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  • 12/29/01 - KCTS-TV/9, Seattle becomes available to customers of DIRECTV.   Seattle P-I  KCTS Release
  • 12/28/01 - Evergreen State College station KAOS-FM 89.3 Olympia started broadcasting December 18 from their new transmitter site on Tumwater Hill at 47-00-58 122-54-57 with a slight power decrease to 1.25 kW and HAAT increase to 74 meters.   The new location has much better line-of-sight charistics. 
  • 12/27/01 - A look back at the year's high and low points in Seattle radio at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I.
  • 12/21/01 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle is celebrating the 88 Hours of Christmas.  At this point, news items regarding Christmas music format changes will end, as most stations move to Holiday Programming.
  • 12/21/01 - Call letter change noted for CKIS FM 100.5 Hope to CKSR-FM-1.  Rogers Radio has transferred the call to CKIS-FM 107.5 Vernon (formerly CJIB AM 940), in line with their "Kiss" slogan.
  • 12/20/01 - As per tradition at the station, KBSG-FM 97.3 Tacoma will go All Christmas at twelve noon December 24.  KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham makes the move the same day to join the others which have already made the switch. 
  • 12/20/01 - New website link added for Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Inc., parent company of KXPA AM 1540 Bellevue and Way Broadcasting (KARI/KVRI Blaine).  
  • 12/20/01 - Erik Swanson reports that KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue ruturned to the air with their new 8000 watt omni-directional transmitter Tuesday evening.  Reception reports from the southwest, including Vashon Island have been positive.
  • 12/20/01 - Christmas fare abounds in the Seattle market and another station, KMPS-FM 94.1 makes the switch to All Christmas.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 12/19/01 - The Arbitron Fall '01 - P2 12+ Seattle area radio ratings, released today, show a very slight slippage by first place News/Talk KIRO AM 710 with 11.2 share.  Second place Country KMPS-FM 94.1 remained steady at 6.1, as did third place CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 with 5.5.  Arbitron info from R&R Online
  • 12/19/01 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle news anchors Susan Hutchison and Joyce Taylor to make changes in the new year.   John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 12/18/01 - Erik Swanson further reports that KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue went off the air at 8:50 a.m. to make the antenna switch.  The station is expected to be back on this afternoon.   The new transmitter co-ordinates listed below have been in effect for several years and updates FCC records.  The most signal improvement should be to the southwest, which was in the null of the old directional antenna.
  • 12/18/01 - M Street Daily reports that after 43-years, Seattle and Northwest radio vet, Fisher Communications' Sr. VP Shannon Sweatte will retire at the end of the year.
  • 12/18/01 - CBU AM 690 "CBC Radio One" Vancouver has been running at reduced power due to a fire on Friday at their transmitter site.  Repairs are expected by mid week.  
  • 12/18/01 - "Lloyd's 25th", the CTV salute to 25-year news anchor Lloyd Robertson, airs tonight at 10 p.m. on CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  CTV Info  John Doyle, Globe and Mail
  • 12/18/01 - Erik Swanson of Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers advises that installation is in progress today of the new omnidirectional transmitting antenna for KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue.  The new antenna is slightly relocated at 47-35-9 122-8-43 with a power increase from 7900 to 8000 watts at 64 meters HAAT.  The new facility should improve signal coverage lost when CJZN-FM 91.3 "The Zone" (originally CKXM-FM) Victoria signed on at the same frequency.
  • 12/17/01 - At age 22, CKZZ-FM 95.3 "Z95" evening show host Jonny Staub holds the distinction of being one of the youngest in the market.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 12/17/01 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has applied to the CRTC to amend the licence for a new French language FM station to broadcast the programs of La Chaîne culturelle.  The original application proposed using 94.5 MHz but that frequency was turned down when it was given to a new Urban station.  The CBC now has requested the use of 90.9 with an average ERP of 287 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 12/15/01 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle becomes the second station in the city to go All Christmas.  
  • 12/15/01 - The power decrease authorized by the CRTC for CISQ-FM 107.1 Squamish on September 4 from 20,000 to 12,480 watts, comes with a change to directional antenna and a small increase in HAAT from 531.0 to 533.6 meters.  The resultant peak ERP increases from 20,000 to 30,000 watts.
  • 12/15/01 - The power decrease authorized by the CRTC for CKVX-FM 107.5 Chilliwack on September 4 from 640 to 303 watts, comes with a change to directional antenna and a slight drop in HAAT from 223.0 to 210.1 meters.  The resultant peak ERP remains the same at 640 watts.
  • 12/14/01 - It appears that the Canucks vs. Red Wings game will be a go Saturday at 7 p.m. on CBUT/2 Vancouver.  This week the eastern game gets changed on Hockey Night in Canada, with both feeds coming from the U.S.  Canadian Press
  • 12/14/01 - Brook Stanford retires today from KOMO-TV/4 Seattle after more than 30 years with the station.  A tribute will run at the beginning of today's 5 p.m. news.  Aydrea Walden, Seattle Times
  • 12/14/01 - Next Tuesday CTV celebrates 25 years as news anchor for 67-year old Lloyd Robertson.  His newscasts are viewed nightly on CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 12/13/01 - CKEG AM 1570 Nanaimo will leave the air at 3:00 p.m. Friday.  The station began broadcasting as CHWF-FM 106.9 "The Wolf" at midnight September 29 and continued simulcasting on AM for the allowable three-month period.   CKEG's forerunner CHUB originally started broadcasting at 1570 in Nanaimo in 1949.   The closure clears yet another AM frequency on the B.C. coast, allowing for night time reception of such far away signals as XERF Ciudad Acuna Mexico.   
  • 12/13/01 - The Museum of History and Industry's second annual holiday radio play, to be taped live Saturday December 15 at 11 a.m., will be aired at 9 p.m. the same day on KIXI AM 880 Seattle.  Last day looms for sports director Bill Swartz and newsman Lan Archer at KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/13/01 - Local arts coverage shuffles from the "Q13 Morning News" on KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma to their 10 p.m. newscast.   Maybe.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 12/12/01 - Central Island Broadcasting Production Manager Chris Donnelly reports that CIBH-FM 88.5 "The Beach" Parksville will be officially on the air by mid January.  The format will be Adult Contemporary.
  • 12/11/01 - Further reception reports on the new CIBH FM 88.5 Parksville indicate a signal as far north as Courtenay and south to the north end of Nanaimo, where co-channel interference becomes present from KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma.  The station started testing at noon December 10.  
  • 12/11/01 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle continued in second spot overall in the November 2001 Arbitron Webcast Channel Ratings with a very consistent 516,100 aggregate tuning hours (ATH), behind first place MEDIAmazing with 600,800 ATH.  Virgin Radio UK slipped to third with 360,600 ATH, likely due to website technical difficulties.  Jazz programmed KPLU-FM 89.5 Tacoma came in eighth with 209,800 ATH.   Arbitron Press Release  
  • 12/11/01 - KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle morning show host T-Man Rob Tepper gets syndicated at another station.  Added is KYWL "Wild 103.9" FM in Spokane.  All Access Music Group
  • 12/10/01 - Central Island Broadcasting's CIBH FM 88.5 "The Beach" Parksville is testing their new transmitter.  Reports from Vancouver indicate that the signal in many areas is overcoming KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma. 
  • 12/10/01 - The radio division of Corus Entertainment, operator of 52 stations in Canada, four in the Vancouver market, has achieved revenue growth of 1% against a benchmark of 4%.  Corus recently imported John Hayes from the U.S. to shape up the division and revatilize program formats .  Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 12/09/01 - Locked out CBC technicians claim they were not to blame for the cancellation of the Saturday Canucks/Sharks NHL game on CBUT/2 Vancouver.  The game was aired on the Fox Sports Network in the U.S.  Wendy McLellan, The Province
  • 12/08/01 - KKOL AM 1300 "The Source" Seattle has made application to the FCC for 50 KW from a directional antenna with different constants day and night.  Four towers are proposed, with three of them in use during the daytime at 47-24-53 122-16-42 located between Kent and Burien.
  • 12/07/01 - A strike by 1600 technicians at the CBC is disrupting programming.  National newscasts are being shortened and local ones canceled.  A Canadian mainstay, Hockey Night in Canada, may be affected at CBC-TV Vancouver and Toronto Saturday and the Canadian Olympic curling trials have been moved to cable station TSN.  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 12/06/01 - The Fall 2001 BBM 12+ Vancouver radio ratings have been released.   First place News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 with a 16.2 share, moves a little further ahead of second place Contemporary Hits CKZZ-FM 95.3 with 11.0.  Classic Rock CFMI-FM 101.1 stays in third place with 9.3.  Complete List   Thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 12/06/01 - Talk radio veteran Brian Maloney joins KIRO AM 710 Seattle for a new Saturday afternoon show. He formerly worked at stations in Santa Cruz, Reno and KVI AM 570 Seattle.  All Access Music Group
  • 12/06/01 - Brand new website link added for CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Note the "13" is in reference to the station's cable position in southwest B.C.  
  • 12/06/01 - A look at the Solid Gold Soul programming on KRIZ AM 1420 Seattle and other radio notes.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 12/03/01 - After several days of running announcements that their Fraser Valley stations had moved to the FM dial, Rogers Radio has turned off the AM 850, 1240 and 1270 transmitters.  The new "STAR-FM" trio consists of CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack, CFSR FM 107.1 Abbotsford and CKIS FM 100.5 Hope.  The new stations had been simulcasting on their old AM frequencies for three months.
  • 12/03/01 - Other on-air personnel affected by the Corus Entertainment staff cuts at CKNW AM 980 include Terry Moore and Leigh McKay.   Weekend shows and newscasts at 'NW have been either shuffled or deleted, and overnight news is being simulcast with sister station CJNW AM 730 "NW2".  In addition, Lou del Gobbo becomes the new Station Manager to replace Chris Pandoff who takes over VP of Sales at Corus in Toronto. 
  • 12/01/01 - The staff cuts at Corus Entertainment, described as "mostly administrative", include long time air personality Doc Harris from CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  Doc's past includes half a dozen Vancouver stations, including the morning slot for several years at CKLG AM 730 "LG-73", now All News CJNW "NW2".
  • 11/30/01 - Some cost cutting measures at Rogers Radio stations, as Paul Baruzzi has been cut after ten years as the Morning Show Producer at CKKS-FM 96.9 "KISS-FM" Vancouver.  Meanwhile, Wayne Deschover has been appointed Assistant Operations Manager and Morning Show Host at CISQ-FM 107.1 "Mountain FM" Squamish, replacing B.J. Doyle.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 11/30/01 - Akerley Media Group has applied to move the KJR AM 950 Seattle transmitter yet again.  At the end of May 2001 KJR started transmitting with 50 KW at 47-13-56 122-23-22, the same location as sister station KHHO AM 850 Tacoma.  The new FCC application is for 47-26-00 122-28-2, the current site of the KGNW AM 820 transmitter, about 12 miles north on Vashon Island.  On October 8, Ackerley Media and Clear Channel Communications announced a merger.
  • 11/30/01 - Corus Entertainment has eliminated 20 jobs, mostly at the administrative level, at its radio stations in Vancouver.  The company employs 155 full time staff at its four stations: CJNW AM 730 "NW2", CKNW AM 980, CFOX-FM 99.3 and CFMI-FM 101.1 "Rock 101".  Canada.com story
  • 11/30/01 - The Washington State Association of Broadcasters (WSAB) 2001 Broadcaster of the Year is Dick Pust.   He is the GM of KGY AM/FM and morning host of KGY AM 1240 Olympia, which after nearly thirty years, is the longest running show in Washington State.
  • 11/30/01 - Central Island Broadcasting Production Manager Chris Donnelly advises that the new CIBH FM 88.5 Parksville will operate with it's own DJs, independently from sister station CHWF-FM 106.9 Nanaimo.  Format is yet to be announced.
  • 11/29/01 - New website link added for CHWF-FM 106.9 Nanaimo "The Wolf".   Production Manager Chris Donnelly advises that sister station CIBH FM 88.5 Parksville will start testing about December 8.
  • 11/29/01 - Three AM frequencies are about to come clear in southwestern BC.  The three-month simulcasting period has come to an end for the "STAR-FM" trio of CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack, CFSR-FM 107.1 Abbotsford and CKIS-FM 100.5 Hope.  AM 1270, 850 and 1250 now are airing a recording saying that they are no longer carrying the STAR-FM programming.  Roots of the station go back to the sign-on of CHWK AM 1270 Chilliwack in 1927.
  • 11/29/01 - Communications Lawyer Charles Dalfen has been appointed Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission, effective January 1, 2002.  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail
  • 11/29/01 - New website link added for KCIS AM 630 Edmonds. 
  • 11/29/01 - Wenatchee-based radio ratings service Eastlan Resources is showing major growth in small markets.  The company is one-third owned by KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle morning co-host Kent Phillips.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 11/28/01 - Trina McQueen is retiring January 7 as president of Canadian network broadcaster CTV Inc.  Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 11/28/01 - The CRTC has approved application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to decrease the average ERP of CBUE FM 101.7 Hope from 136 to 105 watts and relocated the transmitter to the same site as CKIS-FM 100.5  CRTC Info
  • 11/28/01 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to increase average ERP of CBUT-8 Campbell River and CBUT-17 Port Alice each to 10 watts.  Both stations rebroadcast the programs of CBUT/2 Vancouver.   CBUT-8 Info  CBUT-17 Info
  • 11/27/01 - Effective immediately the popular Reggae program "Roots Train" on CHLY-FM 101.7 Nanaimo moves to 12 noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.  Show host Mike Cherry, formerly of CITR, KYAC and CJAZ, also will be debuting on "Sunday Jazz" 3 to 4 p.m. starting December 9 on days when there are no Clippers Hockey games.  CHLY programming is available live at their website.
  • 11/27/01 - Four Twisted Christmas tunes from Bob Rivers Twisted Radio morning show at KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle can be previewed at twistedchristmas.com
  • 11/27/01 - Word has been received that veteran broadcaster Jack Stark passed away October 30 at the age of 83.  He was the main financier of CHQM AM & FM Vancouver which came on the air in 1959 and 1960 respectively.  He was named Broadcaster of the Year in 1998 by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters.
  • 11/26/01 - The CRTC has approved application by CHUM Limited to increase the average effective radiated power of CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver from 49,000 to 53,000 watts and HAAT from 604 to 617.6 meters.  (Peak ERP is listed by industry Canada at 100,000 watts, and likely will not change).  CRTC Info
  • 11/26/01 - ChainCast Networks Inc. of San Jose, CA has acquired Seattle-based StreamAudio.  Stream Audio supplies live audio streaming to 280 radio stations including several in Seattle.  StreamAudio Press Release   
  • 11/26/01 - CKKS-FM 96.9 (KISS-FM) Vancouver has a record fund-raising year with their 10th Annual Christmas Wish Breakfast.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 11/25/01 - A detailed account of the lean times being suffered by media companies in Seattle due to one of the worst advertising downturns ever.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 11/24/01 - Official call letters have been assigned for the new FM 94.5 in Vancouver.  Appropriately, the new call is CFBT-FM.   "The Beat" is expected on air in the early Spring of 2002.
  • 11/24/01 - KBAI AM 930 Bellingham joins KRWM-FM 106.9 Bremerton in an All Christmas format for the holiday season. 
  • 11/24/01 - The Howard Stern show, aired locally on KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle, has been dropped from Canadian airwaves.  "Q-107" Toronto has canceled the show after a four-year run, due to a steady drop in ratings.  The only other Canadian station to run the show, CHOM-FM Montreal, dropped it in 1998.  The Toronto Star
  • 11/23/01 - The "STAR-FM" trio of CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack, CFSR-FM 107.1 Abbotsford and CKIS-FM 100.5 Hope officially launched as "The Valley's Light Rock" on August 31.  The three new FM stations are replacing AM frequencies of 1270, 850 and 1240 respectively.  The three-month simulcasting period allowed by the CRTC expires November 30.  Rogers Lower Mainland CE Jack Wiebe reports that 1270 will go dark first, followed by the other two frequencies.
  • 11/23/01 - Restrictions continue on TV news helicopters in the 30 largest cities of the US.  News anchor Mark Mullen is leaving KING-TV/5 Seattle to rejoin KRON-TV/4 San Francisco.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 11/22/01 - More on Norm Gregory's return to the airwaves, Rick Miller resurfaces at News Talk KGA AM 1510 Spokane and KRWM-FM 106.9 Bremerton goes All Christmas Friday morning at 5 a.m.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 11/21/01 - Phase One Fall 2001 Seattle Ratings have been released with KIRO AM 710, KMPS-FM 94.1 and KUBE-FM 93.3 holding down the first three spots respectively, little changed from before.   Of interest is KYCW AM 1090, which had 1.3 last spring as Classic Country, now with only .4 as Extreme Talk.  Complete 12+ Arbitron
  • 11/18/01 - Due to the uncertainty of the future of @Home as a service provider, NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS has moved to a new server at Shaw Communications.  Our nwbroadcasters.com domain name stays the same. The move should ensure quick and reliable connections to this website.
  • 11/15/01 - Bob Dawson passed away in Vancouver November 7th at age 43.  He began his radio career at CJOR (now CKBD) as one of Vancouver's youngest DJs.  He was the voice of Santa Claus every Christmas for 20 years on CKNW's Rafe Mair show and the Promotions Manager at CKXY (now CKST "Team 1040").  In later years he had acted in the X-Files, Millenium, Stargate, Cold Squad and Call of the Wild.  A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on Thursday, November 29th at 2 p.m.
  • 11/15/01 - Broadcast pioneer Joe Chesney passed away Saturday, November 10 at the age of 82.  He began in radio as a trainee announcer at CFJC Kamloops in 1946.  After a few months, he moved to CJAV Port Alberni until the following year when he went to CKNW New Westminster.   "Uncle Joe" had a vast knowledge of country music and progressed to the morning show at 'NW in October 1947.  He founded CJJC Langley in 1963.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday November 24 at Langley United Church, 5673 200th St.
  • 11/15/01 - Christian Hall has been named new Assistant Program Director at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  He will retain duties as MD/APD at sister station CFMI-FM 101.1.   Milkman News
  • 11/15/01 - CHUM Television has announced the appointment of Brad Phillips to the position of VP and GM of CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.   Earlier he had been the PD of CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver for six years.  Canada Newswire   CHUM Press Release
  • 11/15/01 - After 55 years in the radio biz, nearly 40 of them at KIXI AM 880 Seattle, 80 year old Bob Liddle semi retires.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 11/14/01 - Fisher Communications, which operates KOMO-TV/4, KVI AM 570, KOMO AM 1000 and KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle is hoping for an ad market rebound, sale of it's real estate and cost cutting to return it to profits next year.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/13/01 - The new KVRI AM 1600 Blaine has been operating 24 hours a day recently, broadcasting Radio Punjab.  
  • 11/13/01 - General Motors Canada has announced that it will be the first auto maker to install Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receivers in over twenty models beginning in the Spring of 2002.  GM Press Release  Meanwhile, Radio Shack will become the first retail chain in Canada to carry a complete line of DAB products, starting early next year.  Included will be boomboxes, walkman devices and computer attachments.  DAB stations are operating in Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal. 
  • 11/09/01 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle pulled down second spot overall in the October 2001 Arbitron Webcast Channel Ratings with 517,900 aggregate tuning hours (ATH), behind first place Virgin Radio London with 567,800 ATH.  Jazz programmed KPLU FM 89.5 Tacoma came in sixth with 322,000 ATH.  Arbitron Press Release
  • 11/09/01 - Sandusky Radio has formed a partnership with KIRO-TV/7 Seattle for customized reports on local breaking news on their five radio stations, and cross promotion.  Fisher Radio has issued layoff notices to seven staff members at its three stations effective December 14 including 30-year veteran newsman Lan Archer.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 11/08/01 - Fisher Communications, owner of numerous radio and TV stations in the northwest, is selling off most of its office and warehouse properties.  Fisher operates KOMO-TV/4, KVI AM 570, KOMO AM 1000 and KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times  Fisher Press Release
  • 11/08/01 - CKWV FM 102.3 Nanaimo has changed slogan from "The Island's Own Light Rock" to "Nanaimo's All Hit Music".  The change follows a programming tweak towards a more "bouncy" hit oriented sound.  Meanwhile, equipment is being installed and a test signal should be heard by early December for CIBH FM 88.5 Parksville.   The new FM is a conversion of CKCI AM 1350, which received CRTC approval in September.  
  • 11/07/01 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC to delete its rebroadcaster CBUT-21 channel 2 at Holberg on northern Vancouver Island.  The transmitter had been intermittently off air but the corporation has never received any complaint calls.  CRTC Info
  • 11/05/01 - Pamela Vawter, Office Manager at KARI AM 550 Blaine reports that new sister station KVRI AM 1600 should be officially up and running with an ethnic format in December or January.  Engineering tests are still being conducted on the new transmitter.
  • 11/05/01 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application by KFMY FM 97.7 Raymond for a power increase to 44 kilowatts at 403 meters above average terrain.  FCC Info
  • 11/05/01 - KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond has moved to a classic hits format and are identifying as "South Sound's Classic Hits, 97-7 The Eagle."  Long-time Seattle radio host Norm Gregory has returned to the air, doing the morning shift from his home.  
  • 11/04/01 - The CRTC has approved a six month extension until March 30, 2002 to Rogers Broadcasting for the implementation of CKKS-FM-1 at Whistler.  Technical issues have delayed start-up of the station which will rebroadcast CKKS-FM 96.9 Vancouver "KISS-FM".  CRTC Info
  • 11/04/01 - Three Seattle TV news anchors, Kathi Goertzen of KOMO-TV/4, Jean Enersen of KING-TV/5 and Susan Hutchison of KIRO-TV/7, will be honored Sunday, November 11 at the annual Gridiron West Dinner of the Washington News Council.   Seattle P-I
  • 11/03/01 - A new Tourist Information Service identifying itself as "About Town Surrey" is testing on FM 88.9.  The transmitter is authorized to operate at 34 watts and is located in Surrey, just north of the border.  The signal is easily receivable as far north as south Vancouver.  CRTC Info  
  • 11/03/01 - Radio Ink has rated its 50 Best Radio Station Websites in the world.  Locally, CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver scored 28th. 
  • 11/03/01 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has renewed National Hockey League "Hockey Night in Canada" broadcasts for five years.  NHL ratings are up in Canada, but down in the U.S.  NHL Release  CBC Release  Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 11/01/01 - Canadian technology program "Digital Survival Guide" has entered an agreement with United Stations Radio Networks for U.S. distribution.  Corus Entertainment retains Canadian rights.  Locally, the program is being aired at 10:15 a.m. on CJNW AM 730 "NW2" Vancouver.  DSG Press Release   The TV version of the program airs as the technology segment on the nationally syndicated "Agvision" Saturdays at 8 a.m. on CIVI-TV/53 "The New VI" Victoria.
  • 11/01/01 - "The Connection", a production of WBUR-FM 90.9 Boston has returned to National Public Radio station KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle, weeknights from 11 p.m. to midnight.   All Access news source
  • 11/01/01 - Seattle college/high school stations KBCS-FM 91.3 and KMIH-FM 104.5 to increase coverage areas with added power outputs.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 11/01/01 - Former KING-TV/5 and KIRO-TV/7 Seattle anchor Aaron Brown takes a leading role at CNN.  Frazier Moore, Seattle P-I
  • 10/31/01 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has announced their 2001 Gold Ribbon Winners.  Locally, radio awards went to CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver for Breaking News, CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack for Information Program and CKZZ FM 95.3  Vancouver for Promotion - Audience Building.  CHAN-TV/8 (Global BC) Vancouver won the TV award for News: Special Series.  CAB Press Release
  • 10/29/01 - Citizens to Preserve the Upper Snohomish River Valley plan to appeal Snohomish County Planning and Development Services ruling that the new KRKO AM 1380 Everett 50 kw transmission towers will not have a significant impact on the environment.  Leslie Moriarty, HeraldNet
  • 10/29/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Radio to increase the average effective radiated power of CKVX-FM-1 92.5 Abbotsford from 290 to 540 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 10/28/01 - KBTC-TV/28 Tacoma, which also rebroadcasts on KCKA-TV/15 Centralia & K65BU-TV/65 in Grays River/Lebam, starts broadcasting today from the new William P. Mohler Multimedia and Business Campus
    of Bates Technical College, formerly the home of KSTW-TV/11 Tacoma.  KSTW-TV moved to their new studios in Renton last August.  Bates' Audio and Sound program, which is home to the student-run KBTC FM 91.7, also will be moving to the Mohler Campus at a later date.  
  • 10/27/01 - Radio-Info.com has added a new Canadian Radio Discussion Board designed for quality discussions of radio across all of Canada.  The website also features discussion boards for most major U.S. centers, including the Seattle/Tacoma Radio Board.
  • 10/27/01 - Victoria actor Brian Linds sparks interest of Langley elementary school choir in U.S. underground music circles.  Linds also features nutty recordings on Uncle Bri's Early AM Funhouse, Thursdays from 6 to 8 a.m. on CFUV FM 101.9 Victoria and guests monthly on CBC Radio One's Basic Black at 10:05 a.m. Saturdays on CBU AM 690 Vancouver.   Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 10/26/01 - The FCC has approved application for voluntary assignment of license of KZOE FM 90.3 Longview from Columbia Heights Christian Academy to Columbia Heights Christian Assembly of God.  The Academy was a division of the Assembly, but has now closed, necessitating the change.
  • 10/26/01 - CKKS FM 96.9 Vancouver CE Jack Wiebe reports that sign on of their re-broadcaster CKKS-FM-1 (also 96.9) in Whistler has been postponed until the spring due to technical issues.
  • 10/26/01 - On again, off again KVRI AM 1600 Blaine is back on with a religious feed.  The station first appeared September 13, then went silent after a few weeks.   When it comes on permanently, it will feature an ethnic format. 
  • 10/26/01 - Bob Rivers' Twisted Radio can be heard on KYCW AM 1090 Seattle as well as KZOK FM 102.5.  
  • 10/26/01 - CKNW AM 980 holds its lead in the summer Bureau of Broadcast Measurement Vancouver ratings, with CKZZ FM 95.3 still second and CFMI FM 101.1 third.  Ratings thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide.
  • 10/26/02 - Seattle broadcaster Fisher Communications marks the third consecutive quarter of operating in the red, but doesn't plan any further layoffs.  Alwynn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 10/26/01 - Corus Entertainment Inc., operator of specialty TV services and 52 radio stations in Canada, including four in the Vancouver area, reports a sharp drop in fourth quarter earnings.   The company says it will begin laying off employees in coming weeks.  Sinclair Stewart, National Post  Roma Luciw, Globe and Mail
  • 10/25/01 - "Voice Boy" Jeff Rechner, previously of CFOX FM 99.3 and the old CKLG AM 730 Vancouver fame, continues to add to his large international client list with the addition of several new TV stations in the eastern US.
  • 10/25/01 - The five year old KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle satirical production "Rewind" hosted by Bill Radke, which airs on over 80 public radio stations, doubles to one hour next February.  This and other news items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 10/24/01 - After holding the position for eight years, Bob Mills has been released as Program Director of CFOX FM 99.3 "The Fox" Vancouver.  Consolidation was blamed for the decision.  Ross Winters becomes PD of both CFOX and CFMI FM 101.1 "Rock 101".  Milkman News Source
  • 10/24/01 - The News Hour Final with Jill Krop on CHAN-TV/8 (Global BC) is the big winner in the Vancouver TV news ratings.  The big loser is the supper hour news on CKVU-TV/10, while the evening news with Moe Sihota on CIVI-TV/53 "The New VI" Victoria is off to a very slow start.  Alex Strachan, The Sun
  • 10/24/01 - As the station passes its first anniversary, Kim Hesketh of CHTT FM 103.1 "Hot 103" Victoria will present $250,000 to the Victoria Symphony.  Victoria Times Colonist
  • 10/23/01 - Clear Channel Communications, which will be entering the Seattle radio market with its acquisition of the Ackerly Group, has exceeded its station ownership limit in Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton and Utica-Rome, NY and Santa Barbara, CA.   It is reported that Clear Channel will be asking the FCC for twelve to eighteen months to divest the extra stations.
  • 10/23/01 - Further to the passing away of 1970s Seattle radio personality Emperor Smith - The Seattle P-I
  • 10/22/01 - New website added for the "Star FM" trio of CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack, CFSR 101.7 Abbotsford and CKIS 100.5 Hope.
  • 10/22/01 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KIKN AM 1290 Port Angeles from Radio Pacific Inc. to Common Ground Broadcasting Inc., a division of Salem Communications Corporation.
  • 10/22/01 - Former KJR AM 950 Seattle morning man from 1969 to 1974, Lee "Emperor" Smith passed away from skin cancer last week in Riverside, CA.  KJR Radio Memories
  • 10/20/01 - A closer look at the Seattle radio ratings and the huge lead by KIRO AM 710 Seattle, thanks to the Seattle Mariners.   Bill Virgin, The Seattle P-I
  • 10/19/01 - News/Talk KIRO AM 710 holds onto an even stronger lead with an 11.5 share, followed by Country KMPS FM 94.1 at 6.1 and CHR/Rhythmic KUBE FM 93.3 at 5.4 in the Seattle Arbitron radio ratings released today.  Full Arbitron Survey
  • 10/19/01 - Staff cuts, wage freezes and attrition hit KOMO-TV4, KING-TV/5 and KIRO-TV/7 Seattle.  Kay McFadden, Seattle Times  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 10/19/01 - Rumors about the sale of CFAX AM 1070 and sister station CFEX FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria are unfounded.  Andrew A. Duffey, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 10/18/01 - CTV Inc. has announced a restructuring of operations with about 150 positions to be eliminated, mostly in Toronto.  Locally, CTV Breakfast on CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver will be cancelled and replaced by Canada AM with local news inserts.   CTV Press Release  Terry Weber, Globe and Mail  
  • 10/18/01 - KVRI AM 1600 Blaine, which had been signal testing a few weeks ago, has since been silent.   The station is expected to officially sign on with an ethnic format before the beginning of the new year, as the construction permit expires in January 2002.   Potential interference with the low power border information station on first adjacent AM 1610 is yet to be resolved. 
  • 10/18/01 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has cut 22 jobs, including news anchors Gary Lindsey and Eric Slocum, along with 31 year veteran Brook Stanford.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 10/18/01 - Seattle based radio show Delilah, syndicated on 210 stations, interviews Mariah Carey tonight (Thursday) on KRWM FM 106.9 Bremerton and KAFE FM 104.3 Bellingham.  This and other news items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 10/16/01 - Press items on the CRTC approval by CHUM Limited to acquire control of CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Sinclair Stewart, National Post  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 10/16/01 - Two applicants faced the CRTC yesterday for the right to operate a new Vancouver multicultural TV station.  Wyng Chow, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/15/01 - The CRTC has approved application by CHUM Limited to acquire control of CKVU Sub Inc., licensee of CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  CRTC Decision  
  • 10/15/01 - Rogers Communications and Multivan Broadcasting Corp. face the CRTC today in application for a Vancouver multicultural TV station.  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail  CRTC Info 
  • 10/14/01 - With Clear Channel Communications coming to Seattle, the following item by Don Barrett of LARadio.com about CC's push to automate stations coast to coast: "The new technology is called Prophet, a system whereby a music DJ can pre-record or voicetrack a five-hour shift for any market in the country in less than an hour.  Instead of replacing personalities, management is taking advantage of the existing pool of CC personalities and allowing this pool of talent to be on as many as six different stations a day.  The financial savings will be enormous."
  • 10/13/01 - In response to falling revenues and tough competition, layoff notices will be served next week on some of the 218 employees of KOMO-TV/4 Seattle.  Alwynn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 10/13/01 - Margaret Larson, anchor/reporter for KING-TV/5 Seattle is taking a three month leave of absence to assist in relief efforts in Pakistan.  John Marshall, Seattle P-I   KING-TV News Story
  • 10/12/01 - A couple of minor changes at KOMO AM 1000 as they switch their slogan to "Voice of the Northwest" and revise the look of their website. 
  • 10/11/01 - Belo Corporation, which locally owns KING-TV/5 and KONG-TV/16 Seattle, has announced cuts of 160 jobs to its total work force.  Seattle P-I
  • 10/11/01 - KUOW FM 94.9 Seattle has changed much of its evening lineup due to the September 11 terrorist attacks.  Seth Resler has been named music director for KNDD FM 107.7 Seattle.  These and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I.
  • 10/10/01 - The studio transmitter link for CKWV FM 102.3 and CHWF FM 106.9 Nanaimo has malfunctioned.  CKWV is using Parksville's CKWV-1 STL and CHWF is using its off-air AM (simulcast) feed from CKEG AM 1570.
  • 10/09/01 - Allan Buxton, former PD of CJCD FM 100.1 "Mix 100" Yellowknife, NT is the new Regional Manager of CFWB AM 1490 "Coast Radio" Campbell River.  He replaces Bill Bishop.  Milkman news source
  • 10/09/01 - Clear Channel Communications says that at this point they have no plans to change the formats of the Seattle Ackerly Group stations they have acquired.  The takeover still requires shareholder and regulatory approval, which will likely happen during the first half of next year.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/09/01 - Dozens of local broadcasters will be carrying the 1 p.m. opener of the Mariners-Indians series today including KIRO AM 710 and KJR AM 950 Seattle, CKST AM 1040 Vancouver and KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I   Kay McFadden, Seattle Times
  • 10/09/01 - Vancouver's newest radio station "The Beat", which is set to launch on FM 94.5 next spring, will take direct aim at CKZZ FM 95.3 "Z-95.3".  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 10/09/01 - Rush Limbaugh, heard locally on KVI AM 570 Seattle, has told listeners he is going deaf.  Official Press Release  Seattle P-I Story  
  • 10/08/01 - After a delay due to contractual oblications, Pamela Martin joins Bill Good for the first time tonight on the CTV News at Six on CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV".
  • 10/08/01 - The Ackerley Group has announced it will merge with Clear Channel Communications.  Seattle area stations include KJR AM 950, KHHO AM 850, KUBE FM 93.3, KBTB FM 95.7 plus KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham.  There is also an option to acquire the remaining shares of KFNK FM 104.9 Eatonville.  Ackerly Press Release  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  Seattle Times Story
  • 10/07/01 - The nationally syndicated Don and Mike Show returns to this area Monday morning on KQBZ FM 100.7 Seattle "The Buzz".  Until early this summer, the show ran on KRKO AM 1380 Everett.
  • 10/06/01 - Focus Entertainment Executive VP/GM Gary Milne has announced that they have started staffing "The Beat" to begin broadcasting next spring on FM 94.5 in Vancouver.  Milkman Unlimited info
  • 10/04/01 - CIVI-TV/53 "The New VI" Victoria (CIVI-TV-2/17 Vancouver) officially begins broadcasting at 6 p.m. today with a two hour launch party.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 10/04/01 - After 40 years in the business, legendary newsman, DJ and station manager Dick Curtis has retired from KVI AM 570.   Curtis' career went back to 1960 KJR.   Full story from Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/03/01 - The official sign on for CHLY FM 101.7 Nanaimo is Friday October 5 at 6 p.m. with an on-air party.   This will be followed by a Nanaimo Clippers hockey game at 7:30.  
  • 10/02/01 - KSVR FM 90.1 GM, Rip Robbins reports that the station will be moving to FM 91.7 as soon as their application is approved by the FCC.  Original application for the new frequency was made under the call letters KTHY, but the station will remain as KSVR when it moves to its new frequency.
  • 10/01/01 - Two former Vancouver broadcast journalists have passed away.  Bob Spence died last week at the age of 53.  Joe Leary, The Province   Doug Collins, who had worked at the CBC and CJOR as well as several newspapers, died Saturday morning in North Vancouver at the age of 81.
  • 09/29/01 - CIVI-TV/53 "The New VI" Victoria (CIVI-TV-2/17 Vancouver) officially begins broadcasting Thursday, October 4.  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist (reference in article to channel 12 is cable position)
  • 09/29/01 - As scheduled, CHWF FM 106.9 Nanaimo "joined" with CKEG AM 1570 at 12 a.m. to become "The Wolf" and the end of the Good Time Oldies format.  Official launch is the new Marc and Mindy morning show Monday, October 1.  Another coastal AM frequency will come clear when 1570 shuts down within three months. 
  • 09/27/01 - CJZN FM 91.3 "The Zone" Victoria pays homage to ultimate grunge band.  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 09/27/01 - Bob Rivers' Twisted Radio debuts in Seattle at 6 a.m. Monday on KZOK FM 102.5, program shuffles at KKOL AM 1300, KQBZ FM 100.7 and KXPA AM 1540 and more at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I.
  • 09/25/01 - The Seattle Arbitron summer period two radio ratings have been released with little change from a month ago.  Details from R&R Online
  • 09/25/01 - The FCC has accepted for filing CP for new Skagit Valley College station KTHY FM 91.7.   It is not yet known when the station will get on the air.
  • 09/25/01 - Brad Edwards, Operations Manager at the new CHWF FM 106.9 "The Wolf" Nanaimo, reports that barring unforeseen problems, CHWF will start simulcasting with CKEG AM 1570 Saturday, September 29.  Officially, the station launches Monday, October 1 with the new Marc and Mindy morning show.  A website also is being designed and will be unveiled in a few weeks.  The AM 1570 transmitter is authorized to continue operating for a period of up to three months. 
  • 09/24/01 - CIVI-TV/53 Victoria "The New VI" and its 100 kilowatt rebroadcaster CIVI-TV-2/17 Vancouver now are promoting the official launch of the station Thursday October 4 at 6 p.m.   There will be simultaneous launch parties from 5 to 8 p.m at Pandora's Box in Victoria and 82 Commercial St. in Nanaimo.  Popular jazz entertainer Diana Krall headlines the Nanaimo venue.  The station will be carried on cable channel 12 in southwest BC, bumping KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham up the cable dial.  CIVI-TV website details
  • 09/24/01 - Former CKVX FM 104.9 "Xfm" Vancouver music director Barry Taylor takes over for the retiring CFOX FM 99.3 MD Rob Robson.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 09/24/01 - Anti-U.S. rules fog TV picture.  Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 09/23/01 - KVRI AM 1600 Blaine, which started testing September 13 with satellite fed Christian programming, has been off air for a few days now.  When it officially signs on it will be running an ethnic format.   The low powered border information station on AM 1610 is still operating.  
  • 09/23/01 - Contributions continue to pour in after "America: a Tribute to Heroes" aired Friday evening on over 30 TV networks, including CTV and Global in Canada, and on numerous Northwest radio stations.  Lee-Anne Goodman, The Province
  • 09/22/01 - Now that CHLY FM 101.7 Nanaimo is on air, Administrative Manager Gord Bibby informs us that the Studio Transmitter Link (STL) will be missing for about the first week of their test period.  As soon as the STL is functioning, regular programming (already available on their website) can begin.
  • 09/22/01 - CHLY FM 101.7 Nanaimo now has added stereo to their signal. 
  • 09/21/01 -  A two-hour live, commercial-free, simulcast to raise funds for a long-term relief effort for Americans who have directly suffered from last week's terrorist attacks, will air tonight from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. PT.  The program, "America: a Tribute to Heroes" will be on every major TV network as well as about two dozen cable networks and eight thousand radio stations in the US.  In Canada, it will run on CTV, Global and other TV stations and will be distributed to 400 radio stations by Broadcast News, a division of Canadian Press.  It also will be webcast live on the internet at http://www.tributetoheroes.org.
  • 09/21/01 - Rob Robson, Music Director of CFOX FM 99.3 "The Fox" in Vancouver is retiring after 22 years in the business.  His last day at the station is Friday, September 28th.  Milkman news source
  • 09/21/01 - CHLY FM 101.7 and CHWF FM 106.9 Nanaimo made it on the air for test purposes at 6:30 a.m. today after a 22 hour engineering marathon at the transmitter site.  101.7 is temporarily in mono due to some difficulties which should be fixed in a day or two.  CHLY CE Kam Abbott reports that test recordings will be run until mid next week when the link to the studio will be in place.
  • 09/20/01 - CE Kam Abbott reports that all parts are in place for a possible test of CHLY FM 101.7 Nanaimo tonight around 9 p.m.  If all goes as planned with the transmitter and combining network at Cottle Hill just north of the central Vancouver Island city, both 101.7 and CHWF FM 106.9 "The Wolf" should very soon be a reality.  CKWV FM 102.3 Nanaimo will likely experience some dead air as the test takes place.
  • 09/20/01 - A look at adjustments made to Seattle radio playlists and other items.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 09/19/01 - Digital Radio (DAB) in Canada is likely to take a giant step forward as engineering studies have been announced for more stations in the corridors between Toronto, Windsor, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City, Calgary/Edmonton and Vancouver/Chilliwack.   Additionally, Texas Instruments and Radioscape have jointly announced a price breakthrough of US$45 for a new DAB chipset which will likely bring the cost of AM/FM/MP3/DAB receivers down below US$135.   Digital Radio Canada Info
  • 09/19/01 - A lot of popular music is being pulled from the airwaves.  Quotes from the PD's of CFOX FM 99.3 and CKVX FM 104.9 Vancouver and CKKQ FM 100.3 Victoria.  Mike Roberts, The Province
  • 09/18/01 - The KCIS AM 630 Edmonds website is currently down for a rebuild.  Matt Mundt from sister station KCMS FM 105.3 "Spirit 105.3" reports that the Crista Ministries station site should be operating again soon.
  • 09/18/01 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has announced the finalists for The 2001 Gold Ribbon Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting.  West coast stations include: CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, CFAX AM 1070 Victoria, CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver, CJVB AM 1470 Vancouver, CKZZ FM 95.3 Vancouver, and CHAN-TV/8 (BCTV) Vancouver.  Winners will be announced October 30 during the CAB's 75th Annual Convention at the Ottawa Congress Centre.
  • 09/17/01 - It seems our item immediately below about CFSR AM 850 having vacated the AM band is a bit premature.  CFSR's AM signal was back on today.  Their outage was likely caused by a technical failure rather than the plug being pulled on the frequency.   The station is required to shut down AM 850 by November 30.
  • 09/16/01 - CFSR AM 850 Abbotsford already appears to have vacated the AM band, even though the station was given a three month transition period by the CRTC after moving to FM 107.1 on August 31.  As of this writing, sister station CKSR AM 1270 Chilliwack is still operating as a simulcast of their new FM 98.3 frequency.  As a result, KHHO AM 850 Tacoma is reaching north to the border and beyond.
  • 09/15/01 - CHNU-TV/66 (NOWTV) Fraser Valley officially signed on as scheduled at just after 7 p.m.
  • 09/14/01 - CHNU-TV/66 (NOWTV) Fraser Valley will officially launch at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 15.  For the record, it goes on cable 10 in the Greater Vancouver area, so will likely ID as Channel 10.
  • 09/14/01 - KVRI AM 1600 Blaine Office Manager, Pamela Vawter reports that KVRI's transmitter was first turned on last night.  The station is running gospel programming during its testing phase, but will be running a foreign language format when it is officially on air.
  • 09/14/01 - KVRI AM 1600 Blaine has signed on with a Contemporary Christian format. 
  • 09/14/01 - Canadian Radio Commentator Gordon Sinclair, who passed away in 1984, delivered a stirring pro-American editorial June 5, 1973 on CFRB AM 1010 Toronto.  That commentary was repeated today a 9 a.m. on CJJR FM 93.7 Vancouver and other stations.  Full Text  RealAudio
  • 09/14/01 - The money originally dedicated to this week’s $25,000 Giveaway at CKZZ FM 95.3 "Z95.3" Vancouver will now be donated to the September 11th Fund in response to the terrorist attacks.  This fund has been set up by the United Way to ensure that money is directed to where it is needed most.
  • 09/14/01 - Notes on local TV coverage of events of the past few days.  Kay McFadden, The Seattle Times
  • 09/13/01 - The FCC has announced voluntary assignment of license for KIKN AM 1290 Port Angeles from Radio Pacific, Inc. to Caron Broadcasting, Inc.  Stand by for a possible format change, as Caron is a subsidiary of religious broadcaster Salem Communications Corporation.
  • 09/13/01 - Seattle area radio and TV stations shifted their emphasis to news following the terrorist tragedy in New York and Washington, D.C.  The Seattle P-I
  • 09/13/01 - Further details of the KNHC FM 89.5 Seattle transmitter move to Cougar Mountain and other radio notes from Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 09/12/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Central Island Broadcasting Ltd. to move CKCI AM 1350 Parksville to the FM band.  The new station will operate at 88.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 960 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 09/11/01 - CHNU-TV/66 (NOWTV) Fraser Valley is now testing their new transmitter.  The station is expected to be on air full time about September 15. 
  • 09/11/01 - The following FM/TV stations had primary transmitters on the World Trade Center in New York City, which was destroyed today by terrorist attack:  WKCR-FM 89.9  WPAT-FM 93.1  WNYC-FM 93.9  WKTU-FM 103.5  WCBS-TV/2   WNBC-TV/4  WNYW-TV/5  WABC-TV/7   WWOR-TV/9  WPIX-TV/11   WNET-TV/13  WPXN-TV/31 
  • 09/11/01 - The events of the day and resulting airport closures have affected air delivery of the new transmitter for CHLY FM 101.7 Nanaimo.   Engineer Kam Abbott says it could be several days or more before the station can get on air.
  • 09/10/01 - Vancouver stations gear up for fall radio ratings race. - Joe Leary, the Province
  • 09/10/01 - Television news came to Seattle fifty years ago today.  Chuck Herring, who did the first newscast on KING-TV/5 Seattle in 1951, continuing on until 1967, recalls those pioneering times at 2 p.m. today at the Museum of History and Industry.  John Levesque, The Seattle P-I  Kay McFadden, The Seattle Times
  • 09/10/01 - A quick item on the October 1 return of Bob Rivers and Twisted Radio to Seattle on KZOK FM 102.5.   The Seattle P-I
  • 09/07/01 - Call letters for KJUN FM 104.1 Scappoose, OR which was recently purchased by Salem Communications Corporation from Thunderegg Wireless of Bellevue have changed to KFIS in keeping with Salem's "Fish" theme, which includes the yet to launch expanded band station KTFH AM 1680 Seattle.  Previous Salem Press Release and Background Info. 
  • 09/07/01 - Official call letters have been released for CHNU TV/66 NOWTV Fraser Valley.  The Trinity Television Inc. station was originally approved with the call letters CFVT, but that call was dropped back in April.  Scheduled start-up date is September 15.  They also have received CRTC approval for a decrease in power from 18 to 16 kW.  CRTC Info
  • 09/07/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Radio for a decrease in ERP for CKVX FM 107.5 Chilliwack from 640 to 303 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 09/07/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Radio for a decrease in ERP for CISQ FM 107.1 Squamish from 20,000 to 12,480 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 09/07/01 - Mary Goodman, formerly evenings/weekend afternoons on CKKQ FM 100.3 "The Q" Victoria, has left to pursue opportunities on the Mainland.  Shelby Grayson, a former part-timer at sister station CKXM FM, now CJZN FM 91.3 "The Zone" Victoria, has replaced her.  Milkman news source
  • 09/07/01 - KZOK FM 102.5 Seattle made its "big announcement" this morning that starting Monday, Robin and Maynard move to afternoons, The Bob Rivers Show starts mornings on October 1 and Slaton and Crow fill in the morning slot until then.
  • 09/06/01 - "Big announcement coming Friday!" (September 7th at 9:20 a.m. according to a post on the SeaTac Radio Board) is the item on the KZOK FM 102.5 Seattle website.
  • 09/06/01 - Serious Money returns for its 13th season September 21 on KCTS TV/9 Seattle with new host Tom Cox, who replaces long time host Barry Mitzman.  Stephen Dunphy, The Seattle Times
  • 09/06/01 - Fisher Broadcasting Company stations KVI AM 570 and KOMO AM 1000 Seattle will be shuffling their talk show lineups starting Monday.  This and other items from Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 09/06/01 - The FCC has accepted for filing application by KSWW FM 102.1 Elma to change city of license to Montesano, increase ERP from 25 to 50 kW, HAAT from 90 to 134 meters, and TL to 46-56-30 123-47-7.
  • 09/05/01 - One of the longest-running public advocacy and protection shows in the world, Goldhawk Fights Back with Dale Goldhawk, has been cancelled by the CTV Network after a ten year run.  The Globe and Mail   Goldhawk press release
  • 09/05/01 - Website address added for Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites on KSWW FM 102.1 Elma.
  • 09/05/01 - The FCC has granted application by Mercer Island School District to increase the ERP of KMIH FM 104.5 Mercer Island from .018 kW to .030 kW with a decrease of HAAT from 71 to 69 meters.
  • 09/04/01 - CKWV FM 102.3 Nanaimo is scheduled to be off air for about an hour starting at 9 p.m. today to facilitate installation of new CHLY/CHWF equipment.
  • 09/03/01 - CE Kam Abbott reports that equipment delivery for the new CHLY FM 101.7 & CHWF FM 106.9 Nanaimo transmitters has been delayed.  It is expected any day and testing of on-air signals is likely by Friday.
  • 09/03/01 - After the unprecedented network shuffle, Vancouver television news challenges eastern media dominance.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 08/31/01 - Midnight tonight and the early hours of Saturday morning mark the big network shuffle on British Columbia Television stations.  Here is the new lineup: CHEK-TV/6 "CH" Victoria switches from CTV affiliation to Global; CHAN-TV/8 "Global BC" Vancouver from CTV to Global; CKVU-TV/10 "ckvu13" (reflecting its local cable position) Vancouver from Global to Independent; and CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" Vancouver from Independent to CTV.  These changes also affect viewing throughout the BC Interior.
  • 08/31/01 - Steve Dunbar takes over the evening show at CFMI FM 101.1 "Rock 101" Vancouver.   Dunbar had been doing weekends and swing for Rock 101, and spent years before that as the midday jock at CFOX FM 99.3 Vancouver.   Also at Rock 101, Christian Hall adds the duties of Assistant PD to his role as Music Director.  Milkman news source
  • 08/31/01 - Apparently there is a recent tradition that Rogers Radio stations make major changes at 5 p.m. on the Friday of a long weekend.  As such, The "STAR-FM" trio of CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack, CFSR FM 107.1 Abbotsford and CKIS FM 100.5 Hope officially launched as "The Valley's Light Rock" today at 5.  The three new FM stations replace AM frequencies of 1270, 850 and 1240 respectively.  They have CRTC authorization to continue simulcasting on AM for up to three months. 
  • 08/31/01 - Communications Lawyer and former VP of the CRTC, Charles Dalfen has been nominated to lead the Canadian regulator.  He is a partner at the law firm Torys.   Ian Jack, National Post
  • 08/30/01 - Rogers Radio has applied to the CRTC to increase the effective radiated power of CKVX-1 FM 92.5 Abbotsford, which will improve its signal quality throughout the coverage area.  CRTC Info (item 5)   Note: The CRTC generally quotes station ERP as "average" power, whereas this site uses the more accepted practice of quoting "peak" power from Industry Canada and FCC records. 
  • 08/30/01 - After four years, Aamer Haleem is leaving as host of VTV Breakfast on CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver to persue other opportunities.  His last show is tomorrow (Friday).   New host of the show, now called CTV Breakfast, is Tamara Stanners.  The show will move to an earlier time of 5 to 7 a.m. starting Tuesday, September 4.  BC CTV Press Release
  • 08/30/01 - Opponents and KRKO AM 1380 Everett continue to square off over the station's proposed new 50 kilowatt radio towers in the Snohomish Valley.  Leslie Moriarity, The Everett Herald
  • 08/30/01 - CKWV FM 102.3 Nanaimo will be off air for a short time around 1 or 2 p.m. today (Thursday) to accomodate equipment for the new CHLY FM 101.7/CHWF FM 106.9 transmitters which are being installed at the same site.  CE Kam Abbott says the new stations are scheduled for testing this weekend. 
  • 08/30/01 - A close-up look at the live performance show "Mountain Music Lounge" on KMTT FM 103.7 Tacoma and other items of interest at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 08/29/01 - KIRO AM 710 continues to rule Metro Seattle's radio waves with a very solid 10.4 share, thanks to the red hot Mariners.  KMPS FM 94.1 holds onto second with very consistent 6.3, while KUBE FM 93.3 stays in third place with a respectable 5.9.  Arbitron summer 2001 ratings
  • 08/29/01 - Rob Johnson has left the CKNW AM 980 Vancouver "Eye In The Sky" to move back to the east coast. Rob, who has an extensive background in graphic arts and design has accepted a job in Halifax doing layout and design for a magazine.  Milkman Info
  • 08/28/01 - CE for the Lower Mainland Rogers stations, Jack Wiebe reports the "STAR-FM" trio of CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack, CFSR FM 107.1 Abbotsford and CKIS FM 100.5 Hope will officially launch September 1.  The three new FM stations replace AM frequencies of 1270, 850 and 1240 respectively.  They have CRTC authorization to continue simulcasting on AM for up to three months.
  • 08/28/01 - Salem Communications Corporation expanded band station KTFH AM 1680 Seattle, which recently changed call letters, but is not yet on air is very likely to brand themselves as "The Fish" in line with other Salem stations such as KSFH FM 95.9 Anaheim, CA.
  • 08/27/01 - Five year KOMO-TV/4 Seattle News Director Joe Barnes will not be renewing his contract with the station.  John Levesque, The Seattle P-I
  • 08/27/01 - Nick and Nic make a splash as female co-hosts of the morning slot targeted towards women at CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver.
  • 08/26/01 - Format change noted for KGHO AM 920 Olympia from Automated Oldies to Black Gospel.  Baker Street Ministeries
  • 08/26/01 - Here is a closer look at the Vancouver TV changes with focus on News.  Bill Good starts the 6 p.m. news September 3 on CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver "CTV British Columbia", while co-host Pamela Martin doesn't debut until October 8, due to contractual obligations.
  • 08/25/01 - After 15 months as afternoon news anchor at CISQ FM 107.1/CISW FM 102.1 Squamish/Whistler "Mountain FM", Mike Lloyd takes on the position of a reporter at CKWX AM 1130 "News 1130" Vancouver.  Milkman info
  • 08/24/01 - KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham is now 24 hour sports.  Promotions Director Joe Ponder advises Mike Gallagher has left.  The new lineup is Tony Kornheiser 7-9 a.m., Jim Rome 9-12 a.m., Dan Patrick 12-3 p.m., The ZONE (local sports talk) 3-5 p.m. and J.T. The Brick 5-8 p.m.
  • 08/23/01 - In regard to the official call letters of NOWTV/66 Fraser Valley, other websites are listing the station as CFVT-TV.  That was the call sign originally applied for.  However, on April 7/01, NOWTV's Albert Lo stated, "The previous call sign of CFVT was not approved and consequently had been discontinued."  His latest correspondence of Aug. 23/01 states, "We are still awaiting Industry Canada's approval of an official call".
  • 08/23/01 - Two stations, KSER FM 90.7 Everett and KBCS FM 91.3 Bellevue say they will suspend Internet broadcasts because of a recent court decision on royalties for music streamed over the Web.  Others are likely to follow.  This and other news from Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I.
  • 08/22/01 - The new Fraser Valley TV station, NOWTV/66 (official call still not released) has delayed their official launch from September 1 to 15.  As of today, there is still no sign of a test signal.
  • 08/22/01 - It looks like we jumped the gun by listing KKOL AM 1300 Seattle on our AM Stations page as having 35/16 kW power at their future transmitter location.  The change is listed as a CP with the FCC.  Inspiration Radio Group CE Scott Foster advises that the station is still running 5/5 kW at their Harbor Island TL and will be for awhile. 
  • 08/22/01 - Dave Ratener, CE for KNHC FM 89.5 Seattle advises that equipment for their new Cougar Mountain directional transmitter (47-32-35 122 06 25) has been ordered.  ERP will drop to 8.5 kW from the current 30 kW, but HAAT will increase from 92 to 372 meters, which will offset the power decrease.   Overall coverage will not change significantly, but the signal should be much cleaner in most areas.  The new facility is expected to be in operation by November.
  • 08/22/01 - Local PBS affiliate KCTS-TV/9 Seattle has laid off eight people from the station.  Seattle Times info
  • 08/21/01 - New website link added for KARI AM 550 Blaine.  Meanwhile, KARI has been running at reduced power as construction progresses on new sister station KVRI "Vancouver Radio International" AM 1600, which will begin testing their transmitter in September.  Thanks to Ted Wendland, Puget Sound Radio Guide.
  • 08/21/01 - As of today CIVI-TV-2 Vancouver, the channel 17 Mount Seymour rebroadcasting facility for CIVI-TV/53 Victoria is on air testing.
  • 08/20/01 - As of today CIVI-TV/53 "The New VI" Victoria is transmitter testing, but there is no sign yet of their channel 17 rebroadcaster in Vancouver.  The CHUM Limited station will officially launch on October 4.
  • 08/19/01 - CISC FM 107.5 Gibsons has been off the air for awhile.  Terry Chan, Operations Manager & PD for parent station CISQ FM 107.1 Squamish, reports that the transmitter on Bowen Island has been undergoing upgrades and is expected back on Monday, August 20.
  • 08/19/01 - Salem Communications Corporation / Inspiration Radio Group station KAZJ AM 1680 Seattle has changed call sign to KTFH, possibly to be called "The Faith".  The AM expanded band station is still not on air.
  • 08/19/01 - The top summertime driving tunes are presented by the Music Directors of 14 Seattle stations.  Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times  The Music List
  • 08/18/01 - KNHC FM 89.5 Seattle has officially announced that they will be moving their transmitter to Cougar Mountain.  Actually, the FCC issued the CP back on June 22.  View maps of the current TL and the new Cougar Mountain TL.  More info will follow.
  • 08/17/01 - When the TV networks get shuffled in Vancouver September 1, Jill Krop will anchor the new 11 pm News Hour Final on CHAN-TV/8 "Global BC".  Other changes at the soon-to-no-longer-be CTV affiliate include extension of the Morning News from 5:30 to 9 am, anchored by Lynn Collier and Steve Darling; the Noon News Hour hosted by Randene Neill; Deborra Hope moves to the Early News at 5 pm; the new half-hour Global National runs at 5:30 pm with former ABC correspondent Kevin Newman and former CKVU-TV/10 news anchor Suzette Meyers handles the weekend morning, noon and 6 pm newscasts.
  • 08/17/01 - John Shields, Senior Program Director of CKKQ FM 100.3 "The Q" and CJZN FM 91.3 "The Zone" Victoria announces that Rick Everett (currently of The Q's Afternoon Show) is the Program Director of 100.3 The Q and Al Ford is the Program Director/Music Director of The Zone @91.3.  Mark Addams, will become an integral part of the Q announcer staff.  Milkman info
  • 08/16/01 - Ted Wendland of the Puget Sound Radio Guide reports that CFSR FM 107.1 Abbotsford is now testing.  CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack has been running for about three weeks.  When CKIS FM 100.5 Hope gets the switch turned on, the Rogers Communications "STAR-FM" trio should be ready for official launch in early September.
  • 08/16/01 - Not many programs last for 50 years on the air, but on Wednesday October 3 CBC Television will launch the 50th season of "Hockey Night in Canada" with a special telecast.  For local broadcasting history enthusiasts, CBUT/2 Vancouver did not carry the Saturday night games until October 1958.  For the first 7 years on television, radio and TV were simulcast.
  • 08/16/01 - The new Vancouver Giants of the WHL have landed their play-by-play rights for 65 of their regular season games, plus the playoffs on CKST AM 1040 "The Team" Vancouver.  Rick Dhaliwal will handle home games and Craig West away games.  Color commentator Bill Wilms will work all broadcasts.  Their first regular season game is September 21 at home against the Kamloops Blazers. 
  • 08/16/01 - The "Big Changes" touted by CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver consist of program shuffling with a few new additions.  Most noticeable is the 6 a.m. to midnight time slot, now all local, except for Dr. Laura between noon and 3 p.m.
  • 08/16/01 - The Seattle Sonics have extended their radio broadcast partnership with KJR AM 950 for another five years.  The Seattle Storm will move to KJR from KKNW AM 1150 for its third WNBA season.  There were earlier rumors that KOMO AM 1000 were pursuing the Sonics broadcast rights.  NBA info   Seattle P-I info
  • 08/16/01 - While September 1 will herald the unprecedented four-way network change at Vancouver and Victoria TV stations (much more to come on this one), the Labor Day weekend has been a popular one in the past for radio format changes.  In the rumor mill are: KISW FM 99.9, KQBZ FM 100.7, and KPLZ FM 101.5 Seattle, CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver and CFEX FM 107.3 Victoria.  Odds are one or more of these five will make a substantial change.   Speculation at the Seattle/Tacoma Radio Board
  • 08/16/01 - An in-depth look at radio's recent trend towards the "beer and babes" approach, and other miscellaneous info too at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I.
  • 08/15/01 - New website address added for KENU AM 1330 Enumclaw.  The Green River Community College station recently changed format from country to "Nu Music, Pure Dance".
  • 08/15/01 - CJRX FM 106.7 "Rock 106" Lethbridge/Taber, AB evening host Jaimie Storm has transferred to CHTT FM 103.1 "Hot 103" Victoria. Both are Rogers Communications stations.  Milkman news source
  • 08/14/01 - Due to an equipment delay, CHLY FM 101.7 and CHWF FM 106.9 Nanaimo now plan to test their new transmitters on September 3, according to CHLY Technical Manager Kam Abbott.   The two new stations will share the same transmitter location as CKWV FM 102.3.
  • 08/13/01 - NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS turned four years old today.  At last count we are getting close to 8000 page hits a month and we are very appreciative of all the visitors to our site.
  • 08/10/01 - The CRTC will consider applications by CFMT-TV, a division of Rogers Broadcasting and by Multivan Broadcast Corporation for a new multilingual ethnic television station to serve Vancouver.  The public hearing will commence October 15 at 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside.  CRTC Info
  • 08/10/01 - Ex-86ers goalie Paul Dolan calls the Vancouver Whitecaps USL A-League soccer games on CKST AM 1040 "The Team", along with Lee Powell and David Norman.  The next game is tonight at 7:30 vs the Portland Timbers at Swangard Stadium.  Lowell Ulrich, The Province
  • 08/10/01 - Operation of KENU AM 1330 Enumclaw has been moved to the main Auburn campus of Green River Community College with a format change from Country to Dance/Techno.  This and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I.
  • 08/08/01 - Tim Morgan, 7 to midnight host on CFMI FM 101.1 Vancouver, is moving back to CJAY FM 92.1 Calgary mid-days effective August 28th.   He was the evening guy at "CJAY 92" prior to moving to Vancouver in 1999.   Milkman news source
  • 08/08/01 - Religious and family broadcaster, Salem Communications Corporation has announced second quarter net broadcast revenue increase of 36.7%.  Salem operates 81 radio stations, including Seattle/Tacoma market KGNW AM 820, KKOL AM 1300, KKMO AM 1360 and KLFE AM 1590.   Salem Press Release 
  • 08/08/01 - According to a posting on the Seattle/Tacoma Radio Board, "Corey Dylan is out at KBKS FM 106.1 Tacoma, judging from her absence both on-air and on the website.  Also looks like Kristin has inherited her midday slot and Kaci from the afternoon drive is now taking over overnights from Kristin."
  • 08/07/01 - Gary Ryan and Scott Burns temporarily fill in for Rick Miller, who has left KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  Seattle P-I story
  • 08/06/01 - The new Trinity Fraser Valley TV station, NOWTV/66 is expected on air September 1.  It will be carried on cable 10 in the BC Lower Mainland.  As of July 31, Industry Canada had not yet listed official call letters for the station. 
  • 08/06/01 - With KYCW AM 1090 Seattle shutting down Classic Country and switching to an Extreme Talk format at 5 a.m. Monday August 6, here is a detailed look at how the station will unfold:  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   Meanwhile, Becky Brenner, PD of sister station KMPS FM 94.1 says the station will look at ways to include more classic country in its format.
  • 08/05/01 - The format changes keep right on coming.   The CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver website says, "Big changes coming soon".  They also have dropped their "Talk With Attitude" slogan.  Meanwhile, 9 to noon CFUN host Pia Shandel, has been hired as the political specialist for CIVI-TV/53 "The New VI" Victoria, expected on air in early October.  Both CFUN and The New VI are CHUM Limited stations.
  • 08/04/01 - "Listen at your own risk" say the promos on KYCW AM 1090 Seattle.  The station will switch formats Monday August 6th at 5:00 a.m. with the warning that "It will be an 18 and over format".   The 50 kW AM stereo powerhouse, which can be heard during the day from Vancouver to Centralia and at night over much of the western states and provinces (the only real interference comes from equally powered XEPRS Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico), is abandoning its Classic Country format after two and a half years.
  • 08/04/01 - KRIZ AM 1420 Renton is no longer simulcasting KYIZ AM 1620, but carrying Solid Gold Soul (the same satelite-fed format that KSRB AM 1150 Seattle recently dropped in favor of All News).  That leaves all three Z stations (they call them the ZTwins) with different formats:  KRIZ with R&B oldies, KYIZ with urban contemporary, and KZIZ AM 1560 Sumner with gospelmusic/Spanish-brokered.
  • 08/04/01 - More Canadian content finds its way into US prime time TV this fall. - Alex Strachan, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/04/01 - Rumors are being circulated on the SeaTac message board of Radio-Info.com about a format switch to Talk for one of the Seattle stations Monday morning.
  • 08/03/01 - Could there be a format change in the works at CFEX FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria?  CJZN FM 91.3 "The Zone" Victoria swapped from Country to Modern Rock back on June 21, followed by a call letter change, leaving a possible void.  Recent changes at "Extreme 107.3" include Bryan Adler on afternoons and PD Jim Scanlon no longer mentioned on the on-air roster.   Milkman news source.
  • 08/02/01 - The CRTC has renewed the licences of CTV and Global networks and their affiliated television stations in Canada - subject to a number of conditions.  CRTC News Release
  • 08/02/01 - KPLU FM 88.5 Tacoma is expanding its Jazz and Blues programming.  The legendary Pat O'Day is back to call the hydro races on KOMO AM 1000 Seattle, part of the station's Seafair coverage 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.  These and other stories at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I.
  • 08/01/01 - Saga Communications station KIXT AM 930 Bellingham has taken on a new Adult Standards format.  New call letters are KBAI with the slogan"The Bay" for America's Best Music.
  • 08/01/01 - Salem Communications Corporation of Camarillo, CA has purchased the construction permit for KJUN-FM Scappoose, OR from Thunderegg Wireless, LLC for $35.8 million.  Thunderegg is owned by Bedrock & Associates, a broadcast company headquartered in Bellevue, WA, which owns stations in WA, OR and CA including KFNK FM 104.9 Eatonville.  Salem Press Release  Background Info
  • 08/01/01 - Izzy Asper, founder and executive chairman of CanWest Global Communications Corp., of Winnipeg, has won the prestigious Edmund C. Bovey Award.  CanWest Global operates CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and CHAN-TV/8 (BCTV) Vancouver.  Rod McQueen, National Post
  • 07/31/01 - KVRI AM 1600 Blaine is expected to be on air in September with an ethnic format.  Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 07/30/01 - Another upcoming format change in the Northwest.  Previously new country KIXT AM 930 Bellingham is currently playing a continuous loop of seagulls and ocean waves with the announcement, "There is a new radio station coming to Bellingham August 1st at 9 a.m.".
  • 07/30/01 - Veteran country music announcer Bob Bye has passed away just short of his 75th birthday.  Bob died of a heart attack earlier this month at his home in Penticton, BC.  He began his broadcasting career on the Prairies, in Regina, SK and Winnipeg, MB but was best known for his many years, starting in 1966, at former country giant CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver, where he retired in 1989.
  • 07/28/01 - An in-depth look at the spring Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings from Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I.
  • 07/27/01 - Thanks to Mariners baseball, KIRO AM 710 holds down solid number one with 9.7 market share in Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Latest Arbitron numbers
  • 07/26/01 - Mel Risdon (a.k.a. Bailie Hayes) of CHTT FM 103.1 "Hot 103" Victoria moves to CJAY FM 92.1 "CJAY 92" Calgary to handle overnights and weekends, according to CJAY PD Bob Harris.  Formerly of Calgary's "Power 107", she moves back to the Alberta city after spending a year on the coast.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 07/26/01 - Paul Allen and his company, Vulcan Northwest, are rumored to have offered to buy three Seattle Ackerley Group stations--KUBE FM 93.3, KJR AM 950, and KBTB FM 95.7 "The Beat".  Pat Kearney theStranger.com  More info below.
  • 07/26/01 - KOMO AM 1000, Seattle has made an undisclosed bid to take the Sonics radio contract away from KJR AM 950 now that the basketball team has been sold by KJR's parent company, The Ackerley Group.   Angelo Bruscas, Seattle P-I (item 2 - Sonics Radio Rumblings)
  • 07/26/01 - The CRTC is seeking public comment on the merit of the application by CHUM Limited to acquire control of CKVU Sub Inc., licensee of CKVU-TV Vancouver.  CRTC Info (Item 3)
  • 07/26/01 - Rogers Communications Inc., operator of a number of Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island radio stations, reported a wider second-quarter loss as "disappointing" results from its wireless operations overshadowed solid revenue growth across all the company's businesses.  Terry Weber, Globe and Mail
  • 07/26/01 - Corus Entertainment Inc., Canada's largest radio operator with 52 stations including Vancouver's CKNW AM 980, "NW2" CJNW AM 730, CFOX FM 99.3, and "Rock 101" CFMI FM 101.1, has posted an increase in third-quarter profit. - Sinclair Stewart, National Post
  • 07/26/01 - More rumors about an Ackerley radio selloff, with President/COO Denis Curley retiring.  You’ve got to think that Clear Channel would be just one of the parties who’d love to get their hands on sports twins KJR AM 950 and KHHO AM 850, urban KUBE FM 93.3, and "The Beat" KBTB FM 95.7.  You’d have to count Seattle-based Paul Allen as a bidder, too.   Officially, Ackerley says 15-year exec Denis Curley is retiring, to be replaced by Chris Ackerley.  Chris is Barry Ackerley’s son, who became "Co-President" in February 2000.  Ackerley could cure a lot of balance-sheet woes by selling off radio and focusing on outdoor and TV.  M Street news source
  • 07/26/01 - Miscellaneous Seattle news items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I.
  • 07/24/01 - CE for the Lower Mainland Rogers stations, Jack Wiebe reports that CFSR FM 107.1 Abbotsford is scheduled to be on air in two to three weeks.  Meanwhile, CKIS FM 100.5 Hope was tested for the first time yesterday and is expected to be operational in about two weeks.
  • 07/23/01 - CE for the Lower Mainland Rogers stations, Jack Wiebe reports that CKKS-FM-1 Whistler on FM 96.9, which will re-broadcast CKKS FM 96.9 Vancouver, is scheduled for startup around October.
  • 07/23/01 - Former CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver "VTV Breakfast" weather anchor Nicola Crosbie will team up with broadcaster and journalist Nicky Renshaw on CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver.  The program will air daily from 6 to 9 a.m. starting August 8 and deal with women's issues.  News source Joe Leary, The Province
  • 07/22/01 - CKSR FM 98.3 Chilliwack is now testing their new FM transmitter with slogan "Star 98.3, The Valley's New Light Rock".  The Rogers Broadcasting station, which was started as CHWK in 1927 by Casey Wells and Jack Menzies of Menzies Hardware, will vacate the AM 1270 spot later this year. 
  • 07/21/01 - Leonard Asper, president and chief executive officer of CanWest Global Communications Corp. hints at possible further acquisitions.  Sinclair Stewart, National Post  
  • 07/20/01 - CanWest Global Communications Corp. earnings slip but beat analyst's forcasts.  CanWest owns CHAN-TV/8 (BCTV) Vancouver and CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  James Baxter, Vancouver Sun  Sinclair Stewart, National Post
  • 07/19/01 - The FCC has released the following counts of radio stations in the US as of June 30:  4,716 AM stations, 6,000 commercial FMs, 2,216 non-commercial educational FMs  and 3,416 FM translators.  Source, M Street Publications
  • 07/19/01 - The FCC has received 67 applications for low powered FM stations in Washington state.  This and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 07/19/01 - Vancouver partnership Multivan Broadcast Corp. (MVBC), which includes James Ho, owner of Mainstream Broadcasting Corp., operater of Vancouver multicultural station CHMB AM 1320 will compete against Rogers for multicultural TV licence in the city.  Wyng Chow, The Sun
  • 07/18/01 - While the public will not have access to the applications for approximately 30 days, at closing deadline July 13, the CRTC had received only two responses from its call regarding a multicultural television license in Vancouver.  There had been rumors of as many as six, including Global TV.  The two who have applied are Rogers Communications and CHMB AM 1320 Vancouver.
  • 07/18/01 - Glen Harris, KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes PD advises that starting with the "What's Going On?" page, their website is undergoing an extensive overhaul to reflect the new Adult Pop Standards Music Of Your Life programming on the station.
  • 07/18/01 - KCBS-FM “Arrow 93” Los Angeles has dropped the Bob Rivers Show after only two weeks in the station's morning slot.  Program Director Tommy Edwards said, “After overwhelming response to listeners who have called, written and emailed the station, we are returning Joe Benson and music to the morning show.”  KZOK FM 102.5 Seattle is scheduled to pick up the morning show in the fall after a non-compete clause with Rivers' previous employer KISW FM 99.9 Seattle expires.
  • 07/17/01 - Madman Moskowitz has been playing zany tunes for the Northwest for almost 25 years.  "Music with Moskowitz" can be heard on KSER FM 90.7 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday on KYCW AM 1090 from 8 p.m. to midnight.  Sharon Prill, Seattle Times
  • 07/17/01 - Vancouverite Carole Taylor to boost staff morale as new chairwoman of the CBC.  The Province
  • 07/16/01 - Roy A. Robinson, part owner of KRKO AM 1380 Everett, passed away at his home in Mukilteo July 8th at the age 73.  He was also among the founders of Frontier Bank in Everett and co-owned several car dealerships in the Northwest.  Herald Net story
  • 07/16/01 - KUBE FM 93.3 Seattle morning man, Rob "The T-Man" Tepper begins syndication this morning on New Northwest (not related to this website) stations KFAT FM 92.9 Anchorage and KHHK FM 99.7 Yakima.  News source, M Street Publications
  • 07/16/01 - Television wars heat up in Vancouver September 1 as two new stations are added and the major shuffle of networks nears.
  • 07/16/01 - Larry and Willy have tallied up 13 consecutive years as the morning team at CFOX FM 99.3 Vancouver.
  • 07/12/01 - Todd Hancock starts Monday July 16 at CFEX FM 107.3 "extreme" Victoria.   Hancock was most recently at CFOX FM 99.3 Vancouver and replaces outgoing host Ray Grover who moves back to Kelowna.  Program Director Jim Scanlon says more changes are in the works at extreme over the next couple of weeks.  Milkman Unlimited info
  • 07/12/01 - 3250 Low Power FM applications have been filed with the FCC, and as many as 1200 could become licensed in the US. While these are only applications for a CP, in many cases they are unopposed.  Unless petitions to deny are filed, they could become reality quite quickly.  100-watt LPFMs will be licensed exclusively to local groups for the first two years.  Non-local groups will be eligible later on.  And eventually a licensee may own up to 10 stations nationwide.  News source, M Street Publications  Several applications have been filed in the Pacific Northwest.
  • 07/12/01 - The Scandinavian Hour, which has run for over 40 years in the Seattle area, finds its way back to a traditional morning time with its debut on KKNW AM 1150 at 9-10 a.m. starting Aug. 4. - This and other stories at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 07/11/01 - CHWF FM 106.9 "The Wolf"   Nanaimo is planning to start transmitter testing on or about August 4 with an official launch date of September 1.  The station's call letters change from CKEG along with the move from AM 1570. 
  • 07/11/01 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has cancelled the sale of its transmission assets. - Sinclair Stewart, National Post
  • 07/11/01 - Radio in Canada, including the Vancouver market, is showing increased profitability, although more so on FM than AM. - Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/11/01 -  KUOW FM 94.9 Seattle radio personality Lisa Levy leaves the station after 14 years hosting a weekly Latino music show, which also airs in Chicago and San Antonio. - Pam Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 07/10/01 - Assistant program director Mark Addams reports that CKKQ FM 100.3 "The Q" Victoria is starting to shift somewhat away from current music toward a Classic Rock sound.  This will help distinguish it from Modern Rock sister station CJZN FM 91.3 "The Zone".
  • 07/09/01 - The CRTC has denied application by 1158556 Ontario Ltd. to add a low power transmitter of CHIM-FM Timmins, ON in Vancouver.   Although NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS usually does not cover low power radio translators, this one is particularly interesting, as the applicant proposed to use FM 92.9, the frequency already in use by semi-local 50,000 watt at 744 meters HAAT, KISM-FM Bellingham.  It is interesting that the application was not turned down for technical reasons by Industry Canada. - CRTC info  
  • 07/08/01 - New website address for CHLY FM 101.7 Nanaimo.  Not yet on air, the station is still aiming at a September 1st startup.
  • 07/08/01 - The ERP and HAAT have been updated on our FM Page for KEXP FM 90.3 Seattle.  They now are 720 watts and 162.0 meters respectively.
  • 07/07/01 - CKXM FM 91.3 "The Zone" Victoria has a new official set of call letters to match the new slogan and Modern Rock format.  It's now CJZN-FM.
  • 07/06/01 - For the past two days KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes has been running a new format, satellite delivered Music Of Your Life.   The station still keeps it's morning and afternoon North Sound News broadcasts, however it appears all talk programming has been dropped.  As of this writing, their website still does not reflect the format change.
  • 07/05/01 - Former Seattle radio and TV sports host Keith Shipman, president of Horizon Broadcasting Group, says the market for radio deals has slowed.  This and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 07/04/01 - The CRTC has granted a four month extension of the time limit for CHUM Limited to implement CIVI-TV/53 Victoria until Nov. 6, 2001.  CRTC info
  • 07/04/01 - The CRTC has granted a three month extension of the time limit for Trinity Television to implement NOWTV/66 (official call letters not yet released) in the Fraser Valley until Sept. 29, 2001.  CRTC info
  • 07/04/01 - The CRTC has extended from 29 June to 13 July 2001, the deadline (initially announced in Public Notice CRTC 2001-32) for the filing of applications for a licence to carry on a new over-the-air ethnic television programming undertaking to serve Vancouver.
  • 07/04/01 - More on the Pamela Martin switch for a speculated C$300,000 annually and changes to the TV landscape in the Vancouver market - John MacKie, The Sun  Hardip Johal, The Province 
  • 07/03/01 - Long-time CHAN-TV/8 "BCTV" Vancouver news anchor Pamela Martin is leaving to join CIVT-TV/32 "VTV".  Martin will co-anchor the 6pm newscast with Bill Good, who made the switch earlier (see 05/16/01 below).  Existing anchors, Ravi Baishwall and Sonya Nordahl-Currie will be involved in expanded programming at VTV.  More information to follow.
  • 07/03/01 - September 1st TV changes in the Vancouver market are getting closer.  CHAN-TV/8 "BCTV" Vancouver becomes Global B.C., CHEK-TV/6 Victoria will be renamed "CH Victoria", CIVT-TV/32 "VTV" Vancouver will officially become known as CTV British Columbia, and CKVU-TV/10 has been acquired by CHUM and will serve as a sister station to Moses Znaimer's upstart Citytv and New VR in Toronto. - Alex Strachan, The Sun  
  • 07/02/01 - The Pilchuck Audubon Society is drumming up support against the proposal by KRKO AM 1380 Everett to build eight transmission towers in the Snohomish River Valley. - Sharon Wootton, HeraldNet
  • 07/01/01 - A new Biographies heading has been added to NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS Links Page.  The first two listings are the founding father of Northwest rock 'n' roll, Seattle's Pat O'Day and Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Famer, Vancouver's Red Robinson.  Please submit suggestions and bio links to webmaster Gord Lansdell in order for us to add prominent Northwest broadcasters to this list.
  • 06/30/01 - KYPT FM 96.5 is the last Seattle FM with its own independent broadcast tower on Cougar Mountain (see 06/29/01 below).  Their transmitter has been there since it was Classical KLSN in the early 70s.  It subsequently changed to R & B KYAC, then to Top 40/New Wave KYYX from 1977-1984, Adult Contemporary KKMI from 1984-1985, "Quality Hits" KQKT 1985-1987, Album Rock KXRX 1987-1994, "Young Country" KYCW 1994-1999 and '80s Hits "The Point" KYPT 1999 to date.
  • 06/29/01 - The FCC has granted a Construction Permit for transmitter relocation of KYPT FM 96.5 Seattle to Tiger Mountain  47-30-17 121-58-4 and ERP change to 49 kW at 698 meters HAAT.
  • 06/28/01 - Johnny Staub of Power 107 Calgary is reportedly moving west to Vancouver July 10 to fill the evening slot and work with former Power 107 programmer Rob Mise at CKZZ FM 95.3 "Z95.3" Vancouver.  Milkman Unlimited info
  • 06/28/01 - Dick Van Patten is one of the featured guests at this weekend's annual convention of old-time radio shows at Seattle Center, sponsored by the Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound.  KNWX AM 770 Seattle makes a deletion and some changes.  These and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 06/28/01 - Standard Broadcasting has announced that it has bought Telemedia's radio stations in Western Canada and Ontario.  Standard currently owns CKZZ FM 95.3 & CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Telemedia operates several stations in the BC Interior.  Globe and Mail story  The Fan 590 story
  • 06/28/01 - As of the weekend of July 7/8 there will be a re-launching of "Hot/20" with new production, and new host Buzz Bishop of the Z Morning Crew at CKZZ FM 95.3 "Z95.3" Vancouver.  Milkman Unlimited info
  • 06/26/01 - Ray Grover leaves CFEX FM 107.3 "Extreme FM" Victoria to return as breakfast host at CHSU FM 99.9 "Sun FM" Kelowna.  Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 06/26/01 - News announcer/co-host Jennifer Cador leaves the afternoon drive at CFMG FM 104.9 "Easy Rock" Edmonton to do mornings at CFAX AM 1070 Victoria.  Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 06/26/01 - KING-TV/5 Seattle will join other Pacific time zone stations in delaying broadcasts of next February's Winter Olympics. - John Levesque, Seattle P-I   Kay McFadden, Seattle Times
  • 06/25/01 - New website link has been added on our AM Page for KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham.
  • 06/25/01 - Parent Talk with Susan Sierra, on CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver, has been picked up by Weekend Radio Network to be run in Chicago and Las Vegas.
  • 06/25/01 - New website is up and running for CKLR FM 97.3 Courtenay "The Eagle".
  • 06/23/01 - KHCV-TV/45 Seattle is now running Infomercials, Shepherd's Chapel, and a few Kids Shows while KWOG-TV/51 Bellevue has dropped Shop At Home Network in favor of Shop NBC, the former ValueVision. - Thanks to Joe Capitano, who also reports a signal on Channel 61 Seattle IDing as a test channel for Dotcast, a company sending digital content via broadcast TV to Dotcast enabled devices.
  • 06/23/01 - Slogan change for KISW FM 99.9 Seattle to "The Rock Station".
  • 06/23/01 - Vancouver Sports Broadcasters' shuffle:   Don Taylor goes from CKNW AM 980 Vancouver to CTV Sportsnet; Blake Price leaves Sports Page on CKVU-TV Vancouver to anchor Sportsdesk on TSN in Toronto; CKST AM 1040 is talking to TSN's David Pratt and CKNW's Brook Ward to replace Jay Triano who's off to coach national basketball and CKVU-TV's Barry Macdonald may be headed to CKST or CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.
  • 06/23/01 - The FCC has accepted for filing application by Mercer Island School District to increase the ERP of KMIH FM 104.5 Mercer Island from .018 kw to .030 kw with a decrease of HAAT from 71 to 69 meters.
  • 06/23/01 - Oops!  Our power and location map information was outdated for KKOL AM 1300 Seattle.  The info and link has been updated on our AM Page.  TL map
  • 06/21/01 - CKXM FM 91.3 Victoria changed format from Country to Modern Rock "The Zone @ 91.3" at noon today.
  • 06/21/01 - CKXM FM 91.3 Victoria website says: "It's coming. Thursday at noon.  A new station at 91.3 FM."
  • 06/21/01 - When Central Island Broadcasting station CKEG AM 1570 Nanaimo moves to FM 106.9, scheduled for late August, it will be called "The Wolf" with official call letters CHWF.   All three Nanaimo FM stations will broadcast from the same tower at 49-13-20 124-00-07. 
  • 06/21/01 - A look at Sunday morning radio in Seattle.  At 10 pm Saturday, KIXI AM 880 Seattle picks up the syndicated show "Jim Lowe and Company" hosted by the singer who had the hit "Green Door".   These and other noteworthy radio items - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 06/20/01 - Dan Russell's Sports Talk returns to CKNW AM 980 Vancouver September 1st.  Russell's highly rated show was dropped by the station last July due to a dispute with the Vancouver Canucks.  Russell has been a part of the morning show on CKST AM 1040 "The Team" since early May, where he tendered his resignation last week. - Ted Wendland, The Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 06/20/01 - The "Twisted" Bob Rivers Show joins the Los Angeles morning drive radio scene at KCBS-FM “Arrow 93” on July 2.  The former morning host at KISW FM 99.9 Seattle has been broadcasting as a dot com in recent months due to a non-compete clause.  KZOK FM 102.5 Seattle is scheduled to pick up the morning show in the fall. - Thanks to Ted Wendland, The Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 06/20/01 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia is back on the air with Automated Oldies.  The station was forced to relocate its transmitter and is now diplexing with KLDY AM 1280.  New TL
  • 06/19/01 - Kelly Alford, Vice President of Engineering for The Ackerley Group reports that the new KJR AM 950 50 kw transmitter has been operating for about three weeks.  All testing now has been completed and final FCC license to cover is expected soon.  The new TL is near Tacoma, about 20 miles south of the old one.
  • 06/19/01 - KJR AM 950 Seattle gets ever closer to 50,000 watts with testing of their new transmitter.  Rumors have it that the switch should be turned on permanently by mid July.
  • 06/18/01 - Seattle broadcasters named top TV anchors in Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony. - John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 06/14/01 - NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS pays tribute to broadcaster Rick Jonasson who passed away peacefully just before noon on Wednesday June 13th at Surrey Memorial Hospital after a courageous fight with stomach cancer.   Rick's early days in radio included announcing duties at CFCP Courtenay and CJJC Langley in the 1960's.   More recently Rick was Assistant Instructor of Radio Broadcast Communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Operations Manager of CFML, the campus carrier current radio station. 
  • 06/14/01 - The CRTC has issued a correction regarding Canadian content to decision CRTC 2000-218, dated July 6, 2000, which authorized a new TV station (NOWTV) for Trinity Television ch. 66 in the Fraser Valley.   CRTC Info
  • 06/14/01 - KSER FM 90.7 Everett is unique in it's live coverage of AquaSox professional baseball, which starts its fourth season.  This and other stories from Radio Beat, Bill Virgin Seattle P-I.
  • 06/09/01 - A few more programming tweaks at CKZZ FM 95.3 Vancouver as the Zed Morning Crew will end at 9 a.m. with Erin Wilde hosting a new Top 9 @ 9 weekdays. - Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 06/09/01 - CanWest Global & Rogers Communications talk co-operation. - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 06/07/01 - Kent Phillips and Alan Budwill celebrate 15 years as morning team on KPLZ -FM 101.5 Seattle.  KISW FM 99.9 Seattle music director Cathy Faulkner leaves July 9 / John Sebastian is new PD.   Bob Case and C.J. Silas are new morning hosts at KBTB FM 95.7 Seattle. - These and other items: Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/06/01 - Summary of new stations for the Vancouver/Vancouver Island/Fraser Valley areas - William Boei, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/06/01 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia, which has been off air for several months due to transmitter relocation, appears to be preparing for relaunch.  The station is currently airing public service announcements and IDs. 
  • 06/05/01 - New morning show host on CKBD AM 600 Vancouver is veteran broadcaster Tom Jeffries.  Tom spent ten years at CKKS FM 96.9 (97KissFM) Vancouver and several years at other CHUM Limited stations including CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver.  News release from 600AM website
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved application by FOCUS Entertainment Group for a new station to operate in Vancouver on FM 94.5 with an ERP of 46,000 watts.  The station will be known as "The Beat" and offer a format of Urban Music, similar to stations recently licensed in Calgary and Toronto.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved in part, application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for a new Vancouver station to broadcast programming from the CBC's French language service La Chaîne culturelle.  The Commisssion denies the use of FM 94.5 but suggests it re-apply for FM 90.9.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved in part, application by Gary Farmer, on behalf of Aboriginal Voices Radio.   The Commisssion denies the use of FM 90.9 but suggests it re-apply for another frequency.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved in part, application by Simon Fraser Campus Radio Society for a new Burnaby community-based campus station.  The Commisssion denies the use of FM 90.9 but suggests it re-apply for another frequency.  The station, CJSF, has operated on carrier current and cable for several years.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has denied application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to add a Victoria transmitter on FM 88.9 for French language CBUF-FM Vancouver.  The Commission, which previously approved the application in part, has directed the CBC to find an alternate frequency for this monaural service, likely FM 88.1.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting to convert CFSR AM 850 Abbotsford to FM 107.1 with an ERP of 215 watts.  The station's format will change slightly from Oldies to Gold-based Adult Contemporary.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Central Island Broadcasting to convert CKEG AM 1570 Nanaimo to FM 106.9 with an ERP of 1,600 watts.  The station's format will change from Oldies to Great OIdies and Great 80s.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Radio Malaspina Society for a new community-based campus station to operate in Nanaimo on FM 101.7 with an ERP of 1,300 watts.  The station, CHLY, plans to devote more than 5% of its weekly schedule to foreign language programming.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has denied all other applications for a new station to operate in Vancouver on FM 94.5.  CRTC Info
  • 06/05/01 - CRTC Introductory statement to Decisions CRTC 2001-312 to 2001-320: Radio applications considered at the 20 November 2000 public hearing in Burnaby, B.C.
  • 06/05/01 - The CRTC has called for comments on a proposed policy to oversee the transition from analog to digital over-the-air television broadcasting in Canada.  CRTC Info
  • 06/04/01 - On-air shuffling at CKZZ FM 95.3 (Z-95) Vancouver sees Big Daddy move to evenings and Rick Bailey on overnight.  Hot 10 @ 10 is being dropped for the syndicated Carson Daly's Most Requested.  Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 06/04/01 - More on ex-Seattlite Aaron Brown (see 05/31/01) as he heads off to CNN - John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 06/02/01 - CKXM FM 91.3 Victoria has made a staff realignment that includes the departure of morning show hosts Peter Schaad and Kerry Campbell and mid-day host Trish Gal.   Scott James takes over morning show duties while Kate Graham assumes mid-days.  On Monday, June 4, "X91 Three" will go back to a Pure Country sound, vacating their New Country/Pop hybrid they've been experimenting with over the last 8 months.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 06/02/01 - Starting September 1st, Toronto's CITY-TV guru Moses Znaimer will be bringing local production to the Vancouver-Victoria TV markets on CIVI-TV Victoria and, subject to CRTC approval, CKVU-TV Vancouver.
  • 06/01/01 - KKNW AM 1150 Seattle "News Channel 1150", formerly KSRB, launches at 6 a.m.
  • 05/31/01 - Former KING and KIRO TV anchor Aaron Brown to join CNN - Seattle P-I
  • 05/31/01 - Nationally syndicated "Honky Tonk Sundays" with Ichabod Caine ends a seven year run June 17th.  This and other Seattle radio items by Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I.
  • 05/30/01 - Access to this website was not available through our domain name of nwbroadcasters.com for a number of hours spanning last Monday and Tuesday.  This was due to equipment failure affecting thousands of websites at our domain name provider Domain Direct.   The company has made assurances that the problem has been fully resolved.   Access to our secondary pages via their direct url addresses was not affected during the outage.  We apologize for this inconvenience.
  • 05/29/01 - When KSRB AM 1150 Seattle switches to All-News at 6 a.m. Friday June 1, the station's website address changes to www.newschannel1150.com
  • 05/29/01 - Five companies have indicated they will apply to the CRTC for a new multicultural TV station in the Vancouver area. - William Boei, The Sun
  • 05/28/01 - New website link added for CHOO FM 101.7 Tofino.
  • 05/28/01 - New website link added for KHHO AM 850 Tacoma.
  • 05/26/01 - Yet more on the continuing saga of Canadians watching US TV - George Bragues National Post
  • 05/26/01 - Sandusky Radio station KSRB AM 1150 Seattle will switch formats from Classic R & B to All-News and call letters KKNW-AM Friday June 1.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I 
  • 05/25/01 - Long time CKZZ FM 95.3 "Z95" evening radio host, Freeway Frank leaves to join CKFM FM 99.9 Toronto.  
  • 05/25/01 - Well known Vancouver radio personality and former morning show host for CJJR FM 93.7 and CKWX AM 1130, Jim Fraser has resurfaced as the new host of the CKNW AM 980 Sea Watch.
  • 05/25.01 - Twelve year KCTS Channel 9 "Serious Money" host, Barry Mitzman is leaving to join recently opened Bellevue office of New York PR and ad company.   Seattle P-I story
  • 05/24/01 - There will be extensive live coverage of the Northwest Folklife Festival this weekend on KSER FM 90.7 and KBCS FM 91.3.  This and other notes from Bill Virgin's Radio Beat in the Seattle P-I.  Folklife Festival background story from Paul de Barros, Seattle Times.
  • 05/20/01 - The weekly two-hour mad music and crazy comedy show Dr. Demento returns to the Northwest Sunday nights at 10 on KISM FM 92.9 Bellingham.
  • 05/19/01 - Public Radio Conference concludes at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center - D. Parvaz, Seattle P-I
  • 05/18/01 - Central Island Broadcating has applied to the CRTC to move CKCI AM 1350 Parksville to FM 88.5 with an ERP of 960 watts.
  • 05/17/01 - The spring 2001 Bureau of Broadcast Measurement ratings for the Vancouver area have been released.  Click here for information 
  • 05/17/01 - KUBE FM 93.3 Seattle morning man, Rob "The T-Man" Tepper goes into national syndication with Premier Radio Networks July 9th.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I story.
  • 05/16/01 - The three-way network shuffle (CTV, Global, CHUM) involving Vancouver/Victoria TV stations, CHAN (BCTV), CIVT (VTV), CHEK and CKVU is scheduled for September 1.   As a result, one of western Canada's most respected broadcasters, Bill Good is moving from BCTV to anchor the supper-hour newscast at VTV.  He will continue to host his CKNW AM 980 radio show.
  • 05/14/01 - Veteran Newsman Bob Livingston passed away in Kelowna hospital from a very short battle with Cancer.  He spent many years at CFUN and CKLG and had moved to Salmon Arm a few years ago.  He spent the last year at KBS in the West Kootenays. - Thanks to Wayne Kelly and Milkman Unlimited for this information.
  • 05/13/01 - KMNT FM 102.9 Centralia has dropped its K-103 moniker in favor of "Country 102.9 KMNT". 
  • 05/13/01 - More Howard Stern Show on KISW FM 99.9 Seattle from Mark Rahner, The Seattle Times.
  • 05/12/01 - The Howard Stern Show starts Monday morning, May 14th on KISW FM 99.9 Seattle.  ID change to "Classic Rock That Really Rocks". 
  • 05/12/01 - Identification change for KVI AM 570 Seattle to "KVI Talk Radio 570, More Stimulating Talk".  KVI's streaming audio is temporarily interrupted due to loss of service provider.
  • 05/11/01 - The CRTC has denied application by CKVU Sub Inc., licensee of CKVU-TV Vancouver, to create a new trust arrangement for their shares.  CRTC info   The station has since been sold to CHUM Television pending CRTC approval.
  • 05/11/01 - Background information on retired Vancouver DJ Red Robinson's induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame from their website.
  • 05/11/01 - National Public Radio news magazine program All Things Considered turns 30, plus other radio items of note for the Seattle area - Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/08/01 - CKST AM 1040 Vancouver gets The Team going with minor glitches.
  • 05/07/01 - CKST AM 1040 Vancouver officially launched their new Team 1040 All Sports format at 10:40 a.m. PDT.  The Team sports network debuted nationally across Canada at 12 noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT)
  • 05/05/01 - With the launch of a new national sports network in Canada on May 7, comes the end of an era for the new network's kingpin, CHUM AM 1050 Toronto.  In 1958 CHUM was the first Canadian station to program full time Top Forty.
  • 05/05/01 - More stories on the launch of The Team, Canada's national sports radio network, of which CKST AM 1040 (to air Seattle Mariners games) is the Vancouver affiliate.  Chris Jones, National Post
  • 05/04/01 - CKST AM 1040 Vancouver officially launches Team 1040 All Sports Radio Monday May 7 at 10:40 a.m. 
  • 05/03/01 - KMPS FM 94.1 Seattle pulls first place in the winter quarterly Arbitron ratings.  Additionally, KKMO AM 1360 Tacoma adds 3 hours of Spanish music weekdays.  Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer story
  • 05/02/01 - The CRTC has extended the time limit to December 9, 2001 for Rogers Broadcasting to start up CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack (move from AM 1270).  CRTC info
  • 05/02/01 - Columnist Dan Russell and broadcaster Bill Courage to join CKST AM 1040 Vancouver "The Team" when it launches all sports radio Monday May 7.
  • 05/01/01 - Popular CKVU-TV Vancouver program, Sports Page will move to CHEK-TV Victoria on September 2.  Global TV story
  • 05/01/01 - Howard Stern Show on KISW weekdays 6-10 a.m. - story from Seattle Post-Intellingencer.
  • 04/30/01 - The Lex & Terry Show debuts on KFNK FM 104.9 Eatonville.  The Howard Stern Show starts May 14th, mornings on KISW FM 99.9 Seattle.
  • 04/30/01 - More on the continuing saga of Canadians watching American TV - Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 04/26/01 - The FCC has granted application by KGHO AM 920 Olympia for a transmitter location change to 47-3-44 122-49-49 with power of 3 kw day and .007 kw night non-directional.  The station is currently off air.
  • 04/26/01 - The new Christian TV station on channel 66 in the Fraser Valley area of BC is scheduled to be on air in September.  The station will be using the slogan NOWTV.
  • 04/26/01 - Some US stations discontinued live internet streaming, but many have ventured back with changes to commercials.  Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • 04/25/01 - Short lived interim format?  CKST AM 1040 Vancouver has moved to commercial-free Classic Rock.  The station is scheduled to join the CHUM Sports Network May 7 with an All Sports format "The Team - 110 Percent Sports". 
  • 04/25/01 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle has dropped its live audio stream due to a loss of service provider, but continues with video news clips.  The station is now using the slogan "Talk Radio With Personality". 
  • 04/24/01 - Canadians may receive US signals with antennas, but not with dishes - National Post editorial
  • 04/21/01 - CTV fears more onerous regulations than rivals - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 04/20/01 - CanWest rejects CRTC code as 'unconstitutional' - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 04/20/01 - State has no place in the newsroom - Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 04/19/01 - Local content key to future of Canadian television.  Zena Olijnyk, National Post story
  • 04/19/01 - KUBE FM 93.3 Seattle celebrates its 20th anniversary, while KMTT FM 103.7 Tacoma turns ten years old.  Bill Virgin, Seattle PI story
  • 04/16/01 - Ottawa, The CRTC, Cancon and the Canadian TV Networks - Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 04/14/01 - House of Commons committee to launch probe into Canada's TV industry.  National Post story
  • 04/14/01 - More stories on the sale of CKVU-TV:  National Post 
  • 04/13/01 - New website and url for KRKO AM 1380 Everett. 
  • 04/13/01 - CKVU-TV Channel 10 Vancouver has been sold to CHUM Television.  Many thanks to Dave Youell, Chief Engineer CFUN/QM/FM Vancouver.  The C$125 million deal is subject to CRTC approval.  Selling the station was a condition of a 1999 CanWest acquisition of eight new stations to add to its stable of newspapers, cable channels and radio networks.  CHUM recently received the nod for a new Victoria TV station, CIVI, which is expected to be on air this coming fall.  Story and video from Pulse24.com
  • 04/12/01 - CKST AM 1040 Vancouver is once again transmitting in AM stereo after running in mono for several months due to technical difficulties. 
  • 04/12/01 - Word has been received that newsman and talk host Bill Munson passed away in January.  Munson worked at such Seattle area stations as KOL, KAYO and KJR (partnering there with Gary Lockwood in an afternoon drive show).  According to colleague Bill Taylor, Munson also worked at stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, under his real name B.R. Bradbury, and in Vancouver.  Info from Seattle PI.
  • 04/11/01 - CKST AM 1040 Vancouver is now set to debut with all sports programming May 7.   Affiliation will be with the CHUM Sports Network coast to coast from flagship CHUM AM 1050 Toronto, which is currently featuring a goodbye reunion of its oldies format.
  • 04/03/01 - The FCC has granted application by KWOK AM 1490 Hoquiam to change city of license to Cosmopolis with transmitter location change to 46-57-30 123-48-35.  Transmitter power will be 1kw day/.76 kw night.
  • 04/02/01 - The CRTC has approved the following applications in respect to CKVU-TV Channel 10 Vancouver:  confidentiality of information by CKVU Sub Inc. and extension of the CanWest Trust by the Global Television Network.
  • 03/30/01 - University of Washington station KCMU FM 90.3 has announced a new partnership with the Experience Music Project.   Call letter change to KEXP, same format, improved programming.  New web address www.kexp.org   Seattle Times story.  Paul Allen press release.  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 03/29/01 - KYCW AM 1090 Seattle is now broadcasting their Classic Country format in AM Stereo. 
  • 03/29/01 - Bellevue Community College station KBCS FM 91.3 tweaks its format of news and commentary programs.  Full story from Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intellingencer.
  • 03/22/01 - KISW FM 99.9 Seattle has tweaked its format slightly to exclude most new releases, tagging it "classic rock that really rocks".  Full story from Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  • 03/16/01 - The CRTC will hold hearings starting April 17th on the carriage of CTV programming in the BC Interior.  On September 1, CHAN (BCTV) Vancouver, and CHEK Victoria will become Global affiliates, while CTV owned CIVT Vancouver becomes the CTV affiliate.  CRTC info
  • 03/16/01 - The CRTC decision on the new 94.5 FM Vancouver station, originally expected in March, is to be released in May.
  • 03/11/01 - Spencer Broadcasting has applied to the FCC for a transmitter location change for station KGHO AM 920 Olympia.  New location will be 47-3-44 122-49-49 with power of 3 kw day and .017 kw night non-directional.  Currently off air, the station will transmit from the same facilities as KLDY AM 1280 Lacey when it returns.
  • 03/07/01 - I want my MTV!   More thoughts on overhauling the CRTC by Matthew Fraser, National Post.
  • 03/05/01 - KSRB AM 1150 Seattle is now running with night time power increased from 5 to 6 kw.   Thanks to Brian Lord, source M Street Journal.
  • 03/05/01 - Crusade to purify private TV in Canada is a waste of money.  Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 03/04/01 - KRWM FM 106.9 Seattle is now operating from new transmitter facilities with improved signal.
  • 03/04/01 - The 6.8 Northwest earthquake Feb. 28th claimed one radio casualty: KJR AM 950 Seattle was knocked off the air for about 45 minutes due to loss of power. The station returned to the air at about 12:30 p.m. despite damage to a tower and a water main break, temporarily using a tower slated for relocation to Tacoma.  None of the other Ackerly stations was affected.
  • 03/03/01 - The Government of Canada is establishing a task force to determine the future of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.  National Post story
  • 03/02/01 - The CRTC has approved an application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to increase the HAAT and decrease the ERP of CBCV FM 90.5 Victoria to provide better signal coverage.  CRTC details
  • 03/01/01 - The House of Commons heritage committee will launch hearings this spring into the future of the Canadian broadcasting system.   National Post story
  • 03/01/01 - The CRTC has issued its report on the establishment of multicultural television for the Vancouver area and a call for applications for a new station.  Complete report   National Post story
  • 02/01 - The FCC has granted application for assignment of license of KSWW FM 102.1 Elma from Marrow, Inc. to Gregory J. Smith.  FCC info
  • 02/01 - NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS pays tribute to another radio personality well known to fans in this area.  Daryl Burlingham, known on air as Daryl B, passed away from a stroke February 27 in Winnipeg.  Thank you to Ted Wendland of the Puget Sound Radio Guide for this information.
  • 02/01 - The US Federal Aviation Administration has approved the eight radio towers proposed for construction in the Lord's Hill valley by KRKO AM 1380 Everett.   The new towers, opposed by environmentalists, are required for the station's new 50,000 watt transmitter.  Further info from the Everett Herald. 
  • 02/01 - With much sadness I pass this on...AM600 morning man Rick Honey finally lost his battle with throat cancer.  His last airshift was Thursday, Feb. 22.

  • 02/01 - NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS pays tribute to veteran Vancouver broadcaster Rick Honey who passed away Saturday February 24.  He was the current morning host on CKBD AM 600.  Rick started in radio in Winnipeg in the early 60's.  He moved to CKLG (now CJNW) AM 730 in 1969 and went on to spend many years as the afternoon drive host at CKNW AM 980.  CKNW website story. 
  • 02/01 - Applications have been filed with the FCC by Pamplin Broadcasting-Washington Inc. for construction permits for new AM stations on 730 in Hoquiam and on 740 in Redmond.  FCC info
  • 02/01 - KBCS FM 91.3 Bellevue has applied to the FCC for a small power increase to 8000 watts, a slight decrease in HAAT to 64 meters, with a non-directional antenna and a change in antenna location.  KBCS has been experiencing interference in some areas from CKXM FM 91.3 Victoria since that station came on the air.
  • 02/01 - Call letter change from KBLO to KVRI AM 1600 Blaine, Way Broadcasting Inc.  Station is not yet on air.
  • 02/01 - CHEK-TV Channel 6 Victoria may be rebranded as "CH" and follow the prime time schedule of CHCH-TV Hamilton.  National Post story.
  • 02/01 - New websites have been added for KBRD AM 680 Lacey and KLDY AM 1280 Lacey (under construction).
  • 02/01 - Will CKST AM 1040 link up with the CHUM Radio Group instead of Telemedia Radio and not become "The Fan" after all?  If so, it still will be All Sports, but with a different affiliation. 
  • 02/01 - KSVR FM 90.1 Mount Vernon g.m. Rip Robbins reports their construction permit for a frequency change to 91.7 is nearing approval by the FCC.  Construction will likely start this spring with their new antenna located off campus on a city owned tower on Little Mountain.  Coverage is expected south to Silvana and west to Oak Harbor. 
  • 02/01 - Brand new website for KNWX AM 770 Seattle. 
  • 02/01 - New website address for KBLE AM 1050 Seattle with satellite feed from EWTN Global Catholic Network.
  • 02/01 - FM 95.7 Seattle "The Beat" has changed call letters from KMBX to KBTB. 
  • 02/01 - Vancouver's second all news station, CJNW AM 730, "NW2 24 Hour News Radio Powered by CKNW" premiered on schedule at midnight February 1, replacing long time music station CKLG.  CKNW website info
  • 01/01 - Grand Slam Radio takes over CKST AM 1040 Vancouver February 1, with an interim format until the launch of The Fan on April 1. 
  • 01/01 - Click here for Larry Waldbillig's very sad tribute to a once great radio station - CKLG AM 730 Vancouver.   Official format change from music to news is at midnight Jan. 31/Feb. 1.
  • 01/01 - Kevin Newman leaves ABC's World News Tonight to anchor Global's new Vancouver-based national suppertime news show to debut September 4.   Vancouver Province story.
  • 01/01 - CHEK-TV Channel 6 Victoria is now running some Global Network programming starting with Superbowl, Survivor, Traders and Titans.  In September they and sister station CHAN-TV (BCTV) Channel 8 Vancouver will become Global affiliates, CKVU-TV Channel 10 Vancouver will drop the network and CIVT Channel 32 Vancouver will be the CTV affiliate. 
  • 01/01 - CKST AM 1040 format change to All Sports "The Fan" is scheduled to take place April 1.  New station owner is Grand Slam Radio headed by former Global TV Sports anchor Paul Carson.
  • 01/01 - The FCC has granted application by Family Stations Inc. to modify the license from commercial to non-commercial for KARR AM 1460 Kirkland.  FCC Info
  • 01/01 - Two All Sports stations for the Vancouver market?  Toronto broadcaster CHUM Ltd. says it is starting a national all-sports AM radio network called The Team that will include a Vancouver station.  Vancouver Sun story.  Vancouver Province story.
  • 01/01 - New website address for KYPT FM 96.5 "The Point" Seattle. 
  • 01/01 - KBLE AM 1050 Seattle returned to the air Jan. 20 with a satellite all Catholic format from EWTN Global Catholic Network. 
  • 01/01 - Update: Industry Canada now has rejected the use of FM 94.5 on a temporary basis by CHLY Radio Malaspina Nanaimo due to potential interference with the low power Lions Gate Bridge and Fraser River Floodwatch information stations on the same frequency.  CHLY will be on air at FM 101.7 as soon as clearance is given by the CRTC.  (see 12/00 below).
  • 01/01 - The FCC has granted the application for assignment of license for KBLE AM 1050 Seattle, from HHH Broadcasting Inc. to Sacred Heart Radio Inc.   FCC Info
  • 01/01 - CKLG AM 730 Vancouver is changing call letters to CJNW on February 1, with a format change to News/Talk.
  • 01/01 - The FCC has accepted for filing, license to cover construction permit BPET-19990701KJ, Puget Sound Educational TV, Inc. KDWK ch. 56 Tacoma, transmitter location and ERP change.  FCC Info
  • 01/01 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of licenses for KELA AM 1470 Centralia-Chehalis and KMNT FM 102.9 Centralia, plus several other WA stations from Jacor Broadcasting of Washington, Inc. to Citicasters Licenses Inc.  FCC Info
  • 12/00 - CHLY Radio Malaspina Nanaimo is awaiting a CRTC license for 2 kW on FM 101.7.  Pending approval, CHLY expects be on air with full power by summer 2001.
  • 12/00 - The CRTC has approved the application for authority to transfer the assets of CKVU-TV Channel 10 Vancouver and its retransmitter CKVU-TV-1 Channel 5 Courtenay from CanWest Television Inc. to its wholly-owned subsidiary CKVU Sub Inc.  CRTC website details.
  • 12/00 - The CRTC has approved the application by Grand Slam Radio Inc. to take over the assets of CKST AM 1040 from Radio One Broadcasting Corp.  A format change to All Sports will follow by February or March.  CRTC website details.
  • 12/00 - The CRTC has approved the application by Global Television to change hours of local and news programming on CHEK-TV Channel 6 Victoria -- as a previous condition of Global's acquisition of the station.  CRTC website details.
  • 12/00 - The long awaited power increase to 50 kw for KJR AM 950 Seattle will undergo final testing during the first week of January.
  • 12/00 - Long time rocker CKLG AM 730 Vancouver will likely change format to some form of News/Talk in the next few weeks.  Joe Leary story -Vancouver Province.
  • 12/00 - The CRTC has approved the application by Rogers Communications to move CKIS (formerly CKGO) AM 1240 Hope to FM 100.5 with a three month transition period.  Details from CRTC.
  • 12/00 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC to increase the height above average terrain of CBCV FM 90.5 Victoria with a commensurate decrease in effective radiated power.  Details from CRTC website. (Item 4)
  • 12/00 - KWBN-TV Channel 51 Bellevue has changed call letters for a second time.  It previously was KBEH-TV and is now KWOG-TV.   
  • 12/00 - The CRTC has granted approval for BCE Inc. to assume control of Canadian television network CTV Inc.   Details from CRTC website.
  • 12/00 - CBC Television is converting their satellite signal distribution to their stations across Canada from analog to digital during December and January.  Further information.
  • 12/00 - KITZ AM 1400 Silverdale reportedly has been sold.  No further details are yet available.
  • 12/00 - As of December 1, Shaw Communications assumed the cable and @Home Internet Service in British Columbia previously operated by Rogers Communications.  During the past few months the access and download speed of this and other @Home sites deteriorated noticeably.  Shaw has committed a large investment to vastly improve the @Home service with increased server capacity and local routing.   We eagerly look forward to these improvements.  When operating at full potential, we are confident that this and other @Home sites in this area will once again download at lightning speed.  We thank you for your patience.
  • 11/00 - KBLE AM 1050 Seattle has been sold by HHH Broadcasting for $3.2 million to Sacred Heart Radio, which represents their first entry into the radio market.  The station is off the air until January pending FCC approval. 
  • 11/00 - KBEH-TV Channel 51 Bellevue has changed call letters to KWBN-TV and is running programming from Shop At Home Network.  
  • 11/00 - KZIZ AM 1560 has filed to change their city of license from Sumner to Pacific.
  • 11/00 - Pamplin Broadcasting of Portland has filed applications for several new AM stations in Washington and Oregon, including Redmond, WA 740 AM 50 kw day 4.4 kw night; and Hoquiam, WA 730 AM 1 kw day & night.
  • 11/00 - The CRTC has approved the application by Rogers Communications to move the CKVX Chilliwack studio to Vancouver.  Details from CRTC website.
  • 11/00 - The CRTC hearing continues, to consider applications for FM Radio Licences in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Abbotsford.  Details from CRTC website.
  • 11/00 - The CRTC is preparing a report on the establishment of over-the-air television services to meet the needs of the Greater Vancouver Area’s multicultural, multilingual and multiracial population.   Click for CRTC news release. 
  • 11/00 - Format change for CFOX FM 99.3 Vancouver to "The Ultimate Rock Experience, New Rock Now".
  • 11/00 - KFNK (formerly KKBY) FM 104.9, Eatonville has been granted a change of license allotment from class A to C3.  This change also involves stations in Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Spokane, and Newport, WA and short spacing to CKLZ FM 104.7, Kelowna, BC.   Details from FCC website.
  • 11/00 - Legendary Rock & Roll DJ and Hall of Famer Red Robinson has retired.  He hosted his final show on CISL AM 650 Vancouver November 8 after a career which spanned back to 1954.  His stations included CJOR, CKWX, KGW (Portland), CFUN, CKNW, KVOS-TV and CISL.  He also hosted performances by Elvis, The Beatles and many many more.  Canadian Communications Foundation Bio and Photo
  • 11/00 - The CRTC has granted CanWest Global Communications an extension to sell CKVU Channel 10 Vancouver to December 29.   After that time, all sale negotiations will be carried out by a trustee approved by the commission.
  • 11/00 - KHHO AM 850 Tacoma has replaced its KJR AM 950 Seattle simulcast for the new FOX Sports Radio Network.
  • 11/00 - CanWest Global Communications has asked the CRTC to extend the deadline for divesting its assets of CKVU Channel 10 Vancouver from November 6, 2000 to May 2001. 
  • 10/00 - New web address for KMBX FM 95.7 Seattle. 
  • 10/00 - Watch for format and personnel changes at CFOX FM 99.3 Vancouver in the near future due to a slip in ratings.
  • 10/00 - Although the following is not strictly within the scope of this website, it is significant in Canadian media news: The CRTC has approved an asset swap between Rogers Cable and Shaw Cable which will see Shaw taking over cable systems in British Columbia December 1 in exchange for Rogers gaining customers in Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.  Click here for info from CRTC.
  • 10/00 - Format change for KMBX FM 95.7 Seattle, to "Jammin' Oldies", with new slogan, "95.7, the Beat, The Rhythm of Seattle".
  • 10/00 - Grand Slam Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CKST AM 1040 Vancouver from Radio One Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 10/00 - KXPA AM 1540 Bellevue has dropped the Z-Spanish Radio Network in favor of Multicultural & Local programming.
  • 09/00 - Applications have been filed with the CRTC for new FM stations on 90.9 and 94.5 in the Vancouver area and on 106.9 in Nanaimo.  Click here for details and here for amendments.
  • 09/00 - Call Letter changes for Rogers Broadcasting stations (Radio Max) CKMA AM 850 Abbotsford to CFSR, CKGO AM 1240 Hope to CKIS, and CHWK AM 1270 Chilliwack to CKSR.
  • 09/00 - New website link for CISL AM 650 Richmond.
  • 09/00 - Format change for KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood/KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton from Triangle Broadcasting (gay and lesbian programming) to computer automated Oldies.
  • 09/00 - Construction will begin soon for the new transmitter facilities for KWDK, Channel 56 on West Tiger Mountain, under the FM array on the east tower.  KDWK was recently purchased by Daystar of Dallas.  Their antenna will be mounted on the east tower under the FM array.  KWPX 33, KCHV 45 and KWOG 51 are currently operating from Tiger.
  • 09/00 - KBLE AM 1050 has been sold for $2.85 million to HHH Broadcasting, who have also purchased KARS, AM 860 in Belen, NM.
  • 09/00 - KCMS FM 105.3 Edmonds has moved their transmitter to Cougar Mountain.  Power has been lowered to compensate for the increased height.   They were the last FM station in this area with a grandfathered power output - 115,000 watts.  The current allowable maximum is 100,000.
  • 09/00 - CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria has changed to a new Hot 103 format along with their call letter change from CJVI, AM 900.
  • 09/00 - CKMO Victoria is now broadcasting on AM 900 which is a frequency swap from FM 103.1.

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