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Fran Rayner 1987

8/17/19 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Frances Rayner (nee Combes) died May 22 at age 86. She joined CBC as a film editor in 1954, leaving in 1960 to spend more time with family. She rejoined staff in 1966, again as a film editor, with primary assignment on Klahanie. In the mid 1970s she was promoted to Senior Film Editor working on The Beachcombers. She retired in 1988. Peace Arch News Obituary
 
John Ansell

8/17/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster John Ansell died Friday, August 16 at age 93. He was most recently living in a retirement home in Surrey. Ansell's resume included PD at CKWX, manager at CFAC Calgary and CJVI Victoria, president/ chair of various associations including the BCAB and CAB, and winner of many awards and recognitions. No service is being planned.

Ryan Maguire

8/16/19 - Ryan Maguire, news-talk KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle Director of News and Programming has left his position. He has been with KIRO since March 2018. All Access Music Group

Clark Stahl

8/16/19 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle Chopper 7 pilot Clark Stahl died Thursday at age 72. He was the pilot for more than 30 years and was also an important part of KIRO 7's Seafair coverage. Stahl started with KIRO in the 1980s as a backup pilot before becoming a full-time employee, retiring in 2012. KIRO News
 
CRTC

8/15/19 - The CRTC has approved an application by Fabmar Communications Ltd. on behalf of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group for authority to effect a multi-step corporate reorganization involving the assets of CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack and several other stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The reorganization will be carried out through a series of transactions. CRTC Release

CKNW 75th Anniversary

8/15/19 - As Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 celebrates its 75th anniversary with special programming all day today, sister station Global BC has aired a number of nostalgic interviews with station hosts. Frosty Forst  Ted Field  Gord MacDonald  Larry Gifford
 
Red Robinson

8/15/19 - On the eve of the 75th anniversary of CKNW AM 980, iconic DJ Red Robinson joined talk show host Lynda Steele for a trip down memory lane, back to 1964 at Empire Stadium when The Beatles came to Vancouver. Lynda Steele Audio

JACK CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria

8/15/19 - CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria goes back to JACK, as it announced its "newish" branding and format at 1 p.m. today. First song played was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. CHTT was previously branded as JACK from 2004-15 before re-branding to KiSS. Mornings with David Larsen & Heather Backman debuts Monday, August 26th. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Paul James

8/15/19 - Paul James will join News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as a part-time  reporter/ anchor. He was previously with the station in the early 2000s and has recently returned to Vancouver after 14 years in Beijing where he was a host for China Radio International.

Florangela Davila

8/15/19 - After being let go as managing editor at Crosscut/KCTS last Friday, Florangela Davila has been hired as the new News Director at KNKX-FM 88.5 Seattle-Tacoma public radio. She replaces Erin Hennessey, ND since 1996, who announced in April that she was leaving. Joel Connelly, Seattle PI

"Hunky Bill" Konyk

8/14/19 - Former Vancouver radio Sales Manager and legendary perogy master "Hunky Bill" Konyk died Tuesday at age 88. He moved from CKY Winnipeg to Vancouver to join CJOR in 1966, becoming General Sales Manager of CFUN from 1967 to '71. Konyk sold his trademark Ukrainian-style perogies at the Vancouver Pacific National Exhibition for 52 years. Hunky Bill Biography  CBC News
 
Willy Percy

8/14/19 - Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver morning show with Willy, Kim, and Alece gets added to mornings at Q107 CFGQ-FM 107.3 Calgary. It debuts at 6 a.m. August 27. Q107 Release  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Kareem Gouda

8/13/19 - Kareem Gouda moves into the overnight anchor role at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver after interning a few months ago. He takes the place of Adam Cooper who is returning to his native New Zealand.

CKNW 75th Anniversary

8/13/19 - There were 150 attendees for the 75th Birthday Luncheon for CKNW AM 980 at Terminal City Club in Vancouver Monday. The luncheon was put together by 'Mr. Fireworks' Ray Greenwood, 'NW PD Larry Gifford, and sponsor and former GM Mel Cooper. Gifford displayed the original 1944 license from the DOT. Speakers included Cooper, Gifford, and Jon McComb, George Garrett and Lynda Steele held an panel on reminiscences about the station's history. Dozens of former staffers attended, including Brian Antonson, along with several politicians and dignitaries. Tributes were paid to the promotion genius of John Plul, who passed away in June. George Garrett, Facebook

Bob Hovanes KISW circa 1980

8/11/19 - Puget Sound Media reports former KISW-FM Seattle personality Bob Hovanes passed away Saturday. PSM earlier reported that he had been released from hospital after being diagnosed with acute congestive heart failure. Puget Sound Media News
 
Femi Abebefe

8/10/19 - Femi Abebefe has announced he is the new Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter at KOMO-TV Seattle effective Monday. He's been a sports anchor/ reporter/ producer/ and play-by-play at KHQ-TV Spokane since September 2016. Twitter Announcement

Ariel Van Cleave

8/10/19 - Seattle-Tacoma market KNKX-FM 88.5 Morning Edition Producer/ Weekend Edition Saturday Host Ariel Van Cleave has announced she has accepted an editor position at WBEZ-FM 91.5 Chicago. She starts September 3, with her last day at KNKX August 23. She began at the station (then KPLU-FM) in November 2015. Twitter Announcement

Tara Jean Stevens

8/09/19 - Following some fill-in work at KiSS CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver, familiar radio personality Tara Jean Stevens will join the drive show with host Kiah this month. The two have previously hosted shows together in the local market.

Freeway Frank & Natasha Gargiulo

8/09/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Freeway Frank and his co-host Natasha Gargiulo have been fired from their morning show positions at Virgin Radio CJFM 95.9 Montreal after a nine year run. Frank hosted shows on CKLG from 1993-94 and CKZZ-FM Vancouver from 1995-2001. Montreal Times  YouTube Video
 
FCC

8/09/19 - The FCC has granted Special Temporary Authority to KIRO-TV Seattle. The STA will be used to "enable continued operation on its licensed channel 39 with the best performance achievable using the current auxiliary equipment during the station’s reconstruction and channel transition" to Channel 23. FCC Data
 
Nadia Romero

8/09/19 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle anchor/ reporter Nadia Romero has moved to CNN after three years with the station. She made the announcement on air that she was leaving Q13 last month. Facebook Announcement

KUSE-LD

8/08/19 - KUSE-LD Seattle is now showing color bars on channel 46.1 and has aired only a blank on channel 46.5 for over a week. The station is down to only two programed channels, where at one time it had seven. KUSE-LD is owned by HC2 LPTV Holdings, Inc. and has a CP to move to RF channel 12. FCC Info

Kevin Getz

8/08/19 - Vancouver-based actor, animator, and producer Kevin Getz gets a new swing announcer position at The Edge CFNY-FM 102.1 Toronto. He was previously Promotions Manager for CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack and more recently has done swing for CFBT-FM 94.5 and fill-in on CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver.

KISS CHTT-FM Victoria

8/08/19 - Puget Sound Radio reports changes at KiSS 103.1 CHTT-FM Victoria with morning and afternoon show hosts gone. Rumors persist for a format flip to country. PSR News

FCC

8/07/19 - The FCC has issued a License to Cover to Venture Technologies Group, LLC for K24IC-D RF channel 18 Bellingham. The translator moves from RF channel 24 and broadcasts the PBS programming of KBTC-TV Tacoma. According to the KBTC website The Orcas Island transmitter has been on air on channel 18 since July 11 and viewers will need to re-scan to acquire the new channel. The PSIP (channel information) will still display 28.1-28.4 and look like it did before. FCC Data  KBTC Technical Alert

Kevin Newman

8/07/19 - Kevin Newman is leaving his position as host and correspondent for CTV’s W5 to focus on other projects, including a new podcast for CTV News and Bell Media’s iHeartRadio. Newman was Executive Editor and anchor of Global National from Vancouver from 2001-08 before relocating to Ottawa. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Vanessa Doban

8/07/19 - Vanessa Doban will join News 1130 CKWX Vancouver as a part-time News Anchor, working a combination of weekend and overnight shifts. She joins from All Traffic AM 730 CHMJ. Her first day will be August 19th.

Research Director, Inc.

8/07/19 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive July 2019 PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Nielsen Audio

8/06/19 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves into first place with a 7.0 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma July 2019 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings. News KUOW-FM 94.9 moves up to second with a 5.5 share and CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 slips to third with 5.3. Radio Online

FCC

8/05/19 - The FCC has granted Special Temporary Authority to KVOS-TV Bellingham to operate at a lower ERP. The STA will be employed for use as an interim facility to help facilitate the repack of KVOS-TV from its licensed channel. FCC Data
 
Jessica Taft

8/05/19 - Sportscaster Jessica Taft leaves KOMO-TV Seattle. She's been a sports anchor/ reporter at KOMO since August 2016 and was previously an anchor/ reporter for Al Jazeera in News York. Puget Sound Media
 
Alanna Kelly

8/05/19 - Puget Sound Radio reports two new adds at CTV Vancouver Island. Alanna Kelly anchored her first newscast last night after moving from Castanet in Kelowna. Also recently added is Brad MacLeod from CTV Calgary. Puget Sound Radio

Joseph Planta

8/04/19 - Major broadcast outlets in Vancouver feature anchors and reporters of Filipino heritage. Jason Pires, Michelle Eliot, Ria Renouf and Emily Lazatin hold prominent positions with mainstream broadcasters. Joseph Planta, Canadian Filipino Net
 
Ted Farr

8/03/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Ted Farr has been appointed News Director of AM 1150 CKFR AM Kelowna, and as of August 6th takes over as the newscaster on the station's The Early Edition. He came out of semi-retirement last September to return to radio news full time at AM 1150. Farr was PD at CKWX/ CJAZ-FM Vancouver from 1981-91. Facebook Announcement

The End KNDD-FM Seattle

8/02/19 - Following the lead of modern rock sister The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle, Entercom’s Alt 92.3 WNYL-FM New York has implemented its own “2 Minute Promise,” guaranteeing it will only play two minutes of commercials at a time. The End implemented its “2 Minute Promise” in 2014 and saw a ratings bump in Nielsen's January-May 2015 PPM survey period. InsideRadio

Estefania Duran

8/02/19 - Estefania Duran has resurfaced as a freelance reporter for CBC-TV Vancouver. She joins a considerable lineup of talent previously with News 1130 CKWX. Duran was also a reporter and Digital Content Coordinator for CKNW AM 980 for three years.

Fitz

8/01/19 - The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle morning host Fitz is headed to the Watershed Camping and Country Music Festival in George, WA August 2-4. He is deploying what he calls “Tag Team 6” for “Operation Neon.” If Fitz or a member of his crew spots listeners wearing the station’s neon swag merch, they can win an opportunity to spend time backstage with Watershed artists in what a station promo calls “another Country bucket list experience.” All Access Music Group

FCC

8/01/19 - The FCC has now granted a Construction Permit to Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC to relocate KARR AM 1460 translator K253CG 98.5 Redmond from 47° 32' 37.00" 122° 06' 27.00" (Cougar Mountain) directional to 47° 36' 58.00" 122° 18' 28.00" (Capitol Hill) directional and change Community of License to Seattle. ERP will remain at 250 watts, but HAAT will change from 383 to 189 meters. FCC Data

The End KNDD-FM Seattle

8/01/19 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle takes top spot among alternative stations. Nielsen examined fall 2018 ratings, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m., in the top 150 markets it measures to tab the top 10 for each of three rock formats within their target demos. InsideRadio




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