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CTV Vancouver

1/31/20 - Today is the CTV Vancouver Chopper 9 helicopter's last flight. The Bell 206 L4 LongRanger has been in service to CTV since August 2004. There has been no official word on how this may affect the positions of Aerial Camera Operators Pete Cline or Gary BarndtPeter Vogel Info

Barrett Sports Media

1/31/20 - Softy & Dick Fain with Dave "Softy" Mahler and Dick Fain on KJR AM 950 Seattle has been listed as one the top 20 local sports afternoon shows in the Barrett Sports Media top 20 annual rankings of sports radio shows, stations, PDs, and podcasts for 2019. All Access Music Group  Rich Moore of KJR has been listed as one of the top 20 PDs. All Access
 
KIRO AM 710 Seattle

1/31/20 - The XFL's Seattle Dragons will be heard on 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle this season. The deal includes Head Coach/ GM Jim Zorn making weekly appearances. All Access Music Group

Kevin Gawley

Michael Hall

1/30/20 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver adds two new reporters. Kelvin Gawley joins as a digital reporter from Burnaby NOW and Michael Hall joins as a web editor/ reporter. Hall has been an editor and reporter with the Black Press newspapers in Metro Vancouver for the last two decades, most recently with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.  Broadcast Dialogue
  
Clay Freinwald

1/29/20 - The February 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 last February's weather, an FCC request for input on digital AM radio simulcasting, re-writing the EAS plan and much more. February Clay's Corner

FCC

1/29/20 - The FCC has granted a Construction Permit to New Age Media Ltd. for KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor. The permit authorizes the addition of one tower, change of daytime pattern, and the addition of a new night pattern. Daytime power will increase from 500 watts to 9 kW and nighttime power will be 2.5 kW with different directional constants day and night. FCC Data

FCC

1/28/20 - The FCC has granted Assignment of License from Tribune Broadcasting Seattle, LLC to FOX Television Stations, LLC for Seattle market KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV and their respective translators. FCC Data
 
KIRO Radio 97.3 Seattle

1/27/20 - KIRO Radio 97.3 Seattle has announced changes to its weekday lineup. The Tom and Curley Show, which has aired weekday mornings, moves to 3 to 7 p.m. and a new show The Gee and Ursula Show featuring Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin will debut from 9 a.m. to noon effective Wednesday, January 29. KIRO Release
 
George Orr

1/26/20 - Vancouver broadcaster/ producer George Orr presents "Chasing The Dream" The real story behind Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games. The documentary revisits the development of the largest single project in peacetime Canada, through exclusive interviews with the decision-makers. It will be presented at the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre in North Vancouver on February 13th. Details
 
Red Robinson: The Last Broadcast

1/25/20 - Retired broadcaster Mike Cherry has published a book review of Red Robinson – The Last Broadcast by Robin Brunet. The book is a snapshot of the great days in Vancouver radio & the many air personalities that made it all happen. It's literally a ‘who’s who’ of Vancouver’s great DJs & the city’s radio stations from the 1950s onward.  Mike Cherry, Puget Sound Media
 
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle

1/25/20 - One year after launching Candy, Mike & Todd in afternoons, Seattle market KIRO Radio KIRO-FM 97.3 has cancelled the program and prepares to launch a new afternoon show. Candy Harper states that she exited the station on January 15. Co-host Mike Lewis wrote that he will be staying at KIRO, but unsure in what role. Co-host Todd Herman claims that he agreed to step away from the show for an “incredible opportunity”. Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Research Director, Inc.

1/24/20 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday 2019 PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Ruby and Alex Carr

1/24/20 - Former Vancouver broadcasters Ruby and Alex Carr hosted their last show on the Edge CFNY-FM 102.1 Toronto on Wednesday after just one year. Alex was previously midday host at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver and Ruby was morning show co-host at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM. No reason has been given for their departure. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Nielsen Audio

1/23/20 - Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 is solidly in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma Holiday 2019 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings with a 9.2 share, CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is second with 6.5 and News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is third with 5.3. Radio Online


Janene Drafs


1/23/20 - KOMO-TV Seattle General Manager Janene Drafs will be the next GM at KTLA-TV Los Angeles replacing Don Corsini, according to FTVLive, with the official announcment expected today. Drafs has held the position at KOMO since April 2012. FTVLive

Ian Hanomansing

1/23/20 - Vancouver-based CBC National news anchor Ian Hanomansing and former CBC Vancouver News at 6 anchor Andrew Chang have survived the dropping of the four-anchor format on the network's flagship TV newscast The National. Chang will now co-host the broadcast Monday to Thursday from Toronto with Adrienne Arsenault, while Hanomansing will host Friday and Sunday from Vancouver. The fourth host, Rosemary Barton has been named the Ottawa Bureau’s chief political correspondent. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
   
Wayne Cox

1/23/20 - Veteran Vancouver radio/ TV broadcaster and game show host Wayne Cox hosts a six-part docuseries The Search for Canada’s Game Shows which debuted on GameTV last week. The series is available for streaming hereConnie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

KUOW-FM Seattle

1/22/20 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle partners with other public radio stations and BBC to present a new collaborative reporting project on the young Latino vote in 2020. The year-long project Every 30 Seconds is being funded by a $300,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  and will include reports airing on BBC's The World as well as digital components. All Access Music Group

Tommy Wolski

1/20/20 - Former Vancouver jockey, columnist and broadcaster Tommy Wolski died from a heart attack today in Naples, Florida. He is believed to have been in his late 70s. Wolski was a prominent rider at Hastings Park Racecourse in Vancouver during the 1970s and ’80s, later writing his Hoss Talk column in The Province from 1995 to 2015. He hosted Horse Talk on CJOR in the '70s, had a horse racing show on CKO-FM in the 1980s and hosted Sport of Kings on cable and CKVU-TV in the 1990s. Wolski was inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2014. A celebration of life is planned for April at Hastings. David Carrigg, Vancouver Sun

Ronnie Stanton

1/19/20 - Ronnie Stanton, who was named PD of Corus Vancouver FM stations in December, has been given the expanded role of lead programmer for all Corus FM stations in Alberta and B.C. He previously served as VP of National Brands and Programming and consulted and coached talent across its stations, recently relocating to Vancouver from his native Australia.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Seattle
Area
Digital TV

1/18/20 - There have been a number of changes and adds to Seattle area TV subchannels. KYMU has added Newsnet on 6.3 in SD 480i, Retro TV on 6.4 SD 480i, and Heartland on 6.5 SD 480i; KSTW adds Circle on 11.5 SD 480i; KONG adds This TV 16.3 SD 480i. A complete list of subchannels and PSIP designations are available on our Digital TV page here. Meanwhile, KZJO continues to operate with low power on its new RF channel 36 until antenna work is completed on its Capitol Hill tower, expected in mid April.

Gordon Lyall

1/16/20 - Gordon Lyall died peacefully at home on December 26 at age 91. The Vancouver lawyer and entrepreneur was part of the group that started up CKVU-TV (now branded as Citytv) in 1976. A celebration of life is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, February 4 at The Vancouver Club, 915 W. Hastings St.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Peter Kjellbotn

1/16/20 - Peter “Cam” Kjellbotn died in Edmonton December 30 at age 69. He started his television career at BCTV (now Global BC) Vancouver before moving to Edmonton in 1974 for the launch of ITV (now Global Edmonton). Kjellbotn retired in 2013 after 38-1/2 years with the station in various roles. Edmonton Journal Obituary
 
Kirk LaPointe

1/16/20 - Veteran Vancouver journalist Kirk LaPointe has been appointed publisher of Business in Vancouver Media Group, while retaining his roles as editor-in-chief of Business in Vancouver and parent company Glacier Media. He has previously served as CBC Ombudsman, managing editor of The Vancouver Sun and has been a host on CBC Newsworld and the now defunct Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3.
 
Mike Lewis

1/16/20 - Mike Lewis has announced his departure from The Candy, Mike & Todd Show on KIRO Radio 97.3 Seattle. However, he says he is sticking round for something new but not sure what it is. Twitter Announcement

iHeart Media

1/16/20 - iHeart Media continues to purge its staff in the US with the following Seattle market cuts: Marty Riemer exits mornings at Classic Hits 95.7 The Jet KJR-FM; morning show producer/ co-host Jenna exits Rhythmic CHR 93.3 KUBE; morning show producer Amanda Duryee and p.m. drive co-host Nate Connors depart Classic Rock 102.5 KZOK; Rob ‘Rockfish’ Oxford exits weekends at KZOK and Cliff Avril exits as midday co-host at Sports 950 KJR.

ThisTV

1/15/20 - ThisTV is back on Seattle airwaves. It's being broadcast on KONG-TV PSIP channel 16.3. ThisTV, LLC is a division of the MGM Domestic Television Distribution subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with programming emphasis on films (primarily sourced from the library of partial owner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) and other limited general entertainment.

Kristin Clark

1/15/20 - KOMO-TV Seattle introduces its newest meteorologist Kristin Clark. She graduated in 2007 from Penn State University with a degree in meteorology and has worked at NBC affiliate KOAA-TV Colorado Springs, WeatherNation in Excelsior MN and Aeris Weather in Eden Prairie MN.  KOMO Video

Ken Jennings

1/15/20 - Seattle resident Ken Jennings is interviewed by KOMO News following his win on last night's Jeopardy.  He won $1 million by dispatching James Holzhauer, who won one match, and Brad Rutter, who came up empty on Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time. KOMO News/ Video  Chris Talbott, Seattle Times

Greg MacArthur

1/15/20 - After nearly 47 years in radio, Greg MacArthur has announced his retirement as Creative Production Designer at iHeartMedia. He has held a number of positions in Seattle since 1991, most recently at KZOK-FM 102.5.

Mike Preston

1/14/20 - Long-time former Seattle PD Mike Preston has been released from his position as Senior Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia Baltimore cluster, a position he has held since December 2017. He was PD at Seattle market KBKS-FM from 1997-2006, along with The Wolf KKWF-FM and Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM from 2009-17. RadioInsight

Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle

1/13/20 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle somehow managed to give the wrong result of the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers game Saturday, announcing that the Vikings had won. The caption showed the Vikings as the winners and they even showed highlights of the game. FTVLive

Channah Hanberg

1/10/20 - Channah Hanberg has been promoted to General Manager of  Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM and KCIS AM 630 Seattle. She joined Crista Media in 2008. The GM position has been vacant since Ann Marie Mulholland left for Hubbard Seattle in October 2018. RadioInsight

Pat St. John

1/09/20 - Former CFUN Vancouver Program Director Pat St. John is set to retire as President of RB Communications, Niagara next month. He was PD at CFUN in 1980 before moving back to Toronto. Broadcast Dialogue

Janene Drafs

1/08/20 - There has been no official announcement, but FTVLive reports longtime Sinclair Broadcast Group Seattle General Manager Janene Drafs is leaving by month’s end. She's been in the position since April 2012. FTVLive Report
 
KING 5 Seattle
Northwesst Harvest

1/07/20 - The 19th annual KING 5 Seattle Home Team Harvest broke records for the third year in a row, raising nearly 8 million meals for hunger-relief agency Northwest Harvest.  KING 5 collaborated with partners during November and December to collect non-perishable food and cash donations. KING 5 Release

STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle

1/06/20 - STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle launched a Northwest version of its Hot AC format toward the end of 2019. The move included new imaging, logo and TV commercials to compliment the music adjustments. All Access Music Group

Kenny Jones

1/05/20 - Former Vancouver and Fraser Valley personality Kenny Jones joins Lisa & Kenny In the Morning on Star FM CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack effective January 6th. He replaces the retiring Scott Riley, who steps down after 40 years in radio, and 34 years waking up the Valley. Fraser Valley News
 
Jordan Wilkerson

1/04/20 - Jordan Wilkerson moves from weekends into the weekday morning traffic anchor position at KING5 Seattle, replacing Cam Johnson, who has announced she is leaving the station. Facebook Announcement

Robert Frederick

1/04/20 - Former CBC Vancouver producer/ director Robert Frederick died December 10 at age 70. He joined CBC in 1979 and produced Ritter's Cove and directed The Beachcombers before moving to Paramount Pictures to produce 108 episodes of MacGyver. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1 p.m. January 19th at the Westpoint Room, UBC Golf Course, 5185 University Blvd., Vancouver. IMDb Biography
 
Radio Tacoma KTAH-LP 101.9

1/03/20 - RadioTacoma KTAH-LP 101.9 is on the lookout for computer savvy volunteers to help the station with new automated software that will allow them to post a month’s schedule on their website. RadioTacoma Release
 
Cam Johnson

1/03/20 - Long time KING 5 Seattle traffic reporter Cam Johnson leaves after 20 years with the station and Northwest Cable News. She's going to Seattle Boat Company, saying she needs a break from the early morning hours.  KING 5 News

Don Brown

1/01/20 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for CBC sports producer Don Brown who died December 18th at age 84. It is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday, January 11th at the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria. Times Colonist Obituary  McCall Gardens Obituary


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