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Andy & TJ

7/29/22 (Updated) - Veteran Kelowna broadcasters Andy & TJ, Andy James and Tamara Lindsay, are retiring after 19 years on the air. Their morning show has been running on The Lake CKOV-FM 103.9 since May 2021. Their previous show was cancelled on CILK-FM 101.5 when its branding was changed from EZ Rock to Move in December 2020.  Tim Black will host the morning show in the interim following the long weekend.  Facebook Announcement  Wayne Moore, Castanet

Regan Bartel

7/25/22 - Long time Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets broadcaster Regan Bartel will still be calling the games following the recent announcement that they are moving to The Lizard CKLZ-FM 104.7. He became the voice of the Rockets in 2000.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now

Valley FM CFAV-FN Vernon
7/22/22 - The Vernon Community Radio Society has been given a one year extension by the CRTC to start broadcasting its new station Valley FM CFAV-FM 97.9. The application for an extension cited a combination of obstacles created by the pandemic and wildfire environmental events in 2020 and 2021 as factors.  Darren Handschuh, Castanet

"Big Ginger" Kieran Wilkie

7/10/22 - Big changes at Pattison Kelowna on Monday. Big Ginger (Kieran Wilkie) moves from morning drive on The Lizard CKLZ-FM 104.7, to afternoon drive on Beach Radio CKQQ-FM 103.1. At the same time, Chris Roach moves from morning drive to afternoon drive on The Lizard. Ryan Connop moves from afternoon drive on Beach to morning drive on Lizard to team up with Sarah Nick.

Sarah Nick

7/09/22 - After a year in afternoons at The Lizard CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna, Sarah Nick moves to mornings on Monday, July 11. She will team up with Ryan Connop weekday mornings 5:30-9:30. Chris Roach will replace her in afternoons.  Twitter Announcement
"AJ" Ashley Pirhonen

7/08/22 - AJ Ashley Pirhonen, who announced her departure from Move CJMG-FM 97.1 Penticton in early May to take a weekend position at The River CKKN-FM 101.3 Prince George, is moving again. She will be joining newly reformatted 89.5 JR Country CHWK-FM Chilliwack in afternoons beginning next month.  Twitter Announcement

Rick Webber

7/07/22 - Former Global Okanagan CHBC-TV news anchor Rick Webber has announced he is running for Kelowna council. He joined Global Okanagan in 1990 and retired in 2019. He had hinted then that he may run for city council. Webber landed his first media job in 1976 at a radio station in PEI. He moved to B.C. in 1978 and worked at several radio and TV stations before landing at Global.   Doyle Potenteau, Global News

Kelowna Rockets

7/06/22 - The WHL Kelowna Rockets are leaving Bell Media's AM 1150 CKFR for Pattison Broadcasting's The Lizard CKLZ-FM 104.7. The Rockets have been broadcast on AM 1150 for over two decades, most recently signing a three-year agreement in March 2019. Regan Bartel has been the voice of the Rockets for the vast majority of that period, though it is unknown at this time whether he will continue under the new contract.  Rob Gibson, Castanet

Jayden Wasney

6/16/22 - Jayden Taylor Wasney has returned to the Okanagan to join CHBC-TV Kelowna as a reporter. He previously was a reporter for Castanet before joining CTV Lethbridge as a video journalist.  Twitter Announcement
Roy Hennessy

6/08/22 - Veteran broadcaster Roy Hennessy, who got his start in radio at CKOK Penticton in the early 1960s, passed away last night in Toronto following a stroke on May 27. He hosted a very highly rated morning show at CKLG Vancouver back in the 1960s and '70s, held a number of management positions on the Prairies, Toronto and then back in Vancouver as President of Shore 104.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  Penticton Herald
Paul Larsen

6/04/22 - Just over a year after the launch of The Lake CKOV-FM 103.9 Kelowna by Paul Larsen, Broadcast Dialogue editor and podcast host Connie Thiessen speaks with him about being a stand-alone owner in a highly competitive small market. BD News/ Podcast
Darrian Matassa-Fung

6/02/22 - Video journalist Darrian Matassa-Fung moves from Global Okanagan to Global BC as an online journalist. The 2019 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate joined Global Okanagan in 2019.  Twitter Announcement

Jasmin Doobay

5/19/22 - Former Kelowna broadcaster Jasmin Doobay is leaving her current position with Pattison Media in Prince George to move into the role of PD at the company's Country 95 CHLB-FM 95.5 and B-93 CJBZ-FM 93.3 Lethbridge AB. Doobay was in morning news then News Director/ Assistant PD at CKOV/ CKLZ-FM Kelowna from 2003-17.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Sadie Hesketh

5/19/22 - Former Okanagan broadcaster and current The Drive CHWK-FM 89.5 Chilliwack morning host Sadie Hesketh moves into the role of PD at The River CKKN-FM 101.3 and Rewind Radio CKDV-FM 99.3 Prince George. She held positions in Vernon, Kelowna and Salmon Arm from 2002-05.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Ashley Pirhonen

5/08/22 - AJ Ashley Pirhonen, who announced her departure from Move CJMG-FM 97.1 Penticton just over a week ago, has landed a weekend position at The River CKKN-FM 101.3 Prince George.  Twitter Announcement

Neetu Garcha

5/02/22 - Award winning Global BC anchor/ reporter Neetu Garcha joins Global National as a new correspondent effective May 9. The BCIT graduate began working at Global Okanagan in 2014 and joined Global BC in 2017. Global National is Canada's early evening national newscast.  Global Release

Ashley Pirhonen

4/30/22 - AJ Ashley Pirhonen has hosted her final show at Move CJMG-FM 97.1 Penticton. She's headed to Prince George to spend more time with family, but says she hopes to "be back inside a radio soon".  Twitter Announcment
Russell James

4/28/22 - Russell James leaves his position as Sr. Program Director for the Pattison Media Okanagan Group to join JR Country CJJR-FM 93.7 and The Peak CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver effective May 2nd. He replaces Dustin Collins, who is returning to Corus Entertainment this summer as PD-Classic West, overseeing Rock 101 CFMI-FM 101.1 Vancouver and stations in Edmonton and Calgary.  Broadcast Dialogue

Darren Worts

4/21/22 - Former Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna midday host Darren Worts moves from his position as p.m. drive host at STAR CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack to join JACK CHTT-FM 103.1 Victoria as morning show host. His show debuts May 9th.  Twitter Announcement

Nicole Welsh

4/07/22 - CIFM-FM 98.3 Kamloops afternoon show host Nicole Welsh has announced she’s leaving to join the new Power 97 CJKR-FM 97.5 Winnipeg morning show with a yet-to-be announced co-host. Her last day on-air will be April 22.  Instagram Announcement

Chanine Carr

3/19/22 - After 13 months working in Winnipeg, Chanine Carr is back home at Bell Media Kelowna. She's will be back on air Monday.  Twitter Announcement
Yasmin Gandham

3/16/22 - Global Okanagan CHBC-TV Kelowna anchor/ reporter Yasmin Gandham leaves to join CBC Vancouver as a reporter. The 2020 BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduate has been in Kelowna for nine months and was previously an anchor/ producer at News 1130 CKWX Vancouver.  Twitter Announcement

Susan Knight

3/15/22 - Long-time Kelowna personality Susan Knight is taking over p.m. drive from Crystal Darche on The Lake CKOV-FM 103.9 Kelowna effective March 21. Darche has been doing afternoons since the station launch and is going to pursue a new opportunity outside of radio. She will move to hosting weekends.  Radio West

Robbin Reay

3/03/22 - Former Kelowna personality Robbin Reay has parted ways as p.m. drive host on KiSS 105.3 CISS-FM Ottawa after four years. She hosted a syndicated radio show broadcast across the province from Sun FM (now Virgin Radio) CHSU-FM 99.9 in 2009 & '10.  Twitter Announcement
CKVS=FM 93.7 Salmon Arm

1/31/22 - Some people involved with community radio station CKVS-FM 93.7 Salmon Arm are concerned a recent uptick in new memberships may be an attempt at a takeover.  Martha Wickett, Salmon Arm Observer

Taylor Jukes

1/24/22 - Former Kelowna and Vancouver broadcaster Taylor Jukes has been named a CHR Brand Coordinator at iHeartMedia. She is currently PD at Y100 WHYI-FM 100.7 Miami and was previously Music Director/ midday host at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna (now The Lake CKOV-FM) from 2008-09 before moving to programming positions at stations in Vancouver.  All Access Music Group

Christy Luke

1/23/22 - Former CBC Kelowna radio host Christy Luke died December 18, 2021 at Kelowna General Hospital. She was 71. Luke hosted Daybreak South on CBC Radio in the early 1990s and had also worked as a radio host in Prince Rupert and Charlottetown. A Celebration of Life will be held when it is once again safe to travel and gather.  Grand Forks Gazette Obituary

Paul James

1/13/22 - CityNews 1130 CKWX Vancouver Reporter/ Producer Paul James is leaving at the end of the month. He will be taking over the News/ Program Director position at Radio NL CHNL AM 610 Kamloops in early February. James joined CKWX in August 2019 after 14 years in Beijing where he was a host for China Radio International.  Twitter Announcement

Trevor Chikowski

1/06/22 - Trevor Chikowski has recently joined as afternoon host at K97.5 CKRV-FM Kamloops and K96.3 CKKO-FM Kelowna. He joins from The Bull CKBL-FM 92.9 Saskatoon where he was Music Director and midday host.  Twitter Announcement

Elizabeth Laird

1/06/22 - Former Q101 CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt station owner Elizabeth Ann Laird (nee Futter) has died after a valiant effort to overcome cancer. She passed away Friday December 31st at age 73. Services will be announced at a later date.  Michael Reeve, CFJC Today

Earl Seitz

1/01/22 - After 54 years in broadcasting, 73 year old Earl Seitz has retired from his Sports Director position at CFJC-TV Kamloops. His last sportscast was December 31st. Seitz was inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.  CFJC News/ Video

Howie Reimer

1/01/22 - Radio NL CHNL AM 610 Kamloops PD Howie Reimer, who announced his departure from the station last month, has now concluded a 34-year career in broadcasting. He joins the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association as Executive Director.  Twitter Announcement

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