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Andy and TJ

12/31/20 - Veteran Kelowna morning show hosts Andy and TJ have been cancelled following the re-branding of CILK-FM 101.5 to Move Radio. Andy will focus on his voice acting business and Tj is currently taking time off to complete her breast cancer journey and will return to the station under a new position in the coming months.  Miriam Halpenny, Castanet

Move 97.1 CJMG-FM Penticton

Move 101.5 CILK-FM Kelowna

12/27/20 - Bell Media has rebranded CJMG-FM Penticton to Move 97.1 and CILK-FM Kelowna to Move 101.5. The changes are part of a revamp of ten of Bell's stations across Canada. All ten stations are now positioning as Today’s Best VarietyLance Venta, RadioInsight  Colin Dacre, Castanet

CRTC

12/22/20 - The CRTC has approved an application by Jim Pattison Broadcast Group to acquire CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt. The Commission finds that Pattison would control three FM stations in the Merritt market as a result of this transaction. However it has granted an exception to the Common Ownership Policy, allowing the company to own and operate three FM presences in the market.  CRTC Decision

Broadcat Dialogue Awards

12/14/20 - Power 104/ Beach Radio 103.1, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has won Best Commercial Production - Medium Market for Wetzone Leisure Pool & Spa, Kelowna in the inaugural Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards, “The Howards”.  Broadcast Dialogue

Global Okanagan

12/08/20 - Global News announces the addition of the Global Okanagan news stream to its Global TV app. It now has 14 free streams within the app.  Global Release

Paul Larsen

12/01/20 - Broadcast Dialogue speaks with former Clear Sky Radio President Paul Larsen about his acquisition of  the broadcast licence for Kelowna’s CKOO-FM.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

CRTC

11/27/20 - The CRTC has approved an application by Radius Holdings Inc. for authority to acquire the assets of the English-language commercial radio station CKOO-FM Kelowna and to obtain a new broadcasting licence to continue the operation of the station. Value of the transaction $500,000. 103.9 FM could be back on Kelowna airwaves by spring.  CRTC Release  Rob Gibson, Castanet

Jenn Dalen-Gordon

11/19/20 - Jenn Dalen-Gordon has been promoted by Stingray to Operations Manager for B.C. Interior stations (K97.5, K96.3, Radio NL, New Country 100.7, New Country 100.3), as well as overseeing the Real Country and New Country brands, nationally. Now based in Kamloops, she leaves Red Deer where she was previously Regional Program Director for their stations in Kelowna, Kamloops, Red Deer and Rural Alberta.  Twitter Announcement

Pure Country CICF-FM Vernon

11/19/20 - Sun FM CICF-FM 105.7 Vernon has released its morning show hosts Betty Selin and Jerhett Schafer and afternoon host April Kimble. The Bell Media station rebranded as Pure Country 105.7 at noon today with Drink a Beer by Luke Bryan.  Roger Knox, Vernon Morning Star

CFAV-FM
Vernon
11/15/20 - As it gets closer to hitting the air, the Vernon Community Radio Society (VCRS) invites the public to join its board of directors at its 2020 annual general meeting via Zoom on November 30 at 7 p.m. The CRTC issued a broadcasting licence allowing VCRS to operate an English-language community FM station (CFAV-FM 97.9) in Vernon.  Brendan Shykora, Vernon Morning Star

Jamie Tawil

10/22/20 - Global Okanagan CHBC-TV has hired longtime radio news anchor Jamie Tawil as anchor-reporter. He has been senior afternoon, then morning anchor at Global News Radio 640 CFMJ AM Toronto for the last 5-1/2 years. Effective December 7, Tawil will anchor multiple editions of Global Okanagan’s late night newscast each week, while also reporting for the network.  Global Release

Fred McDowell


10/21/20 - The wreckage of a possibly decades-old airplane crash discovered on a mountain near Harrison Lake very likely contains the remains of CBC, CJOR and CKNW Vancouver radio personality Fred McDowell who also worked at CKOK Penticton in 1950. The light plane, piloted by Walter Dalton, disappeared on a flight from Penticton to Vancouver on April 24, 1957.   Eric Welsh, The Chilliwack Progress

Jim Pattison Group Logo

10/12/20 - Vancouver entrepreneur Jim Pattison is listed as the ninth richest person in Canada with a net worth of US $5.4 billion. Among his diverse holdings, his Jim Pattison Broadcast Group owns 47 radio and three TV stations in Western Canada, including stations in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon.  Ceoworld Magazine Richest List  CRTC Ownership Chart

Rob Bye

10/02/20 - B.C. Association of Broadcasters President Rob Bye is concerned about the future of broadcasting in the province following the failure of CKOO-FM 103.9 Kelowna linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. He's encouraging regulatory reforms and a tax credit, asking government and other public agencies to dedicate more of their advertising budgets to local media.  Vancouver Sun

CRTC

9/10/20 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has applied to the CRTC for authorization to purchase CKMQ-FM 101.1 Merritt from Merritt Broadcasting Ltd. for $550,000. Pattison already owns two Kamloops rebroadcasters in Merritt and reluctantly may have to relinquish one of them to get approval from the Commission.  Colin Dacre, Castanet  CRTC Release
     
CRTC

9/02/20 - The CRTC has approved an application by the Vernon Community Radio Society to operate a community FM station in Vernon. It will operate at 97.9 MHz with a maximum ERP of 1000 watts at an effective height above average terrain of -148 metres.  CRTC Release

Jill Krop

8/27/20 - Global News announced today that Jill Krop, BC Regional Director of Global News, is stepping down after almost 35 years in journalism, including 23 years spent at Global stations. Her last day managing the newsrooms at Global BC, Global Okanagan and CKNW AM 980 Vancouver is September 30.  Global Release

Josh Page

8/14/20 - Josh Pagé, CBC Kelowna mobile journalist and producer of Radio West has announced he is leaving his position and is moving on to Calgary. Twitter Announcement

Paul Larsen

8/14/20 - Broadcast consultant Paul Larsen is requesting a new licence to continue operating CKOO-FM 103.9 Kelowna under the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the station's previous licence. His corporation, Radius Holdings, would purchase CKOO-FM’s assets for $500,000. The CRTC will hold a hearing October 13 to make a decision.  Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue  CRTC Info
 
Charlee Morgan


8/07/20 - Charlee Morgan, who has hosted The Beach CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna midday show since its 2017 launch, hosts Classic Hits network middays. Russell James, Senior PD for the JPBG Okanagan group, serves as Lead PD. The show will be heard on the Beach format in Kelowna, Vernon, and Melfort SK; The Drive CHWK-FM Chilliwack, The Eagle CKLR-FM Courtenay, and Q99 CIKT-FM Grande Prairie.  Facebook Posting

Numeris

5/28/20 - The Numeris Spring 2020 Radio Diary 12+ ratings have been released for Kelowna and Kamloops, along with other smaller Canadian markets. Numeris Release

Stephen Keppler

5/21/20 - Stephen Keppler, who hosts p.m. drive on EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna, and was headlined in early April when he was featured on John Krasinski’s SGN (Some Good News), made his second appearance on the digital series this week. Keppler’s first appearance came about after The Office star picked up on his own take on Some Good News, which went viral. Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

Rudy Morelli

5/07/20 - Rudy Morelli, long time Director and one of the six founding partners of NL Broadcasting Ltd. in Kamloops in 1970, passed away May 1st at age 86. He will be remembered for his many contributions to the legal profession, and for the countless ways he gave back to his community. CFJC Today Obituary Sun/ Province Obituary
 
James Moore

4/30/20 - Former Kelowna broadcaster James Moore has left his position at Newstalk 1010 CFRB AM Toronto after 8 years as a reporter. Before moving to Toronto he was a reporter and anchor at The Juice CJUI-FM 103.9 (now off air) 2010-11 and a reporter and weekend anchor at AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna 2011-12. He gives no reason for his departure. Twitter Anouncement
 
Craig Stone

4/25/20 - Former Okanagan broadcaster Craig Stone is the new afternoon drive host and Assistant PD at Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey. He worked evenings/ weekends then p.m. drive at CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna from 2009-11 before holding positions in Vancouver, Winnipeg and St. Catherines ON.

Brian Langston

4/18/20 - Former CINL Radio Princeton GM and GSM Brian Langston died last night (4/17) following diagnosis with ALS last fall and retirement from his position as GM of CJHR-FM 104.7 Woodstock, ON. He also held executive positions with stations on Vancouver Island and Terrace. Puget Sound Radio

RTDNA Canada

4/16/20 - RTDNA Canada has announced its 2020 Western Region Award Winners. The winners include CBC Kelowna and CFJC and CBC Kamloops. RTDNA Release  President's Message

CKOO-FM 103.9 Kelowna

3/31/20 - Radio West reports Glacier Media's Soft 103.9 CKOO-FM Kelowna licence has been handed in to the CRTC and will leave the air on Friday.  Radio West Posting  News now confirmed by Castanet and Kathy Michaels, iNFOnews

International Women's Day

3/07/20 - Stingray will celebrate by only playing songs by female artists or female-led groups on its Country stations during International Women's Day Saturday, March 8.  Included are New Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton/ Kelowna and New Country 103.1 CJKC-FM Kamloops.  All Access Music Group

Rudy Parachoniak

2/14/20 - Former Kamloops broadcaster Rudy Parachoniak is the new morning host at Pulse CISF-FM 107.7 Surrey. He was PD and morning show host at K97.5 CKRV-FM Kamloops from 2009-14 and left radio for 3-1/2 years beginning in 2016.  Twitter Announcement

Andrew Dawson

2/13/20 - Former Okanagan broadcaster Andrew Dawson has left his news anchor position with CJME AM 980 Regina. He was a show host and news anchor at CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton from 1992-96 before taking news positions in Vancouver in 1996 and moving to Regina in 2008.  Broadcast Dialogue

Valley FM Vernon

2/11/20 - The CRTC has placed an application by the Vernon Community Radio Society for a new, community FM radio station on the agenda for an April Public Hearing. If approved, Valley FM CFAN-FM 97.9 Vernon will operate with an ERP of 1000 watts directional on Vernon Mountain and is expected to be on air by this fall. Ben Bulmer, InfoTel News
 
CFUZ-FM 92.9 Penticton

2/03/20 - The Peach City Radio CFUZ-FM 92.9 Penticton first year on air celebration exceeded its goal of raising $4,000 for the day. The station raised $5,192 in its fundraiser, part of their ONAIRversary special show. Keremeos Review

CFUZ-FM 92.9 Penticton

1/26/20 - Peach City Radio CFUZ-FM 92.9 celebrates its first full year on air February 1. The station is preparing a full day of live radio featuring many of its locally-created programs. Although CFUZ is celebrating one year on the FM dial, it has been a productive non-profit society since 2010 and streaming its programming online since 2014. Steve Kidd, Penticton Western News

Alysha Williams

1/26/20 - Alysha Williams has joined Bradley Karp as morning show co-host on K96.3 CKKO-FM Kelowna. Williams and Karp previously worked together a decade ago at Arctic Radio in Thompson and The Pas, MB. She arrives from mornings at Sun FM CJMG-FM 97.1 Penticton.

Tamara Lindsay

1/17/20 - The Andy and TJ morning radio show at EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna has been without TJ since November 2018. Tamara Lindsay has been off the air since being diagnosed with breast cancer. She made a gradual return to work this week and will go back behind the mike Monday for the first time since her diagnosis. Kent Molgat, Kelowna Now
 



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