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  • 12/31/03 - After yesterday's report in Canada's National Post, the CBC is defending its veteran news anchor, Peter Mansbridge, denying that an exhaustive study found viewers believe the public broadcaster has a political bias.  Tim Naumetz, CanWest News
  • 12/30/03 - An internal 1000 page CBC study shows Canadian viewers suspect the government-owned broadcasting corporation is politically biased, and see its national TV newscast as "stuffy and condescending" with too many "pontificating" experts discussing politics.   Tim Naumetz, CanWest News 
  • 12/29/03 - A clearer look at the new format at Clear FM CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 12/26/03 - At 12 noon, CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver (and its Abbotsford and Chilliwack transmitters) became Clear FM Vancouver's Clear Music Choice, a mix of light jazz and blues vocals such as Norah Jones, who was the first artist played with Don't Know Why.
  • 12/25/03 - Classic alternative, classic alternative for Seattle.  Although previously posted on the Marconi Show website home page that the program is moving to The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7, Entercom management says nothing is definite yet.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/24/03 - KHCV-DT/44 Seattle has now signed on, leaving KWDK-DT/42 Tacoma as the only digital TV station in the Seattle market yet to go on air.
  • 12/23/03 - A further look at Seattle's two recent format changes.  Tina Potterf, Seattle Times
  • 12/22/03 - R&R reports that KYPT-FM 96.5 Seattle, which flipped to Classic Alternative Friday (12/19) and adopted the slogan K-ROCK, will change call letters to KRQI-FM.  The change will be shown on NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS FM Stations page as soon as it is officially listed at the FCC website.
  • 12/20/03 - Murdock Hunter & Alice did their last morning show at Mix 92.5 KLSY-FM Seattle yesterday (12/19).  The station's website has dropped mention of the trio, but has yet to indicate if afternoon duo Mitch and Lisa are moving to the morning slot.   According to Bill Virgin's Radio Beat of October 2, 2003, nogotiations by Murdock Hunter & Alice may...or may not have reached an impasse at that time.
  • 12/19/03 - KYPT-FM 96.5 Seattle has flipped to a Classic Alternative format with slogan K-ROCK.  The change came at 5 p.m., just 29 hours after The End KNDD-FM 107.7 made a similar move.  At this point no call letter change has been made.
  • 12/19/03 - KIRO AM 710 has moved back into first place in the Seattle Arbitron Fall '03 P2 trends, followed by KMPS-FM 94.1 and KUBE-FM 93.3.  Details from R&R
  • 12/19/03 - The CRTC has approved application by the British Columbia Institute of Technology Radio Society for a new instructional campus station in Burnaby.  The new FM station will operate with an effective radiated power of 12 watts at 107.9 MHz.  CFML-FM has been providing service to the campus for a number of years via carrier current and is fed on cable in the Greater Vancouver area.   CRTC Decision
  • 12/19/03 - The wrangling continues between KRKO AM 1380 Everett and environmentalists over proposed new transmission towers in the Snohomish River Valley.   The Snohomish County Planning and Development Department has released a draft environmental impact statement declaring the antennas would adversely affect the landscape views of about eight residents.  Jennifer Warnick, Heraldnet
  • 12/18/03 - As of noon today The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has tweaked its format to Classic Alternative.  The Marconi Show, which began less than two months ago, is moving to The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7, as The End runs without DJs for the immediate future.
  • 12/18/03 - Effective January 1, Jennifer Cador takes over as News and Sports Director of CFAX AM 1070 and B107.3 CHBE-FM Victoria.  She replaces Don Lawson, who returns to Edmonton.
  • 12/18/03 - A Funeral Mass will be held for Monty McFarlane, who died Monday, December 15, at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 595 Keith Road, West Vancouver on Monday, December 22nd, at 10:30 a.m.  Vancouver Sun/Province obituary   Further background from John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/18/03 - George Shangrow, 16 year veteran and host of the Live by George show on KING-FM 98.1 Seattle, has left the station.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/18/03 - Bill Mohler, interim President and CEO of KCTS-TV/9 Seattle has been named to the positions permanently.  D. Parvaz, The P-I
  • 12/16/03 - Although signals were receivable from south of the border, television started in British Columbia fifty years ago tonight.  Drew Snider, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 12/16/03 - Application to the CRTC by Trinity Lutheran Church for a licence to operate a very low-power religious FM station in Abbotsford has been withdrawn from hearings scheduled for next January 12 at Gatineau, Quebec.  The Commission states that it has not been advised by the Department of Industry that the application is technically feasible.  CRTC notice
  • 12/15/03 - Long-time Vancouver morning host Monty McFarlane died this morning in North Vancouver after a lengthy illness.  He was 78.  McFarlane started his broadcast career at CBW Winnipeg in 1946.  He moved to Vancouver in 1949 and became one of the city's most entertaining radio personalities, with positions at CKMO, CFUN and CKLG, before hosting mornings at CJOR for over a decade, starting in the late sixties.  He was a member of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk at the Orpheum for his outstanding contribution to entertainment.  Vancouver Broadcasters photo and bio  Red Robinson website tribute  North Shore News
  • 12/15/03 - CBUT-TV/2 Vancouver has a birthday tomorrow.   Western Canada's first TV station officially signed on December 16, 1953.   Apparently CBC has no on-air celebrations scheduled.
  • 12/13/03 - The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria has moved to an all-Christmas format as of 12 noon Dec. 12.
  • 12/12/03 - Kevin McCarthy, former VP and Market Manager for Clear Channel stations in San Diego, has been named VP and Market Manager of Entercom Communications eight Seattle radio stations.   Entercom release
  • 12/11/03 - Like Vancouver, Victoria listeners also edge a music station, The Q! CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria into first place with a 13.5 share above perennial number one news/talk CFAX AM 1070 with 13.4.  Puget Sound Radio
  • 12/11/03 - Shane Foxman becomes Sports Director/sports anchor effective immediately.  Roger Petersen will join Simi Sara as co-anchor on CityPulse News at 6 starting January 19, as Citytv Vancouver CKVU-TV/10 makes some news changes.  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 12/11/03 - Holiday radio programming in Seattle.  The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 adds acoustic, ambient and electronic music.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/11/03 - An in-depth look at the latest Vancouver radio ratings.  Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 12/10/03 - Classic hits JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 has eked out first place over news/talk/sports CKNW AM 980 in the Fall 2003 12+ Vancouver BBM radio ratings with a 13.4 share over 'NW's 13.3.  Adult contemporary QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 holds on to thrid place with an 8.9 share.  Full details from Puget Sound Radio
  • 12/09/03 - Jason Manning, one of the few survivors of the recent change at CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver to all Christmas, and likely to a totally new format at year end, will be moving to the midday slot at JACK-FM Toronto.  In Nanaimo, Matthew McBride is no longer General Manager of Central Island Broadcasting.   He is being replaced by Paul Larsen, current PD of Calgary's smooth jazz station The Breeze..
  • 12/06/03 - Veteran talk show host Joe Easingwood has signed a new three-year contract with CFAX AM 1070 Victoria.  He started with the station in 1981, hosting early afternoons and later moving to mid-mornings.  With currently over 40 years on-air in Victoria, the new contract will take him through 25 years on-air at CFAX.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 12/04/03 - The new Vashon Island transmitter site of KJR AM 950 Seattle at 47-26-0 122-28-2 is causing complaints of poor signal strength to the southeast towards Puyallup.  The station transmits with a figure-eight pattern aimed northeast to Seattle and southwest towards Olympia.
  • 12/04/03 - Vancouver market oldies station CISL AM 650 is back in the news again, just a few days after switching to an "almost" all Christmas format.  A year and a week after starting as morning host, Doc Harris did his last show yesterday.  Doc Harris website
  • 12/04/03 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle is making changes to local classical music group programming.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/04/03 - News ratings for KONG-TV/16 look fairly rosy.  UPN 11 KSTW-TV is canceling KIRO-TV's 10 p.m. news.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 12/03/03 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Corporation to operate a new TV transmitter in Victoria to rebroadcast the signal of its Vancouver station Channel M CHNM-TV/42.  The new station will operate on channel 29 with an average effective radiated power of 3,300 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 12/01/03 - The Beach CIBH-FM 88.5 Parksville moved to an all-Christmas format at 6 a.m. today.
  • 11/30/03 - CISL AM 650 Richmond became Christmas Hits 650 CISL as of 1 p.m. today.  Music includes yesterday's classics, novelty favorites, country greats and today's newest releases for the holiday season.  Specialty programming on the station continues.
  • 11/30/03 - Seattle Times music critic Melinda Bargreen takes a behind-the-scenes look at Bryan Lowe, responsible for audio streaming at KING-FM 98.1 Seattle, considered by Arbitron as one of the world's top five classical stations.  Times story
  • 11/29/03 - After 15 years as late evening news anchor on KOMO-TV/4 Seattle, Kathi Goertzen relinquishes the 11 p.m. time slot, but holds on to 5 and 6:30.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 11/29/03 - Team 1040 CKST Vancouver broadcaster John McKeachie has had his media privileges lifted by the Vancouver Canucks until the end of the year for disregarding access to a restricted area.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/27/03 - The Bay KBAI AM 930 Bellingham has moved to an all-Christmas format.
  • 11/27/03 - Delivery of FM stations may disappear from Seattle cable systems.  The second Seattle station, KYCW AM 1090 will go all-Christmas starting tomorrow.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  (Editors note: Shaw Cable in Vancouver carries all local FM and AM stations, two Victoria FM stations and 12 Seattle area FMs - a total of 43.)
  • 11/22/03 - Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 Bremerton has flipped to an all-Christmas format.
  • 11/22/03 - Decided July 22, 2003, but only just publicly released, the British Columbia Regional Panel of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has ruled that the February 14, 2003 broadcast of the Tom Leykis Show on MOJO Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver violated clauses in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Code of Ethics and Sex-Role Portrayal Code.  The daily program was deleted from the station in early June.  Broadcaster Magazine  CBSC Decision   (Note: call letters are transposed in first paragraph of CBSC decision.)
  • 11/20/03 - Rogers Radio VP Paul Fisher hints that CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver (also Chilliwack/Abbotsford) could return to its alt/new rock format after Christmas.   Morning hosts Robin Farrell and Jason Manning are scheduled to return next Monday, spinning Christmas music and commercials.  Broadcaster Magazine  
  • 11/20/03 - Haigs and Box inside the box.  The Producers returns December 1 to KVI AM 570 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/19/03 - Fall '03 Phase 1 Seattle-Tacoma ratings are scheduled for release at 2 p.m. PT today.  R&R info
  • 11/19/03 - As of 11:30 a.m. today, CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver has become Christmas FM, which will continue until the end of December.  At that time, a new format is expected.  Air staff Jeff Leake, Cory Price & Danger are no longer with the station.
  • 11/15/03 - Radio revenue gains were more than offset by increased expenses for Mariners broadcasts, as Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. reports wider third quarter loss.  Seattle P-I 
  • 11/14/03 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application to change the city of license of KZIZ AM 1560 Sumner to Pacific.  Power will be 5 kW day, 3.3 kW critical hours and 2.4 kW night at 47-14-10 122-13-44
  • 11/13/03 - Five familiar faces are among the layoffs at The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria, but the on-air staff at Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver remains unchanged.  Vancouver Sun  Victoria Times-Colonist
  • 11/13/03 - C89.5 KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle tops the Best of New York 2003 list.  Deborah Bach, The P-I
  • 11/13/03 - KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma marks 20 years as a jazz station.   Rush Limbaugh returns Monday on KTTH AM 770 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/12/03 - CHUM Limited says the master control operations of its two stations, The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria and Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver will be combined in Victoria, resulting in 34 job cuts.  The Globe and Mail  Yahoo! News
  • 11/10/03 - Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is likely to come to Victoria in the near future.  OK Radio Group has applied for DAB stations to simulcast the signals of CJZN-FM and CKKQ-FM.  Both will operate on digital channel 12.  CJZN-FM application   CKKQ-FM application  In addition, Trinity Lutheran Church has applied to operate a very low powered (1.1 watts) religious station in Abbotsford on 88.3 MHz.  CRTC application   The CRTC will hear the applications at Gatineau QC starting on January 12, 2004.   CRTC Notice of Public Hearing
  • 11/06/03 - Will a nineties music format be the next to surface in the Seattle radio market?  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/05/03 - X104 KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island GM, Nick De Vogel announces that the station has received an upgraded license from the FCC to reflect the correction of site coordinates and licensed ERP, which is now officially 30 watts.  HAAT is 69 meters at 47-34-21 122-13-5.
  • 11/04/03 - After 11 years on Vancouver Island, The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria PD Rick Everett will be leaving the station.  Effective November 24, he becomes Station Manager at the new Red River College station, CKIC-FM 92.9 Winnipeg, which is set to sign on in the new year.  "The chance to launch and operate a radio station in my hometown, one that plays many different styles of music and helps prepare future broadcasters for life in the 'real world' is simply a dream come true for me," said Everett.  His last day at The Q is November 14.
  • 11/04/03 - Unconfirmed reports put Larry and Willy's new contract with JACKfm CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver at $500,000 each a year for five years.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 10/31/03 - British Columbia Institute of Technology  Broadcast and Media Communications radio students Ryan Lim and Kirsten Sharp are two of three Canadians winning the 2003 Ruth Hancock Foundation Scholarship for strong character and leadership qualities, a willingness to assist others and a genuine interest in pursuing a broadcasting career.  CAB news release (pdf format)
  • 10/30/03 - After a hiatus on the airwaves of just over three months, Larry and Willy return Monday morning, November 3 on JACKfm CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver.
  • 10/30/03 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KVAC AM 1490 and KLLM-FM 103.9 Forks from Alco Services Inc. to First Broadcasting Investment Partners, LLC.
  • 10/30/03 - The Marconi Show debuted Monday on The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle.  It runs simultaneously on sister station KNRK-FM 94.7 Portland.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I 
  • 10/29/03 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle former Eyewitness News anchor Susan Hutchison is suing the station.  She claims she was fired last year over gender, age and race.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I   Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 10/28/03 - Engineers have begun testing signals for KJR AM 950 Seattle from the KGNW AM 820 Burien-Seattle diplexed transmitter site on Vashon Island.  Since its power increase to 50 kW and transmitter move to Tacoma in May 2001, KJR's coverage in Seattle has not met expectations.  Application to move the transmitter site again was made to the FCC in November 2001.  The 50 kW signal from Vashon at 47-26-00 122-28-2 will be a figure-eight pattern aimed northeast to Seattle and southwest towards Olympia. 
  • 10/25/03 - Broadcaster Ray Dagg died Friday morning at the age of 70.  He had been president of the Vancouver-based Western Information Network and sat on the B.C. Lions board of directors.  A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. next Thursday at West Point Grey Golf Club.  Matthew Ramsey, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/24/03 - News1130 CKWX Vancouver was knocked off the air for about 90 minutes this evening, as it's studio/transmitter link was broken due to severed telephone cables.  News1130 story
  • 10/23/03 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application by Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. for an upgrade of KJET-FM 105.7 from C2 to C1, with 58 kW at 158 meters HAAT located at 46-56-30 123-47-7.  A city of license change from South Bend to Raymond was previously approved.  FCC Info
  • 10/23/03 - H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, which terrorized listeners everywhere, aired 65 years ago.  It was heard locally on KIRO and KVI Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/22/03 - Bob Hall passed away Tuesday, October 21 at the age of 73.  He started his broadcast career at CJAV Port Alberni in 1949.  He moved to CHWK Chilliwack as assistant news director and on-air announcer in 1951.  In 1952 he became news and sports director of CKOV Kelowna, where he stayed until 1965.  That year, he made successful applications for radio licenses in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke.  In 1970, as Four Seasons Radio Ltd. he applied for the second AM license in Kelowna and obtained approval for CKIQ.  In the mid 1980s Four Seasons Radio purchased CJAT Trail and CKKC Nelson/Creston.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26 at The Gathering Place in Salmon Arm.
  • 10/17/03 - CHQM AM & FM Vancouver founder Jack Stark is one of ten people being inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2003.  He also was named Broadcaster of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) in 1998.  CAB release in pdf format
  • 10/16/03 - KOMO AM 1000 moves into top spot, edging out second place KMPS-FM 94.1 in the 12+ Summer 2003 Seattle area radio ratings.  KIRO AM 710 and KUBE-FM 93.3 are tied for third.  R&R Online
  • 10/16/03 - J.J. Hemingway walks in his father Jack's tracks.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/11/03 - Regional Emmy winner and former Fox Sports Net anchor Bill Wixey moves in as co-anchor on Q13 Fox News This Morning, moving Tony Ventrella to a prominent field position on KCPQ-TV/13.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 10/09/03 - Public and non-profit stations begin their fall pledge drives.  Friday at 9 a.m. marks the switch of Rush Limbaugh to KTTH AM 770 Seattle with locally based Rusty Humphries moving into his former slot on KVI AM 570.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/08/03 - All Access Music Group reports that Marconi, Tiny and Niki J, aka The Marconi Show will debut mornings at The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle starting October 20.  The show replaces Andy Savage, who exited at the end of September.  It moves from afternoons at sister station KNRK-FM 94.7 Portland
  • 10/07/03 - CBUX-FM-1 88.9 Victoria has signed on, repeating la Chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada programming of CBUX-FM 90.9 Vancouver.
  • 10/07/03 - Israel 'Izzy' Asper, founder and chairman of CanWest Global Communications Corp., has died at age 71 in Winnipeg.  Global owns broadcast and print media in Canada and internationally, and locally Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, the Vancouver Sun and Province and regional newspapers.  canada.com
  • 10/02/03 - Despite Sandusky Radio advertising for a new Mix 92.5 KLSY-FM Seattle morning team, with news stories indicating that negotiations had reached an impasse, both sides say talks are just beginning.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/25/03 - After a dozen years on KVI AM 570 Seattle, nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh moves to KTTH AM 770 on October 10. Rusty Humphries returns to his hometown to fill the vacancy. Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/24/03 - The FCC has issued a construction permit to increase the power of KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma to 41 kW at 638 meters HAAT with a transmitter move to 47-19-11 123-20-42.
  • 09/24/03 - Jeff Rechner temporarily slides into a.m. drive at JACKfm CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver, until the arrival of Larry and Willy.  Current morning host Rob Christie, along with Xfm CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver morning man Rob Pepper have been "robbed" to do a.m. and p.m. drive respectively at JACKfm CISS-FM 92.5 Toronto.  News release
  • 09/19/03 - Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun analyzes the latest Vancouver radio ratings.
  • 09/18/03 - The Summer 12+ Vancouver radio ratings have been released.  CKNW AM 980 continues to lead with 13.6, but with a much smaller margin over second place JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 with 12.7.  CHQM-FM 103.5 is third with 10.5.  Further details at Puget Sound Radio Guide.   Meanwhile, Seattle 12+ Summer '03 P2 trands will be released at 2 p.m. PT today.   Details at R&R
  • 09/18/03 - KIRO AM 710 signs a new evening host, KMTT-FM 103.7 adds "modern global music" and Art Bell returns weekends on KVI AM 570 (also CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver and KGMI AM 790 Bellingham).  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/17/03 - Effective September 18, Seattle-based Fisher Communications will resume trading under stock symbol FSCI on the Nasdaq National Market, after meeting necessary filing requirements.   Fisher release
  • 09/17/03 - CISL AM 650 Richmond has received approval from the CRTC to broadcast 30% Canadian content, instead of the usual 35%, due to the music being "oldies".  CRTC decision   Terry Robert Fleming has applied to start a Christian music station in Campbell River at 88.7 MHz with 50 watts.  CRTC info   CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver has applied to start digit TV broadcasting on channel 33 with an ERP of 900 watts.  CRTC info
  • 09/16/03 - Industry Canada is inviting comments on antenna towers in Canada to the National Antenna Tower Policy Review.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/16/03 - NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS is starting to list the new LP-FM stations on the FM Stations page.  Recent additions to western Washington include: KYAO-LP 100.1 Ocean Shores, 50's and 60's Oldies and Hit Comedy with Ocean Shores only local weather, on air Jan. 2003; KGHO-LP 94.3 (formerly KGHQ-LP) Aberdeen, same oldies format as heard on KGHO AM 920, on air since June; and KXPB-LP 89.1 Pacific Beach just signed on for testing Sept. 14 with a variety format of Blues, Oldies and Live Music from North Beach.  
  • 09/16/03 - Legendary Vancouver DJ Red Robinson reminisces with audio clips of interviews with Johnny Cash, who died September 12 at the age of 71.  Red Robinson website
  • 09/16/03 - The proof will lie in the ratings as more people get to know JACK.  David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/16/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has restated its earnings, showing its 2002 loss greater than originally reported.  J. Martin McOmber, Seattle Times
  • 09/15/03 - The CRTC has denied application for a commercial low-powered FM station to serve Port Alberni.  CRTC decision
  • 09/13/03 - Myron Balagno passed away September 2 at the age of 73.  He started radio as an announcer at CJVI Victoria in 1949, moving to CJOR Vancouver the following year.  In 1954 he moved to CKMO Vancouver and hosted The Man Under the Clock feature from Birks corner.  He aired the program changing the call letters from CKMO to CFUN on September 1, 1954.  canada.com obituary  Vancouver Broadcasters photo and biography.
  • 09/11/03 - After six years, Andy Savage exits as morning host of The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle at the end of the month.  Steve Knight returns to KIRO AM 710 after two years with CBS News New York.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/10/03 - Ronn Grimster, a.k.a. The Beard, passed away yesterday afternoon (09-09) at McMaster Hospital in Hamilton, ON just three days prior to his 79th birthday.  Ronn was well known in the Vancouver area as a CFUN Good Guy in the early 1960s.  He went on to spend over a decade, first as a DJ, then newsman at CHFI-FM Toronto during the 70s and 80s.  Toronto Star obituary  Vancouver Broadcaster photo and biography
  • 09/10/03 - The only remaining radio orchestra in North America, Vancouver's CBC Orchestra, celebrates its 65th year.  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/05/03 - Peter Newman, twenty-six year radio host and current program director of KING-FM 98.1 Seattle is stepping down.  R.M. Campbell, The P-I
  • 09/05/03 - Twenty years on air at one radio station is a rarity these days, but Bruce Murdoch, morning co-host at Mix 92.5 KLSY-FM Seattle has achieved it.  He's been there since it became Classy in 1983.  Meanwhile, The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle is running jockless this weekend.
  • 09/05/03 - CBC Vancouver has now switched its test from 104.1 to 106.3, as noted in item 08/29/03 below.
  • 09/04/03 - Eclectic radio with David Ossman finds its way back to KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/03/03 - Rafe Mair, Canada's most-listened-to talk show host, resurfaced yesterday morning on CKBD AM 600 Vancouver, with BC Premier Gordon Campbell as his first guest.  Mark Hume, Globe and Mail
  • 08/29/03 - As of today, Mountain FM CISQ 107.1/CISW 102.1 Squamish/Whistler has moved to a Hot AC format with Hits of the 80s, 90s and Today.   Wayne Deschover is no longer hosting mornings and scouting is on for a new host.  GM/PD Ken Geiger has annnounced that there will be a more local approach in the upcoming weeks.
  • 08/29/03 - CBC Vancouver is testing signals on 104.1 and 106.3 from its Mount Seymour transmitter site.  These frequencies are first adjacents to the Orcas Island transmitters on 104.3 and 106.5.  Announcements are being made to call 1-800-663-9219 if interference is being experienced with other stations.  Tests are being conducted to try and find a useable frequency for Aboriginal Voices Radio, which has received the nod from the CRTC for a new station, but has yet to find a viable FM frequency in the crowded Vancouver spectrum.  104.1 is currently being tested, with tests on 106.3 expected to begin next week.
  • 08/29/03 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that there was no breach in the Code of Ethics by MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver during its broadcast of the Tom Leykis Show drunk driving episode, aired December 2002.  The program is no longer carried on MOJO but continues on The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle.  CBSC Decision  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 08/29/03 - DAB Digital Audio Broadcasting in Canada has moved a step forward with the introduction by Radio Shack of a receiver priced under $100.  DAB site info  Broadcaster Magazine  Vancouver DAB stations
  • 08/28/03 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver breached the Code of Ethics by building a humorous segment dependent on details relating to a tragic historical event, namely, the Holocaust, in its broadcast of December 23, 2002.  CBSC Decision  Gwendolyn Richards, Globe and Mail
  • 08/28/03 - Puget Sound Radio Guide reports that Ross Winters has stepped down as PD of The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver, but continues on with sister station Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 and national PD duties.
  • 08/28/03 - A walking tour of Seattle buildings where early local radio broadcasts originated has been scheduled for Saturday Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. by the Museum of History & Industry.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 08/27/03 - The 6 p.m. Citypulse news  on Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver will feature new co-hosts Simi Sara and Shane Foxman, joined by outspoken broadcaster Rafe Mair starting Monday, September 15th.  Rafe is to make appearances on the program three times a week.
  • 08/27/03 - Two Vancouver TV news anchors are among Gemini Awards nominees announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.  Alex Strachan, Vancouver Sun  Nominee list 
  • 08/25/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that it has received notice from Nasdaq advising the company that its shares could be delisted.  The shares continue to trade, but under the stock symbol FSCIE.  Fisher release  Seattle Times
  • 08/22/03 - Fairly elaborate on-air shuffles at News 1130 CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver, as Executive Editor George Gordon joins Kenya Anderson as morning co-anchor.  He also becomes Managing Editor and retains Program Director duties.  Andrew Dawson becomes political affairs specialist and Dianne Newman moves into middays, joining Brian Brenn.  Jim Bennie moves into p.m. drive with Joanna Mileos.  Changes are effective Sept. 2nd.
  • 08/21/03 - The CRTC will hold public hearings October 20th at Gatineau, Quebec on a number of applications including one by BCIT Radio Society in Burnaby for a 20-watt non-directional station on 107.9 MHz.  The station has been operating on campus by carrier current and fed on Vancouver area cable systems for over twenty years.  CRTC info
  • 08/21/03 - The ratings embargo appears to be lifted, at least temporarily, in the Seattle-Tacoma area as Summer '03 P1 trends have been released by Arbitron.  R&R Online
  • 08/21/03 - 20-year veteran of the Puget Sound news market, Tony Ventrella will move from morning news anchor to weekend sports and field anchor at KCPQ-TV/13.   Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 08/21/03 - The FCC is forming a task force to determine whether broadcasters should be compelled to produce more local news and programming.  It also intends to speed up the licensing of low-powered FM stations.  Seattle Times
  • 08/21/03 - Classic music sales and the number of stations broadcasting it are on the decline, but not at KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/19/03 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council released its ruling today that programming on the CKVX-FM 104.9 Xfm Vancouver morning show October 30, 2002 was too sexually explicit.  Details from Broadcast Dialogue Magazine  CBSC Decision
  • 08/17/03 - KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma turned on a new translator this afternoon serving Aberdeen/Hoquiam, with a signal that reaches Ocean Shores and Westport.   The new translator is 100.9 MHz, with power, height and antenna improvements, replacing the previous one at 90.1.
  • 08/14/03 - Program director of KING-FM 98.1 Seattle, Peter Newman, will retire August 29 after 26 years with the station.  Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
  • 08/14/03 - Following the death of Cynthia Doyon last week, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle afternoon host Amanda Wilde has been named as fill-in on The Swing Years and Beyond Saturday nights on KUOW-FM 94.9.   Also on KUOW, the legendary Wailers appear next Wednesday at 8 p.m.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/13/03 - Wholesale changes at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver as AMD Darren B. Lamb, midday host Erin Wilde and weekend/CISL AM 650 evening jock Chris Kalhoon have left the station.  Buzz Bishop moves from PMD to AMD and will be joined by Nat Hunter from Toronto.  Kelly Grant moves from evenings to middays.  Andy Rogers, former morning host in London, ON assumes p.m. drive duties and Kid Carson from Toronto moves to evenings.  Tom Harrison and Joe Leary, The Province
  • 08/12/03 - A joint venture with U.S.-based XM Satellite Radio is to apply to the CRTC for a licence to launch in Canada.  Sirius also expresses interest.  Toronto Star
  • 08/10/03 - A few changes at KRKO AM 1380 Everett, as the station drops KIRO/7 Eyewitness News and expands Jeff Aaron's program to 6 p.m.  The new station name is NorthSound 1380.
  • 08/08/03 - Bill Good moves into the 8:30-noon slot previously vacated by Rafe Mair at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver starting Monday morning, with Jennifer Mather moving into the 12:30-3 p.m. position beginning August 25.   Meanwhile, Bob Saye takes over a.m. drive duties at CKBD AM 600 Vancouver August 18, after it was announced that morning host Tom Jeffries had left the station.
  • 08/08/03 - Pat Cardinal, station manager/PD of JACK-FM CKLG-FM 96.9 and X-FM CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver takes over as GM/PD of JACK-FM CISS-FM 92.5 Toronto.  The new posting is effective September 1.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/08//03 -KOMO AM 1000 Seattle swaps morning and afternoon drive hosts next Monday.  The P-I
  • 08/07/03 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Mike Webb expresses his ideas on liberal talk radio. Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/06/03 - Cynthia Doyon, 24-year host and producer of The Swing Years and Beyond on KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle, died yesterday August 5.   She started at the University of Washington station KCMU-FM (now KEXP-FM 90.3), where she hosted a rock and roll show and was the first woman program director.  KUOW release  Michael Ko and Ian Ith, Seattle Times
  • 08/06/03 - KCTS-TV/9 Seattle is terminating 30 more staff members and additional staff is being moved to part time.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 08/05/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has agreed to sell Fisher Business Center in Lynnwood and West Lake Union Center in Seattle.  Seattle Times  Fisher Release
  • 07/31/03 - CBC Radio has moved up to third place among radio formats, according to a Statistics Canada report.  Allison Dunfield, The Globe and Mail
  • 07/31/03 - Ernie Brown changes syndication, so his program continues uninterupted, but may leave Seattle; KGHO AM 920 Olympia backs away from all-comedy to a comedy/1965-1980s mix, but adds Dr. Demento.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/31/03 - KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle morning host Bob Rivers flies high.  Bob Rivers, The P-I
  • 07/26/03 - It's not a home run, but at least a double, as the Seattle Mariners boost the ratings of KOMO AM 1000.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 07/25/03 - KMPS-FM 94.1 has moved into first place in the Spring 2003 Seattle-Tacoma 12+ Arbitron radio ratings, released today.  KUBE-FM 93.3 is second and perennial leader KIRO AM 710 has moved down to third.  Full list from R&R
  • 07/25/03 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria has announced appointment of Don Lawson as its new news director.  Lawson was a long-time anchor/reporter with CHED Edmonton and recipient of last year's Byron MacGreggor Award for Best Newscaster of the Year.  CFAX News Release
  • 07/24/03 - It's now official.  Rafe Mair starts with CKBD AM 600 on Tuesday September 2 with a daily talk show from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Mair started his broadcasting career with the same station, then CJOR, in 1981.
  • 07/24/03 - CKBD AM 600 Vancouver is expected to announce at a news conference later today that it has hired ex-CKNW talk show host Rafe Mair.  Matthew Ramsey, The Sun
  • 07/24/03 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to increase the power of CBUX-FM 90.9 Vancouver from 287 watts to 1,280 watts (average effective radiated power) and to change the class from B to C1.  CRTC Info
  • 07/24/03 - Pat Cashman fans can rejoice, as he returns to the airwaves with the morning shift starting August 11 on KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  Fan Website
  • 07/23/03 - Until a permanent replacement is announced, Jeff O'Neil is hosting AM drive on The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  Long time hosts Larry and Willy now have departed the station and will resurface mornings at JACK-FM CKLG-FM 96.9 starting in October.
  • 07/17/03 - Rush Limbaugh changes stations, Jones Radio unplugs America Live and KUOW-FM 94.9 will carry the new NPR newsmagazine Day to Day.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/15/03 - Ratings winner Rush Limbaugh will be moving from KVI AM 570 Seattle to KTTH AM 770 in early October.  J. Patrick Coolican, Seattle Times  The P-I 
  • 07/13/03 - John Murdoch (Murdo) Maclachlan died July 8 in North Vancouver at the age of 93.   Murdo moved to Chilliwack from Manitoba in 1925 and became part owner of CHWK until the late 1950s.  He also was involved with the start-up of the broadcasting program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby and had served on the executive of the Board of Broadcast Governors.  A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Henderson's Funeral Home in Chilliwack at 1:30 pm Saturday, July 19.  Obituary
  • 07/12/03 - Will satellite radio eventually replace existing AM & FM services?  Mike Langberg, Seattle Times
  • 07/11/03 - CFAX AM 1070 raised $205,352 in the Courtnall Call-In for Mental Health radio-thon yesterday, in what is reported to be the largest amount ever raised by a charity in one day in Victoria.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/10/03 - Pat O'Day will be working with hosts Steve Raible, Mike Fitzsimmons and longtime hydroplane racer Chip Hanauer at KIRO-TV/7.  Mary Spicuzza, Seattle Times
  • 07/10/03 - Seattle P-I survey shows that listeners do care about what's on radio.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat
  • 07/09/03 - Just a day after the announcement that Pat O'Day won't be calling the hydro races on radio this year, KIRO-TV/7 Seattle has announced that he will be part of its Seafair coverage team.  KIRO-TV release
  • 07/08/03 - The International Olympic Committee has accepted a US$2-billion offer from NBC for the U.S. rights to broadcast the 2010 and 2012 Olympics, including $820 million for the Winter Games in Vancouver.  The bidding continues for Canadian rights.  Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/08/03 - The voice of the hydros since 1967, Pat O'Day won't be calling the Seafair races this year, as live coverage moves to the Seattle Infinity stations.  Mary Spicuzza, Seattle Times
  • 07/02/03 - Long-time KVI AM 570 Seattle morning host Kirby Wilbur has signed a new three-year agreement with the station effective next January 1.   Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/30/03 - Virtually every southwestern BC station will have live coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics announcement scheduled between 8:30 and 8:50 Wednesday morning.  Alex Strachan, Vancouver Sun  Vancouver 2010 bid website
  • 06/29/03 - One half of the XFM CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver Pepper and Crash morning show, Crash Kincaid has tendered his resignation, according to PD Pat Cardinal.  The show will continue as Morning X with Rob Pepper.
  • 06/27/03 - A remembrance of Patsy Collins.  Speight Jenkins, Seattle Times
  • 06/26/03 - Former King Broadcasting Chairman Priscilla (Patsy) Collins died Wednesday from cancer at age 82.   Her mother, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt founded King Broadcasting, which Collins and her sister Harriet sold in 1991.  They kept KING-FM 98.1 Seattle, which they donated to the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the Corporate Council for the Arts (Artsfund) in 1994 to keep the station classical.  Susan Paynter, The P-I
  • 06/26/03 - Five questions are asked metro Seattle radio fans.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/24/03 - Details on the new Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver.   Wyng Chow, The Sun  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/23/03 - Official sign-on time for Channel M CHNM-TV/42, Vancouver's first multilingual conventional television broadcaster is 7 p.m. June 27.   On cable, the station will be carried on channel 8 in Vancouver and channel 10 in Victoria and Nanaimo.  Channel M release
  • 06/23/03 - Talk show host Rafe Mair, currently in London, is scheduled to talk with CKBD AM 600 Vancouver GM Gerry Siemens on his return.  There are hints that the station will move towards talk programming.  Sportsnet TV anchor Don Taylor moves to CKST Team 1040.  Joe Leary, The Province  Malcolm Parry, The Sun 
  • 06/23/03 - Seattle television broadcasters win major awards.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 06/20/03 - The CRTC has accepted application by Multivan Broadcast Limited to increase the effective radiated power of CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver from 40,000 watts to 76,000 watts (ERP average) and to move the transmitter location to the CBC Tower on Mount Seymour.  CRTC Decision
  • 06/19/03 - CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver is now on air with a color bar test pattern.  The new multicultural station, to bill itself as Channel M, is scheduled to officially sign on June 27. 
  • 06/19/03 - In a shift toward alternative talk, KKNW AM 1150 Seattle is now carrying two locally produced Russian programs.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/16/03 - Joe Leary, The Province looks at a number of likely candidates to replace Rafe Mair on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.
  • 06/16/03 - The CRTC has approved application by Aboriginal Voices Radio for an extension to the time limit to commence operation of a new station in Vancouver.  The Commission had previously approved application for the new station but denied the proposed frequency of 90.9 MHz, with 92.3 as an alternative, pending directional adjustments by the CBC to its 92.1 transmitter in Victoria.  CRTC Decision
  • 06/12/03 - AV1240 CJAV AM Port Alberni GM Chris Talbot has announced the signing of Evan The Hammer Hammond as the new play-by-play voice of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for the next two seasons.  He also assumes AM drive duties in early July.  Broadcast Dialogue Magazine
  • 06/12/03 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KZOE-FM 90.3 Longview from Columbia Heights Assembly of God to Way-FM Media Group, Inc.
  • 06/12/03 - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat looks at the programming of two of Infinity Radio's five Seattle stations.
  • 06/11/03 - With the departure of talk show host Rafe Mair, management at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver is hinting that the station is looking for a younger image.  Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/11/03 - Will Jill Krop her hair after adverse reaction by viewers to the extending of it by the Global Vancouver CHAN-TV/8 nightly news anchor?  Jill Krop, The Province
  • 06/11/03 - Follow-up story on the removal of Tom Leykis from Vancouver airwaves.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 06/10/03 - The Tom Leykis Show has been temporarily replaced by ESPN Game Day on MOJO Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver.  PD Tom Plasteras said, "We have an obligation to abide by the broadcasting standards and codes in Canada and the amount of editing required to make the Leykis show conform to these standards made it impossible to continue broadcasting."   It was Leykis' first shot at Canadian airwaves, starting last October 1.  Bob "Mojo" Marjanovich from The Team CKST AM 1040 will debut in early July.  Tom Leykis release
  • 06/10/03 - Information has been received that Charlie Petzold a.k.a. Charlie Burd, radio newsman at KBRO Bremerton & KTNT AM Tacoma during the late 70s and early 80s, later becoming Ranger Charlie on KSTW-TV/11 Tacoma, passed away in Omaha last November at the age of 62.  Josie Loza, The Gateway  Photo
  • 06/10/03 - Press items on the departure of Rafe Mair from CKNW AM 980.  Matthew Ramsey, Vancouver Sun  The Province  Rod Mickleburgh, The Globe and Mail
  • 06/09/03 - Former lawyer and cabinet minister Rafe Mair, CKNW AM 980 Vancouver talk show host since 1984, has left the station.  Program Director Tom Plasteras made the announcement this morning.  The news came after earlier comments by Mair criticizing CKNW's owner, Corus Entertainment.   Further info at Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 06/09/03 - The FCC has granted Puget Sound Educational TV an extension of time to complete construction of KWDK-DT/42 Tacoma.  Extensions are typically for a period of six months.
  • 06/05/03 - The Global Television Network has signed anchor Kevin Newman to a new multi-year contract.  He continues as executive editor and anchor of Global National with Kevin Newman, which originates from CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.  Global Release   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/05/03 - A look at the daytime switch to all-comedy on KGHO AM 920 Olympia; the Seafair hydro races move to KYCW AM 1090 Seattle, but without Pat O'Day.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/04/03 - CKBD AM 600 Vancouver returned to AM stereo Monday at 8 p.m.  Meanwhile, good news for C-QUAM AM stereo fans is the recent ruling by the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) subcommittee setting In Band On Channel (IBOC) AM receiver standards, that the process be shelved until better quality audio can be achieved.  IBOC and C-QUAM cannot exist on the same transmitted signal.
  • 06/04/03 - Just shortly after JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver shot up the ratings chart, Paul Fisher replaced Wolfgang von Raesfeld as GM.  Vancouver Sun
  • 06/03/03 - Companies are being quiet so far on the possibility of further Seattle media consolidation in the wake of yesterday's FCC announcement.  Todd Bishop/Dan Richman, The P-I   Harry Berkowitz/Alwyn Scott Newsday/Seattle Times
  • 06/02/03 - Last week some problems occurred with the AM stereo C-QUAM generator at CKBD AM 600 Vancouver.  After repairs, further alignment was necessary, so the station was put into mono mode for a few days.   Engineer Dan Roach reports that stereo will return in the next day or two and that the station will continue to broadcast in AM stereo well into the future.
  • 06/02/03 - The FCC voted 3 to 2 today to ease or eliminate some key media ownership rules.  Frank Ahrens, Washington Post
  • 05/31/03 - Further consolidation is expected in the Seattle radio market if the FCC relaxes ownership rules next Monday.  Todd Bishop, The P-I 
  • 05/30/03 - After 15 years with Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver, CityPulse News anchor Russ Froese has decided not to renew his contract.  Froese, whose last newscast will be June 5th, indicated it was time for a change and will be working on documentaries and other projects.  Broadcaster Magazine  Broadcast Dialogue Magazine
  • 05/30/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications plans to sell two Portland radio stations to Entercom.  Bill Virgin, The P-I   Seattle Times
  • 05/29/03 - The next glimpse at the Seattle Arbitron 12+ will be available at 2 p.m. PT today.  R&R Info
  • 05/29/03 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle is running a pledge drive to support its Internet streaming broadcasts.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/28/03 - KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham's Dave Reid reports that the station now is broadcasting a low-powered digital TV signal on channel 35 from its studio tower in Bellingham and is available for a predicted radius of approximately 25 miles.  Full power DT transmissions will begin after a move to a new tower in the summer of 2004 pending state and local governmental regulatory rulings.
  • 05/27/03 - A look at Seattle TV May sweeps.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 05/27/03 - After several days off air, KGY-FM 96.9 McCleary (Olympia) is back on.
  • 05/23/03 - The Victoria BBM Spring 2003 12+ ratings put The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 in first place with a 15.4 share, displacing previous number one CFAX AM 1070 with 12.1.  The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 is third with 10.5.  Full list   Info courtesy Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 05/23/03 - Paul Ski, former VP/GM CHUM Western Operations, including CHUM's Vancouver cluster has been named Broadcaster of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB).   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/23/03 - JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver astounds the experts with its meteoric rise in ratings.  Michael McCullough, The Vancouver Sun
  • 05/22/03 - The BBM Spring 2003 12+ radio ratings have been released.  In Vancouver, perennial leader CKNW AM 980 leads with a 15.1 share, with JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 zooming into second with 10.7 and QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 third with 10.4.   Full list   Info courtesy Puget Sound Radio Guide.  
  • 05/22/03 - The FCC has granted application for a construction permit by Pamplin Broadcasting for a new station to operate with 1 kW directional day & night on 730 kHz at 46-57-24 123-48-29 in Hoquiam.  FCC Info
  • 05/22/03 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia has moved to an all-comedy format during the day, retaining its oldies programming at night.
  • 05/22/03 - New KITZ AM 1400 Silverdale GM Paul Lyle continues to revamp the station's programming, including the addition of Dr. Joy Browne.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/18/03 - Several Vancouver/Victoria broadcasters received British Columbia Association of Broadcasters awards Friday evening (May 16) at its 56th Annual Conference in Kelowna.  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 05/15/03 - Eight out of ten at Mariners game aware that broadcasts had been moved to KOMO AM 1000.  Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
  • 05/15/03 - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat takes a look at KIXI AM 880 Seattle's programming on the sub-carrier (SCA) of KWJZ-FM 98.9 and the startup of KTFH AM 1680.
  • 05/14/03 - ABC Television Network also is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.  A three-hour special will air Monday, May 19th at 8 p.m. on local affiliate KOMO-TV/4 Seattle.  ABC info
  • 05/11/03 - UPN 11 KSTW-TV celebrates its 50th anniversary Saturday, May 17th with a day long party at its Renton studios.  A one-hour historic documentary will air on Sunday, May 18th at 8 p.m.  KSTW release
  • 05/10/03 - According to a posting on the Seattle Radio Board by well known production/voiceover guy, J.J. Hemingway, founder of Cascade Broadcast Services, the new KTFH AM 1680 Seattle will call itself "The Bridge" and be broadcasting Hindi music and news starting next week.  Further info
  • 05/10/03 - Mix 92.5 (KLSY-FM) Seattle has formed a partnership with the Seattle Space Needle to honor the men and women of the military as well as local police and fire fighters.  Signed banners will be assembled on the morning of May 23rd and used to cover a portion of the legs of the Space Needle.  Mix 92.5 release
  • 05/08/03 - A look back to the sign-on of CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver 21 years ago.  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/08/03 - Updates on two Seattle radio veterans.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/07/03 - An item in Broadcast Dialogue magazine indicates previous rumors of the long-time morning team of Larry and Willy moving to JACK-FM (CKLG-FM) 96.9 Vancouver are true.  Broadcast Dialogue item
  • 05/07/03 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC for a transmitter in Victoria to rebroadcast the programs of CBUF-FM Vancouver.  The new station will operate at 99.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 160 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 05/06/03 - The retired president of Bates Technical College in Tacoma, William Mohler has been appointed as interim president and CEO of KCTS-TV-9 Seattle.   Melanie McFarland, The P-I  Kay McFadden, Seattle Times
  • 05/01/03 - CIVI-TV/53 The New VI Victoria producer Brian Hyde passed away Monday April 28 at the age of 45.  He started his career at CKLQ Brandon, progressing to CKVU-TV/10 (now citytv) Vancouver and then to The New VI.  A Memorial service will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St. Victoria Friday May 9th at 1:30 p.m. with a Celebration of Life reception to follow.  Attendees are asked to bring along any available photos of Brian, which will be posted in an album for his children.  The New VI obituary
  • 05/01/03 - Obituaries for former legislative reporter Clem Chapple, who died in North Vancouver Tuesday April 29 at the age of 60.  Les Leyne, Times Colonist  Vancouver Sun
  • 05/01/03 - A further look at the latest Seattle radio ratings, the KLSY-FM 92.5 lineup shuffle and broadcasts from the USS Abraham Lincoln at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/30/03 - CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River is scheduled to sign on tomorrow morning, May 1st.  Sign on of the low-powered community station, to be sloganed "Jump Radio", was delayed due to earlier vandalism at the transmitter tower.  The Peak Online
  • 04/29/03 - Long time CHAN-TV/8 Global Vancouver news and legislative reporter Clem Chapple has died.  Further details to follow.  CKWX News1130
  • 04/28/03 - In order to provide listeners with a consistent signal both day and night, KIXI AM 880 Seattle now is simulcasting on the subcarrier, known also as Subsidiary Communications Authority or SCA, of sister station KWJZ-FM 98.9.   PD Bob Brooks advises that they are getting "Great results with a small portable test radio. The signal is clear from Everett to Olympia and east to North Bend, west to Bremerton and beyond".  Radios capable of receiving the SCA signal are required, and are being sold on KIXI's website.
  • 04/26/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that it will cut several executive positions in its attempt to return to profitability.  The P-I
  • 04/25/03 - The KCTS-TV/9 Seattle board decided yesterday at an emotional public meeting to bring in an outsider to temporarily run the station.  Cheryl Phillips, Seattle Times  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 04/25/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications is to close down or sell three of its divisions to reduce debt.  Christine Frey, The P-I   Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 04/25/03 - TV visionary Moses Znaimer is parting with CHUM Ltd.  CHUM owns CKVU-TV/10 'Citytv' Vancouver, CIVI-TV/53 'The New VI' Victoria and two Vancouver radio stations.  Terry Weber, Globe & Mail
  • 04/24/03 - The Seattle Arbitron ratings embargo has ended with the release of the winter '03 ratings.  KIRO AM 710 just eked out first place, with KUBE-FM 93.3 moving ahead of third place KMPS-FM 94.1.  Arbitron numbers 
  • 04/24/03 - KCTS-TV/9 Seattle board to decide fate of president Burnie Clark today.  Cheryl Phillips, Seattle Times
  • 04/24/03 - Student-operated KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle heads toward self-funding.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/23/03 - Further details about damage caused by vandals to the new CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River transmission tower The Peak Online.
  • 04/21/03 - CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River was supposed to sign on this Tuesday.  However, vandals got up on the studio roof Sunday night and cut the antenna line and a set of guy wires, toppling and destroying the new tower.  The damage is a big disappointment to the many volunteers who helped with the project.  Engineer Kam Abbott reports that work on repairing the damage will start tomorrow.  Studio and tower construction photos
  • 04/20/03 - Analysis of successful PBS stations likely the key to a turnaround at KCTS-TV/9.  Kay McFadden Seattle Times
  • 04/18/03 - A major reorganization at KCTS-TV/9 Seattle will see layoffs of up to 35 staff members and retirement of its president and CEO.  KCTS Release  Melanie McFarland, The P-I   Cheryl Phillips/Kay McFadden Seattle Times
  • 04/17/03 - 18-year pairing Robin Erickson and John Maynard re-emerge in Seattle Monday morning on KQBZ-FM 100.7.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/16/03 - Former KING-TV/5 Seattle news anchor, Julie Francavilla resurfaces at KIRO-TV/7.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 04/10/03 - Program Director of stations KJRB AM Spokane and KJR AM Seattle during the 70s, Steve West received the highest honor from the Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters Association as the 'Crystal Soundie' recipient at the 18th annual Soundies Awards at Seattle's Red Lion Wednesday night.  A last-minute health issue impeded his appearance. His daughter and son accepted the award on his behalf.  PSRBA photo  Winners list
  • 04/10/03 - Broadcaster Bob Kerr died Tuesday night in North Vancouver at the age of 85.  He hosted Off the Record daily for 35 years on CBC Stereo.  CBC Info
  • 04/10/03 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle morning newscaster Don Riggs celebrates 50 years on the air.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/10/03 - Chris Wedes, aka J.P. Patches, celebrated his 75th birthday last Thursday at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry and May 10 is J.P. Patches Day at Seattle Center.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 04/07/03 - Inside Radio reports engineer Leonard Kahn is claiming his Cam-D system - compatible AM Digital, will "restore AM broadcasting to 15 KHz stereo fidelity by use of digital processing"He wants the FCC to evaluate Cam-D versus iBiquity's digital AM scheme.   Compatible means it should work with every existing AM radio.  Stations in six states are to test the system.
  • 04/04/03 - Canadian broadcasters are concerned that the CRTC will increase Canadian content from 35 to 40 percent.  Barbara Shecter, Financial Post
  • 04/04/03 - Webcasters have reached a deal on royalties.  AP/Seattle Times
  • 04/04/03 - KWJZ-FM 98.9 Seattle celebrates ten years playing smooth jazz and reaps the benefits in ratings.  Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
  • 04/04/03 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle is banking on its new Mariners broadcasts, complete with midnight replays, to move it up the ratings chart.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/04/03 - CKVX-FM "XFM" 104.9 Vancouver is threatened with legal action by EMI Music Canada for airing content released only on the Internet.  canada.com story
  • 04/01/03 - Today marks the 80th anniversary of CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver.  After on air "testing", Arthur J. "Sparks" Holstead and William Hanlon were granted a licence to operate 10 watt CFDC in Nanaimo on April 1, 1923.  In 1927 the station moved to Vancouver, and then changed call letters to CKWX.  On August 15, 1957 CKWX became Vancouver's first 50,000 watt station on a new clear channel frequency of 1130 kHz.  After programming Top 40 in the late 50s and early 60s, CKWX moved to MOR/talk, becoming "Supercountry" in March 1973.  In February 1996, it adopted its current programming of 24 hour news, as "News 1130"
  • 03/31/03 - University of British Columbia campus station CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver celebrates 21 years on air April 1.  The station, which was conceived in 1937, and heard on campus by carrier current in 1964, signed on with 49 watts April 1, 1982.  A reunion is scheduled for Saturday May 10th at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver.  Reunion info
  • 03/30/03 - Engineer Kam Abbott advises that transmitter testing of the new low-power CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River will begin about April 15th.  Regular programming is expected the following week. Item by Rick Hiebert, The Report, written last October after the station received CRTC approval.
  • 03/29/03 - Steve Burgess, host of CBC-TV's @ The End, takes a spin around the Vancouver radio dial.  The Sun
  • 03/28/03 - Vancouver broadcaster/journalist Vic Bianchin passed away Monday, March 24.  He started his radio career at CKAY Duncan in 1974, moving to CHUB Nanaimo, CKDA Victoria, and CKO-FM, CJVB and CKWX/CJAZ-FM Vancouver.  He was recently a columnist for l'eco d' Italia, The Afro News and The World Football Pages.  Prayers will be held Monday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 8842 - 119th Street, Delta with Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 1 at 10 a.m.  Photo
  • 03/27/03 - Fisher Communications will pay retention benefits to its top five executives.  Seattle P-I
  • 03/27/03 - Non-profit stations are postponing fund drives.  KVI AM 570 Seattle says it will add Fox News to its lineup April 1.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/26/03 - Former Seattle and Vancouver DJ Robert O. Smith has set a class weightlifting world record at the Canadian Powerlifting Championships in Winnipeg.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/26/03 - Amid further losses, Seattle-based Fisher Communications is to award millions of dollars in severance packages to top executives if the company is sold.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 03/25/03 - Vancouver radio once again has the historic CKLG call letters.  Today's release of the Industry Canada database shows a call change for CKKS-FM "Jack FM" 96.9 to CKLG-FM.  The Whistler translator, also at 96.9, changes to CKLG-FM-1.   In a move likely to preserve the "KISS" call letters for future use, the CKKS-FM call has been moved to Rogers' 104.7 Sechelt station, which, except for 2-1/2 hours a week, operates as a rebroadcaster of CISQ-FM 107.1 Squamish.  Info thanks to Puget Sound Radio Guide
  • 03/22/03 - A look at digital TV reception in the Seattle area.  Linda Knapp, Seattle Times
  • 03/21/03 - The FCC has granted ownership change of KMWS-FM 90.1 Mount Vernon from Skagit Valley College to Washington State University.
  • 03/20/03 - The various war coverage on Seattle radio; Suits stays at KVI AM 570; KNHC-FM 89.5 returns to live streaming next month.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/18/03 - Dave Ross, 25-year veteran of KIRO AM 710 Seattle is doing his mid morning show via digital phone line from Qatar.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 03/15/03 - Jerry St. Dennis of Bill Gates' Cascade Investment has been appointed, subject to a shareholder meeting April 24, to the board of Seattle-based Fisher Communications.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 03/14/03 - KTFH AM 1680 Seattle is now on-air testing.  As per all U.S. expanded band stations, power is 10 kW day/1kW night.  Transmitter location is 47-39-20 122-31-5.
  • 03/14/03 - After change of ownersip of low-power TV translator K58DP Seattle from VVILPTV Inc. to Word of God Fellowship Inc. in January, the station has now changed format from Shop NBC to religious programming.
  • 03/13/03 - Seattle's KVI AM 570 host Bryan Suits suits up and KNDD-FM 107.7 shakes up.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/10/03 - The planned frequency swap has now been made with KUKN-FM now on 105.5 and KLYK-FM on 94.5.  The KUKN-FM transmitter has moved to 46-09-52 122-51-13 with city of license now Longview and KLYK-FM now Kelso at 46-16-49 122-52-34.
  • 03/08/03 - Media executives and consumers gathered at an FCC hearing in Seattle yesterday to discuss media consolidation of TV/radio stations and newspapers.  Todd Bishop, Seattle P-I   Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 03/08/03 - Cascade Investments, the private investment vehicle of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, has contacted Seattle-based Fisher Communications about a seat on the board.  Seattle P-I  Brier Dudley, Seattle Times
  • 03/07/03 - This week's edition of MacLeans magazine features an interview with legendary Vancouver DJ Red Robinson which can be read here.
  • 03/06/03 - CKMO AM "Village 900" Victoria is celebrating a 24 per cent jump in audience over the past year with its "global roots" format. Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
  • 03/06/03 - CHUM Radio Vancouver VP/GM paul Ski has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of CHUM Limited responsible for the Radio division. The change is effective immediately.  A replacement is yet to be announced.  CHUM Release
  • 03/06/03 - The first commercial U.S. FM station, W47NV in Nashville, went on the air 62 years ago this week.   Critics said the idea of FM was impractical.  U.S. Census Bureau release
  • 03/06/03 - Low power Auburn Community Radio AM 1500 is on the air.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/05/03 - CKKQ-FM 100.3 "The Q!" Victoria was honored at Canadian Music Week in Toronto on Feb. 28 with the Promotion of the Year award for its Little House on the Prairie promo in the fall of 2002, when the station gave away a house in Govan, SK. The location wasn't revealed until the end of the promo when five finalists were chosen to fly to Saskatchewan and try their keys in the door.  Winners received an all expense paid weekend in Regina including gambling at the local casino and a Saskatchewan Rough Riders football game. 
  • 03/05/03 - A look at Seattle area TV news ratings during the February sweeps.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 03/04/03 - Citizens to Preserve the Upper Snohomish River Valley are considering their next step after Snohomish County Council last week approved the KRKO AM 1380 plan to build transmission towers in the area.  Diana Hefley, HeraldNet
  • 03/01/03 - Still using its original call letters, short for "Puget", KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham celebrates 55 years on the air.  KPUG originally signed on February 29, 1948.  Alumni include current KJR AM morning co-host Steve Sandmeyer; former KZOK-FM PD, KOMO and KJR-FM DJ Norm Gregory; and former KIRO and current KOMO announcer Brian Gregory.  KPUG history
  • 02/28/03 - Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron Winter '03 Phase 1 trends were to have been released yesterday. However, R&R website states, "This market has been placed under embargo. In select cases, an Arbitron subscriber has asked that a market's ratings be "embargoed" from public view, most likely because a nonsubscriber is using those numbers without permission or license. R&R is a licensee of Arbitron rating and is only permitted to publish those numbers which are not under embargo. We will begin publishing ratings for that market as soon as the embargo is lifted." No further details have been given at this time.
  • 02/27/03 - Seattle's Museum of History and Industry celebrates the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Washington Territory Sunday, March 2nd.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/27/03 - Mark Wright makes his debut Sunday night as co-anchor with Leslie Miller on the KCPQ-TV/13 news at 10, filling the vacancy left by Sam Shane.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 02/25/03 - KRKO AM 1380 Everett is another step closer to getting 50,000 watts with latest approval by Snohomish County Council.  Diana Hefley, HeraldNet
  • 02/23/02 - This website doesn't normally report individual DJ changes unless they are historically significant or part of a station's format change.  However, there have been numerous shuffles in the Vancouver market lately.  They are outlined at Puget Sound Radio Guide. 
  • 02/23/03 - A look at both sides of the KRKO AM 1380 Everett new transmission tower controversy, with Snohomish County Council to issue a decision as early as Monday.  HeraldNet Viewpoint
  • 02/23/03 - Chief executive Bill Krippaehne has the arduous task of putting profits back into struggling Fisher Communications.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 02/22/03 - As reported here February 5, ex-CNN correspondent Charles Jaco will be staying in his hometown of St. Louis.  After doing shows at KIRO AM 710 Seattle, station management reports next Tuesday will be his last.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 02/21/03 - The FCC has granted construction permit to Media Island International for a new low power FM station in Olympia on 106.5 MHz.  Authorized power is 1 watt at 434 meters HAAT at 47-01-6 122-58-5.  FCC Info
  • 02/21/03 - The CRTC has approved use of 850 kHz with a power of 10,000 watts in Abbotsford for use by Aboriginal Voices Radio.  CRTC Decision
  • 02/20/03 - Public station KSER-FM 90.7 Everett supports the efforts of KRKO AM 1380 to increase power.  Diana Hefley, HeraldNet
  • 02/20/03 - Liberal talk radio - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/20/03 - Seattle's taste in local news on the major TV stations - Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 02/19/03 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Concorde Ventures, Ltd. for a low-power TV station on channel 54 in Bellingham.   ERP will be 11.8 kW at 48-48-4 122-27-40. 
  • 02/16/03 - The new CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River will begin studio construction over the next two or three weeks.  The station recently received CRTC approval to operate a low-power developmental community radio station.  Official launch is planned for mid to late April.  Thanks to Kam Abbott
  • 02/14/03 - After technical problems which caused about two weeks of delays, CJSF-FM 90.1 Burnaby officially signed on at 7 p.m. yesterday.  Transmitter is on Burnaby mountain with 450 watts ERP.
  • 02/13/03 - Further news on the decision by Fisher Communications to remain independent.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 02/13/03 - In part two of a two-parter, Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I looks at the effects of radio consolidation on the exposure received by local acts.
  • 02/12/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications says that it will remain independent and aggressively persue restructuring.  MSN/Reuters   Fisher Release
  • 02/12/03 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has released decisions of complaints against CFMI-FM 101.1 "Rock 101" and CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.  One of two complaints against CFMI was dismissed.  The other, and one against CKNW were upheld.  CBSC Decisions:  CFMI April 2002   CFMI June 2002  CKNW  March 2002
  • 02/10/03 - Stage production Red Rock Diner, based loosely on the adventures of legendary Vancouver DJ Red Robinson, runs February 11-22 at the Vogue Theatre.  Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 02/10/03 - The CRTC has approved application by CHUM Limited to acquire the assets of CKST AM 1040 Vancouver from Grand Slam Radio Inc.  CHUM proposed continuing with the current all-sports format.   CRTC info
  • 02/07/03 - Official launch of CJSF-FM 90.1 Burnaby has been postponed once again.   Transmitter testing will continue until Thursday, February 13 when a party will be held at 6 p.m., with "throwing of the switch" shortly thereafter.   Reception reports with your location can be emailed to cjsf@vol.sfu.ca  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 02/06/03 - CJSF-FM 90.1 Burnaby has started on-air testing.  Official launch is is scheduled for tomorrow after delays getting the new transmitter operational.
  • 02/06/03 - A look a the differences and similarities of regional music on commercial radio stations around the U.S.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/05/03 - The Vancouver Canucks have revoked the accreditation of reporters from CKST AM 1040 "The Team" and withdrawn all advertising from the all-sports station over comments an announcer made about the wife of NHL all-star forward Todd Bertuzzi.  Broadcaster Magazine   The Province  Globe & Mail
  • 02/05/03 - Former CNN Gulf War correspondent Charles Jaco, recently fired from KMOX AM 1120 St. Louis, and doing weekend work for KIRO AM 710 Seattle has signed to do both radio and TV shows in St. Louis.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • 02/05/03 - The FCC has granted ownership change for KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville from from Rock on Radio, LLC to Ackerley Media Group, Inc.
  • 02/05/03 - KSVR-FM 91.7 Mount Vernon has been off the air since last Friday due to interference with city and county government 2-way radio channels.  After adjustments and return to the air Sunday, problems persisted.  The station is trying to locate a back-up transmitter to return to the air as soon as possible.  Full story  Thanks to Larry Waldbillig.
  • 02/04/03 - The FCC has granted ownership changes for KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond from Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. to South Sound Broadcasting, L.P., KSWW-FM 102.1 Montesano from Gregory J. Smith to Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. and KBKW AM 1450 from from Gregory J. Smith to Jodesha Broadcasting Inc.
  • 02/03/03 - CKKS-FM 96.9 Vancouver, which recently changed format to classic hits and became "JACK-FM", has added a familiar voice.  Former CFOX-FM/CKLG personality and radio/TV voice imaging "Voice Boy" Jeff Rechner is now handling p.m. drive duties.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 02/01/03 - Wet weather has delayed the launch of Simon Fraser University campus radio CJSF-FM 90.1 Burnaby.  Station Manager Magnus Thyvold says that completion of transmitter installation work will require dry weather and projected on-air date has been moved to next Friday, February 7th.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 01/30/03 - KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma has applied to the FCC to upgrade to a full class C with 41,000 watts at 638 meters HAAT, with non-directional antenna at 47-19-11 123-20-42.  In other South Sound news, Greg Smith has filed to sell KBKW AM 1450 Aberdeen to Jodesha Broadcasting and Jodesha has filed to sell KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond to South Sound Broadcasting.  Thanks to Brian Lord
  • 01/30/03 - Gulstan Dart joins KIRO-TV/7 Seattle as morning news co-anchor with Margot Kim. Seattle P-I  KIRO-TV
  • 01/30/03 - KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue continues efforts to build a presence in public affairs programming.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/29/03 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced sale of its two Georgia television stations, WFXG-TV, Augusta and WXTX-TV, Columbus.  Fisher release  Todd Bishop, The P-I  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 01/29/03 - Bids by LIN TV Corp. and Sonoran Capital are being reviewed today by Fisher Communications.  Seattle Times
  • 01/26/03 - Simon Fraser University campus radio, CJSF-FM 90.1 Burnaby, is scheduled to launch this coming Friday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m. with 450 watts ERP from Burnaby Mountain.  Prior to this time, the station has been heard for several years on campus via carrier current and on Lower Mainland cable systems.  Thanks to Brian Walks
  • 01/24/03 - The FCC has granted an extension of time for KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham to construct its new digital TV facilities, KVOS-DT/35.  Extensions are typically given for a period of six months.
  • 01/23/03 - The appeal by KRKO AM 1380 Everett to erect new transmitter towers in the upper Snohomish River Valley will be heard next Wednesday by Snomish County Council.   The towers are part of the plan for a power increase to 50,000 watts.  Tina Potterf, Seattle Times
  • 01/23/03 - Another look at the Seattle radio ratings at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I.
  • 01/22/03 - Student-run Internet radio station RainyDawg has been launched by the University of Washington as an adjunct to its professionally-run stations KEXP-FM 90.3 and KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle.  RainyDawg operates live from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with high and low speed streams in three formats.
  • 01/21/03 - Application by Pamplin Broadcasting for a construction permit to build a new AM station on 730 kHz in Hoquiam has been accepted for filing by the FCC.  The station will operate at 1 kW day and night from two towers at 46-57-24 123-48-29.
  • 01/17/03 - (Updated) The top rated Seattle stations remain pretty much unchanged, however the numbers are closer together, as they tend to be during the Fall and Winter periods.  R&R info
  • 01/17/03 - Pat Cardinal is the new Program Director at CKKS-FM 96.9 "JACK-FM" Vancouver, replacing outgoing Susan Davis.  He also continues as PD/GM of CKVX-FM 104.9 "XFM".
  • 01/16/03 - KNWX AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way is having a harder time getting signal to its audience than when it was assigned to AM 770 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/15/03 - Seattle Mariners games are moving from KIRO-TV/7 to KSTW-TV/11 this year.  Seattle P-I  Mariners Release
  • 01/13/03 - (Updated) Veteran DJ Jim O'Neal (James Joseph Peterson) passed away January 11 in Sparks, NV at the age of 54.  He did radio shows in Idaho, mornings at KGHO Hoquiam in 1971 and then KOL Seattle.  He also worked at KORL Honolulu, KEZY Anaheim and had been on air in Reno for the past several years.  Funeral service will be Thursday, January 16 at 5 p.m. at Walton's Funeral Home in Sparks.  Reno Gazette-Journal Obit  Info thanks to "Big Daddy" Dave McCormick
  • 01/13/03 - TheDeal.com reports that Seattle-based Fisher Communications is likely to be divided up soon between Clear Channel for the radio stations, with TV going to contenders Hearst-Argyle, Disney/ABC, Gannett, or Viacom.   Sale is being handled by Goldman Sachs.
  • 01/13/03 - Ex CKKS-FM 96.9 (now JACK-FM) Vancouver radio personalities Fred Latremouille and Cathy Baldazzi were hosts of the party in Maui which led up to charges being laid for driving under the influence against BC Premier Gordon Campbell.  Adrienne Tanner, The Province  Petti Fong, The Sun
  • 01/13/03 - Former CNN Gulf War correspondent Charles Jaco, recently fired from KMOX AM 1120 St. Louis, is in negotiations to move to KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 01/11/03 - TV news anchor Gulstan Dart is leaving WSB-TV Atlanta and returning to Seattle to join KIRO-TV/7.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution  KIRO-TV Release  Seattle Times
  • 01/10/03 - Yet another press item about the KNWX AM 1210 move and the new KTTH AM 770.  Young Chang, Seattle Times
  • 01/10/03 -  The employment future of news anchor Susan Hutchison at KIRO-TV/7 Seattle remains uncertain.  John Levesque, The P-I
  • 01/09/03 - There are a couple of program shuffles at KIXI AM 880 to make way for locally produced and nationally syndicated "Imagination Theatre", along with further highlights of recent format and call letter changes in the Seattle area.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I. 
  • 01/08/03 - After less than a year and a half on air, Vancouver-produced suppertime newscast Global National with Kevin Newman is outdrawing CBC's The National and closing in on CTV's nightly newscast.  Michael Lewis, National Post
  • 01/07/03 - Programming on new KTTH AM 770 Seattle includes local Mike Siegel.  The P-I
  • 01/06/03 - According to All Access Music Group, Rhona Raskin's "Rhona at Night" will re-appear on Vancouver airwaves January 12 at CKVX-FM 104.9 "XFM" Sunday through Thursday at 10 p.m.  Meanwhile, it is reported that CKKS-FM 96.9 "JACK-FM" will be advising staff this Thursday on who stays and who goes after its recent format change.  Thanks to Mike Cherry and Brian Walks.
  • 01/06/03 - As of today, KNWX AM 1210 "The Business Station" Seattle has moved from AM 770.  Taking its place is KTTH AM 770 featuring talk show hosts Mike Siegel, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Medved, Michael Savage, and Laura Ingraham.
  • 01/03/03 - CHUM Limited's Citytv in Toronto will be the first to offer HDTV in Canada with a broadcast in that city on January 16.  Will CHUM stations in this area, CKVU-TV/10 "Citytv" Vancouver or CIVI-TV/53 "the New VI"  Victoria be next to sign on digital channels?  Victoria Times Colonist
  • 01/02/03 - News Corp.'s Fox Group and Philips Research have announced new technology to vastly improve delivery of digital TV signals into home with indoor antennas.  Jon Healey, Seattle Times
  • 01/02/03 - KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma and Seattle's Museum of History and Industry have launched a project to collect "lost and found sounds" around the Pacific Northwest; KNWX AM 770 Seattle becomes KTTH on Monday January 6 as it moves to a political/issues talk format (ktth.com has been registered by Entercom); and the KNWX call letters along with its business and investment programming replaces KBSG AM 1210, currently a simulcast of its FM side.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/01/03 - Amid speculation that there are changes coming at KYPT-FM 96.5 "The Point" Seattle, the station's website is no longer operational.  In addition, no website link is shown at the station's listing on the Infinity Radio website.

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