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Mike Benton

9/22/21 - KJR AM 950 Seattle has hired Everett Silvertips Director of Broadcasting and Public Relations Mike Benton to host pregame, intermissions and postgame on Seattle Kraken broadcasts. KJR is the official flagship radio home for all home and away Kraken games.  Ian Furness, KJR Tweet

Seattle Kraken

9/22/21 - KING 5 Seattle has announced coverage plans to live broadcast four pre-season Seattle Kraken games in September and October. Seattle’s inaugural hockey team will play six preseason games, three away and three at “home” in Spokane, Everett and Kent. Two away games and one “home” game will air live on KONG, and one “home” game will air live on KING.  KING 5 Release

Dale Hicks

9/21/21 - Dale Hicks, former CHAN-TV Vancouver reporter and later Manager of Camera Assignments at BCTV/ Global, is in Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster in an induced coma. He suffered a Triple A (ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm) three weeks ago. He is expected to remain in hospital for some time.

Mike McCardell

9/21/21 - CTV Vancouver The Last Word host Mike McCardell is currently in Vancouver General Hospital after suffering a massive heart attack. Two doctors from UBC Hospital treated him and sent him to VGH, where he was in a coma until last Saturday. He is expected to be in hospital for some time undergoing tests.  Twitter Info
 
FOX 13 Logo

FOX 13+

9/21/21 - Amid recent speculation that the branding of Q13 KCPQ-TV and sister station Joe TV KZJO-TV Seattle are going to change, new logos have appeared on their FCC Public Files. Q13 FOX becomes FOX 13 and Joe TV becomes FOX 13+ according to FCC records.  KCPQ Public File  KZJO Public File  FOX Seattle Info
 
Shushma Datt

9/21/21 - South Asian broadcasting trailblazer Shushma Datt will be awarded the 2021 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing an exemplary B.C. journalism career. She was the first Indo-Canadian woman to be granted CRTC authorization in 2005 when she launched Vancouver market Sp!ce Radio CJRJ AM 1200. The Webster Awards will take place online on November 3 at 7 p.m. PT, hosted by Global BC’s Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Charlie Harger

9/21/21 - KOMO AM 1000 Seattle reporter/ anchor Charlie Harger has announced he is leaving the station after almost 19 years to join KIRO-FM 97.3 as News Director effective October 4th. He will also end his 20-year run as an instructor at Green River Community College.  All Access Music Group

Brandi Kruse

9/21/21 - More Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle news as The Divide with Brandi Kruse returns in a new time slot. It will air Sundays at 11 p.m. The program "searches for common ground on controversial issues in Seattle and beyond".  Twitter Announcement

Aaron Levine

9/21/21 - Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle Sports Director Aaron Levine has announced his weekly Sunday night sports show Q It Up Sports is changing its name to Seattle Sports Live starting next week, and will only air once at 10:30 p.m. He notes the show will be similar but with a different name.  Twitter Announcement
 
Matt Lorch
Charmin Flojo

9/21/21 - After more than a decade, news anchor Matt Lorch is leaving Q13 KCPQ-TV Seattle, and according to an internal memo sent to staff, is getting out of the business to focus on local fund raising for non-profits. Meanwhile, Emmy Award winning journalist Charmin Flojo joins Q13 as a digital producer, moving over from KIRO 7FTVLive

Jim Hughson

9/21/21 - Sportsnet has announced that Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play announcer, Jim Hughson is retiring, ending a 42-year career in the broadcast industry. He began his career calling games on radio in 1979 before becoming a host for Vancouver Canucks broadcasts during the early 1980s, voicing the team's play-by-play on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 1994-99 and joining Hockey Night in Canada in 2005.  Mike Stephens, The Hockey News  Rob Williams, Daily Hive
 
TEGNA

9/21/21 - Apollo Global Management has joined Standard General to make a binding bid that topped $8 billion for local TV station owner Tegna. Tegna operates 64 television and two radio stations across 54 US markets, including KING-TV and KONG-TV Seattle.  Josh Kosman, New York Post

M.J. McDermott
Brian MacMillan

9/20/21 - Q13 FOX KCPQ-TV Seattle News This Morning Meteorologist M.J. McDermott has announced her retirement effective October 1. She has been at Q13 for 19 years. Meteorologist Brian MacMillan from FOX 12 KPTV Portland will take over.  Facebook Announcement  Brian MacMillan Tweet

Justin Morissette

9/18/21 - An anti-gay street preacher has been sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty Friday to assault causing bodily harm. Dorre Love was charged following an altercation in August 2020 with Sportsnet 650 CISL AM Vancouver studio producer Justin Morissette, who suffered a broken leg in the clash.  Denise Wong, News 1130

Jim Hughson

9/18/21 - There is speculation that Jim Hughson won’t be calling games on Hockey Night in Canada next season. He joined the broadcasts in 2005 and took over as the No. 1 play-by-play broadcaster in 2008. Hughson handled Vancouver Canucks play-by-play on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 1994-99 before joining Sportsnet. Vancouver Canucks regional broadcasts will continue to be called on Sportsnet by play-by-play announcer John Shorthouse and analyst John Garrett, along with host Dan Murphy.  Rob Williams, Daily Hive

Casey Anderson

9/16/21 - KING 5 Media Group Seattle Marketing Executive Casey Anderson returns to his position on September 27th. He's been on a 14 month self-imposed sabbatical. Anderson has been with KING since March 2012.  LinkedIn Posting
 
Vanessa Misciagna

9/16/21 - Former KING 5 Seattle reporter and multimedia journalist Vanessa Misciagna, who announced her departure from the station in May, says she had a bad seizure early last month and was admitted to hospital. She's waiting for a diagnosis and can't drive but is now able to use a camera again. Misciagna was with KING for three years before announcing she was joining Scripps National in Denver.  Twitter Announcement
 
Vik Sahi

9/16/21 - Vik Sahi has left The Nat & Drew Show on Move 103.5 CHQM-FM Vancouver to work full time as a mortgage broker. He has been producing the morning show for the last five years.

Greg Otterholt

9/16/21 - Praise KWPZ-FM 106.5 Lynden has named Greg Otterholt as co-host of its morning show, joining Lynette Morgan. He was a host, reporter, and weatherman at KVOS-TV Bellingham from 1990-2007.  Todd Stach, All Access Music Group

KING 5 Seattle

9/16/21 - The staff at TEGNA has been sent an internal memo informing them that they have until November 12th to get the COVID vaccine as a condition of employment. This will directly impact staff at KING 5 Seattle.  FTVLive
 
Seattle Mariners
710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle

9/15/21 - 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle will continue as the flagship radio station for Mariners baseball with a new multi-year extension. The Mariners have been broadcasting on 710 ESPN since its transition to an all-sports format in 2009, and KIRO AM was the team’s home from 1985-2002.  710 ESPN Release

Jaxon McNulty

9/14/21 - Recent BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment graduate Jaxon McNulty has landed a position with Canadian Traffic Network/ AM730 Traffic CHMJ Vancouver and Global BC as weekend helicopter reporter. He's been a volunteer radio host and content producer for Abbotsford's Campus and Community Radio Station CIVL-FM 101.7 since 2017.

FCC

9/14/21 - The FCC has cancelled the Sinclair Radio of Seattle License to Cover for KOMO-FM1 97.7 Tukwila. The permit has been cancelled and callsign deleted.  FCC Release

Thomas Lawnsby & Keely Walker

9/14/21 - Thomas Lawnsby has been named Assistant News Director at KING 5 Seattle. He's been with the KING 5 Media Group for 19 years and Senior News Producer since 2019. Producer Keely Walker moves into the Senior Producer role.  Julie Wolfe, Linkedin

Broadcast Dialogue 2021 Awards

9/14/21 - The 2021 edition of the Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards, presented by HD Radio, is now open for submissions. Due to an overwhelming number of entries in talent and production categories, they have expanded to 22 awards this year. There were a few high profile local winners last year including Ronnie Stanton (PD of the Year, Large Market) and Simi Sara (Best On-Air Team or Host, Large Market).  Broadcast Dialogue Release
 
Rachel Hammons

9/14/21 - 55 Promotion has named Rachel Hammons Manager, National Promotion. She began managing social media and email marketing in 2020 before being elevated to this new position. Hammons was with Spirit 105.3 KCMS-FM Seattle for a few years in promotions and social media marketing before joining 55 Promotion and remains based in Lake Stevens, WA.  CMB Release

Femi Abebefe

9/14/21 - Femi Abebefe joins VSiN, The Sports Betting Network in Las Vegas as host of Point Spread Saturday & Sunday. He was most recently a weekend sports anchor at KOMO-TV Seattle.  FTVLive
  
Roberta Romero

9/14/21 - Former KING 5 Seattle anchor Natasha Ryan has been posting 'kindness videos' and this shout out goes to another former KING reporter Roberta Romero. Ryan is now Director of Communications & Business Development at Premier Risk Solutions and Romero is now Development Manager at Peer Seattle.  LinkedIn Post Feed
 
David Bray

9/13/21 - David Bray of Bray and Partners Communications breaks down the most recent Numeris PPM ratings for Vancouver and four other Canadian PPM markets.  David Bray Release

Tom Evans Krause

9/13/21 - Tom Evans Krause, Director of Broadcast Operations at Green River College is retiring after 27 years.  Puget Sound Media  KGRG Backgrounder

KIRO-TV Seattle

9/12/21 - Atlanta-based Cox Media Group has sold its Third and Broad KIRO studios near downtown Seattle to San Mateo, CA-based Essex Property Trust. The deal was finalized September 10th and is valued at $52.5 million.  Meghan Hall, The Registry 

Warren Barker

9/11/21 - The Celebration of Life for legendary CKNW AM 980 News Director Warren Barker, originally scheduled for September 23 at the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course Clubhouse, has been postponed indefinitely by the family. They say the risks are too great in the golf course reception area.  Barker passed away June 15 at age 92.

Research Director, Inc.

9/10/21 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive August PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group

Nielsen Audio

9/09/21 - News/ Talk KIRO-FM 97.3 remains in first place in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma August 2021 PPM 6+ ratings with a 7.3 share. Rock KISW-FM 99.9 moves back up to second with a 6.4 share. News KOMO AM 1000 is third with a 5.8 share.  Radio Online

Kelsey Lehman

9/09/21 - Former Vancouver radio personality Kelsey Lehman joins KiSS 92.5 CKIS-FM Toronto and becomes National Music Curator for Rogers Sports & Media’s CHR/ HOT AC brands. She was on air/ Music Director/ APD at KiSS RADiO CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver from 2015-17 and most recently APD/ MD/ Middays at KiSS 91.7 CHBN-FM Edmonton.  Twitter Announcement

Wingnut

9/09/21 - APD/MD and midday host Wingnut has left his position at The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle, where he has worked since 2019. Prior to KNUC, he was APD/MD and afternoon drive at rival The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7All Access Music Group

Numeris

9/09/21 - News/ Talk CKNW AM 980 continues in first place in the Numeris Vancouver 12+ PPM for May 31 to August 29, 2021 with a 12.3 share. Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 moves up into second with 10.2. Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 moves into third place with a 9.5 share.  Numeris Release

Danny O'Neil

9/09/21 - Long-time Seattle sports writer/ broadcaster Danny O'Neil, who was released from his position at 710 ESPN Seattle KIRO AM last month, writes about how "hosting a radio show in Seattle has been life-changing".  Danny O'Neil Blog
 
                     
Craig Herrera

9/08/21 - KING 5 Seattle meteorologist Craig Herrera says goodbye today as he hosts his last weather report. As previously reported, the five-time Emmy-award winning meteorologist joins the new streaming service Fox Weather as a co-anchor of the platform’s key programming blocks.  Mark Wright Tweet
 
Jody Vance

9/08/21 - Long-time Vancouver radio and TV broadcaster Jody Vance has landed a position with Al Jazeera English TV. Her first assignment is to cover the Canadian federal election September 20 in Ottawa.  Jon McComb Tweet

Kelsey Brannan

9/07/21 - Former KEXP-FM 90.3 Seattle Producer & Project Manager Kelsey Brannan has been named GM for University of Wisconsin station WSUM-FM 91.7 Madison, which is the country’s largest college radio station. She was with KEXP from 2018-19.  WSUM Release
 
Christa Dao

9/07/21 - Global Calgary digital journalist Christa Dao returns to Vancouver to join the news team at Global BC. The 2011 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate has been with Global Calgary since 2017.  Twitter Announcement
 
Brian Peck

9/07/21 - The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 Seattle has added Brian Peck as its new station voice. He is a voiceover talent with Atlas Talent Agency in NY/LA.  All Access Music Group

Jim Moore

9/07/21 - Veteran Seattle sports writer/ broadcaster Jim Moore explains his thoughts on the shakeup at 710 ESPN Seattle KIRO AM. He was a host at the station for 10 years before being laid off and is now writing for the Tacoma News Tribune. Moore was a sports columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1983-2009.  Tacoma News Tribune
 
Melanie Nagy

9/06/21 - Vancouver-based CTV National News Bureau Chief Melanie Nagy is taking a compassionate care leave to care for her ailing mother. Her last day is today. Nagy has been with CTV News since 2012 and has covered stories both domestically and internationally for the network.  Twitter Announcement
 
Bicoastal Media

9/04/21 - Bicoastal Media has swapped dial positions for its two AM stations in Longview. Newstalk/ Sportstalk KEDO AM 1400 changes places with Classic Country Real Country KBAM AM 1270Lance Venta, RadioInsight

Matt Hasselbeck

9/03/21 - Effective Wednesday, September 15, 710 ESPN KIRO AM Seattle adds The Matt Hasselbeck Show as a weekly one-hour program each Wednesday at 9 a.m., joining morning host Mike Salk. Hasselbeck played for the Seahawks from 2001-10, including leading the team to its first ever Super Bowl appearance in 2005.  710 ESPN Release

Thomas Patrick

9/03/21 - KREM 2 Spokane meteorologist Thomas Patrick gets a shot at the Seattle market as a fill-in on Tegna sister KING 5. He'll be filling in mornings for a few days this month.  Twitter Announcement

FCC

9/02/21 - Jodesha Broadcasting has filed an application with the FCC to downgrade KJET-FM 105.7 Union to a Class C3 (from C2) with 510 watts at 626.7 meters HAAT with a 1-element antenna mounted on an existing tower atop North Mountain. The new pattern is slightly better towards Olympia but substantially pulls back from the Kitsap Peninsula. Allocation Study

Evonne Benedict

9/02/21 - Long-time KING 5 Seattle staffer Evonne Benedict has announced her retirement. She's held a number of positions with the KING 5 Media Group since 1983 and most recently Director Of Digital Media since 2017.  Twitter Announcement

News 1130 CKWX Vancouver

9/02/21 - Starting October 18, Rogers Sports & Media news radio stations in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Kitchener, and Halifax, will re-brand to CityNews. CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver will become CityNews 1130.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 

Carol McCracken

9/02/21 - Vancouver entertainer Carol McCracken passed away August 7 at Shorncliffe Village Care Home in Sechelt, BC. at age 77. She worked as a dramatic actress on CBC radio, stage, and ultimately into movies at the rebirth of the Canadian produced feature film business in Vancouver.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Clay Freinwald

9/01/21 - The September 2021 edition of Clay's Corner, prepared by veteran RF Systems Engineer Clay Freinwald for the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers newsletter The Waveguide, is now available. In this edition Clay discusses Hurricane Ida, more COVID-19, the continuing drought, soil conductivity and much more.  September Clay's Corner

Neil Stover

9/01/21 - Root Sports Northwest producer Neil Stover is calling it quits saying, "It's time for a change". The two-time Emmy winner creating pregame, postgame and magazine shows for the Seattle Mariners has been with Root Sports since July 2015.  Twitter Announcement
 


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