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Praise 106.5 KWPZ-FM Lynden
11/23/17 - Praise 106.5  KWPZ-FM Lynden moved to All Christmas programming at 6 p.m. with O Come All Ye Faithful by Third Day.
Norma Browne
11/23/17 - Radio pioneer Norma Browne died November 21 at the Views at St. Joseph’s in the Comox Valley.  She was the wife of Billy Browne Jr., who operated Coast Radio.  They founded CFCP Radio Ltd. in Courtenay in 1959, which grew to include CFWB Campbell River, CFNI Port Hardy, CFPA Port Alice, and CHQB Powell River.  When Billy Browne died in 1990 Norma took over as CEO and operated the stations until their sale and her retirement in 2005.  Justin Goulet, MyComoxValleyNow
Kenneth L. "Ken" Hatch
11/23/17 - Former Seattle media executive Kenneth L. “Ken” Hatch, died unexpectedly in Bellevue on November 21 at age 82.  He began his career in the early days of television at KSL Salt Lake City, where he rose to general manager while he was still in his 20s.  Hatch moved to Seattle In 1964 when KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International Corp., purchased KIRO Inc.  As KIRO's president, CEO and chairman, he oversaw KIRO’s local broadcast properties, including KIRO-TV, AM, and FM for three decades, later adding KING FM and AM, and also serving as senior vice president of Bonneville, overseeing 20 television and radio properties nationally.  The family is planning a celebration of life and will announce details in the next few weeks.  Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal  Mike Rosenberg, Seattle Times 
11/21/17 - The head of the FCC has proposed that the U.S. agency vote next month to reconsider rules preventing a company from owning stations serving more than 39 percent of households with a television, a move that could speed consolidation in the industry.  Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced plans in May to acquire Tribune Media's 42 TV stations as well as cable network WGN America, in a $3.9 billion deal extending its reach to 72 percent of U.S. households.  Under existing rules, Sinclair would have to divest stations in Seattle, St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City as part of the Tribune acquisition.  It hopes FCC rule changes will allow it to avoid such sales.  Reuters/CNBC 
Don Stevens
11/19/17 - Former Vancouver radio host Don Stevens, who has been a leading morning host on Calgary airwaves for 25 years, is retiring on December 8.  Retiring at the same time is co-host Joanne Johnson, with his other co-host Jamie (the Coach) Herbison staying on at XL103.1 CFXL-FM Calgary.  Coach will be joined by Buzz Bishop, another former Vancouver broadcaster who entertained at CKZZ-FM 95.3 from 1993 to 2009.  Stevens was on air/Music Director at CKLG AM 730 Vancouver from 1970-83.  Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald
DeAnna Lee
11/19/17 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle midday host DeAnna Lee has posted on her Facebook page that the station will return to Country after the holidays.  She says, "On air staff, promotions, and production crew, we are moving to Entercom.  We are all still here.  None of us lost our jobs.  We weren’t fired.  So please take a breathe (sic), and let me share that KMPS will always be Country!  We are just shaking things up a bit with Christmas music.  DeAnna Lee Facebook  All Access Music Group  
The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes
11/18/17 - On November 15, KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes flipped from adult contemporary to a new format...a mix of blues, country, and maybe even some rock.  The programming is all music with station ID and temperature and time reports.  It is also broadcast on KRPA AM 1110/K258CW FM 99.5 Oak Harbor and K270CL FM 101.9 Bellingham. 
11/18/17 - CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre is opening its doors to the public December 1 for a day of fundraising and fun to support the thousands of citizens that rely on food banks in B.C.  It will be a special day of live programming, a chance to meet CBC personalities and a behind-the-scenes tour of the newsroom.  Location is 700 Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver, with live broadcasts in Studio 700 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and newsroom tours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  CBC News release  
11/18/17 - In order to gain regulatory clearance for its merger with CBS Radio, Entercom was required to divest 14 stations in Seattle-Tacoma and six other radio markets.  In Seattle, iHeartMedia receives The Fan KFNQ AM 1090, adult hits JACK KJAQ-FM 96.5 and classic rock KZOK-FM 102.5 (note new web addresses).  The three additions join the company’s Seattle cluster.  In order to comply with FCC ownership limits, iHeart places Seattle market KUBE-FM 104.9 (now KTDD-FM) and KFOO-FM 102.9 (now KFNY-FM) in the Ocean States Trust.  Inside Radio
KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle Christmas 2017
11/18/17 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle flipped to an All Christmas format just after 6 p.m. Friday as Seattle’s #1 Christmas Music Station.  First song played according to the website's playlist was All I Want For Christmas by Maria Carey.  Only a small percentage of the Christmas music is Country, raising speculation that there will be a format change at the end of the season. 
11/17/17 - Entercom has closed on the acquisition of CBS Radio in a merger that gives the combined company a nationwide footprint of 244 stations, including 23 of the Top 25 markets.  The combined company now holds seven FM stations and one AM in the Seattle market.  Reports indicate Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 will be swapped to iHeartMediaAll Access Music Group  All Access Backgrounder 
11/17/17 - CBC says it’s “comfortable” with the early ratings for its revamped The National, even though the debut newscast’s ratings were only on par with the kind of numbers Peter Mansbridge used to draw and some slippage since last Monday’s first broadcast.  The new nighttime national newscast features four anchors, including former CBC Vancouver staffer Ian Hanomansing and current local news anchor Andrew ChangBill Brioux, National Post 
STAR KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle
11/17/17 - STAR KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle became Santa FM at 9 a.m. today.  The first song played was Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives.  It's the second Seattle station to flip to an All Christmas format.  
11/16/17 - The FCC has voted 3-2 along party lines to make changes to the broadcast ownership rules.  The changes include the elimination of the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules and several television-specific alterations.  Radio ownership caps remain unchanged, although the Commission did add a presumptive waiver of the rule treating stations in embedded radio markets as part of the larger market for ownership purposes.  All Access Music Group 
Peter Weissbach
11/16/17 - Former Vancouver, Seattle and San Diego talk show host Peter Weissbach died November 11th following a vigorous battle with cancer.  He was most recently on air at KVI Seattle in 2010.  A service is planned for December 2 with details to follow.  Puget Sound Radio news 
Pamela McCall
11/16/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports talk show host Pamela McCall has had her 1-3 p.m. show on CFAX AM 1070 Victoria replaced with Bell Media’s national radio talk show hosted by Evan Solomon.  She has been at CFAX since January 2013 and has previously been a reporter/editor/producer at CBC, and a news anchor at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver and KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  There have also been other Bell Media layoffs in Vancouver and Victoria.  Puget Sound Radio news  
11/16/17 - The low power radio movement is flourishing in the Puget Sound region.  Washington State is fourth for the number of fully licensed LPFMs in the country, and Seattle/King County's 10 LPFM applications (an above-average amount for a city of its size) have filled up all the available frequencies left.  LPFM radio is filling the gap between the commercial stations, National Public Radio and Christian-oriented stations.  Amber Cortes, theStranger  
CTV Vancouver Island
11/15/17 - A former Victoria homeless camp resident has been found guilty of assaulting CTV Vancouver Island cameraman Kirk Duncan.  Duncan was recording background shots for a CTV news story on May 27, 2016.  The judge has ordered a pre-sentence report to help when she sentences the 55-year-old assailant.  Louise Dickson, Victoria Times Colonist  CTV backgrounder  
Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 Seattle
11/15/17 - Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 appears to be the first local station to jump on the All Christmas bandwagon.  It's now branded as Seattle's Christmas StationAll Access Music Group 
Kevin Getz
11/15/17 (Updated) - Kevin Getz has announced on his Twitter page that his show on Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver has been eliminated due to restructuring and he is no longer with the station.  He had been on air nights and weekends for 5-1/2 years.  Additionally, at CTV Vancouver there were layoffs of an editor, cameraman, director, graphics and control room staff.
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
11/14/17 - A further explanation why KUOW-FM 94.9 and KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle were knocked off the airwaves Monday is because of a power outage on Capitol Hill.  KUOW’s Transfer Switch failed to switch over to emergency power and KEXP is not on the site generator.  Engineers suspect that what was thought to be lightning was the flash of transformers exploding.  It appears that most stations in the Seattle area managed to stay on the air despite some very ‘bumpy’ power as a result of high winds.  Inside Radio 
iHeart Media
11/14/17 - The FCC has granted a call letter change for KFOO-FM 102.9 Centralia to KFNY-FM.  The calls are a swap with KFNY AM 1440 Riverside, CA.  Reportedly, iHeartMedia is swapping call letters for several stations that they are going to sell, including Tacoma market KUBE-FM 104.9 Eatonville to be swapped with KTDD AM 1350 San Bernardino, CA.  FCC data  FCC data 
KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
11/14/17 - KUOW-FM 94.9 and KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle were knocked off the airwaves Monday due to high winds.  Both continued to stream online, but their over-the-air signals were silent.  According to KUOW's Twitter feed, the reception issues could be related to lightning striking the Capitol Hill antenna.  Zosha Millman, Seattle PI   
Taylor Jukes
11/13/17 - Former Vancouver radio broadcaster Taylor Jukes has been appointed to the newly created role of Senior Manager, National Content, iHeartRadio effective today.  She was mid mornings then Assistant Brand Manager and Music Director at CKZZ-FM 95.3 from 2009-13 and Program Director at CHHR-FM/CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver from 2013-15 before moving to Toronto.  Bell Media release  
George Vipond
11/12/17 - Former CBC-TV Vancouver staffer George Vipond passed away November 2 at age 90.  He was with CBC Vancouver from 1956 to 1986 as Quality Control Officer with TV Technical Services as a technician and colour coordinator.  A family celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Sun/Province obituary   
Sports Patge CKVU-TV 1981
11/11/17 - Before the days of 24-hour sports channels and online content, Sports Page was must-watch TV for B.C. sports fans.  The program, which aired on CKVU-TV Vancouver from 1977 to 2001, and later on CHEK-TV Victoria, launched the careers of numerous TV personalities.  Now the iconic sports TV program gets its own exhibit at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the start of the show.  The brand-new exhibit, which opens December 9, will feature a re-creation of the Sports Page anchor desk, interactive trivia games, items of memorabilia, inside stories and anecdotes as well as artifacts related to both the show and the events it covered.  Scott Brown, The Province  
11/09/17 - The FCC has approved the merger of Entercom and CBS Radio.  In its 20-page decision, the Commission wrote: "We have reviewed the proposed merger, the applications for its approval, and related comments.  We conclude that the applicants are fully qualified and that grant of the Merger Applications and the Trust Applications, subject to the conditions set forth herein, will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity."  All Access Music Group  
CBC logo
11/08/17 - CBC unveiled its revamped flagship nightly newscast The National Monday night.  Mixing monochromatic graphics with minimal on-screen distractions and a pared-down mix of stories, the broadcast is vastly different from most evening news programs, especially those in the U.S.  The newscast focuses on only a handful of stories allowing for more development and reporting.  The new The National is hosted by Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing (formerly Vancouver-based) are in Toronto with Rosemary Barton in Ottawa and Andrew Chang in Vancouver.  Chang also has the duty of updating the newscast throughout the night for Canada’s various time zones as news breaks.  NewscastStudio  Bill Brioux, Canadian Press  
Rafe Mair
11/07/17 - Broadcaster, writer, environmentalist and former B.C. cabinet minister Rafe Mair passed away October 9 at age 85.  The Tyee has launched the Rafe Mair Memorial Fund For Environmental Reporting, dedicated to funding investigations and solutions reporting about environmental issues in B.C.  Jeanette Ageson, The Tyee  
John Richards
11/07/17 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle morning show host John Richards, who answered his own grief over the death of his mother 13 years ago by creating and hosting The Mom Show, an annual, four-hour tribute to her and to all those whom listeners have lost, will air from 6 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 9.  The night before, Richards will host Death & Music at the KEXP Gathering Space.  The sold out event, filled with songs and stories built around grief and loss, is basically a live version of The Mom ShowNicole Brodeur, Seattle Times
11/07/17 - Entercom has announced major parts of the management structure as it moves into the final days before its merger with CBS Radio.  The new appointments include regional presidents, market managers and an Operating Advisory Board.  Michael Doyle, currently Entercom President of Sales Operations/Regional President, will have regional responsibility for Seattle and eight other markets.  Jack Hutchison keeps his Market Manager position in Seattle.  Inside Radio  
Todd Hancock
11/06/17 - Twenty-year radio veteran and former CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver p.m. drive host Todd Hancock, has landed a permanent part-time job as instructor at BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment.  He turned to podcasting/voice over work after being laid off from Corus Radio in 2014 following a fifteen year career.  Airchecker news  Todd Hancock podcast 
Rick Dhaliwal
11-06/17 - Airchecker recently interviewed News1130 CKWX AM/Sportsnet 650 Vancouver sportscaster Rick Dhaliwal.  He is a 20+ year radio veteran who has worked with many of the great local sports staffers in the city.  Airchecker interview 
Juliette Cavazzi
11/05/17 - A private service has been announced for Juliette Cavazzi, who died October 26.  A Celebration of Life also will be held at a later date.  One of Canada's iconic stars, "Our Pet Juliette" passed away peacefully at age 91.  She was awarded the Order of Canada, as well as a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.  She also was included in the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, as well as the Starwalk in front of the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail                      
CBC Logo
11/04/17 - The new version of the CBC flagship news program The National premieres at 10 p.m. Monday.  Viewers will see a retooled newscast that has changed in two significant ways.  The show will feature a team of anchors presenting fewer, but longer, stories that have been beefed up with more in-depth analysis.  The National will feature four new hosts, Rosemary Barton in Ottawa, Adrienne Arsenault and former CBC Vancouver-based Ian Hanomansing in Toronto and Andrew Chang, who will continue from the Vancouver studios.  Mark Gollom, CBC News  Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press 
11/03/17 - iHeartMedia Citicasters Licenses, LLC has placed Alternative KFOO-FM 102.9 Centralia-Tacoma and Top 40/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 104.9 Eatonville-Tacoma into the Ocean Station Trust, LLC for divestiture to satisfy ownership cap issues raised by its swaps of stations.  The trust will be managed by Jeanette Tully, who also oversees iHeart’s Aloha Stations Trust which holds fourteen stations across nine markets.  All Access Music Group  Lance Venta, Radio Insight 
11/02/17 - iHeartMedia already had six stations in the Seattle-Tacoma market before adding three CBS stations in the transaction to help Entercom close its merger with CBS.  In order to make this happen, iHeart will be divesting KFOO-FM 102.9 and KUBE-FM 104.9.  These stations will be put into a divestiture trust and iHeart will explore sale options for them.  Radio Ink 
Research Director, Inc.
11/01/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive October PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and 4 other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
CBS Radio
11/01/17 - Entercom Communications has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, clearing the path for its merger with CBS Radio.  Entercom now expects the deal to close as early as November 17th, pending approval from the FCC.  Reports indicate Seattle market Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 will be swapped to iHeartMediaAll Access Music Group  
11/01/17 - The CRTC has denied an application by 8384860 Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Newcap Inc., for CHLG-FM 104.3 Vancouver to remove the condition of licence requiring it to devote at least 15% of its musical selections each week to Special Interest Music.  Newcap argued that the amendment was necessary for the financial viability of the station.  However, the Commission found that the applicant had not demonstrated a compelling economic need for the amendment.  CRTC decision   

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