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  • 12/30/04 - 60 year old veteran newscaster Tony Ventrella is leaving Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 in January to pursue other opportunities.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 12/30/04 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle uses evening fill-ins.  Other programming changes and highlights at Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/27/04 - Nineteen months after its debut, Cop Talk on KKNW AM 1150 Seattle continues with a loyal following. Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times
  • 12/26/04 - Victoria's Best Music Variety, KOOL-FM arrived at midnight, as CHBE-FM 107.3 ended its run with All Christmas and made the switch to Hot AC/CHR.  Format change audio from Puget Sound Radio
  • 12/23/04 - Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I looks at the year that was in Seattle radio. 
  • 12/22/04 - The CRTC will hold a public hearing starting February 28, 2005 in Vancouver to consider a number of applications for varied ethnic stations to serve Vancouver, mostly at 93.1 MHz.  CRTC release
  • 12/22/04 - Global Communications Limited has applied to the CRTC to operate a transitional digital television station associated with its existing CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.  The new station would operate on channel 22 with an maximum effective radiated power of 8,300 watts at 670 metres.   CRTC release
  • 12/22/04 - CJAV Limited has applied to the CRTC to convert CJAV AM 1240 Port Alberni to the FM band.  The new station would operate at 93.3 MHz with an effective radiated power of 6,000 watts, non-directional at minus 219 metres.  Proposed format is broad-based gold/new music.  CRTC release
  • 12/22/04- Westwave Broadcasting Inc. has applied to the CRTC for a licence to operate a new FM station in Gibsons to operate at 91.7 MHz with a maximum effective radiated power of 2,100 watts at 759 metres.   Proposed format is pop adult with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  CRTC release
  • 12/22/04 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues to lead in the Arbitron 12+ Fall '04 P2 Seattle-Tacoma market ratings. R&R details
  • 12/22/04 - After 45 years, Doug Warne and Ron Olsen continue to host the Scandinavian Hour weekly on KKNW AM 1150.  The program started on Seattle radio in the 1920s.  Nancy Bartley, Seattle Times
  • 12/20/04 - New Northwest Broadcasters LLC (not related to this website) has filed a motion of severance with the FCC to separate FM allotments near Portland from ones near Seattle, surrounding the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA.  If approved, this would give the green light to changes in northern OR, without them being held up by numerous pleadings challenging the Seattle portion of the proceeding.    
  • 12/20/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications does not have any stations up for sale, despite a TV broker's indication that it may have.  Seattle P-I
  • 12/16/04 - Christmas programs abound on Seattle radio.  Larry Albert fills the role of the detective, previously played by Phil Harper, on Imagination Theater.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/16/04 - After launching on KPTK AM 1090 in October, Air America Radio is establishing itself in the Seattle market.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 12/15/04 - Perennial leader CFAX AM 1070 is first with 14.7 in the 12+ Victoria Fall book.  The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 is second with 10.7 and The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 is third with 10.1.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 12/15/04 - CKNW AM 980 holds onto first place in the Vancouver 12+ Fall BBM ratings with a 12 share and QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 moves ahead of JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 to capture second with 9.1.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 12/14/04 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has applied to the CRTC for approval to convert its existing CKBD AM 600 Vancouver to FM identifying as The Breeze.   If successful, programming would move to 93.1 MHz to serve Vancouver with a repeater for Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack at 99.9 MHz.  Additional information
  • 12/10/04 - Another petition has been filed with the FCC opposing the granting of the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA on the grounds that there is an existing precedent that, "Replacement of an operating station with a vacant allotment or unconstructed permit...does not adequately cure the disruption to ‘existing service’ occasioned by removal of an operating station."  FCC documents
  • 12/10/04 - Paul Larsen, General Manager of Central Island Broadcasters Ltd, has been appointed President of the company, which owns and operates stations in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville and Courtenay.  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 12/09/04 - The FCC has approved voluntary transfer of control of KCTS-TV/9 Seattle from KCTS Association to KCTS Television Board of Directors.
  • 12/09/04 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 and K-Rock KRQI-FM 96.5 duke it out in the Seattle market; KNWX AM 1210 officially makes the switch to Spanish-language KDDS at midnight Saturday; Bruce Murdock, long time morning host at Mix 92.5 KLSY-FM until last December, heads back to Portland in January to join the morning team at K103 KKCW-FM 103.3.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 12/07/04 - The CBC's Shelagh Rogers will host a memorial celebration from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 11 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria in memory of On the Island morning host David Grierson, who died November 20th.   It will be broadcast starting Monday, December 13th at 8 p.m. on CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  CBC information  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail 
  • 12/06/04 - The Washington State Association of Broadcasters has named Dave Niehaus, the Voice of the Seattle Mariners since 1977, as its 2004 Broadcaster of the Year.  WSAB release
  • 12/06/04 - The following are FCC broadcast auction winners for three new FM stations in Western Washington: Citicasters Chehalis $1,868,000; College Creek Broadcasting Ocean Shores $517,000 and Westport $400,000; BiCoastal Holdings Rainier OR (Longview-Kelso market) $596,000.  Complete FCC list
  • 12/03/04 - The CRTC advises that the application amendment by Aboriginal Voices Radio to operate its previously approved station on 92.3 MHz in Vancouver has been withdrawn.   CRTC notice
  • 12/03/04 - As November sweeps arrive, competition heats up in morning news among Seattle area TV stations.  Pamela Sit, Seattle Times
  • 12/02/04 - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the world's first transistor radio, the Regency TR-1.   Business programming moves away from Seattle market KNWX AM 1210.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/30/04 - Author, journalist and broadcaster Pierre Berton died this afternoon from complications of diabetes and heart disease in Toronto.  He was 84.  Berton was the chief announcer of the University of British Columbia Radio Society in 1940, now CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver.  Sandra Martin, Globe and Mail  CITR-FM history 
  • 11/30/04 - The FCC has accepted for filing, applications for voluntary assignment of license from Entercom Longview License, LLC to Bicoastal Longview, LLC for the following stations: KRQT-FM 107.1 Castle Rock, KBAM AM 1270, KEDO AM 1400, KRQT-FM1 107.1 Longview and KLYK-FM 94.5 Kelso.  Also accepted for filing is transfer of control of KCTS-TV/9 Seattle from KCTS Association to KCTS Television Board of Directors and applications for license to cover for KXPB-LP 89.1 Pacific Beach and KGHO-LP 94.3 Aberdeen.
  • 11/30/04 - Vancouver market Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 will tribute John Lennon, who died December 8, 1980, by playing his music exclusively for 24 hours from midnight to midnight December 8.
  • 11/28/04 - Indicating that it may flip shortly by identifying as "Vancouver's official holiday music station", Clear-FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver (107.5 Chilliwack/92.5 Abbotsford) has moved to all-Christmas music "just for the weekend, to get into the Christmas spirit".  The trio of stations moved to all-Christmas on November 19 last year, prior to changing to AC/smooth jazz on December 26 from the previous alt/new rock format.
  • 11/27/04 - Sean MacLean, formerly of WGBH radio/TV Boston and a composer whose music was recently performed by London's BBC Symphony Orchestra, will be joining KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Seattle Times
  • 11/27/04 - A private family gathering has been held and a public recognition is planned by the CBC for David Grierson, morning host of On the Island, who died November 20th, three months short of his 50th birthday.  Victoria Times-Colonist Obituary
  • 11/26/04 - High school broadcaster X104 KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island continues its fight against losing its frequency due to the move in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA.  Mercer Island Reporter
  • 11/25/04 - The Bay KBAI AM 930 Bellingham has switched to an all Christmas format.
  • 11/25/04 - The CRTC announces that application by Trinity Television Inc. to add a rebroadcast transmitter of NOWTV CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley on channel 21 in Victoria has been withdrawn.  CRTC info  original application
  • 11/25/04 - Under its new owner, Bustos Media, Seattle market KNWX AM 1210 will move from its business format to Mexican music as KDDS around mid-December.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/24/04 - A program that likely will be of interest to radio fans in this area is Radio Worth Fighting For, a one hour documentary about the crusade to save CKUA Edmonton, Canada's oldest non-profit broadcaster.  It premieres Sunday December 12 at 5 p.m. PT on Bravo! Canada.   The program also is available on DVD at the CKUA website.  Further details  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/24/04 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 increases its lead in the Arbitron 12+ Fall '04 P1 Seattle-Tacoma market ratings. R&R details
  • 11/22/04 - Getting a three day jump on Thanksgiving, Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 has moved to Continuous Christmas Favorites.
  • 11/21/04 - David Grierson, host for the past four years of the CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria morning show On the Island, died of an apparent heart attack in Tofino Saturday morning at the age of 49.  He hosted programs at CHQM Vancouver in the late 1970s, news at CJAZ-FM Vancouver in the early 1980s, was later Program Director of CKKS-FM Vancouver and more recently weekend morning host of North By Northwest at CBC Radio Vancouver.   CBC photo and bio   CBC obituary 
  • 11/19/04 - CHBE-FM 107.3 has become 107.3 Christmas FM...Victoria’s Official Radio Station of Christmas!  The station, along with sister CFAX AM 1070 officially changed hands from Seacoast Communications to CHUM Limited on October 1st after receiving CRTC approval in early September.
  • 11/18/04 - Two Seattle market stations plan moving to all-Christmas music by Thanksgiving Day -- down from three last year.  Infinity Broadcasting will add operations personnel and a PD at KPTK AM 1090 and hints at some local programming beginning early next year.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/16/04 - KSTW-TV/11 engineering advises that recent updates have been made to its broadcast antenna for its digital transmitter.  KSTW-DT/36 now is operating at full licensed power of 850 kW ERP at 275 meters HAAT. 
  • 11/15/04 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KNWX AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way from Entercom Seattle License, LLC to Bustos Media of Washington, LLC.  Plans are to convert the station from business and investing programs to a Spanish-language format.  
  • 11/12/04 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to operate a transitional digital television undertaking to simulcast the current analog programming of CBUT/2 Vancouver, with the exception of up to 14 hours per week not duplicated.  The transmitter will operate from Mount Seymour on channel 58 with an effective radiated power of 15,600 watts.  CRTC decision
  • 11/11/04 - All Access Music Group (subscription service) reports that Entercom has sold its Longview/Kelso group of four stations to Bicoastal Media for an undisclosed price.
  • 11/11/04 - Legendary DJ Red Robinson celebrates 50 memorable years in broadcasting on November 12.  Red started spinning the hits at CJOR Vancouver in 1954, becoming the first DJ to play rock 'n roll on a regular basis in Canada.  He moved to CKWX in '57, then to KGW Portland in '59, returning to Vancouver in '61 as PD of CFUN, later moving to CJOR, CKWX and CISL.  He emceed the Elvis and Beatles concerts in the city.  Red continues broadcasting oldies Sundays from 12-4 on CISL AM 650.
  • 11/11/04 - With Bob Case on the case, Clear Channel says to expect fewer and better radio ads on its stations as soon as early next year.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 11/09/04 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has been named the CMA 2004 Major Market Radio Station of the Year.  Stations were judged on airchecks, ratings history, community involvement and leadership.  CMA 38th Annual Awards Release
  • 11/09/04 - “The music that Skip likes and nothing else” is the motto of Skip Morrow's two stations, KBRD AM 680 and KLDY AM 1280 Lacey.  Sam McManis, Tacoma News Tribune 
  • 11/05/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. reports a larger quarterly loss, but with rising revenue.  Seattle P-I  Fisher Release 
  • 11/04/04 - Dave Ross returns to KIRO AM 710 Seattle with "an interesting new perspective he didn't have before".  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times
  • 11/03/04 - 1964-66 KJR Seattle DJ Larry Lujack has renewed his contract as morning co-host at Real Oldies WRLL AM 1690 Chicago.  The 64 year old Lujack will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 6.  Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times
  • 11/03/04 - Democrat and long time KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Dave Ross has conceded his 8th Congressional District race.  Melanthia Mitchell, AP/Seattle P-I
  • 11/03/04 - Trinity Television has applied to the CRTC to add a transmitter in Victoria to broadcast the programming of CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley.  The new transmitter would operate on channel 21 with an ERP of 1800 watts at 273.7 meters.  CRTC application
  • 11/01/04 - Rogers Media has reached an agreement to purchase religious station NOWTV CHNU-TV/66, licensed to the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, from Trinity Television Inc.  Rogers has committed to maintain the current Vancouver workforce at the station, which launched in 2001.  Ownership transfer is subject to CRTC approval.  Rogers news release
  • 10/30/04 - Legendary ex-Seattle jock Larry Lujack will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Chicago on Saturday, November 6.  Lujack entertained the Northwest at KJR Seattle from April 1964 to September 1966, moving on to WLS and WCFL Chicago.  He currently can be heard streamed on Real Oldies WRLL AM 1690 Chicago.  RHOF Release
  • 10/29/04 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has announced that it will add First News @ 4 weekdays from 4-5 p.m. starting Monday, November 1.  Kathi Goertzen will anchor.  KOMO-TV Release
  • 10/29/04 - The Jack Webster Foundation has presented its prestigious 2004 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award to long-time BCTV CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver news anchor Tony Parsons.  Parsons has anchored the station's 6 p.m. newscast since 1978.  2004 award winners
  • 10/28/04 - The FCC has granted some translator appovals in northwest Washington.  One is to retransmit rock-oldies KGHO-LP 94.3 Aberdeen on 92.9 in the Seattle area.   In keeping with the season, Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds will air Saturday at 6 p.m. on KUOW-FM 94.9.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/27/04 - The FCC has granted a Modification of Construction Permit for KMNT-FM 102.9 Centralia for transmitter relocation to 46-58-31 123-08-16 with 70 kW ERP at 668 meters HAAT.  When facilities are completed, the station's 60 dBu service contour will extend into the southwestern portion of Seattle.
  • 10/25/04 - KPTK AM 1090 Seattle came into being at midnight with Progressive Talk, bringing Air America Radio and other liberal talk to local airwaves.  Meanwhile, the popular Music with Moskowitz, displaced by the format flip, can be heard Saturday afternoons on community radio KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.
  • 10/23/04 - Bill Virgin takes a closer look at the just-released Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings and speculates on the future of KYCW AM 1090, which flips to Progressive Talk as KPTK Monday morning.  Seattle P-I
  • 10/22/04 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 retains first place with CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 second and News KOMO AM 1000 third in the Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron '04 Summer ratings.  R&R details
  • 10/22/04 - The switch to Progressive Talk for KYCW AM 1090 Seattle will occur at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.  Call letters will change to KPTK.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 10/21/04 - Reports are being received that Air America Radio is coming to Seattle starting next Monday.  Other reports indicate it will be on Classic Country 1090 KYCW AM with a switch to Progressive Talk Radio.  This will be the second time KYCW has moved to talk.  The previous change was to Extreme Talk in August 2001 with a move back to country in May 2002.
  • 10/21/04 - Before signing with NorthSound 1380 KRKO AM, the Everett AquaSox were broadcast live for seven years on non-commercial KSER-FM 90.7.  XM Satellite Radio has signed a deal with Major League Baseball to carry all teams' games next year - a move that could impact local stations.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/17/04 - WCCO-AM 830 Minneapolis general manager Dick Carlson, who was VP and GM of the group of radio stations that included KIRO AM 710 Seattle from 1997-2001, died at his home on Thursday, 10 days after heart surgery.  He was 60.  Chao Xiong, AP/Star Tribune   WCCO obituary
  • 10/17/04 - At his request, there will be no memorial service for Phil Harper, who died at his Ballard home on Monday from complications related to diabetes and heart disease.  Lisa Heyamoto, Seattle Times
  • 10/17/04 - Tom Keogh takes an in-depth look at actor, musician and DJ Steven Van Zandt, who hosts Little Steven's Underground Garage, which airs in 190 markets.  Locally it's heard Saturday evenings at 7 on The Rocket KRQT-FM 107.1 Castle Rock, at 8 on Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver and at 10 on The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 Tacoma.  Seattle Times
  • 10/15/04 - The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle is running the Radio Stinkhole contest with the prize being your own radio show on the station.  Different contestants are heard each Friday on the BJ Shea Experience with the top 5 finale December 17th.  Official contest rules
  • 10/14/04 - Seattle Mariners' affiliate Everett AquaSox has announced agreement with NorthSound 1380 KRKO AM Everett to broadcast all 76 AquaSox home and away games for the 2005 baseball season.  KRKO Release  AquaSox Release
  • 10/14/04 - Recording radio programs, including those streamed over the Internet, is becoming easier with new products.  Jim French's Imagination Theatre will salute Phil Harper, who played detective Harry Nile, Saturday at 9 p.m. on KIXI AM 880 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  Jim French Tribute
  • 10/12/04 - Former KING-FM 98.1 Seattle co-owner, Harriet Bullitt speaks out in support of programming changes at the classical music station.  Harriet Bullitt, Seattle Times
  • 10/12/04 - Aboriginal Voices Radio continues transmitter testing on 106.3 MHz in the Vancouver area from Mount Seymour.  Listeners are invited to call in signal reports to its radio response line at 604-983-8053.  Testing is expected to last another week.  106.3 is the first adjacent of KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden.
  • 10/12/04 - Phil Harper was "the guy" and "very one-on-one" in the radio industry.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/11/04 - Classic Country KYCW AM 1090 Seattle p.m. drive host Buffalo Phil Harper has died at age 64 following a recent history of heart problems.  Prior to his tenure at KYCW, he was an on-air volunteer and jazz show host at KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma.  He also played the part of Harry Nile in the internationally heard detective radio series The Adventures of Harry Nile.  KPLU Tribute Harry Nile website bio  Reel Radio 1972 KGW Portland audio
  • 10/09/04 - Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma adds Carmen Ainsworth to its morning news team, shuffles the weather deck and hires Mark Coleman as weekend meteorologist.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 10/07/04 - Matthew McBride of McBride Communications & Media Inc., a partner in West Island Radio Enterprises, successful applicant for a new FM station in Tofino on Vancouver Island, advises that it should be on-air by mid 2005.  Call letters have been assigned, a website is up and the station will identify as CHMZ-FM 90.1 The Bear.  The area has been without its own radio service since CHOO-FM 101.7 went dark in January 2002.
  • 10/07/04 - The move of Howard Stern to satellite radio will have significant impact on the local radio scene.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 10/06/04 - Veteran KIRO AM 710 and KTTH AM 770 Seattle programmer/manager Ken Berry says he will leave the stations on October 10th, take some time off and return to the market in "three or four months".  R&R News
  • 10/06/04 - Shock jock Howard Stern says he is leaving Infinity Broadcasting to join Sirius Satellite Radio starting in January 2006.   Locally, Stern is heard mornings on Entercom station KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle.  AP/Seattle P-I  The Globe and Mail
  • 10/05/04 - Washington state Republicans have filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against Democratic congressional candidate Dave Ross and KIRO AM 710 Seattle for using the Dave Ross Show to promote his candidacy.  Chris McGann, Seattle P-I  Radio Ink
  • 10/04/04 - Popular BCTV CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver news anchor Sophie Lui moves to CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, teaming up with veteran anchor Ed Watson to host its 5-6:30 evening news starting Wednesday, October 6.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/04/04 - Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver agreed last week to remove its TV ads after complaints to the B.C. Nurses' Union.  Chris Johnson, Vancouver Sun  Broadcaster Magazine  View ad in Quicktime
  • 10/03/04 - Ancil Payne, former president/CEO of King Broadcasting, has died at the age of 83. Seattle Times
  • 10/02/04 - The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) issued a directive to all campus stations in Canada to program a minimum of 30 per cent female artists effective October 1, 2004.  An item in the Vancouver Sun dated August 28, 2004 and quoted on this page (see femcon 08/29/04) incorrectly identified the CRTC as the source of the directive.
  • 10/01/04 - Today marks the official change in ownership of CFAX AM 1070 and CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria from Seacoast Communications to CHUM Limited.  The CRTC approved the acquisition in early September.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/01/04 - The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria has lured another prominent broadcaster away from rival CH CHEK-TV/6.   Meribeth Burton will join as a senior reporter/anchor.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/30/04 - Former Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma news anchor Leslie Miller, who left the station last May, will join KABC-TV/7 Los Angeles on November 1 as a reporter and fill-in anchor.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 09/30/04 - Another local producer turns to hosting his own show.  Several Seattle area radio stations will carry the presidential debate at 6 p.m. today.  KING-FM 98.1 introduces some new features to weeknight programming.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/29/04 - Aboriginal Voices Radio is transmitter testing this afternoon on 106.3 MHz in the Vancouver area.   Listeners are being invited to call in signal reports to 604-983-8053.
  • 09/29/04 - The FCC has put out a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making for a new Class A FM to be licensed to Oak Harbor on 105.7 MHz, requested by Dana Puopolo of Santa Monica, CA.  Puopolo also proposed adding a Class A on 101.1 MHz at Coupeville which has been counter-proposed by Plan 9 Broadcasting to add the same frequency in Sequim.  Plan 9 also has proposed adding a Class A on 93.7 MHz in Port Angeles.  The frequencies are short-spaced to Canadian allocations and will require concurrence from Canadian authorities.
  • 09/28/04 - The FCC has granted application for CP to Washington State University for a power increase to 1.5 kW at 36 meters HAAT at 48-32-30 122-17-43 and frequency change to 89.7 MHz for KMWS-FM 90.1 Mount Vernon.
  • 09/25/04 - US satellite radio has spawned a gray market in Canada.  Will Canadian companies and the CRTC catch up to the demand?   Paul Brent, Financial Post
  • 09/24/04 - The Arbitron Seattle-Tacoma 12+ Summer '04 P2 numbers have been released.  R&R details
  • 09/24/04 - A special birthday greeting to legendary KJR Seattle jock Pat O'Day, who turns 70.
  • 09/24/04 - After six years of anchoring the morning news on KOMO-TV/4 Seattle, Margo Myers has left the building.  Plans are for her to become anchor of the KIRO-TV/7 10 o'clock newscast on KSTW-TV/11 starting early next year.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 09/23/04 - A look at low-power FM in Washington state.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/21/04 - KVI AM 570 Seattle has added the FOX News Radio Network to its programming.  KVI Announcement  Meanwhile, the station has returned to live Internet streaming, minus nationally syndicated programs and commercials.  KVI Info
  • 09/20/04 - After losing two high profile journalists last month to competitor The New VI CIVI-TV/53, CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria has acquired veteran broadcaster Ed Watson as its new evening anchor.  He starts Monday, October 4.  Broadcaster Magazine  Jeff Rud, Times Colonist
  • 09/20/04 - The GM of KIRO AM 710 Seattle has disputed allegations that the weekly Brian Maloney Show was canceled because of comments Maloney made about CBS newsman Dan Rather.  Seattle P-I
  • 09/20/04 - The CRTC has approved application by West Island Radio to operate a new FM station in Tofino. The station will operate at 90.1 MHz with an ERP of 170 watts and proposes a blend of Pop-Rock and Country music.   CRTC Decision
  • 09/19/04 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Brian Maloney has been fired for what he claims is criticism of CBS newsman Dan Rather.  Peggy Andersen, Seattle P-I
  • 09/16/04 - The CRTC has denied application by Wesley Shaw for a low-power FM station in Whistler to program a variety of dance music, operated by volunteers.  CRTC Decision
  • 09/16/04 - The Seattle Symphony goes national with WFMT Radio Network in Chicago, heard locally on KING-FM 98.1.  Tom Clendening returns to Entercom talk stations in Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/15/04 - With 95 percent of precincts reporting early today, KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk-show host Dave Ross has won the Democratic nomination and 51 percent of his party's votes in the 8th Congressional District primary. KIRO-TV  Seattle Times  Radio Ink
  • 09/15/04 - Vancouver BBM Summer 2004 12+ ratings have been released, with no change in position of the top three stations in the market.   Puget Sound Radio details
  • 09/15/04 - Vancouver-based Adbusters Media Foundation has launched legal action against CTV, Canwest Global, CBC and CHUM Ltd. in an effort to win the right to buy airtime for its TV messages.  The broadcasters have refused to air some "social marketing spots", addressing a range of social and environmental issues "on grounds that they are too controversial, advocate ideas instead of products, and don't fit the broadcasters' business model".  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/14/04 - With the early success of satellite radio in the US, the two applicants for systems in Canada, Sirius/Standard/CBC and Canadian Satellite Radio/XM, are suggesting "license us both and let listeners decide". Broadcaster Magazine 
  • 09/14/04 - The CRTC has approved application by Hornby Community Radio Society to operate a developmental community station on Hornby Island on 91.5 MHz with an ERP of 5 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 09/13/04 - KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island has appealed to the FCC to reverse its decision to allow the move of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA.  KMIH maintains the Commission should reconsider, due to "overwhelming evidence that this proposal is merely a sly attempt at shoeing in another station towards the Seattle metropolitan area at the expense of area high school students’ education and an island, which overwhelmingly support KMIH and its mission to serve the public interest in their community."  The FCC is starting a review of the decision.
  • 09/12/04 - CBC Radio One CBU AM 690 Vancouver and CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria will carry the final game in the World Cup of Hockey between Finland and Canada on Tuesday September 14 at 4 p.m.
  • 09/09/04 - The KMPS call letters and country format move into their 30th year after changing from KOL in September 1975.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 09/07/04 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to operate a transmitter in Chilliwack to broadcast the programming of CBC Radio Two.  The proposed transmitter would operate at 99.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 790 watts.  CRTC Decision   The Commission also appoved application by the CBC to broadcast the programming of Radio One in Abbotsford at 101.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 67 watts.  Decision
  • 09/06/04 - As expected, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 has added Top 40 to its Urban format, identifying as Vancouver's Hit Music.
  • 09/05/04 - A void in the Vancouver market will be filled if The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 adds Top 40 to the mix of its current Urban format early this week.
  • 09/03/04 - The CRTC has approved the acquisition of CFAX AM 1070 and CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria by CHUM Limited from Seacoast Communications subject to two "conditions precedent".  Value of the transaction is $7.5 million.   CRTC Decision
  • 09/02/04 - Police arrested a 28 year old Seattle man and have identified another, believed to have been involved in an assault on radio personality Tom Leykis on August 23.  No charges have been filed and the arrested man has been released.  Seattle P-I  Seattle Times
  • 09/02/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications is selling $150 million in high yield debt.  Seattle Times  Fisher Release
  • 09/02/04 - Traditional broadcast radio is on its way out, or is it?  KVI AM 570 Seattle does some program shuffling.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/31/04 - The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria and Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver have announced that award winning reporter Moira McLean, from competitor CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, will join both stations as Legislative Reporter effective September 20.  This follows the acquisition by The New VI of news director Hudson Mack from CH earlier this month.  Broadcast Dialogue news
  • 08/30/04 - KAYO Country KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma General Manager Bill Bradley advises that the stations's new 41 kW transmitter at North Mountain is fully up and running with FCC authorization.  The new site is located at 620 meters HAAT at 47-19-12 123-20-41
  • 08/30/04 - The controversy continues over personnel changes at KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
  • 08/29/04 - In addition to Cancon, femcon is arriving on Canadian airwaves.  The CRTC appears to be exercising further controls on broadcast content.  An item written by Malcolm Parry in the Vancouver Sun Saturday (08/28) states, "The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has reportedly told campus radio stations -- including our town's CITR (CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver) -- that they have until Sept. 1 to establish feminine content of at least 30 per cent."
  • 09/29/04 - As reported below on 07/26/04, former Vancouver Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths starts Monday with a program on ongoing NHL owner/player negotiations on MOJO Sports Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver.  MOJO also adds Blake Price from TSN with The Blake Price Show weekdays 11-2 starting September 1, and on Mondays, starting September 13, Neil Macrae teams up with Bro' Jake Edwards for The Nooner 12:30-2 p.m.       
  • 08/27/04 - The Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron 12+ Summer '04 P1 book shows the ratings of the top stations little changed from Spring.  R&R details
  • 08/27/04 - Long time Vancouver Province political columnist Michael Smyth will host a new evening news program Nightline BC starting August 30th on CKNW AM 980.  The show will run weekdays from 7-9 p.m.  Meanwhile Saturday afternoon program UpClose with Dan Cook gets syndication into Toronto on the Corus Radio Network starting September 4.
  • 08/26/04 - Los Angeles-based Tom Leykis, who is heard locally on The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7, was assaulted in Seattle early Monday by an apparently disgruntled listener.  Hector Castro, Seattle P-I   Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 08/26/04 - Top 40 music charts, which used to be printed and given out at music stores, now are available only at some stations' websites, such as KISS 106.1 KBKS-FM Tacoma.   The feelings are mixed over the changes at KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/25/04 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application to move KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA.  ERP will be 25 kW at 97 meters HAAT non-directional at 47-11-13 121-54-11. FCC application  CP technical exhibit
  • 08/22/04 - Canada's medal count isn't very high, but CBC Television on CBUT/2 Vancouver gets gold for coverage of the Athens Olympics.  Jayda Evans, Seattle Times   
  • 08/19/04 - The hiring of veteran news director/anchor Hudson Mack by The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria should be a much needed boost for the struggling station.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/19/04 - Dissatisfaction grows over personality changes and classical format tweaking at KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/18/04 - All Access Music Group (subscription service) reports that former KUBE-FM 93.3 and KJR-FM 95.7 PD and current Clear Channel Seattle RVP, Bob Case has announced he will exit the company effective January 1, 2005.  He will increase focus on his own consultancy, starting this September.
  • 08/17/04 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver celebrates its 60th anniversary this Saturday, August 21st at the Pacific National Exhibition.  The party starts at the Pacific Coliseum at 5 p.m. with the Superdogs show and continues with a sampling of its 500 pound birthday cake at Festival Square, just west of the prize home.
  • 08/17/04 - Veteran CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria news anchor Hudson Mack has been lured away by The New VI CIVI-TV/53.   Mack joined the staff of CHEK-TV in 1985, continuing a broadcast career that began in the BC interior in 1980.  He was named Assistant News Director and primary evening news anchor in 1989 and has twice been named Most Popular Victoria Television Personality in polls done by Vancouver's TV Week magazine.  He will anchor his first newscast on October 11.  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 08/17/04 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are pressing Industry Canada to notify the FCC that authorization of AM IBOC transmissions, especially at night, will very likely result in harmful interference to Canadian signals and that such transmissions are not in accordance with current international and bi-lateral agreements.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/17/04 - CBC station CBUT/2 Vancouver is carrying Olympic Games events mostly live, while NBC on KING-TV/5 Seattle is delayed and HDTV on KING-DT/48 is abbreviated.  Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
  • 08/14/04 - The CBC has suspended all audio streaming between August 13 and 29, with the exception of special editions of some CBC Radio newscasts.  Corporation websites display the message, "Due to International Olympic Committee (IOC) restrictions regarding the online transmission of Olympic Games coverage, CBC.ca is prohibited from streaming any live or on-demand audio/video files that may include protected Olympic material.  CBC.ca will resume full streaming services on August 30th."
  • 08/12/04 - The FCC has granted application to increase power of KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma from 7.9 kW at 168 meters HAAT to 39 kW at 168.3 meters with location virtually unchanged at 47-18-14 122-23-43.
  • 08/12/04 - Thor Tolo makes the flip from sports talk in Pittsburgh to Live From Seattle on KGNW AM 820.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/10/04 - The ashes of former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news anchor Frank Fong, who died February 19 in Yellowknife NT, were part of the 9:53 p.m. warning shot which lit up the Vancouver sky during the final installment of the Celebration of Light fireworks display Saturday.
  • 08/10/04 - MOJO Sports Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver has agreed to long term deals for broadcast rights to the NHL All-Star Game, Westwood One NHL Game of the Week, NHL Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Also inked through 2007 is golf play by play of the Masters, British Open, US Open and PGA Championship.  Additionally, MOJO has locked up exclusive rights to the Canada/USA preliminary round match-up in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey in Montreal August 31.
  • 08/10/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports increased revenue has trimmed its second quarter loss.  Seattle P-I  Fisher news release
  • 08/09/04 - 1964-66 KJR Seattle jock Larry Lujack and another favorite of Northwest listeners, veteran NPR host Bob Edwards are among inductees to the 2004 Radio Hall of Fame.  RHOF Release
  • 08/05/04 - Traffic reporters turn into radio show hosts.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 08/03/04 - Reflecting on the memory of Seattle radio personality Alice Porter, who died Friday at age 44.  Bill Virgin, The P-I   Kyung M. Song, Seattle Times  Note, funeral service has changed to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W. Issaquah at 11 a.m. Thursday.
  • 08/02/04 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to the American Museum of Radio for a new low power FM station on 102.3 MHz in Bellingham.  The station will operate with an ERP of 100 watts at -47 meters HAAT at 48-45-5 122-28-44
  • 08/01/04 - Well known Seattle radio personality, Alice Porter died Friday morning at the age of 44 due to a sudden illness.  She began in radio at KSWB Seaside OR in 1975, moving to Eugene OR in 1978, KEZX-FM Seattle in 1982 and KLSY-FM, first as an afternoon traffic reporter in 1986, then becoming part of the morning team of Murdock, Hunter & Alice, who entertained Seattle up until December of last year.  MIX 92.5 KLSY-FM will air a tribute Monday morning.
  • 07/30/04 - Talk show host and wife of ex Vancouver Canucks GM Brian Burke, Jennifer Mather returns to CKNW AM 980 Vancouver at 12:20 p.m. on Monday, August 2nd after 7 months of maternity leave.   Meanwhile, 'NW is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a special celebration at 7 p.m. August 21 at the Pacific National Exhibition.
  • 07/30/04 - KAYO Country KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma General Manager Bill Bradley advises that studio transmitter links are being installed and testing will begin on the station's new 41 kW transmitter "any day now".  The new site is located at 620 meters HAAT at 47-19-12 123-20-41.  Further details to follow.
  • 07/30/04 - With three applications before the CRTC for new digital radio services in Canada and spotty reception of Digital Audio Broadcasting, particularly in the Vancouver market, Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. is restructuring and suspending its promotion of the technology.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/30/04 - Local NPR listeners who are lamenting the removal of Bob Edwards last March can get their fix on XM Satellite Radio starting October 4.  Jennifer Frey, Washington Post/Seattle Times
  • 07/30/04 - A closer look at the winners and losers in the Seattle-Tacoma ratings race.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/29/04 - KMPS-FM 94.1 strengthens its first place position, KRWM-FM 106.9 is second, KUBE-FM 93.3 is third, while KIRO AM 710 slips to a fourth place tie with KOMO AM 1000 in the Arbitron Spring '04 Seattle-Tacoma 12+ radio ratings.  Complete list from R&R
  • 07/29/04 - After 17 years, Tom Dahlstrom departs KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Changes start to occur prior to the planned sale of KNWX AM 1210 Seattle.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
  • 07/27/04 - XM Satellite Radio is adding "local" traffic and weather channels August 2nd for five more cities, including Seattle.  Radio Ink   XM details
  • 07/26/04 - With a possible National Hockey League lockout on the horizon, former Vancouver Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths will host a daily program on owner/player negotiations and the collective bargaining agreement, starting Monday August 30th from 10-11 a.m. on MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/24/04 - KHCV-TV/45 Seattle is reportedly off air again.  The station was dark for several days in late May due to a high voltage power supply failure.
  • 07/24/04 - "I leave you with one final warning. One way or another I will be back," said Dave Ross as he signed off his final show on KIRO AM 710.  A fixture on Seattle talk radio for nearly 17 years, Ross left the show less than two months before his name will appear on the ballot for the September 14th primary in the 8th Congressional District.  Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times
  • 07/24/04 - Members of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 827-M employed by CFCP Radio Ltd. Coast Radio have ratified a tentative agreement, voting over 85% in favour of a deal which includes an improvement to wage scales, general wage increases, shifting from a 40 to a 35-hour work week for on-air staff and improved severance and layoff language.  13 full-time and several part-time employees will be returning to work as soon as possible.

  • 07/23/04 - The CRTC has approved application by Aboriginal Voices Radio for an extension of the time limit to commence operations of a station in the Vancouver area.  This is AVR's third request.  CRTC Decision
  • 07/22/04 - The FCC now has granted the minor modification to its CP for KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma as noted in 07/21/04 below.
  • 07/22/04 - More on the plan by Clear Channel Radio to cut the number and length of commercials.  After stunting last week, KENU AM 1330 Enumclaw retains its techno and electronica music format, but rebrands as Pulse 1330. Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I   Meanwhile, Clear Channel announced today it will immediately begin an aggressive rollout of iBiquity digital broadcasting equipment to 1000 of the company’s stations.  Radio Ink
  • 07/21/04 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application by South Sound Broadcasting for a minor modification to its construction permit for KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma.  The application calls for a transmitter location change to an adjacent site at 47-19-12 N, 123-20-41 W, which differs by one second in latitude and longitude from the previously approved CP.  FCC Info
  • 07/21/04 - The CRTC has received an application for an ethnic radio station to serve Vancouver and has put out a call for further applications to be submitted prior to September 21, 2004.   CRTC Notice
  • 07/19/04 - Clear Channel Radio has announced, that effective January 1, 2005, it will place a “new and significantly lower ceiling” on the amount of commercial minutes played per hour across its radio group, as well as limits on the length of commercials in a spot break.  Clear Channel has two AM and two FM stations in the Seattle-Tacoma area and one of each in Centralia.  Radio Ink   Clear Channel Press Release
  • 07/18/04 - After previously announcing that major market radio ratings, including Seattle, would be designated "client exclusive" for the spring 2004 survey, Arbitron appears to have reversed its decision.  R&R News
  • 07/17/04 - Entercom Communications Corp. is selling KNWX AM 1210 Seattle to Bustos Media Corp. of Sacramento, which will convert it to Spanish-language programming.  Additionally, KTFH AM 1680 will flip to Spanish Monday morning.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/16/04 - A tentative agreement was reached late today between members of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 827-M and CFCP Radio Ltd. Coast Radio.   Details have not yet been released pending ratification of the agreement, expected early next week.  The 13 full-time and several part-time employees work at CFCP Courtenay, CFWB Campbell River, CHQB Powell River and CFNI Port Hardy.
  • 07/15/04 - Negotiators for unionized employees at Coast Radio and the employer are scheduled to sit down Friday morning with a conciliator in Courtenay.   Wages and benefits are the two outstanding issues.  There have been no talks between the parties since the employees rejected the company’s last offer in mid June and subsequently walked off the job July 5th.  The previous contract expired December 31st.
  • 07/15/04 - Bill Radke leaves KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle, along with his program Rewind, but he still will be heard on the station with his syndicated Weekend America.   KUOW also plans to stream a second channel to carry news and information later this month.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/14/04 - Infinity's refusal to agree to a new contract with ratings company Abitron, has resulted in news organizations being prohibited from offering 12+ quarterly data for 106 U.S. radio markets -- including Seattle.  R&R News
  • 07/14/04 - Striking workers at Coast Radio in Courtenay are asking advertisers to suspend their commercials during the duration of the work stoppage.  13 full time and some part time on-air and office staff members of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 827-M walked off the job early last week at the group of North Island stations in a dispute over wages.  Alli Vail, Comox Valley Record
  • 07/13/04 - Nick De Vogel, General Manager of KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island has called upon the public to come forward with assistance to the station, with the impending move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR.  In a press release today, he stated, "We are again saddened by the Federal Communications Commission’s latest decision, which is marred by contradictions and fallacies throughout."  KMIH press release
  • 07/13/04 - Nielsen Media Research Ltd. and BBM Canada have announced plans to merge their "people meter" electronic television systems to provide ratings for Vancouver and other Canadian cities.  However, advertisers are showing concern over the monopoly.  Keith McArthur, Globe and Mail
  • 07/09/04 - The FCC now has approved the allocation shuffle which moves and adds stations in SW WA and NW OR.  Part of it moves KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR north into the Seattle market with city of license at Covington.  This move will displace unprotected student-run Class D station KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island, unless another frequency can be found in a very tight spectrum.   A report that the station is studying the feasibility of moving to 87.9 MHz is denied by station management, who indicate that the FCC decision will be appealed.  FCC Report and Order
  • 07/09/04 - Jeff Smith has died at the age of 65 after an extended battle with heart disease.  He was the host of the Frugal Gourmet on PBS which he started at KTPS-TV/62 (now KBTC-TV/28) Tacoma.  AP/Seattle Times
  • 07/09/04 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle executives say that the Mariners' struggles won't necessarily translate into poorer ratings.  Jim Moore, Seattle P-I
  • 07/08/04 - The CRTC will hold a public hearing starting November 1 in Gatineau, Quebec to consider three applications to start a national multi-channel subscription radio service.  CRTC Info  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/08/04 - Long-time KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle personality Bill Radke is leaving the station for Los Angeles to be a host on the nationally syndicated program Public Radio Weekend.  Seattle P-I
  • 07/08/04 - 29 jobs have been cut at The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria.  Layoffs are across the board from management to reporters, resulting in the cancellation of several magazine shows.  106 employees remain after Wednesday's layoffs.  Kim Westad, Victoria Times Colonist                              
  • 07/08/04 - A pirate station is operating on FM 93.7 with an unusually big signal from Renton to Federal Way.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 07/07/04 - The CRTC has received application by the CBC to start a digital television station associated with CBUT/2 Vancouver.  It would operate from Mt. Seymour on channel 58 with an ERP of 30,500 watts at 615 meters. The application will be heard commencing September 7th in Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC Info
  • 07/07/04 - The CRTC has received application by Westwave Broadcasting Inc. to start a new FM station in Sechelt on 93.1 MHz with an ERP of 55,700 watts at 759 meters, with a proposed Pop Adult format.  The application will be heard commencing September 7th in Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC Info
  • 07/06/04 - Terrestrial radio, and particularly FM, is thriving in Canada despite Internet radio and music downloading.  Globe and Mail
  • 07/05/04 - 13 full time and some part time on-air and office staff members of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 827-M at the Coast Radio group of stations in Courtenay, Campbell River, Powell River and Port Hardy were poised to strike July 1st in a contract dispute.  North Island Weekender  Latest reports indicate that the staff has now walked off the job.
  • 07/05/04 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Dave Ross says he will leave the air July 23, just before the deadline to file as a candidate for Congress.   AP/Seattle P-I
  • 07/03/04 - KVI AM 570 talk-show host Bryan Suits has been wounded by mortar fire while serving with the National Guard in Iraq.   Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times  KOMO News Service
  • 07/02/04 - KCTS-TV/9 Seattle shows its first budgetary surplus in five years under President and Chief Executive Bill Mohler.  The station celebrates its 50th anniversary this December.   Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 07/01/04 - Musical accompaniment for Seattle's two Fourth of July fireworks displays will be carried on four stations.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/30/04 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 holds on to first place in the Seattle Arbitron Spring Phase II 12+ radio ratings, while News/Talk KIRO AM 710 moves back up to second, with AC KRWM-FM 106.9 third.  R&R details
  • 06/28/04 - Will a political win for popular talk show host Dave Ross mean a ratings loss for KIRO AM 710 Seattle?  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 06/26/04 - KSTW-TV/11 will return Monday with a 10 p.m. newscast from KIRO-TV/7 anchored by Kristy Lee and Steve Raible.  Seattle P-I
  • 06/25/04 - A ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has thrown out rules that would have allowed companies to own more television and radio stations in a single market.  But, the court also found the Federal Communications Commission was within its rights to repeal a blanket prohibition on companies owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same city.  Seth Sutel, AP/The P-I
  • 06/24/04 - Mountlake Terrace company Symetrix has seen a hot market for its broadcast delay equipment since the Super Bowl.  Conversely, KVI AM 570 issued an apology last week for over-zealous use of its delay system.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/23/04 - Western Washington winners have been announced at the 41st Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony.  Seattle P-I
  • 06/22/04 - Noncommercial indie-alternative station KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle is enjoying an ever increasing world wide listenership via the Internet.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 06/21/04 - Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced legislation to protect educational radio stations such as KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island from being displaced by larger stations.  The FCC set aside its previous decision to allow the move-in to the Seattle market of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR.  It is uncertain whether the FCC will allow KMIH to remain in operation or reissue the decision with technical changes.  Senator Cantwell release
  • 06/21/04 - The federal Conservative Party is getting more specific about its platform in the upcoming June 28 Canadian election by announcing that all of the CRTC's regulatory functions would be carried out by public servants within the Department of Canadian Heritage.   Sandra Martin, The Globe and Mail
  • 06/21/04 - A Seattle-based coalition of music industry professionals, radio broadcasters and consumer advocates will be presenting the Seattle Statement on Radio to the FCC in Portland on June 24.  The Seattle Statement, which emerged from the Fixing Radio Forum held in the city in February, calls for new ownership limits, expansion of noncommercial community radio (LPFM), and the prohibition of payola and monopolistic alliances between broadcasters and concert promoters.  Reclaim the Media info
  • 06/17/04 - KVI AM 570 Seattle bleeps Rush from Bush's MacDill Air Force Base speech.  David Postman, Seattle Times  Ken Schram, KOMO-TV commentary
  • 06/17/04 - The CRTC has approved in part, application by Focus Entertainment Group to defer certain required expenditures to Canadian talent development (CDT) as proposed in its original application for Vancouver's new Urban station The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5.   The Commission has required the licensee to make certain immediate payments and to make "catch-up" payments by the end of the fourth year of its seven-year term.   CRTC Decision
  • 06/17/04 - The "easy listening" format all but disappears.  Delilah stays at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9.  The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7 does some weekend program tweaking.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/13/04 - 130 Camera operators, reporters, engineers, promotions people and secretaries are poised to strike at 12:01 Monday morning at Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.   At issue is the right to fire reporters arbitrarily.  Reaon Ford, News1130
  • 06/11/04 - The head of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association says that TV producers and broadcasters would be devastated if a Conservative Party plan to radically reduce the role of the CRTC was put into effect.   The Conservative Party's candidate handbook says the regulator should be reduced to registering channels and an agreement negotiated with the U.S. to allow services such as HBO and Fox News into Canada.  Ian Jack, Financial Post  CFTPA Release
  • 06/10/04 - Ray Charles, who died this morning at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 73, conducted his own show on KING-TV while living in Seattle in 1950.  He also was a regular visitor to Vancouver and entertained on the Variety Club Telethon for several years.   Red Robinson website  Anthony Breznican, AP/Seattle P-I  Seattle Times photo gallery
  • 06/10/04 - If the Conservative Party wins the June 28th Canadian federal election, plans are to slash the role of the CRTC, which currently dictates that TV be at least 50% Canadian and radio stations play a minimum 35% domestic music.  Ian Jack, Financial Post
  • 06/10/04 - The FCC's order to set aside the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR is likely just to correct factual errors, leaving the fate of KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island still up in the air.   However, a spokesman for Senator Maria Cantwell says that legislation to protect stations like KMIH is still planned.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/10/04 - Political radio ads to heat up later this year. Seattle stations to broadcast memorials for former President Ronald Reagan on Friday.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/09/04 - The FCC has set aside the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR into the Seattle market.  The announcement followed proposed legislation by Senator Maria Cantwell to protect educational radio stations such as KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island, which would have had its frequency allotment displaced by KMCQ.  News of the impending move-in prompted a huge outcry by students and supporters of the Mercer Island High School station.  FCC document  Further info to follow... 
  • 06/09/04 - After 31 years with KIRO-TV/7, tonight will be the final broadcast for health reporter Micki Flowers.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I
  • 06/08/04 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle is actively trying to track down a late night caller, who identified himself as a University of Washington astronomy instructor, and gave false information about a meteorite hitting near Olympia.  Radio Ink
  • 06/04/04 - The CRTC has ruled that MOJO Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver breached the prohibition against the broadcast of abusive comment contained in the Radio Regulations and failed to meet a number of Canadian broadcasting policy objectives set out in the Broadcasting Act in its broadcast of the Tom Leykis Show on November 1, 2002.  The licensee, Corus Radio Company, will be required as part of its renewal on August 31, 2005, to provide a report on the measures and mechanisms in place to ensure that programming content adheres at all times to the Act and the Regulations.   CRTC Decision
  • 06/03/04 - With the upcoming Canadian federal election June 28th, JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 launched its own Vote JACK election signs.  But the City of Vancouver has ordered the signs removed.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/03/04 - KMPS-FM 94.1 retains first place, while KRWM-FM 106.9 has sole posession of second and KIRO AM 710 slips to third in the Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron Spring '04 Phase 1 radio ratings.  R&R details
  • 06/03/04 - Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), along with local radio, commemorate D-Day -- June 6, 1944.  Dave Ross' CBS Radio commentaries continue in other markets.  Could some Seattle radio stations change ownership in the future?  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 06/02/04 - Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 shuffles the anchor deck as Peter Alexander moves to NBC News.  Derek Wing will assume Alexander's weekend anchor position.   Seattle P-I
  • 06/01/04 - The Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA), at its regional meeting in Prince George, has presented awards for the best in electronic journalism in British Columbia in 2003.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/01/04 - The Royal Victoria Yacht Club has presented its annual Jim McVie - Humphrey Golby Memorial Award to CFAX AM 1070 Victoria for its many years of support for the annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/30/04 - Leslie Miller signs off her last newscast after six years as anchor at Q-13 KCPQ-TV/13 amid rumors that she will resurface at KIRO-TV/7.  Pamella Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 05/29/04 - As Senator Maria Cantwell announced proposed legislation to protect student-run station KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island, the FCC has given the nod to KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR to move to Covington, WA.  The move, which likely will be dalayed by appeals, also would involve frequency changes of several other WA and OR stations and result in the shut down of KMIH.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  FCC details
  • 05/28/04 - Senator Maria Cantwell today announced proposed legislation which would protect educational radio stations from the danger of having their frequencies taken by larger commercial or public radio stations. Cantwell spoke at Mercer Island High School, where student-run station X104 KMIH-FM 104.5 is threatened by a bid by KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles, OR to move into the Seattle market.  Cantwell’s bill would protect Class D stations, such as KMIH, by upgrading their licenses to Class A, giving them the same security enjoyed by larger stations.  reclaimthemedia.org  
  • 05/28/04 - Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 reporter and weekend anchor Peter Alexander is leaving Seattle to become a national correspondent for NBC News.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 05/28/04 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle went dark for several hours yesterday morning due to a power supply failure at its Lower Queen Anne building.  Seattle P-I
  • 05/27/04 - KHCV-TV/45 Seattle has been off air for a few days due to a rain water leak into a high voltage power supply.  The station is expected back this afternoon.
  • 05/27/04 - Delilah is expected to stay at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 after the switch to Premiere Radio Networks, but could end up moving to another station.  One of two substitute hosts has been named at KIRO AM 710.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/26/04 - News/talk CKNW AM 980 has regained its position as Top Dog in the BBM Spring '04 Vancouver 12+ radio ratings with a 14 share.  Down to second place, from first last Fall, is classic hits JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 with 10.4 and third is adult contemporary QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 with 9.5.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 05/26/04 - The BBM Spring '04 Victoria 12+ radio ratings show perennial leader news/talk CFAX AM 1070 in first place with a 13.3 share, A/C The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 moves up from third to a close second with 13.0 and active rock The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 slips to third with 11.7.  Puget Sound Radio details 
  • 05/26/04 - The syndicated AC night program Delilah, which originates in Seattle, is moving from Jones Radio Networks.  All Access Music Group (subscription service) reports that Delilah has signed with Premiere Radio Networks.   The program airs on several stations in the Northwest and others throughout the US and Canada.
  • 05/25/04 - Senator Maria Cantwell will be at Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center auditorium on Friday May 28th at 9:30 a.m. to show support for the ability of local educational radio stations such as X104 KMIH-FM 104.5 to continue broadcasting their signals.  Under existing FCC rules, ten educational stations nationwide, including KMIH-FM, are at risk of losing their broadcast frequencies to commercial operators.  Representatives of X104 and Mercer Island School District will be available to answer questions.
  • 05/22/04 - Despite growing concerns that it may violate U.S. federal election law, KIRO AM 710 Seattle station manager Ken Berry says that talk show host Dave Ross will remain on the air until late July, when he files paperwork to get on the ballot.  Chris McGann, Seattle P-I
  • 05/21/04 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Dave Ross has made it official by announcing he will run for Congress, but will remain on air until July.   Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times  AP/Seattle P-I
  • 05/20/04 - With recent clear weather conditions, some FM signals are traveling considerably further than they normally would.  This leads to speculation among some listeners that stations with FCC construction permits have made a power increase or transmitter relocation.  A case in point is KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma, which is scheduled to move further north and increase power from 12 to 41 kW.  General Manager Bill Bradley informs us that while construction of the new site is well under way, the station is still operating from its Capital Peak location WSW of Olympia.  Current site map  Future site map  FCC station data
  • 05/20/04 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Dori Monson negotiated an extended summer vacation into his contract...so that is what he is taking.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/15/04 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) has announced its 2003 Awards of Excellence, with Vancouver radio talk show host/TV news anchor Bill Good being named Broadcaster of the Year.  The awards were presented Friday at the Penticton Lakeside Resort Convention Centre.  Full awards list
  • 05/15/04 - Recently deposed Vancouver Canucks GM Brian Burke has been approached by CKNW AM 980 to do a sports talk show for the Corus Radio Group.  Vancouver Sun
  • 05/13/04 - The new five-year contract for Kent and Alan at Star 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle extends the longest one-station tenure for a morning show in the market.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 05/05/04 - Mid-morning KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Dave Ross is being courted to run for Congress as a Democrat in the suburban 8th District, which includes much of East and South King County and East Pierce County.  Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times  Kery Murakami, The P-I
  • 05/05/04 - Seattle media favorites Pat Cashman, Dick Curtis, Ichabod Caine and Steve Raible are among celebrities expected to attend the San Juan Island Golf Classic June 5th.  The event is hosted by legendary Seattle DJ Pat O'Day.  Red Robinson website info
  • 05/05/04 - The FCC has accepted for filing application by Bates Technical College to increase the effective radiated power of KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma from 7.9 kW to 39 kW.  The station was sold in March to Public Radio Capitol and entered into an agreement to broadcast the content of KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle.  FCC info
  • 05/03/04 - The 60 year old broadcast of the Jack Benny Show, which originated in Vancouver, and was aired last week by CKNW AM 980 can be heard at the CKNW Audio Vault until May 22.  Select "Fri. Apr. 23 12 a.m." and click on "GO".  The Media Player streamed program runs immediately following the midnight news.
  • 05/03/04 - TBN station KTBW-DT/14 Tacoma has returned to the air after about three weeks due to power failure damage to the station's digital transmitter.  It's analog signal on channel 20 was not affected by the outage.
  • 05/01/04 - Award winning broadcaster Bob Edwards signed off yesterday after nearly 25 years as host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition.  He has hosted the program, heard on several NPR stations in the Northwest, since its inception in 1979.  David Bauder, AP/Seattle P-I  NPR info and photos
  • 04/30/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. has reported a loss of $9.8 million compared with a loss in the year-ago period of $2.9 million.  Overall revenue has risen two percent and Fisher claims that it's loss from continuing operations actually declined from a year ago, if non-cash adjustments are removed from the equation.  Seattle P-I staff (2nd item)
  • 04/30/04 - As KMPS-FM 94.1 moves into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma Winter 2004 Arbitron 12+ ratings, KVI AM 570 has fallen from fifth last Spring to a current 22nd.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 04/29/04 - Seattle-Tacoma Winter 2004 Arbitron 12+ ratings put KMPS-FM 94.1 in front with a 6.0 share and KIRO AM 710 and KRWM-FM 106.9 tied for second with 5.5.  R&R details
  • 04/29/04 - The opening of bids for AM licenses earlier this year by the Federal Communications Commission has attracted numerous applications for stations in Northwest Washington.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/22/04 - Legendary Seattle morning radio personality Charlie Brown was honored with The Crystal Soundie for his contributions to broadcasting at last night's Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters Association (PSRBA) 2003 Soundie Awards presentation at the Red Lion Hotel.  Also on hand was his former KUBE-FM/KJR-FM sidekick Ty Flint.  The event was emceed by current KJR-FM morning personality Pat Cashman.  All entries must have aired between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003 in Washington state.   PSRBA awards list  
  • 04/22/04 - KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue celebrates its 30th (31st) anniversary with a fund raising concert May 7th at Seattle's Town Hall.  Since 1973 the station has grown from 100 watts to 8000.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/21/04 - One of the highlights of the 60th anniversary of CKNW AM 980 Vancouver will be the airing of the Jack Benny Program just after midnight Saturday morning, April 24. The program was originally broadcast live from Vancouver in 1944.  CKNW signed on April 1, 1944 in New Westminster with 250 watts at 1230 kHz, with daily broadcasts from the Hotel Windsor Building beginning on August 15.  CKNW history
  • 04/21/04 - After six years as the main news anchor at Q-13 KCPQ-TV/13 Tacoma, Ontario native and previous CFRN-TV/3 Edmonton anchor Leslie Miller is leaving the station.  The 10 p.m. slot will be filled by current morning anchor Christine Chen, who in turn will be replaced by Kerri Kazarba.  Seattle P-I
  • 04/21/04 - TBN station KTBW-DT/14 Tacoma has been off the air for about two weeks.  The station's digital transmitter was apparently damaged by a power failure and station officials have not been able to give a return to air date.  It's analog signal on channel 20 is not affected.
  • 04/19/04 - C89.5 KNHC-FM Seattle is now being monitored by Neilson Broadcast Data Systems (BDS).  Information is utilized exclusively by Billboard, Airplay Monitor and Canadian Music Network magazines in determining radio airplay music charts.  This gives the non-commercial educational high school station the same influence on the national dance charts as many commercial stations.  KNHC-FM is one of only seven dance stations being monitored.  Neilson BDS full list  Further BDS information
  • 04/16/04 - The CRTC has approved application by Trinity Lutheran Church for a very low-power FM religious station in Abbotsford.  The station will operate at 88.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 3.6 watts.  CRTC decision
  • 04/15/04 - The Seattle Seahawks have officially announced that Steve Raible will move from analyst to play-by-play and former CFL/NFL QB Warren Moon starts as analyst on KIRO-AM 710 live broadcasts.   José Miguel Romero, Seattle Times  Seahawks release
  • 04/15/04 - Three more Seattle area stations have joined KBKS-FM 106.1 by adding iBiquity HD transmissions.   They are KBSG-FM 97.3, KISW-FM 99.9 and KMTT-FM 103.7.  Additionally, KPLU-FM 88.5, KING-FM 98.1, KQBZ-FM 100.7 and KNDD-FM 107.7 are expected to turn on HD by the end of May as soon as necessary parts are available for the West Tiger Mountain master antenna.  HD car radios are now available from Kenwood and Panasonic, with more to follow.
  • 04/15/04 - Auto racing news and live events in increasing numbers have found their way onto KYCW AM 1090 Seattle, including the latest Northwest Race Talk.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 04/14/04 - Emmy award winning pioneer TV producer-writer-composer Norman Campbell died Monday in Toronto at the age of 80.  Born in Los Angeles, he joined CBC Vancouver as a radio producer in 1948.  Victoria Times Colonist  CBC Arts News
  • 04/13/04 - Viewers will get more programming choices following the announcement that Craig Media is selling its TV stations to CHUM Ltd.  CHUM operates Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver and The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria.  John McKay, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 04/09/04 - After suspending him in February, Clear Channel Communications has dropped Howard Stern from its stations, after the FCC yesterday proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against the nation's largest radio chain.  The program continues to air on Entercom's KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle.  Jonathon D. Salant, Associated Press:  Seattle P-I   Seattle Times
  • 04/08/04 - KCTS-TV/9 Seattle completes its most successful fund drive ever, then receives a $7 million loan from an anonymous local humanitarian to consolidate the station's debt.   Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 04/08/04 - Guitarist, actor and radio producer Steve Van Zandt's Little Steven's Underground Garage will begin airing at 10 p.m. Sundays starting April 18 on The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 Tacoma, with a Northwest-themed show likely to follow the debut.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I.  The program also runs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Rock 101 CFMI-FM Vancouver and Saturdays at 7 p.m on The Rocket KRQT-FM 107.1 Castle Rock/Longview.
  • 04/07/04 - Four veteran Vancouver area broadcasters are among eight to receive regional Lifetime Achievement Awards from RTNDA Canada.  They are news reporters Andy Walsh, J.J. Richards and George Garrett and TV producer Keith Bradbury.  After 53 years in radio, Walsh continues to anchor weekend mornings on News 1130 CKWX.  The awards will be presented this Spring in Prince George, B.C.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 04/07/04 - The CRTC has received applications from the CBC to operate stations in Abbotsford on 101.7 MHz with 316 watts and in Chilliwack on 99.9 with 790 watts.  Additionally, applications have been made by Hornby Community Radio Society for a 5 watt station on 91.5 to serve Hornby Island; by West Island Radio Enterprises for a 570 watt station on 90.1 in Tofino and by Wesley Shaw for a 27.15 watt station on 101.5 in Whistler.  Applications will be heard at public hearings starting June 7 in Gatineau, Quebec.  Application by CHUM to acquire the assets of the two Seacoast stations in Victoria also will be heard at that time.
  • 04/06/04 - Official call letters for Clear FM have changed from CKVX-FM to CKCL-FM 107.5 Chilliwack, CKCL-FM-1 92.5 Abbotsford and CKCL-FM-2 104.9 Vancouver.
  • 04/04/04 - KGHO AM 920 Olympia has changed call letters to KGTK and format from oldies to a simulcast of MegaTalk KITZ AM 1400 Silverdale.  Meanwhile KITZ has dropped G.Gordon Liddy and CNN Radio
    News
    in favor of Battle Line and USA Network News Monday through Friday.
  • 04/01/04 - KMPS-FM 94.1 pulls into first place, with KRWM-FM 106.9 second and KUBE-FM 93.3 third in the Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma Winter '04 P2 radio ratings.  R&R details
  • 03/31/04 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle supports changes being made by National Public Radio, which includes the removal of Bob Edwards as host of Morning Edition, but some other NPR stations have mixed feelings.  Lynette Clemetson, NY Times/Seattle P-I
  • 03/31/04 - Jimmy Pattison is dropping his lawsuit against Seacoast Communications over the sale of its two Victoria radio stations.   The decision clears the way for the sale of CFAX AM 1070 and B107.3 CHBE to CHUM Ltd. of Toronto, subject to CRTC approval.  Carla Wilson, Victoria Times-Colonist
  • 03/29/04 - The Radio-Television News Directors Association has named three Seattle TV newscasts for regional Edward R. Murrow awards.   Seattle P-I
  • 03/25/04 - The owners of CJAV AM 1240 Port Alberni have come to an agreement in principle with the owners of Central Island Broadcasting to purchase the shares of CJAV Ltd.  The sale is subject to CRTC approval.  Initial plans are to continue with the current staff and to move the station to the FM band.
  • 03/25/04 - The Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver has been awarded the play-by-play rights to the CFL BC Lions for the next three years.  Details to follow.
  • 03/25/04 - In Western WA, the following have been filed with the FCC since it opened up AM applications in January: 1520 Arlington 3 kW-D .5 kW-N; 1520 Sequim 50 kW-D 20 kW-N; 50 kW-D 10 kW-N Oak Harbor, Mt. Vernon, Port Angeles, Marysville, Everett, Sultan (ruled inelgible) Kingston (ruled inelgible), Monroe and Snohomish; Southsound Broadcasting 1060 Raymond 1 kW-D .5 kW-N, 1350 Raymond 1 kW-D .3 kW-N,  and 1500 Oakville .5 kW-D .25 kW-N; Jodesha Broadcasting 1140 Aberdeen 1 kW-D 1 kW-N and 1260 Aberdeen 1 kW-D 1 kW-N; 1120 Yelm 5 kW-D 5 kW-N; KRIZ 1120 Sumner .25 kW-D .65 kW-N.  Many of the same frequencies have been applied for in Eastern WA and OR.
  • 03/25/04 - Quarterback Warren Moon, who led the CFL Edmonton Eskimos to five consecutive Grey Cup titles and played for four different NFL teams, including two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, is speculated to become the analyst beside new Seahawks play-by-play announcer Steve Raible.  John Levesque, The P-I
  • 03/25/04 - Air America Radio launches liberal leaning talk next Wednesday in the larger US markets, but Seattle isn't in the initial plan.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/24/04 - Seahawks play-by-play broadcaster Brian Davis won't be returning after four years at KIRO-AM 710 Seattle. Clare Farnsworth, The P-I  Meanwhile, veteran radio/TV sportscaster and columnist John McKeachie has been signed for a.m. drive at MOJO Sports Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver, moving from rival The Team CKST AM 1040.  "McKeach" starts at MOJO in late April.
  • 03/24/04 - Award winning broadcaster Bob Edwards is leaving National Public Radio's Morning Edition at the end of April.  He has hosted the program, heard on several NPR stations in the Northwest, since its inception in 1979. NPR News  Seattle P-I  David Bauder/Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 03/19/04 - The CRTC has approved applications by OK Radio Group for digital stations associated with CKKQ-FM 100.3 and CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria.  Transmitters will be located on Malahat Ridge, north of Victoria and operate with 2000 watts on DAB channel 12 at 1,472.000 MHz.  CRTC decisions:  CKKQ-FM  CJZN-FM
  • 03/18/04 - Seattle should have half a dozen FM stations broadcasting IBiquity HD Radio by the end of April.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/13/04 - After restructuring and cutting debt, Fisher Communications predicts a move back into profitability in 2004.  Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 03/12/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reported a fourth quarter profit due to the sale of two Georgia television stations and two Portland radio stations.  Seattle P-I  Seattle Times
  • 03/12/04 - Funeral arrangements have been announced for CAB Hall of Fame Engineer Stan Davis, who died Friday, March 5th in North Vancouver.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 20th at 2 p,m. at the Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver.  A celebration of life will be held immediately following the memorial service at the Holiday Inn, 700 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver from 3 to 6 p.m.  Canada.com Obituary
  • 03/11/04 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KGHO AM 920 Olympia from Spencer Broadcasting LP to KITZ Radio Inc.
  • 03/11/04 - 87 year old KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes play-by-play sportscaster Bill O'Mara (01/14/04 and 01/29/04 below) is featured in this week's Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/10/04 - KCTS-TV/9 Seattle chief Bill Mohler says that the station's debt could be resolved by selling its Seattle Center headquarters.  Pamela Sitt and Kay McFadden, Seattle Times
  • 03/09/04 - The 12-year ratings reign of NBC affiliate KING-TV/5 Seattle now dominates the market to a degree unrivaled by any other station in the country.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 03/09/04 - KCTS-TV/9 Seattle faces sanctions from the Public Broadcasting Service, as it has until next month to come up with $3.8 million in back dues.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I   Meanwhile, President and CEO William Mohler is making changes to improve the station's financial position.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 03/08/04 - Engineer Stan Davis, who was responsible for the construction of many of BC's radio stations, died over the weekend at the age of 77.   He began his career as a technician at CKMO Vancouver (now CFUN) in 1947 and assisted in the construction of BC's first 50 kW station in 1957, CKWX.  Further details to follow.  Canadian Communications Foundation biography and photo.
  • 03/05/04 - JR Country CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver has been named Country Station of the Year and Z95 3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver CHR Station of the Year (flipped to AC March 1) by Canadian Music Week.  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 03/04/04 - In a close three-way race, KRWM-FM 106.9 moves into first place with a 5.7 share, KMPS-FM 94.1 is second with 5.6 and KIRO AM 710 is third with 5.5 in the Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma Winter '04 P1 radio ratings.  R&R details
  • 03/04/04 - To compete with local broadcasters, both Sirius and XM satellite radio plan to launch traffic and weather reports for the Seattle area in the near future.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/02/04 - Will JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 lose a little and The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 gain a little, with the shift to Hot AC by Z95 3 CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver?  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 03/02/04 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle is taking over operation of KBTC-FM 91.7 Tacoma.  Bates Technical College is selling KBTC to Denver-based Public Radio Capital, which will lease the station to KEXP.   Beginning Monday March 8, it will change calls to KXOT-FM and flip its classic rock format to KEXP's mix of independent rock, world music, blues, Americana and public affairs programming.  Bill Virgin, The P-I  KEXP Release
  • 03/01/04 - Seacoast Communications Group owner Mel Cooper claims that Pattison Industries has no right of first refusal in the sale of its two Victoria stations.  A court date will likely be set for April.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/01/04 - CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver re-launched at 6 this morning as Z95 3 Your Music Your Z with the Best of the 80s, 90s and Now.  Artists include Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, U2, Pink, Nickelback, Matchbox Twenty and No Doubt, as well as a "deep playlist of both new and old surprises".  The station in its Top 40 form came to an end at midnight Thursday.  Station presentation
  • 02/28/04 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has laid off five people, including two on-air hosts.  Seattle P-I
  • 02/26/04 - CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver is playing an uninterrupted stream of hit music from its 13 year history as it prepares for a new format.   The station's website is displaying "The new era of Z begins Monday morning".  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 02/26/04 - Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. has filed a lawsuit against Seacoast Communications Group Inc., owner Mel Cooper and CHUM Ltd. for breech of agreement in the sale of its Victoria radio stations.  Pattison Industries claims that it has the right of first refusal of Seacoast's stations stemming from an agreement made in December 1997.  02/27 Update: Peter Kennedy, The Globe and Mail
  • 02/26/04 - Western Washington's "only totally independent radio station" KSER-FM 90.7 Everett has moved to new studios in its official city of license.  Eric Fetters, HeraldNet
  • 02/26/04 - The broadcast indecency controversy is having an impact on national and local broadcasting as Clear Channel Communications establishes a "zero tolerance policy".  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/23/04 - The FCC has accepted for filing, construction permit application by Pamplin Broadcasting for a new station on 740 kHz in Redmond.   The application is for 50 kW day, 4.5 kW night at 47-39-54 121-54-11.
  • 02/22/04 - A celebration of life has been announced for former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news anchor Frank Fong, who died February 19 in Yellowknife NT.  It will be held Tuesday February 24 at 1:00 p.m. at Assman's Funeral Chapel in Prince George.  Canada.com obituary  CJCD-FM Yellowknife tribute
  • 02/19/04 - Frank Fong, former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news anchor and editor from 1994 to 2001, died this morning at age 36.  He died of complications following a heart transplant performed almost a decade ago.  Also known as Robert Douglas, he worked as a DJ in Prince George starting in 1985 and more recently was News Director of CJCD-FM in Yellowknife NT.  John Ashbridge, CKNW   CJCD Profile
  • 02/19/04 - Call your favorite Seattle station and ask for Bruce Murdock by name. Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/18/04 - A closer look at the rationale behind the format switch to all-sports by MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver.  William Houston, The Globe and Mail
  • 02/18/04 - CBC Radio One Victoria CBCV-FM 90.5 to originate more programming starting in September.  Victoria Times Colonist  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 02/13/04 - No-name jock to assume morning drive at The End KNDD-FM 107.7.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 02/12/04 - Funeral services have been announced for Russ Simpson, who died January 29th, just a few hours short of his 65th birthday.   Services will be held at St. Stephen's United Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach, BC at 1:30 p.m. Saturday February 21.  There will also be a tribute to Russ by fellow broadcasters and members of the music and advertising industries planned for March 2004 in Vancouver.  Photo
  • 02/12/04 - The controversy heats up on indecent programming.   Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/10/04 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 and K-Rock KRQI-FM 96.5 battle it out in the classic alternative arena to the end.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 02/08/04 - Vancouver's newest all sports station MOJO CHMJ AM 730 has already begun making offers to management and on-air personnel of established sports station The Team CKST AM 1040, as it comes out of the gate leaning on ESPN programming.  Lowell Ullrich, The Province
  • 02/07/04 - Claudine Grant and Paul Myers will be leaving the station and Bill Courage will be reassigned, as MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver moves from "guy talk" to sports talk.  The city now will have two all sports stations, with The Team CKST AM 1040 indicating it will meet the competition without a format change.  Michael McCullough, Vancouver Sun
  • 02/05/04 - The FCC has granted application by KWDK-DT/42 Tacoma for an extension of time to complete construction of its new digital TV station.   Extensions are typically given for a period of six months.
  • 02/05/04 - KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle eases toward classic rock.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/03/04 - New York Vinnie, KIRO AM 710 Seattle afternoon sports anchor and The Seahawks Weekly Huddle and Hawktalk co-host has been signed to another three years by the station.
  • 02/01/04 - After 13 years of broadcasting from studios north of Lynnwood, KSER-FM 90.7 Everett finally comes home to its city of license.  Julie Muhlstein, HeraldNet  February 7 open house info
  • 01/30/04 - "We felt it was time for Victoria to have this kind of format," said Kim Hesketh, vice-president and market manager for CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria, now JACK FM.  Yesterday's 4 p.m. format switch started off with ZZ Top's Sharp-Dressed Man.  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 01/30/04 - The CRTC has approved application by CTV Television to operate a digital TV station to broadcast the programming of CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  The new station will transmit from Mt. Seymour on channel 33 with an effective radiated power of 319 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 01/30/04 - The CRTC has denied application by Terry Robert Fleming for a low-powered contemporary Christian station in Campbell River.  CRTC Decision  
  • 01/30/04 - Well known Vancouver Top 40 DJ Russ Simpson passed away yesterday afternoon after a lengthy illness.  He started his radio career at CHOV Pembroke ON in 1958 and worked his way up to CKEY Toronto from 1960-64.   Probably best known in this area for his afternoon drive show at CKLG from 1964-67, he also hosted CHAN-TV's Windfall.  After a few more years back east, he returned to host mid mornings at CKLG during 1971-72 and later went on to sales at the station in 1974.
  • 01/29/04 - Banking on the success of Vancouver's JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9, Rogers Radio has flipped Hot 103 CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria to another JACK, a virtual clone of its Vancouver brother.  streamed audio 
  • 01/29/04 - The words "work" and "retirement" are not in the vocabulary of 87 year old Bill O'Mara or 82 year old Lynn "Buck" Compton, as they provide sports and political commentary to listeners of KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes.  Elain Wilson, Anacortes American
  • 01/29/04 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson speaks out against government control of content on Canadian airwaves.  Red Robinson website
  • 01/29/04 - FCC obscenity fines have increased dramatically since one was imposed on a Seattle morning show a few years ago.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/26/04 - KBCB-TV/24 Bellingham has upped its power.   Reports of fairly strong reception have been coming in from North Vancouver to the south end of Seattle.  The station has a CP to increase power from 43.7 to 3090 kW.
  • 01/26/04 - CHUM Limited has announced the purchase of CFAX AM 1070 and B107.3 CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria, along with the assets of Seacoast Communication's music production company for $8 million.  Current owner Mel Cooper will continue to work as chair of community affairs for the next 3 years.  CHUM Release   Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 01/22/04 - The winners, the losers and some of the specifics in the Seattle-Tacoma fall 2003 book.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/20/04 - KIRO AM 710, KMPS-FM 94.1 and KUBE-FM 93.3 respectively hold down the first three spots in the fall 2003 12+ Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron ratings.  KOMO-AM 1000, which was first in the summer book, slid down to ninth place.  R&R info
  • 01/20/04 - Fall 2003 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings are scheduled for release at 2 p.m. PT today.  R&R info
  • 01/18/04 - Correction to the item directly below:  On January 22, BCIT campus station CFML-FM celebrates its 22nd anniversary of being fed on cable in the Vancouver area, with a new website.  Siting of the transmitter is still in the approval stage with the owners of a building in South Burnaby.  Actual on-air date is not yet set.
  • 01/17/04 - After 22 years of serving the British Columbia Institute of Technology campus via carrier current and later on cable in the Vancouver area, CFML-FM Burnaby officially launches on-air at 107.9 January 22.  The station, now billing itself as Burnaby's Best Mix, received official approval from the CRTC on December 19, 2003.
  • 01/16/04 - Mornings still remain open, but The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has returned with Jennifer White middays, DJ No Name on p.m. drive and Harms in the evening.  The station had been running jockless since its flip to classic alternative on December 18.
  • 01/15/04 - After a format switch to AC/smooth jazz three weeks ago, Clear FM CKVX-FM 104.9 Vancouver has decided on the bulk of its on-air staff.  David Larsen, Robin Farrell and Tammy Moyer are assigned to mornings, Zack Spencer hosts mid-days and Colleen Troy handles 3 to 8 p.m.
  • 01/15/04 - Oldies stations are mixing in newer music.  When KGHO AM 920 Olympia gets new ownership approval from the FCC, call letters will change and format will move to talk.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/14/04 - Who says senior radio people lose their frequency?  Legendary northwest sportscaster and KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes Sports Director Bill O'Mara celebrated his 87th birthday on Monday, January 5th. The following day, he did play-by-play for a high school basketball game.  He still does regular sports updates for the station throughout each broadcast day, as well as play-by-play for high school basketball and football.
  • 01/12/04 - Industry executives expect more format changes to classic alternative in the coming years.   Of two stations which have already made the move, The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle and 99X WNNX-FM 99.7 Atlanta, Radio & Records columnist Max Tolkoff says, "For them to shift in this direction is like the shot heard 'round the world".  Chris Nelson, New York Times
  • 01/12/04 - Following a format tune-up just days ago, The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver makes some major on-air changes.  Neil Morrison, aka Brother Bill, starts middays from The Edge CFNY-FM 102.1 Toronto; Karen K returns to join Todd Hancock on p.m. drive; former p.m. drive host at X-FM (now Clear FM) CKVX-FM 104.9, Danger hosts evenings, including Tuesday's Indie Night in Canada.
  • 01/12/04 - It Was All Just Rock-’n’-Roll II: A Return to the Center of the Radio & Concert Universe by legendary Seattle DJ Pat O'Day has been released.  This is a revised printing of the original, which quickly sold out after its release in November 2002.  A book-signing event will be held at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall on Sunday, January 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Pat O'Day release  Reel Radio 1986 KJR audio clip
  • 01/11/04 - R&R Online reports that the sale price of KGHO AM 920 Olympia is $300,000.  R&R details
  • 01/09/04 - Beginning at 3 p.m. today, Vancouver Corus stations CFOX-FM 99.3 and CFMI-FM 101.1 start positioning themselves with IF IT ROCKS - IT'S ON THE FOX! and CLASSIC ROCK 101 - NOW PLAYING THE GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL OF ALL TIME.  More details from Puget Sound Radio
  • 01/09/04 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application to assign the license of KGHO AM 920 Olympia from Spencer Broadcasting LP to KITZ Radio Inc.
  • 01/09/04 - Format flip stability and the past year in Seattle radio.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/07/04 - Digital radios developed by iBiquity go on sale in the U.S. today with Seattle availability planned soon.  Amy Lorentzen, The P-I
  • 01/01/04 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle is shuffling some of its programming to group music shows into Saturday and Sunday evenings; Murdock, Hunter and Alice may resurface together in Seattle after January 31; FCC site confirms new calls for K-ROCK 96.5 Seattle as KRQI-FM.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I

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