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8/12/22 - The FCC has granted an NCE construction permit to Community Sustaining Fund of Olympia for a new 70-watt ERP station at 89.7. It will have McCleary as its community of license. The proposed directional signal emanating from Capitol Peak points away from the Olympia-Tumwater area, leaving only Elma and McCleary inside the 60 dBu contour.  FCC Data


8/12/22 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Oakridge Community Radio (Eugene) for a 500-watt ERP NCE directional station on 89.5 in Taholah, near the Quinault Reservation. The group originally had plans for a 330-watt ERP signal on the same frequency/ tower as the winning Aberdeen proposal below.  FCC Data 


8/12/22 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to First Baptist Church of Riverview (Pasco) for a 100-watt ERP NCE station on 89.5 in Aberdeen. The grant is substantially scaled back from an original 5 kW ERP proposal. The 60 dBu contour will cover the Hoquiam-Aberdeen areas.  FCC Data


8/12/22 - The licenses of KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood and KARR AM 1460 Kirkland will be surrendered to the FCC to make way for a frequency change for KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton to 1480, if approved by the Commission.  FCC Data

Eddie Olczyk

8/12/22 - It's now official that nationally acclaimed analyst Eddie Olczyk will be joining play-by-play man John Forslund and fellow NHL player-turned-analyst JT Brown to call Seattle Kraken games on Root Sports this season.  Bob Condor, Seattle Kraken

Su Ring

8/11/22 - Former KING 5/ New Day Northwest Seattle producer Su Ring, now teaching at Lake Washington High School, adds a Broadcast Communications class, in addition to her Video Production classes. Three of her video production students have won a NATAS NW Student Production Award for Best Music Video.  LinkedIn Announcement
Jennifer Lee

8/11/22 - FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle reporter Jennifer Lee leaves to join FOX 29 WTXF-TV Philadelphia. The Emmy winning reporter has been at FOX 13 since August 2019.  Twitter Announcement  Dean Pagani, The Laurel

Research Director, Inc.

8/10/22 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive July '22 PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Nick Allard

8/10/22 - KIRO 7 Seattle morning Meteorologist Nick Allard will be off work again to recover from back surgery last Thursday. He took time off earlier this year, which he says, "didn’t work and things continued to get worse".  Facebook Announcement
Seattle Seahawks

8/10/22 - Seattle Seahawks pre-season August 13 at Pittsburgh and August 26 at Dallas games will air on KING 5, the team's official local television partner. Brock Huard will not be doing games on FOX 13 KCPQ. Seattle Sports KIRO AM 710 and Newsradio KIRO-FM 97.3 will provide radio coverage.  Seahawks Release

Dave Walker KAFE-FM

8/10/22 - Allan Fee and Patrice Valentine join veteran KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham morning host Dave Walker beginning Monday, August 15. Former co-host Mandy Richards announced at the end of May that she was leaving the morning show after 10 years for new opportunities.  Facebook Video  Mandy's Announcement

Dana Hutchings

8/10/22 - A familiar face on Victoria television for many years is getting promoted in her current position. On October 1st Dana Hutchings will transition from Chief Operating Officer to Co-CEO with Jason Cole at Power To Be Adventure Therapy. Hutchings was a news anchor / reporter and Assistant News Director at CHEK-TV until her departure in 2016.  LinkedIn Announcement
Natalie Swaby

8/10/22 - Natalie Swaby is the new Chief Reporter at KING 5 Seattle. She was previously a general assignment reporter at KING before replacing Chris Daniels, after he left in June for Sinclair Broadcast Group's national investigative team. 

Nielsen Audio

8/09/22 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in first place in the Nielsen Seattle-Tacoma July 2022 PPM 6+ ratings with a 6.7 share. All Sports KIRO AM 710 moves up to tie with Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5, each with 5.8 shares. Five HD2 stations are now showing up in the monthly numbers.  Radio Online

Bridget Chavez

8/08/22 - As announced on 7/07, Bridget Chavez has joined KIRO 7 Seattle from FOX 12 KPTV Portland. She makes her on-air debut tonight at 11.  Twitter Announcement

Greg Bowman

8/08/22 - Greg Bowman, who just left his CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver anchor/ reporter position, has announced he has joined Narcity Canada as its Vancouver page Associate Editor.  Twitter Announcement
Tarnjit Parmar

8/08/22 - Tarnjit Parmar, who left her position last month as lead producer of CityNews Everywhere Vancouver after four years with Rogers Communications, has joined CBC VancouverTwitter Announcement
Peter Alexander

8/07/22 - Former KCPQ-TV Seattle reporter Peter Alexander delivers the ceremonial first pitch at today's Mariners game. He worked at KCPQ from 2001-04 before joining NBC News, where he is now Chief White House Correspondent.  Twitter Video  More Pics

Ron Barnet

8/06/22 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver sports personality Ron Barnet is making slow progress  at Cartier House in Coquitlam. His daughter advises that he is on a waiting list to get into a home in Chilliwack and despite his health issues is amazingly optimistic, is always happy and positive, and is in no pain. The 82 year old continues to recover from a hip replacement last December.

8/06/22 - Salem Media Group is selling two of its AM stations in Seattle. Catholic network operator Relevant Radio has purchased KLFE AM 1590 for $500,000. Baaz Broadcasting will acquire Regional Mexican La Patrona 1680 KNTS Seattle for $225,000. In the sale filings, Salem requests a waiver as KNTS is the expanded band replacement for KLFE. Rather than deactivate the operating expanded band station and turn in its license as the FCC rule would require, Inspiration seeks to sell that station to a minority-controlled buyer at a below market price.  RadioInsight
Pat O'Day

Seattle Seafair

8/05/22 - Legendary Seattle broadcaster Pat O'Day is remembered by KING 5 sports anchor/ reporter Chris Egan as the Seafair 2022 show will air live on KONG TV from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. O'Day, who passed away August 4, 2020, served as race announcer and commentator during Seafair for various radio and TV stations from 1967 to 2013.  Twitter Announcement

8/05/22 - Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc. is selling KBKW AM 1450 Aberdeen and its associated translator K278CU 103.5 to Sacred Heart Radio, Inc.  FCC Data

KEXP50 Free Concert

8/04/22 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle celebrates 50 years with a free community concert Saturday, August 6. The event, which will include food trucks and a beer garden, will begin at noon at Seattle Center, 427 First Ave. North in Seattle.  KEXP Release  KING 5 News
Mike Ferreri

8/04/22 - What happened to KOMO 4 Seattle sportscaster Mike Ferreri? The National Edward R. Murrow award recipient was a sports anchor then Sports Director at KOMO for 21 years before leaving in August 2021. He made the transition into real estate and is now a realtor for the Seattle-Wedgwood office of Windermere Real EstateKOMO Backgrounder
Greg Bowman

8/03/22 - CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver anchor/ reporter Greg Bowman will be leaving following his upcoming weekend shifts. He joined the station from Ontario in June 2021 and now is moving on to an undisclosed opportunity next week.  Twitter Posting

Brittany Hobson

8/03/22 - Canadian Traffic Network helicopter reporter Brittany Hobson, on Global BC and AM 730 Traffic CKGO Vancouver, has moved to the Okanagan and is no longer reporting locally. She has held the position since November 2018.  Notice
Relevant Radio

8/02/22 - With the move of Conservative Talk The Answer to KKOL AM 1300 Seattle yesterday, KLFE AM 1590 has picked up Catholic radio programming from Relevant Radio which originates from studios in Green Bay, WI.
Spike O'Neill

8/02/22 - Long time Seattle radio personality Spike O'Neill debuted yesterday on KIRO Nights on News Radio KIRO-FM 97.3. He replaces Jack Stine, who has chosen to move to California to pursue other projects. O'Neill was "Co-Host and Tailgunner" on the Bob Rivers Show from 1989-2018.  KIRO Welcome Audio
 Melissa Thomas McRae

8/02/22 - Melissa Thomas McRae joins Now! Radio CKPK-FM 102.7/ The Peak 102.7 HD 2 Vancouver for imaging and production. She's been Imaging Director at X92.9 CFEX-FM Calgary since 2019. She's also been the imaging voice for a number of stations in both the US and Canada.  Twitter Announcement
Kelly Franson

8/02/22 - Former KIRO 7 Seattle Meteorologist/ Content Creator Kelly Franson, who announced her departure from KOAT-TV Albuquerque last month, has now revealed her new position. She joins St. Luke's Health System in Boise ID as Public Relations and Communications Manager. Franson was with KIRO from 2014-17.  Facebook Announcement
Kelly Hanson

8/02/22 - Three times Emmy winning Kelly Hanson, KING 5 Seattle Production Manager and host of the YouTube Series Local Lens Seattle, is one of the 425 Magazine Women to Watch: 2022. Amity Addrisi, host of KING 5’s New Day Northwest, will return to emcee the 2022 event  September 20 at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.  425 Magazine Release
Sheryl MacKay

8/01/22 - Longtime CBC Radio Vancouver program host Sheryl MacKay has announced she is retiring at the end of the year. Her association with CBC Radio in BC began in the early eighties on a number of current affairs programs. She has been hosting CBC's weekend show North by Northwest for 22 years.  Twitter Announcement

AM 1300 The Answer

8/01/22 - Salem Media has moved Conservative Talk The Answer KLFE AM 1590 to KKOL AM 1300 Seattle. Blanketing interference complaints received from nearby residents are holding up KKOL's license renewal and sale approval from Intelli LLC to Salem.  RadioInsight

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