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  • 12/28/06 - What's not on the air in Seattle radio as 2006 comes to a close?  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/27/06 - An advance copy of the January 2007 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.
  • 12/27/06 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that Joe Lovejoy, VP/100+ Group, has been promoted to Senior VP/Media Operations and Rob Dunlop, VP/Developing Media, has been promoted to Senior Vice President/Developing Media.   Fisher release
  • 12/21/06 - The Grey Cup, along with all Canadian Football League games, will move from CBC Television to cable's TSN next season in a new five year deal.  The CBC has been airing CFL games since 1952, a year before it's local station, CBUT/2 Vancouver, signed on.  William Houston, Globe and Mail
  • 12/21/06 - Two of Seattle's pioneer stations, KOMO AM 1000 and KVI AM 570 turn 80.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/20/06 - Last week's near-hurricane force winds took their toll on local TV stations, with reported power failures affecting over-the-air transmissions of KHCV-TV/45 Seattle, KUNS-TV/51 Bellevue, along with their digital transmitters, plus KBTC-TV/28 and KWDK-DT/42 Tacoma.  By comparison, Typhoon Frieda, which struck in October 1962, knocked out virtually every radio station north of California.
  • 12/20/06 - Brandon "Maynard" Cohen has been officially appointed PD of Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 effective Janaury 8th, to replace Lisa Adams, who moved to Portland market MOViN KVMX-FM 107.5 in November.  Keith Berman, Radio & Records
  • 12/16/06 - The CRTC holds the line on content regulations for Canadian radio stations, but ups the fees for development of artists, while easing the burden on smaller stations.  The amount of domestic content played on jazz, blues and concert music stations will increase.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Barbara Shecter, Financial Post
  • 12/15/06 - HDTV Networks Inc. has submitted an application to the CRTC for a national over-the-air broadcast license based out of Vancouver.  Broadcaster Magazine  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail  Peter Koven, Financial Post
  • 12/14/06 - Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver has applied to the CRTC for licenses to operate multicultural television stations in Edmonton and Calgary.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 12/13/06 - I-91 KVTI-FM 90.9 Tacoma, which has roots back to 1955, has picked up two awards recently from trade publication New Music Weekly.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/13/06 - Salem Communications has announced that its power boost to 50 kW at KKOL AM 1300 Seattle increases the station's coverage to 3.5 million people.  Salem news release
  • 12/10/06 - After 13 years of service, Cathie Valentine-McKinney is stepping down as Executive Director of the Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters Association (PSRBA) at the end of the year.   PSRBA photo & info
  • 12/09/06 - Former Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver supper-hour news anchor Julie Nolin starts Monday as the anchor for News at 5 on CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  Victoria Times-Colonist  Times-Colonist correction  Meanwhile, on January 2 Kathi Goertzen returns to co-anchor the 11 p.m. newscast on KOMO-TV/4 Seattle.  Seattle P-I
  • 12/08/06 - Forty year radio veteran Joe Easingwood has signed a new contract with CFAX AM 1070 Victoria through late summer 2009.  He started in afternoons at the station in 1981 and currently hosts Newsline mid mornings.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 12/08/06 - Aboriginal Voices Radio spokesman Roy Hennessy reports that CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver began NAVCOM testing at 2 p.m. Wednesday (12/06) with four-hour loops of music and announcements, after receiving clearance from both Industry Canada and the FCC.   Testing will continue for the next few weeks, before official sign-on.  AVR received CRTC authorization in 2003 for a transmitter to operate at 850 kHz in Abbotsford, but that service will not proceed.  Meanwhile its new Edmonton station, CKAV-FM-4, will likely be up and running in about six weeks.
  • 12/07/08 - Movin KQMV-FM 92.5 is moving in the Seattle market.  Athima Chansanchai, Seattle P-I
  • 12/07/06 - Aboriginal Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver has resumed testing.  The new station conducted tests during the summer but has been silent following objections to the CRTC from adjacent channel Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden that its signal would be affected in the Surrey area south of Vancouver.
  • 12/07/06 - Emmy award winning news anchor Christine Chen, who anchored her last newscast on KCPQ-TV/13 November 29, is moving on to marketing and communications consulting.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I
  • 12/06/06 - Tim Shook, KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle student station manager during the 1975-76 school year, takes a fond look back at the station's roots.  He moved on to Seattle's KEZX-FM and Tacoma's former KBRD-FM and KTNT/KNBQ-FM.  RW Online 
  • 12/06/06 - All Access Music Group is reporting that College Creek Media has sold its construction permit for KANY-FM 93.5 Ocean Shores to Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. for $600,000.  The FCC approved the CP for the 6000 watt station on March 25, 2005.  FCC data  service area map
  • 12/05/06 - The move of Canucks broadcasts reflects in Vancouver's latest radio ratings.  Peter Wilson, Vancouver Sun  A brief overview of ratings in Canada's top seven radio markets.  David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 12/04/06 - Today's release of the BBM S4-2006 12+ Vancouver radio ratings put news/talk CKNW AM 980 still in first place with a 10.5 share, Adult Contemporary CHQM-FM 103.5 second with 9.4 and CBC Radio One CBU AM 690 third with 9.  In Victoria, news/talk CFAX AM 1070 leads with a 14 share, The Island's Rock CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 12.2 and A/C CIOC-FM 98.5 third with 10.2.  Complete 12+ numbers for major Canadian cities.
  • 12/02/06 - Coinciding with one of the most severe snow storms in several years, CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver moved last Sunday from Continuous All Day Traffic to All Traffic All the Time.   Exceptions will be Vancouver Giants hockey and Seattle Seahawks football games.
  • 12/01/06 - B.C.'s first private TV station and only the second outlet in the province, CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, now branded as CH, began life with an Indian-head test pattern 50 years ago today.  canada.com backgrounder
  • 12/01/06 - Work begins next week on a new style of hour-long, local news broadcast for CBC TV to begin airing in April on CBUT-TV/2 Vancouver, and will continue to be hosted by Ian Hanomansing and Gloria Macarenko.  The move marks an abrupt turnaround in the reductions in CBC local TV newscasts, particularly in 2000 when local supper-time news shows were cut to 30 minutes from 60.  Guy Dixon, Globe & Mail
  • 11/30/06 - Westwave Broadcasting Inc. has applied to the CRTC for a new commercial FM station in Powell River.  It would operate at 105.3 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 3,000 watts.  A Pop Adult music format is proposed with approximately 40% pre-1980s music.  Westwave operates CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons, which signed on last spring.  CRTC Info
  • 11/30/06 - Vista Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to convert CHQB AM 1280 Powell River to FM 94.1 MHz directional with an average ERP of 8,600 watts (45,000 watts peak).  The proposed station would maintain its current adult contemporary music format.  CRTC Info
  • 11/29/06 - Two of the five members of the FCC are in Seattle for a hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Seattle Central Library regarding the rules that govern media ownership.  Michael J. Copps, Seattle Times  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/28/06 - Bill Dobson, long-time CBC-TV Vancouver news reporter/editor, died in Princeton, B.C. on November 24 at age 75.  He began his career in 1949 at CHUB Nanaimo, later joining CJVI Victoria.  He was with CKLG North Vancouver from its startup in 1955 until joining the CBC in 1961.  He co-hosted The Best Years series with Joyce Resin starting in 1986, prior to transfering to CBC Radio Vancouver as senior editor, where he retired in 1989.  A memorial service will be announced at a future date.  Photo
  • 11/28/06 - After operating with a temporary 1 kW transmitter since January 2002 from the Coastal Ranger cargo ship in Seattle’s Elliott Bay, KKOL AM 1300 is now 50 kW directional with different constants day and night at 47-14-56 122-24-18.  Salem Communications Corporation issued a press release last month that announced the shutting down of adjacent channel KIKN AM 1290 Port Angeles effective October 18 in preparation for the power increase.   Salem Release  Temporary Site Info
  • 11/27/06 - Seattle's two country FMs maintain top five status in the Arbitron 12+ Fall '06 P1 Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Complete 12+ numbers can be viewed at Radio & Records.   Click on the Ratings tab at the top of the page, then type "Seattle" into the Market Name box.
  • 11/27/06 - ABC's The Jimmy Kimmel Show host, who got his start at KZOK-FM 102.5, returns to Seattle as celebrity guest on Monday Night Football.  Jim Moore, Seattle P-I
  • 11/27/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Matthew G. McBride for a new commercial FM station in Pemberton.  CFPV-FM will offer a blend of rock and pop music from the 1970s and 80s, along with news, sports, weather and a weekly open line program.  It will operate at 98.9 MHz with an ERP of 420 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 11/27/06 - The CRTC has approved application by The Mountain Culture Collective Radio Society for a very low-power developmental community FM station in Whistler.  The station will produce programming in eight languages and feature local and visiting musical talent.  It will operate at 97.9 MHz with an ERP of 5 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 11/25/06 - Legendary broadcaster Red Robinson, who was born in Comox on Vancouver Island and spent his early years in Fanny Bay, is the first inductee into the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement.  Mark Allan, Comox Valley Record
  • 11/25/06 - The Puget Sound Station as KVI AM 570 Seattle was known in the early days, celebrated it's 80th birthday yesterday (11/24).  The station was at 1280 on the dial at its inception, with 50 watts and studio in Tacoma.  Meanwhile, KING-TV/5 Seattle turns 58 today.
  • 11/24/06 - After transmitter testing since late October, RJ 1200 CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver officially signs on tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 25) at 12 minutes to 7 p.m.  The station is targeted to listeners aged 18-44 with a lively mix of Bollywood, hip hop, Indi-pop, rap and bhangra.  It broadcasts in 17 languages with live news, sports and weather hourly with a 30-minute major newscast nightly at 6:30.  Sundays are devoted to 10 languages including Filipino, Farsi and Italian.
  • 11/24/06 - An advance copy of the December 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.
  • 11/24/06 - The CRTC has approved application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CKKQ-FM 100.3 and CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria.  Sale of the stations was announced May 9.  CRTC decision   Andrew A. Duffy, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 11/24/06 - CanWest Global Communications is proposing that the major Canadian networks charge 50 cents a month per cable and satellite TV viewer for stations which can normally be received over the air.  Grant Robertson, Globe & Mail
  • 11/23/06 - Paul Ski, Vice President/General Manager of CHUM Radio’s Western Operations located in Vancouver, has been appointed President, CHUM Radio.  CHUM Limited release
  • 11/23/06 - All-Christmas music launches at two Seattle area stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/23/06 - Lara Yamada replaces Christine Chen as co-anchor of Q13 Fox News @ Ten on KCPQ-TV/13.  Seattle P-I
  • 11/17/06 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle takes aim at improving its share of local news viewers.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I
  • 11/16/06 - Clear Channel Communications Inc. says it has agreed to be acquired for about $18.7 billion by an investor group led by Thomas H. Lee Partners LP and Bain Capital Partners LLC.  Clear Channel also said it plans to sell 448 of its smaller market radio stations as well as its 42-station television group.   The company owns several radio stations in Northwest Washington, along with KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham.  Elizabeth White, AP/Seattle P-I  Clear Channel release  Elizabeth White/Bill Virgin Seattle P-I (local info)
  • 11/16/06 - With high ratings in the Sea-Tac radio market, the morning Scott and Sam show on Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3 is catching the attention of other stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/15/06 - Steve Oshin is returning to Entercom Seattle as VP/GM after two years as director of Online Sales with the Seattle Times.  He is slated to start December 4.  Mike Boyle, R&R
  • 11/14/06 - Two long-time Vancouver broadcast personalities, Fred Latremouille and Wayne Cox, have been awarded a plaque on the Starwalk at the Orpheum Theatre in the city.  RedRobinson.com
  • 11/14/06 - Bill Sigmar has been named senior vice president and director of Sales for CBS Radio’s Seattle cluster.  Keith Berman, R&R
  • 11/10/06 - Layoffs loom as Seattle market KSTW-TV/11 goes through reorganization.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I
  • 11/09/06 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KBTC-TV/28 Tacoma to reduce ERP from 676 to 604 kW, with a reduction in HAAT from 232 to 219 meters.   FCC info
  • 11/09/06 - KPLU-FM 88.5 celebrates its 40th birthday this month as it persues new technologies to generate revenue.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/08/06 - Canada's third largest private company, The Jim Pattison Group is focusing on expanding its radio operations, but is rumored to be a potential buyer of several television stations in the Bell Globemedia takeover of CHUM Ltd.  However, president Rick Arnish says the group is concerned about the outlook for conventional TV in Canada.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail
  • 11/08/06 - TV cameraman Howard Ramaley, whose 33-year career bagan at KMO-TV/13 Tacoma in 1953, has died at the age of 84.  A memorial service is scheduled for December 2 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 19834 Eighth Ave. S. in Des Moines.  David Bowermaster, Seattle Times
  • 11/07/06 - RJ 1200 CJRJ AM Vancouver continues to test its new 25 kW transmitter in anticipation of a late November launch.   In regard to chosing an AM frequency, station president Shushma Datt said, "There was simply nothing left on the FM dial that provided an unimpaired signal, while the AM dial had some very viable options for a strong, clear signal and the 1200 spot was the best of those available.”  The station's format will be predominantly Bollywood, Bhangra, Hip Hop and Indi-pop, targeted towards young South Asians aged 18-44, with a Sunday line-up featuring international languages including Filipino, Italian and Farsi. 
  • 11/07/06 - Vancouver radio and TV talk show host Vicki Gabereau is one of nine distinguished Canadians to be inducted into The Canadian Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Hall of Fame at the CAB's 80th Annual Convention in Vancouver.  Broadcaster Magazine  Kevin Newman, anchor and executive editor of the Vancouver-based Global National, has been voted "Best News Anchor" for the second consecutive year at the 21st annual Gemini Awards at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/03/06 - Programming changes at KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle, as it removes shows that are duplicated on sister station KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma.   Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 11/02/06 - Fisher Broadcasting's newly acquired KWOG-TV/51 Bellevue has changed call letters to KUNS-TV.
  • 11/02/06 - More details on the departure of morning co-host Mike West and lineup changes at The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7.   Movin' KQMV-FM 92.5 adds jocks.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/01/06 - The FCC has denied an Application for Review by Triple Bogey, further paving the way for the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA.  To facilitate the move, the FCC granted construction permits in late September to change the frequency of KASB-FM 89.3 Bellevue to 89.9 and to change the frequency of KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island to 88.9.  FCC information
  • 11/01/06 - Commentator Norman Spector creates a national political stir by using the "B-word" on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 and CFAX AM 1070 Victoria talk shows.   Ian Bailey, The Province
  • 11/01/06 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has closed the sale of 18 radio stations to Denver-based Cherry Creek Radio for $26,104,000.00 involving stations in four markets.  Fisher had announced May 31 that it was selling 24 small-market stations in Washington and Montana.  Radio Ink May 31 Fisher release
  • 10/31/06 - A memorial service for longtime Vancouver Sun columnist and CJOR sports commentator Denny Boyd will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 3 at Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver.  Boyd died Friday at age 76 after a battle with cancer.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 10/31/06 - Mike McCardell and Deborra Hope of BCTV News CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver have respectively won Best Feature Story and Best Commentator of the Year awards at the 2006 Jack Webster Awards.  Broadcaster Magazine  Award Winners  The Province
  • 10/30/06 - After getting up early for close to 30 years, The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 morning co-host Mike West is hanging up his microphone.  He started his radio career at Nathan Hale's KNHC-FM, with a long run at KISW-FM and KXRX-FM.  Reports indicate that morning show partner John Fisher will be moving to afternoons, with a new a.m. drive team to be announced.  KMTT info
  • 10/30/06 - On the anniversary of Orson Welles account of Martians invading Planet Earth, KPLU-FM 88.5 midday jazz host Dick Stein unveils Jimmy Jazzoid, DJ Detective.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 10/29/06 - A memorial for Mike Phillips was held Saturday (10/28) in his hometown of Portland along with a memorial lunch in Seattle on October 26.   He segued from Benson High School's KBPS directly to KISN Portland in 1960.  Next was Top 40 KAYO Seattle in late '61, a short return stint back at KISN, then on to KJR Seattle before moving on to other U.S. cities.  Mike Phillips tribute site   Three early airchecks courtesy Robin Mitchell's rma1.com:  KISN 1961  KAYO 1961   KISN 1962
  • 10/28/06 - Longtime Vancouver Sun columnist Denny Boyd died Friday morning (10/27) from bladder cancer in Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.  He was 76.  In addition to his many years at The Sun, he wrote several books and was a sports commentator at CJOR Vancouver from 1972-77.  He received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2005.  Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun tribute  OBC biography
  • 10/27/06 - CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver has begun transmitter testing.  The station operates with 25 kW with slightly different directional patterns day and night.  The CRTC approved application July 21, 2005 by I.T. Productions Ltd. to operate a new ethnic station directed predominantly to Vancouver’s South Asian communities.  I.T. is owned by Shushma Datt, who has operated Radio Rim Jhim to ethnic audiences for the past 18 years via the subsidiary communications multiplex operations (SCMO) of CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver.  CRTC approval
  • 10/26/06 - A public service will be held Tuesday, November 7 at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street in Vancouver in memory of Daryl Duke, who died Saturday morning (10/21) at his home in West Vancouver.  Province/Sun obituary
  • 10/26/06 - Clear Channel Communications, the largest U.S. radio broadcaster and owner of six stations in the Seattle-Tacoma market, has hired Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an adviser and is evaluating alternatives to increase the company's share price.  Bloomberg News/Seattle P-I  Radio Ink
  • 10/26/06 - CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, the first private TV station in B.C., celebrated 50 years of broadcasting last night with a champagne toast and staff reunion.  Among the attendees were Andy Stephen, Bob Aylward, host of the 1960s dance show Club 6, John Barton of Barton and Company and CHEK-TV co-founder Charlie White.  The station officially went on air December 1st, 1956.
  • 10/26/06 - Radio stations counter listeners' suspicions that their play requests are ignored.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/23/06 - Entercom Seattle Corporate Engineer Clay Freinwald will be leaving the company December 31.  He explains in this advance copy of the November 2006 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter The Waveguide.  November Clay's Corner
  • 10/21/06 - Multiple award winner Daryl Duke, whose film and TV career spanned five decades in Canada and the U.S., died this morning (10/21) in West Vancouver at age 77.  Dr. Duke was one of the first television producer/directors at CBUT Vancouver in the 1950s and one of the founders of the city's second private television station CKVU-TV, which signed on in 1976.  Website Memoriam  Canada.com   Chad Skelton, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/21/06 - A more detailed look at the latest Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings by Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I.
  • 10/20/06 - Susan Englebert, a 30-year veteran of CBC Radio, died last night (10/19) at her home in Victoria.  She began her career as a production assistant on The Great Canadian Gold Rush in the 1960s and was Head of CBC Radio 3 and New Media when she retired in May 2002.  CBC obituary
  • 10/20/06 - The Summer '06 12+ Arbitron radio ratings have been released for Seattle with Country KMPS-FM 94.1 back into first place with CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 second and News KOMO AM 1000 third.   Complete 12+ numbers can be viewed at Radio & Records by clicking on Ratings at the top of their page, then type "Seattle" into the Market Name box.
  • 10/20/06 - Global television news is acquiring a Robinson R44 helicopter for news and traffic coverage beginning November 6, to compete with CTV's Chopper 9.  The addition is part of an airborne fleet expansion that will provide expanded news coverage in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Hamilton.   It also will provide traffic coverage for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 and its Corus sister stations.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/20/06 - The CRTC has announced that application by CFCP Radio Ltd. to convert CHQB AM 1280 Powell River to 94.1 FM, which was to be heard at a public hearing in Regina SK October 30, has been been withdrawn and will be heard at a later date.  CRTC info
  • 10/19/06 - The FCC has granted construction permit to Grays Harbor Educational Media for a minor change in licensed facilities for KAYO-LP 94.3 Aberdeen.  Transmitter will remain at 100 watts with a move from 46-58-32 123-50-1 south to 46-56-59 123-49-13 with an increase in HAAT from -33.6 to -14 meters.  FCC data
  • 10/19/06 - "Jimmy Jazzoid, DJ Detective, and the Death Beak of Ballard," will be performed at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle and aired live on KPLU-FM 88.5 on Oct. 30.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/17/06 - Veteran broadcaster Mike Phillips died yesterday afternoon (10/16) at his brother's home in Portland, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 64.  Phillips began his 40-year career at KAYO Seattle in 1961, followed by on-air positions at KISN Portland, KJR Seattle, and at stations in San Francisco, New York and Chicago.  After eleven years at K-EARTH KRTH-FM Los Angeles, he retired as PD in 2001.  He had recently worked with the Oldies channels at Sirius Satellite Radio.  Airchexx airchecks   Rock Radio Scrapbook KJR aircheck
  • 10/17/06 - After a year as president and CEO of Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Colleen Brown has focused the company toward profitablity.  Jessica Kowal, Washington CEO  
  • 10/13/06 - KSER-FM 90.7 Everett has its roots in Seattle's old KRAB-FM, one of earliest noncommercial radio stations in the U.S.  Diane Wright, Seattle Times
  • 10/13/06 - Air America Radio, heard locally on Progressive Talk KPTK AM 1090 Seattle, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a month after denying rumors it would do so.  The network intends to stay on the air while it resolves issues with creditors.  Seth Sutel AP/Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I (updated)  Seth Sutel/Vinnee Tong AP/Seattle Times
  • 10/12/06 - The FCC approval last month for the moves of KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island to 88.9 and KASB-FM 89.3 Bellevue to 89.9 clears the way for the move in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington, but obstacles still exist.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/11/06 - CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver has tweaked its Continuous Drive Time Traffic format to include Continuous All Day Traffic.  The station now offers continuous traffic reports airing from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Included is play-by-play coverage of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Giants and Seattle Seahawks.
  • 10/06/06 - Vaugn Bjerre, who was on air at CKMO and CKWX Vancouver during the 1940s, died at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver on September 25th at age 81.  After working at Ontario stations in the 1950s, he was Vice President of CFTR/CHFI-FM Toronto during the 1960s and 70s.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday October 13th at 11a.m. at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra St., Victoria.  Times-Colonist obituary
  • 10/06/06 - CTV morning news anchor and national news correspondent Ravi Baichwal is reported to be moving to the weekend anchor position at WLS-TV/7 Chicago in late November.  He was an anchor/reporter with CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver (then branded as Vancouver Television) from 1999 to 2002 before making the move to Toronto.  Chicago Sun-Times
  • 10/06/06 - Since its debut on KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle on May 1, the Movin format has been movin' to a number of U.S. stations.  The latest is KVMX-FM 107.5 Portland, which became Movin 107.5 at 10 a.m. yesterday.  As a result, The Bob Rivers Show, which had been syndicated out of KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle, will no longer run on the Portland station.  Radio & Records  Edison Media Research background
  • 10/05/06 - Testing is being completed at the new transmitter site for Sumner area KZIZ AM 1560, which will allow the station to move to 24-hour operation.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/03/06 - Peter Viner, former president of CKVU-TV/10 (now branded as Citytv) Vancouver, has been chosen by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters to receive its 2006 Gold Ribbon Award for outstanding service to Canadian private broadcasting.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/02/06 - News/talk CKNW AM 980 holds on to first place in the BBM 12+ S3 2006 Vancouver radio ratings with a 10.7 share.  JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 is second with 9.5 and Adult Contemporary QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is third with 9.3.  Complete 12+ numbers for major Canadian cities.
  • 09/28/06 - Following the death of the program's founder and host Robert Baron in August, Music With Moskowitz will run for the final time this Saturday on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.   The station will expand its rockabilly show Pull the String to fill the time slot.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/26/06 - Vancouver musician, promoter, and producer Rocket Norton has released his new book, Lost in Space.  The book is mostly a story about how the Seeds Of Time morphed into Prism, with some historic information on the early days of Red Robinson at CJOR, CKWX and CFUN, and the beginning of CKLG-FM, later C-FOX.  Official book release party is at Neptoon Records Tuesday, October 3.
  • 09/26/06 - The FCC has granted construction permits to Bellevue School District #405 to change the frequency of KASB-FM 89.3 Bellevue to 89.9, with an ERP increase from 8 to 60 watts, and to Mercer Island School District #400 to change frequency of KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island to 88.9 with ERP remaining at 30 watts.  FCC KASB data  FCC KMIH data
  • 09/26/06 - Arbitron has announced that effective with the Fall 2006 ratings, non-commercial and public radio stations will be eligible for reporting in their local markets, but reporting of Satellite radio is still on hold pending further study.  Radio Ink   Katy Bachman, Mediaweek
  • 09/26/06 - After a year with its new branding, Vancouver market OMNI.10 CHNU-TV/66 has announced a new management structure.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/25/06 - Both country FM stations are in the top four in the 12+ Arbitron Summer 06 P2 Seattle-Tacoma ratings.  Complete 12+ numbers can be viewed at Radio & Records by clicking on Ratings at the top of their page, then type "Seattle" into the Market Name box.
  • 09/23/06 - After a four year hiatus from Seattle, former KCPQ-TV/13 meteorologist Jim Castillo returns to KOMO-TV/4.  Seattle P-I
  • 09/21/06 - Ron Fairly hangs up the mike after 14 seasons on the Seattle Mariners team of radio and television announcers.  Mariners release  Dale Bowman, Seattle Times
  • 09/21/06 - The Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam goes Vegas with the addition of the new adjoining Red Robinson Show Theatre.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/21/06 - Commercial volume spurs complaints.   KPLI-FM 90.1 Olympia has officially launched.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/20/06 - An advance copy of the October 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.
  • 09/16/06 - A private VIP reception and show featuring Paul Revere and the Raiders and Bill Medley, along with a number of dignitaries, including Senator Larry Campbell, Coquitlam Mayor Maxine Wilson, Bruce Allen, Wink Martindale, Peter Reveen, Vicki Gabareau, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Terry Stewart was held last night at the new Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam.   Official public opening is tonight with Little Richard performing.  The show theatre is named for the veteran Vancouver broadcaster.  Canada.com
  • 09/15/06 - A mistrial has been declared in former KIRO AM 710 Seattle radio personality Mike Webb's insurance fraud case.  Paul Shukovsky, The P-I  Natalie Singer, Seattle Times
  • 09/14/06 - The Red Robinson Show Theatre, named for the legendary Vancouver broadcaster, officially opens this Saturday with Little Richard performing.  Other events scheduled this month are Huey Lewis and the News, Roseanne Barr, Canadian comedian Brent Butt and Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings.  The theatre is located at 2080 United Boulevard in Coquitlam.  Red Robinson website
  • 09/14/06 - Air America spokesperson Jamie Horn responds to rumors of restructuring with, "No decision has been taken to make any filing of any kind."  Radio Ink   R&R
  • 09/14/06 - KENU AM 1330 Enumclaw is stunting in preparation for a format flip this Friday to Classic Alternative.  KPTK AM 1090 Seattle shuffles programming due to uncertainties at Air America.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 09/13/06 - Reports are circulating that Air America Radio will announce a major restructuring this Friday, which is expected to include a bankruptcy filing.  Air America programming is heard locally on Progressive Talk KPTK AM 1090 Seattle.  Think Progress posting
  • 09/12/06 - KCTS-DT/41 Seattle has been off air over the weekend due to transmitter problems.  Station officials expect the digital signal to return later today. 
  • 09/08/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities to operate a low-power Type B community FM radio station in Powell River.  The CRTC previously approved a developmental community station, which is in operation.  The station, Jump Radio CJMP-FM, will continue to operate at 90.1 MHz with an ERP of 3.6 watts.  CRTC details
  • 09/08/06 - 77 year old hall of famer Bob Robertson starts his 40th year calling Cougar football.  Glenn Kasses, Seattle P-I
  • 09/07/06 - The CRTC has approved application by UCFV Campus and Community Radio Society for a new community-based campus FM station at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford.   The new station, CIVL-FM is authorized to operate at 88.5 MHz directional with an average ERP of 92 watts (300 watts peak).  The application was previously approved in part on March 26/06, but the proposed technical perameters were deemed unacceptable.
  • 09/07/06 - The insurance fraud trial for former KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Mike Webb has begun.   KIRO fired Webb after the charges were laid, however his show still airs in syndication on a number of stations.  Paul Shukovsky, Seattle P-I
  • 09/07/06 - Traditional broadcasters are looking at ways to extend their reach by offering live streaming of broadcasts and on-demand podcasts on Cingular Wireless cell phone service.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/01/06 - Bell Globemedia Inc. and CHUM Limited have announced that BGM has been successful in its offer to acquire CHUM Limited.  On July 12/06 it was announced that Bell Globemedia would pay C$1.7 billion for CHUM Ltd., in a deal that will see the company merged into a BCE-owned media conglomerate, subject to future CRTC approval.  Locally, CHUM owns Citytv and three radio stations in Vancouver plus A-Channel and two radio stations in Victoria.  Bell Globemedia owns CTV British Columbia in Vancouver.  Bell Globemedia release
  • 08/31/06 - CFCP Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to convert CFWB AM 1490 Campbell River to the FM band.  The new station would operate on 106.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 663 watts (peak ERP 5,000 watts).  The station would maintain its current country music format and local programming focus.  CRTC application
  • 08/31/06 - CFCP Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to convert CHQB AM 1280 Powell River to the FM band.  The new station would operate on 94.1 MHz directional with an average effective radiated power of 9,200 watts (peak ERP 45,000 watts).  The station would maintain its current adult contemporary format.  CRTC application
  • 08/31/06 - Bute Inlet Development Corporation has applied to the CRTC for a native FM station in Campbell River.  The new station would operate on 100.7 MHz non-direction with an ERP of 540 watts.  CRTC application
  • 08/31/06 - Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver has announced that after a seven year hiatus, Fred Latremouille and Cathy Baldazzi are returning to the city's morning radio waves effective Tuesday, September 5 at 5:30 a.m.  The popular duo hosted mornings at CFUN, then CKKS-FM during most of the 1990s.  Latremouille started in Vancouver radio at CJOR in 1962 after a stint in northern Alberta.  Meanwhile Clear FM is running uninterrupted Favourites of Yesterday and Today over the holiday weekend, leading up to the new morning show Tuesday, which will feature sister station CKWX AM 1130 News1130 anchor Don Lehn and Global Vancouver weatherman Wayne Cox.
  • 08/31/06 - The Commentators moves from KOMO AM 1000 to sister station KVI AM 570.  KKOL AM 1300 modifies its lineup as it ups power to 50 kW next week.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/30/06 - An advance copy of the September 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.
  • 08/25/06 - Trinity Broadcasting Network digital KTBW-DT/14 Tacoma has returned to the air after a transmitter failure about two weeks ago. 
  • 08/25/06 - CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3, Country KMPS-FM 94.1 and News KOMO AM 1000 remain the top three listened to stations 12+ in the Arbitron Summer 06 P1 Seattle-Tacoma ratings.   Complete 12+ numbers can be viewed at Radio & Records by clicking on Ratings at the top of their page, then type "Seattle" into the Market Name box.
  • 08/24/06 - KHCV-TV/45 has begun broadcasting Hispanic programming with Azteca America on its analog and 44.2 digital channels.  KHCV President Dr. Kenneth Casey commented, "To do something for the Hispanic community by providing programming for that segment of the Seattle population was something I felt was an obvious course to take.  Azteca America offered everything we were looking for in that regard as we decided to transition and position this station for the future".  Jewelry Television continues on digital channel 44.1.
  • 08/24/06 - Very little comedy remains on today's radio.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/23/06 - Entercom Seattle has announced the launch of five new HD2 radio channels this week, including live rock, roots and blues, world music, all-comedy and urban adult contemporary.  Puget Sound Business Journal  Seattle Digital Radio listings
  • 08/22/06 - The FCC has granted transfer of control of KWOG-TV/51 Bellevue from Christopher J. Racine to Fisher Broadcasting Company.   Sale of the station was announced by Fisher on June 29/06.
  • 08/19/06 - Robert Baron, a.k.a. Madman Moskowitz, died Friday at the age of 61.  For nearly 30 years the "maniacal maestro of malodorous melodies" hosted shows at KRAB-FM, KMPS-FM, KRPM-FM, KKBY-FM, KYCW AM and most recently at KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.  Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. August 26 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  2001 Seattle Times archive  2001 KYCW photo
  • 08/17/06 - "Superjock" and Radio Hall of Famer Larry Lujack, who hosted shows at KOL and KJR Seattle in the early 1960s and went on to stardom at WCFL and WLS Chicago, looks for another position after being fired as morning co-host on Real Oldies WRLL AM 1690 Chicago.  Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times  Radio Ink
  • 08/17/06 - An effort is on to organize a network of non-NPR community radio stations from Alaska to southern Oregon at the Northwest Community Radio Summit in Seattle September 15-17.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   Reclaim the Media
  • 08/16/06 - The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has filed a complaint with the CRTC, asking it to declare CHUM Limited in violation of its TV station licenses as a result of recent program cancellations at various stations across the country.  281 jobs were cut last month, including 47 at Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver and 24 at A-Channel CIVI-TV/53 Victoria.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/16/06 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle pays tribute to legendary Northwest broadcaster Pat O'Day for his 40th consecutive Seafair.  View clip (revised link)
  • 08/14/06 - Interference tests along the border are ongoing and expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks for the new Vancouver Aboriginal Voices Radio station to launch on 106.3 MHz.  Tests are to ensure the FCC and Industry Canada that the signal will not illegally interfere with Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden.  The CRTC has denied a 7000 signature petition generated by the station opposing use of the 106.3 frequency in Vancouver.  CKAV-FM-2 is expected on air shortly after testing is completed.  AVR's Ottawa station signed on last week and Calgary last month.  To come in the fall are stations in Montreal, Edmonton and Kitchener with applications in for Saskatoon and Regina.
  • 08/13/06 - Long-time CBC staffer Jim King died at Tabor Home in Abbotsford on Thursday, August 10 at age 80.  He joined the CBC in 1955, and during his 30 years there, held positions in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.  He was a long-standing member of the CBC 20 Year Association.  Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley; children Carole, Terry and Jim; and grandchildren TJ and Brody.  A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair, Abbotsford.
  • 08/11/06 - Trinity Broadcasting Network KTBW-TV/20 Tacoma has had a failure in its digital transmitter, KTBW-DT/14.  Station officials report that parts are on order but it will be off air for at least two weeks.
  • 08/11/06 - KSTW-TV/11 Tacoma officially becomes The CW11 at 5 p.m. today.  Seattle P-I
  • 08/10/06 - Glenn Beck is heard on more than 200 stations, including KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen...but not in Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/08/06 - Improvements in local and national advertising for its large-market TV stations have contributed to a turnaround for Seattle-based Fisher Communications.  Seattle P-I   Fisher release
  • 08/03/06 - Radio Disney turns ten.  Spanish-language La Jefa KTFH AM 1680 changes calls to KDOW.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/02/06 - KVI AM 570 Seattle talk show host chef Dan Thiessen is set to open new 225 seat Bellevue restaurant.  Nancy Leson, Seattle Times
  • 07/31/06 - KJR's Pat O'Day...the Pied Piper of Northwest rock.  William Dietrich, Seattle Times
  • 07/30/06 - Ronald "Ron" Stiles died at his home in Bellingham on Saturday, July 29 at age 56.  He was part of the 20/20 news team at CKLW Windsor ON before moving to the newsroom at Vancouver market CKNW in the 1970s.  Arrangements are pending with Jerns Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Bellingham.
  • 07/30/06 - An advance copy of the August 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.
  • 07/28/06 - A new country station in the Seattle-Tacoma market last December helped KUBE-FM 93.3 move into first place in the latest ratings.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/27/06 - The Spring '06 12+ Arbitron radio ratings have been released for Seattle with CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 in first, Country KMPS-FM 94.1 second and News KOMO AM 1000 third.  R&R details
  • 07/27/06 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle PD Lazlo ponders the station's next move.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/26/06 - The FCC has granted a change of facilities to Bustos Media of Seattle for KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma.  Power will jump from 41 to 64 kW, HAAT will increase from 620 to 742 meters and TL will move from 47-19-12 123-20-41 to 47-18-46 123-22-15.  Before and after 60 dBu service countour maps show a small increase in signal strength into the Seattle area.  
  • 07/26/06 - Further broadcast consolidation could occur as Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. is approached.  Standard owns 51 radio stations in Canada, including two in Vancouver and several more in the B.C. interior.  Grant Robertson/Sinclair Stewart, The Globe and Mail
  • 07/21/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Bell Globemedia Inc. (BGM), on behalf of its licensed subsidiaries, for authority to effect a change in the effective control of BGM.  Currently (subject to future approval of the acquisition of CHUM Limited) the company's only local entity is CTV British Columbia (CIVT-TV/32 and CIVT-DT/33 Vancouver).  CRTC decision   Grant Robertson, Globe & Mail
  • 07/21/06 - Statistics Canada has announced that last year's CBC lockout has caused the public broadcaster's total audience to drop from 11% to 8.8%, moving it from third to fifth place in overall format ranking.  Adult contemporary remains the first choice for Canadians.  Suzanne Ma, Globe & Mail  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/20/06 - 1960s KING AM and TV host Frosty Fowler returns to the air Saturday mornings on KWDB AM 1110 Oak Harbor.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/19/06 - KTWB-TV/22 Seattle has changed its call letters to KMYQ-TV as part of becoming a MyNetworkTV affiliate effective September 5.   The affiliation agreement was announced May 15th.
  • 07/17/06 - News/talk CKNW AM 980 has slipped to a slim lead over AC CHQM-FM 103.5 and third place CBC Radio One CBU AM 690 Vancouver in the BBM Spring '06 S2 12+ Vancouver radio ratings.  radiowest.ca info   BBM info  Canadian Broadcast Sales info (note CBS listings exclude non-commercial CBC stations)
  • 07/13/06 - The CRTC will hear the following applications beginning Sept. 11 in Gatineau, Quebec: 0749943 BC Ltd. (Matthew G. McBride) to operate a commercial station in Pemberton with a rock and pop music format on 98.9 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 500 watts at -238 meters HAAT CRTC details; The Mountain Culture Collective Radio Society to operate an FM developmental community radio station in Whistler on 97.9 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 5 watts CRTC details; and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CKKQ-FM 100.3 and CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria (sale was announced 05/09/06) CRTC details.
  • 07/13/06 - Brad Phillips, vice-president of CHUM Television in B.C., said layoffs at its Vancouver and Victoria TV stations were not connected to the takeover bid offer by Bell Globemedia.  Meanwhile Bell said it plans to keep CHUM's Citytv stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg and sell its smaller A-Channel stations, including the one in Victoria.  Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun  Stuart Hunter, The Province  Amanda Farrell, Victoria Times Colonist  Globe and Mail update  National Post
  • 07/13/06 - Michelle Mendoza hosts Living Christian, a local and mostly non-political talk show, weekday afternoons on KCIS AM 630 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/12/06 - 47 staff members have been cut at Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver along with 24 at A-Channel CIVI-TV/53 Victoria as the majority of local news programming is eliminated.  News1130 report  CKNW report  CBC report
  • 07/12/06 - Bell Globemedia will pay C$1.7 billion for CHUM Ltd., in a deal that will see the company merged into a BCE-owned media conglomerate.  If approved, the CRTC will likely force it to sell several of its television properties in some markets, including Vancouver/Victoria.  Locally, CHUM owns Citytv and three radio stations in Vancouver plus A-Channel and two radio stations in Victoria.  Bell Globemedia owns CTV British Columbia in Vancouver.  Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail  CHUM ownership  Bell release  Barbara Shecter, CanWest News
  • 07/11/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Corporation to operate a digital TV transmitter in Victoria to rebroadcast the programming of CHNM-DT/20 Vancouver (approved 3/10/06 and not yet on air).  The new Victoria transmitter will operate on channel 54 with an average ERP of 78 watts.  CRTC decision
  • 07/10/06 - KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle morning drive team Kent & Alan are celebrating their 20th anniversary as the city's longest running morning show on one station.  Kent Phillips and Alan Budwill first worked together at KMJK Portland in 1982 before moving to morning drive at KPLZ in 1986.  RTNDA and Emmy Award winner Phillips also co-hosts Northwest Afternoon on KOMO-TV/4.  KPLZ photos and info
  • 07/10/06 - A 1 hour 20 minute scoped MP3 version of Friday's XM Satellite Radio broadcast of 1960s KJR is available for listening or download at normgregory.com
  • 07/06/06 - Classic KJR Seattle jingles, jocks and music will be re-lived for five hours starting at 1 p.m. PT this Friday on Sonic Sound Salutes on the 60s on Six on XM Satellite Radio.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/04/06 - The sign-on of Aboriginal Voices Radio has been delayed once again, this time because of objections to the CRTC from Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden that its signal would be affected in the Surrey area.  The CRTC allowed another delay, but AVR chief of operations Roy Hennessy says, "We got a favorable signal last week and the wheels are in motion again."  When the station signs on, it will initially feature prerecorded programming while Industry Canada conducts mandatory tests, which could take 3-6 weeks.  AVR applied to change call letters for all of the stations in Canada and approval has been received to ID as CKAV plus a numerical identifier for each market.   CKAV-2-FM 106.3 for Vancouver.
  • 07/03/06 - The new station on 107.9 MHz in South Bend has picked up the previous 92.5 call letters of KLSY-FM.  The station will operate with 790 watts directional, 276 meters HAAT at 46-41-44 123-46-17.  Meanwhile the FCC has granted volunteer assigment of the construction permit from South Sound Broadcasting, LLC to South Bend Broadcasting, LLC.
  • 07/02/06 - Northwest radio history could have changed in January 1960.  The US Army called and prevented legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson from starting as afternoon host at KJR Seattle.  View the memo signed by KJR PD John Stone, written on what Red describes as, "The only piece of paper we could find while having dinner."
  • 06/30/06 - An advance copy of the July 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.
  • 06/30/06 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC to move CBRU AM 1270 Squamish to FM 98.3 directional with an average ERP of 1550 watts (3000 watts peak).  CBRU AM will go off the air on July 24, 2006.  CRTC decision
  • 06/29/06 - CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 continues its lead in the Spring '06 P2 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma ratings with AC KRWM-FM 106.9 second and Country KMPS-FM 94.1 third.  R&R details
  • 06/29/06 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the stock of African-American Broadcasting of Bellevue, Inc., licensee of KWOG-TV/51 Bellevue for $16 million.  Fisher intends to provide Hispanic programming on KWOG through a Univision affiliate.  The transfer of control is subject to FCC approval.  Fisher release
  • 06/29/06 - Controversial talk host Mike Siegel returns to the air six months after his departure from Seattle morning-drive radio.  Plans are to re-launch KXOT-FM 91,7 Tacoma August 1 with HD KUOW-2 programming.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/28/06 - B.C. celebrities, including CBC British Columbia Canada Now anchor Gloria Macarenko, donated their time and talent to read newspaper and magazine articles for VoicePrint Canada’s special 10-hour holiday weekend broadcast on Monday, July 3.  VoicePrint is a specialty media service for the 4.5 million Canadians who can’t access magazines and newspapers due to blindness or other vision restrictions, learning or physical disability, low literacy skills or the effects of getting older.  The Canada Day special will air from 12 noon to 10 p.m. PT July 3 and will be repeated in one-hour installments July 4 to 19 at 4 p.m. PT.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/27/06 - Legendary DJ Red Robinson recalls emceeing Vancouver's first major rock and roll concert with Bill Haley and his Comets fifty years ago today.  The concert was promoted by the late Jack Cullen with clothier Murray Goldman.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/27/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership to acquire the assets of CHWF-FM and CKWV-FM Nanaimo, CIBH-FM and CHPQ-FM Parksville, CKLR-FM Courtenay and CJAV-FM Port Alberni, from Island Radio Ltd.  CRTC decision
  • 06/24/06 - Channel M  CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver has won five gold and six silver awards at the 2006 PROMAX/BDA Awards event in New York City.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/22/06 - The CRTC has approved use of 106.3 MHz in Vancouver by Aboriginal Voices Radio for its new English and Native language station, which was approved in part by the Commission on June 5, 2001.  CRTC info   The station has announced that it will begin broadcasting June 30 as part of a new national AVR network.
  • 06/22/06 - Portable People Meters are scheduled for Seattle-Tacoma in 2009.  KIXI AM 880 makes more program changes.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/16/06 - Prominent CKNW AM 980 Vancouver radio hosts Philip Till and Jon McComb will ride in the CKNW Newscruise June 25 to benefit the CKNW Orphans' Fund, a 61 year old charity for disadvantaged and challenged children.  Corrie Miller, The Province
  • 06/15/06 - Former KIRO AM 710 talk show host Allan Prell resurfaces as a fill-in host on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon show, heard locally on KLAY AM 1180 Lakewood, KONP AM 1460 Port Angeles and KXRO AM 1320 Aberdeen.  KWJZ-FM 98.9 has dropped Nick Morrison in morning drive.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/10/06 - A Memorial Service for long time CBUT Vancouver weatherman Bob Fortune will be held Sunday, June 18th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the New Horizon Centre on Hornby Island.
  • 06/09/06 - Veteran CBC sportscaster Brian Williams (not to be confused with the NBC news anchor with the same name), who informed the network he would be jumping to rival CTV at the end of the year, has been fired by the corporation.  He is to anchor Olympic coverage of the 2010 games in Vancouver for CTV.  William Houston, Globe and Mail

  • 06/09/06 - A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 13th in the Gizeh Temple, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby for former CHAN-TV Pete's Place host/ventriloquist Peter Rolston.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/08/06 - Convention/cruise ship entertainer Peter Rolston died around midnight Tuesday, June 6 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He was the host and ventriloquist of Pete's Place on CHAN-TV Vancouver during the 1960s and '70s.  He was 70.
  • 06/08/06 - Steven B. Williams, who jocked at KYYX-FM Seattle in 1977, was found dead by a passing ship's captain, floating off the coast of Catalina Island.  He was 59.  R&R report   Manny Gonzales, Denver Post
  • 06/08/06 - Rotating hosts decide their own playlists at the very diversified KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue.  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 06/08/06 - "Family members" lost with the switch to syndication by KIXI AM 880.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/07/06 - Robert Fortune died last Saturday (06/03) at the age of 81.  Known on air as Bob Fortune, and reknowned for his soft, mellow voice and signature bowtie, he was the TV weatherman for CBUT Vancouver from 1954-75.  He began his career with CKMO in the late forties, moving to CKWX before starting with the CBC.  He also hosted a number of CBC TV series including Pacific 13 in 1956/57, Pleasure Boating in 1959, Klahanie from 1967-72, Hourglass in the 1970s and The Inventors in 1979.  For the last thirteen years, he lived on Hornby Island, B.C.
  • 06/02/06 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 has been pushed out of first place by both CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and AC KRWM-FM 106.9 in the Spring '06 P1 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma ratings.  R&R details
  • 06/02/06 - Dan Murphy is the only on-air host to stay, as operations manager, after the flip of KIXI AM 880 Seattle to national syndicated programming.  Weekend specialty shows, including Imagination Theatre, remain the same.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/01/06 - An advance copy of the June 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.
  • 06/01/06 - The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has hired The Buzz KRBZ-FM 96.5 Kansas City program director Lazlo to fill its PD position previously held by Phil Manning.  He starts June 19th.
  • 06/01/06 - KIXI AM 880 Seattle has abandoned its local live and voice tracked programming in favor of the Music of Your Life satellite feed featuring voice tracking by celebrity DJs such as Gary Owens,  Wink Martindale and Peter Marshall.  The change was effective at midnight.
  • 06/01/06 - Pat Cashman returns with "fun radio" at KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/31/06 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has agreed to sell 24 small-market radio stations in Montana and eastern Washington to Cherry Creek Radio LLC for $33.3 million.  The company said it will continue to own three radio stations in Seattle and television stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  The sale is subject to FCC approval.  Fisher release  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/31/06 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to South Sound Broadcasting, LLC for a new FM station in South Bend.  The station will operate with an ERP of .79 Kw directional at 276 meters HAAT at 46-41-44 123-46-17.
  • 05/31/06 - Spanish language radio continues its growth in the Seattle market with Bustos Media planning to spend another $25 million in the next 12 to 18 months, on top of its investment of $32 million on Washington state radio stations since January 2005.  John B. Saul, Seattle Times
  • 05/31/06 - MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver will launch Monday at 7:30 a.m. with continuous drive-time traffic and play-by-play Vancouver Whitecaps, Giants and Seattle Seahawks games, as well as delayed CKNW programs hosted by Bill Good, Dan Russell, Charles Adler and Michael Smyth.  Rival Team 1040 CKST program director Rob Gray hints at picking up some of the personalities dumped by MOJO.  Wency Leung, Vancouver Sun  Wendy McLellan, The Province
  • 05/30/06 - It appears that MOJO CHMJ AM 730 has lost the two-way sports format contest in Vancouver to rival Team 1040 CKST.  The station is currently running promos for "continuous drive-time traffic and the best of talk".  Reports indicate that 14 people have lost their jobs, including John McKeachie, Bob Marjanovich, Jeff Paterson, Blake Price and sister station CKNW AM 980 sports director J.P. McConnell.   The new format will begin Monday, June 5.
  • 05/26/06 - All Access Music Group (sign-up service) reports that longtime station manager/PD Phil Manning has resigned from The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle, effective immediately.
  • 05/26/06 - Nine-term Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott will fill in as host of The Dave Ross Show next week on KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  Neil Modie, Seattle Times
  • 05/25/06 - Immediately after the CRTC announced that it had applied for 106.3 MHz in Vancouver, Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. says it is looking for staff and will begin broadcasting June 30, as part of a new national AVR network.  New stations in Calgary and Ottawa will sign-on the same day with an initial mix of music, talk, news and cultural programming programming from Toronto.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/25/06 - University of Washington station KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle takes over programming of KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/24/06 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC to use 106.3 MHz for the operation of its Native Type B FM English and Native-languages station in Vancouver, approved in decision 2001-314 on June 5, 2001.  The application was filed in response to the decision, which stated that a license would only be issued to AVR if it submitted an application proposing the use of another suitable FM frequency.  CRTC info
  • 05/21/06 - The first head coach of the B.C. Lions football club, Annis Stukus died May 18 in Canmore AB.   "Stuke", who also did sports commentary work at CFTO-TV in Toronto and CFUN Vancouver, was 91.  He was inducted in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1992.  Canadian Press release  CCF biography
  • 05/20/06 - CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons officially signed on at 12:01 p.m. today with an introduction and acknowledgments by President and GM Bob Morris.   Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Jim Fraser will host mornings with Ray Collins in afternoon drive.  The station's signal, which has been testing since March 20, is reaching the Lower Sunshine Coast, Central Vancouver Island and parts of the Lower Mainland.  Audio from RadioWest
  • 05/18/06 - CBS Radio has named Marcus D. Najera program director at KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle.  Billboard Radio Monitor
  • 05/18/06 - Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 holds down consistently high ratings with an adult contemporary and all-Christmas format.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/17/06 - In a 4-1 vote, Snohomish County Council has approved a permit for four new towers in the Snohomish River flood plain for KRKO-AM 1380 Everett.  The new towers will allow the station to boost power to 50 kW.  Jeff Switzer and Yoshiaki Nohara, HeraldNet
  • 05/17/06 - Barry Duggan, president of The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5, former executive VP and GM of CKVU-TV//10 and former  president and CEO of BCTV CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, has been permanently banned from the US stock market.  The Securities and Exchange Commission has accused him of manipulating the share price of an Internet adult porn company that he helped run in 2001 and 2002.  David Baines, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/16/06 - KTWB-TV/22 Seattle is now an affiliate of My NetworkTV, with an upcoming call letter change and programming scheduled to launch on September 5.  Seattle P-I
  • 05/15/06 - Multivan Broadcast Limited Partnership has applied to the CRTC to add a digital TV transmitter, in association with its analog transmitter, in Victoria to broadcast the programming of Channel M CHNM-DT/20 Vancouver.  The transmitter would operate on channel 54 with a maximum ERP of 225 watts.  CRTC info
  • 05/11/06 - Unlike other radio markets, Howard Stern's move to satellite has had little effect on the ratings of Seattle's KISW-FM 99.9.  Pat Cashman returns with a weekly show on KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/10/06 - Vice President of national CTV News, Tom Haberstroh has been appointed to the position of Vice-President and General Manager for CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/9 Vancouver.  He moves back to his native Vancouver, succeeding Jim Rusnak, who has held the position since 2003. Rusnak is moving on to another assignment at CTV, which will be announced at a later date.  CTV release 
  • 05/10/06 - Terms of the deal for the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of two Victoria FM stations from O.K. Radio Group are expected to be finalized by the end of the week.  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/09/06 - O.K. Radio Group Ltd. and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group have jointly announced the sale of The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 and The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria by O.K Radio to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.  Dan McAllister will continue to lead the teams and all of the staff members at both stations will be offered positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.  The sale is subject to CRTC approval.
  • 05/09/06 - The FCC has granted modification of construction permit to KVOS-DT/35 Bellingham for 580 kW ERP at 799 meters HAAT at 48-40-50 122-50-22.  The station is currently operating with Special Temporary Authority with 12 kW ERP at -42 meters HAAT at 48-44-34 122-28-15.
  • 05/08/06 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC to move its Radio One Vancouver translator CBRU AM 1270 Squamish to FM.  The new station would operate at 98.3 MHz with a maximum effective radiated power of 3,000 watts at -389.53 meters HAAT.  Lease of its AM transmitter site will expire on July 24, forcing the station to shut down at that time.   CRTC info  
  • 05/07/06 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver have been recognized in the Top Employers for Workplace Diversity awards published by The Canadian Immigrant magazine.  The Province  Magazine release
  • 05/05/06 - Daystar Television Network station KWDK-T/56 Tacoma has been off air for about a month.   A representative of Daystar advises that network programming has moved to channel 58 (KUSE-LP/58 Seattle).  Meanwhile, digital KWDK-DT/42 is running Daystar Network programming,
    but are identifying as KWBF-TV/42 Little Rock AR.
  • 05/05/06 - The Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters Association (PSRBA) has released the winners of the 21st Soundies, awarded May 4th at the Premier Club in South Seattle.  PSRBA info
  • 05/05/06 - Commercial FM radio has exceeded the $1-billion revenue mark in Canada, at a time when the industry is seeking restrictions and changes to ownership rules.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail
  • 05/04/06 - Seattle Sandusky GM Marc Kaye says, "Hot AC is just not a format anymore."  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/03/06 - The advent of The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 likely the cause of slippage to number-one-rated KMPS-FM 94.1 in the latest Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma book.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/03/06 - Business news guru Louis Rukeyser, whose friday evening program Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser was a mainstay for over 30 years on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle, died yesterday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 73.  Seattle P-I  NNDB bio
  • 05/02/06 - A close three-way race has formed in the Seattle-Tacoma Winter '06 radio ratings.  R&R details
  • 05/02/06 - Veteran KPLU-FM 88.5 General Manager Martin Neeb is set to retire at the end of May.  Kerry Swanson will serve as interim GM.  Adam Jacobson, R&R
  • 05/01/06 - After an hour of stunting, Seattle market KLSY-FM 92.5 flipped to Rythmic AC Movin 92.5 at noon today.  The station reportedly will run without DJs and will target women 25-44.  Application has been made to change calls to KQMV-FM and to activate a new website at www.movin925.com.  Seattle P-I  Radio Ink
  • 04/29/06 - An advance copy of the May 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.
  • 04/28/06 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc. narrowed its first-quarter loss to $1.7 million, compared with a loss of $5.1 million a year ago.  Revenue rose 9 percent to $33.8 million.  The company credited the improvement to stronger advertising revenue at its ABC affiliates in Seattle and Portland as well as its Seattle radio group.  Fisher release
  • 04/28/06 - 77 year old college football caller Keith Jackson, who went to Washington State and hosted evening news and sports at KOMO-TV/4 Seattle, has announced his retirement from ABC Sports.  Steve Kelley, Seattle Times
  • 04/27/06 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle reshuffles.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 04/24/06 - The OK Radio Group, whose roster of privately owned stations includes The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 and The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria, has reportedly sold its five Alberta radio stations to Rogers Broadcasting.  Rogers already owns both The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 and Jack CHTT-FM 103.1 in Victoria.  CRTC regulations limit ownership to a maximum of two stations in a market.  The sale is subject to CRTC approval.
  • 04/23/06 - The Radio-Info message board, with its Seattle and Canada pages is off-line, possibly to be re-launched under new administrators.   Meanwhile, Lance Venta, one of the main administrators, has launched a brand new site (separate from Radio-Info) called RadioInsight.
  • 04/23/06 - On the west coast, Adam Carolla (5-10 weekday mornings on The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle) is drawing less than a quarter of Howard Stern's old audience.  Martin Miller, Seattle/LA Times
  • 04/20/06 - Changes are coming for KKOL AM 1300 Seattle, including a 50 kW power boost by summer.  Robin Erickson and John Maynard are now free from their ties to Entercom.   The tab to change frequencies of high-school stations KMIH-FM 104.5 and KASB-FM 89.3 to accommodate the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington will total just over $190,000.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/19/06 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KMAS AM 1030 Shelton from Sound Broadcasting Inc. to Olympic Broadcasting Inc.
  • 04/18/06 - A Celebration of Life reception for Vancouver broadcaster Tom Peacock will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday April 22 at Hollyburn Country Club, 950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver.  Born and raised in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, he spent the best part of his life working in radio and TV in Nanaimo, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Vancouver.  He is remembered for his years with the Vancouver Canucks, work with the BC Lions and Vancouver Canadians Baseball.  Vancouver Sun obituary
  • 04/16/06 - Former CFUN and CKWX Vancouver DJ Tom Peacock died last night (04/15) at St. Paul's Hospital in the city.  He succumbed to a second stroke following quintuple bypass surgery a few days ago.  He was 67.  Peacock later was Program Director then General Manager of CKWX/CJAZ-FM/CKKS-FM Vancouver during the seventies and eighties.
  • 04/15/06 - Ray Carroll, a member of The Platters during the 1950s, died April 5th at his home in Vancouver.  He was 82.   Carroll hosted a radio show at CJAZ-FM and was the producer of a cable TV soul music show during the 1980s.  He still was active as a producer and agent.  A tribute will be held at Rossini's, 1525 Yew Street in the Kitsilano area, at 2:00 p.m. on April 18th   Sun/Province obituary
  • 04/13/06 - Spanish-language stations begin making their mark on Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/10/06 - Official 2006 S1 12+ BBM ratings have been released for Vancouver, Victoria and other major Canadian radio markets (pdf format).   A further breakdown of ratings is available from Canadian Broadcast Sales.
  • 04/09/06 - Prayers will be held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church at 599 Keith Rd., West Vancouver on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. for Arthur Frederick (Art) Jones, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the same church Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., Father Timothy McCarthy officiating.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 04/08/06 - Vancouver media mainstay Art Jones, who died yesterday, is credited for his many achievements in community service.  Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/07/06 - Pioneer Vancouver broadcaster Art Jones died April 7 of a massive heart attack at age 80.  He was a boy actor/singer at several Vancouver radio stations during the 1940s and photo journalist for the Vancouver Sun during the '50s, prior to winning the license for Vancouver's second TV station, CHAN-TV/8 in 1960.  He was still active as the producer/host of Art Jones & Company on Shaw Cable TV Vancouver.  Jones was the recipient of the Variety Club Heart Award in 1994 and Pioneer Award in 2001, and Tourism Vancouver's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.  VPL biography  History of Vancouver bio  Shaw Cable photo  Press Release
  • 04/06/06 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle VP and GM John Woodin is retiring, to be replaced by former KING-TV/5 news director, Eric Lerner.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 04/06/06 - Further details on the shuffling of non-commercial stations to facilitate the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington.  The morning team gets pared at KBSG-FM 97.3.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  
  • 04/05/06 - Twelve staff members, including three reporters, the chief engineer, operations and sales staff have been dismissed in a cost-cutting measure at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.   Gordon Hamilton, The Sun  Rod Mickleburgh, Globe and Mail
  • 03/31/06 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues to lead in the Arbitron Seattle-Tacoma 12+ Winter '06 P2 ratings, closely followed by CHR/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and AC KRWM-FM 106.9.  R&R details
  • 03/31/06 - The FCC has accepted for filing, applications by Mercer Island School District #400 to move KMIH-FM from 104.5 to 88.9 MHz and by Bellevue School District #405 to move KASB-FM from 89.3 to 89.9 MHz.  These changes would facilitate the move-in of KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR to Covington WA.  KMIH application  KASB application  Contingent Application Agreement
  • 03/30/06 - Joe Easingwood of CFAX AM 1070 Victoria and Alan Walton of CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria are among eight broadcasters to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards fom the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA).  Canada Newswire
  • 03/30/06 - Is Fisher Communications in a position to add to its radio properties?  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/29/06 - An advance copy of the April 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.
  • 03/29/06 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 has shuffled the weekend deck.  Shell Busey's Home Discovery Show moves to 5-8 a.m. Saturdays, longtime Vancouver radio/TV broadcaster Cameron Bell returns to the airwaves to host his own show Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and movie/media critic Rick Forchuck hosts his own show at 10 a.m.  Gone is Saturday morning host Jim Fraser to weekday mornings at the new CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons, which officially signs on May 20.  CKAY has also picked up News1130 CKWX AM 1130 sports announcer Scott Russell for sales and sports.
  • 03/28/06 - CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 reporter Rob Brown and News1130 CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver news editor Bruce Claggett are among five journalists to receive 2006 Jack Webster Foundation Poynter Institute Fellowships.  Jack Webster Foundation release
  • 03/27/06 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced appointment of Larry Roberts as VP/Radio.  Fisher release
  • 03/27/06 - The CRTC has extended to June 30, 2006 the deadline for Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR) to file an application for the use of a frequency other than 90.9 MHz in Vancouver and to commence operation of its previously authorized station to serve the city.  CRTC info
  • 03/26/06 - Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver has signed on its Victoria translator CHNM-TV-1 on channel 29.  The facility operates with a peak ERP of 8800 watts at 265 meters HAAT.
  • 03/25/06 - Country singer Buck Owens, who played and hosted radio shows at KAYE Puyallup and KTNT Tacoma in the late 1950s, died early this morning at his Bakersfield, CA home at age 76.  He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.  Buck Owens website   Yahoo bio
  • 03/24/06 - Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver has apologized to listeners for airing a sexually suggestive prank call that mocked Asian pronunciation.  Glenn Bohn, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/23/06 - Mike Preston, PD of Seattle market KBKS-FM 106.1 has been named vice president of programming for KCBS AM 740 and KFRC-FM 99.7 San Francisco effective Monday, April 3.   Radio Ink  Billboard Radio Monitor
  • 03/23/06 - Bob Rivers tests the waters on KVMX-FM 107.5 Portland.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/20/06 - CKAY-FM 91.7 Sechelt has begun on-air testing.  The station will officially sign on at noon May 20th and will cover the Lower Sunshine Coast from Egmont to Langdale, Central Vancouver Island and parts of the Lower Mainland.
  • 03/18/06 - Skagit Valley radio icon Dan Bartolovic died in Anacortes January 19th at the age of 60.  Danny B hosted the KAPS AM 660 Mount Vernon morning show from 1989 to 2001, was program director, handled sports play-by-play, was track announcer at Skagit Speedway and public address announcer for the Bellingham Mariners and Tacoma Tigers baseball teams. 
  • 03/17/06 - In a submission to the CRTC, the Canadian radio industry predicts a pessimistic future amid looming technologies.  Globe and Mail  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/16/06 - GreenStone Media hopes to fill a niche with a single source of 24-hour programming with a perspective provided by female hosts and aimed at female listeners.  Haley Jones has been named music director, assistant program director and midday host for Seattle market KMTT-FM 103.7.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/15/06 - In a new six-year contract, the NHL Vancouver Canucks are moving to Team 1040 CKST AM 1040 Vancouver from CKNW AM 980, an association which goes back to 1970.   Canucks Vice-President of Broadcast & New Media Chris Hebb says that both sides are working towards bringing play-by-play announcer John Shorthouse and analyst Tom Larscheid along as part of the deal.  Canucks release  Team 1040 release
  • 03/15/06 - After 30 years in news and news director of Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 since September 2002, Bill Kaczaraba is leaving the station next month for a job at a local management consulting firm.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 03/14/06 - The CRTC has approved application by UCFV Campus and Community Radio Society to operate a community-based campus FM radio station at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford to operate at 88.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 92 watts.  However, the Commission has denied the proposed technical perameters.  CRTC decision
  • 03/14/06 - The CRTC has approved application by McBride Communications & Media Inc. to operate a commercial FM radio station in Ucluelet.  The station will operate at 99.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 180 watts.  CRTC decision
  • 03/10/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Limited Partnership to operate a transitional digital television station in association with Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver.  The station would operate from the existing CHNM-TV tower on channel 20 with an average ERP of 772 watts.  CRTC info
  • 03/10/06 - Former CBC announcer and program host Stan Peters died suddenly from a heart attack early in the morning last Saturday, March 4 in his 74th year.  A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, March 16th at the Royal Canadian Legion in North Vancouver.  CBC Pensioners' Association obituary
  • 03/09/06 - The New York Attorney General's office is suing Entercom, parent of seven Seattle radio stations, following its payola probe.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/07/06 - British Columbia Institute of Technology's campus station, Evolution 107.9 CFML-FM Burnaby signed on for its three week test period at noon today.
  • 03/07/06 - Former CBS oldies KRTH-FM 101.1 Los Angeles PD Jay Coffey will take over programming duties at Seattle market KBSG-FM 97.3 beginning March 15.  R&R details
  • 03/07/06 - At the Canadian Music Industry Awards (CMIA), Chris "Dunner" Duncombe of The FOX CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver has received the Major Market Music Director of the Year award.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/03/06 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues its lead in the Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron winter '06 P1 12+ ratings, followed by AC KRWM-FM 106.9 and CHR/Rythmic KUBE-FM 93.3.  R&R details
  • 03/02/06 - KJR AM 950 has entered into a five-year deal to broadcast University of Washington football and men's basketball games.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/01/06 - An advance copy of the March 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.
  • 03/01/06 - Victoria-based 35-year open line host Peter Warren retires from radio this weekend to become a detective.  His Warren on the Weekend program is heard across Canada on the Corus Radio Network and locally on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail
  • 02/28/06 - Pending Industry Canada approval, British Columbia Institute of Technology campus station CFML-FM 107.9 is scheduled to sign on with its initial three week test period in the next few days.  The station will identify as Evolution 1079: the evolution of radio.
  • 02/24/06 - KMAS AM 1030 Shelton has been sold by Sound Broadcasting to Olympic Broadcasting.   Purchase price is $725,000.  R&R details
  • 02/23/06 - MOJO CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver will carry all 28 regular season Whitecaps men’s home and away games plus playoffs and 30-minute pre-game and post-game shows.  The broadcast team has yet to be announced.  Whitecaps release  
  • 02/23/06 - KBSG-FM 97.3 has re-signed morning team Burns and Phillips to a new three-year contract.   Six-year KIRO AM 710 overnight host Lou Pate moves on.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/20/06 - Barbara Kerry, owner and chief executive of KGY AM/FM Olympia, died last Wednesday at the age of 71.  She took over ownership of the station in 1984.  Jim Szymanski, The Olympian
  • 02/18/06 - Low powered KCFL-LP Fall City, along with its 94.5 White Center (Seattle) translator, has moved to an 1955-64 oldies format, identifying as Radio KYA.   Meanwhile, low powered KYAO-FM 89.5 Ocean Shores, which previously ran jockless, has added Radio KYA personalities.
  • 02/16/06 - Public broadcasting executives meet in Seattle next week to discuss the future.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/14/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to relocate the transmitter of OMNI BC CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley, increase power and decrease antenna height.  CRTC decision
  • 02/09/06 - Canada's Big Band King Mart Kenney died last evening at age 95 in Mission, east of Vancouver.  His music was played over seven decades, both live and on Canadian radio.  He began his professional career in 1928 as a saxophonist, with his band making its radio debut at the Alexandra Ballroom on CJOR Vancouver in 1934.  He moved to Ontario during the forties, but returned to the west coast in 1969.  Mart Kenney fan website & bio  further background  CCF biography  National Post
  • 02/09/06 - After a two year hiatus, long time radio host Tim Hunter heads up weekend mornings on The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/08/06 - KZIZ AM 1560 Sumner will be moving its transmitter later this year to city land south of the Sumner Meadows golf course.  The station will also expand to 24 hour service.   Rob Tucker, News Tribune
  • 02/08/06 - After 59 years in broadcasting, 84 year old Seattle radio icon Bob Liddle will be airing his final program 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, February 12 on KIXI AM 880.  Bill Virgin, 2001 P-I archive
  • 02/06/06 - The CRTC has approved application by CHKG-FM 96.1 Vancouver to operate a Korean-language radio service on its SCMO (SCA) channel.  CRTC decision
  • 02/02/06 - HD radio is rolling out rapidly in Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  Meanwhile, 700 HD stations are now on air in the US.  Radio Ink  
  • 02/01/06 - An advance copy of the February 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.
  • 02/01/06 - Howard Stern, who's show was carried on KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle before moving to Sirius Satellite Radio on January 9, will be added to Sirius Canada, starting February 6.  Broadcaster Magazine  Billboard Radio Monitor
  • 01/30/06 - Charles Herring, Seattle's first live TV broadcaster on KING-TV and former owner of KAPY radio Port Angeles, has died at age 83.   At his request, no services will be held.  Tan Vinh, Seattle Times  KING-TV background
  • 01/26/06 - The Sonics switch from KJR AM 950 to KTTH AM 770 may come with interesting changes.   Seattle radio personalities head to Detroit for Super Bowl.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/26/06 - Seattle is one of three markets in which a WB station is set to lose its affiliation.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I
  • 01/25/06 - The Sonics have announced they have ended their 21-year partnership with KJR AM 950 Seattle and will broadcast games on KTTH AM 770 beginning next season.  Gary Washburn, Seattle P-I
  • 01/25/06 - The CW, which will replace UPN and The WB this fall, will be seen locally on KSTW-TV/11, while KTWB/22 will become a non-network independent.  Seattle P-I
  • 01/21/06 - Previously an also-ran, Jack KJAQ-FM 96.5 continues its climb up the Seattle ratings.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I  Meanwhile, Bob Edwards returns to KPLU-FM 88.5.  Mark Rahner, Seattle P-I
  • 01/20/06 - KRWM-FM 106.9 and KUBE-FM 93.3 tie for second behind KMPS-FM 94.1 in the Fall '05 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma ratings.  R&R details
  • 01/20/06 - Entercom has announced that its Seattle cluster of oldies KBSG-FM 97.3, modern rock KNDD-FM 107.7, triple-A KMTT-FM 103.7, country KKWF-FM 100.7 and active rock KISW-FM 99.9 will debut live rock, blues, international hits, adult R&B, comedy and news features on soon-to-be-launched HD2 channels.   Details of which station will carry which format have not yet been released.  Billboard Radio Monitor
  • 01/19/06 - Clear Channel has announced the following formats for Seattle-Tacoma digital HD2 effective Monday January 30th: Top 40/Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 HD2 Xtreme Hip Hop, Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 HD2 All 80s, Active Rock KFNK-FM 104.9 HD2 Indie Rock and Country KNBQ-FM 102.9 (Centralia) HD2 Classic Country.  CC release   Meanwhile CBS Radio has announced: Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5 HD2 Progressive Talk, Country KMPS-FM 94.1 HD2 Future Country, Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 HD2 Classic Rock Archive (deep cuts) and Top 40 KBKS-FM 106.1 HD2 New Top 40.
  • 01/19/06 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CHWF-FM and CKWV-FM Nanaimo, CIBH-FM and CHPQ-FM Parksville, CKLR-FM Courtenay and CJAV-FM Port Alberni from Island Radio Ltd.  The sale agreement was originally announced November 1, 2005.  CRTC info
  • 01/19/06 - Ken Schram and John Carlson host The Commentators 10 a.m. to noon weekdays starting January 30  on KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/12/06 - A look at HD radio and programming in Seattle.  Stephen Manes, Forbes/Radio Ink
  • 01/12/06 - KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle targets women 25 to 54.  Bob Edwards Weekend begins January 21 on KPLU-FM 88.5.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/11/06 - Radio personalities and media reps attended a celebration of life yesterday at Andy's Diner in Seattle for ex KJR, KOL and KYYX-FM Seattle DJ Lan Roberts, who died December 30 in Bonham TX.  Pat O'Day emceed.  Among those in attendance were notable Seattle broadcasters Charlie Brown, Pat Cashman, Dick Curtis, Danny Holiday, Lee Perkins, John Maynard, Mike Phillips and Frank Thompson, along with Red Robinson and Doc Harris from Vancouver.  Lan's memory page
  • 01/11/06 - Corus Radio has announced the appointment of Jim (JJ) Johnston as General Manager for Corus Radio Vancouver (CHMJ, CKNW, CFOX-FM, CFMI-FM) effective February 28.  Johnston was most recently General Manager of Corus Radio Toronto.
  • 01/11/06 - KARR AM 1460 will remain off air for the forseeable future due to a pre-Christmas fire which did extensive damage to the station's transmitter facility.  Story and photos (scan 1/3 down page)
  • 01/09/06 - A transmitter fire at KARR AM 1460 Kirkland, which shares facilities with the nightime transmitter of KKDZ AM 1250 Seattle is off air due to a fire.  KKDZ is continuing, reportedly using its daytime transmitter site.
  • 01/09/06 - CBUT-DT/58 Vancouver, which remaps to 2.1 on ATSC tuners, is now on air with regular programming. Vancouver now has two digital TV stations, including CIVT-DT/33, with CHAN-DT/22 expected to start testing in September.
  • 01/05/06 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 announces its new on-air lineup.   KING-FM 98.1 celebrates the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I

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