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Rob Christie
01/31/18 - Former Vancouver radio/TV host Rob Christie has announced his retirement after nearly 50 years in the business.  He leaves his position as morning host at Capital FM CKRA-FM 96.3 Edmonton, where he has been since 2008.  Christie was morning host at KISS-FM/JACK-FM Vancouver from 2000-03 and weather presenter at CTV Vancouver from 2001-03.  Marty Forbes, Facebook  
Sean Demery
01/30/18 - Former Seattle broadcaster and current KINK-FM 101.9 Portland PD Sean Demery has suffered a serious stroke.  He was the morning host at The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 from late 2009 to January 2011 and joined KINK last April.  All Access Music Group   
Tommy Banks
01/30/18 - Legendary Edmonton jazz pianist and ex-senator Tommy Banks, who died January 25th at age 81, served as the musical director for Expo 86 in Vancouver.  His national CBC program The Tommy Banks Show originated for one season in Vancouver and he also starred on Celebrity Revue, a TV variety series produced in Vancouver for syndication in the late 1970s.  A memorial will be announced and held in the coming weeks.  CBC News  Edmonton Journal Obituary
FCC
01/30/18 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to FAB-5 for KTQA-LP 95.3 Tacoma.  ERP will increase from 9 to 19 watts non-directional, HAAT changes from 71 to 69 meters and transmitter location will change to 47° 14' 21.70" 122° 26' 41.60"FCC Data
Jay Yovanovich
01/29/18 - KING-TV Seattle has announced Jay Yovanovich joins KING 5 and KONG-TV as Director of Marketing beginning January 30th.  He joins from the NBC-Fox duopoly, WRAL-TV/WRAZ-TV Raleigh NC, where he held the roles of promotion producer, promotion manager and director of marketing.  Prior to joining WRAL, Yovanovich held promotion producer and creative services manager roles with stations in Pittsburgh and Charleston.  Over the past 10 years he has won numerous industry awards including four Gold Promax Awards and several Mid-South Emmy Awards.
Delilah
01/29/18 - Veteran local broadcaster Delilah kicked off her new daily program on The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle at 10 a.m. today.  Her nationally-syndicated program will also run on The Sound Friday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.  All Access Music Group    
Clay Freinwald
01/28/18 - The February 2018 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 Main Studio rule, the recent public warning screw-up in Hawaii, short life cycles of products and much more.  February Clay's Corner 
Super Bowl LII
01/28/18 - TV viewers north of the border will continue to be able to watch US ads during the Super Bowl without having to resort to antennas to get the games over the air from Seattle.  The Supreme Court of Canada has shot down an attempt by Bell Canada and the NFL to stall a regulatory decision on Super Bowl advertising before the championship game on February 4.  The companies asked for the stay in early January when they applied for leave to appeal the CRTC’s decision.  They argue the CRTC does not have the jurisdiction to ban simultaneous substitution (simsub) on cable and satellite for a single program.  This year's game will be carried on NBC and KING-TV Seattle, and on CTV and CTV Vancouver in Canada.  Emily Jackson, Vancouver Sun 
BCAB
01/27/18 - Registration is now open for the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) 71st Annual Conference, to be held at Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas in Kelowna May 15-17.  Conference Details 
Bob Addison
01/26/18 - As reported on Puget Sound Radio and confirmed on his Twitter page, Vancouver broadcaster Bob Addison will join The Shift with Drex as Corus network producer.  He has been a producer of both talk and sports shows on CKNW AM 980.  Addison covered the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics for NBC and has been a sports anchor on News1130 CKWX AM and at CKNW, where he won an RTDNA award for a feature on BC Lions fans.  PSR News  
George Kelso
01/26/18 - According to a posting on Radio West, former Vancouver broadcaster George Kelso died Thursday (01/25) on Vancouver Island.  He had been on air at UBC Radio in the late 1950s and at CFJC Kamloops and CHQM and CKLG Vancouver in the early 1960s before embarking on a long career, including management at CFRN Edmonton from 1964-92.  He retired to Vancouver Island and according to his Oceanside Media Club bio, was living in Courtenay.  Radio West Posting 
Lisa Adams
01/25/18 - Hubbard Country 98.9 KVRQ-FM Seattle has named Lisa Adams as PD.  She previously served as Marketing and Promotions Director for sister station KRWM-FM 106.9.  Adams joined Hubbard Seattle in August 2016 and her previous stints include the company's KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle.  All Access Music Group
Research Director, Inc.
01/25/18 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Neetu Garcha
01/25/18 - Neetu Garcha joins Global BC full-time as a reporter and fill in anchor.  She has worked with Global News as a VJ in both Kelowna and Victoria, in addition to reporting and anchoring on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  Twitter Announcement 
Delilah
01/25/18 - Veteran nationally syndicated broadcaster Delilah has joined The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays.  She celebrated the 30-year anniversary of her nighttime radio program in 2016.  Delilah was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016 and joined the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2017.  The Sound Info
KNKX-FM 88.5
01/24/18 (Updated) - A King County Superior Court Commissioner has ruled that Pacific Lutheran University, former licensee of Seattle market noncommercial KPLU-FM 88.5 (now Friends of 88.5 FM KNKX-FM) is not entitled to receive bequests left in wills by listeners who intended the money to go to the station, not the university.  Reports indicate there are three known bequests for $8,000, $12,000, and over $100,000, and Court Commissioner Henry Judson has ruled that Friends of 88.5 FM, not the university, should get the money and any others that turn up that are earmarked for KPLU.  All Access Music Group  Alexis Krell, Tacoma News Tribune  Joel Connelly, SeattlePI Backgrounder
Nielsen Audio
01/24/18 - AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is in first place with an 11.8 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma Holiday '18 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with a 6.4 share.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is tied for third with Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 with 5.7 sharesRadio Online
KOMO-TV Seattle
01/23/18 - A KOMO Seattle news crew was uninjured when its vehicle was struck nearly head-on by a wrong way drunk driver in Eastern Washington Friday night.  A KOMO news photographer was driving their Subaru news vehicle on a bridge along state Route 26 in Othello when the mishap occurred.  The other driver, who fled the scene, was pulled over by an Adams County Sheriff's deputy, and was found to have a blood alcohol content level of .253 -- more than three times the legal limit.  The news crew was on its way back to Seattle after covering a story in Pullman.  KOMO News
Richard Zussman
01/23/18 - Former CBC Vancouver legislative reporter Richard Zussman has announced on his Twitter page that he has joined Global BC as an online reporter based at the BC Legislature in Victoria.  He was dismissed by CBC in December for violating the Corporation’s code of conduct, conflict-of-interest rules and the collective agreement with the Canadian Media Guild union.  Mike Smyth, The Province backgrounder 
Seattle
Radio/TV
Updates

01/22/18 (Updated) - Recent changes to Seattle area TV/radio stations include KFFV-TV dropping some channels and re-shuffling others.  KFFV has MeTV on 44.1, Movies on 44.2 and H&I on 44.3.  (Many sources, including FCC files show the PSIP channel to be 45.x, but KFFV actually displays as 44.x)  Other channels have been deleted.  KUSE-LD has added AAT TV on 46.4.  Other channels are unchanged but reports indicate frequent freeze-ups on 46.6 and 46.7. KRUM has stopped programming on 24.2 but the channel is alive.  KRUM is carrying religious programming on 24.1 with no sound and no ID.  KFNQ AM 1090 turned off its HD when new owners took over.  The only other Seattle market AM station with HD is KKDZ AM 1250, during daytime only.  Additionally, KARR AM 1460 remains off the air, which it has been for several months.
Kenny Jay
01/22/18 - The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle PD Kenny Jay has been appointed PD for Country WUSN-FM 99.5 Chicago.  He was programming Country KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle leading up to the Entercom-CBS Radio merger and subsequent flip of KMPS to AC KSWD.  He first arrived at KMPS in January 2016.  All Access Music Group  
Jim Robson
01/21/18 - The City of Maple Ridge is going to rename a section of road in honor of legendary Vancouver Canucks announcer Jim Robson, who is now 83.  On January 27, the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary.  As part of the event, the section of 105th Avenue that leads to Planet Ice and the Albion Fairgrounds will be rechristened Jim Robson Way.  Current Canucks play-by-play announcer, John Shorthouse, will be MC for the event.  Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News  Harrison Mooney, Vancouver Sun
David Rose
01/20/18 - Over the past 30 days, KING-TV had an overall 32.4 Share in Seattle market social media standings.  KIRO-TV moved into second place with a 27.0 share, KCPQ-TV has a 26.3 share and KOMO-TV has 14.3.  KCPQ-TV saw the most growth, improving their total engagement this period by +21.1%.  KING-TV was the top station on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The top individual on Facebook was KPCQ-TV anchor and Washington’s Most Wanted host David Rose with a 1.23 Share.  He generated nearly 59,000 engagements on his page in the last 30 days.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy 
John Copsey
01/18/18 - John Copsey has left his position as a weekend news anchor at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver.  He has been with News 1130 since 2015.  Before moving to Vancouver, he held radio positions at stations in Winnipeg.  He tells us he is exploring fresh new media opportunities in local/national voice work, writing, podcast media, and film.  
Enrique Cerna
01/18/18 - After 23 years as panel host, interviewer, candidate debate referee, documentary producer, and Director of Community Partnerships, Enrique Cerna is retiring from KCTS-TV Seattle.  He retires after a 42-year career in Seattle broadcast journalism beginning in 1975 as a news reporter and anchor at KOMO Radio, and then KOMO-TV and KING-TV before going to KCTS.  Cerna has been the winner of nine Northwest Emmy Awards.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
CRTC
01/18/18 - The CRTC has revoked the broadcast licence of low-power community FM station CICV-FM 97.5 Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island per the request of the Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society.  CRTC Release  The tiny volunteer-run, community station closed as of December 31, 2017 because it ran out of volunteers to run it.  Lexi Bainas, Lake Cowichan Gazette  
BC Lions
TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver
01/18/18 - A multi-year extension has been announced that will see TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver remain the official radio broadcaster of the BC Lions.  The new deal continues through to 2022, with TSN 1040’s latest coverage of the team kicking off live from training camp on Sunday, May 20 from Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.  Play-by-play commentator is Bob the Moj Marjanovich alongside analyst and former Lions quarterback Giulio CaravattaBC Lions Release  Bell Media Release  
KING-TV Seattle
01/17/18 - KING-TV Seattle has opened sub-channel 5.3 and is running a loop advertising the QUEST Network, which will begin televising at 3 p.m. January 29th.  
KVOS-TV Bellingham
01/16/18 - KVOS-TV Bellingham and KFFV-TV Seattle are making changes to their channel lineups.  Over-the-air viewers are advised to re-scan following the changes.  KFFV changes are scheduled for midnight tonight and KVOS at 6 a.m. Wednesday.  The new KVOS lineup is: Heroes and Icons on 12.1, Movies! on 12.2, MeTV on 12.3 and Decades on 12.4.  MeTV, previously carried on KFFV 45.6, moves to 45.1.  
Claude Rorabough
01/16/18 - Former KIRO-FM/AM Seattle Operations Manager Claude Rorabough is back in the radio business as the voice of Tom Read's American Christian Radio Network stations based in Spokane.  His last radio position was as VP and General Manager of KMUZ AM/FM Portland (the FM is now KNRK 94.7) in the late 1990s.  Early in his career, he was the morning host and Operations Manager of KEZX-FM 98.9 (now KVRQ-FM) Seattle in the mid 1970s.  During college he was doing weekends on both KIRO and KIRO-FM/KSEA-FM and during high school he was at KURB AM 1510 Mountlake Terrace.
John Fisher
01/16/18 - The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle names longtime local personality John Fisher as inaugural morning show host debuting Monday, January 22nd.  He previously spent more than 20 years in mornings on sister station The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 and was most recently on-air at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9All Access Music Group 
Vancouver Whitecaps
01/15/18 - TSN has announced its 2018 MLS on TSN regular season broadcast schedule.  Headlined by 75 games featuring Canadian teams, MLS on TSN’s roster includes every Vancouver Whitecaps FC match and a slate of marquee games featuring U.S.-based teams.  CTV will air nine Saturday afternoon games featuring Canadian teams from mid-March until mid-May.  Live radio coverage of all Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches throughout the season will air on TSN Radio 1040 and 1410 Vancouver.  Bell Media Release 
Justin "Drex" Wilcomes
01/15/18 - Justin “Drex” Wilcomes begins a new four-hour talk show The Shift with Drex weekdays at 10 p.m. on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver beginning January 21 and also air on six other stations in Canada (Jan. 22 Eastern Time).  Drex moves to the new program from his current role co-hosting CKNW’s The Steele & Drex Show.  Corus Entertainment Release
Robin LaRose
01/13/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver midday host Robin LaRose.  It's the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute 
Keith Jackson
01/13/18 - Legendary former KOMO Seattle sports broadcaster Keith Jackson died late Friday at age 89.  His career began at Washington State University in the 1950s and ended in 2006 with ABC Sports.  Best known for his college football broadcasts, Jackson announced numerous other sports for ABC throughout his career.  He began working for KOMO Radio in Seattle in the 1950s and later for KOMO-TV from 1954 to 1964 as co-anchor for the station's first news team.  KOMO News 
Wayne Williams
01/12/18 - Wayne Williams, CBC Vancouver Senior Director of Journalism & Programming, Digital News is retiring effective January 31.  He's been News Director since 2009.  A retirement party is scheduled for the evening of January 18th.  For further details and to RSVP, contact Michelle Siu
Brad Maas
01/11/18 - Brad Maas starts as a new part-time traffic reporter at News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver January 14.  He has most recently been Promotions Representative for Rogers Media's Chilliwack and Abbotsford stations and is focusing on completing his BC Institute of Technology Radio Arts and Entertainment training this year.
Kirk Mason
01/11/18 - After five decades in the radio business, Kirk Mason has retired from his News Director position at The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria.  He started his career in Galt, Ontario in 1967 and has been with The Q for 28-1/2 years.  The Q Release/Audio  
David Kaye
01/11/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes former Vancouver broadcaster David Kaye, who hosted middays at LG73 CKLG Vancouver in the early 1980s before becoming a prominent voice actor.  It's the 11th in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
Gordie Tupper
01/10/18 - CHEK-TV pays tribute to Gordie Tupper, the longest serving member of the station's air crew.  Tupper announced his retirement effective January 31.  CHEK News/Video 
Sinclair Broadcast Group
01/10/18 - According to the Financial Times, Sinclair Broadcast Group will be selling about 10 US television stations to what will be known as New Fox, as part of a divestment to win FCC approval of its $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.  The markets include Seattle, where Tribune owns Fox affiliate KCPQ-TV and Sinclair owns ABC affiliate KOMO-TVChris Ariens, TVSpy 
Garrett Michaels
01/10/18 - Former Seattle PD Garrett Michaels has been named PD at 91X XETRA-FM 91.1 Tijuana/San Diego.  He was PD at The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle from 2013-15.  Radio Online 
Ian Power
01/09/18 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Ian Power has taken over mornings at Pulse 107.7 CISF-FM Surrey.  He's hosted shows at a number of prominent Vancouver stations since the late 1970s.  Neil Morrison moves back to p.m. drive. 
FCC
01/09/18 - The FCC has granted a Construction Permit to Jean J. Suh for K271CS 102.1 Everett, to carry the programming of KWYZ AM 1230.  It will operate with an ERP of 180 watts non-directional at 2 meters HAAT at 47° 58' 6.00" 122° 10' 24.00"FCC Data  
Eric Muhs
01/07/18 - Washington has the second-highest concentration of low power FM stations among the nation’s 15 most populous states, with 68 stations for 7.4 million people.  Six new community stations have recently begun broadcasting in Seattle, including KBFG-LP 107.3, bringing programming to North Seattle neighborhoods and co-founded by local physics and astronomy teacher Eric MuhsKirk Johnson, New York/Seattle Times 
FCC
01/04/18 - The FCC has granted an application for a minor change to a licensed facility to Jodesha Broadcasting for booster station KJET-FM1 105.7 Aberdeen.  The CP authorizes the mounting of the antenna on the non-directional tower of KBKW AM 1450 Aberdeen at 46º-56'-55" 123º-49'-12"FCC Data
Rebecca
                                  Stevenson
01/04/18 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has announced her departure.  Prior to joining Q13 she was a key launch team member of Al Jazeera America in New York City, working as a meteorologist and correspondent for two years.  She has previously worked in Seattle as the Chief Meteorologist at KIRO-TV and meteorologist at KING-TV.  Puget Sound Media   
Heather Graf
01/04/18 - KING-TV Seattle reporter Heather Graf moves to the same position at WJLA-TV Washington DC after five years in Seattle.  She says on her Facebook page, "I am a better journalist because of the time I spent at KING 5".  TVSpy
Jim French
01/03/18 - A memorial service has been announced for Northwest broadcast legend Jim French, who passed away peacefully at his home December 20 at age 89.  Over a career of more than 70 years, he touched many lives through his work as a radio personalty in Southern California, Hawaii and Seattle.  He was the writer, producer and director of Imagination Theatre which aired on KIXI Seattle for nearly 17 years.  The memorial will be held Saturday, January 13 at the South Bellevue Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 15205 SE 28th St., Bellevue.  Seattle Times Obituary 
Kelly Franson
01/03/18 - KIRO-TV Seattle meteorologist Kelly Franson explains her disappearance from television, stating, "After 3 years of pulling double weekend shifts at KIRO, I’m going in another direction".  She has been with the station since December 2014.  Facebook Blog Post
Tom Jeffries
01/03/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes veteran Vancouver broadcaster Tom Jeffries.  It's the second in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
FCC
01/03/18 - The FCC has cancelled the license and call sign for Low Power FM station KOLP-LP 100.3 Olympia per request of the licensee, KOLP Radio.  FCC Data
Scooter
01/02/18 - Former QMFM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver producer Scooter joins the morning team of Ruby and Leslie at Z95.3 CKZZ-FMZ95.3 Audio   

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