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Jon McComb

2/20/20 - After just nine weeks of retirement, long-time CKNW AM 980 Vancouver morning talk show host Jon McComb has taken to Twitter to announce The Jon McComb Podcast for, "...the best in commentary, interviews and me free associating."  Twitter Announcement
Peter Puttonen

2/20/20 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Peter Puttonen died at Nanaimo Hospital February 13 at age 76. He worked for CBC Vancouver on three occasions between 1970 and 1985, first as a Maintenance Technician, then as Supervising Technician at the Mt. Seymour Transmitter site and thirdly as Systems Technologist for ENG in the Vancouver studios. A Celebration of Life will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel at 1:00 pm. Saturday, February 22.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Research Director, Inc.

2/20/20 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive January PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group


2/20/20 - The FCC has granted a Minor Change to a Licensed Facility to James A. Dalke for KARR AM 1460 Kirkland. New power will be 0.74 kW daytime and .019 kW nighttime non-directional at 47° 41' 47.00" 122° 09' 51.00".  FCC Data

Nielsen Audio

2/20/20 - Seattle market AC KRWM-FM 106.9, Soft AC KSWD-FM 94.1 and AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 slipped in the ratings following their holiday programming. KRWM fared the best, moving from a 9.2 in the Holiday book to a 5.3 for the first monthly of 2020. The station held onto some of its Christmas cume, having posted a 4.8 in November 2019.  Inside Radio
Nielsen Audio

2/19/20 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 jumps up to first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma January 2020 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings with a 6.6 share. News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up to second with 6.0. News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is third with 5.5.  Radio Online

Ellen Tailor

2/19/20 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle morning features reporter Ellen Tailor leaves the station after two years. She was previously morning show host on The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 for six years. FTVLive

Ray Wittrock

2/18/20 - Retired CBC Vancouver Senior Broadcast Technologist Ray Wittrock died February 7 at age 64. He joined the staff of CBC Vancouver in May 1981 and retired on June 30, 2015. He was paralyzed as a result of breaking his neck in a fall in November 2018. A service will be held at 1 p.m. February 22 at All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner. Sun/ Province Obituary

Radio World

2/18/20 - The FCC tentatively plans to allow U.S. AM band radio stations to turn off their analog signals and broadcast in all-digital HD Radio. This development has moved discussion of all-digital on the AM band from the theoretical to the real. Radio World's webinar "Digital Sunrise for AM Radio" will explore the topic. It's scheduled for 9 a.m. PT Wednesday (2/19). Seattle broadcast engineer Clay Freinwald is closely following this development, as there are local stations which may be early adopters. Info & Registration

Luisa Alvarez

2/17/20 - Luisa Alvarez joins CTV Vancouver Morning Live as its traffic anchor. The 2017 BCIT grad joined CTV as a "Multi Skilled Journalist" last October after two years as a Video Journalist with CHEK News Victoria. Twitter Announcement  CTV News

Kaila Lafferty

2/14/20 - Kaila Lafferty joins KING 5 Seattle as a reporter effective March 2nd. She has been a reporter and fill in anchor for the Daybreak show at KATV Little Rock, AR since 2018 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Washington State University in 2016.  Twitter Announcement
Rudy Parachoniak

2/14/20 - Rudy Parachoniak is the new morning host at Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey. He was PD and morning show host at K97.5 CKRV-FM Kamloops from 2009-14 and left radio for 3-1/2 years beginning in 2016.  Twitter Announcement
Andrew Dawson

2/13/20 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Andrew Dawson has left his news anchor position with CJME AM 980 Regina. He was a news anchor at News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver from 1996-2005 before joining Omni Television as a talk show host and ultimately moving to Regina in 2008.  Broadcast Dialogue

Bethlehem Mariam

2/13/20 - Bethlehem Mariam debuted today in her new position as a reporter for News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver. The BCIT Broadcast Program graduate started her career at CBC Toronto in 2018 as an assignment producer and editorial assistant, moving to their Vancouver newsroom as an associate producer last year.

Michele Brunoro

2/13/20 - CTV Vancouver anchor/ reporter Michele Brunoro has returned to the newsroom after being diagnosed with breast cancer in January last year. She's not yet back on air but expects to be soon. CTV News

Brit Moorer

2/12/20 - OTA Talent reports Brit Moorer is promoted to prime time nightside reporter at KING 5 Seattle after working as a weekday morning reporter. She joined KING last May from WIAT-TV Birmingham, AL.

2/11/20 - Carlos Benevides is the new host of JACK Up the ’80s on Rogers’ JACK branded stations across Canada, with the exception of Vancouver. The show was previously hosted by Kenny Jones, who is now part of the STAR 98.3 CKSR-FM Chilliwack morning show, in addition to hosting the JACK network show Saturday Night House Party. The JACK 96.9 CJAX-FM Vancouver version of the show will continue to be hosted by Larry HennesseyBroadcast Dialogue

Vic Kristopaitis

2/09/20 - Former NFL and CFL kicker/ linebacker Victor Kristopaitis died January 24th at age 84. He was drafted by the 49ers in 1957 and played for the Toronto Argonauts and BC Lions from 1957-62, later coaching young football players at Vancouver College and hosting a BC Lions post game show on CKNW. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. February 15th at St. Anthony's Parish in West Vancouver. Sun/ Province Obituary
Pamela Glass

2/09/20 - Former Vancouver broadcaster, actress, teacher, journalist and politician Pamela Glass died January 24th at age 90. She was a reporter and producer at CJOR Vancouver and a member of Jack Webster's Public Affairs BCTV production staff in the early 1970s, ending her extensive career as a Judge of the Citizenship Court of Canada. A Celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. February 15 at Star of the Sea Church, 1153 Fir Street, White Rock.  Sun/ Province Obituary

News 1130 CKWX Vancouver

2/08/20 - 24 years ago today CKWX AM Vancouver moved from its Country format to become All News Radio NEWS 1130. Morning anchor John Ackermann looks back to when the station celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Twitter
Matt Soper

2/08/20 - Former Victoria radio host Matt Soper announces a return to the airwaves with former co-host Carl Brown. The duo previously hosted mornings on Mountain FM CISQ-FM/ CISW-FM Squamish/ Whistler. Soper also hosted shows in Victoria and Brown was on air for seven years at Mountain FM. The duo start mornings at 97.7 HTZ-FM CHTZ-FM St. Catharines, ON beginning February 18th.  Twitter

George Orr

2/07/20 - Vancouver broadcaster/ producer George Orr advises that "Chasing The Dream" The real story behind Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games will air on CHEK-TV Victoria at 8 p.m. February 13th instead of running in North Vancouver as previously announced. (Recent News 1/26/20).

Matt Stockman

2/07/20 - Former Crista Media Seattle Director of Programming Matt Stockman has been named PD of Contemporary Christian Star 99.1 WAWZ-FM Zarephath, NJ. He held the position with Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle from 2012-17. All Access Music Group

Erik Breon

2/07/20 - KOLD-TV/ KMSB-TV Tucson AZ News Director Erik Breon has been announed as the new ND at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle. He was formerly Executive Producer at KING-TV Seattle and now replaces Erica Hill who left the station last November. FTVLive
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle

2/07/20 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle celebrates the eighth annual International Clash Day today with this year's focus on climate change. Callie Craighead, Seattle PI


2/06/20 - Seattle market KTBW-TV, after being off the air for a week, has returned to service. Programming on channel 20.5 has changed to a movie service called Positiv in SD. It's a new 24/7 over-the-air inspirational broadcast channel, showcasing movies with uplifting, positive, and family-friendly content.

Jenny Peng

2/06/20 - Jenny Peng joins CityNews Vancouver as a producer. She's been a staff reporter with Star Metro Vancouver for the last two years. Broadcast Dialogue

Gary Chomyn

2/06/20 - Gary Chomyn has retired as President & CEO of New Media Sales & Management in Vancouver after 42 years in broadcasting. His radio career began in Edmonton in 1978. He was GSM for the Vancouver Jim Pattison Broadcast Group stations from 1993-99. Broadcast Dialogue

Colette Cada

2/06/20 - Colette Cada, who had been an account manager with Rogers Vancouver since 2008, has left media to join Matrix Design Graphics as their business development manager. In addition to a prior sales stint with CKKS-FM, Cada had also worked in sales for Corus Vancouver and Vancouver Magazine. Broadcast Dialogue

Tamara Taggart
2/06/20 - Longtime Vancouver media personality Tamara Taggart is not holding back on sexism in the media industry in a new podcast appearance. The former CTV Vancouver anchor reflects on her time in media, nearly two years after leaving her position. Vancouver Sun

Dick Stark

2/05/20 - Veteran KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham sportscaster Dick Stark has been inducted into the Bellingham High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from BHS in 1952, earning his spot in the Hall of Fame for his 56 years of providing play-by-play broadcasts and promoting local sports at KPUG. Steven Smith, Puget Sound Media
KING 5 Seattle

2/03/20 - KING 5 Seattle adds  political analysts Scott McClellan and Ron Sims to its political news team. They join KING 5 anchors starting today at 5 p.m. for coverage and analysis of the Iowa caucuses. KING 5 News
Former KOMO-TV Truck

2/01/20 - A former KOMO-TV Seattle satellite uplink truck is for sale on Craigslist. The 1997 Volvo FE42 has been partially converted to a motorhome and is being offered for sale for $7500.  Craigslist Listing

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