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‘NW Fires Program Director/ ‘WX Hires Bill Good

August 14th, 2015 · 45 Comments

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!  :)

Harv Oberfeld

Tags: British Columbia · Media

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Len // Aug 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    well that screws CKWX as far as I’m concerned…put him back on the air to cover for a bunch of thieves again

  • 2 r // Aug 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Raif Mair recently on radio interview.When was the last time he returned to NW?

    https://soundcloud.com/ian-jessop-cfax/august-10-1pm?in=ian-jessop-cfax/sets/ian-jessop

  • 3 Gene the Bean // Aug 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Bill (he is so BAD he is GOOD but in a sad feel-sorry-for-you way) Good to be back on the airwaves shilling for the Liberals – HAHAHAHAHA.

    Larry might even put pants on to listen to one of his heroes!

    (Response: Sounds like you might listen … as humour. h.o)

  • 4 Jack Webster Weeps! // Aug 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Too little, too late! Lap Dog ’98 is not even a shadow of it’s former self. Lead story premieres at 5:00 a.m. and gets pounded by every presenter ( tough to call any of them journos or broadcasters) till 10:00 p.m. when the scintillating “Sasquatches and Aliens R Us” comes on. Government (Liberal party) releases read as news, on air staff constantly mispronouncing names, countries, world leaders.. You name it. “Call our listener line, 1-800- REALLY?”, Tweet us, Facebook us, IGNORE US! All the social media inter-action is primarily because your on air is faaarrrr to busy and important to vocally engage with your few remaining listeners. Bill Good?….C’mon man! Stick to shilling for loan companies, medical devices and laxatives! ‘WX will probably hire Koenigfest next! Yikes! Over to you, Frosty.

  • 5 Jack Webster Weeps! // Aug 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I would be disappointed if Jimmy Pattison’s crew isn’t paying attention to this and figuring out how to re-format 600AM and put it back on the air. Roundhouse is on to something with their ideas but a reach akin to a college radio station can’t be that viable.

  • 6 seven // Aug 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

    If Good’s record is anything to go by, it will be the
    “I Just Lost a Minute of My Life I Can’t Get Back Show”.

    (Response: Even if it’s “no holds barred” ? h.o)

  • 7 Ben // Aug 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

    A Minute with Bill Good (bahahahahahaha) is 60 seconds too long.

  • 8 Marge // Aug 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Years ago I would come home from work and complain angrily to my hubby about how awful Good was. My husband’s suggestion was why would anyone bother to listen to such irritating stuff. As he put it, put on your music and shut out the annoyance. I now own an MP3 player and have tons of songs on it to listen to and no more annoyances. I no longer concern myself with the drivel of Bill and NW.

    (Response: Speaking of music…I’m an “oldies” fan and was saddened when CISL 650 went in another direction …BUT have found 104.3 FM CHLG ..and am in oldies heaven again….my radio refuge when I’m out and about, since I mostly (although not always) find NW just boring. h.o)

  • 9 Frank Bucholtz // Aug 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Has anyone got an update on Sean Leslie’s future? He’s been doing a good job with CKNW as legislative reporter and fill-in talk show host. I suspect he will land on his feet.

    (Response: Just heard he quite to pursue other interests.. departure not relat5ed to NW shakeup. h.o)

  • 10 seven // Aug 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Harv,

    No holds barred?

    Too, late for me, his brand is tainted: he aided and abetted this government by failing to provide the public with balanced information.

    (Response: I suspect there are many who feel that way. But who knows … maybe he’ll start out with a month-long fight against government’s lack of programs or cuts hitting education, the middle-class, the poor, child protection advocacy, those on health waiting lists and people in dire need of home health care visits, living assistance while the rich are getting richer (statistically PROVEN for years now). Any chance? h.o)

  • 11 Marge // Aug 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    @Harvey, invest in a good FIIO-X3 (you can find it on Amazon) player and you can literally load tons of songs on to it. I have somewhere around five thousand songs on mine and I too enjoy the oldies (fifties and sixties stuff), country, gospel and some modern stuff that my music teacher daughter recommends I get. I have also a similar Xmas set of music too. The newer version of this machine according to my techie hubby will hold over ten thousand songs. This way you don’t have to be bored ever as you never know what song will play next!! And you can say a good bye to Mr. Good and the other ilk of his kind!

    (Response: Thanks..but the cost of downloading thousands of songs would no doubt break my no-cola BCTV pension! Or I’d have to give up travel. Never! Radio 104.3 FM is free. And in Fla , I have another favorite oldies station…102.7 alsofree. :) h.o)

  • 12 seven // Aug 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    ps

    If CKNW gave Michael Smyth a shot, I’d listen again, for him, only. He has never bored me.

    (Response: He is terrific … but he already has a pretty good gig ..with good pay and full benefits …so not sure he would want to give that up for a chance at NW …unless it was a REALLY lucrative contract, with a HUGE severance provision …kind of like a BC Ferries exec. h.o)

  • 13 r // Aug 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Sean leslie also?

    (Response: I’ve heard he has resigned …but just for personal reasons to pursue another job …nothing to do with NW shakeup. h.o)

  • 14 Efar Riam // Aug 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I can’t wait for the “no holds barred” though a my advanced years it may be too hard on my heart … Or, more likely, my belly

  • 15 East Van Man // Aug 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Is there any truth to the news Sean Leslie will be working for the BC Gvt as a public affairs officer? In other words, same job but paycheck signed by a different person. Although I doubt this is where he’s heading. If it were the case, he will not still be on-air. Or one would hope so!

  • 16 nonconfidencevote // Aug 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Cant say Im surprised at Koneigfest’s firing. And he was the President of the News Directors Govt Lapdog society…… Seems appropriate.
    Way too late if ‘NW’s ratings are any indication.
    Hubris and the fall.

    As for Bill Good returning to the airwaves…..W….T…..F ?

    Does he have photos of radio station owners in compromising “positions’? Its the only thing that can explain dragging his undeserving buttocks into a studio and plopping him in front of a microphone.
    Who , in their right mind, would pay money for 60 seconds of Bill Good spewing his pro govt verbal diarrhea.
    Financial suicide by radio dial, a new west coast phenomenon coming to a station near you….

  • 17 Flatlander780 // Aug 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    A minute with Bill Good consists of 3 words, 2 pauses and a commercial break.

    (Response: Should be interesting to see who sponsors his spot …and how the public react to them. h.o)

  • 18 D. M. Johnston // Aug 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Well, NW is rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, no surprise, but it seems the owners are absolutely clueless as per why NW is sinking faster than a torpedoed ore carrier.

    It seems poor Ian suffered the embarrassment of being fired and escorted out of the building.

    I do not believe in coincidences and I believe Sean Lesli took to the life rafts before suffering the same fate. oh well, his wife still has a job with the premier.

    The once top dog is for sure a “dead dog”, as the BC Liberals favourite free advertising service is ever becoming a robostation, listened to by very few.

    Bill Good’s return to the air is to counter NW’s angry man, Bruce Allen.

    Will the fence sitting Bill Good succeed? Probably, and it will secure 1130′s becoming the radio news station to listen too, as NW’ suffers ever more self inflicted wounds, by owners who don’t care, or worse, are so rich, don’t give a damn.

    NW’s brand is in full tatters and as a station, I do not think it will last long.

  • 19 Hawgwash // Aug 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Norm Farrell went too far.
    Good is coming back to counter the crap.

    http://northerninsights.blogspot.ca/2015/08/bloggers-miss-you-bill-good.html

  • 20 AndyO // Aug 14, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Boy, never a dull moment in Vancouver’s radio airwaves. I guess Koenigsfest’s CKNW MkII wasn’t on the mark. I feel sorry that Lynda Steele has to endure the mess. Never heard her on the radio but I do like her on the tube. I have been listening to CKNW less and less, opting for CBC Victoria, and have found what I listened to getting more and more lightweight in their questions and presentation.

    As for Bill Good…. Is there an provincial election coming?

    (Response: Not for a while, but that will give me a lot of time to warm up for putting their feet to the fire! If someone remembers to light it. h.o.

  • 21 dongar // Aug 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Sean leslie also?

    (Response: I’ve heard he has resigned …but just for personal reasons to pursue another job …nothing to do with NW shakeup. h.o)

    Ya right. LOL and \Bill Good no holds bared. what a joke Bill sold out years ago. $ more important that truth / facts.

  • 22 e.a.f. // Aug 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Bill Good returning to radio??????? so they need more photo op queen cheerleaders. o.k. he can go back to reading b.c. lieberal press releases. won’t help the station, but thats their problem

  • 23 morry // Aug 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    “A Minute with Bill Good” … Why? No one cares.

    (Response: The ratings will tell. h.o)

  • 24 Peter // Aug 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Radio still remains for the most part profitable. A recent stat shows that American adults listen to around 13 hours of radio per week vs. around 30 minutes for streaming content. That’s still quite a margin. In other words, ‘NW still has a way to go. Roundhouse, with its broadcast contour, will have a tough time making a fraction of ‘NW’s advertising revenue, at least in the short term. However, as we’ve seen before (e.g. Shore 104) station licences are flipped for big dollars once their CRTC restrictions expire. Perhaps where we’ll see bigger changes sooner is with local TV news. I’ve heard some rumors from reasonably well-placed people that Global, for instance, may keep only the Global National segment in the 5-7 pm time slot, essentially doing away with local/BC news at that time.

    (Response: Wow! A couple of years ago, I had heard there could be an attempt by Global to convince the CRTC that its Canadian content requirement be allowed to be combined over its two stations: CHAN and BC1. Since BC1 is all news all the time, that would allow them to MAX up their Cancon there …and fill CHAN with canned US content. That didn’t seem to go anywhere at the time …but who knows what the future would bring. I would note that Telus refuses to carry BC1 (censoring its competitor’s availability to subscribers) so if all local went to BC1, where would Telus subscribers get their Global married-dog stories??? h.o)

  • 25 Norm Farrell // Aug 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Shaw family executives previously signalled plans for Global News. The aim is to present “national” programs with local inserts in locations with sufficient population to make that profitable.

    I think it’s good strategy. In the western hinterlands, we don’t get nearly enough information about what’s happening in Ontario. Sometimes there are major traffic tie-ups on the Don Valley Parkway and no one in BC even hears about them. More Toronto based news operations will solve that inadequacy.

    (Response: Right …but I believed that would still also be on CHAN, at least at Noon and 6 p.m., not just on BC1. Will be interesting to see their next appearance before the CRTC. h.o)

  • 26 Lulymay // Aug 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    My husband turned on Global the other noon (I don’t watch it myself but he likes one of the sports guys) and couldn’t believe my ears when Lynn Colliar commented on the grey whale being off of Sea-wash Rock! How long has she been around now?? I thought you said their presenters were fairly well paid…..

    (Response: Well paid does not necessarily mean well read. h.O)

  • 27 SunWuKong // Aug 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    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”.
    Nobody else has WKRP flashbacks?

    Mr Breezy?

    (Response: Wonder if they’ll start reporting all about the “the upcoming election in 2016″).

  • 28 morry // Aug 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    (Response: The ratings will tell. h.o)
    hmmm. i am not sure that we can get exact ratings for his minute. I tend to listen mainly for weather and traffic and sometimes it takes awhile before I flip to CBC radio. Bet there are plenty who end up have it as background noise once the Traffic report is done. I instantly flip once they do sport or business. … as those two items are mindless fillers

  • 29 Marge // Aug 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    @Lulamay In addition to mispronouncing names, the reporters at Global have extremely poor grammar. The other night as I was channel surfing, one of the Global news fellows was talking about a Calgary reporter being caught in one of the BC forest fires. He used the not so correct intro as follows : “Him and his family …”
    Obviously correct grammar is not considered a strong suit to being a newscaster at Global.

  • 30 ISLAND LOOKOUT // Aug 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    NICE TO HEAR “MR. FROSTY” AGAIN…
    What a treat to hear him yakking with Mr. Goddard.

    That distinctive voice, missing on Vancouver’s radio air waves, still leaves a big hole in the air.

    I also miss Warren Barker’s clear and precise presentations, amongst others’, many of whom I used to work with years ago at the then Top Dog.

    Radio has become such a tacky little commodity, hasn’t it, like some cheap plastic whatever shipped over from somewhere in China, after having been shovelled together by some underpaid serfer-wretch.

    I blame the Internet, and other technological advances, that took the steam and starch out of “real radio” over the decades. Change is inevitable, especially in the info. industry.

    ‘NW’s best days are long behind it now. Sad.

    Bill Good’s return to radio is only worth a brief mention here. Why? There seems to be a paucity of “talent” out there that can be roped into primp up an otherwise pretty lousy Central Canadian-constructed radio network.

    It is mostly very hard on the ears and whatever gray matter subsides, between the ears, amongst it’s various listeners.

    So, when the Big Boys turn locally-owned radio into a plastic-style creature, then it’s off to the Internet, I say, right away!

    Keep on keepin’ on there, H.O.

    You seem to be inheriting a fair wind, in your sails, as opposed to the whirlwind (not a good thing).

    (Response: Thanks … Watch for my next one…it will raise a serious yet outrageous issue that has presented itself in the election campaign…but the clip-du-jour chasing media have not yet noticed or questioned. h.o)

  • 31 Peter // Aug 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    There seems to be some confusion over the association for which Ian Koenigsfest is president. It is RTDNA and not RTNDA. The former stands for Radio and Television Digital News Association, the latter Radio and Television News Directors’ Association.

    (Response: Thanks. You would think that people engaged in the “word”, “information” and “communication” business could find two association names at least somewhat distinct from one another. h.o)

  • 32 dongar // Aug 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Intelligence is no longer requirement in reporting but rather a determent. Never let the facts or truth get in the way of a good story are bias.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNC4FHR4XLA

  • 33 harry lawson // Aug 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Harvey

    the interview with Frosty was very insightful. i would hope that everybody takes the time to listen to the link, the man really is a class act

  • 34 larry Bennett // Aug 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    CHLG – FM – thanks Harve, kinda got a feeling we might both have similar tastes in music (if not much else @#&!) and I haven’t been able to find anything that is worth listening to for any amount of time, so will give it a try. Like to hear from Frank Bucholtz, he is definitely one of the better columnists/editors in the Lower Mainland – though not sure where he hails from lately.

  • 35 nonconfidencevote // Aug 16, 2015 at 8:07 am

    The interview with Frosty was interesting.

    Reading between the lines it seems like the exodus of some of the staff from ‘NW over the past few years might have been to do with Konigsfests management style?
    It never ceases to amaze me how many great staff leave because of bad managers no matter where you work.
    The “Peter Principle”, allowing people to be promoted beyond their capability to run roughshod over a person, a dept., a company, etc. and upper management refuses to see what’s right in front of their face…..
    A bad business decision , made by upper management ( God forbid we admit we made a mistake) compounded exponentially by not dealing with it.
    How low did ‘NW’s ratings drop from the time he was hired to the time he was “fired”?
    Let the eastern “bean counters” reap what they have sown. Or, give them all performance bonuses for doing what they should have done 5 years ago.
    Its a shame Caitlin Jenner couldnt be hired to run ‘NW. A politically correct decision to make everyone in upper management feel better.
    It would make more sense than what they have been doing to date.

  • 36 James // Aug 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Why does my cynical side think that both Sean Leslie and Ian koenigfest will both land jobs with the BC government.
    As for Bill Good I believe he will do a good job and be hard hitting as he will see it as a way to repair his reputation as a Liberal lackey

  • 37 DBW // Aug 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I am putting this here Harvey rather than your new post.

    Four months later I received this email about elections BC giving out who voted to each political party that requested.

    Yes four months later but they did respond. Horgan didn’t respond. My local MLA who knows me didn’t respond. Andrew Weaver didn’t respond. Vicki Huntingdon did way back saying that she would vote against unless the info was made available to all independents as well.

    I haven’t been paying attention. Did the legislation get passed.

    Note in the email it said that most jurisdictions give out information before and during the election but was silent about the added amendment about after the election which was what people were concerned about. Here’s the email from the AG department.

    We write in reply to your email of April 17, 2015, respecting recent changes to the Election Act that would require the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to provide voter turnout information to political parties and candidates. Your email was sent to the Attorney General’s constituency office and subsequently referred to the Ministry of Justice, as was a separate email sent to the Premier. We apologize for the delay in responding.

    In a report released in October 2014, the independent CEO recommended that voting officials be given the statutory authority to provide candidate representatives with voter turnout information during election proceedings for the purpose of assisting candidates’ “get out the vote” efforts. The CEO noted that most other jurisdictions in Canada have such authority written into their election laws. Government also enacted a further change so that voter turnout information will be provided to political parties and candidates after an election is concluded.

    The purpose of both amendments to the Act is to assist candidates with their voter turnout efforts during voting proceedings, as well as political parties’ and candidates’ post-election evaluations of those voter turnout efforts and further voter engagement efforts between elections.

    It is important to note that, while marking a ballot is secret, the act of voting is not a private matter. For many years the Election Act has given candidate representatives who are present at voting proceedings the ability to inspect voting books and observe voter registration at voting locations. In practice, that has meant that candidates have been aware of voter participation – the recent amendments provide clearer rules and protections around this practice.

    The amendments permitting the sharing of voter turnout information include specific privacy protections. For example, any candidate or political party that wishes to receive any voter turnout information must first file a privacy policy with the CEO that is acceptable to him and that addresses issues of unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal in respect of the information. In addition, voter turnout information may only be used for the purposes of the provincial Election Act, and may not be used for any other commercial purpose or shared with another party.

    Thank you for writing

  • 38 13 // Aug 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

    NW is either a work in progress or a slow motion train wreck.
    Choose option 2
    Looking at whats going on across the country with the shaw/corus owned radio stations and clearly they want out of radio. Slashing payrolls gutting programing. They arent the first company nor will they be the last to use this time tested formula to divest themselves of unwanted assets.
    Get rid of high priced staff. Forst, Good, Till, Bell Mark and many others. Just the savings in AV pay would help the bottom line. Add to this the managers they have dumped and the porduction people that have moved on and they must have a payroll that pales compared to their glory days.
    Get rid of live on air programing and replace it with canned crap. Radio LaB moth radio and dentists, realators, financial planner, infomercials.
    Get rid of any need to report news by creating your own inhouse news. Allow show producers to yap about their weekend, their children, their love life their thoughts on marijuana, sex, transit much cheaper that having guests that are experts.
    Get rid of sports dept as you havent got the budget to send reporters to any home games.
    Stop taking calls from live listeners. Suck the listeners into posting their thoughts on twitter facebook or email.
    Allow some bozzo to run the station into the ground and sooner of later maybe a buyer comes along. No buyer then you simply dump all your regional venues and operate one station in toronto with 30 minutes of local news every 3 or 4 hours.

    Sean Leslie obviously hasnt been fired. He gave notice and is still on air.

    Bill Good has landed a Bruce Allen type gig. Easy money and good for him.

    (Response: Bill Good is NO Bruce Allen. h.o)

  • 39 13 // Aug 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Good is about a 3 Allen is 10 out of 10. No doubt about it. I never meant to compare the ability or talent just the opinionated format.
    Once roundhouse radio gives listeners another choice it will likely draw listners from both NW and WX.

    I really enjoy (and agree) with Bruce Allens rants and raves. He sees things from a no bs no pc point of view that must agravate many people that follow your blog .

  • 40 Sean Ciroc // Aug 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Dear BG – Please for our ears sake ….. grab a fold-able beach chair, sun hat, lotion & yr fav drink & go to that beach on the Sunshine Coast & chill out!

    HO – I fear the sound of silence when Bruce is gone (when he retires or settles in Vegas)! There really is no up & coming highly opinionated personalty like him anywhere for Metro Vancouver! Sad! Well – other than you!

    CKNW went down the tube the moment they got politically greedy! Listeners are not stupid! We can only take so much of the shallow questions & poor in depth analysis into heavy political issues that are treated with kid gloves!!!

    Having CC talk on & on about ‘drones’ & how cigarette butt throwers should have their cars taken away ….. HUH!?? Why not address hard issues like the crappy roads we have, dwindling transit system, the Children’s Ministry etc … Why wasn’t she cornered & forced into talking about these REAL issues!?? Drones ….. REALLY!??

    I listen to XM radio most of the time! So many channels so little time!

  • 41 13 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I finaly listened to Goddards interview with Frosty. It was good to hear Frostys views that validate what many others have said on HOs and PSR s blogs.
    I suppose behind my dislike of the Port of Vancouver , NW is my second favorite topic. For someone that has listened to the owl prowl with my dad Ive truly grown up (and old) listening to NW 98. I survived Raifs obsession with fish farms. I managed to make Peter Warren so angry he screamed ” SAME TO YOU BUDDY” before hanging up on me. I worked grave yard and listened to Berner , Faux and even Noory. I was one of the millions that heard Frosty every morning trade quips with Mcrea, Thompson, all sorts of weather men and women. Till and Mcomb rounded out the afternoon and were only missed if a Lions or Canucks game were played.
    So I hold out hope that someone decides to buy the station and make it even better than it once was. Jim Pattison are you out there?

  • 42 Rocker Rich // Aug 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Visited Kamloops for the first time in a long time and awoke to my hotel clock radio airing a wondrous early morning show on CHNL. It was the kind of personable, humourous, information-laden drive-to-work local programming that Frosty honed to a fine art back in NW’s glory days.

    I used to feel sorry that Jim Harrison and Angelo Iacobucci stuck it out at NL and never graduated to the “big-time” Vancouver market. Lucky them. They’ve no doubt made great lives for themselves in a community where housing is affordable, sports and recreation phenomenal and a radio station that delivers high quality output.

    Pity us West Coasters.

  • 43 13 // Sep 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Harvey, Im not sure how your domain works but it seems you get new posts on old topics. Have you tuned in to Lynda Steele . Ive heard a fair bit of her first two shows and she seems to be pretty good.
    Her first chat with Chris Galius was awkward to the point of funny. Galius welcomed her and the launched a defensive attack how he was working onn the number one local news show at Global and that she was welcomed. She handled it pretty well. Apparently Global ran a piece about her new job and CTV slapped her wrist re some deal she cant appear on TV for a while.
    Anyways Harvey give it a listen. Compared to the departed Eckford she is a 10 to his 3.

    (Response: Tuned in briefly on Tuesday..more on the storm that happened Sat and the power outage Sunday etc …going after the same info I had heard over MANY hours on NW and every other media very boring …switched it off. Maybe some other time… h.o.)

  • 44 13 // Sep 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I forgot to add . I wonder how long she will last because she seems to have a level of talent that will far outpace the NW budget. She is suffering the same as the rest no real news gathering simply talking about news that they could google every day.

  • 45 Parker Medema // Sep 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Switzer worked in radio on Vancouver Island during the 1950s before moving to host a number of programs on CBC Television in Vancouver. He is likely best known as the host of gardening programs on CBC-TV during the 1980s and ’90s.