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Kimberley Dawn Kuhn


6/28/24 - Long time producer/ director Kimberley Dawn Kuhn (Irvine) passed away June 18 at age 48 following a battle with cancer. The 1996 BCIT Television Production graduate had a long list of broadcast producer and director credits and had been a director with Global BC for the last 25 years. A private service will be held for family and close friends on July 2nd in North Vancouver with a Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.  Dignity Memorial Obituary 

Corus Entertainment


6/26/24 - Corus Entertainment is shuttering All Traffic CKGO AM 730 Vancouver and 880 News CHQT AM Edmonton. Temporarily, AM 730 will simulcast CKNW AM 980 and 880 News will simulcast CHED AM 630 Edmonton. Corus hasn't yet announced whether it will return the broadcast licences to the CRTC or whether it’s seeking a buyer for either of the stations.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Robyn Crawford


6/26/24 - Assistant News Director Robyn Crawford at CityNews1130 CKWX Vancouver will be leaving at the end of the week. She's joining her home community City of White Rock as the Manager of Communications and Government Relations.  LinkedIn Announcement
 

John White


6/25/24 - Courtenay BC based Vista Radio has named John White the new National Director of News, replacing Wendy Gray, who departed the company earlier this year. White has an extensive background that includes both local journalism and digital media. Vista operates 52 radio stations in Canada, including on Vancouver Island and in Powell River.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Vista News Release 
    
Sarah MacDonald


6/24/24 - Global BC anchor/ reporter Sarah MacDonald is back on TV screens following a year of maternity leave. She anchors Global weekend newscasts and occasionally fills in on Global NationalGlobal National Video

The Peak CKPK-FM Vancouver


6/22/24 - With The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver returning to the basic FM radio dial, management will have to be at its peak to give it staying power in a crowded alternative format market.  Claire Fenton, Daily Hive
 
Steele and Vance


6/21/24 - The weekly Steele and Vance show has come to an end after two years on CHEK-TV Victoria. Veteran broadcasters Lynda Steele and Jody Vance "brought an unrivalled suite of experience to the program, which immediately caught viewers’ attention". Neither one has announced future plans.  LinkedIn Announcement  Amir Ali, Daily Hive
 

Johnny Michel


6/20/24 - Johnny Michel is leaving CBC Vancouver after 17 years as Managing Director, CBC English Services for B.C. and Alberta. Prior to joining CBC, Michel served as VP of Programming for Channel M (now OMNI Television) and VP, Production and Communications for BCTV (now Global) Vancouver and CHEK-TV Victoria.  Broadcast Dialogue 

Keith Cox


6/20/24 - Former Vancouver newscaster Keith Cox passed away June 3 in Victoria at age 66. He worked in radio from 1983-93 at Cariboo Radio CKCQ Quesnel, CJVI Victoria and from 1985-87 as a reporter/ anchor at CKNW Vancouver. Keith was the son of former BC Sports Hall of Famer, CKNW sportscaster Jim Cox, who passed away in 1998. Celebrations of Life will be held at Spirit Bay on Vancouver Island July 28th and in Vancouver on August 10th.  Tribute Archive
 
Larry Updike


6/20/24 - Larry Updike, who did a short run at Rock 101 CFMI-FM Vancouver in 1994, has passed away at age 69. The longtime Winnipeg broadcaster died following a colon cancer diagnosis just one week ago.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Brad Maas


6/17/24 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Brad Maas has joined the Government of British Columbia as a Transportation Management Centre of BC Agent. The 2018 BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment graduate was a traffic anchor at CityNews1130 CKWX Vancouver in 2018. Maas was most recently the GM at McDonald's in Langley.  LinkedIn Announcement

Randene Neill


6/09/24 - Randene Neill, award-winning former Global BC journalist for nearly two decades, has been named the NDP MLA nominee for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. Nicholas Simons, the current MLA for the riding, has announced he would not be seeking re-election.  Sandra Thomas, Powell River Peak

Negar Mojtahedi


6/09/24 - Long time Global BC producer and on-air contributor Negar Mojtahedi, who joined Iran International last month as a reporter/ host will host the first ever English podcast on Iran.  X Posting

The Peak CKPK-FM Vancouver


6/07/24 - CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver, which moved its alternative format on The Peak to HD2 two years ago, has now moved it back to the main channel. Gone is the NOW! brand, as HD2 is simulcasting the main signal. Jaclyn Tatay, who formerly hosted middays on NOW! is being heard in mornings, with former NOW! personality Brayden Mack in afternoon drive.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  The Peak News Release
 
Dylan Willows


6/06/24 - The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria has announced that Dylan Willows, one of its longtime and most popular DJs, has lost his battle with cancer. He was on air there for over 20 years. The 45-year-old had Stage 4 uveal melanoma, a rare form of ocular cancer, which re-surfaced, forcing him to step down from his position in February.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Ryan Hook, Daily Hive

Numeris


6/06/24 - Numeris Spring 2024 PPM ratings have been released for Vancouver and four other Canadian markets. CKNW AM 980 leads in A12+ with a 13.2% share. Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5, Move CHQM-FM 103.5 and CFOX-FM 99.3 also show strong numbers.  Bray and Partners Overview    
  
Jack Morse


6/06/24 - Jack Morse has joined CityNews Vancouver as a videojournalist. He has held a similar role with CTV News Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown for the past two years.  X Posting

Mitch Bunda


6/06/24 - Mitch Bunda has left Corus Entertainment Vancouver, where he’s served as the Chief Broadcast Engineer for the last five years. Bunda joins B.C. public broadcaster Knowledge Network as Director of Broadcast and Information Technology.  LinkedIn Posting

CTV Vancouver Island


6/06/24 - CFAX AM 1070, Virgin Radio CHBE-FM 107.3  and CTV News Vancouver Island will be moving their operations to a brand-new, state-of-the-art studio in the Esquimalt Town Square. The stations currently occupy a three-storey building in downtown Victoria. The move is expected to be completed by January 2025.  CTV News

CRTC


6/03/24 - Call letters  CFDT-FM have been assigned for the new station in Squamish at 99.7 MHz with a proposed Adult Album Alternative (Triple A) format. The CRTC approved an application by Four Senses Entertainment Inc. last September. It will operate at a maximum ERP of 5,000 watts at an effective height above average terrain (EHAAT) of -349.9 metres.  CRTC Info
 
Murrow Awards


6/01/24 - CTV News Vancouver has won five Edward R. Murrow Awards in the International Large Market category. CHEK News Victoria has won for the best TV newscast in a small market outside the U.S. and Global BC News won for Diversion of Drugs in the Hard News category.  Ethan Faber, CTV News  CHEK News  Full Region 14 Winners List

Numeris


5/31/24 - Numeris Spring 2024 ratings have been released for Victoria and four other Canadian Diary markets. CBC Radio One is #1 in Victoria for A12+ with a 22.0 share. The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 and The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 also show strong numbers.  Bray and Partners Overview

Bob Mackowycz Sr.


5/30/24 - (Updated) Legendary broadcaster and radio programmer Bob Mackowycz, Sr. passed away Wednesday morning at age 75 from a sudden and unexpected illness. Most of his extensive career was based in Toronto, but he eventually became a programming consultant and subsequently a co-owner of Shore 104 CHLG-FM (now The Breeze) Vancouver, which was sold to Astral Media in 2012.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
BC Lions


5/30/24 - Sher E Punjab CKSP AM 600 Vancouver and the B.C. Lions have partnered up for the upcoming Canadian Football season to broadcast the game in Punjabi. The first game is this Friday, May 31. Pre-game starts at 6:30 and kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Lions made history last year when the team's first-ever game was broadcast in Punjabi.
 
BC Lions


5/29/24 - The BC Lions radio broadcasts are returning to CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, back to where they were from 1988 to 2003. The Lions switched to the now silent Team 1040 in 2004 and then to AM 730 CKGO in 2021. Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich and Giulio Caravatta will lead the broadcasts for the eighth consecutive season.  Noah Strang, Daily Hive

Mike McCardell


5/27/24 - The Last Word segment on CTV News Vancouver with host Mike McCardell has been on hold for the last week due to the passing of his wife Valerie. He has hosted the human interest segment at CTV since September 2013 following 37 years with BCTV/ Global. Adam Sawatsky has been  filling in.  Facebook Posting
 
Victor Miles


5/27/24 - CBC Vancouver television designer Victor Miles passed April 6 at age 95. He left CBC in1986 to devote his time primarily to painting. A private family service has been held.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Webster Awards


5/23/24 - The Jack Webster Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Webster Awards, recognizing the best in B.C. journalism -- with some new and revised categories this year. The deadline is July 28.  Webster Release
 
Don Taylor


5/23/24 - As originally announced last October, veteran sports broadcaster Don Taylor has been inducted in the media category of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. He's kept listeners and viewers up to date in the world of sports for over forty years, including time with Sports Page, Sportsnet and TSN1040 and is currently the co-host of the Donnie and Dhali: The Team show on CHEK-TV Victoria.  X Posting  CHEK Release

Jim Fraser


5/17/24 - (Updated) Long time CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver host Jim Fraser passed away in Sechelt, BC Wednesday night from cancer at age 75 (age corrected). He hosted afternoons from 1973-84 and mornings from 1984-93, when it was Real Country, before joining several other local stations.  John Ackermann, YouTube  RadioWest News

Tim James


5/14/24 - Former CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver anchor Tim James has announced he is joining the communications unit at Surrey Police Service. He's been a contract part-time communications / content creator with SPS since last September.  X Posting

Dee Lippingwell


5/11/24 - Veteran concert photographer Dee Lippingwell passed away Thursday at age 78. In addition to over 50 years of photographing music stars, she took numerous photos of local broadcasters. Lippingwell's career began with a Pink Floyd gig in Vancouver back in 1973.  Tom Zillich, Surrey Now-Leader  A 2015 collection of local broadcaster's photos can be viewed here courtesy of Radio West.

BCAB


5/10/24 - the B.C. Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) has awarded its Broadcast Performer of the Year to longtime The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria morning show duo of Jason Lamb and Dylan Willows. Willows stepped away from the station in March following a recurrence of a rare ocular cancer he battled 20 years ago. Tchadas Leo of CHEK-TV Victoria, who hosts the station’s first-ever podcast Our Native Land, was named the Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow.  

Shushma Datt


5/09/24 (Updated) - Multicultural radio trailblazer Shushma Datt has been named the B.C. Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Broadcaster of the Year. Among her many achievements, she launched Spice Radio CJRJ AM 1200 Vancouver in 2005. Datt was also inducted as a member of BCAB’s Half Century Club along with former CKNW AM 980 talk show host Jon McCombConnie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Laura Brougham, CHEK News

RPM
Lunch



5/09/24 - RPM: Where Radio People Meet held its biannual gathering of Vancouver broadcasters past and present last week. In addition to Jody Vance, Dee Lippingwell, Don Shafer and Larry Hennessey were inducted into the RPM Hall of Fame.

Angela Valiant


5/09/24 - Angela Valiant, who was released from the morning show at SONiC CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver last month, has posted a farewell to listeners. Rogers Radio told Daily Hive that Alex Carr will host the morning show in the interim and that news about the future lineup will be revealed in the coming weeks.  Amir Ali, Daily Hive

Katie DeRosa


5/07/24 - After 16 years as a print reporter, Katie DeRosa is moving into broadcasting. She reported for the  Victoria Times Colonist for 15-1/2 years and has been with the Vancouver Sun and Province for the last three. DeRosa starts as the new provincial affairs reporter with CBC Vancouver on May 27.  X Posting

Mike Agerbo


5/06/24 - The Get Connected technology radio show hosted by Mike Agerbo has been cancelled by CKNW AM 980 Vancouver. The 10-11 a.m. Saturday show ran for two decades. Agerbo, who is the CEO & Executive Producer of GetConnected Media, indicates the station wants paid/ infomercial slots on the weekend.
 
Farhan Lalji


5/05/24 - Veteran Vancouver sportscaster Farhan Lalji is being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He will be officially enshrined as part of the Football Reporters of Canada Grey Cup breakfast in Vancouver this November. In addition to serving as the Vancouver Bureau Reporter for TSN, Lalji has worked on the BC Lions’ radio broadcasts as pre and post-game host during its time on TSN 1040 and as a part time sports reporter/ anchor at CTV VancouverTSN Release

Ray Fitzwalter


5/05/24 - Former CBC Vancouver freelance cameraman Ray Fitzwalter passed away April 24 following a decade-long battle with Parkinson's disease. His body will be cremated and there will be no service.

Jody Vance


5/03/24 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Jody Vance has been inducted into the RPM Hall of Fame. The RPM Lunch, which was started by Red Robinson over two decades ago, is a regular lunchtime gathering of radio personalities, and continues to this day following Red's passing on April 1 last year at age 86. Vance has been a prominent local broadcaster since 1988 and currently co-hosts talk show Steele and Vance with Lynda Steele weekly on CHEK-TV Victoria.  X Posting
 
CHIR-FM
                                        Salt Spring Island


4/28/24 - Gulf Islands Community Radio has announced that its new station CHIR-FM 107.9 Salt Spring Island will likely be on air in May. It has now completed the link between studio and transmitter tower. The station will operate with a maximum ERP of 850 watts at 219.8 metres EHAAT. A rebroadcaster will operate at 102.1 MHz with a maximum ERP of 18 watts at 635.4 metres EHAAT.  CRTC Info
 
Zahra
                                        Premji


4/27/24 - CBC Vancouver anchor/ reporter Zahra Premji has announced her departure from the Corporation after 6+ years. She's joining Fraser Health in a communications role.  X Announcement

Jim Robson


4/27/24 - Iconic Vancouver sportscaster Jim Robson says it's "a real shame" that the Sportsnet 650 CISL radio crew isn't calling Canucks games on the road. Robson called Canucks hockey games on radio and TV from 1970 until 1999.  Patrick Johnston, The Province

Christy and Fraser


4/26/24 - Fraser Tuff & Christy Farrell are the new morning show hosts on JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver. They replace Drex (Justin Chan), who left last week as Rogers Sports & Media makes changes to both JACK and alt rock sister station SONiC Radio CKKS-FM 104.9. Carly Meyers and Jay Brody move over from p.m. drive on SONiC to host from 4-8 p.m. on JACKConnie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Sportsnet 650


4/26/24 - Sportsnet 650 CISL Vancouver is calling Canucks playoff away games remotely from its local studio. In a cost-saving measure, Rogers Sports and Media have not sent their radio broadcasters on the road since the pandemic.  Tyler Green, Daily Hive

Donnnie and Dhali


4/25/24 -The Donnie and Dhali Post Game Show airs for one hour after every Canucks playoff game on CHEK-TV Victoria, with Don Taylor, Rick Dhaliwal and Ryan Henderson showing post-game interviews and analysis. The regular Donnie and Dhali - The Team show continues Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. on CHEK.  CHEK Release

Prabhjot Kahlon


4/24/24 - Prabhjot Kahlon has announced her departure from OMNI Television Vancouver after over 15 years as a reporter. She's leaving journalism to embark on a new career in government communications.  X Posting
 
BCAB


4/21/24 - The BC Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) May 7th conference at the River Rock Casino in Richmond will feature numerous local broadcasters, both current and past. The original BCTV (now Global BC) news team of Tony Parsons, Pamela Martin, Bernie Pascall and founding News Director Cameron Bell will be featured in conversation with CHEK-TV's Paul Haysom.  Facebook Posting  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Al Murdoch


4/21/24 - Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Al Murdoch, whose been the PA voice of the Canucks for over a dozen years, will be the voice telling passengers their destinations and instructions at select SkyTrain stations during each home playoff game.  Preston Hodgkinson, Daily Hive

Victor Gouchee


4/19/24 - Victor Gouchee will be the new Chase Producer on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver starting May 6. The 2023 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate has been a producer of live radio shows and sports broadcasts on Sportsnet 650 CISL Vancouver for the past year and has experience as a technical director, shooter/ editor and sideline reporter for Roll.Focus.

John Shorthouse


4/19/24 - Veteran Vancouver sportscaster John Shorthouse will be calling games for TV for the first time. He'll be joined by Dave Tomlinson and Dan Murphy. Shorty says he's called 105 playoff games to date, but never on a TV broadcast.  Sonia Aslam, CityNews

Kenton Boston


4/19/24 - Former Global News executive Kenton Boston joins Canadian Men's Health Foundation as President and CEO. He joins following 17 years leading major news assets for Global and Corus Entertainment with several of them based in Vancouver.  CMHF Release

Shirley McQueen


4/18/24 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Shirley McQueen is joining ICON Radio CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons. She was a morning swing host at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver from 1998-2002. 

Angela Valiant


4/18/24 - SONiC CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver has dropped Angela Valiant from its morning show, with her name deleted from its website. In addition, content producer Andrew Berridge has announced his departure from the station to join 1-800-GOT-JUNK as a social media specialist.  LinkedIn Posting

Drex


4/18/24 - JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver morning show host Drex (Justin Chan) and Assistant Content Director Corbet Rutzer have departed the station. Afternoon drive host Jason Manning is expected to take over mornings for the foreseeable future.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Verito


4/11/24 - Tom Plasteras has teamed up with Jamie Harrison to launch Verito Communications & Media Strategies. Plasteras was Senior Director, Brand and Programming for Corus Entertainment in Vancouver from 1993-2013 while Harrison was Senior Account Manager for Corus from 2013-24.  LinkedIn Posting

Robert Brimacombe


4/11/24 - Robert Brimacombe has left his position as Manager of Local Sales for Corus Radio in Vancouver after eight and a half years. He'll continue on as President of the BC Association of Broadcasters.

Joey
                                        Kenward


4/10/24 - Long time Vancouver sportscaster Joey Kenward has some good news. He underwent a cell transplant last month, followed by further treatments to treat leukemia, and was able to return home for Easter. Kenward is an account manager for Rogers Radio Vancouver and an on-air host at Sportsnet 650 CISL.  X Posting

Iona
                                      Campagnolo


4/05/24 - Former B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo, who was also a local broadcaster, has died at age 91. Among her numerous achievements, she hosted One of a Kind on CBC Television Vancouver from 1980-82. Campagnolo was named to the Order of Canada in 1973 and the Order of British Columbia in 1998.  Darrian Matassa-Fung, Global News/ Video  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
 
Leslie
                                      Stein


4/03/24 - Vancouver radio host Leslie Stein has joined the staff at the newly branded OV 103.9 CKOV-FM Kelowna, which was recently acquired by Pattison Media. She co-hosts mornings with Kelowna Content Director Glenn Hicks. Stein hosted mornings at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM from 2015-20 and most recently at Pulse 107.7 CISF-FM Surrey.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Beverley Wowchuck


4/03/24 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Beverley Wowchuk passed away March 8th at age 76. She was a costume designer for the Beachcombers TV series for 10 years before leaving the Corporation to work in the TV and film industry, specializing in period movies as well as starting a period costume rental business. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for April 16 at the Burnaby Mountain Golf Clubhouse.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Global BC

3/28/24 - At a time when local news coverage is in decline, Global BC is expanding its late night newscast. Starting April 1, Global News at 11 will will increase from 30 minutes to a full hour. It will continue to be led by anchor/ reporter Jordan Armstrong, senior meteorologist Kristi Gordon, and sports director Squire BarnesAmy Judd, Global News/ Video

Glen Clark

3/28/24 - Former BC premier Glen Clark, who was president and COO of the Jim Pattison Group from 2011-23, has temporarily taken over leadership at Victoria-based Overstory Media Group, replacing CEO and co-founder Farhan Mohamed.  Revolving Door, Broadcast Dialogue

George
                                      Garrett

3/26/24 - An obituary has been published for legendary CKNW reporter George Garrett, who passed away March 18 at age 89. He retired in 1999 after a 40+ year career which earned him numerous honours for his work. A celebration of life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Valley View Funeral Home, 14644 72 Ave. in Surrey.  Arbor Memorial obituary
 

Layla Khdir

3/22/24 - After two years as an on-call producer at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, Layla Khdir has announced she has accepted a full-time producer position at CHED AM 630 Edmonton. She is a 2022 graduate of the BCIT Broadcast Journalism program and served as an intern at CBC Vancouver from Oct. 2021-Mar. 2022.  LinkedIn Announcement

Kirk LaPoint

3/21/24 - Longtime media executive Kirk LaPointe has rejoined Glacier Media as a columnist, writing bi-weekly for Business in Vancouver and North Shore News. Among his many positions, he was a talk show host at Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver from 2015-17.
    
CFUV-FM 101.9
                                      Victoria

3/20/24 - Victoria’s community radio station CFUV-FM 101.9 celebrates 40 years of exploring the city's music scene. Nestled inside the University of Victoria’s student union building basement, CFUV has been a mainstay of Victoria’s music scene since 1984.  Michael John Lo, Victoria Times Colonist

George
                                      Garrett

3/19/24 - Legendary B.C. reporter George Garrett died last night at age 89 following a battle with cancer. The former CKNW reporter retired in 1999 after a 40+ year career, where he was known for breaking big stories before anyone else. Garrett won numerous honours for his work, including lifetime achievement awards from the Jack Webster Foundation, the BC Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Television Digital News Association.  Amy Judd, Global News  Ian Holliday, CTV News  John Ackermann, CityNews  Connie Theissen, Broadcast Dialogue
 
Andrew
                                      Martens

3/17/24 - Retired CBC Vancouver TV Technical Producer Andrew Martens passed away February 21 at age 91. Among his numerous CBC accomplishments were producer of Hockey Night in Canada, the Summit Series in 1972 between Canada and the USSR and orchestrating the Royal visits for CBC. A graveside service was held on March 1.  Dignity Memorial Obituary

ICON Radio
                                      CKAY-FM

3/15/24 - Classic Hits Coast FM CKAY-FM 91.7 Gibsons (Sechelt) has rebranded as ICON Radio, celebrating the icons of music, “from the classic hits that shaped radio’s foundations, to one hit wonders, to unforgettable anthems.” Longtime Rock 101 CFMI-FM morning host Brother Jake and former CISL AM 650 personality Gerry O’Day are included in the new on-air lineup.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

James
                                      Gardner

3/14/24 - Veteran newscaster James Gardner has retired from CFAX AM 1070 Victoria. Gardner was one of the first broadcasters to transition on-air in 2012, starting his career as Sheila Gardner in Alberta 40+ years ago. He also worked in the Vancouver market prior to joining CFAX in 2010.  Adam Sawatsky, CTV News/ Video
 
Steve
                                      Parsons

3/13/24 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Steve Parsons is being promoted to Vice-President of Programming, while also retaining his role as General Manager at Stingray Toronto. He will oversee brands, content, and overall programming strategy for the company's 101 stations in Canada. Parsons was PD at Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver from 2005-10.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Jeremy
                                      Baker

3/13/24 - Long-time Victoria and Vancouver broadcaster Jeremy Baker is back where he began. After 10 months at Surge 105 CKHY-FM 105.1 Dartmouth NS, he's returned to the airwaves mid-mornings at The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria, where he entertained from 2003-14 before an eight year run in Vancouver.  X Posting 

Bill Addison

3/13/24 - Former CBC Vancouver coordinating producer/ production assistant Bill Addison died February 5 at age 90. He worked for the Corporation for many years.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Eleanor Collins

3/09/24 - Acclaimed jazz great and former CBC Vancouver and National TV program host and performer Eleanor Collins passed away at Surrey Memorial Hospital March 3 at age 104. She was a regular on CBC Radio starting in 1945 and hosted her own series beginning in 1964. Collins was widely known as Canada’s First Lady of JazzJohn Mackie, Vancouver Sun  Eric San Juan, Legacy.com

Pattison Media

3/09/24 - Pattison Media President Rod Schween says a post-pandemic national advertising climate and challenging ratings are behind a three per cent workforce reduction. Crash and Mars from NOW! Radio CKNO-FM 102.3 Edmonton will now also be heard in mornings on NOW! CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver and the company's Today Radio CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary. Rob and Friends from Today Radio Calgary will be heard in afternoon drive on NOW! Vancouver and Winnipeg.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Amir Ali, Daily Hive Backgrounder

Numeris

3/06/24 - Numeris Winter PPM Ratings for Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal & Toronto have been released. David Bray, President of Bray & Partners Communications provides an overview.  Broadcast Dialogue

Pattison Media

3/06/24 - Pattison Media has made a number of on-air cuts including morning hosts Christy & Fraser and afternoon host Denai Johnson at NOW! Radio CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver and p.m. drive host Ashley Pirhonen at JR Country CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack. The above names have been removed from their respective websites.  Milkman Unlimited  Puget Sound Radio

James Lewis

3/06/24 - Former Vancouver broadcaster James Lewis has been appointed to the newly-created role of Executive Producer at CP24 and CTV News in Toronto. The 2012 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate was a reporter/ anchor at CKNW AM 980 from 2010-12 and a producer at Global BC from 2012-17 before departing for CTV Toronto.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue 

HD Radio

3/02/24 - Two more metro Vancouver stations have added HD Radio to their signals. Wave CIWV-FM 98.3 Vancouver has added HD1, while Connect CJCN-FM 91.5 Surrey has added HD1 and South Asian Music Unlimited on HD2.

Ron Hill (St.
                                      Hilaire)

3/02/24 - Former Vancouver newscaster Ron St. Hilaire passed away Thursday night at age 75. On air as Ron Hill, he covered news and sports at CKVN (CFUN) in the early 1970s before departing for CFRW and CJOB in Winnipeg, continuing as a media and communications specialist, then returning west and founding the Men in UNITY ministry in Abbotsford in 2007. 
 
Don
                                      Hardisty

3/01/24 - Retired CBC Vancouver Radio Supervising Technician Don Hardisty passed away February 6 at age 90. He joined the Corporation in 1957. The family is planning a Celebration of Life gathering on Vancouver's North Shore.  Springfield Funeral Home Obituary


Lexine Stephens

2/29/24 - Former Victoria broadcaster Lexine Stephens has joined the weekend schedule at boom 97.3 CHBM-FM Toronto. She has been on-air in Calgary for the last 11+ years and entertained at The Q  CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria from 1999-2004.
 
Taylor Jukes

2/29/24 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Taylor Jukes has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Diego. She has most recently been the National CHR Brand Coordinator for iHeartMedia in Miami. Jukes was the Assistant PD, MD and on-air host at Virgin Radio CFBT-FM 94.5 Vancouver from 2009-13 before departing for Toronto and then Miami.  RadioInsight
 
Adrienne South

2/29/24 - Adrienne South joins CityNews Vancouver. She has most recently been a video journalist at Citytv CKEM-TV Edmonton. X Announcement

Dylan Willows

2/27/24 - Some of Victoria's best bands are getting together to honour veteran The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria morning host Dylan Willows, who stepped down from his position due to his cancer diagnosis. The celebration concert will be held at the Royal Theatre Tuesday, March 19 with proceeds going towards supporting the Willows family.  Ryan Hook, Daily Hive  Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
 
Stirling Faux

2/26/24 - In a very rare achievement, veteran broadcaster Stirling Faux marked 50 years on Vancouver radio airwaves February 25. After moving from eastern Canada, he started as the noon to 3:00 p.m. host at CKLG AM 730 in 1974. With much of his career served at CKNW AM 980, Faux is still on the air as p.m. drive host at Wave 98.3 CIWV-FM.

Lizda Yuzda

2/25/24 - LizaYuzda has announced her departure from broadcasting to join BC Ferries. The 2008 BCIT Journalism Program joined CKNW AM 980 as a reporter/ anchor in 2012, moving to legislative reporting in 2016, and then on to legislative reporter at CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver in 2019.  X Posting

BCAB Logo

2/22/24 - The BC Association of Broadcasters has announced its annual Awards of Excellence, recognizing the “Best in Province” for radio and television commercials, station imaging, community service and news reporting. Multiple award winners include RED FM CKYE-FM 93.1 Surrey and The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria.  Broadcast Dialogue

Randene Neill

2/22/24 - Former long-time Global BC news anchor Randene Neill is one of five people seeking the provincial NDP nomination for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. She has most recently been working as a consultant for Coast Communications. The BC NDP will likely confirm the nomination candidates in mid-March.  Connie Jordison, Coast Reporter

Jeremy Baker

2/21/24 - Former Vancouver and Victoria radio host Jeremy Baker recently returned to the west coast after ten months as morning show host at Surge 105 CKHY-FM 105.1 Halifax. Before heading east last spring he hosted mornings at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver. Since returning, the BCIT Broadcast Program graduate has done some radio fill-in work and is now in sales at Meridian RV in Port Coquitlam.      

Haley Lewis

2/21/24 - Global BC on-line Indigenous journalist Haley Lewis has announced that today is her last day. She says she is, "taking a break and trying to figure out what’s best for me." The 2018 UBC Journalism Master has been with Global BC since January 2023.  X Announcement

Marguerite Callegari

2/17/24 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer Marguerite Callegari (nee Falk) passed away January 28 in Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver at age 93. She began her career with CBC in April 1963, later progressing to TV programming, where she handled a number of projects before retiring on August 31, 1989.  CBC Obituary
 
Dylan Willows

2/15/24 - The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria morning host Dylan Willows announced his decision to step down in an emotional on-air announcement this morning, telling listeners about his recent stage 4 uveal melanoma diagnosis. He had returned to the air in mid January after taking a five week break.  The Zone Audio  Ryan Hook, Daily Hive  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist

Maria Vinca

2/15/24 - Maria Vinca has been named the new afternoon drive co-anchor on CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver with John Ackermann. She has been an anchor at the station since 2022.  LinkedIn Posting

Bethany Lindsay

2/15/24 - Bethany Lindsay, who announced her departure from CBC Vancouver last week, has joined the Investigative Journalism Foundation (IJF) as a reporter focused on covering white collar crime in B.C.  X Announcement
 

Andrew Johnson

2/12/24 - CTV Vancouver anchor Andrew Johnson, has announced he is leaving local airwaves to join CTV National News. Continuing to be based in Vancouver, he will be reporting BC news to the Canada-wide audience. Johnson has co-anchored CTV News Vancouver at Five alongside Nafeesa Karim for the past two years.  Daily Hive

Cory Woron

2/09/24 - As individual names of laid off Bell Media employees start to come out, TSN SportsCentre host Cory Woron has announced he is out of his job after 24 years. The 1996 BCIT Broadcast Program graduate had previously worked as a sports reporter at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver in the late 1990s.  X Announcement  Adam Laskaris, Daily Hive
  
Bryan Edwards

2/09/24 - Courtenay-based Vista Radio president Bryan Edwards says there won't be any closures or layoffs at the 21 BC radio stations that are being purchased from Bell Media. The deal with Bell, which is subject to CRTC approval, includes all Bell Media radio stations in B.C., apart from those in Vancouver and Victoria.  Victoria News
 
Bell Media

2/08/24 - All noon and weekend newscasts on CTV Vancouver and all but Toronto CTV stations will end as part of massive cuts and asset sales by Bell Media. The company is selling 21 of its small and medium market radio stations in BC and laying off 10% of its total workforce. Premier David Eby slammed Bell Media over the "catastrophic layoffs," calling the cuts a "crapification of local news".  CTV News  Katie DeRosa, Vancouver Sun

Bethany Lindsay

2/06/24 - Bethany Lindsay has announced her last day at CBC Vancouver, where she has worked as a reporter since 2017. The UBC Masters Degree holder is also an accomplished author at MacIntyre Purcell Publishing and has previously reported for the Vancouver Sun and CTV VancouverX Posting 
 
Espe Currie

2/05/24 - Global Calgary is welcoming its new Executive Producer Espe Currie. She announced her departure as Supervising Producer at CityNews Vancouver in December after joining Rogers Media Vancouver in 2019.  LinkedIn Announcement  

Sophie Lui

2/02/24 - Global BC news anchor Sophie Lui has been honoured as one of the 2024 Vancouver Magazine Power 50 for “a journalist who is concerned with making the community a better place.” She is considered to be the most sought-after media personality for hosting local events and galas.  Vancouver Magazine X Posting  Full List of Winners
 

Ronnie Stanton

2/02/24 - Former Vancouver radio executive Ronnie Stanton, who left his position as Audio Vice-President at Corus Entertainment in December, has landed a new position as Chief Content Officer at Virgin Radio International. He will be working with the Virgin Radio brand in Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Oman, Romania, Lebanon, and the UAE.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi

2/02/24 - Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi has joined CTV Vancouver as a reporter. The 2016 Toronto Metropolitan University Bachelor of Journalism was most recently a reporter, newsreader and producer at CBC Toronto.
 

Ian Hanomansing

2/01/24 - One of the latest rounds of fake ads targeting well known Canadians was leveled at Vancouver-based CBC National news anchor/ reporter Ian Hanomansing. It's just one of a series of bizarre fake ads that have been making the rounds on X.  Daily Hive
 
Global BC

2/01/24 - An experiment conducted by Global BC news anchors resulted in varying feedback from viewers. The anchors wore the same outfits on screen every day for a week. Viewers reacted much more to the female anchors than to the males.  Amy Judd, Global News Video  Simran Singh, Daily Hive

Tarzan Dan Freeman

1/31/24 - Former Vancouver and Victoria broadcaster Tarzan Dan Freeman, who announced he was leaving his most recent positions last week, joins iHeartRadio Canada Monday, February 5 as the new midday host on the company's 22 Bounce Radio stations. His show, featuring hits from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s, will air from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local times.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Tarzan Dan Freeman

1/26/24 - Former Vancouver and Victoria broadcaster Tarzan Dan Freeman has announced he is leaving his current weekend positions at Boom CHBM-FM 97.3 Toronto and XL 103.1 CFXL-FM Calgary for something new. He previously hosted evenings at CKXY Vancouver from 1988-90, p.m. drive at CFUN-FM Vancouver in 2011 and a.m. drive at CHTT-FM Victoria from 2011-12.  Facebook Video  1988 CKXY Audio Courtesy Radio West
 
CRTC

1/17/24 - Durham Radio has applied to the CRTC for a rebroadcasting transmitter for CIWV-FM 98.3 Vancouver. It is proposed to operate at 98.7 MHz with a maximum ERP of 6000 watts. Dan Sys, Radio West  CRTC Data
 
Dylan Willows

1/14/24 - The Zone CJZN-FM 91.3 Victoria morning co-host Dylan Willows returns to the airwaves following a five-week break brought on by a diagnosis of cancer that occurs in the tissues of the eye. He’s currently receiving immunotherapy treatment and is back on air four days a week.  Mike Devlin, Times Colonist 
 

Lauren Pullen

1/14/24 - CTV Vancouver 11:30 p.m. weekend news anchor Lauren Pullen takes over weeknight anchor duties from Mary Cranston, who departs on maternity leave. Kevin Charach will now host the weekend late night newscast.
 
Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

1/12/24 - Victoria-based marine biologist Sarika Cullis-Suzuki has officially debuted as co-host of The Nature of Things with Toronto’s Anthony Morgan on CBC Television. They succeed her father David Suzuki, who hosted Canada's premier science TV show from 1979 until his retirement last year.  Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

David Kirk

1/12/24 - Former CBC Vancouver producer David Kirk passed away from cancer in Kelowna on November 17, 2023 at age 79. He was a director on The National in Toronto in the 1970s and a producer in the CBC Vancouver newsroom during the early 1980s.  Dignity Memorial Obituary
 
Renee Filippone

1/11/24 - Long-time CBC Vancouver reporter Renée Filippone has been named Managing Editor of Daily News at the Vancouver bureau. She's held several positions since joining CBC, following her graduation from the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT in 2006. Filippone succeeds Tinnie Chow, who left her position as Senior Manager for News and Programs in October.
 
Radio Star 2023

1/11/24 - On-Air Coach has announced its Radio Star 2023 award winners. The Jeff O’Neil Show on CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver has been named Best Morning Show. Former CFOX host and now a Los Angeles-based syndicated host Greg Beharrell has been awarded Most Creative On-AirList of Winners
 
Kiran Singh

1/10/24 - Former CBC Vancouver reporter and associate producer Kiran Singh has announced he's starting a new position as Communications Officer for the Surrey Langley Skytrain Project at Transportation Investment Corporation. He held reporter and associate producer positions with CBC from 2021-23.  LinkedIn Posting

John Kirkup

1/10/24 - Former CBC Vancouver staffer John Kirkup passed away December 4, 2023 at age 86. He joined the Corporation's Finance Department in 1973 and later worked in other departments including Feature Film Procurement and Syndicated Programming on CBUT during the '70s and '80s, retiring in 1998 after 25 years service. There will be no service per his request.  Obituary
 

Alan Waterman

1/09/24 - 40+ year Vancouver broadcast veteran Alan Waterman has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Honour House, a refuge for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Emergency Services Personnel and their families to stay while receiving medical care and treatment. Waterman worked in several roles at CBC Vancouver from 1977 to 2016 and more recently has been a freelance mobile journalism & video journalism trainer.  X Posting

Scott Fee

1/06/24 - After a brief break from the news industry, former CHEK-TV Victoria News Director Scott Fee is returning to produce and anchor CHEK’s weekend newscast. He left Vancouver Island to anchor at Global Calgary, but returned to CHEK as the station’s ND in 2019, a position he held until 2023. His first newscast will be Saturday January 13. Fee replaces Hannah Lepine who left CHEK in December to return home to Calgary to be closer to family, joining CTV Calgary as a reporter and producer.  CHEK News

George Sumyie
1/04/24 - AM broadcast transmitter maintenance and repair expert George Sumyie passed away at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody December 9, 2023 at age 84. He worked for Vancouver-based Broadcast Technical Services until retirement in 2000. He also co-owned and established CKLQ AM 1570 Brandon, MB in 1977. A celebration of life will be held in the spring or early summer.  Sun/ Province Obituary

Neil Morrison

1/04/24 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Neil Morrison, who announced last February that broadcasting was no longer in his future, has joined Mix 107.9 CKBT-FM Fort Saskatchewan, AB in p.m. drive. He is best known locally for his time at CFOX FM 99.3 Vancouver from 2004-14 following 15+ years in Toronto radio.
   

Johnny Novak

1/04/24 - Virgin Radio CHBE-FM Victoria morning show co-host Johnny Novak, is now also being heard in p.m. drive on Virgin Radio CFMG-FM 104.9 Edmonton. He's one half of Virgin Mornings with Bailey & Johnny in Victoria.

Univision KVOS-TV

1/01/24 - Border station KVOS-TV Bellingham has added Spanish language Univision on its primary 12.1 channel, moving Heroes and Icons to sub-channel 12.8. With its transmitter on Mt. Constitution on nearby Orcas Island, KVOS provides a near-local signal to many parts of Vancouver, Victoria and southwest BC. KVOS' sub-channels are listed on our Southwest British Columbia TV Station page.  NWBroadcasters News
  


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