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David Solano
05/22/17 - David Solano has joined KIRO-TV Seattle as a news and sports anchor.  He most recently was a sports anchor/reporter with KOIN-TV Portland and has worked in a number of markets, including Detroit, Houston and Grand Rapids MI. 
Kevin Walsh
05/20/17 - Kevin Walsh has been named President and General Manager of CBS stations in the Bay Area as well as the CBS-owned CW affiliate, Seattle market KSTW-TV.  He spent the past nine years as Vice President and GM of the CBS-owned duopoly in Sacramento.  Walsh holds BS and BA degrees in Communications and Sociology from the University of Washington.  Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, TVSpy
James Gardner
05/20/17 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters has named CFAX AM 1070 Victoria news anchor James Gardner 'Broadcaster of the Year.'  The award was announced at the annual BCAB awards in Osoyoos Thursday night.  According to the BCAB, Gardner was honored for his advocacy and for sharing his journey as a transgendered man on the radio, in newspapers, and broadcasts across Canada.  CFAX release   
05/19/17 - Stephen Simpson, CRTC Regional Commissioner for British Columbia and the Yukon, addressed the 70th annual conference of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, held this week in Osoyoos, B.C.  He discussed the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and what it means for BC’s broadcasters and the need to adapt to change.  Simpson's background includes stints in broadcasting, advertising, media production and interactive media.  He has been a CRTC Commissioner since 2008.  CRTC release    
05/19/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to KOLP Radio for KOLP-LP 100.3 Olympia.  ERP will increase from 6 to 100 watts non-directional, HAAT will decrease from 95.9 to -27.6 meters and transmitter location will change from 47° 00' 19.70" 122° 56' 35.50" to 46° 57' 27.00" 122° 56' 51.00"FCC data
Chris Cornell
05/19/17 - After the passing of Seattle musician Chris Cornell, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle pays tribute to the influential artist by making him the focus of their annual Six Degrees day of programming.  From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, on-air hosts John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole program a day of music to celebrate the life and music of Chris Cornell, which includes anything from guest vocals, shared musicians, same producers, and more.  None of the connections have been pre-planned.  KEXP release 
Research Director, Inc.
05/17/17 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Steve Darling
05/17/17 - Former Global BC morning news anchor Steve Darling faces an uncertain future following his defeat in the Burnaby-Lougheed riding during the May 9 B.C. Election.  Darling, who ran as a Liberal, was defeated by NDP candidate Katrina Chen, a Burnaby Board of Education trustee.  Darling hints at the possibility of returning to the media, but is leaving his options open.  Scott Brown, Vancouver Sun
Milt Furness
05/17/17 - Seattle radio and TV broadcaster Milt Furness passed away in Seattle April 27 at age 84.  During his career he worked at KIRO AM as a DJ, KING AM as a news reporter and KIRO-TV.  He moved to KOMO-TV in 1967 where he worked for 15 years as a news reporter and anchor.  A Celebration of Life service will be held May 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way West, Seattle.  Seattle Times obituary
Turi Ryder
05/16/17 - Former KIRO AM 710 Seattle weekend talk show host Turi Ryder has a book deal with Chicago Imprint Tortoise Books for what she says is a "fictionalized memoir."  The book She Said What? will be a fictionalized account of Ryder's career, which took her to markets like Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.  All Access Music Group  
Nielsen Audio
05/16/17 - CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma April 2017 PPM with a 6.9 share.  NPR KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 6.3.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves up to third with 5.3.  Radio Online
Bill Reid CBC circa 1952
05/16/17 - Bill Reid, one of Canada's most celebrated and accomplished contemporary artists and former broadcaster, is today's noteworthy British Columbian, as the province counts down to Canada's 150th birthday on Canada Day, July 1st.  His The Raven And The First Men sculpture is on display at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.  Reid worked at stations in Victoria and Kelowna and CKWX Vancouver during the 1930s and '40s, and at a total of 17 radio stations in Canada before joining CBC in the late 1940s.  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun   
Andy Michaelson
05/14/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Andy Michaelson died May 10th in the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert.  He began a career as a radio announcer and reporter at CHED Edmonton, followed by CKYL Peace River, CJCA Edmonton, and CISL, CKNW and CJOR in Vancouver, where he was on-air as Andy Michaels during the 1970s, then was a communications professional and consultant in Vancouver and Edmonton.  Finally he found his calling as a writer and poet in St. Albert.  A Celebration of Life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at The John Beedle Centre – St. Albert Botanic Park, 265 Sturgeon Road, St. Albert, AB.  Trinity Funeral Home obituary 
KOMO-TV Seattle
05/12/17 - "Must-Run" news segments from owner Sinclair Broadcast Group have become a source of irritation for many KOMO-TV Seattle employees.  Generally, Sinclair specifies at least one must-run a day.  In interviews over the past several days, eight current and former KOMO employees have described a newsroom where some have chafed at Sinclair’s programming directives, especially the must-runs, which they view as too politically tilted and occasionally of poor quality.  Scott Livingston, Sinclair's vice president for news, has rebuffed suggestions that Sinclair pushed right-leaning views.  Sydney Ember, The New York Times 
Kelly Ransford
05/12/17 - Former Seattle broadcaster Kelly Ransford has been appointed Director of Event Marketing for the iHeartMedia cluster in Denver, effective immediately.  Ransford joins iHM from WXRT-FM 93.1 Chicago, where she was the station's Music Director.  She was Marketing & Promo Director for The End KNDD-FM 107.7 and The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 (now Hot 103.7 KHTP-FM) from 2011-13.  Radio Online 
The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle
05/11/17 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle is actively looking for a morning show replacement for Fitz, who departed from the station last month.  The Wolf wants someone with a winning track record and at least five years of commercial radio or television experience.  All Access Music Group 
Jas Johal
05/10/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Jas Johal was successful as the candidate in the new provincial riding of Richmond-Queensborough in the 2017 British Columbia provincial election held yesterday (05/09).  He was a reporter and international correspondent for a number of years before joining the political arena.  Richmond News  Meanwhile, former Global BC morning host Steve Darling finished second in Burnaby-Lougheed in Tuesday's election.  He had been with Global from 1998-2016.  Burnaby Now    
Bob Robertson
05/10/17 - A memorial has been announced for veteran Canadian broadcaster and comedian Bob Robertson, who died in Nanaimo at age 71.  It will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 30th at Bard on the Beach, 1100 Chestnut Street, located at Kits Point (foot of Whyte Avenue in Vanier Park) in Vancouver.  He was noted for his work with wife Linda Cullen on CBC Radio's Double Exposure from 1987-97 and their CTV national comedy show from 1997-2000.  To assist Linda in determining the number of people to expect please RSVP your attendance to  Further details
Sinclair Broadcat Group

Tribune Media
05/09/17 - The Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media will mean it will own two major Seattle TV stations, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV and Fox affiliate KPCQ-TV.  However, Sinclair also owns Univision affiliate KUNS-TV and Tribune also owns JOEtv KZJO-TV.  Tuna Amobi, media analyst with CFRA Equity Research, says the FCC will review the acquisition and will examine the competitiveness in each specific overlapping market, taking into account each station’s local reach and the genre of its programming.  Dominic Gates, Seattle Times  
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tribune Media
05/08/17 - Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Tribune Media for $3.9 Billion plus assumption of about $2.7 billion in debt.  The deal,  originally reported by Reuters, values Tribune at $43.50 per share, about a 26% premium over the price of Tribune stock the day before Sinclair's interest in the company was reported on February 28th.  Sinclair will get 42 TV stations and other holdings, and also has radio interests in Seattle.  Under current FCC ownership rules, Sinclair will be over the cap limits in Seattle, Portland and a number of other cities.  All Access Music Group  Sinclair release  Tribune release  
J Michael Kenyon
05/08/17 - J. Michael Kenyon, one of Seattle’s legendary sportswriters and a longtime local wrestling historian, M.C. and promoter, died April 26 at age 73.  Kenyon, who was born Michael Glover and grew up in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle, suffered from congestive heart failure.  In 1980, Kenyon was the city’s second sports talk show host on KVI AM 570.  Kenyon also worked for KING radio, the Yakima Morning Herald, Tacoma’s News Tribune, the Hollywood Citizen-News and the Baltimore Sun, among other outlets.  Casey McNerthney, KIRO News
Gregg Porter
05/05/17 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle announcer Gregg Porter has been named the new host of the nationally-syndicated public-radio show Says You! which airs on KUOW Saturday nights at 6:00.  He's been a guest panelist on the show a few times since the fall of 2015, but just took on the hosting reins with show tapings a couple of weeks ago in Vermont.  Says You! is in its 21st season and recently passed the 500-episode mark.  The original host/writer/producer was the show’s creator, Richard Sher, who passed away in February 2015.  Since then, panelist Barry Nolan has hosted.  Porter will be traveling around the country from time to time for show taping, but otherwise will remain as weekend announcer at KUOW.  Says You! release 
05/05/17 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Centro Familiar Cristiano for KRUM-LD Channel 24 Seattle.  ERP will be 15 kW directional at unspecified HAAT at 47-26-1.2 122-11-19.2.  FCC data 
Mel Z
05/05/17 - Mel Z (Melanie Z Kilpatrick) has announced she is moving into the Promotions Director role at Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 and KiSS CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria officially on May 16.  She has been with Ocean since November 2013 in midday announcer and Assistant Music Director roles.  Long-time Toronto personality Erin Davis, who has moved to Vancouver Island, will temporarily fill the midday time slot.  Ocean release    
KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle
05/03/17 - Entercom Communications and Westwood One are partnering to nationally syndicate the KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle afternoon show The Men's Room.  The show is scheduled to launch nationally on June 5th.  All Access Music Group 
05/03/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Denver Digital Television, LLC for KDMD-LD Channel 6 Tacoma.  ERP will increase from 1 kW to 3 kW directional, new HAAT is unspecified and transmitter location changes from 47-18-13.60 122-23-45.45 to 47-38-0.0 122-21-24.0.  FCC data  The Commission has also granted a modification of construction permit to Iglesia Pentecostal Vispera Del Fin for K23KI-D CHAN 23 Seattle.  ERP will increase from .05 kW to 15 kW directional, new HAAT unspecified and transmitter location change from 47-19-29.60 121-53-18.60 to 47-26-1.2 122-11-19.2.  FCC data
Dal Richards
05/03/17 - Legendary Big Band Leader Dal Richards is today's noteworthy British Columbian, as the province counts down to Canada's 150th birthday on Canada Day, July 1st.  He was a week shy of his 18th birthday when he played his first New Year's Eve show on December 31, 1935.  From 1940-65, Richards played the Panorama Roof at the Hotel Vancouver, broadcast live on CBC Radio.  After a slow period in the mid 1960s and '70s, he got busy again, becoming a regular fixture at the annual Pacific National Exhibition.  He passed away December 31, 2015 just shy of his 98th birthday.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun 
Ernie Brown
05/02/17 - Former Seattle radio broadcaster Ernie Brown has been named host of Trending Today USA syndicated by USA Radio Networks.  He spent five years as morning and afternoon host at KOMO AM 1000 Seattle and was most recently a talk show host at KOGO AM 600 San Diego.  Radio Online   
Pat O'Day
05/01/17 - I Am What I Play, the feature length documentary about the heyday of rock radio, featuring rarely seen archival footage of disc jockeys Pat O'Day, David Marsden, Meg Griffin and Charles Laquidara, is now available for rent or purchase on both sides of the border at Vimeo.  O’Day was a DJ and PD at legendary Seattle station KJR for the better part of 15 years, is credited with putting the Seattle music scene on the map and is a part of a permanent exhibit at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  Toronto-based Marsden was Executive Producer of Pilot One on CBC-TV Vancouver in 1987 and PD of CKST Langley/Vancouver from 1990-93.  View Trailer  Vimeo download 

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