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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 1170 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



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