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Drew Horowitz

6/24/19 - After 43 years in the radio business, Hubbard Radio President and Chief Operating Officer Drew Horowitz has announced he will retire at the end of the year.  He was promoted to his current position at Hubbard Radio in July 2014, after serving as Executive VP & COO since April 2011.  Horowitz was instrumental in helping to grow the company as it added clusters in Phoenix and Seattle.  Inside Radio
 
Alex Robertson

6/21/19 - Former CHEK-TV Victoria executive Alex Robertson will be inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame as part of the induction class of 2019.  He was Sports Director at CHEK from 1974 to 2003.  The Sid Thomas Media Award will be presented this year to Robertson for his services to television.  The ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 26.  Kevin Rothbauer, BC Local News
 
Bob Simmons

6/21/19 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for former KING-TV Seattle reporter and documentary producer Bob Simmons, who died June 15 at home in Bellingham at age 88.  It is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 30 at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham.  Simmons joined KING-TV in 1977 and stayed for 14 years.   Elise Takahama, Seattle Times

FCC

6/21/19 - The FCC has granted a Modification of License to Northwest Rock N Roll Society for translator K266BM 101.1 Olympia.  ERP will increase from 10 watts non-directional to 250 watts directional, HAAT remains at 652 meters at existing transmitter location 46° 58' 24.00" 123° 08' 11.00"  The translator carries the programming of KGTK AM 920 Olympia.  FCC Data

Kathryn Tindale

6/20/19 - Recent Langara Journalism program graduate Kathryn Tindale is joining News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as a reporter and web editor.  She also graduated from Simon Fraser University with an English major BA degree in 2015.
 
Larry Gifford

6/20/19 - Larry Gifford, Senior Program Director and Manager of Talk & Talent for Corus Vancouver, has been appointed National Director of AM Radio for Corus Entertainment.  He has been Senior PD at Corus since May 2016 and was PD at Bonneville Seattle from 2011-13.  Twitter Announcement
 
Russ Walker

6/19/19 - KING 5 Seattle Assistant News Director Russ Walker, an experienced multimedia editor and investigative journalist, is the first executive editor of PA Post, based in Harrisburg, PA.  He began in the new position July 15.  Walker has served as KING 5's A.N.D. since June 2016 and has been with the station since 2011.  Twitter Announcement  PA Post Release
       
KING-FM 98.1 Seattle

6/19/19 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle will move to the second floor of Opera Center on the grounds of the Seattle Center in early 2020.  The station will help the Opera pay the freight of its $60 million building.  KING-FM was created in 1948 and nurtured by Dorothy Stimson Bullitt, the founder of King Broadcasting.  When the Bullitt family sold their broadcasting empire in 1991, the station was not part of the sale and was described as a gift to the community.  Joel Connelly, SeattlePI  KING-FM Release 

Suds Coleman

6/18/19 - Selborne Suds Coleman, who paired with Rick Riley to host Rick & Suds at KJRB Spokane, KHIT-FM, KZOK-FM and KJET Seattle in the early 1980s, died Monday after a battle with cancer.  He was 74.  All Access Music Group  Academic Backgrounder  

Bob Simmons

6/18/19 - Former KING-TV Seattle reporter and documentary producer Bob Simmons died Saturday at home in Bellingham at age 88.  He left KING in 1991 after 14 years of service but spent a quarter century engaged in free-lance journalism.  In 1990 Simmons won a national Emmy for his project on development in the Snoqualmie Valley.  Joel Connelly, SeattlePI
 
JJ Hemingway

6/18/19 - Former Seattle and Spokane radio personality JJ Hemingway passed away Monday at age 65.  He worked at a number of stations during his career including KJR-FM Seattle from 2001-06 and most recently hosted evenings at Shine 104.9 KEEH-FM Spokane.  He also operated JJ Hemingway's Mobile DJ Service.  Facebook Announcement 
 
Douglas McIlraith

6/17/19 - Former CFUN and CJOR Vancouver and CKOV Kelowna broadcaster Doug McIlraith died June 6 in Winnipeg at age 83, after a short battle with esophageal cancer.  He joined CBC Edmonton in 1961, transferring to CBC Winnipeg in 1967, where he covered a number of major events across Canada.  He retired as co-host of CBC Information Radio Winnipeg in 1990.   According to his wishes, there will be no formal service.  Winnipeg Free Press Obituary
 
Peter Stursberg

6/15/19 - Former Vancouver and Victoria newspaper reporter and CBC Vancouver-based news editor then CBC war correspondent Peter Stursberg has been inducted into the CBC News Hall of Fame.  He and Second World War correspondent Matthew Halton were posthumously inducted at a ceremony at the CBC Toronto Broadcasting Centre on Friday, just over a week after ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Stursberg passed away August 31, 2014 at age 101.  CBC News
 
Frosty Fowler

6/14/19 - Arrangements have been finalized for a Celebration of Life for well known radio and TV personality Frosty Fowler, who passed away April 12th in Poulsbo.  It will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16th, on what would have been his 97th Birthday, at Cristwood Park Activity Center Auditorium, 345 N. 190th Street in Shoreline.  Puget Sound Media
 
Lori Matsukawa

6/14/19 - After 36 years at KING 5 Seattle, award winning anchor Lori Matsukawa will deliver the evening news for the final time today.  KING will mark her retirement with an hour-long special at 7 p.m.  KING 5 News  Asia Fields, Seattle Times  Alex Halverson, SeattlePI 

Dave Pratt

6/14/19 - Veteran Vancouver sports broadcaster Dave Pratt will launch a podcast next Wednesday titled the Prattcast at your favourite podcast player and at prattcast.ca.  He was dropped March 13, after almost six years at TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver.  Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Kerry Marshall will co-host.  Patrick Johnston, The Sun  Daniel Wagner, Vancouver Courier

CRTC

6/13/19 - The CRTC has authorized the shut-down of 44 Global TV translators in Canada.  The list includes local stations in Bowen Island, Squamish, Brackendale, Wilson Creek and Whistler.  CRTC Release
 
Nardwuar

6/13/19 - Nardwuar (aka John Ruskin) was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame last weekend and received a star on the Walk of Fame on Vancouver’s Granville Street.  Nardwuar began broadcasting at University of British Columbia campus station CiTR-FM 101.9.  His show has been running since October 1987.  CBC News  Hall of Fame News
 
Breanna Karstens-Smith

6/13/19 - Breanna Karstens-Smith joins Global Edmonton at month end as the weekend evening and late news anchor and weekday reporter.  She has been with CTV News Vancouver for the last two years and prior to that was a reporter and producer with CTV Edmonton.

Research Director, Inc.

6/12/19 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive May PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

David Bray

6/12/19 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and four other Canadian PPM markets.  Broadcast Dialogue

CRTC

6/12/19 - The CRTC has approved an application by 0971197 B.C. Ltd. (Roundhouse) for authorization to change its ownership and effective control of CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver through the transfer of all its issued and outstanding shares valued at $600,000 to South Fraser Broadcasting Inc.  However, the Commission has denied a request to amend conditions of licence relating to the broadcast of Canadian musical selections.  CIRH-FM ceased broadcasting on May 6, 2018.  South Fraser Broadcasting operates Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey.  CRTC Release  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  

Nielsen Audio

6/11/19 - News KUOW-FM 94.9 moves back into first place with a 6.1 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma May 2019 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings, CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 drops into a second place tie with Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 with 6.0.  Radio Online

Tom Douglas

6/11/19 - Veteran chef and KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle radio host Tom Douglas will open two restaurants in Nordstrom’s new flagship store in New York City this fall.  Douglas hosts Seattle Kitchen with Thierry Rautureau weekends on KIRO Radio.  Tan Vinh, Seattle Times  

Peter Saiers

6/11/19 - Peter Saiers has been named News Director for KING 5 and KONG-TV Seattle.  He has been Managing Editor for KPIX-TV San Francisco for 11 years. KING 5 Release
 
Ann Marie Mulholland

6/10/19 - Hubbard Seattle VP/Market Manager Ann Marie Mulholland takes the opening session as forty broadcasters head to the campus of Central Washington University for the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute over the next ten days.  All sessions are on the CWU campus except for one day in Seattle.  All Access Music Group
 
Lisa Steacy

6/08/19 - Lisa Steacy is joining News 1130 CKWX Vancouver as a web editor/reporter.  The recent Langara College journalism graduate will be working the weekend evening web shift and filling in during the week.  She starts training next Wednesday.  Twitter Announcement
 

FCC

6/07/19 - The FCC has granted an application for displacement by HC2 LPTV Holdings, Inc. for KUSE-LP Seattle.  Channel will change from 46 to 12 and ERP will change from .5 to 3 kW directional at existing transmitter location.  FCC Data 

Estefania Duran

6/07/19 - Estefania Duran is leaving News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver to freelance.  She has been a digital reporter with the station since last July and previously worked as a reporter and digital content creator for CKNW AM 980 and Global BCBroadcast Dialogue
 
Geoff Nelson

6/07/19 - Broadcast Engineer Geoff Nelson has left Corus Vancouver to join BC’s public broadcaster The Knowledge Network.  He has been with Corus since 2006.  Broadcast Dialogue

Don West

6/07/19 - CHEK-TV Victoria news cameraman Don West is retiring after 41 years.  He joined the station as a photographer in 1978 after graduating from Camosun College.  Broadcast Dialogue

David Bray

6/06/19 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and four other Canadian PPM markets.  Bray Overview

Numeris

6/06/19 - CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 takes control of first place with a 17.6 share in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for February 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019.  AC CHQM-FM 103.5 slips to second with an 11.2 share and Classic Rock CFMI-FM 101.1 moves up to third with 10.5.  Numeris release

Louis Potvin

6/06/19 - Mountain Broadcasting Ltd. founder Louis Potvin died June 2 in Squamish at age 95.  He started CISQ-FM Squamish in 1981 along with its translators in Sechelt, Pender Harbour, Gibsons and Egmont, which were sold to Selkirk Communications in 1989.  Sign-offs, Broadcast Dialogue 
 
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle

6/06/19 - Insiders at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle say the station is launching a new 8 p.m. show in less than a couple of weeks.  News Director Erica Hill sent out a memo saying they are launching the show on June 19th.  Scott Jones, FTV Live
 
KUOW-FM Seattle

6/06/19 - SAG-AFTRA has announced that the bargaining unit at the University of Washington KUOW-FM 94.9, Puget Sound Public Radio, has ratified its first-ever union contract.  SAG-AFTRA’s Executive Committee and the Seattle Local Board also ratified the contract.  Inside Radio
 
Tonya Mosley

6/06/19 - Former KING 5 Seattle reporter Tonya Mosley has been named as the third co-host of the NPR and Boston University WBUR-FM 90.9 program Here & Now.  She was with KING from 2005-12 and also KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle from 2012-14.  She has most recently been a host of Truth Be Told at KQED-FM 88.5 San Francisco.  Her new national show position, which starts on August 5th, will be based in Los Angeles.  All Access Music Group
 

Loos and Sutton

6/05/19 - The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver hosts Casey Jo Loos and James Sutton were let go from the station on Tuesday.  Loos and Sutton, who was also the music director, hosted the afternoon show from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.  Darcy Matheson, Daily Hive
 
FCC

6/04/19 - The FCC has granted a Minor Change to a Licensed Facility to City of Ocean Shores for KOSW-LP 91.3 Ocean Shores.  ERP will decrease from 96 to 76 watts non-directional, HAAT will increase from 11.8 to 35.2 meters and transmitter location will change from 46° 58' 30.00" 124° 09' 48.00" to 46° 59' 4.00" 124° 09' 9.00".  FCC Data
 
Tim Leary

6/03/19 - Country WIRK-FM 103.1 West Palm Beach adds former The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle morning host Tim Leary.  He became available when Fitz was added to mornings at The Bull in April.  Radio Ink 

Shane Woodford

6/02/19 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter/anchor and fill-in talk show host Shane Woodford is leaving CHNL AM 610 Kamloops to move to Denmark with his family.  He has been News Director at CHNL since 2016, his second time at the station after a five-year departure to join CKNW in 2011. 

Stephen Schlenker

6/02/19 - KGY-FM 95.3 Olympia midday host Steven B. (Stephen Schlenker) will be off the air for awhile recovering from medical issues.  Jason Remington, Puget Sound Media  




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