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  • 12/31/05 - The Reverend Art Hives died December 15 in Victoria at the age of 80.  He hosted a Saturday afternoon jazz program on CKMO Vancouver from 1947 to the early 1950s, narrated CBC-TV Vancouver productions Skidrow in 1956 and The Heart of the Thing in 1962 and hosted meditation interludes on CFMI-FM Vancouver in the 1970s.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church at 37th & Larch in Vancouver.   Sun/Province obituary
  • 12/30/05 - Legendary KJR, KOL and KYYX-FM Seattle DJ Lan Roberts died this morning in Bonham TX from complications associated with lung cancer.  Following his Seattle gigs, he jocked in Honolulu, Taipei and San Francisco.  He is survived by his daughter Jodi Lipford Smith and her husband Stan, who host mornings at Miss 98 WWMS-FM 97.5 Oxford (Tupelo) MS.  Lan Roberts' website   Background/audio  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/29/05 - Seattle radio 2005 = Howard, Jack, Wolf and regional Mexican.  Erin Hart and Turi Ryder fill in for the departed Mike Webb at KIRO AM 710.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/28/05 - An advance copy of the January 2006 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 12/28/05 - The Mike Webb blog indicates that the KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host has exited the station.  Webb has been off his show since last week, after being charged with insurance fraud (Seattle Times 12/22/05 link below).  Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times.  Meanwhile, Adam Carolla moves to mornings at The End KNDD-FM 107.7 starting January 3.
  • 12/23/05 - South Asian Broadcasting's new Vancouver FM station has started transmitter testing on 93.1, identifying as CKYE, Red FM coming soon.  The station's website lists the call letters as CFMW-FM, however the Industry Canada database confirms the CKYE-FM calls.
  • 12/22/05 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Mike Webb has pleaded not guilty to filing a fraudulent insurance claim.  Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times
  • 12/22/05 - The most played songs and KIXI AM 880 is added to the HD-2 digital channel of sister station Warm 106.9 KRWM-FM.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/21/05 - The CRTC has approved application by South Asian Broadcasting Corporation Inc. to increase the average ERP from 2,800 to 4,200 and decrease the HAAT of its newly licensed Vancouver ethnic FM station CFMW-FM 93.1.  CRTC details    Meanwhile the Commission has received application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to increase ERP from 720 to 17,700 watts and decrease HAAT to 99.6 meters of its channel 21 Victoria rebroadcaster of OMNI.10 CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley.  CRTC details
  • 12/17/05 - At a midtown Manhattan party, Howard Stern, carried locally on KISW-FM 99.9, hosted his last show Friday on terrestrial radio.  KISW will carry a Seattle-based show hosted by BJ Shea starting January 3.   Larry McShane, AP/Seattle P-I
  • 12/15/05 - Country music and the stations playing it are enjoying a revival.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/13/05 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications is spending $20.3 million to acquire four Spanish-language television stations in other markets.  Josh Goodman, Seattle Times
  • 12/12/05 - CBUT-DT/58 Vancouver began testing its new digital transmitter at noon today with regular transmission sheduled to begin in two weeks.  Photos can be viewed at Digital Home Forums.
  • 12/12/05 - Former KIRO-TV/7 Seattle show host Jeff Probst signs a new multi year contract as host of Survivor.  Seattle P-I
  • 12/09/05 - CBUT-DT/58 Vancouver is scheduled to begin testing its new digital transmitter Monday, December 12. Regular transmission should begin within two weeks.  Authorized power is 30,500 watts at 616 meters HAAT from the CBC's Mount Seymour tower at 49-21-12 122-57-18.
  • 12/08/05 - Holiday radio specials begin on Seattle airwaves.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/07/05 - The success of KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle is hampered by tightening finances as it drops programming from KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma.  Nina Shapiro, Seattle Weekly
  • 12/07/05 - A strategic industry alliance has been announced to roll out HD radio, which now is being broadcast by more than a dozen Seattle-Tacoma FM stations.  Radio Ink
  • 12/05/05 - Vancouver Fall 2005 BBM 12+ ratings have been released.  News/talk CKNW AM 980 increases its lead with a 14.8 share, AC QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 8.8 and Jack CKLG-FM 96.9 is third with 7.3.  Of note is CBC Radio One, which dropped considerably in both Vancouver and Victoria.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 12/05/05 - Victoria Fall 2005 BBM 12+ ratings have been released.  News/talk CFAX AM 1070 increases its lead with a 16.7 share, The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 12.4 and Jack CHTT-FM 103.1 is third with 8.1.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 12/05/05 - More changes are expected at KTTH AM 770 Seattle as morning host Mike Siegel departs.   Seattle P-I
  • 12/05/05 - Despite takeover rumors, Jim Waters says there are no plans to sell CHUM Ltd. after the death this weekend of his father Allan Waters.  CHUM owns seven radio and TV stations in Vancouver and Victoria.  Grant Robertson, The Globe & Mail
  • 12/04/05 - Fortunes are looking up at classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle under the program direction of KING-FM guy Bryan Lowe.  Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
  • 12/03/05 - The transmitter for The Wolf KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle underwent some engineering adjustments yesterday to restore high frequency response, which had been rolled off to accomodate its previous talk format.
  • 12/03/05 - Canadian broadcast pioneer Allan Waters died early this morning in hospital in Toronto.  Waters, the founder of CHUM Ltd. was 84.  He began his career in 1954 with the purchase of CHUM radio in Toronto, which grew to 33 radio, 12 TV and 21 specialty channels, including CFUN, CKST, CHQM-FM and CKVU-TV Vancouver and CFAX, CHBE-FM and CIVI-TV Victoria.  The Globe & Mail
  • 12/02/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Corporation for an extension of the time limit to Dec. 3, 2006 to start operation of its new Victoria rebroadcaster of CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver.  The new Victoria station is to operate on channel 29 with an ERP of 3300 watts.  CRTC decision  The Commission also has approved application by B.C.I.T. Radio Society for an extension to June 30, 2006 to start operation of its new campus station in Burnaby to operate on 107.9 MHz with an ERP of 12 watts.  CRTC decision
  • 12/01/05 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle is taking HD radio multicasting to new levels by running three HD program streams, all of them talk programming.  This is in addition to the station's regular analog FM signal.  On multicasting-ready HD radios, the streams read out as KUOW-HD1, KUOW-HD2 or KUOW-HD3.
  • 12/01/05 - Canada's Yodeling Cowboy Eric Edwards, aka Alberta Slim died November 25th in Surrey BC at the age of 95.  He performed at stations in Regina and Saskatoon in the thirties and forties before landing a morning gig at CKNW New Westminster in 1947.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 12/01/05 - Entercom Seattle has applied for call letters KKWF-FM for The Wolf to replace KQBZ-FM, with jocks to be announced in January.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/30/05 - After a monotonous countdown for several hours, The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle became The Wolf at noon with a Country format and 10,000 songs commercial free.
  • 11/30/05 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle has announced that BJ Shea will replace Howard Stern mornings, beginning January 3.  Ricker moves up to mid-days and The Men's Room moves from The Buzz KQBZ-FM 100.7 to afternoon drive.   Meanwhile, KQBZ-FM 100.7 continues stunting, which started earlier this morning, with a countdown to 12 noon.  At that time it is scheduled to flip to Country as The Wolf.  Lisa Wood Blog details
  • 11/30/05 - U.S. analog TV transmitters will go dark in 2009 with subsidies available for converters.  Charles Pope, Seattle P-I
  • 11/29/05 - A live press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 at 11 a.m. to announce the replacement for Howard Stern on KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle.
  • 11/28/05 - Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron Fall '05 P1 ratings have been released.  R&R details
  • 11/26/05 - Clear Channel is now multicasting the HD digital signals of KUBE-FM 93.3 and KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  KUBE-FM HD2 is carrying a jukebox-type music feed and KJR-FM HD2 is simulcasting KJR AM 950.
  • 11/25/05 - Reports have been received that newscasters Mike Cleaver and Drew Snider have been released from Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  Cleaver had anchored news at prominent stations such as CHUM, CFRB and CFTR in Toronto prior to starting with 'NW in 2001.   Snider had hosted and anchored at several stations in western Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria, before joining the station in 2004.
  • 11/25/05 - An advance copy of the December 2005 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 11/24/05 - Actor and movie reviewer John Procaccino fills in, as KIRO AM 710 Seattle looks for a replacement mid-morning host.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/21/05 - Vancouver-based Global National anchor Kevin Newman has won as Best News Anchor at the 20th Annual Gemini Awards.  Previously, Newman spent seven years as host and reporter at ABC New York.  Broadcaster Magazine  Melissa Leong, National Post
  • 11/17/05 - The Radio Research Consortium puts KUOW-FM 94.9 the second highest rated station in the Seattle-Tacoma radio market.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/16//05 - Bob Gibbons died November 13th at his home in suburban Victoria at age 62.  He was a radio announcer for 30 years at CJCA Edmonton during the 1960s and in Calgary, Saint John NB, Winnipeg, Montreal, North Bay, and CKDA Victoria.  Times-Colonist obituary
  • 11/12/05 - Legendary Vancouver DJ Red Robinson has begun writing a series of articles in the Vancouver Sun, saluting local entertainers featured on the Starwalk on Granville Street.  Red's first column features promoter, talent agent and broadcaster Bruce Allen.  Red Robinson, Vancouver Sun  Broadcasters Norm Grohmann and Dave McCormick were among twelve inducted yesterday into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.
  • 11/10/05 - Broadcasts of next season's Sonics basketball and University of Washington football and basketball games are still undecided.  Christmas music is on the horizon.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/09/05 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Venture Technologies Group LLC for a new low-power TV station on channel 38 in Bellingham.  K38JH will operate with a power of 30 kW at 48-40-45 122-50-31.
  • 11/08/05 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. reports a smaller Q3 loss, but with a revenue decrease of four percent.  Seattle P-I
  • 11/08/05 - Kathi Goertzen returns to KOMO-TV/4 Seattle after brain tumor surgery.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 11/08/05 - Call letters for South Asian Broadcasting Corporation's new ethnic station in Vancouver will be CFMW-FM 93.1.  The station, which is currently hiring, received CRTC approval on July 21, 2005.
  • 11/07/05 - Canada's commercial radio stations are fighting a multimillion-dollar decision by the federal copyright regulator to increase the amount broadcasters must pay musicians for the right to play their songs.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail
  • 11/04/05 - Management has been shuffled and two positions have been cut at KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle in addition to programming ending on KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma.  No announcement has been made on what will replace its signal on 91.7.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/04/05 - The FCC has granted application by EBC Seattle Inc. to move KUSE-LP/58 to channel 30 with an increase in power to 125 kW.  Transmitter location is unchanged at 47-36-17 122-19-16
  • 11/04/05 - The FCC has granted involuntary transfer of control of KBRD AM 680 and KLDY AM 1280 Lacey from Skip Marrow to Norma Jean Hissong.  The previous owner of the stations, Skip Marrow died March 13th 2005 at age 68 after a two year battle with lung cancer.
  • 11/03/05 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle will cease programming on KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma at the end of the year.   KXOT-FM has been carrying the signal since March 2004.  KEXP release
  • 11/03/05 - Former KING-TV/5 Seattle anchor Aaron Brown leaves CNN.  David Bauder, AP/Seattle Times
  • 11/03/05 - Classic Country has returned to Seattle on KMPS-FM 94.1 digital HD2, while other HD broadcasters ponder programming for their second digital channels.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  Meanwhile, a new add-on HD receiver to integrate with existing car radios is expected next year.  Ken Tucker, Billboard Radio Monitor
  • 11/02/05 - Based in Vancouver, CBC Radio 3 will operate as a 24-hour music station that plays independent Canadian artists across all genres, from rock and hip-hop to electronica and alt-country.  It will be available to satellite subscribers across North America when Sirius Canada begins offering its services next month.  Alexandra Gill, The Globe and Mail
  • 11/01/05 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and Island Radio Ltd. have announced that Island Radio Ltd. of Nanaimo has agreed to sell its six radio stations (and related assets) to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Paul Larsen will continue to lead the Island Radio team and all of Island Radio’s staff members will be offered positions with the Pattison Group.  The sale is subject to CRTC approval.  Island Radio release
  • 11/01/05 - CBC Radio One is revamping its afternoon programming starting Monday with more pop music and news updates and Freestyle, a new prerush-hour show broadcast nationally from Vancouver.  Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail
  • 10/28/05 - Bwana Johnny aka Richard Johnson died this morning in Seattle at age 56 after a prolonged bout with congestive heart failure.   He was the morning host at KJR in the late 1960s and returned to host evenings as Father Duffy in 1974-75.  1970 WSAI Cincinnati air check from reelradio.com  Photo courtesy Danny Holiday
  • 10/27/05 - A judge has upheld his earlier ruling that required talk-show hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson to report their on-air support for Initiative 912 as campaign contributions.  Chris McGann, Seattle P-I
  • 10/27/05 - Morning co-host Mike West has moved up through the ranks to interview Paul McCartney.  Howard Stern on KISW-FM 99.9 will be replaced by a local show, yet to be announced.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/26/05 - An advance copy of the November 2005 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 10/26/05 - Three Infinity owned FM stations in the Seattle area, KMPS-FM 94.1, KZOK-FM 102.5 and KBKS-FM 106.1, are the latest to add a second channel of HD Radio.  Country KMPS adds Classic Country to HD-2 and Classic Rock KZOK has added the programming of Progressive Talk KPTK AM 1090 to its HD-2 channel.  The stations join KPLU-FM 88.5 and KUOW-FM 94.9, which are already airing two channels of HD.
  • 10/24/05 - CBC Radio 3 personality Alexis Mazurin died Thursday evening (October 20) in Vancouver at the age of 27.  He had been attending the annual Burning Man art festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert in early September when he suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep.  The Penticton BC born Mazurin was rushed to hospital in Reno where he fell into a coma, then was transferred to Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital in mid-September.  CBC News
  • 10/23/05 - The new owner, Vista Broadcast Group has shuffled formats of CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay to Jet FM - The Island's Best Rock, with its previous Magic FM adult favourites format moving across the water to CHQB AM 1280 Powell River.  Beth Scott, Comox Valley Record
  • 10/22/05 - With active members across the country, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle appears to be doing a lot of things right.  Gene Johnson, AP/Seattle P-I
  • 10/22/05 - A closer analysis of the Seattle-Tacoma Summer 05 ratings...Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 10/21/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 slips slightly, but retains first place in the Arbitron 12+ Summer '05 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  R&R details
  • 10/21/05 - B.C. journalists were honored at the 19th annual Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver last night.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/20/05 - All radio licenses in Washington expire February 2, 2006 and now is the time for public comment.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/18/05 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has announced its 2005 Broadcast Hall of Fame inductees.  The list includes three local broadcasters -- Rafe Mair, who aired his final program last week at CKBD AM 600 Vancouver; Randy Bachman of The Guess Who fame, who hosted Vinyl Tap on CBC Radio during the summer from his home on Salt Spring Island; and Douglas Holtby, who spearheaded the 2001 application for Vancouver's multicultural Channel M CHNM-TV/42.  CAB complete list
  • 10/17/05 - Commercial-free KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has embraced technology to overcome a limited signal and emerge as a national tastemaker in indie music, enjoying a word-of-mouth-fueled popularity boom.  KOMO News  Gene Johnson A/P USA Today
  • 10/16/05 - CHMZ-FM 90.1 Tofino has signed on with continuous music.  "Chimz" is a local aboriginal word for the station slogan The Bear.  Programming and local personalities are set to be introduced in the near future.
  • 10/15/05 - It isn't local, but it is of local interest.  Radio Revolution: The Rise & Fall of the Big 8, the history of CKLW Windsor ON, which dominated the Detroit airwaves during the 1960s and 70s, was aired in April 2004 on History Television Canada, but was unavailable to viewers south of the border.  The Gemini Award winning feature length documentary is now available on DVD for shipment to both the U.S. and Canada at Radio Revolution DVD.
  • 10/15/05 - The Vancouver Sun (subscriber-only link to story) reports that Rafe Mair's departure from CKBD AM 600 was mutual, and due to the program no longer generating the revenue required to pay for itself.  The 73 year old Mair's annual salary was over $200,000 and he will be paid until his contract expires in August, 2006.  He continues with editorials three times a week on Vancouver market OMNI.10 CHNU-TV/66, but plans to take a vacation, then find another radio position.
  • 10/14/05 - Talk show host and former lawyer and Social Credit MLA, Rafe Mair has left his program at CKBD AM 600 Vancouver after two years with the station.  Mair was fired in the summer of 2003 from CKNW AM 980 after 19 years in the host's seat because of accusations that he had been harassing a female co-worker, using foul language and making critical comments about the station's owner, Corus Entertainment.  Global Television reported Thursday that Mair's on-air ratings had plummeted by nearly 60 per cent since he first went on the air at 600 AM.
  • 10/14/05 - The CRTC has announced application by McBride Communications & Media Inc. to operate an FM commercial station in Ucluelet on 99.5 MHz with an ERP of 180 watts CRTC details; application by Douglas Malcom McLeanto to operate a community-based campus station in Abbotsford on 88.5 MHz with an ERP of 300 watts CRTC details; and by Multivan Broadcast Corporation to operate a multilingual ethnic digital TV station in Vancouver associated with its existing station CHNM-TV/42 on channel 20 with an ERP of 1,354 watts CRTC details.  
  • 10/13/05 - Industry Canada has assigned call letters CJRJ for the new ethnic station recently approved to operate at 1200 kHz in Vancouver.  The station will operate with 25,000 watts day/night at 49-11-00 123-03-44.
  • 10/13/05 - News and current day photos of several DJs from the heyday of Top Forty radio at CFUN Vancouver and KJR Seattle are featured at the Red Robinson website.
  • 10/13/05 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle has acquired KVSN AM 1340 Tumwater and will convert it, beginning today, to a simulcast of news, information and National Public Radio programming.  KUOW will manage the station pending FCC approval of the sale at a price of $500,000.  Call letters will change to KUOW AM.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/12/05 - CBU-FM-7 99.9 Chilliwack, which repeats CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver, began regular CBC Radio Two service to Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley today at 6 a.m.  This follows over seven weeks of test programming and non-stop classical music from the Galaxie network, due to the now resolved CBC lockout.  The station operates with 790 watts at 218.4 meters HAAT at 49-06-36 121-50-47.
  • 10/11/05 - The CRTC has denied application by Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver to replace the restriction on the number of hours of programs it may broadcast in South Asian and Chinese languages with a restriction on the number of hours of programs it may broadcast in any one third-language.  CRTC decision
  • 10/10/05 - On November 29, legendary band leader Dal Richards will receive Vancouver's highest honor, the Freedom of the City Award.  The 87 year old Order of Canada and Order of B.C. award winner has played every New Years Eve in the city since the 1930s and plans to do so again this year.  He continues to host Dal's Place weekly on CKBD AM 600.
  • 10/10/05 - Canadian broadcasters have asked the CRTC to postpone its review of conventional radio in the wake of new technologies.  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail
  • 10/06/05 - Community stations' fund drives stretch listeners' budgets.  KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle afternoon host returns.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/05/05 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced the appointment of Colleen B. Brown as President and CEO effective October 10, replacing Benjamin W. Tucker, Jr., who will leave the Company to pursue other interests.  Fisher news release
  • 10/05/05 - The CBC is expected to be in full operation by October 11, with some members returning to get Hockey Night in Canada on the air by this Saturday.  Terry Weber, Globe and Mail
  • 10/04/05 - A wake is scheduled for Wednesday (10/05) at 1 p.m. at Andy's Diner, 2963 4th Ave. S. in Seattle, to celebrate the life of DJ Jerry Kay, who died September 24 at his home in Seaside, OR at age 67.  Renowned broadcasters Pat O'Day, Mike Phillips, Dan Holiday and many others are expected to attend.   January 1985 Jerry Kay aircheck at KHIT-FM from Puget Sound Radio
  • 10/03/05 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Media Guild have reached a tentative agreement.  Over 5,000 CMG employees have been locked out since August 15th.  Globe and Mail
  • 10/03/05 - After a dismal 2004, six new TV series shot in B.C. have premiered or will debut this fall, with the potential to employ as many as 1,200 people full-time.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/30/05 - The Province radio columnist presents his third annual Traffie Awards to Vancouver broadcasters.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 09/29/05 - Shock talk host Tom Leykis hosts an evening of comedy performances at the Paramount Theatre; more on the passing of Jerry Kay; Tony Ventrella leaves KIRO AM 710 following the departure of Allan Prell.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/27/05 - The FCC has accepted for filing, involuntary transfer of control of KBRD AM 680 and KLDY AM 1280 Lacey from Skip Marrow to Norma Jean Hissong.  The previous owner of the stations, Skip Marrow died March 13th 2005 at age 68 after a two year battle with lung cancer.
  • 09/26/05 - An advance copy of the October 2005 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 09/26/05 - Early 1960s KOL and KJR Seattle DJ Jerry Kay has died at his home in Seaside OR, following a lengthy illness.  Kay (also spelled Kaye) moved on to PD at KNEW Spokane before heading to WLS Chicago, later returning to the all night show at KJR.  Early KJR photo
  • 09/23/05 - BC's first daily prime-time current affairs television program interlaced with spirituality will launch on OMNI TV CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley starting Monday, September 26th at 9 p.m.  The Standard, hosted by long-time News1130 CKWX Vancouver reporter/anchor Andrew Dawson, will feature seven commentators, including popular local broadcaster Rafe Mair.  OMNI TV release
  • 09/23/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues to hold the lead, as news KOMO AM 1000 moves up from fourth to third in the Arbitron Summer '05 P2 12+ Seattle/Tacoma ratings.  R&R info
  • 09/22/05 - The BBM Summer 2005 12+ ratings have been released for Vancouver, with news/talk CKNW AM 980 holding its lead over A/C CHQM-FM 103.5 and Radio One CBU AM 690.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 09/22/05 - Owners of the Jack trademark in Vancouver and Nashville are tracking down infringements, including three current disputes with Clear Channel stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/21/05 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application by Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. for a new station to operate at 1140 kHz in Aberdeen.  If approved, the station will operate with 5 kW day/2.5 night, directional night only, at 46-58-19 123-46-18.
  • 09/21/05 - An audio clip of the September 2nd flip of CJAV-FM 93.3 Port Alberni from AM can be heard at BroadcastWest.ca  The site also features dozens of excellent quality photos of Island Radio group stations.
  • 09/21/05 - Management at KING-FM 98.1 insist that the station's recent PD change isn't due to lower ratings.  Tim Appelo, Seattle Weekly
  • 09/21/05 - Award winning Spokane journalist Ross Woodward, whose many accomplishments included reporting on the UN Habitat Conference in Vancouver in 1976, died September 10th at the age of 78.  He was born in Cardston AB, worked at stations in Boise, Yakima and Portland, and is survived by several relatives in the Seattle area.  Spokesman-Review obituary
  • 09/21/05 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen's surgery yesterday to remove a brain tumor went "better than expected".  Seattle P-I   Seattle Times
  • 09/18/05 - Long-time KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen returns to hospital for surgery on a benign brain tumor.  Susan Gilmore, Seattle Times
  • 09/15/05 - Geico is currently the top advertiser nationally on radio, but recently got edged out in the Seattle market by the Puyallup Fair.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/14/05 - According to R&R, KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk host Lou Pate reports that the AFTRA contract for KIRO and KTTH AM 770 was decertified by a vote held yesterday at the National Labor Relations Board offices.  R&R release
  • 09/14/05 - Bryan Lowe, 26-year station veteran and former announcer who helped launch online broadcasts at KING-FM 98.1 Seattle, has been named Operations/Program Director.  KING-FM press release
  • 09/13/05 - Jerry Sando, who portrayed Bozo the Clown on KING-TV/5 Seattle during the late 1950s and early 60s,  died September 4 in Lacey at age 71.  Charles E, Brown, Seattle Times  News Tribune obit
  • 09/11/05 - This week, multi award winning broadcaster Tony Parsons celebrates 30 years as host of BCTV News on Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.   His career began in radio in 1957 at age 17 in Stratford ON.  He moved to television as the late evening news anchor at CFTO-TV Toronto in the late 1960s, becoming the west coast correspondent for CTV National news in 1974.  His 6 p.m. show is the most watched English language newscast in Canada.  Parsons is also vice-president of news and public affairs at the station. 
  • 09/09/05 - Cabinet has upheld a CRTC decision to issue two satellite radio licences in Canada after the applicants agreed to increase Canadian content and French-language service.  CP/Globe and Mail
  • 09/08/05 - ABC Radio Networks will produce and distribute the Jack-FM format to US markets ranked 41st or smaller through an exclusive agreement with SparkNet Communications.   SparkNet was formed in July 2005 by Vancouver-based Bohn & Associates Media and Nashville-based Wall Media to manage growth of the format.   Katy Bachman, Mediaweek
  • 09/08/05 - The successor to the annual Electronic Equipment Expo, Sea-Con 2005 will showcase the latest equipment and technologies of interest to professionals in the broadcast, recording and multimedia presentation industries from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 15 at the Boeing Museum of Flight, Boeing Field.  SBE16 info
  • 09/08/05 - Thirty-year veteran Vancouver talk show host Fanny Kiefer has returned to work after recovering from surgery, following a brain aneurysm last April.  Jack Keating, The Province
  • 09/08/05 - Three "do-it-yourself" radio programs air in Seattle.  KPTK AM 1090 shuffles weekday programming to focus on West Coast hosts.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/07/05 - IBOC or HD Radio looks favorable on FM, but not so on AM and HD has only one car maker on board so far.  Most Seattle FM stations are now running RDS.  September Clay's Corner
  • 09/07/05 - A seven-person ad hoc cabinet committee has decided to do nothing about an appeal against the CRTC ruling to approve satellite radio in Canada.  But there are still other options prior to the September 14 cut-off date.  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail  
  • 09/06/05 - Both Sirius Canada and Canadian Satellite Radio (XM) have filed commitments with the CRTC to each include eight Canadian produced channels -- four of them French language.  CNW Group:  Sirius Canada  Canadian Satellite Radio
  • 09/05/05 - KCTS-TV/9 and KOMO-TV/4 Seattle join together for a 90-minute fundraising telethon Tuesday, September 6 from 7:30-9 p.m. to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.  KCTS info
  • 09/05/05 - NOWTV CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley has rebranded as OMNI.10 (10 signifies its cable TV position). Meanwhile, it's new transmitter, CHNU-TV-1 Victoria is in operation on channel 21.
  • 09/05/05 - CJAV-FM 93.3 Port Alberni officially signed on at 9:33 a.m. Friday, September 2 as The Peak with music of the "70's, 80's, 90's and now".  The station received CRTC authorization April 18, 2005 to move to FM with simulcasting on its old AM 1240 position for a period of three months.
  • 09/02/05 - After 28 years on local airwaves, the final edition of Sports Page will air tonight at 11 on CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  The popular program began on CKVU-TV/10 (now called Citytv) Vancouver when it was an independent local station operating on UHF channel 21.  The show moved to CH in September 2001 following ownership and network shuffles at several Vancouver area TV stations.  Over the years it was hosted by some of the best known local and national sportscasters including Paul Carson, Craig MacEwen, Barry MacDonald, Blake Price, Dave Randorf, John Shorthouse and Don Taylor.
  • 09/02/05 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle reporter Chris Sullivan provides updates on Huricane Katrina's aftermath in the Gulf as sister station WWL AM 870 New Orleans feeds live Internet coverage.
  • 09/02/05 - Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson will feature One Hit Wonders on his weekly program noon-4 this Sunday, September 4 on Vancouver market CISL AM 650.  Programming can be heard world-wide via the station's website.
  • 09/01/05 - Global Television GM Roy Gardner will be presented with the 2005 Variety Heart Award September 16 for outstanding contributions.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/01/05 - Veteran broadcaster and Sounds Like Canada host Shelagh Rogers visits locked out CBC colleagues in Victoria.  Louise Dickson, Times Colonist
  • 09/01/05 - The Emergency Alert System delivers broadcast warnings during distasters.  KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham objects to Seattle translator K225AX White Center.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/29/05 - A study commissioned last month by Sirius Canada revealed 76% of Canadians support the CRTC's decision to approve satellite radio in Canada.  CNW Group
  • 08/27/05 - The fate of new satellite radio services in Canada is still up in the air.  Sylvain Larocque, Canadian Press  Elizabeth Thompson, Montreal Gazette  Richard Blackwell & Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/26/05 - Veteran DJ China Smith died Monday at age 61 following a heart attack.  Prior to entertaining Los Angeles audiences for most of his 30 years there, he jocked at KING radio in Seattle in 1970.  R&R details   Photo courtesy LARadio.com   1986 aircheck from LARadio
  • 08/26/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 still leads in the Summer '05 P1 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings, but with a slightly reduced margin.  R&R details
  • 08/26/05 - Vancouver-based TELUS Mobility has launched TELUS Mobile TV with seven channels and more to follow.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/26/05 - The CBC has applied to the City of Vancouver to add two high-rise residential towers to its building.  Globe and Mail
  • 08/25/05 - The FCC has accepted for filing applications to move KLSY-FM 92.5 and KWJZ-FM 98.9 to a nearby tower on West Tiger Mountain.   The changes will result in slightly lower elevation, different ERP's and omni vs. current directional antennas.  The stations are expected to be in the new site by early 2006.  With a CP issued and moving shortly to the same site from Cougar Mountain is KJAQ-FM 96.5.  FCC data:  KLSY-FM   KWJZ-FM   KJAQ-FM
  • 08/25/05 - The CBC lockout is curbing Victoria's plans to host the opening ceremonies for the national 25th anniversary celebration of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope on September 16th.  Louise Dixon, Victoria Times Colonist  Meanwhile, programming by locked out workers in Vancouver and Calgary may spread into an alternate national service.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 08/25/05 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle does more than a "fair" job at promotion.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/24/05 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KWGV-FM 90.1 Olympia from Washington Public Affairs Network to Pacific Lutheran University, Inc.   The station was licensed in March of this year and except for a brief period, has been off the air.  Call letters reportedly will change to KPLI-FM when it returns.   Further details from June 30, 2005 Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/23/05 - Locked out CBC Vancouver personalities produce information program airing on local community stations.  Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun  Alexandra Gill and Dawn Walton, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/21/05 - CBU-FM-7 99.9 Chilliwack, which will rebroadcast CBC Radio Two CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver, has begun testing.  Regular programming will start at the end of the test period.  The CRTC approved the new station on September 7, 2004 to operate with 790 watts at 218.4 meters HAAT at 49-06-36 121-50-47.
  • 08/21/05 - A Norwegian video set to the KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle morning jock Bob Rivers' 1999 tune about the war in the Serbian province of Kosovo has caused an uproar there.  Nicholas Wood, New York Times
  • 08/20/05 - Vancouver gets two new ethnic stations early next year.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/18/05 - The CRTC has ruled that CFAX AM 1070 Victoria breached the provision of the Radio Regulations that prohibits the broadcast of abusive comment, following a listener complaint concerning a segment of the open-line program Talk Radio broadcast on September 27, 2004.  The Commission has required the licensee to develop guidelines for open-line programming to be submitted within three months.  CRTC ruling
  • 08/18/05 - Sports talk radio is in its teen years with staying power.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/17/05 - CTV Inc. has announced that virtually every hour in prime-time in the 2005-06 season will be
    broadcast in High Definition on CTV HD East Toronto and CTV HD West (CIVT-DT/33) Vancouver.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/17/05 - More than 90% of independent Canadian artists support licensing of satellite radio in a survey which comes as the Federal Cabinet is considering appeals from various special interest groups.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/17/05 - Three days into the CBC lockout, consumers are getting reruns, BBC World News and wire story newscasts.  Gayle MacDonald and Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 08/16/05 - 29 members of the Canadian Media Guild walk the picket line in front of CBC Radio studios in Victoria after 5500 were locked out across Canada Monday morning.  Louise Dickson, Victoria Times Colonist  Meanwhile, some sports are cancelled and others left mute.  William Houston, Globe and Mail
  • 08/15/05 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle to increase power from 3300 to 4700 watts at its existing HAAT of 211 meters.  FCC info
  • 08/15/05 - The CBC locked out its 5500 Canadian Media Guild employees at midnight.  CP/Vancouver Sun  Jill Mahoney, Globe & Mail
  • 08/13/05 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle leads the way with podcasts and says it will become the first to make live radio broadcasts suitable for cellphones and handheld organizers.  Dina Bass, Seattle Times
  • 08/13/05 - Seattle Opera's Ring will be aired on four successive Saturdays on KING-FM 98.1.  Seattle P-I
  • 08/12/05 - Will 2009 be the final year for analog TV in the US?  August 2005 Clay's Corner
  • 08/12/05 - Canada's national public broadcaster, the CBC has given lockout notice to 5500 Canadian Media Guild employees, which could go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday.  The action could have a significant impact on program schedules, particularly radio and online coverage.  Broadcaster Magazine  CBC release   
  • 08/12/05 - Already on air, the official start-up date for Clear Channel's new KMNT-FM 104.3 Chehalis is next Tuesday, August 16 at the Southwest Washington Fair.  The station brings the second country format to the market.   CP for the new station was granted in mid-June for a non-directional antenna with an ERP of 2.35 Kw at 322 meters HAAT at 46-33-18 123-03-27
  • 08/11/05 - The 25-54 BBM Survey 2 Spring '05 ratings for Vancouver show a very different picture from the 12+ numbers, with JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 and QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 holding solid leads.  David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/11/05 - Updates on national items with local interest: Payola probe continues and Clear Channel reports on its "less is more" campaign.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/10/05 - The BBM Spring 2 2005 12+ ratings have been released for Vancouver with news/talk CKNW AM 980 still holding a lead on A/C CHQM-FM 103.5 and Radio One CBU AM 690, which has moved up to third place.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 08/10/05 - The controversy continues in Seattle between hot talk and political advertising.  KING5.com
  • 08/09/05 - It has been confirmed that CFCP Radio Ltd. Courtenay/Campbell River/Powell River/Port Hardy, which was recently sold to a Calgary group headed by Margot Micallef, is Vista Broadcast Group, owner of Sun FM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan.  Today, it was announced that Vista also has purchased Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc., the holder of eleven licenses in Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Smithers, Burns Lake and Vanderhoof in the B.C. interior.  The acquisitions are subject to CRTC approval.
  • 08/09/05 - Early 1990s CKLG Vancouver jock turned voice-over talent, David Kaye has signed a lucrative deal as the voice of FSN, Fox Sports Network.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/08/05 - CJAV-FM 93.3 Port Alberni started signal testing this morning.  CJAV AM 1240 was given the nod by the CRTC April 18th to move to the FM band.  The station expects to be operating from its new studio in the next couple of weeks.
  • 08/06/05 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports a second-quarter loss of $1.1 million with lower broadcast revenue.  Seattle P-I   Fisher release
  • 08/04/05 - The John Tesh Radio Show is syndicated on more than 200 stations including STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle.  (Also heard on The Wave CKWV-FM 102.3 Nanaimo).  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/02/05 - The New VI ages, as CIVI-TV/53 Victoria rebrands itself today as A-Channel.   Also re-branding are its CHUM Limited counterparts in Ottawa/Pembroke, London, Windsor, Wingham and Barrie ON.
  • 08/01/05 - According to redrobinson.com, John Ashbridge, long-time news announcer at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has tendered his resignation.  Other than a couple of stints away from the station, Ashbridge has been with 'NW since 1965 and is one of seven to win RTNDA (Canada) lifetime achievement awards for 2005.  He will continue as the PA announcer at Vancouver Canucks home games.  This news follows the announcement Friday that Dr. Sport, Greg Douglas was stepping down as Sports Director of JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 / CKBD AM 600 Vancouver, a position he has held since the early 1990s.  Douglas was the Canucks PR Director and Assistant GM before breaking into radio sports in the early 1970s.
  • 07/30/05 - CFCP Radio Ltd. Courtenay/Campbell River/Powell River/Port Hardy has been sold to a Calgary group, headed by Margot Micallef, who is also behind the recent purchase of B-K Radio in Castlegar/Nelson/Trail B.C.  Coast Radio CFCP was founded in 1959 by Billy Browne, the son of broadcast pioneer William J. Billy Browne and operated by his wife Norma after the death of Billy Jr. on April 10, 1990.  CFWB Campbell River was added in 1963 and CFNI Port Hardy in 1979.  CFCP Radio acquired CHQB Powell River from Sunshine Coast Broadcasting in 1997.  The purchases are subject to CRTC approval.  Comox Valley Record
  • 07/29/05 - Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver makes wholesale changes to its locally-produced Breakfast Television.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/29/05 - Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I takes a closer look at the Spring '05 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.
  • 07/28/05 - X-104 KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island's venture into talk radio, Maraires in the Morning, was pulled from the air in early July and is not being reinstated.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 07/28/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 pulls further ahead of the pack in the Spring '05 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  R&R details
  • 07/28/05 - Music Sparks Memories of WWII by Amanda Wilde airs on KUOW-FM 94.9.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/27/05 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood and KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton from FTP Corporation to Seattle Streaming Radio LLC.  Sale of the two stations for $900,000 was announced in March.
  • 07/23/05 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle adds podcasting of local artists and live in-studio performances.  Christina Asavareungchai, Seattle P-I
  • 07/21/05 - The CRTC has approved application by South Asian Broadcasting Corporation Inc. for a new commercial specialty FM (ethnic) station directed at South Asian audiences in Vancouver to operate at 93.1 MHz with an average ERP of 2,800 watts.  CRTC Decision   Application Overview  CRTC Denials
  • 07/21/05 - The CRTC has approved application by I.T. Productions Ltd. for a new ethnic station directed at South Asian audiences in Vancouver to operate at 1200 kHz with a power of 25,000 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 07/21/05 - Bob Rivers comes to terms with KZOK-FM 102.5, but the departure of Howard Stern by years end from KISW-FM 99.9 is yet to be covered.  From now on in Washington State, broadcast-industry non-compete agreements "are rendered null and void if the employee is laid off or is terminated without just cause."  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/20/05 - CHFR-FM 96.5 Hornby Island is expected to be on the air by this fall.  The new 5 watt Hornby Community Radio Society station was originally licensed to operate at 91.5 MHz.  Comox Valley Record
  • 07/20/05 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Grays Harbor LPFM for a new low power station in Hoquiam at 98.5 MHz.  The station will operate with 100 watts at 3.2 meters HAAT at 46-58-22 123-51-10.
  • 07/20/05 - Members of the Canadian Media Guild have voted 87.3% in favor of strike action against the CBC, which could affect several high-profile sporting events scheduled for August.  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 07/19/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Aboriginal Voices Radio for its fourth extension to December 5, 2005 for implementation of its previously approved Aboriginal language stations in Vancouver and Abbotsford.  CRTC Decision
  • 07/14/05 - Delilah Rene, Seattle-based radio host of Lovesongs With Delilah, is suing her business partners in Texas.  Her female-oriented program is heard on over 200 stations in North America including Seattle area Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 and KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 07/14/05 - Two KIRO AM 710 veterans find new niches after earlier layoffs.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/13/05 - CHUM and Canadian Satellite Radio trade remarks in press releases following notification of an appeal by CHUM/Astral Media to set aside the recent CRTC satellite radio licensing decision.  Broadcaster Magazine  Appeal Notice  CSR Response
  • 07/12/05 - CHUM and Astral Media are filing an appeal to set aside the recent CRTC decision to license satellite broadcasters Canadian Satellite Radio (XM) and Sirius Canada.  CP/Globe and Mail
  • 07/12/05 - Pianist and award winning composer Sean McLean is turning heads and perhaps lowering the average listening age at classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Kristen Dizon, Seattle P-I
  • 07/09/05 - Canadians are listening to radio less than a decade ago, with British Columbia the lowest in the country.  CP/Globe and Mail
  • 07/07/05 - Thurston County Superior Court has ruled that there is a price attached to political talk.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/05/05 - Paxson Communications Corporation has rebranded its primary TV network from PAX TV to i.  Paxson's locally owned and operated station is KWPX-TV/33 Bellevue.  According to a company release, the new i brand "reflects the company's strategy to provide an independent broadcast platform for producers and syndicators who desire to reach a national audience".
  • 07/05/05 - In what is being reported as a cost cutting measure, Vancouver market leader CKNW AM 980 will drop its eye-in-the-sky traffic plane July 15.  Numerous well known Vancouver broadcasters filed regular traffic reports from the plane dating back to the 1970s.
  • 06/30/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues to hold a commanding lead in the Arbitron 12+ Spring '05 P2 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Details from R&R
  • 06/30/05 - Vancouver area NOWTV CHNU-TV/66 is to be rebranded as OMNI TV British Columbia.  Rogers Media has appointed Terry Mahoney as the new GM of the recently acquired station effective July 1.  Approval was given last month to add a transmitter at Victoria on channel 21.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/30/05 - KPLU-FM 88.5 will extend its reach to the south with the acquisition of KWGV-FM 90.1 Olympia.  Nancy Guppy leaves the KMPS-FM 94.1 morning show to concentrate on television.   Olympia area KBRD AM 680 resuscitates after a lightning strike and adds a song list to its website.  KBRD video  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/29/05 - The FCC has accepted for filing license to cover application by Educational Media Foundation for KLOP-FM 88.1 Ocean Park.  The station is licensed to operate non-directional with a power of 550 watts.
  • 06/29/05 - CJAV AM 1240 Port Alberni is expected to sign on at 93.3 FM by mid August as The Peak with a classic hits format from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.  The CRTC approved the station's conversion to the FM band on April 18.
  • 06/27/05 - Kirkland-based Neural Audio is offering broadcasters a way to deliver digital 5.1 surround sound.  Christina Siderius, Seattle Times
  • 06/27/05 - A coalition of arts, labor and lobby groups is asking the federal cabinet to overturn a CRTC decision allowing satellite broadcast operators to bring pay-radio to Canada.  CP/Globe and Mail  The other point of view. The Province
  • 06/26/05 - Radio pioneer Harold Warren, founder of CJAV Port Alberni in 1946, died on June 22, just a month short of his 91st birthday.  Over the years he established a chain of six movie theaters on Vancouver Island and became owner and oversaw the expansion of Alberni Cable Television Ltd.  A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd at Trinity Anglican Church in Port Alberni.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/24/05 - SFU, UBC and TWU have announced a two-year agreement with MOJO Sports Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver to broadcast Canada West football and basketball plus a two-hour magazine-style show focusing exclusively on university, amateur and high school athletics.   SFU Clan release
  • 06/23/05 - The FCC has accepted for filing application for voluntary assignment of license for KWGV-FM 90.1 Olympia from Washington Public Affairs Network to Pacific Lutheran University.  According to Radio & Records the sale price was $400,000 plus $150,000 worth of underwriting announcement time on KPLU-FM 88.5 Seattle and KVIX-FM 89.3 Port Angeles.
  • 06/23/05 - KGHO-LP 94.3 Aberdeen is the latest low-power FM to be heard on a translator in Seattle (K225AX 92.9 White Center).   Ailing former KJR jock Bwana Johnny could use some email support.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/21/05 - Canadian Songwriters Hall of Famer Randy Bachman will host Vinyl Tap Saturday nights at 7 on CBC Radio One for a ten-week run this summer from his home on Salt Spring Island .  Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
  • 06/19/05 - With the owner/call letter/format change of KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma to LaGranD regional Mexican, KBKW AM 1450 Aberdeen has dropped its evening hispanic music, which was provided by Bustos Media.  Effective June 13 KBKW is News/Talk 24/7.
  • 06/18/05 - With the recent approval of satellite radio in Canada, broadcasters are expected to lobby the CRTC for looser Canadian content rules.  Steven Chase, Globe and Mail  Meanwhile, there will be at least one appeal against the Commission's ruling.  Canadian Press
  • 06/16/05 - The two satellite applicants for subscription radio in Canada are upbeat, but CHUM Ltd., which pitched a land-based system is "surprised, a little stunned, and certainly disappointed".  Globe and Mail
  • 06/16/05 - The three successful applicants for subscription radio in Canada have responded to the decision announced at 1 p.m. PT today.   From CNW Group: XM Satellite Radio  Sirius Canada   CHUM/Astral Media
  • 06/16/05 - The CRTC has approved all three subscription radio applications, two of which are to be satellite delivered - but with Canadian content restrictions. XM decision   Sirius decision  CHUM decision   Globe and Mail
  • 06/16/05 - KWJZ-FM 98.9 Seattle does some shuffling, including adding Nick Morrison as new morning host.  KCFL-LP 104.5 Fall City has fired up its Seattle (K233BU White Center) translator on 94.5.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 06/14/05 - The FCC has granted construction permit for a new Citicasters station in Chehalis.  It will operate at 104.3 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 2.35 Kw at 322 meters HAAT at 46-33-18 123-03-27.
  • 06/10/05 - CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen has announced that the commission will rule on subscription radio in Canada next Thursday. Two applications are for satellite delivery partnered by XM and Sirius in the U.S. The third is from CHUM Ltd. and Astral Media for a terrestrial delivered system.  Globe and Mail  CNW Group   Globe and Mail update
  • 06/09/05 - Plans are in place to give Seattle market KDDS AM 1210 new call letters and a new format called Magia, "adult contemporary, more older-skewing and female oriented" than the LaGranD format.  The vote to decertify AFTRA as the union representing employees at KIRO AM 710 and KTTH AM 770 was tied with the National Labor Relations Board to rule on three disputed ballots.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/08/05 - Bustos Media had been making offers for KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma for nearly two years before the deal completed for $20 million.  GM Bill Bradley says DJs will receive severance packages that will pay them salaries and benefits for several months.  Ernest A. Jasmin, The News Tribune  Jim Szymanski, The Olympian
  • 06/07/05 - KAYO-FM 99.3 dropped its country format just before 7:00 p.m. today, simulcast Seattle market KDDS AM 1210 until 7:30, then moved to its own Spanish language regional Mexican programming.  The new owner, Bustos Media has applied to the FCC for the call letters KDDS-FM.
  • 06/07/05 - Bustos Media has agreed to purchase country KAYO-FM 99.3 Elma from South Sound Broadcasting for $20 million.  The station will change formats and become La GranD, featuring a regional Mexican format.  R&R release
  • 06/06/05 - A memorial service for Don McGaffin, who died May 29, will be held June 10.  Seattle Times obit
  • 06/03/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 holds a solid lead in the Arbitron 12+ Spring '05 P1 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Details from R&R
  • 06/02/05 - Seattle's top two conservative talk stations are involved in initiative campaigns.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 05/31/05 - Reporter, commentator and consumer advocate at KOMO-TV and KING-TV Seattle in the 70s and 80s, Don McGaffin died Sunday at the age of 78.  Lisa Stiffler, The P-I   Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times
  • 05/27/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting to increase average effective radiated power of Clear FM CKCL-FM-2 104.9 Vancouver 14,100 to 16,100 watts.   Technical changes to the antenna system will improve service in downtown Vancouver.   CRTC decision  
  • 05/26/05 - New additions are being added to Imagination Theatre, which is heard on about 140 stations throughout the U.S.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/21/05 - Andy Savage fans have initiated a website to bring him back.  Savage and company were displaced April 22 when K-ROCK made the flip to JACK KJAQ-FM 96.5 Seattle.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 05/20/05 - Brian "Frosty" Forst, legendary CKNW AM 980 Vancouver morning host since 1973, said his last goodbyes this morning.  CKNW item
  • 05/20/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to acquire the assets of NOW-TV CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley and to add a transmitter at Victoria on channel 21 with an average ERP of 720 watts.  CRTC release   Broadcaster Magazine  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 05/19/05 - The possibility that KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle could be sold has created support from parents, the community and radio professionals.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/18/05 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application by South Sound Broadcasting to change the city of license for KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond to Oakville and move the transmitter to 47-18-46 123-22-15 with an ERP of 60 kW at 756 meters HAAT.  60 dBu Service Contour Map 
  • 05/16/05 - Controversy is buzzing about the possible sale of C-89.5 KNHC-FM 89.5, after a "potential revenue enhancement" listing the station could fetch $8 million in the Seattle Public School's options for building a balanced budget 2006-07.  A letter to the editor from local radio personalities opposing the idea appeared in The Seattle Times last Friday.
  • 05/13/05 - CTV British Columbia began testing its new digital signal Wednesday on channel 33 and will continue over the next couple of weeks.  CIVT-DT/33 is on the first adjacent to the station's analog channel 32.
  • 05/13/05 - The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association has asked the CRTC to drop the requirement that all cable systems carry every local FM radio signal.  Shaw Cable in Vancouver currently carries 41 AM and FM stations, including 12 FMs from the Seattle area.   further info
  • 05/13/05 - A petition to change Cancon regulations to benefit up-and-coming musicians has garnered interest from broadcasters, record labels and regulators, but what if you're a classic rock station?  Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail 
  • 05/12/05 - A closer look at the current Vancouver radio ratings.  Joe Leary, The Province
  • 05/12/05 - Salem Communications has signed a lease for property in Pierce County to locate its new 50,000 watt transmitter for KKOL AM 1300 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/11/05 - News/talk CFAX AM 1070 continues in first place, A/C CIOC-FM 98.5 second and active rock CKKQ-FM 100.3 third in the BBM Spring 2005 12+ Victoria ratings.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 05/11/05 - The BBM Spring 2005 12+ ratings for Vancouver have been released.  News/talk CKNW AM 980 continues in first place, JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 second and A/C CHQM-FM 103.5 third.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 05/08/05 - The JACK format continues to be scrutinized.  Ernest A Jasmin, The News Tribune
  • 05/08/05 - After almost 50 years of continuous service, CHUM Satellite Services (formerly Q Music) has phased out the use of SCA (subcarrier) on CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver to deliver background music to clients.  Services are now being delivered by a satellite based delivery system.
  • 05/07/05 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle will continue its news feed online whenever a Seattle Mariners game airs Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Online streaming is scheduled to begin Monday.   R&R news
  • 05/07/05 - In line with its flip to JACK last month, official call letters for KRQI-FM 96.5 Seattle become KJAQ-FM.
  • 05/06/05 - A campaign is underway to reform Canadian radio content regulations (CANCON) to bolster play of lesser known artists.  A group of indie musicians is asking the CRTC to create an incentive-based system to measure Canadian radio content.  Current regulations require stations to play 35% Canadian music.  Globe and Mail  Let's Fix CANCON

  • 05/05/05 - Robin Erickson, morning co-host at KQBZ-FM 100.7 Seattle, has sued her employer on charges of gender discrimination and creating a hostile work environment.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/05/05 - Air America continues to add stations and shows respectable ratings on KPTK-AM 1090 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/04/05 - Employees at KIRO-AM 710 and KTTH-AM 770 have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to decertify the Seattle local of AFTRA, which represents them.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/04/05 - Former NBC foreign correspondent Philip Till will take over mornings at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver at a date to be determined by outgoing host Frosty Forst.  Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/03/05 - Legendary CKNW AM 980 Vancouver morning host Frosty Forst is retiring.  Forst moved to 'NW from CFUN in 1963, becoming the morning host ten years later.  His show will be replaced by CKNW morning news with Philip Till.   CKNW release
  • 05/03/05 - Leslie Miller, former Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 news anchor returned to Seattle, but only for the weekend.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 05/02/05 - On air since 1971, one of the longest running dance stations in the U.S., C89.5 KNHC-FM Seattle has moved to less repetitiveness, less R&B and Rap, and more live remotes.  The Nathan Hale High School student-run station is airing its Spring pledge drive this week.
  • 05/02/05 - After running jockless and without commercials since flipping formats March 25, Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford went live this morning.  New jocks include morning man Doug Kirkwood, Susan Sierra midmornings and Terry Chan in afternoon drive.
  • 04/30/05 - Two stations had healthy upward moves in the Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings between fall and winter -- smooth jazz KWJZ-FM 89.9 and oldies KBSG-FM 97.3.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/29/05 - Music stations, led by Country KMPS-FM 94.1, hold down the five top positions in the Arbitron Winter '05 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  R&R info
  • 04/28/05 - Veteran Vancouver talk show host Fanny Kiefer is recovering from surgery for an aneurysm on April 22.   She hosted shows at CJOR during the late seventies and eighties, moving to CKNW, CBC and has hosted Studio 4 on Shaw Cable since 2001.
  • 04/28/05 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. has posted a reduced first-quarter loss with lower broadcasting revenue.  Seattle P-I  Seattle Times
  • 04/28/05 - The PSRBA Soundie Awards were presented Tuesday evening.   Winners list
  • 04/28/05 - JACK is strong in Vancouver, but how about Seattle?  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/27/05 - Long time news anchor John Ashbridge of Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 is one of seven to be honored with the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Another is Mike Roberts of CHBC-TV Kelowna, who began his career in 1969 at CKAY Radio in Duncan, moving to CHEK-TV Victoria in 1972.  Broadcaster Magazine  Broadcast Dialogue  CKNW item
  • 04/22/05 - JACK arrived in Seattle this morning, as the former K-ROCK KRQI-FM 96.5 made the flip.  Andy Savage website  Seattle P-I
  • 04/21/05 - Corus Radio launches podcasting on several of its stations including CFOX-FM 99.3 and Rock 101 CFMI-FM Vancouver.  Corus release
  • 04/21/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Global Communications Limited to operate a transitional digital television on channel 22 with an average ERP of 4,300 watts.  Except for 14 hours per week, the station will simulcast the programming of Global Television CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.  CRTC Release
  • 04/21/05 - Infinity Broadcasting has announced plans to introduce Visual Radio -- over-the-air FM through cell phones.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/20/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Westwave Broadcasting Inc. to operate a new commercial FM station in Sechelt on 91.7 MHz with an average ERP of 600 watts.  The applicant has proposed a format of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  CRTC Release   
  • 04/19/05 - Operating since 1946, CJAV Port Alberni aims to be up and running on the FM band by September, complete with new state-of-the-art studios.  Broadcaster Magazine  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 04/18/05 - Seattle's Super CFL KCFL-LP 104.5 Fall City officially signed on this morning with long-time radio host Kacie Sommers.   A Seattle translator on Capital Hill is scheduled to begin operation in early May.
  • 04/18/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Island Radio Ltd. to convert CJAV AM 1240 Port Alberni to FM.   The new station will operate at 93.3 MHz with an ERP of 6,000 watts and will feature a mix of contemporary music from the past and present with local news, weather, sports and community information.  CRTC Release
  • 04/17/05 - Industry Canada has released call letter changes for the following: CFSR-FM 107.1 Abbotsford which flipped formats last month becomes Country 107.1 CKQC-FM, CKGO-FM 100.5 Hope gets the CFSR-FM call and the new developmental community station at 91.5 on Hornby Island is assigned CHFR-FM.
  • 04/14/05 - Seattle stations compile promotional CDs, some which benefit local societies.  KBKS-FM 106.1 signs a new multiyear contract with morning team Jackie & Bender.  KISW-FM 99.9 begins streaming online.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/12/05 - As a cost-cutting measure, the CBC is laying off 35 employees, mostly publicists, based in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.  Much of the publicity for radio and TV will be outsourced to independent public-relations firms.  Gayle MacDonald, The Globe and Mail
  • 04/07/05 - Seattle's Super CFL KCFL-LP 104.5 Fall City will sign on soon with plans for a translator on Capitol Hill.  The Seattle Mariners air in Spanish on KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton and KNTB AM 1480 Tacoma.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/04/05 - Local syndicated right-wing talk jock Michael Medved is interviewed by Mark Rahner, Seattle Times.
  • 04/01/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues in number one spot in the Arbitron Winter '05 P2 Seattle-Tacoma market ratings.  R&R details
  • 04/01/05 - Through the Purple Haze, KZAM "filled a big hole on the FM dial".  Lee Somerstein, Seattle Times 
  • 03/31/05 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC for an extension of time limit to begin operation of new stations in Vancouver and Abbotsford.  AVR indicated that the extension of time was necessary in order to apply for an alternate frequency to serve Vancouver.  CRTC details
  • 03/31/05 - Morning Edition and other programs on National Public Radio pull good ratings in the Seattle area.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/30/05 - The FCC has approved applications by College Creek Broadcasting for construction permits for new stations at Ocean Shores at 93.5 MHz and Westport at 101.3 MHz.  Both stations will operate with directional transmitters at 46-53-4 124-00-44 with 6 kW at 69 meters HAAT.
  • 03/30/05 - Tickets are still available for KZAM's 30th Anniversary Party + Benefit Saturday, April 2 at the Columbia City Theatre/Tutta Bella Restaurant in Seattle.  KZAM began entertaining the Northwest with its eclectic mix on April 1, 1975.  Susan Paynter, Seattle P-I  KZAM.net info
  • 03/27/05 - Funeral services have been announced for CKNW radio pioneer Erm Fiorillo, who died last Sunday in Vancouver.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 6350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver on Monday, March 28th at 11 a.m.  Internment will follow at Ocean View Cemetary, Burnaby.  Obituary
  • 03/25/05 - STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle is mildly dabbling with the JACK format by adding "and whatever WE want" to its current "the best mix of the 80's, 90's and today" slogan.
  • 03/25/05 - CFSR-FM 107.1 Abbotsford has flipped from The Valley's Lite Rock to Today's Country Favourites, running without DJs and commercialsSister station CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack continues as STAR FM The Valley's Lite Rock.
  • 03/24/05 - Seattle stations try out podcasting.  KVIX-FM 89.3 Port Angeles reaches Vancouver Island.  Other northwest radio news.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/22/05 - Radio pioneer and one of the earliest employees of Vancouver market CKNW AM 980, Erm Fiorillo died early Sunday morning at the age of 88.  He was a former CKNW Comptroller and Director and Administrator of the Orphans’ Fund for 30 years.  CKNW News
  • 03/19/05 - MOJO Sports Radio CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver has announced that it will carry play-by-play of all Seattle Seahawks games with Steve Raible and Warren Moon.
  • 03/19/05 - The Lounge CHPQ-FM 99.9 Parksville, which has been running non-stop adult standards since February 11, will begin regular programming March 28.  Patrick Nicholson is the new morning show host.
  • 03/18/05 - Buddy Webber, longtime afternoon DJ at KVI AM 570 Seattle, died March 11 of lung fibrosis.  He was 82.  A memorial will be held on April 2 at 2 p.m. at the Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell.  John Iwasaki, Seattle P-I
  • 03/17/05 - Bryan Suits returns to KVI AM 570 Seattle after his Iraqi military duty.   More on ex-Seattle DJ Tommy Vance, who died earlier this month.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/15/05 - CHUM Limited plans to rebrand The New VI CIVI-TV/53 Victoria as A-Channel this fall.   The company also will make the change to several of its eastern Canadian TV stations.  CHUM release
  • 03/15/05 - Skip Marrow, the eccentric owner of Olympia area radio stations KBRD and KLDY, died Sunday at age 68 after a battle with lung cancer.  In lieu of services, a celebration to honor his life will be held at 2 p.m. April 2 at Priest Point Park rose garden, located at 2600 East Bay Drive in Olympia.  Jim Szymanski, The Olympian
  • 03/14/05 - After 12 years of morning drive in Seattle, the last year and a half at KJR-FM 95.7, Pat Cashman is leaving radio.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/10/05 - Morning host since 1977, Matt Riedy leaves KWJZ-FM 98.9 Seattle for Los Angeles.  KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton/KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood flip to satellite fed Spanish language religious.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/07/05 - British DJ Tommy Vance has died at the age of 63.  He jocked at KOL Seattle in the 1960s before moving to KHJ Los Angeles and then returning to Britain in early 1966 for a lengthy career. Times Online Obituary
  • 03/04/05 - According to Radio & Records, KBRO AM 1490 Bremerton and KNTB AM 1480 Lakewood have been sold by FTP Corporation to Seattle Streaming Radio LLC for $900,000.  R&R details
  • 03/04/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues to hold onto the number one spot in the Arbitron Winter '05 P1 Seattle-Tacoma market ratings.  R&R details
  • 03/03/05 - Two Seattle stations make adjustments to meet competition from new technologies.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 03/02/05 - All Access Music Group (sign-up required) reports that STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle has unveiled a plan to put more emphasis on personalities, local content, and contesting to protect the station "from satellite competitors".  Current afternoon host Curt Cruze and longtime morning personality Corine McKenzie will team up on afternoon drive starting March 14th and the John Tesh radio show will debut evenings starting March 28th.  Additional traffic reporters and contests also will be added.
  • 03/01/05 - As the Mariners home opener nears, there still isn't a decision to carry games in Spanish in the Seattle area.  José Miguel Romero, Seattle Times
  • 02/28/05 - Eight applicants are scheduled to appear before the CRTC starting today for new stations in Vancouver.   Seven are promising to broadcast in multiple languages.  Michael McCullough, The Sun 
  • 02/27/05 - Although still routinely identifying as KMNT, call letters have officially changed to KNBQ-FM 102.9 Centralia.  The station's website also continues to show the old call.  FCC data
  • 02/25/05 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle advises that the station is now broadcasting with its new 3.3 kW transmitter, an increase from its previous 720 watts.  
  • 02/22/05 - "One-woman anti-corporate radio ranter" Lisa Wood sounds off.  Ernest A. Jasmin, The News Tribune
  • 02/17/05 - KLSY-FM 92.5 Seattle continues to look for a replacement morning team.  Sens. Maria Cantwell, John McCain and Patrick Leahy have reintroduced a bill designed to accelerate the licensing of low-power FM stations.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/17/05 - Michael Dennistoun, who died at age 47 in a fire at his Lake City home in late January, was once was named "the best voice in Seattle".  He had been a DJ at KNHC and KEZX Seattle.  Mike Barber, Seattle P-I  
  • 02/16/05 - Application has been made to the CRTC by Société radio communautaire Victoria to start a French-language FM community radio station in Victoria on 107.9 MHz with an ERP of 250 watts.  The application will be heard April 18.  CRTC info
  • 02/11/05 - Lunch time launch of The Lounge at 12 noon in Parksville/Qualicum Beach, as Island Radio Ltd. has dropped its simulcast of The Wave CKWV-FM 102.3 Nanaimo.  The old AM call letters CHPQ have been resurrected as CHPQ-FM 99.9 with an adult standards format.
  • 02/10/05 - As PD, Jay Kelly moves to add traction to KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  KGMI AM 790 Bellingham adds local liberal talk.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/07/05 - A consortium including Rogers, Bell Globalmedia, and CTV has won the television rights for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  The deal includes rights to the 2012 Summer Games.  CTV News  Bell Release  News1130  
  • 02/07/05 - A $1000 reward has been offered for information leading to the return of a Siberian Husky, missing in the Port Angeles area since December 13.  The red and white dog answers to the name of Ernie, weighs about 80 pounds and has blue eyes.  He is thought to have been picked up by a broadcast transmission tower worker sometime after December 13 near Port Angeles.   Contact John Partch (360)452-3069  Photo
  • 02/03/05 - The University of Washington student-run Internet station RainyDawg Radio is being studied for the feasibility of acquiring an over-the-air signal.   Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 02/02/05 - Liberal talker Ed Schultz, who has jumped from two radio outlets to 77 in the past year, has taken over noon to 3 p.m. on KPTK AM 1090 Seattle.  Joel Connelly, Seattle P-I
  • 02/01/05 - Snohomish County's environmental impact statement has been released saying the impact of the planned KRKO AM 1380 Everett transmission towers south of Snohomish is primarily aesthetic.  KRKO GM Andy Skotdal says he hopes the project to erect the towers and increase the station's power to 50 kW can move forward with construction beginning by July.  Jennifer Warnick, HeraldNet
  • 01/31/05 - Bill Shadel, broadcast pioneer and retired University of Washington communications professor, has died in Renton at the age of 96.  He was the last living moderator of the third presidential debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.  David Postman, Seattle Times
  • 01/27/05 - The Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team has inked a deal with Team 1040 CKST Vancouver to air all regular and playoff games including 30-minute pre-game and post-game shows.  A 60-minute weekly soccer show featuring Whitecaps news will be included.  Whitecaps announcement  Schedule
  • 01/27/05 - CHUM Limited is one of several applicants vying for a multicultural/multi-ethnic station in the Vancouver market.  CHUM is pitching a modern global format, a collage of different types of popular music from Canada and around the world, to operate on 93.1 MHz.   If approved, the station will be known as The Planet, Vancouver’s Modern Global Music Station with call letters CKMG-FM.  Applications will be heard by the CRTC in Vancouver starting on February 28.  PlanetRadio website  CRTC application info
  • 01/27/05 - MobilTrak has deployed several units in the Seattle area to track radio listening habits on the road.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/25/05 - A memorial service for Don Poier will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 18826 3rd Ave. N.W. in Seattle, where he and his wife were married.  Jim Moore, Seattle P-I   Sun/Province obituary
  • 01/24/05 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues to lead in the Arbitron 12+ Fall '04 Seattle-Tacoma market ratings.   KRWM-FM 106.9 moves into second with KIRO AM 710 third.  R&R details
  • 01/21/04 - Don Poier, the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies and its predecessor the Vancouver Grizzlies, has been found dead in his Denver hotel room.  He called the games on CKNW from 1995-2000 and CISL during the 2000-01 season.  Memphis Grizzlies  ABC Memphis
  • 01/20/05 - Skip Marrow is setting up a non-profit organization to ensure his two Olympia area radio stations "go on forever".   Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/19/05 - Central Island Broadcasting Ltd. has changed its corporate name to Island Radio Ltd.  President and GM Paul Larsen announced that with expansion north and west on Vancouver Island, 'Central Island' no longer reflected the company's geographic presence.  Island Radio owns and operates six stations in Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Courtenay/Comox, and Port Alberni.  Island Radio release
  • 01/14/05 - Long time radio personality, talk show host and PD Don Porter died Monday, January 10 in Portland at the age of 83.  Don was born in Victoria, but worked at stations in several cities on both sides of the border including KGW, KXL and KEX Portland.  He was a talk show host at CKWX and newsman at CHQM in Vancouver in the early 1970s before heading back to Portland as talk show host at KPOJ.  Additionally, he voiced numerous national radio and TV commercials for the Government of Canada.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
  • 01/13/05 - The loss of classic country and business news formats from Seattle airwaves has spurred the most feedback.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I
  • 01/12/05 - Mona Lee Locke will return as an anchor and reporter on KIRO-TV/7 Seattle this spring.   Seattle P-I
  • 01/11/05 - Tony Ventrella, TV anchor since 1981, has debuted as evening talk show host on KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  Melanie McFarland, The P-I
  • 01/08/05 - News anchor Kristy Lee is leaving KIRO-TV/7 Seattle, coinciding with the station's expansion of its 6 p.m. local news to one hour.  Seattle P-I  KIRO programming release
  • 01/06/05 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced the resignation of President and Chief Executive Officer William W. Krippaehne Jr.  Benjamin W. Tucker Jr., currently President of Fisher Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of Fisher Communications, will serve as Fisher Communication's acting President and CEO.  Fisher Communications news release  Bill Virgin, The P-I   Alwyn Scott, Seattle Times
  • 01/06/05 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle shuffles the deck.  KRKO AM 1380 Everett drops Imus.  Bill Virgin's Radio Beat, The P-I  KIRO press releases
  • 01/04/05 - Former KBSG-FM 97.3 Seattle Program Director Jay Kelly assumes the same role at KJR-FM 95.7, while KBSG picks up San Francisco broadcaster Brian Thomas as its new PD.

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