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Bill Good
08/29/15 - After 50 years in broadcasting and a short "retirement", Bill Good returns to the airwaves September 8 with a daily commentary on News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.  He follows in the footsteps of his father, Bill Good Sr., who was a multimedia pioneer in the local sports industry, filing daily sports commentary on CKWX years ago.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Lynda Steele
08/28/15 - CTV Vancouver news staffers said their final goodbyes to consumer reporter Lynda Steele today as she made her last TV appearance as fill-in anchor on the CTV News at Six.  She moves to CKNW AM 980 as afternoon drive talk show host starting at 2 p.m. next Tuesday, September 1.  As a "Rock Star" at CTV since May 2011, both as host of Steele On Your Side and as occasional fill-in news anchor, the question is whether she will have anywhere near the following at CKNW.  NW's ratings have been sliding for several years, while the newscast numbers at CTV Vancouver have been climbing. 
Fee and Ryan
08/27/15 - Allen Fee and Ashley Ryan have been hired for mornings at Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 effective September 14.  Fee began his radio career in Bellingham at age 16 and has hosted mornings at Q104 WQAL-FM 104.1 Cleveland for the past decade.  Ryan began her career as a part time promotions assistant at KJR AM 950 Seattle before moving to an on-air role as a traffic reporter.  Radio Online  All Access Music Group 
Bob Switzer
08/26/15 - Veteran CBC Vancouver broadcaster Bob Switzer died July 14 on Gambier Island.  He was 86.  Switzer worked in radio on Vancouver Island during the 1950s before moving to host a number of programs on CBC Television in Vancouver.  He is likely best known as the host of gardening programs on CBC-TV during the 1980s and '90s.  He officially retired from CBC in 1986 but continued under contract until 1993.  A celebration of life is planned for June 2016.  Sun/Province obituary  CBC obituary  David Tarrant remembrance   
CRTC
08/26/15 - The CRTC has put out a call for radio applications to serve urban Aboriginal communities in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.  The Commission revoked the licenses held by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. (AVR), effective July 25, 2015, which included CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver.  The Federal Court of Appeal dated August 21 granted leave to appeal the decision and ordered that AVR’s broadcasting licenses remain in effect until final determination of the appeal.  CRTC release 
Prem Gill
08/26/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Prem Gill has been named as the new president and CEO of nonprofit organization Creative BC. She was the on-air host/producer of ColourTV at Citytv (now branded as City) Vancouver from 2002-06.  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight   
Global BC
08/25/15 - Global BC has made some lineup changes to its news programming.  Robin Stickley will anchor Noon News Hour in addition to the Early News at 5 p.m.  Sophie Lui moves to News Hour Final with Jay DurantMorning News will have rotating hosts with Steve Darling until a permanent host is named and News Hour Final anchor Anne Drewa becomes Consumer Reporter.  Changes also affect the cable-only news channel BC 1 as a number of shows have been cancelled except for mornings and afternoons. 
Troy Scott
08/25/15 - Former Vancouver Island and Okanagan broadcaster Troy Scott takes over as Program Director for Virgin Radio CKMM-FM 103.1 Winnipeg.  From 2009-14, Scott held APD positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kelowna and was PD for Vista Radio stations on Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast.   Puget Sound Radio 
Mark Ginther
08/25/15 - KING-TV Seattle Executive News Director Mark Ginther has been appointed Vice President of News for NBC station KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth effective September 14.  Ginther is an award-winning news professional with nearly 28 years of media industry experience.  He joined KING-TV in 2008.  KXAS-TV News  It is reported that his wife Sarah Garza, Executive Producer and Assistant News Director at KOMO-TV, will also be leaving Seattle. 
Bill Swartz
08/25/15 - Former The Fan KFNQ AM 1090 Seattle p.m. drive co-host Bill Swartz, who was released in June due to "poor sales and budget cuts", returns for the second year as host and reporter for Washington Huskies Football pre-game shows on KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7Bill Swartz Twitter  Seatac Media 
Todd Herman
08/25/15 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle has named former Republican National Committee Chief Digital Strategist and Crowdverb founder Todd Herman as afternoon host effective September 1.  He takes the place of Ben Shapiro, who left for family reasons.  All Access Music Group
Leslie Scott
08/24/15 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has named Leslie Scott as its new PD.  She replaces Garett Michaels, who left four months ago.  She will continue serving as Digital Program Director at Entercom SeattleAll Access Music Group 
Ross McLaughlin
08/24/15 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle Consumer Investigator Ross McLaughlin will be the new consumer news segment host of McLaughlin On Your Side on CTV Vancouver effective Tuesday, September 8.  He replaces Lynda Steele, who is moving to CKNW AM 980 as afternoon talk show host.  McLaughlin is an award-winning investigative consumer reporter with 18 Emmys and four Edward R. Murrow Awards.  He was with KIRO-TV from 1996-2002.  Bell Media release
Clay Freinwald
08/24/15 - The September 2015 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available.  This month Clay discusses drought conditions and outlook, potential mega-earthquakes, FM receivers in cellphones and much more.  September Clay's Corner
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
08/22/15 - Further changes have been announced at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 after the appointment of Larry Gifford as Interim Program Director.  Effective Monday, Digital Content Coordinator Anna Kalfa moves into the newsroom to head up web and online/social media coverage as a digital journalist.  Chad Varhaug gets his Content Producer position expanded to have a greater impact on more shows.  Kathryn Stewart becomes Content Producer for the new Lynda Steele show, which debuts next month.  Additionally, weekend Content Producer Devon Taylor leaves the station at the end of next week.
Magical History Tour
08/22/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson, who was front and center at the Beatles concert at Empire Stadium 51 years ago today, explains The Magical History Tour exhibit at this year's Pacific National Exhibition.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun/video  Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight 
Art McDonald
08/21/15 - Seatac Media reports that Art McDonald, longtime KOMO TV/radio Seattle newsman, passed away in his sleep Thursday morning.  He had been battling Alzheimer’s and health issues over the last few years.  He worked at KOMO during the 1960s and '70s.  McDonald graduated from Washington State University in 1954 as the top male student in broadcasting.  Seatac Media news  
Jane Shannon
08/21/15 - Award winning veteran KOMO AM 1000 Seattle afternoon news anchor Jane Shannon passed away unexpectedly this week.  She started her radio career at KITI in Centralia, where she was an anchor and the news director.  Before coming to KOMO News Radio in 2010, Shannon worked at KXXO-FM in Olympia, KING AM in Seattle, and was a Morning News co-host at KIRO.  KOMO News  All Access Music Group   
Brian Antonson
08/20/15 - The Canadian History Channel launches a six-episode program Curse of the Frozen Gold on Wednesday August 26th at 10 p.m. PT.   The series covers the famous Lost Creek Gold Mine legend from British Columbia's Pitt Lake area, and the Canadian best seller Slumach's Gold: In Search of a Legend, authored by Rick Antonson, Mary Trainer and veteran Vancouver broadcaster and former BCIT Associate Dean, Broadcast and Media Communications Brian Antonson, is a key part of the storytelling.  Facebook info 
Tom Plasteras
08/20/15 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC has announced that Tom Plasteras has been named director, broadcast and communications effective immediately.  He will oversee the broadcast, media relations, communications, and community relations for Whitecaps FC.  Plasteras has over two decades of experience working in the broadcast industry with Corus Entertainment since 1989 and as PD at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 1993-2013.  He has most recently been the owner of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in Vancouver.  Soccer Wire news
George Gordon
08/20/15 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor George Gordon, who currently anchors afternoon drive at 680News CFTR AM Toronto, will retire effective November 30.  He started his career in Ontario in the early 1970s and was a news anchor, including several years as executive editor, at News1130 Vancouver from 1999 to 2009. 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
08/20/15 - The Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers is holding another outdoor benefit concert, picnic and car show Sunday, August 23 at Seabright Farm in Point Roberts.  It's the second benefit concert held by the group that has been fighting a plan by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to erect five 45-metre (150-foot) steel towers for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale at an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way in Point Roberts, about 330 metres from the Tsawwassen border.  Later this year Superior Court will hear an appeal of the decision by Whatcom County council upholding an earlier ruling by the county's hearing examiner to reject the application based on a failure to meet height requirements.  Delta Optimist 
FCC
08/19/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of Construction Permit for KMCQ-FM 103.3 Oak Harbor from Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC to Everett-Snohomish Broadcasting, LLC.  FCC info 
Sabrina Roach
08/19/15 - Seven of 15 new “hyperlocal” radio stations located in Seattle will be honored at a National Radio Day event at 11 a.m. Thursday at the downtown Seattle Public Library.  So far only Voice of Vashon KVSH-LP 101.9 is on air.  Another, Hollow Earth Radio KHUH-LP 100.3 has been issued a CP and expects to be on air next year.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of Seattle neighborhoods will be in the broadcast area of at least one of the new low power stations, and that many areas will be able to tune in to two or more.  Former Public Radio producer and marketer Sabrina Roach is working on the community radio project in her job as a “doer” with Brown Paper TicketsJack Broom, Seattle Times   
CKNW Vancouver
08/17/15 - In a memo to staff announcing the arrival of new CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Interim PD Larry Gifford, Corus Radio Vancouver GM Brad Phillips (perhaps mistakenly) refers to the station as "CKNW/AM 730".  This could be an early clue that management is at least contemplating the move of CKNW to 730, in a likely programming swap with sister station All Traffic CHMJ.  The CRTC recently denied an application for a nested FM repeater of CKNW to serve downtown Vancouver.  A programming swap would be a financially efficient way to bring CKNW's downtown signal back to an acceptable level.  There has been no official announcement by station management that this plan is in the works.  The memo, written Friday, August 14 can be viewed here.  Editor's note: Larry Gifford is Interim PD for both CKNW and AM 730 (CHMJ), which was likely the intent of the reference, as the call letters of 730 are not used except in legal IDs.
Larry Gifford
08/16/15 - Larry Gifford is expected to arrive at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 Monday as Interim Program Director following the release last Thursday of Ian Koenigsfest.  The owner of Larry Gifford Media has been consulting for CKNW for a couple of years and is an international radio consultant and talent coach.  He has serviced clients in the US, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Sweden and Italy. 
Bill Good
08/14/15 - Award winning veteran broadcaster Bill Good comes out of retirement and will be on air and online on NEWS 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver beginning Tuesday, September 8th.  A Minute with Bill Good is a no-holds-barred editorial commentary, focusing on current hot button issues.  Good is a multi-award winning broadcaster with a career spanning 50 years.  News 1130 release  BT release 
Ian Koenigsfest
08/13/15 - Reliable sources tell NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 Brand Manager Ian Koenigsfest has been released, to be replaced by Larry Gifford, who was a key factor in the turnaround of KIRO Radio in Seattle.  In an apparent unrelated move, Sean Leslie has resigned from 'NW to pursue other ventures.  He has been there since 2001 as a reporter then talk show host.  Koenigsfest has been with CKNW since 1991 and replaced Tom Plasteras as Brand Manager in 2013.  Harvey Oberfeld  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight  
Parker Miles Blohm
08/13/15 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 has hired Parker Miles Blohm as the new Digital Media Manager.  He will be responsible for growing digital media content and providing technical support for the station's digital assets.  Previously he held an archivist role with the Pictures of the Year International Competition, a program associated with the Missouri School of Journalism.  Radio Ink 
CKPM-FM Port Moody
08/13/15 - The CRTC has approved a short term license renewal to August 31, 2019 for CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody stating apparent non-compliance with requirements relating to the broadcast of musical selections.  The Commission says this will allow for an earlier review of the licensee’s compliance with its regulatory requirements.  CRTC release 
Reg Hampton
08/12/15 - CTV Calgary journalist Reg Hampton speaks out following his 18-year-old son Anthony ending up in hospital in a coma and on life support after ingesting a drug believed to be laced with fentanyl.  Reg Hampton was a network news anchor at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 from 1988-98 and weekend news producer/anchor at BCTV Vancouver from 1998-2006 when he left for CTV Calgary.  CTV News 
Shelby Thom
08/12/15 - Campaign staffers for Prime Minister Stephen Harper escorted CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter Shelby Thom out of a Conservative Party rally the Pacific Gateway Hotel after she had asked the PM about his opposition to the legalization of marijuana.  CKNW News   
Tom Walters
08/12/15 - CTV Los Angeles Bureau Chief and former CTV Vancouver News Director Tom Walters is facing a charge of interfering with a police officer nearly a year after he was arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, MO.  Walters was detained on August 20, 2014 after trying to ask Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson a question.  He was released without being charged, but recently received a summons to appear in a St. Louis court later this month on a charge of interfering with a police officer in performance of his duty.  He has the full support of CTV, who are planning to fight the charges.  Walters was a news and legislative reporter at CJVI Victoria and then anchor/reporter at CKVU-TV Vancouver before being appointed ND at CTV Vancouver in 2001 and subsequently LA Bureau Chief in 2006.  CTV News 
Steve Parsons
08/11/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Steve Parsons has been promoted to the position of National Director Of Programming for Newcap Radio.  He has been Operations Manager for the company's Toronto stations for the past year and a half.  Parsons held several announcing and management positions with CKNW AM 980 and CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver during the 1990s and 2000s.  All Access Music Group  
Megan Batchelor
08/11/15 - 17-year-old Daniel Davies, who interrupted a live television report during the suppertime news on CBC Vancouver Friday by kissing reporter Megan Batchelor has apologized for his behaviour.  He identified himself on Twitter Monday and said he regrets his actions.  Batchelor said she accepted the apology and hoped it would make others think twice before interrupting television reporters on the job.  CBC News 
Megan Batchelor
08/10/15 - CBC Vancouver reporter Megan Batchelor has filed a complaint with police after being kissed by stranger on camera while reporting live from the Squamish Valley Music Festival.  The eight year TV news veteran says she’s no stranger to harassment on the job.  It will be up to Crown prosecutors to determine whether the incident constitutes sexual assault, according to an RCMP spokesman.  Bethany Lindsay, Vancouver Sun  CBC News  
Art Finley
08/10/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Art Finley (born Art Finger) died August 7 of a heart attack while walking back to his home in Vancouver.  He was 88.  Finley started his career at KXYZ AM Houston TX in 1944 and then worked at a number of US radio and TV stations.  He was well known locally as a talk show host at Vancouver market CKNW in 1972-73 and CJOR from 1981-86.  All Access Music Group  Lizzie Johnson and Wendy Lee, SFGATE   
Wilf Ray
08/08/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Wilf Ray, who rebroadcasts his Gospel Music radio shows originally heard on 600AM (CKBD), is featuring a two hour program with Evan Kemp throughout this month.  The show was taped in May 2002 and includes Kemp's buddy, producer Gerry Adamus, former drummer with the Mart Kenney orchestra.  Kemp, who passed away in 2007, was a top country vocalist in Canadian radio, with his own national TV show and radio shows on CKNW, CKMO, CJOR, and CKWX.  His country and gospel numbers are featured throughout the two hours, including his own compositions and his famous recording of The Man We Never Knew, that he recited each year on Remembrance Day with Dal Richards backing him up at The Orpheum theatre.  Wilf Ray website 
WABE
08/08/15 - WABE, the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers will hold its convention in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Centre on October 18-20.  This year marks the Association's 65th Anniversary with early bird delegate registration deadline September 18th.  Broadcaster Magazine  WABE info  
KISS-FM KBKS Seattle
08/07/15 - The sold out Taylor Swift concert at Century Link Field has prompted Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 to flip to Swift-FM Saturday (08/08).  All music programming, station imaging, website, jingles and DJ's will showcase Swift-FM all day.  All Access Music Group 
CRTC
08/07/15 - The CRTC has denied applications by Four Senses Entertainment Inc. to add a new rebroadcasting transmitter in North Vancouver for CKEE-FM 101.5 Whistler and by Corus Premium Television Ltd. for a nested FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Vancouver for CKNW AM 980CRTC release  
FCC
08/07/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle from RD Seattle Assets, LLC to Universal Media Access KKDC-AM LLC.  FCC info  
Natalie Brand
08/06/15 - Natalie Brand has joined KING-TV Seattle as political reporter after completing her Master of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She was most recently a general assignment reporter for KTVK-TV Phoenix.  
Tarzan Dan Freeman
08/06/15 - After three years as morning host at KOOL FM CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary, former Vancouver and Victoria broadcaster Tarzan Dan Freeman has left the station.  He hosted p.m. drive at CFUN-FM Vancouver in 2011 and a.m. drive at CHTT-FM Victoria 2011-12.  Puget Sound Radio  Meanwhile, Rob Pepper, former CKVX-FM Vancouver host during the early 2000s, returns with his co-host Dylan Wowchuk on The Pepper and Dylan Show mornings at The Bounce CHBN-FM 91.7 Edmonton September 8 after being dropped from crosstown Virgin Radio in March.  The Bounce release    
Research Director, Inc.
08/05/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive July PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
FCC
08/05/15 - KMCQ has been assigned as the call letters for Oak Harbor's new station recently approved by the FCC to operate at 103.3 MHz.  A construction permit was granted March 2 to Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC to operate with an ERP of 1.55 kW directional.  FCC data 
Lance Tidwell
08/04/15 - Former The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle PD Lance Tidwell has been named SVPP for the iHeartMedia San Antonio cluster.  He was PD at The Wolf from October 2007 - September 2008.  All Access Music Group  
Nielsen Audio
08/04/15 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 takes a jump up to tie CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 for first place in the Nielsen Audio July 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM, each with 6.1 shares.  Country The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 slips to third with 5.8.  Radio Online
FCC
08/04/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License, as amended for numerous stations from MCC Radio, LLC to Alpha Media Licensee LLC.  Locally, they include KWOK AM 1490 Aberdeen, KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen, KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquiam, KDUX-FM 104.7 Hoquiam and translator K269FT 101.7 MHz Hoquiam.   
FCC
08/04/15 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for a number of stations from Seattle Streaming Radio, LLC to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin.  Locally, they include KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton, KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood, KLDY AM 1280 Lacey and translator K221FJ 92.1 MHz Tacoma. 
Roundhouse Radio
08/04/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver has announced the addition of more staff as it moves closer to sign-on this Fall.  Added are Dave Dhillon (Creative Director), Cory Price (Music Director & On Air), Leslie Glaeser (Traffic and Accounting Manager) and Barb Snelgrove (Promotions & Communications Director).  Broadcaster Magazine  
KOMO News Radio
08/02/15 - KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle has once again shuffled its on-air lineup.  John Carlson is gone and Herb Weisbaum is back.  The revised weekday and weekend lineup can be viewed here
Margaret Calloway
08/01/15 - Margaret (Maggie) Calloway (nee Chew) of Mission, BC died on the morning of July 6 at age 72.  She had been a reporter, producer, talk show host and columnist.  She produced the John Reynolds radio show on CJOR Vancouver and had been a writer for the Vancouver Sun.  Her successful career led to her being named Woman of the Year for Mission in 2009.  A Celebration of Life will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. on August 16 at the Mission Seniors Activity Centre, 33100 10th Avenue (at Talbut), Mission.  Sun/Province obituary 
Gordon Rose
08/01/15 - An obituary has been published for veteran Vancouver and Fraser Valley broadcaster Gordon Rose who died July 17 in New Westminster at age 90.  He began his career at CKMO Vancouver in 1945, helped launch CJJC Langley in 1963 and retired from CHWK Chilliwack in 1980.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29 at the Joyce Walley Room at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary 

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