More shakeups in the Vancouver radio market as the Fall battle for ratings shapes up.
Thursday www.Pugetsoundradio.com reported CKNW brand manager/program director Ian Koenigsfest “was escorted out of the building” that morning. Fired!
And how’s this for irony: at the time he was fired, Koengisfest was President of the Radio, Television News Directors Association.
Koenigsfest joined the ‘NW team in 1993 and had been brand manager since 2013.
Some brand! As I have written on here several times, ‘NW (980 on the AM dial) ratings have dropped quite substantially since the days when they were “Top Dog” in the Lower Mainland.
When I listen today … although admittedly not nearly as much as I used to … it’s really hard to believe THIS was the station that brought us Jack Webster, Gary Bannerman, Rafe Mair, Neil McRae, Norm Grohmann and Frosty Forst.
And by the way, who better to talk about the latest at ‘NW than Frosty himself! You can listen to him here on Talk Digital Radio: http://talkdigitalnetwork.com/2015/08/talk-radio-wars-coming-to-vancouver/
Replacing Koenigsfest, at least for now, will apparently be an American: Larry Gifford out of L.A. who PSR says “has been consulting CKNW for over a year”. Not sure if that’s much of a recommendation! LOL!
It’s interesting also that the ‘NW changes come just weeks after Roundhouse Radio (98.3 FM) announced plans for a new Lower Mainland radio talk show station (available on the Internet too) which I also wrote about : http://harveyoberfeld.ca/blog/new-talk-radio-station-to-challenge-nw/ .
Meanwhile, CKWX (News 1130) has announced Bill Good will be joining them this Fall.
Their announcement stated:
“‘A Minute with Bill Good’ is a no-holds-barred editorial commentary, focusing on current hot button issues, the inner workings of BC politics, and the influential movers and shakers who make the decisions that affect you — the public.”
I’m not saying a word …but I suspect many of you will!