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RPM Lunch
04/25/15 - A number of new videos of the April 14th RPM (Radio Performers Membership) Lunch have been posted online.  The event at the downtown Vancouver White Spot Restaurant, attended by 120 radio broadcasters and producers, paid special tribute to broadcast icon Fred Latremoulle, who passed away March 5th at his vacation home in Scottsdale, AZ.  Gary Kasmer video  Ken Hardie video  Bill Reiter video
Jesse Jones
04/25/15 - Jesse Jones, longtime consumer advocate and Get Jesse host on KING-TV Seattle, returned to the airwaves Friday on KIRO-TV.  He dropped out of sight last August after announcing a move to KIRO, as his contract with KING required the hiatus.  Jones' title at KIRO is "Consumer Investigator"and he'll appear on Eyewitness News weekdays at 5:45 p.m.  Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle PI  Aneya Fernando, TVSpy  KIRO-TV news/video  Ron Judd, Seattle Times  
Glen Robitaille
04/24/15 - Glen Robitaille, believed to be one of Canada's oldest surviving broadcasters, is featured on the Friday April 24th CFJC-TV Kamloops news with reporter Tara Gostelow and produced by ENG/Editor Kent Simmonds.  Robitaille started as a technician and announcer at 100-watt CKWX Vancouver in 1934, but went on to build and sign on CFPL-TV in London ON in 1953, where he stayed as Vice President Engineering until his retirement in 1983.  Robitaille won numerous broadcasting awards during his 50-year broadcasting career.  Broadcast historian Gord Lansdell, webmaster of this site, is interviewed in the segment.  CFJC-TV video
RTDNA
04/24/15 - KING-TV Seattle earns ten Large Market Television Region 1 2015 RTDNA Murrow Awards and KIRO-FM 97.3 gets six in Large Market Radio.  RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Region 1 winners  Complete listings of regional winners 
Lois Jackson
04/24/15 - Delta mayor Lois Jackson has sent a letter to the CRTC asking the broadcast regulator to let people in on the confidential consent agreement signed with Sher-E-Punjab, at the center of the contentious proposal to erect radio transmission towers in Point Roberts.  The Commission issued a notice that Sher-E-Punjab, broadcasting over KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale, had signed a consent agreement, thus it was no longer subject to a hearing order to cease and desist operating a broadcasting undertaking in Canada.  Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
Garett Michaels
04/24/15 - Garett Michaels has left his position after two years as PD of The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle.  Entercom Seattle VP/Programming Dave Richards will hold down the position until a successor can be found.  Digital PD Leslie Scott will serve as Associate PD and APD/afternoons Jon Manley will oversee all music operations.  All Access Music Group  
Shushma Datt
04/23/15 - CMW Canadian Music Week has announced that Vancouver broadcaster Shushma Datt is the recipient of The Rosalie Award for 2015.  The Rosalie Award is named in honor of Rosalie Trombley, renowned Music Director at Windsor/Detroit market Top 40 powerhouse The Big 8 CKLW-AM 800 and recognizes Canadian women who have blazed new trails in radio.  Datt is President and CEO of i.t. Media Broadcasting, which includes Sp!ce Radio CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver.  The award will be presented May 7 in Toronto.  CMW release 
Marc Riddell
04/23/15 - Global BC / BC1 Executive Producer Marc Riddell has joined Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority TransLink, as Director of Communications.  He's been with Global BC since July 2013 and previously held executive news positions with CBC Vancouver
Live 95.5 KBFF-FM Portland
04/23/15 - MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle morning drive show Brooke & Jubal in the Morning will be simulcast on Live 95.5 KBFF-FM Portland beginning Monday, April 27.  Hosted by Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg, the program is also part of the syndicated Dish Nation television show.  Radio Insight 
FCC
04/23/15 - New Age Media Ltd. has filed an application with the FCC to move KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor from daytime only to operate with 9 kW day and 2.5 kW night with directional antenna, different constants day and night.  The application is for two towers at 48° 16' 56.00" 122° 42' 27.00".  KRPA is currently licensed to operate with .5 kW daytime only from a single tower at 48° 17' 27.00" 122° 42' 28.00"FCC info  Day Pattern  Night Pattern  Meanwhile, sister station The Whale KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes, which has been dark since late March due to undisclosed power issues, reportedly returned to the air April 15 with lower power and poor sound quality. 
Dale Comer
04/21/15 - Dale Comer died April 14 at his home in Burien after an extended battle with cancer.  He was 35.  He began his career in broadcasting at KVNI Coeur d’Alene, continued on to KPLU Tacoma and was most recently a Maintenance Engineer, Operations Specialist & Production Technician for KBTC-TV Tacoma.  A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID.  SBE Seattle obituary  Yates Funeral Home obituary 
Fred Latremouille
04/18/15 - Close to 120 Vancouver radio broadcasters and producers rallied together Tuesday at the downtown Vancouver White Spot Restaurant to pay tribute to fellow broadcaster Fred Latremoulle, who passed away March 5th at his vacation home in Scottsdale, AZ.  Speakers at the event hosted by Red Robinson included long-time broadcast icons Doc Harris, Bill Reiter, Miles Ramsay, Tom Jeffries and Wayne Cox.  Red Robinson audio/video  Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun 
Shane Foxman
04/17/15 - CBC has eliminated 241 jobs across Canada.  The layoffs include sportscaster Shane Foxman in Vancouver and Kelly Nakatsuka and Amanda Heffelfinger in Victoria.  Foxman has been with the Corporation since 2007.  40 year old Nakatsuka was an associate producer/technician and co-host of the afternoon radio show All Points West.  He has worked for CBC Victoria since 2008 and Vancouver for six years before that.  51 year old Heffelfinger has worked in administration in Victoria since 2003.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist
Laff
04/16/15 - KIRO-TV Seattle has added Laff on over-the-air channel 7.3.  Laff specializes in comedy programming, featuring a mix of feature films and archived sitcoms, and is targeted at adults between the ages of 18 and 49. 
Jurgen Gothe
04/16/15 - Jurgen Gothe, who passed away April 9 at age 71, had made a request for no public observances, which is being honored by his family.  He hosted DiscDrive on CBC Radio 2 from 1985 to 2008.  Sun/Province obituary  
The End KNDD-FM Seattle
04/16/15 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle and the Pearl Jam Vitalogy Foundation have partnered to help local charities raise money.  Two dollars from every ticket sold to The End's Summer Camp and Deck the Hall Ball will be will be donated to the Foundation.  All Access Music Group 
Ed Hill
04/16/15 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has released Program Director Ed HillCarey Curelop has been promoted to VP/Programming for the CBS Radio Seattle cluster and PD at KMPS.  Hill joined KMPS in 2011.  All Access Music Group  
Bruce Williams
04/16/15 - Victoria broadcaster Bruce Williams has been appointed Chair of the city's 2015 United Way Campaign.  He is the CTV Vancouver Island Manager of Community and Client Relations, on-air TV Host of Foodie Fridays, and host of Café Victoria on CFAX AM 1070United Way release  
Research Director, Inc.
04/15/15 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive March PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group 
FCC
04/15/15 - The FCC has dismissed an application for a new low power FM station by Iglesia Sanando Las Heridas to serve Renton at 92.9 MHz.  FCC data  Also dismissed is an application for a new low power FM station by Ministerio Centro Familiar to serve Edmonds at 107.3 MHz.  FCC data  
Tim Dickert
04/15/15 - Tim Dickert joins Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 as a producer on the Jon McComb and Simi Sara shows.  He will provide on air and social media support for both shows.  Dickert formerly worked at AM730, News1130 and CBC Vancouver.
Leah Holiove
04/15/15 - After more than six years reporting metro Vancouver traffic from a cramped Robinson helicopter, Leah Holiove is back down to earth.  She's now handling traffic for News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver and acting for television and movies.  Russell Purcell, Driving   
Nielsen Audio
04/14/15 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio March 2015 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 7.2 share.  Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 takes another step upward, now in second with 6.0.  Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 slips sightly to third with a 5.5 share, the same number as last month.  Radio Online 
Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle
04/14/15 - Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle has cancelled it's morning show of Jackie, Marco and Moote.  They, along with producer Justin Nettlebeck joined Click in a.m. drive last March.  Jackie Cunningham had previously spent over 13 years at Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1All Access Music Group
J.J. Hemingway
04/13/15 - Former Seattle radio host J.J. Hemingway is the new morning host, as Fox Sports KZFS AM 680 Spokane and translator K257FX 99.3 changed format Friday to Contemporary Christian as UP 99.3.  Hemingway began his radio career at age 16 in Seattle and more recently worked at KJR-FM 95.7 from 2001-06.  Inside Radio  
Harvey Oberfeld
04/13/15 - Former BCTV reporter Harvey Oberfeld looks at "the Good, the Bad and the Ugly" of media shakeups, as quality print, radio and TV news coverage gets further watered down locally and across Canada.  Keeping it Real, Harvey Oberfeld 
CKNW AM 980 Vancouver
04/11/15 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has made some changes by combining production and operations.  Production Coordinator Gabe Reinarz has been released and Jeff Aldus will take over the position in addition to his production duties.
KEXP-FM Seattle
04/10/15 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has been removed from the Senate's Capital Budget for Building for the Arts, where it was ranked second in line to receive $1.8 million in funding.  The money was supposed to go toward building its new home at the Seattle Center.  Executive director Tom Mara says it could change the scope of the design of their new home, where they hoped to continue to provide live performances for the public.  Elisa Hahn, KING5 News  KEXP release  Matt Markovich, KOMO/Seattle PI  Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times
Jurgen Gothe
04/10/15 - Long-time CBC Vancouver broadcaster Jurgen Gothe died at his home in downtown Vancouver Thursday after a battle with cancer.  He was 71.  Gothe is best known as the former host of the national DiscDrive show, which aired on CBC Radio 2 from 1985 to 2008.  Earlier he hosted Front Row on CBC and worked at CHQM Vancouver.  He was also the wine writer for The Georgia Straight from 1997 to 2014.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  CBC Radio 
Jill Krop
04/10/15 - Veteran news anchor and TV host Jill Krop has been appointed News Director and Station Manager at Global BC.  She was a graduate from the BCIT broadcast journalism program in the mid 1980s and began her broadcasting career at CKPG Prince George.  Krop spent six years working in Halifax before moving to CHEK-TV Victoria in 1994 and then BCTV (now Global BC) in 1997.  Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight  Broadcaster Magazine 
Claire Martin
04/09/15 - Former CBC-TV Vancouver and CBC The National meteorologist Claire Martin has announced she will seek the Green Party nomination in the riding of North Vancouver.  Martin, raised in England, presented weather forecasts in Canada for almost two decades before leaving CBC last year.  She was the weather host for CBC Radio and Television Vancouver from 2007-12 before moving to CBC Toronto and then returning as managing director of Anaïd Productions in North Vancouver.  Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail 
"The Whale" KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor
04/06/15 - KRPA AM 1110 Oak Harbor returned to the air over the weekend with automated AC and The Whale imaging.  However sister station KWLE AM 1340 Anacortes has not returned to air.  
Greg Schofield 2013 - Photo courtesy Tony Wade
04/05/15 - Retired CBC Vancouver staffer Greg Schofield passed away at his home in Qualicum Beach on March 21 after a lengthy battle against cancer.  He was 67.  He had a long career with CBC Vancouver Television, starting out as a Mobile Maintenance Technician, then as an EFP Sound Technician and later as an ENG Supervisor in Television News.  A gathering of remembrance will be held from 1-3 p.m. April 10 at Richmond Funeral Home.  Sun/Province obituary 
Yvonne Goldsmith
04/05/15 - Former mayor of Ferndale Yvonne Goldsmith addressed a town hall meeting in Tsawassen last week hosted by the Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers.  She painted a grim picture of interference from the KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale transmitter site.  However, Goldsmith added that they rarely hear interference anymore.  She said the station is still on the air but "nobody knows where it’s broadcasting from".  She is now a planning commissioner in Ferndale and said she was at the meeting at Tsawwassen United Church as a private citizen and wasn’t representing the Washington state city.  Dave Willis, Delta Optimist  
Glen Robitaille
04/04/15 - CFJC-TV Kamloops reporter Tara Gostelow is researching to do a feature on Glen "Robbie" Robitaille, now aged 97 and believed to be one of the oldest living broadcasters in Canada.  Robitaille, who lives in Kamloops, worked at CKWX Vancouver from 1934-42 as a transmitter operator then studio operator and announcer of programs such as Behind the Mike and Make Believe Ballroom.  Gostelow is looking for audio, photos, video and any anecdotes about him.  She can be reached at tgostelow@gmail.com.
FCC
04/03/15 - Low power KYAB-LP 94.3 Aberdeen has changed call letters to KAHC-LP.  Additionally, the FCC has granted a construction permit to Grays Harbor Educational Media to change the station's frequency to 105.1 MHz and move the transmitter to 46° 57' 2.00" 123° 48' 1.00", south of Grays Harbor College.  ERP will decrease from 100 to 41 watts and HAAT will increase from -33.6 meters to 47 meters.  FCC data  
Rogers Radio
04/02/15 - Rogers Radio has done some call letter shuffling following the branding change of Sonic Nation to KiSS RADiO in February.  CFUN-FM 107.5 Chilliwack has become CKKS-FM, CFUN-FM-1 92.5 Abbotsford is now CKKS-FM-1 and CFUN-FM-2 104.9 Vancouver is now CKKS-FM-2.  Rogers appears to have "parked" the CFUN calls at 104.7 Sechelt in place of its former CKKS-FM call letters.  
"Green FM" CFSI-FM Salt Spring Island
04/02/15 - Four paid programmers and a number of volunteer hosts have left their positions at Green FM CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island, citing financial turmoil.  The CRTC is holding a second hearing May 13, in which owner Dave Dhillon must address a number of possible infractions to broadcasting regulations.  The Commission granted a previous one-year license extension following a non-compliance hearing held in January 2014.  Dhillon said he has hired Anita Mehta as the new station manager and is looking at applications for sales manager.  He feels the main problem facing the station is the island's terrain, which negatively impacts the radio signal and hopes to solve it by switching to an AM translator.  Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood 
Bruce Davidsen
04/02/15 - High profile producer/promoter Bruce Davidsen has died in Toronto after a prolonged illness followed by a heart attack.  He was 70.  Davidsen was Director Of Special Projects & Specialty Voice for Moffat Broadcasting (CKLG Vancouver/CKXL Calgary) from 1972-82.  He founded the Tanglewood Group in 1970, which produced and promoted hundreds of tours for the likes of Eric Clapton, the BeeGees, Murray McLauchlan, Bruce Cockburn, the National Ballet of Canada, Peking National Acrobats, Monty Python, The Stampeders, Anne Murray and Deep Purple. 
Jack Webster Foundation
04/02/15 - The Jack Webster Foundation has announced the 2015 recipients of the JWF Professional Development Fellowships.  They are Global BC online producer Paula BakerNews1130 reporter Anita Bathe, CTV News Vancouver Island reporter/anchor Robert Buffam, and two newspaper reporters.  All five recipients will attend the Poynter Institute in Florida.  The Jack Webster Foundation was established in 1986 to recognize and support excellence in BC-based journalism.  CNW Newswire
FCC
04/01/15 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma from PRC Tacoma -- I LLC to Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc.  The sale for $2.4 million was announced in February.  FCC data  
Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM Vancouver
04/01/15 - Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver CEO Don Shafer looked at 40 buildings before choosing a converted warehouse in Railtown for the new station's studios.  Roundhouse Radio is set to launch this summer with a talk and music format.  Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun
Bob Massey
04/01/15 - Classy Bob Massey, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year, lays claim to be the oldest broadcaster in the US with a regular show.  He hosts mid mornings with music from the "Great American Songbook" on community station KSQM-FM 91.5 Sequim.  KING5 News 
Seattle Streaming Radio
04/01/15 - KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood is now officially dark.  It lost its transmitter site and subsequent operations will have to be from another location.  The licensee, Seattle Streaming Radio, LLC, has vacated the property and developers are making plans to remove the towers.  Immediate plans are for a high density residential development.  Sister stations KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton, KLDY AM 1280 Lacey and FM translator K221FJ Tacoma are temporarily off air, but are being maintained to return.  A Special Temporary Authority (STA) has been filed with the FCC.  KNTB STA application  KBRO appKLDY appK221FJ app

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