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4 Signoffs from Broadcast Dialogue

Postby jon » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:22 am

SIGN-OFFS:

Peter Weissbach, Nov. 11, of cancer. Weissbach’s broadcasting career started at CJOR-AM Vancouver in the 1980s. In the late 80s, he made the move to CJCA-AM Edmonton where he stayed until 1993 when he moved into a talk show role at KBNP-AM Portland, OR. Over the years, he was also a host on KOGO San Diego, KVI AM 570 Seattle, and KIRO Seattle. From 2000-02, Weissbach hosted a nationally syndicated program from Broadcast Programming called The Quest which explored fundament questions, such as who are we, why we are here, and where we go when we die. The show aired on a number of stations including KOMO Seattle, WHMP Springfield, KXL Portland, KXLY Spokane, KTVA Ventura, among others. Weissbach was also a favourite go-to fill-in host for a number of nationally syndicated programs. In later years, Weissbach was president of Seattle Building Maintenance, based out of Bellevue, WA.

George Vipond, 90, on Nov. 2. Vipond’s early career began in the Vancouver Sun photography department where he became a staff photographer, covering events around the Lower Mainland. He eventually found his way into television, a new medium at the time, and spent 30 years at CBC Vancouver as a supervising technician, colour coordinator and TV/quality control officer.

Roman Bittman, 76, on Nov. 7. Bittman, a trapper’s son who was born just south of the border between the Northwest Territories and Alberta, started his broadcasting career in high school as part of amateur efforts to relieve listeners in Hay River, NWT from the only radio their dial offered – Radio Moscow. Winning a scholarship, he headed to Toronto and studied at Ryerson, graduating in the mid-1960s. Bittman went on to work at CBC news and became producer of The Nature of Things. He later served as president of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation and designed and implemented the Nova Scotia Film Labour Tax Credit. Over the years he also worked with NFB and was an advisor in the early days of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Bittman had over 100 production credits to his name, including producing and directing the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
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Norma E. Browne, on Nov. 21. Norma and her husband Billy Browne Jr. relocated to Vancouver Island In 1959 and founded CFCP radio Ltd., which included CFPA Port Alice, CFNI Port Hardy, CFWB Campbell River, CHQB Powell River, and CFCP Comox Valley. Norma was an integral part of the business for 46 years, handling accounts and administration while her husband managed the station. Following his unexpected death in 1990, Norma took over as CEO and continued to run the business, alongside her family. In 2005, she made the decision to retire and sold the company.

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Re: 4 Signoffs from Broadcast Dialogue

Postby jon » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:13 am

Here are the other Western Canada items of interest from this morning's Broadcast Dialogue:

Kamil Karamali will be joining Global News Toronto as a digital broadcast journalist next month. Karamali has been with CTV Calgary since March after working in TV, radio and digital for CBC in both Ottawa and Vancouver.

Drew Ferreira and Shelly “Stevens” Ubeika are joining the boom 97.3 (CHBM-FM) Toronto on-air lineup part-time. Ferreira wraps up his current music director/midday announcer gig at Power 104 (CKLZ-FM) Kelowna in December. Ubeika, who was formerly with Metro Networks and Regent Broadcasting in Buffalo, New York has been on a 10-year break from broadcasting.

Katelyn Wilson has moved from Global Lethbridge to Global Regina. The Lethbridge College grad had just re-joined Global Lethbridge in March, where she did her practicum, after working with Sunny 94 (CJUV-FM) Lacombe and Lacombe Online.

Todd Hancock is teaching part-time in the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment program. Hancock hosted afternoons at CFOX-FM Vancouver for over 14 years, up until layoffs in June 2016.

92.5 Fresh Radio (CKNG-FM) Edmonton has once again temporarily flipped its format to become the city’s official Christmas station. The station began playing a mix of traditional, classic and contemporary holiday favorites on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. MT and will return to playing the Best Mix of 80’s & Today on Dec. 26.

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, Winnipeg’s Roger Currie, Brant Zwicker and Shelley Gummeson of Kamloops, and Frank Allan from New York. Holender, whose 40-year broadcasting career includes founding C-ISL 650 AM Richmond, also hosts his own show called A Boomer Home Companion. Okanagan Valley Radio programs are archived on the BPR broadcast website at http://www.boomerpublicradio.com.
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Re: 4 Signoffs from Broadcast Dialogue

Postby dmehus » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:15 pm

jon wrote:Here are the other Western Canada items of interest from this morning's Broadcast Dialogue:
Drew Ferreira and Shelly “Stevens” Ubeika are joining the boom 97.3 (CHBM-FM) Toronto on-air lineup part-time. Ferreira wraps up his current music director/midday announcer gig at Power 104 (CKLZ-FM) Kelowna in December. Ubeika, who was formerly with Metro Networks and Regent Broadcasting in Buffalo, New York has been on a 10-year break from broadcasting.

92.5 Fresh Radio (CKNG-FM) Edmonton has once again temporarily flipped its format to become the city’s official Christmas station. The station began playing a mix of traditional, classic and contemporary holiday favorites on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. MT and will return to playing the Best Mix of 80’s & Today on Dec. 26.


Oh, cool, I like CHBM-FM, despite being a Kelowna area resident. It's got a decent mix of music and now that it's owned by Newcap instead of Bell, or Bhell as someone on here aptly referred to it. Drew Ferreira was one Q103's stronger performers, too. A big loss to the Power 104 station, though I realize his position was eliminated. It sounds like it's part-time for now but could evolve into a future full-time role in a major market. :)

Who owns Fresh Radio?

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Re: 4 Signoffs from Broadcast Dialogue

Postby Howaboutthat » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:18 pm

dmehus wrote:
Oh, cool, I like CHBM-FM, despite being a Kelowna area resident. It's got a decent mix of music and now that it's owned by Newcap instead of Bell, or Bhell as someone on here aptly referred to it. Drew Ferreira was one Q103's stronger performers, too. A big loss to the Power 104 station, though I realize his position was eliminated. It sounds like it's part-time for now but could evolve into a future full-time role in a major market. :)

Who owns Fresh Radio?

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Just to be clear, it was Drew that is being eliminated, not his position. It's my understanding that he received notice when the others at Pattison Kelowna did in Sept. He was just kept on for 3 months.
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Re: 4 Signoffs from Broadcast Dialogue

Postby jon » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:10 pm

dmehus wrote:Who owns Fresh Radio?

Corus. The one in Edmonton had been JOE-FM since the death of Power 92.
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