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  • 12/31/08 - The 600 kHz frequency has been freed up in Vancouver.  The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 had been simulcasting on its old AM 600 position since it signed on at 7 p.m. November 13.   It was authorized to do so by the CRTC for a period of up to three months.  AM 600 had been in use by the station's predecessors CJOR, CHRX and CKBD since October 1, 1933.
  • 12/31/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle on a carriage agreement with Comcast Corporation.  Previously, the satellite carriage agreement between the DISH Network and Fisher expired on December 17, leaving DISH customers in 7 media markets without the ability to receive Fisher's programming.  Fisher release
  • 12/31/08 - After 40 years in broadcasting, and variably with KING-TV/5 Seattle since 1986, veteran journalist Don Porter retires.  KING video
  • 12/29/08 - A Celebration of Life for Ron Harrington will take place Sunday, February 8th in Sechelt.  Those interested in attending should contact the Harrington family or former co-workers for details.  They will be informed of arrangements in the new year.  Ron, who died December 14 was the first Director of Operations for the Vancouver-based Knowledge Network (now known as Knowledge).   Sun/Province obituary
  • 12/29/08 - An advance copy of the January 2009 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.
  • 12/27/08 - Sonarchy Radio featuring the 8-member a cappella ensemble Seattle Harmonic Voices airs at midnight tonight on KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle.  Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
  • 12/25/08 - Green Christmas - Stan Freberg 1958.  Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley/Martina McBride
  • 12/25/08 - Stations count down to 2009 as the current year ends.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 12/24/08 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster and voice over artist Bill Reiter aka DJZigZag has launched his new website WAGRadio featuring New World African Music.  Since hosting the contemporary black music program Groovin' Blue at CKLG-FM Vancouver from 1967-69, Reiter has voiced 4500 radio spots and 300 TV commercials and has written or produced about 1000 radio/TV commercials.
  • 12/24/08 - Heavy snow has forced 50 kW News1130 CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver to temporarily operate at reduced power.  News1130 item
  • 12/24/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Educational Media Foundation to increase the power of KLOP-FM 88.1 Ocean Park from .55 kW at 318.2 meters HAAT to 84 kW at 651 meters HAAT with a transmitter move to 46-58-22 123-08-17 approximately 10 miles SE of Olympia.  The 60 dBu contour of the station, which transmits the programming of K-LOVE, will extend into the southwestern part of Seattle.  FCC data
  • 12/22/08 - With the simulcast addition of KIRO-FM 97.3, News/Talk KIRO AM 710 has moved into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Fall '08 P2 ratings.  Tied for second are Country KMPS-FM 94.1 and Talk KTTH AM 770.  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 21.
  • 12/22/08 - Steve Sibulsky is a Northwest radio veteran, with stops in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana from the 60's to the 90's, and has been providing quality freelance VO from his North Idaho studio since 1995.   Heard on radio and TV commercials up and down the west coast, and telephone on-hold messages literally around the world, Steve Sibulsky Productions promises professional service and quick turnaround.  NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS welcomes Steve as its newest advertiser.
  • 12/21/08 - 30-year-plus Global BC CHAN-TV/8 veteran Vancouver features reporter Mike McCardell, who started his reporting career at the New York Daily News, releases his latest book Getting To The Bubble.  Vancouver Province
  • 12/19/08 - Former CKLW Windsor/CFTR Toronto personality Scott Miller is slated to move into the morning drive position at fm 1049 CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver.  He has also worked at stations in Detroit and Chicago, and most recently in Memphis.  He will also voice track p.m. drive.  Bob McGee will continue to VT middays from Toronto and Susan Sierra will host evenings.  Weatherman Wayne Cox's contract apparently is not being renewed.
  • 12/19/08 - Ron Harrington, the first Director of Operations for the Vancouver-based Knowledge Network (now known as Knowledge) died suddenly last Sunday, December 14.  He retired a few years ago and was living on the Sunshine Coast.  Funeral services have not yet been announced.
  • 12/18/08 - Jeff Winskell, who has been acting music director at 95Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver for the last 8 months, has now officially been named music director.  Station owner Astral Media Inc. previously announced that 95Crave will be rebranded as Virgin Radio in early January.
  • 12/18/08 - The celebration of life in memory of J.J. McColl, which was to have taken place Sunday, December 21 at the Performing Arts Lodge Theatre in Vancouver, has been cancelled due to snowy weather.  The event may be rescheduled for the spring.  The award winning broadcaster, playwright and actor died September 23 in White Rock, B.C. at age 71.
  • 12/18/08 - The satellite carriage agreement between the DISH Network and Seattle-based Fisher Communications expired on December 17, leaving DISH customers in 7 media markets without the ability to receive Fisher's programming.  In a press release, Fisher states that it was unable to reach acceptable terms to ensure that DISH provided it with fair compensation from broadcasting its stations.  Fisher also announced that it has filed a $1 million breach of contract lawsuit in federal district court in Oregon over DISH's failure to comply with the terms of the prior carriage agreement.  Fisher release
  • 12/18/08 - KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle personality Bob Rivers presents some of his seasonal twisted tunes tonight at the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie.  Seattle Times
  • 12/18/08 - Canada's private TV and radio broadcasters have won the right to appear before the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that they are being charged more than $100 million annually in illegal taxes.  Janice Tibbetts, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/18/08 - Top Seattle radio stories of the year include the upcoming switch of KIRO AM 710 to all sports and the swap of KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1 from CBS Radio to Clear Channel Communications.  CBS said it hopes to decide what to do with recently departed Steve Slaton's afternoon slot by year end.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 12/17/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle may not be carried on the DISH Network after 11 p.m. today, as their contract expires.  Negotiations between the two so far have been unsuccessful.  KOMO news
  • 12/17/08 - Seattle based Fisher Communications President and CEO Colleen Brown will take a voluntary 10 percent cut in her base salary next year.   Along with other steps to curb expenses, there will be no 2008 cash bonuses for the executive management team nor general salary increases across the company in 2009.  Seattle Times  Radio Ink
  • 12/16/08 - Seattle based Fisher Communications has named Hassan Natha as Vice President/Finance and Principal Accounting Officer.  He was most recently Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Jones Soda Co.  Fisher release  Meanwhile, Fisher has issued an interim letter to shareholders updating the company's financial and operational performance.  Fisher release
  • 12/16/08 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson's daughter Kellie Robinson, who lives in Portland, has written Jeff Talks About Crohn's Disease, in memory of her brother, who died from complications six years ago.  It's available free through the Vancouver-based CH.I.L.D. Foundation (Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders).  Erin McPhee, North Shore News
  • 12/16/08 - KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle morning host Rob T-Man Tepper takes heat for crossing the line with comments about native American women.  KUBE offered an on-air apology and 100 public service announcements in support of ending violence against Native American women.  Robert L. Jamieson Jr., Seattle P-I
  • 12/15/08 - Well-known Vancouver jazz pianist Doug Parker died December 6 at Evergreen House in North Vancouver at age 86.  He was involved in numerous CBC Vancouver TV productions including Quartet 1960 (which he co-hosted), Some of Those Days 1961-1966, Twelve for Summer 1966 and The Other Cheek in 1967.  He had the privilege of playing piano for Harry James and Ray Anthony and was a member of the Musicians Association for 64 years.  A celebration of life will be held December 29 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 12/15/08 - The acquisition of KBKS-FM 106.1 is the first time that Clear Channel will have a transmitter at West Tiger Mountain, which is heavily integrated into the other CBS stations at the site.   (There is an auxiliary 106.1 at the Entercom facility on West Tiger.)  The January edition of Clay's Corner, which will be published here before month end, will feature further technical details.
  • 12/15/08 - CBS Radio has acquired two Houston FMs from Clear Channel in a swap that will give the company more focus on big markets.  In exchange, Clear Channel adds Seattle market KBKS-FM 106.1 along with FMs in Baltimore, Portland OR and Sacramento.  The agreement is subject to regulatory approval.  This will reduce CBS Seattle's holdings to three FMs and one AM.  CBS release
  • 12/14/08 - KSQM-FM 91.5 Sequim is now on air, transmitting with 700 watts non-directional at minus 84 meters HAAT from a site west of the community.  The volunteer-staffed station features music of the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and beyond with local news and weather.  FCC data  Diane Urbani de la Paz, Peninsula Daily News
  • 12/12/08 - KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham has moved to all Christmas with Twelve Days of Christmas music.
  • 12/12/08 - Reliable reports indicate that CBS Radio's latest round of cuts includes veteran Seattle broadcaster Steve Slaton from KZOK-FM 102.5.   Slaton is one of the longest running Seattle personalities, with over 19 years at KISW-FM 99.9 and 15+ years at KZOK.  Also named in the cuts are Nate Conners at KZOK and KMPS-FM 94.1 p.m. drive traffic reporter Flo.  CBS owns and operates one AM and four FM stations in the Seattle market.
  • 12/11/08 - National Public Radio has announced staff and programming cuts, which will ultimately affect public radio stations in the Seattle market.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 12/10/08 - Veteran radio programmer/consultant Steve Young, who died Monday in New York at age 55, spent the last eight years working with Jones Radio Networks (now Dial-Global).  Among his many achievements was program director of KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle from 1989-96.  In tribute, Seattle broadcaster Bob Rivers wrote, "I am saddened beyond words. Steve Young was the father of our radio show, literally.  He raised us, taught us excellence, and kept encouraging and believing in us.  One of the smartest and most compassionate people you could ever meet.  A mentor to so many in radio.Radio & Records
  • 12/10/08 - All Access Music Group (sign up service) reports that Steven L. Rhyner is buying Lite FM KBDB-FM 103.9 and Classic Country KBIS AM 1490 Forks from First Broadcasting Capital Partners for $100,000.
  • 12/10/08 - A 50th anniversary special of the children's J.P. Patches Show will air tonight at 7 on KCTS-TV/9 Seattle.  The program will be hosted by Pat Cashman, featuring archived material and an in-person appearance from northwest icon Julius Pierpont Patches.  Seattle Times
  • 12/09/08 - The River CIQC-FM 99.7 Campbell River is scheduled to sign on at 6 a.m. tomorrow (12/10).  The CRTC approved 99.7 MHz with an ERP of 6000 watts non-directional on March 19, 2008 after previously approving the flip of CFWB AM 1490 on August 30, 2007.  However, the Commission rejected an application to use 106.1 on the same tower used by sister station CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay.  Vista stated in the original application that the new FM station would continue to offer a country music format, targeting predominantly adults between 25 and 54.
  • 12/08/08 - The National Association of Broadcasters said it supports a proposal filed earlier this year by a group of 18 radio broadcasters to allow HD Radio broadcasts to increase to ten percent of a station's analog power from the current one percent.  Four leading electronics manufacturers also signed on to the proposal, which was accompanied by technical reports from HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital and CBS Radio.  Ford and BMW have also filed supportive comments.  At least 27 FM and two AM stations are transmitting HD in northwest Washington.  Radio Ink
  • 12/08/08 - Jodesha Broadcasting has filed a Notice of Proposed Rule Making with the FCC which will involve moving the KANY-FM 93.7 Ocean Shores transmitter site to South Mountain, the location of KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma and KFMY-FM 97.7 Oakville, and will move KSWW-FM 102.1 Elma from its present location to the present KANY transmitter site.  As a result, KANY coverage will increase, while KSWW coverage won't change much.  The South Mountain location is considered a "rimshot" to Seattle.  KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia has also applied to move to that site.  FCC info
  • 12/08/08 - Chicago-based Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection today as it tries to deal with a $13 billion debt.  The company owns the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and 23 television stations, including Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV/13 which will continue operating as normal with news, sports, Fox network and other programs.  It also owns the Chicago Cubs franchise, which is not included in the Chapter 11 filing.  Today's corporate move is aimed at restructuring the company's debt load.  Q13 news  Tribune release  Seattle Times update
  • 12/06/08 - Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver football analyst Giulio Caravatta puts his firefighter training to use during the Grey Cup festivities in Montreal.  Greg Douglas, Here 'N' There, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/06/08 - For the first time in history, all Vancouver radio stations have united to take part in The Salvation Army Toys For Teens Day, Tuesday December 9.  News1130   JRfm
  • 12/05/08 - Kathi Goertzen is "impatient" about getting back on the air as anchor at KOMO-TV/4 Seattle after undergoing further radiation treatments for a brain tumor.  Dan Lewis, KOMO News
  • 12/05/08 - Washington State Patrol is investigating the theft of an atheists group's sign in the Capitol building, which has caused recent controversy.  The sign was turned in to KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle with the request that it be given to morning host Ichabod Caine.  Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times  KOMO News
  • 12/05/08 - A number of Seattle area radio stations will host festive concerts next week.  Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times
  • 12/04/08 - Astral Media Inc. has announced that it will roll out the Virgin Radio brand across Canada in early January. 95 Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver, The Bear 106.9 FM Ottawa and Mix 96 95.9 FM Montreal will become part the Virgin Radio branded group.  The partnership between Astral Media and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Radio International was launched earlier this year with the introduction of Virgin Radio 999 Toronto.  Virgin Radio Vancouver will focus on the Hot AC format.  Astral Media release
  • 12/04/08 - Former Corus Vancouver radio sales representative Ann Hickey Wright has filed a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal against the company.  In her legal action filed in B.C. Supreme Court, she claims management changed the terms and conditions of employment of the sales reps, causing all the senior reps to leave the company during the last year.  Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/04/08 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle offers three channels on HD, another on its website, a new Evergreen channel following the holiday season and has its sights set on even more.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 12/03/08 - The CRTC has approved an application by CTV Limited to change the authorized contours of CKST AM 1040 Vancouver and to move its transmitter to 104 Street between Hwy 10 and Hwy 99 in the municipality of Delta, which will also house sister station CFUN AM 1410.   The new site will consist of 7 self-supporting towers, which is a reduction of 1 tower from the present total, made possible by the elimination of one pattern for CFUN.  Approval of the CFUN move was made on October 10.  CRTC info (Appendix 2 item 11)  Engineer's report
  • 12/03/08 - The CRTC has granted an extension to Bute Inlet Development Corporation to January 16, 2010 for the startup of its new English and Aboriginal language station in Campbell River.   The Commission approved the new station January 16, 2007 to operate at 100.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 540 watts.  CRTC info (Appendix 2 item 3)  Original CRTC decision
  • 12/02/08 - Rogers Communications has announced about 100 layoffs due to poor economic conditions.   The layoffs will impact every company under the Rogers Media umbrella, including its television, publishing and digital operations as well as about 35 employees of the Toronto Blue Jays, which Rogers owns.  Given pink slips locally are JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 swing personalities Ken Allen Joonyer and Sadie Hesketh, assistant to News1130 sales manager Nita Nadoo and Vancouver Rogers group copy writer Ginny Bennett.  Canadian Press
  • 12/02/08 - Canadian broadcast pioneer Ted Rogers died early this morning in Toronto at age 75.  Rogers Communications owns the Toronto Blue Jays, the CityTV and Omni Television networks, Maclean's magazine, and more than 40 radio stations across Canada, including several in Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and the Sunshine Coast.  John Ackermann, News1130  David George-Cosh, Financial Post  Gordon Pitts, Globe and Mail  Globe and Mail pictorial
  • 12/01/08 - Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden moved to all Christmas music at 6 p.m. Friday, November 28.
  • 11/30/08 - Broadcasters Jim Hughson, Rick Ball, John Shorthouse and Joey Kenward keep Vancouver's sports audiences informed.  Gordon McIntyre, The Province  Item #2  Item #3
  • 11/30/08 - Legendary radio programmer Bill Drake of KHJ Los Angeles Boss Radio fame died yesterday in Los Angeles.  His programming and jingles influenced stations throughout North America and the world.  He was 71.   Ken Levine blogspot  Gary Lycan, OC Register
  • 11/30/08 - A narrow pass vote by council to allow CKPM-FM 98.7 to take up residence in the Port Moody Recreation Complex has left owner Matthew McBride with mixed feelings on where to locate the new station.  The CRTC approved the application on May 30.  Michelle Lagace, Coquitlam NOW (Note call letter error in news item)  Gary McKenna, Tri-City News 
  • 11/29/08 - CBC Radio 1 CBCV-FM 90.5 plans a "restrained celebration" as its ratings top perennial leader CFAX AM 1070 in the most recent BBM 12+ Victoria radio ratings.  Katherine Dedyna, Times Colonist
  • 11/28/08 - Funeral services have been announced for Ray Perrault, who died in North Vancouver November 24.  He was one of the founding members of the University of British Columbia Radio Society and upon graduation worked as a sports reporter for CJOR Vancouver.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards Street, Vancouver at 2:30 p.m. November 29.  Province/Sun obituary
  • 11/28/08 - Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 tops M25-54 with Jack CKLG-FM 96.9 second in the BBM S4 Vancouver market ratings, while QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 leads W25-54 with Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 second.  David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/28/08 - Seattle market radio stations host Christmas concerts.  Music/Nightlife, Seattle Times
  • 11/27/08 - For the first time, Vancouver market News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 has launched The Magic of Christmas, 12 channels of online holiday music ranging from traditional, classical, upbeat hits, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues to gospel music.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/27/08 - Vancouver radio executives are welcoming personal people meters when they arrive next fall.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/27/08 - BBM S4 2008 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver, News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 12.4 share, CBC Radio 1 CBU AM 690/CBU-2-FM is second with 9.9 and QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is third with 7.6.  The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 leads in Central Reach numbers with 389,200, CKNW is second with 353,800 and QM-FM is 3rd with 338,200.  (The Vancouver numbers have been corrected from the original ones posted on the BBM website.)   In Victoria, Radio 1 CBCV-FM 90.5 leads with a 12.1 share, news/talk CFAX AM 1070 is second with 11.7 and The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 is third with 10.6.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 11/27/08 - Spanish language KTBK AM 1210 plans to add two local shows to its lineup beginning Monday, the first for Bustos Media in the Seattle market.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 11/26/08 - Personal people meters debut in Montreal next month, but will come to Vancouver next fall.  Grant Surridge, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/26/08 - The first TV station west of the Mississippi and north of San Francisco signed on 60 years ago.  KING-TV/5 video
  • 11/25/08 - An advance copy of the December 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.
  • 11/24/08 - Former CBC writer, actor and broadcaster Fred Diehl died November 15 in Calgary.  He was 87.  He was also an announcer at CHQM Vancouver before moving to Toronto.  Among his credits were writer on the 1950's Holiday Ranch, one of the producers of the CBC Radio drama series Nightfall which aired in the early 1980s and executive producer of CBC Radio's Sunday Matinee beginning in 1982.  Calgary Herald obituary
  • 11/24/08 - Retired Liberal Senator Ray Perrault died Sunday night at age 82.   He served as president or the University of British Columbia Radio Society (RADSOC) in the mid 1940s and was a sportscaster at CJOR Vancouver in 1949.  He was BC Liberal MLA from 1960-68 and Member of Parliament from 1968-72.  He was appointed to the Senate in 1973 and retired in 2001.  Vancouver Province  CKNW
  • 11/22/08 - The provincial Employment Standards Branch is investigating Olympic Broadcasting Services following its collection of $50 application fees for broadcasting jobs during the 2010 Winter Games.  OBS says all the fees will be returned to students.  Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/21/08 - Students wanting to work for Olympic Broadcasting Services during the 2010 Winter Games are being asked to pay a non-refundable fee of $50 when applying for jobs, but it won't deter the majority of broadcast journalism students at the B.C. Institute of Technology from applying.  BCIT supports the OBS plan and has agreed to close their program during the Olympics so students can work during the event.  Gerry Bellett and Tim Lai, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/21/08 - Corus Entertainment, with four radio stations in the Vancouver market, has joined the growing list of belt-tightening companies.  It has told staff that discretionary spending - from new cellphones to company Christmas parties - is being cut as advertising dollars shrink in a tight economy.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 11/20/08 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues in first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Fall '08 P1 ratings, followed by a jump up to second for Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9, with News/Talk KIRO AM 710 in 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 December 22.
  • 11/20/08 - Seattle market KRWM-FM 106.9 provides an on-line alternative to its all Christmas music which began November 14.  KCMS-FM 105.3 makes the move on November 28 and KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham on December 15.  The nationally syndicated Dennis Miller Show replaces Dr. Laura Schlessinger in early February 9 a.m. to noon on KVI AM 570.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 11/19/08 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has released its decision concerning an episode of the English-Punjabi open-line program the Harjinder Thind Show broadcast on Red FM CKYE-FM 93.1 Vancouver on January 31, 2008. CBSC release  CBSC decision
  • 11/19/08 - CTV is set to announce layoffs and other cutbacks due to the economic slowdown.  Grant Surridge, Canwest News Service/Vancouver Sun  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 11/19/08 - The CBC announces it is in discussions about how to support an independent future for the Vancouver-based CBC Radio Orchestra, which it announced last spring that it was disbanding.  Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail
  • 11/18/08 - "Unradio" The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver fills the programming gap that other stations miss.  Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/15/08 - In an earlier than usual move, Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 yesterday moved to Continuous Christmas Favorites.
  • 11/15/08 - Contrary to rumors, CKST AM 1040 Vancouver afternoon co-host Don Taylor will not be moving east.  Cable channel Sportsnet, which carries his TV show denies it is shutting down its Vancouver operations.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/14/08 - The CRTC has denied an application by Fairchild Radio to allow programming in Mandarin between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday on CHKG-FM 96.1 Vancouver.  Fairchild had made that Chinese-language programming restriction commitment during the original licensing process in 1996.  CRTC decision
  • 11/14/08 - All Access Music Group (signup service) reports that The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle OM/PD Scott Mahalick has named Lola Montgomery MD/middays and is currently looking for an APD/afternoon personality.  E-mail resume and mp3 to hrjobs@entercom.com with “KKWF APD” as the subject line.   Applications for this position will only be accepted online.
  • 11/14/08 - Bonneville International Corp. confirmed Thursday that KIRO AM 710 Seattle will convert to an all-sports format next spring with local, as yet unnamed talk hosts.  The new format will have affiliation with the Mariners and Seahawks and Seattle-market exclusive rights to ESPN.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I   Meanwhile, Dave Pridemore has been selected as the new VP/GM of the new 710 ESPN Seattle.  He has been serving as Director of Sales for Bonneville Seattle since January 2007 and will keep that role.  Radio Ink
  • 11/13/08 - The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver officially launched at 7 p.m. today following a gala one-hour program simulcast on 600AM from Seasons in the Park restaurant located at the peak of Queen Elizabeth Park.  The AM station ended its 84-year run with a thank you announcement by Vice President & General Manager Gerry Siemens, followed by a 25 minute look back at the station and its countless personalities.  Vancouver broadcast icon Red Robinson reminisces about his start at CJOR in 1954 with a 26 photo slide show entitled 600 memories.  Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/13/08 - Today's historic review of 600AM CKBD Vancouver is 25 minutes in length and hence will start at 5:35 p.m. PT, preceding a 6 p.m. simulcast on both 600AM and The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5, followed by The PEAK's official launch at 7.
  • 11/13/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced a new online employment platform across eight markets which will allow job seekers to see precisely matched jobs within two minutes and to remain anonymous while exploring new career opportunities.  Fisher release
  • 11/13/08 - The Canwest Global Communications staff cut announced yesterday of positions at CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, includes newsroom and commercial production staff and three managers.  Carla Wilson, Times Colonist
  • 11/13/08 - The Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC to operate an FM developmental community radio station in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island.   The new station would operate on 98.7 MHz with an average ERP of 3.7 watts (max. 5 watts) with an effective HAAT of 14 metres.  Music programming is to be focused on local talent and the station intends to establish itself as an emergency service broadcaster by proving a link to the various community emergency services in the Cowichan Valley.  CRTC notice
  • 11/13/08 - With the possible flip of KIRO AM 710 Seattle to an all sports format, KRKO AM 1380 Everett general manager Andrew Skotdal considers his station's options.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 11/12/08 - CanWest Global is cutting five per cent of its nationwide workforce, 560 jobs in all, as it streamlines operations.  Included are over 40 at the company's three TV stations in British Columbia.  23 production, sales and managerial jobs are being cut at CHBC Kelowna, 18 at CHEK Victoria and at least four at Global Vancouver.  Some on-air personnel also have been laid off.  The commercial production departments of CHEK and CHBC are also being shut down.  In addition, the CHBC evening newscast will be anchored from the CHEK studio in Victoria.  Shane Bigham, News1130  CFAX News
  • 11/12/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that Christopher J. Bellavia, formerly of Washington Mutual, has been appointed Vice President, Senior Attorney and Corporate Secretary responsible for legal, corporate compliance and governance issues.  Fisher release
  • 11/12/08 - A news conference is scheduled for Thursday to announce that KIRO AM 710 Seattle will flip from its current news/talk programming to all sports/talk on April 1, which had been recently rumored.  Although six newsroom employees and one engineer were laid off on Monday, an assistant program director who would format the sports lineup is expected to be hired.  Jayda Evans, Seattle Times
  • 11/11/08 - Two Celebrations of Life have been planned for Vancouver broadcaster J.J. McColl (Joanne Humphrey) who died September 23.   The first, taking place on November 16, is for family and closest friends and expected attendance has reached the limit of allowable space.  The second will take place Sunday, December 21 in the 8th floor PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) Theatre, 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver beginning at 1:00 p.m.  RSVP to CelebrateJoaneJJ@yahoo.ca.   
  • 11/11/08 - A memorial service has been announced for Vancouver broadcaster Reverend Bernice Gerard, who died November 1 at age 84.  It will be held at Broadway Church, 2700 East Broadway on Monday, November 24 at 2 p.m.   Province/Sun obituary
  • 11/11/08 - Reports are circulating that four full time newsroom employees, plus another full time position and two part timers have been laid off at Bonneville International owned KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  Programming changes include cancellation of Big Story @ 6 with Tony Miner and extension of The Ron and Don Show to cover the time slot.
  • 11/11/08 - Brian Butler, general sales manager of KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia, is confident he will get a license for a new station in Yelm.  His FCC application calls for 10 kW day and 6 kW night at 1120 KHz.  Yelm is the fastest growing city in Thurston County.  Rolf Boone, The Olympian
  • 11/10/08 - The FCC has dismissed an application by Pacific Lutheran University for a construction permit for a new FM station on 88.9 MHz in Sedro-Wooley.  The application was for 2.5 kW directional at 29 meters HAAT at 48-32-30 122-17-43.  FCC data
  • 11/10/08 - CBC-TV reporter Mellissa Fung, who was held captive in a tiny cave for four weeks near Kabul, Afghanistan, was once based in Victoria reporting for CBC-TV News Vancouver.  Ethan Baron, Canwest News Service/Victoria Times Colonist
  • 11/10/08 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 moved to All Time Favourites at 9 a.m. today to fill the gap which will be left when 600AM CKBD flips to FM on Thursday, November 13 as The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 with a AAA format.  RadioWest captured the audio.
  • 11/08/08 - Vancouver Whitecaps soccer play-by-play announcer Peter Schaad, who starts hosting p.m. drive November 14 on The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5, has been extended a welcome to continue soccer broadcasts on Team CKST AM 1040.  He worked his final shift Friday as producer of the highly-rated Terry & Tara morning show on QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5.  Whitecaps' president Bob Lenarduzzi says Schaad is one of the best play-by-play soccer men in North America.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/06/08 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Doc Harris is out of radio again, as he has been released from his p.m. drive position at CISL AM 650.   His website states, "DOC IS FIRED AGAIN!  Managed to last over a year this time, but frankly, this is growing tiresome."  Reports indicate that he was called up by management following his shift on Wednesday and told he didn't fit the station's new format (All Time Favourites starting next Monday).  However, he is still co-hosting Dan Gardener's Automotive Intelligence on CISL from 8-9 p.m. Thursday nights.
  • 11/06/08 - The broad economic slowdown appears to be affecting Seattle-based Fisher Communications less than many other broadcasters as TV revenue increased 7.3%, but radio revenue decreased 9.9%.   Fisher will host a conference call today at 1:00 p.m. with a live audio webcast accessible to the public.  Fisher release
  • 11/06/08 - KKOL AM 1300 Seattle, which has flipped to an all business format will add more programming, including a local show to focus on stocks and companies in this region.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 11/05/08 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has found that News1130 CKWX Vancouver violated provisions of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and the Radio Television News Directors Association Code of (Journalistic) Ethics in its broadcasts about SkyTrain safety on May 1, 2007.  News1130 is required to broadcast the Council's decision once during peak listening hours within three days following the release and once more within seven days following the release during the time period in which promotional spots and reports were broadcast.  CBSC release
  • 11/05/08 - B.C.'s sagging TV series industry received a boost Tuesday with the announcement of two new Canadian series, commissioned by CTV and Canwest Broadcasting. that will soon begin shooting in Vancouver.  Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/05/08 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 has announced that beginning November 10, it will change its name to All Time Favourites - AM 650 and start playing adult music of the last 40 years, filling the gap left by CKBD AM 600 when it leaves the airwaves at 7 p.m. November 13.  600AM flips to The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 with a new AAA format at that time.  On air announcements on 600AM will invite listeners to move up the dial to 650.  Much of the weekend feature programming on 600AM has also moved to 650.  CISL info
  • 11/04/08 - KKOL AM 1300 Seattle has flipped from a talk format to all business with hourly financial news updates from CNBC.  Much of the programming is coming from Bloomberg.  Meanwhile, KNTS AM 1680 becomes the Seattle market's only 24-hour Hispanic Christian talk station as Radio Luz.  Radio Ink   Salem release
  • 11/04/08 - Shirley Bartholomew, a former Snohomish County councilwoman and longtime reporter for KRKO Everett, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning.  She was 84.  She served as news director at KRKO from 1943 to 1980 and was the first female broadcaster named to the Edward R. Murrow-Washington Hall of Fame in 1980.  Bill Sheets, HeraldNet   AP/Seattle Times
  • 11/03/08 - Reverend Bernice Gerard died Saturday morning at age 84.  She hosted Christian talk shows Encounter and Sunday Line on CJOR Vancouver during the 1970s and 80s as well as programs on KVOS-TV Bellingham and more recently a daily show at KARI Blaine.  Tim Lai, Vancouver Sun  Renee Bernard, News1130
  • 11/01/08 - Inspiration Media has applied to the FCC for a non-directional daytime-only synchronous transmitter for KKOL AM 1300 Seattle, to operate with 2.5 kW, located between Woodinville and Maltby at 47-47-33 122-07-26.  The transmitter would cover a portion of the coverage area that has been lost due to the necessity to operate under a special temporary authority.  Engineering exhibit  FCC data
  • 10/31/08 - A new book entitled New Pioneers - Stories of 100 BC Women Entrepreneurs, celebrating the pioneer spirit of BC businesswomen has been produced by Women’s Enterprise Centre.  Among the honorees is Shushma Datt, President and CEO of i.t. Media Broadcasting, assets of which include Radio Rim Jhim, RJ 1200 CJRJ AM 1200 and 5 television programs produced for local networks including Women in Focus, Spice and What’s New in Vancouver. 
  • 10/31/08 - An advance copy of the November 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.
  • 10/31/08 - As The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver continues signal testing leading up to its official launch at 7 p.m. November 13, RadioWest has captured some of the test announcements.
  • 10/31/08 - For a second time, the CRTC has denied an application by Canada's TV networks to start charging cable and satellite carriers for their signals.  The TV industry is concerned about an economic downturn, with CanWest Global Communications Corp. in a precarious position with $3.6-billion of debt and limited financial flexibility.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Grant Surridge and Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 10/30/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Bicoastal Media for an increase in power for KRQT-FM 107.1 Castle Rock from 740 watts to 800 watts non-directional at 46-20-18 123-5-45 at 523 meters HAAT, nearby to the existing site.  FCC info
  • 10/30/08 - Music director Alain Trudel and Montreal businessman Philippe Labelle say the 70-year-old Vancouver-based CBC Radio Orchestra will carry on after its official farewell concert on November 16, as the National Broadcast Orchestra based in Vancouver.  It will be independent from the CBC and will expand beyond conventional broadcasting into webcasting and other types of Internet distribution.  Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail  Lloyd Dykk, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/30/08 - Emo-V Inc. is rolling out a service called MyQuu, which allows radio listeners an interactive connection back to the station.  The service will launch on the Sandusky Seattle area FM stations in the next few weeks.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 10/29/08 - Canadian Music Week has announced that Chuck McCoy, who was program director of CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver in the early 1970s, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.  McCoy will be honored for his contributions to the Canadian broadcasting industry with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, March 12, 2009 to be held at the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards in Toronto.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/28/08 - KING-TV/5 Seattle's Evening Magazine has named The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 morning host Fitz as Best Radio Host on Best of Western Washington.  KING-TV video
  • 10/28/08 - Lawyer Marvin Stern is suing Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 over a photo that ran on its website last August 5 adjacent to a news story about a doctor who was found guilty of sexual exploitation of a 16-year-old girl.  Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/27/08 - Curtis Pope, p.m. drive host at Country CKQC-FM 107.1 Abbotsford has won the BC Country Music Association’s prestigious On-Air Personality of the Year award for 2008.  He began his radio career as a fill-in morning show producer for Red Robinson in early 2000, followed by a full time position at The Wolf in Prince George.
  • 10/27/08 - Vandals have torched the Nikkei Mountain transmitter site south of Cumberland, knocking out over-the-air signals for CBC CBUT-1 (channel 9) and Citytv CKVU-TV-1 (channel 5) Courtenay and temporarily disrupting some of Shaw Cable's services in the Comox Valley and Powell River.  Lori Jenks, Canwest News/Victoria Times-Colonist
  • 10/27/08 - Further new hires have been announced for The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver with Laurie Logan as evening host.  She has had previous experience with Sun FM Kelowna, Joe FM Edmonton and The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver.  Aziza Sindhu will read afternoon news on both JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 & The PEAK.  She was most recently a news reporter for CBC Vancouver but has served with Country 105 and Global Television Calgary and CHAT Medicine Hat.   Tamara San Martin is the new afternoon traffic reporter on both JRfm & The PEAK.  She has worked as a features producer and host for CTV Vancouver and Citytv Edmonton.
  • 10/27/08 - Veteran news reader Campbell McCubbin has left his position with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Vancouver, where he had been news director since 1996.  Cam started his radio career as a DJ at CFAC Calgary in 1963, before moving to the news department at CKWX Vancouver in 1966.  He was the bureau chief at Selkirk News in Ottawa from 1973-75 prior to returning to CKWX as news director, producing news programs for sister station CJAZ-FM and reading news at 'WX until moving to CJJR-FM/600AM CKBD.  He was granted the TV Week Magazine Viewer's Choice Award for Best Radio Newscaster in 1988 & '89, the only two years it was offered.  Jack Marion will continue reading morning news at JR.
  • 10/24/08 - The historic CHWK call letters will return when CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack signs on early next year.  In July, Kevin Gemmell was appointed station manager and general sales manager.  In August Randy Merkley was named the play-by-play voice of the WHL Chilliwack Bruins, with a play-by-play agreement earlier this month for all home and away games effective with the station's sign-on.  Glen Slingerland was appointed program director last month.  Anyone interested in programming positions should contact station manager Kevin Gemmell.
  • 10/24/08 - The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver began transmitter testing yesterday afternoon.  Reception reports in the Vancouver area indicate minor impairment to the signal of first adjacent CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria and major impairment to the signal of KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.
  • 10/23/08 - A tribute will be paid to Madman Moskowitz at 7 a.m. Saturday on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.  Arbitron shows KUOW-FM 94.9 back in top spot 12+ among Seattle-Tacoma radio stations for the summer quarter.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 10/22/08 - A Snohomish County hearing examiner has squashed plans for two new radio towers south of Snohomish for a proposed new frequency at 1520 AM.  Andy Skotdal, owner of KRKO AM 1380, said he will appeal the decision.  Yoshiaki Nohara, HeraldNet
  • 10/22/08 - Testing of the new transmitter for The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver is to begin Thursday afternoon or Friday, with official sign-on scheduled for 7 p.m. November 13.  Meanwhile, long-time Vancouver broadcaster/sportscaster Peter Schaad will be the p.m. drive host.
  • 10/22/08 - Former Vancouver Television CIVT news anchor Ravi Baichwal, now weekend co-anchor at WLS-TV/7 Chicago, has received a Chicago Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: News in that city.  He moved to Toronto from Vancouver in 2002 as a CTV anchor/correspondent prior to moving to WLS in 2006.  Lewis Lazare, Chicago Sun-Times
  • 10/22/08 - The FCC has issued a construction permit to SamSno Ecucational Media for a new FM station in Glenoma to operate with 1000 watts at 89.3 MHz at minus 289 meters HAAT at 46-32-37 122-03-36.  FCC data
  • 10/21/08 - The CRTC has denied an application by Russ Wagg for a new FM station to operate on Quadra Island.  The Commission stated that there would be potential economic impact on existing stations in nearby Campbell River.  CRTC decision
  • 10/20/08 - Long-time Vancouver broadcaster Brian Brenn is recovering in hospital following a 3-1/2 hour gall bladder surgery.  He was planning to scale back his position as midday news anchor at News1130 CKWX AM 1130 to a weekend position at the end of October.  Brenn has been with News1130 since 1996 following more than two decades with CHQM.
  • 10/20/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications will report its third quarter 2008 financial results before the stock market opens on November 6.  The company will hold a quarterly conference call to discuss the results at 1:00 p.m. PT the same day.  Fisher release
  • 10/20/08 - KSER-FM 90.7 Everett is one of 11 stations, which include KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle and KSVR-FM 91.7 Mount Vernon, competing for the rights to broadcast at 89.9.  KSER would use the frequency to serve Camano and Whidbey islands.  Sharon Salyer, HeraldNet 
  • 10/19/08 - CBC-TV CBUT/2 Vancouver Surrey Bureau video journalist Susana (Susie) da Silva is part of a team that is currently en route to the Mount Everest base camp.  The team is part of a group called Summits of Hope that raises funds for B.C. Children's Hospital.  She will be the fourth person and the second woman from CBC Vancouver's English Television newsroom to be on Everest.
  • 10/17/08 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues in first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Summer '08 ratings, followed by News KOMO AM 1000 and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5.  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 20.
  • 10/17/08 - Long-time CISL AM 650 and CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver VP and GM Gary Russell, who retired earlier this year, is one of eight distinguished Canadians to be inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Hall of Fame at a special luncheon ceremony on November 4 at this year’s CAB Convention in Ottawa.  CAB release
  • 10/16/08 - Randy Lundquist is the first of the recently dropped KBSG-FM jocks to land a new position, as p.m. drive host at KJR-FM 95.7.   Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 10/16/08 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver sportscaster Laura Ornest is one of a number of well-known reporters cut from staff at CBS L.A.-based stations KNX AM 1070 and KFWB AM 980.  The move reportedly follows a corporate mandate to reduce payroll by $1 million.  Ornest had been with KNX since 1995.  Craig Fiegener, InstantRiverside.com
  • 10/15/08 - Lisa Dolinski has been named the new promotions coordinator at the soon to be launched The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver.  She was most recently with Universal Music Canada and joins the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group station November 3.
  • 10/14/08 - The FCC has accepted for filing an application by Crista Ministries to increase power of KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden from its current 47 kW to a full class C power of 68 kW from its existing non-directional antenna on Orcas Island.   Impairment of KWPZ's signal in some areas resulted from the licensing and subsequent sign-on of first adjacent CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver in December 2006.  FCC application
  • 10/11/08 - CBC Radio One CBU-2-FM 88.1 Vancouver began transmitting yesterday.  The CRTC earlier approved the Corporation's application to rebroadcast the programming of CBU AM 690.  CRTC approval
  • 10/10/08 - The CRTC has approved an application by CTV Limited to relocate the CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver transmitter site to a point approximately eight kilometers south-east of the current site.  CRTC Decision   Engineer's Report
  • 10/09/08 - Former Seattle area correspondent John Hockenberry now co-anchors The Takeaway, syndicated by Public Radio International.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 10/08/08 - Sandra Klaric will be the new midday host at The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 when it signs on next month.  Prior to covering a maternity leave drive position for The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver, she did tours of duty in Halifax, Kitchener, Terrace & Nanaimo.
  • 10/06/08 - Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver news anchor Robin Stickley, who has been filling in for for Jill Krop on the 11 p.m. News Hour Final, is currently filling in on the Vancouver-based weekend edition of Global National, replacing Tara Nelson, recently assigned as Global National's London bureau chief.  Krop, who had been on maternity leave, returned last week.
  • 10/06/08 - BBM S3 2008 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver, News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 10.8 share, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 is 2nd with 9.8 and CBC Radio 1 CBU AM 690 is third with 8.5.  The Beat leads in Central Reach numbers with 441,000, News1130 CKWX AM 1130 is second with 339,500 and CKNW is third with 328,800.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 10/05/08 - Rock legend Pat O'Day returns to Bremerton to host the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, then, the Cruisin' The '60s benefit for the Kitsap County Historical Society.  Andrew Binion, Kitsap Sun
  • 10/04/08 - As digital TV conversion nears in the U.S., little is being said in Canada, leading to confusion by some viewers.  Proportionately more Canadians subscribe to satellite or cable than Americans do and over-the-air viewing is not evenly spread across Canada.  Cable and satellite penetration is higher in British Columbia, but a recent study estimates that almost a third of all television viewing in Windsor, ON is done over the air with signals from nearby Detroit.  Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail  Digital TV FAQ
  • 10/03/08 - More than 200,000 households in the Puget Sound area will be affected by the February 17 switch to digital TV broadcasting.  The federal government is offering up to two $40 coupons to each household to ease the conversion.  So far the Seattle area is one of 23 television markets in the U.S. with lower-than-average participation in the converter box coupon program.  Note the digital switchover doesn't occur in Canada until 2011. Brad Wong, Seattle P-I
  • 10/03/08 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Vancouver has confirmed that Chris Coburn, currently p.m. drive at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 will assume the morning drive position at The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 when it signs on next month.  Elaine Scollan also moves to The PEAK as the morning news anchor and key contributor to the morning show.   Current 600AM CKBD AM 600 morning host Bob Saye will move to afternoon drive at JRfm and Mark Patric has assumed the role of Assistant Program Director at JRfm.
  • 10/03/08 - Broadcasters Jim Fraser, Bob Morris, Charlee Morgan, Carole Alexander, Julie Brown, Colleen Troy, Pat O'Day and the late J.J. McColl are spotlighted in the latest Red Around Town and the flavor of the day is 'vanilla' in his Reditorial.
  • 10/02/08 - Radio stations experiment with ways to move beyond the traditional channels of delivery.  Bill Virgin's On Radio, Seattle P-I
  • 10/01/08 - The newly formatted FM 104.9 CKCL-FM 104.9 has started to announce on-air shows with morning weather by Wayne Cox, voice tracking by former CFUN Vancouver jock Bob Magee (now at CHFI-FM 98.1 Toronto) and a correction to the time for Red Robinson's Red Rock Diner to 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays.
  • 10/01/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Radio Port Townsend for a new non-commercial, educational station to operate at 91.9 MHz with 2 kW directional at 71 meters HAAT at 48-06-20 122-51-47.  Call letters have been registered as KPTZ.  FCC data
  • 09/30/08 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Jim Fraser has left the position of morning host at The Coast CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons/Sechelt.  He had been with the station since its sign-on in 2006.  Prior to CKAY, Fraser had been anchoring morning weekend news on CKNW AM 980.  Reports indicate that the high cost of ferry travel and a general economic downturn are putting a squeeze on local media.
  • 09/30/08 - The FCC has approved a minor change in licensed facilities for KWOK AM 1490 Hoquiam with a small transmitter move to the south from 46-58-22 123-51-10 to 46-58-20 123-51-9.  Daytime power remains at 1 kW with night power dropping from 1 kW to .82 kW.  FCC info
  • 09/29/08 - With Friday's format switch of CKCL-FM 104.9 Chilliwack/Vancouver to FM 104.9 - The Greatest Hits of All Time, Red Robinson's Red Rock Diner will move from Saturday evenings to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning October 5.  Red also squashes any rumor that he will be moving to morning drive.  redrobinson.com
  • 09/28/08 - An advance copy of the October 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.
  • 09/27/08 - 1950s Victoria radio and TV personality Norm Pringle is inducted into the Victoria Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame.  redrobinson.com
  • 09/27/08 - Conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra, Alain Trudel continues to fight to preserve it.   Orchestra members were advised by CBC executives in March that it will be disbanded at the end of November.  It was founded by John Avison in 1938.  Lloyd Dykk, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/26/08 - Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Chilliwack/Vancouver flipped formats at 2 p.m. today to become FM 104.9 - The Greatest Hits of All Time.  Program Director David Larsen says the new sound will be "very familiar, very uptempo, a sing-along, fun kind of station and the music will be familiar immediately".  It includes hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s from the Beatles, Beach Boys, Supremes and Earth Wind and Fire.
  • 09/25/08 - Lisa Cordasco celebrates ten years with Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria, which previously was the only provincial capital without its own CBC station.  John Threlfall, Monday Magazine
  • 09/25/08 - Former Radio Caroline North DJs, newsreaders and engineers returned to the Isle or Man on the weekend to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the station's departure.  DJ Mick Luvzit married the sister of another DJ live on air 42 years ago.  A Manitoba native, Luvzit later entertained at CKLG and CKST Vancouver and hosted mornings at KWPZ-FM Lynden in the early 2000s.  Isle of Man Today
  • 09/25/08 - Award winning broadcaster, playwright and actor, J.J. McColl died peacefully Tuesday evening at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock.  She was born in Vancouver December 24, 1936.  She began her broadcasting career as a midnight disc jockey at CJOR Vancouver about 1963, followed by her own open line talk show.  A highlight was working with Jack Nicholson in the feature film The Pledge, directed by Sean Penn.  For five years she hosted CBC's award winning 50/UP.   She married former Skeena BC Member of Parliament Frank Howard in 2003.  Vancouver Sun CBC obituary
  • 09/25/08 - A representative of Out to See Theatre Productions has confirmed that veteran CBC radio and television broadcaster and playwright J.J. McColl died Tuesday evening (09/23) in Vancouver.  She was 71.  Further details to follow.
  • 09/25/08 - Seattle-based Delilah doesn't have to go very far to the microphone, but her voice is heard in 225 cities.  Seattle Thunderbirds hockey is heard this year on KFNK-FM 104.9.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/22/08 - "The guy who wouldn't play Elvis Presley", acclaimed jazz singer Kenny Colman spun records late at night on CKMO Vancouver during the early 1950s.  Red Robinson, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/20/08 - Family, friends and former colleagues gather at the BC Sports Hall of Fame today to celebrate the life of former Vancouver Sun sports columnist and CBC commentator Jim Kearney, who died last month at age 86.  Vancouver Canadians broadcaster Rob Fai heads to Mexico City for the opening of the 2009 World Baseball Classic March 5-12.  Canucks-Lions broadcast conflicts on Team 1040 CKST AM 1040 involve a Canucks pre-season game next Saturday and Lions getting bumped October 17 and 25.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/19/08 - Danny Holiday treats KSER-FM 90.7 Everett listeners to Good Vibrations, but with a different twist.  Julie Muhlstein, HeraldNet
  • 09/19/08 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues in first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Summer '08 P2 ratings, followed Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 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 October 17.
  • 09/19/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Christian Channel Inc. to increase the amount of advertising to 12 minutes per hour for Vancouver market CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley and its Winnipeg sister station.  CRTC approval
  • 09/18/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen has had a recurrence of her brain tumor.  On Wednesday, September 24 she will once again have surgery to remove as much as possible, followed by radiation treatment.  KOMO-TV news/video  Cecelia Goodnow, Seattle P-I  John Marshall, Seattle P-I   Charles E. Brown, Seattle Times
  • 09/18/08 - Statistics Canada reports that Canadians listened an average of 18.3 hours of radio a week in 2007, down from 20.5 hours in 1999.  The B.C. average was the lowest in the country with only 16.6 hours a week.   Linda Nguyen, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/18/08 - The Commentators move back to KOMO AM 1000 puts it back to where it started in January 2006.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/17/08 - Blatherwatch reports that The Commentators, John Carlson and Ken Schram are moving from drivetime on KVI AM 570 Seattle back to KOMO AM 1000 for a 4 hour program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The syndicated Laura Ingraham will replace them with her morning show tape delayed for afternoon drive starting Monday, September 29.   Blatherwatch details
  • 09/14/08 - Red Robinson reports a successful day at the Vancouver Record Collectors swap meet held at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.  Broadcasters in attendance were CISL Program Director Gerry O'Day, Larry Hennessey of JACK FM, Terry David Mulligan and Dave McCormick, now with CISL.   Also present at the hall were Chad Allen, signing his new CD, and Canadian recording artist Roy Forbes.
  • 09/14/08 - Rawlco Radio Inc., which owns and operates Magic 99 CHMC-FM 99.3 Edmonton is suing Rob Christie and Capital FM CKRA-FM 96.3 for $550,000 for breach of a signed 2005 agreement to produce and host a morning show on the station and for failing to honor a non-compete clause.  Christie was morning co-host at KISS-FM CKKS-FM 96.9 Vancouver from 1999-2003 and weekend weather anchor at CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver from 2001-03.  Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun
  • 09/14/08 - Radio Sol KKMO AM 1360 Seattle becomes El Rey as station owner Salem Communications replaces several local hosts with nationally known talent.  KKMO will continue to play regional Mexican music during the day, but will begin to tailor song selection to the local population.  Puget Sound Business Journal
  • 09/12/08 - Astral Media has announced the appointment of Ronnie Stanton as Program Director of 95 Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver.  He is most recently Group Program Director for 10 radio stations on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in Australia.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/12/08 - Former KIRO-TV/7 Seattle sports reporter/anchor Linda Cohn, now SportsCenter anchor at ESPN, returns for a book signing Monday at Elliott Bay Books.  Gary Washburn, Seattle PI
  • 09/11/08 - Beginning this season all regular season and playoff WHL Seattle Thunderbirds games will be heard on Funky Monkey KFNK-FM 104.9.  The T-Birds open the regular season on the road on Friday, September 19, against the Prince George Cougars.   T-Birds release
  • 09/11/08 - The FCC has issued a construction permit to College Creek Media for a power increase for KABW-FM 101.3 Westport from 1.2 kW non-directional to 6 kW directional.  HAAT increases from minus 6 to 61 meters at the existing transmitter location 46-53-4 124-00-44.  FCC info
  • 09/11/08 - Listeners are reporting hearing test broadcasts yesterday of KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington during the daylight hours.  Some transmitter testing took place in June 2007, with the station rebroadcasting KMIH-FM Mercer Island.  The frequency has now been freed up, as KMIH moved its operations to 88.9 MHz on August 31.  At that time KMCQ owner First Broadcasting Capital Partners indicated that the station would be up and running this month.  KMCQ has a construction permit to operate at 25 kW non-directional at 97 meters HAAT at 47-11-13 121-54-11 ESE of Enumclaw.  FCC info
  • 09/11/08 - Ron Reagan says his new show on Air America from the studios of KPTK AM 1090 Seattle is a good fit for him.   Bill Yeend says that KOMO AM 1000 is free to do quality news without the burden of baseball.  Casey Kasem reappears on KJR-FM 95.7.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/09/08 - JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver has been named the Canadian Country Music Association Major Market Radio Station of the Year for the second consecutive year.  The station received the award Sunday night in Winnipeg at the CCMA Gala Dinner.  JRfm was also named 2008 Country Station of the Year at Canadian Music Week, an annual event that takes place in Toronto.  JRfm release
  • 09/09/08 - Vancouver market Superhits CISL AM 650 has announced that legendary band leader Dal Richards' weekly show will be heard Sundays from 9-10 p.m. and the Fred and Gerry Home Improvement Show is set to debut October 18th at 8 a.m.  These programs are being displaced from CKBD AM 600 as it re-launches as CKPK-FM 100.5 with a new AAA format this fall.   Recently acquired musicologist Dave McCormick will be filling in for the vacationing Don West beginning September 27th.  CISL announcement
  • 09/09/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts to change the frequency of KWPA-LP 103.1 Coupeville to 96.9 and move the transmitter 4.44 km NNW from 48-12-28 122-38-28 to 48-14-43 122-39-42.  The application states that the new site has a clear line of sight to Coupeville, the community of license, whereas the current site is terrain-shadowed to significant portions of the city.  Power will increase from 22 to 30 watts non-directional and HAAT will decrease from 63.3 to 53.7 meters.  The station aims to be running by year end.  FCC data
  • 09/08/08 - Wilmington, NC test markets next February's shutdown of analog television in the U.S. as its five commercial stations go dark today.  Jim Puzzanghera, LA Times/Seattle Times
  • 09/08/08 - Bernie Braden was one of a cast of entertainers who were featured on CJOR Vancouver during the 1930s and 40s.  Red Robinson, The Sun
  • 09/07/08 - The Rock N Roll Time Machine with Danny Holiday returns today at 11 a.m. on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett, complete with live streamed audio.   Danny returns after a decade of retirement with "songs you grew up with and will probably never hear again". 
  • 09/06/08 - Long time Vancouver radio personality Tom Jeffries is recuperating at home after suffering a series of massive brain seizures on August 27.  He survived after being in an induced coma and four days in the ICU at St. Paul's Hospital.  Tom tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, "I wanted you to let your many readers know that St. Paul's, the EMTs and Fire and Rescue are the best in the world. THEY SAVED MY LIFE."  He intends to return to his Weekend Morning News position at CKNW AM 980 in another week.   His broadcast career goes back to CFAX and CKDA Victoria in 1967, with stints at CFUN in the 70s and 80s and KISS-FM CKKS-FM Vancouver from 1990-2000.  He also was the morning host at 600AM CKBD from 2001-03.
  • 09/06/08 - Ron Reagan will host a show at 5 p.m. weekdays, live from the studios of KPTK AM 1090 Seattle, with national syndication through Air America Radio, replacing the last hour of The Rachel Maddow Show when she goes to her own MSNBC show Monday.  Seattle Times
  • 09/06/08 - The CBC is receiving thousands of complaints about its decision to change Radio 2, heard locally on CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver, from a mainly classical music format to one emphasizing pop, jazz and blues, but CBC executives believe they've done the right thing.  Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/05/08 - The Jack Webster Foundation has chosen veteran journalist Steve Wyatt to receive the 2008 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.  Wyatt, Senior Vice-President, News and Information for Canwest Broadcasting will receive the award November 6th at the 22nd Annual Jack Webster Awards Dinner at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.  Webster Foundation info
  • 09/05/08 - Today is the last day for Northwest Afternoon after a 24-year run on KOMO-TV/4 Seattle, with a pre-taped retrospective show at 3 p.m. reuniting original hosts.  John Marshall, Seattle P-I
  • 09/05/08 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to operate a transmitter in Vancouver to rebroadcast the programming of CBU AM 690.  The new transmitter will operate at 88.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 8,900 watts (19,500 maximum) at 567.2 meters HAAT at 49-21-11 122-57-23, the site of its existing Mount Seymour operations.  The CBC filed the present application for an amendment to the authority granted in decision 2008-117, which the Commission approved in part.  CRTC decision
  • 09/04/08 - Eric Slocum emphasizes he is not retiring from journalism and plans is to eventually return to KOMO AM 1000 as a fill-in after he finishes his memoir.  Meanwhile, morning news co-host Bill Yeend re-ups with KOMO.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 09/03/08 - Long time KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen returned to TV screens yesterday following earlier surgery to remove a brain tumor.  A video clip of her return can be viewed at YouTube.
  • 09/02/08 - S-VOX has announced the senior management team of Vancouver market CHNU-TV/66 which re-launched September 1 as Joytv.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/01/08 - CBC Radio 2, heard locally on CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver, comes under fire for lowering classical music content.  Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun  Meanwhile, Vancouver market CISL AM 650 has announced that veteran musicologist Big Daddy Dave McCormick has joined its ranks.  Dave's career dates back to the 1950s and includes stints on both sides of the border.
  • 08/31/08 - Hot Jamz KMIH-FM Mercer Island officially signed off its operations on 104.5 at 12:35 this morning.  It's now operating at its new 88.9 frequency.
  • 08/29/08 - Veteran news anchor Eric Slocum is leaving KOMO AM 1000 Seattle in order to take a year and a half to write his memoirs and hopes to return later on a fill-in basis.  BlatherWatch
  • 08/28/08 - Former Vancouver Sun sports columnist Jim Kearney, who died August 22 at age 86, was a beat writer for the B.C. Lions in 1954, becoming one of Vancouver's first multi-media stars with his regular morning editorials on CBC radio.  Mike Beamish, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/28/08 - Global Television is using virtual studio technology as it revamps its local newscasts and prepares for transition to full HD.   Global has integrated the Orad ProSet, an HD/SD virtual set system that imports models, along with geometry, textures, and animations, from multiple design platforms.  It then uses Orad's signature HDVG (high-definition video graphics) rendering platform to ensure that the set runs glitch-free and in real time.  The system goes into use locally on Global B.C. CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver and E! CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/28/08 - Rogers Media has announced the rebranding of diversity broadcaster channel m CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver to Rogers OMNI British Columbia. The station will re-launch as the newest member of the Rogers OMNI Television family on Monday, September 1st.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/28/08 - Vancouver-based reporters Jas Johal and Tara Nelson leave Canada next week as Global National opens four new bureaus next month in London, Beijing, New Delhi and Jerusalem.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/28/08 - The FCC has issued a construction permit to 3 Cities Inc. for KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia to relocate its transmitter from 46-38-7 122-28-1 with 72 kW non-directional at 640 meters HAAT to 47-18-46 123-22-15 with 65 kW directional at 717 meters HAAT.  The 60 dBu service contour indicates signal coverage into the west side of the Seattle area.  FCC data
  • 08/28/08 - KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington makes its debut the first or second week of September, following further testing, and fills a niche in the Seattle market with an oldies format.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/27/08 - Vancouver-based Ross Winters, National Director of Programming for Corus Radio and former PD of The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 and Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver has been appointed PD of Toronto market The Edge CFNY-FM 102.1.  He moves to Toronto in the new role effective September 2.
  • 08/27/08 - Social networking web site WikiTalk.com has partnered with Seattle stations KJR AM 950 and KVI AM 570 on a four month pilot program to "extend the conversation" online.  WikiTalk uses "split-screen" functionality which allows visitors to create their own discussion boards on any website by "framing" their comments around the original news source.  Marketwire
  • 08/27/08 - CFPW-FM 95.7 Powell River signed on at 9:57 a.m. today, identifying as Sun FM - The Energy of Powell River.  The Vista Radio Ltd. station, replaces CHQB AM 1280, which is authorized by the CRTC to continue simulcasting for a period of three months.
  • 08/27/08 - KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington will begin broadcasting in September.  To facilitate the move-in of KMCQ to the Seattle area, Hot Jamz KMIH-FM will move its current broadcast operations from 104.5 to 88.9 this coming Sunday, August 31.  KMIH is also set to launch a radio translator in Seattle on 94.5 in late September.  KMIH press release
  • 08/26/08 - A countdown clock on the CFPW-FM 95.7 Powell River website indicates that it will sign on around 10 a.m. Wednesday.  The Vista Radio Ltd. station, currently CHQB AM 1280, was authorized May 18, 2007 by the CRTC to flip to FM, but denied use of its original frequency request of 94.1 MHz.  The Commission subsequently approved use of 95.7 in its decision released November 1 last year.  
  • 08/26/08 - Morning Buzz co-host Brian Bailey at Big FM CHUB-FM 105.5 Red Deer AB (historic Nanaimo call letters) begins co-hosting a.m. drive at KOOL-FM CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria starting September 8.
  • 08/26/08 - Former Vancouver radio talk-show host Rafe Mair takes exception to the Supreme Court of Canada describing him as "shock jock" in a recent judgment.  Frank Luba, The Province
  • 08/25/08 - The Vancouver Canadians baseball team has announced the induction of nine local media members into the newly unveiled Vancouver Canadians Broadcast and Journalist Hall of Fame.  They are broadcasters Jim Robson, Pat Karl, Jerry Landa, Jim Bennie, Barry Macdonald, and Garry Raible, broadcaster/journalist Greg Douglas and journalists Clancy Loranger and Lyndon Little.   They will be honored at a pre-game ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 29 at Nat Bailey Stadium.  Vancouver Canadians info
  • 08/25/08 - Rumors of an adjustment of hosts at The Buzz of Vancouver CFUN AM 1410 appear to have been confirmed as Jennifer Thomson and Joe Leary slot into mornings, Nikki Renshaw teams up with former fill-in host Marke Driesschen 10-2 and stand-up comedian/impressionist Patrick Maliha joins Val Cole 2-6.  Meanwhile, over at News1130 CKWX, Pamela McCall leaves to become PR and International Liason for Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops effective September 2.
  • 08/25/08 - Former Vancouver Sun sports columnist and CBC Radio commentator Jim Kearney died Friday at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. He was 86.  He wrote five columns a week for The Sun for 17 consecutive years and was a sports commentator and contributor for CBC Radio from 1972 on.  Lyndon Little, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/23/08 - Another shuffle in the Vancouver market as Michel McDermott leaves All Traffic CHMJ AM 730 September 5 to become the traffic anchor on Breakfast Television at Citytv CKVU-TV/10.
  • 08/23/08 - Rich baritone-voiced Al Murdoch is one of a score of voice-over artists in Metro Vancouver who make a solid living from TV, radio and commercials.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun  audio 1  audio 2  audio 3
  • 08/22/08 - Some changes at The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver, as Jaxon Hawks is coming off the air to be full time music director.  Holly Conway  moves from evenings to replace Jaxon at p.m. drive and Remo will replace Holly in evenings.  Meanwhile, over at Citytv CKVU-TV10 Vancouver, Neil Tegart is retiring at the end of the month as operations manager.
  • 08/22/08 - A new transmitter site for CFUN AM 1410 and sister station CKST AM 1040 Vancouver will be located on 104 Street between Highway 10 and Highway 99 in Delta.  CFUN will become a DA1 (one pattern) with improved night-time coverage to the Fraser Valley and somewhat reduced coverage to the western side of Vancouver Island and Washington State.  The prime coverage area to Metro Vancouver will not be drastically affected.  The new site will consist of 7 self-supporting towers, which is a reduction of 1 tower from the present total, made possible by the elimination of one pattern for CFUN.  Chief Engineer's report
  • 08/22/08 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 continues in first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Summer P1 '08 ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5.  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 19.  
  • 08/22/08 - Former BCTV/Global Vancouver producer/director Geoff Theobald died yesterday (08/21) in the palliative care unit at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver following a lengthy illness.  He was 74.  He had a rich history at BCTV which included directing a series of the Stan Cann Show and producing the TV game show Pitfall with John Barton in the early 1980s.  Pitfall was hosted by Alex Trebek prior to joining Jeopardy.  Geoff also started the Windfall game show and was was a partner in the Adams and Theobald Advertising Agency in Vancouver.
  • 08/22/08 - Two prominent Vancouver TV personalities are among five new appointments to new Global National international bureaus launching next month in London, Beijing, New Delhi and Jerusalem.  Tara Nelson is the new UK Bureau Chief, based in London.  She was a news reporter for Global National beginning in 2001 then weekend anchor, based in Vancouver beginning in 2005.  She began her career at CFTK-TV/3 Terrace BC and has worked at CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  Jas Johal is the new South Asia Correspondent, based in New Delhi.  He began his journalism career as a producer and reporter at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, followed by 11 years as a senior reporter at BCTV News CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.  He joined the Vancouver-based Global National in 2005 and in 2008 was chosen by the Vancouver Sun as one of the 100 most influential Indo-Canadians in British Columbia.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/21/08 - Pioneer Vancouver broadcaster Vic Waters, who died Tuesday, August 19 at age 89, had a strong interest in "The Magic of Radio" and was a lifelong radio ham with his station VE5QH.  He was a mentor to young Vancouver Broadcasters Red Robinson, Frosty Forst, Fred Latremouille and others.  There will be no service, but there will be a celebration of his life for family and friends Friday, September 5 from 5-8  p.m. at 3692 Quesnel Drive, Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 08/21/08 - The last of a dozen Haida artist Bill Reid works of art stolen from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C. in May have been recovered by RCMP and returned to the museum.  Reid, who died in 1998, was a Vancouver broadcaster from the late 1940s to the 1960s.  Allison Cross, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/21/08 - The KBSG call letters, recently dropped in Seattle as it changed to KIRO-FM, have been assigned to Grays Harbor Educational Media's Aberdeen low power station, becoming KBSG-LP 94.3.  FCC info
  • 08/21/08 - There are pros and cons to KIRO AM 710 Seattle becoming an all-sports station.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/21/08 - The FCC has granted an extension to the time to complete construction authorized for KMYQ-DT/25 Seattle.  Its digital TV transmitter is currently operating under a special temperory authority.  FCC info
  • 08/20/08 - Award winning KIRO-TV/7 Seattle weekday morning and noon news anchor Gulstan Dart has been hired to anchor late evening news beginning September 8 at KCRA-TV/3 Sacramento.  Melanie Turner, Sacramento Business Journal
  • 08/20/08 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle fans are enjoying better FM reception and rockers miss their oldies, as the Bonneville stations go into their second week of simulcasting, with hints that KIRO AM may move to all-sports next year.   Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
  • 08/20/08 - CBC Radio 2, heard locally on CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver, reveals its hip new image and new hosts for a number of programs slated to air this fall as part of its revitalized schedule, but classical music remains central.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail Mark Medley, National Post
  • 08/19/08 - The FCC has issued a contruction permit to Sequim Community Broadcasting for a new community station to serve the Dungeness Valley.   It will operate at 91.5 MHz with an ERP of 700 watts non-directional at minus 84 meters HAAT at 48-04-30 123-11-32.  The station, to be called KSQM-FM will provide music of the 40s, 50s and 60s, plus weather and traffic reports and other local information from eastern Port Angeles to Diamond Point.  It is expected to be on air by November.  Diane Urbani de la Paz, Peninsula Daily News
  • 08/19/08 - Former CJOR Vancouver personality and program director Vic Waters died this morning.  He was 89.  Vic was unique among broadcasters, in that he only ever worked at one radio station.  He was a wireless operator, engaged to copy Trans Radio news for CJOR and the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service for The Daily Province in 1939.  He was a studio operator/announcer at CJOR in 1941-42, breaking for duty in the Canadian Army from 1942-46.  He returned to CJOR following the war and later became program director. He retired from radio in 1969He became a member of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk at the Orpheum in 1998 and a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Half Century Club in 2002.  There will be no service by his request.  Vancouver Sun photo  News1130
  • 08/19/08 - The FCC has accepted for filing, voluntary assignment of license for KCFL-LP 104.5 Fall City, from Sam-Sno Educational Media to Snoqualmie Educational Radio Project.  The station has recently been off air.  Sam-Sno is divesting itself of KCFL-LP to make it possible to build small full power NCE FM stations in Glenoma and Westport.  FCC rules prohibit an LPFM operator from operating any other stations.  FCC info
  • 08/18/08 - The silencing of veteran musicologist Big Daddy Dave McCormick on local airwaves draws fire from fellow Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson.
  • 08/18/08 - Vancouver market CHNU-TV/66 and sister station CIIT-TV/35 Winnipeg will re-launch September 1 under the new brand name Joytv.  New schedules, for the first time, will include simulcasts of top-rated U.S. network programs such as 60 Minutes and Smallville.   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/18/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen returns to the air September 2 following noncancerous brain surgery.  Seattle P-I
  • 08/15/08 - An advance copy of the September 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.
  • 08/15/08 - Former KING-TV/5 and KIRO-TV/7 Seattle news anchor Aaron Brown has has covered stories in Darfur, Japan, Iraq, Jordan and Syria since resurfacing as the anchor and reporter for the PBS international news show Wide Angle.  After anchoring in Seattle, he was a longtime reporter for ABC, the founding host of ABC's World News Now, weekend anchor of World News Tonight and the host of CNN's flagship evening program NewsNight with Aaron Brown.  Andrew Ryan, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/14/08 - Jurgen Gothe hosts the DiscDrive Farewell Concert tonight at the Vancouver Playhouse.  CBC suits announced last winter that his daily 23 year old Vancouver-based DiscDrive program on CBC Radio 2 CBU-FM 105.7 was gone come September.  Gothe will host a new weekly show, tentatively titled Farrago on CBC 2.  John P. McLaughlan, Vancouver Province
  • 08/14/08 - Rock 'n' roll pioneer Red Robinson also proved over the years to be a very savvy businessman.  Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/14/08 - In addition to the dismissal yesterday of Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver Breakfast Television hosts Simi Sara and Dave Gerry, seven other staff members, including Bruce Dawson, director of the show were let go.  Station manager Geoff Poulton said the show will remain on the air and new local programming will be introduced in six to ten months.  Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/14/08 - CTV Limited has applied to the CRTC to move the CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver transmitter from its current location at 49-07-41 123-01-41 to a point approximately eight kilometers southeast.  The application states that the existing transmitter has deteriorated to the point that the station is unable to prove its antenna pattern.  CRTC info
  • 08/14/08 - Danny Holiday's Rock N Roll Time Machine debuts September 7 on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett.  The program, which will run each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will have "no jingles, no bumpers, no stagers, no spots -- just Danny and his music."   The first show will open with an unedited version of Jailhouse Rock by Elvis.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/13/08 - After over two decades with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, veteran musicologist Big Daddy Dave McCormick will do his final show on Adult Favorites CKBD AM 600 Vancouver this Friday, August 15.  After a stint at CHML Hamilton ON, he started in the Vancouver market at CFUN in 1957.  He was music director at KMAK & KYNO Fresno CA in the early to mid 1960s, PD at KOL Seattle from 1966-67 and PD/MD at KMEN San Bernardino CA from 1967 until his return to Vancouver in 1972.  Dave is a four time BC Country Music Association Country Broadcaster of the Year and 1998 inductee into the BC Country Music Association Hall of Fame.  CKBD will flip to FM this fall as AAA The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5.
  • 08/13/08 - Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver Breakfast Television hosts Simi Sara and Dave Gerry will not be returning to the show.  Replacements have not yet been named.  News1130
  • 08/13/08 - Jennifer Strachan has been named to the newly created position of assistant GM/director of public media for Seattle market KPLU-FM 88.5.  She was most recently the director of programming and production at KBTC-TV/28 Tacoma.  Radio & Records
  • 08/13/08 - CNN is adding journalists to Seattle and nine other U.S. cities in order to respond more quickly to breaking news.  Lynn Elber, Seattle P-I
  • 08/12/08 - The former KBSG-FM 97.3 Tacoma began simulcasting KIRO AM 710 Seattle early this morning.  The last three songs played were That's Life by Frank Sinatra, Already Gone by the Eagles and Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones, which was cut short at 4:23 a.m. when the simulcast joined Wall Street Journal Radio.  Jane Shannon was first to mention the simulcast during the 4:30 a.m. local newscast.  First ID/news audio
  • 08/12/08 - KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham has applied to the FCC for a new site for its DTV Channel 35 transmitter.  The application is for 1 million watts at 478 meters HAAT at 48-8-9 121-58-56, which is just north of Granite Falls.  This puts Seattle and Tacoma into the 41 dBu contour and lessens the signal to Vancouver Island and the BC Lower Mainland.  FCC Application  Engineering Statement
  • 08/12/08 - Veteran broadcaster Ted Reynolds has been moved from Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver to the adjoining Evergreen House, following a number of earlier operations to remove a large blood clot on his brain.  It is unlikely that he will be able to return home. 
  • 08/12/08 - CNRV, with studios in the Canadian National Railways station, began broadcasting in Vancouver on August 11, 1925, becoming the last of a network of stations across Canada.   It later became the CBC.  Chuck Davis, Vancouver Sun  Vancouver history website
  • 08/11/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced the promotion of Robert I. Dunlop to Senior Vice President of Operations effective August 1.   He assumes operational responsibilities for Fisher's 28 broadcast properties and continues to oversee the company's digital and technology initiatives.  Fisher release
  • 08/11/08 - Starting at 6 p.m. today, A-Channel CIVI-TV/53 Victoria and its sister stations in Alberta, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, will be known simply as 'A'.  Additionally, all of the former A-Channel newsrooms across the country have been rebranded as 'A' News.  The change reflects the network's "bold new direction and attitude, and is designed to complement a fall primetime schedule."  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/10/08 - The Rock N Roll Time Machine with Danny Holiday returns soon on KSER-FM 90.7 Everett, complete with live streamed audio.  Did Danny really retire a few years ago or did he just take an extended "holiday"?  Details to follow.
  • 08/09/08 - Northwest broadcast icon Danny Holiday comes out of retirement next month in a return to the airwaves with the Rock N Roll Time Machine, featuring "songs you grew up with and will probably never hear again".  Details to follow.
  • 08/08/08 - Long time Vancouver radio and TV personality Tamara Stanners has been appointed assistant program director at The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver, which will replace CKBD AM 600.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group received the OK for the flip from the CRTC on May 30.  In the past, Pattison has been very quick to get stations on the air after regulatory approval.  The new station will have a AAA format.
  • 08/08/08 - Superhits CISL AM 650 has made some programming adjustments following the announcement that Dave Sheldon has been named the new radio play-by-play announcer for the WHL Vancouver Giants.  He was previously with the Everett Silvertips and Chilliwack Bruins and replaces long-time Giants broadcaster Joey Kenward, who has moved on to cover the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.  Giants broadcasts begin the first week of fall on CISL with a weekly one-hour talk show Thursdays at 8 p.m.  Wolfman Jack has moved from weekends to a one-hour format weeknights at 7 with the last Wolf broadcast Friday, August 29.  AT40 with Casey Kasem will air Sunday, August 24 for the final time.  CISL info
  • 08/07/08 - As Dave Ross heads into his 31st year at KIRO AM 710 Seattle, he continues to find radio invigorating and dismisses its demise.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 08/03/08 -  Eclectic prize-winning radio journalist and author Jurgen Hesse died July 30th of complications related to renal failure.  He was 84.  After emigrating to Canada from Germany in 1958, he worked as a columnist and reporter for The Globe and Mail in Toronto, The Victoria Daily Colonist and The Vancouver Sun before beginning at CBC Radio Vancouver.  At the CBC, he was a freelance writer, interviewer and producer for Ideas, CBC Monday Evening, The Hornby Collection and his own series Identities.   His documentaries won numerous awards.  He continued writing and publishing after leaving the CBC in the late 1980s.
  • 08/02/08 - Cleveland, Ohio Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Red Robinson has been honored with the Bruce Allen/Sam Feldman Legend Award "for outstanding contributions to the Vancouver music industry."  Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/02/08 - As of late yesterday, Seattle market KBSG-FM 97.3 is identifying as 97.3 FM K I R O Tacoma-Seattle, ahead of its move to begin simulcasting KIRO AM 710 at 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 12th. 
  • 08/01/08 - Legendary Seattle broadcaster Pat O'Day covers the Chevrolet Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race for his 41st time on KIRO-TV/7 starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, August 3.
  • 08/01/08 - For viewers who missed the KIRO-TV/7 broadcast of KIRO 7: 50 Golden Years last Saturday, it will be rebroadcast tomorrow, August 2 at 10 p.m. on RTN Northwest (digital channel 7.2) and Comcast 117.
  • 08/01/08 - Two days of smooth jazz this weekend at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville sells out for the 11th annual KWJZ-FM 98.9 Music Festival.  Andrew Matson, Seattle Times
  • 07/31/08 - Country KMPS-FM 94.1 climbs back into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Spring '08 ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5.  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 22.  
  • 07/31/08 - The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver morning show personality Captain Scotty, dressed as a beaver, makes a heroin score in the Downtown Eastside to illustrate how easy it is.  The event was broadcast live and heard by Vancouver police, who intervened but made no arrests.  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 07/31/08 - Friday night at 8, KING-TV/5 Seattle celebrates Emmy winning news anchor Jean Enersen's 40 years with the station.  Regina Hackett, Seattle P-I
  • 07/31/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports second quarter financial results and announces a special dividend of $3.50 per share.  Television ratings and revenue grow but radio falls.  Fisher news release  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/31/08 - Nineteen full-time and part-time employees will be laid off as a result of the KBSG-FM 97.3 format switch, with a likely call letter change to KIRO-FM.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/30/08 - Kevin Metheny is leaving as VP/Programming after ten years with Clear Channel's six station cluster in Cleveland.   He entertained at KJR Seattle under the name of Kevin O'Brien from 1972-75.  Radio Online
  • 07/30/08 - Long time Vancouver host/reporter Andrew Dawson is leaving the city to assume the position of morning news anchor for Rawlco Radio News Talk CJME AM 980 Regina SK.  After stints in Port Alberni and Penticton BC, he anchored and reported news at News1130 CKWX Vancouver from 1996-2005, hosted The Standard on OMNI TV CHNU-TV/66 from 2005-07 and was with CKNW AM 980 for the last year.  His final day at 'NW is August 12.  Also leaving CKNW is community events reporter Kevin Hayes, who has been with the Corus Radio Vancouver group since 1992.  He plans to persue opportunities in cartoon production, spot and imaging voice work as well as being the spokesperson for charitable organizations.
  • 07/30/08 - Pioneer broadcaster Ted Reynolds is recuperating in Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver after undergoing three serious operations within months, the most recent to remove a large blood clot on the brain which was the result of a fall on the street near his home.  He began his broadcast career at CFJC Kamloops in 1945, progressing to play-by-play sports at CJVI Victoria from 1947-56 and handled numerous on-air duties with CBC Radio and Television in Vancouver from 1956-91.  He was also the first host of Vancouver Canucks telecasts for Hockey Night in Canada on CBC-TV when the team joined the NHL and is the recipient of numerous sports broadcasting awards.
  • 07/30/08 - A notice on the Seattle market KBSG-FM 97.3 website states that it will begin simulcasting KIRO AM 710 at 5 a.m. Tuesday, August 12th.  KBSG has been programming oldies for nearly two decades, with a branding change last August to The New B97.3 dropping the word oldies from the station title.
  • 07/29/08 - An advance copy of the August 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.
  • 07/28/08 - Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus accepted the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence during Sunday's Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, N.Y.   David Andriesen, Seattle P-I  Larry Stone, Seattle Times
  • 07/25/08 - John Rae died July 22 in the Toronto area at age 88.  His broadcast career started at CBC Radio Vancouver in 1942.  He moved to Toronto in 1944, where he continued with the CBC until his retirement in 1979.   A memorial service is scheduled for August 6.  Globe and Mail obituary
  • 07/25/08 - Matthew McBride, owner of several FM stations in BC, sheds some light on starting up small town radio.  Jesse Ferreras, Whistler Pique  McBride's latest startup, Spud Valley Radio CFPV-FM 98.9, is in Pemberton, which prepares itself for an influx of 40,000 music fans this weekend. Catherine Rolfsen/Suzanne Ahearne, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/25/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Washington State University for a new FM station at Forks.  It will operate with an ERP of 2 kW non-directional at 90.9 MHz at minus 2 meters HAAT at 47-56-00 124-23-41.  FCC info 
  • 07/24/08 - Rock musician and CBC Radio performer Randy Bachman, who currently lives on Salt Spring Island, will sit in with the band tomorrow (Friday) on the Late Show With David Letterman.  Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 07/24/08 - A-Channel CIVI-TV/53 Victoria is bringing back its morning TV show starting September 9.  The show was cancelled July 2006.  Andrew A. Duffy, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 07/24/08 - Dr. Demento hits Seattle August 1.  The End KNDD-FM 107.7 afternoon host Lazlo does his last show Friday before returning to Kansas City.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I.
  • 07/23/08 - The three-year deal between KIRO AM 710 owner Bonneville International, and the Seattle Mariners is for about $5.5 million per season, a considerable drop from the six-year, $60 million package with KOMO AM 1000 and Fisher Communications.  John Hickey, Seattle P-I   Larry Stone, Seattle Times  Meanwhile, longtime Mariners baseball announcer Dave Niehaus will fly to Cooperstown, N.Y. for the Sunday presentation of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Larry Stone, Seattle Times
  • 07/23/08 - KING-TV/5 Seattle is going to turn off its analog signal for five minutes at 5 p.m. Thursday so viewers can see whether they need to make changes when stations make the switch to digital next February.  Moises Mendoza, Seattle P-I 
  • 07/23/08 - Donald Courtnay, widely recognized voice-over artist at KING-TV/KIRO-TV and KJR and later general manager of KCPQ-TV died of natural causes July 14 in his Sammamish home.  He was 84.  The freelance voice in town, he was best recognized as the voice of Safeway for 19 years.   A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  Arla Shepherd, Seattle Times
  • 07/22/08 - Official announcement of the Seattle Mariners return to KIRO AM 710 was made by the station immediately after its 12 noon newscast.  KIRO news  Meanwhile Fisher Communications confirms expiration of the KOMO AM 1000 contract with the Mariners.  Fisher release
  • 07/22/08 - Celebrated Vancouver DJ Red Robinson worthy of two latest acknowledgments.   Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 07/22/08 - The Seattle Mariners will be moving back to KIRO AM 710 next year after six seasons on KOMO AM 1000.  All of the game announcers are expected to make the move to KIRO.  John Hickey, Seattle P-I
  • 07/21/08 - KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles general manager Todd Ortloff says the recent addition of an FM translator to rebroadcast the station's AM signal is the first in Washington State.   Nationally, the FCC has allowed only a few dozen AM radio stations to rebroadcast on FM translators.  The FCC is allowing this in areas where increased interference has hampered AM radio reception.  KONP info
  • 07/21/08 - Canadian Country Music Broadcast Hall of Fame musician and Vancouver broadcaster Elmer Tippe was famous for his "Open Door Policy".  Red Robinson, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/21/08 - KUBE 93 Summer Jam raps up its "party in a parking lot" Sunday.  Andrew Matson, Seattle Times
  • 07/19/08 - The new KRKO AM 1380 Everett radio towers go up, but an additional two to put a new station on the air at 1520 must yet be approved by the county, which won't happen until any potential health risks cited by opponents are addressed.  Yoshiaki Nohara, HeraldNet  tower site map
  • 07/18/08 - A number of Victoria listeners are reporting good reception of the KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles FM translator operating on 102.1 MHz.  FCC records show that KONP owner Radio Pacific, Inc. acquired K271AZ 102.1 on March 10 from Radio Assist Ministry, Inc.
  • 07/18/08 - Top hip-hop artists will be featured at this year's KUBE 93 Summer Jam.  Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times
  • 07/17/08 - Today is the final day for installation of the main KRKO AM 1380 Everett antenna structure necessary to increase the station's power to 50,000 watts.  740 feet of steel was erected yesterday divided among four structures.  Today, the final 210 feet will be added to the primary antenna structure.  Construction photo  
  • 07/17/08 - Richard Gray, Head of News and current VP and GM of A-Channel Vancouver Island CIVI-TV/53 Victoria, has been appointed Vice-President of Ottawa Radio and A-Channel Ottawa.   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/17/08 - Summer-themed music hits the airwaves.   KPTK AM 1090 is bringing nationally syndicated talk hosts to a town hall forum in Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/16/08 - A private family interment has been announced for radio pioneer Ernie Rose, who died July 11 at age 92.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 07/16/08 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has concluded Bruce Allen’s 90-second editorial, Reality Check, last September did not violate the Human Rights Clause of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Code of Ethics, but the six-person Panel was evenly divided on whether the editorial violated another Code clause relating to the proper presentation of opinion, comment and editorial.  CBSC release
  • 07/15/08 - Three of the towers necessary for the new 50,000 watt KRKO-AM 1380 Everett antenna will be erected tomorrow (07/16) starting at 8 a.m.  The towers will be picked up by a crane, fully-assembled, and set on support sections resting well above the ground.  The main 349 foot structure will be stacked on July 17th and 18th.  Construction of the towers marks the end of an eight year legal battle to obtain permits for the radio station upgrade and the end of an eleven year project overall.  Photos of nearly identical construction project for KKOL-AM 1300 in Tacoma.
  • 07/14/08 - BBM S2 2008 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver, News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 11.4 share, CBC Radio 1 CBU AM 690 is 2nd with 9.1 and QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is third with 8.3.  The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 leads in Central Reach numbers with 364,000, CKNW is second with 346,000 and CHQM-FM is third with 324,400.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 07/12/08 - Radio owner Matthew McBride, who recently received the nod from the CRTC to start Tri-City Radio in Port Moody, aims to centralize all his broadcasting activities there.  Tracey Block, Coquitlam NOW
  • 07/11/08 - Ernie Rose, former VP Engineering at CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver (later BCTV and now Global), died at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver today at age 92.  He served as announcer/technician then Chief Engineer at CKMO Vancouver from 1934-40, operator/technician then assistant technical director at CBC Vancouver during the 1940-50s and oversaw construction of CHAN-TV in the late 1950s.  He was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Engineering Award in 1973 and the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1980.  He retired as BCTV Vice President of Engineering in 1981.  CCF biography
  • 07/11/08 - Mike Halleran, who was news director at CJOR Vancouver in the mid 1960s and had worked in news at CKCQ Quesnel BC in the early 1960s, died July 4th in Nelson BC at age 73.  He left radio in the late 1960s, moving on to produce and host the award-winning environmental/outdoors television series Westland, which began production in 1983.  A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. July 26th at the Legion Hall in Kaslo BC.  Province/Sun obituary  CBC obituary/photo
  • 07/11/08 - Vancouver radio legend Red Robinson will be presented with this year's Bruce Allen/Sam Feldman Legend Award and gets his life-size image added to "The Party".  The Province
  • 07/11/08 - To commemorate 20 years of radio in the city, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan proclaimed July 11, 2008 as Larry and Willy Day.   Kari-Lyn Twidale, News1130
  • 07/10/08 - As HD Radio continues to gain momentum with numerous stations operating in the Seattle-Tacoma market, manufacturers are now offering devices for under $100.  Radio Online
  • 07/10/08 - Salem Communication's Inspiration Media has changed the call letters of La Jefa KDOW AM 1680 Seattle to KNTS.  The old call is now assigned to KDOW AM 1220 Palo Alto CA, which previously was KNTS.
  • 07/10/08 - Sandy Stahl, wife of afternoon host John Fisher and one-time marketing director at The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7, died June 27.  A celebration of life will be held Wednesday July 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Asian Art Museum in Seattle's Volunteer Park.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/09/08 - Salem Communications Corporation has announced that Tim Harper, former GM of Bakersfield-based Campesina Network, has been appointed GM of its five station Seattle radio cluster.  Salem release
  • 07/07/08 - Award winning pioneer journalist Jack Webster made a huge impact on local media.  Red Robinson, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/06/08 - From beginnings in Thunder Bay ON, Larry and Willy celebrate 20 years in Vancouver radio.  The Province
  • 07/03/08 - Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 moves into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Spring '08 P2 ratings, followed by Country KMPS-FM 94.1 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 July 31.
  • 07/03/08 - KGNW AM 820 Seattle has dropped its afternoon host Thor Tolo, as the station heads in a "different direction".  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 07/02/08 - The RTNDA has awarded KOMO-TV/4 Seattle the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in the large television market category.  KOMO also received a national Murrow in the Writing category, and 5 regional Murrows, including the award for Outstanding Newscast.  Fisher Communications release
  • 07/01/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KGY AM 1240 Olympia for a minor change in licensed facilities.  Transmitter will move from 47-03-31 122-54-9 to 47-03-28 122-54-3 and from ND1 (non-directional same constants day and night) to ND2 (non-directional different constants day and night) with power remaining at 1.0 kilowatt.   FCC authorization
  • 06/30/08 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license from Inspiration Media, Inc. to Intelli, LLC for KKMO AM 1360 Tacoma.  The transaction, valued at $3.69 million was announced April 30.
  • 06/28/08 - XM Satellite Radio DJ Terry "Motormouth" Young will play music featured on KJR Seattle in the 1960s, along with original station breaks, jingles, commercials and DJs from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4 on channel 6 Sonic Sound Salutes.  The program will feature a call-in segment from the Seattle area sharing KJR memories.  Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times
  • 06/27/08 - Steve Simpson, representing British Columbia and Yukon, is one of three new full-time appointees to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).  Locally, he worked for CJJC Langley during the mid 1970s, served as president of Simpson & Simpson Advertising from 1978-81, was VP/Creative Director of FCB/Ronalds Reynolds and president of Identity Management Inc. in Vancouver.  MSNBC
  • 06/27/08 - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver talk show host Rafe Mair is not liable for comments he made over the air in 1999.  The ruling upholds a previous decision from the B.C. Supreme Court that Mair had adequately met the requirement of the fair comment defence.  Canwest News Service/The Sun  News1130   Tobin Dalrymple, Canwest News Service 
  • 06/26/08 - Mike Kaplan, currently operations manager for two Entercom stations in New Orleans, becomes PD of The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle in July.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/26/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle Northwest Afternoon co-host and morning news anchor Natasha Curry has left the station following the recent announcement that the program would be ending.  Molly Shen takes over morning news.  Seattle P-I
  • 06/25/08 - New York-based hedge fund management company FrontFour Capital Group says the board and management of Fisher Communication has "failed to create shareholder value over the past two and a half years."  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/24/08 - An advance copy of the July 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.
  • 06/24/08 - Fisher Communications shares jumped $3.05, or 9.6 percent, Monday to close at $34.91, following the company's disclosure of an unsolicited takeover offer.  Seattle Times
  • 06/23/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications says it has rejected an unsolicited takeover offer worth about $384 million on the grounds that the bid last April was not in the best interest of shareholders.  Seattle Times
  • 06/20/08 - Veteran Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver news anchor Tony Parsons is now Doctor Tony Parsons.  He received his Honourary Doctorate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology on Thursday, at the Convocation Ceremony for BCIT Broadcast and Media Communications graduates.  Tony's 50+ year broadcast career and his contributions to new people moving into the industry over the years merited this recognition.  He has been a guest lecturer at BCIT for many years, and has served on the Broadcast Journalism Program's advisory committee.  He scaled back his on air presence to two days a week last September.  BCIT release
  • 06/19/08 - National Public Radio's Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! records an episode June 26 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, to air June 28 on KUOW-FM 94.9.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/18/08 - Former Journal Broadcast Group VP Carl Gardner has been named VP/Market Manager for the Bonneville International three-station Seattle cluster.  He starts July 7.  Radio Ink   Radio & Records
  • 06/18/08 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle chief meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson presents the weather at the station's new digs.  Pamela Sitt, Seattle Times
  • 06/18/08 - The WHL Vancouver Giants have announced they have entered a new three-year agreement with Astral Media to broadcast all 72 Giants regular season and playoff games on SuperHits CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  CISL release
  • 06/18/08 - Chris Talbot, operations and sales manager at The Peak CJAV-FM 93.3 Port Alberni, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Sunday.  He was 48.  Julia Caranci, Alberni Valley Times
  • 06/17/08 - Aside from news, local TV production is in decline.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/17/08 - The Peak, granted to the Jim Pattison Group by the CRTC as one of Vancouver's recent FM station approvals, has committed 12 million dollars to development of Canadian content.  Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 06/16/08 - Broadcasters and equipment manufacturers have requested the FCC allow a power increase of digital transmissions to 10% of analog power, up from the current 1%.  They argue that current levels do not allow stations to fully replicate their analog footprint and digital penetration into buildings is poor at the existing power.  Over thirty digital HD stations now are operating in northwest Washington.  Radio Ink   FCC document
  • 06/13/08 - KLOI-LP 102.9 Lopez Island is now on air.  It broadcasts with an ERP of 17 watts at 71 meters HAAT from its transmitter located at 48-28-33 122-53-52 approximately in the center of the island.  FCC data
  • 06/13/08 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KBIS AM 1490 and KBDB-FM 103.9 Forks from First Broadcasting Investment Partners LLC to First Broadcasting Capital Partners LLC.  FCC info
  • 06/12/08 - KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend, which had been off air due to heavy snowfall in the area of its transmitter, is now on air.  It simulcasts The Eagle KFMY-FM 97.7 Oakville.
  • 06/12/08 - General manager Bill Bradley confirms that The Eagle KFMY-FM 97.7 is now broadcasting from its new transmitter location on South Mountain.  The new transmitter operates with an ERP of 63 kW directional at 728 meters HAAT at 47-18-46 123-22-15 and new community of license Oakville.  Signal is considerably improved and covers Seattle to Longview.  The KFMY-FM1 transmitter at Olympia, which was being used as a booster, is now relegated to back-up use.
  • 06/12/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Corporation to extend the time limit of the sign-on date to March 31, 2009 for digital TV station CHNM-DT/20 in association with CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver.  The new digital station was to have signed on by March 10, 2008. Extension application  Original CRTC decision
  • 06/12/08 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle could still be a hit without baseball.  KUOW-FM 94,9 scales back traffic.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/10/08 - Spud Valley Radio CFPV-FM 98.9 Pemberton officially signed on at 7 a.m. June 6 with a lengthy version of O Canada (David Foster/Celine Dion) followed by Bud The Spud by Stompin' Tom Connors, in keeping with its Spud Valley Radio slogan.  An open house featuring potato chip giveaways was attended by over 100 people including a combo show with morning host Gord Rutherford and afternoon host Pebbles.
  • 06/10/08 - The testimony of KJR AM 950 Seattle radio host Mitch Levy has been denied because of his late addition to the witness list in the City of Seattle's legal battle to keep the SuperSonics from breaking its lease and moving to Oklahoma City.  Greg Johns, Seattle P-I
  • 06/10/08 - Some of the stolen art pieces by Haida artist and former Vancouver broadcaster Bill Reid have been recovered.  Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/10/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle cancels its 24-year staple Northwest Afternoon at the end of August.   The program's personalities will be integrated into news and other programming.  Seattle P-I  Marc Ramirez, Seattle Times  Meanwhile, KOMO personnel pick up 14 Emmys.  Seattle P-I
  • 06/09/08 - RJ 1200 CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver has swapped its morning and evening shows and hosts.  Evening host Simone Grewal has joined long-time colleague amd former BBC broadcaster Dean Atwal for a new a.m. drive program called Off the Wall.  Meanwhile, previous morning hosts Raakhi Sinha and Gopi Sian, who are directors and co-founders of South Asian Arts, have moved to 7-11 p.m. to facilitate business commitments.
  • 06/07/08 - After a short five month run, CTV has cancelled Canada AM: West Coast, the western version of its Canada AM breakfast show, which ran on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  The program's staff will continue with the station.  Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/07/08 - Unconfirmed reports indicate that Joey Kenward will replace John Shorthouse as the new radio voice of the Vancouver Canucks on Team CKST AM 1040.  Nanaimo Daily News
  • 06/07/08 - The six year contract between the Seattle Mariners and KOMO AM 1000 is likely to strike out at the end of this season.  John Hickey, Seattle P-I  Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
  • 06/06/08 -  AC KRWM-FM 106.9 slides into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Spring '08 P1 ratings, followed closely 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 July 3.
  • 06/05/08 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Stan Buchanan died June 3rd in Surrey at age 77.  He worked for CFUN, CKLG, CJOR and CKWX in the 50s and 60s, but was most noted for drawing the Top Dog mascot as Promotions Director at CKNW.  His work in radio was mostly behind the scenes, although he was on air at CJOR during their country format time in the early 1960s.   He went on to serve as Program Director for AM and FM stations in the Salinas/Monterey area in California.  He then returned to Vancouver in the 1970s and worked in promotions for a record company before taking early retirement.  A Memorial Service will be held June 6th at 12:30 p.m. at Vancouver Memorial Chapel.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/05/08 - Former politician Christy Clark lays claim to top-rated talk show status at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 and also lands the Peter Gzowski award for excellence in radio.  Miro Cernetig, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/05/08 - Now that KRKO AM 1380 Everett has received approval to up its power, owner Andy Skotdal awaits Snohomish County and FCC approvals to start construction on a new station at 1520 kHz.   Colorado-based Seattle Streaming Radio has converted its local trio to ESPN's Spanish-language service.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 06/04/08 - After calling Vancouver Canucks games on radio for a decade, John Shorthouse has been named the new play by play voice on Sportsnet Pacific.  David Carrigg, The Province
  • 06/03/08 - Long time Vancouver radio and TV sales representative Frank Jobes died May 26.  He was 77.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/03/08 - CTV's sister network A-Channel, which includes CIVI-TV/53 Victoria, is rebranding as A, but the top rated programs will continue on the main CTV Network.  Alex Strachan, Canwest News/The Province
  • 06/03/08 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle attracts listeners worldwide.  Michael King, KING-TV video
  • 06/03/08 - Jack Webster Foundation co-chairs Neil Soper and Deb Sweeney today launched the 2008 Jack Webster Awards to recognize excellence in B.C. print and broadcast journalism.  They will be presented November 6th at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/02/08 - BC Lions defensive backs coach Mark Washington tackles his new position with co-host Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson on The Daily on Vancouver market CHNU-TV/66.  The Province
  • 06/01/08 - A Masonic Service has been announced for former Vancouver newsman Stan Crossley who died May 23.  It will be held at the Masonic Cemetery, 4305 Halifax St., Burnaby at 1 p.m. June 5, followed by a Memorial Tribute at the Shrine Temple, 3550 Wayburne Dr. at 2:30 p.m.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/01/08 - Following eleven years of applications and legal wrangling, the FCC has issued a construction permit for KRKO AM 1380 Everett to complete the assembly of its new 34 kW day/50 kW night transmitter in the Snohomish River valley.  Testing of the new signal will likely begin this fall and will include an HD simulcast.  Good coverage is expected from Tacoma to Mount Vernon.  KRKO release  FCC decision  Yoshiaki Nohara, HeraldNet
  • 05/31/08 - Former CFAX Victoria and CBC Vancouver Radio and TV announcer George Finstad died Friday (05/30) in Toronto.  His career took him to Toronto in the 1960s where he became weekend anchor on The National News and was part of the original team on the CBC program, Marketplace.  He retired from the CBC in 1990.  CBC obituary and photo  cbc.ca obituary
  • 05/31/08 - One of the new stations granted yesterday by the CRTC is owned by Sam Feldman, long-time Vancouver-based music manager and agent for Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Joni Mitchell.   Also involved in the venture are restaurateur David Aisenstat (The Keg), veteran radio programmers Bob Mackowycz and Roy Hennessy (formerly of CKLG), along with TSN personality Michael Landsberg.  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 05/31/08 - The CRTC considered the proposal by Radio CJVR would augment the diversity of radio voices in the Chilliwack radio market and would add to the news voices without having an unreasonably negative impact on the existing market.  Jennifer Feinberg, Chilliwack Progress
  • 05/30/08 - KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle morning host Bob Rivers scores points in Africa.  KING-TV/5 video
  • 05/30/08 - Global National news anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman speaks tonight at 7:30 p.m at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria on the new challenges to TV journalism.  Richard Watts, Times Colonist
  • 05/30/08 - The CRTC has approved application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to operate a new FM station in Vancouver at 100.5 MHz to replace CKBD AM 600.  The station will operate with an average ERP of 2,600 watts (11,000 maximum) with a Adult Album Alternative (Triple A) format.  It also approved application by 6851916 Canada Inc. to operate a new FM station in Vancouver at 104.1 MHz with an average ERP of 4,200 watts (8000 maximum) and Triple A format and one by Matthew Gordon McBride to operate a new FM station in Port Moody at 98.7 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 470 watts (1000 maximum) with a Triple A music mix featuring contemporary pop, world beat and jazz.  The Commission denied fourteen other applications.  CRTC decision   Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun  Gary McKenna, Tri-City News
  • 05/30/08 - The CRTC has approved in part, application by the CBC to operate a new FM station in Vancouver by authorizing the use of 88.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 8,900 watts (19,500 maximum).  It denied a CBC request to operate an FM transmitter on Gabriola Island at 98.7 MHz and the request to shut down CBU AM 690.  The Commission also denied the CBC’s application for an FM transmitter in Nanaimo at 104.1 MHz to rebroadcast the programming of CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria.  CRTC decision   
  • 05/30/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Radio CJVR Ltd. for a new FM station to serve Chilliwack.  The station will operate at 89.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 380 watts (1600 maximum), with a Diversified Rock format consisting of a blend of rock including Classic Rock, 70’s Rock and Modern Rock.  It will also provide 40% Canadian music content.  Four other applications were turned down by the Commission.   CRTC decision
  • 05/29/08 - Rogers Media has announced that Rogers TV Sales will be managing and selling national advertising for channel m CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver effective immediately.   Also announced is the company will no longer be managing advertising sales for CHNU-TV/66 Vancouver (Fraser Valley).  The CRTC approved the acquisition of channel m by Rogers in March, the same day it approved application by Christian Channel Inc. to acquire the assets of CHNU-TV from Rogers.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/29/08 - Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle has to compete with other adult contemporary and country stations in the market.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/28/08 - Lawyers for the Seattle Supersonics filed a motion Tuesday to block KJR AM 950 Seattle host Mitch Levy and author Sherman Alexie from testifying in a lawsuit over the team's attempt to move to Oklahoma City.  Greg Johns, Seattle P-I
  • 05/28/08 - The FCC has authorized a power increase for KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle to 4.7 kW and increase in HAAT to 211 meters.  FCC info
  • 05/28/08 - S-VOX has officially assumed ownership of Vancouver-based CHNU-TV/66 and its Winnipeg sister station CIIT-TV/35.  The CRTC approved the acquisition in March by Christian Channel Inc., a division of S-VOX, which entered into agreement with Rogers Media Inc. to purchase the stations last November.  S-VOX will introduce new program schedules and new branding in September.  A new half-hour flagship series, The Daily with former BC Lions defensive back Mark Washington and Vancouver broadcast personality Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson will premiere on CHNU-TV Monday, June 2.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/28/08 - Long time KING-TV/5 Seattle political reporter Robert Mak leaves the station to become communications director for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.  Jim Brunner, Seattle Times
  • 05/28/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications says it may sell estate holdings including Fisher Plaza, which houses the company's headquarters and its local radio and TV stations.  Seattle Times
  • 05/27/08 - College Creek Media has filed a Notification of Suspension of Operations with the FCC for KABW-FM 101.3 Westport.  The notification states that the station went silent on May 20 due to financial reasons.
  • 05/26/08 -  An advance copy of the June 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.
  • 05/26/08 - Sandusky Radio has signed a multi-year agreement for Arbitron's PPM service when the technology is deployed in the Seattle market.  The deal covers Sandusky's five station Seattle cluster.  Radio & Records
  • 05/26/08 - Thieves made off with a number of Bill Reid gold artifacts from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C. over the weekend.  Reid, who died in March 1998, was on air at CKWX during the 1940s and CBC Vancouver during the 1950s & 60s.  He worked with the UBC facility for several years..  His Haida carving art work is internationally known.  Nicole Tomlinson, Vancouver Sun  Global BC news and video
  • 05/25/08 - The City of Surrey wants to give the CBC Radio Orchestra, the last of its kind in North America, a new home as the Surrey Symphony Orchestra.   Orchestra members were advised by CBC executives in March that it will be disbanded at the end of November.  It was founded by John Avison in 1938.  Brian Lewis, The Province 
  • 05/24/08 - Word has been received that former Vancouver newsman Stan Crossley died early yesterday morning (05/23).  During his broadcast career, he had worked at CJJC Langley, CFVR Abbotsford and CJOR, CKNW and CKO-FM Vancouver.  He then formed media monitoring company Crossley Communications and was active with the Freemasons.  His age is not known at this time, but he is believed to have been about 60.
  • 05/23/08 - Spud Valley Radio CFPV-FM 98.9 Pemberton passed Industry Canada procedures today and was cleared to carry on broadcasting for the remainder of its signal test period.  The new McBride Communications & Media Inc. station is licensed to operate with an ERP of 420 watts non-directional from Signal Hill in Pemberton with a broad music format.  Staff have been engaged for full operations, with official launch set for June 6.  Following CRTC approval on November 27, 2006, CFPV experienced extensive delays due to technical issues which prevented an earlier sign-on.  The signal covers the entire Pemberton Valley, reaching an estimated 7,000 persons.  Plans are underway to distribute the service to CFNB-FM 97.5 D'Arcy, which is a local five watt station set up by McBride Communications in 2000.
  • 05/22/08 - RTNDA Canada has announced that the Friend of RTNDA Canada Award has been re-named after Bill Hutton, the first president of RTNDA Canada.  The award is presented to individuals or organizations which have shown a true commitment to RTNDA and the betterment of broadcast journalism in Canada.  The Bill Hutton Award of Excellence will be presented at the association's National Conference June 19-21 in Ottawa.  It will be presented to RTNDA International based in Washington, D.C.  Although most of Hutton's broadcast career was in central and eastern Canada, he was news supervisor at CKWX Vancouver in 1980.  RTNDA release
  • 05/22/08 - A number of programs and personalities have had staying power on Seattle radio.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/17/08 - A collection of Bill Reiter interviews on the celebration of Britannia High School's Centennial can be viewed at YouTube.
  • 05/17/08 - The WHL Vancouver Giants look for broadcast stability as a new home at CISL AM 650 is considered.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/16/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Northwest Indy Radio for a new station at Glenoma.  It will operate with a power of 1 kW on 90.1 MHz at minus 292 meters HAAT at 46-32-37 122-3-36.  FCC data
  • 05/15/08 - The recent sale of Radio Sol KKMO AM 1360 Seattle to San Jose-based Intelli LLC could mean a flip from Spanish to Vietnamese and Asian programming.  Winter quarter non-com ratings put KUOW-FM 94.9 ahead of commercial stations in the Seattle-Tacoma market.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/14/08 - Former hosts reminisce the 28-year run of Sports Page on Vancouver television, which ended in 2005, with an eye to returning it to the airwaves.   Steve Ewen, The Province  Item 2  Item 3  Item 4
  • 05/14/08 - Former Vancouver radio personality Jeff Rechner of Voice Boy Productions in Los Angeles is featured as the voice of a classical radio DJ on tonight's season finale of Back to You on Fox.
  • 05/14/08 - Pat Cardinal, who was responsible for launching JACK in Vancouver, and resurrecting the historic CKLG-FM call letters, has been appointed operations manager at the Newcap Edmonton Radio Group.
  • 05/13/08 - 12-year KJR AM 950 Seattle veteran Dave Grosby gets cut from middays but continues with Groz with Gas.  Grosby is likely the station's most recognizable voice and personality.  Jim Moore, Seattle P-I
  • 05/13/08 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters concluded its annual conference at Harrison Hot Springs with the announcement of its annual $3 million radio and TV public service media donation and broadcast awards.  Dick Drew, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/11/08 - A local remembrance has been announced for former Vancouver broadcaster Mark Chambers, who died May 2 in Toronto.   An informal memorial will be held at the home of Barb Mulligan, 1506 Martin Street, Coquitlam from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 05/10/08 - Veteran CBC Vancouver TV reporter and journalistic editor Dave Roegele died May 8 at age 84.  His media career began at CKOK Penticton in 1948.  He also worked at CHEK-TV Victoria, KTVW-TV Tacoma and KVOS-TV Bellingham.  He began at CBC-TV in 1966 and retired in 1984.  Memorial Services will be held Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre in Surrey.  CBC obituary and photo
  • 05/10/98 - Vancouver's Lifestyle Magazine profiles morning radio personalities Kid Carson, Terry and Tara plus Bob Saye and Shawn Webster in its current issue.  Gary Barclay, VLM
  • 05/08/08 - Team 1040 CKST AM gains traction after seven years of sports in the Vancouver market.  Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail
  • 05/08/08 - Seattle-Tacoma ratings are recapped.  KJR AM 950 makes some changes.  Fisher Communications has no plans to sell its Seattle stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 05/07/08 - The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art opens in Vancouver May 10.  Reid, who died in March 1998, was on air at CKWX Vancouver in the late 1940s and CBC Vancouver during the 50s and 60s.  He designed and built the Spirit of Haida Gwaii sculpture for the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC in 1990, with a full-sized replica installed at Vancouver Airport in 1996.  He received the Order of British Columbia in 1994.  Ken Griffin, Vancouver Sun  Lynn Mitges, The Province
  • 05/06/08 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters annual conference starts this Wednesday at Harrison Hot Springs with 125 expected to attend.   Dick Drew, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/05/08 - QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 morning co-host Tara McGuire and Global CHAN-TV/8 news anchor Randene Neill make their marks in the 37th annual Vancouver Marathon.  Howard Tsumura 1, The Province  Howard Tsumura 2, The Province
  • 05/03/08 - A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Marc Webber (Chambers) will be held Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Chapel in Toronto.  The former Vancouver broadcaster died yesterday (05/02) at Toronto General Hospital at age 52.  Toronto Star obituary
  • 05/02/08 - Marc Chambers, who entertained listeners as J. Marc and Marc Webber at CHUB Nanaimo, CJAV Port Alberni and CJVB Vancouver during the 1970s and as Marc James at CFUN Vancouver during the early '80s lost his battle with cancer this morning in Toronto.  He was most recently on air evenings at CHUM Toronto.  CHUM obituary and audio
  • 05/02/08 - Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 pulls in front in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Winter '08 ratings, as AC KRWM-FM 106.9 slips into second place, with News/Talk KIRO AM 710 and Country KMPS-FM 94.1 tied for 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 6.
  • 05/02/08 - Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver celebrates its 100th anniversary on May 16 & 17 with events at the school and the PNE Agrodome.  A number of Vancouver broadcast personalities called Britannia home, including the voice of thousands of radio and TV spots, Bill Reiter, former CKVU-TV sports anchor Barry Houlihan and former CJOR/CBC announcer Bruno Cimolai.  Dal Richards will perform at the Agrodome and Bill Reiter will emcee.  Bill Reiter YouTube video  YouTube history video  Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/01/08 - Eric Samuels, operations manager and senior VP of programming, for Astral Media's Vancouver stations Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CISL AM 650 has left the building.  The CRTC approved application last year by Astral Media to acquire the stations as part of the deal to take over the broadcast holdings of Standard Radio Inc.  Samuels has programmed stations in Toronto and St. Catherines ON and Edmonton AB.
  • 05/01/08 - Ed Murphy, Reaction Line and The Investigators talk show host on Vancouver radio, died April 26th at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver after a long battle with cancer.  He was 79.   His broadcasting career spanned CFRB Toronto, and CKWX, CKNW and CJOR Vancouver.   Sun/Province obituary
  • 05/01/08 - Fisher Communications is putting most of its emphasis on the TV side of the business, to the possible exclusion of radio.  KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle launches Music Revolutionaries.  Entercom has launched 2ndshift on its country stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/30/08 - Salem Communications’ Inspiration Media has sold Radio Sol KKMO AM 1360 Tacoma to Intelli, LLC for $3.69 million.  R&R info
  • 04/30/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports a 10% increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2008.  Fisher release
  • 04/29/08 - Aaron Brown, former KING-TV/5 and KIRO-TV/7 Seattle and CNN anchor is joining Wide Angle on PBS, ending his two year on-air absence.  Seattle P-I  Lynn Elber Seattle Times
  • 04/29/08 - Ron Olsen, who co-hosted The Scandinavian Hour, which appeared on half a dozen Seattle area stations, died Saturday in Norway.  He was 69.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/28/08 - An advance copy of the May 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.
  • 04/25/08 - Weekend KING-TV/5 sports anchor Lisa Gangel is "liked by the camera".  Jim Moore, Seattle P-I
  • 04/24/08 - Dawn Chubai, traffic and weather host of Breakfast Television on Citytv CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver, sings jazz, funk and blues.  John P. McLaughlin, The Province
  • 04/24/08 - Seattle sports reporter Neil Scott's Recovery Coast to Coast nears its 700th episode.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/23/08 - 20% of Seattle residents could be affected when U.S TV stations switch to over-the-air digital next February.  Phuong Cat Le, Seattle P-I
  • 04/22/08 - The FCC has approved a construction permit for KBDB-FM 96.7 Forks to increase power from 3 kW to 6 kW non-directional.
  • 04/21/08 - KEDO AM 1400 Longview turns 70 on May 9.  News Director Phil Blair is planning a special KEDO in the Morning show that day for all former morning show hosts, news directors, news readers and DJs.  Interested participants should contact Gurina at 360-425-1500 or email Phil Blair for further information.
  • 04/21/08 - Former KCPQ-TV/13 owner Bob Kelly died April 14 at age 78 following a long illness.  He was PD and GM from 1979 to 1995, and was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1998.  Kathy Mulady, Seattle P-I
  • 04/17/08 - Norm Bobrow, well-known impresario and champion of Seattle jazz, died Sunday April 13 at age 90.  He hosted programs on KRSC and KING radio in the late 1940s and an interview and entertainment show on KING-TV two decades later.  Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
  • 04/17/08 - Seattle radio revenues increase, bucking the national trend.  Randi Rhodes parts company with Air America but continues to be heard in Seattle.   Stephen Kilbreath succeeds retired KMPS-FM 94.1 morning news anchor Don Riggs and is named news director.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/16/08 - Former KVI AM 570 Seattle employee suspected in rigging radio contest.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 04/12/08 - 300 people gather outside the CBC Radio studio on Pandora Avenue in Victoria to protest the corporation's recent cuts to classical music programming on Radio 2 and the elimination of the CBC Radio Orchestra.   Victoria Times Colonist
  • 04/11/08 - Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver will launch its high definition channel on April 18.  Industry Canada records show the new hi-def signal will transmit on channel 22 with a maximum video ERP of 8300 watts.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 04/10/08 - CBC Radio comes within inches of overhauling traditional ratings leader CFAX AM 1070 in the Victoria market.  Jim Gibson Times Colonist
  • 04/10/08 - Retiring news reporter Don Riggs has had a varied career.  KJR AM 950 morning show with Mitch Levy is now heard in Spokane.  Dave Samson moves from KBCS-FM 91.3 to KMTT-FM 103.7 at the end of the month.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 04/09/08 - The Pratt and Taylor afternoon drive show on Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver has topped the market for males aged 25-54 with a 13.7-per-cent share.  Gordon McIntyre, The Province
  • 04/09/08 - CBC Radio One morning shows are top rated in Vancouver, Victoria and other Canadian cities.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 04/07/08 - Long-time news anchor Don Riggs of the KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle Waking Crew has announced that he will retire April 11 after 33 years with the station.  He is a 55 year veteran of Seattle radio waves with stints at KISW-FM, KIRO and KVI.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 04/07/08 - BBM S1 2008 12+ ratings have been released.  In Vancouver, News/Talk/Sports CKNW AM 980 holds its lead with a 10.9 share, CBC Radio 1 CBU AM 690 is 2nd with 10.7 and CBC Radio 2 CBU-FM 105.7 and QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 are tied for third with 7.3.  The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 leads in Central Reach numbers with 376,900, News1130 CKWX AM 1130 is second with 338,200 and CKNW is third with 330,500.  In Victoria, News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 leads with an 11.8 share, CBC Radio 1 CBCV-FM 90.5 is second with 11.7 and The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 is third with 10.9.  CKKQ-FM also leads in Central Reach with 64,500, CFAX is second with 63,600 and The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 is third with 57,600.  BBM ratings for major Canadian cities.
  • 04/05/08 - A committee in Colwood, west of Victoria, is recommending the city conduct tests to determine the extent of electromagnetic radiation from two FM and cell towers on Triangle Mountain.  Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
  • 04/05/08 - Hotline radio thrives in Vancouver in several languages.   John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/04/08 - AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues to hold the lead in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Winter '08 P2 ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and Country KMPS-FM 94.1.  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 2.
  • 04/04/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen is recovering from brain surgery as the operation "went better than expected".   Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 04/04/08 - After eight years with Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 APD Marcus D Najera transfers to become the new APD/p.m. drive host at CBS hot AC Alice KLLC-FM 97.3 San Francisco.  KISS MD/all nighter Eric Tyler moves to afternoons.  Radio & Records
  • 04/03/08 - The CRTC has denied a bid by John Bitove's HDTV Networks Inc. to launch a new national TV network in Canada's major cities from Halifax to Vancouver.  The Commission wants new competition in the TV sector after a wave of consolidation over the past two years but the HDTV bid called for fewer hours of local programming than other networks are required to produce.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  CRTC decision
  • 04/03/08 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that Joseph L. Lovejoy has been named Acting CFO following the resignation of S. Mae Fujita Numata from her position as SVP, CFO and Corporate Secretary.  Fisher release
  • 04/03/08 - Seattle TV icon J.P. Patches is honored at age 80.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 04/03/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen will undergo further brain surgery this morning with the expectation that she will be back on the air in the near future.  Cecelia Goodnow, Seattle P-I   KOMO-TV video
  • 04/03/08 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle is tweaking its classical programming and music in an attempt to find a balance in listener tastes.  In addition to 24 hour streaming, Olympia market KBRD AM 680 adds rebroadcasts of old-time radio shows.  Bill Virgin, The P-I
  • 04/03/08 - In the wake of CBS cuts in Chicago and San Francisco, Los Angeles anchors Harold Greene and former Seattle weathercaster Ann Martin are leaving their posts when their contracts expire June 1.   A number of other CBS stations are facing similar cutbacks.  Seattle P-I
  • 04/02/08 - Olympia market KBRD AM 680, "America's 9th best radio station playing music of the 20s, 30s, 40, and 50s" is now streaming online. 
  • 04/02/08 - Supporters of classical music gathered outside the CBC Vancouver offices yesterday to protest against the decision to disband the 70 year old CBC Radio Orchestra.  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail  Save the CBC Orchestra
  • 04/02/08 - CBS-owned TV stations in Chicago and San Francisco make some major staff cuts, but KIRO-TV/7 Seattle is not CBS-owned.  Seattle P-I
  • 03/31/08 - Craig Fee, assistant program director of Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver, starts April 14 as PD of Capital FM CKRA-FM 96.3 Edmonton.  Also on the move is Curtis Strange, who leaves KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria to become the new PD at The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver.  Returning to Vancouver radio today as sales manager at CKNW AM 980 is John Saboe.  He was known on air as John Buchanan, evenings at CKLG from 1986-88.
  • 03/31/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Christian Channel Inc. to acquire the assets CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley from Rogers Broadcasting Limited,  CRTC decision   Additionally, the Commission has approved, with specific conditions, application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to acquire the assets of ethnic Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver, along with its digital and related transmitters in Victoria from Multivan Broadcast Corporation.   CRTC decision
  • 03/31/08 - A Red Robinson April Fool's Day gag on CKWX Vancouver in 1958 resulted in 10,000 people heading to Sunset Beach.  Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/29/08 - A tribute to former Vancouver broadcaster Gord Robson will be held Friday, April 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Moose Factory on Calgary Trail in Edmonton.  Another former Vancouver announcer, Rob Christie will be the MC.  For anyone unable to attend, emails will be read at the gathering, and can be sent to Marty Forbes and condolences can be sent to the guestbook.   Additionally, the Gord Robson Scholarship Fund has been set up through the NAIT Radio & Television Program to assist up and coming broadcasters into the business.
  • 03/28/08 - Members of the CBC Radio Orchestra were advised at a closed-door meeting with CBC executives in Vancouver last night that the once prized last radio orchestra in North America will be disbanded at the end of November.  The CBC Radio Orchestra was founded by John Avison in 1938.  The Corporation insists the dismantling is in no way related to the move away from classical music on CBC Radio 2.   The news follows recent announcements that CBC Vancouver radio shows Sounds Like Canada and Disc Drive were being dropped later this year.  Lloyd Dykk, Vancouver Sun  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 03/28/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Multivan Broadcast Corporation for authority to effect a corporate reorganization that affects the ownership of ethnic Channel M CHNM-TV/42 Vancouver.  Effective control continues to be exercised by the general partner of Multivan LP, Multivan Broadcast Corporation.   CRTC decision
  • 03/28/08 - A private family memorial service celebrating the life of Gord Robison took place yesterday (03/27) in Edmonton.  He died last Friday, March 21 at his home at age 56.  He was on air at CKLG Vancouver from 1974-84 as Gord Robson.  Edmonton Journal obituary
  • 03/27/08 - The Stewards of the Land and Community has spent about $7,500 creating and distributing brochures to about 30,000 Snohomish-area residents, saying six proposed radio towers in the Snohomish River Valley would threaten the health of people nearby.  A Snohomish County hearing examiner is set to hold a hearing on the potential health impacts of the proposed AM 1380 and 1520 towers in the Snohomish River Valley April 1 at the county administration building.  Yoshiaki Nohara, Everett Herald
  • 03/27/08 - An advance copy of the April 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.
  • 03/27/08 - 25 radio stations focus on business news in the U.S., but none are in Seattle.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/26/08 - Ryan Castle has been promoted to operations coordinator of the Entercom Seattle three station cluster.  Also KISW-FM 99.9 has named Jolene as music director.  Radio & Records
  • 03/26/08 - Lara Yamada and David Rose will anchor a new one-hour 9 p.m. newscast starting Monday on My Q2 KMYQ-TV/22 Seattle.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 03/26/08 - Three-time Vancouver ACTRA Award Winner for best radio host-interviewer Vicki Gabereau has been named as one of seven 2008 RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  CBC News
  • 03/24/08 - Starting today, KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle programming airs on WNYE-FM 91.5 New York, reaching as many as 14 million listeners.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 03/22/08 - Veteran broadcaster Gord Robson, who entertained Vancouverites at CKLG for a decade from 1974-84, has died at age 56.  His body was discovered by police last night at his home in Edmonton.  Cause of death has not yet been determined.  His career began at CKXL Calgary in 1968, included anchoring Sports Page at CKVU-TV Vancouver from 1978-80, and work in Montreal, Lethbridge, Moose Jaw and Toronto.  He most recently handled swing, remotes, voice tracking and production at CHQT Edmonton.  CHED Edmonton   Photo
  • 03/20/08 - The broadcast industry is hoping to get some clarity on what can and what can't be said on the air.   Chris Sheridan moves jobs and stations.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/19/08 - A reminder to viewers that U.S. analog television stations shut down on February 17, 2009.  Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times  In Canada, the shut down is scheduled for August 31, 2011.  Steve Mertl, Globe and Mail
  • 03/19/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Vista Radio Ltd. to operate its previously approved flip of CFWB AM 1490 Campbell River on 99.7 MHz with an effective radiated power of 6,000 watts.   The Commission earlier denied Vista’s proposal to use 106.1 MHz with a directional antenna, stating that the proposed parameters did not maximize the use of the frequency.  CRTC decision
  • 03/19/08 - Former KING-TV/5 meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has started as chief meteorologist, taking over from former KIRO-TV/7 weatherman Andy Wappler and KIRO's Steve Raible sports a new look.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I   Meanwhile, the South Surrey/White Rock area attracts some of Vancouver's top weather forecasters.  Tom Zillich, Surrey Now 
  • 03/17/08 - Jodesha Broadcasting officially launched KANY-FM 93.7 Ocean Shores on the weekend with a Hot Country format.  Meanwhile the company previously held an option to buy the construction permit for KABW-FM 101.3 Westport.   The option expired and owner College Creek Broadcasting signed  the station on last week with reduced facilities before the CP expired.
  • 03/16/08 - Calgary-based lawyer Margot Micallef, CEO of Vista Radio Ltd., bought her first station on Vancouver Island in 2004, but now owns 22 in Western Canada.  Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail
  • 03/13/08 - Although the Entercom Seattle radio cluster has been operating under its new banner for several months, the FCC today officially announced voluntary assignment of license for KIRO AM 710, KTTH AM 770 and KBSG-FM 97.3 to Bonneville International Corporation.
  • 03/13/08 - Dennis Haarsager becomes interim CEO of National Public Radio following the departure of Ken Stern.  The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has laid off assistant program director Jim Keller and midday host DJ No Name.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/13/08 - KANY-FM 93.7 Ocean Shores has signed on under its new modified class C3 construction permit with an ERP of 14 kW.  It is currently operating with "all bird chirps all the time", but will soon launch with a new format.
  • 03/12/08 - Veteran Vancouver sportscaster Jim Hughson has signed a six year contract with CBC Sports.  CBC release
  • 03/11/08 - Major broadcasters, independents and the CBC presented arguments to the CRTC for Vancouver frequencies late last month.  David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/10/08 - Legendary Seattle jock Pat O'Day rocketed The Ventures towards stardom with KJR's news kicker.   Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
  • 03/10/08 - The FCC has accepted for filing, application by KGY AM 1240 Olympia to move its transmitter from 47-03-31 122-54-9 to 47-03-28 122-54-3.  The station's application, dated July 18, 2007, states that its 50 year lease with the Port of Olympia is nearing expiration, necessitating a transmitter move to a replacement site approximately 600 feet southeast of the current tower site, also on Port property.   Power will remain at 1000 watts non-directional day and night.  FCC info
  • 03/07/08 - AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues to hold the lead in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Winter '08 P1 ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and Smooth Jazz KWJZ-FM 98.9.  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 April 4.
  • 03/07/08 - Former Vancouver radio host and controversial New York journalist Rachel Marsden is back in the news again, this time auctioning off Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' clothing.  John Colebourn, Vancouver Province
  • 03/06/08 - As smooth jazz dries up in other markets, the format stays strong in Seattle with KWJZ-FM 98.9, but with more smooth and less jazz.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 03/05/08 - CBC Radio may be expanding to a number of new Canadian communities, including Chilliwack.  Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack Times  Meanwhile, CBC Radio 2 plans to play less classical and more pop music during the morning and afternoon drives beginning later this year.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 03/04/08 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Transfer of Control for KBIS AM 1490 and KBDB-FM 103.9 Forks from First Ventures Capital Partners, Inc. to Alta Communications IX, L.P.
  • 03/03/08 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KVOS-TV/12 Bellingham from Newport Television LLC to LK Station Group, LLC.
  • 03/02/08 - An advance copy of the March 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.
  • 02/29/08 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle has acknowledged that meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson will take over from Andy Wappler following his move to a public-relations position with Puget Sound Energy.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 02/28/08 - One year in, radio consultants Alan Burns & Associates has released a report on the MOViN format, heard in Seattle on KQMV-FM 92.5.
  • 02/28/08 - The Mariners radio contract with KOMO AM 1000 ends after this season amid speculation which station will sign.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/23/08 - From its modest 10-watt beginnings, Bellevue Community College station KBCS-FM 91.3 eyes expansion as it celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.  Ashley Bach, Seattle Times
  • 02/22/08 - Debbie Chavez has been released from KGMI AM 790 Bellingham after 27 years with the station.  She had worked as operations and program director, morning show anchor and most recently afternoons.  KGMI General Manager Rick Staeb said the issue was a “personnel matter” and not due to budget cuts.   Sam Taylor, Bellingham Herald
  • 02/21/08 - Seattle based Fisher Communications has announced its fourth quarter 2007 and year end results with 2007 revenues up 4% over the previous year.   Fisher release
  • 02/21/08 - CBC Radio CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria turns ten and celebrates BC's 150th anniversary by broadcasting from the Royal BC Museum tomorrow and Saturday.  Joseph Blake, Times Colonist
  • 02/21/08 - Seattle area programmers are mixed on the future of HD radio.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/19/08 - The Vancouver-produced CBC Radio 2 program Disc Drive, hosted by Jurgen Gothe since 1986, will come to an end later this year.  Pete McMartin, Vancouver Sun  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 02/19/08 - The Nielsen Company says 10.5 percent of all homes in the Seattle-Tacoma area are not ready for the conversion to all-digital TV, scheduled for February 18, 2009, when all analog TV signals will be shut down in the U.S.   Older TV sets with analog tuners that receive signals over the air via a rooftop antenna or rabbit ears will require an analog converter.  The government is offering coupons to partially offset the cost of buying a converter, meaning many households can make the switch for about $10.  Puget Sound Business Journal    
  • 02/18/08 - KIRO-TV/7 Seattle Chief Meteorologist Andy Wappler is leaving after 14 years to become a senior public relations consultant at Bellevue-based Puget Sound Energy.  He started in 1994 as a weekend forecaster and became Chief Meteorologist after his father, Harry Wappler left the station in 2002.  KIRO-TV news  Tan Vinh, Seattle Times
  • 02/16/08 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Colleen Troy has left her post at the Rogers Radio Vancouver cluster.  She most recently hosted p.m. drive at Clear FM CKCL-FM 104.9 Vancouver and had been voice tracking on Rogers' Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish/Whistler stations.  Meanwhile, former CKLG Vancouver then Lite 96 CHFM-FM 95.9 Calgary radio veteran Charlee Morgan starts hosting a.m. drive at Clear on Monday.
  • 02/15/08 - Vancouver billionare and broadcast entrepreneur Jimmy Pattison's holding company Jim Pattison Entertainment Ltd. has purchased Guinness World Records from Britain's HIT Entertainment Ltd. for an undisclosed price.  Pattison's business holdings include Ripley Entertainment Inc., automotive, media, packaging, food sales and distribution, magazine distribution, entertainment, export and financial industries.  He is listed by Forbes magazine as Canada's eighth richest person.  John Partridge, Globe and Mail  Canwest News Service  Grant Surridge, Financial Post
  • 02/14/08 - Steve Oshin, VP/GM of Entercom Seattle's The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 and The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 has left the stations.   He worked for the Seattle group from 1999-2004 and again from 2006-current.  It is believed he will not be replaced.  Radio & Records
  • 02/14/08 - John Bitove has conceded to the CRTC that his proposed HDTV Networks Inc. will fund a small amount of local programming at each station after concerns were raised earlier this week by the Commission and rival broadcasters.  The new network would operate in eight cities, including Vancouver.   Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 02/14/08 - 15 or so veteran CHEK-TV/6 Victoria production staffers await as layoff notices are expected later this month following an announcement by CanWest Mediaworks last fall that technical production of Victoria-generated programming will move to a revamped studio in Vancouver.   Don Descoteau, Victoria News
  • 02/14/08 - Bellevue Community College station KBCS-FM 91.3 turns 35 with a community focus and eye toward HD Radio.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/12/08 - Former VP/CHR Programming for CBS Radio and program director of Seattle market KISS FM KBKS-FM 106.1, Mike Preston has added Alice KLLC-FM 97.3 San Francisco to his PD duties.  Radio Online
  • 02/12/08 - The CRTC begins hearings today for a national over-the-air high definition TV network.  If approved, the network would operate stations in Canada's eight largest cities.  HDTV Networks proposes to establish a national broadcast center in Vancouver with the local transmitter to operate on channel 18 with a power of 300 watts.  Canadian Press  Broadcaster Magazine  Barb Shecter, Canwest News  CRTC info
  • 02/11/08 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has announced it will provide 39 hours of music programming weekly to WNYE-FM 91.5 New York in a partnership called Radio Liberation, launching March 24.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/09/08 - KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma recently broke ground on a its new Martin J. Neeb Broadcast Center.   Stringent environmental standards are being built into the design and construction of the new 13,000 square foot facility, scheduled to open in 2009.  Tacoma Daily Index
  • 02/07/08 - A number of Seattle stations benefit in advance of Washington's primary and caucuses.  Matt Case becomes the new midday host at Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3.   KIRO AM 710 announces new weekend placements.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 02/06/08 - Applications by the CBC and the Pattison Broadcast Group to move AM stations to FM in Vancouver are the latest in the progression of broadcasters to find slots on the FM dial in Canada.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 02/03/08 - A gathering for friends and family of Brian Hill has been announced for 1 p.m. Friday, February 8 at Centennial Lodge in New Westminster.  Hill, formerly news anchor at News1130 Vancouver, was killed in a motor vehicle accident January 27 in Fort St. John.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 02/02/08 - KOMO-TV/4 Seattle has hired 17-year veteran Robert Santos as its weekend weathercaster and weekday environmental reporter.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times
  • 02/02/08 - A note by PD Stu Ferguson on the CFUN AM 1410 Vancouver website states, "I regret to inform that Shane Foxman has left his position as the host of the CFUN Morning Show."  Foxman has hosted mornings on CFUN since 2006 and currently is the sports anchor on the CBC News: Vancouver at Six on CBC British Columbia CBUT/2.  CBUT is the only Vancouver TV station presenting newscasts in high definition.  Meanwhile, CFUN station owner CTV Limited has registered the domain name buzz1410.com indicating a possible positioning change for the station.
  • 02/01/08 - Former Good Time Oldies KBAI AM 930 Bellingham has switched to progressive talk identifying as Radio Free Bellingham.   Caleb Heeringa, Bellingham Herald
  • 02/01/08 - Bob Struble, president of iBiquity Digital Radio Corp., says it was a "breakthrough year" for HD Radio in 2007.  He noted that HD Radio receiver sales topped 330,000 compared to 40,000 in 2006.  Meanwhile, the NAB is seeking FCC authorization for higher-power operation of FM HD Radio stations.  NAB release  Most Seattle area FMs and two AMs are transmitting HD radio.  Local HD radio list
  • 02/01/08 - Weatherman Todd Johnson leaves KOMO-TV/4 Seattle after 13 years.  KOMO-TV video
  • 02/01/08 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle PD Rod Arquette says the layoff of three weekend hosts was a financial decision.  Florangela Davila, Seattle Times 
  • 02/01/08 - CBC Radio One's On the Island CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria morning co-host Jeff Weaver pulls out his microphone and heads back to Ontario.  Joanne Hatherly, Victoria Times-Colonist
  • 01/31/08 - GM Ross Davis estimates there are 14 days worth of programs, air checks, ads, jingles, newscasts, sporting events and music at the newly launched Rainier Radio archive.   KIRO-AM 710 cancels several weekend programs.   KNHC-FM 89.5 begins HD service.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/30/08 - Former Vancouver Province and BCTV (now Global) reporter Alan Merridew died from pneumonia at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver on January 25.  He was 64.  Prior to moving to Vancouver in 1976, he worked at the San Diego Evening Tribune and the Chicago Tribune.  Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. January 31 at Boal Chapel,1505 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver.  Andy Ivens, The Province
  • 01/30/08 - Astral Media has appointed Brad Phillips to the position of Vice-President and General Manager of its Vancouver properties Crave CKZZ-FM 95.3 and SuperHits CISL AM 650.  In the early nineties, in his function as Program Director, he successfully helped launch CKZZ-FM.  He replaces Gary Russell, whose retirement was announced late last year.
  • 01/29/08 - As of yesterday, CTV's Canada AM became more B.C.-focused with two hours of the show originating from Vancouver, in an attempt by the network to take a bigger slice of morning viewers from dominant Global.  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 01/28/08 - Former News1130 CKWX Vancouver news, business and sports anchor Brian Hill was killed yesterday in a traffic accident in Fort St. John when the taxi he was riding in was broadsided by a pickup truck.  He was 46.  Hill was the news director for the Astral Media Peace River group in Northeast B.C.  Bruce Claggett, News1130  Astral Media release  CJDC-TV video tribute
  • 01/28/08 - Pro Football Hall of Famer and current Seahawks radio analyst Warren Moon is scheduled to enter his plea at a February 5 arraignment after being charged with drunken driving Friday in Kirkland Municipal Court following a December 28 arrest.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 01/28/08 - Opposition to new radio towers in the Snohomish River Valley is shifting its focus towards a health issue.  The towers would be used for the new 50,000 watt KRKO AM 1380 Everett signal and a new station to operate at 1520.  Yoshiaki Nohara, HeraldNet
  • 01/27/08 - An advance copy of the February 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.
  • 01/25/08 - Radio veterans Pat O'Day and John Maynard are among numerous Seattle radio personalities who have donated shows, jingles, news, and interviews to the online station Rainier Radio, introduced Thursday by Seattle Community Colleges.  Jack Broom, Seattle Times
  • 01/25/08 - The FCC has issued a Report on Broadcast Localism, is seeking comment on whether it should return to its pre-1987 rule that required a station's main studio to be within its community of license and whether the commission should take steps to limit voicetracking.  Radio Ink
  • 01/24/08 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to add a transmitter at Whistler to rebroadcast its national French-language network service La Première Chaîne from CBUF-FM 97.7 Vancouver.  The new transmitter will operate at 103.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 240 watts.  CRTC info 
  • 01/24/08 - Christmas music vaulted Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Fall '07 ratings.  Pending a comment period that ends March 8, KUOW-FM 94.9 has been awarded a license for a new station at 90.3 MHz in Bellingham.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/23/08 - Actor/comic Brent Butt, star of the CTV comedy series Corner Gas, will be the guest radio analyst on CKST AM 1040 for tonight's Vancouver Canucks / St. Louis Blues game at General Motors Place.  Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail
  • 01/23/08 - Andy's Diner, a South Seattle landmark for over 50 tears and often frequented by local broadcast personalities, appears to have blown its last whistle.  A memorial for the late Lan Roberts was held there in January 2006.  Gregory Roberts, Seattle P-I
  • 01/21/08 - An item published last month by the Bellingham Business Journal regarding the future of KVOS-TV/12, hints at a possible flip to Spanish.  Heidi Schiller, BBJ
  • 01/21/08 - After assurances from local Industry Canada representatives that all paperwork and maps were in order for a new tower site for CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island, officials in Ottawa have advised station owners that a new engineering proposal/radiation pattern/contour study must be done.  This will set the station launch date back by two or more months.   Meanwhile, Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. is going ahead with a planned public meeting this Sunday so owner Gary Brooks can introduce the team that will operate the station and answer questions from the public.
  • 01/18/08 - AC KRWM-FM 106.9 pulls into first place in the Seattle-Tacoma market Arbitron 12+ Fall '07 ratings, followed by Rhythmic KUBE-FM 93.3 and Country KMPS-FM 94.1.  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 March 7.
  • 01/17/08 - Salt Spring Island Radio Corp. has secured a long-term lease for a new site for the recently approved CFSI-FM 107.9, approximately one mile west of the previous location, which meets the satisfaction of Industry Canada.  The new location at 48-50-58 123-31-50 will result in no significant change to radiation pattern contours, output power or HAAT.  The last hurdle will be permission from the Islands Trust for a land use permit, which is expected to be heard next month.
  • 01/17/08 - The FCC leans toward "renewal application processing guidelines that will ensure that all broadcasters provide some locally oriented programming."  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/16/08 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to South Sound Broadcasting to move KFMY-FM 97.7 Raymond to 47-18-46 123-22-15, with a city of license change to Oakville and power increase to 63 kW directional at 728 meters HAAT.  FCC details
  • 01/15/08 - Broadcaster Terry David Mulligan, who has hosted numerous radio and TV programs in the Vancouver market, is suing CTV for wrongful dismissal.  Mulligan claims that he was fired without cause, given inadequate notice and discriminated against on the basis of age.  Keith Fraser, Vancouver Province
  • 01/15/08 - The CRTC has put new regulations into place to restrict cross-media ownership in Canada, following numerous broadcast mergers last year.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  CRTC release
  • 01/10/08 - The CBC is looking for the support of listeners in its application to the CRTC to move Radio One CBU AM 690 Vancouver to the FM band.  Deadline for comments is January 23.  The Corporation is proposing to introduce an FM transmitter on Mt. Seymour at 88.1 MHz to serve Vancouver with another transmitter on Gabriola Island at 98.7 MHz to cover the Sunshine Coast.  CBC information
  • 01/10/08 - Former CBC Vancouver transmitter technician Sam Greenwood died in his sleep in North Vancouver yesterday morning at age 78.  He was with the Corporation from 1960-74 and then again with the CBC's helicopter/ground car setup at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. There will be no service at his request.  Obituary by son Ron Greenwood
  • 01/10/08 - The two-month-old U.S. writers strike has brought British Columbia's television industry to its knees, slowing from more than a dozen dramatic series being shot in the province to just two.  Marke Andrews. Vancouver Sun
  • 01/10/08 - Smaller AM stations are filling the programming gaps overlooked by the larger ones.   Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/09/08 - Radio and television broadcaster Lyal Brown died January 6 in White Rock, B.C. after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was 78.  In addition to creating and writing his own television series Ritter’s Cove, which ran on CBC-TV in 1980-81, his credit can be found on close to 200 other programs, including The Albertans, The Beachcombers and A Terrible Beauty Is Born.  A memorial will be held at a later date.  Obituary
  • 01/09/08 - Veteran journalist Mi-Jung Lee joins Canada AM with news anchor Omar Sachedina and weather anchor Rena Heer from a Vancouver studio for a new expanded national program starting January 28.  It will be shown locally from 6 to 9 a.m. on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  CTV release
  • 01/08/08 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle has started the Seattle Opera Channel online that presents on-demand opera with programming that changes every two weeks.  Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
  • 01/08/08 - Vista Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to use 99.7 MHz with an ERP of 6,000 watts non-directional for the conversion of CFWB AM 1490 Campbell River.  The Commission approved the conversion to FM last August, but denied use of 106.1 MHz with a directional antenna.  CRTC info
  • 01/08/08 - 36 year old Vancouver punk-rock icon Bif Naked revealed on George Stroumboulopoulos' CBC Radio The Strombo Show that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She did morning traffic on CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver in late 2003.  David Carrigg, The Province
  • 01/07/08 - Way Broadcasting has allowed its 25 kW daytime power construction permit for KARI AM 550 Blaine to expire.  The pattern for the increased power would have reduced its signal coverage toward its target market in the north and east.  Existing power is 5 kW day and 2.5 kW night, directional with different constants day and night.  current day pattern  CP day pattern
  • 01/06/08 - David Page, former KIRO radio jazz program host during the early 1950s, died in Seattle on January 2 at age 85.  He was a past president of Seattle Local, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and a member of the Cultural Arts Advisory Board for the Seattle World’s Fair.  A memorial service is pending at Bayview Manor.  Marc Ramirez, Seattle Times  Seattle Times/P-I obituary
  • 01/04/08 - A major milestone in Vancouver music history is reached this weekend as Dal Richards celebrates his birthday tomorrow (01/05) with a fundraiser concert at the Hotel Vancouver at 6 p.m. and Dal's 90th Birthday Concert at the Orpheum Theatre at 2 p.m. January 6.  A two hour special will air on CKBD AM 600 Saturday at 6 p.m., repeating at 9 p.m. Sunday.  News1130 item  Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
  • 01/03/08 - Industry people predict the future of radio in 2008.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I
  • 01/01/08 - Computer glitch stretches Seattle's Space Needle fireworks display, forcing each sequence to be fired manually.  The event was covered live by KING-TV/5.  KING-TV story

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