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John Helm
12/31/15 - John Helm becomes the new Program Director at The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops effective February 1.  He will also host mornings with Heather Adams.  He has been morning co-host for the last five years and PD for the last two at Vista Radio Castlegar   Puget Sound Radio 
Jim Harrison
12/21/15 - Veteran Radio NL CHNL AM 610 Kamloops newsman Jim Harrison has announced his retirement.  He has been NL Radio's News Director since 1975.  Harrison has written and delivered thousands of commentaries along with open line shows at Radio NL during his time at the station.  He was the 2007 recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation's Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award.  
Jeff Molnar
12/04/15 (updated) - The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops PD and morning host Jeff Molnar leaves the station to join QX104 CFQX-FM 104.1 Winnipeg, where he will be APD and host middays starting in mid-January.  He joined The River in February this year after spending several years at Rogers Radio stations in Chilliwack. 
Numeris
12/04/15 - Numeris Radio Diary Surveys for September 7 - November 1, 2015 have been released.  Ratings for Kelowna, Kamloops and other BC and Canadian markets can be viewed here. 
Peter Angle
11/19/15 - Newcap Radio has released K96.3 CKKO-FM Kelowna GM & GSM Dallas Gray and Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton Station Manager Ernie Blumke.  Former BC Interior Bell Media Regional Sales Manager Peter Angle becomes the new GM/GSM for both stations effective November 30.  Before that, Angle was GSM and partner at NL Broadcasting in Kamloops for over 15 years. 
Tammy Cole
11/05/15 - Broadcast Dialogue reports Bell Media Radio’s B.C. Interior Assistant Program Director, Tammy Cole, is leaving her Kelowna base November 13 to join Corus Entertainment’s BIG FM CJKR-FM 97.5 / Fresh Radio CJCV-FM 99.1 Winnipeg as senior PD.  Meanwhile, Lynda Parcells, morning show co-host at KISS FM CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon from 2001-06 is the new morning co-host/news person at Soft Rock 97.7 CHUP-FM Calgary.  Broadcast Dialogue news   
Hudson Mack
11/04/15 - Veteran Victoria television news anchor Hudson Mack returns to Kamloops, where his broadcast career began, to promote his autobiography Hudson Mack: Unsinkable Anchor.  He worked for two years at the Broadcast Centre at CFJC-TV Kamloops before becoming Assistant News Director & Senior Anchor at CHEK-TV Victoria and then News Director & Senior Anchor at The New VI (now CTV Vancouver Island), where his 34-year career came to an end in February 2014.  Mack will be at a meet and greet beginning at noon Saturday, November 7 at Chapters bookstore in Kamloops.  Dale Bass, Kamloops This Week
Russ Byth
09/27/15 - Kelowna fill-in news anchor and former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver morning business news anchor Russ Byth is back at home after spending seven months in Kelowna General Hospital for acute pancreatitis.  He also had a duodenum bypass and gallbladder removal.  Byth lost 130 pounds through the ordeal and is looking forward to slowly returning to a regular schedule.  He has a day of work scheduled at Power104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna October 5.
Rick Arnish
09/19/15 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Chairman Rick Arnish has announced his retirement effective January 20, 2016.  He has been with the company for 28 years and was President from 1998-2012 before being appointed Chairman.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group operates 40 FM, 2 AM radio stations and three independent television stations in Canada, including radio stations in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon and CFJC-TV Kamloops.  Rick Arnish announcement
Ross Hawse
09/03/15 - Ross Hawse, Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna GM/GSM and Regional Cluster Manager for Vista Radio BC South, has been released due to restructuring.  He had been with Vista Radio since 2011. 
Troy Scott
08/25/15 - Former Vancouver Island and Okanagan broadcaster Troy Scott takes over as Program Director for Virgin Radio CKMM-FM 103.1 Winnipeg.  From 2009-14, Scott held APD positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kelowna and was PD for Vista Radio stations on Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast.  Puget Sound Radio
Tom Mark
07/28/15 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news anchor Tom Mark Tweets that he is filling in this week at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna.  He recently moved to Vernon and also does fill-in work at Kiss FM CKIZ-FM 107.5.  Mark anchored news at CKNW from 2001-14 and has received a number of RTDNA awards.
Jessica Whitworth (Kawer)
07/27/15 - Former JRfm CJJR-FM 93.7/The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver news and traffic reporter Jessica Whitworth has assumed the midday position at Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton.  She worked at JRfm/The Peak from 2006-14. 
CFUZ-FM Penticton
06/28/15 - Peach City Radio has been awarded Best Music Program for CFUZ-FM Vice President Timothy Tweed’s music series Sounds from the Tenacious Hi-Fi by the National Campus and Community Radio Association.  Peach City Radio President Dave Del Rizzo also received an honourable mention in the Volunteer of the Year category.  CFUZ-FM was recently approved by the CRTC for a licence to broadcast at 92.9 MHz with an ERP of 49.9 watts in Penticton and is expected to be on air next year.  Steve Arstad, InfoTel News  Peach City Radio release   
Tara Gostelow
06/21/15 - Tara Gostelow, well known reporter for CFJC-TV Kamloops and weekend radio anchor/reporter on CIFM-FM 98.3 and B100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 has left her positions after two years and ten months.  She heads to Kelowna as a communications officer with Interior Health.  During her time at CFJC, the BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate filed hundreds of stories from around the Kamloops region.  CFJC-TV news 
Glen Robitaille
06/21/15 - Award-winning pioneer radio and television broadcaster Glen Robitaille died today in Kamloops at age 97.  He began his career as a transmitter operator, becoming a studio operator and announcer at CKWX Vancouver from 1934-42 before engineering the installation of numerous radio stations from New Brunswick to Alberta from 1945-49.  He then became Director of Engineering for CFPL in London ON in 1949 and Technical Design Manager for the new CFPL-TV in 1952, where he stayed until retirement in 1983.  Robitaille was featured in a news item on CFJC-TV Kamloops on April 24th commemorating his broadcast achievements.  A service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday in Kamloops.  CFJC-TV April news video
Bob Merchant
06/21/15 - Former Kamloops broadcaster Bob Merchant died at Langley Memorial Hospital June 9 in his 69th year.  He worked as an announcer at CHNL Kamloops and in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, before moving into real estate in the Lower Mainland.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Sun/Province obituary
Jim Yount
06/20/15 - A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Kaslo Legion Hall in Kaslo for broadcaster Jim Yount, who died November 30 last year at age 64.  He had worked at a number of Interior and Alberta radio stations beginning in 1964 and was a news/legislative reporter for Vancouver market CKNW and head of the broadcast program at BCIT in the mid-eighties.  Kalso Pennywise
Trevor Rockliffe
06/17/15 - A Celebration of Life has been announced for former CTV videographer and Castanet News Director Trevor Rockliffe, who died June 12 following a tragic accident while working on the family car.  It is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna.  Springfield obituary  
Trevor Rockliffe
06/14/15 - 54 year old former CTV videographer and Castanet News Director Trevor Rockliffe died Friday in West Kelowna when he was crushed when a jack gave way under a vehicle he was working on at his home.  He worked for Castanet for almost four years before leaving the company last fall.  The Daily Courier  
CBC
06/01/15 - CBC Radio One has captured record audiences across Canada, with increased listenership in key demographics according to the spring Numeris diary results.  Data from March 6 to April 29 indicates that CBC Radio One ranked #1 overall in seven markets, including Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria. This is in addition to the strong numbers for PPM markets including Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton, released on May 7th.  Broadcaster Magazine
Numeris
05/29/15 - Numeris has released its Spring 2015 Radio Diary Survey.  In Kelowna CBC Radio One CBTK-FM 88.9 jumps up to first place with an 18.8 share, Country CIGV-FM 100.7 is second with 12.3 and News/Talk/Sports CKFR AM 1150 is third with 12.2.  In Kamloops it's a tight race with CBC Radio One CBYK-FM 94.1 leading with 15.8, News/Talk CHNL AM 610 is second with 15.1 and Hit Music CKBZ-FM 100.1 is third with 15.0.  Numeris release  Carmen Weld, Castanet Kelowna  Carmen Weld, Castanet Kamloops 
Radio NL
05/21/15 - NL Broadcasting Ltd. in Kamloops has announced three new Program Directors.  T.J. Connors makes his return to BC as PD and morning show host for Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1.  Jeff Molnar, morning show co-host on The River CKRV-FM 97.5 earns the title of PD at the station effective July 6.  Howie Reimer, long time NL personality and original morning show host at Country 103, is appointed PD and p.m. drive host on Radio NL CHNL AM 610 also effective July 6.  NL release/Puget Sound Radio  
Larry Marty - Photo courtesy Broadcast Dialogue Magazine
05/08/15 - After 43 years at CHBC-TV Kelowna, Larry Marty has retired.  He joined the station in 1972 and spent the last 27 years in local advertising sales. 
CRTC
05/05/15 - The CRTC has approved an application by Peach City Community Radio Society (Peach City Radio) for a low-power, English-language community FM station in Penticton.  CFUZ-FM will operate at 92.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 49.9 watts, non-directional at -51.6 metres effective height above average terrain at 49°29'50.0" 119°35'36.0".  CRTC release  Steve Arstad, InfoTel News 
CRTC
04/30/15 - 1.The CRTC has approved an application by Shaw Television Limited Partnership to amend the broadcasting licence for CHBC-DT Kelowna  to add a digital transmitter to replace its existing analog transmitter CHRP-TV-2 Revelstoke.  The new transmitter CHRP-DT-2 Revelstoke will operate on channel 9 with a maximum ERP of 80 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 1,166 metres.  CRTC release 
Tom Mark
04/29/15 - Former Vancouver market CKNW AM 980 news anchor Tom Mark will be making his Okanagan radio debut filling in this Friday as the morning news anchor on Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna.  He anchored news at CKNW from 2001-14 and has received a number of RTDNA awards. 
Glen Robitaille
04/24/15 - Glen Robitaille, believed to be one of Canada's oldest surviving broadcasters, is featured on the Friday April 24th CFJC-TV Kamloops news with reporter Tara Gostelow and produced by ENG/Editor Kent Simmonds.  Robitaille started as a technician and announcer at 100-watt CKWX Vancouver in 1934, but went on to build and sign on CFPL-TV in London ON in 1953, where he stayed as Vice President Engineering until his retirement in 1983.  Robitaille won numerous broadcasting awards during his 50-year broadcasting career.  Broadcast historian Gord Lansdell, webmaster of this site, is interviewed in the segment.  CFJC-TV video
Global News
04/10/15 - Global News has announced the production of late-night and weekend newscasts for Kelowna and east of Alberta will be moved to Toronto, where a single-anchor team will produce a local newscast for each market.  Local morning shows and early evening newscasts will continue to be anchored from studios in local markets, though the production of some national and international segments will be centralized in Toronto.  Some layoffs have occurred as a result of the changes.  Global News release   
Glen Robitaille
04/04/15 - CFJC-TV Kamloops reporter Tara Gostelow is researching to do a feature on Glen "Robbie" Robitaille, now aged 97 and believed to be one of the oldest living broadcasters in Canada.  Robitaille, who lives in Kamloops, worked at CKWX Vancouver from 1934-42 as a transmitter operator then studio operator and announcer of programs such as Behind the Mike and Make Believe Ballroom.  Gostelow is looking for audio, photos, video and any anecdotes about him.  She can be reached at tgostelow@gmail.com.
Ben Meisner
04/03/15 - Long time Prince George broadcaster Ben Meisner died Thursday in a Winnipeg hospital at age 76.  He worked on-air in several provinces before moving to Kamloops to do a hotline radio show at CFJC.  He then moved to Prince George where he wrote a column for the daily Citizen and hosted talk shows on CKPG and CFIS-FM.  Meisner was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Radio, Television and Digital News Directors Association of  Canada.  Mel Rothenburger, The Armchair Mayor News  Dave Barry, CKPG video 
Ian MacKinnon
04/02/15 - Former SUN FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna morning host Ian MacKinnon teams up with Chelsea Bird later this month as new morning hosts at Virgin Radio CFMG-FM 104.9 Edmonton.  
BCAB
03/17/15 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Early Bird Registration & Accommodation Deadline has been extended to Friday, March 27, 2015.  This year's conference is being held in Penticton May 12-14 and features Vancouver broadcasters Larry Hennessey & Willy Percy reunited again for one night as the Masters of Ceremonies at the President's Dinner & Awards Gala.  Broadcaster Magazine
A.J. Junop
02/26/15 - Program Director/Department Head/Instructor at Columbia Academy at VanArts A.J. Junop has been appointed Senior Creative Copywriter at Vista Radio Ltd. (Vista Ideas Group) in Vancouver.  He was Senior Creative Copywriter at Standard Broadcasting (99.9 Sun FM/AM1150) Kelowna from 2003-06. 
The River CKRV-FM Kamloops
02/20/15 - CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops launched at 7:05 this morning as The River 80s, 90s and WOW!  Jeff Molnar and Heather Adams host mornings.  Launch audio  

Mike Evenson
12/04/14 - The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops morning show host Mike Evenson was killed in a motor vehicle accident early this morning (December 4) on Highway 1, five kilometres west of Chase.  He was commuting to the station in downtown Kamloops for his 6 a.m. radio show when the three-vehicle accident occurred, involving his vehicle, a logging truck and a tractor-trailer unit.  Evenson, aged 37, had worked at NL Broadcasting for two-and-a-half years and was also assistant program director for The River.  Jessica Wallace, Kamloops This Week 
Jim Yount
12/02/14 - Puget Sound Radio reports that former Vancouver and Okanagan broadcaster Jim Yount died Sunday evening, November 30 in Kaslo, BC.  Besides broadcasting, he was was an instructor, then program head, in the Broadcast Journalism Program at BCIT during the mid 1980s.  Brian Antonson, PSR
Numeris
11/27/14 - Numeris (formerly BBM) has released its Fall 2014 Radio Diary Survey.  In Kelowna CIGV-FM 100.7 leads with a 16.7 share, CBC Radio One CBTK-FM 88.9 is second with 16.3 and CHSU-FM 99.9 is third with 13.6.  In Kamloops CBC Radio One CBYK-FM 94.1 is first with 16.9, CHNL AM 610 is second with 16.6 and CIFM-FM 98.3 is third with 15.0.  Numeris release
Lauren Hunter
11/15/14 - Puget Sound Radio reports the move of Lauren Hunter from Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna to Sonic CHDI-FM 102.9 Edmonton to handle weekends effective December 1.  PSR news  
Kristen Diehl
11/08/14 - Radio West reports that Kristen Diehl, Assistant Program Director and weekend host at AMP CKMP-FM 90.3 Calgary has been appointed PD and on-air host at Juice FM CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna effective December 1.  Radio West posting 
CRTC
10/21/14 - Peach City Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power, English-language community FM station in Penticton.  It would operate at 92.9 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 49.9 watts non-directional with an effective height above average terrain of 51.6 metres.  CRTC release  Steve Kidd, Penticton Western News
CRTC
10/14/14 - The CRTC has revoked the licence issued to Chase and District Community Radio Society for CFCH-FM 103.5 Chase.  The low power community station ceased broadcasting on August 31.  Chase Community Radio Manager Susan Parks said the signal could not be received widely enough within the community and it could not get enough funding to properly support the station.  CRTC decision 
CRTC
10/01/14 - The CRTC has denied an application by Newcap Inc. to change the authorized contours of CKKO-FM 96.3 Kelowna by relocating its transmitter to a site on top of Okanagan Mountain.  Maximum ERP would have been lowered from 31,000 to 14,100 watts but EHAAT would have increased substantially from 130.8 to 793 metres.  The Commission was of the view that Newcap’s proposal was not designed to improve service to the Kelowna area but rather to expand CKKO-FM’s service area to include Penticton.  CRTC release 
CHBC-TV Kelowna
09/11/14 - Account Executive Cam Carroll has retired from Global Okanagan CHBC-TV Kelowna after 40-years.  He joined the station in 1974 after four years on-air and in sales at CKWS-TV Kingston. 
Troy Scott
08/27/14 - Puget Sound Radio reports that Juice FM CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna PD and morning host Troy Scott will join Hot 107 CJNW-FM 107.1 Edmonton as Program Director beginning in November.  He's been the PD at Juice since October of last year.  PSR news 
Don shafer
08/09/14 - Don Shafer, who was VP & GM of the Kelowna-based Standard Broadcasting BC Interior Group from 2003-13, is now President and CEO of Roundhouse Radio, which this week was approved by the CRTC to start a low power, specialty FM station in Vancouver.  It will operate on 98.3 MHz.  Roundhouse Radio release 
CHNL Kamloops
08/02/14 - CHNL AM 610 Kamloops has changed its branding from News-Talk-Sports to Local First.  Talk shows have gone except for The Jim Harrison Show Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Sports Talk shows weekday evenings.  Music is "Classic Hits from the 70s, 80s and More".  CHNL schedule  
CKRV-FM Kamloops
07/24/14 - Puget Sound Radio reports that Heather Adams will team up with Mike Evenson for the new morning show on The River CKRV-FM 95.7 Kamloops.  Evenson had been hosting p.m. drive and Adams had been working at Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  PSR news  
Bob Johnstone
07/10/14 - Bob Johnstone, former PD, Production Manager and morning host at The Eagle CKLR-FM 97.3 Courtenay, has joined Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna for The Big Breakfast with John and Susan, joining previously appointed Kelowna personality Susan Knight.
Gord Wiens
06/04/14 - Kiss FM CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon General Sales Manager Gord Wiens retires at the end of the month after 30 years in broadcasting, all with the same station.  He started in 1984 as a sales representative and was promoted to GSM in 1992.  He is succeeded by Andrew Laird
Susan Knight
05/31/14 - It's now official that former Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna personality Susan Knight will begin hosting mornings beginning June 2 at Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  An announcement on the rest of the morning team will be made later next month.  Knight was on air at Sun FM from 2005-11 before moving to host p.m. drive at up! CHUP-FM 97.7 Calgary for two years.  
Kevin Lim & Sonia Sidhu
05/31/14 - Former Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna personalities Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu, now morning hosts at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver, have been named Broadcast Performer of the Year at the 67th annual BCAB Conference in Whistler.  Awards of Excellence winners 
BBM
05/29/14 - BBM has released its Spring 2014 12+ Top-line Radio Statistics for Kelowna and Kamloops for the period March 3-April 27.  In Kelowna, EZ Rock 101.5 CILK-FM  leads with a 15.7 share, Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 is second with 14.5 and CBC Radio One CBTK-FM 88.9 is third with 13.2.  In Kamloops, Radio NL CHNL AM 610 leads with 18.9, CBC Radio One CBYK-FM 94.1 is second with 16.0 and Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 is third with 15.7.  BBM release  
SunFM Kelowna
05/28/14 - Sun FM Mornings with Ian & Christy debuted Monday on CJSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna.  The show is hosted by Ian MacKinnon and Christy Farrell, who worked together 10 years ago in Edmonton.  MacKinnon moves from p.m. drive at SunFM and Farrell was most recently hosting p.m. drive at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7.  The duo replace Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu, who recently moved to mornings at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver. 
CBC
05/23/14 - A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation spokeswoman has dismissed reports that the public broadcaster is considering service cuts that could make Radio 2 online-only.   Watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting said Thursday that CBC executives will propose several major cuts, including removing Radio 2 from the airwaves.  Radio 2 programs primarily adult contemporary, classical and jazz, and is heard locally on 89.7 in Kelowna and 105.3 in Kamloops.  CBC News  Ian Morrison, "Friends"   
Q103 Kelowna
05/23/14 - A number of cuts were made today at Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  Gone are morning co-host Erin Chase, midday host Heather Adams, PD Andrew Murdoch and morning news anchor Russ Byth, although he will be retained for vacation fill-in work at sister station Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7.  The other member of the morning team, Drew Ferreira will return to middays at Power 104.  Industry sources say former Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 morning host Susan Knight will take over a.m. drive at Q103.  This is backed up by a posting on her Twitter page today, announcing she is returning to Kelowna. 
CRTC
05/20/14 - The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licence issued to Bell Media Inc. for CIOR AM 1400 Princeton.  This action follows the approval by the Commission on April 17 for the conversion of CIOR into a rebroadcasting transmitter of CJOR AM 1240 Osoyoos.  CRTC Decision
Castanet

05/14/14 - Castanet is seeking $5,000 in compensation in a lawsuit against the parent company of The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna for alleged copyright infringement.  Castanet is claiming the station copied, largely verbatim and without credit, an original Castanet news story from February.  The court action was launched after The Juice failed to respond to a demand for written confirmation that it would stop copying news stories from the Castanet website.  Blaine Gaffney, Global BC 

Sun FM Kelowna
05/09/14 - Mark Burley of Sun FM CJSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna has been named Program Director of the Year: Small Market and Jeff Winskell has been named Music Director of the Year: Small Market  by Canadian Music Week.  Additionally, Sun FM has been named Station of the Year: Small Market.  The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the Canadian music industry in the past year.  CMW award winners 
Ted Farr
05/08/14 - Broadcaster Ted Farr celebrated 45 years in radio on May 1.  He relates his story, beginning in 1969, along with recognition of the many well-known broadcasters he worked with during his career.  Farr was a news reader and later News Director at CKLG Vancouver during the 1970s, PD at CKWX and CJAZ-FM Vancouver during the 1980s and most recently was interim GM at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna.  He currently is President of Ted Farr Media,  VP Communications and Broadcaster Relations at Mega Music Canada and Partner at Go Video Productions in West Kelowna.  Ted Farr Media 
Sue Tyler
05/02/14 - Sue Tyler will be the new afternoon host at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna.  She begins her new gig May 26 after completing duties at The Wolf CKWF-FM 107.5 Peterborough.  She replaces Christy Farrell who left in March to move to Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 to join the new morning show with Ian Mackinnon. 
Garth Buchko
04/17/14 - Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers CEO and Corus Radio executive Garth Buchko will assume an ownership stake and become vice-president and general manager of the NL Broadcasting three-station group in Kamloops.  Current president and GM Robbie Dunn is stepping down from the operational role after 32 years but will retain the title of president.  Winnipeg Free Press  
CRTC
04/17/14 - The CRTC has approved an application by Bell Media to convert CIOR AM 1400 Princeton into a rebroadcasting transmitter of CJOR AM 1240 Osoyoos.  The rebroadcasting transmitter will continue to operate under the technical parameters and contours authorized in its current licence.  CRTC release 
CBC
04/12/14 - Only five unionized employees and four managers will lose their jobs at CBC in British Columbia, out of 657 job cuts across Canada, which were announced Thursday.  No local shows will be cut in B.C. and no stations will be closed.  The five unionized job cuts are expected to be in live music recording.  There are 171 full-time employees excluding managers at CBC in British Columbia, 137 of whom work in Vancouver along with about 60 to 100 part-time contract employees at any one time.  John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
RTDNA Canada
04/06/14 - RTDNA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists, has announced this year's BC Region Award recipients.  The awards, announced Saturday night at the RTDNA BC Region Awards banquet at the Executive Suites Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby, honour the best programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital.  List of winners
Brian Mack
04/04/14 (Updated) - It has been announced on Brian Mack's Twitter page that he will move from evenings into the p.m. drive position at Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna to replace Ian McKinnon, who moves to mornings when Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu head to Vancouver.  Virgin Radio CKFM-FM 99.9 Toronto morning show producer and airborne traffic reporter Ari Daniel will take his place.   
Ian MacKinnon
03/27/14 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna p.m. driver Ian MacKinnon will succeed Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu in mornings when the duo leaves to join The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver morning show in May.  He will be joined by Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna host Christy Farrell, who resigned her position there last week.  Broadcast Dialogue 
Roo Phelps
03/18/14 - Roo Phelps, co-host of the Kelowna-based syndicated Casey Clarke Show heard on Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton, is using her celebrity status to raise awareness for epilepsy.  She lost her long time friend Tese Speck in 2010, who died from epilepsy at age 25.  Phelps got involved, helping to raise money for the Centre for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in British Columbia.  This year's Purple Day, with multiple Canadian Country Music Association Award winner and Juno nominee, Gord Bamford takes place at the OK Corral on March 26, with proceeds benefitting the Centre for Epilepsy and Seizure Education.  Ben Gumienny, KelownaNow   
Ted Farr
03/08/14 - Former CKWX/CKKS-FM Vancouver PD Ted Farr, a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, tells about surviving throat cancer treatments in 2010.  He underwent 35 radiation treatments and 3 toxic chemotherapy cocktails and has since spoken with cancer patients from Ontario to British Columbia.  He advises patience and persistence saying, "Fighting cancer is a process, a carefully designed plan of attack involving all the medical tools available."  Farr was more recently GM at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna and is currently president of Ted Farr Media.  Advice to cancer patients
Sandy Heimlich-Hall
03/07/14 - Assistant news director and 34-year CFJC-TV Kamloops veteran Sandy Heimlich-Hall left last Friday to pursue unspecified opportunities in Victoria, her hometown.  She started at the CFJC Broadcast Centre on March 17, 1980.  CFJC news/video 
Dennis Walker
03/04/14 - A cast of over three dozen were engaged over the past weekend at the Shatford Centre in Penticton for the live radio stage show The Big Broadcast of 2014, produced by Peach City Radio.  Former CKOK staffer Craig Henderson wrote the story and the cast included Bill Phillips of CHQM Vancouver fame, Dennis Walker of SO Country and former morning host at Giant FM, along with announcer, voice over artist and commercial producer Gerry O'Day.  Retired radio personality Cal George was in the audience for the Sunday show and retired BCIT instructor and admissions head John Oliver also made the trip from the coast to see the show.  Gerry O'Day/Bill Phillips/Dennis Walker photo 
Shane Loughran
03/01/14 - Shane Loughran recently left the afternoon show at Q101 CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt to take over mornings at The Bridge CHNV-FM 103.5 Nelson.  He replaced Sarah Hyde, who moved back to Vancouver to continue work as a freelance producer for CBC Radio.   Replacing Loughran in Merritt is 2012 BCIT grad Shane Moyes, who was an intern at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver.  
The New Juice CJUI-FM
02/14/14 - Vista Radio squeezed The Juice out of CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna Friday afternoon and replaced it with The New Juice.  Many observers expected a bigger makeover following the removal of all references to The Juice on windows and building signs over a month ago.  There is a new Juice logo and branding as "Kelowna's Biggest Variety".  Time will tell how much the former playlist has been expanded.  Launch audio courtesy Radio West  YouTube video  
Jeff Winskell
02/14/14 - Previously rumored, but now reported by Broadcast Dialogue, is the destination of the popular Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna morning team of Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu to mornings at The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver.  As reported below, they will stay at Sun FM until April 25 and will likely start at The Peak in May.  Meanwhile, CKFR AM1150 Kelowna PD Jeff Winskell moves to HTZ-FM CHTZ-FM 97.7 St. Catharines, ON as PD.  Revolving Door, Broadcast Dialogue  
The Juice CJUI-FM
02/12/14 - References to The Juice on windows and building signs were removed in early January, indicating a branding and format change for CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna.  Now the station has uploaded a video to YouTube announcing the change will occur at 5:15 p.m. Friday, February 14.  YouTube video  
Kevin Lim & Sonia Sidhu
02/10/14 - A number of changes are happening at two of the three Bell Media stations in Kelowna.  It was announced today that SunFM CHSU-FM 99.9 is losing the morning team of Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu effective April 25.  SunFM music director Jeff Winskell, who is also PD for CKFR AM1150, announced that he was leaving for Ontario.  Reporters Wendy McLeod and Anita Sthankiya also recently left AM1150.  Carmen Weld, Castanet 
British Columbia Association of Broadcasters
02/05/14 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters has announced its 67th Annual BCAB Conference will be held at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa in Whistler May 28 - 30.  It is one of the leading broadcast conferences in Canada.  Awards of Excellence online submissions will open February 17.   Broadcaster Magazine
Eric Stansfield
02/01/14 - Former BC Lions media director Eric Stansfield, who was involved in production of the original Sports Page on CKVU-TV Vancouver and later helped launch Team 1040 CKST AM, is now hosting his own Saturday sports talk show on AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna.  Greg Douglas Short Hops, Vancouver Sun
Don Shafer
01/29/14 - Roundhouse Radio, one of the applicants for a new low power station to serve the Vancouver area, announced today that veteran broadcaster Don Shafer has been named team leader, CEO, Director and President of the Board of Directors.  He is also a shareholder.  His career dates back to the 1960s and he was PD at CKLG-FM/CFOX-FM Vancouver from 1976-85 and PD at CFMI-FM Vancouver from 1985-87.  After furthering his career in Ontario, Shafer returned west to take the position of VP & GM of Standard Broadcasting/Astral Media's Kelowna-based BC Interior Group from 2003-13.  CRTC hearings continue this week in Surrey.  Roundhouse Radio release 
Rick Arnish
01/18/14 - Rick Arnish, chairman of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, celebrates his 45th anniversary on Monday, January 20.  He joined the Kamloops radio/TV cluster in 1969.  When Pattison bought the stations in 1988, Arnish was appointed GM.  Later, he became president and held that position until his promotion to chairman last year. 
Patrick Nicol
01/17/14 - Patrick Nicol, one of Vernon's longest serving councillors and a former broadcaster, died Wednesday night (01/15).  He succumbed to a long time battle with cancer at age 64.  He started in 1977 as a DJ at CJIB Vernon, now KISS-FM CKIZ-FM 107.5, before becoming the station's general manager for 22 years.  Global Okanagan  Richard Rolke, Vernon Morning Star 
The Juice CJUI-FM
01/03/14 - Two format changes are in the works in Kelowna with Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 moving to Hot Adult Contemporary with no change to on-air talent and a re-branding and format change upcoming for The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9, with workers removing references to The Juice on windows and building signs in the past week.  Tony Peyton, KelownaNow
Stu Crouse
12/20/13 - 12/20/13 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced a management promotion from within the company.  Stu Crouse, who has been part of the senior management team at Island Radio with responsibilities as the Retail Sales Manager the last 6 years, will be the new GM and GSM of the Kelowna/Vernon division effective January 1, 2014.  He has been responsible for all sales training for account executives of Pattison's six Vancouver Island radio stations.  Broadcaster Magazine
Jim Pattison12/17/13 - Entrepreneur Jim Pattison has moved to the top of the list of Canada's richest people according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.  It says his private empire, which includes Save-On-Foods, car dealerships, outdoor advertising and media is now worth $9.5 billion.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns 30 FM stations and 3 TV stations in BC and Alberta, including several in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon.  Richard Dettman, News1130 
Ken Kilcullen
12/14/13 - After 11-1/2 years as General Manager of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Prince George and four years prior to that as Radio Operations Manager, Ken Kilcullen is moving to the Okanagan to become the GM of Interior Operations for Bell Media.  He makes the move at month's end.  CKPG-TV 
CBC
12/11/13 - The CRTC has approved an application by the CBC to amend the broadcasting licence for its Radio One service CBYK-FM 94.1 Kamloops in order to operate a new FM transmitter in Williams Lake to replace the existing AM transmitter CBRL AM 860.  The new transmitter will operate at 92.1 MHz with an ERP of 275 watts non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -215.7 metres.  CRTC decision  Additionally, the Commission has approved assignment of the transmitter CBTO-FM 91.3 Revelstoke to CBTK-FM 88.9 Kelowna and delete it from the broadcasting licence for CBYK-FM Kamloops.  CRTC decision 
Peter Angle
12/08/13 - GSM Peter Angle of Bell Media’s Kelowna radio cluster adds duties as regional sales manager for all Bell radio stations in the B.C. Interior group.  Also at the Bell Kelowna cluster, Bruce Irving has been promoted from account manager to retail sales manager.  Revolving Door, Broadcast Dialogue 
Bureau of Broadcast Measurement
11/29/13 - Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton has moved into first place in the Kelowna Fall 2013 Regional Diary 12 BBM ratings with a 13.7 share, edging out  perennial favourite Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 which has 13.6.  However Sun FM maintained their firm hold on the key advertising demographic of those aged 25-54.  Ben Gumienny, KelownaNow  
Bureau of Broadcast Measurement
11/28/13 - Radio West has published Fall 2013 Regional Diary 12 BBM ratings for Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton and Vernon.  Radio West info 
Don Shafer
11/21/13 - Don Shafer, former Kelowna-based VP/GM of the Standard, Astral then Bell Media radio and TV stations in the B.C. interior, has been named interim GM at CFQX-FM 104.1 and CHIQ-FM 94.3 Winnipeg.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has purchased the stations, which were being held in trust as a result of the BCE purchase of Astral, but await CRTC approval.  Shafer was a PD in Vancouver from 1976-87.  He is also currently managing partner at Hamilton Media Group.   
EZ Rock Salmon Arm
11/15/13 - Broadcast Dialogue reports that after 52 years in radio, Terry Timms will retire at year’s end.  Timms, now in ad sales with EZ Rock CKXR-FM 91.5 Salmon Arm, worked as the operations manager/production manager at CHQM Vancouver and was with CFMS Victoria before joining EZ Rock, then under Standard Radio ownership. 
Rosalie Gower
11/01/13 - Former Vernon city councillor and CRTC commissioner Rosalie Gower died October 13 at age 82.  She was also a nurse at Vernon Jubilee Hospital during the 1960s.  Vernon Morning Star  Thompson Funeral Service obituary 
Bruce Davis
10/05/13 - Bruce Davis, GM/GSM of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group stations in Kelowna and VP sales for the entire group, has retired.  He has been with the Pattison Group for 14 years and has a career total of 45 years.
Troy Scott
10/01/13 - Troy Scott has returned to Kelowna as PD/morning host at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 and continues as music programmer at Kroeger Media Inc.  He was most recently format and program director at Vista Radio Ltd.'s Vancouver Island stations.  He is joined in a.m. drive by Sun FM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan news director Liz Craig. 
Russ Byth
09/13/13 - Former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver morning business editor Russ Byth has accepted the position of full time morning news anchor at Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna.  He was with News1130 from 1996-2010 before taking news writing positions with Global BC and Global National based in Vancouver in 2011 and '12.  He subsequently moved to Kelowna and was filling in at Q103 before taking the position full time. 
Mike Roberts CHBC
09/11/13 - After a forty year run, CHBC-TV Kelowna weather anchor Mike Roberts presented his final forecast last Friday as he heads into retirement.  He came to Global Okanagan from CHEK-TV Victoria in 1973 and since then has filled his days producing hundreds of stories on the people of the Okanagan.  During his career he has received the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medal, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, the B.C. Association of Broadcasters Performer of the Year Award, along with a number of others.  Doris Bregolisse, Global News  Global Okanagan backgrounder 
Kim Calloway
09/03/13 - A celebration of life has been announced for former Vancouver talk show host and most recently Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna news reporter/anchor Kim Calloway, who died August 22 in Kelowna at age 69.  It will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, September 6 at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street.  Bob Mills will emcee, with presentations by Sharon Shepherd and Jasmin Doobay.
Gord Leighton
08/28/13 - Gord Leighton adds to his GM/GSM responsibilities at Sunfm CICF-FM 105.7 Vernon, replacing Ron Langridge, a 32-
year broadcast veteran who’s been the GM/GSM at EZ Rock CKXR-FM 91.5 Salmon Arm/CKCR-FM Revelstoke/CKGR Golden for the last 12 years under the ownership of Okanagan Skeena, Telemedia, Standard Radio, Astral and most recently Bell Media. 
Walter Gray
08/25/13 - Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, who once owned a number of Okanagan radio stations, reacts when a blogger he was interviewing about women's rights, removed her top during the interview.  Gray started his broadcasting career at CKOV in Kelowna in 1957 and went on to manage or own several stations in the Okanagan and Kootenays.  He sold his interests in the stations in 1996. 
Kim Calloway
08/22/13 - 08/22/13 - Former Vancouver broadcaster and most recently Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna news reporter and anchor Kim Calloway died today at Kelowna General Hospital after a short battle with a very aggressive lung and liver cancer.  He was 69.  Calloway announced just last week that he was going onto full time disability due to health concerns.  Alistair Waters, Kelowna Capital News 
CBC
08/15/13 - The CRTC has accepted applications by CBC to delete Radio One CBYK-FM 94.1 Kamloops rebroadcasters CBUL Lillooet and CBUH Chase and to delete Radio One CBTK-FM 88.9 Kelowna rebroadcasters CBRD Field and CBXW Edgewood.  CRTC decision
Darren Mitchell Robertson
08/14/13 - Former AM1150 CKFR host and SunFM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna music director Darren Mitchell Robertson has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and has been sentenced to nine months in jail.  He left Kelowna in 2011 and most recently worked at CHQR AM 770 Calgary.  News1130 
Kim Calloway
08/13/13 - Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna news reporter and anchor Kim Calloway has announced, "After 50-plus years as a full-time radio news reporter here in BC and Ontario, I am done.  Health concerns are putting me on full-time disability."  Before moving to Kelowna in 1993, he hosted the Kim Calloway Talk Show on CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver in the 1970s & '80s.  He was a co-recipient of the Jack Webster Award in 2004 for Best Reporting of the Year for the 2003 Kelowna Firestorm. 
Don Shafer
08/07/13 - Don Shafer, former Vancouver broadcaster and currently BC Interior VP & regional manager at Bell Media is stepping down at the end of August.  He has held the position since 2003 when it was Astral Media and most recently was managing 22 radio stations and two television stations.  The CRTC gave approval to the acquisition of Astral by Bell on June 27.  Shafer was PD at CKLG-FM/CFOX-FM Vancouver from 1976-85 and PD at CFMI-FM from 1985-87 before moving to positions in Toronto and then to Kelowna in 2003. 
CRTC
07/12/13 - The CRTC has denied an application by Newcap Inc. to change the authorized contours of CKKO-FM  96.3 Kelowna.   Newcap applied to relocate the transmitter to a site on top of Okanagan Mountain, decrease the maximum ERP from 31,000 to 14,100 watts and increase the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 130.8 to 793 metres.  It stated that the changes would provide Newcap with access to both the Kelowna and Penticton markets.  CRTC decision 
CBC
07/02/13 - In a CBC online poll asking which morning show Revelstoke residents want to receive, 68 per cent of the 449 polled preferred Kelowna over Kamloops.  CBC will now ask the CRTC to allow it to switch the Revelstoke transmitter back to the Kelowna feed.  The feed was switched last fall when CBC opened its new Kamloops bureau.  Aaron Orlando, Revelstoke Times Review
Jim Ripley
07/01/13 - Founder Jim Ripley has announced a new low-power radio station oriented directly toward tourists should begin broadcasting in Kelowna within a couple of weeks.  It will operate at 95.3 MHz with content of specific interest to tourists, with items about local events and attractions, and general information about Kelowna.  Regulations prohibit paid ads on the station and limits it to a maximum output of 50 watts.  A similar low-power station was launched by Ripley last year in Peachland.  Tourist Radio 
Russ Byth
06/26/13 - Russ Byth, former News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver morning business news editor and Vancouver-based news writer/editor for Global National, is now handling fill-in/vacation relief morning news on Power104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 and Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna. 
CBC
05/16/13 - An online poll continues until the end of this week to gauge the radio preferences of Revelstoke listeners in order to help the broadcaster decide whether CBC Radio Kamloops or CBC Radio Kelowna is fed on its Revelstoke transmitter.  Last fall CBC Radio opened a new bureau in Kamloops and switched the Revelstoke feed away from its previous Kelowna source.  A controversy has been brewing since the switch.  Revelstoke residents can vote at the CBC Kamloops website.   Aaron Orlando, Revelstoke Times Review 
Wesla Wong
06/03/13 - Global BC Vancouver meteorologist Wesla Wong anchored her last weather report Sunday with the announcement that she is moving to the Okanagan.  She will be filling in on a casual basis for Global Okanagan CHBC-TV Kelowna weatherman Mike Roberts.
CBC
05/30/13 - The controversy continues over which CBC Radio feed is carried into Revelstoke, six months after it was switched from the Kelowna bureau to the newer Kamloops one.  Aaron Orlando, Revelstoke Times Review  
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
05/17/13 - Kamloops-based Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced the acquisition of three FM stations located in Calgary and Winnipeg, two from Bell Media and one from Astral.  The transaction is subject to approval from the CRTC and contingent on Commission approval of the pending Astral-Bell Media transaction.  Pattison release
CRTC
05/09/13 - The CRTC has approved applications by Shaw Television to add digital transmitters to replace existing analog transmitters for CHKM-TV Kamloops and CIFG-TV Prince George.  Kamloops will operate on channel 22 with a maximum ERP of 30,000 watts at 150 metres EHAAT and Prince George will operate on channel 29 with a maximum ERP of 30,000 watts at 482 metres EHAAT.  Both transmitters will rebroadcast the programming of CHAN-DT (Global BC) Vancouver.  CRTC decision
Newcap Radio
05/04/13 - Staff breathed a sigh of relief as they received an email from Rob Steele, president and CEO at Halifax-based Newcap Radio, announcing that plans for the sale of the company’s western assets have been terminated.  He said the process reaffirmed the value of the western stations to the company, and further stated that Newcap plans to be in the radio business in Alberta and BC for quite some time.  Newcap owns K96.3 CKKO-FM Kelowna and Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton.  
CKFR Kelowna
04/26/13 - AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna news anchor/reporter Wendy McLeod has been pulled off the air for conflict of interest after managers found out she was volunteering as a communications person for Kelowna–Lake Country Liberal candidate, Norm Letnick.  CBC News
Vista Radio
04/25/13 - According to a posting on her Twitter page this morning, Vista Radio CEO Margot Micallef has stepped down.  Vista operates 38 radio licenses on Vancouver Island, the B.C. Interior, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and recently acquired 24 new properties in Ontario.  Micallef is also founder and president of private equity investment and advisory firm Oliver Capital Partners Inc.  She is also the recipient of Canadian Women in Communications  Woman of the Year award for 2013.  
RTDNA Canada
04/06/13 - RTDNA Canada has announced its BC Regional Award recipients.  CJFC-TV Kamloops has won a Bert Cannings small market TV award for CJFC TV Evening News - July 5, 2012 and CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops has won a Byron MacGregor small market best radio newscast award for B-100 Noon News - April 19, 2012.  RTDNA Canada release 
BCAB
04/01/13 - Early bird registration for this year's British Columbia Association of Broadcasters 66th Annual Conference, to be held in Penticton May 7-9, has been extended to Friday, April 5.  Keynote speaker is Lloyd Robertson, host and chief correspondent for CTV’s investigative news series, W5.
CKQQ-FM Kelowna
02/25/13 - Brad Smart, morning host at B 93.3 CJBZ-FM Lethbridge has announced on his Twitter page that he is moving to host p.m. drive at Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna.  Both stations are owned by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group 
Bob Crouse
02/18/13 - Bob Crouse, the voice of news, sports, and weather for CKXR Salmon Arm and the Big R network for over 30 years died February 7 after a two year battle with cancer.  He was 63.  There will be no service at his request.  Bowers Funeral Service obituary
Andy and TJ
02/05/13 - The EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5 duo Andy & Tj celebrate ten years waking Kelowna, becoming the longest running morning show team in the city.  Wayne Moore, Castanet  
Neil Gillon
02/04/13 - Retired CBC Radio host Neil Gillon and his wife Lynn were among seven victims of an attack by a man wielding a knife and possibly a hammer in downtown Vancouver Thursday night.   Gillon had been with CBC Radio in Prince Rupert, Kelowna and Vancouver.  He also reported news for CKIQ Kelowna, now AM1150 CKFR, in the late 1970s.  Rod Mickleburgh, The Globe and Mail
CRTC
01/31/13 - The CRTC has approved an application by Vista Radio Ltd. to increase the maximum ERP for CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna from 10,000 to 36,800 watts, decrease the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 506 to -90 metres and relocate the transmitter site.  Vista indicated that it requested the changes in order to improve coverage in the West Kelowna area.  CRTC decision
CJUI-FM
01/25/13 - Jason Mann, VP programming for Vista Radio reports three current Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna sales team members will be leaving over the next several weeks as the station transitions client lists and responsibilities.  Puget Sound Radio

  • 11/30/12 - Castanet reports fall 2012 radio ratings for Okanagan cities.  Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 holds first place in Kelowna with a 16.2 share.  Wayne Moore, Castanet  Sun FM CJMG-FM 97.1 is first in Penticton with a 24.5 share.  Kiss-FM  CKIZ-FM 107.5 is number one in Vernon with a 27.5 share.  
  • 11/21/12 - Casey Clarke, known for his work on CMT, joins Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton as morning host.  The show debuts in the New Year and will be called The Casey Clarke Show with Roo Phelps.  He will continue his nationally syndicated shows with CMT through Casey Clarke Productions from his new base in the Okanagan.
  • 11/19/12 - Revelstoke council is writing to the CRTC to have its local CBC signal switched back to being fed from Kelowna rather than Kamloops following a flood of emails from listeners.  The feed was switched when the CBC opened its Kamloops bureau and station in early October.  The Revelstoke Current
  • 11/13/12 - Long time The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops morning host JT James Taylor starts a new gig as midday host at Capital FM CKRA-FM 96.3 Edmonton.  He's been at The River since 2005.
  • 11/03/12 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced the appointment of Cheryl Blackwell to the position of PD for CIFM-FM 98.3 and B-100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops.  She continues to co-host a.m. drive on B-100.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/31/12 - Senior director, Global National and Global Vancouver station manager Kenton Boston has been promoted to VP, BC and National News. He continues to be responsible for all national and foreign news operations, including Global Okanagan CHBC-TV Kelowna. Broadcast Dialogue Revolving Door p. 2 of 7
  • 10/17/12 - Troy Scott has been named program director at SunFM CJSU-FM 89.7 Duncan.  He was most recently morning co-host at Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton and previously was assistant PD/MD and drive host at the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's Kelowna cluster.
  • 10/09/12 - Daybreak Kamloops with host Shelley Joyce debuted this morning on CBC Radio One CBYK-FM 94.1 Kamloops.  The show takes over from the Kelowna-based Daybreak South for listeners in the region of Thompson-Nicola, parts of the Fraser Valley, southern Cariboo, and Revelstoke.  An open house at 218 Victoria St. continues until 2 p.m. today.  CBC News
  • 09/10/12 - Shelley Joyce has been named host of CBC Kamloops new morning show Daybreak Kamloops.  The program debuts at 6 a.m. October 9 on Radio One CBYK-FM 94.1 Kamloops.  CBC News  Jason Hewlett, Kamloops Daily News
  • 09/07/12 - An official announcement is expected after 7 a.m. Monday on when the CBC Kamloops bureau will launch and who will host the CBYK-FM 94.1 morning show.  The four-person bureau located at 218 Victoria St. includes two former CFJC-TV personalities, anchor Rob Polson and reporter Doug Herbert.  Jason Hewlett, Kamloops Daily News 
  • 09/04/12 - The family is planning a private memorial in Kelowna later this week for Rhythm Pals lead singer Jack Jensen, who died Friday August 31 in Kelowna.  The trio got their start with Bill Rea at CKNW New Westminster in the mid 1940s and moved to CKWX Vancouver in the early 50s.  They later toured the U.S., Europe and Asia, and worked in Hollywood before returning to Canada, where they had their own radio show on CBC.  The Rhythm Pals won awards for Canada's best country group in 1965, '67 and '68, and were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in 1989.
  • 08/30/12 - After less than four months as PD/morning co-host at Okanagan Country CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton, Troy Scott was released from the station on Tuesday.  Morning co-host Roo Phelps continues solo.  Scott is a music programmer for the HANK-FM format at Kroeger Media.
  • 08/21/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Voice of the Shuswap Broadcast Society for a low-power community FM station in Salmon Arm.  The new station will operate at 93.7 MHz with an ERP of 15 watts non-directional at 556.6 metres HAAT.  It is to broadcast 98 hours of programming each week, of which 62 hours would be station-produced, with the remaining programming obtained from other campus and community stations across Canada and from the CBC.  CRTC approval
  • 07/27/12 - Former K96.3 CKKO-FM Kelowna morning host Kevin McGowan died suddenly in Toronto August 8.  He was 58.  He had worked in Winnipeg and at several stations in Ontario and had co-hosted the morning show at K96.3 Kelowna when it signed on in 2008.  All Access Music Group
  • 07/27/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Shaw Television to amend the broadcasting licence for the conventional television programming undertaking CHBC-TV Kelowna and its transmitters CHBC-TV-1 Penticton and CHBC-TV-2 Vernon in order to add post transitional digital transmitters to replace its existing analog transmitters.  CRTC release
  • 07/27/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Shaw Television to amend the broadcasting licence for the conventional television programming undertaking CHAN-DT Vancouver in order to add post transitional digital transmitters to replace its existing analog transmitters CHKL-TV-1 Penticton and CHKL-TV-2 Vernon.  CRTC release
  • 07/18/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to shut down all its analog translators July 31 for its 23 English and French language television stations in Canada.  Included are numerous translators serving smaller communities on Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and BC Interior broadcasting the programming of CBUT and CBUFT Vancouver.  CRTC decision and transmitter list
  •  07/07/12 - CBC will shut down the last of its analog television transmitters by July 31.  A long list of transmitters in BC will go dark, including several in the Okanagan.  The Corporation says the move will save $10 million a year which it will be put into programming. CBC Release Transmitter List  Coverage Map
  • 07/06/12 - TJ Connors will co-host a.m. drive with Christy Farrell On The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna following the departure of Gary Long to GM/PD of Vista’s Cariboo Group and Justin “Drex” Wilcomes to group PD/morning host on Vancouver Island.  TJ will also handle the role of program director.
  • 06/30/12 - From modest beginnings as a trumpet player, through auto dealerships, supermarkets, illuminated signs, the chairman of Expo 86, amusement parks, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and a broadcast empire, Jim Pattison has become Canada's third richest man, with an estimated personal wealth of $5.8 billion.   The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns 29 FM stations and three television stations in British Columbia and Alberta.  Brian Hutchinson, National Post
  • 06/28/12 - Former Victoria broadcaster Gerald Pash has been appointed as Citizenship Judge in British Columbia, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.  Following a 27-year career in radio in the Okanagan, Fraser Valley and Victoria, he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a public affairs officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Victoria.  News release
  • 06/12/12 - Radio NL CHNL AM 610 Kamloops and the WHL Kamloops Blazers have signed a new agreement for broadcasting rights through the 2014-15 season.  It will mark the 29th consecutive year of Blazers games on Radio NL.
  • 06/07/12 - Los Angeles Lakers star, Metta World Peace made a surprise appearance on Wednesday night's CTV British Columbia newscast as an "NBA weather specialist", with a number of quips and new pronunciations of B.C. cities.  Vancouver Sun  CTV/YouTube video
  • 06/06/12 - The Community Radio Fund of Canada has announced its latest round of funding for campus and community radio stations.  Included is $6,509 for the Youth Internship Program at CFBX-FM 92.5 Kamloops.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/25/12 - BBM has released the Spring 2012 ratings for Kelowna, with Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 showing a commanding lead. 
  • 05/09/12 - The new Country 100.7, CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton debuts ‘Okanagan Mornings with Troy and Roo’ Monday morning May 14.  Troy Scott, known for his work at CMT and Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's Kelowna stations, hosts with Roo Phelps, who has been on air evenings at JRfm CJJR-FM 97.3 Vancouver since 2007.
  • 05/03/12 - Rogers Media has signed a long term agreement with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group that will see 90% of Citytv CKVU-TV Vancouver programming air throughout prime time and the majority of the morning and daytime hours on Pattison's three TV stations in Western Canada.  The agreement is effective September 1 and includes CFJC-TV Kamloops, CKPG-TV Prince George and CHAT-TV Medicine Hat, AB.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/03/12 - Rick Arnish, President of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is being promoted to Group Chairman effective July 1st.  Rod Schween will take over his position.  Pattison release
  • 05/02/12 - NL Broadcasting has announced that Mike Evenson, formerly of The Q CKKQ-FM 100.3 Victoria, is the new p.m. drive host on The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops and Dennon Stein from SAIT in Calgary is the new swing announced for The River and sister station Radio NL CHNL AM 610.
  • 05/02/12 - James Peters has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 RTDNA Canada President's Fellowship.  The Fellowship of up to $3,000 is offered to a working electronic journalist annually to attend a seminar at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Peters is a reporter/anchor at the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group radio and TV cluster in Kamloops.  RTDNA release
  • 05/02/12 - JACK FM CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria has severed ties with morning host Tarzan Dan Freeman, who was hosting the show from Rogers' Vancouver studios after being displaced from CFUN-FM 104.9 when it changed format last August.  Tarzan hosted a.m. drive at SUN FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna from 2005-11.  Puget Sound Radio
  • 04/28/12 - Morning host and 20-year Giant FM CIGV-FM 100.7 veteran Dennis Walker, along with three other announcers, were let go Friday, as the station repositioned itself as Country 100.7.  MyNaramata  The CRTC approved the purchase of CIGV by Newfoundland Capital Corporation (Newcap) in February.  Wayne Moore, Castanet
  • 04/26/12 - Former Kamloops and Vancouver broadcaster Walter Jones died March 22 in Langley.  He was 75.   His career included 15 years as a radio broadcaster with CFJC Kamloops and CKWX and CJVB Vancouver, and 27 years in sales, including a short time in radio sales at Vancouver market CISL in 1984 and '85.   No service is scheduled.  Sun/Province obituary
  • 04/03/12 - TV reporters Eric Szeto (CHBC/Global Okanagan) and Bhinder Sajan (CTV British Columbia) are among four journalists named as recipients of the 2012 Jack Webster Foundation Professional Development Fellowships. Webster Foundation release
  • 03/30/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to replace the Corporation's existing transmitter CBYK-FM Kamloops, using its current technical parameters, operating at 94.1 MHz with an ERP of 4,750 watts non-directional at 124 metres HAAT, with a new Enclish language station.  It would provide, during each broadcast week, a minimum of 12 hours and 30 minutes of local programming originating in Kamloops.  The Commission also approved an amendment to the licence for CBTK-FM Kelowna by changing a number of translators to rebroadcast CBYK-FM Kamloops.  CRTC decision/
  • 03/28/12 -  Longtime CFJC Kamloops employee and former City councillor Gordon Rye died Saturday due to natural causes.  He was 90.  A private celebration of his life was held Tuesday.  He was still working in radio when he was elected a city alderman in the early 1980s.  Mike Youds, Kamloops Daily News
  • 03/23/12 - Canadian Music Week has named Sunfm CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna broadcasters Dustin Collins Music Director of the Year - Small Market and Mark Burley Program Director of the Year - Small Market.  CMW release
  • 02/23/12 - Sun FM CICF-FM 105,7 Vernon morning show co-host and news anchor Betty Selin is one of eight recipients of the 2012 RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Awards.  She has received a number of awards since she began her career in broadcast journalism in 1979.  RTDNA release
  • 02/20/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Newcap Inc. to acquire CKKO-FM 96.3 Kelowna from Sun Country Radio Ltd.  The price of the transaction after adjustments is listed as $5,329,147.  CRTC decision
  • 02/15/12 - The CRTC has approved an application by Newcap Inc. to acquire CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton and its transmitters CIGV-FM-1 98.9 Keremeos and CIGV-FM-2 98.1 Princeton, from Great Valley Ltd.  CRTC decision  Wayne Moore, Castanet
  • 01/23/12 - Long-time CHNL AM 610 Kamloops Morning Mayor Peter Olsen has taken a few weeks off for prostate cancer treatment, but plans to be back on air by March.  Radio NL info
  • 01/19/12 - Former Merritt and Castlegar radio personality Jamie Trevor McDerment is expected to return to court in Kamloops for sentencing Friday afternoon after pleading guilty to a string of charges involving child pornography and voyeurism.
  • 2/15/11 - Q101 CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt PD and morning host Brian Wiebe has left the station to take up positions as Assistant Instructor for the Radio Program and Operations Manager of Evolution CFML-FM 107.9 at BC Institute of Technology in Burnaby. His last day at Q101 was Friday, December 9. Robin Poon, Merritt News
  • 12/14/11 - Marion Bews, former corporate secretary to the Browne family at CKOV Kelowna, died December 8 at age 93. She served with the station from 1943 until retirment in the late 1970s. A Memorial Service to be held Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. Castanet obituary
  • 12/03/11 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 leads the latest BBM ratings in Kelowna with a 22.3 share, EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5 is second with 21.6 and Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 is third with 16.8.  Grant Scott, Castanet
  • 11/25/11 - Kamloops council has voted 7-1 in favour of writing a letter to the CRTC in support of CBC’s application to provide a local morning show and news coverage in the city.  Jeremy Deutsch, Kamloops This Week
  • 11/13/11 - Don Shafer, Kelowna-based vice-president and regional manager for Astral Media says the recent shut-down of the newsroom at Sun FM CICF-FM 105.7 Vernon is an unfortunate change reflecting the times. He says there will still be a morning news run using existing Vernon announcers. News director Betty Selin and reporter Kate Bouey were displaced by the change. Vernon Morning Star
  • 11/09/11 - Puget Sound Radio reports that three veteran broadcast journalists and six others have been released from news postions by Astral Media in the BC Interior. Puget Sound Radio
  • 10/31/11 - CFJC-TV Kamloops video journalist Andrew Hopkins has been hired as a new evening/weekend reporter at News1130 CKWX AM Vancouver. He's a 2005 BCIT Broadcast Journalism program graduate, has worked in radio in Williams Lake, Kamloops and Fort St. John and is a 2009 Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship Award recipient.
  • 10/27/11 - Another addition to The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna, as Gary Long moves from his position as PD at 94X CIRX-FM 94.3 Prince George to assume the duties of morning anchor, music director and assistant program director.
  • 10/26/11 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to add a new FM transmitter in Lillooet to rebroadcast the programming of CBTK-FM 88.9 Kelowna. It will operate at 92.7 MHz with an ERP of 90 watts non-directional at -816.5 metres HAAT, and will replace the current AM rebroadcast transmitter. CRTC decision
  • 10/24/11 - Montreal and Calgary broadcaster Steve Shannon has submitted an application to the CRTC for a new community station in Barriere. If approved, he hopes to be up and running by next summer. Jill Hayward - Barriere Star Journal
  • 10/20/11 - Vancouver native Erin Chase starts next month as evening host and marketing director at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna. She was most recently part of the morning team at Jack CJAQ-FM 96.9 Calgary.
  • 08/28/11 - Kiss-FM CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon relaunched on the B.C. Day long weekend as Vernon's best music featurning "the best of the best from the ‘60s to today". bclocalnews.com
  • 08/09/11 - Former Australian radio host/programmer and PD of The Bridge CHNV-FM 103.5 Nelson, Drex Justin Wilcomes becomes the new PD at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna.
  • 08/06/11 - Kelly Moore is leaving Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops and returning to CJOB AM 680 Winnipeg in charge of pre-game and post-game coverage for the NHL Jets. The Daily News
  • 08/04/11 - Newcap Radio has announced that it has deals to purchase CKKO-FM 96.3 Kelowna and CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton for $7 million. Both sales are subject to CRTC approval. Digital Journal
  • 07/08/11 - Former SILK FM owner Nick Frost's Castanet is billing $3 million annually. Castanet was developed in November 2000 as Kelowna’s home page. Sean Luce, Radio Ink
  • 07/06/11 - The hour-long CHBC News @ 5 will return Monday, July 11 on CHBC-TV. Also returning is the station's live news reporting capability from Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. Shaw Cable adds the signal in HD beginning today. Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/05/11 - The Beat CFBT-FM 94.5 weekender and QM-FM CHQM-FM 103.5 Vancouver traffic reporter Emilie Clarke heads to the Sun FM CJMG-FM 97.1 Penticton morning show in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, popular CHNL AM 610 Kamloops reporter Shane Woodford has landed a news reporting position at Vancouver market CKNW AM 980.
  • 05/31/11 - CBC Radio personalities in Kelowna show their enthusiasm for the Corporation's announced expansion of local content in the B.C. Interior. Jennifer Smith, Kelowna Capital News
  • 05/28/11 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 leads the latest BBM Kelowna market ratings with an 18.9 share, closely followed by EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5 at 18.0. Classic Rock CKKO-FM 96.3 is third with 14.9. Trevor Rockliffe, Castanet
  • 05/26/11 - CBC has announced the first details of an initiative with an increased local focus. All-new radio and online services will be established in Kamloops, and CBC Kelowna will expand its current service to include a new afternoon radio program focused on serving the B.C. interior. New programming will begin this fall. Broadcaster Magazine Kamloops Daily News
  • 04/20/11 - Former CKWX Vancouver PD and CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna GM Ted Farr, now a radio consultant living in Kelowna, says he was shocked to hear he was being inducted into the B.C. Country Music Association Hall of Fame. The induction show will be held at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam on April 23. Chris Stanford, Kelowna Courier
  • 03/14/11 - The 29th Annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards have been presented, with Sunfm CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna winning Station of the Year - Small Market and Mark Burley at Sunfm winning Program Director of the Year - Small Market. CMW details
  • 03/09/11 - Former Vancouver and Kelowna broadcaster Ted Farr is one of ten inductees into the British Columbia Country Music Association Hall of Fame. He was news director at CKLG then program director at CKWX Vancouver during its country music format days in the 1980s. He also served as GM at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna last year, and is currently president of Ted Farr Media. The induction show will be held at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam on April 23.
  • 03/02/11 - Earl Seitz of CFJC-TV Kamloop and Dave Biro, assignment editor at /A\ CIVI-TV Victoria have been named to receive RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Awards in the BC Region. RTNDA release
  • 03/01/11 - Sun FM Mornings with Kevin & Sonia debuted Monday on Sunfm CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna. Previous p.m. drive host Kevin Lim teams up with former middayer Sonia Sidhu as Susan Knight moves to middays.
  • 02/01/11 - Registration has opened for the 64th Annual British Columbia Association of Broadcasters Conference scheduled for May 4 - 6 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Convention Centre in Kelowna. BCAB info
  • 01/31/11 - Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver p.m drive host Kevin Lim returns to Sunfm CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna to take over a.m. drive duties, replacing Tarzan Dan Freeman who moves to afternoon drive at fun FM CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver beginning in late March. Kevin, who hosted p.m. drive at Sunfm Kelowna from 2005-09, pairs with current midday personality Sonia Sidhu, as Susan Knight moves to middays.
  • 01/20/11 - Prof. Anne MacLennan of the Remembering Radio Project is conducting a national study on Canadian radio during the 1930s. Her research group is currently looking for people 78 years and older who lived in B.C. during the 1930s to conduct phone interviews (usually 15 to 30 minutes) about their memories of early radio. Further information
  • 01/20/11 - Airchecker reports that Tarzan Dan Freeman will be the new afternoon drive host at fun FM CFUN-FM 104.9 Vancouver beginning in late March.  He is currently hosting mornings at Sunfm CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna, and worked the Vancouver market at CKXY AM 1040 from 1988-90. 
  • 01/19/11 - Tarzan Dan Freeman has announced that he is leaving his morning slot at Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna and moving to a major market station. An announcement regarding where and when will be released shortly. He's been at Sun FM since 2005.
  • 01/01/11 - Silk FM CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna became EZ Rock 101.5 early this afternoon
  • 2/29/10 - BC broadcast icon Bill Hughes, renowned for his 15,000+ Roving Mike episodes from 1950-94 on Vancouver market CKNW, has made a significant contribution to the fundraising campaign for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies in Penticton.  The $28-million facility will provide space for 820 students after it is completed in March, 2011.  
  • 12/14/10 - Silk CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna moved to all-Christmas music on Sunday evening (12/12) with Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  • 12/05/10 - Astral Media stations placed first, second and third in the latest Kelowna radio ratings, with all three pulling double digit shares.  Castanet
  • 11/28/10 - Recent BCIT graduate Caroline Samorodin starts tomorrow (11/29) hosting noon to 8 p.m. weekdays on Q101 CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt, replacing Sarah Hyde who leaves to do freelance work and continue co-hosting duties at Simon Fraser University campus station CJSF-FM 90.1.
  • 11/24/10 - CHOR AM 1450 Summerland is now broadcasting on FM as EZ Rock 98.5.  The CRTC authorized the move on June 17, 2010 and allows simulcast programming on AM for three months.
  • 11/04/10 - After a long career, morning host John Michaels is reportedly retiring from The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna, with co-host Liz McKinney moving to afternoon drive.
  • 10/28/10 - Castanet, an offshoot of Silk FM CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna, has become the first independent online news site to become a member of the B.C. Press Council.  The Press Council decided at an October 8 board meeting that membership would be extended to independent online news sites.  
  • 10/22/10 - The CRTC has approved the acquisition of TV assets of CanWest Global Communications Corp. by Shaw Communications Inc.   The deal gives Shaw ownership over the Global television network, which includes CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna, and a host of specialty channels.  The Commission accepted Shaw's proposal to spend $180.1 million over the next seven years to support the transition to digital television by converting 67 analog transmitters in smaller markets to digital, provide and install a satellite receiver and dish, at no charge, to viewers who lose access to over-the-air signals of their local or regional television stations as of August 31, 2011, as well as free satellite access to those signals, along with a number of other concessions.  CRTC decision  
  • 09/28/10 - Ian MacKinnon from KOOL FM CKCE-FM 101.5 Calgary joins Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna for evenings and weekends.  He has also worked on air in Camrose and Edmonton.
  • 09/20/10 - Former CHIM-FM and CILK-FM Kelowna announcer and program director Douglas Johnston died yesterday following a heart attack.   Born in 1949, he was a long time air personality at The Jewel CJWL-FM 98.5 Ottawa.  The Jewel obituary
  • 06/17/10 - The CRTC has approved an application by Astral Media to convert CHOR AM 1450 Summerland to the FM band.  It is to operate at 98.5 MHz directional with a maximum ERP of 100 watts at 348 meters HAAT at 49-39-34 119-34-22.   It will offer a mainstream Adult Contemporary format targeting adults aged 18 to 54.  CRTC decision
  • 06/08/10 - Phil Johnson's The Early Edition on AM 1150 (CKFR) Kelowna pulls down top numbers among morning radio shows in the Okanagan city.  Wayne Moore, Castanet
  • 06/07/10 - RTNDA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists has announced its awards for the best in electronic journalism in the B.C. region for 2009.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/14/10 - A video of the presentations at the BCAB 63rd Annual Conference held in Victoria May 5-7 can be viewed at YouTube.   The 2011 Conference is scheduled for Kelowna on May 11-13.
  • 05/04/10 - Ken Allen joonyer left his p.m. drive slot at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna last week and has returned to his old club DJ position at The Roxy in Vancouver.
  • 04/27/10 - CIFM-FM 98.3 Kamloops p.m. drive host Leo Baggio is being promoted to Director of Radio Programming and Operations for the Pattison Broadcast Group Kamloops Radio Division.
  • 03/22/10 - Rus "RJ" Smith hopes to get a community radio station up and running in West Kelowna.  Marshall Jones, Kelowna.com
  • 02/19/10 - The Superior Court of Ontario has given the nod to Shaw Communications to take control of Canwest Global Communications.  Shaw revealed that its investment amounts to a minimum of $95-million in exchange for 20 per cent of the equity and an 80-per-cent voting interest in the restructured company.  A competing bid from private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group was set aside.  Globe and Mail
  • 02/19/10 - Catalyst Capital Group Inc., has assembled a rival bid for Canwest Global Communications Corp. to compete with last week's offer by Shaw Communications.  The $120-million bid is backed by the Asper family and supported by Goldman Sachs.  Andrew Willis and Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Meanwhile, lawyers for CanWest told a Toronto court today that a last-minute rival bid to buy the media conglomerate should not derail a deal already announced by Shaw.   Canwest owns Global Television Network which includes CHBC-TV Kelowna.
  • 02/12/10 - Canwest Global Communications Corp. has agreed to sell a controlling stake of its company to Shaw Communications Corp.  Financial terms were not disclosed, pending court and CRTC approval next week.  Canwest owns Global Television Network which includes CHBC-TV Kelowna.  
  • 02/11/10 - Astral Media has applied to the CRTC to flip CHOR AM 1450 Summerland to the FM band.   The new station would operate at 98.5 MHz with a maximum ERP of 100 watts at 348 metres HAAT.  Astral proposes a mainstream adult contemporary format.   The Commission previously denied an application to flip the station to FM in August 2005 saying that it would give the owner at the time, Standard Broadcasting, three stations with effective coverage of the Penticton market.  CRTC info  CRTC 2005 denial
  • 02/05/10 - The Q CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna will run commercial and news free until 5:30 a.m. Monday.  New hosts include Steve Thompson and Heather Adams mornings, Drew Ferreira middays, while Troy Scott moves from mornings to afternoon drive.  Wayne Moore, Castanet
  • 02/03/10 - B-103 Kelowna's Best Country CKQQ-FM 103.1 has become The Q "It's all about the music". 
  • 01/20/10 - Former CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver weekend host Katie Campbell has landed the position of promotions director at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna.  She starts January 25.
  • 01/16/10 - The Corus Radio news-talk network will air Operation Haiti, a live radiothon hosted by Charles Adler on Monday, January 18.   Locally, it will air on AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna and Radio NL CHNL AM 610 Kamloops from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 01/08/10 - The Industry Canada database notes that the call letters for B-103 CKOV-FM 103.1 Kelowna have been changed to CKQQ-FM.
  • 01/08/10 - Canwest Global Communications Corp's publishing group has been put up for sale following a court filing for creditor protection.  It includes the Victoria Times Colonist, Vancouver Sun and Province, and a number of community newspapers.  Global Television, locally CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna, and some specialty channels, has been under creditor protection since October 6.  
  • 11/22/09 - Former CKOV Kelowna DJ Steve Young reflects on his stint at Radio Caroline.  
  • 11/03/09 - Early 1950s CKOK Penticton broadcaster Norris McLean, whose career was mostly in Edmonton radio and television, was known for his warm and tender personality.  He died October 4 at age 76.  Cigdem Iltan, Edmonton Journal
  • 10/28/09 - Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops PD and midday host Kelly Moore received on-air personality for the 250 area code award at the BCCMA 33rd annual awards show Sunday at the Red Robinson Show Threatre in Coquitlam, near Vancouver.  John P. McLaughlin, The Province
  • 10/07/09 - CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna program co-ordinator Patrick Vanderburg believes station owner Canwest Global Communications Corp. will owe him $95,000 in un-collectable severance and vacation pay when he is laid off in December.  David Friend, CP/Canadian Business
  • 10/06/09 - Canwest Media Inc., the holding company for Canwest Global Communications Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection.  Canwest owns the Global Television network, which includes CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna and Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, along with daily newspapers and specialty TV channels.  The company expects the court ordered restructuring of its debt to take four to six months.  Globe and Mail  Financial Post
  • 09/14/09 - CFJC-TV/4 Kamloops midday news host/producer and 5 p.m. weather reporter Tracy Pellizzari has added duties as she joins the team as an anchor for the 6:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
  • 09/04/09 - CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna is cutting staff in technical operations and news.  Local programing has been reduced to 13 from more than 20 hours per week earlier in the summer.  Alistair Waters, Kelowna Capital News
  • 09/01/09 - Ted Farr has been appointed general manager of The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna effective September 8.  He is also president of his own consulting company, Ted Farr Media.  He has held management positions in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.
  • 09/01/09 - Q101 CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt officially launched at 1:01 p.m. yesterday.  The first song aired, introduced by Bryan Adams, was his own song, Here I Am.  The station provides the first 24 hours per day, 7 days per week local radio service in Merritt and the Nicola Valley and will simulcast on its old AM 1230 frequency until November 30.  At that time CJNL AM 1230 will become a full time rebroadcaster of CHNL AM 610 Kamloops.
  • 08/16/09 - Q101 CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt has begun testing its new signal.  Official sign-on is scheduled for 1:01 p.m. Monday, August 31.
  • 08/10/09 - Canwest Global Communications, parent company of CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna, CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and a host of other media properties, has initiated talks with the federal government on a potential change of ownership.  Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis, Globe and Mail
  • 07/29/09 - In a recent poll, 84% of Kamloops residents say it is unfair that they will be deprived access to free TV signals following a CRTC ruling that requires broadcasters to provide over-the-air signals in only 29 major cities after the transition to digital TV.  6% of Kamloops' viewers watch TV over the air.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/27/09 - Robert Pye, whose broadcast career included CKOK Penticton, CHBC-TV and CILK-FM Kelowna and the CBC national radio network, died in Winfield July 16.  He was 73.  There will be no service by request.  Penticton Herald obituary.
  • 07/22/09 - CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna will become a Global TV affiliate on September 1.  CHEK-TV/6 Victoria has become a casualty of the recession.  Owner Canwest Global anounced today that financial losses have forced CHEK to go dark on August 31.  It signed on December 1, 1956.   Also being shut down at the same time is CHCA-TV/6 Red Deer AB.  Carla Wilson, Victoria Times Colonist  Canwest release
  • 07/20/09 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 and Silk CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna returned to music programming early this morning, continuing with regular updates on the West Kelowna fires while sister station AM 1150 CKFR continues with wall to wall coverage.
  • 07/19/09 - AM 1150 CKFR along with sister stations Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 and Silk CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna suspended all regular programming Saturday afternoon to provide continuing coverage of the West Kelowna fire situation.
  • 07/07/09 - Recently named BCAB Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow, Kevin Lim is leaving his p.m. drive position at Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna for an evening slot at Virgin Radio CKZZ-FM 95.3 Vancouver.  Ara Andonian from The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops will take over at Sun FM.
  • 07/04/09 - When CJNL AM 1230 Merritt moves to FM, it will identify as Q101 with the slogan Merritt's Music Mix and official call letters CKMQ-FM.  Sign on is scheduled for 1:01 p.m. Monday, August 31.  CHNL AM 610 Kamloops will then re-broadcast its programming on 1230 kHz.  The CRTC approved the changes on April 24.
  • 06/30/09 - 1960s Canadian singing sensation Terry Black died Sunday in Kamloops at age 62.  He had been hosting The Sixties at Six on Radio ’NL CHNL AM 610 Kamloops for several years.  Kelowna Capital News  Red Robinson Tribute
  • 06/24/09 - Lieutenant Gerry Pash has retired from his military role with the Canadian Forces Reserve at age 65.  He spent numerous years in broadcasting at CKDA Victoria, CHWK Chilliwack and was VP and Managing Director of Okanagan Radio in Penticton from 1972-89.  He will continue as a civilian public affairs officer for the Canadian Forces Reserve.  A News
  • 05/29/09 - The latest BBM S2 2009 12+ ratings for Kelowna rank A/C CILK-FM 101.5 in first place with a 15.7 share, Hot A/C CHSU-FM 99.9 is second with 13.8 and Classic Rock newcomer CKKO-FM 96.3 is third with 12.0.  In Kamloops, Classic/Mainstream Rock CIFM-FM 98.3 is first with 20.5, News/Talk CHNL AM 610 is second with 19.2 and Country CJKC-FM 103.1 is third with 16.5.
  • 05/09/09 - Ken Allan joonyer, who has entertained Vancouver radio listeners for the past nine years, is moving back to his hometown.   Effective May 25, he takes over as afternoon drive host at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna.
  • 05/07/09 - Former Okanagan and Vancouver broadcaster Al Jordan died today in Vancouver at age 80.  He was production director and host of Theme for Teens on CJOR Vancouver, worked on air at CKOK Penticton and read news during a.m. drive on CKWX in the early to mid 1950s.  He also helped launch CHBC-TV Kelowna from 1957-59 before returning to Vancouver as a CFUN Good Guy in the early 1960s. 
  • 04/29/09 - Canadian sports broadcasting legend and CBC Television veteran Ted Reynolds died early Tuesday morning at age 83.  His career, which began at CFJC radio in Kamloops, spanned more than 50 years, 35 of them with CBC Television, and included play-by-play and Olympic Games.  He was also a freelance broadcaster, retiring two years ago at age 81.  CBC news
  • 04/24/09 - The CRTC has approved an application by Merritt Broadcasting Ltd. to flip CJNL AM 1230 Merritt to the FM band.  It will operate at 101.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 200 watts with an AC format.  The Commission also has approved an application by N L Broadcasting Ltd. to re-broadcast the programming of CHNL AM 610 Kamloops on 1230 kHz in Merritt with 1000 watts day/night, with the same technical parameters as the current CJNL.  CRTC decision
  • 04/15/09 - BC Children's Hospital Foundation has announced that it has formed a partnership with The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.  Under the partnership, Pattison's 19 radio stations in BC will support the foundation in its efforts to promote the $200-million Campaign for BC Children around the province.  The Foundation also has a partnership with Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, which has been providing news coverage and airing campaign public service announcements.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 04/08/09 - The federal government is considering a $150-million local programming fund tied to news and current affairs programming to help smaller market TV stations in Canada.  Members of Parliament have grown concerned in recent weeks that the CRTC is not moving fast enough to address the prospect that some small stations could be shut down.  CBC eligiblity is still unclear.  CanWest Global Communications has indicated it may close its five-city network E!, which includes CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna, if a buyer can't be found.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  CBC News
  • 03/28/09 - CanWest Global Communications has put the potential closing of some of its smaller-market television stations on hold until the end of summer and says it has received interest from potential buyers for some stations that operate under the E! brand.  E! stations include CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna and stations in Hamilton, Montreal, and Red Deer AB.  Grant Robertson and Andrew Willis, Globe and Mail
  • 02/26/09 - The CRTC has approved an application by Sun Country Radio Ltd. to acquire the assets of CKKO-FM 96.3 Kelowna from Sun Country Cablevision Ltd.  The acquisition of assets was undertaken solely for the corporate restructuring purposes of separating the radio undertaking from Sun Country Cablevision’s other assets.  CRTC decision
  • 02/18/09 - The CRTC has approved a frequency change for VF2329 Big White Mountain from 103.9 MHz to 93.1 MHz and an increase in the effective height of its antenna from 215 to 600.8 meters above average terrain.  All other technical parameters remain unchanged.  The transmitter rebroadcasts CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna.  The application was the result of the licensing of Vista Broadcasting's new station, CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna.  CRTC decision
  • 02/06/09 - Canwest Global Communications has given itself six to eight weeks to complete a review of its E! network stations in Kelowna, Victoria, Montreal, Hamilton and Red Deer and says it has received interest from potential buyers.  Two major players, Rogers Communications and Astral Media, say they are not looking at the E! network assets.  The stations could be shut down if a buyer can't be found in the next two months.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Castanet
  • 02/05/09 - Canwest Global Communications is considering selling CHEK-TV/6 Victoria and CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna, along with its television stations in Montreal, Hamilton and Red Deer.  The company says that they will not be part the core of its operations in the future.  Canadian Press/CBC  Canwest release
  • 01/22/09 - CTV Television Network and Canwest Global Communications Corp. are hinting at the possibility of closing down some of their TV stations in smaller markets.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 12/23/08 - Astral Media Radio has applied to the CRTC to change the frequency of its Silk CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna transmitter VF2329 at Big White Mountain from 103.9 to 93.1 MHz and increasing HAAT from 215 metres to 600.8 meters.  The change is necessitated by the recent approval of the Vista Radio application for a new FM station in Kelowna at 103.9 MHz.  CRTC info   
  • 11/21/08 - The CRTC has once again denied an application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton from Great Valleys Radio Ltd.  After the previous application was denied last February, the company proposed to reduce the average ERP of CIGV-FM from 6,300 watts to 3,100 watts to eliminate the overlap between the 3mV/m contours with  Pattison’s stations in Kelowna.   The Commission stated that the substantial decrease to the contour would not constitute an effective use of the frequency.  CRTC decision
  • 11/18/08 - Former Vancouver radio newsman Jack Bennest was re-elected Saturday in the growing Town of Oliver, topping the poll and getting more votes and a higher rating than anyone in the councillors position in recent memory.  Bennest was first elected in 1988 and has served three terms.  He is now retired from full time employment, is starting a consulting company and operates the BC Radio History website.  In addition, Okanagan broadcaster Patrick Nichol was re-elected to Vernon City Council.
  • 11/13/08 - Sun Country Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CKKO-FM 96.3 Kelowna from Sun Country Cablevision Ltd.   The application is effectively a corporate reorganization.  CRTC info
  • 11/13/08 - Merritt Broadcasting Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to move CJNL AM 1230 Merritt to FM.   It is proposed to operate on 101.1 MHz with an ERP of 200 watts omni-directional with a HAAT of 601.4 metres.  The conversion is tied to an application filed by N L Broadcasting Ltd., licensee of CHNL AM 610 Kamloops, to add an AM transmitter at Merritt to operate at 1230 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts day and night.  CRTC info #1   CRTC info #2
  • 11/12/08 - CanWest Global is cutting five per cent of its nationwide workforce, 560 jobs in all, as it streamlines operations.  Included are over 40 at the company's three TV stations in British Columbia.  23 production, sales and managerial jobs are being cut at CHBC Kelowna, 18 at CHEK Victoria and at least four at Global Vancouver.  Some on-air personnel also have been laid off.  The commercial production departments of CHEK and CHBC are also being shut down.  In addition, the CHBC evening newscast will be anchored from the CHEK studio in Victoria.  Shane Bigham, News1130  Castanet
  • 11/06/08 - K963 Kelowna's Classic Rock CKKO-FM 96.3 officially signed on at 8 a.m. Tuesday (11/04) with an introduction emphasizing the station's local ownership followed by You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.  On-air personalities include Kevin McGowan and Chris Cleaver mornings, Joel Jeffrey middays, Darlene Check p.m. drive and Rob Balsdon evenings.
  • 10/31/08 - The CRTC has approved an application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon and its transmitter CKIZ-FM-1 Enderby from Rogers Broadcasting Limited.   The Commission denied a previous application due to the station's overlap into the Kelowna market.  Pattison has since made a slight modification to the 3mV/m contour. CRTC decision
  • 10/29/08 - After less than a month since official sign-on, The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna has adjusted its morning show.  Now teamed up with co-host Liz McKinney is John Michaels, who replaces “Moose” Trevor Stoyko.
  • 10/24/08 - After 26 years on CBC Radio, broadcaster Neil Gillon signed off for the last time October 10 as the co-host of the morning show Daybreak South.  A special retirement broadcast was held at the Roasted Bean Coffee Shop in Kelowna.  CBC news
  • 10/04/08 - The lack of CBC over-the-air TV signal in Kamloops now spreads to Prince George.  Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail
  • 09/30/08 - The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna is officially signed on September 29 with Liz McKinney and “Moose” Trevor Stoyko mornings, Natalee Taylor middays and Jay Stone in p.m. drive.  The Juice plays a Classic Hits music format that encompasses the best of the 80s, 90s and now.
  • 09/13/08 - Vista Radio Ltd.'s new station CJUI-FM 103.9 has been testing over the past week, asking for interference reports.  They are Identifying as "CJUI, The Juice, playing whatever".
  • 09/02/08 - Astral Media Radio Sales has announced that it is representing the two Pattison-owned radio stations in Kelowna effective September 1.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/21/08 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has once again applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton.  The Commission  denied a previous application in February, on the grounds that acquisition of CIGV-FM would contravene its Common Ownership Policy.  This time, to eliminate the need for an exception to the Policy in the Kelowna market, Pattison has requested a decrease in the average effective radiated power from 6,300 watts (maximum effective radiated power of 14,000 watts) to an average effective radiated power of 3,100 watts.  The application will be considered at a public hearing commencing October 20 in Cambridge, ON.  CRTC info
  • 08/07/08 - The CRTC has approved application by Vista Radio Ltd. for the use of 103.9 MHz with an average ERP of 5,200 watts (maximum power 10,000 watts).  Vista previously applied to use 96.1 MHz but was denied by the Commission.  CRTC decision  
  • 07/17/08 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon and its 10-watt transmitter CKIZ-FM-1 93.9 Enderby from Rogers Broadcasting Limited.  The Commission will consider the application at a public hearing beginning September 24 in Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC info
  • 06/01/08 - K963 - Kelowna's Classic Rock CKKO-FM 96.3 has begun testing and has launched its new website, which states it will be on air this Fall.  
  • 05/27/08 - Kelowna's new CKKO-FM 96.3 has released its logo and announced it will identify as K963 - Kelowna's Classic Rock.  The station is expected on air this Fall.  Logo
  • 05/27/08 - Kent Molgat has been named Okanagan Bureau Chief for CTV British Columbia CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver.  He was the longest serving reporter at CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna with 20 years of service.   Prior to CHBC, he was on air at CJIB Vernon.
  • 05/21/08 - Sun Country Cablevision, licensee of the new CKKO-FM 96.3 Kelowna has announced the appointment of Dallas Gray as GM and general sales manager, and Garry Barker as PD and promotions manager.   Gray previously was GSM of the Standard Radio group (now Astral) in Kelowna and Barker is president of the Atlantic Median Institute in Halifax.  They have a combined total of over 60 years of broadcast experience.  CKKO is expected on air this fall.
  • 05/16/08 - Vista Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC for use of 103.9 MHz with a maximum ERP of 10,000 watts for the operation of its recently approved station in Kelowna.  Vista previously applied to use 96.1 MHz but was denied by the Commission.  CRTC info
  • 05/13/08 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters concluded its annual conference at Harrison Hot Springs with the announcement of its annual $3 million radio and TV public service media donation and broadcast awards.  Dick Drew, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/10/08 - Veteran CBC Vancouver TV reporter and journalistic editor Dave Roegele died May 8 at age 84.  His media career began at CKOK Penticton in 1948.  He also worked at CHEK-TV Victoria, KTVW-TV Tacoma and KVOS-TV Bellingham.  He began at CBC-TV in 1966 and retired in 1984.  Memorial Services will be held Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre in Surrey.  CBC obituary and photo
  • 05/06/08 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters annual conference starts this Wednesday at Harrison Hot Springs with 125 expected to attend.   Dick Drew, Broadcaster Magazine
  • 03/26/08 - 42-year Kamloops radio/TV news veteran Doug Collins has been named as one of seven 2008 RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  CBC News
  • 03/16/08 - Calgary-based lawyer Margot Micallef, CEO of Vista Radio Ltd., bought her first station on Vancouver Island in 2004, but now owns 22 in Western Canada and has landed a new licence in Kelowna.  Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail
  • 03/14/08 - The CRTC has approved two new stations to serve Kelowna.  Getting the nod are Sun Country Cablevision Ltd. for a Classic Rock station at 96.3 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 7,100 watts and Vista Radio Ltd. for a Classic Hits station.   Vista's application for 96.1 MHz was technically exclusive so the Commission has given the company 90 days to come up with an alternate frequency acceptable to both it and Industry Canada.  Nine other applications were turned down.  CRTC decision
  • 02/25/08 - The CRTC has denied application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon and CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton.  CRTC decision   Rachael Kimola, Castanet
  • 01/15/08 - Broadcaster Terry David Mulligan, who has hosted numerous radio and TV programs in the Vancouver market and is now living in Penticton, is suing CTV for wrongful dismissal.  Mulligan claims that he was fired without cause, given inadequate notice and discriminated against on the basis of age.  Keith Fraser, Vancouver Province
  • 01/10/08 - CHOR AM 1450 Summerland has morphed from oldies to a news/talk/sports format with music in the mornings.
  • 11/19/07 - CKOV AM 630 shut down at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17 following its authorized three month simulcast with B-103 CKOV-FM 103.1, which officially signed on at noon August 17.  It was the Okanagan's longest running AM station.  Castanet
  • 10/19/07 - One of the applicants for a new FM station in Kelowna, Vista Radio, has changed its originally proposed Country music format to Classic Hits in light of a recent music format change in the market.  A public hearing into the applications will begin October 30 at the Best Western Inn in Kelowna.   CRTC notice
  • 10/17/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Astral Media to operate rebroadcast transmitters of CKXR-FM 91.5 Salmon Arm in Enderby at 104.3 MHz with an ERP of 210 watts and Sicamous at 102.1 MHz with an ERP of 200 watts.  The Commission accepted the licensee’s claim that listeners in several communities within the station’s original AM coverage area were unable to receive a good quality signal of the FM station.  CRTC decision
  • 09/28/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Astral Media to acquire the assets of the radio and television programming undertakings across Canada owned by Standard Radio Inc., which includes two television stations in British Columbia, numerous radio stations in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C., and three radio networks.   The transaction is valued at $1,082,369,866 and is expected to close October 29.  The Commission finds that the number of radio and TV stations that the applicant would own in each of the concerned markets is within established limits.  The deal involves ten stations in the Okanagan.  CRTC decision   Astral Media release
  • 09/21/07 - Veteran broadcaster Don Weglo signs off after 33 years on air in Vernon.  Roger Knox, Morning Star
  • 09/20/07 - The CRTC will examine the application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton from Great Valleys Radio Ltd. at its public hearing on October 30 in Kelowna.  CRTC info
  • 09/07/07 - The Okanagan's Very Own CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna will unveil its new programming lineup during the 5 p.m. newscast today, as it rebrands to E! and and adds a new 6:30 p.m. local newscast.  
  • 09/03/07 - The face of radio and TV is changing in the Okanagan.  Later this month CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna will relaunch as part of Canwest Global's new E! network and add a local 6:30 newscast with Klaudia Celgarz.  Jason Luciw, Capital News
  • 08/31/07 - The CRTC will hold a public hearing beginning October 30 at the Best Western Inn in Kelowna to consider numerous applications, including eleven for a new FM station to serve Kelowna.  Also to be heard is an application by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire the assets of CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon and its transmitter CKIZ-FM-1 Enderby from Rogers Broadcasting Limited.  CRTC info
  • 08/29/07 - Oldies CKFR AM 1150 Kelowna flipped to News/Talk/Sports at 10 a.m. today, filling the gap left by the move of CKOV-FM 103.1 from news/talk to country on August 17, as it signed onto the FM band.  The station will run a local news/magazine morning show hosted by Phil Johnson and Whitney Deane, followed by mostly syndicated programming originating at CKNW AM 980 Vancouver.
  • 08/28/07 - The CRTC grilled Astral Media Inc. yesterday over the stated $1.08 billion purchase price for Standard Broadcasting Ltd., indicating the transaction is worth more.  The deal, when approved, will turn Astral into Canada's biggest radio company, with 81 stations, including 60 FM stations.  There are two stations in Vancouver and several more in the B.C. interior.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 08/25/07 - News/talk/sports will replace oldies on CKFR AM 1150 Kelowna on or before September 1.  Wayne Moore, Castanet
  • 08/23/07 - News director Jim Harrison of CHNL AM 610 Kamloops has been named the 2007 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Jack Webster Foundation.  In addition to news reporting, he has researched, written and broadcast 8000 editorial comments nearly every day since 1975.  Vancouver Sun
  • 08/17/07 - B-103 CKOV-FM 103.1 Kelowna officially signed on at noon today with its new country format.  PD Bob Mills says, "CKOV has lost money for years and I'm talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, so a change had to happen."  The station is authorized to simulcast on its old AM 630 frequency for a period of three months.  It is retaining the official CKOV call letters as a tribute to the Browne family, who launched the original station.  CKOV talk show host John Michaels will be joined by Heather Adams, formerly of SILK FM, to host mornings. Kelly Hayes, Castanet
  • 08/09/07 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced it has agreed to purchase Giant FM CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton from Great Valleys Radio Ltd.  Value of the sale has not yet been released and is subject to CRTC approval.  Wayne Moore, Castanet
  • 08/08/07 - Over the weekend Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna shifted to a more current-based mainstream rock format, branding as Kelowna's Best Rock as sister station CKOV AM 630 gets set to move to 103.1 FM.  Wayne Moore, Castanet   Meanwhile CKOV has been testing on its new FM assignment for the past couple of weeks with a new country music format and branding of B-103 Kelowna's Best Country.  Recent reports indicate that Oldies CKFR AM 1150 will pick up much of the talk programming currently running on CKOV.
  • 07/31/07 - The CRTC's annual report on the state of the Canadian broadcast industry finds that more are accessing the Internet, with slight drop-offs in radio and TV consumption.  CP/Globe and Mail  Meanwhile B.C. residents listen to radio almost two hours less per week than the Canadian average.  Vancouver Sun
  • 07/12/07 - Ian Greenberg, CEO of Montreal-based Astral Media, says the deal to acquire Standard Radio Inc. hasn't put a damper on other potential transactions.  The company announced in mid April that it was purchasing 52 AM and FM stations that make up the Toronto-based Standard Radio group.   The group includes two Vancouver radio stations and several more in the interior.   David Friend, The Star/Canadian Press
  • 07/09/07 - Standard Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC to add re-broadcast transmitters of CKXR-FM 91.5 Salmon Arm at Enderby and Sicamous.  The Enderby transmitter would operate on 104.3 MHz with an ERP of 210 watts and Sicamous would operate on 102.1 MHz with an ERP of 200 watts.  The Commission previously authorized an extension of time to shut down the old CKXR AM 580 transmitter to February 27, 2008 because the new FM signal was not suitably reaching these communities.  CRTC notice
  • 06/21/07 - The CRTC has received application by Astral Media Radio Inc. to acquire the assets of 52 radio and 2 television stations across Canada from Standard Broadcasting Inc. for $1.043 billion.  The stations include two radio stations in Vancouver, along with 19 more radio and two TV stations in the B.C. Interior, including 11 radio stations in the Okanagan.  CRTC info
  • 05/17/07 - The CRTC has ruled that Canada's conventional television networks cannot charge monthly fees to cable and satellite companies for carrying their signals.  The regulator also said it is removing restrictions on advertising time limits and has ruled that August 30, 2011 is the date that television channels will only be broadcast in digital.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  CRTC notice
  • 05/12/07 - After over 30 years as anchor of one of North America's most watched local newscasts on Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, Tony Parsons will scale back to two days a week starting in September.  Weekend News Hour anchor Chris Gailus will take over the extra days.  Parsons plans full retirement in Kelowna after the 2010 Olympic Games.  Dana Gee, The Province
  • 05/11//07 - In a speech yesterday in Penticton, CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein suggested the Commission will entertain “a lighter approach to regulation” as long as support for Canadian programming is upheld.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 05/10/07 - The CRTC has approved application by Chase and District Community Radio Society to acquire the assets of developmental community FM radio station CFCH-FM 103.5 Chase.  CRTC decision
  • 05/09/07 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced that it is purchasing KISS CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon from Rogers Broadcasting.  The station began operations in 1947 as CJIB AM 940 and was acquired from Toronto-based Rogers in 1989.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/02/07 - The CRTC has authorized Standard Radio Inc. to extend simulcasting the programming of CKXR-FM 91.5 Salmon Arm on its old AM frequency of 580 kHz until February 27, 2008 in order to add repeaters to Enderby and Sicamous.  CRTC decision
  • 04/23/07 - The CRTC has approved application by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to move CKOV AM 630 Kelowna to the FM band.  The new station will offer a Soft Vocals music format and will continue with news and information programming, including Open Line with John Michaels.  It will operate at 103.1 MHz with an average ERP of 11,000 watts.  CRTC release
  • 04/12/07 - Montreal-based Astral Media Inc. has clinched a deal to purchase 52 AM and FM stations that make up the Toronto-based Standard Radio Inc. group, creating a radio empire with 81 stations.  It is worth $1.08-billion and creates Canada's largest network of commercial stations, including two in Vancouver and several in the B.C. interior.  A letter of intent was signed in February.  The deal is expected to close early next year and is subject to CRTC approval.  Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail  Reuters/Financial Post  Broadcaster Magazine station list
  • 03/12/07 - The CRTC has announced that it has received an application for a new commercial station to serve Kelowna and has put out a call for further applications.  CRTC Public Notice
  • 02/23/07 - Astral Media Inc. has confirmed that it has signed a letter of intent to buy Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd., which will make Astral Canada’s biggest radio broadcaster with 81 stations.  The purchase price has not been released, but is expected to be about $1.15 billion.  Peter Koven and Barbara Shecter, Financial Post  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail
  • 02/23/07 - A deal could be in place as early as next week over the sale of Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. to Astral Media Inc.   Standard owns 51 radio stations across Canada, including two in Vancouver and several in the B.C. interior.  Barbara Shecter, Financial Post
  • 02/13/07 - Okanagan stations raise over $337 thousand for hospital foundations in the Okanagan valley, Salmon Arm and Kootenays.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 12/20/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Standard Radio Inc. to acquire the assets of CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna and its transmitters CILC-FM Magna Bay and VF2329 Big White Mountain from Silk FM Broadcasting Ltd.  The value of the transaction, based on the purchase and sales agreement, is $9,250,000.  CRTC decision
  • 12/16/06 - The CRTC holds the line on content regulations for Canadian radio stations, but ups the fees for development of artists, while easing the burden on smaller stations.  The amount of domestic content played on jazz, blues and concert music stations will increase.  Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail  Barbara Shecter, Financial Post
  • 12/14/06 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has applied to the CRTC to convert CKOV AM 630 Kelowna to the FM band.  The new station would operate at 103.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 11,000 watts (35,000 watts peak), with a Soft Vocals music format complemented by a continuation of CKOV’s traditional style of news and information programming.  CRTC info
  • 11/24/06 - CanWest Global Communications is proposing that the major Canadian networks charge 50 cents a month per cable and satellite TV viewer for stations which can normally be received over the air.  Grant Robertson, Globe & Mail
  • 10/31/06 - Kent Molgat and Blaine Gaffney of CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna have won Best News Reporting of the Year at the 2006 Jack Webster Awards held last night at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Broadcaster Magazine  Award Winners
  • 10/27/06 - The CRTC has approved application by The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society to change the authorized contours of CFBX-FM 92.5 Kamloops by increasing ERP from 4.9 to 420 watts and decreasing antenna height and relocating the transmitter.  The power increase changes the station's status from a low power unprotected service to a regular Class A service.  CRTC decision
  • 09/31/06 - Standard Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC to acquire the assets of CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna and its transmitters CILC-FM Magna Bay and VF2329 Big White Mountain from Silk FM Broadcasting Ltd.  The value of the transaction, based on the purchase and sales agreement, is $9,250,000. CRTC application
  • 09/23/06 - The Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club has announced that Standard Radio's Okanagan Sun FM cluster p.m. drive and play-by-play announcer Ryan Watters has been hired as the new Assistant to the Director of Marketing and Game Operations.  Rockets press release
  • 08/11/06 - Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops officially signed on at 1:03 p.m. today.  After opening ceremonies, Kamloops Mayor Terry Lake pushed the button to launch the first song, "Play Something Country" by Brooks and Dunn, followed by "She's Gone Country" by Alan Jackson and Shania Twain's "Rock This Country".  Music continued with 1031 country hits in a row over the weekend.  Regular programming begins Monday morning with host Howie Reimer.
  • 07/26/06 - Further broadcast consolidation could occur as Standard Broadcasting Corp. Ltd. is approached.  Standard owns 51 radio stations in Canada, including two in Vancouver and several more in the B.C. interior.  Grant Robertson/Sinclair Stewart, The Globe and Mail
  • 07/21/06 - Statistics Canada has announced that last year's CBC lockout has caused the public broadcaster's total audience to drop from 11% to 8.8%, moving it from third to fifth place in overall format ranking.  Adult contemporary remains the first choice for Canadians.  Suzanne Ma, Globe & Mail  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 07/02/06 - Final regulatory approvals have been received and a sign-on date is now set for Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops. The first broadcast will commence at 1:03 p.m. Friday, August 11, with 1031 country hits in a row over the weekend.  Then, at 6 a.m. Monday, August 14, Howie Reimer hosts a.m. drive with Brett Mineer providing news.  Kelly Moore hosts midday with Brad Russell afternoons and Louis McIvor weekends.
  • 06/07/06 - CKXR-FM 91.5 Salmon Arm officially signed on its new FM transmitter Monday morning (06/05).  It will simulcast programming on its AM 580 position for about three months.
  • 05/19/06 - The test period for Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops will come to an end at noon on Tuesday, May 23, with Industry Canada inspectors advising that no interference was encountered by other radio frequency users.  Kelly Moore from Winnipeg will be PD and two announcers will move from sister station Radio NL CHNL AM 610, Howie Reimer as opening day morning person and Brad Scott afternoons.  The station is expected to be on-air in early summer.
  • 05/05/06 - Commercial FM radio has exceeded the $1-billion revenue mark in Canada, at a time when the industry is seeking restrictions and changes to ownership rules.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail
  • 05/03/06 - Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops began testing today.  Tests will continue for a three-week period, with the station scheduled to go on air in August.  Meanwhile, one studio and a news facility remain to be completed, and air personalities are being recruited.
  • 05/03/06 - Nick Frost, President of Silk FM CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna, has announced sale of the station to Standard Radio Inc.  The sale is subject to CRTC approval and does not include Frost's other company Castanet.net.   Silk and Standard press releases
  • 04/19/06 - CKXR-FM Salmon Arm is on air testing its new 91.5 transmitter.  The station will be moving from AM 580.
  • 04/10/06 - A breakdown of ratings for Kelowna S1 2006 and other Canadian radio markets is available at Canadian Broadcast Sales.
  • 04/05/06 - The CRTC has denied application by the Kelowna Christian Center Society for a new commercial specialty FM station in the city.   CRTC decision
  • 03/10/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Destination Osoyoos Development Society to operate a low-power tourist FM radio station in Osoyoos.  The proposed station would operate at 106.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 16.5 watts.  CRTC info
  • 03/05/06 - Kelly Moore, former play by play voice of the Kamloops Blazers, has been appointed Program Director of the new Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops.  Local Advertising Sales Manager will be Brett McIlwain, who has been associated with the Radio NL group for 10 years.  Country 103 will launch this summer.
  • 02/06/06 - The CRTC has approved application by Standard Radio Inc. to change the frequency of recently approved CKXR-FM Salmon Arm from 99.7 MHz to 91.5 MHz to avoid interference problems with CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna.  CRTC decision
  • 02/01/06 - The CRTC has approved application by CFJC-TV/4 Kamloops and its transmitters to delete its affiliation with the CBC national, English-language television network.  CRTC decision   
  • 01/16/06 - Industry Canada has approved CJKC-FM as the call letters for Kamloops' new Country 103.  The station will operate at 103.1 MHz with an ERP of 5000 watts.
  • 12/19/05 - Studio broadcast equipment has arrived and awaits installation at Kamloops' new Country 103.  Transmitting equipment will be ordered early in the new year after a site lease has been finalized to locate the facility on Mount Dufferin and application has been made to Industry Canada for call letters.  Estimated sign on is now summer 2006.
  • 12/05/05 - The BBM Fall 2005 12+ ratings for Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon have been released.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 11/25/05 - Standard Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC to amend the licence of its new CKXR-FM Salmon Arm by changing the frequency from 99.7 MHz to 91.5 MHz.  CRTC info
  • 11/15/05 - The CRTC has received application from Kelowna Christian Center Society for a licence to operate a new Christian music station in Kelowna.  The new station would operate on 91.1 MHz with an ERP of 47.8 watts.  The application will be heard at a public hearing commencing on January 16, 2006 in Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC info
  • 11/07/05 - Canada's commercial radio stations are fighting a multimillion-dollar decision by the federal copyright regulator to increase the amount broadcasters must pay musicians for the right to play their songs.  Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail
  • 11/01/05 - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has applied to the CRTC to drop the affiliation of CFJC-TV/4 Kamloops with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  CRTC notice
  • 10/24/05 - CBC Radio 3 personality Alexis Mazurin died Thursday evening (October 20) in Vancouver at the age of 27.  He had been attending the annual Burning Man art festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert in early September when he suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep.  The Penticton born Mazurin was rushed to hospital in Reno where he fell into a coma, then was transferred to Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital in mid-September.  CBC News
  • 10/21/05 - B.C. journalists were honored at the 19th annual Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver last night.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/10/05 - Canadian broadcasters have asked the CRTC to postpone its review of conventional radio in the wake of new technologies.  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail
  • 10/06/05 - President Robbie Dunn reports that permits for construction of Kamloops' new Country FM 103.1 have been applied for; studio and transmitter equipment orders should be finalized by October 21 with delivery and installation in the next 6 months; and a full country music library with hits from the 60's to the present has been ordered from a service in Texas.  The station should ready by late spring or early summer of '06.
  • 10/05/05 - The CBC is expected to be in full operation by October 11, with some members returning to get Hockey Night in Canada on the air by this Saturday.  Terry Weber, Globe and Mail
  • 10/03/05 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Media Guild have reached a tentative agreement.  Over 5,000 CMG employees have been locked out since August 15th.  Globe and Mail
  • 09/30/05 - The 3rd Annual B100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops Variety Children's Radiothon raised a record $67,469 for Variety - The Children's Charity of BC.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 09/23/05 - The CKOV AM 630 Variety Children’s Radiothon raised a record $50,821 for Variety - The Children’s Charity of BC.  On September 20 and 21, CKOV became the newest radio station to host a Variety Children’s Radiothon in BC, joining B100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops and The Wolf CJCI-FM 97.3 Prince George.
  • 09/10/05 - Regarding Kamloops' new Country FM approved by the CRTC on July 21, NL Broadcasting Ltd. President Robbie Dunn reports, "Since receiving approval from the CRTC for the licence, we have been busy with our planning and have now identified the equipment we need and commissioned a firm to design the interior space. Renovations to our building should commence later this year to accommodate new studios and offices. Next up is creating an identity for the new station and finalizing the programming and marketing plans. We hope to be on air in early summer of 2006."
  • 09/09/05 - Cabinet has upheld a CRTC decision to issue two satellite radio licences after the applicants agreed to increase Canadian content and French-language service.  CP/Globe and Mail
  • 09/07/05 - Variety - The Children’s Charity has announced another radiothon.  The CKOV 63 Variety Children’s Radiothon will air live from the CKOV AM 630 studios in Kelowna from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 20/21.  The following week on September 27/28, B100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops will host the 3rd Annual B100 Variety Children’s Radiothon.  Since 1965, Variety - The Children’s Charity has raised more than $120 million for BC’s children with special needs.
  • 09/07/05 - A seven-person ad hoc cabinet committee has decided to do nothing about an appeal against the CRTC ruling to approve satellite radio in Canada.  But there are still other options prior to the September 14 cut-off date.  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail  
  • 08/29/05 - A study commissioned last month by Sirius Canada revealed 76% of Canadians support the CRTC's decision to approve satellite radio in Canada.  CNW Group
  • 08/27/05 - The fate of new satellite radio services in Canada is still up in the air.  Sylvain Larocque, Canadian Press  Elizabeth Thompson, Montreal Gazette  Richard Blackwell & Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail
  • 08/17/05 - More than 90% of independent Canadian artists support licensing of satellite radio in a survey which comes as the Federal Cabinet is considering appeals from various special interest groups.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 08/17/05 - Three days into the CBC lockout, consumers are getting reruns, BBC World News and wire story newscasts.  Gayle MacDonald and Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
  • 08/12/05 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has given lockout notice to 5500 Canadian Media Guild employees, which could go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday.  Labour action could have a significant impact on program schedules, particularly radio and online coverage.   Broadcaster Magazine  CBC release 
  • 08/03/05 - The CRTC has denied application by Standard Radio to convert CHOR AM 1450 Summerland to the FM band.  The Commission ruled that approval of the application would result in Standard operating three stations with effective coverage in the Penticton market.   CRTC decision
  • 07/22/05 - Kamloops' new FM is expected to be on air by the middle of next year.  Broadcaster Magazine  Kamloops Country Radio
  • 07/21/05 - The CRTC has approved application by NL Broadcasting Ltd. to operate a country music station in Kamloops at 103.1 MHz with an ERP of 5000 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 07/13/05 - CHUM and Canadian Satellite Radio trade remarks in press releases following notification of an appeal by CHUM/Astral Media to set aside the recent CRTC satellite radio licensing decision.  Broadcaster Magazine  Appeal Notice  CSR Response
  • 07/12/05 - CHUM and Astral Media are filing an appeal to set aside the recent CRTC decision to license satellite broadcasters Canadian Satellite Radio (XM) and Sirius Canada.  CP/Globe and Mail
  • 07/09/05 - Canadians are listening to radio less than a decade ago, with British Columbia the lowest in the country.  CP/Globe and Mail
  • 06/27/05 - A coalition of arts, labour and lobby groups is asking the federal cabinet to overturn a CRTC decision allowing satellite broadcast operators to bring pay-radio to Canada.  CP/Globe and Mail  The other point of view. The Province
  • 06/18/05 - With the recent approval of satellite radio in Canada, broadcasters are expected to lobby the CRTC for looser Canadian content rules.  Steven Chase, Globe and Mail  Meanwhile, there will be at least one appeal against the Commission's ruling.  Canadian Press
  • 06/16/05 - The two satellite applicants for subscription radio in Canada are upbeat, but CHUM Ltd., which pitched a land-based system is "surprised, a little stunned, and certainly disappointed".  Globe and Mail
  • 06/16/05 - The three successful applicants for subscription radio in Canada have responded to the decision announced at 1 p.m. PT today.   From CNW Group: XM Satellite Radio  Sirius Canada   CHUM/Astral Media
  • 06/16/05 - The CRTC has approved all three subscription radio applications, two of which are to be satellite delivered - but with Canadian content restrictions. XM decision   Sirius decision  CHUM decision   Globe and Mail
  • 06/10/05 - CRTC chairman Charles Dalfen has announced that the commission will rule on subscription radio in Canada next Thursday. Two applications are for satellite delivery partnered by XM and Sirius in the U.S. The third is from CHUM Ltd. and Astral Media for a terrestrial delivered system.  Globe and Mail  CNW Group   Globe and Mail update
  • 05/12/05 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna has announced that Susan Knight from Victoria will join Dan Freeman mornings at the station at the end of June.   Broadcast Dialogue
  • 05/11/05 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna has announced that Tarzan Dan Freeman will take over mornings.  Well known in Canadian radio, he moves from CHUM Toronto beginning at the end of June. 
  • 05/11/05 - Full service CHNL AM 610 holds a commanding lead in Kamloops and A/C CILK-FM 101.5 holds onto first place in Kelowna in the BBM Spring 2005 12+ ratings.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 05/06/05 - A campaign is underway to reform Canadian radio content regulations (CANCON) to bolster play of lesser known artists.  A group of indie musicians is asking the CRTC to create an incentive-based system to measure Canadian radio content.  Current regulations require stations to play 35% Canadian music.  Globe and Mail  Let's Fix CANCON
  • 04/27/05 - Veteran weatherman Mike Roberts of CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna is one of seven to be honoured with the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award.  His career began in 1969 at CKAY Radio in Duncan.  Broadcaster Magazine  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 03/23/05 - Long time CKOV AM 630 Kelowna news director Matt Cherrille has been unexpectedly released from the station.  Kelowna Capital News
  • 03/02/05 - The CRTC had denied application by Newlife Communications Inc. for a low-power commercial FM Christian music station in Kelowna.  CRTC decision  
  • 02/28/05 - The CRTC has approved application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to add transmitters in Kelowna, Braeloch, Penticton, Vernon, Oliver, Salmon Arm, Enderby and Celista to broadcast the programs of CBUT/2 Vancouver.  CRTC decision
  • 02/28/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Global Communications Limited to delete its CBC English language television network affiliation from CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna.  CRTC decision
  • 02/28/05 - The CRTC has denied application by Silk FM Broadcasting Ltd. to add transmitters in Penticton and Vernon to rebroadcast CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna.  CRTC decision
  • 02/25/05 - The CRTC has approved application by Standard Radio Inc. to move CKXR AM 580 Salmon Arm to the FM band.  The station will continue with its adult contemporary music format and operate at 99.7 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 400 watts.  CRTC release   Additionally, the Commission has approved application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited to add a 10 watt transmitter at Enderby at 93.9 MHz to broadcast the programming of CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon.  CRTC release
  • 02/17/05 - The CRTC has announced that the application by Newcap Inc. for a new FM station in Kamloops has been withdrawn.  The other applications will be heard at the Commission's hearing in Vancouver starting February 28.  CRTC release
  • 01/11/05 - Standard Radio is one of four applicants for a new FM station in Kamloops.  A preview of its proposed country format is available at the Kamloops Country website.
  • 12/22/04 - There are three applications in front of the CRTC for country stations in Kamloops, along with one for a broad range of music, all on varying FM frequencies.  The applications will be heard in Vancouver starting February 28, 2005.  CRTC release
  • 12/15/04 - The Fall 2004 BBM 12+ ratings have been released for Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon.   Full details from Puget Sound Radio
  • 11/03/04 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has applied to the CRTC to add TV transmitters at Kelowna, Myra, Penticton, Vernon, Oliver, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Celista and Canoe to broadcast the programming of CBUT/2 Vancouver.  CRTC application
  • 11/03/04 - Global Communications Limited has applied to the CRTC  to amend the licence of CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna by disaffiliating from the CBC.  CRTC application
  • 11/03/04 - Rogers Broadcasting Limited has applied to the CRTC to add a transmitter at Enderby to broadcast the programming of KISS FM CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon.  Enderby residents are no longer able to receive the station after it's conversion to FM.  The new transmitter would operate on  93.9 MHz with an ERP of 10 watts at 122.1 metres.  CRTC application            
  • 10/29/04 - The news team of CKOV AM 630 Kelowna has been awarded the Jack Webster Foundation 2004 Best News Reporting - Radio award for the Kelowna Firestorm.  2004 award winners
  • 10/14/04 - One of 53 nominees worldwide, B100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops is the recipient of the Variety International Radio Media Award.  Broadcast Dialogue   Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/13/04 - Sandy Heimlich-Hall, the assistant news director/assignment editor at the Jim Pattison broadcast group in Kamloops raised $3,500 this weekend running the Royal Victoria half-marathon, dedicated to her colleague, ENG cameraman Clayton Smailes.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/07/04 - A CRTC public hearing is expected to be held by March 2005 for the 5th commercial station in the Kamloops area and the first to be licensed since 1983.  NL Broadcasting Ltd. has applied for a new country FM station on 103.1 MHz.  Kamloops Country Radio
  • 10/06/04 - The CRTC has approved application by Chase and District Lions Community Club for a licence to operate a developmental community FM radio station in Chase.  The station will operate at 103.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 4.7 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 10/05/04 - Silk FM Broadcasting Ltd. has applied to the CRTC for rebroadcasters of CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna to operate in Penticton and Vernon -- both at 101.7 MHz.  The Penticton application proposes 2500 watts at 323 metres HAAT.  CRTC details   The Vernon application proposes 840 watts at 563 metres HAAT.  CRTC details
  • 10/04/04 - In its second year of supporting Variety - The Children’s Charity, B-100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops hosted the B100 Variety Children’s Radiothon, raising $34,077.00 for Variety’s projects in the Kamloops area.
  • 09/15/04 - Silk FM CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna ended its summer-long 80's Birthday Party after Labour Day and has moved to an 80's, 90's & Now format.
  • 08/27/04 - Sandy Heimlich-Hall, assistant news director/assignment editor at the Jim Pattison broadcast group in Kamloops will run the Royal Victoria half-marathon on October 10th this year, dedicated to ENG/cameraman Clayton Smailes, who was diagnosed last year with Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Greg O'Brien, Broadcaster Magazine 
  • 08/04/04 - After a one year hiatus, Radio NL CJNL AM 1230 Merritt will be broadcasting all 60 British Columbia Hockey League junior "A" Merritt Centennials games.  Keegan Goodrich will be handling play-by-play, while morning host Brian Wiebe will provide colour commentary on selected games.  The Merritt Centennials are currently the BCHL's longest serving franchise, having been in Merritt for over 30 years.
  • 07/26/04 - Application for a new commercial station in Kamloops has been made by NL Broadcasting Ltd., current owners of CHNL AM 610.  The application is for country music, a format that disappeared from the city last summer, when B-100 CKBZ-FM 100.1 moved to classic hits.   The CRTC has invited further applications, and If approved, will be the first all-new commercial station in Kamloops since 1984.
  • 07/21/04 - The CRTC has received an application for a new commercial radio station to serve Kamloops and has put out a call for further applications prior to September 21, 2004.   CRTC Notice  
  • 06/30/04 - Silk FM CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna has moved from a soft rock format to all 80s.
  • 06/08/04 - The Chase and District Lions Community Club has applied to the CRTC for a licence to operate an English-language FM developmental community radio station in Chase, to operate at 103.5 MHz with a power of 4.7 watts.  The application will be heard at a public hearing beginning August 9 in Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC Info
  • 06/01/04 - The Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA), at its regional meeting in Prince George, has presented awards for the best in electronic journalism in British Columbia in 2003.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 05/26/04 - The Spring '04 BBM 12+ ratings have been released for Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon.  Puget Sound Radio details
  • 05/15/04 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) has announced its 2003 Awards of Excellence, with Sun-FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna picking up Best Creative and Community Services awards.  The awards were presented Friday at the Penticton Lakeside Resort Convention Centre.  Full list of award winners
  • 05/03/04 - Rafe Mair, who left CKNW AM 980 Vancouver last June, and resurfaced at CKBD AM 600 Vancouver in early September, is now heard on a tape delay basis from 2-4 p.m. on CKOV AM 630 Kelowna.  Both CKBD and CKOV are Jim Pattison Group stations.
  • 04/27/04 - Giant FM CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton recently returned with a stereo signal.  The station, which claims to have the greatest coverage of any in the B.C. Interior, was one of several forced to operate on standby power after the Okanagan Mountain fire of last August.
  • 04/23/04 - The CRTC has denied application by Standard Radio Inc. to convert CHOR AM 1450 to the FM band on  grounds that the proposed new station would have a much greater coverage area and impact existing services in Penticton and Kelowna.  CRTC decision
  • 03/30/04 - Lt.-Cmdr. Gerry Pash received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation from the Honourable John McCallum at a ceremony in Vancouver on March 26th.  The award citation recognizes the contribution Lt.-Cmdr. Pash has made in the commemoration of the sacrifice of veterans.  Pash was the Vice President
    and Managing Director of Okanagan Radio Limited in Penticton from 1972 to 1989.
  • 03/28/04 - Well known broadcaster Bob Harrison passed away Saturday in Kelowna at the age of 68.  He had worked at CKYL Peace River, CKNL Fort St. John and locally at SILK-FM CILK-FM 101.5 and CKOV AM 630 Kelowna.  There will be no service by request.
  • 01/06/04 - SILK FM CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna recently returned to full power after running on back-up transmitter facilities since the Okanagan Mountain fire last August.  Several stations were affected by the fire.
  • 12/23/03 - Standard Radio Inc. has applied to the CRTC to convert CHOR AM 1450 Summerland to the FM band.  The new station would operate at 94.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 5,000 watts non-directional at a HAAT of 230 metres with an adult contemporary music format.  CRTC info
  • 12/11/03 - BBM Fall 2003 12+ radio ratings have been released for BC Interior stations.  Puget Sound Radio
  • 12/09/03 - Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 and Power104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna, which had been running on back-up transmitter facilities since August due to the Okanagan Mountain fire, are both back up to full power.
  • 11/21/03 - The CRTC has approved application by development campus radio station CFBX-FM 92.5 Kamloops to continue as a community-based campus FM radio programming undertaking.  The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society station will continue to broadcast with 4.9 watts.  CRTC Decision
  • 11/03/03 - Former VP/Managing Director of Okanagan Radio, Gerry Pash is to receive the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to outstanding citizens for their dedicated service and remarkable achievements on behalf of Veterans.  He is now Lt.-Cmdr. Gerry Pash, Senior Staff Officer Public Affairs for Maritime Forces Pacific.  Veterans Affairs Canada news release
  • 10/22/03 - Bob Hall passed away Tuesday, October 21 at the age of 73.  He started his broadcast career at CJAV Port Alberni in 1949.  He moved to CHWK Chilliwack as assistant news director and on-air announcer in 1951.  In 1952 he became news and sports director of CKOV Kelowna, where he stayed until 1965.  That year, he made successful applications for radio licences in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke.  In 1970, as Four Seasons Radio Ltd. he applied for the second AM licence in Kelowna and obtained approval for CKIQ.  In the mid 1980s Four Seasons Radio purchased CJAT Trail and CKKC Nelson/Creston.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26 at The Gathering Place in Salmon Arm.
  • 10/07/03 - Israel 'Izzy' Asper, founder and chairman of CanWest Global Communications Corp., has died at age 71 in Winnipeg.  Global owns broadcast and print media in Canada and internationally, CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna, Global BC CHAN-TV/8 Vancouver, CH CHEK-TV/6 Victoria, the Vancouver Sun and Province, and other regional newspapers.  canada.com
  • 10/06/03 - The CRTC has approved applications by Jim Pattison Industries for transmitters of Kamloops stations CKBZ-FM on 91.5 MHz and for CIFM-FM on 91.1 to operate in Sun Peaks.  CRTC decision
  • 09/23/03 - Grant Sherwood has died at the age of 63 after suffering from a heart ailment.  He moved from Edmonton to CKOK (now CKOR) Penticton, where he was appointed program director in 1972.  He was the midday host for much of his nearly 30 years with the station and continued work as a photographer in his later years.  Funeral service will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church 1296 Main Street, Penticton at 3.30 p.m. Friday September 26th.
  • 09/20/03 - Bob O'Keefe died September 18th at the age of 47, at Kelowna General Hospital after a short illness.  He spent many years in the radio sales business in San Diego CA, Edson AB and Kelowna, first with SILK-FM and finishing with SUN-FM/The Bullet.   There wil be no funeral service per his wishes.  A celebration of life will be held September 24th from 4:30-9 p.m. at 215 Mills Road.
  • 09/01/03 - CKBZ-FM 100.1 Kamloops has moved from its Young Country format to Classic Hits, billing itself as the All-New B-100
  • 08/29/03 - The Bullet CKBL AM 1150 Kelowna has relaunched as CKFR Kelowna's Fun Radio with a solid gold format.   The morning show continues to be hosted by Bullet breakfast host Dustin Collins.  Sun FM air staff are shared throughout the rest of the day.  Several specialty shows will appear over the next few weeks along with local hockey broadcasts.  Gerry O'Day of 650 CISL Vancouver will host a Sunday Seventies show.
  • 08/25/03 - CKOV AM 630 Kelowna has added a live Internet feed for fire coverage.
  • 08/22/03 - Standard Radio's EZ Rock CKOR AM 800 Penticton and The Bullet  CKBL AM 1150 Kelowna have switched to 24-hour coverage of the fire situation in the BC interior.  For listeners wanting to get updates, who are beyond the range of Okanagan stations, Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna has a live Internet feed.  The Listen Now link is located near the bottom of the station's home page.
  • 08/22/03 - CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton has returned to the air with reduced power.  Also operating at limited power are CHSU-FM 99.9, CILK-FM 101.5 and CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna, which share transmitter facilities south of the city.  At this time, the fire continues to rage in the Okanagan Mountain area and has grown to 13,000 hectares.  Ministry of Forests fire info  CILK-FM Silk-FM updates  CKLZ-FM Power FM updates   Meanwhile outages have occurred at the TV transmitters serving Penticton affecting air signals from channel 10 and 13.  
  • 08/20/03 - The former Vice-President, Managing Director of Okanagan Radio, Gerry Pash recently received a public affairs award from the Assistant Minister of National Defence.   Now, Lt.-Cmdr. Gerry Pash, Senior Staff Officer Public Affairs for Maritime Forces Pacific, he also looks after public affairs for the cadet program in B.C as a secondary duty.  Named BCAB Broadcaster Citizen of the year in 1983 he has been with the Navy Public Affairs Office since 1990.  He is also a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal from Lt.-Gov. Iona Campagnolo who was BC Broadcaster Citizen of the Year in 1973.  Photo
  • 08/19/03 - CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton is reportedly off the air.   The station's transmitter is located on Okanagan Mountain, where a 2,200 hectare forest fire is currently burning.  Ministry of Forests fire info
  • 08/12/03 - A joint venture with U.S.-based XM Satellite Radio is to apply to the CRTC for a licence to launch in Canada.  Sirius also expresses interest.  Toronto Star
  • 08/07/03 - The founder of CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton has passed away.  Ralph Robinson died just three days before he would have celebrated his 77th birthday.
  • 08/01/03 - The CRTC has approved application to increase the power of CILC-FM Magna Bay, a rebroadcaster of CILK-FM Kelowna, to 50 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 07/31/03 - CBC Radio has moved up to third place among radio formats, according to a Statistics Canada report.  Allison Dunfield, The Globe and Mail
  • 07/31/03 - The Kamloops Campus/Community Radio Society has applied to the CRTC for a regular campus radio licence to replace the developmental one granted by the Commission on February 16, 2001.   The station, CFBX-FM would operate on 92.5 MHz with the current technical parameters.  CRTC Info
  • 07/23/03 - Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. has applied to the CRTC to add low-power FM transmitters at Sun Peaks to broadcast the programming of CKBZ-FM and CIFM-FM Kamloops.  CRTC Info
  • 06/29/03 - Bob Leckie, manager of CKWL Williams Lake for many years prior to his retirement in 1982, died Friday (June 27) of cancer at age 77.  He received the B.C. Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Citizen of the Year award in 1978 and had been part owner of Cariboo Broadcasters, which also operated CKCQ Quesnel and CKBX 100 Mile House.
  • 06/23/03 - An update and photos for Radio NL CJNL AM 1230 Merritt as it bucks the trend by extending local radio programming.  Broadcaster Magazine   Broadcast Dialogue
  • 06/19/03 - Radio NL CJNL AM 1230 Merritt is extending local programming starting Monday June 23.  The morning show with Brian Wiebe and newsman Al Clarke will be extended two hours until noon and p.m. host Al Fluskey will be on air from noon to 6.  The midday launch will include BC/Yukon CRTC Commissioner Cindy Grauer, CRTC Vancouver Regional Office Director Marguerite Vogel and Merritt Mayor David Laird.  The station will continue to carry News Magazine from affiliate CHNL Kamloops at 7:30 a.m., noon and 4:30 p.m.
  • 05/18/03 - Several Okanagan broadcasters received British Columbia Association of Broadcasters awards Friday evening (May 16) at its 56th Annual Conference in Kelowna.  Broadcast Dialogue
  • 05/13/03 - Former CFOX-FM Vancouver PD and most recently VP & GM of Torstar Media Group and Star TV in Toronto, Don Shafer has been appointed to the position of VP & GM of Standard Broadcasting - BC Interior Group.  Canada NewsWire
  • 04/10/03 - Broadcaster Bob Kerr died Tuesday night in North Vancouver at the age of 85.  He hosted Off the Record daily for 35 years on CBC Stereo.  CBC Info
  • 04/04/03 - Canadian broadcasters are concerned that the CRTC will increase Canadian content from 35 to 40 percent.  Barbara Shecter, Financial Post
  • 03/21/03 - The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters 56th Annual Conference is scheduled for Kelowna May 14-16.  Details at BCAB website
  • 02/23/03 - CIGV-FM 100.7 "Giant FM" Penticton, the last FM station in the Thompson-Okanagan to do so, has launched a new website.
  • 02/12/03 - The CRTC has denied application by the Kelowna Radio Club for a low-power community FM station in Kelowna.  Five local broadcasters submitted interventions opposing the new station, arguing that the proposed music format would duplicate existing services.  CRTC decision
  • 01/11/03 - CKOV AM 630 Kelowna has pulled veteran morning talk show host Kim Calloway, replacing him with assistant program director Kevin Rothwell.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 01/09/03 - Rogers Radio has once again shuffled official call letters, as noted in the latest Industry Canada database, for KISS-FM 107.5 Kelowna to CKIZ-FM.  The CKIS-FM call has been returned to KISS-FM 96.9 Calgary.
  • 01/08/03 - After less than a year and a half on air, Vancouver-produced suppertime newscast Global National with Kevin Newman is outdrawing CBC's The National and closing in on CTV's nightly newscast.  Michael Lewis, National Post
  • 12/06/02 - CTV has announced that Jim Rusnak has been named vice-president and general manager, CTV British Columbia, effective Jan. 1, 2003.  Broadcaster Magazine
  • 10/23/02 - Bob Mills, former PD at CFOX-FM 99.3 Vancouver, is assuming the role at CKOV AM 630 and CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna.  He replaces 14-year veteran Rob Bye, who moves to Lethbridge as GM of CHLB-FM 95.5 and CHHK-FM 93.3.  Milkman Info
  • 10/15/02 - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters has announced that Jim Pattison will be awarded the 2002 Gold Ribbon for Broadcast Excellence, Canadian private broadcasting's most prestigiuos.  The award will be presented at the CAB's 76th annual convention to be held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, October 20-22.  The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group operates three television and over 20 radio stations in B.C. and Alberta.  CAB Release
  • 10/12/02 - Two new programs begin on CBC Radio One, with the return of Shelagh Rogers to host "Sounds Like Canada", weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon starting Monday and Anna Maria Tremonti's "Currents" from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., premiering Nov. 18.  Michael Posner, The Globe and Mail
  • 10/03/02 - After over 10,000 emails and a myriad of phone calls to the CBC, the corporation has re-signed Hockey Night in Canada host Ron McLean for a four-year $450,000 annual deal.  HNIC has been running for 50 years.  Globe and Mail  CBC Release
  • 09/13/02 - CKOV AM 630 Kelowna will broadcast all 82 Vancouver Canucks hockey games plus the playoffs this season.  Matt Cherrille, Capital News
  • 09/06/02 - The CBC-TV Fiftieth Anniversary VIA Rail Train will be on display at 1150 Station Street in Vancouver from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 7 before journeying accross Canada. The next stop in the tour is the Lorne Street Station in Kamloops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 8.  The train is travelling coast-to-coast displaying fifty years of CBC-TV history, with the final stop in Halifax on Oct. 5.  
  • 09/06/02 - The CRTC salutes the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's television service.   The French-language service debuted on Sept. 6, 1952 in Montreal, with English-language service beginning in Toronto Sept. 8, 1952.  CBUT/2 Vancouver officially signed on Dec. 16, 1953.  CRTC Release
  • 08/14/02 - CBC Television is celebrating its 50th birthday with a month of special programming in September.  The first CBC TV stations signed on in Toronto and Montreal in 1952, with CBUT/2 Vancouver debuting on December 16, 1953.  John McKay, Canadian Press  CBC 50-year info
  • 07/24/02 - CBC-TV journalist Anna Marie Tremonti has been named to host the, as yet untitled, CBC Radio One national weekday 8:30-to-10 ET morning show launching Nov. 18.  Antonia Zerbisias, The Star
  • 07/12/02 - The CRTC will hear application September 17 in Toronto by the Kelowna Radio Club for a low power FM community type B radio station in Kelowna.  Proposed format is hard rock and heavy metal with some Christian rock and special interest music.  CRTC Info
  • 06/25/02 - Soccer fans who can't be in front of a TV set can listen to the FIFA 2002 World Cup Final on CBC Radio One starting at 3:30 a.m. PT Sunday June 30.  CBC News Release  Live TV coverage is on CBC Television and KOMO-TV Seattle.
  • 06/15/02 - As the CBC gets set to overhaul its Radio One programming this fall, Shelagh Rogers has been announced as the host of a new weekday flagship morning show.  Jon Bricker, National Post
  • 06/05/02 - Andy James will become the new morning host & PD at CILK-FM 101.5 "Silk" Kelowna starting June 17th.   He leaves mornings at CKMM-FM 103.1 "Hot 103" Winnipeg.
  • 06/05/02 - Restructuring of CBC Radio One began yesterday with the naming of team leaders to implement the proposed changes.  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 06/05/02 - CBC Television marks its 50th anniversary this coming September with looks both forward and backward.  John McKay, Canadian Press  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 06/02 02 - CBC Radio Two will air a special tribute to Otto Lowy this afternoon to mark the passing of the longtime host of The Transcontinental.  The program will be heard at 1 p.m.
  • 05/28/02 - Long-time CBC radio personality Otto Lowy has died at the age of 81.  He had hosted the Transcontinental from Vancouver for 22 years on Radio Two.  CBC News Release
  • 05/28/02 - The successor to media mogul Ted Rogers, founder of Rogers Communications Inc. will likely not be a family member.  Rogers Radio operates a number of stations in this area.  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 05/26/02 - Spring 2002 BBM 12+ market share for Kelowna shows CHSU-FM 99.9 "Sun-FM" in first place with 18.2, CILK-FM 101.5 "Silk" second with 17.7 and CKLZ-FM 104.7 "Power" third with 17.4.  Full List   Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 05/26/02 - Spring 2002 BBM 12+ market share for Kamloops shows CHNL AM 610 first with 26.6, CIFM-FM 98.3 second with 20.4 and CKRV-FM 97.5 "River" third with 18.2.  Full List  Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 05/11/02 - Broadcast pioneer Fred Weber passed away in West Vancouver May 7th of pneumonia after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was born in 1922 in Alberta.  He had been an engineer, announcer and executive, involved with radio, TV and cable stations in the Okanagan and northwest B.C., including CKOV, CFCR, CKCQ, CFTK, CKTK, CHTK, CJFW-FM and CKOK.  He was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1988.  A memorial service will be held at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Ave., West Vancouver on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.  Canadian Communications Foundation biography
  • 05/07/02 - The CBC is eliminating "This Morning" but will retain the 25-year-old parliamentary show "The House" from its Radio One lineup.   Chris Cobb, National Post
  • 05/07/02 - Vancouver scientist, professor, environmentalist and 30-year broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki has been chosen as this year's recipient of ACTRA's John Drainie Award.  Suzuki hosts CBC's "The Nature of Things" on CBC Television.  The Globe & Mail
  • 04/19/02 - The CRTC has approved the purchase by Standard Radio of 64 radio stations and 2 television stations belonging to Telemedia Radio Inc.  Included in this area are stations in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Osoyoos, Princeton, Salmon Arm and Summerland.   CRTC Details
  • 04/07/02 - Three Canadian TV networks, CBC, CTV and Global, plus CBC Radio will have live coverage of the Queen Mother's funeral, most beginning at 3 a.m. PDT.  John McKay, Canadian Press  (Times in item are EDT)
  • 03/26/02 - The CBC is about to cut two highly rated programs, This Morning and The House, from its Radio One service.   Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen
  • 03/09/02 - An aging CBC Radio audience is a growing cause for concern by the Corporation brass.  Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
  • 03/05/02 - Newsman Glen Morrison celebrates 25 years at CKIS-FM 107.5 "KISS FM" (formerly CJIB AM 940) Vernon on March 11.  Milkman Unlimited
  • 02/26/02 - CBC Television viewers peaked at 10.6 million for the Canada-U.S. Olympic Hockey Final, the largest in Canadian history.  John McKay, Canadian Press  Charlie Gillis, National Post
  • 02/23/02 - Despite increased revenue, Rogers Communications fourth quarter loss is higher than expected.  Rogers owns a number of radio stations in B.C.  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 02/23/02 - Although panned by some, CBC Television is pulling over six million viewers for some Olympic events.  John McKay, National Post
  • 02/18/02 -  Veteran Canadian broadcaster Harvey Kirck has died of a heart attack at his home northeast of Toronto.  He was 73.  Kirck sat at the CTV News anchor desk for 20 years, starting in 1963.  He was joined by Lloyd Robertson in 1976.  Kirck was also heard on radio on the now defunct CKO-FM news network.  Pulse 24
  • 02/13/02 - Israel (Izzy) Asper, executive chairman and founder of CanWest Global Communications Corp. has criticized the CRTC's annual renewal process and is the second person in recent weeks to publicly advocate the shut-down of CBC Television.  Theresa Tedesco, Financial Post  Keith Damsell, Globe and Mail
  • 02/05/02 - The CBC is planning a radical revamp of its national Radio One service this fall, with a "younger sound" to weekday morning and Saturday programs.  Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen
  • 02/05/02 - Roger Gallaway, a veteran Liberal Member of Parliament and member of the Commons heritage committee, says CBC television should lose its government funding, which this year amounts to $796 million.  Jane Taber, National Post
  • 02/02/02 - CBC director of corporate communications Martine Menard says comments about shutting down the English language TV network were out of date and out of touch.  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 02/01/02 - Robert O'Reilly, the former head of CBC's shortwave service, has told a broadcasters' conference in London, England that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation should shut down its English-language television network "as soon as possible."  Chris Wattie, National Post
  • 02/01/02 - Laurie Irvine, well known CKWX Vancouver broadcaster of the fifties, passed away January 23rd of a heart condition.  He was born October 20, 1913 and spent over 50 years in broadcasting, including CFJC in Kamloops.   He headed up the Broadcast and Media Communications program at British Columbia Institute of Technology from 1964 to 1974.  A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Boal Chapel in North Vancouver.
  • 01/24/02 - Peter Gzowski has died at the age of 67.  He was host of "This Country in the Morning" from 1971 to 1974, and "Morningside" from 1982 to 1997 on CBC Radio and CBC-TV's "90 Minutes Live" from 1976 to 1978.  John Saunders, Globe and Mail  CBC Backgrounder
  • 01/23/02 - Peter Gzowski, one of Canada's best known radio personalities and host of CBC Morningside from 1982 to 1997, is gravely ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Yahoo! Canada (Reuters)  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 01/18/02 - In tribute to the passing of Frank Shuster, CBC Television will air a one hour Wayne and Shuster special on Sunday January 20 at 8 p.m.
  • 12/20/01 - Telemedia Radio's sign-on of CICF FM 105.7 Vernon, from AM 1050, and CJMG FM 97.1 Penticton now have assumed the slogan of "SUN-FM", the same as sister station CHSU FM 99.9 Kelowna.
  • 12/20/01 - With CJIB Vernon moving to FM and using the new slogan of KISS-FM, official call letters have changed to CKIS FM 107.5.
  • 12/18/01 - "Lloyd's 25th", the CTV salute to 25-year news anchor Lloyd Robertson, airs tonight at 10 p.m. on BC CTV Vancouver.  CTV Info  John Doyle, Globe and Mail
  • 12/14/01 - Next Tuesday CTV celebrates 25 years as news anchor for 67-year old Lloyd Robertson.  His newscasts are viewed nightly on CIVT-TV "BC CTV" Vancouver, available on cable in the BC Interior.  John McKay, Canadian Press
  • 11/29/01 - Communications Lawyer Charles Dalfen has been appointed Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission, effective January 1, 2002.  Simon Tuck, Globe and Mail
  • 11/28/01 - Trina McQueen is retiring as president of broadcaster CTV Inc. on January 7.  Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 11/28/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Telemedia Radio to move station CICF AM 1050 Vernon to FM 105.7.  This is a change from previous approval to move to FM 105.5.  CRTC Info
  • 11/15/01 - Broadcast pioneer Joe Chesney passed away Saturday, November 10 at the age of 82.  He began in radio as a trainee announcer at CFJC Kamloops in 1946.  After a few months, he moved to CJAV Port Alberni until the following year when he went to CKNW New Westminster.   "Uncle Joe" had a vast knowledge of country music and progressed to the morning show at 'NW in October 1947.  He founded CJJC Langley in 1963.  A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday November 24 at Langley United Church, 5673 200th St.
  • 11/08/01 - "Vernon's First Ever FM Station", CJIB FM 107.5 is on the air, simulcasting with their 940 AM.  They have revamped their website with a new url, which is also forwarded from their old site.  The new slogan is Kiss FM, Today's Best Music.  The station is authorized to continue running the AM station for a period of three months. 
  • 11/04/01 - Geoff White, Operations Manager at CICF AM 1050 "Mix 105" Vernon, advises that their new FM transmitter has undergone some preliminary testing for Industry Canada.  The station is awaiting approval from the CRTC to change their new FM frequency from 105.5 to 105.7 to protect the ILS (Instrument Landing System) beacon at the Kelowna airport.   The CRTC has approved the move to the FM band.  CRTC Info
  • 11/04/01 - OKANAGAN BROADCASTERS has expanded it's coverage area to include Kamloops south to Princeton.
  • 11/03/01 - CJIB FM 107.5 Vernon has started testing their new FM transmitter.  After official sign-on and subsequent simulcast with their AM 940 signal, they will have three months to pull the plug on the AM transmitter which has been on air since September 1947.  CRTC Info   (Note, CRTC decision specifies power as "average" ERP whereas this website uses the "peak" standard provided by Industry Canada.)  
  • 10/27/01 - Radio-Info.com has added a new Canadian Radio Discussion Board designed for quality discussions of radio across Canada.  The website also features discussion boards for most major U.S. cities.
  • 10/01/01 - Geoff White, Operations Manager at CICF AM 1050 Vernon reports that it was their auxiliary transmitter that had been re-routed to New York following the terrorist attacks (see 09/16/01 below).  It has now been replaced.  The station has been approved by the CRTC to move to FM 105.5.
  • 09/25/01 - CJIB AM 940 Vernon has switched their audio stream from RealPlayer to Media Player to improve the audio quality.  As noted earlier, the station received CRTC approval March 22 to move to FM 107.5.
  • 09/23/01 - Contributions continue to pour in after "America: a Tribute to Heroes" aired Friday evening on over 30 US TV networks, including CTV and Global in Canada, and on numerous radio stations.  Lee-Anne Goodman, The Province
  • 09/21/01 -  A two-hour live, commercial-free, simulcast to raise funds for a long-term relief effort for Americans who have directly suffered from last week's terrorist attacks, will air tonight from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. PT.  The program, "America: a Tribute to Heroes" will run on CTV, Global and other TV stations and will be distributed to 400 radio stations by Broadcast News, a division of Canadian Press.  In the US, it will be on every major TV network as well as about two dozen cable networks and eight thousand radio stations.  It also will be webcast live on the internet at http://www.tributetoheroes.org.
  • 09/16/01 - According to a news item on Milkman Unlimited, CICF AM 1050 Vernon may get their switch from AM to FM delayed as their new transmitter is said to have been re-routed to New York following Tuesday's tragic events. Four FM and eight TV stations were knocked off the air as their transmitters were on the roof of the World Trade Center.  Fox TV news reports that the only local TV currently broadcasting in New York are CBS and an independent station.
  • 09/12/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Telemedia Radio (West) Inc. to move CICF AM 1050 "Mix 105" to the FM band.  The new station will operate at 105.5 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 46,000 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 09/05/01 - One of the longest-running public advocacy and protection shows in the world, Goldhawk Fights Back with Dale Goldhawk, has been cancelled by the CTV Network after a ten year run.  Goldhawk press release
  • 08/31/01 - Midnight tonight and the early hours of Saturday morning mark the big British Columbia TV network shuffle, affecting viewing throughout the Okanagan and the rest of BC.  Here is the new lineup: CHAN-TV/8 "Global BC" Vancouver from CTV to Global; and CIVT-TV/32 "BC CTV" Vancouver from Independent to CTV.  Also affected on the coast are CHEK-TV/6 "CH" Victoria from CTV affiliation to Global and CKVU-TV/10 "ckvu13" (reflecting its local cable position) Vancouver from Global to Independent.
  • 08/31/01 - Of interest to some Okanagan radio listeners is the sign-on today of CKBZ FM 100.1 "B-100" Kamloops.  The new Young Country station broadcasts with a peak ERP of 3500 watts at 147 metres HAAT, with repeaters in Pritchard and Chase.  CKBZ replaces CJJC AM 550, which has been in operation since 1926.  The AM will continue to simulcast for a period of up to three months.  CRTC Info
  • 08/31/01 - Communications Lawyer and former VP of the CRTC, Charles Dalfen has been nominated to lead the Canadian regulator.  He is a partner at the law firm Torys.   Ian Jack, National Post
  • 08/29/01 - New website link has been added to the AM Page for CHOR AM 1450 Summerland.
  • 08/29/01 - New website link has been added to the AM Page for CJOR AM 1240 Osoyoos.
  • 08/29/01 - New website link has been added to the FM Page for CJOR FM 102.9 Oliver.
  • 08/29/01 - New website link has been added to the AM Page for CKXR AM 580 Salmon Arm "EZ Rock".
  • 08/26/01 - With just six days left until the massive TV switcheroo in the Vancouver/Victoria market, which will affect viewing habits throughout the province, here come the news stories. 
  • 08/26/01 - Here is a closer look at the Vancouver TV changes with focus on News.  Bill Good starts the 6 p.m. news September 3 on CIVT-TV/32 Vancouver "CTV British Columbia", while co-host Pamela Martin doesn't debut until October 8, due to contractual obligations. 
  • 08/20/01 - Kevin Becker is leaving his position with CKXR AM 580 "EZ Rock" Salmon Arm to take over morning duties at EZ Rock Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.  Becker says he's wanted to move to Ontario for some time.  Milkman News Source
  • 08/02/01 - The CRTC has renewed the licences of CTV and Global networks and their affiliated television stations in Canada - subject to a number of conditions.  CRTC News Release
  • 08/02/01 - The CRTC has approved applications by CTV, acting on behalf of cable companies, to carry the programming of CIVT (Vancouver Television) on cable systems in the Interior.  CIVT is owned by CTV and will commence carrying CTV programming on September 1st.  At that time CHAN (BCTV), now owned by CanWest Global will begin carrying Global programs.  CRTC Decision
  • 08/01/01 - The CRTC has approved application by Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. to move CFJC AM 550 Kamloops to FM 100.1 with an average effective radiated power of 3,500 watts.  Also approved were rebroadcast transmitters at Pritchard on 104.5 with an ERP of 19 watts and at Chase on 101.1 with an ERP of 140 watts.  CRTC Info
  • 07/30/01 - Veteran country music announcer Bob Bye has passed away just short of his 75th birthday.  Bob died of a heart attack earlier this month at his home in Penticton.  He began his broadcasting career on the Prairies, in Regina and Winnipeg but was best known for his many years, starting in 1966, at former country giant CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver, where he retired in 1989.  Bob's son, Rob Bye is on the air middays on CKLZ FM 104.7 "Power 104" Kelowna.
  • 07/26/01 - Rogers Communications Inc., operator of a number BC radio stations including CJIB AM 940 Vernon, reported a wider second-quarter loss as "disappointing" results from its wireless operations overshadowed solid revenue growth across all the company's businesses.  Terry Weber, Globe and Mail
  • 07/21/01 - Leonard Asper, president and chief executive officer of CanWest Global Communications Corp. hints at possible further acquisitions.  Sinclair Stewart, National Post  
  • 07/20/01 - CanWest Global Communications Corp. earnings slip but beat analyst's forcasts.  Among other stations, CanWest owns CHBC-TV/2 Kelowna and CHAN-TV/8 (BCTV) Vancouver.  Sinclair Stewart, National Post
  • 07/11/01 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has cancelled the sale of its transmission assets. - Sinclair Stewart, National Post
  • 07/04/01 - Pamela Martin has left BCTV to join Vancouver's CIVT-TV "VTV".  She and Bill Good, who made a similar switch in May, will anchor their 6 pm news.  Network affiliations of Vancouver TV stations will be changing September 1 with VTV becoming the new CTV affiliate and BCTV becoming Global.
  • 06/29/01 - Twenty radio stations in B.C., several of which are in the Okanagan, are part of a package of 60 stations sold Thursday by Montreal-based Telemedia Corp. to Standard Broadcasting Corp. of Toronto. -
  • 06/28/01 - Standard Broadcasting has announced that it has bought Telemedia's radio stations in Western Canada and Ontario.  Standard currently owns CKZZ FM 95.3 & CISL AM 650 Vancouver.  Telemedia operates several stations in the BC Interior.  Globe and Mail story  The Fan 590 story
  • 06/26/01 - Greg Shannon is no longer doing mornings at CHSU FM 99.9 "Sun FM" Kelowna. John Bazyl returns to afternoon drive after a year of co-hosting the morning show.  Returning to host breakfast at Sun is Ray Grover, who left last summer to join CFEX FM 107.3 "Extreme FM" Victoria. - Info from Milkman Unlimited
  • 06/25/01 - OKANAGAN BROADCASTERS welcomes Erland Carlson as our new Contributing Editor.
  • 06/25/01 - Station slogans/formats on AM and FM pages have been updated.
  • 06/09/01 - CanWest Global & Rogers Communications talk co-operation. - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 06/06/01 - CRTC leaves HDTV to market forces - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 06/04/01 - CRTC hearings start June 19th in Hull, Quebec to decide on a number of matters including an application by Telemedia Radio to move CICF AM 1050 Vernon to FM 105.5 with an effective radiated power of 46,000 watts.  The applicant is proposing a "Hot Adult Contemporary/CHR format".  CRTC Info (item 26)
  • 05/26/01 - Yet more on the continuing sage of Canadians watching US TV - George Bragues, National Post
  • 05/15/01 - The CRTC has approved application by SILK FM Broadcasting (CILK FM 101.5 Kelowna) to add a transmitter at Magna Bay.  The low power station will operate on FM 94.7 with an ERP of 6.3 watts.  CRTC Website info
  • 05/14/01 - Veteran Newsman Bob Livingston passed away in Kelowna hospital from a very short battle with Cancer.  He spent many years on the west coast with CFUN and CKLG and had moved to Salmon Arm a few years ago.  He spent the last year at KBS in the West Kootenays. 
  • 05/10/01 - New website address added for CKLZ FM 104.7 "Power 104". 
  • 04/30/01 - More on the continuing saga of Canadians watching American TV - Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 04/24/01 - Canadians may receive US signals with antennas, but not with dishes - National Post editorial
  • 04/21/01 - CTV fears more onerous regulations than rivals - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 04/20/01 - CanWest rejects CRTC code as 'unconstitutional' - Barbara Shecter, National Post
  • 04/20/01 - State has no place in the newsroom - Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 04/19/01 - Local content key to future of Canadian television.  Zena Olijnyk, National Post story.
  • 04/16/01 - Ottawa, The CRTC, Cancon and the Canadian TV Networks - Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 04/14/01 - House of Commons committee to launch probe into Canada's TV industry.  National Post story
  • 03/29/01 - The CRTC has approved an application by Telemedia for a corporate reorganization.  CRTC Info
  • 03/22/01 - Rogers Broadcasting station CJIB AM 940 Vernon, on air since Sept. 1947, has won approval from the CRTC to move to FM 107.5 with an ERP of 46,000 watts.  It will be the city's first commercial FM.  CRTC info
  • 03/16/01 - The CRTC will hold hearings starting April 17th on the carriage of CTV programming in the BC Interior.  On September 1, CHAN (BCTV) Vancouver, and CHEK Victoria will become Global affiliates, while CTV owned CIVT Vancouver becomes the CTV affiliate.  CRTC info
  • 03/07/01 - I want my MTV!    More thoughts on overhauling the CRTC by Matthew Fraser, National Post.
  • 03/05/01 - Crusade to purify private TV in Canada is a waste of money.  Matthew Fraser, National Post
  • 03/03/01 - The Government of Canada is establishing a task force to determine the future of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.  National Post story
  • 03/01/01 - The House of Commons heritage committee will launch hearings this spring into the future of the Canadian broadcasting system.   National Post story
  • 02/01 - OKANAGAN BROADCASTERS pays tribute to two air personalities well known to BC radio listeners.  Rick Honey passed away February 24 after a courageous battle with throat cancer.  He had completed his last air shift just two days earlier at CKBD AM 600 Vancouver.  Daryl Burlingham, known on air as Daryl B, died of a stroke in Winnipeg February 27.
  • 01/01 - New website link added to the AM Station Page for CKOR AM 800 Penticton.
  • 12/00 - The CRTC has granted approval for BCE Inc. to assume control of Canadian television network CTV Inc.   Details from CRTC website.
  • 12/00 - CBC Television is converting their satellite signal distribution to their stations across Canada from analog to digital during December and January.  Further information.
  • 12/00 - CBU-FM-3 FM 89.7 Kelowna (CBC Radio Two) is on the air.
  • 11/00 - CBU-FM-3 FM 89.7 Kelowna (CBC Radio Two) transmitter is currently undergoing tests.  Official launch date is Dec. 1.
  • 08/00 - The CRTC has approved applications by the CBC to add the following Radio Two transmitters:  FM 89.7 in Kelowna with an erp of 6000 watts and FM 105.3 in Kamloops with an erp of 4750 watts.   Projected startup date is November, 2000.

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