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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 fomer 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.  Says You! release 
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.  Radio Ink  
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 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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