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FCC

6/30/21 - The FCC has granted a change of transmitter location and community of license for KKDZ AM 1250 from Seattle to Kent. It will continue to operate with 5 kW non-directional day and 5 kW directional night at 47-18-01 122-11-19FCC Data

Christy Moreno

6/30/21 - Christy Moreno has been named President and GM at KING 5 Seattle effective August 2. She will be responsible for overseeing the station’s operations across all platforms. Moreno joins KING from WHAS-TV TEGNA’s ABC affiliate in Louisville, KY, where she served as President and GM since 2018.  TEGNA Release

Randy Bachman

6/30/21 - CBC-FM 105.7 Vancouver & 92.1 Victoria are broadcasting Randy Bachman's last Vinyl Tap in a special three hour show from 3-6 p.m. on Canada Day, July 1st. Bachman has recorded the show from his studio on Salt Spring Island since the summer of 2005 for broadcast on Saturday nights.
 
Colleen O'Brien

6/30/21 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning news anchor and host Colleen O'Brien has announced she is taking a medical leave and will return August 2nd.  Twitter Announcement
 
Drew Bland

6/29/21 - Former Seattle programmer Drew Bland will be departing his VP/ promotion position with Monument Records on July 2 for a new opportunity TBA. He left his position with The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 in 2020 after three years.  All Access Music Group
 
Clay Freinwald

6/29/21 - The July 2021 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 record breaking heat and climate change, Seattle as a new market for Lotus, the 2021 NAB Show and much more.  July Clay's Corner

Marcie Sillman

6/29/21 - Retired KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle arts and culture reporter Marcie Sillman has teamed up with prominent Seattle arts advocate Vivian Phillips to produce the DoubleXposure podcast. The first two episodes were released June 25.  Jade Yamazaki Stewart, Seattle Times

Phil Figueiredo

6/28/21 - Recent BCIT Radio, Television and Digital Communications graduate Phil Figueiredo has accepted a position as technical producer with CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  Twitter Announcement
 
Katelin Owsianski

6/28/21 - Katelin Owsianski returns to Global BC as a full time traffic reporter on Global News Morning after leaving in March 2020 as a temporary for Kaitlyn Herbst, who was on maternity leave. Herbst left in March to pursue real estate. 

Doc Harris

6/28/21 - Puget Sound Radio presents an interview with veteran Vancouver broadcaster Doc Harris by Susan Einarsson. Harris entertained at several Vancouver stations from 1973 to 2008, including CKLG from 1973-83.  Doc Harris Interview

Greg Bowman

6/26/21 - Greg Bowman joins News 1130 CKWX Vancouver as a weekend anchor/ reporter. He arrives from Moose FM CFXN-FM 106.3 North Bay, ON.  Twitter Announcement

KRPA
AM 1110

6/26/21 - KRPA AM 1100 Oak Harbor has been on and off the air over the last few days as it tests its new day and night signals per a Program Test Authority granted by the FCC on June 16. The new daytime power of 9 kW is reportedly strong in the southern reaches of Metro Vancouver. The former daytime-only station is also authorized to operate with 2.5 kW at night.  FCC Data/ Coverage Map

Warren Barker

6/26/21 - An obituary has been published for former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver News Director Warren Barker, who passed away June 15th. He was ND from 1959-91, when the station was located on McBride Boulevard in New Westminster. A Celebration of Life will be held when provincial health restrictions are lifted.  Sun/ Province Obituary
  
Chynna Greene


6/26/21 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle has acquired anchor/ reporter Chynna Greene. She most recently spent the last three years at KEZI-TV Eugene, OR. Twitter Announcement  Meanwhile, reporter/ anchor Ali Bradley has noted on her LinkedIn page that she is no longer at Q13 and lists herself as "journalist". She previously announced in early May that she was off air but would be back soon.
 
Lisa Cordasco

6/25/21 - Veteran retired CBC reporter/ host Lisa Cordasco has joined the Vancouver Sun and Province as a legislative reporter. She was most recently Senior Reporter/ News Director at listener supported CHLY-FM 101.7 Nanaimo after retiring from CBC Radio CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria in 2015. Meanwhile, CHLY has hired Paula Zerpa as Sales and Outreach Coordinator along with Elijah Robinson and Joe Pugh as junior reporters.  Jesse Woodward, CHLY-FM Update

Kathryn Stewart

6/24/21 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Talk and Talent Director Kathryn Stewart lands the position of PD at CKNW and sister station All Traffic AM 730 CHMJLarry Gifford Twitter

Craig Herrera

6/24/21 - Five-time Emmy-award winning KING 5 Seattle meteorologist Craig Herrera joins Fox Weather as a co-anchor of the platform’s key programming blocks. He joins five other new hires at Fox News Media’s new streaming weather service.  Twitter Announcement  Mark K. Miller, TVNewsCheck

Ben Nesbit

6/24/21 - CHEK-TV Victoria journalist Ben Nesbit, who announced his departure last week, has joined CTV Vancouver as a multi-skilled journalist. He has been at CHEK since November 2019.  Twitter Announcement
 

Salem Media Group

6/23/21 - Salem Media Group has agreed to re-acquire  KKOL AM 1300 Seattle from Tron Din Doh’s Intelli LLC for $500,000. KKOL has been operating mostly under STA since it was acquired by Intelli and is currently operating with its 3.2 kW nighttime power all day due to interference being caused by its licensed 50 kW daytime operation.  RadioInsight

Facing Race

6/23/21 - KING 5 Seattle has won a 2020 Peabody Award in the Public Service category for Facing Race, the 13-week original series that tackled the difficult topic of systemic racism in the Pacific Northwest.  KING 5 News

Brit Moorer

6/22/21 - KING 5 Seattle reporter/ story teller Brit Moorer has announced her departure to try something new after close to ten years in broadcasting and two years at KING. She'll be staying in Seattle.  Twitter Announcement
 
KEXP-FM Seattle

6/22/21 - With DJs having the freedom and responsibility to curate their own shows, KEXP-FM 90.3 continues on a ratings roll in Seattle.  InsideRadio
 
Elizabeth Wiley

6/22/21 - Elizabeth Wiley has been named Digital Director at KING 5 Seattle, effective August 9. She will be responsible for managing the digital content team in both news and local programming. Wiley joins from WFAA-TV, TEGNA’s ABC affiliate in Dallas, where she’s been Digital Director since 2019.  KING 5 News

David P. Ball

6/21/21 - Award winning journalist David P. Ball joins CBC Vancouver as a reporter. He's previously been a reporter for The Tyee and Star Metro Vancouver and most recently has been a radio host and reporter for The Pulse on Co-op Radio CFRO-FM 100.5 Vancouver.  Twitter Announcement
 
Brian Dance

6/21/21 - Tributes have been coming in for CBC Vancouver news editor Brian Dance, who retires from the Corporation after 51 years in broadcasting. He has been weekend radio news editor at CBC Vancouver since 1997. The award winning reporter has held a number of positions with CBC since 1976.  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight  CBC Video
 
Matt Elias

6/20/21 - Former KING 5 Seattle producer Matt Elias, who left the station early this month to move to the Tri-Cities, has joined KAPP-TV Yakima/ KVEW-TV Kennewick in the same position.  Twitter Info

Cam Cathcart

6/19/21 - An obituary has been published for long-time CBC Vancouver broadcaster Cam Cathcart, who died at home June 5 at age 83. He was the MC of the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Victory Square for the last 18 years.  Sun/ Province Obituary
 
Ben Nesbit

6/18/21 - Ben Nesbit, multimedia journalist at CHEK-TV Victoria, has announced his departure. He's been at CHEK since November 2019 and was previously a video journalist and weekend sports anchor at Global Thunder BayTwitter Announcement
    
CRTC

6/18/21 - Rogers Communications has reapplied to remove the CKKS-FM 107.5 Chilliwack simulcast on CKKS-2 104.9 Vancouver and replace it with locally produced programming. Under the proposed arrangement CKKS 107.5 Chilliwack and CKKS-1 92.5 Abbotsford will become a new station focused on the Fraser Valley, while CKKS-2 104.9 in Vancouver will focus on the Vancouver market.  Canadian Radio News

Phil Bruce

6/18/21 - Phil Bruce, who has been News Director for Sinclair's KTUL-TV Tulsa for five years, moves to take over the newsroom at KOMO-TV Seattle. Bruce replaces Bill Dallman, who left at the end of May to become GM at KARE-TV Minneapolis.  Rick Gevers News
  
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle

6/17/21 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle has announced a large-scale initiative to expand and innovate local content offerings, including the development of a new project led by Bill Radke, new local podcast pilots and a re-imagining of its flagship local news show The Record with a new format and a new host this fall.  KUOW Release

Delilah

6/16/21 - Delilah, who enters her 25th year of radio syndication, is interviewed by Radio Ink, as it names her MIW 2021. She is the most listened to woman on radio in America, heard on over 130 stations reaching 10 million monthly listeners. Delilah can be heard locally on The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle.  Radio Ink
 
Research Director, Inc.

6/16/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive May PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Barbara Blake

6/15/21 - Former KKNW AM 1150 Seattle personality Barbara Blake, who later hosted Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch on The Wave KTWV-FM 94.7 Los Angeles, died June 10 in Santa Monica after a brief illness. She was 80 years old. After she left KTWV she did online shows and formed citizenplanet.com.  Ramp Obituary

Warren Barker

6/15/21 - Legendary Vancouver news reporter Warren Barker passed away at 10 a.m. today at age 92. His daughter Karen says he had been in generally good health until recent weeks, when he was not eating properly. Barker was on air at CKNW from 1952 until retirement in 1991. He served as News Director at 'NW from 1959 until retirement, setting the standard for newsroom operation in British Columbia.  Global BC News/ Video

Nielsen Audio

6/15/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up into first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma May 2021 PPM 6+ ratings with a 6.6 share. Rock KISW-FM 99.9 slips to second with 6.4. KUOW-FM 94.9 climbs into third with a 6.0 share.  Radio Online

Jeetz

6/15/21 - Former KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle host Joe Jeetz Reder joins “Terry Boyd’s World,” mornings at Audacy classic rock KGON-FM 92.3 Portland as co-host. He was laid off by KISW at the end of March 2020.  Radio Online

FCC

6/15/21 - The application for Sinclair Radio Seattle stations KVI, KOMO and KPLZ-FM to Lotus Seattle Corp. for $18,058,604 has been filed, showing that the deal does not include the KOMO AM and KOMO-FM call letters and all programs and programming material associated with the calls.  All Access Music Group

David Larsen

6/14/21  - Former Kelowna, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Victoria radio personality David Larsen lost a battle with cancer June 11 at age 62.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue 
 
Erin Newnam

6/14/21 - Former KIRO 7 Seattle Executive Producer Erin Newnam has resurfaced as Managing Editor at WSMV-TV Nashville. She started as Morning Executive Producer at KIRO in June 2016.  Facebook Announcement
 
Bryant "Ryder" Konold

6/14/21  - Former Seattle broadcaster Bryant “Ryder” Konold joins 92.9 The Bull KDBL-FM Yakima Brian, Reesha & Ryder morning show effective June 21. Konol co-hosted Fitz in the Morning at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle before it ended last year. He also will be the station’s Brand Manager.  InsideRadio

KiSS Radio Vancouver

6/14/21 - After another lackluster showing in the most recent PPM, Rogers Radio has scaled back the CHR format on KiSS RADiO CKKS 104.9 Vancouver (92.5 Abbotsford and 107.5 Chilliwack) to more of a Hot AC approach.  Canadian Radio News
 
Jessica Oh

6/14/21 - FTVLive reports KIRO-TV Seattle reporter Jessica Oh has left the station and is headed to KTTV Los Angeles. She grew up in Southern California and has been at KIRO since October 2017.  FTVLive
 
Jolynne (Jo) Benson

6/12/21 - Jolynne (Jo) Benson, who was responsible for Traffic Control for The Beachcombers CBC TV series in Gibsons, passed away in North Vancouver May 26 at age 64. A private family Celebration of Life was held June 1 at St. Paul's Indian Catholic Church. A replay Podcast viewing is available hereLegacy Obituary

John Goff

6/12/21 - Western Regional Digital Director at Sinclair Broadcast Group in Seattle, John Goff, who suffered a massive stroke on May 12, is continuing to improve. He has now been transferred to a skilled nursing facility in Edmonds.  Shelby Goff, Facebook

Seth Hughes

6/11/21 - Seattle market Warm 106.9 KRWM-FM has announced the promotion of morning host Seth Hughes to Music Director. He joined Warm in April 2019 and has now signed a contract extension.  Lance Venta RadioInsight

K280FF

6/11/21 - Hillsboro OR-based Gospel Echo Inc. is closing down its operations and requesting the shut down of translator K280FF 103.9 Chehahis, along with five others in Oregon.  Gospel Echo Letter  FCC Data

Tim Joyce

6/11/21 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle Meteorologist Tim Joyce has found a new home at WGN-TV Chicago as the weekend morning news weather anchor. He's been with Q13 for nearly ten years.  WGN News
 
David Bray

6/10/21 - 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

FCC

6/09/21 - The FCC has granted a request by Skagit Valley College for KSVU-FM 90.5 Hamilton to extend the "Silent STA" period, originally granted on November 2, 2020, to September 5, 2021, as a result of the termination of the station’s transmission site lease. A resolution to allow resumption of broadcasting from a new site has yet to be reached.  FCC Data
 
KING 5 Seattle

6/09/21 - KING 5 Seattle won more 58th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards than any other media organization in the region. In all, KING 5 took home 16 awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Northwest Chapter.  KING 5 Release

Numeris

6/09/21 - News/ Talk CKNW AM 980 continues in first place in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for March 01 - May 30, 2021 with a 13.6 share. CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/ FM 88.1 continues in second place with 10.5. Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 is third with 8.3.  Numeris Release

Claire Fenton

6/09/21 - Global BC producer Claire Fenton joins the morning team at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver. She's been at Global since 2016.  Twitter Announcement

David Bray

6/08/21 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris Diary ratings for Victoria and four other Canadian radio markets.  David Bray Overview

Cam Cathcart

6/06/21 (Updated) - Former Vancouver broadcaster Cam Cathcart died Saturday afternoon at his home at age 83. He was with CBC for 25 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, producer and host, later becoming a Senior Associate with media communications company Stanton Associates. Cathcart was very active in the community, including serving as Chair of the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee for 15 years. He received several awards for his service.  CTV Vancouver News  Karin Larsen, CBC News

Gloria Angelin

6/06/21 - KING 5 Seattle Editor/ Photojournalist Gloria Angelin gets a new role as Editor/ Photographer for New Day Northwest starting this month. She's been with KING 5 since March 2020.  LinkedIn Video

Rick Rice

6/06/21 - Retired CBC Cameraman/ Producer/ Director Rick Rice passed away in Victoria on May 17 at age 87. During his career he was a cameraman in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto, progressing to producer and director of The National and Hockey Night in Canada, retiring to Victoria in 1989.  Times Colonist Obituary
 
NATAS 58th NW Awards

6/05/21 - The NATAS 58th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy™ Awards have been announced with Seattle stations well represented.  Host Chris Cashman Video  Full List of Winners

Elisa Jaffe

6/05/21 - Award-winning Seattle news anchor Elisa Jaffe has been inducted into the Silver Circle by the NW Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She currently anchors p.m. drive on KOMO Radio, but previously held several positions with KOMO-TV from 1987-2015.  Twitter Announcement 
 
Cody Miller

6/05/21 - Cody Miller has joined KING 5 Seattle as a digital content producer. He moves from KOMO-TV and was previously with the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Las Vegas.  LinkedIn Announcement

FCC

6/04/21 - KACS-FM 90.5 Chehalis has filed with the FCC to keep its translator K293AY 106.5 Enumclaw in silent STA status. According to the May 31 filing, the receive antenna on the translator was destroyed during a recent storm.

News 1130 CKWX Vancouver

6/04/21 - NEWS 1130 CKWX Vancouver, along with the other Rogers Sports & Media news radio stations, will rebrand under CityNews this fall. This is a name change only, not affecting content or on-air personalities. As part of the rebrand, CityNews will launch a centralized website and app where users can find their local news for Vancouver or other Canadian cities.  NEWS 1130 Release
 
Red Robinson

6/04/21 - Vancouver broadcasting icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Red Robinson reflects on his legendary life. He finally hung up his mic in 2017 from CISL AM 650.  Thor Diakow Video
 
KACS-FM

6/04/21 - KACS-FM 90.5 Chehalis has filed to upgrade from a Class A to C2 with the projected contour covering most of Olympia.  It was accepted for filing by the FCC on May 2.  Allocation Study
 
K292HN

6/04/21 - Sunnylands Broadcasting LLC, owner of several translators in the Puget Sound area, is donating K292HN 106.3 Centralia to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin, valuing the assets at $30,000. The Sunnylands co-located K259BG remains on the for-sale market, currently relaying KOMO-FM.

Numeris

6/03/21 - The Numeris Spring 2021 Radio Diary 12+ ratings have been released for Victoria. CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leads with a 21.7 share, Rock CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 14.1 and News/ Talk CFAX AM 1070 is third with 9.8.  Numeris Release

Tyler & Lynch

6/03/21 - Tyler and Lynch (Tyler Middleton and Chris Lynch) are heading to afternoon drive at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver following the cancellation of their morning show on The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 in March. They replace Jeremy Baker, who moves to The Peak morning show.  Twitter Announcement

Sheila Scott

6/03/21 - Long-time CTV Vancouver reporter Sheila Scott, who announced her departure from the station in April, joins the Burnaby RCMP in a civilian role as a Communications Strategist. She had been with CTV since 2013.

KING 5 Seattle

6/03/21 - Two KING 5 Seattle producers leave the station. Matt Elias has been at KING since 2004 and is relocating to the Tri-Cities to explore new opportunities. Executive Producer Ruben Villaescusa leaves after four years.  Twitter Announcement

Angeli Kakade

6/03/21 - Angeli Kakade recently joined KING 5 Seattle as a reporter and multi-skilled journalist. She joins from WISH-TV Indianapolis.  KING 5 News


SBGI

Lotus Communications


6/03/21 - Sinclair Broadcast Group is getting out of the radio business with its TV division selling the stations it acquired in the acquisition of Fisher Broadcasting. KOMO AM & FM, KVI AM 570 and STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle go to Lotus Communications for $18 million in cash and other considerations.  All Access Music Group

Charmaine de Silva

6/02/21 - Charmaine de Silva adds News Director of 660 News CFFR/ Citytv Calgary to her current duties as ND of News 1130 CKWX/ Citytv Vancouver. Twitter Announcement
 
Nadia Stewart (Tchoumi)

6/02/21 - Nadia Stewart moves from her videojournalist/ reporter position, which she has held with Global BC since 2014, to assume the position of Media and Communications Manager with Union Gospel Mission Vancouver. She also changes her name to Nadia Tchoumi.  Instagram Announcement

Bailey Martens

6/01/21 - Bailey Martens joins the CBC Vancouver newsroom next week. She has held several positions with the Ubyssey Publications Society since 2019 and most recently has been a features editor.  Twitter Announcement
 


Yasmin Gandham



6/01/21 - News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver anchor/ producer Yasmin Gandham has announced that Sunday will be her last shift. The BCIT 2020 Broadcast Journalism grad is moving into a new role as a full-time Video Journalist, anchoring and reporting with Global Okanagan CHBC-TV in Kelowna.  Twitter Announcement

Jody Vance

6/01/21 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Jody Vance will be hosting 3 - 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday on CKNW AM 980 for the next three weeks, the time slot formerly held by Lynda Steele, who did her final show on Friday.  Twitter Announcement
La Patrona 1680

5/31/21 - Salem Media's La Patrona KNTS AM 1680 Seattle now has a "sister station". On June 1 KDZR AM 1640 Lake Oswego/ Portland will switch from The Patriot conservative talk to La Patrona 1640, reflecting the continued growth of Spanish-language radio in the Pacific Northwest.

Clay Freinwald

5/30/21 - The June 2021 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 events of the past month, stations moving to all-digital AM, COVID-19 data and much more.  June Clay's Corner

Laura Evans Baines

5/30/21 - Given KING 5 Seattle's publicized attempts at self examination of race in the station and the Facing Race series success, Interim News Director Laura Evans Baines begins a highly regarded 12-week course on diversity and inclusion from Cornell University.  LinkedIn Announcement

Lynda Steele

5/29/21 - Music band manager Bruce Allen joined Lynda Steele on her final show Friday on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, which she has been hosting since 2015. Steele announced earlier this month that she is taking time off to spend with her ailing father, who lives in long term care and suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Lynda Steele Tweet/ Audio
 
Laura Evans Baines

5/29/21 - Laura Evans Baines has assumed the role of Interim News Director at KING 5 Media Group Seattle. She's been Assistant ND since 2019 and was previously a producer at CTV Vancouver from 2014-17. She steps into the position following News Director Pete Saiers return to California to become ND for KTLA-TV Los Angeles last month. Julie Wolfe from WHAS11 Louisville, KY takes over the position June 21.

Linda Aylesworth

5/28/21 - Award-winning Global BC reporter Linda Aylesworth retired yesterday, May 27. A video has been released by the station highlighting her 40 years of service. Global BC

Ray Adam

5/28/21 - Retired CBC Vancouver sales representative Ray Adam passed away April 27 at age 91 after a lengthy illness. He joined the staff of CJOR Radio in 1950, moving to CBC in 1954, first in technical and then into sales in 1965, where he excelled as a sales representative. He retired in 1988. A private family graveside service was held May 7.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Dick Pust

5/27/21 - Long-time KGY Olympia personality Dick Pust writes about his station memories in his new book, AM 1240 – Life at a Small Town Radio Station. He was at KGY for more than 50 years and is now with KXXO-FM 96.1Nancy Krier, Thurston Talk

Sheila Scott

5/27/21 - After working as a reporter and assignment desk writer since 2013, Sheila Scott has left her position with CTV Vancouver. She has decided to pursue an opportunity outside of news.  Twitter Announcement 

Radio Amor

5/27/21 - Radio Amor KMIA AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way is now being heard on translator K221FJ 92.1 Tacoma. The translator operates with an ERP of .15 kW at 127.1 meters HAAT at 47° 14' 31.40" - 122° 28' 01.40".
  
Ray Waines

5/27/21 - Retired CBC Vancouver cameraman Ray Waines died May 24. He had a 31-year career with the Corporation as a cameraman on countless musical variety, drama and sports productions, officially retiring in 1991. He continued working with CBC as a freelance cameraman until 2010. Further details when available.  2013 Backgrounder

Jeff Palmer

5/27/21 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Jeff Palmer has announced that May 26 was his last official day as a member of the West Vancouver Police. He's been with the WVPD in numerous capacities since 2002 and previously held news positions at CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver beginning in 1987.  Facebook Announcement
 

Cecile Hebert

5/27/21 - Former CBC staffer Cecile Hebert passed away May 13, 2021 in Grande Prairie, AB at age 67. She was an announcer, writer and reporter for CBC News and CTV stations in Edmonton and Vancouver. A funeral service will be held at a later date.  Oliver's Funeral Home Obituary

Elizabeth Wand & Aunya Butler

5/27/21 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle says goodbye to two news producers. Elizabeth Wang and Aunya Butler are leaving to work in public health. Both have been with Q13 since 2017.  Twitter Announcement

Alyssa Charlston

5/27/21 - Alyssa Charlston joins the sports department at Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV. She's most recently been a sports anchor and multimedia journalist at KXLY-TV Spokane and Digital Content Creator at Gonzaga UniversityQ13 News  Twitter Announcement
 
Patrick Quinn

5/26/21 - Patrick Quinn has announced that today is his last day at KOMO-TV Seattle. He's been a full time reporter at KOMO since April 2018. Quinn has covered major natural disasters and Seattle’s successful push for professional hockey.  Twitter Announcement
  
Linda Aylesworth

5/26/21 - Veteran Global BC reporter Linda Aylesworth is retiring. Her last day will be tomorrow, May 27th. The BCIT Journalism program graduate has been with the station since 1981, working as a reporter specializing in health, science and environmental journalism since 1989. Aylesworth's reports have earned her numerous awards, including an Edward R. Murrow, RTDNA awards and a Jack Webster award.  

Greg Cook

5/26/21 - Former KTAC Tacoma personality Greg Cook (Grant Broadwell), who now lives in San Diego, has completed seven weeks of radiation therapy for prostate cancer.  Jason Remington, Puget Sound Media

Mark Anderson

5/26/21 - KING 5 Seattle photojournalist Mark Anderson is retiring, following a career that dates back to 1976.  Twitter Announcement

Amir Ali

5/26/21 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Technical and Content Producer Amir Ali has announced his departure, as he moves to a new opportunity with Daily Hive Vancouver. He's been responsible for booking guests and creating content for the Lynda Steele ShowTwitter Announcement

Kenny Mayne

5/25/21 - Former Seattle broadcaster Kenny Mayne has left his current position with ESPN, effective May 24. He began work at the network as a freelancer in 1990, then became a full-time employee in 1994. Prior to ESPN, the Kent native served seven years at KSTW-TV from 1982-89, becoming a weekend sports anchor near the end of his term. Jacob Camenker, Sporting News
 
John Goff

5/25/21 - John Goff, Western Regional Digital Director at Sinclair Broadcast Group in Seattle, suffered a massive stroke on May 12. He has been doing well with physical therapy in the hospital stroke wing and is expected to be moved to acute rehab at Evergreen Health in the next few days.  Shelby Goff, CaringBridge

Jesse Jones

5/25/21 - KIRO 7 Seattle consumer investigator Jesse Jones is hoping his story about signs of a heart attack could save other lives. He promises to be back at the station soon, fighting for the “little guy.” He has to keep up the fight in the gym and at the dining table.  Monique Ming Laven, KIRO 7

Pat Chiesa

5/25/21 - Earlier reports on a number of websites that multi-platform sports journalist Pat Chiesa is joining KING 5 are incorrect. He has relocated from WKYC-TV Cleveland OH to Seattle but has not yet announced if or when he will be joining a local station.
  
Jesse Jones

5/24/21 - KIRO-TV Seattle consumer investigator Jesse Jones, who had quadruple bypass surgery last month, speaks about the surgery with news anchor Monique Ming Laven at 5:30 today.  Twitter 

Al Ferraby

5/24/21 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria morning host and APD Al Ferraby finished a 21 km run for CFAX Santas raising over $47,000. CFAX Santas is one of Victoria's longest running children's charities.  Twitter Announcement

Dan "Huggie" Amsden

5/24/21 - MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle has announced the addition of Dan ‘Huggie’ Amsden for weekdays 2-7 p.m. beginnng June 1. He most recently hosted afternoons at Live 95.5 KBFF-FM Portland. Amsden takes the afternoon slot that had been held by former Music Director Kel Walker prior to his exit at the end of March.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Pat Chiesa

5/23/21 - Multi-platform sports journalist Pat Chiesa is now based in Seattle, having most recently worked for over four years at WKYC-TV Cleveland OH. Reports indicate he is joining KING 5, but the position has not yet been released.

Vivian McCall

5/22/21 - Vivian McCall is the new morning producer at KNKX-FM 88.5 Seattle. She's most recently been a reporter at WBEZ-FM 91.5 Chicago.  Twitter Announcement

Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver

5/22/21 - Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver is celebrating 30 years on air Sunday. It signed on at 8:00 a.m. May 23, 1991 with a dance music format, and ran commercial-free until May 27.  Twitter Announcement
 
Brian Dance

5/22/21 - Veteran CBC broadcaster Brian Dance has announced his retirement from the Corporation after a 51-year career in the business. He's most recently been the weekend editor of radio news at CBC Vancouver and retires next month.  Twitter Announcement
 
Charis Hogg

Jeremy Baker


5/21/21 - To debut this summer, Charis Hogg is teaming up with Jeremy Baker to host The Early Show with Charis and Jeremy on The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver. Hogg has held several positions on local radio since 2004 and Baker currently hosts The 2 to 6 Thing on CFOX-FM 99.3Jeremy Baker Tweet  Charis Hogg Tweet  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Chris Wahl

5/21/21 - Morning sports anchor Chris Wahl has announced his last day at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver. The 2010 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate also hosts Vancouver Giants hockey on Sportsnet 650 CISL. Wahl is moving on to a position in junior hockey.  Twitter Announcement

Sheila Oliver

5/20/21 - Sheila Oliver is the new Senior Vice President and General Manager at Q13 KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV Seattle. She's been with KMSP-TV Minneapolis for the last 18 years with the last six as SVP/ General Manager. Oliver replaces Pam Pearson, who is retiring after 22 years.  Mark K. Miller, TVNewsCheck

Lester Holt

5/20/21 - Lester Holt and the NBC Nightly News crew broadcast in Seattle this week as part of their Nightly News Across America tour that has the show hitting five cities in five days to explore how different regions were impacted by the pandemic. KING 5 Seattle was the fourth stop before the week concludes in Los Angeles.  KING 5 News

Dan Bongino

5/19/21 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle has announced The Dan Bongino Show as the newest addition to its conservative talk lineup. The show will air weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon beginning May 24th. Radio Online
 
Chris Sullivan

5/19/21 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning traffic reporter Chris Sullivan gets back on the air and reports on his progress with COVID-19.  Twitter Announcement

Christian Hall

5/19/21 - Rogers Sports & Media has announced that Christian Hall will be joining its radio division as National Content Director, JACK and Content Director for Vancouver stations CJAX-FM 96.9 and KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9. He's been with Harvard Broadcasting for over 14 years and previously worked in the Vancouver market from 1998-2002.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Red Robinson

5/19/21 - Hall of Fame Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson gives a quick health update following the breaking of the humerus bone in his left arm, which left him hospitalized. He has now moved into Point Grey Private Hospital.  Facebook Announcement

Research Director, Inc.

5/19/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Eric Rankin

5/19/21 - Veteran CBC British Columbia Investigative Reporter Eric Rankin has been given an RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award, capping off a 44-year career in broadcast journalism.  CBC Release  RTDNA Release

RTDNA Canada

5/19/21 -  RTDNA Canada has recognized excellence in digital and broadcast journalism in the West Region with the winners for the regional awards. RTDNA Canada Awards are given to the best journalists, programs, stations, and news gathering organizations in video, audio and digital.  RTDNA Canada Release

Julie Wolfe

5/18/21 - Julie Wolfe has been named News Director at KING 5 Seattle effective June 21st. She joins from WHAS11, TEGNA’s ABC affiliate in Louisville, KY where she’s been news director since 2018.  KING 5 News

Nielsen Audio

5/18/21 - Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma April 2021 PPM 6+ ratings with a 6.3 share. News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 drops to second with 6.2. Alternative KEXP-FM 90.3 continues its upward climb into third with a 5.7 share.  Radio Online

Janet Brown

5/18/21 - Veteran Global BC/ CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter Janet Brown has been awarded the RTDNA Canada regional Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been working the radio beat in BC for 35 years, and has won numerous awards for her reporting.  Global News
 
Jeff Winskell

5/18/21 - Jeff Winskell has left his position as Content Director at JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver. He's been with the station since January 2019 and previously held executive positions with Bell Media from 2005-18.
 
Talmina Aziz

5/18/21 - CHEK-TV Victoria has hired Talmina Aziz as a multimedia journalist. She's worked as an associate producer at CBC News Network in Toronto and most recently was a video journalist with CBC Windsor.  Twitter Announcement

Chris Sullivan

5/17/21 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning traffic reporter Chris Sullivan reports on his recent harrowing experience with COVID-19. He was treated at the emergency room at Evergreen Health three times and was too sick to eat for 10 days.  KIRO 7 News

Jason Manaois

5/15/21 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver has named Jason Manaois the new Lead Producer of Mornings with Simi Sara. The 2019 BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism graduate has been a chase producer with CKNW since 2019.  Twitter Announcement

Bailey Nicholson

5/14/21 - News 1130 CKWX Vancouver evening anchor Bailey Nicholson moves to p.m. drive starting May 19th. She will anchor alongside John Ackermann.
Twitter Announcement
 
Mike Killeen

5/13/21 - Veteran Vancouver newscaster Mike Killeen has announced his departure from CBC Vancouver News at 6, effective May 21, and is leaving broadcasting after four decades. He has been co-anchoring CBC’s 6 o’clock newscast with Anita Bathe since 2018. Bathe will continue to host the program.  Vincent Plana, Daily Hive
 
KRPA
AM 1110

5/13/21 - KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor continues to update its transmitter per the recent FCC Construction Permit, which authorizes 9 kW day and 2.5 kW night. Transmitter photos can be viewed here.

KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle

5/13/21 - The ZooTunes concert series at Woodland Park Zoo is returning for a 37th year. KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle will select this year’s lineup, which will be focused only on local musicians in support of local communities during the pandemic.  KIRO-TV News

Osiris Media

Audacy

5/11/21 - Osiris Media has formed a joint venture with Audacy that will result in a podcast that will benefit from the broadcaster’s portfolio of rock stations. Breaking Waves: Seattle will offer an oral history of the emergence and growth of grunge and alternative music in the city in the 80s and 90s. Audacy owns rock KISW-FM 99.9 and alternative 107.7 The End KNDD-FM in Seattle and the podcast series will leverage content from both stations.  InsideRadio
 
Emily Cantrell


5/11/21 - Former Northwest Cable News Executive Producer and KOMO-TV Seattle News Writer/ Producer Emily Cantrell has started a new position as Vice President of Operations and Strategy for Greater Seattle Partners. She worked has a TV producer in Seattle from 2004-12. GSP is a data-driven economic development organization created to ensure economic growth in greater Seattle.  LinkedIn Posting

Angela Valiant

5/11/21 - X92.9 CFEX-FM Calgary midday host Angela Valiant has announced she is moving to p.m. drive at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver. Her last day in Calgary will be June 24th.  Facebook Announcement
 
Jim Rose

5/11/21 - Former KING 5 and KONG-TV Seattle President and GM Jim Rose has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Nexstar Media Broadcast and Digital Operations in San Francisco. He announced his departure from the Seattle stations last month after 21 years and GM since 2016.  Business Wire Release

Casey-Jo Loos

5/10/21 - Former  Vancouver radio host, writer and coach Casey-Jo Loos has returned to the airwaves weekends on CFOX-FM 99.3. She previously held several positions at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 from 2013-19.  Twitter Announcement

KMIA AM 1200

5/10/21 - Seattle market KMIA AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way is now called Amor 1210, running Spanish Christian and promoting their 27,500 watt daytime power. The station returned to the air in March after going silent in April 2020, "Due to health considerations and economic conditions."
 
Vanessa Misciagna

5/10/21 - KING 5 Seattle reporter and Multimedia Journalist Vanessa Misciagna has announced her departure from the station effective May 16th. She announced a move in March from weekends to join the morning news team as a reporter. Misciagna is joining Scripps National in Denver after a three year run at KING.  Twitter Announcement
 
Taya Fast

5/10/21 - Taya Fast, who has interned at both News 1130 CKWX Vancouver and Global BC, has landed a Video Journalist position at CKPG-TV Prince George. She's a 2020 BCIT Broadcast Program graduate.  Twitter Announcement

Alex Carr

5/09/21 - Former midday host at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver, Alex Carr returns to the city to join The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 on weekends. He moved to Toronto in 2019 and then to Edmonton.  Peak Profile

David Zura

5/09/21 - After three years as a video journalist with CityNews Vancouver, David Zura moves to join CityNews and 680 News CFTR Toronto. He starts his new position next month.  Twitter Announcement

Steve Vrlak

5/08/21 - An obituary has been published for Vrlak Robinson Advertising co-owner and CKNW and CJOR Vancouver sales representative Steve Vrlak, who passed away May 2 at age 78. A celebration of life will take place when it is safe to do.  Sun/ Province Obituary
 
"The Bull" KNUC-FM Seattle

5/08/21 - A semi-trailer wrapped with the logo of The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle was one that was demolished in an early morning, multi-vehicle pileup on I-5 Friday. The crash, which blocked all the northbound lanes, tragically included a pedestrian fatality. The truck was one of the station's "Meat Fleet" of wrapped semis, which it launched as promotional vehicles in 2020.  All Access Music Group  KIRO News

Blake Price

5/07/21 - Blake Price is the new television play-by-play announcer for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on TSN. He is a long serving TSN employee on both TV and radio prior to TSN 1040 shutting down sports radio in February. Paul Dolan will continue his role as analyst on the broadcasts with Price handling play-by-play starting this Saturday for the Whitecaps match versus CF Montreal.  Tyler Green, Daily Hive

Peter Schaad

5/06/21 - Peter Schaad has left TSN after being the longtime Vancouver Whitecaps FC TV play-by-play announcer. He started calling games for the team in 2002 and also hosted a daily Whitecaps show on CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver. Corey Basso and Colin Miller, who were formerly with TSN 1040 CKST AM, have been enlisted by new broadcast partner Corus Entertainment to call upcoming games on AM730 CHMJJ.J. Adams, The Province

RTDNA Murrow Awards

5/06/21 - KING 5, KOMO 4 and Q13 KCPQ Seattle have won RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Television category. KNKX, KOMO Radio and KUOW are winners in the Large Market Radio category. CTV Vancouver and News 1130 CKWX are winners in International categories.  RTDNA Winners List 

CRTC

5/06/21 - The CRTC will hold a hearing on July 8 to consider an application by Gulf Islands Community Radio Society to operate a community FM station on Salt Spring Island. It would operate at 107.9 MHz with a maximum ERP of 850 watts, with an EHAAT of 219.8 metres. A translator would operate at 102.1 MHz with a maximum ERP of 18 watts.  CRTC Release

Michelle Li

5/06/21 - Former KING 5 Seattle anchor Michelle Li has found out that a podcast she created, Monetary Li Speaking with her mobile phone, won a regional Murrow at the station. She announced in February that she had been hired by KSDK-TV St. Louis.  Twitter Announcement

Mimi Jung

5/06/21 - Following reports of the Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce, KING 5 Seattle anchor/ reporter Mimi Jung has opened up about her own divorce.  Twitter Video

Crystal Darche

5/06/21 - Former Victoria and Vancouver broadcaster Crystal Darche, who moved to Edmonton in 2015, has landed in afternoons with Kelowna's newest station The Lake CKOV-FM 103.9. She had a long run as the midday announcer at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver from 2000-12.  Josh Duncan, KelownaNow 

Lynda Steele

5/05/21  - Award-winning broadcaster Lynda Steele is leaving CKNW AM 980 Vancouver at the end of the month. She has been hosting The Lynda Steele Show since 2015. The announcement was formally made during her show today. Steele is taking time off to spend with her ailing father, who lives in long term care and suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Darcy Matheson, Daily Hive

CRTC

5/05/21 - The CRTC has approved an application by Fairchild Radio (Vancouver FM) Ltd. to change the authorized contours of CHKG-FM 96.1 Vancouver, by decreasing the average ERP from 46,000 to 44,333 watts (no change to maximum ERP), increasing the EHAAT from 567.0 to 589.2 metres, and by amending existing coordinates of the transmitter site. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged.  CRTC Decision

Facing Race

5/04/21 - KING 5 Seattle has been nominated for a Peabody Award in the Public Service category for Facing Race, the 13-week original series that tackled the difficult topic of systemic racism in the Pacific Northwest.  KING 5 News
 
Bill Brubaker

5/04/21 - Long-time KOMO News Seattle anchor Bill Brubaker died over the weekend at age 85. He worked at KOMO from the 1960s to '80s. In June 2000, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle.  KOMO News

Delilah Rene

5/04/21 - Delilah Rene, the Premiere Network's radio host who resides in Port Orchard, is buying KDUN AM 1030 Reedsport, OR.  The price for the 50 kW day/ 630 watt night station is $60,000. She started at KDUN as a teenager.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Rebecca Lawrence

5/04/21 - CHEK-TV Victoria video journalist Rebecca Lawrence has announced her departure from the station. The 2020 BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Program graduate is moving into the insurance business effective May 10th. Before joining CHEK last year she was a mobile auto insurance agent in Victoria.  Twitter Announcement

Steve Vrlak circa 1969

5/02/21 - Steve Vrlak, who was a former ad agency partner with Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson, has passed away. During his career, he was in sales at CJOR and CKNW, along with other credits, including Vrlak Robinson Advertising. Further details when available.  Red Robinson Facebook

Ali Bradley

5/02/21 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle anchor/ reporter Ali Bradley has been away for a couple of weeks and says she will be back soon.  Twitter Announcement  Instagram Video

KBCB-TV
Bellingham

5/02/21 - KBCB-TV Bellingham has changed its main 24.1 programming to TCT Network. 24.2 picks up Sonlife Broadcasting Network. 24.3 and 24.4 are now dark. The station was recently sold to Marion, Illinois-based Tri-State Christian Television for $7.74 million.

Clay Freinwald

4/30/21 - The May 2021 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 AM stations moving to all-digital, the U.S. Supreme Court backing the FCC allowing relaxed rules regarding media ownership limits, the first operational transistor and much more.  May Clay's Corner

Yasmeen Wafai

4/29/21 - After almost two and a half years as a news assistant at The Seattle Times, Yasmeen Wafai joins KING 5 next month as a digital content producer. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia Journalism from Washington State University in 2018.  Twitter Announcement

Akshay Kulkarni

4/28/21 - Akshay Kulkarni is this year's CBC Vancouver Summer Scholar and will spend nearly half a year or more in the CBC BC newsroom. He has interned in Vancouver radio and has most recently been a part time research assistant at the University of British Columbia.  Twitter Announcement
 
Joseph Suttner

4/28/21 - After nearly eight years at KING 5 Seattle, Joseph Suttner has been promoted to Executive Producer of New Day NorthwestTwitter Announcement
 
KEXP-FM Seattle

4/27/21 - Sean Ross takes a look at KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle as it recently posted ratings numbers "not typically associated with adventurous non-comm outlets".  RadioInsight

Charlie Carey

4/27/21 - Charlie Carey joins News 1130 CKWX Vancouver as a web editor and reporter. The Langara College journalism graduate was most recently a reporter/ editor for the Langara Voice.  Twitter Announcement
  
Ria Renouf

4/26/21 - Ria Renouf has announced her last day as an anchor at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver will be May 7th. She's staying in the Rogers Communications family as she joins CityNewsTwitter Announcement

Jesse Jones

4/25/21 - KIRO 7 Seattle consumer investigator Jesse Jones, who had quadruple bypass surgery two weeks ago, says he is doing fine but will be off work until he is 100% healthy.  Facebook Update

Michelle Ludtka

4/24/21 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV Sports Director Aaron Levine takes a look back at long-time sports anchor/ reporter Michelle Ludtka, who announced she was leaving her position.  Twitter Video
 
Facing Race

4/24/21 - KING 5 Seattle has been selected as a winner of a prestigious Scripps Howard Award, recognized with Excellence in Broadcast Local Coverage, honoring Jack R. Howard, for Facing Race. The program was a 13-week original series that tackled the difficult topic of systemic racism in the Pacific Northwest.  KING 5 Release 

AM 600 Sinatra Poster

4/24/21 - Dal Richards’ widow, Muriel Honey, gave Vancouver Sun journalist John Mackie a poster the local big band legend had received when he had a radio show at AM 600 (CKBD) Vancouver. It’s a classic photo of Frank Sinatra taken by Hollywood photographer Sid Avery, who shot many film and music legends in the 1950s and ’60s.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

Ari Hoffman

4/23/21 - KVI AM 570 Seattle has announced Ari Hoffman will host 3-6 p.m. weekdays. The local property manager and conservative writer has been filling in since Kirby Wilbur's retirement at the end of January.  KVI Release
 
Sandy Heimlich-Hall

4/23/21 - Sandy Heimlich-Hall is retiring from her anchor/ reporter position at CFAX AM 1070 Victoria. Prior to moving back to her hometown in 2014, she served 34 years in the newsroom at CFJC-TV Kamloops.  Twitter Announcement
 
Coast to Coast AM

4/23/21 - BNN Bloomberg Radio CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver has dropped Coast to Coast AM, but it continues on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle and a number of other stations in the Pacific Northwest. The late-night talk show deals with a variety of topics, frequently relating to the paranormal or conspiracy theories.

Scott Sistek

4/23/21 - Meteorologist Scott Sistek has announced today is his last day at KOMO News Seattle. He'll be writing for the new Fox Weather streaming network coming in the fall, but will be staying in Seattle. Sistek has been at KOMO since 2000 and previously worked there from 1994-97.  Twitter Announcement
 
Chris Wiggins

4/22/21 - Chris Wiggins moves west to join Jessica Banks on the Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford morning show. For the past five years, Wiggins has been hosting mornings on Cool 100.1 CHCQ-FM Belleville, ON.  Broadcast Dialogue

Kenny Jay

4/22/21 - Former Seattle programmer Kenny Jay has had his position eliminated as National Director of Promotions and Radio Marketing at Big Loud Records. He was PD at KMPS-FM/ KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle in 2016 & '17.  All Access Music Group
 
Michelle Ludtka

4/22/21 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV sports anchor/ reporter Michelle Ludtka is leaving her position "to start something new" effective tomorrow. The 2010 Washington State University Communications BA is married to former Seattle Mariners pitcher Charlie FurbushTwitter Announcement
 
Catherine Garrett

4/21/21 - Vista Radio Prince George reporter/ anchor Catherine Garrett joins CKNW AM 980 Vancouver in the same position next month. The 2019 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate has been with Vista since 2019. She points out she's not directly related to retired award winning 'NW reporter George Garrett.  Twitter Announcement

Research Director, Inc.

4/21/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive March PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Nielsen Audio

4/20/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in first place with a 6.4 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma March 2021 PPM 6+ ratings. Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to second with 6.0. News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 slips to third with a 5.6 share.  Radio Online

John Peake

4/20/21 - Former iHeartMedia Seattle Operations Manager John Peake has been promoted to SVP/ Programming by the company in Los Angeles. He retains his position as PD for MYfm KBIG-FM 104.3. Peake was OM in Seattle in 2011.  All Access Music Group

Jim Rose


4/18/21 - After 21 years at KING 5 and sister station KONG-TV Seattle, President and GM Jim Rose is leaving for what he has described as a new role outside of owner, Tegna. He first joined the station as National Sales Manager at KONG, and moved his way up before becoming GM in 2016. His last day will be May 3rd. Rose's departure leaves the station without a GM or ND.  Memo to Staff

Jeff Rechner

4/18/21 - Los Angeles-based voiceover artist Jeff Rechner had a career in Canadian radio, much of it in Vancouver, before moving to the US and voicing everything from commercials and cartoons to acting as the show announcer for the upcoming NBC game show Small Fortune. He talks about the evolution of his voiceover career on Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast

Clinton Herman

4/17/21  - After nearly five years on air at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver, Clinton Herman is moving to a.m. drive at The River CKKN-FM 101.3 Prince George. His last day at The Peak is next Friday.  Twitter Announcement

J.J. Richards

4/16/21 - Late Vancouver news reporter J.J. Richards was a long-time advocate and supporter of Variety – the Children’s Charity. The Richards family is working with Variety to determine the best way to keep their father’s legacy going. J.J. was the News Director at CFUN Vancouver during most of the 1980's and '90s. He died June 30, 2018 in Rancho Mirage CA at age 88.  Gail Johnson, Vancouver Sun
 
Srushti Gangdev

4/15/21 - Srushti Gangdev, who announced early last month she was leaving her reporter/ anchor position at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, has begun a new venture. She's launching community website Burnaby Beacon with award winning newspaper journalist Dustin GodfreyTwitter Announcement
 
Bernie Pascall

4/15/21  - Retired Vancouver TV sports broadcaster Bernie Pascall is among the class of 2021 named for induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He was named by Football Reporters of Canada as an inductee in the media category. Pascall was a sports anchor then Sports Director at BCTV Vancouver from 1969-99.  Michael Briones, PQB News

FCC

4/14/21 - The FCC has granted a Construction Permit to IHM Licenses, LLC for KRPA AM 1100 Oak Harbor. The .5 kW daytimer will operate with 9 kW days directional and 2.5 kW at night directional from 48° 16' 54.36" N 122° 42' 02.00" WFCC Data

KING-FM Seattle

4/13/21 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle is the newest affiliate of VuHaus Group, a network of public radio and television stations and national radio shows that share a common mission to support emerging and local artists. The station joins 18 public media outlets as a member of VuHaus Group.  Radio Online
 
Norman Young

4/13/21  - Vancouver theatre legend Norman Young died Friday from a heart attack at age 94. He was a retired University of B.C. theatre professor who was once chairman for Vancouver Civic Theatres, a co-founder of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame and co-host of the CBC Vancouver children’s show Story Seat in 1962.  John Mackie, The Province
 
Janet Dirks

4/13/21 - Long-time TV reporter Janet Dirks has retired from her position as CTV National News Alberta Bureau Chief after over 12 years. She previously was a reporter for CTV Vancouver from 1999-2008.

John Streit

4/13/21 - Vancouver broadcaster John Streit joins CKNW AM 980 as an anchor/ reporter. He previously anchored news at News 1130 CKWX from 2000-17 and most recently was a senior writer/ researcher on Breakfast Television at Citytv until being released when the program was cancelled last November.  Twitter Announcement
 
NTAS

4/10/21 - Numerous Seattle area broadcasters are nominated for 2021 Northwest Regional NATAS NW EMMY™ Awards. Winners will be announced at a virtual event June 5th.  List of Nominees
 
BC Lions

4/09/21 - The deal between the Whitecaps FC and Corus Entertainment could be a precursor to something between Corus and the BC Lions. The Lions are also looking for a new broadcast partner after the demise of TSN 1040, and CKNW would be a natural fit given the history between the two organizations.  Tyler Green, Daily Hive

Kiran Singh

4/09/21 - Kiran Singh, who left his position as a talk show producer at multicultural RED FM CKYE-FM 93.1 Vancouver has joined CBC Vancouver as an associate producer.  Twitter Announcement

Jon Crossland

4/08/21 - Former Entercom (now Audacy) Seattle Sales Manager Jon Crossland has died at age 68. His cause of death hasn't been publicly released. Early on he held a radio sales position in Tacoma. For the past year Crossland was Vice President of Sales at Specialty Data Systems (SDS) in Toronto.  InsideRadio

Cherise Seucaran

4/08/21 - Former Vancouver journalist Cherise Seucharan has joined Toronto news site and podcast network Canadaland as a reporter. She previously worked at The Star and CBC Vancouver before moving back to Toronto last year.  Broadcast Dialogue 

Mark Wright

4/08/21 - KING 5 Seattle anchor Mark Wright has been inducted into the 2020 Hall of Achievement by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at the virtual 45th Murrow Symposium. The prestigious award is given annually to select alumni for outstanding achievements.  Murrow College Release 
  
Hayley Cooper

4/08/21 - Former News 1130 CKWX Vancouver reporter/ web editor Hayley Cooper, who was part of recent layoffs at Bell Media, has accepted a position with Etobicoke Centre MPP Kinga Surma as Director of Communications. She worked at News 1130 from 2012-15 before moving to Newstalk 1010 CFRB Toronto.  Broadcast Dialogue

Vancouver Whitecaps

4/08/21 - The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will not be moving to all-sports radio Sportsnet 650 CISL, as had been speculated. Instead, the team has signed a new two-year broadcast deal with Corus Entertainment. Play-by-play matches, including one-hour pre- and post-match shows, are moving to Vancouver’s all-traffic station, CHMJ AM 730. Former TSN 1040 broadcasters, play-by-play man Corey Basso, and commentator Colin Miller will continue to call the games.  Rob Williams, Daily Hive

KRPA
Oak
Harbor


4/08/21  - After over a month off air, KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor is back on today. The station has a construction permit to operate with 9 kW day and 2.5 kW night, up from .5 kW daytime only, but the FCC has not released information on whether it is operating at the new higher power.  FCC Data
 
Jeff Rechner

4/08/21  - Former Vancouver broadcaster Jeff Rechner will be the show announcer on an upcoming NBC game show, Small Fortune. The eight-episode series debuts May 31. Rechner, who currently resides in Los Angeles, was prominent on CKLG and mornings on CFOX-FM during the 1980s, and hosted p.m. drive on JACK Vancouver from 2003-07.  Broadcast Dialogue

Tony Black

4/08/21 - KING 5 Seattle News Reporter Tony Black has stepped away from his position to "do something different". He's been with the station since April 2018.  Twitter Announcement

Pattison Media

4/07/21 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced it’s rebranding as Pattison Media Ltd. to reflect the company’s evolution beyond terrestrial radio and television effective May 1. The company operates numerous stations in Vancouver, on Vancouver Island and throughout Western Canada.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Tina Lovgreen

4/07/21 - Former CBC Vancouver video journalist Tina Lovgreen, who left the Corporation last month, has secured a new position with Metro Vancouver's transportation network Translink. Her new position is Senior Manager, Media Relations and Issues Management.  Twitter Announcement

Jesse Jones

4/06/21 - KIRO 7 Seattle consumer investigator Jesse Jones reports he has had quadruple bypass surgery and is "doing great thanks to the awesome doctors and nurses at @Swedish". He says he wasn’t feeling well and luckily it was diagnosed before there were further complications. Twitter Announcement

Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle

4/06/21 - Contemporary Christian Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle reached 150% of their Spring Share on-air fundraiser goal, the first event partnering with Vidare Creative.  All Access Music Group

Vanessa Doban

4/06/21 - News 1130 CKWX Vancouver anchor Vanessa Doban has a new role as Social Media Producer. She will also continue anchoring news on the weekends.  Twitter Announcement
 
Matt Sekeres

Blake Price

4/06/21 - Further developments from former TSN 1040 hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price as Mercer Island digital marketing executive Jonah Sigel comes into the picture. Sigel talked extensively on Pressrow about how moving Sekeres' and Price's program to a digital space gives them more access to data about listeners than they were receiving in radio from traditional ratings service Numeris.  Steve Ewen, The Province

Julian Kolsut

4/04/21 - University of Victoria Political Science and Journalism BA Julian Kolsut is leaving CHEK-TV Victoria after a four year run as a multimedia journalist. He's accepted an opportunity to work in documentary film.  Twitter Announcement

Whitecaps FC

4/04/21 - Daily Hive reports they have been told the Vancouver Whitecaps FC are currently speaking with Sportsnet 650 CISL AM for broadcast rights. Meanwhile, Matt Sekeres and Blake Price, currently airing a podcast, are set to make more announcements regarding live broadcasts. They have officially welcomed Andrew Wadden back to the program as their producer, along with The Athletic’s Thomas Drance and former TSN 1040 staffer Jeff Paterson as regular contributors.  Tyler Green, DailyHive

The Mountain

4/03/21 - Former staff of The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 Seattle reunite to share stories and memories on a 30th anniversary webcast, 30 years from the day that the station signed on, April 10, 1991.  YouTube Info

Alabama Cole

4/02/21 - Alabama Cole joins The Q WQEN-FM 103.7 Birmingham AL for mornings. She was most recently with the Carla Marie and Anthony morning show at sister station KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle, which was dissolved with the launch of The Jubal Show in July 2020.  InsideRadio

Bender

4/02/21 - The Jet KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle morning host Bender is the recipient of the 2020 HOPE Award at this year's CMN Hospital's Virtual Summit. Over the last 19 years, Bender's One Big Give for Seattle Children's Hospital Radiothon has raised a total of $16.7 million.  All Access Music Group
 
MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle

4/02/21  - Kel Walker has exited his position as MD/ afternoon host at MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle. The station is on the lookout for a replacement.  All Access Music Group

The Breeze CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver

4/01/21 - Starting Monday, The Morning Breeze with Brad & Deb, hosted by Brad Dryden and Deb Smith from The Breeze CKUL-FM 96.5 Halifax, will air on The Breeze CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver from 6-10 a.m.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
  
Art Aronson

4/01/21 - 2011 BCIT Broadcast journalism graduate Art Aronson has come a long way from an orphanage in Thailand at the age of four to his current position as News Director at The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 and The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria.  Don Bodger, Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Kathryn Tindale

4/01/21 - Kathryn Tindale is leaving News 1130 CKWX Vancouver. The Langara College journalism graduate has been a web editor and reporter with the station since July 2019.

George Morris

4/01/21 - Former Vancouver broadcaster George Morris died from cardiovascular issues March 14 at age 78. He was the Late Daddy G on CFUN Vancouver in the early 1960s before moving to Montreal in 1963 as Buddy G on CKGM AM 980. He established himself as a voice actor and imaging voice for a number of radio stations, returning to radio in the early ‘90s on CJFM-FM Montreal.  Montreal Gazette Obituary
 
Michael Willmore

4/01/21 - Five of the longest running radio personalities in Vancouver are on non-commercial stations. Michael Willmore, host of Rock Talk on Co-op Radio CFRO-FM 100.5 has been on for 46 years; George Barrett host of the Reggae Show at Co-op Radio has been on for 45 years; Steve Edge with The Edge on Folk has been on air at CiTR-FM 101.9 for 36 years; Nou Dadoun, host of The A-Trane, has been on Co-op Radio for 35 years and Nardwuar The Human Serviette has been entertaining on CiTR for 34 years.  Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

KOMO News Seattle

3/31/21 - A man was arrested and is facing charges after a KOMO Seattle news vehicle was stolen Monday evening while one of the station's photojournalists was working inside the car. The unidentified suspect was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle theft. The photographer was not hurt during the incident, and the vehicle and its contents were later recovered.  KOMO News/ Video
 
Kelly Latremouille

3/30/21 - Veteran morning show host Kelly Latremouille has left The Breeze CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver. He's been with the station since 2014. The company says a new morning show announcement is forthcoming.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
   
Audacy Logo

3/30/21 - Entercom Communications is changing its brand name to Audacy, effective immediately. The company owns five FM stations in the Seattle market.  All Access Music Group
 
Sarah Reid

3/30/21  - CTV Vancouver Island reporter/ anchor/ weather host Sarah Reid moves to CTV Calgary Morning Live after two years in Victoria. She will be making the move in a couple of weeks.  Twitter Announcement

Des Saumer

3/30/21 - Retired CBC Vancouver staffer Des Saumer passed away February 17 at Westview Palliative Care home in Stony Plain AB following a short illness. He was 90. Saumer joined CBC Vancouver as a cameraman in 1961, later becoming a Supervising Technician for French Television News, retiring in 1986. He returning that year on contract for Expo '86.  Edmonton Journal Obituary

Sonia Sunger

3/28/21  - Sonia Sunger returns Monday (03/29) as an anchor on the morning and noon news on Global BC following a year off on maternity leave.  Twitter Announcement/ Video
 
Clay Freinwald

3/28/21 - The April 2021 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 ice on West Tiger towers, regionalization of iHeartMedia, Sinclair's company-wide staff reductions affecting KOMO and much more.  April Clay's Corner


Don Taylor

Tom Mayenknecht


3/28/21 - In addition to his new role on CHEK-TV Victoria, former TSN 1040 host Don Taylor will contribute a couple of times each week to The People's Show on Sportsnet 650 CISL Vancouver. It's hosted by Satiar Shah, Dan Riccio & Randip Janda weekdays from 3-7 p.m.  Twitter Announcement  Meanwhile, The Sports Market with Tom Mayenknecht has been added to the weekend lineup at BNN Bloomberg Radio CFTE AM 1410.
  
Bill Wolfenbarger

3/27/21 - Jodesha Broadcasting President Bill Wolfenbarger has announced an agreement that will ultimately turn over ownership of his six radio stations in southwest Washington to his General Manager, Gabrielle Jordan and Sales Manager, Sally Silvi. He's heading toward retirement and says one of his primary motivations has always been to ensure that local radio remain under local ownership.  Facebook Announcement
 
Jubal Fresh

3/27/21 - HITS 106.1 KBKS-FM Seattle morning host Jubal Fresh is suing former employer Hubbard Radio for wrongful termination. Fresh alleges that Hubbard sent him a letter in January 2020 stating that the company had grounds to terminate his employment for cause. He was terminated in April 2020 from the syndicated Brooke & Jubal show at MOViN 92.5 KQMV-FM after nine years at the station. A trial date has been set for June 21.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Randy Bachman

3/27/21 - Former Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman says his CBC program Vinyl Tap is being cancelled. The two-hour program has aired weekends on CBC Radio One since 2005. The farewell episode will run on Canada Day, July 1, with repeats over the summer.  David Friend, CP/ Times Colonist
 
Kiran Singh

3/26/21 - Kiran Singh has announced he is leaving his position as a talk show producer at multicultural RED FM CKYE-FM 93.1 Vancouver. He joined the station in August 2018.  Twitter Announcement 

Michelle Li

3/25/21  -  KING 5 Seattle news anchor and content creator Michelle Li, who announced last month (2/17) that she is heading to KSDK-TV St. Louis, has published her thank you Seattle video on her Facebook pageMichelle Li Video

Ash Kelly

3/25/21 - Ash Kelly leaves her morning show reporter position with News 1130 CKWX Vancouver after five years to follow another passion. Her last day will be March 26. She's heading to bike mechanic school in the West Kootenays.  Twitter Announcement

Sportsnet 650

3/25/21 - Sportsnet 650 CISL Vancouver has added four former TSN 1040 CKST voices including three new hosts, Mike Halford, Jason Brough, and Karen Surman. Don Taylor is also joining as a contributor. The station also released three hosts, James Cybulski, Perry Solkowski, and Andrew Walker. Halford and Brough are taking over the new morning show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Surman joins Scott Rintoul from 9 am to 1 p.m.  Rob Williams, DailyHive  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Patrick Johnston, The Province

Ethan Faber

3/25/21 - Ethan Faber has announced on his LinkedIn profile that he is now News Director at CTV News Vancouver. He's been Assistant News Director & Managing Editor since 2004. He joined CTV in 1997 as an on-air reporter and is a winner of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAJ) Gold Medal for television reporting, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Award and the Jack Webster Fellowship. He replaces Les Staff, who left the position in January.
   
Erik Breon

3/25/21 - FTVLive reports Q13 FOX Seattle News Director Erik Breon has been placed on administrative leave and Assistant News Director Sean Kennedy is now heading up the newsroom. Breon has been at Q13 since March of last year.  Scott Jones, FTVLive

Dana Gee

3/24/21 - Vancouver Sun and Province journalist Dana Gee has announced her departure from her long-running entertainment news segments on Global TV Vancouver. She also hosted the weekly pop culture break down segment Popping In on Global.  Twitter Announcement

Toby Kerr

3/24/21  - Toby Kerr joins CKNW AM 980 Vancouver as its evening news anchor and the Global News Radio Network as its national overnight anchor. He was an evening newscast producer/ weekend news anchor on News 1130 CKWX Vancouver from 2018-20 before being caught up in staff reductions last November.  Twitter Announcement

Research Director, Inc.

3/24/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive February PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

SPJ Logo

3/24/21 - The Western Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has received a response from the Washington State Department of Health regarding its request that frontline journalists be added to the vaccination schedule, announcing new developments on phase adjustments soon.  Twitter Posting
 
Cameron Dennison

3/24/21 - As the pandemic shut Vancouver Island businesses down, Cameron Dennison, co-owner of Tuff City Radio CHMZ-FM 90.1 Tofino looked for ways to connect people who were stuck at home. Businesses in Tofino shut their doors, a significant change in a town of 2,000 that typically welcomes 600,000 visitors a year. With locals unable to socialize, the station started live broadcasting community events and ceremonies.  Melissa Renwick, The Globe and Mail

Kevin Ko

3/24/21  - Kevin Ko, who was known as Kevin Kim when he worked at KHQ-TV Spokane, is going back to Ko when he starts reporting for KIRO-TV Seattle later this week.  Scott Jones, FTVLive

Nielsen Audio

3/23/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in first place with a 7.3 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma February 2021 PPM 6+ ratings. News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is still second with a 6.7 share. Rock KISW-FM 99.9 retains third with 6.5.  Radio Online

Vanessa Misciagna

3/23/21 - KING 5 Seattle reporter and Multimedia Journalist Vanessa Misciagna has advised she is moving to join the morning news team as a reporter. Sunday was her last night anchoring weekends.  Twitter Announcement

RPM Lunch Logo

3/22/21 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson has hosted the RPM Lunch (Radio Performers Membership) for past and present radio hosts twice-yearly for two decades, which has been curtailed since the start of the pandemic last year. Former CKWX announcer turned professional photographer Dave Roughan took a series of photos at the lunch April 14, 2015. It was held in memory of radio host Fred Latremouille, who had passed away a month earlier on March 5 at age 69. The montage can be viewed here at Roughan's YouTube channel. 

Corey Dillon

3/22/21 - Country The New 93Q KKBQ-FM 92.9 Houston has hired Corey Dillon as midday host effective March 25. He most recently hosted afternoons for two years at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle until his departure last April.  All Access Music Group

Patranya Bhoolsuwan

3/22/21 - Another TV broadcaster has come out with her story of being asked to change her name in order to hold onto her job. Former KIRO-TV Seattle Live Desk Anchor/ Reporter Patranya Bhoolsuwan doesn't identify the station in question but says, "They gave me 24 hours to think about. I said no and I kept my name and I kept my job, until a few years later when I quit on my own terms." Bhoolsuwan worked at KIRO from 2016-19.  Facebook Posting
 
CRTC

3/22/21 - The CRTC will hold a hearing in Gatineau, QC May 27 to consider an application by Durham Radio Inc. (DRI) for authority to change the ownership and effective control of Roundhouse (CIRH-FM Vancouver), which has been off air since May 2018.  CRTC Release  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Siemny Kim

3/22/21 - KIRO-TV Seattle news anchor Siemny Kim speaks out about having to change her name to land the position back in 2015.  Scott Jones, FTVLive

Blake Price

Matt Sekeres


3/21/21 - Former TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price have launched a new podcast following their layoffs last month. They were two of the many casualties at CKST when the sports format was cancelled last month.  Rob Williams, Daily Hive  Patrick Johnston, The Province
 
Joanne Sutton

3/20/21 - An obituary has been published for Joanne Sutton, who passed away March 7 in hospital in White Rock at age 60. She worked at several Vancouver stations in various capacities during her career and was inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019. Family and friends will observe a celebration of life at a later date.  Legacy Obituary
 
FCC

3/20/21 - The FCC has accepted for filing an application by AKAL Media KKDZ, Inc. for a change in transmitter site and a change in community of license for KKDZ AM 1250 from Seattle to Kent. If approved, it will operate with 5 kW day and directional night at 47° 18' 00.36" N 122° 11' 23.43" W. KKDZ lost the use of its directional nighttime site in May 2014 when the lease was not renewed so that the property could be developed for residential housing.  FCC Data  Engineering Analysis

Pete Saiers

3/19/21 - KING 5/ KONG-TV Seattle News Director Pete Saiers returns to California to become the next ND for KTLA-TV Los Angeles effective April 21. He will work for former KOMO Seattle GM Janene Drafs, who is now VP and GM of KTLA.  KTLA News  Seattle joins New York City and Hartford as large markets with two ND openings as KOMO continues its search for a replacement for Bill Dallman, who leaves in June to become GM for KARE-TV Minneapolis. 

Tina Lovgreen

3/18/21 - Award winning CBC Vancouver video journalist Tina Lovgreen has announced her departure from the Corporation for a new venture. The 2014 BCIT Broadcast and Media Communications graduate has been with the Corporation for seven years.  Twitter Announcement

Bob Marjanovich

3/18/21  - Bob ‘The Moj’ Marjanovich, former co-host of TSN 1040’s Donnie and The Moj show, is keeping his options open, awaiting news on where the BC Lions radio rights might land. Meanwhile, there is speculation that an unnamed Vancouver FM station is considering flipping formats to all-sports.  Tyler Green, Daily Hive
   
FCC

3/18/21 - Further to the CP modification for KZIZ (3/17 below), the original CP was granted for the former 1210 night transmitter location east of Auburn. The modification just granted calls for duplexing the existing KMIA Towers on the west side of Auburn. The station's owners recently purchased the property from the Garre family who started the Auburn station as KASY back in the late '50s. Bustos Media, current owner of KMIA, is now leasing the property from the owners of KZIZ.

Chris Straw

Marc Doré

3/18/21 - Two former CBC staffers have been identified as the men killed in a worksite accident on Gabriola Island on Tuesday, March 16, when a concrete pump truck’s boom fell. 62 year old Chris Straw was an executive producer at CBC Vancouver and Marc Doré had worked for CBC in Edmonton.  Carla Wilson, Times Colonist  CHEK-TV Video
  
Tyler and Lynch

3/17/21 - The Tyler and Lynch (Tyler Middleton and Chris Lynch) morning show on The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver has been cancelled. Clinton Herman moves from middays to mornings and Emily Czerwinski moves from weekends to middays.  Radio West  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Mike Jean

3/17/21 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced that its new Director of Metro Sales will be Mike Jean, effective immediately.  He has been JPBG’s Retail Sales Manager of Victoria for the past 11 years.  JPMG Release
 
FCC

3/17/21 - The FCC has granted Akal Media, Inc. a Minor Modification to a Construction Permit for Seattle market KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific for changes to tower facilities and power. The station is currently licensed to operate with 5 kW day, .9 kW night and 3.3 kW during critical hours.  FCC Data

Nafeesa Karim

3/17/21 - Nafeesa Karim has been named the 11:30 p.m. news anchor at CTV Vancouver. She replaces Norma Reid, who went on maternity leave in January. Karim had been hosting weekend editions of CTV News at Six and 11:30.  Twitter Announcement
 
Donnie and Dhali

3/16/21 - It's now official that former TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver sports journalists Don Taylor and Rick Dhaliwal will host Donnie and Dhali – The Team, beginning April 5 on CHEK-TV Victoria. Produced by Ryan Henderson at Oh Boy Production Studios in Vancouver, it will air from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays.  CHEK-TV Release
 
Robyn Crawford

3/16/21 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter/ anchor Robyn Crawford is making a move to News 1130 CKWX as anchor/ producer.  The 2017 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate has been with 'NW since 2018 and her last day will be next Friday.  Twitter Announcement
   
Mary Cranston

3/16/21 - Mary Cranston, who was released from her position as host and producer of Breakfast Television on Citytv Vancouver when the show was cancelled last November, has resurfaced at CTV Vancouver. She anchored her first newscast at 11:30 Sunday night. Cranston previously held positions with CTV in Kitchener ON and St. John NB from 2015-18.  Twitter Posting

Rogers

Shaw

3/15/21 - Rogers Communications has signed a deal to buy Shaw Communications in a transaction valued at $26 billion, but is likely to face stiff regulatory scrutiny. The deal is subject to approvals from Canadian regulators and is expected to close in the first half of 2022. While it appears the deal is concentrated on the companies' cellular networks, both own numerous broadcasting facilities, both locally and in most parts of Canada.  CP/ CBC News
 
KMIA AM
1210


3/13/21 - Seattle market KMIA AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way has returned to the air. The station went silent last April, "Due to health considerations and economic conditions." A remain silent extension was granted by the FCC on November 25th last year and was set to expire March 24th. Meanwhile, KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor has been off air for several days.

CJSF-FM 90.1

3/13/21 - Simon Fraser University campus/ community station CJSF-FM 90.1 Burnaby has temporarily suspended the Global Research News Hour program, which is linked to a website with pandemic conspiracy theories.  Staff are deciding whether it fits with their objective to provide different views.  Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun

Sportnet 650 CISL

Scott Rintoul

3/12/21 - Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver has made some early gains in the ratings a month after the surprise closure of TSN 1040 CKST AM. The biggest winner is Scott Rintoul, whose 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. show is Canucks-centric from noon to 1. It appears that 650 picked up about 40 per cent of 1040’s previous audience over the past month, as every show saw a bump in the 25-to-54 slot.  Patrick Johnston, The Province
   
Chris Egan

3/11/21 - In what may be an indication that the pandemic is turning the corner, veteran KING 5 Seattle weekend sports anchor/ reporter Chris Egan is returning to the station's studio after close to a year reporting from home.  Chris Egan Tweet
 
MK Bowyer
Carmen Cruz

3/11/21 -  MK Bowyer, p.m. drive host and Music Director at X 100.7 CKEX-FM Red Deer AB takes over middays at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver from Carmen Cruz, as she takes a one-year maternity leave break.  MK Bowyer Tweet  Carmen Cruz Tweet

CRTC

3/11/21 - The CRTC has approved an increase in antenna height for CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver from 595 to 610.8 metres. Average power will increase from 20,000 to 20,460 watts. Maximum power will remain at 57,000 watts. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged.  Canadian Radio News

David Bray

3/11/21 - 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

Don Taylor
Rick Dhaliwal

3/11/21 - Don Taylor and Rick Dhaliwal, along with former TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver producer Ryan Henderson, will be part of a new television show on CHEK-TV Victoria, where Sports Page ran for four years from 2001-05. Dhaliwal will co-host with Taylor, with Henderson producing the show.  Tyler Green, Daily Hive

Smokey Rivers

3/10/21 - Dallas-based Clear Media Network has added programming vet Smokey Rivers to consult and program its Adult Contemporary and Oldies formats. He was PD at The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle until being released last April.  Press Release
  
Numeris

3/10/21 - News/ Talk CKNW AM 980 continues in first place in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for November 30, 2020 to February 28, 2021 with a 14.1 share. CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/ FM 88.1 is second with 10.4. CHR CFBT-FM 94.5 is third with 9.0.  Numeris Release

Steve Soliz

3/09/21  - Steve Soliz joins the KING 5 Seattle newsroom. He's been an anchor/ reporter at KOB-TV Albuquerque NM since 2017 and has worked at a number of stations in Texas and Arizona since 2005. Twitter Announcement
 
Joanne Sutton - 2014

3/08/21 (Updated) - Former Vancouver broadcaster Joanne Sutton died Sunday night at age 60 following a battle with cancer. She was a graduate of the Broadcast Program at BCIT in 1986 and worked at CJJR-FM in the early '90s, was the a.m. drive traffic reporter at CKKS-FM and then anchored morning news and traffic at CISL in the early 2000s.  Facebook Posting

Femi Abebefe

3/08/21 - KOMO-TV Seattle weekend sports anchor Femi Abebefe confirms he is one of the casualties of last week's layoffs. He doesn't say what's next, but does say he is excited to see what doors open up in the near future. Abebefe has been with KOMO since August 2019.  Twitter Announcement
 
KOMO News Seattle

3/08/21 - Sinclair has confirmed that it has cut 16 full-time and four part-time positions across its KOMO-TV and radio operations in Seattle. Laid-off employees include, a weekend sports anchor, two photojournalists and positions at the station’s lifestyle show Seattle Refined, KPLZ-FM 101.5 and Spanish-language outlet KUNS-TVHeidi Groover Seattle Times
 
Coast to Coast AM

3/06/21 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria has dropped Coast to Coast AM, but it continues on BNN Bloomberg Radio CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver. The late-night talk show that deals with a variety of topics, most frequently relating to the paranormal or conspiracy theories, can also be heard on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle and a number of other stations in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Brian Wood

3/06/21 - Long time KIRO-TV Seattle anchor/ reporter/ manager Brian Wood has been cut from his position as anchor/ reporter at KATU-TV Portland, where he has been since 2008. He was on air at KIRO from 1982-2001.  Oregon Live
 
Gregg Porter

3/06/21  - Gregg Porter, host/ announcer of Weekend Edition on KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle retires on March 15. He began his career at KCCK-FM 88.3 Cedar Rapids IA in 1976, moving to KUOW in 1984. He left in 1995 but went back to digitize the library in 2007-08. Porter returned to KUOW in 2012 as an announcer, where he's been weekend host until now.  Twitter Announcement

Srushti Gangdev

3/05/21 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter/ anchor Srushti Gangdev has announced her departure from the station. The 2019 BCIT broadcast journalism graduate has been there since 2018.  Twitter Announcement
 
FCC
3/05/21 - The FCC has granted an application by Inspiration Media, Inc. for Special Temporary Authority for KGNW AM 820 Seattle. The STA is to operate the KGNW directional antenna system with a new moment method model derived operating parameters pending preparation and subsequent Commission processing of an Application for License.  FCC Data  Engineering Statement

Bruce Allen

3/05/21 - Long-time Reality Check host Bruce Allen has been released by CKNW AM 980 Vancouver. The 75 year old concert promoter and talent booking agent, who represents a number of popular Canadian musicians including Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Jann Arden, Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, Prism, Loverboy and Michael Bublé, has been hosting the daily segment since 2004.  Twitter Anouncement/ Audio
 
KPLZ Morning Crew

3/05/21 (Updated) - The Curt, Corine & Leonard morning show at Star 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle has been eliminated. Curt Kruse joined KPLZ as afternoon host in 2002. Corine McKenzie began with the station in 1996. Leonard Barokas had been with KPLZ since 1991 and has served as morning show producer since 1994 and also served as Assistant Program Director. Music Director Alisa Hashimoto is also out.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Roma Hearn

3/04/21 - Vancouver singer-actress Roma Hearn passed away February 13 at age 88. She starred in numerous musicals, including the CBC variety show Some of These Days from 1961-64. Hearn was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1996 and has a Star on Granville Street's Starwalk.  Sun-Province Obituary
 
JACK Logo

JILL

3/04/21 - March 8th is International Women's Day. A number of JACK branded stations will flip to JILL for the day. Locally, KJAQ-FM 96.5 Seattle, CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver and CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria will make the move to JILL-FMAll Access Music Group  JACK Vancouver

FCC

3/04/21 - The FCC has granted an application by iHeart Media for Special Temporary Authority for KJR AM 950 Seattle. The STA allows the station to operate with parameters at variance while re-radiation issues caused by the construction of a nearby communications tower are resolved.  FCC Info  Engineering Statement

Ryan Castle
Taryn Daly

3/04/21 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle has promoted Ryan Castle to Brand Manager and Taryn Daly to Assistant Brand Manager effective immediately. Castle was Assistant Brand Manager and Daly has hosted nights and has been Assistant MD and the station’s Digital Captain since 2015.  All Access Music Group

Seattle Kraken

KJR AM 950 Seattle

3/03/21 - The Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena have announced a multi-year partnership with iHeartMedia Seattle. Beginning with the Kraken's inaugural 2021-22 season, Sports Radio KJR AM 950 will serve as the official flagship radio home for all home and away Kraken games. Selected games will be broadcast on JACK-FM KJAQ 96.5Kraken Release  Geoff Baker, Seattle Times

KVI AM 570 Seattle

3/03/21 - KVI AM 570 Seattle hosts pay tribute to long-time broadcaster and talk show producer Daryl Summers. She passed away February 23rd, believed to be in her early 50s.  KVI Tribute  Kirby Wilbur tribute

Jordan Wilkerson

3/02/21 - KING 5 Seattle Meteorologist/ Reporter Jordan Wilkerson has announced she is transferring to sister station WTLV/ WJXX Jacksonville FL to co-host First Coast Living, its version of New Day NW. Her last day at KING 5 is Sunday, March 14th and her first day at FCL is March, 22nd. Wilkerson has been with KING since 2017.   Facebook Announcement

Genter Mende

3/02/21 - Gunter Mende, former CBC Vancouver Sound & Lighting Technician passed away from heart complications February 5 at age 85. He retired from the Corporation in 1997.

Kevin and Sonia

3/01/21 - KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver morning hosts Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu are celebrating ten years as a team. They began hosting mornings at CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna in 2011, and started mornings at KiSS in 2017.  Twitter Announcement

Clay Freinwald

2/27/21 - The March 2021 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 Rush Limbaugh, the Mars landing, misinformation, the Coronavirus and much more.  March Clay's Corner


Paul Carson

2/26/21 - The front pages of both the Vancouver Sun and Province this morning feature a tribute to the numerous people who sustained Team/ TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver over the last 20 years. The item also pays tribute to the late Paul Carson, the principal founder of the sports station. Carson died in North Vancouver December 21, 2010 at age 60.  Paul Chapman, Twitter
 
Kaitlyn Herbst

2/26/21 - Traffic anchor Kaitlyn Herbst signed off from Global News Morning for the last time today after ten years in the position and five more as a helicopter reporter for Canadian Traffic Network. She has announced a new path as a realtor with MRKT. Real Estate Group.  Global News/ Video  Instagram Announcement

Rick Honey and Daryl B CKLG

2/26/21 - Long-time Vancouver personality Doc Harris comments on the passing of Rick Honey and "Daryl B" Burlingham, who both passed away 20 years ago this week.  Red Robinson, Facebook  A rare recording of Daryl B at CHUM Toronto can be heard here.

Dave Richards

2/26/21 - Veteran rock programmer Dave Richards has been appointed Senior VP of Programming by Entercom. He has been overseeing rock KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle for the past 19 years, and serves as Senior VP, Programming, Entercom Seattle.  Inside Radio

KVI Seattle

2/26/21 - Sinclair Seattle VP & GM Chad Conklin advises that colleague Daryl Summers (Svardh) passed away Tuesday morning.  He calls her, "A great broadcaster, a treasured member of the KVI team and a wonderful person who will be missed by all..."  Puget Sound Media

Reshmi Nair

2/25/21 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Reshmi Nair will co-host CP24 Tonight, which premiers on CP24 Toronto Monday at 7 p.m. ET. The 2005 Columbia Academy graduate was a reporter at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver from 2005-08 and a writer/ reporter for CTV Vancouver from 2008-09, before moving to Toronto.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

CRTC

2/25/21 - The CRTC has granted Pushor Family Holdings of Kelowna, owners of CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver, a short term renewal until August. The station, formerly branded as Roundhouse Radio, has been off air since May 2018, after a deal with South Fraser Broadcasting, owner of Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey, to purchase the station fell through.  Canadian Radio News

Research Director, Inc.

2/25/21  - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive January PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Alanna Kelly

2/25/21 - Alanna Kelly, reporter/ weekend anchor at CTV Vancouver Island until being laid off three weeks ago, has joined Glacier Media as a reporter, based on Vancouver Island.
 
Justin Morissette

2/25/21 - Sportsnet 650 CISL AM producer/ host Justin Morissette, whose leg was broken during an altercation with a street preacher in Vancouver's West End last summer, is now suing the preacher, an evangelical ministry, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department.  David Molko, CTV News

Megan Batchelor

2/24/21 - 14-year veteran journalist Megan Batchelor leaves her TV job to join Vancouver International Airport as a communications specialist. She's been a reporter for CBC Vancouver since 2015 after several years working in Winnipeg.  Twitter Announcement
  
Nielsen Audio

2/24/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in first place with a 7.4 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma January 2021 PPM 6+ ratings. News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is still second with an increase in share to 7.3. Rock KISW-FM 99.9 climbs up to third with 6.2.  Radio Online

Darren Worts

2/24/21 - Former Kelowna broadcaster and freelancer Darren Worts has announced his return to the air in mid March. He will be hosting the afternoon show on 98.3 Star CKSR-FM Chilliwack and middays on Ocean 98.5 CIOC-FM Victoria.  Twitter Announcement
 
John Clayton

2/23/21 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle football writer/ reporter and former ESPN NFL insider John Clayton adds duties as Senior Broncos Writer for the website of The Fan KKFN 104.3 Denver. He will continue covering football for KIRO.  All Access Music Group
 
Rick Honey & Daryl B - CKLG

2/22/21 - Twenty years ago this week, two prominent Vancouver personalities died just three days apart. Rick Honey died in Vancouver February 24, 2001 at age 53 and "Daryl B" Burlingham passed away in Winnipeg February 27, 2001 at age 58. Daryl B was on air at both CKLG and CFUN, while Honey entertained at CKLG before hosting p.m. drive for over two decades at CKNW.  Red Robinson, Facebook

Nails Mahoney

2/21/21 - Connie Thiessen, Editor and Podcast Host at Broadcast Dialogue, interviews former Vancouver broadcaster Nails Mahoney who now runs talent coaching business OnAir Coach with partner Tracey LeeConnie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Mary Cranston

2/19/21 - Mary Cranston returns to the Rogers Media family of News 1130 CKWX and CityNews Vancouver after being released by the company last November when it cancelled Breakfast Television on Citytv. She had been a host and producer of the show.  Kyle Donaldson Tweet 

Chris Coburn

2/18/21 - Veteran radio personality Chris Coburn has officially retired. He was morning p.m. drive host at CJJR-FM Vancouver from 1993-2008, a.m. drive host at CKPK-FM Vancouver from 2008-12 and most recently morning host at CKQC-FM Abbotsford from 2012 until now. Coburn's radio career spanned just under 40 years, beginning in Ontario in 1982.  Twitter Announcement

Rob Fai

2/18/21 - Long-time TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver broadcaster Rob Fai, who is among those without a position after the sports format was cut from the station last week, has joined forces with Hubcast Media to do a post-game Vancouver Canucks show on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Live and Vimeo. Meanwhile, the B.C. Lions signed a five-year deal with TSN 1040 in January 2018 and now play-by-play of both Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps games are uncertain following the changes.  Steve Ewen, The Province
 
Michelle Li

2/17/21 - KING 5 Seattle news anchor and content creator Michelle Li has been hired by KSDK-TV St. Louis as its newest multi-skilled journalist, to start in early April.  She has been with KING since 2016 and has earned numerous awards, including nine regional Emmy Awards, four national Edward R. Murrow Awards, and seven regional Murrows during her 18 years in broadcast journalism.  KSDK Release

Travis Prasad

2/17/21 - Travis Prasad returns to CTV Vancouver as a reporter after 3-1/2 years at Citytv.  The 2016 BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism graduate was previously a freelance writer/ reporter with CTV before joining Citytv.  Twitter Announcement

Variety

2/16/21 - Variety – the Children’s Charity Show of Hearts Telethon returns in an all-new format this year to help raise more money for B.C.’s kids with special needs. The three-day event starts Thursday, February 18th on Global BCAmy Judd, Global News
 
Safeeya Pirani

2/16/21 - Safeeya Pirani joins Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 as a reporter/ anchor. The 2016 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate has been the News Director and morning show host at Spice Radio CJRJ AM 1200 for the last four years.  Twitter Announcement
    
Frances Yap

2/13/21 - Frances Yap joins News 1130 CKWX Vancouver as anchor/ reporter. She will be on air in the coming weeks. Charmaine de Silva Tweet

Maura Dooley

2/13/21 - Maura Dooley has announced she has produced her last Wyman and Bob Show on 710 ESPN KIRO Seattle with Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton. However, she will now produce the morning Danny and Gallant show starting Monday. Mike Lefko takes over as producer of Wyman and Bob.  Twitter Announcement
 
KING-TV Seattle

2/13/21 - KING 5 Seattle takes an internal look at racial bias in its newsroom and on its airwaves. KING 5 and its parent company, TEGNA, have launched several initiatives to diversify recruitment, hiring and content at the station.  KING 5 News/ Video

Kirk LaPoint

2/13/21 - Kirk LaPointe, Publisher and Editor in Chief at Business in Vancouver Media Group and former morning talk show host, expresses his views on the sudden shuttering of sports on CKST AM 1040.  BIV Commentary
 
Don Taylor

2/12/21 - Funny 1040 debuted at 7 a.m. today on CKST AM Vancouver following the sudden demise of its  previous all-sports format on Tuesday. Deposed host Don Taylor talks about the all-sports radio wars and his broadcasting future.  Steve Ewen, The Province

Riaz Meghji

2/11/21 - Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Riaz Meghji has released his new book Every Conversation Counts on how to overcome loneliness and isolation and build extraordinary relationships. He was the Host and Producer of Breakfast Television Vancouver for over a decade prior to announcing in July 2019 that he was leaving the show.  Twitter Announcement  Global News/ Video
 
Jim Bohannon

2/11/21 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle adds the syndicated The Jim Bohannon Show. The show can now be heard on over 275 stations nationwide and airs on KOMO from 12-2 a.m.  Lance Venta, RadioInsight
  
La Patrona 1680 KNTS Seattle

2/11/21 - Salem Spanish Religion Radio Luz KNTS AM 1680 Seattle has flipped to Regional Mexican as La Patrona 1680All Access Music Group

Ariel Van Cleave

2/11/21 - Former Seattle market public radio producer/ host Ariel Van Cleave returns to WBEZ-FM 91.5 Chicago in her previous role as Senior Editor/ Audio News. She was Morning Edition Producer/ Weekend Edition Saturday Host at KNKX-FM 88.5 from 2015-19.  All Access Music Group

TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver

2/10/21 (Updated) - The list of popular personalities who were displaced yesterday by Bell Media's format change and dropping of sports on CKST AM 1040 Vancouver includes Matt Sekeres, Blake Price, Don Taylor, Bob Marjanovich, Mike Halford, Jason Brough, Jeff Paterson, Rick Dhaliwal, Brook Ward, Rob Fai, Shantelle Chand, Aneesa Heatherington, Andrew Wadden, J.D. Burke, Jay Kroeker, Iain McLetchie, Ryan Henderson, Andy Cole and Tom Mayenknecht. Also laid off were a number of off-air technicians, sales people Lisa Letwin, Mike Longridge and Christina Papadimitriou, managers and more. CKST will become Funny 1040 at 7:00 a.m. Friday. To those laid off, it is not at all funny.

CRTC

2/10/21 - The CRTC has ruled that the market of Salt Spring Island could sustain a radio station at this time. No parties other than Gulf Islands Community Radio Society have expressed an interest in serving the market so the Commission considers that publishing a call for applications is not necessary.  CRTC Release

KING 5 Seattle

2/09/21 - KING 5 Seattle reporter John Sharify and photojournalist Joseph Huerta have won a 2021 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, which honors excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in public service. The award is for "Bob's Choice", a one-hour documentary which profiled Bob Fuller, a Seattle man who chose to end his life under Washington's Death With Dignity Act following a terminal cancer diagnosis.  KING News/ Video

Bell Media

2/09/21 - Puget Sound Radio reports further Bell Media layoffs in Victoria with the release of CFAX AM 1070 and Virgin Radio CHBE-FM 107.3 PD Chris Donnelly and APD/ midday host Ceara Kavanagh, along with an unnamed technician. It reports both stations are now being run by Kelowna-based Group Program Director Boyd LeaderPSR News
 
FCC

2/09/21 - The FCC has announced an upcoming FM broadcast frequency auction for July 27th.  Included in the auction is an allotment for a Class A station to be situated at Coupeville on Whidbey Island at 101.1 MHz. The station will have to be highly directional to protect co-channels Vancouver market CFMI-FM and a placeholder Industry Canada allocation for River Jordan on Vancouver Island.  FCC Info

TSN 1040 CKST Vancouver

2/09/21 - Bell Media has pulled the plug on its sports talk programming on CKST AM 1040 Vancouver. The station is currently running music with announcements that a new format is coming at 7:00 a.m. Friday. According to an internal email sent to staff from Bell management and obtained by Postmedia, the station will re-launch Friday under the “Funny” format. CKST was also the radio broadcast partner of both the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions and Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, with the future of those rights now not known.  Scott Brown, Patrick Johnston, The Province  Rob Williams, Daily Hive  Twitter Feed
 
KIRO-TV Seattle on DIRECTV

2/07/21 - KIRO-TV Seattle announced this morning on its Facebook page that it is back on AT&T and DIRECTV.  KIRO and 13 other Cox Media Group stations were pulled off the service last Tuesday due to a carriage dispute. The two sides have signed a new multiyear agreement.
 
NEWS 1130 CKWX Vancouver

CKWX Super Country

2/06/21 - NEWS 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver celebrates 25 years as an all-news station on Monday, February 8. It switched from its long-time format as Super Country to all-news, using an hourly news wheel, at 8 a.m. February 8, 1996.  NEWS 1130 Release  Peter Wagner and John Ackermann Update
 
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle

2/06/21 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle morning host John Richards teams up with Naturopathic Doctor Amy Lindsey to host a new podcast titled The DR & the DJ. The podcast about the power of music, health, and community debuts February 26th.  Radio Ink

Bill Dallman

2/05/21 - TEGNA Inc. announced today that KOMO News Seattle News Director Bill Dallman has been named President and GM of KARE-TV Minneapolis effective June 1. He replaces John Remes, who retired at the end of 2020. Dallman has been ND at KOMO since 2018.  TEGNA Release

Morgan Wallen

2/05/21 - Following a ban by music outlets in the U.S., Country singer Morgan Wallen’s music has been pulled from B.C. radio stations, after a recording that surfaced this week of the American musician using a racial slur.  Aleesha Harris, The Province

CTV Vancouver

2/05/21 - Additional Bell Media staffers who have been released in the latest round of layoffs include CTV Vancouver Scheduling Manager/ Training Coordinator Shelly Donovan, Senior Graphic Designer Simon Clarke, Producer Alicia Doyle, Video Editor Dylan Baker, Senior Director Charles Wright, Don Kurek and receptionist Jasmine Khalil.

Karl Casselman

2/05/21 - After nearly four decades in the business, longtime Global BC cameraman Karl Casselman is retiring.  Global News/ Video
 
Nic Amaya

2/04/21 - CTV Vancouver videographer Nic Amaya has been laid off by Bell Media. He's been with CTV since November 2017, but also has 15 years of experience with CBC Television Vancouver and operates his own company, Nic Amaya Media Productions.  Twitter Announcement
 
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle

2/04/21 - A yearlong 50th anniversary celebration for KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle begins February 12. The special programming will include stories and memories from the station’s alumni, local civic, sports and business leaders, as well as bands and artists from both Seattle and around the world.  Radio Online

Alanna Kelly

2/04/21 - CTV Vancouver Island has released reporter/ weekend anchor Alanna Kelly and has cancelled its weekend newscast. She has been with the station since July 2019. 200 employees have been cut in Canada during further restructuring by Bell Media.  Alanna Kelly Tweet   Carla Wilson, Victoria Times Colonist

KING-FM 98.1 Seatlle

2/03/21 - Listener-supported KING-FM 98.1 Seattle is taking steps to address issues of equity and inclusion in its classical music programming. The station is committing to an action agenda for change in recognition of the lack of diversity in its field. KING-FM Release

Helen Smith

2/03/21 - Former KING 5 Seattle intern Helen Smith is returning to the station. The Pacific Lutheran University Communication and Media Studies BA has been a digital producer at KREM-TV Spokane since October 2019.  Twitter Announcement

KIRO 7 Seattle

2/01/21 - KIRO 7 Seattle is in a carriage dispute with AT&T/ DIRECTV. Negotiations continue, but if a successful outcome isn't achieved soon, KIRO-TV, along with 13 other Cox Media Group stations will likely go dark overnight. Soon after midnight February 2nd, that is what happened. TV Answer Man  KIRO Update

Michael Foster

2/01/21 - Michael Foster, script writer and host for the CBC Schools’ Broadcast series Pictures in the Air, produced in Vancouver, died January 14 at age 91. He was a full professor at UBC in the Education Department and often taught his art program at UVic in the summers.  Sun/ Province Obituary
 
ATSC 3.0

2/01/21 - Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Seattle radio cluster is now part of the roll-out of its STIRR XT digital audio service using the ATSC 3.0-based digital TV transmission standard. The company hopes the ATSC 3.0 radio broadcasts will entice automakers to include 3.0 receivers in future models.  InsideRadio

Clay Frreinwald

1/30/21 (Updated) - The February 2021 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 various storms, more COVID-19 stats, the trend to syndication and much more.  February Clay's Corner

Elisa Jaffe

1/29/21 - Veteran KOMO News Seattle broadcaster Elisa Jaffe has announced she has breast cancer, but it was discovered early. She is urging others not to postpone mammograms. Elisa joined KOMO in 1987 and has been a field reporter, TV news anchor, host and executive producer of KOMO's daily television talk show Northwest Afternoon, morning host on KVI AM 570 and currently anchors drive time on KOMO News Radio. Twitter Announcement 

KNKX-FM 88.5 Tacoma

1/29/21 - KNKX-FM 88.5 Tacoma/ Seattle is one of five non-profit jazz stations to receive grants totaling more than $1.3 million to participate in a collaborative new program to strengthen jazz radio and its engagement with artists and diverse audiences. Each will receive grants of up to $275,000 over three years from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support their involvement in the collective, and supply them with core support and innovation capital.  Erik Hanberg, KNKX

Rob Nason

1/28/21 - Rob Nason celebrates 50 years teaching well over 1,000 students as a Television Production Instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Many of them are working at various stations throughout BC. Nason gained on-the-job experience from his time working in television in Atlantic Canada, including time as a Director at CBC.  Amy Chen, BCIT News

Research Director, Inc.

1/28/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive Holiday PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Marrett Green

1/28/21 - Charges have been laid against former Vancouver broadcaster Marrett Green following an altercation at a Vancouver courthouse involving a man who allegedly refused to wear a mask and got physical with police, leaving one officer with a broken leg. Green was a news anchor at CKVU-TV (then branded UTV) Vancouver from 1994-99.  CTV News

May Lam

1/28/21 - Vancouver-based May Lam has been promoted by Bell Media from Regional Marketing Manager, Western Canada to Operations Manager and Manager of Marketing & Promotions, Local Radio & TV. She has been with Bell Media since 2014 and previously held a number of promotions and marketing roles in Vancouver. 

Benjamin Rupp

1/28/21 - Long time KING-TV Seattle Master Control Engineer Benjamin Rupp is leaving to spend more time as a videographer at his own business MKHmfg. He has been with KING-TV since 2006.  LinkedIn Announcement
    
Producer Jordan

1/28/21 - Producer Jordan of the Kevin & Sonia morning show on KISS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver opens up about having COVID-19 following his return to work after two weeks.  KiSS Audio

Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey

1/28/21 - Engineer David Youell has moved Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey into a new control room, which is part of a larger system that will eventually have four on air controls rooms, two production rooms, two edit/ voice track/ production rooms and a large news room. The back bone of the system is in two equipment rooms.  The system is based on a Wheatstone Wheatnet AOIP digital network. The on air playout system was supplied by Media Touch.  David Youell Facebook Photos

Emad Agahi

1/27/21 - CTV Vancouver reporter Emad Agahi has announced he is moving over to rival Global BC. Except for a year and eight months break as a media marketing specialist with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the 2015 BCIT broadcast graduate has been with CTV since early 2016.  Twitter Announcement
    
Nielsen Audio

1/27/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 stays in first place with a 7.2 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma Holiday '20 PPM 6+ ratings. News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 remains in second place with a 6.4 share. AC KRWM-FM 106.9 moves up to third with 6.0.  Radio Online

Jared Fallon

1/27/21 - Former HITS 106.1 KBKS-FM Seattle PD Jared Fallon has been named VP/ Marketing for iHeartRadio. He was released from KBKS in November. Fallon's new position is based in Nashville.  All Access Music Group

John Copsey

1/26/21 - Numerous postings on Facebook are acknowledging the passing of Vancouver news anchor John Copsey, who died Monday, one day before his 54th birthday. He spent seven years as news anchor/ reporter at CJOB Winnipeg before moving west to join CKWX Vancouver. Copsey then joined CKNW in 2018 in his most recent position as Network News Anchor with Global News Radio.  Facebook Postings  Global BC News
 
Seattle Kraken

1/26/21 - The Seattle Kraken has announced a multiyear agreement with ROOT SPORTS, making the regional network their television home in the Pacific Northwest. Veteran announcer John Forslund, who has handled play-by-play duties for national NHL broadcasts for NBC Sports, will serve as the voice of the Kraken.  Brent Stecker, 710 AM ESPN
 
Rob Shaw

1/25/21 - Longtime legislative journalist Rob Shaw, who recently joined CHEK-TV Victoria as its on-air Political Correspondent, has joined Daily Hive Vancouver as its new political columnist. The award-winning reporter has been writing about politics in BC for the past 13 years and will be contributing weekly political news.  Daily Hive Release

Anita Bathe

1/25/21 - After seven months of maternity leave, Anita Bathe is back co-anchoring CBC-TV Vancouver News at 6 p.m. with Mike KilleenTwitter Announcement

Sonia Sidhu

1/25/21 - Sonia Sidhu has returned from maternity leave as co-host of the Kevin & Sonia morning show at KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver. Fill-in morning co-host Tara Jean Stevens is now back with Kiah Tucker in afternoons.  Tara Jean Tweet
 
Tara Lopez

1/25/21 - Former Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey morning/ midday host and news anchor Tara Lopez has moved back to Vancouver to join OMNI TV BC as a video journalist and news anchor. She has most recently been a CTV Morning Live reporter and video journalist for CTV Winnipeg.

KNHC Seattle

1/23/21 - C89.5 KNHC-FM Seattle, operated by Seattle Public Schools, and named for its Nathan Hale High School, celebrates 50 years on-air January 25. PD J.B. McDaniel will co-host a 2 p.m. online Open House today with Larry Adams, the electronics teacher who helped found the station, as one of the guests.  Sean Ross, RadioInsight

Allan Anaka

1/23/21 - Former Vancouver radio sales manager Alan Anaka died January 14 at age 85. He had a very successful career at CKLG, CJOR and CKNW before taking the position of Sales Manager at CHQR Calgary, where he later became President. Anaka received the Western Association of Broadcasters Broadcaster of the Year award in 1996.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Stirling Faux

1/22/21 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters has recognized Vancouver radio host Stirling Faux with entry into its Half Century Club. He began his career at CKSO Sudbury ON on November 15, 1970. Faux is currently the Weekend Mornings talk show host on CKNW AM 980.  BCAB Facebook Release
 
Norma Reid

1/21/21 - CTV Vancouver 11:30 p.m. news anchor and breaking news reporter Norma Reid has gone on maternity leave, just in time to give birth to a baby boy. Reporter St. John Alexander is filling in.  Twitter Announcement  CTV Video
 
Thor Diakow

1/21/21 - Thor Diakow, former Associate Producer and Host of Breakfast Television at Citytv Vancouver has found a new position as the first full-time video reporter for Vancouver Is Awesome. He was released from Citytv when the show was cancelled last November.  Vancouver Is Awesome News
 
Warren Dean

1/21/21 - Warren Dean joins CTV Vancouver Island, filling in for Brittany King while she’s on maternity leave. He’s been Senior Weather Anchor at CTV Regina for the last two years, while King is also morning co-host at Virgin Radio CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria.

Greg Jardine

1/21/21 - Former Vancouver radio engineer Greg Jardine is retiring as Stingray Radio’s Chief Engineer for Alberta South after 48 years in radio. He was CE for CKLG AM/FM Vancouver for almost 30 years, until joining Newcap Radio Calgary following the sale of the Vancouver stations.
  
Jim Bouma

1/21/21 - Long-time Praise 106.5 KWPZ-FM Lynden morning co-host and Operations Manager Jim Bouma died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 61. A cause of death hasn’t been announced. Bouma was a 40-year veteran with the station.  Calvin Bratt, Lynden Tribune   
CRTC

1/20/21 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to change the authorized contours of CBU-2-FM 88.1 Vancouver, a rebroadcasting transmitter of CBU AM 690 Vancouver (Radio One), by increasing the maximum ERP from 97,600 to 99,432 watts and decreasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 605.8 to 589.2 metres.  CRTC Release

CRTC

1/20/21 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to change the authorized contours of French-language station CBUX-FM  90.9 Vancouver (ICI Musique) by increasing the maximum ERP from 2,790 to 2,930 watts and increasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 567.2 to 589.2 metres and amending the coordinates of the transmitter site.  CRTC Release

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1/20/21 - There have been several changes in programming on Seattle area TV subchannels. KYMU 6.2 has changed to theGrio. KCPQ 13.4 has changed to BUZZR. KIRO 7.2 has changed to COZI TV. KZJO 22.4 has removed TBD.

Dave Randorf

1/19/21 - Former Vancouver sports broadcaster Dave Randorf credits his earlier gig with Sports Page for his success and new job as the television play-by-play voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The final episode of Sports Page aired in September 2005, but the show still resonates in viewer's minds. Steve Ewen, The Province  Daily Hive Backgrounder
 
John Voiles

1/19/21 - Following yesterday's announcement that Les Staff has left CTV Vancouver, we have received reports that John Voiles, Vice President, Bell Media Sales, Western Canada has also left his position. He has been there since 2013 and has previously held positions as VP/GM of Astral Radio Vancouver, Sales Manager of Citytv Vancouver/ A Channel Vancouver Island and Local Sales Manager at BCTV Vancouver.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Les Staff

1/18/21 - CTV Vancouver executive Les Staff has left his position with the station. He now lists himself as "Former, Director of News and Information, CTV News Vancouver" on his LinkedIn page. Staff joined CTV Vancouver as an executive producer in 2007, becoming ND in 2012.
 
Bobby Bones

1/15/21 - The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle adds syndicated The Bobby Bones Show in mornings, replacing Fitz, who left last month. The station has been filling in with Country artist guest hosts for the last few weeks. Bones will air from 5 - 9 a.m. weekdays beginning January 19th.  All Access Music Group

Darrell Patton

1/12/21 - Global BC ENG Videographer  Darrell Patton is retiring this Friday, January 15 as he turns 65. He previously worked at Citytv (he was one of the "originals" that was laidoff when BCE bought CHUM), joining Global BC in 2006. Patton will be moving to Vernon following his last day at work this Saturday.

FCC

1/12/21 - Cascade Public Media is petitioning the FCC to institute a rulemaking proceeding allowing it to move KCTS-TV Seattle from RF channel 9 to 17. Cascade states that it has consistently received viewer complaints of poor reception and interference since the digital transition in 2009.  FCC Info 

Dana Loesch

1/12/21 - KVI AM 570 Seattle adds the syndicated The Dana Show to its daily lineup replacing the retiring Michael Savage. The show runs 9-11 p.m. weekdays.  KVI Release

CRTC

1/12/21 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to change the authorized contours of French-language CBUF-FM 97.7 Vancouver by decreasing the maximum ERP from 95,800 to 95,485 watts, increasing HAAT from 610.1 to 610.8 metres and amending the coordinates of the transmitter site.  CRTC Release

CRTC

1/12/21 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to change the authorized contours of CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver by decreasing maximum ERP from 95,800 to 95,485 watts, increasing HAAT from 610.1 to 610.8 metres and amending the coordinates of the transmitter site.  CRTC Release
 
FCC

1/12/21 - Inspiration  Media has applied to the FCC for a Special Temporary Authority to operate KGNW AM 820 Burien-Seattle at reduced power in order to restore nightime monitor point field strengths. Problems occurred following installation of a nearby communications support  tower.  FCC Info
 
Sarah Reid

1/11/21 - CTV Vancouver Island journalist Sarah Reid teams up with anchor Jordan Cunningham on the station's CTV News at 5. The new anchor team debuted today. Reid joined CTV Vancouver Island in 2019 as a multi-skilled journalist. Twitter Announcement

Bobbie Nickel

1/11/21 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle news writer/ producer Bobbie Nickel has been promoted to Morning Executive Producer. It's her second time around at Q13 as she was a producer there before leaving for New York in 2017.  Rick Gevers Newsletter
 
Kirby Wilbur

1/09/21 - Veteran KVI AM 570 Seattle talk show host Kirby Wilbur has announced his retirement. He was with KVI from 1993-2009 and again from 2016-current. Wilbur's last show will be January 27th when he will be moving with his family to Texas.  Radio Ink
  
Jon Woodward

1/08/21 - Long time CTV Vancouver reporter Jon Woodward departs for CTV Toronto. He's been at CTV Vancouver since 2008 and has won numerous awards for excellence, including a 2020 international RTDNA award. Woodward has also been an instructor at BCIT and Langara College.  Twitter Announcement
 
KZGI-FM Sedro-Woolley

1/07/21 - Bustos Media is buying KZGI-FM 105.7 Sedro-Woolley for $70,000 US from Gerson Infante-Reina of Burien. The 700-watt ERP station reaches down into the Mt. Vernon area and has been running Bustos' La Gran D format.  All Access Music Group   

KPTZ-FM 91.9 Port Townsend

1/07/21 - KPTZ-FM 91.9 Port Townsend is relocating to a different nearby tower site at 48° 07' 57.10" 122° 49' 31.40". Maximum ERP will be 1.95 kW, down from 2.2 kW due to a 5.8 metre height increase and will keep its highly directional/ nulled antenna pattern to protect cross-border interference.  FCC Data  App Info
 
George Affleck

1/07/21 - George Affleck joined CKNW AM 980 Vancouver in December as a contract fill-in host. He is the founder and president of Curve Communications Group.
 
Alek Halverson

1/07/21 - Former The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle interim PD, MD and afternoon host Alek Halverson joins KASE-FM 100.7 Austin in afternoons. He left The Wolf last September as part of staff reductions.  All Access Music Group

Ben Nelms

1/07/21 - Award-winning CBC photojournalist Ben Nelms was attacked by a demonstrator at a small pro-Trump rally while on assignment outside the Vancouver Art Gallery Wednesday afternoon. Vancouver Police say they are “actively investigating.”  Megan Devlin, Daily Hive

Dick Curtis

1/05/21 - An obituary has been published for legendary KJR and KOL Seattle broadcaster and concert promoter Dick Curtis, who died December 26 in Olympia at age 87. He later hosted a morning oldies show on KVI for nearly a decade and was a news anchor at KVI prior to retirement in 2001.  Grayson Journal-Times Obituary
 
Frank Palino

1/05/21 - KING 5 Seattle Media Group promotes Frank Palino to Director of Sales from his previous position as Director of Local Sales. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in both political science and multimedia communications, and is a thirteen-year veteran of the KING 5.  KING Release 

KING 5 Home Team Harvest

1/04/21 - The 20th year of the KING 5 Seattle annual Home Team Harvest food drive raised more meals for Northwest Harvest than ever before. Funds and donations were collected from mid-October through the end of 2020. A total of 23,552,116 meals were raised, nearly tripling the number of meals raised in 2019.  KING 5 News

The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle

1/04/21 - A number of prominent country music stars are filling in mornings at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle, following the stepping down of Fitz.  All Access Music Group
 
KING 5 Seattle

1/04/21 - TEGNA Inc. and NBC today announced a comprehensive, multi-year deal that renews station affiliation agreements for 20 TEGNA markets nationwide, including 10 of the top 25 markets for NBC. The new agreement includes full carriage of the NBC broadcast network, including KING-TV Seattle.  TEGNA Release
 
Erv Wegwitz

1/02/21- Retired CTV then CBC-TV Vancouver Supervising Technician Erv Wegwitz passed away December 13 at age 75 from complications following lung surgery. He retired from CBC in 2002.  Arbor Memorial Obituary
 

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