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  • 12/31/02 - Art Bell, heard on at least seven stations in this area, retires after tonight's program.   His website will also disappear after today's show.  WA affiliates  BC affiliates
  • 12/31/02 - Dal Richards, Vancouver's last swing-era king, marks his 67th consecutive New Years Eve gig tonight at the Pan Pacific Hotel.  He also hosts Dal's Place Saturday and Sunday evenings on CKBD AM 600.  John Mackie, The Sun
  • 12/30/02 - In the latest example of television news partnering in the Seattle area, KIRO-TV/7 will co-produce an evening newscast to be shown nightly at 10 p.m. on KSTW-TV/11 early in the new year.  Sandy Brown, Mediaweek  John Levesque, The P-I  Thanks to Kevin
  • 12/27/02 - After running all Christmas music for about a month, "Vancouver's newest radio adventure" launched at 8 a.m. today as CKKS-FM 96.9 "KISS-FM" changed to "JACK FM - playing what we want", an apparent loose mix of classic hits.
  • 12/26/02 - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I looks at changes in Seattle radio during 2002 and takes a look forward to 2003.
  • 12/25/02 - CKKS-FM 96.9 "KISS-FM" Vancouver is about to kiss it's call letters and current smooth hits format goodbye.  According to announcements made this evening, the change is scheduled for Friday, December 27 at 8 a.m. with further details to be announced December 26.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 12/21/02 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle owner Fisher Communications Inc. has sold three Kent Valley industrial properties for just under $38.5 million.  Seattle P-I story
  • 12/20/02 - The Seattle area Fall '02 Phase 2 ratings are little changed from last month.  Details
  • 12/20/02 - Aboriginal Voices Radio has applied to the CRTC to amend its proposed new Vancouver FM station by operating it on 92.3 Mhz with an ERP of 1200 watts.  CRTC Info   Additional application has been filed to add an AM transmitter at Abbotsford to operate at 850 kHz with a power of 10,000 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 12/19/02 - Clear Channel Communications has filed to acquire KFNK-FM 104.9 "Funky Monkey" Eatonville.  The asset purchase agreement is between current owner, Rock on Radio, LLC and Ackerley Media Group, Inc., owned by Clear Channel.  The purchase price is $4.5 million.
  • 12/19/02 - As we head into the last weekend before Christmas, a number of holiday programs grace the Seattle area radio dial.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/18/02 - Former CISL AM 650/CKZZ-FM 95.3 "Z-95.3" Vancouver PD Rob Mise has accepted the position of Operations Manager with the new NewCap dance format station in Ottawa.  The station requires both on and off-air personnel.  Milkman Job Info
  • 12/18/02 - Another area station, CIOC-FM 98.5 "The Ocean" Victoria, has joined the all-Christmas ranks.  Now we have Christmas on the Ocean, Christmas on the Bay, Merry KISSmas, a WARM Christmas and a Classic Christmas.  Thanks to Brian Walks.
  • 12/18/02 - The CRTC has extended the time limit to August 31, 2003 for Multivan Broadcast Corporation to start its new multilingual ethnic television station in Vancouver.  The company has announced that broadcasting will begin next Spring.  CRTC info
  • 12/14/02 - A feature in-depth story about Ed Bain, a mainstay at CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria since its inception fifteen years ago.  Mike Devlin, Times-Colonist
  • 12/14/02 - Edie Hilliard, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Jones Radio Networks, Seattle has been named the Washington State Association of Broadcasters 2002 Broadcaster of the Year.  The award is presented to a broadcaster who has made a significant and lasting contribution to Washington broadcasting by virtue of a singular achievement or continuing service on behalf of the industry.  Thanks to John, Bcst Svs
  • 12/14/02 - "Rewind", produced by KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle, hosted by Bill Radke, and run on 108 stations, will be winding down at the end of March.  Caitlin Cleary, Seattle Times
  • 12/14/02 - Another Seattle TV news anchor is moving on.  KIRO-TV/7 is losing AP's 1996 "Reporter of the Year", Brad Goode to CNBC, where he will co-host "Wake Up Call".  Seattle P-I
  • 12/13/02 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. has received inquiries about buying all or parts of the company.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 12/13/02 - The court has now lifted a publication ban on the name of the radio personality allegedly harassed by Rachel Marsden.  He is former CKLG and CFUN DJ Michael Morgan.  Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/12/02 - Is the flow-through of news personnel to bigger challenges at KCPQ-TV/13 complimentary to the station or does it cost it viewers?  Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
  • 12/12/02 - A rundown of Christmas programs carried on Seattle stations, "Little Steven's Underground Garage" is delivered from CKKQ-FM 100.3 "The Q" Victoria, plus other radio notes at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/11/02 - Inside Radio reports that Goldman Sachs has received three bids for Seattle-based Fisher Communications, including radio and TV holdings.  Bids were reportedly due Monday, December 9 and Inside Radio speculates that Clear Channel and Disney might be interested in the group.  Fisher owns numerous properties, plus radio and TV, including KOMO-TV/4 Seattle.
  • 12/11/02 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to change the frequency of CBRU Squamish from 1260 kHz (Class LP) to 1270 (Class C) with a power increase from 40 watts day/night to 400d/200n.  CRTC Decision
  • 12/09/02 - It only turns 15 on December 12, but CKKQ-FM 100.3 "The Q" Victoria is putting on a spread befitting of stations 50 or even 75 years old. "Q-ography: 15 Years of the Island's Rock," starts at 6 p.m. this Friday and ends Sunday at midnight.  The three-times-repeated 18 hour broadcast, which will consume three 6 hour hi-fi VHS video tapes on SLP, will include actual broadcasts from The Q's past, including station personalities, past and present: Ed Bain, Mark Kriski, Cheryl Cox, Rick Everett, Kerry Campbell, Dave Farough and more.
  • 12/09/02 - Simon Fraser University in Burnaby has announced it will launch its community-based campus radio station on January 31, 2003.  CJSF-FM will operate on 90.1 MHz with 450 watts.  The station has been operating on campus for several years via carrier current and on Lower Mainland cable systems.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 12/09/02 - A subjective look at the recently released Vancouver radio ratings.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 12/09/02 - An offer has been made to a possible successor to KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma news anchor Sam Shane, who is leaving for MSNBC, as announced here on 12/04.   John Levesque, The P-I
  • 12/07/02 - CFAX AM 1070 stays as the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement ratings king in the Victoria market with a 12+ share of 15.3, CIOC-FM 98.5 "The Ocean" moves into number two with 14.6, and CKKQ-FM 100.3 "The Q" gets edged down to third with 13.1.  Info from Milkman Unlimited.  Full list
  • 12/06/02 - CTV has announced that Jim Rusnak has been named vice-president and general manager, CTV British Columbia, effective Jan. 1, 2003.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 12/05/02 - An in-depth look at the rationale of CKKS-FM 96.9 "KISS-FM" Vancouver moving to a very early All Christmas music format.  Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/05/02 - The original 1924 microphone from CFXC, Vancouver's third oldest continually operating radio station was donated Wednesday evening to SPARC, the Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada.  Veteran broadcaster Red Robinson accepted the donation at RPM, the Radio Performers Membership, a gathering of broadcasting professionals.  The mike was presented by Dorothy Allen and Fred Hume III, grandchildren of Fred Hume, original owner of CFXC, forerunner of CJOR, CHRX and currently CKBD AM 600.
  • 12/05/02 - The 12+ Fall 2002 ratings have been released for the Vancouver market.  Perennial leader CKNW AM 980 is once again in front with 14.5, CHQM-FM 103.5 "QM/FM" second with 10 and CFMI-FM 101.1 "Rock 101" third with 8.6 share.  Info is unofficial from Milkman Website  Full List
  • 12/05/02 - Seattle's KING-TV/5 newscasts rate first followed by KIRO-TV/7 and then KOMO-TV/4 in the sweeps month that just ended.  But how much is due to network lead-in?  Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
  • 12/05/02 - John Maynard and a "mystery co-host", maybe Robin Erickson, will be joining KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle next April 18.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  Robin and Maynard website
  • 12/04/02 - Q-13 News at Ten anchor Sam Shane has accepted an anchor/reporter position with MSNBC.  He leaves KCPQ-TV/13 Thursday and starts his new position in January.  Thanks to Stephen Hyde
  • 12/03/03 - Major owner (Chairman & CEO) Mel Cooper of Seacoast Communications Group denies reports that Radio Stations CFAX AM 1070 & CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria have been (or are being sold) to Newcap Broadcasting.  "Being one of the few independent radio companies left operating in a major market does lead to all kinds of speculation", says Cooper, who adds, "That's all it is, speculation".
  • 12/03/02 - Clear Channel Communications has appointed KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle PD Bob Case to the position of Regional VP Programming for Alaska, Spokane, Tri Cities, Yakima and Centralia.
  • 12/03/02 - A look at long-time Vancouver radio personality Tom Lucas who was recently deposed as morning host at CISL AM 650.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 11/29/02 - Yet another station in the area joins the all Christmas bandwagon as CKKS-FM 96.9 "97 KISS-FM" becomes Vancouver's Holiday Music Station.  Thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 11/28/02 - KBAI AM 930 Bellingham has switched to an all Christmas format.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 11/28/02 - KBSG AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way is headed into history on January 6th, as KNWX AM 770 Seattle moves call letters and business programming to that frequency.  The 770 position will retain the talk shows with call letters yet to be announced.  Two Seattle area stations move to all Christmas music, with KRWM-FM 106.9 already making the switch, and KYCW AM 1090 changing this week.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/27/02 - KMWS-FM 90.1 Mount Vernon is now on air following the move of KSVR-FM to 91.7.  The station is carrying the News network of Northwest Public Radio from KSVR's old transmitter facilities at Skagit Valley College.   Application has been filed with the FCC to move to 89.7 with a power increase from 100 watts to 2.25 kW.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 11/27/02 - The FCC has approved application by KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle to increase ERP from 720 watts to 3.3 kW with an HAAT increase from 162 to 211 meters.  Transmitter location remains the same.
  • 11/26/02 - Morning man Tom Lucas, his producer Craig Peters and midday host Jack Taylor have exited from CISL AM 650 Richmond.  Former PD Eric Samuels returns to his old position as well as Operations Manager.  Current PD Rob Mise will stay with Standard Broadcasting in a position yet to be announced.  Veteran Vancouver radio personality Doc Harris has been named the new AM Drive host effective tomorrow (11/27) with Gerry O'Day filling 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 11/26/02 - Bill Gallant, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Seattle and former KIRO and KING talk radio host, died this morning at Swedish Hospital.  He passed away at the age of 48 after a five year battle with colon cancer.  A vigil service will be held Monday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, with funeral the following day at 2 p.m.  Dave Birkland, Seattle Times
  • 11/26/02 - KSVR-FM 91.7 Mount Vernon is getting reports of a much wider signal since its move from 90.1, even as it runs at half power.  Meanwhile a new WSU Northwest Public Radio station, KMWS-FM takes over the old frequency with application to move to 89.7.  Larissa Pfeifer, Skagit Valley Herald  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 11/26/02 - An unidentified man from the CJZN-FM 91.3 "The Zone" Victoria promotions department is in serious but stable condition after driving into the ocean in one of the station's vehicles.  CH Victoria story
  • 11/25/02 - December 2 is the deadline for KRKO AM 1380 Everett to appeal to the Snohomish County Council a second hearing examiner's decision to deny permits for eight radio towers proposed for the upper Snohomish Valley.  Diana Hefley, HeraldNet
  • 11/25/02 - "Warm" KRWM-FM 106.9 Bremerton has moved to Continuous Christmas Favorites until Dec. 25.
  • 11/22/02 - CKKQ-FM 100.3 "The Q" Victoria is celebrating its 15th anniversary December 12, with flashbacks scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 13-15.  Anyone with station airchecks should contact PD Rick Everett at rick@theq.fm
  • 11/21/02 - The FCC has granted extension of time to complete construction of new digital TV facilities for KHCV-DT/44 Seattle and KWOG-DT/50 Bellevue.  Typically extensions are for six months.
  • 11/21/02 - A look at former radio hosts of KOMO AM 1000 Seattle after its recent format switch and Jeff "The Fish" Aaron finds a new home 3 p.m. weekdays at KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/20/02 - Pat O'Day's new biography, "It Was All Just Rock 'n' Roll: A Journey to the Center of the Radio & Concert Universe," written with Jim Ojala is reviewed.  The book-release party, with music by Steve Miller & Friends will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sky Church at Experience Music Project, Seattle Center.  Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times
  • 11/20/02 - Channel M, Vancouver's newest multcultural station expected on air next May, has announced its new positioning as Multivision Television.  Offices are at 88 East Pender St. in Chinatown.  Michael McCullough, The Sun  Multivan Broadcast Corp. release
  • 11/20/02 - The Arbitron Fall '02 Phase 1 Seattle radio ratings are scheduled for release today at 2 p.m. R&R Info
  • 11/20/02 - The FCC has granted application for voluntary assignment of license for Korean language stations KSUH AM 1450 Puyallup and KWYZ AM 1230 Everett from Jean J. Suh to Radio Hankook, Inc.
  • 11/18/02 - On January 1, 2002 KKOL AM 1300 Seattle moved its transmitter to temporary facilities on a ship, the Coastal Ranger, moored in Seattle's Elliott Bay.  The following link is a complete report with photos and charts of the site.  NAB Radio TechCheck
  • 11/18/02 - Veteran broadcast engineer Max Bice, W7AEA, passed away over the weekend in a Tacoma-area Hospital at the age of 85.  He started in Radio in 1938 at KMO, Tacoma.   In 1948 he moved to the Tacoma News Tribune and built KTNT AM & FM and KTNT-TV.   He was an original founder and Chief Engineer emeritus of KGHP-FM, Gig Harbor.   A Celebration of life will be held next Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.  Thanks to Keith Stiles
  • 11/15/02 - Belated word has been received about the passing of long-time broadcaster Philip Douglas (Phil) Barter at the age of 69.  He passed away at his retirement home in Qualicum Beach on Sept. 23 after a brief battle with cancer.  He made his radio start at age 14 at CJAV Port Alberni in 1948, later moving to CKDA Victoria as news editor.  Barter was the first person on air at the sign on of CHEK-TV/6 Victoria on December 1, 1956.  He was the weatherman for five years before joining CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver as news director in 1961.
  • 11/14/02 - Corus Entertainment has announced the appointment of Ross Winters as Director of Programming, Corus Radio across its 52 radio stations. He will manage programming of all Corus radio stations, with a particular focus on the top eight markets.  As current PD of CFOX-FM 99.3 and CFMI-FM 101.1, he will remain Vancouver-based and continue to oversee programming at the Corus Vancouver FM stations.  Corus Release
  • 11/14/02 - Another in-depth look at Fisher Communications after the company's hiring last week of investment bankers Goldman Sachs & Co. "to assist in reviewing its strategic alternatives".  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 11/14/02 - More talk on Seattle talk radio, Robin & Maynard are expected back on April 18 and the Mariners are planning to speak Spanish for all 81 home games next season. Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  Mariners News
  • 11/13.02 - Brad Edwards, operations manager for Seacoast Communications, advises that a good quality 56k MP3 live audio feed has been added to the new CHBE-FM 107.3 "B107.3" Victoria website.
  • 11/12/02 - An in-depth look at the future and possible re-structuring of 92-year-old Seattle-based Fisher Communications, owner of KOMO-TV/4 and a myriad of other TV and radio stations.   Alwyn Scott and Martin McOmber, The Seattle Times
  • 11/12/02 - Skagit Valley Community Radio KSVR-FM Mount Vernon has signed on at its new 91.7 frequency, using the temporary call letters of KMWS-FM with transmitter on Little Mountain, one mile SE of the city.  The station will continue to simulcast on 90.1 for several weeks.  It then will be used by Northwest Public Radio as a Skagit Valley translator for its flagship Moscow, ID station KRFA-FM.  NWPR Info  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 11/11/02 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications issued a press release on Friday announcing that it had retained Goldman, Sachs & Co. as financial adviser "to assist in reviewing its strategic alternatives".  Although the release has been quoted by several news sources, very little has appeared in the Seattle press.  News Release
  • 11/08/02 - KNWX AM 770 adds more talk shows with the addition of Michael Savage's Savage Nation, moving over from KVI AM 570, 4 to 7 p.m. starting Monday, November 18th.  Michael Medved joins KNWX 12 - 3 p.m. January 2.  Meanwhile, KVI is picking up Bryan Suits 6 - 9 p.m. from KIRO AM 710.
  • 11/07/02 - Vancouver-based marketing and public affairs consulting guru Dr. Angus Reid has been appointed Chair of the CKNW AM 980 Orphans' Fund.   The not-for-profit children's charity was originally launched in 1945.  Corus Entertainment release
  • 11/07/02 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle programming continues to evolve and KSER-FM 90.7 Everett has extended AquaSox broadcasts until 2004.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/06/02 - A memorial service for broadcaster Bobby Simon will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 3510 Rosedale Street, Gig Harbor on Friday, November 8.  Directions and further information at Robin Mitchell Associates website.
  • 11/06/02 - The CRTC has approved application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to operate a transmitter in Victoria on 88.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3200 watts.  It will rebroadcast the French language programming of La Chaîne culturelle.  CRTC Decision
  • 11/04/02 - Late sixties KOL and early seventies KJR Seattle DJ Bobby Simon was killed in a car accident Saturday near Centralia.  Simon had also worked at a host of other stations in Washington and Oregon including KTAC and KYYX.  Robin Mitchell Associates   KJR Radio Memories
  • 11/01/02 - Although DAB Radios have appeared on Radio Shack Canada's website under code numbers 12-8101 and 12-8201, a check with Vancouver area stores indicates units will not be in stock for about two more weeks.  Both radios are pocket portables which include FM, with and without MP3 functions.  Radio Shack Info
  • 11/01/02 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has applied to the CRTC to operate a transmitter in Victoria at 99.7 MHz with an ERP of 160 watts to broadcast the programs of "La Première Chaîne".  CRTC Info - item 7
  • 10/31/02 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced its third quarter results with narrowed losses.  Fisher Release  Seattle P-I  Reuters   Business Wire
  • 10/31/02 - 81 year old former sportscaster and sports director Rod Belcher is profiled this week at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 10/24/02 - Legendary Seattle DJ Pat O'Day and his new book are profiled this week, plus KPLZ-FM 101.5 makes some lineup changes at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/23/02 - Radio Shack stores in major Canadian cities are set to launch DAB portables for C$299 or C$399 with MP3 included.  Coming in a few month are DAB/AM/FM radio tuners for stereo systems, clock radios and car radios.  Peter Wilson, Vancouver Sun  Vancouver DAB Listings
  • 10/22/02 - "It Was All Just Rock 'n' Roll" book by legendary DJ Pat O'Day will be formally introduced November 13th at EMP at the Seattle Center.  kjrseattle.com story
  • 10/22/02 - Robin and Maynard have indicated on their website that an announcement could be coming October 25th on whether they will be heading to another Seattle station after leaving KZOK-FM 102.5.   The P-I story
  • 10/22/02 - Long-time Seattle TV news anchor Susan Hutchison is on leave from KIRO-TV/7 and may not return.  John Levesque, The P-I
  • 10/21/02 - A look at iBiquity digital radio, which was recently approved for use in the U.S. vs. the European Eureka 147 or DAB used in Canada, Europe and Asia on separate radio bands.  Seattle will be one of the first radio markets with iBiquity digital, which will be rolled out early in the new year.  Seattle Times
  • 10/18/02 - Seattle radio veterans Robin and Maynard have departed from KZOK-FM 102.5.  When contacted by Northwest Broadcasters, the duo would not confirm where they will re-surface.   More info to follow.
  • 10/18/02 - Another look at the Summer '02 Seattle radio ratings as KIRO AM 710 gets its last boost from baseball.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 10/18/02 - Affordable Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receivers are now expected to be available at Radio Shack stores in Canada by the end of this month.  Peter Wilson, Vancouver Sun  Vancouver DAB Listings
  • 10/17/02 - Spokane native and early radio personality Warren Durham has passed away at the age of 77.  In addition to his many years on the airwaves in Spokane, he hosted a radio program called "Big Band Classics," syndicated by Portland's NBG Radio Network, did Big Band broadcasts for CBS Radio in Los Angeles and worked in the media in Seattle in the early sixties.  Jim Kershner, Spokane Spokesman-Review
  • 10/17/02 - News/Talk KIRO AM 710 still leads with a solid 9.9 share, while Country KMPS-FM 94.1 and CHR/Rythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 are close for second and third with 5.9 and 5.8 respectively in the Seattle Arbitron Summer '02 12+ radio ratings.  Complete list from R&R
  • 10/17/02 - Two Seattle radio groups are taking an active role in the fatal April 17th shooting of Robert Thomas Sr. by a King County sheriff's deputy, as the issue could be moving from local to national attention.  More details on this and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/15/02 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has announced that Jim Pattison will be awarded the 2002 Gold Ribbon for Broadcast Excellence, Canadian private broadcasting's most prestigiuos.  The award will be presented at the CAB's 76th annual convention to be held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, October 20-22.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group operates three television and over 20 radio stations in B.C. and Alberta.  CAB Release
  • 10/15/02 - Brother Jake Edwards continues to pull higher ratings for CFMI-FM "Rock 101" Vancouver.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 10/12/02 - Two new programs begin on CBC Radio One, with the return of Shelagh Rogers to host "Sounds Like Canada", weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon starting Monday and Anna Maria Tremonti's "Currents" from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., premiering Nov. 18.  Michael Posner, The Globe and Mail
  • 10/10/02 - The FCC has selected in-band, on-channel (IBOC) as the technology for digital audio broadcasting for AM and FM radio broadcasters in the U.S.   Also, the Commission announced notification procedures that will allow AM (daytime operations only) and FM stations on a voluntary basis to begin interim digital transmissions immediately, using the IBOC systems developed by iBiquity Digital Corporation.  FCC Release   iBiquity Release
  • 10/10/02 - Background story on the firing of Jeff Aaron from KJR AM 950 Seattle.  Jim Moore, The P-I
  • 10/10/02 - The FCC has granted application for a change in transmitter location of KUKN-FM 94.5 Kelso from 46-12-54 123-02-24 to 46-16-49 122-52-34 and increase in HAAT from 100 to 145 meters.  Power will drop from 6 to 3 kW from a directional antenna.
  • 10/10/02 - A look at Seattle-based Dan Kennedy's "Alive@Work!" on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett and locally produced "Shmooze Radio," on KKOL AM 1300 Seattle at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/08/02 - Broadcaster Jim Robson, "The Voice of the Vancouver Canucks", is one of ten to be inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Robson started his radio career at CJAV Port Alberni in 1952.  He commuted to CHUB Nanaimo to do live lacrosse in 1955 and moved to CKWX Vancouver in 1956, doing play-by-play for the WHL Canucks, BC Lions football and Mounties baseball. He covered over 2000 Canucks NHL games over a period of 24 years at CKNW, starting in 1970.  Awards will be presented at the CAB 76th annual convention to be held in Vancouver on October 21.  CAB News Release 
  • 10/05/02 - Zenith Electronics Corporation has joined forces with Decisionmark Corp. to provide a unique interactive online electronic program guide (EPG) that highlights U.S. digital TV channels and programs.  Consumers can enter their address and zip to determine which local TV stations are broadcasting digitally, what programs are available in HDTV and receive antenna suggestions. (The antenna feature is somewhat limited at this time.)  Broadcaster Magazine   Interactive Site  Northwest Broadcasters Digital TV Page
  • 10/04/02 - CHAN-TV/8 "Global" weekend news anchor Keri Adams is moving to CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" to join the CTV News at Six team.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 10/03/02 - After over 10,000 emails and a myriad of phone calls to the CBC, the corporation has re-signed Hockey Night in Canada host Ron McLean for a four-year $450,000 annual deal.  HNIC has been running for 50 years and is viewed locally on CBUT/2 Vancouver.   Globe and Mail  CBC Release
  • 10/03/02 - The fall fund raising season has started for public and community radio.  Baseball playoffs are featured on local sports radio.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/03/02 - KING-TV/5 Seattle news anchor Margaret Larson is cutting back to part time to work in non-profit and public-policy.  Seattle P-I  Kay McFadden, Seattle Times
  • 10/02/02 - Hockey fans jammed the phone lines yesterday at CKST AM 1040 "The Team" Vancouver, 60 percent in support of deposed veteran CBC Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Ron McLean. James McCarten, The Sun
  • 10/01/02 - Motorola is introducing Symphony (TM) Digital Radio, which enhances existing analog AM and FM broadcasts with promises of better audio quality and longer range reception.  Yahoo info  Forbes info
  • 10/01/02 - For Hockey Night in Canada fans on both sides of the border, the departure of Ron McLean after 17 years with the CBC, doesn't yet appear to be a done deal, with indications that the door is still open.  HNIC is viewed locally on CBUT/2 Vancouver.  CBC Release with audio and video clips
  • 10/01/02 - Sports radio KJR AM 950 Seattle comes under fire from listeners for laying off Jeff Aaron, after seven years of playing "The Fish" on the station's morning show.  Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
  • 09/29/02 - Tom Leykis hits Canadian airwaves for the first time starting Tuesday, October 1 on CJNW AM 730 "MOJO" Vancouver.  Meanwhile, Brook Ward has resigned from the station and another sports personality, Craig Neilson moves from CKST AM 1040 "The Team" to CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" as regular weekend sports anchor.  Greg Douglas' Short Hops, The Sun
  • 09/29/02 - Planet AAJ has withdrawn it's programming on CHKG-FM 96.1 Vancouver.  It included music from the Indian sub-continent and an all-night show featuring local DJs and music from local nightclubs in English.  The changes include "Caribbean Express" which now runs from 8-11 a.m., a Celtic program which airs Wed. from 6-7 a.m. and weekdays 1-2 p.m. and Chinese programming returns to an all-night schedule.  Further details  Thanks to Brian Walks 
  • 09/27/02 - The FCC has levied a $12,000 fine against KNDD-FM 107.7 "The End" Seattle for indecent material on the Andy Savage show, broadcast on May 30 and June 1, 2001.
  • 09/26/02 - 33-year Seattle rock radio veteran Gary Crow launches "Psychedelic Sixties" into national syndication.  This and other items at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/23/02 - KIRO AM 710 retains first place, but KMPS-FM 94.1 slips to fourth in the Seattle Arbitron summer P2 radio ratings.  R&R website details
  • 09/20/02 - CKNW AM 980 retains first place, CKZZ-FM "Z-95.3" is back up to second and CFMI-FM "Rock 101" is third in the BBM Vancouver summer 2002 radio ratings.   Full list    Thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 09/19/02 - To consolidate or not to consolidate.  A detailed look at the pros and cons at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 09/17/02 - Some major hosting shuffles at oldies KBSG-FM 97.3 Tacoma sees 11 year afternoon drive Fastlane Phillips move to mornings, pairing up with Seattle mainstay Scott Burns.  Randy Lundquist moves from KPLZ-FM "Star" 101.5 to handle p.m. drive.
  • 09/16/02 - Robert Hurst has been named president of CTV News.   He was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" Vancouver, where he re-launched the station as a CTV affiliate.   Hurst will remain in Vancouver until November.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/14/02 - The NAB Marconi Radio Awards have been announced, with KIRO AM 710 Seattle winning Large Market Station of the Year.  Full list of winners is at the NAB website.
  • 09/14/02 - Robin Mitchell advises that he has has added 1959 photos of Red Robinson at KGW in Portland on his RMA website plus extensive 1966-1969 audio clips of KOL Seattle.
  • 09/12/02 - A look at the 2002 NAB Radio Show in Seattle and further lineup changes at KOMO AM 1000 and KVI AM 570 at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/11/02 - CKBD AM 600 Vancouver has returned in full AM stereo.  The station had problems with its stereo generator early last week.   Info thanks Ian Procyk and engineer Dan Roach.
  • 09/10/02 - KJET-FM 105.7 South Bend has flipped from oldies to AC with ABC's Radio's Best Hits Best Variety satellite service, identifying as "105-7 The Jet".  Thanks to Stephen Hyde
  • 09/10/02 - Nationally syndicated Seattle broadcaster Michael Medved, who was cut from KVI AM 570 at the end of August, will re-surface live on KNWX AM 770 next January 2 from noon to three daily.   The delay is due to a non-compete clause in his previous contract.  Medved website info  Seattle P-I story
  • 09/10/02 - Seattle area consumers will be among the first to experience IBOC "HD Radio" this Friday Sept. 13, as KBKS-FM 106.1 hosts a demo at the Good Guys store at 601 106th Avenue, NE in Bellevue.  Ibiquity info
  • 09/09/02 - The CRTC has approved application for a low power developmental community FM station in Powell River.  The station will operate at 90.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3.6 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 09/07/02 - Cashman cashes out, while Slocum and Factor factor in at KOMO AM 1000 Seattle, as the station leans heavily on news, traffic and weather starting Monday.  Seattle P-I
  • 09/06/02 - The CBC-TV Fiftieth Anniversary VIA Rail Train will be on display at 1150 Station Street in Vancouver from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 7 before journeying accross Canada. The next stop in the tour is the Lorne Street Station in Kamloops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 8.  The train is travelling coast-to-coast displaying fifty years of CBC-TV history, with the final stop in Halifax on Oct. 5.  Thanks to Brian Walks.
  • 09/06/02 - The CRTC salutes the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's television service.   The French-language service debuted on Sept. 6, 1952 in Montreal, with English-language service beginning in Toronto Sept. 8, 1952.  CBUT/2 Vancouver officially signed on Dec. 16, 1953.  CRTC Release
  • 09/06/02 - Station manager Guy Dickinson advises that KMIH-FM 104.5 "X-104" Mercer Island has done a complete revamp of its Friday night/Saturday morning programming with a series of Dance/House/Jungle/Euro shows from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with EuroBeat, The Funktion!, 360 BPM and JungleZone.   Details are on their website.
  • 09/06/02 - Fisher Communications Inc. has sold four properties on the western shore of Lake Union, completing a deal announced last month.  Seattle P-I
  • 09/05/02 - CBUX-FM 90.9 Vancouver signed on this morning with a continuous mix of classical and jazz.  Network programming from La Chaîne culturelle will begin Sept. 6, with full regular programming to start Sept. 22.
  • 09/05/02 - Radio will be mostly low key on September 11 with some Seattle stations providing special programming.  The post Medved lineup on KVI AM 570.  KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma makes a pitch for the South King County market.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/05/02 - Pat Cashman is leaving KOMO AM 1000 Seattle as the station re-tools its on-air lineup, shifting towards an all-news format.  The P-I  Thanks to John, Broadcast Svcs
  • 09/04/02 - Variety Club - The Children’s Charity will be presenting Victoria broadcast and community leader Mel Cooper with the Variety Club Golden Heart Community Achievement Award, it's most prestigious, in recognition of his many accomplishments and ongoing commitment to public service.  He is the owner and CEO of CFAX AM 1070 and CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria.  The presentation will be made September 21 at the Victoria Conference Centre.  Milkman info  Variety Club info
  • 09/04/02 - The National Association of Broadcasters 2002 NAB Radio Show is scheduled for September 12-14, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.  During the show, protesters are planning to set up pirate FM stations on second adjacent channels, many of which are operational Vancouver frequencies.
  • 09/03/02 - CKBD AM 600 Vancouver has had problems with its AM stereo generator.  Engineer David Linder advises that repairs are coming and that AM stereo will return to the station in the near future.
  • 08/30/02 - After six years, the Michael Medved Seattle-based talk show is being dropped from KVI AM 570, replaced by nationally syndicated Sean Hannity.   In the first of what is expected to be a major format shuffle for KOMO AM 1000, Art Bell moves over to KVI.  Seattle P-I  Michael Medved release
  • 08/29/02 - College football and syndicated talkers spotlight this week's Radio Beat.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 08/27/02 - After a run of only about 15 months, there are only three players left on Canada's all-sports network.  CHUM Limited has announced that "The Team" has been substantially reduced, leaving only three stations, including CKST AM 1040 "Team 1040" Vancouver.  Flagship CHUM AM 1050 Toronto has returned to an oldies format.  Globe and Mail Info  Thanks to Eric Floden
  • 08/25/02 - CHBE-FM 107.3 "All Hits B107.3" Victoria will go live starting at 6 a.m. Monday with new morning show host Doug Thomson.   CFEX-FM and its "Extreme" programming came to an end Thursday night with "In The End" by Linkin Park, six months after the arrival of new Operations Manager Brad Edwards.  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
  • 08/23/02 CHBE-FM 107.3 "All Hits B107.3" Victoria has arrived with a "high-energy mix of adult top 40 hits from the 80’s, 90’s and today".  Further details from Milkman Unlimited
  • 08/23/02 - CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria is currently stunting with a potpourri of formats.  The station, with new call letters of CHBE-FM will reveal its new format at 1:07 p.m. today.
  • 08/23/02 - The Seattle Summer '02 P1 Arbitron radio ratings were released at 2 p.m. today.  R&R Info
  • 08/22/02 - The FCC has granted application by World Television of Washington to increase power of KBCB-TV/24 Bellingham from 43.7 kW at 751 meters HAAT to 3090 kW at 757 meters.   Transmitter is on Orcas Island.
  • 08/22/02 - A look at morning show radio producers in the Seattle area.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/21/02 - CHUM Limited has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assests of CKST AM 1040 "The Team" Vancouver.  A public hearing starting October 28 will be held in Kitchener, ON  CRTC Info
  • 08/21/02 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC to add an FM transmitter at Chilliwack to re-broadcast CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver (CBC Radio Two).  The station will operate at 99.7 MHz with an average ERP of 1260 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 08/20/02 - The new website for Victoria's latest incarnation of FM 107.3 has been located at www.b1073.fm  Thanks to Don Bobert
  • 08/20/02 - Newspaper advertising for "B", to take the place of CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria, has started with this ad on page D3 of today's Times Colonist.  View Ad  Thanks to Radio Dodger
  • 08/19/02 - Announcements on CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria indicate station changes will occur this Friday (August 23) at 1:07 p.m.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 08/19/02 - Inside Radio reports the Seattle chapter of AFTRA has reached a deal locally with Entercom after the company had begun to demand that employees sign a non-compete contract.  After negotiations, employees now are being given a choice between getting a raise with a non-compete or no raise and no non-compete.  Thanks to John, Broadcast Svcs
  • 08/19/02 - CKZZ-FM 95.3 "Zed-95" Vancouver is starting to use the slogan "The Best of the 90's and Today", indicating a slight repositioning of its format from CHR toward Hot AC.
  • 08/19/02 - As changes come about at CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria, a look at the life and times of owner Mel Cooper, who also owns market leader CFAX AM 1070.  Jim Gibson, Times Colonist
  • 08/16/02 - A posting by Brad Edwards of CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria on the Milkman Unlimited website indicates that AMD host Tiffany Houle and PMD host Scott Alan are being released from the station as it "sees a re-alignment of it's strategy" in the market.  Milkman Info
  • 08/16/02 - Seacoast Communications, owner of CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria, has registered the call letters CHBE-FM with Industry Canada.  Sources indicate some upcoming personnel changes and management has called a media conference for next week.  A format change to the station is expected by the end of next week.  More to follow.
  • 08/15/02 - Fisher Communications, owner of KOMO-TV/4 Seattle, is selling two Georgia TV stations and four local properties.  Alwyn Scott, The Seattle Times
  • 08/15/02 - Veteran DJ Red Robinson, who introduced Elvis Presley to Vancouver, is among 50,000 fans in Memphis for the commemoration of The King's death 25 years ago.  John P. McLaughlin, The Province
  • 08/15/02 - A look at KIRO AM 710 Seattle commentator Dave Ross.  KIXI AM 880 airs a three-hour special "Elvis: The Making of a Legend" at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/14/02 - CBC Television is celebrating its 50th birthday with a month of special programming in September.  The first CBC TV stations signed on in Toronto and Montreal in 1952, with CBUT/2 Vancouver debuting on December 16, 1953.  John McKay, Canadian Press  CBC 50-year info
  • 08/13/02 - KCCF has changed call letters to KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 08/13/02 - Correction to the item about Art Popham below.  His live baseball broadcasts appeared on KMO (now KKMO) AM 1360 Tacoma, in addition to KTNT as reported.
  • 08/12/02 - Ex CNN staffer Bill Kaczaraba, one of the original employees at NW Cable News in 1995, is leaving to become news director at KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma.  Seattle P-I
  • 08/12/02 - Joe Leary's Air Traffic has announced the first annual Traffie Awards.
  • 08/12/02 - The CRTC has accepted application by Simon Fraser Campus Radio Society to operate a community-based campus station on 90.1 MHz with an average ERP of 450 watts.  The station is currently fed on AM 940 via a carrier current system on the Burnaby campus, and on cable systems.  CRTC Info
  • 08/11/02 - Art Popham passed away last Wednesday at the age of 52 from a stroke suffered a few days earlier.  He was the voice of Tacoma Tigers baseball during the seventies and eighties on the old KTNT AM 1400 and later talk show host at KTAC AM 850 (now KHHO).   In 1991 he became business columnist for The Tacoma News Tribune.  C.R. Roberts, The News Tribune
  • 08/10/02 - More info on the changes at KYPT-FM 96.5 "The Point", where except for a.m. and p.m. drives, the station is currently running jockless in Seattle.   Kennan Knudson, The Seattle Times
  • 08/10/02 - GM John Rea confirms 15 of the Seattle Seahawks 16 games will be broadcast live on CKST AM 1040 "The Team" Vancouver this NFL season, the exception being Sunday, Nov. 24, when the station is committed to carrying Canadian Football League Grey Cup coverage.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/09/02 -  Application by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. for the frequency of 92.3 MHz in Vancouver, which was to be heard August 12 by the CRTC, has been withdrawn.  One of the technical conditions is yet to be resolved and will be heard at a later date.  The application was previously approved in part.   CRTC Info
  • 08/08/02 - When "Mr. Traffic" Paul Brendle suggested an alternative route to bypass a bottleneck, that route would soon back up because of the number of people listening. So powerful were his helicopter reports on KIRO AM 710 Seattle. He died Tuesday at age 55. No public memorial service is scheduled.  Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times  Candace Heckman, The P-I
  • 08/08/02 - Retired Seattle helicopter pilot/traffic reporter Paul Brendle died Tuesday night, just an hour before his 56th birthday. The King County Medical Examiner's Office says he died from carbon monoxide inhalation.  He was a traffic reporter for KIRO AM 710 from 1978 to 1997.  A spokesman for the family says there are no other details on his death available at this time.
  • 08/08/02 - Jonathan Madill of CJNW AM 730 "MOJO Radio" Vancouver advises that the station is still broadcasting with its 10 kW standby transmitter.  Plans are to have the new 50 kW unit up and running by early September.  Thanks to Louis Cypher
  • 08/08/02 - While most Seattle area television stations are already broadcasting digitally, the FCC has voted to require manufacturers to equip all TV sets with digital tuners by 2007, and large sets by 2004.  Connie Cass, Associated Press  Meanwhile CHUM Television is seeking the first Canadian digital licence for CITY-TV Toronto, which should be on air by this fall. Chances are CHUM owned CKVU-TV/10 "Citytv Vancouver" would follow.
  • 08/08/02 - More information on items first released on this page on Aug. 1 & 2 about proposed station move-ins to the Seattle market from The Dalles, OR and Aberdeen, WA along with further details on the shakeup at KYPT-FM 96.5 "The Point" Seattle, plus new on-air talent at KJR-FM 95.7 at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I.
  • 08/07/02 - Despite rumors that KYPT-FM 96.5 "The Point" Seattle was flipping to Mainstream AC, it appears that the station will stay with its 80s-based AC format.  Operations Manager Mike Preston is looking for new talent to "re-tool" the station after most of the on-air staff were let go on Monday.
  • 08/06/02 - According to items on the Seattle Radio Discussion Board, all but two on-air staff including the PD and APD/MD of KYPT-FM 96.5 "The Point" Seattle have been let go.  Additionally, the website is displaying an "under construction" notice.
  • 08/06/02 - MOJO Radio officially arrived this morning on CJNW AM 730 Vancouver.  Story from Michael McCullogh, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/04/02 - So, what exactly is a “mojo”?  Is it a sex act, a male sex organ, or a magic flannel bag?  The word has been around for years, appearing in blues songs of the 1930s.  Mojo definitions. The latest rendition is MOJO Radio, which launches at 6 a.m. Tuesday on CJNW AM 730 Vancouver. More details and on-air lineup from Joe Leary, The Province.
  • 08/02/02 - Steve Slayton, midday host at KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle celebrates a virtually continuous streak of 30 years playing rock on the FM airwaves.  Ernest A. Jasmine, The News Tribune
  • 08/02/02 - Snohomish County Deputy Hearing Examiner Peter Donahue has denied conditional use and shoreline permits for four of the antennas proposed by KRKO AM 1380 in the upper Snohomish Valley.  The antennas are part of a proposal by the station to increase power to 50 kw.  Diana Hefley, Herald Net
  • 08/02/02 - Another counterproposal with the FCC has KDUX-FM 104.7 Aberdeen moving down one channel to 104.5 with relocation to Shoreline, WA.  As with the item below, KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham would move down to 104.1 with the same protection for the Canadian vacant allotments, and a frequency change for KLLM-FM 103.9 Forks, WA to 95.9.  Also urged is a frequency change for KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquiam to 104.7 and a new vacant allotment of 95.3 in Aberdeen.  There would also be changes to numerous other stations in southwest Washington and northern Oregon as a result of these or other changes as outlined in the item below.
  • 08/01/02 - In an apparent eleventh hour turnaround, Mid-Columbia Broadcasting Inc. has filed a counterproposal with the FCC to change its previously proposed city of license for KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR from Covington, WA to Kent, WA.  In order to facilitate this change, KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham would move to 104.1 with no change of facilities and KLLM-FM 103.9 Forks would move to 105.5 with a license modification.  Changes to current vacant allotments would have to be made in Powell River, Campbell River and Bralorne, BC with the agreement of Industry Canada, otherwise KAFE-FM would have to operate with a directional antenna. The number of people in the KMCQ-FM 1 mV/m contour would increase from 92,556 to 2,963,440. 
  • 08/01/02 - Bates Technical College is proposing the sale of KBTC-FM 91.7 Tacoma for $5 million. Likely buyer is Denver based public radio broker Public Radio Capital.  Several organizations are interested in operating the station, however stipulation is that it must remain in Tacoma and stay public.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/31/02 - Northwest broadcasting legend Pat O'Day calls play-by-play of Sunday's hydroplane racing on KOMO AM 1000 starting at 10 a.m.  Tom Hutyler covers Seattle Seafair on KPLZ-FM 101.5.
  • 07/31/02 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle is adding the syndicated NBG Radio Network program Elvis Only, hosted by veteran announcer and Elvis expert Jay Gordon.   KIXI Program Director Bob Brooks advises that the show will air weekly at 10 p.m., starting Saturday, August 17.  The program is significant in that is offering a special commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death on August 16th.
  • 07/31/02 - CJNW AM 730 Vancouver has dropped its modern rock stunting and is now running continuous promos for its new "guy talk" MOJO Radio format, scheduled to debut August 6.  MOJO Toronto  Link to MOJO Vancouver   Thanks to Jennifer
  • 07/29/02 - GM Rip Robbins of KSVR-FM 90.1 Mount Vernon says the station will move to its new 91.7 frequency in late August or early September.  Meanwhile, 90.1 will become the home of Northwest Public Radio's Skagit Valley affiliate.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 07/29/02 - Theories on a possible format flip for CKKS-FM 96.9 "KISS-FM" Vancouver.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 07/28/02 - According to reception reports, CJNW AM 730 Vancouver appears to be back up to 50 kw after transmitter and tower replacement.   Stunting continues until the launch of MOJO Radio August 6th. 
  • 07/27/02 - Brook Ward launches his new sports talk show 'Rush Hour Sports' on CJNW AM 730 "Mojo Radio" Vancouver August 6 from 4 - 7 p.m.  It will run against the CKST AM "Team 1040" daily jockfest co-hosted by Dave Pratt and Bob Marjanovich.  Additionally Jim Mullin has landed the Vancouver Giants play-by-play for all 72 regular season games on Mojo Radio.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  Thanks to Louis Cypher
  • 07/27/02 - An in-depth look at the Seattle spring ratings through the various time periods.  Bill Virgin, The P-I   Thanks to John, Broadcast Svcs
  • 07/26/02 - News/Talk KIRO AM 710 gains, retaining first place; CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and Smooth Jazz KWJZ-FM 98.9 tie for second, with a major climb for the latter; while Country KMPS-FM 94.1 slides to fourth place in the Seattle Arbitron Spring '02 ratings released today.
  • 07/25/02 - KCCF AM 1550 Ferndale has changed format to Punjabi programming. The old website has the message, "KCCF radio has been sold to an ethnic broadcaster. Although the Classics of the Christian Faith will no longer be heard on KCCF...this web site will be maintained for a period of time..."  Radio Punjab  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 07/25/02 - Rogers Radio engineer Rick Dal Farra advises that CKVX-FM-2 "X-FM" 104.9 Vancouver will begin on-air testing at its new Rogers Tower location around August 4.   The station moves up the hill from the CBC tower with peak ERP of 50 kw at 552.3 meters to peak ERP of 31 kw at 672.2 meters.
  • 07/25/02 - CBC engineer Dave Newbury advises that transmitter testing of the new CBUX-FM 90.9 Vancouver will begin in mid August.   Official launch of the new station, to broadcast the programming of La Chaîne culturelle, will be September 15.   Peak ERP is 625 watts from the CBC tower on Mount Seymour.
  • 07/25/02 - Seattle area radio is very Rusty.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/24/02 - The FM 88.9 low-power tourist information station located in South Surrey intends to branch out with more coverage of surrounding communities, due to lack of local support.  Steven Addison, Peace Arch News  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 07/24/02 - A memorial for Portland's first Top 40 DJ, Dick Novak, who passed away July 12, will be held Saturday, July 27 at Vermont Hills Methodist Church at SW 55th and Iowa Street near Pendelton Park.  Biography from Robin Mitchell Associates
  • 07/24/02 - CBC-TV journalist Anna Marie Tremonti has been named to host the, as yet untitled, CBC Radio One national weekday 8:30-to-10 ET morning show launching Nov. 18.  The program will be heard locally on CBU AM 690 Vancouver and CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  Antonia Zerbisias, The Star
  • 07/23/02 - Breakfast Television hit the airwaves yesterday morning with the launch of Citytv on CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 07/22/02 - Air personalities at CKMO AM 900 Victoria announced today that the station will be off air for an unspecified amount of time on Tuesday (07/23) for transmitter work.   Thanks to Mike Cherry
  • 07/22/02 - The Toronto-developed Citytv brand has come to CKVU-TV/10 in the form of Citytv Vancouver.   This is the station's second re-branding in the last year.  Michael Mccullough, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/19/02 - CJNW AM 730 Vancouver returned to the airwaves today, after tower and transmitter replacements which began June 14.  The station has resumed stunting modern rock until its scheduled August 6th launch of an offshoot of Toronto's MOJO Radio.  Thanks to several email notifications.  MOJO Toronto
  • 07/19/02 - Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is gearing up in Canada, as Radio Shack reports that a full line of DAB radios will be offered in 250 stores by early fall.  General Motors will also make DAB radios available in cars by late summer.  Minimum standards are being set for an 8-character display for the station name and format with further info such as title, artist and emergency warnings to follow.  CRTC approvals for DAB stations in Ottawa are expected shortly, with Halifax being planned.  Digital Radio Canada  Vancouver DAB List
  • 07/19/02 - The National Association of Broadcasters 2002 Fall Career Fair will feature opportunities for careers in the broadcasting industry.  Held in conjunction with The NAB Radio Show September 12-14, the Career Fair will take place Thursday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in room 615-616 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.
  • 07/19/02 - Terrestrial HDTV broadcasting will soon start in Canada.  CHUM Television is seeking a CRTC licence for CITY-TV Toronto, which likely would be on air by this fall.  CHUM owns CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver and CIVI-TV/53 Victoria (CIVI-TV-2/17 Vancouver).  Globe and Mail  Sahm Adrangi, National Post  Vancouver Digital TV Allotments
  • 07/19/02 - Ron Diotte, CE of KSTW-TV/11 Tacoma further reports that the station's low power antenna is side mounted, using a cardiod pattern aimed south towards Tacoma.  Intention is to replace the top mount NTSC antenna, currently not in use, with a new combination VHF/UHF full power antenna next summer.  KSTW-DT/36 will then be at the FCC assigned power of 850kw at 234 meters HAAT.
  • 07/18/02 - Ron Diotte, CE of KSTW-TV/11 Tacoma reports that KSTW-DT/36 is now on the air.  ERP is 68 kw at 212 meters HAAT under FCC special temporary authority. 
  • 07/18/02 - Moves are on to block the move of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR to Covington, which would put the kilowatts to high school station KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island.  Also concerned are applicants for low-powered FM stations proposed on that frequency for Maple Valley and Fall City.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/17/02 - Rick Everett, PD of CKKQ-FM 100.3 "The Q!" Victoria advises he will be stepping down from his regular airshift to concentrate full time on programming.   Effective August 12, other changes include Mark Addams on PM drive, Kevin Wilson weekday evenings, Shelby Grayson weekend mornings and assistant MD, Scott Kirkwood adds weekend afternoons to three late shifts, Mike Evenson on remaining late shifts and Rick Andrews on promos, IDs and morning show contributions. 
  • 07/17/02 - In response to requests for information on the signals being transmitted on TV channel 61, Kathy Beisel, Director of Alliances at Dotcast reports the company's transmitter operates with an FCC experimental license at 47-37-56 122-21-10 with ERP of 9.12 kw, which would put it on the KOMO-TV/4 Seattle tower. TV image
  • 07/16/02 - Portland's "first top 40 disc jockey" Dick Novak has passed away at the age of 78.  He started with then 250 watt KGON, progressing to KPOJ after telling the general manager he would make the station number one in thirty days.  He did with "Rhythm Room from Amato's Supper Club" where the requests and dedications format began in Portland.  Robin Mitchell Associates Obit
  • 07/15/02 - Viewers in Seattle continue to report transmissions on TV channel 61.  The signal identifies as Dotcast, which provides broadband media delivery and management services.  TV image thanks to Jeff
  • 07/15/02 - WebTalkGuys radio program originates from a couple's home near Tacoma and is heard on KLAY AM 1180 Lakewood, along with stations in San Francisco and Boston, and on XM Satellite Radio.   Seattle Times
  • 07/12/02 - Tacoma stations KCPQ-TV/13 and KBTC-TV/28 have announced a partnership to launch coverage of local news from the South Sound area.   Seattle P-I
  • 07/11/02 - Corus Entertainment Inc. announced today that CJNW AM 730 Vancouver will launch August 6th with an offshoot of its Toronto MOJO radio format.  Corus Release  Broadcaster Magazine  MOJO Toronto
  • 07/11/02 - The Puget Sound Radio Guide reports that the new format for CJNW AM 730 Vancouver will be announced on Friday July 12.  The station remains off air due to transmitter and tower upgrades, with an estimated return date of August 1.
  • 07/11/02 - Changes at KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle and further notes on Tom Connors. - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/06/02 - A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Renton Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. for Lee Richardson (Tom) Connors Sr.  Tom died suddenly, July 2 at Valley Medical Center in Renton.  His radio career started in late 1958 and lasted well into the mid ‘70s.  He was one of the first “Rock Jocks” in the Northwest, where he worked for several local radio stations, most notably KOL, KJR and KRKO.  Seattle Times info and photo
  • 07/04/02 - Mercer Island High School's KMIH-FM 104.5 is fighting for survival as KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR presses the FCC for a city of license change to Covington, WA.  KMIH-FM is a class D operation, which leaves its frequency unprotected.  Mydria Clark, Seattle Times
  • 07/04/02 - A Vancouver Radio Shack store reports that Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios should be available in Canada in early September.  Expected initially is a pocket sized unit combined with MP3 capabilities.  Further details will be posted on this site when available.  Vancouver DAB listing
  • 07/04/02 - As dead air continues on the AM 730 spot on the dial, Ted Wendland of the Puget Sound Radio Guide reports that there are two partially constructed new towers on site, but as yet, no new transmitters.  Target date for a return to the airwaves is July 15th, but that may be optimistic.  Recent developments indicate that a "guy/talk" format could be in the cards when the station returns despite recent rumors of all seventies.
  • 07/04/02 - Fisher Communications Inc., parent of KOMO-TV/4 and three Seattle-area radio stations, yesterday said it will drop its quarterly dividend for the first time since 1971.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/04/02 - Broadcasters in Seattle and other US cities say that satellite radio won't make a dent in their services, due to a lack of local news, weather, traffic and sports. Or will they?  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/03/02 - All Access Music Group reports the passing of Lee R. (Tom) Connors, one of the radio greats from KOL, KRKO and KXLY (Spokane) in the 60s and 70s.  He succumbed to a heart attack last night (7/2) at his home in Renton, at age 62.  Funeral arrangements are pending. 
  • 07/03/02 - Sports anchor Tony Ventrella moves to co-anchor the morning news at KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma next month after eleven years as sports director of KIRO-TV/7 Seattle.  Seattle P-I
  • 07/03/02 - The CRTC has granted time extensions to Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. and Simon Fraser Campus Radio Society to commence operation of new radio stations.  Both applications have been approved in part, but are awaiting approval of operational frequencies.  CRTC Info AVR   CRTC Info SFU
  • 07/02/02 - Spotter Mike Cherry reports that CBRU CBC Radio One Squamish is already broadcasting on 1270, having changed frequency from 1260 and increased power, putting a strong daytime signal onto the east coast of Vancouver Island near Nanaimo.  According to CRTC records, the hearing for the application isn't scheduled until August 12 at Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC Info
  • 06/29/02 - Jim Mullin and Jeff Paterson are on the short list to call Vancouver Giants play-by-play this season on CJNW AM 730.  Meanwhile, could Ryan Walter be an addition to CKST AM "Team 1040" as the station increases local programming?  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  Thanks to Louis Cypher
  • 06/28/02 - Past radio legends from three decades of broadcasting will gather at Seattle's Museum of History & Industry at 2 p.m. Saturday to chart the changes in Seattle's radio and music landscape.  Wally Nelskog, Pat O'Day, Bruce Murdock and Jim Keller will share their radio perspectives.  Matt Doran, Seattle Times
  • 06/27/02 - KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle started testing from its new transmitter site on Cougar Mountain at 3 p.m. today after getting some of the bugs out of its new antenna system.  The FCC CP is for 8.5 kw at 372 meters HAAT at 47-32-35 122-06-25.
  • 06/27/02 - As CJNW AM 730 goes into its third week of silence with transmitter and tower upgrades, reliable sources say that it will be at least two more weeks before the new format is known.  The station continues stunting with automated modern rock on its cable feed at FM 94.7.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 06/27/02 - Will the Funky Monkey KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville be sold to Paul Allen for a reported $20 million? KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle is supposed to have all its new jocks on air by mid July.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/27/02 - The CRTC will hold a public hearing August 12th in Quebec to consider application by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. for a new FM station in Vancouver to operate at 92.3 MHz with an average ERP of 1200 watts.  AVR had previously been given approval in principle, but had to seek a new frequency.   Additionally, the CBC was directed to study the feasibility of modifying its 92.1 MHz directional antenna on Salt Spring Island to facilitate the new station.  CRTC Info
  • 06/27/02 - In addition to the above, the CRTC will consider application by the CBC to change the frequency of rebroadcast transmitter CBRU AM 1260 Squamish to 1270, with a power increase from 40 watts day/night to 400 watts day and 200 watts night.  CRTC Info
  • 06/26/02 - The Arbitron Spring '02 P2 Seattle 12+ radio ratings are little changed at the top from a month ago.  KIRO AM 710 with an 8.1 share has pulled slightly further ahead of second place KMPS-FM 94.1, which scored 6.4.  KUBE-FM 93.3 holds onto third place with 5.5.  Details from R&R
  • 06/26/02 - The architect of the Emmy Award winning news operation at KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma, news director Todd Mokhtari is leaving the station.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 06/26/02 - The Arbitron Spring '02 P2 Seattle radio trends are to be released at 2 p.m. PT today.  Details
  • 06/25/02 - Soccer fans who can't be in front of a TV set can listen to the FIFA 2002 World Cup Final on CBC Radio One, CBU AM 690 Vancouver or CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria starting at 3:30 a.m. PT Sunday June 30.  CBC News Release  Live TV coverage is on CBUT/2 Vancouver and KOMO-TV/4 Seattle.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 06/24/02 - CJNW AM 730 Vancouver now has been off the air for a week and a half.  It's interesting to note that the station's modern rock stunting is still being carried at FM 94.7 on Greater Vancouver cablevision systems via a direct feed.  Canadian cablevision systems carry local AM stations, usually in stereo, relocated to available cable FM positions.
  • 06/22/02 - After the U.S. Copyright Office ruling on Internet streaming rates, the AUD (audio) columns of this website's AM Stations and FM Stations pages have been updated with the appropriate icons to indicate stations which continue with live audio.   Many stations in both the U.S. and Canada have discontinued streaming due to increased costs.
  • 06/22/02 - After 14 months CHUM Limited has ended the game with national all-sports radio.  The stations in the network, including CKST AM "Team 1040" Vancouver, will operate as "an affiliation of stations rather than a national network".  Meanwhile, Western Hockey League broadcast rights may move from Team 1040 to CJNW AM 730 (formerly "NW2").  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  William Houston, Globe & Mail
  • 06/21/02 - The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that Webcasters will have to pay half the rate originally proposed by a federally appointed arbitration panel.  But, the rates are retroactive to October 1998.  Monica Soto, Seattle Times  David Ho, Associated Press  Copyright Office Info
  • 06/21/02 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has won the Edward R. Murrow award for best local newscast.  Seattle P-I  RTNDA Winners List
  • 06/20/02 - CJNW AM 730 (formerly all news "NW2") Vancouver remains off the air after going silent late last week.   New transmitters and two new towers are scheduled for installation.  It still has not been announced what format or call letters will be in place when the station returns.  Meanwhile, Crosbie McWilliam has been named as the new assistant program director.  Further details at Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 06/20/02 - Rick Dal Farra, CE of the Rogers Lower Mainland stations advises that "X-FM" programming will be returning to FM 92.5 by this evening, effectively undoing the swap of Abbotsford stations CKVX-FM-1 "X-FM" and CFSR-FM "Star FM" at the end of April, which put CKVX-FM-1 on 107.1 and CFSR-FM on 92.5.  Star-FM programming has been running on both frequencies for the last few days.  There is no truth to rumors that the 92.5 transmitter will be shut down.
  • 06/20/02 - Correction to the assigned powers of the two TV translator construction permits near the Canadian border:  K55JP channel 55 Point Roberts, ERP should read 60.399 kilowatts (not watts) and K30GW channel 30 Lynden, ERP should read 31.669 kilowatts.
  • 06/20/02 - CHUM Limited has cut 11 managers at its "The Team" sports network headquarters in Toronto in an effort to bolster listeners.  The Team operates in most major cities in Canada including CKST AM 1040 Vancouver.  Barbara Schecter, National Post
  • 06/20/02 - Small broadcasters such as KBCS FM 91.3 Seattle say they can't afford new fees for audio streaming.  Monica Soto, Seattle Times
  • 06/20/02 - A look at past Seattle radio celebs, specifically Wally Nelskog.  KSER-FM 90.7 Everett resumes live audio streaming.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/19/02 - Rogers Radio Abbotsford stations CKVX-FM-1 "X-FM" and CFSR-FM "Star FM" swapped frequencies at the end of April putting CKVX-FM-1 on 107.1 and CFSR-FM on 92.5.   Star-FM programming is currently running on both frequencies.
  • 06/19/02 - The FCC has granted applications for construction permits to Concorde Ventures Ltd. for two low-powered TV translators near the Canadian border.  K55JP will operate in Point Roberts on channel 55 with an ERP of 60.399 watts at 48-59-36 123-2-43.  K30GW will be in Lynden on channel 30 with an ERP of 31.669 watts at 48-54-26 122-13-20.  FCC Details
  • 06/19/02 - M Street Daily reports that AFTRA members have approved a new three year deal at Seattle's Entercom stations KIRO AM 710, KNWX AM 770 and KQBZ-FM 100.7 "The Buzz".
  • 06/19/02 - Local TV stations and broadcasters reap 2002 regional Emmy Awards.  John Levesque, The P-I
  • 06/15/02 - As the CBC gets set to overhaul its Radio One programming this fall, Shelagh Rogers has been announced as the host of a new weekday flagship morning show.  Radio One programs are heard on CBU AM 690 Vancouver and CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  Jon Bricker, National Post
  • 06/15/02 - After Seattle-based Ackerley Group's sale to Clear Channel Communications, family members have formed a new venture, Ackerley Partners LLC.  Todd Bishop, The P-I   Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 06/14/02 - As of 12:01 pm today, the merger between The Ackerley Group and Clear Channel Communications has been completed.   “Today’s closing completes the final chapter in the history of The Ackerley Group,” said Barry Ackerley, Chairman and CEO of The Ackerley Group.  News release in Word format is on Ackerley site.
  • 06/14/02 - CJNW AM 730 Vancouver, which has been stunting with a mix of modern rock plus Stanley Cup playoff hockey since dropping its All News format May 28, is off the air.  On May 23rd CE Mark Friesen advised that the station would be undergoing a major technical upgrade in the near future.  Will the stunting end and a new format be in place when the station returns?  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 06/14/02 - Missing "The Beat"?  Ariel Meadow Stallings, Seattle Weekly  Thanks to Jim Schier
  • 06/13/02 - Canadian Heritage Minister Shiela Copps has indicated that the government may step in to stop La Soirée du hockey from moving from Radio-Canada to cable channel Réseau des Sports (RDS).  Despite the language difference, many Anglophone Montreal Canadiens fans watched the live broadcasts, shown locally on CBUFT/26 Vancouver.  Sarah Schmidt, National Post
  • 06/13/02 - The CRTC is going to allow market forces to decide on the switch by Canadian stations to Digital.  Ian Jack & Barbara Shecter, National Post  CRTC Release
  • 06/13/02 - More on the return of Opie and Anthony to Seattle airwaves on KQBZ-FM 100.7, plus a move of Loveline from "The Buzz" to "The End" KNDD-FM 107.7.   Entercom has stopped audio streaming on all its stations nationally.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/12/02 - Former KAPS AM 660 Mount Vernon radio broadcaster Dan Bartolovic is running as a Republican for a seat in the House, representing the 40th District.  He is running for Position 2, now held by Democrat Jeff Morris.  The 57 year old Bartolovic currently consults with KWDB AM 1110 Oak Harbor.  Info from Skagit Valley Herald Background story  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 06/12/02 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle stands out with distinct music and active DJs. Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
  • 06/11/02 - Dave Youell, CE of the local CHUM Limited stations, advises that CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver is now transmitting with 53,000 watts average ERP (100,000 watts peak) from a new 300 foot tower on Mount Seymour.   Along with the new tower are a Sira 12 panel antenna and Nautel 10kw transmitter.  Co-sited are CFBT-FM 94.5 and CIVI-TV-2/17.
  • 06/08/02 - In-depth reports on flamboyant sportscaster Wayne Cody, who died early Friday.  Scott Sunde, Seattle P-I   Bud Withers, Seattle Times
  • 06/07/02 - The buzz has it that Opie and Anthony, who disappeared from KYCW AM 1090 Seattle when it switched back to classic country, will return to local airwaves on KQBZ-FM 100.7 "The Buzz" 7 - 11 p.m. June 17.
  • 06/07/02 - Seattle sportscaster icon Wayne Cody has passed away at the age of 66.  Seattle P-I  Seattle Times
  • 06/06/02 - CKVU-TV/10 has announced that effective July 22 it will be branded as Citytv Vancouver.  The CHUM Limited station currently identifies as ckvu13 (denoting cable position).  Canada NewsWire info   Thanks to David Nelson, Nelson Media
  • 06/06/02 - Former local sportscaster Wayne Cody, best known for his 14 years at KIRO-TV/7 Seattle, is reportedly in intensive care with heart and kidney problems at Valley Medical Center in Renton.  He retired from KIRO AM 710 in March 1996.  Thanks to John at Bcst Svcs
  • 06/06/02 - Has the switch back to music on KYCW AM 1090 re-kindled a spark of interest in AM stereo?  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I.  As an added note, CJNW AM 730 Vancouver, which also recently dropped talk and is currently stunting with music, also transmits in AM stereo.  Stations broadcasting AM stereo in the Northwest are designated with (S) on the AM Stations page.  More info on the AM Stereo Page.
  • 06/05/02 - After twenty years of TV sports in Seattle, the last nine of them at KIRO-TV/7, Tony Ventrella has left the airwaves.  He will concentrate on his motivational speaking business, Positive Energy Productions.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I   Thanks to John at Brdcst Svcs
  • 06/05/02 - Restructuring of CBC Radio One began yesterday with the naming of team leaders to implement the proposed changes.  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 06/05/02 - CBC Television marks its 50th anniversary this coming September with looks both forward and backward.  John McKay, Canadian Press  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 06/03/02 - KRKO AM 1380 Everett general manager Andy Skotdal says that added power for the station would translate into increased revenues and likely boost staff from seven up to twenty.  Brian Corliss, Herald Net   Accompanying photo
  • 06/03/02 -  The wife and two children of 42 year old Kip Johns of Stanwood were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 12 near Walla Walla Saturday night.  He was a long time PD of KCMS-FM "Spirit 105.3" Edmonds.  Johns and another son were injured in the crash.  A Walla Walla man has been charged with vehicular homicide.  Further info from Walla Walla Union Bulletin   Thanks to Darlene Anderson
  • 06/02 02 - CBC Radio Two will air a special tribute to Otto Lowy this afternoon to mark the passing of the longtime host of The Transcontinental.  The program will be heard on CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver at 1 p.m.
  • 06/01/02 - A quick bit of recent history of KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • 05/31/02 - Today at noon Bob Case, PD of FM 95.7 Seattle announced the demise of Quick 96 and a new format of Super Hits of the Sixties and Seventies, with revived call letters of KJR-FM.   A collage of old (sister station) KJR AM 950 jingles and clips were played prior to the announcement made live at the Seattle Space Needle.  The new website is 957kjrfm.com
  • 05/30/02 - Quick 96 item: more Friday noon.  Thanks to Larry W and Scott D
  • 05/30/02 - KIRO AM 710 edges back in front of KMPS-FM 94.1 in the Seattle Arbitron Spring 2002 Phase 1 12+ radio ratings released today.  R & R Online
  • 05/30/02 - Quick 96 and 400 songs an hour on a Clear Channel.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The Seattle P-I
  • 05/29/02 - The FCC has given approval to Clear Channel's merger/takeover of the Ackerley Group.  Four radio stations in Seattle and KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham are involved in this area.  More info to follow
  • 05/29/02 - KBTB FM 95.7 Seattle is "The Beat" no more.  The station is currently stunting by playing a few seconds of each song, described as various music genres, apparently playing different ones each hour.  The station is identifying as Quick 96 with a new website.  Press Release
  • 05/29/02 - KBTB FM 95.7 "The Beat" Seattle is promoting an upcoming announcement at 6 p.m. today regarding the station's future.
  • 05/29/02 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC to operate a rebroadcast station in Victoria of its recently approved Vancouver station providing the programs of La Chaîne culturelle.  The proposed transmitter would operate at 88.9 MHz with an average ERP of 3200 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 05/28/02 - Long-time CBC radio personality Otto Lowy has died at the age of 81.  He had hosted the Transcontinental from Vancouver for 22 years on Radio Two.  CBC News Release
  • 05/28/02 - The CBC has announced that its overall ratings in Canada are increasing, with Early Edition, heard 6 to 9 a.m. on CBU AM 690 Vancouver placing number two in its time slot.  CBC Release  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 05/28/02 - With CJNW AM 730 Vancouver having dropped all news, the question remained whether the station would continue to run NHL playoff games which it started two weeks ago.  The games continue.
  • 05/28/02 - Corus Radio's CKNW AM 980 Vancouver issued a news item today on the format change of sister station CJNW "NW2" from all news.   Nine full-time and 15 part-time employees will be let go.  NW2 signs off
  • 05/28/02 - As rumored on this page a week ago, CJNW AM 730 Vancouver has dropped its all news format.  The station appears to be stunting, with a modern rock format and IDs of "This is CJNW, a Corus Entertainment station" about every 15 minutes.  The change came at 5 a.m.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig and Erland Carlson.
  • 05/28/02 - The successor to media mogul Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications Inc. will likely not be a family member.  Rogers Radio operates a number of stations in this area.  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 05/24/02 - Victoria 12+ BBM Spring 2002 ratings show CFAX AM 1070 in first place with a 16.9 share, CKKQ-FM 100.3 second with 13.3 and CIOC-FM 98.5 third with 11.5.  Info from Milkman Unlimited  Full Victoria 12+
  • 05/24/02 - Another perspective and further details on the Spring Vancouver ratings.  Joe Leary, The Province.
  • 05/24/02 - Tonight at 10, KIRO-TV/7 pays homage to Seattle's longest running TV meteorologist Harry Wappler with a one hour special, "Farewell, Harry!"  John Levesque, The P-I
  • 05/23/02 - News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds on to first place, but with a slimmer margin, with a 14.8 share in the Vancouver 12+ BBM Spring 2002 ratings.  A/C CHQM-FM 103.5 has moved up into second with 9.9.   Classic Rock CFMI-FM 101.1 is third with 8.5.   Urban newcomer CFBT-FM 94.5 appears to have taken a piece of previous second place CHR CKZZ-FM 95.3.   Full Vancouver 12+  Thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 05/23/02 - Vancouver Corus Radio Engineer Mark Friesen reports that two of the four CJNW AM 730 towers will be replaced this summer.  The station power has dropped over the last year as the tubes are past their typical replacement hours and a replacement transmitter will be fitted.  This, along with other rebuilding on the site will restore the 730 signal.  Additionally, all Vancouver AM stations will be undergoing mandatory supplemental proofs before this December.
  • 05/23/02 - The Skagit Valley Cardinal reports that Skagit Valley College and the city of Mount Vernon have signed an agreement to allow the KSVR-FM 90.1 broadcast antenna to be placed on a city owned tower located on Little Mountain.  The increased height will extend the signal's reach as far south as Lakewood and west to Oak Harbor.   The agreement is the final hurdle in a four year long process of changing frequency to 91.7.  Broadcasting is expected to begin by mid-summer.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 05/23/02 - More details on the rationale behind the Infinity switch of KYCW AM 1090 Seattle back to classic country.  The station is taking comments from listeners at 1-877-753-1090, a toll free number which works on both sides of the border.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/22/02 - In response to endless requests, Music with Moskowitz returns to KYCW AM 1090 Seattle Sunday at 7 p.m.  The program, hosted by Mad Man Moskowitz also can be heard at noon Sundays on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.
  • 05/21/02 - Rumors continue to persist that CJNW AM 730 "NW2" Vancouver will switch from news back to music in the near future.   Owner Corus Entertainment thought that it would grab a share of rival CKWX AM 1130, but ratings have been dismal since changing from CKLG "LG73" on February 1 last year.  CJNW's new music format is strongly rumored to be "All 70s".   The change is well timed with soon-to-arrive digital (DAB) radios at Canadian Radio Shack stores.  The station also operates on channel 6, 1461.536 MHz in the DAB band.
  • 05/20/02 - Classic country music returned to KYCW AM 1090 Seattle at 11 p.m. last night as the station reverted to its previous format after nine months of extreme talk.  Tall Paul Fredricks and Buffalo Phil Harper have returned along with most of the station's previous jingles.  Seattle P-I story
  • 05/18/02 -  A look at CNN TV news anchor Aaron Brown, formerly of KING-TV/5 & KIRO-TV/7 Seattle.  John Levesque, The P-I
  • 05/17/02 - KYCW AM 1090 Seattle is set to make the switch back to Classic Country this coming Monday.  This change will undoubtedly affect programming at some other Infinity stations in the city.  Meanwhile, in Vancouver, another 50,000 watt AM station is reported poised to make a format change, which as yet unconfirmed, could come any time between this weekend and month end.
  • 05/16/02 - As mentioned below, another shock jock is added to KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle as Bill Virgin's Radio Beat in The P-I details the changes.
  • 05/15/02 - LG73 Vancouver is back.  Well, at least on the Internet.  Broadcasting started this morning from Vancouver, with the server in San Francisco.  Meanwhile, CJNW AM 730 "NW2" Vancouver continues to deviate from its all news format with NHL playoff hockey starting Thursday.  Thanks to Gerry O'Day
  • 05/15/02 - Rumors are becoming rampant that KYCW AM 1090 is going to return to its Classic Country format.  The station flipped to Extreme Talk last August 6th.  It managed to grab a .4 market share in the Fall Arbitron Seattle 12+ ratings, but has since slipped to virtually zero.  At best, this represented less than a quarter of previous listeners.  KYCW retained a domain name of kycw.com but the page contains no data.  Any format change, as yet unconfirmed, would likely come in the next few weeks, depending on current contracts. 
  • 05/15/02 - Long time KIRO-TV/7 Seattle weatherman, Harry Wappler is retiring.  A one hour special program, "Farewell, Harry!" will be aired Friday May 24th at 10 p.m.  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 05/14/02 - New additions at KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle include Kylee Brooks APD/Middays, Rover Radio nights and Lisa Wood and Woody weekends.  Leaving are middayer Dan Wilke, night guy Damon Stewart, weekender Debbie Letterman, and Music Coordinator Mike Trockalakis.  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 05/14/02 - The National Association of Broadcasters has announced it's "Partnership" award will be given to KIXI AM 880 Seattle.  The station teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to present "Blitz Build: 20 Homes In 12 Days".  KIXI raised more than $16,000 and devoted nearly 32-hours of airtime valued at approximately $200,000.  Further details on NAB Website.  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 05/14/02 - M Street Daily reports that the Clear Channel - Ackerley deal will likely get FCC approval in June or July.  The report states that Clear Channel may spin off the TV stations, which would include KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham.  The multi station deal involves two AM and two FM stations in the Seattle area.
  • 05/12/02 - CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" Vancouver evening news co-anchor Ravi Baichwal, previously rumored to be moving to radio talk show duties in the city, will be joining CTV Newsnet in Toronto.  He moves in August.
  • 05/11/02 - Broadcast pioneer Fred Weber passed away in West Vancouver May 7th of pneumonia after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was born in 1922 in Alberta.  He had been an engineer, announcer and executive, involved with radio, TV and cable stations in the Okanagan and northwest B.C., including CKOV, CFCR, CKCQ, CFTK, CKTK, CHTK, CJFW-FM and CKOK.  He was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1988.  A memorial service will be held at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave., West Vancouver on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.   Canadian Communications Foundation biography
  • 05/10/02 - Wow!  Did KOMO AM 1000 hit a home run, while KIRO AM 710 fouled?  More background on KOMO's new deal with the Mariners.  Art Thiel, Seattle P-I   Thanks to Stu Seibel
  • 05/10/02 - Richard Bell, GM of KWDB AM 1110 Oak Harbor advises that the station's antenna system is currently being upgraded to improve the signal by late summer.  KWDB, with a diverse AC format from the fifties to current, is going into its third year of operation.  It replaced KJTT, which was owned by Pat O'Day.
  • 05/09/02 - Inspiration Media Inc. has re-submitted application to the FCC for a power increase of KKOL AM 1300 Seattle to 50,000 watts day and night.  The proposed transmitter site is located near Kent at 47-24-53 122-16-42 utilizing four towers, three of which would be used for daytime operation.  It is still the intention of the applicant to surrender the license of first adjacent KIKN AM 1290 Port Angeles if the power increase is granted.  KKOL is currently transmitting with 1000 watts from temporary facilities on a ship near Alki.
  • 05/09/02 - The new Bill O'Reilly show, "The Radio Factor" on KNWX AM 770 Seattle goes up against Rush Limbaugh.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 05/08/02 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia is back on the air after being silent since mid February.  The station has returned to its previous Good Time Hit Oldies format.  Thanks to David Gese
  • 05/07/02 - Clear Channel Communications, coming soon to a radio near you, has surprised analyists' expectations by posting a Q1 profit of $90.3 million.  T.A. Badger, Associated Press/The P-I  Meanwhile, Salem Communications has posted a Q1 same station revenue increase of 14%.  Salem Release
  • 05/07/02 - The CRTC has approved application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to operate a new French-language radio station in Vancouver at 90.9 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 287 watts.  The station will broadcast programming from the CBC’s French network, La Chaîne culturelle.   Additionally, the CBC is to consider modifying the antenna pattern of CBU-FM-1 92.1 Victoria on Saltspring Island to make 92.3 MHz available for use by Aboriginal Voices Radio in Vancouver.  CRTC Decision
  • 05/07/02 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Radio Ltd. to relocate the transmitter of CKVX-FM-2 104.9 Vancouver to another location on Mount Seymour and increase average effective radiated power from 14,000 watts to 14,100 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 05/07/02 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to increase the average effective radiated power of CISC-FM 107.5 Gibsons from 33 watts to 820 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 05/07/02 - The CBC is eliminating "This Morning" but will retain the 25-year-old parliamentary show "The House" from its Radio One lineup.   The programs are heard on CBU AM 690 Vancouver and CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.   Chris Cobb, National Post
  • 05/07/02 - The Federal Cabinet is deciding whether to force the CRTC to reconsider its decision to license a new Vancouver ethnic TV station to Multivan Broadcast Corp. rather than Rogers Communications Inc.   Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/07/02 - Vancouver scientist, professor, environmentalist and 30-year broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki has been chosen as this year's recipient of ACTRA's John Drainie Award.  Suzuki hosts CBC's "The Nature of Things" on CBUT/2 Vancouver.  The Globe & Mail                                       
  • 05/03/02 - A further look at the 75 years of "the friendly station", KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 05/01/02 - Many US stations have suspended live audio streaming today in protest over CARP royalty rates, declaring today a day of silence.  Details   saveinternetradio.org
  • 05/01/02 - US TV networks go into nostalgic/reunion programming mode for the May sweeps.  Two shows of note are "American Bandstand's 50th … A Celebration!" hosted by Dick Clark and shown locally on KOMO-TV/4 Seattle Friday May 3rd from 8 to 10 p.m. and "NBC 75th Anniversary Special" to be aired Sunday May 5th from 8 to 11 p.m. on KING-TV/5 Seattle and CHEK-TV/6 "CH" Victoria.   Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 04/30/02 - A tribute to "Boy Disc Jockey" Jack Cullen will be aired Wednesday, May 1st (corrected) from 7 to 10 p.m. on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.
  • 04/30/02 - Funeral service for Jack Cullen, who passed away Saturday, will be private.  There will be a memorial reception at the Shrine Temple, 3550 Wayburne, Burnaby on Thursday, May 2 at 1 p.m.
  • 04/30/02 - Almost three quarters of US commercial TV broadcasters will miss the May 1st deadline to begin offering digital signals.  Stephen Labaton, NY Times/Seattle P-I
  • 04/30/02 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 Richmond celebrates its 22nd birthday tomorrow, May 1.
  • 04/29/02 - Jack Cullen, a late-night staple for more than five decades.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/27/02 - Radio legend John Francis (Jack) Cullen has passed away.  His 55-year radio career went back to CJAV Port Alberni in 1946, CKMO (now CFUN) Vancouver, where he hosted an all night show called "Pacific Patrol" and later "DX Prowl".  He changed the name to "Owl Prowl" and in 1949 moved to CKNW, then AM 1320. Cullen graced the airwaves with the same program for over 45 years at CKNW.  He passed away at 5 a.m. today at St. Mary's Hospital in New Westminster.  Jack Cullen has left us at the age of 80.
  • 04/27/02 - Rogers Radio Abbotsford stations CKVX-FM-1 "X-FM" and CFSR-FM "Star FM" have swapped frequencies.  The new assignments are CKVX-FM-1 107.1 and CFSR-FM 92.5.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 04/27/02 - Although not the first station to grace the Seattle airwaves, it lays claim to superior ratings, a 1920s on-air date, and the same call letters for most of its years.  The station started out with 100 watts at AM 650 on April 27, 1927 as Pacific Coast Biscuit Company's KPCB with the license dated January 17 that year.  Happy 75th Birthday KIRO AM 710!  Click here for a look at the spring 1952 Vancouver area ratings when KIRO held 4th place in the city 130 miles away.  KIRO website info
  • 04/26/02 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced a first quarter loss of $7.8 million but is optimistic about improving conditions in the broadcast industry.   Bill Virgin/Marni Leff, The P-I
  • 04/26/02 - The CRTC has granted extension of the time limit for Rogers Broadcasting to get CKKS-FM-1 96.9 Whistler on the air until May 31.  The 1430 watt facility will rebroadcast programming of CKKS-FM 96.9 Vancouver.  CRTC Info
  • 04/26/02 - Another look at the Seattle winter ratings by Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 04/25/02 - As the station tends to do at this time of year, KMPS-FM 94.1 has moved into first place with a 6.9 market share, ahead of KIRO AM 710 at 6.2.   KVI AM 570 has eked out third spot with 5.2 in the Winter '02 12+ Seattle Arbitron radio book.  Details
  • 04/25/02 - The six year deal between The Mariners and KOMO AM 1000 Seattle is believed to be the richest in history.  Bill Kossen and David Bowermaster, Seattle Times
  • 04/25/02 - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat looks at the The Mariners move from KIRO AM 710 to KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.
  • 04/24/02 - Susie Rei, Viewer Services Representative at KCTS-TV/9 Seattle has informed Northwest Broadcasters that the station will air Louis Rukeyser's new series, Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street, Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. beginning April 27.  The program, now running Fridays at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. PT on cable station CNBC, is being offered to PBS stations under the stipulation that it not run until after Friday midnight.  If the program is renewed after a 13 week initial offering, it will move in mid July to Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on KCTS.
  • 04/24/02 - The FCC has granted application for minor modification of transmitter facilities for Trininty Broadcasting KTBW-DT/14 Tacoma.  The new digital television facility will now be licensed with 500 kw at 473 meters HAAT on the existing TV tower atop Gold Mountain near Bremerton at 47-32-50 122-47-39.
  • 04/24/02 - The FCC has granted application for change of ownership of KCCF AM 1550 Blaine from Pearl Broadcasting Corporation to BBC Broadcasting, Inc.  The station was purchased February 7 for $600,000 subject to FCC approval. 
  • 04/23/02 - The Mariners will be moving to KOMO AM 1000 Seattle starting in 2003.  The team and Fisher Communications announced a new six year agreement today.  KOMO News Release  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  Thanks to David Gese
  • 04/23/02 - According to an item on Milkman Unlimited, Matt McBride has resigned as Program Director of CFBT-FM 94.5 "The Beat" Vancouver.  The station has been on air for about two months.  The Milkman site also details new additions at Central Island Broadcasting in Courtenay and Nanaimo.
  • 04/22/02 - A look at the PM drive twisted pair of Graham Hatch and Dean Hill on CFMI-FM 101.1 "Rock 101" Vancouver.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 04/18/02 - CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver VP and GM Brad Phillips has confirmed that local personalities Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford will be joining the station this summer.  CKVU Release
  • 04/18/02 - Chris Donnelly joins CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria as Production Manager and Mandy Butler joins the station's Promotion Department.  Both are from Central Island Broadcasting.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 04/18/02 - An in-depth look at Bill Gates' acquisition of more than 5 percent of Fisher Communications.  The Ackerley Group lays off veteran newsman Bill Rice.   Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/17/02 - Local programming, including multicultural and news, is to increase on CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Additionally, local cable icons Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford are likely to move to the CHUM Limited station.   Dana Gee, The Province
  • 04/17/02 - In a ruling on January 23rd, released today, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council announced that CKVX-FM 104.9 "X-FM" Vancouver was in violation of the Code of Ethics and Violence Code for a term used on the air July 30, 2001.  CBSC Decision
  • 04/16/02 - Retired superjock Larry Lujack, who made a mark at mid sixties KJR AM 950 Seattle before moving on to Chicago radio, will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame along with actor Bill Murray.  Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times
  • 04/15/02 - Two rumors which have been circulating around the Vancouver radio scene for awhile are the future of CKNW AM 980 talk show host Raif Mair and the possibility of a format change at all-news non-achiever CJNW AM 730 "NW2".  Joe Leary's Air Traffic column (not available online) in this morning's Vancouver Province  further hints that Mair, whose contract comes up soon, could be replaced by CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" Vancouver news anchor Ravi Baichwal, who has subbed for other talkers on the station; and the likelihood of another format change back to music for the former CKLG AM 730.
  • 04/14/02 - Brad Edwards, Manager of Operations for CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme" Victoria, reports that the station is not changing format and a new website is forthcoming.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 04/13/02 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle and KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma placed 3rd and 5th respectively in the March Arbitron Webcast Channel Ratings Report.  Additionally, CKNW AM 980 Vancouver was 37th and sister station CFMI-FM 101.1 was 57th.  Top 75 Channels
  • 04/12/02 - According to information on the Milkman Unlimited website there are extreme staffing and format changes in the works at CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme 107.3" Victoria.
  • 04/12/02 - The Securities and Exchange Commission has released information that Bill Gates now holds 5.3% of Fisher Communications.  Fisher has numerous radio and TV holdings including KOMO-TV/4 Seattle.  Yahoo!  Seattle P-I
  • 04/11/02 - Twenty years of hosting "The Art of Jazz" on KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma will be celebrated by jazz musician Ken Wiley this coming July.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seatte P-I
  • 04/10/02 - In a ruling on January 23rd, but released just yesterday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council announced dismissal of a complaint over the airing of a prank taped call from another station on the Bro' Jake morning show on CFMI-FM 101.1 "Rock 101" Vancouver.  CBSC Decision
  • 04/10/02 - Louis Rukeyser, Friday evening business show mainstay for 32 years, who was unceremoniously ousted from Maryland Public Television and PBS, has found a new home at cable network CNBC.  The program also will be made available to individual PBS stations nationwide and could run on a different night on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle.  Associated Press, Seattle P-I
  • 04/09/02 - KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle holds its 21st birthday party April 10 at the Key Arena.
  • 04/09/02 - Measurecast rates Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle fourth overall in streamed audio audience size.
  • 04/08/02 - The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) has announced its endorsement of the iBiquity Digital Corporation's AM in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital audio broadcasting system for use on the AM band.  The NRSC recommends that stations desiring to operate with AM IBOC do so only during daytime hours due to potential adjacent channel interference during nighttime operation.  NAB News Release
  • 04/08/02 - FCC Chairman Michael Powell has proposed a series of deadlines beginning in September for U.S. cable-television companies, broadcasters and TV set makers to speed adoption of digital TV.  Seattle Times
  • 04/08/02 - A Vancouver coalition is petitioning the federal cabinet to have it set aside the CRTC licencing decision to award a new ethic television station to Multivan Broadcast Corp.  Rogers Communications Inc. was turned down in February after a long persuit for the station.  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 04/07/02 - Three Canadian TV networks, CBC, CTV and Global, plus CBC Radio will have live coverage of the Queen Mother's funeral, most beginning at 3 a.m. PDT.  John McKay, Canadian Press  (Times in item are EDT)
  • 04/05/02 - KRKO AM 1380 Everett has agreed to shorten the tallest proposed radio tower in the upper Snohomish River Valley in exchange for Harvey Airfield dropping its appeal of the project.   Jennifer Langston, Herald Net
  • 04/04/02 - Seventeen year morning show host Bryant Gumbel is leaving CBS's Early Show, viewed locally on KIRO-TV/7 Seattle.  David Bauder, AP TV Writer
  • 04/04/02 - A few small changes at KYPT-FM 96.5 Seattle as PD Garett Michaels this morning announced an expanded play list and discontinuation of its 7 to 7 no-repeat weekdays.   The station is billing itself as "96.5 The Point, the Greatest Hits Of the 80's & More".  Thanks to Captmiloman
  • 04/04/02 - Rhythmic Top 40 KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle has added some new features to bolster a waning young audience.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 04/03/02 -  Morning radio icon Frosty Forst has been signed to a new three year contract at CKNW AM 980, Vancouver squashing speculation that a replacement might be forthcoming.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 04/03/02 - Randy Meyers will join Ichabod Caine and the Waking Crew this month as Morning Show Producer at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle.  Current Producer, R.J., will remain with the crew as the Audio Engineer/Writer.  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 04/02/02 - Arbitron Winter '02 P2 Seattle 12+ radio ratings show Country KMPS-FM 94.1 moving into a tie with previous first place News/Talk KIRO AM 710, each with a 6.3 share.  Close behind in third place is Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 with 5.9.  Details from R&R Online
  • 04/02/02 - BJ Shea, noon to 3 on KQBZ-FM 100.7 "The Buzz" Seattle, reports that producer Brad McCutcheon orchestrated his "firing" yesterday by getting PD Ken Berry to record a termination message to listeners and getting Seattle personalities Gary Bryan and Scott Burns to audition for the so called new opening.  Brad then took over the final hour of the show and told listeners he was the heart and soul behind the show and vied for the gig.  Today listeners called in to express feelings and suggest punishments.
  • 04/02/02 - It was a fairly quiet April Fools' Day in northwest radio.  "The Buzz" was that BJ Shea was fired from KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle; Pepper and Crash on CKVX-FM 104.9 "X-FM" Vancouver were giving out the time in PDT, a week ahead of schedule; and Bob and CJ on KBTB-FM "The Beat" Seattle were re-naming the Space Needle.
  • 04/02/02 - Louis Rukeyser's parting with Maryland Public Television is reflective of a viewership slide at the Public Broadcasting System.   PBS shows are viewed locally on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle and KBTC-TV/28 Tacoma.  David Bauder, Associated Press
  • 03/31/02 - Red Robinson and Doc Harris both returned to local airwaves today at CISL AM 650 Richmond.  Their programs will continue to run Sundays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.  Additionally the shows are carried on CFRN AM 1260 Edmonton, AB.  CISL's website carries a live audio feed.
  • 03/29/02 - Application for 50 kw by KKOL AM 1300 Seattle has been dismissed by the FCC.  Meanwhile, KJR AM 950 Seattle has been given the nod by the Commission to relocate transmitter facilities to the KGNW AM 820 site on Vashon Island.  Thanks to Brian Lord
  • 03/29/02 - The Space Needle is celebrating its 40th anniversary with radio veterans Frosty Fowler (KING), Pat O'Day (KJR) and Dick Curtis (KOL) hosting tunes from '62 on its in-house radio system.  Jean Godden, Seattle Times  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 03/28/02 - The station petitioning the FCC for a change to its Table of Allotments is KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR.   If the request is successful, the station would move to Covington, WA as a Class C3.  This move would technically facilitate three new transmitters at Arlington and Moro, OR and at Trout Lake, WA.  However, John van Oppen, CE of Class D KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island advises that KMIH's signal would suffer from "huge" interference operating on the same frequency.  FCC Petition  FCC Technical (pdf format)  Eastside Journal  
  • 03/28/02 - Puget Sound radio advertising numbers are lower for 2001.  An FM station wants to move to Covington, WA, northeast of Auburn, causing concern for student-run KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island.  Details at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 03/27/02 - After being off the airwaves in this area for eight broadcast days the Lex & Terry Show has returned to Funky Monky KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville.
  • 03/26/02 - The CBC is about to cut two highly rated programs, This Morning and The House, from its Radio One service, heard locally on CBU AM 690 Vancouver and CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen
  • 03/26/02 - Louis Rukeyser has been fired by Maryland Public Television after discussing his future broadcasting plans on Friday evening's Wall Street Week, shown locally on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle.  Seattle Times
  • 03/25/02 - Arbitron Inc. is pressing members of congress to institute a five year moratorium on streamed media rights fees recommended by the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP).  Arbitron Release   Voice your opinion at Save Internet Radio.org
  • 03/25/02 - Although not yet officially announced by the Seahawks, the team's live broadcasts next season will move from KIRO AM 710 to KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle.  Percy Allen, Seattle Times  Thanks to Dave in Seattle
  • 03/23/02 - Fisher Communications, operator of KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has announced a refinancing involving Fisher Plaza property.  Seattle Times  Fisher Press Release
  • 03/22/02 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Washington Public Affairs Network for a new non-commercial educational (NCE) FM station to operate on 90.1 in Olympia.  The station will operate with a power of 100 watts at minus 18 meters HAAT at TL 47-02-20 122-54-0.  FCC Info
  • 03/22/02 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is pressing the FCC to quickly endorse the iBiquity Digital Corporation In-Band On-Channel (IBOC) digital audio broadcasting (DAB) system as the American FM digital radio standard.   IBOC technology allows existing radio stations to use the current FM (and AM) spectrum to transmit analog simultaneously with new higher quality digital signals.
  • 03/22/02 - KOMO-TV/4 and KIRO-TV/7 Seattle have won Edward R. Murrow Awards recognizing regional accomplishments in electronic journalism.  Two public radio stations KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle and KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma also were honored.  Kay McFadden, Seattle Times   RTNDA Website Info
  • 03/22/02 - Louis Rukeyser will be leaving Wall Street Week after his final show June 28.  The Maryland Public Television business program has run for 32 years and airs locally Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle.  Michael Friscolanti, Financial Post
  • 03/21/02 - Red Robinson and Doc Harris fans can rejoice as Oldies Radio CISL AM 650 Richmond launches Super Sunday starting March 31.  Red returns with R&R history on the Red Rock Diner between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. followed by three hours of zany historic clips on The Doc Harris Show.  Other Sunday changes include West Coast Sundays from 6 to 9 a.m. re-teaming Gerry O'Day with Joanne Sutton, Sunday Morning Graffiti at 9 and Beatle Brunch at 10.  Meanwhile, morning news anchor Sara Jewell has left to pursue freelance writing.
  • 03/21/02 - Digital broadcast voice editor VoxPro by Audion Laboratories was co-developed by Charlie Brown, former personality at KJR-FM and KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 03/20/02 - After airing for just under a year, the syndicated Lex & Terry Show is no longer running on KFNK FM 104.9 Eatonville.
  • 03/17/02 - KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle comes of age.  On March 17, 1981 the station signed on as the new 93.3 FM. The original lineup was Charlie Brown, Barry Beck, Bob Case, and Wendy Christopher with Ty Flint pairing up with Charlie a few months later.  Thanks to Kevin, posting on the Seattle Radio Discussion Board
  • 03/16/02 - Pamela Martin, half of the 6 p.m. news team with Bill Good on CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" Vancouver has been absent for the last two nights and listed as being "on assignment".  She has shown up tonight anchoring news on the CTV Network's national cable and satellite fed CTV Newsnet.  Thanks to Deej
  • 03/14/02 - Current non-commercial radio pledge drives are expected to fare well despite economic downturn.   Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 03/13/02 - The FCC has granted a time extension to KVOS-DT/35 Bellingham to complete contruction of its new digital TV station and has accepted applications for time extensions from KTBW-DT/14 Tacoma, KBCB-DT/19 Bellingham, KWPX-DT/32 Bellevue, KSTW-DT/36 Tacoma, KHCV-DT/44 Seattle and KWOG-DT/50 Bellevue.  Typically, extensions are granted in six-month intervals.
  • 03/13/02 - KTWB-DT/25 Seattle signed on yesterday at 2 p.m., two months ahead of its May 2002 schedule to start digital TV programming.  The station is operating under an FCC Special Temporary Authorization (STA) with lower than the licensed power of one million watts.  Thanks to Stephen Hyde
  • 03/12/02 - Broadcast veteran David Mintz passed away February 5 at his home in Toronto.  He helped launch KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham in 1953, becoming president in 1961.  He was with Global Television for 15 years starting in 1973 and also served as president of the network.  Further Info
  • 03/12/02 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle rates third overall in the February 2002 Arbitron Webcast Channel Ratings with 535,500 aggregate tuning hours and jazz station KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma is eighth at 258,200 ATH.  Arbitron Info
  • 03/10/02 - KUKN-FM 94.5 Kelso will be moving to 105.5 to facilitate a power increase by KNRK-FM 94.7 Camas to better penetrate the Portland market.  KNRK-FM owner Entercom Communications Corp. has agreed to pay for the move of KUKN-FM's tower from Eufaula Heights west of Longview, to a location in Castle Rock.  The move is subject to FCC approval.  Thanks to Brian Lord
  • 03/09/02 - An aging CBC Radio audience is a growing cause for concern by the Corporation brass.  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 03/08/02 - Fifteen-year news veteran Jennifer Mather is leaving CKVU-TV/10 March 15 for "rest and relaxation" after co-hosting 6 p.m. newscasts with Russ Froese for the past three and a half years.  She is engaged to Vancouver Canucks GM Brian Burke.  The station is looking for a replacement.
  • 03/07/02 - Bluegrass on KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle?  Maybe, but more likely on specific programs on KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, KSER-FM 90.7 Everett or KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue.  Check it out at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 03/05/02 - More details on the Huskies radio deal, including how broadcast conflicts will be handled and information on play-by-play man Bob Rondeau.  Ted Miller, Seattle P-I   Bud Withers, Seattle Times
  • 03/05/02 - KING-TV/5 Seattle is king.  A look at the most recent TV ratings.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 03/04/02 - Now it's official.   KJR AM 950 Seattle has announced that it will be broadcasting University of Washington Huskies football and mens basketball live.  The Seattle P-I and Times newspapers had announced that this would be the case, however the new rights holder, Action Sports Media had advised in a press release that an announcement would not be made until near the end of this year's first quarter.  The official announcement came today at 2:20 p.m.  KJR website info  Action Sports Media Release
  • 03/04/02 - Engineer Ernie Hopseker confirms that KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville is now operating in "program test" mode with its new C-3 17 kw transmitter.   Official license will be issued by the FCC sometime in the future.
  • 03/01/02 - The CMW 2002 Canadian Music Week awards have been announced.   Broadcast Award winners in this area are Station of the Year, CHR CKZZ-FM 95.3 "Z95" Vancouver and BDS Cutting Edge Awards CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver and CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver.
  • 03/01/02 - KIRO AM 710 has slipped a little from a 9.1 share to 7.4, but still retains number one in the Winter '02 - P1 Seattle 12+ Arbitron Radio Ratings.  Second and third remain the same respectively for KMPS-FM 94.1 at 6.0 and KRWM-FM 106.9 at 5.6.  R&R Online Details
  • 02/28/02 - Effective March 4, the FCC is amending the FM Table of Allotments for Oakville, Raymond and South Bend, WA.  City of license for KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond will change to Oakville.  City of license for KJET-FM 105.7 South Bend will change to Raymond.  FM 107.9 will be open for future bids for South Bend.  FCC Document   Thanks to Brian Lord
  • 02/28/02 - Further information on the background and intentions of Inspiration Radio Group's KKOL AM 1300 Seattle as it moves up in power and adds more conservative talk.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 02/27/02 - Clear Channel Communications has reported a net loss of $366 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a loss of $192 million in the same period last year.  The deal to purchase The Ackerley Group, which includes five Seattle radio stations was approved by Ackerley shareholders last month and is awaiting clearance by federal regulators.  T.A. Badger, AP Business Writer
  • 02/27/02 - The Washington department of intercollegiate athletics today awarded its radio rights for football, men's basketball and women's basketball to Action Sports Media / Sporting News Radio. The term of the contract is a four-year agreement from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2006.   According to the Action Sports Media release, The Sporting News Radio network's affiliate in the Puget Sound region is KYCW AM 1090 Seattle.  Fisher Broadcasting (KOMO AM 1000) had been the radio broadcast rights holder since 1978, with the exception of a three-year period from 1986-88 when the games were aired by KIRO AM 710.  Action Sports Release
  • 02/26/02 - Gavin has announced that KMTT-FM 103.7 Tacoma has won the 2002 Radio Station of the Year Award for the top 25 markets.  The A/C Major Market Assistant Program Director/Music Director of the Year has been awarded to Darla Thomas of KLSY-FM 92.5 Seattle.  Gavin Release  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 02/26/02 - Clear Channel Communications has risen from owning 36 radio stations six years ago to 1225 today.  The company is awaiting FCC approval of its $800 million Seattle-area deal to buy The Ackerley Group, including its five local radio stations.  Jeff Leeds, Los Angeles Times
  • 02/26/02 - CBC Television viewers peaked at 10.6 million for the Canada-U.S. Olympic Hockey Final, the largest in Canadian history.  Meanwhile, the broadcast on NBC drew a 10.7 national rating.  Locally, coverage was on CBUT/2 Vancouver and KING-TV/5 Seattle.  John McKay, Canadian Press  Charlie Gillis, National Post
  • 02/26/02 - Ron and Don, midday hosts recently dropped from KYNG-FM 105.3 Dallas, will begin March 1 at KQBZ-FM 100.7 "The Buzz" Seattle.  Meanwhile, Dave Richards, former WKQX-FM 101.1 and WRCX-FM 103.5 Chicago Program Director has been named the new PD of KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle effective March 4.  He had been PD at KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle from 1992-1994.  Thanks to John at Broadcast Svcs
  • 02/23/02 - The CFBT-FM 94.5 "The Beat" Vancouver VIP party took place last night (Friday, Feb. 22) at the Commodore Ballroom.  Highlight of the evening was when Juno Award winning Vancouver-based group The Rascalz made a statement on how they can't get air play on local radio.  The new station continues to test its transmitter, and is set to officially launch at 6 p.m. Monday March 4.   Thanks to Club DJ, Mark P   
  • 02/23/02 - Despite increased revenue, Rogers Communications fourth quarter loss is higher than expected.  Rogers owns a number of radio stations in B.C.  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 02/23/02 - Although panned by some, CBC Television is pulling over six million viewers for some Olympic events.  CBUT/2 Vancouver is the local owned and operated CBC TV station.  John McKay, National Post
  • 02/22/02 - KIKN AM 1290 Port Angeles has dropped its Country format and is simulcasting KKOL AM 1300 Seattle full time.  The station will be shut down if Inspiration Radio Group receives FCC approval for a power increase to 50 kw for KKOL.  Thanks to Mike Cherry
  • 02/21/02 - Engineer Dave Ratener reports that the new KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle transmitter and directional antenna are on site awaiting tower mounts for installation during the week of March 18.  The new Cougar Mountain site is expected to be operational by March end.
  • 02/21/02 - "The rock is back" at KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle as the station moves from a classic rock sound to "up-tempo, hard-rocking, guitar-driven rock 'n' roll".  Meanwhile, other Seattlites beside Jim Wilke appearing on Sirius Satellite Radio include Phil Harper, Tami Bennett, Brian Gregory, Dave Yates and Cathy Faulkner.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 02/20/02 - KRKO AM 1380 Everett continues to come under fire for its proposed 50 kw antenna site in the Snohomish River Valley.  While press coverage was previously limited mostly to Everett, the issue has now appeared in the Seattle press.   Angela Lo, Seattle Times  Thanks to Broadcast Svcs
  • 02/20/02 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia is off the air again.  This time it has been several days.  Thanks to Mike Cherry
  • 02/20/02 - Except for the morning show, CISQ/CISW Squamish/Whistler "Mountain FM" is now all voice tracked from CKKS-FM 96.9 Vancouver "KISS FM".  Milkman Website 
  • 02/19/02 - The Milkman website reports changes made earlier today at Rogers Radio.  The STAR-FM trio (Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Hope) hosts its own live morning show, but all other programming will originate from Vancouver.  Creative and production departments also move to the big city.  Sales, promotions and local management will remain at the Fraser Valley studios.
  • 02/18/02 - "Voice Boy" Jeff Rechner, former jock at CFOX-FM 99.3 and LG73 Vancouver is voicing a 13-episode series called "Point Blank", a spoof on newsmagazine shows like "Dateline", "20/20" and the like.  The program runs every Monday starting March 4th at 7 pm PT on Canada's Comedy Network.
  • 02/18/02 -  Veteran Canadian broadcaster Harvey Kirck has died of a heart attack at his home northeast of Toronto.  He was 73.  Kirck sat at the CTV News anchor desk for 20 years, starting in 1963.  He was joined by Lloyd Robertson in 1976.  Kirck was also heard locally on radio on the now defunct CKO-FM.  Pulse 24
  • 02/18/02 - Former CBS and ABC newsman Howard K. Smith died Friday of pneumonia aggravated by congestive heart failure in Bethesda, MD.  He started at CBS News in 1941 and later moved to television to became a familiar face as correspondent on CBS and anchor/commentator on ABC.  He was 87.  USA Today
  • 02/18/02 - KING-TV/5 Seattle is one of the most watched affiliates for NBC during the Olympic Games.  Kay McFadden, Seattle Times
  • 02/16/02 - Fisher Communications Inc. has reported losses for the fourth quarter and full year as the Seattle-based company reported a sharp slump in advertising revenue for its broadcasting operations.  Fisher's holdings include KOMO-TV/4 Seattle and three radio stations in the area.  The company is also pulling back on sale of its real estate holdings.  Seattle P-I    Drew DeSilver, Seattle Times
  • 02/15/02 - The AM 1570 transmitter towers in Nanaimo were lowered today.  Click here for photos.  Thanks to Kam Abbott
  • 02/15/02 - "The Beat" CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver starting testing its transmitter around 10:10 a.m. today.  The new station is set to launch on March 4 with an Urban format.  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig
  • 02/15/02 - New website link has been added for KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond and power/HAAT and booster station info has been updated on the FM Page.  Thanks to Brian Lord
  • 02/15/02 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles from Radio Pacific Inc. to Olympic View Broadcasting Inc.  Sale of the station was announced last month for a reported $850,000.
  • 02/15/02 - The FCC has granted application by KACS-FM 90.5 Chehalis for a power increase from 3 kw to 6 kw with antenna change from non-directional to directional.  HAAT remains at 57 meters.
  • 02/15/02 - Further news on the awarding of Vancouver's newest ethnic TV station to Multivan Broadcast Corporation, as reported here yesterday.  Wyng Chow, Vancouver Sun  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 02/14/02 - Further to the transmitter site change of KKOL AM 1300 Seattle:  FCC Application is for 50 kw day/night from location 47-24- 53 122-16-42 using three towers during the day and four at night.  The licensee, Inspiration Media Inc. has agreed in its engineering statement to surrender the license of KIKN AM 1290 Port Angeles if the higher power is granted.
  • 02/14/02 - Fifty years of AM radio history comes to an end in Nanaimo Friday morning as crews remove the old CHUB/CKEG AM 1570 radio towers, which will be dropped by cutting the guy wires.  Meanwhile CKCI AM 1350 Parksville (currently simulcasting the new CIBH FM 88.5) will be leaving the air at 3 p.m. Friday, February 22.  All the equipment for both stations is for sale.  Details and photos are available at the following sites:  CKCI  CKEG  Thanks to Kam Abbott.
  • 02/14/02 - KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville put its new 17 kw transmitter through a test a few days ago.   Reports are that it was receivable as far north as Everett but still had problems penetrating buildings in downtown Seattle.  Official cut-over to the new class C3 facility should take place in the next few weeks.
  • 02/14/02 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Corporation for a new ethnic television station in Vancouver.  The new station will operate on channel 42 with an average effective radiated power of 40,000 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 02/14/02 - KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma Jazz host Jim Wilke Is voice tracking on the Pure Jazz channel of Sirius Satellite Radio, which officially launched at 4 p.m. PT Wednesday.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/13/02 - KKOL AM 1300 Seattle has moved out of its old transmitter site on Harbor Island and is currently operating with 1 kw from a ship, the Coastal Ranger, which is tied up at Alki.  The operation is temporary until a new fixed facility can be completed.  Clay's Corner   Thanks to B & ML Cronin
  • 02/13/02 - Israel (Izzy) Asper, executive chairman and founder of CanWest Global Communications Corp. has criticized the CRTC's annual renewal process and is the second person in recent weeks to publicly advocate the shut-down of CBC Television.   Locally, CanWest owns and operates CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.   Theresa Tedesco, Financial Post  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 02/13/02 - Roy A. Robinson, who was a part owner of KRKO AM 1380 Everett, passed away Sunday at his home in Mukilteo.  He was 73.  Heraldnet
  • 02/12/02 - The CRTC has approved a request by Gary Farmer for an extension of the deadline established in Decision CRTC 2001-314 dated June 5, 2001 for application on the use of a radio frequency other than 90.9 MHz for a new Aboriginal-language station to serve Vancouver.  CRTC Info
  • 02/12/02 - Andy Skotdal, President and GM of KRKO AM 1380 Everett has agreed to three concessions if the expansion of the station to 50 kw is approved by the county hearing examiner.  Steve Powell, Heraldnet
  • 02/11/02 - The Robin's Radio History section of the Robin Mitchell Associates website now has been updated through 1965-66.  Included are the KOL Seattle "Mag 7" jock jingles for Lee Perkins, Buzz Barr, Tom Connors, RHW I, Dex Allen, Robin Mitchell and Greg Connors.
  • 02/11/02 - "The Beat" CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver is set to launch on March 4 with an Urban format as the city's newest station.  The morning team will consist of "Slim" Reid, Destiny and Barb B.  Visitors to the website can vote on the first five songs to be played.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 02/08/02 - An item on Milkman Unlimited has Gary Barnes, News Director of CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack moving to another Rogers operation, "Mountain FM" CISQ-FM 107.1 Squamish/CISW-FM 102.1 Whistler to oversee news, but working out of Vancouver offices.
  • 02/07/02 - A closer look at the new marketing slogan of "Mix 92.5" for KLSY-FM 92.5 Seattle and Fisher Communications taking over as sales representatives for KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/06/02 - On March 1 Fisher Communications will be picking up the joint sales agreement that Entercom is dropping with classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle, according to M Street Daily.
  • 02/06/02 - Eastlan Resources adds Everett and five other new markets this spring to its list of areas served by its ratings measurement.  All Access Music Group
  • 02/05/02 - PM Drive host Rudy Chase takes over from Morning Host/Music Director Marc Stevenson at CHWF-FM 106.9 "The Wolf" Nanaimo.  Meanwhile, News Director John French is released at "Mountain FM" CISQ-FM 107.1 Squamish/CISW-FM 102.1 Whistler.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 02/05/02 - The CBC is planning a radical revamp of its national Radio One service this fall, with a "younger sound" to weekday morning and Saturday programs.  Radio One programming is heard locally on CBU AM 690 Vancouver.  Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen
  • 02/05/02 - Roger Gallaway, a veteran Liberal Member of Parliament and member of the Commons heritage committee, says CBC television should lose its government funding, which this year amounts to $796 million.  Jane Taber, National Post
  • 02/02/02 - Many at hearing continue to oppose construction of new radio towers in the Snohomish Valley by KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  Steve Powell, HeraldNet
  • 02/02/02 - CBC director of corporate communications Martine Menard says comments about shutting down the English language TV network were out of date and out of touch.  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 02/01/02 - Robert O'Reilly, the former head of CBC's shortwave service, has told a broadcasters' conference in London, England that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation should shut down its English-language television network "as soon as possible."  The local CBC owned station is CBUT/2 Vancouver.  Chris Wattie, National Post
  • 02/01/02 - As of 9 a.m. today KLSY-FM 92.5 Seattle is "Mix 92.5".  A new feature is one hour of commercial-free music weekday mornings at 9.  On-air hosts remain the same.  In a classy move, the website was updated to reflect the change at the same time as the on-air announcement.
  • 02/01/02 - The CRTC has approved application by Focus Entertainment Group Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver by relocating the transmitter to a site less than .02 km from the original site on Mount Seymour near Vancouver.   The station to be known as "The Beat" is expected to sign on sometime in the next two months.  CRTC Info

  • 01/31/02 - Budget cuts at Standard Broadcasting have resulted in termination of morning stunt man "Nick The Guy" and part time/swing host Rick Bailey (Lee) from CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver.   Also gone is Karl Douglas from sister station CISL AM 650 Richmond.  Added is swing host Kelly Grant.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 01/31/02 - Further news on the fine levied by the FCC against KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 01/29/02 - Larry Waldbillig, webmaster of Inland Northwest Broadcasters, advises that the website is undergoing a facelift and major update.  The site, unrelated to this one, covers radio/TV listings for stations east of the Cascade Mountains.
  • 01/29/02 - The FCC has levied a fine of $14,000 against Entercom for the broadcast on KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle of what the commission considers "willfully and repeatedly broadcasting indecent language" on May 30, 31 and June 1, 2001.  FCC Info
  • 01/29/02 - Broadcast non-compete clauses come before the Washington State Legislature.  Is KIRO-TV/7 64 year old TV meteorologist Harry Wappler retiring or just being relegated to second string weatherman?  More Seattle TV news from John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 01/26/02 - Ex KIRO-TV/7 newsman Brian Wood begins co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts Monday at WMAR-TV/2, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore.   Seattle P-I
  • 01/25/02 - Brad Edwards is leaving his position as Operations Manager of Central Island Broadcasting in Nanaimo to take up the position of Manager of Operations for Seacoast Communications in Victoria effective February 18.  Seacoast operates CFAX AM 1070 and CFEX-FM 107.3 "Extreme".  Thanks to Kam Abbott
  • 01/24/02 - Pat Cardinal has been named PD of CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver.  Ken Geiger will move to GM/PD of Mountain FM Squamish/Whistler and STAR FM Abbotsford/Chilliwack/Hope.  Terry Chan goes from Operations Manager of Mountain FM to MD of Mountain FM & STAR FM.  More at Milkman Unlimited
  • 01/24/02 - Peter Gzowski has died at the age of 67.  He was host of "This Country in the Morning" from 1971 to 1974, and "Morningside" from 1982 to 1997 on CBC Radio and CBC-TV's "90 Minutes Live" from 1976 to 1978.  John Saunders, Globe and Mail  CBC Backgrounder
  • 01/24/02 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to delete CBUT-21 Holberg, which rebroadcasted the programs of CBUT/2 Vancouver.  CRTC Decision
  • 01/24/02 - Radio Beat by Bill Virgin at the P-I takes a closer look at the Seattle fall 2001 radio ratings.
  • 01/23/02 - Peter Gzowski, one of Canada's best known radio personalities and host of CBC Morningside from 1982 to 1997, is gravely ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Yahoo! Canada (Reuters)  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 01/23/02 - CanWest Global Communications Corp. says profit has more than doubled in its first fiscal quarter due to the sale of CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Barbara Schecter, Financial Post
  • 01/22/02 - As predicted earlier, there are changes at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  Leaving are Kerry Marshall, David Hawkes and Barry Taylor.  Todd Hancock from CFEX-FM 107.3 Victoria hosts evenings; Tim Morgan from CJAY-FM 92.1 Calgary hosts middays; Trace Ventura assumes morning news and Christian Hall takes over as Music Director.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 01/21/02 - Dave Youell, Chief Engineer of CHQM-FM 103.5/CFUN AM 1410 announces that its engineering department has assumed responsibilities for CKST AM 1040 "The Team" with CKST engineer Ed Jurak joining the department.
  • 01/21/02 - In Vancouver radio, CKNW AM 980 has yet to renew contracts with kingpins Frosty Forst and Raif Mair; CFOX-FM 99.3 may make some changes as early as this week; comments on lineup changes at CKZZ-FM 95.3  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 01/20/02 - KIRO AM 710 and KMPS-FM 94.1 retain first and second place with 9.1 and 6.0 shares respectively in the latest Arbitron Seattle 12+ radio ratings.   KRWM-FM 106.9 makes a solid jump up into third place with a 5.4 market share.  Ratings from R&R Online
  • 01/19/02 - Midday host Erin Wilde has left CKZZ-FM 95.3 "Z95.3" Vancouver on maternity leave.  Chris Kalhoon fills that time slot, Buzz Bishop goes to PMD and Amber Lee has joined the Z Morning Crew.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 01/19/02 - Rob Germain has been appointed News Director of CHEK-TV/6 "CH" Victoria.  Victoria Times Colonist
  • 01/18/02 - In tribute to the passing of Frank Shuster, CBC Television will air a one hour Wayne and Shuster special on Sunday January 20 at 8 p.m.  It will be shown locally on CBUT/2 Vancouver.
  • 01/18/02 - KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes PD Glen Harris advises that the station's website has been updated to better reflect its new Music of Your Life format.  The site features an updated schedule, updates on local sports broadcasts and special events, plus a scrapbook of on-air personalities.
  • 01/17/02 - KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes Sports Director Bill O'Mara of KING-TV/5 Seattle fame turned 85 on January 5th.  He still provides local sports every morning and afternoon, and play-by-play on high school sports broadcasts.  The day before his birthday, Bill was interviewed by Dori Monson at KIRO AM 710 Seattle, who credits him for many of his successes in the early days of his radio career.
  • 01/17/02 - Only four months old, "Global National" evening newscast (CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver) doubles that of rival CBC "Canada Now" (CBUT/2 Vancouver).  Both programs originate in Vancouver.  Barrett Hooper, National Post
  • 01/17/02 - iBiquity technology, which piggy-backs digital sound on existing AM and FM frequencies, will roll out in Seattle and five other U.S. cities later this year.  KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 01/17/02 - A look at former KING-TV/5 and KIRO-TV/7 newsman Aaron Brown, now the anchor of "News Night with Aaron Brown" on CNN.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 01/16/02 - Effective January 15, CHOO-FM 101.7 Tofino has gone dark due to financial and other problems.  A licence for the low-powered FM station was approved by the CRTC on July 15, 1999 on application by P.L.M. Broadcasting Ltd.  Funding was to be provided by Ma-Mook Development Corporation, a non-profit business development created by the five Central Region First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.   A handful of tiny rebroadcast stations and CBC Radio One serve the west coast area of Vancouver Island, but CHOO-FM was the only live local broadcaster.  Original CRTC Approval
  • 01/16/02 - Digital Radio takes different approaches in Canada and the U.S.  Fifteen terrestrial DAB stations are operating in Vancouver.  In the U.S., XM Radio and Sirius transmit from satellites.  Mark Evans, National Post
  • 01/15/02 - KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma news anchor Scott Engler has left the station for a position with WABC-TV/7 New York City starting January 30.   Sam Shane moves from "Q13 Morning News" to "Q13 News@10" with Leslie Miller.  John Levesque, Seattle P-I
  • 01/14/02 - Four Canadian stations have ranked in the top 25 December Arbitron webcast channels, including CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver, which came in at number 20.  KING-FM 98.1 Seattle rated second and KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma sixth.  Arbitron release
  • 01/14/02 - CIBH-FM 88.5 "The Beach" Parksville made its official sign-on as scheduled at 6 a.m. today.   The station will continue to simulcast on AM 1350 for a couple of months.  The move is the last of a migration by Central Island Broadcasting stations from AM to FM in Nanaimo and Parksville on Vancouver Island.
  • 01/14/02 - Frank Shuster, half of the Canadian comedy duo of Wayne and Shuster, has died at the age of 85.  Sidekick Johnny Wayne died in 1990.  Wayne and Shuster started with CBC Radio in 1941, moving to television in 1950.  They made 67 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show starting in 1958.  Marlene Habib, National Post  CBC News  CBC Video Clip  CBC Backgrounder
  • 01/12/02 - The proposed KRKO AM 1380 Everett 50,000 watt radio towers in the upper Snohomish River Valley continue to grate on residents and environmentalists.   Jennifer Langston, HeraldNet
  • 01/11/02 - Eastlan Resources has been signed for three years by Saga Communications to provide ratings for Whatcom and Skagit Counties starting with the Spring 2002 period.  The area was previously measured as a CSAR (Custom Survey Area Report) market by Arbitron.
  • 01/11/02 - CHOO-FM 101.7 Tofino is reportedly leaving the air next week.  It is rumored that the station is unable to continue operation due to low advertising revenue.  There is no further word on its future at this time.
  • 01/11/02 - Engineer Ernie Hopseker reports that the new KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville 17 kW directional transmitter is in place and will soon be ready to go.  To facilitate the change, KKRV-FM 104.9 Wenatchee is in the process of moving down the band one channel to 104.7.  Equipment for that change is expected by January 21, with installation likely to be completed early next month.  At that time, both stations will be testing their new facilities at reduced power, with completion expected later in February.
  • 01/10/02 - CIBH-FM 88.5 "The Beach" Parksville has successfully completed its testing period.  "Oceanside Favourites" will officially go on air with an Adult Contemporary/Oldies format at 6:00 a.m. Monday January 14 with Patrick Nicholson at the controls.  CIBH will be simulcast on AM 1350 for the next two months.  Thanks to Kam Abbott and Chris Donnelly
  • 01/10/02 - Low power community AM radio is slated for Auburn in April.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I
  • 01/08/02 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia is back on the air with its Black Gospel format.  Thanks to Mike Cherry
  • 01/08/02 - Link has been added to our Cool Links page for Robin Mitchell Associates.  Their website contains audio clips of early KJR and KOL Seattle, Red Robinson at KGW Portland in 1959 along with history and chronology of other Portland stations.
  • 01/08/02 - More information on the return to full time Spanish language programming on KKMO AM 1360 Tacoma.  Mekeisha Madden Tacoma News Tribune
  • 01/05/02 - Engineer Dave Ratener reports that the transmitter is on site for KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle.   The antenna and other equipment is due later this month, with a possible on-air date at it's new Cougar Mountain location in late February.
  • 01/04/02 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia is once again off the air.  The station had resurfaced last June with a new transmitter site.  After running with their prior Oldies format, the station moved to Black Gospel at the end of August.  Thanks to Mike Cherry & Brian Lord
  • 01/04/02 - Amber Lee joins the Z Morning Crew next week at CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 01/04/02 - PD Barry McKay has left KLSY-FM 92.5 Bellevue.  Sandusky sister station KRWM-FM 106.9 Bremerton PD Tony Coles assumes programming at both stations.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/04/02 - KKMO AM 1360 Tacoma plans to go 24-hour Spanish starting Monday.  Meanwhile, KXPA AM 1540 Bellevue is increasing its Spanish language programming and plans to go full time within six months.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/03/02 - Installation work has begun on the new KFNK-FM 104.9 "Funky Monkey" Eatonville transmitter.  Power increases from 2.5 to 17 kW and HAAT decreases from 151 to 124 meters.  The new facility, which utilizes a directional antenna, is expected to be in operation within the next couple of weeks.  Thanks to Brian Lord
  • 01/03/02 - Former KIRO AM 710 News Director Steve Knight now reports from CBS News New York.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, Seattle P-I

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