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  • 12/31/12 - Tribune Company has announced that it has successfully emerged from its Chapter 11 restructuring process. The company's plan of reorganization officially became effective today, ending a four year process. As part of the process, earlier this month the FCC granted voluntary assignment of license for Tribune's Seattle market stations KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV, along with several translators, from Tribune Television Northwest, Inc., Debtor-in-Possession to Tribune Television Northwest, Inc. Tribune owns 23 TV stations, with its duopolies, such as its Seattle holdings, considered to be among its more valuable assets. Tribune Company release
  • 12/29/12 - Long time Global BC weatherman Wayne Cox has retired from his daily forecasts. After a number of radio and television positions starting in 1968, he began anchoring weekend weather in 1992, moving to daily in 1997. He was named to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk at the Orpheum in 2006. Global BC news Global BC tribute and Hawaiian shirt retirement video bcliving backgrounder
  • 12/28/12 - The January 2013 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.
  • 12/28/12 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 vaults into first place in the Arbitron December 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 10.1 share, News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is second with 5.2 and AC KCMS-FM 105.3 is third with 5.0. Radio Online All Access Music Group analysis
  • 12/27/12 - CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody moved to its new AAA format at 6 a.m. December 26. The station had been airing all Christmas music since it began signal testing in early November. The test period officially ended November 30.
  • 12/27/12 - After 38 years running commercial-free, CBC could bring back advertising to Radio 2 and the French-language Espace Musique, if it gets the nod from the CRTC. The Corporation has projected ad revenue from the two services at about $20-million annually to offset a 10-per-cent cut to its government grant that takes full effect in 2014. If approved, ads could begin as early as May 2013. Radio 2 is broadcast on CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver and CBU-FM-1 92.1 Victoria. Espace Musique is heard on CBUX-FM 90.9 Vancouver. Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail
  • 12/27/12 - KIRO-TV Seattle morning traffic anchor Jenni Hogan has announced that her final day will be December 28. She will be teaming up with Target to “celebrate service” on projects involving Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and the Inauguration of President Obama. Kevin Eck, TVSpy Taylor Soper, GeekWire
  • 12/23/12 - Seattle radio veteran Marty Riemer, who announced in late November he was exiting his position at The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7, opens up with his reasons for leaving. Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times
  • 12/22/12 - Michael Bublé opines on the NHL lockout with Brook Ward on TEAM CKST AM 1040 Vancouver. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun Also on TEAM 1040 Vancouver Canucks, GM Mike Gillis and Assistant GM Laurence Gilman give their thoughts on the current NHL lockout. Karen Thomson, TEAM 1040 info and audio
  • 12/21/12 - Former KIRO Radio Seattle talk show host Turi Ryder, upcoming weeknights at WGN AM 720 Chicage, has been named anchor of America Weekend, a service of Envision Radio Networks. Radio Online
  • 12/21/12 - Ed Bain celebrates 25 years as morning man at The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria. He doubles as "the weather guy" on CHEK-TV. Bain started his broadcast career in Weyburn SK in 1974 and has won several broadcasting awards. CHEK News video
  • 12/20/12 - Brooke & Jubal in the Morning on Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 are featured this week on Dish Nation which airs at 4 p.m. on KZJO-TV. MOViN info
  • 12/20/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by CHMZ-FM Radio Ltd. for authority to acquire CHMZ-FM 90.1 Tofino from McBride Communications & Media Inc. and Umeek Human Resources Development Inc., partners in West Island Radio Enterprises General Partnership. CRTC release
  • 12/18/12 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit for KUGS-FM 89.3 Bellingham to increase ERP from 100 watts to 950 watts non-directional at its existing tower. HAAT decreases from 117 to 101.4 meters. FCC info
  • 12/17/12 - Author, broadcaster and retired senator Laurier LaPierre has died at age 83. He rose to national prominence on the CBC news and current affairs program This Hour Has Seven Days, which aired on CBC Television from 1964-66. Locally, he was a host on The Vancouver Show on CKVU-TV from 1976-78. He was appointed to the Senate in 2001 and served until 2004. CBC News
  • 12/17/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program that authorizes the Company to utilize up to $15 million to purchase shares of its common stock during 2013. Fisher release
  • 12/15/12 - Radio London has published a tribute to former Radio Caroline North, CKLG Vancouver and Praise KWPZ-FM Lynden DJ Mick Luvzit, who died December 7 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He was born Arthur McGurk February 24, 1942 in Portage La Prairie MB, but was adopted at age 5 with his name changed to William James Brown. He began his career at CKY Winnipeg and used the name Mick Luvzit on air. He returned to the UK in 2002 to attend Radio London's 35th Anniversary Offshore Reunion and organized a North American reunion in Vancouver in the summer of 2004, marking the 40th anniversary of the original Caroline ship Fredericia. Luvzit suffered a heart attack and underwent a quadruple by-pass operation in 2007, but made a recovery, and more recently attended RPM media lunches in Vancouver. A memorial has not yet been announced. 2001 Radio London audio Radio London tribute
  • 12/15/12 - Sunny Lenarduzzi, daughter of Vancouver Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi, co-hosts a new sports trivia show called Beer Money with comedian Andrew Barber looking for answers to Canucks, Lions and Whitecaps trivia questions beginning Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Citytv. Short Hops, Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/14/12 - KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle's Bob Rivers Show has raised over $1.8 million in annual contributions over seven years working with World Vision. All Access Music Group
  • 12/14/12 - Longtime KABC AM Los Angeles talk show host Ray Briem, who hosted a top-rated all night talk show, died Wednesday in Malibu CA at age 82. He worked for King Broadcasting in Seattle during the early 1960s on both radio and TV, where he hosted a popular teen dance show that led fans to call him "the Dick Clark of Seattle." He retired from KABC in 1994 but returned in less than a year to host an afternoon drive show on KIEV AM. He retired for good in 1997. A memorial service will be held December 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
  • 12/14/12 - 12 Days of Christmas music began this morning at 6 on KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham.
  • 12/13/12 - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favor of cable companies and satellite providers over television networks on the right to charge for retransmission of their signals. The CRTC had previously ruled that local television stations should be able to charge cable companies and satellite providers for their signals. The CRTC decision was appealed to the Supreme Court by Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, Telus Corporation and Cogeco Inc. Broadcaster Magazine Bell Media, which owns 28 conventional TV stations including CTV British Columbia in Vancouver and CTV Vancouver Island in Victoria has threatened in the past to shut down unprofitable stations in smaller markets. Steve Ladurantaye, The Globe and Mail
  • 12/13/12 - Veteran CBC Television Vancouver journalist Alan Waterman is retiring with a sendoff on December 20th starting at 7:30 p.m. at Library Square Public House across the street from the CBC building. He started with the Corporation as a VTR production editor in 1977 and has been a news editor, reporter and most recently video-journalism trainer. Anyone wishing to attend should email Manjula Dufresne.
  • 12/12/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for Seattle market KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV, along with several translators, from Tribune Television Northwest, Inc., Debtor-in-Possession to Tribune Television Northwest, Inc. The decision by the FCC enables the company to continue moving forward toward emergence from Chapter 11, a process it expects to complete on or before December 31. Tribune Television info
  • 12/12/12 - Further details have been released about the passing of former CKLG Vancouver GM Don Hamilton, who died in Victoria on December 2 at age 80. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for January 19, 2013 in Vancouver. For details, contact the family by email. Canada Newswire Photo Sun/Province obituary
  • 12/11/12 - Larry Sharp, KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle PD from 1988-92 and PD of KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham in 2010-11, has been named GM of KVON AM 1440 and KVYN-FM 99.3 Napa CA. All Access Music Group
  • 12/11/12 - JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver morning hosts Kiah Tucker and Tara Jean Stevens have decided to stop making prank calls indefinitely in the wake of a death in England linked to a prank phone call by Australian disc jockeys. Vancouver Sun Jason Howe, News1130
  • 12/10/12 - Word has been received that Mick Luvzit died on December 7 at age 70. He was living in the Abbotsford area east of Vancouver. He entertained on a number of Canadian stations including CKLG and CKST Vancouver, but became internationally known at Radio Caroline in 1966 and '67. He also hosted mornings at Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden in the early 2000s. Radio Caroline bio and photos
  • 12/10/12 - Starting at 4:30 p.m. PT, on December 12, "12-12-12," The Concert for Sandy Relief, will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden via a global network of US and International television stations and locally on radio on KJR-FM 95.7 Seattle. North of the border it can be seen on AMC (53) and Bloomberg (141) on Shaw Cable. The concert features such legendary acts as Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Billy Joel. Where to watch list
  • 12/10/12 - Former KOMO-TV Seattle reporter/anchor Elizabeth Dinh has joined KTVT-TV Fort Worth, TX as morning news reporter. She made news herself last January when she announced she was looking for a kidney donor after being diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (also called Berger's disease). According to information on her Twitter page she received her husband's kidney in June. Rose Egge, KOMO-TV backgrounder
  • 12/08/12 - TEAM CKST AM 1040 Vancouver takes a ratings penalty in the latest BBM PPM with the loss of NHL hockey broadcasts. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 12/07/12 - A man protesting same-sex marriage was arrested in Seattle after threatening members of a KING-TV news crew. The photojournalist captured footage of the man screaming profanities and threatening to kill people before he struck the TV camera. KING news/video
  • 12/07/12 - Three Vancouver CTV British Columbia personalities and one from News1130 CKWX AM are among five people whose medical records were improperly accessed by a clerical employee at Vancouver Coastal Health. The female staff member has since been fired. Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun CTV News Tamsyn Burgmann/CP, News1130 VCH video
  • 12/07/12 - Clear Channel is going through another round of layoffs at many of its clusters. So far the only one affected in the Seattle market is Josh Sabrowsky who has been a producer at KJR AM 950 for seven years. All Access Music Group
  • 12/07/12 - Former KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning news host Bill Radke, who announced in October that he was moving to another station, has resurfaced on Morning Newsmagazine at KUOW-FM 94.9. It's a return home for Radke, who hosted mornings at KUOW in the 1990s. KUOW info
  • 12/06/12 - CTV British Columbia has announced two promotions. Executive producer of news programming, Les Staff is now news director and managing editor Ethan Faber has added assistant news director to his title. Meanwhile, Bruce Claggett has been promoted from managing editor to news director at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver, succeeding Doug Cheng, who is no longer with the station.
  • 12/06/12 - Seattle's Almost Live! cast will debut their new show, The (206) in January. The half-hour show will be taped live with pre-recorded sketches and premier January 6 following Saturday Night Live on KING-TV, with replays at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on KONG-TV. Casey McNerthney, Seattle PI
  • 12/06/12 - Vancouver market BBM PPM data has been released for the period August 27 - November 25, 2012. CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 moves up into first place with an 11.3 share, News/Talk CKNW AM 980 is second with 10.5 and Soft Rock QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is third with 10.2. BBM data David Bay analysis
  • 12/06/12 - After a 35-year career at KOMO Radio and KOMO-TV Seattle, commentator Ken Schram is being bought out from his contract, one year short of its expiry. His last TV commentary will be Monday. Schram turns 65 on December 17th. Erik Lacitis/Miyoko Wolf, Seattle Times Casey McNerthney, Seattle PI
  • 12/06/12 - Broadcast Dialogue Magazine reports that Vancouver broadcaster Don Hamilton has died in Victoria. He began his radio career at CFCH North Bay ON in 1951 and amassed a lengthy list of industry credentials, including president of BC Association of Broadcasters in 1968 and Canadian Association of Broadcasters in 1972. Hamilton was VP of Moffat Communications and GM of CKLG Vancouver during the 1960s and '70s, launched CIOF Vancouver (now TEAM CKST AM 1040) in 1986 and served on the CBC Board of Directors in 1989. He was a long-time friend and supporter of BCIT's Broadcast department and served a lengthy term as chair of the Broadcast Advisory Committee. He spoke to various groups on campus over many years and co-chaired the 1999 Hamilton-Dubberly report on the future of broadcast education for the department.
  • 12/04/12 - KJR AM 950 Seattle afternoon host Mike Gastineau has announced that he is leaving after this Thursday's show (12/6), saying he wants to "explore other creative options". He's been with KJR since 1991, moving into p.m. drive in 1993. All Access Music Group
  • 12/04/12 - Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 adds Andrew Walsh 7-10 p.m. weekdays, replacing John Curley, who moved to mornings in October. Walsh has been at KIRO since 2010 as a producer and fill-in host. All Access Music Group
  • 12/04/12 - Robert Mak, whose Emmy winning KING-TV Seattle political program ended Sunday after 11 years, has left the station, even though he was offered a role to continue on as chief political reporter. Executive News Director Mark Ginther says news staff was being cut by seven positions, through a combination of layoffs and not filling vacant jobs. Jack Broom, Seattle Times KING video
  • 12/03/12 - KRKZ AM 1490 Forks has changed call letters to KFKB and new ownership has set up a website. Forks Broadcasting President Mark Lamb recently offered a press release regarding the rebranding of KBDB-FM 96.7 Forks to Twilight 96.7 which features "today's hits and yesterday's favorites". The AM signal and physical building which houses both stations were repaired after equipment was struck by lightning in 2010.
  • 12/02/12 - Mel Cooper, who purchased CFAX AM 1070 Victoria in 1974 and turned it into a major radio player, turns 80 on December 10. He sold the station in 2005, but is fully involved in community work. Andrew A. Duffy, Times Colonist
  • 12/02/12 - Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria added itself to the list of all-Christmas stations Saturday with Home This Christmas by Justin Bieber.
  • 12/01/12 - As reported here back in September, Global BC weather anchor Wayne Cox is retiring from his 20-year position as BC’s most-watched weatherman. He'll be freelancing commercials and moving to other other projects. Cox has enjoyed a 44-year career in radio and television. Rob Howatson, bcliving bcliving photos
  • 12/01/12 - Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 p.m. drive host Marty Riemer leaves after 15 years with the station to take on an unspecified new challenge. His last day is December 20. He has entertained Seattle for over 30 years at KZOK, KJR and KXRX. Farewell blog
  • 12/01/12 - Vancouver market CISL AM 650 moved to all-Christmas music at midnight with Sleigh Ride by the Ronettes.
  • 11/29/12 - Fall 2012 Victoria BBM diary results have been released with CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leading with a 14.8 share, Rock CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 12.3 and Hot AC CHBE-FM 107.3 is third with 9.3. BBM info
  • 11/29/12 - Joytv CHNU-TV Fraser Valley and its Winnipeg station begin national distribution on Bell Satellite TV effective today. The new distribution adds approximately 2 million additional homes across Canada. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/29/12 - The CRTC has renewed the licenses for Aboriginal Voices Radio CKAV-FM-2 106.3 Vancouver and its stations in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa for a shorter term than usual due to non-compliance with regulations and conditions of license. CRTC decision
  • 11/28/12 - News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 moves into first place in the Arbitron November 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.5 share, Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is second with 4.7 and CHR KBKS-FM 106.1 is third with 4.6. Radio Online All Access Music Group analysis
  • 11/27/12 - Heron Hanuman, reporter/anchor and more recently CTV News Digital Edition producer and host of What's Trending on CTV News at Noon has left his position with CTV British Columbia. He joined CTV in 2000 and is the recipient of two International Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best News Website - Television Large Market and the 2012 Best Digital Media Award from the BC RTDNA.
  • 11/26/12 - The December 2012 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 11/26/12 - Seattle market Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM moved to an all-Christmas format on Friday morning.
  • 11/26/12 - Bruce Springsteen didn't appear at the Paul McCartney concert Sunday, as was announced Friday by Vancouver market CKNW AM 980. Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun CKNW backgrounder
  • 11/24/12 - Paul McCartney plays Vancouver Sunday (and it's now confirmed that Bruce Springsteen will join him) for the first time since the Beatles rocked Empire Stadium in 1964. Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver Lights Out producer Owen Coppin has virtually every 45 the Fab Four ever recorded, most vinyl LPs, CDs of all descriptions, along with interviews, outtakes and other memorabilia. Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun Red Robinson backgrounder
  • 11/24/12 - TEAM CKST AM 1040 Vancouver scrambles to fill air time without play-by-play hockey, football and soccer. Greg Douglas' Here 'N' There, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/23/12 - Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden moved to all-Christmas at 12:05 this morning with Chris Tomlin's Joy To The World.
  • 11/23/12 - Fifty-four years ago this week, Red Robinson brought in 17-year old Richie Valens for shows in Vancouver and suburban Cloverdale. One bombed due to a management blunder and the other was a huge hit. John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 11/23/12 - JACK fm CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver today launched its new morning show Jack’s Morning Glory with Kiah and Tara Jean, hosted by Kiah Tucker and Tara Jean Stevens. The award winning duo previously hosted afternoons at Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/23/12 - Bruce Williams, Community & Client Relations Manager at CTV Vancouver Island, has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his work on United Way campaigns, raising over $40 million in the past 10 years. The Medal recognizes recipients for outstanding contributions to their communities and long-term exemplary service. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 11/22/12 - QM/FM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver joined the ranks of all-Christmas music this morning at 5:29 with Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time". More stations are expected to make the switch after today's U.S. Thanksgiving Day, but so far the changes have been slower this year. Inside Radio
  • 11/21/12 - KING-TV Seattle has canceled Up Front with Robert Mak, its Emmy-award winning Sunday political program. Mak has been offered a role to continue on as chief political reporter and program producer Mike Cate also will be retained. The final segment airs December 2, ending an 11-year run. Jim Brunner, Seattle Times Merrill Knox, TV Spy
  • 11/20/12 - A new book entitled Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Beachcombers, which was produced locally and aired on CBC TV from 1972 to 1990. There will be a presentation and book signing at the CBC Vancouver studio starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 23 and again in Gibsons, where much of the program was filmed, at the District Public Library 2-4 p.m. Sunday, November 25.
  • 11/20/12 - Due to health concerns, Mike Cherry is retiring from his position as operations manager of CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island effective December 14. He is facing several surgeries over the next two to three years but hopes to return to the broadcast industry at that time. In the meantime, he plans to pursue voice work, voice-tracking or production from his home studio and is now actively seeking clients. He will no longer be hosting his weekly Solar Heat or Community Calendar on CFSI but hopes to soon launch one or possibly two new shows on the station from his home studio. He can be reached at skyvalleyradio@telus.net.
  • 11/20/12 - Vice president and general manager of KONG-TV/KING-TV Seattle Patrick Costello has been named news director at KNXV-TV Phoenix, effective January 7. He has served in his positions for the past four years and prior to that was executive news director for six years. In the past two years KING has received a number of awards under his direction. ABC15.com
  • 11/19/12 - A celebration of life has been announced for former Vancouver police officer “Whistling” Bernie Smith, who died November 14 at age 89. During his career, he was featured in documentaries on CKWX and the National Film Board. It is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 26 at The Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Sun/Province obituary NFB documentary
  • 11/17/12 - Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 moved to "Continuous Christmas" Friday afternoon. It follows CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody, which is still in testing mode, but began playing all-Christmas music on November 11.
  • 11/16/12 - University of British Columbia Radio celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend, November 16 and 17, with tours and special broadcasts. After years as a closed circuit, carrier current and cable station, it became CITR-FM 101.9 in 1982. Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 11/15/12 - Retired Vancouver police officer “Whistling” Bernie Smith has died at age 89. He was known for a short 1975 National Film Board documentary which followed him as he chatted with the people of his downtown beat. He was also featured in episodes of They Walk By Night and the award-winning series Why Do They Do It? on CKWX during the 1950s, where news staff rode the beat with Vancouver police officers and interviewed alleged violators. News1130 Mike Hagar, Vancouver Sun Ian Austin, The Province
  • 11/15/12 - Amid speculation that a change from Progressive Talk to an all-sports format is forthcoming, AM 1090 KPTK Seattle has changed call letters to KFNQ. Lance Venta, Radio Insight Andrew Skotdal, EverettPost.cam FCC data Call sign history
  • 11/15/12 - In addition to news director Margo Harper, CTV British Columbia has released VP and general manager Tom Haberstroh, positions he has held since 2006. Andrew MacLeod, The Hook
  • 11/14/12 - The new CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody has been testing for about a week, with its test period officially ending on November 30. Owner Matthew McBride says It will run with an all-Christmas music format until December 25 with some new ideas to follow and the signal is covering more ground than expected.
  • 11/14/12 - Margo Harper has left her post as news director at CTV British Columbia, a position she has held since 2006. She previously worked as a reporter and producer at CTV National, CBC Vancouver and Global News B.C.
  • 11/14/12 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Landover 2 LLC for a new low power TV station to serve Bellingham. It will operate on channel 45 with an ERP of 1.5 kW directional at 44 meters HAAT at 48-48-27 122-33-18. FCC data The Commission has also granted a CP to Owensville Communications, LLC for a new station in Port Angeles to operate at 102.1 MHz with an ERP of 4 kW directional at -139 meters HAAT at 48-05-4 123-24-37. FCC data
  • 11/13/12 - 4 p.m. today marked the anniversary of Red Robinson's first radio show on CJOR Vancouver in 1954. After 58 years and induction into the Rock'n'Roll, Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Rockabilly and B.C. Entertainment Halls of Fame, Red is still heard Sunday's from 12 - 4 p.m. on All Time Favourites CISL AM 650. Red Robinson info
  • 11/13/12 - The Seahawks have agreed to a multiyear extension of their radio broadcast contract, which will continue airing games on KIRO-AM 710/FM 97.3 Seattle. KIRO has been the broadcast partner since the Seahawks' inaugural season in 1976. Sounders FC matches will continue to be broadcast on KIRO-FM 97.3. KIRO releasse
  • 11/10/12 - Sheridan Anne Armstrong, wife of former CKDA/CFMS-FM Victoria owner and founder David Armstrong, died November 8 in Victoria at age 69. She assumed ownership of the stations when her husband passed away in 1985. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15 at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel in Victoria. Puget Sound Radio Times Colonist obituary
  • 11/10/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle senior correspondent/analyst Bryan Johnson retires after 53 years. He started with the station on October 10, 1959. KOMO news KOMO 50th anniversary videos
  • 11/09/12 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Bill Reiter, who has voiced thousands of radio and TV commercials aired on stations in both Canada and the US during his multi-decade career, is featured on Senior Living TV Sunday November 11 at 2:30 p.m. on CHEK-TV Victoria. He appears in Segment 3: Having a Riot.
  • 11/09/12 - Meteorologist Brian Monahan has been hired for weekday mornings at KIRO-TV Seattle from Cox Media Group owned sister station WFTV-TV Orlando. He begins next month. Kevin Eck, Media Spy
  • 11/09/12 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Pacific Lutheran University for KPLK-FM 88.9 Sedro-Woolley. It is authorized to operate with 1.75 kW directional at 47 meters HAAT at 48-32-30 122-17-43. FCC data
  • 11/08/12 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning personality Fitz has been named “Best Local Radio Personality” for the 5th consecutive time in the KING-TV “Best Of Western Washington” competition. All Access Music Group JP Patches won #1 Local Comedian and Best Mayor. Kathi Goertzen was named #1 Local TV Personality. Complete list of winners
  • 11/08/12 - Newly-hired KOMO-TV Seattle weekend news anchor Joel Connable has died as a result of a diabetic seizure at age 39. He was found on the floor in his apartment after suffering a seizure when his diabetic pump malfunctioned. Merrill Knox, TV Spy Matt Driscoll, Seattle Weekly KOMO news director Holly Gauntt says the station is “incredibly sad” following his death. Merrill Knox, TV Spy
  • 11/08/12 - Veteran Seattle broadcaster Becky Brenner has been named a full partner at Albright & O’Malley, the country radio consulting company she joined in January. She originally joined KMPS Seattle in 1982. A & O release
  • 11/06/12 - CTV British Columbia has hired reporter Scott Hurst, who most recently was weekend anchor/reporter at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. He has reported from the front lines on US TV for several years, but worked previously at CTV as a teleprompter operator in 2005..
  • 11/06/12 - Veteram programmer Carol Handley has been named PD and on-air at Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 effective today. She's had experience at several Seattle stations including 14 years as PD at KWJZ-FM. All Access Music Group
  • 11/06/12 - KGY AM 1240 Olympia has adjusted its format over the past month to offer a local morning show, but with syndicated programs during the rest of the day and night, and some music programming. BlatherWatch Rolf Boone, The Olympian backgrounder
  • 11/05/12 - Radio West reports that on-air testing of the new CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody will begin Tuesday. The original application by owner Matthew McBride was approved by the CRTC on May 30, 2008 and was extended a number of times, with the most recent extension, including a technical perameter change to November 30, 2012 Radio West info
  • 11/04/12 - A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday evening at the Keg Restaurant in Coquitlam for former Vancouver broadcaster Lloyd Finlayson, who died October 21 at age 69. There was no service per his request. His career included stops at CHWK Chilliwack and CFUN, CKWX and CKNW Vancouver during the 1960s and '70s and CKO-FM Vancouver, where he was PD and prime morning show host during the 1980s.
  • 11/01/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has reported its third quarter 2012 financial results with consolidated revenue of $39.9 million, up slightly from the third quarter of 2011. Excluding Fisher Plaza revenues from the third quarter of 2011, Fisher's consolidated revenue increased 11% year-over-year. Fisher release
  • 11/01/12 - Former Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 program director Dave Benson has joined WNRN-FM 91.9 Charlottesville VA as PD and GM. He left The Mountain in June 2011 after two years. Radio Online
  • 11/01/12 - Former CBC Vancouver news editor Barbara Ann (Bobbie) Patrick died September 15 at the North Shore Hospice following a brief illness. She was 90. No service will be held by request. Vancouver Sun obituary
  • 10/31/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KGHE-FM 89.1 Elma from Northwest Indy Radio to Grays Harbor Institute and for KCFL-FM 91.1 Westport from Grays Harbor Institute to Northwest Indy Radio. FCC info: KGHE KCFL
  • 10/31/12 - Senior director, Global National and Global Vancouver station manager Kenton Boston has been promoted to VP, BC and National News. He continues to be responsible for all national and foreign news operations, including Global Okanagan CHBC-TV Kelowna. Broadcast Dialogue Revolving Door p. 2 of 7
  • 10/30/12 - Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 retains first place in the Arbitron October 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 4.8 share. There is a three way tie for second between News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3, Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 and News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9, all with 4.6 shares. Radio Online All Access Music Group analysis
  • 10/30/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. will report its third quarter 2012 financial results after the market closes on November 1. A quarterly conference call to discuss the results is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT that day. Fisher release
  • 10/28/12 - Former CKDA Victoria broadcaster Gerald Pash will be officially “robed” as a Citizenship Judge in a short ceremony in advance of the inaugural Citizenship Ceremony at 10 a.m. November 5 at the Citizenship and Immigration Office at Surrey Centre. Following a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, he worked for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Victoria. His appointment was announced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in June. Background info
  • 10/27/12 - The November 2012 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.
  • 10/27/12 - The obituary for former KJR/KISW-FM owner Lester M. Smith has been published in the Seattle Times. He passed away at home October 24, three days after his 93rd birthday. By the early seventies, with business partner Danny Kaye, he owned ten radio stations and numerous other ventures. He and five other partners established the Seattle Mariners in 1976. A celebration of life is scheduled for December 1. Seattle Times obituary
  • 10/26/12 - Seattle market veteran Matt Case moves to afternoons at Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 from Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3 where he has worked for 4-1/2 years. Meanwhile, Spirit recently added Steve and Amy, who originate the show from CRISTA Ministries Austin TX market Spirit KFMK-FM 105.9. All Access Music Group
  • 10/25/12 - Les Smith, former owner of KJR and KISW-FM Seattle and the Seattle Mariners, died at his home Wednesday at age 93. He acquired KJR in 1954. A celebration of life is planned for December 1. Sportspress Northwest Maureen O'Hagan, Seattle Times
  • 10/25/12 - More than 60 Vancouver radio professionals, many of whom have long since retired from active duty, gathered for lunch at the White Sport restaurant in downtown Vancouver Tuesday for a twice yearly event. Radio West Red Robinson website
  • 10/24/12 - John Donabie, a 47-year veteran of Canadian broadcasting including a stop at CKLG-FM Vancouver in 1976-77, has been announced by Canadian Music Week as the 2013 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. CMW release
  • 10/22/12 - In its license renewal for CFUN-FM 107.5 Chilliwack and its re-broadcast stations in Abbotsford and Vancouver, the CRTC has approved an amendment to allow specific Chilliwack frequency identification of the station hourly rather than the previously imposed half-hourly. The Commission denied a request by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to broadcast Fraser Valley specific news, sports and events Monday to Friday instead of “each day.” CRTC decision
  • 10/21/12 - Former CHWK Chilliwack and CFUN, CKWX and CKNW Vancouver broadcaster during the 1960s and '70s, Lloyd Finlayson is reported to have died this afternoon in the hospice he was residing in. His career also included several years during the 1980s at CKO-FM Vancouver, where he was also program director and prime morning show host. He is believed to have been 69 years old.
  • 10/21/12 - Former CHWK Chilliwack announcer Jack McGaw, who was active at University of British Columbia Radio before going on to TV fame is reported to have died. He was a co-host of the CTV consumer news magazine Live It Up! in the early 1980s, and subsequently produced and hosted freelance documentary programming. He was most recently owner of information station CIRH-FM 107.7 Halifax. He won a Michener Award in 1973 for the TV program Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Mostly Media report
  • 10/21/12 - The Now gets the impressions of a couple of the region's top airborne traffic reporters working out of Boundary Bay Airport south of Vancouver. Tom Zillich, Surrey Now
  • 10/20/12 - After two years of rotating partners with veteran broadcaster Rick Rizzs following the passing of Dave Niehaus, the Seattle Mariners are ready to add a permanent addition to the radio booth. Larry Stone, Seattle Times
  • 10/20/12 - Vancouver sports broadcaster Dan Murphy has authored Journeyman, the story of Sean Pronger as a professional hockey player. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 10/20/12 - Airchecker reports that JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver program director Gord Eno has left his employment with station owner The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Although not generally on-air, Eno voiced the final sign-off segment of sister station CKBD when it moved from the AM band to become The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 (now 102.7) in November 2008. Airchecker info
  • 10/19/12 - Michael Goldrick, who was executive producer at KOMO-TV Seattle from 2002-06, has been named vice president of news at WRC-TV Washington DC. TV Spy
  • 10/19/12 - A spokesman for the Government of Canada says the federal cabinet will not consider overturning the CRTC's rejection of the BCE Inc. takeover of Astral Media Inc. The government’s response means the Federal Court of Appeal is the only avenue left for BCE. Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail
  • 10/19/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Vista Radio Ltd. to acquire the assets of AM and FM radio stations located in Ontario communities by Haliburton Broadcasting Group Inc. Vista has grown quickly in recent years, owning a number of stations in Alberta and smaller communities in British Columbia and Vancouver Island, including the recently acquired CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons. CRTC release
  • 10/18/12 - The CRTC has denied a bid by BCE Inc. to acquire control of the assets of Astral Media. The Commission was not persuaded that the transaction would provide significant and unequivocal benefits to the Canadian broadcasting system and to Canadians. Had the acquisition been approved, it would have meant divestiture of three radio stations in the Vancouver market, CISL AM 650, CKZZ-FM 95.3 and CHHR-FM 104.3. CRTC release Gordon Isfeld, Financial Post Meanwhile, later in the day, BCE (Bell) issued a press release stating that it would appeal the decision to the federal Cabinet. BCE release
  • 10/18/12 - David Boze moves to mornings January 2 as The Truth KTTH AM 770 Seattle shuffles its programming, taking syndicated Glenn Beck out of the lineup. In January, Boze will have been with the station for 10 years. All Access Music Group
  • 10/18/12 - Kiah Tucker, former Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 host, and briefly morning host this year at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 (then 100.5) Vancouver has re-surfaced mornings at JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9. Meanwhile, Airchecker reports his former co-host at Virgin Radio, Tara Jean Stevens will join him on November 23. When NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS contacted Tara Jean, she said she was still on maternity leave and enjoying time at home with family. She declined comment on future radio positions.
  • 10/17/12 - Former TV anchor Joel Connable joins KOMO-TV Seattle from Travel News and Deals, the company he formed after leaving WTVJ-TV Miami in 2009. He starts November 1. South Florida TV News
  • 10/17/12 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle is installing new transmitter equipment at its West Tiger Mountain site which has taken its HD signals off the air. When completed, the HD reception should be greatly improved. Meanwhile, KAFE-FM 104.1 Bellingham is now up and running with HD and sister station KISM-FM 92.9 is expected to have its HD on-air soon.
  • 10/17/12 - KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle morning news co-anchor Linda Thomas has been named senior features reporter and digital journalist for radio and MyNorthwest.com. Market veteran and evening host John Curley moves to mornings starting Monday, October 22. He will co-host with Tom Tangney and news anchor Ursula Reutin. All Access Music Group Current co-host Bill Radke has announced he will be moving to another station. Bill Radke blog
  • 10/17/12 - Troy Scott has been named program director at SunFM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan. He was most recently morning co-host at Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton and previously was assistant PD/MD and drive host at the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's Kelowna cluster.
  • 10/16/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KSJU-FM 91.9 Friday Harbor from San Juan Island Community Radio to Board of Trustees of Skagit Valley College. FCC info Part15 Community Radio backgrounder
  • 10/16/12 - Crista Broadcasting has announced that Matt Stockman will be the new PD at Seattle market Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3, replacing Scott Valentine who accepted a position in New York. Shoreline Area News
  • 10/16/12 - Seattle market The End KNDD-FM 107.7 APD/MD/midday personality Andrew Harms has resigned after nearly 14 years to pursue other opportunities. He will say good-bye with an on-air party Friday, November 2. All Access Music Group
  • 10/16/12 - Vista Radio re-launched its recently acquired CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons over the weekend as Coast FM with a classic hits format. Pete Montana handles morning drive, Matt Morris in p.m. drive, Sean Eckford news director/morning news and former Vancouver/Squamish/Whistler broadcaster BJ Doyle will start as sales representative October 29.
  • 10/16/12 - Jason Howe, who has been Public Affairs Director at Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation since 2006, has been hired as a news reporter at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver, essentially replacing Dan Burritt, who moved to CBC Radio and Television. Previously Howe was a reporter at CKNW AM 980 for five years.
  • 10/16/12 - John Lysaght, whose career spanned 30 years with CBC Vancouver, died September 30 at age 73. He was Director of English Regional Communications at the time of his retirement from the Corporation in 1995. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1 p.m. October 26 at Northview Golf and Country Club, 6857 - 168th Street, Surrey. Sun/Province obituary
  • 10/15/12 - Puget Sound Radio reports veteran talk show host Terry Moore is back from retirement, filling in for shows on CFAX AM 1070 Victoria. PSR info
  • 10/15/12 - Highly regarded reporter Bhinder Sajan has been hired by CBC Vancouver to produce its 11 p,m, television news, with a role in the suppertime newscast. She has been a reporter with CTV British Columbia since early 2011 and previously was a producer and backup anchor at OMNi TV Vancouver. CBC Vancouver also recently moved weather anchor/meteorologist Claire Martin to CBC Toronto, replacing her locally with CBC News Network meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.
  • 10/15/12 - The syndicated Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx is added to Seattle market The Brew KKBW-FM 104.9. All Access Music Group
  • 10/15/12 - Veteran KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle PD/host Shellie Hart joins Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 middays, beginning today. All Access Music Group Warm welcome
  • 10/13/12 - University of British Columbia campus station CITR-FM 101.9 is celebrating its 75th anniversary and 30 years on the FM dial November 16-18. A number of events associated with the celebration are planned. CITR info
  • 10/12/12 - Jeff Burnside, who was fired last April from WTVJ-TV Miami, has been named senior investigative reporter at KOMO-TV Seattle. TV Spy
  • 10/12/12 - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm, aka Typhoon Frieda, which pummeled the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts into triple digits. Virtually all radio and TV stations were knocked off the air for periods of time varying from hours to days. One station that managed to stay on air was Vancouver market CKNW AM 980, thanks to engineer Jack Gordon, who rigged up emergency power to a back-up transmitter. The station became a co-ordination and information hub during the night and into the following days. BC Radio History Scott Sistek, KOMO News Stacia Glenn, The News Tribune Rob Ollikainen, Peninsula Daily News
  • 10/10/12 - Former Vancouver radio and TV reporter Ron Bencze is appealing his four-year jail sentence following his guilty plea of sexual interference with a child. His lawyers feel that the sentence imposed by a provincial court judge is outside the acceptable range. Bencze was a reporter for News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver but most recently worked for Global Television. News1130 Susan Lazaruk, The Province
  • 10/09/12 - Award-winning news reporter Dan Burritt has confirmed that he has left his position at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver to report for CBC Radio and Television Vancouver. He was a reporter for CKNW AM 980 for four years prior to moving to News1130 in 2010. He won the Jack Webster Foundation B.C. Hydro Student Journalism Award in 2005 and was named BCAB Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow last year.
  • 10/09/12 - Meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson has left her position at KIRO-TV Seattle. There is a notation on her Twitter page and she continues to report weather on her Facebook page. Her name has been deleted from the KIRO-TV website.
  • 10/07/12 - Mark Christopher has been announced as the new morning host at Seattle market Warm KRWM-FM 106.9. He also hosts Cooks on KCTS-TV. He replaces 15-year Warm host Tom McCarthy. All Access Music Group
  • 10/06/12 - Retired award-winning CBC Vancouver filmmaker and TV producer Richard Bocking died September 28, 2012 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria at age 81. He produced over 60 films including Tristan und Isolde (1976); The Music of Man (1979); Vivaldi (1986) and Jon Vickers: A Man and His Music (1975). A memorial service and celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13 at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Road. Sun/Province obituary
  • 10/04/12 - Veteran Vancouver traffic anchor Kim Larsson, who reported traffic for the Rogers Radio Group for 15 years up to 2010, has resurfaced on CKNW AM 980. He reports afternoons from the Canadian Traffic Network helicopter CKNW Eye in the Sky.
  • 10/03/12 - Red Robinson teamed up with former Vancouver broadcaster Phil Mackesy to visit Seattle radio icon Pat O'Day at his home on San Juan Island. redrobinson.com
  • 10/03/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle weekend anchor John Discepolo joined WPEC-TV West Palm Beach FL last week as its primary anchor. He had been with KOMO since 2010. WPEC News
  • 10/02/12 - Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is in first place in the Arbitron September 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.4 share, News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 moves into second with 5.1 and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 4.8. Radio Online All Access Music Group analysis
  • 10/01/12 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Bill Reiter, who has written, produced or voiced thousands of radio and TV commercials during his career, was admitted to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on August 13 with pneumonia and pleurisy. He was discharged two days later but re-admitted to RCH Emergency on September 21. He has now returned home under the watchful eye of the RCH Cardio Clinic and his wife Ebba, and has returned to working on his WAGRadio blog and BillReiter YouTube. Reiter began his broadcast career hosting the contemporary black music program Groovin' Blue on CKLG-FM Vancouver in 1967, was an actor on Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium Medicine Show on CBC Radio/TV during the 1970s and early 80s and co-hosted Zig Zag on BCTV Vancouver from 1980-87. He was the recipient of the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
  • 09/30/12 - The October 2012 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.
  • 09/30/12 - Master interviewer and morning entertainer Bob Rivers continues to survive radio's many changes. He's been on-air at three Seattle stations since 1989 and currently at KJR-FM 95.7. Bill Reader, Seattle Times
  • 09/29/12 - KMOV-TV St. Louis suppertime news anchor John Knicely moves to anchor mornings at KIRO-TV Seattle. He replaces Chris Egert, who left KIRO for KTSP-TV St. Paul/Minneapolis MN in April. Merrill Knox, TV Spy
  • 09/29/12 - News1130 CKWX Vancouver sports director Ann Schmaltz hosts The Hockey Report - Lockout Edition three times daily seven days a week during the current NHL dispute. Greg Douglas' Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/29/12 - Former Vancouver market CISL AM 650 morning host Gerry O'Day, who left the station to move to Penticton earlier this year, has resurfaced at Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton. He is handling remotes and general duties.
  • 09/28/12 - Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 music director Daniel Weatherhogg has left the station. He started there as an operator six years ago and was elevated to MD last year. All Access Music Group
  • 09/27/12 - Veteran Vancouver sports broadcaster Jim Hughson, who has been a play-by-play announcer for CBC Television's Hockey Night in Canada since 2005, is just one of hundreds of TV personnel who will face a sharp drop in income by the NHL work stoppage. Canadian Press, Vancouver Province
  • 09/27/12 - Hall of Fame Seattle DJs Pat O'Day and Marco Collins team up to present the Top 20 from their respective musical eras, the 60s and 90s, Friday, September 28 for a special broadcast on Internet station Jet City Stream. Shelley Germeaux, examiner.com
  • 09/26/12 - Long time CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver radio host Buzz Bishop, now hosting middays at XL103 CFXL-FM 103.1 Calgary, has come under fire for a blog post in which he admits that he prefers one of his children over the other. Vancouver Sun Paul Irish, Toronto Star
  • 09/26/12 - CBUX-FM-1 88.9 Victoria, the CBC Radio French language translator for Espace musique CBUX-FM 90.9 Vancouver has been experiencing transmitter problems over the past week or more. The Corporation's engineering department is now aware of the problem and a fix is expected within a few days.
  • 09/24/12 - Andy Skotdal, operator of KRKO AM 1380 Everett and KKXA AM 1520 Snohomish, presents his thoughts on the controversial issue of including FM radios in cell phones. Skotdal is also a former chairman and current board member of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters and a former NAB Radio board member. Radio Ink
  • 09/22/12 - Former Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist and song writer Randy Bachman, who hosts Vinyl Tap weekends nationally on CBC Radio from Vancouver, joins singer Sarah McLachlan and SNL's Phil Hartman, who died in 1998, as this year's inductees to Canada's Walk of Fame. Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun
  • 09/22/12 - The Patches Action Team is in need of some financial support by tomorrow night to pay the final bills for the memorable celebration of J.P. Patches at McCaw Hall September 8. TV clown JP Patches, aka Chris Wedes, died July 22 at age 84 after a long battle with cancer. His show was first broadcast on KIRO-TV Seattle in 1958 and continued until 1981, the longest running locally produced children's show in the country. The Patches Action Team info
  • 09/22/12 - 78 year old Seattle radio legend Pat O'Day was suffering from memory loss and mental focus when he was diagnosed with a massive tumor in his forehead. O'Day walked out of hospital four days after surgery and announced hydroplanes on KIRO-TV four weeks later. Rachel Belle, mynorthwest.com
  • 09/20/12 - Shushma Datt, president and CEO of i.t. Media Broadcasting, owner of RJ1200 CJRJ AM Vancouver, is one of 40 recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal. The medal program was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as well as honoring 60,000 Canadians for significant contributions and achievements. RJ1200 news
  • 09/19/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications will soft launch MyDTV on October 1 at its flagship station according to John Lawson, executive director of the Mobile 500 Alliance. Fisher and Hubbard Broadcasting in Minneapolis/St. Paul, leaders of Mobile 500, are ordering 1,500 Elgato MyDTV dongles, most of which will be distributed for free, he said. Gary Arlen, TV Technology
  • 09/19/12 - A celebration of life has been announced for former Vancouver radio sales/sales manager John Iacobucci, who died in Kimberley, BC in the early morning of September 15 at age 70. It will be held at 500 Giegerich Road in Kimberley at 1 p.m.on Saturday, September 29. Sun/Province obituary
  • 09/18/12 - Levi Sampson, who played an influential role in rescuing CHEK-TV Victoria through an employee-ownership solution, is co-hosting local TV series Sky's The Limit. The new half-hour program offers a refreshing take on business travel and international arts, cuisine and culture. The 31 year old Sampson, who is also CHEK's chairman of the board, co-hosts with photographer/model Suzanne Teresa. Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist
  • 09/18/12 - After 2-1/2 years, "The Fish" Jeff Aaron is back on the air weekday afternoons at Fox Sports 1380 KRKO AM Everett. He also hosts Saturday afternoons on KJR AM 950 Seattle. KRKO owner Andy Skotdal says he could add more local hosts to the line-up if he can find the right fit. My Everett News
  • 09/18/12 - Pioneer Vancouver broadcaster Wilf Ray, who started his radio career at CKMO in 1944, has announced that from now until the end of September, his on-line radio show is featuring two hours of Elvis singing slow and fast gospel numbers from a broadcast from 1993. Wilf's website
  • 09/17/12 - Former Vancouver market sales and sales manager John Iacobucci died early Saturday morning (09/15) in hospital in Kimberley, BC, following several years with heart problems. He was 70. He had worked at CKLG, CKWX and CKNW. Red Robinson info
  • 09/16/12 - Long time radio and TV host Tamara Stanners has been named PD at The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver. She joined the station as assistant PD in 2008. Gord Eno remains PD at sister station JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7. Airchecker info
  • 09/16/12 - A memorial service has been announced for Seattle broadcaster Bill Wippel, who died September 9 following a battle with lung cancer. It is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 22 at Evergreen Church, 17700 1st Ave. S., Burien. Seattle Times obituary
  • 09/15/12 - Award winning Vancouver actor Winston Rekert died early Friday from cancer. He was 63. Rekert got his start at the Arts Club Theatre and went on to star in numerous Vancouver and US TV and film productions. He was the recipient of Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award and two Geminis. Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun Glen Schaefer, The Province
  • 09/13/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to increase power of CBU-2-FM 88.1, a rebroadcasting transmitter of CBU AM 690 Vancouver. Maximum ERP will increase from 19,500 to 97,600 watts and effective HAAT will increase from 567.2 to 605.8 meters. The increase is made possible by the closing down of the CHEK-TV channel 6 Victoria analog transmitter, the audio of which operated at 87.75 MHz. CRTC approval
  • 09/13/12 - Former KIRO Radio Seattle news director Bill Wippel passed away last Saturday following a long battle with cancer. He came to Seattle in 1964 and started working as a newsman at KOL, moving the following year to KIXI. He was the recipient of several journalism awards for reporting the King County Courthouse scandal. SeaTac Radio Blatherwatch
  • 09/12/12 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle "Fitz in the Morning" has been added to The Wolf KWJJ-FM 99.5 Portland. All Access Music Group
  • 09/12/12 - Long time Global BC weather anchor Wayne Cox is taking early retirement, but will continue to make various appearances. He started in radio in Quesnel in 1968. Meanwhile, tickets for Larry and Willy's party on September 21 will be available starting at 12 noon tomorrow, September 13 at the Red Robinson Show Theatre box office. Red Robinson info
  • 09/12/12 - The FCC has denied four challenges to the power increase and new tower array for KRKO AM 1380 Everett. The objections were based on environmental concerns. The commission also rejected the objection to the grant of the new sister station KKXA AM 1520 in Snohomish. All Access Music Group
  • 09/11/12 - Puget Sound Radio has reported schedule changes at CFAX AM 1070 Victoria, with the departure of talker Dave Dickson and last month PD/ND/talker Murray Langdon. PSR Dickson info PSR Langdon info
  • 09/11/12 - Larry and Willy, who left their morning show on JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver in July are planning a "thank you" show on September 21, which according to their Facebook page, will be free. Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 09/11/12 - The frequency swap in Vancouver between Co-op Radio CFRO-FM and The PEAK CKPK-FM took place as scheduled Monday (09/10) at 1:02 p.m., putting CKPK at 102.7 and CFRO at 100.5. Audio of both stations can be heard here courtesy of Radio West.
  • 09/10/12 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle has announced an exclusive partnership with Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation on the eve of what would have been Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday. All Access Music Group
  • 09/10/12 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle promotions and programming assistant Marissa Dion has been hired as music and promotions director at Country KKRV-FM 104.7 Wenatchee. She was most recently programming coordinator at the Clear Channel Seattle cluster. All Access Music Group
  • 09/10/12 - All Access Music Group gives further details of the August Seattle market PPM. All Access analysis
  • 09/10/12 The CRTC has begun hearing the highly controversial multibillion dollar acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Media. The deal would see Bell own more than 100 radio stations in Canada, including seven in Vancouver, and almost 90 TV channels. CRTC opening remarks CP/Vancouver Sun Steve Ladurantaye, The Globe and Mail CRTC divestiture list
  • 09/10/12 - 30-year plus Global BC Vancouver special events reporter Mike McCardell has agreed to a new one year contract, which will have him hosting three segments a week instead of the previous five. He was MIA for most of last week and was talking with rival CTV British Columbia. Harvey Oberfeld
  • 09/09/12 - Co-op Radio CFRO-FM 102.7 Vancouver has announced special programming on Monday from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. while The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 has announced special programming from noon-1:20 p.m. The two stations will simultaneously exchange frequencies at 1:02 p.m. The flip is reminiscent of a similar one which involved commercial CJVI AM 900 and Camosun College station CKMO-FM 103.1 Victoria in September 2000. The on-air signal of Village 900 eventually went dark in March of this year in favor of Internet only broadcasting. Zoe McKnight, Vancouver Sun backgrounder
  • 09/09/12 - KOMO AM 1000/FM 97.7 Seattle weekend anchor Val Stouffer has resigned to take a full-time gig at KIRO FM 97.3. KOMO has also cut Gary Burleigh's weekend sportscasts, opting for canned sports. Blatherwatch
  • 09/09/12 - Seattle Center hosted its official 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, but thousands of people waited in line to celebrate their favorite clown, J.P. Patches aka Chris Wedes, who passed away in July at age 84. The celebration was made possible after weeks of work by local producer and Seattle historian Feliks Banel. KIRO-TV news/video Casey McNerthney, Seattle PI Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times
  • 09/08/12 - Kentucky Derby and Preakness winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was a no-show with midday Team 1040 CKST AM Vancouver hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price Thursday after being caught up in downtown traffic. Blake Price and Jeff Paterson will share play-by-play for the WHL Vancouver Giants home games this season on Team Radio. Meanwhile, the station is creatively adjusting programming to accomodate the possibility of an NHL lockout. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/08/12 - Brad Phillips, VP of BC operations at Astral Media, has now confirmed that he will be the new GM at Corus Radio Vancouver later this fall. He has held executive positions with radio and TV stations in the Vancouver market and has held executive positions with Astral locally since 2008.
  • 09/06/12 - Brad Phillips, VP of BC operations at Astral Media, has accepted the vacant GM position at Corus Radio Vancouver. Phillips could not immediately be reached for comment. However a source close to him says he will stay on for a few months until after the Bell acquisition of Astral, an unusual situation in the highly competitive radio business.
  • 09/06/12 - Vancouver market BBM PPM data has been released for the period May 28 - August 26, 2012. Soft Rock QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 moves into first place with an 11.8 share, CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 dips to second with 10.4 and News/Talk CKNW AM 980 slips 0.4 of a share but retains third place with 9.0. BBM data David Bray, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/06/12 - Actor Stephen Tobolowsky's autobiographical podcast The Tobolowsky Files, currently airing on KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle will be produced for public radio stations nationwide. The program debuts on selected public radio stations in October under a new deal with Public Radio International. All Access Music Group PRI release
  • 09/06/12 - KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids, Iowa morning and noon news anchor Kelly O'Connor joins Seattle market Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV as early morning co-anchor. TV Spy
  • 09/05/12 - Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is in first place in the Arbitron August 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 5.4 share, CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 is second with 4.9 and Soft AC Warm KRWM-FM 106.9 is third with 4.8. Radio Online
  • 09/05/12 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle "Fitz in the Morning" show is among five finalists in the 2012 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year - Major Market Award. Radio Ink
  • 09/04/12 - The family is planning a private memorial in Kelowna later this week for Rhythm Pals lead singer Jack Jensen, who died Friday August 31 in Kelowna. The trio got their start with Bill Rea at CKNW in the mid 1940s, moved to CKWX in the early 50s, later toured the U.S., Europe and Asia, and worked in Hollywood before returning to Canada, where they had their own radio show on CBC. The Rhythm Pals won awards for Canada's best country group in 1965, '67 and '68, and were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in 1989. Don Plant, Penticton Herald
  • 09/03/12 - The official frequency swap for The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 and Co-op Radio CFRO-FM 102.7 Vancouver is scheduled for 1:02 p.m. next Monday, September 10. However, CFRO is now operating in stereo with reports from as far away as Abbotsford saying that the signal is much stronger than previous, indicating use of the new CKPK 102.7 transmitter facility. Zoe McKnight, Vancouver Sun
  • 09/02/12 - Guitarist Jack Jensen, the last surviving member of the award winning trio, The Rhythm Pals, died Friday afternoon in Kelowna. Accordionist Marc Wald died ealier this year and standup bassist Mike Ferbey passed away a few years ago. The trio were popular on Bill Rea’s Western Roundup radio show on CKNW New Westminster over five decades ago. Jensen was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2005. OBC info John Mackie, Vancouver Sun backgrounder
  • 09/01/12 - SONiC CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver has officially announced that Kid Carson will host its morning show beginning Tuesday, September 4. Carson left The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 in April. Randi Chase will co-host, Chelsea Hobbis will produce the show, which will also include “Andrew the Intern” Andrew Sosa. YouTube video Sam Riddle, bcliving
  • 08/31/12 - An advance copy of the September 2012 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.
  • 08/30/12 - The CRTC has announced that new rules requiring Canadian broadcasters and broadcasting distributors to control the loudness of television commercials come into force on September 1. Broadcasters and television service providers are required to adhere to an objective international standard for measuring and controlling television signals. A compliance report has to be sent to the Commission by no later than October 15. The US will adopt the same international standard by the end of the year. CRTC release CRTC info bulletin
  • 08/30/12 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Jennifer Thomson has announced on her Facebook page that she will be a morning traffic anchor on Vancouver market AM 730 CHMJ and middays on CKNW AM 980 beginning Tuesday, September 4. She was most recently morning co-host/news/traffic at Shore CHHR-FM 104.3 and currently co-hosts Healthworx Radio on CKNW.
  • 08/29/12 - KOMO-FM 97.7/AM 1000 and KVI AM 570 Seattle are shuffling programming beginning September 4 to return KOMO to an all-news schedule except for overnights and move KVI back towards conservative political talk. All Access Music Group Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal
  • 08/28/12 - Former Vancouver radio and TV reporter Ron Bencze has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexual assault involving a minor. The 44 year old Bencze pleaded guilty late last month. News1130 Jennifer Saltman, The Province
  • 08/28/12 - The CRTC has approved in part an application by Christian Channel Inc. to amend the licenses for CHNU-DT Fraser Valley and its sister station CIIT-DT Winnipeg to extend the deadline by which certain tangible benefits must be fulfilled. The Commission has granted an extension of one year to August 31, 2013 instead of the three-year extension requested. CRTC decision
  • 08/28/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary transfer of control of KRXY-FM 94.5 Shelton from Rodney J. Etherton to Michael F. Marohn.
  • 08/27/12 - At 12 noon today, CFSI-FM-1 102.1 began its regular program feed rebroadcasting CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island after successfully completing the 'test period' without complaints.
  • 08/27/12 - Classic Rock CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver PD Andy Ross is leaving the station to fulfill family obligations in Saskatoon. The 30-year radio veteran has held positions in numerous Canadian cities as jock, producer, music director, APD and PD, including program director of JACK-FM CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver.
  • 08/27/12 - There isn't yet confirmation, but Airchecker reports that Tara Jean Stevens and Kiah Tucker are slated to team up once again on a new Kiah and Tara Jean morning show at JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver, following the recent exit of long-time morning hosts Larry & Willy. Airchecker news
  • 08/27/12 - Former Smooth Jazz 98.9 Seattle program director and current Smooth in Seattle broadcaster Carol Handley will handle day-to-day programming while Sandusky Seattle searches for a new Warm KWRM-FM 106.9 PD to replace Laura Dane who exited last week. Radio Online
  • 08/27/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced a special cash dividend in the amount of $10.00 per share, payable on October 19, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 28, 2012. The company's board also approved a quarterly cash dividend beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012, expected to amount to $0.15 per share. Fisher release
  • 08/26/12 - Robin Stickley anchored her final News Hour broadcast during the supper hour today at Global BC. She remains with the Global family as she moves across the continent to begin reporting as the network's new Washington correspondent in mid September. August 26 News Hour video. She also was the fill-in host on Global National on Friday, August 24, which can be viewed here.
  • 08/26/12 - An obituary has been published for former CFUN Good Guy librarian Mike Powley, who died August 22 at Peach Arch Hospice in White Rock at age 70. There is no memorial service by request. Sun/Province obituary
  • 08/26/12 - Airchecker reports that Tara Jean Stevens has left her position as afternoon host at Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver where she has been employed since 2007, and Kiah Tucker did his last shift Friday at The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver, after being signed only three months ago. He previously did a five year run at CKZZ-FM. Weekender Emilie Clarke, who moved to Penticton for a year, moves into p.m. drive on Virgin. Airchecker news
  • 08/25/12 - By now most people have seen the video of anchor Andrew Johnson when he misused the word "canoodle" directed towards weather host Astrid Braunschmidt on a newscast at CTV Vancouver Island. The video went viral and was featured at numerous stations internationally including NBC and CNN. YouTube video follow-up video
  • 08/25/12 - Puget Sound Radio reports that CFAX AM 1070 Victoria PD/news director/talk show host Murray Landon has been released by the station. Substitute host CTV Vancouver Island reporter/anchor Stephen Andrew filled in Friday without mention of "filling in" and Langdon's name has been deleted from the CFAX website. Puget Sound Radio info
  • 08/24/12 - Seattle market Warm KWRM-FM 106.9 PD Laura Dane has left the station which she has programmed since 2006. She has stated that she is headed to a new adventure. All Access Music Group
  • 08/24/12 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster and political commentator Rafe Mair says that he has been fired after nearly 7 years as part of the the CBC Radio Early Edition, claiming his dismissal was "a result of political pressure from the Clark government". Mair was a BC cabinet minister in the 1970s and began hosting radio talk shows at CJOR in 1981. Charlie Smith, Straight.com
  • 08/24/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has promoted David Praga to Vice President. He will continue to serve in his role as GM of Fisher's television stations in Yakima/Tri-Cities and Lewiston, ID. Fisher release
  • 08/24/12 - Comedian John Keister, Almost Live! cast member Pat Cashman and two of the show’s original producers have started shooting their new sketch comedy show The (206) on Mercer Island. Amy Rolph, Seattle PI Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest
  • 08/24/12 - Mike Powley, former CFUN Vancouver librarian and indispensable jack of all trades to the Good Guys, died earlier this week from colon, liver and lung cancer. The Good Guys were significant at CFUN during the station's Top 40 era in the early to mid 1960s. Radio West info and photo
  • 08/23/12 - CTV National News BC bureau chief Sarah Galashan has been added to the Vancouver team of CBC News Network. She begins September 17. Galashan has reported for CTV News since 2001. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/23/12 - Vancouver's Green Men, Sully and Force are among ten finalists in a contest to be inducted into the ESPN Hall of Fans. The duo are News1130 CKWX news anchor Adam Forsyth and Left Coast Media producer/editor/host Ryan Sullivan. News1130 Hall of Fans
  • 08/22/12 - As manager and morning show co-host, former Vancouver broadcaster Bob Duck is set to launch a new Christian station, CHJJ-FM 90.7 Cobourg ON on September 8. He anchored news, sports and business news at CKNW and then CJNW Vancouver from 1996-2004.
  • 08/22/12 - Janene Drafs, VP and station manager of KOMO-TV Seattle has been named VP and GM of Fisher Communications's Seattle broadcasting stations, effective September 1. Drafs, who started with KOMO-TV as a sales assistant 25 years ago, replaces Jim Clayton, who retires August 31. Clayton will stay on as a senior adviser to Fisher, focusing on special projects. Fisher release
  • 08/22/12 - Airchecker reports that Rogers Radio Vancouver is expected to make a major announcement on September 1 that their new SONiC CFUN-FM 104.9 morning show will star Kid Carson, who left The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 in April, Randi Chase, most recently at KOOL CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary, Andrew The Intern aka Andrew Sosa of The Beat and Chelsea Hobbis, former CKNW AM 980 promotions coordinator. Airchecker also notes that that Rogers has no immediate plans to move SONiC 104.9 down the dial to 96.9. Airchecker news
  • 08/22/12 - Milkman UnLimited reports that Lake FM CHSL-FM 92.7 Slave Lake AB morning show host Paul Allen will be filling in for afternoon host Ceara K during her maternity leave at KOOL CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria. Lake FM's studio and offices were destroyed by the Slave Lake wildfire in May 2011, with the station returning to a new studio above a video store two weeks later.
  • 08/21/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced that it has signed affiliation agreements with MundoFox to add its new Spanish-language television network to the multicast tier of KUNS-TV Seattle and KUNP-LP Portland. MundoFox, which officially launched August 13 is expected to be added by the end of September. Fisher release
  • 08/21/12 - The Lake CICV-FM 98.7 Lake Cowichan is testing a new transmitter site, the location of which has not yet been released. The not-for-profit station received notice from the CRTC August 9 that it had been approved to begin transmitting at 50 watts instead of five. Frequency will change to 97.5 effective September 1. Tamu Miles, Cowichan News Leader
  • 08/21/12 - Spirit KCMS-FM 105.3 Seattle morning host and PD Scott Valentine has been named the new morning host at Contemporary Christian STAR WAWZ-FM 99.1 New York. All Access Music Group
  • 08/21/12 - Warren Andrews, afternoon host and sports director at The River CIQC-FM 99.7 Campbell River, has been named Broadcaster of the Year by the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The inaugural award recognizes his work as the voice of the Campbell River Storm. VIJHL news
  • 08/20/12 - Friends, family and the community gathered In a celebration of life at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion Sunday to celebrate the life of Kathi Goertzen. Goertzen, who passed away last Monday after complications from a brain tumor, joined the KOMO News team in 1980 and had been a co-anchor since 1983. KOMO News Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times
  • 08/18/12 - Former B.C. Lions defensive lineman Nick Hebeler joins David Pratt as his CFL insider when the show debuts at 7 p.m. Monday on CKNW AM 980. 16-year veteran punter and Super Bowl champion Mitch Berger is the show’s NFL correspondent. Greg Douglas' Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
  • 08/16/12 - A public celebration of Kathi Goertzen’s life has been set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center. Seating inside the pavilion will be limited largely to family members, friends and co-workers with an audio feed to the outside. The full service will also be streamed live on KOMONews.com. KOMO announcement
  • 08/15/12 - Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver reporter and weekend news anchor Robin Stickley has confirmed that she will be leaving her local post, replacing Paul Johnson as the Washington correspondent for Global National. She has been with Global BC since January 2004 when she moved from sister station Global Edmonton where she co-hosted the Morning News for four years. Johnson moves to Beijing later this month to become the network's new Asia correspondent.
  • 08/14/12 - Former TEAM CKST AM 1040 Vancouver host David Pratt has landed his own talk show starting next week on CKNW AM 980, as the station moves to all sports in the evenings. Pratt left TEAM 1040 in a contract dispute last September and joined CKNW in March. Vancouver Sun
  • 08/14/12 - Powered By Country with Fitz, a weekly top 25 countdown hosted by The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle morning host Fitz is now heard on over 70 radio stations. The show went national last summer after a short tryout on KKWF and several other Entercom stations. All Access Music Group
  • 08/14/12 - Vancouver-based TELUS has filed a submission with the CRTC opposing the potential acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Canada. It charges that as Canada's largest vertically integrated media and communications company, Bell has not complied with the spirit of the policies adopted by the CRTC. TELUS strongly urges the CRTC to enforce and further strengthen its existing vertical integration safeguards to curtail anti-competitive conduct on all platforms. If the Bell acquisition of Astral is approved, it will have to divest three Vancouver radio stations under current CRTC regulations. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/13/12 - Kathi Goertzen, KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor for nearly 30 years, died today after a 14-year struggle with recurring brain tumors. She was 54. Goertzen started at KOMO as an intern in 1979, joining news anchor Dan Lewis in 1987. She was admitted into intensive care late last week. She had continued working even after giving up the anchor chair, and kept viewers updated on her health. Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times KOMO tribute KING-TV news MyNorthwest.com Seattle Times editorial Lynn Varner, Seattle Times Matt Driscoll, Seattle Weekly Gov. Gregoire statement KOMO-TV will pay tribute to Kathi Goertzen with a special at 8 p.m. Live online link Kathi Gopertzen Foundation
  • 08/13/12 - Two former play-by-play voices, Bill Stephenson and Brook Ward, were welcomed into the Vancouver Canadians Broadcast & Journalism Hall of Fame Saturday evening at Nat Bailey Stadium. Stephenson was part of Vancouver's baseball scene in the 1950s before moving to Toronto and Ward broadcast more games than any other in team history from 1987 to 2006. He is still active on local airwaves. Rob Fai, Canadians news Vancouver Canadians backgrounder
  • 08/12/12 - Former C-FUN Vancouver Good Guy music librarian Mike Powley is scheduled to be moved to the hospice section of Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock for palliative care within the next couple of days. He has inoperative colon, liver and lung cancer. He is accepting visitors, but all visitation must be coordinated with his son David Powley at 604-218-3005.
  • 08/12/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen is being treated for pneumonia, which she developed during chemotherapy treatment. She remains in hospital in intensive care but is showing improvement in vital signs. KOMO News update
  • 08/11/12 - Longtime KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen, who has fought benign brain tumors for more than a dozen years, is back in the hospital ICU. Longtime co-anchor Dan Lewis announced on Friday's 11 p.m. news that her vital signs are improving. Seattle PI KOMO News
  • 08/10/12 - Arthur Black, Salt Spring Island writer, broadcaster and former host of CBC Radio's Basic Black, will moderate a town hall meeting at the Visitor Centre of Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver Sunday, August 12 and at the Pacific Fleet Club in Victoria Tuesday, August 14. Residents will have a chance to have their say in The CBC We Want sponsored by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Broadaster Magazine Victoria News
  • 08/10/12 - An anonymous donor has paid all the bills related to the engineering study required by Industry Canada and the CRTC for the power increase and frequency change for CICV-FM 98.7 Lake Cowichan. Now approved, the station can start broadcasting with 50 watts as early as September 1, but still requires permission to set up its new transmitter location. Lexi Bainas, Cowichan Valley Citizen
  • 08/09/12 - KVAL-TV Eugene, OR chief meteorologist Seth Wayne has been hired to replace Paul Deanno at KOMO-TV Seattle. Wayne's last day at KVAL is August 17. Merrill Knox, TV Spy
  • 08/09/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by non-profit corporation Cowichan Valley Community Radio Society to operate a low-power community FM station in Lake Cowichan, It will operate at 97.5 MHz with an ERP of 50 watts non-directional at -82 meters HAAT. The Society has been operating low-power developmental community station CICV-FM 98.7 MHz with 5 watts following The Commission's approval in August 2009. Developmental community stations are generally licensed for three years and are expected to file an application to operate as a regular community station at the end of the term. CRTC release
  • 08/08/12 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Grays Harbor Institute for KGHK-FM 91.1 Westport. The CP mod is for 4 kW non-directional at 26 meters HAAT at 47-00-35 124-09-9. FCC info
  • 08/08/12 - It was reported last week that KOMO-TV Seattle meteorologist Paul Deanno will be moving to KPIX-TV San Francisco as the primary weather anchor, replacing Roberta Gonzales. In a press release issued Tuesday evening, KPIX confirmed the hire, but announced current lead weather anchor Roberta Gonzales would be re-assigned to lower-profile weekend weather spots, along with some "reporting responsibilities in the field" during the week. Deanno's move is effective August 30. Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times
  • 08/07/12 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 ekes out first place with a 5.4 share, ahead of second place Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 with 5.3 and News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 with 5.1 in the Arbitron July 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM. Radio Online
  • 08/07/12 - SeaTacRadio.com reports that former Seattle and Vancouver newsman Frank Thompson died Saturday at age 85. He worked at CJVI Victoria in the early 1950s before heading to California in 1953. He was news director at KJR Seattle from 1969-74 and read news at CKLG Vancouver after leaving KJR. SeaTacRadio SD Radio.net
  • 08/07/12 - Radio-Info.com reports that Portland and San Francisco broadcaster George Harris, who was news director at KING radio in Seattle in 1986-87, has passed away. He was 61. Radio-Info Seattle posting All Access Music Group
  • 08/07/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has reported financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2012, with a 19% growth in net television revenue and a 5% increase in consolidated revenue compared to the second quarter 2011. Fisher will host a conference call today at 1:00 p.m. PDT to discuss the financial results and host a question and answer session. Fisher release
  • 08/06/12 - CFSI-FM-1 102.1 Salt Spring Island signed on with 20 watts ERP from Mt. Bruce at 11 a.m. today. The project was spearheaded by Mike Cherry who wrote the initial CRTC application and made the necessary equipment acquisition. The station is running a 3+ hour playlist loop featuring all-Saltspring music plus the mandatory test announcements every 15 minutes, which will continue until August 27 pending Industry Canada approval. After approval it will repeat the CFSI-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island signal.
  • 08/06/12 - After a three year stint at the helm of French language community station CILS-FM 107.9 Victoria, Directeur de la Programmation (PD) Phil Mossman has resigned, effective August 31. He will pursue other media ventures in the province. No replacement has been named.
  • 08/03/12 - News1130 CKWX Vancouver evening and weekend reporter Andrew Hopkins has been released by the station. No reason has been given. He had worked there for eight months after moving from CFJC-TV Kamloops.
  • 08/03/12 - CHEK-TV Victoria will televise all eight Lingerie League Football Saturday night regular season games as well as the LFL Canada championship game ‘Lingerie Bowl I’, in HD Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. While CHEK will carry all LFL Canada games, its focus will be centered on the BC Angels home games at Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre as well as track the team’s inaugural season development through player features and team reports. LFL release
  • 08/03/12 - Cheri Lynn Martin, director brand marketing and strategic partnerships for the Country Radio Seminar, has accepted a position with Seattle-based Fisher Communications. She will report directly to the GSM and will work in Fisher's marketing and business development department. All Access Music Group
  • 08/03/12 - Rich Lieberman Media reports that KOMO-TV Seattle meteorologist Paul Deanno will be moving to KPIX-TV San Francisco as the primary weather anchor, replacing Roberta Gonzales. Deanno has been with KOMO since 2009 and won the Emmy Award for Best Weathercast in the Northwest Region in 2010. Lieberman Media Blog
  • 08/03/12 - The CRTC has approved technical changes for CKPK-FM Vancouver, by decreasing the maximum ERP from 100,000 to 70,000 watts, by increasing the HAAT from 590.4 to 682.4 meters and by moving its transmitter site. The Commission previously approved the frequency swap of CKPK-FM 100.5 and CFRO-FM 102.7 with an increase in maximum ERP for CKPK (after the move to 102.7) from 11,000 to 100,000 watts. CRTC CKPK decision CRTC frequency swap decision Co-op Radio CFRO has announced that the frequency change will take place on September 10. CFRO info
  • 08/03/12 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for long time CKWX Vancouver broadcaster Gene Kern who died July 30, just one day before his 87th birthday. It is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 11 at First Memorial Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver. First Memorial Funeral Services biography Red Robinson memories Sun/Province obituary
  • 08/02/12 - Don Lehn, former News1130 CKWX Vancouver news anchor and current morning anchor at The Hawk CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack, has been promoted to news director. He was anchor/technical director/desk reporter/writer at News1130 from 2006-10 before moving to morning news at The Hawk in 2010.
  • 08/02/12 - JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver morning duo Larry and Willy have finally released further information on an ongoing story, released here first on July 6. When morning newsman Kerry Marshall was released, management presented them with a list of conditions laying out revisions to their show and alterations to their contract that they found unacceptable. Today they announced on their Facebook page that they are no longer associated with Jack FM but have plans to return to Vancouver radio in the fall of next year. Larry and Willy Facebook page
  • 08/02/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. will report its second quarter 2012 financial results before the market opens on August 7. The company will hold a quarterly conference call to discuss its second quarter 2012 financial results at 1:00 p.m. PDT on August 7. Fisher release
  • 07/31/12 - Washington Engineering Institute in Bellingham is now offering 2 year and 4 year degrees along with 1 and 2 year Career School Certificates. Classes are typically 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for those who want to go back to school, while still working. WEI info
  • 07/30/12 - Long time CKWX Vancouver announcer Gene Kern died from infection and pneumonia this morning at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. He began his broadcast career as a track and field reporter at CKUA Edmonton in 1942. He worked at several Canadian stations during the 1940s, including CKMO Vancouver before moving to CKWX in 1952, where he stayed until retirement in 1991. A memorial service will be held at Boal Chapel in North Vancouver in about two weeks time.
  • 07/29/12 - An advance copy of the August 2012 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 07/28/12 - City officials have announced that a public tribute for Chris Wedes aka J.P. Patches, to be emceed by Pat Cashman, has been scheduled for 3 p.m. September 8 at Seattle Center. The J.P. Patches Show ran on KIRO-TV from 1958-81 with 100,000 daily viewers at its peak. Wedes died July 22 at age 84. Brian Soergel, EdmondsPatch Casey McNerthney, Seattle PI
  • 07/28/12 - Following up on an idea by Team CKST AM 1040 Vancouver PD Mike Whittingham, on-air host Matt Sekeres runs five 2-hour programs with the presidents of five of the city's professional sports franchises. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/26/12 - JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver management has announced that tonight at midnight a new imaging sound along with a
    new positioning statement will be rolled out., "Playing what we want" has been replaced with "Playing Whatever! Whenever!". Maybe listeners will finally find out why Larry and Willy have been noticeably missing from their morning show since July 4. Or maybe not.
  • 07/26/12 - Former Global Television reporter Ron Bencze pleaded guilty in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey to sexually assaulting one of his son’s friends. Last April it was announced that he no longer works for Global BC, where he had been employed since 2004. John Daly and Peter Meiszner, Global News Jennifer Saltman, The Province
  • 07/26/12 - Former Sandusky Seattle personality Jay Michaels, who assisted with the development and initial launch of MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5, has been named PD and afternoon host at Indianapolis market i94 WRWM-FM 93.9. All Access Music Group
  • 07/26/12 - Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver morning hosts Nat and Drew have raised $66,000 to help end animal cruelty after Captain was found gravely injured in a dumpster last week. Despite valiant efforts to save the two-year-old German Shepherd, it died the following day. The dog’s owner has been arrested by Vancouver police on an unrelated matter. Nat Hunter blog BCSPCA news Stephanie Ip, The Province Nafeesa Karim, CTV News Justice for Captain petition
  • 07/26/12 - Residents of Gabriola Island are concerned a 40 meter tower, to be located toward the end of Chernoff Drive, will be both a financial drain and health hazard to their community. The CRTC approved an application last fall for the Gabriola Radio Society to operate a community FM station at 98.7 MHz with an ERP of 60 watts non-directional at 178 meters HAAT. Alyssa O'Dell, Nanaimo Daily News Derek Kilbourn, Gabriola Sounder backgrounder
  • 07/25/12 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has concluded that a report about a fire at a Vancouver restaurant on the late evening newscast on CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV Vancouver on February 22, 2011 contained inaccurate and unfair information contrary to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and the Radio Television Digital News Association’s Code of Ethics. CBSC release
  • 07/24/12 - The CRTC has approved change of effective control of Robson Square 4600 Services Ltd. (Robson Square) from Paul Sander to Subkhvinder Singh Badh, through the transfer of all issued shares of Robson Square to South Fraser Broadcasting Inc., a corporation wholly owned by Mr. Badh. Robson Square is the licensee of low-power tourism radio CFVT-FM 89.3 North Vancouver. Appendix 1-1, CRTC
  • 07/23/12 - KVOS-TV Bellingham will soon be available on DIRECTV in Whatcom County and portions of Skagit County. The expected launch date is Wednesday, July 25. Dave Gallagher, The Bellingham Herald
  • 07/23/12 - Seattle market KBKS-FM 106.1 has dropped Russian programming on its HD2 channel. It's been replaced with iHeart Radio's Club Phusion.
  • 07/23/12 - Chris Wedes, the TV clown known as JP Patches, died Sunday morning at age 84 after a long battle with cancer. His show was first broadcast on KIRO-TV Seattle in 1958 and continued until 1981, the longest running locally produced children's show in the country. Wedes continued to work at KIRO as a floor director until he retired at age 62. He continued with personal appearances into his 70s and 80s. A tribute statue was unveiled in the Fremont area in 2008. Last year Wedes announced that due to sickness he would make very few further appearances. KIRO-TV News KOMO News Jack Broom, Seattle Times Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I Peter Callaghan, News Tribune
  • 07/22/12 - The Vancouver Canadians Broadcast & Journalism Hall of Fame will induct this years winners at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th at Nat Bailey Stadium. For the first time, both inductees, Bill Stephenson, 1950s CKWX Vancouver sports director and play-by-play announcer, and Brook Ward, the longest serving play-by-play announcer in the C’s franchise history, are broadcasters. In previous years, one was from radio and other from newspapers. Vancouver Canadians backgrounder
  • 07/22/12 - Bill Fox, who was an announcer and first program director at Vancouver market CKNW from 1944-63, died July 7 at age 94. He hosted programs which included Fair Sex Quiz and the Alberta Slim Show during his time at the station and was a.k.a. Barometer Bill. A family gathering will be held in the fall at Qualicum Beach, his home for the past 28 years. Sun/Province obituary
  • 07/21/12 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 sports director Jim Mullin hosts a weekly 30-minute Canadian college football show on Shaw Cable from September through the end of November. He also enters his seventh year as play-by-play broadcaster for Çanada West Football game-of-the-week features on Shaw. Greg Douglas' Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/21/12 - Former Seattle and Spokane radio personality and owner of production company Cascade Broadcast Services, J.J. Hemingway will host the morning show and program Cool KACL-FM 98.7 Bismarck ND. He leaves Spokane for Bismarck at the end of the month.
  • 07/20/12 - Erin Loxam, anchor and managing editor of Web/new media at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver, is leaving effective August 24. She is headed to Australia for a few weeks with future plans yet to be announced. Additionally, Travis Goodman, morning traffic anchor and managing editor of traffic since 2010 is moving from on-air to sales.
  • 07/20/12 - Despite interventions by CHEK-TV, Astral Media, Pattison Broadcast Group and CBC that advertising revenue would be diluted in Victoria and Vancouver Island, the CRTC has approved an application by Shaw Television to operate Global News Plus BC, a new cable TV regional service offering a mix of local and regional news, traffic, weather, business, sports and entertainment. In response, the Commission is limiting local advertising to no more than six minutes per hour that can only be solicited or accepted from the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and the Abbotsford CMA. CRTC decision
  • 07/19/12 - Recent Vancouver/Victoria radio personality Tarzan Dan Freeman has reported on his Facebook page that he is returning to Calgary to host KOOL Breakfast with Tarzan Dan & Niki Reitmayer at CKCE-FM 101.5. The show debuts August 7. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/19/12 - Long-time KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Dan Lewis was joined by his son Tim Lewis on-air for the first time in the same newscast Tuesday night. The younger Lewis was recently hired by KOMO 4 News to anchor weekend sportscasts. KOMO News
  • 07/19/12 - A celebration of life has been announced for former CJVI radio/CHEK-TV Victoria personality Ida Clarkson, who died July 13 at age 85. It is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 23 at Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadboro Bay Road. Times Colonist obituary
  • 07/18/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to shut down all its analog translators July 31 for its 23 English and French language television stations in Canada. Included are numerous translators serving smaller communities on Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and BC Interior broadcasting the programming of CBUT and CBUFT Vancouver. CRTC decision and transmitter list
  • 07/18/12 - Airchecker reports Matt McIntyre AKA 'Matty B' of Now! CKNO-FM 102.3 Edmonton is heading to Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver to assume afternoon drive, replacing Kiah Tucker who has joined The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 morning show. He starts next month. Airchecker news
  • 07/17/12 - Former Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 morning host Scott Demery has left his position as PD, brand manager and PM drive host at KXRK-FM 96.3 Salt Lake City. Radio Online
  • 07/17/12 - Numerous concerned Canadians and organizations are asking the CRTC for consultation about what happens to analog CBC transmitters scheduled for shutdown July 31. Many of them serve smaller communities on Vancouver Island and in the Fraser Valley. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/17/12 - Seattle sports talkers Kevin Calabro, Brock Huard/Mike Salk, Mitch Levy and Bob Stelton/Dave Grosby make Talkers' 2012 Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk. Blatherwatch
  • 07/16/12 - Chelsea Hobbis has been announced as the producer/co-host for the new Kid Carson morning show on SONiC CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver. She has most recently been on-air at All Traffic CHMJ AM 730 Vancouver and promotions co-ordinator at its sister station CKNW AM 980. She starts the second week of August.
  • 07/16/12 - Airchecker reports former Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver afternoon host Kiah Tucker joins The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 morning hosts Cory Ashworth & Laurie Logan. He left Virgin Radio in May and has been sitting out a non-compete clause. Airchecker news
  • 07/16/12 - Victoria's 'first lady of television' Ida Clarkson died Friday from lung cancer. She was 85. Clarkson started as a creative writer for CJVI Radio in 1946, later moving to CHEK-TV in 1961, where she became the host of a live daily show, evolving into the Ida Clarkson Show. Clare Clancy, Times Colonist BC Radio History bio
  • 07/14/12 - Former BC Lions wide receiving star Jim Young, who was a sports contributor for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 in the 1970s, is on the mend following a stroke and heart attack early this year. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 07/14/12 - Community station The Lake CICV-FM 98.7 Lake Cowichan is expecting a decision soon by the CRTC to increase ERP from 5 to 50 watts. The increase will necessitate a frequency change to 97.5 MHz at 26 meters HAAT. The station's current developmental license expires August 31. Lexi Bainas, Cowichan Valley Citizen
  • 07/14/12 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Russ Bower died July 2 at Langley Memorial Hospital at age 95. He started with the Corporation in 1953 and was instrumental in the Maintenance Study Implementation in 1979 and designed a new telecine chain for the network which earned him a CBC President's Award. He retired in 1980. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Henderson's Langley Funeral Home, 20786 Fraser Hwy., Langley. Sun/Province obituary
  • 07/13/12 - Former Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle music director Alicia Tyler (a.k.a. Alicia Pecorino) returns home to The Zone WZNE-FM 94.1 and Fickle WFKL-FM 93.3 Rochester NY for weekends/fill-in. All Access Music Group
  • 07/13/12 - Pat Cashman has confirmed that he and several other members are working on a sketch comedy show similar to the original Almost Live! The original show was produced and broadcast by KING-TV Seattle from 1984 to 1999. Amy Rolf, Seattle P-I
  • 07/13/12 - Reports indicate there is interest in KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma, but at a greatly reduced price. It went dark at the end of June after KUOW announced in May that it would cease broadcasting due to an audience of only 0.2 percent. KXOT had been carrying the programming of KUOW2 94.9 Seattle.
  • 07/13/12 - Fisher Interactive Network and Vadio have launched a new technology that syncs online music videos in real-time with terrestrial radio music broadcasts, powering the live streaming player on the website of STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle. Fisher release
  • 07/13/12 - Retired CBC-TV Vancouver supervisor of technical operations, Ken Lowe died July 5, a few weeks shy of his 87th birthday. He joined the staff of CBC Vancouver in 1953, becoming a TV technical producer in 1974 and supervisor of technical operations in 1980. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m Saturday, July 14 at Ocean View Cemetery, 4000 Imperial St., Burnaby. Sun/Province obituary Guest book/photo gallery
  • 07/12/12 - KIRO-TV Seattle has now confirmed that Bob Jordan, news director at WFTV-TV Orlando FL for the last decade, has been named news director of the station. KIRO release WFTV release
  • 07/11/12 - Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves back into first place with a 5.6 share and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is tied for second place with News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 with 5.0 in the Arbitron June 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM. Radio Online
  • 07/11/12 - Shaw Cable has returned 7 stations to its Lower Mainland FM cable lineup after deleting them all last month. Returned are three Vancouver CBC stations, two Seattle market non-coms and two Vancouver commercial stations. Shaw Vancouver info Meanwhile in Victoria, Shaw has restored 6 stations, three CBC and three Seattle market non-coms. Shaw Victoria info
  • 07/10/12 - KBTC-TV Tacoma in HD and its two subchannels World View and TVW have been restored from its Orcas Island transmitter K24IC-D. Only the primary channel in SD had been transmitted since the station lost its direct feed from Tacoma when CKVU-DT-2 Victoria moved onto its RF channel 27 last year. KBTC info
  • 07/10/12 - Blogger and former Global BC investigative reporter Harvey Oberfeld looks at the future of veteran BCTV/Global feature reporter Mike McCardell. harveyoberfeld.ca
  • 07/08/12 - Paul Dorpat looks back at Seattle's KRAB-FM with its diverse and "free-form" programming and its listener-supported creatively improvised transmitter. Paul Dorpat, Seattle Times
  • 07/07/12 - CBC will shut down the last of its analog television transmitters by July 31. A long list of transmitters will go dark, including many on Vancouver Island and Fraser Valley. The Corporation says the move will save $10 million a year which it will be put into programming. CBC Release Transmitter List Coverage Map
  • 07/06/12 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Chuck McCoy will be retiring as VP and GM of Rogers Communications radio stations in Toronto at the end of the year. In Vancouver, he was PD at CFUN from 1973-78, joining Rogers in 1989 as VP/GM of CKKS-FM and in 1991 also became GM of CKWX. McCoy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Canadian Music Week Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • 07/06/12 - News legend Bob Jordan, who has been news director at WFTV-TV Orlando FL for the last decade is missing in action. The station says he is on vacation but the website FTVLive says that he is moving to KIRO-TV Seattle. Jordan has also worked at KING-TV. Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinal Roger Simmons update
  • 07/06/12 - Larry and Willy have been noticeably missing from their JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver morning show since Wednesday. Listeners are hearing, "Terry Chan in for Larry and Willy". Did the duo start vacation mid-week or is there more to this story? The program's veteran news broadcaster Kerry Marshall was released last week after a ten year run with the station. Stay tuned.
  • 07/05/12 - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has concluded that a prank telephone call broadcast November 1, 2011 on the Kiah & Tara Jean afternoon show on Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95,3 Vancouver did not violate anyone’s privacy or contain sexually explicit content, but that the station should have obtained consent before broadcasting the segment. CBSC release
  • 07/05/12 - Founder and chairman Rob Glaser is returning as interim chief executive of Seattle-based RealNetworks following the resignation of Thomas Nielsen on Tuesday. RealNetworks pioneered online streaming digital media but went through a series of reorganizations in recent years. Brier Dudley, Seattle Times
  • 07/04/12 - Former CFMI-FM/CFOX-FM Vancouver PD and music director Jeff Woods, who has been programming and content director for Corus Radio Interactive in Toronto since 2005, starts afternoon drive at Q107 CFGQ-FM 107.3 Calgary effective August 20. He continues to host the syndicated The Legends of Classic Rock on Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/03/12 - Pat O'Day is back home after successful surgery last Friday to remove a benign tumor. Apparently the tumor was attached to the lining of skin on the inside of his skull. The doctor said it should really be called a skull tumor instead of a brain tumor. Any swelling is expected to go down in the next couple weeks. Allen Schauffler, KING 5 News
  • 06/30/12 - From modest beginnings as a trumpet player, through auto dealerships, supermarkets, illuminated signs, the chairman of Expo 86, amusement parks, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and a broadcast empire, Jim Pattison has become Canada's third richest man, with an estimated personal wealth of $5.8 billion. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns 29 FM stations and three television stations in British Columbia and Alberta. Brian Hutchinson, National Post
  • 6/30/12 - Pat O'Day will be recuperating at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle for three to five days following successful surgery to remove a meningioma. Dr. Gregory Foltz, director of the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is quoted as saying, "We got it all. It'll never come back." Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
  • 06/30/12 - An all star group met Thursday to say farewell to sports commentator Neil Macrae as he retires from Vancouver market CKNW AM 980. Jeff Leyland returns to launch a weekly one-hour Saturday Morning Golf Show July 7 on CISL AM 650. The Vancouver Giants have hired Alex Grebenyuk as director of media relations and broadcasting. Nanaimo Clippers play-by-play announcer Dan Marshall has been named the BCHL's Team 1040 CKST AM Broadcaster of the Year. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/29/12 - Pat O'Day retains his sense of humor from his hospital bed as he heads into surgery for a benign brain tumor, scheduled for 10 a.m. today. News about the tumor has spread on the Internet to his thousands of fans, who've been posting messages of concern on his son Jeff O'Day's Facebook page. Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times
  • 06/28/12 - Pat O'Day's surgery to remove a benign brain tumor has been postponed to Friday (06/29) to allow for further testing. Doctors are still giving him a good prognosis and current reports indicate he will be home as early as next week.
  • 06/28/12 - 77-year-old Seattle radio legend Pat O'Day faces surgery today to remove a benign brain tumor. He lost memory and use of his fingers on Monday and was transported to the emergency room in Anacortes where doctors discovered a benign tumor pressing the right frontal lobe of his brain against his skull. His condition since Monday has improved with medication. Bill Swartz, 710 ESPN
  • 06/28/12 - Former Victoria broadcaster Gerald Pash has been appointed as Citizenship Judge in British Columbia, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. Following a 27-year career in radio in the Okanagan, Fraser Valley and Victoria, he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Victoria. News release
  • 06/27/12 - Veteran news broadcaster Kerry Marshall has left his position at JACK CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver. He had held several news positions in the Vancouver market since 1973, most recently in a.m. drive at JACK.
  • 06/27/12 - KXL-FM 101.1 Portland has announced that Dan Mitchinson will be the new afternoon news co-host. He was most recently part of the John Curley Show on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle. Radio Online
  • 06/27/12 - Former Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 morning show host Mairym "Monti" Carlo has been elevated to mornings after just two weeks at Phoenix market MY KEXX-FM 103.9. She hosted mornings at KQMV from November 2006 - August 2010 before heading to LA as a Spanish/English voice over artist. Radio Online
  • 06/26/12 - Seattle Mariners TV voice and Dial Global/Westwood One NFL play-by-play broadcaster Dave Sims joins a special cast to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WFAN AM 660 New York on Sunday, July 1. All Access Music Group
  • 06/26/12 - KIRO-TV Seattle morning traffic anchor Jenni Hogan is among the most popular local television personalities on social media. Lisa Quast, Forbes Magazine
  • 06/26/12 - The JV Show with Rico and Selena debuts in a.m. drive July 9 on KUBE-FM 93.3 Seattle. The JV Show will continue to broadcast from KYLD-FM 94.9 San Francisco with custom content for the Seattle market. It replaces Karen Wild who continues as APD/MD. Radio Online All Access Music Group
  • 06/25/12 - An advance copy of the July 2012 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 06/24/12 - Music marketer and former radio announcer Wolfgang Burandt died May 14. He is believed to have been 61. His radio career covered CKOO Osoyoos, CHQB Powell River, CKEK Cranbrook and CJJC Langley during the 1970s. A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 7th at Urban Academy, 101 Third Street, New Westminster. Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/23/12 - Veteran sports commentator Neil Macrae is retiring from Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 but staying with sister station Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1. His final sportscast on 'NW will be next Thursday at 8:15 a.m., with an appearance on the Bill Good Show the next morning and a scheduled roast with Bro Jake on Rock 101 with arranged phone-in guests. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/22/12 - KBTC-TV Tacoma has powered up its new Capitol Hill translator to serve downtown, the west and north sides of Seattle and surrounding communities with the three signals from its main KBTC transmitter. Pending final FCC approval, it operates with an ERP of 1 kW at 47-36-57 122-18-26. KBTC release FCC data
  • 06/21/12 - Randi Chase has been announced as the first addition to the upcoming Kid Carson Show on SONiC CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver. She hails from mornings at KOOL-FM CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary. She has also worked in Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto. Her first day is August 1.
  • 06/21/12 - Shaw Cable has announced it is deleting FM stations from its feed in the Lower Mainland effective today to free up spectrum for digital services. Affected are most Vancouver AM & FM stations along with a number of Seattle and Victoria FMs. After a similar deletion in the Comox Valley on April 22, listeners made enough noise to get Shaw to re-instate feeds of several non-coms. Rosemary Baxter, Comox Valley Echo
  • 06/21/12 - The Jack Webster Foundation has announced that the deadline for submissions to the annual Jack Webster Awards has been extended to July 13. Eligible BC broadcast, print and online journalists can enter to win a "Webster" for submissions aired or published between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/18/12 - The Washington News Council Hearings Board has voted to uphold multiple complaints against KIRO-TV Seattle Eyewitness News concerning stories that aired on May 10-11 alleging that Chester Harris, an African-American custodian at Leschi Elementary School, had “manhandled” or “bullied” children at the school. Washington News Council
  • 06/18/12 - In a round of budget cuts, Tony Thomas has had his position eliminated as afternoon host at Country Today on Dial Global. Prior to joining Dial Global, he had been the longtime MD then PD and afternoon drive at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle. Radio-Info.com
  • 06/18/12 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility for KPLZ-FM 101.5 Seattle. HAAT will change from 385 to 372 meters, with ERP remaining the same at 100 kW. There will be a small change in antenna placement from 47-32-40 122-06-26 to 47-32-40 122-06-28. FCC data
  • 06/17/12 - A spokesperson for Seattle market Q13 Fox KCPQ-TV advises that the recently deleted 13.2 feed of First Forecast/AccuWeather was due to station management opting not to renew when its contract ended. The 24 hour weather service was first launched on Q13 in January 2008. The secondary channel is expected to be filled with new programming in the near future.
  • 06/17/12 - The termination of morning host Dave Reynolds from The River CIQC-FM 99.7 Campbell River by Vista Radio has created a furor among fans and supporters. Gord Kurbis, CTV Vancouver Island/YouTube
  • 06/16/12 - Dave Pratt and Dave Sheldon fill in for a vacationing Dan Russell for seven weeks starting Monday at 9 p.m. on Vancouver market CKNW AM 980. Former Giants hockey play-by-play and TV sports anchor Dan Elliott is to be named media relations manager of UBC Athletics. Greg Douglas' Short Hops/End Zone, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/16/12 - Actor, interviewer, author, former Mountie, advocate for the free flow of wine across provincial boundaries and veteran radio personality Terry David Mulligan, who was recently named Broadcaster of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, looks forward to his next career step. Retirement? Well, maybe. Jeremy Shepherd, North Shore News
  • 06/15/12 - Jay O'Connor has been appointed the new GM of KIRO-TV Seattle. He is currently a group vice president for Cox Media Group, KIRO’s parent company, and will continue to oversee CMG’s radio and television operations in Seattle, El Paso, Hawaii, Oakland and Reno. Merrill Knox, TVSpy
  • 06/15/12 - Vista Radio announced the release of popular morning host Dave Reynolds from The River CIQC-FM 99.7 Campbell River earlier this week. Vista says it is unable to provide the public with details of the decision, but acknowledged gratitude for Reynolds' charitable and community efforts. He had been with The River since its flip to FM in 2008. Vista release
  • 06/14/12 - Barbara Beam, who has been part of the local radio scene in Vancouver since 1999, has accepted a weekend/fill-in position with JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7.
  • 06/14/12 - Industry players are speculating over the fate of the Tribune Company TV stations as it nears the end of bankruptcy proceedings. Tribune owns 23 TV stations, with its duopolies (Seattle market KCPQ-TV and KZJO-TV) appearing to be more valuable assets. Jill Goldsmith, Variety
  • 06/12/12 - CBC Radio-Canada Vancouver news and current affairs desk producer, Rene Myrand, died May 17 following treatments earlier this year for a brain tumour. He worked for Radio-Canada in Quebec City and Montreal during the 1980s on such shows as Le point and La semaine verte. He moved to Vancouver at the end of that decade. A memorial service was held May 23 at the Vancouver Rowing Club, where he was a member. VRC obituary
  • 06/12/12 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 moves into first place with a 5.9 share, Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 slips to second with 5.2 and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in third place, tied with News/Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 with 5.0 in the Arbitron May 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM. Radio Online
  • 06/12/12 - The FCC has mailed the second of its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) audit letters for 2012 to randomly selected radio stations. Included in this selection is KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle. FCC release
  • 06/12/12 - KING-TV Seattle has picked up two 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, one for Video Continuing Coverage and the other for Video News Documentary. KIRO-TV gets the Website award. RTDNA release
  • 06/12/12 - A.J. Battalio is added as morning host on Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle from KBUL-FM 98.1 Reno, Megan Sosne joins for middays from WXLY-FM 102.5 Charleston and Heather Lee is appointed to nights and music director from KQKQ-FM 98.5 Omaha. All Access Music Group
  • 06/12/12 - The FCC has granted a modification of construction permit to Centro Familiar Cristiano for KRUM-LD Olympia. Channel will change from 23 to 24, ERP will increase from 1.2 to 4 kW and transmitter location will change from 46-58-31 123-08-16 to 47-36-55.60 122-18-28.50. FCC data
  • 06/10/12 - Airchecker reports former The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver morning co-host Chris Coburn has landed a new gig as morning host at Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford. He takes over for Ian Slipp who moves to mornings at JACK CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria, replacing Tarzan Dan who was released last month. Airchecker info
  • 06/08/12 - Former Seattle market MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 morning show host Mairym "Monti" Carlo takes on middays at Phoenix market MY KEXX-FM 103.9. She hosted mornings at KQMV from November 2006 - August 2010 before heading to LA as a Spanish/English voice over artist. All Access Music Group
  • 06/08/12 - Vancouver market BBM PPM has been released for the period February 27 - May 27, 2012. CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 moves up into first place with a 10.9 share, QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 is second with 10.7 and News/Talk CKNW AM 980 slips further but still retains third place with 9.4. BBM data David Bray overview
  • 06/07/12 - Los Angeles Lakers star, Metta World Peace made a surprise appearance on Wednesday night's CTV British Columbia newscast as an "NBA weather specialist", with a number of quips and new pronunciations of B.C. cities. Vancouver Sun CTV/YouTube video
  • 06/07/12 - 40 years on, the Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 Orphans’ Fund hosted a day of fun at Playland for 3,000 children facing a variety of physical, mental, social and behavioral challenges. CKNW News Mike McCardell, Global video
  • 06/07/12 - The Peak Performance Project held by The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver and Music BC, has announced the Top 20 performers in this year's music competition, now in its fourth year. Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun
  • 06/07/12 - After 18 years in radio and television, "Victoria's Dick Clark", Bob Aylward moved into a director role at Victoria Cablevision, then began working full-time in the travel industry. He died overnight Saturday at age 78. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 11 at McCall Bros Funeral Home at 1400 Vancouver Street, Victoria. Clare Clancy, Times Colonist Times Colonist obituary
  • 06/06/12 - Seattle/South Sound market KOMO AM 1000/FM 97,7 has announced a number of upcoming on-air changes. Veteran Seattle newsman Gregg Hersholt joins the morning news June 11th, sharing duties with Manda Factor. Sports director Tom Glasgow will move from afternoons to mornings. Beginning June 18th, Tom Hutlyer will join Jane Shannon as co-host of afternoon news and will provide live sports updates. KOMO release
  • 06/05/12 - Todd Mokhtari, former Seattle market KCPQ-TV news director and KIRO-TV news director for the past five years, takes over next week as vice president of news at KNBC-TV Los Angeles. KIRO is now without both a news director and a general manager. Eric Lerner left in March to take over as president and GM of WCAU-TV Philadelphia. Reuters
  • 06/05/12 - The Community Radio Fund of Canada has announced its latest round of funding for campus and community radio stations. Local recipients include CITR-FM 101.9 and CFRO-FM 102.7 Vancouver and CFUV-FM 101.9 Victoria. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 06/05/12 - Angie Nemeth, who worked at CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons, was one of two people killed during a coast guard auxiliary training exercise Sunday after getting trapped under a search and rescue boat when it flipped in Skookumchuck Narrows. She had worked at the station about three years in advertising, administration, accounting and weekend broadcasting. CP/CBC News Larissa Cahute, The Province
  • 06/04/12 - Former CTV British Columbia Olsen on Your Side host Chris Olsen, who was let go after less than a year as press secretary for British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, was recently hired as a consultant by Peak Communicators. PR in Canada
  • 06/03/12 - Puget Sound Radio reports Victoria broadcaster Bob Aylward died overnight at age 78. He began his career in Victoria radio at CJVI and became well known as the host of Saturday dance show Club 6 on CHEK-TV during the 1960s. He was the first broadcaster inducted into the Victoria Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Puget Sound Radio CTV Vancouver Island
  • 06/03/12 - Hugh Palmer, one of three Vancouver broadcasters who founded the Broadcast Communications department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, died May 30 in Victoria at age 97. He was the director of CBC Television in British Columbia from 1955 to 1975. He was first a lawyer, then with CBC, then in the Canadian Navy during WW2, and then again with CBC until his retirement. He was involved in various community groups in Vancouver and published several books. Sun/Province obituary
  • 06/01/12 - Longtime Edmonton and Vancouver news announcer Sheila Gardner, now working at CFAX AM 1070 Victoria, has some information to share: "May 18th, my co-workers at CFAX, KOOL and CTV Victoria were informed about my gender change to male. The positive support I have received from my co-workers and management at Bell Media has been overwhelming, and has helped to make my transition into the workplace almost seamless. Beginning June 4th, listeners to CFAX will be hearing me sign on as James Gardner. For many this might be a bit of a surprise, and some may find it confusing at first. However, for me, it is the conclusion of a long and sometimes painful journey to a future of happiness that I have never felt before. I’d like to thank all my friends and supporters for their generosity and understanding."
  • 06/01/12 - Apollo Music record store co-owner Jamie Anstey has purchased the bulk of CBC Vancouver's record library. The Corporation announced earlier this year that CBC music libraries in Vancouver and other Canadian cities would be pared down. John Mackie, Vancouver Sun Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail backgrounder
  • 06/01/12 - Jeff Davies, CBC Radio's legislative reporter in Victoria will be retiring from the post at the end of June. Thursday was his final day covering a Legislative sitting, during which both the Premier and the Opposition House Leader declared "Jeff Davies Day".
  • 06/01/12 - THECOOLTV, fed on KVOS-TV Bellingham's channel 12.2, has returned to the air after being dark since last week due to the server being relocated to Seattle along with KVOS' technical operations.
  • 05/30/12 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to BBC Broadcasting, Inc. for a change of community of license to Point Roberts for KRPI AM 1550 Ferndale. Daytime power remains at 50 kW, with nighttime power increasing from 10 kW to 50 kW. FCC data
  • 05/28/12 - An advance copy of the June 2012 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.
  • 05/28/12 - After suspending over-the-air broadcasting due to financial concerns, KWPA-LP 96.9 Coupeville is pondering its future. It's currently streaming over the Internet, identifying as KWPA Whidbey Air, from the Whidbey Island studio. Whidbey News-Times KWPA release
  • 05/28/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Red FM CKYE-FM 93.1 Vancouver station owner Kulwinder Sanghera and his Multicultural Broadcasting Corporation to operate a multicultural FM radio station in Calgary. The Link CRTC info
  • 05/25/12 - The FCC and Fisher Broadcasting - Seattle Radio, L.L.C. have entered a consent decree over a 2007 contest at KVI AM 570 that was rigged by a former employee. Fisher will pay a "voluntary contribution" of $7,000 to the U.S. Treasury. All Access Music Group
  • 05/25/12 - Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle evening host Mega Tanner resigns and returns to San Francisco, where he will host weekends at Live 105 KITS-FM 105.3 will launch a new business venture as a social media consultant. All Access Music Group
  • 05/24/12 - THECOOLTV, fed on KVOS-TV Bellingham's channel 12.2, is off air due to the server being relocated to Seattle along with KVOS' technical operations. It is scheduled to return in the first week of June.
  • 05/24/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle investigative team reporter and fill-in anchor Michelle Esteban has been promoted to anchor weekend 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts. She began anchoring the weekend morning newscasts at the beginning of the year. TVSpy
  • 05/24/12 - Spring 2012 Victoria BBM diary results have been released with CBC Radio One CBCV-FM 90.5 leading with a 12.9 share, Rock CKKQ-FM 100.3 is second with 12.8 and Hot AC CHBE-FM 107.3 is third with 10.6. BBM info
  • 05/24/12 - Astral Media Inc. shareholders have approved a merger with BCE Inc. (Bell). The $3-billion deal must still be approved by the CRTC and likely forces BCE to sell some of its major market radio stations. The combined entity will own seven stations in the Vancouver market, forcing sale of two FM and one AM under current CRTC regulations. Canada Newswire
  • 05/23/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle has launched #liveonkomo on Twitter aimed at boosting primetime ratings by promoting social media interaction among viewers and on-air talent with plans to promote top ABC shows through the upcoming 2012-13 season. Andrew Gauthier, TVSpy
  • 05/23/12 - Mark Boe has been named vice president, station manager and director of sales at KSTW-TV Seattle. He joins from Tribune Broadcasting Pacific Northwest region. Merrill Knox, TVSpy
  • 05/22/12 - After less than stellar ratings numbers in the last Vancouver PPM, CKNW AM 980 released sales manager John Saboe last week, a position he has held since 2008. He was on-air as Big John Buchanan evenings at CKLG Vancouver in the late 1980s. 1987 CKLG Radio West aircheck
  • 05/22/12 - Airchecker reports Kiah Tucker, from p,m, drive on Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver, has been hired as the new morning show host at The PEAK CKPK-FM 100.5. He came to Vancouver from Australia in 2007. Airchecker news Meanwhile, Sonic CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver morning host Ryder has been hired as the first a.m. drive host at Hot 107 CJNW-FM 107.1 Edmonton.
  • 05/22/12 - Actor/writer/director Marc Strange, best known as the co-creator of the CBC drama The Beachcombers, died of cancer in Toronto Saturday, May 19. He was 70 years old. The Beachcombers, based in Gibsons, B.C., ran from October 1972 to December 1990, the longest running dramatic series ever made for English CBC. Madhavi Acharya and Tom Yew, Toronto Sun
  • 05/20/12 - 26-year KIRO Seattle veteran Gregg Hersholt, most recently managing editor and afternoon host at KXL-FM 101.1 Portland, has been named morning anchor with Manda Factor at KOMO AM 1000, replacing the recently retired Bill Yeend. He starts next month.
  • 05/19/12 - Pioneer Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson has been informed by University of the Fraser Valley President Dr. Mark Evered that he will be presented with an honorary doctorate of letters degree. It will be presented at the university's commencement ceremonies on June 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the Abbotsford campus. Red has received many community awards over the years including induction into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame and multi awards from the B.C. Lions Society for his 23 years raising over $100 million for that charity.
  • 05/18/12 - News1130 CKWX Vancouver weekend anchor Andy Walsh received his Canadian News Hall of Fame plaque Wednesday evening at a dinner held in Toronto. The 80-year-old Walsh was inducted along with CTV News anchor Lloyd Robertson. John Ackermann, News1130 Canada Newswire
  • 05/18/12 - A number of Victoria media personalities will join actors from the Victoria Target Theatre Society on Saturday to perform a live, on-stage rendition of the 1930s radio play You Can't Take It With You. Cory Ruf, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 05/16/12 - Jet FM CFCP-FM 98.9 Courtenay was awarded for its Excellence in News Reporting in a small market for its special feature, Touching the Taboo of Teen Suicide by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters. The award was presented last Friday in Vancouver. HQComoxValley.com
  • 05/16/12 - The FCC has granted license to cover to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KACW-FM 91.3 South Bend. It operates with an ERP of 225 watts directional at 271 meters HAAT. FCC data
  • 05/15/12 - Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves into first place with a 5.6 share, Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 slips to second with 5.2 and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in third place with 5.0 in the Arbitron April 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM. Radio Online
  • 05/15/12 - KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio has announced that KUOW2 will no longer be broadcast on KXOT-FM 91.7 Tacoma after Friday, June 29, but will continue on KUOW HD–2 and streamed on KUOW2.org. After six years of broadcasting KUOW2 programming, KXOT'S audience share is only 0.2 percent. KUOW release
  • 05/14/12 - CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver weekend/part-timer Docc Andrews is promoted to evenings with the move of Roo Phelps to CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton. All Access Music Group
  • 05/14/12 - The 65th annual British Columbia Association of Broadcasters Conference was held last week in Vancouver. The complete list of BCAB Excellence Awards can be viewed here.
  • 05/14/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen, who has battled a series of debilitating brain tumors requiring nine surgeries, bonds with her family. The tumors have taken away parts of her vision, hearing and speech, and the anchor job of nearly 30 years. Sandy Ringer, Seattle Times
  • 05/13/12 - On this day in 1963 Pat Burns' Hotline debuted on CJOR Vancouver and talk radio was off to the races. Glen Livingstone tells the story of the gravely-voiced former BBC and Vancouver Province reporter and CKLG news director who turned the talk format on its ear. Radio-Info.com
  • 05/12/12 - Shaw Cable is discontinuing its FM radio carriage on Vancouver Island. In Victoria, the service included local and some Vancouver and Seattle FM stations. Shaw has announced that removal of FM stations allows the freeing up of additional bandwidth, for faster Internet delivery speeds, increased HD content and more on-demand programming. Stop the Cap Shaw release Shaw Victoria FM
  • 05/11/12 - Legendary Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson reminisces with photos taken at CKWX and CFUN after his return from the US Army in the early 1960s. RedRobinson.com
  • 05/10/12 - Larry Hennessey of Larry and Willy fame at JACK FM CKLG-FM 96.9 Vancouver has teamed up with Jamie Anstey to form Regenerator Records, bringing new life to rare vintage Canadian music. Tom Harrison, The Province
  • 05/09/12 - Roo Phelps, who has been hosting evenings at JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver since 2007, moves to Country 100.7, CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton next Monday, May 14 as ‘Okanagan Mornings with Troy and Roo’ debuts. She will host with Troy Scott, known for his work at CMT and Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's Kelowna stations.
  • 05/08/12 - Former CHEK-TV and CIVI-TV Victoria reporter/anchor Meribeth Burton, now a corporate spokesperson with B.C. Transit, introduces Transit TV, an online resource highlighting stories of the people behind and services offered by the bus company. Erin McCracken, Victoria News
  • 05/08/12 - The CRTC has drafted rules requiring Canadian broadcasters to adhere to the Advanced Television Systems Committee's (ATSC) standard to minimize fluctuations in volume between programming and commercials. The loudness control goes into effect September 1. Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News/Vancouver Sun Susan Krashinsky, Globe and Mail
  • 05/08/12 - Washington State University football and men's basketball are moving from KTTH AM 770 to KIRO AM 710 Seattle this season in the second year of a three-year deal between the Cougars and station owners. Bob Robertson will continue as the play-by-play voice but there are other changes. Games will air on KTTH during scheduling conflicts. All Access Music Group
  • 05/07/12 - Reimagine CBC features a public forum of seasoned professionals, up-and-coming CBC talent, outside experts, media innovators, and citizens in a celebratory event to add new energy to the CBC and help articulate a fresh vision for public media. It runs at 7 p.m. today at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, with a live interactive video stream. Fiona Marrow, The Globe and Mail
  • 05/07/12 - Alan "Al" MacMillan, longtime operator at CBC Radio Vancouver, died at age 90 at his retirement home in Nanaimo May 1. He got his start in the 1940s at CJVI Victoria. There will be no service by request. Times Colonist obituary
  • 05/05/12 - The Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League and TEAM Radio Vancouver will decide on a new play-by-play announcer this summer. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun Bill Stephenson, CKWX Vancouver sports director and play-by-play announcer during the 1950s, and Brook Ward, who has been part of the Giants broadcast team on CISL AM 650, have been named to the Vancouver Canadians Baseball & Journalism Hall of Fame. The addition of Stephenson and Ward brings the current Hall of Fame membership to 17. Our Sports Central
  • 05/04/12 - The Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League and TEAM Radio Vancouver have announced a two-year deal for play-by-play of all regular season and playoff games. The agreement includes 30-minute pre and post-game shows. Games will run on TEAM 1040 CKST and move to TEAM 1410 CFTE whenever there is a scheduling conflict. Giants games have been heard on CISL AM 650 since the 2008-09 season. TEAM Radio release Giants release
  • 05/03/12 - Seattle based Fisher Communications, Inc. has announced a 10% drop in consolidated revenue with net TV revenue flat compared to first quarter 2011. There was a 9% increase in developing media revenue and an 8% increase in retransmission revenue. Fisher release
  • 05/03/12 - Janene Drafs has been promoted to vice president and station manager at KOMO-TV/KUNS-TV Seattle. She is a 25-year employee of Fisher Communications, most recently vice president and general sales manager of the two Fisher stations. TV Spy
  • 05/03/12 - 30-year veteran KING TV Seattle photographer Richard Departee was roughed up while covering the May Day march in downtown Seattle on Tuesday. TV Spy
  • 05/03/12 - Rogers Media has signed a long term agreement with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group that will see 90% of Citytv CKVU-TV Vancouver programming air throughout prime time and the majority of the morning and daytime hours on Pattison's three TV stations in Western Canada. The agreement is effective September 1 and includes CFJC-TV Kamloops, CKPG-TV Prince George and CHAT-TV Medicine Hat, AB. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/02/12 - JACK FM CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria has severed ties with morning host Tarzan Dan Freeman, who was hosting the show from Rogers' Vancouver studios after being displaced from CFUN-FM 104.9 when it changed format last August. Puget Sound Radio
  • 05/02/12 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Chris Olsen, who was fired February 13 after less than a year as press secretary for British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, was awarded $67,298 in severance. Olsen held a number of radio and TV positions in Vancouver and was most recently host of Olsen on Your Side from 2001-11 on CTV British Columbia. Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun
  • 05/01/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. will report its first quarter 2012 financial results before the market opens on May 3. Fisher release
  • 04/30/12 - An advance copy of the May 2012 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 04/30/12 - UNESCO's first International Jazz Day today will be celebrated on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds on KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle beginning at noon today. Seattle Times
  • 04/28/12 - Former Vancouver radio and TV broadcaster John McKeachie, who made his start in radio with CKDA Victoria in 1970, is one of the 2012 inductees into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. Greg Douglas' End Zone, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/27/12 - Bob Throndsen, who has served as reporter, anchor and managing editor of KOMO Newsradio Seattle is retiring after more than three decades. KOMO News/video
  • 04/27/12 - Today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Vancouver radio icon Jack Cullen, who entertained listeners for over 50 years on his late evening Owl Prowl program. Photographs and audio are featured on Remembering Jack Cullen at Radio West. Canadian Communications Foundation bio
  • 04/27/12 - CBC Radio is moving into the second floor of the CHEK-TV studios in Victoria in September, in an 11-year leasing deal. The move provides cost savings to both, as CBC and CHEK already share newscasts and anchor Tony Parsons. Andrew A. Duffy, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 04/27/12 - Billionaire entrepreneur Jim Pattison, whose company owns 29 radio stations in Western Canada, including two each in Vancouver and Victoria, and several more on Vancouver Island, says he loves radio and would "buy more stations if the opportunity presented itself". He acquired his first station, CJOR Vancouver, in 1965. Sean Silcoff, The Globe and Mail
  • 04/26/12 - Former Kamloops and Vancouver broadcaster Walter Jones died March 22 in Langley. He was 75. His career included 15 years as a radio broadcaster with CFJC Kamloops and CKWX and CJVB Vancouver, and 27 years in sales, including a short time in radio sales at Vancouver market CISL in 1984 and '85. No service is scheduled. Sun/Province obituary
  • 04/25/12 - There will be a special salute to former Vancouver broadcaster Jack Cullen from 7-8 this evening on Cullen's Corner, hosted by Fred Bradley, on Sunshine Coast Community Radio C-VUE, which streams online. Featured will be an interview with Jack at his studio in Brentwood Mall circa 1980. Cullen, who ruled Vancouver evening airwaves with his Owl Prowl program on a number of stations from 1947-2000, died 10 years ago at age 80 in New Westminster on April 27, 2002. C-VUE link
  • 04/25/12 - Curtis Strange, PD at The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver has announced the launch of Beat Mornings with Holly, Jonny, Nira and Amy starting Monday April 30. Holly Conway makes the move from p.m. drive and Jonny Staub moves from middays to join current morning show host Nira Arora and long time morning show producer Amy Beeman. Additional host changes include Remo in p.m. drive, Chris Palliser moving to middays and Denai Johnson taking over evenings. Morning show host Kid Carson will be joining Sonic CFUN-FM Chilliwack/Abbotsford/Vancouver.
  • 04/25/12 - Longtime KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen made her first public appearance Tuesday since undergoing her latest surgery to combat brain tumors. She appeared with anchor teammate Dan Lewis at the annual YWCA luncheon, an event at which she has spoken for the past 24 years. KOMO News/video
  • 04/25/12 - As part of its expansion program, Vista Radio Ltd. has announced that it has entered into an agreement for the purchase of CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons (Sechelt), subject to CRTC approval. Since its inception in 2004, Vista has grown from its first station in Duncan to holding 38 licenses serving over 50 communities in BC, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. CKAY was officially signed on by president and GM Bob Morris on May 20, 2006 with its signal reaching the Lower Sunshine Coast, Central Vancouver Island and parts of the Lower Mainland. Vista release
  • 04/24/12 - Improvements are to appear for Apple and Android apps, including scheduled push notifications and better audio quality, for Contemporary Christian KCMS-FM 105.3 and KCIS AM 630 Seattle and KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden. All Access Music Group
  • 04/23/12 - Tacoma News Tribune business columnist Bill Virgin was awarded first place in the business columns category by the Washington Press Association at the group’s annual awards gathering Saturday at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Prior to writing for the News Tribune, he was a business columnist for the Seattle PI for 19 years, which included a weekly column devoted to radio in the Northwest. News Tribune
  • 04/23/12 - the CRTC has approved an application by CKPM-FM Radio Ltd. to change technical parameters of the yet-to-launch station CKPM-FM 98.7 Port Moody by relocating the transmitter site approximately one km by increasing average effective radiated power (maximum ERP remains at 1000 watts) and by increasing HAAT from -193.2 to -155.1 meters. The Commission has also extended the deadline to implement CKPM-FM until November 30, 2012. CRTC decision
  • 04/21/12 - Lily Harper, who worked in drama with CBC Radio & TV between 1950 & 1965, died in Vancouver on April 18th. She was 89. She was one of the actors of the Vancouver Little Theatre around 1950 and an actor in productions with the Totem Theatre during the mid 1950s. During her career, she voiced radio commercials, was a Vancouver school teacher and adjudicated for the Community Programs Branch of the B.C. Provincial Government for festivals throughout B.C. and Northwest Territories. She was also a music and drama educator and a speech and voice production private tutor, retiring in 1970.
  • 04/20/12 - KOMO News Seattle meteorologist Scott Sistek has uncovered a number of historic artifacts from the station's vault, which survived the move into Fisher Plaza in 2000. Scott Sistek, KOMO News
  • 04/19/12 - Tim Lewis, currently sports director at KREM-TV Spokane, will be joining his father Dan Lewis at KOMO-TV Seattle in July. He'll be the new sports reporter and weekend sports anchor. Andrew Gauthier, TV Spy
  • 04/19/12 - Vancouver DJ Red Robinson remembers Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82, as helping to transform rock and roll through the medium of television. John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/19/12 - Rhythm Pals accordion player Marc Wald died April 16 at his home in Nanaimo at age 90. The group played regularly on CKNW New Westminster during the 1940s and early '50s. They then frequently performanced on CKWX Vancouver during the 1950s, first in the early morning with John Sharpe, but mostly for 90 minutes or so around midday originally with Laurie Irvine and then Ron Robinson as host/announcer. They later had a 17 year run on the Tommy Hunter Show on CBC-TV. Walter Cordery, Nanaimo Daily News John Mackie, Vancouver Sun John Mackie, Vancouver Sun update
  • 04/18/12 - The FCC has granted assignment of licenses for KRKZ AM 1490 and KBDB-FM 96.7 Forks from Xana HD Solutions, LLC to Forks Broadcasting, Inc. The Commission has also granted assignment of license for KANY-FM 93.7 Montesano from Jodesha Broadcasting, Inc to Josh Broadcasting, LLC.
  • 04/17/12 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues in first place with a 5.8 share, Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to second with 5.5 and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 5.4 in the Arbitron March 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM. Radio Online
  • 04/17/12 - Former Classic Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver afternoon drive co-host Graham Hatch has resurfaced as the morning news reader at Shore CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver. It's full circle for Hatch, as much of his early radio career was in news. Shore returned to live DJs Monday featuring Ken Allan joonyer, Dustin Collins and Pam Stevens, after running jockless since early February.
  • 04/17/12 - Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle on-air host and web producer Nic Alquist has left the station and is seeking new opportunities. He was formerly PD at Hot Jamz KMIH-FM 88.9 Mercer Island. All Access Music Group
  • 04/17/12 - Seattle area non-coms have a softer sell approach as Public Radio Music Month progresses. Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times
  • 04/17/12 - Ian (Poppi) Stephen died March 30 at Campbell River Hospital at age 87. He worked for CBC Radio Vancouver as a radio technician for 31 years, retiring in 1978 and moved to Campbell River in 1997. An open house gathering for friends and family will be held Saturday, April 21st from 2-4 p.m. at 1387 Marguerite St., Coquitlam. Sun/Province obituary
  • 04/14/12 - For the second year in a row CTV British Columbia is the winner of the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. A number of reporters were also named to receive awards from the RTDNA. CTV BC release RTDNA awards list
  • 04/14/12 - Vancouver Giants play-by-play announcer and freelance sports anchor Dan Elliot has been informed that his contract to call the WHL team play will not be renewed. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 04/13/12 - After five years, KIRO-TV Seattle morning anchor Chris Egert is moving to KSTP-TV Minneapolis. He joins as a reporter and anchor at the end of April. TV Spy
  • 04/13/12 - Seattle market stations KOMO AM, KIRO-FM and KPLU-FM have won 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in Region 1, Radio Lange Market, presented by RTDNA. Additionally, awards have been announced in International categories for a number of Vancouver/Victoria radio and TV stations. RTDNA awards list
  • 04/13/12 - KOMO Seattle sports reporter and Mariners public address announcer Tom Hutyler moves into the morning anchor position with co-host Manda Factor until the station decides on who will replace the retiring Bill Yeend, who completed his final shift at 9 a.m. today. Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I
  • 04/12/12 - After 44 years on air, KOMO Seattle morning show news anchor Bill Yeend is retiring. He started his career as a DJ at KBBX-FM Seattle in 1968, then on to KIRO and reporting from many parts of the world. He has won five Edward R. Murrow awards for Journalistic Excellence. His last day is Friday (04/13). KOMO video
  • 04/12/12 - Fisher House Foundation, which constructs comfort homes to provide free, temporary housing to the families of service members receiving medical care at Veterans Affairs and military hospitals around the world, has announced a community partnership to raise awareness for the need for a second Fisher House at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma. Members of the partnership include the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and Bonneville Seattle Radio Group. Fisher House release
  • 04/12/12 - Campus radio station Village 900 CKMO Victoria was taken over yesterday by Camosun College students protesting cuts to its communications program. The 40-year-old program, which trains students in television, broadcasting, publishing and public relations, will stop taking new students in the fall. Village 900 left the public airwaves in early March in favor an Internet-only operation. Lindsay Kines, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 04/10/12 - Vancouver television producer Rai Purdy produced the 1955 New York City show Night Beat, which effectively launched the TV career for CBS journalist Mike Wallace, who died Saturday at age 93. Red Robinson
  • 04/10/12 - Long-time Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 PD Chris Mays has signed a multi-year contract to continue programming KINK-FM 101.9 Portland. She programmed The Mountain for 15 years beginning in 1991. All Access Music Group
  • 04/06/12 - Ken Allan joonyer has confirmed that he will begin hosting The Breakfast Show on Shore CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver on Monday, April 16. This is the first indication of a return to live programming after Shore went jockless in February. It was announced in December that Shore was being sold to Astral Media, then last month that Astral would be acquired by BCE Inc.
  • 04/06/12 - Camosun College in Victoria has confirmed wide cuts to programs and services as it battles a $2.5 million deficit. The Applied Communications program is one of many affected. Indications are that campus radio station Village 900 CKMO, which left the airwaves in early March in favor an Internet-only operation, will shut down. Lindsay Kines, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 04/05/12 - Friday, April 6 is the final day for early bird registration for the 65th Annual BC Association of Broadcasters conference, to be held May 9-11 in Vancouver. BCAB info
  • 04/05/12 - Long time Vancouver broadcaster Brian Antonson has been appointed president of the 2014 BC Winter Games, to be held in Mission February 20-23, 2014. He was in production and on-air at Vancouver market CKNW from 1967-77, GM at CFVR Abbotsford in the early '90s and was most recently Associate Dean, Broadcast and Media Communications at BCIT from 1992-2010. Mission City Record
  • 04/05/12 - Veteran Vancouver news anchor Andy Walsh will travel to Toronto May 16th, where he will be inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. Walsh, now 79, was news director at CHQM Vancouver for 25 years and has been a weekend morning anchor at News1130 CKWX since 1996. News1130 backgrounder
  • 04/05/12 - Seattle market Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV are back on satellite after Tribune Television announced last evening that it had reached an agreement with DirecTV. Terms of the new 5 year agreement have not been announced. Tribune info AP/Seattle Times
  • 04/05/12 - The CBC has applied to the CRTC to run ads on CBC Radio 2 (CBU-FM 105.7 Vancouver) amid funding and job cuts. The Corporation faces a $115-million reduction in federal funding that will be phased in over the next three years. Jordan Press, Postmedia/Vancouver Sun
  • 04/03/12 - Former KMAS AM 1030 veteran Randy Roadz has been hired for on-air work at KOZI-FM 93.5 Chelan. He was cut from his previous gig last December. All Access Music Group
  • 04/03/12 - Former KJR Seattle jock Larry Lujack, who went on to become a Chicago radio legend, has teamed up with his former co-host Tommy Edwards to voice public service announcements which humorously highlight the importance of pet emergency preparedness. The spots will air on more than 200 radio stations throughout Illinois beginning next week. Robert Feder, Time Out Chicago
  • 04/03/12 - TV reporters Bhinder Sajan (CTV British Columbia) and Eric Szeto (CHBC/Global Okanagan) are among four journalists named as recipients of the 2012 Jack Webster Foundation Professional Development Fellowships. Webster Foundation release
  • 04/01/12 - DirectTV stopped carrying Seattle's Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV at midnight as an agreement between the company and Tribune Television expired. Signals continue to be available over the air or through alternative providers. CTV/Associated Press Q13 info JOEtv info Seattle Times
  • 03/31/12 - The Washington News Council Board of Directors is holding a hearing over a story aired by KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle in April 2011 on a controversy surrounding billboards advertising pro-life pregnancy options. The hearing, to take place at the University of Washington, has no legal force and the station is under no legal obligation to attend. Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times
  • 03/31/12 - Global BC morning news anchor Steve Darling will again be the MC for the 11th annual McDonald’s Challenger® Celebrity Golf Classic, to be held this year on Tuesday, June 19th at the Meadow Gardens Golf Club. McDonald's Challenger release
  • 03/31/12 - After 31 years on the air in Centralia/Chehalis, Mike O’Connor retired Friday (03/30) from KITI AM/Live-95.1 KITI-FM Centralia, where he began broadcasting in November, 1980. Most recently he hosted the morning show on oldies 1420 KITI. Prior to joining Premier Broadcasters, Mike was a fixture on KOL Seattle.
  • 03/30/12 - Red Robinson ended his weekly edition of Red’s Reunion on the Global BC Morning News on Wednesday. It will be replaced by two mini-documentaries a month highlighting entertainment sites and historic backgrounds in Vancouver. Red Robinson video
  • 03/30/12 - Veteran programmer Paul Duckworth comes out of retirement and returns to Seattle as PD of KOMO AM 1000 effective April 16. He previously programmed the station from 1997-2002. All Access Music Group
  • 03/30/12 - The boy from New Westminster, later an RCMP officer, then disc jockey, TV personality, actor and writer, Terry David Mulligan "prepared for almost anything" as he heads toward his 70th birthday later this year. Tom Hawthorne, The Globe and Mail
  • 03/29/12 - Hall of Fame Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson reaches another milestone Friday (03/30) as he celebrates his 75th birthday. He started his lengthy career at CJOR Vancouver in 1954 -- the first DJ to regularly play Rock 'N' Roll on Canadian airwaves. Although most of his on-air work has been in Vancouver, he hosted radio and TV shows at KGW/KGW-TV Portland in 1958-59 and later Red's Classic Theater at KVOS-TV Bellingham. Red continues to emcee numerous live shows, has the Red Robinson Show Theatre named after him, appears on the Global BC Morning News and hosts the Red Rock Diner Sundays on CISL AM 650.
  • 03/29/12 - As of Saturday March 31, the contract between DirectTV and Seattle's Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV and JOEtv KZJO-TV will expire. Apparently negotiations are far apart and carriage of the two stations will be discontinued after that date. Signals will continue to be available over the air or through alternative providers. Q13 info JOEtv info
  • 03/29/12 - Tacoma City Council has approved renaming part of South Cheyenne Street from South 19th to the entrance of Cheney Stadium in homage to sports and civic icon Clay Huntington. He served seven decades as a broadcaster on radio and TV and was the owner of KLAY AM 1180 Lakewood since 1991. Lewis Kamb, Tacoma News Tribune
  • 03/26/12 - An advance copy of the April 2012 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.
  • 03/25/12 - Veteran Vancouver actor/broadcaster Terry David Mulligan was the subject of a celebrity roast at Federico's Supper Club on Commercial Drive Friday night. It was hosted by comedian Patrick Maliha and included Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen, Breakfast Televison co-host Jody Vance, Urban Rush's Fiona Forbes, CKNW's Dave Pratt, Province newspaper columnist Glen Schaefer (who co-wrote Terry's recent memoir "Mulligan's Stew: My Life ... So Far"), and comedians Tanyalee Davis and Carter Hortie. Glen Livingstone, SOWNY Radio-TV Forum Federico's info
  • 03/25/12 - Victoria Rock & Roll Music Hall of Famer Norm Pringle died March 17 at age 88. He was living in the Los Angeles area. Pringle started his radio career in Calgary in 1945 and worked in Vancouver and Victoria before moving to LA in 1958. Before retiring in 1983, he was an audio engineer for Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood. He most recently operated the Cybercloud Website. He is noted for discovering Leslie Neilsen and hiring him as a DJ at CJCJ Calgary in the 1940s. Cybercloud biography
  • 03/23/12 - The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver has been named Station of the Year - CHR by Canadian Music Week. CMW release
  • 03/23/12 - Media research company Coleman Insights has found in a study that radio stations that perform best under BBM Canada’s PPM audience measurement in the five largest markets are differentiated by their abilities to attract large daily Cume audiences, getting listeners to tune into them multiple times each day and generate significant out-of-home listening. The study compared a full year of audience data on 13 “High Performance Stations”, designated because their Adults 18-49 audience shares were significantly larger than the shares of competing stations, to 68 other stations in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The findings are similar to those in a similar analysis of American PPM data in 2009. Coleman Insights release
  • 03/22/12 - Veteran broadcaster Brian Gregory is enjoying retirement after 37 years in the business, with the last ten years at KOMO Seattle. He started on-air at KPUG Bellingham in 1975, making stops in Boise and Spokane, before joining Seattle market KLSY-FM in 1987. Over the years he worked at KVI, KZOK-FM, KIRO, KNWX and KJR-FM. His last day at KOMO was February 10. He's currently available for consulting, voiceovers and station imaging. Brian Gregory website
  • 03/22/12 - After KWAO-FM 88.1 on Capital Peak chased the KPLU-FM 88.5 translator off the frequency, KPLU's new 250 watt operation at 92.1 MHz was turned on March 14 from View Park (south of Port Orchard), using a new antenna system. This provides the non-commercial station with coverage of the west facing slopes along the eastern shoreline of Puget Sound in the Seattle area that is often quite shadowed from the main transmitter on West Tiger Mountain. There have been some objections from listeners who are no longer able to hear CBU-FM-1 92.1 Victoria which enjoyed "bonus coverage" for a number of years. KPLU news
  • 03/21/12 - Long-time South Sound broadcaster Dick Pust returns to the airwaves at 9 a.m. Sunday to debut It's Your Community on Mixx KXXO-FM 96.1. He was the GM and morning host at KGY AM 1240 Olympia, before leaving in January 2011 after 33 years with the station and over 50 years on-air. Rolf Boone, Tacoma News Tribune Rolf Boone, The Olympian backgrounder
  • 03/21/12 - A Canadian study, which included Vancouver, using BBM minute-by-minute PPM data shows that morning and afternoon drive total per-minute audience in five markets was 16% larger during traffic reports. All Access Music Group Radio Ink Vancouver also has a 24-hour all-traffic station, CHMJ AM 730.
  • 03/20/12 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 continues in first place with a 5.6 share, News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is second with 5,3 and Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 is third with 5.2 in the Arbitron February 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM. Radio Online
  • 03/20/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has announced its four nominees for election to the Company's Board of Directors at its 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The company also announced that David A. Lorber, co-founder and portfolio manager of FrontFour Capital Group, will resign from the board effective immediately to concentrate on his responsibilities of managing FrontFour's portfolio. Fisher release
  • 03/20/12 - Dan Kennedy has been named Production Director for the Sandusky Broadcasting cluster in Madison WI. He was most recently Imaging Director/morning host at KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle. He will also host afternoons on WMMM-FM 105.5 and APD duties at WCHY-FM 105.1. All Access Music Group
  • 03/20/12 - Corus Entertainment has announced the appointment of Garry McKenzie as Regional General Manager for Corus Radio Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, effective April 2. He was most recently GM of Corus Radio Vancouver. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/17/12 - Friday's announced acquisition of Astral Media Inc. by BCE Inc. will likely mean the CRTC will force a sell-off of a number of stations in Canada in several markets. Globe and Mail writer Sean Silcoff speculates the two Vancouver stations which could be divested are Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 and the recently acquired Shore FM CHHR-FM 104,3. Not mentioned in the item are the three AM stations, All Time Favourites CISL AM 650 and the sports duo Team CKST AM 1040 and Team CFTE AM 1410, one of which would likely have to be sold. Sean Silcoff, Globe and Mail
  • 03/17/12 - Former CBC Television Vancouver freelance cameraman Roy LeBlanc died February 18 at age 88. He began a 30-year career with the Corporation in 1956 and retired in 1985 due to technological change and the demise of film.
  • 03/17/12 - Legendary Vancouver DJ Red Robinson, who turns 75 on March 30, is selling much of his six decades of memorabilia. He plans to put it up for auction on eBay. John Mackie, Vancouver Sun Red Robinson info
  • 03/17/12 - SoundWorks USA, a multimedia entertainment, manufacturing and content company, has announced the release of a new DVD titled Louie Louie and the History of Northwest Rock & Radio. The DVD is an epic chronicle of the origins of Seattle's rock music history that evolved to grunge and spotlights radio station legends KJR Seattle and KISN Portland in the 1960s. SoundWorks info
  • 03/16/12 - BCE Inc. Is acquiring Astral Media Inc. for $3.38 billion in cash and stock in a deal announced this morning. Astral was one of the few independent media companies, and one of the largest, left in Canada following a round of consolidation that saw most media assets bought up by cable and satellite companies. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. In the Vancouver market, Astral currently owns one AM and two FMs and Bell has two of each, bringing the total number of stations to seven in the new cluster. In markets with eight stations or more, the CRTC restricts ownership to a maximum of two FM and two AM stations in any given language. Susan Krashinsky and Iain Marlow, The Globe and Mail Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post Astral Media release BCE release
  • 03/15/12 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Jim Hault is recovering at Holy Family Hospital following surgery January 16th at Vancouver General Hospital for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, in which there was a complication affecting nerve damage to his right leg. A subsequent bypass corrected the problem, but the damage affected his abiility to walk. He is making progress in a wheelchair and has begun walking with a walker under supervision. Hault was on-air at a number of Vancouver stations beginning in 1967 and was most recently the news intro voice of the Global Television Network.
  • 03/15/12 - Daytime-only station KWDB AM 1110 Oak Harbor has switched call letters to KRPA and has adopted South Asian programming, which is being streamed at its new website. Sale of the station by Action Pages, LLC to Satnam Media Group Inc. for $35,000 was announced late last November and received FCC approval in January.
  • 03/14/12 - Astral Media imaging director John Masecar is no longer with the company. He joined the Vancouver cluster in November 2007 from Toronto, where he had been production director.
  • 03/13/12 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle news director and morning show co-host Stephen Kilbreath has parted ways with the station. All Access Music Group
  • 03/13/12 - The FCC has granted license to cover to Northwest Indy Radio for KGHE-FM 89.1 Elma. It is licensed to operate with 255 watts at 94 meters HAAT at 46-57-31 123-35-18. FCC data
  • 03/13/12 - Controversy continues over the planned dismantling of the CBC Vancouver collection of 55,000+ vinyl 78s, 45s, LPs and CDs, which are being digitized and moved to Toronto. Parts of the physical collection may even get moved out of Canada. Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/13/12 - 50 or more past and present co-workers gathered Sunday to pay tribute to News1130 CKWX Vancouver traffic reporter Bruce Williams, who died in Tsawwassen February 21 at age 54. It was organized by traffic managing editor Travis Goodman.
  • 03/11/12 - Mountain FM CISQ-FM/CISW-FM Squamish/Whistler The Morning Lift host Craig Stone aired his last show Friday. He's headed to The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5 Vancouver.
  • 03/10/12 - As sportscaster David Pratt starts Monday at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 after leaving Team CKST AM 1040 last summer, the latest ratings show listeners have moved in the other direction. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/10/12 - Puget Sound Radio has released Victoria television news ratings with CHEK-TV leading, but with CTV Vancouver Island CIVI-TV making some inroads during specific time periods. Puget Sound Radio info
  • 03/09/12 - As expected, Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 announced today that sportscaster David Pratt will be joining the station beginning at 7:10 a.m. Monday, filling in for vacationing Neil Macrae. CKNW news
  • 03/09/12 - Long time KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle programmer Becky Brenner has been named brand manager of the nationally syndicated Lia Show and will be actively involved in directing the program. Radio-Info.com Radio Online
  • 03/09/12 - Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 is expected to announce this morning that sportscaster David Pratt will be joining the station, beginning will a fill-in position for vacationing Neil Macrae. Pratt was previously with Team CKST AM 1040, but his contract wasn't renewed last August. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/08/12 - Eric Lerner, VP and GM of KIRO-TV Seattle for the last six years, has been named president and general manager of WCAU-TV Philadelphia. He also worked as news director for KING-TV Seattle from 1995-98. He starts in the new position March 21. TV Spy
  • 03/08/12 - Vancouver market BBM PPM has been released for the period November 28, 2011 - February 26, 2012. QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 moves up into first place with a 12.4 share, CBC Radio One CBU AM 690/FM 88.1 is second with 10.7 and former leader News/Talk CKNW AM 980 is third with 10.0. BBM data David Bray Overview, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/08/12 - Broadcaster Milton York died February 26 at Delta Hospital at age 66. His career included CJOR, CKWX and CKO Vancouver, CKDA and CHEK-TV Victoria and CJJC Langley. A memorial service is scheduled for 3:30 pm Sunday, March 11 at the South Delta Baptist Church in Tsawwassen. Sun/Province obituary
  • 03/07/12 - RTDNA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists, has announced its BC Region award recipients, which include a number of Vancouver radio and TV stations. The annual awards will be presented in Burnaby on April 14. RTDNA release
  • 03/07/12 - OTA Broadcasting of Virginia took the keys to KVOS-TV Bellingham on Tuesday, putting 22 employees out of work, with an annual wage loss of $800,000 to the local economy. It may be the end of OTA broadcasting for the once powerhouse station as new owners say they may be interested in selling the on-air frequency at the FCC's next bandwidth auction. KGMI news
  • 03/06/12 - Legendary programmer Steve Rivers died today of cardiac arrest at an assisted living facility in Florida. He had been battling the effects of a stroke over the last few years. His career included many well known stations, with his most recent assignment at Seattle market KISS KBKS-FM 106.1. All Access Music Group Radio Ink
  • 03/06/12 - Red Robinson plays a DJ hosting a ‘live’ radio variety show, covering classics from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, with special guests The Sojourners in On The Air - A Musical Revue. Red is joined by CBC Vancouver morning host Rick Cluff on the show, which runs one night only, March 23 at the Granville Island Stage. Details
  • 03/06/12 - 11 pieces of jewellery, made by celebrated Northwest Coast artist and former Vancouver broadcaster Bill Reid between 1954 and ’74, and valued at more than $500,000, has been donated to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 03/05/12 - Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 has announced the addition of a New Music Discovery HD2 channel, and a website dedicated to the station’s heritage Mountain Music Lounge. All Access Music Group
  • 03/04/12 -Station manager Brad Edwards has been reminding listeners that Camosun College station Village 900 CKMO AM Victoria will turn off its transmitter at midnight tonight. It will continue online with its regular features. Village 900 info CRTC info
  • 03/04/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Mike Dardis moves to WLWT-TV Cincinnati at the end of March. He has been with KOMO since 2004. cincinnati.com
  • 03/03/12 - According to alexa.com three Vancouver radio stations hold strong positions in the Top 20 Canadian Stations on the Web for February. They are News1130 CKWX AM at #2, CBC Radio at #3 and CKNW AM 980 at #11. Ratings Advantage
  • 03/03/12 - Award winning CBC Television sportscaster Steve Armitage, in his 48th year with the Corporation, with most of it in Vancouver, heads to Nova Scotia at the end of April. He plans to continue his CBC assignments. Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 03/02/12 - A memorial will be announced at a later date for News1130 CKWX Vancouver traffic reporter Bruce Williams (Bruce William Pfeifer), who died suddenly on February 21. Sun/Province obituary
  • 03/02/12 - Seattle market KISS-FM KBKS-FM 106.1 morning hosts Jackie and Bender raised over a million dollars during their annual 26-hour broadcast to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital. They've generated an 11-year total of over $10,690,000. Seattle Children's release
  • 03/02/12 - Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 has partnered with Seattle Weekly to air a locally produced, weekly music show, Seattle Sounds, Sundays from 3-4 p.m. It features live performances, interviews with artists, and weekly contests. Radio Online
  • 03/02/12 - Community station KSER-FM 90.7 Everett is planning a broadcast tribute to Danny Holiday, where his program The Rock 'N' Roll Time Machine most recently aired. Holiday died February 20 after spending decades spinning top-40 hits and oldies on Seattle stations. Julie Muhlstein, Everett Herald
  • 03/01/12 - Long-time Victoria TV news anchor/reporter Meribeth Burton, laid off last August by CIVI-TV Victoria (now CTV Vancouver Island), has resurfaced as a corporate spokesperson for B.C. Transit. She moved to CIVI-TV in 2004 after 12 years with CHEK-TV Victoria. Douglas Magazine
  • 03/01/12 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 PD during the 1980s and '90s, Doug Rutherford has resigned from his position as VP of Radio for Western Canada, Corus Entertainment Edmonton effective at the end of March. He has held the position since 2002. RadioWest
  • 03/01/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications has announced its fourth quarter and full-year 2011 financial results, with an increase in net television revenue from 2010 but a decrease in consolidated revenue due to a decline in political revenue. Fisher release
  • 02/29/12 - Former KOMO 4 News anchor/reporter and KOMO Newsradio anchor Eric Slocum died last Saturday at age 54. He was a part of the KOMO News team for 16 years, starting in 1991. He left TV in 2002, taking an anchor role for KOMO Newsradio. The King County medical examiner has ruled that he took his own life. Bob Throndsen, komonews.com Casey McNerthney, Seattle P-I Keith Ervin, Seattle Times
  • 02/29/12 - An advance copy of the March 2012 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide is offered here as a courtesy to our readers.
  • 02/29/12 - The FCC has granted license to cover to San Juan Island Community Radio for KSJU-FM 91.9 Friday Harbor. It is licensed to operate at .1 kW non-directional at 25 meters HAAT. FCC info
  • 02/29/12 - Former KJR Seattle and KISN Portland personality Tom Murphy is back "on the air" at Internet station KISN Good Guys Radio. Murphy ruled afternoons on KJR in the late 60s and early 70s. Puget Sound Radio
  • 02/29/12 - Induction ceremonies for News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver anchor Andy Walsh and veteran CTV National News anchor Lloyd Robertson will be held at a gala banquet at the Rosewater Supper Club in Toronto on May 16. Announcement of their induction into the Canadian News Hall of Fame was made last September. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 02/29/12 - A $150,000 sculpture of a killer whale by native artist Bill Reid, stolen from a park along Ottawa's Rideau Canal nearly 17 years ago has been found. He was an announcer at CKWX and CBC Vancouver from the 1940s-'60s and was one of Canada's most celebrated and accomplished contemporary artists. Reid died in 1998 at age 78. Chloe Fedio, Postmedia News/Vancouver Sun
  • 02/29/12 - Following the announcement yesterday that Jack Marion had departed from JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver, also confirmed is the departure of morning hosts Chris Coburn and Sandra Klaric from sister station The Peak CKPK-FM 100.5. Cory Ashworth and Laurie Logan move to mornings.
  • 02/29/12 - Country 107.1 CKQC-FM Abbotsford APD/p.m. drive host Curtis Pope has been elevated to program director. Current promotion director Teresa Laynes becomes PD at sister station STAR FM CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack. She also retains the title of promotion director at both stations.
  • 02/28/12 - Long time Vancouver newscaster Jack Marion has left JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver after a run of 12 years. He's been reading news to Vancouver listeners since 1978, following gigs in St. John's NL and Kelowna.
  • 02/28/12 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Tribune Television to add a DTV replacement translator for Seattle market KCPQ-TV. It will operate on RF channel 22 with an ERP of 15 kW at 47-36-57 122-18-26. FCC data
  • 02/28/12 - Twelve employees of KVOS-TV Bellingham have been told they will lose their jobs effective March 6. The new owner pending FCC approval, OTA Broadcasting of Virginia, anticipates hiring a total of 10 employees from KVOS offices in Bellingham and Vancouver. Dean Kahn, Bellingham Herald You Tube KVOS History
  • 02/28/12 - Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. will report its fourth quarter 2011 financial results before the market opens on March 1, with a quarterly conference call at 1:00 p.m. PST accessible live to the general public via webcast. Fisher release
  • 02/27/12 - Long time KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle on-air host and music director Tony Thomas, who was released early last month, has been hired as afternoon personality for Dial Global's Country Today format. He will work from Dial Global's new studios in Seattle. All Access Music Group Meanehile, KMPS has added Country VO actor Chadd Pierce for imaging. All Access
  • 02/26/12 - Olympia market Hot AC KGY-FM 96.9 McCleary has dropped its “Cool Classics & Hot Hits” format to return to its country roots as “South Sound Country 96.9“. Radio-Info.com Radio Ink
  • 02/25/12 - Buzz Bishop, a 17-year veteran of Vancouver radio, now calls Calgary home and makes his mark in both radio and blogging. Jacqueline Louie, Calgary Herald
  • 02/25/12 - An anonymous donor has come forth to save community station CICV-FM 98.7 Lake Cowichan, which required a $15,000 facility upgrade. CTV Vancouver Island video
  • 02/22/12 - Television pioneer and news leader Steve Wyatt has been named one of eight to receive 2012 RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Awards. He retired in 2008 after 30 years as a reporter, producer and holder of number of senior management positions. RTDNA release
  • 02/22/12 - Messages of condolence can be left at the News1130 CKWX Vancouver website for traffic reporter Bruce Williams, who died early Tuesday. He began his radio career in 1979, working at CKLG, CFMI-FM and CJJR-FM. He was working at CKWX when it switched formats from country to all-news in 1996. News1130
  • 02/22/12 - A memorial service has been announced for Seattle broadcaster Danny Holiday, who died Monday in his 69th year, following a lengthy illness. It is scheduled for Friday, February 24 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 4200 88th Street NE, Marysville. All Access Music Group Kacie Sommers You Tube video tribute Red Robinson tribute
  • 02/21/12 - Word has been received that long-time News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver traffic reporter Bruce Williams has died suddenly. He apparently was at work Monday and appeared fine. He underwent colon cancer surgery in September 2010, but returned to the air two months later. Williams has reported traffic for News1130 since 1996.
  • 02/21/12 - All News KOMO AM 1000 has vaulted to the top of the January 2012 Seattle-Tacoma PPM with a 6.0 share. News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is second with 5.9 and Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is third with 5.5. Radio Online
  • 02/21/12 - The FCC has granted Bellevue School District #405 a minor change to a licensed facility to relocate its KASB-FM 89.9 transmitter. It is to be relocated from a campus building to be demolished to a new one approximately 100 meters SSW. ERP remains the same at .06 kW non-directional with HAAT decreasing from 18 to 10 meters at 47-36-15 122-11-50. FCC data
  • 02/21/12 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle morning show producer, interim morning show co-host and station blogger Greg Valentine resigned from the station last week. All Access Music Group
  • 02/20/12 - Long time Seattle broadcaster Danny Holiday died today. Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson passed on the following: "Dan and I were friends since 1957 when I took Robin Luke (Susie Darling) to the Holiday Inn located on the highway to Bellingham. Danny Thigeson changed his name to Holiday and moved to Seattle within a few years of working in Anacortes, his hometown. We kept in touch over the years and I would visit him often in Seattle when he was working for KOL and later KBSG."
  • 02/20/12 - Former Vancouver radio and TV reporter Ron Bencze will be in court for a sentencing hearing in June. As he has previously said he is vigorously fighting sex offense charges, it is unclear why the court date has been set. Dave White, News1130 CBC News Bethany Lindsay, CTV
  • 02/20/12 - Former KVI AM 570 talk show host Bryan Suits has left KOGO AM/FM San Diego. He had been doing the noon - 2 p.m. show from his home in Seattle. Radio Online
  • 02/20/12 - 22-year-old Jon Williams charms The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria listeners with his English accent after coming to Canada to land a job with the station. CHEK-TV video
  • 02/19/12 - An obituary has been published for Wally Nelskog, who died February 15 at age 92. He worked at and built numerous radio stations during his lengthy career. He was named WSAB "Broadcaster of the Year" in 1986, the year he retired. Everett Herald obituary
  • 02/18/12 - Registration is now open for the 65th annual BCAB Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel May 9-11. BCAB info
  • 02/18/12 - Former CBC Vancouver TV Opsenter, TV Presentation and Scheduler manager Audrey Brock died February 14 at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody at age 84. She began her career with CBC Vancouver in 1963 and retired in 1986. Vancouver Sun obituary
  • 02/17/12 - Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 afternoon hosts Ron and Don raised more than $20,000 in donations to reimburse Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County, which bought plots next to Josh Powell's murdered children to prevent him from being buried next to them. All Access Music Group
  • 02/17/12 - British Columbia premier and former Vancouver broadcaster Christy Clark has fired her press secretary Chris Olsen. Before his hiring last March, Olsen was the host of Olsen on Your Side on CTV British Columbia. Michael Smyth, The Province News1130
  • 02/16/12 - The lead surgeon is optimistic about the success of all-day surgery Wednesday to further contain KOMO-TV Seattle anchor Kathi Goertzen's brain tumor. Andrew Gauthier, TV Spy
  • 02/16/12 - PDX Radio is reporting that former KIXI AM Seattle owner Wally Nelskog died Wednesday at age 92. He began in Oregon broadcasting with the launch of KYNG Coos Bay in 1956. PDX Radio Radio-Info.com Bill Virgin, Seattle P-I 2002 backgrounder
  • 02/15/12 - KOOL FM CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria midday host Brittany King is the 2012 recipient of the Jim Waters Broadcaster of the Year in honor of Steve Young Award. She was selected because of her work on her radio show and her community involvement. Goldstream News Gazette
  • 02/14/12 - KISW-FM 99.9 Seattle morning host BJ Shea will be increasing his "Geek Nation" podcast to three times per week. The segment doesn't current air on radio. Radio Online
  • 02/14/12 - British Columbia Premier and former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 talk show host Christy Clark continues to take heat for making legislative announcements on air and not in the legislature. Cassidy Olivier, The Province Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun
  • 02/14/12 - Camosun College station Village 900 CKMO AM Victoria will leave the air March 4th, as it migrates entirely onto a digital platform. Rogers Communications had been operating the AM transmitter under a 10-year agreement made for a frequency swap in 2000. Village 900 release
  • 02/13/12 - The FCC has granted a minor change in licensed facilities to Grays Harbor Institute for KGHI-FM 91.5 Westport, which increases ERP from 1 to 1.9 kW. HAAT and other perameters are unchanged. FCC data
  • 02/11/12 - British Columbia Premier and former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 talk show host Christy Clark appears to be making news on both sides of the border by starting the spring session of the legislature with a 90-minute appearance on 'NW, in place of a formal throne speech. RBR.com Rob Shaw, Victoria Times Colonist
  • 02/11/12 - The FCC has accepted an application by Xana HD Solutions to sell KRKZ AM 1490 and KBDB-FM 96.7 Forks to Forks Broadcasting Inc., headed by Mark Lamb, who lists no other broadcast interests. RBR.com
  • 02/10/12 - The FCC has granted a minor modification of construction permit to San Juan Island Community Radio for KSJU-FM 91.9 Friday Harbor. The change affects site, antenna height and switch to a non-directional antenna. FCC info
  • 02/10/12 - Jackson Dell Weaver has been appointed GM of KGY AM & FM Olympia. He will continue to operate the five-station cluster in Astoria/Seaside OR. Weaver was a former manager of KJR Seattle. KGY AM 1240 celebrates 90 years on the air this year. Radio Ink
  • 02/06/12 - Former Seattle market The Mountain KMTT-FM 103.7 morning host Sean Demery has landed as PD and brand manager at Salt Lake City market X96 KXRK-FM 96.3. He has been doing consulting work since leaving The Mountain in January 2011. All Access Music Group
  • 02/06/12 - Brad Nolan takes over afternoons at Click KLCK-FM 98.9 Seattle effective February 20. He was most recently p.m. drive producer at MYfm KBIG-FM 104.3 Los Angeles. Radio Online
  • 02/06/12 - A save-our-station campaign is underway for community station CICV-FM 98.7 Lake Cowichan, as the small five-watter struggles to stay alive. Tom Hawthorne, Globe and Mail CTV Vancouver Island video
  • 02/06/12 - News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver air traffic reporter Kim Seale makes the cover of, and is featured in the February edition of Senior Living Magazine. Nadine Jones, Senior Living Magazine
  • 02/05/12 - Former Victoria bureau chief for CTV and Jack Webster Award winner Jim Beatty begins duties Monday as CHEK-TV Victoria's new 5-6 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. news anchor. Jeff Bell, Times Colonist
  • 02/04/12 - Glen Livingstone tributes the passing last month of broadcaster Brian Lord by following his long career from Vancouver through California, Victoria, Hong Kong and eventual retirement in the Philippines. Radio-Info.com
  • 02/02/12 - A new FM station for Whistler is expected to launch before the end of the year following approval of a second extension by the CRTC. It was initially approved by the Commission in March 2009 to operate with an AC format at 101.5 MHz directional with a maximum ERP of 1870 watts. Laura Gallant, Whistler Question
  • 02/01/12 - Following news in December of its sale to Astral Media, Shore CHHR-FM 104.3 Vancouver has made wholesale changes, with all mention of air staff deleted from its website. RadioWest Archived Astral Release Additionally, p.m. driver Casey White is reportedly gone from sister station CISL AM 650.
  • 02/01/12 - The Peter Starr interview with Red Robinson, set to run this morning on Global BC, has been re-scheduled to next Wednesday, February 8 at 8:25 a.m.
  • 02/01/12 - Dustin Collins from Astral Okanagan is the replacement for Gerry O'Day in a.m. drive on Vancouver market CISL AM 650. He will double duty as the music scheduler. O'Day's last show was January 20. RadioWest
  • 02/01/12 - Brian Tarling has compiled a book of every song charted by Vancouver radio stations from 1956 to 1978. It lists 7,700 hits by 2,400 artists, by artist, by year, and alphabetically by title, from the numerous charts produced by several Vancouver stations. The book includes listings for 1,700 songs that charted in Vancouver but did not make Billboard’s Hot 100. Tom Hawthorn, Globe and Mail
  • 02/01/12 - Vancouver-based hockey play-by-play broadcaster Jim Hughson is among five to be inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame this July. Gordon McIntyre, The Province Erica Fisher, Energetccity.ca
  • 01/31/12 - 1960s CKLG and CFUN Vancouver DJ Peter Starr, who was a featured speaker at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show in Abbotsford two weeks ago, is interviewed by Red Robinson on Red's segment during the Morning News on Global BC Wednesday, February 1.  The segment normally airs at approximately 8:25 a.m.
  • 01/29/12 - Seattle market KXPA AM 1540 will add Music of Your Life during overnight hours beginning February 1.  KXPA programming is mostly Hispanic.  Jason Remington, SeaTacRadio.com
  • 01/28/12 - KOMO News Seattle reporter Elizabeth Dinh is suffering from a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy and urgently needs a donor in good health with type O blood.  Rose Egge, KOMO News
  • 01/28/12 - Former Vancouver all-night radio host Jerry Landa, who died January 25 at age 78, was the Vancouver Canadians public address announcer in the 1990s, named to the C's Broadcast and Media Hall of Fame and an honorary lifetime member of Curl B.C.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun  Curl BC Tribute
  • 01/27/12 - An advance copy of the February 2012 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.
  • 01/27/12 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle morning duo Candy and Potter have found a new home hosting mornings at Madison WI market WWQM-FM 106.3.   They were released from KMPS at the end of August last year.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/27/12 - KOMO-TV Seattle news anchor Kathi Goertzen, who underwent her last surgery for a brain tumor a year ago, has announced she will be facing another operation.  Amy Rolph, Seattle P-I
  • 01/26/12 - Long-time all-night radio host Jerry Landa died around 10 p.m. Wednesday (01/25) at the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital following a lengthy illness.  He was 78.   He worked at a number of local stations from the 1960s to 80s, including CKDA Victoria, CFUN, CKLG, CJOR and CKWX Vancouver and CHUB Nanaimo.  redrobinson.com
  • 01/26/12 - Soft AC KRWM-FM 106.9 is in first place with a 12.0 share, Active Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves up to second with 5.6 and News/Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 is third with 4.6 in the Arbitron Holiday 11 Seattle-Tacoma PPM.  Radio Online
  • 01/25/12 - 1960s CKLG and CFUN Vancouver DJ Peter Starr was a featured speaker last week at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show in Abbotsford.  He has 40 years in the motorcycle industry and 35 years as a film producer.  redrobinson.com   Jay Leno interview
  • 01/24/12 - Correction to the KWPX-TV Bellevue item (01/23) below, which should read:  The FCC has dismissed voluntary assignment of license for KWPX-TV Bellevue from Ion Media License Company, LLC to Urban Television LLC.
  • 01/24/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KVOS-TV Bellingham from Newport Television LLC to OTA Broadcasting (Sea), LLC.  The sale was announced in early December with the price revealed as $2.9 million.  FCC decision  RBR backgrounder
  • 01/24/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to change its existing low-power CBC Radio One Vancouver transmitter CBXK AM 1240 Pemberton to FM.  The new transmitter will operate at 91.5 MHz with an ERP of 262 watts non-directional operating at -801.8 meters HAAT.  CBC indicated that the transition to FM is necessary because a mixed-use building was recently constructed near its AM station and the current tower owner intends to erect a self-supporting cellular tower nearby that would further decrease the signal’s quality.  CRTC decision
  • 01/24/12 - CBC management has told archivists to pare down CD and LP music collections across Canada by the end of March.  CBC Vancouver has an unusually large array of South American titles and other music from around the world, along with a large number of 78-rpm records and Edisons, which could all be part of the dismantling.  Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 01/23/12 - Ed Watson, the original Victoria bureau chief for VTV (now CTV British Columbia) when it launched in 1997, is returning as their new Vancouver Island bureau chief.  He moved to anchor the evening news at CHEK-TV Victoria from 2004-07 and served as assignment editor at CTV British Columbia from 2009-10.
  • 01/23/12 - A spokesperson for CTV Two CIVI-TV Victoria confirms that reporter Brett Mineer was released Thursday after only one month with the station.  Mineer was formerly a reporter for Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 before being released last August.  He was named the winner of the Jack Webster Foundation's Best News Reporting of the Year for 2011 for his coverage of the Whistler sled dog killings.
  • 01/23/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KWPX-TV Bellevue from Ion Media License Company, LLC to Urban Television LLC.  Note correction (01/24) above.
  • 01/22/12 - A celebration of life has been announced for Michael Halloran, who died recently at age 59.  It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, January 27 at the banquet facility of Larson Station restaurant at Gleneagles Golf Course, 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.  During the 1990s, Halloran's marketing company directed the graphic and TV marketing for KISS-FM and the launch of News1130 Vancouver in 1996.
  • 01/22/12 - Shell Busey's HouseSmart, hosted by radio and television personality and home improvement expert Shell Busey is off the Vancouver market AM 650 CISL airwaves.  Shell tells NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, "After three months on the air at CISL, I have to say....you can't make a talk radio show work on a non-talk radio station on Monday football night....so I resigned from trying."
  • 01/21/12 - Court orders Vancouver media outlets Global BC, CTV British Columbia, CBC British Columbia and three newspapers to provide police with thousands of hours of video footage and photos taken during last June’s Stanley Cup riot.  Global BC
  • 01/21/12 - KING-TV Seattle reporter Meg Coyle got her report interrupted by an angry sledder accusing her and other reporters of ruining their snow fun.  Seattle P-I/KING 5 video
  • 01/21/12 - B.C. legislative reporter Stephen Smart's marriage to Premier Christy Clark's deputy press secretary, Rebecca Scott, has been found to be in violation of the CBC's journalistic standards and practices by the Corporation's ombudsman Kirk LaPointe.  However, Johnny Michel, managing director for CBC's B.C. region, said CBC will not be taking any action in light of the review, as there is no evidence of an actual conflict of interest.  Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun
  • 01/20/12 - Sunnylands Broadcasting and Jodesha Broadcasting have agreed to work together to maximize two frequencies, one currently owned by Jodesha, the other by Sunnylands.  Jodesha already has a CP to upgrade KANY-FM 93.7 Ocean Shores by moving it closer to Seattle and increasing ERP from 14 to 33 kW.   Sunnylands has applied to move a 98.5 MHz allotment from Ilwaco to Oakville.   The new entity will be called JOSH Broadcasting.  Radio-Info.com
  • 01/20/12 - The CRTC has denied an application by Matthew McBride to operate a new station at 89.1 MHz in Squamish.   The Commission cited continued economic uncertainty in the region and its previous approved of a mainstream commercial FM station to serve Whistler that has yet to launch.   CRTC decision
  • 01/20/12 - In addition to the stations listed below (01/19), others which are/were off air or otherwise silent due to weather conditions include: KASB 89.9 Bellevue, KVTI-FM 90.9 Tacoma, KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia, KDDS-FM 99.3 Elma, KXXK-FM 95.3 Hoquaim, KDUX-FM 104.7 Aberdeen, KSWW-FM 102.1 Elma, KLSY-FM 107.9 South Bend and KANY-FM 93.7 Ocean Shores.  Power Outages, Seattle Times
  • 01/20/12 - The FCC has granted a construction permit to Northwest Indy Radio to move KCFL-FM 91.3 Elma to 89.1 MHz, increase ERP from 100 to 255 watts non-directional, and move the transmitter about 10 miles closer to Elma at 46-57-31 123-35-18.  HAAT will increase from -72 to 94 meters.  FCC details
  • 01/19/12 - Radio West is reporting that morning host and former PD of Vancouver market CISL AM 650, Gerry O'Day has resigned, with his last show scheduled for Friday morning.  Radio West info   AM 650 memories & audio
  • 01/19/12 - Broadcast engineer Clay Freinwald reports that many of the NWPR Stations were/are off air due to iced up antennas and/or satellite dishes full of snow and ice.  KCKA-TV at Crego Hill near Chehalis was off air along with co-located KSWS-FM 88.9 Chehalis.  Additionally, power is out at West Tiger and Cougar Mountains with stations running on generators.  West Tiger only has about 4 days supply of fuel, therefore road plowing through three to four feet of snow is being planned.
  • 01/19/12 - Seattle TV stations KOMO, KING and KIRO have pre-empted regular network programming from their main channels to provide continuous news, weather and traffic coverage during the current severe conditions.  KIRO has moved regular programming to channel 7.2.
  • 01/18/12 - Former CFUN Good Guy Brian Lord died at 1 a.m. (January 19 local time) in the Philippines.   He was 77.  Except for a short TV stint in Kamloops, he entertained at CFUN Vancouver from 1959-62 before moving to KMEN San Bernardino CA.  He returned to Canada in 1968 with positions at CJJC Langley, CKDA Victoria and CKWX/CKKS-FM and CHRX/CJJR-FM Vancouver before moving to Metro Broadcasting in Hong Kong in 1995.  He retired to the Philippines in 2001.  BC Radio History photos and bio
  • 01/18/12 - The FCC has granted an application by Pacific Lutheran University for a construction permit to change the frequency of its KPLU-FM translator, now K221FR, in West Seattle from 88.1 to 92.1 MHz and increase ERP to 250 watts directional.  The change was necessary due to the transmitter move and power increase recently granted to KWAO-FM 88.1 (formerly KLOP-FM) Ocean Park.  Waiver request  FCC info
  • 01/17/12 - Bob Robertson, who has announced Washington State football for 45 years, has been named 2012 winner of the Keith Jackson Award.  At age 82, he has called more that 500 games for the Cougars.  He will receive the award at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year banquet on January 25.  Bud Withers, Seattle Times
  • 01/17/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by UFV Campus and Community Radio Society to increase the maximum ERP of CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford from 550 to 880 watts directional, decrease HAAT from 121 to 104 meters  and relocate its transmitter site approximately .5 km.  CRTC decision
  • 01/15/12 - Long-time Vancouver market CISL radio sales representative Les Nielsen died January 11.  He started with the station when it first went on air in 1980 and worked on radio shows with Red Robinson.  He was the nephew of actor/comedian Leslie Nielsen.   A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 21 at Delta Christian School, 4789 - 53 St., Delta.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 01/14/12 - Radio and television sports and news announcers' ears perk up at the announcement Wednesday by Shaw Media to start an all-news speciality channel for British Columbia.  Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
  • 01/13/12 - A celebration of life has been announced for well known meteorologist and radio weather reporter John Paschold, who died January 9 at age 90.  It will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 18 at South Delta Baptist Church, 1988 56th Street, Tsawwassen.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 01/12/12 - Seattle based Fisher Communications has announced the election of Peter E. Murphy to its board of directors filling the vacant seat formerly occupied by Roger Ogden, who resigned from the board last October.  Fisher release
  • 01/11/12 - Shaw Media has filed an application with the CRTC to operate an all-news network that would be broadcast as a speciality channel on cable and mobile phones as well as being streaming live online.  The company says it would feature a prime-time talk show hosted by Global BC CHAN-TV Vancouver news personality and senior reporter Jill Krop.   Steve Ladurantaye, Globe and Mail  Global News
  • 01/11/12 - Former Environment Canada meteorologist and weather reporter John Paschold died in Tsawwassen Monday, January 9 at age 90.   He reported weather for CJOR Vancouver in the 1970s and later for CBC Radio during the 1980s and '90s.
  • 01/11/12 - Jim Beatty, who served seven years as CTV's bureau chief at the B.C. legislature has been named the new anchor of CHEK News at CHEK-TV Victoria.  Times Colonist
  • 01/10/12 - Smart Talk KVI AM 570 Seattle PD Travis Box is leaving the station to become a stay-at-home dad effective January 13.  Current 1-3 p.m. host Scott Carty will assume the role of interim PD.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/10/12 - Long-time Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV Seattle morning anchor Lily Jang, who announced last November she is moving to Houston to be with family, has accepted a new job as morning anchor with for KHOU-TV Houston.  Her last day at Q13 is Friday, February 10.  John Allen Yeager, MCDM
  • 01/10/12 - "The Outlaw" Pat Garrett will host afternoon drive at KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle.  For the past 13 years, he was the p.m. drive personality at KUBL-FM 93.3 Salt Lake City.
  • 01/09/12 - The FCC has granted voluntary assignment of license for KWDB AM 1110 Oak Harbor from Action Pages, LLC to Satnam Media Group Inc.  FCC info  The sale, for $35,000 cash, was announced in late November.  RBR.com
  • 01/07/12 - Science journalist Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks, moved to Victoria last summer and works from a small home studio in his basement.  Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist
  • 01/06/12 - Rick Johnson has left his position as news director at the four-station Morris Communications Grays Harbor Radio Group in Aberdeen/Hoquiam.  He had previously worked at KXXO-FM 96.1 Olympia and KOMO AM 1000 Seattle.  He also has engineering experience.  All Access Music Group
  • 01/06/12 - KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle has released long time on-air host and music director Tony Thomas.  He had been with the station since 1989.  Also departing is programming assistant Marissa Dion.  Radio-Info.com   Country Aircheck
  • 01/05/12 - Tom and Thierry’s radio show Seattle Kitchen returns to the airwaves weekly on KIRO-FM 97.3 Saturday January 7.  Their previous show was dropped in early 2010 after a five-year run.  Tom Douglas release
  • 01/05/12 - KMAS AM 1030 Shelton moved to Newsradio Tuesday morning from its former Rock and Roll's Greatest Hits programming which had been in effect since August 2007.  New programming lineup is shown here.  KMAS also broadcasts on FM translator K281BM 104.1 Shelton.
  • 01/04/12 - Longtime Seattle radio personality Rob ‘T-Man’ Tepper teams up with former MLB pitcher/analyst and FOX Sports Radio personality Rob Dibble starting Monday, January 9.  FOX Sports Tonight airs weeknights from 7-10 p.m. on KRKO AM 1380 Everett.  Station General Manager, Andy Skotdal, states, “The T-Man is a huge addition to our lineup.  His name recognition in this market is high without even being on the air..."   Tepper is widely known for his radio work in Seattle, where he hosted mornings on KUBE-FM 93.3 for 14 years.  Radio Online
  • 01/04/12 - Former CBC staffer Steve Hook died in his 71st year in Sarnia, Ontario on December 27 after a long illness.  He worked for CBC Radio and TV as an announcer in Yellowknife and Edmonton and in program management in Prince Rupert and Vancouver.  His last position was in Vancouver as Manager of Radio Operations.  He left CBC in 1982 and moved back to Ontario.  Sarnia Observer obituary
  • 01/04/12 - Author, actor, composer, librettist and former CBC Vancouver music and drama producer Norman Newton died December 27 at age 82.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 7 at St. John's Shaughnessy Church, 1490 Nanton Ave., Vancouver.  ABC BookWorld bio and remembrance
  • 01/03/12 - Former KMPS-FM 94.1 Seattle PD Becky Brenner has joined the Seattle office of country radio consulting firm Albright and O'Malley as VP and consulting partner.  She had been with KMPS since 1982 before departing last summer.  A & O release

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