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Seattle Tower Fire
1/17/19 - Five of the six stations displaced due to the fire that destroyed the Master Antenna at the West Tiger-2 site, resumed operation using a temporary antenna at reduced power around 5 p.m. Wednesday.  iHeartMedia will continue to operate KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 using their auxiliary facilities at the West Tiger-1 Site.  Stations will remain in this mode until the destroyed antenna is replaced, likely this summer. 
Steve Shannon
1/15/19 - Former Vancouver and Barriere, BC broadcaster Steve Shannon (Steven Castonguay) died of cancer December 26 in St-Jérôme, Québec at age 71.  He worked at a number of stations in Montréal, Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary and Edmonton before joining CIMA AM 1040 (now CKST) Vancouver circa 1990.  He also ran a public speaking coaching business for executives in Vancouver.  In 2013, he became the owner of The Bear CHLW-FM 93.1 Barriere, north of Kamloops, until 2017 when illness struck. 
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
1/15/19 - SAG-AFTRA has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle regarding the dismissal of seven employees in April 2018.  The claim alleges that station management “interfered with, restrained, and/or coerced public employees” in their right to collectively bargain.  Inside Radio
Katie Boer
1/15/19 - A memo has gone out to staff at Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle telling them that Meteorologist Katie Boer no longer works for the station.  She was arrested after being at a co-workers house for a party in December.  Witnesses said that Boer had too much to drink and was trying to drive home.  Some people tried to stop her and police say she assaulted them.  Scott Jones, FTVLive 
Cheryl Carson
1/14/19 - KING-TV Seattle News Director Cheryl Carson has left the station as of Friday.  She has been with KING-TV since 2012, first as Assistant News Director then as ND since 2016.  No word as to why the abrupt exit.  FTVLive 
Channel Q
1/14/19 - Entercom today launched its LGBTQ Talk/Dance Channel Q on K277AE 103.3 Seattle fed via KNDD-HD2 107.7.  The translator had previously served as a downtown fill-in for Rhythmic Hot AC Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM.  K277AE joins HD subchannels in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Houston, and Las Vegas carrying the Channel Q programming.  In Seattle the new format will create a competitor to Seattle Public Schools’ Dance C89.5 KNHC-FMLance Venta, Radio Insight
KIRO-TV Seattle
1/14/19 - TEGNA, Hearst and E.W. Scripps Co. each plan to submit bids this month to buy Cox Enterprises' 14 TV stations, according to CNBC.  The privately held radio and TV group has set January 30 as the deadline for final offers for the stations, which include KIRO-TV Seattle and properties in Atlanta and Boston.  Inside Radio
Bob Gillies 1960s photo
1/14/19 - 1950s CJOR and CKWX Vancouver broadcaster Bob Gillies died from cancer December 15 at age 84 in Atlanta.  Following his work in Vancouver, he was prominent at CKGM and CFCF radio and TV Montreal in the late 1950s and '60s before moving to the U.S., where he enjoyed a successful career as a writer and singer of commercial jingles for radio and television, and wrote and performed songs for motion pictures in Los Angeles.  He was an actor and comedy writer for many Hollywood television shows, most notably for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In in the late 1960s.  Obituary    
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle
1/13/19 - Employees and listeners were caught by surprise by the cancellation Thursday of The Ron & Don Show after nearly 13 years on drive time at KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle.  The staff was notified 11 minutes after the show ended that day at 7 p.m.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
1/13/19 - The FCC has granted a CP for a power increase to Capstar TX, LLC for KJAQ-FM 96.5 Seattle.  ERP will increase from 52 to 70 kW non-directional at existing transmitter location and HAAT.  KJAQ Application  FCC Data  
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle

KTTH AM 770 Seattle
1/11/19 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has dropped the Ron & Don Show and is adding a new program hosted by Candy Harper, Mike Lewis and Todd Herman 3-7 p.m. starting Monday, January 14.  Candy Harper most recently served as Ron & Don’s producer, Mike Lewis has served as a reporter and fill-in host and Todd Herman moves over from afternoons at co-owned 770 The Truth KTTH AM.  Meanwhile at KTTH, morning host Jason Rantz will move to afternoons and local Conservative activist Saul Spady, will take over mornings.  KIRO Release 1  KIRO Release #2  KTTH Release  
CHLG-FM 104.3 The Breeze
1/11/19 - New owner Stingray flipped Classic Hits CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver after Christmas to 104.3 The Breeze playing Vancouver’s Relaxing Favourites.  On-air staff remain unchanged. 
Tanya Fletcher
1/11/19 - CBC British Columbia has appointed Tanya Fletcher as its new Provincial Affairs reporter.  She has been with CBC since 2016. 
Liza Yuzda
1/11/19 - Liza Yuzda leaves CKNW AM 980 Vancouver to launch a B.C. Legislative bureau in Victoria for News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  Yuzda has been with 'NW since April 2010.  Meanwhile, morning co-anchor Amelia John has left News 1130 for Australia.  As reported below, Amanda Wawryk moves to her position.  
1/10/19 - (Updated 01/12) The CRTC has approved an application by ZoomerMedia Limited to change the authorized contours of CHNU-DT Fraser Valley by relocating the transmitter site to Mount Seymour, changing the channel from 47 to 24, increasing maximum ERP from 13,500 to 35,000 watts and increasing HAAT from 346.3 to 625.6 meters.  The licensee indicated that since the current transmitter site at McKee Peak is being decommissioned, CHNU-DT must relocate its transmission facilities. The application would allow the station to transition from channel 47 to 24 to comply with the Department of Industry’s re-purposing initiative of the 600 MHz frequency band.  CRTC Release 
Dave Richards
1/10/19 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle PD Dave Richards oversaw the debut of Live Day back in 2016, and has seen it get bigger and better every year since.  Richards took some time out from already preparing for next November's event to illustrate the mentality and preparation it takes to make Live Day unique and special.  All Access Music Group
KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle
1/10/19 - iHeartMedia Top 40 KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle is looking for a PD that can make a creative and defining difference.  Experience and success are important.  All Access Music Group
Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle
1/10/19 - A staffer at FOX affiliate Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle has been fired after the station aired what appears to be a doctored video of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech from the Oval Office.  Q13 news director Erica Hill wrote in an emailed statement, “We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated.”  Christine Clarridge and Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times
Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV Seattle
1/09/19 - There are interruptions to the signal of Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle on translator K42CM-D Centralia/Chehalis as it changes its antenna with weather delays.  The FCC recently granted a Displacement Application for an RF channel change from 42 to 17.  The transmitter site is on Crego Hill.  FCC Data
1/09/19 - The 18th annual KING-TV Seattle Home Team Harvest shattered records for the second year in a row, raising 6,795,753 meals for Northwest Harvest, the largest hunger relief agency in Washington state.  KING 5 and Northwest Harvest worked with partners AT&T, Safeway and Albertsons, and WARM KRWM-FM106.9 throughout the months of November and December to collect non-perishable food and cash donations.  This year’s goal of 6 million was blown away thanks to generous donations from sponsors and the community, making this the largest Home Team Harvest yet.  KING 5 Release 
Ria Renouf
1/09/19 - Ria Renouf will shortly be joining News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver as its new p.m. drive anchor alongside veteran Jim Bennie.  She replaces Amanda Wawryk, who transitions to a.m. drive with John Ackermann.  Renouf was an anchor/reporter at CKNW AM 980 from 2013-18 and most recently Communications Officer for the BC SPCA
Angelo Iacobucci
1/09/19 - A Celebration of Life for legendary Kamloops news reporter Angelo Iacobucci will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2nd at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Centre.  The event will be hosted by former NL Radio CHNL AM 610 Kamloops Program Director Jim Reynolds.  There will also be a number of speakers and special guests.  Iacobucci passed away suddenly on December 14th at age 60.  Although he was based in Kamloops during his 39 years in broadcasting, he was well known to Vancouver radio listeners, as he filed numerous news reports that ran on a number of local stations over the duration of his career.  Shane Woodford, Radio NL  Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week backgrounder 
Ruby Carr
1/09/19 - Brother and sister former Vancouver broadcasters Ruby Carr and Alex Carr have have now launched their new morning show at The Edge CFNY-FM 102.1 Toronto.  Ruby was the lead host of the morning show at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver for the past four years.  Alex was midday host at CFOX-FM 99.3Broadcast Dialogue 
Sacred Heart Radio
1/09/19 - Sacred Heart Radio is now broadcasting on KLAY AM 1180/FM 107.3 Lakewood/Tacoma. The FCC granted Assignment of License from Clay Huntington Legacy L.L.C. to Sacred Heart, along with noncommercial educational status on January 3.  Acquisition of KLAY by Sacred Heart for $450,000 was announced in mid November.  FCC Data Puget Sound Media 
1/08/19 - CHOF AM 600 Vancouver CP has changed calls to CKSP, the old Summerland BC 1450 calls, no longer standing for Summerland-Peachland, but now Sher-E-Punjab.  According to an application for an extension, CKSP plans to be on the air this March.
1/08/19 - Two Blaine AM station translators have recently signed on.  KARI AM 550 on 95.7 and KVRI AM 1600 on 105.3.  As expected, both put out fairly strong signals in the Langley-Aldergrove area, basically knocking out KJR & KCMS.  As you get closer to Abbotsford, KJR & KCMS become audible again.  KRPI AM 1550 is the only AM station left in Whatcom County without an FM translator.
Jim Taylor
1/08/19 - Legendary sports columnist Jim Taylor died Monday at his home in Shawnigan Lake, B.C. at age 82.  He covered sports for the Victoria Colonist for 10 years beginning in 1955, for the Vancouver Sun for 13 years, for the Province for 17 years and as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Calgary Sun, before retiring in 2001.  During his distinguished career Taylor was a sports commentator for CKWX and CBC Television Vancouver in 1980 and a regular contributor on the Frosty Forst morning show on CKNW 20 years later.  He was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, the CFL Hall of Fame, received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation for journalism in 2010 and a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada.  Victoria Times Colonist  David Carrigg, The Province  
Len Chapple
1/05/19 - Former CBC Vancouver Executive Producer Len Chapple died in Victoria January 2, a month short of his 97th birthday.  He began his long and distinguished broadcasting career at CKMO Vancouver shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.  His work as an Executive Producer with CBC and other networks took him to the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, and Calgary; the first World Masters Games in Toronto and the Goodwill Games in Seattle.  In 1978 he led CBC as host broadcaster for the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.  Times Colonist Obituary
Nielsen Audio
1/04/19 - Following its move to All Christmas in mid November, AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 jumps into first place with an 8.8 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma December 2018 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings.  News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with a 6.0 share and Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.7.  Radio Online

1/01/19 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Neil Arnold died from cardiac arrest at Vancouver General Hospital on December 12th.  Arnold, whose real name was Neil Waldman, worked as a news anchor at CFUN, CJOR, CKWX and CKO-FM Vancouver during the 1970s and '80s.  He is reported to have been about 74 years old.

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