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03/28/15 - Vancouver entrepreneur Jim Pattison likes the prospects of radio over television as new CRTC regulations make operating a TV station in Canada more challenging.  Meanwhile, owners of two new Metro Vancouver radio stations scheduled to launch this summer are convinced that their ventures will achieve success.  Glen Korstrom, Business In Vancouver 
Clay Freinwald
03/28/15 - The April 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 areas, the Seaside gathering of Hams, transmitters at West Tiger and much more.  April Clay's Corner 
Cedric James
03/28/15 - Former Seattle radio host Cedric James (Melkor McGuire Odom) passed away Thursday following a lengthy illness.  He was on air at a number of Seattle stations including presenting smooth jazz at KWJZ-FM from 1998-2009.  Mike Barer Blog 
Kristi Gordon
03/27/15 - Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon, along with Robin Stickley and Squire Barnes, respond to haters after she received a distasteful letter criticizing her pregnant body.  On Thursday evening, the news team addressed some of the mean letters and comments she has received since her belly began to grow three or four weeks ago.  Jill Slattery, Vancity Buzz 
03/27/15 - CBC English Services has announced that it is shedding more than 140 positions in its local news operations across Canada as part of a corporation-wide strategy announced last summer to deal with budget shortfalls.  25 positions will be cut in British Columbia and CBC Television Vancouver's suppertime news will be reduced from 90 to 60 minutes.  CBC News #1  CBC News #2   
Joshua Roman
03/27/15 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle has enlisted cello star Joshua Roman in a plan to increase its new-music Web channel with new repertoire and performances.  KING-FM is only one of two radio stations in the U.S. with a dedicated online stream for cutting-edge new music.  Tom Keogh, Seattle Times 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
03/27/15 - The Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers is holding a town hall meeting March 31 to inform residents about the latest developments in the plan by BBC Broadcasting Inc. to install new radio transmission towers near the border for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale.  The company has gone to court to appeal a decision by Whatcom County council, which upheld the decision by the county's hearing examiner to reject the application based on a failure to meet height requirements.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
Tom Lee
03/26/15 - Former KJR AM 950 Seattle Program Director Tom Lee has been appointed PD at The Beast KFWB AM 980 Los Angeles.  He was PD at KJR from 1993-2000 and Director of Broadcasting for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1995-2000.  All Access Music Group 
Doug Zackodnik
03/26/15 - Former Vista Radio executive Doug Zackodnik has landed a new position as Account Manager with Rogers Radio in Edmonton.  He was General Manager and General Sales Manager for Vista Radio Coast Group (Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Hardy and Powell River) from 2009-14. 
RTDNA Canada
03/26/15 - RTDNA Canada has named Dave Gerry and Mark Forsythe 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winners in the BC region.  Gerry is well remembered for his time at CKVU-TV Vancouver and his current position on the CTV Vancouver news segment The Last Word.  Forsythe, now retired from CBC Radio after 30 years, was host of BC Almanac.  
"Praise" KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden
03/26/15 - Crista Media Chief Engineer Bryan Hubert and fellow engineer Tim Vik recently installed the first Nautel GV40 transmitter on Mount Constitution for Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden.  Because the transmitter was the first GV40 built (serial number H0101), it was shipped to Orcas Island directly from the exhibition floor of the 2014 NAB Show.  Nautel release        
03/26/15 - The FCC has granted a license to cover to Grays Harbor LPFM for KGHO-LP 99.9 Hoquiam.  KGHO operates with 100 watts at 3 meters HAAT at 46° 58' 22.00" 123° 51' 10.00 and previously operated at 98.5 MHz.  FCC data           
Tom Wheeler
03/25/15 - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is defending a plan to shut all but eight of the FCC’s current 24 field offices.  He told the House Appropriates Subcommittee yesterday that the Seattle office has just one staffer but costs the government $190,000 a year to operate.  He says it’s a high price for handling about one case per week in the Pacific Northwest.  Inside Radio
Click! Cable TV
03/22/15 - In 2009, KOMO-TV Seattle received 31 cents per month per home from Tacoma's Click! Cable TV.  That amount has soared this year to $2.43, an increase of 684 percent.  Broadcaster contracts, or retransmission consent agreements, doubled fees overnight for three of five Seattle TV stations on January 1st, with four of the five to charge more than $2 per subscriber per month by 2017.  Kate Martin, Tacoma News Tribune    
Green FM CFSI Salt Spring Island
03/21/15 - Green FM CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island returned to the air Friday along with its web stream after hydro was reconnected to the facility.  Meanwhile an internal memo contains the resignation of interim manager Radha Fournier and this weekend will be her last show.  Additionally, the remaining programmers have all hosted their final shows or are about to do so this coming week.  It is believed that the station will continue on full time automation.  At this time the CFSI-FM-1 102.1 translator remains on air with no audio. 
Jim Beatty
03/21/15 - CHEK-TV Victoria news anchor Jim Beatty, who gave notice Monday after returning from vacation, is leaving journalism for a job in the corporate sector.  He has anchored the station’s news for more than three years, moving there after seven years as CTV bureau chief in Victoria.  Beatty is not revealing the name of his new employer yet, but said he will remain in Victoria.  Darron Kloster, Times Colonist 
Fred Latremouille
03/21/15 - The immensely popular Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille covered the full range of endeavors.  He was a radio host on a number of stations, a TV host both locally and nationally, played drums for the CFUN Classics on Latromotion, co-edited the Georgia Straight newspaper in its early days, was the BCTV weatherman and still found time for charity fundraising.  He died on March 5 in Scottsdale, AZ where he maintained a winter home.  Latremouille was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame the following year.  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail  Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun 
KOMO-TV Seattle
03/20/15 - It's an odd choice for a name, but KOMO-TV Seattle has added The KOMO Quickie to its Facebook page.  It's a one minute video shot in the newsroom featuring news to "catch you up".  Mark Joyella, TVSpy 
Green FM CFSI Salt Spring Island
03/19/15 - Green FM CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island has been off air for the past 3 days with its south-end translator CFSI-FM-1 102.1 transmitting dead air for several months.  Speculation is that the stations will end up going dark.  Station owner Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. has been ordered to appear before the CRTC at a hearing in Quebec scheduled for May 13th to address a number of non-compliance issues.  CRTC release 
Candy and Potter
03/19/15 - After a 14-month run, Seattle market HOT 103.7 KHTP-FM morning married duo Candy + Potter have announced on their blog that they are no longer with the station.  All Access Music Group 
Glenn Beck
03/19/15 - Former Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle broadcaster, now syndicated radio and TV host, Glenn Beck told radio listeners Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party because he believes it isn’t conservative enough.  Scott Sunde, Seattle PI 
Corus Radio
03/19/15 - Sarah Gibbons has been appointed the new Executive Assistant for Corus Radio Vancouver effective April 7.  She is a graduate of the radio program at Fanshawe College in London, ON and was Sales Assistant and Assistant to the GM for Bell Radio in St. Catharines, ON for over 7 years.  Gibbons was most recently Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Newcap Radio Vancouver.   
Ron Callan
03/18/15 - Former KIRO-TV and Radio Seattle sports broadcaster and current Seattle Seahawks press box announcer Ron Callan has been named play-by-play voice for the Arena Football League Portland Thunder on The Game KXTG AM 750 Portland.  He was with KIRO-TV and Radio from 1981-2002.  All Access Music Group  
Research Director, Inc.
03/18/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive February PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
Janet Kim
03/18/15 - KING-TV Seattle general assignment reporter Janet Kim moves to Q13 KCPQ-TV as a reporter effective March 23rd.  She's been covering Tacoma and Pierce County news for KING since March 2014 and was previously a reporter/anchor in Nashville.  Scott Jones, FTVLive
03/18/15 - KFFV-TV Seattle has added MeTV to channel 46.6.  MeTV is also seen on the KVOS-TV Bellingham main channel 12.1.   KFFV's main channel 44.1 is now airing Evine and replaces Shqp as a shopping channel.  Meanwhile, KUSE-LD Channel 46.1 is now showing IQRA with Islamic programing, replacing Hot TV.  
Lydia Cruz
03/18/15 - Recently deposed MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle morning team member Lydia Cruz has announced she is getting ready to podcast from her home recording studio.  The Seattle native has been featured with Brooke & Jubal in the Morning for the last four years.  Twitter page   
KOMO-TV Seattle
03/18/15 - The FAA is investigating a drone that flew too high and too close to two Seattle TV choppers on Monday.  Both KOMO-TV and KIRO-TV Seattle report they were using helicopters to cover a fire in a nearby salvage yard, when KIRO chief photographer Scott Crueger noticed a drone flying above the KOMO helicopter at 1,500 feet.  Drones are only allowed to fly up to 400 feet.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy video  KOMO news  
Jim Beatty
03/17/15 - Puget Sound Radio is reporting that veteran news anchor Jim Beatty has turned in two weeks notice at CHEK-TV Victoria after returning from a week's vacation.  He was the Vancouver Sun legislative reporter from 1995-2004, CTV Victoria Bureau Chief from 2004-11 and CHEK-TV anchor since January 2012.  Beatty has also been a freelance contributor to a number of local and national radio and TV stations and print publications since 1995.  PSR news    
Nielsen Audio
03/17/15 - The two top Hubbard Radio stations continue in the one-two positions in the Nielsen Audio February 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is first with a 6.6 share.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 is second with a 5.5 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to third with 5.4.  Radio Online
03/17/15 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Early Bird Registration & Accommodation Deadline has been extended to Friday, March 27, 2015.  This year's conference is being held in Penticton May 12-14 and features Larry Hennessey & Willy Percy reunited again for one night as the Masters of Ceremonies at the President's Dinner & Awards Gala.  Broadcaster Magazine  
Linda Brill
03/14/15 - SeaTac Media reports Linda Brill will retire from KING-TV Seattle next Friday after over 36 years with the station.  She is KING-TV's most veteran reporter, having joined KING 5 News in December 1978 covering the city government beat, and currently focuses on crime and court reporting.  Brill earned a bachelor of science degree in communication from the University of Illinois School of Radio and Television in 1973.  KING 5 bio 
03/13/15 - According to a memo from the FCC Enforcement Bureau obtained by the Amateur Radio Relay League, the agency is proposing a drastic cut in its field office locations and staff as part of a restructuring plan.  The memo suggests that the bureau will cut 16 of its 24 field offices, and keep equipment but not full offices in Seattle and seven other cities.  All Access Music Group  ARRL news 
Research Director Inc
03/13/15 - Seattle-Tacoma was one of only three Nielsen top 15 radio markets in the US to show a decline in Christmas music listeners during the Holiday 2014 ratings period compared to a year earlier.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 dropped 22.5% from the Holiday 2013 period, while stations in Philadelphia and Phoenix showed lesser declines.  Research director Inc 
Bray & Partners
03/12/15 - Bray and Partners Communications break down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian markets.  Bray and Partners release
03/12/15 - Numeris Vancouver market PPM ratings have been released for the period December 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015.  CBC Radio One CBU-FM 88.1/AM 690 holds onto first place with a market share of 14.1.  QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 12.4.  Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 is third with 7.3, pushing sister station News/Talk CKNW AM 980 down to fourth with a 6.9 share.  Numeris ratings 
KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale
03/12/15 - KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale owner BBC Broadcasting Inc. has filed a LUPA (Land Use Petition Act) appeal in Skagit County Superior Court.  The company is appealing a decision by Whatcom County council, which upheld a ruling by the county's hearing examiner to reject new radio towers because they exceeded height limits.  BBC Broadcasting wants to erect five 45-metre (150-foot) steel towers on an undeveloped lot on McKenzie Way just south of the Tsawwassen border.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist 
Mitch Levi
03/12/15 - Seattle Sports Radio KJR AM 950 announces an updated lineup.  Morning drive host Mitch Levy has re-inked and continues 6 to 10 a.m.  Chuck Powell joins for 10 a.m. to noon, and former Seattle Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren has extended his contract through 2015.  Holmgren will continue as the NFL expert and regular contributor for KJR.  Radio Ink 
Gerry Siemens
03/11/15 - Gerry Siemens has announced his retirement as VP and General Manager of JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 and The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver, effective immediately.   He has held executive positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Vancouver since the 1990s.  Siemens was awarded Broadcaster of the Year for 2009 by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters.   Under his leadership, AM 600 ended an 84-year run in November 2008 when it converted to FM as The PEAK, first at 100.5 and then in 2011 at 102.7.  
Jim Kampmann
03/10/15 - Longtime Seattle news voice Jim Kampmann died over the weekend. The 30+ year radio veteran was known for his distinct voice and personality.  He was "the newsguy" on KISW-FM for a number of years and capped off his career as part of the Jim & Jim Morning Show on KIXI.  He was most recently a journalism professor at Green River Community College.  Radio Online  All Access Music Group 
Andy Bunker
03/10/15 - Andy Bunker moves from 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle to co-host a new live morning drive show at Rip City Radio KPOJ AM 620 Portland.  Radio Ink 
Fred Latremouille
03/08/15 - An obituary has been published for multi-talented radio and television broadcaster Fred Latremouille, who passed away March 5 at his home in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife Cathy by his side.  Fred and Cathy met on the radio, and enjoyed 35 years together, many of which were spent jointly entertaining radio listeners.  No service has been specified at this time.  Sun/Province obituary  Red Robinson tribute 
Robyn Burns
03/07/15 - Robyn Burns is the new host of the CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria afternoon drive show All Points West.  She has worked for CBC in Prince Rupert and Ottawa and most recently spent the last 5 years with CBC North in Yellowknife, NT.  The position came open when Jo-Ann Roberts, who had been hosting the show since 2004, stepped down in December.  CHEK News    
03/06/15 - The FCC has granted an original construction permit to Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC for a new station to serve Oak Harbor.  It will operate at 103.3 MHz directional with an ERP of 1.55 kW at 397 meters HAAT at 48° 21' 55.00" 122° 16' 3.00FCC data  Meanwhile, the Commission has granted a Special Temporary Authority to Family Stations, Inc. for Seattle market KARR AM 1460 Kirkland.  It will operate using a vertical wire antenna approx. 20 meters in height from 47 38' 39.00" 122 09' 25.00" at 1/4 nighttime power (625 Watts) due to loss of lease at its licensed transmitter site.  
Fred Latremouille
03/06/15 - Tributes continue to pour in for iconic Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille, who died Thursday at his vacation home in Scottsdale, AZ.   He began his radio career in Peace River, AB in 1961, but moved back to Vancouver a year later, where he entertained listeners on a number of stations, starting with CJOR and culminating with Clear FM CKCL-FM in 2007.  Along the way, he also hosted a variety of TV shows and was often seen and heard in commercials.  In an on-line posting, another iconic Vancouver broadcaster and personal friend Wayne Cox stated that Latremouille had been fighting liver disease for the past couple of years and in the last couple of weeks it had been a very rapid downhill slide.  CBC British Columbia  Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun  Puget Sound Radio  Radio West  CCF Biography  YouTube Videos  
Fred Latremouille
03/05/15 - Vancouver broadcaster Fred Latremouille has died at age 69.  He was one of best known among local broadcasters with a number of on air radio and TV hosting positions from 1961 to 2007, when he was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  CTV News 
KING-TV Seattle
03/05/15 - After more than 63 years at 333 Dexter Ave N., KING-TV Seattle will begin building its future home in the SoDo neighborhood.  KING 5 will move its operations to the development at Home Plate Center, kitty corner from Safeco Field.  The first three floors of the North Building will be occupied by KING, KONG and NWCN.  The new facility will feature the only street-level curbside studio in the market.  KING 5 release 
Virgin Radio - CFBT-FM Vancouver
03/05/15 - As of 8:55 this morning, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver underwent a re-branding and name change to 94.5 Virgin Radio.  The change was made and announced on-air just before the end of the morning show hosted by Jonny, Holly and Nira.  The brand has changed, but the music, content and personalities remain in place.  Kenneth Chan, VanCity Buzz  
Keith Cunningham
03/03/15 - Keith Cunningham has been named PD and Format Captian for KLOS-FM 95.5 Los Angeles.  He has been VP of Programming for the iHeartMedia Seattle cluster since May 2013.  All Access Music Group 
03/03/15 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle revamps its weekday lineup.  Justin Myers teams with Gee Scott for the Justin & Gee Show at 10 a.m.  Tom Wassell moves from nights to join Bob Stelton and Dave "The Groz" Grosby for middays.  Scott will continue to host The Barbershop with former Seahawk Marcus Trufant and ex-Husky running back Terry Hollimon in its new timeslot at 7 p.m.  Radio Ink 
Kelsey Lehman
03/03/15 - Virgin Radio CFMG-FM 104.9 Edmonton midday host Kelsey Lehman has announced on her Facebook page that she is headed to KISS CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver.  She's held several positions at Virgin Radio Edmonton since July 2012. 
03/02/15 - The FCC has granted a CP for a daytime power increase from 5 kw to 20 kw to Inspiration Media, Inc. (Salem Media Group) for KLFE AM 1590 Seattle.  Nighttime power will remain at 5 kw.  FCC data 

Andrew Harms
03/02/15 - Former The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle midday host and APD/MD Andrew Harms is appointed APD/MD/afternoons at Alt 98.7 KYSR-FM Los Angeles effective March 16.  He had a run of nearly 14 years at The End before leaving for LA in 2012.  All Access Music Group 
Meg Coyle
03/02/15 - KING-TV Seattle weekend morning anchor/reporter Meg Coyle is leaving to work for Amazon.  She started at KING5 in October 2000 after working at NWCN and CNN International.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  Twitter info  
Mike Walker
03/02/15 - Mike Walker, anchor, reporter & producer at CHEK-TV Victoria, leaves after 4 -1/2 years.  He's also been a color commentator for Victoria Royals WHL Hockey on The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3.  Walker is now concentrating his talents as Executive Producer at Roll.Focus. ProductionsCHEK-TV video  

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