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Bustos Media

3/28/20 - The FCC has accepted for filing applications by Bustos Media to take KMIA AM 1210  Auburn-Federal Way/ Seattle and KXET AM 1130 Mount Angel/ Portland off the air “due to health considerations and economic conditions....in light of the coronavirus emergency”. The 25 kW KXET daytime signal has caused considerable interference to CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver during times near dawn and dusk. Lance Venta, RadioInsight  KMIA Info  KXET Info
 
FCC

3/27/20 - The FCC has postponed indefinitely its upcoming Auction 106 for FM broadcast licenses. Among the proposed auction items is a Class A allocation assigned to Coupeville, WA. The frequency is for 101.1 MHz  on Whidbey Island and is coverage-restricted by a CRTC-FCC agreement to protect CFMI-FM Vancouver and a yet-to-be-assigned station near the River Jordan community on Vancouver Island.  FCC Release

Clay Freinwald

3/26/20 - The April 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 COVID-19 virus and how it relates to broadcasters, possible new owners for KING-TV and KONG-TV, another upcoming FCC spectrum auction and much more. April Clay's Corner

KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle

3/26/20 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle announced Wednesday that it had made an editorial decision to stop airing White House briefings on the coronavirus pandemic live on a daily basis, but would continue to cover the briefings after they are fact-checked.  KUOW Announcement  Today, NPR released further information on the matter.  Elizabeth Jensen, NPR

KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle

3/26/20 - Bonneville and Hubbard Seattle clusters are partnering to bring vital information to residents. Hubbard CHR “Movin’ 92.5” KQMV, AC “Warm 106.9” KRWM and country “98.9 The Bull” KNUC will broadcast hourly local news updates from Bonneville news/ talk KIRO-FM 97.3Inside Radio
 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver

3/26/20 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has announced its new daytime schedule, which will go into effect March  30. Following the recent announcement of Simi Sara in mornings, The Mike Smyth Show will air from 9 a.m. to noon. Former CKNW weekend host and Global BC reporter Jill Bennett will host The Jill Bennett Show from noon to 3 p.m. each weekday. Bennett will leave her position with Global BC when her show starts on CKNW.  Milkman Unlimited
 
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle

3/25/20 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle launches a daily podcast to educate the Northwest region and Washington State residents during the coronavirus global pandemic entitled COVID-19: Seattle Podcast. It's hosted by Dave Ross and KIRO reporter Aaron Granillo.  Radio Online

JR Shaw

3/25/20 - JR Shaw, founder of Shaw Communications and Corus Entertainment has died at age 85. He had been named Officer of the Order of Canada, received the Alberta Order of Excellence and was a member of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Locally, Corus operates Vancouver market CKNW, CHMJ, CFMI-FM, CFOX-FM and Global TV.  Global News
 
Citytv

3/24/20 - Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver has added a new Daily National Special focused on conversations around COVID-19. It will air locally at 6 a.m. PT and also run on all Citytv stations in Canada.  Rogers Media News

Al Murdoch

3/22/20 - Vancouver broadcaster, voiceover talent and Vancouver Canucks announcer Al Murdoch is cheering up fans by announcing goals from home during the current sports shutdown. He has decided to call virtual goals every day, picking players by request from fans. Rob Williams, Daily Hive
 
BCAB

3/21/20 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters has postponed its 73rd Annual Conference due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. The conference was to have been held May 8th in Vancouver and is now postponed until Spring 2021.  BCAB Announcement

Riaz Meghji

3/19/20 - Riaz Meghji, who left his position as host and producer of Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver last July after ten years, has launched Every Conversation Counts. The platform is focused on helping leaders and companies create authentic relationships and more inclusive work cultures.

Chad Conklin

3/19/20 - FTVLive reports WEYI-TV/ WSMH-TV Flint MI General Manager Chad Conklin is likely to be named the new GM at KOMO-TV Seattle. He would replace Janene Drafs, who left in January to become GM at KTLA-TV Los Angeles.  Scott Jones, FTVLive
 
Tegna

3/19/20 - The Najafi Companies and Trinity Broadcasting Network have entered the market of companies attempting to acquire KING-TV/ KONG-TV Seattle parent company Tegna Inc. The Najafi Companies is a private global investment firm based in Phoenix, while TBN is a faith-and-family broadcaster. For the acquisition of Tegna, Najafi and TBN expect to create a wholly owned new entity, which they propose as a private company.  Michael Balderston, TV Technology
 
Tegna

3/18/20 - Gray Television Inc. has withdrawn its offer to acquire Tegna Inc. because of concerns about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on U.S. regional TV station operators. Private equity firm Apollo Global Management Inc. and media mogul Byron Allen remain in contention to buy the company and negotiations are continuing. Tegna owns Seattle market KING-TV and KONG-TV.  Reuters

CBC

3/18/20 - CBC is temporarily eliminating most of its local TV newscasts and consolidating its resources to focus on coverage at CBC News Network amid the evolving COVID-19 crisis. Effective today, it won’t be airing local TV newscasts across the country except at CBC North. CBC News Network will instead be the “core live breaking-news service” and replace all the other local supper-hour and late-night newscasts across the country. CBC News

Research Director, Inc.

3/18/20 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive February PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Nielsen Audio

3/17/20 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 retains first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma February 2020 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings with a 6.5 share. AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 moves up to second with 5.3 and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 climbs to third with 5.1.  Radio Online

Don Taylor

3/16/20 - Don Taylor of TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver says sports talk radio stations without live games to discuss due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be challenging, but the veteran broadcaster expects to see a lot of shows "get creative" in the days ahead. Steve Ewen, The Province

CKNW AM 980 Vancouver

3/16/20 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has added more live weekend shows, including the preemption of some prerecorded programs, with more than 40 hours of COVID coverage over the weekend and news every 30 minutes. It is one of several stations in our area to bolster news coverage during spread of the virus.

Nicholas Pescod

3/15/20 - Nicholas Pescod joins CHEK News Victoria this month as a digital editor. He has been a journalist with the Nanaimo News Bulletin for the last six years.

Reshmi Nair

3/15/20 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Reshmi Nair has left CBC after a decade and has resurfaced as a guest host at Bell Media Radio. She had been an anchor with CBC News Network since 2009 and was a reporter at News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver from 2004-08.
 
Jordan McCloskey

3/13/20 - Kid Carson, who is returning to the morning show on Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver March 30th, has announced he will be joined by stand-up comedian and actor Jordan McCloskey. The new show will mark Carson’s return to the airwaves after he left KiSS Radio 104.9 in 2017.  Daily Hive News

Tom Douglas


3/12/20 - Restaurateur and Seattle Kitchen host Tom Douglas will temporarily close 12 of his 13 restaurants this weekend due to the coronavirus. The closures are expected to last about eight to 10 weeks. Seattle Kitchen airs Saturday afternoons on KIRO Radio FM 97.3.  Tan Vinh, Seattle Times
 
Byron Allen

3/12/20 - Comedian and TV producer Byron Allen has made a US $20-a-share, all-cash offer for Tegna. He plans to merge his existing businesses, which include 15 local TV stations and the Weather Channel cable network, into an entity called Allen Media. Allen's offer joins two others previously announced. Tegna owns Seattle market KING-TV and KONG-TV.  The Business Times

Alison Bailey

3/10/20 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor Alison Bailey leaves her position effective today. She is joining the Vancouver School Board as a communications and engagement advisor. Bailey has been with the station since 2014.  Twitter Announcement
 
University of Washington

3/10/20 - The University of Washington has announced that iHeartMedia Seattle will become home to all of the University’s football and basketball broadcasts. This development will result in changes to football and men’s and women's basketball.  RadioInsight

Kid Carson

3/09/20 - Both Kid Carson and Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver have tweeted he will join the station on March 30th. Carson has been absent from Vancouver airwaves since leaving KiSS Radio in December 2017, where he had hosted mornings since 2012.  Twitter News  Daily Hive Backgrounder
 
Carl Lambert

3/08/20 - Long-time Puyallup Valley broadcaster Carl Lambert passed away February 23 at age 86 in Sumner, WA. He was a producer of High School Sports Broadcasts on KLAY AM 1180 Lakewood/ Tacoma or over 40 years.  Puget Sound Media
 
JILL FM 96.9 Vancouver

3/07/20 - In celebration of International Women’s Day Sunday, JACK 96.9 CJAX-FM Vancouver has been re-branded to JILL. JACK 103.1 CHTT-FM Victoria has also re-branded for the day.
 
KING-TV Seattle

3/07/20 - Following Friday's report that Gray Television Inc. had made an offer to acquire Tegna Inc. for approximately $8.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Apollo Global Management said it would match a $20 per share offer to buy Tegna with its offer all in cash. Tegna owns Seattle market KING-TV and KONG-TV.  Al Tompkins, Poynter

International Women's Day

3/07/20 - International Women’s Day Sunday, March 8 will be celebrated on Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 Seattle with 100% female artists all day and all night.  All Access Music Group  Meanwhile Canadian broadcast company Stingray will celebrate with only songs by female artists or groups on its Country stations and The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle will do the same from 10 a.m. to midnight.  All Access Music Group

KING-TV Seattle

3/06/20 - Reuters reports that U.S. regional TV station operator Gray Television Inc. has made an offer to acquire larger peer Tegna Inc. for approximately $8.5 billion. Tegna owns Seattle market KING-TV and KONG-TV among its 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets.  Reuters News

Coronavirus

3/05/20 - Seattle market radio stations are providing extensive coverage of the coronavirus without causing needless alarm, along with keeping their own employees safe, at the office and in the field.  InsideRadio

David Bray

3/05/20 - 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

Graham Hattch

3/04/20 - Veteran Vancouver radio personality Graham Hatch advises that he has been released from his p.m. drive position at The Breeze CHLG-FM 104.3, where he has hosted since 2014. The Breeze is sister station to Z95.3, owned by Stingray.

Leslie, Scooter and Jaclyn
3/04/20 - Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver morning show hosts Leslie, Scooter and Producer Jaclyn have left the building, with their last show Tuesday. Sources indicate a new morning show will be announced next Monday.  Facebook Announcement

Numeris

3/04/20 - News/ Talk CKNW AM 980 moves up into first place in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for November 25, 2019 - February 23, 2020 with a 14.6 share. CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/ FM 88.1 is second with 13.0. AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is third with 12.2.  Numeris Release

Simi Sara

3/04/20 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver has announced Simi Sara will be the new morning show host effective March 30. She moves from middays and takes over from the now retired Jon McComb. Hosts for two new midday shows are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Global News
 
Drew Bland

3/03/20 - After three years at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle, PD/ night host Drew Bland leaves in early April to relocate to Nashville for a new opportunity. MD/ afternoon host Alek Halverson will assume the role of interim PD.  All Access Music Group

Todd Herman

3/02/20 - Conservative talk show host Todd Herman  has moved back to KTTH AM 770 Seattle after a year at KIRO-FM 97.3. He replaces Saul Spady, who took over mornings at the same time as Herman moved to KIRO.  All Access Music Group

Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle

3/02/20 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle appears to be the first newsroom to be impacted by the coronavirus. General Manager Pam Pearson has sent an internal memo to staff advising that a family member of one of its employees works at a facility where a coronavirus patient was recently identified.  FTVLive
  
FNX Network on KBTC

3/01/20 - KBTC-TV Tacoma-Seattle and KCKA-TV Centralia have added The FNX Network to their channels 28.3 and 15.3. FNX is exclusively devoted to Native American and world indigenous content. It replaces MHz Worldview, which has ended affiliate distribution and has transitioned to digital streaming. KBTC Release




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