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Lloyd Colthorp
11/30/17 - Lloyd Colthorp died November 19 in North Vancouver at age 87.  He started his career in radio in Medicine Hat, then was Traffic Manager at CHCH-TV Hamilton.  In 1960 he was appointed Traffic Manager at CHAN-TV Vancouver, PD in 1964, and VP of Programming for BCTV in 1974, retiring in 1987.  Dignity obituary 
Nielsen Audio
11/30/17 - NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 retains first place with a 6.5 share (up .2 from last month) in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma November 2017 PPM.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 ties for second with CHR KQMV-FM 92.5, both with 6.0 shares.  Radio Online
Numeris
11/30/17 - CBC Radio 1 CBCV-FM 90.5 leads with an 18.6 share, The Island's Rock CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 16.8 and News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 is third with 9.3 in the Numeris Fall 2017 Victoria Radio Diary Survey for September 4 - October 29.  Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Nanaimo are also listed.  Numeris Fall Data   
Ocean 98.5 Victoria
11/30/17 - Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria will begin playing all Christmas music Friday, December 1.  The station is inviting listeners to choose from six different songs to be the first played when they make the change at 9 a.m.  At this time Mary's Boy Child by Boney M is leading in the voting. 
KIXI AM 880 Seattle
11/30/17 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle has now joined the ranks of stations playing all Christmas music and special Holiday-themed programs in the KIXI Radio Theatre.  KIXI release 
James Reid
11/29/17 - Former CBC Vancouver Radio Recording Engineer James Reid died November 14 at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver at age 72.  He was on staff with CBC Vancouver from 1975 until his retirement in the late 1990s.  Reid was a trained classical musician and senior radio technician at CBC Toronto before arriving in Vancouver to work with the CBC Radio Orchestra, bringing skills in multi-track recording.  He was instrumental in many of this region's national and international award winning radio productions.  Kearney Funeral Services obituary   
Michael Popil
11/29/17 - Long-time Vancouver copywriter and producer Michael J. Popil leaves Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver as copywriter and National Creative Coordinator after two years to join Newcap Radio Vancouver as a copywriter.  He was previously a senior writer for Rogers Radio Vancouver from 1999-2013.  Facebook announcement  
Andrew Kreisberg
11/29/17 - A high-profile TV producer for number of superhero series filmed in Metro Vancouver has been fired over allegations of sexual misconduct.  Warner Bros. Television Group has confirmed that Andrew Kreisberg, who served as executive producer on Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, was let go after the studio completed its investigation into claims against him.  CTV News
Chuck Chandler
11/29/17 - Well known veteran Edmonton broadcaster Chuck Chandler, who also worked for several years in the Vancouver and Victoria markets, has died in Victoria at age 73.  He has been described by many as one of Edmonton's best announcers.  Chandler was PD/a.m. drive at CKST Langley from 1988-91 and morning host at CKDA Victoria from 1991-96.  Eileen Bell/Global news/video  
Ara Andonian
11/28/17 - Former Kelowna radio personality and most recently KiSS CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver/Fraser Valley p.m. drive host Ara Andonian returns to the Okanagan city to assume mornings at Beach Radio CKQQ-FM 103.1.  He is likely to start sometime in January.  Beach Radio release 
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
11/28/17 - Sources are telling FTVLive that Sinclair and Fox are looking to make a deal where Fox will keep renew their affiliation agreements with Sinclair, but that Sinclair will agree to sell some of their Fox stations to Fox.  If the Tribune deal goes through, stations like KCPQ-TV Seattle (currently owned by Tribune) would be turned around and sold by Sinclair to Fox as the network's goal is to own the Fox stations in the NFL markets.  FTVLive  
Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey
11/27/17 - Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey moved to All Christmas programming at 9 a.m. today as Your New Home for the Holidays with White/Blue Christmas by Measha Brueggergosman
Clay Freinwald
11/25/17 - The December 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 Entercom/CBS merger and the technical side of it, the Sinclair/Tribune TV Station deal, FCC Media Rule changes and much more.  December Clay's Corner
Larry Hennessey
11/25/17 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Larry Hennessey, and current host of JACK Up the 80s on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9, attempts to play an 8 track tape live on air.  Larry Hennessey video  
George Ray
11/25/17 - Former KCTS-TV Seattle pledge drive host George Ray died November 23.  He passed away weeks after a lymphoma diagnosis at age 85.  In his more than 30 years at KCTS, Ray was a driving force for more than $75 million in donations.  That helped make Channel 9 the fourth most watched public television station in the United States.  He started at KCTS full-time in 1976 and retired in 2012.  A service is being planned for after the holidays.  Casey McNerthney, KIRO-TV 
SPIRIT 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle
11/24/17 - SPIRIT 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle flipped to All Christmas at 12:03 a.m. today with Martina McBride's Silver Bells
QMFM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver
11/24/17 - QMFM CHQM-FM 103.5 became Vancouver’s Christmas Music Station at 9 a.m. today with Christmas Baby Please Come Home by Michael Buble. 
Praise 106.5 KWPZ-FM Lynden
11/23/17 - Praise 106.5  KWPZ-FM Lynden moved to All Christmas programming at 6 p.m. with O Come All Ye Faithful by Third Day.
Norma Browne
11/23/17 - Radio pioneer Norma Browne died November 21 at the Views at St. Joseph’s in the Comox Valley.  She was the wife of Billy Browne Jr., who operated Coast Radio.  They founded CFCP Radio Ltd. in Courtenay in 1959, which grew to include CFWB Campbell River, CFNI Port Hardy, CFPA Port Alice, and CHQB Powell River.  When Billy Browne died in 1990 Norma took over as CEO and operated the stations until their sale and her retirement in 2005.  Justin Goulet, MyComoxValleyNow
Kenneth L. "Ken" Hatch
11/23/17 - Former Seattle media executive Kenneth L. “Ken” Hatch, died unexpectedly in Bellevue on November 21 at age 82.  He began his career in the early days of television at KSL Salt Lake City, where he rose to general manager while he was still in his 20s.  Hatch moved to Seattle In 1964 when KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International Corp., purchased KIRO Inc.  As KIRO's president, CEO and chairman, he oversaw KIRO’s local broadcast properties, including KIRO-TV, AM, and FM for three decades, later adding KING FM and AM, and also serving as senior vice president of Bonneville, overseeing 20 television and radio properties nationally.  The family is planning a celebration of life and will announce details in the next few weeks.  Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal  Mike Rosenberg, Seattle Times 
FCC
11/21/17 - The head of the FCC has proposed that the U.S. agency vote next month to reconsider rules preventing a company from owning stations serving more than 39 percent of households with a television, a move that could speed consolidation in the industry.  Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced plans in May to acquire Tribune Media's 42 TV stations as well as cable network WGN America, in a $3.9 billion deal extending its reach to 72 percent of U.S. households.  Under existing rules, Sinclair would have to divest stations in Seattle, St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City as part of the Tribune acquisition.  It hopes FCC rule changes will allow it to avoid such sales.  Reuters/CNBC 
Don Stevens
11/19/17 - Former Vancouver radio host Don Stevens, who has been a leading morning host on Calgary airwaves for 25 years, is retiring on December 8.  Retiring at the same time is co-host Joanne Johnson, with his other co-host Jamie (the Coach) Herbison staying on at XL103.1 CFXL-FM Calgary.  Coach will be joined by Buzz Bishop, another former Vancouver broadcaster who entertained at CKZZ-FM 95.3 from 1993 to 2009.  Stevens was on air/Music Director at CKLG AM 730 Vancouver from 1970-83.  Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald
DeAnna Lee
11/19/17 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle midday host DeAnna Lee has posted on her Facebook page that the station will return to Country after the holidays.  She says, "On air staff, promotions, and production crew, we are moving to Entercom.  We are all still here.  None of us lost our jobs.  We weren’t fired.  So please take a breathe (sic), and let me share that KMPS will always be Country!  We are just shaking things up a bit with Christmas music.  DeAnna Lee Facebook  All Access Music Group  
The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes
11/18/17 - On November 15, KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes flipped from adult contemporary to a new format...a mix of blues, country, and maybe even some rock.  The programming is all music with station ID and temperature and time reports.  It is also broadcast on KRPA AM 1110/K258CW FM 99.5 Oak Harbor and K270CL FM 101.9 Bellingham. 
CBC
11/18/17 - CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre is opening its doors to the public December 1 for a day of fundraising and fun to support the thousands of citizens that rely on food banks in B.C.  It will be a special day of live programming, a chance to meet CBC personalities and a behind-the-scenes tour of the newsroom.  Location is 700 Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver, with live broadcasts in Studio 700 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and newsroom tours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  CBC News release  
Entercom
11/18/17 - In order to gain regulatory clearance for its merger with CBS Radio, Entercom was required to divest 14 stations in Seattle-Tacoma and six other radio markets.  In Seattle, iHeartMedia receives The Fan KFNQ AM 1090, adult hits JACK KJAQ-FM 96.5 and classic rock KZOK-FM 102.5 (note new web addresses).  The three additions join the company’s Seattle cluster.  In order to comply with FCC ownership limits, iHeart places Seattle market KUBE-FM 104.9 (now KTDD-FM) and KFOO-FM 102.9 (now KFNY-FM) in the Ocean States Trust.  Inside Radio
KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle Christmas 2017
11/18/17 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle flipped to an All Christmas format just after 6 p.m. Friday as Seattle’s #1 Christmas Music Station.  First song played according to the website's playlist was All I Want For Christmas by Maria Carey.  Only a small percentage of the Christmas music is Country, raising speculation that there will be a format change at the end of the season. 
Entercom
11/17/17 - Entercom has closed on the acquisition of CBS Radio in a merger that gives the combined company a nationwide footprint of 244 stations, including 23 of the Top 25 markets.  The combined company now holds seven FM stations and one AM in the Seattle market.  Reports indicate Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 will be swapped to iHeartMediaAll Access Music Group  All Access Backgrounder 
CBC
11/17/17 - CBC says it’s “comfortable” with the early ratings for its revamped The National, even though the debut newscast’s ratings were only on par with the kind of numbers Peter Mansbridge used to draw and some slippage since last Monday’s first broadcast.  The new nighttime national newscast features four anchors, including former CBC Vancouver staffer Ian Hanomansing and current local news anchor Andrew ChangBill Brioux, National Post 
STAR KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle
11/17/17 - STAR KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle became Santa FM at 9 a.m. today.  The first song played was Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives.  It's the second Seattle station to flip to an All Christmas format.  
FCC
11/16/17 - The FCC has voted 3-2 along party lines to make changes to the broadcast ownership rules.  The changes include the elimination of the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules and several television-specific alterations.  Radio ownership caps remain unchanged, although the Commission did add a presumptive waiver of the rule treating stations in embedded radio markets as part of the larger market for ownership purposes.  All Access Music Group 
Peter Weissbach
11/16/17 - Former Vancouver, Seattle and San Diego talk show host Peter Weissbach died November 11th following a vigorous battle with cancer.  He was most recently on air at KVI Seattle in 2010.  A service is planned for December 2 with details to follow.  Puget Sound Radio news 
Pamela McCall
11/16/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports talk show host Pamela McCall has had her 1-3 p.m. show on CFAX AM 1070 Victoria replaced with Bell Media’s national radio talk show hosted by Evan Solomon.  She has been at CFAX since January 2013 and has previously been a reporter/editor/producer at CBC, and a news anchor at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver and KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  There have also been other Bell Media layoffs in Vancouver and Victoria.  Puget Sound Radio news  
LPFM
11/16/17 - The low power radio movement is flourishing in the Puget Sound region.  Washington State is fourth for the number of fully licensed LPFMs in the country, and Seattle/King County's 10 LPFM applications (an above-average amount for a city of its size) have filled up all the available frequencies left.  LPFM radio is filling the gap between the commercial stations, National Public Radio and Christian-oriented stations.  Amber Cortes, theStranger  
CTV Vancouver Island
11/15/17 - A former Victoria homeless camp resident has been found guilty of assaulting CTV Vancouver Island cameraman Kirk Duncan.  Duncan was recording background shots for a CTV news story on May 27, 2016.  The judge has ordered a pre-sentence report to help when she sentences the 55-year-old assailant.  Louise Dickson, Victoria Times Colonist  CTV backgrounder  
Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 Seattle
11/15/17 - Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 appears to be the first local station to jump on the All Christmas bandwagon.  It's now branded as Seattle's Christmas StationAll Access Music Group 
Kevin Getz
11/15/17 (Updated) - Kevin Getz has announced on his Twitter page that his show on Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver has been eliminated due to restructuring and he is no longer with the station.  He had been on air nights and weekends for 5-1/2 years.  Additionally, at CTV Vancouver there were layoffs of an editor, cameraman, director, graphics and control room staff.
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
11/14/17 - A further explanation why KUOW-FM 94.9 and KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle were knocked off the airwaves Monday is because of a power outage on Capitol Hill.  KUOW’s Transfer Switch failed to switch over to emergency power and KEXP is not on the site generator.  Engineers suspect that what was thought to be lightning was the flash of transformers exploding.  It appears that most stations in the Seattle area managed to stay on the air despite some very ‘bumpy’ power as a result of high winds.  Inside Radio 
iHeart Media
11/14/17 - The FCC has granted a call letter change for KFOO-FM 102.9 Centralia to KFNY-FM.  The calls are a swap with KFNY AM 1440 Riverside, CA.  Reportedly, iHeartMedia is swapping call letters for several stations that they are going to sell, including Tacoma market KUBE-FM 104.9 Eatonville to be swapped with KTDD AM 1350 San Bernardino, CA.  FCC data  FCC data 
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
11/14/17 - KUOW-FM 94.9 and KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle were knocked off the airwaves Monday due to high winds.  Both continued to stream online, but their over-the-air signals were silent.  According to KUOW's Twitter feed, the reception issues could be related to lightning striking the Capitol Hill antenna.  Zosha Millman, Seattle PI   
Taylor Jukes
11/13/17 - Former Vancouver radio broadcaster Taylor Jukes has been appointed to the newly created role of Senior Manager, National Content, iHeartRadio effective today.  She was mid mornings then Assistant Brand Manager and Music Director at CKZZ-FM 95.3 from 2009-13 and Program Director at CHHR-FM/CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver from 2013-15 before moving to Toronto.  Bell Media release  
George Vipond
11/12/17 - Former CBC-TV Vancouver staffer George Vipond passed away November 2 at age 90.  He was with CBC Vancouver from 1956 to 1986 as Quality Control Officer with TV Technical Services as a technician and colour coordinator.  A family celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Sun/Province obituary   
Sports Patge CKVU-TV 1981
11/11/17 - Before the days of 24-hour sports channels and online content, Sports Page was must-watch TV for B.C. sports fans.  The program, which aired on CKVU-TV Vancouver from 1977 to 2001, and later on CHEK-TV Victoria, launched the careers of numerous TV personalities.  Now the iconic sports TV program gets its own exhibit at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the start of the show.  The brand-new exhibit, which opens December 9, will feature a re-creation of the Sports Page anchor desk, interactive trivia games, items of memorabilia, inside stories and anecdotes as well as artifacts related to both the show and the events it covered.  Scott Brown, The Province  
FCC
11/09/17 - The FCC has approved the merger of Entercom and CBS Radio.  In its 20-page decision, the Commission wrote: "We have reviewed the proposed merger, the applications for its approval, and related comments.  We conclude that the applicants are fully qualified and that grant of the Merger Applications and the Trust Applications, subject to the conditions set forth herein, will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity."  All Access Music Group  
CBC logo
11/08/17 - CBC unveiled its revamped flagship nightly newscast The National Monday night.  Mixing monochromatic graphics with minimal on-screen distractions and a pared-down mix of stories, the broadcast is vastly different from most evening news programs, especially those in the U.S.  The newscast focuses on only a handful of stories allowing for more development and reporting.  The new The National is hosted by Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing (formerly Vancouver-based) are in Toronto with Rosemary Barton in Ottawa and Andrew Chang in Vancouver.  Chang also has the duty of updating the newscast throughout the night for Canada’s various time zones as news breaks.  NewscastStudio  Bill Brioux, Canadian Press  
Rafe Mair
11/07/17 - Broadcaster, writer, environmentalist and former B.C. cabinet minister Rafe Mair passed away October 9 at age 85.  The Tyee has launched the Rafe Mair Memorial Fund For Environmental Reporting, dedicated to funding investigations and solutions reporting about environmental issues in B.C.  Jeanette Ageson, The Tyee  
John Richards
11/07/17 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle morning show host John Richards, who answered his own grief over the death of his mother 13 years ago by creating and hosting The Mom Show, an annual, four-hour tribute to her and to all those whom listeners have lost, will air from 6 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 9.  The night before, Richards will host Death & Music at the KEXP Gathering Space.  The sold out event, filled with songs and stories built around grief and loss, is basically a live version of The Mom ShowNicole Brodeur, Seattle Times
Entercom
11/07/17 - Entercom has announced major parts of the management structure as it moves into the final days before its merger with CBS Radio.  The new appointments include regional presidents, market managers and an Operating Advisory Board.  Michael Doyle, currently Entercom President of Sales Operations/Regional President, will have regional responsibility for Seattle and eight other markets.  Jack Hutchison keeps his Market Manager position in Seattle.  Inside Radio  
Todd Hancock
11/06/17 - Twenty-year radio veteran and former CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver p.m. drive host Todd Hancock, has landed a permanent part-time job as instructor at BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment.  He turned to podcasting/voice over work after being laid off from Corus Radio in 2014 following a fifteen year career.  Airchecker news  Todd Hancock podcast 
Rick Dhaliwal
11-06/17 - Airchecker recently interviewed News1130 CKWX AM/Sportsnet 650 Vancouver sportscaster Rick Dhaliwal.  He is a 20+ year radio veteran who has worked with many of the great local sports staffers in the city.  Airchecker interview 
Juliette Cavazzi
11/05/17 - A private service has been announced for Juliette Cavazzi, who died October 26.  A Celebration of Life also will be held at a later date.  One of Canada's iconic stars, "Our Pet Juliette" passed away peacefully at age 91.  She was awarded the Order of Canada, as well as a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.  She also was included in the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, as well as the Starwalk in front of the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail                      
CBC Logo
11/04/17 - The new version of the CBC flagship news program The National premieres at 10 p.m. Monday.  Viewers will see a retooled newscast that has changed in two significant ways.  The show will feature a team of anchors presenting fewer, but longer, stories that have been beefed up with more in-depth analysis.  The National will feature four new hosts, Rosemary Barton in Ottawa, Adrienne Arsenault and former CBC Vancouver-based Ian Hanomansing in Toronto and Andrew Chang, who will continue from the Vancouver studios.  Mark Gollom, CBC News  Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press 
iHeartMedia
11/03/17 - iHeartMedia Citicasters Licenses, LLC has placed Alternative KFOO-FM 102.9 Centralia-Tacoma and Top 40/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 104.9 Eatonville-Tacoma into the Ocean Station Trust, LLC for divestiture to satisfy ownership cap issues raised by its swaps of stations.  The trust will be managed by Jeanette Tully, who also oversees iHeart’s Aloha Stations Trust which holds fourteen stations across nine markets.  All Access Music Group  Lance Venta, Radio Insight 
iHeartMedia
11/02/17 - iHeartMedia already had six stations in the Seattle-Tacoma market before adding three CBS stations in the transaction to help Entercom close its merger with CBS.  In order to make this happen, iHeart will be divesting KFOO-FM 102.9 and KUBE-FM 104.9.  These stations will be put into a divestiture trust and iHeart will explore sale options for them.  Radio Ink 
Research Director, Inc.
11/01/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive October PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and 4 other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
CBS Radio
11/01/17 - Entercom Communications has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, clearing the path for its merger with CBS Radio.  Entercom now expects the deal to close as early as November 17th, pending approval from the FCC.  Reports indicate Seattle market Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 will be swapped to iHeartMediaAll Access Music Group  
CRTC
11/01/17 - The CRTC has denied an application by 8384860 Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Newcap Inc., for CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver to remove the condition of licence requiring it to devote at least 15% of its musical selections each week to Special Interest Music.  Newcap argued that the amendment was necessary for the financial viability of the station.  However, the Commission found that the applicant had not demonstrated a compelling economic need for the amendment.  CRTC decision   
Nielsen Audio
10/31/17 - NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 hangs onto first place with a 6.3 share (up .1 from last month) in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma October 2017 PPM.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 moves up to second with a 6.0 share.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up strongly into third place with 5.7.  Radio Online
FCC
10/31/17 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Transfer of Control of BBC Broadcasting, Inc. KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale from Bhag S. Khela to Amarjit Sandhu.  FCC data  The Commission has also granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KUSE-LD Ch. 18 Seattle from Mako Communications, LLC to HC2 LPTV Holdings, Inc.  FCC data  
Matt Ganssle
10/30/17 - Former The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle Imaging Director Matt "Phat Matt" Ganssle passed away October 27th following a battle with pneumonia.  He was 37.  He wrote and produced all imaging and creative copy for country KBWF-FM 95.7 (now The Game KGMZ-FM) San Francisco and KKWF-FM from 2007-11, along with being Imaging Director for Fitz in the Morning at KKWF.  Ganssle was most recently PD/afternoon host at KYKX-FM 105.7 Tyler-Longview, TX.  All Access Music Group 
Dave Ross
10/29/17 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle talk show host Dave Ross, the winner of five Edward R. Murrow awards for Best Writing will deliver his perspective on current events in a new 90-second commentary on CBS News Radio beginning February 4, 2018.  CBS News Radio will remain with CBS Corporation following the spinoff of CBS Radio and its merger with Entercom.  Its programming is distributed nationally by Skyview NetworksLance Venta, RadioInsight
Kaci Aitchison
10/29/17 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle anchor/reporter Kaci Aitchison goes on four months maternity leave.  Station staff gave her a sendoff Friday morning.  Twitter/Q13 video  
Bill Reiter
10/28/17 - Vancouver broadcaster and the voice of thousands of radio spots and TV commercials over the years, Bill Reiter celebrates 50 years as host of Groovin' Blue.  He has produced and hosted the show, first aired on CKLG-FM 99.3 Vancouver (now CFOX-FM) in October 1967.  Many outstanding artists got their first Canadian airplay on the program.  Since that original show, The Groovin’ Blue Format has aired on numerous other Vancouver stations and now can be heard on Reiter's own website WAGRadioGroovin' Blue info  50th Anniversary podcast
CFOX-FM Vancouver
10/28/17 - On Sunday, October 29th the Vancouver Whitecaps will face-off against their rivals, the Seattle Sounders at BC Place in a semi-final run to the MLS Cup and again Thursday, November 2nd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.  To show their support, CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver is banning all Seattle bands from their playlist.  PD Dustin Collins says, “Let’s show the Sounders we can live without Seattle’s massive contribution to music for at least one...maybe two days!”  CFOX release 
Juliette Cavazzi
10/28/17 - Juliette Cavazzi died in Vancouver overnight Thursday at age 91.  Raised in Vancouver, "Our Pet Juliette" was singing with the Dal Richards band at the Hotel Vancouver when she was just 13, and by 15, she had her own show on CBC Radio.  Cavazzi continued to sing in CBC specials, and later hosted an afternoon talk show, Juliette and Friends, from 1973-75.  Bethany Lindsay, CBC News 
Clay Freinwald
10/28/17 - The November 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 West Tiger #2 towers, rabbit ears for 'free' TV, the Entercom/CBS deal and much more.  November Clay's Corner
Victor Jaeggle
10/26/17 - A huge collection of radios and gramophones goes up for auction October 28th in Abbotsford.  They were owned by radio collector Victor Jaeggle of Vancouver who died December 8, 2014, at age 72.  He amassed the collection over a number of decades.  The 400 to 500 radios and gramophones, some quite rare, date from the early 1900s to the 1970s.  Viewing is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, with the auction beginning Saturday at 9:30 a.m.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun  Able Auctions info 
Melvin Bishop
10/25/17 - Television pioneer Melvin Bishop died in North Vancouver October 16 at age 89.  After training with CBC Toronto, he returned to BC in 1953 to operate the new CBUT Vancouver transmitter on Mt. Seymour and then on to the CHAN-TV transmitter on the Simon Fraser University site.  He was the 13th person hired at British Columbia Institute of Technology to develop and teach Broadcast Technology.  His final working years were happily spent at Vancouver Vocational Institute with his mentor Ken Wheeler.  A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. on November 5 at the Seymour Golf and Country Club, 3723 Mt. Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver.  North Shore News obituary 
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
10/25/17 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle is holding its third annual Live Day, with everything in morning and afternoon drive live, including music and commercials.  However a new twist has been added this year with live audiences.  The event will take place November 16th at the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Tacoma Showroom.  All Access Music Group 
KNKX-FM 88.5
10/24/17 - Seattle market KNKX-FM 88.5 (formerly KPLU) created its Jazz24 stream channel a decade ago and has grown to become one of the most popular music streams, as public radio broadcasters are industry leaders in staying ahead of the curve with their online offerings.  Radio executives predict the next shift in listening will come courtesy of voice-assisted technology, including smart speakers such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Google Home.  Inside Radio  
KOMO News
10/24/17 - As part of ongoing contract negotiations with the KOMO-TV Seattle photojournalist union, IATSE 600, Sinclair Broadcast Group has rejected demands for a guarantee that the proposed merger with Tribune Media would not result in layoffs of union employees at the ABC-affiliate.  Union representative Dave Twedell said Monday he will urge KOMO’s 23 photojournalists to vote “no” on a contract when they are scheduled to meet Saturday.  Negotiations continue.  David Kroman, Crosscut   
Gerry O'Day
10/23/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Gerry O'Day, who has been on air at Newcap stations in the Okanagan for the past five years, has announced this is his last week.  Driving Highway 97 between Penticton and Kelowna during the winter has played into his decision, along with other opportunities.  He was on air and held management positions in the Vancouver radio market from 1983 to 2012. 
Red Robinson
10/23/17 - Sixty years ago today, October 23, 1957, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, Paul Anka, Buddy Knox, the Drifters, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and Jimmy Bowen and the Rhythm Orchids came to Vancouver’s Georgia Auditorium for the Biggest Show of StarsRed Robinson was the show MC and spent time interviewing many of these rock’n’roll pioneers.  Red Robinson release/audio 
FCC
10/23/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Earth On-the-Air Independent Media for KODX-LP 96.9 Seattle and to KMIH.org Radio Booster Club for KDXB-LP 95.3 Seattle.  KODX-LP is authorized to operate with an ERP of 38 watts non-directional at 48.5 meters HAAT at 47° 39' 33.90" 122° 18' 39.10"FCC data  KDXB-LP is authorized to operate with an ERP of 3 watts non-directional at 170.7 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 40.60" 122° 19' 15.70"FCC data 
Rafe Mair
10/23/17 - An obituary has now been published for broadcaster, writer, environmentalist and former BC cabinet minister Rafe Mair, who passed away October 9 at age 85.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 30 at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver.  Sun /Province obituary 
Bill Reid OBC 1994
10/21/18 - Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art has announced it will undergo a $1.5 million renovation to re-purpose its current space at 639 Hornby Street in Vancouver, allowing it to expand its exhibition offerings and increase its artistic and educational programming.  The gallery is named after master goldsmith, carver, sculptor and broadcaster Bill Reid who passed away in 1998.  Early in his career, he worked at a total of 17 radio stations in Canada, including in Victoria, Kelowna, CKWX Vancouver in the 1940s and at CBC Vancouver.  Reid was the recipient of the highest award for outstanding achievement, the Order of British Columbia, in 1994.  Galleries West
Nancy Griffiths
10/20/17 - Pioneer female CBC Vancouver Television Producer Nancy Griffiths has died (specific date unknown).  She began her professional career with the National Film Board of Canada and her broadcasting career with CBC-TV Vancouver as western Canada's pioneer female television producer.  In the late 1960s she joined Ottawa private broadcasting station CJOH, which became affiliated with CTV, where she produced and directed TV series such as the National News, The Galloping Gourmet cooking show with Graham Kerr, and a current affairs show with former Ottawa mayor Charlotte Whitten.  The family will hold a private celebration of Nancy's life and accomplishments later this year.  Sun/Province obituary 
Michelle Ludtka
10/20/17 - Michelle Ludtka joins 3KE, a Blue Equity Sports Television company, as a new client and signs a new multi-year contract as Sports Anchor/Reporter at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle.  She also continues her duties with Q It Up Sports, Seahawks Saturday Night, Seahawks Gameday and Sounders FC Weekly WrapStephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy
Fitz
10/20/17 - The release of Fitz by The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle last April is still causing listener backlash.  Ditto, the release of Forbes and Marshall two years ago by Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria.  Annie Erickson of Victoria opines and many others agree.  Radio Ink  
Amity Addrisi
10/17/17 - KING-TV Seattle anchor/reporter, Amity Addrisi, shared her story of sexual abuse with viewers Monday night in a seven minute segment.  She narrated about a little girl who was sexually abused by older cousins in a basement in exchange for candy.  She later revealed that girl was her and that she hid her story for decades.  Addrisi says she decided to speak out after being prompted by the #MeToo social media movement.  Stephanie Tsoflias, TVSpy 
KiSS CKKS-FM Vancouver

10/17/17 - KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver (also Chilliwack and Abbotsford) has become the first fully interactive radio station in Canada, giving listeners musical control.  The station is now allowing listeners to select the music played, all day, every day, through the KiSS RADiO app and website.  Listeners can choose from the station’s playlist, with songs pushed up and down in real time, as listeners vote on what songs to play.  PD John Hipper says audience expectations were changing, and the move would help engage listeners on digital platforms.  Jenni Sheppard, Daily Hive 

Brooke & Jubal
10/16/17 - Brooke & Jubal have been added to mornings today on Mix 106 KEZR-FM 106.5 San Jose CA.  The MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle duo is heard in multiple markets.  Jubal Flagg is a standup comedian, radio host, television personality, and comedy writer.  He has been entertaining audiences on-stage and on  radio for over 10 years.  Brooke has worked in morning radio for over 13 years and previously hosted Top 40 radio’s first all-female morning drive show.  All Access Music Group     
David Dean
10/16/17 - After less than a year as Music Director/p.m. drive at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle, David Dean has resurfaced as half of the Dave & Ceej morning show at Island 106 WILN-FM 105.9 Panama City FL.  The show launched October 9.  All Access Music Group 
Jack Webster Awards
10/15/17 - Several Vancouver broadcasters were recognized for their achievements at the 2017 Jack Webster Awards Dinner October 12 in Vancouver.  The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize excellence in journalism in British Columbia.  Webster Award winners 
Rafe Mair
10/15/17 - Rafe Mair, broadcaster, writer, environmentalist and former BC cabinet minister, who passed away October 9 at age 85, is remembered by his friend and former producer Shiral Tobin, and former CKNW reporter George Garrett, with clips from interviews Mair did with host Joseph Planta.  The funeral for Mair is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, October 30 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver.  thecommentary.ca  McKenzie Funeral Service Obituary  
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle
10/14/17 - News-Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle is adding a wine, spirits, cocktails, and beer show to its Saturday schedule.  Cask Club Radio, produced by Heritage Distilling Co. with the station and co-hosted by Heritage CEO Justin Stiefel and radio personality Lydia Cruz, begins today at 3 p.m.  All Access Music Group 
CHEK-TV Victoria
10/14/17 - Independent CHEK-TV Victoria has become a model for employee-owned news organizations focusing on local markets.  It was announced in July 2009 by then owner Canwest that it was shutting down the station.  With community support, employees hatched a plan to acquire CHEK that Canwest agreed to and CHEK was saved.  Abdullah Shihipar, The Tyee 
Chris Cruise
10/13/17 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle evening host Chris Cruise is moving from his current morning host position at KISS KSAS-FM 103.5 Boise to take on afternoons at Country cluster mate WOW KAWO-FM 104.3.  Cruise was at KMPS for two years starting in April 2014.  All Access Music Group    
KODX-LP 96.9 Seattle
10/12/17 - Listeners are reporting hearing KODX-LP 96.9 in northeast Seattle during afternoon hours.  The station, licensed to Earth On-the-Air Independent Media, is authorized to operate with 38 watts in the University District.  FCC data
Jeff Woods
10/12/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and now commercial voice-over, narrator, emcee and speaker Jeff Woods speaks with Airchecker about his latest Radio, Records & Rockstars audiobook project.  He held numerous positions with Corus Entertainment from 1997-2015 and during that time was PD/Music Director at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 and CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  Airchecker interview  
Sonia Sunger
10/12/17 - Global BC anchor/reporter Sonia Sunger will cut her hair live on Global News Morning October 20, so she can donate it to the Canadian Cancer Society wig banks program.  Her mother has successfully battled breast cancer three times.  A number of viewers will join Sunger in donating their hair to the cause.  Global video 
RPM Lunch
10/12/17 - The RPM (Radio Performers Membership) lunch drew dozens of past and present Vancouver radio personalities to the downtown White Spot restaurant Tuesday.  The twice yearly lunch, hosted by Red Robinson and his wife Carole, gives broadcasters a chance to re-connect with former colleagues.  Radio West, Andy Hall photos 
Nielsen Audio
10/12/17 - Seattle-Tacoma market moves up for fall 2017 to No. 12 from No. 13 a year ago in the Nielsen Audio just-released fall 2017 radio market population ranker.  Projected population for 2017 is 3,863,400, compared with its 2016 population of 3,779,500.  As a result, Detroit moves to No. 13 from No. 12 year-over-year, as its population estimate shifts to 3,818,800 from 3,813,700.  Each year, Nielsen tweaks the rank of radio markets, based on population projections.  Inside Radio 
FCC
10/12/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KBSG-FM 90.1 Westport.  COL will change to Raymond, transmitter location will change from 46° 55' 11.00" 123° 57' 14.00" to 46° 41' 44.00" 123° 46' 17.00", ERP will change from 1.2 to .44 kW non-directional and HAAT will change from 15 to 279 meters.  FCC data  
Brenda Barnes
10/12/17 - Brenda Barnes has been named the new CEO of KING-FM 98.1 Seattle effective January 8.  She is currently president of the University of South California Radio Group, which owns and manages classical radio stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Barnes succeeds longtime KING-FM GM Jennifer Ridewood, who was at the helm of the station when it transitioned to a listener-supported public radio station in 2011.  Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times  
FCC
10/11/17 - The FCC has granted license to cover to Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange for KMGP-LP 101.1 Magnuson Park.  It is authorized to operate with an ERP of 46 watts non-directional at 44 meters HAAT at 47° 39' 31.00" 122° 18' 9.00"FCC data     
CBS Radio
10/10/17 - All Access Music Group reports Sports The Fan KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits JACK KJAQ-FM 96.5 and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle will be among 11 stations to be sold or swapped by CBS Radio to satisfy ownership cap concerns arising from the merger with Entercom.  No buyers have yet been announced for the spinoffs.  All Access Music Group   
Delilah
10/09/17 - Port Orchard-based Delilah, whose show is heard on 180 radio stations across the U.S. and internationally, is taking a leave of absence from her syndicated radio show and social media to grieve the loss of her teenage son Zachariah.  He took his own life following a long bout with depression.  Inside Radio 
Rafe Mair
10/09/17 - Rafe Mair, former Social Credit cabinet minister turned broadcaster, died early today at age 85.  He had been in failing health for the past few years.  A former political panelist on The Early Edition on CBC Radio and CKNW radio host, Mair was best known for his provocative style.  He was most passionate when talking and writing about the environment, politics and constitutional issues.  He also hosted the Rafe Mair Show on CKBD Vancouver from 2003-04.  He was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 2005.  Mair received numerous awards, including the 1995 Michener Award for courageous journalism and the 2003 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.  CBC News  Stephanie Ip, Vancouver Sun  Amy Judd, Global News  
Gerry Altman
10/08/17 - Former Vancouver radio advertising salesman Gerry Altman died October 2 at age 84.  He was an ad salesman at CKWX in 1956, moving the following year to CKNW where he became known as one of best in the city.  He then moved to CHQM and CJOR and was recognized as an exceptional radio sales and marketing man in Vancouver.  In 1969 he started Executive Coffee Service, building it into one of the largest coffee services in BC.  Altman also held consulting jobs with the BC Lions and Vancouver Day EXPO 86.  A celebration of life is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. October 19 at the West Vancouver Yacht Club.  Sun/Province obituary  
Nijole Kuzmickas
10/08/17 - CBC has released belated news of the passing of former producer Nijole Kuzmickas in Vancouver on March 15, 2017 at age 65.  She was with CBC Vancouver as Producer of the Switchback television series in the 1980s and as Developer/Producer of the Doctor, Doctor and Legalwise series.  She also developed and produced The Men’s Show, co-produced by Vision TV and Knowledge Network.  In 1982 she won an ACTRA award for her breakthrough live CBC Sunday morning children's show Switchbackyourlifemoments.ca obituary 
Jeff Dubois
10/07/17 - Seattle native Jeff Dubois, News Reporter/Anchor and Digital & Social Media Content Creator at KIRO-TV has announced that Friday was his last day.  On his Facebook page he says, "Thank you all for your support. Stay tuned for the next chapter!"  He joined KIRO in 2004. 
Mitch Levy
10/07/17 - Mitch Levy, longtime KJR AM 950 Seattle morning show host, has confirmed he is no longer with the station.  The announcement comes less than two months after Levy was reportedly caught in a prostitution sting in Bellevue.  Levy made the announcement of his departure on Twitter, but without making specific reference to the allegations against him.  Travis Pittman , KING5  Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times 
"The Wolf" KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle
10/07/17 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle Is on the lookout for a morning show co-host to join newly acquired Matt McAllister who debuts October 2.  An ideal candidate would be an experienced on-air talent, a lover of Country music and the Pacific Northwest, and familiar with the station's target audience of women 25-54.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
10/07/17 - The FCC has granted licenses to cover to FAB-5 for KTQA-LP 95.3 Tacoma and to The Bridge, a Ministry of the United Methodist Church for KTAH-LP 101.9 Tacoma.  KTQA-LP FCC data  KTAH FCC data 
CBC
10/06/17 - In an attempt to bolster sagging ratings, Canadian networks are sending program stars to various cities with some encouraging results, with several hundred fans recently turning out to see CBC stars in Vancouver.  The erosion of TV viewers seems more apparent than ever this fall with ratings drops on both sides of the border.  Audience numbers are down for just about every single show, domestic or import, on every Canadian network this fall and NFL viewership is down nine per cent year-to-year in the U.S.  Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press    
Sinclair Broadcast Group
10/06/17 - Sinclair Broadcast Group has declined to offer a list of TV stations it plans to sell in a response to the FCC's request for information about its proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media Co.  Sinclair says it would need to sell licenses in at least two markets under current national TV station ownership limits.  The company added, it would make a multimillion-dollar investment in the newly acquired Tribune stations, allowing for more hours of local news programming.  In Seattle, Sinclair currently owns KOMO and KUNS.  Tribune owns KCPQ and KZJO.  Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun 
Matty B McIntyre
10/05/17 - Matty B McIntyre has taken over middays at KiSS CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver after leaving his position at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver in early August.  Starting in November, he’ll also voice-track middays on KiSS CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria.
Larry Hennessey
10/05/17 - Veteran Vancouver radio personality Larry Hennessey returns to the airwaves on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver effective Tuesday, October 10.  He'll host JACK up the 80s from noon to 1 p.m. daily, playing vinyl and cassette music from the 80s from his personal collection.  Facebook announcement/video 
Natasha Chen
10/05/17 - Natasha Chen moves to Washington, D.C. to become a correspondent for CNN Newsource.  She has been a reporter at KIRO-TV Seattle for the past four years.  In addition, Danielle Leigh joins WABC-TV New York City as an investigative reporter.  She has been a consumer investigative reporter/anchor at KING-TV Seattle since 2013.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy 
Russell James
10/04/17 - Veteran broadcaster Russell James has confirmed he is the new Program Director at Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna.  He has been on-air at several Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton stations since 1990, was PD and on-air at KiSS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver from 2013-16 and most recently a fill-in host at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver.   
Sheldon Mack
10/02/17 - Sheldon Mack, son of former CTV Vancouver Island anchor and news director Hudson Mack, was wounded when a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Sunday night.  At least 59 people including two Canadians were killed in the attack and at least 527 required hospital attention.  Hudson, who landed in Las Vegas Monday, said his son underwent surgery overnight for an abdominal wound and is now "doing well" in an intensive care unit.  Sheldon was at the festival celebrating his 21st birthday.  He tweeted from his hospital bed saying he suffered two gunshot wounds, a ruptured colon and a broken forearm.  CTV Vancouver Island news  Hudson Mack, Twitter  
Jessica Oh
10/02/17 - KIRO-TV Seattle adds Jessica Oh as a reporter.  She leaves KUSA-TV Denver where she was a general assignment reporter, multimedia journalist and weekend morning anchor.  Jessica Oh Twitter page         
Research Director, Inc.
10/02/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive September PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and 14 other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Kevin Cremin
10/02/17 - Veteran Seattle Mariners radio producer/engineer Kevin Cremin retires after 35 years and more than 5,500 games.  Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs calls him, "The best producer-engineer in baseball history".  Larry Stone, Seattle Times  
FCC
10/01/17 - Reports indicate KTQA-LP 95.3 Tacoma has been testing for the last few days with old-time radio programs.  The low power FM station, licensed to FAB-5, has a CP Mod to operate with an ERP of 9 watts non-directional at 71 meters HAAT at 47° 15' 18.00" 122° 27' 45.90"FCC data 
KING-TV Seattle
09/30/17 - KING-TV held on to the overall top spot in Seattle Social Media Ratings over the last 30 days, narrowly beating out KIRO-TV.  However, different stations took the lead on individual platforms.  KIRO beat KING on Facebook.  Its main station page became the first overall Facebook page in the market.  KCPQ-TV led on Twitter and KING took top spot on Instagram.  Overall, KING and KOMO each saw their total engagement decrease from month to month, while KIRO’s was up +9.7% and KCPQ’s was up +12.4%.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy
Beds for Kids
09/29/17 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle afternoon hosts Ron & Don helped orchestrate The Beds for Kids Project, which delivered 600 mattresses, box springs, sheet sets, comforters, pillows and Seattle Police Department Teddy Bears to the official bed pickup locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties on September 28th.  On Saturday, selected families from all over the state will receive new beds.  All Access Music Group 
Nielsen Audio
09/29/17 - NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 hangs onto first place with a 6.2 share (same as last month) in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma September 2017 PPM.  AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues in second place, but its share drops from 6.1 to 5.5.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 remains third with a 5.3 share, down marginally from last month's 5.4.  Radio Online
Darren Grieve
09/28/17 - Danger Darren Grieve joins Whistler FM CKEE-FM 101.5 as host of Middays with Danger, which he voices from his home studio.  He has been the air traffic patrol reporter on News 1130 CKWX-AM Vancouver since 2015 and has hosted weekends at sister station JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 since 2016.  He will continue on with his Vancouver positions.  Whistler FM info   
Michael Kuss
09/28/17 - Meteorologist Michael Kuss talks to Airchecker about his career in television, switching to co-hosting mornings on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver this past June.  Airchecker interview
Cliff Mass
09/28/17 - University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass doesn't deny that human-caused climate change is real and is influencing the world, but says it's not influencing our extreme local weather that much for now.  "I'm no skeptic or denier, let me make that clear," Mass told SeattlePI.  "What I see is a mass of misinformation going on right now about the implications of climate change on weather extremes."  Mass' five-minute feature Weather with Cliff Mass is heard Fridays on KNKX-FM 88.5Daniel DeMay, Seattle PI
Rob Fai
09/27/17 - TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver Canadians Game Day Thursday night host Rob Fai expands to include his own talk show, Rob Fai Nation weeknights from 10 to midnight.  TSN 1040 news  
Marc Kaye
09/27/17 - Hubbard Radio Seattle Market Manager Marc Kaye has been chosen as one of Radio’s Best Managers for 2017 and will be featured in the October 9 issue of Radio Ink Magazine.  He runs a five-station cluster for Hubbard in Seattle, leading and managing over 100 employees.  Radio Ink 
Seattle Seahawks
09/27/17 - According to data from Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle, which has televised each of the first three Seahawks games, ratings are up slightly from last season.  This differs from national ratings, which according to the Associated Press, are off 11 percent from 2016 through three weeks after dipping about eight percent last season.  Bob Condotta, Seattle Times 
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
09/27/17 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has ruled that two Vancouver TV stations violated ethics codes when they broadcast video of a deadly school stabbing.  Both Global BC and CTV Vancouver aired censored cellphone video on their evening newscasts of the November 1, 2016 incident at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School that left one teenage girl dead and another seriously injured.  A CBSC panel looked into complaints and concluded that broadcasting the video was "unnecessary to tell the story".  CBSC release  
Crash Davis
09/27/17 - P.M. drive host and PD Crash Davis (Jamie Weiss) has announced his departure from KiSS CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria after 22 years with Rogers Media.  His final show will be Friday, September 29th.  He states that it is time to start a new chapter in his life and indicates he is taking a Government Public Affairs position.  KiSS news   
Matt McAllister
09/26/17 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle has acquired Matt McAllister for mornings, effective Monday, October 2.  He fills the vacancy created when Fitz left in April.  McAllister was most recently part of the KNIX-FM 102.5 Phoenix morning team of Ben and Matt from 2008 until this past January.  Ellen Tailor and Randy Stein have been handling mornings in the interim and will remain with KKWF in new roles yet to be announced.  All Access Music Group 
Clay Freinwald
09/26/17 - The October 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 forest fires in the Northwest, communications outages due to hurricanes, over-the-air radio/television and much more.  October Clay's Corner
FCC
09/25/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Hollow Earth Radio for KHUH-LP 104.9 Seattle.  ERP is 15 watts non-directional at 78 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 48.00" 122° 18' 14.00"FCC data  The Commission has also granted License to Cover to OneAmerica for KQWZ-LP 106.5 Seatac.  ERP is 20 watts non-directional at 66 meters HAAT at 47° 23' 21.00" 122° 18' 1.00"FCC data
Tracy Vedder
09/25/17 - Award-winning journalist Tracy Vedder is suing KOMO-TV Seattle, claiming the station unlawfully breached her contract and engaged in gender and age discrimination.  The 60-year-old on-air personality and investigative reporter had worked for KOMO for more than 21 years and was terminated on January 4, two months after her contract was extended to October 2018.  Vedder was among ten KOMO employees laid off in January.  Andrew McIntosh, Puget Sound Business Journal    
KVRU-LP Seattle
09/25/17 - Rainier Valley Radio KVRU-LP 105.7 Seattle has announced it will launch at 7 a.m. October 5, with a celebration at the station Saturday, October 7 from 2-5 p.m. open to the public.  Launch schedule  Celebration release  
Robin Farrell
09/25/17 - Robin Farrell joins A.J. Cruze as co-host of the Ocean 98.5 CIOC-FM Victoria morning show October 16th.  She has worked in the Vancouver market and most recently was mornings host at CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  Former Ocean morning co-host Lisa Daigneault (Lisa D) announced earlier she had landed a position as Program Director of two radio stations in Nova Scotia.  Ocean release  
Bob Robertson
09/23/17 - A gathering was held June 30 at Bard on the Beach in Vancouver to celebrate the life of comedian and broadcaster Bob Robertson, who died in Nanaimo March 9 at age 71.  A video by Adam Zimmerman has now been posted to YouTube and can be viewed here.  
Entercom
09/23/17 - Entercom Seattle is presenting the GE2 Tech Expo, described as the premier tech event in the Pacific Northwest, on October 21-22 at the CenturyLink Field Events Center.  It’s the second year for the hands-on tech expo.  Inside Radio
Jim Guy
09/23/17 - The final goodbyes have been now said to KING-TV Seattle meteorologist Jim Guy, who is leaving after eight years to spend more time with family in Florida.  He won an Emmy for his work in 2001 and was nominated for another in 2007.  Greg Copeland video
CTV Vancouver
09/22/17 - CTV Vancouver celebrates 20 years on air today.  The station signed on as Vancouver Television CIVT-TV on UHF channel 32 September 22, 1997 with a video peak effective radiated power of two million watts from the Rogers Tower on Mount Seymour.  A major shuffle of Vancouver TV stations/networks in 2001 officially brought the CTV Network to CIVT, which now identifies as CTV VancouverEthan Faber, CTV news/videos  CCF history 
FCC
09/21/17 - The FCC has granted license to cover to Southeast Effective Development for KVRU-LP 105.7 Seattle.  ERP is 100 watts non-directional at -1.7 meters HAAT at 47° 34' 16.00" 122° 17' 23.00"FCC data
Alex Auld
09/21/17 - Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Alex Auld joins Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver as a hockey analyst and co-host of Canucks Central @ NoonAlex Auld release  Sportsnet 650 will carry every regular season and playoff Canucks' games with the broadcast being heard on numerous stations throughout B.C.  Sportsnet release  
Johanna Wagstaffe
09/21/17 - CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin has defended CBC Vancouver-based meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe against a complaint claiming that she was deliberately lying when she pointed out some possible influence of climate change on hurricane Harvey.  Enkin says Wagstaffe was giving documented scientific information and did not overstate the connection.  CBC Ombudsman  
Nardwuar
09/20/17 - Nardwuar the Human Serviette is celebrating 30 years at UBC Radio CITR-FM 101.9 September 23.  College radio is not known for the staying power of its DJs, but Nardwuar is an anomaly.  Shawn Connor, Vancouver Sun  Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
FCC
09/20/17 - The FCC has granted a low power FM application for minor modification to a construction permit to FAB-5 for KTQA-LP 95.3 MHz Tacoma.  ERP will be 9 watts non-directional at 71 meters HAAT at 47° 15' 18.00" 122° 27' 45.90"FCC data  The Commission has also granted a low power FM application for minor modification to a construction permit to OneAmerica for KQWZ-LP 106.5 Seatac.  ERP will be 20 watts non-directional at 66 meters HAAT at 47° 23' 21.00" 122° 18' 1.00"FCC data   
Sinclair Broadcast Group
09/20/17 - The FCC has sent Sinclair Broadcast Group a 10-page letter requesting information about its pending $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media, including what it is doing to comply with local and national ownership rules, giving the company until October 5 to respond.  Seattle is one of ten markets where Sinclair will own two Big Four network affiliates.  Harry Jessell, TVNewsCheck   
Lori Heeren
09/18/17 - Lori Heeren, former Seattle market KBKS-FM 106.1 General Sales Manager during the 1990s, has joined Alpha Media as Market Manager for its San Jose stations, Classic Hits Bay FM KBAY-FM 94.5 and Hot AC MIX 106 KEZR-FM 106.5.  She has most recently been a marketing consultant in Las Vegas.  All Access Music Group        
Twyla Roscovich
09/18/17 - The body of independent BC documentary filmmaker and underwater cinematographer Twyla Roscovich was found Friday near Fisherman's Wharf in Campbell River.  Close friend, scientist and activist Alexandra Morton appeared today on CBC Vancouver's The Early Edition to discuss her passing.  The 38-year-old Roscovich vanished on September 7, triggering a widespread search by the RCMP and coast guard.  No foul play is suspected.  She had worked as a director and cinematographer for the BBC Natural History Unit, A&E, and Discovery Channel, and then was writing, shooting, editing and narrating her own productions.  CBC audio  CBC News
Susan Knight
09/17/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna Program Director Susan Knight returning to Victoria as the new PD and p.m. drive host at Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5.  Her start date is October 2.  She has been morning show host at Q103 since June 2014 and PD since May of this year.  Current Ocean PD Rob Michaels becomes PD and afternoon host of Star FM CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack and will continue to oversee programming on Mountain FM CISQ/CISW Squamish 107.1/Whistler 102.1 effective October 10.  He's been PD at Ocean since September 2013.
John "Jack" Card
09/17/17 - Jack Card, legendary Vancouver choreographer, impresario, costume designer and co-owner of Vancouver's two major night clubs, died July 13 at age 81.  He choreographed and produced shows all over the world, including Las Vegas, London and Tokyo.  Among his TV shows, he choreographed the Vancouver series Nice 'n Easy.  Sun/Province obituary  1988 Terry Cavid Mulligan/Lynne McNamara CBC Vancouver interview  
Katie Boer
09/16/17 - Meteorologist and award winning journalist Katie Boer returns to the Seattle area to join Q13 KCPQ-TV as weather anchor/reporter.  She has most recently been a meteorologist/reporter at KLAS-TV Las Vegas.  She's a former ball girl for the Seattle Mariners and an avid sports fan.      
Ed Hume
09/15/17 - After 52 years on the air, Gardening in America, hosted by Ed Hume, aired its last episode on KONG-TV Seattle August 26th.  in 1965 Hume took over a gardening show on KIRO-TV after the host left.  In 1969, the show was moved to KING-TV and it later continued to air on KONG.  Hume was inducted into the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame in 1974.  Allison Needles, The News Tribune 
Jack Webster Awards
09/14/17 - CBC Vancouver personalities Gloria Macarenko, host of BC Almanac, and Stephen Quinn, host of On The Coast, take on emcee duties for the 2017 Jack Webster Awards.  The 31st annual Jack Webster Awards dinner will be held October 12 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver with CBC’s Washington Correspondent Paul Hunter as the featured speaker.  Jack Webster release 
FCC
09/14/17 - The FCC has dismissed an application for minor change to a licensed facility by Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KACS-FM 90.5 Chehalis.  FCC data 
Jody Vance
09/14/17 - Jody Vance said goodbye to her role at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver yesterday and will be the new midday host at Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 September 25th.  She has had her own national sports program and has been a news anchor and host of Breakfast Television.  Roundhouse release 
Jack Bennest
09/13/17 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news reporter Jack Bennest is resigning from his position as Councillor for the Town of Oliver, saying the fun seems to have gone out of local politics.  Prior to CKNW, where he worked from 1974-83, he was on air at CKOK Penticton, CHWK Chilliwack and CJOR Vancouver.  Bennest has been the longest-serving municipal politician in the South Okanagan, having served the Town of Oliver for 17 years in total, from 1988-93 and again from 2005 to now.  James Miller, Penticton Herald 
Gene Valaitis
09/13/17 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver is enhancing its weekday programming with the addition of award winning broadcaster Eugene (Gene) Valaitis taking on the role as morning show host beginning Monday, September 18th.  He is an award winning Canadian broadcaster/performer who may be best known to radio listeners for his work at CFRB, CKEY and Q107 FM Toronto.  Roundhouse release 
George Garrett
09/13/17 - After 43 years on the job and 18 more retired, former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news reporter George Garrett keeps on going and going and going.  He's finishing up his autobiography, researching a book on Black Bond Books founder Madeline Neill, raising money for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society and driving patients himself.  The 82-year-old was with CKNW for most of the years between 1955 and '99 and was beaten up during his coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992.  Garrett received a Radio-Television News Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.  Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun  
CRTC
09/13/17 - The CRTC has approved an application by Powell River Community Radio Society to change the authorized contours of CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River by changing the transmitter site, increasing ERP from 3.6 to 10 watts and increasing HAAT from -28.3 to 194.8 meters.  CRTC release  CJMP release 
Bill Reiter
09/12/17 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Bill Reiter, who has produced or voiced thousands of radio and TV commercials heard on both sides of the border, returns to the airwaves.  He was featured on the Nardwuar The Human Serviette program on CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver last Friday, but the show can be heard here.  Meanwhile, the CITR program is turning 30 and a special celebration is planned for September 23rd.  CITR release  Shawn Conner, Vancouver Sun  Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail  

News1130 CKWX Vancouver
09/10/17 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver is reporting, "...transmitter issues and we have engineers working on it to get things back to normal as soon as possible."  A number of listeners reported this morning that there had been either no OTA signal or a very weak one.  News1130 release    
FCC
09/08/17 - The FCC has granted a Minor Modification to a Construction Permit to Hollow Earth Radio for KHUH-LP 104.9 Seattle.  ERP will be 15 watts non-directional at 78 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 48.00" 122° 18' 14.00"FCC data 
KIRO-TV Seattle
09/08/17 - KIRO-TV Seattle will launch the market’s second 7 p.m. newscast on Monday.  KIRO 7 at Seven will be anchored by Steve Raible, Monique Ming Laven, Jesse Jones and Morgan Palmer.  It replaces The Insider, which is ending its 13-year syndicated run.  The 7 p.m. newscast will air against a 7 p.m. news show on KING-TVChris Ariens, TVSpy 
David Bray
09/07/17 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and the other four Canadian PPM markets.  Broadcast Dialogue
Numeris
09/07/17 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period May 29 - August 27, 2017.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 continues its lead with a 14.3 share.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 is second with 10.2.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is in third place with 9.5.  Numeris ratings
Global BC
09/07/17 - Global BC News Director Jill Krop has responded to criticisms by Osoyoos Councillor CJ Rhodes about the station's coverage of fires in the Okanagan.  Rhodes said that there is an apparent lack of understanding about Okanagan geography in Global’s Vancouver newsroom.  He was specifically pointing to news items that mentioned smoke in the entire Okanagan, when it was clear in the southern portions where Osoyoos is located, possibly impacting tourism in that region.  Osoyoos Today  
Research Director, Inc.
09/07/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive August PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Nielsen Audio
09/06/17 - NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 moves up into first place with a 6.2 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma August 2017 PPM.  AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues in second place with 6.1.  CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 slips to third with a 5.4 share.  Radio Online
Cal George CKWX early 1960s
09/06/17 (Updated) - Former Vancouver and Okanagan broadcaster Cal George died in Penticton July 23 at age 96.  He started his career at CHWK Chilliwack in 1942, moving to CKWX Vancouver the same year, first as an operator and then announcer.  He stayed until 1967, much of the time hosting middays.  George moved to CKOK Penticton that year, where he was on-air until retirement in 1985.  At the time, he was one of British Columbia's best known and respected radio voices.  Red Robinson news 
Entercom
09/05/17 - Entercom has announced the launch of the I'm Listening campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  The campaign includes a two-hour commercial-free broadcast live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sunday, September 10 at 7 a.m. PT across all Entercom platforms.  The conversation will be led by BJ Shea from KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle.  KISW release
Radio Ink
09/05/17 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle ended in 12th place in an online poll of readers conducted by Radio Ink for the Greatest AOR Stations of All Time.  However, the station is listed as #6 and #7 respectively in rankings by John Sebastian and Lee Abrams. 
Jim Guy
09/05/17 - KING5 Seattle meteorologist Jim Guy is leaving after eight years with the station to spend more time with family in Florida.  He won an Emmy for his work in 2001 and was nominated for another in 2007.  Puget Sound Media 
Sportsnet 650
09/03/17 - Sportsnet 650 Vancouver continues to build its air team as it readies for official launch at 5:30 Monday morning.  Several sports reporters/anchors will either move from sister station News1130 CKWX AM or do double duty.  Airchecker reports that up to thirty staffers have been hired by Rogers SportsnetAirchecker news  
Mitch Levi
09/03/17 - KJR AM 950 Seattle morning host Mitch Levy is among 110 people arrested in a large-scale undercover police operation to arrest sex buyers as part of an ongoing effort to curb the demand for prostitution.  Levy is charged with misdemeanor patronizing a prostitute.  The arrests were made as part of a joint operation involving the Bellevue police, King County sheriff’s deputies, NOCROM 911, the Washington State Fusion Center, and the City of Bellevue Prosecutor’s Office.  Q13 FOX  Barrett Sports Media
Tracy Taylor
09/02/17 - Long-time traffic reporter Tracy Taylor is now the permanent afternoon traffic anchor at KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle.  Candy Harper becomes the producer of the p.m. drive Ron & Don ShowPuget Sound Media  
Sportsnet 650
09/02/17 - In time for its official launch at 5:30 a.m. Monday, September 4 Sportsnet 650 has been added as HD3 to sister station JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver. 
Glenn Beck
09/02/17 - Former Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle broadcaster Glenn Beck has laid off 20 percent of his staff.  His political network, TheBlaze, continues to struggle and shed jobs.  Reports indicate the number of employees affected is around 50.  He launched TheBlaze in 2011 after leaving Fox News.  His talk show is still heard on numerous stations, including KEDO AM 1400 Longview.  Glenn Beck release  The Hollywood Reporter    
Leslie Scott
09/01/17 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle PD Leslie Scott has been selected as the inaugural mentee for the Mentoring & Inspiring Women (MIW)-Nielsen Music Mentoring Program to help increase the number of women in programming positions.  She was chosen for the one-year mentorship from a field of 40 candidates.  Scott will be officially introduced at the MIW Group’s Radio Show dinner in Austin next week.  She has been PD at The End since August 2015.  All Access Music Group   
Sportsnet 650
TSN 1040
09/01/17 - Incumbent TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver gets set to compete with the new Sportsnet 650 CISL AM, when it officially launches Monday morning.  Sports talk listeners will have much choose from as the two stations go head to head.  Steve Ewen, The Province 
Seattle Times
09/01/17 - Seattle Times management has banned their sports writers from doing appearances on KJR AM 950 saying, "We are not comfortable associating our brand with some of the off-color, sexist commentary on that station."  However, Seattle Sports Net speculates that the move could be in retaliation for KJR hosts’ critiques of how the paper has covered competing stadium deals.  Michael Rietmulder, Seattle Magazine
Imagination Theatre
08/31/17 - Imagination Theatre is returning to the Kirkland Performance Center four times a year for special live performances.  The quarterly live performances will be broadcast as special events on KIXI AM 880 Seattle.  A special all-new Sherlock Holmes adventure is scheduled for 8 p.m., September 9 on KIXI. 
FCC
08/31/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Radio Vida N Life Inc. for KOYS-LP 94.1 Bellingham.  ERP is 50 watts non-directional at 2.9 meters HAAT at 48° 45' 9.00" 122° 28' 37.00"FCC data
Ryan Hobson
08/31/17 - Ryan Hobson has recently been promoted to Western Canada Digital Content Producer at Newcap Radio, responsible for all of the company's BC & Alberta radio stations.  He has been Senior Digital Content Producer for the Newcap's Vancouver cluster since 2014.
Tony Castricone
08/31/17 - Tony Castricone has been named Director of Broadcasting, and will serve as the Washington Huskies radio play-by-play host for football and men's basketball following the retirement of Bob Rondeau at the conclusion of the 2017 Husky football season.  He has served as the radio play-by-play voice for Clemson Tigers men's basketball since 2014.  UW Athletics release 
Bill Phillips
08/30/17 - A celebration of life will be held in the Spring of 2018 for former Vancouver broadcaster Bill Phillips, who died August 24 at the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver.  The former CBC and CHQM Vancouver radio host had been living in Okanagan Falls and passed away at age 83.  He began his career at CJIB Vernon in the 1950s, retiring to the South Okanagan in the mid 1990s.  Graham Funeral Home obituary
FCC
08/30/17 - The FCC has granted a Voluntary Assignment of License for KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle from from Universal Media Access KKDZ-AM LLC to Akal Broadcasting Corporation.  FCC Data 
Moe Sihota
08/29/17 - Moe Sihota has left his position with the CBC Radio One FM 88.1/AM 690 Monday morning political panel.  The former NDP cabinet minister and ex-party president has been a fixture on the panel for 12 years.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight 
Red Robinson
08/28/17 - At age 80, Red Robinson aired his final radio show Sunday on CISL AM 650 Vancouver with studio guests Pat O'Day and Bruce Allen and phone in guest Wink Martindale.  CISL has now become Sportsnet 650 with sports programming this week and official launch September 4.  Patrick Johnston, Sun/Province 
David Watmough
08/27/17 - Former CBC Television host and freelance Vancouver Sun arts and theatre critic David Watmough died in Vancouver August 4 just 13 days before his 91st birthday.  He hosted Talking About Books and Artslib on CBC Television and wrote for The Sun from 1964-67.  A memorial gathering will take place sometime this fall.  Sun/Province obituary 
Clay Freinwald
08/27/17 - The September 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 extra long summer, the Emergency alert System, the FCC's new approach to dealing with pirate radio and much more.  September Clay's Corner
Red Robinson
08/26/17 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster and Hall of Famer Red Robinson, who has been on-air since 1954, hosts his final Red Rock Diner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday on CISL AM 650.  Guests include Pat O'Day and Bruce AllenFacebook announcement  by John Ackermann, News1130  There will be special programming next week, as the station becomes Sportsnet 650 with official launch September 4.
John Keister
08/25/17 - John Keister, known for Almost Live, the local comedy show that ran on KING-TV Seattle until 1999, is performing his last stand-up show at Benaroya Hall next month.  It’ll be a monologue about his take on the changing city.  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times
Bill Phillips
08/25/16 - Long-time Vancouver broadcaster with the "big voice", Bill Phillips died Thursday afternoon in the Okanagan at age 83.  He was an announcer, newsman and commentator at CHQM-AM/FM Vancouver from 1963-72 and again from 1982-93.  During his career, he had worked at CBC, CHAN-TV (now Global BC) and CJAZ-FM Vancouver.  He moved to the south Okanagan in the 1990s, where he worked both in radio and print and later was a blogger and ghost writer of non-fiction books on the Internet.  A celebration of life is planned for a later date.  
Todd Herman
08/24/17 - Todd Herman from KTTH AM 770 Seattle debuted as fill-in host for the Rush Limbaugh Show today and will host again Friday.  Limbaugh returns to the show Monday. 
Gary Nolan
08/24/17 - Former Seattle Program Director Gary Nolan has left his position at WMAG-FM 99.5 Greensboro, NC.  He served as PD at KRWM-FM 106.9 and KLSY-FM 92.5 (now MOViN KQMVAll Access Music Group
Sportsnet 650 Vancouver
08/23/17 - The new Sportsnet 650 Vancouver has now released its full lineup.  Former TSN 1040 producer Satiar Shah will host a late-morning program called The Playbook with co-host Jawn Jang.  From noon to 1 p.m., Shah will host Canucks Central at noon, which will feature rotating contributors.  From 1 to 4 p.m., former CTV Vancouver sports anchor Perry Solkowski will host On Point along with Hockey Night in Punjabi’s Randip Janda.  The morning drive show, now called Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup with James Cybulski, Mira Laurence and Steve Darling and afternoon drive called The Program with Scott Rintoul and Andrew Walker were previously announced.  Station launch will be September 4, with as yet unannounced special programming the previous week.  Patrick Johnston, The Province 
Roy Hennessy
08/23/17 - Former CKLG Vancouver Boss Jock Roy Hennessy was determined to know more about his origin, which led to the mother he'd never known and the brother he didn't know he had.  That brother ultimately saved the life of Roy's son with a kidney replacement.  Hennessy was on air at CKLG during the 1960s and '70s before moving into other Canadian markets and management in Toronto and then returning to Vancouver to found CHHR-FM in 2008.  Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun 
Norman Ruff
08/22/17 - Political scientist Norman Ruff, well-respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of British Columbian political history, died Saturday evening from esophageal cancer at a hospice facility in Victoria.  He was 78.  Ruff joined the University of Victoria's department of political science as professor in July 1969 after obtaining a PhD from McGill, retiring in 2005.  He also took on the role of political commentator, for a time hosting a weekly radio show In the Ruff on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  CBC News  Katie DeRosa, Times Colonist 
CISL AM 650
08/22/17 - CISL AM 650 has now posted on its Facebook Page, "Thank you for sharing CISL 650’s Smooth & Easy music over the years.  We have very much appreciated your loyalty.  As of August 27th, CISL 650 will be owned by Roger's (sic) Media.  Please email any questions or comments to vanprogramming@newcap.ca"  As has been known for some time, the station will become Sportsnet 650 with an all-sports format.  CISL originally signed on at 940 kHz on May 1, 1980, licensed to the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.  The CRTC approved a frequency change to 650 kHz in 1985.  Karin Larsen, CBC News backgrounder 
FCC
08/22/17 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facilities to OTA Broadcasting (Sea), LLC for KVOS-TV Bellingham.  Transmit channel will change from 35 to 14, ERP will decrease from 580 to 362 kW and HAAT will remain at 799 meters.  FCC data    
Jason Rantz
08/18/17 - KIRO Radio KIRO FM 97.3 Seattle host Jason Rantz has announced that he is moving to host weekday mornings on sister station KTTH AM 770 effective September 5.  Currently co-host of the Jason and Burns Show, he's been with KIRO Radio since January 2014.  MyNorthwest release   
Cam Mitchell
08/18/17 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver producer Cam Mitchell has confirmed he has headed to the same position at the new Sportsnet 650.  He's a graduate of the Journalism Program at BCIT and began his career at TEAM/TSN 1040 CKST AM, where he spent six years as a producer, anchor and reporter.  He has been a traffic reporter and producer at Corus Media since February 2016.
TSN 1040 Vancouver
08/17/17 - With the early September launch of Sportsnet 650 Vancouver, TSN 1040 CKST AM has now officially announced some lineup changes effective September 1.  Most of the changes are time shifts, but current weekend Kuntenblog Radio hosts Mike Halford and Jason Brough move to 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.  Barry B-Mac Macdonald is missing from the lineup at present but an upcoming announcement is expected August 21.  All Access Music Group  Patrick Johnston, The Province   
Global News
08/17/17 - Global News listened to three different Canadian country-music radio stations for 12 hours and tallied the number of songs by male artists, female artists and mixed groups.  The stations are based in Woodstock and Oshawa, Ontario and JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver.  JRfm played 151 male songs, 11 mixed-gender group songs and only 14 female songs.  The ratio was similar in all three markets.  Industry insiders and country music radio workers, for the most part, agree that it’s a phenomenon dictated by consumer demand.  Canada is only slightly better than the US when it comes to embracing female talent.  Chris Jancelewicz, Global News
 Radio Ink
08/16/17 - Radio Ink is conducting a poll for The 20 Greatest AOR Rock Stations of All Time.  KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle is currently listed at #9 and there is a write-in space for "other". 
Dan O'Connor
08/15/17 - Dan O’Connor has been named the new Director of Media Relations and TSN 1040/1410 play-by-play broadcaster for the Western Hockey League Vancouver Giants, replacing Brendan Batchelor, who moves to the new Sportsnet 650.  He has been the Western Hockey League Prince George Cougars play-by-play broadcaster and Media Relations Manager since 2011.  Vancouver Giants release 
Don Stevens
08/15/17 - Veteran Calgary broadcaster and former CKLG Vancouver personality Don Stevens has announced his retirement from radio.  He was a host at LG73 from 1970-83 before holding significant positions in Calgary and Toronto.  Stevens has hosted mornings at XL 103 CFXL-FM 103.1 Calgary since 2010 and was PD from 2010-12.  His final show with also-retiring co-host Joanne Johnson will be December 8th.  XL 103 release  
KEDO AM 1400/FM 99.1
08/14/17 - Bicoastal Longview has added an FM Translator for KEDO AM 1400 at 99.1 MHz.  K256CQ is authorized by the FCC to operate with 250 watts directional at 193 meters HAAT at 46° 10' 59.00" N 122° 57' 29.00" WFCC data 
Sonia Beeksma
08/14/17 - CTV Vancouver weather anchor Sonia Beeksma has been named the new traffic specialist on the Morning Live team.  She has been handling various weather duties since moving to CTV from Global BC last November.  CTV announcement   
Sportsnet 650
08/14/17 - Sportsnet 650 Vancouver has announced Brendan Batchelor and Corey Hirsch as the new Canucks play-by-play team.  The new all-sports station will launch early next month and is the new radio home of the Canucks.  Batchelor has handled play-by-play for the Vancouver Giants Hockey Club for the last four years and Hirsch is a former Canucks goaltender.  BT announcement/video  Scott Brown, The Province  Rob Williams, Daily Hive  
James Syroishko
08/13/17 - James Syroishko, retired CBC Vancouver Personnel Manager and subsequently Human Resources Manager Western Division based in Vancouver, passed away on July 26, 2017 in West Vancouver.  He was 86.  He started with CBC Toronto, later moving to Ottawa and then Vancouver, where he retired from the Corporation at age 56.  A memorial gathering will be held by family in Vancouver on a date to be announced.  Sun/Province obituary 
Red Robinson
08/12/17 - Following the announcement by Red Robinson that Pat O'Day would appear on his final Red Rock Diner radio show, Red has announced another special guest.  Entertainment industry legend Bruce Allen will also be on the show, scheduled for 12 noon August 27 on CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Allen has managed such notable performers as Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bryan Adams, Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Michael Bublé, Jann Arden and Emmy award-winning arranger/producer Dave Pierce.  Red Robinson website/audio
KIRO-FM 100.7 Seattle
08/12/17 - The Ron and Don Show on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle is once again partnering with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Police Foundation in the 2017 Beds for Kids campaign, which aims to provide 600 children in need with their own beds (and teddy bears).  This year, the beds will be distributed on September 30th.  All Access Music Group
Neil Morrison
08/10/17 - Neil Morrison has announced he is returning to Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey, just months after leaving the station.  He will be filling in on the morning show next week and then take over the evening time slot.  He hosted at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver for a decade before going to Pulse in 2016, where he worked until this past May.  Twitter announcement
Mark Burley
08/10/17 - From Broadcast Dialogue: Mark Burley has been appointed to the pre-launch consulting team for CKUR-FM 106.3 Vancouver, joining Tewanee Joseph, Brian Schecter and Gary Milne.  For the past 12 years, Burley provided leadership for 22 stations and six clusters in the BC Interior as group program director for Bell Media Kelowna.  Northern Native Broadcasting-Terrace is continuing planning and development for CKUR Vancouver with talks underway on the location of on-reserve studio facilities in the Lower Mainland.  The station is expected to launch in 2018.
FCC
08/10/17 - The FCC has granted a change to a licensed facility to King Broadcasting Company for KING-TV Seattle.  Transmit channel will change from 48 to 25, ERP will decrease from 960 to 608 kW and HAAT will remain at 239 meters.  FCC data 
Red Robinson
08/10/17 - Two iconic Northwest broadcasting legends get together for the final Red Rock Diner on CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Seattle's Pat O'Day joins Red Robinson on Red's final show from 12-4 p.m. August 27.  Red has been spinning the hits on Vancouver radio since 1954 and Pat is recognized as Seattle's highest-profile DJ of the 1960s and the region's dominant dance promoter.  Smooth & Easy CISL will end its run as an oldies station and emerge as Sportsnet 650 on September 4.  Red Robinson website/audio 
Dick Cross
08/10/17 - Former KVI and KOMO Seattle personality Dick Cross passed away July 20 at age 89.  He moved from Eugene, OR to start at KVI in 1972.  A graveside ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. September 22 at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. in Kent, with a celebration life for friends and family to be held from 2-4 p.m. September 23 at Meydenbauer Yacht Club, 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE in Bellevue.  Seattle Times obituary   
KBAI AM 930 Bellingham
08/10/17- Cascade Radio Group General Manager Don Kurtis said the recent change in format for K-BAY KBAI AM 930 Bellingham to classic hits is the result of a national decline of progressive talk radio syndicates.  He says KBAI was 95 percent syndicated content, as only the hour-long Joe Show with host Joe Teehan was locally produced. Teehan is now a news anchor for KGMI AM 790Asia Fields, Bellingham Herald
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tribune Media
08/09/17 - Opposition to the $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group continues to be voiced.  In FCC filings, critics say the deal will give the company unprecedented power to politicize local TV news, raise pay TV and ad rates, slow the growth of wireless broadband, and determine what new broadcast technologies can succeed.  A filing by the American Television Alliance says giving Sinclair a pass on local ownership limits in places like Seattle, St. Louis and Oklahoma City would all but guarantee more blackouts and higher prices for consumers in those markets.  Sinclair has said that it will divest stations if needed to comply with FCC laws, but the Commission may relax its ownership caps.  David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood
Research Director, Inc.
08/09/17 - 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
08/09/17 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Radio Vida N Life Inc. for KOYS-LP 94.1 Bellingham.  ERP will be 50 watts non-directional at 2.9 meters HAAT at 48° 45' 9.00" 122° 28' 37.00"FCC data
John Clayton
08/09/17 - Seattle Seahawks radio coverage for the 2017 season will include longtime NFL commentator and former ESPN personality John Clayton, who will serve as a sideline reporter for KIRO AM 710, KIRO-FM 97.3 and the team's radio network.  He is a host at 710 ESPN Seattle and was one of the more high-profile talents caught in ESPN's mass layoffs earlier this season.  Additionally, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon returns to serve as radio analyst, which he had done for 13 seasons prior to the 2015 season.  Steve Raible is back for his 36th season calling play-by-play.  All Access Music Group  710 ESPN release  
Nielsen Audio
08/08/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma July 2017 PPM with a 6.2 share.  AC KRWM-FM 106.9 jumps up to second with 6.1.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is third with 5.7.  Radio Online
Seattle Sounders FC
08/05/17 - Seattle Sounders FC have announced that it has reached an agreement with Entercom Seattle to air two late-season matches on The End KNDD-FM 107.7.  The club's Western Conference clash vs. the LA Galaxy on September 10 is set to air on The End, followed by Seattle's regular-season finale against the Colorado Rapids on October 22.  The agreement allows Sounders FC to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners on Bonneville Seattle Media Group, Sounders FC's official radio partner.  Sounders release
Josh Kerns
08/05/17 - Award-winning KIRO Radio / MyNorthwest.com Seattle multi-platform journalist, radio anchor and host Josh Kerns has announced, "After 10 years (at) KIRO Radio News 97.3 FM in a variety of roles, I am proud to formally announce I have departed to pursue new, diverse opportunities.  As the principal of my new consultancy Cypress Point Strategic, I am thrilled to be working with a number of friends and organizations I have had the pleasure of covering or representing over the last decade.  I am grateful to all of my colleagues and friends at Bonneville Seattle and look forward to continuing my work with non-profits, brands and individuals I am passionate about serving."  Facebook page
Kasia Bodurka
08/04/17 - Global BC has hired Kasia Bodurka as its new weekend weather specialist effective immediately.  She comes from Ontario where she worked for Rogers TV as a live talk show host covering news, community events and entertainment, before joining the Weather Network as a national weather specialist.  Global release
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
08/03/17 - Bloomberg reports that FOX may look to remove its affiliation from 14 stations owned by Tribune Media, which Sinclair Broadcast Group is in the process of acquiring.  Tribune-owned FOX affiliates include Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TVChris Ariens, TVSpy
Bob Cram
08/03/17 - 1960's KING-TV Seattle cartooning weatherman Bob Cram died Saturday morning in Seattle at age 91.  He was a World War II veteran, a commercial artist and a skilled skier who was well known within the Washington ski community.  He anchored weather at KING5 from 1963-72.  KING5 news/video 
Matty B
08/03/17 - Airchecker reports Matty B (Matt McIntyre) is out as p.m. drive host at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver.  He's been hosting at the station since 2012 with previous stops in Saskatoon and Edmonton.  Sutto (Matt Sutton) is currently listed as p.m. drive host on Z95.3's website.
Kirk LaPointe
08/03/17 - Veteran Vancouver journalist and Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver host Kirk LaPointe has announced on his Facebook page, "I've been offered a larger role with Business in Vancouver and its parent firm, Glacier Media, and decided to leave my evening Roundhouse Radio program after nearly two years.  I will continue to co-host the BIV program on Roundhouse, but it will mean one hour and not three hours each day on the station.  My final evening show will be August 25."  He has been with Roundhouse Radio since 2015, first as morning host then evenings. 
FCC
08/02/17 - The FCC has granted a change to a licensed facility to Trinity Broadcasting of Washington for KTBW-TV Tacoma.  Transmit channel will change from 14 to 21, ERP will increase from 90 to 107 kW and HAAT will remain at 473 meters.  FCC data   
FCC
08/02/17 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific from XL Media Inc. to Akal Broadcasting Corporation.  FCC data
Kerry Marshall
08/01/17 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver broadcaster Kerry Marshall has confirmed that he is no longer with the station.  He has been News and Content Director since June 2015.  Marshall is a veteran Vancouver news voice, most notably at CKLG/CKLG-FM/CFOX-FM Vancouver from 1974-2002.
CBC
08/01/17 - Two CBC Vancouver journalists will be among four who will share anchor duties as the network revamps The National to offer an expanded digital focus along with more insight and analysis on the day's news.  Andrew Chang, current host of the CBC Vancouver News at 6, for which he was named best local news anchor at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.  Ian Hanomansing currently hosts CBC News Network and has been a longtime guest host for The National.  The two will join senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault and Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton.  Arsenault and Hanomansing will host from Toronto, Barton will be in Ottawa and Chang will continue to be based in Vancouver.  The launch is scheduled for November 6 and will still be an hour long and air at 10 p.m.  CBC News
KBAI AM 730 Bellingham
08/01/17 - K-BAY KBAI AM 930 (98.9 FM translator) Bellingham has flipped from Liberal Talk to Classic Hits with the slogan, Re-Live Your Favorites Every Day!  Lance Venta, RadioInsight  
FCC
07/31/17 - The FCC has granted a change to a licensed facility to OTA Broadcasting (Sea), LLC for KFFV-TV.  Transmit channel will change from 44 to 16, ERP will drop from 169 kW to 48 kW and HAAT will change from 210 to 259 meters.  FCC data       
Clay Freinwald
07/29/17 - The August 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 normal August precipitation totals for New York City, Tampa and Seattle, the various means of receiving television programming, a West Tiger Mountain tower and much more.   August Clay's Corner
Christy Clark
07/28/17 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver talk show host and most recently British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark has announced her resignation as leader of the Liberal Party effective August 4.  She was a relief host at 'NW in 2005 and full time host from 2007-10.  Her party failed to win a majority in the most recent provincial election, which ultimately ended Clark's run as premier.  CBC News  
Natasha Chen
07/28/17 - KIRO-TV Seattle general assignment reporter Natasha Chen joins CNN Newsource in Washington, D.C.  She has been with KIRO since August 2013.  Chris Ariens, TVSpy  
John Streit
07/27/17 - John Streit joins Breakfast Television on City Vancouver as senior writer/researcher.  He has been an anchor/editor with News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver since 2000.   
Dave Cadeau
07/27/17 - Dave Cadeau has been appointed National Format Director - Sports, expanding his current role as PD for Sportsnet 590 The FAN CJCL AM Toronto.  He will now also oversee the entire Rogers Media sports format, including the new Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver, scheduled to launch in early September. 
FCC
07/27/17 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facility to Sinclaiar Seattle Licensee, LLC for KOMO-TV.  Transmit channel will change from 38 to 30, ERP will drop from 1000 kW to 851 kW and HAAT will be 259 meters.  FCC data
FCC
07/27/17 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Educational Media Foundation for KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park.  ERP is now authorized at 1.6 kW directional at 685 meters HAAT at 46° 58' 31.00" 123° 08' 16.00"FCC data         
Peter Schaad
07/27/17 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC play-by-play announcer Peter Schaad is now hosting p.m. drive on Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey.  He was released from his position at TSN Radio Vancouver in January but returned in March to provide the call for Whitecaps FC matches. 
Laura Evans
07/26/17 - CTV Vancouver 5 p.m. News Producer Laura Evans returns to Seattle to take the position of Morning Executive Producer at KING-TV.  Prior to moving to Vancouver, she was Executive Producer at KTXL-TV Sacramento and morning news Senior Producer at KOMO Seattle.  Also moving to KING5 is Ruben Villaescusa as Dayside Executive Producer and Neel Dhere, who is returning to the station as the new Nightside Executive Producer.  Scott Jones, FTVLive      
Scott Rintoul
07/26/17 - After over a decade with TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver, Scott Rintoul opens up to why he has made the jump to the new rival Sportsnet 650.  He first joined 1040 in 2005 after losing a TV job with speciality channel Sportsnet because of the 2004-05 National Hockey League lockout.  The station let him go in January as part of a large round of staff cuts across the country by owners Bell Media but was brought back in May to do BC Lions play-by-playPatrick Johnston, The Province  
FCC
07/25/17 - The FCC has granted a change in licensed facility to Sinclair Seattle Licensee, LLC for KUNS-TV.  Transmit channel will change from 50 to 24, ERP will drop from 1000 to 565 kW and HAAT will be lowered from 244 to 237 meters.  FCC data 
Scott Rintoul
07/24/27 - Scott Rintoul called his last BC Lions game for TSN 1040 CKST AM on Friday.  He has now made the move to the new Sportsnet 650 to host afternoon drive with Andrew Walker, who moves from Toronto.  Sportsnet 650 launches September 4.  Scott Brown, The Province  BT video 
Kimberly Wynn
07/22/17 - After just over a year in the position, CTV Vancouver Morning Live traffic reporter Kimberly Wynn leaves the station.  She appeared for the last time Friday to, "embark on new adventures and projects".  She is a journalism graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and previously spent time with radio and TV outlets in Edmonton.  Twitter page  Bell Media backgrounder
KOMO-TV Seattle

Sinclair Broadcast Group
07/22/17 - The political rivalry between KOMO Radio/TV Seattle and station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group continues to make national news.  Sinclair acquired KOMO as part of a $373 million deal for 20 stations in 2013.  The company was used to operating in smaller markets, making KOMO a new kind of challenge, a "big station with an aggressive, accomplished newsroom".  The rift appears to have begun when Sinclair Chairman David Smith criticized station leadership and told employees that the most important individuals weren’t the reporters or anchors but the salespeople.  Felix Gillette, Bloomberg Businessweek   
Fin Anthony 2015
07/22/17 - Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Fin Anthony died July 16 at age 87.  He was a news announcer, "Kiddie's Show" co-host, play-by-play football broadcaster, late-night disc jockey and salesman at CKMO/CFUN, CKLG, CKNW, CHAN-TV and KVOS-TV during the 1950s and '60s.  He was well-known for his Woodward's Department Store and Food Floor ads, which he produced from 1962-87.  He also created the world's first and largest Salmon Derby in 1958 to celebrate B.C.'s Centennial and was the Director of Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour.  A Celebration of Life will take place this fall.  Sun/Province obituary  
Bob "Moj" Marjanovich
07/20/17 - Airchecker reports Bob Moj Marjanovich is taking over from Scott Rintoul as the BC Lions play-by-play announcer on TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver as Rintoul moves to host p.m. drive on the new Sportsnet 650 when it signs on in early September.  Airchecker news  Meanwhile, Vancouver Giants caller Brendan Batchelor appears to be the next radio voice of the Vancouver Canucks as Sportsnet 650 takes over broadcasting the games from TSN 1040 this fall.  According to various sources, he resigned from the WHL club on Monday.  He has also worked as an announcer, reporter and producer for TSN 1040 since October 2008.  Steve Ewen, The Province 
FCC
07/19/17 - The remaining six (of nine) television station moves in the Seattle market relating to the spectrum auction of television channels 38-51 being sold to broadband companies have been applied for.  KUNS-TV ch. 50 (Bellevue) has applied to move to ch. 24 which will require KRUM-TV to move or shut down.  FCC data  KVOS-TV ch. 35 (Bellingham) has applied to move to ch. 14 which will allow CBUT Vancouver to move to ch. 35.  FCC data  KFFV-TV ch. 44 has applied to move to ch. 16 which will require the KBTC-TV ch.16 Seattle translator to move or shut down.  FCC data  KING-TV ch. 48 has applied to move to ch. 25.  FCC data  KOMO-TV ch. 38 has applied to move to ch. 30 with a change to a non-directional antenna.  FCC data  KTBW-TV ch. 14 (Tacoma) has applied to move to ch. 21.  FCC data 
Sinclair Broadcast Group
07/19/17 - In a memo, written by Sinclair Broadcast Group VP of News Scott Livingston to Sinclair station news directors, he says he wants to “dispel some of the myths” being reported about the organization.  He alleges that reporters from major media outlets are biased following reports of “must run” content complained about by some local station staff, including KOMO-TV Seattle.  Hadas Gold, Politico     
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tribune Media

07/17/17 - A Tribune Media shareholder has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block a proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of the company by Sinclair Broadcast Group.  Sean McEntire is pursuing a class-action suit in federal court in Chicago accusing Tribune Media of not giving the whole picture prior to the merger.  Specifically, he said that Tribune Media has failed to provide all relevant financial projections as well as how much other bidders offered for Tribune Media.  The proposed deal would give Sinclair control of Tribune’s 42 TV stations and its cable networks and put Sinclair over the cap limits in Seattle, Portland and a number of other cities.  Ben Munson, FierceCable 

Steve Raible
07/17/17 - Steve Raible clebrates 35 years at KIRO-TV Seattle.  He joined the station in 1982, following a six-year career as a wide receiver with the Seattle Seahawks.  In his 35-year television career, Raible has been consistently recognized for his excellence in broadcasting, including five Regional Emmy Awards, including two for Best Anchor, to go along with several National awards.  Paul Greeley, TVNewsCheck
Tom Rowe
07/16/17 - Skilled film and television producer Tom Rowe, died unexpectedly July 2 on Gambier Island at age 62.  His list of movie and television credits includes The Journey of Natty Gann (Movie 1985), A Letter to Three Wives (TV series 1985-86), Who’s Harry Crumb? (Movie 1989), Memories of Murder (TV series 1989-90), Bird on a Wire (Movie 1990), Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story (TV Show), This Can’t Be Love (TV series 1993-94), In Cold Blood (TV series 1996-97), Floating Away (Movie 1998), Masters of Horror (TV series 2005-06), Flash Gordon (TV series 2007-08), High Moon (TV series 2014-15) and Continuum (TV series 2012-15).  Rowe was married to award-winning CBC and CTV Vancouver broadcaster Vicki Gabereau.  A wake for industry and friends is scheduled for this fall.  Sun/Province obituary 
Erin Cebula
07/15/17 - Long time Vancouver television host and ET Canada west coast reporter Erin Cebula is leaving the program.  She will continue to focus on hosting and producing lifestyle and entertainment content in Vancouver.   Also leaving the show is co-host Rick Campanelli and Montreal correspondent Natasha Gargiulo.  All three have been with ET Canada for 12 years.  CBC News     
Research Director, Inc.
07/14/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive June PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Entercom
07/13/17 - Entercom Seattle has moved its offices and studios to the 14th floor of the building known as the Bank of America Tower at 800 5th Avenue.  The move affects Entercom's four FM stations and Smart Reach DigitalAll Access Music Group  
Nielsen Audio
07/13/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma Spring 2017 PPM with the same 7.4 share as last survey.  Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 is now tied for second with NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 with 5.8.  Radio Online
KNKX-FM 88.5
07/13/17 - Seattle-Tacoma market KNKX-FM 88.5 has won five national awards at the 2017 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) Conference, all from the station’s locally-produced culture magazine, Sound EffectTwo firsts and three seconds were awarded from stories that aired in 2016.  Tacoma Daily Index  
KOMO-TV Seattle
07/13/17 - After KOMO-TV Seattle staffers complained to both The New York Times and The Washington Post about undue editorial influence from their corporate bosses, station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group sent staffers at KOMO a letter with a reminder that, if contacted by outside media, employees should forward those requests through the proper channels.  Scott Jones, FTVLive
Rick Cluff
07/13/17 - CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 Vancouver has announced on its Twitter page that Early Edition host Rick Cluff recently underwent heart surgery, is okay and will be back soon, but is taking the summer to recover.  Twitter announcement 
Martin Strong
07/13/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver morning host Martin Strong is no longer hosting the show.  Veteran broadcaster Stirling Faux takes over weekday mornings.  Strong has been with Roundhouse Radio for just under two years.  Puget Sound Radio report      
TSN 1040
Sportsnet 650
07/13/17 - TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver is gearing up to take on the competition from the new Sportsnet 650 CISL, to sign on with its new format in early September.  Information is coming out about the on-air lineup at Sportsnet 650 and host shuffling at TSN 1040SN650 is relying on its Vancouver Canucks radio rights for five years, as the two stations go head to head.  Patrick Johnston, The Province
Boris Epshteyn
07/12/17 - Boris Epshteyn, Republican political strategist and now Chief Political Analyst at Sinclair Broadcast Group, may soon be seen on a regular basis on the KOMO-TV Seattle nightly news.  Station staff have been told by Sinclair representatives they will be required to run editorial segments from Epshteyn's Bottom Line with Boris at least three times a week during its prime time 11 p.m. news.  Sinclair is unique among broadcasting groups in its insistence that local affiliates run content created by the national organization.  David Kroman, Crosscut   
Sportsnet 650
07/12/17 - Airchecker reports Scott Rintoul and Andrew Walker will host p.m. drive at the new Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver beginning September 4 as it gears up to its new all-sports format.  Rintoul was a host and BC Lions play-by-play announcer for TSN Radio Vancouver for several years and Walker is being brought in from his hosting position at Sportsnet 590 CJCL AM Toronto.  Airchecker news  Meanwhile, in other Vancouver radio news, former KiSS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 PD Russell James is filling in at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM.  It's full circle for him, as he hosted evenings at Z95.3 in 2005-06.  
Brent Shearer
07/11/17 - Former CTV Vancouver Morning Live host Brent Shearer has found a new position as Media Relations Consultant at financial co-operative Vancity.  He held several positions with CTV since 2008 but was released at the end of March.
Fred Ransom 1986
07/09/17 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Fred Ransom of Port Moody passed away July 2 at age 88.  He was with CBC Vancouver as a Stagehand and Key Grip from about the mid 1950s through the late 1980s.  In a freelance capacity he worked on feature films including The Trap, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Neptune Factor, I Heard the Owl Call My Name (TV movie), The Keeper, The Changeling, Out of the Blue and Deep Dark Secrets (TV Movie).  A casual memorial will be held at 1:00 p.m. July 15 at 105 Windsor Drive, Port Moody.  Sun/Province obituary 
"Jolly" John Tanner
07/09/17 - Legendary Vancouver DJ Jolly John Tanner remembers back in 1967 when Vancouver's counter culture was blossoming on West Fourth Avenue.  In an interview with CBC host Gloria Macarenko he recalls his days at C-FUN when he was "not allowed to play the far out stuff".  CBC News 
NAB
07/08/17 - An independent study commissioned by the NAB details every radio station that might be affected and exactly which television station might affect them by the TV repacking that is the result of the incentive spectrum auction.  The stations may need to reduce power, shut down, or operate from an auxiliary facility for work being done on a neighboring TV station antenna to ensure tower worker safety from radio frequency exposure.  One Bellingham and eight Seattle market FM stations out of a total of 678 are listed on page 36 of the study.  NAB info   
FCC
07/07/17 - The FCC has granted a construction permit for a channel change to Tribune Broadcating Seattle, LLC for KZJO-TV.  RF channel will change from 25 to 36, ERP will remain at 1000 kW non-directional and HAAT will drop slightly from 290 to 287 meters.  FCC data   
Teresa Laynes
07/06/17 - Broadcast Dialogue reports Teresa Laynes is out as PD of Star 98.3 CKSR-FM Chilliwack.  She had been with Rogers Radio since 2001 and program director since 2012.  Rogers has also announced that Star 98.3 will be relocating into a temporary studio in Abbotsford, starting Monday, while new studios are built in Chilliwack.  Rob Michaels, PD at sister station Ocean 98.5 CIOC-FM Victoria is assuming PD responsibilities for Star FM in the interim.
FCC
07/05/17 - The FCC has granted a change of channel for KIRO-TV Seattle from 39 to 23.  ERP will decrease from 1000 to 715 kW directional at existing HAAT of 267 meters at existing transmitter siteFCC data  In addition, the Commission has granted a minor modification of construction permit to Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange for KMGP-LP 101.1 Magnuson Park.  ERP will be 46 watts non-directional at 44 meters HAAT at 47° 39' 31.00" N 122° 18' 9.00"FCC data  
Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver

07/05/17 - James Cybulski, Steve Darling and Mira Laurence have been announced as the morning show team at Sportsnet 650 (currently CISL), Vancouver's newest sports radio station.  The show launches September 4 and will air Monday to Friday from 6 to 10 a.m.  Cybulski most recently reported for News1130 CKWX AM, Darling was the main morning anchor at BCTV/Global Vancouver for 18 years and Laurence was the senior sports anchor at CTV Vancouver Island for 13 years and most recently the Executive Director of HeadWay, the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre.  Cision Newswire  BT Video  Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun  

Red Robinson
07/02/17 - After 64 years on air and several attempts to retire, legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson says at age 80 it's finally time.  His Sunday afternoon show on CISL AM 650 will end on August 27, as the recently sold station moves to a sports format.  Red has "retired" a number of times before, so there is still a possibility he will resurface somewhere.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
Henry Rosoff
07/01/17 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle general assignment reporter Henry Rosoff has joined CBS affiliate KYW-TV Philadelphia.  The multiple Emmy Award winning reporter had been with KIRO since April 2013.  Puget Sound Media
Megan Milne
06/29/17 - Former Star 98.3 CKSR-FM Chilliwack and Juice FM CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna personality Megan Milne has joined the morning show at Country 89 CKYY-FM 89.1 Welland, ON.  She joins current a.m. drive host Rob Leclerc after four years on air in B.C.
Jeff Paterson
06/29/17 - Jeff Paterson has announced in his column in The Province that he has accepted a full-time position with TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver, covering the Vancouver Canucks.  His final column in The Province was June 25th.  He has been writing for the paper since early last year and has held a number of positions with TSN 1040 since 2006, as a Canucks reporter and as fill-in host on Canucks broadcasts and talk shows.  Paterson was released a in nationwide restructuring at Bell Media in 2015, but returned as a freelancer last July.  The Province  
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tribune Media
06/29/17 - In filings seeking approval of the $6.6 billion takeover of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parties say Sinclair may have to divest stations in as many as 10 markets from Seattle to Des Moines to comply with the FCC's local ownership rules.  The parties identify 10 "overlap" markets, Seattle being one of them, where both Sinclair and Tribune now own stations in a way that would violate the local rules and may trigger the need for divestitures.  However, Sinclair also owns two AMs and two FMs in Seattle, but that ownership does not run afoul of the TV-radio cross ownership rule.  TVNewsCheck  
Clay Freinwald
06/29/17 - The July 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 sudden onset of summer, reports that Cumulus may be the target of a hostile takeover, development of a new antenna by a company in Redmond, WA and much more.  July Clay's Corner
KIRO-TV Seattle
06/29/17 - KIRO-TV Seattle has filed an application with the FCC for a CP to move from channel 39 to channel 23.  ERP will drop from 1000 to 715 kW directional at its current HAAT of 257 meters.  This is the second of nine Seattle market stations to be moving channels as a result of the FCC's spectrum auction, whereby TV channels 38-51 are removed from broadcasting and sold to broadband companies.  CTV Vancouver Island CIVI-TV Victoria also operates on channel 23, but with a relatively low ERP of 1.5 kW.  FCC data  
FCC
06/28/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to Puget Sound Educational TV, Inc. for Seattle market KWDK-TV Channel 42 Tacoma.  KWDK will move to channel 34, ERP will decrease from 144 to 123 kW non-directional and HAAT will remain at 695 meters.  FCC data 
Desi KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle
06/28/17 - Charlie Banta's Universal Media Access KKDZ-AM LLC is selling South Asian Desi KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle to Akal Broadcasting Corporation for $500,000.  All Access Music Group 
Eric Powers
06/27/17 - Seattle market HOT 103.7 KHTP-FM has named Seattle radio veteran Eric Powers as PD/afternoons and Anthony Ray, aka rap artist Sir Mix-a-Lot, as morning-drive host effective July 5th.  With the lineup additions, APD Tanch moves to middays and Suga Rae remains in nights.  Powers was a long time PD at KUBE-FM.  All Access Music Group
KOMO AM 1000 Seattle
06/24/17 - Sinclair Broadcast Group is exercising its option to purchase KOMO-FM 97.7 Oakville and K249DX 97.7 Redmond from South Sound Broadcasting for $6.75 million.  Sinclair and predecessor Fisher Broadcasting have operated KOMO-FM since May 2009 via LMA as a simulcast of KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight 
Dan DuGas
06/23/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Dan DuGas has retired from his position as Senior Account Manager at the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group cluster in Prince George.  Dugas started his broadcasting career in 1974 as an operator for the all night show at CKLG AM 730 Vancouver and announced for CKWX AM 1130 back when it was Super Country.  He joined The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Prince George in 1993 where he’s also been hosting weekend evenings on The Drive CKDV-FM 99.3.  
John Daly
06/23/17 - 36-year veteran TV reporter John Daly returns to the airwaves as part of a new look to CKNW AM 980 Vancouver's weekend lineup.  He will host Back on the Beat, a new talk show airing at 11 a.m. Saturdays.  It's full circle for Daly, as he was a news anchor at CKNW in the 1970s before reporting news for BCTV/Global Vancouver from 1980 until retirement last year.  Other weekend changes at 'NW include acclaimed talk radio host Roy Green, who will anchor weekend programming with the The Roy Green Show airing Saturdays from Noon - 2 p.m, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The station is also making other weekend tweaks, with the new schedule beginning July 8th.  CKNW release 
FCC
06/22/17 - The FCC has granted a minor modification to a construction permit to Hollow Earth Radio for KHUH-LP 104.9 Seattle.  Frequency will change from 100.3 MHz and ERP will be 16 watts non-directional at 74 meters HAAT at 47° 36' 48.00" 122° 18' 14.00"FCC data 
.Satiar Shah
06/22/17 - A number of sources state that Satiar Shah, the producer for the TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver Bro Jake Show, has left the station and is heading to the soon-to-launch Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver.  It's not confirmed if he is getting a host spot or will have a similar type role he had at 1040.  Steve Ewen, The Province 
FCC
06/21/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to Universal Media Access for KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle.  Nighttime transmitter location will change from 47° 40' 23.00" 122° 10' 8.00" with 5 kW directional to 47° 35' 29.00" 122° 10' 56.00" with 3.6 kW directional.  Daytime power is unchanged at 5 kW non-directional at 47° 33' 49.00" 122° 21' 35.00"FCC data      
Michael Kuss
06/19/17 - Meteorologist Michael Kuss will be co-hosting mornings on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver with Paul Brown beginning June 26th.  Kuss announced two weeks ago that he was leaving his weather anchor position with Global Vancouver.  Brown is a former long-time morning host at The Bear CFBR-FM 100.3 Edmonton, but departed at the end of last year to relocate to California to pursue another career.  Additionally, it's now official that former JACK host Kenny Jones will host p.m. drive.  Rogers Media release  
FCC
06/17/17 - An ownership restructuring is taking place at South Asian station operator XL Media as Radio Punjab KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific and three California stations are being transferred to Akal Broadcasting for no consideration.  Radio Insight  FCC data  There is a Construction Permit to increase power of KZIZ from 5/.9 to 10/2.5 kW and decrease critical hours power from 3.3 to 2.5 kW.  FCC data 
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
06/16/17 - Inside Radio spoke with Steve “The Thrill” Hill to discuss the syndicated launch of the KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle show The Men's Room.  The show has been a ratings powerhouse for KISW.  The success of the program, comprised of Miles Montgomery, Steve “The Thrill” Hill and Thee Ted Smith, along with producers Robin Foxx and Mike Hawk, led to a syndication partnership with Westwood One which launched it on eight stations June 5.  Inside Radio Q & A  
JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver
06/15/17 - JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver has announced a new morning show with details to be revealed next Monday, June 19th.  JACK release
Research Director, Inc.
06/14/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive May PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Tara Jean Stevens
06/14/17 - Tara Jean Stevens has been announced as the new co-host of Breakfast Television on City Vancouver beginning June 19.  She was most recently morning co-host at JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver and is a two-time recipient of the BCAB Broadcast Performer of the Year award.  Rogers Media release
CRTC
06/14/17 - The CRTC has approved an application by Northern Native Broadcasting (Terrace, B.C.) for a new station to serve the Vancouver market.  It will operate at 106.3 MHz with a maximum ERP of 9,000 watts at 605.4 meters HAAT.  The station will broadcast popular music and devote at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of spoken word programming to Indigenous-language programming each week.  It is one of five new licenses to serve urban Indigenous communities in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto after the Commission revoked the licenses for Native radio stations held by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. in 2015.  CRTC decision 
Nielsen Audio
06/13/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma May 2017 PPM with a 7.4 share.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 6.0.  Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 moves back into third with 5.9.  Radio Online
Scott Fee
06/13/17 - Award-winning Global Calgary morning news anchor and former Vancouver/Victoria broadcaster Scott Fee has been named the new co-anchor of Global Calgary's News Hour at 6.  Before moving to Calgary in 2011, he was a reporter/anchor at CHEK-TV Victoria and previously was a part-time anchor at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver in 2005.  Meanwhile, weekend morning anchor Kris Laudien, another former Vancouver reporter/anchor at News 1130 and CKNW AM 980, slots into the weekday morning position.  Global Calgary release   
Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver
06/12/17 - After David Cruise left Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver last week, the morning show has morphed into Z Mornings with Ruby & Leslie (along with Producer Joey)Cruise joined Z95.3 in March 2014 from Ottawa and is headed back.  He reportedly will re-emerge on an Ottawa station in the near future.   
Dan Jukich
06/12/17 - Hastings track announcer Dan Jukich admires the job he has.  He began calling standardbred races at Cloverdale’s Fraser Downs (now Elements) in 1979, and added thoroughbreds at Hastings Park in 1990.  He also hosted racing results on News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver in the early 2000s.  Jukich was inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.  Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Sun   
Dave McCormick
06/10/17 - Over a hundred family members, close friends and radio colleagues gathered at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver Saturday to celebrate the life of veteran air personality and musicologist "Big Daddy" Dave McCormick who passed away March 29th at age 80.  His radio career began on his 14th birthday at CHML Hamilton ON.  Except for a few years during the 1960s, when he worked in California and at KOL Seattle, McCormick's on-air work was in Vancouver from 1957 CFUN until his retirement from CISL in 2010.  He was particularly noted for his Discumentary and Countrymentary radio series on CFMI-FM and CJJR-FM respectively and received numerous awards during his career.  Obituary  Guest Book  Red Robinson tribute
Michael Kuss
06/10/17 - Global BC meteorologist Michael Kuss has announced on his Twitter page that he is leaving the station.  He hasn't yet revealed where, but stated, "I'd love to say where I'm going but I signed a non disclosure agreement.  I can say I won't have to suit up like the last 24 yrs.," indicating it could be a radio position.  Kuss handled forecasts for CTV Vancouver from 2010-15 before joining Global in December 2015.
Neal Karlinsky
06/09/17 - Former ABC News correspondent and KIRO-TV Seattle reporter Neal Karlinsky has found a new position as Senior Manager and Content Creator at Amazon.  He was most recently an ABC News correspondent for seven years after reporting for KIRO from 1994-2000.  Chris Ariens, TVSpy
The Peak CKPK-FM Vancouver
06/08/17 - Following the earlier announcement that Tyler and Lynch (Tyler Middleton and Chris Lynch) have been acquired to host mornings by The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver, the full roster has been released.  The new lineup features Jason Manning in middays, James Sutton and Casey-Jo Loos in afternoon drive and Clinton Herman hosting evenings. 
Craig MacEwen
06/08/17 - Craig MacEwen has now been named PD at Sportsnet 650 CISL Vancouver, set to launch this fall.  He was the former Pacific bureau chief for Rogers Sportsnet television and TV play-by-play man for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC until he was let go in August 2014.  MacEwen has most recently been Director of Marketing and Communications for Volleyball BC
David Bray
06/08/17 - 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
06/07/17 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period February 27 - May 28, 2017.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 continues its lead with a 14.2 share.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is in second place with 10.7.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 is third with 10.2.  Numeris ratings
David Cruise
06/07/17 - There's another morning show change in the Vancouver market as a.m. drive host David Cruise is reported out at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM.  He joined Z95.3 in March 2014 from Ottawa and is apparently heading back to be with family in that city.  Ruby Carr, the other half of the Ruby & Cruise morning show is retained.  Meanwhile, Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey afternoon driver Neil Morrison has been delisted from the station's website and Dave Sheldon becomes PD and morning show host.  Airchecker news     
Clint Nickerson 201506/06/17 - (Updated) Radio West reports that former CKVN/CFUN Vancouver news announcer Clint Nickerson died from lung cancer June 3rd in Victoria at age 65.  He moved to Toronto, where he anchored news at CFTR and was the main news producer at City Pulse on Citytv.  He subsequently moved back to the west coast as Director of News and Information Programming at CIVI-TV Victoria in the early 2000s.  A Celebration of Life is planned for 3-5 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Victoria Golf Club.  Radio West posting  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist  CARE Funeral Services obituary 
Chris Wahl
06/06/17 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver has announced Chris Wahl as the newest member of the station's Sports Department.  He will be working the evening/weekend anchor shift.  Wahl's experience includes the last three years with the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club of the WHL, producing and performing game broadcasts.  He also has play-by-play experience with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.  He replaces Jas Kang and will be starting his regular shift June 14.
FCC
06/06/17 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License from Josh Broadcasting, LLC to Educational Media Foundation for KNBQ-FM 98.5 Central Park.  Application to convert the station from commercial to noncommercial educational status is also granted.  FCC release                                  
City
06/05/17 - Rogers Media is expanding its Toronto newscast CityNews to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.  Local versions of the newscast will start airing in Edmonton and Winnipeg on September 4th.  The newscasts head to City Vancouver, along with Montreal and Calgary in winter 2018.  The broadcasts will include daily one-hour editions at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.  CP/News1130   
Pat Garrett
06/05/17 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle MD/p.m. driver Pat Garrett has been tapped as the new PD/p.m. drive host for KFLY-FM 101.5 Corvallis OR.  The station flipped from its former Rock format to US Country 101 this afternoon.  Garrett left KMPS last November.  All Access Music Group    
Fred Engel
06/05/17 - Retired CBC Vancouver staffer Fred Engel died May 23 at age 85.  He began his career as a Film Editor and was promoted to Manager, Film Services and subsequently to TV Production Manager.  His final tenure before retiring in 1984 was as a Television Producer.  A Celebration of Life will be held June 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the West Vancouver Yacht Club, 5854 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.   North Shore News obituary 
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
06/05/17 - A man is under arrest after he attacked a security guard and broke into the newsroom at KCPQ-TV Seattle at about 2:50 a.m. today.  The attacker eventually ran back outside and was arrested by police.  The guard is expected to recover and no one else was injured in the incident.  Q13 News 
Sportsnet 650 "The Fan" Vancouver
06/04/17 - As Sportsnet 650 Vancouver readies for its debut in the next few months, Airchecker reports former Sportsnet Pacific Bureau Chief Craig MacEwen is one of the candidates for the program director position.  The CRTC approved the purchase of CISL AM 650 on May 26 by Rogers Media, which will change the station from a Smooth & Easy oldies-based format to all-sports.  Airchecker news  
The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver
06/01/17 - Airchecker now reports X92.9 CFEX-FM Calgary morning personalities Tyler and Lynch (Tyler Middleton and Chris Lynch) have been acquired by The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver.  Lynch has been with X92.9 since 2006 and hosting mornings since 2014.  The Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year award-winning Middleton has been there since 2016.  Airchecker news  
FCC
06/01/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to KOLP Radio for KOLP-LP 100.3 Olympia.  The station is licensed to operate with an ERP of 100 watts non-directional at -27.6 meters HAAT at 46° 57' 27.00" 122° 56' 51.00"FCC data 
KING-TV Seattle
06/01/17 - KING-TV Seattle takes the top spot in social ratings in the Seattle/Tacoma market.  Share Rocket data shows KING has a 33.2 Share in the past 30 days and generated just shy of 1.9 million total engagements. That’s close to 500,000 more than KCPQ-TV that took second place.  KIRO-TV came in third with a 24.5 Share.  Tthe No. 1 individual in the market was KOMO-TV anchor Eric JohnsonTVSpy
Paul Brown
05/31/17 - According to Airchecker, Paul Brown, long time morning host at The Bear CFBR-FM 100.3 Edmonton, will be the new morning host at JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver.  Return p.m. driver Kenny Jones temporarily handles mornings until he arrives.  Brown was on air at The Bear for 13 years until leaving in December 2016.  The Paul Brown Show was one of the top rated morning shows in Edmonton.  Airchecker news 
The Men's Room - KISW Seattle
05/31/17 - The KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle afternoon show The Men's Room begins national syndication June 5th.  Stations in Boston, San Jose, Sacramento, Portland, Kansas City, New Orleans, Rochester and Anchorage will run the program.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight 
John Clayton
05/31/17 - Longtime Seahawks and NFL reporter John Clayton has confirmed he has been laid off by ESPN, but will continue with his daily radio show on ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  He will continue to host his weekday show (10 to noon) and his Saturday show (9 to noon) in addition to regular making regular appearances on the station’s other shows.  710 ESPN release  Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
Jack Webster
05/31/17 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Jack Webster is today's noteworthy British Columbian, as the province counts down to Canada's 150th birthday on Canada Day, July 1st.  After moving to Vancouver from Scotland in 1947 to work at the Vancouver Sun, he began his radio career at CJOR in 1953.  In the late 1960s as a hotline host at CKNW, Webster had 186,000 daily listeners and a salary of $100,000.  After a six year run back at CJOR, he moved to BCTV in 1978 with a morning show five days a week.  He died in 1999 at age 80 and is remembered by the Jack Webster FoundationJohn Mackie, Vancouver Sun  
Fiona Forbes
05/31/17 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Fiona Forbes reflects on her career as the local Shaw Cable channel nears shutdown.  In addition to her cable TV hosting, she has been a producer, host and commentator on local radio and TV, and at CBC Vancouver.  Forbes has conducted a staggering 30,000 interviews over the course of her award-winning broadcasting career.  An announcement was made last month that Shaw would shut down its cable news operations on August 15 in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton and re-direct funding to over-the-air Global TV stations.  Sabrina Furminger, Westender  Global News backgrounder  
Clay Freinwald
05/29/17 - The June 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 weather and temperatures at West Tiger Mountain, the radio and TV mergers impact on the Seattle market, the dismantling of towers at Indian Hill and much more.  June Clay's Corner 
RTDNA Canada
05/29/17 - RTDNA Canada has announced the winners of the 2017 RTDNA Canada National Awards, presented Saturday evening at the 2017 National Conference and Awards Gala in Toronto.  CBC Vancouver picked up five awards and the Hugh Haugland Award for Creative Use of Video was awarded to CTV Vancouver.  The awards recognize the best journalists, programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television, and digital.  Complete awards list  
JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver
05/28/17 - More on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver as Airchecker reports the morning show with Kiah &Tara Jean are gone along with all other air staffers.  Former JACK midday host Kenny Jones is back in p.m. drive as the JACK format continues.  He was most recently on air in Smith Falls, ON.  Airchecker news  
Newcap Radio
05/28/17 - Newfoundland Capital Corporation has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Newcap Inc., has received approval from the CRTC to sell Vancouver market CISL AM 650.  The transaction, previously announced April 25, is expected to close within 90 days.  The station will launch this fall with a sports format as Sportsnet 650Newcap release 
JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver
05/27/17 - According to postings on both Puget Sound Radio and Radio West, JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver has released its entire air staff.  Reports indicate a change in branding and/or format beginning Monday.  More to come.
Bill Ogden
05/26/17 - Puget Sound Media reports former Metro Traffic reporter/KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle South Sound correspondent Bill Ogden has opted not to renew his deal with KLAY AM 1180 Lakewood, as co-host of the [Friday] Mike Franco program.  Ogden claims he wants to spend more time with family.  Puget Sound Media 
Numeris
05/26/17 - Numeris Radio Diary Surveys for February 27 - April 23, 2017 have been released.  In Victoria Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leads with an 19.7 share, The Island's Rock CKKQ- FM 100.3 is second with 14.4 and News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 is third with 10.1.  Also released are diary numbers for other medium sized BC and Canadian radio markets.  Numeris data
Mi-Jung Lee
05/24/17 - CTV Vancouver has named veteran journalist Mi-Jung Lee as the new host of the station's noon and 5 p.m. newscasts.  The award-winning journalist has been with the station since 1998, where she has held several news positions.  Prior to CTV she worked in similar TV news roles in Victoria and Vancouver.  CTV Vancouver release
Lily Jang
05/24/17 - Former Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle morning news anchor/reporter Lily Jang returns to television with Lily's List, a weekend morning real estate segment on KPRC-TV Houston.  She was a morning news anchor at KHOU-TV Houston before leaving to get her real estate license last December.  Jang covered news at Q13 from 2004-08.  mikemcguff.com  
David Solano
05/22/17 - David Solano has joined KIRO-TV Seattle as a news and sports anchor.  He most recently was a sports anchor/reporter with KOIN-TV Portland and has worked in a number of markets, including Detroit, Houston and Grand Rapids MI. 
Kevin Walsh
05/20/17 - Kevin Walsh has been named President and General Manager of CBS stations in the Bay Area as well as the CBS-owned CW affiliate, Seattle market KSTW-TV.  He spent the past nine years as Vice President and GM of the CBS-owned duopoly in Sacramento.  Walsh holds BS and BA degrees in Communications and Sociology from the University of Washington.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy
James Gardner
05/20/17 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters has named CFAX AM 1070 Victoria news anchor James Gardner 'Broadcaster of the Year.'  The award was announced at the annual BCAB awards in Osoyoos Thursday night.  According to the BCAB, Gardner was honored for his advocacy and for sharing his journey as a transgendered man on the radio, in newspapers, and broadcasts across Canada.  CFAX release   
CRTC
05/19/17 - Stephen Simpson, CRTC Regional Commissioner for British Columbia and the Yukon, addressed the 70th annual conference of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, held this week in Osoyoos, B.C.  He discussed the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and what it means for BC’s broadcasters and the need to adapt to change.  Simpson's background includes stints in broadcasting, advertising, media production and interactive media.  He has been a CRTC Commissioner since 2008.  CRTC release    
FCC
05/19/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to KOLP Radio for KOLP-LP 100.3 Olympia.  ERP will increase from 6 to 100 watts non-directional, HAAT will decrease from 95.9 to -27.6 meters and transmitter location will change from 47° 00' 19.70" 122° 56' 35.50" to 46° 57' 27.00" 122° 56' 51.00"FCC data
Chris Cornell
05/19/17 - After the passing of Seattle musician Chris Cornell, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle pays tribute to the influential artist by making him the focus of their annual Six Degrees day of programming.  From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, on-air hosts John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole program a day of music to celebrate the life and music of Chris Cornell, which includes anything from guest vocals, shared musicians, same producers, and more.  None of the connections have been pre-planned.  KEXP release 
Research Director, Inc.
05/17/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Steve Darling
05/17/17 - Former Global BC morning news anchor Steve Darling faces an uncertain future following his defeat in the Burnaby-Lougheed riding during the May 9 B.C. Election.  Darling, who ran as a Liberal, was defeated by NDP candidate Katrina Chen, a Burnaby Board of Education trustee.  Darling hints at the possibility of returning to the media, but is leaving his options open.  Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun
Milt Furness
05/17/17 - Seattle radio and TV broadcaster Milt Furness passed away in Seattle April 27 at age 84.  During his career he worked at KIRO AM as a DJ, KING AM as a news reporter and KIRO-TV.  He moved to KOMO-TV in 1967 where he worked for 15 years as a news reporter and anchor.  A Celebration of Life service will be held May 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way West, Seattle.  Seattle Times obituary
Turi Ryder
05/16/17 - Former KIRO AM 710 Seattle weekend talk show host Turi Ryder has a book deal with Chicago Imprint Tortoise Books for what she says is a "fictionalized memoir."  The book She Said What? will be a fictionalized account of Ryder's career, which took her to markets like Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.  All Access Music Group  
Nielsen Audio
05/16/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma April 2017 PPM with a 6.9 share.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 6.3.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves up to third with 5.3.  Radio Online
Bill Reid CBC circa 1952
05/16/17 - Bill Reid, one of Canada's most celebrated and accomplished contemporary artists and former broadcaster, is today's noteworthy British Columbian, as the province counts down to Canada's 150th birthday on Canada Day, July 1st.  His The Raven And The First Men sculpture is on display at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.  Reid worked at stations in Victoria and Kelowna and CKWX Vancouver during the 1930s and '40s, and at a total of 17 radio stations in Canada before joining CBC in the late 1940s.  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun   
Andy Michaelson
05/14/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Andy Michaelson died May 10th in the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert.  He began a career as a radio announcer and reporter at CHED Edmonton, followed by CKYL Peace River, CJCA Edmonton, and CISL, CKNW and CJOR in Vancouver, where he was on-air as Andy Michaels during the 1970s, then was a communications professional and consultant in Vancouver and Edmonton.  Finally he found his calling as a writer and poet in St. Albert.  A Celebration of Life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at The John Beedle Centre – St. Albert Botanic Park, 265 Sturgeon Road, St. Albert, AB.  Trinity Funeral Home obituary 
KOMO-TV Seattle
05/12/17 - "Must-Run" news segments from owner Sinclair Broadcast Group have become a source of irritation for many KOMO-TV Seattle employees.  Generally, Sinclair specifies at least one must-run a day.  In interviews over the past several days, eight current and former KOMO employees have described a newsroom where some have chafed at Sinclair’s programming directives, especially the must-runs, which they view as too politically tilted and occasionally of poor quality.  Scott Livingston, Sinclair's vice president for news, has rebuffed suggestions that Sinclair pushed right-leaning views.  Sydney Ember, The New York Times 
Kelly Ransford
05/12/17 - Former Seattle broadcaster Kelly Ransford has been appointed Director of Event Marketing for the iHeartMedia cluster in Denver, effective immediately.  Ransford joins iHM from WXRT-FM 93.1 Chicago, where she was the station's Music Director.  She was Marketing & Promo Director for The End KNDD-FM 107.7 and The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 (now Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM) from 2011-13.  Radio Online 
The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle
05/11/17 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle is actively looking for a morning show replacement for Fitz, who departed from the station last month.  The Wolf wants someone with a winning track record and at least five years of commercial radio or television experience.  All Access Music Group 
Jas Johal
05/10/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Jas Johal was successful as the candidate in the new provincial riding of Richmond-Queensborough in the 2017 British Columbia provincial election held yesterday (05/09).  He was a reporter and international correspondent for a number of years before joining the political arena.  Richmond News  Meanwhile, former Global BC morning host Steve Darling finished second in Burnaby-Lougheed in Tuesday's election.  He had been with Global from 1998-2016.  Burnaby Now    
Bob Robertson
05/10/17 - A memorial has been announced for veteran Canadian broadcaster and comedian Bob Robertson, who died in Nanaimo at age 71.  It will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 30th at Bard on the Beach, 1100 Chestnut Street, located at Kits Point (foot of Whyte Avenue in Vanier Park) in Vancouver.  He was noted for his work with wife Linda Cullen on CBC Radio's Double Exposure from 1987-97 and their CTV national comedy show from 1997-2000.  To assist Linda in determining the number of people to expect please RSVP your attendance to pegomik@telus.net  Further details
Sinclair Broadcat Group

Tribune Media
05/09/17 - The Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media will mean it will own two major Seattle TV stations, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV and Fox affiliate KPCQ-TV.  However, Sinclair also owns Univision affiliate KUNS-TV and Tribune also owns JOEtv KZJO-TV.  Tuna Amobi, media analyst with CFRA Equity Research, says the FCC will review the acquisition and will examine the competitiveness in each specific overlapping market, taking into account each station’s local reach and the genre of its programming.  Dominic Gates, Seattle Times  
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tribune Media
05/08/17 - Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tribune Media for $3.9 Billion plus assumption of about $2.7 billion in debt.  The deal,  originally reported by Reuters, values Tribune at $43.50 per share, about a 26% premium over the price of Tribune stock the day before Sinclair's interest in the company was reported on February 28th.  Sinclair will get 42 TV stations and other holdings, and also has radio interests in Seattle.  Under current FCC ownership rules, Sinclair will be over the cap limits in Seattle, Portland and a number of other cities.  All Access Music Group  Sinclair release  Tribune release  
J Michael Kenyon
05/08/17 - J. Michael Kenyon, one of Seattle’s legendary sportswriters and a longtime local wrestling historian, M.C. and promoter, died April 26 at age 73.  Kenyon, who was born Michael Glover and grew up in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle, suffered from congestive heart failure.  In 1980, Kenyon was the city’s second sports talk show host on KVI AM 570.  Kenyon also worked for KING radio, the Yakima Morning Herald, Tacoma’s News Tribune, the Hollywood Citizen-News and the Baltimore Sun, among other outlets.  Casey McNerthney, KIRO News
Gregg Porter
05/05/17 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle announcer Gregg Porter has been named the new host of the nationally-syndicated public-radio show Says You! which airs on KUOW Saturday nights at 6:00.  He's been a guest panelist on the show a few times since the fall of 2015, but just took on the hosting reins with show tapings a couple of weeks ago in Vermont.  Says You! is in its 21st season and recently passed the 500-episode mark.  The original host/writer/producer was the show’s creator, Richard Sher, who passed away in February 2015.  Since then, panelist Barry Nolan has hosted.  Porter will be traveling around the country from time to time for show taping, but otherwise will remain as weekend announcer at KUOW.  
FCC
05/05/17 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Centro Familiar Cristiano for KRUM-LD Channel 24 Seattle.  ERP will be 15 kW directional at unspecified HAAT at 47-26-1.2 122-11-19.2.  FCC data 
Mel Z
05/05/17 - Mel Z (Melanie Z Kilpatrick) has announced she is moving into the Promotions Director role at Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 and KiSS CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria officially on May 16.  She has been with Ocean since November 2013 in midday announcer and Assistant Music Director roles.  Long-time Toronto personality Erin Davis, who has moved to Vancouver Island, will temporarily fill the midday time slot.  Ocean release    
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
05/03/17 - Entercom Communications and Westwood One are partnering to nationally syndicate the KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle afternoon show The Men's Room.  The show is scheduled to launch nationally on June 5th.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
05/03/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Denver Digital Television, LLC for KDMD-LD Channel 6 Tacoma.  ERP will increase from 1 kW to 3 kW directional, new HAAT is unspecified and transmitter location changes from 47-18-13.60 122-23-45.45 to 47-38-0.0 122-21-24.0.  FCC data  The Commission has also granted a modification of construction permit to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin for K23KI-D CHAN 23 Seattle.  ERP will increase from .05 kW to 15 kW directional, new HAAT unspecified and transmitter location change from 47-19-29.60 121-53-18.60 to 47-26-1.2 122-11-19.2.  FCC data
Dal Richards
05/03/17 - Legendary Big Band Leader Dal Richards is today's noteworthy British Columbian, as the province counts down to Canada's 150th birthday on Canada Day, July 1st.  He was a week shy of his 18th birthday when he played his first New Year's Eve show on December 31, 1935.  From 1940-65, Richards played the Panorama Roof at the Hotel Vancouver, broadcast live on CBC Radio.  After a slow period in the mid 1960s and '70s, he got busy again, becoming a regular fixture at the annual Pacific National Exhibition.  He passed away December 31, 2015 just shy of his 98th birthday.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun 
Ernie Brown
05/02/17 - Former Seattle radio broadcaster Ernie Brown has been named host of Trending Today USA syndicated by USA Radio Networks.  He spent five years as morning and afternoon host at KOMO AM 1000 Seattle and was most recently a talk show host at KOGO AM 600 San Diego.  Radio Online   
Pat O'Day
05/01/17 - I Am What I Play, the feature length documentary about the heyday of rock radio, featuring rarely seen archival footage of disc jockeys Pat O'Day, David Marsden, Meg Griffin and Charles Laquidara, is now available for rent or purchase on both sides of the border at Vimeo.  O’Day was a DJ and PD at legendary Seattle station KJR for the better part of 15 years, is credited with putting the Seattle music scene on the map and is a part of a permanent exhibit at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  Toronto-based Marsden was Executive Producer of Pilot One on CBC-TV Vancouver in 1987 and PD of CKST Langley/Vancouver from 1990-93.  View Trailer  Vimeo download 
KIRO-TV Seattle
04/29/17 - CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle took the number one spot in all the evening newscasts in April and two morning time slots.  This is the first time the station has won the 5 p.m. time slot in a decade.  KIRO 7 is also leading in online ratings.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy
Craig Stone
04/29/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports former CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver personality Craig Stone has landed the Program Director position at HTZ-FM CHTZ-FM 97.7 St. Catherines ON.  He's most recently been hosting afternoons at Power 97 CJKR-FM 97.5 Winnipeg.  Puget Sound Radio
Lola Montgomery
04/28/17 - Former Seattle broadcaster Lola Montgomery has announced she is resigning from her midday position at Country KSJJ-FM 102.9 Bend OR and leaving radio.  The 29-year radio veteran left her midday position at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle back in 2010.  All Access Music Group   
Clay Freinwald
04/28/17 - The May 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 snow and rain in the northwest, the FCC once again talking tough about pirate radio broadcasters, the controversial FCC effort to prop up AM Radio and much more.  May Clay's Corner
RTDNA Canada
04/28/17 - Two prominent broadcasters with Vancouver connections are inaugural recipients of the RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award for Network Programming.  They are Terry Milewski, who was a CBC-TV reporter based in Vancouver from 2005-09 and Charles Adler, who currently hosts Charles Adler Tonight on the Corus Radio Network in western Canada from CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  RTDNA release  
Global
                                    News
04/27/17 - Global BC and its over-the-air sister stations in Calgary and Edmonton will receive an additional $10 million in funding as a result of an announcement by the company that it will shut down its local community cable news operations in Vancouver and the two Alberta cities.  The closures will take place August 15th and will affect about 70 positions in the three cities.  Meanwhile, Shaw TV will continue to develop and air local content in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, and other Canadian communities.  The shifting media landscape and consumer habits prompted the CRTC last year to give television providers like Shaw the flexibility to redistribute funds to over-the-air television stations to support production of local news.  Global News 
Jennifer Strachan
04/25/17 - Puget Sound Public Radio KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle has announced that Jennifer Strachan has been appointed to the new position of Chief Content Officer (CCO).  She is a 25 year veteran of the media industry with lengthy experience in television and radio news, long-form documentary and series production and digital strategy.  She is also an Emmy award-winning executive producer in both commercial and public media.  Strachan has most recently been serving as Acting Vice President at KQED-FM 88.5 San Francisco.  She will transition into her new role at KUOW over the course of the next few weeks, beginning full time by June 1.  KUOW release 
CISL AM
                                    650
04/25/17 - Newcap Radio has announced it will sell CISL AM 650 Vancouver to Rogers Media for an undisclosed amount.  The purchase of CISL gives Rogers a home for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.  Rogers had announced in March that it will takeover the radio broadcasts of the franchise next year from Bell Media Sports TSN 1040 CKST.  The purchase gives Rogers a fourth station in Vancouver joining News 1130 CKWX, Jack CJAX-FM 96.9 and CHR Kiss Radio CKKS-FM 104.9.  The deal is subject to CRTC approval.  AM 650 CISL will continue to broadcast its current format until Sportsnet 650 launches in the fall.  Radio Insight  Newcap release  Rogers Sportsnet release
Fitz
04/25/17 - Despite his contract not being renewed by Entercom Seattle, Fitz’ three syndicated shows continue.  He is heard on over 190 affiliates.  The Fitz Morning Show airs on about 20 stations, The Hitlist with Fitz airs weekends on 80 affiliates, and his daily Country news feature Nashville Minute airs on 94 stations.
Jaxmin
                                    Doobay
04/24/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Jasmin Doobay has been name PD at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna after being part of the Bob and Jazz morning show for close to a decade.  Bob Mills, also previously on air in Vancouver, stays in mornings with Bob Johnstone.  In addition, former Vancouver business radio host Russ Byth will write news updates for the show.  The changes come into play after Wednesday's program.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now    
Fitz
04/24/17 - After nearly 12 years, The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz has left the station, effective today.  A search is on for the next morning show host.  All Access Music Group   
FCC
04/24/17 - The FCC has cancelled an original construction permit for a low power FM station by Iglesia Casa De Milagros for KZIR-LP 98.5 Seattle.  FCC release (near bottom of page)
RTDNA Canada
04/23/17 - Three of Vancouver's major TV stations and the two Victoria TV stations were recognized at the British Columbia Region RTDNA Awards of Excellence Saturday at their annual banquet at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.  CBC Radio, along with other commercial stations in Vancouver, Victoria and the BC Interior also picked up hardware in the Radio category.  Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to veteran TV journalist John Daly and former CBC Vancouver news anchor Cecilia Walters.  RTDNA Canada Awards honor the best journalists, programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital.  RTDNA winners list  Vancouver Province  
CRTC
04/21/17 - The CRTC has approved an application by Newcap to amend the broadcasting licence for CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver in order to direct a total of $185,000 in Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions to two concert events featuring Aboriginal music.  Newcap stated the request was based on the fact that the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc., the original recipient of the CCD funds, have been revoked.  CRTC decision 
Bob Rondeau
04/21/17 - Longtime University of Washington football and men's basketball play-by-play radio broadcaster Bob Rondeau will retire following the conclusion of the 2017 Husky football season, his 37th with the Huskies.  He began broadcasting football games as an analyst for the Huskies in 1978 and also served as the voice of Husky basketball for 31 years.  Rondeau was hired as Sports Director at KOMO AM 1000 Seattle in 1977.  The following year, KOMO landed the broadcast rights for Washington football and basketball games.  Rondeau stands as the second-longest tenured football play-by-play radio broadcaster in the Pac-12.  Washington Huskies release   Percy Allen, Seattle Times 
Research Director, Inc.
04/20/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive March PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Tony Wade 2012
04/20/17 - Tony Wade, former executive producer of the CBC-TV Vancouver current affairs series Pacific Report has died March 31st at St. Leonards-on-Sea, England after suffering from throat cancer.  He was 68.  During his his television career begining at CHBC-TV Kelowna in 1967, he was a Producer/Director/Writer and Executive Producer, working for a number of major networks including CBC, CTV, VTV, Global TV, ABC and PBS.  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight  CBC information  
Nielsen Audio
04/19/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 extends its lead in the Nielsen Audio March 2017 PPM with a 7.8 share.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 5.6.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves into third with 5.3.  Radio Online
Dawn Chubai
04/19/17 - After more than 13 years host Dawn Chubai has left Breakfast Television on City Vancouver.  She is heading to The Shopping Channel in Toronto.  City video 
Billy Madison Show
04/19/17 - Rock 98-9 KVRQ-FM SEATTLE is adding the syndicated Billy Madison Show for mornings effective Monday, April 24th.  All Access Music Group  
Paul Haysom
04/19/17 - Paul Haysom joins Global BC as its new morning news anchor.  He has most recently anchored Global News at 11 in Calgary, but earlier was an award-winning anchor and reporter for CHEK-TV Victoria and has also been a producer at Global BC.  Global BC release  
Charlie
                                    Harger
04/18/17 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle reporter Charlie Harger is doing an academic research project unrelated to his work at the station and is asking for your help in filling out a brief online survey on radio and podcasting.  The 21-question survey asks about your station and its use (or lack of it) of podcasting, and solicits your opinions on the future of radio, podcasts, and streaming options.  All Access Music Group  
FCC
04/17/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Radio Duvall for KAPY-LP 103.1 Duvall.  FCC data 
Sonia Deol
04/16/17 - Popular Global BC reporter/anchor Sonia Deol has returned to viewers screens after a three month absence.  The award winning former BBC regional and national anchor reportedly suffered some injuries in an accident in January.  She anchors the suppertime and late night newscasts Saturday and Sunday on Global.
Jett Bassi
04/16/17 - CTV Vancouver Island reporter and videographer Jett Bassi died of cancer on Friday, April 14 at age 39.  He joined CTV in 2012 and was based in Nanaimo.  CTV News  
Government of Canada
04/15/17 - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has released details of the new digital television allotment plan resulting from the joint 600 MHz repurposing initiative with the US.  Stations moving to new channels in the southwest BC reception area by July 2020 are CBUT-DT Vancouver from channel 43 to 35, CHEK-DT Victoria from channel 49 to 16, CIVI-DT Victoria from channel 23 to 28, CHNU-DT Fraser Valley from channel 47 to 24, and US stations KVOS-DT Bellingham from channel 35 to 14 and K24IC-D (KBTC Bellingham translator) on channel 24, which is a low power unprotected station and will have to apply for a new channel if available.  ISED allotment data (Vancouver p. 17)
RTDNA Canada
04/13/17 - RTDNA Canada recognizes two outstanding broadcasters in the BC region who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their careers in journalism and news management.  John Daly, one of British Columbia’s best journalists in any medium, with over 35 years with BCTV/Global BC, and Cecilia Walters, most known for co-anchoring CBC’s local news in the 1980s and for almost 20 years of service as the anchor of CBC Radio’s local morning newscasts.  They will be presented with their awards during the BC Regional Meeting on April 22.  RTDNA Canada release   
FCC
04/12/17 - The FCC has cancelled an application for original construction permit for a low power FM station by University of Washington Bothell for KUWU-LP 104.9 Bothell.  FCC release (bottom of page) 
Coleen
                                    Christie
04/12/17 - Former CTV Vancouver news anchor Coleen Christie has announced on her Twitter page that she is joining the news team at Global Vancouver.  She was released by CTV in January after 16 years with the station and was most recently anchoring its 5 p.m. newscast.   Twitter announcement
Brock Huard
04/11/17 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle host and former Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard hosts a new podcast for the station, Above and Beyond -- The Intersection of Faith and Sports.  The show will post every two weeks and debuted today with another former Seahawks QB, Matt Hasselbeck as the first guest.  All Access Music Group   
Bob Robertson
04/11/17 - Following the passing of Vancouver broadcaster and comedian Bob Robertson last month, friends, family and colleagues are remembering him not only for his decades-long career as a political satirist but as a man with a big heart and boundless generosity in an industry that is so often cutthroat.  He died March 19 at Nanaimo General Hospital at age 71.  Andrea Woo, The Globe and Mail 
Hunter Quinn
04/10/17 - iHeartMedia Top 40 Power 93.3 KPWK-FM Seattle promotes Hunter Quinn to APD duties effective immediately.  He will continue to handle APD/MD/afternoon duties for sister KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1All Access Music Group 
Ben Marcotte
04/10/17 - iHeartMedia Tacoma market Alternative Alt 102.9 KFOO-FM PD Ben Marcotte has added duties as PD for Alternative sister Radio 102.3 (FM translator K272E) Portland effective immediately.  All Access Music Group  
Neil Macrae
04/09/17 - A private celebration of life will be held next month for long time Vancouver sports broadcaster Neil Macrae, who passed away March 30 at age 65 at his home in Palm Springs (reliable sources say it was actually Palm Desert).  The 40-year radio veteran entertained Vancouver sports fans for 30 years, mostly at CKNW and Rock 101.  For 20 years he sponsored and led the Macrae/Parsons Golf Tournament and raised money for various charities.  Sun/Province obituary  
"Big
                                    Daddy" Dave McCormick
04/09/17 - An obituary has been published for Big Daddy Dave McCormick, who passed away in Vancouver March 29 at age 80.  He was a legendary veteran broadcaster in Vancouver, with stops in Fresno, Seattle and San Bernardino.  After returning from the US in 1972, Big Daddy created "Discumentary", an award-winning daily one-hour music history anthology of rock and roll, which was later syndicated across North America and Australia.  In 1986 he was the first to be hired by the brand new JR Country (CJJR-FM) Vancouver and wrote, edited and hosted "Countrymentary".  He was named BC Broadcaster of the Year, BC Country Music Association On Air Personality of the Year (four times), inductee to the BC Country Music Association Hall of Fame, and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (Star Walk).  A celebration of life will be held in the near future.  Sun/Province obituary 
FCC
04/05/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KBSG 90.1 Westport.  ERP is 1.2 kW non-directional, HAAT is 15 meters and transmitter location is 46° 55' 11.00" 123° 57' 14.00".  There is also an application on file to move the transmitter to 46° 41' 44.00" 123° 46' 17.00" with an ERP of .435 kW at 279 meters HAAT and change Community of License to Raymond.  FCC data  The Commission has also granted a Minor Modification to a Construction Permit to Radio Duvall for KAPY-LP 103.1 Duvall.  ERP remains at 1 kW non-directional, HAAT increases from -6 to 16 meters and transmitter moves to 47° 42' 55.80" 121° 55' 21.60"FCC data  
Dawn Chubai
04/04/17 - City Vancouver will shortly reveal a new Breakfast Television host to replace Dawn Chubai, who recently announced that she is leaving the program April 19th and moving to Toronto.  She has been with City since 2004.  City video 
Jordan
                                    Steele
04/04/17 - KING-TV Seattle welcomes Jordan Steele to its weather team.  He will be a night side meteorologist on KING and KONG and carries the title, "Lead Innovator", as he will be developing new ideas for weather presentation and programming on all screens.  He was recently named one of the 50 Hottest News Anchors In The World by BuzzfeedKING5 video
FCC
04/04/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Denver Digital Television, LLC for digital LPTV station KDMD-LD Channel 6 Tacoma.  It is authorized to operate with 1 kW directional at 113 meters HAAT at 47° 18' 13.60" 122° 23' 45.45"FCC data
Neil Macrae
04/03/17 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver sportscaster Neil Macrae has died from cancer at age 65.  He passed away Thursday, March 30th at this home in Palm Springs.  Macrae became famous for his acerbic editorials and his sparring with morning host Frosty Forst in the 1980s and '90s.  CKNW News  Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun  Final CKNW Broadcast  April 4th Bill Good tribute  
Kendra Rohr
03/31/17 - Former Seattle radio personality Kendra Rohr has been hired as PD for Power 102 KCEZ-FM 102.1 Chico CA.  She has most recently been morning host/producer in St. Cloud MN.  She's also been morning host in the Tri Cities WA market and worked nights and weekends at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle back in 2014.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
03/31/17 - The FCC has granted low power licenses to cover to NTD Public TV Seattle for KQES-LP 101.9 Bellevue and to Lewis County Educational Broadcasting for KTYG-LP 106.7 Centralia.
Brent Shearer
03/30/17 - Brent Shearer has announced on his Facebook page that he was released earlier this week by CTV Vancouver.  He was a reporter at CTV from 2010-14 and co-host of CTV Morning Live since 2014.  Sports anchor Jason Pires slots into the position following the elimination of a dedicated sports segment in CTV Vancouver newscasts. 
KOMO-TV Seattle
03/30/17 - KOMO-TV Seattle journalists are pushing back against their station’s corporate owners, arguing that higher-ups push far-right content that borders on propaganda.  Parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns 173 local news stations across the country, has a history of running inflammatory stories about Democratic politicians.  The union that represents KOMO’s video editors and photographers, IATSE 600, is launching a “committee on journalistic ethics,” a public campaign responding to what they see as “biased” management.  David Kroman, Crosscut.com 
Gary Russell
03/30/17 - Vancouver broadcaster Gary Russell (Norm Vidler) will be posthumously inducted into the Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.  It will take place at the 20th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards on Wednesday, April 19 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.  He was on air at CKLG Vancouver in the early 1970s and was GM at CISL/CKZZ-FM Vancouver, where he retired in 2008.  He passed away in White Rock, BC January 2, 2016 at age 67.  FYI Music News
Red Robinson
03/30/17 (Updated) - Vancouver’s favorite teenage disc jockey Red Robinson turns 80 today with a live broadcast on CISL AM 650 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Red still hosts his show every Sunday, noon to four, on CISL and the March 30th live show will be repeated Sunday, April 2nd.  Red has been on the air since he was 17, 63 years and counting, playing 78s when he started.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun  CISL Photo 1  CISL Photo 2
Bender
03/30/17 - Seattle market KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 has renewed and extended its agreement with Bender, co-host of the Bender & Molly in the Morning show.  A radio veteran with 30 years of experience, Bender recently celebrated his 16-year anniversary with the station.  All Access Music Group 
"Big Daddy" Dave McCormick
03/29/17 - Radio West is reporting the passing of long-time radio personality Dave McCormick, following a lengthy illness.  Big Daddy, as he was known on air, got his start in radio in Hamilton ON at age 14 before moving to C-FUN Vancouver as a DJ, Music Director and Co-PD from 1957-62.  His career took him to KYNO Fresno CA, PD of KOL Seattle from 1966-67 and then PD/MD at KMEN San Bernardino CA from 1967-71.  He returned to Vancouver, first at CKNW and then as the creator of the long-running Discumentary on sister station CFMI-FM from 1971-86.  He hosted p.m. drive at CJJR-FM Vancouver from 1986-98 and then middays at its sister station CKBD from 1998-2008 and lastly middays/special events host at CISL Vancouver from 2008-10.  Big Daddy was named BC Broadcaster of the year in the early 1990s, was four times BC Country Music Association's Country Broadcaster of the Year and was inducted in the BC Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1998.  Radio West  Mike Cleaver interview circa 2010  Red Robinson
KAPY-LP 103.1 Duvall
03/29/17 - Low power Valley 103.1 KAPY-LP Duvall is temporarily off air as it undergoes a transmitter move.  The FCC granted a minor change to licensed facilities earlier this month (Recent News 03/10).  Local officials and community residents turned out March 11th to support the station launch.  KAPY release  
CTV Vancouver
03/29/17 - Local sports has all but been eliminated on CTV Vancouver newscasts.  Noticeably missing from supper hour and late night newscasts is the sports segment usually anchored by Jason Pires, who is now listed on the station's website as "co-anchor of CTV Morning Live".  Popular sports anchor Karen Thomson has been dropped from the site.  Sports reporter and fill-in/backup anchor Christina Heydanus is the only listing under CTV Sports on the Team page.  The move by CTV Vancouver to drop local sports follows similar moves by CTV owner Bell Media in Kitchener, London, Windsor and Barrie ON, where local sports coverage was eliminated earlier this year in favor of the CTV national sports feed.  Dave Waddell, Windsor Star   
Jim Pattison
03/28/17 - B.C. billionaire Jim Pattison has donated $75 million to the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation in Vancouver.  The Foundation says the donation is the largest by a private citizen to a single medical facility in Canadian history.  It will help build the Jim Pattison Medical Centre, an 18-acre health campus, which will include the new St. Paul's Hospital, to be constructed near Main Street and Terminal Avenue in East Vancouver.  Of Pattison's many holdings, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is Canada’s largest private western-based radio and television company.  CBC News     
Evelyn Harper
03/27/17 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Evelyn Harper died March 21st at age 97.  She began her CBC Vancouver career in 1939 as a Stenographer in the Farms & Fisheries Department.  In 1947 she became a General Clerk, in 1955 a Program Assistant and in 1957 a Production Assistant, all within Farms & Fisheries.  In 1970 she moved over to Agriculture and Resources as a Program Commentator.  North Shore News obituary 
Bruno Cohen
03/27/17 - San Francisco-based KSTW-TV Seattle GM Bruno Cohen is set to retire later this year.  He has led the CBS Television Station group’s Bay Area stations KPIX-TV and CW affiliate KBCW-TV, along with Seattle CW affiliate KSTW, since 2012.  He’ll stay on the job until a replacement is named.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Beau Roberts
03/27/17 (Updated) - KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle has published an obituary with audio clips for well-known broadcaster Paul Stencil (known to listeners as Beau Roberts), who passed away March 17 at age 60.  For almost 19 years, Roberts was the image voice for KZOK.  In recent years he also served in the same capacity at dozens of other radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.  A posting on the Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home website states that a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Scott Vanderpool, KZOK  Memorial Park obituary  
Clay Freinwald
03/26/17 - The April 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 further details of the CBS/Entercom merger, pirate radio, Saga Communications' favorable fourth quarter, the elimination of funding for Public Broadcasting  and much more.  April Clay's Corner
Tom Mark
03/25/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Tom Mark has been hired for full time morning news at Kiss CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon, his home for the past two years.  He's been working at the station in a fill-in capacity.  It's a homecoming of sorts for him, as he spent many years as News Director at Jim Pattison's CJOR Vancouver during the 1980s and '90s.  Mark was News Director at News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver in the late 1990s and morning news anchor at CKNW AM 980 from 2001-14.   
News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver
03/25/17 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver has hired Peter Wagner as Wednesday through Sunday evening anchor effective April 10th.  He is currently afternoon producer/anchor at KGMI AM 790 Bellingham.  Khalil Hassanali has moved back to Vancouver from Toronto as a new part-time member of the traffic team.  Additionally, Ellen Coulter is the new weekend/weekday evening web editor after spending five years as a political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The Swing Years and Beyond
03/25/17 - After a 49-year run The Swing Years and Beyond on KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle aired its final broadcast on February 25.  The long-running show featured popular music of the 1920s-50s, from familiar favorites to lesser-known gems, with a mix of jazz, swing, ballads, blues, show tunes and bebop.  Amanda Wilde, who has hosted the show since 2003, chose to take a different position at the station, ending her time as host.  KUOW release  Video  
Seafair
03/25/17 - Both KIRO-TV Seattle and Seafair confirmed this week that there will no longer be real-time broadcasting of the Seafair hydro races on Sundays.  It will be replaced with a Sunday evening wrap-up, ending 66 years of live television coverage of the event.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
Drew Bland
03/24/17 - Drew Bland has been appointed PD at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle effective April 12.  He joins from K92.3 WWKA-FM Orlando, where he has served as Director of Programming and Branding and since 2014.  Bland replaces Mike Preston, who left last month.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
03/24/17 - The FCC has now published the list of Entercom and CBS Seattle area applications for Assignment of License Accepted for Filing to the Entercom Divestiture Trust and Shareholders of Entercom Communications Corp.  They include the stations in the item below (03/22/17) plus translators K277AE 103.3 Seattle and K281AD 104.1 Olympia.  FCC release  
Beau Roberts
03/24/17 - According to reports on Puget Sound Media and Radio Discussions, KISW, KXRX and KZOK Seattle personality Beau Roberts (actual name Paul Stencil) has passed away.  Details are as yet unconfirmed.  According to Barers of Maple Valley blog his background included WSU student radio station KUGR Pullman, WA and Top 40 KRPL Moscow, ID.  Barers of Maple Valley 
Brock Hunter
03/23/17 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor Brock Hunter has officially signed off the airwaves after eight years with the station.  He's now a Realtor with Brent Eilers Real Estate and Re/Max, specializing in homes and condos on the North Shore and Vancouver.  Also recently leaving News 1130 is web editor/anchor Kayla Butler, who previously anchored at 660News CFFR AM Calgary. 
FCC
03/22/17 - Seattle market Entercom stations Rock KISW-FM 99.9, Country KKWF-FM 100.7, Alternative KNDD-FM 107.7, Classic Hip Hop KHTP-FM 103.7, along with CBS Seattle market Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, Country KMPS-FM 94.1 and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 are among those listed in divestiture trust paperwork that has arrived at the FCC from the Entercom-CBS merger, with Elliot Evers at TDC Communications, LLC serving as Trustee.  The list of stations offered by the parties is not the final determinant of which will actually be divested, but the filing says that, "In certain markets, the parties are seeking consent to assign to the Trust more than the Required Divestiture stations in order to retain the flexibility to select the exact stations to be placed in Trust during the period between the filing of the Divestiture Trust Applications and the closing of the Transaction."  14 stations that will be put into the trust will be decided upon before the merger is closed.  All Access Music Group
Research Director, Inc.
03/22/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive February PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
Red Robinson
03/22/17 - Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Robinson will celebrate his 80th birthday on Thursday, March 30th.  Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed that date as Red Robinson Day.  CISL AM 650, where Red still hosts a Sunday oldies show, the Red Rock Diner, will broadcast a special live show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30th in celebration of his milestone birthday.   
Nielsen Audio
03/21/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio February 2017 PPM with a 7.2 share.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 6.7.  Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 moves up to third with 5.6.  Radio Online
Entercom
CBS Radio
03/21/17 - Further details are coming out about the pending merger of CBS Radio into Entercom.  Two unidentified FMs in Seattle, out of a total of 14 FMs across seven markets, will be put into a station trust.  It’s expected the spin-offs will come from a combination of assets held by each of the two companies.  The company has said it plans to close the deal in the second half of the year, so which stations are sold will come into focus over the next several months.  Inside Radio
Peter Jackson
03/20/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Peter Jackson died March 7th in Victoria at age 80.  PJ the DJ entertained at C-FUN Vancouver in 1957 before moving to CKY Winnipeg and then returning to Vancouver at CKLG in the early 1960s.  After hosting a show at CKXL Calgary in the mid 1960s, he moved to sales at CKWX Vancouver, before building a successful career in real estate.  A celebration of life is scheduled at the University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel on Sunday, May 28th.  North Shore News obituary  
Bob Robertson
03/20/17 - Veteran Canadian comedian Bob Robertson has died at age 71.  Together with his wife Linda Cullen, they created the popular CBC Radio series Double Exposure, which launched in 1987 and ran for over a decade.  For three years beginning in 1997 Double Exposure became a weekly comedy series on CTV and the Comedy Network and was given a star on Vancouver's Entertainment Row on Granville Street in 2004.  CBC News  
John Cummings
03/20/17 - John Cumming died February 19th at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster from an abdominal aorta aneurysm at age 68.  He called himself John Cummings on air and worked in a number of markets, including Prince Rupert, Penticton, Edmonton and Victoria.  He was one of the first hires and also produced Across the Trax at CJJR-FM Vancouver when it signed on in 1986, and wrote and recorded over 25 shows on the Beatles at CISL.  Cumming retired from radio in 1991 and became a special education assistant at the Richmond School Board, where he retired eight years ago.  There was no published obituary. 
KNKX new logo
03/20/17 - As a result of research, executives at Seattle market KNKX-FM 88.5 have created a pyramid that represents the station’s core values with “Connection” at the center and “Storytelling,” “Innovation” and “Community” as the three points of the pyramid.  It was successfully purchased last summer from Pacific Lutheran University, who originally planned to sell it to the University of WashingtonInside Radio 
Bruno Gerussi
03/19/17 - Today's noted British Columbian, as the countdown continues to Canada's 150th Birthday, is Vancouver actor and broadcaster Bruno Gerussi.  He started out as a Shakespearean actor, but was best known playing the part of log salvager Nick Adonidas on The Beachcombers, one of the most popular and longest-running series on CBC Television.  Gerussi also hosted a popular CBC Radio arts program during the 1960s and later hosted Celebrity Cooks nationally on CBC Television from 1975-79.  He passed away in 1995.  Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun 
George Orr
03/18/17 - Former Vancouver radio/TV broadcaster and British Columbia Institute of Technology journalism instructor George Orr has produced a documentary on the rise and fall of talk radio in Vancouver.  TALK! covers the 50 year history of the news/talk format in the Vancouver market.  Vimeo video 
Jeff Robinson as a young boy
03/18/17 - The West Fine Art Show will pay tribute to Jeff Robinson, son of Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson, with a memorial display at the event, held at Cloverdale Fairgrounds during the mid-May rodeo and country fair.  Much of the displayed art celebrates B.C.’s western lifestyle, and Red has officially opened the event in recent years.  The four-day Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair runs from May 19 to 22.  Jeff passed away at age 33 in 2003 following complications from surgery for Crohn's disease.  Tom Zillich, Surrey Now
The Bridge KMIH-FM 88.9 Seattle
03/17/17 - Mercer Island High School student radio station The Bridge KMIH-FM 88.9 Seattle received eight Golden Microphone awards at the 77th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference and Awards in New York City.  Sophomores Luka Marceta and Max Tanzer were awarded the Grand Prize Golden Microphones for delivering the nation’s Best Newscast and Sports Interview. Tanzer also received an award for Best Sports Talk Show.  Other awards recipients were Best Air Personality Finalists, Matt McLellan and Emily Reyes; Best Sports Interview Finalist, Natalie Newcomb; Best Promotional Production Series, Parker Simpson; and Best Newscast Finalist, Hannah Wainwright.  Mercer Island Reporter  2017 IBS Awards Winners 
CRTC
03/17/17 - The CRTC has approved a new transmitter for Port Alice to re-broadcast Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  It will operate at 92.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts and an effective height above average terrain of -124.4 meters, and replace low powered 40 watt transmitter CBUX AM 1170.  CBC stated that the FM transmitter will improve the quality of the Radio One signal in Port Alice, near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.  CRTC release   
Gary Miles
03/16/17 - Gary Lawrence Miles, former CEO of Rogers Radio, died early Tuesday morning in Toronto at age 78.  He began his career as an announcer, then held executive positions as Vice President of Selkirk Radio's 12 stations across Canada, VP of Rogers Radio Western Canada from 1989-94 and Rogers Radio CEO from 1994-2008, when he retired to become an international consultant.  He Introduced the JACK brand to Canada, was chair and board member of several radio associations and was closely connected with Vancouver-based Sparknet Communications.  His wife Taanta Gupta, who was at his side when he passed, was Director of News and Information at CKWX/CJAZ-FM/CKKS-FM Vancouver during the 1980s.  Globe and Mail obituary  Humphrey Funeral Home obituary 
LG 104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver
03/16/17 - Broadcast Dialogue reports that Newcap Radio has asked the CRTC for the removal of a condition of licence for LG 104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver that requires the station to play 15% Category 3 (special Interest music).  Newcap says the potential audience for the genre is limited and Category 3 selections have alienated listeners, thus affecting the station’s market share and revenue.  LG 104.3 has operated at a loss since its 2009 launch initially with a Triple A format.  It converted to Classic Hits in 2015.
Geoff Owens
03/16/17 - Geoff “G-Off” Owens has been named program director for iHeartMedia Tacoma market Rhythmic CHR KUBE-FM 104.9 and Classic Hip Hop Jam’n KXJM-FM 107.5 Portland.  Owens, who currently hosts afternoons on Jam’n 107.5 will now also cover that same shift for KUBE.  He joined KXJM in 2004 as an intern.  He was named night host in 2010 and moved to afternoons in 2012.  In 2016, Owens was given the Assistant Program Director/Music Director title at Jam’n 107.5Inside Radio 
FCC
03/15/17 - The FCC has granted Minor Modification to a Construction Permit to Lewis County Educational Broadcasting for KTYG-LP 106.7 Centralia.  ERP will be 100 watts non-directional at 6.7 meters HAAT at 46° 44' 24.00" 122° 59' 18.90".  FCC data 
FCC
03/14/17 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to the Board of Trustees of Skagit Valley College for KSVU-FM 90.1 Hamilton.  ERP is 2.05 kW non-directional at -159 meters HAAT at 48° 33' 16.00" 121° 47' 40.00".  FCC data 
Tony Russell
03/14/17 - Former long-time Seattle morning co-host Tony Russell has been hired for morning drive on The Bull KUPL-FM 98.7 Portland.  Russell, who began his radio career in 1998, was part of The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 morning team from 2006-15.  All Access Music Group   
Sean Demery
03/14/17 - Former Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 morning host Sean Demery has been named Program Director of AAA KINK-FM 101.9 Portland.  He entertained at KMTT from November 2009 to January 2011.  Radio Online 
Lindsay Cohen
03/14/17 - KOMO-TV Seattle reporter Lindsay Cohen has announced on her Facebook page she is leaving the station effective Friday.  Later this month she joins Zillow as a writer.  The award-winning journalist joined KOMO in 2009.   
Alan Martin
03/13/17 - Former CBC Vancouver engineering staffer Alan Martin passed away in Ottawa February 19 at age 85.  His career with CBC began in Halifax in 1956.  In 1962 he transferred to Edmonton as a Supervising Technician, moving to Montreal in 1966 as Technical Supervisor.  In 1967 he became part of the Northern Service Region in Ottawa and went from there in 1977 to spend two years in the Bahamas overseeing a new Television plant installation.  In 1979 he became part of the CBC Engineering Department in Vancouver where he remained until his retirement in 1987.  A celebration of life will be held in Gatineau, QC on April 15.  Ottawa Citizen obituary 
Peter Schaad
03/11/17 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC has announced that TSN Radio Vancouver will continue to be home to the ‘Caps for the next three seasons.  All 34 matches will be carried on either TSN 1040 or TSN 1410.  Peter Schaad, who was released from his position at TSN Radio in January, returns to provide play-by-play for Whitecaps FC matches on TSN Radio when not calling matches on the TSN TV broadcast.  Schaad enters his seventh MLS season on the mic, and has been providing Whitecaps FC commentary since 2002.  Filling in for Schaad on play-by-play this season will again be long-time local sports radio talent Joey Kenward, who has covered the team on TSN Radio since the inaugural 2011 season.  Whitecaps release 
Dawn Chubai
03/11/17 - Dawn Chubai has announced on her Facebook Page that she is leaving her position as Breakfast Television host on City Vancouver May 26th.  Her husband is taking a job out east and she will explore new opportunities in Toronto and focus on her Media Training business.  She has been with Breakfast Television since 2004 and has operated Dawn Chubai Media Services since 1999.  The award-winning multi-talented Chubai is also a professional jazz singer and independent recording artist. 
Charlee Morgan
03/11/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports former Vancouver broadcaster Charlie Morgan is returning from Alberta to semi-retire in Parksville, where she will set up a small studio and do VT work only.  In the past she has hosted shows locally at CKLG, CKKS-FM and CKCL Vancouver, and most recently is midday host at up! CIUP-FM 99.3 Edmonton.  Her last day at up! is May 10th.  Puget Sound Radio   
FCC
03/10/17 - After complaints from the owners of KMCQ-FM 103.3 Oak Harbor about interference from the KHTP-FM 103.7 Seattle translator K277AE on 103.3 MHz in downtown Seattle, it now has a new antenna directional south.  ERP remains at 250 watts.  FCC data  Meanwhile, KTTH AM 770 Seattle translator K233BU 94.5 went on the air March 9th from its new site on Cougar Mountain, directional northwest.  ERP is 99 watts at 373 meters HAAT.  FCC data
Shirley McQueen
03/10/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Shirley McQueen, who was morning swing host at Rock101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver from 1998-2002, is interviewed by Bill King at FYI Music News.  She currently hosts weekday afternoons at CRUZ-FM CKEA-FM 95.7 Edmonton.  Bill King, FYI Music News
FCC
03/10/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to licensed facilities to Radio Duvall for KAPY-LP 103.1 Duvall.  ERP is unchanged at 100 watts non-directional, HAAT increases from -6 to 16 meters above average terrain and transmitter moves from 47° 42' 49.70" 121° 58' 14.40" to 47° 42' 55.80" 121° 55' 21.60".  FCC data                    
Numeris
03/09/17 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period November 28, 2016 - February 26, 2017.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 adds more to its lead with a 15.1 share.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 takes sole control of second place with 12.2.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 is third with 10.4.  Numeris ratings
Vancouver Canucks
03/08/17 - After 11 seasons with TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver, the Canucks have announced a move of their broadcast contract over to Rogers Media.  The station (or perhaps a new sports station) has yet to be announced.  Stephanie Ip, The Province  James Cybulski, News1130 
Paul Haysom
03/07/17 - Long-time CHEK-TV Victoria  sports anchor/reporter Paul Haysom returns to BC as the new morning anchor at Global BC.  The Camosun College Victoria graduate spent a year at Global BC as a producer before moving to Alberta to anchor and report for Global Calgary in 2014. 
Grant Ullyot
03/05/17 - Long-time CHWK AM 1270 Chilliwack News Director Grant Ullyot died Friday, March 3rd, one week before his 82nd birthday.  He was a news staple at CHWK for 27 years beginning in 1972.  He was also the play-by-play voice of the Chilliwack Bruins 40-plus years ago. Fraser Valley News 
Pieter Ahrend 2016
03/05/17 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Pieter Ahrend passed away in Victoria on January 12.  He was Duplicating Department Supervisor in the 1960s and early '70s and resigned from the Corporation to travel with his wife and son.  When they returned to Vancouver several years later, he rejoined CBC Vancouver staff as a Graphic Designer, a position he held until the late 1980s.  At his request, there was no service.  Earth's Option obituary   
Shushma Datt
03/04/17 - Prominent Vancouver broadcaster and station owner Shushma Datt is today's notable British Columbian in the countdown to Canada’s 150th birthday, July 1st.  She started Rim Jhim, broadcasting on a sub-carrier frequency and producing round-the-clock content for the South Asian audience.  In 2005, the multi-award winner became the first woman to obtain a CRTC license with the launch of RJ1200 CJRJ AM Vancouver, later re-branded as Spice Radio, with programming in 17 languages.  Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun  
Ian Hanomansing
03/03/17 - CBC Vancouver news anchor Ian Hanomansing is in line to take over anchoring The National, the main CBC newscast, according to an item in the Trinidad Daily Express.  The Trinidad born newsman has regularly filled in for current anchor Peter Mansbridge, who is set to step down on July 1st.  The 54 year old Hanomansing has been with CBC in various cities and capacities for 30 years, most of them in Vancouver, and also holds a Gemini Award for Best News Anchor 2008.  Dominic Kalipersad, Trinidad Daily Express  He was listed as one of four possible candidates in a Globe and Mail item last September.
Darla Thomas
03/02/17 - Former KLSY-FM Seattle (now MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5) staffer Darla Thomas has been released from her PD position at WLNK-FM 107.9 Charlotte NC.  She was Music Director/Copywriter at KLSY from February 2000 to December 2004.  All Access Music Group    
Jeff Winskell
03/02/17 - 03/02/17 - Former Astral Media and Bell Media Vancouver executive Jeff Winskell has accepted a new role within Bell Media and will be moving to Kelowna to oversee 22 stations throughout the B.C. Interior as group PD, succeeding Mark Burley, who was released due to staff cuts last month.  He has most recently been PD for Bell's St. Catherines ON radio cluster and assumes his new position at the end of the month.  Winskell held a number of positions, first in Nanaimo and then in Vancouver from 2002-12.
Clay Freinwald
03/01/17 - The March 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 CBS/Entercom merger and how it may affect local stations, the FCC's move to a new location, new FCC rules and much more.  March Clay's Corner
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.
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.     
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. 


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