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Nancy Guppy

9/19/19 - Art Zone, with Seattle TV personality host Nancy Guppy, celebrates ten years boosting the Northwest’s creative community. Guppy was a performer and writer on the KING-TV comedy sketch show Almost Live! for about eight years. Chris Talbott, Seattle Times
 
Breakfast Television

9/19/19 - The  Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver on-air lineup remains status quo featuring news anchor Mary Cranston, meteorologist Russ Lacate, entertainment and traffic reporter Thor Diakow and news reporter Greg Harper. Sarah Freemark, who recently was seen warming up on the set in Vancouver, will join the Calgary morning show as its new news anchor. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Pierre Martineau

9/19/19 - Pierre Martineau, 30-year reporter, anchor and host at Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique CBUFT Vancouver Died September 13 at age 67. He started at the station in 1971. CBC News

FCC

9/19/19 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Transfer of Control from Shareholders of Tribune Company to Nexstar Media Group, Inc. for Seattle market KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV.  FCC Data
 
Brock and Salk Podcast

9/17/19 - 710 ESPN KIRO Seattle sportscasters Brock Huard and Mike Salk will launch a weekly podcast replacing the duo's weekday morning show. Brock and Salk’s last show in its current form will be Friday, September 27, and the new podcast will launch Wednesday, October 2. However, both will continue to have regular segments on the station. 710 ESPN News

Breakfast Television Citytv Vancouver

9/17/19 - We have now learned the name of the fourth and final person laid off September 6th from Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver. Associate Producer Debra Walley had been with Citytv since 2008.

FCC

9/16/19 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Northwest Rock N Roll Preservation Society for translator K266BM 101.1 Olympia. The translator relays the programming of KGTK AM 920 Olympia. FCC Data
 
FCC

9/16/19 - The FCC has granted Special Temporary Authority to Sinclair Seattle Licensee, LLC for Seattle market KUNS-TV channel 50.
 
FCC

9/16/19 - Nexstar Media Group has announced the FCC has approved the acquisition of Tribune Media Company, which owns Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV Seattle. The Commission said that it "found that the proposed merger would provide several public interest benefits to viewers of current Tribune and Nexstar stations." The company has agreed to divest 21 local TV stations to TEGNA, Scripps and Circle City Broadcasting I, Inc. to comply with the FCC's ownership limits. Q13 News/ Video

Matt Ray

9/16/19 - "America's 1st News with Matt Ray" moves to KTTH AM 770 Seattle, as its new flagship station for live weekday morning syndication. Now in its second year, AFN has grown to 85 affiliates and airs on several major market outlets. Ray is a 20-year News/ Talk veteran whose background in journalism and communications has made him an award-winning news anchor, news director, talk host, producer and programmer. Radio Online
 
Sarah Freemark

9/14/19 - Sarah Freemark, longtime anchor/ reporter for CTV Morning Live in Ottawa, has announced she is warming up for a new role with Rogers Media in Vancouver. Could she be a new host for Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver? Stay tuned. Facebook Posting
 
FCC

9/13/19 - The FCC has granted Assignment of License for K293AY 106.5 Enumclaw from Spirit Communications, Inc. to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation. The 10 watt translator relays the programming of KACS-FM 90.5 Chehalis.  FCC Release
 
Ken Burns

9/13/19 - Country The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle morning show host Fitz interviewed noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns about his most recent series Country Music, which he described as "a story of America, one song at a time." Country Music debuts Sunday, September 15th on PBS. Fitz describes it as the ultimate bucket list interview. All Access Music Group  Full Interview

Hank Aaron

9/13/19 - Former Seattle broadcaster Hank Aaron has departed his position as PD with Country KIZN-FM 92.3 and p.m. drive at Country KQFC-FM 97.9 Boise. He formerly held PD positions with Cumulus Media, Dial Global and Jones Radio Networks in Seattle. All Access Music Group

Mary Nam

9/13/19 - KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Mary Nam says she will be back to work next month following treatment for breast cancer. She was diagnosed early last month. Nam has been with KOMO since 2003. Facebook Post
 
Megan Stewart

9/12/19 - Megan Stewart is the third person to be released last week from her position at Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver. She's been a producer there since last September and was previously Web Content Manager at Sportsnet 650 CISL AM.
 
Q13 Seattle

9/12/19 - Three producers are leaving their positions at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle. Ben Leighton, Lucas Combos and John Mecham have left or are in the process of leaving. Scott Jones, FTV Live

Brian Langston

9/12/19 - Former west coast radio executive Brian Langston is retiring after more than 40 years in radio, following an ALS diagnosis. His last day as GM/GSM at CIHR-FM 104.7 Woodstock, ON will be September 27. Langston was GM/ GSM at CHQB Powell River from 1983-89 and at CFWB Campbell River from 1989-99.
 
Sharryn Graham

9/12/19 - Radio West reports former CJJR-FM Vancouver morning host Sharryn Graham has died. Her radio career included time at LG73, KISS FM, Mountain FM and morning co-host at JR Country beginning in 1986. She was named On Air Personality of the Year by the BC Country Music Association in 1995. After radio Graham became a corporate trainer and career coach and created a charity to assist Ugandan refugees. Doreen Copeland, Radio West
 
FCC

9/11/19 - The FCC has granted a Minor Change to a Licensed Facility to Centro Familiar Cristiano for KLSY-FM 93.7 Montesano. Community of License will change to Belfair. KLSY will continue to operate with a different directional antenna with an ERP of 28 kW at 718 meters HAAT at 47° 18' 46.00" 123° 22' 15.00"FCC Data

FCC

9/11/19 - The FCC has granted a Minor Change to a Licensed Facility to Grays Harbor Institute for KGHE-FM 89.1 Elma. Community of License will change to Montesano. KGHE will continue to operate non-directional with an ERP of .255 kW at 94 meters HAAT at 46° 57' 31.00" 123° 35' 18.00"FCC Data

FCC

9/11/19 - The FCC has granted Special Temporary Authority to Sinclair Seattle Licensee for KOMO-TV Seattle. It authorizes KOMO-TV channel 38 to operate with a reduced facility to facilitate construction of the station's repack facility. KOMO will be moving to channel 30. FCC Data
 
CFAX AM 1070 Victoria 60th

9/11/19 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria will celebrate its 60th anniversary Thursday with a full day of special programs. Staff will broadcast throughout the day from the main floor of the Broad Street location rather than the usual second floor studio.  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

FCC

9/10/19 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc. for booster station KJET-FM1 105.7 Aberdeen. Authorized ERP is 1.5 kW directional at -13 meters HAAT at 46° 56' 55.00" 123° 49' 12.00"FCC Data
 
FCC

9/10/19 - Denver Digital Television-owned  Digital Television Translator station KDMD-LD Channel 6 Tacoma has changed call letters to KYMU-LD. The FCC recently granted a CP to increase ERP from 1 to 3 kW. FCC Data
 
Alison Morrow

9/10/19 - KING 5 Seattle Environmental Reporter Alison Morrow is leaving the station to work for the Department of Natural Resources. She's been with KING since November 2013.  KING 5 Video  Twitter Announcement

Cindy Leong

9/10/19 - We have learned the name of another staffer laid off last week from Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver. Reporter turned Assignment Editor Cindy Leong has been with Citytv for several years.

CFAX Sign On

9/09/19 - One of our regular followers has confirmed the original CFAX AM 810 Victoria sign-on as 6:45 a.m. Friday, September 4, 1959 with official opening ceremonies Sunday, September 6 at 12:30 p.m. 1959 Calendar  Original CFAX Announcement

Andrea Macpherson

9/09/19 - Reporter, writer, digital journalist and news producer Andrea Macpherson is one of the staff members laid off last week (9/06/19) at Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver. She has held the position since May 2014.

CFAX AM 1070 Victoria 60th

9/09/19 - C-FAX CFAX AM 1070 Victoria is celebrating its 60th birthday. There is some controversy whether the station signed on September 4 or 5, 1959, when it went on the air as a daytime only operation at 810 kHz, although the Canadian Communications Foundation website lists it as September 4. Puget Sound Radio  CCF History
 
KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes

9/09/19 - Puget Sound Media reports KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes and KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor have dropped their automated hybrid folk/ country blues format to air Indian music. Additionally, the FCC has deleted an application by KRPA to operate night hours. PSM News
 
Clay Freinwald

9/09/19 - Seattle broadcast engineer Clay Freinwald reports a number of stations off air momentarily Saturday night due to power interruptions from the storm that passed through. KIRO-FM 97.3 was off air for a time due to a storm-related electrical issue at their studios in Seattle. Several NWPB stations were off air Sunday morning for several hours due to a failure unrelated to the storm. Reports also indicate KBCB-TV Bellingham off air Sunday, but it's not confirmed if it was storm related. Scott Sistek, KOMO News

Vista Radio

9/07/19 - Vista Radio has released four of its senior executives, including company president Geoff Poulton, Vice-president of Content Murray Brookshaw, Human Resources Manager Christine Swain and VP of Revenue & Operations Ddin Morbi. Bryan Edwards, one of Vista’s original founders, will take on the role of acting company president. Vista, with headquarters in Courtenay, owns 43 radio stations and 35 digital news portals across B.C., Alberta, Ontario and the Northwest Territories. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue 

Bender

9/06/19 - Former 106.1 KISS-FM KBKS-FM Seattle morning host Bender Cunningham is continuing his personal good work raising money for Seattle Children's Hospital and its Uncompensated Care Fund. On August 31 he started walking west from the Idaho state line. At day six he had walked 140 miles and raised nearly $40,000 in donations. His walk is expected to take 22 days to reach Seattle. Bender has generating $16 million dollars in donations over the past 18 years.  All Access Music Group  Twitter Updates
 
FCC

9/06/19 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to M.A.A.P. Foundation for KXPB-LP 89.1 Pacific Beach. ERP will be 100 watts non-directional at 16 meters HAAT at 47° 13' 7.00" 124° 12' 13.00" instead of the previously authorized 17 watts at 71 meters HAAT.  FCC Data

Breakfast Television

9/06/19 - Rogers Media has laid off four staff members at Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver as it prepares to “reimagine” its long-running TV morning show. The show, which launched in 2002, will continue to air as is until September 20 and a new version debuting on September 23. It will include entertainment and lifestyle segments produced in Toronto.   Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

David Bray

9/05/19 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and four other Canadian PPM markets. Numeris Overview

Numeris

9/05/19 - CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 continues in first place with a 17.4 share in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for May 27 - August 25, 2019. News/ Talk CKNW AM 980 moves up to second with 11.8 and Classic Rock CFMI-FM 101.1 is third with 10.3.  Numeris Release

Research Director, Inc.

9/05/19 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive August 2019 PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Bro Jake Edwards

9/05/19 - Bro Jake Edwards has now officially retired, hosting his last show for TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver August 31. He has been with the station since 2013, "retiring" last year but staying on to co-host the Saturday midday show, The Bro Jake Show with Gene Valaitis. Edwards spent 47 years on-air across Canada including 17 years at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver.

KNKX-FM 88.5 Tacoma

9/05/19 - KNKX-FM 88.5 will open its new downtown Tacoma studio this weekend. KNKX has spent the past five and a half months transforming the historic building at 930 Broadway into a home for the station. Kate Iida, The News Tribune

Nielsen Audio

9/04/19 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 moves back up into first place with a 6.4 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma August 2019 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings. Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 slips to second with a 6.0 share. AC The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 climbs up to third with a 5.4 share.  Radio Online

BJ Shea

9/03/19 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle personality BJ Shea and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, CEO of NowMattersNow.org, will host a two-hour live, commercial-free special, I’m Listening, to raise awareness around mental health and mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. It will air nationwide on Sunday, September 8th at 7 a.m. across more than 235 stations. All Access Music Group

Laura Lynch

9/02/19 - Former CBC Vancouver broadcaster and CBC political reporter and foreign correspondent Laura Lynch has been named interim host of the network's national weekday morning current affairs program The Current. She was a national reporter for CBC Radio Vancouver from 1996-99 before taking on international correspondent roles with CBC in 2000.  CBC News

Clay Freinwald

9/01/19 - The September 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 discusses TV repacking, new 5G facilities, station call letters and much more.  September Clay's Corner




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