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KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
05/27/16 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has announced billionaire Paul Allen has given the station a $500,000 gift, ending its campaign to build a new broadcasting facility at Seattle Center.  The station announced its $15 million campaign in January 2013.  Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times 
KPLU-FM 88.5 05/27/16 - The campaign to purchase Tacoma-based KPLU-FM 88.5 from Pacific Lutheran University reached its $7 million fundraising goal Thursday, more than a month before its deadline.  An asset purchase agreement has to be made with PLU by June 30 and eventually FCC approval.  Lewis Kamb, Seattle Times  Craig Sailor, Tacoma News Tribune  Friends of 88.5 FM release 
KMCQ-FM 103.3 Oak Harbor
05/26/16 - KMCQ-FM 103.3 Oak Harbor has launched with non-stop Country music and branded as The All New Country Q.   The station promises to reach back to the 90s and beyond, according to a release. The Q is currently running jockless with only imaging between songs.  All Access Music Group
Numeris
05/26/16 - Numeris Radio Diary Surveys for February 29 - April 24, 2016 have been released.  In Victoria Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leads with an 17.2 share, The Island's Rock CKKQ- FM 100.3 is second with 16.6 and News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 is third with 11.0.  Also released are diary numbers for other medium sized BC and Canadian radio markets.  Numeris data 
KPLU-FM 88.5
05/25/16 - As of Wednesday the campaign to acquire KPLU-FM 88.5 stood at $6,430,000, given by 17,000 individuals and businesses.  When it reaches $6.5 million a matching $500,000 pledge will kick in.  It's reported that never has so much money been raised in so little time to buy a public radio station.  Craig Sailor, Tacoma News Tribune  Save KPLU  
Alan Young
05/21/16 - Alan Young, well-known radio and TV comedian and sidekick to Mr. Ed in the 1960s TV sitcom, died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 96.  He scripted and starred in radio shows on CJOR and CBC Vancouver from 1937-42 before moving to Toronto and ultimately New York and Hollywood, where he starred in numerous screen productions.  Associated Press/CBC News  Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
FCC
05/20/16 - The FCC has dismissed an application by Northwest Indy Radio to change the community of license, frequency and transmitter location for KBSG-FM Westport.  FCC application  FCC data  The Commission has granted License to Cover for KMCQ-FM 103.3 Oak Harbor.  FCC data  
KOMO AM 1000 Seattle

05/20/16 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle has launched a new weekly online show with the station's Charlie Harger and Taylor Van Cise.  The KOMO Water Cooler features a run-down of the week's top stories, comment on lighter topics, and guest interviews, with upcoming political reality show The Write-In creator/producer Michael Wilson on the first episode.  KOMO release 

FCC
05/18/16 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Radio Duvall for KAPY-LP 103.1 Duvall.  ERP remains at 100 watts, HAAT increases to -6 meters and transmitter moves to 47° 42' 49.70" 121° 58' 14.40"FCC data  Call letters were recently changed from KRDI-LP to KAPY-LP. 
Ryan Castle
05/17/16 - Washington state native Ryan Castle, Operations Coordinator and middayer at KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle, is one of four Entercom Program Directors to be named among Billboard's Top 25 Influential Rock Programmers of 2016Radio Online 
KPLU-FM 88.5
05/17/16 - An attorney for Pacific Lutheran University has told a community group trying to raise money to buy Tacoma-based public radio station KPLU that the group must alter how it collects donations on the station’s website, and it must stop using the station’s logo in its fundraising efforts.  A letter sent Friday “makes certain demands regarding the use of KPLU’s trademark and logo and about the use of KPLU’s website,” Stephen Tan, chairman of the Friends of 88.5 FM, confirmed Monday.  KPLU management has since modified KPLU.org’s website to eliminate the station’s logo from the group’s fundraising effort.  Lewis Kamb, Seattle Times 
CRTC
05/16/16 - The CRTC began hearings in Vancouver this morning to consider applications to operate new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Greater Vancouver market.  The Commission will also be addressing three entities that appear to be operating radio stations without a license or pursuant to an exemption in contravention of the Broadcasting Act.  The panel expects Surrey Myfm Inc., 89.3 Surrey City FM Limited, and Sur Sagar Radio to demonstrate why the Commission should not issue mandatory orders requiring them to cease and desist from operating a radio station unless they are in compliance with the Act.  CRTC Agenda 
KPLU-FM 88.5
05/15/16 - Emails and records show UW and KUOW officials worked to keep details secret about the Seattle public radio station’s intentions to buy its competitor KPLU until the day university regents approved the plan.  The announcement sparked a public outcry with PLU and UW officials eventually agreeing to allow a community group to bid for the station.  Lewis Kamb, Seattle Times  Meanwhile, the University of Washington Board of Regents has applied to the FCC to change the KPLU call letters to KPJZ.  FCC notice 
Lady Pants Productions Inc.
05/15/16 - Long time Vancouver broadcasters Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford have teamed up again for the LadyPants production of Marijuana Minute.  The duo have co-hosted a number of TV productions in the past.  Forbes is the Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer/Producer at LadyPants Productions while Eckford was a morning radio host up until last year.  Lady Pants info  
Wilf Ray
05/13/16 - Pioneer Vancouver broadcaster Wilf Ray, whose career spanned 64 years from 1944 to 2008, is featured in an article in the Abbotsford News.  The 89 year old now runs real estate business The Ray Team with daughters Robin and Leann, who also did time on air in the Vancouver radio market.  Ray's final gospel radio show aired on AM 600 CKBD until 2008, with rebroadcasts still running online at his website.  Adult Living, Abbotsford News 
Alexis Smith
05/13/16 - KIRO-TV Seattle morning traffic reporter Alexis Smith will join KGO-TV San Francisco as its morning traffic anchor.  She has been with KIRO since May 2013.  She begins her new position in July.  Kevin Eck, TVSpy 
Heather Bosch
05/13/16 - Former KIRO Radio Seattle reporter Heather Bosch has announced that she will leave her position at CBS Radio News New York at the end of June to return to the Seattle area.  She joined CBS in 2011 and also handled anchoring duties.  Bosch worked at KIRO radio in Seattle from 1999-2011.  She is a six time winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast excellence.  Barers blog
FCC
05/13/16 - The FCC has granted a minor modification to a construction permit to Forks Broadcasting, Inc. for KBDB-FM 96.7 Forks.  ERP will decrease from 6 to .93 kW, HAAT will increase from -23 to 484 meters and transmitter location will change from 47° 57' 14.00" 124° 23' 20.00" to 48° 07' 47.00" 124° 18' 15.00"FCC data 
Research Director, Inc.
05/11/16 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and three other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Todd Herman
05/11/16 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle will host an upcoming public forum entitled, Transgender Restroom Rights: Values, Safety and the Law - the latest in the station’s series of events designed to examine issues where individual rights come into conflict in the Northwest.  Hosted by Salem Radio Network nationally syndicated talk host Michael Medved, afternoon driver Todd Herman, and Seattle LGBT commissioner and transgender activist Mac McGregor, the June 29th event will be held at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.  NTS Media Online
Nielsen Audio
05/10/16 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 retains first place with a slightly lower 6.0 share in the Nielsen Audio April 2016 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  Classic Hits The Jet  KJR-FM 95.7 is second with a 5.8 share.  News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.0.  Radio Online
Savannah Jones
05/09/16 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle adds Savannah Jones in middays to replace Nick Alan, who will join the FAA as an air traffic controller.  Jones continues in the same time slot at sister station KWJJ-FM 99.5 Portland, where she is based.  All Access Music Group 
Amy Clancy
05/09/16 - Long time KIRO-TV Seattle reporter Amy Clancy weighs in on comments made on social media about her newly cut hair and similar comments aimed at women in the news industry.  Amy Clancy, KIRO-TV 
Pat Cardinal
05/07/16 - Rogers Radio Imaging has published a Hall of Fame video tribute to nationally known broadcaster Pat Cardinal, who passed away April 19th at age 54 after a two-year battle with cancer.  He held various on-air positions in Vancouver radio in the late 1980s and management positions in the early 2000s.  Vimeo video 
Greg Douglas
05/07/16 - There will be a new 32-game broadcast schedule carried on TSN Radio Vancouver for the Vancouver Canadians baseball games.  Six Saturday night games from Nat Bailey Stadium will also be televised on Shaw Cable.  Rob Fai will call all 38 home games with UBC Thunderbirds head baseball coach Chris Pritchett as color commentator on the telecasts.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun   
Bob Switzer
05/07/16 - Former CBC Vancouver announcer and program host Bob Switzer passed away July 14, 2015.  His wife Joley has advised that a Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, June 5  at Gleneagles Public Golf Club, 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.  Finger food will be served from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by the formal part of the day.  Dress is casual (jeans and shirts) or tropical (Hawaiian, for example).  To get an idea of numbers for catering purposes, if you plan to attend please RSVP Joley at joleybob@uniserve.com
RP McMurphy
05/07/16 - Long time Mixx KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia morning host RP McMurphy is retiring.  The station is looking for a replacement and has posted the position
KPLU-FM 88.5
05/06/16 - The Save KPLU fundraising effort has now amassed $5.75 million of the $7 million needed for KPLU-FM 88.5 to become an independent station.  Inside Radio 
Larry Gifford
05/06/16 - Larry Gifford has been elevated from Interim Program Director to Senior PD for CKNW AM 980 and CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver.  He was previously based in California and has also been PD for KIRO-FM 97.3 and KTTH AM 770 Seattle.  All Access Music Group 
Jim Howe
05/06/16 - Former record promoter and supper club owner Jim Howe died in Surrey April 13th at age 85.  Over the years he ran The Lamplighter, The Bronze Boot and The Cameo Supper Club, hosting some of Country Music's biggest stars.  He also promoted and produced Country Music acts which earned him induction into the BC Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014.  Prior to retirement at age 78, he was a sound technician with his company Howe Sound.  A Celebration of Life will be held at The Sheraton Guildford in Surrey at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18th.   Sun/Province obituary 
Travis Mayfield
05/05/16 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV Social Media Editor and Director of Digital Strategy Travis Mayfield remains off air following the sudden passing of his 2-1/2 year old son Tommy on April 10.  Mayfield shared his grief with viewers and wrote a moving tribute to his son.
Jim Dalke
05/04/16 - Broadcast engineer and KARR AM 1460 Kirkland owner Jim Dalke reports on the station, which had its six tower directional array displaced for property development in 2014.  He has found a new site and is working on relocating the station and doing a permanent install with a two tower array.  It has been operating with a long wire antenna strung between two trees on a Special Temporary Authority.  He also reported on KXSU-LP 102.1 at Seattle University.  Due to its antenna height, at only 7 watts, the station covers an area with a population of roughly 600,000 people making it one of largest per-watt stations in the country.  Seattle SBE report
SeaTac Media
05/04/16 - SeaTac Media reports former production wiz and air personality Terry McManus has died.  He was the voice of Jimmy Stalwart, Gregory Peck, Zollie Nicely and Jimmy on KOL and later KYYX.   McManus did voice imaging for KOL, KYYX, KXRX, KZOK and with Robin and Maynard at 100.7 The Buzz as well as at stations in other parts of the country.  SeaTac Media    
RTDNA
05/03/16 - RTDNA is holding a series of "Murrow MeetUps" across the US to bring electronic journalists together and to give regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners their plaques.  June 23rd has been set as the Seattle date.  All Access Music Group  RTDNA release 
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
05/03/16 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has signed up for the Minnesota Public Radio The Current KCMP-FM 89.3 Minneapolis-St. Paul tribute to Prince simulcast of his hit song Nothing Compares 2 U.  It's available to public radio stations nationwide in the US and will air at 5:07 p.m. CT Wednesday, May 4th.  All Access Music Group  Meanwhile KEXP will air a salute to Prince from 2 - 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6th.  KEXP release  Tricia Romano, Seattle Times  



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