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Sula Kim
02/28/17 - Former KING-TV Seattle news anchor Sula Kim returns to New Orleans after a year and a half in the Northwest.  She will co-anchor evenings at WDSU-TVKevin Eck, TVSpy  WDSU news 
Zach Van Lue
02/28/17 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle personality Zach Van Lue is the new weekday afternoon host at San Diego market 91X XETRA-FM 91.1 Tijuana.  He has been with The End since February 2014.  Radio Online
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM Vancouver
02/28/17 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has announced the appointment of Kerry Marshall as News & Content Director, and Krystle Landert as Assistant News & Content Director.  Marshall has over 40 years of radio experience and currently holds down the morning news desk.  Reporter/anchor Krystle Lander has been with Roundhouse Radio since 2016.  She is a graduate of BCIT's Radio Arts and Entertainment program, where she was awarded the CKNW Ron Bremner Award in Radio.  Roundhouse Radio release
Jim French
02/27/17 - This week marks the final radio broadcasts of Jim French’s Imagination Theatre after 20+ years.  An encore broadcast of the final show aired February 26th will run Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m. on KIXI AM 880 Seattle. 
Willy Percy
02/26/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports that starting Monday February 27th, the Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver morning show team of Willy Percy, Kim Seale and Alece Anderson will be heard from 6 - 8 p.m. (ET) on Q107 CILQ-FM 107.1 Toronto.  Willy on Q will be customized for the Toronto audience.  PSR news 
Maria Guerrero
02/26/17 - KIRO-TV Seattle anchor/reporter Maria Guerrero has left to join KXAS-TV Fort Worth as a general-assignment reporter.  She will also report for Telemundo’s KXTX-TV.  She had been at KIRO since December 2013.  Robert Philpot, dfw.com  YouTube video 
Justin Myers
02/25/17 - Former ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle host Justin Myers joins The Game KXTG AM 750 Portland to co-host The Irregular GuysAll Access Music Group
Cody Whistler
02/25/17 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has moved weekender Cody Whistler to weeknights 7 - midnight.  He joined The End promotions over ten years ago and added a swing role three years ago.  Radio Ink
John Langeler
02/24/17 - KING-TV Seattle reporter/anchor John Langeler reports on his Facebook page that he has left to return to his hometown to join KLAS-TV Las Vegas as a weekend anchor.  He joined KING in August 2012.
Research Director, Inc.
02/23/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive January PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Martin Strong
02/23/17 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has won two golds, a silver and a bronze in the Westender annual poll of city residents and readers.  Topping the poll is morning host Martin Strong for Best Local Radio PersonalityMichael White, Westender
David Rose
02/23/17 - A Seattle police officer has been charged with illegal drug possession and computer trespass for giving confidential information about crime victims to Q13 KCPQ-TV anchor David Rose.  The Seattle police manual states inquiries through the records system are only to be made for legitimate law-enforcement purposes and are not to be shared with people outside the criminal-justice system without permission of the police chief.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  Steve Miletich, Seattle Times
Nielsen Audio
02/22/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 moves back up into first place in the Nielsen Audio January 2017 PPM with a 7.1 share.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 moves up to second with 5.8.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.7.  Radio Online 
Joel Lefevre
02/22/17 (Updated) - Joel Lefevre becomes the new overnight anchor at News1130 CKWX Vancouver.  He was most recently an anchor/writer at iNews CHQT AM 880 Edmonton.  He begins on air late next week.  Meanwhile Paul Weisser is leaving News1130 for opportunities outside of radio.  He's most recently been with the station since 2013, but also handled evening sports from 2000-09.
Kenny Jay
02/21/17 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle Program Director Kenny Jay has been named one of 2017's Best PDs in Country Radio.  The 18-year radio veteran joined KMPS in January 2016.  Radio Ink    
Rod Simons
02/21/17 - Former Seattle and Pacific Northwest sports personality Rod Simons has died at age 56 while covering the Minnesota Twins spring training in Fort Myers, FL.  Simons spent 18 years as a lead news and sports anchor at Seattle market KSTW-TV and reported sports for several Seattle radio stations.  Geoff Baker, Seattle Times  Mike Berardino, Twin Cities Pioneer Press 
Kash Heed
02/21/17 - Former BC Liberal Solicitor General Kash Heed has left his show at Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey after opting not to renew his contract.  Heed said he got a call from Pulse owner Suki Badh just after 2 p.m. on February 13 to tell him that the current affairs show time slot would be moved to 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. effective immediately with new host Dave Sheldon.  Heed joined the station last February.  Bob Mackin, The Breaker News
Harvey
                                    Oberfeld
02/20/17 - Global BC still leads over CTV Vancouver in the 6 p.m. news time slot in January, but the gap continues to close.  CTV’s weekly average is making even greater inroads against Global’s lead.  However, at 5 p.m. last week, CTV’s average draw did better than Global’s.  Harvey Oberfeld, Keeping it Real  
Morgan
                                    Chesky
02/18/17 (Updated) - KOMO-TV Seattle evening anchor Morgan Chesky is listed at number 10 on the BuzzFeed 50 Hottest News Anchors In The World.  He joined KOMO in February 2016 from KOCO-TV Oklahoma City.  Additionally, soon to be KING-TV meteorologist Jordan Steele of KEYE-TV Austin TX is listed at number 49.  Matt Stopera, BuzzFeed 50  
Iona
                                    Campagnolo
02/17/17 - Former broadcaster and Liberal Member of Parliament Iona Campagnolo is recognized as one of 150 noteworthy British Columbians to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.  She was B.C.’s first female Lieutenant Governor and the first female president of the federal Liberal party.  As a broadcaster, Campagnolo was manager of sales at CHTK Prince Rupert in 1965, was named B.C. Broadcast Citizen of the Year in 1972, frequently contributed to current affairs programs on PBS-TV and hosted One of a Kind on CBC Television Vancouver from 1980-82.  Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun    
KIRO
                                    Radio Seattle
02/17/17 - KIRO Radio KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle owes much of its success to some 60 full and part-time newsroom employees, all local from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. each weekday.  KIRO's strong ratings have remained fairly steady over the past three years, avoiding the newsroom purges recently experienced by other media outlets.  Daniel Person, Seattle Weekly
Roundhouse Radio
                                    CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver
02/16/17 - With the rental housing marking very tight in Vancouver, Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 is giving one lucky listener a brand new, luxury one bedroom apartment for one year, rent free, in its Free House from Roundhouse contest.  The contest runs until the end of March.  Roundhouse Radio info 
FCC
02/15/17 - KOLP-LP 100.3 Olympia is on the air with an ERP of 6 watts at 95.9 meters HAAT, and is reportedly covering Olympia, West Olympia and Tumwater.  It's running a AAA format with some Americana, focusing on current music with recurrents and classics only going back to about 2001.  FCC data 
FCC
02/14/17 - The K250BW translator for KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham recently moved from 97.3 to 97.9 following opposition from KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle and its listeners in the Bellingham area.  The FCC has granted License to Cover for the new 97.9 frequency and has dismissed same for 97.3.  FCC data  
Kwame Dankwa
02/14/17 - Kwame Dankwa, former APD/afternoon host at Power 93.3 KPWK-FM Seattle joins Star 104 WRTS-FM 103.7 Erie PA as its new Program Director.  The position is effective February 27th.  All Access Music Group
Michael
                                    Medved
02/14/17 - Many listeners to KTTH AM 770 syndicated conservative talk show host Michael Medved reacted badly to his campaign-season stance against Donald Trump.  He's now trying to strike a balance that differs from the fierce resistance mounted by liberals.  Medved's program is ranked number 30 in trade publication Talkers’ 2016 list of the 100 most important such hosts in the country.  Nina Shapiro, Seattle Times 
Keisha Burns
02/14/17 - Former KING-TV/NWCN weather anchor Keisha Burns joins NBC5 KXAS-TV Fort Worth effective February 27th.  She joined KING in 2009 and left at the end of January.  Ed Bark, Uncle Barky's Bytes 
Troy Scott02/13/17 - Former Vancouver Island and Okanagan broadcaster Troy Scott, PD at Virgin Radio CKMM-FM 103.1 Winnipeg, has added PD duties at iHeartRadio sister station BOB FM CFWM-FM 99.9.  He previously held APD positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kelowna, was PD for Vista Radio stations on Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast and CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton as well as Harvard Broadcasting stations in Edmonton.
Jason Coleman
02/13/17 - Jason Coleman, Business Manager West at CBC Transmission and formerly Sales Administration Co-Ordinator, CBC British Columbia is retiring from the Corporation after 35 years.  A card has been created which can be signed and can include an optional photo.  Card link
Rudy Hartman
02/12/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports that former Victoria and Vancouver broadcaster Rudy Hartman died from respiratory problems February 9 at a care facility in Victoria.  He was 99.  Hartman started his radio career in Trail BC in the 1930s, with his last stop at CJVB Vancouver in the 1980s, before retiring to Vancouver Island.  PSR news    
James
                                    Gardner
02/12/17 - 58-year old CFAX AM 1070 Victoria news anchor James Gardner has completed the first of three gender-affirmation surgeries in Montreal.  The procedure was one of an estimated 20 phalloplasty surgeries funded through the B.C. Medical Services Plan since 2015.  Formerly Sheila Gardner publicly announced a gender change in early June 2012.  (Recent News 06/01/12Katherine Dedyna, Victoria Times Colonist 
Andy Walsh
02/11/17 - Legendary 85-year-old newscaster Andy Walsh will deliver his last newscast Monday on News1130 CKWX Vancouver after 65 years in radio, beginning in Cornwall ON in 1951.  Before joining News1130 he read morning news at CJAD Montreal from 1954-68 and handled morning news and then was News Director at CHQM/CHQM-FM Vancouver from 1968-93.  Walsh is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Half Century Club, received the Radio-Television News Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame in 2012.  News1130 video/audio    
Todd "Carson"
                                    Zarnitz
02/10/17 - Todd "Carson" Zarnitz has been named afternoon drive host for Power 93.3 KPWK-FM Seattle and sister station Z100 KKRZ-FM 100.3 Portland.  The position is effective February 15th.  He has most recently been the weekend personality at New York City market Z100 WHTZ-FM 100.3 Newark NJ.  All Access Music Group 
Marcella Bernardo
02/10/17 - Rogers Radio National Format News Director Treena Wood has announced the return of Marcella Bernardo to News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver effective March 13th.  Bernardo was a reporter at News1130 from 2001-04 and was an anchor/reporter and fill-in talk show host at CKNW AM 980 for over 11 years beginning in 2004.  She has most recently been News and Content Director at Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver.  
James Lewis
02/09/17 - Global BC producer James Lewis has joined CTV Toronto as a late night news producer.  He has been with Global BC since 2012 and prior to that was a reporter/anchor at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver. 
FCC
02/09/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Olympia All Ages Project for KOLP-LP 100.3 Olympia.  The low power station is authorized to operate with 6 watts non-directional at 95.9 meters HAAT at 47° 00' 19.70" 122° 56' 35.50"FCC data          
Charles
                                    Mudrak photo courtesy Puget Sound
                                    Radio
02/09/17 - Former Victoria broadcaster Charles Mudrak died peacefully February 1 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria at age 82.  He started working in Dawson Creek as a sports announcer and ended his radio career at C-FAX Victoria in the mid 1970s, later retiring from the postal branch of the Provincial Government.  Times Colonist obituary 
FCC
02/08/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Gerson Infante-Reina for KZGI 105.7 Sedro Woolley.  It is licensed to operate with an ERP of 700 watts non-directional at -88.4 meters HAAT at 48° 31' 18.30" 122° 13' 2.20FCC data
Mike Preston
02/07/17 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 and Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM Seattle PD Mike Preston will be departing February 28th.  He originally joined the stations in 2009.  Entercom Seattle VP/Programming Dave Richards will oversee programming duties for both stations until a new PD is appointed.  All Access Music Group
Tammy Moyer
02/06/17 - The Tammy Moyer Woman Of Worth Awards will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Delta Grand Villa Ballroom.  The Woman Of Worth Awards were renamed in memory of the morning anchor at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver who passed away last year after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.  WOW release
Joy Coghill
                                    Thorne
02/06/17 - Details of a Celebration of Life Service have been announced for Joy Coghill Thorne who passed away in Vancouver January 20 at age 90.  It will take place at 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 20 at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver.  Her stage, film, radio and television career led to numerous awards and recognition.
FCC
02/06/17 - The FCC has dismissed a Low Power FM Application for Original Construction Permit by Seattle Community Radio for an LPFM on 104.9 MHz In Seattle.  FCC letter  Application data  
Kevin
                                    and Sonia
02/06/17 - It was announced this morning on KiSS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver (also Chilliwack/Abbotsford) that Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu will be the hosts of a new morning show beginning February 14th.  Kevin and Sonia were released from a.m. drive at The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver last August.  Afternoon drive host Ara Andonian has been filling in mornings since the previous morning team were released last November.  KiSS release/audio  Alex Soloducha. Kelowna Now
Tom Harrison
02/04/17 - Tom Harrison has tendered his resignation after 37 years at the helm of the music department at the Vancouver Province newspaper.  Harrison formerly hosted a weekly show on CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver called Demolisten which spotlighted Vancouver indie bands.  His efforts led to the popular Vancouver Seeds competition on CFOX which helped launch a number of noteworthy musicians.  He is interviewed by former CJJC Langley personality and now White Rock Sun Publisher/Editor Dave ChesneyFYI Music News Interview  FYI Music News Story 
FCC
02/04/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Josh Broadcasting, L.L.C. for KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park.  FCC data  License to Cover has also been granted to Continental Broadcasting for KWJZ-LP 107.3 High Rock.  Frequency changed from 104.5 with community of license Fall City.  The station is back with a Middle of the Road format and new website to be launched soon.  FCC data
KKWF-FM 100.7
                                    Seattle
KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle
02/02/17 - The Entercom CBS Radio merger makes for an interesting scenario in Seattle with Entercom's KKWF-FM 100.7 and CBS Radio's KMPS-FM 94.1.  The two country stations have been in direct competition since 2005 when KKWF was first launched.  The deal puts Entercom over the cap in terms of total stations allowed per market in numerous locations, Seattle among them.  All Access Music Group 
Dave Sheldon
02/02/17 - Former CKNW AM 980 Sports Weekend host Dave Sheldon, until early this month p.m. drive host at The Point CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody, has joined Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey.  He will host a talk show 9 a.m. to noon beginning in mid February.  Puget Sound Radio   
KEXP-FM 90.3
                                    Seattle
02/02/17 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle responds to President Trump’s executive order to restrict travel and immigration from seven countries by playing songs by artists from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.  Mexican music is also on the agenda.  Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times 
Entercom

CBS Radio
02/02/17 - Entercom Communications Corp. and CBS Corporation today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement by which Entercom will combine with CBS Radio in a tax-free merger.  The transaction will create a nationwide footprint of 244 stations, including 23 of the top 25 U.S. markets.  The company expects to make approximately 15 divestitures in Los Angeles, Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle, where the combined entity will own more stations than the FCC allows.  In Seattle, Entercom has four FM Stations and CBS has three FM stations and an AM.  The maximum one company can own in this market is five FM and three AM stations, meaning two of the FM stations will have to be divested.  Entercom release 
K-Love
02/01/17 - The Educational Media Foundation K-LOVE format began airing on KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park at 12:01 this morning.  Speculated, but unconfirmed at this time is a possible temporary arrangement pending a sale by owner Josh Broadcasting.  The station, which serves Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor and South King Counties had been airing non-stop Christmas and holiday favorites since last September. 
Bruce Williams
02/01/17 - There has been yet another casualty on the local broadcasting scene as long-time CTV Vancouver Island Community and Client Relations Manager Bruce Williams has been released.  He joined the station as a weatherman in 2001 when it was known as the New VI.  He also hosted programs on CFAX AM 1070 Victoria.  Puget Sound Radio 
Karin Larsen
02/01/17 - In the last three years in Vancouver media (radio, TV and print) recognizable sports guys Don Taylor, Tony Gallagher, Cam Cole, Perry Solkowski, James Cybulski, Shane Foxman, Craig MacEwan and Lowell Ullrich have all moved on or been removed from long standing gigs.  Added now to that list are BC Lions caller Scott Rintoul and Whitecaps FC play-by-play voice Peter Schaad released from their roles at TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver, which were announced Monday.  Karin Larsen, CBC News 
Keisha Burns
02/01/17 - KING-TV Seattle weather anchor Keisha Burns announced on her Twitter page that Tuesday it was her last day on air.  She joined KING/NWCN in 2009 from KTVZ-TV Bend OR.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
The Bridge KMIH-FM 88.9 Mercer Island
01/31/17 - Mercer Island High School station Hot Jamz KMIH-FM 88.9 officially launched at 1 p.m. today as The Bridge.  The student operated station run by GM/instructor Joe Bryant features "music and conversation that spans generations". 
Bell Media
01/31/17 - Bell Media has cited the CRTC’s contested Super Bowl advertising policy as a factor in its decision to cut more than two dozen jobs across Canada.  Among the layoffs in more than 24 locations across the country were high profile hosts on both radio and TV in Vancouver and Victoria.  Emily Jackson, Financial Post   
KOMO-TV Seattle
01/31/17 - KOMO-TV Seattle is launching a 3:30 p.m. show that will also air on social media.  It will will be anchored by Morgan Chesky and Molly ShenKevin Eck, TVSpy  
Jordan Steele
01/31/17 - KEYE-TV Austin TX Lifestyle Host and Meteorologist Jordan Steele will join KING-TV Seattle to host weeknight weather after he leaves Austin at the end of February.  He could also make appearances on KING’s lifestyle show specials.  Steele was with KEYE for five years.  Gary Dinges, Austin360 
Scott Rintoul
01/30/17 - Further cuts by Bell Media today as BC Lions caller Scott Rintoul and Whitecaps FC play-by-play voice Peter Schaad are released from their roles at TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver.  Rintool had been at CKST since 2005 and Schaad since 2011.  Patrick Johnston, The Province    
Steve Duffy
01/30/17 - Victoria radio veteran Steve Duffy departs from CFAX AM 1070 Victoria after 40 years in the business.  He started at CKDA AM 1220 (now The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3) in the late 1970s doing sports full time and has been on air at CFAX for about 10 years.  For much of that time he has been covering sports and headlines on the Al Ferraby breakfast show along with a daily sports comment.  Puget Sound Radio   
Coleen Christie
01/30/17 (Updated) - Veteran news anchor Coleen Christie has been released by CTV Vancouver.  She had been with CHEK-TV Victoria before moving to what was then called VTV Vancouver, and most recently hosted the 5 p.m. news and has been a regular fill-in anchor in other time spots.  Also released is CTV's Okanagan reporter Kent Molgat and a Kelowna cameraman.  He had been with their Okanagan Bureau since 2008.  Coleen Christie was acknowledged for her work at the 18:48 mark on CTV Vancouver's January 30th 6 p.m. news.
Clay Freinwald
01/30/17 - The February 2017 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by veteran RF Systems Engineer Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  In this edition Clay discusses the pirate (or hacked LP-FM on 101.9, FCC matters, SBE Chapter meetings and much more.  February Clay's Corner
CBC
01/30/17 - Former CBC Vancouver Television staffer Tony Zeffertt passed away January 17 at age 83.  He joined CBC in 1956, eventually doing mike boom, camera, video operation and video mixing at Studio 41, 42 and 49 in the studios at 1200 West Georgia Street, as well as in both mobile units.  He left the Corporation in 1967 to work mostly on home and commercial electronics, retiring in 2001.  There will be no formal service.  Sun/Province obituary
Stan Boreson
01/29/17 - Stan Boreson, the accordion-playing “King of Scandinavian Humor”, died Friday night at age 91.  He suffered a stroke at his University Village-area senior complex.  The Everett native hosted KING’s Klubhouse and then The Stan Boreson Show on KING-TV Seattle from 1954 to 1967.  He also had a separate recording career that often featured parodies of hit tunes.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
Arnie Celsie
01/28/17 (Updated) - Former Vancouver broadcaster Arnie Celsie died this morning from cancer at age 66.  He was living in Surrey, south of Vancouver.  Celsie had been in radio since the late 1960s and was the original morning host/PD at Vancouver market CISL AM 650 during the 1980s before moving to Bohn & Associates (now SparkNet) in 1990 as a consultant then V.P. Consulting.  During the last couple of years he was a consultant with Rawlco and its Saskatchewan stations.  There will be no service per his request.  SparkNet was the creator of the Jack FM brand.
KiSS CKSS-FM Vancouver/Chilliwack/Abbotsford
01/28/17 - KiSS CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver (also Chilliwack/Abbotsford) has announced on its website, "New Morning Show Coming Soon".  The previous morning team of Randi Chase, Andrew Sosa and Susie Hill were released in early November.   Ara Andonian moved from afternoons to mornings to temporarily fill the gap.  
Pirate
01/27/17 - A pirate station on 101.9 MHz in Seattle is playing the YG & Nipsey Hussle song titled F*** Donald Trump, apparently on repeat for days.  It is playing the YG & Nipsey Hussle song without censoring the multiple curse words. The signal does not appear to be owned by any major radio station.  Q13 News  Inside Radio 
Brad Nolan
01/27/17 - Former KLCK-FM 98.9 (now KVRQ-FM) Seattle morning and p.m. drive host and most recently Westwood One Executive Producer Brad Nolan has parted ways with the Zach Sang ShowAll Access Music Group  
Zach Van Lue
01/27/17 -  Alternative The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle weeknight personality Zach Van Lue has left the station to pursue other interests outside of Seattle.  He had been there since February 2014.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
01/26/17 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Continental Broadcasting for KWJZ-LP 104.5 Fall City.  Frequency changes to 107.3 MHz at 26 meters HAAT at 47° 43' 36.60" 121° 57' 10.20" with ERP unchanged at 100 watts.  Community of License changes to High Rock.  FCC data  
Research Director, Inc.
01/26/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Nielsen Audio
01/25/17 - As expected AC (All-Christmas) Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 moves into first place in the Nielsen Audio Holiday 2016 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 10.9 share.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 drops to second with 6.8.  Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 moves up to third with 5.5.  Radio Online
Andy Walsh
01/25/17 - Veteran news anchor Andy Walsh is set to retire from News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver on February 13.  He started his radio career at CKSF Cornwall ON in 1951, but was heard locally on morning news and then as News Director for CHQM/CHQM-FM Vancouver from 1968-93.  He has anchored at News1130 since 1997.  He was awarded the Radio-Television News Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and inducted into Canadian News Hall of Fame in 2012.  Radio West 
Steve Bunin
01/25/17 - As reported here on 12/01/16, KING-TV Seattle has hired Steve Bunin as morning anchor to work alongside Joyce Taylor on the 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekday newscast effective immediately.  Bunin last worked at ESPN as an anchor of SportsCenter and College Football Live.  The Mercer Island native also worked in local TV in Michigan, Arizona and New York.  KING also announced Mimi Jung will join Jake Whittenberg on the KONG-TV 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekday newscast.  Additionally, long time Northwest Cable News (NWCN) anchor Cam Johnson, who anchored morning news on NWCN for over 10 years, will join KING 5 Mornings as Traffic Reporter.  KING 5 release   KING 5 video
John Peake
01/25/17 - iHeartMedia has named former Seattle programmer John Peake PD for AC KOST-FM 103.5 and Hot AC/Adult Top 40 MYfm KBIG-FM 104.3 Los Angeles, effective immediately.  He has managed multiple formats and was VP Programming for Clear Channel Radio Seattle from 2011-13.  All Access Music Group
Kristen Jade
01/24/17 - Kristen Jade leaves JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 and The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver to join sister station Kool FM CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary.  She will host afternoons with Jeff Holland beginning February 2nd.  Jade was with the Vancouver cluster for four years.  Puget Sound Radio 
Joy Coghill Thorne
01/24/17 - Stage, film, radio and television icon Joy Coghill Thorne died January 20 at age 90 at the palliative care unit of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, after suffering massive heart failure.  Besides her ongoing role in CBC’s drama series DaVinci’s Inquest, she is probably best known for her portrayal of Margaret “Ma” Murray, B.C.’s first female newspaper publisher, in the 1983 CBC drama Ma!  She appeared in numerous CBC television productions and radio plays.  Her extensive career led to lifetime achievement awards by UBCP/ACTRA in 2016 and the City of Vancouver in 2015, as well as being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 1991 and a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for the Performing Arts in 2002.  There will be a Celebration of Life Service in the coming weeks at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun    
Hot Jamj KMIH-FM Seattle
01/21/17 - Mercer Island High School station Rhythmic CHR Hot Jamz KMIH-FM 88.9 Seattle will relaunch as 88.9 The Bridge at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31.  Its 94.5 translator K233BU, which covers downtown Seattle, was sold to Bonneville in November for $300,000 and will soon begin rebroadcasting KTTH AM 770 Seattle.  KMIH is run by GM/instructor Joe Bryant, best known as as the longtime producer/co-host of The Bob Rivers ShowLance Venta, Radio Insight 
Valley 103.1 KAPY-LP Duvall
01/20/17 - A listener reports that Valley 103.1 KAPY-LP Duvall has signed on quickly following the granting of its license to cover (01/18/17 below) with the signal in its authorized contour able to override that of formerly heard KiSS CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria.  Format is reported to be "sort of a wide ranging AAA/folk/Americana".  Woodinville Weekly backgrounder  
Lara Fominoff
01/19/17 - Former Vancouver news anchor/reporter/producer Lara Fominoff has joined Country 95.5 CHLB-FM Lethbridge as an anchor/reporter.  She worked in both radio and TV in Vancouver from 2008-14 and was most recently doing contract work in Vancouver outside of broadcasting. 
FCC
01/18/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Radio Duvall for KAPY-LP 103.1 Duvall.  Identifying as Valley 103.1 Community Radio, it is authorized to operate with 100 watts at -6 meters HAAT at 47° 42' 49.70" 121° 58' 14.40"FCC data  
Carole Taylor
01/18/17 - To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Vancouver Sun is counting down to Canada Day (July 1) with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.  Today's profile is broadcaster, politician and chairperson Carole Taylor, who is currently a special adviser to B.C. Premier Christy Clark.  Taylor, now the holder of four honorary degrees, hosted several series including Pacific Report, Authors, Scene from Here, and Vancouver Life on CBC-TV Vancouver from 1976-86.  Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun  
Ashley "Pepper" Smith
01/17/17 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle Music Director, midday host and Social Media Coordinator Ashley Pepper Smith joins Alternative KNRK-FM 94.7 Portland for middays.  Pepper left The End last February after three years.  All Access Music Group 
Rafe Mair
01/16/17 - Multi award winning broadcaster, politician and former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver talk show host Rafe Mair turned 85 New Year's Eve and is in shaky health.  His first 'NW talk show, midnight-2 a.m., blossomed, and his initial $80,000 salary with it, soaring to $125,000 when he reached the coveted 9 a.m.-noon spot, eventually rising to $455,000 before his show ended in 2003.  Trevor Lautens, North Shore News  Rafe Mair online     
FCC
01/13/17 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Bonneville International Corporation for Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 (COL Tacoma) for replacement of a 4-bay Shively Antenna by a 4-bay ERI antenna, which was changed last summer, but the filing was delayed due to an error on the antenna structure registration.  KIRO-FM is authorized to operate with an ERP of 52 kW (55 kW with beam tilt) non-directional at 729 meters HAAT at 47° 30' 14.00" 121° 58' 29.00"FCC data
Greg Beharrell
01/11/17 - Personality and comedy writer Greg Beharrell joins KLOS-FM 95.5 Los Angeles for weekends and as a key writer and digital/social content creator.  He will continue his work on Canadian airwaves, including the voice of JACK-FM.  He was afternoon host at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver in 2014.  All Access Music Group  
CRTC
01/11/17 - A number of Surrey LP FM stations have recently gone off the air.  These include transmitters operating on 89.3, 91.5 and 106.9.  The CRTC had earlier required stations to vacate several frequencies due to unauthorized operation or because of displacement due to newly licensed stations.  CRTC backgrounder (specifically items 36-39)
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
01/11/17 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, in collaboration with Microsoft, has unveiled its new recording and video studio.  It features 1,800 LED lights which can be totally customized.  Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest was the first to perform under the lights.
A system of three Microsoft Kinects tracks the musicians' movements and changes the array of tennis ball-sized lights accordingly.  A tablet in the studio gives nearly infinite options for the live performing acts.  Grant Hindsley, Seattle PI  
Fiona Forbes
01/10/17 - Long time Vancouver radio and TV personality Fiona Forbes has joined Glacier Media Inc. as the Editor of the Living magazine brand.  The award winning broadcaster has been on cable and radio for two decades and most recently was a fill-in talk show host on CKNW AM 980Glacier Media release  
Shelby Thom
01/10/17 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter Shelby Thom has moved to Global Okanagan as the TV station's South Okanagan reporter.  The award winning reporter had been with CKNW since 2014.  Thom replaces Neetu Garcha, who is filling in for Global's Vancouver Island video journalist Kylie Stanton, who is on maternity leave.  
Kelly Duncan
01/06/17 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Kelly Duncan died December 19 at age 84.  The long-time resident of West Vancouver was a cameraman and cinematographer from the late 1950s through the 1960s.  In 1957 he shot black & white footage of neon signs around Vancouver, an excerpt of which was used by the BBC.  In 1960 and again from 1964 through 1967 (telecast years), he was a cinematographer on CBC's Cariboo Country drama series.  Sun/Province obituary  
CRTC
01/06/17 - The CRTC will hold a hearing beginning March 27th in Gatineau, QC to consider applications for Native radio stations previously operated by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc., which had its licenses revoked by the Commission.  Pertinent to the Vancouver market are applications by Northern Native Broadcasting (Terrace B.C.) and First Peoples Radio Inc.  Both applicants are seeking to operate at 106.3 MHz with a maximum ERP of 9000 watts.  CRTC release  
Dave Sheldon
01/06/17 - Sports personality Dave Sheldon has announced, "Please be advised that I am no longer affiliated or associated with 98-7 The Point (CKPM-FM Port Moody)..."  He had been hosting p.m. drive and Sheldon on Sports since May 2016 and was previously the Sportstalk Weekend host and sports anchor at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 2011-15.  Puget sound Radio  
KOMO-TV Seattle
01/05/17 - Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed that KOMO has cut several positions in Seattle, including its investigative reporting team.  Ten positions were eliminated, including three in the newsroom, part of 54 cuts across the country.  Rachel Lerman, Seattle Times  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
FCC
01/05/17 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KMAS AM 1030 Shelton from Olympic Broadcasting, Inc. to Ifiber Communications Corporation.  The assignment also includes translator K277CZ 103.3 MHz.  FCC data
Dave Ross
01/03/17 - Westwood One celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Dave Ross Show and extends its relationship with Dave Ross, morning news host at KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle.  This is the 25th year that Westwood One has produced and distributed the weekday feature, heard on more than 200 stations nationwide.  All Access Music Group   
FCC
01/03/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KBSG-FM 89.5 Westport.  Frequency will change to 90.1 MHz non-directional, ERP and HAAT will remain at 1.2 kW and 15 meters respectively and transmitter location remains at 46-55-11.00 123-57-14.00FCC data 
Frontier Communications
01/02/17 - Frontier Communications has dropped KOMO-TV after being unable to strike an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also owns KATU-TV Portland.  Sinclair had announced two weeks ago it did not expect to renew its re-transmission consent agreement with Frontier.  The company said Frontier subscribers represented less than 3 percent of the total households in Seattle.  Frontier mainly serves customers north and east of Seattle, including Bothell, Redmond, Shoreline and Everett.  Meanwhile, for much of Sunday, DirecTV dropped KIRO-TV along with other TV stations around the country that are part of Cox Media GroupThe two sides announced an agreement later in the day that restored service.  Seattle Times  
Dave Gerry
01/01/17 - After announcing his retirement just over a week ago, CTV Vancouver features reporter Dave Gerry has hosted his last Last Word.  He was a show host, documentary producer and features reporter for CKVU-TV (now City) Vancouver from 1987-2008 before moving to Toronto and subsequently back to CTV Vancouver in 2013.  His efforts at uncovering the hidden tales along British Columbia’s back roads have netted more than a dozen provincial, national and international awards for excellence in broadcasting.  Gerry's last Last Word segment can be viewed here.  


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