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FCC
5/20/19 - The FCC has granted Assignment of License for KTQA-LP 95.3 Tacoma from FAB-5 to The Interest Compound (New Board).  FCC Data   
Peter Boam
5/18/19 - Former Seattle radio personality Peter Boam passed away May 17 at age 73.  Mister Smooth, Peter B started his broadcasting career when The Beatles were still together.  He grew up during the Boss Radio era, attended college in Sacramento, and worked at a number of stations including nine years at KVI Seattle from 1973-82.  bossradio.com
Angela Poe Russell

5/18/19 - Angela Poe Russell, Take 5 host at KING 5 Seattle, is the recipient of a coveted Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.  The award recognizes her for on-air talent in the Local Television category.  The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media.  KING 5 News  

Ron and Don
5/18/19 - Ron Upshaw and Don O’Neill, who for 13 years had the afternoon show on KIRO-FM 97.3 Seattle, will start doing a weekly one-hour podcast at RonAndDonRadio.com.  O’Neill says he and Upshaw will be talking about their demise at KIRO-FM on their first podcast. The duo have worked together at various stations for two and a half decades.  The Ron and Don Show was abruptly cancelled on KIRO January 10th after 13 years.  Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times    
Wingnut
5/17/19 - Wingnut joins Country The Bull KNUC-FM 98.9 Seattle as APD/MD and midday host.  He previously was APD/MD and afternoon drive at rival The Wolf KKWF-FM 100.7 from 2005 until his departure last fall.  All Access Music Group
Maurice Foisy
5/17/19 - A celebration of life has been announced for former CHQM Vancouver personality Maurice Foisy, who died May 10 at age 86.  It will be held at 2 p.m. June 2 at Point Grey Golf Club, 3350 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver.  Sun/Province Obituary 
John LaPorte
5/16/19 - WITI-TV Milwaukee News Director John LaPorte has handed in his resignation.  According to FTVLive, he will be the new ND at KIRO-TV Seattle, replacing Jake Milstein, who left the station last July and is now the Chief Marketing Officer for CI Security.  Scott Jones, FTVLive 
Erin Setch
5/16/19 - Erin Setch has been appointed the imaging voice of Rogers’ KISS-branded stations, which includes, CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver and CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria.  She joins the brand’s other voice Trevor Shand
CRTC
5/16/19 - The CRTC has approved an application by UFV Campus and Community Radio Society (UFV) for community-based campus radio station CIVL-FM 101.7 Abbotsford to operate a transmitter in Chilliwack.  The new transmitter will allow UFV to reach its students, faculty and staff in Chilliwack, as well as the surrounding community.  It will operate at 92.3 MHz directional with a maximum ERP of 4,600 watts at -346.4 meters HAAT.  CRTC Release  Chilliwack Progress
Research Director, Inc.
5/15/19 - The Ratings Experts at Research Director, Inc. provide exclusive April PPM analysis for Seattle-Tacoma and four other radio markets.  All Access Music Group
Amanda Grace
5/15/19 - Amanda Grace is now working as Lifestyle Consumer Communications Manager at Zillow following leaving her evening news anchor position at KING 5 Seattle in February.  A Celebration of Life is planned for Frosty Fowler who passed away last month.  It will be held July 16th, which would have been his 97th birthday.  Jason Remington, Puget Sound Media    
Maurice Foisy
5/15/19 - Maurice Foisy, whose giant pipes resonated from CHQM Vancouver for over three decades, has died at age 86 after several years of serious lung dysfunction.  He was one of the first announcers hired at CHQM in 1959, brought in from CBC Halifax by founder Bill Bellman, staying until 1991.  He became Production Manager and then Program Director.  In later years he worked for CKST AM 1040 and read books for the visually impaired at UBC’s Crane Library. 
Nielsen Audio
5/14/19 - CHR MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5 rises into first place with a 6.6 share in the Nielsen Audio Seattle-Tacoma April 2019 Portable People Meter 6+ ratings, moving News KUOW-FM 94.9 into second with 5.7.  Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moves up to third with 5.6.  Radio Online
Brittany Moorer
5/14/19 - Brittany Moorer will join KING 5 Seattle as a weekday morning reporter.  She is currently a morning reporter/fill-in anchor at WIAT-TV Birmingham, AL and has previously produced shows in San Francisco.  Scott Jones FTVLive 
FCC
5/14/19 - The FCC has granted special temporary authority (STA) to Trinity Broadcasting to operate Seattle market KTBW-TV at variance by using an interim antenna for its operation on Channel 14 (pre-repack) while a new repack antenna on Channel 21 is installed.  It is proposed to mount an SWR directional horizontally-polarized slotted cylinder antenna at the 61-meter level of the existing 100.6-meter KTBW-DT tower.  The proposed effective radiated power for the facility is 45.75 kW in the horizontal plane.  No change in site location is proposed.  The authorization expires on November 8, 2019. 
Global News
5/13/19 - Global BC won the RTDNA Canada Charlie Edwards award for its coverage of the fierce windstorm that wrought havoc on the Lower Mainland in December in the breaking news television category.  Civic election day coverage on CKNW AM 980 received the Byron MacGregor Radio Newscast Award (large market).  Nationally, Global News won 12 RTDNA awards.  Global News Release   
Bell Media
5/13/19 - CFAX AM 1070 Victoria has won the National Gord Sinclair Award for Best Live Special Event, recognizing their Election Night 2018 broadcast, as well as the National Sam Ross Award for Adam Stirling editorial commentary.  CTV Vancouver News Director Les Staff receives RTDNA’s prestigious President’s Award.  Additionally, CTV Vancouver won four regional awards and CTV Vancouver Island received three.  CTV News Release  CBC and CKNW AM 980 Vancouver also won radio awards.  RTDNA Canada  
Bruce Fletcher
5/11/19 - Former CBC Vancouver actor Bruce Fletcher died suddenly from a heart attack on May 6 at age 68.  He appeared in 32 episodes of The Beachcombers on CBC Television from 1988-1990.  A Celebration of Life will be held at Devlin Funeral Home, 579 Seaview Road, Gibsons at 1 p.m. May 13th.  Devlin Funeral Home Obituary 
Jared Fallon
5/11/19 - KISS FM KBKS 106.1 Seattle has appointed Jared Fallon Program Director, effective June 1st.  He has most recently been PD/afternoons at sister station Q102 WIOQ 102.1 Philadelphia.  He will oversee day-to-day operations of the station’s music, programming, imaging and branding. 
Bro Jake Edwards
5/10/19 - Semi-retired TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver personality Bro Jake Edwards was inducted into the 2019 Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame as Canadian Music Week (CMW) hosted the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Thursday evening in Toronto.  Broadcast Dialogue 
Lori Matsukawa
5/10/19 - News anchor Lori Matsukawa has announced her retirement from KING 5 Seattle.  She will sign-off on Friday, June 14, after 36 years on-air at the station.  During her tenure she served the community on-air and behind the scenes, educating viewers, telling stories of the region and supporting local nonprofits.  Anchor Joyce Taylor will move to the evening broadcast team June 17.  KING 5 News
Bell Media

5/09/19 - Victoria Bell Media radio stations, which normally broadcast from a building immediately east of the old Plaza Hotel which burned down early Monday, have moved their programming to the Delta Ocean Point Resort across the Inner Harbour.  Local programming on CTV2 is also affected.  The hotel fire continued to spread toxic smoke and fumes into the surrounding area.  Puget Sound Radio News

Virgin Radio CHBE-FM Vcitoria
5/08/19 - After testing for several months, Virgin Radio CHBE-FM 107.3 Victoria has added HD Radio.  HD2 carries CFAX AM 1070 Victoria and HD3 is TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver.  
JJ Johnston
5/08/19 - JJ Johnston, former GM of Corus Radio Vancouver will moderate a Masterclass Panel Discussion May 9 in Toronto during Canadian Music Week.  Canada’s ratings service Numeris is about to make dramatic changes this Fall to how our diary markets are measured with a move to Continuous Measurement.  The panel of successful programming experts will address some of the key issues facing the industry today.  CMW Release 
Glen Livingstone
5/07/19 - Radio West reports former CKNW/CFMI-FM Vancouver producer Glen Livingstone died yesterday at age 66 after a brief stay at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.  In addition to regular production work, his job for many years was producing Discumentary on CFMI and syndicated to stations across Canada and the US.  More recently, Livingstone managed the magazine department at Chapter's in Coquitlam.  Radio West Posting  
FCC
5/06/19 - The FCC has granted License to Cover to Bustos Media Holdings, LLC for FM booster station KDDS-FM5 99.3 Riverton, south of Seattle.  ERP is listed as 26 watts horizontal and 99 watts vertical at -34 meters HAAT at 47° 29' 10.60" 122° 16' 37.60"FCC Data 
Bustos Media
5/06/19 - Bustos Media has acquired Smooth Jazz KFNY-FM 102.9 Centralia from iHeartMedia’s Ocean States Trust for $3 million.  KFNY becomes Bustos Media’s fourth property in the Greater Seattle area.  Lance Venta, Radio Insight
Don Shafer
5/03/19 - Coming up to the first anniversary of the closure of Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver, Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Famer Don Shafer has been spending a lot of time as a volunteer at Co-op Radio CFRO-FM 100.5.  He's developing a new show The Conversation Lab, set to launch May 12.  CIRH-FM has been sold to South Fraser Broadcasting pending CRTC approval.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  
Gloria Macarenko
5/02/19 - In December, longtime CBC journalist and philanthropist Gloria Macarenko was appointed an Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian broadcasting and for her charitable work.  She will be recognized at a special event at Terminal City Club on May 15.  The luncheon pays tribute to the 2018 Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia recipients and will be hosted by CBC Vancouver's Stephen QuinnCBC News 
David Hall
5/02/19 - Former KPUG Bellingham broadcaster David Hall passed away April 25 at age 88.  He hosted the Swinging Dave Hall show during his 41 years with the station.  Hall retired from KPUG in 1995.  Bellingham Herald Obituary 
Jason Botchford
5/01/19 - Longtime Vancouver Canucks beat reporter Jason Botchford has died at age 48 due to an apparent heart failure.  He was prominent in the Vancouver area and across Canada for his coverage of the Vancouver Canucks and the National Hockey League for The Athletic Vancouver and for TSN radio and television.  He appeared regularly on TSN 1040 CKST AM Vancouver, particularly its popular That’s Hockey segment.  TSN News  Patrick Johnston, The Province
Douglas Linn
5/01/19 - Former CHUB Nanaimo and "original" STAR-FM Abbotsford/Chilliwack broadcaster Doug Linn died peacefully April 20 at Chilliwack General Hospital.  He was 79.  Linn was also part of the JR Country CJJR-FM 93.7 Vancouver morning show from 1985-87.  Chilliwack Progress Obituary 



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