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Mark Burley

11/29/18 - Former Okanagan radio executive Mark Burley is the new Executive Director of the Downtown Kelowna Association.  He was Group Program Director for Bell Media, BC Interior Group from 2005-17, overseeing programming for 22 stations.  Most recently, he’d been working part-time at Okanagan Oldies CKOO-FM 103.9 Kelowna.  Dylan McCullough, KelownaNow
 
Numeris

11/29/18 - Numeris Radio Diary 12+ Survey for September 3 - October 28 puts CBC Radio 1 in first place in both Kelowna and Kamloops with solid numbers.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now  Wayne Moore, Castanet  Jon Manchester, Castanet 

Gord Leighton

11/15/18 - Vernon Community Radio Society has filed an application with the CRTC to launch a new FM community radio station serving Vernon.  The proposed station has been assigned the call letters CFAN-FM by Industry Canada, to be branded Valley FM.  The station would broadcast at 97.9 MHz, with a maximum effective radiated power of 1000 watts, from a transmitter located east of the city on Vernon Hill.  If approved, test broadcasts will likely begin in the spring of 2019.  Retired broadcaster and consultant Gord Leighton is President of the Society.  Vernon Morning Star
 
Tom Mark

10/27/18 - Former Vancouver news anchor Tom Mark aired his last newscast on 1075 Beach Radio CJIB-FM 107.5 Vernon at 9 a.m. Friday after more than 47 years in broadcasting.  Mark worked at a number of Vancouver and Victoria stations, but was most prominent at News 1130 CKWX AM Vancouver from 1996-2001 and the voice of morning news on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver from 2001-14.  Pete McIntyre, Beach Radio Vernon Tribute

Mark Jeffries

10/26/18 - Mark Jeffries aired his final show on EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5 Kelowna today.  He's hanging up the headphones and retiring.  Jeffries has had a great career including 19 years at EZ Rock Kelowna.  His final voice tracking will air across the interior EZ Rock stations on Monday, October 29.  Gerry O’Day fills the gap beginning Monday as they search for a replacement.  Twitter Release
 
CRTC

10/23/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, on behalf of Newcap Inc. for authorization to effect a change in the ownership and effective control of various radio and television broadcasting undertakings in British Columbia and several other provinces to Stingray Digital Group Inc.  Total value of the transaction is $523,949,242.  The transaction includes stations in Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton and Vancouver.  Stingray has agreed to continue the operation of the stations under the same terms and conditions as those previously in effect.  CRTC Release

Marty Forbes

10/21/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on western broadcasters.  Today he salutes former CKWX/CJAZ-FM Vancouver commercial producer Marty Forbes, who was involved in the evolution of CJAZ to AC CKKS-FM in the mid eighties and PD of CISL in the early 90s.  Forbes got his start in radio at CHNL Kamloops in 1970.  It's the latest in the JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute

CRTC


10/12/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by Peach City Community Radio Society to change transmitter site coordinates for CFUZ-FM 92.9, the un-launched low-power, community FM radio undertaking for which a broadcasting licence was approved in May 2015.  The applicant stated that the previously approved transmitter site is no longer available because the organization that provided the original lease for the site no longer exists.  As a consequence, Peach City has been forced to relocate the transmitter site approximately 1.6 kilometres away.  CRTC Decision
 
Ted Farr


10/08/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on western broadcasters.  Today he salutes Ted Farr, who got his start in radio at CKLG Vancouver in 1969 and was Program Director at CKWX for most of the 1980s.  He has recently come out of semi-retirement to join CKFR AM 1150 Kelowna, where he’s reading radio news in the midday time slot.  It's the latest in the JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute

Russ Byth

10/04/18 - Broadcast Dialogue reports former News 1130 CKWX Business Editor and Global Television Vancouver news writer Russ Byth returns to Power 104 CKLZ-FM 104.7 and Beach Radio CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna following layoffs last fall.  He’s returning as the new morning news writer and will also fill-in on-air as needed.  He was on air in Kelowna from 2013-17.

Dave Spence

10/02/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on western broadcasters.  Today he salutes Dave Spence, who got his start as a DJ at Coast Radio CFWB Campbell River, transferring to their newsroom in Courtenay.  He then moved to a news position at CHNL Kamloops before heading to Calgary and Winnipeg.  He is currently the lead meteorologist at CTV Calgary.  It's the latest in the JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute

Mark Burley

09/29/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on western broadcasters.  Today he salutes Mark Burley, who was the Group Program Director for Bell Media’s 22 stations in the BC Interior, with five different formats in seven clusters spread across the province.  It's the latest in the JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute

Ted Farr


09/20/18 - Ted Farr has announced on his Facebook page he is coming out of semi-retirement to join AM1150 CKFR AM Kelowna.  He’ll be reading radio news for the first time in 37 years in the midday time slot.  Farr’s career includes time as PD at CKWX-AM and KISS FM CKKS-FM Vancouver, and other on-air and senior programming roles.

Tom Mark

09/05/18 - Former Vancouver news anchor/ND Tom Mark has announced on his Twitter page that he is retiring after nearly 48 years.  He held positions at a number of Vancouver stations, notably News Director at News 1130 CKWX AM from 1996-2001 and morning news anchor at CKNW AM 980 from 2001-14.  He then moved to the Okanagan and is currently morning anchor at Beach Radio CJIB-FM 107.5 Vernon, where his last shift will be October 26.  Mark is the recipient of four RTNDA Best Newscast Awards.  Twitter Announcement

Tarzan
                                  Dan Freeman

08/24/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, continues his focus on BC broadcasters.  Today he salutes former Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna personality Tarzan Dan Freeman, in the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series. JJ-365 Salute

Okanagan Valley Radio

08/19/18 - Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group is preparing to launch OkanaganValleyRadio.com on Monday at 9 a.m.  Programming will include yet-to-be announced talk shows and oldies and jazz music.  Good Morning Okanagan will be produced and hosted by veteran radio personality Allan Holender, who ran digital oldies and jazz station Peachland Radio from 2013 to 2015.  Steve MacNaull, Kelowna Daily Courier
 
Dave Barry


08/16/18 - CKPG-TV Prince George News Director Dave Barry moves to the same position at CFJC-TV Kamloops effective October 15.  He moves into the job being vacated by Doug Collins, who has held the position since 1971.  As part of Collins’ transition out of management, Susan Edgell will take over as TV Operations Manager and steps away from hosting CFJC Midday. Tanya Cronin becomes the new host of Midday.
 
Brian Martin

08/01/18 - Sunfm CICF-FM105.7 Vernon Sunrise Show co-host Brian Martin moves to Beach Radio CJIB-FM 107.5 effective September 4.  He's been with Sunfm for ten years.  Martin’s show on Beach Radio will be billed as “Vernon’s first choice for morning listening.”  Vernon Morning Star
 
Evan Cooke

08/01/18 - Puget Sound Radio reports Evan Cooke, AM 1150 CKFR Kelowna midday news anchor and sportscaster will begin as News Director for The One CJLD-FM 93.1 Leduc and CKSS-FM 88.1 Parkland County AB August 20.  He's been with AM 1150 since 2016.  Puget Sound Radio
 
Gerry O'Day

07/31/18 - Jim JJ Johnston, President, CEO, and Media/Executive Coach at JJIMS Inc. JJ International Media and Management Solutions, salutes former Vancouver broadcaster Gerry O'Day, who worked on air and in management at a number of radio stations in Vancouver from 1983-2012.  He is currently doing on-air work for Bell Media in the Okanagan. It's the latest in his JJ-365 Salutes series.  JJ-365 Salute

CRTC
07/25/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to change the authorized contours of CBTF-FM 102.7 Falkland, a rebroadcasting transmitter of CBYK-FM 94.1 Kamloops, replacing the existing directional antenna with a new non-directional antenna, increasing the maximum effective radiated power (ERP) from 217 to 272 watts and increasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 706 to 714 metres.  The CBC stated that the requested technical changes will allow for the replacement of a timeworn transmitter while maintaining excellent coverage of the Radio One service in the Falkland region.  CRTC Decision
 
Andy & TJ

06/24/18 - The Okanagan Weekend editorial staff at the Penticton Herald have announced their opinions of "The Valley's 10 best radio personalities."  Heading the list is Andy & TJ of EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5, Kelowna’s longest-running morning show.  Penticton Herald's 10 Best
 
SPCA

06/18/18 - B-Mack and Karly from Sun FM CHSU-FM 99.9 Kelowna, Klaudia Van Emmerik from Global Okanagan and other personalities will be locked in a dog kennel to raise money for the SPCA this week.  It's the Kelowna SPCA’s annual Lock-In for Love which takes place from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now 

John Skelly

06/13/18 - Former Kamloops city councillor and well-known businessman John Skelly passed away overnight Friday at age 89.  He brought Radio NL to Kamloops in 1970 and served as president and CEO from 1970 to 1982.  He also served as a Kamloops city councillor from 1984 to 1988.  Greg Fry, CFJC Today  Shane Woodford, Radio NL
 
Barrie Clark

04/11/18 - An obituary has been published for well known radio personality and politician Barrie Clark, who passed away March 16 at age 85.  The open-liner began his career in radio in 1949 and went on to become a councillor for the District of North Vancouver in 1963, an MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour district in 1966, Rentalsman for the Attorney General in 1973, and Kelowna City councillor in 1999.  Sun/Province obituary

Wesla Wong


04/09/18 - Former Global Vancouver and Global Okanagan meteorologist Wesla Wong is joining the team at Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon.  She will be building sales relationships in Kelowna, planning tours and representing Silver Star at various Okanagan events.  Pete McIntyre, Beach Radio

Duane English

03/30/18 - Former CTV Vancouver meteorologist/ weather anchor Duane English has announced on his Twitter page that he is leaving his current weather anchor position at Global Okanagan Kelowna on April 2.  He worked at CTV from 2011-13 before moving to the Okanagan.  His wife Wesla Wong, who was a weather anchor at Global BC, announced her departure from Global Okanagan last month.

CRTC

03/29/18 - International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association Inc. has applied to the CRTC for a licence to operate a 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 with an effective height above average terrain of 500 metres.  The rebroadcasting transmitter would operate at 99.1 MHz with an ERP of 3,000 watts non-directional with an EHAAT of 148.6 metres.  CRTC Details  Dale Bass, Kamloops This Week

CRTC

03/23/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC to change the authorized contours of CBUJ-FM 91.7 Winlaw, a rebroadcaster of Radio One CBTK-FM 88.9 Kelowna by replacing the existing directional antenna with a non-directional one, decreasing the maximum ERP from 474 to 273 watts, increasing the average ERP from 100 to 273 watts, increasing the effective height of the antenna above average terrain from 662 to 665.3 metres and correcting existing coordinates.  The licensee stated that the current transmitter is old and must be replaced and that the new transmitter will maintain excellent coverage in the region of Winlaw and vicinity.  It added that the population reached by the Radio One signal will increase significantly.

Barrie_Clark

03/19/18 - Former Vancouver and Kelowna broadcaster/talk show host/politician Barrie Clark died Friday at age 86 after a short battle with cancer.  At his request there will be no service.  Clark's career dates back to CKOV Kelowna in 1949, hosting shows at a number of Vancouver radio and TV stations during the 1950s and '60s, before moving into politics.  He held elected positions in North Vancouver and provincially during the 1960s and '70s before going back into radio in Vancouver and Kelowna and holding office on Kelowna City Council from 1999-2008.  News 1130  Alistair Waters, Salmon Arm Observer
 
Toby Tannas

02/26/18 - Former Global Okanagan anchor Toby Tannas joins Ara Andonian to debut their morning show March 24 on Beach Radio CKQQ-FM 103.1 Kelowna.  Ara returns to the Okanagan following stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now
 
Wesla Wong

02/22/18 - Global Okanagan CHBC-TV meteorologist Wesla Wong has announced on her Twitter page that her last regular broadcast was Wednesday.  No reason has been given for her departure.  She's been at Global Okanagan since 2013 and was previously a weather anchor at Global BC in Vancouver.
  
New 97.7
                                    CKRV-FM Kamloops

02/16/18 - The River CKRV-FM 97.5 Kamloops has changed its branding and web address.  It's now The New K97.5 with music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  The new url is http://www.k975.ca/  It's a return to the way it used to be as the original K97 was on the air in Kamloops from 1984 to 1993.

Blaine
                                    Gaffney

02/15/18 - Veteran Global Okanagan broadcast journalist Blaine Gaffney is one of four to be laid off by Global today.  The others are reported to be journalist Megan Turcato and camera operators Jim Fenton and Bryon McLuckie.  They are among 70 layoffs announced by Corus-owned Global News from its operations across the country.  Gaffney had been with the station since 1990.  InfoTel News 

Andy and TJ

02/09/18 - Andy & TJ in the Morning, Kelowna’s longest running radio morning show, is celebrating 15 years on EZ Rock CILK-FM 101.5.  The duo has received numerous accolades for their work, including multiple Best of the Okanagan Awards and the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  They’re also dedicated to numerous charitable causes, including the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure and the Kelowna SPCA.  Their first show on 101.5 EZ Rock was Feb. 3, 2003.  Josh Duncan, Kelowna Now
 
CRTC

02/06/18 - The CRTC has approved an application by CBC for a new transmitter in Braeloch, south of Kelowna, to rebroadcast the programming of Radio One, CBTK-FM.  It will operate at 106.9 MHz with a maximum ERP of 984 watts at -94.3 metres HAAT on an existing CBC tower.  The new transmitter will improve the quality of the Radio One signal in Kelowna and Westbank.  CRTC Decision
 
BCAB

01/27/18 - Registration is now open for the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) 71st Annual Conference, to be held at Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas in Kelowna May 15-17.  Conference Details