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Kara Kostanich

11/30/21 - As previously announced here on 11/24, Kara Kostanich has now confirmed her departure from KOMO 4 Seattle to spend more time with family. She's been a reporter at KOMO since January 2013.  Twitter Announcement

Essex Porter Plaque

11/30/21 - A plaque commemorating veteran reporter Essex Porter has been installed on the wall outside of the KIRO 7 Seattle editorial conference room. He retired this month after a 39 year career.  Twitter Announcement  Closeup

Rogers Radio Christmas 2021

11/29/21 - Rogers radio stations STAR FM CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack and Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5 Victoria have flipped to All Christmas Music.
Travis Mayfield

11/29/21 - Travis Mayfield, who stepped away from his FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle morning news anchor position last month, fills in and co-hosts Seattle’s Morning News at KIRO Radio 97.3  this week. Twitter Announcement
David Lee

11/29/21 - M. David Lee III has joined Cascade Public Media (KCTS 9) Seattle as Executive Editor. For the past two years he has been News Director at WFRV-TV Green Bay WI.
Santa FM KPLZ 101.5

11/26/21 - STAR 101.5 KPLZ-FM Seattle has moved to all Christmas music as Santa FM - The Best Mix of Christmas Favorites.

Abby Acone

11/26/21 - A memo has been sent to staff at KOMO-TV Seattle by ND Philip Bruce confirming the move of meteorologist/ reporter Abby Acone to FOX 13 KCPQ-TV. Her last day at KOMO is December 2.  FTVLive

Art Aronson

11/25/21 - The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria news reporter/ anchor Art Aronson has left broadcasting to take on a new job in communications for the provincial government. The 2011 BCIT Radio & TV graduate was previously an anchor and reporter with CFAX AM 1070Twitter Announcement

Robin Piercey

11/25/21 - Veteran CBC broadcast veteran Robin Piercey died November 18 at age 84. He worked for the Corporation in Newfoundland, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto. He was twice at CBC Vancouver, heading up the newsroom and later as west coast manager of the western provinces. In 1990 he joined the British Columbia Institute of Technology to fill in for the Dean of Journalism who was on sabbatical, and then served the next eleven years as an instructor. A Celebration of Life will be by invitation only.  Dignity Memorial Obituary
Tamara Slobogean

11/25/21 - Tamara Slobogean leaves CityNews Vancouver after nearly 20 years, most recently as Managing News Editor. She's taken the position of Communications Manager for the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC).  Twitter Announcement

Essex Porter

11/25/21 - As veteran reporter Essex Porter retires from his position at KIRO 7 Seattle after nearly four decades, he reflects back on his time at KIRO and looks forward to the future.  Twitter Video

Todd Herman

11/24/21 - Following the announced retirement of KIRO Radio 97.3 Seattle afternoon co-host Tom Tangney, Todd Herman has announced he will depart mornings on KTTH AM 770 December 1. He told listeners he is moving the show to a private podcast with an emphasis on religion.  Lance Venta, Radio InSight

Kellie Garnett

11/24/21 - Kellie Cheadle Garnett, former KING 5 Seattle Managing Editor and longtime leader of its investigative unit, has recently left her management job at Amazon to take part in an undercover probe for KING about an alleged COVID vaccination scam.  Twitter Announcement  KING 5 News

Kara Kostanich

11/24/21 - KOMO 4 Seattle reporter Kara Kostanich is leaving after nearly nine years. Reports indicate she requested a part time schedule to spend more time with family more but KOMO refused, so she decided to leave. Her last day is Sunday.
Matt Markovich

11/23/21 - Matt Markovich, who left his position as a reporter at KOMO 4 Seattle last month, returns to guest host the Gee and Ursula Show at 9 a.m. Wednesday on KIRO Radio 97.3.  Twitter Announcement

Tom Tangney

11/22/21 - Tom & Curley Show co-host Tom Tangney is retiring from KIRO Radio 97.3 Seattle after 27 years. His last show will be Wednesday, December 1. He has done everything from news desk reporting to reviewing movies, all culminating in his co-hosting talk radio gig alongside John CurleyKIRO Release
Sally Gardner

11/22/21 - Former CBC Vancouver Script Assistant and Continuity Person Sally Gardner passed away November 20 at age 75. Her husband was former CBC Vancouver TV producer Derek Gardner. Sally was diagnosed at age 36 with early onset Parkinson's Disease and managed it for 39 years. There will be no service at her request, but there may be some small remembrances later.
CBC Open House 2021

11/20/21 - CBC British Columbia will hold its 35th annual Open House and Food Bank Day on December 3rd. Once again it will be virtual with special broadcasts and digital Meet and Greets with CBC hosts and personalities. Last year raised a record-breaking $2,721,112 for local food banks and $13 million has been raised since its inception in 1986.  CBC Release
CKNW Kids Day 2021

11/20/21 - The CKNW AM 980 Vancouver Kids’ Fund Pledge Day is back on Tuesday, November 30th. Due to COVID, Pledge Day is virtual again this year. It will be broadcast live from 5:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., sharing family stories, receiving donations, and giving out prizes.  CKNW Release

The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle

11/19/21 - Audacy has abandoned its limited spot breaks to no more than two minutes on all its alternative stations, with the exception of The End KNDD-FM 107.7 Seattle. The concept first originated in Seattle in 2014 and KNDD saw a ratings bump in 18-34 year olds in Nielsen's Jan-May 2015 PPM survey period.  Inside Radio
Hana Mae Nassar

11/19/21 - CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver reporter and digital team lead Hana Mae Nassar is taking over responsibility for the CityNews 660 CFFR Calgary digital product and Managing Editor. She's been with CKWX since March 2017 and will continue to be based in VancouverTwitter Announcement

The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle

11/19/21 - The Sound KSWD-FM 94.1 Seattle has flipped to all Christmas programming with The Sound of ChristmasThe Sound Release

Elise Woodward

11/19/21 - Long-time sports broadcaster Elise Woodward fills in this Saturday and next for play-by-play announcer Tony Castricone. She is the first woman to do play-by-play for Washington football. The originating station is KJR AM 950 Seattle, with other outlets including KPUG AM 1170 Bellingham and KONP AM 1450 Port Angeles.  Scott Hanson, Seattle Times

Olivia LaVoice

11/19/21 - FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle reporter Olivia LaVoice is leaving. She was hired by then News Director Erica Hill to cover unsolved crimes, but after Hill left she was pushed back into general assignment.  FTVLive

Essex Porter

11/19/21 - Washington Governor Jay Inslee offers a big congratulations to veteran KIRO 7 Seattle reporter Essex Porter as he retires. He's been with KIRO-TV for 39 years.  Twitter Announcement

CHEK-TV Victoria

11/18/21 - Two new shows premier this Sunday on CHEK-TV Victoria. This Is VANCOLOUR and DownieLive Travels by Train will air back to back starting at 7 p.m.  CHEK News/Video

Jessica Dimonte

11/18/21 - Jessica Dionne Dimonte has joined the promotions department at Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver. She left CHOM-FM 97.7 Montreal at the end of October where she’d been the promotions manager for the past five years.
Bill Hughes

11/18/21 - An obituary for Bill Hughes, former Vancouver market CKNW executive and host of Roving Mike will be published this weekend in local newspapers. He passed away November 15 at age 96. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Brady Wakayama

11/17/21 - Brady Wakayama returns to Seattle to join KING 5 as a reporter. The 2016 Washington State University Broadcast Journalism BA previously interned in the KIRO Radio newsroom in 2015 and has been a news reporter for KRQE-TV Albuquerque since September 2019.  Twitter Announcement


11/17/21 - Kulshan Community Media has applied to the FCC for a Construction Permit for a new Noncommercial Educational station to serve Bellingham. It would operate with 2 kW at 88.3 MHz at -14.2 meters HAAT at 48 44' 50.6" N / 122 28' 44.6" W.  FCC Data/ Map

Joe Freni

11/17/21 - Joe Freni has been promoted by CW11 KSTW-TV Seattle to Vice President and Station Manager, effective immediately. He's served as KSTW’s Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing since 2017.  Mark K. Miller, TVNewsCheck

Matthew Smith

11/17/21 - Matthew Smith, who left his position at KIRO 7 Seattle last month, has found a new home at FOX 13 KCPQ-TV beginning next week. He'll be splitting his time in the field and on the anchor desk.  Twitter Announcement

Dish Network

11/16/21 - Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group have reached a new multi-year carriage agreement. The new deal keeps Sinclair’s 144 local stations, including KOMO 4 and KUNS-TV, Seattle on the service. Dish is still in a blackout situation with Tegna, whose stations, including KING 5 and KONG-TV, have been unavailable to subscribers since October 5.  Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting + Cable

DJ Darko (Stephen Munga)

11/16/21 - Campus and community station CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford's DJ Darko (Stephen Munga) of Chill Rose Radio is the new host of Canada’s weekly Top 20 radio program, !earshot 20. His new role represents the first time a station has hired a longtime volunteer programmer to take on this position.  Don Lehn, FVN

Broadcast Dialogue Awards

11/16/21 - Broadcast Dialogue has announced the winners of its 2021 Canadian Radio Awards. Locally, JR Country CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver wins Major Market Station of the Year; CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford wins Medium Market Campus or Community Station of the Year; Robin LaRose at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver wins Major Market Best On-Air Solo Host (Music); The Jeff O’Neil Show on CFOX-FM 99.3 wins Major Market Best On-Air Team (Music) and Simi Sara at CKNW AM 980 wins Major Market Best News/ Talk/ Sports On-Air Solo Host.  Complete list of winners and runners-up
KIRO AM 710 Seattle

11/16/21 - FEMA is debuting an upgraded "Primary Entry Point" emergency broadcast studio facility at the KIRO AM 710 Seattle Vashon Island transmitter site on Friday, November 19. The studio has been modernized to allow the facility to broadcast under all conditions.  All Access Music Group

Matt Landers

11/16/21 - Matt Landers joins KOMO News Seattle as a photographer and drone pilot. He was one of two first licensed drone pilots for the CNY Central group in Syrause, NY.  Twitter Announcement
Mimi Jung

11/16/21 - Viewers of the KING 5 Seattle morning news can see the sleek-yet-classic wardrobe of Emmy Award-winning anchor Mimi Jung, which she has expertly fine-tuned since beginning her broadcast career two decades ago.  425 Magazine
Phyllis Webb

11/15/21 - Former CBC writer and broadcaster Phyllis Webb died on Salt Spring Island November 11 at age 94. She was the co-creator of the CBC radio documentary series Ideas in 1965, which is still heard on the network. There will be no memorial service, but a celebration will be planned at a later date.  Talonbooks Memorial
Bill Hughes

11/15/21 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and executive Bill Hughes has died at age 96. He hosted over 15,000 episodes of Roving Mike on CKNW from 1950-94 and was GM & then President from 1965-77. The family is not planning an immediate ceremony but may have a celebration in the spring.

Dan Lothian

11/15/21 - Former Seattle TV reporter Dan Lothian has been named Executive Producer of WGBH Boston and PRX's The World. He was a general assignment and breaking news/ investigative reporter at KING 5 from 1991-94.  All Access Music Group
Amrit Gill

11/15/21 - OMNI Television BC news producer and Hockey Night Punjabi host Amrit Gill is leaving the station. She heads back east to continue her work with Hockey Night Punjabi.  Twitter Announcement
Jay Styles

11/13/21 - She 100.3 WSHE-FM Chicago MD/ afternoon host Jay Styles is transferring to sister station Movin 92.5 KQMV-FM Seattle as APD/ MD/ afternoon host. He's been with WSHE since 2016 and fills the afternoon position at KQMV, which had been held briefly earlier this year by Dan ‘Huggie’ AmsdenLance Venta, RadioInSight

MOVE 103.5 CHQM-FM Vancouver

11/13/21 - CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver made the "move" to all Christmas Friday. First song played was Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Michael Bublé, who reminisced with p.m. drive host Ray Grover for 30 minutes after the switch was made at 4:03.
Jon Jussero

11/13/21 - Emmy award winning KIRO-TV Seattle photojournalist Jon Jussero leaves after eight and a half years. He's headed to KOTV Tulsa.  Twitter Announcement

Breeze 104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver

11/11/21 - (Updated) The Breeze 104.3 CHLG-FM Vancouver will be moving to an all Christmas music format on Friday, November 12 and will continue until midnight on Sunday, December 26. The switch arrived at 12:04 this morning (11/12) with It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby.  Daily Hive

Patrick Quinn

11/11/21 - Former KOMO 4 Seattle reporter Patrick Quinn is rejoining KIRO 7 as a freelance reporter. He previously held that position with KIRO in late 2017 before joining KOMO for three years, starting in April 2018.  Twitter Announcement

Stan Foreman

11/11/21 - The Celebration of Life for Stan Foreman, scheduled for 2 p.m. November 13th, has been changed to the Marriott Seattle Airport, 3201 S. 176th St. The former KGHO Aberdeen/ Hoquiam personality and Capitol Records representative passed away August 8 after a short stay in a Palm Desert, CA hospital.  Puget Sound Media  Obituary

FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle

11/10/21 - In an effort to lift employees’ morale, starting today FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle is launching Spirit Wednesdays. It's scheduled with a different theme each week from today through New Year's.  FTVLive

Julian Kolsut

11/09/21 - Former CHEK-TV Victoria multimedia journalist Julian Kolsut joins custom home builder Aryze Developments as its Engagement Coordinator. The documentary producer and University of Victoria political science and journalism BA worked at CHEK from 2017 until this last April.  Twitter Announcement
Kyle Donaldson

11/09/21 - Former Citytv Vancouver host and producer Kyle Donaldson was back on TV newscasts today reporting on numerous power outages in the Metro Vancouver area. He left his position at Citytv in August and joined BC Hydro as Senior Media Relations Advisor.
MOVE 103.5 CHQM-FM Vancouver

11/09/21 - Michael Bublé will flip the switch at MOVE 103.5 CHQM-FM Vancouver at 4 p.m. Friday, November 12th to become Vancouver’s Christmas Music Station.  iHeartRadio Release 

Christmas Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seaattle

11/09/21 - Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle has switched to all Christmas, rebranding as Christmas Spirit 105.3. In past years it has flipped to Christmas music on Thanksgiving night, but in 2020 it switched earlier in the month to a positive response.  All Access Music Group

FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle

11/09/21 - Scott Jones at FTVLive has rated FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle the "No. 1 Worst Station to Work for Right Now". One station staffer told FTVLive that things are starting to get a “little bit better” but there is a very long way to go.  FTVLive 

Tom Mara

11/09/21 - Nonprofit music station KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle has announced that longtime Executive Director Tom Mara will officially step down on June 30th. He will assist the Board of Directors with an executive search for new leadership.  Radio Ink

Kjerstin Laine

11/09/21 - Public Radio KUOW-FM 94.9 Seattle Development Services Officer Kjerstin Laine has given notice and will be moving into a new role after December 3.  LinkedIn Announcement 

Bransi Kruse

11/08/21 - Brandi Kruse, who left her position with FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle last week, explains why she quit her job in corporate media. Prior to its cancellation in late September, she hosted The Divide on FOX 13, and had been with the station since 2015. Kruse now hosts [un]Divided, "creating political coverage for the anti-fringe".  Twitter Announcement

Ruth Prins

11/07/21 - KING 5 Seattle TV pioneer Ruth Prins has died at age 101. She hosted and played the role of Wunda Wunda on KING from 1952-72. Prins was an actor and drama teacher at the University of Washington in 1949 when KING recruited her to help them develop quality children’s programming. The popular show was also the first local program to receive the prestigious Peabody Award.  KING 5 News
Mike McCardell book

11/06/21 - CTV Vancouver features reporter and The Last Word host Mike McCardell, now back on air after a harrowing heart experience, has released his latest book. In Haunting British Columbia: Ghostly Tales from the Past he summons the ghost of real-life pioneer Jock Linn to provide hair-raising and humorous versions of what really happened during some of the formative events that shaped British Columbia.  Harbour Publishing Info

David Kroman

11/05/21 - Crosscut Public Media City Reporter David Kroman is leaving to take a job covering transportation with The Seattle Times starting November 29. Crosscut is part of Cascade Media/ KCTS 9 Seattle.  Twitter Announcment

Brandi Kruse

11/05/21 - FOX 13 KCPQ-TV Seattle correspondent and The Divide host Brandi Kruse is departing. Today is her last day after seven years with the station.  Twitter Announcement

Ryan Yamamoto

11/05/21 - KOMO 4 Seattle news anchor Ryan Yamamoto has announced he is headed home to join KPIX-TV San Francisco. He's been with KOMO for five years and will join the KPIX evening anchor team in the new year.  Twitter Announcement

Webster Awards

11/04/21 - The winners in the 16 categories for the 2021 Webster Awards were announced during the Online Webster Awards show which can be viewed   here.  The awards recognize excellence in journalism in B.C. Submissions were encouraged from print, radio/ podcasts, television and online media sources that cover news, sports, the arts, business, community issues, and more.  Cision Release

Kenny Jay

11/04/21 - Former Seattle Program Director Kenny Jay has joined consulting company Albright & O’Malley & Brenner as a VP/ Consulting Partner, effective immediately. Jay was PD at KMPS-FM 94.1 (now KSWD-FM) from January 2016 - December 2017.  All Access Music Group


11/04/21 - The FCC has cancelled an application for license to cover by Media Island International for KOWA-LP 106.5 Olympia.  FCC Notice

KING 5 Seattle

11/04/21 - KING 5 Seattle Marketing Director Jay Yovanovich announces Promax Gold Awards to Brand Manager Chris Smith and Production Manager Kelly HansonLinkedIn Announcement

Erica Zucco

11/04/21 - KENS-TV San Antonio reporter Erica Zucco joins KING 5 Seattle. Her last day at KENS is today after three years with the station.  Twitter Announcement  Madalyn Mendoza, MYSA
Ronil Desai

11/04/21 - Ronil Desai, former Spice Radio CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver host/ producer and current CTV Vancouver fill-in traffic host, has announced he has joined the Canucks as one of the in-arena hosts.  Twitter Announcement

Randene Neill

11/03/21 - Veteran former Global BC anchor/ reporter Randene Neill joins CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver. She will anchor mornings alongside Terry Schintz. Neill was with Global BC from 1998-2016 and has most recently been Senior Communications & Engagement Specialist at Providence Health CareTwitter Announcement

Charlie Carey

11/03/21 - Charlie Carey, who recently departed from CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver, has announced joining the North Shore News as a Local Journalism Initiative reporter.  Twitter Annoouncement 
Research Director, Inc.

11/03/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive October PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Nielsen Audio

11/02/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 continues in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma October 2021 PPM 6+ ratings with a 6.8 share. Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 continues in second with 6.3 and News/ Talk KUOW-FM 94.9 is third with a 5.5 share.  Radio Online

Cynthia Wise

11/02/21 - Former KING 5 Seattle Senior Assignments/ Planning Manager Cynthia Wise has obtained a PHD. She is most recently a Graduate Assistant - Borderlands and Ethnic Studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Wise worked at KING 5 Media Group from 1998-2018.  Twitter Announcement
Mona Mahmoud

11/02/21 - CTV Vancouver Island has appointed news anchor/ producer Mona Mahmoud as Senior Producer. She moved from Ottawa and began in the industry as a Promotions Coordinator at Bell Media Vancouver Island in 2018.   Twitter Announcement

Audacy Appointments

11/02/21 - Audacy has named two format industry veterans to serve as regional programmers for the company’s alternative stations. John Allers is named Regional VP/ Alternative overseeing The End KNDD 107.7 Seattle and four other stations. Christy Taylor is named Regional Brand Manager of The End and three other Audacy stations.  InsideRadio

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