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Duncan McCue
07/26/16 - Vancouver-based CBC news reporter Duncan McCue has been named the new host of Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio.  The national call-in program pulls in more than 500,000 listeners each Sunday afternoon for a debate between callers and special guests on the topic of the day.  McCue has hosted the program several times since longtime host Rex Murphy departed last fall.  CBC release
JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver
07/26/16 - JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver rebrands itself today to GORD FM To celebrate the return of The Tragically Hip to Vancouver and reminisce about the 30+ times The Hip have played the city over the last couple of decades.  The branding change pays tribute to lead singer Gord Downie who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  JACK release  Laura Fraser, CBC News backgrounder  
AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver
07/25/16 - AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver returned to the air at 3:45 p.m. today from its Delta transmitter site, operating at 10 kW, down from its licensed 50 kW.  It has been operating at reduced power from an antenna on top of the TD Tower office building in the downtown area since July 6 after the Delta facilities were badly damaged in the Burns Bog fire three days earlier.
FCC
07/25/16 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to XL Media Inc. for KZIZ AM 1560 Pacific.  Power will increase from 5 to 10 kW day and .9 to 2.5 kW night and decrease from 3.3 to 2.5 kW during critical hours, directional with different constants day and night from three towers at 47° 14' 12.00" 122° 13' 43.00"FCC data  
CHEK-TV Vcitoria
07/25/16 - When CHEK-TV Victoria launched in 1956, it was the first TV station on Vancouver Island, the first independently owned station in British Columbia, the first station in Canada to introduce color telecasting, and - as of 2009 - the first employee-owned TV station in North America.  CHEK-TV went on the air as a privately owned CBC affiliate at 5 p.m. on December 1, 1956.  The new channel 6 signal interfered with KING-TV channel 5 Seattle, requiring viewers to install signal traps to fix the problem.  Diane Dakers, Victoria Times Colonist    
Nicola Crosbie
07/25/16 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Nicola Crosbie has announced she has left her position at CRUZ FM CKEA-FM 95.7 Edmonton where she was morning host since May 2015.  She was food reporter then weather and traffic reporter for VTV Breakfast Vancouver Television from 1997-2001, morning talk show host at CFUN Vancouver from 2001-03 and a weather anchor at CTV British Columbia from 2003-05 before moving to Edmonton as chief weathercaster for Global Television from 2005-15.  Facebook posting 
Clay Freinwald
07/25/16 - The August 2016 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 KPLU sale making history, the destruction of the AM 730 Vancouver transmitter in the Burns Bog fire, HD Radio programming and much more.  August Clay's Corner
Jeff Hill August 2012
07/25/16 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Jeff “Radar” Hill died suddenly the week of July 4.  He had no immediate family in Vancouver and lived in North Vancouver.  He joined the staff of CBC Vancouver in 1977 and in 1979 transferred to the position of TV Assistant and was promoted to TV Technician three years later.  He continued in that role until March 1998 when, owing to continuing CBC budget cuts, his position was eliminated.  His career continued to flourish in a freelance capacity right up to the time of his sudden death.  Arrangements have been made for a Wake in his memory on Saturday, August 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver.  
KVOS-TV Bellingham-Seattle
07/24/16 - KVOS-TV Bellingham-Seattle has added new programming on sub channel 12.3.  The new offering is Heroes & Icons which features television's heroic characters and iconic stars, drawing from timeless classics as well as more contemporary favorites.
Herbert John Fowell (Bert Gordon)
07/24/16 - An obituary has been published for Bert Gordon (Herbert John Fowell), who died in Manitoba July 23rd at age 70.  His broadcast career started at CKX Brandon as an FM operator.  His career continued in Weyburn, SK; CKY Radio 58 Winnipeg; KCND Pembina, ND (TV weatherman); CFCF Montreal; CJFM Montreal; CFOX, CKNW, CFMI Vancouver and STAR-FM Chilliwack.  His last gig in the early 2000s was morning show host at CFST 1290 Winnipeg playing the "Greatest Music of All Time".  At his request, there will be no service or visitation.  Winnipeg Free Press obituary  Brockie Donovan obituary 
Claire Martin
07/23/16 - Former CBC Vancouver and Toronto meteorologist Claire Martin has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  It turned up in a melanoma about the size of a fingernail on the heel of her foot.  She was with CBC from 2005-14, was a Green Party candidate in North Vancouver for the Canadian federal election last year and most recently has begun work as Project Manager, Service Delivery Transformation for Environment and Climate Change Canada.  Steele and Drex, CKNW  
Tom Gould
07/23/16 - Prominent Canadian journalist Tom Gould, who started his career as a reporter with the Victoria Daily Times in the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in Niagara-on-the-Lake ON at age 84.  He was a legislative reporter at the Times in the early 1950s before moving to the Vancouver Sun and then to CBC and later became VP of news, features and information programs at the CTV television network.  Victoria Times Colonist
Sarah MacDonald
07/23/16 - CTV reporter Sarah MacDonald has filed a complaint with the Vancouver Police Department over an incident that took place in the city’s downtown around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.  She was reporting on a group of Pokemon Go players that had gathered in Robson Square when a man stepped beside her and uttered a vulgarity while appearing to record the episode with his cellphone.  During the incident, MacDonald’s ear piece was also ripped off her blazer and out of her ear as the unidentified man ran away.  Vancouver police are investigating.  Darcy Matheson, CTV News   
Magic Matt Alan
07/22/16 - Country legend Larry Gatlin is featured on Lighten Up Lounge, with Magic Matt Alan live on Outlaw Radio Saturday at 3 p.m. PT.  Alan began his radio career at KRKO Everett.  He also did stints at KNBQ-FM Tacoma and KYYX and KJR Seattle before becoming prominent as the afternoon drive host at Z100 New York in the 1980s.  All Access Music Group 
Brittany "Parker" Danley
07/22/16 - Slacker Radio has promoted longtime programmer Brittany "Parker" Danley to Format Captain: Pop and will oversee Slacker's entire suite of Pop stations.  Her resume includes a stint at Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1All Access Music Group 
KJR AM 950 Seattle
07/22/16 - iHeartMedia has announced that KJR AM 950 Seattle has picked up The Barbershop, formerly aired on ESPN KIRO AM 710.  The show, hosted by former Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington player Marcus Trufant and former U of W player Terry T-Holla Hollimon, will air live from Snoqualmie Casino on Wednesdays before Seahawks home games.  All Access Music Group 
Justin Riley
07/20/16 - iHeartMedia has named Justin Riley PD at Seattle market Power 93.3 KPWK-FM and KISS KBKS-FM 106.1.  He was most recently PD for Z100 KKRZ-FM 100.3 and JAM’N KXJM-FM 107.5 Portland.  All Access Music Group  
Colin Cowherd
07/18/16 - FOX Sports Radio has announced that The Herd with Colin Cowherd has reached its 100th affiliate milestone.  Seattle market KHHO-AM 850 is among the program's recent affiliate additions.  Radio Online 
KPLU-FM 88.5
07/17/16 - As part of the agreement to acquire Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5, the new owners have to obtain fresh call letters.  Listeners are asked to submit suggestions for calls that are not already taken or reserved.  Suggestions can be submitted until Sunday, July 24 and the winner will be the first to announce the new call letters on air.  C.R. Roberts, Tacoma News Tribune  Entry Form
Jim Robson
07/16/16 - Vancouver sports broadcast icon and voice of the Canucks, 81 year old Jim Robson once was a little-league pitcher his teammates called “Rabbit,” a wannabe quarterback for the B.C. Lions and is now a two time hole-in-one golfer.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun 
Maninder Gill
07/16/16 - Maninder Singh Gill, former managing director of Radio India has appealed his conviction for shooting and injuring a man outside of a Surrey temple.  According to the document filed at the B.C. Court of Appeal, Gill is asking that the conviction be quashed and an acquittal entered, or a new trial ordered.  Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun 
Maninder Gill
07/14/16 - Maninder Singh Gill, former managing director of Radio India has been sentenced to four years in jail for an incident that took place outside a wedding at a Sikh temple in August 2010.  Gill was convicted of five of the six charges he faced and acquitted on a another charge.  The charges stemmed from an incident outside the Surrey temple that left Harjit Singh Atwal with a bullet wound to his leg, for which he required surgery.  Kevin Diakiw, Surrey North Delta Leader
Tina Patel
07/14/16 - Puget Sound Media reports Tina Patel has left her anchor/reporter position at Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV and that she is, “Just taking some time off.  Hoping to re-connect with friends & loved ones before jumping into another job.”  She writes on her Twitter page, "Three years went by in a flash!  Seattle, thanks for the memories."  Patel has been with Q13 since June 2013.  Puget sound Media 
Bert Gordon
07/13/16 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Bert Gordon (Herbert John Fowell) died early this morning in Manitoba just two weeks prior to his 71st birthday.  He was on air at CFOX-FM Vancouver for several years in the late 70s and early 80s and then spent a couple of years doing weekends and fill-in at CKNW and CFMI-FM.  At his request there will be no service and his ashes will be placed in the Fowell family plot at the Minnewawa Cemetery near Nesbitt Manitoba where he grew up.  Radio West  Puget Sound Radio 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
07/12/16 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has announced that beginning Monday, July 18 it will launch Steele & Drex, that meshes the award winning journalism of current afternoon host Lynda Steele and the opinionated radio commentary of Drex.  The new program will air weekdays from 2-6 p.m.  CKNW release 
Brian Antonson
07/12/16 - Vancouver author, broadcaster and retired educator Brian Antonson discusses the book Slumach’s Gold: In Search of a Legend, co-written with Mary Trainer and Rick Antonson, radio, his years at BCIT, and more, with Joseph Planta.  Antonson is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, going on from there to a career at CKNW as production director, then returning to BCIT as an instructor, culminating in being Associate Dean of the Broadcast and Media Communications Department upon his early retirement in 2010.  Joseph Planta, The Commentary 
FCC
07/11/16 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Green River Community College for KGRG-FM 89.9 Auburn.  ERP decreases from .25 to .23 kW, HAAT increases from 112 to 116 meters directional at the existing transmitter location 47° 15' 23.00" 122° 13' 7.00"FCC data 
KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle
07/11/16 - KUBE-FM Seattle alumni gathered at the Union Lake Cafe Friday night for a reunion.  Art Vuolo traveled from Michigan to archive it on video.  Notables in attendance were Charlie Brown, Ty Flint, Chet Buchanan, former PDs Bob Case and Eric Powers, along with GM Michael O'Shea, who put KUBE on the air in the early 1980s.  All Access Music Group 
Delilah
07/11/16 - Delilah, who is syndicated locally by Premiere Networks, is one of a number of 2016 inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame.  Port Orchard based Delilah's nightly programs are carried on 171 radio stations in North America.  National Radio Hall Of Fame release 
Chet Buchanan
07/11/16 - Former KUBE-FM Seattle personality and current KLUC-FM 98.5 Las Vegas morning show host Chet Buchanan will be presented with The Best Of The Silver State XIV Humanitarian Award for his numerous charitable activities.  He sits on the Board of Trustees for Help of Southern Nevada, Variety - The Children's Charity and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.  The Silver State XIV Awards will presented by the TMG Entertainment Network on JULY 23rd.  Buchanan entertained at KUBE during the 1990s.  Radio Online  1993 KUBE/YouTube video
Jack Braverman
07/10/16 - An obituary has been published for former CKNW AM 980 sales leader Jack Braverman, who died June 26 at age 88.  He was tops in Canada in radio time sales for 18 years.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 25 at the Arbutus Club in Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary
Almost Live
07/10/16 - In his new book, Almost Live! The Show that Wouldn’t Die, Bryan Johnston profiles the sketch-comedy show that parodied Puget Sound life and propelled several actors into show business.  Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times   
Michaela Pereira
07/10/16 - The move back to Los Angeles for her HLN news show will bring Michaela Pereira closer to her boyfriend and allow her to visit her parents in Cowichan more easily.  Her broadcasting career began at CHEK-TV Victoria in 1994 before she co-anchored the top-rated morning show at KTLA-TV for nine years and then co-anchor of New Day on CNN, based in New York.  Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist
Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey
07/09/16 - Don Lehn advises that he was laid off from his news duties at Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey yesterday.  He continues as Managing Editor/News Director at FVN Fraser Valley News Sports and Entertainment.  He has announced that Pulse FM news reporter Kyle Balzer will take over mornings with Leah Holiove.  Balzer, a recent graduate from the BCIT broadcast program, has been with the station for a month and is a play-by-play broadcaster for the Surrey Eagles Junior A Hockey Club over the Internet.  Pulse FM info  
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
07/08/16 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle is bringing its hydroplane Miss Rock back to the Seafair to celebrate the station's 45th anniversary.  It will also participate in a handful of racing events around the country this summer.  All Access Music Group  KISW info  
Pulse FM Surrey
07/08/16 - Radio West reports that morning host Terry Reid and morning news anchor Jack Marion have left their positions at Pulse FM CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey, with their last show this morning.  The duo have handled mornings since the station signed on in February.  Radio West news 
Research Director, Inc.
07/07/16 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive June PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Mixx KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia
07/07/16 - Mixx KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia, which seldom sees on-air changes, has mixed its roster up a bit.  Former KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle personality Ty Flint was recently added to mornings with Ann D'Angelo.  Longtime afternoon host Dave Mann is missing from the lineup, replaced by Cari PalmerMixx DJs and staff 
AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver
07/07/16 - A report was received late last night from a DX'er in the Cariboo, in central BC receiving AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver.  The back-up transmitter is intended to be 500 watts, but was running about 400 last night with only about 60% modulation until further antenna adjustments are made.   
AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver
07/06/16 - AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver returned to the air during the dinner hour with 500 watts from the top of the TD Tower office building in the downtown area.  The ISED (formerly Industry Canada) approval for temporary emergency service is 1 kW.  250 watts can be run without approval.
CRTC
07/06/16 - The CRTC has announced that it will resume a hearing on July 20 at Commission Headquarters in Gatineau, Quebec to consider the possibility that City FM VF2686 89.3 Surrey is operating its tourist information station in non-compliance with Commission regulations.  CRTC release    
AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver
07/06/16 - AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver is expected to return to the air later today or early tomorrow after engineers retuned a standby antenna on the downtown TD Tower.  Tower 4 at the main Burns Bog transmitter site was cut down around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday following a structural engineering recommendation and safety considerations.  An insulator failed, plunging the tower off its base and 30 feet into the bog.  The main building, common point building and tower 2 have been saved, but three tower huts were destroyed in the blaze.  The wildfire that broke out Sunday morning is now 100 per cent contained.  Delta release  
Nielsen Audio
07/06/16 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 retains first place with a 6.1 share in the Nielsen Audio June 2016 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 moves up to second with 5.8Classic Hits The Jet  KJR-FM 95.7 drops to third with a 5.3 share.  Radio Online
FCC
07/06/16 - The FCC has dismissed an application for Voluntary Assignment of License for KPLU-FM 88.5 from Pacific Lutheran University, Inc. to University of Washington Board of Regents.  The FCC release states, "Application dismissed at request of Assignor Pacific Lutheran University on 06/30/2016, all pleadings dismissed as moot."  FCC info  The non-profit Friends of 88.5 FM announced June 28th that it had reached a deal to acquire KPLU and an application would be submitted to the Commission within two weeks of that date.  
KING-TV Seattle
07/06/16 - The former KING 5 building on Dexter Avenue North in Seattle is being demolished to make way for two 12-story office towers.  KING 5 broadcast from this location from 1952 until last February before moving to Sodo.  Mike Siegel, Seattle Times
Chuck McCoy
07/06/16 - Former Vancouver broadcast executive Chuck McCoy will be inducted into the Ontario Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the its annual convention on November 10.  He was PD for CFUN Vancouver from 1973-78 and VP/GM of the Rogers Radio Vancouver cluster from 1989-99.  McCoy currently operates his own consulting company, Chuck McCoy International Media Services.  FYI Music News  OAB release  
AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver
07/06/16 - Structural engineers are examining the damaged AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver radio towers and BC Hydro staff are checking power lines in the area of the massive Burns Bog fire in Delta.  Cooler and wetter weather is helping crews gain the upper hand on the fire and the focus is now turning to what sparked the flames in the first place.  Meanwhile, AM 730 remains off the air, but is available at 101.1 HD3 and online.  Amy Judd, Global News 
KLAY AM 1180 Tacoma
07/05/16 - Bill Ogden and Mike Franco at KLAY AM 1180 Tacoma hosted three hours of interviews and an overview of the events happening during the 4th of July Freedom Fair in the city.  A number of other Seattle-Tacoma market stations were also at the fair.  Puget Sound Media  
Doriana Temolo
07/05/16 - Doriana Temolo, News Director of Global National will step aside July 15 to pursue other ventures.  She has been with Global National for 15 years with another 13 years at BCTV (CHAN-TV) Vancouver.  Jack Bennest, Radio West 
Roger Kingkade
07/04/16 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Roger Kingkade has departed from his position as morning co-host at News Talk 770 CHQR AM Calgary, where he has worked since 2013.  He was on air at four different Vancouver stations from 2000-06.  Puget Sound Radio 
KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle
07/04/16 - On July 3rd KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle installed a new ERI 4-Bay Transmitting Antenna on the West Tiger Mountain Tower east of the city.  This new antenna replaced a Shively model 6810 that had been on the tower since 1987.  No major differences in performance are expected as this is considered a replacement.   When installed, the station then called KBSG, was the first FM on the mountain and went on to serve as a model for others in terms of coverage and performance.  Shortly after it went on the air, a new  ERI Master Antenna was installed for 4 additional stations (88.5, 92.5, 94.1 and 106.1), operating via a combiner, the first one in the area.  Since that time another site was developed on West Tiger to accommodate the demand.  That second site, now known as West Tiger Mt 2 , or WTM-2, also has a Master Antenna and Combiner, also manufactured by ERI.  Today the total number of stations on this mountain stands at 13.
AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver
07/04/16 - With extensive damage to the AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver transmitter site at Burns Bog in Delta, the station's signal has been added to 101.1 as HD3.  Additionally, AM 730 continues with an on-line feed at its website.  Station engineering reports that tower one is completely lost and other damage is to be assessed.  The massive fire continues to burn with firefighters tackling it from both the north and south fronts.  The large plume of smoke is visible from both sides of the border.  News1130 
CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver
07/03/16 - The AM 730 CHMJ Vancouver transmitter has been destroyed by a large fire at Burns Bog in Delta, south of Vancouver.  The fire broke out on the west side of the bog where several transmission towers for local radio stations are located.  AM 730  Global News  CKNW News  CBC News  
SBE Seattle
07/02/16 - The Annual SBE Chapter 16 Picnic will be held Saturday, July 30th at the KIRO AM 710 transmitter facility on Vashon Island, beginning at noon with free food, fun, family & friends.  If enough people are interested, there will be tour of Vashon Island transmitter sites.  An RSVP with name and number of guests is required at picnic@sbe16.org  SBE info  
FCC
07/01/16 - The FCC has granted a minor modification to a construction permit to KMIH.org Radio Booster Club for KDXB-LP 95.3 Seattle.  The station will operate with an ERP of 3.1 watts non-directional at 170.7 meters HAAT at 7° 36' 40.60" 122° 19' 15.70"FCC data     
Terry Moore
07/01/16 - CFAX AM 1070 talk show host Terry Moore has confirmed he is retiring (mostly) from his 3-6 p.m. show effective immediately.  Mark Brennae will move into the time slot.  Moore will continue as a fill-in host, with his first assignment substituting for Pamela McCall 1-3 p.m. beginning the week of Monday, July 11th.  His career includes hosting shows in a number of cities including Calgary and Vancouver.  Puget Sound Radio 



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