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Coast to Coast
12/19/17 - Coast to Coast with George Noory has announced that it will be picked up by AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna beginning January 15.  Coast to Coast Release  
CJIB-FM 107.5 Kiss FM Vernon
12/14/17 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has brought back the heritage CJIB call letters to 107.5 in Vernon, replacing the CKIZ calls.  As of noon today, the station has re-branded as Beach Radio concentrating on hits of the 80s and 90s.  Beach Radio Release  Switchover audio  
CBC
12/01/17 - While CBC Radio 1 CBTK-FM 88.9 numbers are down a bit, it still leads in the latest Kelowna Radio Diary Survey, closely followed by three other stations.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now 
Numeris
11/30/17 - Kamloops Best Rock CIFM-FM 98.3 leads with an 17.1 share, Local First CHNL AM 610 is second with 16.7 and CBC Radio 1 CBYK-FM 94.1 is third with 14.8 in the Numeris Fall 2017 Kamloops Radio Diary Survey for September 4 - October 29.  Numeris Fall Data
Numeris
11/30/17 - CBC Radio 1 CBTK-FM 88.9 leads with an 17.4 share, New Country CIGV-FM 100.7 (Penticton) is second with 15.0 and Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 is third with 13.4 in the Numeris Fall 2017 Kelowna Radio Diary Survey for September 4 - October 29.  Numeris Fall Data 
Ara Andonian
11/28/17 - Former Kelowna radio personality and most recently KiSS CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver/Fraser Valley p.m. drive host Ara Andonian returns to the Okanagan city to assume mornings at Beach Radio CKQQ-FM 103.1.  He is likely to start sometime in January.  Beach Radio release
Drew Ferriera
11/23/17 - Drew Ferreira ends his current Music Director/midday announcer position at Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna next month and moves to boom 97.3 CHBM-FM Toronto as part-time on-air.  He has been with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Kelowna stations in since 2010.
Allan                                    Holender
11/23/17 - Allan Holender has relaunched his online oldies/cool jazz web station Okanaganvalleyradio.com.  It will stream on the expanding Boomer Public Radio Network, featuring programming from radio veterans like Barry Bowman of Victoria, Winnipegís Roger Currie, Brant Zwicker and Shelley Gummeson of Kamloops, and Frank Allan from New York.  Holender, whose 40-year broadcasting career includes founding Vancouver market CISL AM Richmond, also hosts his own show called A Boomer Home Companion.  Okanagan Valley Radio programs are archived on the BPR broadcast website at www.boomerpublicradio.com.
Radio                                    NL Kamloops
11/16/17 - Four people have been released from NL Broadcasting stations in Kamloops, including on-air personality Matt Bellamy, bringing to six the number of staffers who have left the company or been laid off in recent weeks.  NL Broadcasting, which owns three stations in Kamloops, was purchased earlier this year by Newcap Radio, a Nova Scotia-based company with 95 radio stations across Canada, including three in Vancouver and one each in Kelowna and Penticton.  Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week 
Amy Gilbert
11/16/17 - Amy Gilbert has confirmed she has been promoted to Assistant Program Director for the Bell Media South Okanagan stations in Penticton, Summerland and Osoyoos.  She will be based in Penticton and leaves her position as Music Director of Bell Media's Kootenay cluster and p.m. drive host at EZRock CKKC-FM 106.9 Nelson at months end. 
Randy Farmer
11/15/17 - Sunfm CJMG-FM 97.1 Penticton morning host Randy Farmer has announced he is leaving after 16 years with the station.  The 49-year-old plans to continue doing business as a private DJ, but is also taking on a management role at The Pasta Factory restaurant.  Joe Fries, Penticton Herald  
Taylor                                    Jukes
11/13/17 - Former Kelowna radio broadcaster Taylor Jukes has been appointed to the newly created role of Senior Manager, National Content, iHeartRadio effective today.  She was evenings at CHSU-FM and middays at CKBL-FM Kelowna from 2002-04 and later APD/MD and middays at CJUI-FM (now Okanagan Oldies) Kelowna from 2008-09.  She also was on air in the Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver markets before moving to Toronto in 2015.  Bell Media release 
Okanagan Oldies
11/02/17 - Okanagan Oldies CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna went on the air at 11 a.m. Tuesday as news director and morning host Gord Vizzutti introduced fellow on-air hosts Kevin Rothwell and Ryan Watters.  Okanagan Oldies will play the hits of the 1960s, '70s and '80s with a few '90s tunes thrown in for good measure along with news via the Castanet team throughout the Okanagan.  Jon Manchester, Castanet
CRTC
10/25/17 - International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc. has applied to the CRTC for a licence to operate an English-language specialty (Christian music) FM station in Kelowna with a rebroadcasting transmitter in Kamloops.  It would operate at 88.1 MHz with an ERP of 4,200 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height above average terrain of 500 metres).  The rebroadcasting transmitter would operate at 107.9 MHz with an ERP of 3,000 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 148.6 metres).  This and several other applications will be heard beginning January 11, 2018 in Gatineau, Quebec.  CRTC release 
Gerry O'Day
10/23/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Gerry O'Day, who has been on air at Newcap stations in the Okanagan for the past five years, has announced this is his last week.  Driving Highway 97 between Penticton and Kelowna during the winter has played into his decision, along with other opportunities.  He was on air and held management positions in the Vancouver radio market from 1983 to 2012.
Beach                                    Radio 103-1
10/20/17 - At noon today, CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna flipped from Hot AC Q103.1 to 103.1 Beach Radio, "playing the greatest hits of the 80's and 90's...non-stop, with fewer commercials and more music than any other Kelowna radio station.  It will feature fun and upbeat On AIr Hosts (some of which you know and love, and even some new ones) and a music mix that will make it hard to get out of the car."  Darren Worts and Danny Kid are the only remaining on-air talents at the station following the departure of Susan Knight, Robin Farrell and Brooklyn Driediger last month.  Josh Duncan, KelownaNow  Jim Pattison Broadcast Group release    
Okanagan Oldies
10/18/17 - Okanagan Oldies 103.9, Castanet's new station will go on the air next month, playing the hits of the 1960s, '70s and '80s and delivering a live morning talk/news show along with hourly newscasts powered by Castanet's team of journalists.  Gord Vizzutti will be news director and morning show host.  PD and afternoon announcer will be Ryan Watters, and weekend announcer and newsman will be Kevin Rothwell.  Castanet news 
CRTC
10/11/17 - The CRTC has approved an application by Avenue Radio Ltd. for authority to acquire the assets of CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna from Vista Radio Ltd. for $650,000 plus other adjustments for a total of $1,296,460.  Avenue Radio stated that it intended to continue serving CJUI-FMís target audience of adults over age 45 in the short term, while conducting studies to identify the least served market segment in Kelowna and if necessary adjusting the stationís music format.  CRTC release  
Russell                                    James
10/04/17 - Veteran broadcaster Russell James has confirmed he is the new Program Director at Q103.1 CKQQ-FM Kelowna.  He has been on-air at several Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton stations since 1990, was PD and on-air at KiSS Radio CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver from 2013-16 and most recently a fill-in host at Z95.3 CKZZ-FM Vancouver.   
Global                                    Okanagan
09/29/17 - Global News Okanagan celebrated its 60th anniversary on September 21 with a special live broadcast from Stuart Park in Kelowna.  The station went on-air as CHBC-TV on September 21, 1957, after radio stations CKOV Kelowna, CKOK Penticton and CJIB Vernon came together to build and operate it as a CBC affiliate.  Three engineers built the original 45í x 55í studio in the converted Smith Garage on Leon Street.  CHBC-TV went to air with an effective radiated power of 3,700 watts, with repeaters in Vernon and Penticton due to the mountainous terrain.  At the time, there were only 500 television sets in the Okanagan.  Broadcast Dialogue 
Robin Farrell
09/25/17 - Robin Farrell joins A.J. Cruze as co-host of the Ocean 98.5 CIOC-FM Victoria morning show October 16th.  She has most recently hosted mornings at CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  Former Ocean morning co-host Lisa Daigneault (Lisa D) announced earlier she had landed a position as Program Director of two radio stations in Nova Scotia.  Ocean release
Jim                                    Pattison Broadcast Group
09/23/17 - The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced several staff reductions at its Kelowna operations.  Gone are Dan McFarlane and Julie Hill effective immediately, Russ Byth on October 21 and Drew Ferreira effective December 21.   Puget Sound Radio news 
Susan Knight
09/17/17 - Puget Sound Radio reports Q103 CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna Program Director Susan Knight returning to Victoria as the new PD and p.m. drive host at Ocean CIOC-FM 98.5.  Her start date is October 2.  She has been morning show host at Q103 since June 2014 and PD since May of this year.  PSR news
Jack Bennest
09/13/17 - Former CKNW AM 980 Vancouver news reporter Jack Bennest is resigning from his position as Councillor for the Town of Oliver, saying the fun seems to have gone out of local politics.  Prior to CKNW, where he worked from 1974-83, he was on air at CKOK Penticton, CHWK Chilliwack and CJOR Vancouver.  Bennest has been the longest-serving municipal politician in the South Okanagan, having served the Town of Oliver for 17 years in total, from 1988-93 and again from 2005 to now.  James Miller, Penticton Herald
Global BC
09/07/17 - Global BC News Director Jill Krop has responded to criticisms by Osoyoos Councillor CJ Rhodes about the station's coverage of fires in the Okanagan.  Rhodes said that there is an apparent lack of understanding about Okanagan geography in Globalís Vancouver newsroom.  He was specifically pointing to news items that mentioned smoke in the entire Okanagan, when it was clear in the southern portions where Osoyoos is located, possibly impacting tourism in that region.  Osoyoos Today
Cal                                      George CKWX early 1960s
09/06/17 (Updated) - Former Vancouver and Okanagan broadcaster Cal George died in Penticton in late July at age 96.  He started his career at CHWK Chilliwack in 1942, moving to CKWX Vancouver the same year, first as an operator and then announcer.  He stayed until 1967, much of the time hosting middays.  George moved to CKOK Penticton that year, where he was on-air until retirement in 1985.  At the time, he was one of British Columbia's best known and respected radio voices.  Red Robinson news 
Jody Tedford
08/31/17 - Jody Tedford has been named PD at Country 103.1 CJKC-FM Kamloops.  He has been the acting PD and morning host since March and has held a number of positions with the Kamloops cluster since 2014.  Newcap Kamloops release 
Bill Phillips
08/30/17 - A celebration of life will be held in the Spring of 2018 for former Vancouver broadcaster Bill Phillips, who died August 24 at the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver.  The former CBC and CHQM Vancouver radio host had been living in Okanagan Falls and passed away at age 83.  He began his career at CJIB Vernon in the 1950s, retiring to the South Okanagan in the mid 1990s.  Graham Funeral Home obituary
New Country CJKC-FM 103.1                                    Kamloops
08/18/17 - Country 103 CJKC-FM 103.1 Kamloops has rebranded as New Country 103-1.  All of the personalities on Country 103 remain, but listeners will get, "More high-profile promotions, giveaways, and excitement.  An energy level to the music that is fresh.  And all-round attitude that says fun and today."  Press release 
Karl Johnston
08/11/17 - From Broadcast Dialogue: Karl Johnston will be the new GM of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Kelowna/Vernon division effective September 15, in addition to remaining GM of Pattisonís Saskatchewan stations.  Heíll take over management of the Okanagan cluster from Stu Crouse who retires at the end of September.
Sarah Penton
08/09/17 - CBC British Columbia has named Sarah Penton as the new host for Kelowna based Radio West.  She will now be in charge of the afternoon show, which airs on CBC Radio One CBTK-FM 88.9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.  Penton joins the Radio West team from CBC Winnipeg, where she spent the past 15 years.  She has an extensive background in news and is a popular radio news presenter, reporter and producer.  Josh Duncan, KelownaNow 
CIFM                                    Kamloops
07/12/17 - The Ashcroft Reserve wildfire has destroyed the CIFM-FM-6 95.3 Cache Creek transmitter, which also serves Ashcroft from Elephant Hill, approximately midway between the two communities.  It rebroadcasts the programs of CIFM-FM 98.3 Kamloops.  Engineers will begin efforts to rebuild the site.  CFJC Today 
Sean Westphal
06/29/17 - Former Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 Kelowna staffer Sean Westphal passed away suddenly in Edmonton on June 24 at age 42.  He was most recently working as Creative Director at Harvard Broadcasting's Edmonton cluster.  Source: Broadcast Dialogue   
Megan Milne
06/29/17 - Former Juice FM CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna and Star 98.3 CKSR-FM Chilliwack personality Megan Milne has joined the morning show at Country 89 CKYY-FM 89.1 Welland, ON.  She joins current a.m. drive host Rob Leclerc after four years on air in B.C.
Juice                                    CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna
06/29/17 - Avenue Radio Ltd. has applied to the CRTC for authority to acquire the assets of CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna from Vista Radio Ltd. for $650,000.  Avenue Radio is wholly owned by Early Frost Investments Ltd., which is controlled by J. Nicholas Frost, the founder of Castanet.  He was also the founder and President of CILK-FM Kelowna from 1985-2006.  Castanetís GM Chris Kearney, said the FM station will broadcast from the heart of the newsroom in its new Lawrence Avenue studios.  Castanet news  CRTC release
CRTC
06/26/17 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to amend the broadcasting licence for CBYK-FM 94.1 Kamloops to operate an FM transmitter in Clinton to rebroadcast the programming of its national, English-language network service Radio One. The new low-power FM transmitter will replace the low-power AM transmitter CBUU AM 1070.  The new transmitter will operate at 98.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts and an effective height of the antenna above average terrain of ‑69.2 metres.  CRTC release  
Jeremy                                    McGoran
06/13/17 - Former EZ Rock CKOR AM 800 Penticton afternoon host Jeremy McGoran took his own life Friday.  The 35-year-old made headlines across B.C. last year when he revealed publicly he was struggling with anxiety and depression and had contemplated suicide.  A funeral has not yet been set.  Joe Fries, Penticton Herald
CRTC
06/07/17 - The CRTC has approved the recent sale of the NL Broadcasting three-station radio cluster in Kamloops.  Radio NL traces its roots to its founding by John Skelly in 1970 and has been independently operated for several decades.  Newcap has 95 radio stations across Canada, including three in Vancouver and one each in Kelowna and Penticton.  Kamloops This Week 
RTDNA Canada
05/29/17 - RTDNA Canada has announced the winners of the 2017 RTDNA Canada National Awards, presented Saturday evening at the 2017 National Conference and Awards Gala in Toronto.  The Byron MacGregor Award for Best Newscast (Small Market) was awarded to CKBZ Kamloops for B-100 Noon News and the Sports Feature Reporting Award (Small/Medium Market) was awarded to CBC Kamloops for Daybreak: Womenís World Hockey Comes to Kamloops.  The awards recognize the best journalists, programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television, and digital.  Complete awards list
Numeris
05/26/17 - Numeris Radio Diary Surveys for February 27 - April 23, 2017 have been released.  Ratings for Kelowna, Kamloops and other medium sized BC and Canadian markets can be viewed here.  Dylan McCullough, Kelowna Now
CRTC
05/19/17 - Stephen Simpson, CRTC Regional Commissioner for British Columbia and the Yukon, addressed the 70th annual conference of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, held this week in Osoyoos.  He discussed the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and what it means for BCís broadcasters and the need to adapt to change.  Simpson's background includes stints in broadcasting, advertising, media production and interactive media.  He has been a CRTC Commissioner since 2008.  CRTC release
Bill Reid 1952
05/16/17 - Bill Reid, one of Canada's most celebrated and accomplished contemporary artists and former broadcaster, is today's noteworthy British Columbian, as the province counts down to Canada's 150th birthday on Canada Day, July 1st.  His The Raven And The First Men sculpture is on display at UBCís Museum of Anthropology.  Reid worked at CKOV Kelowna in 1939 and at stations in Victoria and Vancouver during the 1930s and '40s, and at a total of 17 radio stations in Canada before joining CBC in the late 1940s.  Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun 
Newcap Inc.
05/11/17 - Newcap Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of NL Broadcasting Limited, which owns and operates CHNL AM 610, CJKC-FM 103.1 and CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops.  The deal is subject to CRTC approval.  Newcap release 
Pattison                                    Logo
04/25/17 - Jasmin Doobay and Susan Knight will move into Program Director roles with their respective Kelowna stations effective May 1.  Current Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 and Q103.1 CKQQ-FM PD Bob Mills will move into a Senior Program Advisorís role with the stations, while maintaining his position on the Power 104 morning show.  Doobay's morning position will be taken over by current producer/announcer Bob Johnstone.  Knight has been handling mornings at Q103.1 for the last three years and became APD in 2016.
Tony Wade 2012
04/20/17 - Tony Wade, former executive producer of the CBC-TV Vancouver current affairs series Pacific Report has died March 31st at St. Leonards-on-Sea, England after suffering from throat cancer.  He was 68.  During his his television career begining at CHBC-TV Kelowna in 1967, he was a Producer/Director/Writer and Executive Producer, working for a number of major networks including CBC, CTV, VTV, Global TV, ABC and PBS.  Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight  CBC information 
Tom Mark
03/25/17 - Tom Mark has been hired for full time morning news at Kiss CKIZ-FM 107.5 Vernon, his home for the past two years.  He's been working at the station in a fill-in capacity.  It's a homecoming of sorts for him, as he spent many years as News Director at Jim Pattison's CJOR Vancouver during the 1980s and '90s.  Mark takes over for the retiring Ron Manz. 
TJ Connors
03/15/17 - Former Okanagan broadcaster T.J. Connors is now hosting afternoons at HTZ-FM CHTZ-FM 97.7 St. Catharines, ON.  He was most recently the morning program host at Country 103 CKJZ-FM 103.1 Kamloops and was morning show host at The Juice! CJUI-FM 103.9 Kelowna from July 2012 to January 2013.  FYI Music News
Jack Pollard
02/23/17 - Jack Pollard, former broadcaster and co-owner of CFJC-TV, and radio stations CFJC and CFFM Kamloops passed away February 18 at age 88.  He began his broadcasting career at CKCK Regina followed by a move to CJIB Vernon, arriving in Kamloops in 1961, where he began as operations manager of CFCR-TV (later CFJC-TV) and the two radio stations.  Pollard later became a co-owner and managing partner and retired in 1987 after the TV and radio operations were sold to Jim Pattison.  Doug Collins, CFJC-TV
Chris Cleaver
02/16/17 - Newcap Kelowna Chief Engineer Chris Cleaver retires after 40 years in radio and television.  He has previously worked in either technical or on-air positions at CKIQ, CKKO-FM and CHBC-TV Kelowna and at CIRK-FM Edmonton.  RadioWest 
Troy Scott
02/13/17 - Former Vancouver Island and Okanagan broadcaster Troy Scott, PD at Virgin Radio CKMM-FM 103.1 Winnipeg, has added PD duties at iHeartRadio sister station BOB FM CFWM-FM 99.9.  He previously held APD positions with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kelowna, was PD for Vista Radio stations on Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast and CIGV-FM 100.7 Penticton as well as Harvard Broadcasting stations in Edmonton.
Kevin                                    and Sonia
02/07/17 - Former Sunfm CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna a.m. drive hosts Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu will be the hosts of a new morning show on KiSS CKKS-FM 104.9 Vancouver (also Chilliwack/Abbotsford) beginning February 14th.  Kevin and Sonia were released from a.m. drive at The PEAK CKPK-FM 102.7 Vancouver last August.  KiSS release/audio  Alex Soloducha. Kelowna Now
Bell Media
02/02/17 - In its biggest round of layoffs since 2015, Bell Media cut positions at its TV and radio stations nationally.  Gone in the Okanagan are Gord Leighton, GM/GSM for Sun FM Vernon, EZ Rock in Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Golden; Mark Burley, group program director for Bell Mediaís 22 radio stations in the BC interior and his wife Janet Burley, GM for Sun FM 97.1 and EZ Rock AM800 Penticton, 98.5 EZ Rock Summerland and 102.9 EZ Rock Osoyoos.  Trevor Nichols, Castanet  
Gerry O'Day
02/01/17 - Former Vancouver broadcaster Gerry O'Day is now the swing announcer for Classic Rock K96.3 CKKO-FM Kelowna.
That entails midday weekends plus relief for mornings and afternoons which he has done for four years on Newcap's two Kelowna stations.  He began two weeks of mornings on Monday.  He was also most recently the weekender at New Country 100.7 CIGV-FM Penticton.  K96.3 info 
Allan Holender
02/01/17 - West Kelowna resident Allan Holender fills a void in the Okanagan when he found there weren't any specific radio stations for the baby boomer generation geared toward those over 50.  He now hosts his own live show called A Boomer Home Companion which plays every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.  The show is featured on Boomer Public Radio which also runs programs from a number of cities in Canada and the U.S.  Early on, Holender hosted a jazz radio show before graduating with a sociology degree from the University of Montana.  Carli Berry, Kelowna Capital News
Kent Molgat
01/30/17 - CTV Vancouver Okanagan Bureau Chief Kent Molgat has been released from his position along with ENG photographer/editor Barry Fontaine.  Also released today from CTV Vancouver is news anchor Coleen Christie. 
Shelby Thom
01/10/17 - CKNW AM 980 Vancouver reporter Shelby Thom has moved to Global Okanagan as the TV station's South Okanagan reporter.  The award winning reporter had been with CKNW since 2014.  Thom replaces Neeta Garsha, who is filling in for Global's Vancouver Island video journalist Kylie Stanton, who is on maternity leave.  



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