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  • 12/31/07 - Legendary Vancouver orchestra leader Dal Richards hosts his 73rd straight New Year's Eve concert tonight, followed by shows to mark his 90th birthday.  He continues to host Dal's Place weekends on CKBD AM 600.  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail 
  • 12/29/07 - 13-year Lite 96 CHFM-FM 95.9 Calgary radio veteran Charlee Morgan is leaving the station to take over the reins as the new morning host of Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver in the new year.  The position at Clear came open when Fred Latremouille and Cathy Baldazzi announced last month that they had stepped down.  Morgan hosted shows at CKLG and CKKS-FM prior to moving to Calgary.  Kelly Doody, Calgary Sun
  • 12/27/07 - An advance copy of the January 2008 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 12/27/07 - FM radio reception suffers in mountainous terrain.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/24/07 - Former CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver news anchor Ravi Baichwal, now a weekend anchor at WLS-TV/7 Chicago, received a shock when a minivan crashed into the street-level studio where he was broadcasting Sunday night.  The driver was charged with felony damage to property.   Baichwal continued to deliver the 30-minute newscast following his immediate reaction, which was seen on air.  CTV news  WLS-TV story & videos
  • 12/24/07 - Some minor disruptions to local broadcasting can be expected due to radio and TV signals bouncing off Santa's reindeer and sleigh as he makes his way over southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington early Christmas morning.  Engineers report that interference is increasing each year as more and more electronic devices are carried by the jolly man.  Santa's progress may be followed at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center.
  • 12/24/07 - A number of people had their heads shaved in a fundraiser and show of support for KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham announcer Laurie Michaels, who was in her last trimester of pregnancy when she learned she had a brain aneurysm.  Mary Lane Gallagher, Bellingham Herald.
  • 12/24/07 - Everett native Stan Boreson, the star of King's Klubhouse on KING-TV/5 Seattle during the 1950s and 60s, continues to entertain fans at age 82.  Kaitlin Manry, HeraldNet
  • 12/21/07 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues its lead in the Seattle market Arbitron 12+ Fall '07 P2 ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and AC KRWM-FM 106.9.  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.  Next update is scheduled for January 18.
  • 12/21/07 - Former New York City based NPR talk show host Luke Burbank will return to Seattle on News Talk KIRO AM 710 from 7 to 10 p.m. daily starting January 7.   Seattle Times
  • 12/20/07 - Seattle market rhythmic Movin KQMV-FM 92.5 announces a two-woman morning team.  Stephen Kilbreath, who had been with KUBE-FM 93.3 for 12 years, has been trimmed from the staff.  KIRO AM 710 has extended the contract with afternoon talk hosts Ron Upshaw and Don O'Neill for three years.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/19/07 - The CRTC will hold a public hearing in Vancouver beginning February 26, 2008 to consider numerous applications for new FM stations to serve the Vancouver market.  Most are seeking 104.1 MHz, however there is an application to move CKBD AM 600 to 100.5 MHz, one by the CBC to convert CBU AM 690 Vancouver to 88.1 with a rebroadcaster on Gabriola Island to operate at 98.7, along with new stations on 89.3 and 98.7.  There also are applications for new stations in Chilliwack on 89.1, 89.3 and 89.5, and by the CBC for 104.1 in Nanaimo to rebroadcast CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.   Application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to acquire the assets of Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver also will be heard.  CRTC release
  • 12/19/07 - The FCC has overturned a 32-year-old ban to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets, including Seattle, to also own a newspaper.  AP/Seattle Times
  • 12/18/07 - All Access Music Group (subscription service) reports that Seattle market rhythmic Movin KQMV-FM 92.5 is taking the morning show in a different direction, without host Pat Clark and producer Reiny Rein.  Clark, previously in Milwaukee, was named morning host in April, the last of the time slots to be filled with a live announcer following a format change in 2006.
  • 12/17/07 - A county hearing examiner says that two new 199-foot AM radio towers proposed for the Snohomish River valley for KRKO AM 1380 Everett and a new 1520 frequency won't be approved by Snohomish County until any potential health risks are analyzed.  Jeff Switzer, HeraldNet
  • 12/14/07 - The CRTC will hear an application next February for a new national high definition TV network in Canada.  The network would be based in Vancouver with stations in eight cities.   Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun  CRTC info
  • 12/14/07 - Seattle market B-97.3 KBSG-FM 97.3 personality Mark Christopher led a three-year campaign to get The Ventures inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Gene Stout, Seattle P-I
  • 12/13/07 - KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham morning co-host Laurie Michaels is recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from a brain aneurysm after giving birth to a daughter.  She was 33 weeks pregnant when diagnosed with the aneurysm last week.   Bellingham Herald
  • 12/13/07 - Seattle market talk stations drift away from local programming.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/11/07 - KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes has flipped from Music Of Your Life to The Whale KWLE with "The Best Mix of The '80s, '90s and Now".  Kimberly Jacobson, Anacortes American
  • 12/10/07 - The CRTC has announced that the application by the CBC for a transmitter to operate on 104.1 MHz in Nanaimo has been withdrawn and will be rescheduled at a later date.  CRTC notice   original application  Meanwhile, on August 10, the CRTC announced that it has received an application for a new commercial radio station in Vancouver and put out a call for further applications.  Several of them are for the 104.1 frequency.
  • 12/06/07 - New York's Metropolitan Opera makes its season debut at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on KING-FM 98.1 Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 12/05/07 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham from Ackerley Broadcasting Operations, LLC to Newport Television LLC.   Newport has since sold KVOS and KFTY-TV/50 Santa Rosa CA to LK Station Group LLC for $26.6 million, pending FCC approval.
  • 12/04/07 - Seattle engineer Clay Freinwald reports that the number of HD radio stations continues to grow with KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle well underway with installation of a new Nautel V7.5 transmitter at Cougar Mountain.  Nautel is manufactured at Hacketts Cove, near Halifax NS.  He notes that KPLZ-FM 101.5 is the only major Seattle station that has not yet embraced the digital HD technology.  Seattle HD stations
  • 12/03/07 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria has made a $100,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria toward construction of a wheelchair-accessible cabin, will be named in honor of former CFAX owner Mel Cooper.  The CFAX Santas Anonymous campaign was launched in 2005 to create a youth wilderness camp in Metchosin and has raised $2.7 million.  Times-Colonist
  • 12/03/07 - BBM S4 2007 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 10 share, Radio One CBU AM 690 is 2nd with 8.4 and The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 is third with 8.3.  The Beat also leads in Central Reach numbers with 405,400, CKNW is second with 324,700 and News1130 CKWX AM 1130 is third with 319,200.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 12/03/07 - BBM S4 2007 12+ ratings for Victoria: The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 leads with a 10.6 share, The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 is second with 10.1 and News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 has slipped to third with 10.0.   In Central Reach, CFAX leads with 67,500, The Q is second with 65,000 and The Ocean is third with 54,100.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 12/03/07 - International TV personality James Barber died at his farm near Duncan last Thursday at age 84.  He wrote for a number of publications and hosted 800 episodes of the CBC cooking show "Urban Peasant", which was shown in 120 countries.  Memorial services will be held on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver in January.  Mia Stainsby, CanWest News Service  Tom Hawthorn, Globe and Mail
  • 12/01/07 - The FCC has approved the $8.2 billion buyout of the Tribune Co., granting it a temporary waiver of rules barring ownership of a newspaper and a broadcast station in the same city in four markets and a permanent waiver for Chicago.   Tribune Co. owns numerous newspapers and 23 television stations, including Seattle market KCPQ-TV/13 and KMYQ-TV/22.  FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has proposed a permanent rule that would allow one company to own a newspaper and a broadcast station in any of the 20 largest markets, which includes Seattle.  John Dunbar, AP/Seattle Times
  • 12/01/07 - British Columbia Finance Minister Carole Taylor has announced that she will not run in the next provincial election, amid speculation she may run for mayor of Vancouver.  Prior to entering business and politics, she hosted several series on CBC Television Vancouver during the 1970s and 80s.  She started her broadcast career in Toronto, was one of the first two hosts of Canada AM on the CTV Network from 1972-73, the first woman host of W5 on the CTV Network from 1973-76 and chair of CBC/Radio-Canada from 2001-05.  Frances Bula, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/30/07 - Larry Nelson, who at times commanded ten percent of Seattle's radio audience on KOMO AM 1000, started on nights, then "filled in for 30 years" in the morning slot.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   KOMO tribute audio
  • 11/29/07 - Seattle native meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell, who left the city to work for the past six years at NBC affiliate KNTV in San Francisco, is returning to KING 5 News on December 17.  Seattle Times
  • 11/29/07 - Larry Nelson, who entertained for 30 years on KOMO AM 1000 Seattle, died early this morning after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 70.  A memorial service is being planned.  KOMO news will broadcast an hour-long tribute to him tonight beginning at 7 p.m.  KOMO News 
  • 11/29/07 - More than a dozen groups are competing for a license to operate at 89.9 MHz in north Puget Sound.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/28/07 - Repairs to the CBC tower and problems with telephone line installations have delayed the sign-on of CFPV-FM 98.9 Pemberton, which was expected to be on air before winter.  McBride Communications president Matthew McBride says the transmitter, processer and antenna are being installed and ready to go and studio space is leased and prepared.  The station, to be named Spud Valley Radio, was approved by the CRTC on 11/27/96 to provide a blend of rock and pop music from the 1970s and 80s, along with news, sports, weather and a weekly open line program.
  • 11/27/07 - An advance copy of the December 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 11/26/07 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 has increased its lead in the Seattle market Arbitron 12+ Fall '07 PI ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and News KOMO AM 1000.  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.  Next update is scheduled for December 20
  • 11/24/07 - Keith Rich, who co-hosted mornings with Steve Woodman at CKWX Vancouver in 1960-61, died at his home in Meaford ON Monday, November 19.  He was 80.  The duo did a two-year gig at WNBC New York in the early 1960s before Rich went on to host mornings for 22 years at CKEY Toronto.  A celebration of life will be held November 29 at Gardiner-Wilson Funeral Home in Meaford.  Globe and Mail obituary  Photo
  • 11/22/07 - The morning duo of Fred Latremouille and Cathy Baldazzi have announced they will not be returning to Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver and will remain in Hawaii until next April.  Fred and Cathy took over mornings in early September 2006 after a seven year hiatus from Vancouver airwaves.   A morning replacement has yet to be announced.  Legendary broadcaster Red Robinson, who recently moved to Saturday evenings from CISL AM 650, will be filling in for five days next week, but will not be continuing beyond that time.  In previous years Clear FM has moved to an all-Christmas format in early December.
  • 11/22/07 - Marc Wald of the Rhythm Pals remembers Vancouver morning icon Bob Hutton as, "A very good friend of ours.  We did so many shows with Bob.  He had a great sense of humor."  Hutton was the group's announcer for several years.  He died in his sleep at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa ON last Thursday, November 15 at age 87.  At his request there will be no funeral service.  Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/22/07 - CTVglobemedia has announced that it has completed its purchase of the radio assets of The Beat Broadcasting Corporation, which owns and operates The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver.  The CRTC approved the transaction on October 12.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/22/07 - Christmas music returns to Seattle airwaves, including all-Christmas programming on KING-FM 98.1 HD2.  Programming changes at KTTH AM 770.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/21/07 - Hundreds of fan e-mails are pouring in to 30-year KOMO AM 1000 Seattle morning host Larry Nelson, who is battling lung cancer.  He retired from KOMO in 1997.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 11/20/07 - John Dalton "Dalt" Elton, who served as general manager of CKWX Vancouver from 1968-80, died in North Vancouver November 6 at age 87.  He was previously program manager of CJCA Edmonton and started his career as an announcer at CJOC Lethbridge in 1939.  A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. December 1 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 941 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 11/20/07 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 reports that long-time morning host Bob Hutton died late last week.  He got his start in radio at CFJC Kamloops in 1940, was the morning host at CKWX Vancouver from 1945-55; and at CKNW from 1955-73.  He also hosted the Planet Pals puppet show on CHAN-TV in the early 1960s.  Last known to be living in Ontario, Hutton was celebrated for numerous zany antics.  He was 86.  Photo
  • 11/15/07 - Nationally syndicated Jazz After Hours host Jim Wilke celebrates 50 years in radio.  Schedule changes come to Seattle stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/13/07 - The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that former KJR Seattle jock Larry Lujack will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon sponsored by ASCAP, to be held Tuesday, April 15, in Las Vegas.  His induction was announced by the Chicago Sun-Times and reported on this site on 10/10/07.  NAB release
  • 11/10/07 - About 750 people packed the FCC meeting at Seattle Town Hall on Friday voicing support for more local media, avoiding business consolidation and giving people more lead time on public hearings.  Eric Pryne and Stuart Eskenazi, Seattle Times  Brad Wong, Seattle P-I
  • 11/09/07 - The recent credit crunch may cause Providence Equity Partners to abandon its plans to buy 56 U.S. television stations, which includes KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham, from Clear Channel Communications for $1.2 billion.   Providence would have to pay a break-up fee of $45 million to walk away from the deal.  The Providence transaction was not a condition of the overall sale of the company to Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners.  Financial Times/MSNBC
  • 11/09/07 - Former Almost Live host John Keister looks at the changes in Seattle.  Mike Lewis, Seattle P-I
  • 11/09/07 - CNN news anchor Lou Dobbs, who was a reporter at KING-TV/5 Seattle during the late 1970s, returns to the city to discuss his new book.  John Marshall, Seattle P-I
  • 11/09/07 - The FCC has released the names of the speakers for two panels at its Seattle hearing today on media ownership at Town Hall.  Seattle P-I
  • 11/09/07 - When CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island works out its transmitter location woes, there appears to be no shortage of local content.  Shannon Moneo, Globe and Mail
  • 11/08/07 - After a public hearing where realtors stated that surrounding property values would drop, the owner of the land to be leased for the transmitter of the newly licensed CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island has rescinded his offer, leaving the station's owners to find a new location.  One alternative is an area to the west of the proposed site, but if that hits a stumbling block, Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. will have to check the possiblity of using existing facilities on either Mayne or Vancouver Island.
  • 11/08/07 - The FCC is considering an order that would ensure low-power FM stations have reasonable access to limited radio spectrum.  Friday's FCC Seattle hearing on media ownership will be covered by KSER-FM 90.7 Everett and KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/07/07 - Photographer and KGY AM 1240 Olympia Brown Bag Dance Party host from 1978-86, Carl Cook died yesterday at Providence St. Peter Hospital following a lengthy battle with cancer.   He was 62.  Cook organized Louie Louie Day at the state Capitol in April 1985.  John Dodge, The Olympian
  • 11/06/07 - Reports have been received that long-time KOMO AM 1000 Seattle morning host Larry Nelson has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.   He handled a.m. drive at the station from 1967 until his retirement in 1996.
  • 11/06/07 - Chris Wedes, who appeared on KIRO-TV/7 Seattle for 23 years, as J.P. Patches has been honored by getting a day proclaimed after him.  He has limited his public appearances lately as a result of a blood cancer condition.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 11/06/07 - Long-time news anchor Brian Brenn has returned part time to News1130 CKWX Vancouver after suffering an embolism in August.   He is a non-practising lawyer and has been with the station since 1996.  He has also worked at such prominent stations as CJAD Montreal and CHQM Vancouver, and was morning host and GM of CKST Vancouver from 1993-96.
  • 11/03/07 - The FCC says it plans to hold a hearing on media ownership next Friday in Seattle, with very short notice, drawing criticism from two Commission members.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   Eric Pryne, Seattle Times
  • 11/02/07 - An advance copy of the November 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 11/02/07 - Former KOMO-TV/4 Seattle reporter April Zepeda is suing Fisher Communications for discrimination based on race and age after being fired by the station last May.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 11/02/07 - CTVglobemedia has announced the completion of its purchase of the radio assets of The Beat Broadcasting Corporation, owner/operator of The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver, which was approved by the CRTC in early October.  CTVglobemedia release
  • 11/01/07 - Rogers Media has announced that it closed the transaction yesterday to purchase the five Citytv stations in Canada, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Rogers bought the stations this summer after the CRTC ordered CTVglobemedia Inc. to sell off the five-station network, which it acquired in the 2006 takeover of CHUM Ltd.  Rogers release  The company also announced that Vancouver native Rick Chisholm has been appointed Executive Vice-President of Broadcasting for the CTV-Rogers coverage of the 2010/2012 Olympic Games.  Chisholm began his career as an audio technician and worked at BCTV and CBC British Columbia directing local newscasts, elections, and telethons.   Rogers release
  • 11/01/07 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced further revenue improvement with its third quarter 2007 results.  Fisher release
  • 11/01/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Vista Radio Ltd. to operate its new Powell River FM station at 95.7 MHz with an average ERP of 1200 watts.  The station, to replace CHQB AM 1280, was originally approved by the Commission on May 18th, but denied use of 94.1 MHz.  CRTC decision
  • 11/01/07 - Will Robin and Maynard return to Seattle airwaves?  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/31/07 - The FCC has approved a minor change to licensed facilities of KARR AM 1460 Kirkland pertaining to the station's nighttime transmitter pattern.  FCC application info
  • 10/30/07 - 79 year old J.P. Patches, aka Chris Wedes, who entertained kids on KIRO-TV from 1958-81, is battling blood cancer but says it is "controllable".  Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times
  • 10/26/07 - Crews poured the foundations last week for four new transmission towers for the new 50 kW signal of KRKO AM 1380 Everett, ahead of hearings which commence next week into two more towers required for a new Snohomish station on 1520.   Jeff Switzer, HeraldNet
  • 10/26/07 - Five Clear Channel Seattle radio stations had to operate on back-up systems yesterday when a lower Queen Anne construction project damaged fiber optic and copper telephone lines.  Seattle Times
  • 10/25/07 - 34-year radio vet Dave McDonald, CBS Seattle market manager for the past four years, has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of the company's six stations in Portland.  Radio Online
  • 10/25/07 - Andrew Skotdal, president and general manager of KRKO AM 1380 Everett says a new station in Snohomish on 1520 (Recent News 10/16/07) and one on 740 in Redmond will likely be the last AM stations to be licensed in Puget Sound.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/24/07 - The newly licensed station on Salt Spring Island (10/22/07) has been approved by Industry Canada to transmit from a 100' tower on the highest point on Mt. Belcher, near an area of scattered homes on 2-5 acre lots.  One resident has convinced 72 others to petition the Islands Trust that there is a radiation concern from the station's 340-watt transmitter.  Station owners are confident that this hurdle can be overcome so that construction can proceed.  If the Trust vetoes the land usage, an acceptable alternative site will have to be submitted to Industry Canada for approval.
  • 10/23/07 - Twelve Webster Awards were presented last night at the 21st annual Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver.  The Jack Webster Foundation also announced that its award for Best News Reporting of the Year will be renamed in honor of BCTV pioneer news director Keith Bradbury, who died in April.  Webster Foundation info
  • 10/22/07 - The CRTC has approved an application by Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. to operate a new Specialty FM radio station on Salt Spring Island.  The station will transmit at 107.9 MHz with an average ERP of 340 watts.  A competing application by 0759969 B.C. Ltd. was denied by the Commission.  CRTC decision
  • 10/19/07 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 leads in the Seattle market Arbitron 12+ Summer '07 ratings, followed by News KOMO AM 1000 and Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3.  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.  Next update is scheduled for November 26. 
  • 10/19/07 - On August 10 the CRTC put out a call for applications for a new station to serve Vancouver, with a closing date of October 9.  Sixteen applications have been filed.  CRTC info
  • 10/19/07 - The FCC has granted application for assignment of license for KELA AM 1470 Centralia-Chehalis and KMNT-FM 104.3 Chehalis from Citicasters Licenses, L.P to Bicoastal Media Licenses IV, LLC.
  • 10/18/07 - Program directors are seeking new avenues in search of new music.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/17/07 - On August 3 the CRTC put out a call for applications for a new station to serve Chilliwack, with a closing date of October 2.  Five applications have been filed.  CRTC info
  • 10/17/07 - The CRTC has denied application by Westwave Broadcasting to operate a rebroadcast transmitter of CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons (Sechelt) in Powell River.  On May 18, the Commission authorized Vista Radio Ltd. to convert CHQB AM 1280 Powell River to the FM band but denied use of the proposed frequency.  Application for a new frequency is currently being heard.  CRTC decision
  • 10/16/07 - The FCC has received an application by CAAM Partnership for a new AM station in Snohomish to operate at 1520 kHz with 50 kW day and 10 kW directional night only.   Proposed transmitter location is 47-52-30 122-04-49, which is in the immediate vicinity of the new 50 kW KRKO AM 1380 Everett facility.  FCC info  Meetings are scheduled for October 30-November 1 by the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner to hear an application by CAAM Partnership, Andrew Skotdal for a major modification to the existing conditional use permit to add two 199-foot AM radio antenna structures to the existing facility.
  • 10/16/07 - Vancouver-based Global National with Kevin Newman has been named Best Newscast at the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards.  Additionally, Global Currents was awarded Best Documentary Series for its 2006 premiere season.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/12/07 - The CRTC has approved application by CTV Limited to acquire the assets of CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver from The Beat Broadcasting Corporation.  Value of the transaction is $45 million.  CRTC release
  • 10/11/07 - Entercom has named Lance Tidwell Program Director of The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.  He is already programming the station and is expected to relocate to Seattle the week of October 22, replacing Rob Walker, who moves to APD and continues in p.m. drive.  Radio Ink
  • 10/11/07 - Stock promoter Al Budai has been permanently banned from the securities market by the B.C. Securities Commission after he admitted to defrauding investors.  The commission said Budai "admitted he committed fraud through a practice called 'scalping' in which he bought and then sold the rising shares of companies he profiled in subscription-based publications and on a radio talk show."  His radio appearances included CFAX AM 1070 Victoria, CKNW AM 980 Vancouver and CBC Radio.  David Baines, The Sun  Gordon Clark, The Province  Times-Colonist update
  • 10/11/07 - NPR Music relaunches.  Afternoon talk host Dori Monson signs a contract extension with KIRO AM 710.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/10/07 - Former Chicago Superjock Larry Lujack, who entertained at KJR Seattle from 1964-66, has been selected for induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Official ceremonies will be held in April at the 2008 NAB Show in Las Vegas.  Lujack was known for calling KJR "the best rock 'n' roll radio station that has ever existed."  Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times
  • 10/10/07 - Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver morning host and long time radio/TV personality Fred Latremouille is one of nine to be inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters 2007 Broadcast Hall of Fame.  The awards will be presented on November 6 at the CAB Annual Convention in Ottawa.  Latremouille's Vancouver radio career dates back to CJOR in 1962, after starting in Fort St. John the previous year.  CAB news release
  • 10/09/07 - Initial response has been positive for Slumach's Gold: In Search of a Legend, co-written by long time Vancouver broadcaster Brian Antonson, which is now available in bookstores and online at Heritage House, Chapters Indigo and Amazon.
  • 10/09/07 - Sports talk radio has made its mark in North America since its beginnings at WFAN AM 660 New York in 1987.  David Pratt, The Province
  • 10/06/07 - KMWS-FM 90.1 Mount Vernon is now operating on its new frequency of 89.7.  Northwest Public Radio advises that adjustments are still being made to the new transmitter.  Listener reports indicate signal coverage has been much improved.
  • 10/06/07 - Veteran Victoria broadcaster Ed Bain scores big in the Tour de Rock bicycle race.  Jack Knox, Times Colonist
  • 10/05/07 - CanWest MediaWorks expects to cast off about 200 production staff from its news operations by spring 2009 from cities including Hamilton, Montreal and Winnipeg, as newscasts will be broadcast from state-of-the-art digital broadcast centers at its stations in Vancouver (CHAN-TV/8), Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.  Barbara Shecter, CanWest News Service  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/04/07 - Seattle market KISSFM KBKS-FM 106.1 makes some tweaks but stays true to its basic music formula.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 10/04/07 - Effective February 17, 2009, viewers with analog TV sets in the U.S. who receive signals via antennas, will require a digital to analog converter.  Phuong Cat Le, Seattle P-I
  • 10/02/07 - After 14 years of entertaining listeners on Vancouver market CISL AM 650, broadcast icon and Hall of Famer Red Robinson debuts his Red Rock Diner from 6 p.m. to midnight starting this coming Saturday on Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9.  In over 50 years of radio, it's Red's first time on FM.  Clear FM release
  • 10/01/07 - BBM S3 2007 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 10 share, Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 moves up to 2nd with 8.8 and Radio One CBU AM 690 is 3rd with 8.1. The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 leads in Central Reach numbers with 394,500, News1130 CKWX AM 1130 is second with 331,900 and CKNW AM 980 is third with 329,700.   BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 10/01/07 - Veteran Vancouver talk show host Rafe Mair writes on the Bruce Allen controversy.  The Tyee
  • 09/29/07 - An advance copy of the October 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 09/29/07 - The Gateway Theatre in Richmond is presenting Radio Daze October 11-27.  The play is set in 1949 with the staff at (fictitious) radio station CKPT agog with excitement as the famous but inebriated Landon Zuber is arriving with his company of actors to star in tonight’s radio play Mystery of Suspense Theatre.  The staff will do anything to hide the drunken star from the station manager and ensure the show goes on, even if they have to do it themselves. 
  • 09/28/07 - Fisher Communications has appointed Jim Clayton as VP/General Manager of its Seattle cluster succeeding Larry Roberts, who is leaving to relocate to the company's corporate offices as VP/Special Projects.  Fisher release
  • 09/28/07 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Dan Lewis and KIRO-TV/7 and Seahawks radio announcer Steve Raible celebrate broadcast milestones.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times  Seattle P-I  Pat Costello, currently VP of news at KING-TV/5, has been promoted to station manager for KING-TV, KONG-TV/16 and Northwest Cable News.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 09/28/07 - The CRTC has approved the purchase of the CITY-TV stations by Rogers Communications Inc.   However, to clear the purchase, the Commission has ordered Rogers to sell its two small religious TV stations in the Vancouver and Winnipeg markets, which includes CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley.  Rogers bought the stations for $375-million this summer after the regulator ordered CTVglobemedia Inc. to sell off the five-station network, which it acquired in the 2006 takeover of CHUM Ltd.  CRTC decision   Grant Robertson, Glove and Mail
  • 09/28/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Astral Media to acquire the assets of the radio and television programming undertakings across Canada owned by Standard Radio Inc., which includes two television stations in British Columbia, numerous radio stations in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C., and three radio networks.   The transaction is valued at $1,082,369,866 and is expected to close October 29.  The Commission finds that the number of radio and TV stations that the applicant would own in each of the concerned markets is within established limits.  The Vancouver market stations are CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650.  CRTC decision   Astral Media release
  • 09/27/07 - Promoter/CKNW radio commentator Bruce Allen says he might have been "too harsh" in his comments on immigrants two weeks ago, but wouldn't retract them or apologize, blaming the media and politicians for taking his comments out of context.  Chantal Eustace, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/27/07 - Former KIXI AM 880 Seattle host Janet Wilson returns via the syndicated Music of Your Life service which was added to the station last year.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/26/07 - Ford Motor Co. is the first U.S. company to offer HD Radio, making it a dealer installed option on nearly all 2008 models, with dealers also offering HD installation in most used and currently owned 2005-07 vehicles.  Ford will support the HD Radio launch starting today on about 700 radio stations in 100 markets. with a 13-week, multimillion-dollar radio campaign in partnership with the HD Radio Digital Alliance.  Over 20 stations in western Washington are embracing the technology.  Ford Release  Local station list
  • 09/26/07 - The FCC has granted a CP with minor modification to KRIZ Broadcasting for KZIZ AM 1560 Sumner.  The station will operate at its new city of license at Pacific at 47-14-10 122-13-44 with 5 kW day, .9 kW night and 3.3 kW during critical hours with a non-directional signal during the day and directional with three towers at night.  FCC info
  • 09/25/07 - Seattle market KSTW-DT/36 (11.1) has been off air for several days due to a circuit board failure.  The station advises that repairs are underway and service will be restored as soon as possible.  KSTW-TV/11's analog signal is not affected.  Viewers report that the digital signal was back on air the following morning.
  • 09/25/07 - Clear Channel Communications has announced that, based on a preliminary vote count, shareholders have approved the adoption of its merger agreement with a private equity group.  The company has been selling off nearly 500 small market stations in order to focus on large-market operations.  Clear Channel owns several stations in the Seattle-Tacoma market along with others in western Washington.  Clear Channel release
  • 09/25/07 - Senator Larry Campbell is defending rock promoter and CKNW radio commentator Bruce Allen against accusations of racism.  Campbell says he finds it "suspicious" that Allen's remarks were challenged only after the promoter was appointed to the 2010 Olympic position, a week after he made them on his Reality Check program.  CKNW PD Tom Plasteras says about 75 per cent of feedback to the station has been in favor of Allen's commentary.  Damian Inwood, The Province
  • 09/24/07 - A Sikh activist says he will not back down until Bruce Allen is dismissed from his planning role in the 2010 Olympic ceremonies or makes an apology for his recent comments on CKNW.   Meanwhile, PD Tom Plasteras said he doesn't think the program was discriminatory and that the station is not considering firing Allen.  Catherine Rolfsen, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/23/07 - Some are calling for the dismissal of Bruce Allen from a key position on the 2010 Olympics ceremonies committee following his comments on his Reality Check radio program that special interest groups expect rules for themselves.  John Colebourn, The Province
  • 09/22/07 - Veteran promoter and broadcaster Bruce Allen has come under fire by Indo-Canadian radio shows for comments he made last week on CKNW AM 980 that Canada is the victim of special interest groups who want to modify the laws for themselves.  Rod Mickleburgh, Globe and Mail  Global video (click on "Bruce Allen comments" link)
  • 09/21/07 - Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 takes a slim lead in the Seattle market Arbitron 12+ Summer '07 P2 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.  Next update is scheduled for October 19. 
  • 09/20/07 - John Cruickshank, former editor of the Vancouver Sun, is leaving his position as publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, to become head of CBC News.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail  Vancouver Sun  CBC release
  • 09/20/07 - A report issued by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University shows underage radio listeners are being subjected to alcohol ads.  Jodi Brothers has joined morning drive on The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/19/07 - Industry leading radio programmer Steve Rivers has been named PD of Seattle market KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 effective immediately. Marcus D. Najera moves to APD and p.m. drive.  FMQB Magazine
  • 09/18/07 - Former CJOR and CBC Vancouver technical staffer Bill Skelcher died at his home in Sechelt September 13 at age 82.  He joined CJOR in 1947, moving to CBC Radio in 1952, where he was with the group of technicians who launched CBUT in 1953.  He became TV operations manager in 1970, film operations manager in 1979 and retired in 1981.  CBC photo and obituary
  • 09/17/07 - A-Channel CIVI-TV/51 Victoria reporter/anchor Stephen Andrew battles cancer on a promising new drug called Sutent.  Cindy E. Harnett, Times Colonist
  • 09/17/07 - A female driver of a CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver promotional car was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following a collision in Surrey yesterday which claimed the life of the driver of the second car.  Vancouver Province
  • 09/17/07 - At the start of federal hearings into broadcast ownership concentration, the CBC tells the CRTC that the level of consolidation in Canadian media has reached unacceptable levels.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 09/16/07 - Steve Mortland, host of NorthSound Racing on KRKO AM 1380 Everett reflects on the talent of Silvertips PA announcer Dave Piland, who died Friday of complications from brain cancer.  He was 43.   John Sleeper, HeraldNet
  • 09/14/07 - A-Channel CIVI-TV/51 Victoria news director and senior news anchor Hudson Mack accepted appointment today as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 741 (Victoria) Communication Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.  Commanding Officer, Maj. Joel Anderson said, “Lt-Col Mack’s appointment provides us an excellent opportunity to improve public awareness of the operations of 741 Communication Squadron and the contribution that communicators make to all elements of the Canadian Forces abroad and on a daily basis."  Mack previously was assistant news director and anchor at CHEK-TV/6 Victoria from 1985-2004.   Times Colonist  
  • 09/13/07 - Red Robinson's move to Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 marks the first time in his 50-year broadcast career that he has worked at an FM station.  Red tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that his weekends were lost as a result of the opening last year of the Red Robinson Show Theatre, where he hosts most of the Friday and Saturday night shows.  He says Clear FM owner Rogers Radio has given him the freedom to "do his own thing" on the show, which will continue as the Red Rock Diner, either live or prerecorded Saturdays 6-midnight.  He adds, "I am looking forward to working with the Clear FM team.  Thank you Rogers for this opportunity and thank you CISL for a great radio ride."
  • 09/13/07 - There are some major changes at Vancouver market CISL AM 650 following its recent move to SUPERHITS 650 CISL.  PD Gerry O'Day tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that Hall of Famer Red Robinson wants to spend more time with his family and is leaving the station after 14 years.  His final show is scheduled for this Sunday, Sept. 16.  Red hosted mornings from 1993-2000 before moving to his current Red Rock Diner program.  He will voicetrack a Saturday evening oldies show on Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9.  Other changes at CISL, effective Monday Sept. 17, see long time Vancouver broadcaster Doc Harris return to the station in a full time capacity 2-6 p.m. with Casey White moving to evenings and weekends.
  • 09/13/07 - McBride Communications, is proposing a new contemporary pop, jazz and world-beat station in the Vancouver suburb of Port Moody with the call letters CFPM.  Angela Mackenzie, Coquitlam NOW
  • 09/13/07 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle considers a Nightside Project "experiment".  Bill Virgin. Seattle P-I
  • 09/12/07 - The Jim Pattison Group, owner of JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 and CKBD AM 600 Vancouver, has sold its interest in the free commuter paper, 24 Hours, to its joint-venture partner Sun Media Corp. of Montreal.  David Baines, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/12/07 - Sports broadcast veteran Keith Pelley has been appointed president of the CTV/Rogers Media consortium that will build and lead the strategic plan for coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver/Whistler.  CTV release
  • 09/12/07 - General Manager Wayne Roth says no changes are under way at KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle following the departure of high profile announcers.  O. Casey Corr, Crosscut Seattle
  • 09/10/07 - Radio & Records has listed the value of the Clear Channel sale of KELA AM 1470 Centralia and KMNT-FM 104.3 Chehalis to Bicoastal Media, announced late last month, as $4.175 million.  These stations are among the last of Clear Channel's 448 station divestiture.
  • 09/07/07 - The FCC has dismissed a challenge to the license renewal of KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle by Virgil Howard, who accused the station of conducting "clandestine focus groups" by doing call-in talk shows and then selling the "research."  The Commission ruled that Howard's evidence was insufficient to support the allegations.  FCC release
  • 09/07/07 - CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria will unveil its new programming lineup during the 5 p.m. newscast today, as it rebrands to E! and reverts its newscasts back to the familiar CHEK.  Leah Collins, Victoria Times Colonist  CHEK, Times Colonist
  • 09/06/07 - The CRTC has approved application by the CBC for a transmitter at Abbotsford to rebroadcast the programming of Radio One CBU AM 690 Vancouver.  The new transmitter will operate at 101.7 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 67 watts.   This approval was previously given by the CRTC on June 7, 2004 but was declared null and void by the Commission when the station was not operational by the deadline of September 7, 2006.  CRTC decision
  • 09/06/07 - KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle morning host Rob The T-Man Tepper adds Z100 KKRZ-FM 100.3 Portland to syndication.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/05/07 - CH becomes E! on September 7 as CHEK-TV/6 Victoria rebrands.  The station will keep its local newscasts and much of its primetime shows, with the balance a mix of celebrity news and lifestyle programming.   The change follows a content-sharing agreement earlier this year with U.S.-based E! Networks.  Local newscasts will identify with the official call letters CHEK.  Alex Strachan, The Province
  • 09/03/07 - Effective immediately, Jim Mullin will take over as afternoon drive sportscaster at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.  In addition, he will play a key role in planning and scheduling of the station's sports department.
  • 09/02/07 - Originally released in 1972, Slumach's Gold: In Search of a Legend will be available later this month in an updated version enriched with new illustrations, interviews, and commentary.  The book about 19th century gold in the Lost Creek area of Pitt Lake, B.C. was written by author Mary Trainer and brothers Brian and Rick Antonson.  Brian Antonson is a long-time Vancouver broadcaster with positions at CKNW and at CFVR Abbotsford.  He is currently Associate Dean, Broadcast and Media Communications at BCIT.  David Spaner, The Province  Slumach legend info
  • 09/01/07 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 has re-tooled its format over the summer, dropping the term "oldies" and identifying as SUPERHITS 650 CISL- Vancouver's Greatest Hits.   New imaging and jingles are on the way, complete with a new live p.m. drive show, with PD Gerry O'Day taking applications for a full time position.
  • 09/01/07 - Construction has begun on new towers south of Snohomish to accomodate a 50,000 watt signal for KRKO AM 1380 Everett, but the controversy continues.  It plans to be up and running by next January.  It is also eyeing a possible second station on the site.  Jeff Switzer, HeraldNet
  • 08/31/07 - Legendary orchestra leader Dal Richards plays his 68th consecutive year at the Pacific National Exhibition, his 74th New Year's Eve show this year and celebrates his 90th birthday January 5 at the Hotel Vancouver and January 6th at the Orpheum Theatre.  He has released a new CD and is the long-time host of Dal's Place Saturday and Sunday evenings on CKBD AM 600.  Stuart Derdeyn, The Province
  • 08/31/07 - Rogers Communications is on the hook for an extra $20 million worth of payments that CHUM Ltd. was supposed to be making into the television sector over the past several years, as part of its takeover of the Citytv stations, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/30/07 - Former KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle PD Mike Tierney leaves KUFO-FM 101.1 Portland after only nine months for WXRK-FM 92.3 New York as APD/MD.  Radio Online
  • 08/30/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Vista Radio Ltd. to convert CFWB AM 1490 Campbell River to the FM band, but has denied the technical parameters.  Vista applied to use 106.1, with the transmitter on the same tower as CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay, which would expand CFWB's coverage area.  Vista has three months to submit an amendment.  CRTC decision
  • 08/30/07 - NPR moves forward, but aims to maintain the strength of local affiliates.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/29/07 - Long time B.C. Lions play-by-play announcer and former CKNW AM 980 sports director, J. Paul McConnell leaves Vancouver to take up residency in France.  Lowell Ullrich, The Province
  • 08/29/07 - Clear Channel has agreed to sell KELA AM 1470 Centralia and KMNT-FM 104.3 Chehalis to Bicoastal Media.   These stations are among the last of Clear Channel's 448 station divestiture.   Radio Online
  • 08/29/07 - Rogers Communications Inc. has told the CRTC that its purchase of Canada's five Citytv stations, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver, will free up the small network to spend more on U.S. or foreign programming that will help boost ratings and profits.  Rogers also said that it is close to finalizing a transaction to sell its two religious stations, including CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail  Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 08/28/07 - An advance copy of the September 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 08/28/07 - The CRTC grilled Astral Media Inc. yesterday over the stated $1.08 billion purchase price for Standard Broadcasting Ltd., indicating the transaction is worth more.  The deal, when approved, will turn Astral into Canada's biggest radio company, with 81 stations, including 60 FM stations.  There are two stations in Vancouver and several more in the B.C. interior.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 08/27/07 - The Seattle Seahawks have signed a multi-year contract extension to continue broadcasting games on KIRO AM 710.  Beginning in 2008, all Seahawks games will be simulcast on KBSG-FM 97.3.  Radio Online
  • 08/24/07 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 holds a slim lead in the Seattle market Arbitron 12+ Summer '07 P1 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.  Next update is scheduled for September 21. 
  • 08/23/07 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver midday news anchor Brian Brenn is recovering in hospital after suffering from an embolism last weekend.  Brenn, a non-practising lawyer, has been with the station since 1996 and has worked at such prominent stations as CJAD Montreal and CHQM Vancouver, and was morning host and GM of CKST Vancouver from 1993-96.
  • 08/23/07 - The FCC has dismissed applications by Concorde Ventures Ltd. for new low power TV stations in Bellingham on channel 28 with an ERP of 12.1 Kw and Lynden on channel 45 with an ERP of 7.2999 kW.  FCC notice
  • 08/23/07 - Scandinavian programming withstands the radio test of time.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/21/07 - Midday announcer, news editor and long time KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle broadcaster Ken Vincent has exited the station in a disagreement with PD Jeff Hansen.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 08/20/07 - Crista Ministries has named Ann Marie Mulholland as Director of Sales for its northwest Washington radio group.  Radio Online
  • 08/18/07 - Former program director and midday host/music director Shawn Stewart, who left The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 five months ago, returns as assistant PD, music director and midday host.  Seattle P-I
  • 08/17/07 - Former CFUN and CKLG radio host John Tanner speaks out on his involvement with the Last Chance Circus Dance Saturday at the Russian Community Centre in Vancouver.  Tanner continues to present programs at the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, which he has done since 1968.  Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 08/16/07 - The CBC's long term goal to provide local radio service in Nanaimo appears to be in jeopardy, as there is an application for a new Vancouver station on the same frequency.   Keith Vass, Nanaimo News Bulletin  The CRTC put out a call last week for further applications in Vancouver.  CRTC notice   The CBC Nanaimo application is for use of 104.1 MHz.  CRTC notice   These applications appear to be technically exclusive with an application by First Broadcasting to move its new KMCQ-FM 104.5 transmitter to Cougar Mountain contingent on KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham moving to 104.1 with a directional transmitter.
  • 08/16/07 - Long time Vancouver talk show host Rafe Mair returns via the Internet three times weekly from 10-11 a.m. starting September 4.
  • 08/16/07 - GreenStone Media and its talk radio for women network is set to permanently sign off on Friday.  GreenStone's organizers included two longtime Seattle radio executives, Edie Hilliard and Jim LaMarca, but no affiliates in the city.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/15/07 - Legendary broadcaster Red Robinson was "all tied up" prior to Vancouver Elvis Presley concert in 1957.  Kate Webb, The Province
  • 08/15/07 - Big Band radio host Norm Pringle introduced Elvis to Victoria audiences on CKDA.  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/15/07 - The Seattle Sonics have hired Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Matt Pinto for play-by-play, returning for its second season on KTTH AM 770.  Gary Washburn, Seattle Times
  • 08/13/07 - A memorial service for Lundy Sanderson will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 18 at St. Laurence Anglican Church,  825 St. Laurence St., Coquitlam.  He died in Nanaimo April 27 at age 77.  His career took him from CFJC Kamloops to CJVI Victoria in 1953 and CKWX Vancouver during the 1960s.   He was an early faculty member in the B.C. Institute of Technology Broadcast Communications department starting in 1964.
  • 08/13/07 - "I will never retire", says legendary northwest broadcaster Pat O'Day.  At 71, he voices commercials for Schick Shadel and is featured on Seafair hydroplane race radio broadcasts.  William Dietrich, Seattle Times
  • 08/11/07 - Long time CBC-TV Vancouver executive producer Philip Keatley died unexpectedly August 6 following complications arising from respiratory problems.  He was 77.  His CBC career began in Vancouver in 1956, where he soon produced the first Grey Cup broadcast from the city.  He retired from the Corporation in 1990 to start a private production company producing the series Cold Squad.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 14th at 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver.  CBC obituary
  • 08/10/07 - The CRTC announces that it has received an application for a new commercial radio station in Vancouver and has put out a call for applications from other parties.  CRTC info   The Commission also has received an application by Vista Radio Ltd. to use 95.7 MHz with a maximum ERP of 5800 watts for the flip of CHQB AM 1280 Powell River to FM, which was approved on May 18.  CRTC info 
  • 08/09/07 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications announced today that vice president and general manager of the company's Portland television group, John Tamerlano has added the title of vice president of sales.  Tamerlano's new responsibilities include working with Fisher's president and CEO and local management to increase top-line revenue growth, including recently launched Spanish-language initiatives.  Fisher release
  • 08/09/07 - Bonneville has been making changes to all three of its Seattle area stations, since taking them over from Entercom earlier this year.  KUOW-FM 94.9 is first in non-commercial Seattle-Tacoma Spring '07 ratings.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/08/07 - Vancouver's underground radio movement started with Tim Burge, now Pamela Burge after a 1996 gender change, at CJOR in 1967.  Burge and the format were picked up the following year by CKLG-FM, which added DJs Terry David Mulligan, John Tanner, J.B. Shayne and Bill Reiter.  Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/08/07 - Program Director Chris Myers of The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver has been appointed PD of CHZN-FM 92.3 Saskatoon.  He officially starts September 4 at the new Harvard Broadcasting station, to be launched in the next few months.
  • 08/07/07 - Sports and news talker New York Vinnie Richichi continues on at Seattle market Q-13 KCPQ-TV/13, but leaves KIRO AM 710 as part of the latter's program adjustment away from sports talk.  Meanwhile, ex-KIRO evening host Lou Pate continues to fill in at various stations across the U.S.
  • 08/06/07 - All Access Music Group (sign-up service) reports that KIRO AM 710 Seattle is tweaking its lineup by moving Dori Monson to noon to 3 p.m, Ron and Don to 3 to 6 p.m. and adding The Big Story @ 6 with Tony Miner 6 to 7 p.m.  The station also is adding new imaging and production, with traffic on the 7s in morning drive, at the top and bottom of the hour 9 a.m-3 p.m. and four times hourly 3 to 7 p.m.
  • 08/06/07 - If the CRTC adopts the Australian model of media ownership concentration, several Canadian cities including Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and possibly Calgary would not meet the acceptable threshold.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 08/05/07 - Bill McLain, aka Brakeman Bill at KTNT-TV Tacoma from 1955-75, turned 80 last weekend and was the Prince of Mirth at the Seafair Torchlight parade in Seattle.  Peter Callaghan, The News Tribune
  • 08/03/07 - In response to an application being received for a new station to serve Chilliwack, the CRTC has put out a call for applications to serve the area, which must be submitted by October 2.  CRTC info
  • 08/03/07 - The Directors Guild of Canada supports Rogers Media’s acquisition of the Citytv stations in the country, but wants more spent on Canadian drama.  CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver is one of the stations in the Citytv group.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/02/07 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 and news KOMO AM 1000 are tied for first with Christian AC KCMS-FM 105.3 third in the Seattle-Tacoma Arbitron 12+ Spring '07 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.  Next update is scheduled for August 24. 
  • 08/02/07 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports that radio revenue slipped 5%, but overall revenue rose 3% to $41.3 million during Q2 2007, with net income flat at $2.3 million.  Fisher release
  • 08/02/07 - Seattle market KBSG-FM 97.3 modifies its format to the new B97.3, "Playing classic hits with music based in the '70s while still maintaining our strong representation of classic '60s music," and adds rebroadcasts of the original 1970s American Top 40 countdown on Sunday mornings.  The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 makes some on-air changes and looks for a new PD.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/02/07 - County Commissioner Don Munks presented 90-year-old Bill O'Mara with a plaque, commemorating his broadcast service and announced on air that July 31, 2007 is Bill O'Mara Day in Skagit County.  A barbeque was held in his honor following his final sportscast on Tuesday at KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes.  KLKI photos and audio
  • 07/31/07 - A celebration of life was held today for Vancouver broadcaster John Pifer, who died July 25 at age 61.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 07/31/07 - Kenny Lim, a graphic artist with CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/9 Vancouver, drowned July 21 trying to save his 10-year-old son at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park in Ontario.  He was 47.  Laura Payton, The Province
  • 07/31/07 - The CRTC's annual report on the state of the Canadian broadcast industry finds that more are accessing the Internet, with slight drop-offs in radio and TV consumption.  CP/Globe and Mail  Meanwhile B.C. residents listen to radio almost two hours less per week than the Canadian average.  Vancouver Sun
  • 07/30/07 - Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. says there is a "high potential for a train wreck here," as viewers count down to February 18, 2009 when analog TV signals go dark in the U.S.  AP/Seattle P-I
  • 07/30/07 - B.C. Entertainment Hall of Famer Brian Frosty Forst held top morning radio ratings in Vancouver for over 30 years at CKNW AM 980.   Red Robinson, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/27/07 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver has announced that former provincial Education Minister and Minister of Children and Family Development, Christy Clark will take over the 12:30 - 3 p.m. weekday slot effective August 27.  Adler Online with Charles Adler will move to 7 - 9 p.m. weeknights to make room for the Christy Clark Show.  Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/26/08 - Chih-Chi Hsu, who recently died at age 84, was the co-author of a patent, while he was working at Bendix in the 1950s, for, "a radio receiver unit of the signal seeking variety."  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/25/07 - An advance copy of the August 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 07/25/07 - Journalist and broadcaster John Pifer died early this morning at Vancouver General Hospital.  He hosted the John Pifer Show on CKST AM 1040 Vancouver from 1996-2001.
  • 07/25/07 - The People Helper, award winning KOMO-TV/4 Seattle reporter John Sharify is leaving August 3 after 18 years with the station.  Marc Ramirez, Seattle Times
  • 07/24/07 - The FCC has dismissed two CP applications for a new analog TV station to serve Seattle on channel 62.  One was by KCTS Television to operate at 47-36-58 122-18-28 with 235 kW at 238.7 meters HAAT (existing site of KCTS-TV, KCMU-FM and KUOW-FM) and the other by Washington Family B/C Assoc. at 47-36-57 122-18-26 with 5000 kW at 230 meters HAAT (existing site of KTZZ-TV).  FCC application details
  • 07/21/07 - CKNW AM 980 station manager J.J. Johnson says that Thursday's decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council won't affect future news decisions.  The CBSC required CKNW to read the decision twice on-air.  Chantal Eustace, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/20/07 - 28 year old Scott Brian White was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Mike Webb.  White has admitted killing the former KIRO radio talk show host with a double-edged ax.  Carol Smith, Seattle P-I update  KIRO-TV update  Seattle Times update
  • 07/20/07 - Dr. Chih-Chi Hsu, the co-inventor of plans for the original car radio while working for Bendix in the 1950's, died July 11 at the age of 84.  He was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington for 35 years.  Seattle Times/P-I obituary
  • 07/20/07 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has declared that Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 violated a code of ethics in its coverage of last year's deadly shooting rampage at Dawson college in Montreal.  The station aired telephone calls with students barricaded in the school, fed live from sister station CINW AM 940 Montreal, which revealed their precise locations.  Melissa Leong, National Post  CBSC release
  • 07/20/07 - Police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of former KIRO radio talk show host Mike Webb.  28 year old Scott Brian White, who used to live with Webb and has admitted to killing him, is being held on $1 million bail for investigation of second-degree murder.   Seattle P-I   KIRO-TV news and video
  • 07/19/07 - The debate over Internet radio royalties plays on.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/18/07 - Legendary 90 year old KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes sports director Bill O'Mara is retiring.  A barbeque will be held in his honor following his final sportscast on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from noon to 2 p.m. at the station's studio located at 2416 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes.  Daily interviews and programs celebrating his legacy begin Monday, July 23.  He is famous for his live broadcasts of the hydro races on Lake Washington on KING-TV/5 Seattle during the 1950s and was hired by KLKI in 1985 at age 68.  KLKI release  Josh Lintereur, Skagit Valley Herald
  • 07/17/07 - Vancouver radio started making significant changes during the 1967 Summer of Love.   Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/16/07 - BBM S2 2007 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver News/Talk CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 10 share, Radio One CBU AM 690 is 2nd with 8.4 and AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is 3rd with 8.2.  The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 leads in Central Reach numbers with 388,100, CHQM-FM is second with 341,000 and All News CKWX AM 1130 is third with 314,800.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.  IMS info
  • 07/12/07 - Ian Greenberg, CEO of Montreal-based Astral Media, says the deal to acquire Standard Radio Inc. hasn't put a damper on other potential transactions.  The company announced in mid April that it was purchasing 52 AM and FM stations that make up the Toronto-based Standard Radio group.   The group includes two Vancouver radio stations and several more in the interior of the province.  David Friend, The Star/Canadian Press
  • 07/12/07 - Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, ID operates numerous translators in Washinton.  No decision has been made on a format for move-in station KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington when it signs on.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/11/07 - Veteran KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Dave Ross has signed a new deal to stay on.  Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 APD/MD Haley Jones leaves the station July 31 to return to San Francisco. 
  • 07/10/07 - First Broadcasting has filed an amendment to its construction permit with the FCC for KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington.  The amendment seeks a move of the new KMCQ transmitter to Cougar Mountain (47-32-36.9 122-6-35.2), contingent on KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham moving to 104.1 with a directional transmitter.  KBDB-FM 103.9 Forks, also owned by First Broadcasting, has applied to move to 96.7.  KMCQ application  CDBS data  KBDB application  KAFE application
  • 07/09/07 - Westwave Broadcasting Inc. has applied to the CRTC to add a transmitter at Powell River to broadcast the programming of CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons (Sechelt).  The transmitter would operate on 105.3 MHz with an ERP of 3,000 watts non-directional.  CRTC notice
  • 07/08/07 - Jaime Méndez will anchor Noticias Noroeste (Northwest News), the first locally produced all-Spanish commercial news program in the area, weekdays at 6 and 11 p.m. starting Monday on KUNS-TV/51 Seattle.  Manuel Valdes, Seattle Times
  • 07/07/07 - A Celebration of life for former KIRO talk show host Mike Webb will be held Wednesday, July 18th at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  further info
  • 07/07/07 - Yesterday's announcement that Rogers is buying Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver comes after several failed attempts to start an ethnic station in the market.  Rogers says they don't foresee any major changes in programming, and station's management and staff will remain in their positions.  Last month the company received CRTC approval to launch multilingual TV stations in Edmonton and Calgary.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/06/07 - Only .3 market share separates the top four stations in the Seattle market in the Arbitron 12+ Spring '07 P2 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.  Next update is scheduled for August 2. 
  • 07/06/07 - Rogers Media and Multivan Broadcast Corporation have announced an agreement under which Rogers Broadcasting will acquire multicultural Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver.  This deal follows Rogers' announcement last month that it would acquire the assets of the Citytv stations in Canada, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Rogers also proposed to divest its two OMNI religious stations, including CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley.  All transactions are subject to CRTC approval.  news release
  • 07/06/07 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle flips to Kenny-FM for the Flip Flop Summer Tour Saturday (July 7) at Qwest Field.  The Summer Tour features Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and Sara Evans.  audio clip
  • 07/06/07 - KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island has been transmitter testing over the last few days with a tempoarary antenna on its new frequency of 88.9 MHz.   This follows testing in mid June by KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington, which was simulcasting the KMIH signal during its tests.  The FCC granted a construction permit for the 88.9 frequency to KMIH last September.
  • 07/06/07 - Well known singer/entertainer John (Jock) Dunbar, who died June 19 in Victoria at age 81, sold radio ads for CKDA and CFMS-FM for 30 years.  His life is profiled today by Jim Gibson, Times Colonist.
  • 07/05/07 - Jonny Staub returns to Vancouver from Edmonton to host middays at The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5.  OLR Newswire  The newly branded 95Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver has hired Paul Crick from the Channel Island of Jersey to host overnights.  OLR Newswire
  • 07/05/07 - Veteran news reporter Ed Watson will leave his anchor position at CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria on August 3 to start his own media-consulting and video-production company.  A replacement has not yet been named.  Jim Gibson, Victoria Times-Colonist
  • 07/05/07 - The new Washington State University FM station in Chehalis is expected to be on air next year.  It will be part of the Northwest Public Radio news network but will have a second HD channel for the classical music service as well.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/04/07 - The Seattle local of AFTRA has withdrawn an unfair labor practices claim filed against KOMO-TV/4 following the firing of three veteran reporters in May.  A separate grievance filed against the station in March regarding disputed language in its union contract is still under discussion.  Seattle P-I
  • 07/03/07 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC for an FM transmitter at Abbotsford to broadcast the programming of Radio One CBU AM 690 Vancouver.  The transmitter is to operate on 101.7 MHz with a maximum ERP of 316 watts.  This service was previously approved by the CRTC in September 2004, but was not operational within the 24 month time limit.   CRTC info
  • 06/30/07 - Suspicious text messages may be clue in death of former talk show host Mike Webb.  Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times
  • 06/29/07 - Seattle police have identified the body found in Queen Anne as former talk show host Mike Webb.  The King County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that he died of "multiple sharp force injuries" sometime after April 13.  According to a missing-person report filed in May, the 52 year old Webb was last seen April 13.  Seattle Times  Seattle P-I  KOMO-TV  KING-TV   KIRO-TV
  • 06/29/07 - The CRTC has addressed a complaint regarding the apparent non-compliance by Rogers Broadcasting with its conditions of licence relating to the broadcast of religious programming on OMNI CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley.  The Commission found that nine programs broadcast on the station were not consistent with its conditions of licence, and directs Rogers to take the measures necessary to ensure that the station's program schedule is consistent with those conditions by no later than January 1, 2008.  The Commission further indicated its willingness to entertain applications to vary the condition of licence given its realization that the condition should reflect the programming realities of the marketplace.  CRTC decision
  • 06/29/07 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Washington State University for a new FM station in Chehalis.  The station will operate at 88.9 MHz with an ERP of 1 kW at 46-33-16 123-03-26.  FCC data
  • 06/29/07 - After only two years as CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 morning host of On the Island, Paul Vasey is retiring and moving back to Windsor ON.  He replaced the late David Grierson and will be replaced by former CBC Nelson bureau chief and legislative reporter Gregor Craigie, effective August 7.  Grania Litwin, Times Colonist
  • 06/29/07- Seattle police are investigating the remains of a body found at the Queen Anne home of former KIRO AM 710 talk show host Mike Webb.  According to a missing-person report filed in May, Webb was last seen April 13.  Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle P-I  Maureen O'Hagen, Seattle Times  KOMO-TV  KING-TV   KIRO-TV
  • 06/28/07 - The CRTC will hold a public hearing commencing August 29 in Gatineau, Quebec to consider application by Rogers Media to acquire the assets of the Citytv stations in Canada for $375 million, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Rogers also proposes to divest its two OMNI religious stations, including CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley within 12 months following a decision.  CRTC notice  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 06/28/07 - KVOS-DT/35 Bellingham has boosted power and moved its transmitter from the temporary site in the city's downtown area to Mount Constitution at 48-40-50 122-50-22, near its analog channel 12 location.  FCC records list the ERP as 580 kW at 799 meters HAAT.  The new digital signal should be widely available in Northwest Washington and Southwest British Columbia, including Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.
  • 06/28/07 - Older radio listeners have the most disposable income and are the most loyal, but advertisers tend to shun them.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/27/07 - Like their counterparts in the U.S., Canadian radio listeners are tuning out, led by teenagers and young adults.  Tenille Bonoguore, Globe and Mail  Statistics Canada
  • 06/26/07 - Salem Communications Corporation has announced a restructuring of the company's senior executive officer positions effective July 1.  Salem owns five AM stations in the metro Seattle market.  Salem release
  • 06/26/07 - The SaveNetRadio Coalition, a Washington-based group formed to fight rate increases that took effect in May, is leading the Day of Silence protest by deleting their Internet live radio streams today.  In Canada, copyright payments are structured differently than in the U.S., with development of a tariff system based on a percentage of gross revenues and special license agreements with individual webcasters.  A random scan this morning of the most popular Seattle stations indicates that most are still on-line.  Bloomberg/Seattle P-I   AP/Seattle Times  David George-Cosh, Globe and Mail
  • 06/26/07 - The CRTC has approved application by the Hornby Community Radio Society for a low-power developmental community station on Hornby Island.   The station is to operate at 96.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 5 watts.  The Commission had previously approved the station to operate at 91.5 MHz on September 14, 2004, but the time limit for startup had been exceeded.  Industry Canada records show the call letters as CHFR-FM.  CRTC decision
  • 06/25/07 - RTNDA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists has recognized the best in electronic journalism in Canada.  The National Awards Gala was held in Vancouver over the weekend with several local stations honored.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/23/07 - An advance copy of the July 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 06/23/07 - The NBA Sonics have terminated the two year contract of veteran play-by-play announcer David Locke.  Percy Allen, Seattle Times
  • 06/22/07 - CTVglobemedia Inc. has announced it has closed the transaction for CHUM Limited after fulfilling all the conditions for approval by the CRTC.  All of the assets of CHUM Limited have now been released except for the five Citytv stations, pending regulatory approval of their sale to Rogers Broadcasting Limited.  CTV release
  • 06/22/07 - Jay Switzer, President and CEO of CHUM Limited has announced he is stepping down, effective in a couple of weeks.  On June 8 the CRTC approved takeover of CHUM by CTVglobemedia.  CHUM owns radio and TV assets in Vancouver and Victoria.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/21/07 - The CRTC has received application by CHUM Limited to acquire the assets of CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver from The Beat Broadcasting Corporation.  The transaction is valued at $45 million.  CRTC info
  • 06/21/07 - The CRTC has received two applications for new FM stations on Salt Spring Island.  One proposes 102.1 MHz with an ERP of 8.9 watts and the other 107.9 MHz with a maximum ERP of 1000 watts.  CRTC info
  • 06/21/07 - The CRTC has received application by Astral Media Radio Inc. to acquire the assets of 52 radio and 2 television stations across Canada from Standard Broadcasting Inc. for $1.043 billion.  The stations include CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650 Vancouver, along with 19 more radio stations and two TV stations in the B.C. Interior.  CRTC info  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 06/21/07 - The CRTC has received applications from Standard Broadcasting Inc. for digital stations associated with CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Technical acceptability certificates were issued by Industry Canada in 1999, but reports indicate that neither of these stations are on air, or are likely to be in the future.  The applications state that they were filed to, "normalize Standard’s operations for the purpose of the application by Astral Media Radio Inc. to acquire the assets of certain radio stations from Standard."   CRTC info
  • 06/21/07 - U.S. Oil and engineers Hatfield & Dawson say RF from the KKOL AM 1300 transmitter could cause a spark that would ignite fuel vapors on the Tacoma waterfront.  The company claims that the KKOL daytime signal is strong enough at its offloading facility, to draw arcs as workers unloaded crude oil from tankers, as well as interfering with sensors at the refinery and its phone system.  In the interim, the station has been operating on its night pattern with 25 kW during daytime hours at the FCC’s request.  Scott Fybush, RW Online
  • 06/21/07 - Longtime sales representative and part time personality with CKDA Radio, John (Jock) Dunbar died June 19 in Victoria at age 81.  He was one of the city's best-known personalities.  Times-Colonist obituary
  • 06/21/07 - Glen Beck, who worked his early radio days at KUBE-FM, comes full circle as his 230-station syndicated talk show is added to KTTH AM 770 Seattle next Monday.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/20/07 - Two weeks ago, morning show hosts Nat and Drew were released from their contracts as CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver dropped its old Today's Best Music format to become 95 Crave.  After what the station says was massive fan support, it announced that the two have been re-signed as morning hosts.   Slick publicity stunt or reality radio?
  • 06/17/07 - Former Skagit Valley College coach and Seattle native Mark Linden adds color to Vancouver Canadians play-by-play with Rob Fai on Team 1040 CKST Vancouver.  Terry Bell, The Province
  • 06/15/07 - According to friends and family, former KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Mike Webb has been missing for two months.  Webb left his show in December 2005 after being charged with insurance fraud and was convicted earlier this year.  KIRO-TV story and video
  • 06/15/07 - KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington completed transmitter testing early Thursday morning (6/14/07).  This has allowed X104 KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island to return to its normal 24/7 programming schedule. 
  • 06/14/07 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle station manager Dave Richards has been promoted to the new position of Operations Manager at the four-station Seattle Entercom cluster.  He will continue to program KISW in addition to his new responsibilities.
  • 06/14/07 - New program director Kevin Welch promises that the AAA format is safe at Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 and stresses that its on-air hosts are local.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/13/07 - X104 KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island and the KMCQ engineering group have teamed up to jointly facilitate each other's needs during the testing phase of the new KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington operation.  KMIH is providing programming for KMCQ during the KMIH overnight sign-off periods needed to accommodate the field testing phase of the new operation.  KMIH and KMCQ will continue to work jointly on the project over the next few days.  KMIH General Manager, Nick DeVogel stated, "KMIH appreciates KMCQ's willingness to preserve our programming for our operations and for our listening audience."
  • 06/13/07 - KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington resumed transmitter testing overnight last night, re-broadcasting KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island, with the exception of KMCQ's station ID at the top of the hour.   KMCQ-FM The Dalles, OR shut down its transmitter at the end of March, but new owner First Broadcasting Capital Partners started operating again three days later with a satellite feed and local commercials.
  • 06/13/07 - Some industry observers say Rogers Communications Inc. may spend big on U.S. programming, operating the Citytv network, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver, at a loss for a few years to build it up.  The $375-million purchase price surprised industry analysts, at about $100-million more than highest estimates.  Keith McArthur and Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Barbara Shecter, Peter Nowak and Sean Silcoff, Financial Post
  • 06/12/07 - Dave Logan takes over June 15 as the new program director of Seattle market oldies KBSG-FM 97.3, replacing Jay Coffey who left last month.  Logan spent five years as VP of program operations for XM Satellite Radio and previously worked in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
  • 06/12/07 - Listeners are reporting that the move-in station from The Dalles OR, KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington started transmitter testing last night with a classic hits/oldies and hourly identification.  Reports from the area indicate considerable splash onto the first adjacent stations KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham and KDUX-FM 104.7 Aberdeen.   Further information to follow.
  • 06/11/07 - Rogers Communications Inc. has agreed to buy the five Citytv stations from CTVglobemedia Inc. for $375-million.  The deal, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver, comes just three days after the CRTC ordered CTV to sell them off.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Rogers release  CTVglobmedia release
  • 06/10/07 - Free Radio Olympia, a pirate station which has been bouncing around the dial since it started in 2001, has been off the air for about three weeks, but continues to broadcast over the Internet.  Matt Batcheldor, The Olympian
  • 06/10/07 - The 21st Annual San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic was held June 1 & 2.  Along with chairman Pat O'Day, the event was attended by broadcasters Pat Cashman, Steve Raible, Jeff Aaron, Ron & Don, Bob Rivers and Vancouver's Red Robinson.  Info and photo (scan down to "It's... Golf Time!)
  • 06/09/07 - Rogers is likely the leading contender in the bid for Canada's Citytv stations, which includes CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver, after yesterday's CRTC decision compelling CTV to sell them off.  Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 06/08/07 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 holds onto first place in the Spring '07 P1 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Country KMPS-FM 94.1 moves into second and Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 is third.  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.  Next update is scheduled for July 6. 
  • 06/08/07 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson returns to the city's Pacific National Exhibition as host of the new Red Robinson's Talent Showdown.   Stuart Hunter, The Province 
  • 06/08/07 - Both advertisers and Friends are pleased with today's CRTC decision to require CTVglobemedia to divest five City-TV stations.  Broadcaster Magazine items:  ACA applauds ruling  Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
  • 06/08/07 - The CRTC has approved the $1.4-billion takeover of CHUM Ltd. by CTVglobemedia, on condition that CTV sell off five City-TV stations, including CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.   The decision will lead to the collapse of the $137.5-million deal CTV made in April to sell CHUM's other conventional network A Channel to Rogers Communications Inc. That sale was based on the CHUM deal being approved with no major changes and included CIVI-TV//51 Victoria.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  CRTC summary  CRTC decision   CTV video
  • 06/08/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to delete CKFX-SW Vancouver.  The tiny short wave transmitter operated at 6080 kHz with 10 watts and mostly retransmitted the programming of CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver.  It was used years ago to get the station's programming to remote areas of British Columbia and has not been operational for over a decade.  CRTC decision
  • 06/07/07 - The CRTC has approved change of effective control of The Beat Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver, through the transfer, for estate planning and tax purposes, of the indirect control of The Beat from Mrs. Barnie Louise Cowan to the three trustees of The William and Barnie Cowan (2004) Joint Partner Trust.  CHUM Limited announced February 26 that it had agreed to purchase The Beat.  That ruling has yet to be made by the Commission.
  • 06/07/07 - The CRTC has granted an extension of the time limit to  April 21, 2008 to commence operation of the transitional digital television programming undertaking CHAN-DT/22 Vancouver.  The CRTC decision is dated March 6, 2007, but was publicly released today.  The original digital station approval was released April 21, 2005.
  • 06/07/07 - CanWest MediaWorks has announced that the Global National News with Kevin Newman will relocate from Vancouver to a new digital newsroom and studio located in Ottawa beginning early next year.  The main production and editorial hub will remain in Vancouver as well as the weekend edition with Tara Nelson.  CanWest release
  • 06/07/07 - Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5 adds more blues to its jazz format as it studies the future of various delivery channels.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/06/07 - Rob Chesterman, award winning producer and announcer with CBC Vancouver, died at Vancouver General Hospital June 1st.  He was 76.  He was with the Corporation from 1959-87.  His accomplishments included hosting CBC Radio's Music Diary from 1961-66 and producing numerous radio dramas and documentaries.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 16th at St. Phillip's Anglican Church, 3737 West 27th Avenue, Vancouver.  CBC release
  • 06/06/07 - 95 Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver has lowered its current music from 75% to 30%, with the rest going back 20 years.  Michael Kane, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/05/07 - 95 Crave - Music That Moves You CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver launched at 7 a.m. today with Madonna's Music, to replace Z95.3.  The station stopped its previous Today's Best Music at midnight Sunday and stunted over the weekend with comedy cuts.  A clip of the format change can be heard here courtesy RadioWest.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 06/04/07 - Z-95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver's website states that, "As of Sunday at midnight, Z95-3 is no longer.  ...On Tuesday you will hear a new radio station on line and on your radio at 95-3 FM."  The station is currently stunting mostly with comedy cuts.
  • 06/02/07 - 74 year old meteorologist "No Rain Blane" Coulcher says goodbye after 22 years of forecasting weather at CFAX AM 1070 Victoria.  Matthew Kruchak, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 06/02/07 - The morning show hosts and producer and midday and evening announcers have been shown the door at Z-95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver.  Major changes appear to be looming at the station.  Stay tuned.  Sarah Rowland, 24 Hours  Meanwhile, over at JACK-FM CKLG-FM 96.9, word has been received that long time Vancouver broadcaster and imaging Voice Boy Jeff Rechner is headed to Los Angeles, with early 1990s CFUN jock Kelly Latremouille (brother of Fred) returning from his 15-year morning stint in Halifax to fill the afternoon drive time slot.
  • 05/31/07 - A coalition of organizations representing musicians and performers say radio stations should be paying them for over-the-air distribution of their songs.  Stations currently pay royalties, but they go to composers or publishers.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/30/07 - An advance copy of the June 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 05/30/07 - Former KOL and KING-TV/5 Seattle sports broadcaster Rod Belcher is still going strong in Des Moines.  He was named to the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.  Dan Raley, Seattle P-I
  • 05/30/07 - Ten years ago this week, one of the great broadcasters in the Vancouver market, Rick Honey "retired" from CKNW AM 980.  His memory lives on via a 1997 on-air phone call from Red Robinson on his last day at the station.   Honey died February 24, 2001 at age 53.
  • 05/29/07 - Barbara Cox Anthony, heir to Cox Enterprises, Inc., which includes KIRO-TV/7 Seattle, died Monday at age 84 in Honolulu.  Seattle P-I
  • 05/26/07 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle newscasts beat out rivals in the latest ratings.  Seattle P-I
  • 05/24/07 - Vancouver police are reviewing the actions of a French network CBC-TV crew, who were inside the premier's office when it was trashed by Anti-Poverty Committee activists.   Catherine Rolfsen and Miro Cernetig, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/24/07 - Oldies are passe in Seattle.  Forty year Canadian/American journalism veteran Steve Krueger has retired as environmental reporter for KPLU-FM 88.5.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/22/07 - The CRTC has approved the license renewal for Clear FM CKCL-FM Chilliwack/Abbotsford/Vancouver, expiring August 31, 2011 with some specific conditions.  They include a station ID which includes specific reference to the frequency and location of the Chilliwack transmitter once every half hour; refraining from identifying on a basis that includes exclusive reference to Vancouver; coverage of local news, sports and events of direct and particular relevance to the Fraser Valley, in particular Chilliwack and inclusion of a specific reference to the areas CKCL-FM is licensed to serve in each traffic and weather report.   CRTC decision
  • 05/22/07 - The FCC has granted assignment of license for KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes from Berry Entertainment Inc. to San Juan Communications Inc.
  • 05/19/07 - CBC Television expects to lose millions of dollars in revenue to Canadian private networks when ad restrictions are lifted by the CRTC.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 05/18/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Vista Radio Ltd. to move CHQB AM 1280 Powell River to the FM band.  However, it has disallowed its request to operate at 94.1 MHz with an average ERP of 8,600 watts and has ruled that an amendment to the frequency must be submitted withing three months.  Meanwhile, the Commission has denied application by Westwave Broadcasting Inc. for a new FM station in Powell River, citing insufficient radio advertising revenues available in the market to support another station.  CRTC Decision
  • 05/18/07 - The CRTC's phasing out of a cap on commercial minutes aired on Canadian TV stations will likely go unnoticed by viewers, as US program feeds already contain more than the previously allowed 12 minutes per hour, which currently are filled by promos and public service announcements.  Keith McArthur and Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 05/17/07 - The CRTC has ruled that Canada's conventional television networks cannot charge monthly fees to cable and satellite companies for carrying their signals.  The regulator also said it is removing restrictions on advertising time limits and has ruled that August 30, 2011 is the date that television channels will only be broadcast in digital.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  CRTC notice
  • 05/17/07 - Non-commercial KUOW-FM 94.9 tops the Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Bob Kaake has been named interim program director of KBSG-FM 97.3, replacing outgoing Jay Coffey, while the station maintains it will stay with its oldies/classic hits programming.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/16/07 - The CBC has announced the appointment of Johnny Michel to the newly created position of regional director for the British Columbia region effective July 3.   He was vice-president of programming and production at Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver and previously held management positions at other TV stations in the city.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/16/07 - Jim Harriott, who was a news anchor on KOMO-TV/4 and with Jean Enersen at KING-TV/5 Seattle during the 70s and 80s, died over the weekend at age 71.  He later worked at Washington DC stations, Voice of America and AARP.  He also appeared as a newscaster in the 1983 movie War Games.  Prior to moving to Seattle, he read news at WMCA New York, the ABC network and WNBC New York.  KING-TV news
  • 05/15/07 - Former KJR Seattle superjock and Hall of Famer Larry Lujack will be featured on The Big 89 Rewind at WLS Chicago.   Regular talk show programming will be pre-empted for the Memorial Day spectacular 5 a.m. to midnight (CT) May 28.  Robert Feder, Chicago Sun-Times
  • 05/15/07 - Jeff O’Neil, morning host on The FOX CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver has been named the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Performer of the Year.  Tasha Chiu of Breakfast Television on Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver is the Broadcaster Performer of Tomorrow.  The awards were announced at the BCAB conference held over the weekend in Penticton.  Complete BCAB winners list
  • 05/15/07 - The CRTC has denied a proposal by CTV Inc. to sell off as many as three of its Citytv stations, to gain a leg up on its application for a takeover of CHUM Limited. Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver was not one of the stations proposed in the sale.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 05/12/07 - After over 30 years as anchor of one of North America's most watched local newscasts on Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, Tony Parsons will scale back to two days a week starting in September.  Weekend News Hour anchor Chris Gailus will take over the extra days.  Parsons plans full retirement in Kelowna after the 2010 Olympic Games.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 05/11/07 - In a document filed this week with the CRTC, CTVglobemedia has offered to sell a Citytv station in Winnipeg and possibly two others in Calgary and Edmonton in order to complete its acquisition of CHUM Limited, the holdings of which include Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver and A-Channel CIVI-TV/53 Victoria.  But the offer comes with a condition.  Barbara Shecter And Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 05/11//07 - In a speech yesterday in Penticton, CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein suggested the Commission will entertain “a lighter approach to regulation” as long as support for Canadian programming is upheld.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 05/10/07 - More being done about what is said on U.S. radio.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/09/07 - Northwest broadcast engineer Clay Freinwald, whose monthly column is featured on this site, takes us on a pictorial tour of transmitter facilities at West Tiger Mountain.  Fybush Media
  • 05/09/07 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has fired three veteran reporters without warning, Kevin Reece, Joe Furia, and April Zepeda, in the middle of the May ratings-sweep period.  Melanie McFarland, Seattle P-I
  • 05/07/07 - After a six month hiatus due to health reasons, Vancouver's longest running radio host will return to the airwaves May 20.  Wilf Ray, who started in radio with his Compare the Hits program on CKMO Vancouver in 1944, has announced he will return to his regular gospel program Sunday evenings 10 p.m. to midnight on 600AM CKBD.
  • 05/07/07 - Vancouver media lawyer Dan Burnett, who frequently lectures on media law issues for reporters and journalism students, will receive the 2007 Friend of RTNDA Award to be presented at the association's national conference in the city June 21-23.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/06/07 - CBC British Columbia CBUT-TV/2 Vancouver attempts to take a bite out of the dominant news share held by Global BC CHAN-TV/8 by adding and overhauling local news shows.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 05/04/07 - Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 climbs into first place in the Winter '07 Arbitron 12+ Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  News-Talk KIRO AM 710 is second and AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is third.  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.  Next update is scheduled for June 8.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/03/07 - CTV Inc. chief executive Ivan Fecan warned the CRTC yesterday that forcing it to sell the Citytv assets as a condition of its takeover of CHUM Limited would not be in the public interest, after being questioned what would unfold should the regulator approve the takeover on the stipulation that it sell its five Citytv-branded stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, in return for being allowed to keep CHUM's AChannel group.  Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 05/03/07 - The FCC convenes another hearing on ownership concentration of media properties.   The SaveNetRadio coalition reports that the Internet Radio Equality Act has been introduced in Congress, which would reverse the new rate schedule set up by the Copyright Royalty Board.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/02/07 - The CRTC is indicating that it will approve the takeover of CHUM Limited by CTVglobemedia Inc. while posing questions about why CTV is holding on to the CITY-TV assets, but selling off CHUM's A-Channel network in smaller cities to Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc.  Grant Robertson, glove & Mail  CanWest/Vancouver Sun
  • 05/01/07 - Canadian artists, including musicians, producers and writers, along with record labels, have testified at the regulatory hearings in support of the the proposed takeover of CHUM Limited by CTVglobemedia Inc.  Grant Robertson, Globe & Mail
  • 05/01/07 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, with a string of broadcasting firsts, fears that projects could be held up by uncertainty over Internet royalties.   Brier Dudley, Seattle Times
  • 04/30/07 - Several Vancouver and Victoria AM stations have pulled the plug on stereo broadcasting.   In Vancouver, CISL 650, CKST 1040 and CFUN 1410 dropped stereo some time ago, while CHMJ 730 and CKWX 1130 removed it when new transmitters were installed.  CKBD 600 and the new CJRJ 1200 transmit in stereo, while CJVB 1470 is "synthesized".   CKNW 980 and CHMB 1320 light the stereo pilot, but are monaural.  In Victoria, CKMO 900 dropped stereo several years ago and CFAX 1070 stopped when a new transmitter was installed last fall.  Meanwhile, all Vancouver DAB stations have unofficially called it quits, except for the CBC.
  • 04/30/07 - The proposed takeover of CHUM Limited by CTVglobemedia Inc. is facing heat from the CRTC, who say CTV has not provided a clear plan for what it wants to do with its new-found assets.  CTV owns one TV station in Vancouver, while CHUM owns one each in Victoria and Vancouver plus three Vancouver radio stations.  Grant Robertson, Globe & Mail
  • 04/28/07 - An advance copy of the May 2007 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 04/27/07 - Veteran Vancouver newsman Keith Bradbury died this morning at his home on the Sunshine Coast.  He started his broadcast career doing freelance work for CBC Radio in 1972, then joined BCTV CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver as a features reporter before moving to assignment editor, assistant news director and news director.  In 1996 he became vice-president of news at BCTV until 1998 when he launched his own news consulting business.  Global BC/Vancouver Sun  Canoe Network   Global BC photo
  • 04/26/07 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports continued revenue improvements in its Q1 results, especially in its large-market Univision-affiliated television stations and Seattle radio stations.  Fisher news release
  • 04/26/07 - Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver cameraman Tony Clark and reporter Chris Gailus prevent a van with a youngster in it from going over a cliff in Trail B.C.  All safe, but news camera damaged.  Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/26/07 - After naming a new morning host, Seattle market Movin KQMV-FM 92.5 will run a.m. drive without a co-host.  Pat Cashman has left KRKO AM 1380 Everett, but could be back.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 04/24/07 - CH Vancouver Island CHEK-TV/6 Victoria will relaunch its local news programming under the station's historic call letters CHEK, effective this September.  Nationally, the network currently known as CH will be rebranded under the E! banner and continue to feature a mix of primetime network programming including E! content during daytime, late primetime and weekends.  CanWest MediaWorks release  Alex Strachan, Victoria Times-Colonist
  • 04/23/07 - According to All Access Music Group (sign-up service), Seattle market Movin KQMV-FM 92.5 PD Maynard has acquired former KISS-FM WXSS-FM 103.7 Milwaukee DJ Pat Clark for a.m. drive, with the search now on for a morning show producer.
  • 04/22/07 - Broadcaster/trainer Lundy Sanderson, who was an original faculty member in the B.C. Institute of Technology Broadcast Communications department in 1964, died Saturday (04/21).  His broadcasting career took him from CFJC Kamloops to CJVI Victoria in 1953 and CKWX Vancouver during the 1960s.  He was head of the BCIT Communications department from 1974-85 and was the founding president of the Broadcast Education Association of Canada.  He was transferred from his home in Qualicum Beach to hospital in Nanaimo, where he succumbed to respiratory failure at age 77.
  • 04/20/07 - Clear Channel Communications, Inc. has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Television Group to Providence Equity Partners Inc.  The sale, valued at approximately $1.2 billion, includes 56 television stations located in 24 markets across the United States and includes KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham.   Clear Channel release
  • 04/20/07 - Vista Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to convert CFWB AM 1490 Campbell River to the FM band.  The proposed new station would operate on 106.1 MHz with a maximum ERP of 5,000 watts.  It will continue to operate its CJGR-FM Gold River transmitter and maintain its current country music format.  The application will be heard at a public hearing in Gatineau, QC starting June 18.  CRTC info
  • 04/20/07 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Jodesha Broadcasting Inc. to increase power to 58 kW at 158 meters HAAT at 46-56-30 123-47-7 for KJET-FM 105.7 Raymond.  The transmitter will relocate to immediately south of Aberdeen.
  • 04/19/07 - KKOL AM 1300 Seattle goes more local but has had to reduce power at its new transmitter site.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/18/07 - Tom Clendening has been appointed program director of KKOL AM 1300 Seattle, effective immediately.  He had been PD at KIRO & KTTH up until February and has served as director of talk programming for Jones Radio Networks in Seattle.  Salem Communications release
  • 04/17/07 - All Access Music Group (sign-up service) reports that APD/p.m. drive host Rob "The Possum" Walker will become PD of The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.  He has been programming the station since former PD Scott Mahalick moved to that same position at Entercom's The Wolf KBWF-FM 95.7 San Francisco.
  • 04/13/07 - Long time KSL AM 1160 Salt Lake City programmer Rod Arquette will take over the reins as PD of Bonneville International Corporation's newly acquired KIRO AM 710 and KTTH AM 770 Seattle, replacing Tom Clendening, who left in February.
  • 04/12/07 - Further details on founder and President of Burli Software Inc. Stefan Ellis, who died March 26 at age 38, have been published on the company website.  Burli announcement
  • 04/12/07 - In the early days of Rock and Roll radio, artists often sent telegrams of congratulations to DJs.  Red Robinson has assembled a sampling of them on his website home page.
  • 04/12/07 - Montreal-based Astral Media Inc. has clinched a deal to purchase 52 AM and FM stations that make up the Toronto-based Standard Radio Inc. group, creating a radio empire with 81 stations.  It is worth $1.08-billion and creates Canada's largest network of commercial stations, including two in Vancouver and several in the B.C. interior.  A letter of intent was signed in February.  The deal is expected to close early next year and is subject to CRTC approval.  Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail  Reuters/Financial Post  Broadcaster Magazine station list
  • 04/12/07 - An archive of recordings of Northwest radio during the 1950s to 70s is in the planning stage.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/10/07 - Rogers Communications Inc. is resolved to use its new TV channels to become a “second-tier” conventional network in Canada.   The company announced Monday that it was buying several conventional and specialty television stations across Canada from CTVglobemedia Inc.  A-Channel CIVI-TV/52 Victoria is part of the deal.  Richard Blackwell, Globe and Mail update  Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 04/10/07 - BBM S1 2007 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver News/Talk CKNW AM 980 leads but drops into single digits at 9.9, Radio One CBU AM 690 is 2nd with 8.7 and AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is 3rd with 8.4.   All News CKWX AM 1130 leads in the Central Reach numbers with 346,700, slightly ahead of The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 with 346,600.  In Victoria News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 holds the lead with 14.9, with AC CIOC-FM 98.5 second with 12.4.  CKKQ-FM 100.3 leads in Full Coverage Reach numbers with 105,800.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities are available here.   Canadian Broadcast Sales numbers (minus CBC stations)
  • 04/09/07 - AC KRWM-FM 106.9 holds onto first place, while Country KMPS-FM 94.1 moves back up to second in the Arbitron 12+ Winter '07 P2 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.  Next update is scheduled for May 4.
  • 04/09/07 - Stefan Ellis, founder and President of Burli Software Inc. died March 26 after a lengthy illness.  His age and further details are not known at this time.  Vancouver-based Burli Software is a leading computer newsroom system for radio, which was originally developed in Vancouver in 1996 and now is being used worldwide.  Condolences or other messages may be sent to contacts@burli.com
  • 04/09/07 - Rogers Communications Inc. is buying several conventional and specialty television stations across Canada from CTVglobemedia Inc. for $137.5-million, which includes its A-Channel station CIVI-TV/52 Victoria.  The announcement follows CTVglobemedia's planned acquisition of CHUM Limited last July, when it said it would sell its A-Channel stations due to ownership of a number of TV outlets in certain markets.  The transactions are subject to CRTC approval.  Globe and Mail
  • 04/08/07 - A celebration of his life was held Saturday, April 7th at Boal Chapel in North Vancouver for West Vancouver resident musician/broadcaster Harry Boon who died last December at age 87.  His musical career began at the Trocadero Ballroom in Edmonton and he was heard regularly on CJCA, where he became music director in 1948 and then program director.   He became PD at CJVI Victoria in 1974 and program manager at CJAZ-FM Vancouver in 1979, as well as playing with his own six-piece dance orchestra at major hotels, and as the featured pianist with Dal Richards, Mart Kenny, Lance Harrison and Bobby Hales.
  • 04/05/07 - The Vancouver Canadians baseball team has announced an agreement with CKST AM 1040 Vancouver to broadcast 26 games during the 2007 season.  Canadians press release
  • 04/05/07 - Radio & Records reports that KLKI AM 1340 Anacortes has been purchased by Jennifer and Robert Uteda from Berry Entertainment for $760,000.
  • 04/05/07 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle morning show host and PD John Richards hosts The Local Music Show.  Tizzy Asher, Seattle P-I
  • 04/05/07 - KGY AM 1240 Olympia studios, located over the water on Budd Inlet, ends its 50-year lease with the Port of Olympia in 2009.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   KGY studio photo courtesy fybush.com
  • 04/04/07 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for country music entertainer/broadcaster and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame member Even Kemp, who died at home March 17th at age 79.   It will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 83 in Burnaby Sunday, April 15 at 2p.m.  Kemp regularly performed on CJOR and CKMO Vancouver and CKNW New Westminster and was a DJ at CKWX Vancouver in the early 1950s.  Sun/Province obituary  Evan Kemp fan site/biography
  • 04/04/07 - Tom Petty’s The Last DJ marked the final sign-off of Q-104 KMCQ-FM 104.5 The Dalles OR after 39 years of broadcasting.  Last September the FCC granted construction permits to change the frequencies of KASB-FM 89.3 Bellevue to 89.9 and KMIH-FM 104.5 Mercer Island to 88.9 to facilitate the move-in of KMCQ to Covington.  Additionally, KGHP-FM 89.3 Gig Harbor has moved its translator to 93.7.  Rodger Nichols, The Dalles Chronicle
  • 04/03/07 -   Former KOMO-TV/4 Seattle reporter/anchor John Seigenthaler leaves NBC after 11 years.  Seattle P-I
  • 04/02/07 - Veteran broadcasters share duties "at the top of the broadcast food chain".   Jon Naito, Seattle P-I
  • 03/31/07 - An advance copy of the April 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.
  • 03/29/07 - Bob Edwards is coming to Seattle for a show with musician Randy Newman at 8 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre in a benefit for both KPLU FM 88.5 and Seattle Theatre Group.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/26/07 - The CBC and the National Hockey League have announced a new television agreement that will keep Hockey Night In Canada (seen locally on CBUT/2 Vancouver) on the public network until 2014.  The deal is reportedly worth about $100-million a year, but the CBC gives up some existing TV rights.  William Houston, Globe and Mail  NHL News  CBC Sports
  • 03/26/07 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC for a new FM station in Nanaimo to broadcast its Radio One programming originating from CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  If approved, it would operate on 104.1 MHz with a maximum ERP of 7,000 watts.  CRTC info
  • 03/23/07 - CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver was knocked off air for several hours Thursday afternoon by vandals stealing copper wire and a generator from its Delta transmitter site.  Globe and Mail  Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun  Jack Keating, The Province
  • 03/22/07 - The FCC has adopted final digital radio regulations that allow FM radio stations to begin digital multicast operation without prior FCC approval, and which allows AM stations to begin digital nighttime operations.  There are now 21 FMs and one AM transmitting digital HD in Northwest Washington.  Radio Ink
  • 03/22/07 - Internet radio could be in jeopardy as a result of a recent ruling that will increase royalty rates.  The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 Tacoma program director Shawn Stewart has left the building.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/20/07 - To air on more than 80 stations and in seven of the top 10 U.S. markets, The Dennis Miller Show debuts noon-3 p.m. March 26 weekdays on KKOL AM 1300 Seattle.  Salem news release
  • 03/19/07 - Former ABC news correspondent Kevin Newman, now based in Vancouver anchoring the Global National, is profiled.  Sarah Hampson, Globe and Mail
  • 03/19/07 - CBC Radio Two (CBU-FM 105.7 in Vancouver) broadens its scope by moving away from classical music in the evenings.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 03/17/07 - Whitecaps soccer games return to Team 1040 CKST AM 1040 Vancouver.  Whitecaps news release
  • 03/17/07 - KING-TV/5 Seattle has won two Walter Cronkite Awards for "Excellence in Television Political Journalism".  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times  Seattle P-I
  • 03/15/07 - Major U.S. radio owners agree to program more independent music.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/13/07 - Well known Victoria broadcaster Barry Bowman, who was on air for nearly three decades at CFAX AM 1070, picks up the role of the captain in the Titanic exhibit at the Royal B.C. Museum.  Victoria Times Colonist
  • 03/09/07 - AC KRWM-FM 106.9 holds onto first place, while News/Talk KIRO AM 710 moves up to second in the Arbitron 12+ Winter '07 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.  Next update is scheduled for April 6.
  • 03/08/07 - Long-time Vancouver sports broadcaster and former B.C. Lions player Tom Larscheid considers retirement.  Ed Willes, The Province
  • 03/07/07 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KLDY AM 1280 Lacey from BJ and Skip's for the Music Foundation to Seattle Streaming Radio LLC.  The sale was announced in early January.  Backgrounders: Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   Rolf Boone, The Olympian
  • 03/07/07 - Several Seattle area stations rate well in the 12 to 17 year old demographic.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/03/07 - (Updated) Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson joins Jerry Naylor, former lead singer of The Crickets, to host The Rockabilly Legends.  The program will air on numerous PBS stations in the U.S., including WTVS-TV Detroit, where it is scheduled for Tuesday March 6 at 6:30 p.m. PT (9:30 p.m. ET).  WTVS is available nationally on cable systems and satellite services in Canada.  It will air on KBTC-TV/28 Tacoma March 4 at 9 p.m, March 8 at 9:30 p.m. and March 10 at 8 p.m. and on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle March 19 at 1:30 a.m. (all times PT)
  • 03/02/07 - The federal Competition Bureau has cleared CTVglobemedia Inc.'s $1.4-billion takeover of CHUM Ltd., a day after the CRTC announced it would begin public hearings on the deal April 30.  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.   Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 03/01/07 - Bumper stickers still rate in radio station promotion.  Bonneville International has officially taken over operation of three Seattle area stations from Entercom.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/28/07 - The 2007 season of the Seattle Storm of the WNBA will air on KKNW AM 1150, featuring play-by-play by Alan Horton and color commentary by Adia Barnes.   Seattle Storm release
  • 02/26/07 - CHUM Limited has announced that it has agreed to purchase The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver.  The agreement is the culmination of long-term discussions between CHUM Radio and The Beat Broadcasting Corporation and increases CHUM's Vancouver radio holdings to four.  The deal is subject to CRTC approval.  CHUM release   Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 02/25/07 - An advance copy of the March 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.
  • 02/24/07 - The two applicants for a new Chilliwack radio station hope the CRTC will put out a "call for submissions" and both appear intent on providing enhanced local sports coverage.  Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack Times   Jennifer Feinberg, The Chilliwack Progress
  • 02/24/07 - A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto for former CFUN Vancouver announcer Jim Paulson, who collapsed and died at a remote broadcast in Mississauga ON on February 13th.  Norris McDonald, Toronto Star   AM 740 CHWO Toronto, which streams on the Internet, will present an hour-long tribute to him Thursday, March 1 at 11 a.m., repeating at 7 p.m. ET
  • 02/23/07 - Astral Media Inc. has confirmed that it has signed a letter of intent to buy Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd., which will make Astral Canada’s biggest radio broadcaster with 81 stations.  The purchase price has not been released, but is expected to be about $1.15 billion.  Peter Koven and Barbara Shecter, Financial Post  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 02/23/07 - A deal could be in place as early as next week over the sale of Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. to Astral Media Inc.   Standard owns 51 radio stations across Canada, including two in Vancouver and several in the B.C. interior.  Barbara Shecter, Financial Post
  • 02/22/07 - Vista Radio Ltd. has confirmed that it too has applied to the CRTC for a new FM station to serve Chilliwack.  Vista currently operates 19 stations in B.C., including the Cowichan Valley, Courtenay/Comox, Campbell River, and Prince George.  Research conducted for the company indicates a strong desire by people in the community for a new local FM station that would place an emphasis on local programming.  Vista stated that it is confident that the CRTC will seriously consider opening the Chilliwack market to "a call for submissions".
  • 02/22/07 - KPTK AM 1090 Seattle shuffles its lineup following Al Franken leaving Air America.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/21/07 - Dignitaries and business leaders meet with Elmer Hildebrand of Golden West Broadcasting to discuss a proposed new radio station for Chilliwack.  May bring back historic CHWK call letters.  Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack Times
  • 02/20/07 - Shushma Datt, founder and CEO of i.t. Productions Ltd., owner of CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver, is a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s prestigious Influential Women in Business award.   She is profiled in this week’s issue of the Vancouver business publication and will be honored during a ceremony to be held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on March 7.
  • 02/18/07 - Golden West Broadcasting has applied to the CRTC for a new FM station in Chilliwack.  Jennifer Feinberg, The Chilliwack Progress
  • 02/17/07 - Hip-hop is thriving in Seattle and on Seattle radio.  Athima Chansanchai, Seattle P-I
  • 02/15/07 - (Updated 02/17) Jim Paulson, who was a DJ at CFUN Vancouver in 1968-69, died February 13th at age 67.  His career took him from CJCA Edmonton in 1966 to CKRC Winnipeg, CFUN Vancouver and then Toronto, where he entertained during most of the 1980s at CING-FM Burlington and for the last 16 years at AM 740 CHWO Toronto.  He died shortly after collapsing at a remote broadcast in Mississauga ON.  He was considered to be one of Canada's top broadcasters and was a long-time track announcer at the Toronto Indy and at Mosport International Raceway.  AM 740 info   Toronto Star  (Note Star item incorrectly places CJCA in Vancouver.)  Toronto Star obituary
  • 02/15/07 - Local radio managers say that Dixie Chicks' music has moved to adult contemporary.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/15/07 - Al Franken's Air America position is being taken over by Portland-based Thom Hartmann, already syndicated live into the Seattle market.  Julia Silverman, Seattle P-I
  • 02/14/07 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced increased fourth quarter revenue and has become profitable for the first time in five years.  Fisher release
  • 02/14/07 - Vancouver-based Global National with Kevin Newman, seen locally on Global B.C. CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, continues as the most watched Canadian national newscast.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 02/12/07 - When KRKO AM 1380 Everett ups its power to 50 kW in September, it will become the second AM in Washington state to transmit in HD.  Christina Siderius, Seattle Times  Meanwhile the HD Digital Radio Alliance and Crutchfield have announced the first retail car radio add-on that transforms virtually any existing car radio into HD.  Radio Ink
  • 02/12/07 - The 41st annual Variety Show of Hearts telethon, which aired on Global B.C. CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver over the weekend, raised a record of more than $7.5 million for B.C. children with special needs.   Chad Skelton, Vancouver Sun
  • 02/11/07 - A kickoff drive, with local dignitaries including Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, was held in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of J.P. Patches.  The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is assisting supporters of J.P. Patches and Gertrude, played by Chris Wedes and Bob Newman on KIRO-TV/7 from 1958 to 1981, by honoring them with life-sized bronze sculptures.  KIRO-TV backgrounder  KING-TV video
  • 02/10/07 - Fybush Media recently visited several tower sites in Tacoma, Olympia and Centralia, supplying information and photos.
  • 02/10/07 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has named Holly Gauntt as its new news director.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 02/08/07 - Public stations fare well in Seattle-Tacoma radio ratings.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/03/07 - Former KIRO AM 710 Seattle talk show host Mike Webb has been convicted of insurance fraud in King County Superior Court.  Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle P-I  Natalie Singer, Seattle Times
  • 02/02/07 - This Sunday's Super Bowl XLI will be carried by Westwood One on numerous radio stations in Washington state.  Station list
  • 02/01/07 - Station stunts will likely cool after the death of a Sacramento contestant.  KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle and KXOT-FM 91.7 have announced personnel and schedule changes.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I

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