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04/17/18 - Note that we are unable to provide daily updates for the next few days, as your webmaster has been hospitalized with an intestinal disorder.  Service will resume as soon as possible.  Meanwhile we suggest Puget Sound Radio or Radiowest for SW BC updates or Seattle-Tacoma Radio Discussions or Puget Sound Media for NW WA updates. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.
Ed Ylanen
04/15/18 - Former Vancouver multicultural radio executive Ed Ylanen died at Toronto General Hospital April 9 after a brief illness.  He was 55.  Ylanen had worked at several radio stations across Canada and was President of CJVB AM 1470 Vancouver during the 1990s.  There will be no service per his request.  Welland Tribune Obituary
News 1130 CKWX
                                  Vancouver

04/13/18 - News 1130 CKWX Vancouver taps Adam Cooper as its newest overnight anchor.  He has several years of news and sports experience in New Zealand at Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport Network.  He's scheduled to begin May 1.

Clay
                                  Freinwald
04/12/18 - Long time Seattle broadcast engineer Clay Freinwald has returned home with his National Association of Broadcasters 2018 Service to Broadcast Engineering Award.  Freinwald was presented his award at the “We Are Broadcasters” Celebration at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.  He began his broadcast engineering career in 1961 while studying at Clover Park Technical College in Tacoma, where he earned an Associate's degree in Radio and Television Engineering and Production.  The NAB’s Engineering Achievement Awards have been presented since 1959 and recognize a person on the basis of a single significant contribution or contributions made over a period of time that, taken together, have significantly advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering. 
Barrie Clark
04/12/18 - An obituary has been published for well known radio personality and politician Barrie Clark, who passed away March 16 at age 85.  The open-liner began his career in radio in 1949 and went on to become a councillor for the District of North Vancouver in 1963, an MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour district in 1966, Rentalsman for the Attorney General in 1973, and Kelowna City councillor in 1999.  Sun/Province obituary 
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
04/12/18 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle is revamping its Friday and Sunday night lineup to focus more on dance, R&B, hip-hop and rock. The station is retiring its long-running rockabilly program, Shake the Shack, and looking for a new DJ to host its new Soul Sounds on Sunday.  Other adjustments are in the works.  Jeff Albertson, Seattle Times
Mike Killeen and Tamara
                                  Taggart
04/12/18 - An outpouring of support has gone out to Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart, who were fired by CTV Vancouver last week from their lead anchor positions on the suppertime news.  There is still no announcement on who will replace them and neither has hinted on what may be next.  Harrison Mooney, Vancouver Sun 
CRTC
04/11/18 - The CRTC has rejected a complaint by Unifor against Rogers move to contract out its OMNI Regional Chinese language newscasts to competitor Fairchild TV.  Unifor locals 723M and 830M, which represent employees at OMNI in Vancouver and Toronto, along with The Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and Urban Alliance on Race Relations argued contracting out the newscasts violated Rogers condition of license.  The CRTC ruled Rogers condition of license to “produce the news” does not prevent it from subcontracting to a rival licensee.  Unifor release  
KING-TV Seattle
04/10/18 - KING 5 Seattle photojournalists have been honored with multiple National Best of Photojournalism awards.  The awards were judged by the National Press Photographers Association at Michigan State University.  KING 5 was recognized in ten different video categories, collecting four 1st place awards.  NPPA Winners List
Larry Gifford
04/10/18 - Corus Radio Vancouver AM station Senior PD Larry Gifford has revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last August.  With April being Parkinson's Awareness Month and April 11th being World Parkinson's Day, he talks about it on his Radio Stuff podcast and on CKNW, Global BC television and globalnews.ca to raise awareness about the disease, which affects over six million people worldwide and typically in one percent of people over the age of 60.  All Access Music Group  
Chris
                                  Cunnington
04/10/18 - Former Vancouver radio and TV staffer Christopher Cunnington died March 23 in his 42nd year.  He never fully recovered from a stroke in March 2016.  The BCIT Journalism School graduate had a successful career which included time with CKVU and CTV and reporting at CKWX.  Sun/Province Obituary 
RTDNA Canada
04/09/18 - RTDNA Canada has announced recognition of three broadcasters in the West region who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their careers in journalism and news management.  They are CBC Radio One Vancouver morning host Rick Cluff, former long-time Victoria news anchor Hudson Mack and recently retired Senior Director of News Programming for CBC British Columbia Wayne Williams.  They will be presented with their RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Awards during the West Regional Meeting at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver on April 21.  RTDNA Canada Release
CTV News
                                  Vancouver
04/09/18 - Longtime CTV Vancouver supper hour news anchors Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart have been released from their positions, as CTV announces a "top-to-tail refresh of the station’s locally focused newscasts, including new set designs and updated on-set technology".  Segments such as McLaughlin on Your Side and The Last Word with Mike McCardell will remain part of the daily newscasts.  Further details will be released over the next few weeks.  CTV News Release  Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun
Wesla Wong
04/09/18 - Former Global Vancouver and Global Okanagan meteorologist Wesla Wong is joining the team at Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon.  She will be building sales relationships in Kelowna, planning tours and representing Silver Star at various Okanagan events.  Pete McIntyre, Beach Radio
KOMO-TV Seattle
04/08/18 - Everyone knew KOMO Seattle was for sale in 2013, but there had been some hope it would go unsold, as it had once before. The staff was nervous and things were not perfect under Fisher management.  Existing issues were largely viewed as the same realities facing all media and there was comfort in Fisher’s local roots.  Prospective buyer Sinclair Broadcast Group was seen as a departure from the local connection KOMO was proud of.  David Kroman, Crosscut 
KOMO-TV Seattle
04/06/18 - Following a firestorm of recent media criticism leveled at Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of KOMO-TV Seattle, staff at Sinclair-owned stations insisted the company's conservative bent didn't affect local news coverage, but a recent study and former employees say otherwise.  Stephen Cohen, Seattle PI
KUOW-FM 94.9
                                  Seattle
04/06/18 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle is eliminating seven employees’ positions while creating seven new ones.  The change comes as station leadership restructures KUOW’s morning and afternoon “drive time” shows.  Staff were informed that they will be invited to apply for the new spots, but were also warned that not all will find a good fit.  The move comes less than two months after the KUOW newsroom elected to unionize, but before employees bargained a new contract agreement with management.  The affected staff are Emily Fox, Kim Malcolm, Lisa Brooks, Jamala Henderson, Rob Wood, Stephen Gomes and Tami Kosch.  Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times 
Ruby Carr
04/05/18 - Ruby Carr of Newcap Vancouver is this year’s Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year.  She is part of the Ruby, Leslie and Scooter morning show on Z-95 CKZZ-FM 95.3.  Carr moved to Vancouver from Halifax in 2014 and devotes personal time to charitable endeavors in support of mental health initiatives at BC Women’s Hospital, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and the BCSPCA.  She will be recognized during the Industry Award dinner on May 10.  Broadcast Dialogue 
Allied Progress
04/05/18 - Allied Progress, a left-leaning watchdog group, has produced an ad calling on viewers to call the FCC and urge a stop to the proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group.  Allied Progress says the one-week buy begins Friday on four Sinclair-owned stations including KOMO-TV Seattle.  Chris Ariens, TVSpy  Allied Progress release   
Jim Nielsen
04/05/18 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and B.C.'s first environment minister Jim Nielsen died early yesterday in New Westminster at age 79.  Before joining the political arena in 1975, he was a news anchor/talk show host at CJVI Victoria, CJOR and CFUN Vancouver, News Director at CFAX Victoria and then News Director/Operations Manager back at CJOR.  Liam Britten, CBC News  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  
Corey Dillon
04/05/18 - Corey Dillon fills out the full-time roster at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle as he is added for afternoons.  He spent the last 14 months doing nights at The Bull KILT-FM 100.3 Houston.  Dillon completes a line-up that includes Tim Leary, Karen “Red” Daiss and Claire Beverly in mornings, Seth Hughes in middays and Michael Kraig Mason at night.  Radio and Music Pros
Ray Renning
04/03/18 - Retired CBC Vancouver Senior Maintenance Technician Ray Renning passed away in Maple Ridge March 28 at age 82.  He used his electrical engineering skills to start his own electronics/television design company and also was a leading Video Electronics Design Engineer for Viscount Video Systems.  A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday April 6 at Oliveira Funeral Home, 2657 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam.  Sun/Province obituary 
Phil Evans
04/03/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes former Vancouver broadcaster Phil Evans.  Evans' radio career started in Ontario, but he held on-air and management positions at a number of Vancouver stations, most recently as marketing and promotion director for the Rogers Radio group from 2009-16.  It's the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute
KOMO-TV Seattle
04/03/18 - As the controversial Sinclair "must read" scripts become more well known, several journalists at KOMO News describe a newsroom in turmoil.  Some staffers have reached a breaking point and have discussed protesting their corporate bosses, or plan to leave as soon as they can.  Concerned journalists at KOMO face a quandary to quit now, which could result in huge financial penalties for breaking their contracts, or make plans to move on as soon as their deals end.  Mike Rosenberg, Seattle Times
KNUC-FM 98.9
                                  "The Bull" Seattle
04/03/18 - Country KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle has re-branded as The Bull, with a new web address.  This follows its format change from Rock last December and call letter change from KVRQ in February.  All Access Music Group      
Molly Shen
04/03/18 - 21-year KOMO-TV Seattle veteran Molly Shen has also expressed her views about the Sinclair Broadcast Group's "must read" script after she received an overwhelming number of messages on Twitter and Facebook.  Molly Shen, Facebook 
Mary Nam
04/03/18 - KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Mary Nam has criticized President Donald Trump’s defense of conservative media owner Sinclair Broadcast Group.  The company is in the process of purchasing Tribune Media, which would give it control over 42 more stations, thereby allowing it to reach 72 percent of TV households in America.  Nam asked Trump if his administration was going to allow the purchase to go through.  Rebecca Shapiro, HuffPosStephen Cohen, Seattle PI
Chris "Dunner"
                                  Duncombe
04/02/18 - Former Corus Radio Vancouver Senior Brand Director Chris "Dunner" Duncombe has been named to the newly created position of Director, Streaming and Podcasting.  In his new role, he will lead a new team working to turn existing radio and news content into podcasts, creating original shows, and monetizing products with digital ad insertions.  He has most recently been Director of Digital for Corus Radio Canada.  FYI Music News   
KOMO-TV Seattle
04/01/18 - Sinclair Broadcast Group "must-run" promos, which recently began airing on KOMO-TV Seattle, are part of a Sinclair campaign that forces local anchors to read Sinclair-written scripts warning of the dangers of "one-sided news stories plaguing our country."  The largest owner of television stations in the U.S., employs a well-known practice of producing  conservative commentary segments that each Sinclair-owned station is required to air.  One KOMO newsroom employee says they are not happy about it, but another says, "Our day-to-day news judgement and coverage isn't affected at all."  Stephen Cohen, Seattle PI



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