister station CFOX-FM 99.3 since May 2013.   
Clay Freinwald
10/26/15 - The November 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses weather predictions, traveling on Tiger Mountain Road, FCC website upgrades and much more.  November Clay's Corner 
Tony Russell
10/26/15 - Fitz in the Morning show co-host Tony Russell is leaving the program after 10 years at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.  He has chosen to look for a new opportunity.  He's also been an insurance agent with Shay & Associates since January of this year.  All Access Music Group 
Deborah Ellis
10/26/15 - KOMO-TV Seattle has hired Deborah Ellis as a promotion producer.  She has been a producer and writer at KING-TV Seattle since 1998 and held the same position at KTZZ-TV (now KSJO-TV) Seattle the previous year.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
COMET TV
10/24/15 - The new COMET television channel "dedicated to sci-fi entertainment offering popular favorites, cult classics, and undiscovered gems..." is scheduled to be added to KOMO-TV Seattle's subchannel 4.2 effective October 31.  COMET is owned as a joint venture between the MGM Television division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Sinclair Television Group division of the Sinclair Broadcast Group.  This TV is currently being aired on channel 4.2.
Leon Bibb
10/23/15 - Legendary folk singer, actor and civil rights activist Leon Bibb died this morning of natural causes at age 93 after several strokes dating back to February 2014.  He had already made a name for himself in the U.S. when he moved to Vancouver in 1971.  He appeared on Broadway in the 1960s, starred in the Arts Club Revue Theatre in Vancouver and on CBC Television in the 1970s and at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Expo 86 in the 1980s.  In the early 1990s Bibb launched a program in more than 120 schools to create greater understanding about diversity, racism, bullying, and multiculturalism.  He is a member of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame and was appointed to the Order of B.C. in 2009.  A memorial is being planned for later this year.  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
Travis Mayfield
10/23/15 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV has named Travis Mayfield Director Digital Strategy.  He’ll also oversee JOEtv affiliate KZJO-TV Seattle and CW affiliate KRCW-TV Portland.  He formerly was Director of Audience Engagement and also spots digital and social trends on the Q13 morning news.  Before joining Q13 Mayfield was Director of Digital and Social Strategy for Fisher Communications and a reporter at KOMO-TV and RadioKevin Eck, TVSpy  
Ross Fletcher
10/23/15 - After four seasons, Seattle Sounders FC play-by-play broadcaster Ross Fletcher leaves the club at the conclusion of the 2015 campaign.  He’ll continue to call the club’s potential matches throughout the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on KIRO AM 710Sounders release         
Dan Roach
10/22/15 - S.W. Davis Broadcast Technical Services Ltd. Supervisor Dan Roach was presented with the Ambassador Award and Nathan Pachal, former Senior Systems Engineer for Rogers Media Vancouver television operations was recognized with the Spirit Award  at the 65th Western Association of Broadcast Engineers (WABE) conference in Vancouver October 18-20.  The Ambassador Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly and the Spirit Award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to WABE, the convention, the executive, or in providing exemplary service in some way, to the WABE organization.   
Bill Reker
10/22/15 - Former KOMO AM 1000 Seattle news anchor Bill Reker is retiring from his current anchor/reporter position at KMOX AM 1120 St. Louis.  He's been in the business for more than 40 years with 20 of them at KMOX.  KMOX News  
Rock 101 CFMI-FM Vancouver
10/22/15 - The appearance of HD on Vancouver market Rock101 CFMI-FM 101.1 last week is the beginning of a three week Industry Canada test period for the new service, which appears to be the first in Canada west of Toronto.  Some interruptions may result as the system is being adjusted.  CFMI-FM HD1 and HD2 carrying sister station CKNW AM 980 is expected to officially launch next Tuesday or Wednesday with both on-air and website notification.  Corus Vancouver cluster engineering advises there are no immediate plans to add HD to CFOX-FM 99.3
Brian Brenn
10/21/15 - Arrangements have been made for a gathering of friends and family to remember former News1130 Vancouver news anchor Brian Brenn from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, October 25 at the Nico Wynd Golf Course clubhouse, 3601 Nico Wynd Drive in Surrey.  Light refreshments will be served.  If anyone attending has a picture or anecdote to share, please print it and bring it along so it can be added to the Memory Board that his wife Kathryn is starting.  She plans to make a scrapbook of the memories.  Brian had a special place in his heart for animals of all kinds.  In lieu of flowers, donations In Memory of Brian Brenn can be made to the BC SPCA Surrey Branch.  Sun/Province obituary 
CRTC
10/21/15 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to operate a low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Ucluelet to replace CBXQ AM 540, which rebroadcasts CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  The new transmitter will operate at 92.7 MHz with an ERP 50 of watts non-directional at 27 metres HAAT.  CRTC release 
Ken Hardie
10/20/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster, ICBC and TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie won a seat for the Liberal Party in Monday's Canadian Federal Election in the Fleetwood-Port Kells riding.  Former CBC Radio Victoria host Jo-Ann Roberts, representing the Green Party finished second in her Victoria riding and former CBC Vancouver Meteorologist Claire Martin, also representing the Green Party, finished third in the North Vancouver riding.  CBC News  Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun  
James Warner
10/19/15 - James Warner becomes the new Manager of Coverage and Content at KIRO-TV Seattle.  He has been the News Director at WCSC-TV Charleston SC for over seven years.  Rick Gevers Newsletter  
Jeff Hansen
10/19/15 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle PD Jeff Hansen says NPR’s oldest listeners are “kind of saving us at the moment”.  He made the comment at a meeting of news and talk station programmers at the Public Radio Program Directors conference in Pittsburgh.  Matt Martinez, Director of Content at KPLU-FM 88.5 is considering giving staff more time to create original radio programming.  Average NPR quarter-hour (AQH) listening during morning drive time has dropped 11 percent in the past five years, and afternoon drive audience has declined 6 percent.  Tyler Falk, Current  
Max Sussman
10/17/15 - 2013 BCIT Technology, Radio Arts and Entertainment graduate and Sunday afternoon announcer at Mountain FM CISQ-FM 107.1/CISW-FM 102.1 Squamish/Whistler Max Sussman has been appointed Promotions Manager at the station.  He's also a play-by-play announcer for the Pacific Junior Hockey League
Nathan Pachal
10/15/15 - Nathan Pachal, who has been supporting Rogers Media television operations in Metro Vancouver for the past decade as senior systems engineer, has joined PNI Media.  He is also the television papers chair for the WABE convention October 18-20 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.     
Allison Mandzuk
10/15/15 - Allison Mandzuk has been promoted to GM/GSM at Vista Radio Vancouver Island, with stations in Courtenay, Duncan, Gisbons/Sechelt, Powell River, Campbell River and Port Hardy.  She succeeds Brian James who held the position since December 2014.  Mandzuk has worn a number of hats with Vista since 2006 and remains based in Courtenay. 
CKNW AM 980
10/15/15 - Former CTV Vancouver Promotions Coordinator Johnny Mah, who over the past year has been fill-in Promotions Coordinator at City / OMNI Television Vancouver, has landed the same position at CKNW AM 980.  He was with CTV from 2007-14. 
Rock 101 CFMI-FM Vancouver
10/15/15 - Vancouver market Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 has added HD Radio.  Rock 101 is being fed on its HD1 channel and CKNW AM 980 is on HD2.  An application by station owner Corus for a nested FM transmitter at 99.7 MHz in downtown Vancouver to broadcast the programming of CKNW was turned down by the CRTC in August.  AM stations are finding it increasingly difficult to facilitate a listenable signal in built up metropolitan areas.  This move gets CKNW into those areas with a high quality signal provided the listener has an HD Radio.  
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver
10/15/15 - Veteran broadcaster Don Shafer, who has run some of the most successful commercial radio stations in Canada, is using the CBC as the model for his new commercial station Roundhouse Radio and also hopes to attract some of CBC’s audience.  CIRH-FM 98.3 is set do live programming today out of a storefront location at 714 Alexander Street, with an 80 per cent talk, 20 per cent music format focusing specifically on the city of Vancouver.  The station is still technically in testing mode and expects to begin regular programming at 6 a.m. Monday.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun   
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3
10/13/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 is now testing on air with information about Vancouver and upcoming station programs along with regular cut-ins announcing the station's technical parameters.  It's authorized to operate with a maximum ERP of 1700 watts directional at 87.5 metres HAAT at 49-17-06 123-07-09.
KIRO Radio Seattle
10/13/15 - KIRO Radio Seattle celebrates its 80th anniversary Thursday, October 15.  Feliks Banel will help in the celebration Wednesday on Seattle's Morning News with Dave RossNorthwest Hall of Radio History  1935 FCC call letter confirmation 
TEGNA
10/12/15 - TEGNA (formerly Gannett Co.) Seattle market stations KING-TV and KONG-TV have returned to Dish Network following resolution of a contract dispute Sunday.  TEGNA had cut off Dish subscribers' access to its local channels Friday evening in more than three dozen markets because of the dispute, which affected 46 TV stations operated by TEGNA in 38 markets across 33 states.  Seattle PI 
Chris Legeros
10/11/15 (Updated) - A Trisagion service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E. for veteran Seattle news broadcaster Chris Legeros, with a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at the same location.  Born in Minnesota on November 12, 1952 to Greek parents, Legeros felt a deep connection to his ancestry and an even deeper one to the Greek Orthodox Church.  The longtime KIRO-TV journalist died Friday at his Lake Forest Park home from pancreatic cancer at age 62.  Coral Garnick, Seattle Times Obituary  The Friday morning funeral will be streamed live on kirotv.com.
Greg Douglas
10/10/15 - Legendary Vancouver blues musician and television actor Jim Byrnes voices a national TV commercial for Toronto Blue Jays telecasts plus radio spots for the eastern market as he gears up to host his own two-hour Saturday evening show Blues with Mr. Byrnes on the new Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver.  Vancouver Canadians baseball play-by-play broadcaster Rob Fai lands the position of Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations at the University of BC Athletics & Recreation DepartmentGreg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  
Jason Manning
10/10/15 - Puget Sound Radio reports former Vancouver radio personality and Victoria Program Director Jason Manning is returning to Vancouver as the new PD of Z953 CKZZ-FM effective November 2.  He is currently Senior Brand Director for the Corus Entertainment radio cluster in Winnipeg.  Puget Sound Radio news  
Chris Legeros
10/09/15 - 31-year KIRO-TV Seattle news veteran Chris Legeros passed away today from pancreatic cancer at age 62.  He stepped down from his regular reporting duties last August after announcing his cancer diagnosis.  He began his career in Minnesota in 1974 before moving to Seattle in 1983.  During his career he won awards from The Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West and the Washington Education Association, as well as three Emmy awards.  He was also inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences earlier this year.  KIRO 7 Staff  Lynsi Burton, Seattle PI   YouTube video  Tacoma News Tribune 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
10/09/15 - A Skagit County Superior Court judge has dismissed an appeal by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to overturn a decision by Whatcom County to reject the company's application to erect five 45-meter (150-foot) steel towers to transmit KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale at an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way, about 330 meters from the Tsawwassen border.  It was rejected because the towers exceeded height limits in the US peninsula.  Reports indicate the judge immediately issued her ruling after submissions, listing several reasons to uphold the Whatcom County decision, including the fact there are alternative sites available in Whatcom County that don't have height restrictions.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
Nielsen Audio
10/09/15 - Nielsen says Seattle will have the enhanced CBET (Critical Band Encoding Technology) by November 2.  Stations will receive a USB stick to upgrade the encoder.  Nielsen says every encoder needs to be upgraded and tested by the station engineer.  CBET is the technology that delivers the signal from the content to the PPM.  In lab and live testing in Baltimore and Washington D.C., Nielsen concluded that there is "similar performance between the enhanced CBET and VoltairRadio Ink #1  Radio Ink #2   
Dave Youell
10/09/15 - Prominent broadcast engineer Dave Youell has announced his retirement from his position as Senior Engineer at Bell Media Vancouver at the end of the year.  He gained his interest in radio while attending Victoria High in Edmonton and got his career start at CFRN Edmonton in 1971.  Youell joined Stan Davis’s Broadcast Technical Services in Vancouver in 1974 and became Chief Engineer for CHUM Radio Vancouver in 1995.  He spearheaded the planning and installation of towers from a new site in Delta to transmit CKST AM 1040 and CFUN (now CFTE) AM 1410, which were put into operation in 2009.  He was presented with the Rohde & Schwarz Excellence in Engineering Award at the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers conference in 2010. 
Charles Adler
10/08/15 - Former Vancouver and Winnipeg broadcaster Charles Adler will host The Charles Adler Show weekdays 4 - 6 p.m. PT on SiriusXM channel 167 beginning Tuesday, October 13.  He recently announced he was returning to BC after leaving his CJOB AM 680 Winnipeg-based program, which aired in syndication on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 for several years up until 2013.  He was on air as as Al Adler at CKLG Vancouver during its Top 40 days in the late 1970s.  SiriusXM release  Adler release  
Nick Allard
10/08/15 - Nick Allard is the new morning meteorologist at KIRO-TV Seattle effective October 12, after spending the past six years at KGW-TV Portland.  He's a native of Washington and graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University.  Allard began his career as weather anchor at KVEW-TV Kennewick and moved to Seattle in 2006 as weekday and weekend morning meteorologist for KING-TV and NWCNTVNewsCheck   
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM
10/07/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver reports, "The tower is up, the antennae is next!  Vancouver’s newest FM station Roundhouse Radio 98/3 is on the air in days!"  Roundhouse Radio photo 
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM
10/06/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has announced an expansion of its programming line-up.  Feature programs and weekends will include Rhona Raskin (LOVE & LUST) 9 to 10 p.m., Samantha Parton (SLIPSTREAM) 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday to Sunday, Jim Byrnes (BLUES WITH MR. BYRNES) 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Janice Ungaro and Cory Ashworth (CAMP) 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays, Joannah Connolly (THE REAL ESTATE THERAPIST) 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, Tonye Aganaba (GUILT & CO LIVE) 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays, along with daytime hosts Kirk LaPointe (OUR CITY) 6 to 9 a.m., Don Shafer (IMPACT) 9 to 10 a.m. & 2 to 3 p.m., Minelle Mahtani (SENSE OF PLACE) 10 a.m. to noon, Terry David Mulligan (LIVE FROM RAILTOWN) noon to 1 p.m., Cory Price (TRACKS) 1 to 2 p.m., Jana Lynne White (HOME) 3 to 6 p.m. and Martin Strong (INDIE AUDIO) 6 to 9 p.m.  Roundhouse Radio expects to be on air by mid-month.  Roundhouse Radio People  
Harvey Oberfeld
10/06/15 - Despite some changes to its newscasts by Global BC, CTV Vancouver continues to edge closer in viewer numbers.  CTV is now beating its rival's individual newscasts in some time slots.  Harvey Oberfeld's Keeping It Real... 
Voices Radio
10/05/15 - Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver has returned to the air after going dark August 31st.  It is still playing classic hits 22 hours a day commercial and announcer free with Old Time Radio shows from 10 p.m. - midnight.  Reports from listeners indicate a clearer and stronger signal than before.  Voices Radio, which operates stations in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton, won a last minute reprieve after it was ordered off the air by the CRTC effective July 25th for "repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations...".  David Farrell, FYI Music News backgrounder    
KIRO-TV Seattle
10/04/15 - KIRO-TV Seattle has unveiled its new news set featuring a curved anchor desk, video walls, a wide cityscape dura and other backlit surfaces along with bold blues and rich wood tones that coordinate with the station’s new graphics package.  NewscastStudio  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Lisa Van Cise
10/04/15 - KING-TV Seattle meteorologist Lisa Van Cise says goodbye to viewers as she moves to a position with the Washington State Department of Transportation.  She has been with KING5 since September 2009.  KING5 video 
Jim Pattison
10/03/15 - 86-year-old Jim Pattison, whose Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns two Vancouver radio stations and numerous other radio and TV stations in western Canada, has no immediate plans to slow down.  His $8.4-billion corporate empire, which includes Advertising & Media, Automotive & Agricultural Equipment, Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Forestry Products & Port Services, Packaging, Periodical Distribution & Marketing and Signs continues to expand its footprint both in Canada and internationally.  Jim Sutherland, Canadian Business 
KRPI Ferndale
10/02/15 - The appeal by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to overturn a decision by Whatcom County council to reject the company's application to erect five radio towers for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale in Point Roberts will be heard in Mount Vernon starting October 7.  If the appeal is successful, the proposal will go back to the hearing examiner for a public hearing.  If not successful, it could be appealed to a higher appellate court.  Steve Graham, Delta Optimist  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist  
KQMV-FM Seattle
10/02/15 - MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle has been named CHR Station of the Year at the 2015 NAB Marconi Radio Awards.  Station owner Hubbard Broadcasting took home six awards to lead all ownership groups this year.  The awards were announced Thursday night at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held at the Radio Show in Atlanta.  NAB release  
Research Director, Inc.
10/01/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive September PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and six other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Rob Tepper
10/01/15 - Former KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle personality Rob Tepper is running for a seat in District 2 of the Lake Washington School District.  Three seats on the Board of Directors are up for general election on November 3.  T-Man Tepper was morning host at KUBE from 1995-2009.  Rob Tepper webpage 
Sam Argier
10/01/15 - KIRO-TV Seattle Chief Meteorologist Sam Argier has posted his decision to leave the TV news business and move closer to family in the Southwest.  His last day will be Friday, October 9th.  Argier has been at KIRO-TV since 2008.  Facebook posting   
Kevin Bell
10/01/15 - Puget Sound Radio reports that Bell Media General Manager and General Sales Manager Kevin Bell has been cut from his position at the company's Victoria TV and radio properties.  He has been at the helm of CFAX AM 1070, KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3  and CTV Vancouver Island since November 2011.  The website further reports that big cuts involving hundreds of jobs across the country are forthcoming.  Puget Sound Radio  
Bustos Media
09/30/15 - Bustos Media has filed applications with the FCC for four booster stations for KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma.  The applications are for KDDS-1 Seattle to operate with .5 kW, KDDS-2 Rainier Beach with .99 kW, KDDS-3 Tukwila with .99 kW and KDDS-4 Kent with 1 kW.  All will operate at 99.3 MHz.  FCC data      
Carey Edwards
09/30/15 - Former Seattle on-air and production talent Carey Edwards has landed the morning position at The Oasis KOAI-FM 95.1 Phoenix.  He was a part time and swing announcer at The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7 from 2012-13 and Production|Imaging Director at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 for a short time in 2013.  Radio Ink  
Brian Brenn
09/29/15 - An obituary has been published for former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor Brian Brenn, who died Sunday at Peace Arch Hospice in White Rock at age 71.  He was one of the original News1130 staff members when the station moved to an all-news format in February 1996, the last stop in a career that spanned over fifty years in broadcasting and included stations in Montreal and Ottawa.  A remembrance get together is scheduled for 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday, October 25 at the Nico Wynd Golf Course clubhouse, 3601 Nico Wynd Drive, Surrey.  Sun/Province obituary 
Hilary Eastmure
09/29/15 - Coast FM CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons/Nanaimo news anchor/reporter Hilary Eastmure shaved her head to raise money and show her support for cancer patients in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock bike ride as it passed through Nanaimo Monday.  The ride concludes in Victoria on Friday.  Nicholas Pescod, Nanaimo News Bulletin 
Nielsen Audio
09/29/15 - In a close race this month, Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 moves into first place in the Nielsen Audio September 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.5 share while CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 holds on to second with 6.3.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up to third with a 6.2 share.  Radio Online
KOMO-TV Seattle

09/28/15 - KOMO-TV Seattle has unveiled a new set “that captures the heart and soul of the Emerald City.”  It features Seattle’s skyline, surrounding water and nearby forests in a large RGB LED backlit wall.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 

Jeremy Hunka
09/28/15 - (Updated) Reporter Jeremy Hunka leaves his position with Global BC to take the position of public relations specialist with Union Gospel Mission.  The award winning reporter and documentary producer has been with Global BC since 2014 and previously worked as a TV reporter in Winnipeg and Calgary.  Keith Baldrey Twitter posting 
Clay Freinwald
09/27/15 - The October 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses weather damage to radio facilities, HD Radio and much more.  October Clay's Corner
Brian Brenn
09/27/15 - (Updated) Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor Brian Brenn died this morning at Peace Arch Hospice in White Rock at age 71.  He had been fighting cancer for about a year.  Brenn, a non-practising lawyer and holder of three university degrees, anchored news at News1130 from 1996-2008 before retiring to host weekend morning news.  He stepped down in early July.  He had worked at stations in Montreal and Ottawa and a number of Vancouver stations during his career.  Russ Byth, Radio West  News1130 
Russ Byth
09/27/15 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver morning business news anchor and current Kelowna fill-in news anchor Russ Byth is back at home after spending seven months in Kelowna General Hospital for acute pancreatitis.  He also had a duodenum bypass and gallbladder removal.  Byth lost 130 pounds through the ordeal and is looking forward to slowly returning to a regular schedule.  He has a day of work scheduled at Power104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna October 5.   
Jeff Palmer
09/27/15 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news staffer and now West Vancouver Police Department constable Jeff Palmer is recovering at home after suffering three heart attacks.  He was participating in the Cops for Cancer ride when he went into full arrest.  It happened a second time during the ambulance ride to Royal Columbian Hospital and again during stent surgery.  He expects to be back to light work in 4-6 weeks.  Palmer was on air in a number of news positions at CKWX from 1987-2002 before joining the West Vancouver Police.  Russ Byth, Radio West  
Elaine Yong
09/27/15 - Former Global BC reporter Elaine Yong has taken the position of Senior Communications Specialist, Media Relations at Providence Health Care in Vancouver.  She had been with Global TV since 2006.  The award winning reporter began her career as an editorial assistant/reporter for ISN/CHUM Parliament Hill Bureau in Ottawa in 1995 after graduating from the Journalism program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1995.  She has worked at a number of Canadian TV stations including weekend anchor and then consumer reporter at CKVU-TV (now branded as City) Vancouver from 1996-99.  Twitter announcement  
Jeff Hansen
09/25/15 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle Program Director Jeff Hansen has announced his retirement effective February 1, 2016.  He has been with KUOW for 16 yeats and became PD in March 2000.  During his tenure he expanded local content production and hired more local programming staff.  Hansen began his radio career in 1980 as a talk show host at WORT-FM 89.9 Madison, WI.  KUOW will conduct a national search to find a successor for the program director position.
FCC
09/25/15 - The FCC has granted a minor modification of construction permit to NTD Public TV Seattle for KQES-LP 101.9 Bellevue.  It will operate with an ERP of 76 watts non-directional at 35 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 36.40" 122° 08' 10.40"FCC data 
Darren Lamb
09/24/15 - Former Z95.3 CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver morning host Darren B. Lamb has resigned from his co-host spot at the Roger, Darren and Marilyn morning show at CHUM-FM 104.5 Toronto.  He moved to mornings as co-host from his p.m. drive slot in 2008.  Lamb was morning host at Z95.3 from 1996-2003 and p.m. drive from 1991-96.  On his Twitter page he says, "I'm not going far....so stay tuned!"
Seattle Seahawks
09/24/15 - A new multi-year deal between the Seattle Seahawks and American Express includes distribution of free earpiece "Gridiron Radios" to AMEX card holders so they can hear live play-by-play from KIRO AM 710 and KIRO-FM 97.3 at CenturyLink Field.  The radios are part of a larger series of promotions aimed at the "12s".  All Access Music Group 
Jeff Pohjola
09/24/15 - Former KIRO-FM/AM Seattle anchor/reporter Jeff Pohjola joins KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 as a reporter.  He was most recently News Director at KONA AM 610 Pasco.  He's also a freelance reporter for ABC News and was an anchor/reporter for KIRO from 2006-11.
FCC
09/22/15 - The FCC has granted License to Cover for KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia.  ERP changes to 37 kW directional at 717 meters HAAT at new transmitter location at Capitol Peak 46° 58' 23.00" 123° 08' 18.00"FCC data 
KPLU-FM
09/21/15 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 General Manager Joey Cohn initiates more jazz programming and education, a news/culture show and a beefed-up online video series offering more opportunities to local musicians.  Paul de Barros, Seattle Times 
Bruce Dierick
09/21/15 - CBC Vancouver Recording Engineer Bruce Dierick died September 9 following a massive heart attack a few days earlier.  He was 46.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, October 3 above Third Beach in Stanley Park. There is a parking lot below the Teahouse restaurant that leads to the location.  The celebration will continue at 7 p.m. at Mahony & Sons (private room on the top floor) in False Creek, 601 Stamps Landing, which is located on the seawall between Granville Island and the Cambie Street Bridge.  Contact Mathias Wolfsohn mathias.wolfsohn@cbc.ca for further information.  Sun/Province obituary 
Richard Loney
09/20/15 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for teacher, singer and sportsman Richard Loney, who died September 9 at age 82.  He was a full time member of the Vancouver Opera chorus, and a regular performer on CBC radio and TV, performing with the Vancouver and Victoria symphonies.  Loney was perhaps best known for his singing of O Canada before every Vancouver Canucks game for over 40 years, beginning in 1970.  He also sang national anthems for the Vancouver Giants, BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps over the years.  The Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24 at Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary  CBC video  Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun 
Rick Arnish
09/19/15 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Chairman Rick Arnish has announced his retirement effective January 20, 2016.  He has been with the company for 28 years and was President from 1998-2012 before being appointed Chairman.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group operates 40 FM, 2 AM radio stations and three independent television stations in Canada, including CJJR-FM 93.7 and CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver.  Rick Arnish announcement 
Desi 1250 AM
09/19/15 - Former Radio Disney KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle re-launched Friday as Desi 1250AM, the only Southeast Asian radio station in the Seattle-Tacoma area.  Reports indicate the station has dropped IBOC and processing is very good for an AM.  The FCC granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KKDZ from RD Seattle Assets, LLC to Universal Media Access in early August.  FCC data 
John Shields
09/18/15 - John Shields, Senior Program Manager for The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 and The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria, will be presented with The Heritage Award for his contributions to radio in the Victoria area.  The presentation will take place Saturday at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Hotel during the Western Canadian Music Awards brunch.  Shields has been PD at The Q since 1989.  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist 
Ben O'Hara-Byrne
09/17/15 - Award-winning, veteran broadcast journalist Ben O’Hara-Byrne joins CHEK-TV Victoria as anchor and producer of a new six p.m. newscast, launching October 5th.  He brings over 15 years of international journalism experience to Vancouver Island and has covered politics and foreign affairs for two Canadian national TV networks.  He was most recently London Bureau Chief for CTV News.  O`Hara-Byrne has won several journalism awards including the Radio Television Digital News Association Network Spot News award and the Edward R. Murrow award.  CHEK News release
Chris Myers
09/17/15 - Former The Beat (now Virgin Radio) CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver Program Director Chris Myers joins Hot 107 CJNW-FM 107.1/CRUZ fm CKEA-FM 95.7 Edmonton as PD effective next month.  He moves from the same position at Virgin Radio CFMG-FM 104.9 Edmonton. 
Amity Addrisi
09/17/15 - Amity Addrisi makes a major jump up in market size as she is named anchor/reporter at KING-TV Seattle from KBAK-TV/KBFX-TV Bakersfield, CA where she anchored for five years.  TVSpy  KING-TV profile 
Linzi Sheldon
09/17/15 - Linzi Sheldon has been promoted to weekend evening anchor/investigative reporter from her duties anchoring weekend mornings at KIRO-TV Seattle.  She's been with KIRO-TV since August 2013.  TVSpy  KIRO-TV profile 
SparkNet
09/15/15 - SparkNet Communications, owner of the JACK FM and JUAN format brands, has relocated from Vancouver to Nashville under the leadership of President and Founder Garry Wall.  SparkNet plans to add new and original programming in 2016.  All Access Music Group  This announcement comes on the heels of the news last week that Bohn & Associates Media had sold JACK FM to return to an independent position in the Canadian Radio Industry under the continued leadership of Pat Bohn.  All Access Music Group
KVWV-LP Bellingham
09/14/15 - Low power KVWV-LP 94.9 Bellingham is steaming online and expected to sign on in November with an ERP of 100 watts.  It will air local and independent music with over 85 percent Northwest-based, along with locally produced talk shows.  FCC data  
Matt Ganssle
09/11/15 - Former Entercom Seattle Creative Services Director Matt Ganssle has been named PD/afternoons at Country KYKX-FM 105.7 Longview, TX.  He wrote and produced imaging and creative copy for The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle and The Wolf KBWF-FM 95.7 (now The Game KGMZ-FM) San Francisco from 2007-11.  All Access Music Group 
David Bray
09/10/15 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and the other four Canadian PPM markets.  Broadcaster Magazine 
Numeris
09/10/15 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period June 1 - August 30, 2015.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 moves back up into first place with an 11.4 share.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 drops back to second with 10.3.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 retains third with 9.8.  Numeris ratings 
Rick Cluff
09/10/15 - The 6-7 a.m. portion of CBC Radio One Vancouver's Early Edition with Rick Cluff is now being simulcast on CBC British Columbia (CBUT) each weekday morning from 6-7 a.m.  This follows a growing trend of simulcasting radio shows on TV.
Ross MacLeod
09/10/15 - Former Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver programmer/host Ross MacLeod has been named Program Director at Toronto market the Edge CFNY-FM 102.1 Brampton.  The appointment is effective September 21.  Corus release  
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM Vancouver
09/09/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has started streaming online with station information and short interviews.  Official sign-on is expected in early October after delays caused by having to change transmitter location and technical parameters due to new municipal regulations.  Online stream  
Nielsen
09/06/15 - Despite the movement, both up and down, of several U.S. cities and a loss of 494,480 total households in the Nielsen estimated rankings of the top local TV markets for 2015-16, Seattle-Tacoma retains 14th place.  In the Top 10 markets, 5 grew their TV households and 5 others dropped.  Seattle-Tacoma slipped from 1,802,920 in 2014-15 to 1,766,070 for 2015-16, a drop of 36,850.  Chris Ariens, TVSpy  Nielsen 2015-16 market estimates  Nielsen 2014-15 market estimates 
Pete Combs
09/04/15 - Atlanta journalist Pete Combs joins KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle as morning reporter effective September 14.  He was most recently freelancing for WYAY-FM 106.7 Atlanta and previously spent almost 9 years at WSB AM 750 Atlanta.  All Access Music Group 
Claire Martin
09/03/15 - The Green Party of Canada launches its first in a series of ads today for their campaign in the October 19th Federal Election.  The ads feature North Vancouver candidate and former CBC-TV Vancouver meteorologist Claire Martin. They will be broadcast on national television networks and are also available on the Green Party’s YouTube channel.  Martin was an award-winning meteorologist and regional and national weather host for CBC Vancouver from 2007-12.  Green Party release 
Renato Zane
09/03/15 - Renato Zane, former General Manager of City Television / OMNI Vancouver, has been named Managing Producer at City Television Montreal.  He was GM of the Rogers Broadcasting TV stations in Vancouver from 2009-12.  fagstein.com 
Research Director, Inc.
09/02/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive August PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
KOMO-TV Seattle
09/02/15 - The NTSB investigation into the fatal KOMO-TV Seattle helicopter crash in 2014 found no evidence of mechanical problems.  However, a factual report released Tuesday reveals that the preflight checklist provided to the pilot was out-of-date and missing a revision designed to prevent a specific anomaly that had caused crashes of this model helicopter during take-off.  The report also confirms that the pilot worked very long hours, adding the early morning part-time at KOMO shifts to a full-time day job.  Dominic Gates, Seattle Times   
Global BC
09/01/15 - Long-time Global BC news anchor Sophie Lui joins regular anchor Chris Gailus on the News Hour at 6 p.m.  She will also join Jay Durant as co-anchor of Global News at 11, formerly known as News Hour FinalLynn Colliar will be returning to the weekend shift to anchor the Saturday and Sunday Morning News and Noon NewsGlobal BC release 
Nielsen Audio
09/01/15 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves into sole possession of first place in the Nielsen Audio August 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.1 share while CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 drops to second with 5.8.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is tied for third place with Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 with 5.7 shares.  Radio Online 
KOMO-TV Seattle
09/01/15 - The National Transportation Safety Board has released its latest report in the March 18, 2014 KOMO-TV Seattle helicopter crash.  The findings are based on witness statements, reviews of three security-camera recordings, inspection of the crash debris and a review of pilot records, among other items.  According to the report, “No evidence could be found of mechanical anomalies with the engine that would have precluded normal operation.”  The crash at Fourth Avenue and Broad Street, killed pilot Gary Pfitzner and photojournalist Bill Strothman, and critically injured the driver of a car struck by the chopper.  Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times  KOMO News  NTSB release
Bill Good
08/29/15 - After 50 years in broadcasting and a short "retirement", Bill Good returns to the airwaves September 8 with a daily commentary on News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  He follows in the footsteps of his father, Bill Good Sr., who was a multimedia pioneer in the local sports industry, filing daily sports commentary on CKWX years ago.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Lynda Steele
08/28/15 - CTV Vancouver news staffers said their final goodbyes to consumer reporter Lynda Steele today as she made her last TV appearance as fill-in anchor on the CTV News at Six.  She moves to CKNW AM 980 as afternoon drive talk show host starting at 2 p.m. next Tuesday, September 1.  As a "Rock Star" at CTV since May 2011, both as host of Steele On Your Side and as occasional fill-in news anchor, the question is whether she will have anywhere near the following at CKNW.  NW's ratings have been sliding for several years, while the newscast numbers at CTV Vancouver have been climbing. 
Fee and Ryan
08/27/15 - Allen Fee and Ashley Ryan have been hired for mornings at Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 effective September 14.  Fee began his radio career in Bellingham at age 16 and has hosted mornings at Q104 WQAL-FM 104.1 Cleveland for the past decade.  Ryan began her career as a part time promotions assistant at KJR AM 950 Seattle before moving to an on-air role as a traffic reporter.  Radio Online  All Access Music Group 
Bob Switzer
08/26/15 - Veteran CBC Vancouver broadcaster Bob Switzer died July 14 on Gambier Island.  He was 86.  Switzer worked in radio on Vancouver Island during the 1950s before moving to host a number of programs on CBC Television in Vancouver.  He is likely best known as the host of gardening programs on CBC-TV during the 1980s and '90s.  He officially retired from CBC in 1986 but continued under contract until 1993.  A celebration of life is planned for June 2016.  Sun/Province obituary  CBC obituary  David Tarrant remembrance   
CRTC
08/26/15 - The CRTC has put out a call for radio applications to serve urban Aboriginal communities in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.  The Commission revoked the licenses held by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. (AVR), effective July 25, 2015, which included CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver.  The Federal Court of Appeal dated August 21 granted leave to appeal the decision and ordered that AVR’s broadcasting licenses remain in effect until final determination of the appeal.  CRTC release 
Prem Gill
08/26/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Prem Gill has been named as the new president and CEO of nonprofit organization Creative BC. She was the on-air host/producer of ColourTV at Citytv (now branded as City) Vancouver from 2002-06.  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight   
Global BC
08/25/15 - Global BC has made some lineup changes to its news programming.  Robin Stickley will anchor Noon News Hour in addition to the Early News at 5 p.m.  Sophie Lui moves to News Hour Final with Jay DurantMorning News will have rotating hosts with Steve Darling until a permanent host is named and News Hour Final anchor Anne Drewa becomes Consumer Reporter.  Changes also affect the cable-only news channel BC 1 as a number of shows have been cancelled except for mornings and afternoons. 
Troy Scott
08/25/15 - Former Vancouver Island and Okanagan broadcaster Troy Scott takes over as Program Director for Virgin Radio CKMM-FM 103.1 Winnipeg.  From 2009-14, Scott held APD positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kelowna and was PD for Vista Radio stations on Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast.   Puget Sound Radio 
Mark Ginther
08/25/15 - KING-TV Seattle Executive News Director Mark Ginther has been appointed Vice President of News for NBC station KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth effective September 14.  Ginther is an award-winning news professional with nearly 28 years of media industry experience.  He joined KING-TV in 2008.  KXAS-TV News  It is reported that his wife Sarah Garza, Executive Producer and Assistant News Director at KOMO-TV, will also be leaving Seattle. 
Bill Swartz
08/25/15 - Former The Fan KFNQ AM 1090 Seattle p.m. drive co-host Bill Swartz, who was released in June due to "poor sales and budget cuts", returns for the second year as host and reporter for Washington Huskies Football pre-game shows on KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7Bill Swartz Twitter  Seatac Media 
Todd Herman
08/25/15 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle has named former Republican National Committee Chief Digital Strategist and Crowdverb founder Todd Herman as afternoon host effective September 1.  He takes the place of Ben Shapiro, who left for family reasons.  All Access Music Group
Leslie Scott
08/24/15 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has named Leslie Scott as its new PD.  She replaces Garett Michaels, who left four months ago.  She will continue serving as Digital Program Director at Entercom SeattleAll Access Music Group 
Ross McLaughlin
08/24/15 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle Consumer Investigator Ross McLaughlin will be the new consumer news segment host of McLaughlin On Your Side on CTV Vancouver effective Tuesday, September 8.  He replaces Lynda Steele, who is moving to CKNW AM 980 as afternoon talk show host.  McLaughlin is an award-winning investigative consumer reporter with 18 Emmys and four Edward R. Murrow Awards.  He was with KIRO-TV from 1996-2002.  Bell Media release
Clay Freinwald
08/24/15 - The September 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses drought conditions and outlook, potential mega-earthquakes, FM receivers in cellphones and much more.  September Clay's Corner
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
08/22/15 - Further changes have been announced at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 after the appointment of Larry Gifford as Interim Program Director.  Effective Monday, Digital Content Coordinator Anna Kalfa moves into the newsroom to head up web and online/social media coverage as a digital journalist.  Chad Varhaug gets his Content Producer position expanded to have a greater impact on more shows.  Kathryn Stewart becomes Content Producer for the new Lynda Steele show, which debuts next month.  Additionally, weekend Content Producer Devon Taylor leaves the station at the end of next week.
Magical History Tour
08/22/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson, who was front and center at the Beatles concert at Empire Stadium 51 years ago today, explains The Magical History Tour exhibit at this year's Pacific National Exhibition.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun/video  Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight 
Art McDonald
08/21/15 - Seatac Media reports that Art McDonald, longtime KOMO TV/radio Seattle newsman, passed away in his sleep Thursday morning.  He had been battling Alzheimer’s and health issues over the last few years.  He worked at KOMO during the 1960s and '70s.  McDonald graduated from Washington State University in 1954 as the top male student in broadcasting.  Seatac Media news  
Jane Shannon
08/21/15 - Award winning veteran KOMO AM 1000 Seattle afternoon news anchor Jane Shannon passed away unexpectedly this week.  She started her radio career at KITI in Centralia, where she was an anchor and the news director.  Before coming to KOMO News Radio in 2010, Shannon worked at KXXO-FM in Olympia, KING AM in Seattle, and was a Morning News co-host at KIRO.  KOMO News  All Access Music Group   
Brian Antonson
08/20/15 - The Canadian History Channel launches a six-episode program Curse of the Frozen Gold on Wednesday August 26th at 10 p.m. PT.   The series covers the famous Lost Creek Gold Mine legend from British Columbia's Pitt Lake area, and the Canadian best seller Slumach's Gold: In Search of a Legend, authored by Rick Antonson, Mary Trainer and veteran Vancouver broadcaster and former BCIT Associate Dean, Broadcast and Media Communications Brian Antonson, is a key part of the storytelling.  Facebook info 
Tom Plasteras
08/20/15 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC has announced that Tom Plasteras has been named director, broadcast and communications effective immediately.  He will oversee the broadcast, media relations, communications, and community relations for Whitecaps FC.  Plasteras has over two decades of experience working in the broadcast industry with Corus Entertainment since 1989 and as PD at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 1993-2013.  He has most recently been the owner of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in Vancouver.  Soccer Wire news
George Gordon
08/20/15 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor George Gordon, who currently anchors afternoon drive at 680News CFTR AM Toronto, will retire effective November 30.  He started his career in Ontario in the early 1970s and was a news anchor, including several years as executive editor, at News1130 Vancouver from 1999 to 2009. 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
08/20/15 - The Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers is holding another outdoor benefit concert, picnic and car show Sunday, August 23 at Seabright Farm in Point Roberts.  It's the second benefit concert held by the group that has been fighting a plan by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to erect five 45-metre (150-foot) steel towers for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale at an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way in Point Roberts, about 330 metres from the Tsawwassen border.  Later this year Superior Court will hear an appeal of the decision by Whatcom County council upholding an earlier ruling by the county's hearing examiner to reject the application based on a failure to meet height requirements.  Delta Optimist 
FCC
08/19/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of Construction Permit for KMCQ-FM 103.3 Oak Harbor from Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC to Everett-Snohomish Broadcasting, LLC.  FCC info 
Sabrina Roach
08/19/15 - Seven of 15 new “hyperlocal” radio stations located in Seattle will be honored at a National Radio Day event at 11 a.m. Thursday at the downtown Seattle Public Library.  So far only Voice of Vashon KVSH-LP 101.9 is on air.  Another, Hollow Earth Radio KHUH-LP 100.3 has been issued a CP and expects to be on air next year.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of Seattle neighborhoods will be in the broadcast area of at least one of the new low power stations, and that many areas will be able to tune in to two or more.  Former Public Radio producer and marketer Sabrina Roach is working on the community radio project in her job as a “doer” with Brown Paper TicketsJack Broom, Seattle Times   
CKNW Vancouver
08/17/15 - In a memo to staff announcing the arrival of new CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Interim PD Larry Gifford, Corus Radio Vancouver GM Brad Phillips (perhaps mistakenly) refers to the station as "CKNW/AM 730".  This could be an early clue that management is at least contemplating the move of CKNW to 730, in a likely programming swap with sister station All Traffic CHMJ.  The CRTC recently denied an application for a nested FM repeater of CKNW to serve downtown Vancouver.  A programming swap would be a financially efficient way to bring CKNW's downtown signal back to an acceptable level.  There has been no official announcement by station management that this plan is in the works.  The memo, written Friday, August 14 can be viewed here.  Editor's note: Larry Gifford is Interim PD for both CKNW and AM 730 (CHMJ), which was likely the intent of the reference, as the call letters of 730 are not used except in legal IDs.
Larry Gifford
08/16/15 - Larry Gifford is expected to arrive at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 Monday as Interim Program Director following the release last Thursday of Ian Koenigsfest.  The owner of Larry Gifford Media has been consulting for CKNW for a couple of years and is an international radio consultant and talent coach.  He has serviced clients in the US, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Sweden and Italy. 
Bill Good
08/14/15 - Award winning veteran broadcaster Bill Good comes out of retirement and will be on air and online on NEWS 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver beginning Tuesday, September 8th.  A Minute with Bill Good is a no-holds-barred editorial commentary, focusing on current hot button issues.  Good is a multi-award winning broadcaster with a career spanning 50 years.  News 1130 release  BT release 
Ian Koenigsfest
08/13/15 - Reliable sources tell NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 Brand Manager Ian Koenigsfest has been released, to be replaced by Larry Gifford, who was a key factor in the turnaround of KIRO Radio in Seattle.  In an apparent unrelated move, Sean Leslie has resigned from 'NW to pursue other ventures.  He has been there since 2001 as a reporter then talk show host.  Koenigsfest has been with CKNW since 1991 and replaced Tom Plasteras as Brand Manager in 2013.  Harvey Oberfeld  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight  
Parker Miles Blohm
08/13/15 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 has hired Parker Miles Blohm as the new Digital Media Manager.  He will be responsible for growing digital media content and providing technical support for the station's digital assets.  Previously he held an archivist role with the Pictures of the Year International Competition, a program associated with the Missouri School of Journalism.  Radio Ink 
CKPM-FM Port Moody
08/13/15 - The CRTC has approved a short term license renewal to August 31, 2019 for CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody stating apparent non-compliance with requirements relating to the broadcast of musical selections.  The Commission says this will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with its regulatory requirements.  CRTC release 
Reg Hampton
08/12/15 - CTV Calgary journalist Reg Hampton speaks out following his 18-year-old son Anthony ending up in hospital in a coma and on life support after ingesting a drug believed to be laced with fentanyl.  Reg Hampton was a network news anchor at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 from 1988-98 and weekend news producer/anchor at BCTV Vancouver from 1998-2006 when he left for CTV Calgary.  CTV News 
Shelby Thom
08/12/15 - Campaign staffers for Prime Minister Stephen Harper escorted CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter Shelby Thom out of a Conservative Party rally the Pacific Gateway Hotel after she had asked the PM about his opposition to the legalization of marijuana.  CKNW News   
Tom Walters
08/12/15 - CTV Los Angeles Bureau Chief and former CTV Vancouver News Director Tom Walters is facing a charge of interfering with a police officer nearly a year after he was arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, MO.  Walters was detained on August 20, 2014 after trying to ask Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson a question.  He was released without being charged, but recently received a summons to appear in a St. Louis court later this month on a charge of interfering with a police officer in performance of his duty.  He has the full support of CTV, who are planning to fight the charges.  Walters was a news and legislative reporter at CJVI Victoria and then anchor/reporter at CKVU-TV Vancouver before being appointed ND at CTV Vancouver in 2001 and subsequently LA Bureau Chief in 2006.  CTV News 
Steve Parsons
08/11/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Steve Parsons has been promoted to the position of National Director Of Programming for Newcap Radio.  He has been Operations Manager for the company's Toronto stations for the past year and a half.  Parsons held several announcing and management positions with CKNW AM 980 and CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver during the 1990s and 2000s.  All Access Music Group  
Megan Batchelor
08/11/15 - 17-year-old Daniel Davies, who interrupted a live television report during the suppertime news on CBC Vancouver Friday by kissing reporter Megan Batchelor has apologized for his behaviour.  He identified himself on Twitter Monday and said he regrets his actions.  Batchelor said she accepted the apology and hoped it would make others think twice before interrupting television reporters on the job.  CBC News 
Megan Batchelor
08/10/15 - CBC Vancouver reporter Megan Batchelor has filed a complaint with police after being kissed by stranger on camera while reporting live from the Squamish Valley Music Festival.  The eight year TV news veteran says she’s no stranger to harassment on the job.  It will be up to Crown prosecutors to determine whether the incident constitutes sexual assault, according to an RCMP spokesman.  Bethany Lindsay, Vancouver Sun  CBC News  
Art Finley
08/10/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Art Finley (born Art Finger) died August 7 of a heart attack while walking back to his home in Vancouver.  He was 88.  Finley started his career at KXYZ AM Houston TX in 1944 and then worked at a number of US radio and TV stations.  He was well known locally as a talk show host at Vancouver market CKNW in 1972-73 and CJOR from 1981-86.  All Access Music Group  Lizzie Johnson and Wendy Lee, SFGATE   
Wilf Ray
08/08/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Wilf Ray, who rebroadcasts his Gospel Music radio shows originally heard on 600AM (CKBD), is featuring a two hour program with Evan Kemp throughout this month.  The show was taped in May 2002 and includes Kemp's buddy, producer Gerry Adamus, former drummer with the Mart Kenney orchestra.  Kemp, who passed away in 2007, was a top country vocalist in Canadian radio, with his own national TV show and radio shows on CKNW, CKMO, CJOR, and CKWX.  His country and gospel numbers are featured throughout the two hours, including his own compositions and his famous recording of The Man We Never Knew, that he recited each year on Remembrance Day with Dal Richards backing him up at The Orpheum theatre.  Wilf Ray website 
WABE
08/08/15 - WABE, the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers will hold its convention in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Centre on October 18-20.  This year marks the Association's 65th Anniversary with early bird delegate registration deadline September 18th.  Broadcaster Magazine  WABE info  
KISS-FM KBKS Seattle
08/07/15 - The sold out Taylor Swift concert at Century Link Field has prompted Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 to flip to Swift-FM Saturday (08/08).  All music programming, station imaging, website, jingles and DJ's will showcase Swift-FM all day.  All Access Music Group 
CRTC
08/07/15 - The CRTC has denied applications by Four Senses Entertainment Inc. to add a new rebroadcasting transmitter in North Vancouver for CKEE-FM 101.5 Whistler and by Corus Premium Television Ltd. for a nested FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Vancouver for CKNW AM 980CRTC release  
FCC
08/07/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle from RD Seattle Assets, LLC to Universal Media Access KKDC-AM LLC.  FCC info  
Natalie Brand
08/06/15 - Natalie Brand has joined KING-TV Seattle as political reporter after completing her Master of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She was most recently a general assignment reporter for KTVK-TV Phoenix.  
Tarzan Dan Freeman
08/06/15 - After three years as morning host at KOOL FM CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary, former Vancouver and Victoria broadcaster Tarzan Dan Freeman has left the station.  He hosted p.m. drive at CFUN-FM Vancouver in 2011 and a.m. drive at CHTT-FM Victoria 2011-12.  Puget Sound Radio  Meanwhile, Rob Pepper, former CKVX-FM Vancouver host during the early 2000s, returns with his co-host Dylan Wowchuk on The Pepper and Dylan Show mornings at The Bounce CHBN-FM 91.7 Edmonton September 8 after being dropped from crosstown Virgin Radio in March.  The Bounce release    
Research Director, Inc.
08/05/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive July PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
FCC
08/05/15 - KMCQ has been assigned as the call letters for Oak Harbor's new station recently approved by the FCC to operate at 103.3 MHz.  A construction permit was granted March 2 to Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC to operate with an ERP of 1.55 kW directional.  FCC data 
Lance Tidwell
08/04/15 - Former The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle PD Lance Tidwell has been named SVPP for the iHeartMedia San Antonio cluster.  He was PD at The Wolf from October 2007 - September 2008.  All Access Music Group  
Nielsen Audio
08/04/15 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 takes a jump up to tie CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 for first place in the Nielsen Audio July 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM, each with 6.1 shares.  Country The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 slips to third with 5.8.  Radio Online
FCC
08/04/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License, as amended for numerous stations from MCC Radio, LLC to Alpha Media Licensee LLC.  Locally, they include KWOK AM 1490 Aberdeen, KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen, KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquiam, KDUX-FM 104.7 Hoquiam and translator K269FT 101.7 MHz Hoquiam.   
FCC
08/04/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for a number of stations from Seattle Streaming Radio, LLC to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin.  Locally, they include KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton, KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood, KLDY AM 1280 Lacey and translator K221FJ 92.1 MHz Tacoma. 
Roundhouse Radio
08/04/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has announced the addition of more staff as it moves closer to sign-on this Fall.  Added are Dave Dhillon (Creative Director), Cory Price (Music Director & On Air), Leslie Glaeser (Traffic and Accounting Manager) and Barb Snelgrove (Promotions & Communications Director).  Broadcaster Magazine  
KOMO News Radio
08/02/15 - KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle has once again shuffled its on-air lineup.  John Carlson is gone and Herb Weisbaum is back.  The revised weekday and weekend lineup can be viewed here
Margaret Calloway
08/01/15 - Margaret (Maggie) Calloway (nee Chew) of Mission, BC died on the morning of July 6 at age 72.  She had been a reporter, producer, talk show host and columnist.  She produced the John Reynolds radio show on CJOR Vancouver and had been a writer for the Vancouver Sun.  Her successful career led to her being named Woman of the Year for Mission in 2009.  A Celebration of Life will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. on August 16 at the Mission Seniors Activity Centre, 33100 10th Avenue (at Talbut), Mission.  Sun/Province obituary 
Gordon Rose
08/01/15 - An obituary has been published for veteran Vancouver and Fraser Valley broadcaster Gordon Rose who died July 17 in New Westminster at age 90.  He began his career at CKMO Vancouver in 1945, helped launch CJJC Langley in 1963 and retired from CHWK Chilliwack in 1980.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29 at the Joyce Walley Room at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary
Harvey Oberfeld
07/31/15 - CTV Vancouver News edges ever closer to perennial news leader Global BC.  In July, 2012 Global BC had a lead of 4.3 ratings shares over CTV, 2.9 in July 2013, 2.7 in July 2014 only a 1.46 share gap this month.  Keeping it Real, Harvey Oberfeld
FCC
07/31/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KARR AM 1460 Kirkland from Family Stations, Inc. to Seattle broadcast engineer James A. Dalke.  The Asset Purchase Agreement dated May 26, 2015 listed the value of the transaction as $3000.00.  The KARR call letters will be retained by Family Stations, Inc.  FCC authorization   
Charles Adler
07/30/15 - Charles Adler, whose CJOB AM 680 Winnipeg-based program aired in syndication on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 for several years up until 2013, has announced he is leaving the Manitoba city and returning to British Columbia.  In the late 1970s he was on air as Al Adler at CKLG Vancouver during its Top 40 days.  CJOB release/audio  David Larkins, Winnipeg Sun 
FCC
07/30/15 - The FCC has granted an original construction permit to Iglesia Sanando Las Heridas for a new low power FM station in Renton.  It will operate at 92.9 MHz with 100 watts non-directional at -51.3 meters HAAT at 47° 30' 6.00" 122° 11' 47.00"FCC data 
Howard "Scooter" Chapman
07/29/15 - 81-year-old KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles Sports Director and morning show host Howard Scooter Chapman continues to progress after injuring both knees and his shoulder in a fall at home May 2.  He's been treated at Crestwood Health and Rehabilitation Center since the accident, but hopes his full release is imminent.  Chapman, with a long list of accomplishments at KONP for over 60 years, returned to the air July 14.  Lee Horton, Peninsula Daily News 
CKNW Vancouver
07/29/15 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 appears to have completely closed the door on its sports department with the release of sportscasters Dave Sheldon and Bob Addison.  Sheldon has been at 'NW since 2011 and Addison since moving from News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver in 2013.  The word "sports" was previously dropped from the station's logo and imaging. 
Bender and Molly
07/29/15 - Seattle market KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 morning team Bender and Molly appear on tonight's Celebrity Wife Swap on ABC.  Molly's husband Jason Mesnick and Sean Lowe (both from The Bachelor) swap wives, sending Molly to Dallas and Catherine Lowe to Seattle.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
07/28/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KSTI-FM 102.1 Port Angeles from Owensville Communications, LLC to Radio Pacific, Inc., owners of KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles.  The purchase was announced in early June with the price listed as $280,000.  FCC authorization   
Tom Mark
07/28/15 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news anchor Tom Mark Tweets that he is filling in this week at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna.  He recently moved to the Okanagan and also does fill-in work at Kiss FM CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon.  Mark anchored news at CKNW from 2001-14 and has received a number of RTDNA awards.  
Alexandra Lewis
07/28/15 - Alexandra Lewis joins Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV as Saturday anchor.  She moves from WKEF-TV Dayton OH, where she was a reporter/fill-in anchor and previously worked freelance in Houston.  Scott Jones, FTVLive 
Chad Dey
07/28/15 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver airborne traffic reporter Chad Dey has come down to earth as he moves to his new role as an Account Manager for Rogers Radio Vancouver.  He has handled traffic reporting for News1130 and sister station JACK FM CJAX-FM 96.9  since 2014 via the Canadian Traffic Network
The Fan KFNQ AM 1090
07/28/15 - When CBS Radio cut more than 200 positions nationwide two weeks ago with the dropping of the only locally produced program The Steve Sandmeyer Show, it left The Fan KFNQ AM 1090 Seattle with only nationally syndicated content.  Geoff Baker, Seattle Times  
John Copsey
07/27/15 - Former CJOB AM 680 Winnipeg reporter/anchor John Copsey has officially been hired on permanently as weekend afternoon anchor/reporter at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver after being hired in February on a temporary basis.  He was on air at CJOB from 2007-13.  
Jessica Whitworth (Kawer)
07/27/15 - Former JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7/The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver news and traffic reporter Jessica Whitworth has assumed the midday position at Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton.  She worked at JRfm/The Peak from 2006-14. 
Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2
07/27/15 - Voices Radio, formerly Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), has won a last minute reprieve after it was ordered off the air by the CRTC effective July 25.  An intervention by the Attorney General of Canada has stayed the order allowing the network with stations in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton to appeal the broadcast regulator's decision.  CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver is currently broadcasting after going dark earlier this month.  David Farrell, FYI Music News 
Bob Massey
07/27/15 - KSQM-FM 91.5 Sequim on-air personality Classy Bob Massey died early Sunday morning at age 90.  Robert Alan Massey celebrated this spring as the oldest active on-air radio personality in the U.S.  He had been ill since mid-June and seemed to be improving, but his condition worsened a week ago and he died just after midnight Sunday at Olympic Medical Center.  Plans for a memorial will be announced as soon as arrangements are made.  Arwyn Rice, Peninsula Daily News
CFSI-FM Salt Spring Island
07/26/15 - CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island has now gone dark.  CFSI-FM and its transmitter CFSI-FM-1 Mount Bruce were ordered off air by the CRTC due to "non-compliance with its regulatory obligations" effective July 25th.  CRTC order   
Clay Freinwald
07/26/15 - The August 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses new Nautel transmitters, digital radio carriers and much more.  August Clay's Corner
Kara Kostanich
07/26/15 - A number of gunshots were fired near KOMO-TV Seattle reporter Kara Kostanich and her photographer shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in Mount Vernon as they were covering a story about a prior drive-by in the neighborhood.  Neither was hurt, but police found bullet damage to a home in the 2700 block East Section Street and several shell casings were found along the roadway.  KOMO-TV news  
Johnson & Johnson
07/24/15 - After nearly four hears hosting mornings at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle, Tommy and Joe Johnson are returning to K-Bull KUBL-FM 93.3 Salt Lake City effective July 27.  Johnson & Johnson originally joined KUBL in 1997 before landing in Seattle in October 2011.  KUBL release  All Access Music Group 
Taryn Daly
07/24/15 - The Rock KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle ups Taryn Daly to evening host and social media captain.  She has spent the last three years doing weekends and fill-ins and previously hosted weekends on KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham.  All Access Music Group 
Gordon Rose
07/23/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Gordon Rose died July 17 at age 90 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster following a broken hip and subsequent surgery.  He worked at a number of local stations during his career, including host of DX Prowl on CKMO Vancouver in 1945, announcer at CHWK Chilliwack from 1945-53, news at CKNW New Westminster from 1953-55 and news at CFUN Vancouver from 1955-57.  Rose also helped launch and was Assistant Manager at CJJC Langley from 1963-65 and served in both sales and news at CHWK Chilliwack from 1965 until his retirement in 1980.  A celebration of life will be announced shortly.  
Roundhouse Radio
07/21/15 - Vancouver's newest station Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 has announced its on‐air host lineup.  Joining the station are Kirk LaPoint 6-10 a.m., Minelle Mahtani 10 a.m.-noon, Terry David Mulligan noon-1 p.m., Janice Ungaro 1-2 p.m., Jana Lynne White 2-6 p.m., and Martin Strong 6-9 p.m.  Roundhouse Radio release  Stephen Hui, Georgia Straight  
Wayne Lynch
07/21/15 - In a memo to staff, KING-TV Seattle Executive News Director Mark Ginther has announced the retirement of NWCN News Director Wayne Lynch after 11 years and 45 total years in journalism.  The retirement is effective September 4.  KING-TV announcement 
K-LOVE
07/20/15 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Educational Media Foundation for Seattle market KLSW-FM 104.5 Covington.  ERP will be 6.7 kW non-directional at 400 meters HAAT at its existing transmitter site 47° 32' 35.00" 122° 06' 25.00".  FCC Data
Dennis Skene
07/18/15 - CBC broadcaster, journalist and author Wayne Skene died July 5 in Surrey at age 74 following a lengthy illness.  He began his career with CBC Ottawa in 1973 and worked with the Corporation in Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton and Calgary before joining CBC Vancouver as Director of Television from 1988-91.  He also authored several books on current affairs and biographies of prominent political figures.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. July 23 at Beecher Place, 12160 Beecher Street, Crescent Beach, Surrey.  Sun/Province obituary  
CBC
07/18/15 - Four long-time CBC Vancouver staffers with nearly 100 years total service will be leaving at the end of the month.  Retiring are ENG/EFP Cameramen Alan Stewart and Robb Douglas, TV Technical Producer Murray Wooding and Vancouver & Yukon Engineer Bert Cervo.  A send off will be held Friday, July 31st from 5 p.m. onwards at the Back Forty, 118 Robson Street, Vancouver.  Further info and greetings at louella.quan.charlston@cbc.ca 
Al Davidson
07/18/15 - Long-time controversial Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 sports broadcaster Al Davidson is the topic of a new book by lawyer Michael Sporer and journalist Lyndon Grove, to be released next year.  Davidson was with CKNW from 1958-83 and died in Vancouver August 9, 1991 at age 65.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun   
FCC
07/17/15 - The FCC has now announced the locations of the 11 field offices that are to close.  The closures, including Seattle, were revealed in "Reorganization of the Enforcement Bureau’s Field Operations".  All Access Music Group 
Seatac Media
07/15/15 - Seatac Media has published videos of the sign-on of two Seattle market TV stations.  The November 4, 1980 KCPQ-TV clip includes a look at the erection of the station's tower on Gold Mountain and the June 22, 1985 clip of the sign-on of KTZZ-TV features the start-up dates of Seattle area TV stations by VP & GM Dean Woodring.  Seatac Media videos 
Deanna Cruz
07/14/15 - Deanna Cruz joins Seattle market Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM as new morning show host effective in August.  She was most recently hosting mornings at Hot 106.3 WWKX-FM Providence RI.  All Access Music Group
KFNQ Seattle
07/14/15 - The Fan KFNQ AM 1090 Seattle loses its only local show as afternoon hosts Steve Sandmeyer and Jason Churchill are released.  KFNQ will air the CBS Sports Radio network 24/7.  Nationally, CBS Radio has made numerous layoffs over the past few days.  RadioInsight
Michael Grey
07/13/15 - Former ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle host Michael Grey returns to Sports WBBL-FM 107.3 Grand Rapids MI as morning show host.  He left KIRO in March when the station revamped its on-air lineup.  All Access Music Group    
Tom Harrison
07/13/15 - The Province Hall of Fame writer Tom Harrison has written a new eBook entitled History of Vancouver Rock ’n’ Roll, which looks back at the pioneers, visionaries and mavericks who started the local recording industry and turned it into a music hotbed with international stars and producers.  To celebrate its release, The Province is running excerpts from the eBook every Sunday this summer.  Chapter One: Welcome to Vancouver, Rock ’n’ Roll includes the local pioneers, Al Jordan, Red Robinson, CJOR PD Vic Waters and CKNW's Jack Cullen.  Tom Harrison, The Province  Red Robinson news  
Hudson Mack
07/12/15 - Veteran Vancouver Island TV anchor Hudson Mack has authored his memoir Hudson Mack: Unsinkable Anchor, to be released in October by Harbour Publishing.  Mack's broadcasting career began in the BC interior in 1980 before moving to CHEK-TV Victoria in 1985 and being named Assistant News Director in 1989.  He was lured away by The New VI (now CTV Vancouver Island) in 2004 where he was News Director and senior news anchor until his departure was announced in February 2014.   Harbour Publishing release 
Matt Martinez
07/11/15 - Matt Martinez has been hired as Director of Content for Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 and KPLU-HD2 (Jazz24).  He was most recently Senior Producer for NPR Programming in Washington DC and replaces Joey Cohn, who was promoted to GM at KPLU last year.  Radio Ink
Rabbi Daniel Lapin
07/10/15 - Glenn Beck's TheBlaze Radio Network is launching The Rabbi Daniel Lapin Show as a two-hour podcast running on Saturdays beginning July 11.  Lapin was a weekly host at KVI AM 570 Seattle from 1995-2006.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
07/10/15 - The FCC has granted a minor modification of construction permit to Southeast Effective Development for KVRU-LP 105.7 Seattle.  The applicant requested a transmitter move "a short distance to a new location".   It will operate with 100 watts non-directional at 7.2 meters HAAT at 47° 34' 16.00" 122° 17' 23.00"FCC data 
Research Director, Inc.
07/09/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive June PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Newcap Radio
07/09/15 - Newcap Radio Vancouver has announced that Paul Sereda has been promoted to APD of LG104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver from the same position at sister station Smooth & Easy CISL AM 650Art Factora moves to CISL as senior producer and assistant MD from his position as morning show producer at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM.  Joey Arsenault moves from Newcap Fredericton, NB to producer of Mornings with Ruby & Cruise on Z95.3
Nielsen Audio
07/08/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio June 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.8 share.  Country The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 moves up to second with 5.6.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 slips to third place with 5.4.  Radio Online
Jonathon Brown
07/08/15 - Jonathon Brown has joined the traffic team at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  He has most recently been a traffic reporter for Canadian Traffic Network and previously was a news reporter then News Director at the Vista Radio Ltd. group in Prince George. 
KPLU-FM
07/08/15 - Seattle market public radio station KPLU-FM 88.5 has recently collected seven news awards for work produced in 2014.  This includes four national awards and three regional honors.  KPLU release 
CRTC
07/07/15 - The CRTC has approved an application by 0971197 B.C. Ltd. (Roundhouse Radio) to change the transmitter location and technical parameters of CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver.  ERP will decrease from 6,000 to 1,700 watts and HAAT will increase from -11 to 87.5 meters above average terrain at 49° 17' 06.0" 123° 07' 09.0".  Technical changes were necessary because the City of Vancouver rejected the original transmitter site due to new municipal regulations.  CRTC release 
Glenn Beck
07/06/15 - Former Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle broadcaster, now syndicated radio host Glenn Beck is taking the next four weeks off to recover from severe vocal cord strain due to overuse.  He is expected to make a full recovery and will return on August 3rd.  Beck is heard locally 9 a.m.-noon on KVI AM 570 Seattle and noon-2 p.m. on KGMI AM 790 Bellingham.  All Access Music Group  
FCC
07/06/15 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Fulcrum Community Communications for a new low power FM station in Seattle.  It will operate at 107.3 MHz with 9.2 watts at 95.9 meters HAAT at 47° 40' 4.00" 122° 21' 14.00"FCC data 
CRTC
07/06/15 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to change the authorized contours of CBYT-FM Campbell River, which transmits Radio One CBCV‑FM Victoria.  CBC proposed to change the transmitter class from A1 to A, increase the ERP from 88 to 250 watts non-directional and increase HAAT from 104 to 114.8 meters.  All other technical parameters remain unchanged.  CRTC release 
Voices Radio
07/04/15 - Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver has gone dark.  Voices Radio stations in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa were ordered off the air by July 25th by the CRTC based on "repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations over four consecutive licence terms".   CRTC order  
Brian Brenn
07/03/15 - Veteran Vancouver news anchor Brian Brenn has announced his retirement from News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver, where he has been co-anchoring weekend mornings since he announced his previous "retirement" in 2008.  Prior to that he had been a full time news anchor at News1130 since 1996.  Before News1130 he was a news anchor at CHQM Vancouver during the 1970s to the early '90s.  Meanwhile long-time CBC Radio Vancouver reporter, news reader and program host Terry Donnelly retired at the end of June.  He had been with the Corporation since 1976.  CBC video  
Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI
07/03/15 - Two weeks ago, Seattle PI writer/producer Levi Pulkkinen started putting together a list of Seattle-area broadcasters who succeeded on national television.  Photos and brief backgrounds can be viewed here.  
Bob Robertson
07/01/15 - 86-year-old sports legend Bob Robertson is in his 49th season in the Washington State Cougars football broadcasting booth.  He relinquished play calling duties in 2013 but continues with pregame, halftime and postgame shows.  He's lived in the Tacoma area since the 1950s and called basketball games for Clover Park High early in his career.  Barry Bolton, Cougfan.com 
Brock Huard
07/01/15 - Former Washington Huskies and Seattle Seahawks quarterback and current ESPN KIRO AM 710 personality Brock Huard, will host his 5th annual free football camp for area youth on July 23rd at Husky Stadium in Seattle.  NTS Media Online
Clay Freinwald
06/30/15 - The July 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses transmitters at West Tiger Mountain, digital radio conversion and much more.  July Clay's Corner
KBAM Longview
06/30/15 - KBAM AM 1270 Longview recently adjusted its format and imaging from Real Country to Now Country.  It can also be heard on FM translator K228FA 93.5.  Additionally, individual websites and audio streaming have been added to Bicoastal Longview sister stations Magic KLYK-FM 94.5, The Peak KPPK-FM 98.3, and Rocket  KRQT-FM 107.1The Talk of the Town KEDO AM 1400 also has its own website. 
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM
06/30/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has announced the addition of two very prominent local broadcasters as its senior news team.  40-year radio veteran Kerry Marshall becomes the News & Content Director and 21-year veteran Marcella Bernardo will be Assistant News & Content Director.  Sign-on of the new station is expected this Fall.  Roundhouse release  
SBE Seattle
06/29/15 - The Annual Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 16 Picnic has been scheduled for July 25th at the KOMO facility on Vashon Island.  An RSVP is required with name and number in your party: picnic@sbe16.0rg  SBE announcement 
CRTC
06/29/15 - The CRTC has announced calls for applications for a station to serve the Vancouver area.  Interested parties must submit a duly completed application to the Commission no later than September 17, 2015.  The Commission’s preliminary view is that the Vancouver market would best be served by proposals targeting the ethnic communities.  However, it does not preclude any other types of applications.  CRTC release 
FCC
06/27/15 - Sunnylands Broadcasting has applied to the FCC to transfer ownership of the Construction Permit for 103.3 Oak Harbor to Everett-Snohomish Broadcasting, LLC.  Sunnylands will hold 66.67% of the new licensee, while William Wolfenbarger, owner of Jodesha Broadcasting in Aberdeen will hold the other 33.33%.  The new station is authorized to operate with an ERP of 1.55 kW at 397 meters HAAT at 48° 21' 55.00" 122° 16' 3.00".  Radio Insight  FCC application  Ownership data 
UBC Radio CITR-FM Vancouver
06/26/15 - University of British Columbia station UBC Radio CITR-FM 101.9 moves to the new Student Union Building Saturday with an invitation to the public to participate.  Official switchover to the new studio is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.  CITR release  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun
CRTC
06/25/15 - The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licence for CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island and its transmitter CFSI-FM-1 Mount Bruce effective July 25th.  The Commission cited continued non-compliance with regulatory obligations.  CRTC release  Additionally, the Commission has revoked the licence for Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc., which operates CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver and stations in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa based on "repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations over four consecutive licence terms", also effective July 25th.  CRTC release    
Stacy Ross
06/25/15 - Stacy Ross becomes the new permanent anchor/producer of the CHEK-TV Victoria News at 5.  She also anchors the News at 6:30 and has been with CHEK since 2000 as back-up anchor and interim anchor/producer.
RTDNA
06/24/15 - KIRO-FM 97.3 and KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle are winners of RTDNA 2015 National Edward R. Murrow awards and KING-TV receives an Overall Excellence award.  RTDNA list of award winners     
Gus Swanson
06/24/15 - CBS Radio Seattle has named Gus Swanson Digital Content Manager for its stations Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5, Country KMPS-FM 94.1, Adult Hits JACK FM KJAQ-FM 96.5 and Sports The Fan KFNQ AM 1090All Access Music Group  
Global BC
06/24/15 - Global BC has shuffled some of its weather staff as meteorologist Kristi Gordon goes on maternity leave for a year.  Meteorologist Mark Madryga moves to the Early News, News Hour and News Hour Final and meteorologist Yvonne Schalle handles duties on the Morning News.
KMPS-FM Seattle
06/23/15 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has teamed midday host Seth Hughes with morning show producer Kat for a.m. drive as Seth & Kat.  They fill the vacancy created when Johnson & Johnson departed earlier this month.  Weekend host DeAnna Lee moves to middays.  All Access Music Group 
Glen Robitaille
06/21/15 - Award-winning pioneer radio and television broadcaster Glen Robitaille died today in Kamloops at age 97.  He began his career as a transmitter operator, becoming a studio operator and announcer at CKWX Vancouver from 1934-42 before engineering the installation of numerous radio stations from New Brunswick to Alberta from 1945-49.  He then became Director of Engineering for CFPL in London ON in 1949 and Technical Design Manager for the new CFPL-TV in 1952, where he stayed until retirement in 1983.  Robitaille was featured in a news item on CFJC-TV Kamloops on April 24th commemorating his broadcast achievements.  A service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday in Kamloops.  CFJC-TV April news video
Bob Merchant
06/21/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Bob Merchant died at Langley Memorial Hospital June 9 in his 69th year.  He worked as an announcer in Calgary, Edmonton and Kamloops and at CFUN, CISL and in p.m. drive as host of The Fifties at Five at CKWX Vancouver in the late 80s and early 90s during its Country format days, before moving into real estate in the Lower Mainland.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Sun/Province obituary  
CBC
06/20/15 - A farewell get together is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, June 26 at Frankie’s Bar, 765 Beatty Street for three CBC Vancouver staffers who are leaving the Corporation at month end.  Leaving are Senior Broadcast Technologist and 34-year veteran Ray Wittrock, Graphic Designer Diana Neave after 28 years and TV Senior TV Post Production Audio Engineer Gary Morgan
Jim Yount
06/20/15 - A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Kaslo Legion Hall in Kaslo for broadcaster Jim Yount, who died November 30 last year at age 64.  He had worked at a number of Interior and Alberta radio stations beginning in 1964 and was a news/legislative reporter for Vancouver market CKNW and head of the broadcast program at BCIT in the mid-eighties.  Kalso Pennywise  
David Errington
06/20/15 - Former writer, producer and director for CBC Radio and Television, David Errington died June 11 at age 77.  He was the first News Director at CISL Richmond, when it came on the air in 1980, published a weekly community newspaper in Alberta and worked for Access Alberta TV and the National Film Board.  He spent his final years in Chemainus on Vancouver Island.  Information about a celebration of life at a later date can be obtained by contacting daviderringtonmemorial@gmail.comSun/Province obituary  
Lynda Steele
06/18/15 - Lynda Steele, award-winning CTV Vancouver consumer reporter and host of Steele on Your Side, joins CKNW AM 980 as the new afternoon talk show host beginning in September.  She's been with CTV Vancouver since May 2011 and was a reporter for CKVU-TV Vancouver before beginning a 25 year run on Edmonton TV in 1985.  CKNW release   
Randy Scott
06/18/15 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle morning co-host Randy Scott, along with co-host Alana Lynn of The Randy and Alana morning show, are leaving their positions at WOW KAWO-FM 104.3 Boise ID effective June 27.  They have been hosting the program since 2010.  All Access Music Group  
Charlye Parker
06/18/15 - Seatac Media reports veteran Seattle country radio host Charlye Parker has returned to local airwaves Saturdays at KXA KKXA AM 1520 Everett.  She hosted at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle from 1977-88 and has been PD and a.m. drive co-host at KHAY-FM 100.7 Ventura CA since 1991.  Seatac Media news 
Clay Freinwald
06/17/15 - Can and should AM Radio be saved?  Veteran Seattle broadcast engineer and Clay's Corner author Clay Freinwald outlines a number of ideas that may work.  The Broadcasters' Desktop Resource
The End KNDD-FM Seattle
06/17/15 - One year after Alternative The End  KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle implemented its 2 Minute Promise that no commercial interruption would last more than 120 seconds, the promise is paying off in the ratings.  Among 18-34 year-olds, The End has climbed from eighth to fourth in Nielsen's PPM Jan-May 2015 survey period with a 6.2 share, up 48% from the same period last year.  It also rose from eighth to third in the 18-24 demo, with an 8.2 share in the same period, up 110%.  Inside Radio 
Numeris
06/16/15 - Canadian ratings service Numeris has asked all stations to immediately remove the controversial audio processor Voltair until a full test of encoding is completed within the next 60 days.  According to Numeris, about a dozen stations in major markets were using the unit, but there has been no breakdown of the actual stations, or if any served the Vancouver market.  Inside Radio  Radio Ink  
Bray & Partners
06/13/15 - Bray and Partners Communications break down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.  Bray and Partners release
Bill Swartz
06/12/15 - The Fan KFNQ AM 1090 Seattle p.m. drive co-host Bill Swartz has been released due to "poor sales and budget cuts".  He has been with The Fan since January 2013 and previously served ten years as a sports anchor and reporter for Bonneville Media in Seattle.  He continues as owner of his own business Sports With Swartz, which he formed in 2002. 
Crystal Darche
06/11/15 - Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Crystal Darche will become the new midday host at Fresh Radio CKNG-FM 92.5 Edmonton beginning Monday.  She was the midday host at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver from 2001-13 but most recently was doing on-air work for QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 and Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver. 
FCC
06/11/15 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Educational Media Foundation for Seattle market KLSW-FM 104.5 Covington, converting the station from commercial to noncommercial status.  FCC authorization   
Numeris
06/11/15 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period March 2 - May 31, 2015.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 holds onto first place with a market share of 12.2.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 11.4.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 moves back up into third with an 8.1 share.  Numeris ratings
Research Director, Inc.
06/10/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive May PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Bert Nelson
06/09/15 - Former CBC staff announcer Bert Nelson died May 24 at his home in North Vancouver at age 92.  From 1953-73 he hosted shows such as Call for Music and Klahanie on CBC Television and developed and hosted a show for seniors called The Second Fifty on CBC Radio.  In 1973 he resigned as staff announcer and became a free-lance broadcaster.  He also published three books, The Shadow Watchers, Lep and the Dirty Synapse and Odds and EndsSun/Province obituary  
Nielsen Audio
06/09/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio May 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.9 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 continues in second with 5.8.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves up into third with 5.6.  Radio Online
FCC
06/08/15 - Shenandoah, IA-based Family Stations, Inc. has filed an application with the FCC to transfer ownership of Seattle market KARR AM 1460 Kirkland to local broadcast engineer James A. Dalke.  Value of the transaction is listed as $3,000.  KARR lost its transmitter site last year due to loss of lease at its previously licensed location.  Dalke got the station up and running in March after the station was granted a Special Temporary Authority by the FCC to operate at reduced power using a vertical wire antenna approx. 20 meters in height at 47 38' 39.00" 122 09' 25.00"All Access Music Group  FCC data 
Sheila Rogers
06/07/15 - Sheila Rogers, host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio One Vancouver, will be installed as the University of Victoria’s 11th chancellor on Monday.  She will take her oath from Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon in an afternoon ceremony at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.  Rogers, who lives on Gabriola Island, will continue to host the show while serving as chancellor.  Victoria Times Colonist  UVIC release 
FCC
06/06/15 - Vicksburg, MS-based Owensville Communications, LLC has filed an application with the FCC to transfer ownership of KSTI-FM 102.1 Port Angeles to locally-based Radio Pacific, Inc., owners of KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles and a CP for a new FM on 104.9 MHz in Sequim.  The purchase price is listed as $280,000.  FCC data  Purchase agreement
CHEK-TV Victoria
06/06/15 - Purchased for $2 by employees in 2009, CHEK-TV Victoria broke from its previous owner who was about to shut it down and soldiered on alone.  Five-and-a-half years later, CHEK is still around, with more local programming, less funding and no major media conglomerate with other sources of revenue to fall back on.  Claire Brownell, Financial Post   
KRPI Ferndale
06/03/15 - Former BCTV weatherman Norm Grohmann will host an art auction fundraiser for the Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers on Sunday, June 7 from at the Harris Barn in Ladner.  Art items include a watercolor by Toni Onley, a print by Robert Bateman as well as creations by Point Roberts students.  BBC Broadcasting Inc. has filed an appeal in Skagit County Superior Court in the hopes of overturning a decision by the Whatcom County council to reject the company's application to erect five radio towers for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale in Point Roberts, just south of the Tsawwassen border.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
FCC
06/03/15 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facility to Jodesha Broadcasting for KJET-FM 105.7 Raymond.  ERP will increase from 13.5 to 38 kW, HAAT will decrease from 290 to 128 meters and transmitter location will change from 46° 41' 44.00" 123° 46' 17.00" to 46° 55' 55.00" 123° 43' 59.00"FCC data 
K-LOVE
06/03/15 - Educational Media Foundation now has closed on its purchase of Seattle market KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington from Queen Cities Broadcasting for $7 million.  The station has flipped from Classic Hits to EMF's syndicated Contemporary Christian format K-LOVERadio Online
CKNW Vancouver
06/02/15 - Health Canada is asking Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 to stop promoting a medical marijuana dispensary.  In a letter, the department reminds the station that advertising marijuana is illegal and also that fines could be applied.  The letter says a host on the station promoted a Vancouver marijuana dispensary during a segment last month.  Health Canada says the dispensary itself is illegal and advertising marijuana for any purposes runs contrary to the Food and Drugs Act and Narcotics Control regulations.  News1130
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
06/02/15 - A Seattle man was caught by Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle smashing car windows with a hammer in the station parking lot.  The suspect is accused of doing the same to at least 28 cars along Westlake Avenue in South Lake Union.  He was arrested by police and taken to King County Jail.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
Enrique Cerna
06/02/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle Executive Producer and host Enrique Cerna will assume duties as Director of Community Partnerships.  He survived cuts of most of the KCTS production staff in April, including employees who had worked as long as 40 years at the public TV station.  Cerna has hosted such on-air programs as KCTS Connects, has moderated candidate debates and has been as generous with his time as any figure in Seattle broadcast media.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI     
FCC
06/02/15 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington from Queen Cities Broadcasting LLC to Educational Media Foundation.  The facility changes from commercial to noncommercial educational status.  KMCQ ended its Classic Hits format Monday and is now part of the new owner's K-LOVE group.  FCC data  Q104.5 Facebook signoff 
KMPS-FM Seattle
06/01/15 - The Johnson & Johnson Show with Tommy and Joe Johnson, mornings on KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle, has been canceled after four years.  Also leaving is morning producer/on air personality Holly Quinn (Braithwaite).  The departures follow the April exit of PD Ed Hill.  All Access Music Group  
CBC
06/01/15 - CBC Radio One has captured record audiences across Canada, with increased listenership in key demographics according to the spring Numeris diary results.  Data from March 6 to April 29 indicates that CBC Radio One ranked #1 overall in seven markets, including Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria. This is in addition to the strong numbers for PPM markets including Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton, released on May 7th.  Broadcaster Magazine 
CRTC
06/01/15 - The CRTC has approved an application by South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. to change the authorized contours of its new station on 107.7 MHz in Surrey by relocating the transmitter site within Surrey to 49°11'02.0" 122°50'41.0", decreasing the maximum ERP from 2,500 to 2,000 watts and increasing HAAT from 132.4 to 158.9 meters.  South Fraser indicated that the changes were necessary due to unforeseen delays in the construction of the building initially identified for the location of the transmitter.  The station is not yet on air.  CRTC release 
K-LOVE
05/30/15 - Seattle market KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington ends its Classic Hits run this weekend.  It will become K-LOVE KLSW-FM Monday with a Contemporary Christian music format, following the recent purchase of the station by Educational Media Foundation.
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
05/29/15 - Residents on both sides of the border continue to be concerned about blanket interference from proposed new towers near Tsawwassen for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale.  The proposal was rejected by Whatcom County planners, who ruled the five 45-meter high towers were three times over existing limits, but the decision has been appealed in Washington State Superior Court, a process that could take several months.  Project consultant Andrew Skotdal admits some phones, radios and home stereo systems will be affected but says the problems can be rectified using filters the station will pay for.  Kent Spencer, The Province 
James Gardner
05/29/15 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria news anchor James Gardner has to wait another year and a half to begin a procedure called a phalloplasty, due to there being only one clinic in Canada that can perform complex genital reconstruction surgery.  Three years ago Gardner made public a transition from Sheila to James.  He began taking testosterone injections, which helped him grow facial hair and deepen his voice.  CTV News/video  
Tarannum Thind
05/28/15 - OMNI CHNM-DT Vancouver entertainment reporter Tarannum Thind is the latest victim of recent cutbacks by Rogers Media.  She has hosted shows such as Chai Time, Fusion Fare and Community Calendars since joining in 2006. 
Eddie Francis
05/28/15 - KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle evening host Eddie Francis has announced on his Facebook page that he is headed to Los Angeles.  The Renton native has been on air in Seattle since 1999.  The time slot is being voice-tracked by The Party KPTT-FM 95.7 Denver PD and multi-station air personality DeuceAll Access Music Group
Numeris
05/28/15 - Numeris has released its Spring 2015 Radio Diary Survey for Victoria.  CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 is first with an 18.5 share, CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 12.0 and CFAX AM 1070 is third with 9.2.  Numeris release
FCC
05/28/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park from Sunnylands Broadcasting LLC to Josh Broadcasting, LLC.  FCC data
Alpha Media
05/27/15 - The purchase price for the Portland-based Alpha Media acquisition of the radio division of Morris Communications has been announced as $38,250,000 in documents filed with the FCC.  Four stations in coastal Washington, News/Talk KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen/K269FT 101.7 Hoquiam, Sports KWOK AM 1490 Aberdeen, Country Kix KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquiam and Classic Rock KDUX-FM 104.7 Hoquiam are part of the deal.  The transaction is subject to Commission approval.  RadioInsight 
CBC
05/27/15 - CBC is exploring whether to sell its $57-million downtown Vancouver broadcast building as part of a national plan to reduce its real-estate holdings.  The Corporation has recently asked local brokers to investigate possibilities, but Vancouver’s general manager of planning says the city is anxious to ensure CBC stays on the 2.1-acre site.  Frances Bula, The Globe and Mail 
Jolene - KISW
05/26/15 - After 11 years hosting nights on KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle, Music Director Jolene is leaving the station for new opportunities outside of radio.  She says it's time to seek out new adventures.  Her last show is Friday at 6.  All Access Music Group 
Clay Freinwald
05/26/15 - The June 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses drought, new transmitters on West Tiger Mountain, AM Radio and much more.  June Clay's Corner
FCC
05/26/15 - KAHC-LP 105.1 Aberdeen, owned by Grays Harbor Educational Media, has changed call letters to KCFL-LP.  There is also a construction permit to move to 105.3 MHz at 46° 55' 55.00" 123° 43' 59.00" with 12 watts at 87 meters HAAT.  FCC data  Additionally, Seattle market KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington, recently purchased by Educational Media Foundation will change calls to KLSW-FM when the acquisition is approved by the FCC.  There is also an application to lower ERP from 7.1 to 6.7 kW and increase HAAT from 388 to 400 meters at the existing transmitter site.  FCC data  
Joanna Mileos - Arlen Redekop , Vancouver Sun photo
05/22/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Joanna Mileos, along with her husband Craig Hartman, are opening their third Granville Island Toy Company store on Saturday.  They bought the original store inside the Kids’ Market on Granville Island eight years ago and ten months later opened a second store on Main Street.  Mileos anchored news at News1130 CKWX AM from 1996-2007.  Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun  
Mira Laurence
05/22/15 - Former CTV Vancouver Island sportscaster Mira Laurence has recently found a new position with the Victoria HarbourCats of the West Coast League, and the Victoria Grizzlies of the B.C. Hockey League.  She serves in Community Relations and Marketing for both teams and the HarbourCats have also added her to the team’s Community Advisory Board.  Laurence was part of a Bell Media nation-wide layoff last November.  Victoria Buzz 
Radio Disney
05/22/15 - Radio Disney is selling KKDZ AM 1210 Seattle to Charles W. Banta and Sandra A. Miller's Universal Media Access KKDZ-AM for $500,000.  Banta is currently President and Miller is Controller and Principal of Mercury Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in traditional and non-traditional media industries.  All Access Music Group 
Jeff Molnar
05/21/15 - Former STAR FM CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack p.m. drive host/promotions coordinator Jeff Molnar lands the PD position at The
River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops.  He is also the morning show co-host.  Additionally, former Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver host and producer Howie Reimer is appointed PD and p.m. drive host on Radio NL CHNL AM 620 Kamloops.  Both PD appointments are effective July 6.  NL release/Puget Sound Radio   
Alpha Media
05/19/15 - Following recent rumors, it's now been officially announced that Portland-based Alpha Media is acquiring the radio division of Morris Communications for an undisclosed amount.  Four stations in coastal Washington, News/Talk KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen/K269FT 101.7 Hoquiam, Sports KWOK AM 1490 Aberdeen, Country Kix KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquiam and Classic Rock KDUX-FM 104.7 Hoquiam are part of the deal.  The transaction will be filed with the FCC shortly and is subject to its approval.  Alpha Media release  Morris release 
Tamara Taggart
05/18/15 - CTV Vancouver suppertime news anchor Tamara Taggart is among 16 people appointed to the 2015 Order of British Columbia.  She is being recognized for her volunteer work supporting health care and the well-being of children and people with disabilities.  Taggart is also chair of the BC Women’s Hospital ‘Hope Starts Here’ campaign.  CTV News  Order of BC release 
Stan Boreson
05/17/15 - A 90th Birthday Tribute was held Friday at The Swedish Club in Seattle for pioneer kiddies show host and "King of Scandinavian Humor" Stan Boreson.   He hosted the hugely popular kids' show King's Klubhouse on KING-TV for 12 years during the 1950s and 60s.  Broadcast Media Consultant Eric Dawes was on hand and submitted the following photos: Stan and wife Barbara  Stan with Joanie Wedes, wife of the late Chris Wedes (JP Patches)
BJ & Migs. Mornings.
05/15/15 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle has renamed its morning show BJ and Migs. Mornings.  The change recognizes producer Steve Migs as official co-host and equal contributor to BJ Shea.  Migs has been with the show since it moved to KISW in 2005.  All Access Music Group 
BBN
05/15/15 - Bible Broadcasting Network will relaunch KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma using the new call letters KYFQ-FM.  The purchase from PRC Tacoma for $2.4 million in cash, announced in February, has now closed.  The station has been silent since that time.  Radio Ink 
Don Shafer
05/14/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Don Shafer, President and CEO of Roundhouse Radio, was celebrated at CMW for being the 2015 Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award inductee in Toronto Friday.  A video highlighting Shafer's career was shown at the presentation.  The award was originally announced last October.  Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 is expected to launch this summer.    
Paula Rosput Reynolds
05/14/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle board chair Paula Rosput Reynolds has been named a director of British-based oil giant BP.  She will receive compensation of 90,000 British pounds, or a little over $140,000 U.S.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI  
Justin "Drex" Wilcomes
05/13/15 - Edgy Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 evening talk show host Justin Drex Wilcomes touches the boundaries of what may or may not be legal by pitching medicinal marijuana on-air for Eden Medicinal SocietyGordon McIntyre, The Province 
Research Director, Inc.
05/13/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group  
CRTC
05/13/15 - At a public hearing today in Gatineau QC, CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais announced the examination of radio stations that appear to be in non-compliance with CRTC Radio Regulations.  Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. is currently subject to a third consecutive short-term license renewal due to past non-compliance issues and the Commission's concerns about the performance of its stations.  Locally AVR operates CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver.  Additionally, Salt Spring Island Radio, operator of CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island is under scrutiny for failing to comply with the filing of program logs, logger tapes and music lists.  CRTC release    
Mike Eckford
05/13/15 - Afternoon talk show host Mike Eckford is leaving Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  According to a memo from management to staff, "Mike’s wife Shannon has recently taken on more senior roles in her career and Mike has decided to take the opportunity to spend uninterrupted quality time with his young children as they enter their formative years."  Meanwhile, effective today, CKNW changes its positioning to News Talk 980 CKNW, Vancouver’s News, Vancouver’s Talk.
FCC
05/12/15 - The FCC recently switched its location and service contour mapping for all FM and TV stations to Bing Maps, which caused the links on our FM and TV pages to go dead.  These links have now been restored.  Locations and service contours can be viewed by clicking the individual ERPs on our FM Page and TV Page.  Clicking on "Bird's eye" at the top of the map page, and zooming in, provides an aerial photo of the transmitter site. 
Nielsen
05/12/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio April 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.6 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 continues in second with 6.0, the same number as last month.  Country The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7 climbs up to third with 5.3.  Radio Online 
FCC
05/12/15 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Grays Harbor Educational Media to change the frequency of KAHC-LP Aberdeen from 105.1 to 105.3 MHz.  ERP will drop from 41 to 12 watts, HAAT will increase from 47 to 87 meters, and transmitter location will change from 46° 57' 2.00" 123° 48' 1.00" to 46° 55' 55.00" 123° 43' 59.00"FCC data 
KSTW-TV Seattle
05/12/15 - Seattle market KSTW-TV has added the upcoming American digital television network Decades to subchannel 11.2.  Decades, which will mainly air classic television sitcoms and drama series from the 1950s through the 1980s, is a joint venture between the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting.  Meanwhile, KVOS-TV recently dropped SurSagar from channel 12.3, which is now a blank screen.  
BCIT
05/11/15 - 350 broadcasters from 50 years of British Columbia Institute of Technology alumni schmoozed in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby Friday night.  Guest speakers included Associate Dean Randy Singer, BCIT President Kathy Kinloch, and longtime former Broadcast Associate Dean Brian Antonson.  Julia Foy, Puget Sound Radio 
Michael Enright
05/11/15 - CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition and Rewind host Michael Enright pays tribute to Jurgen Gothe, who hosted Disc Drive on CBC Radio Two from 1985 to 2008.  Gothe died in Vancouver April 9 at age 71 after a battle with cancer.  Rewind tribute  CBC News  
Stan Boreson
05/11/15 - A 90th Birthday Tribute is being held Friday, May 15th at The Swedish Club in Seattle for pioneer kiddies show host and "King of Scandinavian Humor" Stan Boreson.  He hosted the hugely popular kids' show King's Klubhouse on KING-TV for 12 years during the 1950s and 60s.
Rebecca Stevenson
05/11/15 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has posted on her Twitter page that she is returning to Seattle from New York, where she worked for Al Jazeera since June 2013.  She left her position at KIRO in October 2012.  She has posted "Meteorologist seeking work in Seattle!" 
Mark Patric
05/11/15 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced that Mark Patric will be the new General Manager of their Vancouver Division effective June 1st.  As PD for JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver the past 2-1/2 years, he has been an integral part of the senior management team at JRfm and The PEAK CKPK‐FM 102.7.  Patric's Vancouver radio career began in 1993 when he joined the operation as a part time announcer/operator.  A significant portion of his tenure included responsibilities as the Music Director/Assistant Program Director.  He will also continue on as PD of JRfmBroadcaster Magazine 
Seattle Sounders
05/11/15 - The Seattle Sounders FC has signed a deal with El Rey 1360 KKMO AM to carry play-by-play soccer for the 2015 season in Spanish.  The team has been without a Spanish language station since KBRO AM 1490 went dark in March.  Mario Rodriguez will handle play-by-play along with analyst Felipe Maqueda.  El Rey takes over the Spanish language radio coverage in coordination with KUNS-TV.   Sounders release  
Craig Pfeifer
05/08/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and Island Radio group Nanaimo Operations Manager Craig Pfeifer has been promoted to PD at CITI-FM 92.1 Winnipeg.  He retains his PD position at sister station KiSS CKY-FM 102.3.  Pfeifer has been APD of 92 CITI FM and PD of Clear FM (now KiSS) since 2010.  He worked the Vancouver market from 1989-94 before an 8-year stay in Nanaimo.
Canadian Association of Journalists
05/08/15 - The Canadian Association of Journalists believes Rogers Media is abandoning a necessary commitment to multicultural communities in Canada by choosing to shut down some multilingual newscasts at its OMNI TV stations.  The cuts are in response to continuing financial losses within Rogers Media-owned OMNI and City television stations.  The CAJ challenges Rogers Media make a firm commitment to investing in multicultural news and information programming across the entire media spectrum.  Broadcaster Magazine   
KCTS-TV Seattle
05/08/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle has coined a list of 13 “External Talking Points” to deflect criticism from management’s recent firing of most of its production staff.  They follow the “Thursday Morning Massacre” two weeks ago at which the station fired an executive producer, a production manager, three producers, two photographic editors, two editors and two studio crew members.  Money is not the reason behind the layoffs.  KCTS turned a $460,940 profit last year, after being $47,843 in the red for the 2013 fiscal year.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
Rogers Media
05/08/15 - Rogers Media Inc. has cut 110 jobs from its television operations in Canada and will replace news with interactive current affairs programs.  Locally, for Breakfast Television at City Vancouver, at least 30 people were laid off from administration along with senior camera employees.  The only on-air personality is traffic reporter Michel McDermott.  At sister TV station OMNI, another 20 or more have been let go, mostly reporters and editors.  ReportedIy, News Director Bhupinder Hundal is out but will staying until Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi is over for the season.  A new half hour language show in all three languages will launch on Monday.  Michael Lewis, Toronto Star 
Jack Spencer - KVI
05/07/15 - Veteran Seattle broadcaster Jack Spencer passed away Tuesday night at his home in Sequim at age 84.  His wife, Kathy, her sister, and longtime friend and radio colleague Bill Taylor were at his bedside.  During a long career in radio news, Spencer was a reporter and anchorman at KIRO radio and TV, then served as news director at KVI, KIXI and KAYO.
Michaela Pereira
05/07/15 - Michaela Pereira, who got her start at CHEK-TV Victoria, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from Thompson Rivers University next month.  The degree recognizes her philanthropy, identity struggle as an adopted child and advocacy for underprivileged youth.  Pereira currently co-hosts CNN’s morning show New Day.  She was hired by CHEK in 1994 and worked at the station for four years before heading to KTLA-TV Los Angeles to anchor news for nine years.  The degree will be presented on June 10.  Katherine Dedyna, Times Colonist  TRU release 
Dan Burritt
05/06/15 - CBC British Columbia has announced the appointment of Dan Burritt as the new host and producer of CBC News Vancouver, airing at 10:30 p.m. Saturdays 11 p.m. Sundays.  He has been anchoring the weekend newscasts since February, while reporting for CBC News Vancouver at 5 & 6 p.m.  He replaces Renee Filippone, who is now based in Toronto as senior business reporter for CBC News.  Burritt moved to CBC from News1130 CKWX Vancouver in 2012. 
FCC
05/06/15 - In an FCC filing, Seattle Streaming Radio, LLC is selling silent KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton, KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood, KLDY AM 1280 Lacey and K221FJ 92.1 Tacoma to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin for $600,000 plus operational costs until closing.  All Access Music Group  
VuHaus
05/05/15 - VuHaus ("view house") has announced the addition of KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle as a participating station in its new music discovery destination.  KEXP joins founding stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin and Kansas  City.  VuHaus, which has received  initial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is set to launch May 13 at the Non-Commvention in Philadelphia.  VuHaus is a new, non-profit collaboration of public radio’s leading Music Discovery stations that have joined together to build a video service so audiences can view rare in-studio performances of emerging artists.  VuHaus release 
Russell Robertson
05/04/15 - iHeartMedia has named Russell Robertson SVP/Sales for its Seattle cluster, effective immediately.  He has spent the last 8 years as with the company in San Diego where he held the position of GSM for its stations.  Radio Ink 
Dakota Leslie- photo courtesy Abbotsford News
05/02/15 - 19-year-old CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford radio host Dakota Leslie has died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night in the Fraser Valley city.  He was a host of Generation Z, heard Saturdays on the University of the Fraser Valley station.  CIVL is planning a special show from 5 to 6 p.m. today in his memory.  Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News  Maria Weisgarber, CTV video  
FCC
05/01/15 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Slavic Church 'Sulamita' for KCSC-LP 101.9 Mukilteo.  It is authorized to operate with an ERP of 4 watts non-directional at 148 meters HAAT at 47° 51' 30.70" 122° 17' 3.60"FCC data 
Newcap
05/01/15 - Dartmouth, NS-based Newfoundland Capital Corporation (Newcap) has announced 25% higher revenue and 56% higher EBITDA over last year in its Q1 financial report.  The increase was primarily due to incremental revenue from the Vancouver and Toronto stations which were acquired March 31, 2014.  Newcap release   
David Chesney
05/01/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and current White Rock city councillor David Chesney has come under fire for remarks he made on a recent interview about the attire of pregnant women.  He made the comments on the online show The Goddard Report.  Chesney is also the editor and publisher of the online newspaper the White Rock Sun, where he has since published, "I apologize to any women that may have been offended by comments that were taken out of context."  Chesney was on air/PD/music director at CJJC Langley then MD/promotions director at CKLG-FM Vancouver during the 1960s and '70s.  CBC News 
Ed Ronco
05/01/15 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 has named Morning Edition local producer Ed Ronco to local host of All Things Considered, replacing Dave Meyer effective May 4.  Ronco joined KPLU in October 2013 as a reporter/host from noncommercial KCAW-FM 104.7 Sitka, AK.  Meyer continues as Weekend Edition Saturday local host.  All Access Music Group  Craig Sailor, The News Tribune  
FCC
05/01/15 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Earth On-the-Air Independent Media for a new low power FM station to serve Seattle.  It will operate at 96.9 MHz with an ERP of 38 watts non-directional at 48.5 meters HAAT at 47° 39' 33.90" 122° 18' 39.10"FCC data 
Chris Sargent
04/30/15 - Chris Sargent has been appointed Program Director of The Jet KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  He most recently served as Operations Manager for the Mapleton Communications cluster in Medford, OR.  He begins his new position May 11.  All Access Music Group 
Julie Brown
04/29/15 - Vancouver radio broadcaster, singer and actress Julie Brown joins Georgina Arntzen and Mary Ella Young as The Hot Mammas, with a unique blend of tight harmonies and intricate vocal arrangements, as they present their brand new CD release Hot Mammas, Yeah!  The CD release party will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St. on Granville Island.  Admission is by donation.  Hot Mammas release  
Gary Chittim
04/29/15 - KING-TV Seattle environmental specialist Gary Chittim has left the station to join LED lighting company Planled as Vice President of Marketing.  He's been with KING-TV for 15 years.  KING-TV farewell video 
CRTC
04/29/15 - 1.The CRTC has approved an application by Rogers Media Inc. to change the authorized contours of CIPN-FM 104.7 Pender Harbour, a translator for CFUN-FM 107.5 Sechelt, (formerly CKKS-FM), by relocating the transmitter site and decreasing the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 297.0 to 268.1 metres.  The licensee stated that the technical changes were necessary because the current tower facility is unsafe to climb.  CRTC release 
Taylor Jukes
04/29/15 - LG 104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver Program Director Taylor Jukes has announced she is leaving for Toronto to be PD at Virgin Radio CKFM-FM 99.9.  She worked in Kelowna and Edmonton prior to arriving in Vancouver in 2009.
North Pole
04/28/15 - KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park signed on over the weekend with Christmas Music as North Pole Radio.  The station is licensed to operate with 1.2 kW at 421 meters HAAT at 46° 54' 6.00" 123° 25' 7.00".  The KNBQ call letters have a long history in the southern Puget Sound region from their use on 97.3 Tacoma in the 1980s and iHeartMedia’s 102.9 Centralia from 2005-13.  Permanent format plans have not yet been announced.  Radio Insight 
Clay Freinwald
04/27/15 - The May 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses earthquakes, traffic congestion, broadcasters that are moving and much more.  May Clay's Corner
Carey Edwards
04/27/15 - Carey Edwards, former Production|Imaging Director at Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 has left his position at Y100 KCYY-FM 100.3 San Antonio.  He was on staff at Warm in 2013 and part time/swing at The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7 before heading to Texas.  All Access Music Group
Rose Tan (nee Chung)
04/27/15 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Rose Tan (nee Chung) passed away on April 18 at age 62.  Her CBC career began with the Costume Department in the early 1980's, working on location for The Beachcombers in Gibsons, BC and finished in the CBC Vancouver Makeup Department in the late 1990s.  A Celebration of Life will be held at The Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Avenue (at Arbutus Street), at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.  Sun/Province obituary 
KCTS-TV Seattle
04/27/15 - Public Television KCTS-TV Seattle has laid off most of its production staff, including two producers, a floor director who's been with the station for 40 years, and camera operators.  While in-studio staff lose jobs, an on-air victim of the new emphasis will be KCTS’ new, widely heralded half-hour program IN Close, which will shift from a 30-minute program to short digital stories.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI  
RPM Lunch
04/25/15 - A number of new videos of the April 14th RPM (Radio Performers Membership) Lunch have been posted online.  The event at the downtown Vancouver White Spot Restaurant, attended by 120 radio broadcasters and producers, paid special tribute to broadcast icon Fred Latremoulle, who passed away March 5th at his vacation home in Scottsdale, AZ.  Gary Kasmer video  Ken Hardie video  Bill Reiter video
Jesse Jones
04/25/15 - Jesse Jones, longtime consumer advocate and Get Jesse host on KING-TV Seattle, returned to the airwaves Friday on KIRO-TV.  He dropped out of sight last August after announcing a move to KIRO, as his contract with KING required the hiatus.  Jones' title at KIRO is "Consumer Investigator"and he'll appear on Eyewitness News weekdays at 5:45 p.m.  Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI  Aneya Fernando, TVSpy  KIRO-TV news/video  Ron Judd, Seattle Times  
Glen Robitaille
04/24/15 - Glen Robitaille, believed to be one of Canada's oldest surviving broadcasters, is featured on the Friday April 24th CFJC-TV Kamloops news with reporter Tara Gostelow and produced by ENG/Editor Kent Simmonds.  Robitaille started as a technician and announcer at 100-watt CKWX Vancouver in 1934, but went on to build and sign on CFPL-TV in London ON in 1953, where he stayed as Vice President Engineering until his retirement in 1983.  Robitaille won numerous broadcasting awards during his 50-year broadcasting career.  Broadcast historian Gord Lansdell, webmaster of this site, is interviewed in the segment.  CFJC-TV video
RTDNA
04/24/15 - KING-TV Seattle earns ten Large Market Television Region 1 2015 RTDNA Murrow Awards and KIRO-FM 97.3 gets six in Large Market Radio.  RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Region 1 winners  Complete listings of regional winners 
Lois Jackson
04/24/15 - Delta mayor Lois Jackson has sent a letter to the CRTC asking the broadcast regulator to let people in on the confidential consent agreement signed with Sher-E-Punjab, at the center of the contentious proposal to erect radio transmission towers in Point Roberts.  The Commission issued a notice that Sher-E-Punjab, broadcasting over KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale, had signed a consent agreement, thus it was no longer subject to a hearing order to cease and desist operating a broadcasting undertaking in Canada.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
Garett Michaels
04/24/15 - Garett Michaels has left his position after two years as PD of The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle.  Entercom Seattle VP/Programming Dave Richards will hold down the position until a successor can be found.  Digital PD Leslie Scott will serve as Associate PD and APD/afternoons Jon Manley will oversee all music operations.  All Access Music Group  
Shushma Datt
04/23/15 - CMW Canadian Music Week has announced that Vancouver broadcaster Shushma Datt is the recipient of The Rosalie Award for 2015.  The Rosalie Award is named in honor of Rosalie Trombley, renowned Music Director at Windsor/Detroit market Top 40 powerhouse The Big 8 CKLW-AM 800 and recognizes Canadian women who have blazed new trails in radio.  Datt is President and CEO of i.t. Media Broadcasting, which includes Sp!ce Radio CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver.  The award will be presented May 7 in Toronto.  CMW release 
Marc Riddell
04/23/15 - Global BC / BC1 Executive Producer Marc Riddell has joined Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority TransLink, as Director of Communications.  He's been with Global BC since July 2013 and previously held executive news positions with CBC Vancouver
Live 95.5 KBFF-FM Portland
04/23/15 - MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle morning drive show Brooke & Jubal in the Morning will be simulcast on Live 95.5 KBFF-FM Portland beginning Monday, April 27.  Hosted by Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg, the program is also part of the syndicated Dish Nation television show.  Radio Insight 
FCC
04/23/15 - New Age Media Ltd. has filed an application with the FCC to move KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor from daytime only to operate with 9 kW day and 2.5 kW night with directional antenna, different constants day and night.  The application is for two towers at 48° 16' 56.00" 122° 42' 27.00".  KRPA is currently licensed to operate with .5 kW daytime only from a single tower at 48° 17' 27.00" 122° 42' 28.00"FCC info  Day Pattern  Night Pattern  Meanwhile, sister station The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes, which has been dark since late March due to undisclosed power issues, reportedly returned to the air April 15 with lower power and poor sound quality. 
Dale Comer
04/21/15 - Dale Comer died April 14 at his home in Burien after an extended battle with cancer.  He was 35.  He began his career in broadcasting at KVNI Coeur d’Alene, continued on to KPLU Tacoma and was most recently a Maintenance Engineer, Operations Specialist & Production Technician for KBTC-TV Tacoma.  A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID.  SBE Seattle obituary  Yates Funeral Home obituary 
Fred Latremouille
04/18/15 - Close to 120 Vancouver radio broadcasters and producers rallied together Tuesday at the downtown Vancouver White Spot Restaurant to pay tribute to fellow broadcaster Fred Latremoulle, who passed away March 5th at his vacation home in Scottsdale, AZ.  Speakers at the event hosted by Red Robinson included long-time broadcast icons Doc Harris, Bill Reiter, Miles Ramsay, Tom Jeffries and Wayne Cox.  Red Robinson audio/video  Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun 
Shane Foxman
04/17/15 - CBC has eliminated 241 jobs across Canada.  The layoffs include sportscaster Shane Foxman in Vancouver and Kelly Nakatsuka and Amanda Heffelfinger in Victoria.  Foxman has been with the Corporation since 2007.  40 year old Nakatsuka was an associate producer/technician and co-host of the afternoon radio show All Points West.  He has worked for CBC Victoria since 2008 and Vancouver for six years before that.  51 year old Heffelfinger has worked in administration in Victoria since 2003.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist
Laff
04/16/15 - KIRO-TV Seattle has added Laff on over-the-air channel 7.3.  Laff specializes in comedy programming, featuring a mix of feature films and archived sitcoms, and is targeted at adults between the ages of 18 and 49. 
Jurgen Gothe
04/16/15 - Jurgen Gothe, who passed away April 9 at age 71, had made a request for no public observances, which is being honored by his family.  He hosted DiscDrive on CBC Radio 2 from 1985 to 2008.  Sun/Province obituary  
The End KNDD-FM Seattle
04/16/15 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle and the Pearl Jam Vitalogy Foundation have partnered to help local charities raise money.  Two dollars from every ticket sold to The End's Summer Camp and Deck the Hall Ball will be will be donated to the Foundation.  All Access Music Group 
Ed Hill
04/16/15 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has released Program Director Ed HillCarey Curelop has been promoted to VP/Programming for the CBS Radio Seattle cluster and PD at KMPS.  Hill joined KMPS in 2011.  All Access Music Group  
Bruce Williams
04/16/15 - Victoria broadcaster Bruce Williams has been appointed Chair of the city's 2015 United Way Campaign.  He is the CTV Vancouver Island Manager of Community and Client Relations, on-air TV Host of Foodie Fridays, and host of Café Victoria on CFAX AM 1070United Way release  
Research Director, Inc.
04/15/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive March PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
04/15/15 - The FCC has dismissed an application for a new low power FM station by Iglesia Sanando Las Heridas to serve Renton at 92.9 MHz.  FCC data  Also dismissed is an application for a new low power FM station by Ministerio Centro Familiar to serve Edmonds at 107.3 MHz.  FCC data  
Tim Dickert
04/15/15 - Tim Dickert joins Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 as a producer on the Jon McComb and Simi Sara shows.  He will provide on air and social media support for both shows.  Dickert formerly worked at AM730, News1130 and CBC Vancouver.
Leah Holiove
04/15/15 - After more than six years reporting metro Vancouver traffic from a cramped Robinson helicopter, Leah Holiove is back down to earth.  She's now handling traffic for News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver and acting for television and movies.  Russell Purcell, Driving   
Nielsen Audio
04/14/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio March 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 7.2 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 takes another step upward, now in second with 6.0.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 slips sightly to third with a 5.5 share, the same number as last month.  Radio Online 
Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle
04/14/15 - Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle has cancelled it's morning show of Jackie, Marco and Moote.  They, along with producer Justin Nettlebeck joined Click in a.m. drive last March.  Jackie Cunningham had previously spent over 13 years at Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1All Access Music Group
J.J. Hemingway
04/13/15 - Former Seattle radio host J.J. Hemingway is the new morning host, as Fox Sports KZFS AM 680 Spokane and translator K257FX 99.3 changed format Friday to Contemporary Christian as UP 99.3.  Hemingway began his radio career at age 16 in Seattle and more recently worked at KJR-FM 95.7 from 2001-06.  Inside Radio  
Harvey Oberfeld
04/13/15 - Former BCTV reporter Harvey Oberfeld looks at "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" of media shakeups, as quality print, radio and TV news coverage gets further watered down locally and across Canada.  Keeping it Real, Harvey Oberfeld 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
04/11/15 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has made some changes by combining production and operations.  Production Coordinator Gabe Reinarz has been released and Jeff Aldus will take over the position in addition to his production duties.
KEXP-FM Seattle
04/10/15 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has been removed from the Senate's Capital Budget for Building for the Arts, where it was ranked second in line to receive $1.8 million in funding.  The money was supposed to go toward building its new home at the Seattle Center.  Executive director Tom Mara says it could change the scope of the design of their new home, where they hoped to continue to provide live performances for the public.  Elisa Hahn, KING5 News  KEXP release  Matt Markovich, KOMO/Seattle PI  Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times
Jurgen Gothe
04/10/15 - Long-time CBC Vancouver broadcaster Jurgen Gothe died at his home in downtown Vancouver Thursday after a battle with cancer.  He was 71.  Gothe is best known as the former host of the national DiscDrive show, which aired on CBC Radio 2 from 1985 to 2008.  Earlier he hosted Front Row on CBC and worked at CHQM Vancouver.  He was also the wine writer for The Georgia Straight from 1997 to 2014.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  CBC Radio 
Jill Krop
04/10/15 - Veteran news anchor and TV host Jill Krop has been appointed News Director and Station Manager at Global BC.  She was a graduate from the BCIT broadcast journalism program in the mid 1980s and began her broadcasting career at CKPG Prince George.  Krop spent six years working in Halifax before moving to CHEK-TV Victoria in 1994 and then BCTV (now Global BC) in 1997.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  Broadcaster Magazine 
Claire Martin
04/09/15 - Former CBC-TV Vancouver and CBC The National meteorologist Claire Martin has announced she will seek the Green Party nomination in the riding of North Vancouver.  Martin, raised in England, presented weather forecasts in Canada for almost two decades before leaving CBC last year.  She was the weather host for CBC Radio and Television Vancouver from 2007-12 before moving to CBC Toronto and then returning as managing director of Anaïd Productions in North Vancouver.  Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail 
"The Whale" KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor
04/06/15 - KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor returned to the air over the weekend with automated AC and The Whale imaging.  However sister station KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes has not returned to air.  
Greg Schofield 2013 - Photo courtesy Tony Wade
04/05/15 - Retired CBC Vancouver staffer Greg Schofield passed away at his home in Qualicum Beach on March 21 after a lengthy battle against cancer.  He was 67.  He had a long career with CBC Vancouver Television, starting out as a Mobile Maintenance Technician, then as an EFP Sound Technician and later as an ENG Supervisor in Television News.  A gathering of remembrance will be held from 1-3 p.m. April 10 at Richmond Funeral Home.  Sun/Province obituary 
Yvonne Goldsmith
04/05/15 - Former mayor of Ferndale Yvonne Goldsmith addressed a town hall meeting in Tsawassen last week hosted by the Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers.  She painted a grim picture of interference from the KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale transmitter site.  However, Goldsmith added that they rarely hear interference anymore.  She said the station is still on the air but "nobody knows where it’s broadcasting from".  She is now a planning commissioner in Ferndale and said she was at the meeting at Tsawwassen United Church as a private citizen and wasn’t representing the Washington state city.  Dave Willis, Delta Optimist  
Glen Robitaille
04/04/15 - CFJC-TV Kamloops reporter Tara Gostelow is researching to do a feature on Glen "Robbie" Robitaille, now aged 97 and believed to be one of the oldest living broadcasters in Canada.  Robitaille, who lives in Kamloops, worked at CKWX Vancouver from 1934-42 as a transmitter operator then studio operator and announcer of programs such as Behind the Mike and Make Believe Ballroom.  Gostelow is looking for audio, photos, video and any anecdotes about him.  She can be reached at tgostelow@gmail.com.
FCC
04/03/15 - Low power KYAB-LP 94.3 Aberdeen has changed call letters to KAHC-LP.  Additionally, the FCC has granted a construction permit to Grays Harbor Educational Media to change the station's frequency to 105.1 MHz and move the transmitter to 46° 57' 2.00" 123° 48' 1.00", south of Grays Harbor College.  ERP will decrease from 100 to 41 watts and HAAT will increase from -33.6 meters to 47 meters.  FCC data  
Rogers Radio
04/02/15 - Rogers Radio has done some call letter shuffling following the branding change of Sonic Nation to KiSS RADiO in February.  CFUN-FM 107.5 Chilliwack has become CKKS-FM, CFUN-FM-1 92.5 Abbotsford is now CKKS-FM-1 and CFUN-FM-2 104.9 Vancouver is now CKKS-FM-2.  Rogers appears to have "parked" the CFUN calls at 104.7 Sechelt in place of its former CKKS-FM call letters.  
"Green FM" CFSI-FM Salt Spring Island
04/02/15 - Four paid programmers and a number of volunteer hosts have left their positions at Green FM CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island, citing financial turmoil.  The CRTC is holding a second hearing May 13, in which owner Dave Dhillon must address a number of possible infractions to broadcasting regulations.  The Commission granted a previous one-year license extension following a non-compliance hearing held in January 2014.  Dhillon said he has hired Anita Mehta as the new station manager and is looking at applications for sales manager.  He feels the main problem facing the station is the island's terrain, which negatively impacts the radio signal and hopes to solve it by switching to an AM translator.  Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood 
Bruce Davidsen
04/02/15 - High profile producer/promoter Bruce Davidsen has died in Toronto after a prolonged illness followed by a heart attack.  He was 70.  Davidsen was Director Of Special Projects & Specialty Voice for Moffat Broadcasting (CKLG Vancouver/CKXL Calgary) from 1972-82.  He founded the Tanglewood Group in 1970, which produced and promoted hundreds of tours for the likes of Eric Clapton, the BeeGees, Murray McLauchlan, Bruce Cockburn, the National Ballet of Canada, Peking National Acrobats, Monty Python, The Stampeders, Anne Murray and Deep Purple. 
Jack Webster Foundation
04/02/15 - The Jack Webster Foundation has announced the 2015 recipients of the JWF Professional Development Fellowships.  They are Global BC online producer Paula BakerNews1130 reporter Anita Bathe, CTV News Vancouver Island reporter/anchor Robert Buffam, and two newspaper reporters.  All five recipients will attend the Poynter Institute in Florida.  The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize and support excellence in BC-based journalism.  CNW Newswire
FCC
04/01/15 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma from PRC Tacoma -- I LLC to Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc.  The sale for $2.4 million was announced in February.  FCC data  
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM Vancouver
04/01/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver CEO Don Shafer looked at 40 buildings before choosing a converted warehouse in Railtown for the new station's studios.  Roundhouse Radio is set to launch this summer with a talk and music format.  Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun
Bob Massey
04/01/15 - Classy Bob Massey, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year, lays claim to be the oldest broadcaster in the US with a regular show.  He hosts mid mornings with music from the "Great American Songbook" on community station KSQM-FM 91.5 Sequim.  KING5 News 
Seattle Streaming Radio
04/01/15 - KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood is now officially dark.  It lost its transmitter site and subsequent operations will have to be from another location.  The licensee, Seattle Streaming Radio, LLC, has vacated the property and developers are making plans to remove the towers.  Immediate plans are for a high density residential development.  Sister stations KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton, KLDY AM 1280 Lacey and FM translator K221FJ Tacoma are temporarily off air, but are being maintained to return.  A Special Temporary Authority (STA) has been filed with the FCC.  KNTB STA application  KBRO appKLDY appK221FJ app
My FM - VF2689 Surrey
03/31/15 - Listener reports indicate new low power VF2689 106.9 Surrey has signed on the air with a mixture of Punjabi and English languages.  Industry Canada records show it is authorized to operate non-directional with an ERP of 41 watts at 51.7 meters HAAT at 49-08-26 122-53-18, putting it northeast of 120a St. and 75a Ave. in Surrey.  The station's website is returning "Forbidden", however a Google cached copy can be viewed here and audio is available here.  The signal has effectively blocked reception of The Wolf CHWF-FM 106.9 Nanaimo in the immediate area.  
Dan Mitchinson
03/31/15 - Veteran host and news anchor Dan Mitchinson joins KFBK AM 1530 Sacramento as co-host of the KFBK Morning News effective April 6th.  He was a news anchor and content producer at KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle from 2009-12 before heading to KXL-FM 101.1 Portland.  All Access Music Group  All Access backgrounder  
Rogers Media
03/31/15 - Rogers Media is refreshing its AM news stations across Canada, beginning with 680News in Toronto and rolling out across other properties, including News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  The revamp is intended to to make them more “relevant sounding and relevant looking” with new logos and different radio imaging, with increased local content.  It also includes an overhaul of the stations’ websites.  Chris Powell, Marketing 
ESPN Deportes
03/31/15 - Transmitters for KLDY AM 1280 Lacey, KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood (including a 92.1 Translator in Tacoma) and KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton have been turned off.  The stations were most recently carrying the Spanish language programming of ESPN Deportes.  With Oak Harbor and Anacortes, this brings the total AM stations in the area to five that have recently gone silent.  Perhaps this is the future of AM, with the small under-achievers going away, leaving those which can afford to keep going. 
John O'Dowd
03/30/15 - John O’Dowd has been promoted to full time producer of the Jon McComb Show, mornings on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  He joined CKNW last year as the producer of the Roy Green Show and worked as a producer and on-line news reporter for Newstalk 106FM in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Canada.  He has an MA in Broadcast Production for Radio and Television.
Family Radio
03/30/15 - Seattle market KARR AM 1460 Kirkland has returned to the air after being granted a Special Temporary Authority by the FCC to operate using a vertical wire antenna approx. 20 meters in height from 47 38' 39.00" 122 09' 25.00" at 1/4 nighttime power (625 Watts) due to loss of its lease at its licensed transmitter site. 
Rhys Davis
03/30/15 - Long-time broadcaster Rhys Davis retires after working in Aberdeen (Grays Harbor County) for 37 years.  The last 16 years was as morning host on Sunny 102.1 KSWW-FM Ocean Shores.  Davis began his career 40 years ago in Burney, CA. 
"The Whale" KWLA AM 1340 Anacortes
03/29/15 - The two New Age Media Ltd. stations in western Washington recently went dark.  The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes left the air due to undisclosed power issues and is not expected to return any time soon.  KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor has an antenna issue and likely will return to the air in the near future.  Both stations had been airing music programming from The Whale.  The on-line audio feed has also stopped.  New Age Media Group acquired the two stations from Satnam Media Group Inc. last May, with the FCC granting approval of the sale two months later.  
CRTC
03/28/15 - Vancouver entrepreneur Jim Pattison likes the prospects of radio over television as new CRTC regulations make operating a TV station in Canada more challenging.  Meanwhile, owners of two new Metro Vancouver radio stations scheduled to launch this summer are convinced that their ventures will achieve success.  Glen Korstrom, Business In Vancouver 
Clay Freinwald
03/28/15 - The April 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses drought areas, the Seaside gathering of Hams, transmitters at West Tiger and much more.  April Clay's Corner 
Cedric James
03/28/15 - Former Seattle radio host Cedric James (Melkor McGuire Odom) passed away Thursday following a lengthy illness.  He was on air at a number of Seattle stations including presenting smooth jazz at KWJZ-FM from 1998-2009.  Mike Barer Blog 
Kristi Gordon
03/27/15 - Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon, along with Robin Stickley and Squire Barnes, respond to haters after she received a distasteful letter criticizing her pregnant body.  On Thursday evening, the news team addressed some of the mean letters and comments she has received since her belly began to grow three or four weeks ago.  Jill Slattery, Vancity Buzz 
CBC
03/27/15 - CBC English Services has announced that it is shedding more than 140 positions in its local news operations across Canada as part of a corporation-wide strategy announced last summer to deal with budget shortfalls.  25 positions will be cut in British Columbia and CBC Television Vancouver's suppertime news will be reduced from 90 to 60 minutes.  CBC News #1  CBC News #2   
Joshua Roman
03/27/15 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle has enlisted cello star Joshua Roman in a plan to increase its new-music Web channel with new repertoire and performances.  KING-FM is only one of two radio stations in the U.S. with a dedicated online stream for cutting-edge new music.  Tom Keogh, Seattle Times 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
03/27/15 - The Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers is holding a town hall meeting March 31 to inform residents about the latest developments in the plan by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to install new radio transmission towers near the border for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale.  The company has gone to court to appeal a decision by Whatcom County council, which upheld the decision by the county's hearing examiner to reject the application based on a failure to meet height requirements.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
Tom Lee
03/26/15 - Former KJR AM 950 Seattle Program Director Tom Lee has been appointed PD at The Beast KFWB AM 980 Los Angeles.  He was PD at KJR from 1993-2000 and Director of Broadcasting for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1995-2000.  All Access Music Group 
Doug Zackodnik
03/26/15 - Former Vista Radio executive Doug Zackodnik has landed a new position as Account Manager with Rogers Radio in Edmonton.  He was General Manager and General Sales Manager for Vista Radio Coast Group (Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Hardy and Powell River) from 2009-14. 
RTDNA Canada
03/26/15 - RTDNA Canada has named Dave Gerry and Mark Forsythe 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winners in the BC region.  Gerry is well remembered for his time at CKVU-TV Vancouver and his current position on the CTV Vancouver news segment The Last Word.  Forsythe, now retired from CBC Radio after 30 years, was host of BC Almanac.  
"Praise" KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden
03/26/15 - Crista Media Chief Engineer Bryan Hubert and fellow engineer Tim Vik recently installed the first Nautel GV40 transmitter on Mount Constitution for Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden.  Because the transmitter was the first GV40 built (serial number H0101), it was shipped to Orcas Island directly from the exhibition floor of the 2014 NAB Show.  Nautel release        
FCC
03/26/15 - The FCC has granted a license to cover to Grays Harbor LPFM for KGHO-LP 99.9 Hoquiam.  KGHO operates with 100 watts at 3 meters HAAT at 46° 58' 22.00" 123° 51' 10.00 and previously operated at 98.5 MHz.  FCC data           
Tom Wheeler
03/25/15 - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is defending a plan to shut all but eight of the FCC’s current 24 field offices.  He told the House Appropriates Subcommittee yesterday that the Seattle office has just one staffer but costs the government $190,000 a year to operate.  He says it’s a high price for handling about one case per week in the Pacific Northwest.  Inside Radio
Click! Cable TV
03/22/15 - In 2009, KOMO-TV Seattle received 31 cents per month per home from Tacoma's Click! Cable TV.  That amount has soared this year to $2.43, an increase of 684 percent.  Broadcaster contracts, or retransmission consent agreements, doubled fees overnight for three of five Seattle TV stations on January 1st, with four of the five to charge more than $2 per subscriber per month by 2017.  Kate Martin, Tacoma News Tribune    
Green FM CFSI Salt Spring Island
03/21/15 - Green FM CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island returned to the air Friday along with its web stream after hydro was reconnected to the facility.  Meanwhile an internal memo contains the resignation of interim manager Radha Fournier and this weekend will be her last show.  Additionally, the remaining programmers have all hosted their final shows or are about to do so this coming week.  It is believed that the station will continue on full time automation.  At this time the CFSI-FM-1 102.1 translator remains on air with no audio. 
Jim Beatty
03/21/15 - CHEK-TV Victoria news anchor Jim Beatty, who gave notice Monday after returning from vacation, is leaving journalism for a job in the corporate sector.  He has anchored the station’s news for more than three years, moving there after seven years as CTV bureau chief in Victoria.  Beatty is not revealing the name of his new employer yet, but said he will remain in Victoria.  Darron Kloster, Times Colonist 
Fred Latremouille
03/21/15 - The immensely popular Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille covered the full range of endeavors.  He was a radio host on a number of stations, a TV host both locally and nationally, played drums for the CFUN Classics on Latromotion, co-edited the Georgia Straight newspaper in its early days, was the BCTV weatherman and still found time for charity fundraising.  He died on March 5 in Scottsdale, AZ where he maintained a winter home.  Latremouille was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame the following year.  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail  Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun 
KOMO-TV Seattle
03/20/15 - It's an odd choice for a name, but KOMO-TV Seattle has added The KOMO Quickie to its Facebook page.  It's a one minute video shot in the newsroom featuring news to "catch you up".  Mark Joyella, TVSpy 
Green FM CFSI Salt Spring Island
03/19/15 - Green FM CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island has been off air for the past 3 days with its south-end translator CFSI-FM-1 102.1 transmitting dead air for several months.  Speculation is that the stations will end up going dark.  Station owner Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. has been ordered to appear before the CRTC at a hearing in Quebec scheduled for May 13th to address a number of non-compliance issues.  CRTC release 
Candy and Potter
03/19/15 - After a 14-month run, Seattle market HOT 103.7 KHTP-FM morning married duo Candy + Potter have announced on their blog that they are no longer with the station.  All Access Music Group 
Glenn Beck
03/19/15 - Former Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle broadcaster, now syndicated radio and TV host, Glenn Beck told radio listeners Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party because he believes it isn’t conservative enough.  Scott Sunde, Seattle PI 
Corus Radio
03/19/15 - Sarah Gibbons has been appointed the new Executive Assistant for Corus Radio Vancouver effective April 7.  She is a graduate of the radio program at Fanshawe College in London, ON and was Sales Assistant and Assistant to the GM for Bell Radio in St. Catharines, ON for over 7 years.  Gibbons was most recently Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Newcap Radio Vancouver.   
Ron Callan
03/18/15 - Former KIRO-TV and Radio Seattle sports broadcaster and current Seattle Seahawks press box announcer Ron Callan has been named play-by-play voice for the Arena Football League Portland Thunder on The Game KXTG AM 750 Portland.  He was with KIRO-TV and Radio from 1981-2002.  All Access Music Group  
Research Director, Inc.
03/18/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive February PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
Janet Kim
03/18/15 - KING-TV Seattle general assignment reporter Janet Kim moves to Q13 KCPQ-TV as a reporter effective March 23rd.  She's been covering Tacoma and Pierce County news for KING since March 2014 and was previously a reporter/anchor in Nashville.  Scott Jones, FTVLive
MeTV
03/18/15 - KFFV-TV Seattle has added MeTV to channel 46.6.  MeTV is also seen on the KVOS-TV Bellingham main channel 12.1.   KFFV's main channel 44.1 is now airing Evine and replaces Shqp as a shopping channel.  Meanwhile, KUSE-LD Channel 46.1 is now showing IQRA with Islamic programing, replacing Hot TV.  
Lydia Cruz
03/18/15 - Recently deposed MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle morning team member Lydia Cruz has announced she is getting ready to podcast from her home recording studio.  The Seattle native has been featured with Brooke & Jubal in the Morning for the last four years.  Twitter page   
KOMO-TV Seattle
03/18/15 - The FAA is investigating a drone that flew too high and too close to two Seattle TV choppers on Monday.  Both KOMO-TV and KIRO-TV Seattle report they were using helicopters to cover a fire in a nearby salvage yard, when KIRO chief photographer Scott Crueger noticed a drone flying above the KOMO helicopter at 1,500 feet.  Drones are only allowed to fly up to 400 feet.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy video  KOMO news  
Jim Beatty
03/17/15 - Puget Sound Radio is reporting that veteran news anchor Jim Beatty has turned in two weeks notice at CHEK-TV Victoria after returning from a week's vacation.  He was the Vancouver Sun legislative reporter from 1995-2004, CTV Victoria Bureau Chief from 2004-11 and CHEK-TV anchor since January 2012.  Beatty has also been a freelance contributor to a number of local and national radio and TV stations and print publications since 1995.  PSR news    
Nielsen Audio
03/17/15 - The two top Hubbard Radio stations continue in the one-two positions in the Nielsen Audio February 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is first with a 6.6 share.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 is second with a 5.5 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to third with 5.4.  Radio Online
BCAB
03/17/15 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Early Bird Registration & Accommodation Deadline has been extended to Friday, March 27, 2015.  This year's conference is being held in Penticton May 12-14 and features Larry Hennessey & Willy Percy reunited again for one night as the Masters of Ceremonies at the President's Dinner & Awards Gala.  Broadcaster Magazine  
Linda Brill
03/14/15 - SeaTac Media reports Linda Brill will retire from KING-TV Seattle next Friday after over 36 years with the station.  She is KING-TV's most veteran reporter, having joined KING 5 News in December 1978 covering the city government beat, and currently focuses on crime and court reporting.  Brill earned a bachelor of science degree in communication from the University of Illinois School of Radio and Television in 1973.  KING 5 bio 
ARRL
03/13/15 - According to a memo from the FCC Enforcement Bureau obtained by the Amateur Radio Relay League, the agency is proposing a drastic cut in its field office locations and staff as part of a restructuring plan.  The memo suggests that the bureau will cut 16 of its 24 field offices, and keep equipment but not full offices in Seattle and seven other cities.  All Access Music Group  ARRL news 
Research Director Inc
03/13/15 - Seattle-Tacoma was one of only three Nielsen top 15 radio markets in the US to show a decline in Christmas music listeners during the Holiday 2014 ratings period compared to a year earlier.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 dropped 22.5% from the Holiday 2013 period, while stations in Philadelphia and Phoenix showed lesser declines.  Research director Inc 
Bray & Partners
03/12/15 - Bray and Partners Communications break down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.  Bray and Partners release
Numeris
03/12/15 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period December 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 holds onto first place with a market share of 14.1.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 12.4.  Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 is third with 7.3, pushing sister station News/Talk CKNW AM 980 down to fourth with a 6.9 share.  Numeris ratings 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
03/12/15 - KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale owner BBC Broadcasting Inc. has filed a LUPA (Land Use Petition Act) appeal in Skagit County Superior Court.  The company is appealing a decision by Whatcom County council, which upheld a ruling by the county's hearing examiner to reject new radio towers because they exceeded height limits.  BBC Broadcasting wants to erect five 45-metre (150-foot) steel towers on an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way just south of the Tsawwassen border.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist 
Mitch Levi
03/12/15 - Seattle Sports Radio KJR AM 950 announces an updated lineup.  Morning drive host Mitch Levy has re-inked and continues 6 to 10 a.m.  Chuck Powell joins for 10 a.m. to noon, and former Seattle Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren has extended his contract through 2015.  Holmgren will continue as the NFL expert and regular contributor for KJR.  Radio Ink 
Gerry Siemens
03/11/15 - Gerry Siemens has announced his retirement as VP and General Manager of JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 and The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver, effective immediately.   He has held executive positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Vancouver since the 1990s.  Siemens was awarded Broadcaster of the Year for 2009 by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters.   Under his leadership, AM 600 ended an 84-year run in November 2008 when it converted to FM as The PEAK, first at 100.5 and then in 2011 at 102.7.  
Jim Kampmann
03/10/15 - Longtime Seattle news voice Jim Kampmann died over the weekend. The 30+ year radio veteran was known for his distinct voice and personality.  He was "the newsguy" on KISW-FM for a number of years and capped off his career as part of the Jim & Jim Morning Show on KIXI.  He was most recently a journalism professor at Green River Community College.  Radio Online  All Access Music Group 
Andy Bunker
03/10/15 - Andy Bunker moves from 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle to co-host a new live morning drive show at Rip City Radio KPOJ AM 620 Portland.  Radio Ink 
Fred Latremouille
03/08/15 - An obituary has been published for multi-talented radio and television broadcaster Fred Latremouille, who passed away March 5 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Cathy by his side.  Fred and Cathy met on the radio, and enjoyed 35 years together, many of which were spent jointly entertaining radio listeners.  No service has been specified at this time.  Sun/Province obituary  Red Robinson tribute 
Robyn Burns
03/07/15 - Robyn Burns is the new host of the CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria afternoon drive show All Points West.  She has worked for CBC in Prince Rupert and Ottawa and most recently spent the last 5 years with CBC North in Yellowknife, NT.  The position came open when Jo-Ann Roberts, who had been hosting the show since 2004, stepped down in December.  CHEK News    
FCC
03/06/15 - The FCC has granted an original construction permit to Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC for a new station to serve Oak Harbor.  It will operate at 103.3 MHz directional with an ERP of 1.55 kW at 397 meters HAAT at 48° 21' 55.00" 122° 16' 3.00FCC data  Meanwhile, the Commission has granted a Special Temporary Authority to Family Stations, Inc. for Seattle market KARR AM 1460 Kirkland.  It will operate using a vertical wire antenna approx. 20 meters in height from 47 38' 39.00" 122 09' 25.00" at 1/4 nighttime power (625 Watts) due to loss of lease at its licensed transmitter site.  
Fred Latremouille
03/06/15 - Tributes continue to pour in for iconic Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille, who died Thursday at his vacation home in Scottsdale, AZ.   He began his radio career in Peace River, AB in 1961, but moved back to Vancouver a year later, where he entertained listeners on a number of stations, starting with CJOR and culminating with Clear FM CKCL-FM in 2007.  Along the way, he also hosted a variety of TV shows and was often seen and heard in commercials.  In an on-line posting, another iconic Vancouver broadcaster and personal friend Wayne Cox stated that Latremouille had been fighting liver disease for the past couple of years and in the last couple of weeks it had been a very rapid downhill slide.  CBC British Columbia  Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun  Puget Sound Radio  Radio West  CCF Biography  YouTube Videos  
Fred Latremouille
03/05/15 - Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille has died at age 69.  He was one of best known among local broadcasters with a number of on air radio and TV hosting positions from 1961 to 2007, when he was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  CTV News 
KING-TV Seattle
03/05/15 - After more than 63 years at 333 Dexter Ave N., KING-TV Seattle will begin building its future home in the SoDo neighborhood.  KING 5 will move its operations to the development at Home Plate Center, kitty corner from Safeco Field.  The first three floors of the North Building will be occupied by KING, KONG and NWCN.  The new facility will feature the only street-level curbside studio in the market.  KING 5 release 
Virgin Radio - CFBT-FM Vancouver
03/05/15 - As of 8:55 this morning, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver underwent a re-branding and name change to 94.5 Virgin Radio.  The change was made and announced on-air just before the end of the morning show hosted by Jonny, Holly and Nira.  The brand has changed, but the music, content and personalities remain in place.  Kenneth Chan, VanCity Buzz  
Keith Cunningham
03/03/15 - Keith Cunningham has been named PD and Format Captian for KLOS-FM 95.5 Los Angeles.  He has been VP of Programming for the iHeartMedia Seattle cluster since May 2013.  All Access Music Group 
ESPN KIRO AM 710
03/03/15 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle revamps its weekday lineup.  Justin Myers teams with Gee Scott for the Justin & Gee Show at 10 a.m.  Tom Wassell moves from nights to join Bob Stelton and Dave "The Groz" Grosby for middays.  Scott will continue to host The Barbershop with former Seahawk Marcus Trufant and ex-Husky running back Terry Hollimon in its new timeslot at 7 p.m.  Radio Ink 
Kelsey Lehman
03/03/15 - Virgin Radio CFMG-FM 104.9 Edmonton midday host Kelsey Lehman has announced on her Facebook page that she is headed to KISS CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver.  She's held several positions at Virgin Radio Edmonton since July 2012. 
FCC
03/02/15 - The FCC has granted a CP for a daytime power increase from 5 kw to 20 kw to Inspiration Media, Inc. (Salem Media Group) for KLFE AM 1590 Seattle.  Nighttime power will remain at 5 kw.  FCC data 

Andrew Harms
03/02/15 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle midday host and APD/MD Andrew Harms is appointed APD/MD/afternoons at Alt 98.7 KYSR-FM Los Angeles effective March 16.  He had a run of nearly 14 years at The End before leaving for LA in 2012.  All Access Music Group 
Meg Coyle
03/02/15 - KING-TV Seattle weekend morning anchor/reporter Meg Coyle is leaving to work for Amazon.  She started at KING5 in October 2000 after working at NWCN and CNN International.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  Twitter info  
Mike Walker
03/02/15 - Mike Walker, anchor, reporter & producer at CHEK-TV Victoria, leaves after 4 -1/2 years.  He's also been a color commentator for Victoria Royals WHL Hockey on The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3.  Walker is now concentrating his talents as Executive Producer at Roll.Focus. ProductionsCHEK-TV video  
Q104.5 - KMCQ-FM Covington
02/27/15 - According to FCC records the price paid by Educational Media Foundation for Seattle market Q104.5 KMCQ-FM is $7 million.  The deal was announced yesterday at an undisclosed price.  As it does whenever it acquires a commercial station, EMF will apply to convert it to non-commercial status with a main studio waiver.  All Access Music Group  Radio Insight  Radio Insight backgrounder 
Q104.5 - KMCQ-FM Covington
02/26/15 - Educational Media Foundation has announced the purchase of Seattle market Q104.5 KMCQ-FM Covington from Queen Cities Broadcasting for an undisclosed price.  KMCQ moved to Covington from The Dalles, OR in 2008 and increased coverage into the Seattle market in 2010 with a transmitter move to Cougar Mountain involving the frequency swap of CHHR-FM 104.1 Vancouver and KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham.  Radio Insight 
A.J. Junop
02/26/15 - Program Director/Department Head/Instructor at Columbia Academy at VanArts A.J. Junop has been appointed Senior Creative Copywriter at Vista Radio Ltd. (Vista Ideas Group) in Vancouver.  He was Senior Creative Copywriter at Standard Broadcasting (99.9 Sun FM/AM1150) Kelowna from 2003-06. 
Justin Barnes
02/26/15 - MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle night host Justin Barnes moves to middays and Social Media Director.  Additionally, weekend and overnight host Kel Walker takes over the night-host position.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
02/26/15 - The FCC has granted an original construction permit to Northwest Leadership Foundation for a new low power FM station to serve Tacoma.  It will operate at 92.9 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 19 watts at 69 meters HAAT at 47° 12' 8.20 " 122° 22' 14.90"FCC data 
The Fan - KBBO Yakima
02/25/15 - Conservative Talk K-USA KBBO AM 1390 Yakima moves to sports as 1390 The Fan featuring a simulcast of 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.  KBBO will remain the local affiliate for Seattle Mariners baseball.  KBBO becomes the third affiliate of KIRO in Washington state.  Radio Insight  Yakima Herald 
KISS CHTT-FM Vcitoria
02/24/15 - Valentine's Day has passed, but the kisses keep coming, with the second local branding change to KISS in as many days.  JACK CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria, owned by Rogers Media, changed to KISS Victoria’s #1 Hit Music Station at 4 p.m. today.  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist  
Clay Freinwald
02/23/15 - The March 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses upcoming events, the end of winter, 4K television and much more.  March Clay's Corner  
KiSS RADIO CFUN-FM
02/23/15 - Another Vancouver station has changed its branding.  Sonic Nation CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver (also Chilliwack 107.5 and Abbotsford 92.5) has become KiSS RADIO
Suga Rae
02/21/15 - Suga Rae joins HOT 103.7 KHTP-FM Seattle 7-11 p.m. weeknights.  She was most recently middays at 96.3 RnB KKMJ HD3 Austin TX.  Radio Ink 
BC Lions
02/21/15 - The B.C. Lions broadcast contract with TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver expired at the end of the 2014 season.  However, owner David Braley says “everything’s on the table” as far as the team’s radio broadcast rights go in the local market.  Greg Douglas, The Sun 
Shanyn Maguire
02/20/15 - Traffic reporter Shanyn Maguire is flying high as she reports for Canadian Traffic Network on a number of Vancouver area stations.  When she started in the position, she spent five months studying Google Maps to get a full understanding of the different highways and arteries of the Fraser Valley that connect the outlying areas to Vancouver.  Russell Purcell, Driving 
"The Beat" CFBT-FM Vancouver
02/20/15 - Bell Media has announced the re-branding of The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver to 94.5 Virgin Radio...The Beat of Vancouver.  The change will take place at 8:55 a.m. Thursday, March 5.  "The only thing that will change is the name, the same awesome music and personalities will remain."  Bell acquired the rights to the Virgin brand in Canada when it purchased Astral Media in 2013.  Bell Media backgrounder    
Research Director, Inc.
02/19/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive January PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
From the West Coast to the Western Front
02/19/15 - Former CBC Vancouver B.C. Almanac host Mark Forsythe, now retired, and former CBC Radio and Television Journalist and Producer Greg Dickson, have co-authored a compelling book about the British Columbians who served during World War One and the battles they fought.  Forsythe and Dickson will appear at the White Rock Library at 7 p.m. on February 23rd and at the Murrayville Library in Langley Township at 7 p.m. on February 26th to talk about From the West Coast to the Western Front.
Owen Murphy
02/19/15 - Former KIRO-FM 97.3 producer and ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle Program Director Owen Murphy leaves his PD position at The Beast KFWB AM 980 Los angeles to concentrate on his Sports Radio Coach and Consulting back in Seattle.  He was PD at 710 ESPN from January 2009 to September 2010 and producer at KIRO Radio from August 2011 to January 2014.  All Access Music Group  
Nielsen Audio
02/19/15 - The two top Hubbard Radio stations continue in the one-two positions in the Nielsen Audio January 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is back in first place with a 5.8 share.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 moves to second with a 5.6 share.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 gets a boost up into third with 5.3.  Radio Online
Seattle Seahawks
02/19/15 - Seattle sports stations got a bump in the ratings due to the Seahawks run for the Super Bowl.  KIRO AM 710 had its best performance since July 2010.  Seahawks games are simulcast on news/talk sister KIRO-FM 97.3, which likely helped it improve.  KJR AM 950 had its best since one year ago in the run-up to the Seahawks Super Bowl 48 victory.  Inside Radio 
Jerry Brewer
02/17/15 - Seattle Sports Radio KJR AM 950 10 a.m. to noon host Jerry Brewer has announced that he is leaving the show effective February 20.  He says it is his decision, he will do part-time and stay on as a sports columnist at the The SeattleTimes.  
CKNW AM 980
02/16/15 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has announced the launch of a new weekend program The Moth Radio Hour, beginning February 21.  The program, produced at Atlantic Public Media, is heard on more than 200 stations in the U.S. 
BC Lions
02/14/15 - BC Lions broadcast rights with Bell Media-owned TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver expired at the end of the 2014 season.  Industry insiders are suggesting it might be more advantageous financially in the long-term for Lions' owner David Braley to buy his way onto the airwaves in a potential partnership capacity.  Greg Douglas, The Sun 
Seattle Sounders FC
02/13/15 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle will carry all Sounders FC home and away matches throughout 2015.  KIRO will also air pre- and post-match shows surrounding all Sounders FC contests.  Additionally, a 60-minute Sounders FC-focused show will air at 9:00 p.m. every Thursday evening throughout the season during the Jason Rantz ShowMyNorthwest.com  Additionally, the club has extended its relationship with Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV to continue as its regional television home.  Highlights of the new multi-year agreement include a 30-minute pre-match show, a new and expanded 30-minute post-match wrap-up following each contest, two 30-minute Sounders FC specials during 2015 and a weekly segment during Friday’s “Q It Up” sportscast throughout the season.  Eight 2015 Sounders FC matches are being carried by Q13 FOX, with the remaining regional fixtures slated for JOEtvSounders release 
Brandi Kruse
02/13/15 - Seattle market Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV has announced that Brandi Kruse will join the news team.  She most recently served as a reporter for KIRO-FM 97.3 and has been honored with four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in journalism and has contributed to three additional Edward R. Murrow Awards for team coverage of breaking news.  She makes the move at the end of the month.  KCPQ release  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
BCIT 50 year reunion
02/13/15 - British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is holding its 50th Broadcast and Media Communications Reunion on Friday, May 8.  It will be held from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Hilton Metrotown,  6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby.  BCIT release  Facebook 
Harvey Oberfeld
02/13/15 - Harvey Oberfeld pays tribute to BCTV camera/microwave truck operator Geoff Fisher, who was killed on the job on this day in 1999.   He was setting up microwave truck outside Delta Secondary School when the mast accidentally contacted a 14.4 kV Hydro line above and he was electrocuted.  Harvey Oberfeld blog 
KIRO AM 710 Seattle
02/12/15 - The Oregonian reports that Justin Myers and Andy Bunker, who have been hosting evenings at 710ESPN KIRO AM Seattle since August, will begin weekday mornings on Rip City Radio KPOJ AM 620 Portland.  It will be the Portland market's only locally-produced morning show.  An official announcement is expected in the next week.  Mike Tokito, The Oregonian 
John Copsey
02/11/15 - Former CJOB AM 680 Winnipeg reporter/anchor John Copsey joins News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as weekend morning anchor while Brian Brenn recovers from some recent health issues.  Copsey worked at CJOB from 2007-13.
Bible Broadcasting Network
02/10/15 - Non-commercial KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma-Seattle has been off air since last week's announcement that it is being sold by PRC Tacoma -- I LLC to Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc. for $2.4 million.  KXOT had been simulcasting the audio of Washington State's public affairs government television channel TVW since January of last year.  The sale is subject to FCC approval. 
Harvey Oberfeld
02/09/15 - Harvey Oberfeld reports CTV Vancouver News at 6 edging ever closer in ratings to perennial winner Global News Hour with a 2.6 score February 1 compared to 3.3 for Global.  Keeping it Real, Harvey Oberfeld 
Paul Carson
02/06/15 - Three retired Vancouver media giants who covered Gino Odjick through his NHL career, Jim Robson, Steve Armitage and Jim Taylor, accepted lifetime achievement awards as part of the Paul Carson Broadcast and Media Awards held Friday at The Lamplighter Pub in Vancouver's Gastown.  The awards, which started in 2012, are named in honor of Vancouver broadcaster Paul Carson, who passed away in December 2010.  He was best-known for his work in sports television as one of the hosts of Sports Page on CKVU-TV.  He also was co-founder of TEAM 1040 sports radio in Vancouver.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Al Ford
02/05/15 - Broadcast Dialogue reports Al Ford will become GM for Rogers Radio in BC effective March 1.  He replaces retiring Jim Blundell.  Ford moved from Edmonton to become JACK fm CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver PD just this past Monday.  In 2013 Ford was named Program Director of the Year by the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards for the third straight year.  
Bill Dean
02/05/15 - Bill Dean has announced on his Facebook Page that he will be taking over the morning show full time on The Lounge CHPQ-FM 99.9 Parksville.  He has filled in for years for former morning host Patrick Nicholson, who passed away in December at age 67.
Bible Broadcasting Network
02/05/15 - Non-commercial KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma is being sold by PRC Tacoma -- I LLC to Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc. for $2.4 million.  The station, once a simulcast of KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle and then KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle, has been simulcasting the audio of Washington State's public affairs government television channel TVW since January of last year.  All Access Music Group  
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
02/03/15 - Numerous broadcast and entertainment dignitaries gather at the new home of KEXP-FM 90.3 at the Seattle Center.  The target date for the move to the new digs is December 2.  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times
Roundhouse Radio
02/03/15 - Call letters CIRH-FM have been assigned to Roundhouse Radio, Vancouver's newest station, scheduled to sign on in the Spring.  Last August the CRTC approved the new station, offering niche spoken word programming targeting adults aged 25 to 64 living in downtown Vancouver, to operate at 98.3 MHz.    
Justice Network
02/01/15 - KING-TV Seattle has changed its programming on subchannel 5.2 from Living Well to Justice Network.  The recently launched channel features acclaimed crime fighter and human and victim rights advocate John Walsh and broadcasts crime and investigation programming 24/7, aiming to make communities safer.  KING5 release 
Michael Medved
01/31/15 - Nationally syndicated talk show host Michael Medved, who broadcasts his program from Seattle, announced yesterday that he was diagnosed in the middle of December with stage three throat cancer.  He says his prognosis for full recovery is "very good", but he will be taking a medical leave of absence until his recovery is more advanced.  His last scheduled radiation treatment is February 26th and he hopes to return to regular broadcasting shortly afterwards.  His show is heard in Seattle on KTTH AM 770Personal note  NTS MediaOnline 
KIXI AM 880 Seattle
01/30/15 - Adult Standards KIXI AM 880 Seattle adds the John Tesh Radio Show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The program debuts Monday, February 2.  All Access Music Group  KIXI release 
May Lam
01/30/15 - May Lam has been named Director Promotion, Marketing and Sales Integration for Bell Media Vancouver.  She has been with Bell Media since last November and has held a number of positions in local broadcasting, both on and off air, previously as Senior Communications Officer with CBC Vancouver.  
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle

01/30/15 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle's new 27,500 square-foot Seattle Center studios will include showers, washers and dryers for visiting artists. The $15 million facility will include a room designated just for securing and storing musical equipment so acts don’t have  to worry about their gear being stolen from their tour buses and cars.  Inside Radio  Jake Uitti, Crosscut.com 

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


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