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Dick Stein

12/02/20 - After three decades on the air, Dick Stein is retiring from Tacoma public radio station KNKX-FM 88.5. He, friends and colleagues say farewell on Friday Dec. 4, from 9 to noon.  KNKX News

Pulse CISF-FM Surrey

12/02/20 - Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey has now moved to all Christmas.

KING-TV Seattle

12/01/20 - KING-TV and KONG-TV Seattle are currently not available on DIRECTV due to a carriage dispute between Tegna and DIRECTV.  Alternatives include other video service providers in the area as well as free over-the-air reception. The blackout affects stations in 51 markets.  KING 5 News   Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting+Cable

Jordan Steele

12/01/20 - The mobile-only short video streaming service Quibi officially shut down today. Meteorologist Jordan Steele announced his departure from KING 5 Seattle in February to join the company as the host of The Weather Channel television network's Weather Today.  Todd Spangler, Variety

Scott Vanderpool

12/01/20 - Veteran Seattle personality Scott Vanderpool is added to the list of people released in the latest round by iHeartMedia. He's been on air at KZOK-FM 102.5 since 2003.  All Access Music Group

Margaret Larson

Amity Addrisi

12/01/20 - Former KING 5 Seattle New Day Northwest host Margaret Larson appeared this morning to congratulate Amity Addrisi on her first official day of hosting. Larson retired at the end of July after ten years hosting the show and Addrisi was named the new host after she and after several others guest-hosted over the last four months.
   
CHEK Podcasts

12/01/20 - CHEK-TV Victoria is celebrating its 64th anniversary on-air with its first podcast. CHEK began broadcasting at 5 p.m., Dec. 1, 1956 as the first commercial TV station in BC. Now independent and employee-owned, CHEK has launched its debut podcast Our Native Land, focused on Indigenous culture on Vancouver Island and beyond. It's hosted by Tchadas Leo, a Vancouver Island based broadcaster who is from the Homalco First Nation.  CHEK News /Video

Mel Cooper

12/01/20 - Former CFAX AM 1070 Victoria owner Mel Cooper is stepping aside, but not down, from his position as chair of the Telus ­Victoria Community Board. The 88-year-old ­philanthropist has held the position for the last 14 years. Cooper, who is the founding chair, says he wants to let some new blood take the reins of the ­organization.  Andrew Duffy, Times Colonist

Bhupinder Hundal

11/30/20 - Bhupinder Hundal has been hired as News Director and Station Manager of Global BC. In this role he will be responsible for overseeing editorial direction along with staff and operations for the station. With a track record in news production, Hundal has most recently been a senior producer at CBC Vancouver. He succeeds Jill Krop who stepped down earlier this fall.  Global Release
 
KIXI AM 880 Seattle
11/30/20 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle began its all-Christmas format at 11 p.m. Sunday with the Twelve Days of Christmas by Ray Conniff.

White Spot

11/29/20 - A Vancouver restaurant, popular with both broadcasters and regular diners, closed down Saturday after 40 years. For nearly a decade, the Georgia and Cardero White Spot was the home of twice-yearly luncheons for radio broadcasters hosted by iconic broadcaster Red Robinson. A new condo tower will be built on the site.  Nadia Stewart, Global News  Red Robinson Facebook
 
STAR CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack

11/28/20 - STAR CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack moved to all-Christmas Friday with The Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth by David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham

11/28/20 - KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham has made its move to Christmas music as usual for Thanksgiving weekend, with a likely move to all-Christmas by December 12th. 

Clay Freinwald

11/28/20 - The December 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 his election observations, more on COVID-19 and upcoming vaccinations, the FCC's approval of all-digital AM radio and much more.  December Clay's Corner

Sportsnet 650 CISL Vancouver

11/28/20 - Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver sportscasters John Garrett, John Shorthouse and Dan Murphy, normally travelling across North America at this time of year, have been staying close to home during the pandemic.  Patrick Johnston, The Province

Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria

11/28/20 - Ocean CIOC FM 98.5 Victoria switched to all-Christmas music at 9 a.m. Friday November 27 with Mary's Boy Child/ O My Lord by Boney M.

Richard Dettman

11/27/20 - Today marks the retirement for News 1130 CKWX Vancouver veteran Business Editor Richard Dettman. Except for a short break from 2000-03, he has been with News 1130 since 1996.  Richard Dettman Tweet  Amanda Wawryk Tweet

Matty B

11/26/20 - KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver Music Director and Midday Host Matty B McIntyre has been promoted to the dual role of Assistant Content Director/ Music Director for CHFM-FM 95.9 Calgary and Content Director for KiSS CFRV-FM 107.7 Lethbridge.  Milkman Unlimited

Allie Miller

11/26/20 - Allie Miller has joined CTV Vancouver as a reporter/ writer. She was most recently with CityNews Calgary.

The Shift

11/26/20 - Corus Entertainment has named Calgary-based Shane Hewitt as the new permanent host of the late night network talk show, The Shift. It officially launches on Global News Radio stations November 29, including CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights. The weekend edition will be hosted by Vancouver-based Jawn JangConnie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Corus Release
 
George Garrett

11/25/20 - Legendary CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter George Garrett has been recognized by the Surrey Now-Leader with their Volunteer of the Year Award. He co-founded the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society, a not-for-profit organization providing complimentary transportation for lower mainland residents battling cancer. Garrett was with CKNW for over 40 years until his retirement in 1999.
 
News 1130 CKWX Vancouver

11/24/20 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver has announced new hires. Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Radio News Manager Terry Schintz, who was released in August. Twitter  Tamara Slobogean, former Supervising Producer, Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver gets the position of Managing Editor - News & Integration at both News 1130 and CityNews. Twitter  Additionally, evening/ weekend anchor Peter Wagner is given the role of Managing Editor - News & Programming.  Twitter

Gary Shipe

11/24/20 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle afternoon host Gary Shipe has retired. His final air shift was November 20th.  Shipe has been in and out of radio for over 40 years and most recently hosted Beatles Backbeat Saturday afternoons.  KIXI Announcement  Facebook Audio

Nielsen Audio

11/24/20 - News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 moves into first place with a 6.9 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma November 2020 PPM 6+ ratings. News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 drops into a two way tie for second with  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 with 6.6 shares.  Radio Online

CBC

11/24/20 - Three long time CBC Vancouver staffers are set to retire at the end of the month. Senior Investigative Reporter Eric Rankin joined in 1984, producer Manjula Dufresne started in 1988 and TV reporter Deborah Goble joined The Corporation in 1990.

KPLZ-FM Seattle Christmas 2020

11/23/20 - On Wednesday, November 25th at 6 p.m. Hot AC STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle will make its annual switch to all Christmas as Santa-FM, programming The Best Mix of Christmas FavoritesAll Access Music Group
 
Ed Hill

11/23/20 - Veteran Country programmer turned podcast coach Ed Hill, is hospitalized in intensive care and battling COVID-19. He has run the Podstars podcast coaching, development and production company since 2012. Hill posted an update on his condition on Facebook today. He was PD at CBS Radio Seattle from 2011-15.  All Access Music Group

Harvey Oberfeld

11/23/20 - Former BCTV Vancouver political and investigative reporter Harvey Oberfeld looks at the history and success of the station, as it recently celebrated 60 years on air.  Harvey Oberfeld Blog

John Clayton

11/23/20 - John Clayton returns to 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle. He previously hosted late mornings and was part of cuts made earlier this month. Clayton will contribute to morning and afternoon shows with daily appearances and will resume his 8-11 a.m. Saturday morning show.  KIRO Release
 
Cam Johnson

11/23/20 - Long time KING 5 Seattle traffic reporter Cam Johnson, who left back in January after 20 years with the station and Northwest Cable News to join the Seattle Boat Company, has found a new position. She's now working at the Bothell Police Department as its new PIO-Community Engagement Coordinator.  Facebook Announcement
 
Marcie Sillman

11/21/20 - After 35 years, KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle Senior Reporter/ Producer Marcie Sillman is retiring next month. She reported or produced a number of the station's programs over the years and most recently reported extensively on the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Seattle's arts community. On December 1, KUOW is hosting a virtual Front Row Center event to celebrate her career.  KUOW Release
 
Connie Thompson

11/19/20 - Veteran KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor and consumer reporter Connie Thompson is retiring next month. She has received numerous journalism awards since starting at KOMO back in 1974.  Facebook Announcement

Rogers Sports & Media

11/19/20 - Further to the announcement of staff cuts by Rogers Sports & Media at its radio and television properties in Canada, that included the cancellation of Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver: Mary Cranston, Thor Diakow, Greg Harper, John Streit, and Christian Adler are among the Citytv staff released.

Amity Addrisi

11/19/20 - KING 5 Seattle reporter and weekend anchor Amity Addrisi has been announced as the new host of New Day Northwest. She will make her debut on Tuesday, December 1. Addrisi follows former host Margaret Larson, who retired from the show in July after more than 35 years of work in television.  KING 5 News 

Jason Burrows

11/18/20 - Add Seattle broadcaster Jason M. Burrows, Imaging & Creative Services Director for Jack KJAQ-FM 96.5 and Assistant Commercial Production Director for the Seattle cluster, to the list of people released in the latest round by iHeartMedia. He's worked there since 2005.  Twitter Announcement  All Access Music Group
 
Chris Coburn

11/17/20 - Former veteran Vancouver broadcaster Chris Coburn is resigning as he aims to retire after 39 years in radio. He was morning host then p.m. drive/ assistant PD at JRFM CJJR-FM Vancouver from 1993-2008, a.m. drive host at The Peak CKPK-FM Vancouver from 2008-12 and morning host at Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford since 2012. Coburn will be on air for three more months.  Twitter Announcement
 
Rogers Sports & Media

11/17/20 - Rogers Sports & Media has made staff cuts at its radio and television properties in Canada that include the cancellation of Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver, News 1130 CKWX AM and the JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver morning show. Among the staff impacted at Rogers’ radio stations in Vancouver are News 1130 meteorologist Russ Lacate, senior managing editor Bruce Claggett, longtime afternoon news anchor Jim Bennie, weekend anchor/ producer Toby Kerr and web editor/ reporter Mike Hall. As part of newsroom restructuring, morning co-anchor John Ackermann will move to afternoons. Jeff Brown, Charis Hogg and Paul Brown have been released from on the JACK 96.9 morning show.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  David Carrigg, Vancouver Sun
 
Ron Harries

11/17/20 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Ron Harries passed away September 6 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops at age 82 following a heart attack. He joined the staff of CBC Vancouver in the late 1950s, working in a variety of positions until his retirement in 1991.  Fischer’s Funeral Services Obituary

FCC

11/17/20 - iHeartMedia recently filed applications with the FCC to eliminate several of its subsidiaries in a transfer that will streamline operations from eight subsidiaries to two. In the Seattle market, the Commission has approved the changes for KBKS-FM, KHHO AM, KJR AM/FM, KJAQ-FM KUBE-FM and KZOK-FM, which will now have their licensees listed as iHM Licenses, LLC.  All Access Music Group
 
FCC

11/15/20 - A construction permit for KKXA AM 1520 Everett translator K266CJ 101.1 has recently expired. The CP was to move the translator up into the mountains behind Arlington. Instead, the cross-service relay will remain in Everett near Paine Field.  FCC Data

Adam Sturgill

11/15/20 - Former KING 5 Seattle Broadcast News Engineer Adam Sturgill is the new News Operations Manager for a new national morning news show at Washington DC market WJLA-TV Arlington VA. He was with KING-TV from 1992-2015 and most recently was a field engineer at Vulcan Inc.
 
Stirling Faux

11/15/20 - A number of well known broadcasters will help Stirling Faux celebrate his 50th anniversary on air this morning (Sunday) on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver. Bob Saye will join Weekend Mornings at 6:15, Red Robinson will come on at 8:10 and programming legend George Johns joins at 9:45 along with Doc Harris.
 
Stirling Faux

11/14/20 - It’s a golden anniversary for CKNW AM 980 Vancouver host Stirling Faux, who is marking 50 years in the radio business this weekend. Originally signing on November 15, 1970 as a host for CKSO in Sudbury, ON, his career took him to Toronto, Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary, and back to Vancouver again, where he’s been ever since. Faux is likely the only person to spend significant time on-air at all four Corus Radio Vancouver stations.  CKSO Bio

AJ Battalio

11/14/20 - Long time Seattle radio personality AJ Battalio has found a new home as co-host of New Country Mornings at Ft. Collins CO market KUAD-FM 99.1. AJ was most recently afternoon host at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 Seattle.  All Access Music Group
 
QMFM Christmas 2020

11/14/20 - QMFM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver made its annual change to Christmas music Friday at 4:02 p.m. with Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Michael Buble.

CBC

11/13/20 - CBC British Columbia in Vancouver is once again holding its annual Open House and Food Bank Day December 4, but this year it will be virtual. There will be special broadcasts and digital Meet and Greets with CBC hosts.  CBC News

ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle

11/12/20 (Updated) - John Clayton, Jim Moore and Tom Wassell are out at ESPN KIRO AM 710 Seattle. Clayton was an NFL reporter for ESPN Television for 23 years, joining KIRO in 2017. Moore has been there since 2010 and Wassell joined 710 after spending five years at ESPN Radio's headquarters in Connecticut. Two behind the scenes staffers, Matt Taylor and Scott Blumenfeld were also released.  Dave Grosby, Twitter  Mike Salk, Twitter  Adam Jude, Seattle Times
 
Isabelle Ragham

11/12/20 - Former CHEK-TV Victoria and most recently CITY-TV Vancouver Video Journalist Isabelle Raghem is joining CBC Vancouver as a reporter and weekend host/ producer. She has been with CityNews since 2018.
  
Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM

11/12/20 - Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle usually goes all-Christmas on Thanksgiving Day. This year it has already made the move. Sister station Praise 106.5 KWPZ-FM Lynden made the change this morning to, "starting the hope of Christmas earlier than ever."

Jubal Fresh

11/12/20 - Nearly four months after debuting on Hits 106.1 KBKS-FM Seattle, “The Jubal Show” has formed Team Jubal Productions to officially launch the program into syndication. The morning show debuted today on three iHeart stations in Portland, St. Louis and Greensboro, NC.  InsideRadio

Gabe Cohen

11/12/20 - Former Seattle TV reporter Gabe Cohen joins WUSA-TV Washington DC as an Investigative Reporter. He worked as a reporter and weekend anchor at KOMO-TV for just over four years before leaving the station in March. Cohen is the son of Today Show host Meredith Vieira.  FTVLive

The Breeze CHLG-FM Vancouver

11/12/20 - The Breeze CHLG-FM 104.3 launched Vancouver's Christmas Favourites at midnight, with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra.

Lisa Villegas

11/11/20 - Lisa Villegas recently jumped 52 markets to become the new Chief Meteorologist at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle replacing Walter Kelley. She was Chief Meteorologist at KOLD-TV Tucson, AZ where she has worked since 2017.   Q13 News
 
Andrew Harms

11/09/20 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle MD/ APD Andrew Harms, who recently left his APD/ MD/ PM Drive position at Alt 98.7 KYSR-FM Los Angeles after 5-1/2 years, has joined Amazon Music as U.S. Rock & Alternative Programmer.  All Access Music Group

Howie Meeker

11/09/20 - Howie Meeker, who passed away Sunday in Nanaimo at age 97, backed up Vancouver Canucks play-by-play announcers on BCTV (now Global BC) for several seasons. From 1977-85 he was the analyst for Bernie Pascal and for Jim Robson in the 1985-86 season. Meeker was appointed to the Order of Canada and was invested in a ceremony in 2011.  Global BC News
  
Cristin Ayers

11/09/20 - Christin Ayers will join the KING 5 Seattle news management team as an Executive Producer. She will create a permanent Facing Race unit to build on the momentum she and the Facing Race team have started with the original series that debuted on September 13. Ayers has been the KING 5 Tacoma Bureau Chief and spent almost nine years as a reporter at KPIX-TV San Francisco.  Rick Gevers & Associates  
 
Poppy

11/08/20 - Global BC will be airing Remembrance Day services from three different locations in Vancouver. The Royal Canadian Legion and City of Vancouver are asking people to stay home and not to be on-site. BC Remembers will air Wednesday, November 11 starting at 10:30 a.m. live on Global BC and streaming live on Globalnews.ca/bc and on its Facebook page.  Global BC News

Keith Abrams

11/07/20 - Former Seattle programmer Keith Abrams is among the most recent cuts by iHeartMedia. He exits as Senior Vice President of Programming and Program Director of the company's Cleveland cluster, where he has worked since 2008. Abrams was PD of KBSG-FM Seattle from 1998-99.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight

KISW Live Day

11/07/20 - The sixth annual KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle Live Day takes place 2020-style on Tuesday, November 10th featuring no recorded commercials, sound effects or music. The bands will be in other PNW towns and the voice artists will be in other cities across the country.  KISW News
 
Len Lauk

11/07/20 - Former CBC Vancouver executive Len Lauk died on October 30 in North Vancouver just one week shy of his 88th birthday. He joined CBUT Vancouver in the 1950s, starting as a script assistant and working his way up to evening news producer, before moving east. Lauk later returned to Vancouver as Director for the Pacific Region until his retirement. There be no service or celebration of life per his request.  Sun/ Province Obituary
 
CHEK-TV Victoria
11/05/20 - CHEK-TV Victoria will carry its usual Remembrance Day broadcast live from the Victoria Cenotaph at the BC Legislature on November 11. Due to COVID, the Victoria branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is encouraging people to show their respects by staying home and watching the ceremony on television, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

KRWM-FM Christmas

11/05/20 - WARM 106.9 KRWM-FM Seattle has launched into its 20th year of being Seattle's Official Christmas Music StationAll Access Music Group

iHeartMedia

11/05/20 - A couple more Seattle radio broadcasters have been released by iHeartMedia. Jared Fallon is out as PD of KBKS-FM 106.1 and Shawn Garrett leaves his position a Regional Digital Director in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Anchorage and Fairbanks after nearly 14 years.  All Access Music Group

Tegna Inc.
11/04/20 - Tegna Inc. today announced it has partnered with GatesAir on the technological infrastructure for the launch of NextGen TV, or ATSC 3.0, on KONG-TV and KING-TV Seattle. Pending final FCC approvals, NextGen TV broadcasts will begin in early December, with KONG serving as the host, or lighthouse station. In early November, KONG will begin informing over-the-air viewers that they will need to rescan their televisions to continue to receive the station, regardless of whether they will receive a NextGen TV signal.  Mark K. Miller, TVNewsCheck

Robert Dove

11/04/20 - Robert Dove exits iHeartMedia as Pacific Northwest Region President overseeing Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Anchorage and Fairbanks. He has been in the position since January 2016 after spending a decade as Market President in Portland.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Fitz

11/03/20 - Country The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle morning show Fitz in the Morning has connected listeners with jobs worth a combined $2,222,320 in annual salaries to date from local employers looking to hire. Employers can continue to submit their open job descriptions online hereAll Access Music Group

Worship 247

11/03/20 - KTDD-FM 104.9 Eatonville switches to Worship 24/7 programming this Wednesday. 247 Media Ministries, the parent organization of the Worship 24/7 radio network, recently acquired the station from iHeartMedia’s Ocean Station Trust.

Steve Williams

11/03/20 - Steve Williams, Director of Audio Production at KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle has been named President and CEO of Newark Public Radio,  Jazz WBGO-FM 88.3 Newark/ New York effective January 4th. He was PD at WBGO in 2015-18 and a consultant for the station since earlier this year.  All Access Music Group
 
Asa Rehman

11/02/20 - Former Vancouver sports anchor Asa Rehman has announced his departure from the Mediapro Canada outlet OneSoccer, where he has been a host with the subscription-based streaming service since it debuted last year. He was a news anchor with Global BC from 2013-15 before heading to Global Toronto to anchor sports from 2015-19. John Jacques, Northern Tribune
 
Richard Dettman

11/02/20 - Long-time News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver Business Editor Richard Dettman is retiring effective November 27. He joined News 1130 in 2004, but has been in broadcasting for 45 years.  News 1130

KSWD-FM Christmas 2020

11/01/20 - The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle is the first to make the move with The Sound of Christmas. Puget Sound's holiday tradition!
 


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