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Rafe Mair
01/16/17 - Multi award winning broadcaster, politician and former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver talk show host Rafe Mair turned 85 New Year's Eve and is in shaky health.  His first 'NW talk show, midnight-2 a.m., blossomed, and his initial $80,000 salary with it, soaring to $125,000 when he reached the coveted 9 a.m.-noon spot, eventually rising to $455,000 before his show ended in 2003.  Trevor Lautens, North Shore News  Rafe Mair online     
FCC
01/13/17 - The FCC has granted a modification of license to Bonneville International Corporation for Seattle market KIRO-FM 97.3 (COL Tacoma) for replacement of a 4-bay Shively Antenna by a 4-bay ERI antenna, which was changed last summer, but the filing was delayed due to an error on the antenna structure registration.  KIRO-FM is authorized to operate with an ERP of 52 kW (55 kW with beam tilt) non-directional at 729 meters HAAT at 47° 30' 14.00" 121° 58' 29.00"FCC data
Greg Beharrell
01/11/17 - Personality and comedy writer Greg Beharrell joins KLOS-FM 95.5 Los Angeles for weekends and as a key writer and digital/social content creator.  He will continue his work on Canadian airwaves, including the voice of JACK-FM.  He was afternoon host at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver in 2014.  All Access Music Group  
CRTC
01/11/17 - A number of Surrey LP FM stations have recently gone off the air.  These include transmitters operating on 89.3, 91.5 and 106.9.  The CRTC had earlier required stations to vacate several frequencies due to unauthorized operation or because of displacement due to newly licensed stations.  CRTC backgrounder (specifically items 36-39)
KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle
01/11/17 - KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle, in collaboration with Microsoft, has unveiled its new recording and video studio.  It features 1,800 LED lights which can be totally customized.  Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest was the first to perform under the lights.
A system of three Microsoft Kinects tracks the musicians' movements and changes the array of tennis ball-sized lights accordingly.  A tablet in the studio gives nearly infinite options for the live performing acts.  Grant Hindsley, Seattle PI  
Fiona Forbes
01/10/17 - Long time Vancouver radio and TV personality Fiona Forbes has joined Glacier Media Inc. as the Editor of the Living magazine brand.  The award winning broadcaster has been on cable and radio for two decades and most recently was a fill-in talk show host on CKNW AM 980Glacier Media release  
Shelby Thom
01/10/17 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter Shelby Thom has moved to Global Okanagan as the TV station's South Okanagan reporter.  The award winning reporter had been with CKNW since 2014.  Thom replaces Neetu Garcha, who is filling in for Global's Vancouver Island video journalist Kylie Stanton, who is on maternity leave.  
Kelly Duncan
01/06/17 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Kelly Duncan died December 19 at age 84.  The long-time resident of West Vancouver was a cameraman and cinematographer from the late 1950s through the 1960s.  In 1957 he shot black & white footage of neon signs around Vancouver, an excerpt of which was used by the BBC.  In 1960 and again from 1964 through 1967 (telecast years), he was a cinematographer on CBC's Cariboo Country drama series.  Sun/Province obituary  
CRTC
01/06/17 - The CRTC will hold a hearing beginning March 27th in Gatineau, QC to consider applications for Native radio stations previously operated by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc., which had its licenses revoked by the Commission.  Pertinent to the Vancouver market are applications by Northern Native Broadcasting (Terrace B.C.) and First Peoples Radio Inc.  Both applicants are seeking to operate at 106.3 MHz with a maximum ERP of 9000 watts.  CRTC release  
Dave Sheldon
01/06/17 - Sports personality Dave Sheldon has announced, "Please be advised that I am no longer affiliated or associated with 98-7 The Point (CKPM-FM Port Moody)..."  He had been hosting p.m. drive and Sheldon on Sports since May 2016 and was previously the Sportstalk Weekend host and sports anchor at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 2011-15.  Puget sound Radio  
KOMO-TV Seattle
01/05/17 - Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed that KOMO has cut several positions in Seattle, including its investigative reporting team.  Ten positions were eliminated, including three in the newsroom, part of 54 cuts across the country.  Rachel Lerman, Seattle Times  Kevin Eck, TVSpy  
FCC
01/05/17 - The FCC has granted Voluntary Assignment of License for KMAS AM 1030 Shelton from Olympic Broadcasting, Inc. to Ifiber Communications Corporation.  The assignment also includes translator K277CZ 103.3 MHz.  FCC data
Dave Ross
01/03/17 - Westwood One celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Dave Ross Show and extends its relationship with Dave Ross, morning news host at KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle.  This is the 25th year that Westwood One has produced and distributed the weekday feature, heard on more than 200 stations nationwide.  All Access Music Group   
FCC
01/03/17 - The FCC has granted a minor change to a licensed facility to Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation for KBSG-FM 89.5 Westport.  Frequency will change to 90.1 MHz non-directional, ERP and HAAT will remain at 1.2 kW and 15 meters respectively and transmitter location remains at 46-55-11.00 123-57-14.00FCC data 
Frontier Communications
01/02/17 - Frontier Communications has dropped KOMO-TV after being unable to strike an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, which also owns KATU-TV Portland.  Sinclair had announced two weeks ago it did not expect to renew its re-transmission consent agreement with Frontier.  The company said Frontier subscribers represented less than 3 percent of the total households in Seattle.  Frontier mainly serves customers north and east of Seattle, including Bothell, Redmond, Shoreline and Everett.  Meanwhile, for much of Sunday, DirecTV dropped KIRO-TV along with other TV stations around the country that are part of Cox Media GroupThe two sides announced an agreement later in the day that restored service.  Seattle Times  
Dave Gerry
01/01/17 - After announcing his retirement just over a week ago, CTV Vancouver features reporter Dave Gerry has hosted his last Last Word.  He was a show host, documentary producer and features reporter for CKVU-TV (now City) Vancouver from 1987-2008 before moving to Toronto and subsequently back to CTV Vancouver in 2013.  His efforts at uncovering the hidden tales along British Columbia’s back roads have netted more than a dozen provincial, national and international awards for excellence in broadcasting.  Gerry's last Last Word segment can be viewed here.  



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