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Phil Menger2/28/19 - Former CBC Vancouver reporter Phil Menger died in Abbotsford February 24 at age 71.  The long-time reporter in both broadcasting and print was a freelance public affairs reporter/performer/documentary producer and researcher for CBC from 1971-85.  He was also a volunteer coordinator at University of British Columbia campus radio station CITR-FM 101.9.
Bob Mills
2/28/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Bob Mills is leaving his position at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna, where he has been hosting the morning show for 12 years.  His final day on-air will be Friday, May 10.  Mills started his career at CBC Vancouver in 1972, followed by positions in the Okanagan, Red Deer and Calgary, then back to Vancouver on-air and PD of CFOX-FM 99.3 before moving to CKLZ/CKOV Kelowna in 2002.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now  
Clay Freinwald
2/26/19 - The March 2019 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 talks about the severe February weather, the impact on major broadcast transmitter sites and access to transmitter towers and much more.  March Clay's Corner
Ross Crain
2/26/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Ross Crain died from a fall in Vancouver Sunday, February 24 at age 86.  He was on air at CKWX and CJOR during the 1950s before moving to CFCF and CFOX in Montreal.  He also held positions with CBS TV New York,  CTV Network in Canada, All Canada Radio and Television Ltd. and several other broadcast-related companies from the mid 1960s to late '90s, when he returned to Vancouver as a volunteer textbook recorder for the blind and visually impaired.  The funeral will be held at St. Mary's Kerrisdale with an obituary to be published in the Vancouver newspapers.    
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson
2/26/19 - Vancouver-based Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, former co-host of the national daily The 700 Club Canada, pulled in a surprising 10.7 per cent of the vote in Monday's Burnaby South federal byelection, running for the People’s Party of Canada.  Chris Campbell, Burnaby Now  John Paul Tasker, CBC News 
Dick Williams
2/25/19 - Former CKWX Vancouver Technician/Engineer Dick Williams died in the Penticton Hospital on February 19.  He celebrated his 100th birthday at Cherry Park Retirement Residence last September.  Williams started at CKWX in 1939 and later moved to CFGP Grande Prairie AB.  Puget Sound Radio  100th Birthday Backgrounder  
Tony Antonias
2/24/19 - Friends and former colleagues gathered Saturday at New Westminster's Massey Theatre to pay tribute to retired CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Copy Chief Tony Antonias, who died January 25 at age 89.  The program included music by local singers and musicians, including harpist Lori Pappajohn, guitarist Lucas Mendenhall, singer Steve Maddock and a quartet from the Vagabond Players.  Antonias is credited with composing the Woodward's Department Store’s $1.49 Day jingle for which he was presented an International Broadcasting Award.  George Garrett, Facebook  Sun/Province Obituary       
Ed Jurak
2/24/19 - An obituary has been published for broadcaster Ed Jurak, who passed away suddenly January 26 at age 75.  Despite health issues, he always maintained a positive outlook and buoyant personality.  He enjoyed a long career as engineer/radio personality in Prince Rupert and Vancouver, with ventures into TV and music recording.  A celebration of life is planned for the near future.  Sun/Province Obituary 
KIRO AM 710 Seattle
2/22/19 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle has announced two additions to its on-air lineup: an expanded Seattle Sports at Night and the brand new Seattle Sports SaturdaySeattle Sports at Night airs Monday through Thursday from 7-9 p.m. with hosts Curtis Rogers, Stacy Rost and Jake HeapsSeattle Sports Saturday will debut March 2.  KIRO Release   
Research Director, Inc.
2/21/19 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive January PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Nielsen Audio
2/20/19 - News KUOW-FM 94.9 moves into first place with an 7.4 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma January 2019 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5  is second with a 7.0 share and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.6.  Radio Online
Red Robinson
2/20/19 - Legendary Vancouver DJ Red Robinson is interviewed by Canucks PA announcer Al Murdoch at Elements Casino in Surrey Friday to support the Centre for Child DevelopmentInterview Audio  
Norma Reid
2/19/19 - CTV Vancouver Breaking News Reporter/11:30 p.m. News Anchor Norma Reid returned to the screen last night after several months.  Details of her absence have not been released.  However, she posted on her Instagram page, "I want to thank everyone who has reached out and sent messages of love and support.  What I've been going through is deeply personal and perhaps I will open and share more details with you one day.  For now, I am just grateful for my health, my life and the future."  Instagram Announcement     
Alek Halverson
2/19/19 - Alek Halverson has been named afternoon host and Music Director for The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle, effective February 21.  He will be on-air weekdays from 2-7 p.m.  He moves from afternoon drive host, Music Director and Assistant Program Director for BIG 98.7 KLTA-FM Fargo, ND.  Radio Online  
Ursula Thomas
2/17/19 - CBC solo pianist and accompanist Ursula Thomas died February 11 at age 98.  Many fans will remember her as 'Paulie' on School Broadcasts.  While teaching singing, organ and piano at Jericho Hill Provincial School for the Blind, 'Ursie' established, directed and accompanied Canada's first blind children's choir.  She was the official Accompanist for the Vancouver School Board and was appointed Adjudicator for choral and instrumental competitions held across B.C.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. February 25 at Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria.  McCall Gardens Obituary  
George Garrett
2/17/19 - Legendary CKNW Vancouver investigative reporter George Garrett, who retired in 1999, has written his latest book about his life as a reporter.  George Garrett - Intrepid Reporter will be released March 2nd and is available for ordering now at book stores or amazon.ca / amazon.com.  In this memoir, Garrett shares the behind-the-scenes tales of his harrowing, humorous and occasionally humiliating investigative tactics and delves into the personal details of his life, sharing the hardships and resilience that marks him as an empathetic storyteller.     
Amanda Grace
2/16/19 - Yesterday was the last day for KING-TV Seattle evening news anchor Amanda Grace.  She announced on her Twitter page, "...It’s time for me to take on a new challenge and grow personally and professionally."  Grace joined KING 5 in October 2014 from WHDH-TV Boston.  Twitter Announcement  KING 5 Video 
CHEK-TV Victoria
2/16/19 - CHEK-TV Victoria presents the Broadcast Premiere of Us and Them, a compelling documentary that follows four individuals for ten years on the streets of Victoria as they cope, not only with homelessness, but also mental illness and addiction.  CHEK will broadcast and live stream Us and Them commercial free at 8 p.m. February 23.  Immediately following the film, CHEK will broadcast a panel discussion moderated by news anchor Ben O’Hara ByrneCHEK Release
KIRO-TV Seattle
2/16/19 - Cox Enterprises Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement with funds (the "Apollo Funds") managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Apollo") to buy a majority interest in Cox Media Group's broadcast television stations.  Included in the deal is KIRO-TV Seattle.  Cox Media Group's TV stations serve some of the most desirable markets in the country and reach a combined 31 million viewers nationwide.  Cox Enterprises Release  Scott Trubey, Seattle Times  
George Orr
2/14/19 - Veteran Vancouver broadcast journalist George Orr has been picked by the North Vancouver Green Party to lead them into the 2019 federal election.  “I’m going to be the Bernie Sanders of the Canadian Green Party,” he said. “I am that guy.”  The election is scheduled for October 21.  Orr held several news positions with Vancouver TV stations during the 1980s and was a BCIT Broadcast Journalism instructor from 1989-2010.  He is also an award winning documentary producer.  Brent Richter, North Shore News
Ed Jurak
2/14/19 - Former Vancouver announcer/engineer Ed Jurak, who passed away January 26 at age 75 after battling several health issues over the last few years, is remembered for his "MacGyver-like talent for keeping stations on air".  Before he retired he was chief engineer at CKST Langley/Vancouver and engineer for the CHUM Radio Group Vancouve.  Mike Klassen, Vancouver Courier
Kent Schumaker
2/14/19 - Kent Schumaker joins Vista Radio on Vancouver Island starting March 4 as Regional Content Manager.  He's previously been a weekend, swing announcer and traffic reporter for Mountain FM in Squamish/Whistler; morning show host, Music Director and APD for CKWV-FM 102.3 Nanaimo and was Program/Brand Director for Peace River Broadcasting in Peace River AB for the last nine years.  
Drew Bland
2/13/19 - KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle PD Drew Bland will be featured on a Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2019 panel tomorrow (2/14) along with Nuvoodoo Media Services Pres. Carolyn Gilbert and Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito.  The three panelists are hoping to garner as many votes as they can for Esposito to win the esteemed title of Supreme and Exalted Leader of CRS50.  All Access Music Group
Emily Griffiths
2/10/19 - An obituary has been published for Emily Griffiths, who with her husband Frank owned Western International Communications, which included Global Television when it was known as BCTV, and CKNW Radio Vancouver.  She passed away January 30 at age 96.  At her request, there will be no memorial or funeral service.  It was her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations to Canuck Place would be greatly appreciated.  Sun/Province Obituary  Vancouver Canucks Video
Mike Cleaver 2017 - Photo courtesy Radio West
2/10/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Mike Cleaver died this morning just short of his 73rd birthday, after fighting kidney disease for the past few months.  His career began at CKOV Kelowna in 1961 followed by positions in Lethbridge, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton and Ottawa.  He returned to BC in 2000 and worked for CJNW, CKNW and CTV Vancouver before retiring.  Cleaver was also an accomplished technician and operated Mike Cleaver Broadcast Services for the last 12 years.  There will be no funeral or celebration of life per his request.  Donations in his memory can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada
Tom Houston
2/08/19 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Tom Houston died on board his sailboat “Toroa”, moored in the Marina at Mazatlan, Mexico on January 22.  He was 85.  After working for CBC’s Engineering Headquarters in Montreal, he took a position as a Senior Technician at CBC Vancouver in 1966, where he stayed for 32 years.  
Virgin Radio
2/08/19 - iHeartRadio Canada announced at 8 a.m. today the re-branding of KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria to Virgin Radio.  Also announced is a new morning show anchored by Brittany King, who joins Virgin from KOOL FM, and Chris Palliser, who comes from Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver.  The show runs 5:30 -10 a.m. starting Monday, February 11.  CTV News  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
KPTZ-FM 91.9 Port Townsend
2/07/19 - Community station KPTZ-FM 91.9 Port Townsend has announced that one of its volunteer DJs has donated $100,000 towards a planned move to Fort Worden.  Last November, KPTZ received a $500,000 challenge grant from the Sage Foundation.  The funds will be used to construct state-of-the-art studios and secure a permanent transmitter site.  KPTZ release  Radio Port Townsend has an application on file with the FCC to move its transmitter to 48° 08' 24.00" 122° 46' 0.00" with an increase in ERP from 2.1 to 3 kW directional and HAAT change from 102 to 101 meters.  FCC Data 
Carmen Cruz
2/04/19 - Carmen Cruz has been elevated from weekends to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday on CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  She's been with CFOX since 2014.  Twitter Announcement
Hunter Quinn
2/04/19 - Hunter Quinn, who has been hosting weekends at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle since his May exit as APD/afternoon host at KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle, is part of the new wake-up team of Hunter & Mollie at Cities KTCZ-FM 97.1 Minneapolis.  He teams up with Mollie Kendrick, who moves from nights.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight  
FCC
2/04/19 - The FCC has accepted for filing an application by Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc. to change community of license for KJET-FM 105.7 from Raymond to Union and move transmitter to South Mountain 47° 18' 46.00" 123° 22' 15.00".  If approved, ERP will decrease from 13.5 kW to 1.75 kW directional and HAAT will increase from 290 to 664 meters.  FCC Data  Lance Venta, Radio Insight
Bob Dearborn
2/03/19 - Former KIXI Seattle staffer Bob Dearborn is credited with writing the widely circulated in-depth interpretation of the lyrics to American Pie by Don McLean about the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (J. P.  Richardson), sixty years ago today.  More than 100,000 printed copies were sent to all parts of the world.  Dearborn was PD, Music Director and on air at KIXI in the late 1990s.  Ronald DeHart, Puget Sound Media   
Angelo Iacobucci
2/03/19 - Hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon to bid farewell to Angelo Iacobucci at a memorial service in Kamloops, seven weeks after he passed away suddenly just two weeks before his 61st birthday.  Although he was based in Kamloops during his 39 years in broadcasting, he was well known to Vancouver radio listeners, as he filed numerous news reports that ran on a number of local stations over the duration of his career.  Adam Donnelly, CFJC Today  
Super Bowl LIII
2/02/19 - Sunday's Super Bowl will likely be the last available in Canada via cable or satellite in its original form, complete with US commercials.  Until 2017, Canadian viewers were blocked from the full US Super Bowl feeds, including the commercials that are often produced specifically for the event, as domestic broadcasters were able to substitute their own versions of the broadcasts carried by cable and satellite.  Since then, the CRTC has prevented simultaneous substitution, or simsub, during the game despite protests from Bell Media and the NFL.  That rule is set to be rescinded by the federal government, as part of its renegotiated trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, but the deal has not yet been ratified.  This year's game is being carried locally on KIRO-TV Seattle, CTV Vancouver and CTV Two VictoriaCBC News  Global News  
Emily Griffiths
2/01/19 - Emily Griffiths has died at age 96.  She and her husband Frank owned Western International Communications, which included Global Television when it was known as BCTV, and CKNW Radio Vancouver.  The family also bought the Vancouver Canucks in 1974.  Frank Griffiths passed away April 7, 1994 at age 77.  Squire Barnes, Global Video 
Kim Martinez
1/31/19 - Entercom Seattle sales executive Kim Martinez has been named Senior VP/Market Manager for its cluster in Portland.  The 20-year industry veteran was most recently Vice President of Digital Sales at Entercom Seattle and was General Sales Manager from 2010-13.  Radio Online 
Sinclair Broadcast Group
1/30/19 - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has increased the size of its Board of Directors from eight to nine and has appointed former U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg to the new seat.  Besides its television stations, Sinclair operates three radio stations in Seattle.  All Access Music Group  Sinclair News Release
Nexstar
1/30/19 - Nexstar has identified three stations it plans to sell and 11 other markets where it intends to divest stations so that its acquisition of Tribune Media can obtain regulatory approvals.  At this point there is no mention of Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle, although Nexstar said in the filing that there will be other stations sold to conform to the government national ownership cap, but those stations and markets have not yet been identified.  Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable
Kenny Jones
1/30/19 - Former JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver afternoon host Kenny Jones has announced on his Twitter page that he is back in his home town of Winnipeg.  He joins Rogers Radio sister station KISS CKY-FM 102.3 Winnipeg.   
Clay Freinwald
1/29/19 - The February 2019 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 talks about the January 6th windstorm, access to transmitter towers after storms, local transmitter sites and much more.  February Clay's Corner
Ed Jurak
1/28/19 - Former Vancouver announcer/engineer Ed Jurak died Saturday, January 26 at age 75 after battling several health issues over the last few years.  He hosted weekends and fill-in at CKLG/CKLG-FM Vancouver 1963-66, was on air at CHTK Pr. Rupert from 1966-71 and station engineer from 1976-79.  Jurak was an operator/on-air/engineer at CKO-FM Vancouver from 1983-89, chief engineer at CKST Langley/Vancouver from 1991-2002 and engineer for the CHUM Radio Group Vancouver 2002-04 when he retired.  A celebration of life is being planned for the near future.   
KOOL CHBE-FM Victoria
1/27/19 - Morning hosts at KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria have been released.  A staff member at Bell Media confirmed to Victoria Buzz that Paul Allen and Heather Palak have been let go with no further explanation.  There are no updates on what direction the station will take next, and whether or not the breakfast show hosts will be replaced.  Brishti Basu, Victoria Buzz 
Jay Michaels
1/26/19 - Former Sandusky Radio Seattle host Jay Michaels, who assisted with development and launch of MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5, has been named PD and afternoon personality at Q97.3 KQHN-FM Shreveport, LA.  He was a weekend host at Sandusky Seattle stations in 2006.  RAMP Radio and Music Pros  
Tony Antonias
1/26/19 (Updated) - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Copy Chief Tony Antonias died Friday at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster at age 89.  He started as a copywriter in 1955, soon moving up to Copy Chief and then Creative Director.  He is credited with composing the Woodward's Department Store’s $1.49 Day jingle for which he was presented an International Broadcasting Award for creating one of the World’s Best Broadcast Advertisements.  The jingle was a great success for Woodward’s for many years.  Teresa McManus, New Westminster Record backgrounder  Former CKNW Investigative Reporter George Garrett Tribute  Robyn Crawford, Global News  Lori Pappajohn,  New West Record
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
1/26/19 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle is one of over 41 stations to celebrate International Clash Day.  The station will broadcast live from Studio 9294 in London from February 4-7, featuring live performances from 16 bands who follow in the footsteps of The Clash.  KEXP will also host a Clash Cover Night at Washington Hall in Seattle February 7 with several local bands.  All Access Music Group  KEXP Release 
Mark Rogers
1/25/19 - Veteran Jim Pattison Broadcast Group sales executive Mark Rogers retires after 44 years in radio sales.  He has been GSM at CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver since 1999 and VP Sales for the JP Broadcast Group since 2014.      
Cheryl Carson
1/25/19 - Cheryl Carson, who departed from the News Director position at KING-TV Seattle two weeks ago resurfaces as ND at WJLA-TV (ABC) Washington, DC.  She begins her new job February 11. Scott Jones, FTVLive 
Research Director, Inc.
1/25/19 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
FCC
1/24/19 - The FCC has granted a CP for Displacement to Venture Technologies Group, LLC for digital translator K24IC-D Bellingham.  Transmit channel will change from 24 to 18, ERP will drop from 15 to 10.6 kW at its existing transmitter location of 48° 40' 45.00" 122° 50' 36.00" (Orcas Island).  The translator carries the programming of KBTC-TV Tacoma.  FCC Data 
Nielsen Audio
1/23/19 - Following its move to All Christmas in mid November, AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 continues in first place with an 11.2 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma Holiday 2018 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  News KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with a 5.9 share and CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 moves up to third with 5.7.  Radio Online
KNKX-FM 88.5 Seattle
1/22/19 - A new six-part podcast called Forgotten Prison launches this week.  The new show was created in collaboration between KNKX.org and Washington State History Museum and also airs on KNKX-FM 88.5 Seattle starting today.  Radio Ink  KNKX Release
Gulf Islands Radio
1/20/19 - Gulf Islands Community Radio Society has recently submitted an application to the CRTC to re-establish radio service to Salt Spring Island.  The group has submitted a request for call letters CHIR, with the IR representing Islands Radio, to be pronounced Cheer, and would like to include the other Gulf Islands in their coverage.  Intent is to use the same two frequencies as before, 107.9 and 102.1, with transmitter locations on Mount Belcher and Mount Bruce.  That's the same as the previous CFSI-FM, which operated as a commercial venture under two different owners from 2009 to 2015 until its license was revoked by the CRTC.  Gail Sjuberg, Gulf Islands Driftwood  
CKNW AM 980
1/19/19 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has announced the launch of the second season of Mayors Day at 8 a.m.on Tuesday, January 22.  His Worship Mike Hurley, Mayor of the City of Burnaby, co-hosts The Jon McComb Show, His Worship Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, co-hosts The Simi Sara Show and Her Worship Linda Buchanan, Mayor of the City of North Vancouver, co-hosts The Lynda Steele Show.  Mayors Day will continue one weekday per month, with the next event occurring on Monday, February 28, with future mayoral co-hosts to be  announced.  MMU Release    
Seattle Tower Fire
1/17/19 - Five of the six stations displaced due to the fire that destroyed the Master Antenna at the West Tiger-2 site, resumed operation using a temporary antenna at reduced power around 5 p.m. Wednesday.  iHeartMedia will continue to operate KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 using their auxiliary facilities at the West Tiger-1 Site.  Stations will remain in this mode until the destroyed antenna is replaced, likely this summer. 
Steve Shannon
1/15/19 - Former Vancouver and Barriere, BC broadcaster Steve Shannon (Steven Castonguay) died of cancer December 26 in St-Jérôme, Québec at age 71.  He worked at a number of stations in Montréal, Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary and Edmonton before joining CIMA AM 1040 (now CKST) Vancouver circa 1990.  He also ran a public speaking coaching business for executives in Vancouver.  In 2013, he became the owner of The Bear CHLW-FM 93.1 Barriere, north of Kamloops, until 2017 when illness struck. 
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
1/15/19 - SAG-AFTRA has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle regarding the dismissal of seven employees in April 2018.  The claim alleges that station management “interfered with, restrained, and/or coerced public employees” in their right to collectively bargain.  Inside Radio
Katie Boer
1/15/19 - A memo has gone out to staff at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle telling them that Meteorologist Katie Boer no longer works for the station.  She was arrested after being at a co-workers house for a party in December.  Witnesses said that Boer had too much to drink and was trying to drive home.  Some people tried to stop her and police say she assaulted them.  Scott Jones, FTVLive 
Cheryl Carson
1/14/19 - KING-TV Seattle News Director Cheryl Carson has left the station as of Friday.  She has been with KING-TV since 2012, first as Assistant News Director then as ND since 2016.  No word as to why the abrupt exit.  FTVLive 
Channel Q
1/14/19 - Entercom today launched its LGBTQ Talk/Dance Channel Q on K277AE 103.3 Seattle fed via KNDD-HD2 107.7.  The translator had previously served as a downtown fill-in for Rhythmic Hot AC Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM.  K277AE joins HD subchannels in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Houston, and Las Vegas carrying the Channel Q programming.  In Seattle the new format will create a competitor to Seattle Public Schools’ Dance C89.5 KNHC-FMLance Venta, Radio Insight
KIRO-TV Seattle
1/14/19 - TEGNA, Hearst and E.W. Scripps Co. each plan to submit bids this month to buy Cox Enterprises' 14 TV stations, according to CNBC.  The privately held radio and TV group has set January 30 as the deadline for final offers for the stations, which include KIRO-TV Seattle and properties in Atlanta and Boston.  Inside Radio
Bob Gillies 1960s photo
1/14/19 - 1950s CJOR and CKWX Vancouver broadcaster Bob Gillies died from cancer December 15 at age 84 in Atlanta.  Following his work in Vancouver, he was prominent at CKGM and CFCF radio and TV Montreal in the late 1950s and '60s before moving to the U.S., where he enjoyed a successful career as a writer and singer of commercial jingles for radio and television, and wrote and performed songs for motion pictures in Los Angeles.  He was an actor and comedy writer for many Hollywood television shows, most notably for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in the late 1960s.  Obituary    
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle
1/13/19 - Employees and listeners were caught by surprise by the cancellation Thursday of The Ron & Don Show after nearly 13 years on drive time at KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle.  The staff was notified 11 minutes after the show ended that day at 7 p.m.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
FCC
1/13/19 - The FCC has granted a CP for a power increase to Capstar TX, LLC for KJAQ-FM 96.5 Seattle.  ERP will increase from 52 to 70 kW non-directional at existing transmitter location and HAAT.  KJAQ Application  FCC Data  
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle

KTTH AM 770 Seattle
1/11/19 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has dropped the Ron & Don Show and is adding a new program hosted by Candy Harper, Mike Lewis and Todd Herman 3-7 p.m. starting Monday, January 14.  Candy Harper most recently served as Ron & Don’s producer, Mike Lewis has served as a reporter and fill-in host and Todd Herman moves over from afternoons at co-owned 770 The Truth KTTH AM.  Meanwhile at KTTH, morning host Jason Rantz will move to afternoons and local Conservative activist Saul Spady, will take over mornings.  KIRO Release 1  KIRO Release #2  KTTH Release  
CHLG-FM 104.3 The Breeze
1/11/19 - New owner Stingray flipped Classic Hits CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver after Christmas to 104.3 The Breeze playing Vancouver’s Relaxing Favourites.  On-air staff remain unchanged. 
Tanya Fletcher
1/11/19 - CBC British Columbia has appointed Tanya Fletcher as its new Provincial Affairs reporter.  She has been with CBC since 2016. 
Liza Yuzda
1/11/19 - Liza Yuzda leaves CKNW AM 980 Vancouver to launch a B.C. Legislative bureau in Victoria for News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  Yuzda has been with 'NW since April 2010.  Meanwhile, morning co-anchor Amelia John has left News 1130 for Australia.  As reported below, Amanda Wawryk moves to her position.  
CRTC
1/10/19 - (Updated 01/12) The CRTC has approved an application by ZoomerMedia Limited to change the authorized contours of CHNU-DT Fraser Valley by relocating the transmitter site to Mount Seymour, changing the channel from 47 to 24, increasing maximum ERP from 13,500 to 35,000 watts and increasing HAAT from 346.3 to 625.6 meters.  The licensee indicated that since the current transmitter site at McKee Peak is being decommissioned, CHNU-DT must relocate its transmission facilities. The application would allow the station to transition from channel 47 to 24 to comply with the Department of Industry’s re-purposing initiative of the 600 MHz frequency band.  CRTC Release 
Dave Richards
1/10/19 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle PD Dave Richards oversaw the debut of Live Day back in 2016, and has seen it get bigger and better every year since.  Richards took some time out from already preparing for next November's event to illustrate the mentality and preparation it takes to make Live Day unique and special.  All Access Music Group
KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle
1/10/19 - iHeartMedia Top 40 KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle is looking for a PD that can make a creative and defining difference.  Experience and success are important.  All Access Music Group
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
1/10/19 - A staffer at FOX affiliate Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle has been fired after the station aired what appears to be a doctored video of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech from the Oval Office.  Q13 news director Erica Hill wrote in an emailed statement, “We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated.”  Christine Clarridge and Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times
Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV Seattle
1/09/19 - There are interruptions to the signal of Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle on translator K42CM-D Centralia/Chehalis as it changes its antenna with weather delays.  The FCC recently granted a Displacement Application for an RF channel change from 42 to 17.  The transmitter site is on Crego Hill.  FCC Data
KING5 KING-TV Seattle
1/09/19 - The 18th annual KING-TV Seattle Home Team Harvest shattered records for the second year in a row, raising 6,795,753 meals for Northwest Harvest, the largest hunger relief agency in Washington state.  KING 5 and Northwest Harvest worked with partners AT&T, Safeway and Albertsons, and WARM KRWM-FM106.9 throughout the months of November and December to collect non-perishable food and cash donations.  This year’s goal of 6 million was blown away thanks to generous donations from sponsors and the community, making this the largest Home Team Harvest yet.  KING 5 Release 
Ria Renouf
1/09/19 - Ria Renouf will shortly be joining News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as its new p.m. drive anchor alongside veteran Jim Bennie.  She replaces Amanda Wawryk, who transitions to a.m. drive with John Ackermann.  Renouf was an anchor/reporter at CKNW AM 980 from 2013-18 and most recently Communications Officer for the BC SPCA
Angelo Iacobucci
1/09/19 - A Celebration of Life for legendary Kamloops news reporter Angelo Iacobucci will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2nd at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre.  The event will be hosted by former NL Radio CHNL AM 610 Kamloops Program Director Jim Reynolds.  There will also be a number of speakers and special guests.  Iacobucci passed away suddenly on December 14th at age 60.  Although he was based in Kamloops during his 39 years in broadcasting, he was well known to Vancouver radio listeners, as he filed numerous news reports that ran on a number of local stations over the duration of his career.  Shane Woodford, Radio NL  Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week backgrounder 
Ruby Carr
1/09/19 - Brother and sister former Vancouver broadcasters Ruby Carr and Alex Carr have have now launched their new morning show at The Edge CFNY-FM 102.1 Toronto.  Ruby was the lead host of the morning show at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver for the past four years.  Alex was midday host at CFOX-FM 99.3Broadcast Dialogue 
Sacred Heart Radio
1/09/19 - Sacred Heart Radio is now broadcasting on KLAY AM 1180/FM 107.3 Lakewood/Tacoma. The FCC granted Assignment of License from Clay Huntington Legacy L.L.C. to Sacred Heart, along with noncommercial educational status on January 3.  Acquisition of KLAY by Sacred Heart for $450,000 was announced in mid November.  FCC Data Puget Sound Media 
CRTC
1/08/19 - CHOF AM 600 Vancouver CP has changed calls to CKSP, the old Summerland BC 1450 calls, no longer standing for Summerland-Peachland, but now Sher-E-Punjab.  According to an application for an extension, CKSP plans to be on the air this March.
FCC
1/08/19 - Two Blaine AM station translators have recently signed on.  KARI AM 550 on 95.7 and KVRI AM 1600 on 105.3.  As expected, both put out fairly strong signals in the Langley-Aldergrove area, basically knocking out KJR & KCMS.  As you get closer to Abbotsford, KJR & KCMS become audible again.  KRPI AM 1550 is the only AM station left in Whatcom County without an FM translator.
Jim Taylor
1/08/19 - Legendary sports columnist Jim Taylor died Monday at his home in Shawnigan Lake, B.C. at age 82.  He covered sports for the Victoria Colonist for 10 years beginning in 1955, for the Vancouver Sun for 13 years, for the Province for 17 years and as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Calgary Sun, before retiring in 2001.  During his distinguished career Taylor was a sports commentator for CKWX and CBC Television Vancouver in 1980 and a regular contributor on the Frosty Forst morning show on CKNW 20 years later.  He was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, the CFL Hall of Fame, received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation for journalism in 2010 and a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada.  Victoria Times Colonist  David Carrigg, The Province  
Len Chapple
1/05/19 - Former CBC Vancouver Executive Producer Len Chapple died in Victoria January 2, a month short of his 97th birthday.  He began his long and distinguished broadcasting career at CKMO Vancouver shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.  His work as an Executive Producer with CBC and other networks took him to the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, and Calgary; the first World Masters Games in Toronto and the Goodwill Games in Seattle.  In 1978 he led CBC as host broadcaster for the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.  Times Colonist Obituary
Nielsen Audio
1/04/19 - Following its move to All Christmas in mid November, AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 jumps into first place with an 8.8 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma December 2018 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with a 6.0 share and Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.7.  Radio Online

1/01/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Neil Arnold died from cardiac arrest at Vancouver General Hospital on December 12th.  Arnold, whose real name was Neil Waldman, worked as a news anchor at CFUN, CJOR, CKWX and CKO-FM Vancouver during the 1970s and '80s.  He is reported to have been about 74 years old.

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