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Jeff Molnar
05/21/15 - Former STAR FM CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack p.m. drive host/promotions coordinator Jeff Molnar lands the PD position at The
River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops.  He is also the morning show co-host.  Additionally, former Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver host and producer Howie Reimer is appointed PD and p.m. drive host on Radio NL CHNL AM 620 Kamloops.  Both PD appointments are effective July 6.  NL release/Puget Sound Radio   
Alpha Media
05/19/15 - Following recent rumors, it's now been officially announced that Portland-based Alpha Media is acquiring the radio division of Morris Communications for an undisclosed amount.  Four stations in coastal Washington, News/Talk KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen/K269FT 101.7 Hoquiam, Sports KWOK AM 1490 Aberdeen, Country Kix KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquiam and Classic Rock KDUX-FM 104.7 Hoquiam are part of the deal.  The transaction will be filed with the FCC shortly and is subject to its approval.  Alpha Media release  Morris release 
Tamara Taggart
05/18/15 - CTV Vancouver suppertime news anchor Tamara Taggart is among 16 people appointed to the 2015 Order of British Columbia.  She is being recognized for her volunteer work supporting health care and the well-being of children and people with disabilities.  Taggart is also chair of the BC Women’s Hospital ‘Hope Starts Here’ campaign.  CTV News  Order of BC release 
Stan Boreson
05/17/15 - A 90th Birthday Tribute was held Friday at The Swedish Club in Seattle for pioneer kiddies show host and "King of Scandinavian Humor" Stan Boreson.   He hosted the hugely popular kids' show King's Klubhouse on KING-TV for 12 years during the 1950s and 60s.  Broadcast Media Consultant Eric Dawes was on hand and submitted the following photos: Stan and wife Barbara  Stan with Joanie Wedes, wife of the late Chris Wedes (JP Patches)
BJ & Migs. Mornings.
05/15/15 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle has renamed its morning show BJ and Migs. Mornings.  The change recognizes producer Steve Migs as official co-host and equal contributor to BJ Shea.  Migs has been with the show since it moved to KISW in 2005.  All Access Music Group 
BBN
05/15/15 - Bible Broadcasting Network will relaunch KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma using the new call letters KYFQ-FM.  The purchase from PRC Tacoma for $2.4 million in cash, announced in February, has now closed.  The station has been silent since that time.  Radio Ink 
Don Shafer
05/14/15 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Don Shafer, President and CEO of Roundhouse Radio, was celebrated at CMW for being the 2015 Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award inductee in Toronto Friday.  A video highlighting Shafer's career was shown at the presentation.  The award was originally announced last October.  Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 is expected to launch this summer.    
Paula Rosput Reynolds
05/14/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle board chair Paula Rosput Reynolds has been named a director of British-based oil giant BP.  She will receive compensation of 90,000 British pounds, or a little over $140,000 U.S.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI  
Justin "Drex" Wilcomes
05/13/15 - Edgy Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 evening talk show host Justin Drex Wilcomes touches the boundaries of what may or may not be legal by pitching medicinal marijuana on-air for Eden Medicinal SocietyGordon McIntyre, The Province 
Research Director, Inc.
05/13/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group  
CRTC
05/13/15 - At a public hearing today in Gatineau QC, CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais announced the examination of radio stations that appear to be in non-compliance with CRTC Radio Regulations.  Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. is currently subject to a third consecutive short-term license renewal due to past non-compliance issues and the Commission's concerns about the performance of its stations.  Locally AVR operates CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver.  Additionally, Salt Spring Island Radio, operator of CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island is under scrutiny for failing to comply with the filing of program logs, logger tapes and music lists.  CRTC release    
Mike Eckford
05/13/15 - Afternoon talk show host Mike Eckford is leaving Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  According to a memo from management to staff, "Mike’s wife Shannon has recently taken on more senior roles in her career and Mike has decided to take the opportunity to spend uninterrupted quality time with his young children as they enter their formative years."  Meanwhile, effective today, CKNW changes its positioning to News Talk 980 CKNW, Vancouver’s News, Vancouver’s Talk.
FCC
05/12/15 - The FCC recently switched its location and service contour mapping for all FM and TV stations to Bing Maps, which caused the links on our FM and TV pages to go dead.  These links have now been restored.  Locations and service contours can be viewed by clicking the individual ERPs on our FM Page and TV Page.  Clicking on "Bird's eye" at the top of the map page, and zooming in, provides an aerial photo of the transmitter site. 
Nielsen
05/12/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio April 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.6 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 continues in second with 6.0, the same number as last month.  Country The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7 climbs up to third with 5.3.  Radio Online 
FCC
05/12/15 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Grays Harbor Educational Media to change the frequency of KAHC-LP Aberdeen from 105.1 to 105.3 MHz.  ERP will drop from 41 to 12 watts, HAAT will increase from 47 to 87 meters, and transmitter location will change from 46° 57' 2.00" 123° 48' 1.00" to 46° 55' 55.00" 123° 43' 59.00"FCC data 
KSTW-TV Seattle
05/12/15 - Seattle market KSTW-TV has added the upcoming American digital television network Decades to subchannel 11.2.  Decades, which will mainly air classic television sitcoms and drama series from the 1950s through the 1980s, is a joint venture between the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting.  Meanwhile, KVOS-TV recently dropped SurSagar from channel 12.3, which is now a blank screen.  
BCIT
05/11/15 - 350 broadcasters from 50 years of British Columbia Institute of Technology alumni schmoozed in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby Friday night.  Guest speakers included Associate Dean Randy Singer, BCIT President Kathy Kinloch, and longtime former Broadcast Associate Dean Brian Antonson.  Julia Foy, Puget Sound Radio 
Michael Enright
05/11/15 - CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition and Rewind host Michael Enright pays tribute to Jurgen Gothe, who hosted Disc Drive on CBC Radio Two from 1985 to 2008.  Gothe died in Vancouver April 9 at age 71 after a battle with cancer.  Rewind tribute  CBC News  
Stan Boreson
05/11/15 - A 90th Birthday Tribute is being held Friday, May 15th at The Swedish Club in Seattle for pioneer kiddies show host and "King of Scandinavian Humor" Stan Boreson.  He hosted the hugely popular kids' show King's Klubhouse on KING-TV for 12 years during the 1950s and 60s.
Rebecca Stevenson
05/11/15 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has posted on her Twitter page that she is returning to Seattle from New York, where she worked for Al Jazeera since June 2013.  She left her position at KIRO in October 2012.  She has posted "Meteorologist seeking work in Seattle!" 
Mark Patric
05/11/15 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced that Mark Patric will be the new General Manager of their Vancouver Division effective June 1st.  As PD for JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver the past 2-1/2 years, he has been an integral part of the senior management team at JRfm and The PEAK CKPK‐FM 102.7.  Patric's Vancouver radio career began in 1993 when he joined the operation as a part time announcer/operator.  A significant portion of his tenure included responsibilities as the Music Director/Assistant Program Director.  He will also continue on as PD of JRfmBroadcaster Magazine 
Seattle Sounders
05/11/15 - The Seattle Sounders FC has signed a deal with El Rey 1360 KKMO AM to carry play-by-play soccer for the 2015 season in Spanish.  The team has been without a Spanish language station since KBRO AM 1490 went dark in March.  Mario Rodriguez will handle play-by-play along with analyst Felipe Maqueda.  El Rey takes over the Spanish language radio coverage in coordination with KUNS-TV.   Sounders release  
Craig Pfeifer
05/08/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and Island Radio group Nanaimo Operations Manager Craig Pfeifer has been promoted to PD at CITI-FM 92.1 Winnipeg.  He retains his PD position at sister station KiSS CKY-FM 102.3.  Pfeifer has been APD of 92 CITI FM and PD of Clear FM (now KiSS) since 2010.  He worked the Vancouver market from 1989-94 before an 8-year stay in Nanaimo.
Canadian Association of Journalists
05/08/15 - The Canadian Association of Journalists believes Rogers Media is abandoning a necessary commitment to multicultural communities in Canada by choosing to shut down some multilingual newscasts at its OMNI TV stations.  The cuts are in response to continuing financial losses within Rogers Media-owned OMNI and City television stations.  The CAJ challenges Rogers Media make a firm commitment to investing in multicultural news and information programming across the entire media spectrum.  Broadcaster Magazine   
KCTS-TV Seattle
05/08/15 - KCTS-TV Seattle has coined a list of 13 “External Talking Points” to deflect criticism from management’s recent firing of most of its production staff.  They follow the “Thursday Morning Massacre” two weeks ago at which the station fired an executive producer, a production manager, three producers, two photographic editors, two editors and two studio crew members.  Money is not the reason behind the layoffs.  KCTS turned a $460,940 profit last year, after being $47,843 in the red for the 2013 fiscal year.  Joel Connelly, Seattle PI
Rogers Media
05/08/15 - Rogers Media Inc. has cut 110 jobs from its television operations in Canada and will replace news with interactive current affairs programs.  Locally, for Breakfast Television at City Vancouver, at least 30 people were laid off from administration along with senior camera employees.  The only on-air personality is traffic reporter Michel McDermott.  At sister TV station OMNI, another 20 or more have been let go, mostly reporters and editors.  ReportedIy, News Director Bhupinder Hundal is out but will staying until Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi is over for the season.  A new half hour language show in all three languages will launch on Monday.  Michael Lewis, Toronto Star 
Jack Spencer - KVI
05/07/15 - Veteran Seattle broadcaster Jack Spencer passed away Tuesday night at his home in Sequim at age 84.  His wife, Kathy, her sister, and longtime friend and radio colleague Bill Taylor were at his bedside.  During a long career in radio news, Spencer was a reporter and anchorman at KIRO radio and TV, then served as news director at KVI, KIXI and KAYO.
Michaela Pereira
05/07/15 - Michaela Pereira, who got her start at CHEK-TV Victoria, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from Thompson Rivers University next month.  The degree recognizes her philanthropy, identity struggle as an adopted child and advocacy for underprivileged youth.  Pereira currently co-hosts CNN’s morning show New Day.  She was hired by CHEK in 1994 and worked at the station for four years before heading to KTLA-TV Los Angeles to anchor news for nine years.  The degree will be presented on June 10.  Katherine Dedyna, Times Colonist  TRU release 
Dan Burritt
05/06/15 - CBC British Columbia has announced the appointment of Dan Burritt as the new host and producer of CBC News Vancouver, airing at 10:30 p.m. Saturdays 11 p.m. Sundays.  He has been anchoring the weekend newscasts since February, while reporting for CBC News Vancouver at 5 & 6 p.m.  He replaces Renee Filippone, who is now based in Toronto as senior business reporter for CBC News.  Burritt moved to CBC from News1130 CKWX Vancouver in 2012. 
FCC
05/06/15 - In an FCC filing, Seattle Streaming Radio, LLC is selling silent KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton, KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood, KLDY AM 1280 Lacey and K221FJ 92.1 Tacoma to Iglesia Pentecostal Visperia Del Fin for $600,000 plus operational costs until closing.  All Access Music Group  
VuHaus
05/05/15 - VuHaus ("view house") has announced the addition of KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle as a participating station in its new music discovery destination.  KEXP joins founding stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin and Kansas  City.  VuHaus, which has received  initial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is set to launch May 13 at the Non-Commvention in Philadelphia.  VuHaus is a new, non-profit collaboration of public radio’s leading Music Discovery stations that have joined together to build a video service so audiences can view rare in-studio performances of emerging artists.  VuHaus release 
Russell Robertson
05/04/15 - iHeartMedia has named Russell Robertson SVP/Sales for its Seattle cluster, effective immediately.  He has spent the last 8 years as with the company in San Diego where he held the position of GSM for its stations.  Radio Ink 
Dakota Leslie- photo courtesy Abbotsford News
05/02/15 - 19-year-old CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford radio host Dakota Leslie has died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night in the Fraser Valley city.  He was a host of Generation Z, heard Saturdays on the University of the Fraser Valley station.  CIVL is planning a special show from 5 to 6 p.m. today in his memory.  Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News  Maria Weisgarber, CTV video  
FCC
05/01/15 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Slavic Church 'Sulamita' for KCSC-LP 101.9 Mukilteo.  It is authorized to operate with an ERP of 4 watts non-directional at 148 meters HAAT at 47° 51' 30.70" 122° 17' 3.60"FCC data 
Newcap
05/01/15 - Dartmouth, NS-based Newfoundland Capital Corporation (Newcap) has announced 25% higher revenue and 56% higher EBITDA over last year in its Q1 financial report.  The increase was primarily due to incremental revenue from the Vancouver and Toronto stations which were acquired March 31, 2014.  Newcap release   
David Chesney
05/01/15 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and current White Rock city councillor David Chesney has come under fire for remarks he made on a recent interview about the attire of pregnant women.  He made the comments on the online show The Goddard Report.  Chesney is also the editor and publisher of the online newspaper the White Rock Sun, where he has since published, "I apologize to any women that may have been offended by comments that were taken out of context."  Chesney was on air/PD/music director at CJJC Langley then MD/promotions director at CKLG-FM Vancouver during the 1960s and '70s.  CBC News 
Ed Ronco
05/01/15 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 has named Morning Edition local producer Ed Ronco to local host of All Things Considered, replacing Dave Meyer effective May 4.  Ronco joined KPLU in October 2013 as a reporter/host from noncommercial KCAW-FM 104.7 Sitka, AK.  Meyer continues as Weekend Edition Saturday local host.  All Access Music Group  Craig Sailor, The News Tribune  
FCC
05/01/15 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Earth On-the-Air Independent Media for a new low power FM station to serve Seattle.  It will operate at 96.9 MHz with an ERP of 38 watts non-directional at 48.5 meters HAAT at 47° 39' 33.90" 122° 18' 39.10"FCC data 

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