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Brian B-Dub Washington

7/02/20 - The newly re-branded show, B-Dub Radio Saturday Night, hosted by The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle personality Bryan “B-Dub” Washington debuts July 4th via its new syndicator Skyview Networks. New affiliates have been added to B-Dub’s previous lineup.  All Access Music Group
 
Tara Lopez

7/02/20 (Updated) - Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey morning co-host Tara Lopez moves to a new position as Reporter/ Video Journalist for Morning Live at CTV Winnipeg. She's been a show host & Promotions Coordinator at Pulse since 2016.

Tony Gallagher

7/02/20 - Legendary Vancouver Province sports writer and columnist Tony Gallagher is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the 2020 media honouree and recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for journalism excellence. Gallagher also hosted his own sports talk show on CKWX in 1989 and since 2001 has been a prominent voice on TSN 1040 CKST.  Ben Kuzma, The Province

Tony Coles

7/02/20 - Former Seattle Program Director Tony Coles heads up the new BIN: Black Information Network. He is a veteran radio programmer who serves as Division President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. Coles was PD at Seattle market KLSY-FM & KRWM-FM from 1999-2003. Adam Jacobson, RBR-TVBR
 
KING-TV Seattle

6/30/20 -To commemorate and celebrate Seafair 2020 amid their cancelled events due to COVID-19, KING 5 Seattle has partnered with the legacy summer festival to produce two special programs to air on KING 5. They include a July 4 fireworks special and an August 1 hydroplane special.  KING 5 News

Black Information Network

6/30/20 - KHHO AM 850 Tacoma changes its format to the newly launched BIN: Black Information Network, described as “the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service dedicated to providing an objective, accurate and trusted source of continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.” The new iHeartMedia network is running on fifteen stations across the country as well as HD Radio subchannels in other markets. Lance Venta, RadioInsight
 
Clay Freinwald


6/28/20 - The July 2020 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 demonstrations in Seattle and other cities, more COVID-19 and its effect on broadcasting, cancellation of the EAS National Periodic Test this fall and much more. July Clay's Corner

Walter Kelley

6/27/20 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle said goodbye this week to Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley who put in his last day Thursday. After 23 years, he is moving to Arizona for family reasons. Kelley was part of the original news team at Q13, helping launch the news operation back in 1997. Q13 News

Robin Anderson


6/26/20 - Robin Anderson has stepped away from radio just two months short of 16 years on air and leaves her position as Executive Producer of The Mens Room on KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle. She managed the launch and ongoing service for 20 affiliates at KISW. Jason Remington, Puget Sound Media
  
Scott "Scooter" Shantz

6/25/20 - Scott "Scooter" Shantz is back on the air doing summer fill-in on The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver. He was part of the Z95.3 CKZZ-FM morning show until March when Kid Carson and Vancouver actor/ comedian Jordan McCloskey became the new hosts.

Crystal Darche

6/25/20 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Crystal Darche leaves her position at The Chuck CKNG-FM 92.5 Edmonton after a five year run. She hosted middays at JR Country CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver from 2001-13 before doing duties at a couple of other Vancouver stations and moving to Edmonton in 2015. Darche is moving to Kelowna to be with family.
 
Justin "Drex" Wilcomes

6/24/20 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver late night talk show host Justin "Drex" Wilcomes has announced his departure from Corus Radio to pursue other opportunities. He doesn't elaborate except to say one of them is working on a docuseries about collectors. Drex has been with 'NW since 2014 and late night on the Corus Network nationally since 2018.  Twitter Announcement
 
Entercom

6/24/20 - Entercom President and CEO David Field says the company is restoring full salary for employees starting with the July 25th paycheck. He notes that "advertising has improved significantly in recent weeks since bottoming out in April and we are cautiously optimistic about the months ahead." Entercom has five FM stations in the Seattle market.  All Access Music Group

Sidney Kozak c 1990s

6/21/20 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Sid Kozak died June 13 at age 77.  He was Casting Director with CBC in the mid to late 1980s and by 1990 was Head of Casting for Western Canada. Among the innumerable programs which benefited from his skill in matching actors and roles were The Beachcombers (1985-1989), Liar, Liar (1993), Northwood (1991-1994) and Little Criminals (1995). A celebration of life will be held in the future.  Arbor Memorial Obituary

Miles Ramsay

6/21/20 - Miles Ramsay, well known Vancouver singer and jingle, TV and movie theme producer died Friday at age 79. Notable compositions were the Great Root Bear theme for A&W and his portrayal as "Mr Chevron" in TV commercials.  Radio West Announcement  Hall of Fame Bio  1988 YouTube Video

Ray Orchard circa 1960

6/21/20 - Former Victoria, Vancouver and Radio Luxembourg personality Ray Orchard died June 19 at age 89. In later years he and his wife hosted an annual lamb barbecue for Victoria and lower mainland broadcasters. Ron Robinson, Puget Sound Radio 

Dr. Bonnie Henry

6/19/20 - Jet FM CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay switches its brand to say thank you to B.C’s provincial health officer. Its name changes to “98.9 Doctor Bonnie Henry FM” to show appreciation for the hard work she has been doing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia. Milkman Unlimited

Steve Raible

6/19/20 - KIRO-TV Seattle has now officially announced that after 38 years Steve Raible will sign off next week. KIRO will look back at Raible’s 38-year career with a week of celebration, which will conclude with a 30-minute special at 7 p.m. on June 25. KIRO 7 News  Chris Talbott, Seattle Times
 
Margaret Larson

6/18/20 - Margaret Larson, host of New Day Northwest on KING5 Seattle has announced her retirement effective July 30th. She says, "We are moving to North Carolina to be near (her son) Kyle for a while, then who knows? We might well wander back this way eventually but we're pulling the rip cord for now!" She has hosted New Day Northwest since 2010.  FTVLive

Daryl Holien

6/18/20 - Former Victoria broadcaster Daryl Holien has retired from his position as GM of Harvard Broadcasting Red Deer, AB after ten years. During his career, which began in Regina, he held Production Manager positions at CKDA and The Ocean in Victoria.

Brian "B-Dub" Washington

6/17/20 - Skyview Networks has partnered with The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle host Bryan “B-Dub” Washington for a multi-year syndication and development venture beginning in July. It will include a re-brand of his current syndicated weekend show, Buckwild Saturday Night, which will change to B-Dub Radio Saturday Night. All Access Media Group
 
Old CFUN Logo

6/17/20 - The C-FUN AM 1410 building on 4th Avenue in Vancouver is being demolished to make way for a new complex. The lobby of the new building will feature the best of the radio station. C-FUN occupied the premises from 1959-93 and in recent years it was a Salvation Army thrift store. Red Robinson Facebook  Building Backgrounder

Serafine Crawley

6/15/20 - Retired CBC Vancouver staffer Serafine Crawley passed away June 5 at age 76, ending a brief battle against an aggressive cancer. She joined the CBC Finance Department in 1975, transferring to Audience Relations in 1997, where she remained until her retirement in 2002. There will be no funeral service or Celebration of Life per her request.  KORU Obituary

Dave Haviland

6/15/20 - Jodesha Broadcasting News Director and Technology Manager Dave Haviland has been appointed to a vacant seat on the Aberdeen City Council. He has been with the six-station cluster since 2007.  Dan Hammock, The Daily World

Rob Munoz

6/12/20 - KIRO-TV Seattle reporter/ anchor Rob Munoz has announced he is leaving the station. He says he has a job that will allow him to sleep in for the first time in years. Munoz has been with KIRO since March 2014.  Twitter Announcement
 
Molly Shen

6/12/20 - Emmy award winning KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Molly Shen is recuperating at home after undergoing surgery this week to treat thyroid cancer. She expects to return in a few weeks following a full recuperation. Shen has been with KOMO News since 1997.  KOMO News
 
Kim Bolan

6/11/20 - Kim Bolan, a longtime investigative reporter with Postmedia, has been awarded the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to journalism in Canada. Besides her 36 years as a newspaper reporter, Bolan was briefly with BCTV Vancouver in the 1980s and has been a regular contributor to CBC Radio Vancouver. Postmedia News

Sinclair Broadcast Group

6/11/20 - Sinclair Broadcast Group has now closed a $6.75 million deal to buy KOMO-FM 97.7 Oakville from South Sound Broadcasting. The deal also includes the Redmond-licensed K249DX at 97.7. Sinclair acquired the option to buy the station as part of its 2017 deal to buy Fisher Broadcasting’s radio-television operation. The signals have been operated under a local marketing agreement by Sinclair which relays KOMO AM 1000 for improved coverage in Tacoma and Olympia.  InsideRadio
 
Greg Simpson

6/10/20 - Former broadcaster and more recently conference facilitator Greg Simpson died Tuesday at University Hospital in London, ON following a massive stroke several days earlier. He was 71. His earlier on-air work was in Ontario, but he has been a conference facilitator for Canadian Music Week and owner of Greg Simpson Music Services in the Vancouver area since 1993.  FYI Music News  JJ Johnston Backgrounder
 
The End Face Mask

6/10/20 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle is selling face masks to raise money for nurses. The machine washable masks feature the station's blue, white and green color scheme and logo and includes a pocket for a filter. A portion of the proceeds will to the Washington State Nurses AssociationThe End Info
 
Research Director, Inc.

6/10/20 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive May PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

RTDNA Canada

6/09/20 - Several Vancouver and Victoria radio and TV stations and their staffers have been acknowledged in the 2020 RTDNA Canada National and Network Awards.  RTDNA Canada
 
Nielsen Audio

6/09/20 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues its position in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma May 2020 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings with a 7.2 share. Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 continues in second place with a 6.6 share. CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in third with 6.2. Radio Online

RTDNA Canada

6/09/20 - RTDNA Canada has given West Region Lifetime Achievement Awards to Vancouver broadcasters Gord Macdonald and Ed Watson.  Macdonald has been a radio journalist for 45 years, including over 30 at CKNW and Watson's career spans over 30 years.  Release #1  Release #2  
 
Jodi and Bender

6/09/20 - The Jet  KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle  has launched 95.7 The Jet Mornings with Jodi & Bender. Bender previously worked mornings on KISS KBKS-FM 106.1. Jodi has worked in Seattle for over 20 years and on The Jet since 2011.  Radio Online

Seattle Tower Fire

6/09/20 - A number of Seattle stations have been running on a temporary antenna from West Tiger Mountain since the antenna fire in November 2018. The temporary antenna is now being replaced with a new permanent one. Some stations have lower power auxiliary facilities on Cougar Mountain, which they will be transmitting from until the antenna work is completed.
 
RTDNA Canada

6/09/20 - CTV News at Six Vancouver is the 2020 winner of the RTDNA Canada award for Best Local Newscast – Large Market. It was picked the third time by the awards committee over other RTDNA regional best newscast award winners in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. CTV News
 
David Liddell

6/08/20 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer and Vancouver Cablevision Program Manager David Liddell died May 24 in North Vancouver following a two-month illness and two strokes. He was 85. He was with CBC for a number of years before introducing innovative and lasting concepts to Community Television in Canada.  Sun/ Province Obituary
  
Alan Gadsby

6/04/20 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Alan Gadsby died March 16 at age 84. He was with the staff of CBC Vancouver from the early 1960s to the early '80s. He began as a Clerk in TV Traffic, rising to TV Traffic Manager and then TV Production Unit Manager. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Sun/ Province Obituary  CBC Release
 
David Bray

6/03/20 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and four other Canadian PPM markets.  David Bray Release

Numeris

6/03/20 - News/ Talk CKNW AM 980 continues in first place in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for February 24 - May 24, 2020 with a 16.1 share. CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/ FM 88.1 is second with 13.4. Country CJJR-FM 93.7 moves up to third with 9.2.  Numeris Release

Marni Hughes

6/02/20 - Former Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle news anchor Marni Hughes will co-anchor the new WGN America national newscast News Nation set to debut September 1. She left Q13 last September after eight years with the station. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times



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