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

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


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