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  • 12/31/10 - An advance copy of the January 2011 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. 
  • 12/30/10 - Vancouver broadcaster Tom Robinson died December 27.  He was 91.  He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Victoria) during World War Two, landed in Normandy in 1944 and saw action through Northwest Europe until the war ended.  He joined CKWX in 1947, moving to CBC in 1950 as a staff announcer and was chief announcer from 1960 to 1967.  Robinson was the first on-camera TV newscaster in Vancouver when CBUT went on the air in 1953.  He retired from CBC in 1984.  He distinguished himself outside broadcasting as the chair of the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee and was MC at the Victory Square ceremony every November 11th from 1962 to 2002.  His death marks the end of the "golden" era of a coterie of highly respected and recognizable CBC Radio and TV news announcers in Vancouver.
  • 12/30/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is first in the Arbitron December '10 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 7.7 share, All News KOMO AM 1000 is second with 4.9 and Classic Hits (changed to Oldies on Dec. 26) KJR-FM 95.7 is third with 4.8.  Radio Online
  • 12/30/10 - CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver news anchors Bill Good and Pamela Martin hosted their final program Wednesday evening.  The pair announced earlier this month that they were leaving the air after nearly a decade with the station.   Good continues with his weekday morning talk show on CKNW AM 980.  CTV news and video 
  • 12/29/10 - BC broadcast icon Bill Hughes, renowned for his 15,000+ Roving Mike episodes from 1950-94 on Vancouver market CKNW, has made a significant contribution to the fundraising campaign for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies in Penticton.  The $28-million facility will provide space for 820 students after it is completed in March, 2011.  Kelowna Capital News
  • 12/28/10 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Michael Olstrom has confirmed that he has left his position as station group program manager for Saskatchewan-based Harvard Broadcasting, where he started as PD of its Regina stations in 1996, to join Astral as VP and GM in Regina.  He is a graduate of the BCIT broadcasting program and had worked at CJJC Langley and CFOX-FM, CKXY and CKKS Vancouver in positions ranging from on-air to music director and program director.
  • 12/28/10 - A public memorial service will be convened at an undetermined time and place in January for Vancouver sports broadcast icon Paul Carson, who died December 21 at age 60.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 12/28/10 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to Sequim Community Broadcasting for KSQM-FM 91.5 Sequim.  ERP will increase from 700 watts to 2.4 kW, with a HAAT increase from minus 84 to minus 76 meters and transmitter location change from 48-04-30 123-11-32 to 48-05-1 123-15-57.  FCC data  Additionally, the Commission has dismissed an application for a modification of CP by Grays Harbor LP FM for a transmitter pattern change for KBSG-FM 90.3 Grays Harbor.  FCC data
  • 12/27/10 - KWJZ-FM 98.9 Seattle has dropped its smooth jazz format in favor of Click 98.9 Modern Music.  A notice from PD Carol Handley on the station's (former) website says, "Technologies change and the new radio audience measurement is not favoring our once 'ratings-strong' Smooth Jazz music format.  I encourage you to continue to support the artists who make the music and the venues who bring them to the Northwest."  The new format targets males and females 25-39 with "the 'Seattle Sound' of popular music styles", and is playing 10,000 songs in a row.  KWJZ notice   All Access Music Group
  • 12/27/10 - According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Seattle-based Fisher Communications EVP/CFO Joseph Lovejoy will leave the company as of December 31, but continue to provide business-planning services during 2011.  Lovejoy has been with Fisher since 2004.   VP/Finance Hassan Natha will replace Lovejoy and will become VP/CFO, effective January 1.  Radio Ink  Radio Online  SEC filing
  • 12/26/10 - After six weeks as Seattle's Holiday Music Station, KJR-FM 95.7 has moved from its previous greatest hits format to Oldies 95.7.
  • 12/24/10 - Canadian scientist Reginald Fessenden played violin and sang, read bible verses from Luke and played a phonograph record from a station he'd built at Brant Rock on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, in what's believed to the first broadcast of the human voice on Christmas Eve 1906.  However, it wasn't until Christmas Eve 1921 when one of the earliest memorable broadcasts in the Pacific Northwest took place.  Feliks Banel, Seattle PI 
  • 12/23/10 - KING-TV Seattle has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for investigative reports on millions of dollars wasted by Washington State Ferries.  The Waste on the Water series featured the work of investigative reporter Susannah Frame, photojournalists Steve Douglas and Doug Burgess and Executive Producer Kellie Cheadle.  It's the fourth time in the past 25 years that KING-TV has received one of the awards.  Jack Broom, Seattle Times  KING-TV news
  • 12/23/10 - A Chuck Davis Book Fund In Trust has been set up through the Vancity Credit Union under account number 173575, Branch #30.  Donations can be made through any Vancity branch in the Lower Mainland.  Money raised will go to Howard White of Harbour Publishing to hire and pay writers to finish compiling the last 16 years of Davis' last book on Metro Vancouver.  It was his final wish to have his book finished.  It will likely go to press next summer and be in the fall lineup (2011) for Harbour Publishing.  Crawford Kilian has created a blog for Chuck to keep everyone updated on the progress of the book.  Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis died November 20 in Surrey at age 75.
  • 12/23/10 - Vancouver sports broadcast icon Paul Carson, who died Tuesday, assembled an extensive list of talent on Sports Page.  Tony Gallagher, The Province
  • 12/23/10 - The Washington Stealth of the National Lacrosse League has announced plans to partner with Fox Sports KRKO AM 1380 Everett to air a weekly Stealth radio program beginning January 6.  HeraldNet
  • 12/23/10 - Classical KING-FM 98.1 Seattle broadcasts Christmas classics with a Northwest touch over the holiday.  Seattle Times  KING-FM info
  • 12/22/10 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz along with Eddie King from the Fitz in the Morning show, have been named semi-finalists in the Live! with Regis & Kelly Men of Radio contest.  All Access Music Group
  • 12/22/10 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle and former THE end KNDD-FM 107.7 DJ Marco Collins joins legendary KJR jock Pat O'Day as the city's two representatives when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rolls out an update to its interactive radio exhibit next year.   , Seattle Weekly
  • 12/22/10 - Veteran Vancouver sports broadcaster Paul Carson died Tuesday evening in North Vancouver following an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 60.  Carson brought all-sports radio to Vancouver, which was launched as Team 1040 in 2001.  Most of his career was in sports hosting and reporting along with the founding of Sportspage on local television.  A memorial is planned for the coming months.  Team Radio release
  • 12/22/10 - Program director Jay Kelly has been released from his position at KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle.  He moved to KJR in February 2005 after two stints with oldies KBSG-FM 97.3.  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I 2005 backgrounder
  • 12/21/10 - Bruce Cannon, former PD and p.m. drive host at KTAC Tacoma in the '70s and 80s, died Monday following a heart attack near his home in Manson, WA.  He had been entertaining at KOZI-FM 93.5/AM 1230 Chelan since 2008.  The station is planning a tribute at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  KOZI news  KOZI photo gallery
  • 12/21/10 - Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) steered the unanimous Senate passage of the Local Community Radio Act, which will allow LPFM stations to obtain broadcast licenses in communities of all sizes.   Currently, FCC technical rules limit the number of low power FM stations that can practically be licensed in urban and suburban areas.  The Act changes the rules, allowing for more LPFM stations to be licensed nationwide, but doing so in a manner that addresses the interference concerns of full-service FM radio stations.  All Access Music Group
  • 12/21/10 - The FCC has granted a voluntary assignment of license from Premier Broadcasters Inc. to Olympia Broadcasters Inc. for KRXY-FM 94.5 Shelton.  FCC info
  • 12/20/10 - Vancouver talk show host Christy Clark leads her rivals in the B.C. Liberal leadership race in most polls, but doesn't have the support of Liberal MLAs.  Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/20/10 - The purchase price for five stations in Astoria, OR and Anchorage, AK being sold off to Ohana Media Group, formed by Seattle-based New Northwest Broadcasters CEO Trila Bumstead, is $465,000 according to FCC filings.  New Northwest's Fairbanks, AK cluster is being sold to Anchor Radio for $1.625 million.  All Access Music Group  Radio Online
  • 12/17/10 - KING-TV Seattle consumer advocate Jesse Jones is taking a leave of absence until February to undergo immunotherapy for cancer that has spread to his lungs from his kidneys.  His doctors are optimistic the treatments will be successful.  Jill Kimball, Seattle Times  KING 5 News
  • 12/17/10 - Comedian and radio personality Jubal Flagg joins to co-host a.m. drive at Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5, over from KISS KBKS-FM 106.1, where he has been heard in morning drive for the last 6-1/2 years.   Brooke and Jubal in the morning will debut in the new year.  Also on board is Justin Barnes for nights.  He hosted p.m. drive for the last 3 years at KFNK-FM 104.9, which recently flipped to GenX.   All Access Music Group
  • 12/16/10 - Funding needs to come for a new studio for KEXP-FM 90.3 at Seattle Center.  Station officials envision transforming the Center meeting rooms with glass walls to give people outside a clear view of DJs and artists performing there.  KEXP info  Emily Heffter, Seattle Times
  • 12/16/10 - CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver has announced its new weather anchor, meteorologist Michael Kuss is joining the team of Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart on CTV News at Six starting Monday, January 3rd.  He is originally from Saanich on Vancouver Island, but has worked for most of the major networks in Canada including The Weather Network and most recently Citytv in Toronto.  CTV news
  • 12/14/10 - CBC Radio CBCV-FM 90.5 Victoria station manager Peter Hutchinson says if you add the people in the city listening to Vancouver-based CBC Radio and CBC Radio 2, the corporation can boast a share over 25 per cent.  Andrew Duffy, Times Colonist
  • 12/11/10 - Former CBC Vancouver sound technician Dave Curle died November 15 following a lengthy battle with liver disease.  He was 58.  He was involved in the long-running TV series The Beachcombers on CBC-TV.  During his career he worked for the Provincial Media Educations Centre, the Open Learning Agency, the Knowledge Network and operated his own company, 1 Dog Productions.  Dave Curle Remembered  Facebook Memorial
  • 12/11/10 - Joetv KJZO-TV Seattle has started running a tower cam feed on its virtual channel 22.3.  It plans to add Tribune's new classic TV channel Antenna TV beginning January 1.  Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable
  • 12/11/10 - The Celebration of Life for Dave Niehaus will take place today at Safeco Field.  Gates open at noon with the ceremony beginning at 1:10 p.m.  The voice of the Seattle Mariners died November 10 at age 75.  The ceremony will be carried on 710 ESPN KIRO AM and KOMO-TV Seattle.  710 ESPN  Ray Marcham, KOMO-TV
  • 12/10/10 - KBTC-TV Tacoma has begun broadcasting the Washington State Public Affairs TV Network (TVW) on virtual channel 28.3 (15.3 in Centralia).  Operating since 1995, this is the first time TVW is being broadcast over the air.  KBTC release
  • 12/10/10 - Ohana Media Group, formed by Seattle-based New Northwest Broadcasters CEO Trila Bumstead, is seeking to purchase five NNB stations in Astoria, OR and four in Anchorage, AK.  NNB went into voluntary receivership in May, and its properties are being sold off.  Radio Ink
  • 12/09/10 - The CRTC has received applications to swap the frequencies of Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owned CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver with that of Vancouver Co-operative Radio CFRO-FM 102.7.  The rationale is that CKPK-FM would get the much better frequency of 102.7 with a boost in maximum ERP to 100,000 watts and Co-Op Radio would get technical, financial and marketing support in the amount of $1,437,000 over a period of 5 years.  CRTC info
  • 12/09/10 - Vancouver market BBM PPM has been released for the period August 30 to November 28.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 continues its lead with a 12.0 share, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 is second with 9.3 and CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/CBU-FM 88.1 is third with 9.0.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 first with 393.6, QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 second with 336.6 and Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 third with 284.7.  BBM data
  • 12/08/10 - The Bro Jake Show a.m. drive co-host/sidekick Martin Strong has been released from Vancouver market Rock101 CFMI-FM 101.1.  The station has hired Mike Reno, musician, drummer, and lead singer of the rock band Loverboy as a replacement effective January 4.  Loverboy was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • 12/08/10 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 talk show host and former deputy premier Christy Clark has announced she is is running for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.  She has been out of politics for over four years.  Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun  Ian Austin, The Province  'NW has announced that Vancouver Province columnist and Christy Clark Show fill-in host Michael Smyth (it's called The Mike Smith Show) has taken over her program effective immediately.
  • 12/08/10 - CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver has announced that Mike Killeen and weathercaster Tamara Taggart will begin anchoring CTV News at Six on Monday, January 3rd.  Both are BCIT Communications graduates and are familiar faces to local viewers.  A final new member of the news team will be announced in the coming days.  CTV News  Vancouver Sun
  • 12/07/10 - After nearly a decade as anchors of the suppertime news at CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver, Bill Good and Pamela Martin are stepping down.  Good will focus exclusively on his radio show, while Martin will continue with community and charity fundraising work.  They will leave at the end of the year.  Ethan Faber, CTV news  Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun  The Province
  • 12/07/10 - Former Entercom Seattle market manager Jerry McKenna has been named SVP/Market Manager for its Las Vegas cluster.  All Access Music Group  Another shuffle in the lineup at Talk KTTH AM 770 Seattle with Compass Media Networks's Lars Larson moving earlier to 10 p.m.-1 a.m. followed by Laura Ingraham 1-4 a.m. effective January 3.  All Access   MoVo Productions' Mo Bounce re-ups as the station voice for KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 Seattle.  All Access
  • 12/07/10 - The recent Arbitron Seattle-Tacoma PPM shows some shuffling in key demographics.  All Access Music Group
  • 12/07/10 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle has named Mercedes Sanchez as the station's inaugural membership director.  Sanchez will be responsible for launching the station's development department, as well as planning and implementing its annual fundraising campaign.  Seattle Times
  • 12/04/10 - One of the factors in the decision by the BC Lions to re-up for four years with Team CFTE AM 1410 was all-day promotion on sister sports station CKST AM 1040.   Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/04/10 - Add another All Christmas station to the list as The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria made the change early yesterday morning.
  • 12/03/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KSER Foundation for a new station in Freeland on South Whidbey Island.  It will operate on 89.9 MHz with an ERP of 1.8 kW directional at 165 meters HAAT at 48-03-40 122-34-19.  FCC info  The Commission dismissed an application by the Friends of KEXP for a new station on the same frequency at nearby Clinton.
  • 12/03/10 - The 13th annual Jingle Bell Bash, produced by KISS KBKS-FM 106.1 and Deck the Hall Ball, which has been around since 1993, organized by The End KNDD-FM 107.7, run this week at the WaMu Theater.  Jonathan Zwickel, Seattle Times  Some of Puget Sound’s most popular radio stations and music venues will hold their annual holiday pre-funk in the next few days.  Ernest A. Jasmin, The News Tribune
  • 12/02/10 - CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 ties Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 for first place in the Arbitron November '10 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with 5.1 shares, with News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 tied for third with Rhythmic CHR KUBE-FM 93.3 with 4.4 shares.  Radio Online
  • 12/02/10 - Dave Newbury, CBC Senior Manager, Transmission Operations, Western Canada, based in Vancouver retired at the end of November.  He joined CBC 43 years ago as a transmitter technician.
  • 12/02/10 - KTTH AM 770 Seattle adds Premiere Networks' syndicated Sean Hannity effective January 3, from 4-7 p.m.  Premiere release
  • 12/02/10 - KRSC-TV brought television to the northwest for the first time in November 1948, to perhaps 500 expensive black and white TV sets.  It became KING-TV the following year.   Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I archive
  • 12/02/10 - Greenwich CT-based Townsquare Media has announced it is acquiring 12 radio stations currently owned by Seattle-based New Northwest Broadcasters in the Tri-Cities and Yakima markets.  The deal, subject to FCC approval, is expected to close in the first half of 2011.  Townsquare release 
  • 12/02/10 - KVI AM 570 Seattle, which moved to oldies last month, pioneered the all-conservative talk format now used by hundreds of other radio stations.   John Carlson, The Weekly Standard
  • 12/02/10 - News/talk CFAX AM 1070 continues to lead in the Victoria market BBM 12+ Fall 2010 ratings with a 13.4 share, CBC Radio CBCV-FM 90.5 is second with 12.5 and Hot AC/CHR KOOL-FM CHBE-FM 107.3 is third with 11.6.  BBM info
  • 12/01/10 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle has expanded its board as part of its transition from being a commercial radio station to being a listener-supported organization.  The classical-music radio station's shift to public-supported status was announced in March and is expected to be complete by July 2011.  Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
  • 12/01/10 - Fybush Media, run by lifelong broadcasting nerd Scott Fybush, publishes an annual national radio tower calendar.   The 2011 calendar for the month of November features a photo of the towers on Cougar Mountain taken from nearby Tiger Mountain.  , Seattle Weekly
  • 12/01/10 - The BC Lions Football Club has extended its radio broadcast agreement with TEAM CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver for another four years.  The announcement was made this morning by club president and CEO Dennis Skulsky.  TEAM owner CHUM Radio has been the official broadcaster of the Lions for the past seven years.   BC Lions release
  • 11/30/10 - Roy Hennessy, chairman of Shore 104 CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver, has moved back to Toronto, where he is a partner in Hennessy and Bray Communications.  He remains chairman of Shore Media.  Also moving to Toronto to join Astral Media is former Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver PD Steve Parsons.  He has left his position as programming consultant at Shore 104.
  • 11/30/10 - Global Television BC Region VP and GM Brett Manlove was released yesterday by Shaw Media, as the company announced organizational changes and a shift in the role of station managers.  He joined Global (then BCTV) CHAN-TV Vancouver as an Account Executive in 1984, progressing through various sales management positions, up to Senior Vice President of Television Sales for all of Canwest, based in Toronto.  In January 2008 he returned to Vancouver as VP and GM of BC Region.
  • 11/29/10 - Veteran News1130 CKWX Vancouver traffic anchor Bruce Williams has returned to the air following colon cancer surgery two months ago.  He previously handled afternoons, but returned this evening.
  • 11/28/10 - An obituary has been published for Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis, who died November 20 in Surrey at age 75.   Sun/Province obituary
  • 11/28/10 - Rimshot Seattle market KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville, which moved November 10 from The Funky Monkey to '90s-based Gen X 104.9 has changed call letters to KSGX-FM.  FCC info
  • 11/27/10 - Comcast Cable in western Washington has restored KVOS-TV Bellingham to channel 72.  KVOS now reaches audiences in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and some areas of southwest Washington that are part of the Seattle DMA.  It was removed from most Seattle-area cable TV systems in 1990 due to conflicts surrounding "syndicated exclusivity".  1990 Seattle Times backgrounder
  • 11/27/10 - An advance copy of the December 2010 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.
  • 11/27/10 - JACK fm CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver morning man Larry Hennessey teams up with Jamie Anstey to form Regenerator Records to release lost classics from the 1960s.   John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/27/10 - A "shy" Dawna Friesen, formerly with NBC and now Vancouver-based Global National news anchor, is shocked to see herself on posters and billboards in a major ad campaign.  John Doyle, Globe and Mail
  • 11/27/10 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 talk show host Christy Clark takes next week off to contemplate whether she will enter the leadership race for the provincial B.C. Liberal Party.  Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/26/10 - KPST-TV Seattle, which operates on channel 44, has changed call letters to KFFV-TV.   Programming remains the same with infomercials on 44.1, TV Azteca on 44.2 and AAT Television on 44.3.  Dr. Kenneth Casey, majority owner and CEO of North Pacific International Television, which operates the station, died September 12 in New Mexico at age 70.
  • 11/26/20 - The snow and wind early this week did considerable damage in the Bremerton area.  Seattle market KTBW-TV, which broadcasts from Gold Mountain west of the city, regained power yesterday morning but programming wasn't restored until today.  Also affected was Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV, which remained on air using standby power.  Seattle Times
  • 11/26/10 - Tara Nelson, former CHEK-TV Victoria and Global National reporter/anchor at Global TV BC CHAN-TV Vancouver, starts Monday as the new anchor of CTV News at Six on CTV Calgary.  She most recently worked in London as the European Bureau Chief for Global National.  CTV release
  • 11/26/10 - Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden made the move to all-Christmas at midnight this morning, joining three Seattle and two Vancouver stations.
  • 11/25/10 - Long-time KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle morning host Ichabod Caine and his former co-host/producer wife Scallops have launched Internet station Wild Boar Radio.  Caine began his broadcasting career in the mid-’70s at KPUG Bellingham, later moving to KJRB Spokane, then KJR Seattle before joining KMPS in 1983.  He left KMPS in December 2009.   The new station features Best Of All Radio or BOAR, a country-leaning eclectic mix.  Radio Info backgrounder
  • 11/24/10 - CBC British Columbia is holding its Open House and Food Bank Day 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, December 3 at its Broadcast Centre in downtown Vancouver.  There will be newsroom tours, live broadcasts in studio 700, people can try their hand at being an anchor - reading the news from a teleprompter, experimenting with the green screen on the weather set and there will be meet and greets with all the local personalities as well as special appearances by Peter Mansbridge, George Stroumboulopoulos, Jian Ghomeshi and Jim Treliving of Dragons Den.  CBC info
  • 11/24/10 - Jack the Ripper digitizes music at University of British Columbia campus station CITR-FM 101.9.  Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier
  • 11/23/10 - Cold, snowy and windy weather overnight appears to have taken its toll on a number of northwest TV stations and translators.   Among stations off the air for various periods of time were Orcas Island transmitters KBCB-TV and K24IC-D (KBTC-TV Tacoma translator) Bellingham, along with Gold Mountain transmitter KTBW-TV Tacoma and K26IC-D (KIRO-TV Seattle translator) Bremerton (near Silverdale).
  • 11/23/10 - The CRTC has granted a short term license renewal for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980, to expire August 31, 2014.  The Commission is reviewing the eligibility of a Canadian content development (CCD) contribution made during the 2008-09 broadcast year.  CRTC decision
  • 11/22/10 - As tributes continue to pour in following the passing of Mr. Vancouver Chuck Davis, more information is being released on his interesting early life.  A broadcaster and author of numerous books, he was a man of many lists with a lifelong fascination with words.  His career spanned nearly a half century as author, lecturer, quizmaster, TV host, and radio announcer.  Tom Hawthorn, Globe and Mail
  • 11/22/10 - Andrew Wadden and Bob Addison have joined the sports department at News1130 CKWX Vancouver.  Andrew has been a reporter and writer for CKNW AM 980 since 2009, continues to be the editor/writer/blogger for VancouverBasketball.ca and was the media relations assistant for the Vancouver Canadians baseball team during the 2009 season.  Bob has written and delivered sportscasts for various web services and was the producer of Dan Russell's Sportstalk at CKNW for the past 12 years.
  • 11/22/10 - Coast to Coast AM with George Noory returns to the Seattle market 10 p.m. - 4 a.m. January 3rd on KIRO-FM 97.3.  It replaces the last hour of NW Nights with Frank Shiers, plus the syndicated Allen Hunt, Phil Hendrie and Dirk Van First Light shows.  All Access Music Group
  • 11/20/10 - Renowned Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis died early this morning in Surrey, three days after his 75th birthday.  He started his broadcast career at CAE (Canadian Army Europe) in Werl, West Germany in 1956.  He worked at a number of Ontario and British Columbia radio and TV stations from the 1950s to the '70s as well as producing 15 books on local history.  He began compiling The History of Metropolitan Vancouver in 2003, which he announced last month would be completed by fellow author Charles Campbell.   He announced in September that he was dying from lung cancer.  The family is planning a celebration of life in about two months.  Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun  Damian Inwood, The Province  Sonia Aslam, News1130   September CTV background video  Mike Cleaver August interview
  • 11/19/10 - Hot on the heals of other stations turning to holiday music, QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver has also moved to all Christmas all the time.
  • 11/19/10 - The FCC has granted a minor modification of construction permit to KROH-FM 91.1 Port Townsend.  It will now be licensed to operate with 1.15 kW ERP at 456 meters HAAT at 48-00-58 122-55-29.  FCC info
  • 11/19/10 - funFM CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver (92.5 Abbotsford/107.5 Chilliwack) moved to Christmas music at 11 a.m. today.
  • 11/19/10 - Seattle market Rhythmic AC KQMV-FM 92.5 has re-branded as a Mainstream Top 40 although it will continue to be called MOViN 92.5.  All Access Music Group
  • 11/19/10 - Vancouver rapper Kyprios wins the 2010 edition of the Peak Performance Project with $100,500 in development money from Music BC and The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5.  Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/17/10 - Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver celebrates its 40th anniversary on November 25 at the Commodore Ballroom with Bachman & Turner headlining.  Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 11/17/10 - 53-year television veteran Don Brown of North Saanich is being inducted into the CBC Sports Hall of Fame.   He has produced and directed seven Summer Olympics, five Winter Olympics, seven Commonwealth Games and two Pan Am Games, mostly for CBC along with 17 seasons with Hockey Night in Canada, and seven seasons of producing Montreal Expos baseball games.  Brown has also been a freelance producer with NBC.  Cleve Dheensaw, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 11/16/10 - For the next two weeks, the Wilf Ray Radio Show - 24/7 is featuring an hour-long interview with Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis.  It originally aired live from the studio of 600 AM in November 2005 and features a combination of Chuck highlighting many of the events in Vancouver for the past 100 years, along with Wilf's usual format of hit parade standards and gospel music.  Davis is currently a patient at Surrey Memorial Hospital after being diagnosed earlier with terminal lung cancer.   Wilf Ray interview
  • 11/16/10 - CTV Corp. has applied to the CRTC for a post-transition digital transmitter for CIVI-TV Victoria to operate on channel 23 with a maximum ERP of 1,500 watts at 99.6 meters HAAT.   The original Industry Canada allotment is for channel 40.  CRTC info
  • 11/15/10 - Former The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle weekend/swing host Jim Allen has landed the PD position at Variety Rock KJOT-FM 105.1 Boise.  He starts November 22.   All Access Music Group
  • 11/15/10 - Prairies broadcaster Ray Torgrud, who worked for a short time in news at CFUN Vancouver in 1960, died November 6 in Winnipeg.  He was 80.  He began his broadcast career in radio in Red Deer, AB before moving on to television in Calgary, Red Deer and Winnipeg.  He retired in 1992.  Veteran Vancouver radio musicologist Dave McCormick recalls Ray voicing a reverb-processed "A C-FUN Flashback", used by the station to introduce "older" hits.  Passages obituary
  • 11/13/10 - KLFE AM 1590 Seattle is poised to flip to all-talk starting Monday, November 15 as Freedom 1590.   Hosts will include Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dennis Miller, Hugh Hewitt and Mark Levin.
  • 11/12/10- Two Seattle stations have made the move to Christmas music.  KJR-FM 95.7 has become Seattle's Holiday Music Station and KRWM-FM 106.9 has moved to Continuous Christmas Favorites.
  • 11/12/10 - In honor of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who died Wednesday (11/10), 710 AM ESPN KIRO Seattle will replay his call of Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at noon Saturday, November 13.  My Oh My - A Tribute to Dave Niehaus recognizes him as one of the best and most exciting broadcasters in the game.  KIRO info
  • 11/12/10 - A Surrey man allegedly shot by Radio India KVRI AM 1600 Blaine managing director Maninder Gill outside a Sikh temple has been awarded an unspecified judgment in BC Supreme Court on defamation charges against the station and some of its staff.  Robert Matas, Globe and Mail
  • 11/11/10 - Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Seattle Mariners, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Bellevue.  He was 75.  Niehaus was there from the first pitch in organization history at the Kingdome on April 6, 1977 to the final game of the 2010 season October 3 at Safeco Field.  He broadcast 5,284 of the 5,385 games played by the Mariners, and had planned to do a full schedule of games in 2011.  Larry Stone, Seattle Times  Seattle Mariners
  • 11/11/10 - After 11 years as The Funky Monkey, rimshot Seattle market KFNK-FM 104.9 Eatonville has changed to '90s-based Gen X 104.9.  Weekly Volcano
  • 11/10/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by Zoomer Media Inc., on behalf of the Christian Channel Inc., for CHNU-TV Fraser Valley by adding post-transition digital transmitters in the Fraser Valley (CHNU-DT) and Victoria (CHNU-DT-1).  The Fraser Valley transmitter will operate on channel 47 with a maximum ERP of 21,400 watts at 335 meter HAAT and Victoria on channel 21 with a maximum ERP of 3,500 watts at 94.4 meters HAAT.  CRTC decision
  • 11/10/10 - David Marsden will receive the prestigious Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award during his induction to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on March 11, 2011 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.  He brought alternative rock to Vancouver in 1990 when he transitioned Coast 1040 CKST AM to a Vancouver station from rural Langley.   CMW info
  • 11/09/10 - A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 12 at Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium in Edmonton for former Vancouver newscaster Bob Colling, who died November 7 at age 82.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Brail Tone Music Society of Canada.  Edmonton Journal obituary
  • 11/09/10 - CBC Vancouver reporter Belle Puri, who accepted the job as press secretary to British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, will be back with CBC Vancouver, but under strict conditions that she can't be on air until at least after the Liberal leadership convention, likely next February, and that she won't be covering politics.   Alfie Lau, New West Record
  • 11/08/10 - Entercom Seattle appoints Dave Richards as VP/Programming and Operations for the company's Seattle cluster.  Richards has served as station manager of KISW-FM 99.9 and operations manager for Entercom Seattle for the past nine years.  Radio Online
  • 11/08/10 -The CRTC has approved an application by Rogers Broadcasting for post-transition transmitters for CKVU-TV in Vancouver and Victoria.   Vancouver will operate on channel 33 with a maximum ERP of 8,300 watts at 670 meters HAAT and Victoria will operate on channel 27 with a maximum ERP of 2,750 watts at 99.6 meters HAAT.  CRTC decision  The Commission has also approved an application by Rogers to add a post-transition transmitter in Victoria for CHNM-TV Vancouver.  It will operate on channel 29 with a maximum ERP of 2,750 watts at 99.6 meters HAAT.  CRTC decision
  • 11/08/10 - Former CKVU-TV Vancouver reporter Lynda Steele, a 15 year anchor at Global Television Edmonton, will be returning to the coast next year after her current contract expires.  Her husband, Norm Lipinski, currently a Deputy Chief with the Edmonton Police Service, has accepted the position of RCMP Assistant Commissioner, responsible for British Columbia's lower mainland region.  Global Edmonton
  • 11/08/10 - Former Vancouver newscaster Bob Colling died yesterday afternoon (11/07) from liver cancer in Edmonton.   He spent his career in radio news, with a decade at CKWX Vancouver from 1956-66, then a quarter century at Broadcast News in Edmonton before retiring in 1991.   Details of a service will be announced later.
  • 11/07/10 - Following the format change announcement made early last week, KVI AM 570 Seattle flipped from conservative talk to Seattle's Greatest Hits late Sunday night.  On-air staff will be added January 3.
  • 11/07/10 - Veteran radio host Scott Miller, who worked for over a decade at The Big 8 CKLW AM 800 Windsor ON, and was released from funFM CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver in June, has found a new home.  He's now hosting mornings at Madison market WOLX-FM 94.9 Baraboo WI.  1982 YouTube video
  • 11/07/10 - Award winning Tacoman consumer affairs advocate/reporter Jesse Jones stands up for the little guy each day on KING-TV Seattle.  Debby Abe, The News Tribune
  • 11/06/10 - According to the oliverDailynews.com, CBC Vancouver reporter Belle Puri, who was offered the job as press secretary to British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell last week, prior to the announcement that he was stepping down, is now staying with her current employer.  It reports that Ms. Puri is currently on holidays and will return to on-air work after the Liberal Party leadership convention expected in February.  oliverDailynews 
  • 11/06/10 - "Free agent" sportscaster Rick Dhaliwal awaits word that his anchor job at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver will be a full-time gig.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  Also at 'WX, veteran retired/part time news anchor Brian Brenn has returned to the airwaves after a pulmonary embolism attack in mid October.
  • 11/05/10 - Popular sportscaster Rick Dhaliwal has resurfaced on the airwaves at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver following dismissal of three others earlier this week.  He was behind the mike at CKNW AM 980 before leaving in August 2009 to pursue other family business ventures.  He had previously anchored sports at News1130 from 1996-2001.
  • 11/05/10 - DeAnna Lee has been hired as midday host and AMD at The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle.  She had been MD and morning co-host at WSM-FM 95.5 Nashville.  Additionally, p.m. drive host Wingnut has been affirmed as APD/MD, positions he has been handling for nearly a year.  All Access Music Group
  • 11/05/10 - The FCC has dismissed an application by Dry Creek Community Broadcasting to operate KAPY-FM Port Angeles as a low powered station at 94.7 MHz.  It is currently licensed to operate at 95.5 MHz.  FCC info 
  • 11/04/10 - KKMO AM 1360 Tacoma is being sold by Salem Communications' Inspiration Media to Sea Mar Community Health Center for $2.7 million.   A previous sale in 2008 didn't complete.  All Access Music Group
  • 11/04/10 - The FCC has granted involuntary transfer or control of KPST-TV Seattle from Dr. Kenneth Casey to Charlene Fay Casey, executrix.  Dr. Casey died September 12 in New Mexico.
  • 11/03/10 - Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis has been moved from the ICU to a post-surgical ward at Surrey Memorial Hospital.  He has returned to eating regular food, but continues to be very tired.  His wife says he will need quite a long recovery time before he can return home.  Davis has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
  • 11/02/10 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver has let three more anchors go.   This time cuts are sportscasters Jason Benner, Geoff Rohoman and Irfaan Gaffar.   Benner had been with 'WX since 2004, Rohoman since 2006 and Gaffar in traffic/sports since 2007.
  • 11/02/10 - Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 continues in first place in the Arbitron October '10 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.0 share, and Country KMPS-FM 94.1 is tied for second with Top 40 KUBE-FM 93.3 with 4.8 shares.  Radio Online  All Access recap
  • 11/02/10 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Bob Colling has been diagnosed with cancer that has now moved into his liver, but remains in good spirits.  He spent his career in radio news, with a decade at CKWX Vancouver from 1956-66, then a quarter century at Broadcast News in Edmonton before retiring in 1991.
  • 11/02/10 - THE end KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle has announced the lineup for its Deck the Hall Ball holiday show December 8 at the WaMu Theater.  Seattle Times
  • 11/02/10 - The top five finalists have been announced in the second edition of the Peak Performance Project, an initiative to promote BC-based musical talent by Music BC and The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver.  Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/02/10 - The FCC has dismissed five applications for new FM stations in the PNW.  They are: 89.7 MHz Littlerock by Alliance for Democracy, South Puget Sound Chapter; 89.7 MHz McCleary by Samsno Educational Media; 89.7 MHz Montesano by Horizon Christian Fellowship; 89.7 MHz Onalaska by Lewis County Educational Broadcasting and 89.7 MHz Chehalis by The KBOO Foundation.
  • 11/02/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced its third quarter 2010 financial results with a revenue Increase of 22% and TV net advertising revenue up 38% compared to third quarter 2009.  Fisher release
  • 11/02/10 - Following long-time format change rumors, KVI AM 570 Seattle has made the announcement that it will switch from conservative talk to oldies effective November 8.   It will become Seattle's Greatest Hits 570 KVI with Tom Hutyler and Marina Rockinger mornings, Mark Christopher afternoons and Ric Hansen nights with local news, traffic and information provided by Sue Romero, Bill Rice and Ana Kelly.   The on-air staff will debut January 3.  KOMO News  All Access Music Group
  • 11/01/10 - Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis is breathing on his own and is able to speak after having his ventilator removed at Surrey Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted last week with complications from a previous operation.  He has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
  • 11/01/10 - MyNorthwest.com, powered by Bonneville Seattle, has been awarded the National Edward R. Murrow Award for best large market radio website by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  Radio Online
  • 10/31/10 - News Director Ian Haysom looks at a day in the life of Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver as the station celebrates its 50th birthday today.  The Province
  • 10/31/10 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 station manager Chris Pandoff has been named executive vice president and president of Corus Radio, headquartered in Toronto.  He was most recently VP and GM of Corus Radio Toronto and Hamilton and recently retired as Chairman of BBM Canada.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/30/10 - Vancouver sports reporter and author Jim Taylor, who has also been a sports commentator on CKWX, CBC-TV and CKNW, will receive the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th annual Jack Webster Awards Dinner honoring excellence in British Columbia journalism Monday night.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/30/10 - CHAN-TV Vancouver, now named Global BC, signed on 50 years ago today.  BCTV, as it was formerly known, produced the third most watched local news show in North America.  To commemorate its anniversary, 50 Years of TV, the history of local news in BC over the last 50 years will air tonight at 7.  Clive Jackson, Vancouver Sun  Photo Gallery
  • 10/29/10 - An advance copy of the November 2010 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.
  • 10/28/10 - Just days after regulatory approval, the assets of Canwest Global Communications Corp. are now under the complete control of Shaw Communications Inc.  The holdings, which include the Global TV network, including western flagship CHAN-TV Vancouver, along with 21 specialty channels, are now under the new Shaw Media.   Regulators and industry players have raised concerns over the deal's vertical integration, but Shaw Media's new president Paul Robertson says TV blackouts such as the current one in New York are an unlikely scenario in Canada.  Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post
  • 10/28/10 - CBC News Vancouver senior reporter Belle Puri has been appointed press secretary to British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell.  With CBC since 1992, she has won a number of journalism awards.  Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun  Alfie Lau, New West Record
  • 10/28/10 - Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis was admitted to Surrey Memorial Hospital yesterday morning with complications from an operation he had two and a half years ago.  Davis, already diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is now in the intensive care ward.
  • 10/28/10 - Shore 104.3 CHHR-FM Vancouver is shuffling the deck with Bill Courage moving to mornings, Jody Vance to middays and Gord Rutherford to p.m. drive.   Former traffic and talk show host Jennifer Thomson joins the morning lineup.   Gone is morning host Steve Dunbar.
  • 10/28/10 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning personality Fitz has won the Best of Western Washington: Best Local Personality award for the 3rd year in a row.  Michael King, KING-TV Evening Magazine
  • 10/26/10 - Veteran KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle newsman Tony Miner has been promoted to assistant PD at sister station KTTH AM 770.  Blatherwatch   Luke Burbank joins Dave Ross 9-noon on KIRO-FM.  Blatherwatch
  • 10/26/10 - The October 30, 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds panicked people in the town of Concrete, 60 miles north of Seattle, as a lightning strike caused a local power outage 20 minutes into the broadcast.  It was aired on CBS affiliate KIRO AM 710 Seattle.  Feliks Banel, KUOW-FM
  • 10/26/10 - A memorial service will be held November 3 in Vancouver for family and friends of broadcaster Neal Foisy, who died October 11 in Victoria.  Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Foisy family at mfoisy1@telus.net.
  • 10/25/10 - Virgin Radio 953 CKZZ-FM Vancouver hung 1585 bras across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month, with $3,170 raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/22/10 - Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels has resigned.   He will be replaced by a four-member executive council, which will be charged with stabilizing the company while it struggles to exit bankruptcy court after almost two years of negotiations with creditors.  Among Tribune's media holdings are Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV.  Michael Oneal and Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune
  • 10/22/10 - Vancouver-based actor, singer and TV host Denis Simpson died from a brain hemorrhage this morning in Toronto.   He was 59.  Locally, he hosted a cooking show Café M on Channel M and appeared as the Live Eye Guy on Citytv.  Jessica Werb, Straight.com
  • 10/22/10 - The CRTC has approved the acquisition of TV assets of CanWest Global Communications Corp. by Shaw Communications Inc.   The deal gives Shaw ownership over the Global television network, including its local flagship CHAN-TV Vancouver, and a host of specialty channels.  The Commission accepted Shaw's proposal to spend $180.1 million over the next seven years to support the transition to digital television by converting 67 analog transmitters in smaller markets to digital, provide and install a satellite receiver and dish, at no charge, to viewers who lose access to over-the-air signals of their local or regional television stations as of August 31, 2011, as well as free satellite access to those signals, along with a number of other concessions.  CRTC decision  Shaw release
  • 10/22/10 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 veteran broadcaster Big Daddy Dave McCormick has left the station after two years of voice tracking.  Dave has been in the business for over 50 years, having moved to CFUN Vancouver from Hamilton ON in 1957.  He also entertained at a number of stations in the US during the 1960s, including a stint at KOL Seattle 1966-67.
  • 10/22/10 - Vancouver Sun managing editor Kirk LaPointe has been appointed CBC's ombudsman based in Vancouver.  The CBC ombudsman is independent of CBC management and acts as an appeal authority for members of the public who are dissatisfied with the CBC's journalistic and information programming.  The appointment is effective November 1.  Vancouver Sun  CBC News
  • 10/22/10 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver retired/part time newscaster Brian Brenn is back at home following a pulmonary embolism attack last week.  He will be a hospital out-patient for a few weeks as doctors stabilize his blood levels.
  • 10/20/10 - Veteran Vancouver newscaster Brian Brenn is being treated with blood thinners in Peace Arch Hospital after suffering his second pulmonary embolism last Thursday.  He has been filling in at News1130 CKWX Vancouver since his retirement in 2008.  He was to have flown to Ottawa last Friday to help kickoff 1310News CIWW AM.  The attack would likely have been fatal, if it had taken place during the flight.
  • 10/20/10 - Former Seattle market KBSG-FM PD and evening host Jay Coffey has been named the new a.m. drive host at Go Country KKGO-FM 105.1 Los Angeles.   He starts Monday, October 25.  All Access Music Group
  • 10/20/10 - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that Joy Coghill will receive its 2010 Humanitarian Award.  Joy performed in countless full length original and classical radio dramas on CBC Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal beginning in 1955.  She is the co-founder and honorary president of the Performing Arts Lodge, Vancouver (PAL) founded in 2001, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to the performing arts.   Gemini release
  • 10/20/10 - A future memorial will be held for family and friends of CFAX AM 1070 Victoria creative director and announcer Neal Foisy, who died October 11 of natural causes at age 51.  Prior to CFAX, he had worked at stations in Vancouver, Kelowna and Abbotsford.  His father is former CHQM Vancouver VP of programming and p.m. drive host Maurice Foisy.  Times Colonist obituary
  • 10/20/10 - Former Seattle market KMTT-FM 103.7 station manager and PD Chris Mays has been named acting PD at KINK-FM 101.9 Portland.  She was also the Program Director of KZAM Seattle, changing the station to KLSY in 1983.  All Access Music Group
  • 10/19/10 - Former Seattle market Funky Monkey KFNK-FM 104.9 afternoon host Michael Mason has been hired for p.m. drive at WRXL-FM 102.1 Richmond VA.  He starts October 25.  All Access Music Group
  • 10/18/10 - After 14 years, Mike West teams up with Gary Crow on KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle.  The special reunion, originally scheduled for last week was delayed until this week due to Crow's health issues.  KZOK audio
  • 10/17/10 - Vancouver historian, author and broadcaster Chuck Davis has announced that details are being worked out for fellow author Charles Campbell to finish his final work, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.   He made the announcement as he was presented with the 2011 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, offered to some of BC's greatest authors.  Davis is terminally ill with lung cancer.  News1130   Sam Cooper, The Province
  • 10/15/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by Total Change Christian Ministries to operate a low-power non-commercial specialty FM radio station in Campbell River.   The proposed station would operate at 88.7 MHz an effective radiated power of 26 watts and offer a Christian music format.  According to its website, it will be known as Spirit 88 FM with call letters CHVI.   CRTC decision
  • 10/14/10 - Former Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle broadcaster Glenn Beck, who missed a couple of days on his nationally syndicated talk show, says he is not dying and may have a virus, causing problems with his vocal cords.  All Access Music Group
  • 10/14/10 - Snohomish County Council passed its new shoreline rules with a 5-0 vote Wednesday.  The new rules will allow existing AM radio towers and ones with permits already issued to be rebuilt if they are damaged or destroyed.  Meanwhile The FCC has requested more environmental analysis on two more towers planned by KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  HeraldNet
  • 10/13/10 - Word has been received that Victoria broadcaster Neal Foisy died on October 11.  He was a creative writer at CFAX/CHBE-FM Victoria and had previously worked at several stations in the Vancouver market.  He was 51.
  • 10/13/10 - Former Vancouver-based Global National weekend anchor and CHEK-TV Victoria reporter/anchor Tara Nelson has been named as the new suppertime news anchor at CTV Calgary.   She starts in mid November.  She has been Global National's European bureau chief for the past two years.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/12/10 - Longtime radio and TV announcer Len Beardsley died September 29 in Morrow Bay, CA at age 92.  He began in radio hosting This is Jazz in SeattleAll Access Music Group
  • 10/12/10 - Jay Shadix leaves as imaging director at KIRO AM 710 and KTTH AM 770 Seattle.  Radio Online
  • 10/12/10 -  Tribune Co. is supporting an agreement reached by its creditors on a reorganization plan.  The new plan includes $120 million in cash by parties that received pre-bankruptcy payments on a tranche of senior and bridge loans.   Among Tribune's media holdings are Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV.   Radio Ink   Tribune release
  • 10/12/10 - The Gabriola Radio Society is consulting engineers about the feasibility of obtaining 98.7 as a viable frequency for a station to serve the island, as Rogers Broadcasting has re-applied to the CRTC to operate a synchronous repeater of CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria on Salt Spring Island.  Rachel Stern, Nanaimo News Bulletin
  • 10/11/10 - Everett born Glenn Beck, whose early career was in Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle, is absent from his nationally syndicated talk-radio show today and tomorrow as he gets some tests done for ongoing health issues.  Radio Ink
  • 10/11/10 - Snohomish County Council could pass the final version of its Shoreline Management Program during a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The result might make it impossible to rebuild damaged or destroyed AM radio towers.  Meanwhile the FBI’s investigation into last year’s damage to the KRKO AM 1380 Everett towers remains ongoing, with a $25,000 reward still in effect.  Noah Haglund, HeraldNet
  • 10/09/10 - Mike West teams up with Gary Crow mornings next week on KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle.  KZOK info
  • 10/09/10 - Talk show host Joe Easingwood is retiring after 29 years with CFAX AM 1070 Victoria, and over five decades on air, starting at CJVI.  He turned down a job offer by KGO in San Francisco in 1963.  He was named Radio Performer of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters in 1998.   Lindsay Kines, Victoria Times Colonist  C-FAX news  Katherine Dedyna, Times Colonist backgrounder  /A\ News video
  • 10/08/10 - All-American football player from Utah State, Tom Larscheid got into broadcasting after a series of knee injuries cut his B.C. Lions career short.  Tony Gallagher, The Province
  • 10/08/10 - Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver Canucks fill-in color commentator Dave Tomlinson takes over full time after the season opener Saturday, which will be the last for Tom Larscheid.   Also, longtime Vancouver radio and TV sports personality Paul Carson, earlier diagnosed with cancer, is responding well to treatments.  Andy Prest, North Shore News
  • 10/08/10 - Vancouver market BBM PPM has been released for the period June 28 to September 26.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 continues its lead with an 11.3 share, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 is second with 8.6 and JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 is third with 8.3.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 first with 2,051.3, The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 second with 1,962.7 and CKLG-FM 96.9 third with 1,759.8.  BBM data
  • 10/07/10 - Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 continues in first place in the Arbitron September '10 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 4.8 share and Country KMPS-FM 94.1 is tied for second with Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 with 4.7 shares.  Radio Online
  • 10/07/10 - Mediation talks have broken down again in the Tribune Co. bankruptcy case, with at least three creditor groups preparing competing restructuring plans for the media conglomerate.  Among its media holdings are Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV.   Michael Oneal, Chicago Tribune
  • 10/07/10 - Veteran Vancouver Canucks analyst Tom Larscheid works his final game with John Shorthouse on Team CKST AM 1040 Saturday at the team's season-opener against Los Angeles.  Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun  The Sun Backgrounder
  • 10/07/10 - The CRTC has denied applications by CTV and Rogers Broadcasting to reduce the overall minimum level of Canadian programming broadcast by their conventional television stations from 60% to 55%.  The companies operate stations in numerous Canadian cities, including Vancouver and Victoria.  /A\ decision  CTV decision  Rogers decision 
  • 10/06/10 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle re-lives the record windstorm to hit the Pacific Northwest and coastal British Columbia in October 1962.   The Columbus Day Storm, aka Typhoon Freda knocked virtually all radio and TV stations off the air, some for days, as it made its way up the coast.  One of the few to continue broadcasting north of the California border was suburban Vancouver's CKNW AM 980.  Engineer Jack Gordon had prepared emergency power and all-night fill-in announcer Gerry Gawne (later of KING Radio Seattle) anchored the overnight program.  Feliks Banel, KUOW
  • 10/06/10 - As cable and satellite-delivered TV becomes more expensive, many viewers are turning to "free" over-the-air reception.  In most parts of Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island, digital OTA reception is available on the five Vancouver channels and the three +1 sub-channels in Bellingham.  At higher elevations, with properly installed rooftop antennas, many Seattle stations are also receivable with varying degrees of success.  Hugh Thompson, Globe and Mail
  • 10/06/10 - The CRTC has approved an application amendment by Canwest Television to operate CHAN-DT on channel 22 (where it is currently operating) post-transition, with a maximum ERP of 40,000 watts at 656 meters HAAT.  This is different from the original allotment of channel 8, it's current analog assignment.  CRTC decision
  • 10/06/10 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver reports that the recent co-channel interference from KPWX AM 1130 Mount Angel OR was caused by a rare atmospheric anomaly, stronger than it's been in years.  Meteorologist Russ Lacate says an enormous high-pressure ridge has been causing radio waves to travel abnormally long distances, particularly between 7-9 a.m. and 6-8 p.m.  News1130
  • 10/05/10 - The FCC has rescinded the Application Grant by Dry Creek Community Broadcasting to change the frequency of KAPY-LP 95.5 Port Angeles to 94.7 MHz, due to its proximity to CKKQ-FM-1 94.7 Sooke, 16 km west of Victoria.  FCC info  FCC data
  • 10/05/10 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz has signed a long-term contract to continue with the station and adds the show to The Wolf KBWF-FM 95.7 San Francisco.  The program will continue to originate in Seattle.  Fitz has been with The Wolf Seattle since 2005.  Radio Online
  • 10/04/10 - Tomorrow, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will declare October 5 as "Chuck Davis Day" in recognition of Davis' diligent contribution to the city's history.  The award comes as the renowned broadcaster, author and historian is gravely ill with cancer.  His daughter Stephanie Davis will accept the declaration on his behalf.  Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun  Chuck appeared on The Christy Clark Show on CKNW AM 980 on September 27.  The interview can be heard here (18:10 into program).
  • 10/04/10 - Former KOL Seattle staff announcer Art Gilmore, who went on to introduce television shows and narrate countless movie trailers, died September 25 in Irvine, CA.  He was 98.  Gilmore was born in Tacoma and attended Washington State University, where he worked at the campus radio station before joining KOL in 1935.  He moved to Los Angeles in the '30s and became a staff announcer at KFWB and later KNX.  Bruce Weber, New York Times  LA Times obituary
  • 10/04/10 - Bill Radke returns to the Northwest to team up with Linda Thomas on Seattle's Morning News 5 - 9 a.m. weekdays on KIRO-FM 97.3.   Tony Miner, who's been filling in for the past few months, will continue with the station.  Radke hosted Morning Edition on KUOW-FM 94.9 from 1991-2004.  The News Chick, MyNorthwest.com
  • 10/02/10 - The historic KBSG call letters have been given up in a change by KZFX-LP 104.5 Fall City, which now has become The Fox.  The station has also applied to move to 98.5 MHz.  FCC data
  • 10/02/10 - DJ and news anchor Bill Wippel, from Yakima to Seattle.  Old Seattle Radio Saturday, BlatherWatch
  • 10/01/10 - Gary Crow temporarily moves from middays to AM drive at KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle following the departure of longtime morning host Bob Rivers.  Mornings will now be focused on music rather than talk as the station opens auditions for a new morning host.
  • 10/01/10 - Serviceberry Institute has filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the FCC following the Commission's dismissal of an application for a new station in Freeland.  The application was for 89.9 MHz at 18 watts directional at 41 meters HAAT at 48-12-3 122-42-8.  Application info
  • 10/01/10 - The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt.  The House has passed similar legislation.  Minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after November 2.  Andrew Taylor, AP/Seattle Times
  • 10/01/10 - FEMA has announced the adoption of a new digital message format for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the next generation emergency alert and warning network.  The goal of IPAWS is to expand upon the traditional Emergency Alert System by allowing emergency management officials to reach as many people as possible over as many communications devices as possible, such as radio, television, mobile phones, personal computers and other communications devices.  The current Emergency Alert System relies largely on radio and television to communicate to people.  Television Broadcast
  • 09/30/10 - Longtime morning drive host Bob Rivers, the last ten years at KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle, has left the station because he could not reach a new contract deal.  His contract has a six-month non-compete clause.  KING-TV News
  • 09/29/10 - KVOS-TV Bellingham has been dark for the last couple of days.  A note on the station's website states, "KVOS Channel 12 is currently off the air.  Our technical staff is working to restore the transmission as soon as possible.  All broadcast, and some cable and satellite viewers are affected by this outage.  Updates will be posted here as additional information becomes available."  Update: KVOS returned to the air this afternoon.
  • 09/29/10 - Corus Entertainment is teaming up with Supernova Interactive to launch the first-ever integrated social network with a mandate to recommend new independent music for play on Corus Radio's new music stations.  The initiative has already launched on The FOX CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver and Power 97 CJKR-FM 97.5 Winnipeg and will expand throughout Canada on Corus Radio stations in the upcoming months.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/29/10 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver is reporting that it is hearing from listeners east of the city complaining about interference from KPWX AM 1130 Mount Angel OR (approx. 25 miles south of Portland).  FCC records show KPWX as operating with a directional pattern to the southwest which should fully protect CKWX.  However, the FCC granted a special temporary authority for KPWX to operate with a non-directional antenna at 6.25 kW during non-critical hours only, for the purpose of taking field strength measurements pending an application to increase daytime power to 50 kW.  The STA, which expires September 30, states, "It will be necessary to reduce power or cease operation if complaints of interference are received." News1130   FCC data  STA info
  • 09/29/10 - News1130 CKWX Vancouver afternoon traffic anchor Bruce Williams is at home folowing colon cancer surgery last week.  There will be a biopsy in a couple of weeks, but surgeons are confident that he will make a full recovery. 
  • 09/28/10 - STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle APD/morning show producer Leonard Barokas will parasail across Lake Washington for his 10th annual flight of Bras Across Lake Washington at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.  It's part of the station's raising of awareness of breast cancer.  All Access Music Group
  • 09/28/10 - Former KRKO AM 1380 sports talker Jeff The Fish Aaron, along with a group of partners, has opened Scrubs Sports Grille in Everett.  The Fish left KRKO in May and says he would like to land another regular radio gig in the future.  He is currently hosting a Saturday midday program on KJR AM 950.  Kristi O’Harran, HeraldNet  HeraldNet backgrounder
  • 09/28/10 - Rogers Broadcasting Limited has applied to the CRTC to add two post-transitional digital transmitters for CKVU-TV to serve the Vancouver and Victoria areas.  The Vancouver transmitter would operate on channel 33 with a maximum ERP of 8,300 watts at 670 meters HAAT with a Victoria translator to operate on channel 27 with a maximum ERP of 2,750 watts at 99.6 meters HAAT.  CRTC info
  • 09/27/10 - An advance copy of the October 2010 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.
  • 09/27/10 - Zoomer Media has applied to the CRTC to add post-transitional digital transmitters for CHNU-TV Fraser Valley and CHNU-TV-1 Victoria. The CHNU-TV Fraser Valley transmitter would operate on channel 47 with a maximum ERP of 21,400 watts at 335 meters HAAT and CHNU-TV-1 Victoria would operate on channel 21 with a maximum ERP of 3,500 watts at 99.4 meters HAAT.  CRTC info
  • 09/27/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KAPY-LP 95.5 Port Angeles to move to 94.7 MHz.   Power will increase from 93 to 100 watts, and transmitter location will move about two miles west to 48-05-50 at minus 99 meters HAAT.  FCC data
  • 09/26/10 - Dr. Kenneth Casey, majority owner and CEO of North Pacific International Television, which operates KPST-TV Seattle, died September 12 in New Mexico.  He was 70.  He spent his life building several successful communications-related businesses and over 100 television stations.  Albuquerque Journal obituary 
  • 09/26/10 - Vancouver author/broadcaster Chuck Davis says he will announce the names of a co-writer for his latest book, and a lawyer to administer donations he's asked for to help pay publication costs, within a week.  Davis earlier announced that he is dying of lung cancer.  Cassidy Olivier, The Province
  • 09/25/10 - The Pacific Northwest entertainment's Chairman of the Board, Grand Poobah, Top Dog and Big Kahuna, legendary KJR Seattle jock Pat O'Day turned 76 Friday.  BlatherWatch
  • 09/25/10 - The BC Lions current play-by-play contract with Team CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver runs out on December 31.   Will they run with the station next season or pass on a renewal?  Greg Douglas' Here 'N' There, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/24/10 - Vancouver historian, author, columnist and broadcaster Chuck Davis has been told that he is dying of incurable lung cancer.   Davis, 74, has made an impassioned plea to find a writer to finish the book The History of Metropolitan Vancouver, which he has been working on for more than a decade.  He got his start in radio at CAE (Canadian Army Europe) Werl, West Germany in 1956.  Among his many books on local history is Top Dog! a history of CKNW, which he penned in 1993.  Vancouver Sun
  • 09/24/10 - CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV is holding an open house tomorrow (Sept. 25) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown studios at 750 Burrard Street in Vancouver.   Visitors get a guided tour and can meet anchors and reporters.  There will also be live on-location broadcasts from The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 and QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5.  CTV info  /A\ News CIVI-TV will also be holding an open house tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1420 Broad Street in Victoria.  /A\ info
  • 09/24/10 - Snohomish County Council is attempting to pass Amendment 30, which would prevent KRKO AM 1380 Everett from rebuilding its towers at the same size when they wear out.  It also prevents the station from, "moving our towers to a location identical to where we’ve been for decades in the event new technology or changes in the industry allow us to provide a better signal.To voice your support for KRKO and tell the Snohomish County Council to vote “no” on Amendment 30 and 30A, click here.   KRKO info
  • 09/23/10 - Radio India KVRI AM 1600 Blaine managing director Maninder Gill, whose home was targeted in a drive-by shooting early this week, started the station 11 years ago.  It operates under U.S. broadcast rules, with production in Surrey, B.C., allowing outspoken journalists and guests to make comments that would not be heard on Canadian radio.  Gill says the recent drive-by shooting was a blip and not indicative of widespread violence in the community.  Robert Matas, Globe and Mail
  • 09/22/10 - Beer connoisseur Colin Jack joins long-time Vancouver broadcaster Joe Leary to host Just Here For The Beer Radio, a program dedicated exclusively to beer, monthly beginning September 28 on AM 650 CISL.  Jeremy Shepherd, Vancouver Courier
  • 09/21/10 - Former Vancouver rock and underground radio DJ Pamela Burge is in danger of becoming homeless following eviction from a downtown social-housing complex.  Burge (Tim, before a gender change operation in 1996) pioneered underground radio at CJOR and CKLG-FM Vancouver in 1967 & '68.  He was program director at CFMI-FM during the 1980s.  Charlie Smith, George Straight  Vancouver Sun backgrounder
  • 09/21/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced the launch of Buzz Brands, an integrated, multi-platform content and advertising solution for broadcasters.  Fisher Release
  • 09/21/10 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle mid morning host Dave Ross has been named Communicator of the Year by the Association for Women in Communications.  The award will be presented at a luncheon meeting on October 27 at the Seattle Yacht Club.  AWC release 
  • 09/21/10 - Former KISW-FM 99.9 and KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle icon Steve Slaton makes his debut on the All Blues program Saturday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to midnight on KPLU-FM 88.5.  He will fill in periodically as a jazz and blues host.  Slaton left KZOK in December 2008.
  • 09/21/10 - Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver turned on its 16x9 HD studio cameras on its local newscasts for the first time yesterday, and for the debut of anchor Dawna Friesen on the Vancouver-based Global National.   However, most news clips from the field are still being fed in 4x3. 
  • 09/21/10 - Astral Radio's Vancouver stations Virgin Radio CKZZ FM 95.3 and AM 650 CISL lay claim to be the first in North America to be running with Workflow, reducing paper consumption by 95%.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/20/10 - A celebration of life has been announced for long time CBC Television Vancouver audio department staff member Larry Watson who died August 22 at age 79.  It will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 5 at the Deep Cove Yacht Club in North Vancouver.  An RSVP is requested at safire@shaw.ca.
  • 09/20/10 - There was an overnight drive-by shooting targeting the Surrey home of Radio India KVRI AM 1600 Blaine managing director Maninder Gill.  There were no injuries.  Gill is currently facing aggravated assault and firearms charges after a rival was shot in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak temple on August 28.  Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun  Updates: Cheryl Chan, The Province  Kate Webb, The Province
  • 09/20/10 - Former NBC London correspondent Dawna Friesen debuts as anchor of Global National in HD at 5:30 p.m. today from the Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver studio.  She has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for CBC-TV Vancouver.  She covered the 2010 Winter Olympics for NBC and won an Emmy award for her part in NBC’s coverage of the night Barack Obama was elected president.  Leslie Scrivener, The Star
  • 09/19/10 - Following the recent announcement of the cancellation of Nine2Noon with Brian Calvert & Nancy Barrick on KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle, John Carlson hosts 9 a.m - noon and Ken Schram hosts noon - 3 p.m. beginning Monday.  Carlson and Schram move from The Commentators 12 - 2 p.m. daily.
  • 09/19/10 - 73-year-old newspaper columnist, book writer and radio sports commentator Jim Taylor will receive the 2010 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Jack Webster Foundation Awards Dinner on November 1.  Kevin Mitchell, Vernon Morning Star
  • 09/19/10 - The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria morning hosts Jason Lamb and Dylan Willows reflect on what BC's capital city means to them.  Victoria Times Colonist
  • 09/17/10 - After only a few months, KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle's morning news and interview program Nine2Noon with Brian Calvert & Nancy Barrick is cancelled as of the end of today's program.  Calvert and Barrick have been reassigned to other newsroom positions.  BlatherWatch
  • 09/16/10 - Stand-up comedian and Vancouver radio show producer Art Factora performs this weekend as part of the ‘Asian Connection’ during the annual Global Comedy Fest at New Westminster’s Lafflines Comedy Club.   Joe Leary, TV Week
  • 09/16/10 - Radio sportscaster and renowned multi-media reporter and journalist Greg Dr. Sport Douglas will be inducted as a member of the media category in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame tonight.  He is also a member of the Vancouver Canadians' Broadcast and Journalism Hall of Fame.  Ian Walker, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/16/10 - Seattle-based Crista Broadcasting, which owns three Pacific Northwest stations, will launch KFMK-FM 105.9 Austin TX next Monday, September 20 as Spirit 105.9 with a contemporary Christian music format.  Crista purchased the station on June 9.  It changed ownership from Clear Channel Communications to Aloha Station Trust on July 26 as FCC ownership regulations required that the Austin cluster spin off one license.  Sandra Zaragoza, Austin Business Journal
  • 09/15/10 - Sherri Pierce has been elevated to the position of president and general manager of SHORE 104 CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver.  Former president and GM Roy Hennessy has been named chairman and continues to be responsible for managing SHORE’s Canadian content development obligations as well as CRTC liaison.   Additionally, the contract has ended for Toronto-based Bob Mackowycz, who was involved in the creation of SHORE’s AAA sound and had been providing consulting services to the station.
  • 09/15/10 - Brian Long has been appointed the new PD at 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle effective October 4.  He is currently APD and In The Zone co-host at ESPN Sports KSPN AM 710 Los Angeles.  He replaces recently departed Owen Murphy.  Radio Online
  • 09/14/10 - Airchecker reports that former Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver PD Steve Parsons has joined Shore 104 CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver as a programming consultant.  He was released from Rock 101 last month where he had been PD since 2005.  Airchecker info
  • 09/14/10 - KMYQ-TV Seattle has changed call letters to KZJO and rebranded as JOEtv.  MyNetwork programming has been moved to 11 p.m.  Wikipedia info
  • 09/13/10 - Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 continues in first place in the Arbitron August 2010 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.5 share, CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 is tied for second with Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 with a 4.6 share.  Radio Online
  • 09/13/10 - The FCC is to vote September 23 on releasing "white space" spectrum nationwide for long distance Wi-FI and other industrial uses.  The signals would travel in gaps between over-the-air television stations.  The FCC approved white space use in 2008 over objections of television broadcasters who said their signals might be disrupted.  Todd Shields, Bloomberg/Seattle Times
  • 09/13/10 - Rogers Broadcasting Limited has re-applied to the CRTC to operate a synchronous repeater of CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria on Salt Spring Island.  It would operate with a maximum ERP of 45 watts at 662 meters HAAT.  A previous appplication for 3,500 watts maximum ERP was denied in March.  CRTC info  Previous denial
  • 09/12/10 - Former oldies station KEDO AM 1400 Longview has flipped to Newstalk/Sportstalk with Glenn Beck 6-9 a.m., Rush Limbaugh 9 a.m.-noon, Sean Hannity noon-3 p,m. and Mark Levin 3-6 p.m., all carried live.  From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and weekends it's sportstalk with Fox Sports.  KEDO's new branding is The TALK of the town.
  • 09/12/10 - CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford has been testing its transmitter for the past few days, running approximately 40 watts.  The station expects to be operating at its full licensed peak ERP of 550 watts by sometime next month.  Technical concerns can be emailed to the station at info@civl.ca
  • 09/11/10 - Regulatory sources say yesterday's BCE acquisition of CTV and the earlier purchase of Canwest Global Communications' broadcast arm by Shaw Communications are likely to get the necessary approvals.  Update: Iain Marlow, The Globe and Mail
  • 09/10/10 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Sheila Gardner, most recently in the newsroom at iNews CHQT AM 880 Edmonton, is returning to the coast to join CFAX AM 1070 Victoria.  Her first day is October 4.
  • 09/10/10 - When Dawna Friesen debuts as anchor of Global National on September 20, she will be become the first full-time female anchor of a nightly network newscast in Canada.  She has been a foreign correspondent for NBC, based in London, since 1999.  The suppertime newscast will originate from the Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver studios.
  • 09/10/10 - Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has agreed to acquire full ownership of CTV Inc. in a deal valued at $1.3 billion.  The transaction, subject to approval by federal regulators, acquires all of CTV's television assets, including the CTV network and specialty cable channels.  Locally, CTV owns and operates CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver, along with AM and FM stations in Vancouver and Victoria.  Iain Marlow, Globe and Mail
  • 09/09/10 - Song parodies along with content from The Bob Rivers Show on KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle are being made available by Intune Media as iPhone apps.  Radio Online
  • 09/09/10 - Two million pairs of free 3-D glasses are now available at Canada Post outlets across Canada so viewers can watch a documentary being aired by CBC September 20 called Queen Elizabeth in 3D.  A list of outlets is available here.   The program will be aired locally on CBUT Vancouver.  Postmedia News/Vancouver Sun
  • 09/09/10 - Vancouver market BBM PPM has been released for the period May 31 to August 29.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 continues its lead with a 12.2 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 8.5 and JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 is third with 8.3.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 first with 370.2, CHQM-FM second with 359.7 and CKLG-FM third with 266.3.  BBM data
  • 09/09/10 - The FCC has granted transfer of control of the Bustos Media stations in Washington State to NAP Broadcast Holdings, LLC.   Bustos filed to transfer its radio and television licenses to NAP in July, with Amador and John Bustos resigning as part of a merger agreement.  Bustos operated two stations in northwest Washington, KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma and KBTK AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way, along with eight others and a translator in the state, with total holdings of 28 radio and three TV stations. 
  • 09/08/10 - After 12 years, Lynn Colliar is leaving the anchor chair of the Morning News on Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver to return to the field as a senior investigative reporter.  Her last day is Friday.  Weekend Morning News anchor Sophie Lui takes over on September 27.  Vancouver Province   YouTube video
  • 09/08/10 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle has released program director Owen Murphy.  He was promoted to the position last November after assisting in the station's transition to all sports programming.  Mike Seely, Seattle Weekly
  • 09/08/10 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle has announced that Rick Robertson, aka Double R, who typically does sports news and commentary on the The BJ Shea Morning Experience, is no longer part of the morning drive program.   The reason for his departure was listed only as a management decision.  Double R was a former producer of the show.
  • 09/08/10 - Long-time News1130 CKWX Vancouver weekend traffic announcer Sabrina Del Rey (aka Sabrina Storey) is leaving to persue other opportunities.  Her last day is September 26.  The station picks up Lara Fominoff as weekend anchor/weeknight reporter from CKNW AM 980, where she was a part time beat reporter and anchor.  She starts September 13.  CKWX has also acquired Denise Wong from AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna for its web desk three days a week along with various weekend duties beginning September 18.
  • 09/07/10 - NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS welcomes our newest advertiser, John Charbonneau of The Mortgage Group.  For over 17 years John has dependably provided cutting-edge mortgage guidance to hundreds of British Columbia home owners.  He is committed to providing the most effective plan from a long list of mortgage suppliers and is highly recommended by the webmaster of this site.  You can reach John by clicking on the banner at the top of the Recent News page or by email at john@canadianmortgagefinders.com.
  • 09/07/10 - There are some recent changes at The Hawk CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack.  Morning news anchor Tara Gostelow is moving to NL Radio CHNL AM 610 Kamloops, with former News1130 CKWX Vancouver news anchor Don Lehn scheduled to fill the position on October 1.  Shaun Glazier is the new part-time weekend news anchor.  Steve Fanning, formerly of Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford is the swing jock/promotions coordinator and Nikki Mattila is a new sales representative.
  • 09/07/10 - Employee-owned CHEK-TV/6 Victoria celebrated its first year of independence yesterday.  Plans for year two include new programming and launch of a new digital HD transmitter.  CHEK's new model has seen interest from other stations in Canada, the US and overseas.  The station was rescued following imminent shut-down by its previous owner Canwest Global.  Ian Shelton, Times Colonist
  • 09/06/10 - At age 70, Nathan Hale High School's KNHC-FM 89.5 Seattle founder Larry Adams reaches a milestone.  Tribute
  • 09/04/10 - Former Vancouver radio and TV sportscaster Jeff Leyland has taken a weekend position anchoring supper hour and late night sports on CHCH-TV Hamilton, ON beginning September 25.  He will continue to provide weekday highlight packages for the NHL Network.  End Zone, Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/03/10 - The first Seattle Seahawks broadcasting team of Pete Gross, Wayne Cody and Don Heinrich filled six hours on KIRO AM 710 in 1976.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I archive
  • 09/03/10 - As KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle grows with local live talent, so does its need for studio space.  A selection committee will make a recommendation to the city as soon as next week from among eight proposals for use of prime space at Seattle Center.  Emily Heffter, Seattle Times
  • 09/03/10 - News anchor/reporter Anita Bathe is leaving CFAX AM 1070 Victoria to return to the marketing and communications program at BCIT and Liz McArthur moves to weekend news/reporting, as she returns to University of Victoria to complete a degree.   Darron Kloster, Times Colonist
  • 09/02/10 - Long time CBC Television Vancouver audio department staff member Larry Watson died August 22 at age 79.   He was with CBC from 1965 until retirement.  A celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a future date.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 09/01/10 - Station manager Spencer The Walrus Abersold has attained an unofficial world record for 200 hours on air to raise awareness and funds for Peninsula High School's KGHP-FM 89.9 Gig Harbor.  The stunt raised about $5000 to defray school budget cuts.  Elisa Jaffe, KOMO News  Susan Schell, Peninsula Gateway  Tacoma News Tribune backgrounder
  • 08/31/10 - An advance copy of the September 2010 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.
  • 08/31/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Venture Technologies Group to increase power of K24IC-D/24 (28.1/28.2) Bellingham from 7.5 kW to 15 kW.  It rebroadcasts KBTC-TV Tacoma.  FCC info
  • 08/30/10 - After 43 years in the business, Vancouver broadcaster Tom Jeffries is leaving radio.  His final Talk to the Experts program will air Saturday (09/04) at 2 p.m. on CKNW AM 980.   During his career, Tom has entertained at such notable stations as CFAX Victoria, CFUN and CKKS-FM Vancouver, CFRA Ottawa, CJCH Halifax and CFTR Toronto, and was morning host at 600 AM CKBD Vancouver from 2001-03.  He will be joining award winning television director Lawrence McDonald at Urban Media.
  • 08/30/10 - Update: Radio India KVRI AM 1600 Blaine owner Maninder Gill has been charged in the shooting of Surrey contractor Harjit Singh Atwal on Saturday.   He is due back in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.  Radio India studios are located across the border in Surrey.  Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun  
  • 08/30/10 - Former KVOS-TV Bellingham anchor/reporter/weatherman Joe Bates was killed Saturday (08/28) when he fell from a ladder at his home and struck his head on the ground.  He was 60 and currently working as Whatcom County’s information and communications coordinator.  He worked at KNWR-FM (now KAFE) in Bellingham in the early 1970s and more recently hosted weekend shifts on Praise KWPZ-FM Lynden.  Isabelle Dills, The Bellingham Herald
  • 08/30/10 - A feud between two Surrey businessmen that originated with reports on Radio India KVRI AM 1600 Blaine appears to have led to one of the men being shot outside a wedding ceremony on Saturday.  Kim Bolan And Todd Coyne, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/29/10 - Shayne Kaye hosts overnights at The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3, the only Victoria station with a live DJ during that time slot.  David Karp, Times Colonist
  • 08/28/10 - Recently retired Vancouver Canucks color commentator Tom Larscheid will be presented with the Jack Diamond Award at the annual Jewish Community Centre dinner next February.  Greg Douglas' Here 'N' There, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/28/10 - Mel Sprackman, former Vancouver sales representative for CKAY (later CJSU-FM) Duncan and west coast manager of Canadian Broadcast Sales has died at age 70.  Dick Drew, Broadcaster Magazine  remembering.ca obituary
  • 08/27/10 - Tribune Company has announced an increase of 44% in consolidated operating cash flow for the first seven months of this year compared to last.  Chapter 11 reorganization began in late 2008.  Tribune owns newspapers, a Chicago radio station and TV stations including Seattle market KCPQ-TV and KMYQ-TV.  Radio Ink  All Access Music Group
  • 08/26/10 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Educational Media Foundation to increase power of KLWA-FM 101.3 Westport from 1.2 kW non-directional at -6 meters HAAT to 5 kW non-directional at 49 meters HAAT at its current transmitter location.  FCC data
  • 08/25/10 - Former CFUN Vancouver general manager Ron Carabine died August 17 following a lengthy illness.  He was 86.  Carabine was at the helm of CFUN when it changed call letters to CKVN in 1969, following an ownership change the previous year.  There will be a private family funeral.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 08/24/10 - The CRTC has granted a short-term renewal for the Aboriginal Voices Radio licenses for a two year period, following its failure to comply with a minimum 25% local programming.  AVR indicated that it plans to build a studio in Vancouver this year and increase staffing levels.  It operates CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver, along with stations in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.  CRTC decision
  • 08/20/10 - 1960's KJR Seattle jock Jimmy Darren climbed the radio ladder quickly to eventually own a number of stations in the southern U.S.  BlatherWatch
  • 08/20/10 - Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver morning show producer Scott Shantz rides the Playland roller coaster 100 times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pacific National Exhibition.  Abbotsford Times
  • 08/20/10 - Seattle broadcaster Chloe Dillon has been hired as music director for KLTA-FM 105.1 Fargo ND.   She has been on air at KNHC-FM 89.5 and KISS KBKS-FM 106.1.
  • 08/20/10 - The Seattle-Tacoma audience is among the three largest in the US for This American Life with host Ira Glass.   It's heard on KPLU-FM 88.5 and KUOW-FM 94.9.  Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
  • 08/19/10 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news reporter Nafeesa Karim is leaving the station to join CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV in mid September.   She was involved in the planning and execution of Olympic coverage and had been with 'NW since 2006.
  • 08/19/10 - Global National news anchor Kevin Newman will host his final newscast Friday evening.  He announced in April that he would be stepping down and making a career change.  He has been executive editor and anchor of the national suppertime newscast since 2001.  It was broadcast from the Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver studios until 2008, when it was relocated to Ottawa.  It returns to Vancouver with new host Dawna Friesen next month.  Gayle MacDonald, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/19/10 - Reports have been received that Steve Parsons is out as program director at Vancouver market Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 with CFOX-FM 99.3 PD Chris "Dunner" Duncombe assuming PD responsibility for both Corus stations.  Parsons had been with Rock 101 since 2005.
  • 08/17/10 - KRKO AM 1380 Everett replaced two of the four towers needed to broadcast its nighttime signal yesterday and today.  The 349 foot and 199 foot towers were destroyed by vandals last September.  Antenna testing is scheduled to begin in October.  Photos courtesy KRKO.  Meanwhile, investigators now say that the towers could have been destroyed by an upset neighbor rather than as a act of eco-terrorism.  KIRO-TV
  • 08/17/10 - Former KVI AM 570 Seattle morning host Kirby Wilbur has returned to local airwaves Mondays on KTTH AM 770 for a segment entitled Four O'clock Freedom Shot, which airs during the David Boze Show.  He was released from KVI last November.
  • 08/17/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by Hornby Community Radio Society to operate a very low power developmental community FM station on Hornby Island.  It will operate on 96.5 MHz with an ERP of 5 watts non-directional at 30 meters HAAT.  A similar application was approved in 2007, but wasn't implemented.  CRTC release
  • 08/17/10 - Clare Copeland, who died on May 14 at age 85, turned a struggling CFAX AM 1070 (then AM 810) Victoria into a regional ratings leader.  Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/16/10 - The Vancouver Giants have named Dan Elliott their new media relations director and play-by-play announcer on Vancouver market AM650 CISL.  He was formerly with Sports Page and is currently a fill-in sports anchor at Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver.  Our Sports Central
  • 08/15/10 - From his beginings in radio at CKMO Vancouver in 1944, through a lengthy real estate career, and his CJOR radio shows now being rebroadcast on his website, Wilf Ray is still going strong at age 83.  Katherine Fawcett, REM Online
  • 08/14/10 - Two KRKO AM 1380 Everett transmission towers, which were toppled by vandals last September, will be re-installed on Monday, allowing the station to return to full power.  A $25,000 reward still stands for the capture of those responsible.  Alejandro Dominguez, HeraldNet
  • 08/14/10 - Vancouver Giants CEO Stu Ballantyne says the list of qualified candidates to replace play-by-play broadcaster Morley Scott, who returned to Edmonton at the end of last season, is down to ten.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/14/10 - Canada’s Competition Bureau has ruled that the $2-billion purchase of Canwest Global Communications' broadcast arm by Shaw Communications will not substantially reduce or prevent competition in the sector.   The CRTC has set a September 20 hearing date for the deal which would give Shaw the Canwest OTA TV stations, such as Global Television (locally CHAN-TV Vancouver), as well as specialty channels.   Susan Taylor, Reuters   
  • 08/13/10 - Former CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver news anchor Bridgitte Anderson, who served as B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's press secretary since April 2008, has landed a new position as director of marketing and communications at Crofton House School.  Prior to CTV, she was the legislative reporter for CKWX and CKVU-TV Vancouver.  Alex Tsakumis
  • 08/12/10- Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 continues in first place in the Arbitron July 2010 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.3 share, CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 jumps into second with 5.2 and Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is third with 4.9.  Radio Online
  • 08/11/10 - A proposal to build a new home for radio station KEXP-FM 90.3 at Seattle Center has the support of pop music heavy hitters.  The plan includes a studio, an artists' lounge, a busking program and public green space.  Jonathan Zwickel and Lynn Jacobson, Seattle Times
  • 08/11/10 - CBC-TV is airing Queen Elizabeth in 3-D, the first Canadian-shot and Canadian-produced 3-D program to be transmitted nationally (locally on CBUT Vancouver) on September 20 at 7 p.m.  It requires 3-D glasses, available from Canada Post outlets, but no special TV set.  CBC News   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/10/10 - A celebration of life has been announced for family and friends of former BCTV news anchor Robert Malcolm, who died at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on August 4 at age 69.  It will be held at 1 p.m. August 12 at Meadowlands Golf and Country Club in Chilliwack.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 08/10/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications says it is no longer actively pursuing the sale of its five Great Falls, MT stations.  Fisher sold 24 Montana and eastern Washington stations to Cherry Creek Radio in 2006 for $33.3 million.  Inside Radio
  • 08/09/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has reported its second quarter 2010 financial results with TV revenue up 37% compared to second quarter 2009.  Fisher release
  • 08/08/10 - British Columbia's top rated newscasts on Global BC CHAN-DT (channel 22, virtual 8.1) will begin in high definition next month.  Studios are currently under construction with dress rehearsals scheduled for the end of this month.
  • 08/07/10 - Freelance videographer Jud Morris has been arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, including two $30,000 video cameras from Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV.   He was booked into Pierce County Jail and later released after posting bail.  Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times  Q13 News
  • 08/07/10 - Nobody is leaving, but Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver makes time-slot changes effective August 16, as it prepares for the coming NHL season.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/07/10 - KRIZ AM 1420 Renton is expected to return to the air shortly after recently losing its tower site.  According to FCC records, it will transmit from the same site as sister station KYIZ AM 1620.  FCC data   
  • 08/06/10 - CBC has filed a request to the CRTC to allow a temporary extension of analog television service in markets not slated for transition until after the August 31, 2011 deadline.  French language CBUFT/26 Vancouver is one of the stations included in the CRTC filing, requesting extension to August 31, 2012.  CBUFT will remain on channel 26 post-transition.  Canadian Business  CBC digital transition plan
  • 08/06/10 - Vancouver market BBM PPM has been released for the period April 26 to July 25.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 continues its lead with a 13.5 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 9.0 and JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 is third with 7.8.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 first with 367.8, CHQM-FM second with 366.8 and CKLG-FM third with 267.2.  BBM data
  • 08/06/10 - Former BCTV (now Global BC) CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver news anchor Robert Malcolm died Wednesday, August 4 following a heart attack.  Malcolm was a 30-year news veteran, anchoring for 19 years at BCTV from 1972-91 before being replaced following a ratings decline.  He was 69.  He had suffered a previous heart attack in the BCTV newsroom in the early 1990s.  He was most recently a realtor in the Cultus Lake area.  BC Radio History biographical notes
  • 08/05/10 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has concluded that two news reports which aired on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver during its late evening newscast on May 7, 2009 did not contain any inaccurate, unfair or biased information.  A viewer had complained that the reports were inaccurate.  CBSC release
  • 08/05/10 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and BC Minister of Finance Carole Taylor has been appointed a director of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada.   She hosted several series on CBC-TV Vancouver from 1976-86.   Ms. Taylor was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 and is currently a Senior Advisor for Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/04/10 - Questions surround the departure last Thursday of veteran Vancouver sports broadcast analyst Tom Larscheid.   Did some of his comments rankle Canucks management?  Ed Willes, The Province

  • 08/03/10 - Snohomish County hearing examiner Barbara Dykes, who had been criticized by the development community for her rulings on planning and development issues, is leaving her position.  Her biggest decision was denying an application in 2008 by KRKO AM 1380 Everett to build radio towers outside Snohomish, citing health concerns for nearby residents.  The County Council overturned her ruling and a Superior Court judge backed the council's decision.  Noah Haglund, HeraldNet
  • 08/02/10 - Well-known Seattle music director and musician, George Shangrow was killed Saturday in a head-on car crash on Highway 20 about one mile east of Winthrop.  He was 59.  He previously hosted Live, By George on KING-FM 98.1 for 16 years.  KOMO News  Kristi Heim, Seattle Times  Peter Newman, Crosscut.com
  • 07/31/10 - Former KVI AM 570 Seattle promotions employee, Ryan Elizabeth Keeley, was ordered to pay $14,000 restitution for her part in rigging a radio contest in 2007.  Charges against 14 others were dismissed.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I   Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times
  • 07/31/10 - Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver co-founder Paul Carson, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February, has successfully responded to treatments and is now scheduled for surgery.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/31/10 - An era ended in the Vancouver sports scene Thursday with the official announcement that former player Dave Tomlinson will replace veteran analyst Tom Larscheid on Team CKST AM 1040.  Gordon McIntyre, The Province
  • 07/30/10 - fun FM CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver has announced that Kelly Latremouille and Pam Stevens will be hosting mornings beginning August 16th.  Kelly was most recently hosting p.m. drive and Pam has been filling-in on Rogers Radio Vancouver stations.
  • 07/29/10 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has added The Wall Street Journal Radio Network to its programming.   All Access Music Group
  • 07/29/10 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 director of talk programming Stu Ferguson has been named "brand director", replacing PD Gerry O'Day, who continues on as morning host.  O'Day, who also operates Parachute Voice Tracking, was named music director and APD in 1992 and PD in 2005.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/29/10 - Veteran Vancouver sports broadcaster and analyst Tom Larscheid is retiring at age 70.  He was the color commentator on Vancouver hockey broadcasts for all but four NHL seasons since 1977.  He will work one final game with John Shorthouse on Team CKST AM 1040, the October 9 Canucks season-opener against Los Angeles, before being replaced by analyst Dave Tomlinson.  Ian MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun   Photos/Quotes
  • 07/27/10 - An advance copy of the August 2010 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.
  • 07/27/10 - There has been minimum ratings impact since veteran TV newscaster Tony Parsons joined the CBC British Columbia CBUT/2 Vancouver 5-6:30 p.m. news in April.  Harvey Oberfeld
  • 07/26/10 - Former CBC Vancouver host and producer Mike Poole died July 13 at his home in Halfmoon Bay, B.C.  He was 74.  He hosted Country Calendar on CBC Television in the mid-1960s, then as a freelancer produced, directed or wrote a number of CBC productions during the 1970s & 80s.   In the 1980s he directed several episodes of The Beachcombers and produced a number of films for The Nature of Things.  A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park.
  • 07/22/10 - KIRO-TV Seattle has installed a digital translator on Tumwater Hill to serve Olympia and surrounding areas.  It operates on channel 34 with 500 watts directional at 94 meters HAAT at 47-00-57 122-54-59.  It joins a number of others, filling in areas where signal was weak or lost following the digital switchover last year.  FCC info  KIRO-TV release  KIRO-TV translators
  • 07/21/10 - Sequim Community Broadcasting has applied to the FCC for an ERP increase for KSQM-FM 91.5 from .7 kW at -84 meters HAAT to 2.4 kW at -76 meters HAAT directional, and transmitter move from 48-04-30 123-11-32 to 48-05-1 123-15-57.  FCC data
  • 07/20/10 - The man who climbed the KIRO-TV Seattle transmission tower on Queen Anne Hill Thursday night has pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass.  53-year-old Joseph Anthony Pidgeon has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.  Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle P-I
  • 07/16/10 - An unidentified 53-year-old man climbed to the top of the 609 foot high KIRO-TV Seattle transmission tower on Queen Anne Hill Thursday night because "it was there".   Joshua Trujillo, Seattle P-I  Seattle Times  KIRO video/slide show
  • 07/16/10 - Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 moves into first place in the Arbitron June 2010 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.4 share.  Classic Hits KJR-FM 96.5 moves up to second with 5.2.  Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is third with 5.1.  Radio Online
  • 07/16/10 - Corus Entertainment is reportedly streamlining engineering departments across Canada, with transmitter maintenance being contracting out.  As a result, Corus Vancouver engineer Bob Brennert, who has been with CKNW AM 980 / CFMI-FM 101.1 since 1994 has left the building.   On another note, Corus Radio Vancouver GM J.J. Johnston will be moving to the GM position for Corus' Cornwall/Kingston/Peterborough Ontario radio operations effective in September.  He will be succeeded by Garry McKenzie, who is currently GM of Corus' Calgary cluster.
  • 07/16/10 - The CRTC has released an update on the transition to digital television in Canada.  CRTC Release  Regulatory Policy   Five Vancouver stations are already broadcasting digitally, with CBC French language CBUFT/26 and rimshot CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley yet to go.  Both Victoria TV stations are still broadcasting analog only.
  • 07/15/10 - The Wolf  KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz gets his own festival Fitz Fest scheduled for July 25 at Mountain View Plaza at Snoqualmie Casino.  All Access Music Group
  • 07/15/10 - Management veteran Ricky Tatum has been appointed market manager for the Bustos Media Seattle radio cluster.  He also oversees the company's group in Portland.  It was announced earlier that Bustos was being merged into NAP Broadcast Holdings pending FCC approval.  Radio Online
  • 07/15/10 - Canwest Global Communications has reported a solid return to profit in its third quarter results due to rising revenues in both its publishing and television operating segments.   Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver is among its numerous broadcast holdings.  Vancouver Sun  Meanwhile, Corus Entertainment reported a third quarter profit with an 83% jump in auto-related advertising in Vancouver.   Money
  • 07/15/10 - Retired KING-FM 98.1 Seattle music director Tom Olsen reflects on the future of the station as it moves to a listener-supported model in July 2011.  Feliks Banel, Crosscut.com
  • 07/13/10 - NBC London correspondent Dawna Friesen has been named to replace Kevin Newman as the anchor for Global National.   Acquired from ABC News, Newman had anchored the program from Vancouver from 2001-08, when it was moved to Ottawa.  Friesen debuts in September, as the suppertime newscast returns to Vancouver.  Linda Nguyen, Canwest News
  • 07/09/10 - TV news veteran Lisa LaFlamme will take over next year from Lloyd Robertson as the anchor of the CTV National News.  Robertson, who will stay on with CTV, will have anchored the newscast for 35 years when he steps down.  It's seen nightly at 11 on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  Vancouver Sun  CTV News
  • 07/08/10 - Vancouver market A2+ BBM PPM has been released for the period March 29 to June 27.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 continues its lead with a 13.9 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 9.2 and CHR CFBT-FM 94.5 is third with 7.3.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put CHQM-FM first with 362.6, CFBT-FM second with 362.1 and Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 third with 262.1.  BBM data
  • 07/07/10 -The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has found that there was no violation of any broadcast standards concerning the Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver 6:00 p.m. newscast of March 23, 2009.  A viewer had complained that the combination of the top three stories demonstrated an anti-police bias.  CBSC release
  • 07/07/10 - Rogers Communications Inc. president and CEO Nadir Mohamed and vice-chairman Phil Lind hint that the company would bid for the Vancouver Canucks radio broadcast rights, currently held by Team CKST AM 1040, when the time comes.  Matthew Sekeres and Rebecca Lindell, The Globe and Mail  Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/07/20 - Olympia market KGY-FM 96.9 has moved from its Real Country format to The Sound - Cool Classics; Hot Hits.
  • 07/06/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by Salt Spring Island Radio Corporation to decrease the maximum ERP for CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island from 970 to 700 watts with 215.6 meters HAAT.  The Commission notes that the new technical parameters reflect those established following construction of the transmission facilities.  CRTC decision
  • 07/03/10 - Former workmates of long-time Seattle overnight personality Big Jim Martin, who died June 26 at age 71, reflect on his radio days.  BlatherWatch
  • 07/03/10 - Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver talk show host David Pratt is pressing world famous talent agent Bruce Allen to get into local politics.  Jody Vance fills in this summer for sportscasters Karin Larsen and Shane Foxman on CBC British Columbia CBUT/2 Vancouver.  Here 'N' There, Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/02/10 - KIRO AM 710 Seattle adds two extra hours of local programming beginning August 9.  Veteran sports personality Dave Grosby moves into the midday slot.  KIRO release  Mike Seely, Seattle Weekly
  • 07/01/10 - An advance copy of the July 2010 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.
  • 07/01/10 - Bustos Media has filed to transfer its radio and television licenses to NAP Broadcast Holdings with Amador and John Bustos resigning as part of a merger agreement.  Interim CEO Jay Meyers confirms that no format changes are planned and station staffs will remain intact.  Bustos Media operates two stations in northwest Washington, KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma and KBTK AM 1210 Auburn-Federal Way.  Radio Ink
  • 06/30/10 - Two prominent figures retired today from their positions at CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  Director of engineering Vladimir Rybarczyk spearheaded the start-up of the station in 1997 as Vancouver Television.  "Vlad" and his team created a masterpiece of engineering for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.  Also retiring is reporter David Kincaid, who has been with CTV since 2004 and previously had been with the Vancouver Show and a news reporter at CKVU-TV/10 (now Citytv) Vancouver for nearly two decades.
  • 06/30/10 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor, and for several years executive director, George Gordon has found himself a new home as morning news anchor at CFRA AM 580 Ottawa.  He also takes on some coaching and mentoring duties.  He had worked at a number of stations in Ontario and Manitoba before joining News1130 in 1999.
  • 06/30/10 - Vancouver market Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 has backed away from its previous description of Prince George as "the armpit of B.C.'s interior" and moved to calling it "the jewel stone of B.C.’s interior" following defense of the city by two provincial cabinet ministers.  The station is sponsoring a trip for two to see Elton John there July 16.   Sarah Towle, CBC  Rebecca Lindell, Glove and Mail  Rock 101 info
  • 06/29/10 - CTV has been recognized with more awards than any broadcaster in the world at the 2010 Promax|BDA Awards Competition in Los Angeles.  The CTV Creative Agency’s promotion and design for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games was recognized with 36 awards.  CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver was recognized with North America Gold in the Public Service Announcement Local category for Vancouver Peace Summit.   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/29/10 - Vancouver market Joytv CHNU-TV/66 has appointed veteran broadcast executive Douglas Elphick to the position of general sales manager.  He was most recently director of national sales in western Canada for CTVglobemedia.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/28/10 - Veteran Vancouver talk show and travel host Dave Abbott was one of eight people inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame's Starwalk at a ceremony held at the Orpheum Theatre Sunday night.  Abbott has won a number of awards since he launched his career with CJOR in 1964.  The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame honors British Columbians who have made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry in Canada and abroad.  Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/28/10 (updated) - Long-time Seattle overnight personality Big Jim Martin died of a heart attack during surgery at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue Saturday (6/26) following complications from a recent gall bladder operation.  He was 71.  He had entertained at KJR, KING and KVI during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
  • 06/27/10 - On this day in 1956 Bill Haley & His Comets were brought to Kerrisdale Arena by Vancouver radio icon Jack Cullen.   Orchestra leaders of the day were not amused.  RadioWest history/photos  Meanwhile, two years later, the riot squad stood by as hysterical teenagers mobbed Ricky Nelson at Exhibition Gardens.  RadioWest history/photos
  • 06/27/10 - Seattle radio personality Earl Reilly has released According to Earl, a self-published memoir of his 60 years in the broadcasting business.   Jackson Holtz, HeraldNet
  • 06/26/10 - Pioneer CBC-TV Vancouver camera man Art Doig died unexpectedly on June 16 while visiting Canada from California.  He was 80.   He retired from television in the 1970s as the technical producer of CHAN-TV Vancouver and moved to California in 1977 to work in land development.  A private family remembrance was held in Canada.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/25/10 - Local broadcast history is being preserved by former CKNW and CTV British Columbia newsman Mike Cleaver.  He has been conducting interviews with some of the best known personalities, thereby preserving their voices and memories for all time.  To date, he has recorded 13 interviews, which can be heard here: Dave Abbott, Frosty Forst, Jolly John Tanner, John Ashbridge, Roy Hennessy, Wilf Ray, Bill Reiter, Dave Glasstetter, Red Robinson, Gordon Rose, Shushma Datt, Doc Harris and Cameron Bell.   Future interviews will be listed here.
  • 06/25/10 - A memorial service has been announced for former CBC Vancouver audio engineer Ken Berube who died May 2 at age 61.  It will be held Sunday afternoon, July 11th at Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver.  Ken's son, Lucas Berube requests that anyone wishing to attend contact him at lucas.berube@gmail.com.
  • 06/24/10 - After a year as PD at Vibe 98.5 CIBK-FM Calgary, Ceara Kavanagh returns to KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria in afternoon drive.  She had been MD/PD at KOOL before moving to Calgary last year.
  • 06/24/10 - After starting up about ten years ago, it appears that the L-band Eureka-147 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) system is ending in Canada.  Last week, CBC notified Industry Canada that it was shutting down its DAB transmitters.  CBC Vancouver engineering says that there were two transmitters operating locally, one at Metrotown in Burnaby, which has been shut down for about six months, and the other on Mount Seymour, which will be turned off soon.   Licenses also were issued to many private broadcasters, but many failed to get on the air.  Leslie Stimson, Radio World  NorthEast Radio Watch
  • 06/24/10 - A series of early Seattle radio and TV photos published on the Seattle P-I website can be viewed here.
  • 06/24/10 - PRC Tacoma has applied to the FCC to move the KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma transmitter from its current location of 47-18-14 122-23-43 to 47-32-53 122-48-23 directional.  ERP will decrease from 23 kW to 4.3 kW, but HAAT will increase from 223 to 582 meters.  A mutual application has been filed by Bellevue College to move KBCS-FM 91.3 Bellevue from 47-35-9 122-08-41 to 47-32-39 122-06-29 directional.  ERP will drop from 8 to 1.8 kW and HAAT will increase from 65 to 389 meters.  FCC application info:  KXOT-FM   KBCS-FM
  • 06/24/10 - Local talk radio continues in Seattle despite the newer ways to communicate....and PPM.  Feliks Banel, Seattle P-I
  • 06/23/10 - Yet another casualty at News1130 CKWX Vancouver, as midday web editor/writer/reporter Mike Hanafin was released due to further "restructuring".  He had been with the station since 2005.
  • 06/23/10 - An Ontario court today approved the sale of Canwest Global Communications Corp.’s television assets to Shaw Communications Inc.  The court approval is a major step toward Canwest's broadcast division emerging from restructuring but still needs CRTC and Competition Bureau approval.  One of Canwest's strongest OTA assets is Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver, with its network of rebroadcast stations throughout British Columbia.  Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post
  • 06/23/10 - The door continues to revolve at Rogers Radio Vancouver as morning host Scott Miller has been dismissed from fun-FM CFUN-FM 104.9.  Scott has worked at major stations on both sides of the border, including in the Windsor/Detroit and Chicago markets.  Meanwhile, former Rogers Radio personality Pam Stevens has been filling in for afternoon host Kelly Latremouille this week.  She is scheduled to fill in for morning hosts Larry & Willy on JACK fm CKLG-FM 96.9 later in July and August.
  • 06/22/10 - Shore CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver involves itself in the community as it sponsors its second Vancouver Adapted Music Society video.  The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 announces the top 20 finalists in its 2010 Seeds competition.  Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 06/22/10 - Seth "Lobo" Hughes moves to afternoon drive at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle.  He had previously worked for The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7.
  • 06/21/10 - The Coast CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons has moved to a classic hits format for the summer.  Station owner Bob Morris made the announcement at noon today.  Also introduced are long music sets every hour and all-music hours weekdays at 9 a.m. and noon.
  • 06/21/10 - Former p.m. drive host Curtis Pope has moved to morning drive at Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford following the recent release of Steve Fanning, who had hosted the show since 2006.  Curtis was the BC Country Music Association On-Air Personality of the Year Award winner for 2008 & 09.
  • 06/21/10 - KOMO-TV Seattle sports director and 5 p.m. news anchor Eric Johnson will receive his second national Edward R. Murrow Award October 11 in New York City.  It is one of 89 national awards given by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) to honor the country’s most outstanding news, sports and feature coverage.  AFTRA info
  • 06/20/10 - Northwest Public Radio made its debut on KVTI-FM 90.9 Tacoma shortly after 4 p.m. today.  The 51,000 watt signal is owned by Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood and through an agreement, NWPR will manage the station with NPR and classical programming.  The signal covers approximately 2 million potential listeners, primarily in Tacoma, Olympia and South King County, effectively doubling the population broadcast footprint of NWPR with a near statewide public radio broadcasting service.
  • 06/18/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by CTVglobemedia to operate its CIVT-TV Vancouver digital TV transmitter on channel 32 with a maximum ERP of 33,000 watts at 740.3 meters HAAT.   CIVT-DT is currently operating on channel 33 with 12,600 watts.  The Canadian digital TV switchover is scheduled for August 31, 2011.  CRTC decision 
  • 06/18/10 - Dr. Demento will be featuring a tribute to Robert O. Smith and playing some of his songs on his Saturday (06/19) program, which can be heard streamed at his website.  The multi-voiced Robert O, who had worked at KJR, KOL, KVI and KIXI-FM Seattle; KTAC Tacoma; CFMI-FM and CISL Vancouver and CKMA Abbotsford died May 30 at age 67.
  • 06/18/10 - KVTI-FM 90.9 Tacoma signed off Wednesday night at midnight, ending a long run at Clover Park Technical College.  CPTC announced earlier it would end its Radio Broadcaster program.  Starting Monday, June 22nd, 90.9 will return to the air as part of Northwest Public Radio operated by Washington State University, broadcasting classical music and NPR news.  Backgrounder
  • 06/17/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues its lead in the Arbitron May 2010 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.5 share.   Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 is second with 5.3.   Variety hits KJAQ-FM 96.5 and country KKWF-FM 100.7 are tied for third with 4.8.  Radio Online
  • 06/17/10 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 talk show producers have the job of screening out the political party plants, particularly on hot-button issues.  Ethan Baron, The Province
  • 06/15/10 - 660News CFFR AM Calgary reporter/anchor Tanya Fletcher will be starting with News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver in early July after accepting the position of weekend managing editor.   Another new hire and already on air at News1130 is Travis Goodman for morning traffic.  He was most recently at All Traffic CJMJ AM 730 Vancouver.
  • 06/16/10 - Larry Sharp has been named program director for KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham.  He was previously PD at stations in California and at KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle.  All Access Music Group
  • 06/15/10 - Canwest Television has applied to the CRTC to add a post-transition digital transmitter for CHAN-TV Vancouver.  It is operate on channel 22 with a maximum ERP of 40,000 watts at 656 meters HAAT.  CHAN-DT is currently operating on channel 22 with a maximum ERP of 8,300 watts.  This application indicates that CHAN will not return to its channel 8 analog assignment after the digital transition scheduled for August 2011.  CRTC info
  • 06/14/10 - Award winning former KING-TV Seattle political reporter Rober Mak returns to the station June 21 to host the long-running public affairs show Up Front.  KING-TV release  Jim Brunner, Seattle Times  Seattle Times backgrounder
  • 06/14/10 - Press Communications has filed a reply with the FCC arguing that the power increase for HD Radio, recently approved by the Commission, will severely impact adjacent and co-channel analog stations.  30 FM and 4 AM stations in northwest Washington are currently broadcasting HD.   All Access Music Group  FCC submission   Meanwhile, a group of 18 broadcasters has reiterated their support for the HD power-up.  Radio Ink
  • 06/14/10 - CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein warns of a crisis, as many Canadian television stations aren't prepared for the digital switch-over scheduled for August 2011.  So far only five of southwest British Columbia's ten TV stations are transmitting digital signals.  Cassandra Szklarski, Globe and Mail  Mediacaster Magazine
  • 06/12/10 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC have entered into an on-air promotion involving the current FIFA World Cup of Soccer as the team looks for a broadcast home.  The Sunday night soccer show with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago expands to Monday-through-Friday on Team 1040 CKST AM through the duration of the World Cup.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/11/10 - Rogers Radio Vancouver has let News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver sports anchor Chad Dey go after telling him there was a change of direction.  Chad joined News1130 a year ago after two years as news/sports anchor with CKWL/CFFM-FM Williams Lake.
  • 06/11/10 - FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn supports the use of TV channels 5 and 6 for LPFM, expanded NCE use, and AM broadcasting.  In this area, KING-TV Seattle vacated channel 5 early last summer following the digital TV transition in the U.S. and CHEK-TV Victoria will likely vacate channel 6 following the Canadian TV digital transition scheduled for August 31, 2011.  RBR.com
  • 06/11/10 - Vancouver market A2+ BBM PPM has been released for the period March 1 to May 30.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 leads with a 14.3 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 9.1 and CHR CFBT-FM 94.5 is third with 6.9.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put CHQM-FM first with 352.1, CFBT-FM second with 350.9 and CKNW third with 264.3.  BBM data  David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/11/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Alpha & Omega Broadcasting for a new station at Granite Falls.  It is to operate on 91.5 MHz with an ERP of 17 watts at 358 meters HAAT at 48-08-11 121-58-53.   FCC details
  • 06/10/10 - The CRTC has administratively approved by letter decision, a one year time extension until May 31, 2011, for CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody to begin operation.  On May 30, 2008 the Commission approved an application by Matthew Gordon McBride to operate a new Triple A format FM station to serve the tri-city area .  Original CRTC approval (items 49-53 & 55)
  • 06/09/10 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that there was no abusive comment violation in a segment broadcast on the Kid Carson Show on The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver on March 9, 2009.  CBSC release
  • 06/09/10 - A proposal for a new studio by KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle is among several to replace the Fun Forest site at Seattle Center.  Chris Grygiel, Seattle P-I  Emily Heffter, Seattle Times
  • 06/08/10 - There has been another release at Rogers Radio in the Lower Mainland.  This time it is anchor/reporter Kate Foreman from Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford.  She had been with Rogers since 2003, prior to 2008 as an editor/writer/reporter at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver.
  • 06/07/10 - The FCC has advised that on May 27 the U.S. Census Bureau permanently ceased operation of its Tiger Mapping Service.  The Commission is exploring alternatives.  Links to these maps on the NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS listing pages are dead as a result.
  • 06/07/10 - After launching only four months ago, Hit Parade Radio, the oldies network that featured personalities including former KJR Seattle superjock Larry Lujack has gone dark due to a lack of funding.  Inside Radio
  • 06/07/10 - RTNDA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists has announced its awards for the best in electronic journalism in the B.C. region for 2009.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/05/10 - BCIT journalism grads Ryan Sullivan and Adam Forsythe recently have been hired by News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver for news and sports.  After 12 years with Sportstalk on CKNW AM 980, producer/announcer Bob Addison went to NBC during the 2010 Olympics but has since listed himself on the free-agent market.  Greg Douglas' Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/04/10 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news reporter and current CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 reporter Stephen Smart has accepted a position as CBC's new legislative reporter in Victoria.  He starts in a couple of weeks.
  • 06/04/10 - Rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame DJ Red Robinson recalls his first car purchased before he had his license -- a new 1957 Ford Sunliner convertible.  It was torch red with a white top and matching interior along with special Thunderbird motor with dual exhausts, fender skirts and rear deck antenna.  Alyn Edwards, Vancouver Sun  Backgrounder and video
  • 06/04/10 - Veteran radio/TV broadcaster Terry David Mulligan, who currently hosts The Tasting Room, is visiting a number of eating establishments on the west coast of Vancouver Island.   Stefania Seccia, Westerly News
  • 06/04/10 - Pete Gammell has been appointed to the newly-created position of news director for the Bonneville Seattle Media Group, to oversee all news gathering and news content across each Bonneville Seattle radio outlet and digital media channel.  He was most recently content manager for MyNorthwest.com.  Bonneville release
  • 06/04/10 - A celebration of life was held yesterday in Edmonton for pioneer western Canadian broadcaster Lew Roskin, who died December 26 in the Alberta city at age 89.  Although most of his career, which began in Lethbridge in 1937, was in Alberta, he served as GM of CKLG Vancouver from 1961-65.  Edmonton Broadcasters backgrounder
  • 06/04/10 - CBC regional director of broadcasting Johnny Michel, the man responsible for the news swap deal with CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and the signing of veteran news anchor Tony Parsons, is talking about hiring two more well-known male journalists.  Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/02/10 - The latest Spring 2010 BBM 12+ ratings for Victoria put CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 in first with a 12.6 share, News/Talk CFAX AM 1070 is second with 12.3 and The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 is third with 9.5.  BBM Canadian station diary ratings
  • 06/02/10 - "A" CIVI-TV/53 Victoria senior news anchor and news director Hudson Mack gets punked with a $100 driving too slow ticket at the annual Bike To Work Week Commuter Challenge.   Jack Knox, Times Colonist
  • 06/01/10 - Vancouver and Seattle superjock and championship weight lifter Robert O. Smith died May 30th from pancreatic and liver cancer.  He was 67.  With his numerous voices, he had entertained at such notable stations as KJR, KOL, KVI and KIXI-FM Seattle; KTAC Tacoma; CFMI-FM and CISL Vancouver and CKMA Abbotsford.  He was reported to have requested cremation and a celebration of life among his closest friends, with no public memorial.   1971 KOL and 1994 CKMA Radio Max airchecks courtesy RadioWest  Thorndike Pickledish Blog  PR Log
  • 06/01/10 - Vancouver-based SoMedia Networks and CHEK-TV/6 Victoria have formed a new partnership to provide on-demand, local news coverage through SoMedia's network of Web-enabled videographers across the province.  It coincides with the launch of BBN3 News Service, a broadband news network of websites and videographers across North America, expanding CHEK's newsgathering to areas it couldn't otherwise reach.  Mediacaster Magazine
  • 05/30/10 - An advance copy of the June 2010 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.
  • 05/29/10 - Following his sign-off for the last time Friday, KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning co-host Gregg Hersholt reflects on his days at the station.  Linda Thomas, MyNorthwest.com
  • 05/28/10 - CHEK-TV/6 Victoria news anchor Tess van Straaten is one of eight celebrity dancers taking part Saturday in the Stars on Stage competition, a benefit for Dance Victoria.  Grania Litwin, Times Colonist
  • 05/28/10 - The CBC has entered into another agreement.  This time it's with the National Post to allow advertisers to use each media company’s platforms.  In February the CBC and Post teamed up to deliver coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and in April the Corporation entered into a “news sharing agreement” with CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post
  • 05/28/10 - Rogers Broadcasting Limited has applied to the CRTC to move its transitional digital transmitter CHNM-DT-1/54 Victoria from its previously authorized location at Mount MacDonald to Camosack Manor in downtown Victoria on channel 29.  The new station would operate with a maximum ERP of 2750 watts at 99.6 meters HAAT.  Rogers also requests authority to cease operation of its analog transmitter CHNM-TV-1/29 Victoria when the new digital transmitter signs on.  CRTC info
  • 05/27/10 - KPLU-FM 88.5 Tacoma chief engineer Lowell Kiesow isn't optimistic about the continued over-the-air reception of the station in the BC Lower Mainland after the sign-on of recently approved CBC Vancouver translator CBU-1-FM 88.5 Abbotsford.  However, CBC transmission engineeer Dave Newbury tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that the transmitter will be located west of Abbotsford, with most of its signal directed toward the east.  This should minimize interference in the southwest corner of the province.  A date for the CBC sign-on is not yet established.  KPLU is also carried on Shaw Cable.  CRTC decision 
  • 05/27/10 - KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria afternoon drive host Scott McGregor is leaving June 25th.  Reports indicate he is getting married and moving back to Lethbridge AB.  He previously hosted p.m. drive at Rock 106 CJRX-FM 106.7 Lethbridge.
  • 05/27/10 - Alan Davis, a principal with Revitalization Partners, assigned to temporarily control Seattle-based New Northwest Broadcasters says it is business as usual at the company's stations.  He adds that it is highly unlikely that any of Northwest's stations would be closed down if sold.  New Northwest owns 31 AM and FM stations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, but none within the immediate scope of this website.  Pat Muir, Yakima Herald-Republic
  • 05/26/10 - Long-time Vancouver talk show host Dave Abbott is one of seven new inductees into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame at the Orpheum in downtown Vancouver.  Inaugurated in 1994, the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame honors British Columbians who have made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry locally, in Canada and abroad.   Abbott has won a number of awards including Best Current Affairs & Entertainment Show in 1989 and the TV Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Current Affairs Host in both 1989 and '93.  The awards will be presented on June 27.   BC Entertainment Hall of Fame News
  • 05/26/10 - The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria PD and midday host Sara P Parker leaves the station at the end of June to help start a new station in Edmonton.   She was named the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Young Broadcaster of the Year in late March.  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
  • 05/26/10 - Vancouver-based Destiny Media Technologies is rolling out its secure digital content distribution system, known as Play MPE, to radio stations and broadcasters across Canada.  Play MPE is a solution for content owners to securely deliver audio and other media to authorized recipients via the Internet.  Mediacaster Magazine
  • 05/26/10 - When KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning co-host Gregg Hersholt signs off for the last time at 9 a.m. Friday, he will have beaten his grandfather Jean’s tenure on the KIRO radio airwaves by nine years.  Feliks Banel, Crosscut.com
  • 05/25/10 - Long-time CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver anchor/reporter Renu Bakshi has left the station where she had worked since 1997.   She had recently taken on weekend anchoring duties in addition to reporting.   Family illness is reported as one of the main reasons for her departure.  CIVICSCENE.ca
  • 05/25/10 - As reported here in early February, Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson is donating much of his memorabilia to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.  As part of the collection, he would like to purchase CJOR, CKWX and CFUN microphone "flashes" or "flags".  If you have one and awould like it to go to The Hall, Red can be contacted at red@redrobinson.com.  He was one of the six original rock and roll DJs to be inducted.  He continues to host the Rock and Roll Diner Saturdays on Fun FM CFUN-FM 104.9.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun backgrounder
  • 05/24/10 - Former Vancouver radio and club DJ Ken Allan joonyer, who most recently held down p.m. drive at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna has been hired for weekends at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver.  The appointment follows two weekend afternoon fill-in shifts.
  • 05/23/10 - Widely-traveled CBC Vancouver sound technician Norm Rosen died May 18 following a heart attack.  He was 76.  He joined the staff of CBC Vancouver in May 1958 and was involved in film sound and later electronic field production recording, retiring in 1991.  A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27 at Trinity Baptist Church, 1460 West 49th Ave., Vancouver.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 05/22/10 - B.C. Lions president Dennis Skulsky hints of a possible shift from Team 1410 CFTE AM Vancouver to another station, as the CFL team heads into its final season of a five-year contract.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/22/10 - Effective May 28, morning co-host Gregg Hersholt is leaving KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle after 25 years.  All Access Music Group
  • 05/22/10 - Cascade Radio Group has said "so long and thanks" to KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham PD Carol Dooley.  She lands the PD position at Nova 100 in Dublin, Ireland.  KISM blog  Nova info
  • 05/21/10 - A KIXI tribute to 60-year radio veteran Bob Liddle, who died Wednesday at age 88, can be heard here.   Craig Welch, Seattle Times obituary
  • 05/21/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by UFV Campus and Community Radio Society to move CIVL-FM 88.5 Abbotsford to 101.7 MHz with an increase in maximum ERP from 300 watts to 550 watts directional, decrease in HAAT from 336.8 to 121 meters and by moving the antenna to 49-04-03 122-24-15.   CRTC decision   In addition, The Commission has approved an application by the CBC to move its CBU-1-FM/101.7 Abbotsford transmitter to 88.5 MHz with an increase in maximum ERP from 316 to 6,000 watts directional, decrease in HAAT from 150.4 to 121.2 meters and by moving the antenna to the same location as above.  CRTC decision
  • 05/20/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues its lead in the Arbitron April 2010 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.9 share.  Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 is second with 5.3 and Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 climbs into third with 4.9.  Radio Online
  • 05/20/10 - Long time Seattle market KIXI AM 880 host Bob Liddle died yesterday morning (05/19) at age 88.  After positions in Spokane and Portland, he began at KIXI in 1961, where he stayed until his official retirement in 2001.  He continued to host Sunday Brunch until February 12, 2006.  His wishes were for no public service or memorial, which is in keeping with his professional attitude of not wanting to "hog the spotlight".  KIXI obituary  Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I backgrounder
  • 05/19/10 - Seattle-based New Northwest Broadcasters is being placed in receivership in a Washington State court procedure similar to a Chapter 11 filing.   New Northwest owns 31 AM and FM stations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, but none within the immediate scope of this website.  All Access Music Group
  • 05/19/10 - After 10 years as artistic director of Kaleidoscope Theatre, Leslie Bland is retiring later this year to start up a Victoria-based film and television production company.  He has entered into a production partnership with CHEK-TV/6 Victoria to develop local content using local talent for first broadcast on CHEK and then on secondary markets nationally and in the U.S.  Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist
  • 05/19/10 - Vista Radio has announced that BCIT graduate Christopher Newton will handle mornings and community relations at The Port CFNI AM 1240 Port Hardy.  After experience in Saskatchewan and in the U.S., Mark Nicholls moves to Sun FM CFPW-FM 95.7 Powell River as APD and morning host.  Also added is Columbia Academy graduate and Duncan native Jason Hatton, most recently at Sun FM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan.  Crystal Scriven joins the Vista Coast Group news team, gathering news across the North Island.
  • 05/18/10 - Jeff "The Fish" Aaron, who was cut from his local sports talk program at KRKO AM 1380 Everett earlier this month, returns to the airwaves this coming weekend.   Sports Saturday with Jeff Aaron debuts Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KJR AM 950 Seattle.  Kristi O'Harran, HeraldNet backgrounder
  • 05/18/10 - Funeral services have been announced for former CFAX Victoria owner Clare Copeland, who died May 14.  His wife, Barbara predeceased him on March 18.  Prior to owning and turning CFAX into a very successful venture, he had served as sales manager at CKWX Vancouver.  A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, May 21 at Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Avenue, Victoria from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Times-Colonist obituary
  • 05/17/10 - Former CFAX Victoria owner and Copeland Communications co-founder Clare Copeland died Friday, May 14 in Victoria following a short illness.  He was 85.  He was the owner of CFAX from 1963-74.  A funeral will be held at the Victoria Golf Club on Friday at 11 a.m.  Cindy E. Harnett, Times-Colonist
  • 05/17/10 - A number of changes at Corus Radio Vancouver as producer Craig Sorochan has left CKNW AM 980 and is replaced by Liza Yuzda from iNews CHQT AM 880 Edmonton; news/reception/remotes Sonia Laschuk moves to Vancouver Island; Charis Hogg is leaving The Fox CFOX-FM 99.3 morning show and is moving to Saskatchewan; new names in the newsroom are Doug Herbert and Devon Taylor, who also will be producing; well known TV/radio host Simi Sara has been doing talk show fill-in work on 'NW; and former Vancouver broadcaster and club DJ Ken Allan joonyer has filled in the last couple of weekends on Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1. 
  • 05/17/10 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KSUH AM 1450 Puyallup and KWYZ AM 1230 Everett from Radio Hankook, Inc, to Jean J. Suh.
  • 05/17/10 - CFUV-FM 101.9 Victoria and CITR-FM 101.9 Vancouver are among 20 campus and community radio stations to receive funding under the Youth Internship Program, an initiative of the Community Radio Fund of Canada.   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/17/10 - Global National anchor Kevin Newman discusses the reasons he is stepping down from his position this coming August.  He has anchored Global's national suppertime newscast since 2001.  It originated in Vancouver from 2001-08 before relocating to Ottawa.  Karen Mazurkewich, Financial Post
  • 05/16/10 - K24IC-D Bellingham launched yesterday, rebroadcasting the HD 1080i PBS programming of KBTC-TV Tacoma to over the air viewers in the NW corner of WA and SW corner of BC.  It is licensed to Venture Technologies Group and is authorized to operate on channel 24 (displays as 28.1) with an ERP of 15 kW at 760 meters HAAT at 48-40-46 122-50-31 (Mt. Constitution, Orcas Island).  In addition to bringing OTA PBS to the area, it provides the programming of MHz World View in SD on channel 28.2.  FCC data
  • 05/15/10 - Former Vancouver Sun and Province sports columnist Jim Taylor, who has been a sports contributor on several local radio stations over the years, is recovering in Lions Gate Hospital from back problems.  Long time Vancouver sports and play-by-play announcer J. Paul McConnell will be the guest on Sunday's CKNW AM 980 Sportstalk Weekend in the first hour between 9 and 10 p.m.  Greg Douglas' Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/14/10 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver has announced that Treena Wood is now news director, Ann Schmaltz is in charge of the sports department and Richard Dettman is the sole business anchor.  In addition, Dan Burritt joins from CKNW AM 980 as a reporter, effective May 26.  The announcement follows the release of four on-air people earlier this week.
  • 05/14/10 - Fallout continues at Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV as senior assignment editor Cheri Mossburg has been fired following the resignation of news director Steve Kraycik.  The FOX network station also has been condemned by a local Latino group after it delayed airing a videotape of two officers abusing a robbery suspect.  Maureen O'Hagan, Seattle Times  Linda Thomas, KIRO
  • 05/14/10 - A video of the presentations at the BCAB 63rd Annual Conference held in Victoria May 5-7 can be viewed at YouTube.   The 2011 Conference is scheduled for Kelowna on May 11-13.
  • 05/13/10 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV news director Steve Kraycik has resigned.  His departure follows his apology for taking too long to air a video of suspected police brutality.   Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 05/13/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has opened a new exhibit, Fisher Communications: A Century of Service and Innovation in the Knight Gallery at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), running through September 6.  The exhibit encompasses the beginning in 1910 when Fisher started as a flour mill company, entry into the radio broadcast business in 1926, the first broadcast on KOMO-TV in 1953 and continues into the present.  Fisher release
  • 05/13/10 - The FCC has approved an application by Aberdeen School District #5 for a minor transmitter location change for KAHS-LP 106.5 Aberdeen and a power increase to 4.5 kW for KLWA-FM 101.3 Westport.  KAHS data  KLWA data.  The Commission has dismissed an application by Snoqualmie Educational Radio Project to move KBSG-LP 104.5 Fall City to 104.9.  FCC data
  • 05/13/10 - Before going into radio, North Vancouver's Terry David Mulligan started his career as a Mountie in Red Deer, AB.  He currently hosts Mulligan Stew on CKUA-FM Edmonton and The Tasting Room on stations in the Okanagan.  John P. McLaughlin, The Province
  • 05/12/10 - Three more on-air people were let go from News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver today.  They are morning business editor Russ Byth, reporter Jim Goddard and traffic reporter Kim Larsson (spelled Larsen on the station's website).  All three are veterans, having served with News1130 since 1996.
  • 05/11/10 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver news anchor Don Lehn has left his position at Rogers Radio.  He had been anchor, technical director, desk reporter and writer at News1130 and fill-in news on Rogers' other Vancouver stations since 2006.
  • 05/11/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that its annual meeting of shareholders will be webcast live beginning Wednesday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PT via the Fisher Communications website.  Fisher release
  • 05/10/10 - Retired CBC Vancouver audio engineer Ken Berube died May 2.  He was 61.  He is best remembered for the many years he spent doing audio on mobile sports' broadcasts such as CFL Football, NHL Hockey, numerous skiing events and the The Molson Indy.   There will be a celebration of life after the Stanley Cup finals.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 05/08/10 - Seattle market Q13 KCPQ-TV hesitates to air video of two police officers kicking a man they mistakenly suspected of armed robbery, as KIRO-TV and others run with it.  Maureen O'Hagan, Seattle Times
  • 05/07/10 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver anchor Tammy Moyer is returning to the station to co-anchor p.m. drive with Jim Bennie starting next Monday.   She was most recently handling news for CFQR-FM Montreal.
  • 05/06/10 - Salt Spring Island Radio Corporation has applied to the CRTC to lower the maximum ERP for CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island from 970 to 700 watts at 215.6 meters HAAT.  CRTC info  CRTC correction
  • 05/05/10 - Dan Austin has been named the new director of sales for the CBS Radio Seattle four station cluster.  He was most recently market manager for Citadel's Syracuse, NY stations.  He is scheduled to start May 24.  Radio Ink
  • 05/05/10 - The CRTC has approved the transfer of assets of CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River from Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities (PRMCP) to Powell River Community Radio Society.  CRTC decision  Jump Radio had earlier moved to prerecorded instead of live programming.  Paul Galinski, Peak Online
  • 05/03/10 - In an economy-forced move, Jeff “The Fish” Aaron has been cut from his local sports talk program at KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  Aaron moved there from KJR AM 950 Seattle eight years ago.  Kristi O'Harran, HeraldNet
  • 05/03/10 - New Jersey broadcast engineer/consultant Richard F. Arsenault has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC requesting a ten-fold daytime power increase for AM radio stations to overcome increased interference from new technologies.  Details
  • 05/03/10 - Calgary-based Shaw Communications says it has come to an agreement to buy all of the television assets of Canwest Global Communications Corp.  The $2 billion deal still requires approval from a number of regulatory agencies.  One of Canwest's strongest OTA assets is Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, with its network of rebroadcast stations throughout British Columbia.  Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post  
  • 05/02/10 - Seattle radio historian Feliks Banel writes about the Seattle broadcasters' lunch, which followed a similar event in Vancouver six days earlier.  I Still Love Radio Blog
  • 05/01/10 - An advance copy of the May 2010 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.
  • 05/01/10 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news reader and veteran Canucks PA announcer John Ashbridge looks forward to being at the mike for a Stanley Cup win.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/30/10 - Global National anchor and executive producer Kevin Newman is leaving his positions with the network effective August 20.  He has anchored the national suppertime newscast since its inception in 2001.  It originated in Global's Vancouver studios (CHAN-TV/8) until it was moved to Ottawa in early 2008.  Newman has previously held positions with CBC, CTV and ABC.  Global News  Vancouver Sun
  • 04/29/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports its financial results for the first quarter 2010 with increased television revenue and a narrowing of net losses.   Fisher Release
  • 04/29/10 - After five years with KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle, operations coordinator/midday host Ryan "Big Daddy" Nelson has left the station.  All Access Music Group
  • 04/29/10 - Broadcaster and historian Chuck Davis writes about the recent Radio Performers Membership lunch held in Vancouver April 20.   KnowBC Blog
  • 04/27/10 - A public memorial service for TV meteorologist Harry Wappler will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday April 29 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island.  The former KIRO-TV Seattle weathercaster died April 21 at age 73.  Craig Hill, News Tribune
  • 04/23/10 - To celebrate Earth Day 2010 yesterday, The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz sent his street crew to Monroe to pick up trash and return it taped to themselves as Earth Day art.  Wolf video
  • 04/22/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues its lead in the Arbitron March 2010 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.3 share.  Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 climbs to second with 5.3 and CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 is third with 4.6.   Radio Online
  • 04/22/10 - CTVglobemedia has applied to the CRTC to move its CIVT-DT Vancouver digital TV transmitter (post transition), now operating on channel 33, to channel 32, which is its current analog assignment.  The new digital transmitter would operate from the existing CIVT tower with a maximum ERP of 33,000 watts at 740.3 meters HAAT.  The deadline for digital transition is August 31, 2011.  CRTC info
  • 04/21/10 - Former KIRO-TV Seattle weathercaster Harry Wappler died today at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.  He was 73.   Except for a three-year stint in New York, Wappler forecast weather in Seattle for over three decades, retiring in 2002.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.  KIRO will air a special tribute at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.  KIRO-TV  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I   Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times  1975 J.P. Patches/Harry Wappler video
  • 04/20/10 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Northwest Indy Radio for KGHI-FM 91.5 Westport to increase ERP to 1.9 kW non-directional at 19 meters HAAT at 46-55-11 123-57-14.  FCC data
  • 04/20/10 - Vancouver-based Sparknet Communications, in alliance with London-based United Radio Consultants’ operations in India, are seeking to create their own “JACK FM-style” programming for the Indian market.  Sparknet release
  • 04/19/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications will report its first quarter 2010 financial results before the market opens on April 29.  A quarterly conference call to discuss the results is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT.  Fisher release
  • 04/17/10 - Ron Robinson is being inducted into the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Broadcast and Journalism Hall of Fame.  He produced Mounties baseball broadcasts on CKWX in the 1960s with road games "reconstructed" from a teletype feed, while the actual broadcast originated from the station's Vancouver studio.  Ron will be on Canadians Gameday with Rob Fai on Team CKST AM 1040 Sunday at noon.  End Zone, Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/17/10 - The sold-out Friends of Paul Carson fundraiser was held last night at Republic in Vancouver to support him in his battle with cancer.  Paul helped found Team CKST AM 1040 nine years ago.  Team 1040 info  Scene and Heard, Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/15/10 - The Team Radio CFTE AM 1410 Vancouver morning show with Karen Thomson and Joe Leary is being replaced by Mike and Mike in the Morning from ESPN.  Karen continues with morning sports updates on both 1410 and sister station CKST AM 1040.  Joe will be doing fill in work.
  • 04/15/10 - The FCC has authorized a power upgrade for HD Radio effective May 10.  Most FM stations will be permitted to increase digital power by giving notice to the Commission within 10 days of the increase.  Radio Ink   In Northwest Washington, 29 FM stations are currently transmitting an HD signal.   HD list
  • 04/15/10 - CHEK-TV/6 Victoria will simulcast CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada during round one of the NHL playoff series between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings beginning tonight at 7.  It's the first NHL hockey to be broadcast on CHEK in a decade and is the result of a new relationship between CHEK and CBC.
  • 04/12/10 - The news sharing agreement between CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and CBC Television has gone a major step further with the announcment today that veteran anchor Tony Parsons will host the 5-6:30 p.m. news on CBUT/2 Vancouver.  Under the new agreement, he will continue to appear at 10 p.m. on the CHEK late-night Vancouver Island newscast.  Alex G. Tsakumis  CBC News  CBC interview audio  Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/12/10 - Committee chair William Samples presented veteran Vancouver broadcaster and multi-media actor Bill Reiter with the 2009 Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony held Friday, April 9 at Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver.  The Sam Payne Awards were established in 1984 to recognize professional performers who display humanity, artistic integrity and encouragement of young talent, named in honor of one of Canada’s most respected professional actors.  Northwest Broadcasters photos  Tom Hawthorn, Globe and Mail
  • 04/10/10 - Veteran CBC television journalist Ian Hanomansing anchored his final suppertime newscast on CBUT/2 Vancouver Thursday.  Along with Duncan McCue, he moves to The National as a regular West Coast contributor.  Dana Lacey, Canadian Journalism Project 
  • 04/09/10 - Vancouver market 2+ BBM PPM has been released for the period Dec. 28/09 to Mar. 28/10.  News/Talk CKNW AM 980 leads with a 13.7 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 9.4 and Jack CKLG-FM 96.9 is third with 6.7.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put CHQM-FM first with 337.1, CHR CFBT-FM 94.5 second with 325.6 and CKNW third with 263.7.  BBM data
  • 04/08/10 - Dave Grosby, whose last program on KJR AM 950 Seattle was last Monday, will sell advertising for Seattle U broadcasts while waiting out a non-compete clause before joining KIRO AM 710 in August.  Jim Moore, Seattle PI
  • 04/08/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by UCFV Campus and Community Radio Society for an extension to September 6, 2010 to sign on its new community-based campus FM station in Abbotsford.   The extension was requested in order to pursue a frequency swap with the CBC between CIVL-FM 88.5 and CBU-1-FM 101.7 Abbotsford.  CRTC decision
  • 04/07/10 - Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc. has applied to the FCC to move KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend to Cosmopolis at 107.3 MHz with a transmitter location change from 46-41-44 123-46-17 to 46-56-0 123-43-57.  If approved, ERP will increase from 790 watts directional to 3700 watts non-directional with a reduction in HAAT from 276 to 114 meters.  FCC data
  • 04/07/10 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle is the recipient of eleven Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.  RTDNA release  winners/audio
  • 04/07/10 - Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement says he doesn't want delays in the transition from analog to digital TV, like the delay in the US last year, despite warnings from networks and consumer advocates that the country is not ready for it.  The networks have said that they cannot afford the transition of all their towers based on the current deadline of August 31, 2011.  Five Vancouver stations are already transmitting digital signals.  Jennifer Ditchburn, Globe and Mail
  • 04/07/10 - The FCC has dismissed a minor change to licensed facilities application by Dry Creek Community Broadcasting to move KAPY-LP 95.5 Port Angeles to 105.7 MHz.  FCC info
  • 04/06/10 - KVTI-FM 90.9 Tacoma will change format and management effective June 1 under a new partnership between Clover Park Technical College, Washington State University and Northwest Public Radio.  The new format will be classical music and NWPR news with variety programming on weekends.  Ben Sclair, Suburban Times
  • 04/06/10 - CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver provides agency, management and recording guidance when a band wins its CFOX Seeds competition.  Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 04/05/10 - Pat Cardinal has been appointed Alberta program manager for Newcap Radio.   He was on air at Vancouver stations in the late 1980s and returned to program Rogers Radio Vancouver stations in 2002 and '03.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 04/06/10 - Brittany King moves back to her home town to host middays at KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria from morning drive at Sun FM CFPW-FM 95.7 Powell River.  She starts Tuesday morning.
  • 04/05/10 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle radio host Dave Ross and local restaurateur Tom Douglas have saved the city's Fourth of July fireworks by collecting $500,000 from local businesses.  Seattle Times  Radio Online
  • 04/03/10 - Long-time Seattle sports talk host Dave Grosby leaves KJR AM 950, likely heading to 710 ESPN KIRO AM.   Bob Condotta, Seattle Times  Greg Johns, Seattle P-I
  • 04/03/10 - "One-man commercial machine", Bill Reiter receives his 2009 Sam Payne Award next Friday.   He has voiced thousands of radio and TV spots in Vancouver, Seattle, the Prairies and Toronto.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/03/10 - BCIT associate dean of broadcast, Brian Antonson, says farewell after 25 years.  During his term, 4000 students went through the classes, including an impressive number of well known sports broadcasters.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/02/10 - CHEK-TV/6 Victoria has entered into a “news sharing agreement” with CBC Television, giving access to each other's content.  Jason Youmans, Monday Magazine
  • 03/31/10 - Ken Zakreski, a director with the Gabriola Radio Society, said a lack of funds may make it difficult for the society to reapply for a community station to serve the island.  An application by the Society for 98.7 MHz was closed by the CRTC following a submission by Rogers Broadcasting to operate a synchronous repeater on Salt Spring Island to improve the signal of CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria.  That application has since been denied by the Commission.  Nanaimo Daily News
  • 03/31/10 - The FCC has dismissed an application by Washington State University for a construction permit for 89.1 MHz at Long Beach.  FCC info
  • 03/30/10 - Former KIRO AM 710 Seattle news anchor and current Fox News Radio White House correspondent Rich Johnson has been named Senior National Correspondent.  BlatherWatch
  • 03/30/10 - The CRTC has approved the acquisition of CHNU-TV/66 Fraser Valley, along with its Winnipeg sister station and other television assets by Zoomer Media.  CRTC decision  The Commission has received applications to change the frequency of CIVL-FM 88.5 Abbotsford to 101.7 MHz and to change the frequency of CBU-1-FM 101.7 Abbotsford to 88.5 MHz, along with power increases for both.  CRTC info
  • 03/29/10 - An advance copy of the April 2010 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.
  • 03/29/10 - TV journalist and former news anchor Margaret Larson returns to KING-TV Seattle to host a new daytime show, New Day Northwest.  Nancy Bartley, Seattle Times  KING-TV
  • 03/28/10 - KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend, recently acquired from South Bend Broadcating by Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc., will  launch April 1 as 107-9 The Quake with a Classic Rock format.  A website is in the planning stages.  
  • 03/26/10 - Former KITI AM 1420 Centralia morning host Roger Dale Pederson died Thursday, March 25 at age 63 due to complications from cancer.  He worked at KOL and KMPS Seattle in the 1970s.  A public celebration of life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Centralia High School.  KITI/Live 95 anouncement  Adam Pearson, The Chronicle
  • 03/26/10 - Two-hour Public Radio variety staple A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor comes to Seattle for two live broadcasts.  KUOW-FM 94.9 is helping to present PHC when it is staged for national broadcast Saturday and the following Saturday at the Paramount Theatre.  Hugo Kugiya, Seattle Times
  • 03/26/10 - A memorial service has been announced for former Fraser Valley Broadcasters announcer and sales representative Peter Slack, who died March 18 in Port Moody.  He was 60.  He also had served as sales manager at the original Star FM.  It will be held at 12:30 p.m. March 31 at St Josephs Parish, 140 Moody Street, Port Moody, with a reception to follow at 2:30 at Old Orchard Hall.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 03/25/10 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster and multi-media actor Bill Reiter has been named to receive the 2009 Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award.  Among his numerous achievements, he has produced and hosted Groovin' Blue on CKLG-FM starting in 1967, was an actor on Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium Medicine Show on CBC Radio/TV, and co-hosted Zig Zag on BCTV.  Reiter has voiced or appeared in over 4,500 radio and 300 TV commercials. The Sam Payne Awards were established in 1984 to recognize professional performers who display humanity, artistic integrity and encouragement of young talent, named in honor of one of Canada’s most respected professional actors. The 26th Annual Sam Payne Award Ceremony will be held Friday, April 9 at Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver.   Contact Pauline Buck for further info. 
  • 03/25/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues its lead in the Arbitron Feb 10 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.7 share.   CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 is second with 5.1 and Hot AC KPLZ-FM 101.5 is third with 5.0.  Radio Online
  • 03/25/10 - DJs at Fairchild Radio's two multicultural Vancouver stations, CHKG-FM 96.1 and CJVB AM 1470 will broadcast from candle-lit studios March 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in support of Earth Hour.  Then during April, Fairchild will collect used batteries and unwanted cell phones for recycling.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/25/10 - The CRTC has denied an application by Rogers Broadcasting to operate a synchronous repeater on Salt Spring Island to improve the signal of CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria to the north.   The Commission expressed the view that other technical solutions could be explored.  CRTC decision
  • 03/24/10 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle listeners will notice a big change on July 1 next year as eleven 60-second commercials per hour will drop to four or five 20-second underwriting announcements.  That's the date when an ad sales agreement with Fisher Communications expires.  Feliks Banel, Crosscut.com  Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times
  • 03/23/10 - KING-FM 98.1 Seattle has announced that it plans to become a listener-supported public radio station beginning in July 2011.  Monica Guzman, Seattle PI
  • 03/23/10 - Bonneville Seattle Media Group has named Ryan Hatch as operations manager with programming responsibility for KIRO-FM 97.3 and The Truth KTTH AM 770.  He has been PD at KTAR-FM 92.3 Phoenix.  Radio Ink
  • 03/23/10 - Yesterday's CRTC ruling on negotiations between television networks/stations with cable/satellite companies still leaves the TV picture somewhat fuzzy.  Will it help stations survive in smaller Canadian market cities such as Victoria?  Jack Knox, Victoria Times Colonist  Jamie Sturgeon and Paul Vieira, Financial Post
  • 03/22/10 - The CRTC  is supporting a "market-based" system, whereby cable operators and conventional broadcasters negotiate among themselves to determine whether TV broadcasters could get compensation for their signals.  However it says it will seek approval from the Federal Court of Appeal to implement such a regime.  Paul Vieira, Financial Post  CRTC release.  The Commission is also calling for comments on issues related to the digital television transition, scheduled for August 31, 2011.  CRTC release
  • 03/20/10 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle has canceled its Saturday food program In the Kitchen hosted by local restaurateurs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.  KIRO info
  • 03/20/10 - Canada's private over-the-air TV broadcasters posted an operating loss for the first time in history last year while cable and satellite providers posted substantial gains.   The CRTC is scheduled to release its report on the implications and advisability of implementing a compensation regime for the value of local television signals early next week.  Susan Krashinsky, Globe and Mail  Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post
  • 03/19/10 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend from South Bend Broadcating, L.L.C. to Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc.  FCC info
  • 03/19/10 - The 2010 NAB Show is scheduled for April 10-15 in Las Vegas.  Readers of this website will have free access (a $150 value) to the Exhibit Hall at the show.  This free Exhibits-Only pass includes access to the Opening Keynote and State of the Industry Address, Info Sessions, Content Theater and Destination Broadband Theater.  Click here to redeem or here to register with the code A913.
  • 03/18/10 - Terry Brady, technical coordinator and supervisor of on-air operations at CTV British Columbia, is retiring after 35 years in television.  He was the drummer for the 1960's Irish band The Chessmen, before moving to Canada to work as a cameraman at CITY-TV Toronto.  He then worked for over 20 years as a cameraman and technical director at CKVU-TV Vancouver before assuming his current position in 1997.  A retirement party is scheduled for Friday, March 19 at Doolin's Pub on Granville Street beginning at 5:00 p.m.
  • 03/18/10 - Jessica Gottesman, who has been freelancing for KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle, has been named the afternoon news anchor.  She was recently anchoring for 1010 WINS New York.  BlatherWatch
  • 03/17/10 - The FCC has granted a transmitter location change for KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles southeast to 48-05-55 123-24-20 with a change in power from 1 kW non-directional day/night to non-directional 1 kW day/.91 kW night.  FCC data
  • 03/17/10 - Former WLNK-FM 107.9 Charlotte NC personalities Candy + Potter return to Seattle for mornings at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle, starting Monday, March 22.  Country Aircheck
  • 03/16/10 - Randa Minkarah has been named Senior Vice President Business Development for Seattle based Fisher Communications.  She was General Sales Manager at KOMO-TV prior to joining Fisher's corporate team as Director of Market Development in 2007.  Fisher release
  • 03/16/10 - CISL AM 650 WHL Vancouver Giants play-by-play announcer Morley Scott returns to Edmonton to assume the same role for the CFL Eskimos next season.  He was color commentator for the NHL Oilers for 16 seasons.  inews880
  • 03/16/10- WSYR AM 570 Syracuse NY reporter/morning news anchor Alex Silverman moves to KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle as a news anchor this June.  cnyradio.com    
  • 03/15/10 - Hennessy & Bray Communications partner David Bray breaks down the numbers in the recently released Vancouver PPM.  David Bray's overview
  • 03/13/10 - The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver's Peak Performance Project has been named Promotion of the Year by Canadian Music Week at its 2010 Music and Industry Awards.  CMW details
  • 03/13/10 - Former Rogers Radio Vancouver cluster manager Chuck McCoy has been appointed VP and cluster manager for Toronto/Kitchener Radio.  He joined Rogers in Vancouver 20 years ago.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/13/10 - Former Vancouver market CKNW engineer Doug Court, who died March 5th at age 89, was part of the team responsible for relocating the entire station after fire destroyed its original studios on Columbia Street in New Westminster.  He then moved 'NW from 5,000 up to 50,000 watts and launched sister station CFMI-FM.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 19 at Ocean View Funeral Home in Burnaby.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 03/13/10 - Legendary news anchor Tony Parsons, who starts Monday at 10 p.m. at CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, says he was drawn to the station by the concept of employees putting up their own money to revive it.  Jim Gibson, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 03/13/10 - Longtime Victoria and Vancouver radio and TV sportscaster Paul Carson has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He currently is marketing VP at North Vancouver winery, California Cult Classics.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/12/10 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has tied with KSCS-FM 96.3 Dallas for the Major Market Radio Station of the Year in the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.  PR Newswire
  • 03/12/10 - The Paralympic Games opening ceremonies will now be broadcast live on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver at 6 p.m. today, but will be delayed until tomorrow for the rest of Canada.  Vancouver Sun
  • 03/12/10 - Hornby Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC to operate a community station on Hornby Island to operate at 96.5 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 5 watts.  CHFR-FM 96.5 was licensed by the Commission in June 2007 as a developmental community station to expire June 10, 2010, at which time it was required to apply for a regular community license.  Total Change Ministries Inc. has applied to operate a low power specialty non-commercial station in Campbell River to operate at 88.7 MHz non-directional with an ERP of 26 watts.   Application hearings begin March 12 in Mississauga ON.  CRTC details
  • 03/12/10 - Tony Parsons, award winning former news anchor and VP News at Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, starts on air Monday, March 15 at CHEK-TV/6 Victoria.  CHEK promo video
  • 03/11/10 - Billionaire entrepreneur Jim Pattison ranks 212th on Forbes magazine's list of the world's wealthiest people with a fortune estimated at $4 billion.  Pattison, 81, is ranked fourth in Canada.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns numerous stations in British Columbia and Alberta  Vancouver Sun  Forbes list
  • 03/11/10 - Vancouver market 2+ BBM PPM has been released for the period Nov. 30/09 to Feb. 28/10.   News/Talk CKNW AM 980 leads with a 13.5 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 10.0 and Jack CKLG-FM 96.9 is third with 6.6.  Daily average Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put CHQM-FM first with 340.4, CHR CFBT-FM 94.5 second with 322.7 and Hot AC CKZZ-FM 95.3 third with 266.2.  BBM data
  • 03/11/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications reports a 2009 net loss of $9.3 million, with fourth quarter core television net advertising up 4%.  Fisher release
  • 03/10/10 - The Lil’wat Nation/Mount Currie Band recently entered a cooperative venture with Spud Valley Radio CFPV-FM 98.9 Pemberton.  Lil’wat programming is coming from a studio in the new Ullus community complex.  Megan Grittani-Livingston, Whistler Question
  • 03/10/10 - Astral Media Radio will analyze the second PPM currency results in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal on line Friday, March 12 starting at 12:15 p.m. PT.  After the presentation, the recorded broadcast will be available for review at the same web address.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/10/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KCKA-DT/19 Centralia to increase power to 187 kW directional at 347 meters HAAT at its existing transmitter site.  FCC data
  • 03/09/10 - CBC Vancouver archivist Colin Preston will introduce a 90 minute presentation of Do Not Adjust Your Set: CBC Vancouver TV 1960 at the Vancity Theatre for two showings March 28.  The program includes the popular music series Meet Lorraine, The 7 O'Clock Show, Here and There, children's programming, and a news bulletin.  Vancity details
  • 03/08/10 - Former Vancouver market CKNW engineer Doug Court died in hospital March 5.  A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 19th at Forest Lawn Cemetary in Burnaby.  An official obituary is expected in the next few days.
  • 03/06/10 - Former CKLG North Vancouver and syndicated TV travel show host, Horst Koehler died March 2 at age 92.   He was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 1980.  Vancouver Sun obituary
  • 03/06/10 - Legendary Vancouver sports broadcaster Jim Robson comments, Ann Schmaltz of News1130 CKWX AM 1130 receives rave reviews for Olympic coverage and John McKeachie opines on CKNW AM 980.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/05/10 - The FCC has now granted a low power FM station license to Dry Creek Community Broadcasting for KAPY-LP 95.5 Port Angeles.  It will operate non-directional with an ERP of 93 watts at -96 meters HAAT.  Transmitter testing has begun and official sign on will come within the next week.  FCC authorization
  • 03/04/10 - Leonard Asper has resigned as CEO of CanWest Global Communications Corp., parent company of CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver.  Veteran CanWest executive Peter Viner assumes the role.  Grant Robertson/Susan Krashinsky, Globe and Mail
  • 03/04/10 - Citytv CKVU-DT Vancouver signed on yesterday.   The CRTC gave its authorization last week to operate on channel 47 with a maximum ERP of 8,300 watts at 670 metres HAAT from Mt. Seymour.
  • 03/02/10 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. will report its fourth quarter 2009 and full year 2009 financial results before the market opens on March 11.  A quarterly conference call to discuss the results is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. that day.   Fisher release
  • 03/02/10 - Dylan Perry, program manager at CHLY-FM 101.7 Nanaimo, says community radio allows people to become part of the media they consume. Meanwhile, the Gabriola Radio Society still awaits a ruling from the CRTC to provide local service to the island.  Rachel Stern - Nanaimo News Bulletin
  • 02/27/10 - Jason Manning has confirmed that he is now in Victoria as PD of Rogers Radio stations The Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 and JACK CHTT-FM 103.1.  He was most recently PD/p.m. drive at Rock 105.3 CKMH-FM Medicine Hat, AB.
  • 02/26/10 - After 17 years in the Seattle market, New York Vinnie Richichi now co-hosts a full-time slot as a sports talker at The Fan KDKA-FM 93.7 Pittsburgh.  Jim Moore, Seattle P-I
  • 02/25/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues its lead in the Arbitron Jan 10 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.1 share.   CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 and Classic Hits KJR-FM 95.7 are tied for second with 4.7.  Radio Online
  • 02/25/10 - An advance copy of the March 2010 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.
  • 02/25/10 - According to BlatherWatch, KIRO/KTTH Seattle PD Rod Arquette is stepping down at the end of March.  He has been with the stations since 2007.  Updates:   Radio Ink   Radio Online
  • 02/25/10 - The Truth KTTH AM 770 Seattle will begin airing Fox News Radio at the top of each hour beginning in May.  It will also add Gibson on Fox and Fox Business Reports.   Radio Online
  • 02/25/10 - The FCC has granted a minor modification of construction permit to Dry Creek Community Broadcasting for KAPY-LP 95.5 Port Angeles.  It will operate with 100 watts non-directional at minus 95.5 meters HAAT at 48-06-45 123-32-5.  It is expected to sign on shortly with a Traditional Country format and community supported programming.  FCC data 
  • 02/24/10 - Dennis Kelly's News Talk Concepts has made a deal to consult for News1130 CKWX Vancouver.  Kelly left Fisher Radio Seattle's KOMO AM 1000 and KVI AM 570 last month after eight years.  All Access Music Group
  • 02/24/10 - Vancouver broadcaster Tom Mark is one of two to receive 2010 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Awards in the British Columbia Region.  He was one of the architects of the all news format at News1130 CKWX Vancouver and currently anchors the Early Morning News with Tom Mark on CKNW AM 980.  The awards will be presented at the RTNDA BC Regional Awards Banquet in Vancouver on June 5.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 02/23/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Brian Butler for a new AM station at Yelm.  It will operate at 1120 kHz with 10 kW day/6 kW night from a three tower directional array at 46-53-46 122-31-32.  FCC data
  • 02/23/10 - The CRTC has amended the license for CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver in order to add a digital transmitter.  It will operate on channel 47 with a maximum ERP of 8,300 watts at 670 metres HAAT.  The new digital transmitter will be located on Mt. Seymour, whereas the analog one operates on Salt Spring Island.  CRTC decision
  • 02/21/10 - Writer, historian and former Vancouver broadcaster Chuck Davis has been compiling the history of Vancouver since the mid 1970s.  He has worked in radio and TV in Victoria, Prince Rupert and Vancouver, and helped NBC add local flavor to Olympics broadcasts.  Dan Rowe, Vancouver Sun
  • 02/19/10 - The Superior Court of Ontario has given the nod to Shaw Communications to take control of Canwest Global Communications.  Shaw revealed that its investment amounts to a minimum of $95-million in exchange for 20 per cent of the equity and an 80-per-cent voting interest in the restructured company.  A competing bid from private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group was set aside.  Globe and Mail  Vancouver Sun
  • 02/19/10 - Catalyst Capital Group Inc., has assembled a rival bid for Canwest Global Communications Corp. to compete with last week's offer by Shaw Communications.  The $120-million bid is backed by the Asper family and supported by Goldman Sachs.  Andrew Willis and Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Meanwhile, lawyers for CanWest told a Toronto court today that a last-minute rival bid to buy the media conglomerate should not derail a deal already announced by Shaw.  Canadian Press/Globe and Mail  Canwest owns the Global Television Network which includes Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver.
  • 02/18/10 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters is planning to shut down this June after reaching an impasse with some of its members.   Chairman Elmer Hildebrand says the CAB, which represents Canadian radio and television broadcasters, hopes to form a new organization in the future that solely represents radio broadcasters.  It was established by Canadian broadcasting pioneers in 1926.  Broadcaster Magazine  CCF history
  • 02/18/10 - The KOMO-TV Seattle analog antenna atop its tower has now been replaced with a new digital one.  Chief Engineer John Barrett says the signal will increase to a million watts and the tower will be the first to have specialized vertical polarization needed for handheld devices.  Crews will continue to climb the tower for the next few weeks with all work expected to be completed about March 1st.   KOMO video
  • 02/17/10 - KAPY-LP 95.5 Port Angeles will launch shortly with a Traditional Country format along with community supported programming.  FCC records show it will operate with 100 watts non-directional at -102.1 meters HAAT at 48-06-45 123-31-50.  There has been a corporation board change and amendment of name from Calvary Chapel of Port Angeles to Dry Creek Community Broadcasting.  The station will move to another frequency at a future time.
  • 02/16/10 - A pirate station operating at 91.5 from VIVO Media Arts in Vancouver for the last few days has been shut down by Industry Canada.  IC officers dressed in Olympics clothing advised the operators that they faced a significant daily fine if transmissions continued.  Kevin Murray, The Hook
  • 02/16/10 - No longer reliant on Global Television for switching, CHEK-TV/6 Victoria takes control of its own local newsroom.  Tess Van Straaten, CHEK News/YouTube
  • 02/15/10 - Chris King, KJR AM 950 Seattle weekly high school sports reporter for the past five years, is returning to the Wenatchee AppleSox to work in sponsor sales, as communications director and the team’s radio voice on KPQ AM 560.  King has announced over 140 high school football, basketball, and volleyball games for Comcast Varsity Sports in Western Washington and Spokane over the last four years and was the AppleSox announcer during the 2008 season.
  • 02/13/10 - Early Seattle radio stations located themselves close to the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph building at Third Avenue & Seneca to take advantage of network programming fed via special transcontinental lines, which came to the city in April 1927.  Feliks Banel, Seattle P-I
  • 02/12/10 - Canwest Global Communications Corp. has agreed to sell a controlling stake of its company to Shaw Communications Corp.  Financial terms were not disclosed, pending court and CRTC approval next week.  Canwest owns Global Television Network which includes Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver.  Eric Lam, Financial Post
  • 02/12/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by Rogers Broadcasting to increase the maximum ERP of CHNM-DT/20 Vancouver from 1,354 to 8,300 watts.  HAAT increases from 615 to 670 meters.  CRTC release
  • 02/11/10 - Powell River Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CJMP-FM 90.1 Powell River from Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities (PRMCP) for $5000.   CRTC info
  • 02/09/10 - Peter O'Connell heads up a team of 25 to provide a local angle to the Vancouver Olympics on KING-TV Seattle.  NBC expects to lose $200 million but station manager Pat Costello says KING will not lose money on the games.   Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
  • 02/09/10 - UCFV Campus and Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC for a third time limit extension to September 6, 2010 to get CIVL-FM Abbotsford on the air, due to a frequency exchange with the CBC.  CRTC info
  • 02/08/10 - The FCC has approved a community of license swap between KANY-FM 93.7 Ocean Shores and KSWW-FM 102.1 Elma.  The Commission moved a vacant allocation at Port Angeles to a new frequency to enable the moves.  FCC data: KSWW   KANY
  • 02/08/10 - Former KBSG personality Mark Christopher has resurfaced at the new Seattle market KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington, with 104.5 KMCQ- All songs from the 60's and 70's imaging.  The station moved to its new transmitter location on Cougar Mountain last month following the frequency swap between KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham and CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver.   Applications to move KMCQ from The Dalles OR first became public back in 2004.
  • 02/06/10 - Former CHEK-TV Victoria GM Frank Bond died February 1.  He was 93.  A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 12th at Cedar Shores condominiums, 77 Gorge Road West.  Times Colonist obituary
  • 02/05/10 - 1400 people working around the clock in five production teams in the 40,000 square foot CTV-Rogers facility of the Vancouver Convention Centre will cover the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver beginning February 12.  Bob Mackin, Business in Vancouver
  • 02/05/10 - KPST-TV (44.1/44.3) Seattle returned to the air yesterday after going dark several weeks ago.   Owner North Pacific International Television filed a Notification of Suspension of Operations/Request for Silent STA with the FCC on January 28.
  • 02/04/10 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650, teamed with Russia's Autoradio, will program music, and interviews with athletes, Olympic Committee members, locals, and international guests during the duration of the Games.  To meet content regulations, Canadian music will also be broadcast during the Russian airtime.  Station owner Astral Media estimates its Russian programming will serve about 60,000 people in Vancouver and millions more in Russia.  Susan Krashinsky, Globe and Mail
  • 02/03/10 - The broadcast schedule for CTV Olympic Games coverage on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver beginning Friday, February 12 can be viewed here.  Much of CTV's regular network programming will be moving to A CIVI-TV/53/17 Victoria/Vancouver for the duration of the games.
  • 02/02/10 - A former promotions employee along with 14 others have now been charged with theft stemming from an alleged scheme to rig a call-in contest on KVI AM 570 Seattle in early 2007.  Arraignments have been set for February 16. Steve Miletich, Seattle Times  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 02/02/10 - Well known Vancouver photographer Franz Lindner died January 5 at age 90.  His work with the CBC spanned almost 20 years, covering studio productions such as Drop In, Front Page Challenge and the Irish Rovers at the original Georgia Street studios, to location work on series such as Littlest Hobo and Beachcombers.  A celebration of life is scheduled in May.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 02/02/10 - A decision is expected in the next few days on whether charges will be laid against a former Fisher Communications promotions employee for the alleged rigging of a KVI AM 570 Seattle contest held in early 2007.  Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 02/01/10 - Red Robinson donates his digitized interviews to a new library and archive the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is opening this fall.  Red has been a member since 1994.   John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 02/01/10 - Crews have been working on the KOMO-TV Seattle transmission tower over the last couple of weeks to optimize the station's OTA signal.  Queen Anne KOMO   Chief Engineer letter
  • 01/31/10 - North Pacific International Television has filed Notification of Suspension of Operations/Request for Silent STA with the FCC for KPST-TV Seattle.   The reason given is, "The station was evicted from its main studio and has relocated to a place from which its STL cannot be operated.  It is seeking a combination of optical fiber and wireless facilities to allow broadcasting to resume.   Hopefully it will not take more than another few weeks to make arrangements."   FCC info
  • 01/30/10 - Bob The Moj Marjanovich will be filing reports from Super Bowl XLIV for the 10th consecutive year beginning next Friday on Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver.  He hosts Football Fix/Sports Action Saturdays with former CFL'er Chris Burns.
  • 01/30/10 - Inventor, filmmaker and entrepreneur Charlie White, former VP/GM of Victoria's CHEK-TV and a co-owner of CFAX radio, died yesterday at Saanich Peninsula Hospital.  He was 83.   A memorial service will be held Friday, February 5 at 1 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.  Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist   TC addendum
  • 01/29/10 - An advance copy of the February 2010 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.
  • 01/29/10 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650, which received CRTC approval to broadcast Russian language programming during the Olympics, teams up with Russia's Autoradio to air from the Russian House Sochi 2014 at Science World.  The shows will air most days from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. PT.  Broadcaster Magazine  Kent Spencer, The Province
  • 01/29/10 - The FCC’s Media Bureau has given the nod to HD FM radio stations to voluntarily increase digital power levels up to ten percent of analog.  The Commission says the rule changes will substantially boost digital signal coverage while safeguarding analog reception against interference from higher power digital transmissions.  Close to thirty FM stations in Northwest WA are broadcasting in HD.   FCC release
  • 01/28/10 - Jacqueline Cartier stepped down as KGMI AM 790 Bellingham PD mid January and will be leaving as co-host of PM Bellingham following the show Friday (01/29).  Jackie, who has been with KGMI since 2002, has accepted a position as marketing director at Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism.  A successor is expected to be announced in February.  Dave Gallagher, Bellingham Herald
  • 01/28/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 extends its lead in the Arbitron Hol '09 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 10.8 share, Christian/CHR KCMS-FM 105.3 moves into second with 5.5 and Variety Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5 is third with 4.4.  Radio Online
  • 01/28/10 - As Air America disappears, along with The Ron Reagan Show on KPTK AM 1090 Seattle, The Randi Rhodes Show returns 6–9 p.m. weekdays, beginning today.
  • 01/27/10 - Employees of CHEK-TV/6 Victoria who refused to give up their fight to save local TV have been chosen as the 2009 winners of the first J-Source Journalism Integrity Award.  Victoria Times Colonist
  • 01/26/10 - Dennis Kelly, KVI AM 570 and KOMO AM 1000 Seattle program director, has left the building according to Blatherwatch.   He is also the founder of brand management consultancy News Talk Concepts Inc.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/26/10 - Brian Antonson is accepting early retirement from the British Columbia Institute of Technology effective March 31.  He joined BCIT as a day school instructor in 1977, later becoming program head in Radio, and ultimately associate dean.  Before joining BCIT, he served on-air and in production at Vancouver market CKNW for a decade and later managed CFVR Abbotsford.  Laura Davie will assume the position of associate dean for both Broadcast and Digital Arts, as the departments’ administrations will be combined.
  • 01/26/10 - The CRTC has approved application by Astral Media to broadcast up to 20% Russian language programming on Vancouver market CISL AM 650 February 10-28 during the Vancouver Olympics. CRTC decision
  • 01/26/10 - Northwest Public Radio, owned by Washington State University, will become part of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication effective February 1.  AP/Seattle Times
  • 01/26/10 - Nights with Alice Cooper joins the weekday evening lineup at Rock 101 CFMI-FM Vancouver.  The internationally syndicated program also airs locally on KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 01/26/10 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Educational Media Foundation for KABW-FM 101.3 Westport to specify operation as a non-commercial educational FM station.  It specifies that KABW will operate as a “satellite” of co-owned KLVR-FM 91.9 Middletown CA.  FCC authorization
  • 01/26/10 - The Ron Reagan Show did not air yesterday on KPTK AM 1090 Seattle.  A January 22 entry on his Facebook page states that the show would continue, but Blatherwatch now reports that the program is canceled, effective immediately.  KPTK has revised its announcement to read The Best of Ron Reagan show will air until further notice.
  • 01/25/10 - KPTK AM 1090 Seattle has announced that Ron Reagan will continue with new programs, even though he was an employee of the now defunct Air America.  Insider reports indicate a new syndication announcement for Reagan may be imminent.  Meanwhile KLAY AM 1180 Tacoma has announced that former city council member Mike Lonergan returns to the airwaves in the 7 - 9 a.m. time slot vacated by Air America's Montel Williams.  C.R. Roberts, Tacoma News Tribune
  • 01/25/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KUGS-FM 89.3 Bellingham to increase power from 100 to 730 watts non directional and increase HAAT from 117 to 130 meters.  FCC authorization
  • 01/22/10 - Air America, which launched in 2004, prompted KPTK AM 1090 Seattle to switch from classic country to progressive talk the following year.  As the network became financially less stable, KPTK slimmed down its programming to The Ron Reagan Show and Clout.   The Best of Ron Reagan Show will be heard on AM 1090 until future programming is announced.  Ryan Nakashima, AP/Seattle Times
  • 01/22/10 - Radio analyst David Bray, a member of the Vancouver PPM committee, notes the pros and cons of the new broadcast measurement system.  Marke Andrews, Vancouver Sun
  • 01/21/10 - Liberal talk radio network Air America has announced that it is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the company will file soon under Chapter 7.  Locally, Air America programming was most recently heard on Progressive Talk KPTK AM 1090 Seattle.  Paul Farhi, Washington Post
  • 01/21/10 - Veteran TV anchor Tony Parsons, who stepped down from Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver in December, has confirmed that he is making a personal investment in CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, and expects to be on the airwaves there March 16.  Pedro Arrais, Victoria Times Colonist  Robert Barron, Nanaimo Daily News
  • 01/21/10 - Former KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning news anchor Jane Shannon will co-anchor with Herb Weisbaum 2-7 p.m. on KOMO AM 1000 effective February 1, as the station makes some schedule changes.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/20/10 - Investment advisor Vanessa Stenner (Campbell), who hosted Your Money Your Wealth on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 died January 12, after battling cancer.  She was 39.   David Baines, Vancouver Sun
  • 01/20/10 - Linda Thomas has been named co-host of Seattle's Morning News with Gregg Hersholt on KIRO-FM 97.3, replacing Jane Shannon, who departed last November.  She most recently has been working freelance for the Seattle Times and other Northwest publications.  KIRO info
  • 01/19/10 - Vancouver market 2+ BBM PPM ratings have been released for the period September 28-December 27, 2009.   News/Talk CKNW AM 980 leads with a 13.8 share, AC CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 9.2 and CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 is third with 6.9.   Daily Cume numbers, expressed in thousands, put CHQM-FM first with 365.3, CHR CFBT-FM 94.5 second with 344.8 and Hot AC CKZZ-FM 95.3 third with 287.3.  BBM data
  • 01/19/10 - Rogers Communications cancels Lunch Television and The City News List along with shortening Breakfast Television to three hours from its current four on CityTV CKVU-TV/10 Vancouver.  Locally, six staff members are laid off as part of a nationwide restructuring of the company's television operations.  News1130   Susan Krashinsky, Globe and Mail  Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post
  • 01/19/10 - KMCQ-FM 104.5 Covington signed on at approximately 3 a.m. today from its new location on Cougar Mountain, making it a Seattle market station, but with much less power than others at that location.  It is licensed to operate with 7.1 kW directional at 388 meters HAAT at 47-32-35 122-06-25.  FCC data  The transmitter relocation comes less than a week after the frequency swap between KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham and CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver, which facilitated the KMCQ move.
  • 01/18/10 - A classic 1992 KXRX-FM Seattle station tour with Mike West on a made-for-school students video can be viewed at YouTube.  West currently hosts Breakfast with the Beatles Sunday mornings on KZOK-FM 102.5.
  • 01/16/10 - The Corus Radio news-talk network will air Operation Haiti, a live radiothon hosted by Charles Adler on Monday, January 18.   Locally, it will air on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver and CFAX AM 1070 Victoria from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.   Broadcaster Magazine  Meanwhile, S-VOX is offering free airtime to humanitarian aid organizations delivering relief to Haiti on its Vancouver market station Joy-TV 10 CHNU-TV/66.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 01/16/10 - Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver co-founder Paul Carson, who was released from the station last November has assumed a vice-president position with California Cult Classics, a North Vancouver winery.  Greg Douglas' Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
  • 01/15/10 - Yesterday's international frequency swap between Shore 104 CHHR-FM now 104.3 Vancouver and SoftRock KAFE-FM now 104.1 Bellingham was followed by a meeting of morning show hosts of both stations for a ceremonial swap of .1 and .3 at Peace Arch Park.  KAFE photo  RedRobinson.com photo  Tom Zillich, Surrey Now  YouTube video
  • 01/15/10 - KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle personalities Dave Beck and Marcie Sillman debut Front Row Center this Sunday to discuss performances.  Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
  • 01/14/10 - Conservative talk show host and 2000 Republican gubernatorial nominee John Carlson returns to KVI AM 570 Seattle from 3-6 p.m. as it launches Freedom570KVI.  He is currently co-host of The Commentators with Ken Schram on sister station KOMO AM 1000.  Joel Connelly, Seattle P-I
  • 01/14/10 - Jet-FM CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay PD/morning show host Joël Lamoureux leaves the station to concentrate on weight loss coaching and inspirational speaking, based on his loss of 380 pounds from over 600.  Joel's website
  • 01/14/10 - KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham made the frequency swap with CHHR-FM 104.1 Vancouver smoothly today at 7:30 a.m., with early reports indicating reasonable signals from both stations, although power may be somewhat reduced as engineers make final adjustments.  CHHR thread and audio  KAFE thread and audio - courtesy Radio West
  • 01/14/10 - Bill Gates' investment company, Cascade Investment, sold 26,000 shares of Seattle-based Fisher Communications on Monday and Tuesday, reducing its stake to 429,700 Fisher shares, or 4.8%.  As a result, Gates will no longer have to file SEC reports about his Fisher holdings, providing they stay below the 5% reporting threshold.  RBR News
  • 01/13/10 - Shore 104 CHHR-FM 104.1 Vancouver management estimates a 25% increase in coverage with less interference following its swap with KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.  A ceremonial exchange of larger than life size numbers .1 and .3 will take place at Peace Arch Park at that time.  News Release
  • 01/12/10 - RJ1200 CJRJ AM Vancouver has announced a new weekday talk show called Click Lounge to begin Wednesday, January 13 at 2 p.m.  It is produced and hosted by media personality Tarannum Thind and business woman Rina Gill.  Thind is known for hosting and associate producing Chai Time, which has aired almost 600 episodes on Channel M/OMNI TV CHNM-TV/42.  Rina Gill owns and operates The Hype Advertising Agency which caters to both mainstream and multi-cultural markets.
  • 01/12/10 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to KBTC-TV Tacoma to increase power from 45 to 100 kW non-directional on channel 27 at its current transmitter location.  FCC info  KBTC digital info
  • 01/12/10 - CTV, locally CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver, will deliver Canadian and international news stories with both local and national newscasts in the morning, supper hour, and evening during the Winter Olympics.   National news anchor Lloyd Robertson will be on location in Vancouver delivering nightly news bulletins from the CTV Vancouver Olympic Games newsroom.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 01/12/10 - Four potential buyers are eyeing investment in Canwest Global Communications CorpOne of the companies is B.C. based Jim Pattison Group.  CanWest has been searching for an investor willing put up to $65-million into the company, currently under court protection from its creditors.  Andrew Willis, Globe and Mail
  • 01/12/10 - Bryan Suits is returning to KVI AM 570 Seattle in morning drive beginning January 25.  He announced last week he was leaving his current position at KFI AM 640 Los Angeles January 15.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/09/10 - Seattle market KGNW 820 AM is launching a new talk show weekdays from 4-6 p.m. with a fresh local voice and a unique Northwest perspective, starting Monday, January 11th.  Live from Seattle with Doug Bursch, “Your Daily Dose of Truth, Hope, and Humor” will feature topics ranging between the profound and the trivial; the sacred and the secular; the awe inspiring and the downright perplexing.
  • 01/09/10 - Shore 104 CHHR-FM 104.1 Vancouver has announced that it may be off air temporarily during the early morning hours of January 14 as preparations are made for its official frequency swap with KAFE-FM 104.3 Bellingham, with the air-staffs of both stations meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Peace Arch Park to mark the occasion.  The net result for Shore will be a stronger and more interference-free signal in its coverage area.  Shore 104 TV ad
  • 01/09/10 - Former KVI AM 570 Seattle talk show host Bryan Suits is calling it quits at KFI AM 640 Los Angeles effective January 15.  KFI PD Robin Bertolucci says that Suits is returning to Seattle, but will still be hosting some programming at KFI.  Gary Lycan, The Orange County Register
  • 01/09/10 - Washington and Oregon sports hall of famer Bob Blackburn, The Voice of the Sonics from 1967-92, died Friday at age 85.   A public service will be held January 24 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Bellevue.  Jayda Evans, Seattle Times  Casey McNerthney. Seattle P-I  Steve Kelley tribute, Seattle Times
  • 01/08/10 - Kenneth Casey, CEO of KPST-TV/44 Seattle tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS that engineers are in the process of installing their microwave system to Tiger Mountain and the station "should be back on the air in a couple of days".
  • 01/08/10 - OMNI CHNM-DT/20 Vancouver (displays over the air as 42.1) has begun transmitting with a relatively weaker signal than the other Mount Seymour DTV stations.  The CRTC originally gave approval on March 10, 2006, but recently announced an extension to August 31, 2011.   
  • 01/08/10 - NBC is providing delayed coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, but the event can be seen live over the air on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 (HD - UHF ch. 33).  CBC Television, available on many cable systems in Northwest WA, formerly aired games coverage.  Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
  • 01/08/10 - Canwest Global Communications Corp's publishing group has been put up for sale following a court filing for creditor protection.  It includes the Victoria Times Colonist, Vancouver Sun and Province, and a number of community newspapers.  Global Television, locally CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, and some specialty channels, have been under creditor protection since October 6.  Financial Post
  • 01/08/10 - Ron Forsell, sports director at KIRO-TV Seattle from 1969-76 has died.  He was 81.  He began as a news reporter when KIRO-TV went on air in 1958.  An open house in celebration of his life will be held from 12 to 4 p.m.January 23 at his Shoreline home.  KIRO news  Evergreen Washelli obituary
  • 01/07/10 - Veteran newsman Edgar Dunning, who was the creator and host of the Pacific region edition of the CBC radio program Neighbourly News from 1961-87, celebrated his 100th birthday today.  He was born in Elbow, SK January 7, 1910, arriving in Ladner BC as a 12-year-old when his father, Vincent Dunning, started The Weekly Optimist.  Delta Optimist news items  Kristine Salzmann,South Delta Leader
  • 01/07/10 - The BC Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2010 inductees.  In the media category, the inductee is former CKWX Vancouver sportscaster and renowned multi-media reporter, writer and promoter Greg Dr. Sport Douglas.  He was also public relations director for the WHL's Vancouver Canucks from 1968-76.  Mike Hanafin/Ann Schmaltz, News1130
  • 01/07/10 - KPST-TV/44 Seattle has gone dark.  There has been no programming on the station's sub channels since mid December, however there was a carrier on the main channel up until the last couple of days.  KPST's sub channels had been carrying a variety of Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean programming along with Biz Television.
  • 01/07/10 - The Gabriola Radio Society is awaiting a CRTC decision which will affect plans for a new station to serve Gabriola Island on 98.7 MHz following two successful fundraisers.  The Society's plans are in jeopardy due to an application by Rogers Radio for signal expansion of CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria.  Rogers has filed an application to add a synchronous transmitter at 98.5 MHz with a maximum ERP of 3,500 watts at 662 meters HAAT on Salt Spring Island to correct reception deficiencies of CIOC-FM to the north of its coverage area.  Rogers has offered to conduct an engineering brief on another channel for Gabriola if its Salt Spring application is approvedJanina Stajic, Gabriola Sounder
  • 01/06/10 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 promotions director Jamie Hunt has announced he is taking early retirement effective February 1.  He started over 30 years ago as the station's Eye in the Sky pilot and went on to marry and have a family with Cathy Robertson, CKNW’s traffic reporter, who happened to be sitting next to him.   His many accomplishments include highly effective pledge drives for the CKNW Orphans' Fund.  In spring 2008 he was named the 2007 Broadcaster of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters.
  • 01/06/10 - Legendary big band leader/broadcaster Dal Richards, who turned 92 Tuesday, swims 20 lengths, runs twice a week and is preparing to lift weights as he preps to carry the Olympic torch in Vancouver February 12.  He still hosts Dal's Place Sunday evenings on CISL AM 650.  Susan Lazaruk, The Province
  • 01/06/10 - Former MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 Seattle director of marketing & promotions, Annie Odell has joined The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 as promotion director.  She replaces Joe Hammill who moves to promotions at The End KKND-FM 107.9.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/06/10 - Los Angeles Angels broadcaster Rory Markas died Monday at age 54.  Early in his career he spent three seasons calling games for the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League on CKWX from 1983-85.  Rob Fai, Vancouver Canadians  Greg Douglas Here 'N' There backgrounder
  • 01/05/10 - Could Seattle TV stations lead a major re-shaping of the television landscape?  Tom Layson, New Media Solutions
  • 01/04/10 - Kuljeet Kaila, who has reported news and traffic in the Vancouver market for over ten years, has landed the Wakeup Call morning host position at RJ1200 CJRJ AM Vancouver.  Local singer/musician Hardeep Sahni will co-host the new program.
  • 01/04/10 - South Bend Broadcasting is selling KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend to Jodesha Broadcasting for $100,000.  In another filing with the FCC, Northwest Indy Radio is transferring the construction permit for KEFL-FM 91.7 Westport to The Grays Harbor Institute for no consideration.   All Access Music Group
  • 01/04/10 - The three-part series, This Emotional Life, conceived by Paul Allen and co-produced by his Seattle-based Vulcan Productions, begins tonight at 9 on PBS.  Kristi Heim, Seattle Times
  • 01/04/10 - Four years in, Sunday Night Sound Session on KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle continues to attract fans of local and national hip hop not on the station's regular play list.  Elliott Smith, Seattle PI
  • 01/01/10 - An advance copy of the January 2010 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.
  • 01/01/10 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 extends its lead in the Arbitron December '09 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with an 8.2 share, All News KOMO AM 1000 moves into second with 5.1 and Rhythmic/CHR KUBE-FM 93.3 is third with 4.7.  Radio Online details


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